READING OF THE DAY (KJV)
Isaiah 40:25 – 26 “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
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KJV vs NIV [WHAT DOES YOUR BIBLE LEAVE OUT – MINE LEAVES OUT NOTHING]:
Matthew 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
Matthew 18:11 [The Son of Man came to save what was lost.]
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Destroying One Koran vs. Destroying Many Christians Which is Worse?
The now infamous Koran burning by Florida pastor Terry Jones has created hysteria in the Muslim world. In Afghanistan alone, some twenty people, including U.N. workers, have been killed and beheaded to screams of “Allahu Akbar!” Western leaders around the globe—including Obama and members of Congress—have unequivocally condemned Jones’ actions (without bothering to point out that freedom of expression is a prized American liberty). Many are even blaming the deaths in Afghanistan directly on Jones; Bill O’Reilley says he has “blood on his hands.”
Yet, as Western leaders rush to profess their abhorrence at what one American did to one inanimate book, let’s take a quick look at what many Muslims are doing to many living and breathing Christians around the Islamic world—to virtually no media coverage or Western condemnation:
Afghanistan: A Muslim convert to Christianity was seized and, according to sharia’s apostasy laws, awaits execution.
Bangladesh: A Christian man was arrested for distributing Bibles near Muslims. Since Wednesday, thousands of Muslims have been rioting, injuring dozens—not because of Jones, but in protestation of women’s rights.
Egypt: A Muslim mob burned down another Coptic church and dozens of Christian homes; when Christians protested, the military opened fire on them while crying “Allahu Akbar,” killing nine. Another mob cut a Christian man’s ear off “according to sharia.”
Ethiopia: Muslims went on a rampage burning down nearly 70 churches, killing at least one Christian, and dislocating as many as 10,000. Christians living in Muslim majority regions are being warned to either convert to Islam, abandon their homes, or die.
Malaysia: Authorities detained and desecrated thousands of Bibles.
Pakistan: Two Christians were shot to death as they exited church; a Christian serving life in prison for “blasphemy” died in his cell under suspicions of murder.
Saudi Arabia: An Eritrean Christian has been arrested for sharing his faith with Muslims and is facing the death penalty; other missionaries continue to languish in Saudi prisons.
Somalia and Sudan: Christian girls—including a mother of four—were recently abducted, raped, and killed for embracing Christianity….
A Jewish Believer In Jesus Responds To John Hagee–By Mike Oppenheimer
It was years ago that I lost any respect I had for Hagee when I saw Rick Godwin on his stage sitting on one side and Hagee on the other side with Kenneth Copeland giving a horrendous teaching to Hagee’s flock; it was shameful (Aug. 18,1999). (Godwin certainly is not pro Israel, which makes Hagee’s position all he more perplexing). When a pastor promotes this kind of off the wall teaching I cannot have any respect for him….
The Only Game in Town? Richard Dawkins and the Limits of Reason—By Albert Mohler
Dawkins really believes (or at least really claims) that those who disagree with him are insane, deluded, intellectually perverse, and unintelligent….
JAPAN & the COMING USA EARTHQUAKES
Soros NPR Connection Grounds for Ending Gov’t. Funding
Billionaire and New World Order advocate George Soros is the latest person to be exposed by the always controversial Internet journalist James O’Keefe. Soros, through one of his multi-million dollar front-groups, the Open Society Institute, donated $1.8 million to National Public Radio on the condition that Open Society and NPR keep the transaction secret. In a surreptitiously recorded telephone conversation released by the young O’Keefe, Betsy Liley, an executive with NPR is heard saying that…..
Déjà Vu Again and Again and Again
Eureka! A government shutdown was avoided with a last minute “deal” that worked out the details of an agreement cutting around $38 billion from the budget over the remainder of the Fiscal Year. It is true that implementing these cuts will produce further reductions in spending over the next few years, but is it enough to really make a difference? Do not be fooled by the rhetoric and the euphoria. With the national debt fast approaching 15 trillion dollars the President and…….
“Grand Bargain” Snafu: OTMs Fed by Global Cocaine Trade
Most agree that national defense from enemy intrusion is more than advisable; it’s compulsory. That said our nation has always been immigrant-friendly. For good reason, my German- and Norwegian- born forefathers are grateful. I am, too. As freedom-loving Americans, we are compelled to respect the role of legal immigrants in our national culture and to welcome law-abiding newcomers. Nonetheless, to ensure national security, a balance must be struck to prevent illegal entry…..
China’s crackdown signals shift
(Wall Street Journal) China’s detention of government critics suggests that the country’s security services have convinced Communist Party leaders to redefine the limits of political dissent …
His students know ‘squat’
(New York Post) An eccentric art professor held a “class” yesterday in New York City where he instructed his hipster students on how to illegally squat in condos around the city …
Army ‘ready to use force’ to clear Cairo square
(Reuters) Egypt’s ruling generals cracked down on demonstrators overnight and sparked violence that medical sources said killed two people …
Who killed Pentagon insider Jack Wheeler?
(Hampton Roads Daily Press, Virginia) One of the last people to see Jack Wheeler alive was Sammy Abdelaziz, who manages parking garages in the city of Wilmington …
Bad teachers paying to get their jobs back
(New York Post) Many teachers accused of incompetence or misconduct sidestep termination hearings and take deals in which they admit some wrongdoing, pay a $7,500 fine and return to the classroom …
Hearing on Terror Includes Heated Debate on Islam
In a local reprise of a polarizing Congressional hearing last month on the question of Islam and terror, state lawmakers warned in grave terms on Friday of the threats facing the New York area, while other lawmakers and interfaith groups criticized the proceedings as anti-Muslim and incendiary….
From Moscow to Mecca
As this part of Russia’s empire frays, fundamentalist Islam takes a stronger hold
ONLY the call to prayer disturbs the morning air in the small Dagestani village of Novosasitli. Dogs do not bark here. All “unclean” animals have been exterminated. Apart from an occasional counter-terrorist raid, life is quiet. People leave their houses unlocked; there has not been a theft for years. A few weeks ago two women were killed—but they were fortune-tellers, or, according to local men, witches….
How Western Diets Are Making the World Sick by Joseph Mercola
Physician Kevin Patterson noticed something during his work as an internist-intensivist at the Canadian Combat Surgical Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The Afghan soldiers, police and civilians he treated had very different bodies from those of the Canadians he treated in his home country.
The organs of the Canadians, Americans, and Europeans he treated were encased in fat. Afghan civilians and soldiers had little or no fat or adipose tissue underneath the skin. Patterson has become convinced that the effects of urbanization are making people everywhere in the world both fatter and sicker….
How Fed Buying of Long Term Assets Could Lead to Wild Inflationary/Deflationary Swings and Perhaps Fed Bankruptcy
Glenn D. Rudebusch, of the San Francisco Federal Reserve, has done a great job of explaining why the Fed is in danger of eventually going cash flow negative on its portfolio. He writes:
…the Federal Reserve has purchased large amounts of longer-term securities in recent years. The Fed’s resulting securities portfolio has generated substantial income but may incur financial losses when market interest rates rise….
The Slimming Super-Fruit: How Blueberries Can Slash Body’s Fat Cells by Up to Three-Auarters
Slimmers should start snacking on blueberries, as they slash the number of fat cells in the body by up to three-quarters, say scientists.
Researchers found the fruit can break down existing fat cells and prevent new ones from forming, making them a potentially powerful weapon in the fight against rising obesity.
Blueberries, which have already been lauded as a superfood for their ability to help prevent heart disease and Type-2 diabetes, contain high levels of polyphenols – groups of chemicals with potential health benefits….
Medieval Times… On the Road by Eric Peters
Is traffic enforcement getting out of control?
Many states have “asset forfeiture” laws that permit the seizure of your vehicle if, for example, a little marijuana (or other arbitrarily “controlled”) substance is found during a traffic stop, including those probable-cause-free “checkpoints” that cops now use to make such seizures even easier….
Jesse Ventura on Government Cover-Ups . . . 9/11, the Reality of HAARP and Making Government Better
The Nanny State Can’t Last by Ron Paul
Last week, Congress and the administration refused to seriously consider the problem of government spending. Despite the fear-mongering, a government shutdown would not have been as bad as claimed.
It is encouraging that some in Washington seem to be insisting on reduced spending, which is definitely a step in the right direction, but only one step. We have miles to go before we can even come close to a solution, and it will involve completely redefining the role of government in our lives and on the world stage. A compromise was struck at the last minute, but until Democrats agree to rein in entitlement spending, and Republicans back off the blank checks to the military industrial complex, it all amounts to political gamesmanship….
America’s Great Locomotive Chase Story
By Calvin E. Johnson Jr.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011, marks the 149th anniversary of the “Great Locomotive Chase” that made “The General” famous. Jefferson Cain, an employee of the Western and Atlantic Railroad, was Engineer of The General. At 4:15 on the morning of April 12, 1862, Cain pushed the throttle of The General and drove the engine out of Atlanta,Georgia for Chattanooga, Tennessee as a cool spring rain fell on the city.
During the spring of 1862, the peaceful town of Big Shanty (now Kennesaw) was paid not so peaceful a visit by Union spies led by James Andrews, who brought with him plans to disrupt Confederate supply lines. Andrews and his men boarded the train at Marietta, Georgia. They had spent the previous night at the Fletcher House now (Kennesaw House). Twenty boarded the train while two were left behind….
ABSURDITY OF THE DAY
Jesus would believe in evolution and so should you–CNN
What happens when the great fantasies, like wind power or European Union, collide with reality?—By Christopher Booker
Last week, however, with a new La Niña, it was reported that global temperatures, as measured by satellites, had fallen by 0.65C since March 2010, making the world cooler now than its mean over the past 30 years. Yet again the computer models, predicting that, thanks to rising CO2, the world should have warmed in the past decade by 0.3C, have proved hopelessly wrong. …
Planned Parenthood Did One Abortion Every 95 Seconds—As Many in One Year as Live In Cincinnati—By Terrance Jeffrey
Is Masonry a cult?—By John Ankerberg & John Weldon
In order to answer the question of whether Masonry is a cult, one must first determine which type or level of Masonry is being discussed and what definition of a cult is being considered. Not all Masonry is the same; a purely social Mason would be far less influenced by any cultic elements in Masonry than a religiously committed Mason….
Scientists find way to map brain’s complexity—Reuters
The military doctrine used by President Obama as the main justification for U.S. and international airstrikes against Libya may be used against yet another region.
Protecting Chavez, endangering America?
President Obama’s recent trip to three Latin American nations was absolutely surreal. For one thing, he launched a war against Libya from there. For another, he lauded and pledged support for offshore drilling in Brazilian waters that he has shut down in our own. And he spoke glowingly of the progress of democracy as though its forces were on the march in the region, rather than those of enemies of freedom.
From an Arab Spring to a Muslim Winter
By Daniel Greenfield
The Communists wanted to turn every country in the world into communists, the Muslims want to turn every nation Islamic, and we want to turn them all into Democrats. Our national passion for democracy long ago overshot baseball, football, horse racing and billiards. Lately even our wars have turned into perverse democracy crusades. But the tonic of democracy does not cure all ills. And like most medicines, it is quite poisonous when used against the doctor’s instructions.
Towards the Conquest of Africa: The Pentagon’s AFRICOM and the War against Libya
State Dept.: China Detained ‘One-Month-Old’ Girl–Before Obama Toasted Chinese Leader for China’s ‘Desire to Give Our Children a Better Life’
(CNSNews.com) – When President Barack Obama hosted a state dinner in January for Chinese President Hu Jintao, he toasted Hu for China’s “reverence of the family” and its “desire to give our children a better life.” But in the months leading up to that state dinner, Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a U.S-based group, repeatedly reported on a 2010 incident in which Chinese officials separated a mother and her infant to intimidate the mother into undergoing a sterilization procedure.
Pennsylvania Health Department Denies FOIA Request about Abortionist Charged with Capital Murder (CNSNews.com) – The Pennsylvania Health Department has denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by CNSNews.com regarding conversations between the department and abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell regarding his practice at the Women’s Medical Society in Philadelphia. Dr. Gosnell is charged with capital murder for the deaths of a 41-year-old woman and seven babies.
The Official, Politically-Correct Cause of the ‘Civil War’
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
The memo has gone out. Since 2011 is the 150th anniversary of the start of the War to Prevent Southern Independence the Lincoln Cult, aided and abetted by the many worshippers of the centralized, bureaucratic, Leviathan state that he founded, has been hard at work since the first week of January endlessly repeating the politically-correct version of the one sole cause theory of the “Civil War.”
Unlike all other wars in human history, the “Civil War” is said to have one and only one cause. This was not always the case; university courses on the war during the 1960s and ’70s frequently used as a text Kenneth Stampp’s The Causes of the Civil War. Stampp was a former president of the American Historical Association. His scholarship has been replaced with a-historical political correctness on today’s college campuses.
Supposed “proof” of the “one sole cause” theory is that when the Southern states seceded in 1860-61, some Southern politicians defended the institution of slavery. Therefore, the story goes, slavery was the sole cause of the war. The not-so-implicit assumptions behind this assertion are the following: 1) Lincoln was about to abolish slavery “with the stroke of a pen” as soon as he took the oath of office; 2) Southerners understood this; therefore, Southern secession amounted to kidnapping of the slaves; and 3) Lincoln launched an invasion of the South to free the kidnapped slaves. This is the only way in which Southern secession could have necessitated war. Ready any of Harry Jaffa’s books if you want “verification” of this “official view.”
Everything about this politically-correct fantasy is patently false, regardless of how many times it is repeated in the New York Times and Washington Post. Some Southern politicians did indeed defend slavery, but not as strongly as Abraham Lincoln did in his first inaugural address, where he supported the enshrinement of Southern slavery explicitly in the U.S. Constitution (the “Corwin Amendment”) for the first time ever. Coming from the president of the United States, this was the strongest defense of slavery ever made by an American politician.
Some Southern politicians did say that their society was based on white supremacy, but so did Abraham Lincoln and most other Northern politicians. “I as much as any man want the superior position to belong to the white race,” Lincoln said in a debate with Stephen Douglas in 1858. When Lincoln opposed the extension of slavery into the new territories (but not Southern slavery), he gave the standard Northern white supremacist reason: We want the territories to be reserved “for free white labor,” he said. The Lincoln cultists can quote Alexander Stephens’ “cornerstone” speech all they want, but the truth is that Abraham Lincoln, and most of the leaders of the Republican Party, were in total agreement with Stephens. White supremacy was as much (if not more of) a “cornerstone” of Northern society as it was of Southern society in the 1860s.
The abolition societies of the North never claimed more than two percent of the Northern adult population as members. Lincoln was never an abolitionist, distanced himself from them politically, and even boasted in a speech in New York City that “we have abolitionists in Illinois; we shot one the other day.” All of this makes it extremely unlikely that anyone who voted for Lincoln in the 1860 election did so because they thought he would end Southern slavery (which of course the Republican Party Platform of 1860 did not promise).
More importantly, secession in no way necessitates war, regardless of what the reasons for secession are. The reasons for secession, and the reasons why there was a war, are two entirely separate issues. When New Englanders openly and publicly plotted to secede for fourteen years after Thomas Jefferson’s election, culminating in the 1814 secession convention in Hartford, Connecticut, neither President Jefferson nor President Madison (or anyone else) said one word about the appropriate response to a Northern-state secession being “invasion,” “force,” and “bloodshed.” These are the words Lincoln used in his first inaugural address to describe what would happen in any Southern state that seceded.
It is unlikely that anyone even dreamed of invading Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island and bombing and burning Boston, Hartford and Providence into a smoldering ruin while murdering thousands of New Englanders, women and children included, if New England were to secede. Indeed, when Jefferson was asked what would happen if New England seceded, he said in a letter that New Englanders, like all other Americans “would all be our children” and he would wish them all well. More recently, all of the Soviet republics, and all of Eastern and Central Europe peacefully seceded from the Soviet Union. Secession does not necessitate war.
No American president had the power in the nineteenth century to abolish slavery “with the stroke of a pen.” The slaves were slaves before Southern secession, and they were slaves after secession. Indeed, as Alexander Stephens once correctly remarked, slavery was more secure in the union than out of it because of the Fugitive Slave Clause, which Lincoln strongly supported, and because of the 1857 Dred Scott Supreme Court decision.
No respectable historian would argue that Lincoln invaded the South to free the slaves. Even his Emancipation Proclamation was only a “war measure” that would have become defunct if the war ended the next day – and it was written so as to avoid freeing any slaves since it only applied to “rebel territory.” Both Lincoln and Congress announced publicly that their purpose was not to disturb slavery but to “save the union,” a union that they actually destroyed philosophically by destroying its voluntary nature, as established by the founders. All states, North and South, became wards or appendages of the central government in the post-1865 era.
What Lincoln did say very clearly about war in his first inaugural address was that it was his duty “to collect the duties and imposts,” but “beyond that there will no be any invasion of any state . . .” That is, if Southern secession made it impossible for Washington, D.C. to “collect the duties and imposts” (i.e., tariffs on imports, which had just been more than doubled two days earlier), then there will be an invasion. He followed through with this threat, and that is why there was a war that ended up killing 670,000 Americans, including some 50,000 Southern civilians, while maiming for life more than a million.
Secession does not necessitate war; nor was war necessary to end slavery. The rest of the world (including all of the Northern states ended slavery peacefully in the nineteenth century, as James Powell documents and describes in his outstanding book, Greatest Emancipations: How the West Ended Slavery.
April 12, 2011
Thomas J. DiLorenzo [send him mail] is professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland and the author of The Real Lincoln; Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed To Know about Dishonest Abe and How Capitalism Saved America. His latest book is Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution – And What It Means for America Today.
Copyright © 2011 by LewRockwell.com. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.
HAVE CONVICTIONS, CHRISTIANS LEAVE THE DYING SYSTEMS OF AMERICA
By: Caleb Augustine
A visit to the reader comments regarding just about anything involving our government exposes widely held disdain for the government and political system that feeds its offices. Even an article as inconsequential as Hillary Clinton’s announcement she will not stay with the Obama Administration for a second term or seek the presidency generated such gems as, “I would like everyone in both parties to retire. … The war mongers are getting richer and the citizens are getting poorer. Both parties spend and spend….”
Our neighbors are building a palpable disgust with government that threatens to lead to the types of scenarios that are engulfing the Middle East. It is quite possible that Muammar Gaddafi was not being conjectural when he asked President Obama, at the threat of facing an American military invasion over the Libyan civil war, “What would you do if you found them (terrorists) controlling American cities with the power of weapons?” If any of the scenarios in the You Tube video, The Day the Dollar Died, come to pass, it would be a safe bet that rebellions that meet government standards of “terrorism” will meet official opposition. As Christians, however, we are encouraged that, “Blessed are the peacemakers,…” and to, “…love your enemies,….” We will need to take up the challenge of preventing our neighbors from calling down the violence of the state while we help them use their works to provide for their needs.
So where are Christians to stand when we and our neighbors are being oppressed by a corrupt government and greedy corporate elite to the point that we cannot even provide for ourselves and our families? WHEN JESUS SAID, “THEN RENDER TO CAESAR THE THINGS THAT ARE CAESAR’S,…” DOES THAT INCLUDE CONTEMPT FOR ITS CORRUPTION AND AMBIVALENCE TO ITS DESIRES TO CONTROL EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES? HOW FAR ARE WE WILLING TO GO TO AVOID GOVERNMENT’S USURPATION OF OUR TALENTS AND THE WAGES WE NEED TO CARE FOR OURSELVES? ARE WE BEING FAITHFUL TO GOD’S PRINCIPLES WHEN WE ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE THE FRUITS OF OUR LABOR THROUGH EITHER TAXES OR INFLATION? WOULD WE BE WILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES THAT THE GOVERNMENT COULD NOT EASILY TRACK? WOULD WE BE WILLING TO BARTER? ACCEPT CASH ONLY FOR OUR LABOR SO AS NOT TO BE PENALIZED BY THE INCOME TAX? WOULD WE BE WILLING TO SACRIFICE “BENEFITS” THE GOVERNMENT DEMANDS ON EMPLOYERS TO FEED OUR FAMILIES? WOULD WE BE WILLING TO TRADE IN ALTERNATIVE CURRENCIES TO THE DOLLAR?
Is docile obedience to a system that is corrupt and dying a measure of our Christian convictions or will they be determined by our willingness to leave a dying civilization and help our families and neighbors transition to the economy and lifestyle that rises from its destruction? After God created Adam, he did give him the Garden of Eden to, “…cultivate it and keep it.” Why do we mindlessly allow a government to intervene in the divine call to work and usurp our means to provide for ourselves? Isn’t this the ultimate blasphemy—a human system making itself greater than the purpose that God has given us to provide for ourselves?
Lew Rockwell pointed out recently, in a commentary criticizing the government persecution of a man who was minting his own silver and copper coins to sell as currency, that, “people can use anything for money: shoes, shells, flash drives, or books.” Are we willing to step outside of the centrally controlled monetary system that has been corrupted and abused for the benefit of people who are, in effect, supplanting God.
People are showing themselves to be creative and resilient as America’s politicians, governing officials, bureaucrats, and corporate executive are being increasingly exposed as corrupt, mindless, and self-obsessed. Leaving the systems that are supporting what amounts to very powerful pagans can be a living application of principles that are detailed in scripture, as is excellently detailed by Laurence Vance in Is Libertarianism Compatible with Religion. As we watch the systems that have come to define the United States of America, we have the opportunity to contemplate our abandonment of those false and dying systems without drawing the wrath of people obsessed with exercising earthly power over our lives and decisions. This can be the most important mission we have for our families and neighbors that can last for generations.
“Published originally at EtherZone.com : republication allowed with this notice and hyperlink intact.”