Archive for October 7th, 2009

The Rich Fool

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

“This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”

Luke 12:13-21 (New International Version)

Another Case of Domestic Terrorism?

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

This story is developing and not a lot of details are available yet, but it has the earmarks of another domestic terrorist plot.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Police stopped a motorist driving a car full of explosives in Connecticut late Tuesday.

Police said the car was carrying pipe bombs, rifles and a propane tank when they stopped it in New Haven at 11:30 p.m., according to FOX 61.

They closed off a four-block area because of the danger posed by the explosives, but did not evacuate it.

The bomb squad was called in. There have been no reports of injuries.

A silver Mercedes was towed away from the scene. Police arrested a suspect, but they did not release his name, FOX 61 reported.

The New Haven office of the FBI told FOXNews.com they are assisting in the investigation.

New Haven Police did not immediately return a call for comment from FOXNews.com.

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Corrupt ACORN Awarded $1 Million Grant

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Unbelievable!!!

Nearly $1 million in Homeland Security funding typically earmarked for fire departments has been awarded to ACORN, despite a clear signal from Congress that it intends to cut off federal funding to the embattled group, the Washington Times reported on Wednesday.

The grant to ACORN’s Louisiana office became public on Oct. 2, less than three weeks after the House and Senate voted to cut off ACORN funding after employees were caught on video advising a fake prostitute and pimp on scams.

It was one of only three such grants issued to the state and made up almost 80 percent of the firefighting money earmarked for Louisiana, prompting one of the U.S. senators from the state to demand that the funds be taken back.

“I request that you rescind this grant based on a history of abuse of federal dollars by ACORN and their clear lack of expertise in this area,” said Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican.

When asked how the money would be spent, ACORN spokesman Brian Kettenring issued a statement criticizing the senator, who confessed in the past to having used an escort service.

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Wanted: Yaser Abdel Said for the “Honor Killing” of His Teen Daughters

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Wanted by the FBI

YASER ABDEL SAID

AUTHORITIES ARE OFFERING A $10,000 REWARD

Aliases: Yaser Abdel Fattah Mohammed Said, Yassein A. Said

DESCRIPTION

Dates of Birth Used: January 27, 1957;
July 17, 1961
Hair: Black (receding hairline)
Place of Birth: Synai, Egypt Eyes: Brown
Height: 6’2″ Sex: Male
Weight: 180 pounds Race: White
NCIC: W964992437 Nationality: Egyptian
Occupation: Said has driven taxi cabs for a living.
Scars and Marks: Said has dark brown spots of various sizes on both sides of his neck, but primarily the right side.
Remarks: Said has a mustache and always wears dark sunglasses, both indoors and outside. He frequents Denny’s and I-Hop restaurants and smokes Marlboro Light 100’s cigarettes. Said has ties to New York, Texas, and Egypt. He also has Egyptian and United States’ passports.
Additionally, Said is known to carry a handgun in his taxi cab at all times. It has also been reported that Said always carries a weapon with him, to include knives.

CAUTION

Yaser Abdel Said is wanted for murder. On January 1, 2008, Said took his two teenaged daughters for a ride in his taxi cab, under the guise of taking them to get something to eat. He drove them to Irving, Texas, where he allegedly shot both girls to death. They died of multiple gunshot wounds. Said may have fled to New York or Egypt.

On January 2, 2008, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Yaser Abdel Said, in Dallas County, Dallas, Texas, on charges of Capital Murder-Multiple. On August 21, 2008, a federal Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution warrant was issued by the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, Dallas, Texas.

SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS PERSON, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL FBI OFFICE OR THE NEAREST AMERICAN EMBASSY OR CONSULATE.

Robert S. Mueller, III
DIRECTOR
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535
TELEPHONE: (202) 324-3000

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Yaser Abdel Said has a distinct mark on the left side of his neck.

Please be on the lookout for Yaser Abdel Said, who “honor killed” his daughters, Sarah and Amina Said. If you think you have seen him, please contact authorities immediately.

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

Tishbi Winery – Port and Chardonnay Jelly – from the Jerusalem Gift Shop

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Weekly I highlight items being offered by the Jerusalem Gift Shop. Today it’s the Tishbi Winery – Port and Chardonnay Jelly.

Tishbi Winery gift pack – Port and Chardonnay Jelly made from the highest quality fruit of the Holy Land, grown on the hills of Israel

* size: 2 x 7.76 Fl Oz / 220 gram

Use a a delicious addition to lamb or as a glaze for roasted meats and vegetables. Spread it over lightly toasted bread and butter, or top a chocolate cake, ice cream, or any favorite desert.

All Tishbi products are made from local ingerdients and hand – made in small batches to ensure the finest quality.

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

“Manipulating the Discernment of the People” by Jeff Schreiber

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Yesterday, a man named Wolf fact-checked a Saturday Night Live sketch showing a white actor in blackface portraying–poorly, at that–the president of the United States running down a list of his non-accomplishments, proving that people like myself who correctly viewed the skit as a bona-fide turning point in the way our president is perceived were right on target in doing so.

It also showed that CNN is completely unconcerned with losing what remains of its credibility. What’s next, a six-hour expose investigating whether Lady Ga-Ga is really a lady? I’d love to see Anderson Cooper in that interview.

Anyway, there was once a time when it was the folks at Saturday Night Live were “just being funny,” and that politicians who found themselves in their crosshairs should laugh along at what was just mere performance art. It was an honor to be satirized, people would say, pointing toward Dana Carvey’s impression of George H.W. Bush, the late Phil Hartman’s skirt- and cheeseburger-chasing Bill Clinton, or Chevy Chase’s over-the-top impersonation of an endlessly clumsy Gerald Ford.

But in recent years, SNL’s handiwork has worked its way into mainstream politics. George W. Bush never said “strategery” in his debate against Al Gore in 2000, yet the word has become attributed more to him than to Will Farrell, who delivered the line in the first place. And it was SNL’s Tina Fey and not Sarah Palin who said that she could see Russia from her house, yet according to a Zogby poll released two weeks after last year’s presidential election, 87 percent of voters polls stated that they believed the words to have come from the former vice presidential candidate’s mouth, not Fey’s. There’s even a refrigerator magnet for sale on Amazon.com showing Palin holding an AR-15 with the words “I can see Russia from my house” superimposed above her.

Where was CNN in terms of fact-checking those comedy sketches?

Furthermore, where was CNN in terms of fact-checking President Barack Obama’s health care speech to a joint session of Congress last month? This was actual policymaking, something that would affect hundreds of millions of Americans, as well as one-sixth of our economy. And it was a speech riddled with misrepresentations, omissions and just plain untruths, many of which would be admitted later in one form or another by the administration. Yet no such effort was made. Instead, the network lamented that Obama’s health care message was hard to control due to the Internet as a news delivery device, and parroted White House talking points in an attempt to fact-check the questions being asked by town hall meeting attendees.

The question I often hear from a number of people via e-mail and in everyday conversation is why. Why doesn’t the mainstream press report the truth? Is it out of love for President Obama, or is it deeper than that? Do they even know they’re biased?

As many of you know, my light bulb illuminated after I read, in a matter of only a few hours, Bernard Goldberg’s phenomenal book, Bias. It was from that point forward that I started to sort through the agenda-setting media, clearing the way for my Fosburian leap righward. Now, Goldberg is fond of saying that so-called journalists in newsrooms and television studios across the country don’t hold conference calls each and every day in order to ask how they can be biased that day. The bias, in other words, runs much deeper than a mere hope to foment support for a certain political agenda. It goes much further than any love for President Obama, as the media leaned far left long before the president burst upon the scene in the 2004 Democratic National Convention. In fact, I’d venture to say that the bias and overall refusal to discuss the truth unless it supports their own agenda is almost instinctual.

Consider, for the sake of explanation, the words written by Thomas Jefferson in an 1820 letter to W.C. Jarvis:

I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.

This was a favorite topic of Jefferson in the later years of his life. He spoke often of how the people’s minds “must be improved to a certain degree,” and how “when moderately instructed” the people were the only safe and honest “depositories of the public rights.” And Jefferson was right — the only way to truly correct the government’s abuses of constitutional power is through a responsibly educated masses.

Members of the liberal elite press, like our liberal elite president, believe that the United States Constitution is a document of negative rights. In a way, it is, but not as they suggest. Liberals like Wolf Blitzer and Barack Obama believe that the Constitution’s biggest flaw is that it puts limits on what the people can get from the federal government. In reality, however, the United States Constitution is a limiting document in the sense that it provides a limit upon what the government can do to the people. Our founders were working to preserve liberty, to protect against a government that would descend into totalitarianism. The absolute miracle which is our Constitution is the direct result of that work.

In order to advance the liberal and progressive agenda, therefore, the Constitution must be treated like a speed bump — worthy of relatively careful negotiation, but certainly surmountable. At that point, the left’s biggest obstacle proves to be the American people, more specifically an educated American populace which understands why this nation is so different and so special, which sees the ideas and ideals of our founders being trampled upon. By controlling the means of such an education, therefore, the media is essentially doing its level best to ensure that the people never have the chance to be that “safe depository” of the ultimate powers of the society.

That’s why Saturday Night Live’s opening sketch, so damningly critical of President Obama, became so much of a threat to outlets like CNN as to deserve direct confrontation. Any honest assessment, even if it does come in a comedy sketch from an white actor in blackface, serves to inform the people’s discretion, and only makes the left’s contraconstitutional agenda more difficult to push. Discretion through education, remember, is the only true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.

Again, in Jefferson’s words, these from 1816:

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.

Substitute “fair” for “free” in the last sentence, and I’d agree 100 percent.

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“The cost of the Obamalympic$ folly” By Michelle Malkin

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

I’d say the cost projection of the failed Obamalympics crony-fest from the Associated Press is vastly underestimated:

President Barack Obama’s failed bid to bring the 2016 Olympic Games to Chicago cost more than a bruised ego.

Taxpayers shelled out probably $1 million or more for the president, his wife and others to fly to Copenhagen and back to woo members of the International Olympic Committee.

A 2006 congressional study pegged the cost of flying Air Force One at $56,518 an hour. The Pentagon recently said it cost $100,219 an hour to fly the huge, reconfigured Boeing 747 without Obama aboard. The Pentagon estimate included more costs for support needs, such as maintenance.

At those rates, the president’s 14-hour trip to Copenhagen and back cost about $790,000 to $1.4 million.

Remember the First Lady flew separately to Copenhagen — adding another estimated $395,000 to $700,000 in flight and maintenance costs alone — before joining her husband on Air Force One for the losers’ flight home.

And remember: Federally-funded Cabinet members on the Chicago Olympics entourage included White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Then there’s the Air Force One back-up plane, security, and overseas transport of the Obama’s armored presidential limousines.

“Sacrifice” for thee, but not for He and She.

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Senate Health Bill Imposes $29B More in Taxes

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

And here it comes…contrary to promises made by the Liar in Chief, Obama and his liberal lying cronies in the House and Senate…tax hikes.

Congressional tax experts reported that the bill would impose $29 billion more in taxes on health care industries than originally thought — levies that could be passed on to consumers in the form of higher premiums.

That could be troublesome news for an overhaul bill facing a crucial vote in the Senate Finance Committee this week, and with Republican senators already complaining that the legislation contains too many taxes.

Congressional Republicans responded that they have been calling for health care improvements for months — just not the kind that Democrats are offering.

“Americans want commonsense reform,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a speech on the Senate floor, arguing that Democratic plans would expand government control, raise taxes on the middle class and cut Medicare benefits.

Questioned about the disparate Republican voices, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, “I hope that Republicans in Washington hear the message of Republicans all over the country that it’s time to come in off the sidelines and actively get involved in making some serious progress on health care reform this year.”

On the tax issue, the Joint Committee on Taxation said in a memo prepared for Finance Committee Republicans that drug companies, medical device manufacturers and insurers would pay $121 billion over 10 years as a result of fees in the committee’s bill. That compares with $92 billion originally calculated.

The tax experts said the reason for the change was that the companies wouldn’t be able to deduct the fees.

The Finance Committee’s top Republican, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, said in a statement: “These taxes will increase insurance premiums and health care costs for individuals and families.”

Tuesday’s tax report didn’t shed light on the total cost of the bill, which stood at under $900 billion over 10 years going into a two-week drafting session that ended this past Friday. Dozens of amendments were added during the session, some making substantial changes, so senators want to see where that leaves the price tag of the bill before they go to a final vote.

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