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Freedom in Christ

Monday, April 27th, 2009

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Freedom in Christ

Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be. Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

Life by the Spirit

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Galatians 5:1-26 (New International Version)

Supermodel Kathy Ireland Lashes Out Against [Abortion]

Monday, April 27th, 2009

I wonder if this has anything to do with Carrie Prejean? Maybe the fact she was willing to express her Christian values in a public forum may be causing other high profile Christians to be a bit more vocal about their convictions. In any case, my hat is off to Ms. Ireland as well.

It’s no secret that the majority of Hollywood stars are strong advocates for a woman’s right to choose whether or not she wants to terminate a pregnancy, however former “Sports Illustrated” supermodel-turned-entrepreneur-turned-author Kathy Ireland has gone against the grain of the glitterati and spoken out against abortion.

“My entire life I was pro-choice — who was I to tell another woman what she could or couldn’t do with her body? But when I was 18, I became a Christian and I dove into the medical books, I dove into science,” Ireland told Tarts while promoting her insightful new book “Real Solutions for Busy Mom: Your Guide to Success and Sanity.”

“What I read was astounding and I learned that at the moment of conception a new life comes into being. The complete genetic blueprint is there, the DNA is determined, the blood type is determined, the sex is determined, the unique set of fingerprints that nobody has had or ever will have is already there.”

However Ireland admitted that she did everything she could to avoid becoming a believer in pro-life.

“I called Planned Parenthood and begged them to give me their best argument and all they could come up with that it is really just a clump of cells and if you get it early enough it doesn’t even look like a baby. Well, we’re all clumps of cells and the unborn does not look like a baby the same way the baby does not look like a teenager, a teenager does not look like a senior citizen. That unborn baby looks exactly the way human beings are supposed to look at that stage of development. It doesn’t suddenly become a human being at a certain point in time,” Ireland argued. “I’ve also asked leading scientists across our country to please show me some shred of evidence that the unborn is not a human being. I didn’t want to be pro-life, but this is not a woman’s rights issue but a human rights issue.”

Ireland also asserted that she believes “no justification is adequate” (for an abortion) unless another the mother’s life is in danger.

“In that instant, your intention is not to kill but to save the life of another. If we’re about to demolish a building we make absolute certain there are no human beings in there before we take a wrecking ball to it, but the unborn doesn’t have a voice so it’s up to us to speak for them,” she added passionately. “If I see someone abusing a child I am going to stand up against that, and that’s how I feel about abortion. Women are not given all the facts, they’re told it is a harmless procedure and now it has turned into such a political football.”

The committed Christian and devoted mother even dedicated the chapter “Faith & Your Family” in her new book to her foundations in Christianity and believes that this is what’s missing from so many American families today.

“You have to figure out your own values and why you have them. People are going to try and push and pull at your convictions, so you have to have boundaries and put them in place,” she said.

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“War On The Cross” by Michael G. Mickey

Monday, April 27th, 2009

In recent days a lot of energy has been put forth by me and the site’s regular contributors in an effort to keep everyone up to speed on how quickly – and demonstrably – we are moving toward the complete fulfillment of God’s promise that the last days would be as they were in the days of Lot. (Luke 17:28-30) We’ve also discussed how there is an effort underway to silence Christians and, in doing so, the Word of God itself. As I’m going to demonstrate today, we are on the front lines of a spiritual battle here in the last days that is simply unprecedented, both in its directness of approach and its long-term goal.

The Telegraph is reporting the following in part (emphasis added mine):

The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies (AHS) plans to launch a recruitment drive this summer.

Backed by professors Richard Dawkins and AC Grayling, the initiative aims to establish a network of atheist societies in schools to counter the role of Christianity.

It will coincide with the first atheist summer camp for children that will teach that religious belief and doctrines can prevent ethical and moral behaviour.

The federation aims to encourage students to lobby their schools and local authorities over what is taught in RE lessons and to call for daily acts of collective worship to be scrapped. It wants the societies to hold talks and educational events to persuade students not to believe in God.

Chloë Clifford-Frith, AHS co-founder, said that the societies would act as a direct challenge to the Christian message being taught in schools.

She expressed concern that Christian Unions could influence vulnerable teenagers looking for a club to belong to with fundamentalist doctrine.

In particular, she claimed that some students were being told that homosexuality is a sin and to believe the Biblical account of creation.
“We want to point out how silly some of these beliefs are and hope that these groups will help to do that,” she said. [More…]

The first thing I would point out to everyone is the most obvious: Atheists like Richard Dawkins are supposedly anti-religion. In spite of this, as the article highlights, the efforts of those espousing militant atheist beliefs like Dawkins conveniently forget all the other gods, especially the god of Islam. That would be because they only fear ONE God that is worshipped by mankind – the God of the Bible. (That and the fact Dawkins and his ilk are scared of the Muslims.)

When I think of how bold atheists like Richard Dawkins are when it comes to waging war on the cross, I have to admit chuckling now and then. They challenge the Most High God openly and boldly, an example in the excerpt above being their claim that believing homosexuality is a sin is silly, but have to be pressed to denounce Islam, for example. Even when their hand is forced into doing so, any opposition expressed will be much more tame than when they rail on Christianity, most often blanketed in a statement of overall dislike of religions such as: “We are opposed to all forms of religion, not just Christianity.” Oh really?

Am I the only one who wonders where are all the news articles documenting their efforts to form atheistic organizations seeking to “counter the role” of Islam are? You’d think the atheists, in mankind’s best interest of course, would be concerned about countering that religion too, especially in light of September 11th, the Madrid train bombings, Muslim Iran seeking nuclear weapons after its leader has openly threatened to wipe an entire nation off the face of the earth, namely Israel, but none of that seems as worthy of their attention as silencing Christianity. And to think these people boast of how intellectually superior they are to Christians! Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. (Romans 1:22)

Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ scares – and threatens – atheists where religion is concerned, mostly because only Christ and His judgment of them to come is seared into their consciences. This the atheists loathe, to the point that they foolishly hope that, if they can create a world where Jesus Christ isn’t even mentioned, they can feel safe for a time. Who knows? Somewhere in the recesses of their spiritually-tormented souls they may hope, literally, that if enough people stop believing in God, He will cease to exist or maybe change His mind about holding them accountable for their sins. Good luck with that, atheists!

And did you catch the part of the article above where the atheists made the bizarre claim that religion, by which I’m assuming they’re referring to Christianity in keeping with the article’s theme, may “prevent ethical and moral behavior?” That’s a laugher for the ages, isn’t it? Or did they not hear that thou shalt not lie, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not kill, etc.?

Stop Kidding Yourself

If you’re reading this commentary and you’re an atheist, hear me now. Waging war on the cross and Jesus Christ is utter foolishness. And if you’re railing on Christianity while ducking radical Islam because you’re afraid of Muslims, you’re acting doubly foolish! Let me be blunt. If you’re an atheist and you are afraid of men but not the judgment of Jesus Christ? You’re bordering on insanity, especially when both you and I know – yes KNOW – that nothing you are doing or saying against Christianity is making you any less concerned about the prospect of the God of the Bible’s judgment of you to come! This you should actually be thankful for because it is hope – your only hope!

Jesus Christ said: “And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” (Luke 12:4-5)

Anyone, regardless of their religious faith or even lack thereof, can kill your body, but there is only One who can both take your life here on earth from you and, later, cast your sin-riddled body into an eternal lake of fire from which there will be no escape or hope of rescue from!

Choose Jesus Christ today I beg you. He loves you!

Be Of Good Cheer

Lastly, Christians, be of good cheer! While there is much going on in the world around us of concern, the content above being a prime example, things wouldn’t be nearly this bad if we weren’t rapidly approaching something good happening that we’ve been promised – our redemption!

Church, the darkness seems to be pressing in on us more and more daily, but remember: There’s a light at the end of this tunnel for us!

Keep your watch! The Bridegroom is coming!


On a completely unrelated note, the Bible forewarns that pestilences are going to play a prominent role in the last days. (Matthew 24:7, Luke 21:11)

I am monitoring, with great interest, the sudden emergence of the swine flu epidemic in Mexico that the World Health Organization is fearful may turn into a global pandemic, just another indicator of the lateness of the hour we’re living in.

Just in: Swine flu is possibly in New York. It’s already been found in California, Kansas and Texas. New Zealand, France, Israel too.

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“Perez Hilton: The Foul Face of ‘Gay’ Activism” By J. Matt Barber (Content Warning)

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Warning: This article contains graphic but accurate material that may be offensive to some readers.

You may have heard. During Sunday’s Miss USA pageant openly “gay” activist and pageant judge Perez Hilton – the self-styled “Queen of Media” – ambushed Carrie Prejean – the openly Christian Miss California – with a politically loaded question on so-called “same-sex marriage.” Prejean’s candid answer – as both Hilton and Miss USA organizer Donald Trump later admitted – likely cost her the crown.

From the moment she opened her mouth, Prejean has given liberals a clinic in class. Hilton, on the other hand (a.k.a. Mario Armando Lavandeira), has provided the world a sneak peek into the soul of homosexual activism.

This is one for the up-is-down-black-is-white hall of fame. The media’s fabricated flap over Prejean’s answer – a public defense of legitimate marriage – has a reasonable America scratching its collective noggin in stunned disbelief. Not because of the answer she gave Perez – which was both well received by the pageant audience and overwhelmingly shared by about 70 percent of Americans – but, rather, because of Hilton’s hate-filled, misogynistic response to her answer and the disgraceful, knee-jerk defense of that response by liberals in Hollywood, the media and organized homosexuality.

After Hilton asked the lovely and talented Miss California whether “every state” should legalize “same-sex marriage,” Prejean responded: “In my country, in my family … I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think it should be – between a man and a woman.”

Oh the humanity!

Evidently this was not the rooty-tooty-fresh-n’-fruity answer Hilton – the creepy valley girl wannabe with a five o’clock shadow – had hoped for. He promptly marked Prejean’s score card with a zero, plopped down in front of the television cameras and began blubbering away like a fussy little snot with a dirty diaper.

Having already publicly called Prejean a “dumb b—-,” he then yammered to a sympathetic Norah O’Donnell on MSNBC that, not only was he refusing to apologize, he was actually “thinking the C-word.” This, of course, one of the vilest things anyone can call a woman. Yet, rather than taking Hilton to task for the boy lover’s girl-hating poison, O’Donnell joined in on the bash-fest, criticizing Prejean for her traditional view.

But Hilton wasn’t done yet. Ramping up his vicious attack on the Christian California bombshell, our lispy-wispy lil’ cupcake dove headlong into the annals of dirt-baggery lore. He defaced a photo of Prejean on his weblog scribbling, below her chin, a crude depiction of a male phallus ejaculating in her mouth.

How did Prejean react?

While talking to Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show she said, “I knew at that moment after I answered the question, I knew, I was not going to win because of my answer, because I had spoken from my heart, from my beliefs and for my God. … I wouldn’t have answered it differently. The way I answered may have been offensive. With that question specifically, it’s not about being politically correct. For me it was being biblically correct.”

On the Fox News Channel’s Hannity program, Prejean shared, “You know, I forgive him. I know that he’s angry for whatever reason. I know there must be a bigger issue going on in his life.”

Like I said – Class.

Still, Perez Hilton – Hollywood’s frothy-potty-mouthed little drama queen – isn’t alone in his hatred for Prejean or the three-fourths of Americans who share her opposition to the novel and incongruous concept of “gay marriage.”

For example, Wayne Besen, a prominent leader in the homosexual activist community, unbelievably went on Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor to defend Hilton. He picked up Hilton’s anti-Christian torch, incredibly charging that it was Prejean, not Hilton, whose millennia old recognition of biblical marriage “was divisive.” Besen then added insult to injury and revealed his true rainbow colors by tagging the 70 percent of Americans who oppose “gay marriage” as “bigots.”

This whole hateful affair provides the perfect metaphor for the current divide between defenders of traditional sexual morality and the extremist “queer” activist movement. As Congress debates the constructive repeal of both the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of “equal protection under the law” and the First Amendment guarantees of free speech and freedom of religion through passage of discriminatory and wholly unnecessary “hate crimes” legislation, this little episode once again reminds us that the self-described champions of “tolerance” and “diversity” are the most intolerant and hateful among us.

How soon we forget. Just hearken back a few months to the passage of California’s Proposition 8, which restored the definition of natural marriage to the Golden State. There we all played witness to “gay” activist calls for church burnings, Mormon Temple vandalism, death threats against Prop 8 supporters and quasi-riotous assaults against peaceful Christian marriage supporters.

So, insofar as liberals continue to dig their own hole by defending Hilton and piling on Prejean, I submit they’re doing the other 70 percent of us a favor. In their biting anger, they’ve cast aside the sublime mask of “tolerance,” revealing an ugly, desperate and most intolerant countenance below.

For that, I say thank you. For your treatment of Carrie Prejean, I say shame on you.

Matt Barber is Director of Cultural Affairs with both Liberty Counsel and Liberty Alliance Action. He also co-hosts the nationally syndicated “Liberty Live” talk radio program on AFR Talk. Send comments to Matt at jmattbarber@comcast.net. (This information is provided for identification purposes only.)

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Italian Cruise Ship Fires on Somali Pirates

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Well at least someone is doing something about the Muslim pirates. Notice who…

ROME — An Italian cruise ship with 1,500 people on board fended off a pirate attack far off the coast of Somalia when its Israeli private security forces exchanged fire with the bandits and drove them away, the commander said Sunday.

Cmdr. Ciro Pinto told Italian state radio that six men in a small white speed boat approached the Msc Melody and opened fire Saturday night, but retreated after the Israeli security officers aboard the cruise ship returned fire.

“It felt like we were in war,” Pinto said.

None of the roughly 1,000 passengers and 500 crew members were hurt, Melody owner Msc Cruises said in a statement issued by its German branch.

Domenico Pellegrino, head of the Italian cruise line, said Msc Cruises hired the Israelis because they were the best trained security agents, the ANSA news agency reported.

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Swine Flu Posses Severe Risk – Two Cases Confirmed in Kansas; Eight Probable in NYC; CDC Declares Public Health Emergency – Maybe U.S. Will Finally Get Serious About Borders; Doubtful

Monday, April 27th, 2009

The swine flu as moved up from Mexico, through our completely open borders, and is now killing the elderly and children here in the United States. Will we finally get serious about our borders? I doubt it. What we can count on is Emperor Obama taking advantage of the situation and taking away more of our freedoms. Remember, “never waste a good crisis”.

WASHINGTON — The United States has activated an emergency plan to combat swine flu as the Obama administration announced measures Sunday to contain the sometimes deadly virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the strain of swine flu and is prepared to distribute a quarter of the U.S. stockpile of 50 million doses of anti-viral medications in places around the country where swine flu has been located or may be expected to spread, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a briefing at the White House.

Travel advisories have not been issued by the State Department, Napolitano said, nor is the United States going to screen passengers on flights arriving from Mexico. She said funds have been freed up in case a larger response is needed.

Hand-washing, mask-wearing and other measures will help prevent the spread, Napolitano said explaining how the public can help slow potential contaminations.

“If you are sick, stay home,” Napolitano said. “Take all of those reasonable measures that will help us mitigate and contain” the illness.

People who are ill should not go on airplanes, to school or other places, added Dr. Richard Besser, the acting head of the CDC.

Besser said the United States is working with the World Health Organization, Canada and Mexico as well as other organizations to reduce the spread of the virus, which appears to have originated in Mexico and has resulted in up to 81 deaths there.

The CDC has issued advice on its Web site on how to avoid the sickness and how to react if people think they are infected.

“Every outbreak is unique” and it’s very hard to say how long it will be before it’s contained. But Besser said since it’s near the end of flu season right now, a decline would be likely.

However, he added, “We view this more as a marathon. We do think this will continue to spread but we are taking aggressive actions to minimize the impact on people’s health.”

“Even if this outbreak is a small one we can anticipate that we may have a subsequent of follow on outbreak in several months from now,” Napolitano said.

In a press conference held Sunday, New York Governor David Paterson said the eight potential cases in Suffolk County have been tested.

“It’s a situation we’re monitoring but it seems there’s no real danger ahead,” said Gov. Paterson.

Gov. Paterson said daily updates are being given to 25,000 physicians, hospitals and health care providers.

In the U.S., 20 cases of swine flu have been confirmed in California, New York, Texas, Ohio and Kansas. Patients have ranged in age from 9 to over 50. Besser said that all the cases have resulted in recovery and one person remains hospitalized.

However, the same flu has sickened more than 1,324 in Mexico since April 13.

As the briefing was occurring, Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard announced that two more people died overnight in the capital of swine flu, and three other deaths are suspected to have been caused by the new strain. Ebrard said 73 more people have been hospitalized with influenza and authorities are investigating how many of them may have been infected with swine flu.

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Michelle Malkin had this to say:

The deadly flu strain sweeping across Mexico and into the U.S. has world health experts sounding the alarm bells. Mexico City has been shut down. Officials are advising citizens there to wear masks. There’s talk of a pandemic. California and Texas have seen several reported cases, but no deaths in the U.S.

Yet:

A new flu strain that has killed up to 68 people in Mexico could become a pandemic, the World Health Organization warned on Saturday, as health experts tried to track the disease’s spread.

Hospitals tested patients with flu symptoms for the never-before-seen virus, which has also infected eight people in the United States. No further deaths had come to light since Friday afternoon, but officials warned the person-to-person infections meant there was a risk of a major outbreak…

…Mexico has shut schools, cinemas and museums and canceled public events in its sprawling, overcrowded capital of 20 million people to try to prevent further infections. Weekend soccer matches were played in empty stadiums and people on the street wore face masks.

The strain of flu has spread fast between people and infected some individuals who had no contact with one another.

The WHO says the virus from 12 of the Mexican patients is genetically the same as a new strain of swine flu, designated H1N1, seen in eight people in California and Texas. All of the eight later recovered.

An emergency committee of WHO experts, convening on Saturday, will advise Chan on issues including possibly changing the WHO’s pandemic alert level, currently 3 on a scale of 1 to 6.

A NYC prep school saw 75 students fall ill on Friday and health officials are testing to see if it’s the new strain of swine flu.

The World Health Organization is set to declare the outbreak an “international concern.”

I’ve blogged for years about the spread of contagious diseases from around the world into the U.S. as a result of uncontrolled immigration. We’ve heard for years from reckless open-borders ideologues who continue to insist there’s nothing to worry about. And we’ve heard for years that calling any attention to the dangers of allowing untold numbers of people to pass across our borders and through our other ports of entry without proper medical screening — as required of every legal visitor/immigrant to this country — is RAAAACIST.

9/11 didn’t convince the open-borders zealots to put down their race cards and confront reality.

Maybe the threat of their sons or daughters contracting a deadly virus spread from south of the border to their Manhattan prep schools will.

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Pelosi Was Briefed About Waterboarding, Lies About “Not Knowing”

Monday, April 27th, 2009

More lies from Queen Nancy.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she was never told during a congressional briefing in 2002 that waterboarding or other “enhanced” interrogation techniques were being used on terrorism suspects.

But in a story published in the Washington Post in December 2007, two officials were quoted saying that the California Democrat and three other lawmakers had received an hour-long secret briefing on the interrogation tactics, including waterboarding, and that they raised no objections at the time.

The clash of accounts has stirred Republican claims that Democrats have selective and politically motivated amnesia when it comes to who knew what, and when, about the Bush-era interrogation programs.

“I saw a partial list of the number of members of the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, who were briefed on these interrogation methods, and not a word was raised at the time, not one word,” House Minority Leader John Boehner said Thursday.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., is seeking a detailed list of all lawmakers who were briefed on the tactics. Republicans are drawing attention to the briefings to challenge Democrats who now say they are open to investigating, and possibly prosecuting, officials and lawyers involved in the drafting of the harsh interrogation techniques.

Pelosi is among those lawmakers who want an independent commission established to probe the evolution of the policies — but it’s still unclear what she knew early on in the Bush administration.

Asked about the briefings on Thursday, Pelosi said: “We were not — I repeat — were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used.”

But she also did not explicitly say that waterboarding was not part of the conversation. She indicated instead that any discussion they may have had was hypothetical.

“What they did tell us is that they had some legislative counsel … opinions, that they could be used, but not that they would,” she said.

Pelosi indicated the briefings could have been incomplete, saying: “We only know what they choose to tell us, and the manner and timing which they tell us.”

The Post article noted that strict rules during the secret briefings prohibit lawmakers from taking notes or consulting with legal experts, hindering the lawmakers’ ability to challenge what they are being told — in this case, about interrogation tactics.

But that doesn’t mean they can’t ask critical questions.

Pelosi indicated Thursday she’s being hamstrung from fully addressing the briefing, and publicly questioning the tactics described in it, because it was secret.

“It’s very interesting that people are talking so freely,” Pelosi said.

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Obama’s Federal Spending Spree Raises Management Concerns

Monday, April 27th, 2009

In the early months of his presidency, President Obama has shown he isn’t afraid to spend billions of dollars on corporate bailouts or to run up trillions of dollars in U.S. debt to battle an economic crisis.

But in doing so, he has initiated the largest expansion of federal government since World War II and set up a massive challenge for his administration — one that officials are already warning will be fraught with peril.

During the first 100 days of his presidency, Obama has signed a $787 billion stimulus bill into law, proposed an eye-popping $3.6 trillion budget for the next fiscal year, taken over a massive $700 billion Wall Street bailout program and created other billion-dollar programs to help grease the economic wheels.

Analysts call the spending spree “unprecedented” when the nation is not in a declared war, and they say the challenges that accompany it are a logical result.

“You take any organization in the world and you double its size in 90 days, it’s going to have a hard time managing that transition,” said William Gale, vice president and director of the economic studies program at Brookings Institute.

“The sheer management issues that come up are very important,” Gale said, “because I can imagine the people running those projects that are about to be doubled may not want to see their face on ’60 Minutes’ as the poster child for government waste and useless spending.”

Among the warning signs: The Government Accountability Office said Thursday that states need help covering the cost of overseeing their share of the massive federal stimulus program.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told a congressionally appointed oversight panel this week that America’s banks are still broken, despite all their bailout billions. And an inspector general assigned to the bailout program concluded this week that a private-public partnership designed to buy up bad assets is tilted in favor of private investors and creates “potential unfairness to the taxpayer.”

Brian Reidl, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, said all the spending may lead a Democratic-controlled Congress to “overreach and create expensive, unworkable new programs that will not be easy to fix or cut later.”

“There are significant economic risks to rapidly expanding the size of government,” Reidl said. “Countries with large governments produce less wealth and create fewer jobs than countries with minimal government.”

The number of programs and the dizzying array of acronyms describing them are enough to leave a Scrabble champion exhausted.

There’s TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program), TALF (Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility) and PPIP(Public-Private Investment Program).

On top of that, Obama’s budget proposal includes $770 billion in tax cuts over 10 years for the middle class, $150 billion for funding “green” energy sources and $634 billion toward the introduction of universal health care.

Reidl forsees legislative hurdles.

“Congress has a lot on its plate this year,” he told FOXNews.com. “It will be hard for Congress to write useful legislation on energy, health and education while passing all the regular spending.”

He said Obama is doing too much too fast.

“It’s extremely difficult to craft intelligent legislation in so many areas at one time, especially in a president’s first year, when he is facing the same learning curve that any president would face,” he said.

But Gale said he believes the White House has done an “enormous” amount right in the first 100 days.

“The flip side of the very aggressive posture the administration has taken is if the economy goes through the floor, we’re going to see budget deficits like you’ve never seen,” he said.

Even if the administration is able to get all the programs up and running, Gale said, an exit strategy is lacking to extricate the federal government from the credit markets and all of the state and local government spending.

“I’m not confident that Congress or the administration will have the political discipline to keep these things temporary,” he said.

“It kind of reminds me of Iraq,” he said. “We’re here. Now what?”

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Obama Avoids Using Word ‘Genocide’ in Statement Condemning Armenian Killings

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Well of course…why would “The One” want to characterize the well documented death and destruction of 1.5 million Christian Armenians ‘genocide’? He might anger his Muslim overlords (the only people he bows to).
Do we really need to point out that it was Pelosi’s attempt to score cheap political points against Bush, and undermine the war effort in Iraq, that brought this whole issue to the forefront?
More Democrat duplicity.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday refrained from branding the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey a “genocide,” breaking a campaign promise while contending his views about the 20th century slaughter had not changed.

The phrasing of Obama’s written statement attracted heightened scrutiny because of the sensitivity of the issue and because the two countries are nearing a historic reconciliation after years of tension. The Obama administration is wary of disturbing that settlement.

Marking the grim anniversary of the start of the killings, the president referred to them as “one of the great atrocities of the 20th century.”

“I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915, and my view of that history has not changed,” Obama said. “My interest remains the achievement of a full, frank and just acknowledgment of the facts.”

“The best way to advance that goal right now,” Obama said, “is for the Armenian and Turkish people to address the facts of the past as a part of their efforts to move forward.”

For Obama, referring to the killings as genocide could have upended recent pledges of a closer partnership with Turkey, a vital ally in a critical region. Steering around the word, however, put him at odds with his own pledges to recognize the slaughter as genocide.

Obama said the Armenians who were massacred in the final days of the Ottoman Empire “must live on in our memories.” He said unresolved history can be a heavy weight. “Reckoning with the past holds out the powerful promise of reconciliation,” he said.

“I strongly support efforts by the Turkish and Armenian people to work through this painful history in a way that is honest, open, and constructive,” he said.

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