Archive for February 19th, 2010

Are Ezekial Prophecies on the Horizon?

Friday, February 19th, 2010

We’ll see. I always hate it when people even suggest dates for Bible prophesy because people take them as “accurate”, and then criticize with then don’t happen. God will do them when he decides to, not a moment before.

The leader of a Messianic Jewish ministry believes a couple of biblical prophecies dealing with wars in the Middle East could come to fruition within the next five years.

While many biblical scholars speculate about the next two chapters of Ezekiel, as well as the war of Gog and Magog, Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, believes some other prophecies are likely to precede that cataclysmic end-times event.

“Frankly I believe 2010 is going to see some of the predicted wars that have not yet happened,” she comments. “I do think that the Psalm 83 war could take place in 2010.”

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No Drilling = Higher Energy Prices

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Well this is absolutely true, but it seems that messages of common sense fall on deaf ears most of the time.

A new study indicates that energy costs for American consumers will continue to rise significantly unless the Obama administration opens previously off-limits areas to domestic oil development.

Congress and President Bush in 2008 lifted a ban on drilling along the U.S. coastline in response to high oil prices. However, most of those areas, including offshore Alaska and the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, have still not been accessed for oil and gas exploration and development.

A study sponsored by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) finds the drilling bans will cost the U.S. economy $2.36 trillion over the next 20 years.

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‘Revolutionary’ DNA Test for Cancer Hailed

Friday, February 19th, 2010

What awesome news!!

A blood DNA test that can detect whether a tumor has returned or is responding to therapy has been developed by American scientists, in an advance that could revolutionize cancer care.

The achievement promises to transform management of cancer by allowing doctors to monitor the progress of patients with any type of tumor and to adjust their treatment accordingly.

The test, which should be widely available within five years, should spare some patients chemotherapy and radiotherapy that they do not need, while ensuring that others get potentially life-saving extra treatment when the initial course does not kill all the cancer.

It should be capable of detecting even microscopic residual tumors that are missed by imaging methods such as computed tomography (CT) scans.

A further benefit could be less radical surgery, as the test could check whether cancer has spread to lymph nodes or apparently healthy tissue around a tumor, which could be left in place if not diseased. The test could also identify when a treatment is not working.

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Obama Writing Health Bill to Skirt GOP Filibuster

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Well of course the All High Emperor Obama will do anything he can to avoid the democratic process. He sees the party system as merely something that gets in the way of his ultimate power.
What is sad is he still doesn’t get it. The American people don’t want health care “reform”. Period. But he’s going to do everything in his power to ram it down our throats anyway.

President Obama is working on health care legislation intended to reconcile differences between House and Senate Democrats that could be attached to a budget bill and avoid a Republican filibuster, according to a published report.

The president’s proposal, which is still being written, will be posted on the Internet by Monday morning, senior administration officials and Congressional aides told the New York Times.

By piggybacking the legislation onto a budget bill, Democrats would be able to advance the bill with a simple majority of just 51 votes, averting a Republican filibuster in the Senate.

The White House signaled Thursday that an aggressive, all-Democratic strategy for overhauling the nation’s health system remains a serious option, even as Obama invites Republicans to next week’s televised summit to seek possible compromises.

“It will be a reconciliation bill,” the Times quoted a Democratic aide as saying. “If Republicans don’t come with any substantial offers, this is what we would do.”

The administration’s stance could set the stage for a political showdown, with Democrats struggling to enact the president’s top domestic priority and Republicans trying to block what many conservatives see as government overreach.

Obama’s plan, like the House and Senate bills, would expand coverage to some 30 million, require most Americans to carry insurance or face financial penalties, and block insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions, the Times reported.

One Capitol Hill Democrat told the Times abortion remains “a wild card.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday that Obama plans to have a health proposal that “will take some of the best ideas and put them into a framework” ahead of the Feb. 25 summit.

Obama has said he is open to Republican ideas for changing the health care system. But many Democrats seriously doubt GOP leaders will support compromises that could draw enough lawmakers from both parties to create a bipartisan majority.

If next week’s meeting does not break the logjam, congressional Democrats will face a tough choice. They can pass a highly diluted health care bill or nothing at all, which would send them into the November elections with a high-profile failure despite their control of Congress and the White House.

Or they can use the aggressive and contentious tactic, known as reconciliation, to pass a far-reaching health care bill in the Senate without having to face the GOP. Democrats lost their ability to block filibusters when Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown won a Senate seat last month.

Both parties have used reconciliation rules in the past. But Republicans have practically dared Democrats to do so on health care, citing polls showing significant opposition to the legislation.

It’s unclear whether the House or Senate can muster the necessary votes. Democrats, who now hold 255 of the House’s 435 seats, drew only one GOP ally when the House passed its health care bill, 220-215, last November. Since then, one Democrat who voted for the bill has resigned, one has died and a third plans to leave office Feb. 28. Moreover, changes meant to meet Senate demands could peel away enough liberals on one end, and party centrists on the other, to cause the revised bill to fail.

In the Senate, Democrats control 59 seats, and reconciliation rules require only a simple majority. But several Democratic senators have expressed discomfort or outright opposition to using the rules to thwart filibusters on health care.

The White House has invited Republicans to bring their own proposals, but GOP leaders have treated the event warily at best.

House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio said Thursday, “a productive, bipartisan conversation on health care starts with a clean sheet of paper.” His office labeled next week’s meeting the “summit of all fears.”

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