Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Whole Armor of God, Part14C

Today I resume my series of articles commenting on the concepts and principles involved in the Armor of God, which the Apostle Paul described in the New Testament. This is the topic of the Sunday school lesson, which I am currently teaching.

“Being strong in the Lord” comes from the Spirit of God.

Peter, while in the upper room after the Passover meal, told Jesus that he would never deny Him even if he had to die with Him. Jesus replied that that very night, before the cock crowed, he would deny Him three times. This Peter did.

Matthew 26:33-35

Peter answered and said unto him, “Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.” Jesus said unto him, “Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.” Peter said unto him, “Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee.” Likewise also said all the disciples.

Matthew 26:69-75

Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
Jesus told the disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from God.

Luke 24:49

And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Acts 1:8

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

At Pentecost the Holy Spirit filled the disciples. Then they spoke with boldness.

Acts 2:1-4

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2:14-16

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

Acts 4:8-13

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. \

The Spirit of God changed Peter from being afraid of being recognized as having been associated with Jesus to being a powerful witness for Jesus. The Holy Spirit can change you, also.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Washington Spending 101: How to Stop the Explosion of Debt

I have been participating the past two weekends in a #twitterTeaParty. Here is one of my tweets: .


Income @ $2.4 T


Spending @ $3.8 T


Deficit @ - $1.5 T

Hey, @BarackObama, @JohnBoehner, @SenatorReid WHAT DON'T YOU GET?

What don’t the entrench poluticians get about this basic lesson in economics. Their proposals (both Speaker John Boehner’s bill and Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bill are inadequate.

They join many other members of the United States Congress who are!!!

Here is a great video from the Republican Study Group (RSG):

Friday, July 29, 2011

Buddy, can you spare me a trillion?

Hat tip goes to Netty Wisbaum @tasteofaz who posted a link to the YouTube video below. She concludes her tweet writing, “DUMP EVERY DEM & RINO IN 2012!” To that I say amen.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Congressman Connie Mack's "Penny Plan" to Attack Federal Deficit/Debt

Hat tip goes to Sean Hannity for making his audience aware of an approach to the Federal Deficit/Debt crisis. U.S. Representative Connie Mack of Florida authored the Mack Penny Plan.

Here is a July 22 Press Release from Congressman Mack’s website that outlines his legislation:

... Mack Plan to Balance the Budget within Eight Years

WASHINGTON- Today, Congressman Connie Mack (FL-14) welcomed the support of Freedom Works for the “One Percent Spending Reduction Act," legislation – also known as the "Penny Plan" – that was introduced by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) last week, and authored by Congressman Connie Mack (R-FL) last spring in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mack stated: “I am proud to have the support of Freedom Works and the great work of their Chairman, Leader Dick Armey. Our deficits and debt hang around us like an albatross, and last November American voters sent a clear message to their elected officials that ‘enough is enough’ when it comes to Washington’s appetite for spending.”

Presently the Mack Penny plan enjoys the support of over 40 co-sponsors in the U.S House; the backing of the Republican Study Committee’s 103 Members, three key U.S. Senators, and two grassroots organizations .

The Penny Plan balances the budget by:

• Cutting total federal spending by one percent each year for six consecutive years,

• Setting an overall spending cap of 18 percent of gross domestic product in 2018, and

• Reducing overall spending by $7.5 trillion over 10 years.

If Congress and the President are unable to make the necessary cuts, the bill’s fail-safe triggers automatic, across-the-board cuts to ensure the one percent reductions are achieved.

Matt Kibbe of Freedom Works stated: “Washington is on an unprecedented spending binge. Our national debt has skyrocketed to nearly $14.4 trillion. The Republican Study Committee has listed the One Percent Spending Reduction Act as a bold solution in their “Cut, Cap and Balance” proposal letter to House leadership. The letter states that it would be fiscally irresponsible to raise the debt ceiling without immediate spending cuts, enforceable total-spending caps and a balanced budget amendment. Rep. Mack’s “penny plan” should be considered as the second part of the RSC’s “Cut, Cap, and Balance” approach for the debt ceiling in order to put federal spending on the path to a balanced budget.”
This plan is much better than anything else I have seen to date. It is worth serious consideration discussion in both Houses of Congress. However, it may be too simple and make too much sense for our spending addicted Congress to grasp …

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This is "National Government Spending Addiction Intervention Week"

If June is declared and celebrated by our nation’s president as “Support Sodomy Month,” then we certainly should at least recognize that Washington, District of Corruption is equally deserving of its own week! Some in the patriot movement have designated the week beginning July 25th as "National Government Spending Addiction Intervention Week.”

How appropriate comparing America’s government to a hard-core drug addled addict. Instead of alcohol, heroin or cocaine, Congress' and recent Presidents’ drug of choice is SPENDING. See the excellent video, SPENDITOL, which I posted the other day and which dramatically spotlights our governments’ drastically disabling condition.

Entrenched politicians, like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, even Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, and of course, without question, former Speaker and current Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have as their default position – spending. They just gotta have more money to feed their voracious habit. All of the current proposals are unacceptable. The new Boehner Plan, the Reid Plan, and the McConnell Plan do not provide enough short-term budget cuts. They all kick the can out of the Milky Way.

I encourage you to check out two outstanding websites, namely


Please join me in providing intervening and wakeup calls, e-mails, tweets, FB posts, faxes, telephone calls, letters, etc to our derelict President and members of Congress smitten all with the overwhelming lust to spend our money, China’s money and other moneys that they really don’t have …

Monday, July 25, 2011

SPENDITOL* - The Washington Wonder Drug!

Hat tip goes to @TheLookingSpoon on twitter for posting this video!
Announcing a new Washington wonder drug, Spenditol*

A fitting marketing motto might be.

Spenditol* and then some …

*Manufactured in China for
The U.S. Congress & the White House
Barack H. Obama, C.E.O.
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Wasting-a-ton, District of Corruption

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Whole Armor of God, Part 14B

Today I continue my series of articles commenting on the concepts and principles involved in the Armor of God, which the Apostle Paul described in the New Testament. This is the topic of the Sunday school lesson, which I am currently teaching.

Abram knew the right thing to do in a crisis for God was with him.

Abram had faith in God who had blessed him and had spoken to him in the past. One day he learned that his nephew had been taken captive by a confederation of kings. Nowhere is it recorded that he had to seek counsel of God on what he should do about the situation. He had 318 men trained for combat duty ready to engage any enemy. He had made a confederation with three others who I would think each had men under their command otherwise a confederation would have been meaningless. These went off to retrieve Lot, Abram’s nephew, and defeat the intruders. He then tithed the spoil, allowed those with him to take their share of the spoil, but refused to take any spoil for himself. You might remember that Abram is over 75 years old when he goes off to war. This attack by Abram, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre also prevented an attack on themselves in the future. The account is found in Genesis 14:1-24.

Genesis 14:1-7
And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations; That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar. All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea. Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled. And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim, And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto Elparan, which is by the wilderness. And they returned, and came to Enmishpat, which is Kadesh, and smote all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezontamar.

Genesis 14:8-9
And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim; With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five.

Genesis 14:10-12
And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain. And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way. And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

Genesis 14:13-16
And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram. And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan. And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

Genesis 14:17-20
And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale. And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

Genesis 14:21-24
And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich: Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.

God worked through Abram and the people in his army to provide a victory. He was strong in God. In the same way, God also works through every believer often without us even realizing it.

If you desire God to work through you in the way he did Abram, then you can start today by receiving Jesus into your heart. You can pray to God confessing to Him that you are a sinner and then invite Jesus into your heart. A sample prayer is, “Lord Jesus Christ forgive me of my sins and come into my heart.”

Saturday, July 23, 2011

One Patriot's Plan to Attack the Federal Deficit/Debt

After following yesterday’s fiasco in the Senate where Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid chided and belittled the Republicans for proposing such a comprehensive, realistic though imperfect plan (as Cut, Cap and Balance) to deal with our national deficit and debt, I decided to develop my own common sense plan. This plan roughly follows the Cut, Cap and Balance structure of the Republican House passed bill. See what you think.

This is also partially in response to lack of any White House or the Senate plan for dealing with the deficit/debt. Actually the Senate has not even proposed nor produced a budget for over two long years. Although they had the time to push through an inordinately irresponsible, costly, unnecessary so-called health care “reform” bill, which turns out to be just an expansion of big government control.

Part 1

Given that Congressional or Presidential commitments, though foolish, negligent and reprehensible as they may be, have incurred debt that must be repaid. I think that the President is asking for $2.4 Trillion. Given his track record, he should not be given the amount he requests. I took a number, $1.7 Trillion which would increase the Debt Ceiling to the ridiculous amount of $16 Trillion. That is $1.7 more than Congressman Ron Paul would bequeath to our irresponsible President and Congress. However, we have to have some starting point. I do attach some caveats on the increase in the Debt limit, though.

First, it should be stipulated that the debt ceiling increase should be FROZEN by law at the $16 Trillion figure. Furthermore, it should be legislated that it would take ¾ of both houses of Congress and the President’s signature to ever increase that amount in case of an unforeseen happening.

Second, and here is the tough part for Congress, that increase must be offset by 1/3 cut of the Debt Limit increase, (the $1.7 Trillion) to government spending in FY 2011/FY 2012. This means that the President and Congress would have to come up and approved $570 Billion in cuts over the next 15 months. In addition, the FY 2013 budget must be trimmed 2/3 of the $1.7 debt limit increase, or $1.4 Trillion. This gives the President and Congress over a year to prepare for some very significant cuts. Maybe this will take their lustful eyes off more spending …

Both of these provisions would be codified in the law. All of these items would be included in the Stop the OverSpending Act of 2011 (SOS).

Part 2

Starting with FY 2014 government spending must be reduced to no more than 20% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP.) (It amounts to more than 24% now, thanks to spendthrifts in the White House and 111th Congress).

That’s not all. The Debt Ceiling limit, instead of increasing as in past years, now there must be regular reductions in the overall Debt Ceiling limit. Commencing in FY 2014 the Debt Ceiling will be ratcheted downward by a $1 Trillion. This would occur annually until there would be no Debt Limit.

Both of these provisions would be codified in the law. All of these items would be included in the Stop the OverSpending Act of 2011 (SOS).

Part 3

The final portion of the plan would be to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment by FY 2020. If the Amendment is not passed by then the Stop the OverSpending Act would mandate that government spending must be reduced an additional 1% each year that the Amendment is not passed. This would give both the Federal and the State legislatures an incentive to get the Amendment passed.

I offer his plan to help Congress to get off dead center, to get off the fence, to encourage Congress to stop kicking the can down the proverbial road and deal with this true man-made disaster, our rampant national deficit and debt.

This plan is serious. Therefore, it will take a massive effort to accomplish it. I do not know whether the complacent Congress and the pandering progressive President have the will to do what is necessary to right the ship. Only if they do something significant, the the plan outlined above is there hope for America. Anything else takes us on the sure path to bankruptcy and ultimate destruction.  

I will forward this plan to Speaker Boehner.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Fired Ohio Christian teacher, John Freshwater, victorious on one front

Hat tip to Bob Kellogg of OneNewsNow for reporting the following story online today. This is a story I have followed in the past. The Freshwater hearing drug out for years. Interestingly, a local Tea Party group will be hosting Mr. John Freshwater on Monday night in Mansfield, Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Education has agreed to remove a letter of admonishment from the professional record of a Christian public school teacher who was terminated.

Eighth-grade science teacher John Freshwater was suspended in 2008 and officially fired in 2010 because he allegedly injected religion into the classroom. The Mount Vernon Middle School teacher encouraged his students to think critically about scientific theories such as evolution.

Rita Dunaway is The Rutherford Institute attorney representing Freshwater. "It certainly looks to us that at the heart of this is Mr. Freshwater's faith -- and the fact that he has been open about his faith and not hidden it from anyone," explains the attorney.

Up until now, Dunaway says the state's Department of Education has been relentless in pursuing Freshwater even after his firing -- but that may be over.

"What their letter to me stated is that if they do determine further disciplinary action is warranted that they will be in touch and let us know," she offers. "So I'm anticipating that this will be the end of that admonishment on Mr. Freshwater's record."

Freshwater is appealing his termination in state court, asserting that his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated. He also had been accused of using an electrical laboratory instrument to burn the image of a cross on students' arms.

"President Obama is a centrist" and other lies

“Many in the liberal media are trying to portray President (Barry Soetoro aka Barack) Obama as a centrist.

“Yeah, he’s right in the center, between the far left and the far-far left!”

News Busted Episode 7/22/2011

“During a recent press conference President (Barry Soetoro aka Barack) Obama claimed that 80% of all Americans want more taxes.

“And 75% of all Americans want more root canals!

News Busted Episode 7/19/2011

NewsBusted is a conservative comedy webcast about the news of the day, uploaded every Tuesday and every Friday. Their two lastest episodes includs the excerpts above.

See right panel of this blog and click on the picture to watch this 2-3 minute comedy YouTube video.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

More About Quantitative Easing--What Will Happen Next

Ron Paul Votes Against Cut, Cap, and Balance

Here is his speech:

Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak against HR 2560, the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act. This bill only serves to sanction the status quo by putting forth a $1 trillion budget deficit and authorizing a $2.4 trillion increase in the debt limit.
When I say this bill sanctions the status quo, I mean it quite literally.
First, it purports to eventually balance the budget without cutting military spending, Social Security, or Medicare. This is impossible. These three budget items already cost nearly $1 trillion apiece annually. This means we can cut every other area of federal spending to zero and still have a $3 trillion budget. Since annual federal tax revenues almost certainly will not exceed $2.5 trillion for several years, this Act cannot balance the budget under any plausible scenario.
Second, it further entrenches the ludicrous beltway concept of discretionary vs. nondiscretionary spending. America faces a fiscal crisis, and we must seize the opportunity once and for all to slay Washington's sacred cows-- including defense contractors and entitlements. All spending must be deemed discretionary and reexamined by Congress each year. To allow otherwise is pure cowardice.
Third, the Act applies the nonsensical narrative about a "Global War on Terror" to justify exceptions to its spending caps. Since this war is undeclared, has no definite enemies, no clear objectives, and no metric to determine victory, it is by definition endless. Congress will never balance the budget until we reject the concept of endless wars.
Finally, and most egregiously, this Act ignores the real issue: total spending by government.
As Milton Friedman famously argued, what we really need is a constitutional amendment to limit taxes and spending, not simply to balance the budget. What we need is a dramatically smaller federal government; if we achieve this a balanced budget will take care of itself.
We do need to cut spending, and by a significant amount. Going back to 2008 levels of spending is not enough. We need to cut back at least to where spending was a decade ago. A recent news article stated that we pay 35 percent more for our military today than we did 10 years ago, for the exact same capabilities. The same could be said for the rest of the government. Why has our budget doubled in 10 years? This country doesn't have double the population, or double the land area, or double anything that would require the federal government to grow by such an obscene amount.
We need to cap spending, and then continue decreasing that cap so that the federal government grows smaller and smaller. Allowing government to spend up to a certain percentage of GDP is insufficient. It doesn't matter that the recent historical average of government outlays is 18 percent of GDP, because in recent history the government has way overstepped its constitutional mandates. All we need to know about spending caps is that they need to decrease year after year.
We need to balance the budget, but a balanced budget amendment by itself will not do the trick. A $4 trillion balanced budget is most certainly worse than a $2 trillion unbalanced budget. Again, we should focus on the total size of the budget more than outlays vs. revenues.
What we have been asked to do here is support a budget that only cuts relative to the President's proposed budget. It still maintains a $1 trillion budget deficit for FY 2012, and spends even more money over the next 10 years than the Paul Ryan budget which already passed the House.
By capping spending at a certain constant percentage of GDP, it allows for federal spending to continue to grow. Tying spending to GDP creates an incentive to manipulate the GDP figure, especially since the bill delegates the calculation of this figure to the Office of Management and Budget, an agency which is responsible to the President and not to Congress. In the worst case, it would even reward further inflation of the money supply, as increases in nominal GDP through pure inflation would allow for larger federal budgets.
Finally, this bill authorizes a $2.4 trillion rise in the debt limit. I have never voted for a debt ceiling increase and I never will. Increasing the debt ceiling is an endorsement of business as usual in Washington. It delays the inevitable, the day that one day will come when we cannot continue to run up enormous deficits and will be forced to pay our bills.
In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, while I sympathize with the aims of this bill's sponsors, I must vote against HR 2560. It is my hope, however, that the looming debt ceiling deadline and the discussion surrounding the budget will further motivate us to consider legislation in the near future that will make meaningful cuts and long-lasting reforms.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Rep. Jim Jordan Discusses the ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance Act’

Hat tip goes to the Americans for Limited Government (ALG) and Bill Wilson for this great interview with my Congressman from the 4th District in Ohio. Rep. Jim Jordan is one of the key players on the Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011. The bill successfully passed the House last night and is now on its way for a vote in the Senate.

Cut, Cap and Balance is the only substantive plan out there, with the exception of U.S. Senator Tom Coburn’s recent plan to trim $9 Trillion over the next 10 years. What the President, the Democrats, and Senator Mitch McConnell propose is a joke and what one member of Congress described last night as “Passing, Punting, and Kicking” the problem down the road like we have always done, instead of the serious Cut, Cap and Balance approach.

The President and the Democrats constantly mouthed the mantra of taking a balanced APPROACH. There is something off center about that idea. Their scale is heavily weighted toward more taxes and more spending. A preferred approach is a balanced AMENDMENT, though not perfect, would hold the Congressional and Executive branch spendthrifts’ feet to the fire. It would provide a semblance of ACCOUNTABILITY, which is seriously lacking in Wasting-a-ton, D.C.!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

James O’Keefe Visits Ohio in Medicaid Russian Drug Smuggling Investigation

In June James O’Keefe, the undercover investigator who exposed Planned Parenthood misbehavior, visited the offices of the Ohio Job and Family Services Department, which manage the Medicaid welfare program, in Franklin (Columbus), Marion and Madison Counties here in Ohio.

The embedded YouTube video below is Part One of O’Keefe’s Project Veritas' latest investigation which was just released nationwide on Monday morning.

In the video O’Keefe and company expose some flagrant examples of Medicaid fraud and abuse. Maybe Governor John Kasich needs to trim some more from Ohio’s Medicaid Budget as a result of these revelations. And maybe some workers need to go.

Here is an excerpt from an email I received about the video:

On the tape you'll see how our undercover investigators were literally coached through the application process for Medicaid benefits by state workers in Ohio, even AFTER explaining that their income from dealing illegal drugs was much too high to qualify for public assistance.

When asked about whether they should report a vehicle valued at nearly $1 million, Franklin County Medicaid officer Traci Daniels told our reporters, "If it's not something registered here, maybe I just wouldn't mention it. Not that I can say that. You didn't hear that from me."

At another office in Madison County, Medicaid worker Robin Johnson assured our investigators that their immigration status would not prohibit them from collecting benefits. "Even if we run into people that are illegal aliens, it's not like we report them to INS or anything," she said.

While the whole world watches Congress and the president bicker over our nation's debt ceiling, nobody in Washington has asked the obvious question: Where did all that money go in the first place?

Now we know the answer. The only question left is: What are we going to do about it?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Late Night Takes U.S. Popularity in the Middle East

Late Night Jokes

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

According to a new poll, U.S. popularity in the Middle East is at an all-time low. How could it be lower than before, when it was “Death to America?”

This joke is courtesy of which periodically sends out an email compilation of late night jokes, few of which are worth repeating . . . this was the exception.

Walsh to Obama: Quit Lying

Joe Miller, former conservative Republican candidate for US Senator from Alaska and now chairman of the Western Representation PAC, Restoring Liberty Alaska PAC and Restoring Liberty Action Committee, made the first video below, his video-of-the-week on his website. www.JoeMiller.US

US President Barack Obama (D) on the Need to Raise the Debt Ceiling

I saw this next video on several websites this weekend. In it Rep. Joe Walsh lambasts and refutes much of what the President said in the video above.

US Congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL-8) on the need for Presidential Leadership

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Whole Armor of God, Part 14A

Today I resume my series of articles commenting on the concepts and principles involved in the Armor of God, which the Apostle Paul described in the New Testament. This is the topic of the Sunday school lesson, which I am currently teaching.

“Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might” (Ephesians 6:10).

“Being strong in the Lord” means relying on His power which obviously means to not be involved in occult practices, which are Satanic activities. These include, but are not limited to, such things as witchcraft, séances, Ouija boards, taro-cards, communication with the dead (necromancy), astrology, and other Satanic practices. We do not do God’s work with Satan’s power.

The Scriptures, which address some of these practices, are as follows:

Leviticus 19:31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 18:9-13 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.

Isaiah 8:19, 20 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Daniel 2:27, 28a Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, show unto the king; But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days.

Though Daniel was the head wise man he did not rely on what the other wise men relied on for the ability to give counsel. He relied on God. As well did his three friends: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

King Saul on the other hand sought out a medium when he could no longer obtain an answer from God for his inquires on what to do. The account of it is recorded in I Samuel 28:3-19; 31:13, 14 and I Chronicles 10:13, 14.

I Samuel 28:3-19 1 Samuel 28:3-6 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land. And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and pitched in Shunem: and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa. And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled. And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

1 Samuel 28:7-9 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor. And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee. And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?

1 Samuel 28:10, 11 And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing. Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.

1 Samuel 28:12-14 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul. And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.

1 Samuel 28:15-19 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do. Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy? And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David: Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto thee this day. Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and tomorrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.

I Samuel 31:3-6 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers. Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him. So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armour bearer, and all his men, that same day together.

I Chronicles 10:13,14 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it; And inquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.

This is written as an example for us lest we follow King Saul’s conduct (I Corinthians 10:6-12).
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall (I Cor.10:6-12).

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Diagnosing Obama’s mental state

Michael Savage wrote a book titled, Liberalism is a Mental Disorder. Obviously Barack Hussein Obama (aka Barry Soetoro) is very much a liberal through and through and fits that description to a tee (golf not TEA as in TeaParty!). So, it can be surmised that Obama has a mental disorder.

Obama also suffers from having an apparent Debt Wish. He is motivated, actually intentionally or unconsciously obsessed, with increasing the debt in everything he thinks, says and does.

In addition, Obama has a severe case of Lack of Attention to the Deficit Disorder (LADD). This is a potentially fatal (to America) or terminal condition. Unfortunately is not so rare a disorder especially among Democrats and RINO politicians.

The only remedy is complete rest. Ideally Obama should go back to Chicago and enjoy resting on his undeserved laurels in retirement. It is either now, voluntarily, or it is in November of 2012 when the people force him into an early retirement.

McConnell, Boehner: Don’t be chickens, but do Cut, Cap and Balance!

Hat tip goes to, where I first saw this YouTube video.

Tuesday, July 19 House will vote to cut, cap, and balance

The following is part of an email I received from U.S. Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA-1) regarding the most important piece legislation that will be discussed, voted on, and enacted this year!

Next week, the House will take up debate on the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011. This bill will provide immediate spending cuts, implement a plan similar to mine which would limit spending as a percentage of the economy, and enact a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Then, and only then, it would allow for an increase in the debt limit.

I plan to support this bill because it addresses the need to change the trajectory of spending. We are in this debt crisis not because the debt ceiling is too low, but because spending is too high. Since President Obama took office, the national debt has increased by $3.7 trillion – more than the country acquired from 1776 until 1992!

The Cut, Cap, and Balance Act is a constitutional, permanent solution to put an end to the spending-driven debt crisis and save our children and grandchildren from a bankrupt future. To read more about the plan, click here.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Scapegoat: Now blame it all on the Tea Party

Cartoon by William Warren as found on 7/15/2011

Hat tip goes to David Limbaugh, who in a tweet today cited, Blaming It All On the Tea Party, an 7/15/2011 article on by James W. Ceasar and John York. The Left, especially the politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama and liberal so-called journalists have been bashing the Tea Party movement incessantly for the last few years. Here are a few excerpts from Ceasar and York’s article.
With the breakdown of (debt ceiling) negotiations on a so-called grand bargain on the debt limit demanded by President Obama, liberal commentators have sought a convenient scapegoat to account for the impasse. Not surprisingly, they have begun by rounding up the usual suspect: the Tea Party. Its intransigence, so the line goes, has sunk this great deal.
The authors identify the primary weapon of choice that the liberals bring out of their arsenal of dirty tricks politics to attack this growing and vital grassroots movement.
…In the most malicious and persistent charge–that of racism, which serves as a prophylactic to protect O’bama from any criticism–the evidence offered is a small number of African Americans in the movement. But how many African Americans, already the most liberal group in America, should one expect to join a movement opposing Barack Obama? And of course when one does, like Herman Cain, and upon a strong showing in a debate wins the respect of the hordes of racists, he immediately becomes subject to the most unseemly attacks by those free of any hint of racial prejudice

Masterfully, Ceasar and York conclude their article with a summary of what boils down to be the ultimate showdown – the battle of twenty-twelve.
At the end of the day, the choice the nation faces is pretty clear–even if both sides will at one day face a point of reckoning. One side wishes a more constrained federal government and greater austerity in our welfare programs. It will hold or cut these programs to the point where it finds it cannot go much further, at which time other remedies may need to be considered. If one wants a model for this approach, it is necessary to look no further than the policies of some of the red-state governments (or Great Britain). The other side wishes a federal government at and beyond the level of 2008 and beyond the current level. If one wants a model for this approach, the blue-state of Illinois or California will do just fine. This side will continue to maintain and expand government, cutting national defense to the bone and adding more “revenues,” up to the point it becomes literally unsustainable. That point has not been reached yet.
This is the choice the nation faces. As of 2011, it has not been definitively made. Perhaps 2012 will be the year of the Tea Party.
I would take it one step further, 2012 must be the year the Tea Party movement matures and fully blooms, otherwise America as we know it will be no more. In other words, 2012 must be a ratcheted repeat of 2010 where more intransigent entrenched RINOs (like John Boehner and Lindsey Graham) and radicalized Democrats are expelled from Washington, D.C. and many more constitutional conservatives are brought in to reinforce the Jim DeMints, the Rand Pauls, the Jim Jordans, and the Allen Wests.

2012 must also be the year that the Congress and the President prepare, pass, and adhere to a prescribed budget and begin to severely shrink government down to a size originally contemplated and designed by our wise founders.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

So You Just Got Back from Jury Duty, part 2

Help Sponsor a Child in Need

I got message below from Lifeline Ministries. Lifeline is a missions organization serving many North American nations including Haiti, Honduras, and Mexico. They help the poor and disadvantaged as well as teach them about Jesus.  I was especially touched by this particular story.
July 11, 2011 Carlos Cojon and his wife Paty are the Directors of the Omoa Children's Home in Honduras.  Carlos wears several hats, including Honduras Administrator, but Carlos and Paty's love for the girls simply radiates from them.  We thank God every day for this ministry, the Cojon's, and the changes we see in the lives of these precious girls.
Many precious little girls have come to live at the Home and some have very ugly stories that are hard to repeat.  Most all of these girls have been neglected. Some abused. One was born in prison.  Others molested.  But each grab your heart and within days and weeks they come to recognize that their new-found family loves them deeply.  My hat goes off to Carlos and Paty for what they do.  It is a hard ministry.  
It is even more amazing to see how God has worked in the lives of these girls.  Some of them now are getting higher education, thanks to generous donors.  And one of our oldest girls now works at Lifeline's clinic.  The older girls have all claimed their own personal faith and relationship with our Lord.  They have been baptized and are active in the church and community outreach to the youth.

Please praise God and join us in praying for a very special little girl that has recently been placed in the home...

Karla, the newest "angel" at the Omoa Children's Home
Hello everyone! My wife and I have ministered almost 6 years at the OmoaChildren's Home, and God is giving us great experiences, especially when new "angels"  come to our home. This year we were praying for two girls and, in God´s time, they came three weeks ago.  But we did not know that God had another angel for the Children Home.  Last week we got a call from the police and the Public Prosecutor's  Office asking us for a place  for one  special girl. She was at ahospital because she was rescuefrom a sad situation.   My wife went to see her at the hospital and  really her situation was deplorable.  She is 11 and can´t speak; she could not walk because she was used to being tied up to a chair. And since Karla was used to being tieup she never learned to eat like a normal person, etc. Karla  does not have parents; they  are dead.  Karla was under the care of one of her sisters who is 19 years old  and she tied her up.   The police, together with Public Prosecutor Child  Rescue,  heard about our home and  they asked  us to  have Karla temporarily (I don´t know how long is "temporary") but we accepted this challenge. God knows the best for Karla, I can say, God is working hard on His Creation.   Karla is doing well here.   Thank you for your prayers and love for the children in Honduras; God bless Lifeline's ministry around the world. In His Work, Carlos 
If you would like to sponsor a child like Karla or make a one time donation to Lifeline Ministries, please click here.

Man Arrested for Banking While Black

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

IPAB'S Broad Powers for Non-Elected Officials

Hat tip goes to the Health Care Compact for the following information and the YouTube video below.

INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD (IPAB): “This is Not Just 'Advisory'” says U.S. Rep. Diane Black
The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is a "cost cutting" panel that was established as part of the new health care law (infamously known as ObamaCare). Although the IPAB will technically only produce recommendations, those recommendations take effect automatically unless Congress (by a 2/3 majority) votes to block them. This creates a dangerous precedent for overriding the normal legislative process.

IPAB is one of many bad provisions of ObamaCare. ObamaCare must be repealed, defunded before it takes away more liberties of Americans.

Cut, Cap, & BALANCE – Getting the Complete Picture

Hat tip goes to my Representative U.S. Representative Jim Jordan, (R-OH-4), and his conservative Republican Study Group (RSG) which produced the video embedded below. The video deals with how to handle the massive deficit, debt and Democrat desire to again raise an already dangerously high and going-through-the-roof debt ceiling.

As RSC Chairman Jim Jordan and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor wrote in their USA Today op-ed today:  
…Always a concern, the national debt has grown into a malignant cancer on our economy. Attacking this cancer at its root means cutting spending. If we do not, the U.S. will face a job-killing debt crisis within just a few years.
Promises, Promises - Near-term spending cuts are necessary to alter the course, but they will not be enough without long-term changes. Likewise, promises of cuts 10 years from now mean little without a way to enforce them. The only way to truly guarantee delivery from future politicians is if the Constitution demands it. That's why the House will vote next Wednesday on a balanced budget amendment that would require supermajorities in both chambers to run a deficit, raise the debt ceiling, raise taxes and spend more than 18% of GDP…

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Is Senator Mitch McConnell Willingly Wimping Out?

Here is a press release I received minutes ago regarding U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) apparent outrageous and insane surrender on the out-of-control government spending issue and giving in and giving up on holding the line on the raising the ceiling on the debt. The release came from the Americans for Limited Government.

ALG Blasts McConnell Plan to Give President Unilateral Authority to Raise Debt Ceiling

July 12th, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today released the following statement on a Senate Republican proposal to give the White House singular authority to raise the debt ceiling without congressional approval:

"Under the Senate Republican proposal, Congress would cede its constitutional power to borrow on the full faith and credit of the U.S. in deference to the Executive Branch. All of this, apparently, to solve a short-term political problem for Republicans seeking to avoid blame for a failure to pass an increase in the $14.294 trillion debt ceiling.

"This abdication of responsibility is puzzling to say the least. When spending is this out of control, and the only thing keeping it in check is the congressionally authorized debt ceiling, why would Congress cede its say on the nation's finances?

"If Republicans give sole power to raise the debt ceiling to Barack Obama, it will be a colossal failure of this Congress."