10.12.12

“Why We Need an Alternative Media” by Todd Strandberg

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:34 pm by Steve

There is little doubt that President Obama got his head handed to him in the first debate. The most fanatical Obama supporters have been forced to admit that October 3 was not the president’s night. Even Van Jones, President Obama’s former special adviser, was forced to say, “Romney was able to ‘out-Obama’ Obama.”

The most common excuse being given by the press for the debacle is that Obama had four years of yes men, so he was a bit rusty. I would point out that they are the reason Obama was so rusty. It’s a given that the president would be surrounded by a staff of sycophants. For centuries, it has been the job of the press to keep our highest political leaders honest. In the past few years, the liberal media has descended to the point that I’m unable to tell the difference between a White House reporter and a paid Democratic spin doctor.

Even when Obama treats the press with disdain, they still blindly do his bidding. When our embassies were attacked last month in the Middle East, the president came out and read a statement. He promptly left without taking any questions, which has become a common practice for him. The focus of the liberal media on that day was what Romney had to say. They huddled together and decided to attack the former governor for speaking out too soon on such a sensitive issue.

One of the lowest points for the mainstream press would have to be the Fast and Furious Scandal. We had the Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) facilitating the sale of guns to Mexican drug cartels, and the killing of border patrol agent Brian Terry with one of those weapons. Eventually, Attorney General Eric Holder became the first acting Cabinet member to be held in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents in response to a subpoena. The liberal media has portrayed this sad affair as a non issue.

The lack of accountability has tarnished the reliability of key data provided by the government. This past week, the Labor Department released a report that said the unemployed rate had plunged four ticks to 7.8 percent. The job market rose by 873,000, the biggest gain since June 1983. The liberal media had absolutely no problem with the data. In fact, they attacked anyone who dared to questioned the data. When former GE Jack Welch tweeted, “Unbelievable jobs numbers. these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers,” he was pounced on by the press. This convenient economic miracle was made all the more spectacle by the release of less reported data that showed food stamp usage has risen to a new record high.

The most galling statement by the liberal media would have to be them asking why Obama is so lucky to be ahead in the polls with the economy in the dumpster. They are the ones who made him lucky by presenting the narrative that “everything is going smoothly in the nation.” The media constantly parrots the Obama administration’s positive spin on employment. For example,they talked about all the hiring retailers were making in the lead-up to Christmas sales. They glossed over the fact that these were seasonal jobs. The real economic story should have been that America is experiencing its longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression.

Whenever the press is granted a sit-down interview with Obama, all he gets are softball questions. Steve Kroft from 60 Minutes asked Obama this silly question: “As an outsider, can you still get things accomplished in Washington?” Obama answered with an even more ridiculous remark, “My biggest disappointment is that we haven’t changed the tone in Washington as much as I would have liked.”

A lot of conservative commentators realize what is going on with liberal media, but they don’t understand they are all of one mind. Rush Limbaugh has blamed liberal group think on the fact that members of the dominant media go to the same schools and hang out with each other. The expansion of liberalism is not the work of a social club. It is an invasive cancer that is actively spreading throughout our nation. Nearly every major Christian education institute has fallen under the spell of the liberal agenda.

The God of this world is the one who is pulling strings. The Bible warns that Satan is “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2).

The liberal media is a huge threat to our freedom. The day may come when someone in power decides to consolidate power under him, and if he shares that person’s political view, the press will proclaim the move as bold and decisive. Since we already have a national media that is ready to blindly serve a left-leaning dictator, all is needed is someone with the ambition to seize power.

The only way to combat the destructive influence of the liberal media is to create an alternative media that can compete. We do have right-wing talk radio and Fox News, but they are only a small part of a big pie. During any given month, the liberal media still provides the lion’s share of the news coverage to the American people.

I am very pessimistic about the future. I have to be very realistic about our proximity to the Tribulation hour and the likelihood of events continuing to thread in a negative direction. I also know that most people don’t care about what is happening to our nation. Even though the vast majority of the citizens of America classify themselves as conservatives, few of them care enough about the health of our nation to change their viewing habits. If only a small percent of the population voted with their feet, liberal fortresses like MSNBC, CNN, and the New York Times would collapse like a house of cards.

–Todd

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10.09.12

AP Bias Toward Romney Shows Through in Unflattering Photo

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:41 pm by Steve

AP Photo of Romney
Well, we can always count on the liberal press to snipe at Romney. Of course they try to frame it as “just an innocent photo”, but out of the hundreds of photos that were most probably taken at the event, they chose to use the one above. The liberal bloggers and Hollywood elite will have a great time.

It was a news photo that, as Gawker quipped, was “ripe for captioning.”

A pic of Mitt Romney bending over, while a seemingly astonished schoolgirl stands behind him, mouth agape.

The photograph, posted Monday by The Associated Press for all to see, has since surged across the Internet. The candidate riding a wave of confidence from last week’s debate performance was suddenly made, pardon, the butt of jokes.

So was it a cheap shot?

Tim Graham, media analysis director at the Media Research Center, said absolutely.

“It’s unbelievable,” he wrote. “It honestly looks like a little girl is gaping at Romney from behind.”

A closer look appears to show the girl looking at something else to the right of Romney. The caption, though, did not initially make clear what it is she’s staring at. The caption said: “Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney poses for photographs with students of Fairfield Elementary School, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Fairfield, Va.”

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Steve Manuel, senior lecturer at Penn State’s College of Communications and an award-winning photojournalist, said the AP must have known how the image would be perceived when they published it.

“In this photo, while it may appear funny, AP knows exactly what viewers are thinking,” he wrote in an email. “It’s not legitimate news. AP knows that viewers are going to chuckle and imagine what the little girl is seeing, and it makes Gov. Romney appear a bit foolish. That isn’t the purpose or mission of photojournalism. … Candidate or not, it is not the mission of a news organization to place anyone in a position to be ridiculed or made fun of. Reporting the news is, and this is not newsworthy.”

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10.04.12

USDA Diversity Training Session Included “Our Forefathers Were Illegal Immigrants” Chant

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:23 pm by Steve

More unbelievable behavior in the bureaucracy that is our current government.

The U.S. government paid a Chicago consultant hundreds of thousands of dollars to put on diversity training workshops that, according to one watchdog, included an exercise in which employees were told to chant “our forefathers were illegal immigrants.”

Conservative group Judicial Watch made the claim this week as it released a handful of documents pertaining to the program — and alleged that the sessions ended up enforcing political views more than promoting tolerance.

“Instead of being diversity-oriented or tolerance-oriented, it’s more about adopting a mindset,” said Lisette Garcia, a senior investigator with the group. “It seemed to go so far as to encourage illegal immigration.”

Judicial Watch began to investigate the sessions earlier this year after being approached by a tipster at USDA who was “offended” by them, Garcia said. Judicial Watch claims it has identified at least $200,000 spent by the USDA over the last two years on the company Souder, Betances & Associates.

The USDA later confirmed that amount.

The tipster, Garcia said, described one session in which the speaker led workers in chanting “our forefathers were illegal immigrants” while pounding on the table and getting others in the room to join in.

“How does that fit into the USDA mission at all?” she said. “The price tag makes it more egregious.”

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09.15.12

Editorial Repost “President Obama, Stop Blaming the Victim for Mideast Violence”

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:21 am by Steve

An editorial by Kirsten Powers, of Fox News, correctly points out that once again, the Obama administration would rather blame everyone else, except the terrorist who successfully hide within Islam, for the attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world. His normal nature is to blame people exercising their freedom of speech, instead of placing blame where it clearly lies; Islam.
For those who still have questions about it, Islam is anything but a religion of peace. In these days of “bully awareness”, Islam should be at the top of the list. When one disagrees with them, or says disparaging things against it’s “prophet”, they immediately begin to threaten, bully and eventually kill and maim innocent people who typically have nothing to do with the so-called “spark” which ignited their violence. We, at this very blog, have been on the receiving end of these threats, so we know the Islamic “modus operandi” all to well. We were threatened for material we linked to and were not even the original authors. This is the way of Islam.

“Disgusting and reprehensible.” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “Truly abhorrent,” an outraged White House official told an international conference. Were they talking about the murder of four Americans in Libya? Or perhaps the hoisting of an Islamist flag over the U.S. Embassy in Cairo?

No. For that they stuck to diplomatic speak. For the president, the harshest language was: “I strongly condemn the outrageous attack.” For Clinton it was that the US is heartbroken and she condemned “this senseless act of violence.” But “disgusting and reprehensible” and “truly abhorrent ” were reserved for an amateurish and silly film by someone nobody has ever heard of.

In fact, what is “disgusting and reprehensible” is that there are people in the world who think they are justified in attacking and killing people because someone hurt their feelings or offended their sensibilities. The US government should not act as a validator or enabler of this upside down worldview, which is exactly what the Obama administration has done repeatedly as they have responded to these abhorrent attacks against the United States.

I have defended the Obama administration against the complaints from the right that they have run an “apology tour” in the Middle East because I believe the US should admit when we make mistakes, such as the accidental burning of Korans. But what we shouldn’t do is affirm the wrongheaded view that people should be protected from the free speech of others.

Worse, our leaders shouldn’t let our enemies know that when they kill our people and attack our embassies that the US Government will act like a battered wife making excuses for her psychotic husband. Wake up: we weren’t attacked because of a movie made by an American. We were attacked because there are crazy religious fanatics who hate the United States. We didn’t ask for it.

Egypt’s President Morsi reportedly asked Obama “to put an end to such behavior”—presumably freedom, constitutional rights and the like — as it led to the making of, in his eyes, the offensive movie.

Obama has no legal recourse but our president seems to be acquiescing to Morsi’s request by trying to silence the movie-maker through verbal intimidation, including a call from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Dempsey who asked Pastor Terry Jones to withdraw his support for the film. Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the FBI was dispatched to Hollywood to uncover the identity of the filmmaker. (Don’t they have real terrorists to catch? I’ll be looking for the administration’s condemnations next for the selling of the DVD of “The Da Vinci Code,” the blockbuster American movie that claims Jesus had sex with Mary Magdalene.)

Team Obama’s unseemly groveling to violent extremists has been cloaked in a newfound concern on the left for respecting religious sensibilities. Tuesday, a liberal professor argued in USA Today that the maker of the Mohammed film should be arrested.

President Obama said in the Rose Garden: “We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others” and Clinton asserted that, “The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.” Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough endorsed efforts to create “a world where the dignity of all people—and all faiths—is respected.”

Apparently our foreign policy is now being run by Dr. Phil. Someone needs to explain to the White House that our Constitution protects freedom of religion from government interference, not the protection from people who say mean, critical or offensive things about one’s religion.

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09.13.12

Attack on the Libyan Consulate; An Inside Job; Always a Muslim First

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:36 am by Steve

I ran across a Fox News article that gave some chilling details to the attack on the Libyan Consulate that left the our ambassador to Libya and three others dead.
Prior to the attack, one of the men killed, Sean Smith, a foreign service information management officer, was chatting in an internet online gaming forum. According to sources in the forum, Smith made the comment “Assuming we don’t die tonight…We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures.”
What people in our country can’t seem to understand is that a Muslim is always a Muslim first. Everything else; parenthood, family, patriotism, job; are secondary to being a Muslim.
In this case, we see the religion of “hate and destruction” aka Islam, inflamed yet again, over a petty and insignificant reason, to the point killing and destroying unrelated people and property.
We see a “police officer”, tasked with guarding our people, involved with helping the attackers.
Some might say that a police officer taking pictures is meaningless. These people are fools and have absolutely no understanding of Islam, the Middle East or the history of this violent religion.

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08.30.12

When Good People Fail to Act Against Tyranny

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:05 am by Steve

As we continue our trek through the 2012 pre-election season, many of us find ourselves wondering about the direction our country is taking. At this time, President Obama and Governor Romney are in a statistical dead heat. The country seems to be polarized in its support of each candidate, both of whom are almost as completely diametrically opposed as the country is polarized.

There’s little doubt that President Obama is the most liberal president our country has seen in decades. His hostile stance toward domestic energy, businesses (both large and small), family values, enforcement of immigration laws and attacks on the second amendment show his true colors, despite the verbiage that may flow from his mouth. His orders to enforce only the laws he chooses, further solidifies his true agenda for all of us to see.
Apparently for half the population, his agenda is not only palatable, but desirable.

For many of us, we must ask “why”? Certainly the answer is not a simple one.

Perhaps we should examine how our nation arrived at this point to begin with. When did we develop into a “nanny state” with an entitlement mentality, our hands always stretched out to others, to be given what we haven’t worked for? When did we stop believing in God as the corner stone of our society, stepping away from the Christian values our founders instilled into us? When did the courts reach the point where they no longer had to carry out the world of law, but could legislate from the bench, using unbelievable “interpretations” of unmistakable language to advance a liberal and power grabbing agenda?

There is absolutely no doubt that our country was founded as a Christian nation. Document after document, from our founders, shows this fact unequivocally. We were the great “missionary” project for these people; to bring Christ to America, to found a Christian nation; and it worked.
As a nation, we experienced more advancement, more prosperity and more technological advances in less time than any other nation on earth. The blessings and protection of Almighty God were on our nation and we prospered.

Jump to the present day.

We see the propagation of class warfare. We are encouraged to be jealous of the rich, being told that somehow they don’t deserve their wealth, but we do. Most people wish to be independently wealthy, but fail to understand that if they were to achieve that goal, they would become the very people they were encouraged to hate. Their hard earned wealth would then be the spoils tagged for “redistribution”.

We see Hollywood using every opportunity to teach our children that immoral sexual behavior doesn’t carry consequences. Yet the consequences of this so-called “free” sex are easily seen during the commercial breaks, through ads for medicines made to aid the symptoms of incurable sexually transmitted diseases (STD). Sex is glamorized and equated to love. One can scarcely watch television, listen to radio or even pick up a magazine without having sex touted out for all to see. The most innocuous internet search can easily lead to images and vile verbiage that should be embarrassing to an adult, let alone something a child should see. The characters of drama immediately engage in sex, as if it is required in order to fall in love, if love is in the equation at all. According to Hollywood, sex is the driving force to all relationships. Love is merely a secondary side effect that may or may not happen. Sex has been marginalized to the point of casual recreation. Our youth have been inundated with sex to the point that less than half of them will be virgins when they marry. The age at which a teen first engages in sex is lower than it’s ever been. Frighteningly, the age is low enough now that calling the youth “teenagers” is a misnomer, with many youth having sex as young as 12 years old.

Over half of the marriages end in divorce. The causes are numerous, from people getting married because they believe sex equals love, to the simplicity of the divorce process. Couples are no longer compelled to work on relationships, if it feels uncomfortable, just do away with it. This phenomenon used to be primarily limited to Hollywood celebrities, but we have learned to emulate them well.

Our schools teach us that homosexuality is normal and good, that people are born that way, hard coded into their DNA. The fact that the entire human genome has been decoded, and no homosexual gene was discovered, is quickly ignored and covered up. Junk science prevails.

Evolution is taught as fact rather than the theory it is. Spontaneous existence rides on evolutions coat tails, despite the fact that it’s statistically impossible. There is actually more of a chance of a tornado hitting an automotive junk yard and being able to assemble a fully functional airliner than there is of life forming spontaneously. Yet if life didn’t begin by accident, then it must have been created. Who could this creator, this great architect of life be? Don’t look for Him in school. He’s not allowed in the door.

As I stated above, we see our court system inventing its version of justice, ignoring the Constitution by using liberal, agenda driven “interpretations” in place of the clearly stated intent of our founders. Seizing property to help increase the tax base was not what the founders had in mind with imminent domain. They knew that from time to time, it might be necessary to take a portion of a person’s land for a road or a bridge and in doing so, justly compensate that person for their loss. Increasing the Tax base never entered their minds. This ruling is a perversion.

A “right” to get an abortion was something undreamed of by our founders. How the courts can legalize infanticide based on “privacy”, as they claim is present in the 14th Amendment, is beyond what any rational person would expect. By the way, the 14th Amendment, and the Constitution as a whole, makes absolutely no mention of privacy at all. Years later, Norma McCorve, who was Jane Roe in Roe vs. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion, asked the Supreme Court to vacate her testimony, claiming it was given under duress. The Supreme Court refused her request. As a result, there have been over 40 million abortion infanticides to date and this number increases every day.

Now don’t get me wrong on this subject. If the mother’s life is in jeopardy and a team of doctors is in agreement on that point, then an abortion may be the correct decision. If a woman is raped or conceives a baby from incestuous relations, this too may be justification for an abortion. Use of abortion as mere birth control is infanticide. There are too many other affective birth control methods available, including the 100% affective absence method, to use abortion as one of them. Except in the very limited cases I mentioned above, it is the woman’s choice to engage in sex. She knows the risk, and although this may sound harsh, she should be made to live with the consequences of her actions, at the very least allowing the pregnancy to go full term and giving the child up for adoption.

This leads very nicely into my next topic, consequences.

We have become a society that refuses to take responsibility for our actions. We are quick to blame others for our own stupidity and failure to think our actions through to their consequences. Look once again at our court systems. Cases after case of individuals or groups pollute the dockets with cases that would never have come into existence if the plaintiffs had just used some “common sense” or thought their actions through to the consequences. Instead they find it easier and more profitable to blame someone else, usually someone who is perceived to have significant resources, and sue them. Once again we find people with their hand out, expecting something for nothing. Lawyers make millions of dollars each year feeding on people’s emotions and their lack of responsibility. Blame someone else. It can’t be my fault. They should have told me or tried to stop me. They tried to tell me but I didn’t listen, so they should have tried harder. Blame someone else. This is the mantra of our society.

Now our courts have upheld an unfunded mandate in the so-called “Obamacare”. This ruling makes it possible for the government to compel any variety of behaviors, on the population, by just attaching a tax to the desired result. Now any government compulsion is legal, just call it a tax. Again, this is the furthest thing from our founding fathers minds when they wrote the Constitution.

Some people, who find all the numerous intrusions on our liberties objectionable, have floated the idea of convening a Constitutional Convention. Allow me to point out what a disastrous spectacle this would become. The same politicians who are in office today would be the same people tagged for a Constitutional Convention. With their corrupt and self-serving behavior, driven by political agendas, imagine the changes they would make to this great document. What came out of convention wouldn’t resemble our Constitution at all. Many of our rights and liberties would be stripped away, placing them in the hands of an out of control and power hungry government. At this time, all they can do is ignore the Constitution. Allow them to change it and it will virtually cease to exist.

So how does a country that came into existence as a Christian Republic disintegrate into the godless quasi-socialist state it is today? It can be summed up quite simply.

When good people become complacent; when they become distracted and fail to act against the tyranny of evil people, evil shall prevail over them.

Pray for our nation, our people and our future. Vote for your beliefs.
-Steve

08.27.12

“Big Brother Stocks Up on Ammo” by Todd Strandberg

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:59 pm by Steve

The recent purchase of ammunition by several federal agencies has triggered a stir in the blogosphere that monitors government activity. First, the Department of Homeland Security ordered 450 million rounds of ammunition, then the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) submitted an order for 46,000 rounds, and the Social Security Administration placed an order for 174,000 rounds.

The Department of Homeland Security has made other big purchases of ammo. According to Major General Jerry Curry, USA (Ret.), earlier this year, the DHS ordered 750 million rounds of hollow-point ammunition. It then turned around and ordered an additional 750 million rounds of miscellaneous bullets, including some that are capable of penetrating walls.

Hollow points are designed to expand as they strike human flesh, causing maximum damage. Since these types of bullets are banned by the Hague Convention of 1899, Declaration III, the only logical target they can be used against is the citizenry of the United States.

There doesn’t seem to be any plausible reason for this huge order of ammunition. It can’t be just for training; there aren’t that many weapons in the U.S. to fire it. In the war in Iraq, our military forces used about 70 million rounds per year. Right now, the DHS has enough ammunition to empty five rounds into the body of every living American citizen.

I’m amazed that no one in Congress is asking why the weather people would need to be so well armed. I had no idea it was so dangerous at the Social Security Administration. Since the folks at the U.S. Post Office face the greater threat from barking dogs, I’m surprised they haven’t asked for an allotment of tactical nuclear warheads.

What we have here is another example of our government being out of control. The Patriot Act, hastily passed forty-five days after 9/11 in the name of national security, has turned various departments of the government into cancers. Their only purpose in life is to grow in their ability to monitor and control the lives of every American.

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” That observation from Greek philosopher Plato is as profound today as it was when he first made it over 2,400 years ago.

Governments serve a vital purpose, but they need to be kept in check. The lessons from the rise of despotic governments are much like the plots of numerous science fiction movies in which computers take over the world: If you don’t have a firm grasp of the government’s “off” switch, the government will come looking for your “off” switch.

I’m constantly seeing in alternative news media examples of people who’ve had their civil rights trampled on by the government. One of the most wild reports is the plight of Brandon Raub, a 26-year-old former Marine, pro-liberty activist, and Virginia resident. He was seized by the FBI and Secret Service agents over posts privately made via a Facebook game Raub was playing with his siblings. The goon squad couldn’t think of anything to charge Raub with, so they had him committed to a mental hospital. A few days later, a judge ordered him released after a public outcry. The treatment of Raub was a travesty of justice, but the true outrage was the revelation that Big Brother is monitoring everything we do. If you send a birthday wish to Grandma, you might was well CC the folks at Homeland Security.

The government seems to have totally lost sight of the original cause of the September 11 attacks. The trial for the five men charged in planning the murders of 2,976 people has been on hold for nearly a decade. Last week, the defense said it does not expect the “trial of the century” to start until 2016–fifteen years after the attacks. It will actually take less time to grow the trees used to print the legal documents in this trial.

A growing number of people realizes that America is turning into a Big Brother state. Lubbock County Judge Tom Head is warning that Mr. Obama winning a second term would lead to a revolt by the American people and possible invasion of United Nations troops. “He’s going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the U.S. to the United Nations,” the judge told a Fox News affiliate. “I’m thinking worst-case scenario,” Judge Head explained. “Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe…we’re not just talking a few riots or demonstrations.”

I doubt there are enough liberty-loving people in this country to stop a tyrannical grab for power. A huge factor in the lack of support is the number people who receive aid from Uncle Sam. Right now, there more than 110 million people in this nation are on some form of welfare. Most of these people don’t care if chains are being placed on their hands and feet, just as long as their mouths can still reach the government teat.

The declining state of America reminds me of a recent journey I made to the JFK Airport after visiting New York City. After spending a few days on Manhattan Island, I left by taking the subway all the way to the airport. As I progressed towards JFK, the quality of the neighborhood steadily declined. At one point, there wasn’t a building to be found that wasn’t marred with graffiti. Even though my sense of danger was telling me I was headed in the wrong direct, my map told me I was headed in the right direction.

If America reaches a point where it is no longer the home of the free, we can rest assured that there is place where there is liberty. I will gladly take the kingdom of Heaven over the earthly kingdom we have now.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

Todd

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07.16.12

Coins Found Under Temple Mount Show Different Construction Date Than Previously Believed

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:30 am by Steve

Archeology from the Holy Land continues to provide insight on the timeline from that period.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Newly found coins underneath Jerusalem’s Western Wall could change the accepted belief about the construction of one of the world’s most sacred sites two millennia ago, Israeli archaeologists said Wednesday.

The man usually credited with building the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary is Herod, a Jewish ruler who died in 4 B.C. Herod’s monumental compound replaced and expanded a much older Jewish temple complex on the same site.

But archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority now say diggers have found coins underneath the massive foundation stones of the compound’s Western Wall that were stamped by a Roman proconsul 20 years after Herod’s death. That indicates that Herod did not build the wall — part of which is venerated as Judaism’s holiest prayer site — and that construction was not close to being complete when he died.

“The find changes the way we see the construction, and shows it lasted for longer than we originally thought,” said the dig’s co-director, Eli Shukron.

The four bronze coins were stamped around 17 A.D. by the Roman official Valerius Gratus. He preceded Pontius Pilate of the New Testament story as Rome’s representative in Jerusalem, according to Ronny Reich of Haifa University, one of the two archaeologists in charge of the dig.

The coins were found inside a ritual bath that predated construction of the renovated Temple Mount complex and which was filled in to support the new walls, Reich said.

They show that construction of the Western Wall had not even begun at the time of Herod’s death. Instead, it was likely completed only generations later by one of his descendants.

The coins confirm a contemporary account by Josephus Flavius, a Jewish general who became a Roman historian. Writing after a Jewish revolt against Rome and the destruction of the Temple by legionnaires in 70 A.D., he recounted that work on the Temple Mount had been completed only by King Agrippa II, Herod’s great-grandson, two decades before the entire compound was destroyed.

Scholars have long been familiar with Josephus’ account, but the find is nonetheless important because it offers the “first clear-cut archaeological evidence that part of the enclosure wall was not built by Herod,” said archaeologist Aren Maeir of Bar-Ilan University, who was not involved in the dig.

Josephus also wrote that the end of construction left 18,000 workmen unemployed in Jerusalem. Some historians have linked this to discontent that eventually erupted in the Jewish revolt.

The compound, controlled since 1967 by Israel, now houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the golden-capped Muslim shrine known as the Dome of the Rock. The fact that the compound is holy both to Jews and Muslims makes it one of the world’s most sensitive religious sites.

The dig in which the coins were discovered cleared a Roman-era drainage tunnel that begins at the biblical Pool of Siloam, one of the city’s original water sources, and terminates with a climb up a ladder out onto a 2,000-year-old street inside Jerusalem’s Old City. The tunnel runs by the foundation stones of the compound’s western wall, where the coins were found.

The drainage tunnel was excavated as part of the dig at the City of David, which is perhaps Israel’s richest archaeological excavation and its most contentious.

The dig is being carried out inside the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, and is funded by a group associated with the Israeli settlement movement that opposes any division of the city as part of a future peace deal.

The excavation of the tunnel has also yielded a Roman sword, oil lamps, pots and coins that scholars believe are likely debris from an attempt by Jewish rebels to hide in the underground passage as they fled from the Roman soldiers.

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07.14.12

Detective Calls on Feds to Take Over ‘Honor Killing’ Investigation

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:23 pm by Steve

Here are the latest developments in the murder case of Sarah and Amina Said, “honor killed”, in cold blood by their Muslim father.

A private investigator who probed the 2008 case of a Texas taxi driver who allegedly murdered his daughters in an “honor killing” has appealed to the Department of Justice and other federal agencies to take over the investigation, saying local authorities have hopelessly botched the investigation.

Carrie Huskinson, who investigated murder suspect Yaser Said on behalf of a Dallas newspaper said without a fresh look from top-flight law enforcement agents, Said, who went into hiding after his daughters were found shot to death in his cab, may never be caught. Said is on the FBI’s “most wanted” list and authorities believe he could still be in the U.S. or possibly in his native Egypt.

“The Irving Police Department is hiding their failures in this case,” Huskinson told FoxNews.com.

She said cops in Irving, part of the Dallas metro area, failed to interview Amina and Sarah’s brother, Islam, or the boyfriends of the murdered teens on the night of the murders, even though they were available, said Huskinson.

Like several family members, Huskinson believes the sisters’ mother, Patricia Said, knows more than she has divulged about her husband’s actions and possibly, his whereabouts. Patricia Said, who had fled with her daughters, only to bring them back home where their father was waiting, could not be reached for comment.

Huskinson believes an investigation run by federal authorities could put more pressure on Patricia Said, which could lead to charges against her and information about her husband’s whereabouts. She claims Irving police allowed Patricia Said to remove all the computers from the house as well as documents for real estate owned in Yaser’s native Egypt after the Jan. 1, 2008, murders.

“The murders of Amina and Sarah scream conspiracy, not only to commit murder, but also to violate their civil rights,” said Huskinson.

Irving Police spokesman Sgt. Daniel Webb told FoxNews.com police do not believe Patricia Said had any knowing role in the murders of her daughters.

“Every aspect of this case was fully investigated and Yaser Said is the only person believed to be responsible for the murders of Amina and Sarah Said,” Webb said. “We have and will continue to use all available means in order to locate Mr. Said and we do so with the assistance of federal and other local law enforcement agencies.”

Yaser Said was angry that his daughters were westernized and were dating American boys. In the days before they were murdered, the sisters had fled with their mother to an aunt’s house in Oklahoma after Amina was threatened at gunpoint by her father. Amina had gotten an apartment in Tulsa and hoped to start a new life with her sister, but their mother convinced them to go back to Texas with them to place flowers on their grandmother’s grave one last time. Days later, they were murdered and left for dead in a cab in the parking lot of the Omni Hotel in Irving.

Patricia Said’s aunt, Gail Gartrell, told FoxNews.com she agrees with the private investigator.

“What Carrie has discovered is very accurate and far more than what any other law enforcement agency has done,” Gartrell said. “This was absolutely handled the wrong way.”

Lifetime’s “America’s Most Wanted” program is slated to air a segment on Yaser Said Friday night.

Original Link.

07.04.12

Happy Independence Day, 4th of July 2012

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:05 am by Steve

Freedom can be a very fleeting and easily eroded concept. Tyrants take every opportunity to chip away at our Freedoms, justifying their actions by capitalizing on our fears, real and imaginary.
Today, as you celebrate Independence Day, keep in mind what our founders wanted for our country, and what we have actually become.
Happy Independence Day.

US Flag and Constitution

Happy 4th of July, America!!
Celebrate our Nation, our Freedom and Heritage.
God Bless the U.S.A.


God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

The Declaration of Independence.

See “Honor Our Military”.

07.01.12

The End of Liberty As We Know It

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:39 am by Steve

This past week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Obamacare. In a complete overruling of common logic and blatant judicial activism, the court ruled that Obamacare is legal because it is a tax.
Despite assurances from the “liar-in-chief”, aka President Obama, that it wasn’t, the Supreme Court has found that it is.
Using this logic, from now on, any time the government wishes to compel the populous to some desired action and end result, all they have to is place a tax on the mandate, no matter how unreasonable the mandate is.
As an example, they could mandate that everyone drive a compact car. By placing a huge tax burden on those who don’t buy compact cars, they can, according to the Supreme Court, mandate this behavior. In reality, how many of us would be able to pay an unreasonable tax just for the right to drive a larger vehicle? Not many.
Our government has slid further down the slippery slope of socialism and huge government intrusion into our personal freedoms.
Our only hope now is to vote Obama and the liberal congresspeople/senators out of office in November. I hope the nation is up to the task this time.

(CNSNews.com) – Here’s a key element of the Supreme Court opinion, in which Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the liberals to uphold the Democrats’ health care law on a 5-4 vote:

“The Federal Government does not have the power to order people to buy health insurance. Section 5000A would therefore be unconstitutional if read as a command. The Federal Government does have the power to impose a tax on those without health insurance. Section 5000A is therefore constitutional, because it can reasonably be read as a tax.”

Reaction was swift:

The conservative Family Research Council said the ruling jeopardizes the future of liberty and religious freedom.

“The Supreme Court has today given the federal government unlimited authority to use its tax power to require Americans to engage in specific commercial activity. The obvious implication is chilling: Uncle Sam can make you buy anything, at any price, for any reason,” said FRC Legal Counsel Ken Klukowski, J.D. “That’s why today, the American dream gave way to a real American nightmare. President Obama’s vow about ‘fundamentally transforming the United States of America ‘ was fulfilled. The Supreme Court essentially said it cannot articulate any limiting principle on the power of the federal government.

“By ruling that the law is constitutional, the Supreme Court gave the federal government the power to order private citizens to enter into contracts with private organizations and give those organizations their money. This ruling fundamentally transforms the federal government from one of limited and specified powers in the Constitution to an all-powerful central government with plenary power over every area and aspect of Americans’ lives from cradle to grave.”

“Today’s Supreme Court decision will do serious harm to American families, said FRC President Tony Perkins.”Not only is the individual mandate a profound attack on our liberties, but it is only one section among hundreds of provisions in the law that will force taxpayers to fund abortions, violate their conscience rights, and impose a massive tax and debt burden on American families.

“The Obama administration has created, for the first time in American history, new federal regulations that toss aside the constitutional right to religious freedom by forcing religious institutions and employers to pay for abortion-causing drugs, contraceptives and sterilizations.

“It’s now time to replace those leaders who disregarded the constitutional limitations of their authority and the deeply held religious beliefs of their constituents, voting for the government takeover of healthcare. We must repeal this abortion-funding health care law and restore the Constitution to its rightful place.”

“Stopping Obamacare is now up to the American people,” the Republican National Committee said on Thursday morning.

Original Link.

A “Thank You” to Tammy O.

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:23 am by Steve

We wanted to give a great big “thank you” to Miss Tammy O.
I couldn’t get the email to go though so I figured I just post a thank you instead.
God Bless You!!
-Steve and Missi

05.13.12

Happy Mother’s Day 2012

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:38 am by Steve

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers of the world. You are our backbone of our families and we owe so much to you.

Who can find a virtuous woman? She is far more precious than jewels…
Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.
Her sons rise up and call her blessed.
He husband also praises her:
Many women are capable, but you surpass them all!
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.

~Proverbs 31:10, 25-30

12.25.11

Merry Christmas 2011

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:03 pm by Steve

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
Luke 2:1-7 (New International Version)

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
” ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.”
Matthew 2:1-12 (New International Version)

Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Christmas. Merry Christmas and God Bless All of You!!
-Steve and Missi

11.25.11

“ZOA HOLDS STAR STUDDED GALA AT GRAND HYATT HOTEL” by Fern Sidman

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:08 am by Steve

On Sunday evening November 20th, over 800 ardent supporters of Israel gathered for the Zionist Organization of America’s 114th Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award Dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan. The star studded, gala event paid special tributes to TV talk show host Glenn Beck, Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann and US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) of Florida.

Presented with the first ever Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson “Defender of Israel” award, Mr. Beck was introduced by Mr. Adelson, a gaming industry mogul and a long time devotee of Israel. “In his introductory remarks Mr. Adelson described Mr. Beck as a ”very special man. We knew he was a giant even before we met him. I’d never known a Christian Zionist like Glenn Beck. He tells the truth about the Arab war against Israel.”

Fern Sidman & Glen Beck

Adelson, also the publisher of Israel Hayom (now Israel’s largest daily newspaper), added there is “no greater supporter of Israel in the media today” than Beck. When Palestinians murdered five members of the Fogel family in last March’s Itamar massacre, Beck dedicated an entire show on Fox News to the tragedy and “displayed the pictures that almost every other television network ignored”; Palestinians celebrating the event by handing out candles in the streets, Adelson said.

Noted for his exceptional devotion to Israel and the Jewish people as evidenced in his August 2011 “Restoring Courage” rally in Jerusalem near the Temple Mount and his forthright positions on his FOX television program, Mr. Beck declared that he has placed his “chips on the table” by saying, “I wear it as a badge of pride to be a Zionist. The Jewish people and the land of Israel has a right to exist and I am not ashamed to speak the truth.” Extending plaudits to his hosts and the rich and vibrant legacy of the ZOA as a foremost advocate for a greater Israel, Mr. Beck’s address was frequently punctuated by thunderous applause. Warning of ominous times ahead, he said, “the world is on the eve of profound and dramatic change and we have an 18-month window the change the world.”

Referencing a panoply of issues such as the geo-political realities of the Arab Spring, the burgeoning Iranian nuclear threat, the nascent Occupy Wall Street movement, the danger of George Soros funded organizations, the incessant animus towards Israel emanating from the Obama administration and the prevalent denial of the Holocaust, Mr. Beck issued a clarion call for unity amongst Christians, Jews and all good people by saying, “We must lock arms and stand as sentinels for if we fail to do so things could get worse. I come to you as a brother and not as a Christian. The world does not hate you, but the enemies of G-d hate you. You, the Jewish people never gave up on G-d. You have been loyal and you never embraced the G-d of the stranger and for that Israel has been promised by G-d to the Jews.”

In a voice reverberating with palpable emotion and zeal, Mr. Beck ruefully observed that “what is happening in the world is grotesque”, he declared, “When Ahmadinejad of Iran says the Jews will burn in the fiery hell of Islam, he means it. We must say ‘Never Again’ and we must mean it. Words are meaningless. It is a time for action and only through the mighty Hand of the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will we be saved.”

Choked up with tears, Mr. Beck vividly recalled his trip to Auschwitz this past summer and what it meant to him. “I demand to be counted so others will not be numbered. We must tell the truth and we must never forget. We must never repeat the mistakes of the past. Evil will grow again and this evil plant grows in darkness and we must shed a bright light upon it.”

Exhorting his audience to “rely on eternal truths”, he chided the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators as being “just like the fascists that they say they’re against. It is like a formulaic stage play replete with hypocrisy.” He added that the struggles we face for our existential survival are “personal” and that “we must go out as individuals and make a difference.” Borrowing words from Abraham Lincoln, he warned against becoming imbued with vengeance and bellicosity when he said that our mantra should be, “With malice towards none and charity for all” and said that “as the world plunges into darkness, we must be a beacon of light.”

To that end, Mr. Beck made an oblique reference to an endeavor that he is undertaking on December 8th and while what he was eluding to remains nebulous at this juncture he had tongues wagging at the conclusion of his address as audience members engaged in speculation. “Either he is announcing his candidacy for public office or he is planning to convert to Judaism”, said a ZOA member who chose to remain anonymous.

Also delivering a powerful and heartfelt address was Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R) who is seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2012. Telling her audience that her inextricable ties to Israel and the Jewish people originate in her personal religiuos beliefs she saiid, “It all began in the Book of Genesis which says that ‘Whoever blesses Israel will be blessed and whoever curses Israel will be cursed’ and I stand behind these Divine words.”

Underscoring the pernicious threat of a nuclear armed Iran, Ms. Bachmann said that “all options should be on the table” and did not rule out military force. We must never allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons and we cannot outsource our national secuirty to the UN.” Taking President Obama to task for his perceived laxity when dealing with the rogue state, she said that he has “given Iran the luxury of time to develop nuclear weapons” and called on the President “to accelerate covert operations and cyber operations in Iran and order the CIA Director to take all means necessary to stop Iran from getting the bomb before it is too late.”

Heaping substantive criticism on President Obama for his less than stellar track record as it pertains to Israel, Rep. Bachmann said, “The president supports the Occupy Wall Street protestors but fails to stand with Israel and that is not an acceptable way of treating our loyal ally. Calling for an undivided Jerusalem recognized by the United States as Israel’s official capital she exclaimed, “On my first day in office I will issue an order to immediately move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.” Ms. Bachmann then brought the crowd to its feet concerning Jerusalem’s status when she said, “Not one acre, not one foot, not one inch of Jerusalem will ever be relinquished.”

Adding her voice to Ms. Bachmann’s was Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) of Florida who was the recipient of the ZOA’s much heralded Cherna and Dr. Irving Moskowitz Award. Introduced by ZOA Board Member Harvey Friedman, he described Ros-Lehtinen as a “national treasure to every Jew in the U.S.” and spoke of her legislative efforts opposing US funding of both Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Lauded for the tireless work that she’s done to protect Israel’s interests as Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban-American, said, “Let us make no mistake about it. Ahmadinejad has clearly stated that his intentions are to destroy both Israel and America; the little Satan and the big Satan and we must take this very seriously.”

ZOA National Chairman of the Board, Dr. Michael Goldblatt delivered the presentation to Maccabee Award recipients Judy and Jerome Taylor, noting that they had been “long-time pro-Israel activists” who had worked side by side for years on behalf of Israel. He also noted that Judy Taylor’s father had been involved in prosecuting Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg war crime trials, so that working “to protect Jews was in her genes.”

The recipients of the 2011 Louis D. Brandeis Award were William K. Langfan and his son Mark Langfan, a New York attorney. Introducing the Langfans was Professor Ephraim Inbar, the director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel.

Speaking about the seminal topographic map that he created, security analyst Mark Langfan took the audience on a spellbinding tour of the perils that Israel would find herself in if Judea and Samaria were relinquished to Arab hands. Pointing to the fact that Israel’s coastal region holds 70 percent of the Jewish population and 80 percent of its industrial base, such a scenario, he said, would inevitably lead to a massive barrage of Katyusha rockets carrying chemical warheads on major population centers including Tel Aviv, Netanya and Hadera.

“Without Israel as the bulwark against the waxing Islamic tsunami to the East”, Langfan said, :there will be a direct Islamic military threat to the very doorstep of Europe. Without Israel, how many trillions–trillions–of dollars will the US have to spend to defend Greece, and NATO from such “clear and present” danger to Western civilization? Or, as the Visa commercial would say of Israel’s present-day strategic value to the US: Priceless.”

Serving as dinner co-chairmen were James A. Tisch, the former Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and New York Jewish Federation, and CEO of Loews Corporation and Martin Gross, President of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Member of the Board of Trustees of Brandeis University. Among the prominent guests attending the dinner were Representatives Ann Marie Buerkle and Robert Turner from New York, Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, Richard Stone, Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and terrorism expert, Steve Emerson.

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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.

11.24.11

Happy Thanksgiving 2011

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:54 am by Steve

First Thanksgiving

Our Father in Heaven,
We give thanks for the pleasure
Of gathering together for this occasion.
We give thanks for this food
Prepared by loving hands.
We give thanks for life,
The freedom to enjoy it all
And all other blessings.
As we partake of this food,
We pray for health and strength
To carry on and try to live as You would have us.
This we ask in the name of Christ,
Our Heavenly Father.

–Harry Jewell

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone. Praise the Lord with Thanksgiving for all that He has done for us!!

11.18.11

“KRISTALLNACHT COMES TO BROOKLYN” by Fern Sidman

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:50 pm by Steve

Since Friday morning, November 11th, Jews around the world and especially in the Orthodox enclaves of New York have been recoiling in horror over the overtly anti-Semitic vandalisms that took place in the early morning hours near Ocean Parkway and Avenue I in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. Three vehicles were torched and a gruesome array of hideous epithets as well as the perfunctory swastikas and KKK emblem were indiscriminately scrawled on cars and benches. As community outrage reached a fever pitch, it was duly noted that this attack was clearly planned to coincide with the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, (the night of broken glass), when on November 9-10 1938, as a pogrom of mammoth proportions erupted in Hitler’s Europe, almost 200 synagogues were destroyed, over 8,000 Jewish shops were sacked and looted, and tens of thousands of Jews were deported to concentration camps.

There is no doubt that we are living in turbulent times. One need only turn on the TV, computer or read any newspaper to find that we are witnessing an alarming escalation of blatant Jew hatred. What is most frightening is the fact that while the putrid stench of such hatred wafts through the air, a tacit approval of sorts looms large in respectable circles who refuse to condemn it. One gets the eerily visceral feeling that this may indeed be a replication of Europe 1938. On the local scene, anti-Semitism has invaded the discussion of corporate avarice and malfeasance that is being promulgated by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. Sound familiar? Their mantra goes something like this: It is the Jew who controls the banks, the international monetary fund; it is the Jew who is at the vanguard of the insidious cabal to steal the wealth of the world, while the unemployment rates spike and the poor grow poorer. It is time to resurrect the perennial scapegoat and it is always the Jew.

Let us make no mistake about it. While the haters charge that they are merely anti-Zionist, we know that it is a clever subterfuge for classical anti-Semitism. Case in point: Most recently,in Boston, the Occupy movement staged a takeover of the Israeli consulate, where demonstrators spewed forth the hackneyed and utterly baseless claims that the Israelis have assumed the role of Nazis in their purported “oppression” of the Palestinians.

Anyone who has eyes to see and ears that not only hear but also listen will know that these are not sporadic happenings but that Jew hatred is a permanent part of and endemic to our society; a recurrent cancer that at times goes into remission but inevitably reappears in ever more toxic manifestations. Fatal attacks on Jews and their communities throughout Europe and South America have been taking place for decades while the abject silence of the world is beyond deafening.

Each day we are inundated with bloody images of the rise of radical Islam, not only in the Middle East, not only in the maelstrom of the Arab spring, but in the heartland of Western civilization. It is an ideology that is driven not by a prototypical miscreant like Adolf Hitler but by a political credo that is couched in religious doctrine. It is a burgeoning and pernicious movement that calls for the eradication of Israel and of course, the death of the Jew, the primary infidel of all infidels.

It is a culture of death where one nary witnesses the respect for the sanctity of life and yet the world remains taciturn at best and indifferent at worst. An Orwellian flavor has emerged amongst civilized intellectuals in the Western academy who wouldn’t dare express revulsion over egregious acts of terror in the fear of being labeled “politically incorrect”, in the fear of appearing pro-Colonialist or pro-Imperialist. By dint of sheer repetition of their propaganda, the Islamists and the cadre of Jew haters who support them have convinced us that the aggressor is the victim, that good is bad and right is wrong.

It is also no coincidence that this week we also commemorate the 21st anniversary of the assasination of Rabbi Meir Kahane, who, in his relatively short lifetime embodied the lone voice in the wilderness when he spoke so eloquently and presciently about the rise in anti-Semitism and the nebulous future of the Jew in exile. He was a man who called for Jews to re-connect with their G-d, their heritage and to cloak themselves in Jewish pride; to fear no man but only to fear G-d; to rise up from the ash barrels of Auschwitz and to re-create the Jew of yesteryear; the Jew of the bible who knew who their implacable foes were and who never hastened to challenge them.

During this most trying week, we would do well to take heed of Rabbi Kahane’s last words on the evening of November 5, 1990 when he summed things up by saying, “It’s not an accident that so few German Jews survived the camps. The Polish Jew did better. Why? Because the Polish Jew wasn’t surprised. It didn’t shock him that gentiles could behave like this. It didn’t surprise him, so he wasn’t shattered inside, he wasn’t broken. But the German Jew was psychologically shattered. How could this be? I’m a German. I’m a German. How could it be? How can you do this to me? The Pole knew he was a Jew. The German was broken because his whole illusion was shattered. And that’s how the American Jew lives. “I’m an American”. It’s the gentile who will teach you so quickly that you’re a Jew. It’s not just in the bars, in the working class bars the anti-Semitism that you see. When you see the news media and their attitude towards Israel; it’s not anti-Israel – it is anti-Semitism.”

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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.

11.15.11

“Mark Langfan, 3D Israel Map Creator, Graphically Debunks ‘Intellectually Bogus’ Theories on Israel” by Fern Sidman

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:27 am by Steve

Mark Langfan, the American-Israel Security 3D-Map topographer, and this year’s co-recipient of the Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award at the upcoming Zionist Organization of America dinner along with his father William, has offered concrete evidence which conclusively debunks the litany of falsehoods and distortions found in the book “Israel Lobby” written by Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer. The book, originally published in 2006 asserts that “Israel is no longer a vital military strategic ally of the United States.”

Using basic and clear multi-colored graphic maps of the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean, Langfan has presented his findings to members of the US Congress and Senate. If Israel were to be destroyed, he says, the Middle East would be rapidly engulfed by an Islamist Caliphatic “tsunami” which could conceivably immobilize Saudi Arabia, Cyprus and Greece; resulting in an exponential spike in oil prices to $300 a barrel. http://www.marklangfan.com/westerntheater2.html http://www.marklangfan.com/easterntheater1.html

After conducting assiduous research, Langfan sent an e-mail communication to Professor Walt and the entire Harvard Strategic Institute faculty in May of 2011 which contained the graphics of the region. According to the text of the e-mail which was released to the media by Langfan, he said that Professor Walt ” has unknowingly, aided and abetted America’s most implacable and lethal strategic enemies to the irreparable detriment of the United States by espousing his specious theory.” Langfan also called on Professor Walt “to publicly retract his bogus theory immediately before it does even more harm to the national security of the United States.”

For the full Walt email, go to: www.marklangfan.com/profwaltemail.html.

Stating that his graphics prove that “Walt and Mearsheimer are both modern-day Lindberghs”, Langfan compares him to one who places Americans security interests at risk. Charles Lindbergh was the American aviator hero who aggressively lobbied Americans on behalf of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany and against Great Britain before Germany declared war against the United States in World War II.

On Sunday evening, November 20th, Langfan and his father William will be honored for their “tireless” efforts on Israel’s behalf at the ZOA Gala in New York. .

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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.

11.14.11

“ANTI-SEMITIC VANDALISM IN BROOKLYN SPARKS COMMUNITY OUTRAGE” by Fern Sidman

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:30 pm by Steve

In the early morning hours of Friday November 11th, vandals set fire to several parked cars and scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti on nearby benches in the predominantly Jewish neighborhood of Midwood in Brooklyn in what the police said was a hate crime.

The arson took place along Ocean Parkway between Avenue I and Avenue J in what is commonly referred to as the Flatbush section, where three cars; a BMW, a Lexus and a Jaguar, were set ablaze. In addition, the epithet “KKK” was scrawled on the side of a red van, the police said, and swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs could be found on benches.

“The violence – I’m calling it violence when you blow up three cars – adds a sickening dimension to this type of anti-Semitism,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who lives two blocks away and represents the 48th assembly district. He said he regularly walked past the benches with his 90-year-old mother to Sabbath services. “We walk down Ocean Parkway every single week,” Mr. Hikind said. “All I could think about was my mother sitting on a bench with a swastika. She survived Auschwitz.” Mr. Hikind said that this area of Brooklyn, including Midwood and Borough Park, contains one of the largest concentrations of Holocaust survivors outside of Israel.

The Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is involved in the investigation and Mr. Hikind said the police promised to increase their presence in the neighborhood. “The fact that this most recent attack came on the heels of the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht may or may not be a coincidence,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said in a statement in response the episode in Brooklyn. “Either way, this kind of hateful act has no place in the freest city in the freest country in the world.”

“Somebody had to have seen something,” remarked Hikind. “Even the tiniest detail that may seem irrelevant could prove to be a vital piece of information to the investigation. It is simply impossible that three cars were set on fire in the middle of a residential neighborhood and nobody saw anything. To the cowards who did this, who are responsible for this vicious and depraved anti-Semitic act, I say, ‘we will hunt you down and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law for this hate crime.’”

Since Friday, the reward for credible information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this heinous crime has increased by $25,000. The monies were put together by both Mr. David Ben-Horeen, publisher of The Jewish Voice, as well as other leaders of the community, and $1000 by NYC council member David Greenfield. The reward now stands at $30,000.

As of Sunday afternoon Police police had made no arrests The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating. Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said dozens of empty beer bottles were found at the scene. He said they would be tested for fingerprints and DNA samples. Police in the 66th Precinct bolstered patrols in the neighborhood; especially the scene of the attack.

Separately, the police said Friday that they had arrested a man accused of scrawling swastikas in five incidents last week in Jackson Heights, Queens. The man, Franco Rodriguez, 40, spray painted the symbols on the doors of several local libraries and a Catholic church, the police said.

On Sunday, November 13th, about 100 Midwood residents along with elected officials staged a peaceful protest march on Ocean Parkway past the four public benches from which the 16 swastikas had been removed after the pre-dawn attack Friday. Carrying an Israeli flag, the marchers were led by Mr. Hikind, State Senator Eric Adams, Rabbi Chaim Gruber, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel and other community leaders. “There was a time when vandals used magic markers to express hate; now they’re using gasoline,” Adams said.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer condemned the vandalism during an unrelated event on Sunday. “It’s disgraceful and they should throw the book at the people who did it,” Schumer said. “Sometimes vandals think they’re pranks, sometimes they’re more malicious than that. Either way they cause great harm.”

Protesters noted the attack occurred one day after the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht in Nazi Germany on Nov. 9-10, 1938, when synagogues were set on fire and the windows of Jewish-owned shops were broken. Sunday’s march also included about 25 people from the Occupy Wall Street movement in Manhattan, which put out a statement condemning the vandalism. The mix of people who showed up for the march “shows that we stand together against hatred. And it makes residents here feel better,” Hikind said.

The NYPD has established special hotlines for tips. Anyone with information concerning Friday’s incident is urged to call 718-265-7327 or 718-265-7387. All calls will be kept confidential.

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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.

“What’s Going on in Oklahoma ?” by Todd Strandberg

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:24 pm by Steve

We’ve had a remarkable year for the occurrence of natural disasters. It is amazing how many records were set in just the past eleven months. If the world lasts another decade, any flood, tornado, or earthquake event in the U.S. will have to use the year 2011 to judge its historic significance.

The most striking headlines that I keep seeing are the ones that read “hundred-year” flood, tornado, or earthquake. I’ve even seen some events given the title “five-hundred-year.” If the cycle is one hundred or five hundred years, it makes me wonder why they keep happening every year. I remember the great flood of 1993 was given the title of “one hundred-year flood.” Now, eighteen years later, we have another flood that is eight decades too early.

Last week, Oklahoma was struck by a large earthquake. The 5.6 trembler was centered near the town of Sparks, and it sent out shockwaves that were felt as far away as Wisconsin. This was the most powerful quake in the state’s history. The previous record was a 5.5 magnitude earthquake that struck near the town of El Reno in 1952.

Oklahoma is not known as a geologically active state. It typically only had about fifty earthquakes a year until 2009. In the past three years, the number of quakes has dramatically spiked, with 1,047 quakes shaking the state last year. The increase has prompted researchers to install seismographs in the area.

The breaking of records often causes the media to highlight other recent records. An ABC News report stunned me as the reporter listed four records that have occurred since February in Oklahoma. After doing some research, I found two more records. Here is the list:

Most snow – In February, a snowstorm dumped 11.8 inches on Oklahoma City and 13.2 inches in Tulsa, shattering the all-time daily snowfall records for February in both cities.

Coldest temperature – The Oklahoma Mesonet weather station at Nowata reached -31° F on February 10. The low set a record for the whole state.

Tornadoes – April had more tornadoes than in any previous year. This is a remarkable record for a state that is in the bull’s eye of tornado alley.

Highest wind – In May, Doppler radar detected the highest wind speeds ever recorded in Oklahoma. An EF5 tornado was found to have winds of 318 miles per hour.

Hailstones – On May 23, a supercell thunderstorm in Kiowa County produced a record hailstone that measured six inches in diameter.

Record heat – Oklahoma City had the hottest average temperature summer on record (June thru August) – 87.5 (2011). The previous record was 85.9° set in 1934.

Drought – Year-to-date, Oklahoma has had its driest year since 1921.

Terry and I have joked with some our friends who live in Oklahoma. I’ve requested a notice if sulfur and brimstone start falling from the sky. Some folks have started using the term “Oklageddon.” All kidding aside, I don’t think the people of the Sooner State have done anything special to invoke God’s wrath. After all, the weather has been perfect out in San Francisco. You would think the Lord would cause the so-called gay capital of America to slide into the ocean before He would go after a Bible-belt state like Oklahoma.

There may actually be a divine connection to all the natural disasters taking place in Oklahoma. Rather than being a form of judgment, the events of this year may be part of God’s end-time warning plan. Jesus said the sign of the Tribulation hour’s nearness would be an increase in calamities. He said these birth pangs would lead right up to the very end.

What is remarkable is that few people are asking the question, “What is going on in Oklahoma and other parts of the world?” Earlier this year, Japan was hit by the largest earthquake in recorded history. Here in Arkansas, we had the most powerful earthquake in thirty-six years. In August, a 5.8 quake rocked the East Coast of America. Forget about prophecy; I don’t even see people looking for natural reasons to explain why we are having so many quakes.

Jesus warned that there would a profound state of apathy about end-time signs right ahead of His return. The profound lack of attention to these warning events would seem to indicate that we are at the saturation point of apathy, and that the Rapture must be very near.

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

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness” (2 Peter 3:10-11).

— Todd

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