Archive for August, 2010

14th Amendment Being Misinterpreted

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

-14th Amendment to the United States Constitution

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) says the popular idea of automatic citizenship is based on a misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment. “[That] amendment was passed in 1868 right after the Civil War to give citizens’ rights to the slaves,” he explains. “The author of the 14th Amendment on the Senate floor actually said it did not apply to — quote — ‘foreigners.’

Still, Smith says he does not favor changing the amendment. “I think if Congress simply passes a law saying that the United States should do what every other industrialized nation in the world does…and that is, require at least one parent to be in the country legally, that we can do it by statute,” he offers.

Smith says changes will not be easy. He claims some Democrats remain dead-set on offering amnesty in exchange for votes. “Two-thirds of the people likely to get amnesty have no skills and no education,” he offers. “That’s why the labor unions want to sign them up. That’s why the Democratic Party wants to sign them up.”

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“Prophecy with Purpose” by Terry James

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

One of the most false and cutting accusations launched at the belief that the Bible teaches that a person cannot lose his or her salvation when truly born again (John 3:3) is: “If you believe once saved, always saved, you are saying that people can live any way they want without fear of punishment.” Or so the line of condemning criticism goes.

The absolute assurance of eternal security, of course, engenders no such thought within the mind truly regenerated by the saving power of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that the Lord convicts His children in their spirits, and that habitual, unrepented-of sin will result in severe penalties–even physical death, in some cases. The Heavenly Father’s patience is longsuffering, but it is not infinite.

A person who is a child of God cannot sin without severe repercussions, if repentance isn’t forthcoming. But, that person will never be kicked out of God’s family. Never.

A kindred sort of accusation is thrown at those who believe in the Pre-Trib view of Bible prophecy. The Pre-Tribulation view, of course, is the one we at Rapture Ready believe God’s Word teaches. It is the view that Jesus Christ will call all who are born again to Himself before the Tribulation, which is the last seven years of history leading to the Second Advent (Rev. 19: 11).

The angry diatribe against the Pre-Trib Rapture view–by even genuine Christians, in many cases–usually goes something like this: “People like you, who believe that the Lord is going to rapture them before the Tribulation, think you can live however you want, because you think and teach falsely that you are going to be rescued before God’s judgment and wrath fall, no matter what.”

The non-Christian accusers who castigate those of us who hold the Pre-Trib rapture view have their own version. It goes something like: “Christians who believe like that don’t care anything about making the world better. You even hope for things to get worse and worse. You wish for earthquakes, famines, pestilence, war in the Middle East, and for Armageddon to hurry up and get here so you will go to your pie in the sky, and watch the rest of us get ours.”

Although the first criticism is absolutely not true, I have to admit that, regarding the second, too often I’ve sensed–even heard–such sentiments from some of those who believe in the Pre-Trib rapture. And, it is entirely the wrong attitude for the Christian to hold. There are no excuses for wanting the Christ-rejecting world of non-believers to be the recipients of God’s judgment and wrath. It is only by God’s unfathomable grace that every one of us isn’t headed into that time of unprecedented horror.

No matter how–to use Lot’s King James Version word–“vexed” we becomes by the debauched, debased actions of the lost world around us, our job as Christ’s children–His representatives here on earth–is of a completely different nature than wanting to see them “get what’s coming” to them. The changed nature produced by being born again into God’s eternal family should make you and me do just the opposite of wanting them, in our vexation, to get what we see as coming to them.

The Christian whose spirit is attuned to the Holy Spirit’s desire for the lost doesn’t want to see them “get what’s coming to them” either during the Tribulation or upon death. Rather, we want to do all within our power to keep them from having to go through the coming time of God’s judgment and wrath. That’s what Christ’s Great Commission to His disciples before He ascended to sit at the Father’s right hand is all about, you see. That is what God’s love–love that those who have Christ indwelling them possess–is all about. (Read Matthew 28:18-20.)

In the same vein, that’s what Bible prophecy is all about. Prophecy given in God’s Word has purpose–profound purpose. Bible prophecy has at its center the commission from the Lord to forewarn of God’s judgment and wrath to come upon all who oppose Him–the Lord of Heaven and Creator of all things. It is not the hatred of God for the lost people of this fallen planet that drives prophecy. It is the love of God that powers His prophetic Word. It must be the Christian’s desire, therefore, to study Bible prophecy and put forth those forewarnings out of a spirit of God’s love, not through an anger-filled abhorrence of those who are lost.

Christians who do study prophecy–and they seem to be few these days, I’m sad to have to say–are often heard wondering about when Christ will call the church (born-again believers) in the rapture. Everything seems so ripe for His plucking His people from this sin-darkened sphere.

Nothing and no one can change God’s timing for His next catastrophic intervention into earth’s history. It will happen exactly on time, as He has determined since before the foundation of this world. However, we might as believers look to ourselves for the Lord’s–often in our view–delay in calling us as outlined in 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

The apostle Peter gave the heart of the reason Christ hasn’t raptured His church: “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).

The purpose of Bible prophecy is to show the love of God to a lost and otherwise doomed world. God is not willing that anyone should perish (die in his or her sins), but that all should come to repentance (accept Jesus Christ as the one and only sacrifice for sin that God will accept).

The Lord is “longsuffering.” The reason, I’m convinced, that the Lord seems so “slack” to many in His coming is because those same people have neglected their duty to share the love of God with the lost–the lost whom God loves so very much that He sent His only begotten Son in order that they not perish.

It is well past the time for God’s people to begin investing in getting the message of the love of God to those who will otherwise not hear the warning of deadly things soon to befall this Christ-rejecting planet. Considering these times that so dramatically are signaling the coming Tribulation, Bible prophecy can and must be used as a productive tool for evangelism.

— Terry

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“The Church Needs to Make a Stand Now or Never” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

The church of Jesus Christ has clearly lost sight of its mission for this world. In the last few years, there has been a sudden decline in the church’s ability to influence society. The devil is winning on every front, and believers are totally inept at standing up for biblical principles.

It’s not like the church has lost all its members. Over 80 percent of U.S. citizens claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, with 45 percent saying they’ve had a born-again experience. In every city I visit, I see huge numbers of churches. Where I live–in Saline County, Arkansas–we have more than 120 churches. By comparison, there are only three McDonald’s in the county.

Rather than just cite endless examples of the lack of boldness on the part of the church, I thought it would be good to show you an example of a true Christian leader. The following prayer was given in the Kansas House of Representatives. When Pastor Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, “Woe to those who call evil good,” but that is exactly what we have done…

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and call it “pluralism.”

We have exploited the poor and called it the “lottery.”

We have rewarded laziness and called it “welfare.”

We have killed our unborn and called it “choice.”

We have shot abortionists and called it “justifiable.”

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it “building self esteem.”

We have abused power and called it “politics.”

We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it “ambition.”

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it “freedom of expression.”

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it “enlightenment.”

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.

Amen!

This event happened over fourteen years ago. Pastor Wright has since retired from the church he represented. Yet there is such a drought of spiritual bravery in America, you can still find numerous recent references to the speech on the Internet. There is general praise for Pastor Joe Wright’s prayer, but few people want to copy his example.

Today, the ministries that offer the inoffensive sermons are the most successful. It’s common knowledge that standing for biblical values is bad for business. One Ohio church has been causing trouble for the Foxhole Strip Club. Members of the church have gone to the club armed with bullhorns, signs, and video cameras for posting customers’ license plate numbers online. The owner of the club has started protesting at the church by having his dancers picket the church during Sunday services.

There is a desperate need for the body of Christ to examine its priority list. In the battle between good and evil, there is no such thing as a standoff. When the devil perceives that he has the upper hand, he keeps pressing on the attack.

I see a church that is so unprepared for battle, I fear the coming months are going to show how quickly Satan can take advantage of our weakness. In a few short years, we may find ourselves reduced to second-class citizens in our own so-called “Christian nation.”

Last week, eight Christian medical workers were murdered in Afghanistan. Before we blame the missionaries for intentionally going into harm’s way and getting themselves killed, we need to realize that our duty is to take the Good News to every nation on earth. The travesty here is how ready people are to accept Islamic terrorists’ right to kill peace-loving Christians at will.

It would be a shame for the church to be raptured out of here, with the world barely noticing our absence. If we are doing what the Lord commanded us, the refrain should be, “Thank goodness those crazy Christians are gone.”

— Todd

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“CHALLENGING WASHINGTON POLITICS” – An interview with Susan Kone by Fern Sidman

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Susan Kone

As candidates throughout the nation gear up for what promises to be heated battles in the upcoming November mid-term elections, our regional candidates, some hitherto unknown to the public, are setting the stage to challenge the agenda of the Obama administration. Susan Kone, an attorney from Manhattan is the GOP candidate for the 8th congressional district which covers parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan’s upper west side. She is taking on the incumbent Jerrold Nadler (D) who has held this seat since 1992. Ms. Kone describes herself as a “grassroots candidate” who gives voice to the frustrations of New Yorkers who staunchly oppose the policies emanating from the current administration. I sat down with Ms. Kone to discuss her policy positions.

FS: Can you tell our readership about your background?

SK: My family immigrated to this country from Russia and Eastern Europe around 1900. I was given the Hebrew name Sarah Leah and named after my great uncle Sol who was killed saving children in Germany during World War II. When my grandmother passed away she asked me to always honor his memory and bequeathed to me his Purple Heart which to this day remains my most cherished possession.

I worked throughout high school and graduated as valedictorian which enabled me to attend Dartmouth College. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude with high honors in government and then I attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Law on a partial scholarship. I practiced as an attorney for 10 years and for the last several years have run my own small business in the district. I am not a professional politician but I am a professional. I have real world experience – not Washington experience. I earn my living by finding people jobs and helping businesses to grow and thrive; by bringing people together with creative, common sense solutions.

FS: Why did you decide, at this juncture, to enter the political arena and run for the Congressional seat in the 8th district?

SK: I want our community to be served well so that we and our loved ones are safe, secure and given every opportunity to succeed. My neighbors and I believe that the 8 year incumbent, Representative Jerrold Nadler is a professional politician who is out of touch. He is misrepresenting us and is insensitive to the needs and concerns of our community. He sees his seat as a “safe” one to which he is entitled. We are not sure who he is representing – but we know it isn’t us.

FS: Congressman Nadler has stated that he is in favor of the controversial mosque and Islamic cultural center that is to be built near Ground Zero. What are your thoughts on this?

SK: Many people are upset about the plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero. They oppose the mosque out of deference to the feelings and sensitivities of the families of the victims of 9/11. They do not see it as an issue of religious freedom or the right to build a mosque — but as a very poor choice of location. Rather than listening to and addressing the legitimate concerns raised by members of our community, Mr. Nadler, who was the first to support the mosque, accused those who oppose it, including the families of the victims of 9/11, as engaging in “hate speech” and of being “shameful and divisive.” Not only does Mr. Nadler not listen to members of our community — he denigrates and marginalizes those who espouse views other than his own.

Another example is the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed trial. I share the concern of many in our community who are upset about trying the confessed mastermind of 9/11 in a civilian court right in our district. Most in our community share my view that it is the wrong forum and the wrong location. Yet Mr. Nadler was one of the earliest proponents of the plan. Inexplicably, Mr. Nadler is more concerned about terrorists’ rights than about terrorists’ wrongs.

Also, many wonder why the congressman in the district which is the number one target for terrorism, the district in which Ground Zero is located – the district in which another potentially catastrophic terrorist attack was very recently averted in Times Square has spent a career undermining our nation’s defense and intelligence capabilities which are critical to keeping us safe.

FS: What are your positions on “big government” as actualized by the Obama administration and what measures would you be taking in Congress to impede the “tax and spend” legislation that has been passed such as government bailouts?

SK: Due to the uncertainty posed by selective government takeovers and the excessive and uncertain tax and regulatory environment, businesses and investors are sitting on the sidelines rather than taking risks; and are relocating to more business friendly venues. We will not create jobs or revive our economy in this climate. This has to change. I believe to achieve prosperity and create opportunity we must tap what has always been our greatest resource – the innovation and ingenuity of our people. In order to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit, we need to stimulate the private sector, not the public sector. We need to stop strangling our citizens and our businesses with over taxation and red tape. I would lower taxes and make the tax code simpler. I would do away with the alternative minimum tax, the Death Tax and other taxes which would increase the burden on many of the residents in our district. We need consumer spending, not government spending. I would make elimination of the federal deficit a top priority. I would also create incentives to make capital available to small businesses.

FS: Do you believe that the universal health care bill is unconstitutional and if so, would you lead the charge to have it repealed?

SK: I certainly would lead the charge to have the “Obamacare” bill repealed. While I am not a constitutional lawyer I do believe that many valid constitutional issues are being raised throughout the country. Many of my neighbors are very concerned about this new reform. They wonder whether it will affect their choice of doctor or their access to medical services. I have spoken to many medical professionals in the district who believe that the newly enacted legislation dealt “a crushing blow to American freedom and medical excellence” and will result in higher costs, poorer quality care and less availability of care, overall. I believe that to improve our healthcare system we need more competition, not more bureaucracy. Our system could be improved in a 20-page bill, not a 2000 plus page government takeover of our healthcare industry. Some say that is the way it is done in Washington. I say it can be done differently. If I am elected to Congress, I will lead the charge to try to “do things differently.“ We need clarity, transparency and accountability.

I shared the frustration and anger of many Americans about the insensitive manner in which this monumental piece of legislation was rammed through without giving us ample time or opportunity to express our views. I am concerned for the senior citizens who worked their entire lives to pay into the system and are now being shortchanged.We are not being well served when Mr. Nadler voted for this legislation without reading or understanding it. Particularly disturbing was Speaker Pelosi’s comment that, “you have to pass the bill before you know what is in it”. I can only imagine the tens of thousands of pages of regulations that will be promulgated by unelected bureaucrats who will gain unprecedented control over our healthcare decisions. I do not believe this is the “representative democracy” or “liberty” that our founding fathers had envisioned.

FS: Concerning US foreign policy on the Middle East, what is your opinion of the Obama administration’s agenda as it pertains to relations with Israel?

SK: In general, I believe that we must approach our relations with others with moral clarity and from a position of strength. We need to support our allies and be tough on our enemies. The Obama administration does not appear to subscribe to this philosophy and its insensitive treatment of Israel is but one example. It was insensitive to treat Prime Minister Netanyahu in a recent visit to the White House like a persona non grata – a nebechal or a nobody. I also share the views of many in the Jewish community who are quite concerned about the incessant pressure that the administration is placing on Israel to relinquish parts of Jerusalem to a future Palestinian state.

Concerning the insensitivity issues, as it became clear that this outraged some Jewish voters and Jewish campaign contributors, suddenly President Obama underwent a “foxhole conversion” with the November elections pending. He invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to the White House and proclaims that the “bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable.” Where was Mr. Nadler when that bond was cracking, when Israel and its prime minister—our allies—were treated insensitively?

If, indeed, the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable, then there needs to be consistency, certainty and sensitivity in the way the United States deals with Israel. And we need leaders in Congress and in our communities to stand up and speak out when there’s insensitivity regarding the safety and security of Israel. It is insensitive and inaccurate to portray Israel as an obstacle to peace in the Middle East. It is insensitive and inaccurate to suggest that Israel has anything other than the right and obligation to defend herself from attack, whether the assault or the threat comes from terrorists like Hamas or enemies like Iran with its nuclear build-up. It was insensitive to lend credibility to the so-called “Human Rights Council” of the United Nations which has been silent on repression from such regimes as Havana to Caracas to Pyongyang and Tehran — while focusing its criticism excessively on Israel. Mr. Nadler would not support Representative Peter King in his recent effort to cease our involvement with that body. I would join Representative King. in spearheading that effort.

It is insensitive for the State Department to send the very same imam who wants the mosque built near Ground Zero on a month long “outreach” to Arab countries, to be paid for by the taxpayers. This imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, has refused to label Hamas as a terror organization and he also once claimed that the U.S. was “an accessory to 9/11” and that Osama Bin Laden was “made in the United States.” He also refuses to comment on his membership in the Malaysian-based Perdana Global Peace Organization which sponsored the pro-Palestinian activists who, as The New York Post reported, ‘clashed violently with Israeli commandos at sea’ in an attempt ‘to break Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.’

FS: On the subject of Iran, it appears that UN economic sanctions have proved ineffective as a deterrent to the nuclear threat that Iran represents to Israel. What legislation would you propose to confront this imminent crisis?

SK: A nuclear armed Iran poses a significant threat not only to Israel but to the entire Middle East, Europe and the United States. I hope and pray that the sanctions that have been recently enacted have an impact but certainly no option should be off the table. Preventing the world’s most dangerous regime from acquiring the world’s most dangerous weapons should be out top priority. I think it was naive and dangerous to think that Iran’s nefarious objectives were going to be thwarted diplomatically and to let the clock tick while pursuing that strategy. Iran is the most prominent and dangerous exporter of terrorism throughout the globe — and one of the most flagrant abusers of the human rights of its people.

The current fundamentalist regime denies its citizens freedom of speech, press and assembly. It engages in tortures, sexual abuses and executes its political opposition including children; stones and denigrates women and persecutes gays and other minorities. It is a regime that is inciting the insurgency in Iraq, supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan and promoting the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah. It is closely aligning itself with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez near our southern border and is effectively expanding its influence throughout the globe. The symbolic head – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad— the Hitler wanabee of the 21st century is a Holocaust denier who boasts of his desire to annihilate both the State of Israel and the United States.

FS: As you know, many Jews are concerned with the rampant rise in global anti-Semitism and the fact that the demonization of Israel has become legitimized in the academic, political and religious arena. Do you think the Republication party is addressing these issues strongly enough and what would you do within your own party to give visibility to these issues?

SK: I am extremely concerned with the rampant rise in global anti-Semitism and this would be a primary focus of my tenure as congresswoman. In its current form, anti-Semitism is most often cloaked as anti-Zionism and manifested in the demonization of Israel. It is critical that we learn from the very difficult lessons of our past. There are profoundly disturbing parallels between the 1930s and today. The challenge we face is even greater given both a greater capacity for the proliferation of misinformation and a greater capacity for mass destruction. It is important that we all stand committed to never let evil wreak havoc and destruction again.

I recently visited Sderot and saw firsthand the shells of the rockets that had been deliberately launched on Israel’s civilian population incessantly for months. The Goldstone Report unfairly chastised Israel for exercising her legitimate right of self-defense in their attempts to disarm those firing the rockets while, at the same time, exercising the utmost caution to avoid civilian casualties. While most Republicans supported a resolution which strongly condemned this report, I was particularly disturbed by the alarmingly high number of Democrats who either voted against the resolution, or voted present or just not voting at all.

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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.

Court of Appeals Halts Calif. ‘Gay Marriages’ Pending Appeal

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

This is welcome news, although I expect this issue to go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

SAN FRANCISCO – Same-sex “weddings” in California are on hold indefinitely after a federal appeals court blocked them while it considers the constitutionality of the state’s ban on homosexual unions.

The decision, issued Monday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, trumps Judge Vaughn Walker’s order that would have allowed same-gender marriages to begin on Wednesday.

Walker had previously ruled that the ban, known as Proposition 8, violated the constitutional rights of homosexuals, who he said should not face discrimination based on “moral and religious views.” The ban’s sponsors appealed that ruling and also asked the 9th Circuit to block same-sex weddings in the meantime. They claimed in papers filed with the 9th Circuit that homosexual marriages would harm the state’s interest in promoting responsible procreation through heterosexual marriage.

The appeals court won’t take up the case until December, but ordered Proposition 8 sponsors to address in their opening brief due September 17 whether they have standing to try to have Walker’s ruling overturned. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California Attorney General Jerry Brown, the original defendants in the case, support same-sex marriage and have refused to defend Proposition 8 in court.

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“You’ve Lost America, Mr. President” by Arnold Ahlert

Monday, August 16th, 2010

I was “one incident too early.” On November 5, 2009, I wrote this for JWR’s “sister site”, Political Mavens:

“Barack Obama’s presidency is effectively over. Strong words? Ask yourself this: what other president of the United States would have spent almost three minutes speaking at the Dept. of Interior before getting around to mentioning the fact that twelve soldiers had been killed, and thirty one wounded in a massacre at Fort Hood in Texas?”

Alas, most Americans let this travesty slide down the memory hole. Thankfully, like he has with so many other unpopular positions, Barack Hussein Obama has “doubled down:” his support of the Ground Zero mosque is game, set, match.

As I wrote in my previous column, the true intentions of the mosque builders were revealed when they turned down NY Governor David Patterson’s offer of state land in return for re-locating the mosque away from Ground Zero. They refused. That this “factoid” was seemingly irrelevant to the president speaks volumes.

It is worth remembering this is the same president who belittled ordinary Americans for “clinging” to religion. I guess Muslims “clinging” to a location that infuriates the overwhelming majority of Americans is perfectly fine, even after it’s been revealed for the rankly provocative plan it truly is.

Ordinary Americans? They recognize a self-aggrandizing, holier-than-thou phony when they see one. They aren’t fooled by a president who says that, “Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground”–only seconds before he reveals the total hollowness of that statement by saying he’s fine with a mosque on top of it.

Some one must have told Mr. Obama it wasn’t flying. On Saturday, he issued a “clarifying” statement: he wasn’t commenting on the “wisdom” of putting a mosque in a particular location, but on the “right people have that dates back to our founding.”

Baloney. Reasonable Americans aren’t demanding anything remotely resembling a ban on Islam or the ability of its adherents to worship as they please. They’re saying show some respect for American sensibilities, and don’t build a mosque adjacent to the place where a national tragedy took place–one perpetrated in the name of Islam.

I have tremendous respect for the office of the presidency. That respect has gotten me and doubtless a lot of other Americans through some pretty tough times. And as much as I’ve disliked some of the people who’ve occupied that office, I’ve always taken comfort in the fact that, when push comes to shove, every one of those men, irrespective of political ideology, had America’s best interests at heart.

No longer. For the first time in my lifetime, we have an alien in the White House.

And that doesn’t mean what some of you might think. For the purposes of this column, the “birther debate” is irrelevant. What I’m talking about is a man completely divorced from the American ethos. A man who is utterly clueless about what most Americans want, think or feel. The first president of the United States on the public record with the idea that American exceptionalism is nothing more than one item on a laundry list of national exceptionalisms–none better or worse than any other.

A man who will take America’s side–only after he’s concluded that it doesn’t conflict with his larger worldview.

Sadly, we’ve reached a point where most Americans don’t expect anything different. And why should they? This is a man up to his neck in meaningful associations with card-carrying members of the Hate America crowd–from boyhood mentor, communist Frank Marshall, and racist preacher, Jeremiah Wright, to Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn, and other rabid leftists. This is a man who has stacked his administration with a roster of radicals dedicated to the idea that America is a nation of unrepentant bigots, racists and other low-lifes who must be whipped into “progressive” shape. This is a man who learned–and taught–the “Alinsky Method,” a blueprint for the radical re-organization of America by stealth.

Why has the president doggedly kept entire parts of his life, from his early college years straight through law school, away from public view? Bet the farm it’s because any paper trail from those years would reveal this president to be the Marxist/socialist radical that occasionally breaches the “teleprompted” facade he has so carefully erected.

Last Friday, the mask slipped once again. It would have been the easiest thing in the world to point a comment directly towards the Cordoba House builders explaining that, while freedom of religion is a sacred American value, their refusal to accept an alternative site on state land offered by the governor is very troubling. He could have called their bluff and said he stands with the overwhelming majority of Americans who find such a refusal appalling. He could have said that “cultural sensitivity” is a two-way street, and that it is about time self-professed “moderate Muslims” demonstrated their moderation.

But he didn’t. And he didn’t because, for this “citizen of the world,” the idea of “putting America first” requires considerable effort. Quite frankly, this is astounding. There is no other position in government where the idea of being “reflexively American” is more important. There is no other man in the country with the unfettered power to put American men and women in harm’s way. That fact alone requires unstinting loyalty to our nation, and an unbridled sense of patriotism.

Is that what Americans see when they look at Barack Obama? Or do they see a narcissistic, serial apologizer, a split-the-difference-with-our-enemies appeaser who golfs and parties–while America burns?

This president, along with his lap-dog media supporters, will continue to tell Americans that their anger and disgust has little or nothing to do with the shortcomings of Barack Obama. Everything wrong with the country is “someone else’s fault,” be it “racist” tea partiers, “fat cat” bankers, “greedy” doctors, “irresponsible” corporations, Republicans, or their favorite whipping boy, George W. Bush.

Sorry, Mr. Obama, no sale. You’ve done a grand job of alienating the majority of Americans all by yourself. And you know it too, or you wouldn’t have “clarified” your position on the Ground Zero mosque twenty four hours after the “real you” revealed itself.

Perhaps someday we’ll have someone in the Oval Office with a more jaundiced view of America than yours. I hope I never live to see it. And I fervently hope Americans remember exactly who you are when 2012 rolls around. We can probably muddle through two more years with a charlatan in the White House.

Heaven help America if it’s six.

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Congressional Report Charges Obama ‘Covert, Criminal Activity’, Illegally Using Taxpayer Money to Manipulate Public

Monday, August 16th, 2010

No surprise here. I believe the Obama administration will go down in history as quite possibly the most corrupt in American history.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued a scathing staff report today charging that the White House has “used the machinery of the Obama campaign to tout the president’s agenda through inappropriate and sometimes unlawful public relations and propaganda initiatives.”

An advance pre-publication copy of the report, shared by Issa’s Washington office with WND, accuses the White House of nothing short of criminal activity. It charges the Obama administration with violating federal laws to advance what the Government Accounting Office has characterized as an unlawful “covert campaign,” using federal resources “to activate a sophisticated propaganda and lobbying campaign.”

Pulling no punches, the Oversight Republican Report accuses the Obama White House of “violating federal law prohibiting the use of appropriated funds for publicity or propaganda purposes.”

“The White house has failed to transition from campaign mode to leadership mode and is now inappropriately leveraging those campaign-trail relationships to unlawfully generate support for the president’s agenda,” the report concludes.

Read in its entirety, the Oversight Republican Report charges the Obama administration with the type of callous, unethical and possibly criminal manipulation of public opinion that is reminiscent of Watergate and the illegal campaign activities engineered by Donald Segretti on behalf of the Committee to Re-Elect the President during Richard Nixon’s presidential election campaign of 1972.

In 1964, Donald Segretti pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of distributing illegal campaign materials, for which he served in federal prison four months of a six-month term.

The Obama administration’s abuses alleged in the Oversight Republican Report can be summed up under the term “astro-turfing,” a fraudulent public relations activity in which “the White House and the agency whose resources it is co-opting attempt to create the impression that grassroots support for a particular policy exists when in fact it has been fabricated using taxpayer dollars.”

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Laurence Kotlikoff: U.S. Is Bankrupt and We Don’t Even Know It

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Let’s get real. The U.S. is bankrupt. Neither spending more nor taxing less will help the country pay its bills.

What it can and must do is radically simplify its tax, health-care, retirement and financial systems, each of which is a complete mess. But this is the good news. It means they can each be redesigned to achieve their legitimate purposes at much lower cost and, in the process, revitalize the economy.

Last month, the International Monetary Fund released its annual review of U.S. economic policy. Its summary contained these bland words about U.S. fiscal policy: “Directors welcomed the authorities’ commitment to fiscal stabilization, but noted that a larger than budgeted adjustment would be required to stabilize debt-to-GDP.”

But delve deeper, and you will find that the IMF has effectively pronounced the U.S. bankrupt. Section 6 of the July 2010 Selected Issues Paper says: “The U.S. fiscal gap associated with today’s federal fiscal policy is huge for plausible discount rates.” It adds that “closing the fiscal gap requires a permanent annual fiscal adjustment equal to about 14 percent of U.S. GDP.”

The fiscal gap is the value today (the present value) of the difference between projected spending (including servicing official debt) and projected revenue in all future years.

Double Our Taxes

To put 14 percent of gross domestic product in perspective, current federal revenue totals 14.9 percent of GDP. So the IMF is saying that closing the U.S. fiscal gap, from the revenue side, requires, roughly speaking, an immediate and permanent doubling of our personal-income, corporate and federal taxes as well as the payroll levy set down in the Federal Insurance Contribution Act…

‘Unofficial’ Liabilities

Based on the CBO’s data, I calculate a fiscal gap of $202 trillion, which is more than 15 times the official debt. This gargantuan discrepancy between our “official” debt and our actual net indebtedness isn’t surprising. It reflects what economists call the labeling problem. Congress has been very careful over the years to label most of its liabilities “unofficial” to keep them off the books and far in the future…

$4 Trillion Bill

How can the fiscal gap be so enormous?

Simple. We have 78 million baby boomers who, when fully retired, will collect benefits from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid that, on average, exceed per-capita GDP. The annual costs of these entitlements will total about $4 trillion in today’s dollars. Yes, our economy will be bigger in 20 years, but not big enough to handle this size load year after year.

This is what happens when you run a massive Ponzi scheme for six decades straight, taking ever larger resources from the young and giving them to the old while promising the young their eventual turn at passing the generational buck.

Herb Stein, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under U.S. President Richard Nixon, coined an oft-repeated phrase: “Something that can’t go on, will stop.” True enough. Uncle Sam’s Ponzi scheme will stop. But it will stop too late.

And it will stop in a very nasty manner. The first possibility is massive benefit cuts visited on the baby boomers in retirement. The second is astronomical tax increases that leave the young with little incentive to work and save. And the third is the government simply printing vast quantities of money to cover its bills.

Worse Than Greece

Most likely we will see a combination of all three responses with dramatic increases in poverty, tax, interest rates and consumer prices. This is an awful, downhill road to follow, but it’s the one we are on. And bond traders will kick us miles down our road once they wake up and realize the U.S. is in worse fiscal shape than Greece.

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Judge Refuses Request to Delay Decision Striking Down Proposition 8, Doubts Ban’s Backers Have the Right to Appeal

Friday, August 13th, 2010

What can I say about this? I’m saddened by the ruling, but not the least bit surprised by it.
I guess all I can say is “hang on for the ride”. God isn’t going to allow this to go unanswered.

SAN FRANCISCO — The federal judge who overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban has more bad news for the measure’s sponsors: he not only is unwilling to keep gay couples from marrying beyond next Wednesday, he doubts the ban’s backers have the right to challenge his ruling.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker on Thursday rejected a request to delay his decision striking down Proposition 8 from taking effect until high courts can take up an appeal lodged by its supporters. One of the reasons, the judge said, is he’s not sure the proponents have the authority to appeal since they would not be affected by or responsible for implementing his ruling.

By contrast, same-sex couples are being denied their constitutional rights every day they are prohibited from marrying, Walker said.

The ban’s backers “point to harm resulting from a ‘cloud of uncertainty’ surrounding the validity of marriages performed after judgment is entered but before proponents’ appeal is resolved,” he said. “Proponents have not, however, argued that any of them seek to wed a same-sex spouse.”

Walker gave opponents of same-sex marriage until Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. to get a ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on whether gay marriages should start before the court considers their broader appeal. Their lawyers filed an request asking the 9th Circuit to intervene and block the weddings on an emergency basis late Thursday.

They argued the appeals court should grant a stay of Walker’s order requiring state officials to cease enforcing Proposition 8 “to avoid the confusion and irreparable injury that would flow from the creation of a class of purported same-sex marriages.”

Depending on how the 9th Circuit rules, same-sex couples could begin tying the knot in California as early as next week or be put off while the appeal works its way through the court and potentially the U.S. Supreme Court as well.

California voters passed Proposition 8 as a state constitutional amendment in November 2008, five months after the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex unions and an estimated 18,000 same-sex couples already had married.

In refusing to suspend his ruling for more than a few days, Walker agreed with the lawyers who sued to strike down the ban that it’s unclear if Proposition 8’s sponsors have legal standing to appeal.

Although he allowed the coalition of religious and conservative groups that sponsored the measure to defend the lawsuit during the 13-day trial over which he presided, the judge said appellate courts have different rules for deciding when a party is eligible to challenge a lower court.

Based on his interpretation of those rules, it appears the ban’s sponsors can only appeal his decision with the backing of either Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger or Attorney General Jerry Brown, Walker said. But that seems unlikely as both officials refused to defend Proposition 8 in Walker’s court and said last week they see no reason why gay couples should not be able to tie the knot now.

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Turkey to “Send Weapons, Rockets, Guns” to Hizbullah via Iran, Lebanon

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Turkey seems to be moving soundly into bed with the other nations of the Gog, Magog group that is prevalent in end times prophecy. They have moved from a position of support for Israel to one of actively standing against them. In any case, it is one more piece of the prophet puzzle moving into place.

Sources told Corriere Della Sera that Turkey will “send sophisticated weapons, rockets and guns to Syria, that will end up in Lebanon,” where, the Iranian Army will ensure the weapons are transferred to Hizbullah.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards “will facilitate the transition, ensure safety, watch loads on the routes, and provide support to the border,” the report said.

The Iranians reportedly want to build a weapons network similar to that in the Sudan, and hopes to help Hamas, as well.

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Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks to Pam Geller about Fox News “Honor Killings in America”

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Amina and Sarah Said

Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, wrote to Pam Geller, at Atlas Shrugs, about the Fox News special, “Honor Killings in America”. Here are her comments to Pam:

Aunt Gail wrote me her thoughts and focused on the role of Tissy, who was whitewashed in the Fox presentation. Tissy’s apparent role in luring the girls back to be murdered by their father went unexamined and unmentioned. Gail says:

I have to give Patricia Said credit for showing us two sides of Yaser Said. She portrayed him as a lazy, bad father and he was! She allowed the world to see how evil he could be with his own daughters. Even including them in on his evils! Then, she depicts him as a very abusive husband. Giving examples and such of beatings.

What I did not hear, was why she stayed a victim? She had plenty of family who would have helped her and she was aware of this! What I needed to hear is why she allowed such nonsense with her children? If I had been that frightened, I would have rather have them with CPS (Child Protective Services) where they might stand a chance! Instead, she kept going back and taking them back into a situation which she more than understood the rules.

Now, this leads me to her comment about her not realizing the consequences. Oh really? She told her Aunt, who lives in Kansas, “If I take the girls back, he will KILL them!” Okay, now what is it that she did not understand about her own words concerning returning with the girls?

There were omissions, one after the other! No mention of the phone call Sarah made to her after Yaser had the girls in the cab? What about the fact that Tissy called and called trying to get Amina back and then, went to Amina’s boyfriends house and got Amina? No mention of telling Amina that they were coming back to visit Patricia’s Mom’s grave, when she knew she was returning to Yaser? Amina, called her aunt Connie and asked her if she knew her mom was back with Yaser and Connie was shocked! Connie, believed them to still be in Oklahoma, to where they ran. I could go on and on, but what good does it do? She is labeled a victim by law enforcement, but in my opinion, she is a victim of her own choosing. She was the adult here! She made choices for these girls which ended in them dying. PERIOD!

I cannot believe Greg Jarrett did not ask her some questions about this. I am just so angry about the Fox show which certainly could have asked questions which need answering! Greg Jarrett was tougher with the questions with us than he seemed to be with Tissy! My opinion! He is a LAWYER? Can he not read body language?

Another thing that went unmentioned was the fact that Gail herself has had to call the police numerous times because of threats on her life made by Islam Said, the brother of the murdered girls. Yet the Fox show said nothing about Islam Said’s threats, or about how he gets violent when anyone besmirches the name of his cold-blooded murderer father, Yaser Said (his hero on his myspace page).

Here is an excerpt of one of Islam’s messages to Aunt Gail:

This is [what] Islam Said.

If I were you I would just shut up.

You piece of trash!

Amina and Sarah would spit in your face.

Whatever you said on the news I promise you, you [edited] liar, you [edited] [edited]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you talk about my sisters [screaming now] one more time and I am going to sue you you [edited] [edited]! I am going to take you to court and I am going to own everything you have!! Do you understand me you [edited] [edited]!

[screaming!! barely audible]

I WILL COME OVER THERE [INAUDIBLE] AND I WILL TAKE YOUR CAR, I WILL TAKE YOUR HOME. I WILL TAKE EVERYTHING YOU OWN!!

YOU UNDERSTAND ME YOU [edited]!

He goes on to threaten her. Where is active law enforcement? This is an organized crime tactic to shut up a witness. Islam Said on his myspace page refers to himself as the Said mafia. Big tough Neanderthal can barely write a coherent sentence. He knows two things, Islam and threats. Family members willing to expose the brutal beatings, sexual abuse and Islamic honor killings must be protected and free to speak.

Where is Islam now, and who is he conspiring with? Islam gets a monthly check from the State of Texas. He has some sort of mental disabilities, and is supposed to have been home schooled for the last 5 or 6 years. Hone schooled in what? The Koran?

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See below for previous post:

  • Honor Killing in Dallas
  • “The Story is Bigger Than an Honor Murder in Dallas or What Happens in Dallas Stays in Dallas; Who Knew?” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Human Sacrifice in Dallas: No One Saved These Girls” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Raging Muslim Taxi Drivers in North American Cities” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Murderous Mothers. The Hidden Female Face of Honor Killing” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Still Dead in Dallas. An Update on the Double Honor Murders” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • FBI Calls Dallas Murder Case an ‘Honor Killing,’ Upsetting Muslim Group
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 1.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 2.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 3.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 4.
  • America’s Most Wanted to Air Segment on Said Sisters “Honor Killing”.
  • America’s Most Wanted Airs Said Sisters “Honor Killing”, Caves to Political Correctness.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Interviewed on Anniversary of “Honor Killing”.
  • America’s Most Wanted to Air Segment on Yaser Said for Said Sisters “Honor Killing”.
  • Celebration Of Life For Amina and Sarah Said – Honor Killed by Their Father”.
  • Mother of Amina and Sara Said Breaks Her Silence, Wants Justice for the Girls.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Comments on Patricia Owens’ (Girl’s Mother) Interview.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Receiving New Death Threats.
  • Slain Sisters’ Great Aunt Received Death Threats.
  • URGENT: Fox News Running “Honor Killings in America” at 9 PM CDT Friday Aug. 6, 2010.
  • “Honor Killing” Dad Secretly Taped Girls.
  • Fox News “Honor Killings in America”, A Review.
  • Wanted by the FBI
    YASER ABDEL SAID
    Please be on the lookout for Yaser Abdel Said, who “honor killed” his daughters, Sarah and Amina Said. If you think you have seen him, please contact authorities immediately.

    In Remembrance of Noor Faleh Almaleki. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings
    In Remembrance of Noor Faleh Almaleki. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings

    Anti-Israel Policy Spells Disaster for U.S.

    Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

    Obama, and by extension, the United States, will only be able to thumb their nose at God for so long before he responds, with a vengeance.

    Washington has stepped up pressure on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to move forward with the resumption of direct talks after 18 months of stalemate. Observers say President Obama is in a full-court press for purely political reasons and desperately needs some kind of foreign policy success before the mid-term elections in November, where the Democrats could take a sound thrashing.

    [Ben] Kinchlow says one only need look at countries throughout history that have either divided the land of Israel or persecuted the Jewish people.

    “And you will find all the way from Egypt to Rome and all the way down to the last great empire, which was the British Empire which divided the land of Israel — every one of those empires have fallen on the ash heap of history,” he states.

    “And I am deeply concerned that if America pursues this anti-Israel policy demonstrated by a current president we might find ourselves equally on the ash heap of history.”

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    ‘Anti-Semitism is worse in 2010 than 1910’

    Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

    As Satan takes over control of more and more of the world’s population, and morals continue to degrade to the point of absurdity, it should come as no surprise that he would level his ire against God’s chosen enemy, the Jews and the county of Israel.

    Times are dire, anti-Semitism is on the rise and the world is becoming a more perilous place for the Jews to live in by the day, if you ask Prof. Robert S. Wistrich, the head of the Hebrew University’s Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism and the author of a recently published book on the subject called A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism – From Antiquity to the Global Jihad.

    The evidence to support his claim is all around us, he said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

    “Anti-Semitism is continually morphing all the time, which is its strength,” he explained. “There’s no sign of diminution and it will probably get worse. We see it in every indicator possible showing a clear and steady rise in the number of attacks recorded on Jews.”

    Why are things as bad as he believes they are? Wistrich says the last decade has seen a several strands of hatred towards Jews intertwine forming an unholy alliance between the extreme left and right together with fundamental Islam.

    “What I think that really struck me about the last decade that I don’t think was new but has become more intense is that we’ve seen the coming together of classical anti-Semitism with a number of other strands like anti-Americanism, Islamic fundamentalism and international delegitimization of Israel. Their convergence has become much starker.”

    But not everyone agrees with Wistrich’s opinion. As one reviewer of his tome pointed out, as prevalent and intolerable as anti-Semitism may be nowadays it couldn’t possibly be any worse than it was, say, back in 1910, could it?

    However, according to Wistrich, it is.

    “The year 1910 in comparison with what we’ve been living through in the past decade is a paradise,” he said unhesitatingly. “There was a nasty and ugly potential for anti-Semitism in 1910 but relatively speaking Jews lived in a stable environment and as one Jewish writer Stefan Zweig wrote it was an age of golden security.”

    The one big exception to that rule is Czarist Russia, that great bastion of anti-Semitism where Jews were confined to live under institutional discrimination within the confines of the Pale of Settlement and were victims of periodic pogroms. Anti-Semitism in Russia in 1910 was worse than it is today, he admits – but not the West.

    “Today, even in the most advanced and democratic societies, Jews are uncomfortable,” he claims. “The real difference between 1910 and today is not that anti-Semitism is less common but that Israel provides a powerful shield and deterrent. Not a perfect deterrent and also a cause of anti-Semitism in itself.”

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    ‘Amnesty’ Memo Reflects ‘Dictatorial’ Attitude

    Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

    It’s no secret that Obama would like nothing more than to be Emperor of the United States. He holds to the idea that democracy is just something that gets in the way of his wholesale establishment of his socialist programs.
    This “amnesty” memo is yet another weapon in his arsenal against democracy. He knows that if he grants amnesty to illegal aliens, he is practically guaranteed to have a massive block of voters who will vote Democrat for the rest of their lives. He can, with this one act, remake our country into a one party system…his party. His socialist agenda would be unopposed.

    The alarm continues to be a raised over a private internal memo from the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service that indicates President Obama has an amnesty plan in the works for many illegal immigrants. (See earlier story)

    The memo was drafted by four officials at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to the director of the department, Alejandro N. Mayorkas. Jan LaRue, senior legal analyst with the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), believes the memo serves as evidence the Obama Administration intends to go around Congress in its attempt to acquire amnesty for illegal immigrants.

    “They’ll be granting visas and work permits and green cards to people who have illegally entered this country,” she maintains. “They’ll do it by a thousand here and a few million there, but they are clearly evidencing an attempt to do it.”

    In a column published earlier this month on Townhall.com, LaRue suggests that the proposed “registration program for individuals who are unlawfully present in the U.S.” includes registering those individuals as Democrats.

    While LaRue cautions that the memo does not prove the Obama White House will implement amnesty, she does believe it reveals clues to what many have thought to be true.

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    Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Advises NAACP To ‘Look Within’ First

    Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr would be very disappointed in what his assistants (Rev. Jackson and such) and the NAACP have become.

    Dr. Alveda King says claims by NAACP members that the Tea Party supports racism are absurd. “One or two people in the Tea Party with some misguided views do not make the whole Tea Party,” she offers.

    King says national leaders of the NAACP need to focus on themselves — including their acceptance of money from groups like Planned Parenthood, which King says promotes the genocide of black Americans.

    “Planned Parenthood’s infiltration into the NAACP is very obvious — and they need to just repent,” she advises.

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    “Handwriting on the Wall” by Terry James

    Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

    Think with me for a moment–back to the time on September 11, 2001, when you first learned of the World Trade Center tower being hit by the commercial jet. All eyes quickly went to television screens everywhere in America. Then the second tower was hit, and we were awestruck at the ensuing carnage that took the lives of nearly three thousand people who couldn’t escape the horror.

    Remember when the huge monoliths collapsed to rubble with billowing clouds of smoke and dust–a holocaust of flaming fuel and the blood of crushed, burning humanity.

    Those of us who look through the prism of God’s prophetic Word couldn’t at that stunning moment help but consider that we were witnessing an event that punctuated the fact that the very end of the age was upon us. The United States of America was somehow, in the collapsing of those giant towers, brought front and center into God’s focus for judgment and wrath about to be unleashed upon a world that has rejected Him.

    Fast forward to this week. Another God-rendered exclamation mark seems to have punctuated the handwriting on the wall that began the final sentence of human history. The message written across the New York City skyline this week is not just ironic or even eerie. It is, I think, staggering in its supernatural import.

    The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission ruled by a vote of 9-0 that some buildings at 45 Park Place, a few blocks from where the World Trade Center towers stood before the attacks of the radical Islamists, will not receive historic status. This ruling opens the way for the construction of a huge mosque and Islamic complex on the site. The building that stands where the mosque will be built was struck by one of the commercial jet’s landing gear after the plane crashed into one of the 110-story towers. But in my view, that is not the truly unfathomable thing regarding the matter of having a super-mosque erected right across from the place where thousands were murdered by those who claimed Allah as their deity. The supernatural nature of all of this is wrapped up in the fact that the mosque builders are, as of this moment at least, claiming they will begin construction of the mosque itself on September 11, 2011. Imagine the audacity! And the mayor of New York City, an American–even more than that, a Jew–said the following in giving an approving nod to opening the way for, again in my view, the desecration of “Ground Zero” where so many died and where is scheduled to be constructed the “Freedom Tower.”

    “[The World Trade Center site] will forever hold a special place in our city, in our hearts. But we would be untrue to the best part of ourselves–and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans–if we said ‘no’ to a mosque in Lower Manhattan.”

    One writer has encapsulated well the incredible foolhardiness of the action in allowing such a slap in the face to New Yorkers and to all Americans.

    Can you imagine back in 1950 if there had been an effort by Japanese-Americans to build a Shinto center honoring Emperor Hirohito just two blocks from Pearl Harbor? Furthermore, imagine that the building was planned to open on December 7, 1951, just in time to celebrate the tenth-year anniversary of this cataclysmic attack. Faster than you can say “Tora Tora Tora,” one can hardly contemplate the absurdity of such a plan.

    Fast forward to now and imagine the family of Timothy McVeigh. They have plans to build a thirteen-story addition to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, which opened in 2001, where the Murrah Federal Building once stood. The family would like to commemorate McVeigh’s life and help foster understanding and tolerance to those who hate the federal government— in hopes that a future domestic terrorist would visit the McVeigh Wing and decide against blowing up a federal building killing 168 innocents like McVeigh did on April 19, 1995.

    The perfect timing for the construction of this wing, the family says, would be April 19, 2015–the twentieth anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. I am sure the city council and the mayor of Oklahoma City would vote a resounding NO.

    You know where I am going with this.

    On September 12, 2001, do you think anyone in New York City could imagine that nine years later a mosque would be approved at 45 Park Place, to be completed in time for the tenth-year anniversary of 9/11? One would guess not. (Myra Adams, “Building the 9-11 Mosque Will Not Breed Tolerance,” 8/5/2010, http://dailycaller.com/2010/08/05/building-the-9-11-mosque-will-not-breed-tolerance/#ixzz0vksg3xWp)

    America and the world have long been holding a debauched banquet to which the God of heaven was not invited. America disinvited Him in 1963 by the judicial act of doing away with prayer and Bible reading in public schools.

    The True Deity and His prescription for living life, given through His love letter to humanity–the Bible–has been evicted from all public places, for the most part. Thus with this exclamation point of supernatural irony–Islam’s achieving its mocking tribute to its symbolic conquest of America–the finger of God might be writing upon the wall America has erected to separate the nation from Him. This nation’s and the world’s prophetic fate might thereby be in the heavenly process of being sealed.

    Tragically, the message might indeed be one not unlike that Nebuchadnezzar’s grandson, Belshazzar, saw being written across the wall of the Babylonian banquet hall that housed the party during his last day on earth.

    And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. (Dan. 5:25-28)

    Time to do what we can for the cause of Christ might be very short. The time to do the Lord’s business is fleeting swiftly. Whatever contributions we have to put into heavenly bank accounts must be done now. “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4).

    — Terry

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    Abbas: International Pressure Becoming Unbearable

    Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

    Keep an eye on this…when a treaty is signed between the Arab world (Palestinians) and Israel, a major event in end times prophesy has just taken place.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday he might end an impasse in peace talks with Israel and resume direct talks with the Jewish State for the first time in almost two years.

    Abbas told reporters US President Barack Obama’s administration and many world leaders were putting pressure on him to agree to direct talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has said he is ready to begin immediately.

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    “The Gay-Marriage Ruling” by Todd Strandberg

    Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

    Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker has overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban. The landmark case will most likely come before the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether gays have a constitutional right to marry.

    “Proposition 8 singles out gays and lesbians and legitimates their unequal treatment,” the judge wrote in his 136-page opinion. “Proposition 8 perpetuates the stereotype that gays and lesbians are incapable of forming long-term loving relationships and that gays and lesbians are not good parents.”

    Over 7 million Californians passed the measure with 52 percent of the vote in November of 2008. After losing at the voting booth, gay activists turned to the courts. The ruling is a result of a lawsuit filed by two gay couples who claimed the voter-approved ban violated their civil rights.

    The liberal media has been pushing very hard to mold public opinion around the idea that this is a simply matter of equality. The press has largely ignored the views expressed by the supporters of Proposition 8.

    I am a bit shocked that evangelicals have dropped the ball in this case. The two most visible groups supporting Prop 8 have been the Catholic Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    Cardinal Francis George of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said, “The misuse of law to change the nature of marriage undermines the common good. It is tragic that a federal judge would overturn the clear and expressed will of the people in their support for the institution of marriage. No court of civil law has the authority to reach into areas of human experience that nature itself has defined.”

    Michael Purdy, spokesman for the Mormon church, said, “California voters have twice been given the opportunity to vote on the definition of marriage in their state, and both times have determined that marriage should be recognized as only between a man and a woman. We agree… We recognize that this decision represents only the opening of a vigorous debate in the courts over the rights of the people to define and protect this most fundamental institution—marriage.”

    The biggest secret in the trial is that Judge Vaughn Walker is gay himself. He is one of only two federal judges who admits to being a homosexual. When I found this out, I was ticked at the liberal media. Here they had portrayed him as an open-minded conservative who was nominated by President George H. W. Bush. Of course, the press is ignoring the possibility that he may have a huge conflict of interest in this case.

    Public opinion isn’t supposed to play a role in legal decisions, but we know that judges follow the daily news. I can see an agenda being set up that will persuade the Supreme Court to follow the trend set by California.

    The most important vote on gay marriage may be the one cast by Justice Anthony Kennedy. The Supreme Court has long been divided between four conservative and four liberals, with Kennedy being the deciding vote. Over the years, Kennedy has generally sided with gay groups. On the other hand, Kennedy is very cautious about getting too far ahead of the country.

    The validity of gay marriage should not be based on the opinion of voters or judges. The focus should be on what God thinks of the matter. The Bible is very clear on this issue:

    Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator who is praised forever amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. (Rom. 1:24-27)

    I don’t understand stand why gays would want to legitimize their relationship by using the rituals of a religion that condemns them. The whole idea of homosexuals choosing to confine themselves to a monogamous relationship is a bit silly. The story of the gay lifestyle is one of casual sex, with most homosexual men having over a thousand sex partners in their lifetime.

    The reason gays want the right to marry is because evil naturally seeks to destroy that which is good. This is why darkness is sweeping over the land. Once all the moral barriers are removed, the wicked will turn their attention to Christians, the last source of light.

    If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (John 15:18-20)

    — Todd

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    Gay “Marriage” vs. Obama’s Citizenship Questions, A Unique Parallel

    Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

    In response to a federal judge’s ruling on gay “marriage”, I made the comment “Not sure where he found marriage in the Constitution”.
    My friend, Starbix, challenged me by stating, “not sure how that means that it, by default, excludes gays and lesbians. The article tells you exactly where: ‘The judge found that the gay marriage ban violates the Constitution’s due process and equal protection clauses. “Because Proposition 8 disadvantages gays and lesbians without any rational justification, Proposition 8 violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” the judge ruled.'”
    To which I responded, “equal protection from what? One must first have rights in order to be protected. The Constitution does not guarantee ANYONE the right to marry. This is a state issue exclusively. The federal government does not have the right, as stated in the constitution, to rule on this matter. PERIOD.”

    I’ve used the above exchange of ideas to make a simple point this morning:
    The federal government is so askew from its original intent, that now it has usurped the authority to rule on matters reserved specifically for the states (marriage) but denies its citizens the “standing” to challenge Obama’s credentials and qualifications to be president, a matter that any citizen of this country should be able to challenge.

    Now as for Obama’s qualifications to be president, I’ve said all along that he could put that whole matter to rest forever if he would just provide the requested documents. Instead, he and the Democrats have spent massive amounts of money to suppress these documents.
    On top of that, judge after judge has found that the ordinary citizen doesn’t have “standing” to question the president’s qualifications. It got so bad, that at one point, it appeared that NO ONE had standing to questions a president’s qualifications.

    Then we have the gay “marriage” situation. The constitution expressly forbids the federal government from becoming involved in issues granted to the states. Marriage has always been decided by the states. It is not, nor has it ever been, a matter to be ruled on by the federal government.

    Let’s get something straight right now; marriage is a privilege. It has never been a “right”.

    We need to get back to basics, people, and start to obey the constitution again. The usurping of authority cannot continue. If it does, we as a nation, will cease to exist.

    Fox News “Honor Killings in America”, A Review

    Monday, August 9th, 2010

    Amina and Sarah Said

    I had a chance to watch the Fox News “Honor Killings in America” last Friday.
    It was good, but in a nut shell, it didn’t go far enough.

    Now I don’t want to come off as a complete naysayer; from a main stream media standpoint, it was a giant leap in the correct direction, calling an “honor killing” what it is: an “honor killing”. Leave it to Fox News to be the only news media to consistently call it that.

    I am aware of certain aspects of this situation that maybe some have not tumbled to yet. Why did Tissy get married? Why did Tissy continue to put up with a situation that was so unbearable? Yes, she was afraid, as are many victims of domestic violence. Once again though, if she had followed her Aunt Gail’s (Gail Gartrell) advice and researched Islam, she may have realized that marriages in Islam are not as they typically are here in the West. In Islam, the wife is the husband’s property. She must “toe the line”, so to speak, to avoid provoking her Muslim husband’s ire, possibly to the point of violence. In his eyes, she has no rights and her sole purpose in life is to please him, providing all that he would want and need. Her wants and needs are nonexistent. That is typically the life of a Muslim wife. I, for one, am getting a bit weary of Tissy’s shrugged shoulders and the “I don’t know” responses from her.

    I have many thoughts about this situation. I find myself believing that Tissy either chose to or was compelled, by some misplaced loyalty, or fear, to tell Yaser everything, even when they were on the run. If she is not in part, criminally responsible for the girls deaths, she most certainly is guilty of putting the girls in harm’s way by bringing them back. She showed a complete lack of common sense and a complete lack of the nurturing nature that comes naturally to most mothers; the spirit of doing whatever is necessary to protect their young.

    Instead, she chose to trust the words of her and the girls abuser of twenty years, and return. This is beyond comprehension. How does one get to the point where she is willing to go back to her abuser, back to the abuser of her girls, back to life of lies, false promises and violence; back to the almost certain death of her girls at the hand of this evil man?

    I wish Fox News had asked her those tough questions. They most certainly knew or at least suspected this was the case. Yet they allowed Tissy to cry and carry on. They painted her the victim, equating her to the girls. I for one, don’t buy it. At best Tissy is guilty of the worst form of naivety; at worst, she is guilty of aiding and abetting the killer of her very own girls. For shame, Patricia, for shame!!

    It is my hope that the Fox News show will bring this case back to the surface and with the expanded audience that Fox News enjoys, perhaps this will finally be the weight that tips the scale against Yaser. Maybe now, he can be caught and prosecuted. There is no doubt that he is getting aid, from his family almost certainly, and quite possibly from the extended Muslim community in the area in which he is currently hiding. Maybe this coverage can overcome that.

    This case brings to the forefront the issues of “honor killing” and the religious and cultural mindset of those who do these hideous things. Are we quick enough to learn from this in time to stop it from becoming even more common place? Only time will tell.

    See below for previous post:

  • Honor Killing in Dallas
  • “The Story is Bigger Than an Honor Murder in Dallas or What Happens in Dallas Stays in Dallas; Who Knew?” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Human Sacrifice in Dallas: No One Saved These Girls” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Raging Muslim Taxi Drivers in North American Cities” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Murderous Mothers. The Hidden Female Face of Honor Killing” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Still Dead in Dallas. An Update on the Double Honor Murders” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • FBI Calls Dallas Murder Case an ‘Honor Killing,’ Upsetting Muslim Group
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 1.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 2.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 3.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 4.
  • America’s Most Wanted to Air Segment on Said Sisters “Honor Killing”.
  • America’s Most Wanted Airs Said Sisters “Honor Killing”, Caves to Political Correctness.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Interviewed on Anniversary of “Honor Killing”.
  • America’s Most Wanted to Air Segment on Yaser Said for Said Sisters “Honor Killing”.
  • Celebration Of Life For Amina and Sarah Said – Honor Killed by Their Father”.
  • Mother of Amina and Sara Said Breaks Her Silence, Wants Justice for the Girls.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Comments on Patricia Owens’ (Girl’s Mother) Interview.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Receiving New Death Threats.
  • Slain Sisters’ Great Aunt Received Death Threats.
  • URGENT: Fox News Running “Honor Killings in America” at 9 PM CDT Friday Aug. 6, 2010.
  • “Honor Killing” Dad Secretly Taped Girls.
  • Fox News “Honor Killings in America”, A Review.
  • Wanted by the FBI
    YASER ABDEL SAID
    Please be on the lookout for Yaser Abdel Said, who “honor killed” his daughters, Sarah and Amina Said. If you think you have seen him, please contact authorities immediately.

    In Remembrance of Noor Faleh Almaleki. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings
    In Remembrance of Noor Faleh Almaleki. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings