Archive for September, 2010

Pakistani Minister wants Obama to become World Supreme Muslim Leader

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Interesting…

ISLAMABAD – In a development that could be duly termed as one and only of its kind, an incumbent Government’s Minister has urged US President Barrack Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero Mosque and become “Ameer-ul-Momineen” of Muslim Ummah.

Minister of State for Industries and former member Pakistan Ideological Council Ayatullah Durrani called TheNation on Wednesday to register his demand made to President Obama.

“The coming Eid would expectedly be observed on 9/11, this a golden opportunity for President Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero and become Amir-ul-Momineen or Caliph of Muslims. In this way, all the problems of Muslim World would be solved,” he thought.

Durrani argued that Muslim World was in “dire need” of a Caliph and the distinguished slot of Caliphate would earn President Obama the exemplary titles of what he termed, “Mullah Barrack Hussain Obama” or “Allama Obama.” “The time is approaching fast. Barrack Hussain Obama must act now. This is a golden opportunity, Muslims badly need it,” he added, saying that the elevation of President Obama to Muslim’s Caliphate would be the “key to success.”

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Government: Spending to Rise Under Obama’s Health Care Overhaul

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Where have we heard that before? From Obama? Nope. How about Pelosi and Reid? Nope. The Democrats? Nope. Leftist Republicans? Nope.
Wait, it’s coming back to me…we heard it from conservatives. We warned about it time after time on this very blog.
Now the government is confirming what we said.
Obamacare is going to increase spending. It’s won’t save a dime. Once again, Obama and company have lied to you.

WASHINGTON — The nation’s health care tab will go up — not down — as a result of President Barack Obama’s sweeping overhaul. That’s the conclusion of a government forecast released Thursday, which also finds the increase will be modest.

The average annual growth in health care spending will be just two-tenths of 1 percentage point higher through 2019 with Obama’s remake, said the analysis. And that’s with more than 32 million uninsured gaining coverage because of the new law.

“The impact is moderate,” said economist Andrea Sisko of Medicare’s Office of the Actuary, the nonpartisan unit that prepared the report.

Factoring in the law, Americans will spend an average of $13,652 per person a year on health care in 2019, according to the actuary’s office. Without the law, the corresponding number would be $13,387.

That works out to $265 more with the overhaul. Currently, Americans spend $8,389 a year per person on health care.

The new bottom line is guaranteed to provide ammunition for both sides of a health care debate that refuses to move offstage. Republicans are vowing repeal if they win control of Congress this fall, although they are unlikely to have enough votes to override an Obama veto.

For critics, the numbers show that the law didn’t solve the cost problem, although Obama repeatedly said he wanted to bend the spending curve down.

The analysis found that health care spending will grow to nearly 20 percent of the economy
in 2019. That siphons off resources that could be invested in education, research, transportation or other areas. Medical costs now account for about 17 percent of the economy, and some experts think that’s already too much.

For advocates of the law, the numbers show that expanding coverage to 93 percent of eligible Americans comes at a relative bargain price. Moreover, if Congress sticks to cost controls in the legislation, there’s potential beyond 2020 to rein in the growth of health care spending. The new projections show a slowdown starting around 2018.

“By the end of the projection period, we estimate (costs) will grow more slowly,” said John Poisal, who worked on the forecast.

It’s a long way off, but under the health care law, the big coverage push doesn’t start until 2014.

That’s when the government will offer tax credits to help middle-class people buy private coverage through new insurance markets in their states. At the same time, Medicaid will be opened up to millions more low-income people. Insurers will have to accept all applicants, regardless of health problems. And most Americans will be required to carry coverage or face a fine from the IRS.

The study also showed:

–Government is becoming the dominant player in health care even without Obama’s law. Federal, state and local government spending will overtake private sources in 2011, three years before the main provisions of the overhaul take effect. The biggest programs are Medicare and Medicaid.

–Even after the health care overhaul is fully phased in, three out of five people under age 65 will still have private coverage, with most continuing to get benefits through their employer.

–Two federal-state programs, Medicaid and children’s health insurance, will grow dramatically under the overhaul. Enrollment will jump 34 percent between 2013 and 2014, to more than 85 million people. States will be bigger players in health care — and face new pressures over the long run.

The White House released its own analysis of the report, calculating that total health care spending per insured person would be more than $1,000 lower under the law.

A White House blog post from health reform director Nancy-Ann DeParle said that by 2019 overall health care spending per insured person would average $14,720 under the law, compared with $16,120 if Congress and the president had not acted, or $1,400 less.

The White House average was not part of the Medicare analysts’ projections, and there was no official response from the actuaries to the White House estimate. DeParle acknowledged that spending would rise in the short run as uninsured people gain coverage, but noted the rate of growth would slow in the second half of the decade. “A close look at this report’s data suggest that for average Americans, the Affordable Care Act will live up to its promise,” she said.

The Medicare analysts’ report is available online from the journal Health Affairs.

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Happy Rosh Hashanah to All of Our Jewish Friends – 2010

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Happy Rosh Hashanah from all of us to our Jewish friends.

לשנה טובה תכתבו ותחתמו
לאלתר לחיים טובים ולשלום

l’shanah tova tikkatevu vetechatemu
le’altar lechayim tovim ul’shalom

May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!
Immediately, for a good life and for peace.

“When I Look at Mexico, I see America’s Future” by Todd Strandberg

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Drug violence is out of control in Mexico. Mexican President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006 and declared war on the cartels. In just short of five years, more than 28,000 people have died. This year alone, more than 7,000 have died.

In recent months, the violence has taken a turn for the worse. The carnage has reached a level that has finally forced the U.S. liberal media to take notice. Here are a few news bites that show how bad the situation in Mexico has become:

* Twenty-seven suspected drug gang members were killed in a clash with troops near the U.S. border, Mexico’s army says, hours after the country’s president vowed to continue the fight against drug cartels.

* In Juarez, a car bomb was recently used to hit paramedics trying to save a life. Paramedic Nancy Paz Mares was hit by shrapnel. She said the person who did it “has no heart.”

* Juarez has become the murder capital of the world, with 2,600 dead last year. It is a city with a population not much larger than that of San Antonio. The death toll could be higher this year. It’s on track to hit 3,000. San Antonio had 96 murders in 2009.

* Mexican authorities found 72 bodies inside a ranch near San Fernando, Tamaulipas, in northeastern Mexico. The victims were trying to reach the United States, and they would have been killed for refusing to work for the drug group “Los Zetas.”

* In Mexico City, police announced that 3,200 federal police officers had been fired after failing drug and lie detector tests, or having assets that could not be accounted for. A separate group of 465 officers is due to be fired in Juarez. In total, 10 percent of the Mexican law enforcement personal have been dismissed.

* In July, a car bomb was detonated in the border town of Cuidad Juarez, killing three people. It was the first known use of a car bomb against authorities and marks a troubling new level of violence in the country’s brutal drug war.

One news report noted that Mexico’s drug war has many similarities to the violent conflicts of the Middle East. Even though there doesn’t seem to be any connection to the drug cartel and Islamic terrorists, I think there is one. The violence is similar because demonic forces are guiding both groups.

The Western Hemisphere has had outbreaks of violence in the past. In the 1980s, several Central American nations had military death squads that killed people who disagreed with the government. In the 1990s, the Columbia drug war was a hotbed of violence.

The Mexican violence stands out because it is so evil in nature. In the Columbia drug war, the fighting was mostly between two military groups–the Columbian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In Mexico, people are being killed over the most trivial matters.

In Genesis, God sent a global flood to wipe out humanity because the earth was filled with violence. The Lord’s need for drastic action would seem to imply that violence spreads like a disease, and nothing short of mass sterilization will work at stemming the plague.

The infection of pure-evil violence began in the Middle East and has now spread to our southern neighbor. Unless our moral immune system kicks in, the violence will continue to spread to other areas of the globe, and perhaps even here in the U.S. The only thing missing is a catalyst. Since our financial system seems doomed to collapse, I can easily see how we could come to resemble Mexico.

Jesus said the last days would be a time that would see a repeat of the days of Noah and Sodom. In both cases, sin and violence had reached their zenith. These were also times when God spared two groups of people from destruction. Jesus used them as examples because He will soon spare a third group–the church–from violence when He raptures all believers to heaven.

“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:26-31).

— Todd

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Backlash Against Christians Feared in Church’s Planned Koran Burning

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

I condemn this planned burning of Korans in the strongest possible terms. All this will accomplish is to lower ourselves to the same level as the Muslims who routinely desecrate our Bible, and open Christians up to further persecution.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, General David Petraeus, the top American military commander in Afghanistan, warned that “images of the burning of a Quran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan — and around the world — to inflame public opinion and incite violence” and could endanger U.S. troops and Americans worldwide.

Dr. Carl Moeller, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, argues another people group may suffer even more. He believes Christians in the Muslim world will suffer the brunt of the repercussions from any Quran burnings.

“Look, Danish cartoonists weren’t beaten by mobs when the Danish cartoons showed Mohammad,” he recalls. “…It was the Christians across the village who were beaten by the mobs and the churches that were burned and the pastors who were killed throughout the Muslim world when those cartoons were released.”

Echoing Petraeus’ concerns, Moeller adds: “I’m afraid that this church in Florida that’s planning on burning Qurans on 9/11 will do nothing but inflame insane people in the Muslim world to take out their hatred and literally murderous wrath on the Christian communities in those countries.”

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Abbas: ‘I Don’t Have to Recognize Israel as a Jewish State’

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

In typical Pali terrorist form, terrorist leader, Abbas, has once again stated his true intentions; not to recognize Israel as the Jewish State.
Of course his actions will be followed by swift condemnation…of Israel, as the world scrambles to find something to take away what little attention is given to the terrorist acts the Pali terrorist continue to do.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that he would not recognize Israel as a Jewish state in an interview with east Jerusalem newspaper Al-Quds.

When asked about Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s demand that the PA recognize Israel as a Jewish state, Abbas said “Israel can call itself whatever it wants. We don’t have to recognize those definitions.”

Abbas repeatedly told the interviewer, on his trip from Libya to Jordan, that he will not compromise, especially when it comes to settlements and 1967 borders.

Abbas complained that the “historic compromise” that Netanyahu mentioned in his speech is a request for Palestinians to “withdraw all the issues, especially with the occupied territories in 1967.”

“We reject this because we see the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip as indivisible,” Abbas said.

The PA president also said that the US should continue its role. “The US was close to the negotiations, but did not enter the negotiation rooms,” he explained.

“There is no doubt that we and the Israelis differ on many issues since the start of negotiations. There are fundamental differences on many issues,” Abbas said, “but we must sit at the negotiations table to clarify the positions.” He added that the refugee issue as well as the release of Palestinian prisoners must be resolved.

Abbas also commented on the divisions between Hamas and Fatah, calling on them to compromise and join forces.

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Iranian Woman Lashed 99 Times Could Be Stoned to Death Soon

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Another fine example of the “loving, caring, tolerant” nature of Muslims. This is what they bring to every country they control.

TEHRAN, Iran — The lawyer for an Iranian woman sentenced to be stoned on an adultery conviction said Monday that he and her children are worried the delayed execution could be carried out soon with the end of a moratorium on death sentences for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

In an unusual turn in the case, the lawyer also confirmed that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was lashed 99 times last week in a separate punishment meted out because a British newspaper ran a picture of an unveiled woman mistakenly identified as her. Under Iran’s clerical rule, women must cover their hair in public. The newspaper later apologized for the error.

With the end of Ramadan this week, the mother of two could be executed “any moment,” said her lawyer, Javid Houtan Kian.

The sentence was put on hold in July after an international outcry over the brutality of the punishment, and it is now being reviewed by Iran’s supreme court.

Ashtiani was convicted in 2006 of having an “illicit relationship” with two men after the murder of her husband the year before and was sentenced at that time to 99 lashes. Later that year, she was also convicted of adultery and sentenced to be stoned, even though she retracted a confession that she says was made under duress.

“The possibility of stoning still exists, any moment,” Kian told The Associated Press. “Her stoning sentence was only delayed; it has not been lifted yet.”

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Pastor Facing Court Date After Sharing Gospel with Muslims – In Kansas

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

If Muslims had handed out information about their religion, at a local Christian church, you may rest assured that they would not have been arrested.

About 14 people, including three senior pastors, went to the local [Wichita, Kansas] mosque to distribute to Muslims packets containing the books of John and Romans in English and Arabic and a DVD with testimonies of former Muslims. Pastor Mark Holick of Spirit One Christian Center was one of those passing out the packets to people leaving the mosque.

Holick tells OneNewsNow that when local police officers arrived on the scene, he was handcuffed then detained in a patrol car, where he repeatedly asked what crime he had committed.

“And then about 15 minutes later, 20 minutes later, something like that, they finally came over and told me that I was being charged with ‘loitering’ and ‘failure to disperse,'” the pastor shares.

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Happy Labor Day 2010

Monday, September 6th, 2010

We hope everyone has a very enjoyable Labor Day holiday today. Be safe and we will be back to blogging tomorrow.
God Bless Everyone.

Obama Shows True Feelings About Israel, States Direct Talks Will ‘End the Occupation’

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Obama said that direct talks, between Israel and the Pali terrorist, will ‘end the occupation’.
So the Pali terrorist usurpers who occupy Israeli’s land, are getting out? Cool!!!
OK, we all know what Obama was referring to. He believes that the Pali terrorist deserve the land and it’s Israel who is occupying it.
This president is unbelievable in his behavior toward Israel.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday afternoon he is optimistic his team would succeed in jumpstarting direct talks aimed at ending Israel’s “occupation” and leading to formation of a new Palestinian Authority country.

The talks, scheduled to begin Thursday, have already spawned two terrorist attacks this week alone. Two days ago, a Hamas terrorist cell ambushed and murdered two Jewish men and two Jewish women near Kiryat Arba, one of whom was nine months pregnant. Last night (Wednesday) another Jewish couple was wounded in a separate attack on the same road, near the Rimonim junction north of Jerusalem. Hamas also claimed responsibility for the second attack as well, along with a renegade Fatah faction, the Al-Namir group that said it was part of the Fatah-linked Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades terrorist group.

Speaking to reporters prior to a working dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, PA Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair, Obama acknowledged the task would not be easy.

“After all, there’s a reason that the two-state solution has eluded previous generations,” he said.

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“PEACE, PEACE, BUT THERE IS NO PEACE” by Fern Sidman

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Angry Jews stage demonstration outside of Israeli Consulate in New York

Dozens of Jewish supporters of Israel gathered across the street from the Israeli Consulate in New York City, on Thursday evening, September 2nd, to call upon Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “just say no to demands for more concessions from Israel that will continue to endanger the lives of Jews throughout Israel.” Organized by Helen Freedman of Americans For A Safe Israel, the demonstration came at the end of the first round of direct peace talks between Prime Minister Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US President Barack Obama at the White House.

US Middle East envoy George Mitchell along with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Abbas and Netanyahu met for 90 minutes, with the two leaders pledging to work together to maintain security and reiterating their goal of a two-state solution. The three-way meeting was “long and productive,” Mr Mitchell said, adding the leaders pledged to work in “good faith” and with “seriousness of purpose.” He said Mr. Netanyahu and Mr Abbas then went off on their own for a one-on-one meeting, which may be designed to build trust between the two leaders. There were no notetakers or translators in either of the meetings.

The US sponsored peace talks come on the heels of the heinous murder of four Jews in the Hebron region on August 31st. Talya and Yitzchok Imas, Kochava Even-Chaim and Avishai Shindler were gunned down in cold blood by Hamas terrorists at the Bani Naim junction just south of Hebron. This was followed by yet another drive-by shooting on Route 60 between the Rimonim Junction and the Jewish community of Kochav HaShachar in the Binyamin region of Samaria that left Rabbi Moshe Moreno and his wife Shira moderately wounded. A Fatah cell calling itself the Al-Namir cells of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack as did Hamas.

“It’s all very well for the “Quartet” led by President Obama to decide that “peace” must come to the Israeli?arab situation within the next year, but what are the Arabs saying? And what are they doing? Where is the control of anti-Israel terror and incitement”, said AFSI coordinator Helen Freedman. Hold aloft Israeli flags and signs saying, “No Negotiations With Terrorists: Just Say No”, “Bibi: Trust in Hashem, Not Them” and “No Palestinian State”, the demonstrators braved the oppressive 97 degree New York City heat as they chanted, “Jewish blood is not cheap” and “They kill and we build”.

“We need a president that understands the ideology of radical Islam” declared Madeline Brooks, the Manhattan chapter head of ACT for America, as she addressed the demonstrators. “These four innocent Jews were tragically murdered because there were no security checkpoints and that was ordered at the behest of President Obama. We need to seize the moment to educate our fellow citizens about the pernicious nature of jihad”, she said.

Also addressing the gathering was New York radio personality and long time Jewish activist, Charlie Bernhaut who said, “If you want to see a real terrorist up close, just look at Mahmoud Abbas. His links with Palestinain terrorist organizations are numerous and legendary. He is a Holocaust denier and rabid Jew hater. Clearly, the creation of a Palestinian state will represent an existential threat to Israel’s survival because it will become a terrorist state under the leadership of Hamas.”

“Why can’t we have a prime minister of Israel who is proud of being a Jew and who has a sense of honor?”, said Rabbi David Algaze of Forest Hills, Queens. “Who even entertains the notion of proposing territorial compromise and the division of the holy city of Jerusalem when four precious Jewish lives have been snuffed out?” he continued. Concluding on a sober note, he intoned, “No appeasements, no negotiations, no peace with those who seek our destruction and no to charades orchestrated by Washington.”

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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.

Voter Fraud Surfaces in Texas

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

A group called the King Street Patriots has launched the True the Vote project, which has uncovered a large number of voter registrations that were incomplete, inaccurate, or downright false. Those results have been turned over to Harris County officials.

“They were finding numerous people who were registered at empty fields, 30 or 40 people registered to a jail that only has eight cots — just numerous situations of obvious fraud,” reports Kelly Shackelford, chief counsel at the Liberty Institute, which is representing the King Street Patriots. “And so they turned that information over to the county.”

He adds that the group responsible for all the fraudulent registrations turned in very few valid registrations.

“It’s a group called Houston Votes, which is funneled with left-wing money to try to add a lot of new people to the rolls,” Shackelford explains. “And in just the 25,000 that this group had done, only 7,193 were valid. That is a huge failure rate.”

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“Beat Whitey Night” by Michael G. Mickey

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

According to the Des Moines Register, police are trying to get to the bottom of what led to a series of attacks at the Iowa State Fair that included the assault of two police officers and a number of other people. The victims, from all I have read, were Caucasian. Their attackers, it seems, were African-Americans.

Below are some quotes from the Des Moines Register which police officers reportedly made.

Sgt. David Murillo stated in a report on Friday night, “On-duty officers at the fairgrounds advise there was a group of 30 to 40 individuals roaming the fairgrounds openly calling it ‘beat whitey night.'”

“We don’t know if this was juveniles fighting or a group of kids singling out white citizens leaving the fairgrounds,” Sgt. Lori Lavorato said. “It’s all under investigation, but it’s very possible it has racial overtones.”

Could it be that ‘Beat Whitey Night’ had some racial overtones? It depends on who you ask it seems. The police certainly had suspicions, but what did State Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D-Des Moines, think? He didn’t (at least on 8-24-10) have enough information to decide if the attacks of ‘Beat Whitey Night’ were racially motivated. While I wasn’t there to investigate the incident, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say the attacks WERE racially motivated.

As noted earlier, Sgt. David Murillo documented that on-duty police officers at the fairgrounds said there was a group of 30 to 40 suspects wandering the fairgrounds looking for trouble and openly calling their activities ‘Beat Whitey Night’. Either this group of thirty to forty suspects were looking for a guy literally named Whitey or they were looking for some ‘whiteys’, as in Caucasian people, to beat up. I think we can safely conclude that based on what police officers on the ground there were reporting.

Sgt Lori Lavorato, although somewhat vague in her assessment of the multiple assaults, certainly gave us no reason to suspect the events of the evening weren’t racially motivated when she noted that “white citizens” leaving the fairgrounds may have been “singled out” by attackers. The violence of the evening smells distinctly racially motivated from my perspective. How about you?

A lot of you are probably wondering why I’m writing about an event of this nature. The answer is to make a point concerning the liberal mainstream media, tolerance, poltical correctness and the like and how Satan is using them to deceive the masses with great effect.

Prior to writing this commentary, I Googled ‘Beat Whitey Night’ and couldn’t find a single major news network reporting on the attacks. On the other hand, it’s a piece of cake to find mainstream media news coverage of the Ground Zero mosque controversy.

No angry crowds have beaten Muslims in New York, but, by the way the mainstream media is handling coverage of that controversy, you’d think so. ‘Beat Whitey Night’, on the other hand? It just isn’t newsworthy, in spite of the fact that one victim had two of his eye sockets (orbital bones) fractured!

What happened at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, if the documentation of the evening’s events by the police are accurate, was pure unadulterated hatred of the most vile nature and yet it got virtually zero attention from the media, but can you imagine the coverage the mainstream media would’ve given to this incident if a gang of Caucasian males referring to their activities as ‘Illegal Immigrant Beatdown Night’ had beaten up some Hispanics in Arizona? Not only would the attacks have been front page news, every conservative voice in the United States of America would’ve been implicated as an encourager of the event in all likelihood, just as everyone who holds any dislike of a high-rise mosque being built near Ground Zero is being portrayed by the mainstream media as an opponent of freedom of religion as provided in the U.S. Constitution.

I don’t know about anyone else but I’m sick to death of liberals like CBS News anchor Katie Couric making comments like the following, as documented by NewsBusters recently:

“There is a debate to be had about the sensitivity of building this center so close to Ground Zero. But we can not let fear and rage tear down the towers of our core American values.”

Does it irritate anyone else to the core that Couric felt the need to paint a portrait of people opposed to the building of the Ground Zero mosque reminiscent in symbolism to the attacks of September 11, 2001 – the very attacks that gave many of those opposed to its construction reason not to want it so close to the site to begin with?

Does it rub anyone else wrong that MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell accused people opposed to the building of the mosque near Ground Zero to murderous terrorists when she said they were “acting like the people who attacked America and killed 3,000 people”? NewsBusters documented that incident of mainstream media bias/insanity as well. On that note, it’s news to me and probably to a lot of people who will read this commentary that holding up a sign that reads “No Mosque At Ground Zero” is the equivalent of killing thousands of innocent people but it apparently is, at least over at MSNBC.

Meanwhile, here in the real world

The mainstream media’s ongoing portrayal of opposition to the building of the Ground Zero mosque as some sort of affront to freedom of religion may be true on the part of some people demonstrating against it but it isn’t a majority view. Far from it! The overwhelming majority of people opposed to its construction at the location currently under consideration merely want the mosque to be built elsewhere, which New York Governor David Paterson offered to help with if developers of the mosque would be willing to relocate. Paterson said he wasn’t willing to meet with the mosque’s developers because he was opposed to the building of a mosque, but was willing to do so in the interest of quelling the unrest plans to build it there has caused.

You’d think followers of the “peaceful religion” of Islam, so quick to be offended if anyone does or says anything they deem to be insulting, like draw a cartoon of their prophet for example, would be sensitive to the feelings of others but they aren’t nor are they expected to be. And why is that? There are a number of reasons, but the reason at the top of the list where the issue of the Ground Zero mosque and the mainstream media is concerned? In my humble opinion, it’s because the November elections are within view and liberals everywhere are in a panic.

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“THE CORRUPTION IN ALBANY MUST END” An Interview with GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Rick Lazio by Fern Sidman

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

For New Yorkers who are angered and frustrated by the corruption that has plagued politics in Albany for many years now, the upcoming gubernatorial mid-term election races offer viable alternatives in terms of candidates. Having represented New York’s 2nd congressional district for four terms from 1993-2001, Republican Rick Lazio is challenging Democrat Andrew Cuomo for the state’s highest office. With a platform predicated on bold reforms and a concrete plan to battle corruption, I sat down with Mr. Lazio to discuss some issues effecting New Yorkers.

FS: Concerning healthcare reform, as you know, the Medicaid system in New York spends 73% more per recipient than the country as a whole and 25% more than California, which covers twice as many people. What would you do to make Medicaid a more efficient system?

RL: I’m totally in favor of reforming and revamping our Medicaid program. We must move Medicaid to a managed care system in order to streamline costs. The taxpayers in this state are already been strangled by exorbitant taxes and with the rising cost of healthcare for employers, we must move with alacrity to remedy this problem. Those on the Medicaid rolls should be encouraged to seek appropriate healthcare and that means each recipient should have a primary care doctor who can oversee their follow up care if they need to see a specialist. What has proven to be extremely costly to our system are those Medicaid recipients who visit their local hospital emergency rooms when they have a health crisis, rather than seeing their own doctor. Incentives should be provided such as beneficiaries having stored value cards in order to get the right level of care. Provider reimbursement should be harmonized and doctors and hospitals should be extended the same reimbursements and the co-pays should be managed accordingly. I am also in favor of enforcing an anti-fraud program to the Medicaid system because each year there is over $5 billion in Medicaid fraud. We want to promote the very best healthcare system for all New Yorkers and in order to do that we must investigate medical supply companies and other who are bilking the system and hence increasing taxes in our state.

FS: How would you address the burgeoning unemployment rates in New York State and what would you do to help stimulate the economy?

RL: There is no doubt that we must focus our efforts on putting people back to work immediately. There has been way too much emphasis on stimulus money to create jobs and that’s just not happening. New York ranks 49th out of 50 states that are business friendly and that’s just deplorable. The fact that our state is laden with high taxes drives individuals and their businesses out of the state. We must encourage the creation start up businesses to stimulate the private economy in New York. We must take a good hard look at the tax environment that we find ourselves in and we must put an end to the political chaos in Albany, where the state legislature can’t get a budget done. Our government is unpredictable and Bush era tax credits have been revoked for businesses. Subsidiaries that provide energy costs have also lapsed. The more people that are employed translates into fewer dollars being taken out of businesses for taxes. The core part of our strategy is to restart the growth engine, get the costs to businesses down by reducing business taxes, rewarding startup companies and creating a new capital gains structure. Another source of major capitol and economic development are our colleges and universities. New York is a state of great people, with great skills and ingenuity and I am sure we can do exciting things in this wonderful empire state.

FS: You’ve come out against the construction of the proposed mosque at Ground Zero. Could you tell us why you are against it and what do you think of offers to have the mosque built on state property?

RL: I stand in staunch opposition to the construction of the proposed mosque close to Ground Zero. What we need here is complete transparency as this issue is not about religion. I would immediately demand a full accounting for where the funding is coming from for the construction of this $100 million dollar building. Clearly, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf who is behind this project is ducking the question of why he refuses to label Hamas a terrorist organization, when the US government lists Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization. We also know that Hamas is behind the incessant rocket attacks on Israel’s southern border. Imam Rauf has said that America was an accomplice to the 9/11 attacks on our country and that “Osama Bin Laden was made in the USA”. When Imam Rauf was asked whether he would take money from Iranian sources to build this mosque, he refused to answer and if he can’t respond to that kind of question, one could believe that he and others involved in this project may have sympathies with radical Islamist organizations.The Imam has also been associated with the Turkish terrorist organization who was behind the flotilla that sought to smuggle arms to terrorists in Gaza Just a few short years ago, Sharif El-Gamal and his brother Sammy El-Gamal of Soho Properties who are the developers of the Ground Zero Mosque were waiting tables in New York City. Where did all their money come from?

Andrew Cuomo is the attorney general of New York and as such, he could eliminate the controversy that swirls around this mosque by launching an investigation into the group’s monetary sources. People really need to get their voices on this issue because if Iran is even partially funding this mosque then we can expect that those preaching in it will be promoting terrorism against the United States and Israel. Iran has already threatened to wipe our ally Israel off the map while the whole world sleeps. America must never allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons and we must do everything in our power to protect Israel. I believe in solidifying relationships with our good friends such as Israel and working to ensure her safety and dealing forcefully with our avowed enemies such as Iran.

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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.