Archive for June, 2009

Obama Says We Shouldn’t Treat Old Folks to Save Money And the Media Goes Deaf

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Emperor Obama I’s Department of Propoganda (aka The Mainstream News Media) will continue to cover for him no matter what. It’s inane the lengths they will go to in order to keep Obama’s agenda out of the spotlight.

I am wondering when the euthanasia folks are going to start touting this one? I mean, it sure seemed to me as if the most caring, most civil, most intelligent president evah just said that healthcare could be cheaper if we don’t give old folks and the infirm the full measure of care they now get. It appeared that Obama said we should just let them die or suffer because they aren’t worth the effort. Imagine if Bush had said something like this? The left wouldn’t have hesitated to call him any manner of names. Oddly, though, the Old Media have not had so much as a raised eyebrow over his statements on Wednesday.

Obama said during the ABC Special on Wednesday night that a way to save healthcare costs is to abandon the sort of care that “evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve” the patient’s health. He went on to say that he had personal familiarity with such a situation when his grandmother broke her hip after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Obama offered a question on the efficacy of further care for his grandmother saying, “and the question was, does she get hip replacement surgery, even though she was fragile enough they were not sure how long she would last?”

But who is it that will present the “evidence” that will “show” that further care is futile? Are we to believe that Obama expects individual doctors will make that decision in his bold new government controlled healthcare future? If he is trying to make that claim it is a flat out untruth and he knows it.

Does your homebuilder negotiate with your city hall over whether you get a building permit, or does the permit get levied no matter what? Does a cop decide if you really broke the law, or does he simply arrest you and let the courts hash it out? Does your tax preparer negotiate with the IRS or is he supposed to just calculate your tax bill on their terms and have you pay the required amount?

Government does not work by negotiation. Government does not work from the bottom up. It works from the top down. This singular fact means that no doctor will be deciding if you are too old or infirm to get medical care. It will be a medically untrained bureaucrat that sets a national rule that everyone will have to obey. There won’t be any room for your grandma to have a different outcome than anyone else’s.

So, what will it be then? Who will decide when medical care is just too expensive to bother with? Who will be left to perish because they just aren’t worth the lifesaving effort? Well, for sure it won’t be any members of Congress or anyone that works for the federal government because they won’t be expected to suffer under the nationally socialized plan. It also won’t be Obama’s buddies in the unions who are about to be similarly exempted from the national plan, at least if Senator Max Baucus has his way.

Ah, but we are told that Obama’s ideas on healthcare are “evolving,” dontcha know? During the recent campaign for president (that was only 7 months ago, if you’ll recall) Obama insisted that he would never tax your healthcare benefits from work. He even ridiculed McCain for proposing such a plan. Lately, however, he’s “evolved” toward saying that such a new tax is on the table. What about his stance against fining people and businesses that don’t join his UberPlan? He was against that sort of coerciveness before. Now he’s “evolved.”

Originally, he said it was “healthcare for all,” but as of Wednesday night, it seems he’s “evolved” to say that only those worth the bother should get healthcare. The rest should be left to died and/or suffer. If he does any more “evolving” we’ll all be finding just who is “worth” what as far as he and his Democrats are concerned. Somehow I’d guess that many of you reading this today won’t quite be worth as much as certain others!

Let’s hope none of us are ever in a position to find out if Obamacare deems our grandmothers worth saving.

And what ever happened to the left’s mantra that healthcare is a “right” and that money should never enter into a life or death decision? Now The One is saying it’s just too darn expensive to save the old and infirm? Will our friends on the left now disown Obama the “murderer”?

Even worse, why has the media remained mum on the possibility that President Spock, Doctor of life, just said that old folks are too expensive to treat? Hello, CNN, NBC, New York Times… anyone?

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The Ark of the Covenant and the Death of Michael Jackson – A Couple of Interesting Coincidences

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Does it seem interesting to anyone else that on the day that the “actual” Ark of the Covenant, from the ancient Jewish temple in Jerusalem, is to be unveiled, that the death of Michael Jackson promises to eclipse all other news stories? The timing is quite interesting to me.
Since the story of the Ark is “religious” in nature, specifically to Jews and Christians, the news of the unveiling would have been given low priority anyway.
Now with the death of Jackson, the Ark story will most likely be a few seconds of time, at the best.
In my opinion, there is someone who doesn’t really want the Ark story to get wide coverage. I won’t mention his name here, but he goes by the title of Satan.
Food for thought anyway.

Is the “Ark of the Covenant” Real – That is the Question

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Yesterday I posted that the patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia says he will unveil the actual Ark of the Covenant, that was reportedly removed from the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago, and secretly relocated to Ethiopia.
I always try to keep a significant level of skepticism toward religious artifacts, but if this is the real deal, it could be hailed as the most significant Biblical find of all history. We will have to wait and see.

Ark hunters and Bible enthusiasts are buzzing about a report that the Ark of the Covenant, the ancient container that holds the Ten Commandments, is expected to be unveiled in Rome today.

As WND reported, the patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia
says he will announce to the world the unveiling of the Ark, which he says has been hidden away in a church in his country for millennia, according to the Italian news agency Adnkronos.

Abuna Pauolos, in Italy for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI this week, told the news agency, “Soon the world will be able to admire the Ark of the Covenant described in the Bible as the container of the tablets of the law that God delivered to Moses and the center of searches and studies for centuries.”

According to the Italian news agency, the announcement is expected to be made at 2 p.m. Italian time (8 a.m. Eastern) from the Hotel Aldrovandi in Rome. Pauolos will reportedly be accompanied by Prince Aklile Berhan Makonnen Haile Sellassie and Duke Amedeo D’Acosta.

“The Ark of the Covenant is in Ethiopia for many centuries,” said Pauolos. “As a patriarch I have seen it with my own eyes and only few highly qualified persons could do the same, until now.”

Bob Cornuke, biblical investigator, international explorer and best-selling author, has participated in more than 27 expeditions around the world searching for lost locations described in the Bible. A man some consider a real-life Indiana Jones, he has written a book titled “Relic Quest” about the Ark of the Covenant and participated in History Channel production called “Digging for Truth.”

Next week, Cornuke will travel to Ethiopia for the 13th time since he began his search for the Ark. He told WND he believes this artifact may be authentic.

“They either have the Ark of the Covenant or they have a replica that they have believed to be the Ark of the Covenant for 2,000 years,” he said.

Cornuke said, if it is genuine, there’s a plausible explanation of how the Ark may have come to the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Ethiopia.

“The Ark could have been taken out of the temple during the time of the atrocities of Manasseh,” he said. “We have kind of a bread crumb trail that appears to go to Egypt
, and it stayed on an island there for a couple hundred years called Elephantine Island. The Ark then was transferred over to Lake Tana in Ethiopia where it stayed on Tana Qirqos Island for 800 years. Then it was taken to Axum, where it is enshrined in a temple today where they don’t let anybody see it.”

Cornuke said he traveled to Tana Qirqos Island and lived with monks who remain there today.

“They unlocked this big, four-inch thick wood door,” he said. “It opened up to a treasure room, and they showed me meat forks and bowls and things that they say are from Solomon’s temple. When the History Channel did this show, they said it was one of the largest viewed shows. People were fascinated.”

He said Ethiopians consider the Ark to be the ultimate holy object, and the church guards the suspected artifact from the “eyes and pollution of man.”

“In Ethiopia, their whole culture is centered around worshipping this object,” Cornuke said. “Could they have the actual Ark? I think I could make a case that they actually could.”

However, he said reports about Friday’s unveiling are somewhat perplexing because Ethiopia has traditionally shielded it from public view.

“That’s the surprise for me,” Cornuke said. “I have always thought that they would keep it under wraps.”

He explained that a special guardian lives inside the church and never leaves. Once a guardian is appointed, he stays until he dies and another man replaces him.

“We know for a fact that there have been 30 guardians in history who have never left that enclosure,” Cornuke said. “I know the guardian. When CNN and BBC went over there, he wouldn’t see anybody but me. So I went and talked to him, and he’s getting very aged. He told me they have the real Ark and he worships 13 hours a day in front of it. When he gets through, he is covered in sweat and he’s exhausted.”

He said he met a 105-year-old man who claimed to have seen the Ark 50 years ago when he was training a replacement guardian.

“It frightened him to death when he got a glimpse of it.”

Cornuke said he also met with the president of Ethiopia nearly nine years ago and had a one-on-one conversation with him in his palace. He asked if Ethiopia had the Ark of the Covenant.

According to Cornuke, the president responded: “Yes, we do. I am the president, and I know. It’s not a copy. It’s the real thing.”

Cornuke said Ethiopians claim their purported Ark is kept in a large stone sarcophagus lined in ornately hammered silver. The Ark itself is made of acacia wood and laminated with a thin veneer of gold. The mercy seat sits atop the Ark and is made of pure, hammered gold and includes two cherubim facing one another.

Whether the artifact is real or simply a copy, Cornuke said unveiling might leave the world with more questions than answers.

“We have only typology to go on,” he said. “We could probably have some people analyze the wood samples and come up with some kind of dating protocol on it because it is acacia wood to see if that is it.”

Rives said a close inspection of the Ten Commandments would be necessary to ensure they are in accordance with true text and not in accordance with later versions of the Ten Commandments.

Cornuke said experts would also need to determine whether the artifact itself fits the biblical description and trace its path to Ethiopia.

“We are peeking behind the veil of history,” he said. “We’re taking a glimpse of an artifact that could be a very holy object.”

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Entertainers Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson Die on the Same Day

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Two notable entertainers have passed away on the same day.

Actress and 1970’s TV series “Charlie’s Angels” star, Farrah Fawcett, lost her battle with cancer and died yesterday (June 25) at 9:28 a.m. PDT. She was 62 years old. She was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006. After surgery and Chemotherapy, the cancer went into remission. Earlier this year, it was revealed that the cancer had metastasized to her liver. She stopped receiving cancer treatments in May. An NBC documentary, “Farrah’s Story,” was made to document her battle with cancer.

Pop music icon, Michael Jackson, also died yesterday (June 25), from suspected cardiac arrest at 2:26 p.m. PDT. He was 50 years old. In a FoxNews report, Jackson is described as “all-around performer, a uniter of black and white music who shattered the race barrier on MTV, dominated the charts and dazzled even more on stage.” With a career spanning approximately 42 years, several of Jackson’s songs earned the titled of “world’s best-selling records”.

Please join me in praying for the family and friends of these two entertainment icons.

Made Alive in Christ

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.

Made Alive in Christ

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:1-10 (New International Version)

EPA’s Own Research Expert Silenced on Climate Change

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

The quasi-religion of Climate Change will tolerate no doubters in it’s ranks. Depart, non-believers, and woe to all who fail to heed our mantra!!

Environmental Protection Agency officials have silenced one of their own senior researchers after the 38-year employee issued an internal critique of the EPA’s climate change position.

Alan Carlin, senior operations research analyst at the EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics, or NCEE, submitted his research on the agency’s greenhouse gases endangerment findings and offered a fundamental critique on the EPA’s approach to combating CO2 emissions. But officials refused to share his conclusion in an open internal discussion, claiming his research would have “a very negative impact on our office.”

His study was barred from circulation within the EPA and was never disclosed to the public for political reasons, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, or CEI, a group that has accessed four internal e-mails on the subject.

CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman told WND, “His boss basically told him, ‘No, I’m not going to send your study further up. It’s going to stay within this bureau.'”

A March 12 e-mail to Carlin warned him not to have “any direct communication with anyone outside NCEE on endangerment.”

Carlin, a researcher who earned his doctorate in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree in physics from California Institute of Technology, informed officials that two-thirds of his references were from peer-reviewed publications and defended his inclusion of new research on the topic.

“It is also my view that the critical attribute of good science is its correspondence to observable data rather than where it appears in the technical literature,” he wrote. “I believe my comments are valid, significant and contain references to significant new research … They are significant because they present information critical to justification (or lack thereof) for the proposed [greenhouse gas] endangerment finding.”

After nearly one week of discussion, NCEE Director Al McGartland informed Carlin on March 17 that he would not include the research in the internal EPA discussion.

“Alan, I decided not to forward your comments,” he wrote. “… The administrator and the administration has decided to move forward on endangerment, and your comments do not help the legal or policy case for this decision. … I can only see one impact of your comments given where we are in the process, and that would be a very negative impact on our office.”

In yet another e-mail sent only minutes following the previous one, McGartland wrote, “With the endangerment findings nearly final, you need to move on to other issues and subjects. I don’t want you to spend any additional EPA time on climate change. No papers, no research etc, at least until we see what EPA is going to do with Climate.”

CEI charges that suppression of Carlin’s study denied public access to important agency information, as court rulings have indicated that both “the evidence relied upon [by the agency] and the evidence discarded” must be included in the rulemaking record.

“They could come up with reasons to reject it, as I’m sure they’re going to come up with reasons to reject the scientific objections that are coming in now from outside parties in the general public and from skeptical scientists,” Kazman told WND. “But I’d say the real issue here is that this critique is coming from a career EPA insider, so it can’t be dismissed as the work of someone in the pay of the coal-burning fossil-fuel industry. The fact that someone within the EPA was taking this approach is something that would be naturally embarrassing to the agency.”

CEI also said the incident violated the EPA’s commitment to transparency and scientific honesty.

Prior to taking office, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson declared, “As Administrator, I will ensure EPA’s efforts to address the environmental crises of today are rooted in three fundamental values: science-based policies and programs, adherence to the rule of law, and overwhelming transparency.”

Likewise, CEI reminds the EPA of President Obama’s April 27 speech to the National Academy of Sciences in which he stated, “[U]nder my administration, the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over.”

In a memo to the EPA, Kazman wrote, “Because of ideology, however, it was this back seat to which Mr. Carlin’s study was relegated; more precisely, it was booted out of the car entirely.”

“The irony of the president and Administrator Jackson talking about EPA’s new transparency and commitment to scientific integrity, that’s really incredible,” Kazman said.

CEI is asking the agency to make Carlin’s study public, extend or reopen the comment period to allow public response to his research and publicly declare that there will be no reprisals against Carlin for his research.

Kazman said the issue is “coming to a head” because the EPA’s internal commentary period just closed, and the 1,200-page Waxman-Markey climate bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions is scheduled to come to a vote Friday on the House floor.

He believes Carlin’s study could have implications on how lawmakers feel about the allegedly solid research behind the climate bill – especially if objecting analysts within the agency are being silenced.

“Any right-minded administrator would have said, ‘Fine, put it in and we’ll give our reasons for why we reject his contentions,” Kazman said. “But instead, they shut the guy up.”

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Ethiopian Patriarch Tells Pope He Will Show ‘Ark of the Covenant’ to the World

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

If this is true and if the Ark is the real Ark, then this is very significant news.

The patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia says he will announce to the world Friday the unveiling of the Ark of the Covenant, perhaps the world’s most prized archaeological and spiritual artifact, which he says has been hidden away in a church in his country for millennia, according to the Italian news agency Adnkronos.

Abuna Pauolos, in Italy for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI this week, told the news agency, “Soon the world will be able to admire the Ark of the Covenant described in the Bible as the container of the tablets of the law that God delivered to Moses and the center of searches and studies for centuries.”

The announcement is expected to be made at 2 p.m. Italian time from the Hotel Aldrovandi in Rome. Pauolos will reportedly be accompanied by Prince Aklile Berhan Makonnen Haile Sellassie and Duke Amedeo D’Acosta.

“The Ark of the Covenant is in Ethiopia for many centuries,” said Pauolos. “As a patriarch I have seen it with my own eyes and only few highly qualified persons could do the same, until now.”

According to Pauolos, the actual Ark has been kept in one church, but to defend the treasure, a copy was placed in every single church in Ethiopia.

He said a museum is being built in Axum, Ethiopia, where the Ark will be displayed. A foundation of D’Acosta will fund the project.

The Ark of the Covenant is the sacred container of the Ten Commandments as well as Aaron’s rod and a sample of manna, the mysterious food that kept the Israelites alive while wandering in the wilderness during their journey to the promised land.

The Bible says the Ark was built to the specifications of God as He spoke to Moses. It was carried in advance of the people and their army by priests. It was also carried in a seven-day procession around the walled city of Jericho.

The idea that the Ark is presently in Ethiopia is a well-documented, albeit disputed, tradition dating back to at least 642 B.C. The tradition says it was moved to Elephantine Island in Egypt, then to Tana Kirkos Island in Ethiopia and finally to its present site at St. Mary’s of Zion Church in Axum.

Ethiopians believe it is destined to be delivered to the Messiah when He reigns on Mount Zion – the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 3:16 points to a time when the Ark will vanish not only physically, but from the minds of the people: “And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.”

The Book of Revelation says the Ark is in the temple of God in heaven (Rev. 11:19). Muslim scholars say it will be found near the end of times by the Mahdi – a messianic figure in Islam.

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Cap-and-Trade Would Push Economy to ‘Breaking Point’

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

If you have not contacted your congressperson about Cap-and-Trade, you must do so today.

The Waxman-Markey legislation — also known as carbon cap-and-trade — could come up for a vote in the House as early as Friday. According to American Solutions for Winning the Future, the bill amounts to a massive energy tax on Americans. That is why they have launched an ad called “Breaking Point,” which encourages citizens to contact their member of Congress to vote against the bill. The following is an excerpt from the ad:

“The economic winds are blowing. We’re losing our jobs, our homes, factories closing, businesses failing, families hurting. Now Congress is about to make things dramatically worse by passing a new national energy tax. We’ll lose more jobs, pay more for gas and electricity — pushing our economy to its breaking point.”

“This is going to have an impact — [a] family of four is going to be spending thousands of dollars more a year in energy costs to pay for this legislation over the next several years,” [Vince Haley, vice president for research and policy at American Solutions] explains. “It’s going to raise the price of electricity by some 74 percent — the price of gas is going to go up by 55 percent.”

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Obama to Bioethics Council: “Don’t Need You”

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Oh really? So we are just to sit back and trust the self appointed “Anointed One”, Emperor Obama I, to decide all the bioethics on his own or in this case, through his proxy “mouthpieces”? Remember, this is the man who has perhaps the most dismal record on abortion, voting against a law that would protect failed abortion survivors, among other similar actions.

According to The New York Times, the [President’s Council on Bioethics] — established by President George W. Bush in 2001 — will be replaced by President Obama with a new panel that has a new mandate and “offers practical policy options.” However, Dr. David Prentice of the Family Research Council (FRC) believes the president is interested in getting rid of any criticism — and when making fresh appointments, to make sure they are rubber-stamped.

“The current President’s Council on Bioethics, 10 of the 18 members, criticized his ‘opening up’ policy of the government for more embryo research and embryo destruction,” explains the FRC spokesman.

Prentice believes the new panel will be stacked with people with radical views on the subject who will simply side with the president’s intentions and say they are ethical.

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“As Obama’s Image Crumbles” by Cal Thomas

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

The honeymoon for President Obama is over. A new Rasmussen poll shows that while the president’s personal popularity remains high, more people are beginning to question his policies.

There are growing questions about the results of the so-called stimulus packages as the jobless pass 10 percent. Putting the blame on the Bush administration won’t work much longer as the public sees the record spending and debt practiced by this administration.

Then there is health care. Polls show most people are wary of government choosing doctors, deciding who gets treatment and who doesn’t. Make no mistake – if government calls the shots, health care will be rationed and denied to those a bureaucrat believes is no longer worth healing.

There is growing doubt about the president’s ability to respond to foreign challenges, including Iran and the challenge from North Korea.

All new presidents experience a drop in approval, but this one has little to fall back on because his popularity has been largely about image, not substance.

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The Lord is Faithful

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

The Lord is Faithful

2 Thessalonians 3:3 (New International Version)

Congressmen Send Letter Blasting White House “Health Reform” Infomercial on ABC

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Any credibility the mainstream media may have had is completely gone. They are truly Emperor Obama’s Department of Propaganda.

A newly formed group of U.S. congressmen called the Media Fairness Caucus fired off a letter of protest to ABC News today over the network’s planned coverage of President Obama’s health care reform initiatives, declaring the scheduled programming “gives the appearance of a state-run television network.”

“Without giving time to an opposing viewpoint,” the letter signed by 40 U.S. representatives states, “ABC News’ programming on June 24 will amount to a day-long infomercial for the president and his government-run health care plan.

“We urge you,” the letter concludes, “to give the American people the facts and let them make up their own minds, not tell them what to think.”

As WND reported, ABC News announced last week that the network will devote hours of news coverage tomorrow to the president’s plan, televise a primetime “town hall” discussion on the topic called “Questions for the President: Prescription for America” and anchor its nightly “World News” program from inside the White House.

Critics raised red flags immediately, especially after it was learned that Republican legislators would not be allowed time on ABC News for rebuttal to the president’s plan.

“This ‘special’ will feature Obama government officials promoting the president’s proposal for government health care. No opposing views are allowed on the program,” said Roger Hedgecock, chairman of the Radio America Free Speech Foundation, in a statement. “For ABC News to present only the Obama government side of this important issue would betray the public interest in a free press.”

The letter from the Media Fairness Caucus, chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, echoes Hedgecock’s concern:

“The manner in which the news programming is being presented – at the White House with the president and first lady and without opposition – is unprofessional and contrary to the journalistic code of ethics to present the news fairly and independently,” the letter states. “This is not a presidential news conference open to all news outlets. This is an exclusive arrangement from which the president and his viewpoint stand to gain. It’s as if ABC News is providing in-kind free advertising for President Obama.”

The Media Fairness Caucus, however, points out that there is a distinction between the “fairness” that it is calling for in ABC News’ coverage of the health care plan and the equal time restrictions placed upon talk radio and television under the former, government-imposed “Fairness Doctrine”:

“This is not television commentary or talk radio where the public expects to hear conservative or liberal opinions,” the Caucus writes. “Supposedly, this is ABC News presenting unbiased news programming.”

ABC News President David Westin, in turn, responded to the Caucus’ letter with a public letter of his own:

“Contrary to your assertions, this will not be ‘slanted’ in any way – much less a ‘day-long infomercial’ or ‘in-kind free advertising,'” Westin writes. “It will be a thoughtful, respectful, probing discussion of the some of the issues raised by the calls for health care reform. We will include a variety of perspectives coming from private individuals asking the president questions and taking issue with him as they see fit.

“We have already heard at some length (on ABC News and other outlets) from politicians and professional health care lobbyists,” the letter continues. “I can see no reason why we should not hear tomorrow instead from some of the Americans most directly affected by the plans being discussed.”

Westin’s response then accuses “some” of using this controversy as material for “political high theatre.”

“I would have thought that a subject as important as the health care received by the American people would rise above this sorry spectacle,” Westin writes. “We are proud to be making a serious effort to go beyond mere punditry or stylized, bipolar debate.”

In explaining the reason for the formation of the Media Fairness Caucus, Rep. Smith told Fox News Channel’s Bill Hemmer that many members of Congress are worried “about the liberal media bias that we see every single day.”

“The most recent poll says only nine percent of the American public see the media are objective and fair,” Smith said. “They have a huge credibility gap, and two-to-one they think the media are liberal, not conservative.”

He continued, “To me, the greatest threat to America is not necessarily a recession, or another terrorist attack. The greatest threat to America is a liberal media bias. And I think that because, if the American people don’t get the facts, they can’t make good decisions. And if the American people can’t make good decisions, then our democracy is threatened.”

Smith also added, “The media have given the Obama administration a free pass. In fact, President Obama has gotten three times the positive coverage that President Bush got in his first three months in office. There’s very little criticism.”

In somewhat veiled, but clearly related news, the Republican National Committee released today a national cable ad attacking “a national TV network” for “turn[ing] its airwaves over to President Obama’s pitch for government-run health care.”

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Brass Star of David Candlesticks – from the Jerusalem Gift Shop

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Weekly I highlight items being offered by the Jerusalem Gift Shop. Today it’s the Brass Star of David Candlesticks.

Made from Solid Brass this beautiful pair of Star of David Candlesticks are a guaranteed converstion piece around your dinner table. Great Christian gift for any lover of Israel

* size: 5.5 inches high approx

made in Israel

Take a moment to see all of the other interesting items they stock.

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Christian Gifts from Israel – The Jerusalem Gift Shop

Iran’s Opposition Calls for New Mass Demonstrations

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Things in Iran could get very bloody before the the election unrest is done.

MOSCOW, June 24 (RIA Novosti) – The Iranian opposition has called for another round of protests on Wednesday night in the wake of the government’s refusal to review the disputed results of Friday’s presidential election, Al Jazeera news agency reported.

The Guardian Council, Iran’s highest legislative body, said on Tuesday it would not annul the results of the presidential vote and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his new Cabinet will be sworn in between July 26 and August 19.

At least 19 protesters were reported killed and hundreds arrested over the weekend following street protests in Tehran over alleged ballot fraud following the landslide reelection of the hardline Ahmadinejad on June 12.

Official results gave the incumbent 63% of the vote, with reformist challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi getting 34%.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki warned Europe and the United States on Sunday against meddling in Iran’s domestic issues.

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Negotiations Fall on Mullahs’ Deaf Ears

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Joel Rosenberg is the author of Inside the Revolution: How the Followers of Jihad, Jefferson, and Jesus are Battling to Dominate the Middle East and Transform the World. In a recent column published on WorldViewTimes.com, Rosenberg says the Supreme Islamic Leader Ayatollah Khamenei completely and wholeheartedly supports Ahmadinejad’s radical end-times beliefs, including the president’s commitment to destroy Israel and the U.S. in order to hasten the return of mahdi.

“Once you begin to understand who these men are that are running Iran, and that they really do believe that they’ve been chosen by Allah to bring about the end of the world, you realize that negotiations are not going to work,” he contends. “And Israelis see this; the White House doesn’t, but Israelis do.”

So Rosenberg believes Israel is prepared to take action to avoid a second Holocaust. “Yes, Israelis are getting themselves prepared for the possibility that they’re either going to have to strike first and try to neutralize Iran’s nuclear program, or they are going to take a first strike from Iran,” he adds. “And nobody in Israel wants to see a second Holocaust.”

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VOTER ALERT: Cap-and-Trade Bill Set for FRIDAY Vote

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

OK folks, contact your congressperson.

CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN!!

According to The Wall Street Journal, the cap-and-trade legislation co-sponsored by California and Massachusetts Democrats Henry Waxman and Ed Markey will likely reach a vote on the House floor on Friday.

This bill is an absolute nightmare, and will result in nothing short of sheer destruction of American business and industry, and will exponentially increase energy costs for individuals and families of all income levels from coast to coast.

For background information, including an assessment of the likely costs of the legislation, check out a previous piece here at America’s Right, The Exponentially Increasing Costs of a Manufactured Environmental Crisis, as well as a companion piece, ‘Green’ Spokesmouths Need to Curb Emissions. A quick breakdown of some of the expected costs:

  • The typical family of four will see its direct energy costs rise by over $1,500 per year.
  • Pain at the electric meter will cause consumers to reduce electricity consumption by 36 percent. Even with this cutback, the electric bill for a family of four will be $754 more that year and $12,200 more in total from 2012 to 2035.
  • The higher gasoline prices will have forced households to cut consumption by 15 percent, but a family of four will still pay $596 more that year and $7,500 more between 2012 and 2035.
  • In total, for the years 2012-2035, a family of four will see its direct energy costs rise by $22,800. These inflation-adjusted numbers do not include the indirect energy costs consumers will pay as producers are forced to raise the price of their products to reflect the higher costs of production. Nor does the $22,800 include the higher expenditure for such things as more energy-efficient cars and appliances or the disutility of driving smaller, less safe vehicles or the discomfort of using less heating and cooling.
  • As the economy adjusts to shrinking GDP and rising energy prices, employment will take a big hit. On average, employment is lower by 1,105,000 jobs. In some years cap and trade reduces employment by nearly 2.5 million jobs.
  • The negative economic impacts accumulate, and the national debt is no exception: Waxman-Markey will drive up the national debt 29 percent by 2035. This is 26 percent above what it would be without the legislation and represents an additional $29,150 per person, or $116,600 for a family of four. To reiterate, these burdens come after adjusting for inflation and are in addition to the $450,000 per family of federal debt that will accrue over this period even without cap and trade.

Find your representative’s office number HERE. Call it. Call it NOW. It doesn’t matter if they are a Democrat, a Republican, or somewhere in between. Let them know that their vote on this disastrous bill is a bona fide determinative factor when it comes to their re-election in 2010. Support means they’re going home, plain and simple.

I cannot stress enough exactly how devastating this piece of legislation is. Frankly, I am absolutely astounded that something so detrimental to our national economy is even being considered nonetheless voted upon, even by Democrats.

This is winnable for concerned Americans like you and like me. Let’s make sure this doesn’t make it out of the House.

CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN!!

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ABC Under Fire for Hosting Obama Healthcare “Infomercial”

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

More from Emperor Obama’s Department of Propaganda, aka the Mainstream News Media, specifically ABC.

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 17, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Republican and conservative leaders are up in arms after it was revealed that ABC News would host a primetime special on the Obama administration’s sweeping healthcare overhaul, while the network refused requests from both the GOP and paid advertisers to offer a separate viewpoint.

All of ABC’s June 24 programs are slated to be broadcast at the White House, including “Good Morning America” from the South Lawn and “World News” from the Blue Room.

The primetime special, “Questions for the President: Prescription for America,” will be moderated by Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer. The program will feature President Obama discussing his controversial public healthcare plan and answering questions from audience members pre-selected by the network.

However, no airtime was granted to the Republican National Committee, who requested an opportunity to provide an opposing viewpoint on a plan that conservatives widely decry as irresponsible spending and a threat to quality healthcare.

“As the national debate on health care reform intensifies, I am deeply concerned and disappointed with ABC’s astonishing decision to exclude opposing voices on this critical issue on June 24, 2009,” Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Ken McKay wrote Monday to ABC President David Westin.

“I believe that the President should have the ability to speak directly to the America people. However, I find it outrageous that ABC would prohibit our Party’s opposing thoughts and ideas from this national debate, which affects millions of ABC viewers.”

McKay aired concerns that “in the absence of opposition” the event would amount to “a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda.”

“If that is the case, this primetime infomercial should be paid for out of the DNC coffers,” he said. “President Obama does not hold a monopoly on health care reform ideas or on free airtime. The President has stated time and time again that he wants a bipartisan debate. Therefore, the Republican Party should be included in this primetime event, or the DNC should pay for your airtime.”

Kerry Smith, ABC’s Senior Vice President, responded on Tuesday by responding to what he called the “false premises” raised in McKay’s letter.

“I hope we can all agree that a robust debate of health care issues and potential policies is in order,” said Smith. “To that end, ABC News announced plans to broadcast a primetime hour from the White House devoted to exploring and probing the President’s position and giving voice to questions and criticisms of that position.

“We hope that any American concerned about health care will find our efforts to be informative, fair and civil.”

Smith said the network “prides itself on covering all sides of important issues and asking direct questions of all newsmakers” from across the political spectrum.

“In the end, no one watching, listening to, or reading ABC News will lack for an understanding of all sides of these important questions,” he said.

According to a Drudge report late Wednesday, ABC is also refusing paid advertisements presenting an alternate opinion to the Obama healthcare programming.

The network has reportedly turned down a request by Conservatives for Patients Rights for the rates of a 60-second advertising slot immediately preceding the primetime broadcast.

“It is unfortunate – and unusual – that ABC is refusing to accept paid advertising that would present an alternative viewpoint for the White House health care event,” stated Rick Scott, chairman of Conservatives for Patients Rights.

“Health care is an issue that touches every American and all potential pieces of legislation have carried a pricetag in excess of $1 trillion of taxpayers’ money. The American people deserve a healthy, robust debate on this issue and ABC’s decision – as of now – to exclude even paid advertisements that present an alternative view does a disservice to the public.

“Our organization is more than willing to purchase ad time on ABC to present an alternative viewpoint and our hope is that ABC will reconsider having such viewpoints be part of this crucial debate for the American people.”

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Hope in the LORD

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

But those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;

Soar on Wings Like Eagles

they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31 (New International Version)

“Democracy, Middle East Style” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Iran’s Interior Ministry announced Saturday that hard-line incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won 63.29% of the vote in the country’s presidential election—hooray, a landslide. But there is one problem: Right before the election, the pro-reform candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, had a huge lead in opinion polls.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told tens of thousands of people at a Friday prayer service at Tehran University that the balloting had not been rigged, and he sided with Ahmadinejad. If you can’t trust the words of a holy man, who can you trust?

Actually, 63 percent is a rather dismal showing for the head of one of George W. Bush’s “axis of evil” nations. The other two members, Iraq and North Korea, have done much better. Before being ousted by American-led forces, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein won 100 percent of votes in a 2002 referendum for a new term in office. The following year, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il also received 100 percent support when the Supreme People’s Assembly voted him back in office. Just this March, Kim was re-elected with yet another 100 percent of the vote.

Perhaps my western bias is blinding me from seeing how Ahmadinejad could pull out such a stunning upset. The fact that there has been massive rioting in the streets of Iran tells me that a large number of people in Iran expected Hossein Mousavi to win. Here are some red flags that help raise suspicion.

The election was run totally by the Interior Ministry. There were no independent election observers in Iran.Just before voting ended, text-messaging and pro-Mousavi websites were blocked.

Ahmadinejad was declared the winner three hours before some of the polls closed.

All of the ballots were paper. It would be have been impossible to announce a definitive result so soon after the polls closed.

According to official figures, Ahmadinejad handily beat Mousavi in Mousavi’s hometown of Tabriz — a shocking result, given the candidate’s popularity in his own region.

Ahmadinejad beat Mousavi in the big cities, even though Iran’s very limited polling and anecdotal evidence indicate that Mousavi is far more popular than the President in cities.

The number of votes counted in seventy districts was higher than the population in those districts.

Iran’s economy is a mess, and people are unhappy about a raft of everyday issues, from the price of food to joblessness.

The election in Iran was obviously a sham. What we have here is another demonstration of the demonic arrogance that comes with political power. If Ahmadinejad were a sane man, he would have settled for a narrow margin of victory. Because all autocratic rulers typically have the nature of Satan, he chose to give himself the vast majority of the vote.

I am very encouraged by how the Internet has proven to be a useful tool by the protesters. The Iranian government has completely failed in its effort to block images and reports from being posted and accessed on social networking sites.

Three weeks after his landmark address in Cairo, President Barack Obama finds himself in a bit of conundrum. Having just reached out to Ahmadinejad, Obama now finds himself in danger of legitimizing a government that is clearly based on fraud. If he endorses the opposition, the Iranian hardliners will point to it as the “Great Satan” meddling in Iran’s internal affairs.

Little would change if Mir Hossein Mousavi were to emerge as the winner of this power struggle. The Supreme Leader picks all the candidates, so only conservative and like-minded Islamic fundamentalists can win office. Mousavi may be called the pro-reform candidate, but he still supports Iran’s nuclear program and the policy of wiping Israel off the map.

The election crisis could be a huge boom for Bible prophecy. If Ahmadinejad manages to stay in power, he will be looking to distract the Iranian population away from domestic troubles. Few people realize that Ahmadinejad has an apocalyptic death wish where he would gladly sacrifice the lives of his fellow citizens to bring about the return of the fabled Twelfth Imam. With thousands of demonstrators marching in the street with signs that read “Down with the Dictator,” he has less reason to be hesitant.

— Todd

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Can Third Temple be Built Without Destroying Dome of the Rock?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Interesting idea. The Muslims will never allow the Temple to be built anywhere, but we’ll have to see what God thinks about it.

A new Jewish interfaith initiative launched last week argues building the Third Jewish Temple in Jerusalem would not necessitate the destruction of the Dome of the Rock.

“God’s Holy Mountain Vision” project hopes to defuse religious strife by showing that Jews’ end-of-days vision could harmoniously accommodate Islam’s present architectural hegemony on the Temple Mount.

“This vision of religious shrines in peaceful proximity can transform the Temple Mount from a place of contention to its original sacred role as a place of worship shared by Jews, Muslims and Christians,” said Yoav Frankel, director of the initiative.

The Interfaith Encounter Association at the Mishkenot Sha’ananim’s Konrad Adenauer Conference Center in Jerusalem is sponsoring the program, which includes interfaith study and other educational projects.

According to Islamic tradition, the Dome of the Rock, built in 691, marks the spot where Muhammed ascended to Heaven.

But according to Jewish tradition, Mount Moriah, now under the Dome of the Rock, is where the Temple’s Holy of Holies was situated.

Until now Jewish tradition has assumed that destruction of the Dome of the Rock was a precondition for the building of the third and last Temple.

However, in an article that appeared in 2007 in Tehumin, an influential journal of Jewish law, Frankel, a young scholar, presented a different option.

His main argument is that Jewish doctrine regarding the rebuilding of the Temple emphasizes the role of a prophet.

This prophet would have extraordinary authority, including the discretion to specify the Temple’s precise location, regardless of any diverging Jewish traditions.

Frankel considers the scenario of a holy revelation given to an authentic prophet that the Temple be rebuilt on the current or an extended Temple Mount in peaceful proximity to the dome and other houses of prayer such as the Aksa Mosque and nearby Christian shrines.

However, both Muslims and Jews have expressed opposition to the initiative.

Sheikh Abdulla Nimar Darwish, founder of the Islamic Movement in Israel, said it was pointless to talk about what would happen when the mahdi, the Muslim equivalent of the messiah, would reveal himself.

“Why are we taking upon ourselves the responsibility to decide such things?” Darwish said in a telephone interview with The Jerusalem Post. “Even Jews believe that it is prohibited to rebuild the Temple until the messiah comes. So what is there to talk about.

“The mahdi will decide whether or not to rebuild the Temple. If he decides that it should be rebuilt, I will go out to the Temple Mount and help carry the rocks.”

Darwish warned against any attempt to rebuild the Temple before the coming of the mahdi.

“As long as there is a Muslim alive, no Jewish Temple will be built on Al-Haram Al-Sharif [the Temple Mount]. The status quo must be maintained, otherwise there will be bloodshed.”

In contrast, Baruch Ben-Yosef, chairman of the Movement to Restore the Temple, made it clear that the Temple had to be built where the Dome of the Rock presently stands.

“Anybody who says anything else simply does not know what he is talking about,” he said. “A prophet does not have the power to change the law which explicitly states the location of the Temple.”

Ben-Yosef also rejected the idea that rebuilding of the Temple had to be done by a prophet.

“All you need is a Sanhedrin,” he said.

Mainstream Orthodox rabbis have opposed attempts to rebuild the Temple since the Mount came under Israeli control in 1967.

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel even issued a decree prohibiting Jews from entering the area due to ritual purity issues.

However, several grassroots organizations such as the Movement to Restore the Temple, and maverick rabbis, including Rabbi Israel Ariel, head of the capital’s Temple Institute and a leading member of the revived Sanhedrin led by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, have called to take steps to renew the sacrifices on the Temple Mount and rebuild the Temple.

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