Almost two years of "negotiations," the final "deal" appears as a total surrender of the Obama government to all the demands of the Ayatollahs who boasted that all their red lines have been met . The deal will put them on the path to become a nuclear power, not as a pariah but legitimized by the US and Europe; they will continue to enrich uranium and to develop their ICBM program ; the lifting of the sanctions will give them 150 billion dollars to improve their economy and their military capabilities which include, of course, strengthening Hizbollah, Hamas, and other purveyors of terror in the troubled Middle-East.
The bazaar merchants have trounced the feeble and naïve negotiators led by the team Obama-Kerry. You would think they have defeated America militarily and are now dictating their terms, as the allies in Versailles with Germany or McArthur in Japan. Years ago, Obama asked the Iranian mullahs to "unclench their fists " and normalize relations with America. They didn't but he did; he opened his hands, he raised his hands and said "Don't shoot ! We give you what you want."
The flaws in the preliminaries:
Some observers think that the original sin was not to limit the negotiators to US vs Iran but to include what is called P5+1 with Russia and China a sort of fifth column siding with Iran. This was, indeed, a flaw, but a deliberate one, not a mistake. I think the Obama team knew in advance that they wanted a deal at any price, and intentionally enlarged the forum so that they could use the "other partners" as excuses for the multiple concessions they knew they had to make . How many times we heard Kerry say, apologetically, that "we are not alone;we had no choice if we wanted to keep our partners..."
Another flaw was pointed out by James Jeffrey , former ambassador to Iraq, who said after the "Interim agreement:" Those who studied the art of negotiating found two big mistakes that should be avoided :never show that you are desperate to obtain a deal and never take off the table a credible threat of use of military force if the talks collapse." The shrewd Iranians knew that Obama was desperate for a deal and swore off the use of force, and they ratched up their demands.
The guidelines for Letters to the Editor of The Chautauquan Daily include warnings that libelous, demeaning or accusatory statements are unacceptable. This also means that the truth must be curtailed, for it is the truth that supremacist Muslims find inappropriate and offensive, even by those who perpetrate the acts.
Nevertheless, I refer to guest speaker Hussein Rashid, who denied the intensity and frequency of religious violence, citing that Muslims kill a mere 17 Americans per year (surely, not in the year 2001), while mosquitoes kill an average of 750,000. This is the new Moral Inversion, that Sharia law is now moral and mosquitoes immoral. Are we to flick a wrist at jihadists and the growing body count? (According to Muslim historian Firistha, Muslims killed ~400 million Indian people during invasions and occupation of the Indian continent alone, bringing the worldwide total to more than 890 million victims since the birth of Mohammed.)
Are we to disregard the religious bigotry? sadistic cruelty? kidnappings? rapes? lifelong captivity? persecution of women? and worldwide terrorism? and arm ourselves with cans of repellant and netting? This may well be the Enlightenment that Rashid attempted to explain – that we misinterpreted the Middle East, that the wretched mosquito kidnaps young girls for sexual slavery, burns churches, and espouses destructive propaganda in America’s universities.
Rashid did eventually declare religions to be violent, but I submit that all religions cannot be so classified. Religions are not equal; their doctrines differ greatly. Buddhism promotes peacefulness, loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. Hinduism’s many philosophies prescribe honesty, patience, self-restraint, and refraining from injuring living beings. Judaism and Christianity are commonly guided by the Torah and Ten Commandments. Islam’s guide is the Trilogy: Quran, Hadith and Sira.
Compare one Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill/murder,” with the Qur’an’s 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers, to kill infidels wherever they hide, to chop off heads and fingers, threatening Hell if they do not slaughter.
Unlike the Old Testament’s verses of violence that are explained in context of history, those in the Qur’an are open-ended, as relevant today as in the past. Islam’s ideology promotes violence until the nonbelievers accept humiliation, convert to Islam, or are killed – a history of bloodshed and suffering.
Back from my third mission trip to Belize. The group built a church in a village in the South. We also passed out food and other items, did Vacation Bible Study for the children, Bible study and crafts for the ladies.
It was very rewarding to see how appreciative these lovely people are to have a real church building that is also hurricane-proof shelter for them. The men of the village worked side-by-side with our men. We did not build a church for them, we built a church with them and with God.
America has sixty days to prevent Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold. We cannot count on Congress unless they are forced to act by the people through a popular our cry.To stop Obama”s veto we must overwhelm congress with our demand, this is the only way forward
They did it with Presidents Clinton and Bush when millions of citizens called their Congressional representatives and it resulted in changing their positions.
While promoting his 9-9-9 tax policy, Cain was asked, "Do you think there is a will in Washington that these politicians will put their careers on the line to do the right thing?" And he replied, "Not without the will of the people, without a massive activist grassroots movement from the bottom up. They are not going to do it from the inside. When they feel the heat, they will see the light. We the people must be the heat. We have to take on the Goliath."
To the best of my knowledge, when I was growing up everyone had a pushke, a tin can that served as an alms box. I remember two types, cylindrical and squared, always wrapped in paper with a Star of David, and a coin slot at the top. Each Sabbath (Friday) evening, we dropped coins into it, and when it was full, we would bring it to the local synagogue to be given to Jewish groups that would somehow help the Jews in Europe.
We trusted the Jewish Federations, but just as our world has changed and become unrecognizable, so have the charitable organizations upon which we once depended. Now we must stop and scrutinizetheir websites to learn if they are, indeed, carrying out the philanthropy they promised, as some have surely deviated from their original mission. All too often, they bear Jewish or Zionist names, but the aid flows to Muslims in the name of multiculturalism and compassion while those immigrants flood our shores in the name of jihad – to establish Islam and Sharia law throughout the free world. Of course, they are not alone. The Saudi Prince has just pledged $32 billion to advance the Islamization of America, to be fashioned after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that produced Common Core.
The Jewish Coalition for Syrian Refugees in Jordan, for example, is the umbrella organization for organizations such as the ADL, AJC, JCPA, Jewish Federations of North America, and others that work to bring Muslims to America, to accomplish their Qur’anic obligation of jihad. A group once known as the Hebrew Immigration American Society, has since dropped “Hebrew” from its name. HIAS now uses Jewish donations to resettle Syrian Muslims in America. US Together is resettling Afghan and Syrian refugees in Toledo, Ohio, which already features a mosque, shopping center, large apartment complex, Arabic charter school, and a huge employer, the University of Toledo, within walking distance.
The Founding Fathers in their wisdom made the "Separation of Powers" one of the pillars of American democracy. The US Constitution clearly and unequivocally stipulates that "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives."
There have been historically a few cases when the Executive Power usurped the authority of the Legislative Power , but our current president arrogantly made it a habit and , without hesitation, violated the Constitution when it suited his political aims. Experts have tallied about a dozen of such acts. Here are a few of the most flagrant and inexplicable unilateral edicts : he unilaterally allowed one-year grace period and delayed implementation of employer mandate (Obamacare) ; he unilaterally waived the requirement of work for receiving welfare (1996 law) ; he unilaterally provided federal benefits to illegal aliens and granted deferred action on deportation that favors four to five million illegal aliens.
But last week, surprisingly, the Third Power, the Judiciary incarnated in the US Supreme Court, did the usurpation , again making the Congress an empty and irrelevant vessel. Five hundred and thirty five elected officials,and thousands of staff , whose cost to the taxpayers reaches hundreds of millions of dollars, are now idle, enjoying the dolce vita and waiting their turn to join the army of lobbyists that will make them very wealthy. President Obama, and now SCOTUS, have nullified the US Congress , the American people's elected representatives.
A. The Obamacare case:
Twice, the Chief Justice bailed out and rescued "Obamacare." He did it by resorting to some capricious and arbitrary semantic prestidigitation that allowed him to rebaptize English words in arrogant disregard for dictionary and thesaurus. In the first case, some time ago, he shockingly insisted that "penalty" is not " a punishment for crime or offense," but it is a "tax. " In the second decision (June 2015), the same magic taught us that "the states" didn't mean each and every one of the 50 states but an abstract concept of the "State," one state, and other nonsense. The result is that the SCOTUS rewrote the law as produced after 18 months of debate in the Congress. They legislated from their high bench ,changed the law, and again saved Obamacare from disintegration. It was a 6-3 decision , made by nine non-elected non-legislators lawyers. This means that two persons can impose their points of view on 320 million Americans, without checks-and-balances, without appeal. That is too much power, the very thing that the Founding Fathers wanted to avoid. Thus, Obamacare became, as Justice Scalia called it in his dissent, "Scotuscare."
This year, June, not April, was the cruellest month. Traditionalists and right-thinkers were overwhelmed by the unfathomable Supreme Court rulings, the vulgar rainbow-hued White House, and the culture—or what remains of it.
A lesser-known casualty of the June wars was a tiny New Jersey non-profit called JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing), dedicated to educating the Jewish community and beyond about the social, cultural, and emotional factors that lead to same-sex attraction. JONAH unfortunately found itself in the giant maw of the radical leftist Southern Poverty Law Center, which made a meal of it.
According to their mission statement, "JONAH works with those struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA) and with families whose loved ones are involved in homosexuality." The italics are mine: JONAH doesn't target happy gays; it is there for gay people suffering from feelings they profoundly do not want.
Again, from their mission statement: "Through psychological and spiritual counseling, peer support, and self-empowerment, JONAH seeks to reunify families, to heal the wounds surrounding homosexuality, and to provide hope."
Arthur Goldberg, co-director of JONAH, is the author of a voluminous book, Light in the Closet, in which he reminds us that Judaism's prohibition against homosexuality is based on Leviticus 18:22: "You shall not lie with mankind as with womankind. It is an abomination." However, he states, "abomination…has a deeper connotation of 'going or being led astray,' which is untranslatable in any other language; and straying implies the possibility—indeed the necessity—of teshuvah, of returning to the path of Torah and the Commandments…through a guided process involving counseling, self-discovery and a combination of gradual spiritual and behavioral self-adjustments characteristic of teshuvah.'"
This type of reparative therapy, as it is known, can work successfully—"and has been accomplished…with a rate of success that is much too high to ignore," states Goldberg. It is described, with many testimonials, in his book. Several websites, in addition to JONAH's, offer similar testimonials. See, for example, www.narth.org, www.pfox.org, and www.peoplecanchange.com.
Let us remember that when you boil it all down ... we are celebrating FREEDOM. All the freedoms given to us by God. In light of the recent decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States of America, Christians need to go back to God's Word.
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. --Psalm 1:1-2
What do I as a Christian and Southern Baptist believe about Religious Liberty? As is stated in the Baptist Faith and Message, and taken from the Holy Bible:
God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others. Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God. The church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. The gospel of Christ contemplates spiritual means alone for the pursuit of its ends. The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind. The state has no right to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.
I love Bigelow Tea because it tastes delicious. I have three cups each morning. Now I have another reason to love the company. With all the craziness going on in the US now and in the world, it is so nice to see a company stand up for our military.
Fairfield, Conn. (June 30, 2015) – Family-owned Bigelow Tea Company, a proud and longstanding supporter of the United Service Organizations (USO), has become an official sponsor of this non-profit organization that supports the U.S. military community worldwide by committing to donate a minimum of 350,000 tea bags annually. The tea bags will be used to support the USO’s ongoing mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families.
This commitment ensures the continuation of Bigelow’s already existing Tea for the Troops program, launched by third generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow in 2009, that to date has donated more than 4 million tea bags to U.S. service personnel.
The company first partnered with the USO when Cindi Bigelow reached out to high school friend Jeff Hill, now the USO’s Regional Vice President for the U.S., to develop a path for distributing 100% American grown tea, grown at the company’s Charleston Tea Plantation in South Carolina, to troops as a heartfelt way of saying “thank you” for the huge sacrifices they make.
Wanting to do more, Bigelow Tea became a financial sponsor of the USO’s 2015 Warrior Week that recently took place, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in association with the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Inc.
This invaluable program brings together physical, therapeutic and recreational organizations that empower wounded, ill and injured troops with a renewed sense of adventure by providing opportunities to participate in activities from adaptive water skiing and kayaking, to deep sea fishing, horseback riding, surfing, racquetball and tennis.
In an additional show of support, Cindi Bigelow and Bigelow Tea Project Manager Tim Richmond, an Iraq war veteran, cycled alongside service men and women in Warrior Week’s Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge that culminated in Virginia Beach. Cindi and Tim participated in similar rides twice before and were so moved by the experience, they had to do it again.
“It is such a moving experience, and an honor, to ride along with our soldiers. We read about them, we see them on TV and in the airports. Of course we appreciate what they do but to be surrounded by them gives me such an immensely greater appreciation for their sacrifices,” said Cindi Bigelow. “Not a single soldier had one word of complaint. Just listening to them makes you truly realize the magnitude of what these heroes selflessly do to protect our country. It is why it is so important to give back.
“I must have cried a dozen times when I walked away from these conversations. Not with pity but with tremendous admiration for them,” she continued.
And, she adds, “At Bigelow Tea, whose company mission it is to enrich life’s everyday moments by infusing passion into all we do, we are grateful to our service men and women, to Jeff Hill and the USO for allowing us to be even a small piece of everything they do to improve the lives of our beautiful troops.”
Caption: Bigelow Tea Company is an official sponsor of the USO and has committed to donating a minimum of 350,000 tea bags annually to support the USO’s ongoing mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families. Bigelow has already donated more than 4 million tea bags to U.S. service personnel.
About Bigelow Tea Company
Based in Fairfield, CT, and 100% family-owned, the Bigelow Tea Company pioneered the specialty tea category 70 years ago with its first creation, “Constant Comment”® Tea. Bigelow takes pride in its heritage and successful growth from a one-product, entrepreneurial venture into America’s leading specialty tea company that produces 1.7 billion tea bags annually in more than 130 flavors.
About the USO
The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide, providing a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. The USO also provides critical support to those who need it most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. USO programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.
Now go out there and buy some Bigalow tea and thank a soldier for his/her service.
“O people, know that you have committed great sins, and that the great ones among you have committed these sins. If you ask me what proof I have for these words, I say it is because I am the punishment of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.” Genghis Khan to the Muslims of Bukhara, 1220 A.D.*
On the day that a heroic pastor is laid to rest in Charleston, SC. – the victim of senseless hatred and disregard for human life – the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the sodomistic practice of ‘same-sex’ marriage as an alleged Constitutional right. Justice Kennedy going as far as to state that, basically, marriage remains the strongest of all human unions before casting his judgment with those who seek to dismantle the dignity of the human person. Kennedy declared openly his ignorance regarding both the concept of marriage as an institution and the concept of union itself. In this regard, he joined four other members of the liberal wing of the Court to commit wanton treason against both the Constitution and human society itself.
Marriage remains neither a right nor a privilege, but a “grave duty” towards the survival of the human population. Its purpose rests with procreation and the continuation of the human race as, for instance, a human mating with a gorilla cannot ever produce either an ape or a man. For centuries known to those of the Judeo-Christian persuasion, the commandment of God has acknowledged, “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body” (Genesis 2:24, New American Bible). Any other interpretation violates both adherence to God and recognition of the human condition, leaving individuals to be little less than Homo sapiens – slaves to their earthly bodies.
Never once in the course of Western society has “marriage” ever been imagined as a means to whet sexual appetites or ensure that benefits could transfer to a lover. On the contrary, marriage represents a millennial-long institution whose soul purpose was to bring two dissimilar ‘halves’ together in one easily recognizable “whole”. In other words, the maternal instincts of the female shared with the protective instincts of the male to form that rarest of all species, “parents”. Even when the child was born of others and ushered into the family via adoption – whether formal or informal – that child knew that mothers were there to offer role models to daughters and fathers to sons. That is, even a mere child could tell the difference between “mommy” and “daddy” or between sister and brother.
When families descend into single-parent status, the result is a preponderance of crime and a deficiency of social harmony, regardless of whether “exceptions to the rule” are taunted by academics and journalists alike. To succeed outside the nuclear family remains as difficult as escaping from a black hole. Both violate the laws of physics, whether human or subatomic. To define marriage as anything less than a sacred bond between God and the male/husband-female/wife pair rests as a travesty of unimaginable proportions.
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