Archive for August 12th, 2009

Life By the Spirit

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Galatians 5:16-26 (New International Version)

Obama Lies Again – Implies He Never Wanted Government-Run Health Care

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Another Obama lie to add to his already impressive list.

On Tuesday, Obama sought to distance himself from government-run healthcare, strongly implying he had never advocated it in the first place.

“Now, the only thing that I have said is that having a public option in that menu would provide competition for insurance companies to keep them honest,” he said.

That statement flies in the face of the president’s past statements, however.

For example, in a June letter to Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., posted on Obama’s Organizing for America Web site, Obama stated: “I strongly believe that Americans should have the choice of a public health insurance option operating alongside private plans. This will give them a better range of choices, make the healthcare market more competitive, and keep insurance companies honest.”

In July, for example, while Obama was meeting with Russian leaders in Moscow, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel made the mistake of suggesting the administration was open to other approaches.

Within hours, Obama issued a statement correcting him.

“I am pleased by the progress we’re making on health-care reform,” his statement read, “and still believe, as I’ve said before, that one of the best ways to bring down costs, provide more choices, and assure quality is a public option that will force the insurance companies to compete and keep them honest.”

One major criticism has been that their taxpayer-subsidized rates would drive private insurance companies out of business – thereby clearing the way for a government-run, single-payer system.

Originally, Obama insisted that any reform legislation must include a government-sponsored insurance plan.

Read the complete article here.

School Officials Face Jail Time for Meal-Time Prayers

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Pace High School in Santa Rosa County, Florida. The ACLU claimed some teachers and administrators were endorsing religion, but the school chose to give in to the ACLU’s demands rather than fight them in court.

According to the settlement, all school employees are banned from engaging in prayer or religious activities before, during, or after school hours. Now two school officials are facing criminal charges for offering meal-time prayers at an appreciation dinner for adults who had helped with a school field house project. Principal Frank Lay and athletic director Robert Freeman are scheduled to go on trial next month on criminal contempt charges. If convicted, both are subject to fines and imprisonment.

Matt Staver is founder of Liberty Counsel, which will argue the court order prohibiting prayer at school-related events violated Lay’s and Freeman’s constitutional rights.

“In this particular case, Principal Frank Lay asked the athletic director to have a prayer for the meal at an honorary luncheon in celebration for some of the athletic achievements. And then in [another] situation, the clerical worker at an event where some employees of the school were present asked her husband, who is not an employee of the school, to have a blessing over a meal,” he explains. “Because of those two events, these individuals now face criminal contempt.”

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Obama Claim of AARP Endorsement ‘Inaccurate’

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Looks like the AARP is feeling the backlash, concerning health care “reform”, as well, and is backing off of it’s endorsement of the plan.

A group usually seen as one of Barack Obama’s allies in the health care debate — AARP — says the president went too far Tuesday when he said the seniors lobby had endorsed the legislation pending in Congress.

AARP is sensitive to the issue because polls show that Medicare beneficiaries are worried their health care program will be cut to subsidize coverage for the uninsured.

At the town hall in Portsmouth, N.H., Obama said, “We have the AARP onboard because they know this is a good deal for our seniors.” He added, “AARP would not be endorsing a bill if it was undermining Medicare.”

But Tom Nelson, AARP’s chief operating officer, said, “Indications that we have endorsed any of the major health care reform bills currently under consideration in Congress are inaccurate.”

Like Obama, AARP wants action this year to cover the uninsured and restrain health care costs, but the organization has refrained from endorsing legislation. Nelson said AARP would not endorse a bill that reduces Medicare benefits.

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“Government Health Care in Stealth Mode” by Michael Barone

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

One video is worth a thousand words (or, as in this column, about 730). The video in question, put together by a group called Verum Serum, shows public statements by three advocates of single-payer (government monopoly) health insurance explaining that a health care bill with a “government option” would move America toward a single-payer government health care system. You may not have heard of the first two, Rep. Jan Schakowsky and professor Jacob Hacker. But you have heard of the third, President Barack Obama.

Schakowsky is a left-wing Democrat from the north side of Chicago and adjacent suburbs and, as chief deputy whip, part of the House Democratic leadership. The video shows her speaking to an enthusiastic group last April. She cites an insurance company spokesman as saying, “A public option will put the private insurance industry out of business and lead to single-payer.” The audience cheers. “My single-payer friends,” she goes on, “he was right.” Later she adds, “This is not a principled fight. This is a fight about strategy for getting there, and I believe we will.”

Schakowsky sounds self-assured but angry, perhaps because her husband, Robert Creamer, served five months in prison a few years ago for bank fraud and failure to pay withholding taxes. Hacker, Yale’s Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science, sounds friendly and cheerful in appearances recorded in January 2007 and July 2008. With a government option plan, he says in 2007, “You can at least make the claim that there’s a competitive system between the public and the private sector,” but he predicts that the government option “would eliminate the small group insurance.”

Speaking of the government option in 2008, he says, “Someone told me this was a Trojan horse for single-payer. Well, it’s not a Trojan horse, right? It’s just right there. I’m telling you. We’re going to get there, over time, slowly, but we’ll move away from reliance on employer-based health insurance as we should, but we’ll do it in a way that we’re not going to frighten people into thinking they’re going to lose their private insurance. We’re going to give them a choice of public and private insurance when they’re in the pool, and we’re going to let them keep their private employer-based insurance if their employer continues to provide it.”

Of course, there’s no guarantee employers will. Many employers, single-payer advocates hope, will be happy to let their employees go onto the government plan. The Lewin Group, cited often by various analysts, estimates that a government-option plan, depending on how the law is written, could move as many as 100 million households off private insurance and onto the government plan in a few years.

Obama has never made his ultimate goal a secret; it’s the same as Schakowsky’s and Hacker’s. The video shows him saying in October 2003, when he was running for the U.S. Senate, “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer health care program.” He adds, “We may not get there immediately,” noting the Democrats must “take back” the White House and both houses of Congress — a condition fulfilled last Jan. 20.

Campaigning for president in May 2007, he says, “But I don’t think we’re going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately.” That seems to imply that his goal remains the same as it was in 2003. “There’s going to be potentially some transition process — I can envision a decade out, or 15 years out, or 20 years out, where we’ve got a much more portable system.” Which of course government health insurance would be. You couldn’t get away from it. The president’s defenders depict this video and others like it as a patchwork of irrelevant and misleading statements. They also cite Obama’s oft-repeated pledges that any health care bill he would sign would let you keep the insurance you have. They don’t address the point, raised by Hacker, that you can’t keep it if your employer stops offering it.

But, as Schakowsky says, “This is not a principled fight.” Schakowsky, Hacker and Obama believe, out of idealism but also perhaps for crass political reasons, that America would be better off with a single-payer system like Canada’s or Britain’s. But they realize that they’re operating in a country where most voters don’t agree. The video helps us understand how they’re seeking to reach their single-payer goal through government-option stealth.

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Silent No More! Voters Unleash Fury on Congress

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

As I’ve said before, the health care reform is only the “flashpoint”. What we are seeing is years of built up anger, from a population who believes their lawmakers don’t listen to them and can’t relate to any of the daily struggles they face.

Americans are speaking up and confronting the President Obama and Democrat lawmakers with concerns about their health care “reform.”

Citizens are flocking to town hall forums across the nation and letting their representatives know where they stand. Meetings
are filled to capacity while thousands wait outside for their chance to be heard.

New Hampshire

At a Portsmouth, N.H., high school today, President Obama hosted a health care town hall.

An estimated 2,000 proponents and opponents of his plan gathered in the streets with signs and bullhorns, ready to greet the president’s motorcade. While groups opposed to the health “reform” arrived in small groups with hand-made signs, supporters from pro-Obama organizations, such as Organizing for America and Health Care for America Now, spilled out of buses.

“Let’s get this done,” Obama shouted to a crowd of 1,800 inside Portsmouth High School.

Critics remained calm and polite when the president solicited responses from “skeptical” attendees, according to the Associated Press.

Pennsylvania

Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Penn., held a town hall meeting this morning in Lebanon, Pa., where constituents booed and jeered him for at least an hour. One man began shouting because he was not given an opportunity to speak. He complained that Specter, a long-time Republican who switched over to the Democratic Party this year, would not listen because he’s “not a lobbyist with all kind of money to stuff in your pocket.”

“One day, God’s going to stand before you,” he told the senator to his face. “And he’s going to judge you and the rest of your damn cronies up on the Hill – and then you will get your just desserts.”

Other attendees complained about Democrats plans for health “reform.” CBS News reported that one woman wore a “member of the mob” T-shirt – referencing Democrat claims that insurance companies and the Republican Party had enlisted “angry mobs” to disrupt town hall meetings.

“I don’t believe this is just health care. This is about the systematic dismantling of this country,” a woman told Specter. “You have awakened a sleeping giant. I don’t want this country turning into Russia, turning into a socialized country. What are you going to do to restore this country back to what our founders created, according to the Constitution?”

Her question prompted a standing ovation. Several members of the crowd shouted, “You work for us!” Meanwhile, a large crowd gathered outside with signs warning of socialism.

Missouri

At an Aug. 6 forum sponsored by Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., many protesters were turned away at the door while SEIU members were allowed in.

The event resulted in six arrests. Afterward, town hall attendee Kenneth Gladney, 38, was beaten, kicked and called racist names outside the meeting. He was at the forum to sell “Don’t tread on me” flags, but he said he found himself with a Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, member in his face, calling him the “N”-word and asking what he was doing peddling his message.

Gladney claims he was punched in the face and two other SEIU members jumped on top of him, yelled racial epithets and kicked and punched him. He said he sought treatment for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face.

Also in Missouri, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., faced “shouts and jeers” even in “friendly territory” at her town hall forum on Aug. 10.

At Poplar Bluff, Mo., the report said, an audience of 500 applauded the loudest when Obama was called a socialist.

Another audience member asked, “Where’s the birth certificate?” alluding to the dispute over Obama’s still-unreleased eligibility documentation.

AP reported McCaskill was visibly frustrated and at one point said, “You guys are so mean.”

Florida

Rep. Kathy Castor’s Aug. 6 town hall meeting in Tampa, Fla., ended abruptly after 1,500 citizens attempted to enter an event intended to hold approximately 250 people.

Hundreds of people remained outside, many of whom had been waiting for hours to attend the meeting. Meanwhile, seats remained empty inside while SEIU workers and other attendees distributed flyers and signs for the Democrat health care plan to audience members.

One woman outside shouted, “This was supposed to be a town hall meeting. Last time I checked, those were open to the public.”

Finally, some attendees were allowed in, but hundreds waited in line with signs outside.

Castor left 15 minutes into the meeting. Just outside the meeting room, constituents chanted, “You work for us,” “Tyranny, tyranny” and “Read the bill.”

A businessman with a shredded shirt reported to police that staffers attacked him, twisting his arm and tearing his watch off. Another, he claims, grabbed him by the neck and tore his shirt.

“I just came to listen and see what I’m missing about this health care thing because it doesn’t make sense to me,” he told a reporter.

Castor later said the event has strengthened her resolve to promote health care reform.

“It has strengthened my resolve to stand up for families and seniors,” Castor told reporters for Tampa Bay Online. “Floridians are bearing a great burden in health care costs, more than almost any other state.”

Georgia

Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., hosted an Aug. 10 town hall meeting at the Georgia Perimeter College campus in Clarkston. At least 500 citizens showed up in an auditorium while between 1,000 and 1,500 watched the discussion on closed circuit television screens in the gymnasium. Hundreds of citizens stood in an exceedingly long line to have their voices heard while as many as 500 people left the event. Though there was a mix of booing and cheering, attendees stayed calm during the discussion.

Maryland

In Maryland, Sen. Ben Cardin faced booing and jeering constituents at his Aug. 10 forum as he attempted to defend the health care legislation. According to Fox News, when Cardin said details of how the plan will be funded have not been worked out, attendees shouted, “Taxes!” and “Spend, Ben, spend!”

When one person asked Cardin for a single example of a government-run program that provided services to citizens at a lower cost, Cardin cited national parks system and Medicare.

The crowd booed and jeered in disapproval.

Earlier, Cardin admitted to receiving nearly 1,600 RSVP’s for a town hall meeting at a concert hall that only seated only 500. When and estimated 1,500 showed up for the meeting, protesters lined the streets outside with signs and shouts.

Iowa

More than 200 citizens shared their thoughts on government-run health care with Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, today. On several occasions, he was challenged by the crowd after he declared the current health care system unsustainable.

During an Aug 8 event, one man yelled: “This is not health reform, this is control, control over our lives.”

Harkin accused the man of being part of “a nationally coordinated effort to disrupt these meetings,” but the man said no one sent him to the forum.

There were no violent incidents

Michigan

As WND reported, an irate Michigan father worried over what Obamacare would do to his handicapped adult son said he was threatened after trying to get a direct answer from Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich, on Aug 6. In an interview with Fox, Sola explained how he took his wheelchair-bound adult son to the front of the room to confront Dingell, 83.

Sola said he demanded information about what Obamacare would provide for his son, and Dingell responded with a statement that there is an amendment to address the needs of the handicapped.

However, Sola said that amendment doesn’t exist.

Dingell tried to explain at a town hall that people “don’t know” how much they’re already paying to cover the uninsured, but his reasoning was drowned out by protesters.

In an MSNBC interview, Dingell later said the town hall protests remind him of Ku Klux Klan protests.

“Well, the last time I had to confront something like this was when I voted for the civil rights bill and my opponent voted against it,” he said. “At that time, we had a lot of Ku Klux Klan folks and white supremacists and folks in white sheets and other things running around causing trouble.”

Follow this link to read the complete article and see several videos of town hall meetings.

Druze Backpack – Grafted In – from the Jerusalem Gift Shop

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Weekly I highlight items being offered by the Jerusalem Gift Shop. Today it’s the Druze Backpack – Grafted In.

Handwoven ‘Grafted In’ design backpack made by the Druze community in the Galilee area of Israel

* size: 16 x 12 inches approx

And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. (Romans 11:17-18)

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

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Christian Gifts from Israel – The Jerusalem Gift Shop

“Obamacare meets Twitter” by Star Parker

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

President Obama is a clever and ambitious man. And he has surrounded himself with a clever and ambitious staff.

This bright crew understood from the outset that time would determine if they would succeed with their health care plan.

They understood that their plan, which would require massive new expenditures, new taxes, and major new government interventions, had to be done quickly if it would get done at all.

They understood that it had to be done while the president’s approval ratings were still high so that Congress would bend to his will. And that it had to breeze through and land on the president’s desk before the general public could scrutinize it and understand the major way it would impact their lives.

As result, we’ve been hearing for months about the President’s deadlines, tied to a list of explanations (economic recovery, if we don’t do it now we’ll never do it, growing hordes of uninsured, etc.) why the world will collapse if these sweeping reforms were not passed by August.

Now Washington’s hot and humid August is here, Congress is adjourned, health care reform did not reach the House or Senate floor, and the White House is in panic. What they knew and feared they now confront. Dropping approval ratings and rising public awareness.

When the administration kicked this off with its White House Health Care Summit early last March, the president’s 62-percent approval, per Gallup, was 36 points higher than his 26-percent disapproval. Now, at 56-percent approval and 37-percent disapproval, the gap has shrunk to 19 points.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University has him at 50-percent approval and 42-percent disapproval.

And, the details of the 1,000-page monstrosity, word by word, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, are being delivered to desktops, laptops, and blackberrys. Group emails, websites, twitter and facebook accounts are churning.

Read the complete article here.

Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Says Family Threatened to Kill Her

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Muslim “peace and tolerance” at it’s best…NOT!!

An Ohio teenager says she ran away from home to Florida because her family threatened to kill her for converting from Islam to Christianity, local media reported.

Rifqa Bary, 17, testified Monday at a custody hearing in Orlando that she’d recently changed religions and is worried her relatives will do something drastic, according to WFTV in Orlando and Central Florida News 13.

“They have to kill me because I’m a Christian. It’s an honor (issue),” the girl told WFTV.

Such threats are common, even in the United States, her attorney, Rosa Gonzalez, told News 13.

“She says her life is in danger and she could be killed in an honor killing,” Gonzalez said after the hearing — which was held because the teenager’s parents are trying to regain custody of her.

Rifqa, a non-citizen whose parents are from Sri Lanka, has for several weeks been staying with an Orlando couple who are pastors of a new Christian church there. She met them on a Facebook prayer group.

Her father denied his daughter’s allegations to NBC 4 in Orlando, saying he never threatened to kill his daughter because she rejected Islam.

He was in Florida for a court hearing, but was reportedly traveling back to Ohio Tuesday.

The Florida Department of Children and Families currently has custody of her, but ultimately, Ohio authorities will decide where the teen should live.

Original Link.

See our posts on Sarah Yaser Said and Amina Yaser Said who were “honor killed” by their father, Yaser Said.

In Remembrance of Sarah and Amina Said. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings
In Remembrance of Sarah and Amina Said. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings

“Trust the Government” by Newt Gingrich

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

How much is one additional year of your life worth?

Or one more year of life for your father or your wife? For your child?

In Great Britain, the government has settled on a number: $45,000.

That’s how much a government commission with the Orwellian acronym NICE has decided British government-run health care will pay for one additional year of life for a British subject.

Think it could never happen here? Then you need to pay closer attention to what Washington is planning for your health care.

The British single-payer bureaucrats arrived at the price of an additional year of life in the same way they decide how much health care all British people will get, through a formula called “quality-adjusted life years.”

That means that if you’re sick in Great Britain, government bureaucrats literally decide if your life is worth living and, if so, how much longer and at what cost.

If it’s more than $45,000, you’re out of luck.

A Well-Connected White House Advocate for Allocating Health Care Based on Perceived Societal Worth

In the highest levels of the Obama Administration there is a theory of how to ration health care that is troublingly reminiscent of the British system of “quality-adjusted life years.”

Dr. Ezekial Emanuel is a key health care advisor to President Obama and the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Earlier this year, Dr. Emanuel wrote an article that advocated what he called “the complete lives system” as a method for rationing health care. You can read it here.

The system advocated by Dr. Emanuel would allocate health care based on the government’s perception of the societal worth of the patients. Accordingly, the very young and the very old would receive less care since the former have received less societal investment and the latter have less left to contribute.

“The Complete Lives System” would also consider the prognosis of the individual.

Quoting Dr. Emanuel: “A young person with a poor prognosis has had few life-years but lacks the potential to live a complete life. Considering prognosis forestalls the concern that disproportionately large amounts of resources will be directed to young people with poor prognosis.”

When fully implemented, Dr. Emanuel’s system, in his words, “produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most substantial chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated.”

“Chances that are attenuated” is a nice way of saying the young and the old are considered less worthy of health care and, under this system, will get less.

Read the complete article here.