Archive for November 26th, 2008

Fireproof The Movie – Comments

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

I would like to start a post with your comments concerning the movie “Fireproof”. As some of you might know, we recently saw the movie and were impressed by it.
Take a moment and leave your comments about what you thought about the movie.

See the Official Fireproof the Movie Website Here.

See previous post here, here and here.
Information about the movie can be seen here at IMDb.

Lawyer to Obama: Prove Citizenship or We’ll Sue Everything You Do

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Interesting tactic, but it might be effective if everything else fails.

A lawyer who is playing a key role in a California lawsuit urging officials to prevent the state’s 55 Electoral College votes from being recorded for Barack Obama until questions about his citizenship are resolved says he’s organizing plans to challenge, even after the inauguration, every order, every proposal, every piece of paperwork generated by Obama.

“We will file lawsuits on his actions, every time. As long as we have money , we will keep filing lawsuits until we get a decision as to his citizenship status,” Gary Kreep, chief of the United States Justice Foundation, told WND today.

“We’re already talking to groups who are willing to be plaintiffs,” he said.

As WND reported, Kreep filed the California challenge with presidential candidate Alan Keyes as a plaintiff.

The complaint urges the California secretary of state to refuse to allow the state’s 55 Electoral College votes to be cast until Obama’s citizenship and related eligibility to hold office is resolved.

It is just one of more than a dozen legal challenges brought forward so far over Obama’s citizenship. The cases all cite Obama’s clouded history and the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that a president be a “natural-born” citizen.

There have been allegations he was born in Kenya, not Hawaii as his campaign has reported, that he could be considered a British subject because of his father’s residency in what then was a British protectorate that later became Kenya, and that the “Certificate of Live Birth” posted on his website simply shows his mother registered his birth in Hawaii after he was born but does not document a location.

There also have been questions raised about his travels as a youth, including the years he spent registered as a Muslim in an Indonesian school, and his later travels to Pakistan at a time when U.S. passports weren’t welcome in that nation.

WND senior reporter Jerome Corsi traveled to Kenya and Hawaii prior to the election to investigate issues surrounding Obama’s birth. But his research and discoveries only raised more questions.

The biggest question is why Obama, if a Hawaii birth certificate exists, simply hasn’t ordered it made available to settle the rumors.

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Young Evangelist Attacked by Angry Homosexual

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

If the roles were reversed, this would be all over the news…

On November 14, Promised Land Fellowship church sent 13 members to the Castro District of San Francisco, a neighborhood known for its large homosexual population. The young people gathered at a street corner, joined hands, and began singing “Amazing Grace.”

During an interview on Fox network’s The O’Reilly Factor, Christine Cloud described the group’s intentions. “We are not trying to convert gay people into straight people, but we are down there telling them about Jesus Christ in hopes that they would have that revelation,” she explains.

Cloud says an angry homosexual grabbed her Bible. She then describes what happened when she asked the man to return it. “And he turned around, and he said no, and he hit me upside the head with the Bible, knocking me to the ground, and began to kick my legs,” she recounts.

The police were nearby, according to Cloud, and they sprang into action. “The police took him into custody, and they came up to me and they asked me if I wanted to press charges against this man, and I said, ‘No, tell him that I forgive him,'” she notes.

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“What Time of Year Is It? (Following 4 Years of Media Use of ‘Holidays’ vs. ‘Christmas’ – Part 1)” By Tom Blumer

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

As the Christmas shopping season went into full swing in 2005, I sensed that journalists in general have a strong preference for using the term “holiday shopping” instead of “Christmas shopping” when covering business and commerce, but that when it came to people losing their jobs, they preferred to describe layoffs as relating to “Christmas.”

My instincts have been proven correct, as you can see below from the results of three different sets of Google News searches in November and December in each of the last three years (links to last year’s related posts are here, here, and here; 2006’s are here, here, and here; 2005’s are here, here, and here):

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“The Palestinian Con: Paying Off the Thugs” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Last night, in response to my article about the Holy Land victory in Dallas, jihadists and propagandized “useful idiots” began flooding my site with semi-illiterate factoids and insults which border on anti-Semitism. Their rage is palpable. They blame all evil and human suffering on the (small case) “zionists.” Defenders have come forth too. Generally, their spelling and sentence structure are a lot better which suggests that indeed, ignorance remains a great enemy.

I have faced such self-righteous rage before, on campuses, at rallies, in meetings. Such people rarely listen to reason or to any other point of view nor are they ever swayed by facts.

But here are some facts anyway.

The Palestinian leaders, (not the people), are heavily funded by the entire world. The leaders siphon off the money for their own bank accounts, villas, and lifestyles while the people continue to suffer. Palestinian “handlers” manipulate the misery of the people and turn sad young men and women from impoverished and often fatherless families into homicide-suicide bombers.

By the way, the apt phrase, “sad young men,” is Dr. Anat Berko’s phrase. We met recently in New York. Dr. Berko is the author of The Path to Paradise. The Inner World of Suicide Bombers and Their Dispatchers. She is a Lt. Colonel in the Israeli Defense Force. However, she showed me photographs of a father, a grandfather, and a great-grandfather all wearing full Arab dress. The Iraqi government threw them out “like dogs, like Jews,” and confiscated their considerable properties and businesses. Yes, like so many Palestinian refugees, Dr. Berko’s parents still have keys to their homes and factories in Baghdad–but they have not run an elaborate con game on the entire world, they have not demanded perpetual aid and support, they have not hatched wildly unrealistic plans to return or even for compensation.

Now, if any Palestinian dares challenge Palestinian tyranny, they are killed or forced into exile.

There are literally only a handful of exceptions. Last year, a very genial gentleman, Bassam Eid, came to visit. He is a very brave Palestinian who founded the first organization to monitor Palestinian-on-Palestinian violence, including corruption, intimidation, censorship, lynching, etc. When I asked him about the oft-repeated accusation that Israelis are “humiliating Palestinians at the checkpoints,” he laughed. “Real humiliation, even danger, is what Palestinians face if they visit Cairo or other Arab capitals.” I asked him why he was still alive, was his family a very powerful one? Again, he laughed. That, indeed, was the only reason. Bassam Eid was in New York because Rabbis for Human Rights were honoring him. I wonder how often he’s been honored by Saudi or Iranian mullahs?

Indeed, I wonder how often the Saudi Princes and other Middle Eastern oil barons have funded educational opportunities for non-Muslims and non-Arabs? I ask, because in May, of 2008, the American mathematician, David Mumford, co-winner of the 2008 Wolf Foundation Prize in Mathematics, announced upon receiving the award that he will donate the money to Bir Zeit University, near Ramallah, and to Gisha, an Israeli organization that advocates for Palestinian freedom of movement. Professor Mumford said:

“I decided to donate my share of the ($100,000.00) Wolf Prize to enable the academic community in occupied Palestine to survive and thrive. I am very grateful for the prize, but I believe that Palestinian students should have an opportunity to go elsewhere to acquire an education. Students in the West Bank and Gaza today do not have an opportunity to do that.”

Palestinian terrorists have benefited not only from altruistic westerners. The entire world (The United States, the United Nations, The European Union, The Saudi government, individual humanitarians), have literally poured billions upon billions of dollars into the disputed territories of Gaza and the West Bank. It has all mainly gone to buy weapons and into the pockets of corrupt leaders. Even when this is known, the world does not stop “helping” the Palestinians.

The free world is not un-informed. It has simply chosen to pay the Islamist-terrorist goons off in the hope that they will keep beating up on the Jewish state, (and on each other too), and keep out of London, Madrid, D.C., NYC–whoops! The payoffs didn’t exactly work, a rogue group of Islamists hit these cities anyway.

By now, the world also knows that the troubles, (the pogroms and Intifadas), may start with the Jews but it never, ever ends with us. Thus, the free world is desperately playing for time–while they cast about for a plan. The clock is ticking in terms of Iran’s plan to annihilate Israel with nuclear weaponry–but, people everywhere continue to dance, sit at cafes, lie on beaches, and shop–yes, given the economic meltdown, the sales are incredible.

For those who are open to facts, there are many floating out there in the universe. You can choose among American, European, and Middle Eastern sources. I’ve chosen one article and have summarized it. And yes, it is from a Zionist source which means that it can be trusted. The Israelis neither exaggerate nor lie, they don’t doctor photographs, sacrifice and hide behind children in battle, seek to dominate the entire world—and project their own criminal intentions onto another group.

Islamic terrorists, and those who support them with money, do that.

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Legal Experts Puzzled Over California Justice’s Lagging Support of Prop. 8

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Maybe she’s had a change of heart…

Reporting from San Francisco — The California Supreme Court’s order last week to consider legal challenges to Proposition 8 contained one surprising twist — the name of the sole justice who voted against hearing the cases.

Justice Joyce L. Kennard, a staunchly independent if not stubborn jurist, has a lengthy record of protecting gay rights, including the right to marry, and often sides with the underdog in rulings.

In fact, her record is so unwavering that many gay-rights activists and several independent legal scholars surmised that her vote against hearing the legal challenges was procedural — for example, she might have wanted them to be filed in lower courts first — and did not reflect her thinking on the cases.

But a close reading of the court’s one-page order suggests that gay-rights advocates may have lost a usually predictable ally in their effort to overturn Proposition 8.

“It definitely isn’t a good sign,” said UCLA Law Professor Brad Sears, an expert on sexual-orientation law.

After learning of Kennard’s vote, he went back and read her concurring opinion in the court’s historic 4-3 vote on May 15 that permitted gays to marry. It left him even more puzzled.

Whether a state ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional “is not a matter to be decided by the executive or legislative branch, or by popular vote, but is instead an issue of constitutional law for resolution by the judicial branch,” Kennard wrote.

“Everything she writes in her concurrence is substantively what she will have to agree to in order to overturn Proposition 8,” he said.

Although it is impossible to know Kennard’s thinking — justices cannot comment on pending cases — others saw reason to suspect that Kennard may not be buying the argument that Proposition 8 was an improper revision of the state constitution.

The order said Kennard would hear a new case to resolve the validity of the 18,000 same-sex marriages “without prejudice” — a phrase that indicates she was open to arguments on the issue. But she declined to modify her denial of the Proposition 8 challenges with those same words.

“What she seems to be saying is that she doesn’t think it is worth reviewing,” said UC Berkeley Law Professor Jesse H. Choper.

The legal challenges are novel. Many scholars believe the court is more likely to uphold the validity of the marriages that occurred before the election than to overturn Proposition 8. The court will decide both questions in a single ruling next year, probably in the spring or early summer.

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“Thanksgiving – A Violation of Church and State?” by Chuck Norris

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Is the government’s observance of Thanksgiving a violation of the separation of church and state?

This past week, a Newsweek/Washington Post editorial labeled presidential Thanksgiving Day proclamations as “cracks in the wall of separation.” The author explained, “The problem with these proclamations, it seems to me, is that they pave the way for public acceptance of gross violations of the constitutional separation of church and state.” What?!

Forget for a moment that nearly every president since George Washington (and the Continental Congress before him) has given Judeo-Christian proclamations for Thanksgiving (except between 1816 and 1861) and also has declared other national days of fasting and prayer. Secularists, such as the author of the editorial, get almost giddy every time they highlight that Thomas Jefferson rejected the notion of proclaiming Thanksgiving spirituals and prayers. But the truth is Jefferson was far from the modern-day secularist they make him out to be.

Sure, Jefferson was adamant (as we all should be) that there should be no federal subscription to any one form of religious sectarianism. That is largely what the First Amendment is all about — establishing the free exercise of religion and restricting sectarian supremacy in government, as well as government intrusion in churches.

But secularists make two grave mistakes when it comes to Jefferson and the First Amendment. First, they misconstrue his understanding of separation. Second, they overlook how Jefferson himself endorsed and intermingled religion and politics, even during his two terms as president. Let me explain, as I believe it is a timely reminder, given that we are experiencing a new round of battles in our Christmas culture war, too.

The phrase “separation of church and state” actually comes from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1802 to the Danbury Baptists. He told them that no particular Christian denomination was going to have a monopoly in government. His words, “a wall of separation between Church & State,” were not written to remove all religious practice from government or civic settings, but to prohibit the domination and even legislation of religious sectarianism.

Proof that Jefferson was not trying to rid government of religious (specifically Christian) influence comes from the fact that he endorsed the use of government buildings for church meetings and services, signed a treaty with the Kaskaskia Indians that allotted federal money to support the building of a Catholic church and to pay the salaries of the church’s priests, and repeatedly renewed legislation that gave land to the United Brethren to help their missionary activities among the American Indians.

Some might be completely surprised to discover that just two days after Jefferson wrote his famous letter citing the “wall of separation between Church & State,” he attended church in the place where he always had as president: the U.S. Capitol. The very seat of our nation’s government was used for sacred purposes. As the Library of Congress’ Web site notes, “It is no exaggeration to say that on Sundays in Washington during the administrations of Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) and of James Madison (1809-1817) the state became the church.” Does that sound like someone who was trying to create an impenetrable wall of separation between church and state?

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