Archive for February 25th, 2009

Branch of Israel – Anointing Oil from the Jerusalem Gift Shop

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Weekly I highlight items being offered by the Jerusalem Gift Shop. Today it’s the Branch of Israel – Anointing Oil.

Branch of Israel - Anointing Oil

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Christian Gifts from Israel – The Jerusalem Gift Shop

Oklahoma House Passes Sovereignty Bill to Reassert Constitutional Rights

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I can see handwriting on the wall of where all of this is leading, and it scares me. Turn to the 18th century history in your history books. Pay real close attention to the md to late 1700’s era. The go to the 19th century and read about the 1850’s and 1860’s.
But I agree with these types of bills. It’s time for the people to be heard and if the federal government won’t listen to us as individuals, maybe they will listen to us as states.

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”
-George Santayana

NEW YORK – Oklahoma’s House of Representatives is the first legislative body to pass a state sovereignty resolution this year under the terms of the Tenth Amendment.

The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 1003 Feb. 18 by a wide margin, 83 to 13, resolving, “That the State of Oklahoma hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States.”

The language of HJR 1003 further serves notice to the federal government “to cease and desist, effectively immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.”

The sponsor of the resolution, state Rep. Charles Key, told WND the measure was a ‘big step toward addressing the biggest problem we have in this country – the federal government violating the supreme law of the land.”

“The Constitution either means what it says, or it doesn’t mean anything at all,” Key said. “The federal government must honor and obey the Constitution, just like the states and this citizens of this country are obligated to do, or our system of government begins to fall apart.”

The Ninth Amendment reads, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” The Tenth Amendment specifically provides, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

As WND reported, eight states have introduced resolutions declaring state sovereignty under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution: Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington.

Analysts expect 12 additional states may see similar measures introduced this year, including Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, Maine and Pennsylvania.

Key argued that whenever “we allow the federal government, or any other government entity, to violate the Constitution, we destroy the Constitution one piece at a time.”

“We have gone so far down that path that the Constitution is hanging by a thread right now,” he said.

Last year, the same resolution introduced by Key passed the Oklahoma House, but the floor leader in the Senate, Democrat Sen. Charles Lassiter, used his authority to block consideration of the measure on the Senate floor.

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Obama to America: Tighten your belts

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Tighten Our Belts? Obama introduces the largest spending bill in the history of the world (and no, I’m not exaggerating), wants another one to be passed right away, and yet he has the nerve to tell us to tighten our belts?
Here’s the key words here: “too-few regulations”. More ways to the means for Socialization of America.

WASHINGTON – The president told the nation tonight the “day of reckoning has arrived” for Americans after a spree of extravagant buying, too-few regulations and not enough long-term financial planning.

Obama said he will submit a budget this week that he sees as a vision for America and a blueprint for the future.

He says the budget will reflect the harsh reality of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, one for which he was quick to blame his predecessor, Republican George W. Bush. [Just so everyone understands this, the relaxation of the lending standards, that has lead to the credit crisis, was instigated by Bill Clinton, not George W. Bush -ed.]

“While our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken, though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover,” Obama said in his televised speech before a joint session of Congress with all the trappings of a State of the Union Address. “And the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.”

Five weeks after taking office, Obama pressed the case for his economic revival plans that includes a health-care system overhaul, new centralized education priorities and investment in alternative energy sources.

The markets remained skeptical. U.S. stocks plunged to a 12-year low yesterday, but the markets rallied on today on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s assurances that the country’s troubled banks should be able to weather the downturn without being nationalized.

Obama said he has begun scrutinizing the budget and has identified $2 trillion in costs that can be cut over the next decade.

Obama, who will roll out his first budget proposal to Congress Thursday, has vowed to halve the federal deficit by the end of his term.

“My budget does not attempt to solve every problem or address every issue,” Obama said in the prepared remarks. “It reflects the stark reality of what we’ve inherited – a trillion dollar deficit, a financial crisis, and a costly recession.”

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a rising star in the Republican Party and a potential presidential candidate in 2012, entitled his rebuttal “Americans can do anything.”

Jindal insisted Republicans were ready to work with him on economic solutions but also tore into the president and Democrats who control Congress for passing legislation he said will not grow the economy but instead “saddle future generations with debt.”

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Home Mortgage Relief for Millions of Illegals

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

It still amazes me that illegal aliens can even buy houses and property, but now they can partake of the governments proposed mortgage relief plan. Remember, these are people who don’t pay federal income taxes. They are not doing anything to repay the massive tax debt law abiding people are going to be forced to carry for decades to come. With this being the case, why are they going to be allowed to take part in the relief plan?

Illegal aliens can apply for mortgage relief under the Obama administration’s $275 billion plan, according to immigration experts and a group the government will use to help homeowners modify loans.

Steven Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C., told WND approximately 1 million households headed by illegal immigrants acquired mortgages
through the beginning of 2007, before the housing bubble burst.

“There is no legal prohibition against illegal immigrants owning homes,” he said, “and in most cases mortgage lenders will accept a taxpayer ID or a Matricula Consular card issued by a Mexican Consulate office as identification to illegal immigrants from Mexico.”

Chad Buchanan, a manager at SaveMyHomeUSA – a group cooperating with the Obama administration that assists homeowners facing foreclosure – told WND illegal immigrants who own a home “could certainly apply under our program.”

“We don’t target or go after illegal immigrant customers,” he said. “But if an illegal immigrant owns a home legally, we could try to help them under our program.

SaveMyHomeUSA is seeking job applications for loan modification processors to work in the Obama administration mortgage modification program.

“A lot of mortgage modifiers out there never ask about the legal immigration status of the homeowner, and we do not ask either,” Buchanan said. “This is the first time I’ve had that question asked. All we are looking to do is to modify the current note, regardless what the legal immigration status of the client is.”

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Obama Speech, Fed Gives Hope, Stockmarket Up, It’s All in the Timing

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Much like Bill Clinton did on the eve of his impeachment by firing cruise missiles into empty tents in the Middle Eastern desert, so Obama does with a comment from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.
Does anyone really believe, for one instant, that Bernanke’s comment to Congress concerning the length of the recession and the corresponding stock market surge based on his comments, were anything but planned and executed by orders from the White House in order for Obama to have a positive note in people’s minds before his speech last night?
Ah yes, “The One” knows how to play your emotions like a finely tuned harp.
Let’s examine Chairman Bernanke’s words more closely;
From Fox News:

Bernanke said the economy is likely to keep shrinking in the first six months of this year after posting its worst slide in a quarter-century at the end of 2008.

Bernanke said he hoped the recession will end this year, but that there were significant risks to that forecast. Any economic turnaround will hinge on the success of the Fed and the Obama administration in getting credit and financial markets to operate more normally again.

“Only if that is the case, in my view there is a reasonable prospect that the current recession will end in 2009 and that 2010 will be a year of recovery,” Bernanke told the Senate Banking Committee.

That — along with the Fed chief’s remarks that regulators don’t intend to nationalize banks — was enough to buoy Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrials added more than 236 points and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index also rose, a day after both hit their lowest levels since 1997.

Yet Bernanke’s statement about not nationalizing the banks apparently doesn’t agree with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner plans:

In addition, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has revamped a controversial $700 billion bank bailout program to include steps to partner with the private sector to buy rotten assets held by banks as well as expand government ownership stakes in them — all with the hopes of freeing up lending. The Obama administration also will spend $75 billion to stem home foreclosures.

Nationalization is defined as “the act of taking an industry or assets into the public ownership of a national government or state”. (Wikipedia Link Here)
By definition, they ARE starting to nationalize the banking industry.

I’m tell you folks, Emperor Obama is going to undo over 200 years of personal freedom, and at best, rewrite our nation in a socialist entity. At worst, our democracy will end and Obama or some other charismatic individual will seize sole power.
Some of you folks make fun of me for calling Obama “Emperor”. But can’t you see that is actually a possibility based on the way things are currently proceeding? Think about it.

WASHINGTON –The economy is suffering a “severe contraction,” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress on Tuesday. But he planted a glimmer of hope that the recession might end this year if the government managed to prop up the shaky banking system, and Wall Street rallied.

Bernanke said the economy is likely to keep shrinking in the first six months of this year after posting its worst slide in a quarter-century at the end of 2008.

Bernanke said he hoped the recession will end this year, but that there were significant risks to that forecast. Any economic turnaround will hinge on the success of the Fed and the Obama administration in getting credit and financial markets to operate more normally again.

“Only if that is the case, in my view there is a reasonable prospect that the current recession will end in 2009 and that 2010 will be a year of recovery,” Bernanke told the Senate Banking Committee.

That — along with the Fed chief’s remarks that regulators don’t intend to nationalize banks — was enough to buoy Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrials added more than 236 points and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index also rose, a day after both hit their lowest levels since 1997.

Among the risks to any recovery are if economic and financial troubles in other countries turn out to be worse than anticipated, which would hurt U.S. exports and further aggravate already fragile financial conditions in the United States.

Another concern is that the Fed and other Washington policymakers won’t be able to break a vicious cycle where disappearing jobs, tanking home values and shrinking nest eggs are forcing consumers to cut back sharply, worsening the economy’s tailspin. In turn, battered companies lay off more people and cut back in other ways.

“To break that adverse feedback loop, it is essential that we continue to complement fiscal stimulus with strong government action to stabilize financial institutions and financial markets,” Bernanke said.

In an effort to revive the economy, the Fed has slashed a key interest rate to an all-time low and Obama recently signed a $787 billion stimulus package of increased government spending and tax cuts.

In addition, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has revamped a controversial $700 billion bank bailout program to include steps to partner with the private sector to buy rotten assets held by banks as well as expand government ownership stakes in them — all with the hopes of freeing up lending. The Obama administration also will spend $75 billion to stem home foreclosures.

Those and other bold steps — including a soon-to-be-operational program to boost the availability of consumer loans — for autos, education, credit cards and other things — should over time provide relief and promote an economic recovery, Bernanke said. That program is “about to open,” he told lawmakers, without providing an exact date.

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AP Reporter, Jennifer Loven, Praises Obama Speech Before It’s Delivered

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

In one of the worst cases of acting the Obama shill, AP reporter, Jennifer Loven, describes the chamber’s reaction to Obama’s speech, before it even occurred. This report was filed February 24 at 03:22 PM US/Eastern time, almost five hours before he made his speech.
In her “reality”, Ms. Loven sees Obama-messiah worshippers falling all over themselves for the chance to touch the hem of his suit coat. She sees a gallery packed with people, a floor crammed with “Supreme Court justices, all but one Cabinet member—held away in case disaster strikes” (implying he would have moved heaven and earth to be there, but was forced not to be) “- and nearly every member of Congress.”
One point she seems oblivious to is that during other administrations, they to enjoyed a packed gallery, a floor full of Supreme Court justices, all but one Cabinet member—who was held away in case disaster strikes, and nearly every member of Congress. This is not something unique to “The One”.
Once again, a shinning example of Obama’s “Department of Propaganda”, formerly known as the Main Stream Media. Sickening.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Standing before a nation on an economic precipice, President Barack Obama aimed to balance candor with can-do Tuesday night in his first address to a joint session of Congress. Millions more anxious Americans were tuning in on TV.

Obama was arguing that his still-unfolding economic revival plan has room for—even demands—a broader agenda including dramatic increases in health care coverage and wiser, “greener” fuel use. He was addressing an ebullient Democratic congressional majority and an embattled but reinvigorated GOP minority as well as worried viewers at home.

Just five weeks after his inauguration, Obama wasn’t charged with producing a formal State of the Union status report. But for all intents and purposes, that’s what it was: a night for the president to sketch out his priorities in a setting unmatched the rest of the year.

He enters the chamber to lawmakers of both parties hanging into the aisle for a chance to shake his hand or exchange a word. The gallery is filled, including a special section hosted by first lady Michelle Obama in which guests are selected to serve as living symbols of the president’s goals. Cramming the floor are the leaders of the federal government: Supreme Court justices, all but one Cabinet member—held away in case disaster strikes—and nearly every member of Congress.

Pre-speech, the White House blitzed the airwaves, talking up Obama’s plans but tamping down any expectations of high-flying rhetoric, splashy headlines or fancy new initiatives.

Wall Street was in a better mood than it had been in for days: Stocks were up after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the recession might end this year.

Comments on Obama’s address came in early from Republicans, many hours before he had uttered a word. [Isn’t that calling the kettle black, Ms. Loven, since you did exactly the same thing with this report? -ed.]

“House Republicans stand united in willingness to work with this president to try and tackle the very tough economic situation that is facing our families, to try and make some of the tough decisions together,” said House GOP Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia. But Republicans would stick to their principles, he said: “One is that Washington shouldn’t be spending money that we don’t have. And two, we shouldn’t be raising taxes on businesses and families that can’t afford to pay them.”

The young, charismatic governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, was chosen to deliver the televised GOP response to the Democratic president. Considered a likely presidential contender in 2012, Jindal has been an outspoken critic of what many Republicans call the wasteful spending in Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus package, even raising the possibility of rejecting some of the money designated for his state. But he also has praised Obama for reaching out to his party.

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“A Dutch Hero Comes to Warn Us, Seek Our Support. The Incomparable Geert Wilders, MP, in New York City” by Phyllis Chesler

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

“I have come to warn you of a great threat. Free speech is no longer a given, we must now battle for our birthright. We are looking at the end of democracy, the slavery of women, the death of gays. While there might be moderate Muslims, there is no such thing as moderate Islam. Islam is not a religion, it is a political and totalitarian ideology.”

Some would say that these are fighting words.

Indeed, Dutch parliamentarian, Geert Wilders, is fighting for Western liberty and Western values, as rooted in the legacies of “Athens, Rome, and Jerusalem.” This is the legacy he wishes to leave the “children of Europe,” as opposed to the legacy of “Mecca and Gaza.” Wilders is fighting for us all, his fight is our fight. As he said earlier today, “it is not about (him) but about Free Speech.” Today he may be a “criminal, tomorrow, anyone of us might be considered a criminal too,” for telling the truth about the danger that Islam poses to Western democracy. “Today I may be put behind bars. I am not the issue. Will free speech be put behind bars?”

“It is not 8:55pm. It is 11:55pm. We will lose everything.”

Wilders is very blond, quite trim, and well tailored, both matter-of-fact and charming in a way that does not come across in still photos. Wilders’ Dutch and Scandinavian entourage: other members of Parliament, such as Barry Madlener, of the Party of Freedom, (PVV), with whom I sat, and Lars Hedegaard, (the head of The Free Speech Society–Denmark), were all impossibly handsome, healthy, fluent in English, and heartbreakingly serious.

“The Left has hated Christianity for decades. Now, it demands respect for Islam. Guess why? The Left and Islam are both opposed to criticism of any kind. Where the Left and Islam come together, freedom will always suffer.”

Wilders attributes the erosion of Western sanity and courage to the infernal doctrine of “multicultural relativism which has fatefully weakened the West.” Such politically correct beliefs have led to the liberal Dutch Labor Party’s initiation of the lawsuit against Wilders. While the public prosecutor’s office declined to prosecute Wilders for “hate speech,” (hundreds of people wrote to the Prosecutors on Wilders’ behalf), the liberals appealed their ruling to the High Court in Amsterdam which actually overruled the public prosecutor’s decision. Wilders is on his way to appeal this last decision in the Dutch Supreme Court. He says, wryly, that the lawsuits may last until 2015.

There we all were, on a cold and sunny day in February, the creme de la creme of New York’s anti-jihadists, gathered together in Manhattan’s Four Seasons restaurant, to honor Geert Wilders, all of us the guests of The Hudson–New York Briefing Council. The tall and elegant Dr. Herbert London, the author of a new and wonderful book, America’s Secular Challenge. The Rise of a New National Religion presided. I was so happy to see him and many others, including Anne Bayefsky, Dr. Anat Berko, Dr. Andrew Bostom, Helen Freedman, Ibn Warraq, Joel Mowbray, Deroy Murdock, Pierre Rehov, Claudia Rossett, Ilyse Wilpon, Tim Wilson, and Barbara Winston, all of whom do extraordinary anti-terrorist and anti-jihadi work. I was honored to be among them. (Other important people were present but I am not at liberty to divulge their names).

Wilders said: “The liberals are blinded by multicultural relativism.”

Ah yes, we have all written as much dozens of times, hundreds of times, and the “great disdain” of the leftists and liberals for this particular sentence is something that Wilders also knows a great deal about. But, Wilders points out, these same “leftists and liberals participate in demonstrations where they shout ‘Death to the Jews.’ They bring shame upon Europe.” Wilders asks: “Are we going to sell Israel, our dearest ally, out?”

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Fact Check: Obama’s Words on Home Aid Ring Hollow

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Everything Emperor Obama says rings hollow. We all need to realize that the only thing Obama wants is power. As long as the economy is bad, he can continue to do away with our individual rights and install socialism on America virtually unopposed.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama knows Americans are unhappy that the government could rescue people who bought mansions beyond their means.

But his assurance Tuesday night that only the deserving will get help rang hollow.

Even officials in his administration, many supporters of the plan in Congress and the Federal Reserve chairman expect some of that money will go to people who used lousy judgment.

The president skipped over several complex economic circumstances in his speech to Congress — and may have started an international debate among trivia lovers and auto buffs over what country invented the car.

A look at some of his assertions:

OBAMA: “We have launched a housing plan that will help responsible families facing the threat of foreclosure lower their monthly payments and refinance their mortgages. It’s a plan that won’t help speculators or that neighbor down the street who bought a house he could never hope to afford, but it will help millions of Americans who are struggling with declining home values.”

THE FACTS: If the administration has come up with a way to ensure money only goes to those who got in honest trouble, it hasn’t said so.

Defending the program Tuesday at a Senate hearing, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said it’s important to save those who made bad calls, for the greater good. He likened it to calling the fire department to put out a blaze caused by someone smoking in bed.

“I think the smart way to deal with a situation like that is to put out the fire, save him from his own consequences of his own action but then, going forward, enact penalties and set tougher rules about smoking in bed.”

Similarly, the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. suggested this month it’s not likely aid will be denied to all homeowners who overstated their income or assets to get a mortgage they couldn’t afford.

“I think it’s just simply impractical to try to do a forensic analysis of each and every one of these delinquent loans,” Sheila Bair told National Public Radio.

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OBAMA: “And I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it.”

THE FACTS: Depends what your definition of automobiles, is. According to the Library of Congress, the inventor of the first true automobile was probably Germany’s Karl Benz, who created the first auto powered by an internal combustion gasoline engine, in 1885 or 1886. In the U.S., Charles Duryea tested what library researchers called the first successful gas-powered car in 1893. Nobody disputes that Henry Ford created the first assembly line that made cars affordable.

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OBAMA: “We have known for decades that our survival depends on finding new sources of energy. Yet we import more oil today than ever before.”

THE FACTS: Oil imports peaked in 2005 at just over 5 billion barrels, and have been declining slightly since. The figure in 2007 was 4.9 billion barrels, or about 58 percent of total consumption. The nation is on pace this year to import 4.7 billion barrels, and government projections are for imports to hold steady or decrease a bit over the next two decades.

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OBAMA: “We have already identified $2 trillion in savings over the next decade.”

THE FACTS: Although 10-year projections are common in government, they don’t mean much. And at times, they are a way for a president to pass on the most painful steps to his successor, by putting off big tax increases or spending cuts until someone else is in the White House.

Obama only has a real say on spending during the four years of his term. He may not be president after that and he certainly won’t be 10 years from now.

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OBAMA: “Regulations were gutted for the sake of a quick profit at the expense of a healthy market. People bought homes they knew they couldn’t afford from banks and lenders who pushed those bad loans anyway. And all the while, critical debates and difficult decisions were put off for some other time on some other day.”

THE FACTS: This may be so, but it isn’t only Republicans who pushed for deregulation of the financial industries. The Clinton administration championed an easing of banking regulations, including legislation that ended the barrier between regular banks and Wall Street banks. That led to a deregulation that kept regular banks under tight federal regulation but extended lax regulation of Wall Street banks. Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, later an economic adviser to candidate Obama, was in the forefront in pushing for this deregulation.

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OBAMA: “In this budget, we will end education programs that don’t work and end direct payments to large agribusinesses that don’t need them. We’ll eliminate the no-bid contracts that have wasted billions in Iraq, and reform our defense budget so that we’re not paying for Cold War-era weapons systems we don’t use. We will root out the waste, fraud and abuse in our Medicare program that doesn’t make our seniors any healthier, and we will restore a sense of fairness and balance to our tax code by finally ending the tax breaks for corporations that ship our jobs overseas.”

THE FACTS: First, his budget does not accomplish any of that. It only proposes those steps. That’s all a president can do, because control over spending rests with Congress. Obama’s proposals here are a wish list and some items, including corporate tax increases and cuts in agricultural aid, will be a tough sale in Congress.

Second, waste, fraud and abuse are routinely targeted by presidents who later find that the savings realized seldom amount to significant sums. Programs that a president might consider wasteful have staunch defenders in Congress who have fought off similar efforts in the past.

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OBAMA: “Thanks to our recovery plan, we will double this nation’s supply of renewable energy in the next three years.”

THE FACTS: While the president’s stimulus package includes billions in aid for renewable energy and conservation, his goal is unlikely to be achieved through the recovery plan alone.

In 2007, the U.S. produced 8.4 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, including hydroelectric dams, solar panels and windmills. Under the status quo, the Energy Department says, it will take more than two decades to boost that figure to 12.5 percent.

If Obama is to achieve his much more ambitious goal, Congress would need to mandate it. That is the thrust of an energy bill that is expected to be introduced in coming weeks.

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OBAMA: “Over the next two years, this plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs.”

THE FACTS: This is a recurrent Obama formulation. But job creation projections are uncertain even in stable times, and some of the economists relied on by Obama in making his forecast acknowledge a great deal of uncertainty in their numbers.

The president’s own economists, in a report prepared last month, stated, “It should be understood that all of the estimates presented in this memo are subject to significant margins of error.”

Beyond that, it’s unlikely the nation will ever know how many jobs are saved as a result of the stimulus. While it’s clear when jobs are abolished, there’s no economic gauge that tracks job preservation. The estimates are based on economic assumptions of how many jobs would be lost without the stimulus.

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Black Listed by the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

A couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses stopped by the house several nights ago, and it would not surprise me one bit if I haven’t been blacklisted from ever visiting their local establishment; not that I ever intended to visit it anyway.
As usual, I had them wanting to leave after about 8 minutes of discussion. I had to follow them down to the end of the driveway to finish my last point.
One gentleman kept saying “Jehovah God”. I definitely got off on the wrong foot by asking why he kept saying “God God”. He looked at me quizzically, so I had to explain to him that “Jehovah” is the English transliteration of the original Hebrew יהוה (without vowel points), which is the unvocalized name of God in Hebrew. Translated into English as YHWH (Yod, Hey, Wav, Hey, without vowel points) it would be approximated as “Yahweh”. Since in ancient Latin there was no distinct lettering to distinguish ‘Y’ from ‘J’, or ‘W’ from ‘V’, and the original Hebrew does not clearly indicate the omitted vowels, the approximated translation comes out as “Jehovah”. They didn’t seem happy when I made the off hand comment that it would be more accurate to call themselves “Yahweh’s Witnesses” or follow Jewish conventions and substitute the word “Adonai (אֲדֹנָי)” or “Elohim (אֱלוֹהִים)”, thus making them “Adonai’s Witnesses” or “Elohim’s Witnesses”. They were in “polite back-away” mode by this point.

Next I gave them the “When did God die?” argument. It goes something like this:
“‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.'” Revelation 1:8 (New International Version)

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’
He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.'” Revelation 21:5-6 (New International Version)

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Revelation 22:13 (New International Version)

I got them to agree with me that these three passages are talking about God.

Then I hit them with this:
“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.;” Revelation 1:17-18 (New International Version)

Remember, we all agreed that God is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and End, the First and the Last.

So then I asked, “when did God die?” and pointed out the middle part of Revelation 1:17-18. They were silent for a moment and then went on to say that Revelations is full of symbolism and can be confusing. They said they needed to study the passages more. By this time we’ve made it to the top of the driveway.

The last point I made was to ask them how it felt to be “second best” in God’s eyes. That stopped them for a moment. “What did I mean?”, they asked.
I pointed out to them how their doctrine establishes that only 144,000 of the “best” Jehovah’s Witnesses were going to go to Heaven. The rest, which I called “mundane”, were going to have to be satisfied with a “renewed” earth. I told them that after this many years, surely the 144,000 positions had been filled, and that no matter how hard they worked, they would never be able to achieve it. They answered that my assumption wasn’t necessarily true. I went on to say “So you are telling me that a Just God is going to reward one of the 144,000 positions to someone and then later say ‘Sorry Joe, but Sam handed out more pamphlets then you did, so you’re out and he’s in”? How is that just?” They didn’t have an answer. They told me they needed to get on down the street and bade me “thank you and good-bye”.
Overall a most rewarding experience.

See A Question for Jehovah’s Witnesses.
See Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses.