GANGSTA GOV’T !

June 29, 2009

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IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY

IS THIS WHAT YOU VOTED FOR LAST NOVEMBER !?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thR-lVuztIY

OUTRAGEOUS!

Property Rights Trumped By UAW In First Episode Of Gangster Gov’t

FURTHERMORE:  OBAMA IS A LIAR – SAID “NO” TO TAXING HEALTH BENEFITS, NOW EMBRACES THE IDEA, FOR EVERYONE EXCEPT UNION MEMBERS . . .

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MjAzZjYzNGJmYTM0Y2RlNmUzYjc4ZTFlMDljM2YzYjM=

http://bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=aDvu77pZr7k4

FINALLY:  OBAMA SIDES WITH CASTRO AND CHAVEZ ON HONDURAS?  (WHAT A SURPRISE!)

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUKTRE55S5J220090629?sp=true

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RINOs who voted for Cap & Trade

June 28, 2009

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ONCE AGAIN THEY DIDN’T BOTHER READING THE 1300 PAGE BILL

HOUSE PASSED THE BILL  – 219 YES, 212 NO

MOVES TO THE SENATE

IF IS PASSES THERE, OBAMA SAYS HE WILL SIGN INTO LAW

WHAT IS WRONG WITH CAP AND TRADE

 

Courtesy of Eric Odom, TaxDayTeaParty.com & American Liberty Alliance

The following are the “Crazy 8″ Republicans who committed political suicide yesterday by voting for the scam of a bill known as Cap & Trade. How a person can call himself/herself a Republican and cast such a nasty vote is beyond me, but apparently these 8 see nothing wrong with their action.

I think we should let them know that we’re not going to stand for it anymore.

Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA 45th District)
7th term, 45th District.
http://www.congress.org/bio/id/668

Rep. Michael Castle (R-DE At Large)
9th term, At Large.
http://www.congress.org/bio/id/697

Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL 10th District)
5th term, 10th District.
http://www.congress.org/bio/id/40130

Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ 7th District)
1st term, 7th District.
http://www.congress.org/bio/id/6493

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ 2nd District)
8th term, 2nd District.
http://www.congress.org/bio/id/383

Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ 4th District)
15th term, 4th District.
http://www.congress.org/bio/id/385

Rep. John McHugh (R-NY 23rd District)
9th term, 23rd District
http://www.congress.org/bio/id/429

Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA 8th District)
3rd term, 8th District
http://www.congress.org/bio/id/142979


JFK Inaugural Address 1961

June 27, 2009

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Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

[ What a conservative, tax-cutting, God-invoking Democrat sounds like . . . ]

Film of the speech here

FULL TEXT HERE

Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, reverend clergy, fellow citizens, we observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom—symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning—signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago.

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe—the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

This much we pledge—and more.

To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do—for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder. To those new States whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny. We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom—and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.

To those peoples in the huts and villages across the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required—not because the Communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

To our sister republics south of our border, we offer a special pledge—to convert our good words into good deeds—in a new alliance for progress—to assist free men and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty. But this peaceful revolution of hope cannot become the prey of hostile powers. Let all our neighbors know that we shall join with them to oppose aggression or subversion anywhere in the Americas. And let every other power know that this Hemisphere intends to remain the master of its own house.

To that world assembly of sovereign states, the United Nations, our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support—to prevent it from becoming merely a forum for invective—to strengthen its shield of the new and the weak—and to enlarge the area in which its writ may run.

Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace, before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.

We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.

But neither can two great and powerful groups of nations take comfort from our present course—both sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of mankind’s final war.

So let us begin anew—remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.

Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms—and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations.

Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.

Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah—to “undo the heavy burdens … and to let the oppressed go free.”

And if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let both sides join in creating a new endeavor, not a new balance of power, but a new world of law, where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved.

All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.

In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe.

Now the trumpet summons us again—not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are—but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation”—a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.

Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility—I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.

REAGAN TWENTY YEARS LATER

Full text here: addressing recession, debt, government spending

“So, as we begin, let us take inventory. We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our Government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.  It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Federal Government and those reserved to the States or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the Federal Government did not create the States; the States created the Federal Government.”


Michael Jackson: an American legend . . .

June 26, 2009

1968 film: genius talent

    Michael Jackson arrives at the Oxford University Union to give a lecture, and launch his global initiative for children 'Heal the Kids' on the 6th of March, 2001    Michael Jackson as he looked in 1979 at 21 years old

. . . an American tragedy.

The Tragic End of Michael Jackson

by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

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Born to stardom, he never knew what it was like to live or even behave normally

by Bill Wyman

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“I’M BETTER OFF DEAD.  I’M DONE.”

Michael Jackson was undoubtedly a deeply troubled and lonely man. Throughout my investigation, I was torn between compassion and anger, sorrow and empathy.

By Ian Halperin 

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Michael Jackson gestures as he leaves court in 2005 in Santa Maria, Calif.

“Delusional nomad hopelessly addicted to prescription drugs.”


IN CHRIST ALONE

June 25, 2009

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WHAT DOES JESUS SAY ABOUT THE BIBLE?

Strobel with Hanegraaff                                                                                            

   The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio

Recently, an atheist challenged me to share reasons for faith in Christ.   His premise was the Bible is full of errors and Christians are ignorant.  He also denied any possibility of communicating with God, denying the Deity of Christ of course.

Dear Atheist:

When it comes to ancient documents including the Bible, historians apply a number of tests to determine authenticity and accuracy.

Eye witness accounts are highly valued, just as they are in a court of law.

Intense scrutiny of the New Testament documents has been engaged for almost 2000 years, and to date, no one has debunked the testimonies.

You fail to realize that the New Testament writers were a collection of people from various walks of life, from common fishermen to academics and even a physician, and they had an audience of thousands: people who embraced the Gospel, and a great number who were hostile to the Gospel, even to the point of persecuting early believers and killing them.  In other words, the New Testament writers were held accountable, even to the point of death. 

(Note that all the disciples save two were martyred for their testimony.)

The Romans had no use for Christians, obviously, and the Temple Jews hunted them down. If there was an opportunity to discredit the disciples and early believers these most powerful groups would have seized the opportunity in a heart beat.  For example, all they had to do was present the body of Christ to completely destroy the resurrection claim, and as Paul wrote, without the resurrection, our faith is a myth.  (Remember that both the Romans and the Temple guard were deployed to guard the tomb.  Failure to secure the tomb meant the death penalty.)  Do you believe it is likely eleven disciples could overwhelm trained Roman soliders and Temple guards, four times their number?

Additionally, the length of time between the original writings and the earliest copies in our possession is another test historians apply. A couple generations is a very short time period between original writings and copies. Comparing this same time lapse to other ancient documents and you find the New Testament writings (copies) are much closer to the originals, increasing the propability of authenticity. Curious how nobody disputes the Iliad but so many denigrate the New Testament.

Keep in mind tremendously compelling facts about the Bible: it is the all time best seller, and more people in more places for greater periods of time have tried to destroy it with fire or false claims and misrepresentations.  Interesting as well, it was written by about 44 authors over the course of about 1500 years and it is actually 66 books that are internally consistent and complementary. Now how did that happen?

As to vast conspiracies foisting the Deity of Christ on an unsuspecting world, for such a conspiracy to hold, thousands of people would have had to preserve a lie even in the face of agonizing death, not only in the first century but throughout the centuries to follow. Are you aware of the fact that more people have been martyred for Christ than any other cause? Certainly you’d agree it is at least astounding so many people would die for something they knew to be a falsehood.

https://allanerickson.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/theophobia-and-persecution/

Finally, the more science inquires, the more the Bible holds up. Time after time archeological discoveries confirm the text. EX: secular scholars used to dismiss the Bible for mentioning Hittites, until Hittite culture was confirmed through discovery of artifacts.

And on it goes. Long before science confirmed these things the Bible described them:  *

>the hydrologic cycle
>the fact ‘life’ is carried in the blood (nutrients/oxygen)
>the earth is a sphere
>the connection between hygiene and disease prevention
>the importance of nutrition
>the expanding universe

And then you have prophecy. More than 300 prophesies about Christ in the Old Testament were specifically and completely fulfilled in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. For any student of statistics and probability out there, the odds of this happening by chance are impossible.

There are also numerous other prophesies, and all have come true to the letter. Dr. Peter Stoner did very interesting studies on these subjects, confirmed by his colleagues as academically sound.

http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=49720

Look at these figures as well:

“Over a quarter of all the verses in the Bible contain a prediction about the future. Altogether, 737 separate forecasts are made, from some only mentioned once, to others mentioned hundreds of times.  Of these, 594 (over 80%) have already come true. Since those that have not, are all concerned with the end of the world, which obviously has not happened yet, the Bible has actually achieved 100% accuracy.”

Source:  (excellent resources and discussions of prophecy and probability)

http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/156582

One other point.  It is safe to say the Bible has had the most influence throughout history in the area of moral authority.  Scholars agree western civilization was built upon the precepts of justice originating in the Ten Commandments and much of the Levitical law.  For wisdom in concentrated form capable to crossing all cultural lines, the Book of Proverbs is incomparable.  Noteworty as well:  Mohammed drew most of his early education and insight from Christian and Jewish scholars.

Those of us who are called by His name do not believe out of ignorance or blind faith. We believe because someone told us the good news of God’s love and we responded by looking into it. We sought Him, and he answered us.  One way he answers us is through his written word.

How have I communicated with Him you ask?

How does one describe the still small voice of God speaking to your heart, renewing your mind, healing your body, restoring your soul? I have asked him for help many times and he has always helped me. I have prayed for healing and been healed. I have prayed for the salvation of others and have seen them saved. The majesty of nature and the awesome reality of infinite galaxies testify to His power and wonder.   Most especially, the power of his Word to change lives communicates more than any human argument.

I have prayed for forgiveness, and been lovingly forgiven, the greatest gift.

For some no evidence will ever be enough, no miracle persuasive, no healing or assurance satisfactory, for “broad is the way that leads to destruction and many go thereby, but narrow is the way that leads to salvation, and few find it,” says the Master.

Liar, Lunatic or Lord?

Written 700 years before the birth of Christ

Evidence for the Resurrection

Science confirms the Bible: the Bible came before science

Scientific Accuracies in the Bible


REMEMBERING THE FALLEN

June 23, 2009

LABOR OF LOVE

Permanent Memorial Day


Former Gitmo detainee accused of killing 3 missionaries

June 23, 2009

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Chad Groening – OneNewsNow – 6/23/2009

A best-selling author and critic of Islam says he can’t understand why U.S. President Barack Obama and the United Nations are not expressing more outrage over the execution-style murder of three Christian missionaries in Yemen, apparently by al Qaeda.

According to a spokesman from the Yemeni Embassy in Washington, nine foreign nationals — four German adults, three small German children, a British man, and a South Korean woman — were abducted on June 12 after they ventured outside the city of Saada without their required police escorts.
 
Days later the bodies of German nurses Rita Stumpp and Anita Gruenwald, and Eom Young-sun of South Korea were found shot execution style in an area known to be a hotbed of Al Qaeda activity. The fate of the remaining six abducted people remains a mystery.
 
Terrorism experts say the crimes bear the mark of Al Qaeda, and they fear they are the handiwork of the international terror organization’s number two man in the Arabian Peninsula — Said Ali al-Shihri, an Islamic terrorist who once was in American custody but who was released from the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
 
Robert Spencer is, director of Jihad Watch, says this illustrates the folly of Obama’s plan to close GITMO and release potentially dangerous prisoners.
 
“Freeing some of them is unconscionable, and essentially criminal.
Barack Obama had begun to pursue a course based on the assumption that all the conflicts between the West and Islamic world are all our fault. Well what happened in Yemen indicates that that’s a bankrupt and inaccurate point of view,” he contends. “The President of the United States and the United Nations, if they were really doing their jobs, would be protesting.”
 
Spencer points out that Christians are not allowed to proselytize in the Muslim world, and he believes that is likely why the three were murdered.