Archive for July 14th, 2008

Pastor Challenges United Way for Funding Abortion Group

Monday, July 14th, 2008

It is always a good idea to know what the money you are donating is funding.

Pastor James McDonald of Providence Church says Planned Parenthood operates large abortion mills in Chicago and in Champaign, Illinois. “…[A]nd that troubled us greatly in the Christian community, and we wanted to encourage United Way to do what was right — which is to stop funding completely,” he explains.

But abortion is not the only issue troubling McDonald. He objects to the supposed “comprehensive” sex education strategy Planned Parenthood promotes. “I am…very concerned about what [Planned Parenthood is] doing — not only to the American family, but to the Christian family as well, and to the fabric of our society,” he continues.

McDonald stresses that United Way does provide funding to many worthwhile causes, but Americans may want to take issue if money goes to abortion facilities. McDonald and others have authored a letter asking Illinois United Way to drop Planned Parenthood funds. Planned Parenthood receives millions of taxpayer dollars each year from the federal government.

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“Mad as h— and not going to take it anymore!” by Chuck Norris

Monday, July 14th, 2008

I think it’s time to let Congress feel our election fury this November, as reflected in the latest Rasmussen Reports note that “just 9 percent [of Americans] say Congress is doing a good or excellent job.” It was the first single-digit approval rating in Rasmussen’s history, and it makes Bush’s 30 percent approval seem like a stat to boast.

The study went on to explain, “Last month, 11 percent of voters gave the legislature good excellent ratings. Congress has not received higher than a 15 percent approval rating since the beginning of 2008. … Just 12 percent of voters think Congress has passed any legislation to improve life in this country over the past six months. That number has ranged from 11 to 13 percent throughout 2008.”

Of course liberals were immediately on the defensive, stating that the statistics were skewed. So let’s just consider a couple of last week’s congressional facts and headlines to see how they match up.

“Airlines urge Congress to curb oil speculation” – but they won’t.

“Bush urges Congress to open new areas to oil drilling” – but they won’t.

And the Associated Press reported last week, in the column “Congress mostly going through the motions for now,” that “Some fights of the 110th Congress have lost their oomph in the waning months before the November elections, with both parties content to run out the clock on messy matters. …”

If Congress is making little relevance or improvement in Americans’ lives, the question is: Why do we elect and re-elect them into office?

If you’ve ever heard the saying, “Too many cooks in the kitchen,” then you know how I feel about Congress. We have more representatives than we need, and even more than the Constitution requires. Big or bigger government is not the solution to our problems – that is why Congress often faces gridlock and is counterproductive, because there are simply too many of them. Some of the Founders even warned about the repercussions of a government that would grow too large.

What many might not realize is that there is nothing ultimately sacred about the present number of congressmen and congresswomen we have in the House of Representatives. Actually, the proper numbers of representatives from each state has been debated since our founder’s time. The Constitution (Article I, Section 2, Clause 3) requires and endeavors to assure fairness and equity by requiring at least one representative per state, two senators per state and representation in the electoral college. (At the other extreme, it states that “The number of representatives shall not exceed one for every 30,000.”) So why not go with the lesser amount? It seems to me that in our day, in both House and Senate, fewer representatives by area would be more reasonable and effective than more representatives by population.

I don’t only think there are too many cooks in Congress’ kitchen nowadays, but the numbers are stacked in discriminatory ways. For example, if California represents a larger liberal voice with its 53 representatives, what chance or how fair is it for smaller more conservative states who have between one and five representatives and votes in the House? The U.S. doesn’t need a new reapportionment act to raise the number of representatives, but a return to the Constitution to reduce the number of representatives in pursuit of creating more equitable regions or districts. Personally, I believe, just as we have one governor per state, we should consider reducing Congress to one representative and two senators per state (the minimal by constitutional requirements). If one representative works for Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming, why can’t it work for all the rest of the states? Here’s a movie we all can star in: “Honey, I shrunk the Congress!”

I agree with the rationale of James Madison, a member of the Continental Congress and our fourth president, who advocated keeping the number of representatives within limits:

Nothing can be more fallacious than to found our political calculations on arithmetical principles. Sixty or seventy men may be more properly trusted with a given degree of power than six or seven. But it does not follow that six or seven hundred would be proportionally a better depositary. And if we carry on the supposition to six or seven thousand, the whole reasoning ought to be reversed. The truth is, that in all cases a certain number at least seems to be necessary to secure the benefits of free consultation and discussion, and to guard against too easy a combination for improper purposes; as, on the other hand, the number ought at most to be kept within a certain limit, in order to avoid the confusion and intemperance of a multitude. In all very numerous assemblies, of whatever character composed, passion never fails to wrest the sceptre from reason. Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.

If we followed Madison’s advice to “reverse” the process and have fewer representatives, they couldn’t put the blame for their incompetence upon other members of Congress. They would probably get more done. There would be less gridlock. Plus financially speaking, reducing Congress would save us at least a couple hundred million dollars, if you consider all their staff, overhead, travel, pension plans, other perks, etc. And if we didn’t like how they represented us, we would have an easier time correcting their voice or disposing them. Just a thought.

Bottom line, it is “we, the people,” who have power over the government, not them over us. They are called to protect our pursuit of life, liberty and happiness, not vice versa. And if they don’t, I say again that the Declaration of Independence is very clear what we should do:

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness….But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

In the words of Joseph Farah, CEO of WorldNetDaily, it’s time we “Throw the bums out” of Congress!” It’s time to replace them with “new guards” who:

Uphold the Constitution and Bill of Rights

Protect Americans’ inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

Promote less government

Fight for fewer taxes

Demand balanced budgets

Secure our borders

Reduce our national deficit, debts, and dependence upon other nations

Disappointment with modern-day government and the preservation of our founders’ America is exactly why I’ve just completed my book, “Black Belt Patriotism,” which you can pre-order now and will be released in September through Regnery publishing. It is my critique of what is destroying our country and how we can rebuild it and restore the American dream as our founders established them. Bottom line, I wrote the book because, as that famous “Network” line goes, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

I heard it said once that it only took 2 percent of our population to create our nation. And that it still would only take 2 percent to change it today. Like me, if you don’t like what you see today in America, then join me by being a part of the new 2 percent!

Don’t quit fighting, America! We’re not going to win back our country with a couple political punches. As my friend Bruce Lee once said, “A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.”

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“Last-Days ‘Birth Pains’ Have Begun” by Hal Lindsey

Monday, July 14th, 2008

The world has endured an almost mind-numbing series of shocks in recent weeks, from the unprecedented swarm of tornadoes across the American Midwest to the death and destruction wrought by Cyclone Nargis as it tore a path through Myanmar, better known as Burma.

There were 368 documented tornadoes in the U.S. in January and February of this year, shattering the previous record of 243 over that two-month period, set in 1999. February’s total of 232 tornadoes also shattered previous records.

Cyclone Nargis ripped Burma apart, killing at least 128,000, according to Red Cross estimates, and creating some 2.5 million refugees.

Al Gore was quick to blame global warming. In an interview on NPR to plug his appropriately named book on global warming, “Assault on Reason,” he told host Terry Gross: “And as we’re talking today, Terry, the death count in Myanmar from the cyclone that hit there yesterday has been rising from 15,000 to way on up there to much higher numbers now being speculated. . … And last year a catastrophic storm last fall hit Bangladesh. The year before, the strongest cyclone in more than 50 years hit China – and we’re seeing consequences that scientists have long predicted might be associated with continued global warming.”

Maybe. But Germany’s Institute of Marine Scientists says we’re in for a 10-year period of global cooling. There sure seems to be a lot of opposition to what is supposed to be “settled science.”

Global warming can’t explain away the devastating earthquake that all but flattened a huge portion of western China. The death toll from Monday’s quake is approaching 20,000, with twice that number still listed as missing. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Monday’s earthquake was the 25th “significant” earthquake registered so far this year.

Back in 1969, the year I wrote “The Late, Great Planet Earth,” the USGS identified a total of seven “significant earthquakes.” I had noted in 1969 that there was a slight but discernible increase in worldwide earthquake activity since Israel’s rebirth in 1948.

During the entire decade of the 1970s, the USGS recorded a total of 44 earthquakes it classified as “significant.” The following decade, from January 1980 to December 1989, the USGS recorded 47 significant earthquakes. That is for the entire decade. From 1990 through the end of 1999, the USGS records 57 significant earthquakes. From 2000 thru to Monday’s earthquake in Sichuan, China, the USGS recorded an astonishing 109 earthquakes of at least magnitude 7.0 and 13 earthquakes measuring between 8.0 and 9.9 on the Richter Scale.

On the other side of the world, the long-dormant Chaitan volcano erupted May 2 for the first time, say geologists, in more than 7,000 years. The BBC reported that a government volcano expert warned there could be a big eruption at any time.

“There could be a major explosion that could collapse the volcano’s cone,” said Luis Lara of the National Geologic and Mining Service.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization warned that Iran had “detected” a new highly pathogenic strain of wheat stem rust. The U.N. said the fungal disease could spread to other wheat-producing states in the Near East and western Asia that provide one-fourth of the world’s wheat supply. The new strain, called Ug99, is capable of infecting up to 90 percent of the existing strains of wheat worldwide – and once infected, crop losses range between 70 percent and total loss.

Coupled with the losses already sustained as a result of the typhoon-related flooding in Java, Bangladesh, and India and from agricultural pests and diseases in Vietnam, it starts to add up. Last year, Australia suffered its second consecutive year of severe drought and a near complete crop failure; heavy rains reduced production in Europe; Argentina suffered heavy frost; and Canada and the U.S. both produced low yields. Food riots have broken out in Egypt, Haiti and several African states, including Mauritania, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Senegal.

Meanwhile, the drums of war continue to beat around the planet. Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad renewed his threat to destroy Israel this week. Hezbollah took over West Beirut, while the Arab world mourned the catastrophe of Israel’s 60th birthday with threats of annihilation of the Jewish state. In Israel, President Bush again warned that allowing the Iranian regime to obtain nuclear arms would be “unforgivable,” signaling a continuation along a path that can only lead to an eventual war that will engulf the whole Middle East.

When Jesus was asked by His disciples to tell them what “signs” would precede His return at the end of the age, He warned that “nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines, plagues and earthquakes in various places,” He said (Matthew 24 and Luke 21). Using an analogy immediately understandable to all peoples in all nations, he said of these signs, “All these are the beginning of birth pains.”

Jesus used a Greek word for the labor pains of a woman about to give birth. Jesus knew that every generation could understand the illustration. His meaning is clear. Just as a woman experiences birth pains that increase in frequency and intensity just before giving birth, so ALL the signs of His return would increase in frequency and intensity just before His return. Hey, for he first time in history, all of the signs have appeared together in the same time frame and are increasing in frequency and intensity. That, coupled with the fulfillment of the great predicted sign that Israel became a nation again after 2,000 hopeless years of worldwide dispersion, indicates that Jesus Christ is already at the door ready to return. Are you ready?

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Bush to Lift Executive Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling

Monday, July 14th, 2008

This is just now breaking.

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Bush is planning to lift an executive ban on offshore oil drilling.

In a Rose Garden statement on Monday, the president plans to lift the ban. But by itself, the move will not lead to more drilling off America’s coastline.

Congress must still lift its own legislative ban before offshore drilling can happen.

White House press secretary Dana Perino says Bush is acting now in hopes of spurring Congress to act. So far, lawmakers have shown no interest in doing so.

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“Apathy: The Key To Understanding the End-Times” by Todd Strandberg

Monday, July 14th, 2008

We live in a time of profound paradox as related to Bible prophecy. The end-time warning signs grow stronger with each passing day, and yet people’s awareness of these signs seems to decline at the same rate.

In my 30 years of studying prophecy, I have never seen a period with so much activity related to Bible prophecy. I remember in the ’80’s, there would be certain weeks when I was hard-pressed to find a single event that stood out as being active in relationship to prophecy. Today, the problem is in deciding which of a hoard of events deserves my attention. Here are some headlines from just one recent week:

Arms Race: 13 Mideast states have advanced nuclear programs Oil could reach $200 per barrel Bush plans Iran attack before end of term California Supreme Court overturns gay marriage ban UK scientists get green light for half-animal, half-human embryos Experts: Twisters getting larger, deadlier Russia: A totalitarian regime creating the new fascist empire Palestinian Authority President: “East Jerusalem must be returned”

In the past few years, I have noticed a sharp drop in the media coverage of prophetic events. The last time we had a seismic event on the scale of the one in China was the earthquake that struck north Pakistan in 2005. I recall dozens of newspapers running stories about its prophetic significance. For the China quake, despite the added bonus of the Myanmar cyclone disaster and the massive flooding in the U.S. heartland, I have not found a single news story that could be linked to Bible prophecy.

On the book front, there are hardly any new releases on the market. The Christian publishing world is sitting on its hands waiting for some new trend to kick prophecy back into motion. In 1980ʼs, I made weekly visits to a small Christian bookstore in Bellevue, Nebraska and found new books on prophecy. Today, it seems like all the prophetic authors have writerʼs block.

I firmly believe apathy is the greatest sign of the rapture’s nearness. Jesus talked more about this subject than He did about any other end-time sign. In the book of Matthew, the Lord was so insistent about getting this point across, He repeated himself four times in the space of a few verses. He also included a story about the 10 virgins to illustrate the point of world caught completely off guard.

“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Mat. 24:36).

“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Mat. 24:42).

“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Mat. 24:44).

“Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Mat. 25:13).

Apathy is certainly evident in the area of morality. It is amazing what people are able to get away with these days. The Rev. Jesse Jackson stepped forward last week to once again to prove how dull people have become in their standards for decency.

You may remember, during the dark days of Bill Clintonʼs Monica Lewinsky sex scandal, Jackson bravely dove into the media storm and paid a visit to the President to offer moral counseling. Jackson brought along staffer Karin Stanford, who was visibly pregnant with Jackson’s own love child. To try to cover up his “little error,” the good reverend used organizational money to arrange for his playmate to live in a home worth $345,000 and to receive $10,000 per month.

I’ve already listed Jackson ‘s stunt as placing him among the greatest examples of hypocrites of all time. His title of “reverend” is about as fictitious as Captain Kangaroo and Colonel Sanders claiming to be distinguished members of the officers’ corps.

Last week, America ‘s Jackson was heard on a Fox news program telling another guest he wanted to cut Barack Obama’s testicles off for talking down to black people. It seems like the only way Jackson could get himself banned as the spiritual representative of black America would be to start professing Jesus Christ as the Savior for all mankind.

I have a simple reason I think apathy will lead to a quick end: God is no fool. The Creator of all things is not going to endure the dishonor of having His own creation ignore Him. Now that man has reached the point where he has largely become deaf to the warning signs, you can be sure that judgment will quickly follow.

Apathy presents both problems and opportunities for ministries like Rapture Ready. It has become increasingly hard to draw attention to the signs taking place around us. The opportunity is where the day will come when millions turn to RR as they receive the greatest wake-up call of their life.

— Todd

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Heavy Rains Complicate Battle for California Firefighters

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Keep praying for these folks. They need the prayer badly.

SAN FRANCISCO — Violent thunderstorms brought rain bursts that modestly helped firefighting efforts Sunday, but the downpours also triggered mudslides that complicated California’s unfolding wildfire disaster.

“If it isn’t fire, it’s flood. If it isn’t fire or flood, it’s the mud,” said Christina Lilienthal, an interagency fire spokeswoman. A “horrendous” amount of precipitation in the Sequoia National Forest dampened the ground, but also caused a creek to flood, cutting off a firefighting crew’s escape route when a road washed out, she said.

The firefighters didn’t need the escape route, because fires burning nearby did not threaten them. They moved to higher ground as a precaution against the rising waters, Lilienthal said.

But the 59 firefighters could not reach their camp Saturday evening, stranding them in the field overnight, Lilienthal said. They reopened the road Sunday afternoon, amid new threats of erratic winds and falling trees weakened by the soft ground.

A huge mudslide in an area that was devastated by wildfires last year damaged about 50 homes and caused the temporary closure of a main road in the California town of Independence on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. Severe thunderstorms Saturday set off the mudslide, which was 300 yards wide and up to three feet deep, said Carma Roper, spokeswoman for the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.

The slide oozed near California Highway 395 — reducing it to one open lane — and came within a half mile of the Los Angeles Aqueduct which supplies much of Los Angeles’ water. Joe Ramallo, a spokesman for the department, said the aqueduct was not harmed.

Residents of more than 50 homes were evacuated, Roper said. The rain did nothing to help fires, which were not burning in that easternmost corner of California.

And no rain fell on most of the other California fires. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said 288 blazes were still burning around the state, most in the mountains ringing the northern edge of the Central Valley.

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Obama Says He Used “Poor Phrasing” on Jerusalem

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Obama says he used “poor phrasing” when he addressed the issue of Israeli ownership of Jerusalem. In other words, he lied. Again.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said on Sunday he used “poor phrasing” in a speech supporting Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.

“You know, the truth is that this was an example where we had some poor phrasing in the speech. And we immediately tried to correct the interpretation that was given,” he said in an interview aired on Sunday on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria — GPS.”

“The point we were simply making was, is that we don’t want barbed wire running through Jerusalem, similar to the way it was prior to the ’67 war, that it is possible for us to create a Jerusalem that is cohesive and coherent,” Obama said.

Obama’s campaign has issued similar clarifications since the candidate’s speech to pro-Israel lobby group after he clinched the Democratic presidential nomination early last month.

In the speech, Obama told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that if elected president in November, he would work for peace with a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

“Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided,” the Illinois senator said. Palestinian leaders reacted with anger and dismay.

Israel calls the city its undivided and eternal capital, but this status has never been recognized internationally. Palestinians want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in 1967, for a future capital.

The U.S. Congress passed a law in 1995 describing Jerusalem as capital of Israel and saying it should not be divided, but successive presidents have used their foreign policy powers to maintain the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and to back negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on the status of Jerusalem.

Obama, who plans a trip to the Mideast this summer, has faced wariness among some Jewish voters over his commitment to Israel, fueled by suspicion over his comments indicating willingness to talk to Iranian leaders.

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