Archive for June 3rd, 2009

The Voice of the Lord

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

Mighty Waters

The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.

The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of the LORD strikes
with flashes of lightning.

Voice of God

The voice of the LORD shakes the desert;
the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.

The voice of the LORD twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever.

Throne of God

The LORD gives strength to his people;
the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Psalm 29 (New International Version)

Senate, Supreme Court Refuse Admission for Those Wearing ‘Jesus’ T-Shirt

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Christians who have been protesting a plan pending in the U.S. Senate to impose a “hate crimes” law on citizens of the United States say they already are experiencing what life under that law would include, because they are being targeted because of the message on their T-shirts: “Truth is Hate to those who Hate the Truth.”

The shirts, promoted on the Operation Save America website, have the slogan “Jesus is the Standard” on the front.

Operation Save America spokesman Rev. Flip Benham told WND that people wearing the shirts had assembled recently in Washington to protest S. 909, now pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee after being approved by the U.S. House on a 249-175 vote.

But he said police officers providing security at both the U.S. Senate building and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to allow citizens wearing the shirts to enter the buildings.

WND has provided multiple reports on what is at stake when the Senate considers a national hate crimes proposal that is to add special penalties against individuals guilty of crimes based on ethnic, religious and racial hatred – and new classifications based on sexual orientation. The legislation has been described by critics as “The Pedophile Protection Act.”

But Benham said members of groups he’s organized to meet in Washington to oppose the “hate crimes” plan have been threatened with arrest for even going up the Supreme Court’s steps while wearing the shirts, and have been forbidden entry in other locations.

“There’s no way you’re going to bring that (shirt) into the halls of the Senate building,” he told WND.

“If we had a Muslim T-shirt, or a Barack Obama T-shirt, there would be no problem, but it’s who we are (as Christians),” he said.

“We,” he said, “are not invited to the party in Washington.”

One member of a recent protest tour in Washington told WND that she was surprised at the Supreme Court’s reaction to the T-shirts.

“Here’s what happened,” Nancy McFarland wrote in an e-mail to WND. ” Upon aarrival we were greeted by a female guard who told us that we would have to turn our T-shirts wrong side out to enter the building to use their restrooms.

“I am a grandmother and very concerned with what is happening to our country,” she continued. “These things are never reported through our mainstream media, but American citizens need to know what is occurring at our federal buildings.”

Benham told WND the T-shirts may not be popular with security officers, but they are with visitors in Washington. During his most recent trip, buses loaded with school children arrived at the Supreme Court while his organization was there, and they asked if they could have some T-shirts and he complied.

But even the children were turned away from the court building unless they turned the shirts carrying Jesus’ name inside out, he said.

“A lot of T-shirts say a lot of other things (and are allowed),” he said. “It’s only Jesus.”

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Isaiah 62:6 Watchman On Your Walls Ring – from the Jerusalem Gift Shop

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Weekly I highlight items being offered by the Jerusalem Gift Shop. Today it’s the Isaiah 62:6 Watchman On Your Walls Ring.

Isaiah 62:6 – “On your walls O Jerusalem” written in Hebrew on outside and “I have appointed watchmen” on the inside of this beautiful Biblical scripture ring

* Handmade in Jerusalem
* Sterling Silver

I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence (Isaiah 62:6)

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

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Welcome to Our Reality

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Say you live in any one of these cities: Oslo, Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, London, Stockholm or Washington, and at 11 a.m. today the war siren goes off.

You’ve been told it’s just a drill – your city isn’t being attacked by ballistic missiles or long-range rockets. Your country neither plans to attack anyone, nor is there intelligence indicating it is the target of imminent attack.

Home Front drill Still, the wailing siren – a curiously anachronistic instrument for the 21st century – is upsetting. You do as you’re told and seek out a nearby bomb shelter, or enter the reinforced-concrete room common in homes built since the 1990s.

At work, there is some gallows humor as colleagues file into the bomb shelter. At school, your children will head into the shelters with their teachers. It may strike you that the authorities were imprudent in collecting for refurbishment those cardboard boxes with their plastic shoulder-straps containing gas masks and a chemical-warfare antidote.

Of course, if you do live in any of the above-mentioned capitals, this scenario is beyond far-fetched. There are no shelters. No safe rooms. No gas masks.

No one is threatening to wipe Sweden, Germany or Scotland – or any of the others – off the map. There are no Sajil II ballistic missiles aimed your way. Your country didn’t absorb 5,000 rocket hits in the course of a single summer. It doesn’t share a border with a country that deploys Scud D missiles. And the notion that missiles laden with WMDs could explode over your head is simply beyond imagination.

Though Muslim extremists struck in Spain, Britain and the United States, the sense that any further danger looms is not widespread. That’s why no one undergoes a security check to enter a supermarket, department store or cinema. And why armed guards are not posted outside schools.

WE ISRAELIS live in a very different reality.

That truth was brought home in remarks Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made at Sunday’s cabinet meeting regarding Turning Point 3 – the week-long nationwide emergency drill.

The exercise is “routine,” something the country does annually, he said, adding that it “reflects the special way in which we lead our lives – which, upon reflection, is not all that routine.”

Want to understand the Israeli psyche? Consider that when our country was born, those with whom we sought to share this land rejected our right to exist. Though we have created a technologically advanced, Western-oriented country, and made peace with Egypt and Jordan, our “normality” still demands that a high-school graduate head not to university or for a gap year, but to basic training.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s (when there were no settlements and no “occupation”) our homeland was under attack anyway. A single example: On March 17, 1954, gunmen ambushed an Eilat-Tel Aviv commuter bus. First they murdered the driver, then they proceeded to shoot the passengers, one by one.

In the 1970s, we fought off a surprise attack on our most solemn holy day – after having withstood a war of attrition. In the 1980s, we fought bitter wars in Lebanon to fend off attacks against our northern border.

In the 1990s, we signed the Oslo Accords with the Palestinian leadership. And since then? More Israelis have been murdered by terrorists than ever before.

Efforts to reach an accommodation with a violently fragmented Palestinian polity have thus far proven fruitless. The “moderates” appear no less unyielding than the fanatics.

We caught the Syrians, to our north, building a clandestine nuclear facility under North Korean tutelage. They make no secret about hosting Hamas’s politburo, pressuring it to resist even a tactical timeout in its anti-Israel belligerency.

Hizb’allah dominates Lebanese affairs and provides Iran with shock-troops along our border.

Then there is Iran, which may have enriched enough uranium to manufacture a nuclear bomb by year’s end. Even as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatens our obliteration, he insists that the Nazis did not systematically destroy European Jewry. Yet he is feted at UN forums, while Europeans shamelessly subsidize trade with his country.

That is our reality. It’s the one many of us will be contemplating at 11 a.m. today, when the siren sounds.

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Wreckage of Air France Flight 447 Located – Possible Terrorist Threat Revealed

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The wreckage of the missing Air France flight 447 has been located. There do not appear to be any survivors. It has also been revealed that earlier, a similar flight was the subject of a bomb threat. That flight was searched and when no bomb was discovered, it was allowed to proceed to Paris. It arrived unharmed.
Continue to pray for the family and friends of the victims of this horrible disaster.

Air France Flight 447 vanished Sunday night about four hours into its flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. The reason for the crash remained unclear, with fierce thunderstorms, lightning or a catastrophic combination of causes as possible theories.

French accident investigators leading the investigation were holding a news conference later Wednesday.

“The nature of the debris, the concentration of the debris … all combines to prove that the debris from Air France 447 has been found,” French military spokesman Christophe Prazuck said Wednesday.

Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim told reporters in Rio that no bodies had been found and there was no signs of life.

If no survivors are found, it would be the deadliest crash in Air France’s history, and the world’s worst civil aviation disaster since the November 2001 crash of an American Airlines jetliner in the New York City borough of Queens that killed 265 people.

The floating debris is spread out in two areas about 35 miles apart, not far off the flight path of Flight 447, said Air Force spokesman Jorge Amaral.

In Paris on Wednesday, Prazuck said the French military was moving away from its sweeping aerial searches to “the next phase, the recovery of this debris, to be able to conduct the investigation and determine the probable zone of the accident, around which we must search for the black boxes.”

Just days before the mysterious crash of Air France Flight 447 in the Atlantic Ocean, Brazilian authorities reportedly delayed a similar Air France flight from Buenos Aires to Paris after the airline received a bomb threat over the phone.

Police and officials at Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza Airport spent 90 minutes inspecting the threatened plane for explosives on the evening of May 27, but found nothing, according to a Brazilian news report.

During the search, passengers were not evacuated from the jet and later arrived safely at their destination in Paris.

A French accident investigator said Wednesday it’s unclear whether the chief pilot of Flight 447 was at the controls when the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

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The head of France’s accident investigation agency also said he is “not optimistic” that rescuers will recover the plane’s black boxes, which are probably miles underwater.

Pilots on long-haul flights often take turns at the controls to remain alert. Asked whether the chief pilot was in the cockpit when the plane went down, the chief investigator told a news conference in France that there was no confirmed information either way.

He noted, “We don’t even know the exact time of the accident.”

He also told reporters there were no indications of a problem with the plane before it left Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night en route to Paris.

Military planes and ships from Brazil and France homed in Wednesday on the bobbing wreckage of Flight 447, as investigators tried to determine what brought the plane and its 228 passengers down in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

The planes stepped up overflights 400 miles northeast of the Fernando de Noronha islands off Brazil’s northern coast, where an airplane seat, a fuel slick and pieces of white debris were spotted Tuesday in the vast ocean.

Rescue boats from several nations were sailing toward the site to start the recovery.

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Obama Vocal on Tiller – Silent on Muslim Terrorist Attack on Recruiters

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The emperor, Obama I, was quick to comment about the hideous murder of abortion doctor, George Tiller, but completely blew off the Muslim terrorist attack against Army recruiters in Arkansas. This yahoo in the White House is a joke!!

From Michelle Malkin:

President Obama announced his choice for Army Secretary this afternoon.

The news isn’t what he said in his statement about GOP Rep. John McHugh:

“As Secretary of the Army, he will ensure that our soldiers are trained and equipped to meet the full spectrum of challenges and threats of our time. And John [McHugh] shares my belief that a sustainable national security strategy must include a bipartisan consensus at home, and he brings patriotism and a pragmatism that has won him respect on both sides of the aisle. I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead.”

The news is what he left out.

Not a word about the jihadi attack on the two Army recruiters in Arkansas. No condemnation of the heinous attack and senseless violence. No condolences for the families of the targeted men or praise for the military recruiters who have been under increasing attack on U.S. soil. No statements from the DOJ or Pentagon, either.

Nothing.

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Jeffrey Goldberg at the Atlantic notices similar whitewashing by government-funded NPR, which failed to report the name and religion of recruiter-murdering suspect Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad:

Why not tell people what is actually happening in the world? We saw this a couple of weeks ago, when the press only gingerly acknowledged that the malevolent though incompetent suspects in the synagogue bombing-conspiracy case in New York were converts to Islam. How is the public served by this kind of silence? The extremist Christian beliefs of George Tiller’s alleged murderer are certainly relevant to that case, and no one in my profession is hesitant to discuss them. Why the hesitancy to talk about the motivations of the man who allegedly killed Pvt. William Long?

Amy Ridenour: Some murders matter more than others.

Jeff Schreiber at America’s Right has these comments:

My three-year-old daughter was born at 34 weeks and four days. She almost was born three weeks before that. I know that the late-term abortion doctor gunned down over the weekend, George Tiller, killed babies which were as far along if not further along than was my daughter, and for that my soul hurts.

What Tiller did with his life, the 60,000 young souls extinguished at his hands, should rest squarely on the shoulders of George Tiller. He should have expected to be judged on his actions by God. Introducing him early, however, by means of a gunshot wound to the head, was absolutely wrong.

Murder is murder. And while many people will contend that Tiller murdered 60,000 children through his life’s work, he did not run afoul of the law in doing so. Tiller’s killer did. Tiller’s killer decided to go to that church. Tiller’s killer decided to pull the trigger. And, while Tiller’s killer may have reconciled his actions for himself by justifying them as the murder of a murderer, as far as Kansas law is concerned, it was murder of a doctor. These unwilling mothers came to George Tiller, after all. George Tiller did not ask for his own death.

If the people of Kansas, as well as the rest of us, want to stop the George Tillers of this world, we must make them accountable under the law. Vigilantism does nothing for the overall cause — there are other George Tillers to step in and take over, and the action’s of Tiller’s murderer only makes it more difficult for those of us concerned with the sanctity of life to stop them. Putting an end to this procedure will require organization of the political kind. It will require the residents of Kansas to sacrifice their time to go door-to-door, to talk to people about the evils people like Tiller are committing. It will require a steadfast commitment to ensuring the state lawmakers that their elected position depends upon them doing the right thing — bringing the issue up in the form of state legislation, or in a referendum brought to the people at the ballot box.

That’s how we stop George Tiller. That’s how we effect true and lasting change.

I may not agree with Barack Obama on much, and certainly not on the abortion issue, but his statement this weekend regarding Tiller’s murder was right on. (Of course, so long as you forget completely about the actions taken by William Ayers):

I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.

His actions since, however, have left much to be desired. Today, we learned that his Attorney General, Eric Holder, authorized the U.S. Marshals Service to protect “appropriate people and facilities around the nation” in the aftermath of Tiller’s murder.

Now, apparently, our federal government is subsidizing protection for private citizens and businesses perceived to be controversial and therefore vulnerable to violence. Whhat about process servers? What about those people deemed by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to be “rightwing extremists” who choose to spend their time lawfully sitting in quiet protest outside Planned Parenthood offices? What about a guy like me, who uses his spare time to anger those on the left?

Shouldn’t the U.S. Marshals services be spending their time and manpower to protect witnesses, serve warrants, follow fugitive killers and guard courthouses like the one I’m in now?

How many abortionists have been killed in the past decade? Two decades? Suddenly, they’re the Templar Knights on the inaugural Friday the 13th? Since this weekend, all I’ve seen are people on the American right standing up and condemning the murder of George Tiller — has there been some sort of silent fatwa I’ve just not been made aware of?

What of military recruiters like the one killed in Arkansas? Does Barack Obama not see fit that military recruiting offices are protested by those on the left, just as Planned Parenthood offices are protested by those on the right? What of the serviceman also killed this weekend? Why no federal protection for these men?

Not only is there no protection afforded to those who give their lives to make this country safer, rather than those who work to kill defenseless unborn children, there is hardly any mention of the identity of the murderer of that military recruiter. Of course, the mainstream press has been falling all over themselves to identify the killer of George Tiller as one of those “domestic terrorists” Janet Napolitano warned us about, but no such effort has been expended to depict the recruiter’s killer as one of the Muslim terrorists that rational, right-thinking Americans know to worry about.

Before my head explodes, let me make myself clear. Abortion is murder, but is not against the law in Kansas. Shooting a man in the head in cold blood is murder everywhere. Assigning federal agents at taxpayer expense to protect people who could simply find moral high ground and no longer require protection is overkill.

Obama Undercuts Israel – Tells Iran They Can Have Nukes

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

As usual, the emperor has his own sense of “reality”, that is vastly different from what reality really is.
In this case, Obama truly believes that Iran is only going to use nuclear reactors to generate electricity, despite the fact that Iran’s president has quite clearly stated that he intends to become a nuclear power, and once he is, to use these arms to “cleanse” the Middle East of Israel and the Jews.
The emperor is an idiot, plain and simple.

LONDON — President Barack Obama reiterated that Iran may have some right to nuclear energy _ provided it takes steps to prove its aspirations are peaceful.

In a BBC interview broadcast Tuesday, Obama also restated plans to pursue direct diplomacy with Tehran to encourage it to set aside any ambitions for nuclear weapons it might harbor.

Iran has insisted its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity. But the U.S. and other Western governments accuse Tehran of seeking atomic weapons.

“Without going into specifics, what I do believe is that Iran has legitimate energy concerns, legitimate aspirations. On the other hand, the international community has a very real interest in preventing a nuclear arms race in the region,” Obama said.

The comments echo remarks Obama made in Prague last month in which he said his administration would “support Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear energy with rigorous inspections” if Iran proves it is no longer a nuclear threat.

Iranian state television described the news as Obama recognizing the “rights of the Iranian nation,” a phrase typically used to refer to Iran’s nuclear program.

The president has indicated a willingness to seek deeper international sanctions against Tehran if it does not respond positively to U.S. attempts to open negotiations on its nuclear program. Obama has said Tehran has until the end of the year to show it wants to engage.

“Although I don’t want to put artificial time tables on that process, we do want to make sure that, by the end of this year, we’ve actually seen a serious process move forward. And I think that we can measure whether or not the Iranians are serious,” Obama said.

Obama’s interview offered a preview of a speech he is to deliver in Egypt this week, saying he hoped the address would warm relations between Americans and Muslims abroad.

“What we want to do is open a dialogue,” Obama told the BBC. “You know, there are misapprehensions about the West, on the part of the Muslim world. And, obviously, there are some big misapprehensions about the Muslim world when it comes to those of us in the West.”

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