Archive for February 8th, 2010

“Change You Can Believe In” by Ken Connor

Monday, February 8th, 2010

On January 24, 1995, President Bill Clinton delivered his State of the Union address to a Congress that looked radically different than the body of representatives that the President faced only one year earlier. Motivated by Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America and their disdain for “HillaryCare,” the American people had catapulted the Republican party to the majority position for the first time since 1954. In his opening remarks, the President made a point to let the American people know that he had gotten the message loud and clear. With his declaration that the “era of big government” was over, President Clinton showed that he “got it”

The American people had sent a clear message to the Democrats in 1994, one that could not be ignored and could not be misinterpreted. The people were unhappy with the course of their government and were calling for change. President Clinton went on to participate in some very successful bipartisan policy initiatives including balancing the budget and reforming welfare.

Contrast Mr. Clinton’s response with President Obama’s posture in the aftermath of the recent electoral upset in Massachusetts’ race that many have interpreted as a referendum on the Democrats’ health care plan and the Obama administration in general. In the face of a humiliating defeat for the Democrat party, the president seems incapable of admitting that he and his colleagues on Capitol Hill might have misinterpreted their “mandate” from the people. He appears unwilling to consider the possibility that the American people reject his brand of “change.” Instead, he has decided that his steadily declining approval rating and the historic election of a Republican in Massachusetts is a symptom of the people’s ignorance and confusion:

“After nearly a century of trying – Democratic administrations, Republican administrations – we are closer than ever to bringing more security to the lives of so many Americans. The approach we’ve taken would protect every American from the worst practices of the insurance industry. It would give small businesses and uninsured Americans a chance to choose an affordable health care plan in a competitive market. It would require every insurance plan to cover preventive care…. Still, this is a complex issue, and the longer it was debated, the more skeptical people became. I take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the American people.”

That’s right, folks. The President’s inability to explain himself clearly is the only reason we’re still discussing this whole health care reform thing. It’s not because of the nearly $1 trillion price tag, the closed-door back-room negotiations, the fuzzy math, or the constitutional infirmities inherent in the various proposals worming their way through Congress. It’s not because we have substantive, and as yet unaddressed, concerns about the treatment of the unborn, the disabled, and the elderly under a system administered by neo-Malthusians and their “comparative effectiveness” model. And it’s certainly not because we’re skeptical that the same people who have bankrupted Social Security and Medicare could run a lemonade stand, let along a full 20% of the American economy, without running it into the ground.

It’s just that we don’t “get it.” We’re just confused from too much Fox News and not enough MSNBC.

Here’s a news flash, Mr. Obama: It’s you who are confused. You have drastically underestimated the intelligence of the American voter. In the face of your big-government schemes designed to “fundamentally transform America,” the people – Democrats and Republicans alike – are recoiling in horror. If you continue to ignore the voice of the people, it’s likely that the next time you stand before our nation’s representatives to deliver a State of the Union speech you will find yourself facing a sea of newly-elected Republican faces, much as your Democratic predecessor did in 1995.

A strong majority of the American public has decided that it doesn’t want the kind of change you are trying to shove down its throat, and no amount of rhetorical flourish is going to change its mind.

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Obama Hasn’t Ruled Out NYC Trial for 9/11 Planner

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Obama still doesn’t get it. He literately can’t get it through his head that people don’t want this to happen.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Sunday he has not ruled out a New York federal court trial for Sept. 11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, but he was taking into account the objections of the city’s mayor and police commissioner.

The Obama administration has come under withering attack, mainly from Republicans, for a decision by his Justice Department to try the terrorist mastermind in a U.S. court near Ground Zero, site of the attack that destroyed New York’s World Trade Center.

Obama said using the traditional judicial method was a “virtue of our system” in which Americans should take pride.

He also defended his decision, noting again that the administration of former President George W. Bush had handled terror suspects arrested in the United States in the same way.

“They prosecuted 190 folks in these Article III courts, got convictions and those folks are in maximum security prisons right now. And there have been no escapes,” Obama said. “And it is a virtue of our system we should be proud of.”

Later Sunday, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., responded: “Based on the security, logistical and cost concerns raised by the mayor and the police commissioner, it is not feasible to have the trials in New York. The administration should realize that and move on.”

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Teen Males Feel Pressured by Society to be Sexually Active

Monday, February 8th, 2010

There is so much truth is this. Our society is constantly pushing sex on us, especially our children, all the time. One can hardly view any media source without having it thrown in our faces.

A new study shows that young adult and teen males feel there is too much pressure from society and culture to be sexually active.

The study was conducted for Seventeen magazine by TRU, a youth market research company, by way of an online survey which asked 42 questions about sex and relationships, including attitudes and sexual history. According to the survey, many young men feel pressured by society to exaggerate when it comes to their sexual activity.

“When the messages that they’re getting from television are also being echoed in the popular music that they’re listening to and the videos games they’re playing…I think one key factor, one key element is to try to limit as much as possible your kids’ exposure to those kinds of media influences,” [Melissa Henson, director of communications and public education for the Parents Television Council (PTC)] comments. “But that’s not always possible, so it is also important for parents to take the time to share their values with their children, to discuss right and wrong — especially issues of sexual morality.”

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“Red Line Crossed” by Michael G. Mickey

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Matthew 24:6:

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Isaiah 17:1:

The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from [being] a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

A quick real estate tip if you’re thinking of investing in any Middle East properties: Don’t sink any cash into Damascus as it may well be on its way out, potentially very soon.

Tensions between Israel and Syria are presently sky high as a result of Syrian president Bashar Assad announcing this week that Israel is avoiding peace, his comments following on the heels of Syria’s foreign minister saying Israeli cities will be attacked in a future war between the two nations.

Responding to all the saber rattling coming out of Damascus, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman yesterday said Syria has “crossed a red line that cannot be ignored”, adding that any future war will not only result in defeat for Syria but the removal of Assad and his family from power as well.

I’ve heard it said before, in relation to marriage, that couples should never allow the word divorce to be spoken in the heat of a dispute as even the mention of it plants a seed of insecurity within both parties, seeds having a tendency to grow, sometimes wildly fast. The same, I believe, is true where threats of war are concerned, even if they’re somewhat veiled.

The history of Israeli-Syrian relations is overflowing with conflict, both direct and by proxy on the part of Syria. Given that is true, especially at this time when Israel is already feeling threatened – and rightly so – by Tehran’s nuclear weapons program, Syria has selected the worst imaginable moment to “cross a red line” with Israel.

The prophet Isaiah tells us that Damascus is living on borrowed time and from where I’m sitting? There doesn’t seem to be a lot of sand left in the upper half of the hour glass. Many lost souls hang in the balance if things should go wrong and we can be more than certain, based on Isaiah’s prophecy, they’re going to sooner or later. Like it or not, believe it or not, Damascus is going to be removed from existence at some point in the future. Hundreds of thousands, in all likelihood, will die when fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy occurs. If that disturbing truth doesn’t motivate us to pray, both for the lost in Israel and Syria, nothing will.

In closing, a request from me to my readers. After reading these final words, please take a moment to pray for the lost in Syria, Israel and all over the world for that matter. As recent events in Haiti and Indonesia (the tsunami event of 2006) reflect, hundreds of thousands of souls can enter into eternity, with or without Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, on any given day. We need to care about that – and deeply.

John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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“A War of Words Between Israel and Syria” by Todd Strandberg

Monday, February 8th, 2010

A war is raging in the Middle East, but at least for now, it only involves words rather than bullets and bombs. In just a week’s time, there has been a very heated exchange between Israel and Syria that has led to a dramatic rise in Middle East tension. I’ve been following prophecy for thirty years, and I’ve never seen a time when so many hostile statements have been made between Israel and Syria.

The war of words started when senior Israeli policymaker Yossi Peled said that another conflict on the northern border was a “matter of time.” Peled noted that in the event of such a conflict breaking out, Israel would hold “Syria and Lebanon alike responsible.” Up until now, Israel had always viewed Syria and Lebanon as separate concerns.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, meeting with Michael Williams, the UN special coordinator for Lebanon, expressed his concern that Hezbollah fighters have been training on surface-to-surface missile systems in Syria.

Foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman was more outspoken: “Assad must be told bluntly that in the next war, not only will Syria be beaten, but he and his family will lose power. You will not remain in power, and neither will your family,” the Moldovan-born former nightclub bouncer told a group of businessmen.

Lieberman’s most damaging remark was not the suggestion of a forced regime change, but the idea that Syria had better forget about ever getting back the Golan Heights. “We must bring Syria to realize that just as it gave up on the dream of greater Syria and control of Lebanon, so it will have to give up on its ultimate demand for the Golan Heights.”

His remark did contradict the official Israeli government position that it will trade territory for peace. The Syrians have long been totally fixated on getting the Golan back from Israel. They’ve even said in the past that the failure to return the Golan in a timely manner could mean war.

Damascus wasted no time in firing back. Syrian president Bashar Assad said that Israel is not serious about its intentions to make peace with Damascus, as evidenced by “its conduct, which is leading the region to war.” His foreign minister Walid Moallem boasted: “You know that war at this time will come to your cities.”

In Lebanon, the secretary general of Hezbollah–a puppet of Syria–said his forces will “change the face of the Middle East region” if there is another war with Israel.

The most likely reason Israel is taking a hard line with Syria is the realization that the vast amounts of weaponry being poured into Lebanon are part of an aggressive act by Syria. A rocket fire from southern Lebanon might as well come from Syrian soil.

There has also been a change in Israeli military thinking. Years ago, Israel was genuinely threatened by Damascus, and thought a war with them would be very costly. In the past few years, Israel has come to realize they have a huge technological advantage over the Syrians.

While the Syrian military should not be underestimated, it does not really have an air force, it has outdated artillery and armored corps, and its air defense systems were embarrassingly ineffective in the September 2007 strike against its nuclear reactor. The poor Syrians were so blindsided by the attack that they first denied it ever occurred.

One of the most dangerous factors at work in the Middle East is the idea that a conflict can be contained. Israel launched its attack against Syria with the belief that Damascus would do nothing. Syria has been shipping arms to Hezbollah with the belief that any conflict would remain confined between Hezbollah fighters and Israel.

At some point, Israel and Syria are going to reach their uncontrolled flashpoints. The involvement of key prophecy players like Russia and Iran in this potential conflict leads me to suspect that the progression of Bible prophecy is an equally unstoppable flashpoint.

If the Israeli brass knew Bible prophecy, they would probably warn the Syrians about the eventual fate of their capital. Because Israel ‘s leadership lacks an understanding of prophecy, they are most likely doomed to play a role in the destruction of Damascus.

“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap” (Isaiah 17:1).

— Todd

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Mid-Atlantic Digs Out From ‘Historic’ Snowstorm

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Wow, what a storm!! Think how bad it would have been without “global warming” to offset it a bit. Why without “global warming”, it would have been of epic proportions; an act of God even!! We are so lucky that we have “global warming”.

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of workers in the snowy Mid-Atlantic region were given Monday off to shovel out from a blizzard that buried some areas in nearly 3 feet of snow as another storm loomed.

Federal agencies that employ 230,000 in Washington will be closed, as will many businesses and school districts across the region. With more snow expected Tuesday, stranded travelers and those struggling with no electricity wondered when they’d escape the icy, gray mess.

“You’ve got a whole city held captive here,” Gwen Dawkins, who was trying to get to Detroit, said as she waited at Washington’s Reagan National Airport, where all flights had been canceled after 18 inches of snow was recorded by Sunday.

Crews plowing streets and homeowners shoveling their walkways faced the possibility of another storm adding to the work. The National Weather Service issued a storm watch for the Washington area Tuesday, saying there was potential for another 5 inches or more of snow. Forecasters expect highs in the low- to mid-30s for the next few days, though sunshine on Monday should help melt some of the snow, said weather service meteorologist Bryan Jackson.

The sight of cross-country skiers cascading down monument steps and flying snowballs has since given way to images of people hunched over snow shovels or huddled next to fireplaces.

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