Archive for September 11th, 2009

When You Pray…

Friday, September 11th, 2009

[W]hen you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Matthew 6:5-8 (New International Version)

Obama Speech ‘A Litany of Lies’

Friday, September 11th, 2009

A conservative media watchdog organization is demanding that the media reports President Obama’s “lies, distortions, and exaggerations” delivered in his speech on healthcare reform Wednesday night.

The Media Research Center says President Barack Obama will not stop committing what it calls “serial dishonesty with the American people until the media expose his false figures and bogus exaggerations for what they are: fraudulent scare tactics.” The group describes the president’s Wednesday night speech about healthcare as “a litany of lies.”

“[The AP story suggests] that he uttered ‘a variety of over simplifications and omissions,'” says [Rich Noyes, director of research at the MRC]. “He talked about how he would not add a single dime to the deficit, when the studies are showing it would add about a trillion dollars to the deficit over the second year of the plan. He talked about not permitting any illegal immigrant to be covered, when in fact it was Democrats who voted down any attempt to verify immigration status.”

“The list of things that he talked about [was] very misleading,” the MRC spokesman concludes, “added to the arrogant veneer of him scolding anybody else for taking liberties with the truth as liars, as he did.”

Original Link.

First-Ever Find: Temple Menorah Relief by Jewish Eyewitness

Friday, September 11th, 2009

This is cool.

(IsraelNN.com) The Israel Antiquities Authority has uncovered one of the world’s oldest synagogues in an excavation at Migdal, near the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret). Inside the synagogue, a stone relief contains a depiction of the seven branched Menorah which stood in the Temple, and which was most likely seen by the artist who sculpted the stone relief.

Known depictions of the Menorah from Second Temple times include the famous relief of Titus’s Arch in Rome, which shows Roman soldiers taking it away after destroying the Temple, and depictions on contemporary coins as well as graffiti etched into stone in Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter. However, the new find is said to be the first which includes a relief etched by an artist contemporary with the Temple.

The synagogue has been dated to the years 50 BCE – 100 CE. The rectangular stone bearing the Menorah relief stands inside its central chamber. The chamber is about 120 square meters in size and stone benches line its sides.

The decorated stone depicts amphorae (earthenware vessels) on both sides of the Menorah and bears additional decorative motifs on its four sides and its top.

The floor of the synagogue was adorned with a mosaic and its walls were covered with a colorful fresco.

The dig was conducted by Dina Avshalom-Gorni and Arfan Najer of the Antiquities Authority. According to Gorni, the find is “unique and exciting.”

“This is the first time that a Menorah decoration is discovered from the days in which the Temple still stood,” she said. “It is the first Menorah that is discovered in a Jewish context, which is dated to Second Temple times – the early Roman period. We can estimate that the inscription that appears on the stone… was made by an artist who saw the seven-branched Menorah in the Temple in Jerusalem. The synagogue joins only six synagogues known in the world from Second Temple times.”

The dig was conducted on land owned by a company which intends to build a hotel on the property.

Ancient Migdal – or Migdala, in Aramaic – was mentioned in Jewish sources and served as one of the central bases for forces under the command of Josephus Flavius (Yosef Ben Matityahu), who commanded the Galilee rebellion but later crossed over to the Roman camp. Resistance at Migdal continued after Tiberias and the rest of the Galilee had surrendered.

Migdal is also mentioned in the Christian “New Testament” as the place where Mary Magdalene, or Mary of Magdala, came from.

In late Second Temple times the town was an administrative center of the western Sea of Galilee area. Until the establishment of Tiberias in the year 19 CE, it was the central town on the coast of the Sea of Galilee.

The site will be open to visitors in the future.

Original Link.

“Notes on Last Night’s (9-9-09) Presidential Address to Congress” by Jeff Schreiber

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Jeff Schreiber at America’s Right does an in depth analysis of the presidents September 9th speech to Congress and the Senate trying to bait them into voting for his convoluted government takeover of private health care.
It’s lengthy, but be sure to read the whole thing. It’s very insightful.

Without further ado, let’s get into it, shall we?

When I spoke here last winter, this nation was facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. We were losing an average of 700,000 jobs per month. Credit was frozen. And our financial system was on the verge of collapse.

Holy smokes, the president actually started off this 45-minute odyssey into the farcical with a real fact. Yes, indeed, we were losing jobs at the rate of about 700,000 per month. And yes, some indicators show that joblessness is starting to even out a bit.

The problem? The mandatory nature of health coverage as detailed in the president’s plan would rip apart small business in particular, and could chase away millions in entry-level and other low-income positions, thus increasing the overall number of jobless in America.

As any American who is still looking for work or a way to pay their bills will tell you, we are by no means out of the woods. A full and vibrant recovery is many months away. And I will not let up until those Americans who seek jobs can find them; until those businesses that seek capital and credit can thrive; until all responsible homeowners can stay in their homes. That is our ultimate goal. But thanks to the bold and decisive action we have taken since January, I can stand here with confidence and say that we have pulled this economy back from the brink.

Pulled the economy back from the brink? Pulled the economy back from the brink?!?

I knew that, at some point, he would argue that the economy is better than it already is. Health care represents one-sixth of the American economy, and the president and his party simply cannot pass something as monumental as health care reform unless the American public have some confidence in the economy as a whole. Still, I didn’t expect his language to be so overt.

I read civil lawsuits for a living. Occasionally, I’ll see a class action securities complaint filed on behalf of all purchasers of stock in XYZ Corporation within a certain time period, arguing that fraudulent misrepresentations made by the corporate officers regarding the true financial condition of the company induced class members into investing where they otherwise would not have, had they known the unstable nature of XYZ Corp.

The way I look at it, the lies and misrepresentations being spewed by the White House and disseminated by an obedient mainstream press is no different — the American people are being fed false information with regard to the true financial condition of the United States of America, and are being induced into investing the future of the nation itself into the far-left agenda of this president, an investment they might not otherwise make if they knew the unstable nature of our economy.

Read the complete article here.

The Health Care Debate – What Is Really Needed

Friday, September 11th, 2009

I’ve spend a significant amount of time studying the current health care “reform” legislation and reading many analysis’ opinions of what it all means. I’m going to simplify both the perceived problems with health care and what I believe are the logical fixes.

  1. Health care is too expensive.
  2. Health insurance is not available to everyone.
  3. Health insurance is too expensive.
  4. Some insurance companies drop coverage on people who have chronic conditions.
  5. Some insurance companies will not insure people with pre-existing chronic conditions.

Let start with number one; health care is too expensive.
Hospitals are businesses. As is the case with all businesses, they must make money in order to stay in business. They hire sizable staffs and provide a necessary service to their community. The equipment they own is built to special standards, specifically designed for maintaining life, something that industry as a whole does not have to do. This makes the equipment very expensive. It is supposed to be maintained to the highest standards and is taken out of service when it falls outside of those guidelines.
Emergency rooms are required to give life saving treatment to everyone, despite their ability to pay for that treatments. I agree with this policy. But last year alone, our hospital system lost five million dollars from people who couldn’t or wouldn’t pay. This money could have bought a lot of lifesaving equipment or hired a sizable group of people. Remember also that hospitals, as businesses, have to make a profit to stay in business. What happens with a hospital suffers the kind of loss our did? They have to make up that revenue elsewhere, which means higher cost to those of us who do pay.
Doctors are perceived as charging too much for their services as well. This may be true in certain circumstances, but keep in mind two things: 1) a doctor must pay an astronomical amount for liability insurance (an amount so high, most of us would be surprised at how much it really is) and 2) they spend several years of their early career working for little or no salary (their internship years). Add to this the cost of their education and it is no wonder that many feel they have taken their “lumps” and deserve to be rewarded for their hard work. Give me engineering over doctoring any day!!

Next, I mentioned that health insurance wasn’t available to everyone. This is currently true and is one of the things that needs to be fixed.
Medicaid is defined as “the United States health program for eligible individuals and families with low incomes and resources.”
So in other words, we already have a proven program in place to insure low income people.
Now read what I just wrote: “we already have a proven program in place to insure low income people.”
Why are we, in effect, trying to reinvent the wheel, by changing the part of the health care system that is working reasonably well (the private insurance sector), when all we would have to do is change the criteria used to qualify people for Medicaid? It makes no sense to me at all. If we have a couple of million people who can’t currently qualify for Medicaid, why don’t we change the rules to include them. Of course adding several million people to that system will require additional funding, but that’s funding that most people wouldn’t mind spending, especially if it meant leaving their own insurance options untouched.
Speaking of funding, are you folks aware that Obama and crew want to cut funding to Medicare, the insurance issued to our elderly. How can they say they want to help insure the uninsured on one hand and then cut benefits to another group at the same time? Seems duplicitous to me.

What about the cost of insurance. Well, it is significant. It is significant to both my employer and myself. What can we do about that?
Again, I hate to sound like the Republican shill, but doesn’t it make sense to allow more competition between insurance companies? In a free market, competition drives down prices. Insurance rates are no different. That is, they wouldn’t be different if they could sell across states lines, which currently, they are forbidden by the government to do so.
Being able to “shop around” for the most economical insurance, despite the state it’s issued in, would reduce insurance cost almost overnight.

Some insurance companies drop coverage on people who have chronic conditions. Well, this is an easy fix, one case where legislating new rules is actually appropriate; make a rule that says they can’t do that. Wow, that was easy, wasn’t it. Even in legalese that can’t take up more than about one page of the bill.

Some insurance companies will not insure people with pre-existing chronic conditions. Again, just like the above example, make it illegal for the insurance companies to do this. One more page of legislation should take care of it.

If you folks have been following this blog, we’ve have a huge amount of information on the health care debate. In a nut shell, I’d sum it by saying this:
We need to insure the uninsured people without changing the parts of the system that are already working fine. The current legislation does not do this at all. We should be the ones to make the decisions about our care, not some bureaucrat following a generic guideline with no appeals process. The direction of the current administration and political majority will specifically break what isn’t broken and cause our level of care to degrade horribly.

Thank you for reading. Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas.
God Bless!!
-Steve

September 11th, 2001 – Eight Years Later

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Most of us can remember what we were doing when the Twin Towers and Pentagon were attacked. In a matter of hours, 3,000 people lost their lives in the worst sneak attack the United States has ever experienced.
Let’s keep the families and friends of those who lost their lives in our prayers. For some of them, the pain of their losses are as acute today as they were on that terrible day.
I’m going to repost what I did last year; I like the way it turned out. I hope it is meaningful to you as well.

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Most of us remember where we were when we received word of the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. In a matter of hours, almost 3,000 people would be dead, in the worse attack on American soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
It is very important to keep these people in mind. For the most part, they were not military. They were people just like you and me. Their only “crime” was to be living in the United States. Radical Islam didn’t need any other excuse to hang a target on their chests. All “infidels” are legitimate targets in their eyes.
Join me in remembering these good people; normal, everyday people like you and me, only interested in making a life for themselves. Join me in celebrating their lives.
Continue to pray for the families of these innocent victims. Pray for our military and all those who stand in the way of another attack.
Remember them. Never Forget.


Sunrise

The lives of 2,996 innocent mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, wives and husbands, ended to bring a smile to the face of Muslim Terrorist. Families, forever broken and destroyed, to a shout of “Allahu Akbar” (Arabic for ‘God is Great’) as 19 Islamic terrorist changed the face of the earth.


Twin Towers Hit

Fire fighters, police officers, public servants from many different departments, martyred, but not to a hateful cry of “Jihad” as came from an Islamic terrorist’s mouth, but martyred as they responded unselfishly, with little regards to their own safety, to the cry for help. Heroes, each and every one of them.


Twin Towers Fallen

No, don’t ever forget these 2,996 innocent victims, or the Islamic terrorist who killed them in cold blood, in the name of their prophet, in the name of Jihad, in the name of Islam, in the name of hate. No, don’t ever forget.

Links:
Victim’s Names of the 9/11 Terrorist Attack on the United States
Cox and Forkum
A Wall of Those Lost