Archive for August 25th, 2009

Fix Our Eyes on Jesus

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Fix Our Eyes on Jesus

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2 (New International Version)

Israeli Citizens Have the RIGHT to Live Without Terror – Stop Terror Attacks Against the People of Sderot, Israel

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Please remember the plight of the innocent civilians of Sderot, Israel, who face indiscriminate rocket attacks, almost daily, from Pali terrorist. People have the right to live without the fear of terror attacks.

People of Sderot, Israel

Please read these previous posts:
The Qassam Rocket – Pali Terrorist Weapon of Choice, An Overview.
“Qassams Fired on Central California” by Dr. Linda Halderman.

Sderot (Hebrew: שְׂדֵרוֹת‎) is a western Negev city in the Southern District of Israel. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), at the end of 2006 the city had a total population of 19,300. The city has been an ongoing target of Qassam rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. In March 2008, the mayor said the population had declined by 10%-15% as families left the city in desperation (aid organizations say the figure is closer to 25%). Many of the families that remain cannot afford to move out or are unable to sell their homes.

Osher Twito of Sderot.jpg

9-years old boy Osher Twito lost his leg when he and his big brother Rami were seriously hurt when a Qassam rocket exploded next to them in Sderot.

Sderot, less than a mile from Gaza, has received many Palestinian rocket attacks that have been fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad. These have killed 13 residents, wounded hundreds, caused millions of dollars in damage, and disrupted daily life as well as the local economy. According to MSNBC, “nearly everyone [has been] traumatized by the frequent sound of air-raid sirens and explosions of incoming projectiles”. All local schools have been fortified. From mid-June 2007 to mid-February 2008, 771 rockets and 857 mortar bombs were fired at Sderot and the western Negev, an average of three or four each a day.

Qassam Rockets Sderot

The last rocket attack on Sderot occurred on 19 May. According to the AP, Sderot has reached a period of relative calm.

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Also see the Sderot Media Center.
The Israel Project – Photos of Sderot Victims.
Palestinian Rocket Attacks on Israel.

“The Thrill is Gone for Obama and The Media” By Chris Stirewalt

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

There’s nothing like a summer vacation to rekindle a romance. So maybe a week on Martha’s Vineyard can bring back some of the magic between the Obama administration and the media.

Before White House press secretary Robert Gibbs left town, he tried to clarify President Barack Obama’s comment that “everybody in Washington gets all wee-weed up.” Gibbs explained to reporters that what the president meant was that they were a bunch of bed wetters who made too much out of the implosion of the White House health care strategy.

Gibbs has grown more sardonic and patronizing as the summer wears on and Obama’s poll numbers wilt.

The press secretary has lectured reporters on the nature of their jobs — apparently to defend the administration against “misinformation” rather than asking impertinent questions like “How will you pay for it?”

When asked recently about the administration’s endless evasions on the public option, Gibbs instead opted to define a monopoly.
“If you had one place to eat lunch before you came to the briefing, do you think it would be cheap?” Gibbs demanded of CNN’s Ed Henry.

Henry should have asked Gibbs to define monopsony: a market in which one buyer is so large that it can control suppliers and ruin competitors. Henry could then explain he’d rather pay too much for the sandwich he wanted than have to eat at a government chow line opened across the street to encourage “competition.”

Gibbs is so crabby because, incredibly, the administration blames the media for the president’s problems.

It tried blaming Republicans, but the GOP is too far out of power. When the leader of the free world is complaining about a posting on the former governor of Alaska’s Facebook page, he’s got problems.

Team Obama tried blaming special interests, but that was a bust too. The president’s deal with the pharmaceutical industry gets him $150 million worth of ads to boost his plan, whatever it is.

The same people who bombard us with ads for products that promise to prevent hardened arteries or encourage hardening elsewhere will soon be selling you Obamacare.

“If you experience doubts about the plan lasting more than four hours, seek immediate help from Organizing for America.”

Democrats tried blaming the “mobs” of “un-American” protesters and “evil mongers” who were giving raspberries to members of Congress at town halls.

That flopped too, leaving the administration to blame the messenger.

And one can understand why Gibbs would be a bit shocked by the slightly less accommodating tone of the media.

Reporters who traveled with the Obama campaign tell horror stories about the organization — dishonesty, rudeness and abysmal access. But those reporters still served up the glowing coverage.

Obama was the hottest news story of their generation. Rather than covering the long-shot freshman senator who would be crushed in February, Obama campaign reporters experienced the reflected glory of being along for a historic journey. There was plenty of motivation to keep that journey going.

Conversely, Obama making a hash out of health care provides plenty of good copy for the White House press corps. And because Obama fatigue has set in with the reading and viewing public, skeptical stories match the national mood.

Some are still in the tank for Obama. But many liberal reporters think the president is blowing the Left’s big chance.

In talking about how everything got so “wee-weed up,” Obama observed that in August of 2008 the media predicted doom because John McCain began to close the gap after picking Sarah Palin.

In trying to explain that the president was talking about media incontinence, Gibbs referred to August and September of 2007, when most predicted Hillary Clinton would roll to victory in Iowa.

So not only are Obama and his people still reliving the campaign, they’re drawing the wrong lessons from it.

At this point in 2007, Obama was coming up in the polls, making Iowa a three-way race with Clinton and John Edwards. Now, the president’s numbers are sinking.

And if the trend line in the late summer of 2008 had held, Obama would have lost. It took a tsunami of bad economic news and the McCain campaign’s mishandling of it to put Obama back on top.

But there is no opponent here other than public opinion and no finish line other than the end of his term.

With only the steady breeze of favorable coverage of a typical Democratic president instead of the gale of positive press that once helped drive Obama to victory, it’s going to be a very long journey.

Chris Stirewalt, The Examiner’s political editor, can be contacted at cstirewalt@washingtonexaminer.com. His column appears on Monday and Thursday, and his blog posts appear on ExaminerPolitics.com.

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ACLU’s ‘Rock-Solid’ Anti-Prayer Case Crumbles

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

See what a little bit of prayer can do?

Santa Rosa County School District clerical assistant Michelle Winkler has had her day and court and has come out victorious. Winkler was accused of violating a court order that banned school officials from participating in religious activities on campus before, during, and after school hours when she asked her husband who is not employed by the school district to offer prayer at an event.

Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver seems surprised why the matter even made it to court. “And in fact in this case, Michelle Winkler was at an event after school at a Naval facility, off site, that was privately sponsored,” he explains.

businessman prayingStaver, whose firm represented Winkler, says the American Civil Liberties Union told the media going into the hearing that they had a rock-solid case. But after seven-and-a-half hours, the judge found that Winkler was not in violation of the court order — and that the court order was vague and did not specify as to what constituted a school-sponsored religious activity.

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Another Democrat Claims Americans Concerned About Government Controlled Health Care “Undermining The Country”

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Unbelievable…

Latest dispatch from the “dissent is patriotic” front: if you oppose Pres. Obama in his health care initiative, you’re “undermining the country.”

None less than the great Howard Dean said so on this evening’s Rachel Maddow show.

Alison Stewart was filling in for the eponymous host.

HOWARD DEAN: When I was growing up in this country, Republicans and Democrats could actually sit down and have a sane conversation. You might not agree but you could get stuff done. This Republican party—this shrinking Republican party—is just determined to undermine President Obama. And unfortunately, you have to undermine the country in order to undermine the president. I think that’s too bad.

Will the MSM eventually get around to reporting the flaming hypocrisy of the dissent-is-patriotic crowd?

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Special Prosecutor to Probe CIA Interrogations

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

This is the type of thing that happens in third world, “banana republic”, dictatorships, not the United States.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said it well with this:

The documents released Monday clearly demonstrate that the individuals subjected to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al Qaeda. This intelligence saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks. These detainees also, according to the documents, played a role in nearly every capture of al Qaeda members and associates since 2002. The activities of the CIA in carrying out the policies of the Bush Administration were directly responsible for defeating all efforts by al Qaeda to launch further mass casualty attacks against the United States. The people involved deserve our gratitude. They do not deserve to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions. President Obama’s decision to allow the Justice Department to investigate and possibly prosecute CIA personnel, and his decision to remove authority for interrogation from the CIA to the White House, serves as a reminder, if any were needed, of why so many Americans have doubts about this Administration’s ability to be responsible for our nation’s security.

Article IV of the Geneva Convention says:

“Persons belonging to one of the following categories, who have fallen into the power of the enemy:

1. Members of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict as well as members of militias or volunteer corps forming part of such armed forces.

2. Members of other militias and members of other volunteer corps, including those of organized resistance movements, belonging to a Party to the conflict and operating in or outside their own territory, even if this territory is occupied, provided that such militias or volunteer corps, including such organized resistance movements, fulfill the following conditions:

1. That of being commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates;

2. That of having a fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance;

3. That of carrying arms openly;

4. That of conducting their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war.

Can you see how terrorist do not fall under the protection of the Geneva Convention at all?

As for the CIA documents, Jeff Schreiber says it best:

Furthermore, the internal Republican memo suggests that many more documents still have yet to be released, and are known to contain more evidence that the interrogations did in fact work. One such document, the CIA CTC [CIA Counterterrorist Center] Effectiveness Memo, states that “the intelligence acquired from these interrogations has been a key reason why al-Qa’ida has failed to launch a spectacular attack in the West since 11 September 2001.”

This only serves to show that Barack Obama’s administration and the Democrats currently running the show on Capitol Hill wish to make a political game of our national security, and are willing to gamble American lives on an effort to portray the United States of America as a merciless bully, all the while concealing the true facts.

Friends and neighbors, we are at war. The brave American men and women in our intelligence community are on the front lines of that war. They protect American lives. The White House, however, is actively working against the interests of the United States of America, and should not be trusted with our safety and security. Every American should know this. Every person who frowns at the thought of enhanced interrogation must be told how it has worked.

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“Are We on a Slippery Slope to Fascism?” By Jan Markell

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

I have been troubled as I hear people saying that America is heading down a Socialist or Fascist path very similar to what happened in Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. But I must now acknowledge that these observers are much more right than wrong. One article that convinced me was Joseph Farah’s editorial on World Net Daily for August 11, “None Dare Call it Totalitarianism.” He wrote a follow-up on WND August 17 listing the comparisons to Nazi Germany. I do not always agree with Farah but I feel he has done his homework on the above.

On “Understanding the Times” radio this past weekend, I had Holocaust survivor Anita Dittman share her insights on this topic. Both she and her mother were sent to concentration camps and were scheduled to be gassed but were spared by one miracle after another. Both were Jewish believers in Jesus. They saw first-hand how Germany had morphed into a Fascist dictatorship.

So, is America on that slippery slope? Unless the church gets much more involved in restoring America, I would have to say yes. It seems secular humanism is the primary religion in America today as churches grow more and more silent and stray from sound teaching. And government is god.

How can we learn from Nazi Germany’s mistakes? Is there time to reverse what is happening in our great nation?

In Germany, “mercy killing” became the policy. Over 270,000 handicapped people were killed because in Germany, murder had become “mercy.” Pastors went to call on their elderly members in hospitals and they had disappeared.

Anita pointed to many other troubling issues, as the people were primed for a dictator with promises from Hitler, even if they were all false. Then the government took over private business, industry, and health care.

Hitler took control of the airwaves. He allowed no dissenters. Barack Obama has recently appointed Mark Lloyd, an extreme Leftist in ideology, as head of the FCC. He is not bashful in saying that he is going to fine conservative/Christian networks for presenting the kind of programming they do. The nearly $250 million fine money will be turned over to National Public Radio (NPR). Obviously no network could survive such a fine when radio today is suffering like many other industries. While you may think he will only target Rush and Sean, I assure you that “Understanding the Times” radio is in the crosshairs.

Pastors in Germany came under the gun — literally. If they spoke against Hitler or his policies, they were punished. We have “hate crime” laws in America now that have pastors and other good and righteous people targeted.

Anita Dittman recalls that many of the German people were blind. They were in a daze. And, they were biblically illiterate, even if they were long-time church members. Most churches had been watered down and thus marched willingly along, making no effort to stand for truth. Perhaps, had they been biblically grounded, they might not have caved.

In Germany, Fascism was basically Socialism. The Obama administration could very well be destroying the free-market system — as did Hitler, knowing that people will have no place to turn except to government — and this government wants to institute Socialism. Newsweek magazine said months ago in its cover story, “We Are All Socialists Now.” Not quite yet, but we’re heading there.

Secular humanism and Darwinian evolution were pushed in Germany. The government was god and the leader, Hitler, was a messiah-type figure. Anita remembers what oratory skills he had. He edged his way onto the political stage thanks to his communication abilities and the many promises he made. He had charisma and a charming smile that made the country trust him. Economic times were tough as people didn’t have jobs so Hitler used all the skills he had to win over the country. The Socialist Germany would be the ultimate nanny state and take care of everything. Germany would soon be a proud nation again.

Joseph Farah asks in the first article I referred to, “What do you call it when government-created joblessness is used to promote policies of government control? What do you call it when the government exceeds its authority under the Constitution and ignores any limits of power? What do you call it when the government strikes fear into the hearts of the sovereign citizens it is supposed to serve? What do you call it when government seeks to take over the private and personal health care decisions of people, establishing bureaucracies to make life-and-death decisions and banning unapproved transactions between doctors and patients?”

He continues, “Everything for which America has stood for the last 230 years is under attack — not by angry mobs, nor citizen lawlessness, and not from threats by external enemies. The threat is from those in charge of government. Americans are being seduced into serfdom and slavery. The specter of totalitarianism hovers like a dark cloud dressed up in euphemisms that would make Stalin, Hitler, and Mao Zedong proud.”

We can live in denial or we can call the church into action and individuals to prayer. If America remains a praying nation, some of the worst can be averted. So, will American Christians — and Christians everywhere — step up to the plate? Many believers are in a state of apathy and others are becoming more and more biblically illiterate.

And a nation like America is only as strong as her churches are strong.

In spite of some of the commentary coming from Anita Dittman, her book is a faith builder! All readers report that it is also a life-changer. It puts suffering into perspective. She believed that all things worked together for good during her ordeal and she lived to see that come true.

RADIO: You can hear my interview of Anita Dittman posted to “Radio Archives” for August 15, hour 2. For podcasting information, visit this link. To view the markets in which we air go here. All programming is posted to my “Radio Archives” late Monday of each week. To become a CD subscriber and get two CDs a week of hour two-hour program, call 763-493-3010. The cost is $30 a month. Also hear my discussion with Dr. Mark Hitchcock at “Radio Archives.” We discuss his book Cashless: Bible Prophecy, Economic Chaos, & the Future Financial Order.

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Awaiting His return,

Jan Markell

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