Archive for July 2012

From Israel 365 (days) Tisha B’Av

July 30, 2012

Today’s Torah Lesson
The Land of Israel has a supernatural quality to it. While under foreign occupation, it is nothing more than an arid desert. However, under Jewish sovereignty, it comes to life, flourishes, and yields great produce. Indeed, for nearly two millennia, as the land switched hands numerous times between various foreign powers, including the Romans, the Muslims and the Turks, the land lay utterly desolate. Amazingly, the modern rebirth of the Jewish state in 1948 has brought with it an astounding development of the land, to the point where once again the Jewish people can claim a flourishing country all their own. In agriculture, technology, and culture, Israel ranks among the most advanced countries of the world. Indeed, we are witnessing “the Lord comfort all her desolate places!”

Advertisements

The 9th of Av

July 29, 2012

Bring us back to you Hashem and we shall return, renew our days, as of old.

LAMENTATIONS (5:21)

הֲשִׁיבֵנוּ יְהוָה אֵלֶיךָ וְנָשׁוּבָה חַדֵּשׁ יָמֵינוּ כְּקֶדֶם
איכה ה:כא
ha-shee-vay-NOO ah-doe-NIE ay-le-KHA ve-na-shoo-VA kha-DESH ya-may-NOO ke-KE-dem
Why should I care about the Destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem?? Learn more in our new “eBook of Eicha Lamentations” available for FREE by clicking here
Meaning of “Tisha B’Av”
The sages explain that God intentionally selected the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av, as the day upon which both the First and the Second Temple would be destroyed. Why that day? According to Jewish tradition, it was the 9th of Av that the 12 spies returned from their mission to scout out the Land of Israel. As reported in Numbers 13-14, following their pessimistic and libelous report, the Jews cried out to God in fear, “How will we ever conquer the land? Why did you take us out of Egypt into the desert – simply to die here?” God reprimanded the people for their lack of faith and said: “You cried on the 9th of Av for no reason; this day will become a day of crying for all future generations.” The events surrounding the Temple’s destruction are linked back to the Biblical account of the 12 spies to illustrate that all of Jewish history is inexorably interwoven, and is the unfolding of God’s divine plan. Furthermore, we must never forget that one of the keys to the rebuilding of the Temple and the heralding in of the Messianic Era is our unquestioning trust in God, the very trait the spies and the nation failed to exhibit and which we must constantly seek to demonstrate.” Excerpt from the “eBook of Eicha” available here.
Thank You
Today’s Israel365 Scenes and Inspiration is sponsored by Irene Fernandez of Mumbai. CLICK HERE to learn about sponsorship opportunities.
In commemoration of the Fast of the 9th of Av, the most solemn day of the Jewish year, Israel365 has prepared many resources to educate and to inspire. Download our free “eBook of Eicha Lamentations” here; Register for my video conference that is limited to 25 people this Sunday at 4 pm here; and Listen to a Cantor chant Lamentations in the traditional tune here.
With hearts turned towards Jerusalem,
Rabbi Tuly Weisz
RabbiTuly@Israel365.co.il

American dream?

July 27, 2012

Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream

America as we know it—wealthy, powerful, assertive—is not what Obama wants. He wants a smaller America, a poorer America, an America unable to exert its will, an America happy to be one power among many, an America in decline so that other nations might rise—all in the name of global fairness. To Obama, the hated “one percent” isn’t just wealthy Americas; it is America itself. In Obama’s view, America needs to be taken down a notch.

Get Dinesh D’Souza’s new book: Obama’s America for Free!

That is the startling conclusion of bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza in Obama’s America. Building on his previous New York Times bestseller The Roots of Obama’s Rage—which Newt Gingrich called “Stunning…the most profound insight I have read in the last six years”—D’Souza shows how Obama’s goal to downsize America is in plain sight but ignored by everyone.

D’Souza lays out what Obama plans to do in a second administration—a makeover of America so drastic that the “shining city on a hill” will become a shantytown in a rather dangerous global village. Arresting in its presentation and sobering in its conclusions, Obama’s America is essential reading for those who want to change America’s course before it’s too late..

In Obama’s America you’ll learn:

  • How Obama plans to use debt as a weapon of economic mass destruction to downsize the United States
  • How a second Obama term could be fatal to Isreal—and to American interests in the Middle East
  • A superpower disarmed: why drastic defense cuts are only the beginning
  • How Obama plans to make us more dependent on foreign energy suppliers
  • What the world will be like when America is a debt-ridden, second-tier economy and other countries, like China, India, and even Brazil, are wealthier and dominant

Get Dinesh D’Souza’s new book: Obama’s America for Free!

Obama is not merely the presiding instrument of American decline, he is the architect of American decline. He wants America to be downsized. He wants Americans to consume less, and he would like to see our standard of living decline relative to that of other nations. He seeks a diminished footprint for America in the world. He detests America’s traditional allies, like Britain and Israel, and seeks to weaken them; he is not very worried about radical Muslims acquiring a nuclear bomb or coming to power in countries like Tunisia and Egypt.

He is quite willing to saddle future dollars toward this end and if he had been permitted, he would have spent trillions more. He has shown no inclination, and has no desire, to protect America’s position as number one in the world; he would be content to see America as number 18, or number 67, just another country seated at the great dining table of nations. The strength of my thesis is that it is completely congruent with who Obama is and what he does.

We don’t have to assume that he is always getting results opposite to what he intends; we simply have to see that he intends the results he is getting. He emphasized in his inauguration speech his goal of “remaking America”—and he is doing it, recognizing that in order to remake America he must first unmake America. The only question is whether Americans approve of their country being diminished and downsized, and whether they want to give Obama another four years to finish the job.

Don’t miss this powerful new book! Order Townhall Magazine today and get Dinesh D’Souza’s new book: Obama’s America – Unmaking the American Dream for FREE!

Fresh. Intelligent. Conservative. — Townhall Magazine.

Townhall Magazine is exclusively in print and coverage features investigative journalism, in-depth reporting, heavily researched analysis, interviews with the heavy hitters and powerful exposes–all exclusive to the magazine.

No other magazine offers you this brilliant combination of smart, conservative, in-depth reporting and opinion that truly reflects your values.

SUBSCRIBE TO TOWNHALL MAGAZINE AND GET YOUR CHOICE OF A FREE BOOK!


Townhall Magazine is taking “conservative magazines” to new heights with its investigative reporting and stories, conservative humor, photography, culture, and commentary from your favorites.

Keep up with Townhall Magazine to get the inside scoop on exclusive interviews and more!

You didn’t do it on your own?

July 26, 2012
The mask falls on Obama’s attitude toward work

by Newt Gingrich

Dear Fellow Conservative,

When I visited Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government last winter as a presidential candidate, I mentioned how the Left — big bureaucracy and big unions — helps entrap the poorest Americans in permanent poverty.

I suggested that poor teenagers could be employed part-time in the safety of their schools to do light janitorial work or assist in the cafeteria or offices.

My belief was and still is that work would benefit young people — especially poor young people — by helping them earn money and develop a strong work ethic at an early age. In the following weeks, hundreds of people approached me to tell me the stories of their first jobs and how they personally had learned the value of hard work.

For the media elites, however, my suggestion was too much to handle. Liberal commentators mocked the idea, infused it with a racial subtext, and posited in the middle of a presidential debate that I was “seeking to belittle people.”

After all the media-generated uproar that followed my discussion of work as a core American value, I was fascinated in June to see on CNN the story of a high school senior named Dawn Loggins. Dawn was a straight A student in Lawndale, North Carolina. She was also poor and homeless — having been abandoned by her parents earlier in the year. Every morning, Dawn arrived at school hours before her classmates for her paid job as a janitor. Through her work, Dawn earned a modest amount of money and managed to finish high school. In fact, she even earned a full scholarship and will be going to college this fall. At Harvard.

Dawn is a living tribute to one of the highest American virtues: hard work. Our heroes here are hard workers. We think of the early colonists, who toiled through long winters merely to survive. Of Abraham Lincoln, who was so poor he taught himself to read and write with the aid of just a few borrowed books. Of Andrew Carnegie, who like millions of other immigrants arrived in America with nothing and became one of the most successful businessmen in history. Of Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers, whose designs failed hundreds of times before finally succeeding, and of Henry Ford, who rose from humble beginnings to manufacture mass produced, affordable automobiles.

We’re inspired by stories like Dawn’s or like Henry Ford’s not merely because they achieved great things, but because they achieved these things through hard work.

In America, we believe that work is an indispensable good, that it is crucial to independence and self-reliance, that even menial work offers its own dignity. After all, for many of us, to support ourselves and our families, to better the lives of our children, is an achievement equal to those of Edison or Carnegie. Without work, our lives are incomplete.

When Barack Obama was a candidate for president in 2008, he seemed to indicate support for this belief. He told Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Church that he had misjudged the welfare reform we passed in the 1990s, and that he now realized, “We have to have work as a centerpiece of any social policy, not only because ultimately people who work are going to get more income, but because [of] the intrinsic dignity of work, the sense of purpose … .”

But in a recent one week period and two revealing statements, President Obama shredded any last hope we may have had that he truly believes in this quintessential American value.

I’ll begin first with the latter statement, one week ago today, when the Obama Department of Health and Human Services quietly released a memorandum announcing a change to welfare policy. Though full of bureaucratese, the gist of the memo was clear: the Obama administration was unilaterally eliminating the work requirement from welfare, declaring it would grant waivers to states — and in doing so, tearing at the heart of the 1996 welfare reform.

The centerpiece of that reform was just what candidate Obama said it was: work. We required recipients to go to work after two years on welfare. This, experience and an entrapped generation had taught us, was absolutely necessary to ensure that welfare’s enervating dependency was only temporary.

An overwhelming majority of Americans — 83 percent, according to a recent poll — continue to support these work requirements. The Left, however, has long sought to subvert them. A 2005 report by the Government Accountability Office found that some states had sought to categorize as work activities including “bed rest, short-term hospitalizations … physical rehabilitation, which could include massage, regulated exercise … personal journaling, motivational reading, exercise at home, smoking cessation, and weight loss promotion.” Congress subsequently acted to ban states from counting these activities as work, but the Obama administration’s new policy will remove the obligation completely.

If the memo that effectively eliminated welfare reform’s work requirement was opaque, it was President Obama’s revealing remarks a few days earlier that explained it.

Enlightening us as to why Americans with incomes of $200,000 are obligated to pay even more taxes, he said, “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”

In this one paragraph, President Obama clearly lays out his philosophy — a philosophy he shares with others on the Left and which guides the liberal opposition to work and provoked the elite media’s hysterical reaction to the idea of teenagers working in their schools.

What the president is saying is that society owns you. If you’re successful, you don’t own your success. The government does, because your success depended on others all along.

Notice, the president goes out of his way to chastise those who feel they have achieved anything by their own hard work. “Somebody else made that happen,” he says.

These ideas are, of course, fundamentally opposed to the American values of hard work and self-reliance, not to mention the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence.

But they are also the same ideas which justify, even compel, the welfare state. If, as the president suggests, it is the government to which we owe anything we might achieve, then we are all, rich or poor, dependents. If we have made bad choices, if we have failed, then this too must be the fault of others — others who didn’t help, who didn’t teach us well, who didn’t build the right bridges for us.

And if it’s society to which the successful owe what property they have and society to which the unsuccessful owe their condition, then the government is right to confiscate property from those with more and give it as maintenance to people they’ve never met, who’ve never earned it, who themselves might not work at all. Why work, anyway, if your achievements are not your own?

Mr. President, I invite you to take your theory to your alma mater in Massachusetts this September. Tell Dawn Loggins, the homeless, straight A student janitor from Lawndale, North Carolina, that she didn’t get there on her hard work.

Your Friend,

Newt Gingrich
Newt

The big ‘cover-up’

July 24, 2012

 

WE MUST RESIST! Obama WILL sign the UN Gun Treaty if we don’t stop him. He doesn’t care about U.S. Senate ratification, because once he signs and “commits” America, We the People ARE BOUND according to the U.N., and that is far more Obama’s home than the White House! We will have to battle false but powerful U.N. globalist, elitist arguments that as a signatory state under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, we are obliged to abide by the terms of ATT – even if our Senate refuses to ratify!

And Obama will agree.

Globalist tyranny, anyone? Entangling alliances, anyone? How about “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death,” Americans?

TODAY IS THE DAY TO NOT BE FOUND WANTING! MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD IN WASHINGTON TO EVERY REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATOR – AND THE TYRANT OBAMA! THIS TREATY MUST BE STOPPED NOW!

UNALIENABLE RIGHTS ARE NOT NEGOTIABLE!

NO U.N. GUN T

Protect our second amendment (right to bear arms)

July 22, 2012

 

On July 27th, Barack Hussein Obama Intends To Sign A United Nations Treaty That Will “Legislate Gun Control In The United States” Through The Backdoor Via The United Nations “And Effectively Repeal Our Second Amendment.”

UN Flag     No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Those are the words of Dick Morris, the threat to your liberties is real and imminent, and Morris is not alone. Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), is sounding the alarm as well:

     “Representatives from many of the world’s socialist, tyrannical and dictatorial regimes [are gathering] at the United Nations headquarters in New York for a month-long meeting, in which they’ll put the finishing touches on an international Arms Trade Treaty that could seriously restrict your freedom to own, purchase and carry a firearm.”

It’s happening right now… at this very moment. The member states and thugocracies of the United Nations have been meeting, behind closed doors with Hillary Clinton, since July 2nd to hammer out the final details on their so-called Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and Barack Obama, HAS VOWED to sign it on July 27th.

And if you’re not worried, you should be. Cox goes on to say: “You might think that something so obviously menacing to one of our enumerated fundamental rights would receive a strong rebuke from our top government leaders. BUT YOU’D BE WRONG. This is President Barack Obama’s vision for America, and we’re expected to just go along with it.”

We need our elected officials on record NOW. And it’s not enough to call on them to oppose the ATT, AFTER Barack Obama signs it. We must DEMAND that they announce their intentions to vote AGAINST ratification of this treasonous treaty NOW… BEFORE Barack Obama signs it on July 27.

Make no mistake, if you do not make your voice heard now, your constitutional and God-given right to keep and bear arms may forever be regulated and controlled by thugocracies within the United Nations that have no intention of following the dictates of the very treaty they will impose upon you.


Use the button or the hyperlink below to send your urgent Blast Faxes to each and every one of the Republican Members of the United States Senate.

If button above does not work, please use this hyperlink.


And Where Are Our Republican Leaders?

     At least we knew where President George W. Bush stood on the ATT.  As a matter of policy, he not only opposed the ATT but also proclaimed that the United States would have no involvement with the planning or implementation of the ATT. He wanted no part of this treasonous treaty.

As Bloomberg news reported, under the Bush Administration, the United States “was the only nation to oppose the 2006 resolution to create an international treaty on the sale of small arms and light weapons, and subsequent measures to continue the talks.”

But the times, they are a changing. Instead of following President Bush’s example and saying, from the get-go , that there is no way in the nether regions of hell that this voluntary surrender of our constitutional rights will ever see the light of day; Senate Republicans are taking more of a ‘let’s-wait-and-see-what-the-UN-comes-up-with’ approach.

And while they procrastinate, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are legitimizing and actively negotiating something that is illegitimate… something that the United States should never be negotiating in the first place.

Make no mistake, our elected officials like to talk tough. As a matter of fact, a number of Senators penned a strongly worded letter on ATT to Barack Obama last year, and they even went so far as to say that they would “oppose ratification of an Arms Trade Treaty presented to the Senate that in any way restricts the rights of law-abiding citizens to manufacture, assemble, possess, transfer or purchase firearms, ammunition and related items.”

But…

Don’t be lulled into complacency by the tough-sounding rhetoric. Words are cheap and we must demand action because anyone who knows how the UN operates, knows that its S.O.P. is deception. The ATT WILL, without a doubt, contain written promises and grandiose assurances… and the UN will assure  far too many Senate Republicans that the ATT will in no way restrict your right to legally own a firearm.

Of course, those assurances will be lies.  Anyone who knows how the UN operates, also knows that those promises and assurances won’t be worth the paper on which they are printed. Once the ATT is signed and ratified our own government, under the supervision of the thugocracies of the United Nations, will start to “regulate” and, soon thereafter, start to “confiscate.”

Don’t take our word for it. Former UN ambassador John Bolton, says that the UN “is trying to act as though this is really just a treaty about international arms trade between nation states, but there is no doubt that the real agenda here is domestic firearms control.”


Use the button or the hyperlink below to send your urgent Blast Faxes to each and every one of the Republican Members of the United States Senate.

If button above does not work, please use this hyperlink.


And President Bush Was Right.

Make no mistake, if the United States Senate ratifies the ATT, the world will become an even more dangerous place because the rogue nations in the United Nations have no intention of following the the ATT.

Oh they’ll try to force the Great Satan to follow the treaty to the letter… even as the dictates and requirements for compliance continue to morph.

But rogue countries like Iran will stockpile weapons and openly distribute them to every enemy of the United States around the world as the United Nations turns a blind eye. That’s simply how the UN operates.

George W. Bush knew it…. that’s why he refused to allow the United States to have anything to do with this bogus UN treaty.

Barack Obama knows it… that’s why he’s pushing this bogus UN treaty.

And our elected officials know it too… that’s why there is NO EXCUSE WHATSOEVER for allowing them to play a “let’s-wait-and-see” charade?

If President Bush didn’t play “let’s-wait-and-see” … if Barack Obama isn’t playing “let’s-wait-and-see” … then the American people most certainly shouldn’t tolerate our elected officials playing “let’s-wait-and-see.”

We don’t need to see the ATT to know it’s bad news and there’s no better time than the present for them to proclaim, for the rest of the world to hear, that the people who elect them don’t want any part of this suicidal UN treaty.

It’s time to make our Republican leaders understand that we don’t negotiate over that which is non-negotiable.

And when we do, we must make it clear that we’re not going to tolerate them waiting until AFTER Barack Obama signs this treaty to go on record. We’re DEMANDING that they announce that they WILL vote AGAINST ratification of the ATT NOW… BEFORE Barack Obama signs it on July 27.

The dictators, and the despots, and the America-hating tyrants of the world need to be sent a clear and unmistakable message.

The ATT may be part of “Barack Obama’s vision for America” but we’re not going to “just go along with it.” because our constitutional rights are NON-NEGOTIABLE… period… end of sentence!

Google it!

July 19, 2012
President Frank Marshall Davis Obama!!

Nobody can choose their parents in advance but everybody can be born again by trusting the Messiah, Joshua of Nazareth.

Obama cannot change the fact that he is illigetimate, but it is not too late for him to forsake his sins and become an HONEST man and a Christian.

Frank Marshall Davis (1905-1987).
Frank Marshall Davis (1905-1987).

Frank Marshall Davis was the real father of President Barack H. Obama.

Mr. Davis was born in Kansas and was assigned to the Pacific island paradise of Hawaii in 1948.

President Barack H. Obama.
President Barack H. Obama.

Obama admits in his autobiography entitled Dreams from My Father that his grandfather on his mother’s side, Stanley Dunham, was a close friend of father Frank.

Frank and Stanley played cards together and they would often drag young Obama with them to the red light district:

There was one exception, a poet named Frank who lived in a dilapidated house in a run-down section of Waikiki. He had enjoyed some modest notoriety once, was a contemporary of Richard Wright and Langston Hughes during his years in Chicago—Gramps once showed me some of his work anthologized in a book of black poetry. But by the time I met Frank he must have been pushing eighty, with a big, dewlapped face and an ill-kempt gray Afro that made him look like an old, shaggy-maned lion. He would read us his poetry whenever we stopped by his house, sharing whiskey with Gramps out of an emptied jelly jar. As the night wore on, the two of them would solicit my help in composing dirty limericks. Eventually the conversation would turn to laments about women. (Obama, Dreams from My Father, pp. 76-77).

This was not the kind of training to prepare a person for the Presidency of the United States.

Memoirs of Frank Marshall Davis.
Memoirs of Frank Marshall Davis.
The memoirs of Frank Marshall Davis entitled Livin’ the Blues were published in 1992—5 years after the death of Mr. Davis in Hawaii.
Frank Marshall Davis in 1974.
Frank Marshall Davis in 1974.

Frank Marshall Davis was born on December 31, 1905, in Arkansas City, Kansas. His father left soon after his birth and his mother also left him and moved to California 2 years later….He was raised by his great-grandmother, Mrs. Amanda Porter. Here is a quote from the autobiography of Mr. Davis entitled: Livin’ the Blues:

My old man, Sam Davis floated into town from some place in the state of Arkansas. An itinerant barber and musician (he blew baritone horn, undoubtedly with a heavy seasoning of the blues), he met and married my mother, fathered me, hung around long enough to see what he and God had wrought, then drifted on. They were divorced before I was a year old, and I’ve never heard of him since. For all I know, the old boy played similar gigs in several towns, and I may be related to a lot of other people never heard of.
I was Mother’s first and last child. Possibly I discouraged her, for when I was two she left with a white family for California to work as their maid for a couple of years. Since Aunt Hattie had already split the ho-hum prairie scene for Kansas City where there was more action, that left my care and feeding to Mrs. Amanda Porter, my great-grandmother.(Davis, Livin’ the Blues, p. 7).

Obviously a very troubled childhood but many people have similar backgrounds and don’t turn into spies.

Frank Marshall Davis at 9 years old.
Frank Marshall Davis at 9 years old.

Obama’s father graduated from Arkansas City high school in 1923.

Upon graduation, he attended Friends University in Wichita, Kansas and then attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

High school graduation photo.
High school graduation photo.

Journalist is always a perfect cover for