September 29, 2010

Stephen Colbert on Immigrants



Stephen Colbert gives his opening statement during a hearing of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and Border Security (from C-SPAN 9/24/10 coverage).

LMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Army Goes Rolling Along



Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin

September 28, 2010

Birthday Treats at School


If this came home with your first grade child what would you do?

Dear Parents,
This year I am trying to give the students only healthy treats and snacks. Please do not bring cupcakes or cookies for birthday treats. They are very messy and hard to get out of the carpet. Other ideas for treats are: crackers, fruit snacks, fresh fruit or veggies, pencils, or erasers.

You can click on the picture in order to enlarge it.

September 26, 2010

Article I Section 7


All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill Shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.

Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.

Article I Section 8

We the People

Go Green! Recycle Congress In 2010!


I do not like this Uncle Sam,

I do not like his health care scam.

I do not like these dirty crooks,

or how they lie and cook the books.

I do not like when Congress steals,

I do not like their secret deals.

I do not like this speaker Nan,

I do not like this 'YES, WE CAN'.

I do not like this spending spree,

I am smart, I know that nothing's free.

I do not like your smug replies,

when I complain about your lies.

I do not like this kind of hope.

I do not like it, nope, nope, nope!

September 23, 2010

Article I Section 6


The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.

Article I Section 7

We the People

Vote In November

September 22, 2010

Article I Section 5


Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.

Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.

Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be entered on the Journal.

Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.

Article I Section 6

We the People

The Inconvenient Truth About Islam

I want to hug this woman.



I was reading Dr. Laura's Blog today. She wrote a post titled: Fatwa Issued Against Seattle Cartoonist

She has been told to “go ghost,” meaning moving, changing her name, and wiping away her identity. Her life, as she knows it, is gone, or her life will literally be gone. Our government is not going to protect her; she’s out on her own, a target of religious bigotry and tyranny.

SNIP

I call on all Muslims around the world to crack down on Muslims killing Muslims, and Muslims killing infidels. This is not civilized and cannot be negotiated with. Only other Muslims can force their brethren to value free speech and opposing opinions, even objectionable ones…especially objectionable ones.

I agree with Dr. Laura.

September 21, 2010

The Tea Party



The Tea Party movement is not a top-down operation. It's a ground-up call to action that is forcing both parties to change the way that they're doing business and that's beautiful.

The Soul of this movement is the People. Every day Americans who grow our food, and run our small businesses, teach our kids and fight our wars. They're folks in small towns and cities across this great nation who saw what was happening and they got involved.

It is just so inspiring to see real people, not politicos, not inside the beltway professionals. Come out and stand up and speak out for common sense conservative principles.

Who can argue a movement that is about the people government is supposed to be working for the people. That is what this movement is about. This party that we call the Tea Party is the future of politics and I am proud to get to be here today.

--Sarah Palin

via SarahPalinAK on YouTube

How ironic that this video would fall in my lap on facebook today of all days!

September 20, 2010

Article I Section 4


The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.

The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be [on the first Monday in December,](4) unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.

Article I Section 5

We the People

Hatred from the Pulpit is Wrong

I have a problem with all the hatred going on in this election; I would like to ask you all a question. What is the difference in a minister spewing hatred of the whites from the pulpit, or the KKK in front of a burning cross? It is all evil and those teaching such hatred should not be applauded especially in our churches where our children are being brainwashed. Slavery was well over 100 years ago; lets make our world a better place. Some of my grandparents came from Ireland, and other were Cherokee they also suffered hardships but I never heard them talking with such hatred. How can our country ever heal if we do not learn to forgive our past?

Hat Tip! Not Before Coffee

I agree with Gayla on this one. I’m shocked that people going to church to worship God would subscribe to any preacher teaching to hate OR mock in the way that some churches do.

As somebody who’s blog was watched by a white supremacist group here in Omaha it was just a tad bit frustrating to think that they expected me to hate right along-side with them just because I was white.

I don’t know why people do not forgive more these days. Even if you can’t have a personal relationship with the people that hate you OR your ideas, you can still pray for them and forgive them.

The other thing is maybe large quantities of groups can’t forgive the past because they were brought up OR brain washed to hate. That is certainly something else we can pray about and I guess no matter how hard it is to do sometimes.. we can set the example.

I know there are times when I feel as though I have done all I can do short of washing the feet of my enemies. Most people know that what they are doing is wrong and they may not ever come out of that type of sickness. All we can do is continue acknowledge that hate, recognize it and admit to it instead of sweeping it under the rug, and pray over it.

I know if it had been my pastor that had spoke like the ones at Obama’s church for so many years.. I would have never let it get to 20-something years of knowing these people hate the way that they do. I would get up and take my family out of there and find a church that is truly bible-based.

June 2008

Hillary Rodham Obama Ticket?


WASHINGTON (AP) Hillary Rodham Clinton has told congressional colleagues she would be open to becoming Barack Obama’s vice presidential nominee, saying she would consider it if it would help Democrats win the White House. Clinton, a New York senator, made the comment on a conference call with other New York lawmakers Tuesday, according a participant on the call.

Hat Tip: Little Green Footballs

If that’s the case then you can certainly bet that I will be voting for John McCain. I will be voting for John McCain even if it’s just Obama with a no-name for the VP spot. The only person that had an inkling of a chance to be John McCain is Hillary Rodham Clinton.

It will be interesting to see if she concedes the Democratic Nomination since mathematically Obama is ahead. Will she do it before OR during Democratic Convention?

June 2008

Obama's Church Disappeared


Obama threw his church under the bus and it vanished into thin air. I can’t find it any more. Well, maybe that’s what Obama wants us to think but I’m not buying it.

The only reason he and his family have left the church is because the relationship has helped the American people to connect the dots as to the company Obama keeps.

If Obama continued to attend church OR to admit that is his church home then all of a sudden he gets to be held accountable for the company that he keeps. Come on, we’re not THAT stupid.

You mean to tell me that after 20 years and a couple of baptisms later he now knows what horrible things the pastors of that church have been teaching?

If it really didn’t matter in the first place then why would he throw the church under the bus? If it was a non-issue then he would have never had to leave the church in the first place. The thing is, it really does matter what has been spewed from the pulpit. So much so that he knows if he doesn’t leave OR do something drastic to denounce what’s been preached he could lose the Democratic nomination OR worse, nobody will vote for him when he wins the party nomination.

I hope Hillary Clinton pulls it off and no I do NOT see her working side-by-side with Obama.

June 2008

September 18, 2010

Article I Section 3


The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, [chosen by the Legislature thereof,](2) for sex Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.

Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the first Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; [and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies.](3)

No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.

The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.

The Senate shall chuse their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the Office of the President of the United States.

The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be an Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to the Law.

Article I Section 4

We the People

Wright Magazine Featured Obama on Cover with Farrakhan

Normally I don’t copy and paste somebody’s entire post to my blog but in this case I felt it necessary to repeat this information because many Obama supporters do NOT understand OR see what they need to know about this disturbing relationship that Obama has had with his mentor!

Full and complete credit goes to Little Green Footballs and the Hat Tip goes directly to the original post! If you have a problem with it then you leave your comment over there because you won’t be able to convince me over here. Lastly, I don’t believe that Martin Luther King would approve of Obama if he were alive today!

Here’s where you start reading:

To this day, Barack Obama continues to insist he was shocked and surprised to discover that Reverend Jeremiah Wright had bizarre racist views.

Now Tom Blumer has discovered images of Wright’s radical news magazine Trumpet—and look who was featured on the cover of that magazine at least three times: BizzyBlog - Attention Stanley Kurtz, Re Obama, Wright, Trumpet: I’ve Got You Covered.

Here’s one of the images, featuring pictures of Barack Obama, Rev. Wright — and Louis Farrakhan. Isn’t that cozy?

And if you think Barack Obama didn’t know he was featured on this cover, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.


For more about the deranged, hateful content of Trumpet, see: Jeremiah Wright’s ‘Trumpet’.

UPDATE at 5/13/08 5:42:49 pm:

LGF readers have identified several of the other people on this cover:

Adam Clayton Powell — 1st row, 1st from left
Dick Gregory — 1st row, 2nd from left
Shirley Chisholm — 1st row, 4th from left
O. J. Simpson attorney Johnny Cochran — 1st row, 5th from left
Rosa Parks — 1st row, 6th from left
Rapper “Common” — 2nd row, 1st from left
Is that Robert Mugabe? 2nd row, 2nd from left
Luther Vandross — 4th row, 1st from left
Ozzie Davis — 4th row, 2nd from left
Lou Rawls — 4th row, 3rd from left
Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad — 4th row, 5th from left

Notice who’s missing? Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is the end of the post!

May 2008

September 17, 2010

Article I Section 2


The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.

No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.

[Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.](1) The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York sex, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.

When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.

The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

Article I Section 3

We the People

Article I Section 1


All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

Article I Section 2

We the People

The Constitution of the United States


We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Article I Section 1

We the People

I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



[People Singing]

[Dr. Martin Luther King Introduction]

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. [Applause]

Five score years ago, a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, [Applause] the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize the shameful condition.

In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note in so far as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." [Applause]

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. [Applause]

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. [Applause]

Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation, to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time [Applause] to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time [Applause] to make justice a reality for all of God's children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment, this sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. [Applause]

There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. [Applause]

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny [Applause] and they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. [Applause] We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children our stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating, "for whites only." [Applause] We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. [Applause]

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Caroline, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today my friend, [Applause] so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." [Applause]

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today. [Applause]

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with it's vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right now in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. [Applause]

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the south with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring. And when this happens, [Applause] and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!" [Applause]

August 28, 1963

9/11 Tear Drop Monument


This Tear Drop is a gift from the people of Russia in honor of those who died on September 11th as well as a statement against Terrorism.

HT: Snopes

Thank You Vicky S. for bringing this to my attention and encouraging me to include this in my 9/11 tribute.

Never Forget. Where were You on 9.11.2001 and what were you doing? What were you thinking? How has 9.11.2001 impacted your life?

Black Conservatives Blast Al Sharpton Protesters



The Runaway Slave movie crews were at Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor Rally" and at Al Sharpton's "Reclaiming the Dream March" on Aug 28th. As the two ideologies clashed in DC, our movie crews were on the scene. In this raw footage, shot near the future MLK memorial site, Black Conservatives leaving the "Restoring Honor" rally encounter Sharpton's protesters who were holding signs claiming "Tea Party Racism." This is just one of debates that we captured after the rally had ended.

via runawayslavemovie on youtube

5th Anniversary of 9/11



Never Forget. Where were You on 9.11.2001 and what were you doing? What were you thinking? How has 9.11.2001 impacted your life?

September 11 Tribute



Never Forget. Where were You on 9.11.2001 and what were you doing? What were you thinking? How has 9.11.2001 impacted your life?

Banned President George Bush Video



November 13, 2006

A New Generation of Women








Fire From The Heartland from Citizens United on Vimeo.


HT: Michelle Malkin: Ladies of the Right vs. Beltway GOP boyz club; Plus: Fire From the Heartland

If you're not following Michelle Malkin's blog then you're not paying attention.

Students are being Taught to Pray to Allah in Public Schools



In late May of 2010, Wellesley, Massachusetts public middle school students took a field trip to the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center - a controversial Saudi-funded mega-mosque run by the Muslim American Society of Boston. There, the students were separated by gender and the boys were asked to join the Muslim adults in their prayer. Several of the public school boys took part.

HT: Kristee Kelley: Public School Students Learn to Pray to Allah

via apeacet on youtube

Meet Me In The Stairwell



MEET ME IN THE STAIRWELL

You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news On September 11, 2001.

Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say 'Good-Bye.'

I held his fingers steady as he dialed.

I gave him the peace to say, 'Honey, I am not going to make it, but it's OK..I'm ready to go.'

I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn't coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. 'I've been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!' I said. 'Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now.'

I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministered to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them.

I was in Texas, Kansas, London. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name though not all know Me. Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor.

Some sought Me with their last breath.

Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; 'Come to Me... this way... take my hand.

Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but I do. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have
reached for Me?

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I'll be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are 'ready to go.'

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.

Remember, I Love You.

GOD

Thanks Amy for sending this to me.

Never Forget. Where were You on 9.11.2001 and what were you doing? What were you thinking? How has 9.11.2001 impacted your life?

September 16, 2010

Kennedy, Clinton and Obama

I’ve been reading that Senator Edward Kennedy has a malignant brain tumor. Looks like it’s going to have to have radiation and chemo done in order to fight this thing. I feel bad for him and wish him a speedy recovery!

Obama has won in Oregon and Clinton was not beatable in Kentucky. Obama says he’s within reach of the Democratic primary but seriously.. it’s not over until the fat lady sings.

I have not been blogging as much OR as often because I’ve been super busy with my kids and working out at the gym. I just signed my littlest girls up for swimming lessons for the summer and I’ll be working out like crazy too.

I’ve been getting into the spin classes at the gym. I went Monday this week, yesterday, and plan to return this evening if I can make it there a little before 5:30.

I’ve also been working a lot out in the yard. I bought myself a new lawn mower for Mother’s Day. Believe it or not, mowing the grass is an excellent workout! I’ve also planted my flowers for the spring and summer. I added a few new sets of flowers to the front yard landscaping. When they start to fill out I’ll snap some photos for you guys.

My tulips didn’t come up this year because the squirrels dug up the bulbs and the rabbits at the leaves. I’m going to plant them again in the fall and see how THAT goes.

I’m excited for the summer! The last day of school for Ree is Friday, May 23rd. She’ll officially be a SENIOR! That is so hard to believe. Then there is 15 days until my brother gets up here for a visit. I haven’t seen my brother and his family for 4 years. It’s going to be SO much fun. I’m also headed to my 20 year high school reunion. So much to see and do this summer and to tackle..

I think Kennedy needs to think about retiring from public office. He’s been serving for WAY too long.. wouldn’t you agree?

May 2008

It's interesting to see where I was at with all of this two years ago. For more on what's up with me and my family visit us over on I Am Pooped.

Jenna Bush Marrying Henry Hager This Weekend

Talk about hush-hush wedding planning. First daughter Jenna Bush was the last in the family to know she was getting married.

Months ago, her fiancĂ©, Henry Hager, told Jenna’s twin sister that he wanted to propose. Then at the Camp David presidential retreat, Hager asked President Bush and first lady Laura Bush for their daughter’s hand in marriage.

For weeks, the president and Mrs. Bush kept their lips zipped.

Then on Aug. 15, 2007, Hager rousted Jenna at 4 a.m. to go hiking on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in Maine. “It was freezing,” Jenna recalled. “But we got up, and we hiked in the dark for an hour and a half, and then when we got towards the top — with the sunrise — he asked me.”

Officially, the wedding is a private, family affair. The White House has issued no press releases, but the president and first lady have gradually dribbled out details about the nuptials Saturday at their 1,600-acre ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Here’s the lowdown: Jenna, 26, will wear an Oscar de la Renta gown with a small train. More than 200 friends and relatives will attend the outdoor ceremony with dinner and dancing. A tent is being erected at the Western White House. The bride has 14 attendants, who are known in Texas not as bridesmaids, but members of the “house party.” Barbara Bush, Jenna’s twin, is the maid of honor. She helped Hager make decisions about the ring. The diamond, a Hager family heirloom, was reset in a ring that also features sapphires.

On Monday, the president disclosed that Jenna will say “I do” near a lake at the ranch — in front of a giant cross made of Texas limestone that will serve as an altar. The cross will be a landmark at the ranch for years to come. The president said that was his contribution to the wedding that the Bushes are trying to keep a low-key affair.

Doug Wead, a former aide to President George H.W. Bush and author of a book on presidents’ kin, calls Jenna’s ceremony “the anti-Alice Roosevelt wedding.” Former President Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter was married in 1906.

“That wedding took place during a time of prosperity and peace; this one at a time of economic struggle and war,” Wead said. “The Roosevelt family was outgoing, flamboyant; this is a private family. That was one of the most popular presidencies in American history. Even John Adams didn’t go on Mount Rushmore, but Teddy Roosevelt went on Mount Rushmore. This is an unpopular presidency. Alice had no bridesmaids. Jenna has 14.”

Jenna, the 22nd child of a president to marry while their fathers were in office, has come a ways from her dad’s first year in office when she had a run-in with the Texas law for underage drinking. It was her second offense. Then, during her father’s re-election campaign in 2004, she was photographed sticking her tongue out at the media at a campaign stop in Missouri. The widely circulated photo reinforced the playful side of her personality.

In 2004, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English. She taught third grade at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.

These days, Jenna has been doing book tours. After a UNICEF internship in Latin America, she wrote “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope,” about a single mother with AIDS. In recent weeks, she’s been traveling the country with the first lady promoting their book “Read All About It!” a story about a boy who discovers the joys of reading.

The groom, son of the head of the Republican Party in Virginia, met Jenna during her father’s 2004 re-election campaign. Hager, who graduated from Wake Forest University, worked as an aide to Bush’s former top political adviser Karl Rove and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. Hager, who will turn 30 the day before the wedding, is set to receive a master’s degree in business administration later this month from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

After the wedding, the couple plans to live in a two-bedroom, two-bath town house on the south side of Baltimore where she plans to return to teaching and he will work for Constellation Energy, a power supplier based in Maryland.

Jenna’s mother said Monday that she’s not nervous — and the president isn’t, either.

“I’m very, very excited,” the first lady told reporters. “It’s a very interesting passage of life when you get to that time in your life when your child — first child is getting married. And we’re getting, for us, our first son.”

Laura Bush admits that she half hoped Jenna and Hager, whom she calls “soul mates,” would get married at the White House. But Jenna said she was raised in Texas and having a White House wedding just wasn’t her style.

“It means a lot to Henry and me to be outdoors,” Jenna said in an interview with Vogue magazine. “We wanted something organic and low-key.

“There’s a glamour to it, I know,” she said of White House ceremonies. “But Henry and I are far less glamorous than the White House.”

Her wedding gown, however, was the creation of Oscar de la Renta, a top New York designer and favorite of the first lady’s. It’s made of organza, a sheer fabric, with embroidery and matte beading. Jenna has described the dress as “simple and elegant.”

For the bridesmaids, New York designer Lela Rose, a native of Dallas, has made silk crinkle chiffon, cocktail-length dresses all adorned with handmade chiffon flowers. There are seven different styles of dresses in seven different colors that match the palate of Texas wildflowers — blues, greens, lavenders and pinky reds — that currently are in bloom.

“No two girls will be in the same dress,” said Rose, whose father and Bush were general managing partners of the Texas Rangers.

The maid of honor will wear a long, shimmering, moonstone blue silk gown with a fluttered open back. “It’s very soft blue,” Rose said. “It really matches Barbara’s eyes.” The dress is accented with a silver sash to complement those used for the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Bush may be commander in chief, but outnumbered by three women — his wife and twin daughters — he hasn’t gotten to weigh in much on the wedding planning.

“They’re letting me spend money,” Bush joked in February.

Bush played the role of broke father of the bride again in March, joking: “I had to face some very difficult spending decisions, and I’ve had to conduct sensitive diplomacy. That’s called planning for a wedding.”

When he first talked about it, the president didn’t seem all that nostalgic about seeing one of his daughters marry. When Hager said “I want to marry your daughter,’ Bush said he replied, “Done deal.”

Today, Bush is a bit more wistful. With just nine months left in office and his popularity sliding, Bush jokes that GOP presidential candidate John McCain isn’t the only one who wants to distance himself from him.

“Jenna is moving out, too,” Bush says.

White House Wedding Not Her Style

*Normally I don’t borrow the entire article but in this case I kind of wanted to preserve the story. We all know that Fox News and the Associated Press won’t keep it around forever, right? Think of it as a newspaper clipping glued into a scrap book. How cute are Jenna and Henry? I’m happy for them. It’s been a pleasure getting to watch the Bush twins grow up, too.

May 2008

September 15, 2010

Congratulations Christine O'Donnell in Delaware


RINOS in the GOP Be GONE!! Principles over Power!!

Karl Rove is underestimating the power of principle vs. party power. We don't care about the power of the Republican Party. What we care about are the principles behind conservatism. Democrat/Republican I do not care as long as you have your act together and do NOT TREAD on ME, MINE, and my FELLOW AMERICANS.

The Tea Party Express said it hoped the National Republican Senatorial Committee would reconsider its decision not to support O'Donnell.

"We encourage the NRSC to take a night off, get some sleep, and reconsider their rash statements," Tea Party Express spokesman Levi Russell said in a written statement.

"Wake up NRSC," he added. "The reason the Tea Party movement has grown into such a powerful force is because of the failures of establishment organizations such as yours to honor the principles of the Republican Party platform." You tried to force through the most liberal Republican in Congress on the voters of Delaware and they rejected you."

HT: Tea Party-Backed O'Donnell Upsets Castle in Delaware GOP Race

be you Democrat, Republican or Independent


Tomatoes and Cheap Labor

This should make everyone think, be you Democrat, Republican or Independent

From a California school teacher - - -

As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some things that you should be aware of:

I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lower socioeconomic and income levels.

Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park, etc., where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.

Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I’m not talking a glass of milk and roll — but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten. (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)

I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones. The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for baby sitters or having family watch their kids. (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)

I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for the computer learning center, half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America. (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)

I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in the country less then 3 months who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them “Putas” whores and throwing things that the teachers were in tears.

Free medical, free education, free food, day care etc., etc, etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?

To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs.

Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases etc., etc, etc. For me, I’ll pay more for tomatoes.

We need to wake up. The guest worker program will be a disaster because we won’t have the guts to enforce it. Does anyone in their right mind really think they will voluntarily leave and return?

There are many hardworking Hispanic/American citizens that contribute to our country and many that I consider my true friends. We should encourage and accept those Hispanics who have done it the right and legal way.

It does, however, have everything to do with culture: A third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses to assimilate, and an American culture that has become so weak and worried about “politically correctness” that we don’t have the will to do anything about it.

CHEAP LABOR? Isn’t that what the whole immigration issue is about?

Business doesn’t want to pay a decent wage.

Consumers don’t want expensive produce.

Government will tell you Americans don’t want the jobs.

But the bottom line is cheap labor. The phrase “cheap labor” is a myth, a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as “cheap labor.”

Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. He takes a job for $5.00 or 6.00/hour. At that wage, with six dependents, he pays no income tax, yet at the end of the year, if he files an Income Tax Return, he gets an “earned income credit” of up to $3,200 free.

He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent.

He qualifies for food stamps.

He qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay) health care.

His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school.

He requires bilingual teachers and books.

He qualifies for relief from high energy bills.

If they are or become, aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI. Once qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicare. All of this is at (our) taxpayer’s expense.

He doesn’t worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeowners insurance.

Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins and printed material.

He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour in benefits.

Working Americans are lucky to have $5.00 or $6.00/hour left after paying their bills and his.

The American taxpayers also pay for increased crime, graffiti and trash clean-up.

Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT! Wake up people!

*This one was sent to me as a forward from a family member. It’s really not all that far off the mark if you think hard about it.

April 2008

American Suicide

This was passed on to me in a forward. I’m sure many of you have probably seen it before. I took the time to look it up on snopes using the keyword: Mexifornia. Everything here is written and this story dates back to 2005 according to snopes.

We know Dick Lamm as the former Governor of Colorado. In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant. Last week there was an immigration over population conference in Washington, DC, filled to capacity by many of America’s finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college professor by the name of Victor Hansen Davis talked about his latest book, “Mexifornia,” explaining how immigration - both legal and illegal was destroying the entire state of California. He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream. Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America.

The audience sat spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the United States. He said, “If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let’s destroy America it is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that ‘An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.’” “Here is how they do it,” Lamm said:

“First, to destroy America, turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bi cultural country. History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar, Seymour Lipset, put it this way: ‘The histories of bi lingual and bi cultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy.’ Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, and Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, Corsicans and Muslims.” Lamm went on:

“Second, to destroy America, invent ‘multiculturalism’ and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. Make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal; that there are no cultural differences. Make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.

“Third, we could make the United States an ‘Hispanic Quebec’ without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: ‘The apparent success of our own multi-ethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentricity and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.’ Lamm said, “I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural subgroups living in America enforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities.”

“Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school.”

“My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of ‘Victimology.’ I would get all minorities to think that their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority placation.”

“My sixth plan for America’s downfall would include dual citizenship, and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other - that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precedent. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshiped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic games. A common enemy, Persia, threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to overcome two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell. “E. Pluribus Unum” — From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the ‘pluribus’ instead of the ‘Unum,’ we will “Balkanize” America as surely as Kosovo.’

“Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits. Make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of ‘diversity.’ I would find a word similar to ‘heretic’ in the 16th century - that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like ‘racist’ or ‘xenophobe’ halt discussion and debate. Having made America a bilingual/bicultural country, having established multi-culture, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of ‘Victimology,’ I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them.”

In the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow. Profound silence followed. Finally he said, “Lastly, I would censor Victor Hanson Davis’s book ‘Mexifornia.’ His book is dangerous. It exposes the plan to destroy America. If you feel America deserves to be destroyed, don’t read that book.”

There was no applause. A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud above every attendee at the conference. Every American in that room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically, quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today. Discussion is being suppressed. Over 100 languages are ripping the foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness. Even barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we celebrate ‘diversity.’ American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create a Third World in America Take note of California and other states. To date, ten million illegal aliens and growing fast. It is reminiscent of George Orwell’s book “1984.” In that story, three slogans are engraved in the Ministry of Truth building: “War is peace,” “Freedom is slavery,” and “Ignorance is strength.”

Governor Lamm walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy is deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don’t get this immigration monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American Dream.

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April 2008

Here we are in 2010 and not much has changed. Oh you can probably throw Arizona into that article and not much would be different. Who would have even imagined back in 2008 that our own federal government would sue the state of Arizona for doing the job that the federal government refuses to do: Protect and secure our Boarders.

September 14, 2010

Where are the People of Color?



HT: Blogs for Victory

Remember the Fallen Heroes


Kudos to Village Inn for having this posted in the entry of their fine restaurant.

Never Forget. Where were You on 9.11.2001 and what were you doing? What were you thinking? How has 9.11.2001 impacted your life?

“I will build my church,” Jesus said, “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

(Washington, D.C., March 24, 2008) — “I will build my church,” Jesus said, “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

The lead story on Drudge over the weekend was the Pope baptizing a prominent Egyptian author who converted from Islam to Catholicism, and for good reason. It’s a huge story in Italy and the Muslim world, especially coming as it did the week that Osama bin Laden accused the Pope of waging a “crusade” against Islam. But this particular baptism is just the tip of the iceberg.

Despite unprecedented press coverage of Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Middle East since September 11, 2001, one big story is generally not being told by the mainstream media. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims are converting to evangelical Christianity and will be celebrating their first Easter this year, even amidst widespread persecution and the very real threat of death.

I first began reporting this story in 2005 after interviewing some three dozen Arab and Iranian pastors and evangelical Christian leaders in the U.S. and the Middle East. Over the last three years, however, I have had the privilege of traveling to Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, the West Bank, Turkey, and Morocco. What’s more, I have had the honor of meeting with and interviewing more than 200 Arab, Iranian, Kurdish, Sudanese and other pastors and Christian leaders. With more data, the trend lines are becoming even more clear and the story is even more exciting.

The God of the Bible is moving powerfully in the Middle East to draw men, women and children to His heart and adopt them into His family in record numbers. More Muslims have come to faith in Jesus Christ over the last thirty years — and specifically over the last seven to ten years — than at any other time in human history. There is a revival going on among the ancient Catholic, Coptic, and Chaldean churches. Today, the Church is being truly resurrected in the lands of its birth.

Consider the latest evidence:

AFGHANISTAN — In Afghanistan, for example, there were only 17 known evangelical Christians in the country before al-Qaeda attacked the United States. Today, there are well over 10,000 Afghan followers of Christ and the number is growing steadily. Church leaders say Afghan Muslims are open to hearing the gospel message like never before. Dozens of baptisms occur every week. People are snatching up Bibles and other Christian books as fast as they can be printed or brought into the country. The Jesus film, a two hour docudrama on the life of Christ based on the Gospel of Luke, was even shown on television in one city before police shut down the entire TV station. “God is moving so fast in Afghanistan, we’re just trying to keep up,” one Afghan Christian worker told me, requesting anonymity. “The greatest need now is leadership development. We need to train pastors to care for all these new believers.”

UZBEKISTAN — There were no known Muslim converts to Christ there in 1990. Now there are more than 30,000.

IRAQ — As I shared on Fox & Friends on Easter morning, in Iraq, there were only a handful of Muslim converts to Christianity back in 1979 when Saddam Hussein took full control of that country. Yet today, there are more than 70,000 Iraqi Muslim background believers in Jesus (MBBs), approximately 50,000 who came to Christ as refugees in Jordan after the first Gulf War in 1990-91, and another 20,000 who have come to Christ since the fall of Saddam Hussein. John Moser, the executive director of The Joshua Fund, and I just returned from nine days traveling through five provinces in Iraq. We met with 19 Iraqi evangelical Christian leaders. I had the privilege of preaching in a church of more than 100 MBBs from Baghdad — a church that didn’t even exist in 2002 before liberation. We also had the privilege of meeting and interviewing numerous former Islamic jihadist terrorist who have come to Christ and are now pastors and church planters.

KAZAKHSTAN — In Kazakhstan, there were only three known evangelical Christian believers before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Today there are more than 15,000 Kazakh Christians, and more than 100,000 Christians of all ethnicities.

EGYPT — More than 1 million Egyptians have trusted Christ over the past decade or so, report Egyptian church leaders. The Egyptian Bible Society told me they used to sell about 3,000 copies of the Jesus film a year in the early 1990s. But in 2005 they sold 600,000 copies, plus 750,000 copies of the Bible on tape (in Arabic) and about a half million copies of the Arabic New Testament. “Egyptians are increasingly hungry for God’s Word,” an Egyptian Christian leader told me. Last Christmas, I had the privilege of visiting the largest Christian congregation in the Middle East, which meets in an enormous cave on the outskirts of Cairo. Some 10,000 believers worship there every weekend. A prayer conference the church held in May 2005 drew some 20,000 believers.

IRAN — In 1979 when the Ayatollah Khomeini led the Islamic Revolution, there were only about 500 known Muslim converts to Christianity. Today, interviews with two dozen Iranian pastors and church leaders reveals that there are well over 1 million Shia Muslim converts to Christianity.

SUDAN — Despite a ferocious civil war, genocide and widespread religious persecution, particularly in the Darfur region — or perhaps because of such tragedies — church leaders there tell me that more than 1 million Sudanese have made decisions to follow Jesus Christ just since 2001. Since the early 1990s, more than 5 million Sudanese have become followers of Jesus. Seminary classes to train desperately-needed new pastors are held mountain caves. Hundreds of churches have been planted, and thousands of small group Bible studies are being held in secret throughout the country.

In December 2001, Sheikh Ahmad al Qataani, a leading Saudi cleric, appeared on a live interview on Aljazeera satellite television to confirm that, sure enough, Muslims were turning to Jesus in alarming numbers. “In every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity,” Al Qataani warned. “Every day, 16,000 Muslims convert to Christianity. Every year, 6 million Muslims convert to Christianity.” Stunned, the interviewer interrupted the cleric. “Hold on! Let me clarify. Do we have six million converting from Islam to Christianity?” Al Qataani repeated his assertion. “Every year,” the cleric confirmed, adding, “a tragedy has happened.”

One of the most dramatic developments is that many Muslims throughout the Middle East and even in the United States are seeing dreams and visions of Jesus. They are coming into churches explaining that they have already converted and now need a Bible and guidance on how to follow Jesus. This is in fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. The Hebrew Prophet Joel told us that “in the last days, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days….And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” (Joel 2:28-32)

In Epicenter: Why The Current Rumblings In the Middle East Will Change Your Future, I devoted an entire chapter to these dramatic trend lines and why Muslims are converting in record numbers. I am currently working on a new non-fiction book and documentary film called Inside The Revolution, to be release during Easter 2009, with much more detail on this subject, including first person accounts of former Muslim terrorists who have become the new Apostle Pauls of our time — murderous religious zealots who had visions of Jesus Christ and are now pastors, evangelists, church planters and powerful Christian leaders. Other books I would highly recommend on this subject are Light Force: A Stirring Account of the Church Caught in the Middle East Crossfire by Brother Andrew and Al Janssen; and Secret Believers: What Happens When Muslims Believe In Christ.

Is life easy for these Muslim converts? By no means. They face ostracism from their families. They face persecution from their communities. They face being fired by their employers. They face imprisonment by their governments. They face torture and even death at the hands of Muslim extremists. But they are coming to Christ anyway. They are becoming convinced that Jesus is, in fact, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that no one comes to the Father in heaven except through faith in Jesus’ death on the cross and powerful resurrection from the dead.

One of the reasons my wife and I began The Joshua Fund was to educate the Church around the world at what God of the Bible is doing in the epicenter. We want to mobilize a global movement of Christians praying for these dear brothers and sisters. We want to find ways to encourage and strengthen them. We want to provide them with Bibles and Christian literature, and with humanitarian relief supplies so they can love their neighbors and their enemies, as Jesus tells us to do. Their stories are typically being told by the mainstream media, but they are important stories nonetheless. Theirs are testimonies of the greatness of our great God.

This was sent to me personally and I received permission to repost on my site. Thanks! When I read it I was inspired and it gave me goose bumps. I hope you find it to be inspirational too! - Angela

March 2008

What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. say about Barack Obama’s Spiritual Mentor?



What would God say about this type of preaching from the pulpit?

This couldn’t possibly define Black America because Black America is my America too! I would be ashamed if the majority of the people in this country believed what this man on the pulpit preached.

I can’t believe people actually read their Bibles and then turn around and are inspired by this Jeremiah Wright. If I had been attending those church services I would have picked myself up and left!

If I were Barack Obama I would be embarrassed to be associated with this man OR this church. We need a president who can associate him or herself with people ignoring their skin color.

I can’t believe we are actually going back to this type of racism in 2008. It’s disgusting and vile.

I have to wonder who else Barack Obama has aligned himself with over the years?

When somebody like this pastor goes against what the Bible says it’s time to pick yourself up and find another church.

Here’s my 2nd question:

At what point do you have a responsibility to disassociate yourself with somebody?

Obama hung out with this church and this pastor for 20 years!!!

March 2008

Jeremiah Wright



March 2008

Obama is not somebody I would ever vote for now

Barack Obama attended Jeremiah Wright’s church for more than twenty years, was baptized by him, married by him and had his children baptized by him. For a long time, a person who damns America was an important part of the Obamas’ lives, and was not repudiated until it became politically necessary.

Let’s see what the rest of the world wide web is saying about this situation. Yes, it is a situation. You don’t associate yourself with racist people that condemn our nation. Obama stating that Jeremiah Wright is his “former” pastor doesn’t help matters either. It’s not like he has said that the reason why Jeremiah Wright is no longer his pastor is because he is not in line with his views. Of course not. Jeremiah Wright’s church and people that attend that church have probably helped to line his political campaign. Ya think?

Long before the sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright became instant hits on YouTube and talk-show fodder for the cable news channels, Barack Obama knew he had a preacher problem. On the eve of launching his campaign for the White House in February 2007, Obama abruptly withdrew an invitation to Wright to deliver the invocation at his announcement speech in Springfield, Ill. Wright had been Obama’s pastor for nearly 20 years. He had brought Obama into the church, helped him find his faith in God, officiated at Obama’s wedding and baptized both his children. But Wright had also said a lot of incendiary things from his pulpit about America over the years, things that would be awkward to explain away for a politician hoping to unite the country and become the first African-American President of the United States.

For a year, Obama didn’t have to explain his relationship with Wright; he didn’t even have to deliver a speech outlining his views on race relations. After all, one of the animating forces behind Obama’s campaign was the notion that he, and we, had somehow transcended the old racial divisions in America, that he wasn’t “the black candidate” for President but a presidential candidate whose race was only part of his much broader appeal. Then on March 13, video clips emerged of Wright in earlier sermons, shouting “God damn America!” and calling 9/11 a case of “America’s chickens.. coming home to roost.” It became a story that threatened to capsize Obama’s front-running campaign with the speed of a Wall Street bankruptcy. Obama issued a statement denouncing Wright’s comments but soon realized he had to do more. - Hat Tip!

I don’t know about you but I don’t believe my pastor would ever speak that way in church. I don’t believe my pastor would speak that way outside of church either. If I had been sitting in that sermon I would have immediately grabbed my purse, my husband, and my kids and left never to return. How about you?

Reverend Wright clearly preaches from a particular cast of mind, one with which Obama was surely familiar. If Obama isn’t willing to voice his concerns and objections with Wright and stand up for his country as it is being slandered by his pastor, what can we expect from Obama when he is asked to stand up against some of the world’s worst dictators? - Hat Tip!

You’ll definitely want to check that one out! There are some excellent points made in that particular post on that blog that I give out the hat tip for. I would not want to associate myself if the church as a whole didn’t come together and denounce what was stated and have him replaced. It sort of makes it seem as though the church he went to is not a bible based church at all. That leaves people wondering about his faith and just how much of a role his faith will play if he should win the democratic appointment.

“Brite does not endorse all of the statements or views of any of the church leaders recognized by the Divinity School,” its Web site said. “Brite is recognizing Dr. Wright for his forty-year ministry linking divine justice and social justice.”

Though the divinity school is at TCU, Brite is a separate corporation with its own leadership. The award is presented by Brite.

In 2006, Dr. Wright was taped, saying “we believe in white supremacy and black inferiority, and believe it more than we believe in God.”

Mr. Obama has condemned the statements, calling them “inflammatory and appalling.” - Hat Tip!

Why didn’t Obama condemn the statements when they were happening? Am I supposed to believe that the entire congregation allowed this pastor to continue preaching even after he had made those statements? What excuses could have been mustered to totally ignore any of it?

“I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it’s on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Reverend Wright that are at issue.”

“I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue.”

Obama claims that this is all news to him and that he never heard any inflammatory statements from Wright in his 20 year association with the church and his 17 years as an attending member of the church.

“While Rev. Wright’s statements have pained and angered me, I believe that Americans will judge me not on the basis of what someone else said, but on the basis of who I am and what I believe in; on my values, judgment and experience to be President of the United States.”

Bulls**t! How can Obama deny that he was oblivious to the views and beliefs of his own declared “spiritual adviser,” pastor, family friend, and campaign adviser? These are also the same views shared by his own wife, Michelle, as exposed by her recent statement “For the first time in my life, I am really proud of my country,” and her recent statement that “Americans are mean people.” Obama spent the 2007 Christmas holidays at home in Chicago. Didn’t the Obamas attend Christmas services when Wright delivered one of his most controversial sermons? Any contention by Obama that he did not know about, and does not share the views of this man are simply not credible. - Hat Tip!

I don’t know about you guys but there is absolutely NO WAY I would ever vote for this man and believe me.. I had often considered him before. I also felt like his wife was pretty smart listening to her speeches from C-Span. However, too much has gone on and come to light for me to just ignore the little things that make up a person that is running for office. Hillary Clinton is definitely going to win the Democratic Primary and I can honestly say that it isn’t such a bad thing after all.

March 2008

September 13, 2010

Wicked Witch Nancy Pelosi



via YouTube: Nancy Pelosi, Wicked Witch of the West

Tired of the Double Standard


This cartoon has been circulating the internet. It’s so effective that it even made it to prime time. I think it makes an excellent point and packs a pretty hard punch. When I see it I think of the mosque controversy down at ground zero. It just goes to show you that just because you have the right to do something doesn’t mean that you should. Oh you might as well throw the topic of abortion into the mix too. It all fits like a snug rubber glove. People are upset by all of this because the truth hurts and nobody wants to face any of it. There is something just a tad bit unsettling as a group of people that worship a false god and follow a false religion. So many of you out there keep preaching about “tolerance” and want to look the other way. You’re all about civil rights but of what, for who, and from whom?

September 12, 2010

The Ecstasy and Agony


THE ECSTASY

It was on the morning of September 6th 2001 when my world was first rocked. My wife was having a scheduled C-section that morning at 8 am, but I was there around 6 am for prep along with my parents. I was about to become a father for the first time.

In no way was I overconfident that I would know what I was doing. This was a trait I learned from MY father. NEVER underestimate any challenge or anybody. I remember putting on the hospital scrubs and that mask on my face and thinking "Nope, not cut out out to be wearing this garb on a regular basis. Doesn't look too good on me either." Once I was outfitted, a nurse asked me if I wanted to watch the birth of my daughter from side A (The side where all the action occurred) or side B (The other side). Not wanting to underestimate what I was about to view, I quickly chose side B. I could have chosen side A, but I thought it would be inappropriate to ask the medical staff if I could have a shot of Jack Daniels.

Shortly thereafter, I was holding our new baby girl. It was exhilarating, but yet odd at the same time. Again, I was thinking, "You mean I'm TOTALLY responsible for your well being now?" To me, a daunting thought indeed. However, I knew this was one responsibility I would be taking very seriously. "Never underestimate any challenge."

The next 5 days were as you might expect. There were lots of hugs, kisses, diaper changes, late night feedings, burpings and spit ups. I had taken some time off from work and my wife was on maternity leave. As any first time parent knows, it was an eye opening experience, or should I say eye closing experience since we weren't sleeping much. This was one ACTIVE little girl. To this day that characteristic holds so true. I was "in love" again. I jokingly thought to myself, "Is this what they mean by TOUGH LOVE?" I'm not certain I'd ever been this exhausted, but yet I was mesmerized by this tiny little baby and that she was my daughter.

"My Little Girl" turns nine this week. She is a beautiful burst of energy. It would not be inaccurate to call her the energizer bunny of the family. She's outgoing and generally cheerful, a sunny disposition indeed. It's utterly fascinating to watch her grow up, especially for someone who loves to figure people out, like me. Sometimes I wish I could slow things down a bit. "My Little Girl" is beginning to grow up.

THE AGONY

Five days after my daughter's birth, I was at home helping take care of my infant, when there was a knock at my bedroom door around 8:45 am. It was my father. I'm paraphrasing but I think he said, "Son, I think you may want to come out here and take a look at the t.v. A plane has just slammed into one of the World Trade center buildings in New York." A little bleary eyed, I walked into the family room and looked at the horrifying events that would continue to unfold. The second tower was hit by another plane and people were beginning to jump off of the buildings. The Pentagon was hit by a third plane and there was mass hysteria in both Washington D.C. and New York. Speculation was rampant that a fourth plane may be headed for the White House. Really? I can't believe what my eyes are seeing. Thankfully, Todd Beamer and others, "Let it Roll" and ensured the symbol of our nations government wouldn't take a hit as well.

Looking back nine years, it's hard to believe it, but Osama Bin Laden was not a household name at that time. Oh, I knew who he was. I've always been addicted to the news. I was just having a hard time wrapping my arms around the fact that this guy who frequents caves in Afghanistan was wreaking havoc in two of America's most important cities. Again, my mind was churning. "Does this guy have any idea who he's messing with?" Heck, my father worked for the world's greatest military for 23 years. I knew "our boys" would end up taking care of business.

I remember looking at the t.v. screen a few days later as George W. Bush was in New York City standing in the back of a pickup truck with his arm around one of the firefighters. He had a megaphone in one hand and his other arm was wrapped around the man's shoulder. I began to get chills going down my spine as he said, "I hear you. America hears you. And the people who knocked those buildings down are going to hear from all of us soon." The New York crowd went wild. I was proud to be an American. Moreover, I thought, "man you ticked off the wrong city and country." The big apple and the U.S. Military are forces to be reckoned with. I had a lump in my throat and I felt a sense of U.S. pride. I was cheering inside already for our boys about to go and battle. "Never underestimate your opponent."

FIVE DAYS EARLIER, I HAD BEEN CHEERING INSIDE MYSELF FOR AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT REASON. FIVE DAYS AND TWO EVENTS: THE WORLD HAD DEFINITELY CHANGED

Kevin V.

You may also find Kevin over on A.E.S.O.P. Tells where he has shared his story The Ecstasy and The Agony.

Never Forget. Where were You on 9.11.2001 and what were you doing? What were you thinking? How has 9.11.2001 impacted your life?