Archive for February 10th, 2009

Check Out “The Jerusalem Gift Shop”

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

By choice we do not take paid advertisements for the website and blog. But we do take the opportunity to assist fellow Christians with their Christian based business ventures.
I want you folks to check this one out though…I think it is too cool.
It’s the Jerusalem Gift Shop.
Described as a Christian operated gift shop, located in the heart of Jerusalem, they carry a very large selection of items that will appeal to a wide variety of customers.
From jewelry to gifts for the home, if you are looking for a unique gift for family or friends, I would recommend giving their website a visit.
I found these two items that are going on my “have to have” list:

Torah (5 Books of Moses) Scroll written in Hebrew, approx 12 inches, wrapped in velvet

Dead Sea Scrolls
Reduced Sized Dead Sea Scrolls Replica with Clay Jar

They really have some great gift ideas. These will look great beside my 1,600 year old roman penny (reign of Valentinian I), my piece of Titanic coal (recovered from the wreck of the RMS Titanic) and my reproduced copy of Poor Richard’s Almanack by Benjamin Franklin.

Give them a look!!

Christian Gifts from Israel – The Jerusalem Gift Shop

“The Top Six Problems With the Stimulus” by John Hawkins

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

1) First of all, it’s very debatable whether stimulus bills work at all. As Walter Williams has pointed out,

“In stimulus package language, if Congress taxes to hand out money, one person is stimulated at the expense of another, who pays the tax and is unstimulated. A visual representation of the stimulus package is: Imagine you see a person at work taking buckets of water from the deep end of a swimming pool and dumping them into the shallow end in an attempt to make it deeper. You would deem him stupid. That scenario is equivalent to what Congress and the new President proposes for the economy.” — Walter Williams

2) According to the Wall Street Journal, there is very little actual “stimulus” in the stimulus bill,

“In selling the plan, President Obama has said this bill will make ‘dramatic investments to revive our flagging economy.’ Well, you be the judge. Some $30 billion, or less than 5% of the spending in the bill, is for fixing bridges or other highway projects. There’s another $40 billion for broadband and electric grid development, airports and clean water projects that are arguably worthwhile priorities.Add the roughly $20 billion for business tax cuts, and by our estimate only $90 billion out of $825 billion, or about 12 cents of every $1, is for something that can plausibly be considered a growth stimulus.”

3) Even if you set aside #1 and #2, a significant percentage of the spending in the stimulus bill doesn’t occur for two years.

“Although the argument for quickly passing the $800-billion-plus stimulus bill now before Congress is that pumping money into the economy immediately will spur economic growth and create jobs, almost half of the new spending—as opposed to tax cuts—being proposed in the bill would not be spent until at least two years from now, according to an analysis published by the Congressional Budget Office.”

How is spending that’s not going to occur for two years supposed to stimulate the economy today and prevent those 500 million lost jobs per month that Nancy Pelosi told us about? If Barack Obama really believes what he says and thinks that, “A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe,” then why isn’t the spending frontloaded into this bill?

4) Even the “non-partisan” Congressional Budget Office, which many Republicans consider to be tilted to the left, is saying that this bill is worse than doing nothing over the long-haul.

President Obama’s economic recovery package will actually hurt the economy more in the long run than if he were to do nothing, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. CBO, the official scorekeepers for legislation, said the House and Senate bills will help in the short term but result in so much government debt that within a few years they would crowd out private investment, actually leading to a lower Gross Domestic Product over the next 10 years than if the government had done nothing.

CBO estimates that by 2019 the Senate legislation would reduce GDP by 0.1 percent to 0.3 percent on net. [The House bill] would have similar long-run effects, CBO said in a letter to Sen. Judd Gregg, New Hampshire Republican, who was tapped by Mr. Obama on Tuesday to be Commerce Secretary.

How much sense does it make to push through a bill designed to “stimulate” our economy when we know that it will actually reduce economic growth?

Read the rest of the article here.

CBS Ignores Broad Public Support for Tax Cuts in Recent Poll

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

You need to know this if you are still hooked on getting your view of the world from the main stream media and actually believe they are giving you unbiased news coverage. After the way they acted in the last election, I have gone from calling them “news” organizations to calling them “President Obama’s Department of Propaganda”. I see the title still fits.

A CBS News poll conducted February 2 through February 4 found that 62 percent of Americans believe that tax cuts would do more to get the country out of recession, while only 16 percent thought government spending would. However, when Evening News anchor Katie Couric touted other results from that same poll on Thursday, February 5 she managed to leave out that particular finding. That poll finding has not been mentioned in any CBS News coverage since the poll’s release on February 5.

Instead, Couric focused on the aspect of the poll that claimed that 51 percent of Americans support the so-called “stimulus” bill being pushed by the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress. In addition, later on Thursday’s Evening News, correspondent Chip Reid also cited a poll question that showed 81 percent of Americans saw President Obama as being bipartisan in the debate over the massive spending bill.

Original Link.

Israeli General Elections Underway

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Israel faces trials, on a daily basis, that we cannot relate to here in the U.S. We need to pray for Israel, her people and her leaders.

Tense election campaign culminates Tuesday as over 5 million eligible voters get a chance to determine makeup of 18th Knesset. Parties operating transportation systems in bid to get people to vote despite stormy weather

For the third time in nine years, and exactly 1,050 days after the previous elections, Israelis are once again go to the polling stations on Tuesday.

Voting commenced at 7 am across the country, allowing the 5,278,985 eligible voters to cast their ballots and determine the makeup of the 18th Knesset.

At the end of a tense elections campaign, conducted mostly under the shadow of the war in Gaza, all parties were gearing up for the final battle over each and every voter.

“God willing we will win,” Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu said during a visit to the Western Wall with his family Monday evening. His wife, Sara, sounded confident and stated, “We are going to win for the people of Israel.”

However, judging by the Likud campaign headquarters’ conduct on Monday, the party was operating under a lot of pressure, as the gap with Kadima was narrowing. “The feeling is that it’s a very tight battle.

Let’s hope for the best,” a party official said. “If we win by a small margin – one or two Knesset seats – it would be very difficult for us to run the state,” he added.

According to MK Reuven Rivlin, who heads the Likud’s Election Day headquarters, “We do what we can within the budget constraints. We have thousands of volunteers across the country. The question is how motivated they are and how long they will be able to stay near polling stations.

“All of Kadima’s activists get paid, but I’m sure the Likud members’ motivation would prevail,” he added.

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Arizona Rancher Who Stopped Illegal Immigrants at Border Now Fighting $32 Million Lawsuit

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Although I have very little faith in our judicial system, I hope that the judge who is scheduled to hear this case, throws it out immediately.
Apparently, the rancher, Roger Barnett, is being sued by illegal immigrants when he captured them trespassing on his land and turned them over to immigration officials. He has had damage to his land, had his cattle killed and had his house broken into by illegal aliens coming across the border at his ranch.
I have to wonder how illegal immigrants happen to have the right to sue anyway, but I guess the judge will decide that.

An Arizona man who has waged a 10-year campaign to stop a flood of illegal immigrants from crossing his property is being sued by 16 Mexican nationals — seeking $32 million in damages — who accuse him of conspiring to violate their civil rights when he stopped them at gunpoint on his ranch on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Washington Times reported Monday.

The rancher, Roger Barnett, 64, began rounding up illegal immigrants in 1998 and turning them over to the U.S. Border Patrol after they destroyed his property, killed his calves and broke into his home, the newspaper reported.

The lawsuit is based on a March 7, 2004, incident in a dry wash on the 22,000-acre ranch, when he approached a group of illegal immigrants while carrying a gun and accompanied by a large dog.

Attorneys for the immigrants — five women and 11 men who were trying to cross illegally into the United States — have accused Barnett of holding the group captive at gunpoint, threatening to turn his dog loose on them and saying he would shoot anyone who tried to escape.

His Cross Rail Ranch near Douglas, Ariz., is known by federal and county law enforcement authorities as “the avenue of choice” for immigrants seeking to enter the United States illegally, the newspaper reports.

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Christians to be Banned from College Public Buildings

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

The attack on Christians continues, this time via the so-called “stimulus” bill. This email from the American Family Association (AFA) describes the threat:

President Obama’s stimulus bill discriminates against Christians and people of faith. The stimulus bans universities and colleges from using funds to renovate buildings where students engage in “religious worship.”

U.S. Senator Jim DeMint made the following statement after Democrats voted 43-54 against his amendment to strike from the economic stimulus bill language that discriminates against people of faith. Senator DeMint’s amendment would have eliminated a provision that bans any university or college receiving restoration funds, from allowing “sectarian instruction” or “religious worship” within the facility. This would in effect bar use of campus buildings for groups like Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Crusade for Christ, Catholic Student Ministries, Hillel and other religious organizations.

“This is a direct attack on students of faith, and I’m outraged Democrats are using an economic stimulus bill to promote discrimination,” said Sen. DeMint. “Democrats should be ashamed of themselves for siding with the ACLU over millions of students of faith. These students simply want equal access to public facilities, which is their constitutional right. This hostility toward religion must end. Those who voted for this discrimination are standing in the schoolhouse door to keep people of faith from entering any campus building renovated by this bill.

“This is now an ACLU stimulus designed to trigger lawsuits designed to intimidate religious organizations across the nation. This language is so vague, it’s not clear if students can even pray in a dorm room renovated with this funding since that is a form of ‘religious worship.’ If this provision remains in the bill, it will have a chilling effect on students of faith in America” he continued.

“Our culture cannot survive without faith and our nation cannot survive without freedom. This provision is an assault against both. It’s un-American and it’s unconstitutional. Intolerant and it’s intolerable.”

This funding restriction is unconstitutional. In the 2001 Good News Club v. Milford Central School Supreme Court decision, the court ruled that restricting religious speech within the context of public shared-use facilities (or schools) is unconstitutional.

Pages 164-165 of the stimulus contain the following prohibitions on the use of $3.5 billion available for renovation of public or private college and university facilities.

(2) PROHIBITED USES OF FUNDS. No funds awarded under this section may be used for – (C) modernization, renovation, or repair of facilities (i) used for sectarian instruction, religious worship, or a school or department of divinity; or (ii) in which a substantial portion of the functions of the facilities are subsumed in a religious mission; or construction of new facilities.

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich urges Christian activists and other conservatives to e-mail and call their representative and senators demanding that the language discriminating against people of faith be removed.

Gingrich feels that if Christian activists would have enough courage and holy anger to e-mail and call their representatives and senators, a number of Democrats would vote no on final passage. We should demand that this anti-religious provision be removed.

Christians have not expressed enough outrage focused on the concept that people of faith are being taken advantage of by the stimulus bill during a time of crisis. They are being stolen from them when they are down and out and looking in good faith to the government for help. Instead of the stimulus we need, the liberals are getting the pork that they want — for themselves, their families, and their friends. They are pickpockets and thieves preying on the down and out.

It’s as if the Good Samaritan had come over to the man who was robbed and left for dead, bent over, and reached for his wallet and ran on his way instead of helping. It’s like the looter who takes advantage of a natural disaster to steal.”

The liberals are taking advantage of a crisis, just like Rahm Emanuel said. His quote: “‘You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,’ Rahm Emanuel, Mr. Obama’s new chief of staff, told a Wall Street Journal conference of top corporate chief executives this week.” – WSJ, Nov. 21, 2008.

America is in crisis, and the liberals are looting America’s future to pay off their special interests. This is corruption of the highest order. E-mail and call your representative and two senators today!

I’ve already emailed my Senator. You need to do the same. Do it right now. There is no more time to wait.