Archive for March 15th, 2010

House Panel Pushes Forward With Health Care Maneuver

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The Dems are going to force health care “reform” down our throats. Looks like it may be a done deal.

The House Budget Committee Monday initiated the process that will allow the Senate to consider health care reform under special rules which ban Senate filibusters and require a simple majority to approve the measure.

The budget panel approved the reconciliation resolution 21 to 16. Two Democrats, Reps. Allen Boyd, D-Fla., and Chet Edwards, D-Texas, voted against the resolution. Both voted against the health care bill in the full House last fall.

“We’re taking the first step in the long arduous process toward health care reform,” said House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt, D-S.C.

A “reconciliation” resolution handles tax and budget matters essential to the health care reform package. Reconciliation is a special parliamentary maneuver available to the House and Senate.

It’s typically used in the annual budget cycle. At its most basic level, reconciliation harmonizes tax policy and federal expenditures.

Senate Democrats want to use reconciliation to pass health care reform because special reconciliation rules curb debate time. The vote came before a price tag for the bill was offered by the Congressional Budget Office.

Even though the Senate wants to use reconciliation to pass health care, the process must start in the House. Article One, Section 7 of the Constitution mandates that “all bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.”

Revenue raising bills are tax bills. And those tax provisions are essential to paying for the health care package.

To jump start the Senate reconciliation process, the first stop is the House.

The top Republican on the House Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., scolded Democrats for running the reconciliation gambit.

“Today we begin what might be the final chapter in this health care debacle,” said Ryan. “This is in fact, an extraordinary and unprecedented abuse of the budget reconciliation process.”

Ryan added that “never before has the House committee process been so grossly exploited.”

In fact, Ryan noted that Senate Democrats were forced to use reconciliation because they no longer wielded a 60-vote supermajority necessary to thwart GOP filibusters.

“The real reason we are here is Scott Brown,” said Ryan, a reference to the Republican senator from Massachusetts who won in an upset special election in January. “You can’t pass health care the regular way. So now you pass it the Washington way.

The next stop for the health care plan is the House Rules Committee. The Rules panel is the final weigh station for the health care bill before it hits the House floor. The Rules Committee will take the resolution approved by the Budget Committee and write the final version of the legislation.

The Rules Committee hopes to put the bill on the floor later this week. If the House approves the package, the Senate could take up the reconciliation resolution in the next two weeks.

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Organizers of “International Temple Mount Awareness Day” Grilled by Obama Official

Monday, March 15th, 2010

JERUSALEM – A member of the U.S. government met with organizers of Tuesday’s “International Temple Mount Awareness Day” to pepper the activists about their intentions regarding Jewish ascent to the holy site.

“It was obvious,” one of the planners told WND, “the individual who met with us from the Obama government was concerned about the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and what is being done to deepen it.”

The organizer talked on condition of anonymity and also on condition that WND kept confidential the name of the U.S. official who met with the Temple event planners.

The International Temple Mount Awareness Day is being planned by a coalition of Jewish groups, including The Temple Institute, the Organization for the Renewal of the Temple (ORT), Women in Green, the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation and Israel National Radio.

“We call on Jews and Gentiles around the world to mark March 16th as a day of solidarity with the Temple Mount and the prophetic vision of ‘a house of prayer for all nations,'” reads a statement from the organizers of the event.

In coordination with the Waqf, the Mount’s Islamic custodians, police here ban all non-Muslims from praying on the Mount despite an Israeli Supreme Court decision requiring police to offer an arrangement that will enable public Jewish prayer on the site.

The Israeli police cite security concerns for their Jewish prayer restrictions, explaining they fear the outbreak of Muslim violence if non-Muslim prayer is allowed.

The planners of Tuesday’s Temple awareness day are asking Israelis to arrive at the Mugrabi Gate, the entrance to the Mount, at 7:15 in the morning local time in accordance with directions posted on the institute’s site. Institute leaders stressed they are seeking a peaceful public demonstration of solidarity with the Mount.

Those outside Israel are being asked to “make known their dissatisfaction with the ongoing injustice to the Prime Minister of Israel, by telephone, by fax and by e-mail.”

Organizers of the event, including the Temple Institute, list a suggested protest letter text and contact information (link:) for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on its site.

The Temple Institute is a group that works to restore a Jewish presence to the Mount, where the Israeli police bar Jews from ascending during most hours of the day, while Muslims are granted nearly 24-hour access.

Organizers are also calling for those living abroad to “assemble in prayer and discussion, spreading the word and raising awareness about the injustices being committed on the Temple Mount.”

“We suggest holding prayer vigils outside Israeli consulates and the embassies,” stated the Temple Institute.

The Institute points out that according to the Hebrew calendar, tomorrow marks the anniversary of the dedication of the Tabernacle and the first day of the divine service.

No prayer zone

The Temple Mount was opened to the general public until September 2000, when the Palestinians started their intifada by throwing stones at Jewish worshipers after then-candidate for prime minister Ariel Sharon visited the area.

Following the onset of violence, the new Sharon government closed the Mount to non-Muslims, using checkpoints to control all pedestrian traffic for fear of further clashes with the Palestinians.

The Temple Mount was reopened to non-Muslims in August 2003. It still is open but only Sundays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and not on any Christian, Jewish or Muslim holidays or other days considered “sensitive” by the Waqf.

During “open” days, Jews and Christian are allowed to ascend the Mount, usually through organized tours and only if they conform first to a strict set of guidelines, which includes demands that they not pray or bring any “holy objects” to the site. Visitors are banned from entering any of the mosques without direct Waqf permission. Rules are enforced by Waqf agents, who watch tours closely and alert nearby Israeli police to any breaking of their guidelines.

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“Modern-Day Implications of Shari’a Law” Rev. Canon Julian Dobbs

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the global community has been saturated with carefully nuanced descriptions that explain the Muslim faith to a world that had previously given little attention to this 7th-century religion.

Unfamiliar words such as “jihad” and “shari’a” have become familiar concepts that are presented by world leaders and others to describe, and in many cases, defend Islam’s restlessness with Western culture and civilization.

Many Muslim leaders have become skilled operators at negating adverse information about Islam by presenting the Islamic faith as a peace-loving, peace-promoting way of living with nothing the Western world needs to fear. Furthermore, in an attempt to appease Islam — which exerts an over-proportionate influence on foreign policy, global financial markets and the media — Western governments have shaped their agendas to ensure, in some cases through legislation, that Islam and the prophet Mohammed are protected from any critique that might dishonor the Islamic faith. Thus, societies that were founded on a Judeo-Christian heritage have capitulated to Islam, giving the Muslim faith a platform to strategically influence the global community through the introduction of shari’a law.

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