Archive for July 7th, 2009

He Is a Shield for All Who Take Refuge in Him

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

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As for God, his way is perfect;
the word of the LORD is flawless.
He is a shield
for all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 18:30 (New International Version)

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“When Color Trumps Christianity” by Star Parker

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

President Obama hosted a reception at the White House celebrating LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Pride month. Black Christians should take note and learn a few things about our black President.

As they say, we are what we do.

It tells us something that Mr. Obama had no time to host an event for the National Day of Prayer.

Nor did he have time to accept the invitation to convey greetings and a few remarks to the couple hundred thousand who came to Washington, as they do every January, for the March for Life.

However, the LGBT Pride event did make it onto the president’s busy schedule.

Here are parts of his remarks I think noteworthy for black Christians:

First, we now know that Mr. Obama buys into reasoning equating the homosexual political movement to the black civil rights movement: “….it’s not for me to tell you to be patient any more than it was for others to counsel patience to African Americans who were petitioning for equal rights a half century ago.”

Perhaps Obama can extend some of his famous empathy to a black Christian woman, Crystal Dixon, who lost her University of Toledo job for writing a column in her local paper challenging this premise. Dixon was fired for being uppity enough to write “….I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are ‘civil rights victims’ …I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a black woman.”

Considering our president’s priorities, I recall a song popular during the civil rights movement: “Which Side Are You On?”

Second, Obama sees the black community as being a little slow on the uptake to grasp that homosexuality and same sex marriage are okay. There still are those, according to him, “who don’t yet fully embrace their gay brothers and sisters…” He deals with this, he said, by talking about it in front of “unlikely audiences,” such as, “in front of African American church members.”

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Media on Sanford – a ‘Double Standard’

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

I have no doubt that the media is guilty of a double standard. On that same token though, Sanford should have the decency to resign. He certainly has no right to claim that God wants him to stay. If one professes to be a Christian, then one should try to live as one.

Tim Graham, the director of media analysis at the Media Research Center (MRC), says if it were not for the death of Michael Jackson, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford would undoubtedly have received even more coverage than what the networks have given him to this point. Still Sanford has received a substantial amount of news time, and the MRC says reporters and anchors have taken every opportunity to mention that Sanford is a Republican.

According to Graham, the networks would never give this much coverage to a Democratic governor in the same circumstances.

“If you took a Democratic Sanford, a Democratic governor having one mistress, they would all yawn over that,” he contends. “They would really not find that very interesting at all, and yet these people will find Republican mayors cheating as an interesting national story.”

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“Liberal Lawmakers Love Their Sex Freaks and Hate Christian Ministers” by Doug Giles

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

I can’t post much of this article because of the language he used, but I feel it is on base as far as the points he’s trying to make.

…this bill does not just protect Brad and Chad from the supposed “hate speech” of a Rev. John MacArthur, Jr. exposition of Romans 1:18-32. Oh, no. It also pretty much defends all “sexual orientation(s),” “gender,” and “gender identity” flakiness as federally-protected classes—up to 547 types of sexually-twisted behaviors…

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Quarry Used in Second Temple Found in Central Jerusalem

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Another interesting archeological find in Israel.

An ancient quarry dating back to the end of the Second Temple period has been uncovered in excavations being conducted in Jerusalem.

The quarry, around one dunam in area and estimated to be 2,030 years old, is situated on Shmuel Hanavi Street, just near Jerusalem’s American Colony neighborhood. It is being excavated under the direction of Dr. Ofer Sion and Yehuda Rapuano of the Israel Antiquities Authority, prior to the construction of residential buildings.

Sion said that the size of the stones, at a maximum height of two meters, indicates that it was likely they were intended for use in the construction of King Herod’s projects, including the Temple walls.

“We know from historical sources that in order to build the Temple and other projects which Herod constructed, such as his palace, hundreds of thousands of various size stones were required – most of them weighing between two and five tons each,” Sion said.

“The dimensions of the stones that were produced in the quarry that was revealed are suitable for the Temple walls.”

Sion added that the quarry was a small part of a series of quarries spread across the entire slope, from the Musrara Quarter to the Sanhedria Quarter.

“The massive quarrying effort, on the order of hundreds of thousands of stones, lowered the topography of Jerusalem in the vicinity of the Old City. Today, with the exposure of this quarry, the intensity of the building projects as described in the historical sources can be proven. Flavius Josephus wrote that before Herod built the Temple he prepared the infrastructure for it; the quarrying of the Temple?s stones lasted eight whole years.

“The Temple itself was built in a relatively short period of time of two years. With the exposure of the quarries in Sanhedria and Ramat Shlomo, it is clear that Herod began quarrying closest to the Temple and worked away from it; first he exploited the stone on the nearby ridges and subsequently he moved on to quarry in more distant regions.”

Among the artifacts discovered in the excavation were metal plates that were used to severe the stones from the bedrock, and coins and pottery shards dating back to the end of the Second Temple period (the first century BCE).

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“How’s the Stimulus Working For You So Far?” by Neal Boortz

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Well now. Our economy is really lunging forward, isn’t it? What a ride! Are you holding on?

We’re billions of dollars further in debt (trillions?) and the economy is still stagnant. TARP, the stimulus bill, massive debts our children and grandchildren will have to pay .. and what has this all brought us? Banks aren’t lending, businesses aren’t hiring – let along expanding – and consumers aren’t buying. Oh, to be sure, the malls are crowded. Turn up the thermostats and see how long that lasts. Those aren’t shoppers, they’re just your neighbors trying to stay cool while watching the latest absurd teen fashion and freak shows.

Do what the initials SNAFU mean? That word was created to define government action, or inaction as the case may be. In 1942 Time magazine carried this revelation: “Last week U.S. citizens knew that gasoline rationing and rubber requisitioning were snafu.” Well .. if there was ever a SNAFU, our economy would fit the description. To fully understand this, you have to know what the acronym stands for. Go ahead … Google it.

So … after hundreds of billions of dollars, government seizures of GM, Citigroup and others, imminent bank nationalization, massive favors handed to unions at the expense of private investors, and a pantload of new czars in the White House … all done to kick start our economy … what do we have. SNAFU, that’s what. Or TAUFU, if you like.

Look … I’m just a talk show host. What [edited] do I know? I’ve been sitting behind a microphone for 40 years now sparring with hundreds of thousands of callers who generally knew a [edited] lot more than the hundreds of politicians I’ve interviewed over that time. Having said that … I’m betting that this particular talk show host can, in just a few hundred words, give you some better ideas for kick starting our economy than you’ve heard from Obama and his Democrat sycophants over the past four months. Oh, and throw in most of the Republicans as well.

It’s not all that hard, really. All you have to do is recognize and acknowledge the true goal of the political class. It’s summed up in one word: POWER. You think they actually give a flying Krispy Kreme about you? What? I know you were born at night, but was it last night? They may care about your vote .. but that’s it. It’s power, my friends. Power and little else. Politicians will spout some lofty rhetoric about public service and wanting to leave this country a better place when they leave office; but, with few exceptions, that changes rather quickly. Once they get used to the privileges and the perks that go with their exalted positions their mindset changes. These people don’t name research centers, bridges, parks, sports stadiums, university buildings, highways and office buildings after themselves because of their dedication to public service.

Where does that leave us? It leaves us in a situation where the people in power, the people who make the rules and decide how our economy is going to be fixed, are going to worry first about preserving and expanding their power and secondly (if they have time) about putting us back on a track to prosperity.

The basics: What does it take to get our economy moving again? Spending. If nobody is spending nobody needs to produce. You aren’t going to gather the raw materials and personnel together to spend time and money creating a product or service unless you have some degree of confidence that there are people out there who either have or can borrow the money to buy it. Our economy is a constant day-by-day election process. The products and services put into the marketplace are the candidates. Consumers are the voters. Dollars are the ballots. If a candidate gets no votes, the candidate either reinvents himself or just simply goes away. The whole process slows down or grinds to a halt if the voters don’t have ballots to cast.

Clearly, to stimulate our economy money had to be spent. That’s basic. The question, then, was who gets to spend the money? If the American public gets to make the choices as to when and where the money is spent, that equates to power for the people. If, on the other hands, those decisions are made by the political class, it means no power to the people – the power goes to the elected elite. Now would someone please try to explain to me why these politicians, as completely immersed as they are in building their individual power bases, would ever want to turn over the power that goes with spending these huge sums of money to the great unwashed? How in the world is that going to benefit a politician? How do you generate a campaign ad for radio telling the voters that you deserve reelection because the private consumers in your district kept the local hardware store and a few clothing shops in business with their spending? Better you should be able to lay claim to a few road widening and resurfacing projects and a new rehearsal hall for the local high school band.

Do you remember how much that stimulus bills was? Let’s just call it $750 billion. For the sake of argument let’s accept that this $750 billion had to be borrowed and spent to get our economy cranking again. Once you’ve accepted the $750 billion figure we’re going to borrow, you then have to decide just who gets to spend that money and what they get to spend it on.

Here’s an idea from Texas congressman Louis Gohmert (R 1st Dist.). Gohmert wanted a tax holiday. I’ve taken his idea and expanded it a bit. Last year Gohmert was floating an idea of allowing the American people to go one full month without paying any federal income or payroll taxes. The idea was that they would then spend this money and stimulate the economy. When Obama started talking about the $750 billion dollar stimulus price tag I did some quick calculations. It seems that $750 billion is almost exactly equal to the amount of federal income, Social Security and Medicare taxes withheld from American paychecks over a six-month period.

Are you following me? How about not a one-month tax holiday, but six months? How about letting people keep almost their entire paychecks for one-half of a year?

So — here are the two possible scenarios our politicians had to work with:

1. Borrow the $750 billion and let the politicians (the looters) decide how it is going to be spent to stimulate our economy.

2. Give the producers a six month period in which they owe no federal income or payroll taxes. For these six months they get to keep their checks. This puts $750 billion into the hands of American workers – American producers – to spend and invest.

Either way you are going to have to borrow $750 billion. If you give the people a six-month tax holiday the money will have to be borrowed to replace the lost revenue.

You see it, don’t you? There is one huge difference between the two plans. Under the government spending scenario the politicians get to decide how the money is spent. In other words, they get the power. Remember … power is the goal. It’s everything to the political class. Politicians wanted to decide which road is built, which park is refurbished, and which research project gets additional funding. Every one of these decisions would be made based on the political capital it will generate.

Under the tax holiday plan the people, not the politicians, get to cast the ballots/dollars. Spending choices would not be made on the basis of political expediency, but on the free choices of the people. Businesses that delivered a good product and good customer service would get the votes, not politicians who delivered a pork project to their districts.

A dollar spent on a new lawnmower at the hardware store does not generate a single vote. A dollar spent on a new job mowing grass along an Interstate highway does.

So … there was a decision to be made. Massive amounts of money were going to be borrowed and spent to stimulate our economy (or so the storyline went). But just who would get to spend the money?

Do you remember that famous Bill Clinton line? It was January of 1999. The place was Buffalo, New York. The federal government had actually collected more tax money that it needed. There was a surplus. Someone asked Clinton if, considering the surplus, there might be a tax cut. His response: “We could give it all back to you and hope you spend it right… But … if you don’t spend it right, here’s what’s going to happen.” He then went on to describe the gloomy future of Social Security when more people are collecting benefits than paying taxes.

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Muslims Attack 110 Homes of Christians in Pakistan

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

The self-proclaimed “religion of peace”, aka Islam, specifically those in Pakistan, are showing their tolerance of Christians, and their right to worship as they please, by attacking them. Continue to pray for Christians worldwide, who have truly been persecuted.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Compass Direct News) – After a Muslim beat a Christian field worker for asking him to let him pass on Tuesday (June 30), a cleric in a village near here used a mosque loudspeaker to announce a call to attack Christians that resulted in more than 500 Muslims ransacking and looting at least 110 houses.

With the mosque falsely broadcasting the accusation that the Christian had blasphemed Islam, the Muslim recruits rampaged through Kasur district’s Bahmaniwala village, breaking down gates, wrecking and plundering homes and in some cases beating Christian women. They set various items ablaze including vehicles, though Compass found fire damage to homes was minimal.

“We don’t even have potable water, as they have damaged the turbine,” villager Zareena Bibi told Compass. “We knew about the incident, but could never imagine that they would wreak such devastation. They have not spared a single house here.”

Outraged that the lower-class Christian field worker on his tractor had asked the Muslim to move out of his way, 15 to 20 Muslims had previously mounted a hatchet attack on the family of the field worker, 37-year-old Sardar Masih, wounding his brother’s head, family members told Compass.

Masih told Compass that after his family members had sought treatment at a local hospital – where medical staff members denied them local anesthesia for their stitches because they were Christians – they learned that a call to gather had been issued from a local mosque regarding the altercation.

“We were told that in that meeting they decided to blame Christians for blasphemy of their Islamic religion,” Masih told Compass. The Muslims in the meeting, he added, then schemed with Muslim cleric Muhammad Latif of Maanwala, who appealed from the mosque loudspeaker for villagers to gather to “teach Christians an exemplary lesson.”

Latif, who heads a vigilante group called Sunni Force, also managed to recruit Muslims from other hamlets, Masih said. Soon the number of Muslims swelled to 500 to 800, according to the eyewitnesses.

The ensuing attack began with the breaking of electricity meters at 110 homes, cutting their power, area Christians said.

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“Welcome to the ‘Hope’ Economy” by David Harsanyi

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

After being asked when the public should begin judging the success of the nearly $800 billion stimulus plan, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs answered, “I think we should begin to judge it now.”

Let’s take his advice.

The administration warned that if we failed to support a stimulus package, unemployment would hit a dire 9 percent by 2010. With the stimulus, unemployment, it claimed, would stay in the 8 percent range.

This week, the Labor Department announced that the jobless rate jumped to 9.5 percent, higher than it’s been anytime since August 1983.

It’s not as if the administration was close. As The New York Times notes: “The difference between the situation that the Obama advisers predicted and the one that has come to pass is about 2.5 million jobs. It’s as if every worker in the city of Los Angeles received an unexpected layoff notice.”

Don’t get too dejected, though. We still have an economic plan with a heaping dose of hope. Surely, you’ll feel better when the president begins doling out his two-pronged faith-based explanation — and if we’re lucky, he’ll do it at a “town hall” meeting with approximately 100 of his closest friends.

First, you always should assume things could have been worse.

This leap of faith involves buying the “save-and-created-jobs” myth the president likes to peddle. And if you’re lucky enough to be working on some state-run boondoggle awash in freshly printed money, smile. As for the rest of America, we once again learn that government spending rarely spurs wider economic prosperity.

But let’s, for argument’s sake, make believe that the stimulus plan has saved or created 150,000 jobs.

By the end of June, $53 billion in stimulus funding had been spent on weatherizing projects, bridges for rodents and checks for 10,000 formerly living Americans. (This administration doesn’t only create jobs; it creates life.) That puts the cost of each job saved at about $354,000, or exactly the sort of efficiency you expect from D.C.

The “things-could-have-been-worse” argument is nothing new, and neither is the second line of defense: Blame capitalism.

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