Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mayo Clinic drops Medicare patients in AZ

According to Bloomberg:
The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little.
A preview of coming attractions under Obamacare?

Democrats kill school vouchers in DC

According to an article on Big Government:
This is big government at its finest hour. The Democrats have officially killed a successful private school voucher program banishing more than 3,300 low-income children back to the DC schools they so desperately wanted to escape.
The Democrats are always touting their pro-choice agenda when it comes to a woman's "right" to murder her baby in the womb. Why aren't they pro-choice when it comes to helping low income families escape violent and often substandard school systems? Could it be because Democrats don't care nearly as much about the children as they do about all the money they get from the National Education Association?

Please read the entire article on Big Government.

Muslims attack Christians for showing the Jesus' film

About 50 Pakistani Muslims who didn't understand the peaceful and tolerant nature if Islam, used clubs and axes to attack a showing of the Jesus film in Pakistan, seriously injuring the two Christian evangelists showing the film.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Somali man attempted airline bombing

It turns out that the Detroit bomber was not the only one. It has now come to light that last month a Somali man was arrested for trying the same thing. See the story at CNSNews.

He was on a terrorist watch list!!!

I've been watching news reports on full-body scans and other high tech (expensive) devices to prevent terrorists from blowing up airplanes.

Hey, I've got an idea. How about if we start by not letting people into the country who are on terrorist watch lists! It is not like we're talking about the average Joe who appeared out of the blue with no jihadist connections. HE WAS ON A TERRORIST WATCH LIST!

How hard can it be in this age of computerization to flag someone on a terrorist watch list and keep them off the plane?

OK, so he didn't make it to the no-fly list; but entering America is not some kind of inalienable right. Why would we let anyone in this country whom we even remotely suspect to be sympathetic our enemies?

Obama administration stonewalling investigation?

According to NRO:
Rep. Peter King of New York, the leading Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, tells National Review Online that the Obama White House has built an “iron curtain” around national-security information in order to block Congress from investigating Northwest Airlines Flight 253. “This administration is not cooperating,” says King. “They have a stonewalling mentality.”

The Obama administration’s handling of the Christmas Day terror plot has been “schizophrenic” says King. “It’s reflective of their handling of other incidents. They still haven’t given us any information on Fort Hood. Even with the gate crashers, they’ve refused to give us on information on communications between the White House social secretary and the Secret Service. They’re giving us nothing and Democrats in Congress are very reluctant to have any meaningful investigations.” Politics, not national security, is driving these decisions, says King. “They’re holding back because they don’t want to share embarrassing material.”

What happened to Obama's promise of having an unprecedented openness in his administration? Like Obama's promises about allowing no lobbyists in his administration and no earmarks in legislation--were they all just lies told in order to get elected?

Iraqi Muslims misunderstand Islam

According to Reuters: "Twin suicide bombs killed at least 24 and wounded more than 100 in Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland on Wednesday and a roadside bomb killed seven pilgrims returning from a major Shi'ite Muslim religious festival."

Iraqi Muslims misunderstanding the true peaceful nature of Islam.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Muslims attack a church near Jakarta

Isn't it a shame that none of these thousand Muslims understood the true peaceful nature of Islam?
On Dec. 17, a mob of nearly 1,000 Muslims attacked a church building under construction in Bekasi Regency, near Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, according to VOM Canada.

At midnight, Muslims arrived on bikes and on foot at the Church of Saint Albert. They stormed into the building, carrying banners and tanks of kerosene. One witness reported hearing them shout, “Destroy! Destroy it! Replace the church with mosque!” Muslims damaged bricks, broke lights, uprooted newly planted trees and set the building on fire. (Persecution.com)

The failure of Homeland Security

I've been a little hesitant to criticize the Obama administration about the lapse in security that almost had catastrophic consequences in the sky over Detroit. After all, I'm sure the Department of Homeland Security gets thousands of potential terror reports. Besides, we must remember that the Bush administration failed to heed warnings that might have prevented 9/11.

On the other hand, we need to remember that the Bush administration was dealing with nameless and ambiguous warnings about possible terror attacks somewhere in America. The Obama administration was warned about a specific person by name--someone who was already on our terror watch list-- from the guy's own father, who appears to be a reputable source!

A caller to a radio show today made an interesting comparison. She said that someone charged less than $20 on her credit card and because the credit card company thought the charge was suspicious, they called her personally (I have also had calls like that). If credit card companies--which deal with millions of customers and billions of charges--can monitor charges this closely, why can't the Department of Homeland Security catch someone on the terrorist watch list who has been identified by his own father as a terror risk?!

But we are fortunate. The government took immediate steps to solve the problem. They announced that passengers would not be allowed to get out of their seats one hour before landing and could not have blankets or laptop computers an hour before landing.

Isn't that a bit like saying, "if you're going to blow up our planes, you must do it more than an hour before we land"! How comforting.

I am honestly more afraid of the Obama administration political correctness and incompetence than I am of the terrorists.

Interpol and loss of U.S. sovereignty.

More on Obama's surrendering of U.S. sovereignty.

Iran importing purified uranium

According to the Associated Press:
Iran is close to clinching a deal to clandestinely import 1,350 tons of purified uranium ore from Kazakhstan, according to an intelligence report obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday. Diplomats said the assessment was heightening international concern about Tehran's nuclear activities.

Such a deal would be significant because Tehran appears to be running out of the material, which it needs to feed its uranium enrichment program. The report was drawn up by a member nation of the International Atomic Energy agency and provided to the AP on condition of that the country not be identified because of the confidential nature of the information.

Hundreds more planning terrorist attacks

According to Yemen's foreign minister, there are hundreds more terrorists planning to attack America from his country. Read the story at TimesOnline.

One thing that concerns me even more than stories like this is the fact that Janet Napolitano and the Obama administration are responsible for keeping us safe. God help us!

Man arrested for sharing his faith--in America

Last March, Benjamin Bloedorn was arrested in Georgia. His crime? He had the audacity to actually exercise his first amendment right to share his faith.

Who would have imagined that someone in America would actually be arrested for sharing his faith? Alliance Defense Fund is appealing the case.

Read the story on OneNewsNow.

Democrats cut airline security

According to an article in the Washington Examiner:

Now that our attention is focused on airline security measures thanks to the failed airline attack on Christmas Day, it's worth mentioning that one Senator took money away from aviation security to line the pockets of a constituency that supported his presidential campaign in a big way.

Back in July, Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., proposed an amendment reducing aviation security appropriations by $4.5 million in favor of firefighter grants -- a notoriously inneffective program. In fact, the money was specifically "for screening operations and the amount for explosives detection systems." The amendment was also sponsored by Sen. Lieberman, D-Conn., and Sen. Carper, D-Del., but Dodd deserves to be singled out here because the firefighters union is a pet constituency of his.

Obama's executive order on Interpol

Pajamas Media is reporting that:
At ThreatsWatch.org, Steve Schippert and Clyde Middleton have dug up the bizarre and unsettling issuance of an executive order recently signed by President Barack Obama. Executive Order — Amending Executive Order 12425, signed December 16 and released a day later, grants the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) rights on American soil that place it beyond the reach of our own law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The article goes on:

Andy McCarthy, former assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of New York and senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, notes at National Review that the limitations that Obama removed are “what prevents law-enforcement and its controlling government authority from becoming tyrannical.”

A paragraph later, McCarthy describes Obama’s actions in the starkest of terms:

This international police force (whose U.S. headquarters is in the Justice Department in Washington) will be unrestrained by the U.S. Constitution and American law while it operates in the United States and affects both Americans and American interests outside the United States.

Just when you think the Obama administration is about as scarry as it is going to get, something like this comes up. Where are all the loony liberals who screamed so loud against Bush's Patriot Act? This is much more scary than any provision in the Patriot Act!

Please read the entire article at Pajamas Media.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Breaking: Police activity at Obama compound

USA Breaking News is reporting that there is "Police activity at Obama compound in Hawii and that President Obama left his golf game and raced home at high speed in the motorcade. Apparently there is some "minor injury" to a friend of a family member.

UPDATE: CNN is reporting that the child of one of Obama's golf partners cut his chin and Obama used the Presidential motorcade to race the parent back to the child.

New steps for airline security

As I write this, President Obama is announcing how his administration is taking steps to learn from the attempted bombing of the Northwest Airlines flight and to prevent it from happening again--like adding more air marshals.

Why weren't we doing these things already? Why is our government reactive rather than proactive? Did the Obama administration forget that radical Muslims hijacked four planes and destroyed our World Trade Centers and damaged the Pentagon? Did he think the threat was over?

Suicide blast kills 20

According to CNN:
At least 20 people were killed Monday when a suicide blast targeting a Shiite procession shook Pakistan's financial capital, Karachi, police said.
Sunnis and Shiites have been killing each other for centuries. Isn't it a shame they don't understand the true peaceful nature of Islam.

UPDATE: CNN reports that the death toll is now up to 40

More bombers who will strike soon?

According to ABC News:
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, charged with the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253, told FBI agents there were more just like him in Yemen who would strike soon.
I don't know about you, but I would feel much more at ease if Sarah Palin and that old guy (what was his name again) were running the country.

"The system worked"?!!!

Our Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, responding the attempted bombing of the plane over Detroit: "The system worked."

I'm certainly not qualified to be Secretary of Homeland Security but it just seems to me that we need a new system (and an new DHS Secretary) if the only reason an attempted plane bombing did not succeed is because the detonator failed!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

al-Qaeda planned the plane attack

They're ba-aaak. The plot to blow up the plane over Detroit was planned by al-Qaeda.

Apparently, they have not accepted our President's apologies and bows.

"Islamic scholar" tries to blow up plane

Isn't it a shame that those who resort to terrorism--like the Muslim who tried to blow up the plane over Detroit--misunderstand the true peaceful nature of Islam?

Oh, did I mention that the guy who tried to blow up the plane over Detroit was nicknamed "Alfa" or "Islamic scholar."

Poverty and terrorism

Isn't it a shame how poverty and despair lead people to desperate acts of terrorism, like trying to blow up airplanes.

Oh, did I mention that the Muslim who tried to blow up the plane over Detroit was the privileged son of a very wealthy Nigerian banker?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas to Christians in Iraq

Read about what Christmas is like for Christians in Iraq, an Islamic democracy. And this is what we sent our troops to die for?!

Failed terror attack

A man who claims to be acting on behalf of al-Qaeda tried to blow up a Delta/Northwest airliner over Detroit today. The mixture he was using failed to ignite.

I love the conclusion to the Big Government article:
We’re a little confused by this attack. George W. Bush is gone, so the world should love us again. Plus, Camp Gitmo is closing. What else could these terrorists want?? Maybe this terrorist simply saw the attack as a way to relocate to Northern Illinois.
Perhaps they haven't heard that Barack Hussein Obama is now President.

Christmas Jars

Check out ChristmasJars.Com

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The story of "St. Lee"

Christmas is about change. This Christmas season, take some time to read the story of "St. Lee," a former motorcycle gang member who is one of the regular contributors to this blog. He is an inspiration to me and I am honored to have him as a friend.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Ft. Hood backlash against Muslims

After the Ft. Hood shooting everyone seemed to be reluctant to call the shooting what it was--a Muslim terrorist attack--for fear of a violent backlash against Muslims. In an excellent article in the Weekly Standard, Gary Bauer points out that:
It has been more than a month since U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly murdered 14 people and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood military base in Texas. And while we were led to believe that the rampage by Hasan, who is Muslim, would provoke a strong and violent reaction against Arab and Muslim Americans, a backlash has been conspicuous only by its absence.
The article goes on to point out that
Of 6,832 religion-based hate crimes reported between 2002 and 2006, 4,627, or 68 percent, were committed not against Muslims but against Jews, while 744, or 11 percent, were committed against Muslims.
Please read the entire article at The Weekly Standard (via Jihad Watch).

Monday, December 21, 2009

Iran and the future of the West

Roger Chapin has an excellent article on Townhall. If you read only one article this week, this should be the one. Chapin understands what is truly at stake. Here are some excerpts:
Never before in our history has an American president, deliberately and by design, risked our very survival to a maniacal enemy power sworn to remove America from the world. Yet from all appearances, this is exactly what Obama is doing by failing to vigorously oppose Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons.
The reality is that the fanatical, messianically driven radical Iranian zealots will pay any price, including Iran’s virtual obliteration, in order to render the U.S. and its major allies non-players on the world scene. The mullahs expect to emerge from the ruins no longer hindered by the “Great Satan,” free to use their huge oil and gas reserves to fund the imposition of their tyranny throughout the Middle East and beyond.
If we citizenry will not take the bull by the horns and demand a total reversal of our nation’s suicidal course, we could very soon experience the apocalyptic end of the America we love and all western civilization.
Of course most Americans will think this is just fear mongering. After all, America has been here for over 200 years. And just like other mighty world powers--Egypt, Babylon, Rome, the Ottoman Empire, Nazi Germany, the U.S.S.R--nothing bad could ever happen to us.

Woman sold in public auction

A woman was sold in a public auction in Pakistan. And no one even seems to care. See Jihad Watch for the story.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Gay rights intolerance

The Alliance Defense Fund (a Christian legal agency devoted to fighting legal attacks against Christians in America) quotes from a gay advocacy blog:
"The Alliance Defense Fund, which is representing the Huguenins, has promised to appeal. And we actually agree with ADF senior counsel Jordan Lorence's argument: 'Christians in the marketplace should not be subject to predatory legal attacks for simply abiding by their beliefs. The Constitution prohibits the state from forcing unwilling artists to promote a message they disagree with and thereby violate their conscience. Should the government force a videographer who is an animal rights activist to create a video promoting hunting and taxidermy? American small business owners do not surrender their constitutional rights at the marketplace gate, nor can the government make people choose between their faith and their livelihood."
If more gay people agreed with this gay contributor, there would be much less friction in the current gay rights debate. In fact, if leading gay rights organizations came out in defense of religious freedom by insisting that religious freedom clauses be written into gay rights and same-sex marriage bills, much of the opposition to gay rights and gay marriage would evaporate.

Unfortunately, someone who is apparently an editor of the gay blog mentioned above, added a note saying that the editors of the blog completely disagreed with what was written above. Their disagreement strikes at the very heart of freedom. A government that can force people of faith to violate their deepest convictions can usurp any rights, and people are no longer free. Gay rights advocates don't really seem to care much about anyone's rights or freedom but their own.

At its heart, the debate over gay rights is not about whether two guys should be able to live together or to have the same rights as married couples. It is about freedom of religion and about not forcing their views on everyone else--especially our children!

The gay rights movement began as a plea for tolerance, but next to radical Islam, it has become one of the most intolerant movements on the planet!

The "bitter cold" in Copenhagen

"Bitter cold and steady snowfall has paralyzed the country’s roads and public transport since yesterday, and the icy cold weather is expected to get even worse over the next couple days."

This is the report from the Copenhagen, site of the global warming summit. I understand that President Obama is on his way home to Washington--where they are also expecting a blizzard!

30 homegrown terrorist plots

Thirty homegrown Muslim terrorist plots have been uncovered since 9/11. So who was the suicide bomber on the last episode of NCIS: Los Angeles?

A Christian, of course! Christians are the only group in American considered politically correct to bash.

Voting on a bill they haven't seen

From Senator Mitch McConnell on the health care bill Democrats are steam rolling through Congress:
‘And here’s the most outrageous part: at the end of this rush, they want us to vote on a bill that no one outside the Majority Leader’s conference room has even seen. That’s right. The final bill we’ll vote on isn’t even the one we’ve had on the floor. It’s the deal Democrat leaders have been trying to work out in private’
That's Democracy, Democrat style. I'm sure Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and North Korea's "beloved leader" would love it.

Pornography in your library?

Want to look at pornography but don't have a computer and don't want to be seen going into a XXX establishment? No problem if you live in New York City. Just go to your Brooklyn Public Library!
(See Safe Libraries for the story).

It is not censorship for a public library to refuse access to pornography any more than it is censorship for them to refuse to carry subscriptions to hardcore pornographic magazines. If your public library refuses to filter their internet connections, the people of the community need to band together to vote down library levy's or to otherwise restrict or cut off funding to that library.

Librarians don't always pay attention to their patrons, but they do pay attention to funding.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

What happened to freedom of religion?

This is the gay-activist version of tolerance:
A district judge in New Mexico has affirmed a state Civil Rights Commission order that a small photography company pay $6,600 for refusing to violate the owners' Christian beliefs by photographing a lesbian "ceremony," even though same-sex marriage isn't legal in the state. (WND)
Whatever happened to Freedom of Religion in America? There were, no doubt, dozens of photographers who would have loved to have this lesbian's business, yet she prosecutes this Christian. When people of faith can be forced by law to violate their religious convictions, we no longer have freedom of religion.

Slaughter in Iraq: Is this what Americans died for?

People in Iraq are regularly being slaughtered simply because they are not Muslim. Is this the Muslim version of "democracy?" More importantly, is this what American troops fought and died for?

I've said several times on this blog that I've never understood why George Bush thought it necessary to take over Iraq rather than to just eliminate their supposed WMD sites, their military capability and Saddam's presidential palaces. The thought that we gave thousands of American lives just so Iraqi Muslims can slaughter the "infidels" makes me sick to my stomach.

New revelations on "climategate"

There are now even more indications that the global warming propogandists have been cooking the books, so to speak (From Telegraph.co.uk):
On Tuesday, the Moscow-based Institute of Economic Analysis (IEA) issued a report claiming that the Hadley Center for Climate Change based at the headquarters of the British Meteorological Office in Exeter (Devon, England) had probably tampered with Russian-climate data.

The IEA believes that Russian meteorological-station data did not substantiate the anthropogenic global-warming theory. Analysts say Russian meteorological stations cover most of the country’s territory, and that the Hadley Center had used data submitted by only 25% of such stations in its reports. Over 40% of Russian territory was not included in global-temperature calculations for some other reasons, rather than the lack of meteorological stations and observations.

The data of stations located in areas not listed in the Hadley Climate Research Unit Temperature UK (HadCRUT) survey often does not show any substantial warming in the late 20th century and the early 21st century.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran

I recently finished reading The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran by Robert Spencer. Although the Koran is a jumbled and rambling collection of sayings, Spencer does a remarkable job of explaining some of the main themes, including its views on Jews, Christians, women, war and bringing the world into submission to Allah.

Spencer shows that the Koran’s virulent anti-Semitism, obsession with the tortures of hell, and mandate for global violence is not a matter of isolated passages taken out of context—as Islamic apologists and those on the Left like to assert—but are major themes of the book. Although I am not the expert on the Koran that Robert Spencer is, I’ve read the Koran from cover to cover and I can attest that he is telling the truth. I have to believe that those who argue that the Koran is about peace either have never actually read it or are lying through their teeth.

It is true, that there are some Islamic apologists who genuinely try to explain away all the commands to violence in the Koran. For example, “the twentieth-century Sudanese Muslim theologian Mahmud Muhammad Taha argued that the most of the Koran’s more violent and politically incorrect commands applied specifically to Muhammad’s situation in seventh century Medina and do not apply to the modern world.

Taha’s novel interpretation of the Koran might have been a good solution: “Were Taha’s ideas accepted, most of the Shari’a would disappear, including outdated provisions concerning warfare, theft, and women. Muslims could then more readily modernize.”

Unfortunately, in 1985 Taha was tried for apostasy and executed. His views were simply not acceptable to mainline Islam.

The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran is informative, clear, concise, well documented and hard to put down. Every American needs to read this book. It is not too melodramatic to say that the future of the West is at stake.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Stimulus money for ants

On Facebook, my congressman, John Kline, wrote the following:
Arizona State University received a grant from the National Science Foundation totaling $500,000 in Stimulus funds to study "the genetic differences between queen and worker ants." ASU notes that the ant study will preserve two jobs for "this fiscal quarter." Meaning, the stimulus is spending $250 per job saved per...quarter year. By that math, the stimulus will need to spend $1 million to save a single job for a full year.
This is the same government that promises to spend your health care dollars more efficiently.

The suicide bomber on NCIS: Los Angeles

I was watching one of my new former favorite shows tonight: NCIS: Los Angeles. The NCIS agents were chasing a murderer/bomber, presumed to be a Muslim named Tariq from the Iraq war.

In the end, the agents saved the day, catching the bad guy just before he blew himself and someone else up in a suicide bombing.

The bad guy turned out to be a Christian, a former soldier, who was trying to atone for the sins he had committed in Iraq by blowing himself and someone else up.

The depth of bigotry and ignorance in Hollywood never ceases to amaze me! In this case the bigotry lies in the fact that while suicide bombing is characteristic of only one religion in the world, the writers chose to make the Christian a suicide bomber anyway! After all, it would be politically incorrect to make a Muslim a suicide bomber.

The ignorance lies in the fact that the writers apparently do not even have a kindergarten knowledge of Christianity. Did the writers not understand that the very core of the Christian message is that there is absolutely nothing any of us can do to atone for our sins? It is only the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as applied by faith that atones for sins.

To write a story about a Christian trying to atone for his own sins (by killing himself and murdering someone else, no less!) is about as nonsensical as a story about a Muslim who worships multiple gods!

Mental illness in Massachusetts?

Read Michelle Malkin's "Public school lunacy of the day." Very brief. Reminds me of stories about the former Soviet Union. Someone needs a mental health evaluation, but it is not the second grader!

Child porn use and child abuse

ADF website article, "New study strongly links child porn use and child abuse."

We might be tempted to say, "well duh!" but unfortunately, advocates of pornography regularly deny any such connections.

Homeschooling and socialization

An article in the Washington Times begins:
One of the most persistent criticisms of home-schooling is the accusation that home-schoolers will not be able to fully participate in society because they lack "socialization." It's a challenge that reaches right to the heart of home-schooling, because if a child isn't properly socialized, how will that child be able to contribute to society?
The critics had to attack socialization because they couldn't really attack the education since homeschoolers often outperform their public school counterparts. For example, one study "surveyed more than 11,000 home-schooled students. It showed that the average home-schooler scored 37 percentile points higher on standardized achievement tests than the public school average."

Now a new student shows that not only are the homeschooled happier and have a higher income than the general population, but they are more socially engaged as well.

May their numbers increase!

See the Washington Times for the article.

Monday, December 14, 2009

More on Kevin Jennings, the safe school czar

More on Obama's safe school Czar, Kevin Jennings. Obama appointed him. If Obama doesn't let him go soon, we can only assume that Obama supports Jenning's disgusting and perverted agenda.

I agree with Ed Morrissey, "Anyone who thought this material was appropriate for 14-year-olds shouldn’t be within 500 yards of a school..."

Copenhagen and global warming

According to Reuters, the carbon footprint left by the Copenhagen Summit was enormous--over 46 tons, enough to "fill nearly 10,000 Olympic swimming pools" and equal to the "amount produced each year by 2,300 Americans!

When these rich and powerful elites bring their carbon footprint down to the size of carbon footprint left by average Americans, maybe we should pay attention. Until then, all their ranting sounds like a gigantic, hypocritical, socialist, power grab.




Saturday, December 12, 2009

In the President's Secret Service

I just finished reading In the President’s Secret Service (2009) by Ronald Kesler. In a nutshell, the book was about the hardworking, dedicated, capable agents in the Secret Service, and the insensitive, incompetent jerks in upper management for whom they work.

Of course the book is also about the people whom the Secret Service protects, ranging from those who treat the agents with kindness and respect (like Ronald Reagan, George and Barbara Bush, George and Laura Bush, Barack and Michelle Obama), to those who were hypocritical, rude, drunken, immoral or abusive jerks (like Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Hillary Clinton et al.—you’ll have to read the book to find out which adjectives fit which person.

The bottom line of the book is that the policies and incompetence of Secret Service management is putting lives at risk and there needs to be some immediate, major changes and reforms at the upper level of Secret Service management before tragedy strikes.

The book was fascinating. I couldn’t put it down.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chai Feldblum and freedom of religion

Barack Obama recently nominated Chai Feldblum to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She represents what must surely be one of the most serious threats to freedom of religion in the history of the nation.
Under Miss Feldblum’s view, a Christian person running a daycare could not refuse to hire a man who dresses as a woman from a job taking care of your kids. You, as the owner of that business, must suppress your religious beliefs, which are again expressly guaranteed by the Constitution, just because you want to work to take care of your family.

The reason Feldblum is so dangerous is because she tries to appear “reasonable” and argues that she understands that religious people have rights, but she believes in the end “homosexual rights” should win out. She said, “While I was initially drawn to the idea of providing an exemption to those enterprises that advertise solely in very limited milieus (such as the bed & breakfast that advertises only on Christian Web sites), I became wary of such an approach as a practical matter….”

Her view of the Constitution demands that you renounce your God publicly if you want to be part of society. But don’t worry, you can still believe whatever you want privately. I guess the next “evolution” of the Constitution is the privatization of the First Amendment.

The article goes on to say,
No matter what your political party, no matter your religion or if you have none at all, we should all be concerned about loosing our most cherished liberties. It is those liberties that lie at the foundation of everything we believe as a nation.
Today Ms. Feldblum took a big step closer to confirmation.

Read the entire article on Townhall.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Funding for GLSEN

Michelle Malkin provides a list of those who are funding GLSEN. They include:

Eastman/Kodak
IBM
National Education Association
Pepsico
Time Warner

See Michelle Malkin for a more complete list. If you haven't been following this, click here.

Pornography: the family killer

If anyone thinks the attempts by GLSEN and our safe schools Czar to introduce school children to pornography are harmless, they should check out the Townhall article on the devastating effects of pornography.

Not that I am under any illusion that this article would change their minds. Years ago the Surgeon General produced a huge volume on the damaging effects of hard-core pornography and it was pretty much ignored.

Of course, defenders of pornography really don't care about scientific studies or evidence or even the terrible consequences. They just care about their own gratification.

More on the safe schools Czar

Big Government has more on Barack Obama's safe school Czar.

More global warming fraud

More evidence of global warming fraud. See Ed Morrissey for the story.

Democrats side with ACORN

According to an article on Big Government,
Last night, Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) offered an amendment during deliberations on the Democrats’ massive year-end appropriations bill to clarify the prohibition on federal funds going to ACORN or its subsidiaries. That amendment was shot down on a 5-9 party line vote as Republicans sided with taxpayers while Democrats stood with ACORN.
Remember, ACORN is the group whose representatives were caught on tape engaging in all kinds of evil behavior including a woman who thought she was helping people smuggle children into the U.S. for sexual slavery!

Senate abortion amendment rejected

According to the Washington Post's Capitol Briefing, "The Senate narrowly rejected an amendment that would have restricted abortion coverage in the pending health-care bill,"

So in other words, in the Democrats' version of working across the aisle (one of Barack Obama's campaign promises as I recall), it is not enough that we must we keep abortion legal, we will be forced by law to pay for everyone's elective abortions too!

That's the Democrats' version of compromise. They get everything. Their opponents get nothing.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Safe Schools Czar promoting obscenity

According to Gateway Pundit:
Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings was the founder, and for many years, Executive Director of an organization called the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). GLSEN started essentially as Jennings’ personal project and grew to become the culmination of his life’s work. And he was chosen by President Obama to be the nation’s Safe Schools Czar primarily because he had founded and led GLSEN (scroll for bio).
Since GLSEN provides a recommended reading list which they claim “furthers our mission to ensure safe schools for all students” the "team" at Gateway Pundit decided to check out a random sampling of these books which Safe Schools Czar and GLSEN promoted for safe schools. According to Gateway pundit,

What we discovered shocked us. We were flabbergasted. Rendered speechless.

We were unprepared for what we encountered. Book after book after book contained stories and anecdotes that weren’t merely X-rated and pornographic, but which featured explicit descriptions of sex acts between pre-schoolers; stories that seemed to promote and recommend child-adult sexual relationships; stories of public masturbation, anal sex in restrooms, affairs between students and teachers, five-year-olds playing sex games, semen flying through the air. One memoir even praised becoming a prostitute as a way to increase one’s self-esteem. Above all, the books seemed to have less to do with promoting tolerance than with an unabashed attempt to indoctrinate students into a hyper-sexualized worldview.

Gateway Pundit has provided an extended list of excerpts from these books. I wouldn't recommend reading it unless you have a barf-bag handy. It is truly sick stuff!

If our safe school Czar thinks these books are good reading material for school children, he is a very, very sick puppy. The fact that Barack Obama even appointed him to the position of safe school Czar is very disturbing.

Kevin Jennings, the safe schools Czar, needs to be fired from his position immediately, and an investigation needs to be conducted to determine whether, in promoting this trash to children, he has broken any obscenity laws.

Hollywood, the media and our public school systems promote homosexuality as if it were just a same-sex version of Ozzie and Harriet. GLSEN's recommended reading list shows that homosexuality is often about sexual obsession that in many cases reaches the level of mental illness (c.f. the Folsom Street Fair and the Winter Wickedness festivals).

UPDATE: Big Government has more:

In March 2000 the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) organization of Massachusetts held its 10 Year Anniversary GLSEN/Boston conference at Tufts University. This conference was fully supported by the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Safe Schools Program, the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, and some of the presenters even received federal money. During the 2000 conference, workshop leaders led a “youth only, ages 14-21″ session that offered lessons in “fisting” a dangerous sexual practice. During another workshop an activist asked 14 year-old students, “Spit or swallow?… Is it rude?” The unbelievable audio clip is posted here. Barack Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Kevin Jennings is the founder of GLSEN. He was paid $273,573.96 as its executive director in 2007. Jennings was the keynote speaker at the 2000 GLSEN conference.

Read the entire article at Big Government.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Someone throws tomatos at Sarah Palin

Someone--no doubt a member of the "tolerant" Left--threw tomatoes at Sarah Palin while she was doing a book signing at the Mall of America this afternoon (See KSTP).

The man was arrested and Sarah was unhurt.

34 dead, 100 wounded in Pakistan

According to a report by KSTP/AP, at least 34 people are dead and another 100 wounded after a suicide bomber blew up his fellow Muslims, mostly women and children, in a popular marketplace in Pakistan.

Muslims are often the victims of their own religion. If not for the fact that leaving Islam leads to persecution and even death, my guess is that many Muslims would desert the religion of Islam in droves.

Democrats cut Medicare funding

Ed Morrissey notes,
Over the weekend, the Senate cut a key Medicare service aimed at invalids in an attempt to find the money to pay for ObamaCare. On a 53-41 vote, Senate Democrats cut $43 billion from home health-care services. Democrats insisted that they were cutting waste and abuse, but the end result will be less care for seniors.
Morrissey quotes a New York Times article which says,
By a vote of 53 to 41, the Senate on Saturday rejected a Republican effort to block cutbacks in payments to home health agencies that provide nursing care and therapy to homebound Medicare beneficiaries.
The cruel irony of the Democrat's plan is that the Medicare funding is often used to help those at the end of their lives spend their last days at home which also saves $5,000 to $10,000 per day in hospital costs!

And these Democrats are the ones who think they can manage our health care more efficiently!

Please read Ed Morrissey's excellent article on Hot Air.

$246,436 per job!

According to a quote on Reuters,

The Obama Administration is touting that their stimulus program has saved or created 640,329 jobs since it was enacted back in February through the end of October...That amounts to $246,436 per job.....

$246,436 per job! And this is the government that says they can run health care more efficiently!

Another ACLU attack on Christianity

The extent to which the ACLU seeks to criminalize Christianity is staggering! A short excerpt appears below but please read the entire article.
During testimony, Michelle Winkler broke down on the witness stand when she described how a coworker sought comfort from her after losing her two-year-old child. The two hid behind a closet door to pray, for fear they would be seen and held in contempt of the court order. Denise Gibson, an elementary teacher for 20 years, testified that order forces her to tell parents she cannot respond if they talk about church or their faith. She may not even respond to an email from a parent if ti contains a Scripture verse or "God bless you." Instead, the District requires her to open a separate email to respond rather than hit "reply," in order to eliminate any trace of religious language.
I've been told from someone who has taught English in China that even Communist China has greater religious freedom than this!

Regardless of the First Amendment, religious freedom is being stripped away in America. If Christians do not take a stand, whatever freedom of religion our children end up with will not be worth the name and our Constitution will not be worth the paper on which it was written.

Sign the Manhattan Declaration and join 265,000 other Christians in drawing a line in the sand.

More scientific censorship?

By now everyone has heard of the global warming fiasco in which scientists who promoted the global warming hoax were censoring opposing viewpoints.

As Ben Stein demonstrated in his excellent video, "Expelled," global warming is not the only place in which various high priests of science attempt to censor views they oppose.

Now, yet another example has come to light. According to OneNewsNow, the California Science Center is being charged with concealing documents potentially expressing their intolerance and discrimination against intelligent design.

Franky, honest scientists should be outraged at cases like these. Science is supposed to be impartial, objective and non-dogmatic, but some rogue ideologues are giving all scientists a bad name.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Remember the global cooling crisis?

There is an article on Forbes.com which reminds us of how the government, scientists and media were frantically warning of a global cooling crisis not all that long ago.

Please take time to read this short, but outstanding article. It really puts things in perspective.

"not yet matching up with the president's words"

Notice that this comes from the Associated Press, not Fox News:
It's hardly the image of transparency the Obama administration wants to project: A workshop on government openness is closed to the public.

The event Monday for federal employees is a fitting symbol of President Barack Obama's uneven record so far on the Freedom of Information Act, a big part of keeping his campaign promise to make his administration the most transparent ever. As Obama's first year in office ends, the government's actions when the public and press seek information are not yet matching up with the president's words.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Pastor Stephen Boissoin exoneratd

In a great victory for free speech, Pastor Stephen Boissoin has been exonerated after being dragged through the mud in a very long, and no doubt costly, legal battle to defend himself. Pastor Boissoin has posted on Recliner Commentaries, clarifying his case.

Congratulations, Pastor Boissoin!

Democratic corruption in Congress

The office of Democratic Senator and Finance Chairman Max Baucus has confirmed that the Senator was having an affair with his state office director when he nominated her for the position of U.S. attorney. The two are now divorced and living together in Washington DC where the Senator's girlfriend has a job in the Department of Justice.

I hope I'm wrong but I will be surprised if the media covers this even half as closely as they are covering Tiger Woods. After all, Baucus is a Democrat who supports Barack Obama.

See Hot Air and Roll Call for the story.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Global warming and the media

MRC asks, "For the fourteenth straight day, the three broadcast networks have failed to report on the great and growing ClimateGate scandal on their weekday morning or evening news programs. How to explain this?"

Leftist bias might be one answer. Democratic Party laptdogs might be another. Irresponsibility or lack of professionalism and journalistic integrity could be yet another answer.

Maybe all of the above? They remind me of the three monkeys with their hands over their eyes, ears and mouth: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil (evil being defined as news which is inconvenient to the Democratic Party).

A free press is the backbone of a free society. But what happens when the free press refuses to report the news?

The media and presidents

Good article on the difference between the way the mainstream media treats Republican presidents and Democrat presidents.

If it wasn't so tragic, it would almost be humorous the way some people actually think the mainstream media less biased than Fox.

Librarian/blogger under siege

It is long past time we recognized that today's "liberals" are more like fascists than liberals.
"Liberal" implies tolerance of other people's views. Most "liberals" today are anything but tolerant.

Yet another case in point is the fact that students at Purdue University are demanding that the University fire one of its librarians who is a conservative blogger for TownHall. The students don't like the librarian/blogger's position against homosexuality.

So much for liberal tolerance.

So far, to its credit, Purdue has not given in. See Inside HigherEd for the story (Hat tip, Professor Ed).

35 Muslims killed in an attack on a Mosque

The Qur'an forbids Muslims from killing other Muslims (Sura 4.92).

So what do you do if you're Muslim and your enemy is also Muslim?

No problem. You simply declare them to be non-Muslims and commence to killing.

That is apparently what happened when Muslim's attacked a mosque in Pakistan killing 35 other Muslims. "They sprayed gunfire at worshippers and threw grenades before blowing themselves up."

See Jihad Watch for the story.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Five views of the historical Jesus

I just finished reading, The Historical Jesus; Five Views. The first view was given by Robert Price, a leading Jesus myth proponent. He is willing to concede that there could possibly have been a historical Jesus who “has been irretrievably lost behind the stained glass curtain of his own glorification,” (83) but Price believes that Jesus' existence has not been adequately demonstrated.

Price believes that the story of Jesus in the Gospels has been fabricated by borrowing from the stories and heroes of pagan mythology. If any story in the Gospels has even a remote resemblance to some previous story in the ancient word, Price assumes that the Gospel writers must have borrowed the story. This is so self-evident to Price that he repeatedly simply asserts the point rather than bothering to demonstrate it. I have argued elsewhere that such methodology is patently absurd.

The title of Price’s chapter is “Jesus at the Vanishing Point.” I am convinced that if Price’s total skepticism were applied fairly and consistently to other figures in ancient history (Alexander the Great, Ptolemy, Cleopatra, Nero, etc.), they would all be reduced to “the vanishing point.” Price’s chapter is a perfect example of how someone can always, always find excuses to not believe something they don’t want to believe, whether that be the existence of Jesus or the existence of the holocaust.

The second view was written by John Dominic Crossan, an emeritus professor at DePaul University and co-founder of the notorious Jesus Seminar. Contrary to Price, Crossan is convinced that Jesus was an actual person of history. In his discussion of Jesus, however, it almost seemed like Crossan spent as much time writing about the Roman Empire as he did about Jesus.

Crossan says that his historical reconstruction of Jesus is based on the twin assumptions that 1) the so-called Q gospel actually existed and 2) that the Gospel of Thomas was written independently of the biblical gospels. He acknowledges “If I am wrong on those presuppositions, my reconstruction is methodologically invalidated” (106).

Although the existence of Q is affirmed by the majority of New Testament scholars, the majority of scholars have often been show to be wrong. I am convinced that if scholars like Crossan where even half as skeptical about "Q" as they are about Jesus, they would drop the idea of Q in a heartbeat. Recently the existence of Q has been strongly and persuasively challenged by prominent and reputable scholars (see The Case against Q and Questioning Q and, from another perspective, Beyond the Q Impasse.

Regarding the independence of the Gospel of Thomas: In November, 2004 I was on a panel discussion of the Gospel of Thomas which included Dr. Crossan. Crossan presented his argument for the independence of Thomas and the panelists had an opportunity to make a brief response.

I argued that Crossan was partially right. I agreed with Crossan that the Gospel of Thomas was not literarily dependent on the biblical Gospels, but was dependent on oral teachings from the Gospels (roughly half of the Gospel of Thomas has parallels to the biblical Gospels).

I have since been convinced that Crossan and I were both wrong. Nickolas Perrin has convincingly demonstrated that the Gospel of Thomas was actually based on the gospel readings in Tatian’s Diatessaron (see Thomas, the other Gospel). The Gospel of Thomas looks like a collection of unconnected verses which defies any kind of organized arrangement—at least until Nicolas Perrin came along. I once heard Nicolas Perrin give a presentation in which he demonstrated that when the Gospel of Thomas is translated back into Syriac, almost every verse in that gospel is connected to the adjacent verse by “catchwords.” The Gospel of Thomas, therefore, was not just based on oral teachings of the Gospels as I had argued, but was based on the harmony of the Gospels found in Tatian’s Diatessaron which wasn’t even written until about AD 170. (For more information, see my essay on the Gospel of Thomas).

In other words, Crossan’s two core foundations are based on some pretty shaky assumptions. Even if only one of these assumptions was false, Crossan’s entire methodology would be invalid by his own admission.

Crossan’s Jesus was one who “announced the presence of the kingdom of God by inviting all to come and see how he and his companions had already accepted it, had already entered it and were already living it” (126). This involved a “communal program” in which Jesus and his disciples were to “heal the sick, eat with those you heal and announce the kingdom’s presence in that mutuality” (126). Any evidence that does not agree with Crossan’s minimalist portrait is simply dismissed as unhistorical. I have critiqued Crossan at greater length in an article which was published in the Princeton Theological Review.

Luke Timothy Johnson, professor at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, is the third contributor. Johnson is not as skeptical as Crossan about what historians can know about Jesus. In fact, he provides a convenient list of things historians can know with the “highest degree of probability” (e.g. “that Jesus existed as a Jew in the first century,” was executed by Roman authority, etc.) and what can be known with “a very high degree of probability (e.g. Jesus proclaimed God’s rule, he performed healings, “he taught in parables and interpreted Torah, etc.) (159).

Nevertheless, Johnson spent a lot of time discussing the limitations of history (161-167) and emphasized “Jesus is best learned through the practices of faith in the church: through prayer, worship, the reading of Scripture, and encounters with saints and strangers” (154-155). In the end, I can’t help thinking that Johnson holds to an existential view which, like Bultmann, says that we can know very little about the historical Jesus but we should worship the Christ of faith.

The fourth contributor was James Dunn, a professor emeritus of Divinity at Durham University and author of a massive work on the historical Jesus entitled Jesus Remembered. Dunn takes issue with those in the past who have engaged in the “Quest for the historical Jesus” who began with the assumption that “the real Jesus must have been different from the Christ of Faith” (200). These critics set about to separate what they thought was the historical Jesus from the Christ of faith in the Gospels. As a result, their reconstruction of Jesus was methodologically pre-determined to be different than the Jesus of the Gospels.

Dunn’s disagreement is expressed in his first proposal: “the quest should start from the recognition that Jesus evoked faith from the outset of his mission and that this faith is the surest indication of the historical reality and effect of his mission” (203).

Dunn’s second proposal is that we take the “oral phase of the history of the Jesus Tradition with all seriousness (211). Dunn argues that the Gospels should be understood as separate oral performances of the Gospel story and that when these stories agree, they should be taken as evidence for the impact Jesus made on his followers: “the characteristic emphases and motifs of the Jesus tradition give us a broad, clear and compelling picture of the characteristic Jesus” (223). For a more detailed discussion of Dunn’s book, Jesus Remembered, see my article published in Trinity Journal.

The fifth contributor was Darrell Bock, research professor of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary. Bock used the standard historical criteria like multiple independent attestation and the criteria of embarrassment to reconstruct a sketch of the historical Jesus. Bock arrives at a very biblical view of Jesus. He was the only one to discuss a historical basis for the resurrection.

The difference between these five views can be summed up in one word: Methodology. Price’s methodology involves thoroughgoing skepticism to the extent that there is virtually no evidence that he cannot explain away—regardless of how silly some of those explanations might be. Crossan was slightly less skeptical of his biblical sources, but he relies to a large extent on the hypothetical Gospel of Q and the second century Gospel of Thomas for his reconstruction of Jesus. Johnson is not quite as skeptical of the historical value of the Gospels as Price or Crossan, but he believes that the real Jesus is discovered by faith.

The difference between the methodology of Bock and Dunn is that Bock takes the critics own methodology to show that if used consistently, it will produce a very biblical sketch of Jesus, while Dunn proposes an entirely new methodology. In standard historical-critical analysis, when Matthew and/or Luke agree with Mark, this agreement is only viewed as one source since Matthew and Luke are assumed to have copied from Mark. In Dunn’s methodology, Matthew, Mark and Luke are assumed to have provided us with somewhat independent oral performances of the Jesus story so when Mathew, Mark and Luke agree, Dunn takes this agreement as evidence that goes back to what the very earliest followers of Jesus remembered about him.

The historical reconstruction of Jesus by both Bock and Dunn cohere well with the portrait of Jesus presented in the Gospels, though Bock comes closer than Dunn.

The Historical Jesus; Five Views is an excellent resource for better understanding the historical debates about Jesus, though I found myself wishing that the authors of each essay had the opportunity to briefly respond to their critics’ responses.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

ACORN hypocrisy

The powers that be at ACORN are furious at the two amateur film-makers who exposed ACORN's heinous crimes. Rather than thanking the film-makers for pointing out problems with ACORN so the problems can be addressed (as would be the case if ACORN had any concern for ethics at all), ACORN sued the film-makers.

Yet in a 2005 annual report, ACORN bragged about how an ACORN leader had taken part in a similar sting against someone ACORN didn't like.

Apparently it is OK when ACORN does it but not OK when someone does it to ACORN.

How do you spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y?

Why the Left whitewashes Islam

I don't understand it.

The Left attacks any hint of Christianity in public schools, but sits silently by (or even cheers) when Islam is taught in public schools and colleges.

The Left condemns conservative churches for Paul's statement about women keeping silent in the church, and yet they remain silent about the fact that women cannot vote, drive, and are even beaten in some Islamic countries.

The Left condemns Christians for our stance against homosexual marriage, and yet remains silent when gay people are executed in some Islamic countries.

The Left condemns Christians for complaining about age-inappropriate books in public and school libraries, and yet remain relatively silent when publishers and authors are threatened with destruction for producing cartoons or books which put Islam in an unfavorable light.

We could go on, but you get the point.

It doesn't make any sense. Are hard-core leftists insane or are they just stupid?

Finally, someone has come up with a proposed explanation. See the outstanding article by Chuck Hustmyre on Jihad Watch.

Selective application of hate crimes law

For a prime example of how selectively "hate crimes" charges are applied, see this article on Big Government.

Monday, November 30, 2009

ACORN and Eric Holder

Matthew Vadum writes,
Attorney General Eric Holder has made it abundantly clear he has absolutely no interest in investigating his radical friends at ACORN.

Holder’s Justice Department released a legal opinion last week that allows the Obama administration to ignore the will of Congress which has voted overwhelmingly to suspend federal funding of ACORN until at least Dec. 18. He’s also ignored the 88-page report on ACORN’s systemic corruption and flagrant racketeering activities that was issued this summer by Republican investigators on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Apparently, public outrage at the continuing antics of the corrupt radical advocacy group that used to employ President Obama and White House political director Patrick Gaspard counts for nothing.

Read the entire article on Big Government.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Iran's $20,000,000 budget against the West

While Obama extends an "open hand" to Iran, they have responded with a two-fisted smack-down! Iran's parliament has approved a 20 million dollar budget for anti-western activities including money for groups waging jihad against the West!

Global warming documents tossed

According to TimesOnline:

SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.

It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.

The UEA’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) was forced to reveal the loss following requests for the data under Freedom of Information legislation.

The real question now is whether the Obama administration will continue to press toward its cap and trade fiasco as if this fraud had never been exposed.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sudanese girl gets 50 lashes

It never ceases to amaze me how Leftists can get so worked up about the humiliation of some terrorists who are sworn to kill us, but when something like this happens (over and over and over again) their silence is deafening! Where are the feminists?

Questions about Jesus

Has the tomb of Jesus and his family been discovered at Talpiot?

Did Jesus survive the crucifixion?

Was Jesus really even crucified? (The Qur'an denies this)

What about the "Jesus Papers" i.e. the reported discovery of two papyrus documents dating back to the time of Jesus' crucifixion?

Were the ancient New Testament documents been tampered with?

How can anyone trust ancient New Testament manuscripts if they contain 200,000 to 400,000 differences as some charge?

In the first and second century, was their "Christianity" or were there "Christianities?

Why were some gospels left out of the Bible, e.g. The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Mary, The Gospel of Judas, etc.

Was Jesus married?

What about the homoerotic "Secret Gospel of Mark"?

Was the virgin birth story copied from previous myths about virgin births?

Isn't the resurrection of Jesus just a myth based on ancient myths of the dying and raising gods in other religions?

Were the stories about Jesus in the Gospels based on stories about Mithras, Osiris, Adonis, Attis, Marduk, Cybele, Tammuz and other ancient mystery religions?

Was Paul's sighting of Jesus just a hallucination due to heat, guilt or stress?

Did Paul think Jesus had just risen "spiritually" and not physically?

Was Jesus' dead body relocated?

Can we really know what happened in ancient history at all?

Isn't it all just a matter of interpretation anyway?

Lee Strobel, whose education is in law and journalism, leaves no stone unturned searching for answers to these and other questions as he interviews Ph.D's who are experts in the historical study of Jesus.

The interviews and answers are recorded in his book, The Case for the Real Jesus, which is much more substantive than his previous best-seller, The Case for Christ.

The book does an excellent job of bringing the arguments of scholars down to a level that non-scholars can not only understand, but will probably find enjoyable.

My only criticism of the book is that the dialogue sounds a bit contrived and even corny at times, but the dialogue helps to keep the book interesting.

I highly recommend The Case for the Real Jesus for every Christian regardless of your denomination.

I also recommend the book to non-Christians who are open-minded and want to be aware of the issues. Even if the book doesn't convince you, it may help you separate the real issues from some of the nonsensical theories floating around.

On reincarnation

Philosopher, Dr. Paul Copan speaking to journalist Lee Strobel:
"Some people in the West see reincarnation as another crack at life in order to get things right, sort of like the movie Groundhog Day. There is an attraction to saying we have many opportunities an not just one lifetime. Actually, the reality is quite different." He gestured toward me. "You've been to India, right?"

"I've spent some time there, yes," I said.

"I have too. And I'm sure you've noticed that reincarnation is a very oppressive burden in that Hindu culture, as it is in the Buddhist world," He said. "For example, if you're a low caste or no caste Hindu, then you're stuck at that low level because that's what you deserve from your previous life. And people shouldn't reach out to help you, because they might jeopardize their own karma by interfering with you living out the miserable existence that you deserve."

I knew he was right. What sounds on the surface like a magnanimous belief that gives people multiple opportunities to live a better life turns out to create a devastating situation for millions upon millions of people who are mired in hopeless poverty day to day (Strobel, Lee. The Case for the Real Jesus. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 2007, 241-242).
Buy the book.

If I were a novelist....

I sometimes wish I were a novelist. I'd like to write a novel about a group of power-hungry elites who want to take over the United States. They know they can't do it by force or even by direct political action, so what can they do?

These elites remember that before World War II, money became worthless in Germany and Germans became so impoverished that they were willing to vote for anyone who would promise to restore their country.

That's it! The elites determine to deliberately torpedo the U.S. economy by sinking the country into such irrecoverable debt that money becomes worthless. Meanwhile, they demonize their enemies and establish policies that make unemployment skyrocket and put U.S. security at such risk that Americans will fall for anyone, anything, any proposal that promises recovery and security....

Naw, forget about it. No one would ever believe it......but I bet it could be a real page turner!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Global warming and Obama's climate czar

I could be wrong but I would have sworn that candidate Obama promised the American people that there would be no conflicts of interest in his administration. As it turns out, his climate czar "was on the board of one of the leading carbon offset trading companies."

Sounds like a pretty major conflict of interest to me. Global warming was never about global warming. It was about money and power.

It is long past time that Congress put an end to this practice of appointing "czars" who are not subject to congressional confirmation.

See Big Government for the story.

Best Buy: "Happy Eid al-dha

The American Family Association has a list of companies that are "for Christmas," companies that marginalize Christmas and companies that are "against Christmas."

One company on the "against Christmas" list is Best Buy.

Best Buy's apparent contempt for Christmas is not just due to a desire to be religion-neutral since they have no problem wishing Muslims Happy Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice).

I don't mind that Best Buy wishes Muslims happy Eid al-Adha. I do mind that they wish Muslims Happy Eid al-Adha but will not wish others a Merry Christmas. That strikes me as politically correct bigotry.

I think I'll take my Christmas business elsewhere this year.

More on climategate

Excellent article: "Climategate; its the totalitarianism, stupid!"

The importance of gratitude



"For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks..." (Romans 1:21). Did you take time to thank God for all your blessings yesterday.....or were you too busy enjoying family, friends, and a huge meal?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hate crimes against Muslims and Jews

A Muslim Jihadist slaughters innocent American soldiers at Fort Hood and apologists for Islam--including some from the highest levels of our own government--immediately started expressing concern for the imagined anti-Islamic backlash.

There is a pattern of hate crimes in this country but it is not against Muslims. The most recent FBI statistics show that it is against Jews! Of 1,732 anti-religious hate crimes, over 66% were against Jews (Now let's see....which group is known for its pervasive and often violent anti-Jewish bias?) while only 7.5% were against Muslims (and there is good reason to believe that this number is significantly inflated)!

There were even more hate crimes against Christians (8.7%) than against Muslims!

See the breakdown, along with a link to the FBI statistics, at Creeping Sharia.

Climategate e-mails now available

The Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia has been described as the "Pentagon" of climate research. They are apparently one of the most significant centers of research on global warming in the world.

Then their e-mail's were hacked, allegedly showing a pattern of doctoring evidence and deliberate deception, propagating one of the biggest scientific frauds the world has ever known.

Now the e-mails have been made public. You can read them at the Climategate Document Database.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal:
In short, the impression left by the correspondence among Messrs. Mann and Jones and others is that the climate-tracking game has been rigged from the start.
And

The response to this among the defenders of Mr. Mann and his circle has been that even if they did disparage doubters and exclude contrary points of view, theirs is still the best climate science we've got. The proof for this is circular. It's the best, we're told, because it's the most-published and most-cited—in that same peer-reviewed literature.

Even so, by rigging the rules, they've made it impossible to know how good it really is. And then, one is left to wonder why they felt the need to rig the game in the first place, if their science is as robust as they claim. If there's an innocent explanation for that, we'd love to hear it.

So would I.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

President Obama: A new record

I'd like to start a movement to have President Obama included in the Guinness Book of World Records. According to Fox News:
President Obama has shattered the budget record for first-year presidents -- spending nearly double what his predecessor did when he came into office and far exceeding the first-year tabs for any other U.S. president in history.
Congratulations, Mr. President!

Scientific manipulation by progressives

For a fascinating article on the legacy of scientific manipulation by progressives, read Andrew Marcus' article on the Big Government blog.

Required beliefs at state universities?

Is the University of Minnesota College of Education planning to implement an unconstitutional litmus test mandating certain beliefs or "dispositions" as a requirement for graduation? Read Ed Morrissey's article on Hot Air.

What's next, a secular doctrinal statement? Doctrinal statements are fine at private universities and colleges but not at publicly funded state universities.

When the time comes that tax-funded, state universities can get away with requiring graduates to hold to certain politically correct, state-sanctioned beliefs or "dispositions," American democracy and freedom will have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel!

The Jesus Papers

The Jesus Papers is a bestselling book by Michael Baigent describing the supposed discovery of two ancient documents, written in Aramaic, in which "The writer calls himself 'the Messiah of the children of Israel" and says he "never intended to claim that he was God..."

Craig Evans, one of the world's foremost Jesus scholars, was asked about this.
Baigent describes how he went into a walk-in safe of an antiquities collector and saw the papyri under glass. He couldn't take a picture of them, of course. He has admitted that he doesn't read Aramaic and said the other guy doesn't either--so how does he know what they say? He's assured that two well-known archaeologists, Yigael Yadin and Nahman Avigad, have confirmed it. Oh, but did I mention that Yadin and Avigad are dead?

So we have an author with dubious credibility in the first place; an antiquities dealer who can't be identified; documents that Baigent can't read or produce and for which we have no translation or verification; and two archaeologists who are dead. This is just the dumbest thing (Craig Evans as quoted in The Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 2007. 52-53).
Yep. But the fact that it is nonsense doesn't stop gullible people from believing it.

Balanced budget amendment

There is another good article on Big Government this morning. Please read the entire article but here are a few excerpts:
Congress will vote in December to extend America’s indebtedness above $12,100,000,000,000, necessitated because our national debt grew last year by more than $1,400,000,000,000 and will grow this year by $1,400,000,000,000. According to the Obama White House estimates, the national debt will continue to grow by more than $1 trillion for the next nine years. Except it won’t…because it can’t. There just isn’t $9 Trillion to borrow.

Three of the five largest holders of US debt should cause you sleepless nights. We owe China the most, $797 billion — 38.9% more than we did just 12 months ago. We owe Oil Exporting Countries $189.2 billion – 11.5% more than just 12 months ago. And we owe Caribbean Banking Centers (thought to hold billions in narco-terrorist money) $180.2 billion – 35.5% more than just 12 months ago. Japan and the United Kingdom round out the top five foreign debt holders, with our debt to the UK increasing an astonishing 173% in just the last 12 months.

(That “lock-box” presidential candidates like to talk about has never existed. The Social Security ponzi scheme makes Bernie Madoff look like a wayward kid shoplifting a pack of gum.)

If we do not balance the budget by the time Social Security moves to permanent deficit in 2016, we almost assuredly will not without a cataclysmic economic crisis.

What’s the solution? A balanced budget constitutional amendment.

I agree. As a whole, Congress (both parties!) has shown that it is utterly incapable of fiscal responsibility! Unfortunately, a balanced budget amendment will not happen because the American people, in all their wisdom, voted for the foxes to be in charge of the hen house!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Inhofe calls for investigation of "climategate"

Senator James Inhofe (R. OK) says he will call for an investigation into the "climategate" scandal about global warming.

Good luck with that, Senator. I applaud your efforts but as you know, the wolves are guarding the sheepfold.

More on the global warming hoax

Here's more on the global warming hoax, including excerpts from some of the e-mails.

Global warming data manipulated

From the Telegraph.UK:
Lord Lawson, the former chancellor, has called for an independent inquiry into claims that leading climate change scientists manipulated data to strengthen the case for man-made global warming.

Thousands of emails and documents stolen from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and posted online indicate that researchers massaged figures to mask the fact that world temperatures have been declining in recent years.
Do you suppose Barack Obama and the Democrats will now pause to consider this evidence before pressing forward with cap and trade? Of course not. Ultimately, its not about global warming. Its about big government.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The sickness that is Washington DC

Star Parker writes about how "sick" our nation's capital really is:
The poverty rate of Washington, DC, almost 20 percent, is one of the highest in the nation. Its child poverty rate is the nation's highest.

DC's public school system, with a graduation rate of less than 50 percent, is one of the worst in the country.

According to DC's HIV/AIDS office, three percent of the local population has HIV or AIDS. The administrator of this office notes that this HIV/AIDS incidence is "...higher than West Africa...on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya." And the principal way that HIV is transmitted continues to be through male homosexual activity.
Please read the entire excellent article in OneNewsNow.

Censorship and global warming

E-mails hacked from global warming scientists apparently show that there is much more than objective science going on, for example a deliberate effort to censor scientists who do not think mankind causes global warming (see WSJ).

Sounds like the scientists who want to silence debate on intelligent design.

Anyone who thinks science is always about objective, unbiased research are living in la-la-land. For some people science is no less a religion than Buddhism or Hinduism.

ACORN busted big time!

ACORN was apparently caught dumping thousands of sensitive documents just before being visited by an investigator from the office of the California Attorney General. The documents have been retrieved by a private investigator. Read the story at BigGovernment.

It is amazing to me that a small private news organization is breaking these blockbuster stories while the mainstream media remain clueless lapdogs for the Obama administration. If this were the Bush administration and Bush had worked for ACORN, this would be the lead story in the news for the next month!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Acid attacks on Muslim women

I don't recommend the viewing of these pictures by everyone. They are gut-wrenching and tear-jerking examples of man's inhumanity to man--or, more precisely, of some Muslim men's inhumanity to some Muslim women! (via "Atlas Shrugs").

According to the article there are over 7,800 cases of such atrocities, yet only 2% ever resulted in prosecutions!

Where is the Muslim outrage over this? Where are the protests in the streets? Where are the western feminist voices?

Cultural relativist advocates of multiculturalism, who rightly celebrate that which is beautiful in other cultures, need to stop being so blind to that which is so evil in human cultures.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Colson on the Manhattan Declaration

Chuck Colson is on the Huckabee show tonight talking about the Manhattan Declaration. Colson was one of the originators. If you haven't read it, you really should. If you haven't signed it, please do.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Manhattan Declaration

Today, leaders from the Evangelicalism, the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church have released a human rights declaration announcing their position on major moral issues of our time and declaring that we will not comply with government edicts that violate our religious conscience [and I would add, Constitutional rights!] in these issues. The document is called the Manhattan Declaration. It is time to draw a line in the sand. Please read and sign this important document.

I've copied a few excerpts below:
A truly prophetic Christian witness will insistently call on those who have been entrusted with temporal power to fulfill the first responsibility of government: to protect the weak and vulnerable against violent attack, and to do so with no favoritism, partiality, or discrimination. The Bible enjoins us to defend those who cannot defend themselves, to speak for those who cannot themselves speak. And so we defend and speak for the unborn, the disabled, and the dependent. What the Bible and the light of reason make clear, we must make clear. We must
be willing to defend, even at risk and cost to ourselves and our institutions, the lives of our brothers and sisters at every stage of development and in every condition.

We acknowledge that there are those who are disposed towards homosexual and polyamorous conduct and relationships, just as there are those who are disposed towards other forms of immoral conduct. We have compassion for those so disposed; we respect them as human beings possessing profound, inherent, and equal dignity; and we pay tribute to the men and women who strive, often with little assistance, to resist the temptation to yield to desires that they, no less than we, regard as wayward. We stand with them, even when they falter. We, no less than they, are sinners who have fallen short of God’s intention for our lives. We, no less than they,
are in constant need of God’s patience, love and forgiveness. We call on the entire Christian community to resist sexual immorality, and at the same time refrain from disdainful condemnation of those who yield to it. Our rejection of sin, though resolute, must never become the rejection of sinners. For every sinner, regardless of the sin, is loved by God, who seeks not our destruction but rather the conversion of our hearts. Jesus calls all who wander from the path of virtue to “a more excellent way.” As his disciples we will reach out in love to assist all who hear the call and wish to answer it.

No one has a civil right to have a non-marital relationship treated as a marriage. Marriage is an objective reality—a covenantal union of husband and wife—that it is the duty of the law to recognize and support for the sake of justice and the common good. If it fails to do so, genuine social harms follow. First, the religious liberty of those for whom this is a matter of conscience is jeopardized. Second, the rights of parents are abused as family life and sex education programs in schools are used to teach children that an enlightened understanding recognizes as “marriages” sexual partnerships that many parents believe are intrinsically nonmarital
and immoral. Third, the common good of civil society is damaged when the law itself, in its critical pedagogical function, becomes a tool for eroding a sound understanding of marriage on which the flourishing of the marriage culture in any society vitally depends. Sadly, we are today far from having a thriving marriage culture. But if we are to begin the critically important process of reforming our laws and mores to rebuild such a culture, the last thing we can afford to do is to re-define marriage in such a way as to embody in our laws a false proclamation about what marriage is.

And so it is out of love (not “animus”) and prudent concern for the common good (not “prejudice”), that we pledge to labor ceaselessly to preserve the legal definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman and to rebuild the marriage culture. How could we, as Christians, do otherwise? The Bible teaches us that marriage is a central part of God’s creation covenant. Indeed, the union of husband and wife mirrors the bond between Christ and his church. And so just as Christ was willing, out of love, to give Himself up for the church in
a complete sacrifice, we are willing, lovingly, to make whatever sacrifices are required of us for the sake of the inestimable treasure that is marriage.

It is ironic that those who today assert a right to kill the unborn, aged and disabled and also a right to engage in immoral sexual practices, and even a right to have relationships integrated around these practices be recognized and blessed by law—such persons claiming these “rights” are very often in the vanguard of those who would trample upon the freedom of others to express their religious and moral commitments to the sanctity of life and to the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife.

Because we honor justice and the common good, we will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family. We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God’s.