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Anointed in Jesus’ Love

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

Jesus Anointed

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

“Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Luke 7:36-50 (New International Version)

“49 Million to Five” by Ann Coulter

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

In the wake of the shooting of late-term abortionist George Tiller, President Barack Obama sent out a welcome message that this nation would not tolerate attacks on pro-lifers or any other Americans because of their religion or beliefs.

Ha ha! Just kidding. That was the lead sentence — with minor edits — of a New York Times editorial warning about theoretical hate crimes against Muslims published eight months after 9/11. Can pro-lifers get a hate crimes bill passed and oceans of ink devoted to assuring Americans that “most pro-lifers are peaceful”?

For years, we’ve had to hear about the grave threat that Americans might overreact to a terrorist attack committed by 19 Muslims shouting “Allahu akbar” as they flew commercial jets into American skyscrapers. That would be the equivalent of 19 pro-lifers shouting “Abortion kills a beating heart!” as they gunned down thousands of innocent citizens in Wichita, Kan.

Why aren’t liberals rushing to assure us this time that “most pro-lifers are peaceful”? Unlike Muslims, pro-lifers actually are peaceful.

According to recent polling, a majority of Americans oppose abortion — which is consistent with liberals’ hysterical refusal to allow us to vote on the subject. In a country with approximately 150 million pro-lifers, five abortionists have been killed since Roe v. Wade.

In that same 36 years, more than 49 million babies have been killed by abortionists. Let’s recap that halftime score, sports fans: 49 million to five.

Meanwhile, fewer than 2 million Muslims live in America and, while Muslims are less murderous than abortionists, I’m fairly certain they’ve killed more than five people in the United States in the last 36 years. For some reason, the number “3,000” keeps popping into my head.

So in a country that is more than 50 percent pro-life — and 80 percent opposed to the late-term abortions of the sort performed by Tiller — only five abortionists have been killed. And in a country that is less than 0.5 percent Muslim, several dozen Muslims have killed thousands of Americans.

But the killing of about one abortionist per decade leads liberals to condemn the entire pro-life movement as “domestic terrorists.” At least liberals have finally found some terrorists they’d like to send to Guantanamo.

Tiller bragged about performing 60,000 abortions, including abortions of viable babies, able to survive outside the mother’s womb. He made millions of dollars performing late-term abortions so gruesome that only two other abortionists — not a squeamish bunch — in the entire country would perform them.

Kansas law allows late-term abortions only to save the mother’s life or to prevent “irreversible physical damage” to the mother. But Tiller was more than happy to kill viable babies, provided the mothers: (1) forked over $5,000; and (2) mentioned “substantial and irreversible conditions,” which, in Tiller’s view, apparently included not being able to go to concerts or rodeos or being “temporarily depressed” on account of their pregnancies.

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“Obama Makes You Sacrifice for Him” by Ben Shapiro

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Let us compare two historical situations. One took place several thousand years ago. The other took place on Monday.

According to legend, during the 13th century B.C., there was a Greek king named Agamemnon. He was bound and determined to attack and raze the city of Troy. When Agamemnon sought to launch his ships for Troy, however, the goddess Artemis sent a stagnant wind to stop Agamemnon’s fleet. Agamemnon responded by calling out his daughter, Iphigenia, and sacrificing her to appease Artemis.

Fast forward to last Monday. In announcing the bankruptcy of General Motors, President Barack Obama spoke directly all those who would lose their jobs and their livelihoods. “I want you to know that what you’re doing is making a sacrifice for the next generation — a sacrifice you may not have chose to make, but a sacrifice you were nevertheless called to make so that your children and all of our children can grow up in an America that still makes things; that still builds cars; that still strives for a better future,” he said.

Obama is fond of calling upon Americans to make sacrifices — or rather, he is fond of forcing Americans into sacrificing themselves at a time and place of his choosing. Heroic sacrifice requires volunteerism, or at least an element of extraordinary choice; Obama’s sort of sacrifice runs along Agamemnon-esque lines. He names the time and the place, and you are expected to put your neck on the altar.

Obama’s sacrificial ideology is particularly egregious because it targets minority groups who can do nothing to defend themselves. Obama targets the taxpaying minority, forcing them to pay for bank bailouts and auto gratuities while falsely promising that taxpayers will earn that money back (when do we get our checks?). He targets GM bondholders, the same folks whose retirement money has been keeping the ailing carmaker afloat; his new bankruptcy plan makes their holdings worthless. He demonizes Chrysler’s investors as “speculators” and attempts to portray them as villains in Chrysler’s demise. He forces banks to take TARP money, then defenestrates bank chiefs and caps executive pay.

It would be one thing if Obama expected all Americans to sacrifice equally. Clearly, however, he does not. He, for one, isn’t willing to sacrifice — he’s ready to spend $24,000 of taxpayer money to take his wife on a date to New York. And Obama doesn’t expect his allies to sacrifice, either. The United Auto Workers, whom Obama has praised for its “sacrifice,” now owns a majority of Chrysler and a huge chunk of GM; not coincidentally, UAW gave millions to Obama’s campaign. Obama refused to bail out California unless it revoked pay cuts for members of the Service Employees International Union; not coincidentally, SEIU gave $33 million to Obama’s campaign.

Obama’s self-centered idea of sacrifice — sacrifice yourself on Obama’s behalf, or he’ll sacrifice you — doesn’t stop at the water’s edge. America’s foreign allies are feeling similar pressure to sacrifice themselves for Obamemnon’s glory. Thus, Obama presses Israel to stop building new houses in Jewish Jerusalem while encouraging Palestinian Arabs to build illegal settlements within Jerusalem. Thus, Obama tacitly allows Iran to develop nuclear weapons and reaches out to the illegitimate mullahs while stifling any freedom movement within Iran. Thus, Obama allows China to violate human rights while offering them the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for their supposed work on global warming — all in order to entice China to keep buying our debt. Sacrifice, it seems, is only to be made by those who least deserve to make it.

There is one crucial difference between Agamemnon and Obama: Agamemnon led his troops to victory at Troy. Iphigenia was merely an innocent bystander used to accomplish his purposes. Obama, by contrast, is bound to lead America to ruin precisely because of the sacrifices he is forcing upon the most productive Americans and our most important allies.

Obama’s philosophy makes the sacrifice of individual liberty irrelevant to the broader communal good as he defines it. What we are losing on the Altar of Obamemnon is far more than a few bucks — it is the fundamental basis of free government.

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“Obama Not a Messiah” by Nahum Barnea

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

CAIRO – A messiah won’t be landing at the Heliopolis airport Thursday. Nonetheless, the expectations raised by Obama’s brief visit to Cairo are almost messianic. Souvenir shops are selling pendants with the caption “Obama – new Tutankhamen of the world.” In Egyptian terms, it’s a super-compliment. No one-hour speech can fulfill such expectations; neither can a two-hour speech.

Obama’s decision to place the Arab world as the top priority of his foreign policy was not prompted by messianic aspirations, but rather, by constraints. America needs the Arab rules and Arab public opinion more than ever before.

The hatred to America exacts American casualties on a daily basis in Iraq and Afghanistan. Without Arab support, America would be unable to extricate itself from there without leaving behind scotched earth and strategic damages. And there’s the Iran problem too: Addressing it would be much harder without the cooperation of Arab rulers.

Obama is walking a tightrope. As he needs the Arab rulers, he must tone down his rhetoric in respect to democracy and human rights. We see historic irony here: George W. Bush, a rightist Republican who believes in religious values sought to bring democracy to the Middle East. Barak Obama, a leftist democrat of the ilk American rightists disparagingly refer to as a “bleeding heart liberal” is wooing the Saudi king and Egypt’s perennial ruler.

Religious tightrope

Obama is also walking a religious tightrope. His middle name, Hussein, helps him captivate the hearts of the masses in the Muslim world. However, it also prompts suspicions by non-Muslims. This suspicion exists not only in America and Israel.

One of the Egyptians we spoke with, a person who is intimately involved in regional politics, at the highest levels, told us that members of Egypt’s largest minority, the Christian Copts, were wary of Obama because of his father’s Muslim descent. Yet once it turned out that he is paying his respects to Egypt, they were reassured: National honor is very important to the Copts, no less so than to the Muslims.

Obama’s speech is like the opening tune of a play that has not yet been written. The question is what will happen in Washington later on, and whether we will indeed see the formulation of a plan that would be able to bring together all the anti-Iranian and pro-American powers in the region, including Israel, into one coalition; such coalition would aim to secure regional stability – curbing Iran, saving Iraq and Afghanistan, and a regional Arab-Israeli peace deal.

Only a messiah would be able to secure all these objectives in the course of one term in office.

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“Climate of Hate, World of Double Standards” by Michelle Malkin

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

When a right-wing Christian vigilante kills, millions of fingers pull the trigger. When a left-wing Muslim vigilante kills, he kills alone. These are the instantly ossifying narratives in the Sunday shooting death of Kansas late-term abortionist George Tiller versus the Monday shootings of two Arkansas military recruiters.

Tiller’s suspected murderer, Scott Roeder, was white, Christian, anti-government, and anti-abortion. The gunman in the military recruiting center attack, Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, was black, a Muslim convert, anti-military, and anti-American. Both crimes are despicable, cowardly acts of domestic terrorism. But the disparate treatment of the two brutal cases by both the White House and the media is striking.

President Obama issued a statement condemning “heinous acts of violence” within hours of Tiller’s death. The Justice Department issued its own statement and sent federal marshals to protect abortion clinics. News anchors and headline writers abandoned all qualms about labeling the gunman a terrorist. An almost gleeful excess of mainstream commentary poured forth on the climates of hate and fear created by conservative talk radio, blogs, and Fox News for reporting Tiller’s activities.

By contrast, President Obama was silent about the military recruiter attacks that left 24-year-old Private William Long dead and 18-year-old Private Quinton Ezeagwula gravely wounded. On Tuesday afternoon – more than 24 hours after the attack on the military recruiting center in Little Rock – President Obama held a press conference to announce his pick for Army Secretary. It would have been exactly the right moment to express condolences for the families of the targeted Army recruiters and to condemn heinous acts of violence against our troops.

But President Obama said nothing. The Justice Department was mum. And so were the legions of finger-pointing pundits happily convicting the pro-life movement and every right-leaning writer on the planet of contributing to the murder of George Tiller. Obama’s omission, it should be noted, comes just a few weeks after he failed to mention the Bronx jihadi plot to bomb synagogues and a National Guard airbase during his speech on homeland security.

Why the silence? Politically and religiously-motivated violence, it seems, is only worth lamenting when it demonizes opponents. Which also helps explain why the phrase “lone shooter” is ubiquitous in media coverage of jihadi shooters gone wild – think convicted Jeep Jihadi Mohammed Taheri-Azar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill or Israel-bashing gunman Naveed Haq who targeted a Seattle Jewish charity or Los Angeles International Airport shooter Hesham Hedayet who opened fire at the El Al Israeli airline ticket counter– but not in cases involving rare acts of anti-abortion violence.

Even Jeffrey Goldberg of the left-leaning Atlantic magazine noticed the double standards. He called attention to a National Public Radio report on the military recruiter attack that failed to mention the religion and anti-military animus of the suspect. Wrote Goldberg: “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?”

The truth is that the “climate of hate” doesn’t have just one hemisphere. But you won’t hear the Council on American Islamic Relations acknowledging the national security risks of jihadi infiltrators who despise our military and have plotted against our troops from within the ranks – including convicted fragging killer Hasan Akbar and terror plotters Ali Mohamed, Jeffrey Battle, and Semi Osman.

You won’t hear about the escalating war on military recruitment centers on the op-ed pages of the New York Times – from vandalism to obstruction to Molotov cocktail attacks on campus stations across the country; to the shutdown of a Pittsburgh military recruitment office by zealots holding signs that read “Recruiters are Child Predators;” to the prolonged harassment campaign against the Marine recruiting center in Berkeley, where Code Pink protesters called America soldiers assassins; to the bomb blast at the Times Square recruiting center last March.

And you’ll certainly hear little about the most recent left-wing calls to violence by a Playboy magazine writer who published a vulgar list of conservative female writers and commentators he said he’d like to rape (the obscene slang word he used is not printable). The list was hyped by the magazine’s publicity team and light-heartedly promoted by mainstream publications such as Politico.com (founded by Washington Post reporters).

Is it too much to ask the media cartographers in charge of mapping the “climate of hate” to do their jobs with both eyes open?

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“The Prophetic Posturing of Israel” by Michael G. Mickey

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

The nation of Israel is moving toward its prophetic destination before our very eyes and not just in the ways we most commonly think of.

We all know that Barack Obama, having pledged “to heal America’s rift with Islam” according to The Telegraph, is going to resume his role as apologist-in-chief two days from now when he gives a speech in Cairo, Egypt in which he is, according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, going to “review particular issues of concern, such as violent extremism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” and “discuss new areas for partnership” between us and the Muslim world. The end result of this, not surprisingly, will be bad news for our ally, Israel, in keeping with the theme of bible prophecy wherein we see that little by little, slowly but surely, Israel is going to be hung out to dry by the entire world, including the United States, that complete fulfillment of God’s prophetic plan may come to pass.

Scenarios like the one just described have become commonplace of late, particularly since Barack Obama became president, his loyalties to Israel (or lack thereof) becoming more and more apparent to those who wouldn’t listen to those of us who predicted, prior to his election, time would reveal him to be a Muslim sympathizer at the very least, if not an outright enemy of Israel. But, again, this commentary is about the less-noticed areas of prophetic posturing taking place indicating that Israel is looking more and more like ‘end times Israel’ than ever before so let’s focus on a couple of examples.

Aliyah continuing

What is Aliyah? Aliyah is the Hebrew word used to describe the physical return of the Jewish people, the children of Israel, to their ancient Promised Land, Zion, from abroad. It’s taking place today, in fulfillment of Ezekiel 36:24:

For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

In order for the final prophecies of the Bible to be fulfilled in the future, the children of Israel have to be back in the Holy Land. Ever since 1948 when Israel became a nation, aliyah has been taking place and it’s in the news once again.

Israel National News is reporting that aliyah from western countries rose by 20% in the first four months of 2009 and this at a time when a boisterous leader in Iran who has vowed to wipe Israel from the face of the earth is drawing closer and closer to obtaining nuclear weaponry that would, hypothetically, make his threats possible. In my book that is simply amazing to comprehend as the Iranian threat is just one of many threats posed to the tiny Jewish nation that is the apple of God’s eye. In spite of all of this, the Jewish people continue to return to their ancient homeland, another reminder that our Lord is alive, on His throne and in control!

Secular Israel isn’t so secular after all?

Those of us who study bible prophecy understand that a third Holy Temple is going to be in full operation at the midpoint of the Tribulation Period to come that the abomination of desolation may occur, but a concern on the part of many for a long time and understandably so has been that the Jewish people haven’t shown a lot of interest in returning to their ancient religious practices that the rebuilding of the Temple may occur. Well, grab onto something if you’re subject to falling out of your chair because, believe it or not, a survey conducted by Israel National News shockingly reveals that “Israelis have a stronger connection to Jewish holy books than many previously thought.”

Excerpt from the INN article:

The survey, carried out by the Panels Institute, shows that almost every Israeli has a complete set of the Bible texts, a Jewish prayer book, or Five Books of Moses in their home. Only five percent of those polled said they had none of these items.

An overwhelming 63 percent of respondents said they had studied some sort of Jewish text in the last six months, with 22 percent of those polled saying they study on a daily basis.

The Jewish people are returning to their biblical homeland as prophesied. Not only that, the recent trials, struggles and threats posed to their survival as a nation and people may be leading them back to their roots and, ultimately, to the rebuilding of the Holy Temple!

Keep looking up, Christians! Our redemption draweth nigh!

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Obama Faces Democratic Party Backlash on Israel Stance

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

The unanimous Democratic party support for President Barack Obama has cracked in the wake of his drastic change in policy towards a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria. Several Democratic Congressmen have publicly stated opposition to the president’s demand for a halt to all building for Jews in Judea and Samaria.

The Obama government also has refused to state if it will honor a commitment by his predecessor George W. Bush, who wrote Israel that facts on the ground dictate that large population centers in Judea and Samaria must remain under Israeli sovereignty.

“I think the president went beyond where I think it was appropriate for us to go in dealing with another democracy,” said Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner. “Any conversations about settlements, which are perfectly reasonable, have to be coupled with a sincere effort on the part of the Palestinians.”

He told a press conference, “We have to be careful not to cross the line where it sounds like we are exerting the overwhelming pressure that we have at our disposal on our rather isolated ally.” Democratic Congressmen Shelley Berkley and Joseph Crowley also were present and backed the statements.

Rep. Berkley stated, “We are very, very concerned that the statements were made so publicly to such a close and strong ally as the state of Israel.”

However, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer backed President Obama’s policy against any expansion of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

The Republican party has been far from silent on the Obama government’s strategy, which will be under close scrutiny as he delivers a major address in Cairo on Thursday to the Muslim world.

Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican Whip, warned that Arab terror “shows no sign of abating” and that “President Obama’s insistence that it is in America’s best interest to pressure Israel sends the wrong message to the region.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee this week launched a fundraising campaign against President Obama’s increasingly openness to Iran. “Obama and the Democrats believe an unstable country, which has pledged to wipe Israel off the map and is awash with oil, has legitimate needs for nuclear power. Yet, America which continues to see rising energy prices, does not need nuclear power,” the committee stated in an e-mail.

The opposition to the White House is not about to change President Obama’s policies very quickly, if at all, analysts said. George Washington University professor Nathan Brown told the French news agency AFP,

“A popular president with a majority in Congress at the beginning of his term may be in an ideal position — and, so far, Obama’s pressure has been firm but very polite and solely verbal. The real question will be what happens if the Israeli government responds hostilely and Obama tries to follow words with actions.”

Nevertheless, an overwhelming majority of Congressmen have signed a letter asking the president to tone down his public statements against Israel.

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Hamas Used Woman as Human Shield

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

The two Hamas militiamen killed earlier this week by Palestinian Authority policemen in Kalkilya initially used a local woman as a human shield during the seven-hour gun battle before she herself threw a grenade at the policemen, PA security sources said on Wednesday.

The woman, Amal, is the wife of Abdel Nasser al-Basha, the owner of the house where the two Hamas men, Muhammad Samman and Muhammad Yassin, had been hiding.

The sources claimed that an investigation by the PA security forces into Sunday’s bloody standoff showed that the three PA security officers who died were killed by a hand grenade that the woman lobbed at them as they tried to enter the house.

“The Hamas gunmen were hiding behind the woman, who surprised the police officers by throwing a hand grenade at them,” the sources told The Jerusalem Post. “This is not the first time that Hamas has used women or children as human shields.”

The three officers were killed in the initial stages of the raid that was carried out by PA security forces on the house, the inquiry revealed. Their bodies lay inside the house until the operation ended seven hours later.

Amal’s husband was also killed during the shootout. She is reported to have been seriously wounded, with doctors forced to amputate her right arm.

Amal has been placed under arrest at the Kalkilya hospital where she is being treated, eyewitnesses said.

A PA security official said that the woman would be charged with killing the three police officers. “She will be put on trial,” he said. “She could face the death sentence if convicted.”

Meanwhile, sources in Tulkarm told the Post that security forces loyal to PA President Mahmoud Abbas arrested more than 30 Hamas supporters in the city over the past 48 hours.

The sources said that the arrests were carried out in the context of the PA security forces’ efforts to track down Muhammad Kharyoush, the local commander of Hamas’s armed wing, Izzadin Kassam, who has long been wanted by Israel for his involvement in terrorism.

The PA security forces also summoned dozens of Islamic preachers and school teachers affiliated with Hamas in the northern West Bank and warned them against inciting against the PA, the sources added.

In a related development, Izzadin Kassam announced on Wednesday urged its members in the West Bank to open fire at any PA policeman who tries to arrest them.

Abu Obaidah, spokesman for Izzadin Kassam, warned Abbas’s security forces against repeating the case of Kalkilya. “Our men will resist any attempt to arrest them by Abbas’s treacherous forces because they are working on behalf of the Zionist enemy,” he said. “We don’t trust these forces, nor do our people.”

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