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Howdy y’all. I’m just sitting here wondering why we even bothered to waste our time letting Congress know how strongly we feel about illegal aliens when you, in South Carolina, are only going to vote for John McCain, author of the amnesty bill. Hey, it wasn’t me.

I would like to ask all of you to pray for one of our blogger friends. I was not given permission, so I will not use his/her name, but this person’s marital partner has had a heart attack and is in the hospital. With all of the medical breakthroughs we have had in the last few decades, he/she should be just fine. It is pretty serious, though. I don’t believe they have any breakthroughs to help people when they look death squarely in the face, whether it happens that way or not. It is very unnerving when you come that close to losing your best friend. God be with them every moment.

I caught up on some sleep I desperately needed. That feels good. I always feel a little ‘off-key’, however, when that happens. I do not do it on purpose. My body is sometimes the boss. *heh* (Thanks David for the *heh*. I’m stealing it. Isn’t there something that says imitation is a form of flattery? lol) Getting back my monologue. Okay, dribble. 😉

There is so much I want to write about, but I do not have the time. There is an article in the Sudan Tribune titled, “Sudan wants released rebel monitors to leave Darfur ceasefire HQ“. This article does not help any form of movement forward for peace between Khartoum and Darfur.

There is also an article written at Counter Terrorism Blog by Andrew Cochran titled, “The “Cartoon Jihad” – The Lie That Doesn’t Die.” The terrorists just will not leave this alone until everyone is silenced. My words, not his. The whole ordeal started out with a lie, but it shall be put down by the Truth.

The next article is also from the Counter Terrorism Blog by Olivier Guitta. The title of this is, “Europe faces up to Iranian threat.” I found this one particularly interesting. Did you know, for instance, that the Dutch are considering banning altogether Iran students? They have already refused Iranian three students who wanted to study nuclear techniques. Very interesting how they are getting tougher while the Left in America are going soft of Iran’s nuclear weapons drive. Interesting indeed. This is happening because the NIE was released not too long ago. I guess no one read the part that said that Iran could start up their programs anytime they felt like it.

Just for the record. I believe, if they actually did stop progress on their nuclear weapons, it was because WE WERE RIGHT NEXT DOOR. Everyone talks about international pressure? There’s nothing like the good ol’ US of A’s Army and Marines to help you change your feeble-minded ways. When the Democrats started showing weakness, the war against Iran’s weapons was lost. They started back up. Thank you, you useful idiots. The blood will be on your hands.

I have just stumbled upon these two articles by the same blog, Counter Terrorism Blog. The first one is titled, “Text of Original Senate Finance Committee Letter on Suspect Charities, Including IARA“, and the second one is titled, “Another Indictment Shows Sophistication of Charity Operations“. They are written by Andrew Cochran and Douglas Farah respectively.

The first one concentrates on terrorists financing and Congressional oversight with the IRS, while the second one concerns a newly released indictment. There is just one more that I would like to bring to your attention, and that is, “Al-Qaida’s MySpace”: How Suicide Bombers Are Being Recruited Online. It is written by Evan Kohlmann. Anyone who is following these monsters on the terrorists sites and forums, when they disappear, inform someone. They are showing up as suicide bombers for al Qaida.

That should be enough for now. Now I think I shall have a cup of tea (we don’t have any) and relax. Yeah right! Oh brother. Please God, help us to elect someone who will actually KEEP OUR SOVEREIGNTY and win this war they are having with us, because you sure as heck couldn’t convince me we are at war with ANYONE…

Each of the men writing for Counter Terrorism Blog is an expert in one field or another having to do with counter-terrorism. They do not always agree, which makes it a very good read. They do not act like children when they disagree, they present their facts and try to persuade the readers and the person with whom they disagree to agree with them. Or at least, if nothing else, to look at the data with fresh eyes. They are a very fine group of men, and I am very grateful we have them on our team.

Have a good day everyone.

Update: Debbie has written about the health of her husband and thanks us all for our prayers and concern, so it is okay for me to disclose her name. Please go to her site and send her your warm wishes, prayers, encouragement, and just plain old decent concern. Thank you.

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I have also posted this directly from the post of origin so that people do not get the wrong impression and carry this further. The Update is below. Have a nice day.

UPDATE: Rite Aid has taken appopriate actions, thanks to the outrage of each community and blogger, and they have settled on a donation to Wounded Warriors in the amount of $10,000, they have disciplined the manager who handled this whole affair obnoxiatiously, but then they went on, like a Saudi, and tried to rationalize his actions by saying he also had a son in Afghanistan and was having a difficult time dealing with this issue himself. Unacceptable, but the family is not making an issue of it, so I won’t either. Here is more from Beth over at Blue Star Chronicles:

Digital Billboard placed in view of Rite Aid store, hooah!

Lamar Sign Company has posted a digital billboard out in front of the Rite Aid where Chris’ mother was working; here are the images that are being displaced at no charge to us… Thank you Lamar Sign Company, maybe you guys can teach Rite Aid what true concern for Fallen Warriors is all about, you are all true Patriots:

Rite Aid has contacted us, they say they plan to respond soon…

I am asking everyone on MySpace… and if possible on all the other networking communities, to light a candle in support of our Fallen Soldiers, and their families.

By lighting a candle and placing it as your profile photo you are letting the Warriors of Freedom who stand on the Battlefield, so we may sleep without fear of terrorism, know that if they fall their families will not stand alone.

We should all stand up and show Corporate America we stand for something that’s greater than ourselves, as Chris believed the flag of this great nation does. (ref: Chris’s MySpace page).

MySpace let us all show the world we stand with our men and women who pay in blood for our freedom.

If you do not have one or need one quickly you are welcome to use Chris’ candle. But but please place a candle of some type as your profile photo as soon as possible. Any candle will do. I am asking everyone to burn the candle until this issue with Rite Aid concerning the statement that compared losing a son or daughter in The War on Terrorism “is no different than someone’s house burning down”….. is resolved. And with all the pressue you folks are putting on them you can bet it will be soon.

“Strength and Honor”
Cpl Chris Mason’s dad – Garland Mason (USMC / US Paratrooper retired)

Hat tip: Bear Creek Ledger, Beth, Matt at Lone Star Times and Blondie Pad.

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The following is an article written by Beth over at Blue Star Chronicles. She has given permission to repost it, just be honorable and give her the credit. (I added that last part.) I believe this is important, more important than the lies the NYTimes is spewing out about the murder sprees the entire military is supposedly going on once they come home from war. Oh, you mean it isn’t every military man? Ten percent? One percent? NOT EVEN THAT? Why is it even a story then? Anyway, this is still much more important. Please pass it on.

    MySpace tribute to Cpl. Mason.

    After seven years of employment with Rite Aid corporation, this woman was forced to quit her job as opposed to being offered any kind of compassionate leave in order to deal with the death of her son. To say it is a heartless policy is an understatement. To compare the death of her son to ’someone’s house burning down’ is beyond the pale.

    When she returned to her job, she lost her sever years seniority and was treated with something akin to contempt. Here’s the story from the Patriot Guard forum.

    Rite Aid Corporation policy concerning Fallen Soldier Cpl Christopher E. Mason – “is no different than someone’s house burning down” (January 8, 2008)

    Cpl Chris Mason’s mother [was] told Rite Aid’s policy concerning the lost of her son “is no different than someone’s house burning down” by Rite Aid Regional Human Resources Manager, while our oldest son still serving in Iraq. The mother of Cpl Chris Mason (Pictured above placing her hand upon a photo of our son). Cpl Christopher E. Mason, pictured above, killed in an Al Qaeda ambush 28 Nov 2006 while moving into position to support his fellow Paratroopers. Freedom Is Not Free My wife and I stand at our son’s grave site 02-20-2007.

    He put her on the defense, forcing her to defend her position, it became a game for him. She tells me she is not sure of everything that he said because after the following statement she was so stressed she locked him out, but she cannot get this part out of her head, it wakes her up at night.

    After the Human resources Manager snickered at her this is what Chris’s mother said to him: Chris’s mom: “Sir you are talking to the mother of a Fallen Soldier; my son was killed in the War on Terrorism”.

    Human Resources Manager replied: Rite Aid’s policy is “That’s no different then someone’s house burning down”.

    Chris’s mom quit her job at Rite Aid (Jan 10 2008) and is once again having a tough time with Chris’ death, and she is not sleeping at night….. the Human resources Manager still has his position within Rite Aid.

    The CEO, Mary Sammons, was contacted by phone (Jan 11 2008) and email (Jan 8 2008) concerning Rite Aid’s policy, but she gave no response. Thank you for taking the time to read this message. I ask that you share it with others so they will know the policy of some companies in this country are the same as they were back during the Vietnam war, yes how some people consider the lost of our Warriors in combat “no different than someone’s house burning down” is beyond my understanding. “Strength and Honor” Cpl. Chris Mason’s dad

    Before you say that the Mason family is trying to capitalize on the death of their son – they are asking for nothing for themselves. Read what they are asking for.

    What the Mason family wants …

    Here are the demands that I have placed on Rite Aid, you may repost if you desire to do so:

    1. Regional Human Resources Manager that made the comment about our Fallen Warriors issue written apologies to Chris’s mom, myself (Chris’s dad), Chris (brother still serving in Iraq as a Chaplain), and to all the Fallen warriors and their families. Afterwards he is to be removed from his management position within Rite Aid.

    2. Rite Aid makes a major monetary donation, in the name of our Fallen Warriors and their families, to a foundation such as “The Wounded warrior Foundation.”

    3. Rite Aid places an apology in a national newspaper apologizing to all the families of Fallen Warriors that have paid for our freedom.

    “Strength and Honor” Cpl Chris Mason’ dad – Garland Mason

    If you would like to let the powers that be at Rite Aid know what you think of their policy and lack of compassion then I would encourage you to do so. You can contact their Board of Directors via contacttheboard@riteaid.com.

    Hat tip: Bear Creek Ledger.

Please keep up with this article. Go over to Beth’s, or go over to Bear Creek Ledger. There is bound to be follow up on this subject. Imagine that in this day and age, we have so many cowards and traitors. How and why did we survive this long? Oh yes, because we have the greatest men and women in the world! Thank You, God.

UPDATE: Rite Aid has taken appopriate actions, thanks to the outrage of each community, and they have settled on a donation to Wounded Warriors in the amount of $10,000, they have disciplined the manager who handled this whole affair obnoxiatiously, but then they went on, like a Saudi, and tried to rationalize his actions by saying he also had a son in Afghanistan and was having a difficult time dealing with this issue himself. Unacceptable, but the family is not making an issue of it, so I won’t either. Here is more from Beth over at Blue Star Chronicles:

Digital Billboard placed in view of Rite Aid store, hooah!

Lamar Sign Company has posted a digital billboard out in front of the Rite Aid where Chris’ mother was working; here are the images that are being displaced at no charge to us… Thank you Lamar Sign Company, maybe you guys can teach Rite Aid what true concern for Fallen Warriors is all about, you are all true Patriots:

Rite Aid has contacted us, they say they plan to respond soon…

I am asking everyone on MySpace… and if possible on all the other networking communities, to light a candle in support of our Fallen Soldiers, and their families.

By lighting a candle and placing it as your profile photo you are letting the Warriors of Freedom who stand on the Battlefield, so we may sleep without fear of terrorism, know that if they fall their families will not stand alone.

We should all stand up and show Corporate America we stand for something that’s greater than ourselves, as Chris believed the flag of this great nation does. (ref: Chris’s MySpace page).

MySpace let us all show the world we stand with our men and women who pay in blood for our freedom.

If you do not have one or need one quickly you are welcome to use Chris’ candle. But but please place a candle of some type as your profile photo as soon as possible. Any candle will do. I am asking everyone to burn the candle until this issue with Rite Aid concerning the statement that compared losing a son or daughter in The War on Terrorism “is no different than someone’s house burning down”….. is resolved. And with all the pressue you folks are putting on them you can bet it will be soon.

“Strength and Honor”
Cpl Chris Mason’s dad – Garland Mason (USMC / US Paratrooper retired)

Hat tip: Bear Creek Ledger, Beth, Matt at Lone Star Times and Blondie Pad.

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How Great Thou Art!

O LORD my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy pow’r throughout the universe displayed,

[Refrain]
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee.
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee.
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

This reminds me of how little we really know of Him or anything else for that matter. Imagine it. The knowledge it would take to create a universe so complex as ours and to keep it in balance for as long as it has been standing! The beauty, the danger, the temperatures, the axises, the tilt, the very precious flowers, the very tall trees, the winds, the clouds, the creatures, and man. To look out into the distance on a clear starry night, laying on a dewy field in the middle of nowhere, just counting the stars as they fall from the sky. Have you ever noticed that they don’t hit us? Why not?

When through the woods and forests glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from a lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze,

[Refrain]

Nature is one of the gifts of God that I truly enjoy, but you must be careful not to test it. Nature is as dangerous as it is beautiful. It cannot be controlled by man (Al Gore), no matter how much we think we know. If we try to change something in nature in one area, it effects many changes in nature elsewhere. When we cannot possibly know of these consequences, we should not venture in where Angels dare not tread.

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

[Refrain]

I couldn’t say it any better. I would like to say a couple words, though. For someone to display this amount of love for me when I was still a sinner, it is a debt I cannot repay. Fortunately for me, He asks not for repayment. Only that I pick up my own Cross and follow Him, and I have.

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joys shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!

[Refrain]

Wow. I am awaiting this day with patience and excitement. Jesus has gone before me to prepare for me a room in the Father’s house. I can only imagine it will be worthy of someone who has lived a better life than me, but Jesus has covered my sins and made me white as snow. I know I will be satisfied with any room I am privileged to receive.

Oh my, I just had a thought. Imagine all the people I will be able to talk to? Moses, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Joseph, Jacob, Mary, Ruth, Ezra, Paul, Jesus of course! I would have thought that would have gone without saying, but I had better include Him. lol. It’s only sad that I cannot tell all the people on earth what it is like once I leave this world. (Don’t panic. I’m fine.)

What caused me to think of writing this? I don’t know exactly. I was sitting there in bed and it just came to me. Is there someone out there who needs prayers? Edification? Reassurance? He is Faithful, and He will never forsake you. NO MATTER WHAT. Are you weak? That is when He is strong. He can bear your burdens. Just seek Him, let Him carry your yoke (weight), let Him love and heal you until you are able to do so yourself. Get well, my friend, and God bless you.

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Saturday night loneliness

Many people will be with their families and/or friends this Saturday night, and that is good. But what about those who are so far away they cannot make it home? What about those who are answering the call of our country?

I pray, LORD, You will Comfort them, be with them, protect them, Love them, guard them from all evil and harm, and I pray they know You and have accepted You into their hearts as their LORD and Saviour. Share with them Your Peace that this world does not understand. Let us not be so brazen as to not remember them. Help us, LORD, to keep them in our hearts and prayers as well as their families.

For every empty chair at the table this year of one of our own patriots, no matter the cause, please fill this hole in each tiny face and heart. By patriot I mean someone from our coalition of the willing. Not from al qaida. May they all burn in hell. Please. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

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I am reposting this article about the murder of over 340 children and adults in a school in Russia, because Time decided to choose Putin as their Man of the Year. Also, because it brought back to me the words to express myself. I have forgotten how to write. I must admit, I have grown weary. I am not so weary, however, that I will EVER give up. Originally written on September 4, 2004.

Islamofascists murder over 340.

I have been struggling with how to write this article and what to say. Obviously, my prayers and thoughts go out to the people directly affected and those indirectly affected. I am so angry and sad. If good reporters are not supposed to feel anything, then I guess I will never be a good reporter. I haven’t been able to write until I had to, to keep from…!

Some women (and I suspect men) Muslims took over a school Tuesday, August 31, 2004. They murdered most of the people and children. This was not about negotiating, revenge, liberation, or Putin. This happened because we are in WWIV, and people had better wake up to that fact. Today. Do you remember the bombing in Bali? Well, that isn’t America, so I guess that doesn’t include us, huh? How about on a train in Spain, Casa Blanca, Russia, Sudan, Kenya, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, England, Australia, Italy, Greece, and on and on? Well, that isn’t on American soil, so I guess it doesn’t really matter, right? THIS SOUNDS LIKE 1936, ’37, ’38, ’39, ’40, AND 41!!! Don’t be so ignorant! It makes me want to cry. I thought we learned that genocide would never happen again, and yet it is happening. You are the ones who want to let it happen. You would have gotten along well with Hitler.

What keeps coming back to me is this: Have you forgotten? We used to have Twin Towers in NYC. We had to repair the Pentagon, and a plane went down in a field in PA because some brave men gave their lives that we might live. Do you really want to spit in their face? Are you that brave? I call you cowards. You don’t want to fight because you either blame America or you are a communist. Either way, I would, at this point in time, put you all in a pile and make sure that the next attack happened precisely where you were. Ideally, I pray there is no attack, but you who don’t care-really make me mad.

Oh, you have your little sayings: We support the troops but hate the war, No blood for oil, It’s the economy stupid. This is Bush’ war, etc. Let me answer these for you. You cannot support the troops without supporting the mission. It is impossible. You depress them, and they are dying for you. Is that how you show your appreciation, you selfish childish people!

No blood for oil. Okay. Start walking and turn your heat/air conditioner off. No? Then shut the hell up. We pay for everything we use, unlike some of the parasites that live among us.

So, you believe that the economy is the most important issue? Have you ever heard the expression: “You can’t take it with you?” What good is money if you’re dead. Tell me! Now! I want to know! Can’t find a job? Join the Armed Forces that you support so damn much. What? You are too afraid? Don’t worry, not everyone is cut out to be the best.

This is Bush’ war? President Bush doesn’t live in all these other places, so it couldn’t be that. He was only in office 7 months when we were attacked for the third time on our soil. Third, you say? Do you remember Oklahoma City? Yes. Third. Forth if you want to count TWA flight 800. So, are you saying Bush asked for this war? You are a lunatic, and I will leave you to your own demise. Do you think he is going places he shouldn’t go? That is a discussion that could be had, except we are already there.

I seem to remember many on the left clamoring about connecting the dots. Well, he did, and Saddam was smack dab in the middle of it all. He (Saddam) paid terrorists. He harbored terrorists. He used chemical weapons against his own people. He had rape rooms, murdered or sent to die over 2 MILLION people. Are those enough dots for you? He was sending people here. Do you remember the first attack on the TWC? Where do you think the passport was from? Where did he go when he left NY? That is correct, Iraq. This is all known and documented. Get off the talking points, and my nerves, and RESEARCH.

I did not mean to go off on people with which I disagree, but you must understand: They declared war against us. It is up to us if we are up to the challenge or if we will rot in hell because we did nothing, as was the case until 1941. I vote to move forward and kick ass.

Please excuse my language. I am angry and I don’t have time for all these stupid idiot picketers. I didn’t even mean to bring them up, but when I get in front of the “typewriter,” I rarely know what will come up! I just hope it is good. Something good has to come out of this senseless murderous week. For every person murdered, we take out a whole city and leave them with a wasteland. I wish I could have a guarantee that only terrorists would be there at the time. I have made friends over in Iraq, and I want none of them harmed. Oh damn. Now what? And this is what the enemy knows.

Yeah, have a good day. Oh, and by the way, you might want to say a prayer for the people in Russia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sudan, Kenya, Taiwan, Thailand, Italy, Poland, England, Australia, Netherlands, etc. My God, and people don’t see this is a world war?

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I am still working on the transfers, but it’s moving right along. I hope to have it done by New Year’s Day. Hope–remember–I said hope! lol. Merry ChristMass.

Posts I’ve trackbacked to at Linkfest:

  • Mark My Words: Apparently we have a new ethnic minority.
  • Outside the Beltway: John Edwards Love Child Scandal.
  • Faultline USA: Sleeping With The Bombers.
  • Adam’s Blog: Post of the Day for December 19, 2007.
  • Celebrity Smack: Linkin’ Around the Christmas Tree.
  • Leaning Straight Up: Penn ST student who wore VT victim costume discovers that choice=consequence.
  • The Amboy Times: So What do you do at Church?
  • Big Dog’s Weblog: Did Students Also Suck up Government Benefits?
  • Wolf Pangloss: Elfin Che and Open Trackbacks a Week Before Merry Christmas.
  • Conservative Cat: Conservative Cat.
  • OTB Sports: 11 Dallas Cowboys Make Pro-Bowl.
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  • 4. Big Dogs Weblog: Do Clintons use Charity Donations for Campaigns?
  • 3. Right Voices: Reid On POTUS: “I Hate Him”.
  • 2. The Virtuous Republic: Killing the Border Fence.
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    Please pray for The Florida Masochist

    The Florida Masochist has fallen off the face of the blogosphere, and I am worried about him. He is a good friend and a great writer. I know he wasn’t feeling well, so I am asking you to pray for his health and healing. I want him back here. Thank you.

    I cannot write too much when I am worried, so I will just allow others to speak for me in this open trackback alliance and Linkfest. Thank you.

    Update: HE’S BACK! Thank you for all of your prayers. Have a wonderful day. 😉

    Posts I’ve trackbacked at Linkfest and OTA: The Florida Masochist: Weekly Dolphins prediction, Pirate’s Cove: The Christmas Song, MacBro’s Place: I Wear My (Sun)glasses At Night, The World According to Carl: Open Trackback Friday — November 23, 2007, Woman Honor Thyself: Give Thanks to WomeN & MeN!, Stix Blog: 100,000 Strong For Earmark Reform, CommonSenseAmerica: Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! OTB Holiday Weekend!, The Crazy Rantings of Samantha Burns: OTA Weekend, Blog @ MoreWhat.com: Open Trackback Linkfest 11/23/2007, Perri Nelson’s Website: Random Stuff, Is It Just Me?: When The Bell Tolls – Ya Better Listen, 123beta: Light Up Louisville Open Trackback Weekend, Right Truth: China, Stix Blog: Woman and Man Poem, Stuck On Stupid: Thanksgiving Linkfest 11/21-11/25/2007, The Bullwinkle Blog: Moosetracks Open Trackbacks, Big Dog’s Weblog: Mona Charen of NRO Skewers Ron Paul, Chuck Adkins: It’s the Friday, “I’ve got a turkey hangover”, Open Trackback and Open Thread Festival, Phastidio.net: France’s Thatcher? Not Exactly [Weekend Open Trackback], Conservative Cat, Pirate’s Cove: TB Friday Featuring The Surrender Monkey: AP Admits Surrender On Surrender, and The Yankee Sailor: Weekend Open Post, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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  • 5. Right Truth: Sunday Reading 11/25/07.
  • 4. The Florida Masochist: Where have I been. [Praise God!]
  • 3. Big Dogs Weblog: Democrats Cannot Embrace Victory.
  • 2. Planck’s Constant: Holocaust at the University of Kentucky.
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    Yesterday night (Sunday), I was afraid my brother was having a stroke. Since I had previously had a few, I knew what to do. I started giving him the neurological tests, and he failed terribly. My brother has not seen doctor in over 20 years, that I am aware of, and I was not going to wait until morning. I had waited 18 hours before I called operator, and I received brain damage due to that. So I called the ambulance.

    They made the mistake of asking him why he called them! They would not let me talk. This was very frustrating. Especially since he couldn’t get out of the bed nor call anyone. He was trying to talk, but his words were illegible.

    We got to the hospital, and I remembered to grab a shirt for him. (Forgot the shoes and socks, though. Oops.) We arrive a litte before 2 am. He saw a doctor that ordered so many tests. I was grateful for this. He even gave him a prostate exam (which I have been begging him to get done for several years now). I was relieved by this.

    Well, he wasn’t having a stroke, and I am super grateful for that! Instead, he is anemic, he has some pulminary spots (lungs), and some other things. After I heard spots on his lungs, I couldn’t hear anything else.

    We caught a cab home which the hospital paid for, I went to my doctor’s appointment and embarrassingly fell asleep, nothing was accomplished there but I did pick up my medication that was ordered one week ago (John has been sick since a day before he took me to this hospital), I bought some Chinese food (hey, I may hate their government, but I love their food, lol), and he ate a little bit for the first time since last week.

    I am afraid of those spots, so please pray for him that God will heal him totally.

    I am grateful that he is home, he doing well, and he is not going leave me anytime soon.

    I am angry that people are not more understanding or willing to hear the truth. I CALLED, dang it!

    I am relieved that I was wrong. That’s right. He was not having a stroke, and he finally had the exam he so badly needed. Who knows? Maybe my fear may have caught something worse from happenging? Let us pray so.

    Lesson learned: Do not doubt that inner voice when it says, “It’s time to call the ambulance.”

    PS. I have broken my promise to write at least once a day. In this instance, I forgive myself. I hope you can also. 😉

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    This is rather personal, but I do believe it may save the life of some other loved one. That is why I am sharing it in this Linkfest. We would appreciate any and all prayers available. God bless you, and thank you.

    People I’ve trackbacked to: Perri Nelson’s Website, Right Truth, Right Voices, Pirate’s Cove, Blog @ MoreWhat.com, The Populist, Blue Star Chronicles, The Amboy Times, , and Right Truth, thanks to Linkfest.

    People who’ve trackbacked to this post:
    1. The Florida Masochist: Shuffling off to San Diego.
    2. 123beta: Good Stuff Tuesday.
    3. Planck’s Constant: Disney does sneak attack to bolster Blu-ray format.
    4. Adam’s Blog: Rudy Giuliani’s Convenient Republicanism.
    5. The Florida Masochist: The Knucklehead of the Day award.
    6. The Florida Masochist: Nice bottom.
    7. The Florida Masochist: Miracle in Montreal.
    8. The Florida Masochist: Free Jason Allen.

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    Our prayers are with your family and you, Chris.


    Take all the time you need. We will be here praying and waiting for you. May God heal the wholes in your hearts…

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    It has come to my attention that our cartoonist, Chris Muir, is going through a family crisis (emergency) at this moment. I encourage everyone of you to post a prayer request or a request for encouragement through these difficult times. After all, he has been a great source of humor for us when we desperately it. We should be there for him in his time of need.

    PS. I’ve decided to go back to my blogger trackback, because otherwise I have difficulty trackbacking to some sites. I will still be posting at both sites, and I will provide the URL for the tb at each site for your convenience. Thank you for your patience. 😉

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    I’d like to share this with those who may not receive Chris’ cartoons on a daily basis. Please, no porn. No kidding. My site, my rules. 😉

    If you have not already joined up with the Linkfest, please reconsider. It truly is a great group of people to ‘hang out’ with, plus it will increase your readership. Well, that depends on whether or not you comment on other’s sites. I find it fun and informative. You may, also. Have a great day!

    Posts I’ve trackback to: Outside the Beltway, The Virtuous Republic, The Random Yak, The World According to Carl, Shadowscope, Stuck On Stupid, The Amboy Times, The Bullwinkle Blog, High Desert Wanderer, Conservative Cat, Nuke’s, The Pink Flamingo, Perri Nelson’s Website, Webloggin, DeMediacratic Nation, Big Dog’s Weblog, and Right Voices, Webloggin, Leaning Straight Up, third world county, The Populist, and Shadowscope, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

    Kind people who’ve trackbacked to this post:
    1. The Amboy Times: Empire State Building To be Lit for Muslim Holiday.
    2. Diary of the Mad Pigeon: Winter’s Wedding and a Whiskey with Sam Tresler.
    3. The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns: Crazy Sam – Guidance Notes.
    4. Webloggin: Cartoonist Chris Muir.

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    diog: left radial nerve palsy

    i would like to thank everyone for their heart-felt prayers for me, first of all. I was correct. it was a nerve. gee, i hope it wasn’t me! lol. if that doesn’t make sense (and it doesn’t, lol), please don’t worry. they put a cast on my wrist from my fingers all the way to my elbow. just thought i’d let those who were concerned how i am doing. 😉

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    Thank you, everyone. I will try to put your post on the front page (at the other site), but don’t hold your breath. my whole arm hurts now! lol.

    p.s. nighty-night…

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    Gratitude abounds

    I awake this feeling almost everyday. I’d be lieing if I claimed everyday. Some days I forget or am too wrapped up within myself to see the bigger picture. But for a moment, then I remember, gratefully. I am alive, I live in the greatest nation ever on the planet earth, I can walk, I can talk, I can breathe on my own, I can laugh, I can create, I can write. All of these things I can do at my will without fear of repercussion.

    We may be only 4% of the world’s population, but we are the wealthiest in spirit, wealthiest in materialistic ways, wealthiest in choices and wealthiest by the grace of God. Had He not had His Gracious hand over us, we would have surely met disaster many times over.

    So why is it that people would like to make this a muslim nation when each and every muslim nation is horrendous? Why would they desire we forget about our Creator? Could it be because they do not like what is right and love what is evil? Could it be possible that it has been so long that they do not know the difference?

    Aha! But I say, “NO!” Why? Because the Bible says no. In Romans 1:18-32, (all bolding is mine)

    God’s Wrath Against Mankind
    18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

    21For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images that were made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

    24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.

    26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

    28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

    Wow. That’s a mouthful, eh? Have I ever done any of these things? Yes. Do I struggle at times still? Yes. But I know that there is One who Save me from death’s grip, and that is Jesus Christ, my LORD and Savior.

    Remember as a child how we used to push our parents to find out where the bounderies were? Well, at the time we may not have known that’s what we were doing, but we all did it. That is because every creature, every human being, needs direction, guidance, love, discipline and correction.

    That is why I am so grateful that I can practice my faith as a Christian in this country, no matter whether you like it or not.

    Back to those verses, though. They say very much and give so much insight to the many seemingly unanswered questions we have of God. The answers can be found in this Bible and in these verses. Why does evil happen? Because we have turned away from God, we have told Him He is no longer needed in our schools, and His Ten Commandments? Why that’s illegal! Poppy-cock! You may sit down for this and allow it to happen, but I will not.

    It is necessary for us to fight the American-Communist-Legal-Union (ACLU) with everything we have. The truth is on our side, and if we don’t, then who will? Could you please answer me that? We fought the godless communists, only to find them in our schools teaching our children and throwing out God! HOW DARE THEY! They were able to do this because we were asleep. Also, we did not know our own Constitution! They knew it better than we did.

    Well my dear readers, it is time we educated ourselves. They have infested our Churches to the point where no one even speaks about Hell or fire and brimstone! Are you okay with that? This is not a church. It is a place where people gather to pretend they are christians. If you attend such a Church, I recommend you quickly find one that knows the Word of God and teaches it to everyone. We are all His disciples, not just the Pastor. Do not leave all the work up to him. You have your own Cross to bear.

    Excuse me, I get upset when I consider the state of affairs of my beloved country and the world. But the reason I am so grateful?

    The LORD Appears to Solomon: 2Chronicles 7:11-22.
    11When Solomon had finished the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the LORD and in his own palace, 12the LORD appeared to him at night and said:

      “I have heard your prayer and have this place for Myself as a temple for sacrifices.”

      13“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among My people, 14if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that My Name may be there forever. My eyes and My heart will always be there.”

      17As for you, if you walk before Me as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe My decrees and laws, 18I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a man to rule over Israel.'”

      19But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, 20then I will uproot Israel from My land, which I have given them, and I will reject this temple I have consecrated for My Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. 21And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’ 22People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshipping and serving them–that is why He brought all this disaster on them.'”

    Wow. It is absolutely amazing how we can search for answers in the Bible and go to two entirely different books, the first being the New Testament-the latter being the Old Testament, and we come right back to the righteousness of the LORD. I was seeking the prayer in which God promises to heal our land, but I do not like to take verses out of context. That is why they are so long. In case you were wondering. lol.

    Yes, this is my great hope. That we would all repent of our sins, turn from our wicked way, and seek the LORD with all of our heart, our mind, our soul and our strength. Day and night. Do you need a reason to pray? Pray for our men and women in uniform who are keeping you free. Show them your gratitude, although they may never know it. God will know it, and He will account to you. Pray for the sick, the elderly, the lost. There are so many things about which you could pray!

    The most important prayer of all, though, is the prayer you pray when you make the decision to ask the LORD Jesus to come into your heart and forgive your sins. Yes, it is by far the most important. That does not mean the others do not count, they do! We are just talking, you and me, about which is the most important.

    If your Church no longer asks people if they are Christians, then it is not a Christian Church. RUN out of there. Just because the building claims to be a Church, does not make it so. Please, come with me. We can have Bible study over the net! It is better than worshipping other gods. No, you do not have to be a Christian to join a fellowship, but you must abide by the Christian commandments. They are the same as the Jewish commandments.

    I am grateful that the LORD has taken my place and freed me from my sin. I am grateful for His direction. He leads me away from evil. I love Him, and I am very grateful that He loves me. God bless you all. Have a wonderfully blessed day.

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    Prayers for Kevin Everett

    Many times we are serious, silly, non-chalant in our writing; but today I would like to ask a favor of you. Please, go to this site and send Kevin your best wishes and prayers.

    Kevin Everett is one of the Buffalo Bills tight ends. He has suffered a major cervical spine injury in last Sunday’s game, and he was immediately taken to surgery from the field. You may read more about his condition and the reaction of the team here.

    He was visited by his teammates, but he cannot speak as of the writing of that news article. We are asking you to go to the first link and send a message of encouragement, get well, prayers, whatever you feel like saying EXCEPT do not send any crap. I will hold you personally responsible, and so will God. You got that? Good.

    I am going to introduce this as my open trackback instead of tomorrow’s games finals, because you will still be able to find those stats right here. I believe this is more important, because it involves one of our brothers in Christ. Please use the first link above. There is another link that provides you with an update and a little information about his conditition. Thank you, and God bless you. (For you athiest, thank you for your good deed.)

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    These are the posts I’ve trackbacked to: Is It Just Me?, Webloggin, Leaning Straight Up, The Amboy Times, , Conservative Cat, The Populist, Stop the ACLU, Perri Nelson’s Website, DeMediacratic Nation, 123beta, Right Truth, Nuke’s News & Views, Blue Star Chronicles, Dumb Ox Daily News, and Church and State, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

    These are the kind people who’ve trackbacked to this post:

  • Planck’s Constant: What is Football without the Cheerleaders.
  • Rosemary’s Thoughts: I like it! Thank you.
  • The Amboy Times: Maher Calls 9/11 Truthers “Lunatics”.
  • Potbelly Stove: News from the Front.
  • Right Truth: Sunday Reading List September 16, 2007.
  • DeMediacratic Nation: Iran Policy Rift – State Doves and Cheney Hawks.
  • Blue Star Chronicles: Hippies Bullying America into Surrender for More Than Forty Years.
  • Planck’s Constant: Soutwest Airlines to woman: skirt to short to fly.
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    I have news that as of August 14, 2007, the Public Broadcasting System has finally taken their claws off the documentary that was supposed to air as a special with “America at a Crossroads.” However, the Oregon Public Broadcasting is being very sneaking about this situation.

    It is going to air in Arizona without any publicity, and it will be after prime time. The name of this documentary is “Islam vs. Islamists.”

    The reason for the delay of the airing of this documentary? The moderate Muslims that appear in this were charged with not being fair to the extremists! There is an excellent explanation you can read here which will shed light on the fact that our broadcasting airwaves are on the side of the terrorists. Can anyone spell Treason?

    Check your local listings to find out where this documentary is playing near you. There are three men directly involved in creating this documentary with the federal funds appropriated for this to be accomplished. One is Frank Gaffney, another is a journalist, and the third is Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser.

    “M. Zuhdi Jasser is a physician in private practice and a former U.S. Navy lieutenant commander. He is chairman of the Phoenix-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy. He can be reached at Zuhdi AT aifdemocracy DOT org.”

    Check your local PBS listings for times in your area. If it is not scheduled or publicized directly contact your affiliate to find out why. Currently, the documentary and discussion is reported to be scheduled to air in around 40 markets including Detroit, Denver, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, San Jose, Houston, and Dallas.” (California has no such listing. Grrr.)

    “For a background of the controversy, and censorship issues surrounding CPB and the national release of this film as originally intended with the Crossroads Series please see Free the Film.” If you happen to find when and where it will be aired in Southern Califonia, please let me know! Thank you.

    Update: Here are some more links to American Muslim Forum for Democracy:
    U.S. Muslims condemn Taliban kidnapping, by Audrey Hudson, Aug. 2, 2007. Washington Times.
    AIFD Statement on Korean Hostages in Afghanistan, Aug. 3, 2007.
    Exclusive: Fascism Spares No One, by M. Zuhdi Jasser, Aug. 10, 2007. The Family Security Foundation, Inc.
    A forum to oppose Muslim radicals, by M. Zuhdi Jasser, Aug. 14, 2007. AIFD website.

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  • Potbelly Stove: Idle minds at work.
  • Diary of the Mad Pigeon: The Threat from Empty al-Qaida Training Camps.
  • Right Truth: I am American.
  • Right Truth: Bertie Higgins – The Flag’s on Fire – upcoming performances.
  • Mark My Words: Either blinding stupidity or intentional deceit.
  • third world county: Riddle me this.
  • Committees of Correspondence: Garden Party.
  • CommonSenseAmerica: Elvira Arellano Goes to Washington.
  • The Random Yak: Invasion of the Counter (Space) Snatchers.
  • Woman Honor Thyself: Maryland Food Collective: Anti-Semites.
  • RightTruth: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Now Terrorist Organization.
  • RightTruth: Guard at Andrews Air Force Base hid fact he was Muslim.
  • The Bullwinkle Blog: Moosetracks Open Trackback.
  • DeMediacratic Nation: Hamas – Gaza and Its Talibanization.
  • Blog @ MoreWhat.com: Open Trackback Linkfest 08/15/2007.
  • The Amboy Times: Victory over Japan Day.
  • third world county: Tilting At Windmills?
  • Outside the Beltway: Beltway Traffic Jam.
  • Webloggin: PBS Solicits Donations With Che Guevara, Again!
  • Perri Nelson’s Website: Newfound Gap – Open Trackback Wednesday.
  • Big Dog’s Weblog: Hillary Promises Transparency, but Fails to Deliver.
  • Right Truth: 175 Yazidi killed by suicide bombers in Iraq today.
  • Thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.
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    There is speculation that the men might be alive afterall. Several days and many prayers ago, six men were trapped underground in a mine. After the first drilling to find them failed productive, there was a second a try. That one failed as well. Then late yesterday/early this morning, there were sounds! I do not have all the news yet, but I shall try to keep you updated. Have a great day.

    Update I. See, prayers DO work! 🙂

    Update II. Here is some more information from National Nine News:

    “We saw some indication of noise for a period of about five minutes that we have not seen before,” said Richard Stickler, assistant secretary of labour at the US Mine Safety and Health Administration.

    “We are not sure what that means but obviously we saw that and we decided to move the number four borehole into that area.” [Continue reading.]

    PPSS: Please take a moment to pray for those people in Peru who are suffering a terrible loss due to an earthquake.

    A massive 7.9-magnitude earthquake rocked Peru today, reportedly killing at least 115 people and prompting evacuations in Peruvian and Colombian coastal cities amid fears of a tsunami.

    More than 1000 people were also injured, according to government officials. [Continue reading.]

    The Bloomberg is reporting:

    Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) — The death toll from a magnitude-7.9 earthquake in Peru reached 337 as rescue workers searched for survivors and medics struggled to treat hundreds of injured.

    The temblor yesterday injured another 827 people, the country’s civil defense agency said on its Web site.

    Peru’s largest earthquake in more than 30 years forced the government to declare a state of emergency and prompted countries such as Mexico and Panama to pledge aid. It was the world’s biggest quake since a magnitude-8.1 temblor stuck off the Solomon Islands in April, an event that triggered a tsunami that killed 54 people. [Continue reading.]

    The last number I’ve heard (over the radio) is 303 people dead. May they rest in peace. Please, God, comfort those who remain. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

    Update III: This is day #11, and another tragedy has occurred. Three of the rescuers have lost their lives while in the pursuit of trying to save their ‘brothers’. Utah’s governor does not want anyone else to attempt to rescue the minors until the area is safe to do so. What happened is there was a ‘bump’ which means the drilling caused the rocks and coal to shift which then caused another collapse. Six men were also injured. Please pray for them all. Dear God, no more tragedies, please.

    Update IV: The death toll is now 510 people, and there are more than 1500 injured.

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    This may be a day of celebration, and I would like to share it with a trackback party with my friends:

  • Blue Star Chronicles: Jose Padilla Found Guilty on All Charges.
  • Blue Star Chronicles: Breaking: Nine Miners Injured During Attempted Rescue.
  • Mark My Words: Sometimes being less sensitive is a good thing.
  • Diary of the Mad Pigeon: Open Topic of the Week: Reader’s Choice.
  • Mark My Words: Well that explains it.
  • The Amboy Times: Padilla is Guilty.
  • Planck’s Constant: Russians offered day off, prizes to procreate.
  • CommonSenseAmerica: Confusion At The Border
  • Shadowscope: Republican Representatives Call for Beijing Olympics Boycott.
  • CommonSenseAmerica: Mel Martinez – Hypocrite Extraordinaire.
  • Planck’s Constant: Muslim Exploding Panties.
  • Right Truth: Doctored photo of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
  • Perri Nelsons’s Website: Thursday’s Trackback,
  • Public Domain Clip Art: Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Conservative Thoughts: Dutch Bishop Wants All to Call God ‘Allah’ to Ease Relations.
  • Webloggin: Hypocrisy Alert – Mexico Deports Stranded Illegal Immigrants
  • Pirate’s Cove: TTLF: Building The Fence, Plus Mel Goes Nuts.
  • Leaning Straight Up: Global Warming: Figures don’t lie, but liars can figure
  • The Yankee Sailor: Thursday Open Post.
  • Conservative Cat: A Very Serious Case of Bad Taste.
    With many thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.
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    No kidding. I was just sitting here flipping through the cartoons when behold my eyes! The Veggie Tales were on the tube! They were so adorable. I think this will be a good thing for our children.

    I’ve searched the net, and I’ve found many articles denounsing NBC for stripping God out of the picture. Do these people have such little faith? No, not NBC, the writers of these articles! Once these children watch Veggie Tales in the morning, do you believe they will not want more?

    Mom and Dad will then order more Veggie Tales from the store. Then they will allow their children to watch the Christian version of all the wonderful messages that are the original Veggie Tales hallmark.

    See, there are many things in this world to get our panties in a wad about, but I just don’t see how this is one of them. Would I like to see them finish each show with a Bible verse? Of course! Is our God so weak that He cannot be found in the cartoon I saw this morning? NO! They did teach morals and courage. They did teach how to solve a problem. When is the last time you saw that in a cartoon?

    Now, where does “that” come from, you might ask? The one and only God. So relax. Live life. Love your neighbor as yourself. Forget the petty bickerings. Most importantly of all, love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. This will give you a very good day. 🙂

    OTB: (For my NY friends, this does not mean Off Track Betting! lol) I have chosen to open this post to trackbacks today. If you have a post you would like to share with others, please feel free to post a trackback. NO PORN. You would think I would not have to say this, but some people have a lot of nerve. Especially around any and all things religious.

    While you are here, I also some posts from CENTCOM which are pretty encouraging. You will not read about such things in the dinosaur media, so just click on the ‘home’ button at the bottom of this post. Have a very blessed day.

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    Today we have these posts which trackbacked;

  • Mark My Words: Arab shopkeeper … was the first to help.
  • Potbelly Stove: ABA committees off their paper ABA committees off their paper.
  • Mark My Words: Anne Rice rediscovers faith.
  • RightTruth: Terror Target New York, or Seattle???
  • Blog@MoreWhat.com: Iowa Straw Poll Election Results.
  • Blog@MoreWhat.com: Dems’ Ad Shows Fear of Losing in 2008.
  • Conservative Cat: Red Is The Color Of Rust.
  • Planck’s Constant: Disney’s Pirate and Princess Party.
  • Planck’s Constant: How to Make the Perfect Hardboiled Egg.
  • Blue Star Chronicles: The Real FOB Falcon.
  • Blue Star Chronicles: Matt Sanchez Interviews a Soldier in Iraq About the Beauchamp Chronicles.
  • Mark My Words: 6 steps minus one equals 10 million dollars.
  • Blue Star Chronicles: al Qaeda Trained in Fallujah, Iraq Under Saddam Hussein’s Regime.
  • A Blog For All: Photo of the Day.
  • Outside the Beltway: OTB Caption JamTM.
  • The Virtuous Republican: Details of the Expected Bush Illegal Immigration Crackdown.
  • Is It Just Me?: Rolling Up The Welcome Mat.
  • 123beta: Open Trackback Weekend 10.
  • RightTruth: World Wide War Against America.
  • Big Dog’s Weblog: Looking for the Apoogy from Jackass Murtha.
  • Webloggin: Melting polar ice caps spur race to claim oil rich arctic.
  • The Bullwinkle Blog: Moosetracks Open Trackback
  • MacBro’s Place: OTA Friday – 77!
  • Pursuing Holiness: Another step toward the global cooling crisis.
  • Public Domain: Jessica Biel.
  • CounterCulter: The divine emptiness,
  • The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns: OTA Weekend.
  • The World According to Carl: Open Trackback Friday — August 10, 2007.
  • Blue Star Chronicles: Angelina Jolie and children hovering over WalMart.
  • The Pink Flamingo: FRI AUG 10 As Predicted – Conservative Bloggers Discover Newark Story.
  • CommonSenseAmerica: Terry Funderburk on Lou Dobbs Tonight – OTA.
  • Dumb Ox Daily News: San Fran Councilman Savages Savage!.
  • Church and State: Weekend Open Trackback Aug. 10-12, 2007.
  • CatSynth.com: Unemployed life, week 2.
  • The Amboy Times: The Minnesota Bridge Fiasco.
  • Adam’s Blog: Getting noticed midweek open trackback.
  • Thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.
  • Open Trackback Alliance (OTA) as well! (I am working on becoming a member, but I am right now in the middle of manually adding other trackbacks from Linkfest, and I have to find out their blog item title.).

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    Source: My brother emailed this to me.

    Read down to the very bottom highlighted in green,
    IT’LL GIVE YOU GOOSEBUMPS!

    You don’t want to miss this! ((*_*))

    VERY INTERESTING-

    1. The Garden of Eden was in Iraq.
    2. Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq, was the cradle of civilization!
    3. Noah built the ark in Iraq.
    4. The Tower of Babel was in Iraq.
    5. Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern Iraq!
    6. Isaac’s wife Rebekah is from Nahor, which is in Iraq!
    7. Jacob met Rachel in Iraq.
    8. Jonah preached in Nineveh – which is in Iraq.
    9. Assyria, which is in Iraq, conquered the ten tribes of Israel.
    10. Amos cried out in Iraq!
    11 Babylon , which is in Iraq , destroyed Jerusalem.
    12. Daniel was in the lion’s den in Iraq!
    13. The three Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq (Jesus had been in Iraq also as the fourth person in the Fiery Furnace!)
    14. Belshazzar, the King of Babylon saw the ‘writing on the wall’ in Iraq.
    15. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into Iraq.
    16. Ezekiel preached in Iraq ..
    17. The wise men were from Iraq ..
    18. Peter preached in Iraq.
    19. The ‘Empire of Man’ described in Revelation is called Babylon, which was a city in Iraq!

    And you have probably seen this one:

    Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible.
    But do you know which nation is second?
    It is Iraq!
    However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible.

    The names used in the Bible are Babylon, Land of Shinar, and Mesopotamia.
    The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers,
    more exactly between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers ..

    The name Iraq, means country with deep roots.

    Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible.

    No other nation, except Israel, has more history and prophecy associated with it than Iraq

    And also, This is something to think about:

    Since America is typically represented by an eagle.

    Saddam should have read up on his Muslim passages…

    The following verse is from the Koran, (the Islamic Bible)

    Koran (9:11) – For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah;

    And there was peace.
    (Note the verse number!) Hmmmmmmm?!

    This is a ribbon for soldiers fighting in Iraq.

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    In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a freeway bridge crossing the Mississippi River collapsed into the river at rush hour, about 6 pm their time. There are people in the river, rescue workers everywhere, and the bridge has totally collapsed into the river. Tons of concrete fell as the bridge was collapsing. There was school bus about to get on the bridge, but fortunately was spared. They did not get on the bridge. Thank God for huge favors.

    They have set up rescue and medics. They are still pulling people out of the river. There are some deaths, but no one is sure of how many injuries and deaths have occurred. CNN is claiming one fatality, but an eye witness believes there are more than that.

    Everyone, you know what to do, but I’m going to nudge you anyway. PRAY.

    Update: CNN is now claiming 3 dead. I am going to keep in reserve my feelings about a possible terror attack. I don’t know, but then again, neither do you. It could be…

    Update 2: Get off the bridge! They fear the 4th section of the bridge is about to collapse. This may be the center section which is still above the water.

    Sources: Chicago Tribune and John Brewer of Santa Cruz Sentinel.

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    I have received at least two articles, one requesting for prayers for the Chief Justice and another explaining what possibly could have happened because he suffers the same condition. These are two friends that I trust, not just something off of a push poll.

    I really would appreciate it if you would give them a read. The first one (for prayers) is Chief Justice Roberts Suffers Seizure, and the second one (condition) is Chief Justice Roberts and Seizures. These are two fine gentlemen, and I believe they speak from the heart and knowledge.

    To the Roberts family, I pray for you all. Being an epileptic, I know you must feel so helpless. Do not. God is control. There is nothing you do, and there is nothing you did to cause this, so just be there for him. He will let you know if there is anything necessary.

    I also pray for the Chief Justice himself. May he feel better soon. I will do my personal prayer privately.

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    Please listen to this video. It says in a few seconds what I have been saying for years. There is only one difference. I am not asking you for anything other than a phone call (Toll free: 866-340-9281). I will never ask you for a dime or a penny. They do not ask for any money in this video for which I am grateful. However, when you go to their site, they will.

    They do not have a bad site. You should visit it just to educate yourself. BTW, it has been 400,000 killed for a couple of years now. Do ya think the number ought to be higher? I do.

    The Darfurians have no voice other than yours. Please consider abolishing slavery and Jihadist genocide. If you have any questions, please contact me. I will gladly answers any questions to the best of my ability. Thank you for your time to read this. It would mean a lot more to me if you would raise your voice…politely! 😉

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    Cross-posted at Rosemary’s Thoughts.

    I have been banning all Iranian products into my house since 1979. Here is a group now that is asking you to do the same. Actually, they are asking for a little more.

    Ask President Bush, today, to impose strict economic sanctions against Iran’s import of refined petroleum products. Iran, one of the world’s largest producers of crude oil, lacks the facilities to produce a refined product. As a result, Iran is one of the largest importers of gasoline – nearly half of all gasoline used by Iranians. Now, the Iranians are feeling the pinch of raised prices and gasoline rationing imposed by the government.

    A bipartisan group in the U.S. House is seeking economic sanctions against Iran in an attempt to reduce the amount of gasoline imported by Tehran.

    The legislation calls for companies that provide Iran with gasoline or assists with the import of gasoline would not be allowed to sell gasoline to U.S. customers. Iran imports most of its gasoline from Persian Gulf states and India.

    According to Rep. Mark S. Kirk, R-IL: “This is becoming the critical weakness of the Iranian government, meaning its dependence on gasoline. Riots [in Iran] show the gasoline shortage is a growing danger to the Iranian regime and a diplomatic opportunity for Western countries to force Iran to adhere to international nuclear rules.”

    The legislation would provide President Bush with several options, as well as several penalties. Included among these are: denial of loans and credits from the Export-Import bank and loans or licenses for exports to the U.S. [Um…I thought we already had this?] The House Foreign Affairs Committee has already approved “legislation designed to strike at investments in Iran.” State Department spokesman Tom Casey said, “We need to do everything that we can to continue to raise the stakes in Iran in terms of its nuclear program.”

    Another supporter of the bill, Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., said, “Our goal must be zero foreign investment.” To reach that end, the U.S. is also working with European allies to try to increase penalties against Tehran. Of course, the countries that do a lucrative business with Iran don’t want to do anything to upset the powers that be.

    Vote Your Opinion NOW!

    Just as we have defeated big business here in America (NO illegal aliens!), we must bring to the light our European ‘friends’. We must explain to them, in a calm way, that there are higher ideals in this life than how much money you can grab. This is one of them.

    Unless you want all of your women living under the Caliphate, which means clothed from head to toe with no skin showing, you must be with us on this. There truly is a war against us. It is to elimate everyone who does not believe as they do, Sharia Law, their idea of what a Muslim should be, and many more horrific things.

    If you want to understand more, you may be interested in this book:

    The Final Move Beyond Iraq.

    Thank you.

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    This is a heart-breaking and maddening story. It was sent to me by Sonnabend, and I believe it is originally from Michelle Malkin. Here are her words:

    “My son’s best friend, Jon, who’s in the Air Force stationed in New Jersey at Fort Dix/McGuire Air Force Base was shot by a crazed anti-military white guy on Independence Day and he remains in critical condition. He had been on leave here in Ohio and got back to his home off base and was unpacking stuff from his car when this 22 year old guy walked up to him and asked him if he lived in the house. When Jon said yes, the guy said “not any more” and shot him point blank in the chest. He tried to shoot him again, but his gun jammed. Jonathan made it into the house. The guy then shot himself.

    Turns out the guy left a couple of suicide notes stating how much he hated the military and he wanted to go out making a statement, so he chose to make his statement on Independence Day trying to kill a soldier. We are very worried about our Airman. He’s the sweetest, nicest, do anything for ya kid and he’s like a son to me. He’s been to Iraq and Afghanistan on our behalf and then gets shot in his own driveway here in the U.S by an anti-war, anti-American lunatic. This is gut wrenching.”

    I am posting this tonight. Can we all (I know you decide for yourselves but if we all do this, I think it will matter) put a post on this?

    The MSM is pretending it didnt happen,…this is hot on the heels of the man threatening to shoot Rush Limbaugh.

    I know what you post is your business, but I think we all need to let this one be known.A US soldeer is in critical condition because some ant war loon shot him IN HIS OWN HOME.

    The dinosaur media is anti-American, but do they have to be so flippant about it? I am glad this a**hole shot him. I wouldn’t want him to be in a prison and breathe the same air I breathe. (Or that I would have to pay for.)

    My request is for anyone and everyone who reads this to please pray for this young man who is the victim of this nut’s rage. He can be healed through pray, but only if you so. Believe it. I’ve seen it happen. So pray, please. Add this post to Del.icio.us

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    Cross-posted at Rosemary’s Thoughts.

    I just got through with a conference with Miri Eisin, Foreign Press Spokeswoman for Israeli PM Ehud Olmert’ office, and I have more question than answers, I’m sorry to say. I could not hear the questions being asked of her after her initial press conference, so it may just be a misunderstanding.

    There was a meeting yesterday with President Mubarak, PM Abbas, King (or President) Abdullah from Jordan and PM Olmert in the efforts of taking an opportunity out of this madness (the civil war in the Gaza Strip) and turning it into a chance to move forward with the 2 state solution. She kept repeating that PM Olmert, she and the others were not going to allow the terrorists to define them, but that the moderates were going to take control and define themselves and their destiny.

    They were going to move forward-cautiously of course-with diplomacy. It is going to be a process with a vision of peace at the end of the rainbow. What happened in Gaza was horrific, but this opens the door to opportunity and they are going to walk through it.

    There are three main articles that came up. They are:

    1. Abbas fired Hamas’ elected officials from the government, and now Abbas is working with an emergency government.2. There will be 250 Arab prisoners, some will be Fatah, released from Israels prisons. The criteria for their release will be that they must not have blood on their hands and they must admit that Israel is NOT the cause of the suffering for the Arabs in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. They had brought it on by themselves by their own actions, their own choices, their own doing (or lack thereof).

    3. Abbas has said to the Arabic world, in Arabic (very important because they sometimes say one thing in English and another in Arabic) that he renounced the violence of Hamas, he believed in a 2 state solution living side by side with Israel in peace, and he recognizes Israel. (I’m not sure of the last one. I can hardly read my notes!)

    She also talked about the atmosphere produced so the talks could move forward. She stated that it would be a good idea to widen the scope of the dialogue. They are going to meet again next month, since the new emergency government is only around 10 days old.

    Then the questions started. I could not hear the questions, but I could hear the answers. Maybe that is where the confusion comes. The first answer was indeed unique. For the first time, there were no, “Yes, BUT’s” in their conversation.

    Then she said they would give access to the West Bank! This way they could have freedom of movement. (Do you know who else could have freedom of movement, dear?) They also recognize the emergency government as the ruling government. (How long have we been called occupiers, although the government is in Iraq is elected?) However, access and free movement are very important to human beings. (I just pray it is not a mistake.)

    There shall never be a compromise with terrorists such as Hamas and others. As to the money that has been held back due to the Hamas government, that shall be released just as soon as they can both agree on a way that is best for the people’s humanitarian needs. There are dozens of truckloads per day being delivered everyday, but the Left press will not write about this. (It bothers me that facts are not disclosed, no matter what the situation.) Also, they both want to make sure the money goes to the moderates and not to the terrorists.

    Later in the questioning period, they declared there would not be any benchmarks, ultimatums, or the such. This is what people looking in from the outside do not understand. You cannot do such a thing, especially with a government that is only 10 days old!

    At the meeting yesterday, Mubarrak said that what Hamas did was create ‘a coup’. Abbas agreed, basically, because he said the same thing at a later date. Abbas also declared it was totally unacceptable. However, it is too soon to expect any elections in the West Bank.

    There were questions about trust (many questions). The answer was rather usual. Trust must be built, even if it is with your enemies of old. What alternative is there? (Fight back?)

    Iran was mentioned, Syria was mentioned, Russia was mentioned, and I have no answers for you. My fault. I was writing as fast as I could! I did happen to catch one comment. Israel has an economy that surpasses that of the EU! I wish I knew those numbers. Now that’s something new I could really sink my teeth into.

    Let us pray for Israel and her neighbors countrymen and women. (Notice I did not say governments?) Pray for peace, understanding, forgiveness and readiness.Let us also pray that Israel realizes that the more the give, the more the Arabs will consider this weakness. I know most of the Israelis have hearts of peace, and they want the war to stop. Sometimes you have to have take other paths, sometimes you don’t. Let us pray this is one of those times you don’t, but if it is? Let us pray they have the chutzpah! (Yes, I am an Israel supporter. You can’t even sue me! Hahaha.)

    H/t: Israel Project.

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    foxnews rescheduled (subject to last minute changes) the airing of “Muslims against Jihad” to tonight- 9pm EST/6pm pst. [note – please read full press release below from abg films, inc. discussing the details of the release of this film — the second of two 52 min. documentaries by abg films originally made for the pbs crossroads series]

    C.P.B. CLEARS WAY FOR PUBLIC TO VIEW FILM
    P.B.S. DOESN’T WANT THEM TO SEE

    Fox News Channel to Air Special on Sunday, 24 June 2007

    (always subject to emergency programming changes)

     

    ABG Films is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) that will bring to an end the suppression of “Islam vs. Islamists: Voicesfrom the Muslim Center” by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

     

    In mid-August, the five stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) will air the film, together with a panel discussion featuring, among others, one of the anti-Islamist Muslim moderates featured in “Islam vs. Islamists,” Dr. Zuhdi Jasser.  OPB will also make the film and the panel discussion available to other public broadcasting affiliates.  While it remains to be seen which, if any, of these affiliates will broadcast “Islam vs. Islamists,” ABG Films is gratified by the affirmation OPB’s distribution represents of the filmmakers’ unwavering position:  This documentary fully meets the technical and other standards required for broadcast on the public airwaves. 

     

                The agreement between CPB and ABG Films also cleared the way for the second of the two 52-minute-long programs produced as part of the latter’s submission to the “ America at a Crossroads” series – now entitled “Muslims Against Jihad” – to be broadcast elsewhere.  The Fox News Channel will be airing this documentary nationally, together with interviews with its Director-Producer, Martyn Burke, and Co-Executive Producer Frank Gaffney, during prime time from 9:00-10:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Sunday, 24 June 2007.

     

          Speaking on behalf of his fellow partners in ABG Films and Co-Executive Producers, Alex Alex iev and Mr. Burke, Mr. Gaffney said:

     

                “We are extremely gratified that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting – whose vision for and support of the ‘America at a Crossroads’ series enabled the making of ‘Islam vs. Islamists’ and ‘Muslims Against Jihad’ – has now made it possible for both films to be seen by the American people.  It is deeply regrettable that PBS and its Washington station, WETA, precluded the former from airing as CPB had intended during the April roll-out of the ‘Crossroads’ series and refused even to view, let alone air, the latter. 

     

    “We are confident, however, that in the weeks ahead – as millions of Americans are afforded an opportunity to judge both of these films for themselves – it will become clear how groundless are the charges PBS and WETA leveled against “Islam vs. Islamists” and the team that produced it and its companion documentary.  Indeed, those unfounded and, in some cases, defamatory charges will be seen for what they always were:  Scurrilous efforts by some of those entrusted with control of the public airwaves to suppress the voices of courageous, anti-Islamist Muslims at the very moment they need most to be encouraged and amplified.”

     

    ABG Films expresses its appreciation to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting  for bringing such suppression to an end.  It is deeply grateful to the Fox News Channel and others around the country who will help rectify that travesty by affording outlets nationwide to these Muslims and their support for religious tolerance and democratic, secular governments – and their stalwart opposition to the Islamists and their jihad.

     

                For more information about the “Islam vs. Islamists” and “Muslims Against Jihad” story, please visit www.FreetheFilm.net.  To request interviews with the filmmakers and the anti-Islamists featured in their documentaries, contact Keith Appell or Karen Northon at 703-683-5004.

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    Urgent Request

    I have just found out that a couple of days ago a very good friend of mine was hospitalized and had triple by-pass surgery on his heart. I am begging for everyone who reads this to please pray for John Darby’s speedy recovery. This means I expect him to recover.

    Dear Heavenly Father,

    You are the Supreme Doctor. You can hear our prayers, and You can Heal anyone of anything. Please hear my petition for John Darby. God, I know I’ve been away far too long, but please do not punish John for my sins. Please Heal him, Lord. Hear our prayers. I love you, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

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    Urgent Request

    I have just found out that a couple of days ago a very good friend of mine was hospitalized and had triple by-pass surgery on his heart. I am begging for everyone who reads this to please pray for John Darby’s speedy recovery. This means I expect him to recover.

    Dear Heavenly Father,

    You are the Supreme Doctor. You can hear our prayers, and You can Heal anyone of anything. Please hear my petition for John Darby. God, I know I’ve been away far too long, but please do not punish John for my sins. Please Heal him, Lord. Hear our prayers. I love you, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

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    I received this email a few days ago, and I want to share it with you. Mr. Jasser was involved with the infamous documentary, “Islam vs. Islamists.” Have a nice day.

    Exclusive:  CAIR’s Islamism Revealed
    M. Zuhdi Jasser.
    Author: M. Zuhdi Jasser
    Source: The Family Security Foundation, Inc.
    Date: June 15, 2007

    CAIR’s Islamism Revealed

    By M. Zuhdi Jasser

    The Washington Times printed a report by Audrey Hudson this week, “CAIR Membership falls 90% since 9/11”, discussing CAIR’s (Council on American Islamic Relations) membership numbers as disclosed on CAIR’s own 990Tax returns. Within hours, CAIR described the report as a ‘hit-piece’ in a hate-filled rant of a press release and action alert. A review of the Times piece reveals simple reporting of data from CAIR tax forms on their dwindling membership numbers, donor numbers, and yet increasing funds.

     

    The piece quotes Parvez Ahmed, CAIR Chairman, on the countervailing increase in the number of CAIR chapters around the country during the same period post 9/11. It also cites the recent Department of Justice (DOJ) listing of CAIR as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) HAMAS fundraising case. The DOJ refers therein to CAIR’s leadership and origins as, “members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and/or its organization.”  For all CAIR’s objections, there was no refutation of any of this.

     

    With the elaboration of these facts and more, CAIR still ran wild describing the Times reporter as “having a vendetta against our organization and the American Muslim community since she was barred from a recent CAIR news conference because of her sloppy and agenda-driven reporting.” With a report revealing that its national membership figures reported to the IRS are less than 1700 members in 2006, they still have the audacity to say that criticism of CAIR is equivalent to criticism of over 3 million Muslims in the “American Muslim community”.

     

    This is, clear and simple, the modus operands of “political Islam” and its Islamist operatives. This is also more than likely one of the reasons for their dwindling membership numbers. While they may occasionally be doing good work for the civil rights of certain Muslims in America on selected cases, their Islamist political agenda and their persistence in the claim that criticism of CAIR is akin to criticism of all American Muslims is dishonest, deceptive, and a hijacking of our faith community.

     

    Rather than respond with a semblance of a valid intellectual discourse or refutation of the ideas and facts contained in the June 12 report, CAIR preferred to respond with further empty screeds of hyperbole, victimization, and false claims of religious intolerance and hate-mongering. They claim to be working toward eliminating hate. Yet, they have a wild imagination of hate and rush to claim victimization as they deflect any substantive debate. This actually makes a compelling case for the fact that their attention to perceived incidents of intolerance for Islam and Muslims is a means to an ends of the empowerment of political Islam. In fact Nihad Awad told a gathering of Muslims just that in April in a discussion on their ‘flying imam’ lawsuit in Virginia at ADAMS (All Dulles Area Muslim Society).

    Reporting to an organization like CAIR is important, because it is empowering. It is empowering to the Muslims themselves who report, it is empowering to the organization, and it is important to the status of Muslims within the United States. Also it is a powerful tool and message to the government and the legislators, to those who make the laws in the country, to know that this phenomenon has to be dealt with, it has to be dealt with effectively, and results have to be seen...

    CAIR scavenges for claims of civil rights abuses not necessarily just to try and humbly build bridges to the greater American community. Is their agenda, in fact, more about empowering Islamists and intimidating non-Islamists?

    The rule of law and the protections of our Constitution are certainly the cornerstone of the protection of our rights of religious freedom in America. But there is a fine line between the legitimate representation of individual Muslims whose rights of religious freedom have been infringed and the blatant manipulation of a system for the advancement of a variant political ideology at the expense of some victims.

    True to form in the usual Islamist fallback to public criticism, CAIR claimed that the Washington Times was ‘anti-Muslim’ and ‘anti-Islam’. They use the protection of religion when the facts are not on their side. They use the discourse of politics when they want to push forth their Islamist agenda with the presumption of speaking for all Muslims. They will delve into the political only on their own terms in both foreign and domestic policy but when they are on the receiving end of political criticism they run for cover under the guise of victimization.

     

    Why all of the venom directed at the Washington Times or at their reporter, Audrey Hudson– one of the few national reporters willing to peel the Islamist onion and look deeper into Islamist organizations like CAIR and their ideologies? There is absolutely nothing in the Times report anti-Islamic or anti-Muslim. It is simply critical of CAIR. To say that CAIR is synonymous with Islam or Muslims is Islamism and gives all Muslim non-members of CAIR (the vast majority of American Muslims) short shrift.

     

    It is long overdue for America and especially for Muslims to discuss why such political discourse and reporting could ever be described by an organization like CAIR as being anti-Muslim or anti-Islamic. In fact, a more cogent argument could be made that such reports are pro-Muslim and pro-Islam since they ultimately rescue most Muslims from the grip of Islamists and Wahhabists. Such discussion of realities and ideologies will go a long way toward preserving a positive image of Islam and the inclusiveness of all Muslims under a purely spiritual Islam devoid of a political agenda.

    Nothing is more clarifying than, CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper’s own quotation in their Action Alert.

     

    “It is CAIR’s principled and effective defense of the American Muslim community and our criticism of failed foreign and domestic policies that have made us the target of these scurrilous attacks. We will not be intimidated or silenced by hate-mongers.”

     

    Herein, CAIR claims to be defenders of the entire Muslim community. Where did I sign up for that? Herein, CAIR admits to its primary active critique of American domestic and foreign policy on behalf of the entire American Muslim community. Thus, CAIR and so many of the other American Islamist organizations are about much more than simply “defending the civil rights of Muslims”. If only they stuck to civil rights, less Muslims would have problems with them. They are about the penetration of political Islam into our foreign and domestic policy under the guise of civil rights. In fact, their constant refrain about intimidation and hate-mongering is in fact a cultivation of their own industry. The lawsuit they are sponsoring on behalf of the ‘flying imams’ in Shqeirat v. U.S. Airways, et al, is much more about intimidation than about bridge-building or religious freedom as AIFD has noted.

     

    The next step in this assessment of constituency is to understand their ideology. So much of the substantive criticism of CAIR arises from their unwillingness to be specific in condemnations of radical Muslims, radical organizations, and despotic regimes. Perhaps their dwindling numbers are in fact an ideological problem which does not speak to the majority of American Muslims. Honest debate will have to include a discussion of CAIR’s and other American Islamist organization responses to the following questions which I have been querying for a long time.

     

    1-Will CAIR work to dismantle and lead an organized effort against terrorist organizations and individuals by name beginning with Al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, Jamaat al-Islamiya, and HAMAS to name just a few of the radical Islamist enemies of America? Will they name and ideologically engage the extremism of the Wahhabists of Saudi Arabia, the theocrats of Iran or the despots of Syria, Egypt or Sudan, and the litany of other dictatorships in the Muslim world? Empty generic condemnations of terrorism are of no impact.

    2-Will CAIR acknowledge that political Islam (Islamism) whether militant or not, is the toxin which feeds the terrorism committed by radicalized Muslims?

    3-Will CAIR acknowledge the need out of honesty for a faith-based civil rights organization to equally focus upon the civil rights abuses of Muslims by other Muslims as well as by non-Muslims whether it occurs in mosques, Muslim organizations, or so-called Muslim nations? A dismissal of Muslim abuses is hypocrisy.

    4-Will CAIR acknowledge that counter-terrorism is a greater public responsibility to the organized American Muslim community than the obsession with the protection of our civil rights? Is it not the primary role of Muslim American organizations to lead the ideological war against radical Islamists? Isn’t this the number one issue on the mind of most Americans in 2007? Non-Muslims can do nothing to deconstruct this poisonous ideology. Our fellow Americans living in fear for their security are looking for us to lead this fight. The credibility of Muslims is suffering deeply as a result of the complete denial of this responsibility by groups like CAIR. In fact, there may be no better way to preserve our rights than by leading an ideological movement against political Islam and militant Islamism.

    5-Will CAIR join anti-Islamist Muslims in declaring that the “Islamic state” regardless of its democratic processes is in principle significantly inferior to a “pluralistic Constitutional democracy under God” like the United States? Will CAIR declare the concept of a global Caliphate as archaic and no longer relevant to Muslims in the 21st century? Is the concept of the Muslim “ummah” or “nation” archaic?

    6-Will CAIR join what was described in the Pew poll as the 49% of Muslims who felt that the mosque was not the place for the discussion of politics? Will they then help AIFD expose political sermons and their agenda around the United States? Will they moreover call upon our fellow co-religionists to fully and unequivocally separate the spiritual from the political? If they will not, will they recognize that they only represent Islamists and those who believe in political Islam—the remaining 51% according to Pew?

    7-How can they honestly claim to speak for anyone beyond their membership and donors?

    The Washington Times piece about CAIR was not a hit-piece nor was it anti-Muslim or anti-Islamic. It begins the long overdue debate about the agenda of organizations like CAIR and where they stand with regard to political Islam and these questions. Soon, mainstream media and government leaders are going to need finally to begin to ignore the intimidation tactics of organizations like CAIR and to engage political Islam on the questions above.

    They need to do so without fear of violating political correctness or offending pious Muslims. Spiritual Islam and non-Islamist Muslims in fact still are often at the mercy of Islamists, not just in America but across the globe. This is often not only due to the passivity of the majority of non-activist Muslims but to the propping up by government and the MSM of Islamists. We saw this in the recent refusal of PBS to air ABG Films, Inc. documentary, Islam v Islamists. Many anti-Islamist Muslims yearn for the day when the personal domain of the faith of Islam is not poisoned by any national domestic and foreign policy agendas of Islamist organizations like CAIR. American political discourse by activist Muslims should be all about our common national interests and universal humanitarian principles and not about being Muslim, Islamic, or being victims. The Muslims who cannot make this distinction may as well form overt Islamic political parties and make it more obvious as to their intentions and platforms when it comes to American domestic and foreign policy.

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    FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor M. Zuhdi Jasser is the founder and Chairman of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy based in Phoenix Arizona. He is a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander, a physician in private practice, and a community activist.

    He can be reached at Zuhdi@aifdemocracy.org.
    Read full author bio here.

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    Happy Father’s Day!

    To all the men who’ve taken their job seriously, God bless you. I pray you have a very Happy Father’s Day. For all the men who have been prevented from that great gift, either by the woman not allowing you to a Father or abortion, my heart still goes to you. I just wish you would have tried harder.

    I can hear the outcries! Check yourself. Was it because you tired of trying? Did you think it would be better for your child? YOU WERE WRONG! But we all make mistakes. I should know! Happy Sperm Donor’s Day to you.

    If you have not been a Father to your children, you do not receive the mantle of Father. Not in my book.

    To the men who stood up to the plate, you are the true heroes to your children. Now you have to check deep in your heart to find out whether or not you have been influenced by societal restraints or led your children in the ways of the Lord? Teaching your children that there is right and wrong and what the differences are. (You can do this whether you have a religion or not.)

    I pray for all men today, that they are appreciated all year long and not just on this day. I pray all men would step up to the plate and be the men they are supposed to be. I pray, also, that the men of today would remember the Lord.

    For those of you who do not like my prayers, DO NOT READ MY SITE! It’s that simple. I’m a Christian woman, and we are lacking Christian men. Oh, there are many men out there, but they have lost their way. Womens’ Lib, political correctness, women lieing, courts believing all women and no men, etc. These men have been attacked and beaten down. They need someone to stand up with them not for them.

    Women, love your husband. Husbands, love your wife. Period. God bless you all.

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    Some of my readers may have seen  this request over at my homepage, My Newz ‘n Ideas, but I have a little more news about this situation. It is also quite humorous. It was written by Linda, Danny’s wife. I would like to share it with you.

      Life is a Fartlek.
      My husband has a text file stored on his computer entitled, Wise Things I’ve Said. Today he’s adding another to the list which is the title of this entry.
      This morning Danny and I were discussing all kinds of subjects and then we started talking about struggles that I’ve been through in the past six years. And just recently a new struggle has shown its ugly head.
      Several years ago when my husband went to John Brown University in Arkansas, he was friends with a guy named Jonathan Beverly who was an avid runner. Jonathan is now editor-in- chief of Running Times. Jonathan once told Danny that you know you’re really a runner when you can use the word “fartlek” in a mixed crowd and not be embarrased.
      According to Dictionary.com this is its definition,

      “a training technique, used esp. among runners, consisting of bursts of intense effort loosely alternating with less strenuous activity.”

      Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fartlek (accessed: June 01, 2007).

      This morning as we talked through my struggles, Danny popped out a quotable quote, Life is a fartlek. He is so right as in applying this to my life. As a Christian, God puts things in my life to keep me growing. At the age of 40, I can look back and see periods of time when it was really stressful and then other periods of when life was so calm I was bored and uninspired to do anything. God does this to me to help me grow but not continuously overwhelm me that there’s too much to handle. At times in life where there is great stress I truly know God would not push beyond the stress level I could handle. But He would push me to my limit so I would run to Him for help and strength which would also cause my faith to grow.

      Another good quote by my husband, Life is a fartlek.

    Linda’s Thoughts is a wonderful site where you may go to encourage Danny’s wife. Let her know you are praying for her. She is a beautiful and thoughtful writer, and she is a very warm person. You will not be disappointed. Thank you, and God bless you.

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    Below is an email I received from Greg Koukl. He is a very wise and gentle man who shares his spirit-filled messages with us on the radio every Sunday from 3-5 pm on channel KBRT 740. I would like to share his message with you. I hope you enjoy it. God bless you.

    Rosemary

    Dear Rosemary,

    I like arguments.

    Arguments-points of view buttressed with reasons-on the other hand, are one of the principal means we use to separate fact from fiction.  Jesus used them.  Paul used them.  Peter used them.  We should use them, too.

    Rational reasons can be a barrier to belief.  The Christian message simply doesn’t make sense to everyone, or it raises questions or counter-examples that make it difficult to even countenance Christianity until those issues are addressed.

    But often rational appeals fail to persuade for other reasons.  If your thoughtful response fails to have an impact, is not acknowledged or, worse, doesn’t even seem to have been noticed, maybe one of these reasons is lurking in the shadows:

    1. An emotional reason to resist
    2. A prejudice to reject
    3. Too stubborn to concede.

    As you can see, we have very limited control over how other people respond to us.  That’s largely in God’s hands. We can remove some of the negatives or dispel some of the fog-and we ought to try to do both.  But at the end of the day, a person’s deep-seated rebellion against God is a problem only a supernatural solution can fix.

    That’s why at STR we always emphasize faithfulness and obedience first, and results second.  We need to be ready with an answer, and a good argument to help remove the intellectual barriers.  But arguments always need to be presented in conjunction with trust and dependence on the Holy Spirit to work in the person’s heart.

    Trusting in Him,

    Greg Signature

    Greg Koukl

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    A few days ago in southern China, rural villagers banded together and decided to fight back against their country’s coercive population policy.

    When Chinese population police showed up at their door, armed with sledge hammers and cattle prods, many families with more than one child refused to pay their “social child-raising fee.” In response, the population police forcibly took their property and destroyed their homes with sledge hammers.

    Please contact Congress about this human rights outrage! [The toll free number is 1-866-340-9281.]

    Some poor families would have paid the excessive tax, but they simply couldn’t afford it. The population police didn’t care. One poor farmer saw his home bulldozed before his very eyes after he told officials he couldn’t afford to pay the fines. When he went to a local government office to protest, he returned with broken fingers. His neighbors were outraged. And they fought back.

    This recent event was just one of many in a long campaign by the Chinese population police to enforce their so-called “voluntary” one-child policy. Unfortunately, after last week, the villagers couldn’t take it anymore.

    In recent months, women faced mandatory health checks and forced abortions at the hands of government officials. Poor families faced exhorbitant fines that they simply could not afford.

    It breaks my heart to learn that these families were compelled to resort to violence just to defend their livelihood from the violent population police. The Chinese government likes to claim their population policies are “voluntary.” The broken homes and broken bones of these villagers tell a very different story.

    Coercive Population Police attacks just like these are exactly why the U.S. Government doesn’t send your taxpayer dollars to the United Nations Office for Population Assistance, or the UNFPA. After Congress and the State Department found the UNFPA working hand in hand with China’s Population Police to implement the coercive one-child policy, funds were cut off.

    But the new abortion Congress thinks human rights abuses like these are OK. And they are calling for renewed funding of the UNFPA.

    Please contact Congress today and tell them you don’t want your money supporting organizations that help Chinese officials violate human rights!

    Please do not let these abuses fall beneath the radar. Tell Congress today that U.S. taxpayers will not stand for these types of abuse!

    Please use our new “Forward to a Friend” link below to share this important message with ten people who share your commitment to women and the unborn around the world.

    For Life,

    Marjorie Dannenfelser
    President
    Susan B. Anthony List
    www.sba-list.org.

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    A friend of mine is in need of some heavy duty prayer. His wife, their two children and he is facing a very hard time of things. He homeschools his children while his wife works outside of the house. Both of their children are ill. They have several doctor’s appointments in the near future, and they are still paying for an operation Danny had last year.

    This is not a post requesting for money, although if you feel so inclined please help. This is just some background. Now comes the trouble. His wife had been harassed at work, and she was fired when she explained to her boss that she is happily married, he fired her.

    They are now looking for a lawyer (they found one late this afternoon). The way I understand it is that she has to go through arbitration with her peers as the jury and her boss as the judge! I recommended to him to get a labor lawyer (even though he was already thinking about getting one).

    So what does he want from us? Support. Spiritual support, stop by his site and leave some encouraging words, and whatever you may think may help. He is a whiz with computers so if you know anyone who needs some work done, please contact him to see if it is in his realm of abilities. He is very good at making banners and tinkering with templates.

    But most importantly of all, it took being a big man to reach out and ask for help. He has, and I am responding. I pray that you will, too. Thank you, and God bless you all.

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    It is so good to be alive in these trying times. Am I insane for believing this? I do not think so. What better time to be alive than that when you can actually contribute of yourself, even if no one shall ever know you existed. Yes, I do declare, this is noble.

    Are there terrorists in my country? Yes, and we hunting them down. Are you keeping your eyes open? Are you helping in anyway? Then you are doing a fine job for your fellow man.

    Are there gangs? Yes. Are you going to your Church, Synogogue, or Mosque, to offer our youth a better path? Are you spending time just being there for your own children? Then you are doing a fine job for them and your fellow man.

    Are there diseases and disasters? Yes, but there always has been. Today we are finding the cures that God Almighty has created for us to find, and we are finding them. Take good care of your health by having early and regular check-ups. By doing this, you will be helping yourself and your fellow man.

    Please do not forget that even–or espicially–through adversity is the time when we grow. We are living in historic times. How many people were aware that their mere existence would alter the course of history for the entire world? Now we must decide. Are we going for TOTAL VICTORY or are we going to cut and run?

    I know what my decision is to be. I am willing to fight for my country and the world. I shall be in prayer until this world war is over (even after), and I shall do what is required of me. How about you?

    In the meanwhile, I shall be at peace with God and myself, I shall stop and smell the roses along the way, I shall be grateful for life itself, I shall talk to anyone about God–just as long as they wish to talk, I will serve our men and women through words of encouragement and other means, and I shall enjoy each and every day of my life.

    THAT is what it takes to be an American, IMHO. Have a blessed day.

    PS: I would like to share a site with you of a man who has recently gone to Afghanistan to fight for our very existence. He is moving from where he was to where he is going to be for a while. He is an excellent writer, and I really enjoy his honesty. I think you will, too. Please send him some of your very own encouraging words. The title of his site is “Bill and Bob’s Excellent Afghan Adventure.” Thank you.

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    Here is an e-mail I received today which I would like to share with you. Please sign this petition.

    This week there is critical lobbying legislation looming over Congress.

    In my years of experience, this legislation has to be one of the greatest threats to freedom of speech that Congress has ever considered.

    The ramifications of this legislation are staggering! So in protest, I have launched a nationwide petition campaign via email, radio, television, and the Internet, pressing the House of Representatives to reject this stifling lobbying legislation.

    Today, I strongly urge you to SPEAK OUT AGAINST H.R. 2093 BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE by signing right now our online Petition of Protest to your Representative in the House.

    This legislation, in essence, attempts to override the United States Constitution.

    What we’re dealing with here is the work of politicians who want to control, limit, and silence Christians and conservative groups.

    We MUST fight back, and quickly.

    This legislation … currently being considered in the House of Representatives … could not be in greater opposition to what our Founding Fathers intended when they wrote the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

    House Resolution 2093 would drastically affect churches that speak out on issues like partial-birth abortion, same-sex marriage, conservative judicial nominees, and military chaplains’ right to pray. It would also impact Christian groups using TV, radio, or the Internet to mobilize citizens around an issue.

    Under the bill, pastors, church leaders, advocacy organizations and even individuals could be compelled to register as lobbyists. Failure to comply with this bill could result in fines in excess of $50,000.

    Furthermore, if this bill passes the House, it will wind up in a conference committee, possibly becoming the law of the land before you even have a chance to raise your voice in protest.

    Act TODAY! Add your name to our online Petition of Protest, and take advantage of our website’s forward-to-friend tool to encourage your friends to join our nationwide campaign as well.

    This legislation is one of the most significant violations of the free exercise of religion and freedom of political speech in our nation’s history. Here is what I am doing to mount our counter-offense:

    • I have launched a nationwide petition campaign urging the House of Representatives to reject this legislation.
    • I have assembled a legal and legislative team; we have already produced a legal analysis (posted at ACLJ) that details the dangers of the bill, and we are distributing significant legal memorandums throughout Congress.
    • I am personally leading three senior attorneys and our entire Government Affairs team – working with Congress.
    • And we are preparing a complaint to file in federal court if necessary.

    We anticipate that the Floor debate will take place in the House this week, with a vote possibly as early as Friday.

    Don’t wait on this. Immediately sign the online Petition of Protest and make YOUR VOICE HEARD ON THIS CRITICAL MATTER.

    Thank you for participating personally in the fight to preserve our freedom of speech. Please continue to support this effort in prayer in these crucial days ahead.

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    Once it became apparent to Hussein that his bravado was not going to deter the U.S.-led coalition from an attack, he began to order the disbursal of trainees from the various terrorist training camps around Iraq, most notably in Nasiriyah and Fallujah. The trainees were provided money, arms, explosives, and transportation. Teams of terrorists were assigned the job of penetrating Saudi Arabia’s borders with the assignment to carry out terrorist attacks. One team was able to murder a Saudi judge, Abdul Rahman al-Suhaybani, known for combating subversive activities in his province. The team members then went underground to join the vast terror networks, al Qaeda, al-Muwahhidun, Hezbollah, and others so that they could one day emerge to kill again.

    With the U.S. air and ground offensives in full swing and coalition troops steadily advancing on Baghdad, Hussein began to lose confidence in the outcome of the war. It is thought that Hussein began to put into effect several possible escape plans. One involved calling in markers from his friends in Belarus. Hussein asked for charter flights to transport cargo and members of his family out of Iraq. A plane identified as a Belarusian IL-76 transport allegedly took off from Saddam International Airport and traversed Iranian airspace on its flight to Minsk, Belarus. There was initial speculation that both Hussein and his sons were on board the flight.3 Another exile-of-choice location was Paris, and indeed a group of Hussein’s handpicked scientists were among the first to be transported from Iraq to Paris via Damascus. This was yet another example of French cooperation with Saddam Hussein’s regime.

    Another arrangement involved Hussein joining a convoy of Russian diplomats from Baghdad to Damascus. When it was suggested that there might be a safer route through Amman, the Russian delegation declined and insisted on going to Damascus. With the convoy was Russian ambassador to Iraq, Vladimir Titorenko. It has been reported that Hussein donned a disguise and joined the convoy carrying some twenty-five Russians. Just outside Baghdad, the convoy came under fire; five diplomats were wounded, some seriously, said Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko. Although the U.S. Central Command maintained that there were no coalition forces near where the attack occurred, Secretary of State Colin Powell contacted Russian foreign minister Igor Ivanov to express his sincere apology for the incident. Powell did not admit any U.S. culpability though.4

    As the ground fighting around Baghdad began in earnest, Lt. Gen. John Abizaid, CENTCOM deputy commander, reported, “Regular Iraqi army units seemed to vanish as the coalition advanced. Low numbers of Iraqi prisoners indicated that the regular army units were avoiding the fight…Regular Iraqi forces [along with senior officers] ‘have just melted away.’”5

    With coalition troops entering Baghdad, the city fell into chaos. Various Iranian-armed and funded militia groups began to make their presence known in the city. The Shiite faction was, from all accounts, the most well-armed and organized of the groups. The popularity of the anti-American, anti–Saddam Hussein groups grew as it became known they could provide food and medicine to the neighborhoods they controlled. One such area became known as Sadr City, a low-income suburb of Baghdad and home of some two million Shia Muslims.

    It looked as though advance preparations by Iran and Syria to make Iraq virtually uncontrollable were in full swing. The rage and antipathy of the Muslim world was directed at the “Great Satan.” Decree after decree and fatwa after fatwa were issued, calling for jihad against the United States. One came from Dr. Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi, sheikh of Al-Azhar. He rallied the Iraqi people to continue their “Jihad in defense of religion, faith, honor, and property, because Jihad is a religious ruling of Islam aimed at opposing aggressors,” and encouraged Arab and Islamic volunteers to travel to Iraq, “to support the Jihad of their oppressed brethren there, because resistance to oppression is an Islamic obligation, whether the oppressor is Muslim or not.”6

    In meetings between Iran’s Khamenei and Khatami and Syria’s al-Assad, the leaders determined that the United States should be met with violent resistance from the various Iraqi factions and from jihadists imported for the purpose of creating pandemonium for the coalition troops. The men called on the radical Islamic forces in the region to oppose an American occupation by every means possible. Again, Yossef Bodansky reported that Majlis (Iranian parliament) deputy Majid Ansari, in a briefing prior to the summit between Khamenei and al-Assad, outlined Iran’s position:

    Even if they [the Americans] succeed in capturing Iraq…they will still face difficulties.… We [the Iranian leadership] are hoping that the Americans would be bogged down in Iraq and fail to realize their expansionist politics.…Even if America were to become victorious in Iraq for a short time…such a victory will be the beginning of serious problems for America’s warmongering and expansionist politicians.7

    Both leaders were well aware that they were unable to forestall an American attack but could create havoc within Iraq once Saddam Hussein was deposed. The call for Islamic fanatics—terrorists, all—went forth and was answered by volunteers from Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the Palestinian Territory, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iran, and Syria, among others. The question for the coalition troops now became one of how to identify peaceful Iraqi citizens from the influx of terrorists bent on killing them in any way possible.

    The battle for the soul of America is being lost. Intelligence leaders have related to me that terrorists fighting in Iraq are planning to head to the U.S. as early as this summer. If those with moral clarity sleep, America’s next president may be presiding over a nuclear 9/11.

    A Message from Mike Evans:

    In just 11 days, a battle will be fought for the soul of America by God-fearing men and women worldwide. I’ve been to Iraq twice this year; the last trip was at the invitation of President Barzani for a State visit. The book, The Final Move Beyond Iraq, will be in stores on May 15.

    We are asking every caring person to purchase books beginning May 15. Why? Because this book can be driven to the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers’ list. Why is that important? It will place this book before tens of million of people and will open doors of opportunity to share its message and wage this battle on secular networks.

    The battle can be won, but it has to be fought by knowing the truth (it will set us free), and through prayer.

    Millions of praying saints (Daniels and Esthers) can reverse the curse. Esther won the battle:

    “If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. What’s more, who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)

    Daniel won the battle: “The people that do know their God will be strong and do exploits…” (Daniel 11:28)

    Please pray for God’s favor on the national campaign that begins May 15 with the book, The Final Move Beyond Iraq. Pray for a great open door with the networks, and pray for strength and favor as Mike steps into the fiery furnace to battle for the soul of America. Pray for protection as he battles against God-haters and radical Islamic fanatics (9/11 types) that are living among us. Pray also that everyone you know will join the battle by getting the word out, by buying the book and movie, and by telling their friends. Pray that every pastor will preach and every Sunday School teacher and prayer group will teach on this subject using the PowerPoint program and message entitled “What is Evil” available on the www.beyondiraq.com site.

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     Below is an excerpt (Pages 42-44) from Dr. Mike Evans’ latest book, The Final Move Beyond Iraq:

    We must know our enemies. We have two opponents, the irreconcilable wing of Islam and the evil power that inspires it. Once God’s people see this clearly, we will plunder hell to populate heaven.

    The basis for defeating bigotry and despotism of Islamofascism is rooted in the Christian faith and moral clarity of George W. Bush, just as defeating Communism was in the faith and moral vision of Ronald Reagan. Totalitarian regimes must be opposed. We must establish a biblical basis and principles for the battle that President Bush and America are fighting. This war cannot be won without this foundation. If we turn inward, relaxing in our own comforts, and stop promoting all the Judeo-Christian principles on which this nation was built, we too easily let evil have its way.

    In the minds of Europe’s leftist elite, Bush is a bloodthirsty, dimwitted cowboy. (Ronald Reagan was given a similar label, yet it was he who coined the term “Iron Triangle” to define the marriage between the liberal special interest groups, the politicians, and the media.) They mock Mr. Bush and impugn his Christian faith for seeing the world as black or white. They see his moral compass as a dangerous instrument. They have fallen in love with appeasement because they do not believe in evil and thus refuse to confront it.

    On September 11, 2001, evil surfaced in America in a way never before seen. The nation rallied to confront evil in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since that time, our wounds have healed, our senses have been deadened, and our memories dulled. I believe we are on the brink of the greatest opportunity in history to confront the source of all evil. If we fail, the results will be catastrophic.

    Liberals have a difficult time seeing moral issues clearly because most of them are moral relativists. They reject absolute standards of good and evil or right and wrong. In their worldview, man is perfectible, human nature is on a path toward enlightenment, and the concept of original sin is primitive.

    These humanists invented Arafat as a peacemaker and gave him the façade of a freedom fighter, not a terrorist. In their eyes, those who blow up Jews are driven to such acts because of injustices. The victims of these crimes are seen as the causers of the problem, and the perpetrators are seen as the innocent and exploited. Those same humanists believe the lie that bad acts must be blamed on society, or psychological or economic circumstances. Moral relativists despise those who grasp the nature of evil. Victims are demonized and murderers are glorified. We saw that in September 1993 when Yasser Arafat was invited to the Clinton White House. Instead of being apprehended as a thug and murderer (there was an outstanding call for his arrest for ordering the brutal murders of ambassador Cleo Noel and chargé d’affaires C. Curtis Moore in Khartoum, Sudan, in 1973), he was welcomed like an international statesman.

    President Bush, in his State of the Union speech following 9/11 said, “Evil is real, and it must be opposed.”17 President Bush was called “simplistic” because he did not see diversity and tolerance as a reasonable alternative. They wanted Bush to apologize for looking to his God and the Bible for guidance.

    Secular humanists make excuses for evil, or worse, deny evil’s existence and coddle it by refusing to confront it. Instead, they feed it. Jesus did not negotiate with evil; He did not sweet-talk it, nor did He compromise with it. Evil is seeing moral issues in shades of gray, not in black and white. The reality of evil is rejected because the Bible is rejected as the gold standard of moral truth.

    The Nazi Party referred to U.S. liberal ambassador Joseph Kennedy as Germany’s best friend in London because of his open anti-Semitism. In their twisted minds, the Jews had provoked the war because they intended to destroy the German State. “Every Jew,” wrote Nazi politician Joseph Goebbels, “is a sworn enemy of the German people.”18 He believed in the Jewish conspiracy myth called The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. To the very end, the Nazis maintained plausible deniability about their injustices to the Jews. Adolf Eichmann—whose continued pleas that he was “just following orders” at the Nuremburg trials made him the poster child for abdication of conscience—was a prime example.

    If the devil does exist as the Bible says he does, there is no better proof of it than that those following his agenda seek first to destroy Jews, and then Christians. It is a lesson we should have learned in World War II and face again with the Islamofascists.

    At the Harvard graduation ceremony in 1978, Alexander Solzhenitsyn shocked that august university and the nation with his speech, “A World Split Apart.” Solzhenitsyn saw the effects of moral decay in America in the attempts to divorce God from its public squares and build a wall of separation between church and state, replacing God with the government as the creator of liberties. Having undermined her moral vision, America had lost her courage to confront evil in the world.

    The battle for the soul of America is being lost. Intelligence leaders have related to me that terrorists fighting in Iraq are planning to head to the U.S. as early as this summer. If those with moral clarity sleep, America’s next president may be presiding over a nuclear 9/11.

    In just 12 days, a battle will be fought for the soul of America by God-fearing men and women worldwide. I’ve been to Iraq twice this year; the last trip was at the invitation of President Barzani for a State visit. The book, The Final Move Beyond Iraq, will be in stores on May 15.

    We are asking every caring person to purchase books beginning May 15. Why? Because this book can be driven to the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers’ list. Why is that important? It will place this book before tens of million of people and will open doors of opportunity to share its message and wage this battle on secular networks.

    The battle can be won, but it has to be fought by knowing the truth (it will set us free), and through prayer.

    Millions of praying saints (Daniels and Esthers) can reverse the curse. Esther won the battle:

    “If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. What’s more, who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)

    Daniel won the battle: “The people that do know their God will be strong and do exploits…” (Daniel 11:28)

    CLICK HERE to read an excerpt (221-223) from an interview with Benjamin Netanyahu.

    THE MOVIE, go to www.beyondiraq.com.

    Please forward this to your friends and ask them to do the same.

    Join the Jerusalem Prayer Team Now!

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    There has been much writing and many phone calls, yet CPB and PBS still refuse to release the documentary, “Islam vs. Islamists.” If you go to this site, you may sign a petition for the release of this documentary. You may also leave your e-mail so that when we have finally won this battle, you may buy your own DVD of the documentary. I highly recommend you do. Thank you.

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    By Marjorie Dannenfelser 

    Women’s groups are incensed – incensed! Patriarchal Supreme Court Justices are after our rights! If we don’t have the right to puncture unborn children’s skulls moments from birth, women cannot live freely.

    But what does the Supreme Court’s shifting gears to uphold a national ban on the partial birth abortion procedure really bode for women? Is it really a slippery slope back to the bad old days? Most women leaders purporting to represent women have an opinion, believe you me.

    A few hours after learning of the decision, Senator Diane Feinstein took to the Senate Floor to rally America’s abortion activists: “If I were a young woman today, I would be incredibly concerned that this era is drawing to a close. The threat to reproductive freedom is no longer theoretical. All those who care about protecting a woman’s right to privacy should take notice and make their voices heard.”

    In her dissent, Justice Ginsburg, attacked Justice Kennedy’s expressed doubts that the procedure placed a difficult moral burden upon women. She said of his comments, “this way of thinking reflects ancient notions about women’s place in the family and under the Constitution – ideas that have long since been discredited.”

    Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards called Wednesday “a dark day for women’s health and safety.”

    National Organization of Women President Kim Gandy rallied her troops: “We must elect a Congress that will repeal this ban and a president who will sign the repeal. November 2008 can’t come soon enough.”

    Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton vehemently denounced the Supreme Court’s decision and its conservative majority, saying: “This decision marks a dramatic departure from four decades of Supreme Court rulings that upheld a woman’s right to choose and recognized the importance of women’s health…It is precisely this erosion of our constitutional rights that I warned against when I opposed the nominations of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito.”

    And yet Americans are overwhelmingly supportive of the ban – so are all Americans out to get women? Polls showing women’s support of the ban would suggest that the majority of women are endangering their own rights.

    Here’s the problem: if women’s rights are undermined by outlawing a procedure that allows us to choose to mutilate and suction out the brains of a baby, mid-birth, then women’s rights deserve to be trashed. I would suggest that there is more to women’s rights than this. We need go no further than women’s rights trailblazer Elizabeth Cady Stanton to dismiss the idea that women’s rights and abortion rights are synonymous. “When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit,” she wrote in a letter to her friend Julia Ward Howe.

    And Susan B. Anthony’s newspaper The Revolution reinforces Justice Kennedy’s assertion about the burden an abortion could have. Her editorial warned, “No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death…”

    Further, if denying the choice of this particular procedure is a threat to every choice to abort as our current women leaders claim, then their position cannot be maintained in legislatures. These women are indeed on the wrong side of history – or herstory. Not because of some “ancient” notions of the subjugation of women returning inexplicably to haunt modern women. As if! No, it is because women have intelligence and consciences and are capable of making informed, moral decisions to pass laws that provide the protections of unborn children they support. All the while, they can safeguard their own legitimate human rights.

    The old guard’s only hope is in the dictatorship of the Supreme Court. That is because Americans, and women in particular, do not agree that the “right” to abortion is absolute. As a group, they are grappling with which restrictions they support, not whether they support any. Since the so-called right to abort is not absolute, then perhaps it is time the democratic process and the majority of American women who support some restrictions on the procedure be allowed to pass laws in which they believe.

    It is past time that women as a “movement” use power for noble and life-giving purposes – rather than for mounting legal arguments to safeguard such a hideous procedure. There is enough suffering and violence in the world.

    Honestly, it is past time to throw out this old guard of so-called “women’s leaders,” and it is time to elect women to public office who truly represent women on this issue.

    With Ms. Gandy, I could not agree more on one point.  November 2008 cannot come soon enough.

    Marjorie Dannenfelser is President of the Susan B. Anthony List.

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    With an opening statement like that one might assume I was referring to the city of Philadelphia, but no. I am speaking about the Muslim Brotherhood. While it sounds nice, a brotherhood and all, it is a front group for terrorists. It has been ever since I’ve been looking into them. Heck, they were supporting terrorists even before that.

    The Brotherhood sprung up in the year 1928 and was banned from existence due to terrorist acts toward the Egyptian government but was later reinstated in 1948 as a religious body only. That did not work out too well, so there was again a ban on the group in 1954. When some of the activists were executed, many fled to neighboring states.

    Here are some more links to the history of the Muslim Brotherhood:

    This group, no matter it’s birthplace and stated purpose at that time, has become a political and military arm on the Global War on Terrorism. They are the enemy. The problem we see today, however, is that our own government does not seem to recognize this fact. For shame.

    I found a very educational article over at CounterTerrorismBlog:

    PBS’s week-long “America at a Crossroads” series presented many of the issues and dilemmas now facing America in the War on Terrorism. The series got mixed reviews on content and temper. There were criticisms about its objectivity from both the left and right. But, despite its flaws, the series provided viewers with a heavy dose of food for thought. Hopefully, it will help stimulate discussion and debate among a growing number of Americans, and perhaps even lead to more close scrutiny and questioning of aspects of Administration policy.

    I intend to write several blogs on issues discussed in the series. I had the opportunity to participate in one of the films, The Brotherhood, so I shall begin there. [Continue reading]

    If you are interested, you can take a gander at this site: America at a Crossroads. This site is marvelously done. I have not yet listened to the program, but I can only imagine that it has been watered down. After all, we are still fighting to get CPB and PBS to release “Islam v. Islamists.” (This is an earlier post I wrote.) The CounterTerrorismBlog contributor, Victor Comras, has contributed “The Brotherhood” to this series. Please visit his site for more information. (The link is above at the ‘continue reading’ link.)

    The American Islamic Forum for Democracy is one of the moderate Islamic groups that speaks out against all the violence–without blaming others by saying, “But…” They do not blame Israel in the same breath. Their interest is in being heard so they can take their religion back from the psychopaths who have hijacked it. They are also fighting back against CAIR.

    Here is a very good article I ran to on their site: PBS’ Islamist Apologists Muzzle Muslim Moderates at the site “9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America,” and here is an article written by M. Zuhdi Jasser. He can explain in more detail the crisis we are facing in our country between the dinosaur media vs. the rest of us.

    We do not hear from the moderates, a question most often asked, because the media, the government and the Islamists we are at war with are preventing it. That should give you grave concern. After all, the documentary that was created, “Islam vs. Islamists”, was bought and paid for by you and me with our tax dollars. That makes it government citizen owned. That also makes it censorship. Why are they doing this terrible thing? So as not to hurt our enemy’s feelings? Very scary…

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    I have come upon this article in the UK where abortions are allowed up until the 24th week of–what? Pregnancy?–gestation. After this length of time, you must have a disability, a defect or the mother’s life must be in danger for the doctor to elect to murder you. Oh, there I go again. Speaking as if to the child–er–the fetus (which BTW means “baby” in English)–is a human being. Imagine that! I always wanted a puppy! (If you don’t get that, don’t bother trying. You are too far gone.)

    One in 30 aborted foetuses lives.

    One in 30 foetuses aborted for medical reasons is born alive, a 10-year study at 20 UK hospitals has found. Most of these babies with disabilities were born between 20 and 24 weeks of pregnancy and all lived for no more than a few hours.

    Anti-abortion campaigners said the figures in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology study were likely to be the tip of the iceberg.

    But abortion experts said such incidents were extremely rare.

    Abortion rates

    About 190,000 abortions take place annually in England and Wales. This is nearly a quarter of all pregnancies.

    Most abortions are carried out on “healthy” foetuses for social reasons.

    The study, however, looked at the outcomes of 3,189 abortions performed between 1995 and 2004 because the baby had a disability of some kind.

    It showed that 102 – or around one in 30 – were born alive.

    Julia Millington of the pro-life group Alive and Kicking Campaign said the rates found at West Midlands hospitals studied were likely to be mirrored elsewhere in the UK.

    She explained: “If 102 out of 3,189 babies aborted for reasons of impairment are born alive, then how many healthy babies must be surviving?

    “It is difficult to comprehend the number of babies, throughout the country, left fighting for their lives.” [Continue reading.]

    So. I wonder also. I wonder how many children are BORN in America only to be layed to die? Oh yes. They let the CHILD starve, crying for it’s Mommy. I guess the ‘women’ who don’t have time to bother with children don’t need to know about this information. No. Only the info. from the EU that fits their agenda is noteworthy.

    YOU ARE EXPOSED. I also wonder how many people will ever read about this study in America? The land of brave and the home of the free…life, liberty and property…God help us.

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    Just four years ago today the statue of that demonic tyrant came crashing down taking with it all the weight of the past 30 years of terror and gave way to that magical light at the end of a long, long tunnel for all the people who suffered under his boot. While there would still be many sorrows and fears to come, it was here at last. Freedom. Sweet, unadulterated freedom and with it, liberty for all the Iraqi people.

    Saddam’s statue fell, Baghdad Bob ran off into thin air to be heard from no more, and the jubilance began. I have the pictures. I saw the smiles. I heard the cheers. I saw the tears. You cannot tell me it did not occur.

    It is for those children, those women, those elderly people and those men whose only crime was being born in Iraq, under Saddam’s boot, that I rejoice with them this day of independence. They have suffered so much, yet they have come so far. It is as if they were trapped in a nightmare unable to awaken! So when they finally did awake, they feared it was unreal, because it has been the dream they could not allow themselves to dream for so long. Then it was upon them. Praise God!

    It has been four years now, and it is not what those who dreamed to dare had expected. That is because they are not only fighting criminals from there, but they are fighting a true enemy in the Middle East [Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Arabs (who call themselves Palestinians)] who have a jihad against all who do not believe as they do, and many others whose soul purpose in life is to make sure others are not allowed to live their lives.

    They accomplish this by suicide bombings. I have a recommendation. Gather up all the suicide bombers and grant them their dream, then we can get on with ours! Of course, then there is the Democrats…but that’s a-whole-nother ball game…

    May God bless the Iraqi people, especially the children, and may He bring peace to the entire country. I pray they turn their face toward God and hear His voice. He loves you, Iraq. God bless you.

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    Happy Easter

    Just a little note from me to you: Christ our Lord has Risen today! Hallelujah! 😉

    Christ the Lord is Risen today. Alleluia!
    Sons of men and angels say: Alleluia!
    Raise your joys and triumphs high. Alleluia!
    Sing, ye heavens, and, earth, reply, Alleluia!

    Lives again our glorious King. Alleluia!
    Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
    Dying once, He all doth save. Alleluia!
    Where they victory, O grave? Alleluia!

    Loves’s redeeming work is done. Alleluia!
    Fought the fight, the battle won. Alleluia!
    Death in vain forbids Him rise. Alleluia!
    Christ has opened paradise. Alleluia!

    Soar we now where Christ has led. Alleluia!
    Following our exalted Head. Alleluia!
    Made like Him, like Him we rise. Alleluia!
    Ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Alleluia!

    Amen.

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    Dear Heavenly Father,

    Please forgive my behavior for the past couple of days. I have cursed, and I have blamed others. I am just as guilty as the others I have accused of doing nothing for the people in Darfur, Sudan and Iran.

    I have been praying for the people of Darfur to receive help to stop the genocide, but I have run out of ideas as to how to save them. My heart weights about 500 tons.

    I also am angry at Britain for the way they are caving into Iran. Do they and President Bush not understand that they are sending mixed messages to the pro-democracy Iranian people who are stuck in that hell? Please God. Help them. Save them. Free them. All of them. I cannot, I have failed.

    But I shall continue to pray for all the people who have no voice, and I will continue to write for them so that they do not go unheard. If only the people would read about these beautiful souls!

    Lord, please guide their eyes, convict their hearts (and mine) so they will read, and then grant us some answers so that we may do Your will. I love You, God. Thank You for such a beautiful life. In Jesus’ precious name I pray.

    Amen.

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    I am still in shock. We prayed for him through his colon cancer, and that what was only a couple years ago. Now he has found that the biopsyed mass that was in his lower abdomen has been determined to be malignant. Apparently, when it was tested earlier (I didn’t know he was), he was told it was benign. Is everyone who goes to Washington going to get cancer? Why should I quit smoking if I live in California?

    I am shocked, I am angry, I am afraid, and I am ashamed. Because I feel human emotions? No. Of course not. Because of how I am allowing them to affect me and my thought process.

    Dear Tony Snow and Family,

    You are such a dear man and friend. You are faithful to our country and your family. I pray for all of you to remain strong and know that God is in control of everything. He hears our prayers. Take comfort in Him. Let your family know when you need them to do just a little something extra for you. Allow them to help you, because this is not just your time of uncertainty and fear. Help them to be a part of your life, just as they always have been. God bless you, Tony. God bless your family. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

    If anyone would care to send a get well message to Tony Snow, please do so here. Thank you.

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    It is times like this when we are Americans, not political animals. Mrs. Edwards, wife of presidential candidate John Edwards, has been diagnosed with cancer in one of her right ribs. This was discovered through a series of exams for pain she was having in her left ribcage. There was a small something that just didn’t seem right on the other side though. They were correct. The breast cancer she had dealt with in 2004 had not only come back, it spread into her bone.

    Here is where I have am having diametrically opposed feelings. At their press conference, John declared that he was going to continue in the race. I felt two things.

    1. I was proud that they were not going to let this define them. Also, that they had decided together, I’ll bet it was her, that he should not give up the fight. Symbolically, neither would she.

    2. I was angry at him for not considering being with his wife during her hour of need.

    Tacky? Yes. Very. I have no idea what she wants, nor do I dare intrude. This was me remembering all the times I have had to endure many hospital episodes alone. Emotional. Me? Yup.

    It may appear that John is being selfish, but allow me to pose this question to you. Do we know that it was not her wish to see his dreams fulfilled before she dies? Do we know if she does not want to defined by cancer? Do we know that she did not push him into continuing?

    Do not judge them. We do not know, and we have no right to know. I know the press has made it appear as if we do, but we do not. Show me where it says so in the Constitution.

    Dear Elizabeth Edwards,

    I pray for your family and you. I pray that you can find peace in your daily walk, and I pray that you live a very long life. I pray they come up with a cure. I also pray for your happiness. I pray for your young children, that they may know you a long time. Never give up. Never look back. Live everyday to its fullesst. May God bless you, have mercy on you and shower you in His Grace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

    Sources: Elizabeth Edwards’ metastasized breast cancer should be treatable. LA Times. If that link does work, try this one.

    Elizabeth Edwards and Her Cancer: A Controllable Disease. US News & World Report. If that link no longer works, try this one.

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    From the desk of SWC:

    Yesterday, during the year’s first meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated, “The world is watching to see whether this young council will live up to its promise.”

    Since its inception a year ago, the new U.N. Human Rights Council, which replaced the infamously politicized Human Rights Commission, has passed eight, one-sided resolutions accusing Israel of human rights violations and four more are planned. Among the issues scheduled for discussion during the Council’s meeting is U.N. Special Rapporteur John Dugard’s new report claiming that Israel is an occupying force among the Palestinians and that she has committed crimes such as apartheid and colonialism.

    Therefore, please join with the Simon Wiesenthal Center in urging U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour,  to direct the Human Rights  Council to focus its attention away from resolutions bashing Israel and rather on what the U.N. itself has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis: Darfur. The U.N. Council’s failure to act has been the direct result of the combined voting bloc of certain African states with the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference, whose goal is to prevent any resolution condemning Sudan, one of their own. Meanwhile, millions continue to be raped, murdered, starved and displaced.

    Even the new U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, has said he is “worried by its [the UNHRC’s] disproportionate focus on violations by Israel.” And, R. Nicholas Burns, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs told the US Foreign Affairs Committee, “It [the UNHRC] spent the entire year slamming Israel.”

    Stop the U.N’s one-sided, anti-Israel bashing by using this link to sign the petition to U.N. Human Rights Chief Louise Arbour...

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    From the desk of the Jerusalem Prayer Team:

    In just hours, we leave for the border of Iran and the torture chamber of “Chemical” Ali. The road will be dangerous. An Iranian terror organization inhabits that mountainous region; it’s time to do some serious praying for our safety.

    At 5:30 AM, we began the drive northeastward toward Iran. Kurdistan encompasses over one-third of the population-inhabited area of Iraq. It has the largest oilfield in the world, Kirkuk. It reaches from Khanaqin in the east and stretches along the Iranian border to Sinjar in the West, taking in the Plain of Nineveh. Our first destination was Sulaymaniyah. I learned that the Iranians are smuggling heroin, opium and hashish into Iraq. The border is open for more than 400 miles, and is controlled by the Mahdi Army and the Bader Brigade, both pro-Iranian Shiite organizations.

    Our first meeting was with General Sheikh Ja’affra. This small man with a large black mustache is the Minister of Peshmerga Affairs. He was so thankful to the Americans for liberating his people. “If you withdraw now, you can be sure the terrorists will come to America. It’s quite simple; you asked them to fight you in Iraq and they did. If you leave, they will consider that you have been defeated, and will take the fight to you.

    “The Mahdi Army is trained in Iran, and is modeled after Hezbollah. Their terror equipment comes from Iran. And yes, it was responsible for the attack in Najaf as well as all the attacks in the south. The suicide bombers are coming from al-Qaeda camps in Iraq, and are being replenished from Afghanistan. They are moving Afghan drugs into Lebanon to sell throughout Europe. Iran is behind all the attacks in Iraq in one way or another.

    “To win the war, the borders must be closed and monitored by troops that are not loyal to Iran; troops that can be monitored. Most of Iraq is controlled by the Shia, and for that to change, a new Iraq must be built from Kurdistan southward. Our region is a model of democracy and stability. It is not necessary for U.S. troops to die here; we can stop the terror in these cities if you will let us. So far, your government has said, ‘No.’”

    Over lunch we met with Vice President Kosrat Rasul Ali. He invited me to come back and meet with him and President Barzani and Abdul Abdulbari Alzebari, a member of the Iraqi Congress. Mr. Ali said to me, “We have 200,000 soldiers, you have 300,000. You don’t need military in harm’s way; work with us and we will control all of the ground in Iraq. If you will let us, we will shut down Iran. Now 60 percent of Iraq is controlled by Iran; we will see that the number is zero percent.”

    Following lunch, we visited the Red House, Saddam Hussein’s headquarters in Sulaymaniyah, and the site of his torture chambers. A precious man, Kiowa, took us to the torture chambers where he was victimized. He was hanged from meat hooks from his chest while his arms were tied behind his back. At the same time, electrical shocks were applied to his body parts. I could see the terrible pain in his eyes as he repeated his story.

    I was stunned to learn that Iranians are buying property in Iraq and pouring a fortune into the fundamentalist mosques. Most who escaped to Iran during Saddam’s regime are back in Iraq and strongly support Iran. They have made trade agreements and are pouring money into Iraq. There is an embassy in Baghdad and consulates in almost every region. Tourism agreements allow millions of pilgrims to visit Karbala and Najaf. This is a boon for terrorists who enter the country, along with the pilgrims.

    Iran’s goal of achieving instability in Iraq is succeeding. The Holy Grail of understanding is that the U.S. battle in Iraq is between stupidity and stability. America’s liberal, anti-war left is giving aid and comfort to the enemy. The cries of, “We’re losing the war; they’re winning,” emboldens an enemy that has a 9/11 ideology. As I looked at footage of terrorist attacks on US troops, I became angry. To think that 9/11 terrorists have come to Iraq from around the world to fight us while the liberals in the U.S. scream, “Get out!” This is insane. How can you make Iraq the central front on the war on terrorism and not have a mess on your hands?

    To have uncapped the genie of Shiite fundamentalism in Iraq with a Shiite super-state next door was a prescription for disaster. One cannot find one Arab out of one thousand that does not believe the U.S. invaded Iraq over oil. To try to convince them otherwise is an exercise in futility.

    While we outwardly threaten Iran for their interference in Iraq, we close our eyes to the fact that there are Iranian agents behind virtually every rock. The embassy and consulates of this member of the axis of evil are nothing more than war rooms to fund and plan the battles against U.S. troops.

    I am certain that if the U.S. provided the tools for the Iraqi Kurds to fight the war and simply controlled the skies and provided back-up, U.S. deaths would drop and victory would come in time. The liberal media, however, will have to be put into press pools and monitored; they are doing more to undermine a victory in Iraq than the enemy.

    “Ali Baghdad” and his forty thieves that pillaged the banks in Iraq are out of their cage like a wild bird. They have migrated to the Middle East, their souls filled with hatred and their pockets filled with U.S. dollars. If an Iranian-style Islamic revolution happens in Iraq, the fire could jump across the Middle East.

    I have just learned that another Blackhawk helicopter was shot down in Najaf, the fourth in two weeks. Intelligence officers told me that the helicopter attacks are carried out with Iranian missiles. Nine more U.S. soldiers have been killed just in the past 48 hours.

    I was just told by three different airport agents that our flight would not leave for Jordan this morning. Why? There is no jet fuel. Iranian proxies are blowing up the oil trucks as they head toward Kurdistan, and the Turks will not allow oil to be transported into Iraq.

    Without morality, democracy is one of the worst forms of government. The world found it to be so during the French Revolution and during Hitler’s day. No power on earth can ignore the Kurdish dilemma indefinitely. Thirty million living Kurds and the blood of a multitude of the dead cry out for justice.

    Democracy literally means “rule by the people.” The only people-group supporting democracy is the Iraqi Kurdish people. It’s a fantastic success. Everything President Bush wanted to see in Iraq is present in Kurdistan. Erbil is the fourth largest city in Iraq with Baghdad first, Kirkuk second, and Mosul third.

    The headlines today are gut-wrenching. A suicide bomber driving a truck loaded with explosives killed 135 in Iraq’s deadliest bombing since 2003. Shiite Prime Minister al-Maliki blamed Saddam Hussein supporters. An Iraq-born Israeli official tells me that it was Sunni al-Qaeda members. The problem lies with al-Maliki and his political ally, Moqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army of over 60,000 terrorists. I am so glad I came to Iraq, and especially Kurdistan, in order to tell the world the story of democracy at work in at least a region of Iraq.

    Maybe President Bush is right about fighting the global war from Iraq. If he does that, he must surely fight it as a war with allies, not enemies. The words of Christopher Columbus may very well describe the President’s War on Terror with Iraq as the central front: “All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit because he comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures.”

    Click here to receive articles by Mike Evans, intelligence reports from Iraq, and to receive notices of scheduled showings of the television documentary, The Final Move Beyond Iraq and release of his newest book: The Final Move Beyond Iraq.

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    By Carrie Underwood:

    Music Video:JESUS, TAKE THE WHEEL (by Carrie Underwood)

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    Blackfive has put out the word:

    Stay tuned. Ft. Rucker, Alabama, was hit hard by yesterday’s tornados and storms. While the fort has been instrumental in helping out the local area, military families have lost loved ones and homes have been destroyed.

    Soldiers’ Angels is on the job and will be establishing funds to support Ft. Rucker soldiers and families.

    As usual, when I ask you to donate, Blackfive.net donates first with an initial $50.

    Here is the link to the PayPal account to help Ft. Rucker families.

    I would be honored if you would go to this link and give generously. I will also be giving what I can. Thank you so very much for caring about and for our military families and our brave men and women who do the work that is necessary for us to remain a free nation. Godspeed.

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    I have mixed emotions about this, and that is a bad way look at this. It should not be looked at emotionally but Constitutionally. What does the Constitution say?

    Well, President Thomas Jefferson used Federal dollars to buy Bibles to teach the Indians our Language and culture. Culture used to be known as Christianity. They were intertwined. Starting with President Washington, the Bible was the first and only text available for a long time.

    It was important for a person to learn to read and write, and this was the purpose of using the Bible. (Aside from the fact that most people were Christians.) An educated society was a virtuous society. So it was in those days. lol.

    Yesterday we had President Bush’ faith-based program being heard in the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). If they would teach the Bill of Rights correctly, we would all understand that the freedom of religion was included so as to protect the Church, the Synogogue, and the Mosque from the weight of the Federal government. Not the other way around.

    I have received an e-mail from the ACLJ (Justice) attorneys. They have included a short video:

    This morning, as I walked the sacred halls of our nation’s highest court, I was reminded of the extreme importance of your solid support of the ACLJ. It is why I am at the Supreme Court today. It is why our team of lawyers worked diligently to ensure our amicus brief was filed under an expedited deadline in this critical case.

    Aggressive secularist groups, such as the one in this case (called ”Freedom From Religion Foundation”), are on the warpath. This group goes so far as publishing warning stickers that they encourage to be placed on Bibles in hotel rooms. They take an extreme view of separation of church and state and have challenged the President’s faith-based office.

    [sorry, but I removed the video. You may view it over at Jay’s site.] 

    As a faithful member of the American Center for Law and Justice, I wanted to report to you immediately.

    Please take just a moment to view this video report from outside the Supreme Court of the United States. I prepared it for you just moments after oral arguments were heard in Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation, a highly pivotal case in the fight to protect President Bush’s faith-based initiatives.

    This is an imperative case!  Defending religious freedom is a matter of great urgency.  I encourage you to…read our amicus brief that was filed in this critical case, also.

    Thank you for your firm stand alongside us.  Thank you for your solid support of our efforts.  You make it possible for us to fight in the highest court of our land today for liberty.

    Thank you!

    They have also asked for our help, if you would like to keep religion in its’ rightful place in our Country.

    Thank you for taking the time read his article. I still feel uneasy toward the federal government getting mixed up in our business. I do not know. I rather like having the power over them, although I understand the complaint.

    What is the complaint? Faith based programs work better than anything this government-made of men could ever do. Programs such as helping the needing, clothing the poor, feeding the hungry, etc.

    You do know, I hope, that just because the government has interveved does NOT relieve you of your Godly obligations! All religions do much more effecient and helpful service than any government agency ever could.

    Knowing this, we should try to eliminate the programs rather than allow the feds into our door. It doesn’t matter how noble the cause.

    Remember, Jesus got very angry when He saw the money-changers in His temple outer area…

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    Iran, Syria supplying weapons and aid to Islamic terror groups [See List Below ]

    JERUSALEM, Israel – As Israel and the United States worked together this week to resume peace talks with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, growing signs indicate a concerted effort by the radical Islamic terror groups Hezbollah and Hamas to rearm themselves in preparation for further conflict.
     
    Hezbollah, the Lebanese-based, Iranian-backed Shiite militant group that initated a war against Israel this past summer after their gunmen crossed the Lebanese-Israeli internationally recognized border, is now receiving weekly shipments of weapons from Iran and Syria. “We know that Syria is trying all the time to smuggle weapons over the Lebanese border to Hezbollah,” Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told members of the foreign press on Feb. 20.

    In an interview with a Kuwaiti newspaper on Feb. 3, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah openly declared that Iran is supplying his group with monetary aid and weapons. [1]

    On Feb. 9 the Arabic daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported that a truck carrying 60 Grad rockets and 240 mortar shells of different callabers, intended for Hezbollah’s use, was intercepted in Beirut by the Lebanese Army. [2].

    Many of Hezbollah’s missiles caches were destroyed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) after the group bomarded Israel’s northern border with hundreds of Katyusha rockets. But because of Syria’s aid in rearmament, Hezbollah has “returned to its pre-war capabilities and has even become stronger,” said IDF Brigade-General Yossi Baidatz, head of the Military Intelligence Research Division, in a breifing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Feb. 20. [3].

    Hezbollah’s growing weapons stockpile is also enabling it to smuggle rockets and anti-tank missiles to Gaza-based Sunni terror groups, including Hamas’ military wing (Izzedeen al-Qassam Brigades) and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

    On Feb. 20 Israeli Police prevented a PIJ terrorist from conducting a large-scale terrorist attack in the Tel Aviv area. [4]  Palestinian Islamic Jihad also claimed responsibility for the Jan. 29 suicide bombing in Eilat, which left three Israelis dead and also orchestrated the April 17, 2006 suicide bombing  that killed 11 in Tel Aviv.

    PIJ’s leader, Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah, is listed on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (F.B.I) website as one of the “Most Wanted Terrorists.” [5]  A $5 million dollar reward has been offered for his capture under the Rewards for Justice Program.

    PIJ’s violent military wing, Sayeret Al-Quds Brigades , have been responsible for firing most of the Qassam rockets from Gaza into Israel.

    Iran also provides PIJ with an estimated $2 million in state-sponsored funding to PIJ annually. [6].  

    Evidence of Hamas and Hezbollah Rearmament:

    • Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the militant group responsible for launching many of the Qassam rockets from Gaza into Israel, announced on Feb. 8 that they developed a new Qassam launcher – from which three rockets were previously launched – that can fire up to six Qassams at once. Typical Qassam launchers can only fire one rocket at a time. [7].
    • Under the control of the Hamas government, Palestinians are now capable of launching Qassam rockets into the coastal town of Ashkelon, which lies 13 km (8 mi.) from northern Gaza. Qassams usually can travel 3 -10 km (1.8 – 6 mi.).
    • Palestinian militant groups are actively working to extend the range of Qassam rockets fired from Gaza into Israel. In July and August 2006, Qassam rockets firing distances were measured at 15 and 16.3 km (9.3 and 10.1). [8].
    • Hamas’ green light for continued terror against Israel has resulted in the development by its military wing of a new double-engine Qassam rocket, and the acquisition of Grad-style Katyusha rockets that can reach targets within 18-30 km (11-19 mi.). [9].
    • On March 28, 2006, Palestinian Islamic Jihad launched a Grad-type Katyusha into Israel for the first time. [10].  Four Grad-type rockets in total have been fired into Israeli territory.
    • The IDF now believes that the Izzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades and other Palestinian military factions have Sagger anti-tank missiles in their possession. The Sagger AT-3 is an anti-tank missile that can pierce 400 mm of armor and hit a target up to 3 km (1.9 mi.). [11].
    • Following the U.N. brokered cease-fire on Aug. 11, 2006, Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported that Iran and Syria were already working to rearm Hezbollah, and stockpiles of weapons were awaiting transport for the group in Syria. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards were specifically responsible for supplying those arms to militants in southern Lebanon. [12].

    In addition, several Palestinian terrorist groups receive training, financial support and weapons from Iran and Syria. They also receive thousands of dollars in reward money for each attack on Israel, according to an Israeli Security Agency source. [13].

    Sometimes they are paid before the attack and sometimes they submit a bill to Lebanon afterward and the money gets transferred a short while later,” according to the source. [14].

    Security officials also said Hezbollah is directly involved in smuggling thousands of dollars into Gaza to pay for the attacks. Militants are paid based on the number of Israelis they kill or injure by Qassams they fire into Israel.

    The Islamic Republic of Iran – the world’s leading state sponsor of terror [15]  – is the main source of financial support for these terrorist attacks against Israel.

    Both Hezbollah and Hamas refuse to relinquish their arms.

    On Feb. 18 Hezbollah cabinet minister Mohammed Fneish, who resigned his post in the Lebanese government in Nov. 2005, told the daily Al Mustaqbal that “We [Hezbollah] hold on to our weapons since their employment is not over yet .” [16].

    Hezbollah was required to disarm in compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 in August 2006. [17].

    Weapons Found Recently by the IDF in Gaza:

    In a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Nov. 14, 2006 Israel Security Agency Director Yuval Diskin outlined that following Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, Palestinian terrorist groups have smuggled into the Gaza Strip: [18].

    • 33 tons of military-grade high explosives
    • 20,000 assault rifles
    • 3,000 pistols
    • 6,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition
    • 38 long-range Qassam missiles
    • 12 shoulder-fired, anti-aircraft guided missiles
    • 95 anti-tank rocket launchers
    • 410 anti-tank rockets
    • 20 precision-guided anti-tank missile

    Iranian and Syrian-Supplied Weapons in Hezbollah’s Arsenal:

    • Israeli military sources report that the majority of Hezbollah’s rocket arsenal is comprised of 122-millimeter [19] Katyusha rockets with a range of about 19 kilometers. [20].
    • According to a report by The New York Times, the Fajr-3 and Fajr-5 rockets have ranges of 40 and 72 kilometers and sizes of 240-millimeters and 333-milimeters respectively. [21].
    • Israeli security officials suspect that Syria has also begun to provide Hezbollah 222-millimeter rockets with a range of 19-29 kilometers. [22].
    • According to an Iranian army official, Iran transferred to Hezbollah four types of long range missiles and rockets: Fajr missiles (100 km/62 miles), Iran 130 missiles (90-110 km/55.8-68.2 miles), Shahin missiles (150 km/93 miles) and 355 millimeter rockets (150 km/93 miles). [23].

    In his press conference to the foreign press on Feb. 21, Israeli PM Olmert also emphasized Iran’s noncompliance with the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1737 deadline that passed the very same day.

    His statements came on the same day Iran made clear it would defy the United Nations resolution passed on December 23rd that gave Tehran 60 days to halt its uranium enrichment program. “Today is the last day that was designated by the international community and by U.N. Security Council Resolution 1737,” Olmert said. “Therefore the international community will have to think of additional measures.”

    Footnotes:

    [1] Khoury, Jack, “Report: Nasrallah admits Iran supplies Hezbollah with arms,” Haaretz, Feb. 4, 2007.

    [2] Abbas, Tha’ar, “Truck seized heavy weapons to Hezbollah in Beirut,” Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Feb. 9, 2007; Associated Press, “Lebanese army seizes Hezbollah amunition in Beirut suburb,” International Herald Tribune, Feb. 8, 2007.

    [3] Rosenfelder, Shanni, “Arms smuggled to Hizbullah weekly,” The Jerusalem Post, Feb. 20, 2007.

    [4] Haaretz Service and News Agencies, “Undercover border policemen kill Jenin-area Islamic Jihad chief,” Haaretz, Feb. 21, 2007.

    [5]Most wanted terrorist: Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah,” The Federal Bureau of Investigations.

    [6] “Group Profile: Palestinian Islamic Jihad,” MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Database.  

    [7] Grinberg, Mijal, “Beinisch: Gov’t can do a better job of fortifying schools near Gaza,” Haaretz, Feb. 8, 2007.  

    [8] Harel, Amos, “IDF: New Qassams can reach north of Ashkelon,” Haaretz, Jan. 11, 2007.

    [9]Missiles and Mortars: Introduction,” Weaponsurvey Web site.

    [10]Katyusha rocket ‘fired from Gaza,'” BBC News, March 28, 2006.

    [11] Harel, Amos, “IDF worried Hamas may have advanced anti-tank missiles,” Haaretz, Feb. 21, 2007.  

    [12] Nahamias, Roess, “Tehran official: Many weapons waiting for Hizbollah,” YnetNews, Aug. 21, 2006.  

    [13] Keinon, Herb, and Katz, Yaakov, “Exclusive: Hizbullah paying terrorists for Kassam attacks,” The Jerusalem Post, Dec. 28, 2006.

    [14] Keinon, Herb, and Katz, Yaakov, “Exclusive: Hizbullah paying terrorists for Kassam attacks,” The Jerusalem Post, Dec. 28, 2006.

    [15] O’Toole, Pam, “Rice: Iran is terrorism ‘banker’,” BBC News, Feb. 17, 2006, accessed July 7, 2006.

    [16]Hezbollah refuses to lay down its arms,” Ya Libnan, Feb. 18, 2007.

    [17] United Nations Security Council, “Resoultion 1701 (2006) Adopted by the Security Council at its 5511th meeting,” United Nations, S/Res/1701(2006), Aug. 11, 2006. 

    [18]Behind the headlines: The threat to Israeli civilians from the Gaza Strip,” Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nov. 21, 2006.

    [19]Katyusha rocket,” GlobalSecurity.org, accessed July 16, 2006.

    [20] Gordon, Michael, “Militants Are Said to Amass Missiles in South Lebanon,” The New York Times, July 16, 2006.

    [21] Gordon, Michael, “Militants Are Said to Amass Missiles in South Lebanon,” The New York Times, July 16, 2006.

    [22] Gordon, Michael, “Militants Are Said to Amass Missiles in South Lebanon,” The New York Times, July 16, 2006.

    [23] Nahmias, Roee, “Report: Hezbollah has 150 kilometer range missiles,” Ynetnews, July 16, 2006.
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    My first meeting today at 9:00 AM was in the State House with the Minister of State, Karim Sinjari. I had two more high-level intelligence meetings with Iraqi diplomatic leaders. I cannot attribute a quote from them for security reasons. I do not want an Iranian agent to put a bullet in their heads.

    Karim is a very humble man; we sip tea as he tells me the story of two attempts to kill him by terrorists and a third by Saddam who poisoned him; he almost died. He repeated a story I had been told earlier:

    “Saddam disappeared 191,000 men between the ages of ten and sixty years so the women could not remarry. They would have no proof that their husbands were dead.”

    Saddam used the Koran to back his claim that he had permission to kill the enemy and confiscate everything they owned. He secured a fatwah, a legal decree from an Imam to give the legal, theocratic right to wipe out the Kurds.

    I was told that Iranian agents by the tens of thousands are everywhere in Iraq, and that Iranian proxies number in the hundreds of thousands. I can honestly say I really don’t like that, knowing I speak out strongly against Iran on network shows, and that I wrote Showdown with Nuclear Iran. I feel a bit like a canary in a mine shaft. I am so thankful for my faith; it strengthens me in the darkness.

    Karim told me that the biggest problem they have is the influx of Iranian agents into the whole of Iraq. Iran is working with Syria, a Sunni state, to kill Iraqis and with the Shiites to pit one group against the other.

    According to Karim, Paul Bremer (head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq) opened the borders, forcing the removal of all security check points in Iraq. Bremer was warned that this would create terror, but he wanted to show the world he was tolerant of everyone. Iran is now running one of the biggest employment services in all of Iraq. For a few dollars, they put unemployed Iraqis on the terror payroll. It is also one of the biggest intelligence agencies operating through the Iraqi government. It makes no difference if you wear a police or military uniform; the vetting process does not work, and the fruit is that secrets are being shared with Iran which now is aware of every move.

    Said Karim, “Your army is in a holy war with global jihadis worldwide. Thousands of Iraqi fanatics lived in Iran and returned home as agents with the full support of Iran. Remember, the Iranian revolution was planned in Najaf by Ayatollah Khomeini. Najaf knows well how to plan Islamic revolutions. The only reason they are not attacking you in America is because you invited them to attack you in Iraq.”

    Al-Maliki says the U.S. should not use Iraq for a confrontation with Iran. This is another sick joke. Al-Qaeda has between 4000 and 5000 terrorists in Iraq. If we leave, the danger will be a thousand times greater, but in the U.S., not in Iraq. The terrorists will take the battle to the streets of America. The only restraining factor is the U.S. troops. We keep the terrorists occupied by fighting them in Iraq. I was told that if we leave Iraq, all of the Arab countries would run away from the experiment in democracy, and that the entire region would explode.

    Karim further opined, “Saudi Arabia is so convinced that Iran is coming, they are building a 400-mile wall at the cost of $13 billion to keep them out. Saudi is panicking because 50 percent of their population is Shiite, and the oil region is in the Shiite area of Saudi. They know a nuclear Iran could mean their end. They pray that the U.S. or Israel will stop them.” I have been told that over 500,000 Shiite “missionaries” are gathered in Saudi Arabia with one goal…convert Sunnis.

    We are taping the last segments of the prime-time special based on this book. Late today at the studios of the state television station, we were given classified footage never shown on U.S. television, or anywhere else. I saw images of Saddam’s flag being planted in each village after the gas canisters were dropped. At first, gas that stayed low to the ground was used. When the people fled to the mountains, canisters containing poison gas that rose in the air was dropped in order to kill those fleeing. Later, I was shown footage of Saddam’s death squads exterminating multitudes, including Islamic fascists beheading Americans. It was the most unspeakably horrific sight I have ever seen.

    It was a shock to see the face of Ali Hassan Majid on Iraq television. He was standing trial for genocidal crimes against humanity. “I am not apologizing,” he said, “I did not make mistakes. I am the one who gave the orders to the Army to use WMDs against 100,000 Iraqi Kurds.”

    We were cleared by the government to see and have access to the footage. Some of it will be incorporated into the television special, “The Final Move beyond Iraq.”

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    January 30, 2007, Northern Iraq

    (I am interviewing Adnan Mufti, Speaker of the House of Kurdistan.)

    “I read the Iraq Study Group report that criticized your region for not flying the Iraq flag,” I said.

    Adnan responded, “Yes, they did. This was the same flag planted in over 5000 villages that were gassed. We have a constitution, and our region is democratic. Why must we fly the Iraqi flag? Would the U.S. ask the Jews that suffered in the Holocaust to fly the Nazi flag? We refuse to honor the ‘Hitler’ who gassed our people; we want the new flag approved by our Constitution.” Adnan also rejected the Iraq Study Group’s proposal that two terror states, Iran and Syria, “meddle in our affairs.”

    “Why,” he asked, “did no one from the Iraq Study Group come here? They ask where the proof is that the Bush policy is succeeding in Iraq. We are the proof. Your nations saved us from extermination. We are a stable region that is a model of everything the U.S. wants for Iraq. Why is it being kept hidden?” I am reminded as I look into his eyes that he was the target of a bomb attack by fanatic Muslims because of his strong support for America, and was poisoned by Saddam Hussein, and almost died.

    Adnan placed a letter in my hands to deliver to President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. He said, “I sent it through diplomatic channels via the U.S. Ambassador, but did not hear back.” I promised I would do my best to get it into the hands of the President.

    I found the Kurds to be very tolerant of other religions. They enjoyed telling me their history, which traces back to the Medes. From the story of Daniel in the lion’s den and the conversion of the Mede king, Darius, to the appeal of a Jewish orphan, Esther. They told me of the Magi, the wise men who followed the star and presented gifts to the Christ child, and of the Medes who were converted on the day of Pentecost.

    They told me about Christians by the tens of thousands that had fled north out of Sunni and Shiite strongholds toward the Valley of Nineveh, a few miles from Erbil. The horrible story of a fourteen-year-old being crucified for sharing his faith broke my heart as I thought of the innocence of my own precious grandchildren. I heard of a pastor who was beheaded for sharing the Gospel, and of women having had acid thrown in their faces for going to church. The church in Iraq is under siege, yet the world remains silent.

    I found it strange that the U.S. has no base in Erbil to fight the war on terror. The greatest success story in all of Iraq, a model to inspire true democracy, is being completely ignored. Kurdistan is where America needs to invest its money rather than bleed money from Kurdistan into the coffers of the regimes that consider America the enemy. I also found it odd that 400 billion dollars has been spent in Iraq, and the Kurds have no U.S. military equipment with which to fight the war on terror. To see our allies using old Russian AK-47s is an embarrassment.

    In this book, I will give you a no-spin understanding of the problem, but also of the solution. The first step is to begin by rewarding our allies and stop appeasing our enemies; what a novel approach.

    As an example, I believe the U.S. needs to move a major military base into Erbil and allow the Kurds to have 100 percent of the money they were promised. This is not happening. The U.S. needs to reward stable regimes economically. To do it, the U.S. must stand up to Turkey and Iran, both of which hate the Kurds. The Kirkuk oilfields should be turned over to the Kurds that have, in the past, controlled the Kirkuk region. Saddam killed them to get them out and moved pro-Saddam regimes in to protect his investment.

    The word in the U.S. is to redefine the war goals in Iraq. Yet, it is clear that the U.S. has been 100 percent successful in the Kurdish region which represents millions of people. I have proposed to the Iraqi Kurdish leaders that I would work with them to host an Iraq Study Group in the U.S. based on moral clarity, as opposed to an “appeasement study group.”

    The war in Iraq can be won; one only needs to go to Kurdistan to see one of the greatest success stories. Military moms and dads need to go to Kurdistan. When they do, they will be treated as heroes and will know that the sacrifice was not in vain. The Kurdish people run to kiss them and honor them in ways beyond America’s ability to imagine. They love the families because they, too, have lost loved ones. They are filled with amazing compassion and gratitude.

    The U.S. National Intelligence Agency declassified a report suggesting that President Bush’s new strategy for controlling violence must show progress within twelve to eighteen months or risk further deterioration. Show progress? What a sick joke. You have one-fourth of Iraq living in stability; not one U.S. soldier has been killed there…ever. There has not been a terror attack in 18 months. If that is not progress, what is?

    Robert Gates, U.S. Secretary of Defense, says that the U.S. is planning to stop Iran from contributing to the violence in Iraq. If so, the border with Iran must be closed, the Embassy and consulates closed, and the Iraqis that have proven their allegiance, i.e., the Kurds, must be given the tools to do the job. It is not securing Baghdad; it is about isolating Iran. That will not happen unless the push is from the north to the south, with the Iraqi Kurds doing the pushing. The Turkish army has already pushed its way into Southern Kurdistan. If the U.S. does not move into the area quickly, the Turks and the Iranians will. The war must be fought north to south with allies, not south to north with enemies.

    Over and over I have been told that Iraqi ministries in Baghdad are helping the terrorists. The Shiites and Sunnis will not end their conflict; it is being fueled and fed by Arab countries. The only hope to save Iraq is by enlisting the Iraqi Kurds.

    Winning the war in Iraq will not happen by fighting in Central or Southern Iraq. America is not going to win over corrupt theocracies by distorting their reality. Getting in bed with the enemy is not the solution; it is the problem.

    It is so obvious to me that Iraq is headed over the cliff of an Islamic revolution that is being birthed between the Shiites and Sunnis.

    Mike Evans

    (Coming: Part III, Friday, February 23, and Part IV, Friday, March 2.)

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    The following is from Mike Evans’ Iraq journal. Over the next several weeks, we will share a portion of Dr. Evans’ journal with you each Friday.

    Part I – Iraq Journal

    As I finish the research for this book in Iraq, my mind is spinning with memories of my time here during the Persian Gulf War. Iraq possesses the largest untapped oil reserves in the world in the Kirkuk fields. Like the diamond mines of Cambodia, the fragrance of the oil of Kirkuk has, like a snake charmer, seduced Turkey and Iran into an insane obsession.

    Iraq is a small country about the size of California, yet two-thirds of it is not inhabited; it is simply dessert. The majority of the population lives in Central and Northern Iraq.

    I can’t sleep. I keep thinking about the events of the last twenty-four hours throughout Iraq, as the final minutes of Ashoura slowly sift away like the sands in an ancient, apocalyptic hourglass.

    This is the holiest day on the Shiite calendar and commemorates the 7th Century death of the martyr-saint Imam Hussein, the son of Ali, the Prophet Mohammad’s cousin. Like dry leaves on the wind, millions of pilgrims have been blown into Iraq from Iran and Muslim countries worldwide.

    In Najaf to the north, hundreds of thousands of men vowing to become martyrs beat themselves with chains and cut themselves with swords in an attempt to feel the pain of Imam Hussein. Their blood flows like a river, mixing with the blood of hundreds of thousands throughout Iraq. With joy, they cry out to their fallen and martyred Imam.

    Suddenly, chaos erupts as Sunni Arab gunmen and Shiite followers of Ahmed Hassani Yemeni, a vanguard of the Mahdi, attack. (The Mahdi is a messiah-like figure in Islamic mythology. He is referred to by some as “the perfect human being,” and his apocalyptic appearing will usher in the perfect world in which all Christians and Jews will bow down to Islam.)

    The battle began as terrorists moved closer toward Najaf with plans to kill Grand Ayatollah Ali-Sistani, the most powerful cleric in Iraq. His followers believe that he speaks for Allah. Sunni terrorists wearing the headbands of martyrdom that declared them to be “Soldiers of Heaven” opened fire on the pilgrims. It was the perfect storm…a conspiracy timed to coincide with the climax of Ashoura.

    High-level Iraqi intelligence leaders have told me that it was an operation by Iran and coordinated with the Mahdi Army under the leadership of Sheikh Moqtada al-Sadr in an attempt to drive the last nail in President George Bush’s coffin. The plan was to kill al-Sistani, since he was a moderate, and blame it on the Sunnis. Al-Sistani is the enemy of the radical al-Sadr who believes al-Sistani to be a traitor to the Islamic revolution. Without a quick response from the U.S. and Iraqi military, it would have happened.

    Maniacal screams of “Bush, the infidel’s greatest Satan” interspersed with cries mocking Christians and Jews and monkeys, pigs and infidels, could be heard reverberating through neighborhoods.

    As the day-long battle continued, I realized it could spark an Islamic revolution. U.S. troops rushed in and averted a holocaust that the murder of al-Sistani would have ignited. Red flames from U.S. Abrams tanks and Blackhawk helicopters lit up the dark sky near Najaf. Suddenly a burst of machine gun fire hit its mark and a trail of black smoke followed one of the helicopters as it crashed to the ground. The streets of Iraq were covered with more U.S. blood as ground troops and armored vehicles poured into the city. Some two hundred people were arrested and three hundred were killed during the attack.

    Najaf was turned over to the Iraqi army in December to provide security operations. In the first major battle, the Iraqis had to be bailed out by American ground forces.

    Hundreds of terrorists had set up fortified encampments, complete with tunnels, blockades, forty heavy machine guns, and at least two anti-aircraft weapons ten miles north of the city.

    The government sent one battalion and police to raid the armed camp. They were surrounded and pinned down, and had to call in American help.

    Today, I looked into the eyes of Iraqi widows whose shy smiles are tinged with pain. The WMDs of Saddam Hussein killed every living thing in their village. These women in black mourn the deaths of their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers. The pictures of their loved ones are their only link to the past.

    In tears, they tell me, “We hear the American media asking, ‘Where are the weapons of mass destruction?’ Tell them to come here; we will show them. These weapons of mass destruction are in our blood and in our souls. We will take you to the mass graves.” Tomorrow, we will go with them. Many, however, do not even have a gravesite to visit. The bodies of their loved ones were completely destroyed, preventing the widows young and old from remarrying.

    Entire villages were exterminated, erased from the map as if they never existed. Every living thing was destroyed…dogs, cows, but especially the men. It mattered not whether they were six months old or sixty years old. This genocidal barbaric atrocity has been erased from the minds of the people and from the newspapers of the world. It is as if it never happened. It did happen…as the world slept.

    Iraqi weapons of mass destruction killed more than one million Iranians and almost 200,000 Iraqi Kurds. Still, the anti-war liberals scream about an unjust war because the WMDs could not be found. Iraqi intelligence officials tell me that they were shipped to Syria. They also readily tell me that Saddam’s top leaders smuggled billions into Syria and are now working with Iran to defeat the Great Satan (America) in Iraq.

    Early in the day, I met with the Speaker of the House in Kurdistan, Adnan Mufti. Northern Iraq is run by a Kurdish president. I asked him to tell me about terrorist attacks in Erbil, one of Iraq’s largest cities, and the city over which he presides. With us was U.S. Colonel Harry Schute. “Terrorist attacks?” smiled Mufti. “This city has not had a terrorist attack in over one-and-one-half years. U.S. Colonel Harry Schutte spoke up, “The U.S. media will not tell you that. [The city is so safe] our airport has over 80 flights per week.”

    Mike Evans

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    It has been quite a while since we talked, and I am in need of Your guidance. You are my God, my Saviour, my Everything and I honor and trust and love You. I come to you as a broken rag doll.

    Lord, I pray for to you to hold Captain Douglas Traversa high above his enemies. Hide him under Your wing. I pray he knows You, and that he knows You.

    Lord, I need help getting back into reading the Bible everyday, not just when I want to pluck a verse or two for my own convenience. I want to get back to writing the whole Bible so I may finish it. By doing this, I will have also read it!

    I have a problem with my anger towards our politicians. They are making it very difficult for me to pray for them. Sometimes I even have evil thoughts about them. I repent those, Lord.

    We live in a country that is so fully blessed with Your riches. Beautiful mountains, far-reaching plains, marvelous stars in the sky at night, family, food-a-plenty, lively rivers, wide oceans, calm lakes, a multitude of animals to care for, a roof over our heads, and so much more. Yes, we are truly blessed with so much. Thank You, Lord.

    Thank You, Lord, for not forgetting me. Thank You for delivering me from hands of Satan. Thank You for my life and my purpose. Even if I don’t know what it is, You do. I know my life is in Your hands, and I am comforted.

    Lord, please watch over our President, our Congresspeople, our Governors, and all the other people who are trying to do what is right and just in our country. Also, please watch over Israel, Your chosen people. Help them to be successful against all attacks by people who only understand hatred and evil.

    I would also like to pray for our Military. Keep them close to Your heart and alive and in one piece! Help them to find our enemies and please God, crush our enemies beneath Your feet.

    I would also like to pray the Iraqi people, the Iranian people, and all the people in the Middle East who are searching for You. Even those who are not, as long as they are not against us. Help them to become self-sufficient, self-reliant, and I pray they would seek Your face. For when they do, I know their world would be so much better. Love them, Lord, please. Forgive them their sins, for they do not know what they are doing by not knowing You. Help them to get rid of the wicked regimes that teach hatred and steal their dignity. They need You so much, Lord. I plead with You on their behalf.

    I know You are aware of the situation in Darfur, Sudan. Please God, make them stop the genocide! All people with evil intent in their heart against Darfurians, and all people in Darfur who have evil intent against their own people, crush them so that they can finally find a truce. There is only one true Peace, and that is one the world does not understand without You. That is why I did not say, “So they can finally find peace.” Please open a way for the food aid to get through to these people. And the people in Somalia, China, Burma, Thailand, Mexico, South America, and wherever it is necessary. Thank You.

    I love You so very much Lord. I praise You all day and night, even though I do not write about it. For this I am regretful (that I do not write my thoughts).

    In Jesus’ precious name I pray,

    Amen.

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    U.S. official calls for increased international pressure to stop Iranian nuclear program.
    A top U.S. official on Sunday called on Iran to resume negotiations on curbing its nuclear program, but urged the international community to step up pressure on the Islamic republic if diplomacy fails. Read more.

    U.S. under secretary of state: ‘We won’t allow nuclear Iran
    The U.S. under-secretary [Nicholas Burns stated] “the policy of the United States is that we cannot allow Iran to become a nuclear weapons state.” Read more.

    Troops Authorized to Kill Iranian Operatives in Iraq
    The Bush administration has authorized the U.S. military to kill or capture Iranian operatives inside Iraq as part of an aggressive new strategy to weaken Tehran’s influence across the Middle East… Read more.

    Is Iran providing devices that trigger deadly IEDs in Iraq?
    Why is the Bush administration escalating its accusations that Iran is backing Shiite extremists inside Iraq? Read more.

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    • Pray for President Bush. Pray that God will give him wisdom in decision making. Pray for our members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and state and local officials. (I Timothy 2:1-2)
    • Please pray for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the Jewish people as they are faced daily with threats and danger from every side. (Isaiah 59:19)
    • Pray for the soldiers kidnapped by HAMAS and Hezbollah, Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, and for their families. They continue to wait for the return of their loved ones.
    • Pray for the families of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan this week. Pray that the Holy Spirit will comfort them, and give supernatural peace. (Philippians 4:7)
    • Pray for the safety of our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. Pray that God will protect and guide them daily. (Psalm 5:11)
    • Pray for revival worldwide according to II Chronicles 7:14.
    • Pray for the peace of Jerusalem according to Psalm 122:6.

    Scripture.
    One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:4-5)

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    Report: Iran ready to begin installing 3,000 centrifuges.
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran was prepared for any possibility in the standoff with the West over its controversial nuclear activities – a tough reaction to a US military buildup in the Gulf meant as a warning to Iran.

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    Iran Finances Pro-Assad Militias in Syria.
    Syrian opposition sources said Teheran has transferred tens of millions of dollars to organize, equip and finance at least two major Shi’ite militias under the direct control of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Many militia members were trained in Iran.

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    The End of Deterrence.
    A nuclear Iran will change everything
    If President Bush is persuaded by the Iraq Study Group to speak directly with Iran, he will be under strong pressure to cut a deal that makes Iran a significant partner in salvaging, at least temporarily, the mess in Iraq…One can almost hear the inevitable claims by those seeking to justify the president’s giving ground on this issue: A nuclear Iran can be “managed” or deterred…this is a good trade-off for extricating America from Iraq. President Bush should not be taken in. He must reject even the hint of compromise.

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    Lost in the Middle East.
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is trying to solidify an alliance of “the mainstream” against Iran and in support of U.S. policy in Iraq. To do that, she is making a high-profile effort to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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    Discover the Arab Lobby “Network”.
    Some members of the Arab lobby in America are heavily financed with money from the Arab world…for instance, the Atlanta-based Carter Center (founded by Jimmy Carter in 1982) has been a longtime recipient of Arab funding. In 2001 the United Arab Emirates (UAE) gave the Center $500,000. The previous year, ten of Osama bin Laden’s brothers had jointly pledged $1 million, as did Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman in 1998.

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    • Pray for President Bush. Pray that God will give him wisdom in decision making. Pray for our members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and state and local officials. (I Timothy 2:1-2)
    • Please pray for the Jewish people as they are faced daily with threats and danger from terror on every side. (Isaiah 59:19)
    • Pray for the soldiers kidnapped by HAMAS and Hezbollah, Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, and for their families. They continue to wait for the return of their loved ones.
    • Pray for the families of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan this week. Pray that the Holy Spirit will comfort them, and give supernatural peace. (Philippians 4:7)
    • Pray for the safety of our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. Pray that God will protect and guide them daily. (Psalm 5:11)
    • Pray for revival worldwide according to II Chronicles 7:14.
    • Pray for the peace of Jerusalem according to Psalm 122:6.

    Scripture
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. (Psalm 18:2-3)

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    I was not going to write about this topic, because many people only care about the numbers. However Mohammed over Iraq the Model has let his emotions and life lay bare on his blog. If he can do such a thing, then so can I.

    I do not want see anymore numbers without the names of the people, the cause of their death and more importantly, what their life has accomplished. We are not just numbers.

    There was a terrorist attack at a school yesterday, and 65 children were murdered because they dared to seek an education. Were they right to do this after being warned not to go to school? I say, “Yes.”

    These are brave people in Iraq. I doubt very much that very many Americans could have survived what these Iraqis have had to endure and come out of it okay. Oh, but they can run their mouths. I sure wish each American could live in al Anbar for just a week!

    I pray for their parents and relatives and friends. God, please comfort them. Help us to smite our common enemy. Please except these precious children into Heaven with love and forgiveness of sins. Make it stop, God. Make it stop.

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    Pray for Iran has been a comfort to many, and now they have another suggestion of us. I believe it is a very good idea and a way to honor God and love our neighbor as ourselves. Let’s see if you agree.

    We trust you had a wonderful Christmas.

    In the Islamic, lunar calendar, the month of ‘Hajj’ marks a significant period for Muslims as many millions go on pilgrimage to Mecca. We believe it is important for Christians to pray for the multitudes of people who go to fulfill their religious duties. Many go because they are longing for forgiveness of sins and because they are desperate to please God.

    During this month there are two especially significant days (the Festival of Sacrifice and the Day of Arafat) when Muslims especially devote themselves more fully to their religion and spend extra time in Islamic rituals. These are important days even for those who do not travel on pilgrimage.

    Many Christians across the Muslim world are encouraging the g lobal Church to join them in prayer on Arafat day, which this year is December 29th. This is the day that pilgrims move toward the plain of Arafat, after having been to Mecca and then Mina, a small uninhabited village east of the city. Islam teaches them that Allah will answer the prayers and pardon the sins of those who stand at Arafat. So hopeful pilgrims spend their time in meditation, seeking forgiveness of sins, and considering the course of their lives.

    We encourage you to stand with many Christians in Muslim countries to pray at this strategic time that the Lord will open the eyes of multitudes of Muslims to know that God so loved the world that He sent his Son as the ultimate sacrifice, so that we could all know forgiveness of sins and receive eternal life.

    You can learn more about Arafat Day by visiting: http://www.30-days.net/islam/arafat.htm.

    May the Lord bless you, and thank you for praying.

    Pray for Iran
    www.prayforiran.org.

    Thank you for your time and concern for someone other than yourself. May God bless your kind heart.

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    A Prayer Request

    I have a prayer request for two Long Beach Police Officers who were shot today at around 1:20pm at the corner of Broadway and 6th Street. They were in their car when someone(s) shot into the car. We do not have many details as of yet (5:26pm), but I believe they are in the hospital. Please, if you read this, pray for them to fully recover and for God to comfort their families. This is terrible, but God can use it for good. Thank you all for your prayers, and have a very Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah.

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    How are you? Are you having a bad day? Do you feel the need to complain? Has your boss been getting on your nerves at work? Are they taking too long with your food order?

    I have an e-mail I would like share with you,  and then tell me how you feel:

    Dear Rosemary,

    I’ve just returned from a trip to meet survivors of the Darfur genocide at refugee camps in Chad. What I saw horrified and saddened me, but it also inspired me.

    Accompanied by acclaimed actress Mia Farrow, I traveled to the region to learn about the lives of those displaced by the violence, to tell them that the world will not forget them, and to gather their stories to share with you.

    We’ve posted photos and documentary film footage from the trip on our web site – click here now to view them.

    In the Gaga camp, we met refugees who had just arrived after a ten-day walk from Darfur and were too shocked to speak in anything other than three- or four-word sentences.

    At the Habile camp, we met the village chief of Louboutigue whose 300-person community was still waiting for grain rations eight days after their homes were burned and their food supply looted.

    In the Goz Beida hospital, we met three men whose eyes were gouged out simply for being on their own land – land that someone else wanted.

    In the Djabal camp, we met a woman who showed us a terrible wound on her back, caused by a bullet that had first killed the daughter she had been carrying as she tried to escape an attack by the Janjaweed.

    And yet all the people we met believed that the world community would end the violence and allow them to recover their lives and return to their homes.

    We met real people struggling to get through each day, grinding grain, and taking care of children. The children wanted to meet us and play with us. The adults had smiles for us. Most of all, they wanted us to tell the world that they were waiting to go home.

    We must not let them down.

    Upon our return, Mia Farrow and I held a briefing with media in Washington to share our experiences along with photos and video footage from Chad. The briefing and footage were also distributed by satellite to international media outlets to tell the stories of the people we met.

    Please click here to visit our web site to see photos and film footage from our trip and the press briefing. Then share these stories in your communities so the people of Darfur can go home.

    Through my work I have met many people like you who are standing up to fight genocide.

    It was my deepest honor to represent you, and the hundreds of thousands of courageous people like you across America, to tell the people of Darfur, face to face, that we will continue to speak for them.

    I ask you to please forward this email on to your friends and family so they can join the effort.

    To make a donation to allow us to continue our work, please click here.

    Thank you again for your continued support and encouragement.

    Best regards,David Rubenstein
    Save Darfur Coalition

    I do not want anyone to feel guilt. If it is not in your heart to do anything for these  people who are the least of these, please, do not bother. But when you stand before Christ, do not wonder why He asks, “Why did not help the least of these? Why did you not feed nor clothe Me?”

    I hope you recognize how blessed you truly are. Have a nice day.

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    On this beautiful day of life, I give thanks to God Almighty. Without His Providence, this beautiful land, our hope in the future of mankind, our love for one another, our gratitude, our mercy, all of these gifts would be devoid of meaning.

    O gracious Lord, thank you for all You have provided for Your children. I pray You will continue to watch over us, and heal our land. On this day, it is to You whom I give thanks first and foremost. As is the case for everyday that I arise from the slumber of the day before’s stresses, challenges, and rewards. Thank You, Lord.

    I also give thanks that I was born in the greatest union that has ever existed on earth, except for the Garden of Eden. I am grateful for the liberties that abound, the rights-given from above so no one shall abscound with them without a fight, the lives of so many who are continuing in this struggle to keep our land free by force and by politics, and I am grateful for my friends and family. I am truly blessed.

    I am very grateful to all of our heroes who will go out to do the dangerous work it takes to keep a country free. They sacrifice for pennies, they live in horrendous conditions sometimes, they follow orders that sometimes make no sense, and they do this for your family and mine. They do this willingly. They are the true heroes of this day.

    They have given us the right to gather amongst our loved ones (or not, lol), while they are far away. Let us take a moment to remember them, even if a moment is all you can spare.

    Today is a hectic day. Today is the day when Mom brings everyone together, cooks all the food, stops all the petty bickering, and has it all done just when you can’t stand the hunger anymore. Mom is a hero as well.

    Dad is the one that organizes who gets to sit near him while the ‘game’ is on TV. lol. Dad’s, we salute you also today. We are grateful for the lives that both Mom and you have provided for us (even though we did not understand half of it. lol).

    Dear, dear friends. What can I say? You are an exceptional group of people who make life worth getting up every morning. Thank you.

    Cross-posted from Conservative Angst.

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    Our Father Who Art In Heaven

    Dear Heavenly Father,
    Thank You so much for this very day of life. The war is not close yet, and I thank You for Your protection.

    I repent for my sin of not knowing the answer to a person seeking Your face, seeking the truth. I did not know because I have not been reading Your word. I have lost my salt.

    Dear Lord, please restore me unto You. I beg Your forgiveness. How can I be salt and light when I have none? Lord, please heal me.

    You are the Almighty, the Great Counselor, my Shepherd, my shield in times of trials and danger. You can lift me up and restore me unto Yourself, because You are also merciful and full of grace.

    I love You so much, Lord. It is truly You for whom I choose to live. Help me to be a better servant.

    Thank You, O my Lord. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

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    Before I start a new post, I would just like to straighten that which I have made crooked. When I wrote earlier (Sept. 19, 2006), I was very upset. I now remember why. The Pope’s life had been threatened, and I did not hear any Muslim voices coming out against that kind of action.

    I was very harsh and unforgiving. This is not the act of Christian who is walking with God. For this, I apologize to everyone for my wrong and bad behaviour. Please accept my apology.

    Now to move on to the Jerusalem News and World Report.

    Listen to Mike Evans’ riveting interview on the crisis with Iran: Click Here.

    Iranian Commander: Our Shahab Missile with Cluster Warhead Can Destroy an Aircraft Carrier
    The Shahab 3 missile has a cluster warhead, and consequently, its destructive power exceeds several kilometers, because the warhead spreads into bomblets. [It can be used] against large bases, large concentrations of people…even against aircraft carriers, because it explodes from above, so it can completely destroy an aircraft carrier with its planes.”
    Click Here.

    Iran Donates $120 Million to HAMAS
    Iran has donated $120 million to the Palestinian Hamas-led government and has said it is ready to give more, Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar said on Thursday in Tehran after talks with Iran’s Islamic government.
    Read More.

    Canada Takes Pro-Israel Stance at UN.
    Canada voted on the side of Israel at the UN Thursday for the third time in a row on the more than 20 Arab- and Muslim-sponsored resolutions that are annually critical of Israeli policy but light on Arab responsibilities.
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    Call Terrorists By Their Rightful Name.
    The people the New York Times refers to as “militants” in Gaza who have been firing rockets daily from the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun at nearby towns on the Israeli side of the border, seeking to injure or kill Israeli civilians. Those who intentionally aim to kill civilians should be referred to as terrorists.Read More.

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    Prayer Priorities:

    • Please pray for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the Jewish people as they are faced daily with danger from every side. Pray that God will give him wisdom to be a wise leader. (Isaiah 59:19)
    • Pray for the soldiers kidnapped by HAMAS and Hezbollah, Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, and for their families. They continue to wait for the return of their loved ones.
    • Pray for President Bush. Pray that God will give him wisdom. Pray for our members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and state and local officials. (I Timothy 2:1-2)
    • Pray for the families of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan this week. Pray that the Holy Spirit will comfort them, and give supernatural peace. (Philippians 4:7)
    • Pray for the safety of our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. Pray that God will protect and guide them daily. (Psalm 5:11)
    • Pray for revival worldwide according to II Chronicles 7:14.

    Scripture:
    I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me. (Psalm 17:6-9)

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    Update: Operation Love from Home

    For those of us who know Kathy Orr, this will not be news. However, you must also read what she has written. For those of you who do not know Kathy, she is a wonderful person who tries to reach-out to the communities to help them get involved with helping the troops.

    She has a special project planned for this Christmas holiday, and it is a very popular and simple one. Please continue reading to find out what you can do. Thank you for all of your help for all of those who deserve our eternal thanks. God bless you all.

    Update: Let’s go people! You’ve been doing pretty good, but we still need 1,659 more cards. I know we can do this. Please, think about the men and women who gave you the freedom to do whatever it is you’re doing. What is one little card? Now, let’s move out!

    Category: (Military) Family.

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    Good Morning

    Good morning everone. I woke up at 3 am, and I just love this time of day. It is peaceful, quiet, and I can even think. lol. I am very happy right now. Why? Because the Lord is my Shephard, I live in the US of A, our brave men and women are protecting us from another attack and they are helping another country, Iraq, stand on her own. I am so proud of them, and I am so proud to be an American. Have a wonderful day.

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    Slavery in this country has been abolished since 1865, yet it continues. There were promises made (just like to the Indians) that were never signed into law (40 acres and a mule).

    There were the Jim Crow laws that declared ‘seperate but equal’ was good enough for our black brothers and sisters. They were not allowed to eat, drink or sit wherever a white person could. They could not go to the same schools, and the schools they were allowed to attend were delapitated. Fine choice, eh?

    Then there was bussing. Who’s idea was this? Oh yes. Sen. Ted Kennedy. I guess he figured that black children did not want or need their friends from home. What a foolish and evil way to treat our neighbors. What an evil way to treat our children.

    I am glad to say that we are doing much better. Is it truly better? Yes. Is it equal? In some areas of life, yes, in others, no. How do you change an ignorant person’s heart?

    Now we have a case–in this day and time–of slavery. It is outrageous that they only received a three years maximum prison sentence.

    Abdel Nasser Ibrahim, 57, was handed a three-year prison sentence while ex-wife Amal El-Motelib, 43, was sentenced to 22 months by US District Judge James Selna. [Read the complete article]

    Editorial: I hate slavery, and this is completey unacceptable. Three years? What? You are allowed to kidnap a child at the age of 10 in Egypt, bring her here, treat her with physical and mental abuse, and have her in servatude for four years, and you only get three years? I do believe that we, as Americans, should stand together and unseat this judge.

    Maybe United States Attorney Debra Wong Yang can explain to us what went terribly wrong. If anyone has any additional information on this case, please contact me.

    PS. The one thing to come out of this whole ordeal is the young lady, now 16, has been granted a visa allowing her to stay in America. I just pray she is blessed with a family whom will show her love, kindness, fairness, charity, and all the things she will need to have a successful and happy life.

    Hat tip: Pajamas Media.

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    It is with great joy that we can announce the release of Amir and Fereshteh. They were released on bail this morning local time, although the case against them is apparently still open.

    Fereshteh’s brother Issa Dibaj has spoken to the couple in Mashad, and they said they were treated well by the authorities in prison. They will be re-united with their 6 year old daughter Christine shortly.

    Amir and Fereshteh have expressed their deepest gratitude to all those who were praying and acting on their behalf during this time. God has heard our prayers and has been good to us. Indeed, their sudden release is yet another indication of the power of prayer.

    Please continue to pray for Amir, Fereshteh and Christine as they come to terms with their 8-day ordeal. Pray that they would continue to find the peace and assurance that comes from above, and courage and grace for the coming days. Pray the case against them will be completely dropped.

    Pray also for the Christian community in Mashad. Pray that they will be strengthened in their resolve to stand firm for Christ, as Amir and Fereshteh have. Let us also pray for all our brothers and sisters in Iran who face intimidation. Pray they will have the freedom to share the love of Christ in the nation.

    We also pray at this time for the persecutors. May they be impacted by the testimony of Amir and Fereshteh and experience the forgiveness Christ offers them.

    Thank you again for praying.

    This report was given by Pray for Iran.

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    Hi everyone. Today I received a plea from a friend of mine. There are two people, husband and wife, who have been imprisoned in Iran because they are Christians. I am going to include this e-mail along with some helpful tools you may use. I would appreciate it very much if you could pray for them. Thank you, and God bless you.

    IRAN: Fears are growing for Fereshteh Dibaj and her husband Amir Montazemi

    It has been more than six days since the arrest of Fereshteh Dibaj and her husband Amir Montazemi, and fears for their safety are growing. In particular, family members are very concerned for Fereshteh, daughter of the martyred Rev. Mehdi Dibaj, as no one has heard from her since her arrest in the early hours of Tuesday September 26th in Mashad, Iran.

     

    “There has been no communication at all from Fereshteh since her arrest and we are very concerned”, says Issa Dibaj, Fereshteh’s brother who lives in the UK. “While Amir has been allowed a brief phone call home to say he is OK, there’s been no word from Fereshteh. We simply don’t know what has happened to her. She might have been tortured during the interrogations and may be too traumatized to talk, or it may be that the authorities are deliberately preventing her from talking to her six-year old daughter to put Fereshteh under as much psychological pressure as possible.”

     

    Family members have repeatedly pleaded with the local authorities in Mashad to let Fereshteh speak to six-year old Christine and assure them of her well-being, but each time the authorities have declined their request. Yesterday Mr Montazemi, Amir’s 91 year old uncle, called the authorities and pleaded with them to at least let Fereshteh speak to her child. They told him to hang up so Fereshteh can phone. However, no such phone call came.

     

    In Tehran , church leaders asked government officials to help secure the couple’s release, but were told it was a matter for the secret police in Mashad and that they could not help.

    No reason has been given by the authorities for the arrest of this Christian couple. Christians in Iran have faced persecution since the 1979 Islamic revolution and live with the threat of harassment, interrogations, imprisonment and even death. In 1994, Fereshteh’s father was martyred when he was abducted and killed while on his way to Fereshteh’s birthday party. He had spent over 9 years in prison prior to that on charges of converting from Islam to Christianity.

     

    Fereshteh and Amir’s family members are asking for the prayers of Christians world-wide. “We would like to ask people to pray for this situation. This issue does not just affect our family, but the whole church in Iran. Despite the threat of persecution, Iranian believers are courageous and are determined to live out their faith; they all need our encouragement and support at this time,” explains Issa.

    What you can do:

    Issa Dibaj is available for media interviews. Please call +1 404 474 2378 or +44 1483 427 778 in the UK to arrange an interview.

    Sam Yeghnazar

    Elam Ministries

    www.prayforiran.org.

    Welcome

    Welcome to prayforiran.org – a website dedicated to encouraging prayer for the nation and people of Iran. This site was launched by Elam Ministries in May 2006 and over 120 Iranian church leaders pledged to 40 days of prayer and fasting for the salvation of Iran. They also issued a call to the global Church to join in praying for the strategic country of Iran. Many thousands across the world responded and joined in praying for Iran, and the site became available in nine languages.

    Why Pray And Fast For
    Iran?

    Iran has long played a leading role in the Islamic world. These days it is at the centre of a global crisis that could easily lead to war, deep political turmoil and economic chaos. We need to fall on our knees and pray that God, in His mercy, will intervene.Also, the small but rapidly growing Iranian church is on the brink of unprecedented growth. Despite the prospect of persecution, men and women, young and old are putting their faith in Jesus Christ – many as a result of dreams and visions. We need to thank God for the open hearts and we want to cry out for a great revival. A strong church in Iran will impact the entire region.

    What Are We Praying For?

    For the persecuted Church in Iran – The Church has experienced severe persecution and restrictions since the 1979 revolution. In the last year, this intimidation of Christians has intensified. We pray for protection, wisdom and boldness for our brothers and sisters in Iran.
    For Revival in Iran–Most of Iran’s 70 million people have never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel. We pray that every Iranian will hear and understand the Gospel and that millions will repent and be saved.
    For God to intervene in the political situation – We pray that God will give Iran righteous and humble leaders who will act justly and love mercy.

    How You Can Use This Website

    The site provides 40 subjects for prayer to help you and your church pray intelligently for Iran. Simply click on one of the 40 links to take you to a page which will help you learn about the subject and guide you in praying. Each page has a slide show with images from Iran accompanied by some Persian worship music. This is there to help you intercede.

    How To Pray

    We encourage you to pray with faith and love for the people of Iran, not with fear and prejudice. Let the Lord show you how much he loves and cares for the people of Iran, just as he loved and cared for the people of Nineveh as in the story of Jonah. Secondly, please focus your prayers on the people of Iran – that they would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Don’t concentrate only on the political situation.

    Finally, please let as many others know about this campaign as you can. Thank you so much for being a part of this campaign. To God be the Glory.

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    Below you will find a plea for Christ’s Word to be spread in Iran. I support this action, after reading this. I supported it before, but what these people say strengthened my faith in this area. Please read the whole thing. Thank you.

    A pastor in a city in the south of Iran receives a few copies of the Scriptures from some visitors and simply says, “These are like gold-dust here;” a lady comes to faith in Christ through a program on satellite TV and has to write down verses shared during the program to comile her own “Bible;” two students watch the film, “The Passion of the Christ” being shown on an inter-city bus and one is overheard saying, “The Koran says Jesus never died on the cross, but this film says did. How I wish I could have a New Testament to know what really happened.” A pastor, a new believer, and an enquirer–all want the New Testament.
    These true stories highlight the urgent need for New Testaments in Iran where there is unprecedented spiritual hunger. Well over 85% of the population are deeply disillusioned with the hard-line fundamentalist regime which, in the name of Islam, has given them war, totalitarianism, and economic chaos. But though tired of the government’s religion, there is still great interest in spiritual things. And it is especially the children of the 1979 revolution, over 50% of the total 70 million population, who are seeking for answers beyond Islam.
    Some are turning to Eastern religion, others to Zoroastrianism, the ancient faith of Iran, and there is tremendous openness and interest in Jesus Christ.
    The Christians in Iran, both from the above-ground and under-ground church, are keen evangelists and are more than ready to share Christ with the people, despite the risks involved. Before any evangelistic effort, they will first pray and fast, sometimes for days, asking God to supernaturally guide them to people who are open. They then find that the Lord leads them in miraculous ways. After much prayer one lady felt led to visit the sick in the hospital. When she arrived in the reception area she saw a lady sitting on the stairs, covered in her traditional black robes, her body shaking with grief. The evangelist started to talk to her and found out she was crying for her sick son. The evangelist then asked if she could pray for the lady’s son in the name of Jesus. When the lady heard the name Jesus she looked shocked.
    “Jesus, did you say Jesus?”
    “Yes,” the evangelist replied. “Jesus loves you and can heal the sick.”
    The crying lady then explained that the night before she had had a dream. She had seen Jesus and He had told her that the next day his prophet would come and visit her.
    “So, you are the prophet of Jesus.”
    The evangelist now knew for sure that she was exactly where she was meant to be. She prayed for this lady – and went on that day to pray for two other families. We know that at least one of the sick was definitely healed.
    It is these obedient servants who are pleading with the international church to send more New Testaments to Iran. They are willing to risk their lives to share Christ with those they are sent to – but they know they must leave people with Scriptures.
    These servants are particularly keen to have supplies of the pocket size New Millennium New Testament published by Elam Ministries. They like the size as it slips easily into a bag or a coat pocket; they like the quality, the print is exceptionally clean and clear and it has a beautiful soft imitation leather cover, and they like the translation. It is accurate, modern and elegant. The old version is now very difficult for young Iranians to understand. They also love the fact that at the end of this slim New Testament there is a “Help Section” which shows the reader where to find passages that will answer his or her particular questions or needs, and right at the end there is a clear explanation of the Gospel.
    The urgency for these New Testaments in Iran is not just reflected in the stories coming out of the country and the pleas of the church’s brave and faithful evangelists. There is also a sense among many mission leaders that this is a very special time for the nation of Iran. Never before has this Muslim nation shown so much openness to the Gospel of Christ, and it is a fact that more Iranian Muslims have become Christian since the 1979 revolution than in the last 1,300 years. And not only in Iran are people coming to faith, but you will find that from New Zealand to New York there are new fellowships of Iranian Christians.
    In our generation Iranians are open, and that lends urgency to the need to take the Gospel to these people. Nobody knows how long this openness will last, but let it not be said that the international church missed one of the most extraordinary opportunities in the history of mission to let the New Testament change the character of a nation.
    For it is the Christ found in the pages of the New Testament who changes entire nations. As Tyndale gave his life so his people could have the Scriptures in their own language, so the English responded and through the Puritans and the Evangelicals an entire nation was changed. It was this same New Testament that crossed the Atlantic and has stamped its teachings on so much of the American way of life.
    And this same Christ, found in the same New Testament, can change Iran.
    Elam Ministries has recently printed 50,000 copies of the pocket New Testament, but such is the demand that they have to immediately send in another order to the printers. The question is – how many should be printed? At the moment the ministry is planning to print 100,000, but perhaps the international church should be thinking bigger. Iran has a population of 70 million – would it be over-ambitious of the church to want to print at least one million? That would still leave 69 million without any Scriptures.
    Elam Ministries believes it is right to be at least dreaming about sending one million New Testaments to Iran as soon as possible, but ultimately this depends on funding. As it is illegal to print any Christian material in the country’s national language, Persian, in Iran, let alone New Testaments, they have to be printed in Europe and then taken in. This means that as well as the cost of printing there is also a lot of freighting and courier costs. This brings the total price of making sure an Iranian can have a New Testament to $10.
    Can you help us cover that cost? Your gift of $10 can pay for putting a New Testament in the hands of an Iranian; $50 would cover five Bibles; $100 would pay for ten copies of the Scriptures; $250 would cover the cost of twenty-five New Testaments… The blessings would be enormous!
    Many have been praying for mission to Iran for years – and their investment is bearing fruit beyond expectations. Iran is ready for unprecedented church growth that would have an impact across the troubled region. Now, more than ever, your partnership in reaching the Iran region matters and will make a difference.
    Elam Ministries is a faith mission and is dependent on the financial support of Christians around the world. To reach more in the Iran region for Jesus, we need more people to partner with us. Every partner makes a difference, and so we thank you for prayerfully considering investing in this mission. By partnering with Elam, you will help to deliver these much-needed New Testaments to spiritually hungry Iranians.
    To donate online, CLICK HERE
    If you’d like to donate by check or money order, send to:
    Advancing Native Missions
    Farsi Bibles For Iran Project
    Post Office Box 5303
    Charlottesville, VA 22905
    Thank you, and God bless you!

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    Have you ever wondered what happened to the unity we all shared right after that tragic day? Tonight, Gregg and Kevin will take a look back to that awful day. They will examine what happened to us, our political parties, and the facts. The evidence as we all saw with our own eyes. Can we allow the media to deceive us?

    At 7pm EST, Pundit Review will be providing sounds from that day. Try to remember where you were, how you felt, what you thought.

    At 8pm EST, one of the most influential members of the new media, Scott Johnson of Powerline. He will be discussing what happened that day, what went right, what went wrong. He will also discuss the emergence of the blogosphere.

    At 9pm EST, we will turn our attention to Matt from Blackfive. He will bring us his weekly “Someone You Should Know.” We will also be discussing Matt’s new book (which I already have in my possession!), “The Blog of War.”

    What is Pundit Review Radio?
    Pundit Review Radio is where the old media meets the new. Each week Kevin and Gregg give voice to the work of the most influential leaders in the new media/citizen journalist revolution. Hailed as “Groundbreaking” by Talkers Magazine, this unique show brings the best of the blogs to your radio every Sunday evening from 7-10pm EST on AM680 WRKO, Boston’s Talk Leader.

    You may listen to the program by streamlining here. May all of your loved be safely with you. If you are not geographically close, may they be close in your hearts.

    Remember

    Category: Radio Shows.

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    Please, we need all of your help. Fr. Saad Sirop of the Chaldean community in Iraq has been kidnapped. They have started a petition for his release, and you may sign it here.

    Please pray for his safe release. If you believe, truly believe with all of your heart, he shall be freed. Continue to pray non-stop. Keep him in your heart. To learn more, please click onto the first link above.

    Category: (Religion) Prayer, (Freedom) Political Prisoners and Iraq.

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    For Thee I Pray

    To ye He hath chosen to guard over His flock. Tis you whom my prayers go forth tonight. As you comfort and prepare your daily duties alone with care, may God’s gentle hand be your guide.

    So much is expected from one man, ’tis true. So much shall be your reward. Let not frustration nor guilt be thy stumbling block. Look up. Be still. Know that He is God, and He loves you.

    If I could take that weight off your shoulders, I would in an instant. I know of a better friend. He said, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Mt. 11:27-30.

    God bless all the Pastors and Priests and Deacons in the fields of battle and here at home. God bless them throughout the world. May He strengthen you, love you, refine you, have mercy upon you, and guide you with knowledge, wisdom and understanding.

    We need you. We love you. We appreciate you. Thank you. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

    Category: Prayer.

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    Allow me to begin with the acknowledgement that I am biased toward children. I love them. Now that this is out in the open, I would like to share with you a story that is still in everyone’s prayers who knows of this.

    SPC Selena Lassien spent her time in OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) from October 2004 to September 2005. If you thought that was hectic, you haven’t heard anything yet.

    When Selena returned home to Vinton, La, on September 24, 2005, she found herself being chased out of her home by Hurricane Rita. For her 26 years of life, the worst was yet to come.

    After this, her family and she were settled in many different places, with Selena moving from one Fort to the next. Until one day, her boyfriend Darrell and she settled in at Lake Charles. After they had settled in, they received the news. Selena was pregnant.

    It just so happened that she flew to her cousins high school graduation party in Jamaica Plain, Mass. in June 2006. Two hours before she was ready to fly home, she noticed there was something wrong with her pregnancy. She called her doctor back home, he told her to relax and fly home, but Selena knew better. (Not too hard, if you ask me, to second guess a doctor!)

    It was a good thing, too. She went to the hospital emergency room. Being six months pregnant, she was already dialating. They admitted her that day. “After another four weeks in a special bed at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, tiny Kameryn Bias was born. She was soon transferred to Children’s Hospital, where surgeons dealt with the intricate complexities of this fragile but determined life.” She weighed no more than 1.5 pounds.

    As of today, she weighs in at 2 pounds. At this very moment, Kameryn is having another surgery. I have just learned this from Patty Patton-Bader, President and Founder of Soldiers’ Angles. Soldiers’ Angles will be accepting donations into their general fund for 48 hours, starting last night, to help Selena find an apartment near the hospital.

    She is far away from home, and she really needs our help. She helped us by going to war on our behalf, this is a very simple way for us to show our gratitude.

    You may also find some information at Blackfive’s website. Also, Pundit Review held a three hour vigil of sorts on their radio program last night for Selena.

    Please, no matter if you only have $10, it all counts. Do not be embarrassed. Think about it this way. How would you feel after going to war, living through a hurrican, and then your child is born premature and needed surgery on her heart and intenstines? Would you like to be near your daughter? Would you do whatever it took to do so? Well, we’re just trying to make it a little easier on her. After all, doesn’t she have enough on her mind?

    Please use the paypal, or write to:

      Soldiers’ Angels
      Care of SPC Selena Lassien
      1150 N. Loop 1604 W., Suite 108-493
      San Antonio, TX 78248
      You may also call SA at (615) 676-0239.

    Thank you so much for all that you do. That includes the Veterans who have also stepped up to the plate. Unfortunately, they can only offer housing which is very far away from the hospital. I love you guys, but come on. I wouldn’t even leave the hospital, let alone go far away!

    Please remember to pray for Darrell, Selena and Kameryn. Thank you.

    Sources: Blackfive, Pundit Review, Soldiers’ Angels, and two articles from the Boston Herald: Infant at home in the Hub — for now and Fellow vets reach out to mother in need.

    Category: (Military) Someone You Should Know.

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    When I read this yesterday, I was infuriated. “How could this be?” I asked myself. It was a frightful conclusion that came to me. It is because no one wishes to go against the Mullahs of Iran.

    Do they not realize that this is precisely how the holocaust in Hitler’s Germany (not today’s Germany) began? Is anyone paying attention, taking note? Why has this not reached the news? Fear?

    Gateway Pundit has been watching and writing about this atrocity.

    Iranian Regime Supporting Leftists Harass Jews in Argentina

    A group of radical leftist supporters of the Iranian regimeprevented Jewish protesters from holding a demonstration at the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires today:

      Left-wing activists in Argentina prevented an anti-Iran demonstration.Argentine Jewish groups organized a demonstration Wednesday in front of the Iranian Embassy in Buenos Aires to protest Iran’s support for Hezbollah.
      But some 50 members of the group Quebracho stopped traffic and blocked the street so the Jewish demonstration couldn’t proceed.
      Argentine Jewish leaders expressed serious concern and demanded the freedom to demonstrate.
      “Public opinion can understand, from this event, who is playing with violence,” said Silvio Rossjansky, president of the Argentine Zionist Organization.

    A member of the Iranian community (L) argues with members of the Jewish community (R) who had planned a protest against Iran, near the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires August 23, 2006. (REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian)

    May someone else will start to pay. Then another and another, before it is too late…

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    It has come to that point in time whereas one must decide. Do you want to live in fear of offending someone, or do you simply want to live? Sometimes, you may have to fight for that right.

    Liberty was never gained by weak nor the mild. Freedom was never won by the pacifist nor the lazy. Life was never more precious as when one gave up his for another.

    Conspiracies are born from ignorance. They are also born of denial. Then there are those times when there simply is no conspiracy theory but a lie! Yes. People who want to kill you will lie to you. Are you surprised? What makes you think that that a murderer has the moral compass not to lie?

    This just in: The Lebanese men suspected of having deposited bombs on German trains last month were hired hands — in the employ of the German government itself.

    That, at least, is what one 27-year-old from Saudi Arabia believes. “It’s all a Protestant crusade,” the man explains. “All of northern Germany is Protestant, isn’t it? And so is President Bush.” Then the man launches into a melange of confusing arguments and historical facts. The bubonic plague, Martin Luther and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl all make a cameo. It’s all connected somehow, the man is sure of it. [continue reading]

    Was not Hitler a liar? Was he not a dictator? If you disagreed with him, was this hazardous to health? Then what do say to people who worship him? Yes, the Islamofascists. After all, was not Hitler a fascist?

    Hat tip: Spiegel Online and Little Green Footballs.

    Category: Terrorism and Germany.

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    I have completed the five-part series with Mr. Jay McGinley on Darfur, Sudan. You will find it at Knickerbocker News. Please start with Part 1 and read through to Part 5.

    He is an amazing man. He is willing to lay down his life in a peaceful form of protest until these lawmakers get moving and put troops in the Darfur region that are there to PROTECT (not rape, plunder, sell into slavery, etc.) these beautiful people. What are you willing to do? Have a blessed day.

    Category: Other and Prayer.

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    Memorializing Terror
    By Michael D. Evans
    Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the United Nations Security Council is currently meeting and is working intensely to push for a resolution concerning the situation in Israel and Lebanon. Read More.

    Outliving the Terrorists
    By Michael D. Evans
    There was a moment of clarity just a few years ago, in the aftermath of 9/11, when Americans reacted as one in the baptism of fire rained down by Bin Laden and company. Read More.

    A plan ‘to commit unimaginable mass murder’
    ALARMING intelligence that an attack was imminent was the trigger for police raids which captured 24 terrorist suspects, including two white converts to Islam. Read More.

    A test for the US, too
    In this region, Hizbullah’s survival in the face of the best Israel can throw at it is the equivalent of throwing blood in a tank full of sharks. Read More.

    Hot Rockets
    Ball bearings normally help motors and other machines run more smoothly. But among Islamofascists, they do exactly what Islamofascists do best: Destroy! Read More.

    A Price of Fighting Terrorism
    Wars, as we all know, are now fought on TV and are subject to far greater — and quicker — scrutiny than ever. Read More.

    After Lebanon, there’s Iran
    When the war in Lebanon ends, the US will have to piece together a whole new strategy for dealing with Iran – especially its nuclear program. Read More.

    Thank President Bush for His Support of Israel
    Israel faces deadly danger on all sides. Please ask President Bush today NOT to succumb to pressure from the Arab League, the UN, the EU, and Iran to turn his back on Israel. Sign the petition now!

    Please make a donation to the Haifa Emergency Fund
    The city of Haifa has been devastated by Iranian-supplied Hezbullah rockets. Please send your emergency gift today and show Mayor Yahav and the people in Haifa that we care, and that we are standing with them. Make a secure online donation today.

    Prayer Priorities

    • Please pray for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the Jewish people as they are faced with attacks on every side. Pray that God will give him wisdom and knowledge to meet the attack of the enemy. (Isaiah 59:19)
    • Pray for the soldiers kidnapped by HAMAS and Hezbollah, Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, and for their families.
    • Pray for President Bush. Pray that God will give him wisdom in the choices he makes, and the advisors to whom he listens. Pray for our members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and state and local officials. (I Timothy 2:1-2)
    • Pray for the families of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan this week. Pray that the Holy Spirit will comfort them, and give supernatural peace. (Philippians 4:7)
    • Pray for the safety of our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. Pray that God will protect and guide them daily. (Psalm 5:11)
    • Pray for revival worldwide according to II Chronicles 7:14.
    • Please pray for the families of these killed in battle: Gilad Stukelman, Yoni Shmucher, Igor Kovalik, Noam Goldman, David Shmidov, Nir Cohen, Ben Sela, Natan Yahav, Rueven Novik, Adi Salim, Elad Dan, Gilad Zusman, Idan Kobi, Naor Kalo and Nimrod Segev.

    Scripture

    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2)

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    I cannot believe this. America, where is your heart? Where are your balls? Have you traded them in the hope people will like you impotent? I am a true American, and I hate being a coward because I am not. I also hate turning our backs on our one ally in the Middle East, the Israelis.

    How dare you sign on with the French and the Arab League! Are you crazy? I am very angry at you this moment in time. You want me to work on a campaign for you that will last only two years while our friends are fighting for their lives? Forget it. Find yourself another kool-aid drinker. I’m not the one.

    Would you care to know how they feel about this? I think you should have to swallow this bitter pill.

      Yoni,We are back in Israel and my unit is at rest, so I thought I would send you an email before we go back in on Friday night.I am afraid for my guys, the fighting has been tough but now that the UN is going to set a cease fire and Olmert what a SOB he is again stabbing Tzhal in the back again.

      We are going to go back to Lebanon before the world sh—ts on the Jews once again.

      Yoni how can I take my troops back to fight in such a mess, what is I loose one of my guys?

      What words can I use to comfort their families. I have some guys that have wives at home pregnant what if G-d forbid their dad is killed today, for what? I feel like sitting and crying but I got to lead my men.

      We have lost the war and the army has the ability to beat Hizballah, Syria and the Palestinians all at the same time, but the cowards will not let us.

      I got to go but I am afraid of the next 48 hours.

      M

    I hope you remember this when the questions are asked again, “How did we allow this to happen? Never again!” Yeah, right…

    Update: What a shame it is that you are not in the middle of what is happening. To be so heartless as to have done this:

      I have had people send me emails saying soldier just buck up and get over it. They missed the fact that this person is an officer commanding a unit in the IDF. That is only care in the world right now is for his men. I will not give his rank for his protection.

    Have you absolutely no shame? Have you lost your freakin’ mind? Are you so cold of heart that you could not have know this for yourself? Excuse me, but I’m going to be sick…I am so ashamed…

    Category: Israel, Lebanon, UN and USA.

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    For the Love of God

    Below is a copy an e-mail I received from TownHall.com. This is one of the reasons I have many problems with India:

    While distributing Christian literature, Pastor M. Aharon, was mercilessly assaulted by a group of militant Hindus. He was assaulted for converting Hindus and Muslims to Christianity. His face was covered with blood from heavy blows to his mouth and nose. He survived the brutal attack at the hands of Hindu radicals in the town of Nizamabad, Andhra Pradesh, located about 300 miles east of Bombay in central India.

    During this violent incident, a mob of over 100 Hindu radicals cheered and yelled in support of the attack on Pastor Aharon, inciting the rest of the crowd to turn against him. Police stood by as the extensive attack was being carried out, and the constables even prevented the pastor from escaping. Only after Aharon could barely hold himself up did police begin to escort him from the tumultuous scene.

    Pastor Aharon, who has led 700 Hindus and Muslims to Christ and has established 12 churches in this community, has outraged radical Hindus and Muslims. When a VOM contact asked Pastor Aharon what was going through his mind during the attack, he said, “I remembered Christ and many others persecuted for their faith in the last twenty centuries.”

    Every month The Voice of the Martyrs reports on what is really happening around the world where our brothers and sisters are persecuted for their faith. Now you can receive a free subscription to The Voice of the Martyrs award winning monthly newsletter. You will be inspired, and even discover practical ways to get involved. Sign up today!

    Please pray for this Pastor, that his strength is renewed everyday by the Lord Jesus Christ. God bless him. Thank you.

    Category: Prayer and Revival

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    By Danica Kirka, Associated Press Writer.

      LONDON – British authorities thwarted a terrorist plot to blow up several aircraft mid-flight between the United States and Britain using explosives smuggled in hand luggage, officials said Thursday.

    So, there is no war I’ve been told. I have heard from Democrats, some way-out Republicans (Pat), and many a nut. I wonder, what is going to take to get your attention? We’ve already lost the World Trade Towers

    Have you forgotten?

    Update: There are several very well written articles and quite honestly, they are from the experts. First we have one by Evan Kohlmann:

      Al-Qaida’s Use of “Liquid Bombs” Targeting Airliners.
      …described Ramzi Yousef’s plans in detail — including his intention to travel to “France, Egypt, and Algeria after the activities here in the Philippines. The purpose was to train those Muslim brothers thereat, on using a Casio watch as a timing device, chemical mixtures to compound bombs, and to share his expertise in eluding detection on an airport’s x-ray machine, and eventually smuggling [onboard] this liquid chemical bombs.

    Three of those Egyptians have been caught. I wonder where the other eight are? What is there purpose? And they call me paranoid because I do not trust them? Ha!

    Next we have a fine article by Andrew Cochran:

      London Airline Bombing Plot News (updated 8:40 am ET)
      Searches continue at this hour in London after the arrest of 21 suspects. Here is the statement by the Homeland Security Department on the raised threat level to Severe, or Red, for commercial flights originating in the UK bound for the United States, with the threat raised to Orange for all flights within or bound for the US. Fox News: “The terrorists were targeting United, American, Continental airlines, two U.S. counterterrorism officials say. But anonymous sources later told FOX News that British airlines were also being targeted. A U.S. intelligence official said the plotters had hoped to target flights to major airports in New York, Washington and California, all major summer tourist destinations.” …

    The CounterTerrorismBlog sure has been on top of this. I mean all of them! Next we have Walid Phares:

      London: The “Shoe Bomber Factory” again?
      …I have been tiredly raising with legislators and officials on both sides of the Atlantic: From shoes to hand bags the Jihadists are not letting go of their morbid fantasy: bleeding the skies over the Atlantic. While most investigation will direct itself on the “hand bag” weapon in the next few hours and probably days, the larger question on the mind of Jihadism analysts will certainly be: where do these Jihadists come from and how come there are more of them?

    This is a very thoughtful post which gives me pause as to the people who are actually working versus the people in the know. I wonder, who are they listening to? Yes, some of them are gone, but their mentality is still present. Is it the same people they listened to before September 11, 2001? I sure as heck hope not…

    Category: United Kingdom, USA and Terrorism.

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    I have received an e-mail from Jay Sekulow of the ACLJ (NOT the ACLU!) which informs me that today is the 50th anniversary of our National Motto: “In God We Trust.”

    While the ACLJ is committed to preserving our Motto, you can bet the ACLU is dead set against it.

    Use of the slogan “In God We Trust” dates back to the War of 1812. Fearing for the fate of America while watching the British attack Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key penned the words to the Star Spangled Banner. One line in the final stanza says, “And this be our motto – In God is our trust.”

    On July 30, 1956 – 50 years ago today – Congress passed legislation making “In God We Trust” our National Motto … to reaffirm America’s unique history and to distinguish us from atheistic nations who recognize no authority higher than the State.

    It is a wonderful tribute to the morals and principles upon which our nation was founded.

    And yet, there are certainly those who would like to eliminate “In God We Trust” from our country’s landscape.

    Just recently, Michael Newdow challenged our National Motto in a federal district court in California.

    With the help of ACLJ members across America, we responded immediately. We filed an amicus brief on behalf of 47 members of Congress …

    … and the case was dismissed, as it has been time and again over the years. The court ruled that our National Motto has nothing to do with the establishment of religion.

    Happy 50th Anniversary to our National Motto!

    Read more about the history of our National Motto and the ACLJ’s efforts to protect it.

    Thank you, and have a good night.

    Category: American News & Issues and Other.

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    I am in Jerusalem, and my heart is breaking for the Jewish people. Prayer groups are meeting across this nation to pray for the peace and safety of the people, and for those who have lost loved ones in the murderous rocket attacks.

    Please let Prime Minister Olmert and the Jewish people know that you are praying for them today. Click here to sign the petition of prayer support.

    Israel is not just fighting Hezbollah in Lebanon; hundreds of Iranian Revolutionary Guard troops (the “Al-Quds Force”) are on the ground there as well, according to an Arab diplomatic source in Washington. It was a contingent of these troops that was responsible for the radar-guided C-802 missile that targeted the Israeli warship off the coast. Four Israeli seamen were lost in that attack.

    “This was a direct message to the Israelis that we are fighting the Iranians here,” said the Arab diplomatic spokesman.

    Hezbollah’s continued support comes from arms shipments being funneled into Lebanon through a well-established base in Syria. According to intelligence reports, “The order to increase assistance” is “directly from Tehran with the approval of the bureau of the leader Khamenei,” the official said. “The assistance mainly includes a large amount of weapons as well as ammunition, cash, and field rations.” This kind of assistance from their Iranian backers could lengthen Hezbollah’s fight against Israel. According to one source, Iran has also sent FL-10 naval missiles, additional Katyusha rockets and Fair-3 and Fair-5 missiles.

    Wednesday was one of the worst days of attacks as Hezbollah fired more than 100 Katyusha rockets into Israel. Two young brothers, 9 and 3, were playing in the streets of Nazareth when they suffered a direct hit from a Katyusha rocket. More than 135 people were taken to the hospital in Nazareth. The rockets that hit were thought to be Syrian-made.

    As I said last week, Israel is the last firewall between Islamic terrorists and America. We must understand that events in Israel will not stay in Israel. Sooner or later, America will face the same kinds of devastating attacks that we see there…assaults on our mass-transit infrastructure (rapid transit, subways, trains, etc.), homicide bombers in restaurants, shopping malls, even churches. We dare not bury our heads in the sand and say, “That’s in Israel; it doesn’t concern me.”

    Remember, God has called you and me to “‘Comfort, ye my people,’ saith your God.”

    Your ambassador to Jerusalem,

    Mike Evans

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    ISRAEL IN CRISIS

    Simon Wiesenthal Center invites you to see three important films

    THE LONG WAY HOME
    Narrated by Morgan Freeman

    The struggle of tens of thousands of displaced Jewish refugees to find dignity and renewal in the aftermath of the Nazi Holocaust and the story of the creation of the State of Israel, 1945-1948.

    Tuesday • July 25, 2006 7:30 p.m.

    Discussion to follow screening.

    WINNER OF THE 1997 ACADEMY AWARDTM FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY.

    IN SEARCH OF PEACE
    Narrated by Michael Douglas

    The story of Israel’s first two decades and the Middle East conflict, 1948-1967.

    Wednesday • July 26, 2006 7:30 p.m. Discussion to follow screening.

    EVER AGAIN
    Narrated by Kevin Costner

    The story of the rise of Islamic fundmentalism and the resurgence of European antisemitism.

    Thursday • July 27, 2006 7:30 p.m.

    Discussion to follow screening.

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    This is an e-mail I have received from the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice). I want to share it with you. Have a blessed day.

    In God We Trust? Yes!

    Our National Motto, “In God We Trust,” came under attack from Michael Newdow – but with the backing of ACLJ members, we filed a an amicus brief in support of 47 members of Congress asking a federal district court to dismiss the suit. We’re pleased to report that the court agreed with the ACLJ.

    If there is an appeal, we’ll continue to fight for what is right. In the meantime, we thank our ACLJ members for supporting this effort and enabling this great victory!

    On Pro-Life Protests: It’s Unanimous.

    For more than two decades, we’ve been litigating a “R.I.C.O. case” brought by the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) – and have taken the case to the Supreme Court of the United States on three separate occasions. Now the high court has ruled in our favor again – unanimously – declaring that the racketeering law intended to fight organized crime cannot be used against pro-life protesters. This is a huge and significant victory for the pro-life movement.

    Partial-Birth Abortion: A New Review.

    The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear a second partial-birth abortion case, out of the Ninth Circuit, which will put all the issues surrounding partial-birth abortion front and center. In our amicus brief for the original case (out of Nebraska) already before the high court, we are representing members of Congress as well as ACLJ members who have signed a petition in support of our arguments. We will also file an amicus brief in the second case, out of California, representing members of Congress.

    The combination of the two cases means that the Supreme Court may not only determine whether Congress acted appropriately in enacting the partial-birth abortion ban, but may also bring an end to the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion.

    Progress on Public Display of the Ten Commandments.

    In a Kentucky case, the ACLU sued Mercer County, and a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the county, sharply criticizing the ACLU (calling its position “tiresome”). The ACLU decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court as a defensive measure.

    In Utah, we successfully defended a small town that sold part of a city park containing a Ten Commandments monument to private owners as a means of avoiding removal of the monument – a common practice across the country as ACLU lawsuits proliferate. The Utah case is now on its way to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. And in Ohio, a U.S. District Court judge ruled in our favor against the ACLU on the constitutionality of a monument outside the Lucas County courthouse.

    Stay Extended in Mt. Soledad Cross Case.

    San Diego’s Mt. Soledad cross has been granted a permanent stay by Justice Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States. The stay, in place for the entire appeals process, not only supports all the hard work of our ACLJ team, it also sends a very strong message to the lower courts: The majority of the Supreme Court views the Mt. Soledad memorial to be constitutional.

    Victories for Marriage.

    Courts in Connecticut, New York, Georgia, and Nebraska all ruled in favor of the traditional view of marriage. In a bold move, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision that had declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. That Act, which the ACLJ helped draft, was passed by Congress and said no state should be required to recognize a same-sex marriage from another state. Even the Massachusetts Supreme Court is supporting the right of citizens to vote on the definition of marriage, which should set back the redefinition agenda considerably.

    Tension Builds in the Middle East

    Israel has announced they are sending in ground troops to the Lebanese border. This is a critical time for Americans, and especially Christians, to stand with Israel. Already more than 50,000 have joined our nationwide campaign – so add your name to the ACLJ’s PROCLAMATION OF SUPPORT for Israel today.

    Visit http://www.aclj.org/ or call 1-888-873-8698 today for more news. Thank you so much for being a part of each advance we’ve been able to make for the cause of religious freedom.

    Now I invite you to “keep up the good work” – enabling our dedicated teams of attorneys to continue representing your values in the courts of our land, from the local school district all the way up to the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Today, your online contribution to the ACLJ will be matched dollar-for-dollar through our $350,000 STOP THE ACLU! Matching Challenge. Please give as generously as you can.

    Life and liberty will triumph!

    Category: Other and American News & Issues.

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    Day 40: Revival

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    First of all we want to express our deepest gratitude to you for participating in these 40 days of prayer and fasting for Iran. We are overwhelmed with so much love and prayer support that you have showered on Iranian people. We believe your prayers, together with many thousands of others, have been heard and the Lord will answer. This most generous investment of your time and prayers will impact Iran beyond description. THANK YOU.

    Though the forty days are over, we hope and trust that Iran will continue to have a special place in your heart and that you will remain in prayer for the nation. The prayforiran.com website and the forty subjects for prayer will stay live indefinitely as a resource for you and others to use.
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    Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that He may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you – even Jesus.” Acts 3:19-20.

    On this final day we want to cry out to the living God on our knees for Christian revival to sweep through Iran.

    In the last forty days we have praised God for many of the blessings Iran enjoys. But we have also asked the Lord of compassion to have mercy on the suffering of the nation.

    It is obvious that Iran needs a radical spiritual transformation, revival and restoration. For this to happen, the nation is in need of deep conviction of sins, rather than condemnation, so that the people will humble themselves before the almighty and merciful God and repent. Then times of refreshing will come.

    Oh living, compassionate and all powerful God, who spoke and the universe came into being, who desires all men to be saved, and who responds to the prayer of the righteous, hear our prayers:

    • We pray that the Good News of the Gospel will spread all over the land. That every person will have an opportunity to hear and understand the work of Jesus on the cross, His death and resurrection, and the Good News of salvation provided for everyone.
    • We pray that every Iranian Christian will be filled with God’s love and passion to declare Christ. We pray that every Iranian church will become a training centre for evangelists and that men and women will be sent to take the Good News all over the land.
    • We pray also for nationwide distribution of the Word of God and Christian literature, for the effective use of the internet and 24 hour radio and satellite television programmes so that all of Iran and Iranians worldwide will hear His Voice.
    • We pray that God the Holy Spirit will bring about a deep conviction to the heart of the nation as never before. We pray that the whole nation, young and old, men and women in the cities and rural areas of Iran and Diaspora will fall on their knees individually or in households and groups and cry to God and repent. We pray that like an avalanche a national spiritual revival will sweep the country.
    • We pray that You, oh God, will forgive Iran and wipe away all sins. We pray that You will give the nation a new heart to seek after You and become an instrument of righteousness to love and to do Your will.
    • We pray that You will pour out Your Spirit upon Iran and anoint the nation and that Iran will become a major missionary sending country to take the Gospel all over the Islamic world and beyond.

    Thank you so much for praying for Iran.

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    Day 39: Love Iran

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    The best three weeks of my life were spent in Iran in 1973” – an elderly American lady sharing recently with an Iranian Christian leader.

    Years ago, when the former Shah of Iran had opened up the Iranian domestic markets to western products and was encouraging consumerism, when tourists were returning home from the sunny beaches of the Caspian Sea to narrate their tales of Arabian Nights, and when foreign missionaries were amazed at the level of freedom; they were given in an Islamic country, it was very easy to love Iran.

    But after 1979, it all suddenly changed. On the news bulletins of the western media. there appeared images of young bearded Muslims brandishing Kalashnikovs and shouting “Death to America!” Pictures of Iran’s serene beaches and welcoming coastal cities gave way to images of American hostages, war-ravaged cities, and Ayatollahs calling for the destruction of Israel and America. Iran became synonymous with terrorism, religious fanaticism, and more recently, with nuclear bombs.

    Iranians quickly lost the respect they once enjoyed in the world, and anyone holding an Iranian passport was viewed with great suspicion. Soon even the Christian world was convinced Iran is a closed country. After all, it was a country where the government had closed down the Bible Society, arrested and killed Christian leaders, and were discriminating against Christians. Most missionary organizations and donors were happy to dedicate their resources to other parts of the world, but Iran was out of the question.

    Yet Iranians today are more open to the Gospel than they were before the revolution. After years of war and fighting and hatred, Iranians, most of whom were never even born when the revolution started, feel deceived and let down by those who were promising an Islamic utopia, and are craving for alternatives. And when they see the love of Christ as exhibited by Christians in their midst, they sense the difference immediately and are drawn to it like a magnet.

    Paul says that the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. With this in mind, let us go before our loving Father:

    • Pray that God would convict the global church to reach out to Iranians in faith and love so that they can taste and see that the Lord is good. Pray that fear and negative perceptions about Iran will be replaced with God’s deep love and concern for the people.
    • Pray that both Iranian and non-Iranian Christians and churches will practically demonstrate their love for Iran by devoting adequate resources for mission to Iran.
    • Pray that Christ’s love will compel Christians around the world to reach out to Iranians in their communities. Pray that God would give them passion, boldness and wisdom to share the Gospel with individuals and families and win them for Christ.

    Thank you so much for praying.

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    If you would care to view all the prayers of the 40 days, please visit Pray for Iran. Please ask your friends, Pastor, Priest, family, and everyone to continue to pray for Iran even after these 40 days. Let us bring about the revival to revive all Christians all over the world! Thank you. God bless you, and have a nice day.

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    Day 38: Ethnic Minorities

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    “And with Your blood You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”  Revelation 5:9

    Iran is a beautiful tapestry of different ethnic and linguistic groups which have lived together in harmony and mutual respect for centuries, while sharing a common patriotism for the country. In addition to Persians, there are 50 or more ethnic groups in Iran which together make up approximately half of the population. These include the Azeri, Gilaki, Mazandarani, Luri, Bakhtiari, Baluchi, Turkmen, Kurdish, Qashghai, Jewish, Armenian, Assyrian, Arab and Parsi (Zoroastrian) ethnic groups.

    Biblical history makes us aware that Persians, Medes (probably the Kurds of today) and Elamites inhabited the region we know today as Iran. Throughout the centuries these early inhabitants sub-divided into different ethnic groupings. Segments from other people such as Jews, Arabs, Turkic peoples, and Armenians have also integrated over time and in more recent years Iran has welcomed large numbers of Afghans and Iraqi Kurds who have sought refuge there from conflicts in their homelands.

    While Persian is the national language loved and spoken by almost all, most ethnic groups have retained their own mother tongue in spoken form as the language of their heart and home. This means that the message of the Gospel and basic Christian teaching may have more impact if delivered in the mother tongue, though participation in the wider fellowship of believers and on-going spiritual growth will naturally be in Persian.

    In His covenant with Abraham, God promised to bless all the ethnic peoples of the earth. In realisation of this promise many people from various ethnic groups have been added to the Church in recent years. However, there are still a number of groups where there are no known Christians.

    So today we want to pray that the Gospel will reach every ethnic group in Iran. Please join us in prayer and praise:

    • Praise God for the harmony which exists between the various peoples of Iran, and pray that this can be maintained in both the political and Church domains.
    • Pray for wisdom for Christian leaders, evangelists and broadcasters to discern how best to minister to the various regions and communities of Iran. Pray they will recognize the opportunities for use of the heart languages where appropriate alongside the use of Persian.
    • Pray for those involved in production of Scripture portions in audio/visual formats (such as the Jesus Film) and other ministry materials in various languages of Iran. Pray in particular for the production of the Scriptures in Azeri spoken by over 20 million people in Iran.

    Thank you so much for your prayers.

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    Day 37: Villages

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    Jesus went through all the towns and villages – preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. Matthew 9:35

    Despite massive urbanisation, still 38% of Iran’s 70 million population live in the country’s 68,000 villages. Some are barely hamlets, while others are quite sizeable with up to 5,000 living in them.

    To the tourist these villages can seem almost idyllic. You will see the shepherd strolling on the hills with his flock of sheep; old men sitting in the streets making shoes or a handicraft; a small group of school children dressed in a simple uniform returning home.

    But behind this seeming tranquility, there are painful problems. There is wide-spread poverty, high unemployment, and very little proper health-care. In the 1960’s the Shah gave a lot of land to the villages, but this led to subsistence farming as the economies of scale were too small. Then in the 1970’s and 1980’s, manufacturing and the construction industry in towns and cities began to boom and there was a mass exodus from rural areas as young people went in search of work. Though both Ayatollah Khomeini and now President Ahmadinejad have made promises to inject economic life into these villages, little has actually happened.

    So though many people still live in rural areas, they are usually the elderly, often having to care for themselves. If there are some young people, most are unemployed and many have turned to opium or heroin to escape the monotony of life, because there is little else for entertainment.

    Iran’s villages are full of vulnerable people; just the sort that Jesus ministered to as he went from village to village. They are the most unreached people in the world. Thousands of them will not be able to have an internet connection or a satellite dish; they will only hear the Gospel if someone goes and tells them.

    So today let us with a loud voice intercede for the villages of Iran:

    • Pray that the Lord will raise up labourers who will follow in the footsteps of the Master and go and preach the Gospel in the villages. Pray they will be able to bring practical help to those who are suffering.
    • Pray for young people who have left the villages to work in cities. Pray they will hear the Gospel in the city and return to preach.
    • Pray that the light of the Gospel will dispel the deep rooted superstition in rural areas which holds people in darkness and controls many lives. Pray that fear and worry will be replaced by the liberating joy of the Lord.
    • Pray especially for the headmen and the Mullahs of the villages who have a lot of influence. Pray that they will see the light of glory of Christ and that whole villages will turn to Him.

    Once again, we are so thankful for your prayers.

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    If you would care to see each day’s pray, please visit the site of Pray for Iran. Keep these Christians in your hearts and in your prayers. Let us be the ones to help them appeal to God to heal their land, as we pray to Him to heal our own land. God bless you, and have a nice day.

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    Day 36 Mullahs

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    “So the Word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.” Acts 6:7

    About 200,000 Mullahs (Islamic clergymen) work in over 50,000 mosques and seminaries in Iran. They lead the Friday prayers; deliver sermons; officiate at weddings and funerals; and they are very active in numerous Muslim schools and charities. All of this means they have tremendous influence in the cities and particularly in the towns and villages.

    As many of the government positions in Iran are held by Mullahs, some of these men are motivated by political power. However, we must remember that thousands of Mullahs are men who have never heard the Gospel and sincerely believe in the religion they were brought up with. Many have a longing to please God, and as their religion teaches, they strive to ensure that their good works outweigh their bad.

    Many of these Mullahs can become “obedient to the faith.” Like religious men in Paul’s day, they “are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.” So today we want to pray for them with “unceasing anguish” in our hearts that they will understand “the righteousness that comes from God” and stop seeking to establish their own.

    As you pray with a loving spirit, you will be part of what is probably the largest number of people to ever pray for Mullahs in Iran. So let us expect miracles and transformation in the lives of Iranian Mullahs and the masses they influence.

    Let us go to prayer fully assured that our God is able to do far more than we ask or imagine. Let us also remember that we are praying for ordinary men with wives and children, with family problems, with financial challenges, with work pressure. They are people who face the inevitability of death with no assurance of sins forgiven.

    Lord “with one voice we pray”:

    • That the Mullahs of Iran will hear the Good News. We pray that they will find copies of the Word of God, and learn about the Gospel from the Internet, Christian TV or radio programmes. We pray that they will meet and be impacted by the lives and testimonies of Christians. We ask that the Holy Spirit will speak to them in dreams and visions.
    • We pray that a large number of Mullahs and their households will become obedient to the faith. We pray that the Holy Spirit will convict them of sin, convince them that Jesus is the Son of God and give them the grace to repent and confess Him as Lord and Saviour. We pray that they will find joy and peace in Jesus and that their needs will be met.
    • We pray for the 23,000 young men and women studying Islamic theology in Islamic seminaries in Iran. We pray that as they study they will discover the freedom that comes by knowing the Truth in Christ.

    Thank you so much for praying.

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    Day 35: Repentence

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    June 28, 2006

    O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! Daniel 9:19

    Throughout the Bible it is clear that for God to bless a nation, there must be repentance. In the book of Daniel, we see that though he himself was a godly man, Daniel identified himself with his sinful nation, and he confessed the sins of his people (Daniel 9:20). He then asked God to remember His promise and restore his nation. So with this in mind, today as Iranian Christians we would like to humble ourselves and confess the sins of our nation and ask the Lord to forgive Iran.

    God has placed bountiful natural riches and resources in Iran; enough for the nation to be a huge blessing to the region and the world. However, this is not happening. Our hearts are grieved as we think of the fact that for more than twenty-five years our nation’s policy has been to declare death and curses to some other nations. Even children in our schools have been taught to chant curses to these countries.

    As a result, our own people are suffering and languishing in sin, drug addiction, depression, poverty, prostitution, and economic hardship. There is moral failure, corruption and deceitfulness. Furthermore, contrary to the friendly and hospitable Iranian culture, atrocities have been committed against religious minorities and other groups including Zoroastrians, Baha’is, Christians and minority Sunni Muslims. In particular, the hatred of Jews has been fostered.

    Therefore today we want to confess the sin of our nation to God and plead with Him to forgive Iran. We want to pray that in His great mercy, the Lord will reverse the situation and cause Iran to be a blessing to others. We bless other nations and pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for peace in Iran.

    Please join us in prayer:

    • Pray that as Iranian Christians confess the sins of their nation, God will bring conviction and repentance throughout Iran.
    • Pray that God, in His great mercy and love will forgive and heal Iran and make the nation a blessing to other nations.
    • Pray for the establishment of the Kingdom of God in Iran – His righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

    Thank you again for supporting Iranian Christians in prayer today.

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    If you would like to read the other days, you may go to Pray for Iran. Please continue to pray for revival in Iran. These are our brothers and sisters, and they need our prayers desparately. Let us break the backs of the mullahs who crush their spirits and bones all day long. Thank you.

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    “˜The LORD controls rulers, just as He determines the course of rivers.” Proverbs 21:1 (CEV)

    Today we want to pray for all those who hold public office in Iran and other people of influence in Iranian society. Though Iran is led by a Supreme Ruler who controls all the key levers of power, there are many thousands of other people who work in Iran’s various branches of national and local government and they need our prayers.

    The President runs the Executive branch with a cabinet of over 20 people. The “Assembly of Experts” comprises 86 “virtuous and learned” clerics who are elected for eight year terms, and their role is to appoint the Supreme Leader, monitor his performance and remove him if he is deemed incapable of fulfilling his duties.

    Another key body is the Council of Guardians which comprises of six theologians appointed by the Supreme Ruler and six jurists nominated by the head of the judiciary (who is also appointed by the Supreme Ruler) and approved by parliament. This council studies and interprets the constitution and can veto parliament. They also have to approve all candidates for the Assembly of Experts and parliament.

    The parliament comprises 290 officials, including women, who are elected every 4 years. Minority groups, including the Jews (1 member), Assyrians (1) and Armenians (2) have representation in parliament. The “Expediency Council,” which is appointed by the Supreme Ruler, is one of the most powerful bodies in Iran and is responsible to settle disputes between parliament and the Council of Guardians and also advises the Supreme Ruler.

    Apart from central government, there are also numerous people working at regional and local levels of government. They are involved in most aspects of people’s lives, including business, education, transport, law enforcement, entertainment and health.

    In addition to those with government positions, there are other intellectuals and opinion-makers with influence in Iran. In recent years there has emerged a growing group of intellectuals who are striving to reconcile tradition with modernity. These are people with revolutionary backgrounds who believe the regime has failed to deliver on true political liberty and social justice and are therefore trying to rethink the revolution. Though they have faced fierce opposition, their viewpoints are having an increasing impact in Iran and this can be seen in the Iranian film industry, arts, literature, as well as in the political world.

    So today we want to join and pray that God will direct the rulers and people of influence in Iran.

    • Pray for all those who work in the various branches of government. Ask the Lord to bless them with His wisdom to serve the people of Iran. Pray that truth and integrity will permeate through every level of government.
    • Pray for those government officials and intellectuals who are boldly confronting injustice in Iran, and pray for protection of these individuals and their families as they face threats and opposition. Pray that God would establish his peace and good will among Iranians through the wisdom entrusted to them.
    • Pray that the Lord will raise up men and women who will champion the cause of truth and righteousness in all levels of government.
    • Pray that Iranian Christians will be able to communicate clearly to Iranian society the Biblical view of freedom, human rights, and religious liberty.

    Thank you so much for praying.

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    This is the 34th day of committed prayer for Iran. The Christians who are doing this tremendous work can be found at Pray for Iran.org. Please visit them. There is an English version.

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    Day 33, Monday, June 26, 2006

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    "I am 22 years old, I always watch your TV programs. I desperately ask you to show me the way to join the Christian faith and spend the rest of my life in peace and holiness, where there is no doubt."

    In recent years Christian satellite TV has emerged as perhaps the most effective way of reaching large numbers of Iranians with the Gospel. Satellite dishes are very popular in Iran. Despite the fact that the government has banned dishes, there is an estimated potential 30 million viewers.

    To reach this vast audience several ministries have worked to produce and broadcast Persian Christian television programs in the last few years. Now with 24 hour TV broadcasts into Iran many Iranians learn about the Christian faith in the privacy of their homes and as a result thousands are making decisions to follow Christ. Hundreds of phone calls and emails are received each month as people respond and ask questions or request Bibles and other Christian materials. Many write just to share their joy and how they found the Lord, like the young lady who wrote:

      "My sister and I became interested in Christianity through watching your programs. As a result we started researching the claims of Jesus. I have some good news: my sister and I have believed in Jesus. We love to worship Him."

    For many believers, Christian TV provides their main source of teaching and encouragement for their walk with Christ and often house churches will gather around the TV. Broadcasts include preaching, Bible teaching and evangelism programs, discussion panels, leadership training, Christian worship and music videos, programs for youth and children as well as programs dubbed into Persian from other languages. But there is still a great need for more programs that will speak to the hearts of the people and that will help establish them in Christ.

    So today, let us pray that God will use Satellite TV in increasing measure to reach Iran with the message of Christ:

    • Pray for all those already involved in TV ministry for Iran. Pray that they will be empowered by the Holy Spirit as they write, produce, direct and edit programs. Pray they will be led to deal with the topics and issues that will impact people in Iran. Pray the Lord will raise up more mature and anointed labourers who can develop new programs and shows.
    • Pray for families and house churches that regularly gather together to worship and learn from the Christian TV programs. Pray that they will be strengthened and will become established in the Word of God and will lead others to a saving knowledge of Christ. Pray also for isolated believers whose only church family is on the TV. Pray they will soon be able to fellowship with other believers in their communities.
    • Pray for those who live in the countryside and far reaches of Iran who have access to satellite dishes. Pray that they would stumble across Christian programming and be drawn to the love of Christ. Pray that through TV programs the Gospel will be preached into homes of unreached towns and villages. Pray that all attempts to block Christian programs will not work.

    Thank you so much for praying.

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    Day 32, Sunday, June 25, 2006

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    There are 122 cities in Iran with populations of 50,000 or more and so today we want to pray for the people who live in these cities. The four largest cities after Tehran are Mashad, Esfahan, Tabriz and Shiraz.

    Mashad is Iran's second largest city with well over 2 million people. Situated in the North East of Iran, it is regarded as one of the holiest cities in the Shia world. In 823AD it was renamed Mashad (place of martyrdom) in reference to the death of Imam Reza, the eighth Imam of Shia Islam and today the city is the centre of pilgrimage for Iranian Shiite's. Before 1979 there were at least three active churches in the city, but all were forced to close. However, many God-fearing people in this city have accepted Jesus as their Saviour since then.

    Esfahan is a former capital of Iran and today it is a centre of tourism. The saying in Persian goes: ˜Esfahan equals half of the world's and the city's ancient sites, beautiful handicrafts, and amazing architectural masterpieces make this a fitting epithet. In 1605 King Shah Abbas forcibly brought over 250,000 ethnically Christian Armenians to Esfahan from Armenia. They have maintained their Christian identity and contributed much to the community. The many beautiful church buildings they have constructed, 13 of which survive today, are a silent witness.

    Tabriz is the largest city in North-West Iran and has a population of over 1.2 million. The city is the capital of Iranian Azerbaijan and most of its inhabitants are Azeri's, the largest minority group in Iran. There is also a small ethnic Christian Assyrian and Armenian community. Christian workers were serving in this city before the revolution and many heard the Gospel, though now the government has closed the evangelical church there.

    Shiraz sits in South West Iran. The ancient monuments of Persepolis and Passargard give the city special historical significance. Shiraz has always been a fertile ground for poetry and two of Iran's greatest poets, Hafez and Sadie, are buried in this city. Before the Islamic revolution, Christian missionaries were serving in a Christian hospital and the church, and many people in Shiraz and surrounding towns have received spiritual as well as physical healing as a result of the work of these Christians.

    We wish we could write about all the cities of Iran, but unfortunately that is not enough room. However, let us unite in prayer together for them all:

    • Pray for 60% of Iranians who live in urban areas. Pray for those who have heard about Christ or received a copy of the Scripture as a result of the presence of the church and Christians among them. Pray that they would be drawn to the love of Christ.
    • Pray for the Christians in different cities of Iran. Ask the Lord to give them special favour and grace to be a blessing in their communities. Pray for the growth of house churches. Also pray that new believers can come into contact with other Christians and start having fellowship with them.
    • Pray that spiritual strongholds in different cities will be broken and people will come to the knowledge of the truth. Pray also for the official churches in the cities that have been closed down by the regime. Pray that they would be allowed to re-open.

    Thank you again for praying for Iran.

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    A Blessing

    A couple of days ago, I was stunned by a piece of mail I received. It was by my Pastor from over 2 years ago!

    See, I had stopped going for a while, because I had fallen ill. Then, there was no follow-up. No one missed me. No one even knew I was gone!

    Well! You can only imagine how that made me feel. I am home-bound, and no one cared. This is before my blogs. I thought I would just wait around for God to declare, "Okay, you have suffered enough. Come home!"

    This obviously did not happen. Instead, what did happen, is the Pastor of my Church made an appeal to me to return to Church.

    In case you are wondering what my answer to him is, it is, "YES!" I have stopped feeling sorry for myself. Someone has remembered me, and they care that I do not go to hell. 😉

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    USA Army SealToday, 231 years ago, the men (and women) of our country came together to form a more perfect Army to be honored with our blessed Flag. At that period in time, men and women understood what it meant to sacrifice for that which was worth the sacrifice. They honored each other and the United States (although she was not yet the United States). There was no shame in defending one's country, one's family, one's self.

    Happy 231st Birthday USA Army!Today, I still hold these truths to be as valuable. America is indeed beautiful, but she was purchased through the blood of many whose boots I am not worth to clean. I honor you, Military. I respect you, and I know you are the only ones standing between harm's way and me. I give you my deepest gratitude. Thank you.Warrior Ethos

    We have heard so many stories about our flag. Some even try to dismiss them, while others disrespect her by setting her aflame. As you do this to a symbol that is so dear to us, please remember this: Without those whom you protesting, you would not carry the freedom with you to do such a thing. In some countries, you would receive the death penalty.A Call to Duty

    So treat her with respect. Understand that we do not worship our flag, but we love her. It was the flag who inspired Francis Scott Key on that battle at Fort Henry of the shores of Baltimore Harbor in 1812 to write our national anthem. It was the sight of our flag that let them know, that inspired them to carry on with strength, that we still held the line.

    You see, if we had lost that one particular battle, we would have lost it all. So be thankful. Understand what you are doing before you do it, and thank those brave men and women whom give you the opportunity to act like an a**.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS THE USA ARMY!

    Now for some remarkable remembrances: Blackfive, Theodore's World has one for Flag Day and one for the Army's 231st Birthday and Euphoric Reality also salutes our flag.

    PS. I cannot get blogger to allow me to publish a flag. 😦 Sorry.

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    Here we go again:

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge on Monday rejected a lawsuit from an atheist who said having the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins and dollar bills violated his First Amendment rights. [continue reading]

    Well, we won this round. We are going to need all of us. We cannot afford to rest on our laurels! So what is the answer?

    Pray, write and call your Congressperson, and VOTE for the person who is best qualified. We need to stop voting for the person who is most likely to win. This is why we have primaries. So we the people may determine who is going to best represent us, not the politically dumb, blind and deaf! God bless you, and have a great day.

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    Green Zone, Baghdad

    In Focus: Renewal in Iraq

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. Thank you for the warm welcome. Thought I'd stop in to say "hello." (Laughter and applause.) I bring greetings from a grateful nation. (Applause.) I thank you for your sacrifice, I thank you for your service, I thank you for making history.

    You know, one of the things I try to do is put good people in place who accomplish hard jobs. And I can't think of two better leaders than Zal Khalilzad and General Casey to lead this important effort. (Applause.) I thank you all very much for your service to our country. Your sacrifice is noble and your sacrifice is important.

    I understand long deployments are tough — they're tough on you and they're tough on your families. And so the first thing I want to tell you is the American people are incredibly grateful for what you do, and I bring their greetings and their thanks for the sacrifices you and your family make.

    These are historic times. The mission that you're accomplishing here in Iraq will go down in the history books as an incredibly important moment in the history of freedom and peace; an incredibly important moment of doing our duty to secure our homeland.

    You know, right after September the 11th I knew that some would forget the dangers we face. Some would hope that the world would be what it's not — a peaceful place in which people wouldn't want to do harm to those of us who love freedom. I vowed that day, after September the 11th, to do everything I could to protect the American people. And I was able to make that claim because I knew there were people such as yourself who were willing to be on the front line in the war on terror. [Continue reading]

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    This story, written by Monisha Bansal of CNSNews.com, takes the words right out of my mouth.

    "Our constituents will not be put off by being told that the Senate has more pressing business than judicial nominees," said Jan LaRue, chief counsel for Concerned Women for America. "We know that judges affect every area of our lives and certainly the most important issues of life, liberty and property.

    "We want actions, not excuses," LaRue said at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. "If Americans continue to see obstruction and hear excuses rather than debate and votes on nominees, senators should not be surprised that come November 8, the votes they want may not be there." [continue reading]

    Now doesn't that sound about right?Update: I am aware that the link is not working as of right now. Please be patient. I have e-mailed CNSNews.com to find the URL of where they moved the actual article. I didn't want to steal it by copying the whole thing. I am not, after all, the New York Times. lol. I will post it and let you know as soon as I have it straightened out. Thank you, and God bless you.

    Category: Politics & Debate.

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    It is so amazingly un-American and un-democratic that I am shocked Italy would even consider the thought of hearing this case. I am very disappointed.

    Oriana Fallaci's trial started today in Italy. Her charge? She wrote a book that had a few paragraphs which offended Islam. Oh? No one sued Adel Smith, president of the Muslim Union of Italy, when he called for the elimination of all Christian reminders in Italy! THAT is offensive.

    Michelle Malkin has her finger on the pulse of this story. So does Robert Spencer. I wonder, where are all the free-speech activists? Where are all the women's rights activists? Where are all the media (she is a journalist)?

    Another case in point. Korosh, an Iranian from Love America First, has shown us what it is truly like to fight for women's rights. Have we forgotten so quickly that not even 100 years ago we were not allowed to vote, to own property, to get a divorce, etc.? Many of these rights are new. Some of them are certainly abused, but that is the price we must pay for freedom.

    After all, freedom has never been free. There has alway been a price to pay. Should the women of Iran suffer in silence because we don't want to think about them? I say, "NO." Please call your Congressperson and Senators. Express your concern. Speak up for those whom have no voice…yet. God bless you.

    Category: Religion, Italy, News and Women.

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    About 220 men, women and children have escaped the genocide occurring in Sudan's Darfur region. They first went to Egypt where they were denied refugee status. Then some of them paid Bedoins to escort them to Israel.

    Upon arrival, once caught, they were improsed in an Israeli minimun security jail. The reason for this is because Sudan is considered part of the Arab League, which is an enemy of Israel.

    However, there is a debate in Israel over whether or not these people should remain in a prison. After all, Israel, of all nations, understands better than anyone the high cost of genocide.

    There are phone calls being made to third countries to try to find homes for these refugees. They need asylum. Please call your Senators and Congressperson at 1-888-355-3588, and let them know you want these people to come to America.

    After all, the only thing they really want is freedom. That sacred thing we love so much we are willing to die for or send our young men and women to fight for us to preserve it.

    You can read more about this situation in y-net news.com. There is also an article in CNN news.

    Please pray for a swift resolution to this issue. Thank you, and God bless you.

    Category: Sudan, Isreal, the UN, and Religion.

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    Church Wins!

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
    John 3:16

    The case in Italy where the atheist claimed fraud because there ‘is no proof’ of Jesus ever having lived was thrown out of the court! It is about time someone stood up for Christ’ sake. Literallly.

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    “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
    John 3:16

    Omar is angered over the Iranian government’s call to Great Britain to remove their troops from Basra. I do not blame him! Basra, after all, is Iraqi territory, not Iranian.

    He has written a very good article about this. It is worth your time to read it. There is also an article included in this story about the death squads being sent in by the Iranians. I do not believe Iraqis are very pleased with this news.

    Don’t forget to pray for our Military, Iraq’s Military, their families, and our countries. Let us not forget Afghanistan, too. They all need our prayers. If you do not have a faith, send some good vibs. Thank you.

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    Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Request

    I’m sure you were as horrified as I was when the terrorist organization Hamas won a shocking 76 out of 132 seats and gained an absolute majority in the Palestinian Parliament.

    Hamas’ founding Charter states: “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time”…is blatant in its antisemitism, saying that Jews “…were behind World War I…They were behind World War II…There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it.” …and declares Zionism to be “behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds.”

    Beyond rhetoric, Hamas has launched thousands of terror attacks against Israel with some 50 ‘successful’ suicide bombings that left 430 innocent Israelis dead and thousands maimed.

    The Center needs you to join a massive campaign to demand that governments, international organizations and religious leaders effectively isolate Hamas from the world community unless and until it renounces terrorism and Jew-hatred, and recognizes the State of Israel’s fundamental right to exist. We have already begun pressing world leaders on this critical issue.

    Please sign the Urgent-Action Petitions to U.S. President George W. Bush and European Union Secretary General Javier Solana urging them to withhold the billions of dollars of aid until Hamas lays down its arms and to stand firm in the policy that there will be no place at the table for a terrorist organization committed to the destruction of the State of Israel.

    Your timely support is essential as Center representatives play a vital role in demanding that Iranian-backed Hamas terrorists are not bestowed international funding and legitimacy even as they pose an existential threat to the people of Israel.

    To date, despite warnings from world leaders, Hamas’ top candidate has declared that the now-ruling party will continue its efforts to destroy the Jewish State. In fact, the most beloved member of Hamas’ newly won parliamentary group is a woman who celebrates the ‘heroism’ of her three sons, each of whom became a suicide bomber.

    The Wiesenthal Center was the first to translate Hamas’ genocidal antisemitic Charter in 1988 and have helped debunk claims that there has ever been any structural difference between Hamas’ terrorist and social activities. Today, we are using high-level contacts with leaders at the European Parliament in Strasbourg and officials in the United States and Canada, urging them to bar normal diplomatic relations with and financial support for the Palestinians until Hamas abandons its genocidal agenda against the Jewish State.

    There are those who are calling for cooperation with Hamas, citing it as the Palestinians’ legitimate leadership choice. Let us not forget that Adolf Hitler also gained power through Germany’s democratic process.

    There is no doubt that Hamas can and will utilize its control of Palestinian education and media to create new generations of youthful suicide bombers. Already, the Hamas-run summer camps teach children warfare tactics and Jew-hatred. And their charter explicitly states that Hamas aspires to “instill the spirit of Jihad in the heart of the nation so that they would confront the enemies and join the ranks of the fighters.”

    Now, it is time for civilized nations to suspend all diplomatic relations and stop all funding — billions of dollars in aid — of the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority unless and until it renounces its twin covenant of terrorism and genocidal hatred of the Jewish people.

    Rabbi Marvin Hier
    Founder and Dean
    Simon Wiesenthal Center 

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    Case in Point

    Two website-radio personalities, Kevin and Gregg, are going to interview a nice couple from mid-western America who moved to Mass.!

    A conservative Red State couple that moved to The People’s Republic of Cambridge Mass.  They both attend the Harvard Divinity School. They are two conservatives in the most liberal of places.  We will be discussing the differences between where they grew up (Kansas) and life in the Bay State.  Should be very interesting.

    Here is Christine’s blog, Christine Yantis Hargrove, along with her husband’s site, HDS Voice: The HDS conservative newsletter.  Her husband Andy is the editor for the duration of this year, as they will graduate with Master’s degrees from HDS in June.

    You may listen live-stream Sunday evening at 8pm EST, on station WRKO. You may also call in toll free with questions at 877-469-4322.

    Pundit Review Radio is where the old media meets the new. Each week Kevin & Gregg give voice to the work of the most influential leaders in the new media/citizen journalist revolution. This unique show brings the best of the blogs to your radio every Sunday evening at 8pm EST on AM680 WRKO, Boston’s Talk Leader. is where the old media meets the new. Each week Kevin & Gregg give voice to the work of the most influential leaders in the new media/citizen journalist revolution. This unique show brings the best of the blogs to your radio every Sunday evening at 8pm EST on AM680 WRKO, Boston’s Talk Leader.

    Please join me while I listen. These are very interesting and intelligent gentlemen. There is no bad language! lol. This is hard to find, nowadays. God bless you. 

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    Presidential Prayer Team

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
    John 3:16

    Give thanks for the excellent State of the Union speech delivered by the President last night…and for the swearing in of Judge Alito…pray for him as he prepares to step up to the Supreme Court bench…Pray for the loved ones of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King as they mourn her death…Pray for the loved ones of those who lost their lives in the postal service shooting in Goleta, CA yesterday…

    President Bush Tells Collegians to Pray

    Earlier this week President Bush spoke to 9,000 people attending the Alf Landon Lecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. After a keynote address on the war on terror, the President fielded questions from the audience.

    One student asked the President’s advice to them as future leaders saying, “As a leader, as many of us are going to need to know, because we’re going to be leaders in just a few years, what’s the best way that you go about preparing yourself for attacks on your character, and how do you deal with others in those matters?”

    President Bush: Yes, I appreciate that. I would summarize it: faith, family and friends. I am sustained mightily by the fact that millions of citizens — for whom I’ll never get to thank personally — pray for me. It’s hard for me to describe why I feel that way, why I’m so sustained. I guess it’s just called faith. And I’m sustained by my family. And there’s nothing better than going home to somebody who understands and is sympathetic and is part of — we’re working together. I mean, Laura’s job is just as important as mine in many ways.

    The girls still love me. I really love them. And then there’s my man, Barney, a little Scottish terrier. I say this — and Laura will be furious at me — he’s the son I never had, you know?

    I believe in what I’m doing. And I understand politics, and it can get rough. Click here to read more of President Bush’s response to the question.

    Chaplains Reassured Regarding Prayer in Jesus’ Name

    The White House has agreed to pressure the Pentagon to put an end to discrimination against chaplains who pray in the name of Jesus Christ. In a story reported by the Washington Times, White House domestic policy adviser Claude Allen promised Rep. Walter B. Jones of North Carolina that the President will take up the issue personally with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Click here to read more.

    Email This story to a friend.

    A side note: There has been a Pastor on a fasting strike because he was told he could not pray in Jesus’ Name. He refused to do otherwise. God has seen this atrocity, and He has had mercy! Thank You, Jesus, for interceding! In Jesus’ Precious name I pray. And everyone said, “Amen!”

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    You Are My Rock and My Salvation

    Dear Heavenly Father,

    You are my Rock and Salvation,
    To You alone shall I praise,
    Almighty yet Merciful,
    ‘Tis Your advise I seek.

    I am disturb about many things. There are peoples in the Darfur region of Sudan that are being stolen and sold into slavery, raped, and murdered, yet we do nothing. Talk is cheap, and I’ve been doing all that I can to let people know. Please Lord, come to their aid. Rescue these poor children of Yours.

    Many people liked the State of the Union last night. I did not. I liked the foreign policy part, but he keeps talking about spending! We simply do not have the money, and the government is not supposed to be spending our money in most of these ways.

    I am very frustrated. As a Christian, it is my duty to help my fellow man. My government steps in and takes that duty and privilege away from me. We have corrupt organizations, such as the Red Cross, who do not spend our money where and why we send it.

    I did not give any money to the victims of Katrina. I did not know where to give it, and then the government stepped in, the state had their hand out, and everyone was blaming the one person who had nothing to do with it! Our President.

    I feel very badly that I did not help. I do not like this feeling. It isn’t fair. God, please prevent them from coming up with new programs that will not work. If You see a program that will be successful and is constitutional, by all means, let it succeed! Otherwise, let them all fail.

    God, I do not know who else to cry out to, because I’ve tried talking to the people in power. That is a joke. I do not want to give up hope! I know I can trust You.

    Please help the citizens in Iran to overthrow their government. Help them to uprise against their government and the mullahs, so the peoples can be free. Only by freedom’s call, can they know You.

    Did You know it is the death penalty to change from Islam to Christianity? Of course You know. You must help, O Lord. Free Your people. Make them let Your people go!

    Lord, please help the poor people in North Korea, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Burma, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Yemen, all the states in the ME, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Viet Cong, Cambodia, Laos, Philipians, Indonesia, Turkey, help the Kurds to gain their freedom and their own country, Kosovo, Serbia, all the Balkin states, Nigeria, Liberia, Lybia, Somalia, Chad, Sri Lanka, China, Mongolia, and all the countries. We need You desparately!

    Please do not delay. You, who is all Powerful, full of Justice and Mercy, full of Wisdom and Hope and Love. I love You, Lord. In Jesus’ Precious name I pray. Amen.

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    In the third part of a decision rendered unanimously by the SCOTUS that the USA is indeed a Christian Nation, a country of a religious people. Hallelujah!

    If you would care to research this for yourself, I used the words: “1892” or “scotus” or “trinity.” David Josiah Brewer was the associate justice who wrote the opinion.

    The first link appears to be the actual text. Help Save America has a nice discussion about this topic.

    I hope this helps you in your walk and understanding of our heritage. God bless you, and have a blessed day. 

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    Hamas Wins Palestinian Vote
    The Islamic militant group Hamas said Thursday it won control of the Palestinian parliament and officials from the ruling Fatah Party confirmed the estimate. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh as well as Fatah officials said Hamas had won about 70 seats, a majority in the 132-seat parliament. Read More 

    Bush says U.S. is not ready to deal with radical Palestinian group Hamas 
    President George W. Bush said Wednesday the United States will not deal with Hamas until the radical Palestinian Islamist group renounces its position for calling for the destruction of Israel. Read More 

    Iran’s Ahmadinejad Meets Hamas Leaders in Damascus
    Speaking to Hamas leaders in Damascus on Friday, Iranian President Ahmadinejad said that the Middle East conflict has become “the locus of the final war” between Muslims and the West. Read More 

    Iran’s Threat, Bush’s Dilemma 
    The only thing the Europeans did was buy time for the Iranians to better camouflage and defend their research and production sites. Some experts estimate that Iran will need only three more years to build its first nuclear bomb, and it will pass the point of no return much sooner. Read More 

    Prayer Priorities
    Pray for President Bush. Pray that God will give him wisdom in the choices he makes, and the advisors to whom he listens. Pray for our members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and state and local officials. (I Timothy 2:1-2)

    Please continue to pray for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and for acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem according to Psalm 122:6.

    Pray for the families of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan this week. Pray that the Holy Spirit will comfort them, and give supernatural peace. (Philippians 4:7)

    Pray for the safety of our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. Pray that God will protect and guide them daily. (Psalm 5:11)

    Pray for revival worldwide according to II Chronicles 7:14. (I Thessalonians 5:17)

    Pray for the victims of anti-Semitism worldwide who have been touched by the hatred of bigotry. Pray that God will heal the wounds, both physical and psychological. Only God can heal the hurting hearts. (Psalm 140:6)

    Prayer:
    “When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126:1-6)

    There are many links that came with this e-mail. If you are interested, please leave a comment. I will provide you with the links. Thank you, and please pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Have a blessed day.

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    “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

    VITERBO, Italy — An Italian judge heard arguments Friday on whether a small-town parish priest should stand trial for asserting that Jesus Christ existed.

    I do believe that some atheists are mentally ill. What is it they always tell us about the travesty of trash they put on our airwaves and movies? If you don’t like it, you can always change the channel or turn it off. I say to you, Mr. Luigi Cascioli, “If you don’t like it, don’t go to Church. However, leave us alone.” Good grief.

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    Since the Pledge of Allegiance and The Lord’s Prayer are not allowed in most public schools anymore Because the word “God” is mentioned….A kid in Arizona wrote the attached NEW School prayer. I liked it…. 

    Now I sit me down in school
    Where praying is against the rule
    For this great nation under God
    Finds mention of Him very odd.

    If Scripture now the class recites,
    It violates the Bill of Rights.
    And anytime my head I bow
    Becomes a Federal matter now.

    Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
    That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene.
    The law is specific, the law is precise.
    Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

    For praying in a public hall
    Might offend someone with no faith at all.
    In silence alone we must meditate,
    God’s name is prohibited by the state.

    We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
    And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
    They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
    To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

    We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
    And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
    It’s “inappropriate” to teach right from wrong,
    We’re taught that such “judgments” do not belong.

    We can get our condoms and birth controls,
    Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
    But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
    No word of God must reach this crowd.

    It’s scary here I must confess,
    When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
    So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
    Should I be shot; My soul please take!
    Amen

     If you aren’t ashamed to do this,
    please pass this on.

    Jesus said,

    “If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father.”

    Not ashamed. Passing this on. Hat tip to PebblePie.

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    Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Good shall come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor. (Psalm 112:1-9)

    Pray for President Bush. Pray that God will give him wisdom in the choices he makes, and the advisors to whom he listens. Pray for our members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and state and local officials. (I Timothy 2:1-2)

    Please continue to pray for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and for acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem according to Psalm 122:6

    Pray for the families of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan this week. Pray that the Holy Spirit will comfort them, and give supernatural peace. (Philippians 4:7)

    Pray for the safety of our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. Pray that God will protect and guide them daily. (Psalm 5:11)

    Pray for revival worldwide according to II Chronicles 7:14. (I Thessalonians 5:17)

    Pray for the victims of anti-Semitism worldwide who have been touched by the hatred of bigotry, especially those injured by an attacked in a Moscow synagogue this week. Pray that God will heal the wounds, both physical and psychological. Only God can heal the hurting hearts. (Psalm 140:6)

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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    Due to the health crisis of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, former Mayor of Jerusalem and a friend of the Jerusalem Prayer Team, Ehud Olmert, has become the acting Prime Minister of Israel. Please pray for him.

    While mayor of Jerusalem, my dear friend Ehud Olmert flew to Dallas, Texas to speak at the first Jerusalem Prayer Summit. As acting Prime Minister, Ehud desperately needs the prayers and support of the Jerusalem Prayer Team, as does the nation of Israel.

    As you know, Israel faces crises on several different fronts. Iran looms large on the horizon due to the threats made against Israel by the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In Ahmadinejad’s opinion, the tiny nation of Israel should be “wiped off the face of the earth.” With his rush to possess nuclear weapon capabilities, Admadinejad could be armed and even more dangerous within the next 12 months. The missiles are ready to launch.

    Not only is Israel facing the threat from Iran, but closer to home, there is the threat of 10,000 missiles and 100,000 Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and now, al-Qaeda terrorists next door in Lebanon and the Palestinian Territory.

    Please pray today for Prime Minister Sharon, for acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and for the nation of Israel.

    Should I have to go to Israel quickly, I would like to be able to take your words of support and comfort to Mr. Olmert and the nation of Israel. You may send a brief email of support to jpteam@sbcglobal.net.

    These are perilous times for Israel and for the world. I did not realize when God called me to a 21-day fast just how important this time would be.

    America is asleep. We must launch a national campaign to awaken this nation. It is imperative that I hire a media company to book network shows to get the word out about the crisis with Iran, the threat to Israel and America, and to mobilize millions of prayer warriors (Esthers and Nehemiahs). The simple fact is that one nuclear suitcase bomb in Tel Aviv could kill half a million Jews.

    Your ambassador to Jerusalem,

    Mike Evans

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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    Randal McCloy, 27, was taken from the mine with a collapsed lung and kidney trouble due to dehydration.

    While the tragedy of losing 12 miners is still fresh in our minds, let us not forget about the prayer God DID answer.

    MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (CNN) — The 27-year-old survivor of a coal mine explosion that killed 12 miners was able to squeeze his wife’s hand Wednesday after doctors temporarily decreased his sedation, according to the doctor treating him. [continue reading] 

    What a great miracle! In our grief, we ignored what God has done. He has saved one of the men. One husband, one father (?), one son, one brother. Praise God!

    I am guilty of allowing my sorrow to take over my joy of God’s miracle. I just thank God it did not take too long for me to get my mind back. Yes, sometimes I do lose it and have to go looking for it. lol.

    I wanted to share with you this story. Thank you, and have a great day.

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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    From Fact Age to Data Age

    Last night it was reported that 12 of the 13 miners had survived. The news people ran with the story, only to find out 3 hours later that the facts were incorrect. The facts were downright wrong and devastating.

    There is a rumor going around that someone overheard a conversation of one of the rescuers. This is data. Wrong data. This is what we call GIGO. Garbage in, garbage out.

    ABC News Correspondent Vic Ratner (sp?) has stated that the company itself had told the people in the Church that there were 12 people who survived.

    I had incorrectly blamed the news conglomerates, because they are always trying to put ‘data’ out there instead of waiting for the facts. I was wrong. They were told by people you should be able to rely on with the truth.

    I have just heard that the one man who did survive has not suffered any brain damage, although he did suffer a collapsed lung. I do not know if this is true. It is just what a group of people called news people have said. There was a clip of a doctor stating these bits of data, but I have little regard for doctors. Long story!

    Now, to get to my point. I pray for each and every person who were praying for these miners, especially the families and friends of these men. God, You are the Great Counselor. Please comfort them. You are the Great Physician, Lord. Please Heal their hearts.

    I do not know their grief, I can only imagine. I know my own devastation due to the MISINFORMATION. I am hurt, but my faith has not been shaken. I was so full of joy I broke out in song! Now I cannot even remember the song. That is a sad commentary of me.

    I even e-mailed a friend, blaming the ‘main stream media.’ I was wrong, but so were they. Why do they not wait for facts? Why do they not wait for physical evidence? Why do they listen to one person? (No matter who he is!)

    I don’t know if I am being fair because had I been in that positition, I might have done the same thing. God help us al to remember to be fair, to be accurate, and to do no harm. Thank you.

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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    Dear Heavenly Father,

    There are 13 miners in West Virginia trapped in a coal mine. They have been there for over 30 hours. I pray, Lord Jesus, You would be with them. I pray they are saved, and they are in Your hands. Please God, bring them back to life if they have expired. We need You. We all know the only way for them to have escaped this terrible fate is by Your Saving and Loving Grace. Oh Lord, my God, protect them please. Grant them oxygen, and bring them back to us. Thank You.

    In Jesus Precious Name I Pray,

    Amen.

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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    Good morning. I have just come from Church. It was a very good service. Our Pastor spoke of Paul’s resolve toward the end of his life, and he was resolved to look forward-not backward.

    This was very refreshing for me, for I have been so busy blogging about everything and everyone else that I have lost my way. I have put God in a box on the shelf, and I take the box down when it’s time to pray only to put Him right back away.

    I am resolving to find a Bible with LARGE primt! I have not been reading my Bible, because it is too difficult to see those tiny letters. Aha! Is this true? I read the tiny letters on the blogospher when I need to get the resources for an article!

    Alas, I have sinned. I have lied to myself. I convinced myself that I was doing good works by writing about the horrible conditions of some of our other brothers and sisters. This is not a bad thing to do, but it is when I do this before praying about it, reading the Bible, and seeking the Kingdom of God.

    I repent of this sin. I will write here every morning first, before I go about my day. I understand the world will not collapse if I don’t answer that e-mail, write that story, or read that breaking news if I do not rush to it. That is what I have been doing all year.

    Last year I resolved to write at least once a day in my site. I have accomplished this. I pray, Dear God, help me to keep this resolution. This one is so much more important.

    Thank you for stopping by. I pray you may have found a little something to help you. I will try to share my spiritual walk with you in the hopes that you may find hope. God bless you, and have a nice day.

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    I wrote an article on Tuesday, but in the process of writing and deleting another article, my Olympics watch got deleted: (By now, I’m sure you know that Paraguay won 3-1. That is good for them, and it can be good for us, too. We cannot give up now. We have come too far. Nabil will have the in depth story for you. I wish to affirm that Iraq still has an opportunity to win a medal this year. On Friday, I believe they will play Italy. I am torn, because I love Italy and all they have contributed to the war on terror, but Iraq needs our prayers.

    As Christians, we must first look inside. Is there anger, strife, jealousy, gossip, hatred, and/or other sins? We must have a clean heart when we pray. (Yes, I know that God hears us where ever we are and whatever we have done. That is not this situation. We are not crying out for ourselves! Get it together! Will somebody please pick up a Bible and READ it! There are different instructions for different times. Have you heard of Ecclesiastes? Well, enough lecturing, for now:) I just want our prayers to be heard, that Iraq would do well on Friday.

    If Iraq does win a medal, it will be the first time in 44 years (I heard.) It may give Iraqis a sense of dignity and pride in the knowledge that they did this, them, with no help from any outsiders. Yes, we made it possible so they will no longer be tortured, but they are the ones doing the sport! Imagine that! Do you remember when we had the Super Bowl after September 11, 2001? I believe almost everyone was watching that game! It is a great escape, and a fine way to relax. God knows we needed that, and God knows that these people deserve at least that much, also.

    As far as the coach, he has got to go. I read his comments on the Olympic comment line as I was keeping track of the game. I don’t know if he truly wants to win! I must take into account that he does come from a different culture, and it is very possible that his feelings are accurate, as far as he sees things. But if you cannot separate your feelings from the sport, you need to step aside. Let the team play to win!!! Olay, olay, olay!!! Go Iraq!

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    Reflections

    Since I have not yet revealed my “self” to you, I thought today may be a fine day to start. Sundays are very special to me, since they are the day I set aside for the Lord. Actually, every day is the Lord’s day, but we Christians in particular set aside this day.

    I have been very happy, very angry, and very confused these past weeks. I am full of joy for the Iraqi football team. Look how wonderfully they play! I am very proud of them. I am very angry at Sadr and Allawi. Sadr-because he causes so much pain to the Iraqis, and Allawi for not realizing that if you let him get away with it, Iran will just arm him again. What kind of a man hides in a holy place? Does he desire the shrine to be destroyed? Do people worship the building, or do people worship what the building represents? If it is the first, then they have no god. If it is the second, then buildings can be repaired or rebuilt. Once someone fires a weapon of war at a soldier of war, they have just declared that building a target. Does he not realize he is not safe? If the new government prevents the coalition from finishing the job and someone wants to find fault with someone, find it with Sadr and Allawi. Sadr is the murderous punk. Allawi for appearing weak. I am confused, however, as to why we don’t take appropriate action. Why not? Does our government want to look weak? Who is tying my President’s hands? The State Department? They need to go, all of them (state dept!) Do not the Iraqi people deserve to live in peace? Yes, they do.

    I could pour out my heart for the peoples all over the world that are living in fear and under a corrupt government or communism, but I am afraid no one would care. How selfish have we become? Did we forget how we became great? It was not by our own strength, no! It was the loving hand of God that led the way. Now, some want to forget He even exsists! How dare they! I am outraged! Don’t tell me not to believe what I know to be true. I tolerate the ignorant, because it doesn’t make sense to argue. They won’t change their minds, and by all means they shouldn’t. At the same time, would they please, PLEASE, be at least half as gracious to me??? They preach tolerance, but what they mean is “do as I say. My way or no way.” That, my dear Marxist friends, is not tolerance. It is totalitarianism. This, I will not tolerate! Just as before, I will fight them with prayer, calling my Congresswoman, my Senators, the President, and continue in my efforts with organizations which I belong. We are so blessed that we can still fight without any bloodshed! Thank God.

    I still haven’t said much about myself, huh? Oh well! I find it diffifcult to speak about myself, because I don’t really know what to say. I love to write, I enjoy writing poetry, I love the Charlie Daniels Band (country music,) Toby Keith, my cats, all animals, people-most of the time(!), etc. Boring, huh? Ha ha! 🙂

    I was born in a small town outside of Philadelphia. I lived there until I was nine, then my family moved to upstate New York. I have lived a rather fancy free, yet challenging life. I am an ex-alcoholic since August 19, 1987. I can sometimes go on and on if given the opportunity. I have had 3 brain strokes, but I am fine. I have a port wine birthmark on my face. When I was born, it covered the whole left half of my face! I have learned a lot by looking like this.

    I have discovered that some people are shallow, while others are not. I can very easily get rid of the ones who are by not wearing make-up. I hate make-up. It makes me feel phony. I used to wear it all the time, though! Funny, isn’t it, the changes we go through as we grow.

    I love this journey called life. I have been to 47 states, and I even lived in 9 states, stayed in a few for more than a week! The one thing that impressed me the most was how much we have in common and how much stays the same, just change the names and places. Of course I wasn’t politically active at the time I was trampsing around the USA, so I can’t speak on that behalf, but I sure enjoyed myself. I would get this itch that said go here or there, and off I would go! I don’t do that anymore, and that makes me sad, but it is okay.

    Well, that is about as much as I am willing to share at this moment. I don’t even know if this is politically intelligent. Ah, who am I kidding? I don’t care what people find out about me. I am not ashamed for being alive. I thank God (not as often as I should) that I am alive. Thanks for reading all of this, if you’ve gotten this far.

    Let me know what you think, and I could sure use some helpful hints on creative writing, topics, what not to say, etc. God bless the USA, Afghanistan, Iraq, the UK, Poland, Italy, and all the coalition countries, all people that are being oppressed by their government-may they have freedom soon, the children, our families, friends, and neighbors. Have mercy on us, dear Lord, and show us the way. Keep our feet straight away on the path You have set for us, and grant us the strength to weather the storms of life. I pray for Your Peace, Your Love, Your Wisdom, Your Grace, Your Justice, Victory and Your Mercy. I love You, God. Thank You.

    That’s all folks! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! (Looney Tunes cartoons!)

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    Iraq Wins against Portugal!

    Nabil has provided the play by play game of football between Iraq v. Portugal in the 2004 Olympics. Iraq won 4-2 in an amazing upset Friday.

    Ays also has an article about the victory of the Iraqis in today’s game. Yes, the team played FOR their country because they CHOSE to this time. This is a good and noble cause. They no longer have to play in fear for their lives.

    I wonder how many times we will say this before it becomes a faded memory? Sadly, I don’t believe many people ever really understood the genocide that took place in Iraq. That is our shame for allowing this to happen. Also, the Iraqis are fighting for freedom from thugs and respect in public opinion. The thug report may be sinister, but the public opinion is very good as to what Iraq can achieve when they are allowed the freedom to dream.

    I pray they win the Gold! Godspeed. Olay, olay, olay!

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    I found out about this story a few days ago, but I had no way to help her. She is in need of instruction, proper clothing, etc., and the Council is upset with her for letting people know.

    This is an article written by Mrs. Fayrouz. She is a lady that is offering knowledge about this situation along with a solution that was written on her site July 27, 2004, so make sure you scroll down to 7/27/04. I would pesonally like to thank her for her efforts and determination. It is quite impressive to see the goodness of heart that would come to the aid of another lady. I do not know much about the Middle East, but if most people resemble her, I believe the ME is very rich indeed. Many blessings will follow you, Mrs. Fayrouz. I pray that Ala’a Hikmat has all of her needs met, and that she surprises us all! Godspeed!

    Originally posted at Loving God Holy.

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    I found out about this story a few days ago, but I had no way to help her. She is in need of instruction, proper clothing, etc., and the Council is upset with her for letting people know.

    This is an article written by Mrs. Fayrouz. She is a lady that is offering knowledge about this situation along with a solution that was written on her site July 27, 2004, so make sure you scroll down to 7/27/04. I would pesonally like to thank her for her efforts and determination. It is quite impressive to see the goodness of heart that would come to the aid of another lady. I do not know much about the Middle East, but if most people resemble her, I believe the ME is very rich indeed. Many blessings will follow you, Mrs. Fayrouz. I pray that Ala’a Hikmat has all of her needs met, and that she surprises us all! Godspeed!

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