Thursday, May 30, 2013

"D.O.J.-Gestapo Style"

Think terrorists are the only one terrorizing innocent people?

Think again.

Federal agents "carrying weapons and attired in SWAT gear" used "violent and hostile means" to force employees out of two Gibson factories, according to Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson Guitars.

Gibson's crime?

Using the wrong kind of wood to build guitars.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) raided the guitar maker two years ago for allegedly using wood that violated an obscure, 100-year old law in...Madagascar! Since when does the DOJ go to such lengths to enforce Madagascar law? Gibson was raided. Its competitors (who also used the wood) were not.

The difference?

One company supported Republican candidates and the others supported Democratic candidates.

Take a wild guess which one got the "special attention."

Apparently, the IRS isn't the only federal agency targeting conservatives. It's beginning to look like the tin-foil hat crowd is right. This administration has a bull's-eye on its political enemies.

Before you roll your eyes, consider the admittedly-inappropriate targeting of:

  • Tea Party groups
  • pro-life and religious groups
  • pro-Israel groups
  • Fox News reporter James Rosen (and his parents)
(notice the complete absence of any progressives?)

That our government agencies are employing gestapo-style tactics ought to be of concern to every American, conservative or not. Governing by intimidation, fear and strong-arming defenseless people is clearly an abuse of power we cannot accept.

A wise man once said: "Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency come, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong--these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history." --Winston Churchill

"For we know Him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge His people." It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."  -- Hebrews 10:30,31

  • ABC News: Attorney General under investigation for lying under oath about targeting Fox News reporter James Rosen.
  • NJ spent $23 million on unemployment and other benefits for jailbirds.
  • Fox News Channel: War vet charged with firing warning shot to scare away a felon breaking into his house.
  • Actor Robert Downey, Jr. talks Bible prophecy on Daily Show with Jon Stewart, citing prophecy teacher Chuck Missler as his source.  Robert Downey, Jr. and Bible prophecy

Thursday, May 23, 2013

"3 Scandals 4 the Price of 1 = Government Gone Wild"

Anybody remember back in '09 when Barack Obama (with a straight face) declared, "Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency"?

Um-m-m-m-m--whatever happened to that? Every new day seems to bring a new scandal involving yet another federal agency. And when the President is asked about it, he's got no answers. Literally. He looks bewildered, shrugs and says, "I only just read about it myself--in the newspapers...yeah, that's it...I read it in the newspapers."

As of now, he's juggling three very serious scandals involving the State Department, the IRS, and the DOJ.

There's Benghazi--where Ambassador Christopher Stevens was brutally assassinated along with three bodyguards in a twelve hour long attack. Stevens' repeated calls for help were ignored and Special Ops teams were ordered to stand-down. Why? That's the big question.

Originally Team Obama claimed the whole thing was started by an offensive YouTube video depicting Mohammad in a bad light and there was simply no time to send help. That explanation was later proved false, and we now know it was a terrorist attack. And help could have gotten there within three hours. So why didn't help come and why the big cover-up? The short answer: We don't know.

Whistle blowers have come forward with claims of intense intimidation and demotions and threats from the State Department. For those watching closely, this whole situation smells foul. Four people were left to die and nobody seems to have a plausible explanation.

The IRS is involved in one of the most outrageous abuse of power scandals ever perpetrated against the taxpaying public. Many believe we've seen only the 'tip of the iceberg' and that if all the facts are fully exposed, it will lead straight to the top.

The DOJ is also in hot water, caught red-handed trying to silence the press. The Justice Department thought it necessary to secure phone, email, and who-knows-what other records of AP reports, as well as Fox News reporters.

"Freedom of the Press" is one of this nation's most sacred checks-and-balances. Without it, governments run over the peoples' rights and no one ever finds out about it. Though this scandal may seem to be the least serious of the three, it's the one getting the most press. Understandable, because now the administration has stepped on the very toes that have been protecting it.

So what happened to your "touchstones", Mr. O? We haven't seen a whole lot of transparency or rule of law lately. Snooping? Yes. Intimidation? uh huh. Cover-ups? You betcha. But transparency and rule of law? Not so much.

Pray these scandals don't blow over. If they do, there's no telling where the next 3-1/2 years might take us.

A wise man once said: "The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with chains of the Constitution so that the second will not become the legalized version of the first." --President Thomas Jefferson

"Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are defiled. Such people claim they know God, but they deny Him by the way they live."  Titus 1:15-16

  • World Sweden stunned by third night of rioting; hundreds of youth set fire to cars and attacked police and rescue services in Sweden's worst disorder in years.
  • The Telegraph: Pope Francis performed first exorcism after Mass on Sunday in St. Peter's Square.
  • DEBKAfile: Two terrorists behead a British soldier on a London street in broad daylight in front of dozens of witnesses.
  • The Times of Israel: Russia sends 12 warships to Syria in an aggressive move to warn-off intervention by Israeli and U.S. military.
  • Wired: Bio-metric database of all adult Americans hidden in new immigration reform.
  • NBC News: One of the most destructive tornadoes in history hits Oklahoma City suburbs on Monday.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

"IRS/Obamacare-A Sick Combination"

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is up to its eyeballs in trouble. Last week, they admitted they weren't exactly impartial when it came to sending their goons to shake down certain individuals. They have, in fact, zeroed-in on conservatives for a little extra scrutiny. In other words: The IRS has been targeting people with a conservative world-view.

The masses are howling. Apparently, it's just beginning to dawn on them that not only is this very same agency responsible for administering the mandate on Obamacare, but the very same official who ordered the targeting! What?!? The Internal Revenue Service, known for its ruthless, heartless, relentless, determination to pry some poor slob's last dime out of his cold, dead hand, will be in charge of our healthcare. They've admitted (only after it came out by mistake) that they "profile" those with opposing political views. And now, they've put Sarah Hall Ingram, the culprit responsible for the current scandal, as director of Obamacare for the IRS! You can't make this stuff up.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich insists it would be "madness" to give the responsibility for enforcing Obamacare to the IRS, considering the circumstances.

 "Obamacare empowers the agency that just violated the public's trust by secretly targeting conservative groups," Representative Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind.said, "Even by Washington's standards, that's unacceptable. Now, more than ever, we need to prevent the IRS from having any role in American's healthcare. I do not support Obamacare, and after the events of last week, I cannot support giving the IRS any more responsibility or taxpayer dollars to implement this broken law."

The House Ways and Means Committee will hold hearings on Friday. Committee Member, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., said the IRS has no business monitoring anyone's health insurance information. "I will not rest until the full scope of the IRS's corruption is uncovered, the guilty parties are held accountable, and actions are taken to ensure this never happens again."

Among those singled-out to be put under the IRS "special microscope" were:

  • Tea Party groups
  • Israel-related groups
  • patriotic organizations
  • Billy Graham
  • constitutionalists
  • those critical of the progressive agenda
  • religious organizations
  • those critical of big government
Franklin Graham, President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, says he now believes the extra scrutiny his organization received was part of "an attempt to intimidate us".

Graham claims the reason IRS agents visited during last year's presidential race was political. The Graham Association urged voters to back "candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel." In a letter to the White House, Graham wrote: "Mr. President, the IRS has already publicly acknowledged it operated in a less than neutral and non-partisan way. We also now know that the target of their improper actions was much wider than political or Tea Party organizations. Will you take some immediate action to reassure Americans we are not in a new chapter of American history--repressive government rule?"

Amen to that. But don't hold your breath--with the IRS in charge you could die before they deemed you worthy of healthcare.

A wise man once said: "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of Justice is no virtue." --Senator Barry Goldwater

"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil" --Ephesians 6:11.

  • Fox News Channel: Justice Dept. secretly seizes Associated Press phone records sparking new fears of government overreach.
  • MSN: Massive 30ft. wall of ice destroys homes in Canadian lakeside community; similar ice flow reported in Minnesota--unheard of in month of May.
  • CNN: Attorney General Eric Holder orders criminal investigation of IRS.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

"Agenda: The Grinding Down of America--Really?"

Someone sent us a YouTube video this week that was very disturbing--if true. It presents the story of how Idaho State Representative Curtis Bowers wound up (back in '92) going "undercover" in what he expected to be a meeting of radical college students, but turned out to be a group of subversive middle-aged professionals.

Their agenda? To infiltrate the institutions of mainstream America in order to divide us and take down our way of life. Institutions such as:

  • Education
  • Government
  • Media
  • The Arts
  • (and especially) The Church
Shocked by how much they've accomplished since then, he's decided to go public with the research and proof he's painstakingly collected in order to wake the American public to the danger.

The game plan calls for them to transform the culture through the children. Teach an entire generation that we evolved from apes, God is myth, the Judeo-Christian worldview is foolishness, parents are idiots--then half the battle is won.

According to Bowers, America has an enemy determined to bring about its version of a Brave New World through a progressive, socialist agenda. The goal is to create a "fair" society where everyone is equal and wealth has been redistributed. Ridiculous? Maybe. Maybe not.

This is not your typical conspiracy theory. Not by a long shot. For instance, this documentary is extremely well done and includes such notables as:
  • Former Attorney General Edwin Meese
  • U.S. Congressman Steve King
  • Senator H.L. Richardson
There are many other dignitaries too numerous to name, but all have a common goal: Put a stop to this nation's decline.

One fact worth mentioning: the premise running through the allegations in this video fits the scenario laid out in Scripture in terms of a worldwide despot, and the mass apostasy predicted in 2nd Thessalonians.

Make no mistake. This film is very controversial. If true, it puts our present administration in the middle of a subversive plan to "grind down" the liberties and freedoms that spell America.

So is this incriminating documentary simply right-wing propaganda? Or a chilling left-wing agenda? You be the judge. 

Click here to watch "Agenda: The Grinding Down of America"

A wise man once said: "When people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty." - Thomas Jefferson

"For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the One who is holding it back steps out of the way." - 2 Thessalonians 2:7

  • NBC News: China is using espionage to acquire technology to fuel its military modernization, the Pentagon said Monday; for the first time accusing the Chinese of trying to break into U.S. Defense computer networks.
  • University of California, Berkeley: A robot as small as a housefly has managed the delicate task of flying and hovering the way the actual insects do; a major engineering breakthrough, 15 years in the making.
  • Fox News Channel: Pentagon considers move to make sharing of Christian faith illegal within the military.
  • Debka File: Syrian Foreign Minister warns: Damascus will respond instantly to any further Israeli attacks.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

"Strange End Times Phenomena?"

There is a fine line between reporting on news that relates to Bible prophecy and what most would consider odd phenomena. Today we're going to walk that tightrope.

We're all familiar with the usual signs to watch out for from Matthew 24:

  • wars
  • earthquakes
  • famines
  • pestilence
But Luke 21:11 says, "there will be fearful sights..." (some translations say 'terrifying things') "...and great signs from heaven." That's rather broad, don't you think? Lots of things could fit into that category.

In fact, a wide variety of cosmic and natural events are slated to occur before the end times and, you guessed it gang, weird stuff is happening right now. Yes indeedy, friends and neighbors, freaky stuff is going on all over the planet. Consider:
  • Since 2011, strange sounds have been heard across the globe. From Arizona to New Zealand reports of noises described as humming or rumbling coming from the skies. Some even hear what sounds like trumpets.
  • Hundreds of others claim ground shaking booms seem to be coming from the earth.
  • Remember the guy swallowed by a sinkhole, bed and all in Florida? Well, giant sinkholes have opened up all over the world. We're taking humongous holes, people--big enough to swallow several houses and at least one lake!
  • And then there's the animal deaths. Hundreds of birds falling dead from the sky. Washed-up whales, dolphins, Manta rays and massive fish kills as far as the eye can see on beaches throughout the world.
  • Egypt was hit by swarms of locust the size of small birds. Florida has monster mosquitoes 20 times larger than normal. Iran is plagued with rats as big as cats weighing in at a nightmarish 11 pounds!
  • And what about last February's meteorite? It streaked across the Siberian sky and then hit ground in Russia like an atomic blast! We seem to recall another very close encounter with an asteroid that very same day, along with multiple fireballs all across Florida and San Francisco (no connection, says NASA).
  • Speaking of Russia, February 6th saw four separate volcanoes, 100 miles apart, erupt at the same time. Unprecedented.
  • Oh, and who can forget the lightening strike at St. Peter's Basilica only hours after Pope Benedict announced his resignation? Talk about freaky!
And then there's this:
  • Scientists have warned that society as we know it, may be disrupted by an intense solar flare predicted to erupt from the sun's surface in 2013.
There have been tons of other stuff, some too weird to comment on, others conventional, yet still worth mentioning, such as wild weather events, floods, droughts, and:
  • Solomon Island's 8.0 quake
  • 7.8 Iran quake
  • 7.5 Alaska quake
  • and six other quakes in the first 4 months that all topped 7.0 in magnitude
  • and, as always, the seemingly ever-present situations in Iran, Syria, and Israel
But take heart. Jesus said, "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near" Luke 21:28.(emphasis added)

A wise man once said: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way..." Charles Dickens-The Tale of Two Cities

"And there will be strange events in the skies--signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And down here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. The courage of many people will falter because of the fearful fate they see coming upon the earth, because the stability of the very heavens will be broken up..." (Luke 21:25,26).

  • Fox News Channel--May Day protest turns violent in Seattle.
  • May snowstorm slams unlikely locations over Plains, Midwest, and South with up to 2 feet of snow, breaking records going back to the 1800s; while parts of California fights record high temps-induced wildfire
  • World Net Daily--Mounting evidence that at least some of Saddam Hussein's missing WMD are hidden in Syria, smuggled there by the Iraqi dictator before the war
  • Washington Post--Russia announces nuclear build-up even as U.S. scales down
  • watch YouTube video of some of these phenomena: Signs in the Heavens