If you support our national security issues, you may love and appreciate the United States of America, our Constitution with its’ freedoms, and our American flag.
If you support and practice our fiscal issues, you may value worldly possessions.
If you support and value our social issues, you may love Judeo-Christian values.
If you support and practice all these values, that is all good; an insignia of “Wisdom” . - Oscar Y. Harward
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Promoting "God's Holy Values and American Freedoms"!
All you have got to do is plant that seed in your mind, care for it, work steadily toward your goal, and it will become a reality. -- Earl Nightingale
Recognizing More Than Just Stars
Think recognition should be reserved for top-notch workers who go “above and beyond the call of duty”? If so, there’s a good chance you’re missing opportunities to positively interact with the mainstream employees who are the backbone your organization’s success (not to mention your success as a leader). These are the people who, day-in-day-out, meet expectations without doing the outstanding things that attract attention. As a result, they are often overlooked and taken for granted.
Sure, it’s easy to ignore these folks. After all, they’re just doing their jobs … just doing what they’re paid to do. But think about what would happen if they didn’t. Would you be able to get the results you want
and need? Would the superior members of your team be able to do outstanding things without the support of the “backbone”? Probably not! Therefore, it’s critical to appreciate and recognize those who maintain good, solid performance over time. Pay attention to these people. Support them. Coach them. Be accessible when they need you. THANK THEM!
It’s often the small things you do that make a big difference in building people up to become even better performers. And that goes double for team members who have performance problems. Sometimes, leaders assume that employees with performance deficiencies in one area should not be recognized when they do other things right. That’s a big mistake! Even people with problems are doing some things right. And each time they do provides you an opportunity to build their confidence and reinforce what they’ve done well. You see, bad work does NOT cancel out good work. They are separate actions that should be dealt with separately – and appropriately. Do that and you’ll prove that you care about total performance … about helping everyone become the best they can be.
"Daily Devotions" (KJV and/or NLT)
"...whenever troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy." (James 1:2)
Have you ever looked upon trouble as a time for joy? This is not foolishness but the deepest kind of wisdom. This joyful perspective is the very key to persevering and growing in wisdom during times of affliction.
It has been said that we as Christians are like tea bags: we are not much good until we have gone through a bit of hot water. When the temperature rises, we learn something about ourselves and about God. We find out that we need a little seasoning, and that He is steadfast and faithful in our trials. Can you trust God? I must tell you that you can, but your faith will never be real until you are forced, through circumstances, to place all your trust in Him.
When I was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and told there was no hope of recovery God filled me with His peace. In fact, after I received the news that the world would consider terrible God actually gave me some of the greatest opportunities I have ever encountered. I had more time to devote to writing books and to numerous video projects that I could not have done in my previous busy schedule.
Our loving God is so creative and resourceful. Where we see limitations, He sees unlimited opportunity. He finds great joy in bringing the greatest miracles from the harshest conditions.
"The Patriot Post"
"Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom." -- John Adams
This Week's 'Alpha Jackass' Award
"So much of the debate about President Obama has been politicized in an effort by some to delegitimize his presidency. This is clearly much ado about nothing. We're talking about the president of the United States speaking to school kids. Why wouldn't schools want this to happen? That's why our kids are so dumb today, because they don't want to have basic common sense in the classroom." -- CNBC contributor Keith Boykin, trying to de-link the upcoming Obama Big Brother speech to school children from good ol' American horse sense
Gore Invented It ... Will Obama Control It?
Or at least Al Gore said he did. Al Gore - Date of Birth: 31 March 1948 - Internet invention started in 1959; invented by the US Dept. of Defense in 1969. - oyh
A bill pending in the Senate has aroused controversy from civil liberties groups who say the prospect of government control of the Internet in case of a "national emergency" leaves the door open for blatant political shenanigans. S. 773 was heavily revised after its introduction earlier this year but remains vague on what would constitute a "cybersecurity emergency," where private computers could be forcibly disconnected from the Internet by none other than Obama. A second provision allows the federal government to certify "cybersecurity professionals" who would be the only ones allowed to be "provider(s) of cybersecurity services to any Federal agency."
Should S. 773 pass, Obama would "direct the national response to the cyber threat" if necessary for "the national defense and security." Isn't this the same guy who called for his sycophants to report "fishy" health care information to firstname.lastname@example.org, all while spamming the American people? Supporters compare the power this bill gives to the president with that of George W. Bush ordering the grounding of aircraft after 9/11. One major difference: There are travel alternatives to aircraft; we have no viable substitute for the Internet.
Missile Defense Shot Down
Tuesday, Sept. 1, marked the 70th anniversary of the German invasion of Poland, which began World War II. The proximity of this grim anniversary to the Obama administration's decision to cut missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic is chilling, although American Leftmedia hardly noticed.
Buckling under pressure from Russia, our novice commander in chief agreed that any missile defense system for allies in Europe would be built in the Balkans, or maybe Israel. Forget the promise made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in July that the U.S. would offer a "security umbrella" for our allies. Forget doing what Obama promised would be most "pragmatic and cost-effective." The bad news: Obama has left two brave allies hanging before a threatening Russian bear and has damaged U.S. international credibility in the process. Iran could be less than a year from producing nuclear weapons, while Russia recently tested two new Sineva class submarine-based ICBMs. Apparently, Russia's intimidation worked. The Washington Times aptly summed up the situation: "There is no upside."
Obama Continues to Pressure Honduras
For much of his presidency, George W. Bush bore liberal attacks on basically everything he did and said. One of the most common accusations was that he was "imperialist" and that under his leadership America had become an international bully. Well, where are all those liberals now that Barack Obama and his band of merry thugs are trying to bully Honduras into returning to power a leader who violated their own constitution?
Despite steadfast refusal of Hondurans to become victims of former President Manuel Zelaya, a would-be communist dictator, the Obama administration continues to pressure them in order to curry favor with the likes of Hugo Chavez, the Castro Brothers and fellow communist Leonel Fernandez, president of the Dominican Republic. On Thursday, the Obama administration officially cut off all aid to Honduras, totaling $31 million in non-humanitarian assistance. The announcement came as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was meeting with Zelaya. "The secretary of state has made the decision, consistent with U.S. legislation, recognizing the need for strong measures in light of the continued resistance to the adoption of the San Jose Accord by the de facto regime and continuing failure to restore democratic, constitutional rule to Honduras," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said.
Article 239 of the Honduran Constitution specifically states that a president trying to extend his term forfeits his right to remain in office, and with good reason. Hugo Chavez was originally elected president of Venezuela but soon corrupted the democracy from the inside until he became dictator in 1998. So, oddly enough, with the lawful ouster of Zelaya Honduras maintained constitutional rule of law. But what does the Obama regime know about that?
Honduran Interior Minister Oscar Raul Matute wrote rather pointedly in a letter to Clinton, "Whether you wish us well or not, we will pay any price, we will bear any burden, we will take on any difficulty, we will support any friend and oppose any enemy to ensure the survival and the success of liberty and democracy in our country." Quoting from John F. Kennedy's 1961 inaugural address certainly gets the point across.
"Founders As Christians"
Father of the American Revolution, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
I . . . recommend my Soul to that Almighty Being who gave it, and my body I commit to the dust, relying upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins. -- Will of Samuel Adams
Signer of the Declaration of Independence
On the mercy of my Redeemer I rely for salvation and on His merits; not on the works I have done in obedience to His precepts. -- From an autographed letter in our possession written by Charles Carroll to Charles W. Wharton, Esq., on September 27, 1825, from Doughoragen, Maryland.
Online version easier to read? Go to www.LC.org
September 17, 2009
School Officials Cleared of Criminal Contempt Charges in Case Involving Prayer!
Today Liberty Counsel successfully cleared Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and Athletic Director Robert Freeman of criminal contempt charges that arose out of a simple blessing of a meal. The ruling came at the end of an all-day hearing in a Pensacola, Florida federal court.
The criminal contempt hearing was brought after the ACLU asked that Lay and Freeman be held in contempt for offering a prayer over a meal at a luncheon where they honored donors to an athletic Field House project.
The federal courtroom was packed with people supporting Lay and Freeman. The Pace High School students made T-shirts with the image of a potato chip that read: “Lay’s Supportive Patriots.” Busloads of people jammed the steps of the courthouse to cheer and show their support.
This case has gained national attention. Earlier this week, Congresman Randy Forbes, the Chair of the bi-partisan Congressional Prayer Caucus, Cong. Mike McIntyre, Co-Chair, and Cong. Jeff Miller, whose district includes Santa Rosa County, along with more than 60 members of the Caucus, issued a letter of support and talked about this case on the House floor. In his speech, Cong. Forbes warned that this case represents what might be coming as result of the ACLU’s agenda: “Make no mistake, there will come a day when the speaker of this house will be hauled into federal court and threatened with jail because she dares to stand at that podium where you stand tonight and ask the chaplain to start our day with prayer.”
Read our News Release for more details of this case.
Read the letter of support from Cong. Randy Forbes and other members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus.
Watch YouTube clips of Congressional speeches about this case.
Read the transcript of Cong. Forbes' speech.
Watch a YouTube clip of Cong. Forbes' speech.
Read the News Release by Cong. Randy Forbes.
Mat Staver to Appear on FOX & Friends tomorrow
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The topic will be Rifqa Bary, a 17-year-old girl from a Muslim family, who fled from Ohio to Florida for fear she would be killed because she became a Christian.
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Decision to Shelve Missile Shield Will 'Empower' Russia, Obama's Critics in Congress Say
For months, I have been suggesting President Obama would cut back on the anti-missile missile system, as he promised in his General Election 2008. This is one of the few options to finance the extreme cost of ObamaCare. President Obama is determined to force a Healthcare system onto Americans, although a majority of citizens and taxpayers disagree with. With this decision, the free world are, to again, become in danger to the likes of Russia, Iran, etc., and the random-at-large and totally loose terrorists around the world. - oyh
President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates say the move was made in large part because the latest intelligence out of Iran showed a greater threat coming from short- and medium-range missiles, and the prior plans were developed with long-range, intercontinental ballistic missiles in mind. Critics disagree.
Obama Defends Decision to Shelve European Missile Shield
President Obama's decision to scrap former President George W. Bush's plans for a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe came under harsh criticism Thursday from some members of Congress who, invoking Cold War memories, warned that the move would only "empower" Russia at the expense of U.S. allies.
The Obama administration said its decision had nothing to do with Russia and everything to do with Iran. The president and Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the move was made in large part because the latest intelligence out of Iran shows a greater threat coming from short- and medium-range missiles, and the old plans were developed with long-range, intercontinental ballistic missiles in mind.
But officials in the U.S. and other countries have been warning that Iran is making headway in developing long-range missiles and a nuclear weapon, leading Obama's critics to accuse him of simply caving to Russia, which had been irritated by Bush's proposal to build the defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic.
"It will empower the Russians and it will scare the crap out of the Poles, Czechs, Ukranians and Georgians. It is a huge mistake," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on FOX News Radio.
Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., called Obama's decision "dangerous and short-sighted" in a written statement.
"Not only does this decision leave America vulnerable to the growing Iranian long-range missile threat, it also turns back the clock to the days of the Cold War, when Eastern Europe was considered the domain of Russia.
"This will be a bitter disappointment, indeed, even a warning to the people of Eastern Europe," Kyl said. "The message the administration sends today is clear: the United States will not stand behind its friends and views 're-setting' relations with Russia more important."
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., warned that the decision to scale back in Eastern Europe comes at a time when those nations are "increasingly wary of renewed Russian adventurism."
"Given the strong and enduring relationships we have forged with the region's nations since the end of the Cold War, we should not, I believe, take steps backward in strengthening these ties," McCain said.
"Scrapping the U.S. missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic does little more than empower Russia and Iran at the expense of our allies in Europe," House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said.
Some critics doubted the administration's claim that intelligence shows the nature of the Iranian threat has changed.
Iran launched a satellite into space in February, a move that suggests the nation is making progress on long-range technology. The country also fired a mid-range rocket in May. And officials have warned repeatedly that Iran is developing technology that will allow it to build a nuclear weapon.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that, according to a secret report, officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency found Iran has the capacity to make a nuclear bomb and is developing a missile system to carry one.
Washington's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency warned just one week ago that Iran "is now either very near or in possession" of enough material to make a nuclear weapon.
And a U.S. State Department official in February called the satellite launch a development which "establishes the technical basis from which Iran could develop long-range ballistic missile systems."
"History is not kind to leaders who sacrifice our Polish allies," Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said Thursday. "Iran, a state sponsor of terrorists, now makes the longest-range missile of the terrorist world."
Jiri Pere, a longtime aide to former Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel, told FOX News that Havel and other Czech politicians are "let down" by the apparent decision to scrap the shield program. The general public may be less disappointed, as polls show as much as 80 percent of the Czech population opposes a U.S. shield system in their country.
Pere said that while the stated objective of the shield was to protect the West from the Iranian threat, the "unspoken message" was to fend off Russian aggression.
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell denied the claim that the decision was made with Russia in mind.
"This improvement to the system has nothing to do with Russia and everything to do with Iran," he said.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called the accusations that the U.S. was sacrificing security "unfounded criticism."
"Those who say we are scrapping missile defense in Europe are either misinformed or misrepresenting the reality of what we are doing," Gates said.
He said the new system will allow for a "distributed sensor network" as opposed to a "single fixed site."
Speaking from the Pentagon, he said missile interceptors can be deployed in northern and southern Europe as well as on ships. He said a second phase could lead Eastern Europe to house missiles.
Some prominent Senate Democrats came out in defense of the president's decision Thursday.
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., called it a "sound choice."
"Iran already has many hundreds of short- and medium-range missiles, and has been adding more, but will not have long-range missiles for years to come," Levin said in a statement.
House Votes to Defund ACORN
WASHINGTON -- The House has voted to deny all federal funding for ACORN, the community organizing group that has been caught up in several scandals.
The House action came several days after the Senate took a similar vote to block the Housing and Urban Development Department from giving grants to ACORN.
Republicans, long critics of the liberal-leaning group that advocates for the poor, led the effort to cut off all federal funds.
California Republican Darrell Issa, who sponsored the measure in the House, says the "scandal surrounding the criminal activities of ACORN have called into question their role in all aspects of government."
The vote, on a provision attached to a student aid bill, was 345-75. All 75 no votes were Democrats.
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HEALTHCARE BILLS?
Well, I have done it! I have read the entire text of proposed House Bill 3200: The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009. I studied it with particular emphasis from my area of expertise, constitutional law. I was frankly concerned that parts of the proposed law that were being discussed might be unconstitutional. What I found was far worse than what I had heard or expected.
To begin with, much of what has been said about the law and its implications is in fact true, despite what the Democrats and the media are saying. The law does provide for rationing of health care, particularly where senior citizens and other classes of citizens are involved, free health care for illegal immigrants, free abortion services, and probably forced participation in abortions by members of
the medical profession.
The Bill will also eventually force private insurance companies out of business and put everyone into a government run system. All decisions about personal health care will ultimately be made by federal bureaucrats and most of them will not be health care professionals. Hospital admissions, payments to physicians, and allocations of necessary medical devices will be strictly controlled.
However, as scary as all of that it, it just scratches the surface. In fact, I have concluded that this legislation really has no intention
of providing affordable health care choices. Instead it is a convenient cover for the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that has ever occurred, or even been contemplated. If this law or a similar one is adopted, major portions
of the Constitution of the United States will effectively have been destroyed.
The first thing to go will be the masterfully crafted balance of power between the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the U.S. Government. The Congress will be transferring to the Obama Administration authority in a number of different areas over the lives of the American people and the businesses they own. The irony is that the Congress doesn't have any authority to legislate in most of those areas to begin with. I defy anyone to read the text of the U.S. Constitution and find any authority granted to the members of Congress to regulate health care.
This legislation also provides for access by the appointees of the Obama administration of all of your personal healthcare information,
your personal financial information, and the information of your employer, physician, and hospital. All of this is a direct violation
of the specific provisions of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures. You can also forget about the right to privacy. That will have been legislated into oblivion regardless of what the 3rd and 4th Amendments may provide.
If you decide not to have healthcare insurance or if you have private insurance that is not deemed "acceptable" to the "Health Choices
Administrator" appointed by Obama there will be a tax imposed on you. It is called a "tax" instead of a fine because of the intent to avoid application of the due process clause of the 5th Amendment. However, that doesn't work because since there is nothing in the law that allows you to contest or appeal the imposition of the tax, it is definitely depriving someone of property without the "due process of law.
So, there are three of those pesky amendments that the far left hate so much out the original ten in the Bill of Rights that are effectively nullified by this law. It doesn't stop there though. The 9th Amendment that provides: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people;" The 10th Amendment states: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are preserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Under the provisions of this piece of Congressional handiwork neither the people nor the states are going to have any rights or powers at all in many areas that once were theirs to control.
I could write many more pages about this legislation, but I think you get the idea. This is not about health care; it is about seizing power and limiting rights. Article 6 of the Constitution requires the members of both houses of Congress to "be bound by oath or affirmation" to support the Constitution. If I was a member of Congress I would not be able to vote for this legislation or anything like it without feeling I was violating that sacred oath or affirmation. If I voted for it anyway I would hope the American people would hold me accountable.
For those who might doubt the nature of this threat I suggest they consult the source. Here is a link to the constitution: Link
And another to the Bill of Rights: Link;
There you can see exactly what we are about to have taken from us.
Retired attorney, Constitutional Law Instructor
0'Bama's majic: Turning trillions to billions and billions to millions.
Forget thousands! They no longer count!
Former Blagojevich spokeswoman Jackson formally enters Democratic U.S. Senate contest
Cheryle Robinson Jackson, the former head of the Chicago Urban League and a former spokeswoman for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich, formally entered the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate today and vowed to promote economic development initiatives to overcome the recession.
“This is why I am running for the United States Senate of this great state of Illinois: To fight for our families and to help our communities all around the state of Illinois prosper particularly at a time of such tough economic declines,” Jackson, who stepped down from her Urban League post to run, said at a Far South Side market and bakery.
“The people of Illinois deserve an honest, independent broker and a bold advocate in Congress who is a problem solver and not another politician,” she said.
Jackson, the lone woman to formally declare for the Democratic Senate nomination, said she would promote women’s issues, including abortion rights and equal pay concerns. She stopped short of saying women should vote for her because of her gender, but said “it is important to have a lot of perspectives at the table.”
Jackson also is the lone African-American contender in the Feb. 2 primary election, which includes state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, former Chicago city inspector general David Hoffman and attorney Jacob Meister. But Jackson said that racial considerations, or who was in or out of the contest, was never a consideration.
On the issues, Jackson said she opposed any efforts to increase taxes on the middle class.
“Now is the time for government to step up and see how to stimulate and support and drive growth from Wall Street right on down to Main Street,” she said. “I want to be the senator for economic growth.”
But Jackson said she agreed with Illinois' two current senators who were among a handful of senators who voted against a proposal to strip the controversial community organizing group ACORN of federal funding. Members of the group, which came under fire during the 2008 presidential campaign for improper voter registration, have been highlighted in recent videos providing advice on tax strategy for prostitution as part of a conservative documentary.
Jackson said an investigation of ACORN would be proper, but said she did not think the whole organization should be penalized by losing federal funding.
Jackson was Blagojevich’s chief spokeswoman and communications director until she left before he began his second term, saying she did not like the direction he was taking the governor's office. A staunch defender of Blagojevich as he faced investigations and allegations of wrongdoing, Jackson said voters should focus on her more recent work at the Urban League.
Noting the Urban League’s civil rights lawsuit against the state over its system of funding public schools and her opposition to Blagojevich’s call for a gross receipts tax on business, Jackson said she had “long since turned the page” on the former governor.
Senate candidates in both political parties have used the theme of reform following the Blagojevich era as a campaign theme, particularly since the former governor has been indicted on federal corruption charges that include allegedly trying to see the Senate seat, which was left vacant when Barack Obama became president.
Her announcement came only hours after the indicted former governor attended the funeral of his top fundraiser, Chris Kelly, who committed suicide shortly before he was scheduled to go to federal prison on tax and kickback-related charges.
Among Jackson's defenses of Blagojevich was her 2005 criticism of his father-in-law, Ald. Richard Mell (33d) who alleged the then-governor was trading appointments to state boards and commissions in exchange for campaign contributions. Mell’s allegations led to investigations by state prosecutors, but he recanted when faced with a potential lawsuit from Kelly.
“All of this is the result of one man's pathological behavior," Jackson said of Mell in a statement she issued at the time.
"Since taking office, the governor has been focused on helping people and will remain focused on helping people. With that said, we welcome the investigation and we are confident that the allegations will once again be proven false," she said then.
Jesse Jackson's Newest Staff Member
Jesse Jackson's Newest Staff Member
You can't make up stuff better than this!
Isn't politics grand? Jesse Jackson's Newest Staff Member is Mel Reynolds
Jesse Jackson has added former Chicago Democrat Congressman Mel to Rainbow/PUSH Coalition's payroll.
Reynolds was among the 176 criminals excused in President Clinton's last-minute forgiveness spree.
Reynolds received a commutation of his six-and-a-half-year federal sentence for 15 convictions of wire fraud, bank fraud, and lies to the Federal Election commission. He is more notorious, however, for concurrently serving five years for sleeping with an underage campaign volunteer.
This is a first in American politics:
An ex-congressman who had sex with a subordinate... won clemency from a president who had sex with a subordinate...
then was hired by a clergyman who had sex with a subordinate!
His new job?
Ready for this??
***** YOUTH COUNSELOR ***** IS THIS A GREAT COUNTRY OR WHAT?
Voter intimidation case still a mystery
Jim Brown - OneNewsNow
A former member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) says the Obama Justice Department has still yet to adequately explain its decision to dump a highly publicized voter intimidation case involving the New Black Panther Party.
The Washington Times is reporting that the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has launched an investigation into the dismissal of voter intimidation charges against the New Black Panther Party.
In January, the Justice Department filed a complaint accusing two New Black Panthers of engaging in "coercion, threats, and intimidation, racial threats and insults, menacing and intimidating gestures, and movements directed at individuals who were present to vote" at a Philadelphia polling place in November. A third Black Panther was accused of directing the behavior. The Times has reported that the number-three man at Justice, Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli, okayed the dismissal of the case.
Hans van Spakovsky, a visiting legal scholar at The Heritage Foundation and a former member of the FEC, says the OPR investigation is a smoke-and-mirrors play by the Justice Department.
"Given the past performance of that office, I don't believe they can be trusted to do a fair and objective investigation," he contends. "Also, they are simply looking at ethics issues. That doesn't answer the kind of questions that, for example, the Civil Rights Commission asked about what the standards are for filing and pursuing voter intimidation cases."
Von Spakovsky says there was no good reason for the Justice Department to tell the U.S. Civil Rights Commission that it would not cooperate and provide any of the documents and testimony the Commission requested.
Judge: Ky. can't legislate dependence on God
By JANET CAPPIELLO BLAKE
Associated Press Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- It is one thing to trust in God, but quite another to be ordered to rely on protection from above during national emergencies, a judge has ruled.
Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate said in Wednesday's decision that references to a dependence on "Almighty God" in the law that created the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security is akin to establishing a religion, which the government is prohibited from doing in the U.S. and Kentucky constitutions. Ten Kentucky residents and a national atheist group sued to have the reference stricken.
"It is breathtakingly unconstitutional," said Edwin Kagin, national legal director for American Atheists Inc. in Union, "and Judge Wingate goes to great detail as to why it is."
The judge wrote in the 18-page ruling: "The statute pronounces very plainly that current citizens of the Commonwealth cannot be safe, neither now, nor in the future, without the aid of Almighty God. Even assuming that most of this nation's citizens have historically depended upon God, by choice, for their protection, this does not give the General Assembly the right to force citizens to do so now."
The language in the 2006 legislation had been inserted by state Rep. Tom Riner, D-Louisville, a pastor of Christ is King Baptist Church in Louisville.
Riner said he planned to ask Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway to seek a reconsideration of the order. Conway has 10 days to do that, and 30 days to appeal.
"They make the argument ... that it has to do with a religion," Riner said, "and promoting a religion. God is not a religion. God is God."
A spokeswoman for Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says he has not yet decided whether to appeal.
The state Office of Homeland Security was created in response to the Sept. 11 attacks, Wingate said in the order, and two amendments added to the statute creating the office were at issue.
One required that training materials include information that the General Assembly stressed a "dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth." The other required a plaque to be placed at the entrance to the state's Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort that said, in part, "the safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God."
Wingate noted in the order that there are 32 references to God or Almighty God in state statutes and the state constitution.
But the reference in the homeland security law "places an affirmative duty to rely on Almighty God for the protection of the Commonwealth," Wingate wrote. "This makes the statute exceptional among thousands of others, and therefore, unconstitutional."
Riner said he was not willing to consider rewording the phrases to make them pass muster.
"This is no small matter, the understanding that God is real," he said. "There are real benefits to acknowledging Him. There was not a single founder or framer of the Constitution who didn't believe that."
HOW CAN A WOMAN NOT LOVE THE LORD?
© He is a gentleman,
© He is confident
© He is a provider and protector
© He is rich and powerful
© He owns everything; there is nothing He wouldn't do for me
© He perfects all things concerning me
© He anticipates my wants and needs
© Every day He tells me and shows me how much He loves me
© I don't have to perform in order to earn His love
© He keeps all of his promises
© No one can influence His opinion of me
© He is the ultimate intimate partner
© He can't 'disown' me because I am a part of Him
© He prepares a table before me (Selah)
© He covers me and doesn't expose me
© He wrote His loving words down so that I'll never forget how He feels
NOW THAT'S LOVE!!!
Any man, who wants pointers on how to love a woman, should study GOD!
Wake up every day and thank God for being the best 'man' in your life!
Each and everyone one of us is going through tough times right now, but
God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can.
Keep the faith!
NOTE: The following instructions are strictly optional. I do not like to send emails that request you send to a certain number of people. If you want to send it, please do. If you want to pray the prayer, please do. But only if you want to. Dawn
My instructions were to pick people that I wanted God to bless, and I
picked you. Please pass this to at least four people you want to be
blessed. This prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we
receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let's continue to pray
for one another.
Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and those I care deeply
for, who are reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of your
love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask you to minister to their spirit at
this very moment.
Where there is pain, give them your peace and mercy.
Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through your
Where there is a need, I ask you to fulfill their needs.
Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings.
In Jesus' precious name, Amen.
(If the Lord lies upon your heart to send this to more than four people,
you are truly blessed).
2010 U.S. Census
The IRS is providing the following information to alert taxpayers on being careful when dealing with those claiming to be a census taker.
2010 U.S. Census Cautions to avoid Fraud or Identity Theft
With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data. The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice:
A. If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your home.
B. Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census. While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, it will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers nor will employees solicit donations.
Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home. However, they will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census. Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.
For more advice on avoiding identity theft and fraud, visit www.bbb.org.
"The e-mail Bag"
Another Difference between Republicans and Democrats
This is Maria, SC Republican Governor Mark Sanford's mistress.
This is Golan, NJ Democrat Governor Jim Mc Greevey's mistress.
FRENCH BUBBLE GUM
An American is having breakfast, in Paris, one morning (coffee, croissants, bread, butter and jam) when a Frenchman, chewing bubble-gum, sits down next to him. The American ignores the Frenchman who, nevertheless, starts a conversation.
Frenchman: "You American folk eat the whole bread??"
American (in a bad mood): "Of course."
Frenchman: (after blowing a huge bubble) "We don't. In France , we only eat what's inside. The crusts we collect in a container, recycle it, transform them into croissants and sell them to the states." The Frenchman has a smirk on his face.
The American listens in silence.
The Frenchman persists: "Do you eat jelly with the bread??"
American: "Of Course.."
Frenchman: (cracking his bubble-gum between his teeth and chuckling).
"We don't. In France we eat fresh fruit for breakfast, then we put all the peels, seeds, and leftovers in containers, recycle them, transform them into jam, and sell the jam to the states."
After a moment of silence, The American then asks: "Do you have sex in France?"
Frenchman: "Why of course we do", he says with a big smirk..
American: "And what do you do with the condoms once you've used them?"
Frenchman: "We throw them away, of course."
American: "We don't. In America , we put them in a container, recycle them, melt them down into bubble-gum, and sell them to France ..."