Archive for November, 2009

Senate Dems Move Government Healthcare Takeover to the Floor

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

This is going to bite them so badly in the next election.

WASHINGTON — For Republicans, the Saturday vote on health care in the Senate was the first skirmish in a longer battle aimed at frustrating White House ambitions and ensuring that Democrats bear full responsibility for legislation the GOP sees as increasingly unpopular with Americans.

With the 2010 election year looming, Republicans forced Democratic leaders to demonstrate that they can pull together a 60-vote majority for the bill. All 58 Democrats and the two independents allied with the party joined together, voting to avert a Republican filibuster that threatened to stall action.

“Our goal is to let the American people know what it does for them and to them,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) said on “Fox News Sunday.” Among other things, the bill would raise Medicare payroll taxes for the wealthy and cut Medicare payments to health-care providers, while expanding eligibility for Medicaid, the federal-state health program for the poor. “We think if the American people know that, the bill will collapse of its own weight,” Mr. Alexander said.

The defeat isn’t likely to cause a fundamental rethinking in Republicans’ strategy of delaying the bill and pointing to what they see as its flaws. Even if a bill ultimately passes, Republicans hope to delay that moment until well into 2010 — when all seats in the House and one-third of those in the Senate will be contested — then make the case to voters that Democrats took their focus off the economy and an unemployment rate above 10%.

The danger for Republicans is that their delay tactics begin to look like political opportunism and they appear to obstruct a bill that contains some popular elements such as restrictions on health insurers.

In the give and take on the Senate floor, where the bill will be debated in December, Republicans hope to drive a wedge among Democrats, potentially peeling off centrists on key issues. Republicans also hope to force attention to their own proposals for changing health care, such as limiting medical-malpractice claims and enhancing the ability of small businesses to buy insurance.

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“This Just In: Rain is Wet!” By Monica Snyder

Friday, November 20th, 2009

According to The Washington Times, U.S. health plans have history of cost overruns. This, apparently, is news.

Similarly: Obama: Too much debt could fuel double-dip recession. I don’t get it. Is he warning himself? Warning Congress, whose enormously expensive initiatives he staunchly encourages? I feel these things are so painfully obvious that it slightly depresses me that they are newsworthy items. I post them for the remaining 50 percent of Americans who still approve of Obama’s job performance in office.

From the first link:

In 1965, the House Ways and Means Committee estimated that the hospital insurance program of Medicare – the federal health care program for the elderly and disabled – would cost $9 billion by 1990. The actual cost that year was $67 billion.

In 1967, the House Ways and Means Committee said the entire Medicare program would cost $12 billion in 1990. The actual cost in 1990 was $98 billion.

In 1987, Congress projected that Medicaid – the joint federal-state health care program for the poor – would make special relief payments to hospitals of less than $1 billion in 1992. Actual cost: $17 billion.

It’ll be different this time, though. We just have to have Hope.

And, on a sub-rant: for those of you who object to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars on the basis of our ever-expanding debt but who simultaneously support the recent health care initiatives, allow me to slap you upside the head with this:

Medicaid and Medicare cost America more than $650 billion each year. All of defense combined, much less the wars alone, costs around $560 billion per year. Do you understand? Medicare and Medicaid currently costs about $100 billion more per year than total money spent for all branches of the military including equipment, operations, maintenance, personnel and the wars.

And that’s not even getting into the disaster that is Social Security.

How anyone can both deride the debt and simultaneously be in favor of an increased government role in health care is baffling. If it were only ignorant idealists spouting this absurdity it might be more tolerable, but those idealists vote, and so now we have our elected officials defending their wasteful, inefficient monstrosities with comparisons like this:

A triumphant Speaker Nancy Pelosi compared the legislation to the passage of Social Security in 1935 and Medicare 30 years later.

She’s exactly right.

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Jews Raise Millions to be Ready for Coming of the Messiah

Friday, November 20th, 2009

JERUSALEM: Yehuda Glick is a 44-year-old American-born Jew who spends most of every day preparing for the arrival of the Messiah in Jerusalem.

Since he became the executive director of the Temple Institute, Mr Glick’s main task has been to supervise the manufacture of the utensils the high priests will need when the day arrives.

Crowns and other instruments made of solid gold fill glass cases in the Temple Institute museum in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Other artefacts include an array of copper urns, trumpets made of silver and garments to be worn by the High Priest, woven from golden thread.

Musical instruments, including hand-made harps and lyres, lie ready to be brought to life upon the Messiah’s appearance.

So, when can we expect this momentous event?

”That is a very good question,” Mr Glick told the Herald.

”All that we know is that we are now living in the age of miracles and all of those miracles are predicted in the Book as happening on the eve of the end of days. It could well be tomorrow, but it might be another 100 years, or even 400 years.”

We were in the Quarter Cafe in the Jewish sector of Jerusalem’s Old City, high on an embankment that overlooks the most contested religious site on Earth.

Jews call it the Temple Mount, or Mount Moriah, and believe it to be the site of the Foundation Stone, the Holy of Holies from where God gathered the dust to create Adam.

Muslims call it Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, and believe it to be the third-holiest site in Islam, from where the prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.

To Jews the Temple Mount is also the site of the first temple built by King Solomon. After it was destroyed, a second temple was built about 500BC, and stood for 500 years before the Romans destroyed it. Their religion holds that a third temple will be built upon the arrival of the Messiah.

”That is why we have engaged two architects,” Mr Glick said. ”It will be a modern building, with car parks and elevators, but it will look very much like the Second Temple.”

The Temple Institute museum contains a large-scale model of what the Third Temple will look like, with its main building set to reach a height of 60 metres.

Today, the Temple Mount is dominated by the al-Aqsa Mosque and the gold-topped Dome of the Rock.

”Al-Aqsa can stay,” Mr Glick said, pointing to the mosque. ”It’s not even on the Temple Mount proper. But we intend to just build over the Dome of the Rock. We might be able to find a way to include it in the Third Temple.”

Mr Glick envisages a house of prayer open to all believers in the monotheistic faiths, Christians, Muslims or Jews.

The Temple Institute has become a fixture on American evangelical tours of Israel. Thanks largely to their donations, it has so far spent $US27 million ($29 million) on preparations.

”We started with $US100,” Mr Glick said. ”There are 70 million evangelical Christians around the world, and most of them have become Israel’s strongest supporters.”

Ordinarily, Israel prevents Jews from visiting the Temple Mount. It so sensitive an area that when the then Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon visited, accompanied by hundreds of Israeli riot police, in 2000, it sparked a wave of violence that came to be known as the second intifada, or uprising.

”This ‘Temple Institute’ is a right-wing extremist movement interested in nothing more than provocation,” said Khatem Abdel Kaber, the Palestinian Authority minister in charge of Jerusalem affairs. ”We will vigorously defend our right to manage this site. No amount of insulting behaviour from these people will succeed in removing us.”

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Americans Expect Islamic Terror Strike Within 6 Months

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Two-thirds of Americans expect an Islamic suicide bomb attack on American soil within six months, according to a new poll that also shows Republicans are significantly more concerned than Democrats.

Fritz Wenzel of Wenzel Strategies said one of the most shocking findings of his recent polling on the subject was that 65 percent are expecting an attack within six months.

“Some of the communication between Fort Hood shooter Hasan and al-Qaida figures included discussion of such attacks inside the United States, and it has been a common form of violence in the Middle East for years,” he said. “Now, Americans appear resigned to the fact that these attacks will soon come to our shores.”

He asked a series of questions in a WorldNetDaily/Wenzel Strategies survey regarding the recent Fort Hood attack, allegedly carried out by Muslim Maj. Nidal Hasan. The survey, Nov. 13-16, used an automated telephone technology calling a random sampling of listed telephone numbers nationwide. The survey has 95 percent confidence interval. It included 806 adult respondents and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

“More than one-third of respondents – 36 percent – said they think it is ‘very likely’ that such an attack will take place in the next six months, while another 29 percent said it is ‘somewhat likely,'” he reported.

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Republicans Blast ‘Bait and Switch’ Health Bill

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Whereas I agree with the expanded Medicaid idea, the funding to expanded is not in this legislation. The states are overextended as it is. They do not have the money to fund this program. Once again, the Dems got it wrong. Will they ever do anything right?

WASHINGTON — Digging in for a long struggle, Republican senators and governors assailed the majority Democrats’ newly minted health care legislation Thursday as a collection of tax increases, cuts in services for the elderly and heavy new burdens for deficit-ridden states.

Despite the criticism, indications were growing that Democrats would prevail on an initial Senate showdown set for Saturday night, and Majority Leader Harry Reid, the top Democrat, crisply rebutted the Republican charges. He said the bill “will save lives, save money and save Medicare,” the main health program for the elderly.

The legislation is designed to answer President Barack Obama’s demand to expand coverage, end insurance industry practices such as denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions, and restrain the growth of health care spending.

Still, Republicans saw little to like Reid’s legislation awaiting the Saturday night Senate vote.

“It makes no sense at all and affronts common sense,” said Sen. Judd Gregg, one of several Republicans to criticize the measure. He added that a plan to expand Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor, was a “bait and switch” with states as the victims.

Republican governors, meeting in Texas, agreed. “We all know a sucker play when we see one,” said Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana. The bill would expand the Medicaid program, which provides health care for the poor, and leave the states with part of the additional cost beginning after three years. Medicaid is administered by the states.

In the Capitol, Reid answered Republican delaying tactics with an initial vote set for Saturday evening to determine whether he has the 60 votes needed to move the legislation forward. That so-called “supermajority” in the 100-member Senate is required to advance the bill toward full debate, expected to begin after Thanksgiving.

Counting two independents, Democrats control 60 Senate seats. Three relatively conservative Democrats have been cagey about their intentions, although none has announced a plan to defect. Officials disclosed during the day that Reid had included in the bill a political sweetener for one of the three, Mary Landrieu, in the form of $100 million to help her state cover health care costs for the poor.

While the struggle was forming, there were limits. Republican Sen. Tom Coburn backed off his threat to force the 2,074-page bill to be read aloud in the Senate chamber, a move that would have eaten into the Senate’s Thanksgiving-week vacation.

Given the political stakes, there was disagreement even about the bill’s cost.

Democrats put the price tag at $979 billion, higher than the $849 billion figure they had cited Wednesday as the cost of expanding coverage to 31 million who now lack insurance. Republicans calculated it at more like $1.5 trillion over a decade, and said even that was understated because Reid decided to delay implementation of some of the bill’s main features until 2014.

Officially, the Congressional Budget Office said the measure would reduce deficits by $130 billion over the next decade with probable small reductions in the 10 years that follow. Those forecasts cheered rank-and-file Democrats.

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Hamas: Terrorism to Eliminate Israel is a ‘Principle’

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Koran 47:36 says “Therefore do not falter or sue for peace when you have gained the upper hand.”

Only foolish, politically correct people believe anything a terrorist says.

(IsraelNN.com) In an interview published Thursday in the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat, a Hamas spokesman said that the jihadist movement is loyal to “Palestinian principles” in its policy of terrorism against the Jews until Israel ceases to exist.

Palestinian Authority Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas claimed earlier this month that Hamas had agreed to the establishment of a Palestinian state within temporary borders. Osama Hamdan, a Hamas spokesman in Lebanon and close associate of powerful Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal, rejected the idea, however.

Hamas, Hamdan explained, has never agreed and will never agree to any recognition of Israel’s legitimacy as a sovereign state. An agreement to temporary borders contradicts this position, as it would constitute acceptance of Jewish sovereignty over the pre-1967 borders of Israel, he added.

The Hamas plan is based on obtaining a Palestinian state by force of arms, Hamdan said, “not by way of agreements, a path that has failed.” In fact, the Hamas spokesman told Al-Hayat that negotiations between his movement and Abbas’ Fatah group reached an impasse over acceptance of the Quartet’s call for an end to Arab “resistance” operations; i.e., terrorism. The Quartet – the European Union, the United States, the United Nations and Russia – is involved in pushing for negotiations between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

Hamdan emphasized further that, in fact, it is Hamas that is remaining loyal to “basic Palestinian principles” in fighting against any agreements with Israel.

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Freedom for Imprisoned Christian ‘Apostates’

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Maryam And Mazrieh

We blogged about this some time ago, but at last, there is good news for the two Christian women who were imprisoned, in an Islamic prison in Iran, for being Christians, or as Islam refers to them “apostates”. They have been freed.

After millions of prayers and numerous petitions from around the world, two Iranian women jailed for no other reason than being Christian have been released from a Tehran prison today.

Maryam Rustampoor, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 30, have been imprisoned for 259 days – since March 5. They were repeatedly told to recant their faith and that they would be executed as “apostates,” solely because they are Christians.

But now Open Doors USA has confirmed the women have been released from the notorious Evin prison with no bail, a rarity for Christians released from prison in Iran.

“I am glad to let you know that Maryam and Marzieh are now set free without bail and they are currently at home,” an Open Doors field worker announced.

In a statement to Elam Ministries, the women declared, “Words are not enough to express our gratitude to the Lord and to His people who have prayed and worked for our release.”

Open Doors said it is still unknown whether there are conditions on their release.

“Praise the Lord for the great news out of Iran today of the release of Maryam and Marzieh,” Open Doors President and CEO Carl Moeller said in a statement. “Literally millions of Christians around the world have been praying for their release.”

He continued, “Their future is still uncertain. So we must keep these two brave women in our prayers – and all the Christians who are imprisoned in Iran and other countries.”

Compass Direct News noted that the women may still face charges of proselytizing and “apostasy,” or leaving Islam.

An Iranian source told Compass the Iranian government faced intense public pressure for imprisoning the women.

“It was from the international pressure, and also the government couldn’t handle it anymore,” said the source. “Already their detention was illegal. At the same time, the government wasn’t ready to prosecute them for apostasy. They already have many headaches. They cannot handle everything.”

According to Facebook groups that support the women, Rustampoor and Amirizadeh had been participating in religious gatherings and handing out Bibles prior to their detention. Iranian security officials searched their apartments in March, confiscated their Bibles and arrested them.

As WND reported, Rustampoor and Amirizadeh appeared before a court in Iran and were charged with “crimes of apostasy, and propagation of the Christian faith.” In a display of raw courage, they told a government prosecutor that not only are they Christian, it is up to God, not a bureaucrat, to whom He talks.

According to Elam, a dramatic part of the hearing came when they refused to deny their Christian faith.

They explained that God had convicted them through the Holy Spirit.

“It is impossible for God to speak with humans,” Haddad, a deputy prosecutor identified only by his surname, stated.

“Are you questioning whether God is Almighty?” Amirizadeh asked him.

To which Haddad then replied. “You are not worthy for God to speak to you.”

“It is God, and not you, who determines if I am worthy,” she said.

Haddad earlier had asked if the women were Christian.

“We love Jesus,” they replied.

“You were Muslims and now you have become Christians,” Haddad stated.

“We were born in Muslim families, but we were not Muslims,” the women said.

The deputy prosecutor asked about their regrets, and they said, “We have no regrets.”

“You should renounce your faith verbally and in written form,” he warned.

They refused.

According to various reports, both woman suffered from lack of proper health care after they became sick and lost weight during their prison stay. They were subjected to solitary confinement and extended interrogations, with health problems resulting. According to an October Elam report, both women had become frail with ill health, and Rostampour recently had a severe bout with food poisoning. Amirizadeh suffered from ongoing problems with her spine, an infected tooth and severe headaches. Mission Network News reported the women have been in an overcrowded cell with more than 20 women.

Evin prison is notorious for its hanging executions and brutal torture tactics. It is the same facility where Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died only three weeks after she was arrested for simply photographing the prison during a student protest in 2003. According to CBC News, Iranian officials claimed she had died after suffering a stroke while she was being interrogated. Kazemi showed signs of torture, including evidence of a brutal rape, skull fracture, broken fingers, missing fingernails, crushed toe, broken nose, severe abdominal bruising, head swelling, bruising, deep scratches on the neck and evidence of flogging on her legs.

Under Shariah law, the penalty for apostasy often is death or life imprisonment. According to reports about the punishment system within Iran, for women the execution often is preceded by rape. Open Doors USA reported that the U.S. State Department designated Iran, and seven other countries, as “countries of particular concern” on Oct. 26 due to their track records of religious repression.

Carl Moeller with Open Doors told Mission Network News, “This is a highly problematic case for [Iran] because if they treat these women inhumanely and the world watches, the whole world will call Iran what it is – a horrible regime. If they let them go, or in some way are seen internally as being soft on this, they’re going to face a domestic backlash. So it’s really a difficult situation.”

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Parents Not Notified When 12-Year-Olds Obtain Abortions

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

This cartoon sums it up perfectly. It completely defies common sense how our society has arrived at the point where our kids can get an abortion, which is a major medical procedure, yet they can’t even take an aspirin without our written consent.

Abortion

SACRAMENTO – A 12-year-old girl is prohibited from bringing aspirin to California public schools without a note from her mother or father – but in many California districts she may sign herself out of classes, leave her junior-high campus without parental permission, secretly have an abortion and return to school before the end of the day – and her own family may be none the wiser.

Parents and educators across the state have been in heated debate over school policies allowing children to be excused during class time without parental notification for “confidential medical services” such as abortions, birth control, and drug and mental health services.

California’s San Juan Unified School District sought to change its own policy from one that prohibits students from being absent without parental knowledge except during medical emergencies to guidelines that would allow a student to leave for a “confidential medical appointment.”

Brad Dacus, founder and president of Pacific Justice Institute, a legal nonprofit, addressed the board at a school-district meeting in Carmichael on Nov. 17 to discuss the policy, along with hundreds of concerned parents who flooded into the meeting and filled the district building lobby.

After much debate and input from the public, the San Juan Unified School District voted 3 to 2 against the policy change. Parents clapped and cheered when they heard the decision.

“We are pleased that the San Juan school board listened to the community and abandoned this disastrous proposal,” Dacus said in a statement. “This is a victory for everyone who believes in parental responsibility and local control of school decisions.”

They were debating changing the current policy to reflect school administrators’ interpretation of California Education Code 4601.1, which states:

Commencing in the fall of the 1986-87 academic year, the governing board of each school district shall, each academic year, notify pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, and the parents or guardians of all pupils enrolled in the districts, that school authorities may excuse any pupil from the school for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services without the consent of the pupil’s parent or guardian.

Pacific Justice Institute staff attorney Matt McReynolds told WND the statute is ambiguous and only says the districts may dismiss students, not that they are required to do so.

“If you use general principles of statutory construction, as we lawyers do in interpreting these things, ‘may’ is very different than ‘must,'” he said. “It doesn’t say they must dismiss them, which is how the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the National Youth Law Center interpret it. It is a district-by-district decision on whether they will tell parents.”

McReynolds said a district is not required to become an “accomplice” when children opt for these services without their parents’ knowledge.

“It doesn’t mean students have to be dismissed during the school day to go do it,” he said. “They’ve got afternoons and weekends if they’re bent on doing that. You don’t have to make the school a party to it.”

McReynolds questioned how children as young as 12, 13 or 14 would be transported to clinics for “confidential medical services” if they are unable to drive and choose not to inform their parents.

“They can’t drive themselves anywhere, so some adult or somebody with a driver’s license would have to get them to those so-called ‘confidential’ medical appointments that aren’t so ‘confidential’ after all when you really think about it,” he said. “You’re talking about an older boyfriend, a boyfriend’s parents, maybe even a school official? Somebody has to get them there when they’re that young.”

McReynolds argues that hiding medical issues from parents may endanger the health and wellbeing of a child.

“A parent who is 100 percent legally and morally responsible for taking care of their minor child may have no real ability to do so if they don’t know that their child just had a major medical procedure,” he said. “Or in the case of counseling, they may have no idea their child is dealing with substance abuse or suicidal thoughts or any number of other things.”

Asked whether a parent might successfully sue if any school district that releases a child for a “confidential medical appointment” and a child’s life is endangered, McReynolds replied, “I think they would. We have raised that possibility.”

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“19th ANNUAL YAHRZEIT HELD FOR RABBI MEIR KAHANE, ZTK”L” by Fern Sidman

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Several hundred people gathered at the Ocean Avenue Jewish Center on Sunday, November 15th to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L, founder of the Jewish Defense League and member of the Israeli parliament. Bom in Brooklyn in 1932, Rabbi Kahane was the son of Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga HaCohen Kahane, a prominent and erudite Torah scholar. He received his rabbinical ordination at the renowned Mirrer Yeshiva and obtained a law degree from New York Law School. In 1968, he founded the Jewish Defense League; an activist organization dedicated to protecting Jewish lives throughout the world. The ideology of the movement was predicated on Torah precepts and the JDL educated young Jews to comprehend and act upon the concept of Ahavat Israel (love of Jews). Among the issues that the JDL championed was the cause of Soviet Jewry; organizing massive political demonstrations at Soviet consulates, embassies, trade offices and airlines, demanding that the Jews of the Soviet Union be allowed to emigrate to Israel.

The JDL is considered by many as an intrepid movement that “changed the course of Jewish history” through it’s willingness to confront anti-Semites of all stripes including neo-Nazis, the Black Panthers and radical Islamists. On a local level, the JDL organized street patrols throughout the New York area when Jewish homes, businesses, cemeteries, yeshivos and community centers were under siege by the changing demographics of the area. Young people in the JDL also learned to appreciate their heritage as Jews as the movement sponsored classes and seminars on Jewish identity, Jewish history, and Torah concepts as part of a larger campaign to wage battle against the rising tide of assimilation, intermarriage and alienation.

In 1984, Rabbi Meir Kahane was elected to the Israeli Knesset as part of the Kach party and propounded the vision of removing the malignant Arab population from Israel in order to preserve the Jewish character of the state. On November 5, 1990, Rabbi Kahane was assassinated at the age of 58 by El Said Nosair, an Egyptian terrorist who was later implicated in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

Among the speakers memorializing the legacy of Rabbi Kahane were Rabbi Herbert Bomzer of the Young Israel of Ocean Parkway, Rabbi Moshe Yitzchok Berg of the Ocean Avenue Jewish Center, Meir Jolowitz, former national chairman of the Jewish Defense League, Yossi Alon, a Jewish activist and the featured speaker was Pastor James David Manning of the ATLAH ministries in Harlem.

“With every mitzvah that Rabbi Kahane performed he created angels to protect the Jewish people” declared Rabbi Bomzer, and “we too, who are gathered here today to continue the work that he dedicated his life to; namely the survival of the nation of Israel and the Jewish people are also creating angels” he continued. Meir Jolowitz called Rabbi Kahane a man of “courage, prescience and fortitude” who defied the slings and arrows of his detractors and stood up for what was right in the eyes of G-d and for Torah. Yossi Alon, a Jewish activist who had been influenced by the teachings of Rabbi Kahane said, “He always took a personal interest in me and when I wanted to make aliya to Israel he helped me in every way, irrespective of his demanding schedule. He truly loved each and every Jew in such a personal way.”

The featured speaker of the yahrzeit was Pastor James David Manning, a minister with a church in Harlem, whose impassioned address drew frequent audience applause. “Since I was a young man, I always respected and admired Rabbi Meir Kahane. I never considered him to be a racist or any of the pejorative labels that were cast on him by the black community. He was a man of G-d, a man who loved Zion, and we gentiles should know that the bible enjoins us to bless the Jewish people, for whoever blesses them will be blessed and whoever curses them will be cursed”, intoned Pastor Manning. “This is the first time that I am speaking in a Jewish synagogue and I am so proud to be here honoring Rabbi Kahane; a man who had the strength and tenacity to stand up for what for his people and his G-d.”

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

“Will We Be Microchipped?” by Michael G. Mickey

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Bible prophecy foretells a time coming in the prophetic future when the prophesied Antichrist is going to cause “all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:16-17)

All of us familiar with bible prophecy know what the preceding Scripture specifically refers to, namely the mark of the beast, but do we fully realize that right now, buried within a Democratic party-endorsed bill that most of us overwhelmingly stand in opposition to, the precursor to the mark of the beast, at the very least, may be lurking, largely unseen by the public?

The following is an excerpt from a Canada Free Press article dealing, in part, with ObamaCare and the Democratic Party’s greatly sought health care reform bill:

The Obama Health care bill under Class II (Paragraph 1, Section B) specifically includes in its lists of things that must be registered in the NATIONAL MEDICAL DEVICE REGISTRY: ‘‘(ii) a class II device that is implantable.”

Then on page 1004 it describes what the term “data” means in paragraph 1, section B:

‘‘(B) In this paragraph, the term ‘data’ refers to information respecting a device described in paragraph (1), including claims data, patient survey data, standardized analytic files that allow for the pooling and analysis of data from disparate data environments, electronic health records, and any other data deemed appropriate by the Secretary.”

What is meant by the term, “class II device that is implantable”?

According to the FDA, a class II implantable device is a “implantable radiofrequency transponder system for patient identification and health information.” The purpose of a class II device is to collect data in medical patients such as “claims data, patient survey data, standardized analytic files that allow for the pooling and analysis of data from disparate data environments, electronic health records, and any other data deemed appropriate by the Secretary.” In other words an RFID chip such as are used in a number of dogs and cats. Just like Obama’s dogs.

Humans being marked in the manner domestic pets and livestock presently are? That’s precisely what bible prophecy seems to foretell coming, does it not?

Numerous times in the past I’ve directed my readers to consider the possibility that the implantable microchip, the VeriChip, could be the prophesied mark of the beast in the making or a precursor to same. The information above does nothing to discredit that possibility. To the contrary, it raises the possibility dramatically, especially when we consider the course VeriChip Corporation recently embarked on.

In an article entitled “VeriChip Buys Steel Vault, Creating Micro-Implant Health Record/Credit Score Empire” we read the following, in part:

VeriChip (CHIP), the company that markets a microchip implant that links to your online health records, has acquired Steel Vault (SVUL), a credit monitoring and anti-identity theft company. The combined company will operate under a new name: PositiveID.

The all-stock transaction will leave PositiveID in charge of a burgeoning empire of identity, health and microchip implant businesses that will only encourage its critics. BNET previously noted that some regard the company as part of a prophecy in the Book of Revelation (because the HealthLink chip carries an RFID number that can be used as both money and proof of ID) or as part of President Obama’s secret Nazi plan to enslave America.

Remember when the implantable VeriChip was approved by the FDA in October of 2004, supposedly for use in humans for ‘medical’ purposes, and critics of my suspicions were laughing at me, as well as others observing current events in light of bible prophecy, for speculating that the VeriChip’s applications might be expanded to include mark of the beast-like qualities? I do. The critics aren’t laughing now. Well, they may be but they’re doing it a lot more quietly, primarily because it looks like the bible prophecy-watching community had a great deal more foresight than they did.

As early as 2005, it was becoming clear the VeriChip implantable microchip was being eyed as attractive to government – and not just to store medical records. In a 2005 commentary, I included a quote of interest indicating that “these types of applications are actually being driven under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.” And no, I didn’t make that quote up. I pulled it directly from a story posted on Yahoo Finance’s list of business news stories and provided a link to same as verification for my readers to review for themselves. Unfortunately, the link from the 2005 commentary is dead now, as is often the case with news items several years old, but look at where we are now!

Before our very eyes, the once innocuous-sounding VeriChip Corporation has metamorphosized into PositiveID Corporation, indicating, in my opinion, that the primary focus of this company, regardless of how much it touts the medical uses of its implantable microchips, is CLEARLY on marketing its implantable microchip as a means of IDENTIFICATION.

The term ‘positive identification’ is one I’m quite familiar with as a retired police officer with decades of experience. Establishing positive identification is critical in any case where law is going to be enforced, far more so than in any hospital emergency room I’m familiar with! As a police officer, I have seen many an individual transported to the hospital and treated for serious illnesses or injuries without anyone positively knowing who the individuals were. I have not, on the other hand, seen a lot of people go to jail without ‘positive ID’ having been established beforehand.

Now don’t get me wrong! There are any number of circumstances where I’ve seen an unidentified suspect hauled off to jail and booked as a John Doe for committing a crime, but this is the exception rather than the rule – and by far! Reason? It’s a crime in most states to fail to identify one’s self to law enforcement if one is being legally detained or arrested by a police officer having probable cause to do so. Not only is it a crime to refuse to be positively identified, it’s a major inconvenience for a suspect. Refusing to be identified is a separate criminal offense that only adds to the suspect’s troubles. Even more bothersome, one charged with a criminal offense as a John Doe is never granted bail.

What I’m trying to convey here is we may be able to tell a great deal concerning the direction a corporation’s technology may be headed based on something as simple as a name change, especially in this case.

From day one I’ve said that if the implantable microchip is the prophesied mark of the beast in the making, or even a precursor to it, we would begin to see similarities between the two. While the verdict is still out, we know the implantable microchip can serve as a positive identification, can store personal information like medical records, and even be utilized to make a financial transaction. Without drawing any final conclusions, we’re getting there, aren’t we?

Assume for a moment that the implantation of microchips becomes mandatory in the future, toss in a dictatorial leader who would connect having (or not having) the implant as an indication of where one’s political loyalties lie, and make it impossible for one to buy or sell without having the chip and what do you have? I don’t know about any of you, but I think you may well have the mark of the beast.

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Jihad Watch Seeks Realistic Handle on Terrorism

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, says that despite this evidence, some elites continue to tow the PC line.

“I think there’s an increasing gap between the government and media elites and what people know just by exercising their common sense,” Spencer contends. “And the people are getting fed up with the politically correct lock-step and the misinformation and disinformation that’s coming from the mainstream media.”

Spencer does not believe there to be any prospect of U.S. elites changing their PC attitudes in dealing with Islam.

“No amount of information [and] no amount of evidence is going to convince those who’ve decided that Islam is a religion [of] peace that they’re wrong,” the Jihad Watch director explains. “And so I would hope ultimately that the American people will be able to elect different leaders who will face the Jihad threat more realistically than the ones we have now.”

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Iranian Student and Winner of International Math Olympics to Supreme Leader Khamenei: ““Why Can’t Anyone Criticize You”

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

No confirmation of this is available, so take it with a grain of salt.

Date: October 29, 2009
Persian: Rouydad News
English Translation: Atefeh for Persian2English

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Supreme leader Khamenei usually holds conferences with top students who are pre-selected to speak. These students usually go on stage and praise Khamenei. Then Khamenei usually speaks and talks about how much he values their ideas.

But this Wednesday October 28th, the conference was different. After the students spoke, Khamenei asked if anybody had any questions. Mahmoud Vahidnia, a math student from Sharif university who is also winner of the International Math Olympics, stood up and said courageously:

“Yes, I have some words with you.”

Here is a summary translation of what the students said to Khamenei:

“Why can’t anyone criticize you in this country, isn’t that ignorant? Do you think that you make no mistakes? Why have they made an idol out of you that is so unreachable and that nobody can challenge? I have never read an article about your performance in any newspaper because you have shut down all the media that is against you in the country. Why does national TV show all the events untruthfully? For example all the events after the election. Why do you support them [national TV shows], when everyone knows they are lying? Since the president of national TV is directly selected by you, then you are responsible for all this.”

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Khamenei evades answering the student and calls his words not truthful. He claims that people criticize him everyday and he listens to them and then fixes his errors.

Everybody knows that this is just another lie. Rumors say that the student has been arrested.

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Yad Mordechai Honey [Holy land Honey] – from the Jerusalem Gift Shop

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Weekly I highlight items being offered by the Jerusalem Gift Shop. Today it’s the Yad Mordechai Honey [Holy land Honey].

There’s nothing much sweeter that Honey from the Holy Land

Yad Mordechai Apiary was established in Israel at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai near Sderot in 1938.

* size: 350 gram

This Honey is purchased from Sderot, a small city in southern Israel whose citizens are being terrorized and economy destroyed by the constant barrage of rockets being fired from Gaza!

Take a moment to see all of the other interesting items they stock.

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Gov’t Wastes $98B in Taxpayer Dollars in 2009

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

These are the same people who want us to trust them with our health care.

WASHINGTON — More than $98 billion in taxpayer dollars spent by government agencies was wasted, much of it on questionable claims for tax credits and Medicare benefits, representing an increase of $26 billion from the previous year.

In all, about 5 percent of spending in federal programs in fiscal year 2009 was improper, according to new details of a government financial report that were released Tuesday. Saying the overall error rate was similar in 2008, officials attributed the $26 billion jump to some changes in how to define improper spending as well as an increase in overall spending due to the recession.

President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order within the next week aimed at cracking down on government waste and fraud, particularly in Medicare and other benefit programs. In the 2009 report, the government officially reported questionable Medicare payments of roughly $36 billion, but that amount will be revised upward to about $48 billion next year as the Health and Human Services Department fully converts to a new methodology that imposes stricter documentation requirements.

“We need to protect taxpayer dollars,” Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters. “Every dollar that goes to the wrong recipient or in the wrong amount is a dollar not available to help an unemployed worker, or to invest in education or key priorities of the administration.”

Under the executive order, every federal agency would have to maintain a Web site that tracks improper payments, error rates and outstanding payments. If an agency doesn’t meet targets for reducing error rates for two years in a row, the agency director and responsible official will have to directly report to OMB to explain the delinquency and new actions they will take.

The Obama administration will also seek to impose penalties on government contractors that receive improper payments so they have incentives to return the money, Orszag said.

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AP Devoting 11 Reporters to ‘Fact Check’ Palin’s Book

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Obama’s Department of Propaganda (formerly known as the Main Stream Media) is at it again, with their typical sleaziness and duplicity.

Sarah Palin is no normal politician, and at the Associated Press, apparently “Going Rogue” is no normal book.

When the former Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor wrote her autobiography, the AP found a copy before its release date and assigned 11 people to fact check all 432 pages.

The AP claims Palin misstated her record with regard to travel expenses and taxpayer-funded bailouts, using statements widely reported elsewhere. But it also speculated into Palin’s motives for writing “Going Rogue: An American Life,” stating as fact that the book “has all the characteristics of a pre-campaign manifesto.”

Palin quickly hit back on a Facebook post titled “Really? Still Making Things Up?”

“Imagine that,” the post read. “11 AP reporters dedicating time and resources to tearing up the book, instead of using the time and resources to ‘fact check’ what’s going on with Sheik Mohammed’s trial, Pelosi’s health care takeover costs, Hasan’s associations, etc. Amazing.”

The AP, an organization with over 4,000 employees and 49 Pulitzer Prizes earned for asking the hard questions, wouldn’t comment on their own reporting for this story.

Reviewing books and holding public figures accountable is at the core of good journalism, but the treatment Palin’s book received appears to be something new for the AP. The organization did not review for accuracy recent books by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, then-Sen. Joe Biden, either book by Barack Obama released before he was president or autobiographies by Bill or Hillary Clinton. The AP did more traditional news stories on those books.

The attraction to Palin doesn’t appear to be partisan, since AP didn’t fact-check recent political tomes by Republicans Rudy Giuliani or Newt Gingrich.

The AP, however, regularly writes “fact checks” for major political speeches, such as a September health care speech by President Obama.

Doug Underwood, a University of Washington journalism professor who covered Washington politics in the late 1970s for Gannett, said Palin brings some negative attention on herself with a history of bad interviews and misstatements. In addition, the press cannot ever be perfectly consistent or fair, he said.

Still, the media treated Biden and Palin differently, he said.

Biden’s book “Promises to Keep” became an instant best-seller when he was chosen to be Obama’s running mate, but was not fact-checked by the AP and only received passing interest. In a story last year on Biden’s Vietnam War draft deferments due to asthma, the reporter notes Biden didn’t mention the malady in his book.

Palin is not the standard presidential possibility for 2012, Underwood said.

“She’s a figure who’s a politician, but also a part of popular culture,” he said.

Palin supporters believe 11 reporters poring over every word of her book is excessive- and further proof of the media’s obsession and maltreatment of the hockey mom from Wasilla.

“They’re obsessed with trying to discredit her,” said Adrienne Ross, New York state organizer for the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee. “Because she’s a conservative woman, they make fun of her accent, comment about her looks. She doesn’t come in the package they want her to come in.”

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Obama: Debt Could Fuel ‘Double-Dip Recession’

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

What’s this? You mean the Spender-in-Chief, the man who is almost solely responsible for tripling our national debt within the first six months of his administration, is worried that it could cause a recession? Why wasn’t he concerned about this when he was doing it? I remember there were a lot of people who tried to tell him it was the wrong thing to do. This guy continues to amaze me.

Speaking in the heart of America’s biggest lender, President Obama told Fox News in an interview Wednesday that the piling on of U.S. debt could drag the country into a “double-dip recession,” though he said he’s still considering additional tax incentives for businesses to reverse the rising unemployment rate.

The president, who is in China as part of his tour through several Asian countries where he is addressing economic challenges, spoke candidly about the precarious balancing act his administration is trying to perform with regard to the U.S. economy. He wants to spend money to kick-start the economy, but at the same time is in danger of creating too much red ink.

“There may be some tax provisions that can encourage businesses to hire sooner rather than sitting on the sidelines. So we’re taking a look at those,” Obama told Fox News’ Major Garrett. “I think it is important, though, to recognize if we keep on adding to the debt, even in the midst of this recovery, that at some point, people could lose confidence in the U.S. economy in a way that could actually lead to a double-dip recession.”

The president also warned that Israel’s move to build hundreds of new settlements in a Palestinian area is not helpful to ongoing peace talks, and is potentially “dangerous.”

“The situation in the Middle East is very difficult, and I’ve said repeatedly and I’ll say again, Israel’s security is a vital national interest to the United States, and we will make sure they are secure,” Obama said. “I think that additional settlement building does not contribute to Israel’s security, I think it makes it harder for them to make peace with their neighbors. I think it embitters the Palestinians in a way that could end up being very dangerous.”

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Obama Does it Again – Draws Fire for Bow to Japanese Emperor

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

This yahoo in the White House doesn’t even learn from his mistakes.

President Obama’s deep bow to Japanese Emperor Akihito on Saturday may not have violated any official protocol, but critics of the presidential act of deference nevertheless say he’s guilty of bad form.

The incident followed Obama’s dip to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in April, which the White House said was not a bow despite the criticism that followed.

But in Japan, the White House could not argue with a photograph that showed him bent at a nearly 90-degree angle while shaking the hand of the emperor, as Empress Michiko smiled faintly next to him.

Instead of denying the gesture, an administration official defended it, telling Politico.com that Obama “observes protocol” and that the greeting “enhanced both the position and the status of the U.S. relative to Japan” — where a bow is just another version of a handshake.

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Cost of Health Care Reform a Top Concern

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

I just hope you folks can actually remember all the things your representative and senator have done to you when it comes time to re-elect or fire them.

WASHINGTON — Americans are worried about the fine print in the health care overhaul, an Associated Press poll says, and those concerns are creating new challenges for President Barack Obama as he tries to overcome doubts in Congress.

Despite a widely shared conviction that major health care changes are needed, Democratic bills that aim to extend coverage to the uninsured and hold down medical costs get no better than a lukewarm reception in the latest results.

The poll found that 43 percent of Americans oppose the health care plans being discussed in Congress, while 41 percent are in support. An additional 15 percent remain neutral or undecided.

There has been little change in that broad public sentiment about the overhaul plan from a 40-40 split in an AP poll last month, but not everyone’s opinion is at the same intensity. Opponents have stronger feelings on the issue than do supporters. Seniors remain more skeptical than younger generations.

The latest survey was conducted by Stanford University with the nonprofit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The United States is the only developed nation that does not have a comprehensive national health care plan for all its citizens, leaving about 50 million of America’s roughly 300 million people uninsured. Obama, who took office in January, campaigned on a promise of offering affordable health care to all Americans.

When the AP poll questions were framed broadly, the answers seemed to indicate ample support for Obama’s goals. When required trade-offs were brought into the equation, opinions shifted — sometimes dramatically.

In one particularly striking finding, the poll indicated that public support for banning insurance practices that discriminate against those in poor health may not be as solid as it seems.

A ban on denial of coverage because of pre-existing medical problems has long been one of the most popular consumer protections in the health care debate. Some 82 percent said they favored the ban, according to a Pew Research Center poll in October.

In the AP poll, when told that such a ban would probably cause most people to pay more for their health insurance, 43 percent said they would still support doing away with pre-existing condition denials but 31 percent said they would oppose it.

Costs for those with coverage could go up because people in poor health who’d been shut out of the insurance pool would now be included, and they would get medical care they could not access before.

“I’m thinking we’d probably pay more because we would probably be paying for those that are not paying. So they got to get the money from somewhere. Basically I see our taxes going up,” said Antoinette Gates, 57, of Atlanta.

The health care debate is full of such trade-offs. For example, limiting the premiums that insurance companies can charge 50-year-olds means that 20-year-olds have to pay more for coverage.

“These trade-offs really matter,” says Robert Blendon, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health who follows opinion trends. “The legislation contains a number of features that polls have shown to be popular, but support for the overall legislation is less than might be expected because people are worried there are details about these bills that could raise their families’ costs.”

If the added costs — spread over tens of millions of people — turn out to be small, it probably won’t make much difference, Blendon said. But if they’re significant, Obama could be on shaky ground in the final stretch of his drive to deliver access to health insurance to most Americans.

More than 4 in 5 Americans now have health insurance, and their perceptions about costs will be critical as Obama tries to close the deal. Democrats in the House came together to pass a bill, but in the Senate, Democratic liberals and moderates disagree on core questions.

The poll suggests the public is becoming more attuned to the fact that when it comes to health care, details often make all the difference.

For example, asked if everyone should be required to have at least some health insurance, 67 percent agreed and 27 percent said no.

The responses flipped when people were asked about requiring everybody to carry insurance or face a federal penalty: 64 percent said they would be opposed, while 28 percent favored that.

Both the House and Senate bills would require all Americans to get health insurance, either through an employer, a government program or by buying their own coverage. Subsidies would be provided for low-income people, as well as many middle-class households.

And there would also be a stick — a penalty collected through the income tax system to enforce the coverage mandate.

“I think it’s crazy. I think it infringes on our rights as a citizen, forcing us to do these things,” said Eli Fuchs, 26, of Marietta, Georgia.

The poll was based on land line and cell phone interviews with 1,502 adults from Oct. 29 to Nov. 8. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. The interviews were conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Media. Stanford University’s participation was made possible by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a nonpartisan organization that conducts research on the health care system.

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Illegals Could be Legal as Quickly as Next Year

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Despite the publics opposition to this, as with all things, Obama and his ilk are going to exactly what they want to do, no matter what.

Obama’s senior advisor said today that a plan to grant citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. is in the works and could be made law as early as next year.

On CNN’s “State of the Union” with John King, the White House’s David Axelrod dodged a question asking him to commit to pushing immigration reform regardless of the political climate, but nonetheless confirmed earlier hints by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano that Democrats and Republicans are working behind the scenes to pass major new legislation.

“I think some good work is being done on both sides of the aisle to achieve that,” Axelrod said, “and Secretary Napolitano is getting that done.”

Axelrod added, “If we can get a group together to give it the momentum to pass in Congress, then we’re going to push forward with it.”

But while some attempt at addressing immigration law is widely anticipated, Axelrod went further, tipping the White House’s hand on the more contentious question surrounding immigration reform: if and how the estimated millions of illegal aliens in the U.S. today can become American citizens.

“We have to hold accountable and responsible the 12 million people who are here illegally,” Axelrod explained. “And they have to pay a fine and a penalty and have to meet certain requirements in order to get in the line to earn citizenship. And if they don’t want to do that, they need to leave.”

Axelrod also affirmed, “We want a system that holds everybody responsible and everyone accountable. We have to have better security at our borders and we are developing that, thanks to Secretary Napolitano. We have to have better enforcement on employers who abuse the system by hiring undocumented workers in order to undercut the labor market.”

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U.N. Nuclear Chief in Secret Talks With Iran Over Deal to End Sanctions, Keep Nukes

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

The murders of 14 people at Ft. Hood, Texas this month should have taught us a great deal about Muslims. What people still don’t seem to be able to understand is that Muslims are Muslims first and foremost, above all other things.
We saw this with Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Ft. Hood Muslim Jihadist, who placed Islam above his oath to the United Stated, above his dedication to his position as psychiatrist, his rank as a Major in the United States Army and his responsibility to his fellow soldiers.
I believe that the same is true of Mohamed ElBaradei, the president of the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency and his dealings with Iran.

United Nations and Iranian officials have been secretly negotiating a deal to persuade world powers to lift sanctions and allow Tehran to retain the bulk of its nuclear program in return for cooperation with U.N. inspectors.

According to a draft document seen by The Times of London, the 13-point agreement was drawn up in September by Mohamed ElBaradei, the directorgeneral of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in an effort to break the stalemate over Iran’s nuclear program before he stands down at the end of this month.

The IAEA denied the existence of the document, which was leaked to The Times by one of the parties alarmed at the contents. Its disclosure was made as the agency warned that Iran could be hiding multiple secret nuclear sites.

Despite the assessment, diplomats believed that ElBaradei was hoping to agree the outline of a deal with Tehran that he could present to the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany as a solution to the impasse.

It was thought that ElBaradei was anxious to secure his legacy after infighting over his perceived weakness in dealing with Iran.

The plan would require the U.N. Security Council to revoke the three existing sanctions and five resolutions ordering Iran to halt its uranium enrichment — an unthinkable development at a time when the West is focused on how to impose more, not fewer, sanctions on Iran.

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