Archive for July 15th, 2009

The Temptation of Jesus

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.'”

The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours.”

Tempatation of Christ

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'”

The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written:
” ‘He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you carefully;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'”

Jesus answered, “It says: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'”

When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Luke 4:1-13 (New International Version)

Obama Expects Uemployment to Keep Ticking Up for Several Months

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

But Mr. Emperor, I thought your rushed stimulus plan was supposed to keep this from happening. Where are all the jobs it was supposed to create? Where are all the saved jobs it was supposed to save?

President Obama says unemployment is likely to tick up for several months as the economy recovers from its deepest downturn in decades.

The president said Tuesday that renewed employment typically lags behind other signs of improvement as a swooning economy turns around.

More than 2 million jobs have been lost since Congress passed Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus package. The unemployment rate stands at 9.5 percent, the highest in 26 years.

Obama said the single biggest challenge for the U.S. and other nations is the creation of enough jobs that pay good wages.

He spoke in the Oval Office after meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.

What other “improvements” are you referring to? The stock market that’s been down consistently since you took office? The massive number of small businesses (the lifeblood of America) that have failed? Which economic indicators are you going to lie to us about this time?

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House Democrats Seek to Tax the Wealthy to Finance Health Care Reform

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Obamacare is well on it’s way to becoming reality.
A few years ago, I was part of a conversation with a gentleman from England. He was suffering from a some kind of flu or infection. One of the other Americans involved in the conversation advised him to go to his local “medi-quick”.
For those of you who are not familiar with quick care facilities, in a nutshell, they are stand alone emergency rooms. They take almost all insurance and you are responsible for your co-pay. One local ad says it best; “From boo-boos to broken bones, we’re here for you 24 hours a day”.
Anyway, the Englishman went on to explain that they don’t have anything like a “medi-quick”. As a matter of fact, he explained, if he called his doctor in the morning, it would be one to two weeks before he could get in to see him. One to two weeks, people. That is what government run health systems are like.
Now take the other side of the coin. As most of you who read this blog regularly know, I am currently undergoing radiation treatments for testicular cancer. The office I go to is one of the most efficient operations I have ever seen. Since I take radiation every day, they gave me a card with a bar code on it. When I arrive, I scan my card over a reader. This lets the RT know that I have arrived. He comes up and gets me and I’m gone, most generally, before my actual appointment time!!
The cartoon below is funny, but it’s sad because it’s true.

Obamacare

House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled their proposal for a sweeping health care bill that would require all Americans to buy affordable insurance. The cost of the proposed legislation would be paid for by taxes on wealthy Americans.

The House Ways and Means Committee announced it would vote on the proposal beginning on Thursday. The panel is one of three that must act before the bill can go to the full House, probably later in the month.

The bill would impose a 5.4 percent federal surtax on couples earning more than $1 million annually and a 1.5 percent tax on couples earning between $500,000 and $1 million. Households earning more than $350,000 would get hit with a 1 percent tax.

House Democrats want to require individuals and employers to get health insurance — or pay a penalty.

For individuals, the penalty would be 2.5 percent of income — but it could go no higher than the average cost of health insurance.

The penalty for employers would be much higher — 8 percent of a worker’s wages — with an exemption for small businesses. Business groups are strongly opposing an employer requirement.

The House plan lacked total cost figures. House leaders want to quickly move the legislation through three committees and to a floor vote before the congressional recess in August. President Obama is pressing the House and Senate to vote this summer on the bill.

Not to be outdone, House Republicans will introduce their own version of a health care bill, which has little chance of passing because they are outnumbered.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared Monday that the House will be on pace to pass the legislation before members of Congress take their summer break next month.

But the odds of getting a health care bill passed through both chambers of Congress before 2010 are growing longer.

Moving forcefully on his top domestic priority, Obama told Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Finance Committee, that he wants legislation ready by week’s end, according to numerous Democratic officials.

These officials said Obama made his wishes known directly to Baucus, D-Mont., on Monday at a White House meeting attended by administration officials and senior Democratic lawmakers.

Scott Mulhauser, a spokesman for Baucus, said the senator has stressed that his committee will be ready when it has completed a proposal “that can ensure quality, affordable care for every American, lower costs — and pass the Senate.”

Despite objections from conservative and moderate Democrats in the House, prospects for quick action are better there than in the Senate.

The legislation that the House Democrats are expected to introduce Tuesday would prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage or charging higher premiums on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions. And it would spend billions of dollars subsidizing lower-income individuals and families who cannot afford coverage in an attempt to cut dramatically into the ranks of the uninsured.

Its total price tag remains unknown, but to comply with another presidential priority, it would rely on cuts in Medicare and Medicaid to begin slowing the rate of growth in health care spending overall.

The measure is expected to impose a fee on large companies that fail to offer insurance; individuals who refuse to purchase affordable insurance will have to pay a penalty.

A new income tax on the wealthy, estimated to raise more than $500 billion over the next decade, would help pay for the bill.

Efforts at completing the measure have been slowed in recent days by criticism from a group of moderate and conservative Democrats known as the Blue Dog Coalition. Obama met with a Blue Dog delegation on Monday evening, and Rep. Henry Waxman of California, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, sat down with them separately.

Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., head of the Blue Dogs’ health care task force, said later that some of the group’s concerns were being addressed — but not enough that they can support the House measure without further improvements.

Ross noted that more than a half-dozen members of the group have seats on Waxman’s committee, enough to hold up passage.

He said that in one concession to the Blue Dogs, Democratic leaders have indicated that they’re increasing the size of the exemption for small businesses from a requirement for employers to provide health care to their employees. The exemption is expected to increase from businesses with payrolls of $100,000 to those with payrolls of $250,000, Ross said, which he characterized as “probably not enough.”

The group still has concerns about Medicare payments to doctors and other health care providers, rural health and other issues.

In the Senate Finance Committee some highly controversial issues remain unresolved, including how to pay for the bill and a Democratic demand for the government to sell insurance in competition with private industry, a proposal Republicans oppose strongly. Unlike the other congressional committees working on health care, Finance members have been laboring to produce a bipartisan bill.

A second Senate committee, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, was pushing to complete work Tuesday on a partisan bill that would create a government-run health plan to compete with private insurers and require employers to provide coverage — but probably could attract little or no Republican support.

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Lapel Pin Grafted in – from the Jerusalem Gift Shop

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Weekly I highlight items being offered by the Jerusalem Gift Shop. Today it’s the Lapel Pin Grafted in.

Lapel Pin Grafted in

* size 3 x 1.5 cm

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

The Jerusalem Gift Shop 234x60

Christian Gifts from Israel – The Jerusalem Gift Shop

Living Together First Can Spoil Marriage, Study Finds

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Wow, it’s amazing to me to that things we used to “know”, now have to be headlines in the news; how it takes expensive studies to tell us what most of us already knew to be true.

Couples who shack up before tying the knot are more likely to get divorced than their counterparts who don’t move in together until marriage, a new study suggests.

Upwards of 70 percent of U.S. couples are cohabiting these days before marrying, the researchers estimate.

The study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Family Psychology, indicates that such move-ins might not be wise.

And it’s not because you start to get on one another’s nerves. Rather, the researchers figure the shared abode could lead to marriage for all the wrong reasons.

“We think that some couples who move in together without a clear commitment to marriage may wind up sliding into marriage partly because they are already cohabiting,” said lead researcher Galena Rhoades of the University of Denver.

Read the rest of the article here.

Hate Crimes Bill to Be Attached to Defenese Bill

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

In slimy politics as usual, the Dems are set to vote on the so-called hate crimes bill (referred to on this blog as the Pedophile Protection Act) by trying to sneak it through attached to a defense funding bill. You see, it won’t pass on it’s own, so they have to try to sneak it through this way.
We’ve talked a lot about this here. We don’t need this bill. It will manufacture a two tiered legal system and it will be used to silence anyone who is willing to take a stand against the homosexual agenda of equating homosexuality with race. They are not and never will be the same. Period.
But if Dems have their way, your preacher will soon be silenced on the matter, or face criminal charges. Homosexuality will be equal to race and society as we know it will be over. That is how important this is.
If you have not contacted your senator yet, you must not wait any longer. Please do so today.

Dear Friend,

We have confirmation that a vote on the Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes bill (S.909) will happen this week. It is likely that the bill will be introduced as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill. If the Senate approves the Hate Crimes amendment, President Obama will sign it into law.

The Hate Crimes legislation would authorize the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute certain bias-motivated crimes based on the victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. Even more troubling is that S.909 could create special protections for pedophiles. Democrats voted down an amendment to the bill that would have excluded pedophilia and other “sexual orientations” from the definition of “sexual orientation.”

For years, AFA and other pro-family groups have issued warnings about federal Hate Crimes legislation. The reality is that the purpose of this bill is to silence those who speak out against homosexuality. If the legislation passes, pastors could be prosecuted under the federal inducement statute for preaching the biblical view of homosexuality. For example, a person could commit an act of violence against a homosexual individual and blame it on the pastor’s sermon. Similar laws have been used to prosecute religious speech in the U.S. at the state level and abroad.
Take Action!

Click here to get the direct telephone number for your two senators, along with suggested talking points for your call. Call your senators today to demand politely, but firmly, that they vote against any attempt on passage of Hate Crimes legislation. Congress has refused to define the term “sexual orientation,” which means that all sexual orientations are protected.

Pastors, it is time to take a stand. Share this information with your members, and ask them to call.

Sincerely,

Don

Donald E. Wildmon,
Founder and Chairman
American Family Association