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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Sunday, February 27, 2011
An analogy to the 1952 words by the late Hank Williams’ “Your Cheating Heart” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS4LCoh0VGQ,
“Your cheatin' heart will make you weep.
You'll cry and cry and try to sleep.
But sleep won't come the whole night through.
Your cheatin' heart will tell on you”.
President Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats continue to discredit the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party. Most American taxpayers continue to be disturbed with Capitol Hill Democrats and their out-of-control taxpayers’ spending. As for the radical Democrat Party, there seems to be no end to their spending.
President Obama and radical left-wing Democrat Party members have left our nation, states, and even our communities into the gravest debt ever. Now, they want the taxpayers to bailout the states, the communities, and the Labor Unions. Are President Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats willing to push our nation into a “bankruptcy”?
For radical left-wing Democrats, if you can’t win in open and free elections, their answer is to obstruct justice. You must understand that radical Democrats believe it is OK to obstruct, lie, cheat, say anything, or do anything in an effort to win their positions, regardless of whether it is dishonest, unethical, immoral or even illegal.
Even Democrat Party legislators reject our system as a Republic when they lose in elections. Left-wing “Radicalism”! That is what Americans are witnessing on the ugly side of the Democrat Party after losing elections.
Democrat Party members are following President Obama and his administration in misleading Americans in an effort to shift our nation away from our Constitution, US Code, and our fiscal and social Judeo-Christian values. They seem to disobey laws as they see fit, regardless of our Constitution and US Code.
As Hank said, “Your cheatin' heart will tell on you”.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Here we go again. President Obama has decided to take his own personal political decision to ignore our Holy Bible and US Code on Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This legislation passed the US House on July 12, 1996 with a vote of 342-Yes to 67-No http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1996/roll316.xml. The US Senate vote passed with a vote of 85-Yes to 14 No http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=104&session=2&vote=00280. President Bill Clinton signed the legislation into law on September 21, 1996.
During the November 8, 2008 General Election, and after video evidence, the Bush Administration’s Justice Department filed charges against Black Panthers in Pennsylvania for intimidating members of the electorate attempting to vote. The US Justice Department won the case by default. Suddenly, and even with an automatic win and with no explanation, AG Holder dismissed the case.
AG Holder has decided to discontinue the prosecution against USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashis who killed 17 Americans and injured 39 others.
Arizona’s General Assembly passed a new law, SB1070, on illegal immigration for the purpose of controlling out-of-control criminal activity associated with illegal immigration. ICE Director John Morton refuses to uphold the law to deport illegal immigrants as required by Arizona law and US Code. AG Holder filed a lawsuit against Arizona although SB1070 was in compliance with our Constitution, Article X. A US District Judge upheld parts of the Arizona law SB1070. President Obama appealed the US District Court case to the United Nations. Obama is now governing under the UN as if the UN is superior to America’s state and federal judiciary?
Now AG Holder is suing Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio who is upholding the Arizona laws and US Code.
Under this administration, General Motors filed Chapter 11 in US Bankruptcy Court and in support of the United Auto Workers (UAW). GM was bailed out at taxpayers’ expense even though UAW employees, with benefits, exceeded upwards of $150,000 annually.
For all purposes, and as reported, President Obama fired Bank of America’s CEO. In a free and open economy, private enterprise thrives or dies. Presidents do not order, without a Court’s order, the firings of CEO’s in a private business.
President Obama and the Capitol Hill Democrats continue to discredit the Taxes Enough Already (TEA) Party. Most American taxpayers continue to be upset at the out-of-control taxpayers’ spending. Are President Obama and the Capitol Hill Democrats willing to push our national debt into a total American bankruptcy?
President Obama and/or members of his administration are misleading Americans as he shifts our nation away from our Constitution, US Code, and our fiscal and social Judeo-Christian values. President Obama and his administration seem to obey laws as they see fit, regardless of our Constitution and US Code.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Restoring Constitutional freedoms and Judeo-Christian values are critical for (y)our United States of America to survive and expand our economy.
Freedom is not free! With all of us working together, America and our “Constitutional freedoms” and “Judeo-Christian values” can and will be restored.
A majority of Americans are awakening to the fact that Constitutional freedoms that include a free and open economy, Judeo-Christian values, and the protection with our national security are instrumental to our survival.
The November 2, 2010 General Election provided us all with a promising list of results with reversing the US House from radical left-wing leadership with supporting Democrat Party members to a much more common sense conservative leadership with supporting Republican Party members to stop-the-spending.
The American electorate also chose to elect more Republican Party members to the US Senate. Americans also chose Republicans to represent their views in many States’ Houses and Senates; some to provide total Republican Party control in their entire state General Assemblies.
There is still much to do. November 6, 2012 offers Americans even more conservative choices with the elections and/or re-elections of US President, US House, and thirty four (34) other members in the US Senate. 21 current US Senators are Democrats, 2 are left-wing Independents, and 10 are Republicans.
To be successful, everyone who supports Constitutional freedoms and Judeo-Christian values must be heard and/or seen. Become a doer who is willing to help restore our Constitutional freedoms and Judeo-Christian values.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
It is becoming apparent that Labor Unions are losing more support in America. Now, Labor Unions and other radical left-wing groups have turned to intimidations as practiced by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) of yesteryear.
The KKK first appeared in the South and practiced as a small group primarily following a bitter Civil War. That practice seemed to go away after some 10 to 20 years as America healed its’ wounds. The KKK reappeared in the 1920’s in a fight against Communism and any others whom KKK members believed to be attached to the Communist movement. Again, that activity seemed to decrease and/or just went away. After World War II, the KKK reappeared in a fight against the Civil Rights movement and specifically, the black community. It was after President John F. Kennedy appointed his brother, Robert Kennedy, who formed a task force made up of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigators. With that team, Robert Kennedy legally confronted the KKK. After some aggressive investigations, prosecutions, and convictions on felonious crimes, the KKK seemed to vanish in the late 1960’s and into the early 1970’s.
It appears that the intimidations have reappeared under the names of Labor Unions rather than under the names of the Ku Klux Klan. These terrorists do not wear robes, do not burn crosses, but the acts of intimidation terrors practice the same. These terrorists end up under the names as Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and others.
In May, 2010, some 500 screaming SEIU members went onto Bank of America’s General Counsel, Greg Baer’s personal property and even on his front porch terrifying his 14 year-old son who was at home alone.
In January, protestors went to the home of Dick Knapp, an executive developer of a new Walmart store in Washington, D.C.
On February 17, at 7:30 AM, some two dozen protestors swarmed onto Speaker of the House John Boehner’s personal home chanting messages. Folks, these are frightening intimidations.
These radical left-wing protestors went onto “personal property”. Where are the “main-stream’ Medias? Why are these acts of terror not the lead stories on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times, etc.? Where are President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and his FBI? If the main-stream Medias could create these accounts as conservatives intimidating liberals, there is no doubt that these stories would be the lead reports on a daily basis.
These radical left-wing protestors have decided to carry “Freedom of speech” beyond the business and political areas. These radicals are now imposing on personal properties as acts of terror. This continued activity will leave to deaths, either by the terrorists and/or the victims. It must end now!
Have we reached a time when Labor Union activities may be designated as acts of terror? Should their tax-status be re-evaluated and/or revoked? There is no room in a civil society for Labor Union activity or any other radical left-wing group(s) to deteriorate into history as the Ku Klux Klan.
Friday, February 18, 2011
As we review the economic status of today in America, we must see that Labor Unions have and are destroying our private, commercial base. Unions have made demands for additional salaries, wages, and benefits to the point that manufacturing businesses can no longer compete in the worldwide economy. This is why so many jobs, and specifically manufacturing, have left America for friendlier environments.
The largest Labor Unions left are for service workers, such as Service Employees International Union (SEIU), in government. Labor Unions have demanded too excessively as these employees now receive some 28% more salaries and benefits than equal jobs in the private sector. Additionally, Labor Unions’ demands in salaries, wages, and benefits have stretched the taxpayers’ pay checks to the limits.
From the U.S Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, “In 2010, among full-time wage and salary workers, union members had median usual weekly earnings of $917, while those who were not represented by unions had median weekly earnings of $717” http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.nr0.htm.
Even today, with our U.S. economy on the brink of bankruptcy, Labor Unions are not conceding. It is as if Labor Unions are willing to annihilate America and our economy rather than to compromise a little to save our nation.
President Obama and most Democrats on Capitol Hill and across America are intent on continuing with the out-of-control spending in support of all Labor Unions’ requests and demands. Most Republicans on Capitol Hill and across America are attempting to save America, our economy, our Constitution, and all the freedoms within.
To save America’s economy, businesses must have lower taxes, less government interference, qualified employees at competitive salaries and benefits, and be allowed to make a profit in the world economy. American businesses and taxpayers are Taxed Enough Already (TEA). With these issues resolved, America manufacturing will come back.
Over the past three to four decades, many Presidents, members on Capitol Hill, and many other states and local governments have become out-of-control big spenders. In doing so, grants have become a way of elected members to spend taxpayers’ monies and then to receive the votes for the candidates’ re-elections. A massive number of taxpayers’ grants in thousands of dollars have become millions of dollars. A massive number of grants in millions have become billions of dollars. A massive number of grants in billions have become trillions of dollars, and it goes on and on. Our U.S. treasury is near default as most of our 50 states. Now, California, the richest of the richest and many other states, are considering asking the American taxpayer to bail out their own state’s created out-of-control financial disasters.
We have reached a point where each and every American must take a look at himself/herself and decide as to whether he/she is willing to sacrifice in order for America to survive. It is a choice for you and I. Will America choose greed or liberty?
Thursday, February 17, 2011
This article continues comments I made in a previous article on current prophetic interest in Egypt. Wilbur M. Smith notes in his 1957 book Egypt in Biblical Prophecy “that there are approximately 250 verses in the Old Testament which, at the time they were uttered, were prophecies of events yet to take place. . . . Many of these prophecies have been fulfilled, of course, since the time of their utterance, e.g., the predictions of the wars of the Ptolemaic kings in Daniel 11.” Smith also notes he was surprised that on doing “a full investigation of the prophecies of the Old Testament relative to this ancient kingdom, and the future of this geographical area” that no one had done a study on the subject before him. In doing research at the New York Public Library, more than sixteen thousand items on Ancient Egypt were listed, “many of them relating to ‘Egypt and the Bible,’ yet there is not a single reference, either to articles in periodicals, or to books, to Biblical prophecies about Egypt.” Smith does not comment on why there was almost no information related to Egypt and Bible prophecy in the extant literature of his day.
Smith does offer some helpful and judicious comments on interpreting Bible prophecy. I found this statement to be one of his best:
Many attempts have been made to relate events contemporary with the writing of a given volume to certain Biblical prophecies—the fall of some government, the destruction of some famous city of the Near East, the enlargement of the boundaries of the British Empire (we perhaps will not hear too much about this in the future), etc. Many authors have lived long enough to regret some of their unjustified and strained interpretations. (7).
Mark Hitchcock, a contemporary prophecy writer, references Smith’s calculation that “there are approximately 250 verses in the Old Testament that, at the time they were given, were prophecies of events yet to take place in Egypt.” Nothing is said about any verses from the New Testament that deal with Egypt’s end-time place in prophecy. In fact, there is not a single verse in the New Testament that mentions anything about a prophetic role for any mid-eastern nation, including Israel! This means that the burden of proof is on the futurist to prove that Old Testament prophetic passages related to Egypt are (1) yet to be fulfilled in some cataclysmic end-time scenario, (2) in a post-rapture event (the seven-year Great Tribulation), or (3) in the dispensational version of the “millennium” of Revelation 20.
This does not mean that the New Testament is silent on Egypt. We learn that Joseph had been warned in a dream to escape to Egypt for sanctuary to avoid the murderous plot of Herod (Matt. 2:13–15). We’re told that this event fulfills prophecy: “And out of Egypt I called My son,” a verse that applied to national Israel (Ex. 4:22; Hosea 11:1) but now applies to Jesus (Matt. 2:15). Israel’s history with Egypt is recounted in several places in the New Testament (Acts 7:7–40; 13:17; Heb. 3:16; 8:9; 11:26–27; Jude 1:5), but nothing is said about a prophetic future for the nation. In Revelation, “the great city” Jerusalem is “mystically . . . called Sodom and Egypt,” the place where Jesus was crucified (11:8). There is nothing else about Egypt in the New Testament, not even in Revelation 20 where dispensational writer Hitchcock claims Egypt “will institute true worship of God” (Isa. 19:18–21), the “people of Egypt will go up to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts of the Lord” (Zech. 14:16–19), and “the Lord will build a highway between Egypt, Israel, and Assyria (Iraq)” (Isa. 11:15–16; 19:23–25). Read Revelation 20 and see if you can find any mention of these.
Let’s look at some of his support passages, beginning with Isaiah 11:15–16. This is not about a return of Egyptians but of captive Israelites who were residing in Egypt. The return occurred after the Babylonian captivity: “Then it will happen on that day that the Lord will again recover the second time with His hand the remnant of His people, who will remain, from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and from the islands of the sea” (11:11). When was the first time?: When God brought them “out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with great terror and with signs and wonders” (Deut. 26:8).
Dispensationalists try to argue that Israel did not return after the captivity. According to the Bible, as a remnant, they did (Ezra 9:13, 15; see Rom. 11:5). In Ezra 6:17, we read, “They offered for the dedication of this temple of God 100 bulls, 200 rams, 400 lambs, and as a sin offering for all Israel 12 male goats, corresponding to the number of the tribes of Israel” (also see 2:70; 8:35). We see further evidence that a believing remnant from the captivity from Israel returned to the land: “The sons of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem” (also see Ezra 9:1; 10:1, 5). This returning remnant was “scattered . . . in the most remote parts of the heavens” and returned to the land as God had promised, as a believing remnant. This included those Jews who resided in Egypt.
How do we explain “dry up the tongue of the Sea of Egypt . . . and there will be a highway from Assyria”? (Isa. 11:15–16). The language is no different from when God says “He will come down and tread on the high places of the earth. The mountains will melt under Him and the valleys will be split, like wax before the fire, like water poured down a steep place” (Micah 1:3–4), or when we read “EVERY RAVINE WILL BE FILLED, AND EVERY MOUNTAIN AND HILL WILL BE BROUGHT LOW” (Luke 3:5), language taken from Isaiah 40:3–4 that Luke uses under the direction of the Holy Spirit to describe the public ministry of Jesus. Compare Isaiah 40:3 with Isaiah 11:16 and the use of “highway.” Both passages use the same Hebrew word.
Can we argue that at Pentecost a highway for the gospel was open to Egypt and there were Jews still living there? Remember what we read in Acts 2:5, 9–11: “Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. . . . Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs.”
Israelites lived all over the then-known world (James 1:1), including Egypt, prior to Jesus’ ministry. In fact, a temple was built for Jews who were living in Egypt. This was years before Herod I (the Great) began his reconstruction program on the post exilic temple in 19 B.C.:
The temple at Leontopolis [about 20 miles from Memphis in Lower Egypt] was founded by Onias IV, the son of Onias III whom Antiochus IV deposed from the high-priesthood in 174 B.C. He migrated to Egypt about 161 B.C., when Alcimus was appointed high priest in Jerusalem (cf. I Macc. 7:5ff), and was welcomed by Ptolemy VI, who authorized the building of the Leontopolis temple. Here, under the Zadokite high priest, a sacrificial ritual modeled on that of Jerusalem persisted for 230 years, until it was suppressed by Vespasian [in A.D. 73, just three years after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem] (Josephus, BJ [Bellum Judaicum or The Jewish War] vii, 423–32; Ant. xiii, 62–73).
In Acts 1:8 we read how the gospel is first commissioned for Jerusalem and Judea (2–8:3), Samaria (8:4–25) and to the ends of the earth (8:26-28:1–28; Rom. 1:8; Col. 1:6, 23). To recap, Isaiah 11:16–16 was partially fulfilled when a remnant of Israelites returned from their bondage under Assyria and Babylon. It was later given a greater fulfillment when a highway for the gospel was opened for the world “with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Isa. 52:7; Eph. 6:15), including Egypt (Rom. 1:8; 10:18; 16:25–28; Col. 1:6, 23; 1 Thess. 1:8; 1 Tim. 3:16).
Isaiah 19:16–25 has been interpreted in various ways over the centuries. Edward J. Young does a good job describing the various viable and popular ones in the second volume of his three-volume commentary on Isaiah. “Highway” language is used again (19:23). Some take this as a literal highway. As we’ve seen, it’s most unlikely that an actual physical is in view. I suspect that prophecy writers might want to see it as the “information highway” since Twitter and Google played a large part in energizing the population of Egypt to change the government in Egypt. Again, contextually and textually, a highway has more to do with access that an actual road (e.g., Isa. 35:8; 40:3; Jer. 18:15). Young writes: “The fulfillment of this promise, therefore, is Messianic” (The Book of Isaiah, Vol. 2, page 47). We learn from Paul in Ephesians, beginning with a quotation from Isaiah 57:19:
“And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit” (Eph. 2:17–22).
Is Isaiah describing a greater fulfillment sometime in our future? There are many who believe so. Walter C. Kaiser is one of them as his comments on the “present crisis” demonstrate:
So, I expect a cruel leader to come out of this revolt some time, but God will replace him with a “Deliverer” for the Egyptians. In the meantime, Revival will break out all over Egypt with five cities experiencing unusual blessing of God – so much so that a tourist’s memorial is set up to remind all who come to that country in days to come of the great work of God in their midst. None of this has as yet taken place, but what a day it will be when it occurs.
There is no mention of an antichrist, “rapture,” Great Tribulation, the slaughter of millions of Jews, and a global Armageddon. He actually sounds a lot like a postmillennialist. Of course, he could be downplaying his true premillennial beliefs. But there are other interpretations of Isaiah 19 that put its fulfillment in the distant past.
So far we’ve looked at passages that describe blessings for Israel (Isa. 11) and Egypt (Isa. 19). Zechariah 14:16–19 is usually brought in at this point. There is no doubt that Zechariah 14 is one of the most difficult chapters in the Bible to interpret. I can’t go into all of it here, but let me that reference to “the Feast of Booths” or Tabernacles (14:18–19) should tip us off that we are not reading about a prophecy related to our future.
“On the last day of the great day of the feast,” the Feast of Tabernacles, “Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, “From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living waters.’ But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:37–39). Jesus connects the outpouring of the Spirit with the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles (Zech. 14:16–21). D.A Carson’s comments are especially significant:
Thus, although the words If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink inevitably call to mind Isaiah 55:1 (cf. also Rev. 22:1–2; Jn. 4:10–14; 6:35), the particular association of the water rite with the Feast demands that we seek more focused significance. It is clear that this Feast was associated with adequate rainfall (cf. Zc. 14:16–17—and interestingly enough, this chapter from Zechariah was read on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles in the liturgy prescribed in B. Megilla 31a), not surprisingly in light of the harvest connections. . . . The water-pouring ceremony is interpreted in these traditions as a foretaste of the eschatological rivers of living water foreseen by Ezekiel (47:1–9) and Zechariah (13:1). In these traditions the water miracle in the wilderness (Ex. 17:1–7; Nu. 20:8–13; cf. Ps. 78:16–20) is in turn a forerunner of the water rite of the Feast of Tabernacles.
In general terms, then, Jesus’ pronouncement is clear: he is the fulfillment of all the Feast of Tabernacles anticipated. If Isaiah could invite the thirsty to drink from the waters (Is. 55:1), Jesus announces that he is the one who can provide the waters.
Dispensationalists see a renewed old covenant redemptive system in place during the post-rapture Great Tribulation and the following Millennium, where the temple is to be rebuilt and sacrifices offered for “atonement” (Ezek. 45:15; cf. 40:38). They have to continue this line of literalistic consistency by claiming that the Feast of Booths (Tabernacles) will also be kept as an Old Covenant rite (Zech. 14:16, 19). This is impossible. The New Testament describes Jesus as the fulfillment of every element of the Old Covenant shadows, feasts included (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost): “And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, [Jesus] explained to [His disciples] the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. . . . That all the things which are written about [Jesus] in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled” (24:27, 44). Jesus is the “lamb of God” (John 1:29, 36), the temple (2:29), the bread from heaven (6:48), the high priest (Heb. 5:10), and the Rock (1 Cor. 10:4). Willem VanGemeren’s comments on the shadow nature of the feasts are to the point:
Since Jesus’ coming the relevance of the Jewish religious calendar has been reduced to a shadow of things to come. Jesus is portrayed as the passover lamb (I Cor. 5:7–8). Christians celebrate the Lord’s Supper instead of the passover. With the destruction of the temple, pilgrimages and special offerings have come to an end. The death of Christ, particularly, is portrayed in the NT as the final sacrifice by which man can be reconciled to God (Heb. 7:27; cf. Ch. 8).
Are we really to expect that the nations of the world—several billion people—will go up to Jerusalem to live in booths “from year to year”? Is this what God is saying through Zechariah? The Feast of Booths commemorated the ingathering of the harvest, Israel’s sojourn in the wilderness, God’s divine protection, and the entrance of the Jews into the Promised Land. Under the gospel, the world benefits by these same blessings.
I’ll finish up next time with Daniel 11 and the “king of the South.” It’s this passage the futurists use to argue for an end-time apocalyptic role for Egypt.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
RALEIGH (AP) - Working to close next year's budget gap without layoffs, the union representing state employees on Tuesday released a report that its members say contains more than $10 billion in savings or revenue options that the governor and lawmakers should consider first.
The report by the State Employees Association of North Carolina recommends allowing four-day workweeks, consolidating state health services and ending corporate incentives and special tax breaks to the motorsports and film industries.
Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue is expected to release her budget Thursday. Perdue and Republican legislative leaders have said layoffs are likely in the next budget year as negotiators try to close a projected budget gap of between $2 billion and $3 billion.
Perdue also has said her government consolidation would create redundant state positions.
"Let's all come to the table but don't make public employees bear the entire burden on the state budget," SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope said during a news conference with state employees at his side holding placards promoting the "Take Pride in Carolina" report. "Let's share sacrifice and make sure companies pay their fair share."
The group, a local of the Service Employees International Union, says cutting the work force is a short-term solution that results in reducing critical services for North Carolina's citizens.
The bulk of the savings outlined in the report relate to hospitals and health care. The report says $4.5 billion could be saved by requiring nonprofit hospitals and health care systems to give up a portion of their capital reserves to alleviate the projected gap. That's because the union says the hospitals accumulate large reserves through an indirect tax subsidy.
Yet North Carolina Hospital Association spokesman Don Dalton calls the argument a mistake, saying hospitals lost $1.2 billion treating Medicaid patients and the uninsured last year.
"Hospitals earn their tax exemptions every day," Dalton said in an e-mail, adding that taxing capital reserves "would have a negative impact on regular operations, despite SEANC's contention."
The report said the state could save nearly $1.5 billion through health care changes, primarily by consolidating what it calls four health care systems in the state - for prisoners, state employees and teachers, Medicaid patients and high-risk citizens that can't afford regular insurance.
In addition, extending a pair of temporary taxes set to expire this year would create another $1.3 billion in revenue, according to the report.
Republicans have been adamant about letting them expire, although Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, told reporters earlier Tuesday that "if there are suggestions that are out from state employees or from anyone, we are interested in hearing what they are."
Other report recommendations include:
- creating a four-day, 10-hour work week, at a savings of $600 million.
- abolishing the Golden LEAF Foundation, which receives half of North Carolina's share of the national tobacco settlement, at a savings of $570 million.
- increasing the cigarette tax by $1 per pack, generating $454 million.
- requiring multistate corporations to file tax returns that give a more complete picture of their North Carolina activities so they are taxed according to their business in the state, generating $375 million.
- eliminating corporate tax "loopholes" for certain industries, such as motorsports or the film industry, at a savings of more than $31 million.
- require Department of Transportation mowing contractors to pay for road signs they damage, saving $10 million.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Again, why did so many in the U.S. House vote “NO” on extending the “Patriot Act”. The “Patriot Act”: http://www.fincen.gov/statutes_regs/patriot/ was initiated to eavesdrop on specific communications to ascertain critical intelligence to prevent terrorism in America, and protecting Americans.
On February 14, 2011, Republicans voted 210-Yes to 27-No. Democrats voted 65-Yes to 127-NO. There are no Independents in the House http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll036.xml.
And again, it is understandable for 117 Capitol Hill Democrats would vote “NO” with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and many additional anti-American voting Democrats; it is difficult to understand why 27 Republicans would vote with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Elijah Cummings, Barney Frank (MA), Dennis Kucinich, Maxine Waters, and Henry Waxman.
These same 27 Republicans voted “NO” and against Speaker of the House John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Michele Bachmann, Marsha Blackburn, Sue Myrick, Mike Pence, and others.
The question is who led 27 Republicans to vote in support of terrorists without any government intelligence communications, and more potential of inviting terrorism within our United States of America?. These who vote allowing terrorists to communicate without any US government intelligence are opening the doors for more additional terrorism, and within our own country. These Congressional Representatives are voting anti-American and should be held accountable whenever terror hits. Each and all must be intelligent enough to understand the significance of their votes, or are they? Each Representative who voted “NO” voted in support of terrorism.
As a Jesse Helms, Ronald Reagan conservative, terrorism must be defeated at all cost. If it takes only nations who support Judeo-Christian values, so be it, but defeat all radical Islamic Muslims around the world before they kill Americans.
Luke 23:34 - Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Monday, February 14, 2011
February 14, 2011
Marie Jon, RA analyst
From the outset of the escalating crisis in Egypt, we've seen indications President Barack Obama and his cohorts have been working behind the scenes to destabilize the country, in the hope of transforming the 30-year ally of the U.S. into a radical Islamist regime — and with it, other Middle Eastern allies of America as well.
The "sham democracy movement" being publicly pushed by the president and his fellow leftists in the Middle East is actually "a naked betrayal of our Middle Eastern allies, and by extension, our own country," writes Jim Simpson at American Thinker.
The fact that the Obama administration favors a role for the extremist Muslim Brotherhood in running the post-Mubarak country is telling. The Muslim Brotherhood, created in 1928, is "behind practically every Muslim terrorist organization ever formed," in Simpson's words — and as such is likely to seize control of Egypt if given even limited opportunity.
"Obama uniformly sides with our enemies," Simpson says, "but rarely, if ever, with our friends and allies. His administration is packed with far-left radicals and vicious anti-Semites. And therein lies the rub, because what we are witnessing in reality is this President's un-American, anti-American, treasonous ideology in full play" over the last two weeks.
Obama and The Brotherhood
By all indications, the president's agenda appears to include destroying not just America, but Western Civilization as well, as evidenced by his dictatorial handling of the Egyptian uprising and his throwing of support behind the dangerous Muslim Brotherhood.
That organization's goal is global Islamic domination, imposition of Sharia law on all the world's population, annihilation of Israel, and the collapse of all Western institutions. Linked to the Nazis during World War II, and fond of disseminating Hitler's Mein Kampf, the Muslim Brotherhood has sought to "deepen and extend already existing hostile views about Jews and secular Western societies generally," according to author Jeffrey Herf.
Long outlawed in Egypt, the Brotherhood is the largest opposition group in that country. Touted as "the world's most influential Islamist movement" by Al Jazeera, the Brotherhood has spawned at least twelve Muslim terrorist groups, including al Qaeda and Hamas.
Its plan for America, discovered by the FBI, states that the Muslim Brotherhood seeks to "destroy the American civilization."
In warning conservatives about this scheme last week at CPAC, David Horowitz said, "The plan called for building a secret leadership in America and for the creation of a series of Brotherhood front groups that would appear to be participants in America's democracy until the time came when and where force would be necessary to accomplish the Brotherhood's goals."
And our usurping President wants to let the Muslim Brotherhood stick its "camel's nose" — so to speak — in the door of Egypt's governing tent and let all hell break loose in the Middle East?
When it was announced that Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down Friday, a leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood declared that "the main goal of the revolution has been achieved," signaling that the camel's nose was already inside the tent.
Downplaying the threat
Although the Muslim Brotherhood is absolutely dedicated to imposing Shariah law upon the entire world, Obama and the Egyptian youth movement seem content to look the other way, knowing that many Muslims would favor changing current laws in their countries to allow stoning as punishment for adultery, hand amputation for theft, and death for those who convert from the Islam religion, according to a poll released by the Pew Research Center. The poll reveals a mind-set that is barbaric, to say the least. Are we to really believe that the people of Egypt generally want freedom? The mainstream media are trying to pull the wool over our eyes.
A former Muslim Brotherhood member, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is a fellow at the conservative think-tank American Enterprise Institute and lives in the United States. She's convinced that, notwithstanding some reports to the contrary, the Muslim Brotherhood plans to seize control of Egypt, and says "the politicization of Islam" is the whole reason the Brotherhood exists. View Hirsi's comments.
Most conservative political writers appear to see through the Transparent President's un-American desire to consolidate Muslim influence in the Middle East — an outcome that would enable the Muslim Brotherhood to threaten the security of both Israel and the United States.
It's shocking, on the other hand, that some prominent conservative figures refuse to understand that the president is purposely seeking to compromise our country for unsettling and nefarious reasons. They still speak of him as merely a far-left, boilerplate Democrat ideologue, ignoring the more sinister implications of his actions. Some are seemingly very excited about the regime change and applaud Obama's throwing of Mubarak under the bus. Why? What are they championing? In the real world of politics, America has often been forced to work with leaders of foreign countries because their presence is in the best interest for our country and the lesser of two evils. The United States has never installed dictators in any country.
Obama, meanwhile, has forced his radical political policies upon Americans ever since he began his presidency. With each day that passes, he seems to give little care to what he has done to our country. He is not dimwitted or naive. To be blunt, Obama despises the Declaration of Independence which trumpets life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; the Constitution which establishes our representative republic; and a Creator who gives us our inalienable rights.
It appears that Obama rather enjoys nudging Americans to the edge of despair. He is determined to reach his goal of transforming America. Could it be that America will become, as a result of his actions, some sort of a socialistic Muslim Calipate?
The president evidently has way too much sympathy for Islam — as well as a skewed globalistic vision that seeks to undermine Judeo-Christian values and the exceptionalism of the United States.
Ayers in Egypt
WorldNetDaily's Jack Cashill recently wrote a thought-provoking piece titled "Ayers, Obama and the destabilization of Egypt." Here are excerpts:
"We know that Bill Ayers, Obama mentor and former terrorist, has been mucking about in Egypt, but we cannot know for sure what that portends.
"What seems clear from the record is that Ayers and his circle — perhaps Obama himself — are less concerned with the future of Egypt than they are with the future of Israel, a country whose 'story of itself' Ayers has denounced as 'elaborate, self-aggrandizing and thoroughly dishonest.'
"From the hard left's perspective, Israel is the Mini-Me to America's Dr. Evil. For this crowd, Islam is little more than a tool with which to destroy both.
"In the way of background, Ayers was among the 1,400 or so leftists from around the world who descended on Egypt a little more than a year ago with plans to march on Gaza." Full Article
Window closing on political solutions
I've just about reached the point where I'm extremely concerned there are few political answers remaining to spare America from its approaching fate. Each day, we're held hostage by an administration whose objective seems to be to continuously overwhelm and smother us under the weight of big government and a Marxist philosophy of redistributing wealth.
Don't misunderstand me. As I have emphasized before, political action can help, to a large extent, in getting many needed changes accepted and instituted. However, America is falling apart morally, materially, and militarily because of its loss of decent and acceptable standards.
We have allowed the progressives to change us. Conservative, traditionalist Christians are ignoring "thus saith the Lord" on a myriad of social issues. Why is it that some can't bring themselves to acknowledge that the Ten Commandments still matter to God? Such loss of moorings occurs when man thinks higher of his own opinions than those of God's. "There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of destruction" (Proverbs 14:12).
My advice to my readers is to find a biblically-sound church and prepare yourselves and family for the days that are fast approaching. I can envision our country being left in shambles from radical Islamic attacks, while simultaneously enduring a total breakdown caused by civil unrest. There are many scenarios one could imagine. God's Word says it all in the books of Daniel and Revelation.
Scripture is filled with verses containing words such as afraid, anxiety, anxious, fret, frightened, and terrified. Many references have to do with what people are anxious and fearful about, while others pertain to the promises of divine reassurance to those who are faithful. The message "Do not be afraid" runs across Scripture with strength and persistence. And why not? After all, fear and anxiety have been part of human existence since sin entered this earth. There will never be peace in a world that is fallen and riddled with sin.
Everything we're experiencing will have to be turned over to The Almighty. Don't be as the foolish virgins who were unprepared to meet the Bridegroom. (See Matt. 25:1-13.) Trust in God. Being prepared spiritually brings calm and is the key factor in looking to the future.
Do not neglect your personal relationship with a very loving God. Come 2012, be prepared to vote for conservatives. If it's God's will, America can be reset and put back on the correct course. The Lord is gracious and will hold back the four winds of strife. In these two verses, we're given a glimpse of what the angels will be doing: Mark 13:27 and Matthew 24:31
Renew America has been giving a clarion call. Return to God and He will heal our land.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Governor Perdue, you have often said that it is your desire to be upfront on everything in politics. Why do you not open “all” of your political files for total scrutiny? The media continues to revealed unethical and/or illegal activity concerning you and your campaign for up to some 20 years.
Based on February 12, 2011 reports by the Raleigh News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/02/11/981693/fbi-inquiry-targeted-perdue.html, there is so much of unsubstantiated information concerning your political.
North Carolinians need to know the truth concerning some of these allegations. It would be simple for you to call for an extended “news conference” and answer all the questions. It is not necessary for you to employ a political consultant to speak for you. Governor Perdue, if it is truly your desire for being upfront on everything in politics, just tell the truth. You are very capable of answering all questions concerning your political activity. When you have nothing to hide, it is so simple to tell the truth.
Otherwise, any further investigations may question and/or prove that you, too, may be just as guilty of illegalities as (y)our immediate previously convicted felonious governor.
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Beverly Perdue was flying high toward her victory in the 2008 gubernatorial election, but Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby believes there were problems with campaign donor traffic control. A Wake grand jury has indicted Perdue contributor Robert Lee Caldwell of Morganton for obstruction of justice.
The indictment says that Caldwell, a retired state magistrate, solicited a check for a campaign donation to Perdue from Morganton barber James Fleming, who it's alleged was later reimbursed by Caldwell, who'd already hit the donation limit of $4,000. The money from Fleming went to pay for a campaign flight. (State law prohibits giving more than the limit for each election.)
Fleming had never before given a campaign donation, and he told Kim Strach, an investigator for the State Board of Elections, that he didn't know anything about a campaign flight.
Curiously, when the elections board, which is controlled by Democrats, came upon this matter, it decided on a party line vote not to pursue it, concluding that there had been no deliberate attempt to break the law. The board did fine Perdue's campaign for late reporting of flights.
Willoughby has praised Strach in the past, though she has been criticized by Democrats. The D.A. found this matter worth pursuing, and he said that his investigation was ongoing. "I wouldn't be surprised," Willoughby said, "if there are additional charges."
Perdue's campaign is under investigation at the state and local levels.
The handling of expensive airplane travel also brought trouble to former Gov. Mike Easley and some of his associates. When flights aren't properly reported, people providing them can evade the campaign contribution limit because the flights' value is supposed to count as an in-kind donation. It continues to be difficult for the public to understand why campaign staffs can't keep efficient track of activity like airplane flights - provided that they really want to keep track.
This is a serious matter, involving a sitting governor, and Willoughby is due credit for daring to go where the elections board apparently feared to tread. Board Chairman Larry Leake says he's come to realize that the board did not pursue this matter as vigorously as perhaps it should have.
In the meantime, it's unfortunate that with the state facing a huge budget crisis, and with tensions likely to build between a Democratic governor and a Republican-controlled General Assembly, the governor has had to hire high-powered lawyers and spend time on this issue.
The perils of political campaigns, and the side effects of the endless, breathless and sometimes careless other campaign - the one for the money - are many, and clearly potentially hazardous.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
It is difficult to understand so many in the U.S. House who voted “NO” on extending the “Patriot Act”. The “Patriot Act”: http://www.fincen.gov/statutes_regs/patriot/ was initiated to eavesdrop on specific communications to ascertain critical intelligence to prevent terrorism in America, and protecting Americans.
Passage of the “Patriot Act” extension required a two-third “YES” vote. The total vote was 277-Yes, 148-No, and 9-NoVotes.
Republicans voted 210-Yes to 26-No. Democrats voted 67-Yes to 122-NO. There are no Independents in the House http://clerk.house.gov/cgi-bin/vote.asp?year=2011&rollnumber=26.
This vote in the U.S. House is America’s loss in support of terrorism while protecting our Constitutional freedoms for American citizens.
While it is understandable for 122 Capitol Hill Democrats would vote “NO” with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and many additional anti-American voting Democrats, it is difficult to understand why 26 Republicans would vote with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Elijah Cummings, Barney Frank (MA), Dennis Kucinich, Maxine Waters, and Henry Waxman. These same 26 Republicans voted “NO” and against Speaker of the House John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Michele Bachmann, Marsha Blackburn, Sue Myrick, Mike Pence, and others.
It is mysterious as to who led 26 Republicans to vote in support of terrorism and to vote anti-American. Perhaps, a few of the new members were erroneously misled and/or failed to understand the significance of their votes. Each may try to explain and substantiate their vote but the fact is that they may have voted in support of terrorism and may have voted anti-American.
Below is a list of “all” U.S. House members who voted “NO” on extension of the Patriot Act. Republicans who voted as anti-American are CAPITOLIZED.
Jackson Lee (TX)
Johnson, E. B.
Pallone Pastor (AZ)
Sánchez, Linda T.
Monday, February 7, 2011
By Chuck Sproull
I have done a lot of research into Jefferson's intended meaning of the "wall of separation of church and state" and it's relation to our 1st Amendment rights. That "wall of separation" was supposed to:
(1) Separate the administration of government and religion, and prevent establishment of a Protestant denomination from becoming an official State religion (this also applies to catholic, Islam and pagan religions).
(2) Protect American citizens from tyrannical government-controlled religion, and from religion-controlled government like the ones that existed in England and Rome, and that our Bible-believing Founders came here to get away from.
This could even include protection from “sharia law” that Islamics (a tyrannical political-religious group) are trying to impose on America, like they have in other countries and in the Detroit area.
(3) Allow all American citizens freedom to express their Bible-based religious convictions; whether public employees, in uniform or private citizens, regardless of Protestant sect, while on government property or on their own private property.
There are no exception clauses in the 1st Amendment that state or imply freedom of expression; except if it offends a minority of non-believers or disagrees with beliefs of personnel in higher positions.
Also, that wall has a door that:
(4) Allows God's righteous influence (honesty, unselfishness, morality) in, to guide our individual Government leaders’ decision-making and spending of our tax-money; and
(5) Allows outward personal expressions of their faith in God.
In fact, this “Wall” actually protects us from the very things subversive groups like ACLU are trying to do. They are trying to separate our Government leaders and public school students from God’s beneficial (civil) influences.
As long as we have a 1st Amendment and a Congress to protect our freedoms, who needs the ACLU? They are an organization of Atheists, Communists, Liberals, Un-constitutionalists; using our tax money to do what our Constitution prohibits our Congress from doing. Regarding their ability to comprehend our Constitution and free enterprise capitalistic society, they haven’t a clue (A-CLU). They must be de-funded.
Our Constitution cannot be used by anyone to justify being offended by our Bible-based beliefs, or to restrict our freedom of expression. Freedom for both religious and non-religious Americans is enhanced by Government staying totally uninvolved, without positive or negative regulations.
Chuck Sproull, Springville IN,
Sunday, February 6, 2011
2. Do you know why a Car's WINDSHIELD is so large & the Rear view Mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.
3. Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
4. All things in life are temporary. If going well enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either
5. Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!
6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!
7. When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.
8. A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!
9. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you!
10. WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES; it takes away today’s PEACE.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
On December 24, 2009, Capitol Hill Democrats decided to “crammed down (y)our throat” ObamaCare: H.R. 3590 http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00396.
In the last two years many new laws have been “crammed down (y)our throats” regardless of political polls that are saying “NO” to many of these new laws. You may remember that all of these members who voted for these laws admitted they never read or even fully understood the legislation prior to voting.
On November 2, 2010, the American electorate responded by rejecting a majority of Democrat Party nominees for elective office all across our nation.
Today, political polls continue to say “repeal” ObamaCare.
On February 2, Republican leaders, responding to political polls, forced a vote in the U.S. Senate to repeal ObamaCare legislation known as “To repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010” http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00009. Capitol Hill Democrats continue to reject a majority of Americans as Democrats rejected this legislation by 51 against to 47 for. November 2012 may become an exceptionally big victory for Republican Party candidates as Americans may, again, further reject Democrat Party nominees.
Fifty of fifty-one of the elected Senate Democrats voted NO “To repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010”. Democrat Party Sen. Warner-VA did not vote.
Twenty-one Democrat Party Senators who voted NO “To repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010” and are up for re=election in 2012: Akaka (D-HI), Bingaman-NM, Brown-OH, Cantwell-WA, Cardin-MD, Carper-DE, Casey-PA, Conrad-ND, Feinstein-CA, Gillibrand-NY, Klobuchar-MN, Kohl-WI, Manchin-WV, McCaskill-MO, Menendez-NJ, Nelson (D-FL), Nelson (D-NE), Stabenow-MI, Tester (D-MT), Webb-VA, Whitehouse-RI.
All forty-seven Republican Party Senators voted YES “To repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010”.
Independent Senators Sanders-VT voted NO “To repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. Independent Party Senator Lieberman-CT did not vote.
All legislators should focus on legislation of lower taxes and less bureaucracy that will assist and/or allow small businesses to start new jobs and/or expand existing jobs. What will it take for Capitol Hill Democrats to study and allow our economy to grow in an open and free market? Wake up Democrats, Americans reject ObamaCare as Socialism.