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“BARACK OBAMA UNMASKED” A Book Review by Fern Sidman

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

BARACK OBAMA UNMASKED

A review of “THE MANCHURIAN PRESIDENT”

Barack Obama’s ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists

By; Aaron Klein, with Brenda J. Elliott

Reviewed by: FERN SIDMAN

MANCHURIAN PRESIDENT OBAMA

American journalist, author and radio host, Aaron Klein, along with historian and researcher, Brenda J. Elliott blow the lid off the dome of silence surrounding the Obama administration as they boldly unmask the nation’s 44th president in their latest chilling monograph entitled. “The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists” (WND Books – May 2010). Providing close to 900 footnotes and countless pages of documentation they reveal surreptitious ties to radical leftists of all stripes. If the title of this book sounds at all familiar, it is a takeoff on the 1959 political thriller novel by Robert Condon called “The Manchurian Candidate” in which the son of a prominent US political family has been brainwashed into being an unwitting assassin for the Communist party.

While Klein does not infer that President Obama is part of a Communist sleeper cell, he does present an exhaustive investigation into President Obama’s background and his radical ties to pivotal figures in the Communist movement, both inside the White House and out who also happen to be major players in crafting legislation, including the economic stimulus package. This weighty tome weaves a complex spider’s web of a narrative that is replete with a plethora of names and organizations of radical leftists, hitherto unknown by the public, who helped shape Obama’s ideology and career.

Starting with Obama’s childhood affiliation as a Sunday school attendee at the First Unitarian in Honolulu, a radical activist church that not only served as sanctuary for draft dodgers in the 1960s and 70s but had strong links to the even more radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Klein embellishes on the movement that gave birth to the underground terrorist offshoot called Weatherman. It was through this organization that Obama liaison Bill Ayers achieved fame as a Pentagon bomber-conspirator and a notorious leftist student agitator. Ayers summed up the Weatherman ideology which he referred to as “an American Red Army” by saying, “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents.”

Klein informs us that Obama worked directly with Ayers in Chicago back in 1988, after Ayers resurfaced from his underground status amid multiple criminal charges related to his extremist activities. The charges were dropped due to prosecutorial misconduct. The two were introduced by Gerald “Jerry” Kellman, a Marxist acolyte of radical community organizer Saul Alinsky, and thus, a professional association was forged as Obama served with the Ayers’ run community advocacy coalition called the Alliance for Better Chicago Schools, or ABC. When Obama launched his political career in 1995, the venue for his first fundraiser was the Chicago apartment of Bill Ayers and the two served alongside each other from 1995 to 2000 on a $100 million education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge or CAC.

Says Klein, “To underscore Ayers’ radical mentality in 1995, while he worked closely with Obama, the unrepentant terrorist gave an interview in that year for author Ron Chepesiuk’s book Sixties Radicals, in which Ayers stated, “I’m a radical, leftist, small ‘c’ communist.”

Following the guidelines of Alinsky-like tactics of working within the system to overthrow the capitalist structure of American government, Klein speaks of Obama’s direct links to the CAC’s role in “disbursing money through various far-left community organizers, such as ACORN.” Such Socialist led organizations and unions like Project VOTE!, the SEIU (Service Employees International Union), the AFL-CIO (the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations), AFSCME (American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees) and the Apollo Alliance are also directly linked to ACORN and Obama cronies with “questionable” ties. Quoting from a 2001 book by Jarol B. Manheim, “The Death of a Thousand Cuts: Corporate Campaigns and the Attack on the Corporation”, Klein says that “by 1986, ACORN had forged institutional ties with AFL-CIO Central Labor Councils in at least 30 cities” and that ACORN’s “People’s Platform” included such radical reformist objectives as “free medical care, a public defender system, the elimination of the state income tax for low income people and higher welfare benefits.”

Obama’s associations with the Nation of Islam, Black Liberation Theology and black political extremists are also revealed in nuanced detail, as Klein sheds light on the fact that Obama attended the million man march organized by Nation of Islam leader and rabid Jew hater, Louis Farrakhan. For over 20 years Obama attended the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago where Farrakhan gave guest lectures at the behest of anti-American extremist preacher Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Klein also uncovers the fact that the Nation of Islam was on Obama’s payroll in the early days of his political career and that his senior advisor, David Axelrod also maintained ties to radical Islam through his association as a board member of St. Sabena’s Church in Chicago which served as a haven for black nationalists of the Nation of Islam variety.

The backgrounds of other key Obama advisors and “Czars” such as Valerie Jarrett, Van Jones, Andy Stern, Cass Sunstein and John Holdren are also carefully scrutinized by Klein as well as their political leanings and the influence they wield in this current administration. Ghastly epiphanies proliferate, as Klein documents the fact that Communist Party member, Frank Marshall Davis who would become a mentor to the young Barack Obama in Hawaii worked closely with Vernon Jarrett, Valerie Jarrett’s father-in-law in at least three communist dominated organizations in Chicago in the late 1940s. Former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones, who resigned his post in September of 2009, was forced out of his job by allegations of association with a Marxist group during the 1990s. Having been arrested several times during the 90s for political activism, Jones was quoted in a November 2005 interview with the East Bay Express as saying that while in jail, “”I met all these young radical people of color — I mean really radical, communists and anarchists. And it was, like, ‘This is what I need to be a part of.'”

“The Manchurian President” also exposes how Obama’s health-care policy, masked by moderate populist rhetoric, was pushed along and partially crafted by extremists. Some of them reveal in their own words that their principal aim is to achieve corporate socialist goals and a vast increase in government powers.

Klein was recently quoted on FOX news as saying, “It is clear that Barack Obama has ties to an anti-American fringe nexus that was instrumental in building his political career from the beginning all the way through now.” He adds that, “I believe this work is crucial to Americans from across the political spectrum, including mainstream Democrats who should be alarmed that their party has been hijacked by an extreme-left bent on permanently changing the party to fits its radical agenda.”

This meticulously documented piece of outstanding investigative research is a must read for all good citizens of this great country who are concerned with the future of our cherished freedoms and values.

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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.

“Lady Gaga ‘Mocking’ the Holy Ghost” by Joseph R. Chambers

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

One of Lady Gaga’s songs on YouTube has drawn 223,934,322 hits (as of Thursday, 06-10-10). That’s getting close to one hit for every American citizen. How has such a “success” occurred? Only Satan can give that widespread recognition of the world to one person. Remember, he promised it to Jesus Christ, but the Son of God said, “No!”

It occurred in this fashion, “And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Luke 4:5-8). Jesus did not deny that Satan had this awesome power related to this world system. It has been proven often that “he is the god of this world” (II Corinthians 4:4).

The Psalmist David spoke of this wickedness and the pains of watching them prosper in their wicked lifestyle. He said, “I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found” (Psalm 37:35-36). This man that became a “man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22), was wise enough to go to God’s House and learn the secrets of righteous judgment. “Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end” (Psalm 73:12, 16-17). Oh, that this generation would learn this truth.

Lady Gaga is just another lost soul that has sold herself to Satan for a short time of power and success. The name of this popular song is “Bad Romance” and it is clear that she is singing of the devil. The lyrics begin with her singing in strange ramblings. I believe the devil means the strange words as a blasphemy against the Holy Ghost and the tongue of fire we see in Acts on the Day of Pentecost. The Holy Bible says, “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:3-4).

I believe that she is singing in the tongues of fallen angels. Some of the lyrics of this song are sung in French, other lines do not translate. If she is singing in a version of tongues, then every spirit of Satan understands her and incredible powers of evil are communicated. That is the reason for her huge success. We had better learn the truth of Satan’s powers as we approach the end. A great company of souls, especially young people, are being affected and even possessed as they submerge themselves with lyrics like this and the spirit of Satan’s anointed singers. Apostle Paul spoke of speaking in the tongue of angels, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal” (I Corinthians 13:1).

It would make sense that Satan’s fallen angels have a tongue of their own that is different from the great company of God’s holy angels. According to Jude, the angels of God speak to the world of Satan’s angels and to Satan himself. Jude described this interchange between them, “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee” (Jude 1:6, 8-9).

These kinds of evil activities are occurring all over the world and will grow more intent by the day. Jesus warned us that at the end of the church age and the regathering of Israel that evil would escalate to equal Noah’s Day. “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37-39). I do not believe it is possible to doubt that this is that day of which Jesus spoke.

Recently, a dear soul called me with a question that describes how far from God the church world has fallen. The minister of this person’s church was claiming to have had sex with the Holy Ghost. Of course, this was a demon masquerading as the Holy Spirit. This is believed by many to be exactly what happened in Noah’s Day. “There were giants (Nephilims) in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:4-5).

I do not know how far and deep this kind of depravity will reach, but I do know that great multitudes are going in this direction. The biggest fad at this moment is vampires and black magic. Fallen angels can and do appear in human form. Apostle Paul spoke of angels and ministers being transformed as ministers of righteousness. “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works” (II Corinthians 11:13-15).

Most people are uncomfortable with this kind of information. Satan absolutely loves for you to reject knowing the truth about him and his designs of deception and imitation. Satan and his evil spirits thrive in the darkness of rejected truth. “Lady Gaga” might have used her talent for Jesus Christ if she had known the wonderful truth of the Lord. Yet, Elvis Presley was raised in truth but still sold his soul for rock and roll. It’s a choice that every person must make. Satan will offer you his beguiling glory if you give him an open door into your head and heart. The devil will make a short work of this young lady (Lady Gaga). Let her deception be an example of Satan’s game. Make sure you are covered in the security of Christ’s shed blood.

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“Next Hizbullah War May Be Over Israel’s Gas and Oil Fields” by Chris Schang

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

In today’s news came an interesting report that stated that the next Israeli war with Hizbullah could be one over the recently discovered gas and oil fields off the coast of Israel. Israel has made these discoveries and claimed the fields for themselves. This is something that would be a great boost to the Jewish state and help them become a major player in the world energy sector. To demonstrate the current state of these oil fields the Israel National News is reporting:

Hizbullah has laid claim to a huge oil and gas field that Israel discovered off its northeastern Mediterranean Coast — and which Lebanon already has claimed as well. The terrorist organization warned that it will not allow Israel to take possession of the offshore fields, which could make the Jewish State energy self-sufficient for the first time in history. The As-Safir Lebanese newspaper told its readers that the gas field “was located between Israeli and Cypriot territorial waters and stretches toward the Lebanese coast.”Lebanese newspapers also reported that previous Israeli gas finds “were either taking place in areas stretching to Lebanese territorial waters or other spots far away from the Israeli coast.”

The INN article quoted Hizbullah officials as saying that they would not allow Israel to “loot” their natural resources. These newly discovered gas and oil fields could be a major source of funding for whoever is able to develop the fields. Hizbullah and Lebanon would like nothing more than a significant funding source for their efforts to destroy Israel. On the other hand it is clear that Israel is planning to develop these fields and it could be that such a move will trigger a war in the future. There is a lot at stake in the development of these gas and oil fields. The INN news article also state:

Hizbullah’s claims were stated by the party’s executive council chief Hashem Safieddine, who was quoted by the Tehran Times as saying it would not allow Israel to “loot” Lebanese gas resources. Lebanese parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri previously said, “Israel is racing to make the case a fait accompli and was quick to present itself as an oil emirate, ignoring the fact that, according to the maps, the deposit extends into Lebanese waters. Exploring our options in this field is our best bet to pay off Lebanon’s debts.”

However, the Israeli government denied that the gas and oil fields were in the Lebanese areas and even pointed out that the UN regulations state that Israel can develop the newly discovered energy fields. The INN article went on even further to state:

The Israeli government immediately responded to the Lebanese claims, saying they are totally unfounded and that all of the gas and oil fields are off the coast of Israel and not Lebanon. Dr. Yaakov Mimran, director of energy exploration for the National Infrastructures Ministry, called the claims “nonsense.” He added, “These noises occur when they smell gas. Until then they sit quietly and let the other side spend the money.” Marine law expert Amir Cohen-Dor told the Globes business news service that the Dalit and Tamar gas fields are within Israel’s contiguous economic zone, and that United Nations regulations clearly state that Israel can develop them.

There was a recent article out a few weeks ago that reported that new studies have shown that the fields hold more gas and oil than previously thought. These findings will be a bonanza for Israel and will help them to become an energy self-sufficient country for the first time in their history. For students of Bible prophecy these discoveries could further speed up the end times prophecies. In Ezekiel 38-39 the prophet records that the Gog and Magog allies are asked if they have come to invade Israel to take a “spoil”. A spoil could easily include over-running Israel and seizing their newly discovered energy riches. Couple this with the minerals that are in the Dead Sea and suddenly you have a very plausible scenario where the invaders can literally come for an economic spoil or looting.

To further bolster this scenario it is likely we all can remember that over the last few years Russia has been giving the Europeans a really hard time with providing a stable supply of gas for their cold winter months. The Russians did this to gain political and military ground at the expense of the Europeans. The discovery of gas in Israel could provide the Europeans with a reliable means and supply of gas, thereby allowing them to potentially bypass the Russians who have shown themselves to be unreliable. A development of this magnitude would surely not go over well in Moscow as Russia uses the money generated from gas and oil sales to prop up the Russian economy. I do not think it is a far fetched idea that these gas and oil fields could be part of the “spoil” spoken about in Ezekiel 38-39. This is to me certainly possible.

As a result, students of Bible prophecy need to keep an eye out in the news for any significant developments related to the new developing Israeli energy sector. This could be a key in the coming Gog and Magog conflict. I also believe that the discovery of the gas and oil fields is not a coincidence either. To me, this is another example of how God has accurately foretold the future and given us clues to look for in the end times. With the prophetic puzzle pieces moving around the end times game board, we surely can see that time is running out and that the foretold prophetic events are just over the horizon.

God bless.

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“Planting The Prophetic Dagger” by Michael G. Mickey

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Fresh off of giving the opening address at the annual Bilderberg Group’s meeting, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, whose country currently holds the European Union’s rotating presidency, is calling for the EU to adopt a “strong, joint EU position” on Gaza and Israel’s blockade of it.

The following is an excerpt from an EUBusiness.com article on the topic:

Zapatero said his foreign minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos, would propose to his EU colleagues at a meeting on Monday that the 27-nation bloc “clearly declare itself in favour of ending the blockade of the Gaza Strip.”

Moratinos said in a television interview this week that the ministers would discuss “a plan for lifting the blockade” in order to “ensure the entry” of humanitarian aid, commercial goods and people.

In spite of the fact there is video evidence that Israeli commandos who boarded the ship in the recent Gaza flotilla incident were immediately attacked by what was essentially a lynch mob of so-called ‘activists’, the international community is in an absolute feeding frenzy, issuing undeserved condemnation after condemnation against Israel and, beyond even that, now wants to end the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The anti-Israel bias in the apparently forthcoming unified call of the EU to end the Gaza blockade is visible for all to see, its stated end goal of getting humanitarian aid and commercial goods to the Palestinians being completely unnecessary to be asked for to begin with.

The Israeli government has routinely redirected ships attempting entry to Gaza to a port in Ashdod where, after inspection of their cargo to ensure terrorist elements inside Gaza aren’t being passed weaponry or equipment useful in building weaponry, anything not considered to be dangerous, (like humanitarian aid), has been delivered to Gaza via trucks and given to the Palestinian people. So why all the fuss? Obviously because Israel’s blockade strategy is working thus far, preventing ships loaded with not only dangerous cargo but terrorist passengers from landing in Gaza which is rocking everyone’s boat, no pun intended.

Why, if Israel is trucking all the humanitarian aid and commercial goods from Ashdod to Gaza, is it SO important to the entire world that ships be allowed to port directly in Gaza? It’s a million dollar question, from my perspective.

Furthermore, why is an extra step being taken by Israel to ensure there is no conflict or unnecessary bloodshed in the troubled Middle East, particularly between the Israelis and Palestinians, so upsetting to the European Union, Turkey, etc.? After all, isn’t a reduction in violence and conflict what the international community says it wants for the region? All of this uproar about the Gaza blockade doesn’t make a lot of sense unless there is a strong anti-semitic spirit involved behind the scenes, a spirit of the Psalm 83:4 variety: “They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.”

“Mike, are you suggesting that the entire world, even the European Union, has some sort of hatred against Israel?”

“Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying. The entire world, for the most part, is against the nation of Israel as prophesied for the end times. Not only that, Israel is developing a new enemy in these last days, the United States of America under the Obama administration.”

The Weekly Standard is reporting the following in part (emphasis added mine):

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that senior Obama administration officials have been telling foreign governments that the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel’s behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident. The White House has apparently shrugged off concerns from elsewhere in the U.S. government that a) this is an extraordinary singling out of Israel, since all kinds of much worse incidents happen around the world without spurring UN investigations; b) that the investigation will be one-sided, focusing entirely on Israeli behavior and not on Turkey or on Hamas; and c) that this sets a terrible precedent for outside investigations of incidents involving U.S. troops or intelligence operatives as we conduct our own war on terror.

While UN Ambassador Susan Rice is reported to have played an important role in pushing for U.S. support of a UN investigation, the decision is, one official stressed, of course the president’s.

President Obama, who attended a church for twenty years from the pulpit of which anti-semitic rhetoric poured forth on a routine basis is reportedly going to plant a dagger in Israel’s back in the next week when there is absolutely no just cause for an investigation to be carried out against Israel whatsoever by the United Nations. Who would’ve guessed it? I would’ve. Why? Because I wouldn’t have, as a born-again Christian, attended an anti-semitic church for twenty minutes let alone 20 years! That President Obama did, which I and a host of other Christian writers warned likely meant he could be an anti-Israel president, speaks volumes. While there is still time for President Obama to change his mind, which we need to pray for if The Weekly Standard’s sources are correct, I wouldn’t bet the farm on anything other than Israel getting thrown under the bus.

How blind can they be?

Anyone who gives an unbiased look at the current environment in the Middle East, all of Israel’s enemies openly frothing at the mouth while gathering arms to attack her, has to know that the tiny nation can’t rest on its laurels where protecting its lands and people are concerned, but here we are! It is senseless, but here we are.

The entire world is bowing to the god of this world, looking past the overwhelming amount of evidence that Turkey, along with radicals and terrorists from around the globe, perhaps even a White House insider, purposefully created the scenario that led to the Gaza flotilla confrontation and are now hoping to cook up what will be a completely biased investigation that will ultimately form some pathetic likeness of an excuse to stab at Israel and place her in greater peril.

While all of this is disturbing to read and consider, this is what the prophetic scenario documented in the Holy Bible tells us the last days is supposed to look like. Simply put, a major component of the last days features Satan, the god of this world, and the ungodly in control of many nations trying to destroy the nation of Almighty God’s chosen people, the Jews, a scenario that will not be decided in fullness until Christ’s visible, physical, bodily return at the Battle of Armageddon.

With every passing day, it seems to me, we can look at the prophetic horizon and see a bit more clearly the smoke rising from what lies ahead. May God have mercy on those He is willing to. Things are about to become very ugly it appears.

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Netanyahu Warns: Dark days ahead

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Israel continues to stand alone against the world. Continue to pray for them.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted rough waters ahead for Israel on Monday. “Be prepared for difficult days,” he told a Likud faction meeting, in which he also announced the establishment of an inquiry committee to probe the IDF flotilla raid.

“Dark forces from the Middle Ages are raging against us. I have received calls from concerned officials in the Balkans and Eastern Europe who are very worried about these developments.”

Earlier, at the cabinet meeting, Netanyahu told ministers to expect “surprises”, even from Israel’s allies. However he said the committee would work in favor of Israel, and not against it.

“This committee strengthens our ability to fight in the international political arena. If we had done nothing, I assume we would have had worse problems in the world. There is a certain price we are paying, but under the present circumstances it is our best move,” he said.

“The flotilla to Gaza was not a one-time thing. We find ourselves in the midst of a difficult and continuous battle against the State of Israel. The flood of hate is being led by Israel’s enemies all over the world,” Netanyahu added.

“They are trying to pinch us with the metal pinchers of missiles and terror, and revoke Israel’s right to defend itself as well as the rights of IDF soldiers to protect their own lives.”

But the inquiry committee, led by retired Supreme Court Justice Jacob Turkel and including observers from Ireland and Canada, does not appear to be in any particular hurry. Its members have not yet met with Netanyahu and Cabinet Secretary Zvi Hauser says no time schedule has been set yet.

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“The Moral Deficit” by Todd Strandberg

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Just as I was about to publish last week’s “Nearing Midnight” article, the International Monetary Fund released a project that showed deficit spending would push the U.S. national debt past the magic 100 percent of GDP by as early as 2012. This level is an important milestone because every single time a nation has amassed a debt equal to its total economic output, it has defaulted.

I didn’t stop the presses because the information in my article already made it perfectly clear that we face a very dark economic future. Another reason not to go back and add more evidence is that there is a greater shortfall at work here.

Western civilization is suffering from an ever-expanding moral deficit. We will never be able to fix all the other problems that afflict our nation until we first close this gap. History has shown that a moral or religious code is necessary for the long-term survival of a culture or civilization. The Roman Empire fell because it lost its moral compass.

The European Union framers rejected a biblical approach to its moral code. They made no mention of God or the Christian heritage in their constitution. Because of the absence of divine morality, the EU is now collapsing under the weight of monetary corruption and a public that sees the government as its own sugar daddy.

Nothing tops the greed found in corporate America. As one economist once said, “While Japanese CEOs might commit hari kiri and British CEOs resign, Americans fight over the size of their bonuses when their firms fail.”

I see our standards slipping away. For years, I’ve kept track of the growing acceptance of the gay lifestyle. A new poll by the Gallup organization shows we have now reached a very dubious milestone. By a margin of 52 to 43 percent, most Americans now find homosexuality morally acceptable.

People who defend gays can now rest in the knowledge that they are in the majority. The few remaining folks on the opposing side now run the risk of committing hate crimes. I’m sure gay groups will now make the push to get federal protection for their sexual orientation.

The moral deficit shows in the type of leaders we have in our nation. Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh recently got married. This is the fourth time Rush has tied the knot with a woman. Members of the liberal media were left scratching their heads when it was made known that Elton John did the singing at the Limbaugh wedding. The gay icon was paid a million bucks for his services.

One of the problems of relying on secular leaders for moral leadership is that the term “family values” is constantly being redefined. Men like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Bill O’Reilly are helpful in holding back the liberal onslaught, but they are no substitute for biblical morality.

There was once a time when alcohol, divorce, and school truancy were the hot topics for any debate on ethics. Today, if a politician talked about moral issues, he would be labeled as a right-wing extremist. The focus of our political leaders is now almost exclusively on financial or foreign-policy issues.

The problem is no better in our Christian media. I can’t recall the last time I heard a preacher talk about something as simple as divorce. There are four major Christian satellite networks in this nation. As I click through them, I quickly notice their most popular subject today is “you.” They talk about “getting your miracle,” “feeling better about yourself,” and “making the best of your life.” Yet when I flip though the Bible, and I find a remedy for “sin” to be its most common subject of discussion.

I’m not hopeful that we as nation will ever close the moral deficit. We’re at the point where immorality is feeding on itself. There is still opportunity to rescue people who come to realize that sin comes with a hefty price tag.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:3-5).

— Todd

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“Turkey, Jihad and Prophecy” by Michael G. Mickey

Friday, June 11th, 2010

I know I’ve done it repetitively, but I want to point out, once again, that the nation of Turkey, presently a member of NATO and a candidate nation for membership in the European Union, has a different future than its recent history has been indicative of.

According to Ezekiel 38 & 39, Turkey is to be part of an Russian-Arab confederacy of nations that will attack the nation of Israel in the last days. For many, seeing this as Turkey’s future has been difficult to grasp until now, but are things changing rapidly or what?

In the aftermath of the Gaza flotilla incident, the anti-Israel sentiments streaming from Ankara have been nothing short of outrageous, at times coming close to threatening in tone. Not only that, recent stories in the news seem to indicate there is going to be no turning back for Turkey where relations with Israel are concerned. Truly, it seems, we are witnessing Turkey’s long-anticipated move toward foreign policy unity with it future Gog-Magog allies where Israel is concerned.

Who would’ve imagined getting online and reading a headline like “Turkey is calling for a jihad against Israel” a year ago or even 6 months ago? Few I imagine, but that is the headline of a story on The Guardian’s website dated 6-8-10.

The following is an excerpt from that article (emphasis added mine):

Support for Turkey is at an all-time high in the Arab world. The last time Turkish flags were carried through the streets of Middle Eastern capitals was during the first world war, as people took to the streets in continued support for the Ottoman sultan-caliph against the western entente powers. The sultan-caliph had proclaimed a jihad. Thanks to Turkish government support of a blockade-running mission led by a group of Hamas sympathisers, they are flying once again. No ruling Arab leader is as popular as the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose discourse amounts to calls for a jihad against Israel.

Israel’s relations with Ankara – military, economic, and tourist (Israelis once flocked to Turkey) – have been sacrificed on the altar of Turkey’s retrograde aspiration to lead the Islamic world and establish itself along with Iran as an alternative to American power. Turkey is once again turning eastwards.

Turkey establishing itself alongside its Gog-Magog ally Iran, as an alternative to American power in the Middle East? It’s almost surreal for me to read that even though it’s precisely what I’ve anticipated was going to occur at some point.
How blessed are we, as Christians keeping watch for the return of Jesus Christ for His Church, to be witnessing what we are at this juncture in the prophetic timeline? Think about it!

A short time ago it was difficult to see how Turkey was going to go from being a firmly-entrenched pro-Western nation to a key power in the prophesied battle of Gog-Magog described in Ezekiel 38-39, but now – RIGHT NOW – the transition is occurring in rapid-fire fashion before our very eyes! We are witnessing in our flesh the prelude to what the prophet Ezekiel foretold was going to be a battle occurring in the “latter years” or last days! (Ezekiel 38:8) Wrap your mind around that and give thanks to the Lord that you were chosen to live in a moment such as this, bible prophecy literally exploding to life in the news of our world today!

The end times drama continues.

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“DEMONSTRATORS SAY ‘NO’ TO MOSQUE AT GROUND ZERO” by Fern Sidman

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

“No mosque at Ground Zero” was the rallying cry of the day, as thousands of angry demonstrators gathered for a mass expression of vehement opposition to the proposed construction of a 13-story mosque just blocks away from the site of the 9/11 attacks. A palpable patriotism and zeal filled the air on Sunday afternoon, June 6th as Zucotti Park at the corner of Church and Liberty Streets in lower Manhattan was filled to capacity. Rally attendees who came from as far as Chicago and Los Angeles held signs saying, “Ground Zero is a War Memorial – No Mega Mosque here”, “You Can Build a Mosque at Ground Zero – When Can We Build a Synagogue in Mecca?”, “Pack Your Sharia and Get out”, “Mayor Bloomberg: This Mosque Has Radical Ties – and you still approve?” Hundreds of American flags blew in the summer breeze as speakers representing every walk of life condemned the notion of a mosque being erected near the site of the former World Trade Center’s twin towers.

The Cordoba Initiative, headed by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, is the chief sponsor of the project that is to be called The Cordoba House, a name that refers to the city in Spain which, in the Middle Ages, was a center of Islamic culture and learning. Cordoba was also the seat of an Islamic caliphate in which Jews and Christians suffered under second-class dhimmi status and was the site of large-scale pogrom, perpetrated by Muslims, in the year 1011.

The proposed mosque will be built at 45 Park Place, which is the site of a four story edifice built in 1857 and was a Burlington Coat retail store until 9/11, when part of the plane’s landing gear crashed through the roof. The building which currently houses a mosque will be razed to make room for the new structure. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission could conceivably thwart the intended project if they determine that the building has historic status, thus rendering it a landmark. Elisabeth de Bourbon, a spokeswoman for the Landmarks Commission said a hearing is scheduled to take place on that very subject. New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has weighed in on the issue and has expressed support for the project.

Imam Rauf insists that the $150 million project is meant to heal the wounds of 9/11. “We’ve approached the community because we want this to be an example of how we are cooperating with the members of the community, not only to provide services but also to build a discourse on how Muslims and non-Muslims can cooperate together to push back against the voice of extremism”, he said.

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy says there are more productive ways to fight Islamic extremism and has questions about the financing. According to reports, the building that occupies the site was purchased last year for $4.85 million in cash by Soho Properties, a real estate company run by Muslims. Imam Rauf, who is also the founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement was an investor in that transaction.

Dr. Jasser said that with such a financial commitment, there needs to be full disclosure about where the money is coming from. “There should be transparency about who those investors are; whether that money is coming from a domestic source or not, and if it’s coming from foreign interests we need to know, because I think that’s a liability, and it shows that there is another agenda rather than domestic security and tranquility” he said.

Organized by such organizations as ‘Stop the Islamization of America’, Families of the 9/11 Victims, The New York City Firefighters, the Tea Party Activists of Brooklyn and Staten Island among other such groups, the rally goers stood in the scorching heat and listened to the impassioned words of the litany of speakers. “We’re not here today to condemn Muslims or Islam” said Pamela Geller, executive director of ‘Stop the Islamization of America’, who emceed the rally, “but we are here today to condemn the kind of mosque that will teach the very same radical ideology that gave birth to the 9/11 attacks”, she intoned. “Building a mosque just several blocks away from Ground Zero is an insult and an affront to every single person that was killed on 9/11, to their families, to the first responders and every concerned American who cherishes liberty, democracy and freedom. Today is June 6th, which is D-day and there are no coincidences. Today we gather at war memorials throughout our great country to pay homage to those who died fighting for our freedom. The site of the proposed mosque, the building that was once a Burlington Coat factory should be designated a war memorial, just like Gettysburg or Pearl Harbor”, she continued.

“3000 pairs of eyes are looking down at us today” declared James Lafferty of the Virginia Anti-Sharia Task Force who traveled to New York to speak at the rally. “We must stand together as a free people and tell the world that we will fight the imposition of Sharia law until our last breath. These evil, cowardly bastards who took the lives of those proud Americans on 9/11 will be remembered forever and this mosque which represents the triumph of Islamic fanaticism will not be built if we have anything to say”, he said. Mr. Lafferty received thunderous applause when he said, “The good people of the USA must also stand in solid unity with the Israel Defense Forces who are waging a war against Hamas terrorism as was evidenced several days ago when they intercepted a Turkish based flotilla of ships whose aim it was to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. It is the IDF who is on the front lines in the battle against Islamic radicalism and we must support them”.

Dr. Babu Suseelan, a Hindu human rights activist told the crowd, “We Hindus and Sikhs have a story to tell. Islamists killed 80 million of us since 700 AD and they continue to kill us. They destroyed 3000 glorious temples and built mosques over them. In the last 60 years, Islamists in Pakistan wiped out infidel Hindu and Sikh populations. At one time we represented 25% of the population and now we are less that 1%. Know this: The 9/11 mosque is not a symbol of understanding. It is a symbol of conquest. Imam Rauf is a master of Taqiyya, which is the use of deception to forward the agenda of Islam. What Faisal Shahzad failed to accomplish in Times Square on May 1st with overt jihad, Imam Rauf will succeed with stealth jihad.”

“Not here! Not now!” was the resounding theme of the speech delivered by Jay Townsend, the GOP candidate of the US Senate from New York who will be challenging the incumbent Charles Schumer in the upcoming November elections. “The wounds have not healed, Imam”, he said. “And we cannot so soon forget. The hatred that spawned this assault on our sensibilities is still taught in too many of your mosques and inscribed into too many of your prayer rugs. Not here, not now, until you have excised the hatred that is inscribed in the school books of your impressionable young. Not here, not now, until you are willing to say that Israel has the right to exist, that the people of Israel have a right to a life absent of fear of a nuclear armed tyrant who denies the Holocaust” he declared.

Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and a co-organizer of the rally referenced a June 5th article in the New York Post that said, “The imam behind a proposed mosque near Ground Zero is a prominent member of a group that helped sponsor the pro-Palestinian activists who clashed violently with Israeli commandos at sea this week. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a key figure in Malaysian-based Perdana Global Peace Organization, according to its website. Perdana is the single biggest donor ($366,000) so far to the Free Gaza Movement, a key organizer of the six-ship flotilla that tried to break Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip Monday.”

Members of the Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam (HRCARI) also made their presence known at the rally through their visual depiction of the heinous murders committed by radical Islamists around the globe. “We are glad that the speakers here today drew a distinction between the Islamic faith and those who commit murder in the name of Allah. We work with Muslims and ex-Muslim dissidents who oppose the pernicious ideology of radical Islam and we are an inclusive alliance of people of all religions and nationalities who cherish freedom” said Dr. Marvin Belsky, a retired internist.

Responding to the remarks of the doyenne of the White House Press Corps, 89-year old Helen Thomas who told a reporter on May 27th, following a celebration of Jewish Heritage Day at the White House that “the Jews should get the heck out of Palestine. The Palestinians are occupied by those who stole their land. They should go home to Poland and Germany, America, anywhere”, Dr. Belsky said, “Ms. Thomas is a disgrace to the White House press corps and she should have her press credentials revoked. She is a virulent anti-Semite that should be roundly condemned.”

Other speakers included Anders Gravers of Stop the Islamization of Europe, Simon Deng, the Sudanese ex-slave and campaigner for human rights for Sudanese Christians, Richard Connerney, a philosophy professor at Pace University, Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian ex-Muslim and author of “Now They Call Me Infidel” and “Cruel and Unusual Punishment”, Nelly Braginskaya, a 9/11 family member who lost her son, Larry Savinkin, father of Vladimir Savinkin, 21 and president of the September 11th Family Group uniting 9/11 families from the Russian-American community, Dan Maloney, New York Director of the Gathering of Eagles organization and congressional candidate in District 4 in New York, Germano Rivera, who recovered remains on 9/11, Nabil Asaad and Dr. Esmat Zaklama, Coptic Christian human rights activists, Pamela Hall of SIOA-NY and a human righhts activiist, Herb London of the Hudson Institute, and Beverly Carlson of the Band of Mothers, among others.

The rally organizers urged those in attendance today to continue their work against the mosque in their localities and they were exhorted to return for yet another rally in opposition to the mosque on September 10th. The rally concluded with the singing of “God Bless America”.

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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.

American Jihadists Use New Weapon: Response Fatigue

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The terrorist will use any method they can to kill us.

Jihadists in the United States are encouraging the use of a new weapon, the FBI warns: “Response fatigue.”

An internal alert in the security agency told federal, state and local authorities to beware the latest weapon in the jihadist arsenal, which could present a formidable problem for busy police departments.

According to the May 27 “Situational Information Report” emanating from the FBI’s Washington Field Office Intelligence Division, a recent posting on a popular jihadi website suggested that ‘wannabe’ terrorists place “invasions suspicious bags (sic)” in “the heart of Washington and New York.”

The suspicious packages, or bags, would contain innocent items such as shoes, clothes or toys. It is a strategy used by other extremists in the United States in the recent past, according to a report broadcast by the ABC News network.

The goal, said the FBI report, was to desensitize first responders by forcing them to constantly respond to false alarms on “suspicious but harmless items”, thereby causing response fatigue.

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‘Civil Rights’ Not Relevant to Marriage Debate

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Marriage is not a civil right. It never has been.

“This is not a civil rights issue,” [Brad Dacus, president of the Sacramento-based Pacific Justice Institute (PJI)] states bluntly. “Individuals have the freedom to engage in all kinds of relationships and behaviors with one another under the law.”

Instead, says the PJI attorney, at issue is whether people want government to place its “endorsement and formal blessing and encouragement” upon homosexual relationships. “And clearly the stats show that such relationships do not further the public interest in terms of health, safety, [or] stability, or the development of healthy rearing of children and family life,” he adds.

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White House Rejected Israeli Intel, Blocked Use of Anti-Riot Gear Against Flotilla

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Obama continues to alienate our only true ally in the Middle East and, in doing so, continues to spit in the eye of God.

Diplomatic sources said the White House rejected Israeli intelligence assessments that the six-ship flotilla contained weapons and Islamist fighters trained to resist any boarding operation. The sources, privy to Israeli-U.S. government communications, said Obama and his leading aides pressed Israel against any act that would be deemed excessive force.

“The White House demanded that Israel exercise extreme caution and restraint in any scenario,” a diplomatic source said.

The Obama administration demands were relayed through Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor, the sources said. They said Barak, who has sought advanced weapons from Washington, persuaded Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree that the Israel Navy would not use anti-riot equipment, including tear gas, to stop the flotilla.

The sources said the Israeli intelligence community had informed the White House that the flotilla contained scores of Turks trained in weapons and hand-to-hand combat. They said the Turkish-flagged ship Marmara was believed to have contained weapons and components ordered by the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip.

In the end, Netanyahu approved a plan for the Israel Navy to board Marmara with commandos armed with paintball guns. The commandos were quickly overpowered by Turkish fighters until the Israeli commander ordered live fire, which killed nine passengers, eight of them Turks.

Obama, whose aides were said to have been in contact with the flotilla, did not condemn the Israeli naval interception. But within hours of the bloody clash, the president withdrew his invitation to Netanyahu to come to the White House.

“The last thing the president wanted was to stand next to Netanyahu as he defended this action and blasted Hamas and its supporters in the West,” another source said.

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Gov’t Media Takeover Would Endanger Freedoms

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

One key component necessary for a despot to take control of the country would be a takeover of the media.

Because of the support from the White House, some groups are pushing for a tighter reign on media outlets like radio, Internet, and cable news. Among others, the Media Justice, the Rainbow Push Coalition, and Common Cause are calling on the feds for more regulation — and they have joined with some 30 liberal organizations and have sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging the agency to monitor, what it calls, “hate speech.”

While the First Amendment protects freedom of speech and freedom of religion, Dan Gainor, vice president for business and culture at the Culture and Media Institute (CMI) of the Media Research Center (MRC), warns that those freedoms could be in danger if the government gets its way.

“One of the FCC commissioners described what they want to see, which is PBSS — Public Broadcasting System on Steroids,” Gainor reports. “They want to take what the left is calling for — $30 billion a year — and push it toward lefty websites. And trust me, talk radio…Fox and other more mainstream outlets aren’t going to see a penny.”

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“The Hand of God at Work” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

The state of our global financial system has once again captured my attention. Since I last commented on the economic state of the world, the outlook has become dramatically worse.

In Europe, the euro has plunged in value as investors realize the enormity of the “sovereign debt” dilemma. First, Greece, Portugal, and Spain saw their debt ratio getting lowered. Now the contagion has moved to eastern Europe, with Hungary added to the sick list. The cost of insuring against losses on Hungarian sovereign debt has soared in recent days.

You may be wondering what sovereign debt is. In its simplest form, sovereign debt means government debt. It is any financial loan taken out by any nation. It usually also means the accumulated debts of government subentities such as states, provinces, municipalities, agencies, boards, and commissions for which the senior government is ultimately responsible.

In the U.S., we just surpassed the $13 trillion mark for federal debt. When you add state and local city debt to the mix, the total comes to a mammoth $16 trillion in American sovereign debt.

I am absolutely dismayed over Washington’s inability to deal with out debt problem. The financial crisis in Europe has failed to knock any sense into our leaders. Instead of working on saving money, Congress is constantly adding to the national tab. It is currently working on a bill that would add another $154 billion to the $1.5 trillion shortfall already projected for fiscal year 2011.

Congress did recently establish a committee to come up with cuts, and it managed to find $16 billion in potential savings. The federal budget is over $3 trillion, so this is just insulting to only propose cuts that are a third of a percent of the total. Any realistic fix will have to deal with sacred cows like Social Security and Medicare.

Investment analyst Marc Faber has become something of a superstar by predicting the subprime meltdown, the rise in gold prices, and the 1987 crash. He obviously hopes to continue his winning streak by forecasting more economic calamity: “I am 100 percent sure that the U.S. will go into hyperinflation. Not tomorrow, but the problem with the government debt growing so much is that when the time will come and the Fed should increase interest rates, they’ll be very reluctant to do so and so inflation will start to accelerate,” Faber said to Bloomberg News.

The growth rate of our debt is scary. Since 2002, it has more than doubled. A recent poll found that 79 percent of the American people are very concerned about our national debt. With $6 trillion dollars of pension money invested in government IOUs, millions of people should be alarmed.

We may now be at the point where out economy is starting to succumb to the burden of uncontrolled spending. The recovery from the credit crunch of 2008 has been very slow. Despite pumping nearly $2 trillion into the economy, only 20,000 non-government jobs were created last month. With trillions of dollars locked up in Treasury bills, there is no money for new investment. If we don’t quickly get the economy growing again, we are doomed.

So much attention has been paid to the financial crisis in Europe and in Washington that the state budget problem has largely gone unnoticed. Several key states are sliding towards bankruptcy. One estimate says that states may need a $1-trillion-dollar bailout package to keep them afloat.

The suddenness and enormity of all these financial problems convince me that the hand of God is at work here. I’ll never forget how quickly the Soviet Empire collapsed. Within the space of a couple of years, every single one of those Communist states fell as if they were being pushed over like dominos. If God has the same idea for the global financial system, there is nothing that all the economists in the world can do.

I don’t have any special insight from the Lord to say, “Don’t worry folks, we Christians are going to be raptured before the Western civilization implodes.” Because it would be too much of a tip-off to be around to see the Antichrist reestablish order, our departure would have to be very near.

“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matt. 24:44).

— Todd

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Crisis Not ‘Wasted’: Obama to Nationalize Oil Companies?

Monday, June 7th, 2010

It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Obama didn’t use the disaster in the gulf to take more government control of private industry.

While management of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has shaken many Americans’ confidence in the current administration, some voices in entertainment, news and academia see the crisis as reason to give the federal government even more power – namely, the ability to take over the oil industry.

The notion is catching on with the public, too. A CBS poll recently tabulated 63 percent of Americans believe the Obama administration should be doing more in response to the spill, and activists working through the SeizeBP.org website are planning protests in 50 cities throughout the week demanding the federal government take over BP, the company that owns and operates the leaking oil drill.

The Seize BP organization is demanding BP assets be nationalized not only to clean up the spill, but also to compensate families affected by what the organization calls “this capitalist-made disaster.”

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Cairo to Strip Citizenship from Men Who Marry Israelis

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Nothing like the equal rights Muslims enjoy…or don’t enjoy, as the case may be.

Cairo’s High Court of Justice has upheld a lower court ruling that ordered the Interior Ministry to ensure that Egyptian men lose their rights if they marry Israeli wives.

Administrative Supreme Court Justice Mohammed al-Husseini handed down a decision Saturday that Egypt’s Interior Ministry must ask the country’s Cabinet to take what steps it must to strip citizenship from men married to Israeli women — and from their children.

At present, Egyptians marrying Israelis are allowed to retain their Egyptian citizenship, and their children are automatically considered Egyptian citizens as well. The practice parallels that of the Muslim faith, in which custody of the children, and the religious faith, follows that of the father.

But although the High Court upheld a lower court ruling and its decision cannot be challenged further, the judge stipulated that the ministry “present all the marriages to the cabinet to examine each separately,” explained Nabil Al-Wahsh, the attorney who brought the original lawsuit. It is not clear whether or how the government will enforce the ruling.

Last year the Interior and Foreign Ministries appealed a similar decision by the lower court, arguing that the matter should be placed before the country’s parliament, rather than be decided in the courts.

Al-Wahsh explained to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite news network that he wanted to prevent the creation of a generation who are “disloyal to Egypt and the Arab world.” The children of such marriages “should not be allowed to perform their military service,” he commented.

Al Jazeera reporter in Cairo, Rawya Rageh, commented that the case has “highlighted the divide between the official Egyptian stance on peace with Israel versus the real sentiment on the street of the Arab world’s most populous nation.”

She added that “Popular sentiment in Egypt is primarily determined by the Palestinian situation, and this has given more room to lawsuits filed in Egyptian courts against anything that appears remotely sympathetic to Israel or its citizens.”

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Israeli Forces Board Gaza-Bound Aid Vessel

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Anyone who actually believes these “aid” vessels are actually that, is a fool. These vessels have one purpose only; to swing international opinion further against Israel.

JERUSALEM — Israeli forces seized a Gaza-bound aid vessel without meeting resistance on Saturday, preventing it from breaking an Israeli maritime blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory days after a similar effort turned bloody.

The military said its forces boarded the 1,200-ton Rachel Corrie cargo ship from the sea, not helicopters.

The takeover stood in marked contrast to a violent confrontation at sea earlier this week when Israeli commandos blocked a Turkish aid vessel trying to break the blockade. At the time, Israeli commandos rappelled from helicopters and a clash with passengers left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead.

Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich says Saturday’s takeover took only a few minutes and that the vessel was being taken to Israel’s Ashdod port.

The Irish ship — named for an American college student who was crushed to death by a bulldozer in 2003 while protesting Israeli house demolitions in Gaza — was carrying hundreds of tons of aid, including wheelchairs, medical supplies and cement.

The standoff has raised international pressure on Israel to lift the 3-year-old blockade that has plunged the territory’s 1.5 million residents deeper into poverty.

Activists on board the boat, including Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan, had said they wouldn’t resist if Israeli soldiers tried to take over their vessel.

This latest attempt to breach the blockade differs significantly from the flotilla the Israeli troops intercepted on Monday, killing eight Turks and a Turkish-American after being set upon by a group of activists.

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Lt. Col. Lakin Hearing: ‘Items Pertaining to President’s Credentials are Not Relevant’

Friday, June 4th, 2010

As expected the government is not going to allow the president’s birth certificate to be investigated.

An Army “investigating officer” has banished evidence about the controversy over President Obama’s eligibility – or lack thereof – to be commander-in-chief from a pending hearing for a career military doctor who announced he is refusing orders until Obama documents his constitutional status.

“In my view our constitutional jurisprudence allows Congress alone, and not a military judicial body, to put the president’s credentials on trial,” wrote Daniel J. Driscoll in a memorandum determining what evidence the defense for Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin will be allowed to explore at next week’s hearing.

“It is my opinion the discovery items pertaining to the president’s credentials are not relevant to the proof of any element of the charges and specifications set forth in the charge sheet,” he continued. “Consequently I will not examine the documents or witnesses pertinent to the president or his credentials to hold office.”

The ruling came prior to a scheduled Article 32 hearing for Lakin, who posted a video inviting his own court hearing because of the status of the president and questions over whether his eligibility means orders given under his control would be invalid.

Lakin is not the first officer to raise questions. Others have included Army doctor Capt. Connie Rhodes and Army reservist Maj. Stefan Cook. But Lakin is the first active-duty officer to raise the question.

Word about the ruling from Driscoll came from the American Patriot Foundation, which operates the Safeguard Our Constitution website which is generating support for Lakin.

While Driscoll cited “Rule for Courts-Martial 405” which allows “the production of witnesses ‘whose testimony would be relevant…'” he said questions about Obama’s eligibility – which could bear on the validity of military orders – will be ignored.

Driscoll then blamed the defense for not giving him what he wanted.

“I expressly instructed ‘[y]our submissions, if any, on the subject of lawfulness of orders, derivation of authority, political questions and the like should be sufficiently scholarly to allow me to make an informed determination of relevance of the requested items to the truth of the specifications and charges at issue,” Driscoll wrote.

“The defense submitted a memorandum outlining the concept of chain of command, showing that the president is at the top of the chain, showing that the Constitution requires the president to be a natural born citizen and stating that soldiers must disobey ‘illegal orders,'” Driscoll continued. “There is no scholarly discussion of what constitutes an illegal order or under what circumstances such an order can be disobeyed or must be disobeyed.”

Instead, he said, the “law of lawfulness of orders” should prevail.

The result is that he denied defense requests for Obama’s Punahou school records, Hawaii Health Department records, Occidental College records, Columbia records and Harvard records.

He also rejected a request that Obama be called to answer questions about his eligibility.

Driscoll said those who have custody of Obama’s records – several Hawaii and various school officials – also will not be allowed to testify.

Driscoll declined to respond to a WND request to comment on his ruling.

But Lakin said the result “makes it impossible for me to have a fair hearing.”

“I cannot even raise the issue of the president’s eligibility, on the grounds that my position has ‘no basis in law,'” he said.

Lakin, who previously has served in Afghanistan, refused orders this spring to go again, “because the president refuses – even in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary – to prove his eligibility under the Constitution to hold office.”

Lakin’s hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. in Room 134 of Building T-2 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. It is open to the public.

It was Lakin’s stance that convinced CNN, which had ignored or ridiculed the issue for months, to give it a prime time focus recently.

Lakin’s advisers, however, told WND he will have an opportunity to raise the question again later during a court-martial process, once the Article 32 hearing is over.

Lakin and his attorney, Paul Rolf Jensen, appeared on Anderson Cooper’s program and sparred with the commentator about the facts related to Obama’s eligibility for the presidency.

The Constitution requires a president to be a “natural born citizen,” and while the term is not defined in the Constitution, many legal analysts believe at the time it was written it meant a person born in the U.S. of two U.S. citizen parents. Critics say Obama clearly does not qualify under that definition, since he has admitted in his book his father never was a U.S. citizen. Some legal challenges have argued he wasn’t even born in Hawaii.

A recent Washington Post/ABC poll reveals that tens of millions of Americans doubt Obama’s eligibility.

The charges against Lakin allege violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice Articles 87 and 92.

Formally, Lakin is accused of “through design” missing “the movement of US Airways Flight Number 1123, departing from Baltimore/Washington International Airport arriving in Charlotte, North Carolina, in order to deploy for a Temporary Change of Station in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 32nd Calvary (sic) Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, with which he was required in the course of duty to move.”

The second charge accuses Lakin of failing to report “to the office of his Brigade Commander, Colonel Gordon R. Roberts, at 1345 hours, or words to that effect, an order which it was his duty to obey.”

The SafeguardOurConstitution website explained the first charge, “missing movement,” is a serious crime in the nature of a felony. The second is “disobeying a direct order” and includes four specifications.

“Any soldier convicted on all charges and specifications would expect to be sentenced to years at ‘hard labor’ in the penitentiary,” the site said.

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“Obama Abandons Israel to UN Feeding Frenzy” by Anne Bayefsky

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

In the past twenty-four hours United Nations bodies have engaged in a frenzied attack on Israel over the Turkish-facilitated effort to end the naval blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza. In the process, the Obama administration’s Israel policy has been outed.

With virtually unprecedented speed and only hours to go before the Lebanese presidency of the UN Security Council expired at midnight on May 31st the Council unanimously agreed on a Presidential Statement – with American approval. And in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) unanimously decided to invent new procedural rules and hold its first-ever “urgent debate”, with no objection from the United States.

The Obama administration had options. In the past, the United States has avoided efforts to railroad presidential statements or resolutions through the Security Council by allowing only so-called “press statements” made on behalf of just some of its members.

It also could have put its toe in the water and waited until 12:01 a.m. when the presidency would have been transferred to Mexico, thereby slowing the campaign for a middle-of-the-night UN grenade lobbed without time for informed consideration.

Or the administration might have pointed out that the Council could spend its time dealing with international peace and security items constantly delayed or ignored, like an Iranian bomb or the torpedoing of a South Korean naval ship by North Korea.

At the Human Rights Council, the United States could have objected to the invention of the new procedure. After all, it joined the HRC specifically with the promise to end the one-sided fixation of the UN system on Israel. The HRC has carefully-drafted rules allowing it to hold exceptional special sessions. It also has a carefully itemized regular agenda and its fourteenth such session began on May 31st.

Today, the HRC was in the midst of agenda item three, the permanent Israel-bashing agenda item being number seven. All these procedures were thrown out the window and the political lynch mob let loose without a peep from the Obama administration.

Day two of the HRC’s “regular” session, therefore, saw the entire afternoon devoted to the flotilla incident, replete with accusations of massacres and genocide. The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) made no effort to cover up the real point, namely, the rejection of Israel’s right to exist and the concomitant right to defend itself. Speaking on behalf of the OIC, Pakistan called for relief from “the yoke of Israeli occupation for the last six decades.” Another 30 speakers, both states and non-governmental organizations, are scheduled for Wednesday.

The OIC, Sudan and “Palestine” have now tabled a resolution for the HRC under an agenda item supposedly about “organizational and procedural matters.” A few hours ago the U.S. sent out signals that it will agree to their initiative if it is aligned with the Security Council statement. The vote, breaking more procedural rules, is expected to occur as early as tomorrow.

The Security Council Presidential statement paints the loss of life which occurred entirely in the framework designed by its Arab and OIC sponsors. All the civilians who participated in the flotilla are cast as humanitarians – including the armed thugs caught on video-tape brutally attacking Israeli soldiers. Gaza is made out to be a humanitarian problem arising in a vacuum.

There is no mention of its government’s dedication to Israel’s annihilation, no mention of the smuggling of arms into Gaza, and no mention of the use of such arms against Israelis. Consequently, according to the Security Council there appears to be no justification for Israel’s interest in the ship’s cargo or its legal blockade of an entity with which it is at war. In fact, the Presidential statement does not mention Hamas at all.

Instead, the Security Council calls for an “impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards.” That’s code language for a repeat of the UN-sponsored investigation of the 2009 Gaza war. The investigation in that case produced the widely-discredited, but politically toxic, Goldstone Report.

It was headed by the former South African judge, Richard Goldstone, later exposed as an appointee of the apartheid regime who sentenced many black defendants tried under apartheid laws to death. It may turn out that the investigation in this instance is handed off to 9/11 conspiracy enthusiast and current UN special investigator on Israel, Richard Falk, who issued a statement yesterday in support of more “urgent action.”

The Obama administration chose to join the HRC despite the fact that the HRC’s reputation preceded it: the HRC has adopted more resolutions and decisions condemning Israel than all other 191 states in the world combined. Having made its bed with the Council, however, the Obama administration is now lying in it.

The U.S. statement during today’s debate, delivered by American ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahue, says “the United States remains deeply concerned by the suffering of civilians in Gaza.” It expresses no concern about the suffering of Israeli civilians, paying the price for weapons smuggled into Gaza including by sea.

The policy shift by the Obama administration away from protecting Israel from UN hordes was also in evidence last Friday at the close of the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). With the support of the President, that Conference adopted conclusions singling out Israel though Israel is not a party or subject to the treaty.

The agreed NPT document called for an international conference intended to force Israel to give up its (undeclared) nuclear deterrence capabilities without linking it to the realization of the country’s national security needs. And the United States promised to facilitate the 2012 meeting. By contrast, the Conference conclusions made no reference to Iran, which is a party to the treaty and in violation of its provisions.

In a formal statement delivered at Friday’s closing session, Ellen Tauscher, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, said: “The Final Document this Conference adopted today advances President Obama’s vision.” She called it a “forward-looking and balanced action plan” and described negotiations as resulting in “a thorough review and constructive outcome.”

At the meeting that was to have taken place today between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu was reported to have hoped for assurances from the President that he would not advance another UN-driven onslaught against Israel. In view of the administration’s willingness to participate in just such events days later, a positive response – and improvement in the Obama administration’s relations with Israel – is even more unlikely.

Anne Bayefsky is a Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute and Director, Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust.

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“US Should Reserve Judgement of Israel” by Jamie Weinstein

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Nine “peace activists” were reportedly killed Monday when Israeli commandos raided the Mavi Marmari, the largest of six ships seeking to break Israel’s military blockade of Gaza. In response to the botched military action, governments from around the world have roundly condemned Israel.

Facts still remain murky, but we in the West should remind ourselves that Israel is a liberal, democratic society that values human rights. They deserve some benefit of the doubt. It is highly unlikely that the Israeli government sought to harm a single soul on the Mavi Marmara ship, if not because of the Israeli Defense Forces’ high ethical standards, then at the very least because of the negative consequences and publicity it would bring about.

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Indeed, if Israel was really practicing “state terrorism,” as the government of Turkey has alleged, it will go down as the first pre-meditated military massacre in history where the soldiers slated to do the massacring were armed primarily with paintball guns.

That’s right. Paintball guns.

The Israeli commandos who stormed the Mavi Marmara reportedly did so with paintball guns as their weapon of choice. While they also reportedly carried pistols, they were ordered not to utilize the weapon unless their life was threatened.

From the videos that have emerged, it seems that many of the so-called “peace” activists on the ship were interested in anything but peace. As Israeli commandos were lowered onto the ship, video shows that they were violently assaulted. One video clearly shows a passenger stabbing an Israeli soldier. Another video shows Israeli soldiers being beaten with metal objects. Some of the pistols the commandos were carrying, the Israeli government says, were stolen by the supposedly non-violent peace activists on board and fired at the soldiers.

What is shocking is that it does not appear that Israel’s military planners anticipated such a violent confrontation. They should have. One of the sponsors of the preposterously named “Gaza Freedom flotilla” was the Foundation for Human Rights, Liberties, and Humanitarian Relief (IHH). The Turkish based organization is little more than a front for terrorism.

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Judge Orders School to Reinstate Boy Suspended Over Rosary Beads

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Raymond Hosier is wearing his purple rosary beads to school again.

A day after a federal judge ordered a New York middle school to reinstate the seventh-grader, who was suspended for wearing the Catholic prayer beads last month, the 13-year-old Schenectady boy is proudly displaying them again.

He wears them in memory of his younger brother, who died while clutching rosary beads following a car accident in 2005.

“Raymond believes in his heart of hearts that without the rosary, something’s going to happen to him,” his mother, Chantell Hosier, told FoxNews.com. “They make him feel safe — that’s the way he explains it. This child is still grieving.”

Chantell Hosier confirmed that Raymond wore the beads to Oneida Middle School on Wednesday after Judge Lawrence Kahn ordered the boy to be reinstated pending a hearing on June 11 into whether the suspension violated his civil rights.

District officials declined to comment when reached by FoxNews.com, citing pending litigation, but they have contended Hosier violated a policy banning gang-related clothing such as rosary beads, which are sometimes worn as gang symbols. That led the American Center for Law and Justice to file a lawsuit on Tuesday in U.S. District Court arguing that Raymond’s suspension last month violated his rights to free speech and religion.

Hosier, 40, said she found it “absolutely offensive” that district officials included rosary beads in their policies against gang-related clothing.

“Raymond is not the only kid walking around wearing rosaries,” she said. “If that’s something that gang members are doing now, let’s take that up with the gang members, not Raymond.”

The lawsuit — filed on behalf of Raymond against Schenectady City School District and school officials — asks the court to declare the school’s dress code and the boy’s suspension unconstitutional. It also requests a jury trial.

Raymond received a one-week suspension for refusing to remove the beads or hide them under his shirt two weeks ago. He was suspended again last week when he returned to school wearing the beads.

“Raymond wants to wear his beads wherever his wants to wear them,” his mom said. “There’s absolutely no reason why he shouldn’t be allowed to. And Raymond has learned so much about his First Amendment rights through this process — it’s actually been a wonderful experience for him.”

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