Archive for April 4th, 2007

Psalm 119 – Tsadhe

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Psalm 119:137-144 (New International Version)

צ Tsadhe

137 Righteous are you, O LORD,
and your laws are right.

138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous;
they are fully trustworthy.

139 My zeal wears me out,
for my enemies ignore your words.

140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested,
and your servant loves them.

141 Though I am lowly and despised,
I do not forget your precepts.

142 Your righteousness is everlasting
and your law is true.

143 Trouble and distress have come upon me,
but your commands are my delight.

144 Your statutes are forever right;
give me understanding that I may live.

Easter IS NOT About Bunnies and Eggs

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

I posted about this subject at Christmas and I find myself asking the same question at Easter: If you do not believe in Jesus, why celebrate Easter? Easter is when Christians celebrate the FACT that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the grave three days later. Our celebration centers around the resurrection of our Savior. That is what Easter is about. That is what Easter has been about for ages. If you don’t believe in the resurrection, what is there to celebrate on Easter?
I find it interesting that non-believers choose to celebrate Christian holidays. Even atheists celebrate Christmas and Easter. Wonder why you never hear of atheists having Hanukkah and Kwaanza celebrations?

When Sally Russ’ children were young, some 30 people would come over for Easter dinner and a massive egg hunt in the yard.

Now that the kids have grown and moved away, the social activist will mail Easter to them.

“I’ll spend some ridiculous amount of money on some Easter things for my kids and ship them away, and all their friends in college will think their families are really crazy,” she said. “I did the same thing for Halloween.”

Russ’ Easter bills will add up to several hundred dollars, but it is tradition, she said. What her family tradition doesn’t include is church.

“It is definitely a secular celebration,” she said. “It was just all about the tradition for us and the ritual of it and the fun of it.”

While churches will have standing-room-only crowds Sunday, for many Americans Easter is just a spring holiday. In other words, it is about the bunny. The chocolate bunny, in fact.

Easter-candy sales are expected to top $1.885 billion this year, trailing only Halloween, according to the National Confectioners Association, a trade group of American candy makers. And Peeps, the marshmallow candy giant, expects to sell 750 million of the sticky treats this Easter, a company spokeswoman said.

A National Retail Federation survey concluded that nearly 80 percent of shoppers will celebrate Easter with their wallets, spending an average of $135.07 on holiday-related goods.

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Residents of Virginia Town Mobilize Against Effects of Illegals

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

It is the responsibility of the federal government to secure and protect our borders. When they choose not to do their duty, that responsibility must be taken over by someone. It is up to the state and local governments to deal with these problems. They seem to understand, unlike the federal government, that we, the citizens of the United States, have a right to protect ourselves against any foreign threat.

Citizens of Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County gathered together at the Manassas City Council chambers for the first ever meeting of “Help Save Manassas,” a grassroots group dedicated to preserving the community, fostering public awareness of the detriments of illegal immigration, lobbying local government on issues involving immigration and to provide a voice for citizens affected by illegal immigrants, according to the group’s charter.

On the agenda of the first meeting of HSM was the adoption of the bylaws and the election of officers.

One of the candidates, Dan Arnold, who was named a member of the executive board, made it clear he has no animosity toward any particular ethnic groups.

“But that there is a reason why sovereign nations have borders,” he added.

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The Manassas activists were inspired by action by residents of nearby Herndon in Fairfax County. They formed a group called “Help Save Herndon” that first successfully defeated a city council measure to open a publicly funded day labor center. The town has since become the first in the nation official to welcome federal immigration authorities to take action against illegals in its midst. Herndon police are also learning to enforce federal immigration laws.

A similar group has also been started in nearby Loudon County, the fastest growing in the nation.

The group’s draft bylaws include a provision to remove members for “inappropriate conduct.” The organizer of the Manassas group has opened participation to citizens and legal residents of Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County. Manassas is blighted with gang graffiti and tattooed cruisers along its broad and lengthy boulevards. It includes both multimillion-dollar estates and rundown apartments housing thousands of illegal aliens attracted to jobs in the hundreds of retail stories that line the length and breadth of its major arteries that run through the heart of Prince William County.

Frustrated by the federal government’s immigration policy, small cities across the nation are taking enforcement into their own hands, passing laws that make it harder for illegals to live and work in their communities.

Dozens of towns have followed the path of Hazelton, Pa., which passed an ordinance last July to deter housing owners from renting to illegals. Riverside, N.J., quickly passed a similar measure, which fines landlords $1,000 per day for renting to illegals and removes business licenses from employers who hire illegals.

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On the state level, legislatures have considered a record 550 pieces of immigration-related legislation and passed at least 77 new laws in 27 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

In Georgia, a massive immigration reform package passed last May sanctioned employers who hire illegals and anyone who offers them access to public services. Colorado’s legislature later passed similar measures.

In Pennsylvania, Hazelton Mayor Louis J. Barletta, an immigrant’s grandson, says he wants to make his town “the toughest place on illegal immigrants in America.”

“What I’m doing here is protecting the legal taxpayer of any race,” he said. “And I will get rid of the illegal people. It’s this simple: They must leave.”

Elsewhere:

* In Dallas, residents will vote May 12 on a proposed ordinance that would require apartment landlords to verify the legal status of tenants.

* In Mission Viejo, California, the city council has unanimously approved an ordinance to require city contractors to verify their employees’ immigration status as a condition of doing business.

* In Valley Park. Mo., last summer, landlords began evicting residents who don’t have legal status in the country.

* Landis, N.C., unanimously passed an ordinance that requires residents to conduct business with the town in English only, the local Kannapolis Independent Tribune reported. Alderman James Furr said the reason for the ordinance is to get everyone on the same page. “We want to welcome immigrants to Landis and want to understand them,” Furr said. “When someone comes before the board, I want to know them.”

* A nearby town, Mint Hill, N.C., is considering an ordinance that would go a step further, making English the official language but also punishing business owners that hire illegal workers or provide them services. Business owners would face loss of licenses for up to five years on the first offense, the Kannapolis Independent Tribune said.

* In Escondido, Calif., city leaders voted 3-2 to draft an ordinance to punish people who provide jobs and housing to illegal immigrants. Councilman Ed Gallo said the council’s charge is to “provide for the health and safety of the residents of Escondido. Is it wrong then to ask them to be here legally?”

* In Farmers Branch, Texas, a city councilman plans to propose similar measures and also wants to stop publication of any documents in Spanish and eliminate subsidies for illegal immigrants in the city’s youth programs, according to KWTX-TV in Waco, Texas.

* In Riverside, N.J., the city council already has adjusted to court challenges, approving several amendments to reinforce an ordinance that bans hiring or housing illegal immigrants.

* In Arcadia, Wisc., the new mayor, John Kimmel, is being accused of racism for plans to make English the official language and to create an “illegal alien task force” that would forward complaints to federal authorities and hold landlords accountable for renting to illegal immigrants, reported the Associated Press.

* The city council of Altoona, Pa., introduced an ordinance calling for fines and revocation of licenses for employers who hire illegal aliens and landlords who house them.

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Texas Senate Opens With Muslim Prayer

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Looks like ‘One Nation Under God’ needs to remember which God they serve. A Muslim prayer in any state meeting should cause American Christians to rise up, but it won’t. Our society (yes, even the Christians) has been so indoctrinated with inclusion and ‘tolerance’ that we may dislike what is going on, but we keep our mouths shut.

The Texas Senate will open today with its first Islamic prayer, offered by a Dallas imam who has been criticized for participating in a “tribute to the great Islamic visionary,” Ayatollah Khomeini.

Imam Yusuf Kavakci of the Dallas Central Mosque is scheduled to be welcomed by Texas’ Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Florence Shapiro, the Senate’s senior Jewish member and sponsor of Kavakci’s invocation.

According to an announcement by the Dallas-Forth Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the occasion will be broadcast live on the Texas Senate website and attended by a number of faith-based groups, including Texas Impact, Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission, Texas Conference of Churches and Texas Islamic Council.

“Don’t miss the next milestone event for the Texas Muslim community!’ DFW-CAIR’s announcement read. “On April 4, 2007, the first Muslim imam will open the Texas Senate with an Islamic prayer.”

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More Madness in the Judicial System

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

It seems that the U.S. Judicial System has no clue anymore what justice means. I used to believe in our judicial system, but having been both an active observer of the system and a victim who was denied justice, I no longer do.
It almost seems that illegal aliens have more rights and privileges than U.S. citizens.

A damage lawsuit brought by two illegal aliens injured by shell fragments when Deputy Gilmer Hernandez shot at the tires of the van in which they escaped from a routine traffic stop has been settled for $100,000, but the sheriff is unhappy any payment was made.

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The plaintiffs had planned to sue Hernandez and Letsinger individually, as well as in their official positions, plus Edwards County, where both worked.

Letsinger told WND that the West Texas Rural Counties Association advice in the mediation meeting was to accept the $100,000 settlement because that amount would equal the cost of litigation. But it was far from the $1.5 million Rodriquez-Garcia and Garcia-Perez demanded initially.

As part of the settlement, Rodriquez-Garcia and Garcia-Perez agreed to pursue no further litigation against Hernandez, Letsinger, or Edwards County.

“The settlement was fair,” Letsinger told WND. “I’m happy about the settlement in that we would have had to spend $100,000 to litigate the case anyway.”

Still, Letsinger expressed his unhappiness that the settlement had to be paid at all.

“As far as these people getting any money at all, I’m not happy about that,” Letsinger commented. “I don’t think they deserve anything. I don’t believe that people who participate in a criminal conspiracy to rob a bank and then get shot trying to escape should be entitled to compensation.”

Letsinger explained to WND that Rodriquez-Garcia and Garcia-Perez were involved in a conspiracy to import illegal immigrants into the United States when they were injured.

“These people were involved in a conspiracy to break the law,” Letsinger said. “They assaulted an officer of the law and these two women got wounded as a result. I’m not happy they got compensated.”

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Hernandez has been sentenced to one year plus one day in federal prison for criminally violating the civil rights of the illegal aliens who were in a van that attempted to run over Hernandez after a traffic stop April 14, 2005, in Rocksprings, Texas. As WND reported, the federal government had recommended a seven-year prison term.

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Bob Jones University Declines Meeting With Pro-‘Gay’ Advocates

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Here’s the key to the whole issue:
‘Your argument is with Bible, not us’

I’m going to post the whole article and go through and highlight some very important words and phrases from both the homosexual group, Soulforce Equality Riders, and Bob Jones University officials.

A team of homosexual activists whose goal is to “dialogue” with Christian colleges about changing their beliefs regarding the “gay” lifestyle is coming to Bob Jones University, but campus officials already have made plans to, very politely, disinvite them from campus.

The “Soulforce Equality Riders” several weeks ago launched teams in two buses with directions to head to several dozen Christian colleges and “address discriminatory” policies on those campuses.

However, officials at Bob Jones University, a leader in Christian education as well as publishing and ministry, say there’s no point in meeting with the group, scheduled to arrive tomorrow.

“As Bible-believing Christians, our faith and practice is based on Scripture which speaks consistently on the subject of sexual expression in many passages through both the Old and New Testaments. Therefore, Soulforce’s ultimate disagreement is not with BJU or any other institution that holds to the Scriptural position, but with Scripture itself,” BJU said in a position statement on the pending visit.

“BJU does not single out homosexuals in its policies, but follows the Bible’s teaching on the whole matter of sexual expression. Scripture specifically prohibits lewdness, fornication, adultery, homosexuality and any other sexual expression outside of marriage between one man and one woman. BJU’s desire is to develop Christlikeness in our students and to teach them to base life’s choices on God’s Word. Achieving those goals requires that BJU policies align with Scriptural teaching. Therefore, BJU policies prohibit any form of sexual activity outside of Scripture’s boundaries (or marriage between one man and one woman). Each year our students voluntarily sign a statement that they will conform with these policies,” the school said.

A reader who contacted WND about the pro-homosexual campaign being staged by the bus teams said the lack of news coverage on the first few visits, at various Christian colleges in Iowa, California and other locations, is part of the problem.

“I’m sure most of the media would be okay with Soulforce wanting to visit and push their agenda on the school, but if it was a group of Christians going onto campuses pushing Christ on people that would be viewed as harassment,” he wrote.

Officials with Soulforce’s Equality Ride said during an earlier visit to Pepperdine that its “discriminatory doctrines and policies” actually “harm LGBT individuals on campus.”

Organizers claim that although their goal is to “end religion-based discrimination against LGBT students on Christian campuses,” they have “endured” police escorts, bus vandalisms and “being held in jail for over 24 hours” – “all for attempting peaceful dialogue regarding the wellbeing of LGBT students on these campuses.”

But BJU said, that there is no point in such “discussion.”

“Given our belief that the teaching of the Scripture on this subject is clear and our sense of responsibility to our students and their parents, we could not participate in any such discussions or allow any access to our campus or student body,” the school said.

“Parents entrust their young people to BJU with the expectation that they will be taught God’s Word and a Bible-based lifestyle. We cannot allow a group antithetical to the expectations of parents or to the clear teaching of Scripture to come onto our campus with the expressed purpose of undermining Scripture.

“BJU’s desire is to strengthen students’ belief in the Word of God, not to undermine their faith. BJU does not back away from discussing controversial ideas; however, we do not treat every idea as equally valid. We teach our students to evaluate all ideas by God’s Word,” the school said.

BJU said Soulforce is arriving without invitation under the “pretense” of wanting dialogue. “However, their stated objectives in correspondence and on their website center only on acceptance of the GLBT lifestyle and on changing policies at targeted schools… It is clear their goal is not dialogue, but one-sided arguments aimed at changing our policies.”

“BJU did not initiate this encounter with Soulforce. However, the Soulforce visit gives us the opportunity to present what Scripture teaches on the issue of sexual expression, to demonstrate a Christlike spirit in our response, and to state again the good news of the gospel of Christ. Our approach will be a clear and dignified statement of our position without inflammatory words or tone. Our student body has prayed for these individual riders by name, and if opportunity presents itself, we are prepared to tangibly demonstrate the love of Christ,” the school said.

“Scriptural teaching on homosexuality is consistent in the Old and New Testaments,” said Stephen Jones, BJU president, “The track record and stated goals of this group demonstrate that their objective is not to conduct two-way dialogue, but to pressure us to compromise our Biblical stand and change our policies.”

There have been several arrests at previous protests staged by Soulforce, while some schools have scheduled meetings with the pro-homosexual advocates.

Soulforce was founded in 1998 by Mel White and has targeted religious groups holding biblical policies on the issue of homosexuality with its protests over the years.

Soulforce said three of its protesters were arrested during a recent visit to University of the Cumberlands, where they were told they would not be allowed on campus.

Another 12 were arrested when they went to the office of Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, demanded that he apologize for his beliefs, and refused to leave.

“We are gathered here as straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to demand that Albert Mohler openly recognize our right to life, love, and liberty,” the group said in a statement. “His voice is terribly misguided in believing that God does not affirm the identities of gay and transgender people. So, we call on him to take responsibility for his bigotry and the hurtful effects of his statements, and ask that he issue a public apology for having said them.”

The 12 protesters refused to leave when requested, and then refused to leave on instructions from police, so they were arrested.

Several also were arrested during last year’s campaign, on a visit to Liberty University.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Meets With Syrian Terrorist Supporters

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

It’s amazing the lengths the Democrats will go to in order to make the President look bad. They seem to be willing to even support terrorism in order to make him look bad. What a slap in the face for Israel. Well, with the dems, it has always been about the “end justifying the means”. Maybe you dems out there need to look at exactly what your “ends” are. If your end is to degrade the President, then you’re off to a good start. If your end is to do what is right for the United States, well, you’ve got a long way to go.
And from Cox and Forkum:

What Mess?

DAMASCUS, Syria — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad assured her of his willingness to engage in peace talks with Israel.

She said that she and her accompanying members of Congress raised with Assad their concern about the Israeli soldiers kidnapped by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and the Palestinian group Hamas.

The White House has criticized Pelosi’s trip to Syria as undermining American efforts to isolate the hard-line Arab country.

The Californian Democrat has brushed off criticism from President Bush’s administration, pointing out that other members of Congress have visited Syria this month and arguing that she aimed to initiate dialogue with Assad’s government and try to change its behavior.

Bush has said Pelosi’s trip signals that the Assad government is part of the international mainstream when it is not. The United States says Syria allows Iraqi Sunni insurgents to operate from its territory, backs the Hezbollah and Hamas militant groups and is trying to destabilize the Lebanese government. Syria denies the allegations.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Administration on Global Warming

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

This is an interesting comment:
“Our climate is warming, and pollution from human activities is a major cause…” -Earthjustice Attorney Howard Fox.

And this is an interesting comment too:
“The planet Mars is undergoing significant global warming, new data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) show, lending support to many climatologists’ claims that the Earth’s modest warming during the past century is due primarily to a recent upsurge in solar energy.”-NASA Scientist.

And then there is this:
“The new research mentioned by Michaels is the October 2 release of findings by Duke University scientists that ‘at least 10 to 30 percent of global warming measured during the past two decades may be due to increased solar output rather than factors such as increased heat-absorbing carbon dioxin gas released by various human activities.'” -Duke University Scientists.

Someone needs to tell those hard headed Martians to stop burning all those fossil fuels. The increase of greenhouse gases on Mars are bound to bring an end to all Martian civilization.

Here’s an even better quote, that trumps all the rest:
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring…” -Jesus.

(CNSNews.com) – In the first case of its kind to reach the high court, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency the power to regulate greenhouse gases and that the EPA has “no reasoned explanation” for not doing so.

“Because greenhouse gases fit well within the Clean Air Act’s capacious definition of ‘air pollutant’ we hold that EPA has the statutory authority to regulate the emission of such gases from new motor vehicles,” the court ruled.

Environmentalists hailed the ruling. “While this case has worked its way through EPA and the courts, scientific evidence of global warming has continued to mount – so much so that the scientific debate is over,” said Earthjustice attorney Howard Fox.

“Our climate is warming, and pollution from human activities is a major cause,” Fox said in a statement. “Harms include rising seas that submerge coastal lands, stronger hurricanes, more drought, melting ice caps and degraded ecosystems.”

The Sierra Club called the ruling “a watershed moment in the fight against global warming.”

“This is a total repudiation of the refusal of the Bush administration to use the authority he [sic] has to meet the challenge posed by global warming,” the Associated Press quoted Sierra Club spokesman Josh Dorner as saying.

Dorner added that the Supreme Court’s decision “sends a clear signal to the market that the future lies not in dirty, outdated technology of yesterday, but in clean energy solutions of tomorrow like wind, solar.”

“To combat this most urgent environmental crisis, strong and comprehensive U.S. action is crucial. EPA must use its existing Clean Air Act authority to require control of greenhouse gas emission – by motor vehicles [the subject of this case] as well as by other sources like power plants,” Fox said.

“The Act has successfully cut emissions of many pollutants, and it can do the same for greenhouse gases,” he said.

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