Archive for March, 2012

Bad week for Obama, one thing after another

March 31, 2012

A good article summing up the list of the embarrassing things that happened that exposed the president this week..

HURT: Brutal week for Obama, the worst of his presidency – Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/29/hurt-was-week-was-obama-style/

As if everything before now wasn’t enough!!!

The Pope makes news, there they go again: Slurs against Christianity in the guise of lies about the Catholic Church

March 27, 2012

We know that the Roman Catholic Church has plenty of history to apologize for. We know that they should follow Paul’s advice to “Forbid NOT” to marry, with an eye to his prediction that in the “last days”  some would forbid men to marry… And the last Pope even apologized, in a way, for the way their predecessors treated Martin Luther, and we know that the Gunpowder Plot was not exactly a planned hit by “anarchists” a plot hatched by Jesuits….BUT…

But we also know that thousands of Catholic clergy joined thousands of Lutheran clergy in protest against the abuses of the regime.

We also know that plenty of monasteries and convents joined other Christians in giving refuge to Jews and Gypsies and other persecuted persons.

We also know that there were thousands of Christians that joined the Jews in prison camps and executions.

We also know that the Pope that the professional Holocaust industry tycoons vilify so much issued an order to all his clergy in Germany to save as many Jews as possible.

We also know that that same Pope was honored and still is to this day in Israel as a “righteous Gentile“, a rare honor bestowed on certain Christians for their service to Jews.

We also know that the chief rabbi in Italy converted to Catholicism after seeing so much compassion from so many Catholics.

We know that millions of Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Pentecostals, Mormons, and soldiers from all the other Christian doctrines as well, fought alongside Jews against Hitler to stop the Holocaust.

We know that Hitler may have earlier been a nominal “Catholic” in name only, but we also know that he vowed to wipe Christianity out completely as a “bastard child” of Judaism, and replace it with the paganism of the old Teutonic gods.

We know that the SS was an occult organization that held pagan ceremonies to promote officers.

It’s amazing how prophetic George Orwell‘s book “1984” is, for the rewriting of history.

 

What is a liberal?

March 26, 2012

Some people are saying, like one in another forum, that Ayn Rand held the idea that only a very few hand-picked individuals have the ability to lead and we should turn the whole job of leadership over to them. He said that’s pretty much a Royalist point of view. Actually

Actually, in today’s political discourse, that is known as the “liberal” position.

But what is a liberal? Sometimes it gets weird reading von Mises and Hayek‘s writings, because when they use that word “liberal”, they are obviously using it to mean the philosophy of letting people run their own lives and make their own economic decisions.

I wonder when that got flipped 180 degrees in common usage, to mean the exact opposite of what it did before?

So I looked it up. Definition #4 fits von Mises’ use of the word, but there are others that can be stretched:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/liberal?s=t
4. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.

Actually, “liberals” used to be the ones who advocated freedom from government, but then yes, “governmental protection” fits the modern demands that we need more government protect us from itself.

But wait a a minute, then they pointed to this quote from 1933 by Susan Sontag:

… liberal intellectuals … tend to have a classical theory of politics, in which the state has a monopoly of power; hoping that those in positions of authority may prove to be enlightened men, wielding power justly, they are natural, if cautious, allies of the “establishment.” Read more at http://quotes.dictionary.com/liberal_intellectuals_tend_to_have_a#frkMjDL1loBJmTds.99

So, go figure… Um, wait another minute! That does figure! Today’s liberals do count on government to right every wrong, restore every loss, fill every need, and stop every scoundrel.

And then there is the definition by context, centuries old, as in the King James Bible:

The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. (Proverbs 11:25)

And there, it means generous with your own resources.

What is right in “Atlas Shrugged”, What is Wrong, Libertarians, and Charity

March 26, 2012

First a “disclaimer”: “Atlas Shrugged” is the only book by her I have ever read, including an insert in that book I read about “objectivism”, plus a few excerpts from her writings, plus summaries of her ideas by those who support them like the Ayn Rand Institute.

I agree with the “libertarian” parts of her philosophy, but sharply disagree with others. But in general, we agree on what a government should do.

Some who object to the libertarianism claim that her ideas are conducive to letting a few individuals lead, even using the word “hand-picked”.

But “hand-picked” is definitely not part of the ideas, quite the opposite. Nobody should be able to pick winners and losers was her point.

There were a few points that she wanted to make, although she made like they were part of the same package, although they are not.

The one that makes sense is that interference in the free market by government to make things “fair” end up hurting the people and the economy it is supposed to benefit. Tilting the field in favor of the less capable or less productive at any level only hurts productivity and hurts the consumer.

One I sharply disagree with is that charity freely given is wrong. Elevating selfishness as a virtue contradicts the other message and cedes “moral high ground” to the undeserving ideas, making it a virtue to let people just die who are caught up in disasters, for example.

Another I sharply disagree with even more is her irrational rant against God, about 100 pages or so. It was hard to slough through, but knowing that the book is a sort of Bible to some would-be elites (that’s true), I read it. The stuff she said about the Garden of Eden is totally irrational, no objective reasoning in it, and the denunciation of God totally ignored the realities of history. Ignoring the realities of history is a common fault of anti-Christian atheist writers.

The way that is justified by one executive at the “Ayn Rand Institute” is that no one person has any natural moral claim to anything that belongs to another person. That principle is true, but it misses the point that the moral imperative of genuine charity is not a claim by the recipient –that’s theft, opposite of moral– the question of morality or lack thereof pertains to the side of the giver.

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17) That’s a principle most people intuitively believe in, along with not doing anything to anybody else that they don’t want done to themselves.

Now pay attention to the detail here, it is immensely important. Everybody has a problem actually doing either aspect of the Golden Rule, the passive side or the active side. To assuage the conscience for the lack of “do unto”, they go into philosophy.

To justify the act of selfishness, they restate the question to put it from the perspective of the recipient instead of the giver. But they have to do more than that, so they say that anybody who does give something for free like that is doing it for “selfish” reasons.

But they’re torturing the meaning of “selfish” when they say that, because in that sense, they’re just pointing out that people have their own reasons for doing something whatever it is, meaning they’re just stating a meaningless tautology.

I believe in getting government out of the business of helping the poor because the way they have to do it only hurts the poor. That’s my main reason, although another equally valid reason is that the government has to ROB some people in order to do this “helping”.

I also believe in getting government out of the business of helping the poor because they only get in the way and tend to stop the private activities that would actually help the poor.

Some of those activities by private parties include just natural free market activity, like putting people to work in productive jobs with the investment capital that is freed up by stopping the government theft of it.

Other activities include those that benefit from the availability of resources that result from a more prosperous economy. In the 20th century, people in the United States were by far, way far, the majority contributor to missions of all kinds to the poor areas of the world. Most missions, by the way, included lots of physical and material helps, like elementary schools, vocational schools, and the like. Salvation Army type works.

Usually those charities are Christian charities, motivated by the need to offer the Gospel of Love to a world that is starving for it.

And you thought government freebies were free? Ask your gas pump!

March 26, 2012
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Description: Newspaper clipping USA, Woodrow Wilson signs creation of the Federal Reserve. Source: Date: 24 December 1913 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paul: Shrinking dollar behind higher gas prices » Local News » The Richmond Register:
http://richmondregister.com/localnews/x1450994526/Paul-Shrinking-dollar-behind-higher-gas-prices

Gasoline is not more scarce than it was a year ago,” he said. “The value of your dollar is shrinking because your government runs up a massive debt and then prints money to pay it.”

Working-class people, the elderly on fixed incomes and new graduates entering the work force need to realize, “Big government is not your friend,” the senator said.

“When they say, ‘We’re going to give you this. It’s free.’ It’s not free. They’re destroying the dollar,” he said. “This year you’ll pay four bucks for a gallon of gas. Next year you’ll pay five.”

Looks like the gas pump is beginning the charge of the flood of dollars brought to us by the Federal Reserve and the politicians who promise to take care of you and solve the problem of poverty.

The problem is that they create more poverty instead. All Americans are feeling the pinch of inflation, we are all finding it harder to make ends meet.

John Lennon said Overpopulation is a myth, plus Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Abraham Lincoln

March 26, 2012
Česky: Oficiální portrét amerického prezidenta...

English: Official Portrait of President Ronald Reagan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Lennon – Overpopulation is a Myth – YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Emi1wf1q6os

I think it’s becoming a pattern, you know. This was a surprise to me. I hadn’t heard it before.

If there’s an assassination or even attempt on a big-name personality, it seems worthwhile to find out what kind of changes in philosophy happened to that person in the days leading up to the killing.

JOHN LENNON

In this one, John Lennon is saying on the Dick Cavett show “I think that’s a kind of myth thrown out to keep your mind off Vietnam and Ireland and all the important subjects”.

And here, at this blog, a Charles Pope writes about what John Lennon said in that interview, and more:
http://blog.adw.org/2012/03/did-the-composer-of-perhaps-the-most-secular-song-ever-written-disavow-that-song/

From an interview shortly before his death, going the rounds on the Net now, it looks like he disavowed the sentiments of the lyrics of his earlier atheistic and socialistic song, “Imagine“:

In his definitive song, “Imagine”….[Lennon] famously dreams of a world with “no possessions.” The mature Lennon explicitly disavowed such naïve sentiments: I worked for money and I wanted to be rich….What I used to be is guilty about money. … Because I thought money was equated with sin. I don’t know. I think I got over it, because I either have to put up or shut up, you know. If I’m going to be a monk with nothing, do it. Otherwise, if I am going to try and make money, make it. Money itself isn’t the root of all evil.

The man who famously called for imagining a world with “No religion” also jettisoned his anti-theism. “People got the image I was anti-Christ or anti-religion,” he said. “I’m not at all. I’m a most religious fellow. I’m religious in the sense of admitting there is more to it than meets the eye. I’m certainly not an atheist.”

Even more shocking to the idea of Lennon as a secular leftist, or a deep thinker, the man rejected evolution. “Nor do I think we came from monkeys, by the way,” he insisted. “That’s another piece of garbage. What the hell’s it based on? We couldn’t’ve come from anything—fish, maybe, but not monkeys. I don’t believe in the evolution of fish to monkeys to men. Why aren’t monkeys changing into men now? It’s absolute garbage.”

……His final interviews make clear he was above all concerned with his family. “I’m not here for you,”he said, speaking to his fans. “I’m here for me and [Yoko] and the baby.” He revered the institution of marriage, explaining how much it meant to get the state approving his union with Ono. “[R]ituals are important, no matter what we thought as kids. … So nowadays it’s hip not to be married. But I’m not interested in being hip.” [<a
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Now that’s a different Lennon from the popular idea of him most of us have held up to now. In that interview, he disavows the socialist “imagine no possessions”, calls evolution “absolute garbage”, and talked up how much it meant to him to be officially married with Ono, and how his family came first before his fans or other things.

Not finished yet! Next we find reasons to think maybe “Lennon was a closet Republican” who supported Reagan. From the Toronto Sun:

Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 to Lennon’s death at the end of 1980 and he reveals the former Beatle was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self.

In new documentary Beatles Stories, Seaman tells filmmaker Seth Swirsky Lennon wasn’t the peace-loving militant fans thought he was while he was his assistant.

He says, “John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on (Democrat) Jimmy Carter.

“He’d met Reagan back, I think, in the 70s at some sporting event… Reagan was the guy who had ordered the National Guard, I believe, to go after the young (peace) demonstrators in Berkeley, so I think that John maybe forgot about that… He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me.

“I also saw John embark in some really brutal arguments with my uncle, who’s an old-time communist… He enjoyed really provoking my uncle… Maybe he was being provocative… but it was pretty obvious to me he had moved away from his earlier radicalism.

“He was a very different person back in 1979 and 80 than he’d been when he wrote Imagine. By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy’s naivete.”

Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 to Lennon’s death at the end of 1980 and he reveals the former Beatle was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self.

In new documentary Beatles Stories, Seaman tells filmmaker Seth Swirsky Lennon wasn’t the peace-loving militant fans thought he was while he was his assistant.

He says, “John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on (Democrat) Jimmy Carter.

“He’d met Reagan back, I think, in the 70s at some sporting event… Reagan was the guy who had ordered the National Guard, I believe, to go after the young (peace) demonstrators in Berkeley, so I think that John maybe forgot about that… He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me.

“I also saw John embark in some really brutal arguments with my uncle, who’s an old-time communist… He enjoyed really provoking my uncle… Maybe he was being provocative… but it was pretty obvious to me he had moved away from his earlier radicalism.

“He was a very different person back in 1979 and 80 than he’d been when he wrote Imagine. By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy’s naivete.”

That’s John Lennon.

ELVIS PRESLEY

Rick Stanley says that his half-brother Elvis Presley told him about Bible-believing Christians:
‘Ricky, those are the people who care.’ Then eight hours later, he passed away.”
http://www.tvilletimes.com/view/full_story/9510356/article-Local-church-to-welcome-
minister–Elvis%E2%80%99-brother

After his brother’s death, Stanley filled with anger – anger at the God he had almost accepted and angry at everyone else. When Moye approached her friend at Elvis’ funeral, Stanley told her he didn’t want to hear another word about God, that he was mad at him.

“She didn’t even bat an eye,” Stanley said. “She said he can handle it.”
Read more: Thomasville Times – Local church to welcome minister Elvis’ brother

According to this next blog, his brother says Elvis Presley “recommitted his life to Christ” shortly before he died. One of his brothers said when they found him, there were two books open in front of him: The Bible, and a book about the scientific evidence for the Shroud of Turin.

Elvis had another step-brother, Rick Stanley, who today is a Baptist Evangelist that has spoken in over 4,000 churches. Rick Stanley has written a book, Caught in the Trap where he highlights many of the spiritual events and struggles in Elvis’ life. Stanley recalls when Elvis was in Las Vegas, he asked Evangelist Rex Humbard and his wife to be backstage with him. Elvis dedicated “How Great Thou Art” to Humbard that night. It was then that Elvis knelt down to pray with Humbard and recommitted his life to Christ. Elvis was talking about Jesus being the Truth the night before he died. It was Rex Humbard that conducted Elvis’ funeral.

What’s amazing is that these testimonies about Elvis are so ignored.

JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY

Billy Graham wrote in his autobiography about a prayer breakfast at the White House a few short days before John F. Kennedy’s trip to Dallas.

In it, he relates how Kennedy walked him to his car, and seemed troubled and pleaded with him to stay and talk for awhile.

Some people who have left one of Secret Societies that JFK had been one of their members and was killed because he had become a Christian.

That would be one of the reasons that he had issued an executive order(s) to issue US Treasury Notes, begin circulating silver certificate dollars, and so start a process freeing the nation from the false balance of fiat currency and from the Federal Reserve monetary system.

The movie made by Oliver Stone about JFK left out some very important details. Like Kennedy’s orders changing the currency.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Abraham Lincoln was known as an agnostic in most of his adulthood.

But when his son Todd died, he was devastated, but saw hope to see him again when a minister and friend spoke to him about heaven. He reported this conversation later.

At the time he was shot in the Ford Theater, he had already promised to give his conversion testimony at the next Sunday service, and he was telling his wife excitedly that they would visit the Holy Land during the next year when the shot rang out.

‘Gay’ case puts speech in category with torture

March 25, 2012
Lira, Uganda.

Lira, Uganda. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Gay’ case puts speech in category with torture:
http://www.wnd.com/2012/03/new-gay-case-puts-speech-in-category-with-torture/?cat_orig=world

One of the nation’s leading legal organizations is defending an evangelical pastor who was sued over his speech by a foreign group under a law that usually is used to target torture, genocide, war crimes and summary executions.

“This lawsuit against Rev. Scott Lively is a gross attempt to use a vague international law to silence, and eventually criminalize, speech by U.S. citizens on homosexuality and moral issues,” said Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.

Liberty Counsel will represent Lively in the case brought in federal court in Massachusetts by a foreign group called Sexual Minorities of Uganda.

The premise for the lawsuit is the Alien Tort Statute, which provides a cause of action for violations of international laws that are “specific, universal, and obligatory.”

This is the danger from the push by some rich and powerful interests to merge the United States into a new world imperial dictatorship.

Liberty Counsel said the case against Lively “is an example of why the ATS should not be used to allow a foreigner to file suit against a U.S. citizen in the United States, claiming a violation of some vague international norm allegedly committed in the foreigner’s home country.”

Freedom is in enough danger from dictatorial forces here in the USA without piling on with anybody in other countries that gets offended by what a preachers says from a pulpit!

Many, a great many, of people that voted for Obama in 2008 are fed up, disgusted. The way he nationalized the medical industry against the obvious demand from Americans to stop it, caused a great many defections. Then the (under-reported) way he stole what was due from the auto industry creditors with the heavy-handed interference in bankruptcy court and threats of federal actions, cost them more.

Then a lot of people protested at the approval of the NDAA and its blatantly unconstitutional violations of various provisions of the Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights.

Christian church in Iran is ‘explosive’

March 25, 2012

See where Christian church growth is ‘explosive’:
http://www.wnd.com/2012/03/see-where-christian-church-growth-called-explosive/

One of the world’s premiere organizations for spreading the message of the Bible in restricted nations says the underground Christian church in Iran is experiencing “explosive” growth.

“Forty years ago an estimated 200 Muslim Background Believers were living in Iran,” says a new report from Open Doors USA. “Today the estimation is 370,000 MBBs.”

Persecution will cause growth in the numbers of Iranian Christians.

Iranians have been watching the case of Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. It looks like the rulers of Iran saw themselves backed into a corner and they felt they had to execute him because they thought leaving him alive would weaken their control.

Paul said ” For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.” (2 Corinthians 13:8)

Zechariah 2:8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.

 

President Obama: Afraid to Defend the Medical Industry Takeover, Makes Scary Movies Instead

March 25, 2012

Style vs. Substance: President Obama Sells Movies Not Solutions on Healthcare | American Action Forum:
http://americanactionforum.org/topic/style-vs-substance-president-obama-sells-movies-not-solutions-healthcare

The first film in that series features a family that has a daughter with an expensive medical condition, and shows the mother’s voice breaking up while she’s saying, “I can’t understand, how anybody would want to take that away from us.”

This is an outrageous thing, propaganda to scare people out of repealing this oppressive socialism-inspired law that nationalizes the medical industry in a Machievellan collaboration between monstrously giant pharmaceutical companies and politicians who think government can cure any ill.

It is a false promise that some people will find out after it hits full force. It’s a hurricane with a thousand tornados that are going to appear by surprise. It will be a surprise to families that think this is a good thing when they find out that doctors are massively abandoning the practice, squeezed out by bigger predators than the ones they think they’re being rescued from.

Pick any one family that gets a freebie for some need, and it’s “how could you take this away from us?”

The question the American people should ask, and they are asking, is “How can you rob so much of the people’s economic prosperity engine, the goose that laid the golden eggs in times past, to make sure there is less health care than ever in the United States of America?”

Because make no mistake: The harm to the people’s health will be a thousand times worse when this bill comes into effect.

The present system presents a way, albeit another pyrrhic solution, already for that family that would have much better future than this Unaffordable Health Care Act, because in most states, if that man “loses” his job or moves out, the mother is then single and if she doesn’t have a job she gets food stamps, a welfare check, and all the Medicaid she could ever use.

But wait. Oh yeah, they cut the budget for Medicare and I think Medicaid too in this bill. Heck, we’ve had this bill in in public now from the day they supposedly passed it into unconstitutional law, and WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT’S IN IT, and the HHC still TODAY (March 25, 2012) does not even have a great many of the rules ready so employers, insurers, and medical concerns in general still have not been able to begin calculating the effect.

But never mind, there is a plan as announced from even before the 2008 campaign, to move the thing to their end point of one national health care system anyway, aka “single payer”.

There is no way they can handle this as a one-size fits all solution directed from the insulated castles of the District of Columbia, so protected they are from the peasants by this moat of central command authority and such a voracious appetite for taxation and the printing presses of the Fed that beat out all the counterfeiters of all the ages for its huge worldwide reach.