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My Words Will Never Pass Away

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Jesus Scripture

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Matthew 24:35 (New International Version)

Historic Bible Pages Put Online

Monday, July 6th, 2009

This is cool.

About 800 pages of the earliest surviving Christian Bible have been recovered and put on the internet.

Visitors to the website can now see images of more than half the 1,600-year-old Codex Sinaiticus manuscript.

Fragments of the 4th Century document – written in Greek on parchment leaves – have been worked on by institutions in the UK, Germany, Egypt and Russia.

Experts say it is “a window into the development of early Christianity”.

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Biden: We ‘Misread the Economy’

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Why don’t you do us a favor, Mr. Biden, and just admit that your and your emperor want-to-be boss, don’t have a clue what you are doing. You two are so far over your heads, the Mariana Trench looks like a kids wading pool in comparison.
Oboe only knows social engineering, so in his time of bewilderment, that’s what he defaults back to (ie. socialized medicine, “punish” the rich, tax everyone, shut down the economy based on junk science “green” information, etc).

Big admission from Vice President Joe Biden today.

“The truth is, we and everyone else misread the economy,” Biden told me during our exclusive “This Week” interview in Iraq.

Biden acknowledged administration officials were too optimistic earlier this year when they predicted the unemployment rate would peak at 8 percent as part of their effort to sell the stimulus package. The national unemployment rate has ballooned to 9.5 percent in June — the worst in 26 years.

“The truth is, there was a misreading of just how bad an economy we inherited,” said Biden, who is leading the administration’s effort to implement it’s $787 billion economic stimulus plan.

“Now, that doesn’t — I’m not — it’s now our responsibility. So the second question becomes, did the economic package we put in place, including the Recovery Act, is it the right package given the circumstances we’re in? And we believe it is the right package given the circumstances we’re in,” he told me.

The vice president argued more time is needed for the stimulus to work.

“We misread how bad the economy was, but we are now only about 120 days into the recovery package,” he said. “The truth of the matter was, no one anticipated, no one expected that that recovery package would in fact be in a position at this point of having to distribute the bulk of money.”

Biden didn’t rule out a second government stimulus package, [yeah, the first one worked so good – NOT, and will end up costing all of us thousands of dollars a year, for most of our lifetime, with no results. -ed.] but downplayed calls from Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman this week that a second stimulus will be needed.

I pressed the vice president, who is also leading the administration’s middle-class task force, on whether he’d rule out a second stimulus package.

“So, no second stimulus?” I asked.

“No, I didn’t say that,” Biden said, “I think it’s premature to make that judgment. This was set up to spend out over 18 months. There are going to be major programs that are going to take effect in September, $7.5 billion for broadband, new money for high-speed rail, the implementation of the grid — the new electric grid. And so this is just starting, the pace of the ball is now going to increase.”

–George Stephanopoulos

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U.S. ‘Partner’ Warns Mideast: Don’t Deal with Israel

Monday, July 6th, 2009

The Palestinian Authority, once called a U.S. “peace partner” in the Mideast, has launched a behind-the-scenes diplomatic campaign to lobby Arab countries against accepting normalized ties with Israel, even if the acceptance is exchanged for a freeze on Jewish construction in the strategic West Bank, WND has learned.

The Obama administration has demanded a total halt to all construction of Jewish housing in the West Bank, including natural growth, or adding to existing communities to accommodate the needs of the population. Defense Minister Ehud Barak was in New York last week to meet with U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell in an effort to agree on a compromise formula on settlement construction. Barak is slated for more meetings with Mitchell in Europe this week.

According to Jerusalem diplomatic sources, Barak proposed a limit on Israeli West Bank construction in exchange for Arab states beginning the process of “normalizing” relations with Israel in line with an Arab Initiative from 2002. That Initiative calls for normalized relations with the Arab world in exchange for extreme Israeli territorial concessions.

The PA, however, began lobbying key Arab countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, against trading normalization with Israel for a halt to Jewish West Bank construction, according to a top PA source familiar with the campaign.

The source said the PA doesn’t want any concessions from the Arab countries in exchange for limited Israeli construction activity. The source said the PA believes pressure from the Obama administration will be enough to halt Jewish constriction efforts in both the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. The source implied Arab “normalization” should be used to extract something larger from Israel.

Last week, WND quoted Nimer Hamad, senior political adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, claiming U.S. guarantees make him “confident” Israel will not be able to build in the West Bank.

“The guarantees we received from the U.S. make us confident all the talks about the 50 houses in Adam are only a piece of meat (Defense Minister Ehud) Barak threw to the settlers,” Hamad said.

Hamad was referring to reports Barak’s Defense Ministry approved the construction of 50 new homes in Adam, an existing West Bank community, as part of a wider plan to absorb residents slated to be evicted from an area called Migron.

“I am not excited about these reports. I am confident no single housing will actually be built outside an agreement between the Palestinians, the Americans and the Israelis,” he said.

Obama’s demand Israel halt all settlement activity, including natural growth, is an apparent abrogation of a deal made by President Bush to allow for natural growth. The deal was forged just prior to Israel’s 2005 retreat from the Gaza Strip. It was confirmed by Sharon aide Dov Weissglas in 2005, and in a Wall Street Journal column last week by Elliott Abrams, a former deputy national security adviser to Bush who reportedly negotiated the arrangement. The deal was in line with an official letter from Bush the year before stating Israel cannot be expected to withdraw from the entire West Bank and that the Jewish state would retain major settlement blocs there.

The West Bank borders major Israeli cities and is within rocket firing range of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Israel’s international airport.

Military strategists long have estimated Israel must maintain the West Bank to defend itself from any ground invasion. Terrorist groups have warned if Israel withdraws, they will launch rockets from the West Bank into Israeli cities.

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“Lessons From 1934 Revisited” by Jeff Schreiber

Monday, July 6th, 2009

New jobless numbers are out. Unemployment in America has risen to 9.5 percent, after repeated promises from the president and the White House that eight percent would be the top end, that the stimulus package and the shovel-ready projects it funded would boost the economy and provide millions of new jobs. It hasn’t.

The president is falling further and further short of the “millions of jobs saved or created” rhetoric he forced down Americans’ throats, and today he will take to the TelePrompTer for a speech on the issue. Undoubtedly, he’ll blame the Bush administration–“the economic situation we inherited was obviously worse than we originally thought”–and hold himself up as the Savior who, despite best efforts, just couldn’t do enough–“imagine how bad the jobs picture would look if we hadn’t passed the stimulus package”–just as I had predicted back in January and February.

I’m taking this opportunity to re-run one of my favorite pieces here at America’s Right. It first appeared back in April, but I want people who haven’t read it to read it for the first time – and I want people who did read it to read it again and consider again, in the wake of everything going on, the implications of it all.

Lessons From 1934
AMERICA’S RIGHT — April 11, 2009


And that’s what the power-drunk “young pinkies from Harvard and Columbia” are doing in this political cartoon, originally published in the Chicago Tribune on April 21, 1934. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

Ten months before that, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed legislation which would artificially inflate prices and wages. It was fear of decreasing prices and wages, blame for which was placed squarely on the shoulders of capitalism and the free market, which facilitated Roosevelt’s New Deal policies which, according to UCLA Econonics Department Vice Chair Lee Ohanian, “short-circuited the market’s self-correcting forces.”

In other words, said Ohanian and University of Pennsylvania economist Harold Cole, Roosevelt’s leadership at a time of economic crisis actually may have extended the Great Depression by seven years, an assessment which has since been clouded by the left’s revisionist history.

“Why the Great Depression lasted so long has always been a great mystery, and because we never really knew the reason, we have always worried whether we would have another 10- to 15-year economic slump,” said Ohanian back in August 2004. “We found that a relapse isn’t likely unless lawmakers gum up a recovery with ill-conceived stimulus policies.”

The legislation signed by FDR in June of 1933, just ten months before the Chicago Tribune cartoon was run, was called the National Industrial Recovery Act. Fast-forward to 2009 and we have the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — essentially the same name, save for the word “industrial,” likely missing because it brings up the blood pressure of the global socialists masquerading as environmentalists on the left. Since Obama’s own ill-conceived stimulus policy was signed into law, we’ve seen the young pinkos in today’s federal government almost use the “Plan of Action for U.S.” in that Chicago Tribune cartoon as a checklist.

Spend! Spend! Spend! Despite decrying the $1.2 trillion deficit inherited from the similarly free market-averse Bush administration, President Obama and his Democrats spent at a rate of approximately $1 billion per hour for every hour of his first 50 days in office. At first, it was $787 for a so-called stimulus package. Then, it was $410 billion for an appropriations bill. Somewhere after that, I lost count; last I checked, we’re hovering at about $2.5 trillion, and that’s not even including the budget.

Bust the Government! It’s a record budget this year, right in there at about $3.65 trillion, accounting for a yearly $1.75 trillion budget deficit. Some are estimating that Barack Obama will add to the national debt more than has been added by every president from George Washington to George W. Bush . . . combined.

Blame the Capitalists for the Failure! My goodness, where to even begin? We’ve seen protesters load into chartered buses so as to protest in front of houses owned by AIG executives, and heard about how those same executives and their families have received death threats. We watched as the Obama administration instituted salary caps for executives whose companies accept federal bailout funds, and shook our heads as Barney Frank lobbied to extend those salary caps to all employees of such companies. And the list goes on and on.

Junk the Constitution and Declare a Dictatorship! Well, the dictatorship has not necessarily been declared yet, but we’ve certainly turned a blind eye to our Constitution. Among other examples of blatant disregard: Congress violated Article 1, Section 9 by passing ex post facto legislation which would apply a 90 percent punitive tax on executive bonuses such as those previously provided for specifically by Congress to AIG executives. And, of course, there’s Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner lobbying for unprecedented power and control over private organizations, allowing the federal government to buy and sell assets, a clear violation of the Takings Clause. At this point, hang up your fake parchment reproduction of our Constitution, close your eyes, and throw a dart — you’re likely to hit a clause or provision which has been, or will be, brushed aside by our president and his administration.

History, we’re seeing, is repeating itself.

“The fact that the Depression dragged on for years convinced generations of economists and policy-makers that capitalism could not be trusted to recover from depressions and that significant government intervention was required to achieve good outcomes,” Cole, the Penn economist, said in 2004. “Ironically, our work shows that the recovery would have been very rapid had the government not intervened.”

Today’s Capitol Hill is the very definition of government intervention, which oddly enough even Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned us about at the World Economic Forum in January.

“Excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state’s omnipotence is another possible mistake,” Putin said. “True, the state’s increased role in times of crisis is a natural reaction to market setbacks. Instead of streamlining market mechanisms, some are tempted to expand state economic intervention to the greatest possible extent.”

Greatest possible extent? A fortnight ago, the president of the United States essentially constructively terminated a private sector CEO, General Motors’ Rick Wagoner. I’d say our government is intervening a little bit.

Unfortunately, this administration and the Democrats currently holding power in our nation’s capital are ensuring that each and every American man, woman and child bear the consequences and burdens of leadership unable to learn the lessons from history which should have been learned long ago. This Chicago Tribune cartoon, in plain black-and-white, should make that fact painfully obvious. Spread the word.

(NOTE: Economists Cole and Ohanian also penned a more recent op-ed piece for The Wall Street Journal. It can be found by clicking HERE. Many thanks to a reader who e-mailed me with the information — I had read their previous reports, but didn’t notice the WSJ piece back in February. Thank you.)

As similar as everything may be, simply looking to learn the lessons of our past without adjusting what needs to be learned by looking at the current political climate simply will not be enough. After re-reading it myself, after considering again all of the similarities in language and in circumstance, I see one very distinct, endlessly important difference:

FDR, in 1934, looked at the expansion of government as a way to recover from economic crisis; Obama, in 2009, looks at the economic crisis as a way to justify the expansion of government.

Do not think, even for a moment, that this administration’s actions since taking office in January have not been intentional. Higher unemployment increases the palatability of Barack Obama’s public healthcare option, and tighter and tighter belts at the kitchen table level increases America’s dependence on government. The liberal agenda which has been carefully crafted by the Democrat Party over the past four decades simply cannot thrive in an era of prosperity. That’s why they push cap-and-trade. That’s why they force relaxed lending standards in the name of “social engineering.” That’s why they send good taxpayer money after bad banks. That’s why they carjack our automotive industry, point the hood ornament toward the nearest tree, set the cruise control, and wait to be there to pick up the pieces afterward.

Now that the Democrats have the votes to push just about any measure through Congress, regardless of how contraconstitutional or absent common sense, the GOP is being handed a political opportunity on a silver platter. Fight everything as best we can, try our best to turn the Blue Dog Democrats or any on the left with even the slightest concern about the governmental power grab currently on the way — but, at the end of the day, we must come together and be that obstructionist party of “no.”

No matter how much grief the Republicans are given by the Democrats and the mainstream press, they must continue to just say “no.” Propose alternatives, but just say “no.” Be constructive obstructionists, if there is such a thing. Face it — the Democrats are going to do what they’re going to do regardless and, this way, we can ensure that they take full ownership of it all, and that their actions absolutely bury that party for years and years to come.

Saying “no” in 1934 could have ended the Great Depression seven years earlier. Saying “no” in 2009, knowing full well the ulterior motives of the party currently in power, may hurt for a little while, but could very well save the United States of America in the long run.

It’s going to hurt, but let’s give the Democrats just enough rope to hang themselves. Let’s allow them to dig their own grave and fall in.

Just make sure we’re there with a shovel when they’ve reached the bottom.

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I Start Radiation Treatments Today

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Today I will start three weeks of radiation treatments for my testicular cancer.
Please pray for me that it won’t be too difficult to get through. I’m as prepared as I can be, so the rest is up to the Lord to take care of.
Thanks and God Bless!!