Archive for May 29th, 2009

The LORD’s Love

Friday, May 29th, 2009

But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children-

The Lord's Love

with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.

Charges Against ‘New Black Panthers’ Dropped by Obama Justice Dept.

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Charges brought against three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense under the Bush administration have been dropped by the Obama Justice Department, FOX News has learned.

The charges stemmed from an incident at a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day 2008 when three members of the party were accused of trying to threaten voters and block poll and campaign workers by the threat of force — one even brandishing what prosecutors call a deadly weapon.

The three black panthers, Minister King Samir Shabazz, Malik Zulu Shabazz and Jerry Jackson were charged in a civil complaint in the final days of the Bush administration with violating the voter rights act by using coercion, threats and intimidation. Shabazz allegedly held a nightstick or baton that prosecutors said he pointed at people and menacingly tapped it. Prosecutors also say he “supports racially motivated violence against non-blacks and Jews.”

The complaint says the men hurled racial slurs at both blacks and whites.

A poll watcher who provided an affidavit to prosecutors in the case noted that Bartle Bull, who worked as a civil rights lawyer in the south in the 1960’s and is a former campaign manager for Robert Kennedy, said it was the most blatant form of voter intimidation he had ever seen.

In his affidavit, obtained by FOX News, Bull wrote “I watched the two uniformed men confront voters and attempt to intimidate voters. They were positioned in a location that forced every voter to pass in close proximity to them. The weapon was openly displayed and brandished in plain sight of voters.”

He also said they tried to “interfere with the work of other poll observers … whom the uniformed men apparently believed did not share their preferences politically,” noting that one of the panthers turned toward the white poll observers and said “you are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker.”

A spokesman for the Department of Justice told FOX News, “The Justice Department was successful in obtaining an injunction that prohibits the defendant who brandished a weapon outside a Philadelphia polling place from doing so again. Claims were dismissed against the other defendants based on a careful assessment of the facts and the law. The department is committed to the vigorous prosecution of those who intimidate, threaten or coerce anyone exercising his or her sacred right to vote.”

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The Simple Truth can Help Bring Peace

Friday, May 29th, 2009

An often-overlooked piece of Palestinian behavior is key to the pursuit of peace. The Palestinians teach their people that no Jewish kingdom ever existed in the land they call Palestine, and that there was never a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Presumably some Palestinians know these teachings are false, but for most they are “facts” learned in school and taken for granted. These falsehoods are deliberately spread by the Palestinian leadership. To publicly deny them is to be viewed as disloyal, and anyone who tries to assert the truth risks retribution.

This is not just a matter of ancient history – it’s not merely an “alternative narrative” which needn’t be contested because it’s just talk. This false story helps explain the Palestinian refusal to make peace, because so long as Palestinians think the Jews were never here before, they will see Jews as a foreign colonial implant with no moral claim or right to the land. Modern Israel’s claim to land in Palestine depends on the Jews’ historic connection to the territory. Without this history, the nation of Israel would be merely foreign invaders, not a people who can be seen as returning home.

When a powerful foreigner comes and takes your territory just because he wants it, you have no honorable way to yield your rights. Accepting such a foreign invasion would be a cowardly sacrifice of honor. By insisting that this is what happened, the Palestinians’ leaders are in effect burning their bridges behind them, so that their people will be forced by their honor to fight on, and prevented from making an honorable peace.

The Palestinian leadership’s willingness to look foolish by denying well-known historic facts – including basic Christian history – demonstrates the importance to them of denying their people the moral and psychological basis for an honorable peace.

THE UNITED STATES CAN make an important step toward peace by publicly assuring the Palestinians that there were indeed ancient Jewish kingdoms in the land, and a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount before the birth of Muhammad. There are plenty of Muslim sources that the US can use to teach these facts.

Denial of the Jews’ ancient connection to the land is much more important than Holocaust denial. Israel’s claim to the land has nothing to do with the Holocaust. The international decision that Palestine should be a Jewish homeland was made by the League of Nations a generation before the Holocaust. Jews claim the land based on their continuous emotional and religious attachment to it since ancient times – not as compensation for six million dead.

Since Palestinians and other Arabs care about honor, we should make it possible for them to recognize that there can be an honorable peace with the Jews. (Although there would still be Muslim objections to Jewish rule in Israel.)

Israeli diplomats should call on the US to end the Palestinians’ denial of history, even though the State Department apparently regards the truth as something offensive to Arabs.

What better public disagreement can Israel and the US have than a disagreement about whether to allow the Palestinians to continue denying Jewish history? What better diagnostic tool can there be to determine when Palestinians are truly ready to live with Israel than looking at whether they are willing to acknowledge the Jews’ connection to the land?

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Exhibitionist Flasher Charged with Misdemanor – Woman He Flashed Charged with Felony Hate Crime

Friday, May 29th, 2009

OK, this hasn’t happened…yet. Let me set the stage…

If the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 is passed into law, then this scenario could very easily come to pass:

If an exhibitionist flashes a woman, and she responds by slapping him with her purse, at best, he would be charged with a misdemeanor while she, under the verbiage of this law, has committed a federal felony hate crime.

Also…

In committee hearings Democrats admitted that a Christian pastor could be prosecuted under the law if he spoke biblically against homosexuality, someone heard the comments and then committed a crime.
“Under [this law] the speech of a criminal defendant and the mere membership of the defendant in a given group may be used as evidence of his or her biased motive”.

And on top of all that…

There’s already an effort to list pro-family organizations “alongside several neo-Nazi groups … to create guilt by the artificial manufactured appearance of association”.

And finally…

The law gives protection for all 547 forms of sexual deviancy or ‘paraphilias’ listed by the American Psychiatric Association. Democrats defeated an amendment to the law that stated “the term sexual orientation as used in this act or any amendments to this act does not include pedophilia.” They also unanimously defeated an amendment that would offer hate crimes protection for U.S. military veterans who were attacked because of their service.

Christians, if this bill is allowed to become a law, we are in for a very rough time of it.

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama has promised the mother of Matthew Shepard fast action in the U.S. Senate to approve a “hate crimes” bill that critics say would establish the first special legal protections for pedophiles and those with an array of other sexual proclivities.

Judy Shepard, the mother of a murdered homosexual, visited the White House to lobby for H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, now residing in the Senate after approval in the House.

The White House issued an official comment on the meeting: “The President thanked Ms. Shepard for her work on the hate crimes bill and reiterated his commitment to ensuring that the Senate finalize the bill and act swiftly.”

Critics call the bill “The Pedophile Protection Act”.

Last week, a Texas pastor wrote an open letter to the U.S. Senate, asking someone, anyone, to filibuster the pending “hate crimes” legislation and stop what he calls a “maddening march to the destruction of our First Amendment right to freely practice our religion.”

As WND has reported, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 would provide special protections to homosexual people but leave Christian ministers open to prosecution should their teachings be linked to any subsequent offense, by anyone, against a homosexual person.

WND first reported on what has become widely known as “The Pedophile Protection Act” last month, raising nationwide alarm that has already generated hundreds of thousands of individual letters of protest to members of the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, and Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said the only chance to defeat the legislation was for a massive outpouring of opposition from the American people.

“If you guys don’t raise enough stink there’s no chance of stopping it,” Gohmert said on a radio program with Porter. “It’s entirely in the hands of your listeners and people across the country. If you guys put up a strong enough fight, that will give backbone enough to the 41 or 42 in the Senate to say we don’t want to have our names on that.”

An analysis by Shawn D. Akers, policy analyst with Liberty Counsel said the proposal, formally known as H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act bill in the House and S. 909 in the Senate, would create new federal penalties against those whose “victims” were chosen based on an “actual or perceived … sexual orientation, gender identity.”

Gohmert warned Porter during the interview that even her introduction of him, and references to the different sexual orientations, could be restricted if the plan becomes law.

“You can’t talk like that once this becomes law,” he said.

He said the foundational problem with the bill is that it is based on lies: It assumes there’s an epidemic of crimes in the United States – especially actions that cross state lines – that is targeting those alternative sexual lifestyles.

“When you base a law on lies, you’re going to have a bad law,” he said. “This ‘Pedophilia Protection Act,’ a ‘hate crimes’ bill, is based on the representation that there’s a epidemic of crimes based on bias and prejudice. It turns out there are fewer crimes now than there were 10 years ago.”

He said he fought in committee and in the House, where it was approved 249-175, to correct some of the failings, including his repeated requests for definitions in the bill for terms such as “sexual orientation.”

Majority Democrats refused, he said. He said that leaves the definition up to a standard definition in the medical field, which includes hundreds of “philias” and “isms” that would be protected.

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., a “hate crimes” supporter, confirmed that worry, saying: “This bill addresses our resolve to end violence based on prejudice and to guarantee that all Americans regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability or all of these ‘philias’ and fetishes and ‘ism’s’ that were put forward need not live in fear because of who they are. I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this rule…”

Obama, supported strongly during his campaign by homosexual advocates, appears ready to respond to their desires.

“I urge members on both sides of the aisle to act on this important civil rights issue by passing this legislation to protect all of our citizens from violent acts of intolerance,” he said.

But Gohmert pointed out that if an exhibitionist flashes a woman, and she responds by slapping him with her purse, he has probably committed a misdemeanor while she has committed a federal felony hate crime.

“That’s how ludicrous this situation is,” Gohmert said.

Akers’ analysis said the bill would result in the federalization of “virtually every sexual crime in the United States.” And he said it appears to be part of an agenda that would relegate pro-family and traditional marriage advocates into the ranks of “terrorists.” Critics also have expressed alarm because in committee hearings Democrats admitted that a Christian pastor could be prosecuted under the law if he spoke biblically against homosexuality, someone heard the comments and then committed a crime.

“Under [the plan] the speech of a criminal defendant and the mere membership of the defendant in a given group may be used as evidence of his or her biased motive,” Akers said.

He said there’s already an effort afoot in the U.S. to list those pro-family organizations “alongside several neo-Nazi groups … to create guilt by the artificial manufactured appearance of association.”

During arguments in the House while the plan was being adopted, lawmakers pointed out the representatives were voting for protection for “all 547 forms of sexual deviancy or ‘paraphilias’ listed by the American Psychiatric Association.”

Porter cited the amendment offering from King in committee that was very simple: “The term sexual orientation as used in this act or any amendments to this act does not include pedophilia.”

But majority Democrats refused to accept it.

“Having reviewed cases as an appellate judge, I know that when the legislature has the chance to include a definition and refuses, then what we look at is the plain meaning of those words,” explained Gohmert. “The plain meaning of sexual orientation is anything to which someone is orientated. That could include exhibitionism, it could include necrophilia (sexual arousal/activity with a corpse) … it could include urophilia (sexual arousal associated with urine), voyeurism. You see someone spying on you changing clothes and you hit them, they’ve committed a misdemeanor, you’ve committed a federal felony under this bill. It is so wrong.”

Republicans in the House also attempted to amend the bill to offer hate crimes protection for U.S. military veterans who were attacked because of their service. Democrats unanimously rejected the amendment.

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Census Bureau Seeks Out ACORN, But ‘Blacklists’ So-Called ‘Hate Groups’, ‘Law Enforcement’ and ‘Anti-Illegal Immigrant Groups’

Friday, May 29th, 2009

His most self inflated royalness, Emperor Obama I, is bound and determined to seize as much control as possible. His use of corrupt groups, like ACORN, to participate in the next census, while excluding ones that might hurt his cause, is just one more step to stripping more power away from Republicans and Independents and giving it to him and his cronies.

The U.S. Census Bureau, reflecting what apparently is becoming a political position that involves more than one federal agency, has listed “hate groups,” “law enforcement” “and “anti-immigrant groups” among those that would be refused permission to become a partner with the 2010 Census.

The news comes in a series of documents obtained by Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act about the census operations.

WND previously reported when the Department of Homeland Security released an “extremism” report that warned local law enforcement officers nationwide to watch
out for “potential terrorists” including those who:

* Oppose abortion

* Oppose same-sex marriage

* Oppose restrictions on firearms

* Oppose lax immigration laws

* Oppose the policies of President Obama regarding immigration, citizenship, and the expansion of social programs

* Oppose continuation of free trade agreements

* Are suspect of foreign regimes

* Fear Communist regimes

* Oppose a “one world” government

* Bemoan the decline of U.S. stature in the world

* Are upset with loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs to China and India, and more

At the time, a lawyer pursuing a lawsuit against Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano over the “extremist” report said he was not reassured by her later promise to “reword” the document.

“She says, ‘Well, we’re going to reword the document – and we’re going to make it more precise,'” Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center, told WND. “That’s scary because we know they are still going to maintain some kind of targeting for various people that she’s never apologized to or never retracted [her accusations].”

At issue is the agency’s “Rightwing Extremism” report called “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” WND has posted the report online.

The report linked returning veterans with the possibility of terrorism and when it was released, created such a furor for Napolitano she has given several explanations for it, including that she would have reworded the report and that it was issued by a rogue employee.

Thompson said no apology had been offered to most of the members of the various groups on which the government was painting a bull’s-eye.

Now come the documents from the Census Bureau, which said it wants to work with groups that “partnered” with the census in 2000, various other “national organizations” and other groups that “served one of the ‘hard to count’ clusters.”

The Census Bureau identified those groups as “the economically disadvantaged,” “the unattached mobile singles” and “high density areas with ethnic enclaves.”

The list of banned groups was found in an e-mail from Barbara A. Harris, the chief of the agency’s program for partnering with outside groups, to other staff members. She said the “criteria for NOT partnering with a group” included a failure to have worked with the organization in 2000, to be a national organization or other factors

Her note then said “hate groups” were not eligible, nor were “law enforcement, anti-immigrant groups, (or) any groups that might make people fearful of participating in the census.”

“This is the Napolitano memo Part 2,” Judicial Watch chief Tom Fitton told WND.

The documents indicate, “there may be an ideological agenda at work, in a discriminatory effort to keep conservatives away,” he suggested. “What’s a real slander is to suggest that the Fraternal Order of Police may be the equivalent of a hate group.”

The census, he said, should be politically neutral, counting numbers, not political opinions.

“One can be opposed to illegal immigration and you should be able to partner with the government,” he said. “It screams out violations of the First Amendment.”

Census Bureau spokesman Stephen Buckner told WND the list of excluded groups was assembled by Harris, who heads the federal agency’s partnership program.

He admitted the list probably “unfairly” lists law enforcement officers along with anti-immigrant groups. But he said the choice of groups with which to work is important, because there are population groups who, for example, don’t trust law enforcement, or don’t trust members of “anti-immigrant” groups.

“We don’t want to partner with an organization that is blatantly trying to exclude one group (illegal immigrants) for one reason or another,” he said.

Bucker told WND the goal is to count every living person in the United States at the time of the census, and “negative reactions” from members of the groups to be counted should be factored.

However, he declined several opportunities to answer WND questions about the Census Bureau’s partnership with groups such as ACORN, whose members repeatedly have been accused of illegal election activities, and whether there are population groups in the U.S. who would react negatively toward activities by that “partner.”

“All we’ve asked ACORN to do is simply share the word,” he said.

But according to Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, among the 126 pages of documentation obtained from the government is confirmation of the high level of influence that ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, has in the 2010 Census.

Judicial Watch said the documents describe 18 different areas of responsibility that ACORN asked to be given.

The Obama administration has downplayed ACORN’s involvement, saying the organization with which Obama worked earlier in his political career, would be allowed to “recruit” census workers.

But the documents show that ACORN also is an “executive level” partner with the ability to “organize and/or serve as a member on a Complete Count Committee.”

The census documents regarding ACORN also show the organization also signed up to “encourage employees and constituents to complete and mail their questionnaire; identify job candidates and/or distribute and display recruiting materials; appoint a liaison to work with the Census Bureau; provide space for Be Counted sites and/or Questionnaire Assistance Centers, sponsor community events to promote participation in the 2010 Census.”

The documents also show the Census Bureau wants ACORN to teach other organizations about the process, Judicial Watch said.

“Given its history of illegal activity and fraud, ACORN should be nowhere near the 2010 Census,” said Fitton. “And shame on the Obama Commerce Department for continuing to demonize conservatives by lumping together law enforcement and anti-immigration groups with ‘hate groups.’ This discriminatory policy raises First Amendment concerns. Indeed, these documents provide further evidence that the Obama administration is politicizing the 2010 Census.”

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, meanwhile, has called for congressional hearings into ACORN’s finances that apparently includes a procedure called a “forensic audit.”

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