Saturday, March 17, 2018

11 Ways to be a Prayer Warrior

So many bad circumstances take place in this fallen world – such as illness, crime, accidents, and conflicts – that it’s easy to get so discouraged that you simply let it all happen without fighting it. But you actually have more control over bad situations than you may realize. Evil is behind much of the bad that happens in the world, and God has given you the ability to fight evil and overcome it with good through the most powerful weapon possible: prayer.

God calls all believers to fight in the spiritual  and social  battles of life that are constantly taking place, where evil causes suffering but God works to redeem it for good purposes. Those who say “yes” to God’s call – prayer warriors – participate in the world’s most important work. Here’s how you can be a prayer warrior:

Understand that there is a war and you are in it. Like it or not, all of us are caught up in the spiritual war that’s taking place between good and evil. If you don’t engage in the war, you’ll still be affected by it – and you’ll be much more vulnerable to evil than you would if you decided to fight as God calls you to do. So be active; not passive. Engage in spiritual warfare with the confidence that God’s power working through you is greater than any evil working against you. Your prayers can help prevent bad things from happening to people and usher good things into people’s lives. Listen to the Holy Spirit’s promptings for guidance about how best to pray for what’s most needed – and then pray to advance God’s kingdom on Earth and stop the spread of evil.

Know your commander and stand on His side. Your commander in spiritual warfare is Jesus Christ, who leads two armies: the army of holy angels in heaven and the army of prayer warriors on Earth. Jesus chose you, saves you, gives you an eternal inheritance of blessings, and lives in your soul as the Holy Spirit. Jesus wants you to choose His side in the spiritual war, and to remember that the power He gives you is more powerful than evil. Your commander Jesus is the greatest example of a prayer warrior; by studying his life on Earth you can learn how to serve God without fear.

Recognize who your true enemy is. Your enemy is Satan, the highest ranked of the fallen angels who rebelled against God. Satan is your adversary, accuser, tempter, and deceiver. He works by trying to convince you to doubt God’s truth and believe his lies instead. You open doors for your enemy to attack you whenever you deliberately disobey God and choose to sin. It’s vital to run away from temptations to sin and pray against Satan’s plans to hurt you and other people.

Be certain of your authority in prayer. Jesus has given you authority to pray in His name and to know that He will answer your prayers according to God’s will and at the right time. Be confident that you can pray to usher God’s power into any situation.

Condition yourself to be all you can be. Do the best you can to stay in good condition spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Prayer warriors, like soldiers should in order to be optimally effective when fighting.

Put on your protective armor each morning. Put on the spiritual armor that the Bible mentions can help you engage in spiritual warfare: Gird your waist with the truth by reading your Bible often so that its truths sink deeply into your soul, and keeping those truths in mind whenever you make decisions to help guard yourself from deception. Put on the breastplate of righteousness by relying on the Holy Spirit’s guidance to choose what’s right; your right attitudes and actions will act like a bulletproof vest protecting you against Satan’s attacks. Shoe your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace by accepting the peace that only Jesus can give you and using that peace as an unshakeable foundation of confidence to defend yourself against evil. Take the shield of faith by placing your faith in God and His Word, the Bible, to deliver you from evil and trusting that anything is indeed possible with God. Put on the helmet of salvation by reminding yourself of what Jesus did on the Cross to save you from sin’s deception and destruction, and choosing to believe what Jesus says about you rather than lies the enemy wants you to believe. Take the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God by combatting lies with biblical truth, both defensively and offensively. Keep praying and relying on the Holy Spirit working through you until you see breakthroughs happen and God’s will is accomplished in the situations about which the Spirit led you to pray.

Become skilled with your spiritual weapons. Read the Bible and incorporate its truth into your life. Invite God’s presence into your life in greater power through praise and worship. Believe that anything is possible with God. Fast when you pray about especially challenging situations. Commit everything you pray about fully to God.

Engage in the war knowing time in short. Keep in mind that the time until Jesus returns at the end of the world is limited, and so is that time you have to live and serve on Earth. So make the most of the time you have to fight evil.

Identify the immediate battlefield. When you’re attacked by evil, be as specific as possible in your prayers about where the enemy has taken the battle.

Follow his orders to resist the enemy. Resist Satan and the evil spirits who work with him by submitting your life completely to God, rejecting pride, refusing fear, praying for miracles, being content, remembering what’s true and what’s not, and never giving up when you’re praying.

See what’s happening from God’s perspective. Ask God to show you the full truth about what’s going on in the situations about which you’re praying, as well as how you can pray about each of those situations to be most effective against evil.

Recommended Reading:

Prayer Warrior: The Power of Praying Your Way to Victory: Stormie Omartian®-Victory/dp/0736953663


My heavenly Father hears my voice during my prayers.  He preserves my life from fear of the enemy. With God on my side, no foe can make me  afraid or cause me to  tremble or panic.  The Lord hides me from the secret plots of the wicked. Those who speak evil things against me shall be brought to nothing. Those who scheme together against me and talk of laying secret snares to trap me, shall face the Lord.

When the enemy rises against me with curses of destruction, God arouses  Himself on my behalf. He turns their own tongues against them and brings them to ruin. The very curses that they send to me  are turned back on their own heads, and all who see them will shake their heads in wonder of what possessed them to be so foolish. All who see what my Father does on my behalf will tremble with awe as they ponder over what has been done. They will openly proclaim that my God is the greatest and his deeds have no equal.  As for me I will continuously praise the Lord . My refuge is in him and my joy will never end. In Jesus Mighty name Amen!

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Friday, March 16, 2018



Beloved, all the power of the enemy has been disabled by Jesus. You serve a powerful King who loves to fight. The battle is always mine because I relish the conflict. You are in the joyful business of working from a place of victory, never towards it. Your role is to partake in my overcoming. Therefore you always know the outcome before the battle. Abide in me, beloved child, and you will stand in my presence and occupy your standing in power and victory. I desire that you live a life that partners with victory in a way that guarantees the outcome of every conflict. 

Child, you can only lose this fight , if you lack focus. My people do not require rescuing. They have a mindset in Christ that is aligned with majesty. They see everything as an opportunity to believe me for something powerful to happen. They are privileged  to trust me. I am excited to teach you how to move in faith. I want you to explore my heart for you in this combat. My favor is ever present, allow this oppositional situation to reveal it to you. Ask me for this revelation so that you may encounter me! I want you to delight in me when your life is contested. I have made arrangements for you to advance and increase in the Spirit.
When opposition is fierce and protracted, it is only because there are lots of blessings, increases and advances that you must receive over that period of time. They all begin in an upgrade in your relationship and fellowship with me. I want you to become so fascinated by my love for you that you are never intimidated by the evil one. You have my blessing and permission to make the enemy confused. I anoint you to weary him by your rest. I appoint you to discourage him by your faith. I empower you to demoralize him with your joy. I refresh you so that he is depressed by your endurance. I commit all that I am to you, so that the enemy becomes dispirited by your favor. I embrace you in all that you are not, and all that you may become, so that the enemy is defeated by your grace. Be refreshed. Receive my mindset in these matters and be renewed in the spirit of your mind! 

I want you to be confident in Me, unashamed and uncondemned.  Pray with joy, rejoice in my nature.  Make choices that are in line with my Sovereignty. Never allow the enemy to obstruct you or invalidate your anointing. There is no frustration in Heaven, therefore, it cannot be allowed to exist in your circumstances. In Christ Jesus there is always another possibility. A renewed mind empowers you to think outside the box of your own reasoning. 

A renewed mind is always celebrating something. Renewed thinking always contains the vision that I have in regard for your life and circumstances. Come with Me and I will teach you about the power of the one with THE ONE! It is time to upgrade your stature in Christ to the next level. 


The Lord is my light and my salvation-I shall fear no one. The very creator of the universe is the impenetrable fortress of safety in my life. For me to fear any enemy would be ludicrous. 

When my foes advance against me to devour my flesh, they will trip over their own devices and fall with a great destruction. Though a vast, innumerable  army surrounds me, demanding my surrender, my heart will be still and I will not give in to terror. Even if they all attack at once and the odds appear overwhelming, I will still remain confident and full of courage for I know that my heavenly Father has taken his stand by my side. No matter what the odds may be, my victory is made certain and I will never give in to fear. I will never give in or give up in Jesus name Amen!

click on the link below and listen to Graham Cooke

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Moody Publishers, Sep 9, 1994 - Religion - 384 pages
The Christian in Complete Armour provides daily readings packed with tools for spiritual triumph. Written in the seventeenth century by Pastor William Gurnall and compiled into 365 readings by editor James S. Bell, Jr., this collection supplies Christians with a soul-searching and inspiring supplement to the Bible.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Are you being bullied at work?
Would you like to fight back?

Bullies, backstabbers and manipulators

Is there someone at your workplace who makes you feel anxious, frustrated or angry? Does that person seem intent on controlling your behavior against your will? Does he belittle, embarrass or even humiliate you?
With most people, if you make the effort, you can usually get along. Problems arise and are solved. But what if your boss, or one of your co-workers, resists any attempt to have a normal, mutually respectful working relationship?
Maybe he is overly critical or micromanaging. He seems intent on intimidating or controlling you. Or he appears to support you one day, then undermines you the next. You find yourself on an emotional roller-coaster. You feel confused and manipulated. You feel like you are alone in an increasingly painful struggle against his clever, self-serving, destructive behaviors. Your job has become an ordeal and there seems to be no way out.
If this is your situation, then you are probably dealing with a workplace bully.

Over 30 million bullied

You’re not the only one. Roughly one-fourth of employed Americans have reported bullying at work. That’s over 30 million people.
Unfortunately, most targets of bullying lack the knowledge and skills to effectively respond. Either they don’t understand the cause of their problems, or they don’t realize that it’s possible to fight back. That's over 30 million easy targets. No wonder that bullies act with such smug confidence in their ability to dominate others.
In reading this website, you can separate yourself from the crowd. You can learn the skills and techniques to neutralize or even overcome the bully in your life.
Or at the least you can become a less rewarding target, and maybe he’ll go ruin someone else's day. is dedicated to advancing the understanding of workplace bullies, backstabbers and manipulators, and to providing the tools to effectively deal with their aggressive behaviors.

What is a workplace bully?

On its surface, bullying is a simple concept. A strong person acts harshly towards someone weaker, and the bullying is blatant and habitual. It includes browbeating and threatening, verbal abuse and yelling. everyone recognizes that person as a bully.

Obvious bullies ultimately fail

An obvious bully is noisy, overly aggressive and blatent in his attempts to force others to comply with his will. Resist him and he attacks like an ill-bred pitbull. In some toxic workplaces, he may survive for years, or even become a high-level executive.
But usually he will get himself fired. His nasty over-the-top bullying is just too obvious. This simple, stupid version of bullying is rarely a path to sustained success in the American workplace.

Beware the clever bully

Because of this, a successful workplace bully is usually much cleverer in his tactics. He rarely resembles the stereotype. His methods are very subtle, disguised with all the right behaviors.
In that lies his treachery. People respect and trust him, and he quietly betrays their trust whenever necessary to fulfill his ambitions. For him, the ends always justifies the means.
And if the bully is particularly good at this, no one except his victims sees the betrayals. In some cases, not even the victims realize what has happened.

It gets worse and worse...

To make matters worse, a highly skilled bully usually has the dedication, focus and business acumen to create success, or at least the appearance of success. Then he is honored and promoted, held up as an example of a company-centric leader. He is rewarded while the frustration builds among the targets of his bullying and intimidating, backstabbing and manipulating. For them, life has become an upside-down hell..

Beyond the traditional definition of "bully"

A skilled, clever bully displays an elaborate, complex set of behaviors to exploit people around him. Those who only consider bullying to be blatantly aggressive behavior are missing the point. Any habitual pattern of intentional, socially cruel behavior is bullying, including the subtle tactics of deceit, distortion, misreprentation and misdirection. When the penalty for resisting someone is destruction of your position and reputation, it’s fair to describe that person as a bully.
Using this broad definition, bullying has reached epidemic proportions in the American workplace.

Accidental vs. intentional bullying

Not everyone who displays bullying behaviors can truly be described as a workplace bully. If someone has genuine concern for your well-being, he may be attempting to influence your behavior for your own good. Just because you don’t like his approach doesn’t make him a bully.
Or someone may yell at you in frustration. But perhaps he lacks emotional maturity and is overreacting to a stressful situation. An isolated incident doesn’t prove bullying. Good-hearted people often make mistakes.
In contrast, a workplace bully has self-serving goals with a complete lack of respect or caring for others, who he never considers as equals. And among these moral and intellectual inferiors, he feels free to use any means necessary to gain compliance. It is his perpetual intention to dominate those he considers to be weak, naive, unaware or otherwise susceptible to his guile.

Learn the skills to deal with bullying

Would you like to fight back against the bullies in your life? This website will show you how.
Part One will help you understand workplace bullies, backstabbers and manipulators, and Part Two will provide you with the tools to effectively deal with their aggressive behaviors.
Many terrible situations have already been dramatically improved using these techniques (see the User Comments page). I sincerely hope you will also be benefited.
WARNING: While is intended to guide you to a better life, we take no responsibility for anything bad that happens as a result of applying the attitudes and techniques provided in this web site.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Vision About Billy Graham's entrance into heaven

Honoring America in Prayer - The Billy Graham Library Blog

The most viral quotation from the late preacher—at one point shared every 15 seconds on Twitter—addresses Graham’s own view of his death:
Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.
It’s a stirring remark that captures the heart of the evangelist’s life and message—his focus on the gospel and his confidence in eternity. Listen and watch the video below on how this was revealed to a sister in Christ several years before Mr. Graham's death. You are going to be amazed!


Just As I Am

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Did J. Edgar Hoover Really Wear Dresses?

Mr. Kessler is the author of a new book on the FBI, The Bureau: The Secret History of the FBI, available from

In 1993, Anthony Summers, in his book Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, claimed that Hoover did not pursue organized crime because the Mafia had blackmail material on him. In support of that, Summers quoted Susan L. Rosenstiel, a former wife of Lewis S. Rosenstiel, chairman of Schenley Industries Inc., as saying that in 1958, she was at a party at the Plaza Hotel where Hoover engaged in cross-dressing in front of her then-husband and Roy Cohn, former counsel to Senator Joe McCarthy.
"He [Hoover] was wearing a fluffy black dress, very fluffy, with flounces and lace stockings and high heels, and a black curly wig," Summers quoted Susan as saying."He had makeup on and false eyelashes."[1]
Susan claimed Cohn introduced Hoover to her as"Mary." Hoover allegedly responded,"Good evening." She said she saw Hoover go into a bedroom and take off his skirt. There,"young blond boys" worked on him in bed. Later, as Hoover and Cohn watched, Lewis Rosenstiel had sex with the young boys.
A year later, Susan claimed, she again saw Hoover at the Plaza. This time, the director was wearing a red dress. Around his neck was a black feather boa. He was holding a Bible, and he asked one of the blond boys to read a passage as another boy played with him.
It was episodes such as these, Summers declared, that the Mafia held over Hoover's head."Mafia bosses obtained information about Hoover's sex life and used it for decades to keep the FBI at bay," the jacket of the book says."Without this, the Mafia as we know it might never have gained its hold on America."

(Click here to see a cartoon by Pat Oliphant depicting Hoover in a dress.)

Exposed - J. Edgar Hoover was Black

Saturday, February 3, 2018



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"Four Rutgers Newark campus police officers, including the department's second in command, have resigned after they were accused of violating department policies, a University spokeswoman said. The four resigned November 6, 2000 after they declined a hearing before university officials to answer accusations against them, said Helen Paxton a university spokeswoman. Among the policies the officers were accused of violating were guidelines for filing criminal incident reports and handling evidence, Paxton said. The officers are not facing criminal charges she said. The complaints stemmed from an investigation begun last summer by former Rutgers-Newark Police Chief Ottoviano Cilenti(who was fired by Rutgers in May 2000, and prior to this he was also fired by UMDNJ after having worked there for 10 years as Chief of Police) after complaints were made to the university against them Paxton said. She declined to elaborate on the nature of those complaints(more information with regards to the nature of those complaints will be provided below). Those who resigned were identified as Capt Tom Kozakiewicz, Detective Francis Esser,  and Lts. Paul Burt and John Prendeville. Reached at home last night Frank Esser refused to comment. Two other officers were disciplined or suspended( Lt. Robert Hahn & Jimmy Rivera) but Paxton would not give their names  or the nature of the measures taken against them, citing personnel confidentiality rules.  Rutgers Newark Police is seeking to replace the officers said Paxton".

So what was the nature of these complaints which Ms. Paxton refused to comment on? Simply put Rutgers Newark Police  with the approval of their egomaniac, human manure, Chief of Police Otto Cilenti illegally installed video surveillance  cameras inside the police officer's locker rooms which served no legitimate business necessity for the University or the police dept in violation of N.J. State Privacy Laws! Based upon one of the officers I spoke to at the time who was still working there, Rutgers desperately tried to dodge the bullet by attempting to justify that the video surveillance served a legitimate business necessity. This resulted in 14 police officers filing a class action lawsuit against the university. The case was settled out of court in favor of the 14 police officers(see paragraph below for more details on lawful use of video surveillance).
Lawful Use of Video Surveillance 
When employers use video cameras to monitor employees, they must have a legitimate business reason. State privacy laws may determine the extent at which video monitoring is considered legitimate and therefore lawful (check with your state labor agency for more details). Most of these laws limiting video camera use in the workplace pertain to restrooms, break rooms, and other areas for which there is a reasonable expectation of privacy. California law, for example prohibits the use of two-way mirrors in restrooms, locker rooms, and similar locations
Rutger's Porking Police Department


Since  leaving RPD I am no longer bound by their blue wall of silence, so I feel I'm more at liberty now to share some of the sordid moral decay that I witnessed first hand from some of these individuals who worked as campus police officers for Rutgers University. However, I will not disclose any names since I feel that is not practical. I will also do my best to be tactful with my use of words and not offend anyone's sensibilities.

First let me begin my stating that back then we had a white  lieutenant who was very open about being gay. During the midnight shift  when he would get these urges to have a chocolate experience, he had the habit of cruising down Halsey St. and pick up one of the booty boys( black male prostitutes). He would take them joy riding in one of the unmarked patrol cars around the campus. Later  when the time was right he would go into one of the academic buildings with the booty boy pretending that he was giving him a tour of the building. That of course was illegal because that would  constitute criminal trespass and only authorized personnel were permitted in those buildings.  Not to mention the fact that he was engaging in official misconduct by having male prostitutes riding with him in a patrol car. But it doesn't take much of a stretch of the imagination to figure out what was taking place between the free bird and the banger once they were alone inside an academic building. Also at the time while this was going on, this lieutenant was married with 2 daughters in their late teens.  I wonder if his wife ever found out about his dark secrets.

Next we had two officers who would go to the student dorms to have sex with the girls. They both were married with children. The Hispanic officer told me once that he  took one of the girls into the men's room in one of the academic buildings to engage in sexual intercourse with her. After that encounter, I met that young lady while on foot patrol. I didn't know who she was until she started asking me concerning the whereabouts of this Hispanic officer. I later told this Hispanic officer that a girl was looking for him. He told me that was the girl he had sexual intercourse  with in the men's room and that he was just ignoring her. This poor girl became emotionally hooked with this married man. He just used her as a sexual outlet and tossed her aside like a filthy dirty rag.  After that day, I never saw that  pretty white female ever again. He also told me on another occasion that he sexually engaged another female student in her dorm room until her vaginal fluids went dry.
This same officer was carrying on an extra-marital affair with one of the female employees who was also married right inside one of the academic buildings while on duty, and eventually this woman became pregnant and had his child.  This Hispanic officer's wife was one of the secretaries who was working for the Office of the Provost at the Newark Campus. Needless to say his wife ended up divorcing him. 

The second officer who was black, had the habit of parking the patrol car on the campus plaza between Dana Library and  Robeson Campus Center between the hours 12:00am to 6:00am. He would then spend those six hours in the student dorms across the street having sexual intercourse with every girl that he could get his hands on. One evening while in the locker room during shift change at police headquarters in front of several officers who were present including myself, he stated that the only reason he is doing all this whoring around is because when he reaches the age of 65, he doesn't want to have any regrets. Ultimately in June 1997 one of the girls found out what he was doing to her and the other girls. She reported him to RPD. Shortly afterward he was arrested and fired. By the way, this same individual has a felony conviction for drug trafficking and was granted probation by a Judge. And Rutgers Police commissioned this convicted felon to be a police officer?

There were many more sexual scandals that was going on inside this police dept .  It was not unusual for supervisors to keep hardcore pornographic magazines inside their desk to look at in their spare time while on duty. Two officers told me that they were getting oral sex from 1 woman each who allowed them to release their semen down their throats. Some of these men were having extra-marital affairs with other crazy women employees within the university. And this included other female police officer(s). It was open season for these WHORE MASTERS, and if you had a daughter attending Rutgers University during those years, I ASSURE  YOU MOM AND DAD THEY WERE GETTING YOUR MONEY'S WORTH BY GIVING SOME ONE'S  LITTLE DAUGHTER A PORKING EXPERIENCE! They couldn't care any less or give a damn about keeping the Police Code of Ethics; go to the following link: Police Code of Ethics | Police

 Dear viewer: While these sexual predators from RPD were busy getting laid in academic buildings and student dorms and who knows where else, while their supervisor was browsing the pages of pornographic magazines in police headquarters, how many students from R.U. were having their cars stolen, burglarized or hi-jacked,  laptops, textbooks or other personal belongings stolen,  female students  being gang raped in  fraternity houses,  students  being robbed at gun point or subjected to strong arm robbery? How many academic buildings or local businesses were being burglarized? How many people were being shot or stabbed? How many female employees from physical plant who worked the midnight shift cleaning the offices of academic buildings were raped? What if there is ever a mass shooting in one of R.U. college campuses like what occurred at Virginia Tech University in April 2007?(Virginia Tech shooting - Wikipedia). 
What explanation will Rutgers University attempt  to offer to the family members of those victims?
 It's a darn shame that parents from all over the world are investing thousands of dollars on their child's education thinking that they are 100% safe from sexual predators and criminals who roam the campuses of R.U.  Some of these sexual predators were  right there beside me wearing a badge, gun and uniform while on duty. To the best of my knowledge most  if not all are gone from Rutgers. Maybe things have changed or improved since my departure from this police dept more than 2 decades ago. But that doesn't nullify the fact that RPD has a history of police corruption.  I have nothing good to say about it. And neither do I have anything good to say about Rutgers University and their faculty/staff for allowing  these young female students to become the victims of sexual exploitation  right underneath their noses. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017



JFK Assassination  Recreation 

"God, I hate to go to Texas," Kennedy told a friend, saying he had "a terrible feeling about going."
   He was certainly preoccupied with the possibility of assassination

As utterly shocking and traumatic as the assassination of John F. Kennedy was, the one person who might not have been surprised that it happened was JFK himself.

It's worth remembering, as the 50th anniversary of JFK's death approaches, that the young president had a morbid fascination with sudden death - and sometimes speculated that he would die at the hands of an assassin.

"Thank God nobody wanted to kill me today," he said to a friend half a century ago tonight while flying from Florida to Washington. How would it happen? By someone firing at his motorcade from a high window, he thought.

Kennedy also confided in the friend, Dave Powers, that he really didn't want to go to Texas later that week.

"God, I hate to go to Texas," JFK said, adding that he had "a terrible feeling about going."

And on the morning of his murder, Friday, November 22, that terrible feeling was still with him.

"Last night would have been a hell of a night to assassinate a president," he told his wife Jacqueline and Ken O'Donnell, a top aide. William Manchester, in the definitive account of the assassination - Death of a President - picks up the story:
"I mean it," Kennedy said. "There was the rain, and the night, and we were all getting jostled. Suppose a man had a pistol in a briefcase." Then Kennedy "gestured vividly, pointing his rigid index finger at the wall and jerking his thumb twice to show the action of the hammer. "Then he could have dropped the gun and the briefcase" - in pantomime he dropped them and whirled in a tense crouch - "and melted away in the crowd." [Death of a President]
Why the fatal fixation? Kennedy - whose favorite poem was "I Have a Rendezvous with Death" by Alan Seeger - knew that for him, for his family, death was always near. He lost his older brother in World War II, when his plane blew up over the English Channel in August 1944. Another plane crash, in May 1948, claimed a sister. He and Jacqueline lost two children: Arabella, their first daughter, delivered stillborn in August 1956, and son Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, who died in August 1963 after just 36 hours. When the infant passed, his father was holding his hand, urging him to hang on; JFK then retreated to a nearby boiler room and broke down in sobs.

Intertwined with these family tragedies were three brushes with death for Kennedy himself. He was given the last rites of his church three times. In 1947, after becoming gravely ill in England. In 1951, he nearly succumbed to a very high fever while visiting Japan. The third time was in 1954 following back surgery to repair his spine: he developed an infection and slipped into a coma for several weeks.

If anything, Kennedy's close calls instilled in him an appreciation for life; both friend and foe described him as a man who understood that time was short and therefore must be lived to the hilt each day. He once predicted he wouldn't live past age 45 (he was off by less than six months) and didn't waste a minute.

Of course, this zeal often manifested itself in unsavory ways. He was, as we all know, a notorious philanderer, bedding everyone from movie stars to wives of close friends to young White House interns.

Then there is this tragic irony: The very understanding that time was limited encouraged him to take risks with his life; that risky behavior may have contributed to his early death. As president, he insisted on riding in open cars whenever possible, and preferred that Secret Service agents be posted, whenever possible, on the follow-up car directly behind his. Unless the weather was bad or there was a known threat, that's the way he liked it. Simply put, John F. Kennedy wanted to be seen, he wanted maximum exposure to voters. A treasure trove of photos from countless trips over the course of his entire presidency belie the conspiracist notion that somehow the security in Dallas in Nov. 22 was different. It wasn't. Indeed, agents that morning at Love Field, where the motorcade was to begin, were wondering whether to put the top (which wasn't bulletproof anyway) on SS100X, Kennedy's 1961 Lincoln Continental. After all, it was drizzling.

A call to the president's top aide, O'Donnell, gave them their answer.

"If the weather is clear and it's not raining, have that bubbletop off," the Secret Service was told.

The skies cleared, and Air Force One, after a 13-minute flight from Fort Worth, landed under brilliant blue skies. It was a good omen, and the president's men always called a day like Nov. 22 "Kennedy weather."

Barr McClellan - How LBJ Killed JFK

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