Archive for October, 2010

NEA’s Ties with Democratic Party Ignored

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Liberals love liberals. The education system has been liberal for years, with each year progressively worse than the last. With a liberal media, it’s certainly no surprise that NEA’s ties to the Democrats is ignored.

Although the media may portray the National Education Association (NEA) as neutral when it comes to politics, Dan Gainor, vice-president for business and culture at the Media Research Center (MRC), points out that the teachers union is “essentially a liberal special-interest group that is in the pocket of the Democratic Party.”

He reports that in the non-election year of 2009, the NEA spent $50 million on mostly Democratic causes and campaigns. Also, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, 93 percent of the donations made by the group from 1990 to 2008 went to Democrats.

Dan Gainor (Culture and Media Institute)”We’re talking about a group that works hand-in-hand with ACORN [Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now]…GLAD [Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders] and [the] Sierra Club — every one of the left-wing groups you can possibly imagine,” Gainor adds.

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“‘Christian’ Media Swings Left” by Jim Fletcher

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

David Neff is editor-in-chief for Christianity Today. The magazine is still considered to be mainstream and representative of evangelicals. It was founded when Ike was president, and it is amazing how many Christians consider CT to be their friend. In reality, it is center-left and fairly contemptuous of the issues conservative Christians hold dear.

Witness Neff’s recent Facebook post, in which he cites a Wall St. Journal piece about the Ground Zero mosque. Neff said that “all the negative attention” the mosque project has received has in fact helped amass a war chest for the building of the mosque. Again, Neff was citing the WSJ article, but one wonders why he seems to aim a weird web of blame at Americans who find the mosque both offensive and potentially dangerous.

Of course, the editorial staff at CT has a long history of center-left stances.

During the first Gulf War, an editorial in the magazine went into useful idiot mode, claiming that Iraqi “Foreign Minister” Tariq Aziz was in fact a Christian. Aziz was a Christian in the sense that he apparently belonged to an Eastern Orthodox church.

Readers with even a moderately high IQ will understand that Aziz was a Christian like Hermann Goering was a Christian. Your religious affiliation isn’t a bonus when you’re brutalizing human beings.

Goering, the good Lutheran, was not a Christian. Aziz, a Chaldean Catholic, joined the Baath Party in 1957. Why would CT push his alleged Christian heritage when he was a key figure in the grotesquely abusive Saddam Hussein regime?

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Saudis Arrest Filipino Catholics at Mass

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Our “allies”, the Saudis, consistently persecute Christians. Remember this as Muslims play the “discrimination” card push for more “rights” in our country. Back in many of their home countries, people of other religions are persecuted, often jailed, sometimes killed.
Where is equality in this? Many Muslims speak out of both sides of their mouths.

Riyadh: Saudi police raided a secret Catholic mass in Riyadh last week and arrested a dozen Filipinos and a Catholic priest, charging them with prosyletising, a local daily reported on Wednesday.

The raid took place as some 150 Filipinos were attending the mass in a Riyadh rest house on Friday, the second day of the weekend in Saudi Arabia, Arab News said.

The twelve Filipino men and the priest, whose nationality was not specified, were “charged with prosyletising,” the daily quoted an official from the Philippine embassy in Riyadh as saying.

They were all released Sunday on guarantees by sponsors or embassies, the report said.

Saudi Arabia bans the practice of any religion aside from Islam. However, small, low-key prayer services inside expatriate compounds and in Filipino gatherings are tolerated by officials.

With more than one million workers in Saudi Arabia, Filipinos comprise the bulk of the Christian community inside the kingdom.

Filipino activists confirmed the arrests to AFP, saying they had been released, but could not confirm the arrest of a priest.

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“Inflation Raises Its Ugly Head” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

For nearly thirty years, the U.S. has been blessed with low inflation. There are now signs that our luck is about to run out. The U.S. monetary base has more than tripled over the last couple of years, and all that money is starting to filter into the hands of consumers. Commodity prices are absolutely skyrocketing, and it is inevitable that those price increases will show up at the grocery store.

In his recent article entitled “An Inflationary Cocktail in the Making,” Richard Benson lists sixteen key commodities that have seen huge price increases over the past year:

Agricultural Raw Materials: 24%

Industrial Inputs Index: 25%

Metals Price Index: 26%

Coffee: 45%

Barley: 32%

Oranges: 35%

Beef: 23%

Pork: 68%

Salmon: 30%

Sugar: 24%

Wool: 20%

Cotton: 40%

Palm Oil: 26%

Hides: 25%

Rubber: 62%

Iron Ore: 103%

The Dow Jones Industrials average has just had its best September in seventy-one years, rising 7.7 percent. Just in the past month, cotton, sugar, wheat, oil, and rice have risen more than 12 percent. The motor oil in your garage and the Uncle Ben’s in your kitchen cupboard outperformed the best traders on Wall Street.

Some of the increases are due to a string of adverse weather conditions. Russia had a severe drought that cut its wheat crop by 30 percent; India is suffering from low monsoon rainfall, which has hit sugar cane yields; and the U.S. has seen growing conditions that were both too wet and too dry. And calamity keeps coming. One report said that Australia faces the worst locust plague in twenty-five years for the 2011 crop.

Years of environmental restrictions on mining are adding to inflation pressure. Even though the demand for metals has been rising, supply is tight: No new mines have been opened in twenty years. The last iron ore smelter to be built in the United States dates back to 1969.

There is a growing problem with rare earth metals, which are used in a wide number of industrial and electronic products. China controls 97 percent of the rare earth market, and it has recently stated that it will no longer export these metals. American firms are now scrambling to find alternative sources before their supply runs out.

The uptick in commodity prices has failed to get the attention of the Federal Reserve. One of the duties of this body is to be on guard for inflation.

Amazingly, the Fed wants to print lots more money because it thinks we are in greater danger of seeing falling prices. The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, William Dudley, stated that the high unemployment and the low inflation the United States is experiencing right now are “wholly unacceptable…. Further action is likely to be warranted unless the economic outlook evolves in such a way that makes me more confident that we will see better outcomes for both employment and inflation before long.”

The government has been reporting low inflation because it uses crazy methodology in figuring its numbers. Food substitution is one example of this chicanery. If Kraft Macaroni and Cheese goes up 5 percent in price, the government may still see this component as unchanged because it concludes that people will switch to a no-name brand.

The Federal Reserve might be smoking those left-headed cigarettes, but many savvy investors understand what is going on. The fear of future inflation is the main reason gold and silver has risen more than 500 percent in the past decade. Even the U.S. Mint is adding to inflation. It has officially raised the wholesale pricing above spot on American Silver Eagles from $1.50 to $2.00.

The Bible warns of ramped-up inflation in the last days. The book of Revelation says a person will need to work for a whole day just to earn enough to buy a measure of grain equal to a loaf of bread. To go from fat and happy to a starvation diet would seem to require a transition period. Any movement towards high inflation may indicate we are headed in that direction.

“When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, ‘Come!’ And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, ‘A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!’” (Rev 6:5-6).

— Todd

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School Must Oblige Transgender 6th-Grader

Monday, October 4th, 2010

The homosexual activist are at it again; this time in a Maine grade school.

The radical homosexual agenda is making itself known in Maine, where a human-rights group has ruled a school must accommodate the sexual preferences of a sixth-grader.

“I think this is an example of this whole individual rights agenda going completely amok,” laments Janice Crouse, senior fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute of Concerned Women for America (CWA). She thinks the parents’ objection to the school’s action is revealing.

“I think it shows very clearly that their agenda is not to make sure that their son’s needs are met; their agenda is to prove a point and to bring that point home for the whole school district that their son has to be accepted just as he is and that there will be no consequences to the things that they are allowing to go on in their own home,” Crouse suspects.

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Turkey Signs Strategic-Military Pact with Syria

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Turkey continues to up the ante with the nations that will be involved with end time events. It certainly appears they are well on the way to cementing the Gog/Magog allegiance.

High-ranking officials from Turkey and Syria gathered in the Syrian Mediterranean seaport of Latakia on Sunday to sign agreements for cooperation in the military and strategic fields, according to a report by Channel 2 television.

The report said that the two governments have been holding talks since Friday on strengthening cooperation. One of the goals is to form a free-trade area in the two countries.

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Livestrong Day 2010

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

In an attempt to eradicate cancer, specifically the kind I had, Lance Armstrong and his foundation are hosting Livestrong Day 2010. Please be aware of the massive impact cancer has on so many people. Remember that early detection and treatment are the keys to successfully treating this horrible disease. Also, please support cancer research, so that one day we can truly be a cancer free world.

Livestrong Day 2010

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Study Shows Progress With Stem Cell Alternative

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Yet another reason to stop justifying abortion on demand.

In what could lead to new and less controversial approaches for treating conditions like diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, researchers in Boston announced Thursday that they have made significant progress in creating stem cells from human skin — without using human embryos.

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Diplomatic Tide Turns Against Abbas as He ‘Freezes’ Talks

Friday, October 1st, 2010

As always Israel is expected to give concession after concession while the Pali terrorist do nothing. At least this time, Abbas got a bit of a black eye for his stance, not that it will make a difference.

The constantly changing sands in the Middle East have left Abbas roasting under diplomatic heat as he faces blame for “freezing” talks with Israel.

He has frozen discussions with Israel while giving Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu five days to reinstate the building freeze on Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria. If Israel does not comply, Abbas said he will turn to the Arab League to consider the next step.

However, Prime Minister Netanyahu apparently has checked Abbas in what has become a diplomatic game of chess.

American expectations that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu would find a way to overcome PA demands for a building freeze are fizzling out. The administration publicly said it was “disappointed” that Israel did not extend the 10-month moratorium on building, a move that was made under American pressure to satisfy Abbas’ condition for direct talks.

Despite the verbal criticism of Israel by the United States as well as the European Union and the United Nations, Abbas is increasingly viewed by media and analysts as the reason for the failure to sit down with Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has “managed to leave the dead cat [of prospective blame] at the doorstep of both the Obama administration and Mahmoud Abbas,” Aaron David Miller, a former U.S. peace negotiator, told Politico’s Ben Smith.

“Last summer, Israel owned the dead cat,” Smith wrote. “Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made plain their view that Netanyahu’s failure to stop all settlement construction on the West Bank was the obstacle to resumed talks, and after an ill-timed construction announcement, Clinton’s office released details of the unusual 43-minute tongue lashing she delivered to the Israelis.”

“There are people on both sides who have no confidence [in the peace process] and so the name of the game is who gets blamed,” pro-PA think tank expert Hussein Ibish told Smith. “[That] is why the Palestinians can say a million times that they’ll walk out — but they can’t.”

Any doubt about support for Israel from Washington was removed on Monday when 87 senators—almost the entire U.S. Senate—signed a letter that effectively praised Prime Minister Netanyahu and blamed Abbes for the latest impasse.

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Survey: Americans Don’t Know Much About Religion

Friday, October 1st, 2010

A truly sad state of affairs.

A new survey of Americans’ knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths.

Forty-five percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study didn’t know that, according to church teaching, the bread and wine used in Holy Communion is not just a symbol, but becomes the body and blood of Christ.

More than half of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the person who inspired the Protestant Reformation. And about four in 10 Jews did not know that Maimonides, one of the greatest rabbis and intellectuals in history, was Jewish.

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