Friday, November 1, 2013

In The News:

Caroline Glick has a new commentary that is a must read; below are a few quotes, but this one should be read in full:

As was the case with Obamacare, the White House knows that most Americans won’t support its policy of doing nothing to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. So the White House never says that this is its policy. Obama and his advisers insist that preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power is a central goal of the administration. But their actions move US policy in the opposite direction. And if they get caught on the lies after Iran gets the bomb, well, Obama won’t be facing reelection, so he will pay no price for his duplicity.
The events of the past week make clear that the stakes in understanding and exposing his game couldn’t be higher.

Three major developments occurred this week.

On Sunday, PLO officials leaked to the media a position paper that Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat presented to Justice Minister Tzipi Livni outlining the PLO’s position on a final peace settlement. In a nutshell, the paper requires Israel to destroy itself demographically, democratically, militarily, legally and politically and that it relinquish its water supply. Six months after it does all these things, the Palestinians will agree to sign a peace treaty with it.

The Palestinian document claims not only all of Judea and Samaria, (except for 1.9 percent of the territory that Israel can keep in exchange for money and more land within sovereign Israel), and eastern, northern and southern Jerusalem. It demands the northern Negev, the Hula Valley, Latrun and the Elah Valley. And it demands them all free of all Jewish presence.

They demand that Israel relinquish its rights under international law to Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem by agreeing that they are “occupied.”

They demand full control over the airspace over Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Jerusalem, and over the waters off the Gaza coast. They demand an end of air force overflights of those areas.
They demand control over all the underground aquifers, and over the electromagnetic spectrum.
Moreover, the Palestinians are demanding that Israel allow 5 million foreign-born Arabs the right to freely immigrate to its remaining territory.

They refuse to accept Israel’s right to exist and claim they have sovereign rights over all of Israel.
The Palestinian document reveals that there is no chance whatsoever that the current negotiations will lead to peace. PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas and his cronies don’t want peace. They want to destroy Israel.

And yet, to demonstrate Israel’s good faith with the cause of peace, and genuine devotion to the goal of appeasing Abbas, on Sunday the cabinet approved the release of another 26 Palestinian murderers from its jails. On Tuesday night, Abbas threw them a party in Ramallah and pledged that he would force Israel to release all Palestinian terrorists from its prisons.

Then there is Iran. Just as it did in 2011, before the US Senate and House passed veto-proof sanctions bills, the administration is aggressively fighting to block lawmakers from passing new sanctions against Iran. To this end, Obama’s national security advisers summoned American Jewish leaders to the White House to demand that they stop speaking in favor of intensified sanctions.

Also this week, US Secretary of State John Kerry took a swipe at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for daring to question the administration’s total commitment to negotiating with Iran. Kerry indignantly insisted, “We will not succumb to fear tactics” against holding talks with Iran.

The same day that Kerry decried Israel for supposedly sowing fear unnecessarily about the status of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Olli Heinonen, the former deputy head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said that the Iranians may have already passed the breakout phase and have the 
capacity to build an atomic weapons within two weeks.

But in accordance with the Obama administration’s wishes, Democrats in the Senate are now suggesting a four-month pause in sanctions deliberations to give Obama a chance to reach a deal.

Netanyahu and his colleagues have used the term “strategic interests” as a euphemism for American pressure. By using the term in the context of the freeing of murderers, Netanyahu and Ya’alon made clear that the US has blackmailed Israel into keeping up concessions to the PLO despite the fact that the concessions demoralize the country, destabilize the government, embolden terrorists determined to murder still more Jews, and encourage Abbas to escalate his support for terrorism and his diplomatic war against Israel.

 Netanyahu must know that Obama will blame Israel no matter what the Palestinians say or do. So perhaps the “strategic interests” he is threatening are more strategic than simply blaming Israel for scuttling phony peace talks. Maybe Obama is telling Netanyahu that if he fails to keep faith with the fake talks, Obama will tip Iran off to an impending Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities.

Here, too, Obama has a track record. According to former national security adviser Giora Eiland, Netanyahu was poised to attack Iran’s nuclear installations in the fall of 2012, but Obama pressured him into standing down. It is hard to believe that Obama’s was a soft sell.

Then there is the issue of military sales. Government officials have whispered periodically that Obama is threatening to curtail weapons sales to Israel. Such a move could quickly paralyze the air force.
There is an argument to be made for keeping silent on the nature of Obama’s blackmail.

Exposing it would also expose the growing fissure between the US and Israel, and much of Israel’s deterrent posture is based on a widespread assessment that Israel’s strategic alliance with the US is unbreakable. But then again, Obama’s weakening of the US alliance with Israel – and with Saudi Arabia and Egypt – is well-known. The damage has already been done.

Given this, the argument for exposing the nature of Obama’s threats becomes more compelling by the day. Congress still plays a supervisory role in foreign policy. And the American public supports Israel deeply. There is a strong probability that if the nature of Obama’s threats is revealed, he will be forced to rescind them before Israel becomes the foreign corollary to the Americans whose health insurance Obama canceled.

Russian Bombers To Continue Patrols Over South America

Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers currently on a tour-of-duty in South America will carry out a series of patrol missions over the region in line with the program of combat training, the Defense Ministry said.
The nuclear-capable bombers arrived in Venezuela on October 28 and conducted patrols over the Caribbean before landing in Nicaragua on Thursday.
“The crews are now resting and preparing for new missions. They are scheduled to carry out several patrols over the region,” Commander of the Russian Long-Range Aviation, Lt. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev, said at a Defense Ministry meeting on Thursday.

The general did not provide details of the future missions or specify the patrol routes.
Russian strategic bombers previously conducted patrols over the Caribbean in 2008.

The meeting at the Defense Ministry summed up the results of the Wednesday snap checkof Russia’s nuclear deterrent on orders by President Vladimir Putin.

U.S. Administration Pushes For Delay On Iran Sanctions

Vice President Joe Biden and senior Obama administration officials convinced a number of senators on Thursday to hold off on another round of Iran sanctions as Western powers test Tehran’s willingness to scale back its nuclear aims.

The full-court press didn’t sway every senator who participated in the hours-long, closed-door briefing, but the chances that the Senate Banking Committee would draft new, punitive measures next week just as negotiations occurred in Geneva diminished significantly.

“As one member of the committee, my attitude is if something is going on that may lead to a positive result, let’s see where that ends up,” said Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said the administration was “making a good case” for delaying another round of penalties although he said he had not made a decision.
Joining Biden in the discussions with Democratic leadership and committee members were Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, a lineup that underscored the administration’s strong desire to get Congress to wait on a new package of penalties. Although the White House insists that tough sanctions have forced Iran to negotiate, it wants Congress to pause to give negotiators flexibility in talks with Iran.

Joining Biden in the discussions with Democratic leadership and committee members were Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, a lineup that underscored the administration’s strong desire to get Congress to wait on a new package of penalties. Although the White House insists that tough sanctions have forced Iran to negotiate, it wants Congress to pause to give negotiators flexibility in talks with Iran.
“I like John Kerry, I got a lot of trust in John Kerry,” said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who explained that it might make sense for the committee to wait, finalize any legislation “and let them (the administration and Western powers) do their negotiations.”
Unnerving for the administration is the prospect that a Senate panel would be crafting new sanctions at the same time as Iran and six world powers meet in Geneva next week for another round of negotiations.

Several lawmakers emerging from the session argued that this is no time to let up on Tehran.
“I have to hear something far more substantive to dissuade me from being an advocate for pursuing a new round of sanctions,” said Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee who has repeatedly sponsored tough sanctions legislation.
Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, who has often partnered with Menendez, said his response to the administration’s intense lobbying was to keep pushing for sanctions, dismissing the latest talks with Tehran as “a long rope a dope.”

IAF Strikes In Southern Israel Gaza After 5 Soldiers Injured

One soldier was seriously wounded and another was in moderate condition Friday after an IDF operation Thursday night to destroy part of a tunnel, east of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip, was targeted by Hamas. A total of five soldiers were injured when Hamas detonated an explosive device against the forces, the IDF said in a statement Friday.
The soldiers returned fire and “directly hit a terrorist,” the IDF said, adding that the Israeli Air Force then targeted another tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip, confirming a direct hit. Palestinian sources said that three members of Hamas’s armed wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, were killed in the retaliation.

All five soldiers were evacuated via helicopter to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.
Hamas-run TV in Gaza said that its forces laid out a “sophisticated” improvised explosive device (IED) for the soldiers, adding that this was a “slap in the face to those who claim the resistance is dead,” Israel’s Army Radio reported Friday morning.

The unemployment rate in the eurozone is higher than it has ever been before.  This week we learned that eurozone unemployment came in at an all-time high of 12.2 percent for September.  Back in January 2012, it was sitting at just10.4 percent.  So anyone that believes that "things are getting better" in Europe is just being delusional.  In fact, the economic depression in Europe just keeps getting deeper.  
The funny thing is that the mainstream media will barely call what is going on in Europe a "recession" even though the unemployment rates in both Spain and Greece are now much higher than anything that the United States ever experienced during the "Great Depression" of the 1930s.  There haven't been as many headlines about the financial crisis in Europe lately because the ECB has been papering over the debt problems of the periphery (at least for the moment), but the economic conditions on the ground for average Europeans just continue to get even worse.  Later on in this article, you will read about a 25-year-old Spanish man with three college degrees that moved to London in a desperate search for a job who is now cleaning up poop for a living.  The economic collapse of Europe continues to march on, and there is no end in sight.

As economic conditions continue to decline all over Europe, anger and frustration with the "European experiment" continue to grow.  UKIP's Nigel Farage expressed these sentiments very eloquently during a speech on the 23rd of October when he stated that "what we are saying, large numbers of us from every single EU member state is: we don't want that flag, we don't want the anthem that you all stood so ram-rod straight for yesterday, we don't want EU passports, we don't want political union."
Unfortunately, the elite of Europe are so obsessed with their little experiment that the only "solutions" to these economic problems that they are even willing to consider involve even more European integration.
And Americans certainly should not be looking down their noses at what is happening in Europe.
What is going on in Italy, France, Spain and Greece will be coming here soon enough.  In fact, even during the midst of this so-called "economic recovery", poverty continues to absolutely explode in the United States.
Economic conditions in both the United States and Europe have never even gotten close to where they were prior to 2008, and now the next major wave of the economic collapse is rapidly approaching.
This is just the beginning.  Things are going to get much worse in the years ahead.

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WVBORN56 said...

You have to give Obama credit. He is not twiddling his thumbs in his second term. He is busy about "his fathers" business. The father of lies that is. I am amazed at the havoc and destruction he is wrecking on every front....foreign and domestic and yet no one seems to notice. We know he is a wolf in wolf's clothing but where is the republican opposition? They seem either weak or complicit.

On a happy front daughter no. 2 and my 3rd and final child marries tomorrow. The nest will be completely empty. The wedding prices have gone way up in the past 4 years. Wow!

This brings Jesus words really home to me as I juxtapose the world events with my daughters wedding this weekend.

Jesus said his return would be like the days of Noah, people would be eating and drinking and giving in marriage.

I don't see thing remaining normal and business as usual much longer.

Come Lord Jesus, I would be glad to have my daughter's reception with you in Heaven.

Perhaps Today!

Levin said...

Good morning all. WV, sadly I believe the answer with respect to the Republicans is complicit, at least at the upper echelons. Both parties are in the pockets of the globalists and both, whether they realize it or not, are serving the same master.

As you've said,"Perhaps Today."

God bless...

Unknown said...

Good morning !

'....and no body seems to notice...'
That to me is most alarming and it is really bothering me. It is as if people have closed their eyes, plugged their ears, and taken off their thinking hats.

Our God is merciful and want all of us be saved. I think as believers we want the rapture happens soon. We can 'help' by doing our best to spread the Gospel and bring as many unbelievers to Christ as possible. Everyday, every opportunity.

Wish you all a blessed day !

WVBORN56 said...

Benjamin I agree it is complicit and it is the establishment guys at the top but it is sad and never easy to stomach betrayal especially to the greatest Country this world has ever known. It is just so very hard to understand their mind set. Are they that greedy and corrupt for power? They already have money and control. It has to be demonic.

But the good news is we are that much closer to the return of Jesus.

Levin said...

I really don't understand their motivation either. It's really just so shortsighted when compared with eternity.

Youre' right though, each day we get closer to Jesus' return and that is the best of news. It truly is what makes the things we see taking place here bearable.

Sandra said...

Hi WV,

Just want to send my best wishes to your family and your joyous celebration tomorrow with the marriage of your daughter. As I had shared earlier my son married a beautiful christian girl (woman) and we are so happy for this blessing in our family.
Our first grandson, our little Aaron, arrives any day now. I keep asking that he would be born in heavenly places, sinless and safe from harm.
As a Canadian, I watch with concern and interest will all happening with your is very concerning watching a world leader making such blunders. I don't know the ins and outs of your health care system...the only thing I can say on this issue is that I am happy that we have universal care here in Canada. My husband went into total kidney failure when he was only 38. He is on hemodialysis so everything is covered all but prescription medication which 80% is covered under a separate coverage through his work. We have issues with our system as procedures require being on a waiting list, but we can have any doctor we wish ect...The coverage we pay in taxes so not sure how much of our taxes goes towards our medical?? Taxes are high but we all have a good standard of living so I will not complain.
Anyways, the time is so short and welcome Ray L.

Mrs.C said...

Have to respectfully disagree with the Canadian Socialized medicine.
It is absolutely outrageous, and I have continually warned others here in the U.S. of what nightmares are to come with such a medical system.

Waiting times? Lets see, it took my mother in her 80's 18 MONTHS to get a knee replacement! That was 18 MONTHS of waiting in SEVERE PAIN! It takes MONTHS to get an MRI (BECAUSE THERE ARENT THAT MANY OF THEM).When my mother FINALLY had surgery, they LEFT HER ALONE, overdosed on pain meds,in the hospital bed, WITHOUT CHANGING HER SURGICAL SITE ON HER KNEE as they were supposed to! My sister had to drive an hour, back to the hospital to find out what was going on, as when she had called our mom, she was barely able to speak!!! Worse of all, my mom, a 44 year retired RN, KNEW the proper procedures and was laying there over medicated and trying not to panic! By the time my sister arrived, she had the head of the hospital explain, and rounded up what nurses there were, to also explain the deplorable condition of our mom!
Other examples? Lets see, years ago my Brother In Law sent home from emergency room with a BROKEN BACK! THEN recently, my Brother-In-Law sent home from emergency TWICE, with clear signs of a pending heart attack (which he had never had one). Again, if it wasnt for my sisters insistence on the THIRD visit to emergency room that NIGHT, THE HEART ATTACK HE DID HAVE UPON ARRIVAL THERE IN THE PARKING LOT, WOULD HAVE BEEN FATAL FOR HIM!

Enough said...Socialized medicine is a disaster!

Sandra said...

Wow Mrs. C,

I have heard horror stories from all medical systems including south of the border. We have been a very serious medical situation now for 12 years..times at the brink of death. I am thankful for having great medical doctors and nurses. I will not get into an argument with you as you seem to thrive on this. Be blessed.

Mrs.C said...

Truly, was it necessary to make a negative untrue comment? Bait? I "thrive on" argument? Not very Christian of you towards another Sister, is it...sigh
Back on topic, just stating the truth of the Canadian Socialized Medicine system. Oh, there is more, my Aunt, in heart failure, couldnt be put in ICU, because "there werent enough beds available". Praise God she survived WAITING! Bottom line is, if your wealthy, or have lots of expendable funds, and you cant get the needed care in Canada, you simply go down to the States for treatment. Just like others around the world, they all come here to the U.S.. So essentially what this awful Socialized system does, is 1. you hope you dont have anything really serious happen to your health. and 2. It separates the haves and the haves not. Cant afford to go to the States for better care, too bad...Oh, and BTW, you do know that Im a Canadian,dont cha? And oh, BTW, the tip of the iceberg examples I provided of family members, their not poor by any stretch of the imagination...they can afford the U.S. treatment if needed and if they chose to have it...

Sandra said...

Mrs C...I am not rich, we have suffered much. Yes, I realised your are as a fellow Canadian. Celebrate what a wonderful country we live in, I am very happy in our circumstances because I know things could be a whole lot worse, especially if we not able to obtain medical coverage! My husband being in total kidney failure is not serious to health?? Without treatment he would be dead within 2 weeks. Mrs C..this is the last I will engage in this conversation.

Waterer said...

We are of course glad that your care has been good. And rightly said, there are bad stories here too. One with my 88 yr.old Mom that rivals Sister Mrs.Cs in Canada. But our experience has been that we always could count on good care and we are very edgy about seeing our system be taken down.
It is a tenuous time in our country for many reasons but the Healthcare debacle is top of the list right now for many.
We are one in Jesus neither Canadian nor American, just His. That is where our joy meets .

Sandra said...

Hi Waterer, I was only relating my experience, I don't know the ins and outs of the US system. I agree with you, Jesus bridges all of us together. How much joy we will soon have in heaven, no sickness to deal with daily. What a wonderful thought!

Scott said...

I have only briefly skimmed this comment section, so I;m not sure of the whole discussion, so take this for what it is worth -- but years ago I seriously considered moving to Canada, in the health care field (obviously) and did a lot of research into their health care system, and in my opinion at that time, it appeared severely broken and from a practicing physician point of view, it was downright scary.

What will happen here, as with all socialist/communist forms of governments, it will only divide the "haves" and the "Have nots" even more dramatically (which is bizarre since the whole premise is the opposite)....We will end up with single-payer, but those who can pay cash will have access to whatever Dr they want, whenever - private suites, no waiting etc....Even the USSR evolved intoIt is inevitable and predictable.

The scary thingis - and no one is talking about this - is the coming doctor and nurse shortage. It simply won't be worth the effort to go through 4 years of college (with straight As), 4 years of residency and another 3-7 years of residency. And a dramatic number of doctors are leaving practice and retiring or going into other health care jobs. Our doctors will come from foreign centers, much like the UK has now. This will also be sub-optimal.

Ahhh - the liberal utopia is almost upon us.

Oh, and of course ranking government people will, as usual, have their own plans, so they won't be affected.

Scott said...

4 years of med school, not residency

Mrs.C said...

Yes indeed Brother Scott, Canadian Socialized Medicine, is very scary indeed! Remember this?

"Canadian hospital caves over its refusal to send terminally ill baby home... but still won't give him treatment to prolong his life"

Anywhere you find Socialized/Communist "medical" systems, they are a nightmare. Used to work closely for years with an International group of folks, and whew, the stories are a shocker to say the least!

Whew, how bout those "death panels" to come!? Reminds me of Caesar with the live or die, thumbs up or thumbs down!

You are 100% spot on with the "haves" and "have nots" with this kind of medical system.Personally, we had a very dear friend that was a "have" living in Ontario, and after her treatments in Canada were unsuccessful, ended up flying down to the States for treatment. It was very sadly, too late.

It has ALREADY started here, with the Doctors entering into what is referred to as "Concierge Doctors". Heres just one of many articles describing what you where talking about...

"Concierge medicine a sign of trouble in family practices"

Sandra said...

Hi Scott,

I have some very close friends in the medical field (surgeons, family doctors and a doctor that only works in an emergency unit)feel that some things they would like to see fixed but overall know that that for every bad story there are hundreds of good stories untold. I think for me the scary thing about your current system is that 30 million (is that the right number??) have no medical coverage. Canada's total population is 34 Million. So all of Canada would have no coverage, good or bad!

So, there has to be a solution in all of this. I heard Michelle Buchanan (is that the right name? Tea Party) interviewed by Wolf Blitzer last night, she suggested instead of dismantling your current system that funds should be available for those who need coverage...she threw out some numbers and said it is more fiscally sound than taking apart the your system.
You have touched on the real issue is the shortage of doctors and nurses. There are not enough university spaces available each year to train up a doctors. The cost for the student is $250,000 which takes a lot out due to the costs. My daughter is currently working on her PHD in the science field, she wants to go on to medical school but she is afraid she will not get in as now it is like a lottery because there are so many qualified but not enough spaces. So many doctors are ready to retire but there are not enough coming up to replace them. This plagues our health care system up here...
Anyways, this is my thoughts after 12 years of being in the system.

Scott said...

Well, of that 30 million w/o coverage - that is by choice. I have read where Obamacare may give ~ 3 million coverage from that figure.

The US had unequivocally, the best medical care in the world, hands down. That isn't even remotely questionable.

There were many many better solutions. Medical/savings accounts, different forms of "major medical" care coverage, etc. Things far, far better than single-payer.

Is there a single government plan that works better than free enterprise? any? Post office vs Fed Ex or UPS.....Name one.

Are you familiar with the UK's health care? It is similar to where we are going and it is a complete disaster. I work closely with UK health and have so for 30 years, and according to everyone - Physicians, nurses and more importantly, patients - all consider it an unmitigated disaster.

If there were 30 million uninsured before - that number has now grown considerably. There are now several more uninsured as a result of our government policies - so if insuring more people was the goal, then they have made it even worse.

Heck, I'll go one step further.

Throughout the history of the world, has there ever been a socialist system that was successful and didn't end up resulting in significant pain and misery for the masses?

Scott said...

Meant to say, or the 30 mil w/o coverage a reasonably hight % of that is by choice.

Sandra said...

I agree with you on that one Scott, every system seems to end up in pain & suffering, but not the perfect plan of government system given to the Moses by God. Does it not excite your thoughts knowing Yeshua, the King of Kings, will rule in perfect harmony, peace, righteousness and justice ...with no sickness!

As far as the goes with the medical system, it seems no plan is perfect either, but I am grateful that we have good medical help in our VERY stressful situation which I was relating and started this whole conversation.
Blessing Scott, and thank you again for all your hard work!

Scott said...

Amen to that!!!

Mrs.C said...

Oh yeh Brother Scott, the UK is a nightmare for medical treatment!

Not only does Socialized Medicine turn patients into cattle going through the chutes, treated as numbers, but it erodes the level of competency of the caregivers. Its a (pardon the term) crap shoot as to whether your Doctor/Nurse is competent! They become uncaring robots, kinda like what we hear of and experience here with "Nursing homes". Low wages etc.

Then of course there is the dismantling of Research. No incentive for anything new all the way around in that field. :(

As for the 30 million, 40 million supposedly "uninsured". Personally, Ive had a difficult time from the get go with that figure. Consider the source whos providing it! The first time I heard that figure, immediately what entered my mind was this question, "how many are actually LEGAL Citizens?". I believe this is the Admins way of blending in ILLEGAL immigrants into totals, and their attempt once again to treat ILLEGALS as if they are actually Citizens! The same way they factually have Illegals VOTE!

Having lived in Caliland for decades, Ive seen the abuse of this kind of mentality. The Illegal's and the care for them there, have bankrupted the State!
Education, free, medical, free etc. They use the ER for their regular aliments like having a cold! Why? Because they know the law says that they cant be refused by a Hospital if they go to the ER! Its free for them, but WE all pay the bill...:(

Sandra said...

The numbers CNN used on Crossfire the other night were closer to 50 Million taking in illegal immigrants which neither party were disagreeing with the numbers...Neither party were disagreeing that a large part of that number (excluding the illegal immigrants) were unable to obtain coverage. So I would say there is a problem which a large Country needs to fix...Obamacare may not be the
answer, but the truth is there is a problem that needs to be addressed. I think the real issue is the manner with the administration has tackled it and have not allowed the other party to contribute to the solution as a democracy should. But truthfully I think the whole thing is a distraction for the real problems now surrounding them as a nation. If you read the above articles, this should scare us as Canadians because our Provinces will be affected by the any such attack from China.
Anyways, I think in my situation I just view health care differently as well as the many in the US that do not have coverage and this has ruined them financially if they have serious conditions. The one thing I wish to point out, that we still have free choice and can opt to go to the US if we don't want to wait on a list. I have friends (snowbirds) that own a condo in Mexico and told me a lot of Canadians and US citizens go there for healthcare because it is so cheap and good service.