Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The Berlin administrative court, ruling on a suit brought by a 16-year-old Muslim student, said the constitution guarantees "not only the inner freedom to believe or not to believe, but also the freedom to express this belief."
Relying on expertise from a scholar of Islam, the court ruled that specific hours of prayer have a high significance for Muslims and therefore "a devout Muslim could not be expected to pray only outside of school hours."
I can guarantee you if it were Christian students asking for a prayer room, they would be denied. But since it is the Muslims demanding the room, out of fear and intimidation, they acquiesced. No public school here in the United States would ever allow any Christian to practice their faith publicly, but, Muslims have the freedom to do so.
And furthermore, I seriously doubt that a Muslim nation would reciprocate the same to Christians or Jews wanting to open up a church or allow a prayer room in their schools. Yet they come into other countries and demand that they abide by their religious convictions and give them special treatment.
Fear and intimidation are powerful weapons and the Muslims seem to be experts at weilding it. Which is why no one is able to tell them "no."
Christians on the other hand are not seen with fear or respect and are treated as such. We are basically pacifists from a certain point-of-view.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Estimates of the number of Muslims who actually gathered for prayer, lectures, and reading of the Quran outside the U.S. Capitol ranged from 1,000 to 3,000 -- a fraction of the 50,000 that organizers expected.
Muslims who did participate heard calls to repent from a handful of Christian activists.
Okay, so let me get this straight. The CHRISTIANS are being blamed because they did not have such a huge turnout?! How on earth is that our fault? This is completely ludicrous and quite frankly, comical. *rolls eyes*
Why is it that we, the Christians, seem to get the blame for everything? Unbelievable.
Friday, September 25, 2009
planning the greatest family Christmas ever and cheering on her
youngest son’s team in their bid for the state championship.
Disaster strikes when the team loses their mascot-the Trout. Is it
going too far to ask her to don the costume? So what if her husband
has also volunteered her to organize the church Christmas tea.
When football playoffs start ramping up, the Christmas tea starts
falling apart. Then, one by one her children tell her they can’t come
home for Christmas.
As life starts to unravel, will Marianne remember the true meaning of
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Monday, September 21, 2009
AINSLEY EARHARDT, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: California's Central Valley is considered by many to be the richest and most productive farmland in the nation. But this land is being threatened by the small, harmless-looking minnow called the delta smelt.
Recently, it landed on the endangered species list, prompting a federal court to shut down vital pumps to farmers to help preserve it.
All of the farmers along all of this land, 2/3 of the state of California have depended on water to grow their crops. The water is turned off here, so none of these farmers can expect to get any water.
Sean Hannity hosted a special edition of his program -- titled "The Valley That Hope Forgot" -- in Huron, California, where drought-stricken farmers are suffering because the federal government continues to withhold water to save endangered fish, leaving tens of thousands of farm workers standing in line for hours at food banks. As the show aired amidst a rally of farm workers.
Then, actor Alan Autry, a former Republican mayor of Fresno who is also famous for starring in the television series In the Heat of the Night, slammed President Obama for refusing to intervene. As he recounted post-9/11 fears that al-Qaeda would target the water supply to hurt American agriculture, Autry observed that the conditions created by the federal government by intentionally withholding water are similar to what he would have expected in the aftermath of a terror attack. Autry:
One of the things we were charged with by the federal government was to work together locally to protect the water supply to farming communities so they could continue to provide food for the nation. Now, if you would have told me that those – that water would have stopped, I would have believed maybe al-Qaeda struck, not the federal government.
Actor/comedian Paul Rodriguez has been an outspoken opponent of shutting down the pumps. Interviewing comedian and former Democrat Paul Rodriguez, chairman of the California Latino Water Coalition. Rodriguez, who last year supported Barack Obama but famously turned GOP after Democrats refused to help him and other farmers obtain water for their crops, made a plea for help to President Obama on Hannity's show:
Mr. President, with all due respect, we pray that you will read our letter and look at our dilemma. We don't want you to give us a loan. We didn't do anything wrong. We did everything right. We grew more food than anybody else with less water. And for that, our reward was you cut the water off. Come on, what's up?
After Rodriguez observed that it is a "bad comedy" and a "bad joke" that unemployed California farmers are having to wait in line at food banks to collect food grown in other countries because America's government will not allow them to use the existing water supply to grow crops that could feed much of the nation, Hannity first brought up Rodriguez's past support for Obama.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has demanded that President Barack Obama's cabinet rethink federal policy that would divert water from parched farms and cities to threatened fish, his administration said on Wednesday.
This is a travesty and a huge slap in the face to the Hispanic farmers in California. This state won the election for BHO and how does he repay them? By taking away their water and livelihood. Now they have to rely on CHINA to provide their food? And for what? A stupid little fish? WTH?! Humans come first!
In a way this can be good news for the GOP. Obama is alienating the Hispanic race. Paul Rodriquez was a huge supporter of BHO and now he is a Republican. People are finally seeing the true colors of this so-called president.
I cannot believe this is happening? This actually has surprised me. *shaking head*
Friday, September 18, 2009
The vote on Thursday was 345-75 (see roll call vote) to pass an amendment blocking the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) from receiving federal funds under H.R. 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009. The Senate overwhelmingly passed a similar amendment on Tuesday on an 83-7 vote. (See earlier article on Senate vote)
Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa), who has been one of the most outspoken critics of ACORN on Capitol Hill, alleges there is massive evidence that the organization engaged in voter fraud. "[There were] over 400,000 fraudulent voter registration forms turned in by ACORN -- and that's by their own admission," he notes. "There are at least 70 prosecutions and convictions of ACORN personnel for violations of various laws, most of them election fraud laws."
But the Iowa lawmaker says an all-out, full-court-press federal investigation is the only way to bring ACORN to heel.
"We've got to have congressional investigations going on," he urges. "And Eric Holder as the [U.S.] attorney general must start a complete investigation of ACORN, where they go in with forensic accountants and audit every single ACORN affiliate along with ACORN." In addition, says King, the Internal Revenue Service should be brought in to conduct an audit of "all of the dollars that flow through this criminal enterprise."
King adds that he is shocked 75 Democratic members of the U.S. House are still willing to stand with ACORN after all the evidence that has come forward over the past week.
All I can say, and please excuse my language, it is about damn time!! They need to shut their doors permanently.
HAVE AN AWESOME AND BLESSED WEEKEND, SEE YOU ALL ON MONDAY!!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The Washington Post and TIME Magazine -- publications which, in the past, have shown support for the president's policies -- acknowledge the healthcare bills in the House and Senate do include government-funded abortion on demand. Douglas Johnson with the National Right to Life Committee recalls the words of candidate Obama.
"Barak Obama, when he was running for president, promised Planned Parenthood that his plan would cover abortions -- and that his public plan would cover abortions," says the pro-life leader. (View video clip)
Johnson says healthcare reform supporters in the White House and Congress are not telling the truth.
"They're telling the pro-abortion groups: don't worry, it's in there just like we promised," he explains. "At the same time they're telling the public: don't listen to these people who are telling you that the government's going to pay for abortions."
The pro-life activist wants the media to face up to the challenge of exposing those inconsistencies. "We challenge the news media to conduct their own independent analysis," he states, "and they will find that the government plan is going to pay for all abortions -- and that the only kind of money that the government can spend [is] public funds, federal money."
Johnson suggests people must keep up the pressure on Washington to dismantle any plan that finances abortion.
The media will never, ever turn against BHO, no matter what the truth is. Even if it bit them in the caboose.
The worst thing of all if we are forced to accept this plan, which Obama wants, is that our money will be paying for the murders of innocent blood.
And we cannot refuse to pay our taxes or we wind up serving time or paying phenomenal fees to the IRS. The IRS is going to have so much more control and power over our lives if this debacle of a Healthcare reform goes into action. They will monitor every small business, etc. Truly we would be under a severe dictatorship and no where to turn.
I received another standardized letter from Marion Berry, insisting that we need this healthcare reform, he refuses to back down. I hope and pray that he will be voted out next year, along with Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor. They have gone unchallenged for many years and are quite comfortable in their senate and congress seats. It is time to move them out! I am glad to report that, finally, they will be running against Republicans next year.
Monday, September 14, 2009
"Patrick Swayze, the hunky actor who danced his way into viewers' hearts with "Dirty Dancing" and then broke them with "Ghost," died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.
"Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months," said a statement released Monday evening by his publicist, Annett Wolf. No other details were given.
Fans of the actor were saddened to learn in March 2008 that Swayze was suffering from a particularly deadly form of cancer."
I loved Patrick Swayze I basically became a fan after seeing him on the movie "The Outsiders" he had me hooked from then on.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The line of protesters clogged several blocks near capitol, according to the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. Demonstrators chanted "enough, enough" and "We the People." Others yelled "You lie, you lie!" and "Pelosi has to go," referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Throngs of people waved U.S. flags and held signs reading "Go Green Recycle Congress" and "I'm Not Your ATM." Men wore colonial costumes as they listened to speakers who warned of "judgment day" - Election Day 2010.
Richard Brigle, 57, a Vietnam War veteran and former Teamster, came from Paw Paw, Mich. He said health care needs to be reformed _ but not according to President Barack Obama's plan.
"My grandkids are going to be paying for this. It's going to cost too much money that we don't have," he said while marching, bracing himself with a wooden cane as he walked.
FreedomWorks Foundation, a conservative organization led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, organized several groups from across the country for what they billed as a "March on Washington."
Organizers say they built on momentum from the April "tea party" demonstrations held nationwide to protest tax policies, along with growing resentment over the economic stimulus packages and bank bailouts.
Armey and other speakers directed their ire at Pelosi - Armey took a photo, telling the crowd he wanted to be able to prove to her they were there.
"If it's necessary, we'll come back here next year," he said.
Many protesters said they paid their own way to the event - an ethic they believe should be applied to the government. They say unchecked spending on things like a government-run health insurance option could increase inflation and lead to economic ruin.
Terri Hall, 45, of Starke, Fla., said she felt compelled to become political for the first time this year because she was upset by government spending.
"Our government has lost sight of the powers they were granted," she said. She added that the deficit spending was out of control, and said she thought it was putting the country at risk.
Race also became an issue when a black Republican leader denounced African-American politicians that she said had an "affinity" for socialism.
"I'm outraged prominent black politicians use the race card" to cover up their failed policies, said Deneen Borelli.
Lawmakers also supported the rally. Rep. Mike Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference, said Americans want health care reform but they don't want a government takeover.
"Republicans, Democrats and independents are stepping up and demanding we put our fiscal house in order," Pence, of Indiana, told The Associated Press.
"I think the overriding message after years of borrowing, spending and bailouts is enough is enough."
Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., also spoke at the rally. DeMint said he'd had enough of "Alice in Wonderland" politicians promising more programs at the risk of financial disaster.
"The president has warned us if we disagree with him he's going to call us out," DeMint said. "Well, Mr. President, we are out."
Norman Kennedy, 64, of Charleston, S.C., said he wants to send a message to federal lawmakers that America is "deeply in debt." He said though he'd like everyone to have free health care, he said there's no money to pay for it.
"We want change and we're going to get change," Kennedy said. "I want to see fiscal responsibility and if that means changing Congress that will be a means to that end."
Other sponsors of the rally include the Heartland Institute, Americans for Tax Reform and the Ayn Rand Center for Individuals Rights. Other scheduled speakers included actor Stephen Baldwin and C. Boyden Gray, who worked under the administration of George H.W. Bush.
And just FYI there was over 2 million people protesting. America has woken up! And it is about darn time!! Keep it going people, we have to keep the pressure on!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Mary Teresa Caulfield, 58, of New York, NY, died Sept. 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center, Tower 1 on the 93rd floor.
She was from Eastchester, New York. She worked at J & H Marsh & Mclennan, Inc; an international insurance broking firm.
I am very honored that I am a part of this 9/11 tribute. We tend to get desensitized when all we see is a long list of names of the victims. But now we get the chance to place the face with the name. It makes it more personal and painful, but it is a harsh reality of what occurred that day. We must never forget the innocent lives that were violently taken nor the heroes who gave their lives to save the many.
Make this time of remembrance and let us pray, share and love the ones who survived or lost their loved ones. We cannot change what happened, but we most certainly can continue in unity through God Almighty who keeps us under His tender care and mercy.
Below are comments from the people who knew and loved Mary. Pray for them today. They are hurting.
"Aunt Mary... its coming up to your six year anniversary & still cant get over it! I miss you more than any words can describe. Nothing is the same without you. Please continue to watch over me. I Love you!" Kelly Keane
"If tears could build a stairwayAnd memories were a lane, I would walk right up to heavenTo bring you home again. No farewell words were spoken. No time to say good-bye. You were gone before we knew it, And only God knows why. My heart still aches in sadness And secret tears still flow. What it meant to lose you, No one will ever know. I miss you Mary..... Your was more than just a friend to me.. Love you" Isabel Mlynar
"I'm am so happy that I was able to get to know Aunt Mary! I will always remember the very special dinner at the apartment when she showed up with a trunk full of groceries for us! She thought I was starving her niece :) She was a sweet person with a big heart. Her brother would be proud of the way that she raised his daughter! Love always" Melissa
"Mary was such a wonderful colleague... There was not a thing she would not do for others. She was very professional and competent, and she always did it with a friendly attitude and a great smile on her face. She is greatly missed." Flora Bennett
"Sep-10-2001, Mary and I worked Late that night. I helped her with her bags down to the waiting taxi, and suggested she sleep in late. She often stayed late, and was the only person with a ready smile after hours (or any hour of the day). I think of her often, because she is one of the few genuinely good people I've had the pleasure working with. I'll always miss you. Mary." Sean.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Dear Mr. (blank)
Thank you for your recent email. It is evident that you care deeply
about the integrity of the church’s mission and its faithfulness to
God. I am grateful that you have taken time to share your concerns with
me and make clear your conviction that homosexual sexual relations are
You are not alone in your conviction that this is the only way to
understand what the Bible says. One benefit of the study and discussion
in the ELCA in the last eight years is that so many have participated in
the rich and varied conversations. Over these years I have heard often
that members have grown in their understanding of and appreciation for
God’s Word and their brothers and sisters in Christ. Yet, as you know,
convictions are diverse among us.
Our conversations are not over. We will still engage each other with
seriousness on these matters. As I wrote recently to this church’s
leaders, “We need one another. We need time. We need the voices of
those who lament and those who rejoice over these actions, for together
we have been called to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and engage
in God’s mission for the life of the world.”
The newly adopted social statement, Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust,
and other actions of the assembly, recognize differences of conviction.
They call the people of this church to love our neighbors, respect their
convictions and passions, and speak well of one another, even where
there is no agreement.
In the weeks to come, please continue in conversation with others in
your congregation and beyond. Please also continue to dwell in God’s
Word and be in prayer for the unity and faithfulness of the Church.
At the close of the assembly in Minneapolis, I said to those who were
present or watching the broadcast, “We finally meet one another not in
our agreements, but at the foot of the cross, where God is faithful,
where Christ is present with us, and where, by the power of the Holy
Spirit, we are one in Christ.”
In God’s grace,
Mark S. Hanson
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
President, Lutheran World Federation
8765 W. Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631
800.638.3522 x 2600
It is sad to see where tolerance is leading our churches.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Neal McClusky with the Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom believes the Obama administration is engaging in outright indoctrination of school children. He says that on September 8, Obama will address schools nationwide -- and in conjunction with that speech, school teachers have been sent study packets and a letter from the Department of Education, complete with assignments and questions to ask their students.
"The letter says that 'no other task is more critical to our economic future and our social progress than what these schools do.' Now that alone is a little disturbing because it suggests that the schools are supposed to be pushing social change," McClusky notes.
Some of the suggested discussion questions teachers are to ask students include: "Does the speech make you want to do anything?" and "Are we able to do what the president is asking of us?" Calls to the Department of Education in order ascertain the topic of the speech have not been returned. (See editor's note below)
Apart from the discussion questions, the Department of Education has sent out a "menu of classroom activities." McClusky says those activities include reading books on President Obama and participating in the Department of Education's "I Am What I Learn" video contest, and discussing "why it is important that we listen to the president and other elected officials."
"And so this appears to be very much something intended to make kids talk about how important the presidency is and apparently how inspirational this president is," McClusky points out. "And it could also be about using the schools as tools of social change."
McClusky calls the event "unprecedented." He adds that the Constitution lays out explicit powers for the federal government and education is not among them. "So the federal government has been really unconstitutionally involved in education for the last 40-some years," McClusky says.
He adds that in that time there has been a shift to a more centralized control of education in the implementation of No Child Left Behind, The Race to the Top Fund -- which includes $350 million to develop a national test and force states to adopt national standards.
According to McClusky, the real danger in all of this is that conservatives, who at first did not believe the federal government should be involved, are the ones who are now pushing for the change. He hopes this educational speech and discussion will serve as a wakeup call.
McClusky adds that it is antithetical to a free society to have schools run by a centralized government.
Obama is like a "Juggernaut" nothing seems to deter him from his agenda. He is systematically tearing down everything our forefathers built and believed in. The constitution has absolutely no meaning to him and he refuses to honor it. This includes most of the Democrats in office as well.
I do NOT want a communist nation. And I certainly DO NOT want my children being indoctrinated and taught socialist propaganda.
The video below reveals one thing to me...that celebrities are over-paid and are absolutely clueless on who they are bowing down to. HAT TIP: Z's blog. My comments on her blog
"I pledge not to listen to over-paid actors who worship a secular/communist/socialistic tyrant that wants to tear down our beautiful nation under God Almighty."
The last part of the video sounds like a bunch of mindless zombies, doesn't it? It gave me the chills.