Archive for September 21st, 2009

Men are Without Excuse

Monday, September 21st, 2009

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Romans 1:20 (New International Version)

Born-Again Christian Gavin Mcleod Stars in New Faith-Based Film

Monday, September 21st, 2009


As Murray Slaughter, he wrote for airhead anchor Ted Baxter on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” for seven years. As Merrill Stubing, he captained the “Love Boat” for nearly a decade after that. Today, iconic TV actor Gavin Macleod says “I know who my admiral is,” referring to his faith in God.

Macleod, 78, is a born again Christian now piloting a career in the Christian film industry, and starring in the movie “The Secrets of Jonathan Perry,” which opens this weekend.

“I’ve worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Gregory Peck, Mary Tyler Moore,” he told FOX News in an exclusive interview. “[But] the biggest honor I have ever had was to play the role of Jonathan Sperry in this simple but special film.”

The film is about three 12-year old boys who are best buddies in the summer of 1970. One of them mows the lawn for an elderly widower named Jonathan Sperry. The two develop a unique friendship as Sperry employs Biblical teachings to help the boy and his friends deal with a bully, a secret crush, and other life challenges.

“The film is about forgiveness,” Macleod says. “Forgiveness is one of the greatest tools God has given us.”

The movie was written by twins Dave and Rich Christiano; Rich also produced and directed. They’re part of the new breed of grassroots Christian filmmakers that include the Kendrick brothers, makers of the surprise box office hit “Fireproof.”

Instead of complaining to Hollywood about the films it produces, Rich Christiano says it’s time for Christians to put their money where their mouths are. Sperry has no big-name distributor, so Christiano, who worked with Mcleod on the 2002 film “Time Changer,” is marketing directly to churches, a technique also adopted by the Kendrick brothers.

The film has a staggered release starting September 18, showing in 118 theaters. Openings are scheduled through November 2009 with a total of 240 theaters onboard so far. Each one is sponsored by a church or group of church members. They advance $2,000 to get the film into the theater. The church will make their investment back if the film grosses $4,500. The movie’s web page links to a site about sponsorship.

Christiano is betting on success in targeted theaters bringing additional theaters into the fold. Hee says theater owners are already calling him because people who want to see the film are calling them, wondering why the film isn’t showing in their communities.

The key to getting churches on board is having a well-known actor to star. Like Kirk Cameron, who starred in “Fireproof,” “Sperry’s” Gavin Macleod is a true believer. Christian audiences know the actor is saying lines he personally believes.

It brings “authenticity and validation” to the film, says Mark Dupre, associate pastor at Christ Community Church in Brockport, New York — one of the churches sponsoring a theater showing. Dupre, who also teaches film at Rochester Institute of Technology, says having a strong Christian like Gavin Macleod play the lead is a built in marketing hook, “the equivalent of having the acting genius of a Meryl Streep in secular movie. Captain Stubing is someone America just loved.”

Macleod charts his religious conversion back to September 15, 1984, seven years into the popular TV series “Love Boat.” His mother had a serious medical condition and was scheduled for surgery. That morning he woke up and prayed to Jesus to “give my mother more time.”

Unknown to Macleod, his then ex-wife Patty, who he hadn’t seen in two years, had gotten involved in a Christian women’s prayer group. She’d been praying that her husband would come back to her. Right after Macleod said the prayer to save his mother, he called Patty and asked “can we see each other?” The two repaired their relationship and were remarried in 1985. Gavin’s mother lived several more years.

From the moment he said his prayer, Mcleod says the change was immediate. “My castmates knew I was different. I was hearing with different ears and seeing with different eyes.”

After “Love Boat” ended in 1987, Macleod became the spokesperson for Princess Cruises, a job he still holds today. He’s turned down several TV roles because he’s not interested in doing series work again. His passion now is for his faith and the lives he can touch. “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry” allows him to be captain of his new calling.

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“‘Messiah’ Obama has Crashed to the Ground” by Gil Ronen

Monday, September 21st, 2009

( The Jewish year 5769 saw the swearing in of United States President Barack Obama, who rapidly turned out to be the most hostile U.S. president ever towards Israel, according to Prof. Eitan Gilboa, an expert on the U.S. at Bar Ilan University.

The United States under Obama decided to go on the offensive against Israel, Gilboa told Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew service Sunday. “Israeli-American relations underwent a great upheaval in the Obama era,” he explained. “The new administration decided to conduct an open conflict with the purpose of improving the United States’ image in the eyes of the Arab countries and at the expense of the state of Israel.”

Obama ‘proved his ignorance’
Obama “humiliated Israel,” Gilboa said. “Before [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu delivered his historic speech at Bar Ilan University he called Obama in the White House in order to share with him in advance the content of his speech. Barack Obama spoke with him on the phone with his feet propped up on the desk, and the White House sent these photographs to the news media so that the message would be clear: Obama is belittling Netanyahu.”

Obama “does not begin to understand the Middle East,” Gilboa opined. “This president failed in all aspects of his foreign policy. He does not understand anything at all about our region and his inability to understand that Israel can be a strategic partner only further proves his ignorance. Only now is Obama starting to learn that his strategy was misguided.”

From ‘messiah’ to mortal
“He wanted to be liked by the Arab world but he sees the reactions in the Arab world and he understands that there may have to be a new strategy. He is also getting a lot of criticism from congressmen who sent him a document in which they attack him and say that his policy towards Israel is unacceptable. Obama had a lot of credit at the start of his presidency but now he is in the same place where most presidents were in the past. Obama has crashed from the status of a messiah to that of an ordinary mortal.”

Prof. Gilboa added that he finds it hard to understand Netanyahu’s “complete surrender” to American demands. “Netanyahu could have resisted the pressures more stridently,” he said. “The only explanation I have [for his behavior] is that perhaps he was promised things that justify his decision to freeze the construction [in Judea and Samaria]. But there is a real failure in the entire strategy here: the Americans said that they wanted to see confidence-building measures by the Palestinians, too, but in the meantime only Israel has made concessions and the other side gave nothing.”

Obama ‘promised Jewish homes to Arabs’
Obama gave PA officials guarantees that they will eventually take over Jewish homes and buildings throughout most of Judea and Samaria, a top Palestinian Authority official told WND.

“We heard from the U.S. that no matter what Israel is building in [Judea and Samaria], it will not affect a final status agreement to create a Palestinian state,” said the PA official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“The Americans told us Netanyahu might construct in [Judea and Samaria] for now but we (Palestinians) can enjoy these houses later. The evacuated homes will not be destroyed like some were when Israel pulled out of Gaza,” the official said.

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“Obama Adviser Would Have U.S. Confront God” by Michael G. Mickey

Monday, September 21st, 2009

A reader of my site, Betty J., sent me an e-mail this morning the title of which was OMG (Oh My God!). While everyday people use that phrase routinely, most of my site’s readers, if they utter those words (even in type), are literally crying out to God in utter astonishment, potentially horror. “This must be a doozie!” I thought. I read a few words and was thinking essentially the same thing Betty J. was.

I don’t know about any of you, but it seems that practically every day the Obama administration is doing or expressing something that is reminiscent of fingernails being run down a chalkboard, but this? If true, it tops everything to date as it is tantamount, literally, to a suggested declaration of war against Almighty God made by an adviser to the president!

We all know by now that a number of President Obama’s staff is comprised of radicals and revolutionaries. Zbigniew Brzezinski, who is a foreign policy adviser to the president and a former adviser of Jimmy Carter, is no exception. The following is reposted from the Weekly Standard’s blog:

In a little noticed interview with the Daily Beast (presumably little noticed because serious people don’t read the Daily Beast), Zbigniew Brzezinski suggests that Barack Obama do more than just refuse to support an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear sites — the American president must give the order to shoot down Israeli aircraft as they cross Iraqi airspace:

DB: How aggressive can Obama be in insisting to the Israelis that a military strike might be in America’s worst interest?

Brzezinski: We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?

DB: What if they fly over anyway?

Brzezinski: Well, we have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a Liberty in reverse.

Contrary to Brezinski’s half-hearted disclaimer that no one wishes for such an outcome, there are plenty on the left who would delight in a pitched battle between the United States and Israel. Democrats in Congress routinely support resolutions affirming Israel’s right to take whatever steps it deems necessary to assure its own national defense. And Obama has at least paid lip service to the concept. But hostility to Israel among the rank and file is very real on the left — and among “realists.”

So conjure the image — the Obama administration sending U.S. aircraft up to protect Iran’s airspace and its nuclear installations from an attack by a democracy that is one of America’s closest allies. Unfortunately, this may not be so hard to imagine in Israel, where the number of people who believe Obama is pro-Israel is at just 4 percent — and falling. And given Obama’s (literally) submissive posture to the Saudis, his indulgence of the Iranians, and his simultaneously hard-line approach to Israel, it seems even some of Obama’s supporters can savor the possibility of a “reverse Liberty.”

There are few scenarios the bible prophecy-believing Body of Christ can imagine more frightening than the possibility of the United States literally taking up arms against Israel in defense of Iranian airspace, particularly in light of why Israeli aircraft would be en route to Iran in a scenario like the one described above, but what if such an event unfolded? Beyond any doubt in my mind, God’s promise of blessing and curse concerning Israel would see the U.S.A. lose favor with God in an unprecedented manner!

God’s promise to Abraham and his descendants (Israel):

Genesis 12:3: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

If the U.S. thinks it has problems now, a confrontation of the variety Brzezinski suggests could bring divine judgment against our nation the likes of which we have never seen!

The above is yet another example of what Hope and Change, Leftist-style, is all about. I continue to wonder, literally, if the U.S.A. is going to be able to survive one four-year term of Barack Obama as president. And no, Jimmy Carter and the mainstream media, I don’t say that because he’s a “black man, an African American.” I say that because of his policies, all of which are influenced by the radicals and revolutionaries he, Barack Obama, has chosen to surround himself with.

Father, forgive the American voter for they knew not what they were doing on November 4, 2008.

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“The EU: Richest Region in the World” by Todd Strandberg

Monday, September 21st, 2009

All my life, I’ve heard people proudly say that the United States is the richest nation on earth. They have said this because it has been true. In the aftermath of World War II, America’s net worth was greater than the combined wealth of the rest of the world. We singlehandedly funded the rebuilding of Asia and Western Europe.

It now looks like Uncle Sam’s reign of glory may have come to an end. There is a new kid on the block called the European Union who has just overtaken us. The recent financial crisis has transformed the global map of the world’s wealthiest people, with Europe nudging out North America as the richest region, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group.

Total wealth in Europe now stands at $32.7 trillion. North America is down by 21.8 percent to $29.3 trillion.

Europe’s common currency, the euro, has been a key factor in its success. The triumph of the euro has stumped economists who have largely forecasted its failure. The EU nations have radically different legal and cultural traditions, and it lacks a common treasury function that usually stands behind major currencies. Despite the euro’s shortcomings, it has thrived as a currency.

The euro has even achieved reserve currency status. Governments and institutions hoard the euro for its security value. Right now, there are more printed euros in circulation than dollars. The greenback still has the edge in electronic funds, but for the last decade, it has been steadily declining against the euro.

The euro’s gains have not just been in the quantity of bills. Its value has also been soaring. For the past several years, the dollar has been in a relentless exchange rate decline against the euro and most other global currencies. When the euro began trading, it was slightly worth less than the dollar. Today, the euro will buy you $1.47.

America’s massive debt load will make it nearly impossible for us regain our wealth crown. With Asia still growing at 9 percent each year, we could eventually fall to third place.

Europe’s toppling of North America raises some important questions. One that will certainly be asked is this: If the Europeans are now wealthier than the Americans, why are we still acting like their protective big brother? Great Britain was once a superpower with an empire that spanned the globe. Decades of deficit spending finally reduced it to a bit player. If America should further implode from some new economic crisis, it would become obvious to all that there will need to be a realignment of the geopolitical stage.

I know Obama’s reason for cancelling the missile defense system for Europe had nothing to do with this wealth report, but I think the change itself was a factor. During the 1960s and 1970s, we introduced one weapon system after another into Western Europe with no debate. One key reason Obama abandoned the missile defense shield in Europe is because we lacked the ability to stand up to the Russians.

Obama’s weakness to Putin may force Europe to take on the role of superpower. Russia has become very aggressive in recent years, and appeasement has always ended in disaster. Putin fits the role of the Gog leader. He has ordered submarines and bombers to shadow our coastlines, he has invaded one of his southern neighbors, and he temporarily turned off gas supplies to Europe in the middle of the winter.

The Bible points to a revived Roman Empire as being the center of power in the last days. It is an amazing fulfillment of prophecy to have Europe suddenly become the world’s the top-ranking economic might. It is also interesting to note that the EU does not have a strong central leader. The prophetic Scriptures say that the Antichrist will rule for only seven years. It appears we are now at the point of waiting for his arrival.

America may have slipped to second place in the measure of earthly riches, but it is still the capital of eternal wealth. We send more missionaries to the field than any other nation, and we also produce the lion’s share of all gospel material.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
— Todd

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Boehner: ‘Tea Party’ Protests a Legitimate ‘Political Rebellion’

Monday, September 21st, 2009

I totally agree.

House Republican leader John Boehner called the “tea party” protests Saturday a legitimate “political rebellion” that is the result of pushback against Democrat spending — as politicians on both sides continue to clash over what is motivating the growing movement.

Speaking to the Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of the religious conservatives in Washington, Boehner blasted the Democrats for “bankrupting” the country. He said people are demonstrating and attending town hall meetings because “we’re in the midst of a political rebellion in America.”

Boehner said the crowd at tea party he attended over Labor Day weekend near his home in Ohio drew 18,000 people, with the message to Congress that “enough is enough.” A prominent demonstration that weekend on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., drew tens of thousands in an event that organizers said was in opposition to big government proposals.

The recent protests were just the latest in a series of public displays of voter outrage, dating back at least to April, when simultaneous so-called tea parties were held around the country, primarily in protest of President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus bill.

Anti-spending sentiment also was heard in the uproar at town hall meetings held by members of Congress in August, when the key issue was the massive overhaul of the health care system proposed by Obama and Democratic leaders.

Since then, the demonstrations have grown to include a broad range of grievances, while drawing accusations that they are based partly in racism and fears that they could incite violence — criticisms that protest leaders deny.

Former President Jimmy Carter, notably, suggested there is a racial element behind opposition to President Obama and his policies.

But Obama said Friday that he believes angry criticisms about his health care agenda are driven by an intense debate over the proper role of government — and not by racism.

“Are there people out there who don’t like me because of race? I’m sure there are,” Obama told CNN. “That’s not the overriding issue here.”

A FOX News poll conducted from Sept. 15 to 16 found that the majority of Americans — 65 percent — think opposition to Obama’s policies is based on honest disagreements while 20 percent said it is motivated by racism.

Black voters, however, were twice as likely to say the opposition is motivated by race while most white voters — 71 percent — say the opposition comes from an honest debate over Obama’s plans to reform the nation’s health care system.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, likened the heated opposition to Obama’s health care proposals to a series of anti-gay rallies that preceded the assassination of two San Francisco political leaders in 1978.

“I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this myself in the late ’70s in San Francisco, this kind of rhetoric. … It created a climate in which violence took place,” a visibly emotional Pelosi said Thursday. “I wish we would all curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements and understand that some of the ears that it is falling on are not as balanced as the person making the statements may assume.”

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NYC Terror Plot Suspects Due in Federal Court

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Hats off to our law enforcement officials for catching these guys before they could carry out any terror attacks.

DENVER — An Afghanistan-born Colorado man, his father and a New York City imam are expected to make initial court appearances on Monday on charges of lying to federal authorities in a terrorism probe.

Najibullah Zazi, 24, a Colorado airport shuttle driver who has admitted receiving weapons training from Al Qaeda, played a direct role in an alleged terror plot, according to court documents released Sunday. Authorities have said they don’t know the timing or location of any planned attack.

Investigators said they found notes on bomb-making in Zazi’s handwriting and that they discovered his fingerprints on materials — batteries and a scale — that could be used to make explosives.

Zazi and his 53-year-old father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, were arrested Saturday in Denver. Ahmad Wais Afzali, 37, was arrested in New York, where he is an imam at a mosque in Queens.

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