Archive for October 16th, 2009

Ten Healed of Leprosy

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Luke 17:11-19 (New International Version)

Obama ‘Loathes’ and is ‘Disgusted’ by Israel

Friday, October 16th, 2009

JERUSALEM – U.S. officials in recent days expressed to the Palestinian Authority that President Obama’s administration is “disgusted” with Israel, a top aide to PA President Mahmoud Abbas told WND in an interview.

Nimr Hamad said the White House was disgusted that Israel is refusing to halt all settlement activity as a precondition for re-starting talks with the PA over the creation of a Palestinian state. “Settlement activity” refers to Jewish construction in the West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem.

Hamad repeated that the term “disgusted” was used more than once in recent meetings with U.S. envoys to describe the administration’s attitude toward Israel. Hamad did not name the U.S. envoys using the terminology.

George Mitchell, Obama’s envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, just this week wrapped up a series of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders over re-starting talks.

Senior PA sources told WND yesterday the Obama administration urged them to begin publicly pressuring Israel, starting in March, to immediately withdraw from key areas in the West Bank and peripheral eastern Jerusalem sections in which the Palestinians currently maintain administrative control.

The sources specified that as a confidence-building measure toward the PA, Israel will be asked by the Obama administration to hand over security control to territories designated in the 1993 Oslo Accords as Area B – referring to cities administered by the PA but largely controlled by Israeli security. The specific section of the Oslo Accords regarding control of Area B was finalized in 1995.

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Organizing for America — a political action group for President Barack Obama — recently carried an entry on its website from ultra-left-wing professor Richard Falk, who said “Comparing the present-day Israel with Nazi Germany, one discovers that the majority of the Israeli policies are exact copies of the Nazi policies.”

Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, says it is an absolute outrage that a website with direct ties to the president would allow Falk’s comments to be printed.

“This is a further indication that Barack Obama wants to do nothing but throw Israel under the bus and destroy her as a nation,” says the ministry leader. “He loathes the nation of Israel; he is trying to destroy her.”

And Markell says Falk’s comparison of Israel to the Nazi’s is ridiculous. “When you stop and think what the Nazis did — and you try to [equate that with] the Israelis, who have taken better care of the Palestinians than the Arabs do — you can see how absolutely totally ludicrous this is and how dangerous it is,” she asserts.

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U.N. Vote Sends Gaza War Report to Security Council

Friday, October 16th, 2009

As usual, the U.N. equates Pali terrorist using civilians as “human shields” to Israeli surgical strikes. I’m sure it will practically ignore the fact that Israel called and texted the civilians in the area to warn them about the strikes. This in itself is an unprecedented attempt to reduce civilian casualties. I also sure that the Israel hating U.N. will overlook the use of the civilians as human shields, their homes as ammunition dumps and their use of schools to hide the terrorist. Unbelievable.

The U.N. Human Rights Council has voted to refer a Gaza war crimes report to the Security Council, possibly setting up international prosecution of Israelis and Palestinians accused of war crimes.

The vote was 25 to 6 in favor of the resolution. Eleven countries abstained in the 47-nation body Friday.

The council approved the resolution after two days of debate over a report on last winter’s war that was written by Judge Richard Goldstone and his team.

Israel and the United States have called the report “flawed” and warned that it could jeopardize the Middle East peace prospects. Almost 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis died during the Dec. 27-Jan. 18 conflict.

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Dems to Use Procedural Methods to Pass Health Care with Public Option Over Objection of Republicans and Majority of Americans

Friday, October 16th, 2009

All the signs are indicating that the Dems are going to force or sneak a health care “reform” bill, with a public option, through the house and senate in the near future. They are prepared to use procedural methods to roll it over the Republicans and also go against the wishes of the majority of Americans.

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made clear Thursday that a controversial government-run insurance plan will be included in the House version of President Obama’s overhaul of the health care system.

At her weekly meeting with reporters, the California Democrat said Thursday she thought the health insurance industry had taken great pains to demonize her plan of a so-called “public option,” where consumers can purchase coverage from the federal government.

Although the public option remains unpopular with business groups, conservatives and some moderate Democrats, Pelosi said it is imperative to help middle-class families afford insurance — and will be included in the strongest form possible in the House’s health care bill.

Pelosi pulled no punches in her criticism of the health insurance industry as she argued support is growing for a public option.

In fact at one point, she compared the insurance industry to a “lion’s den,” referring to the industry funding a study and ad campaign to attack a health care bill in the Senate.

“They can’t take it. They can’t take the competition,” Pelosi said of private health insurers.”

Pelosi also suggested that the health insurance industry was over-the-top in its criticism of lawmakers who would vote for her public plan.

“You lose your teeth, your hair and your sight if you vote for the public option,” Pelosi said facetiously.

The speaker also placed many of the ills now facing the nation’s health care system at the foot of the insurance companies.

“It’s clear where the problem has been. It’s well known to the public that the problem is with the health insurance companies,” Pelosi said.

Earlier this year, the speaker also took aim at the insurance industry when she described it as a “villain.”

The House and Senate hope to debate their respective health care reform plans on the floor late this month or early next month.

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A key House committee on Thursday quietly altered its health care legislation in a way that could allow the Senate to mow over Republican opposition to Democratic reforms by exploiting a budgetary loophole.

The Ways and Means Committee adjusted its health care overhaul package so that the Senate, down the road, could avoid a filibuster and pass health care reform with a smaller number of votes than normally required.

The long-discussed process, nicknamed the “nuclear option,” is known as reconciliation. It’s coming into potential play after the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday became the last of five committees to approve health care reform legislation, sending the overhaul proposals a big step closer to the president’s desk. Before it gets there, though, the bill has to pass from the committees to the floors of the House and Senate.

Under the normal process, senators can filibuster almost anything and the debate would only be cut off if at least 60 lawmakers vote to do so. For that reason, 60 is considered the magic number in the quest to pass health care reform out of the Senate.

But under reconciliation, typically used in the budget process, no filibusters are permitted and a bill can pass with just a simple majority.

Structuring the health care bill in this way allows it to be scooped up in the reconciliation process, which could torpedo the Republicans’ trump card.

“The secret of the week is that Democrats pulled the trigger on the nuclear option,” warned Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., top Republican on the House budget committee and a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee. “They built their vehicle today.”

But Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., said the committee’s maneuver “is strictly procedural.”

He noted, however, that the “action was necessary because there is a possibility that a handful of Senate Republicans could choose to engage in partisan tactics to stall this important health reform bill.”

Rangel added that this move was to “simply preserve the option of advancing health reform legislation.”

There are questions of how much of the health reform bill supporters could pass under reconciliation rules, since they are generally reserved for budgetary measures.

But Ryan believes the change in posture means that using reconciliation to pass health care reform could be a fait accompli.

“Why create the option if you don’t intend to use it,” he said. “And the fact that you created it enhances the chances that you will use it.”

Many Senate Democrats, including Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., remain skeptical of using the budget reconciliation process to approve health care reform.

Earlier this year, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., dismissed the idea but conceded that “it is more than theoretically possible.”

House and Senate leaders hope to start debate on their respective health care reform bills later this month or in early November.

Pelosi: House Health Care Bill to Include Public Option.
House Panel Paves Way for ‘Nuclear Option’ in Health Care Reform Bill.