Sunday, August 30, 2009
On a separate issue chatter and rumors are circulating on the perimeter of Al Qaeda and other organizations that indicate a plot to assassinate Obama is in the planning stage. This plot could go operational early next year. The media and leftists will falsely blame the assassination attempt on white rascists, in actuality Muslims are behind the plot.
There are two important points here 1. An assassination attempt will cause widespread riots in the U.S. which Al Qaeda and other Muslim groups like Hamas want and 2. Obama's father was a Muslim and Barack was educated as a Muslim. Barack claims he is a Christian hence he is an apostate because he left his father's religion and his murder or attempted murder would be like a Islamic honor killing.
Would this have happened if the poster had a picture of G. Bush as the joker?
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
IRAN'S SUPREME LEADER URGES MUSLIMS TO MOBILIZE AGAINST U.S. AND ISRAEL TO PREPARE FOR MESSIAH'S ARRIVAL
(August 21, 2009) -- Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called on Muslims in neighboring countries this week to intensify preparations for the coming of the Islamic Messiah known as the Mahdi or the "Twelfth Imam." He specifically urged Muslims to mobilize forces to defeat the United States and Israel. "We have to train honest forces that can stop the obstacles that may hinder the coming of the Mahdi like the United States and Israel," the Ayatollah said through a spokesman, in a story reported by al-Arabiya, the Arabic-language news channel based in the Gulf. "Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's spokesman, Ali Saeedi, said countries like Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan should gather together all their forces...."
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
There are forces out there trying to limit competition, or the competitive edge, that has made America the best nation on the planet. Competition is great; it not only brings out the best in people it makes them achieve things they didn't even know that they had within themselves. For those that say it brings out the worst and use someone like Bernie Madoff I say they're off base. Crooks exist in all systems from capitalism, socialism, and Marxism. The fact is that crooks, poverty, and mismanagement actually thrive even more in systems that aren't free market. Just think of the direction so many African countries took upon gaining their independence. The majority became socialist nations. Those decisions have been disastrous. The system just holds back human creativity and individual desires. It's easy to romanticize the notion of a grand place where everyone is working hard and sharing wealth.
The problem though is that these political systems and ideologies are flawed even on paper, and have no chance of hitting the mark in practice. In the end, we know that Indira Gandhi's father was right about people who don't work but want the fortunes of work, including the credit. There is part of the human psyche that if given a chance to become or learn how to be lazy that would adapt to it very well. I've seen it, and the real sad thing is such behavior is justified by those on the receiving end of a free ride. Still, we all understand survival so let's begin there with the premise that there is a minimum amount of work we are expected to do to keep the species alive. It goes back. I can imagine some enterprising caveman finding a way to whittle extra spears in exchange for goods and services. Could you really envision him going the extra mile and then heading out for a hunt while a couple other cavemen stayed behind in the warmth of the cave? I say absolutely not.
Those cave dwellers didn't have congressmen back then and the negative feedback loop that has become politics of payoffs and cowardice, after all.
Right now, the political winds are shifting in America, thank God. But, things are still fragile enough that the masses could be persuaded to flush it all away: the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and capitalism. So, this morning, I want to remind everyone why competition works. Why our children should come home from school every now and then with a bloody nose from dodge ball or taking on the class bully. It's what makes us strong. Competition isn't just about financial enrichment; in fact that it's just a byproduct of a greater personal enrichment that can't be quantified but you know it when you achieve it. And, not only does the journey make it all worthwhile but also the fight to maintain traction and reach for even greater heights. It's wonderful.
It builds character, it builds determination, and it builds a foundation for widespread greatness. It's infectious, and it shouldn't be abandoned. There should be competition in real healthcare reform, but it can't be the same as your kid fighting, coming home with a bloody nose from the fist of the school principle.
Bring down state barriers to competition, enact tort reform and watch how quickly things get better with respect to healthcare reform. If you really want cheaper health insurance let Wal- Mart (WMT) get in the business. But, let the public option die as it's a farce and will only become another expensive black hole. It's not real competition.
Competition before our Eyes
I bring this up because I watch a fair amount of television and consider myself a connoisseur of television commercials. When there is no competition the commercials can be very boring or not engaging.
Well, I guess that those old Soviet posters were engaging but reinforced fear not desire or joy. Be that as it may, so many are Americans still enthralled with the idea of moving away from competition and just letting the government be their nanny. Don't give up; just think of a couple of great commercials on the airwaves these days. I think that competition is innate and should be urged and nurtured. I guarantee you that many of the biggest innovators these days were the kids that lost at dodge ball...so make sure you don't let your children's school ban it. Maybe I'm silly but I love the State Street and Travelers commercials using dogs and music.
This is competition at its best, and the winner is the viewer.
Send me an email and let me know your favorite. http://webmail.fuse.net/webedge/do/mail/message/mailto?to=Charles.firstname.lastname@example.org
“I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.” Isaiah 62:6-7
This passage is packed with God’s covenant with Israel. It gives us a glimpse of how heavy His heart is for the apple of His eye. It is one of so many from Genesis to Revelation that convey and confirm His plans and purposes to reveal and glorify Himself through His chosen people.Yet remarkably, many Christians compartmentalize the topic of Israel as though it were simply another option on a menu of church programs, leaving it to others to delve into the scripture passages that tell of God’s love for a land and people wrapped in a seemingly complex conflict half a world away. But this passage doesn’t give us that luxury, to be able to choose if we want to be in, or out, of that group of people that are to give themselves no rest over Jerusalem. Not everyone is Called to be one of the watchmen mentioned in the previous passage, but the Lord clearly defines this special category of people that He commands to give Him no rest until He makes Jerusalem the praise of all the earth. . . They who call on the Lord.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Dear Mr Secretary
Over the years I have been a prosecutor, and recently as the Director of the FBI, I have made it a practice not to comment on the actions of other prosecutors, since only the prosecutor handling the case has all the facts and the law before him in reaching the appropriate decision. Your decision to release Megrahi causes me to abandon that practice in this case. I do so because I am familiar with the facts, and the law, having been the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the investigation and indictment of Megrahi in 1991. And I do so because I am outraged at your decision, blithely defended on the grounds of ''compassion''. Your action in releasing Megrahi is as inexplicable as it is detrimental to the cause of justice. Indeed your action makes a mockery of the rule of law. Your action gives comfort to terrorists around the world who now believe that regardless of the quality of the investigation, the conviction by jury after the defendant is given all due process, and sentence appropriate to the crime, the terrorist will be freed by one man's exercise of ''compassion''. Your action rewards a terrorist even though he never admitted to his role in this act of mass murder and even though neither he nor the government of Libya ever disclosed the names and roles of others who were responsible. Your action makes a mockery of the emotions, passions and pathos of all those affected by the Lockerbie tragedy: the medical personnel who first faced the horror of 270 bodies strewn in the fields around Lockerbie, and in the town of Lockerbie itself; the hundreds of volunteers who walked the fields of Lockerbie to retrieve any piece of debris related to the break-up of the plane; the hundreds of FBI agents and Scottish police who undertook an unprecedented global investigation to identify those responsible; the prosecutors who worked for years - in some cases a full career - to see justice done. But most importantly, your action makes a mockery of the grief of the families who lost their own on December 21, 1988. You could not have spent much time with the families, certainly not as much time as others involved in the investigation and prosecution. You could not have visited the small wooden warehouse where the personal items of those who perished were gathered for identification - the single sneaker belonging to a teenager; the Syracuse sweatshirt never again to be worn by a college student returning home for the holidays; the toys in a suitcase of a businessman looking forward to spending Christmas with his wife and children. You apparently made this decision without regard to the views of your partners in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the Lockerbie tragedy. Although the FBI and Scottish police, and prosecutors in both countries, worked exceptionally closely to hold those responsible accountable, you never once sought our opinion, preferring to keep your own counsel and hiding behind opaque references to ''the need for compassion''. You have given the family members of those who died continued grief and frustration. You have given those who sought to assure that the persons responsible would be held accountable the back of your hand. You have given Megrahi a ''jubilant welcome'' in Tripoli, according to the reporting. Where, I ask, is the justice?
Robert S. Mueller, III Director
As many of you know Dr. Krauthammer is on Fox News. He is an M.D. and a lawyer and is paralyzed from the neck down. A friend went to hear Charles Krauthammer. He listened with 25 others in a closed room. What he says here, is not 2nd-hand but 1st. The ramifications are staggering for us, our children and their children. Last Monday was a profound evening, hearing Dr. Charles Krauthammer speak to the Center for the American Experiment. He is brilliant intellectual, seasoned & articulate. He is forthright and careful in his analysis, and never resorts to emotions or personal insults. He is not a fear monger nor an extremist in his comments and views. He is a fiscal conservative, and has received a Pulitzer Prize for writing. He is a frequent contributor to Fox News and writes weekly for the Washington Post. The entire room was held spe llbound during his talk. I have summarized his comments, as we are living in uncharted waters economically and internationally. Even 2 Dems at my table agreed with everything he said! If you feel like forwarding this to those who are open minded and have not drunk the Kool-Aid, feel free.
Summary of his comments:
1. Mr. Obama is a very intellectual, charming individual. He is not to be underestimated. He is a cool customer who doesn't show his emotions. It's very hard to know what's behind the mask. The taking down of the Clinton dynasty by a political neophyte was an amazing accomplishment. The Clintons still do not understand what hit them. Obama was in the perfect place at the perfect time.
2. Obama has political skills comparable to Reagan and Clinton. He has a way of making you think he's on your side, agreeing with your position, while doing the opposite. Pay no attention to what he SAYS; rather, watch what he DOES!
3. Obama has a ruthless quest for po wer. He did not come to Washington to make something out of himself, but rather to change everything, including dismantling capitalism. He can't be straightforward on his ambitions, as the public would not go along. He has a heavy hand, and wants to level the playing field with income redistribution and punishment to the achievers of society. He would like to model the USA to Great Britain or Canada.
4. His three main goals are to control ENERGY, PUBLIC EDUCATION, and NATIONAL HEALTHCARE by the Federal government. He doesn't care about the auto or financial services industries, but got them as an early bonus. The cap and trade will add costs to everything and stifle growth. Paying for FREE college education is his goal. Most scary is his healthcare program, because if you make it FREE and add 46,000,000 people to a Medicare-type single-payer system, the costs will go through the roof. The only way to control costs is with massive RATIO NING of services, like in Canada . God forbid!
5. He has surrounded himself with mostly far-left academic types. No one around him has ever even run a candy store. But they are going to try and run the auto, financial, banking and other industries. This obviously can't work in the long run. Obama is not a socialist; rather he's a f ar-left secular progressive bent on nothing short of revolution. He ran as a moderate, but will govern from the hard left. Again, watch what he does, not what he says.
6. Obama doesn’t really see himself as President of the United States , but more as a ruler over the world. He sees himself above it all, trying to orchestrate & coordinate various countries and their agendas. He sees moral equivalency in all cultures. His apology tour in Germany and England was a prime example of how he sees America , as an imperialist nation that has been arrogant, rather than a great noble nation that has at times made errors. This is the first President ever who has chastised our allies and appeased our enemies!
7. He is now handing out goodies. He hopes that the bill (and pain) will not come due until after he is reelected in 2012. He would like to blame all problems on Bush from the past, and hopefully his successor in the future. He has a huge ego, and Dr. Krauthammer believes he is a narcissist.
8. Republicans are in the wilderness for a while, but will emerge strong. Republicans are pining for another Reagan, but there will never be another like him. Krauthammer believes Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty & Bobby Jindahl (except for his terrible speech in February) are the future of the party. Newt Gingrich is brilliant, but has baggage. Sarah Palin is sincere and intelligent, but needs to really be seriously boning up on facts and info if she is to be a serious candidate in the future. We need to return to the party of lower taxes, smaller government, personal responsibility, strong national defense, and state’s rights.
9. The current level of spending is irresponsible and outrageous. We are spending trillions that we don’t have. This could lead to hyperinflation, depression or worse. No country has ever spent themselves into prosperity. The media is giving Obama, Reid and Pelosi a pass because they love their agenda. But eventually the bill will come due and people will realize the huge bailouts didn’t work, nor will the stimulus package. These were trillion-dollar payoffs to Obama’s allies, unions and the Congress to placate the left, so he can get support for #4 above.
10. The election was over in mid-September when Lehman brothers failed, fear and panic swept in, we had an unpopular President, and the war was grinding on indefinitely without a clear outcome. The people are in pain, and the mantra of change caused people to act emotionally. Any Dem would have won this election; it was surprising it was as close as it was.
11. In 2012, if the unemployment rate is over 10%, Republicans will be swept back into power. If it's under 8%, the Dems continue to roll. If it's between 8-10%, it will be a dogfight. It will all be about the economy. I hope this gets you really thinking about what's happening in Washington and Congress. There is a left-wing revolution going on, according to Krauthammer, and he encourages us to keep the faith and join the loyal resistance. The work will be hard, but we’re right on most issues and can reclaim our country, before it's far too late.Do yourself a long term favor, send this to all who will listen to an intelligent assessment of the big picture. All our futures and children's futures depend on our good understanding of what is really going on in DC, and our action pursuant to that understanding!! It really IS up to each of us to take individual action!! Start with educating your friends and neighbors!!!
This is written by a young soldier serving his third tour of duty in Iraq. Thought you might find his take on the Michael Jackson newsinteresting and he's right. Okay, I need to rant. I was just watching the news, and I caught part of a report on MichaelJackson. As we all know, Jackson died the other day. He was an entertainer who performed for decades. He made millions, he spent millions, and he did a lot of things that make him a villain to many people. I understand that his death would affect a lot of people, and I respect those people who mourn his death, but that isn't the point of my rant.Why is it that when ONE man dies, the whole of America loses their minds with grief. When a man dies whose only contribution to the country was to ENTERTAIN people, the American people find the need to flock to a memorial in Hollywood, and even Congress sees the need to hold a "moment of silence" for his passing? Am I missing something here? ONE man dies, and all of a sudden he's a freaking martyr because he entertained us for a few decades? Whatabout all those SOLDIERS who have died to give us freedom? All those Soldiers who, knowing that they would be asked to fight in a war, still raised their hands and swore to defend the Constitution and the United States of America. Where is their moment of silence? Where are the people flocking to their graves or memorials and mourning over them because they made the ultimate sacrifice? Why is it when a Soldier dies, there are more people saying "good riddance," and "thank God for IEDs?" When did this country become so calloused to the sacrifice of GOOD MEN and WOMEN, that they can arbitrarily blow off their deaths, and instead, throw themselves into mourning for a "Pop Icon?"I think that if they are going to hold a moment of silence IN CONGRESSfor Michael Jackson, they need to hold a moment of silence for every service member killed in Iraq and Afghanistan! They need to PUBLICLYrecognize every life that has been lost, so that the American people can live their callous little lives in the luxury and freedom that WE (those that are living and those that have gone on) have provided for them. But, wait... that would take too much time, because there have been so many willing to make that sacrifice. After all, we will never make millions of dollars. We will never star in movies, or write hit songs that the world will listen too. We only shed our blood, sweat and tears so that people can enjoy what they have. Sorry if I have offended, but I needed to say it. Remember these five words the next time you think of someone who is serving in the military; "So that others may live..."Isaac
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I would like to add the following to what Chuck Pierce said. First, BO's adminisration will use a crisis to consolidate more power. Secondly, the commercial real estate business in the U.S. is a house of cards. Finally, BO's administration is now bulling and intimidating Health Care Insurance industry executives into submission. I consider myself a watchman also and I believe our nation is being transformed by closet revolutionaries. Our children may be last generation to live in real freedom.
passed by a Congress that hasn't read it,
signed by a president who smokes,
funded by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes,
overseen by a surgeon general who is obese,
and financed by a country that is broke.
What else possibly could go wrong?
First 7 months:
1. Offended the Queen of England.
2. Bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia.
3. Praised the Marxist Daniel Ortega.
4. Kissed Hugo Chavez on the cheek.
5. Endorsed the Socialist Eva Morales of Bolivia.
6. Announced we would meet with Iranians with no pre-conditions.
7. Gave away billions to AIG without pre-conditions.
8. Expanded the bailouts.
9. Insulted everyone who has ever loved a Special Olympian.
10. Doubled our national debt, currently $11.5 trillion (in 9 years $20 trillion).
11. Announced a termination of the space defense system the day after the North Koreans launched an ICBM.
12. Despite the urgings of his own CIA director and the prior 4 CIA directors, released information on intelligence gathering.
13. Accepted without public comment the fact that five of his cabinet members cheated on their taxes and two others withdrew after they couldn't take the heat.
14. Appointed a Homeland Security Chief who quickly identified as "dangers to the nation", groups including veterans of the military, and opponents to abortion on demand, and who ordered that the word "terrorism" no longer be used but instead referred to such acts as "man made disasters".
15. Circled the globe so he could openly apologize for America's greatness.
16. Told Mexicans the violence in their country was because of us.
17. Politicized the census by moving it into the White House from its Department of Commerce origins.
18. Appointed as Attorney General, Eric Holder, who orchestrated the forced removal and expulsion from America to Cuba of a nine-year old whose mother died trying to bring him to a life of freedom in the United States.
19. Salutes as heroes three Navy SEALS who took down three terrorists who threatened one American life and the next day announces members of the Bush administration will likely stand trial for "torturing" a terrorist who had played a part in killing 3000 Americans by pouring water up their nose.
20. Approved the flight Air Force One over New York City causing panic at a cost of $400,000 to get a photo you can make with Photo Shop for less than a dollar.
21. Sent his National Defense Advisor to Europe to assure Europe that the U.S. will no longer treat Israel in a special manner and they might be on their own with the Muslim extremist.
22. Began the process of bullying & nationalizing the Auto Industry and the Insurance industry.
23. Announced that for all intent and purposes, the Health Insurance Industry will be nationalized.
24. Utilizes Saul Alinsky's tactics of ridicule and intimidation to neutralize Sarah Palin and other opponents.
25. Praises Islam at the start of Ramadan but refused to acknowledge the National Day of Prayer.
26. Used the Gospel of Jesus to morally push his Deathcare program on us, a program that would speed our nation's insolvency.
27. Manipulated a staged propaganda event in Bozeman, Montana.
28. Spends money on himself and his family from the public treasury.
29. Does nothing to counteract the rampant corruption within his administration. 30. Manages foreign policy by sweeping most of the problems under the rug (ignoring the problems) except to slam Israel, one of America's few friends in the world.
31. Names an unqualified idiot to the U.S. Supreme Court.
32. he gets Americans to take on even more debt with his Cash for Clunkers Program.
33. Starts a Cash for Caskets Program
34. His party criticized auto industry execs for coming to Washington in private jets while Nancy Pelosi and other corrupt politicians spend hundreds of millions of dollars on new jets
And just think only 3 years and 5 months to go, if we have anything left.These are True Facts, think about it ... God help us all!
We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.— George Orwell
Saturday, August 22, 2009
The Great Physician
I would like to add to what Paul Cooper wrote. I do not recall Yeshua visiting prisons, however when the thief on the cross reached out to Yeshua on the cross Yeshua said, today you will be with me in paradise. My point - it is up to each of us to knock on Yeshua's door. Socialists and communists are using the Bible and the gospel to advance their agenda. This is a Saul Alinsky and communist argument and tactic. Yeshua lived in a brutal, decadent, slave holding Roman Empire. He had no rights in the Roman Empire because he was not a Roman citizen. He never once called for the overthrow of the Roman Empire. When Pilate asked him about his kingdom Yeshua responded, "My kingdom is not of this earth."
I trust Mother Theresa and St. Anthony more than government and Saul Alinsky, they had no ulterior motives because they were guided by the two great commandments.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
David Horowitz should be awarded the Medal of Freedom!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Alinsky was an exponent of moral relativism - the moral disease that deeply infects America today. After reading his thoughts on "Organizing People" or the "have nots" I do not believe he believed in God, the U.S. Constitution or the fact that our rights are derived from God and that government cannot take them away.
He is a product of the 1920s and 1930s, an antiquated proponent of communist class warfare. We see his type of agitator in the classic movie "Dr. Zhivago." The agitator who infiltrates and demoralizes the Russian army during World War One. Unfortunately, some of our fellow citizens are falling for his old communist tricks. We used to call them "fellow travelers," Lenin called them "useful idiots."
I find it interesting that he claimed he associated with and was fascinated with Chicago mobsters like Al Capone. The organizing model he advocated resembles that of mobsters.
Also his adherents today have successfully attacked Sarah Palin by using his tactic of ridicule.
Alinsky thoughts were very flawed because like other Utopians such as the French Revolutionists, Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, etc. they are doomed to failure because even if their revolution succeeds it ultimately will fail because the violence of the revolution breeds a backlash because people get tired of endless, senseless violence and repression.
I do not believe Alinsky understood America. There is no other nation on earth that fought a war to free an ethnic group by abolishing slavery. We are part of a small group of nations who welcomed Jews to our country. We have opened our gates and hearts to the down trodden. We are at our core a moral people. Unfortunately people like Alinsky want to destroy what is best about America by creating their utopia. In America one does not have to have a PHD from the University of Chicago to be successful. One can choose any walk of life in America and be successful, Alinsky preached a gospel of doom, gloom and conflict with our fellow citizens.
If you wish to read a detailed summary of Saul Alinsky go to the link below.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Go to the link below for Attorney General Eric Holder's biography. Holder helped to free Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi from detention in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Al-Ajmi subsequently went back to his terrorist activities as a suicide bomber in Iraq. Al-Ajmi murdered several people including 13 Iraqi policemen. Thank you Mr. Holder. You are a corrupt politician who has blood on your hands.
See my previously written article on Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Despite worldwide objections BO recently gave anti-Semitic loon Mary Robinson the Medal of Freedom. She wore an islamic veil at the anti-Semitic Durbin conference. Mary Robinson, Jimmy Carter and other anti-American and anti-Jewish loons are roving diplomats that call themselves "The Elders, Wise Men And Women."
Below is the Link to the "So-called Elders."
Does BO know anyone or associate with anyone who is not an anti-American, anti-Jewish, Left-wing Nut?
Go to the link below and search Mary Robinson.
Go to the link below and then SEARCH Joseph Lowery, I think you will be surprised at this man's leftist background.
Friday, August 14, 2009
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- China views itself at the "Middle Kingdom" and historically the rest of the world comes to China
- China has 40 to 50 million people unemployed
- China plans to build 8 aircraft carriers, the U.S. has 5
- The U.S.'s chief exports to China are scrap paper and wood
- China has 2.4 trillion U.S. dollars in cash reserves
- China has 30 million cars
- China's savings rate is 51%
- China needs to change from an export dominated economy to a domestic consumption economy
- Chinese politicians are like U.S. politicians - maintaining their power is paramount
- China faces the threat of instability and implosion
- Power in the world shifted from the Atlantic to the Pacific
- China is developing an electric car
- China wants to be the largest manufacturer of electric cars
- The United States needs a national Industrial Policy
Daniel M. Slane, the speaker in the above video is an Ohioan, a renowned international businessman, a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of "The Ohio State University" and among other prestigious appointments worked in the White House under President Gerald Ford. He has owned numerous businesses' including several in China, which makes him uniquely qualified to serve on the U.S. - China Economic and Security Commission in Washington D.C. Since the days of the Nixon presidency United States relations with China have seen great change. A visit from our Ping Pong team was major international news back then.
I feel two immensely important factors effecting China that Mr. Slane did not discuss is first the tremendous growth of Christianity in China. Christianity has the power and is slowly changing China. Second, there has always been a sociological and other divisions between coastal China and interior China. Indeed, the growth of China's economic juggernaut has been focused on China's coast.
But in this case, the stars' high velocities help astronomers confirm that the galaxy they belong to really is as massive as earlier data suggested.
The compact nature of this and similar galaxies in the faraway early universe is puzzling to scientists, who don't yet understand why some young, massive galaxies are about five times smaller than their counterparts today.
Yale University astronomer Pieter van Dokkum said, "A lot of people were thinking we had overestimated these masses in the past but this confirms they are extremely massive for their size. These galaxies are indeed as bizarre as we thought they were."
Scientists used the new velocity measurements, conducted with the Gemini South telescope in Chile and the Hubble Space Telescope, to test the mass of a galaxy identified as 1255-0. The sun's gravity determines the orbiting speed of the Earth, likewise the galaxy's gravity/mass determines the velocities of the stars inside it.
The researchers found that indeed, the galaxy is exceptionally dense. Galaxy 1255-0 is 11 billion light-years away. 30 to 40 percent of galaxies from this time period are compact like this one. But in the modern, nearby universe, astronomers don't find anything similar.
Somehow, high-mass galaxies from the young universe grow in size but not in mass – they spread out but maintain their overall heft – to become the high-mass galaxies we see today.
van Dokkum said, "It's a bit of a puzzle, we think these galaxies must grow through collisions with other galaxies. The weird thing is that these mergers must lead to galaxies that are larger in size but not much more massive. We need a mechanism that grows them in size but not in mass."
So far, such a mechanism is elusive, (Ah, the mind of God, sometimes the more we know, the less we seem to know.) but astronomers have some ideas. Perhaps these galaxies expand their girth by merging with many small, low-mass galaxies. Or maybe these galaxies eventually become the dense central regions of even larger galaxies.
van Dokkum said, "It could also still be that we are doing something wrong but I think at the moment you could say that the ball is somewhat in the court of the theorists. Hopefully they can come up with some kind of explanation that we can test further."
It is nice to hear a scientist like van Dokkum admit we humans could be wrong. We are only beginning to get a glimpse of the unfathomable mind of our Creator, our Intelligent Designer. It is he who is providing our giant leap in knowledge of his universe. The earth's position in the Milky Way allows us to view other parts of the universe. Indeed, if we were in a different position in our Milky Way cosmic dust would block our normal view of God's majestic universe. In fact, we could not pierce through the dust to view the core of our Milky Way without Infrared, Gamma and X-Ray cameras and devices.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Congressman Driehaus will be a guest on WVXU's show Cincinnati Edition this weekend but it'll be pre-recorded, taking questions ahead by e-mailer & Twitter
Driehaus likes to say "we have problems and challenges." I believe he is using code words that actually mean I am going to vote for Obamacare.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
This document purports to be a Kenyan certification of birth for Barack Obama, allegedly born in Mombasa, Kenya, in 1961.
I have been puzzled. When BO visited his dying grandmother in Hawaii why didn't he take his wife and children? Why didn't BO go to his grandmother's funeral?
Dear Fellow Citizens and Taxpayers,
This is a long, but very important read. This first section is a recap of the forum on Monday night.
About 160 members of the Cincinnati Tea Party and Cincinnati 9/12 Project attended a healthcare forum with Steve Driehaus this evening. We met prior to the event at Mecklenburg Gardens where we had dinner, distributed questions, and went over the rules of engagement.
I had been made aware during the day today that the local Democrat party had sent out a call to supporters because of expected tea party attendance. Here is the text of that email:
Please be aware that there may be some organized opposition appearing from the Tea Party crowd, so your presence and support is important tonight. Take note of the sort of instructions being circulated in some parts of the country to people planning to disrupt event like the one tonight. * Artificially Inflate Your Numbers: "Spread out in the hall and try to be in the front half. The objective is to put the Rep on the defensive with your questions and follow-up. The Rep should be made to feel that a majority, and if not, a significant portion of at least the audience, opposes the socialist agenda of Washington."* Be Disruptive Early And Often: "You need to rock-the-boat early in the Rep's presentation, Watch for an opportunity to yell out and challenge the Rep's statements early."* Try To "Rattle Him," Not Have An Intelligent Debate: "The goal is to rattle him, get him off his prepared script and agenda. If he says something outrageous, stand up and shout out and sit right back down. Look for these opportunities before he even takes questions."
Note that the Democratic email does not directly attribute the quotes to us (The Cincinnati Tea Party) (they are actually from a group called Freedomworks). Our goal in this meeting as previously stated was to, "learn more about his position on the issue, ask questions, and reiterate our opposition to government-run healthcare." I reiterated this message in our meeting at Mecklenburg and asked everyone to be respectful and to maintain decorum at the event. I pointed out we would have a chance to protest as some point in the future, but that was not that night.
Upon arriving, we found that the event was full - mostly with Driehaus supporters and that a limited number of us were allowed in. The crowd sat rather quietly while waiting for the event to start. A woman from the group hosting the event welcomed us and said, "There's an elephant in the room." She then called us tea baggers and read the above quotes from Freedomworks while attributing them to us. She also told us we should be ashamed of ourselves for trying to interrupt civil debate.
In spite of this, the atmosphere was tense, and there were occasional catcalls from the crowd, but anyone who says there was organized disruption is quite frankly lying. A few people were loud at times, but I do not believe they were affiliated with our group and they were certainly not part of the leadership. In fact, I think our restraint was admirable in the face of provocations.
I sat next to a gentleman (I use that term loosely) who cursed at me repeatedly, called me a greedy son of a b****, and said I was probably a racist too. I am certain I wasn't the only one to experience that level of hate.
Driehaus began the event with a 10-minute summary of the process and his position on the issue. At one point, he was interrupted by the crowd at which point I rose and asked that all who stand with me allow him to speak. He then allowed questions.
The audience was allowed to submit questions via index cards which were sorted by the group hosting the event. He also took questions from the crowd due to some frustration with the process. The first seemed rehearsed very well and likely to be a plant, but the rest were fairly random and I give him credit for taking some tough questions.
Some he dodged, some he answered well. A few quick bullet points on the questions that I remember: He was pressed on funding for abortion in the bill and said he would not support a bill that had funds for abortion
He was asked about coverage for illegal aliens in the bill and pointed out that they already received coverage at hospital emergency rooms and that it was not Catholic, or Christian to refuse them.
He was asked if we would be forced onto the public option if we lost our jobs and he answer that coverage was mandated.
He dodged questions about debt/deficit by blaming Bush tax cuts, the wars, and the economy
He dodged questions about what happens if their expectations for savings don't materialize and said there is a trigger in the bill, but did not clarify.
I was finally recognized at the end and asked given that every time government healthcare has been tried we've end up over budget, why would we expect it to be any different this time and how would they control costs without rationing? He responded with the savings/trigger argument. I then pressed on about the trigger wanting to know what happens when the money runs out - isn't that rationing? He finally admitted that they still needed to figure that out.
At some point near the end, cops entered the building. They also came forward at the end to escort him to the back door of the building as many in the crowd were anxious to ask additional questions.
All of this was captured on video and it is a priority for us to make it available as soon as possible.
Cincinnati Tea Party
I know our Tea Party strategy is working because my wife heard an Obama supporter say, "These people are everywhere, they ruin everything." I guess what is good for the goose is not good for the gander, I guess only Acorn Democrats can be activists in this country!
My fellow citizens our nation is more divided than ever. Where is the division coming from? The sin of slavery caused division and a civil war in 1860 and I guarantee you if we divide Israel and divide Jerusalem and give it to Jewish enemies bent on the destruction of the Jewish people God will divide our country even further.
What is a trillion dollars? If we spent $1,000.00 a minute from the time Yeshua was born until now - 2,009 years - that would equal a trillion dollars. The Lord calls upon us to be good stewards of our money and blessings and we are squandering our nation's gifts. Once these blessings are gone we and our children will never see them again. Have you ever known an empire or nation to be in such debt and survive? All those empires are gone from Rome to the monarchy in France.
We are working to find and confirm additional events around the region. If you know of other events/forums/townhalls, please email http://email@example.com. We would like information on events from all of our area representitives and senators.
Driehaus - 8/6 9am - Price Hill Chili
Driehaus - 8/6 5:30pm - Millrace Lodge at Winton Woods
Mike Wilson of the Cincinnati Tea Party and I encourage you to attend as many of these as you can and to use our questions as a guideline. I also ask that you be cool, calm and collected. We will pick a time to protest, but we do not want disruption for the sake of disruption. It makes our side look bad. We have the facts on our side - let's win with them. The strategy is working the professional politicians are concerned but BO and Rahm are going to bring the hammer down on them.
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
God Bless the USA
By the way, long ago I concluded Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK. Oswald's shooting record with the U.S. Marine Corps was amazing. He could routinely hit 7 of 8 targets dead on at a distance double or triple that of Dallas. I bring that up because I do not consider myself a conspiracy wacko.
Joseph Farah of World Net Daily has produced the first major DVD documentary on the critical issues surrounding the constitutional eligibility of Barack Obama to serve as president – but it wasn't easy.
In fact, during the course of shooting and editing "A Question of Eligibility," the award-winning filmmaking team, including veterans of many controversial movie projects, made the unusual request to keep its identity secret for fear of retribution from the administration. "That's how hot this topic is," said Farah. "That's how hot this movie is."
"A Question of Eligibility" is expected to ship to customers on Aug. 4, the date Obama claims as his 48th birthday. Preorders are being accepted exclusively at the WND Superstore.
"I guess you could say it's a special birthday surprise for Obama," said Farah. "But, honestly, I don't think he'll like it. In fact, I believe the facts revealed in this documentary keep Obama awake at night. This eligibility issue is the only issue that threatens not only the future of his presidency, but almost everything he thinks he has already accomplished as president."
In "A Question of Eligibility," Farah chose four key presenters to bring the issue home – WND senior staff writer Jerome Corsi, the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of "The Obama Nation"; Orly Taitz, one of the most visible attorneys involved in filing lawsuits challenging Obama to produce proof of his qualifications for office; Alan Keyes, a participant in one of those lawsuits, a presidential candidate himself, and the Republican candidate who opposed Obama in his successful bid to become a U.S. senator, the job that brought him to national attention; and Janet Porter, an activist and pundit who writes a weekly column for WND.
"What we have produced here is a compelling and shocking documentary that will appeal both to those already steeped in the details of the eligibility story and those who need a video introduction to the major issues," said Farah.
It's a fast-moving, original work shot entirely in Washington, D.C., and based on the voluminous investigative work of the news agency that has spent more time and money on the story than all other news media combined – the WND news team, said Farah.
"I'm hoping people will purchase a copy for themselves and pass it around to their friends – devotees of the issue and skeptics alike," said Farah. "I'm hoping people will share it in their living rooms, at tea party planning sessions and especially with their members of Congress – so officials in Washington can see firsthand that they've been sold a bill of goods about Obama's qualifications."
Farah says sooner or later the truth will come out on Obama's failure to prove his eligibility and maybe even his inability to prove it.
"Obama is choreographing a top-down revolution in America – one from which it may take generations to extricate ourselves," says Farah. "It will be a shame if we learn he was ineligible to serve in the office of president only after he's gone. If we can force the issue to be addressed while he is still in office, we have a chance of turning back the clock on many of the destructive actions he has taken already. If he's not able to prove his constitutional qualifications, we might all be able to wake up one day and think of the Obama administration as just a bad dream."
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Once again we have reinforced a rogue state's behavior. Kim Jong-il is a war criminal and a thug. (See previous articles on N. Korea) When will we learn that we cannot reinforce the aggressive behavior of thugs. Once again we bolstered Kim's position internally and gave him center stage to the world audience. He got what he wanted, he humbled the United States of America. We cannot trust anything people like Kim say. We should have learned from two incidents at Munich (Hitler & Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine). Screw petty terrorist dictators. I would have snatched four of his diplomats somewhere in Asia or Europe in return.
We had to give up something to get these people back. One simply does not jump on a jet and fly to Pyonyang to talk to Kim. School girl Hillary probably told Kim he could limit his nuclear arsenal to five weapons if he did not export them to Iran or some other hell hole or use them to attack Japan.
Another stooge of the communists, former President Carter, negotiated with N. Koreans in the 1990s and they lied to him and did not keep their word on developing nukes. One cannot trust an atheistic communist who has no values except holding on to brutal power. Kim executes people for possessing Bibles. One of his favorite torture techniques is to pour molten metal on the victim's head.
Yes, if it were my daughter I would want her returned home safely; however, my daughter and sons and probably yours would not do such a damn dumb thing! I wonder if these girls would have been released if they were members of the Tea Party?
Americans need to understand there are very dangerous places in the world where Americans are not welcomed or liked. Columbia and Mexico are neat and possess tremendous cultures but there are parts of those countries I would not go to alone. The Secretary of State needs to make a public statement stating if someone is arrested in Iran, N. Korea, Cuba etc. we cannot help you. Every American should watch the program Locked Up Abroad to see what happens to stupid and in some cases innocent Americans abroad. U.S. diplomatic state craft should not be held hostage by stupidity! We will probably never hear what happened to the retired FBI agent who disappeared on an Iranian island.
Oh, by the way, I will not writing my blog for the next two weeks I am going kayaking and bicycling in Waziristan. I hear the Hindu Kush mountains are beautiful this time of year.
As a side note someone told these two reporters worked for Al Gore. It seems like N. Korea is a long way from global warming and inventing the Internet.
Now what will we give Iran for 3 stupid hikers?
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Remains of the first American lost in the 1991 Persian Gulf War have been found in the Anbar province of Iraq after a nearly 20-year search, the U.S. Navy said Sunday. The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology has positively identified the remains of Captain Michael "Scott" Speicher, whose disappearance has bedeviled investigators since his jet was shot down over the Iraq desert on the first night of the 1991 war. The Navy said the discovery illustrates the military's commitment to bring its troops home.
Commander Cappy Surette, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy, said "This is a testament to how the Navy never stops looking for one of its own. No matter how long it takes," Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations, added, "we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Captain Speicher and his family for the sacrifice they have made for our nation and the example of strength they have set for all of us."
The Pentagon initially declared Speicher killed, but uncertainty — and the lack of remains — led officials over the years to change his official status a number of times to "missing in action" and later "missing-captured."
Family spokeswoman Cindy Laquidara said relatives learned on Saturday that Speicher's remains had been found. "The family's proud of the way the Defense Department continued on with our request" to not abandon the search for the downed pilot, she said. "We will be bringing him home." Laquidara said the family would have another statement after being briefed by the defense officials, but she didn't know when that would be.
"My heart goes out to the family, again," said Sen. Bill Nelson, the Florida senator who was instrumental several years ago in getting the Navy to renew a search for the missing pilot. "We all clung to the slim hope that Scott was still alive and would one day come home to his family."
After years, the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq finally gave investigators the chance to search inside Iraq. And it led to a number of leads, including what some believed were the initials "MSS" scratched into the wall of an Iraqi prison.
The search also led investigators to excavate a potential grave site in Baghdad in 2005, track down Iraqis said to have information about Speicher and make numerous other inquiries in what officials say has been an exhaustive search.
Officials said Sunday that they got new information from an Iraqi citizen in early July, leading Marines stationed in Anbar province to a location in the desert which was believed to be the crash site of Speicher's jet. The Iraqi said he knew of two other Iraqis who recalled an American jet crashing and the remains of the pilot being buried in the desert.
One of these Iraqi citizens stated that they were present when Captain Speicher was found dead at the crash site by Bedouins and his remains buried. Speicher was positively identified through a jawbone found at the site and dental records. Speicher was shot down over west-central Iraq on Jan. 17, 1991.
Hours after his plane went down, Pentagon officials publicly declared him killed. Then Defense Secretary Dick Cheney went on television and announced the U.S. had suffered its first casualty of the war. But 10 years later, the Navy changed his status to missing in action, citing an absence of evidence that Speicher had died. In October 2002, the Navy switched his status to "missing/captured," although it has never said what evidence it had that he ever was in captivity.
Another review was done in 2005 with information gleaned after Baghdad fell. The review board recommended then that the Pentagon work with the State Department, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the Iraqi government to "increase the level of attention and effort inside Iraq" to resolve the question of Speicher's fate.
Last year, then Navy Secretary Donald Winter ordered yet another review of the case after receiving a report from the Defense Intelligence Agency, which tracks prisoners of war and service members missing in action. Many in the military believed for years that Speicher had not survived the crash. Intelligence analysts had never found evidence he was alive, and some officials felt last year that all leads had been exhausted and Speicher would finally be declared killed.
But after the latest review, Winter said Speicher would remain classified as missing, despite his strong reservations about the pilot's status and cited "compelling" evidence that he was dead. Announcing his decision, Winter criticized the board's recommendation to leave Speicher's status unchanged, saying the review board based its conclusions on the belief that Speicher was alive after ejecting from his plane. The board "chose to ignore" the lack of any parachute sighting, emergency beacon signal or radio communication, Winter said.
Speicher's family, including two college-age children, who were toddlers when Speicher disappeared. I pray that the Lord looks over the Speicher family.
God bless everyone in the U.S. Defense and State Department who worked on Speicher's case especially my military and civilian colleagues working in the POW/MIA cell at DIA and the grunts on the ground who went out in the boiling sun working leads, talking to Iraqis and others, searching and digging for Speicher, Bradley, Maupin and others.