Archive for May 27th, 2008

“Oil Prices Reach the Crisis Point” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

It is no longer meaningful to say oil has hit a record high. Since 2002, we have seen a steady increase in the price of crude, with record prices almost becoming a daily occurrence.

What makes 2008 different is the extreme historical level we have now reached. If you adjust for inflation, the folks living in 1980 paid $3.18 for a gallon of gas. Currently, it costs us $3.90 for a gallon of gas.

There has never been a time when oil has increased in price at such a rapid rate. In the past year, it has more than doubled. Wednesday of last week, the price of oil went up so fast, I had to change the headline on RR News four times to reflect the new milestones set from 130 to 135.

There are many reasons the price of oil has soared so drastically. The core reason is supply and demand. Nations like India and China are putting a huge strain on the supply chain. In five years, demand will be at 87 million barrels per day and supply will be at 85 million per day. Many oil experts are predicting that oil will trade as high as $200 per barrel in the not-too-distant future.

If something is going to be done to prevent absolute disaster, quick action needs to be taken now. It takes a very long time to develop sources of new energy. In 2002, a large underwater pool of oil was discovered several hundred miles south of Louisiana . The oilfield is not projected to go on line until next year. To build a nuclear plant, it takes two and a half years just to get the permit validated. Right now, only one company is qualified to build the dome for nuclear reactors, and it is booked through 2020.

I was extremely displeased to see our President fly to Saudi Arabia and beg the Saudi King to sell us more oil. Bush’s mission was huge failure. Not only did his so-called friend turn him down; he made the U.S. look like a third-world nation by pleading to some two-bit dictator. OPEC was formed to keep prices high, so why should they do us any favors?

Oil has a strong connection to prophecy because there is so much of it in the Middle East . The one thing that concerns me the most about the increase in the price of oil is the financial wealth pouring into the Arab states: nearly $1 trillion a year at the current rate.

This oil wealth is not being used to make the world a better place. Fox News found that OPEC had collectively given just $1.5 million to the United Nations’ World Food Program, or about 1 minute and 10 seconds worth of OPEC’s 2007 oil revenues.

The growing power of Islamic wealth is a direct threat to the free world and Israel . The southern Persian Gulf states have been investing heavily in Western companies, while Iran has been spending vast amount of money on military hardware, nuclear technology, and the sponsorship of its favorite terrorist groups.

At some point in the near future, I expect Israel to launch an attack on Iran’s nuclear program. The price of crude could be profoundly impacted by the strike, and would make it essential for the world to find a lasting solution to the Arab/Israeli conflict.

John McCain Throws Evangelicals Under the Campaign Bus

From the very beginning of the Republican primary progress, I knew Sen. John McCain was not conformable with the Christian right. His actions of this past week indicate that evangelical Christians are a group he doesn’t care to be associated with.

On Wednesday, He rejected the endorsement of Rev. John Hagee after revelation of a recording in which the Texas televangelist said the rise of Adolf Hitler was part of God’s plan to help the Jews reach the promised land. “Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible, and I repudiate them,” the Arizona senator, 71, said in a statement released by his campaign. “I did not know of them before Reverend Hagee’s endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well.”

Later in the day, he gave Rod Parsley the boot for saying, “Islam is an anti-Christ religion that intends through violence to conquer the world.” In a statement to the news media about Parsley’s comments, McCain’s campaign said the senator “obviously strongly rejects such statements.” The campaign did not answer the question of whether it was aware of Parsley’s widely publicized statements prior to seeking his endorsement in February.

McCain must have had some sort of supernatural revelation to account for such dramatic change of heart. At a campaign appearance in Cincinnati , McCain introduced Parsley as “one of the truly great leaders in America , a moral compass, a spiritual guide.”

I have several disagreements with John Hagee, but I agree 100 percent with his comments about how the Holocaust was part of God’s plan to bring the Jews back to the promised land. I also agree with Rod Parsley’s assessment of Islam. It is an evil religion.

The same day the Arizona senator denounced Hagee and Parsley, he was a guest appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. I guess Johnny Boy doesn’t have any stomach for evangelical pastors, but he has no problem associating with an openly admitted lesbian.

I have to wonder whether McCain would reject the endorsement of a Christian leader who said Jesus Christ was the only way to God. He seems to be taking an extra step beyond President George Bush to be the ultimate compromiser.

I see political disaster in the making here. When the November election comes, evangelicals are going to sit on their hands and cost McCain the election. The liberal groups he’s been kissing up to are certainly not going to vote for him.

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“The Ellen Degeneres Factor” by Michael G. Mickey

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Luke 17:28-30: Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

As a result of a recent decision on the part of the California Supreme Court to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage, the liberal news media has been infatuated, almost on par with its love of Barack Obama, with the idea of California becoming the next Sodom and Gomorrah. To their credit, even I have to admit, they have turned to a very likable person in the form of comedienne and daytime talk show host Ellen Degeneres and her plans to marry actress/girlfriend Portia DeRossi to keep the story fresh in everyone’s minds in order for the homosexual agenda to advance as far as possible while the iron is still hot on the issue.

As those forwarding the homosexual agenda do everything within their power to bring about the fulfillment of Bible prophecy concerning the last days, many Christians are merely shrugging their shoulders and going on but should they be? No!

This issue should be of grave concern to those of us who take the Bible at its word when it says the homosexual lifestyle is an abomination in the eyes of God and a type of affection that is against nature. (Romans 1:26-27) And why? Other than the obvious which is God has forbidden it, Sodom (from which we derive the modern word sodomy) and Gomorrah’s demise was set forth as an example (Jude 1:7) of what occurs when men cast God aside as though His Word is irrelevant but I digress.

The Degeneres Factor

Already, I feel that the crux of what I want to convey here has been covered but I want to get you, my readers, to grasp how morally bankrupt we’ve become as a nation, how convictionless the Church has become, and how the homosexual agenda, if left to run its course, is going to mount a furious assault on the Word of God and, eventually, lead to intense persecution of the Church here in these last days.

Shortly after the California Supreme Court overturned a ban on same-sex marriage, Ellen Degeneres emotionally announced her engagement on her television show which was followed by thunderous applause and a standing ovation by the audience members, prompting one reader of my site to write me and ask me if he was losing his mind that our society has drifted so far from God’s Word.

“No, dear brother, you have not lost your mind” I essentially responded to him. “This would be what the Lord told us would come in the last days when He said it would be as it was “in the days of Lot” in the last days, mankind rejoicing in its unrighteousness – sometimes even via standing ovation!”

In case you haven’t seen Ellen’s same-sex engagement announcement and the ensuing celebration, here it is:

Ellen Degeneres. While I couldn’t possibly disagree more with her lifestyle and her joyous plans to corrupt God’s institution of marriage (the composition of which is clearly defined in the Word of God), I can’t help but like her as a person. And that, Church, is why the homosexual agenda is getting her in front of us on this topic as much as possible right now.

Who in the world could possibly feel threatened by Ellen Degeneres, right? She is a regular ray of sunshine, particularly when contrasted with the likes of Rosie O’Donnell. That, brothers and sisters, is why we have to be on our guard where Ellen’s popularity and influence is concerned.

Stick sweet Ellen Degeneres in front of doctrinally weak Christians with her baby blue eyes, sweet smile and incredible personality and we have a potential problem on our hands. Because she’s so cute, funny and non-threatening, she is one of the most dangerous forces in the world today where the advancement of the homosexual agenda is concerned. Many Christians like Ellen so much that they can’t separate her sinful lifestyle from their sense of friendship to her! But we absolutely must, Christians! We must!

Church, there is no room for debate or compromise on the topic of same-sex marriage regardless of how many weepy-eyed, funny, witty, and even beautiful people, both homosexuals and homosexual sympathizers, are paraded in front of us wanting to see marriage as defined in the Bible corrupted. Even though it arrives at our doorsteps wrapped in promises of love and happy endings, the same-sex marriage movement is spiritual warfare most sinister in nature!

Example: John McCain

GOP presidential nominee John McCain has appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show since the California Supreme Court slapped God in the face and, not surprisingly, Ellen wanted to talk about same-sex marriage. Who would’ve guessed, right?

Below is video of Senator McCain doing what I think was a fine job of discussing his desire to protect the institution of marriage as a one man-one woman establishment of family but what I want you to notice is how tactfully Ellen plays the pity card, making it appear that gays not being able to marry is the equivalent of women and blacks not being able to vote and the like. Listen as she tells Senator McCain she feels gays being able to marry is “only fair and only natural” and later assails, again very gently and tactfully, an “old way of thinking.”

Biblical marriage isn’t an old way of thinking; it’s God’s Word

Marriage is a product of the Judeo-Christian faith, having been established and passed down from God Himself as the foundation of the family. Because that is the case – and only because that’s the case – the powers and principalities we’re presently struggling against in these last days, additionally referred to in Scripture as “spiritual wickedness in high places”, wants to lay a claim of ownership to it as well. Why is that? Once a beachhead has been established on that front, an assault on the Church and God’s Word can begin in earnest! Is it silliness on my part to think that? Oh no, readers! Already, even before the first same-sex marriage has taken place in California since the court’s outlandish ruling, the battle lines are being drawn.

Remember Gavin Newsom?

San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom has been a catalyst for much of what has gone on in California where gay marriage is concerned, practically from the outset of his term as mayor there. For a little background on the role the less-than honorable Newsom has played in furthering the homosexual agenda, the following was plucked from Wikipedia:

A Democrat, Newsom was elected mayor in 2003, succeeding Willie Brown and becoming San Francisco’s youngest mayor in 100 years. In 2004, Newsom gained national attention when he issued a directive to the San Francisco city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The unexpected move brought national attention to the issues of gay marriage and gay rights, solidifying political support for Newsom in San Francisco and in the gay community, and causing several other states to change their laws concerning marriage and gay rights.

While Newsom’s initial assault on biblical marriage referred to above was halted, the California Supreme Court is doing its darndest to get his ball rolling once again – and Newsom is loving it, looking forward to the money the state of California will make when all the gays begin flocking there in summer to attain a stated of wedded bliss!

An Associated Press story quotes Newsom as saying he expects a “business boom from gay weddings across the state starting in June for hotels, caterers, clothing stores, jewelry stores and others.” He is quoted in the story as saying, “I think we are going to see tens of thousands of couples. It will certainly be millions in spending.”

Mayor Newsom, the mocker of God that he is, has no idea that the Lord could merely glance at San Francisco in anger and turn his anticipated homosexual marriage windfall into a deficit in a matter of seconds but enough about that. From this point forward I want to focus on how Newsom is already on the offensive against Christian court clerks in California in anticipation of the gay marriage fest beginning. It’s a sign of things to come. Bet on that!

In the same Associated Press article wherein he gleefully looks forward to gays spending wads of cash in California, Newsom condemns San Diego County Clerk Gregory Smith for considering allowing court clerks under his employ to bow out of processing same-sex marriages if they have moral or religious convictions where the issue is concerned.

I want you to pay close attention to what Mayor Newsom had to say about the San Diego County government being TOLERANT of its Christian employees by excusing them from defying God’s Word as a result of this court ruling. He is quoted as saying:

“This is a civil marriage that civil servants have a responsibility to provide, so for civil servants on religious grounds to start passing judgments, they, I think, are breaking the core tenet of what civil service is all about.”

That’s the rub, Christians! See how The Ellen Degeneres Factor works?

Much like many other forms of rebellion against God, the Ellen Degeneres Factor doesn’t feel like a slap to the face right off but it is! As I often invoke to be true, the devil lies in the details which, sooner or later, always comes to light!

In spite of what I’ve written here, many, for no reason other than Ellen Degeneres is gay and so darn nice she’s practically irresistible in charm, are going to find themselves tempted to be disconcerned but remember the following because it will prove to be 100% true at the end of the day: If you think the homosexual agenda is going to end when God’s enemies succeed in obtaining the right for homosexuals to be married, you’re kidding yourself! Just look at Gavin Newsom! In the interest of furthering the homosexual agenda, bringing about a more tolerant world, look who is up next to be discriminated against! Christians, of course!

Who would’ve guessed, right? Jesus Christ would’ve, for one!

Matthew 5:10-12: Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Know your role!

Church, we are to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth! Light dispels darkness and salt prevents spoilage. Need I say more?

When the world gives a standing ovation to rebellion against God, we shouldn’t rise to our feet to join it but drop to our knees. We shouldn’t roll over and play dead in the interest of keeping the heat off us but stand as firmly for the Word of God as we possibly can because we are the only light some people are going to see in these last days, the only salt capable of preventing everything from decaying.

Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

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Mars Lander Prepares for 3-Month Digging Mission

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Another probe has landed on Mars. If this one comes anywhere close to lasting as long as the last two have, NASA is going to get some wonderful data.

PASADENA, California — NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander spent its first full day in the Martian arctic plains checking its instruments in preparation for an ambitious digging mission to study whether the site could have once been habitable.

The three-legged lander set down Sunday in relatively flat terrain covered by fissures outlining polygon shapes. The geometric cracks are likely caused by the repeated freezing and thawing of buried ice.

Images beamed back late Monday showed the elbow joint of Phoenix’s trench-digging robotic arm still partly covered by a protective sheath. The sheath was supposed to fully unwrap after landing.

Mission scientists downplayed the problem, saying they could still wiggle out the arm for digging.

“This is a minor inconvenience,” said Deborah Bass, deputy project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. “We’re going to have to do a little bit of disentangling.”

Bass said the process of moving the 8-foot-long arm was still scheduled for Tuesday.

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