Pat’s Picks

Religious broadcaster and sometime clairvoyant Pat Robertson has announced his God-inspired predictions for 2008, the AP reports. Apparently, we’re in for more violence around the world and $150-per-barrel oil. Also, the broadcaster says there will be a major stock market crash in 2009 or 2010. “The Lord was saying that there’s going to be violence […]

Religious broadcaster and sometime clairvoyant Pat Robertson has announced his God-inspired predictions for 2008, the AP reports.

Apparently, we’re in for more violence around the world and $150-per-barrel oil. Also, the broadcaster says there will be a major stock market crash in 2009 or 2010.

“The Lord was saying that there’s going to be violence and chaos in the world,” Robertson said on his “700 Club” news-and-talk show.

“We’ve just begun to see what’s going to happen, and the nations are going to be convulsed with violence,” he said, citing as an example unrest in Pakistan after the death of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

But it won’t be all bad, says Pat: “We will see the presence of angels and we will see an intensification of miracles around the world, which I think is going to be a wonderful thing.”

The New Year’s predictions have become something of an annual rite for Pat, so lets look back on some of his previous oraculations.

In 2007, he said the U.S. would be hit by a “major terrorist attackâÂ?¦ The Lord didn’t say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that.” Robertson said God told him during a recent prayer retreat that major cities and possibly millions of people will be affected by the attack, which should take place sometime after September.

In 2006, Robertson said the coasts of America, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, will be lashed by storms. 2006 was unusual, say scientists, in that no major hurricanes made landfall in the U.S. In general, it was a very slow year for storms.

In 2005, Roberts said:”What I heard is that Bush is now positioned to have victory after victory and that his second term is going to be one of triumph, which is pretty strong stuff.” Bush’s approval ratings hover at less than 30 percent; I haven’t seen any great triumphs yet. You?