Saturday, January 31, 2009

"Netanyahu will

In case President Obama wont' do it, Netanyahu will!

Our message to Iran

According to Breitbart.com,
US President Barack Obama's offer to talk to Iran shows that America's policy of "domination" has failed, the government spokesman said on Saturday.

"This request means Western ideology has become passive, that capitalist thought and the system of domination have failed," Gholam Hossein Elham was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency.

"Negotiation is secondary, the main issue is that there is no way but for (the United States) to change," he added.

In other words, our new President has sent a message to Iran and the Muslim world that America is weak. I'm sure President Obama didn't mean to send that message, but that is what they heard. The history of Islam shows that this is a very, very dangerous message to send.

Friday, January 30, 2009

A whole lot of pork!

I thought you might want to know where those stimulus dollars will go in case your children and grandchildren ever want to know about the national debt they are paying for and whether you supported it:

$21 million for grass on the National Mall in DC

$44 million to renovate Agriculture Department building

$50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, including money for ACORN

$75 million on quit smoking programs

$335 million for STD’s

$400 million for global warming research

$600 million for new government cars

$650 million for digital TV conversion.

$1 billion for Amtrak

$2 billion for subsidized child care.

$2.4 billion show how carbon greenhouse gas can be removed from the atmosphere.

$2.25 billion for national parks

$10.3 billion for college tax credits

$13 billion to repair and weatherize public housing, help the homeless, repair foreclosed homes.

$20 billion for an expanded food stamp program.

$20 billion for quicker depreciation and write-offs for equipment.

$32 billion for a “smart electricity grid”

$53.4 billion for science facilities, Internet, energy and environmental programs.

$87 billion for Medicaid funds

(See NewsMax for the whole article).

Some of this is undoubtedly good stuff, except for one minor detail. We don't have money for it!!! Shouldn't this stuff be part of the federal budget? Shouldn't the government have to live within the budget like all the rest of us? Is this really going to stimulate the economy? Is this really even about stimulating the economy?

On Fox and Friends this morning they had a segment about some cooks who stuffed bacon into sausage, then wrapped it up in more bacon and cooked it. A whole lot of pork!

Kind of reminds me of this stimulus package.

Why are we apologizing?

In an outstanding article, Charles Krauthammer takes President Obama to task for his near apologies to the Muslim world for imagined U.S. transgressions! Krauthammer writes:
Astonishing. In these most recent 20 years -- the alleged winter of our disrespect of the Islamic world -- America did not just respect Muslims, it bled for them. It engaged in five military campaigns, every one of which involved -- and resulted in -- the liberation of a Muslim people: Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The two Balkan interventions -- as well as the failed 1992-93 Somali intervention to feed starving African Muslims (43 Americans were killed) -- were humanitarian exercises of the highest order, there being no significant U.S. strategic interest at stake. In these 20 years, this nation has done more for suffering and oppressed Muslims than any nation, Muslim or non-Muslim, anywhere on earth. Why are we apologizing?

Why indeed? It seems like trying to help Muslims is a case of "no good deed goes unpunished."

Krauthammer goes on to discuss how the "U.S.-Muslim rupture" began with Iran's 14 month takeover of our embassy! And then there was the Arab oil embargo and the execution of our ambassador in Sudan. Then there was the massacre of Marines in Lebanon and the killing of other Americans around the world in terrorist attacks.

Krauthammer points out that in the seven years since 9/11, thousands of Muslims around the world have rioted "to avenge a bunch of cartoons" but there has "not been a single-anti-Muslim riot in the United state to avenge the greatest massacre in U.S. History. In fact, "we elected our first Muslim member of Congress and our first president of Muslim parentage."

Quite frankly, I am offended that our President would carry on as if America, and not Muslim radicals, is at fault here.

Please read Krauthammer's entire article. My summary does not do it justice. (Hat tip: John W.)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A German's view on Islam

This is making the rounds on the internet. Hat tip to John W. who forwarded it to me. I wish every American would read this before it is too late:
A German's View on Islam

A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned
a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German
people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward
fanaticism. Very few people were true Nazis, he said, but many enjoyed
the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was
one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the
majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it,
they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had
come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and
the Allies destroyed my factories.

We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam
is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just
want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true,
it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us
feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics
rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.

The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history... It
is the fanatics who march.. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50
shooting wars worldwide... It is the fanatics who systematically
slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are
gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave... It is
the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder or honor-kill... It is the
fanatics who take over mosque after mosque... It is the fanatics who
zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and
homosexuals... It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to
become suicide bombers.

The hard quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent
majority,' is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of
Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists
were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful
majority were irrelevant.

China 's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists
managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. The average Japanese
individual prior to World War II was not a war mongering sadist. Yet,
Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an
orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million
Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And who can forget Rwanda which collapsed into butchery. Could it not
be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'? History
lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of
reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up,
because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find
that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs,
Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians and many
others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it
was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention
to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of
life.

Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes
this email without sending it on is contributing to the passiveness that
allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this
on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world wide, read this and
think about it, and send it on before it's too late (Emanuel Tanay).

Stimulus Bill; H.R. 1

If anyone is interested, here is the text of the stimulus package just passed by the House of Representatives. Its over 600 pages long.

Stimulating illegal immigration

According to Fox News,

Senate Republicans say they have found a provision in the $819 billion economic stimulus bill that could allow illegal immigrants to receive tax rebates.

In the version that passed the House Wednesday, eligible recipients would be allowed to use taxpayer identification numbers, which illegal aliens can obtain, instead of Social Security numbers, to identify themselves for the tax rebates.

The global warming hoax

If you have any interest at all in global warming you may enjoy this fascinating article, "The Amazing Story Behind Global Warming" written by meteorologist John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel. Someone should make this into a movie!

Coleman concludes: "Global Warming. It is the hoax. It is bad science. It is a high jacking of public policy. It is no joke. It is the greatest scam in history."

I wish President Obama and every member of Congress could be required to read this article. On the other hand, since the global warming hysteria seems to be driven by non-scientific concerns, I'm not sure the facts would really matter to many politicians.

Netanyahu and Iran

"Israeli election front-runner Benjamin Netanyahu says that keeping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons ranks above the economy in the challenges facing the leaders of the 21st century" (Fox).

He's absolutely right. Economic crises come and go but the world has never seen a radical Islamic regime--whose goal is the conquer the world for Islam--with nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu gets it. I'm not sure our current administration does.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Muhammad and sex

Here is a fascinating discussion of the sexual practices of Muhammad taken from original Muslim sources.

Black Genocide

If you read only one article this week, please read the short but outstanding article on Black Genocide by Mychal Massie. The last paragraph is priceless!

Doctors' freedom under fire

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing the government over rules that protect health care providers' freedom of conscience." The issue is a doctor's right to refuse to perform an abortion against his or her religious conviction.

There are thousands of doctors who will perform abortions. For the ACLU to attempt to force some doctors to violate their religious convictions, is not only a violation of the doctors' civil rights, it is a violation of the doctors' constitutional right to freedom of religion.

The ACLU is not an American civil liberties union, it is an Anti-Christian legal union!

SarahPAC

OK, enough break from election campaigning. Its time to look toward the future. Its time to drop the old guy (what was his name again?) and elect the first woman President of the United States. Its time to check out SarahPAC. Now that's change we can hope for :-)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The end of the world

This is probably not the end of the world, but you might want to take your vacation before summer just in case :-)

Abortion and the economic crisis

At a time when we are in an economic crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, isn't it nice that President Obama is spending money on the truly important things--like funding abortion in other countries!

Is that really what you want your tax dollars going for? Wouldn't you rather spend that money on American education, or health care or by helping Americans who are unemployed?

Imagine if this issue were on an election ballot. Which would you rather do with your money? Keep it? Or send it overseas to help others pay for their abortions?

But its hard to get too upset with President Obama. After all, he is just doing what he promised to do. And the American people elected him.

Selling out Israel

"President Barack Obama gave his first formal television interview as president to an Arabic cable TV network." Among other things, the President,
reiterated the U.S. commitment to Israel as an ally, and to its right to defend itself. But he suggested that Israel has hard choices to make and that his administration would press harder for it to do so.
Israel has some hard choices?! Is he kidding? What exactly does he want to press Israel harder to do? Accept the shelling of innocent Israelis without retaliation....ever?

I sense a sell-out of Israel coming on.

Billions for ACORN?

Do you remember ACORN, the pro-Obama group known for its heavy-handed intimidation tactics? The group which has several member serving time in prison. The group which is under investigation for voter registration fraud?

Under the new stimulus package community organization groups including ACORN will be in line to receive up to four billion dollars (yes, that's billion with a "B")! That's four billion dollars from you, your children and your grandchildren's taxes.

I guess its political payoff time for the "most ethical Congress in history."

Global warming in Minneapolis

One of the local weathermen in Minneapolis reported yesterday that this is only the fourth time in recorded history that Minneapolis has not risen above the freezing point even one time in January.

Just imagine how cold it would be were it not for all the global warming ;-)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Abortion saves government money

I'm listening to the Hugh Hewitt show and just heard a clip of Nancy Pelosi defending the funding of abortion in the stimulus package based on the fact that abortion cuts the need for state and federal money to care for children.

In other words, the number of children should be cut by killing unborn babies so the government doesn't have to pay as much money to feed, cloth, house and educate them.

Since money seems to be the ultimate issue, maybe we should also kill babies who are mentally or physically defective as well, since they are expensive to care for.

And how much money should we spend on treating long term illnesses like cancer or lung disease before we decide to pull the plug to save the government money?

And while we're at it, why not start "euthanizing" the elderly, since their medical care costs the government so much?

Today we kill babies. Tomorrow we kill the elderly. But hey, we're saving the government money! Welcome to the brave new world of things to come in socialized medicine!

The Lost Gospel of Q

The so-called “Lost gospel of Q” is a hypothesis which comes from a theory about the origin of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). According to the theory (called the “two-source theory”), the writers of Matthew and Luke both copied from the Gospel of Mark.

Adherents to the two-source theory are convinced, however, that neither Matthew nor Luke used each other’s gospels. This presents a problem since there is a significant amount of material that is very similar (sometimes word-for-word identical) between Matthew and Luke that is not found in Mark. Scholars ask, if Matthew and Luke did not get this common material from Mark, and if they did not get it from each other, where did it come from?

Their answer? They must have got it from another source. The German word for source is Quelle, often abbreviated as “Q” for short. It is important to note that while such a theory is certainly possible, nothing that could be identified as Q has ever been discovered. Q is just a hypothesis.

So if “Q” is just a hypothesis, how is it that scholars write books containing the full-text of “Q”? How do you come up with the text of a hypothesis?

Scholars come up with the text of Q by cutting and pasting together all the material common to Matthew and Luke that is not found in Mark (if the material was also found in Mark, scholars assume that Matthew and Luke got if from Mark). When the material common to Matthew and Luke is similar, but not word-for-word identical, the scholars then pick and choose between Matthew and Luke regarding what they think most probably came from Q.

What follows is an edition of Q. Since most scholars believe Luke preserves the most faithful rendering of Q, the edition of Q below presents “Q according to Luke.” No attempt has been made to indulge in idle speculation about whether Matthew or Luke has the best reading.

The passages used for “Q” below are those identified by John S. Kloppenborg in his book, Q Thomas Reader as belonging to Q. The translation is from the NetBible, an excellent online Bible translation which can be found at http://net.bible.org/home.php. When identifying a passage in Q, scholars generally follow the verses in Luke, so for example, 3:2 = Luke 3:2 and its parallel in Matthew. Q6:12 = Luke 6:12 and its parallel in Matthew, etc. In the passages below, therefore, Q6, for example, can be found in Luke 6.

It should be noted that although the two source theory seems to be the majority theory among American biblical scholars today, there are many very reputable scholars who disagree. One of those is Mark Goodacre at Duke University. In my opinion, if scholars at the end of the 19th century could have read Mark Goodacre’s book, The Case Against Q, the two-source theory would have been dead on arrival.

So why would someone like me who does not believe that Q ever existed, post “Q according to Luke?” First, there are many scholars who believe that Q is the very earliest source for Jesus in existence (or non-existence :-) Second, because there are scholars who spin the Q theory as if Q is some kind of new archaeological discovery that will change everything you thought you knew about Christianity. I think people should be able to judge for themselves whether this claim is true or not. To that end, I give you “Q according to Luke.”

Q according to Luke

Q3 So John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You offspring of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Therefore produce fruit that proves your repentance, and don’t begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones! Even now the ax is laid at the root of the trees and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. I baptize you with water, but one more powerful than I am is coming – I am not worthy to untie the strap of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

Q4 Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he endured temptations from the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were completed, he was famished. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man does not live by bread alone.”

Then the devil led him up to a high place and showed him in a flash all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “To you I will grant this whole realm – and the glory that goes along with it, for it has been relinquished to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish. So then, if you will worship me, all this will be yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”

Then the devil brought him to Jerusalem, had him stand on the highest point of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ and ‘with their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’” So when the devil had completed every temptation, he departed from him until a more opportune time.

Q6 Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God belongs to you. “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and jump for joy, because your reward is great in heaven. For their ancestors did the same things to the prophets.”

“But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other as well, and from the person who takes away your coat, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your possessions back from the person who takes them away.

Treat others in the same way that you would want them to treat you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to be repaid, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, so that they may be repaid in full. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive. Someone who is blind cannot lead another who is blind, can he? Won’t they both fall into a pit? A disciple is not greater than his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to see the beam of wood in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while you yourself don’t see the beam in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from brambles. The good person out of the good treasury of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury produces evil, for his mouth speaks from what fills his heart.”

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and puts them into practice – I will show you what he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep, and laid the foundation on bedrock. When a flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the person who hears and does not put my words into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against that house, it collapsed immediately, and was utterly destroyed!”

Q7 After Jesus had finished teaching all this to the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave who was highly regarded, but who was sick and at the point of death. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they urged him earnestly, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, because he loves our nation, and even built our synagogue.”

So Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not presume to come to you. Instead, say the word, and my servant must be healed. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me. I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him. He turned and said to the crowd that followed him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith!” So when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave well.

John’s disciples informed him about all these things. So John called two of his disciples and sent them to Jesus to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’” So he answered them, “Go tell John what you have seen and heard: The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news proclaimed to them. Blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.” When John’s messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? What did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? Look, those who wear fancy clothes and live in luxury are in kings’ courts! What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, ‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he is.”

“To what then should I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; we wailed in mourning, yet you did not weep.’ For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”

Q9 As they were walking along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Jesus said to another, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

Q10 He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest. Go! I am sending you out like lambs surrounded by wolves. Do not carry a money bag, a traveler’s bag, or sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whenever you enter a house, first say, ‘May peace be on this house!’ And if a peace-loving person is there, your peace will remain on him, but if not, it will return to you. Stay in that same house, eating and drinking what they give you, for the worker deserves his pay.”

Do not move around from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and the people welcome you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in that town and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come upon you!’ But whenever you enter a town and the people do not welcome you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this: The kingdom of God has come.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town!”

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you! And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be thrown down to Hades! The one who listens to you listens to me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

On that same occasion Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. All things have been given to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides to reveal him.” Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

Q 11 So he said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, may your name be honored; may your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And do not lead us into temptation. So I tell you: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the man who had been mute began to speak, and the crowds were amazed. But some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, the ruler of demons, he casts out demons.” Others, to test him, began asking for a sign from heaven. But Jesus, realizing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, and a divided household falls. So if Satan too is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? I ask you this because you claim that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. Now if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has already overtaken you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his possessions are safe. But when a stronger man attacks and conquers him, he takes away the first man’s armor on which the man relied and divides up his plunder. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”

“When an unclean spirit goes out of a person, it passes through waterless places looking for rest but not finding any. Then it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ When it returns, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so the last state of that person is worse than the first.” As the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be a sign to this generation.”

“The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, something greater than Solomon is here! The people of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them – and now, something greater than Jonah is here!”

“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a hidden place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, so that those who come in can see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is diseased, your body is full of darkness. Therefore see to it that the light in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, with no part in the dark, it will be as full of light as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”

“Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Didn’t the one who made the outside make the inside as well? But give from your heart to those in need, and then everything will be clean for you. “But woe to you Pharisees! You give a tenth of your mint, rue, and every herb, yet you neglect justice and love for God! But you should have done these things without neglecting the others.

Woe to you Pharisees! You love the best seats in the synagogues and elaborate greetings in the marketplaces! Woe to you! You are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without realizing it!” But Jesus replied, “Woe to you experts in religious law as well! You load people down with burdens difficult to bear, yet you yourselves refuse to touch the burdens with even one of your fingers! Woe to you! You build the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors killed. So you testify that you approve of the deeds of your ancestors, because they killed the prophets and you build their tombs!”

“For this reason also the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ so that this generation may be held accountable for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against this generation. Woe to you experts in religious law! You have taken away the key to knowledge! You did not go in yourselves, and you hindered those who were going in.”

Q 12 “Nothing is hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing is secret that will not be made known. So then whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops. “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more they can do. But I will warn you whom you should fear: Fear the one who, after the killing, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!”

“Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. In fact, even the hairs on your head are all numbered. Do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows. I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before God’s angels. But the one who denies me before men will be denied before God’s angels. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the person who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.”

“But when they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you should make your defense or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you must say.”

Then someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But Jesus said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator between you two?” He then told them a parable: “The land of a certain rich man produced an abundant crop, so he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to myself, “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For there is more to life than food, and more to the body than clothing. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! And which of you by worrying can add an hour to his life? So if you cannot do such a very little thing as this, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the flowers grow; they do not work or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, how much more will he clothe you, you people of little faith! So do not be overly concerned about what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not worry about such things. For all the nations of the world pursue these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, pursue his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.”

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide yourselves purses that do not wear out – a treasure in heaven that never decreases, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

“Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his household servants, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds at work when he returns. I tell you the truth, the master will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that slave should say to himself, ‘My master is delayed in returning,’ and he begins to beat the other slaves, both men and women, and to eat, drink, and get drunk, then the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, and will cut him in two, and assign him a place with the unfaithful.”

“Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! For from now on there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Jesus also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A rainstorm is coming,’ and it does. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and there is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how can you not know how to interpret the present time? “And why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? As you are going with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, so that he will not drag you before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. I tell you, you will never get out of there until you have paid the very last cent!”

Q 13 Thus Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what should I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the wild birds nested in its branches.” Again he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of flour until all the dough had risen.”

“Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, let us in!’ But he will answer you, ‘I don’t know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will reply, ‘I don’t know where you come from! Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves thrown out. Then people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table in the kingdom of God. But indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would have none of it! Look, your house is forsaken! And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

Q 14 “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” But Jesus said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time for the banquet he sent his slave to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ But one after another they all began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going out to examine them. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’ So the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ Then the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’ So the master said to his slave, ‘Go out to the highways and country roads and urge people to come in, so that my house will be filled. For I tell you, not one of those individuals who were invited will taste my banquet!’”

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Salt is good, but if salt loses its flavor, how can its flavor be restored? It is of no value for the soil or for the manure pile; it is to be thrown out. The one who has ears to hear had better listen!”

Q 15 “Which one of you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go look for the one that is lost until he finds it? Then when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Returning home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, telling them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’ I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent.”

Q 16 “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

“The law and the prophets were in force until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is urged to enter it. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tiny stroke of a letter in the law to become void.”

“Everyone who divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery, and the one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.”

Q 17 Jesus said to his disciples, “Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him to have a millstone tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. If your brother sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him. Even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times returns to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

“If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

“Then people will say to you, ‘Look, there he is!’ or ‘Look, here he is!’ Do not go out or chase after them. For just like the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage – right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.”

“Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot, people were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; but on the day Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be the same on the day the Son of Man is revealed. Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” Then the disciples said to him, “Where, Lord?” He replied to them, “Where the dead body is, there the vultures will gather.”

Q 18 “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Q 19 Therefore he said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. And he summoned ten of his slaves, gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to be king over us!’ When he returned after receiving the kingdom, he summoned these slaves to whom he had given the money. He wanted to know how much they had earned by trading. So the first one came before him and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made ten minas more.’ And the king said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been faithful in a very small matter, you will have authority over ten cities.’ Then the second one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made five minas.’ So the king said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ Then another slave came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina that I put away for safekeeping in a piece of cloth. For I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You withdraw what you did not deposit and reap what you did not sow.’ The king said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! So you knew, did you, that I was a severe man, withdrawing what I didn’t deposit and reaping what I didn’t sow? Why then didn’t you put my money in the bank, so that when I returned I could have collected it with interest?’ And he said to his attendants, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has ten.’ But they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten minas already!’ ‘I tell you that everyone who has will be given more, but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.

Q22 “You are the ones who have remained with me in my trials. Thus I grant to you a kingdom, just as my Father granted to me, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

What if the U.S. won the war?

This one is a little dated, but worth reading. The Investor's Business Daily, referring to an article in the London TimesOnline, says,
What would happen if the U.S. won a war but the media didn't tell the American public? Apparently, we have to rely on a British newspaper for the news that we've defeated the last remnants of al-Qaida in Iraq.

London's Sunday Times called it "the culmination of one of the most spectacular victories of the war on terror." A terrorist force that once numbered more than 12,000, with strongholds in the west and central regions of Iraq, has over two years been reduced to a mere 1,200 fighters, backed against the wall in the northern city of Mosul.
Perhaps President Bush was right all along. But watch. President Obama will get all the credit.

(Hat tip: Don B.)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

"You can't listen to Rush Limbaugh"

President Obama recently threatened Congressional Republicans saying, "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done." I guess that probably means Republicans should stop listening to Ann Coulter, Jason Lewis, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Mike Gallagher, Laura Ingrahm, Michelle Malkin, Sean Hannity, and others too.

In other words, when President Obama expresses his desire to work accross the aisle, what he apparently means is that he wants to work accross the asile with Republicans who stop listening to conservatives, i.e. RINO's. Some Democrats even even want to shut down conservative talk radio altogether with their Orwellian "Fairness Doctrine."

The Netherlands and hate crimes

OneNewsNow has a short but excellent article on a Netherlands hate crimes case and its possible implications for the United States. If you read only one article this week, please read this one.

When will people realize that Islam is, at his very roots, an anti-freedom religion. As such, it is fundamentally incompatible with Western Democratic values and if we do not recognize this in time, our own freedom will be in serious jeopardy--especially when the Supreme Court gets packed with justices who think they have the right to re-interpret the Constitution in light of modern social values of political correctness.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

President Obama and the lobbyist

CNN's Campbell Brown has an excellent commentary on how Barack Obama talked about breaking with "business as usual" by forbidding lobbyists in his administration from working in jobs related to their lobbying.

And then President Obama turns right around and wants to appoint William Lynn as deputy defense secretary even though Mr. Lynn was a "former lobbyist for a big defense contractor called Raytheon."

Ms Brown says that this "basically means they are saying, we will mostly put tough new restrictions on lobbyists, except when we won't." (Hat tip: Kevin)

I'm not sure why Ms. Brown should be so surprised. After all, President Obama won the election by breaking his promise on public financing. Like McCain, Obama publicly promised to work within the public financing rules but unlike McCain, Obama broke his promise when he found out how much more money he could make by opting out of public financing. Obama's broken promise pretty much provided him with the extra financial advantage he needed to buy the election.

When our President lies about something a huge as the election, why should we be surprised that he would break his own rules about something as comparatively insignificant as lobbyists?

We can only hope that Ms. Brown's commentary is the beginning of the media's awakening about the President they have been blindly worshiping.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The problem with the media

Powerline discusses the problem with the media and may have hit the nail in the head.

Obama, torture and terrorism

Special agent Johnson was listening in on a conversation between two high level Al Qaeda operatives on a legal wire tap. They were talking about a nuclear bomb that was in a shipping container in the New York City harbor. Ahmed said he had just armed the device and was on his way to a flight from New York to Pakistan. He said he had set the bomb to go off in three hours.

Agents picked Ahmed up at Kennedy International but he wasn't taking. Not even if it meant he would be in new York when the bomb went off. He said he loved death more than we love life.

Agents wanted to use waterboarding to get him to reveal the location of the bomb, but the Obama administration was clear. No torture in any form. Not even waterboarding. Not even to save a million innocent people in New York.

The story above is, of course, entirely fictional--except the part about the Obama administration more willing to see a million Americans incinerated than to waterboard a single terrorist. The Obama administration made it clear today that they would never waterboard terrorists under any circumstances. Democrats and Al Qaeda are very happy.

Government restrictions on children's books?

American libraries are concerned:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s interpretation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which lowers the permissible level of lead in children’s products and imposes certification requirements, may require libraries to limit access to their children’s collections or have them tested for lead content. The new law becomes effective February 10.

In a notice to ALA’s Federal Library Legislative Action Network, Government Relations Specialist Kristin Murphy wrote, “As a result of these new regulations, publishers have tested the components of books and found that the levels of lead in children’s books were far below the future legal requirements. . . .However, the advisory opinion from the CPSC says that not only must the testing be done by one of their certified labs but that this legislation is also retroactive, and every book must be tested” (American Libraries).

This is a good example of the unintended consequences of excessive nanny-state laws.

I recently saw a news report about mom and pop toy companies which make wooden or cloth toys and how these little companies will also be subject to the new regulations which will require their toys to be inspected and approved by the government at significant expense to them--enough expense to put them out of business even though their toys have nothing to do with lead.

As a librarian, I am, of course, sympathetic to the dilemma of libraries in this case, but if the ALA gets its exemption it will demonstrate at least one thing:

If you are a powerful, strongly Democratic organization like the ALA, you can get the Democratic Congress to exempt you from their stupid nanny state laws whereas if you are a small business owner you're just out of luck.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

ACLU sues charter school

Kudos to the ACLU!

Those are words I never thought I'd write, but I believe in giving credit where credit is due. According to "Creeping Sharia,"
The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota said it will file suit today against a publicly funded charter school, alleging that it is promoting the Muslim religion and that it is leasing school space from a religious organization, the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, without following state law.

Expectations for the Obama administration

I was listening to Jason Lewis on the radio yesterday. He asked his listeners to call in to talk about what they expect will happen under an Obama administration—not what they want to happen, nor what they fear will happen, but what they actually expect to happen.

I didn’t call in to the program but I thought I would take up the challenge. It will be interested to look back four years from now to see to what degree my expectations came to pass. What follows is what I expect will happen in the next four years:

ENDA (Employment Non-discrimination Act) will pass in its current, revised form which provides exemption for religious institutions (my fear is that Congress will return it to its original form which provided only very limited protection for religious institutions).

The Defense of Marriage Act will be overturned which, as I understand it, will force all states to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states in which same-sex marriage has been legalized.

The military policy of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” instituted by President Bill Clinton will be overturned making homosexual behavior acceptable in the military.

Some form of hate crimes legislation will pass and will begin to have a chilling effect on free speech as frivolous lawsuits cause people to self-censor their opposition to homosexuality out of fear of being sued.

Virtually all restrictions on the abortion industry will be overturned.

The abortion industry will get more and more of your tax dollars.

There will be a push toward national health care (toward more socialized medicine). Economic realities will make what would have been a done deal in a Democratic Congress, harder to pass but there will be some move in that direction anyway.

The massive bailout bill will pass and may have some initial positive effect on the economy, but will ultimately result in significant inflation down the road (but possibly not until after President Obama’s first term).

A significant part of the bailout will go to Democratic special interests rather than serious investments or infrastructure improvements.

Supreme Court justices John Paul Stevens (88 years old) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (75) will resign from the court (or die of old age) some time during the next four years. They will be replaced by liberal judges.

The U.S. will pull out of Iraq some time before the next election, but probably not before 2011, not nearly fast enough to satisfy the radical anti-war crowd.

Republican opposition to the Democratic agenda in Congress will be verbal, but RINO’s will make Democratic control virtually absolute and often even filibuster-proof.

Global warming will be accepted as undisputed scientific fact and significant regulations will follow.

Policies regarding global warming, national health care, environmental protection etc. will significantly increase the size of government and its control over American’s lives.

Some Democrats in Congress will try (and fail) to censor conservative talk radio with their Orwellian “fairness doctrine.”

Coal, nuclear, hydroelectric and drilling for oil in ANWR and offshore will not seriously be pursued as energy sources.

The push to secure our border with Mexico will pretty much fizzle out.

Iran will continue its development of medium to long range missiles and nuclear weapons. President Obama and the Democrats will respond with negotiation, tough rhetoric and sanctions but in the end, they will allow Iran to have nuclear weapons (On the other hand, Israel may take out those nuclear weapons which will not bring praise or support from the Obama administration and may even bring condemnation).

The Defense budget will begin to be whittled down to provide money to fund Democratic social programs.

In President Obama’s efforts to cozy up to Middle Eastern Muslim countries, the U.S. relationship to Israel will cool as the U.S. begins distancing itself from Israel.

The Democrats will use our tax dollars to help rebuild Gaza even if Gaza continues to be under the control of Hamas.

President Obama will close the terrorist detention center at Gitmo and relocate the terrorists to U.S. prisons and the U.S. justice system. This will put a significant strain on an already overburdened justice system and may even cause significant threats to national security as the terrorist’s lawyers play the system for all its worth.

“Torture” will be more broadly defined and our intelligence capabilities will be hampered by new regulations designed to protect terrorists from aggressive interrogation.

The Obama administration will not be able to keep us safe from another significant terrorist attack.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Reverend Joseph Lowery

One of the guys the Obama team asked to pray today was the Reverend Joseph Lowery. His prayer:
"We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right."
"When the yellow will be mellow...When white will embrace what is right"?! This is not exactly what we would expect from the new tolerant, non-racist Obama administration. Can you imagine the outcry if Rick Warren had prayed this prayer adding, "when those who are gay find the way." The Left would crucify him--maybe literally. (hat tip: Kevin)

Senator Ted Kennedy collapses

CNN is reporting that Senator Kennedy has apparently had a seizure at an inauguration luncheon. He is presumably on his way to the hospital now.

Breaking: Senator collapsed

CNN is reporting that a Senator has collapsed in one of the Presidential luncheons. Some say it is Robert Byrd. Someone else says it was Ted Kennedy. The paramedics are apparently on the way

UPDATE: The ailing Senator is Ted Kennedy.

Questions for President Obama

John Piper just published a blog on "Being Pro-Life under a Pro-Choice President." It is very short but has some outstanding questions for President Obama (hat tip: Kevin).

My respect for President Obama would increase significantly if he would at least attempt to give some honest answers to these questions, though I suspect there will be ice fishing in the netherworld before that happens.

President Obama

As of just moments ago, we now have a new President. May God protect and work through President Obama.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Democrats' massive spending bill

Among the items included in the Democrats massive 825 billion dollar stimulus bill which your grandkids will probably still be paying for are:

· $650 million for digital TV coupons.
· $6 billion for colleges/universities - many which have billion dollar endowments.
· $166 billion in direct aid to states - many of which have failed to budget wisely.
· $50 million in funding for the National Endowment of the Arts.
· $44 million for repairs to U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters.
· $200 million for the National Mall, including grass planting.
· $400 million for "National Treasures.

See Powerline for "A Dozen Fun Facts about the House Democrat's Massive Spending Bill."
It's your money.


Special interests and the stimulus

In a short, but insightful post, Hugh Hewitt analyzes the coming Democratic agenda:
Last week's unveiling of the House's ridiculous "stimulus" package that was a shopping list of goodies for Democratic special interests was another step backward for the president-elect. He has an opportunity to spend a near trillion dollars, and to fashion a lasting legacy in the first month of his Adminsitration with a coherent, focused program. But instead of a serious push in one direction such as a new power grid and the nuclear plants and wind turbines to operate it, Team Pelosi drafted a long list of payoffs to various ward bosses. Never would so much have been spent on so many projects with so little to show for it, except a message as to who was in charge. House Democrats clearly intended to tell the president-elect that they would be running the domestic agenda, thank you very much. And when he didn't push back, the president-elect certainly confirmed the impression that Speaker Pelosi is indeed running the legislative show.
Read the entire article on Townhall.

Pray for President Obama

Anyone who has read Recliner Commentaries for very long knows my strong opposition to Barack Obama as President, but like it or not, tomorrow he will be our President and hundreds-of-thousands will turn out to see his inauguration.

All of us--Republicans and Democrats--need to be in prayer for our Secret Service, the FBI and other law inforcement agencies that they will be able to keep all those at the inauguration safe from potential terrorist nut-jobs, both foreign and domestic, and that our new President will remain safe throughout his presidency.

A new Constitutional ammendment

So, now that the Democrats have control of the White House, the Senate and House of Representatives one of the first things they do is move to maintain that power with a Constitutional amendment.

Neo-Nazi's, Muslims and the Left

What do neo-Nazi's have in common with many Muslims and many of those on the Left?

The answer is here.

The U.N's food for sex program

According to the Washington Times,
The United Nation's "sex-for-food" scandal continues to spread. As the human rights group Save the Children documents in a new report, U.N. peacekeepers in the war-torn, refugee-rich Liberia have been accused of selling food for sex from girls as young as 8. They are the latest victims in a growing tragedy that includes girls from Burundi, Ivory Coast, East Timor, Congo, Cambodia and Bosnia,
Please read the rest of this story, which is a infuriating as it is nauseating, at the Washington Times.

And according to the blog, "Atlas Shrugs"(which also documents previous abuses), "Obama wants to triple our taxpayer dollars to this house of depravity." It is simply beyond my comprehension how so many people can continue to express faith in this despicable criminal organization.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Obama's appeasment?

Barack Obama is reportedly "planning to reach out to the Islamic world, seeking a rapprochement with Muslim opinion alienated by the Bush administration."

Alienated by the Bush administration?!!! They are the ones who attacked us on 9/11!

We responded by freeing Muslims in Iraq from a dictator who by all accounts was torturing and slaughtering his own Muslim subjects! If we had not been so concerned about innocent civilians, President Bush could have put an end to this war in no time by reducing Bagdad to a heap of ruins. But because we did not want to kill innocent Iraqi civilians, the supporters of Iraq's brutal regeime have been slaughering our American soldiers by the thousands!

Even so, we did not take over the country. We poured millions, if not billions back into their country and helped them to establish their own government ruled by Muslims!

What exactly have we done to alienate them? Perhaps they are the ones who need to worry about alienating us!

Is Barack Obama really so naive as to assume that we are really at fault here? Is he really so ignorant as to think appeasement will bring peace?

If so, God help us!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Link to terrorists

According to the AP, "A Muslim scholar chosen to speak at President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural prayer service Wednesday is the leader of a group that federal prosecutors say has ties to terrorists."

The Left is are open-minded their brains have fallen out.

Hamas response to ceasefire

Israel announced a cease fire today. Hamas responded by firing eight more rockets at Israel. How long before the Left understands that Hamas does not want peace.

Thank you Mr. President

I've had differences with President Bush. Fore example, I've never understood why he thought he had to invade Iraq rather than just use the "shock and awe" to take out Saddam Hussein's palaces, military and suspected WMD sites. I don't think he was read for Hurricane Katrina, and I think he should have been. And I think his bailout may go down in history as one of the most misguided, if not one of the most monumentally stupid governmental actions in history.

But you have to give him credit for at least one thing: He has kept us safe since 9/11 2001. This is a link to a LONG list of terrorist attempts on our country which the Bush administration thwarted (and these are just the ones we know about. There are undoubtedly others which we will never know about due to security concerns).

For this, President Bush deserves the thanks of every single patriotic American.

Thank you, Mr. President!

ACORN getting your tax dollars

Looks like ACORN may be in line for some of your bailout tax dollars.

They need to be prosecuted

This is offensive. Some people really need to be prosecuted for this. Can you imagine the outcry if Republicans had done it with President Bush?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Discrimination in NYC

New York City "school policy expressly permits the display of the Islamic Star and Crescent and the Jewish Menorah during their respective religious holidays, but completely bans the display of nativity scenes during Christmas."

That's tolerance, Leftist style!

The policy is being challenged.

Moderate islam

Is this the face of moderate, peaceful Islam?

The coronation of Barack Obama

George Bush spent 50 million dollars on his inauguration. Democrats and the media complained that he was spending too much money. I agree. 50 million dollars is way too much money. This is an inauguration, not a coronation! We have presidents, not kings!

But now, in a time of war when the economy is tanking and people are losing jobs by the millions, Barack Obama is spending $150 million on his coronation and Democrats and the media seem perfectly OK with it.

The double standard is sickening.

UPDATE: Professor Ed. provided a more specific update with links:

President Barack Obama's inauguration next week is set to be the most expensive ever, predicted to reach over $150m (£102m). This dwarfs the $42.3m spent on George Bush's inauguration in 2005 and the $33m spent on Bill Clinton's in 1993. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/14/barack-obama-inauguration-cost)

Where is the uproar from concerned citizens, such as Bush had to put up with?
Good question.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bushisms

On Slate, Jacob Weisberg has listed his 25 favorite "Bushisms." Check out the complete list. Some of my favorites were:
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."—Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004 2.

"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"—Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 20004.

"There's an old saying in Tennessee—I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can't get fooled again."—Nashville, Tenn.,

"It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet."—Arlington Heights, Ill., Oct. 24, 200016.

"There's a huge trust. I see it all the time when people come up to me and say, 'I don't want you to let me down again.' "—Boston, Oct. 3, 2000 24.

"They misunderestimated me."—Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 200025.

Minnesota's train wreck election

Shouldn't there be some kind of federal investigation into the election fraud in Minnesota? This was an election in which ballots were just suddenly "discovered;" in which the recount produced "more votes than voters who signed in that day." Fraud like this strikes at the heart of our very Democracy.

Read Ed Morrissey's short, but excellent post.

Jews and Muslims

This is making the rounds on the internet. I thought I'd help it along (author unknown; Hat tip: John W):
The Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000
ONE BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION or 20% of the world's population.
They have received the following Nobel Prizes:

Literature:
1988 - Najib Mahfooz

Peace:
1978 - Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat
1994 - Yaser Arafat:
1990 - Elias James Corey
1999 - Ahmed Zewai

Economics: (zero)

Physics: (zero)

Medicine:
1960 - Peter Brian Medawar
1998 - Ferid Mourad

TOTAL: 7 SEVEN

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The Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000 FOURTEEN MILLION
Or about 0.02% of the world's population.

They have received the following Nobel Prizes:

Literature:
1910 - Paul Heyse
1927 - Henri Bergson
1958 - Boris Pasternak
1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 - Nelly Sachs
1976 - Saul Bellow
1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 - Elias Canetti
1987 - Joseph Brodsky
1991 - Nadine Gordimer World

Peace:
1911 - Alfred Fried
1911 - Tobias Michael Carel Asser
1968 - Rene Cassin
1973 - Henry Kissinger
1978 - Menachem Begin
1986 - Elie Wiesel
1994 - Shimon Peres
1994 - Yitzhak Rabin

Physics:
1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 - Henri Moissan
1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
1910 - Otto Wallach
1915 - Richard Willstaetter
1918 - Fritz Haber
1921 - Albert Einstein
1922 - Niels Bohr
1925 - James Franck
1925 - Gustav Hertz
1943 - Gustav Stern
1943 - George Charles de Hevesy
1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi
1952 - Felix Bloch
1954 - Max Born
1958 - Igor Tamm
1959 - Emilio Segre
1960 - Donald A. Glaser
1961 - Robert Hofstadter
1961 - Melvin Calvin
1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz
1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 - Julian Schwinger
1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
1971 - Dennis Gabor
1972 - William Howard Stein
1973 - Brian David Josephson
1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
1976 - Bu! rton Richter
1977 - Ilya Prigogine
1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
1978 - Peter L Kapitza
1979 - Stephen Weinberg
1979 - Sheldon Glashow
1979 - Herbert Charle S Brown
1980 - Paul Berg
1980 - Walter Gilbert
1981 - Roald Hoffmann
1982 - Aaron Klug
1985 - Albert A. Hauptman
1985 - Jerome Karle
1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 - Robert Huber
1988 - Leon Lederman
1988 - Melvin Schwartz
1988 - Jack Steinberger
1989 - Sidney Altman
1990 - Jerome Friedman
1992 - Rudolph Marcus
1995 - Martin Perl
2000 - Alan J. Heeger

Economics:
1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 - Simon Kuznets
1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow
1975 - Leonid Kantorovich
1976 - Milton Friedman
1978 - Herbert A. Simon
1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 - Franco Modigliani
1987 - Robert M. Solow
1990 - Harry Markowitz
1990 - Merton Miller
1992 - Gary Becker
1993 - Robert Fogel

Medicine:
1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
1908 - Paul Erlich
1914 - Robert Barany
1922 - Otto Meyerhof
1930 - Karl Landsteiner
1931 - Otto Warburg
1936 - Otto Loewi
1944 - Joseph Erlanger
1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
1952 - Selman Abra ham Waksman
1953 - Hans Krebs
1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 - Joshua Lederberg
1959 - Arthur Kornberg
1964 - Konrad Bloch
1965 - Francois Jacob
1965 - Andre Lwoff
1967 - George Wald
1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 - Salvador Luria
1970 - Julius Axelrod
1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 - Howard Martin Temin
1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 - Roselyn Sussman Yalow
1978 - Daniel Nathans
1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
1984 - Cesar Milstein
1985 - Michael Stuart Brown
1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein
1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 - Gertrude Elion
1989 - Harold Varmus
1991 - Erwin Neher
1991 - Bert Sakmann
1993 - Richard J. Roberts
1993 - Phillip Sharp
1994 - Alfred Gilman
1995 - Edward B. Lewis

TOTAL: ONE HUNDRED & TWENTY NINE !

The Jews are not promoting brain washing the children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non Muslims!

The Jews don't hijack planes, nor kill athletes at the Olympics or blow themselves up in German restaurants. There is not a single Jew that has destroyed a church. There is not a single Jew that protests by killing people.

The Jews don't traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and death to all the Infidels.

Perhaps the world's Muslims should consider investing more in standard education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems.

Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel and the Palestinians and Arab neighbors, even if you believe there is more culpability on Israel 's part, the following two sentences really say it all:

'If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel' -Benjamin Netanyahu.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Treasury nominee didn't pay taxes

Barack Obama is supporting Tim Geithner as his nominee for the Treasury Department, which oversees the IRS. The problem is that Geithner doesn't pay his taxes. In fact, he even accepted reimbursment from the IMF for taxes he consistently did not pay.

Democrats, of course, are saying it was all just an honest mistake--even though Geithner had to sign a statement "At the end of the tax allowance" forms which read, “I hereby certify that all the information contained herein is true to the best of my knowledge and belief and that I will pay the taxes for which I have received tax allowance payments from the Fund.”

We'll see if "the most ethical Congress in history" will have the integrity to reject this nominee.

The morality of Muhammad

For a fascinating discussion of Muhammad's morality read here and here.

U.N vs Free Speech

The U.N. seeks to outlaw criticism of Islam. Read the entire article at the Daily News. Excerpts appear below.

Almost 500 years ago, on the wall of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses…As viewed from Rome, Luther had maligned, even defamed, the church. Luther was eventually excommunicated. His conduct ultimately led to the creation of a Protestant Church in Germany and a Reformation throughout Europe.

It is difficult to believe that in the 21st century anyone would seriously propose that conduct such as Luther's should be deemed illegal. But a few weeks ago, the General Assembly of the United Nations took a giant step in that direction. It adopted - for the fourth straight year - a resolution prepared by the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference calling upon all UN nations to adopt legislation banning the "defamation" of religion.

Nonetheless, it has now been adopted.

From the very first OIC resolution to the current one there has never been any ambiguity about its purpose: to intimidate those who might criticize Islam.

Serious psychological problems

When homosexuality is promoted, it is always presented as if it is all about a same sex version of Ozzie and Harriot or Leave it to Beaver. Stories like this or the Folsom Street Fair never seem to get reported in the media. Many homosexuals seem to have serious psychological problems. Ignoring or covering up the kind of perversion discussed in the link above does not help them.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

They hate Barack Obama

Some on the Left seem to think that the world hates America because of Bush and that Obama will be able to patch things up again. These pictures show that this dream is highly unlikely. After all, Mr. Obama is not even President yet and already they hate him!

Racism in New Haven

The Powerline blog has an interesting article on racism:
The Supreme Court has decided to review the Second Circuit's decision in Ricci v. DeStefano. In that case, New Haven firefighters -- one Hispanic and more than a dozen whites -- sued the city after they were denied promotion because the city disregarded the results of its own test for determining who would be promoted. The city threw out the test results because not enough black firefighters scored high enough to earn a promotion. It did so even though the test was designed by experts to eliminate the possibility of racial bias.
Read Powerline for the whole article.

Global warming in Minnesota

It was 44 degrees below zero (actual temperature, not windchill) in International Falls, Minnesota today. Just imagine what it would have been if we were not in the grips of global warming :-)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Forced abortion in America

"one study found 64 percent of women who had abortions reported they felt pressured to abort by others.' Something like 80 percent of them said that they didn't get the counseling they needed to make a good decision, that often they were not given counseling at all, or that the counseling they had was inadequate,"

Read the entire article here.

UK minister fired

"UK minister and radio host fired for defending Christian teachings on air, thereby offending Muslims." Read the story on Dhimmi Watch.


Obama can't keep promises

As Gretchen Carlson said this morning, BarackObama won the election on promises of change. Now, in a recent interview, Barack Obama admits that he will have to scale back on many of those promises.

When the seriousness of the economic crisis was first breaking someone asked Barack Obama how that would affect all his plans and promises. His answer? Not much.

Many on the right were incredulous. We tried to warn voters that there was absolutely no way Mr. Obama could do all he promised to do.

The Right was right.

Obama's socialist czar

According to the Washington Times:
Until last week, Carol M. Browner, President-elect Barack Obama's pick as global warming czar, was listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group's Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for "global governance" and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change.
Are you OK with this?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Iran's nuclear facilities

This morning, Fox News is reporting that last year Israel requested bunker-buster bombs and other help from the United States for a plan to take out Iran's nuclear power plants. The Bush administration refused.

This may turn out to be the stupidest decision the Bush administration has ever made.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ellisons' hajj

It appears that our only Muslim Congressman's religious pilgrimage to Mecca was paid for by a Muslim organization with close ties to terror. I wonder if this Congressman has access to classified anti-terror information?

America the Beautiful

My brother just made me aware of this poem by judge Roy Moore. I thought I'd pass it along:

America the beautiful,
or so you used to be.
Land of the Pilgrim's pride -
I hope they never see

Babies piled in dumpsters,
abortion on demand.
Sweet land of liberty,
your house is on the sand.

People wander aimlessly,
poisoned by cocaine.
Choosing to indulge,
when God said to abstain.

From sea to shining sea,
our country turns away,
From the teaching of God's word,
and the need to pray.

Phony TV pastors
tell lies about our Rock,
Saying God has spoke to them,
while they fleece the flock.

We've voted in a government
that's rotten to the core.
Appointing Godless judges,
who throw reason out the door.

Too soft to place the killer,
in his well deserved tomb.
But brave enough to kill the child,
before he leaves the womb.

You think God's not angry,
that our land's a moral slum?
How much evil will He watch,
before His Kingdom comes?

How are we to face our God,
from whom we cannot hide?
What is left for us to do,
to stem this evil tide?

We who are called
need always to humbly turn and pray.
Teach others to seek His holy face,
and leave their evil way.

Then God would hear from heaven,
and forgive us of our sin.
He'd heal our sickly land,
and those who live within.

But America the beautiful,
if you don't, then you shall see.
A sad and holy Father,
withdraw His hand from thee.

Judge Roy Moore

The U.N. on Gaza

In an article in Forbes, Anne Bayefsky comments:
Betrayal. No other word describes the reversal of American foreign policy that took place on the night of Jan. 8 when the U.S. refused to veto the Security Council resolution on Gaza.

A president whose friendship and alliance with Israel once appeared honest, perceptive and unshakable, decided two weeks before leaving office to throw Israel to the wolves. The resolution calls for a ceasefire in Gaza and does not even mention the word "Hamas."

I'm glad President Bush is leaving office. It is getting harder and harder to distinguish him from the Democrats. I find this failure to veto the U.N resolution on Gaza absolutely disgusting!

This spirit of Adolf Hitler

It appears that the spirit of Adolf Hitler has been resurrected and is raising its ugly head around the world. My ancestors were Norwegians, not Jews, but as a Christian I consider my spiritual heritage to be Jewish (Galatians 3:7-9, 14; 6:16). Both as a Christian and as a human being, I find the recent rise of antisemitism to be very disturbing. Please take time to read Mark Steyn's outstanding article in NRO. In the mean time, I've copied some excerpts below:
In Toronto, anti-Israel demonstrators yell “You are the brothers of pigs!”, and a protester complains to his interviewer that “Hitler didn’t do a good job.”

In Fort Lauderdale, Palestinian supporters sneer at Jews, “You need a big oven, that’s what you need!”

In Amsterdam, the crowd shouts, “Hamas, Hamas! Jews to the gas!”

In Paris, the state-owned TV network France-2 broadcasts film of dozens of dead Palestinians killed in an Israeli air raid on New Year’s Day. The channel subsequently admits that, in fact, the footage is not from January 1st 2009 but from 2005...when a truck loaded with Hamas explosives detonated prematurely...

In Toulouse, a synagogue is firebombed;

in Bordeaux, two kosher butchers are attacked;

at the Auber RER train station, a Jewish man is savagely assaulted by 20 youths taunting, “Palestine will kill the Jews;”

in Villiers-le-Bel, a Jewish schoolgirl is brutally beaten by a gang jeering, “Jews must die.”

In Helsingborg, the congregation at a Swedish synagogue takes shelter as a window is broken and burning cloths thrown in;

in Odense, principal Olav Nielsen announces that he will no longer admit Jewish children to the local school

in Brussels, a Molotov cocktail is hurled at a Belgian synagogue;

in Antwerp, lit rags are pushed through the mail flap of a Jewish home;

and, across the Channel, “youths” attempt to burn the Brondesbury Park Synagogue.

In London, the police advise British Jews to review their security procedures because of potential revenge attacks.

The Sun reports “fears” that “Islamic extremists” are drawing up a “hit list” of prominent Jews,

The Guardian reports that Islamic non-extremists from the British Muslim Forum...and other impeccably respectable “moderate” groups have warned the government that the Israelis’ “disproportionate force” in Gaza risks...provoking “UK terrorist attacks”