Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Random Thoughts...

In recent days, some interesting things have captured may attention...

1) In a recent dialogue between David Horoitiz (SP) and a Muslim student representing the Muslim Student Association at the University of California at San Deigo, Mr. Horoitiz stated to the female student that the leader of Hamas has stated that he hoped all the Jews would re-gather in Israel so that he would not have to hunt them down...he then asked her if she was for it or against it...she replied that she was for it...Can you imagine the uproar in the "Mainstream Media" if someone said that we need to kill all the Muslims! The radical are among us in this "peaceful religion" and they will not stop until they rule...and folks when that happens, life as we know it will never be the same (should the Lord Jesus tarry!)

2) In recent testimony before Congress, Attorney General Holder has stated that, even though he has criticized the law passed and signed by the Governor of Arizona, he has NOT READ THE LAW! Isn't that crazy? Of course this monstrosity of a Bill was all of 10 pages (Compared to the 2,000 plus pages of the Health Care legislation that No One in Congress read before they voted for it!) and I can understand that that may be a little taxing on the Attorney General or his staff to read before espousing an opinion about it...
Following that...the Secretary of Homeland Security (and former Governor of Arizona) Janet Napolitano also admitted that she too had not read the bill, but she said that I would not have signed, "That kind of Bill"
Are we being governed by incompetence or corruption? You be the judge...

3) In recent months there has arisen a contraversey within SouthernBaptist circles...let me see if I can summarize what this is really all about:
Many "mega" churches within our convention give very little percentage wise to the distinctive "Cooperative Program" (to be referred to hence forth as the CP) and yet their pastors are in the "limelight" and are often picked to lead the convention, even though the smaller churches within the convention give a larger percentage of gifts to the CP...to their credit, many of the Mega churches, and maybe even all of them, give to many individual projects for Mission work...Last year at the SBC Convemtion, a committee was formed called the "Great Commission Resurgence Task Force" who have come out with a plan that would, in effect, destroy the CP as we know it...here is my concern...We are discussing how we give to mission work rather than calling on churches to be in revival! Our nation is going to you-know-where in a hand-basket and we want to talk about restructering our giving...We are a nation where Christianity is being pushed, and not to politly, out of the public square...where babies are being killed at a rate of close to or over a million per year and the recent Health Care legislation now calls for federal money to be used to pay for it...we have people protesting in the streets for rights when they have come here illegally in the first place...we have students who have been sent home all because they dared to wear an American Flag T-shirt on Cinco Demayo day! A day that has absoultely nothing to do with this country...the reason this is going on, and the reason that we as a nation have elected leaders who are socialist who are leading us down a path to governemnt controlled everything is because THE CHURCH HAS FAILED IN HER MISSION! We in the church are too busy arguing over what kind of music is played, what color the carpet is, what kind of chairs sit on the platform, whether the pastor is being paid too much money, whether or not the pastor should actually be leading the church...when we shoudl be about the Father's Business of sharing the good news...and yes! We need GOOD NEWS! The Good News that Jesus Saves!

Even so, Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Where are the Civil Libertarian Watchdogs?

Good morning...In these last days, I plan to be more active, reporting to you those things I run across that will increase government power and the resulting reduction in freedom for you and me...of course TRUE freedom comes only through a relationship with God through Jesus Christ! But note what is contained within the Financial reform bill being debated in the U.S. Senate as proposed by Senator Chris Dodd of Ct.:

Bailout Bill Would Require Banks to Track and Report Personal Checking Accounts to Feds

Capitol Confidential
Big Government
April 30, 2010
It’s amazing to watch the civil libertarians hide when Democrats propose the most sweeping intrusions of privacy in generations. In addition to the litany of bad policies contained in the Dodd Financial Reform bill is this nugget on pages 1039-1040. In short, it extends government reach to every deposit account of every citizen.
Required Acct MonitoringSubtitle G of the Dodd discussion draft bill requires that records be maintained and reported “for each branch, automated teller machine at which deposits are accepted, and other deposit taking service facility with respect to any financial institution, the financial institution shall maintain a record of the number and dollar amounts of deposit accounts of customers.”
What’s worse, banks will be required to submit these records to the new super regulatory agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (page 1041). The CFPA will be allowed to use this information for any purpose “as permitted by law” under CFPA rules—rules set by CFPA themselves.
So, lets get this straight—the law requires banks to snoop on its customers MOST PERSONAL INFORMATION and submit it to another government agency so it can be used anyway the CFPA see’s fit.
Must submit to CFPASo, if the CFPA Czar see’s fit, information about your deposit account activity could be shared with the IRS, immigration officials, state officials, or any other entity that the Administration and their various Czar’s think beneficial.
But CFPA will impact your life even before they give away your personal data. Remember that part of the excuse for including this authority is to make policy recommendations. So, be careful not to run your credit limit too high above the amount of money you are depositing in the bank or the CFPA will know you can’t pay your bills and make the appropriate “policy recommendations”.
This is exactly why conservatives have fought so hard against things like national ID cards—if the government is authorized to collect and utilize data, there is no way to prevent the government as a whole or certain individuals within the government from using the information against the citizens.
But passage of the CFPA will settle the whole ID card thing once and for all. There will be no need for them because if you have a bank account, you already have a number and the CFPA will have it.
The breadth of sweeping new powers given to the federal government by these three pages is astonishing. Yet we have heard nary a peep about this provision.
After capitulation and surrender, Republicans will have a chance to amend the legislation when it comes to the floor of the Senate and protect the private details of your banking account.
But if they don’t, smile the next time you go to the ATM because Big Brother will be watching.