Hello Everybody and Happy New Year!
We are enthusiastic about the coming twelve months. We don’t believe that there will be any surprises in the US Congress until the 2010 elections. The politicians that are deaf to their constituents will remain deaf until they are booted out.
Though, it looks like a lot of Dems are seeing the writing on the wall and are choosing to loot their re-election coffers and retire. Too bad. One wonders if that will make them immune to later prosecution?
We also doubt that 2010 will be the year that peace comes to the Middle East. China is making clear that they won’t back sanctions against Iran. Why should they vote to hurt one of their greatest customers?
Abbas is still quoting President Obama and saying that unless ALL building is halted by Israel there can be no negotiating for peace. Obama has already slid away from any such idea, but Abbas is slow to read the daily mail.
On the US and Israeli economy – I think it will get better. When and if the Congress changes membership and the Cap and Tax, Health Bill and eternal bail out programs die. Then businesses will have more hope.
1/6/2010 - More Guns, less Crime; What's Up in the Middle East?
AND I DO THINK THIS WILL HAPPEN! There are more real, sensible Americans out there than Washington, DC’s population realizes. Hang in there, and Americans will go vote.
A lot of the naïve “hope and change” independents are disgusted with what happened to the “openness” Obama promised. They are ready for another change. And the evangelicals who stayed home because McCain was not a glamour candidate and Obama was a socialist will go vote this time. Personally I blame the conservative Christians for much of what has happened in the past year. If they had stopped wishing for the perfect candidate and taken the old man much of what we see would not be going on. He was a ratty candidate, I grant you, but he was pro-fiscal responsibility, pro-Constitution and pro-gun. That is a fair start.
Now we had better get some REAL conservatives in office or the tide will not be rolled back. This is the year to stop some of the nonsense.
READ ON FOR SOME STUNNERS!
More guns, more crime? Not in 2009.
By: David Freddoso
Online Opinion Editor
Stories of skyrocketing gun sales dominated the headlines earlier this year, with the number of gun-purchase background checks in the first six months of 2009 soaring 25 percent over the same period in 2008. Yet as the NRA points out today, murder in the U.S. has plummeted to a 46-year low (with the largest year-over-year drop since the 1960s) even as gun ownership has risen to an apparent all-time high.
Meanwhile, across the pond, gun crime in Britain has risen 89 percent since the UK banned guns in 1997.
Some may jump too far in there conclusions, but we can at least say this: There is no evidence from the U.S. experience this decade that higher rates of gun ownership lead to more crime, nor from the British experience this decade that fewer guns translate to less crime. (Washington Examiner online)
THE LYING DOG?!
What would you call someone who repeatedly said one thing and did the opposite? A liar. It’s a good word. Too many people tip toe around the issues. And for those of you who want to be nice to Obama because you think you might be construed to be racist, I remind you that a free exchange of ideas REGARDLESS of who the President is or of his color is American!
I don’t dislike Obama because he’s black. If he were orange I would still hate what he stands for and how he operates. I don’t hate the man himself. In fact, not thirty minutes ago I prayed for him. His soul, safety and the sense to get right! If you defend him because of his race, then you are the racist, not me.
I happen to have great respect for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and others who are black. Not because they are black, but because of their political positions. It ain’t about color.
NOW ABOUT THE LYING:
Perhaps you had better go to the link below and just watch the video. Then ask yourself… where is the openness?
GLOBAL WARMING? WHY THE CRAZINESS IN SPITE OF THE WEATHER PROOF TO THE OPPOSITE?
Personally I believe it is because there is so much money to be made under the table by politicians and crooks that they would believe in Alice in Wonderland if somebody could make them rich.
You just have to watch what is happening around the world with the weather to see that the cycles are never ending.
On the issue of Carbon Dioxide, you might consider the following:
No Rise of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Fraction in Past 160 Years, New Research Finds
New research finds that the airborne fraction of carbon dioxide has not increased either during the past 150 years or during the most recent five decades, contrary to some recent studies.
ScienceDaily (Dec. 31, 2009) — Most of the carbon dioxide emitted by human activity does not remain in the atmosphere, but is instead absorbed by the oceans and terrestrial ecosystems. In fact, only about 45 percent of emitted carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere.
However, some studies have suggested that the ability of oceans and plants to absorb carbon dioxide recently may have begun to decline and that the airborne fraction of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions is therefore beginning to increase.
Many climate models also assume that the airborne fraction will increase. Because understanding of the airborne fraction of carbon dioxide is important for predicting future climate change, it is essential to have accurate knowledge of whether that fraction is changing or will change as emissions increase.
To assess whether the airborne fraction is indeed increasing, Wolfgang Knorr of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol reanalyzed available atmospheric carbon dioxide and emissions data since 1850 and considers the uncertainties in the data.
In contradiction to some recent studies, he finds that the airborne fraction of carbon dioxide has not increased either during the past 150 years or during the most recent five decades.
The research is published in Geophysical Research Letters.
As one who flies internationally more than most people I know, let me speak to you about security.
Israel has the best. They are the smoothest about it. They are the most professional, have the least sense of humor and keep people the safest. There. That was simple wasn’t it?
Actually, even if you don’t fly El Al, the screening at Ben Gurion is great. They keep regular passengers’ information up to speed in their computers. But in addition, they are seamless in their screening.
When we last flew I thought we’d need to take our shoes off when we went through the final check. The young man there laughed and said, “We haven’t needed that for a long time!” The reason? The Israelis have a machine that deals with explosive scents. When I asked TSA personnel about it in the US, he didn’t seem to know that Israel had such equipment. Hmmm.
Oh? Then why does America’s TSA – you know them. The folks who seem to struggle to speak and understand English at so many airports? Why do we still have to yank off our shoes in US airports?
Why aren’t we “profiling” travelers when it is totally obvious that an 84 year old granny isn’t likely to be hiding bombs in her bra?
And the Europeans? Let me tell you, Heathrow is serious about bombers. They should be. There are some 16,000 serious terrorist threat profiles that Great Britain’s security folks are tracking as I write this, according to a solid source we have.
And they have been attacked enough to get the idea that terrorism is a real war. Just before I landed at Heathrow not so long ago there was an attack there. By Islamists who were medical men! Not half-starved, poverty-induced terrorists, but by men who came from well to do families. This nutty idea that terrorists are incubated from the worst lifestyles is nonsense. Sure the refugee camps are a good source of bombers in the Middle East, but far more are not out of the camps.
Why did the Christmas Eve bomber get through? Because Homeland Security, the Obama White House and lots of other people in the Obama regime are terrified to admit that there is a terrorist war going on. Napolitano can’t even bring herself to use the word terrorist. PLEEZE!
Charles Krauthammer weighed in on the issue recently:
January 01, 2010
War? What War?
The Obama administration refuses to admit that we are at war.
By Charles Krauthammer
Janet Napolitano — former Arizona governor, now overmatched secretary of homeland security — will forever be remembered for having said of the attempt to bring down an airliner over Detroit: “The system worked.” The attacker’s concerned father had warned U.S. authorities about his son’s jihadist tendencies. The would-be bomber paid cash and checked no luggage on a transoceanic flight. He was nonetheless allowed to fly, and would have killed 288 people in the air alone, save for a faulty detonator and quick actions by a few passengers.
Heck of a job, Brownie.
The reason the country is uneasy about the Obama administration’s response to this attack is a distinct sense of not just incompetence but incomprehension. From the very beginning, President Obama has relentlessly tried to downplay and deny the nature of the terrorist threat we continue to face. Napolitano renames terrorism “man-caused disasters.” Obama goes abroad and pledges to cleanse America of its post-9/11 counterterrorist sins. Hence, Guantanamo will close, CIA interrogators will face a special prosecutor, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will bask in a civilian trial in New York — a trifecta of political correctness and image management.
And just to make sure even the dimmest understand, Obama banishes the term “war on terror.” It’s over — that is, if it ever existed.
Obama may have declared the war over. Unfortunately, al-Qaeda has not. Which gives new meaning to the term “asymmetric warfare.”
And produces linguistic — and logical — oddities that littered Obama’s public pronouncements following the Christmas Day attack. In his first statement, Obama referred to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as “an isolated extremist.” This is the same president who, after the Ford Hood shooting, warned us “against jumping to conclusions” — code for daring to associate Nidal Hasan’s mass murder with his Islamist ideology. Yet, with Abdulmutallab, Obama jumped immediately to the conclusion, against all existing evidence, that the bomber acted alone.
More jarring still were Obama’s references to the terrorist as a “suspect” who “allegedly tried to ignite an explosive device.” You can hear the echo of FDR: “Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — Japanese naval and air force suspects allegedly bombed Pearl Harbor.”
Obama reassured the nation that this “suspect” had been charged. Reassurance? The president should be saying: We have captured an enemy combatant — an illegal combatant under the laws of war: no uniform, direct attack on civilians — and now to prevent future attacks, he is being interrogated regarding information he may have about al-Qaeda in Yemen.
Instead, Abdulmutallab is dispatched to some Detroit-area jail and immediately lawyered up. At which point — surprise! — he stops talking.
This absurdity renders hollow Obama’s declaration that “we will not rest until we find all who were involved.” Once we’ve given Abdulmutallab the right to remain silent, we have gratuitously forfeited our right to find out from him precisely who else was involved, namely those who trained, instructed, armed, and sent him.
This is all quite mad even in Obama’s terms. He sends 30,000 troops to fight terror overseas, yet if any terrorists come to attack us here, they are magically transformed from enemy into defendant.
The logic is perverse. If we find Abdulmutallab in an al-Qaeda training camp in Yemen, where he is merely preparing for a terror attack, we snuff him out with a Predator — no judge, no jury, no qualms. But if we catch him in the United States in the very act of mass murder, he instantly acquires protection not just from execution by drone but even from interrogation.
The president said that this incident highlights “the nature of those who threaten our homeland.” But the president is constantly denying the nature of those who threaten our homeland. On Tuesday, he referred five times to Abdulmutallab (and his terrorist ilk) as “extremist(s).”
A man who shoots abortion doctors is an extremist. An eco-fanatic who torches logging sites is an extremist. Abdulmutallab is not one of these. He is a jihadist. And unlike the guys who shoot abortion doctors, jihadists have cells all over the world; they blow up trains in London, nightclubs in Bali, and airplanes over Detroit (if they can); and they are openly pledged to wage war on America.
Any government can through laxity let someone slip through the cracks. But a government that refuses to admit that we are at war, indeed, refuses even to name the enemy — jihadist is a word banished from the Obama lexicon — turns laxity into a governing philosophy.
PLAYING TO THE LOWEST LEVELS OF SOCIETY
For years, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have tried to coordinate their two security services. Up until 2001 it worked like this: Teams from both services rode together in the West Bank areas which were mostly Arab populated. They tried to keep order, felt that the two teams would add balance to the policing and keep order and general security better.
In 2001 the second Intifada really burst into flames with bombings, etc. Israel found that they could not advise the PA of raids on terrorists because the leaks were so bad that then the IDF or Shin Bet showed up nobody was home.
Then came the day that two PA policemen shot and killed their Israeli partners while on patrol. Then two IDF soldiers who got lost driving in the West Bank were lynched by a mob in Nablus. It got worse from there and cooperation was history.
Finally Ariel Sharon was elected Prime Minister, ordered the IDF to stomp out the terrorism and order was regained. That was then and this is not.
General Keith Dayton is overseeing the training of PA police and security forces in the West Bank and in Jordan. A general “peace” has come into being and cooperation is back in action. There are regular meetings between the PA and Israel’s police and security forces.
It is actually working for the most part, and I have had to eat some crow for my hard line about Dayton. I still don’t care for his personality, but his work is having a positive effect.
COMES THE TIDE:
Now the PA President / PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has his panties in a twist. He has to look and sound tough because Hamas is the more popular group in the West Bank. One of the Arab experts at the Jerusalem Post has said that if the elections were held today that Hamas would sweep them like they did last time. That is really bad news for Abbas.
So he refuses to sit down with the Israeli negotiating team for peace talks. He keeps quoting Obama’s “new guy” comment that Israel should stop all construction in the West Bank. Abbas, of course, added that the West Bank includes Jerusalem.
LISTEN to me… he is not stupid. He knows full well that Israel will never give up Jerusalem as its capitol. He knows that they will not stop construction because an American President, much less the PA, wants them to. No Israeli politician in his right mind could expect to survive such a decision.
Now Abbas is saying that perhaps all the mutual security agreements should be “re-visited.” In other words he may just cancel all of them where there is a cooperative agreement on the table already.
Abbas knows that if he eradicates all security agreements Israel will be in total charge, his people will have no say in what security forces or the IDF do. Security Checkpoints and Crossings will be re-established, after so many have been opened to better aid Palestinian industry and business enterprises.
And of course, the population will be angry with the Israelis. Remember… the rule of all Arab thought about anything negative is – “IT IS ISRAEL’S FAULT!”
That has been the rule since May 14, 1948! Actually before that it was “IT IS THE JEWS’ FAULT!” since there was no Israel prior to that date, but the Jews got the blame even then.
BLOWING UP IN HIS FACE
Abbas knows that the Arabs are not long term “rememberers” as proven by the fact that Egypt still celebrates the 1972 Yom Kippur War as a victory. Oh? I kid you not. Every year they celebrate their victory.
I guess when one considers the drubbing they got in 1967 and did not lose quite so badly in 1972 it could be considered some kind of victory. Well, maybe.
Abbas knows that he needs to talk tough to stay in power in the West Bank. No elections? No problem. He was the last elected leader so he’s in charge until the either A. there is a civil war and he’s killed or B. there is another election and he loses. Don’t hold your breath for B.
WHAT IS ISRAEL DOING?
First of all the leaders of all sides in Israel have been here before. They know that the Arab leaders are big on rhetoric. They talk for the sake of the Arab media. But there is public consumption talk and there is reality action.
Abbas whips up his people and that helps him. Then there is the reality that Israel could mash them all like a bug in about a week and a half if they turned all their military might loose at once. The Arabs know it and the Jews know it.
“So let him talk!” the Israelis say. No wink and nod here. They know it is how life works in that part of the world.
ON THE OTHER HAND
There is also this… when certain Arab leaders rant and rave in certain ways, combined with arms build-ups then Israel knows it has to strike and strike definitively. No quarter for the first two weeks. If they don’t get the job done in two weeks then the UN, EU and world opinion begins the pressure game and they are forced to withdraw.
Then PM Olmert had not learned that lesson (among the many he missed) and the power of the deterrence factor had lessened. Operation Cast Lead reminded Hamas, Hezbollah and Syria especially that there is still a steel fist inside Israel’s glove.
The people of the West Bank understand that. Their lives are beginning to assume some kind of “normalcy” and for the most part the population doesn’t want another war. Abbas is playing to the lowest common denominator right now. The “no-war” populace is hunkering down, hoping for the best, and the agitators are threatening him by toying with Hamas. It is a balagan! (A nuthouse.) But then, that’s normal there.
Most likely, Egypt will cooperate more and more with Israel (under cover to protect their Arab-friendships) simply because Hamas and Hezbollah threaten Mubarak’s reign.
A war with Syria is not really on the burner because Assad knows his troops aren’t up to the challenge. He will strut around, talk a fake-peace, and try to get more Chinese and Russian standard arms and North Korean nuke facilities. For its part, Israel will blow up the next one, too, with US assistance and agreement.
Hezbollah will wait until Iran needs a diversion and then will likely attack in increments from southern Lebanon. Not a big war; that costs them lots of good-will with their Lebanese brothers from other political entities. Turning the whole nation into rubble was not what Hezbollah had in mind in 2006, but it was a good lesson.
So, peace, interspersed with terrorist attacks inside Israel, some pushing and shoving in the North, and continued rockets from Gaza until Israel has enough and goes in again. The next time I expect they will do some leadership killing ahead of time to cut the head off the snake.
WHERE DO WE FIT IN ALL THIS?
We, being yours truly and our work. First of all we – as explained last week – work at the leadership and direction of the Lord. We are admittedly sort of “outside the box.” That is what many people down through the ages have been. I am not comparing myself with these Biblical people, but consider if you will…
Abraham was a polytheist whom God called to go to a land he knew not of…
Gideon was a nobody hiding behind the winepress…
David was a shepherd boy from a family not famous for its wealth or position…
Joseph and Mary were “no bodies” from a town famous for being full of that kind of folks…
Peter, James and John were not writers, speakers, or leaders, but fishermen…
Paul – Saul of Tarsus – was a scholar and hater of Christians…
If one had “predicted” what they should have been doing with their lives, I trust it would not have been even close to what the Lord led them to do.
It is a principle we have taught for thirty-five years… “Let go and let God!” He will lead us in the direction and on the path that is best suited to us and to His will. Not the will of the brethren, beloved and respected as they might be, but according to the light that God gives each of us.
When I spoke to a friend who has served our Lord for over 53 years in Jerusalem and told him my thoughts on a project that is truly innovative, he said this same thing. He had no experience in what has now become the largest enterprise of its type in all Israel. “I knew nothing about it except that the Lord said to do it!” he laughed. “Now no one tells me I am crazy.”
With that a wonderful partnership was born, and we are working side by side as He leads. In 2004 all I knew was that God was leading us to work in Israel as He would show us. Now he is doing exactly that and we are following that leadership, and rejoicing as the Lord works through us. It is decidedly not “the way it was always done before.”
In fact, I have what I believe is the only “freelance” Israeli press card that has been issued over the past five years. That in itself is another story.
Well, I guess what I’m telling you is that the Bible way is to listen to the Lord, never tell Him “no” and to live pure so you can ever hear His Spirit when He directs. You cannot go wrong with that, certainly.
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Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Psalm 25:22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
Psalm 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.
Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
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