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The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

“Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.

Matthew 18:1-14 (New International Version)

Liberal Religious Groups to Use “Hate Crimes” Laws to Silence Conservative Voices via FCC Rulings

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

More attacks on First Amendment rights via the newly passed “hate crimes” law. This time, they are aimed at silencing conservative talk radio and news sources, all under the guise of “hate crimes” which they are now equating to “hate speech”.
Just as we warned, the liberals and radicals are attempting to use this law to silence all opposition to homosexuals and anyone critical of their agenda.

A coalition of major religious denominations and organizations has launched a petition to the Federal Communications Commission asking for an investigation into “hate speech in the media” and how telecommunications might play a role in “hate crimes.”

The petition is promoted by members of the “So We Might See” coalition that includes the United Church of Christ, the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, the Islamic Society of North America, United Methodist Communications, Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The move comes as President Obama celebrates his signing just last week of a “hate crimes” law that provides special protections to people who live homosexual and other “alternative” sexual lifestyles.

Addressed to FCC chief Julius Genachowski, the petition asks for a “notice of inquiry into hate speech in the media.”

“We are concerned about this issue because of the possible connection between hate speech and violent hate crimes and the lack of information for members of the public concerned about the issue,” the petition states.

“The possible correlation between hate speech and violent crime gives us great pause. Immigrant, minority, and religious populations are often targets of hate speech before they are subsequently the target of physical hate crimes,” the petition says.

“Hate speech in the media is a growing problem that must be examined before it can be solved. So We Might See supports efforts to increase the resources available to the public to understand hate speech. As members of the faith community, we will do our part to ask our members to raise their own voices condemning hate speech when they see it and to ask for all citizens to conduct themselves with civility,” it says.

The move, however, was so controversial that the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, while a part of the coalition, refused to sign on to the petition.

“USCCB supports the establishment of a broad public forum to debate the difficult constitutional and regulatory issues, including the potential danger to religious speech, raised by the petitioners,” it said in a separate statement. “We are asking the FCC to make available a proceeding where the public can attempt to describe speech anyone deems harmful, and where the public (including Catholics and the bishops) can raise important constitutional constraints on government action regarding speech, including religious speech.

“We are not participating in any campaign to censor any organization, program or commentator,” the organization said.

Matt Barber, Liberty Counsel attorney and author of the newly released book “The Right Hook – From the Ring to the Culture War,” told WND passage of ‘hate crimes’ legislation “has emboldened the radical homosexual lobby, the quasi-Christian left and other fringe factions.”

“There are terrific people who attend [United Church of Christ] churches, but the reality is that much of the UCC’s leadership is cut from the same hateful, counter-biblical cloth as President Obama’s racist, America-hating pastor Jeremiah Wright.

“I knew it was just a matter of time before the left – to include the Obama administration – would begin using the euphemistic terms ‘hate crimes’ and ‘hate speech’ interchangeably,” Barber continued. “I just didn’t think it would happen this fast. Those of us who opposed the new ‘hate crimes’ law have warned for years that the true agenda is, and has always been, to silence any opposition to liberal views, including opposition to the homosexual lifestyle.”

Jeffrey Lord, a former Reagan White House political director and now a writer for American Spectator, wrote that while he is a member of the UCC, he has questions about the effort.

“Read the key phrases again. ‘Open a notice of inquiry into hate speech in the media.’ Meaning, church members are being asked to sign on to an already-in-progress petition to the FCC that is opening the door to legal sanctions from the federal government on ‘hate speech in the media,'” he said.

Lord cited a petition accusation that talk radio icons had criticized immigrants.

“But to focus on that in this space would remove one’s eye from the real fast ball. This petition has nothing to do with the immigration issue,” he continued, citing an statement from FCC commissioner Michael Copps about the “comprehensive FCC evaluation of the state of broadcast journalism.”

“Now, how would one push for such a ‘comprehensive FCC evaluation’ of talk radio?” Lord asked. “And if, just by chance of course, you also wanted to de-legitimatize and silence not just talk radio … but Fox News … well, how exactly could you try and do that? How do you get this ball rolling?”

Lord said it would be necessary to have the question raised to the FCC by an outside group. Additionally, he said, there needs to be the “raw political power” to attack the issue.

He cited the George-Soros-sponsored Media Democracy Fund as one of several financial supporters of the “So We Might See” organization.

“These religious groups are to convey the idea that talk radio and Fox News are guilty of ‘hate speech’ as illustrated by links naming or presenting Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Lou Dobbs, Michael Savage in this fashion,” he wrote.

“What we are documenting here is a full-fledged assault on conservative media. On talk radio and on Fox News. An assault by name on some, on others with their names left out, but surely every bit the target as the others. … Leading this charge or involved in some capacity are at least one commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, seven national churches, one left-wing billionaire who helps as always with the funding – and last but certainly not least, the White House. Specifically that would be Messrs. Emanuel, Axelrod and Ms. [Anita] Dunn,” Lord wrote.

“Hello? Is anyone home here? Is the First Amendment – which interestingly protects these very same churches – going to be assaulted like this while everyone just sits by and says nothing?”

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Inside The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World of Obama’s Czars

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

“You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy,” warned Obi-Wan Kenobi, while approaching the fictional Mos Eisley spaceport in “Star Wars.”

For many Americans, the closest thing on planet Earth to the famous “Star Wars” bar scene, teeming with all its bizarre and malevolent denizens, is the Obama White House with its ever-growing menagerie of radical, unaccountable and utterly weird “czars” advising the president of the United States.

People like regulatory czar Cass Sunstein, who defends the removal of organs from terminally ill patients without their permission. Or Obama’s choice of school-safety czar, gay activist Kevin Jennings who actually pioneered the practice of introducing homosexual advocacy into public schools by disguising it as “school safety”! Or science czar John Holdren, who has advocated sterilizing welfare recipients and seizing babies born to unwed mothers, and predicted one billion people would die in “carbon-dioxide induced famines” caused by – are you ready? – a coming new ice age.

Then there’s Patrick Gaspard, officially the “director of the office of political affairs,” but whom critics call “ACORN’s man in the White House.” And defense policy adviser Rosa Brooks, a George-Soros-trained ideologue and anti-military radical who urged the prosecution of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for “war crimes.” And FCC diversity czar Mark Lloyd, who believes the so-called “Fairness Doctrine” – unanimously repealed by the FCC in 1987 – was never repealed, wants to destroy conservative talk radio, and described Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez’s rise to power in Venezuela as “an incredible revolution.”

And the list goes on. And on.

“In bypassing congressional approval and assembling an army of unaccountable czars,” says Whistleblower editor David Kupelian, “President Obama
is doing precisely the opposite of what he promised before being elected.”

Indeed, on March 31, 2008, candidate Obama proclaimed, “The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States.”

Yet since his election, Obama has zealously pursued the most stunning power grab in modern history, not only through unthinkable federal spending and takeovers of entire industries like automotive and banking, and in-progress takeovers of healthcare and energy, but by creating a virtual shadow government of “czars” within the executive branch.

Just why would a president want to bypass customary Senate confirmation and accountability to congressional oversight committees when appointing his advisers?

Van Jones provided the answer. After Obama’s “green jobs czar” was forced to resign in the middle of the night, following widely publicized revelations that he was a self-proclaimed communist and a racist conspiracy-monger, many people asked how Jones could have slipped through the White House’s vetting process.

“Jones didn’t slip through a sloppy vetting process,” explains Kupelian. “He passed it with flying colors. Jones was exactly what Obama wanted. Indeed, as you’ll see in this issue of Whistleblower, Obama’s czars – unaccountable to anyone on earth but him – are a reflection of his worldview and policy positions. They are a reflection of where Barack Obama wants to take America.”

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“Who Are You Calling “Extremist”?” by Michelle Malkin

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Here is one of the loudest messages of the 2009 off-off-year elections: Conservatives in America will no longer let their opponents define them as outside of the mainstream. They will not submit to Democrats. Or to the media. Or to Beltway Republican capitulationists. They will not “rebrand.” They will not sit down. They will not shut up.

Just this past weekend, Democratic Rep. Jim Moran attacked the Republican candidates for governor and attorney general in his state of Virginia as the “Taliban ticket.”

New York Times columnist Frank Rich decried the right’s “Jacobins” and “Stalinists” who he said joined a “putsch” by supporting Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman instead of ACORN-embracing, Big Labor-promoting, pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, tax-and-spend Republican Dede Scozzafava in New York’s 23rd congressional special election.

And senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett told ABC’s “This Week” that the grassroots conservative-vs.-GOP leadership battle over NY-23 showed that the Republican Party leadership was “becoming more and more extreme, and more and more marginalized.”

Let’s talk “extreme.”

Jarrett is the White House official who bragged openly about recruiting disgraced Marxist rabble-rouser Van Jones for the green jobs czar post. She lavished praise on his public career and said she had followed him “for as long as he’s been active out in Oakland.” In Oakland, Jones was working to dismantle California’s juvenile justice system, pitting minorities against police officers and crusading to free death row cop-killer Mumia abu Jamal.

Who are you calling “extreme”?

Jarrett’s White House colleague Patrick Gaspard, Obama’s political director who intervened in the race to convince Scozzafava to endorse the Democratic candidate Bill Owens after she dropped out, was a top organizer at the militant Local 1199 chapter of the Service Employees International Union and an activist/organizer for the New Party and the Working Families Party — both ACORN/Democratic Socialists of America front groups.

Who are you calling “extreme”?

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Israeli Navy Intercepts Alleged Weapons Smuggling Ship

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Since the world seems content to sit on it’s hand and let innocent Israeli’s die, Israel must take their defense on themselves.

Israeli naval commandos on Wednesday seized a ship that defense officials said was carrying missiles and anti-tank weapons from Iran to Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.

According to an official statement, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the munitions, on what the military described as an Antiguan-flagged ship boarded boarded by a naval unit 100 miles from the Israeli coast, were earmarked for “the terrorist arena in the north,” an apparent reference to Hezbollah.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a separate statement, said the weapons found on the vessel could have “hit Israeli cities,” indicating they included missiles

The vessel had containers stacked on its deck and was taken to Ashdod port south of Tel Aviv. Israel Radio’s military affairs correspondent identified the vessel as the Francop.

The pre-dawn seizure near Cyprus was a rare interception by Israel of a suspected arms shipment, which has long accused Iran of arming its enemies. Israel offered no evidence to support its claim that the weapons were meant for Hezbollah.

Weapons including anti-tank missiles and Katyusha rockets were stashed on a commercial vessel operating under the guise of an aid boat, captained by a Pole and flying an Antiguan flag, Israeli defense officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the military had not officially released the information.

Based on intelligence reports, a naval unit patrolling the area intercepted and boarded the vessel without incident, defense officials said.

Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said the crew was not involved in any arms-smuggling effort.

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Planned Parenthood Director Quits After Being Told to “Increase Profits” by Keeping the “Abortions Coming”

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

The director made this comment:
“Ideally my goal as the facility’s director is that your abortion numbers don’t increase, [because] you’re providing so much family planning and so much education that there is not a demand for abortion services. But that was not their (Planned Parenthood’s) goal,”

Instead of education and prevention, Planned Parenthood is in it for the money, and their biggest money maker is abortions.

Literally they are in the business of killing babies. Everything else is smoke and mirrors.

The former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in southeast Texas says she had a “change of heart” after watching an abortion last month — and she quit her job and joined a pro-life group in praying outside the facility.

Abby Johnson, 29, used to escort women from their cars to the clinic in the eight years she volunteered and worked for Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas. But she says she knew it was time to leave after she watched a fetus “crumple” as it was vacuumed out of a patient’s uterus in September.

‘When I was working at Planned Parenthood I was extremely pro-choice,” Johnson told FoxNews.com. But after seeing the internal workings of the procedure for the first time on an ultrasound monitor, “I would say there was a definite conversion in my heart … a spiritual conversion.”

Johnson said she became disillusioned with her job after her bosses pressured her for months to increase profits by performing more and more abortions, which cost patients between $505 and $695.

“Every meeting that we had was, ‘We don’t have enough money, we don’t have enough money — we’ve got to keep these abortions coming,'” Johnson told FoxNews.com. “It’s a very lucrative business and that’s why they want to increase numbers.”

A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood told FoxNews.com that it offers a range of services at it 850 health centers nationwide, providing pregnancy tests, vaccinations and women’s health services, “including wellness exams, breast and cervical cancer screenings, contraception, and STD testing and treatment.”

“Planned Parenthood’s focus is on prevention,” wrote Diane Quest, the group’s National Media Director. “Nationwide, more than 90% of the health care Planned Parenthood affiliates provide is preventive in nature,” explaining that a “core component the organization’s mission is to help women plan healthy pregnancies and prevent unintended pregnancies.”

But Johnson said her bosses told her to change her “priorities” and focus on abortions, which she said made money for the office at a time when the recession has left them hurting.

“For them there’s not a lot of money in education,” she said. “There’s as not as much money in family planning as there is abortion.”

Without a doctor in residence, she said, her clinic offered abortions only two days a month, but the doctor could perform 30 to 40 procedures on each day he was there. Johnson estimated that each abortion could net the branch about $350, adding up to more than $10,000 a month.

“The majority of the money was going to the facility,” she said.

Johnson said she never got any orders to increase profits in e-mails or letters, and had no way to prove her allegations about practices at the Bryan branch. She told FoxNews.com that pressure came in personal interactions with her regional manager from the larger Houston office.

But she said she got involved with the clinic “to help women and … [do] the right thing,” and the idea of raking in cash seemed to go against what she felt was the mission of the 93-year-old organization.

“Ideally my goal as the facility’s director is that your abortion numbers don’t increase,” because “you’re providing so much family planning and so much education that there is not a demand for abortion services.

“But that was not their goal,” she said.

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GOP Gains Could Hurt Obama Political Capital, If Not Agenda

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

One can only hope…

WASHINGTON — Republican gubernatorial wins in New Jersey and Virginia mark a troubling turn for President Obama, whose personal efforts couldn’t stop the fall of Democrats facing a voter backlash over the economy and a notable uptick in the government’s would-be role in people’s lives.

Obama’s 2008 victory in Old Dominion had marked an historic breakthrough for Democrats who hadn’t won Virginia’s electoral votes since 1964. The fight in the Garden State was more grueling than usually accompanies Democratic campaigns in the reliably blue state of New Jersey.

So the setbacks demonstrate the difficulty of presidential leadership following a campaign built on promises of unity followed by divisive policies and a relentless campaign approach toward big legislative issues like the stimulus and health care bills.

“What this is tonight, this victory here tonight, is a warning shot, and it says to the moderate Democrats in the House that they ought to think twice about continuing to pursue the policies of this White House and (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi,” said Virginia Republican Rep. Eric Cantor.

In Virginia, Republican Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell roundly defeated Democrat R. Creigh Deeds while GOP Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling won a second term and Republican Ken Cuccinelli was elected attorney general. It was the first time the GOP took the top three spots since 1997.

“We have really had a run of wins and we got used to winning and that makes it tough,” said outgoing Virginia Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine. “We have to give credit where credit is do they ran a great campaign.”

“You guys are making this tougher than this has to be,” a resigned Deeds told the still chanting audience at his “victory party.”

In New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie pulled off a stunning upset over incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine, who was facing a backlash over property taxes and other economic issues. Independent Chris Daggett also pulled about 6 percent of the vote.

In New York’s 23rd Congressional District, an unexpected turn of events put Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in direct competition with Democrat Bill Owens for the seat held by former Republican congressman and current Obama Army Secretary John McHugh. Owens was winning the vote tally but Hoffman’s upstart showing demonstrated that voter anger is not resigned to one party or another.

As if hoping to avoid the outcome, the White House issued a statement after the GOP win in Virginia saying the president was not watching election returns and would not be making any remarks on the results.

Nonetheless, the outcomes were sure to feed discussion about the state of the electorate, the status of the diverse coalition that sent Obama to the White House and the limits of the president’s influence — on the party’s base of support and on moderate current lawmakers he needs to advance his legislative priorities.

“I think what this night does is it completely explodes the mythology of the meaning of the 2008 election,” said syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer.

“You will remember after the 2008 election people talked … about a new era, about the Republicans becoming a rump party of the south, even losing parts of the south, how this was the death of conservatism. … Here we are a year later and we can see how ephemeral and one-shot 2008 was,” he added.

The president had personally campaigned for Deeds and Corzine, raising the stakes in low-energy off-year elections. Thus, even one Democratic loss, much less two, was a blot on Obama’s political standing to a certain degree and signaled potential problems ahead as he seeks to achieve his policy goals, protect Democratic majorities in Congress and expand his party’s grip on governors’ seats next fall.

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Republicans Win Governor’s Races in New Jersey, Virginia

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

The country has been trying to tell Obama and his liberal Democrat ilk that they don’t like anything he’s doing. After the “Tea Parties” and the town hall outage this summer, one would think they would listen, but it’s not to be. They will forage ahead with their outrageous liberal plans, plans that will destroy this country as we know it, no matter what. Obama and the Democrats invested a lot of time and money in these races. Perhaps we are seeing the beginning of end for them.

Republican Chris Christie beats incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine in New Jersey; Republican Bob McDonnell trounces Democrat Creigh Deeds in Virginia. Democrats prevent a shut-out by winning an upstate New York congressional seat.

Republicans swept to victory in the New Jersey and Virginia governor’s races Tuesday, scoring a pair of decisive wins in states that voted for President Obama a year ago.

The Democrats were able to prevent a shut-out, though, pulling out a narrow victory in a closely watched congressional election in upstate New York. Democrat Bill Owens beat Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in that race.

The Republican victories nevertheless marked a potential turnaround after two consecutive cycles of midterm losses. In New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie beat out Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, even though Obama campaigned heavily for the incumbent in the closing days of the race and the state has not elected a Republican governor since 1993.

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