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Friday, December 05, 2003

The really sad thing is the bias against Christianity in the Christian churches, manifested by hatred of the creeds, traditional liturgy, the doctrines of the person and work of Christ, hatred of precision in the doctrine of the Triune God, hatred of the doctrine of the inerrancy of Scripture, animosity toward the Law of God, the ordination of women and sodomites, and hatred of other defining doctrines of Scripture. The enemies are within the gates, and persecution of Christians often comes from the church itself. Maybe it will take persecution to save us.

David Limbaugh: The 'offensiveness' of Christianity: "Of course, it's not the case. There is an intrinsic bias in our popular culture against Christianity, and it's getting worse. The only thing that isn't clear to me is whether the liberal secularists who deny it are oblivious to the discrimination or are being deceitful. I actually think there is some of both."
Scripture says that governments are ordained by God to repress evil and reward the good. That doesn't mean just domestic evil and domestic good. Hitler was evil and WWI was a good war. Saddam was evil and this, too, is a good war.

New York Daily News - Ideas & Opinions - A.M. Rosenthal: We're still learning how evil Saddam was: "But I and my close friends have heard from enough experts in the field to conclude that the Saddam loyalists who are attacking U.S. troops in Iraq now still dream of acquiring nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, and of one day setting them off. "
Hey, Science is going to save us, isn't it? The scandal of the modern age concerns the faking of science, from Margaret Mead, Sigmund Freud, to global warming and aids research. But fake science gets money from the government.

The Washington Times -- America's Newspaper: "Three Maryland researchers have admitted fabricating interviews with teenagers for a study on AIDS prevention that received more than $1 million in federal funds."

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Everyone is a victim. No wonder no one is grateful for anything. See article below. John Leo: Hey, we're all vicitms here: "Expert victimologists estimate that 91.2 percent of people in North America and Europe now qualify as victims, at least in their own minds. This is because hurt feelings keep spreading, and 'society' keeps grinding us down. "
Of course, Rebecca. Why should you be surprised? People do not practice the art of graditude nowadays. Witness the events after 9/11. Millions and millions of dollars in private and public benefits were showered on the families of victims. What did we see? Whimpering for more.

It was your duty to drive the kids. They have it coming to them. It is an entitlement like prescription drugs for the elderly. Don't expect anyone to say thanks. You only did what you should have done.

Rebecca Hagelin: Bring back human kindness - please!: "What was missing? Two simple words: 'Thank you.' Out of six guests, only one uttered the phrase. Let me quickly add, these kids are from good, decent families. "
The abortion industry is just that, an industry that rakes in millions of dollars based on lying to women about life, sex, babies, and religion. It isn't about choice, it isn't about liberty, it isn't about love and compassion. It is about money. There is big money in killing babies. They don't fight back, and their mommies pay the killers. Planned Parenthood ought to be renamed, "Have Forceps, But Won't Travel; You Come to Us." Read this story and weep:

Michelle Malkin: The predators of Planned Parenthood: "Planned Parenthood's outspoken activists remain stone-cold silent about Holly Patterson. She's the teenager who died of tragic complications from taking the abortion drug cocktail RU-486, which she obtained from a northern California Planned Parenthood clinic in September. Holly and her unborn child suffered a painful, bloody and prolonged death."
I have been saying this for about fifty years. But I am one of those right-wing nuts I guess. Why is it, when people come around to see the truth, they never give any credit to those who were right all the time.

Jonah Goldberg: Scrap the U.N., create League of Democracies: "This is a time for big ideas and I've got one: Let's scrap the United Nations. Wait, don't go away. I'm not dusting off the standard 'U.S. out of the U.N.; U.N. out of the U.S.' right-wing screed. But I am serious."
To ask the question is to answer it.
Alan Reynolds: Deflating inflation: "'Some Fear Inflation Is Ready for a Comeback,' or so says the headline of a Wall Street Journal story by Ken Brown. Only six months ago, I felt obliged to debunk deflation scares that were in vogue at the time. Now we are suddenly being urged to worry about inflation. Do things really change that quickly, or do journalists just have to keep discovering something new for us to worry about? "
Yes, laws and constitutions are flexible things, that must not get in our way if the situation "warrants" it. Thus all freedoms can be overthrown on the basis of "necessity."

Telegraph | Money | Brussels considers imposing currency controls: "It is widely assumed EU law guarantees the free movement of capital but, after combing through the treaties and court judgments, EU experts have concluded that this 'absolute freedom' can be limited in an emergency."
Hateful words a war crime - The Washington Times: World: "With a trio of guilty verdicts yesterday, the U.N. tribunal for Rwanda has established that men armed only with words can commit genocide."

Genocide?? When courts make words mean anything, then they mean nothing. My Grandma had it right: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." Names can only hurt you if you are a wimp. Of course, slander is another thing, but we have so legalized slander [we call it freedom of speech], that you can say anything about someone in power with complete immunity. {For instance, that Bush is like Hitler}.

The libs want to have it both ways--that words mean nothing [as in the Free Speech movement at Berkeley years ago--or that you can kill a whole race [genocide]. What light is in those who have departed from faith in Christ, the light of the world?

A light note on a dark subject from my favorite college professor.

Mike S. Adams: I'm just a lesbian...trapped in a man's body: "Two years ago, I attended a 'trans-law' seminar here at the university. The purpose of the seminar was to talk about the unique legal difficulties facing trans-gendered persons in the workplace. Several students attended the seminar in order to earn extra credit for their sociology classes. I attended just for fun. "
Jackson is trying to taint the jury pool. Until black people have had their stomachs full of their black "bros" thumbing their noses at law and morality and demand no-color justice, the likes of Kobe, Jackson, OJ, and others will continue to play the race card. Why not? it works.

The black community needs more brave men like Larry Elder. God bless him.

Larry Elder: Michael Jackson & the race card: "Do the police pull him over for Driving While Black? Does a department store detective follow him around, fearing that he may clip some valuable? Does a racist bank refuse to lend him money? Did his adoring fans shun him because he married the daughter of Elvis Presley and fathered two children with a white woman? Yet now his defenders ask us to believe that 'racist' Santa Barbara DA Tom Sneddon stands willing to risk his reputation to add another notch to his belt by bringing down a black man. Please."
Wheat and Chaff: "Assimilation and Law "

Matthew Powell has some perceptive comments on the necessity for assimilation. The ghetto is wrong, even if it is voluntary.
Martin Jacques has the facts right, but the interpretation all wrong. Europe is its own worst enemy, with its sophisticated snobbery over its blase immorality undermining its own moral fiber; its anti-Christian/religious haughtiness turning its citizens into beasts; its socialistic anti-freedom mentality causing it to sink into a third rate economic entity.

And besides, Chirac did not "demonstrate courage" when he "stood up" to America. He showed the moral cowardice of greed, preferring the brute Saddam over Dubya, because he [Chirac] wanted the illegal money from the "oil for food" program to keep flowing into the French digestive system. The French profess sophistication to the point of ennui, but money always trumps truffles. They deserve it of course, because they are, well, French.

Guardian Unlimited | Guardian daily comment | The end of the west: "Europe is no longer the centre of the world - the future belongs to the might of Asia "
Didn't Hitler have a "final solution" for the Jews? What on earth is this man talking about? Read the article. / News / Boston Globe / Editorial / Opinion / Op-ed / Geneva is a blueprint for war, not peace: "In Geneva on Monday, Jimmy Carter lavished praise on the agreement and suggested that if he had been re-elected in 1980, he could have pushed something like it. 'Had I been elected to a second term, with the prestige and authority and influence and reputation I had in the region,' he said, 'we could have moved to a final solution.'"
I don't know what Kofi thinks is hell, but I suspect that the victims in Dambodia, Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Iraq had a pretty good idea. If the UN had its way, the Iraqi victims would still be experiencing it.

Search for a New U.N. Role: "I know that over the years our record has been far from perfect. The Security Council has been unable to prevent horrendous atrocities � the rule of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia, genocide in Rwanda. But, to paraphrase Henry Cabot Lodge, the United Nations may not have brought us to heaven but it played a vital role in saving us from hell."
Ann Coulter has it right!! Americans get more outraged by a bad call by the referee on Sunday football than they do about the slaughter of the innocents.

Supreme Court Opinions Not Private Enough: "The nation embarked on its abortion holocaust in 1973, when the Supreme Court astonished the nation by suddenly discovering that the Constitution mandated a right to abortion, despite there being nothing anyplace in the Constitution vaguely hinting at abortion.
Everyone knew the decision in Roe v. Wade was a joke. The decision hinged on the convenient notion of 'privacy,' which, oddly enough, still fails to protect my right to manufacture methamphetamine, saw off shotgun barrels or euthanize the elderly, privately or otherwise. Even Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz has said the decision was wrong. "
Are these the values that Tom Osburn taught. I think not.

Joel Mowbray: Disturbing New Trend: "Win at all Costs": "People should worry, though, about what his firing says about the state of not just college football, but amateur athletics generally. Nebraska's athletic director, in announcing his decision, placed little emphasis on anything other than Solich's inability to create a "win at all costs" program. "

Proud to Be an American? I sure am!

The following is from an e-mail on the President's visit to Iraq. This
is an "in the building" version of the moment from a young Army

We knew there was a dinner planned with Ambassador Bremer and LTG
Sanchez. There were 600 seats available and all the units in the
division were tasked with filling a few tables. Naturally, the 501st MI
battalion got our table.

Soldiers were grumbling about having to sit through another
dog-and-pony show, so we had to pick soldiers to attend. I chose not to
go. But, about 1500 the G2, LTC Devan, came up to me and with a smile,
asked me to come to dinner with him, to meet him in his office at 1600
and bring a camera. I didn't really care about getting a picture with
Sanchez or Bremer, but when the division's senior intelligence officer
asks you to go, you go.

We were seated in the chow hall, fully decorated for Thanksgiving when
aaaaallllll kinds of secret service guys showed up. That was my first
clue, because Bremer's been here before and his personal security
detachment is not that big.

Then BG Dempsey got up to speak, and he welcomed ambassador Bremer and
LTG Sanchez. Bremer thanked us all and pulled out a piece of paper as
if to give a speech. He mentioned that the President had given him this
thanksgiving speech to give to the troops. He then paused and said that
the senior man present should be the one to give it. He then looked at
Sanchez, who just smiled. Bremer then said that we should probably get
someone more senior to read the speech.

Then, from behind the camouflage netting, the President of the United
States came around. The mess hall actually erupted with hollering.
Troops bounded to their feet with shocked smiles and just began
cheering with all their hearts. The building actually shook. It was
just unreal. I was absolutely stunned. Not only for the obvious, but
also because I was only two tables away from the podium. There he
stood, less than thirty feet away from me! The cheering went on and on
and on. Soldiers were hollering, cheering, and a lot of them were
crying. There was not a dry eye at my table. When he stepped up to the
cheering, I could clearly see tears running down his cheeks. It was the
most surreal moment I've had in years. Not since my wedding and Aaron
being born.

Here was this man, our President, came all the way around the world,
spending 17 hours on an airplane and landing in the most dangerous
airport in the world, where a plane was shot out of the sky not six
days before. Just to spend two hours with his troops. Only to get on a
plane and spend another 17 hours flying back. It was a great moment,
and I will never forget it.

He delivered his speech, which we all loved, when he looked right at me
and held his eyes on me. Then he stepped down and was just mobbed by
the soldiers. He slowly worked his way all the way around the chow hall
and shook every last hand extended. Every soldier who wanted a photo
with the President got one. I made my way through the line, got dinner,
then wolfed it down as he was still working the room. You could tell he
was really enjoying himself. It wasn't just a photo opportunity. This
man was actually enjoying himself! He worked his way over the course of
about 90 minutes towards my side of the room.

Meanwhile, I took the opportunity to shake a few hands. I got a picture
with Ambassador Bremer, Talabani (acting Iraqi president) and Achmed
Chalabi (another member of the ruling council) and Condaleeza Rice, who
was there with him. I felt like I was drunk.

He was getting closer to my table so I went back over to my seat. As he
passed and posed for photos, he looked me in the eye and said, "How you

I smiled and said "God bless you, sir."

To which he responded "I'm proud of what you do, captain." Then moved
--From PCA News

George Barna finds a mere nine percent of self-affirming born-again
Christians hold a Biblical worldview. The number falls to two percent in
the denominations hemorrhaging members. The study which contacted 2,033
people projected a standard four percent compliance with a classical
Biblical worldview. Even non-denominational independents only reached 13
percent congruence.

For the purposes of the research, a Biblical worldview was defined as
believing that absolute moral truths exist; that such truth is defined
by the Bible; and firm belief in six specific religious views. Those
views were that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life; God is the
all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe and He still rules
it today; salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned; Satan is
real; a Christian has a responsibility to share faith in Christ with
other people; and the Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.
+ Barna Research Group, Ltd., 5528 Everglades St., Ventura, California
93003 (805) 658-8885

Christian Observer

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Gary D. Halbert, with the story of the President's trip to Iraq, from InvestorsInsight. "While most Americans praised President Bush for his daring surprise visit to the troops in Iraq on Thanksgiving, there were those who criticized him. In particular, several of the Democratic presidential wannabes, and who else but Hillary Clinton, who made discouraging remarks to our troops on her trip to Iraq the day after Bush left. Also, several of the media outlets that were not invited on the stealth trip to Iraq weren’t particularly happy about it either. We’ll talk about all this later on. "
Doud and the rest of the American chickens know the effect internationally of presidential pictures with caskets. They want the war to fail; they want America weakened, so that an international, pagan, Anti-Christian government can take charge. It won't happen, though, because Babylon is fallen.

The New Republic Online: No Show: "'That is the enemy's entire war objective: to inflict pain. And that is why it would be a strategic error to amplify and broadcast that pain by making great public shows of sorrow presided over by the President himself. In the midst of an ongoing war, a guerrilla war, a war that will be won and lost as a contest of wills, the Commander in Chief--despite what he feels in his heart--must not permit himself to show that he bleeds. "

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

He's right. Trusting Arafat and other Islamists in peace talks is romantic nonsense. The kind that leaves you dead.

Giving Peace Talks a Chance ( "It may be romantic nonsense, but it's a nice distraction from reality"
This liberal rag, like all the others, is always ready to settle for less: less freedom, less morality, less freedom from taxes, less religion, and less personal responsibility. | Opinion | It would behoove the U.S. to settle for less in Iraq: "What must we accomplish in that country before it is safe to withdraw U.S. troops, turn over governing authority to Iraqis and leave them to their own devices?"
Where are the "moderate" Muslims?

Over the cuckoo's nest - The Washington Times: Commentary: "One of Pakistan's most respected former army chiefs supplied a chilling explanation last week: because the 'terrorists' are the 'freedom fighters' of a 'Muslim world facing unprecedented oppression and injustice.' "
So how can any serious thinker really believe that the UN is the answer to terrorism? Thank God for Bush's resolve on this.

RealClear Politics - Commentary: "'A U.N. monitoring committee complained yesterday that 108 nations have failed to file required reports on their actions in the war against terrorism, such as freezing assets and reporting the names of suspected terrorists."
The President's political enemies, some of whom would defeat him at whatever cost to America, cannot bear to have him look good. If he does his job as President well, then they must pick and peck and find fault. They cannot bear the idea that if he is a good president, he might well profit politically.

They loved it when Bill Clinton scored a politcal success and made his critics look bad, which he was very good at doing. The difference between this presdent and that one is this: Clinton really did everything for politics. It was enough if he appeared presidential; he cannot be presidential. The New York Post has it right: [click on the link below]

New York Post Online Edition: postopinion: " For the Iraqis, it was a message of commitment to finishing the job that has been started. True, the president did not walk the streets of Baghdad and glad-hand a lot of regular Iraqis, but his (first) visit will have lifted the spirits of those who are glad that Saddam Hussein, the man who murdered more Muslims than anyone on the face of the planet, is gone from power. "


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