Archive for June 25th, 2009

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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