Saturday, April 24, 2010
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
1 TIMOTHY 4:1-2
1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
2 TIMOTHY 3:13
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
10 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,
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 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.
TEA PARTYS ARE NOT MILITANT,WHY WOULD HE SAY THAT ABOUT A PEACEFUL MOVEMENT.WE MUST WATCH GINGRICH CLOSELY FOR BEING A DECIEVER AND FALSE PARTIER.
Newt Gingrich: Tea Party Will Become Militant Faction of Republican Party
Kurt Nimmo Infowars.com April 23, 2010
Neocons hate the Tea Party almost as much as Democrats and liberals. And that is why the neocon and potential Republican presidential candidate New Gingrich called the Tea Party militant the other day.The Tea Party movement, said Gingrich while speaking at an event in York County, Pennsylvania, is a natural expression of frustration with Republicans and anger at Democrats,which is more likely to end up as the militant wing of the Republican Party than a third party.
MSNBC plays false right-left paradigm game with Newt’s comment.
Gingrich’s dismissal of the Tea Party as an irrelevant and hot-headed faction of the establishment Republican party arrives around the same time as Karl Rove’s preposterous claim that Libertarians and Ron Paulites decided to take over the movement. In fact, the Tea Party (orginally the Boston Tea Party) was founded in 2006by a group of Libertarians and was subsequently infiltrated and hijacked by establishment Republicans, the exact opposite of what the weasel and war criminal Karl Rove claimed.Gingrich and Rove are likely responding to a recent poll that indicates the Tea Party is more of an existential threat to the Republican Party than the Democrats.In no sense of the word is Newt Gingrich a conservative or even a traditional Republican. He was a fellow at the neocon criminal organizations the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution. During the Bush regime he sat on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board with fellow neocon Richard Perle and representatives of the death merchants Bechtel, Boeing, TRW, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Booz Allen Hamilton. Rockefeller minion Henry Kissinger was also a member during the Bush years.
He was also a distinguished advisor at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, another neocon think tank that is closely linked with the National Endowment for Democracy, an organization that does today what was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA, as one of its founders, Allen Weinstein, admitted in 2000. In short, NED overthrows governments in disfavor by the elite and organizes color revolutions designed to replace democratic elections.The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (an Orwellian name if ever there was one) is a virtual rat hole of neocons including former CIA director James Woolsey, the senator from Israel, Joe Lieberman, Gary Bauer, Frank Gaffney, Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, Walid Phares, and a scattering of like-minded Democrats such as the gun-grabber Frank Lautenberg and Chuckie Schumer.Gingrich is reputed to be a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and to have ties to the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (founded by the late William J. Casey, Reagan’s CIA director who was largely responsible for creating the Afghan Mujihadeen that would later become the CIA asset al-Qaeda).Newt has also attended Bohemian Grove where he rubbed elbows with occultists and male prostitutes. Newt has said he is not associated with worshipers of the Canaanite owl of Bohemia but he is a demonstrated liar (his photo appears on the pages of the Annals of the Bohemian Club).
Gingrich and Karl Rove and all the other neocons and bankster minions will soon become a historical footnote. During the upcoming November mid-term elections they will be swept into the dustbin of history as the Tea Party movement returns Congress to the American people. Newt will not be the 2012 Republican presidential candidate —or will Mitt Romney or any other establishment Republican, not unless the Republicans want to make their party completely irrelevant.Newt and Karl are the militants, not the Tea Party. In fact, they are war criminals and economic terrorists responsible for murdering over a million Iraqis and working as handmaidens for a cartel of international bankers who are about to give us a double-dip economic depression.
GERALD CELENTE ON CORRUPTION,WALLSTREET
ALEX JONES SHOWS THIS WEEK
NEXT WEEKS SHOWS TO LISTEN TO AFTER THE DAYS SHOW
JOHN LOEFFLER-MED UNION WITH HAROLD HOFFMAN,EARTH DAY HYPE
MORE PROOF OF A ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT
TAMAR YONAH SHOWS AT INR
ED KOCH SPEECH TO PRO ISRAEL RALLY
India's Bnei Menashe mark Yom Haatzmaut
Another state considers Arizona eligibility plan
Army to inquire into charges against Lakin
Spain Wants Israel's Support on Mediterranean Union
by Maayana Miskin APR 23,10
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met with Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos on Thursday during a visit to Madrid. Moratinos called on Israel to support the Mediterranean Union, and expressed support for United States efforts to promote talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.The Mediterranean Union, founded in 2008, aims to unite the European Union, northern Africa, Israel, and several Arab League nations to discuss matters of mutual interest. One of its aims is to promote Middle East peace, by bringing Israel and Arab countries together.
Moratinos's request for support for the Union follows an incident earlier in the month in which the union was unable to adapt a regional water management strategy due to a disagreement between Israel and Arab states over a reference to Gaza, Judea and Samaria. Arab states wished to refer to the regions as occupied territories, while Israel did not agree to the term.Arab states rejected a European suggestion to refer to the areas as territories under occupation.Failure to pass the water management initiative was seen as a blow to the body, and an indication that it may not be effective. Previously, the Union experienced trouble during the early 2009 Cast Lead counterterror offensive in Gaza. At the time, analysts expressed concern that the conflict would render the Mediterranean Union no longer viable.The Union is hoping to recover from its past troubles during its first ever summit, to be held in June in Barcelona. (IsraelNationalNews.com)
Report: PA Forces Turn to Hamas
by Maayana Miskin APR 23,10
While Palestinian Authority officials put the focus on winning concessions from Israel, a recent WorldNetDaily report indicates that they may face a greater challenge – a Hamas uprising from within. Support for Hamas is growing within PA ranks, WND said, as it did in Gaza prior to the 2007 Hamas takeover of the region.
Quoting PA sources, WND said several members of Fatah had recently been arrested for helping Hamas to establish an infrastructure in Shechem. Fatah members helped a doctor smuggle roughly $1 million to Hamas for the purpose of buying weapons, the sources said.Hamas is suspected of rebuilding its terrorist infrastructure in other Judea and Samaria cities as well. Hamas terrorists in Jenin recently managed to obtain hundreds of high-powered assault rifles, PA officials said.In addition, PA officials suspect that Hamas is infiltrating Fatah by secretly recruiting members, including those in the PA armed forces. Many young members of the forces have received military training from the US, as part of a plan to train the PA to fight terrorist uprisings.Hamas is believed by many PA analysts to have infiltrated Fatah in Gaza prior to its takeover of Gaza in 2007. The fight for Gaza was relatively swift and bloodless – of the several tens of thousands of armed Hamas and Fatah members in Gaza, slightly more than 100 were killed, and Hamas completed its takeover in under one week. Some analysts believe the Hamas victory was swift because many Fatah fighters stood aside and willingly allowed the Islamic group to seize control.Hamas has previously threatened to conquer Judea and Samaria, but more recently has made overtures to Fatah and is seeking reunification.
PA Troops Jailed for Terrorism
The WND report came as PA officers were arrested on suspicion of involvement in terrorism. According to PA media, Israeli troops arrested two members of the PA's US-trained forces, one of them a member of the elite Presidential Guard unit.A third PA officer, Salim Ubayat, was recently convicted and sentenced for terrorist attacks on Israel. Ubayat was convicted of membership in the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, of planning bombing attacks and of carrying out shooting attacks in Judea and Samaria. (IsraelNationalNews.com)
For nations living the good life, the party's over, IMF says By Howard Schneider Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, April 24, 2010
In the lingo of the International Monetary Fund, the future of the world hinges on rebalancing and consolidation, antiseptic words that would not seem to raise a fuss.
But the translation is a bit ruder, something on the order of: Suck it up. The party's over.To keep the global economy on track, people in the United States and the rest of the developed world need to work longer before retiring, pay higher taxes and expect less from government. And the cheap imports lining the shelves of mega-chains such as Wal-Mart and Target? They need to be more expensive. That's the practical meaning of a series of policy papers and statements issued in recent days by IMF officials, who have a long history of stabilizing economies and solving global financial problems, as they plot a course to keep the world economy growing and reduce the risk of another great recession.That message has been delivered subtly, woven into documents with titles such as Resolving the Crisis Legacy and Meeting New Challenges to Financial Stability,and justified by concepts such as raising retirement age in line with life expectancy,as IMF economic counselor Olivier Blanchard put it this week.
But fully deciphered, it means a pretty serious reworking of expectations in the developed world: changes in labor rules, product prices, currency values and even the social contract between governments and an aging citizenry. It is not that living standards will lower, but they will not increase as fast as they have been, said Domenico Lombardi, a former IMF executive director. The ideas being discussed by world leaders are coded words,he said.They don't like words like imposing higher taxes and cutting spending.
The IMF has long had a reputation as a bearer of bad news -- it dispatches well-educated and diplomatically deft teams to tell economically troubled countries how many people they have to fire and which programs they have to cut to get financial assistance. But the IMF now finds itself in the odd position of having that conversation not with a single ailing sovereign but with the developed countries at the core of the world system, including the United States.
Its prescription is centered on two concepts.
Rebalancing is an idea that most everyone endorses -- including the technicians at the fund and President Obama and the leaders of the G-20 group of economically powerful nations. In broad strokes, it means curbing what has been a massive transfer of capital from nations that consume more than they produce, such as the United States, to nations that produce more than they consume, such as China. The imbalance has been key to China's modernization: The country buys U.S. government bonds by the tens of billions to keep the dollar stronger than it would be and to keep its domestic currency -- and its exports -- cheaper. Looked at one way, the flow of U.S. debt to the People's Bank of China has acted like a giant, collective credit card, underwriting consumers across the United States and driving the business models of major retailers such as Wal-Mart. The message from the IMF is that the card is about maxed out and that the imbalance in trade flows needs to be corrected.
How to do it? One way is for China -- or Asian exporters, more generally -- to let their currencies rise on world markets. The other way, which IMF economist Blanchard raised this week, would be to devalue the dollar, the euro and other developed-world currencies. The advanced economies as a whole may need to depreciate their currencies so as to increase their net exports,Blanchard said. The less well-advertised side of the equation: If the dollar is worth less, then imports, regardless of their source, will cost more. U.S. exports will be proportionately cheaper -- a good thing for American businesses trying to become more competitive in overseas markets -- but everything from iPods to jeans to the latest Barbie doll would jump in price. The ideas offered by the IMF could certainly reorder the balance of the international economy, but not in a way that benefits the average person in the U.S.,said J. Craig Shearman, vice president of government affairs for the National Retail Federation. He continued: If a few factories have an increase in exports, that is good for them, but it leaves the vast majority of people paying more for consumer goods. Talking about consuming less and saving more is a nice, ivory tower approach. But it is not real world economics. People have to put clothes on their children's backs and food on the table.Wal-Mart declined to comment.
Fiscal consolidation is another idea promoted by IMF leaders. Again, the aim seems unobjectionable: The United States and other developed-world governments ran record deficits during the crisis, both to pay for stimulus programs and because tax and other receipts cratered. Across the developed world, the IMF says, government debt will rise from about 80 percent of economic output before the crisis to roughly 115 percent of output in 2014. That's considered a dangerous trajectory, and IMF officials say that by next year, governments need to announce credible plans to cut their annual deficits, turn them into surpluses and start paying off what is owed.
The level of the correction needed is large, perhaps 10 percent of gross domestic product. In the United States, that would amount to roughly $1.4 trillion annually, to be cut from government programs or raised through new taxes. Better-than-expected growth would help, or increases in productivity, or even surprises in the form of new technologies. But what's on the horizon is, more likely, a difficult reckoning -- one that Greece is facing and that other developed nations know is in the offing, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said in an interview Thursday. We're all in the same boat,Lagarde said as she looked ahead to a tough debate in France over changes in pension rules that will make not just government workers but also many in the private sector add years before their expected retirements. The IMF is studying issues such as which taxes should be raised and which programs should be cut to make consolidation as painless as possible. But it views a longer working life as an important tool -- one that would save large amounts of money in the future without cutting spending and decreasing economic activity today. In the United States, a new fiscal commission is beginning to study how to bring U.S. government debt into line.
You will see many headlines complaining and moaning and stirring the pot, Lagarde said, as issues such as pension reform are debated. But ultimately, she said,there is no way out.
WND FREEDOM INDEX POLL-Dem faith in Obama plunges as health-care details emerge Those who believe freedoms are increasing drop 10 percent April 22, 2010
11:00 pm Eastern By Bob Unruh 2010 WorldNetDaily
Editor's note: This is another in a series of monthly Freedom Index polls conducted exclusively for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies.While Americans generally took a breather from their increasing worry about losing freedoms under President Obama, Democrats over the last month actually began to express growing alarm as details of his health-care plan started to emerge. The WND Freedom Index poll from Wenzel Strategies revealed that the index was 47.2 for the month of April, up just a tick from the near-record low of 46.7 in March. The poll was conducted by telephone April 16-18 using an automated technology calling a random sampling of listed telephone numbers nationwide. It carries a margin of error of 3.29 percentage points. On the core question of whether, under the Obama administration, Americans have seen an increase or a decrease in their personal freedoms, a majority of Americans still believe there has been a decrease of freedoms,Wenzel said in an analysis of the results.
The last month, however, has seen at least a temporary halt in the downward movement, as 52 percent in this latest survey said the nation has seen a cut in freedoms, compared to 55 percent who said the same thing last month.He continued, However, the percentage of respondents who said they think Obama has presided over an increase in freedoms actually dropped from 33 percent a month ago to 31 percent today.Further, Wenzel noted, Democrats have indicated they are becoming alarmed. The poll shows Democrats have had a significant change of heart toward the negative in the last 30 days. In March, 68 percent of Democrats said they believed Obama has led to an increase in freedoms, but this month, just 58 percent said the same thing. It's unclear what has caused this significant erosion in Obama's political base, but it bears watching in the months to come.Get Mark Levin's Liberty and Tyranny, the No. 1 NYT best-seller by talk radio's fastest growing superstar. Wenzel noted some of the details of Obama's health-care program have begun to emerge this month, revealing far more restrictions and taxes than first advertised.U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claim that Congress had to pass a bill to find out what is in it is coming true, and it is coming back to haunt Democrats,he said.
WND reported just a day earlier about a group of Americans who believe the federal government overstepped its constitutional bounds in passing the health-care legislation. They have begun rallying allies to a bold and controversial initiative: state nullification of the federal law.Now that health-care reform has been signed into law, the question people ask most is, What do we do about it?said Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, in a statement. The status-quo response includes lobbying Congress, marching on D.C., voting the bums out,suing in federal court and more. But the last 100 years have proven that none of these really work, and government continues to grow year in and year out.Instead, the center is reaching back into the history books to suggest states take up nullification, a controversial measure in which states essentially would say to the federal government, Not in our borders, you don't. That law has no effect here.Get the prescription for reclaiming America's heritage of liberty, justice and morality – Joseph Farah's Taking America Back,autographed only at the WND SuperStore. The center is partnering with WeRefuse.com to announce release of model nullification legislation for states, called the Federal Health Care Nullification Act, and a call for 100,000 Americans to join a state-by-state petition to prompt legislators into action.
Wenzel also noted that April questions were fielded just after the April 15 tax-filing deadline – which also was a day for tea-party rallies across the country in protest of big government and high taxes. As those rallies became the focus of scorn from some media outlets, 62 percent of respondents said they felt that Americans today stand to face at least some retribution or ridicule for choosing to exercise their constitutional freedom to associate with whomever they wish,Wenzel said. One in three respondents said they believe Americans are subject to substantial levels of scorn, ridicule, or even retribution for exercising their freedoms to gather with those who might not be acceptable to other elements of society. Not surprisingly, it is the conservative respondents who feel the most oppressed on this point – as 79 percent said Americans are subject to penalty of some sort based on who they associate with. Liberals were much less likely to see this as a problem – yet still 36 percent of liberals said they do think Americans in general come in for some penalty based on their circle of friends,Wenzel's analysis found. This sentiment is clearly captured in this polling data. This data is particularly stunning given that it is every American's constitutional right to associate without fear of penalty or retribution,he said. The same poll showed Congress' approval rating again has plunged to about 12 percent, tying an all-time low.
But it can go even lower, he said.
As Obama and congressional Democrats now turn their eye to imposing heavy regulations on the national financial industry and the energy industry and on recasting immigration policy – all unpopular initiatives – there is no floor to how low their approval ratings might go.The monthly Freedom Index moved a tick upward based on internal moves that are beginning to indicate increased polarization of the American public in the wake of the passage of the divisive health-care bill in Congress and as Americans get a peek at other controversial issues that are likely to be moved to the top of the political agenda this year.The index is based on a 100-point scale based on poll-respondent answers to 10 questions that sample different aspects of freedom in America, including freedom of speech, association, worship and assembly. An index rating of 50 is dead even, with ratings above that point signaling positive feelings about freedom in America and ratings below that point signaling negative feelings. The index reached its lowest point ever – 46.3 – in December and nudged upward in January but then fell for two straight months.
Among the numbers in the poll:42.8 percent of Americans believe there's been a big decrease in freedoms under Obama. Another 9.6 percent see some decrease.40.3 percent of Americans believe they are not very or not at all free to speak their minds without fear of punishment.More than 33 percent of Americans believe they cannot associate with whom they choose without worrying about being punished or investigated.One in five Americans expresses fear over being investigated for the way one worships.More than 45 percent believe government is too intrusive.More than 21 percent self-censor their thoughts on a given subject because of fear of penalty.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:(ETHNIC GROUP AGAINST ETHNIC GROUP) and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
Strong earthquake rattles eastern Indonesia island
JAKARTA, Indonesia – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 has struck Indonesia's North Maluku province. There have been no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning has been issued.The U.S. Geological Survey says Saturday's quake was centered near Obi island at a depth of about 33 miles (53 kilometers).The area is some 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) east of Jakarta.Indonesia's Meteorology, Geophysics and Climate Agency measured the quake at 6.4 magnitude.Indonesia rests on a series of fault lines that make the archipelago nation one of the most earthquake-prone. A quake last year killed more than 1,000 people on Sumatra. Another off Indonesia's coast caused the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000.
Earthquake strikes near Pacific island of Tonga By RAY LILLEY, Associated Press Writer – Wed Apr 21, 5:58 pm ET
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit near the Pacific island of Tonga on Thursday, but no casualties or damage were reported and no tsunami warning was issued.The quake struck 65 miles (135 kilometers) northeast of Hihifo, Tonga, at a depth of 21 miles (35 kilometers).Many residents of American Samoa felt the quake and went out to look at the ocean while listening to radio broadcasts.Nothing is registered on our censors for tsunami waves, according to Carol Baqui, a forecaster with the American Samoa weather service.No tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.Police in the Samoan capital, Apia, said they had no reports on the temblor. We didn't feel any earthquake, an officer, who declined to be named, said.Julie Dutton, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colorado, it was a relatively small quake.Right now we don't have any reports of it being felt. It's pretty far off the coast so we're not anticipating anything damaging,Dutton said.Preliminary estimates put the quake at 6.2, but that was later downgraded to 5.9.
A magnitude 8.0 earthquake close to neighboring Samoa last Sept. 29 killed 34 people in American Samoa, 183 in Samoa and nine in Tonga, when tsunami waves up to 46 feet (14 meters) high crashed ashore. It also created a sea floor fault up to 190 miles (300 kilometers) long and 23 feet (7 meters) deep.About 90 percent of the world's temblors occur in the so-called Ring of Fire — an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones that stretches around the Pacific Rim.Associated Press writers Fili Sagapolutele in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and David Melendy in Washington contributed to this report.
ZECHARIAH 12:1-5 King James Bible
1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.
5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
ZECHARIAH 14:1-9 King James Bible
1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
ISRAELS INHERITED LAND IN THE FUTURE
And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.
Abbas: No Palestinian state in temporary borders By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press Writer - APR 24,10
RAMALLAH, West Bank – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday rejected the establishment of a Palestinian state within temporary borders, an idea he said was recently proposed for restarting peace talks.In a speech to leaders of his Fatah movement, Abbas urged Israel to resume serious negotiations on the terms of full Palestinian statehood, adding that such talks should wrap up within two years.Israel and the Palestinians remain far apart on the framework for such talks, and U.S. Mideast envoy George Mitchell returned to the region on Friday for a new push to narrow the differences.The U.S. has proposed indirect talks in which Mitchell would shuttle between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. However, the Palestinians say they won't engage unless Israel agrees not to start new housing projects for Jews in traditionally Arab east Jerusalem, claimed by the Palestinians as a capital. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly rejected a building freeze in east Jerusalem.
The Palestinians want a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast War. They also seek a freeze of all settlement construction before a resumption of peace talks.In his speech, Abbas referred to recent proposals — apparently from Israel — for a temporary state but did not elaborate. Frankly, we will not accept the state with temporary borders, because it is being offered these days,he said.He said the Palestinians were being asked to take a state with provisional borders on 40 or 50 percent, and after that we will see.Israeli government officials were not immediately available for comment on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath.
Abbas aide Nabil Abu Rdeneh denied that Israel officially raised the idea.
However, a Palestinian academic said Israel offered Abbas such a state on more than 50 percent of the West Bank. The academic said he served as a go-between for the two sides and spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters.A Palestinian state with provisional borders is part of the U.S.-backed road map peace plan as an interim step toward full independence.The temporary state would only be established on parts of the territory the Palestinians want for their state. However, the road map never got off the ground and the Palestinians have repeatedly rejected provisional statehood, fearing the temporary borders would become the final ones.U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also brushed aside the notion when asked about it Friday. So there's a lot of ideas that have been floated around, but at the end of the day it's only the Israelis and Palestinians who can make decisions for themselves, she said.Abbas, meanwhile, called for an open dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, saying time for a so-called two-state solution is running out, despite strong support on both sides.I call for an open dialogue with all Israeli factions, leaders, an open dialogue,he said.We are ready for dialogue, because we know the overwhelming majority of Israelis support the two-state solution.Associated Press writers Mohammed Daraghmeh in Ramallah and Dalia Nammari in Jerusalem contributed to this report.
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW)and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY)of the north quarters, and all his bands:(SUDAN,AFRICA) and many people with thee.
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.(RUSSIA-EGYPT AND MUSLIMS)
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
3 They (ARABS,MUSLIMS) have taken crafty counsel against thy people,(ISRAEL) and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they (MUSLIMS) have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(TREATIES)
6 The tabernacles of Edom,(JORDAN) and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, PALESTINIANS,JORDAN) and the Hagarenes;(EGYPT)
7 Gebal,(HEZZBALLOH,LEBANON) and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek;(SYRIA,ARABS,SINAI) the Philistines (PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)
40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south( EGYPT) push at him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) and the king of the north (RUSSIA AND MUSLIM HORDES OF EZEK 38+39) shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.(JORDAN)
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
3 A fire(NUCLEAR BOMB) devoureth before them;(RUSSIA-ARABS) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army,(RUSSIA,MUSLIMS) and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.(SIBERIAN DESERT)
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(NUCLEAR BOMB)
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
Thousands protest in Ukraine over deal with Russia By ANNA MELNICHUK, Associated Press Writer - APR 24,10
KIEV, Ukraine – Several thousand Ukrainians rallied in front of parliament Saturday to protest a deal allowing Russia to keep its navy in Ukraine for another 25 years.
Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko told the protesters that all opposition forces must unite to resist the deal signed earlier this week which she denounced as an unprecedented step of national treason and shame.The agreement signed Wednesday is the first concrete sign that newly-elected President Viktor Yanukovych will steer Ukraine back into Russia's orbit, reversing his pro-Western predecessor's attempts to decrease Moscow's influence.The pact allows Russia to extend its lease of the Black Sea Port of Sevastopol for another 25 years after the current lease agreement expires in 2017. Russia immediately rewarded Yanukovych by giving the ex-Soviet republic steep discounts for the natural gas on which its industries depend.
Tymoshenko and other opposition leaders said the deal amounted to ceding control over the nation's territory.We are losing our territory, we are restricting our sovereignty,Tymoshenko said at the rally.Yanukovych will split Ukraine in two as nobody has done before.Yanukovych has broad support in the Russian-speaking east and south, but faces strong opposition in western Ukraine. He narrowly defeated Tymoshenko in February's vote.The agreement is set to come up for ratification Tuesday in Russia and Ukraine. While Tymoshenko and other opposition leaders said they would try to block the vote, they will face an uphill battle in parliament controlled by Yanukovych's party and its allies.Tymoshenko's ally, deputy parliament speaker Mykola Tomenko, said that even if parliament ratifies the deal Tuesday,we will do our best to denounce it anyway, if not now, then later.Police separated opposition demonstrators from several hundred Yanukovych supporters.We are defending the new authorities,said one of them, Valentyn Bodvin, a businessman.The opposition has lost its chance. They were doing nothing for five years.
Iran begins war games in Persian Gulf oil route By NASSER KARIMI and LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writers – Thu Apr 22, 2:58 pm ET
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard held war games Thursday in the strategic Persian Gulf oil route, the Hormuz Strait, a show of its military strength at a time when the country's leaders are depicting President Barack Obama's new nuclear policy as a threat.Ahead of the military maneuvers, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused Washington of trying to dominate the world through its nuclear arsenal and vowed that Iran would not bend before what he called implicit atomic threats.Khamenei was referring to Obama's announcement earlier this month of a new nuclear strategy that focuses less on Cold War threats and more on preventing the spread of weapons. As part of the new guidelines, Washington vowed not to use its arsenal against nations that don't have their own nuclear weapons, with the exception of countries that are not abiding by international non-proliferation rules — a caveat the administration said meant Iran and North Korea.Khamenei's rhetoric, depicting Washington as seeking to dominate Iran, appeared aimed at keeping up support at home as Iran tried to fend off a new U.S. attempt to win a fourth round of United Nations sanctions over Iran's nuclear program.
The Obama administration is lobbying hard at the U.N. Security Council for tougher punishment of Iran over its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment, a process that can produce either a warhead or fuel for a nuclear reactor. The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of seeking to build a weapon, a claim Tehran denies.Tehran launched its own push Thursday to try to weaken the U.S. sanctions campaign as Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki headed to Austria, the first of several Security Council members he plans to tour in coming days. Mottaki has said he wants to talk with council members about possibilities for a nuclear fuel deal that was originally touted as a possible way to ease the international standoff over Iran's nuclear program but has since hit a dead end.Iran has been holding military maneuvers, dubbed as The Great Prophet, in the strategic waters of the Persian Gulf annually since 2006 to show off its military capabilities — and serve as an implicit warning of the consequences if the United States or Israel attack Iran's nuclear facilities.Iran's leaders have said in the past that if attacked, the country would respond by shutting off the Strait of Hormuz, the mouth of the Gulf through which around 40 percent of the world's oil and gas supplies pass, as well as by attacking American bases in the Gulf.
In 1988, the U.S. Navy accidentally shot down an Iranian civilian airliner over the waterway as the eight-year Iran-Iraq war was winding down and killed nearly 300 people. Iran claimed it was intentional, as a show of support to Iraqis. The U.S later paid compensations for the victims.The three-day war games brought in naval, air and ground units from the Revolutionary Guard, state television reported. In the past four years, the maneuvers were held in the summer, and there was no official explanation why they were brought forward this year. But it came after repeated denunciations by Iran's top leaders over the past week of the new U.S. nuclear policy.On Thursday, the military unveiled a new attack speedboat, describing it as an ultra-speed and smart vessel called Ya Mahdi.Iran also said 313 smaller speedboats with the capability of firing rockets and missiles would participate.
State television later showed video footage of a Ya Mahdi vessel firing rockets at a still target in the sea, while dozens of the small speedboats launched rocket-propelled grenades at an abandoned ship and troops boarded it in a simulated attack on an enemy warship.On Wednesday, Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said new weapons would be test-fired in the war games, but did not give details. Iran has declared many advances in its military industries and sciences to demonstrate self-sufficiency despite sanctions and attempts by the U.S. and its allies to isolate the country.The annual maneuvers are also a testimony to the growing power in Iran of the Revolutionary Guard, the elite force tasked with protecting the rule of Islamic clerics. The 120,000-member force is separate from the regular military, with its own naval, air and ground forces, and has grown to take a hand in every critical area including missile development, oil resources, dam building, road construction, telecommunications and nuclear technology. It also has taken the lead in cracking down on Iran's domestic opposition amid the turmoil since last year's disputed presidential election.
U.S. officials played down the significance of the war games.
Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said they don't seem out of the ordinary from what Iran's military has done in the past. He also said Tehran often makes exaggerated claims about its weapons testing.The U.S. Navy said its expected no significant impacts to its operations in the area, where it has a number of ships, including the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower.On Wednesday, ahead of the exercises, Khamenei spoke to a conference of nurses and denounced Obama's new nuclear guidelines. U.S. officials have said the changes aim to push Iran into cooperating with the U.N. on its nuclear program, but the supreme leader depicted them as dangling the threat of nuclear attack over his country. Implicit atomic threats against Iran will have no effect,he said.The Iranian people will not submit to such threats and will bring those who make them to their knees.He repeated that Iran is not seeking to build a nuclear weapon. The nuclear powers, particularly the United States, are using their nuclear might to try to impose their authority over the world,he said. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, meanwhile, flew to Zimbabwe on Thursday where he was welcomed by President Robert Mugabe — a meeting of two leaders united in fierce opposition to the West Iran is the biggest exhibitor at a trade exposition Ahmadinejad is scheduled to open in Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo on Friday.
Iran's Ahmadinejad seeks new partners in Africa By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press Writer – Fri Apr 23, 12:55 pm ET
KAMPALA, Uganda – Iran's president is in Africa this week to build alliances to evade stronger U.N. sanctions for his country's nuclear program, ease its international isolation and strengthen its economy.Both Zimbabwe and Uganda, the two countries President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is visiting, have something to offer.Iran has been under harsh criticism from Western nations for pressing ahead with uranium enrichment programs it says are to produce nuclear energy. The West fears the militant Islamic state could develop nuclear weapons.Iran hopes to persuade non-permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, such as Uganda, to vote against new sanctions or at least abstain from the vote, said Alireza Nader, an Iran expert at the Washington-based Rand Corp.Zimbabwe's isolation from the West also appeals to Iran, which is coming under stronger pressure due to its ongoing nuclear program.
In Uganda, Ahmadinejad will discuss his country's nuclear program with President Yoweri Museveni. Uganda has not yet ruled out the possibility it could vote for sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, said Tamale Mirundi, a spokesman for Museveni.Ahmadinejad landed in Uganda Friday night where he is expected to personally make his case after a two-day trip to Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe urged him to remain resolute in defiance of the West.Ugandan Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa told The Associated Press that while Uganda is a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and wants nuclear weapons eliminated, we strongly believe that every country has a right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.In Uganda, the Iranian leader also finds a potential business partner just beginning to tap its oil resources. Oil-rich Iran is in the running to build an oil refinery for the African country. It's also built a housing complex with thousands of units and is looking at building a tractor assembly plant and a beef cannery.
Earlier Friday, Ahmadinejad opened a trade fair in Zimbabwe, where he castigated Western nations, saying their bad behavior had enslaved Africans.Some oppressive and arrogant states deny people their rights. Today, they are trying to possess and control world resources,he said, speaking through an interpreter.They want to hinder the way to scientific and development improvements in our countries.Ahmadinejad arrived at the fair in the city of Bulawayo with Mugabe in a vintage British colonial era Bentley limousine and inspected a guard of honor. Ahmadinejad was the first leader from outside Africa to open the exposition since Zimbabwe won independence from Britain in 1980. The first colonial Bulawayo fair 50 years ago was opened by British royalty, conveyed to the site in a similar car.Iran is the largest participant at the fair. Many traditional Western exhibitors and local industries have stayed away from the annual trade fair, once a showcase of regional goods and products, because Zimbabwe's economy has tanked under Mugabe.Ahmadinejad said Iran is interested in Africa's markets and could find like-minded leaders in Africa who face problems with the West. Zimbabwe and Iran say Iran has proposed assembling tractors in Zimbabwe and that the two countries have agreed to set up a joint investment company to help develop industry, energy, mining, water management and social and financial services.At a state dinner Thursday night, Mugabe said both Zimbabwe and Iran are being targeted by the West because of how they want to manage their own natural resources.We remain resolute in defending Zimbabwe's right to exercise it sovereignty over its natural resources. We have equally supported Iran's right to peaceful use of nuclear energy as enshrined in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Mugabe said.Zimbabwe and Iran say Iran has proposed assembling tractors in Zimbabwe and that the two countries have agreed to set up a joint investment company to help develop industry, energy, mining, water management and social and financial services.Associated Press reporters Jason Straziuso in Nairobi, Kenya, Angus Shaw in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and Chengetai Zvauya in Harare, Zimbabwe contributed to this report.
Yemen cleric: fight draft law banning child brides
SAN'A, Yemen – Yemen's most influential Islamic cleric is vowing to gather a million signatures to protest a draft law banning child brides in the impoverished country.
Sheik Abdul-Majid al-Zindani spoke Saturday at a conference in the Yemeni capital, San'a.Proposed legislation to set a minimum marriage age of 17 has been stalled by opposition from religious leaders who say it's un-Islamic. A quarter of all females marry before they turn 15 in Yemen.This month a 13-year-old bride bled to death after she her 23-year-old husband forced her to have sex.The radical cleric says if the law is passed, he'll gather a million signatures to demand that it be repealed. If that doesn't work, he promises to organize mass protests.
Israeli police arrest attacker at Christian shrine
Fri Apr 23, 3:22 pm ET
JERUSALEM – Israeli police say officers shot and wounded a knife-wielding tourist who threatened to stab visitors at a sacred Christian shrine in Jerusalem.Police spokesman Shmulik Ben Ruby said the man waved a knife at people visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulcher on Friday evening. He said a police officer on duty nearby ordered the man to put the weapon down and shot him in the leg when he failed to do so.The man was taken to hospital for treatment. Nobody else was hurt in the incident.
Ben Ruby said the attack did not appear to be politically motivated. No further details, including the nationality of the tourist, were immediately available.Many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and then resurrected at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Merkel calls for better financial regulation
BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stressing the need for a better regulation of international financial markets, saying there is still too much speculation going on as exemplified by the financial crisis in Greece.Merkel said in her weekly video podcast Saturday that Germany had asked the European Commission to make suggestions to prohibit such speculation.The chancellor also highlighted the importance of international financial institutions like the IMF and the World Bank in creating more efficient rulings and called on them to help create a ecologically and socially compatible growth in times of globalism.Greece said Friday it would ask for a joint euro zone-International Monetary Fund financial rescue — a move that has the German public concerned that their tax money is going to bail out another country.
OZONE DEPLETION JUDGEMENT ON THE EARTH DUE TO SIN
26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake (ISRAELS SAKE) those days shall be shortened (Daylight hours shortened)
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
Bolivian president creates Mother Earth Ministry
Fri Apr 23, 1:00 pm ET
TIQUIPAYA, Bolivia – Bolivia's president says he is creating a Mother Earth Ministry to promote the planet's rights and says that he would like to establish an international court with the power to punish nations that fail to obey emissions-reduction agreements.The court of climate justice would be located in Cochabama, the central city where President Evo Morales recently hosted a three-day climate-change conference. It was attended by environmentalists, Indian communities and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.Morales revealed the plans Friday as he launched a campaign to plant 10 million trees — equal to Bolivia's population — by April 22, 2011. He did not say what he would do to garner other nations' support for the climate justice court.
African Union leaders meet US national security adviser
Sat Apr 24, 3:55 am ET
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Senior African Union officials met US National Security Advisor General Jim Jones at the White House to discuss increased cooperation between the United States and their organization.The AU delegation, led by chairperson Jean Ping, was on the last day of a three-day visit for the first high-level bilateral talks between the African Union and Washington on issues including fighting hunger, climate change, and boosting peacekeeping operations.Jones and Ping both greatly appreciated the opportunity to meet and discuss shared challenges and opportunities in the areas of peace and security and economic development,the White House said in a statement on Friday.The two agreed on the importance of sustained engagement to strengthen cooperation on bilateral, regional, and global issues.Ping told reporters after the meeting that the AU's 53 member states face issues which are global problems, which can be solved only globally.If you want to talk about climate change or trade, no single (African) country... could be heard. Its voice is too small to be heard individually,Ping said.
When we speak collectively, then we represent a power.The US ambassador to the AU, Michael Battle, said that Washington is seeking to have a relationship with the African Union as a continental body, which does not replace the bilateral relationships we have with individual African nations.In dealing with transnational issues like drug trafficking, climate control, and food security, the only legitimately elected voice to speak for the entire continent is the African Union Commission.A joint statement issued Thursday said the two sides hoped to hold the talks on an annual basis, rotating between Washington and the African Union's headquarters of Addis Ababa.Since it was founded in 2002, the African Union has gradually been assuming a greater role in the continent's security including through peacekeeping in Somalia and Sudan's Darfur region.The bloc also led an invasion in 2008 to stop a rebellion on Anjouan island of the Comoros.The AU delegation also met with senior officials in the State Department, the US Agency for International Development, the Department of Justice and others.
Friday, April 23, 2010
2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
CLINTON ORGASTRATED WACO PERSONALLY...THE TRUTH IS OUT BILL CLINTON
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23 Thus he said, The fourth beast(THE EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TR BLOCKS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise:(10 NATIONS) and another shall rise after them;(#11 SPAIN) and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(BE HEAD OF 3 KINGS OR NATIONS).
Spain urges Israel to support Mediterranean Union
Thu Apr 22, 4:13 pm ET
MADRID (AFP) – Spain called on Israel Thursday to support the nascent Mediterranean Union as well as efforts to reach peace in the Middle East during a visit to Madrid by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos asked Lieberman for Israel's full cooperation with the Mediterranean Union, which is of maximum interest to Spain and all of its Euro-Mediterranean partners,the foreign ministry said in a statement.Moratinos also reiterated Spain's full support for the efforts of the administration of US President President Barack Obama to reach peace in the Middle East, it added.The 43-nation Mediterranean Union, whose headquarters is in Barcelona, was established in 2008 in Paris by France and Egypt.It groups all 27 EU member states with countries in North Africa, the Balkans, the Arab world as well as Israel in a bid to foster cooperation in one of the world's most volatile regions.Earlier this month talks in Barcelona between Mediterranean Union members aimed at adopting a water management strategy for the region ended in failure due to a row between Israel and Arab countries over a reference to the Palestinian territories.The stalemate was seen as a strong blow against the body, which will hold its first summit in Barcelona in June.
Ashton set for conciliatory dinner with defence ministers
HONOR MAHONY Today APR 23,10 @ 17:55 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is to hold an informal dinner with defence ministers on Sunday evening in what is being seen by some diplomats as a chance to draw a line under a frosty start in relations.The two sides got off on the wrong foot last month when Ms Ashton, mandated by EU foreign ministers, attended the inauguration of the Ukrainian president rather than an informal meeting of defence ministers in Spain.Defence ministers registered their annoyance with her non-appearance in the meeting itself, through statements to the press and in the case of the Dutch defence minister via Twitter.Speaking about the extent of the polemic caused by the decision, a French diplomat said Ms Ashton suggested this meeting as an informal gesture towards the ministers.This dinner is a sign of confidence towards ministers of defence, the diplomat continued, although the gathering has long been planned.Over the meal, there is expected to be a discussion about how defence ministers view the new diplomatic service, due to be up and running later this year, and what it will mean for them.
Under Ms Ashton's blueprint, the EU's key military and civilian crisis management units - civilian planning (CPCC), crisis managment (CMPD), military staff (EUMS) and intelligence gathering (SitCen) - are all incorporated into the service.One large-country diplomat, explaining the set-up, said these units are ring-fenced within the service.The diplomat noted that this could potentially give the EU a competitive advantage over other powers as it should lead to more coherence between policy and operations.But the diplomat stressed that this will be done without messing with military command.Ministers are also likely to discuss the new format of defence meetings. This will mean that defence ministers are presided over by Catherine Ashton - previously they were chaired by the defence minister of the rotating presidency of the time - and in future will be able to meet separately, but under the auspices of the foreign affairs council, and take formal decisions.While not creating a formal defence council, the set-up, which could be eventually extended to ministers meeting on different days to their foreign counterparts, has important symbolic value. It was strongly pushed for by France.Ministers may discuss how often such meetings could take place - some member states are keen to meet more regularly -and the topics that could be discussed. Speaking about the new set-up, Ms Ashton recently said it would enable defence ministers to take decisions, for instance on capabilities development.For Sunday, the EU foreign policy chief is hoping for a "constructive and positive meeting with the defence ministers,said a spokesperson.
The following day, the ministers will meet representatives of the European Defence Agency and will discuss the situation in Afghanistan with Nato secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen as well the EU mission in Bosnia and the proposed EU Somalia training mission in Uganda due to start next month.
Member states to signal broad backing for diplomatic service blueprint
HONOR MAHONY Today APR 23,10 @ 09:28 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - EU foreign ministers meeting on Monday (26 April) are expected to send a signal of broad backing for foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's blueprint for a diplomatic service, but a formal decision on the matter depends on the - as yet unimpressed - European Parliament.The overwhelming sense is that the proposal is in the right place, said a diplomat from a large country. Another diplomat noted that while some questions still remained, there is a broad agreement for the outline. For her part, Ms Ashton is expected to try and seek as great a degree of convergence as possible on Monday.Among the remaining issues is the extent to which the service can offer consular services. While the fairly explicit language on this in the proposal is welcomed by small member states, others, such as Britain, believes it goes too far and want vaguer language. Member states are also keen to make sure that they win their fair share of national diplomats in the service amid concerns it will initially be dominated by commission and Council officials. A key point for governments here is to make sure that national experts seconded from member states to deal with specific issues are not counted as part of the overall general quota. There are also questions over the chain of command in certain instances, with the commission keen to be able to issue orders directly to delegations when it involves areas within its powers. Also up in the air is the extent to which heads of delegation are responsible for delegations' budgets. But even if member states were to work their way through all the discussion points by late Monday, a formal political decision on the service cannot be taken until the parliament gives its opinion on the matter.To quite a large extent we are in the hands of the parliament,said a diplomat adding: The parliament can certainly for a while refuse to give [its] opinion.MEPs can hold progress on the diplomatic service to hostage by not giving its opinion now. But it also wields power in later stages because it has co-decision on changing the staff and financial rules to accommodate the service and establishing a budget for the service.
To date, deputies have been playing hardball saying the blueprint gives too much weight to governments and not enough to the commission. The proposal currently on the table ... does not promote a genuine European added value but rather the return of intergovernmentalism,said a statement released Wednesday by the main political groups in EU assembly.Unless and until the council and the commission are prepared to initiate real negotiations with parliament, no progress can be made on this important issue.Among the chief concerns of the parliament is having full budgetary oversight over the service - something member states say is not in dispute. Governments are less sanguine about demands to incorporate service more into the commission, fearing it will give both the EU executive and parliament powers in areas where they do not have it such as foreign policy and defence.However, Ms Ashton has tackled one concern of MEPs by suggesting the creation of a board of three directors to run the service. Deputies had previously complained that her original idea of having one secretary general would put too much power in the hands of one person, with German MEP Elmar Brok memorably referring to a spider sitting at the top of a web.With no formal decision on Monday and complex negotiations between the commission, member states, council, Ms Ashton and parliament still to come, one diplomat estimated that the whole package [will be] in place by autumn.
Netanyahu: Iran provoking Israel-Syria conflict
Thu Apr 22, 1:57 pm ET
JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran is trying to provoke a war between Israel and Syria.Netanyahu says Iran is trying to convince Syria that an Israeli attack is imminent, which he says is a lie.Tensions have been high recently between Israel and Syria. The sides have traded threats, and last week Israel accused Syria of smuggling powerful rockets to the Lebanese guerillas of Hezbollah. Syria denied the charge.Speaking in an interview Thursday with Israel's Channel 2 TV, Netanyahu repeated the charge that Syria and Iran are arming Hezbollah.
The Israeli leader also called on the U.S. to impose sanctions to block Iran's nuclear program.
DOCTOR DOCTORIAN FROM ANGEL OF GOD
then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all,(WORLD SOCIALISM) both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM
WORLD MARKET RESULTS
HALF HOUR DOW RESULTS FR APR 23,2010
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S&P 500 1217.28 +8.61
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GOLD 1,156.70 +13.70
OIL 85.07 +1.37
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CDNX 1670.92 +18.97
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YEAR TO DATE PERFORMANCE
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Dow -32 points at low today.
Dow +52 points at high today so far.
GOLD opens at $1,136.90.OIL opens at $83.19 today.
Dow -27 points at low today so far.
Dow +73 points at high today so far.
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AMERICA (POLITICAL BABYLON)
21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
1 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:
2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!
11 Because ye were glad, because ye rejoiced, O ye destroyers of mine heritage, because ye are grown fat as the heifer at grass, and bellow as bulls;(BACKSLIDERS)
37 A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women: a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed.(A NATION OF MINGLED PEOPLE)
12 Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bare you shall be ashamed:(MOTHER ENGLAND) behold, the hindermost of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.
13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.
7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.
53 Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the LORD.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
3 For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast.
24 I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD. (RUSSIA A SNEAK ATTACK ON AMERICA)
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,(NUKE ATTACK I BELIEVE)
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
NOW WE KNOW WHY AMERICA IS GOING TO BE NUKED FOR THE KLLING OF INNOCENT PEOPLE NOT JUST MURDER BY ABORTION.AMERICA WILL PAY IN JUDGEMENT LIKE THESE SCRIPTURES SAY FOR THE SINS OF THE GOVERNMENT.
STORY VIDEOS ABOUT 7 COMING DOWN
Bombshell: Silverstein Wanted To Demolish Building 7 On 9/11
Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet.com Friday, April 23, 2010
Preface from Alex Jones: To truly grasp the magnitude of this story, you really have to read the entire article. Immediately after the pull it controversy, debunkers claimed there was no plan to conduct a controlled demolition of the building. Now the fact that officials were considering blowing up the building is established, Silverstein’s consistent denial that this took place is a huge smoking gun. How did Silverstein expect to demolish the building safely when such a process takes weeks or even months to properly set up, even without the additional chaos surrounding WTC 7 on 9/11? This new revelation is astounding and it needs to be investigated immediately. A Fox News hit piece against Jesse Ventura and the 9/11 truth movement written by former Washington D.C. prosecutor Jeffrey Scott Shapiro inadvertently reveals a shocking truth, that World Trade Center leaseholder Larry Silverstein, who collected nearly $500 million dollars in insurance as a result of the collapse of Building 7, a 47-story structure that was not hit by a plane but collapsed within seven seconds on September 11, was on the phone to his insurance carrier attempting to convince them that the building should be brought down via controlled demolition.
Writing for Fox News, Jeffrey Scott Shapiro states,I was working as a journalist for Gannett News at Ground Zero that day, and I remember very clearly what I saw and heard.Shortly before the building collapsed, several NYPD officers and Con-Edison workers told me that Larry Silverstein, the property developer of One World Financial Center was on the phone with his insurance carrier to see if they would authorize the controlled demolition of the building – since its foundation was already unstable and expected to fall.In February of 2002 Silverstein Properties won $861 million from Industrial Risk Insurers to rebuild on the site of WTC 7. Silverstein Properties’ estimated investment in WTC 7 was $386 million. This building’s collapse alone resulted in a payout of nearly $500 million, based on the contention that it was an unforeseen accidental event.A controlled demolition would have minimized the damage caused by the building’s imminent collapse and potentially save lives. Many law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other journalists were aware of this possible option. There was no secret. There was no conspiracy,writes Shapiro.However, obviously aware of how it would impact his insurance claim, Larry Silverstein has consistently denied that there was ever a plan to intentionally demolish Building 7.In June 2005, Silverstein told New York Post journalist Sam Smith that his infamous pull it comment, which has been cited as proof that Silverstein planned to take down the building with explosives, meant something else.
In January 2006, Silverstein’s spokesperson Dara McQuillan told the U.S. State Department that the pull it comment meant to withdraw firefighters from the building (despite the fact that there were no firefighters inside WTC 7 as we shall later cover). There was no mention whatsoever of any plan to demolish the building before it fell.Shapiro’s faux pas has unwittingly let the cat out of the bag on the fact that Silverstein was aggressively pushing for the building to be intentionally demolished, a claim that he has always vociferously denied, presumably to safeguard against putting in doubt the massive insurance payout he received on the basis that the collapse was accidental.For over five years since the infamous PBS documentary was aired in which Silverstein states that the decision was made to pull the building, a construction term for controlled demolition, debunkers have attempted to perform all kinds of mental gymnastics in fudging the meaning behind the WTC leaseholder’s comments.I remember getting a call from the fire department commander, telling me that they were not sure they were gonna be able to contain the fire, and I said, We’ve had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it. And they made that decision to pull and we watched the building collapse, said Silverstein.Debunkers attempted to claim that Silverstein meant to pull the firefighters from the building due to the danger the structure was in, and this explanation was also later claimed by Silverstein’s spokesman, however, both the FEMA report, the New York Times and even Popular Mechanics reported that there were no firefighting actions taken inside WTC 7.
Another clip from the same documentary clearly illustrates that the term pull is industry jargon for a controlled demolition.While I was talking with a fellow reporter and several NYPD officers, Building 7 suddenly collapsed, and before it hit the ground, not a single sound emanated from the tower area. There were no explosives; I would have heard them. In fact, I remember that in those few seconds, as the building sank to the ground that I was stunned by how quiet it was,writes Shapiro in his Fox News hit piece.Shapiro’s contention that the 47-story building simply collapsed into its own footprint within seven seconds without making a sound, a feat only ever witnessed in world history on 9/11 alone, is contradicted by numerous other first-hand eyewitnesses.Contradicting Shapiro’s claim that the collapse of the building was quiet, NYPD officer Craig Bartmer stated that he clearly heard bombs tear down Building 7 as he ran away from its collapse.I walked around it (Building 7). I saw a hole. I didn’t see a hole bad enough to knock a building down, though. Yeah there was definitely fire in the building, but I didn’t hear any… I didn’t hear any creaking, or… I didn’t hear any indication that it was going to come down. And all of a sudden the radios exploded and everyone started screaming get away, get away, get away from it!… It was at that moment… I looked up, and it was nothing I would ever imagine seeing in my life. The thing started pealing in on itself… Somebody grabbed my shoulder and I started running, and the shit’s hitting the ground behind me, and the whole time you’re hearing boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.I think I know an explosion when I hear it… Yeah it had some damage to it, but nothing like what they’re saying… Nothing to account for what we saw… I am shocked at the story we’ve heard about it to be quite honest,said Bartmer.
EMT Indira Singh, a Senior Consultant for JP Morgan Chase in Information Technology and Risk Management, told the Pacifica show Guns and Butter,After midday on 9/11 we had to evacuate that because they told us Building 7 was coming down. If you had been there, not being able to see very much just flames everywhere and smoke – it is entirely possible – I do believe that they brought Building 7 down because I heard that they were going to bring it down because it was unstable because of the collateral damage.The host asked Singh,Did they actually use the word brought down and who was it that was telling you this?,to which Singh responded, The fire department. And they did use the words we’re gonna have to bring it down and for us there observing the nature of the devastation it made total sense to us that this was indeed a possibility, given the subsequent controversy over it I don’t know.
Another EMT named Mike who wished to remain anonymous wrote in a letter to the Loose Change film crew that emergency responders were told Building 7 was about to be pulled and that a 20 second radio countdown preceded its collapse.There were bright flashes up and down the sides of Building 7, you could see them through the windows…and it collapsed. We all knew it was intentionally pulled… they told us,he stated.
Following news reports in the days after the attack that Building 7 had collapsed due to fire damage, Mike fully expected this mistake to be corrected after the chaos had subsided, but was astonished when it became part of the official story.Mike’s report of a countdown preceding the collapse of WTC 7 was backed up by Former Air Force Special Operations for Search and Rescue, Kevin McPadden, who said that he heard the last few seconds of the countdown on a nearby police radio.In addition, the language used by firefighters and others at ground zero shortly before the building fell strongly indicates that the building was deliberately demolished with explosives, and not that it fell unaided.It’s blowin boy.… Keep your eye on that building, it’ll be coming down soon.…The building is about to blow up, move it back. … Here we are walking back. There’s a building, about to blow up…Photo and video evidence of the collapse of Building 7 shows classic indications of a controlled demolition. The standard crimp in the center-left top of the building and the subsequent squibs of smoke as it collapses clearly represent explosive demolition.
Veteran news anchor Dan Rather shared the view that the building looked like a controlled demolition during news coverage of the event on CBS.Several news agencies, including the BBC and CNN, reported that the building had already collapsed 26 minutes and as much as over an hour before it actually fell.
Just about every sentence of Shapiro’s hit piece is contradicted by numerous other eyewitnesses, so his feigned righteous indignation in ranting, I was there. I know what happened, and there is no single credible piece of evidence that implicates the United States of America in the Sept. 11 attacks,fails to ring true.However, the most damning aspect of the article is Shapiro’s inadvertent revelation that Larry Silverstein was on the phone to his insurance company pushing for the building to be demolished, which is precisely what happened later in the day, and as innumerable eyewitnesses as well as video footage and physical evidence prove, the collapse of WTC 7 could have been nothing else than a controlled demolition, which would place Silverstein’s $500 million insurance payout in severe jeopardy if ever acknowledged.
Shapiro’s testimony, intended to debunk questions surrounding the official story behind 9/11, has only succeeded in raising more, because it completely contradicts Larry Silverstein’s insistence that he never considered deliberately demolishing WTC 7 with explosives.
European big business admits to lobbying Washington, but not Brussels
LEIGH PHILLIPS 22.04.2010 @ 09:28 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Many of Europe's biggest corporations are avoiding registering their lobbying activities in Brussels even as they admit to the scale of their operations in Washington where registration of lobbyists is required by law, according to a new study.As a result of the different registry frameworks between the two legislative capitals - in Brussels, the European Commission's lobby registry is a voluntary affair - European big business on the whole is able to make it appear that it is engaged in much more lobbying in Washington than in Brussels. This is the conclusion of a new study by lobbying watchdogs that analyses what the EU's 50 biggest corporations say they are spending on influencing policy.A total of 20 of these 50 EU-based firms are not signed up to the commission's lobby register, according to the report, published by Friends of the Earth, itself an environmental lobby group.And yet many companies, Vodafone, Deutsche Bank, Nestle and E.ON, are known to have a very strong presence in Brussels.But crucially, the EU companies that are signed up are declaring what the report authors say are unfeasibly low budgets for their lobbying in the European capital. Comparing what firms say they spend in Brussels and what they say they spend in Washington, where the figures registered are checked for accuracy, the researchers found a counterintuitive situation whereby, for example, British Petroleum has declared that its lobby expenditure is 17 times higher in the US than in the EU and ING, the Dutch bank, says that its expenditure is eight times greater in the US.
Despite the moves by EU lawmakers to impose stricter regulation on the financial sector in the wake of the economic crisis, according to their entries in the register, European banks and insurance firms in 2008 spent up to €2.75 million in Brussels, but €18.5 million lobbying in the Washington.The oil industry shows a surprising law of decreasing lobbying: the bigger the company, the less it spends on lobbying,said the report authors.Indeed, in the same year, three out of the 50 companies declared spending more than a million euros on attempting to gain influence amongst decision makers, while 10 did so in the US.A total of 13 of the 21 companies that are signed up to both the EU and the US lobby registers declare higher lobbying expenditures in Washington.The way firms have reported their lobbying expenditure in Europe makes it look as though some NGOs are spending more than oil companies on lobbying. The data thus suggests that the Eurogroup for Animals, the European Council on Refugees and Exiles and Friends of the Countryside spend more than twice as much as the biggest oil companies Shell and BP and defence consortium EADS, and more than three times as much as Total, Arcelor Mittal, GDF, or Enel.In its current form the European Commission's lobby register fails in its goal to safeguard reliable information and to end the culture of secrecy around lobbying in Brussels,said Friends of the Earth's Paul de Clerck.
Galbraith: Economists Should Move into Background, and Criminologists to the Forefront Washington’s Blog April 23, 2010
TARP overseer Elizabeth Warren suspects fraud as the cause of the crisis. University of Texas economics professor James K. Galbraith previously said that fraud caused the financial crisis: You had fraud in the origination of the mortgages, fraud in the underwriting, fraud in the ratings agencies.Senator Kaufman said last month:
Fraud and potential criminal conduct were at the heart of the financial crisis.
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur says that there was rampant fraud leading up to the crash (see this and this). TARP overseer Elizabeth Warren suspects fraud as the cause of the crisis.Yves Smith has shown that fraud largely caused the subprime crisis. Janet Tavakoli says that rampant fraud and Ponzi schemes caused the financial crisis.
According to economist Max Wolff:The securitization process worked by packag(ing), sell(ing), repack(aging) and resell(ing) mortages making what was a small housing bubble, a gigantic (one) and making what became an American financial problem very much a global one by selling mortgage bundles worldwide without full disclosure of the lack of underlying assets or risks.Buyers accepted them on good faith, failed in their due diligence, and rating agencies were negligent, even criminal, in overvaluing and endorsing junk assets that they knew were high-risk or toxic. The whole process was corrupt at its core.William Black – professor of economics and law, and former head of prosecution during the S&L crisis – says that massive fraud by is what caused this economic crisis. Specifically, he says that companies, auditors, rating agencies and regulators all committed fraud which helped blow the bubble and sowed the seeds of the inevitable crash. And see this. Black and economist Simon Johnson also state that the banks committed fraud by making loans to people that they knew would default, to make huge profits during the boom, knowing that the taxpayers would bail them out when things went bust.
As Black told Congress on Tuesday: Let’s start with the repos. We have known since the Enron in 2001 that this is a common scam, in which every major bank that was approached by Enron agreed to help them deceive creditors and investors by doing these kind of transactions. And so what happened? There was a proposal in 2004 to stop it. And the regulatory heads — there was an interagency effort — killed it. They came out with something pathetic in 2006, and stalled its implication until 2007, but it ’s meaningless. We have known for decades that these are frauds. We have known for a decade how to stop them. All of the major regulatory agencies were complicit in that statement, in destroying it. We have a self-fulfilling policy of regulatory failure because of the leadership in this era. We have the Fed, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, finding that this is three card monty. Well what would you do, as a regulator, if you knew that one of the largest enterprises in the world, when the nation is on the brink of economic collapse, is engaged in fraud, three card monty? Would you continue business as usual?
That’s what was done. So who should we talk to about fixing the economic crisis?
Not the economists.As economist James Galbraith told Dan Froomkin this week:Once you understand the implications of massively fraudulent practices, it changes the professional community that has the principal say about interpreting the crisis.
Economists, he said, should move into the background — and criminologists to the forefront.Bill Black agrees:Criminologists, Black said, are trained to identify the environments that produce epidemics of fraud — and in the case of the financial crisis, the culprit is obvious.We’re looking at incentive structures, he told HuffPost.Not people suddenly becoming evil. Not people suddenly becoming crazy. But people reacting to perverse incentive structures.CEOs can’t send out a memo telling their front-line professionals to commit fraud, but you can send the same message with your compensations system, and you can do it without going to jail,Black said.
Criminologists ask fundamentally different types of question than the ones being asked.First we ask: Does this business activity, the way they’re conducting it, make any sense for an honest firm? And we see many activities that make no sense for an honest firm.One example is the liar’s loans.With something like 90 percent of them turning out to be fraudulent, they are not profitable loans to make — unless you’re getting paid based on volume, and unless the idea is to sell them off to someone else. We also ask: How it is possible that they were able to sell this stuff? When it comes to toxic assets — or securities built on top of them — all standard economic explanations say it should have been impossible to sell them.The answer, in this crisis, is the financial version of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,Black said. Incentives for short-term profits and the resulting bonuses were so great that buyers preferred booking the revenue than looking too closely at what they were buying.Black is concerned that the financial legislation currently being debated on Capitol Hill doesn’t change the rules enough. He’s concerned about loopholes in derivative regulation and thinks that demanding skin in the game won’t actually help curb fraud.
Yes,skin in the game means that companies could go bankrupt if they place bad bets. But, he said. if the corporation gets destroyed, that’s not a failure of the fraud scheme.Former Lehman Brother CEO Richard Fuld, for instance, walked away with hundreds of millions of net worth that would never have been created but for the fraud.Black would like to see reform that ends regulatory black holes and that requires not just rules but approving regulators with teeth, to enforce them. Regulators should not be cozy with the entities they regulate; they should be skeptical.Some of us have to stay skeptical, so that everyone else can trust,he said.
He also thinks it’s important to address compensation — both for executives and professionals. Black isn’t calling for limits on executive pay, just for executives to keep their own promises to make bonuses based on long-term success, rather than short term. And he means really long-term. The big bonuses, they come after 10 years, when they show it’s real,Black said.Professional compensation has to be changed to prevent conflicts of interest,he said. Appraisers, accountants, ratings agencies and the like need to be rewarded for accuracy rather than amenability. Right now, Black said, cheaters prosper.Forget the economists … call in the criminologists.
FDNY teams with Marines to stage mock suicide bomb, poison gas attacks
BY Barry Paddock DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Thursday, April 22nd 2010, 4:15 PM
Fevelo for NewsFirefighters and Marines simulate a gas attack during a drill at the FDNY Fire Academy at Randall's Island. Fevelo for NewsFirefighters and Marines simulate a bus bombing. Related NewsArticles Long Island fire chief, NYC firefighter busted in gun threatWe were blacklisted for trying to protect co-workers, two employees of city chargeTraffic forecast for March 26, 2010Computer programmer at Board of Elections is king of overtime in NYC againShoeshine stand employee busted after twice torching Bryant Park booth They staged the unthinkable.The city's fire department teamed up with Marines Thursday morning to respond to simultaneous mock suicide bomber and poison gas attacks.An FDNY team raced around the mangled shell of an MTA bus, herding wounded victims to a triage area as real fire burned in the street.Other rescue workers raced to pull victims from crushed cars turned on their sides or upside down. About 100 firefighters joined 100 marines in the chillingly realistic exercise at the FDNY Fire Academy on Randall's Island.In a replica of a city subway platform filled with haze, dozens of faux victims screamed for help as they lay among mangled dummies representing the dead.In a disturbing reminder of the dangers of their job, one dummy with a severed leg wore an FDNY uniform. We can't see,subway victims screamed.
Just get me out of here!
Some victims pretended they didn't understand English, forcing rescuers to communicate using hand signs. The emergency workers in full body suits and gas masks led them outside to a yellow decontamination tent, where Marines hosed and sponged them down.I got stepped on a couple times, said Josh Wylie, 23, of Long Beach, LI, an EMT trainee who played the part of a gravely injured gas attack victim.
The situation felt real.Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said the point of the drill was for firefighters and Marines to share expertise and to learn to work more closely together.Earlier in the week, firefighters worked with West Point cadets responding to the aftermath of a simulated earthquake.When they finish this, they'll be tired, worn out, just like they were working a real-life incident, Cassano said. If there's another event in the city, we'll be prepared.The Marines were part of the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force, an elite unit stationed in Indian Head, MD.Several members are New Yorkers.It feels good being back home,said Sgt. Joe Vargas, 23, of East New York, Brooklyn.Whatever this country, or New York, needs, we're going to be firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 email|print|tool nameclose tool goes here Goldman's White House connections raise eyebrows By Greg Gordon | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — While Goldman Sachs' lawyers negotiated with the Securities and Exchange Commission over potentially explosive civil fraud charges, Goldman's chief executive visited the White House at least four times. White House logs show that Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein traveled to Washington for at least two events with President Barack Obama, whose 2008 presidential campaign received $994,795 in donations from Goldman's employees and their relatives. He also met twice with Obama's top economic adviser, Larry Summers.No evidence has surfaced to suggest that Blankfein or any other Goldman executive raised the SEC case with the president or his aides. SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro said in a statement Wednesday that the SEC doesn't coordinate enforcement actions with the White House or other political bodies. Meanwhile, however, Goldman is retaining former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig as a member of its legal team. In addition, when he worked as an investment banker in Chicago a decade ago, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel advised one client who also retained Goldman as an adviser on the same $8.2 billion deal.
Goldman's connections to the White House and the Obama administration are raising eyebrows at a time when Washington and Wall Street are dueling over how to overhaul regulation of the financial world.Lawrence Jacobs, a University of Minnesota political scientist, said that almost everything that the White House has done has been haunted by the personnel and the money of Goldman . . . as well as the suspicion that the White House, particularly early on, was pulling its punches out of deference to Goldman and its war chest.There's now kind of a magnifying glass on the administration for any sign of interference or conversations with the regulators and the judiciary,Jacobs said.The SEC investigation of Goldman's dealings lasted 18 months and culminated with the SEC filing civil fraud charges against the investment bank last week.According to White House visitor logs, Blankfein was among the business leaders who attended an Obama speech on Feb. 13, 2009, and he also joined more than a dozen bank CEOs in a meeting with Obama on March 27, 2009.Blankfein also was supposed be among the CEOs who met with Obama in December, but he and two others phoned in from New York, blaming inclement weather.He and his wife, Laura, were listed on the logs among 438 presidential guests at the Kennedy Center Honors the previous week.
The logs also indicate that Blankfein met twice in 2009, on Feb. 4 and Sept. 30, with Summers, who was undersecretary of the Treasury Department during the Clinton administration when it was headed by Robert Rubin, a former Goldman CEO.Asked whether Goldman executives had talked to administration officials about the SEC inquiry, Goldman spokesman Michael DuVally said that the firm doesn't discuss what conversations we may or may not have had with government officials.Schapiro's statement said that she's disappointed by Republican rhetoric suggesting that the SEC case against Goldman might have been timed to boost legislative prospects for a financial regulation overhaul bill, which Obama plans to pitch in a speech in New York Thursday.We do not coordinate our enforcement actions with the White House, Congress or political committees,Schapiro said.We do not time our cases around political events or the legislative calendar . . . We will neither bring cases, nor refrain from bringing them, because of the political consequences.Obama dismissed any such suggestion as completely false Wednesday, saying in a CNBC television interview that the SEC never discussed with us anything with respect to the charges that would be brought.
While describing Craig, his former counsel, as one of the top lawyers in the country,Obama also said that he'd imposed the toughest ethics rules that any president's ever had.One thing he (Craig) knows is that he cannot talk to the White House,Obama said.He cannot lobby the White House. He cannot in any way use his former position to have any influence on us.Goldman's chief spokesman, Lucas van Praag, said the firm wanted Craig . . . for his wisdom and insight.Craig, now an attorney with the Washington law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagre & Flom, said: I am a lawyer, not a lobbyist. Goldman Sachs has hired me to provide legal advice and to assist in its legal representation.Goldman's nearly $1 million in campaign contributions to Obama's presidential campaign were the most from any single employer except the University of California. Still, they represented only a fraction of the more than $700 million that the campaign raised.The vast majority of the money I got was from small donors all across the country,Obama told CNBC. Moreover, anybody who gave me money during the course of my campaign knew that I was on record in 2007 and 2008 pushing very strongly that we needed to reform how Wall Street did business.One White House insider who knows something about how Wall Street does business is chief of staff Emanuel, who earned millions of dollars in investment banking after he left the Clinton White House. His work for the Chicago-based financial services firm Wasserstein Perella & Co. intersected with Goldman in at least one deal.In 1999, Emanuel was a key player representing Unicom Corp., the parent of Commonwealth Edison, in forging its merger with Peco Energy Co. to create utility giant Exelon Corp. Goldman was also advising Unicom.
The White House declined immediate comment on that connection.
Several former Goldman executives hold senior positions in the Obama administration, including Gary Gensler, the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Mark Patterson, a former Goldman lobbyist who is chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; and Robert Hormats, the undersecretary of state for economic, energy and agricultural affairs.Jacobs of the University of Minnesota said that the administration now risks kind of a feeding frenzy.The administration has to be very careful,he said, because . . . they're seen as the ones who bailed out Wall Street. If there are indications that the administration was talking to regulators or to Justice Department people about when and how Goldman or other firms would be investigated, I think that's going to create almost a mob scene.(Margaret Talev, Steven Thomma and Tish Wells contributed to this article.)Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/04/21/92637/goldmans-connections-to-white.html#ixzz0lwVkP6eU
Greece formally requests EU-IMF aid-Euro area states have pledged to give up to €30 billion this year (Photo: mammal)ANDREW WILLIS Today APR 23,10 @ 14:27 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Greece has formally placed a request to activate a €40-45 billion EU-IMF aid package, a day after new budget deficit figures revealed the country's 2009 shortfall to be worse than previously forecast. The country's finance minister, George Papaconstantinou, transferred the message on Friday (23 April) in a letter addressed to Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU economy commissioner Olli Rehn and European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet. In accordance with the Statement of the Heads of State and Government of 25 March 2010 to provide financial support to Greece, when needed, and the follow up Statement of the Eurogroup, Greece is hereby requesting the activation of the support mechanism, reads the letter. Earlier, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said he would instruct his finance minister to place the request.It is a national and imperative need to officially ask our partners in the EU for the activation of the support mechanism we jointly created,he said in statements broadcast live from the remote Aegean island of Kastellorizo.Our partners will decisively contribute to provide Greece the safe harbour that will allow us to rebuild our ship, said the embattled premier against a picturesque backdrop. Fresh figures released by the EU's statistics office, Eurostat, on Thursday revealed Greece's 2009 deficit to be 13.6 percent of GDP, significantly higher than the previous 12.7 percent forecast. Markets subsequently leapt on the new EU data, sending the yield on 10-year Greek bonds to 8.83 percent, the highest since 1998, and prompting credit rating agency Moody's to cut the country's sovereign rating from A2 to A3. On Friday, bond yields retreated marginally following the formal aid request.
A significant amount of uncertainty remains however. Greece, swamped by a €300-billion debt pile, is currently negotiating the lending terms with EU and IMF officials in Athens, with the talks potentially lasting for several more weeks. An agreement between EU leaders in late March indicated that any request for aid must first be approved by the ECB and the European Commission, before then being formally agreed by euro area states. While governments may be willing to bail-out their profligate partner, doubts remain as to how quickly member states will be able to release the funds, with at least one legal challenge being mounted in Germany against the unpopular transfer to Greece. Responding to questions from MEPs in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said several times that he is confident the Greek plan does not breach the EU treaties. The solution found so far is fully in line with the treaty,he said.It is simply wrong to say that it is some kind of bailout.Chancellor Angela Merkel, faced with crucial regional elections in May, has been at pains to stress that any support must be considered ultima ratio, or a last resort.As well as the legal uncertainty, total contributions to the three-year support package have yet to be finalised. Euro area states have agreed to contribute €30 billion, this year, but figures for 2010 and 2011 remain unclear. German central bank chief Axel Weber recently conceded that the numbers are changing all the time, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal, adding that total euro area contributions over the three years could reach as much a €80 billion.
EU agrees to start negotiations with US on bank data transfers
VALENTINA POP Today APR 23,10 @ 17:38 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – EU home affairs ministers on Friday (23 April) reached a political agreement on negotiations with the US regarding the use of European bank data when searching for terrorism funding. The commission will start exploratory talks with the US in the coming days, home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said at a press briefing in Brussels. Formal talks can only start on 10 May, when EU affairs ministers are to rubber-stamp the political agreement, she explained.The reason for the extra delay is mainly linked to the volcanic ash cloud, which caused major travel disruptions and prompted the Spanish EU presidency to move the ministerial meeting from Luxembourg to Brussels and to organise it on Friday instead of Thursday.As a consequence, only nine of the EU's 27 ministers made it to Brussels, an insufficient number to adopt any formal decisions.In addition, European Parliament chief Jerzy Buzek has asked the Spanish EU presidency to wait for a non-binding resolution that could not be voted this week in Strasbourg for the same reasons. The next plenary session is due to take place from 5-6 May in Brussels.
Since the EU legislature has already struck down an interim agreement on this matter, both the Spanish presidency and the European Commission are now particularly forthcoming in respect to any requests coming from MEPs.Yet some of the assembly's demands, for instance not to send bulk data to the US, are technically impossible, since Swift, the company which facilitates international bank transactions, has no capacity to filter individual transactions, Ms Malmstrom said.We hope to find ways how to limit the categories of data sent by Swift, she added.The Swedish commissioner said she hoped an agreement could be finalised by the end of June, so that it could be approved by member states and the EU Parliament before summer recess, insisting that it was a matter of urgency. Ever since the data flow was interrupted in January, the US and Europe are in a security gap in terms of leads on terrorism funding, she said.This situation occurred after Belgium-based Swift decided to stop storing European transactions in its US database, following a 2006 scandal in which it became clear that the American authorities had been secretly screening this data as part of their anti-terrorist policies.
An interim agreement, negotiated by the Swedish EU presidency last year, when Ms Malmstrom was Stockholm's European affairs minister, should have ensured a smooth transition until a final deal was put in place, at the end of this year.But the provisional agreement was struck one day before the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty, granting the parliament a veto on such matters. And in February, when asked for their consent on the deal, MEPs used that veto right in a first display of power despite high-level lobbying by Washington.Euro-deputies speaking on Wednesday in the plenary on this matter continued to express reservations about the level of privacy safeguards envisaged in the negotiation guidelines presented by Ms Malmstrom, who will lead the talks with the Americans. But none of them said the negotiations should not take place at all.
Further Greek chaos as new figures show EU fiscal mess-The financial crisis drove a large hole in EU government budgets in 2009 (Photo: Jorge Franganillo)
ANDREW WILLIS Today APR 23,10 @ 09:21 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The deplorable state of EU government finances was laid bare on Thursday (22 April), following the release of 2009 budget deficit figures by the EU's statistics agency, Eurostat. Greece's deficit was shown to have reached 13.6 percent of GDP for the year, considerably higher that the previous 12.7 percent forecast, sending the country's borrowing costs skyward and prompting a new credit rating downgrade from the Moody's credit rating agency. EU officials said the Greek deficit cutting target of four percent for this year still remained in place, but indicated that extra measures would be needed if the debt-ridden country was to successfully bring its deficit below three percent by 2012, as promised to Brussels.
The Eurostat figures underline the urgency to intensify the preparations of structural reforms and additional measures for the coming years,said EU economy commissioner Olli Rehn in a statement. Mr Rehn is in Washington for a meeting of G20 finance ministers (22-23 April), where he is also meeting International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn to discuss lending terms for Greece. The extra turmoil on Thursday prompted expectations that Athens will be forced to bring forward an application for emergency funding from a joint euro area and IMF lending package, valued at €40-45 billion.It's our historic obligation to take decisions that will avert the worst for Greece,Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou told his cabinet.
Shares tumbled on the Athens stock exchange in response to the new deficit figures, while the euro currency fell to its lowest value against the dollar since last May. As markets closed, Moody's cut Greece's sovereign rating to A3 from A2.The day saw yields on 10-year Greek bonds rising to 8.83 percent, the highest since 1998, as investor concerns over a possible debt default or restructuring intensified. In Athens, the government promised to meet its debt obligations for next month, estimated to be in the region of €10 billion. Greece's final deficit figure for 2009 could increase by a further 0.3-0.5 percent, said Eurostat, due to uncertainties on the surplus of social security funds for 2009, on the classification of some public entities and on the recording of off-market swaps.The commission is currently pushing member states and the European Parliament to give the Luxembourg-based agency greater auditing powers, after revelations last October once again highlighted the dubious nature of the country's statistics.
The Hellenic Republic was not alone in its overspending last year, with EU governments breaking the bloc's deficit and debt rules en masse. The average EU27 government deficit figure rose to 6.8 percent of GDP in 2009, roughly three times higher than the 2.3 percent witnessed in 2008. Debt to GDP ratios rose from 61.6 percent to 73.6 percent over the same period.Ireland topped the list, recording a deficit of 14.3 percent, with the country's economy currently reeling from a burst property bubble that has left banks with billions in bad loans. Greece came second, followed by the UK on 11.5 percent, Spain on 11.2 percent and Portugal on 9.4 percent. Bond yields for all countries rose, coming on the back of an IMF warning on Wednesday that contagion from the Greek crisis could spread to other states. In the near term, the main risk is that, if unchecked, market concerns about sovereign liquidity and solvency in Greece could turn into a full-blown sovereign debt crisis, leading to some contagion,the Washington-based organisation said. Europe's fiscal crisis has led to growing talk on the need for greater European economic co-ordination. Finland's centrist prime minister, Matti Vanhanen, said on Thursday he would support controversial German proposals for a EU treaty change, if it was needed to enforce fiscal and economic discipline in the region, the Financial Times reported.
German house in landmark vote on Iceland EU membership
VALENTINA POP 22.04.2010 @ 09:26 CET
The Bundestag on Thursday (22 April) is set to hold a landmark vote on European affairs, with the first binding EU recommendation for its government to follow in respect to Iceland's membership bid to join the bloc.Although not a controversial one, the vote is a premiere in German politics, after lawmakers acquired a greater say on the government's EU policies. These extra powers were key for the Bundestag last year to approve the Lisbon Treaty, the EU's new legal framework, which the German constitutional court said did not provide enough parliamentary oversight.
While Iceland's accession is a no-brainer for Berlin lawmakers, who are set to welcome the stable parliamentary democracy into the EU fold once talks are concluded, other countries in the enlargement pipeline could prove more of a headache, especially Turkey.Iceland is not Greece,the deputy leader of the Christian-Democrats Andreas Schockenhoff told Reuters, highlighting the consensus around Iceland's membership application, submitted to the EU last July.The 350,000 strong north-Atlantic island has since made headlines with the volcano Eyjafjallajokull whose eruption created an ash cloud disrupting European air traffic for almost a week. A banking dispute with Britain and the Netherlands, who are demanding compensation losses incurred following the collapse of online bank Icesave, is also set to pose problems for the island's membership talks.Back in Reykjavik, the two are being linked in a joke: As the Icelandic alphabet doesn't include the letter C, note north Atlantic wags, when the British and Dutch asked for cash, Icelanders gave them ash.German lawmakers are aware of the financial dispute, but say this may actually pose less of a problem than Iceland's insistance on a maintainence of whaling, which is taboo in the EU.This may be the biggest hurdle for membership, Ruprecht Polenz, head of the foreign affairs committee told Reuters.
THIS CHEAP DRUG STUFF IS ALL OVER MY LOCAL PAPER TO.SO IT MUST BE WORLDWIDE THAT GOVERNMENTS WANT TO BRAKE,THEN BAILOUT PHARMACIES TO TAKE GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF ALL THE PHARMACIES.WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS THROUGH THIS CHEAP DRUG SCAM.
UK big pharma loses EU court battle over cheaper drugs
LEIGH PHILLIPS 22.04.2010 @ 17:33 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - UK pharmaceutical firms have been defeated in their attempt to put an end to British government incentives to doctors to supply patients with cheaper but equivalent medicines.The European Court of Justice rejected a complaint by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) that such National Health Service (NHS) schemes were not an illegal inducement under EU law.In order to reduce public expenditure, the public health authorities in England and Wales introduced schemes providing doctors with financial incentives to prescribe cheap generic drugs rather than their more expensive patented counterparts.A 2001 European directive relating to medicinal products prohibits pecuniary advantages or benefits in kind from being offered to doctors or pharmacists. The bill aimed to prevent drug firms from offering incentives such as holidays, golf club memberships or other bonuses for prescribing their product, but in an attempted reversal of the legislation's original intention, the companies argued that rewards to medical practices acted in the same way.But the court found that the directive was concerned primarily with the promotional activities carried out by the pharmaceutical industry and sought to prevent promotional practices that could push doctors to act more in line with their wallet than a patient's interest. By contrast, that prohibition does not apply to national public health authorities which ... do not pursue any profit-making or commercial aim,the court said in its ruling.Therefore, the financial incentive scheme examined, which forms part of such a policy, cannot be regarded as seeking the promotion of commercial promotion of medicinal products.No danger to public health can be established,the court concluded.
Obama tax increases are raining everywhere By Laurie Roth Apr 22,10
Gee, did Obama forget his bold promises about not raising taxes? What a shock folks but just like Obama likes to explore new types of abortion to fund he also is finding new taxes to sneak into our lives. Some attempts aren’t even sneaky. They just arrogantly slam through the front door and make Obama, yet again an obvious and arrogant liar about not raising taxes. The Dems budget plan is playing the ‘reduce the deficit game’ and their most released plan released this week says they plan to take last years deficit of 1.4 trillion and shrink it down to $545 billion by 2015. Naturally, since Obama and the Democrats are currently in a spending orgy of trillions with stimulus bills and Health plans they will have to raise taxes everywhere. I imagine if possible, other than find new types of abortions to fund, they will try and raise people from the dead to tax them. Heck, why not? Dead people already vote, we might as well tax them also.So, the Senate is promising to cut the deficit by two thirds and do that within the next five years. This will flatten at least 30 million people with tax increases, averaging around $3,700 by 2012. Obama promised no new tax increases for anyone except the very rich. Democrats typically demonize and persecute the rich anyway. However, as usual, Obama is packed full of lies regarding budgets and tax intentions.
Now, not only are there massive taxes in the Obama care health plan but now there is talk in the Obama administration for a national VAT tax, where the Government taxes the value at each stage of production of various products.We already have hidden and bold frontal assaults with taxation in the obamacare plan. This is already increasing insurance rates dramatically, causing lines for care, more doctors and hospitals are turning away Medicare patients, and causing enrollments to go way down in medical schools for Doctors and nurses. This is already a 2.6 trillion dollar nightmare of forced and rationed health care service over the next 10 years that we start paying up front for before we experience the long lines for rotten, controlled and slow care. This legalized scheme is just unrolling and already causing nightmares even in the anticipation phase.The next money suckage machine will be the face lifted and manipulated ‘cap and trade’ bill that will come to save the environment and world. There might have to be an international tax for that one. Perhaps we will have enough money left for a hot dog.I doubt Obama will try and cram through a VAT tax on everyone before the mid term elections but watch out what he will try just after. However, I think the messiah is not quite getting the mood and direction that the tsunami is flowing. I do believe when the patriotic water surge, will flow right through the white House and congress this fall. Many liberal, career bodies will flow right out to sea. Obama will be neutered and hopefully be brought down a few thousand notches.We are going to have a lot of undoing to do after the mid terms and year 4.Let’s build some very large wrecking balls shall we?
Caruba’s Crystal Ball CFP By Alan Caruba Friday, April 23, 2010
I rarely make predictions. Events can change the entire direction of a nation in the blink of an eye. It happened in my lifetime with Pearl Harbor, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the resignation of Richard M. Nixon, and with 9/11. As this is being written, air traffic to, from, and throughout Europe is barely recovering because of an Icelandic volcano and no one really knows how long that will continue.
So, barring any catastrophic natural events or wars, I will look into my crystal ball and narrow my predictions to the period between now and the midterm election on November 2, 2010.Having forced a healthcare program on America that 85% of the voters did not want, the Obama White House now knows it can do the same with other major pieces of legislation intended to transform America into a socialist wreck comparable to European nations, one of which, Greece, is bankrupt while two others, Spain and Italy, are close to it.The Obama administration is getting ready to put a chokehold on the nation’s financial sector by claiming it needs more regulation. It is a lie. Few sectors of the nation are more heavily regulated by the government. What is needed is more effective enforcement of existing regulations. Had that been the case there would have been no Bernie Madoff and the 2008 crisis brought about by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae could have been avoided.The next piece of legislation to be imposed on Americans before November will be Cap-and-Trade, a law based on a global warming crisis that is not happening. It will impose caps on how much energy industries, businesses, and finally individuals can use and it will institute a trade mechanism in bogus carbon credits that will make a few companies, utilities, and individuals very rich while bleeding Americans by taxing energy use at every level.
The era of abundant and affordable energy will end and, with it, the economy of the nation. Companies that manufacture goods will move offshore to friendlier places such as China and India. Both were exempted in the United Nations’ Kyoto Protocol intended to force greenhouse emission caps on industrialized nations like America and Europe.The coal industry, responsible for providing the source of half of all the electricity generated in America, will be under attack in every way at the government’s disposal. Mountain top mining will be the next target. Beyond that, all coal-fired plants will encounter a regulatory hell. There will be no offshore exploration for new sources of oil and natural gas.When the brown-outs and black-outs begin, the nation will be five to ten years from providing new sources of electrical power whether it’s coal, natural gas, or nuclear. By then billions in government (your money) subsidies will have been wasted on green or clean or alternative energy in the form of wind and solar. They currently represent about one percent of all the electricity generated in America.By the midterm elections, the unemployment rate will have likely increased. A growing, permanent class of the unemployed will be maintained with endless extensions of government support.
The southern border from Texas to California is becoming a war zone. There’s a reason the State of Arizona just passed a law allowing its citizens to carry concealed weapons and another law to empower its law enforcement authorities to rid the State of illegal aliens. Do not be surprised by the rise of southwestern state militias to deal with the constant invasion. Watch for an effort to pass an amnesty law as well.What Americans have not caught onto as yet is that the Obama administration’s policies and actions are now fully controlled by people who did not have to go before the U.S. Senate for approval. They are Obama’s czars and they wield as much influence or more than constitutionally appointed cabinet secretaries.
So the real question between now and November is How much damage can the Obama White House inflict?and the answer is a lot. Alan Caruba, 2010
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Big Bang Rebuttal By Joseph A Olson, PE Thursday, April 22, 2010 CFP
Superstition has exerted a powerful force on human psyche and history. Strengthened with a few facts, a superstition becomes accepted reality until new perceptions can reopen debate. That is an exciting possibility in today’s Nouveau Renaissance. Humanity’s new course needs a road sign: Caution, Falling False Paradigms Ahead.
Climategate has shown that even the most well funded science can be wrong. All objective, science trained minds have left the Global Warming station. Well meaning scientists are already doing damage assessments and future hazard avoidance studies. It is now a perfect time to reassess another possibly defective theory on the origin of the universe.
The Flat Earth Theory required an explanation of cyclic visible planetary movements of the then know members of our solar system. The Sun rose over the Earth everyday in a predictably variable pattern. The moon waxed and waned between full and new. The inner orbit planets, Mars and Venus arose predictably and briefly as morning or evening stars. The outer planets, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn crossed the complete sky and then disappeared for long and varying periods of time.Fourteenth century scientists struggled to explain these readily observable events and attempted to explain them as nested spheres, driven by great gears, which were below the flat Earth and thus invisible. Mechanical clocks were just then being perfected and animated character clocks made this seem plausible to the masses.Galileo added a new complexity and doubt when his telescope observations indicated moons circling the outer planets. The set of spheres and gears necessary for the Flat Earthers became impossible. To those in power it was time to silence the messenger. It is hard to refuse the offer, the world is flat or your heads on a platter.The original Renaissance involved a startling across the board shift in paradigms. Gutenberg printing presses spread literacy, Columbus doubled the size and transformed the shape of the world. Telescopes and microscopes vastly expanded the visible universe in both directions. Freedom challenged feudalism and Martin Luther challenged the Pope. Enlightenment was no one trick pony.Today humanity is on the threshold of a new awakening. The internet is our new printing press and our collective conscious is our new hemisphere. New prophets and new visions are confronting the established twentieth century theories of Relativity, Big Bang and Quantum Mechanics.
Einstein developed the Theory of Relativity in 1905, Planck the Quantum Mechanics Theory in 1918 and Hubbel the Expanding Universe Theory in 1929. All of these theories appear correct within certain ranges but have conflicts at their boundaries. Scientists struggled thru the last half of the twentieth century to find a Unified Field Theory that could join these theories.The results of this effort could best be described as mathematical masturbation. Elaborate formulas for String Theory expanded the known four dimensions to nine and required extra multi-verses of invisible worlds. Since noting behaved according to the predicted mass calculations, then there must also be anti-matter and dark matter. Newtonian physics require a force for acceleration and nothing ever explained the force required to accelerate entire galaxies. We are approaching the fourteenth century dilemma of too many spheres and too many gears.
My Karma Ran Over Your Dogma
Einstein never really bought into either of the conflicting theories and was too busy developing a bomb that could short circuit the Third Reich to get involved in those debates. Many others have been troubled by these one sided debates and hungered for alternative explanations.To deconstruct a superstition you must begin at the point of real fact. All stars and galaxies are far enough away and move slowly enough to be considered fixed point sources. As the Earth circles the Sun in a 180 million mile ellipse, we witness closer points moving more relative to the distant points. As you walk across your backyard the tree in your yard appears to move relative to the two trees on the hill down the street. Those two distant trees do not appear to have any movement relative to each other.What Hubbell first observed with his vastly improved telescope was that some of the previously ‘fuzzy’ stars were in fact clusters of stars forming very distant galaxies. Using spectral analysis he was shocked to find that these galaxies were moving away from us. Even more startling was that the further the apparent distance, the greater the apparent speed.The often mentioned analogy is dots on an inflating balloon all expand away from each other and the further away the greater the movement. To an observer on the balloon surface there would be some dots visible on the opposite side of the balloon but there would also be a horizon beyond the balloon with ABSOLUTELY NO DOTS.
Part of Einstein’s Theory was that space was curved and that light was bent as it traveled past a large mass. Repeated experiments have shown that light does bend as predicted and to see how this would change the Big Bang Theory, we must introduce two other concepts of Physics.
Inertial Reference Plane and Angular Acceleration
These are two concepts that are both unsettling and liberating to the freshman Physics student. It is at first hard to believe that the two eyes and two ears that you have used your whole life are not the perfect place from which to understand the universe. In fact, there is no perfect place and everything appears different depending on your unique place. This does not imply that there is no right or wrong answers to scientific question, a fact I learned on many examinations.Your antique phonograph spins at a constant velocity, but the first song on the album is moving a greater distance than the inner most, last song. The further from the center spindle, the greater the angular acceleration. Points of light along the album would all appear the same from the center UNLESS the light was required to circle the album in a spiral to the center. Under this condition the further away the light, the greater the apparent acceleration.Part of the curved aspect of space is that light would eventually return to its source. At fourteen billion light years and counting scientists have yet to discover the edge of the universe which is beginning to appear to be as mythical as the edge of the Earth. Our next breakthrough may be when we see all the way around the universe to the backside of the Milky Way.The great mass of the billions of galaxies that we see has a tremendous ability to bend light and in perfect conformity to Einstein’s Theories. The farther away the galaxy, the greater mass required to pass and the greater the apparent acceleration. Imagine a non-expanding universe. It appears that it is never too late to open a hundred year old debate.
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AND THE OTHER ISSUE WE MUST KEEP ON THE TABLE AND IN PEOPLES MEMORY IS THAT BARRY SOETORO IS REALLY BARACK OBAMAS REAL NAME AND HE WAS BORN IN KENYA NOT AMERICA.BARRY SOETORO AKA BARACK OBAMA IS NOT ELLIGABLE TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA GOVERNMENT.EVERYTHING HE SIGNS IN BARACK OBAMA IS ILLEGEL,BECAUCE HIS REAL NAME IS BARRY SOETORO.AMERICAS CONSTITUTION WILL BE IN SHAMBLES ONCE THIS SCAM IS FINALLY REVEALED TO THE WORLD.
BY THE TIMELINE IN OBAMAS OWN BOOKS-OBAMA WENT TO PAKISTAN ON HIS INDONESIAN PASSPORT.ANOTHER ISSUE OUT OF 400 PEOPLE AT COLUMBIA THAT GRADUATED THE YEAR OBAMA OR BARRY SOETORO DID,NO ONE COMES FORWARD TO SAY THEY KNEW HIM.HOW COME AT HAWAII HOSPITAL WERE OBAMA CLAIMS HE WAS BORN,NO NURSES OR ANYBODY CAME FORWARD TO SAY THEY WITNESSED OR TOOK PART IN THE BIRTH.THIS BARRY SOETORO OR AKA BARACK OBAMAS LIFE IS A COMPLETE FRAUD.AND AMERICA IS CONNED TO BELIEVE THE LIE.WHY WOULD SOETORO AKA OBAMA SPEND 2 MILLION DOLLARS TO STOP ALL THESE LAWSUITS IF THERES NO COVERUP.HE WOULD JUST SHOW THE PROOF OF EACH EVENT-PLACE OF BIRTH,CERTIFICATE AND REAL NAME BARRY SOETORO INDONESIAN PASSPORT.
The proof is everywhere from statements and affidavits from Government parliament sources and Obama’s own Grandmother who says she saw him born in a hospital in Mombassa Kenya. The former ambassador to Kenya says Obama was born in Mombassa Kenya, so do others. Check out the affidavits at www.obamacrimes.com and join Phil Berg and other concerned citizens for a huge eligibility protest march May 29th 12-4pm.
Booing Obama By Judi McLeod Thursday, April 22, 2010 CFP
In the not-so-long-ago days before the Barry Soetoro Metrosexual, the bad guys got roundly booed at Saturday afternoon matinees.This was back in the days before politically correct drowned out commonsense; the days before the Sean Penns and Tom Hanks came down from the silver screen as media darling political activists.Booing was at much at home at baseball where Kill the Umpire! originated as it was at the movies.Whoever would have thought back then that someday a president of the United States of America would go about the world maligning his own country and people, or that when he did, the booing would come largely from the Internet and Tea Parties, and not the mainstream media? Down through the ages, bullies, sore losers, and despots have been called out by the big Boo!
Anyone connected to the Web knows that President Barack Obama bows deeply to the enemy on the world stage, while he, at least figuratively speaking, continues to give the finger to the people he was elected to serve.On home turf, Obama has been accused by House Republican leader John A. Boehner of being a finger wagging lecturer. Obama’s finger-culture copycats the foul-mouthed Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel whose point is made by flipping the bird.On the world stage, Obama has been seen poking his finger at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and during last week’s Nuclear Summit at Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Israel is America’s strongest ally in the Middle East.Canada is America’s number one trading partner and shares a 3,000-plus mile border with the U.S.When Obama wagged his finger in the face of Stephen Harper, he insulted all Canadians, including the loved ones of 142 Canadian soldiers who gave their all fighting alongside American troops in Afghanistan.When Obama canceled plans to attend the funeral of Polish Prime Minister Lech Kaczynski and played golf instead he gave the finger to grieving Poles and their relatives abroad.Canada Free Press gives a resounding Boo! to Obama for Israelis, Canadians and Poles.Meanwhile, even from an oppressed people, the boos for Obama are getting louder every day, and and history will someday record how the most powerful man earth was booed right off the world stage.
Is Socialism Christian? By Kelly O'Connell Sunday, April 18, 2010 CFP
As Washington has lately moved to create massive socializing measures, such as the recent vote for Obamacare, a spiritual wrench has now been tossed into the debate. This might be titled, Christ v. Communism. Many liberals insist socialism is the most caring economic system ever conceived, an antidote to poverty, and the only true foundation for an equitable society. A number of leftists even boast socialism is how God’s Kingdom would operate if Jesus came back as King. Yet, to the contrary, many conservatives warn socialism presents the triumph of the exact opposite of paradise. Of course, it doesn’t help liberalism’s reputation that Karl Marx is the greatest name in socialist history, and Lenin, Stalin and Mao his chief acolytes. But who is correct on this question? A host of celebrities have come out in favor of socialism, including filmmaker Michael Moore, who recently released, Capitalism: A Love Story.In a blog posted 10/04/09, Moore wrote, In my new film I speak for the first time in one of my movies about my own (Catholic) spiritual beliefs….I pose a simple question in the movie: Is capitalism a sin? I go on to ask, Would Jesus be a capitalist?... I have come to believe that there is no getting around the fact that capitalism is opposite everything that Jesus taught…It doesn’t seem you can call yourself a Capitalist AND a Christian…Is Moore correct that Jesus was an anti-capitalist? This essay examines the debate of Christ versus Marx, by placing socialism’s ideology next to biblical scripture, then analyzing it. It also addresses arguments from the Bible that socialists often employ to support their ideas. It finally describes Christ’s views on property.
There is no single definition of Socialism, but Webster’s offers this:
1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods; 2 a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state; 3 : a societal stage in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done
Socialism supposedly seeks to create immediate material equality for all people by standardizing wages, confiscating from wealthier residents much of their personal holdings and also highly regulating and taxing industry. It legislates government control over property, handing over production and delivery of material goods to the state. Marxists believe socialism is a temporary half-life between capitalism and communism. Notwithstanding the technical definition of socialism—policies that augment taxes, or redirect wealth between different socio-economic groups, are socializing policy. Strategies reducing the economic profile of citizens, vis-a-vis government, are also socialist in purpose, building state power at individual cost.
In brief, socialism presumes an activist state that continually confiscates wealth by force. Individual property rights are abolished. Karl Marx called his communism scientific socialism,and modern leftists often demand socialism as tacit preparation for a Marxist atheistic regime, which flies in the face of some of its naive supporter’s so-called Christian goals. It’s worth noting Marx was simply the most successful post-French Revolution socialist during the theory’s fevered foment; and so the difference between Marxism and socialism is historically, in most senses, nil.
BIBLICAL VIEW OF SOCIALISM
Since Christianity is based upon Christ’s New Testament life, logically speaking—no one can claim an economics which defies Christ’s teachings, or Biblical doctrine, should still be called Christian.Given the Bible’s scope and length, one cannot exhaustively treat any subject in such a short article. Yet, the Bible’s remarkably consistent across all 66 books means that to study a thematic section is to gain holographic understanding of the whole.
~The following headings in bold are socialist ideals which are then contrasted to biblical verses~
1. Socialism Holds There is No Private Property, the State Owns All: In Socialism, government holds all right to property ownership, even if all goods are not yet confiscated. But did Jesus really oppose property rights?
Consider: Exodus 20:15, 17—You shall not steal, and You shall not covet…anything belonging to your neighbor.
Also: John 10:10—The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…
Analysis: The Ten Commandments form the center of the Old and New Testament law. Rules against theft and coveting, contained therein, demand pre-existing private property rights. Knowing this, would Christ then still insist government had exclusive legal claim to all property? Yet, even if government did own all property, would the Bible writers posit the state would wisely allocate property according to Christ’s standards?
2. Socialism Ignores Laziness: Socialism financially supports those refusing to work. So does the Bible teach that those avoiding to toil should still be paid?
Consider: Proverbs 6:6-8—Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
Also: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every idle brother, not living according to our teaching. You ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you…For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: If a man will not work, he shall not eat.We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.
Analysis: This question covers a key issue of the debate. Would the Apostles teach that those refusing to work should not receive church aid, yet were still eminently worthy of government welfare? (Those truly unable to work were supported by the early Church: James 1:27—Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows…)
3. Socialism Teaches All Authority Belongs to Government: Does Christ teach all earthly authority is to be transferred to secular governments?
Consider: In John 19:8-11, Pilate asks, Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you? Jesus replied,You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above…
Also: Daniel 2:20-21—Blessed be the name of God…he removes kings, and sets up kings.
Again: In Acts 4:19-20, when the Apostles were ordered to stop evangelizing, they responded,Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.
Analysis: The Bible teaches God appoints governments, so does it follow He allows His people to capitulate this authority to atheist regimes? If so, we must believe Jesus asks His disciples to obey a new political priesthood whose activities makes the Church redundant, and His own works irrelevant. Does this notion seem logically coherent? And as seen in the previous Acts verses, the Bible teaches a divine mandate exists above secular law. Are not Christians held to follow Jesus’ teachings above human law?
4. Socialism is a Branch of Humanism: Since socialism is an atheistic, humanistic philosophical system, would Jesus accept it?
Consider: Romans 12:2—Don’t conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…to test and approve what God’s will is…
Analysis: This passage seems to reject human-based values, suggesting humanism is incompatible with Jesus’ teachings.
5. Socialism Seeks a Heaven on Earth: Does the Bible call man to build an earthly paradise via government?
Consider: Revelations 21:1-4—Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away… I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God…There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
Analysis: Doesn’t the Bible portray Heaven, or the New Jerusalem, arriving after the return of Christ, as a perfect city? If Paradise does come to earth, will it really be delivered by secular atheists using Marxist doctrines?
6. Socialism Allows No Freedom of Action or Expression: Does the Bible ask Believers to surrender God-given freedoms to bureaucrats?
Consider: Galatians 5:1—It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Also: 2 Corinthians 3:17—Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Analysis: Didn’t Christ gave His disciples freedom in order to better follow His teachings? If so, does this freedom then simply get haded over to a secular governments? Regardless, history has shown socialism and communism have enslaved billions around the world.
7. In Socialism, the State Replaces Church: Should the church step aside to allow government to fulfill the task of helping the poor and downtrodden, and many other biblical duties?
Consider: In Matthew 22:15-21, Christ says, Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.
Analysis: Jesus separates civil government and church. From a Christian perspective, can government simply replace the church? Could it ever have that authority; and if so, based upon what?! When government takes over Church mandated roles, like feeding the poor, etc, can it do so on a biblical model, or achieve Christ’s goals? And if government uses the Bible as model, doesn’t this destroy the wall of separation between church and state?
8. Critics Claims Jesus Hated Capitalism: Didn’t Christ express disgust at capitalist excesses at the Temple?
Consider: Matthew 21:12-13 Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. It is written,he said to them, My house will be called a house of prayer,but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.
Analysis: This verse focuses on dishonest hypocrites defrauding religious seekers in the Temple. Jesus was angry at the misuse of His Father’s house for sordid gain. Is it therefore reasonable to suggest Christ is putting down all trade in this passage?
Don’t the following verses prove the Bible supports socialism?!!
1. My Brother’s Keeper: Doesn’t the Bible teach we are our brother’s keeper?
Consider: Genesis 4:9 Then the LORD said to Cain, Where is your brother Abel? I don’t know,he replied. Am I my brother’s keeper? The LORD said, What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.
Analysis: Cain had already killed his brother Abel when he gave this reply to God. Therefore, is it ridiculous to claim this statement focuses on charity!
2. Sermon on the Mount: Doesn’t Jesus teach aid to the poor here?
Consider: Matthew 5:7; 42 says, Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy; and Give to him that asks.
Analysis: While the Sermon on the Mount expounds the Ten Commandments, Jesus extols personal responsibility for the needy, but never proposes any socialist, ie state delivered, answers to charity.
3. The Good Samaritan: Here, two Hebrews and a non-Jew Samaritan passed a man beaten by robbers. Only the Samaritan stopped to help. Doesn’t this establish biblical socialism?
Consider: Luke 10:36-37 Christ asked, Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?...Jesus told him, Go and do likewise.
Analysis: Here, Jesus urges his disciples to offer personal aid to the helpless. Does this task therefore become a responsibility for the government, despite Rome never being mentioned in context?
4. Believer’s Held a Socialist Common Purse in Acts, Right?: Doesn’t this passage prove the Apostles shared all goods and were therefore socialists?!
Consider: Acts 4:32-35 All the believers were one in heart and mind. None claimed his possessions as his own, but shared all they had…There was none needy among them. When those owning lands or houses sold them, they brought sale money and put it at the apostles’ feet; distributed to any in need.
Analysis: If the first Church’s generosity was private and voluntary, is this the same as by government fiat? Further, doesn’t socialism exist by only by government intervention?
Later in Acts, when Ananias sold property, yet lied about the price, to secretly horde some money, God killed him. Acts 5:3-4, Peter says, Ananias, how is it…you kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal?
This passage shows the Apostles definitively practiced private charity of free will voluntary giving, based upon personal ownership. Is this not opposite the definition of socialism? And under socialism, isn’t it true individuals can’t decide what property to donate, but government confiscates what it decides to?!
5. Isn’t Biblical Charity a Kind of Socialism? Doesn’t historical Biblical charity reveal a model that any just government can follow?
Consider: Leviticus 19:9-10 When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.
Also: Jesus says in Luke 14:13-14,But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.
And: 1 John 3:17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
Analysis: In the Old Testament, charity (Tzedakah, Hebrew for justice) was delivered by individuals and the Temple, which was separate from the government. So, if the poor could keep food dropped during harvests, glean crops, and could ask the Temple priests for aid, isn’t this proof of a functioning non-government private aid? How could it be socialism if the farmers acted privately, under religious teaching, and the Temple was also a non-government undertaking?
The New Testament Church took on Jewish charitable practice to aid the underclass, both individually and corporately. Historically, it’s notable the idea of charity didn’t exist outside the Bible peoples. But can biblical charity be socialism’s model, if it’s motivated by belief in God, versus socialism’s atheism? Further, is voluntary giving fairly deemed socialism,at all? One is based on forced contribution, but the other through sheer spontaneous good will. And, one is arranged through a commitment presuming relationship to God; whereas, the other is simply delivered via an impersonal state. Biblical charity is a gracious free-will offering, but state funds are confiscated from citizens by force and delivered as impersonal aid to recipients without emotion.
BIBLICAL VIEW OF PROPERTY
Neither the Bible, nor Jesus condemn wealth, just its misuse. 1 Timothy 6:17 says, Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth…but to put their hope in God… The most renowned Old Testament patriarchs, such as Job, were often rich. He was described as ...the greatest man among all the people of the East,(Job 1:3). Abraham was also prosperous, yet both men were famously pious. Christ criticized overemphasis on wealth, but supported property rights. Further, didn’t Christ claim that there will always be some underclass, when he stated in Matthew 26:11 The poor you will always have with you… Can a war on poverty realistically eradicate an entire class?
Jesus didn’t express any desire to hand over to government ownership of all property, which would then leave only the state able to fund charity. While Marx railed against capitalism, in an atheistic vacuum, Jesus protested religious hypocrisy. Christ’s ministry for the poor offered aid with religious enlightenment, not denial of God. His Apostles helped Him deliver to the destitute food and healing. Conversely, Marx categorized religion as an utter abomination. Is it then coincidental Marxist tyrants Lenin, Stalin and Mao all waged wars against peasants, killing millions? Socialism creates humanistic heaven on earth in defiance of Jesus, whom preached a Kingdom established on earth by non-violent obedience, the Golden Rule, and divine love.
Can we afford to ignore the obvious differences between Christian doctrine and socialist theory? First, Christian charity is both private and voluntary; yet socialism is public and forcibly collected. Again, biblical giving is motivated by religious belief; yet socialism is ostensibly an atheist system. Also, when Western leftists claim the Bible as a model for state socialism, doesn’t this contradict the liberal wall of separation between church and state? Likewise, wouldn’t it be patently illegal to use the Bible as a transparent source of public policy? Socialism only concerns present asset ownership; no worry is wasted on how redistribution damages future economies.
But, is it right to ignore longterm prospects of the poor to temporarily better their lot? This question is crucial since socialism has always degenerated economies, and communism eviscerates all free trade, except the black market. The resultant statist command economy is controlled by a small group of socialist wise men.But these planners can never successfully predict and map the myriad needs of a large country’s hundreds of millions of private consumers for the billions of unique economic decisions, normally made daily, in free societies.
But if socialism and communism are Christian, then clothes worn to worship, the cars taking Believers to service, the tithe put in the offering plate, the church building itself, and even each member’s personal Bible would all be state owned. Is this really Jesus’ plan? Consider this biblical view of wealth, in James 1:9-11, The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower…the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.Here individuals are allowed private property, but God judges each person for its use.
Finally, a fact understood by both Bible writers and the Founders is the concrete relationship between property rights and freedom. A profound error of early socialist scholarship was thinking primitive societies owned property in common, and from this sprang human freedom. Modern research proved ancient societies allowed individually owned property. Like today, property ownerships gave them the option to act freely, since they weren’t forced to depend upon the state for sustenance. Instead, property holders became a class somewhat insulated from the whims of kings and despots. Yet now, this option will surely cease as soon as we surrender private property rights, in the name of progress, and therefore no longer have the power to declare our independence.