Saturday, February 28, 2009
Today my heart is filled with love of freedom and our nation. I know it is not the traditional type of Then Sings My Soul Saturday song, but it stirs my heart... so here it is.
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Friday, February 27, 2009
I took a lot of photos... but they can not begin to capture what the day was like. After a big turnout, holding signs along the road, signing a petition, listening to some speakers, we finished the event by dumping some tea into the Mississippi River. Not surprisingly, this was my kids favorite part. Anyway... I may talk more about my experience later but for now..
how about some photos?
(No this cutey is not mine... there were so many children of all ages at the protest... as well as college students, working men and women taking time off, and retired individuals. All concerned with our nation's future.)
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The total cost for this year's budget is even higher of course.. that is just the deficit. The cost of this year's budget is $11,833 per person in the US... and for our family of $47,332. That is more than we earn!!!!!
There is only one sensible way to handle this. STOP THE SPENDING!!!!!
Tomorrow I will go to a Tea Party Protest in St. Louis. I believe that the out of control spending is selling our children's future.
Some in the conservative media have named the stimulus package the "generational theft act of 2009" and I am finding myself agreeing. It is the ultimate in taxation without representation because our children did not choose this spending that they will have to pay for. And I am outraged.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I am so thankful for our God who is my Savior. What a wonderful God we have... who gave His all, even until His life... for His bride. We are ransomed, dressed in His white robes, and loved beyond measure. I fail all too often... and by my own worth am in filthy rags. But my Savior redeemed me.
I am so thankful for our God who is my Abba Father. He is loves me, guides me, disciplines me, and teaches me how to love my children and those around me because of His great love. He is my Abba Father who I can run to when I need Him. He has told me that I can come boldly before His throne of grace, approaching Him with all my needs, wants, fears, and feelings. He is always there for me.
I am so thankful for our God the Creator. I look around God's beautiful world and can not help to praise my God. I am in awe of the diversity and beauty and power of His work. And I am so thankful for the Creator God who knit together my children... such wonderful wonderful blessings to me.
I am so thankful for my God, my King. As I look to the flawed and human leaders of this world, it brings me great comfort to know who is the King of Kings. He rules over all. He is on the eternal Heavenly throne.
I am so thankful for my God, my Shepherd. I am His willing lamb. He gives me quiet green pastures to lie down in. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He comforts me with His staff and protects me. He guides me into His perfect ways, into righteousness. He knows me and I know His voice. And I will follow Him all the days of my life. His goodness and mercy will be mine all the days of my life.
When describing the problems that brought on this economic downturn, he listed a variety of factors including health care, energy, and debt.
"And though all these challenges went unsolved, we still managed to spend more money and pile up more debt, both as individuals and through our government, than ever before."
I found this striking because the majority of the rest of the speech proceeded to outline all the ways to fix the economy... by freeing money so people could borrow more... and by the government spending more money, going further into debt. Want to see? Here is his solution only a few lines later...
"Now is the time to act boldly and wisely – to not only revive this economy, but to build a new foundation for lasting prosperity. Now is the time to jumpstart job creation, re-start lending, and invest in areas like energy, health care, and education that will grow our economy, even as we make hard choices to bring our deficit down."
"The concern is that if we do not re-start lending in this country, our recovery will be choked off before it even begins."
Another striking quote was this:
"Not because I believe in bigger government – I don’t."
Let us see how he doesn't not believe in bigger government.. okay?
"We have also made the largest investment in basic research funding in American history – an investment that will spur not only new discoveries in energy, but breakthroughs in medicine, science, and technology."
"Our recovery plan will invest in electronic health records and new technology that will reduce errors, bring down costs, ensure privacy, and save lives. It will launch a new effort to conquer a disease that has touched the life of nearly every American by seeking a cure for cancer in our time. And it makes the largest investment ever in preventive care, because that is one of the best ways to keep our people healthy and our costs under control."
"Already, we have made an historic investment in education through the economic recovery plan. We have dramatically expanded early childhood education and will continue to improve its quality, because we know that the most formative learning comes in those first years of life. We have made college affordable for nearly seven million more students."
"That is why it will be the goal of this administration to ensure that every child has access to a complete and competitive education – from the day they are born to the day they begin a career."
Well... I don't know about you but to me all that sounds like a major expansion of government... you might even say a historic expansion... the largest expansion ever... to care for people from birth.
His energy program does not seem good for our economy either:
"So I ask this Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy in America."
A cap on carbon pollution that drives the production of renewable energy??? Ah, I see.. a cap on affordable energy, that forces more expensive energy to be our option? That will be good for our ailing economy... not.
Now, he did say he would continue with tax cuts for 95% of Americans while cutting the deficit by half... and interesting trick when you have the biggest spending plans in history one after another. On the other hand... while he cuts taxes, taxes will be passed onto those 95% of Americans when the US taxes companies they will pass taxes on. And the energy cost increases from his new rules will eat up any tax cut.
But to pay for the huge government and yet cut the deficit he will have to do something... what? Of course, he will raise taxes on the wealthy and businesses. How that will be encourage the jobs in this nation that he expects not to flee the nation, I do not know.
Let us contrast Obama's opinion on the matter and Pres. Kennedy when he faced recession.
What Obama supported last night was exactly what he said he would support... bigger government, and penalizing the wealthy. Redistribution of wealth. Socialism... but don't worry... with Obama in charge this will surely be the time socialism works.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
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The internet is abuzz with it... I find out about this first at Michelle Malkin's site. She posted a bunch of songs and parodies also... this one is one you will all know and remember.
I will take tons of pictures and post about our tea party experience. I hope the weather cooperates... but we plan on going anyway.
The Spending Never Stops ~ Democratic Congress Propose Spending another $410B, While Obama Promises Tax Increases and Deficit Reduction
House Democrats propose $410B spending bill
House bill to keep govt. running totals $410 billion, features thousands of pet projects
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democrats unveiled a $410 billion spending bill on Monday to keep the government running through the end of the fiscal year, setting up the second political struggle over federal funds in less than a month with Republicans.
The measure includes thousands of earmarks, the pet projects favored by lawmakers but often criticized by the public in opinion polls. There was no official total of the bill's earmarks, which accounted for at least $3.8 billion.
The legislation, which includes an increase of roughly 8 percent over spending in the last fiscal year, is expected to clear the House later in the week.
EDIT TO ADD.... I just read on Jill Stanek's blog that in this spending bill is an increase in "family planning" by 95.5 million to a total of $852million.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Tuesday - Smothered Chicken (but made with turkey bacon and low fat cheese), Mashed Potatoes, Steamed broccoli
Wednesday - Crockpot Pork Roast Burritos, Tortilla Chips with salsa, sliced tomatoes
Thursday - Turkey Chili over Baked Potatoes
Friday - Mexican rice topped with leftover Pork Roast
Saturday - Leftover Night
Sunday - Barbeque Pork Chops, Country Fried Potatoes, Corn
Saturday, February 21, 2009
My father, who is also conservative, confided in me after Obama was elected that he was not too worried. Obama would never do all the liberal and socialistic things he talked about during the campaign. Pragmatism always kicks in. Ooops. Guess not. I never really believed that Obama would back off. My father used Clinton as an example... but I have always believed that Clinton was a pragmatist and ultimately out for Clinton. Obama is more dogmatic and more liberal. We are seeing the results already.
Let's review some of what has happened...
-Obama reversed the ban on funding foreign abortions
-Obama made his first outreach to a foreign leader to Palestine and his first tv interview with Arab tv. (Before even to any station in the US)
-Obama spread considerable doom and gloom... none of the optimism that he promised ... no HOPE... lots of change though.
-Obama chose for his administration lobbyists (after promising no lobbyists) and people with massive ethical and tax issues (after promising the most ethical administration ever)
-Obama follows through with the first step in his medical plan, expanding federal coverage for children
-Obama passed second part of national health care hidden in the stimulus bill, rationing care and setting up government records and oversight
-Obama passed with help from the democratic Congress the largest spending bill in the history of the world... and he did it without a single person reading the bill. He demanded it be done quickly because it was so urgent, but he left for a 3 weekend vacation before signing it. (Even though the push to rush the vote meant Democrats went against their promise to have a bill published for 48 hours before voting to allow the public to read it.)
-Obama reveals mortgage bailout plan and potential MORE stimulus, saying this will require more than the New Deal
-Rolls back welfare reform
-Stock market, in his first 30 days, drops nearly 10% since the inauguration.
-Obama continues campaigning throughout his first month, spending a surprising amount of time away from the White House
-Obama finds bi-partisanship a hollow promise... you can claim to reach across the aisle but if your demands remain inflexible, it is useless
-Obama has repeatedly and openly criticized anyone who speaks against him... most notably against the press
On that last point, I think he may be surprised that it backfires. He spoke out criticizing Rush and Rush's ratings soared. The White House criticized CNBC's correspondent and CNBC's ratings and internet hits soared. And the blogosphere is full of people like me who are watching him and less than pleased.
One final note.. for all my criticism.. he is my president and I am praying fervently that God changes his heart and that Obama sees what must be done to preserve our nation.. and that through it all, God's Will be done.
Friday, February 20, 2009
People are hurting all around us today. Feeling loss and pain. Living in times of economic hardship. But God is there for us... and He offers us hope. This song speaks of the great hope promised to us, that scripture reveals to us, and it calms my soul..and I hope that on this day it brings you God's peace and hope and joy.
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Found this article via Drudge. It suggests changing the tax from a gasoline tax to the per mile driven tax. To me this makes no sense... per gallon encourages high mileage vehicles and essentially does the same thing. Seems like an excuse for more gov't intrusion. Wouldn't it be nice if someday the government suggested eliminating a tax or reducing government intrusion into our lives? Here is some of Joan Lowy's article:
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn — an idea that has angered drivers in some states where it has been proposed.
Gasoline taxes that for nearly half a century have paid for the federal share of highway and bridge construction can no longer be counted on to raise enough money to keep the nation's transportation system moving, LaHood said in an interview with The Associated Press.
"We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually clocked on the number of miles that they traveled," the former Illinois Republican lawmaker said.
Most transportation experts see a vehicle miles traveled tax as a long-term solution, but Congress is being urged to move in that direction now by funding pilot projects.
The idea also is gaining ground in several states. Governors in Idaho and Rhode Island are talking about such programs, and a North Carolina panel suggested in December the state start charging motorists a quarter-cent for every mile as a substitute for the gas tax.
A tentative plan in Massachusetts to use GPS chips in vehicles to charge motorists by the mile has drawn complaints from drivers who say it's an Orwellian intrusion by government into the lives of citizens. Other motorists say it eliminates an incentive to drive more fuel-efficient cars since gas guzzlers will be taxed at the same rate as fuel sippers.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Hubby and I talked about it and if it is planned this summer we will get there for it. So our answer is yes. Seems to be a common response.
UPDATE: This seems to be a very popular video clip... and CNBC has done several follow up clips on the matter.. and a poll, which I had posted, but it disappeared. It seems the overwhelming majority are opposed to the new mortgage bailout.
I find the idea of a revolution both terrifying and interesting... our nation has had so many freedoms taken away... and I do not want to continue down the path towards socialism.
U.S. To Help Rebuild City Of Babylon In Iraq
By Joel C. Rosenberg
Largely overlooked by the Western news media over the past few weeks was an enormously significant story. The government of Iraq is moving forward with plans to protect the archaeological remains of the ancient City of Babylon, in preparation for building a modern city of Babylon. The project, originally started by the late Saddam Hussein, is aimed eventually at attracting scores of "cultural tourists" from all over the world to see the glories of Mesopotamia's most famous city. What's more, the Obama Administration is contributing $700,000 towards "The Future of Babylon Project," through the State Department's budget.
"Officials hope Babylon can be revived and made ready for a rich future of tourism, with help from experts at the World Monuments Fund (WMF) and the U.S. embassy," reports the Reuters news agency. "'The Future of Babylon' project launched last month seeks to 'map the current conditions of Babylon and develop a master plan for its conservation, study and tourism,' the WMF says. 'We don't know how long it will take to reopen to tourists,' said Mariam Omran Musa, head of a government inspection team based at the site. 'It depends on funds. I hope that Babylon can be reborn in a better image.'"
In my non-fiction book, Epicenter 2.0, I wrote about the Bible prophecies in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Revelation that indicate the ancient city of Babylon in Iraq will, in fact, be rebuilt in the "last days" of history and become the wealthiest and most powerful city on the face of the planet. I also cited my interview with Iraqi Finance Minister Ali Abdul Ameer Allawi who told me in 2006 at the peak of the insurgency,
"Cultural, religious, archaeological, and biblical tourism is a big opportunity for Iraq. I think rebuilding Babylon is a wonderful idea, as long as it is not done at the expense of the antiquities themselves."
For many, I know the rebuilding of Babylon seemed like a far-fetched idea in the Bible. For many more, it seemed like a far-fetched idea in 2006, as well. But skeptics and cynics take note: now that the insurgency is dying down, the Shia-led government of Iraq is actually moving forward with this historic and prophetic project. They say Babylon will be "reborn." And they're right. It will be. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Without consciously doing so, I am sad to say I did not see all the blessings the Lord was pouring out on us. As I have woken up and "counted my blessings" perhaps the one thing I am most aware of this week is how thankful I am for JOY.
My husband is forever a source of joy. First, he is a hoot. He gives puppet shows to the kids that he comes up with off the cuff, telling delightfully funny stories with porcupines and rhinos and all sorts of silliness. Second, he is a source of quiet joy. Compliments flow easily and sincerely from his lips. Those who spend time with him share good talks and a willing ear. And a general sense of optimism is another of the blessings he often gives to those around him.
My children have inherited that sense of spontaneous silliness and the ability to grab joy. Laughter is a very common sound in my household. Don't get me wrong we have our squabbles and bickering and moods... but the general feeling in this house is JOY. Children are wonderful at experiencing it. Sometimes adults forget... but looking to our children helps me reconnect to a sense of fun.
God also promises us joy. He is our source of joy. A joy we can have in all circumstances because no matter the circumstance, He never leaves us nor forsakes us. He is forever our redeemer and Savior. His joy is deep and quiet and real.
I was surprised when I heard Pelosi, who wants to pass FOCA and expand abortion widely, was arrogant enough to think that she could have an audience with the Pope and still be able to hold to this view. I am glad the Pope made this clear.
I WAS hoping that there would be a stronger statement about consequences. I would love to have heard a comment like from various American Cardinals and Bishops that acting on FOCA would lead to excommunication. It may have been said.. but it was not made clear in the press release.
VATICAN CITY, February 18, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Vatican Press Office released a note this morning detailing part of the conversation which Pope Benedict XVI had with Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Vatican insiders inform LifeSiteNews.com that such releases are always phrased in diplomatic language and thus the correction of the Speaker who fancies herself a faithful Catholic despite her abortion advocacy can be taken as a rebuke.
The text of the note reads: “His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.”
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Obama Threatens Keyes and other Eligibility Plaintiffs
by Alan Keyes
As many of you know, I am party to one of the lawsuits seeking evidence that would help to establish, one way or the other, whether Obama in fact meets the U.S. Constitution’s eligibility requirements for the office of President of the United States. To understand my view of the critical issues involved see the WND articles The End of the Constitutional Republic, and Obama, Oaths and the End of Constitutional Government.) Now Obama’s lawyers have filed a motion to quash our effort to obtain the relevant documents (cf. Bob Unruh’s WND article Sanctions sought in eligibility case.) I am told that it includes a demand that monetary penalties be assessed against me and the other plaintiffs in the suit. Though not unexpected, this motion confirms Obama’s ruthless determination to destroy anyone who continues to seek the information the Constitution requires. Why should they demand penalties against citizens who are simply seeking the enforcement of the Supreme Law of the Land? It is simply because their persistence runs contrary to the will of a supposedly popular demagogue? This smacks of tyrannical arrogance. That Obama thus signals his intent to bring financial ruin on those who won’t accept his cover-up of the circumstances of his birth is a tactical escalation. It confirms the common sense suspicion that he won’t act forthrightly in this matter because he has something to hide.
As one of the targets of this escalation, I need no more convincing proof of the ruthless disposition so far successfully masked by his empty rhetoric of hope and change.
Obviously he means to offer hope only to those willing to surrender their most basic rights. To any who insist on questioning his actions, he offers the drastic change of ruin and destruction. So be it. We shall be among those who learn firsthand the meaning of the sacrifices made by the Founders of our free republic, as they pledged and gave up their lives, their fortunes and the world’s esteem.
To tell you the truth, I expected Obama’s ruthlessness, as I expect that it will escalate until his threats extend to liberty and even life itself. Tyrants are like that (yeah, they are.) What I am not so certain of is the disposition of the people of this country, and in particular of those who still avow allegiance to the Constitutional Republic. For all their posturing in opposition to Obama’s socialist schemes, Republican Party leaders show no disposition to notice, much less decry, his determination to subvert the Constitution. But does the self-serving reticence of such so-called leadership truly represent the disposition of the people whose sovereignty they seem so ready to abandon? In politics as in war, real leadership does not consist in titles and position, but in those willing to stand in the forefront of the battle, where taunts and wounds and even death await the ones who raise a rallying flag. The fate of that flag depends, however, not on their willingness to brave the dangers, but on the courage and heart of those who, seeing that flag, return with renewed courage to the fight. Though they know not if it will stand or fall, will they decide that either way it should not meet its fate without them?
People who have been watching recent events with any discernment must realize by now that, for all his talk of material salvation for the masses, the Obama faction really means to strengthen only those willing to serve in the army of their domineering ambition. Thanks to the phony stimulus package, they will soon have billions of taxpayer dollars with which to nourish this servile allegiance to his will. Including myself, many of the people willing to articulate and act against his overthrow of Constitutional liberty have nothing in their coffers except the grace from God to see a little truth, and the courage to speak it, drawing upon the example of His Son. But time and again in America’s history, a little truth has been sufficient to reach into the reserve of love for God and liberty on tap in the patriot hearts and consciences of those who would be free.
So to my fellow plaintiffs with the courage to stand firm, and to all those who may lose by the price they pay for it, I say keep faith and pray- not so much for yourselves as for the heart and conscience of the good people of your country. Trust that there still burns a candlelight of liberty within them, and a thought for those who would rather be consumed as its wick than surrender to the wickedness that now seeks its destruction.
Obama's Rhetoric Is the Real 'Catastrophe'
In 1932, automobile production shriveled by 90%.
President Barack Obama has turned fearmongering into an art form. He has repeatedly raised the specter of another Great Depression. First, he did so to win votes in the November election. He has done so again recently to sway congressional votes for his stimulus package.
In his remarks, every gloomy statistic on the economy becomes a harbinger of doom. As he tells it, today's economy is the worst since the Great Depression. Without his Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he says, the economy will fall back into that abyss and may never recover.
This fearmongering may be good politics, but it is bad history and bad economics. It is bad history because our current economic woes don't come close to those of the 1930s. At worst, a comparison to the 1981-82 recession might be appropriate. Consider the job losses that Mr. Obama always cites. In the last year, the U.S. economy shed 3.4 million jobs. That's a grim statistic for sure, but represents just 2.2% of the labor force. From November 1981 to October 1982, 2.4 million jobs were lost -- fewer in number than today, but the labor force was smaller. So 1981-82 job losses totaled 2.2% of the labor force, the same as now.
Job losses in the Great Depression were of an entirely different magnitude. In 1930, the economy shed 4.8% of the labor force. In 1931, 6.5%. And then in 1932, another 7.1%. Jobs were being lost at double or triple the rate of 2008-09 or 1981-82.
I am so thankful that I have a Lord and Savior who is my Provider and Protector. Someone in whom I can trust. Absolutely.
Obama Pushes Congress to Pass Bill Even Before Reading It... But As For Obama His Vacation Comes First
But now that it is passed, he can't be bothered to take the time to sign the bill. He has a 3 day vacation planned.
Read the story here.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Obama promised the people transparency. He promised time for Americans to read new bills before they were voted on... but here just more than 12 hours after publishing this bill, the House voted and passed this 1000+ page bill, and the Senate quickly followed. The largest spending bill in history... passed in a rush.. without being read by a single voter... and without being read by a single Congressmen. Passed in darkness, without seeing the light of day. And America has largely accepted this grand deceit. We seem willing to follow Obama even right off the cliff.
A sad day for America.
Another video on the stimulus.. and the grand deceit of Congress.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
What a blessing and a privilege to be the mother of my children! Yesterday we spent a lovely afternoon at the park and zoo... and I was struck once again by the blessing of motherhood.
All too often the daily grind of housework, homeschooling, and life push this realization from my mind. Even so the reality does not change. I have been given an awesome blessing and with it an awesome responsibility.
Today, I hope to live in full awareness. May I live this day loving them, training them, enjoying them, and living as the mother God intended me to be.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The Obama Press Coverage Analyzed and a Clip from Schumer about How the American Public Doesn't Care about Pork
It is only government that can break the vicious cycle, where lost jobs lead to people spending less money, which leads to even more layoffs.
This is a democratic concept and a lie. When Reagan came into power unemployment was higher and inflation was out of control. Reagan repaired the economy and broke the cycle without a "stimulus package." Reagan used tax cuts to stimulate the economy. A very different approach. And, since the economy is cyclical... it would rebound if we did NOTHING, just not as quickly as with a tax cut. Obama can NOT honestly make this claim.
What it does not contain, however, is a single pet project, not a single earmark, and it has been stripped of the projects members of both parties found most objectionable.
This lie takes some guts. The stimulus package is nothing but pet projects and earmarks. And only 3 Republicans in both houses are not opposed to the bill. The bill is nothing but liberal agenda spending bill.
Last week in a speech to the Democrats on their retreat, Obama said, "[T]here's the argument, well, this is full of pet projects. When was the last time that we saw a bill of this magnitude move out with no earmarks in it? Not one," he said, answering his own question. "So then you get the argument, well, this is not a stimulus bill -- this is a spending bill. What do you think stimulus is?"
We saw this happen in Japan in the 1990s, where they did not act boldly and swiftly enough and, as a consequence, they suffered what was called the lost decade, where essentially, for the entire '90s, they did not see any significant economic growth.
This is another misstatement. Japan's economy was crippled during this period... but it sought to do exactly what Obama is doing. It passed stimulus package after stimulus package almost quadrupling their national debt... and the economy was not repaired. What was not tried was a Reagan-style tax cutting stimulus plan. Just as FDR spent and spent and made the depression last and last, so did Japan. And those failed models are exactly what Obama is replicating.
That's why the figure that we initially came up with of approximately $800 billion was put forward. That wasn't just some random number that I plucked out of -- out of a hat. That was Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal economists that I spoke to who indicated that, given the magnitude of the crisis and the fact that it's happening worldwide, it's important for us to have a bill of sufficient size and scope that we can save or create 4 million jobs.
Doing some simple math... this means according to Obama's own numbers of 800billion in cost and saving or creating 4 million jobs, each job will cost us 200,000 dollars. And as far as I am concerned saving jobs is an abstract anyone can claim without basis or proof. He is not even talking creating 4 million jobs at that outlandish cost.
I said during the campaign that Iran is a country that has extraordinary people, extraordinary history and traditions, but that its actions over many years now have been unhelpful when it comes to promoting peace and prosperity both in the region and around the world
I don't know that much even needs to be said about this.... before he became President he tried to disassociate from the middle east as much as possible... his cronies saying it was unfair to use his middle name to try and tie him with the muslims and muslim nations. As president however his first phone call to a foreign leader was to the Palestinian leader. His first tv interview was on Arabiya tv. And now Iran is a country with extraordinary people, history, and traditions, but it has been UNHELPFUL??
Well, first of all, I don't think it's accurate to say that consumer spending got us into this mess. What got us into this mess initially were banks taking exorbitant, wild risks with other people's monies based on shaky assets and because of the enormous leverage, where they had $1 worth of assets and they were betting $30 on that $1, what we had was a crisis in the financial system.
This is one of the most accurate statements he made all evening... but what he forgot to mention was that it was the democratic Congress that required banks to make those speculative and bad loans so that poor people could buy houses they could not afford.
But I am the eternal optimist.
In his closing remarks, Obama said he is an eternal optimist.... but his message has been of doom and gloom and dire warnings of dire consequences. He is fear mongering with the American public to get support for his package... and it seems to be working.
Anyway... this has been too long... but saw so much in the press conference worth discussing.
Monday, February 9, 2009
This is one of the most vital bits of info I have yet heard on the stimulus package and yet it has been almost a non-existent in the media. This is something you can not be silent on. Please call your Senators and Representative NOW! Demand this be removed!
Here are some highlights from the article but please read the whole piece!
Ruin Your Health With the Obama Stimulus Plan: Betsy McCaughey
Tragically, no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions slipped in without discussion. These provisions reflect the handiwork of Tom Daschle, until recently the nominee to head the Health and Human Services Department.
Senators should read these provisions and vote against them because they are dangerous to your health. (Page numbers refer to H.R. 1 EH, pdf version).
The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States” (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors.
But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”
The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). The goal, Daschle’s book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.
Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.
The potential for abuse with this kind of governmental power is immense. The article goes on to describe how care has been limited elsewhere and how it is proposed by Daschle for here. It is a must read.
Read the entire article. Call your Congressmen. (My sidebar contains the contact info you need.) And please pray, pray, pray!
According to Thomas Jefferson each generation must pay their own way and not saddle the next generation with their debts. But look to our nation! Each generation is spending more than they take in. At home, we expect ourselves to live within our own budget. No parent wants to pass onto their children a debt. NO. They want to pass onto their children a hope and a future and a better life. SO WHY as a nation are we allowing the government to pass onto our children a MASSIVE DEBT???
"To preserve [the] independence [of the people,] we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude."--Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816.
Our nation, with this bill, is putting our children into SERVITUDE! Servitude to the debt WE INCUR!
Please. Please. Please. Call and write your Congressmen and women! Demand that they vote against this stimulus package.
Even the Congressional Budget Office says this bill will not help and that the majority of the money will not go into the economy for years! The only thing this bill does is expand government and create a massive increase of the debt to pass onto our children!
Call today! Do not wait! (You can find a link in my sidebar to help you contact your Congressmen.)
"Then I say, the earth belongs to each of these generations during its course, fully and in its own right. The second generation receives it clear of the debts and incumbrances of the first, the third of the second, and so on. For if the first could charge it with a debt, then the earth would belong to the dead and not to the living generation. Then, no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1789.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Some days, this is all I can cling to. We have all been there. The world seems to be crumbling around us. We don't know where to turn. We lose a loved one. We are wracked with illness or pain. The things of this world are uncertain. But we do have hope.. and someone to cling to.. our Savior.
In this time of turmoil and uncertainty, it is so important to fix our eyes on the Lord. Our earthly riches may vanish but our Lord God is our Provider. The sands may shift beneath our feet but we stand on the Rock. We may walk through darkness, but we always have the Light. We may feel as though we have lost our way, but we can follow the Good Shepherd.
We have Enduring Hope... not in anything or anyone of this world... but in Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer.
To hear other songs that speak to the the soul visit Then Sings My Soul Saturday.
The march of socialism continues. Will America rise up to stop it? Or will the majority of our nation not only allow it but applaud the government takeover, the massive debt spending, and the inevitable government control of industries, and soaring taxes that must come out of this socialistic mess?
The Democratic Congress and the President will spend as much as the American people allow.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
All too often I forget to live in this truth. I am no longer in the darkness and I am no longer darkness. I have been set free and lead into the light by none other than the Light of the World! Life is no longer to be lived in the darkness or in bondage, but fully in the light!
I look to children, who so joyously seem to come to the Lord and I realize I am a child of light too. Isn't that cause of rejoicing??
But it is one thing to know it and another to live it. This verse does more than declare the truth that we are children of light... it is an exhortation to live in the light as children of light. Boldly. Joyously. In obedience and righteousness. Following our Lord, our Light.
In that way, my light and His greater light, can shine forth to the world. I want to be a reflection of THE LIGHT into the darkness. Into the lost and dying world. God can shine through me... if I let Him. I need to be transparent. Less of me. More of Him. To bask in His glory and be filled with His light and His love.
Several years back I was in a class with a wife of one of our pastors... and at the end of the class she gave us each a miniature watering can. She showed us the one she kept on her windowsill. And she told us that each morning she would pray to God that He would fill her to overflowing with Him and with His love, so that she could pour out His love to all those around her. I know that is a prayer that God honored over and over again. It is my prayer as I read this verse. That I would be so filled with light... and become light... that I would shine out Jesus and His perfect love to those around me.
Find others who are celebrating God's Word at Word-filled Wednesdays.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Pelosi states that for every month we do not pass stimulus package 500 million Americans will lose their jobs... neat math trick there Pelosi
Find the full article here. (hat tip Robin of theswap)
Self-sacrifice tale one for the ages
Just after midnight on Feb. 3, 1943, an act of extraordinary unselfishness by a group of men became a legend of martyrdom and sacrifice.
When the Army ship Dorchester was torpedoed by the Germans just south of Greenland that night, its passengers and crew had 25 minutes to get off the boat. As 902 people went for the life jackets, it quickly was discovered there weren't near enough. Of the 13 lifeboats, only two functioned.
In the ship's final minutes, Methodist senior chaplain George Lansing Fox, Rabbi Alexander Goode, Dutch Reformed minister Clark V. Poling and John P. Washington, a Roman Catholic priest, were helping passengers leave the vessel. Then four men appeared, all of them without life jackets.
The chaplains quickly gave up their own vests and went down with the ship, perishing in the freezing water. Survivors saw them, locked arm in arm, praying and singing the Navy hymn, "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" just before the ship dove beneath the waves.
It was a night as dramatic as the sinking of the Titanic but without a blockbuster movie to record the drama.
"The Four Immortal Chaplains," as they are now known, have been honored many times, including on a stamp issued in their honor by the U.S. Postal Service. The first Sunday in February is known as "Four Chaplains Sunday."
by Col. Charles Ross Greening
Today I will share just one of them with you. The author is unknown but the message is simple and clear.
They shall not grow old, As we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, And in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest We Forget.
Monday, February 2, 2009
-General decluttering (several 15 min. segments of removing everything that obviously does not belong or is not wanted
-Desk area- clear off area, dust, re-organize
-Entertainment Center- clear off, dust, re-organize
-Floor, Door, Window- thorough vacuuming, dusting, cleaning
-Finish- misc other surfaces dusted, straightened, pictures, coat closet.
I will do updates on Twitter and then post next week on any progress.
Monday- Chicken Cordon Bleu with buttered egg noodles and carrots
Tuesday- Chicken Burritos with mexican rice and corn
Wednesday- Grilled Tilapia with baked potatoes and steamed broccoli
Thursday- Chicken pasta, salad
Friday- Pizza night
Saturday-Chili served over baked potatoes
Sunday- Chicken parmigiana over noodles, salad
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Obama promised to make restoring relationships in the Middle East a top priority. He is. His first phone call to a foreign leader was not Britain, or Canada, or Israel but Palestine. His first tv interview was not here in the US, or in Britain, or in Australia, but on Arabic television. He is doing exactly what he said he would do. I am dismayed but should not have been surprised.
Obama promised to make a woman's right to choose a priority. He has still not signed FOCA into law because Congress has not yet passed it... but he has issued the executive order restoring the US giving of millions of dollars to foreign countries to fund abortions. On the anniversary of Roe v Wade, when 300,000 marched on Washington in protest, when Bush would have given a message of life to the marchers, Pres. Obama gave a message celebrating the anniversary of death. 50 million babies killed. He wants more. He said he would. I believed him.
Obama said he would scale back our military. He has already announced a 10% cutback. More likely to come.
Obama said he would close Guantanemo.. and he has already signed that into being.
He said health care would be a top priority... and despite the massive budget deficit and the slow economy.. that is clearly a top priority. He is working the the Congress to get the bill passed to massively increase the size of our government to provide national health care and in his "stimulus" package there is a huge increase for health care for children already.
I am looking forward with dread at the other promises he will keep.
I will continue to fight the good fight... here in the physical realm through spreading the news here, and writing, emailing, and calling my Congressmen about these important issues, and in the spiritual realm through praying to our Almighty God and Father that His will be done... that Obama's eyes would be opened. That the babies and Israel be protected. That America would turn back to the Lord, repenting.