ADMINISTRATOR’S NOTE: If you read articles of the nature below they always lean towards playing up the “health benefits to mankind” angle so as to dilute the message. The reason the below is taking place is not for rats, or human health. These experiments and this rapid advancement in creating a new being that is part human and part machine is pure evil. Nothing more. These developments will not be used to restore memory in poor or moderate income people. These developments are being pursued to create a new race, a new species. Please refer to “Last Days News” September 24th, 2011 SPECIAL EDITION: “Evolution is real & occurring at hyper-speed.”
Digital Cerebellums Allow Scientists To Extract, Record
Information In Rat Brains
The Huffington Post Dean Praetorius Posted: 9/28/11 04:11 PM ET
The cyborg rats are here.
Scientists at Tel Aviv University have, for the first time, used “digital cerebellums” to restore brain functions of rats that had previously been lost. According to New Scientist, the program essentially created “cyborg” rats, with a portion of their brain function being replaced by a chip.
The function is basic, but shows tremendous promise for a human application.
The team’s synthetic cerebellum is more or less a simple microchip, but can receive sensory input from the brainstem, interpret that nerve input, and send the appropriate signal to a different region of the brainstem to initiate the appropriate movement. Right now it is only capable of dealing with the most basic stimuli/response sequence, but the very fact that researchers can do such a thing marks a pretty remarkable leap forward.
“It’s proof of concept that we can record information from the brain, analyse it in a way similar to the biological network, and return it to the brain,” researcher Matti Mintz told New Scientist.
Scientists did not implant the chips into the rats’ brains, reported PopSci, but instead used electrodes to replicate brain activity. During the experiment the rats learned to blink to a simple stimulus response, something that wasn’t possible without the use of the microchip.
Though this basic response isn’t much, the experiment proves that chips can not only receive information from nerves, like they do in cochlear implants or certain prostheses, but can send information back out to induce movement. It’s just one small step, but proves that at some point scientists may be able to repair parts of the brain disabled by the likes of a stroke with a microchip.
But this isn’t the only function electronics have been able to repair in rats. Earlier this year New Scientist reported that researchers at USC were able to restore previously lost memories in rats using electrodes and chemicals.
Not Joking: Dem Governor was serious when calling to suspend elections
Posted by NewsEditor on September 28, 2011
If it was a joke, North Carolina Democratic Governor Bev Perdue needs to polish her delivery.
Newly released audio contradicts the claims of Perdue’s press team that her call Tuesday for suspending Congressional election was a joke or hyperbole. In the recording, her tone is matter-of-fact and her comments are part of a serious speech.
“Listen to the Governor’s words: She wasn’t joking at all,” North Carolina GOP spokesman Rob Lockwood told The Daily Caller. “The congressional Democrats are wildly unpopular in North Carolina, so she may have been trying to invent a solution to save their jobs from public accountability.”
“If it was a joke, what was the set-up?,” Lockwood adds. “What was the punch-line? Where was the pause for laughter? It took them three hours to say it was a ‘joke,’ but when that flopped it became ‘hyperbole.’ We’ll just call it an unconstitutionally bad idea.”
Perdue faced almost instant national criticism on Tuesday after she recommended suspending elections until the economy recovers.
Read More at The Daily Caller By Matthew Boyle, The Daily Caller.
Taxpayers Paid for “Fast and Furious” Plan to Arm the Sinaloa Drug Cartel
The Mexican government has opened two criminal investigations into Operation Fast and Furious, the deadly ATF operation that allowed the Sinaloa drug cartel to purchase $1.25 million in illegal guns responsible for countless acts of violence south of the border. Reasonable people may ask when the United States will follow suit after today’s revelations that taxpayers funded the transfer and ATF agents personally handed the guns over to murderous gang members.
Fox News reports it has uncovered documents showing David Voth, an ATF group supervisor, ordered eventual whistleblower John Dodson to use federal dollars to purchase and then personally sell six semi-automatic Draco pistols to members of the gang in Arizona. Then he allowed the guns to ride off into the sunset over the sands of old Mexico:
This was not a “buy-bust” or a sting operation, where police sell to a buyer and then arrest them immediately afterward. In this case, agents were “ordered” to let the sale go through and follow the weapons to a stash house.
According to sources directly involved in the case, Dodson felt strongly that the weapons should not be abandoned and the stash house should remain under 24-hour surveillance. However, Voth disagreed and ordered the surveillance team to return to the office. Dodson refused, and for six days in the desert heat kept the house under watch, defying direct orders from Voth.
A week later, a second vehicle showed up to transfer the weapons. Dodson called for an interdiction team to move in, make the arrest and seize the weapons. Voth refused and the guns disappeared with no surveillance.
Read More at Floyd Reports By Ben Johnson, The White House Watch.
See what Obama promises Arabs after 2012 election
Democrats fear treatment of Israel is voting liability
Posted: September 28, 2011
9:30 pm Eastern
By Aaron Klein
© 2011 WND
Good buddies Barack Hussein Obama & Mahmoud Abbas
The Obama administration told the Palestinian Authority it cannot significantly help advance a Palestinian state until after the 2012 presidential elections, a top PA official told WND.
The official, however, said the U.S. will press for a Palestinian state quickly if President Obama is re-elected.
“The main message we received from the U.S. is that nothing will happen in a serious way before the 2012 elections,” said the official.
The PA official said Obama “will not accept the Palestinian request of a state at the (U.N.) Security Council and cannot help on the ground for now.”
“We were told to wait for Obama’s reelection, and that before then nothing serious will happen for a state,” the official continued. “But after the reelection, the U.S. said the schedule will be short to reach a Palestinian state.”
Obama’s treatment of Israel was a significant issue in the recent election of Republican Bob Turner to former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s seat in a district that had not elected a GOP candidate since 1923.
Also, presidential contenders such as Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., have been strongly criticizing Obama on Israel.
Read more: See what Obama promises Arabs after 2012 election http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=349705#ixzz1ZJK8McF4
Bring Eric Holder to justice!
Sign petition demanding Congress investigate ‘Department of Injustice’
Posted: September 27, 2011
9:02 pm Eastern
© 2011 WND
The criminal in question – Eric Holder, holding the highest law enforcement job in the land, being one of this nation’s worst criminals.
Outrage over the seemingly endless scandals within the U.S. Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder has resulted in a petition, launched today by WND, urging Congress to investigate Holder and his “Department of Injustice” for rampant corruption.
Widespread indignation over the Justice Department has been spurred in part by the release of the October issue of Whistleblower magazine, titled “DEPARTMENT OF INJUSTICE,” which shockingly documents dozens of unethical and perverse decisions, initiatives and policies that have caused career DOJ attorneys to quit and critics to demand independent investigations.
The latest outrage: Americans are incensed over revelations that the Obama Justice Department’s disastrous “Fast and Furious” operation required federal law enforcement personnel to facilitate delivery of some 2,000 U.S. firearms to ultra-violent Mexican drug cartels – and that this very scandal, which has already cost lives on both sides of the border, including a U.S. Border Patrol agent, has become a pretext for imposing new gun-control regulations on law-abiding U.S. gun dealers in states bordering Mexico.
However, “Fast and Furious” is only the most recent DOJ scandal.
The WND petition, addressing every member of the U.S. Congress, is a virtual indictment of the Eric Holder-led Justice Department, itemizing a long string of corrupt, and sometimes blatantly illegal, policies: Proof that DOJ’s Civil Rights Division is hiring only lawyers with known far-left backgrounds, in violation of federal law; a new “anti-discrimination” policy requiring banks to lower their mortgage standards and approve loans for minorities with poor credit – mirroring the policies that led to today’s catastrophic housing crisis; the aborted prosecution of the most outrageous case of voter intimidation in modern history by nightstick-wielding New Black Panthers; suing the state of Arizona for attempting to enforce federal border and immigration laws; refusing to enforce the federal Defense of Marriage Act; treating al-Qaida-trained Umar “underwear bomber” Abdulmutallab as an American criminal suspect and not a foreign enemy combatant, allowing him to “lawyer up” and avoid questioning; and much more.
“Whereas, the Obama Justice Department has become one of the most politicized and corrupt federal agencies in modern history,” says the petition, “led by an attorney general with a long history of defending and pardoning terrorists while violating the most obvious standards of basic fairness and even-handed justice, turning the Department of Justice literally into a Department of Injustice:
“We, the undersigned, demand that the 112th Congress launch a serious and wide-ranging investigation into the multi-scandal-plagued Department of Justice and its leader, Attorney General Eric Holder.”(Sign petition now)
In the “DEPARTMENT OF INJUSTICE” Whistleblower issue, WND founder and Editor Joseph Farah asks the following question:
“What would the press and Democratic members of Congress be saying about scandals of this magnitude if they were the handiwork of George W. Bush? Do you think there would be any hesitation to call for impeachment, trial and conviction? Can you even imagine that scandals like this would not be at the top of every news report day after day after day? Neither can I.”
Farah adds, “In fact, I believe people would be on their way to prison for the crimes and cover-ups that have been perpetrated by this administration. And that’s exactly what Americans should be demanding right now.”
FROM WND’S JERUSALEM BUREAU
Jihadist threat targets Americans
Suspected terror plot closes Egypt-Israel border
Posted: September 27, 2011
9:21 pm Eastern
By Aaron Klein
© 2011 WND
Intelligence information indicates that both Americans and Israelis are the intended target of a jihadist terror plot, according to informed Middle East security sources with specific knowledge of the plan.
On Saturday, Israel instructed border personnel not to allow Israelis to pass through the Taba border crossing into the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. The crossing connects the Sinai with the Israeli port city of Eilat.
The closure marks the first time the border has been shut down since it was first opened to Israel in 1982.
The Israeli media reported the decision to shut the border crossing was made after the Jewish state received serious and targeted threats from terror organizations planning to perpetrate attacks against Israelis in the Sinai, particularly near Taba.
Security sources familiar with the threats told WND there were also threats against Americans in the Sinai as part of the planned jihadist attacks. The sources did not have more specific information on the U.S.-related threat.
The Taba border crossing was re-opened Sunday on a limited basis. Israel is still instructing its citizens not to enter the Sinai.
Meanwhile, assailants yesterday again bombed an Egyptian pipeline in Sinai that supplies Israel and Jordan with gas. This is the sixth time the pipeline has been bombed since the downfall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Sinai’s border with Israel has been a hot zone of recent jihadist activity.
Last month, terrorists infiltrated into Israel and carried out a series of coordinated attacks against Israeli motorists and security forces.
One week prior to the attacks, WND reported that Israel stopped what would have been a spectacular border terrorist attack planned from inside the Gaza Strip, according to the same Egyptian security officials.
A VIP Lounge for Dictators
Posted: September 27, 2011
4:02 pm Eastern
“I remember the 1967 borders,” half-joked the Israeli comedian. “That’s when our trains had signs inside that said, ‘Passengers are requested to please not lean their heads out of the country!'”
A young woman who prefers to hear democracies cheered and dictatorships booed listened with alarm as Palestinian Authority boss Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both addressed the United Nations. “Abbas got more applause than Netanyahu,” she complained. I explained that, when it comes to Israelis getting applause at the U.N., it’s like two elephants making love. You marvel, not that it works imperfectly, but that it works at all. After all, Israel is a Middle Eastern Western-style democracy. One good apple ruins the whole rotten bunch.
Netanyahu scored a huge moral victory for Israel in earning the reception he did. And his speaking abilities make Barack Obama sound like Rocky Balboa.
Another friend of Israel wrote, “Israel didn’t just wake up one morning and decide, ‘Gee. It’d be fun to go conquer Sinai, Golan, everything west of the Jordan River; stuff like that.’ Israel,” he pointed out, “was responding to Arab threats of extermination.” True, but as I read that I had the feeling the altar boy had when, cleaning up the sanctuary after a particularly bombastic sermon, he noticed the preacher had penciled into the margin a note to himself that read, “Argument unsubstantiated here. Yell like hell!”
There’s no need to yell. Egypt’s strongman, Nasser, chased out the U.N. peacekeepers separating the Egyptians from the Israelis. Belligerent, but Nasser had the right. He then moved an Egyptian tank army right up to the Israeli border. Belligerent, but Nasser had the right. Then Nasser blew it and the whole Arab and Jew-hating world sky-west and a thousand miles from Sunday. He closed the Straits of Tiran, thus denying Israel’s southern port of Eilat access to the Red Sea. Closing an international waterway is as much an act of war as bombing Pearl Harbor. Israel counter-attacked!
It took me years to get the answer to the biggest mystery of the Six-Day War. When we woke up Monday morning, June 5, 1967, we knew there was war before we heard one single word on TV. We didn’t see Barbara Walters on the “Today” show. We saw a map of Israel tacked to an easel. A voice told us, “That’s all we have from the war zone at this time.” Egypt was saying a lot, and the Egyptian communiqués were bone-marrow-curdling. “Two Egyptian tank columns are knifing through Israel’s Negev!” “Haifa is in flames!”
The odd part was, Israel said nothing! Usually when war breaks out both sides come out and straightforwardly lie about the whole thing. Israel said not a word. There were Jews far outside Israel who died of heart failure fearing there was no Israel left to speak. It wasn’t until late Tuesday afternoon before we in America learned the extent of Israel’s victory. Why, for the first time in known military history, did a country deliberately conceal its battlefield success?
I finally got the answer from Israeli general and later president, Chaim Herzog. It was worth the wait. As he sat across my New York microphones I asked him, “General Herzog, you knew, before we in America woke up that first day of the Six-Day War, that you’d destroyed five Arab air forces on the ground. You’d pierced Egyptian defenses in Gaza. You’d taken Khan Yunis. There was nothing to stop you between there and the Suez Canal. You knew you were going to storm East Jerusalem the next afternoon. You knew you were saving Syria for Thursday. There are more Jews in New York than in Jerusalem. Why did you make us twist?”
Usually when I speak at fundraisers for Israel the coordinator asks me to “Keep it to 30 minutes.” If they ever asked me to keep it to 30 seconds, I would just repeat Chaim Herzog’s short answer to my question.
The question: “Why did Israel try to keep its lightning victory a secret?”
Herzog’s answer: “We wanted everybody to believe the Arabs. You see, as long as the world believed Israel was losing, we knew the United Nations would take no action!”
I invite your deep breath and deep thought on that one. The Israelis knew that, as long as the world believed Israel was in its final hours of life, the United Nations would remain glassy-faced and silent. Only when Israel was revealed as the winner would the NYPD cars, with sirens screaming, cut through traffic so the long black limousines could speed the worried delegates to U.N. headquarters to “make peace.”
How dare the United Nations allow itself to become such a brazen VIP lounge for dictators, thugs, murderers, anti-Semites! And it didn’t start yesterday, last weekend or Wednesday before last.
After one of the earliest disappointments that this much-trumpeted “Parliament of Man” laid upon the hopeful idealists of the watching world, New York Journal-American columnist Arthur “Bugs” Baer appealed thusly to the U.N. delegates:
“Please, fellows: Do something quick, or put the brewery back!”
ADMINISTRATOR’S NOTE: Christians are not following the Lord’s feasts, as referenced in the article below, for one very simple reason. Christians, of all denominations, are held captive and ensnared by The Whore of Rome, the Church of Rome. Yeshua practiced and observed the feasts as established by His Father. Are you not aware of the examples of observing Passover by the Lord in Scripture?
In the early Christian church when divisions arose and evil entered in, and the whore of Rome reared its head and abducted the Christian faith and corrupted it they, in their blatant and visible hatred of the Jews, determined to adopt the Pagan rituals and incorporate those into the churches “holiday’s” and to completely eradicate the feasts of the Lord – the feasts given by God to His chosen people.
Are you aware that one of the church of Rome’s practices for entertainment during the perverted “holiday season” they created with the Pagan’s was to gorge Jews with food and then strip them naked and run them through the streets of the cities of Europe and beat them with sticks? Ahh, what a festive and Christian time that was! Let’s gather round and sing a song over the beaten and bloodied Jew shall we, as we pretend we’re the children of God doing God’s will.
Christians, if hey are going to observe certain days above others, should instead of the Whore of Rome and Pagan “Christmas” observe Passover. Along with many of the other feasts of the Lord.
Why aren’t Christians observing the ‘Lord’s feasts’?
Find out what real holidays you’re missing in video teaching
Posted: September 16, 2011
8:28 pm Eastern
© 2011 WND
Pastor Mark Biltz, an expert in the Hebrew roots of Christianity, believes he knows when Jesus will return – the exact day, if not the specific year.
He believes most Christians are misinterpreting Jesus’ teaching about “No man knowing the day or the hour” of his coming. He points to a later teaching in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, which suggests believers can and should not be surprised about His return.
“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
“Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
“Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
“Are you a child of light? If so, don’t let that day overtake you as a thief.”
In “The Feasts of the Lord,” a video teaching produced by WND, Biltz employs his Hebrew roots perspective to suggest we can, indeed, know with relative assurance the specific day on the Hebrew calendar of Jesus’ return.
The spring feasts – or appointed times – were fulfilled by the first coming of Yeshua, the Hebrew name of Jesus, which means “Salvation,” explains Biltz. The fall feasts will be fulfilled by His Second Coming – in the very near future, he relates in an engaging, informative and entertaining series of teachings you will want to watch again and again and share with your friends, relatives and fellow believers.
You will even find out what feast is associate with the Hebrew tradition of the term “thief in the night.”
And these fall feasts are right around the corner:
2011 Fall Feasts:
- September 28: Rosh Hashana
- October 7: Yom Kippur
- October 12: Feast of Tabernacles
Biltz emphasizes that these feasts, described in Leviticus, were not intended for the Jewish people alone. They are repeatedly referred to in the Bible as “the Lord’s feasts” – meaning they are for all people. They are meant to be observed as well as to serve as signs of the times in which we live – reminders of the greatest events of the past and foreshadowings of the future to come.
Biltz says much of the church is asleep – unaware of the significance of the feasts in God’s holy time clock. The feasts were not intended to be abandoned by believers after the coming of Jesus. His followers observed them in the First Century. It’s time to rediscover them again as the hour of His return approaches.
“Just as the spring feasts were the dress rehearsals for Messiah’s first coming, the fall feasts are the dress rehearsals for His Second Coming,” says Biltz.
The video series “Feasts of the Lord” pinpoints the specific day on the Hebrew calendar for the return of Jesus. The only unknown, according to Biltz, is which year that return will occur – though he makes the case it is very near.
Biltz says far from telling us not to be concerned about the time of the Lord’s return, the Bible over and over again commands believers to be “watching” – and provides some shocking and amazing hints for the discerning student.
Biltz says most of the church is unaware of this very specific prophetic time clock offered by God to the human race in the Bible. Because of this, he believes many Christians will be surprised rather than watching with anticipation and hope, as the Bible commands.
“I think most believers will be stunned by what they see in “The Feasts of the Lord” teachings,” says Joseph Farah, founder and editor of WND, who produced the two-DVD set. “Their faith will be renewed or heightened to new limits. These are powerful videos – unlike anything ever produced before.”
Not only did Jesus Himself create all these holidays, He observed every single one of them during His earthly ministry, and will keep them after His glorious return, explains Biltz, who is pastor of El Shaddai Ministries.
“I believe these DVDs can profoundly increase the faith of followers of Jesus, giving them a new appreciation of who He is, why He came and what He expects of us,” Joseph Farah. “You will watch these teachings over and over – every year – to learn more about both the fall feasts and the spring feasts.”
Biltz shows why Passover is not just a Jewish holiday – but a profoundly Christian one – the very day of the Crucifixion.
It is one of the “Feasts of the Lord” in the Bible, all of which have special meaning and significance for all believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The feasts were commemorated by Jesus and His apostles – and continued to be observed by Jesus’ followers in the first century even after His death and resurrection.
Most Christians recognize that Jesus, or Yeshua, was crucified on Passover. But they may not know He arose on the Feast of Firstfruits.
The “Easter” celebration came centuries later when the church began to combine pagan holidays with biblical feasts.
There’s still time to learn these important lessons before the 2011 fall feasts are past. You’ll also have a new appreciation for the spring feasts of 2012 that will be upon us before you know it.
Hillary’s Turnabout on Jerusalem
In a stunning reversal, Hillary Clinton has done a 180 on her position on Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, contradicting the position she took when she was New York’s junior senator, and needed Jewish votes. The great Rick Richman writes in the New York Sun:
Secretary of State Clinton, in a sharp departure from her stance when she was a senator, is warning that any American action, even symbolically, toward recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel must be avoided for the reason that it would jeopardize the peace process.
Her warnings were issued in a brief she has just filed with the Supreme Court – in which she is arguing that a law she voted for when she was Senator is unconstitutional because it could require the U.S. government to give to an American citizen born at Jerusalem papers showing the birthplace as Israel.
The law requiring the government to issue such documents on request passed the Senate unanimously at a time when Mrs. Clinton was a member. But Presidents Bush and Obama have taken the position that the law infringes on the president’s prerogatives in respect of foreign policy. Mrs. Clinton is being sued by an American youngster, Menachem Zivotofsky, who was born at Jerusalem in 2002 to American parents who want his birthplace to be listed on his passport as Israel.
I can only assume that speculation about Secretary Clinton running for president is now irrelevant. This is a bombshell as far as pro-Israel voters are concerned.
Hat tip: Clarice Feldman
There has been a disturbing trend of late. As the world faces crisis and a poor economic outlook on the heels of the Great Recession and on the verge of worse, there are a growing calls for less democracy. The elites that got us into the mess in the first place seem to be those calling for more control so that they can implement their magic plans that have yet to be revealed.
Yesterday the governor of North Carolina, Democrat Bev Perdue speaking at a Rotary Club meeting said, “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover.” Peter Orszag, President Obama’s former director of the Office of Management & Budget, penned an article in the New Republic as well, entitled ” Too Much of A Good Thing – Why we need less democracy”. His thesis is that gridlock has impaired the government’s ability to act decisively in addressing the economic crisis.
In today’s New York Times, writer Nicholas Kulish conflates the dissatisfaction with the political class for a dissatisfaction with the democratic process. The establishment has decided that it is democracy that is the problem, not the actions of those in power.
In California, the redistricting process mandated by a ballot initiative was hijacked by Democratic Party activists who set in stone a new electoral map remarkably similar to the one previously written in the State Politburo. The president’s health care plan was passed by decidedly undemocratic means, rammed through on Christmas Eve without having been read by a single member of Congress.
In the White House itself, there is a legion of czars who have never faced scrutiny and who make the decisions that affect millions of jobs outside the authority of the constitutionally mandated Cabinet. The imperialization of the presidency has been accelerated like never before under the current administration.
And now that the policies of the government look to be failing, and with the popularity of the president and his party at historic lows, they have resorted to an assault on the democratic process. How ironic that the party of Jefferson now finds itself yearning for the Directorate of revolutionary France.
Protesters occupy Wall Street today looking for justice and equality in the face of a financial meltdown where there has been no accountability. One may question their politics and motivations, but the facts stand in evidence that criminal malfeasance almost brought down our economy and still the casino mentality holds sway. Our society has become oligarchic. There are more laws about accountability, and yet there is less accountability than at any time in memory. There buck stops somewhere out in the indeterminate there.
And yet government continues to accrue power. As old bureaucracies such as FNMA and the Post Office demonstrate the incompetence of our government, it has created new ones focused upon control such as the Department of Homeland Security. We are militarizing our law enforcement agencies even as they create their own crises such as Fast & Furious. These are very disturbing trends.
At a time when more people than ever from across the political spectrum are questioning authority the people in authority are questioning democracy itself.
The literature and history of the republic is replete with warnings by the Founding Fathers against authoritarianism. Benjamin Franklin famously stated after the Constitutional Convention when asked about our form of government, “A Republic, if you can keep it”. Jefferson said “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” People fear government today more than at any time in our history.
When leading public officials question the fundamental principles that have served our country so well and use our institutions to further a statist agenda with no accountability, we at risk of losing our basic human rights.
At NY Times, why bother with facts when Israel bashing is more fun
In the Washington Post’s Sept. 28 edition, Jerusalem correspondent Joel Greenberg, plays it fairly straight for a change in reporting plans in Israel to build 1,100 more housing units in East Jerusalem — with the customary negative reactions from the Obama administration, the European Union and the Palestinians (“Israel building plan draws fresh rebukes — Procedural step forward sparks criticism from U.S., others” page A7)
Here’s how Greenberg’s leads off his article: “Israel advanced plans Tuesday to build 1,100 homes in a Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem….”
The same journalistic accolade, however, doesn’t apply to the New York Times version, written by Jerusalem correspondent Isabel Kershner, who is more interested in flogging Israel than in reporting actual facts (“Israel Angers Palestinians With Plans For Housing” page A5).
Here’s how Kershner leads off her article: “Israel announced plans on Tuesday for 1,100 new housing units in an area of South Jerusalem outside Israel’s pre-1967 boundaries. The move reflects Israel’s continued rejection of Palestinian demands for a halt in settlement construction as a condition for peace talks.”
It’s what Kershner fails to tell readers that makes her piece an unadulterated exercise in Israel bashing. Not once in her entire article does she mention that the additional housing is destined for a Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem. In fact, you have to wait until the 10th paragraph to find any indication at all that she’s referring to Gilo, but even then she doesn’t describe the all-Jewish demographics of this neighborhood.
So, Times readers don’t have a clue that Gilo is populated by 40,000 Jews. Nor would they know that Gilo has 35 synagogues. As far as Kershner is concerned, the only important aspect worth reporting about Gilo is that it’s “an area outside Israel’s pre-1967 boundaries.” And building more homes there is just additional “settlement construction.”
In sum, her message to readers is quite clear: Jews don’t belong in Gilo; Jews don’t belong in East or South Jerusalem. It’s a Judenrein mentality for anything beyond the 1949 armistice line.
Thus, it doesn’t occur to Kershner — and thus to her readers — that the Times has repeatedly trumpeted the outline of a peace deal as leaving Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem on the Palestinian side and Jewish neighborhoods in East or South Jerusalem on the Israeli side. That’s what Ehud Barak offered in 2000-01 and Ehud Olmert in 2008 — only to be rejected by the Palestinians. But the Times still keeps blessing this formula.
So what’s Kershner’s commotion about more Jewish housing units for Gilo if Gilo will remain part of Israel anyway under any realistic two-state peace agreement — as the Times itself concedes?
Kershner should be pursuing this question, but since it doesn’t comport with her Israel-bashing agenda, she’s not interested in the fact that she and the Times keep pretzling themselves about who really belongs in East Jerusalem. And for that matter, so do Obama and the Europeans.
What Kershner also fails to report — and it’s a critically important context for any understanding of a Jewish presence in East Jerusalem — is that since 1967, when Israel wrested East Jerusalem from Jordanian occupation and unified Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Arab housing construction has far outpaced Jewish housing construction. Ditto for Arab population growth, compared with Jewish population growth in Israel’s capital.
Arabs now constitute more than one third of Jerusalem’s population. By 2020, their share of Jerusalem’s population is expected to reach 40 percent and parity with the Jewish population by 2035 or 2040.
This means that Jerusalem, far from being Judaized as Kershner implies, is actually being Arabized. While Obama and the EU demand a Jewish construction freeze in East Jerusalem, they’re not demanding the same for Arab housing construction.
So shouldn’t it occur to any inquisitive reporter to ask why the great powers on the international stage single out only Jewish construction in Israel’s capital as inimical to the peace process, but not Arab construction? Why put the squeeze on Jews, but not on Arabs — and in Israel’s capital yet?
But Kershner is not an inquisitive reporter. She just takes the news and twists it to fit her Israel-bashing agenda.
At the Times, real facts are not fit to print — at least when they’re about Israel.
Leo Rennert formerly was White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief of McClatchy Newspapers.
Caution, Double Dip Ahead
Last week was momentous in many respects. The S&P 500 index went down 6 percent. The price of gold on the Comex fell by 8.5 percent. Silver, copper, and crude oil also fell in price, although not as much as gold. The CBOE expected-volatility indexes for the S&P 500 (VIX) and gold (GVZ) were at 40, when the normal level is between 15 and 20 for both. All the major currencies also fell with respect to the U.S. dollar. The Euro, for example, fell by 1.5 percent, and the British pound declined 1.6 percent.
This was a major turning point. Up until this time the value of the U.S. dollar was declining as measured by market data, as opposed to the Consumer Price Index. The latter is a notoriously bad indicator and is used almost exclusively by the Federal Reserve as a guide to monetary policy.
It has been known since the trailblazing works on monetary policy by Milton Friedman, Anna Schwartz, and Alan Meltzer that the value of the dollar is determined by changes in the money stock. (Demand for money is usually stable, or at least more stable than the supply of money.) Thus, inflation and deflation are a monetary phenomenon controlled by the central bank.
Over the past year, the seasonally adjusted M1 money supply has been clipping along at an annual rate of 14 percent. This is much more rapid than is appropriate for the Fed’s inflation target of 2 percent. Milton Friedman suggests that in such an instance the inflation will appear after 24 months-in this case after the presidential elections.
Moreover, during June and July 2011 the M1 money supply was increasing at an annual rate of more than 40 percent. This is a huge rate of increase and suggestive of a coming burst of inflation in 2013. However, in the first half of September 2011, the Fed applied the brakes, with a vengeance. The seasonally adjusted M1 money stock was actually decreasing at an annualized rate of almost 5 percent. Although this is less than the decrease of 30 percent during the Great Depression of the early 1930s, it could push the economy deeper into a double-dip recession. And this could occur before the presidential election of 2012.
The Federal Reserve is in a deep hole. The first policy rule when one is in a hole is stop digging. I fervently hope the Fed will. But I do not expect to read about it in the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee.
This essay was written by a former millionaire. The “fair share” of his assets already has been taken by the government’s fiscal and monetary policies. There is no need to tax him further.
Jim Johnston (email@example.com) is an economic policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.
France: Iran faces high risk of military strike. Russia practices Iranian reprisal
DEBKAfileSpecial Report September 28, 2011, 2:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
France’s UN Ambassador Gerard Araud warned Wednesday, Sept. 28 that Iran runs a high risk of a military strike if it continues on the path to nuclear proliferation. “Some countries won’t accept the prospect of Tehran reaching the threshold of nuclear armament,” he said. “Personally I am convinced that it would be a very complicated operation …with disastrous consequences in the region.”
Ambassador Araud’s comment confirmed reports from debkafile’s military sources in recent months that US and European sanctions against Iran had been ineffectual
and the ayatollahs had no intention of slowing down on their drive for a nuclear weapon.
The French diplomat was not the only one to raise the alarm this week about regional war clouds circling over Iran.
Sept. 9-26, the Russian army, joined by Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, deployed 12,000 troops in a huge combined military exercise code-named Center-2011 which simulated an Iranian attack on Caspian oil fields operated by American firms in reprisal for a US strike against Iranian nuclear sites.
Russian intelligence postulated an instantaneous Iranian reprisal for this strike and based the war game staged by Russian-led Collective Rapid Force and the Collective Rapid Deployment Forces of the Central Asian Region –CSTO – on this assumption.
Our military sources disclose that the forces taking part in the exercise were briefed for a two-stage scenario:
Stage One: An naval attack on the Caspian Sea coast coming from the south (Iran).
Stage Two: A large-scale air and ground attack from the south by 70 F-4 and F-5 fighter-bombers, namely, the bulk of Iran’s air force, along with armored divisions, marine battalions and infantry brigades landing on the northern and eastern shores of the Caspian Sea.
The Russian briefing conjectured that the Iranian offensive would single out the Kazakh oil field at Mangustan on the Caspian coast, a field which debkafile reports Exxon Mobile is operating.
Moscow clearly attached the highest importance to the exercise and extreme credibility to the hypothetical scenario. Russian chief of staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov personally commanded the drills and on Monday, Sept. 26, President Dmitry Medvedev toured the field commands and units.
Tehran was not idle: Tuesday, the day before the war game ended, Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, commander of the Iranian Navy, stated that Iranian warships would be deployed “close to US territorial waters,” since the Islamic Republic of Iran considers the US presence in the Persian Gulf “illegitimate and makes no sense.”
After Tehran rejected a recent US request to establish a “red phone” link between the countries to avoid unwanted confrontation between their armed forces in the Gulf region, Ali Fadavi, Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Navy chief, commented enigmatically: “When we are in the Gulf of Mexico, we will establish direct contact with the United States.”
A significant remark on the intentions of another nuclear rogue government came from Peter Hughes, the British Ambassador to North Korea, when he stopped over in Seoul on his way home from a three-year tenure in Pyongyang.
“I have had discussions with high-level officials, who have made clear to me their view that if Colonel Qaddafi had not given up his nuclear weapons, then NATO would
not have attacked his country,” he said.
The ambassador therefore held out little hope of the long-stalled US-South Korea talks with the North resumed lately getting anywhere on Pyongyang’s denuclearization.
All these ominous events – pointed comments by French and British diplomats and the large-scale Russian-Central Asian war game – add up to widespread skepticism about any chance of halting Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon or disarming North Korea.
The end of Ahmadinejad. His cronies barred from election
Exclusive Report September 27, 2011, 6:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the driving force behind Iran’s nuclear program and the most vocal of Israel’s enemies, is on his last legs as president. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has stripped him of most of his powers and shut the door against his having any political future.
debkafile’s Iranian sources report his loyalists have been deserting him in droves since he went to New York to deliver an address to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 23. The Supreme Leader used his absence for the coup de grace: The removal of the president’s loyalists from the list of 4,000 contenders running for seats in parliament (the Majlis) next March.
That was easily arranged: Khameini handed his orders to Ayatollah Mohammad Kani, head of the Assembly of Experts, which In the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for screening all contenders for office. He was told to disqualify all the president’s associates. So, in the next Majlis, Ahmadinejad will be shorn of a loyal faction and any buddies sticking to him when his second presidential term runs out in May 2013 will be out of a job.
The Supreme Ruler degraded the president very publicly with one humiliation after another.
He waited for Ahmadinejad to go on the air in a US NBC interview on Sept. 13 to promise the release of Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, the two American hikers convicted of spying, before cutting him down by suspending their release until the Iranian president was being booed by protesters in New York for reneging on his promise.
Tehran’s political, religious and military insiders were not surprised by his downfall, our Iranian sources report. For some time he had been getting too big for his boots, accumulating more powers than any president before him and only getting away with it so long as he was Khamenei’s fair-haired boy.
But then, the favorite, whose election in 2005 and reelection in 2009, Khamenei engineered at the cost of violent anti-government protests in Tehran, rewarded him with ingratitude. He increasingly flouted the master and in some cases began chipping away at his authority – until Khamenei had had enough and decided to reel him in.
At the last minute, he cancelled a live Ahmadinejad interview on Iran’s second television network wide publicized for the eve of his departure to the United Nations.
The affronts followed him home to Tehran, where waiting for him were serious criminal charges linking his name to the disappearance of three billion dollars from Iranian banks. The name of the embezzler has not been released but our sources in Tehran reveal him as Amir Mansour Arya, an entrepreneur who started a business five years ago with Ahmadinejad’s encouragement and whose fortune grew a thousand fold within a suspiciously short time.
Arya is accused of using his presidential connections to secure multi-billion dollar loans from Iranian banks and then spiriting large sums out of the country.
Ahmadinejad denies any complicity in the crime. He tried fighting back by threatening to publish within 15 days “dozens of names” of rivals he claims are guilty of financial crimes. The deadline came and went without publication.
The betting in Tehran is that the Supreme Leader will not actually sack Ahmadinejad but let him last out his term as yesterday’s man, lame duck in political isolation.
debkafile’s Iranian sources: Two frontrunners for future president most mentioned recently are two hardliners, Majils (legislature) Speaker Ali Larijani, a former senior nuclear negotiator with the West, and ex-foreign minister Ali Akhbar Veliyati, who is a member of Khamenei’s kitchen cabinet as senior adviser on international relations.
Another new religious phenomenon is making inroads into America’s Christian churches. This phenomenon is the merger of Christianity and Islam, which is an abomination
From the time of the conception of Ishmael, trouble reined supreme in Abraham’s camp. As stated in Genesis 16:1-12, Hagar began to mistreat Sarah, Abraham’s wife, in a contemptible manner. Hagar wanted to continually remind Sarah that she was pregnant. Needless to say, Hagar didn’t realize that she was going to bring on serious consequences for her actions. Eventually, Sarah discussed the situation with Abraham and he suggested that she solve the problem herself, since it was her handmaiden. As a result of Sarah reprimanding her harshly, Hagar fled from the camp out into wilderness. But, while in the wilderness, Hagar had a visitation from the Angel of the Lord. The
Finally, as stated in Genesis 20:1-21, fourteen years later, Isaac, the child that God promised Abraham, was born. However, new trouble began to brew when Sarah saw
Unfortunately, though, some of America’s mainline churches are attempting to merge the beliefs of Christianity with the pagan beliefs of Islam. This new religious merger would be known collectively as Chrislam. However, Chrislam is a lie from the pits of Hell. It is a religion that is filled with neo-pagan worship in a Christian framework. It is a religion filled with error and fallacy. It is a religion that will ultimately destroy Christianity in America and the world. It is a religion that could very well be the foundation for the one world church of the future. It is a religion that goes against the teachings of the Bible, specifically the scriptures found in II Corinthians 6: 14-15. It reads, “Be ye not unequally
But, what methods are being used to merge Christianity and Islam. First, scriptures from the Holy Bible and the Qur’an are read in each service and copies of both books are located in the pews. However, it makes no sense to read scriptures from the inspired word of God and then follow it with the reading of similar scriptures from the uninspired Qur’an, since the Bible is the only inspired word of God. As stated in II Peter 1:20-21, “Know this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” Also, it makes no sense to place copies of the Qur’an
Second, Sunday Schools and Bible Studies would use the teachings of Jesus Christ and His so-called Islamic counterpart Muhammad to promote the ideals of Chrislam. But, in reality, there is no way under Heaven to compare the life of Jesus Christ and the life of Muhammad. Jesus Christ was deity; Muhammad was only a human. Jesus Christ prayed to God His Father; Muhammad prayed to Allah, which is considered to be a false god according to the Bible. Jesus Christ advocated love and peace; Muhammad advocated hate and violence. Jesus Christ healed the sick and raised the dead; Muhammad killed those who refused to accept his teachings. Jesus Christ died on the Cross of Calvary for the sins of mankind; Muhammad died from a high fever. Jesus Christ was buried in a borrowed tomb and arose three days later; Muhammad was buried in Medina, Saudi Arabia and he never arose. Jesus Christ ascended back to Heaven in front of many witnesses; Muhammad’s remains are still buried in the same tomb. Finally, Jesus Christ left a legacy of life; Muhammad left a legacy of death. Therefore, it is unimaginable that any Christian Sunday School teacher or Bible Studies leader would compare the life of Jesus Christ with that of Muhammad. However, anyone who would dare to compare the Son of God with a mortal man in a Christian setting should be viewed as a heretic, especially since Islam purports that when Jesus Christ returns to the earth that He will denounce His deity, become a follower of Islam, and help the Islamic Messiah, Mahdi, convert the world to Islam.
Third, Christian gospel songs and Islamic religious songs are completely opposites in their intent and or purpose. Christian songs glorify God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, but Islamic songs glorify Allah, his prophet Muhammad, and those who were martyred for the Islamic belief. Christian songs recognize Jesus Christ as the Lord God Jehovah’s Son, but Islamic songs recognize Muhammad as the Great Prophet of Allah. Christian songs tell the story of Jesus Christ’s birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, but Islamic songs can only tell the story of Muhammad’s birth, life, and death. Christian songs accentuate the power of the blood of Jesus Christ in the lives of His followers now, but Islamic songs only accentuate the heroics of Muhammad when he was alive. Christian songs have the anointing of God placed on them in order to awaken His Spirit that resides in the His followers as they worship Him, but Islamic songs are not anointed by the Holy Ghost, since Islamic believers only worship Allah, a god not recognized by true Christians. Christian songs advocate that there is only one way to Heaven and that way is faith in Jesus Christ, but Islamic songs advocate that Islam is the only way and that followers of Islam must earn their way by following the dictates of the Qur’an without fail. Ultimately, the singing of Christian songs and Islamic songs in the same service are counterproductive. Christian songs would welcome the anointing of the Holy Ghost and Islamic songs would not welcome the Holy Ghost, since Islam does not see Allah as part of a trinity. They see him as a singular, more powerful and more remote god than the Lord God Jehovah. Therefore, the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the darkness of Muhammad cannot be mixed in the praise and worship services held inside Christian churches.
In conclusion, Chrislam is a prime Biblical example of what the Apostle Paul discussed repeatedly throughout the New Testament. Basically, an anti-Christ spirit would be introduced into the church. This spirit would attempt to draw people away from the truth of the gospel. At the same time, the anti-Christ spirit would introduce other ways to Heaven that would contrary to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. As a result, many Christians would deny their faith in Jesus Christ and submit themselves to other heretical and damnable doctrines. At stated in I Timothy 4:1-2, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” Also, in Matthew 7:15-21, it reads,
15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Therefore, any attempts by so-called Christian ministers to merge Christianity with Islam should view the merger for what it is: an abomination to the Lord God Jehovah and a spiritual trap for followers of Jesus Christ. As a result, Christians who believe that there is more than one way to Heaven have already been caught in the trap. Also, Christians who believe in a works salvation have already been caught in the trap. Needless to say, Christians who believe that Allah and the Lord God Jehovah are the same god have already been caught in the trap. Finally, Christians who believe that Chrislam, the merger of Christianity and Islam, is ordained of God have already been caught in the trap.
P.S. The purpose of merging Christianity with Islam is to promote harmony between the two religions and to show possible similarities between the two religions. However, there cannot be any harmony between the two religions, since Islam promotes death for the infidels, which are any and all non-Islamic believers. Also, as seen in the Five Pillars of Islam, there are very few, if any, similarities between the two religions. For example, Islamic believers must recite the creed (There is no god but Allah, and Mohammad is his prophet) at least 125,000 times during one’s lifetime, they must pray five times daily facing Mecca, they must give alms, they must fast from sunrise to sunset during the holy month of Ramadan, and they must make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in their lifetime. But, true Christians would not give recognition to Allah over the Lord God Jehovah and they would not give recognition to Muhammad over Jesus Christ, the Son of the one and only true and living God. As a result, those Christian ministers who are promoting Chrislam in America need to “cease and desist” immediately. If not, the promotion of Chrislam might just be the catalyst that encourages thousands of saved and unsaved Americans to accept Satan’s lie from Hell and, as a result, lose their eternal salvation.
Throughout the history of ancient Israel, God’s chosen people were constantly punished because many of their leaders did not do right in the sight of the Lord. However, King Hezekiah of Judah was different from most kings. He decided early in his kingship (715 B.C. to 686 B.C.) to follow the commandments of the Lord and to live a righteous life before God and his subjects. As a result of his dedication, God gave him wealth, fame, protection, and a long reign of twenty-nine years.
However, what did King Hezekiah do that showed God that his intentions were truly honorable toward Him? The answer to this question can be found in II Chronicles, Chapter 29-32. The first thing that Hezekiah did was to recognize that the Lord God Jehovah was the one and only true and living God. As a result, he reopened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them. He also had the priests and Levites sanctify themselves, sanctify the house of the Lord, and then remove all the filthiness out of the holy place.
The second thing that Hezekiah did was to require the rulers of the city to attend the house of the Lord. After the sacrifices were offered for the atonement of all the people of Israel, King Hezekiah and all that attended with him bowed and worshipped the Lord God Jehovah. As a result, Hezekiah and all the people were overjoyed because of what God had done for the people in such a short period of time. Therefore, God had put His stamp of approval on Hezekiah and the people of Israel as they once again confessed their sins and sought the Lord God that they had rebelled against for many years.
Then, the third thing that Hezekiah did, after he and the rulers of the city were revived spiritually by the Lord, was to send letters to all Israel to come to the house of the Lord in Jerusalem and participate in the Passover, a time to remember the death angel passing over those in Egypt that had blood over their doorpost during the time of the ten
Nevertheless, some people did assemble themselves in Jerusalem. While there, Hezekiah prayed that God would pardon them from all the sins that they had committed. Of course, because they returned to God, He pardoned them and healed them, too. As a result, there was more jubilation in Jerusalem since the time of Solomon. Therefore, after the priests prayed for and blessed the people of Jerusalem, their voice was heard by God and their prayer arose to God’s holy dwelling place, that is, heaven. Then, after the Passover celebration was over, the people who attended went throughout the cities of Judah and utterly destroyed all the symbols of idol worship. Ultimately, by removing the sin from the camp, it made it easier for the people of Judah to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel (Jacob) without having to deal with the temptation of worshipping idols on a regular basis.
Finally, the last thing that Hezekiah did was to permit the Lord God Jehovah to fight his battles against the multitude of enemies that attempted to destroy Judah. When Sennacherib of ancient Assyria made threats to destroy Judah, Hezekiah and his war captains met with his subjects and spoke comforting words to them. According to II Chronicles 32: 7-8, Hezekiah said,
7Be strong and courageous be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:
8With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
However, despite the people of Judah feeling comforted after Hezekiah’s speech, king Sennacherib continued to attempt to terrify and put fear into the hearts of God’s people. In fact, according to II Chronicles 32: 11-17, the godless king of Assyria said,
11Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, saying, The LORD our God shall deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
12Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it?
13Know ye not what I and my fathers have done unto all the people of other lands? were the gods of the nations of those lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of mine hand?
14Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of mine hand, that your God should be able to
15Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this manner, neither yet believe him: for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand?
16And his servants spake yet more against the LORD God, and against his servant Hezekiah.
17He wrote also letters to rail on the LORD God of Israel, and to speak against him, saying, As the gods of the nations of other lands have not delivered their people out of mine hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out of mine hand.
But, even though this arrogant king had the military force to support his accusations, he did not realize that the God of Judah was already brewing a more powerful antidote to his terror tactics and threats from His throne in Heaven. As stated in II Chronicles 32: 21, “the LORD sent an angel who exterminated all the soldiers, officials, and commanders in the Assyrian king’s camp. Humiliated, Sennacherib returned to his own country. When he went into the temple of his god, some of his own sons killed him with a sword.” Therefore, since Hezekiah lived a life of righteous in the eyes of God and worshipped Him with his whole heart, the Lord God Jehovah fought Hezekiah’s battles for him. Such was the life of Hezekiah!
Of course, now in postmodern America, there is even a more important question that needs to be answered. The question is: What must the President of the United States do now and in the future in order to get God to bless America once again? First, the President of the United States should proclaim from the Oval Office that Jesus Chris is God’s only begotten Son and that He alone should be worshipped. As a result, the President should not give any recognition to other false gods from false religions because God does not want to be second place to any other gods. This was evident when He gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mt Sinai, which was to be the foundation for Hebrew law.
3Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.
Therefore, since American presidents normally make it a point to group all religions and their gods into one large pot, it is understandable that God would be less likely to bless America. The same thing happens in human relationships, too. When a girl finds out that her boy friend is two-timing her, she will be less likely to give her true affection to him. Of course, if this continues, this could create a great divide between them. God is no different!
Of course, postmodern skeptics would refute any claim that America’s Founding Fathers were religious. However, the religious life of George Washington, the first President of the United States, would be an excellent example to use in order to prove once and for all that prayer and Bible-reading was important to the writers of the U.S. Constitution. According to David Barton of WallBuilders,
George Washington was elected president unanimously. He was the only president to be elected unanimously and during his inauguration after he took the oath of office, he added “So help me God.” He requested that he be sworn in on the Bible and afterwards he leaned over and kissed the Bible indicating that his oath was not just to the people of the United States, but to God as well. He then offered a prayer for the nation. After the inauguration, Congress went into session and before they did anything they went to church where a sermon was preached and prayers were offered for the elected officials and for the nation.
Needless to say, based on George Washington’s religious activities during his inauguration and during the first session of the U.S. Congress, it is obvious that America’s Founding Fathers did have a remarkable history of prayer and Bible-reading as a part of their daily governmental routine. Then, as a result of America’s past religious history, the presidents of the postmodern period of America’s history must make prayer and Bible-reading the major two resources that they use to tackle the challenges that a dominant world power will encounter. Therefore, prayer and Bible-reading should be used every day to begin any and all governmental meetings. As a result, God would see just how
Third, the President of the United States should destroy all idol and false god worship in the executive branch and then encourage the leaders of the Congress and the Supreme Court to do the same in their branches of government, since this is the reason that God does not bless America as He did many years ago. There are just too many people in high governmental positions that have refused to serve the one and only true and living God. Instead, they bow down to false gods of other non-Christian religions that do
Finally, the President of the United States should make God the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the United States military. In so doing, America’s troops would be needed less and less to fight America’s military battles. Instead, God and His angels would represent the United States against foreign godless nations. In fact, there were several instances in the Old Testament where the Lord fought the battles for the Hebrews. In II Chronicles 20: 15, the Holy Scripture reads, “And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” Also, in II Chronicles 20:17, it reads, “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you.” Finally, in Exodus 14:13, it reads “Moses answered the people, Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.” Therefore, based on these scriptures, it is obvious that the Lord God Jehovah will fight the battles for any nation that prays and worships the Lord God
But, in order for this to happen to any nation that serves the true and living God, the leader of that nation must first possess the characteristics of a godly leader. In other words, where is America’s Hezekiah? Where is a leader who prays to the only true God, the Lord God Jehovah? Where is a leader who is saved through his or her faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ as the only atonement for the sins of all mankind? Where is a leader who does not deny America’s Judeo-Christian heritage? Where is a leader who is a staunch