Faith is seeing things that are not as though they are…

Faith involves our broadening the vistas and boundaries of our imagination, and our being able to see things there that are not yet visible to our natural eye!

For truly, as we look at the definition of FAITH and we learn it is the substance of things hoped for; and the evidence of things not yet visible or felt in the natural; how else can we get there and see those things that are not as though they are except by way of a sanctified imagination?

As Jesus said:

All things are possible if ONLY you can believe!”

Below is a devotional message on IMAGINATION, which I think you will like.

As we study the account given in Romans 4, where we are told of the encounter where Abraham, the father of FAITH, was informed by God that he and his descendants were to be given the entire earth as an inheritance; it is obvious that surely such a vision required Abraham to use his imagination to see it… especially since his wife, Sarah at age 90, was well beyond the age of child bearing.

Also we know from Scripture that most certainly this awesome gift was not being given to Abraham based on his obedience or his ability to keep the law; but rather the Bible says that it was based on Abraham having a right relationship with God, a relationship that can ONLY come by faith.

In James 2:23 we are told that, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and that Abraham was called a friend of God!

Man, how cool is that, to be called a “Friend” of God? And yet does not Jesus say of us, in John 15:15, “I no longer call you servants, … instead, I have called you My friends!

So the Bible tells us that this promise was received by faith; and that it was a free gift. And we are also informed that we may also receive this blessing, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses too, if we also have faith like Abraham had!

For Abraham as the Bible says, became the father of all who believe; and this is truly what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.”

The reason why this happened was because Abraham, again as we learn from Scripture, he believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing!

Do you not see that? Again… how does a person do this without a sanctified imagination?

But the Bible doesn’t stop there, because it goes on to say of father Abraham that even though there was no reason for his hope (in the natural), Abraham nevertheless kept on hoping — and believing that he would truly become the father of many nations.

For God had already told him to look at the stars in heaven, because: That’s how many descendants you will have!

The Bible goes on to tell us that Abraham not being weak in faith; that he did not consider his own body, though in a sense it was already dead (since he was about a hundred years old); nor did he consider the deadness of Sarah’s womb (with her being 90 years old).

Instead we are told that in spite of all these things that Abraham did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief; but that he was strengthened in faith, and in so doing he was giving glory to God.

We are told that he (Abraham) was fully persuaded that what God had promised, He was also able to perform… and therefore it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Likewise, if we can lay hold of God’s promises in that same way, by FAITH, then we too can experience the impossible; but this will require our doing exactly as Jesus said, when he told His disciples that unless they became as children, they could not experience the Kingdom of Heaven.

Children can do this quite naturally, and they have no problem whatsoever seeing things that are not… and so did each of us once upon a time!

Folks if we are to navigate through this life successfully, and if we are to experience all that God has intended for us, and also be empowered to fight the battles and appropriate our inheritance, it will necessitate our using our sanctified imagination, and our hanging the total of our life, and our circumstances on the promises of God’s Word.

Therein concludes today’s lesson… so live long and prosper, and go forth and do likewise! 🙂

Have a blessed day!

Shalom,

Skip Barland



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What The Lord Is Saying Today

June 28, 2010:

You do love Me, don’t you?

Then how good and expansive is your imagination?

Can you see what you cannot see yet?

Can you hear what you cannot hear yet?

I know you to have a very active imagination.  You use it all the time.

Some of the things you see and hear in what you call your imagination are nowhere in the ballpark of what I want to show, speak and bring into your life.

The only hope you have of attaining to this level of revelation is to step aside, relax and pray.

Let your spirit be opened like the doors of a huge cattle barn.  You must not interfere, especially by acting too quickly, until you have received what I am giving and also until you have received instructions on how I want you to use it.

You do love Me, don’t you?

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NLT)

That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.  Ras Robinson


June 28, 2010:

I have for you areas to explore that are way beyond your magination.

You will be amazed at what you see and hear.

I have been waiting on you, for you to come to where you are now.

You are ready to discover.  You had no idea this adventure was available for you, because you thought it was beyond what your mind could conceive.  But this find will open up vistas and ideas that have never entered your mind.

The provision is there so you will not have to worry about that.  It will be available for you to explore the different paths you will take.  You’re ready so let’s go.


1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (AMP)

“But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed].  Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny].” Bev Robinson


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God made something beautiful out of my life!

Keeping our eye on the ball, and remaining focused on the what is the true meaning of Life…

His name is Jesus Christ!!!

Only He can make something beautiful out of our life!


Steve Apirana – Singer/Songwriter
Steve Apirana is one of the finest Christian musicians currently working in Australasia (this is a region of Oceania: and includes Australia, New Zealand, the island of New Guinea, and other neighboring islands in the South Pacific).

He is a gifted communicator, highly skilled guitarist and vocalist with an extraordinary sense of humor.

As a musician, Steve specializes in blues and gospel. His pedigree reaches back into the seventies, having played support for such luminaries as Daddy Cool, Black Sabbath, Split Ends, and Dragon.

He was a member of the seventies band Butler and as well as doing much solo work he was involved with The Velvettes, a sixties spoof rock band. Equally at home with acoustic guitar or his trademark Fender Strat, Steve’s playing is matched by his rich bluesy voice.

Steve captivates audiences in a way that very few can. When performing, it’s not long before his charm, honesty, self – depreciating humour and excellent musicianship has audiences totally absorbed.

A former street kid, Steve found faith in Jesus Christ, graduated as a social worker, and then returned to the same streets, working with the Anglican City Mission to reach out to people in need. Steve’s life and experiences have been a perfect grounding for a style of communication that doesn’t threaten but dares to be honest.


I haven’t heard this song in a long time; and reading an old book today, I ran across the CD stuck in between the pages.

As it happens, I really like both the message and the song; and so I thought to share it with you.

I hope you like it too, and that it blesses your day!

Shalom,

Skip Barland



Our REAL problem in America is spiritual…

Man has the tendency to forget that the Lord God is God in heaven, it is He who has created us… not the other way around, we did not create ourselves!

If there is any one problem that we in the U.S. can attribute our current woes and calamities to, it is this one fact, that we as a nation have lost our way, and we have forgotten the Lord our God!!!

Let us heed God’s WARNING to His Covenant people Israel:

Deuteronomy 8

Remember the LORD Your God

1 “Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers.

2 And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.

4 Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years.

5 You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the LORD your God chastens you.

6 “Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. 7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; 9 a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10

When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.


11
Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, 12 lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; 13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; 14 when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; 15 who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end— 17
then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’

18And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

19Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the LORD your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. 20 As the nations which the LORD destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the LORD your God.


I’ve included a very good devotional message (see below) from My Daily Bread, about “Toxic Living.” Be sure to read it, as I think it is very relevant to where we are today as a nation, and how we got here.

There are several important points that we can glean from this particular scripture in Deuteronomy 8:

  • Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe…”

    To the extent we as a nation have taken God out of our schools, the enemy (the Devil) wasted no time and came into fill that void, back in 1963. And by the way, this decision to take God out of our schools was brought about as the result of one woman’s lawsuit in 1963, for which the church remained virtually silent and accepted that decision; and our society has gone downhill ever since!

    In an interview on September 13th in 2001, right after 9/11 occurred, Anne Graham-Lotz (Billy Graham’s daughter) was asked the following question by Jane Clayson, on the CBS Early Show: “If God is good, how could He allow this to happen?

    To which Anne Grahm-Lotz responded: “I say God is also angry when he sees something like this.  I would say also for several years now Americans in a sense have shaken their fist at God , and have said we want you out of our schools, out of our government, out of our business, and we want you out of our marketplace.

    And so God, who is a gentleman (in response to this), has just quietly backed out of our national and political life, our public life; and He has removed His hand of blessing and protection.

  • If it is raining and you leave home without your umbrella… whose fault is that?

    We need to turn to God first of all and say, God, we’re sorry we have treated you this way and we invite you now to come into our national life. We put our trust in you.

  • We have “In God we Trust” on our coins, and we need to practice it.

  • And you shall remember that the LORD your God…

    Have you ever wondered why God picked Abraham to be the Father of His chosen people “Israel,” and also the Father of faith?

    To find the answer to that question we have to look to Genesis 18, verses 16-19; where we are given the following account:

    16Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way.

    17 And the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, 18 since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

    19For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.

    It is most apparent to me that our one failure in the church is that we have failed to pass the baton of our faith on to the next generation; and that mistake, at least here in the United States was compounded on that infamous day back in 1963 when our courts decided for the American people that belief in God and our teaching about God to our children, was of no importance and was irrelevant to their lives… and what you see today among out politicians and educators is the result.

  • In the next part of verse 2, we are told the reason why God at times will allow us to suffer lack: “God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

    Often the question will arise in our lives, when we are beset with difficulties, tragedy, pain and/or suffering, as to why is my life so hard; does God not see what is happening to me… and does He not care?

    Well the answer to that question is yes, of course He sees and of course He cares; but God’s priorities are very different from ours.

    God is not so much interested in our being happy and comfortable in this life, as He is about our being trained and taught in the ways of faith, that we may be fit for His service; that we may learn to wage war against the enemy of our soul (Satan); that we may charge the enemy’s gates, and be about our Father’s business, which is to reach this world for Christ; and also that we may learn to put on the mind of Christ, and be molded into His image… as Jesus Christ is our model and our example in all things pertaining to this life! And it is also in Jesus, who is called “The Last Adam,” that we may learn our purpose and the reason for our existence… and that is that we may do the Will of the Father in earth, as it is in Heaven!

The overwhelming and all important message however, of Deuteronomy 8, and also God’s warning I might add, is that we NOT forget the Lord our God, and that we not begin to take credit ourselves for His many blessings, that He has given to us!

The sin of ingratitude is a very egregious sin, in God’s eyes; and add to it the sin and also the insult to God of our taking credit ourselves for all of His blessings, as though we could have done it without Him.

This is a direct offense to God, in that not only are we not honoring Him as God and are not thankful to Him; but to add insult to injury, we also begin to think of ourselves as gods, and we ignore the one true God!

I can only hope and pray that what God said in Romans does not happen to us here in America, where God grew so weary of the hardness of their hearts, that the scripture says He gave them over to believe a lie!

That certainly does seem to be the direction that our nation is headed; and that is why it is so critically important that we pray and intercede for our nation, for God’s grace and mercy… that He forgive us of our sin, as a nation, for having removed the land marks of his laws from our society and culture, and for having forsaken His ways… to follow our own!

Let us continue to pray for America that we find our way back home, as a nation; and that we humbles ourselves and repent; that we restore our Constitutional Republic; and that we clean house and remove those people from public office, who have secret agendas, who lie to us and are taking our nation further away from God!

Let us pray for the right kind of “Change,” that brings our nation back to God! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland



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Subject: Our Daily Bread — June 28, 2010


June 28, 2010

Toxic Living

READ: 1 Samuel 13:7-14

Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord.” —1 Samuel 13:13

Picher, Oklahoma, is no more. In mid-2009, this once-bustling town of 20,000 went out of business. In the first quarter of the 1900s, Picher was a boomtown because of its abundant lead and zinc. Workers extracted the ore, which was used to help arm the US during both World Wars.

The town faded as the ore began to run out—but the biggest problem was that while the lead and zinc brought wealth, they also brought pollution. Because nothing was done to deal with the pollution, Picher became a toxic wasteland, and the government condemned the land.

What happened to Picher can happen to people. Prosperity can look so good that it’s hard to think about possible downsides.

Actions that are detrimental to long-term spiritual health are accepted, and unless the problem is corrected, destruction follows.

It happened to King Saul. He began as a good king, but in seeking success he failed to see the damage he was doing.

Turning his back on God’s commands, he acted “foolishly” (1 Sam. 13:13) and lost his kingdom (v.14).

In our attempts to find success, we need to watch out for spiritual pollution that comes when we fail to follow God’s clear scriptural guidelines. Godly living always beats toxic living. —Dave Branon

The Lord has given us commands
And told us to obey;
Our own designs are sure to fail
If we neglect His way! —Bosch

No one can be a real success without God.


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Prophecy is God’s News before it happens…

Prophecy is God’s News before it happens…

Listen to God’s heads up message and warning regarding events that are about to befall the earth!


But thus saith the Lord:

Surely the Lord GOD does nothing,
Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets
.”

Amos 3:7


Below I have listed a Prophetic Warning that was given back in March of 2009, by David Wilkerson, that I think you will find interesting; especially in light of the Prophecy you have just seen in the above video.

With that said, there are many voices that are out in the world today who are predicting the future; some of whom I believe are today’s modern version of what we would call false prophets, who are just as the false prophets were that we read about in the Bible.

The way we can recognize these false prophets is they are always telling the people what they want to hear, without any concern whatsoever, and with no respect or regard to what God has already spoken and revealed in His Word, the Bible.

The most noticeable of today’s modern day false prophets I believe can be found among today’s talking heads in the News Media; and I believe also that same lying spirit can also be seen and heard among many of today’s political leaders; many of whom have made their entire careers out of telling people just what they want to hear… again with no respect nor regard for what God has already spoken in His Word.

Last but not least there are also many voices that can be heard today, coming from God’s New Covenant people, who are described in the Bible as being neither Jew nor Gentile, but are of those who are, what the Bible calls, a New Creation in Christ.

Now I consider myself to be a part of that group; and even here it has been my observation that also in this group there are often conflicting voices and opinions, regarding last days events, and what is about to happen in the world.

So the obvious question is, how can we discern which voices are true and are from God; and which are false?

For me, I can only turn to the Bible to gain an answer to that question; because the Bible is the only accurate source we have, where we are able to discern and learn of pre-established patterns which God has already set forth, and has used in the past.

It is also only in the Bible that we find how God has interceded and intervened in the lives of His estranged children, who are among the sons and daughters of Adam, in order to bring correction.

The Bible tells us that there are basically four groups or categories, of people that are in the world today, as relates to covenant relationship with God.

  • The first are found among God’s Covenant people, who are His chosen people, who are of the “House of Judah,” and are called… the Jews;
  • The second are among what the Bible calls “House of Israel,” who are also known today as the “Lost Tribes of Israel;”
  • The third are among what the Bible calls “Neither Jew nor Gentile” and these are members of God’s new creation, called the Church;
  • And fourth we have those who are not a part of any covenant relationship with God at all, and are lost!

By the way, on the subject of “Saved” and “Lost,” this leads me to another important point, because there are many who are in the world today, who often hear this terminology being bantered about by Christians about the “Saved” and the “Unsaved” (or Lost), and they have no idea what those two terms mean… and often the question is posed by them: “What do I have to be saved from?”

Well, in a nutshell to be “Unsaved,” or lost, is a term that is used to describe people who pass from this life into eternity without the benefit of having a Covenant relationship with their Creator, as He has set forth in the Bible.

And also, on the subject of these two groups of which the Bible calls “House of Israel,” and “House of Judah,” for those of you who are unfamiliar with these two groups, listen here to what God has to say through the Prophet Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 3:8-18 (New King James Version)

8 Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. 9 So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. 10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the LORD.
11 Then the LORD said to me, “Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah. 12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say:

‘ Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the LORD;
‘ I will not cause My anger to fall on you.
For I am merciful,’ says the LORD;
‘ I will not remain angry forever.
13 Only acknowledge your iniquity,
That you have transgressed against the LORD your God,
And have scattered your charms
To alien deities under every green tree,
And you have not obeyed My voice,’ says the LORD.

14 “Return, O backsliding children,” says the LORD; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. 15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.

16“Then it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land in those days,” says the LORD, “that they will say no more, ‘The ark of the covenant of the LORD.’ It shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they visit it, nor shall it be made anymore.

17 “At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of the LORD, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem. No more shall they follow the dictates of their evil hearts.
18 “In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers.

Now mind you, even though these events of which we read here in Jeremiah, about the reuniting of “House of Israel,” and “House of Judah,” are viewed by many in the church as having already occurred, they have not; and are yet to happen. This is in fact a prophecy that is yet to be fulfilled; but that I believe will be fulfilled very shortly… I believe after the church has been taken out of the picture and has been ruptured (or translated in the twinkling of the eye, to quote the Bible) to be with Christ.

So again I repeat the only accurate and reliable way for us to correctly discern and judge prophecy, as it relates to current events that are happening today, and are about to happen, is for us to look to the Holy Writ of Scriptures (in the Bible); and there to find the patterns that God has set forth through recorded biblical history of past events; and how God has in the past intervened in the affairs of man, in order to bring correction and repentance.

You see, just as the Bible says… “God changes not, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

Shalom,

Skip Barland





AN URGENT MESSAGE

by David Wilkerson | Saturday, March 7, 2009

I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message to all on our mailing list, and to friends and to bishops we have met all over the world.

AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. IT IS GOING TO BE SO FRIGHTENING; WE ARE ALL GOING TO TREMBLE – EVEN THE GODLIEST AMONG US.

For ten years I have been warning about a thousand fires coming to New York City. It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires—such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago.

There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting—including Times Square, New York City. What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression.

We are under God’s wrath. In Psalm 11 it is written,

“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (v. 3).

God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations. He is destroying the secular foundations.

The prophet Jeremiah pleaded with wicked Israel, “God is fashioning a calamity against you and devising a plan against you. Oh, turn back each of you from your evil way, and reform your ways and deeds.

But they will say, It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart” (Jeremiah 18:11-12).

In Psalm 11:6, David warns, “Upon the wicked he will rain snares (coals of fire)…fire…burning wind…will be the portion of their cup.”

Why? David answered, “Because the Lord is righteous” (v. 7). This is a righteous judgment—just as in the judgments of Sodom and in Noah’s generation.

WHAT SHALL THE RIGHTEOUS DO? WHAT ABOUT GOD’S PEOPLE?

First, I give you a practical word I received for my own direction.

If possible lay in store a thirty-day supply of non-perishable food, toiletries and other essentials. In major cities, grocery stores are emptied in an hour at the sign of an impending disaster.

As for our spiritual reaction, we have but two options. This is outlined in Psalm 11. We “flee like a bird to a mountain.”

Or, as David says, “He fixed his eyes on the Lord on his throne in heaven—his eyes beholding, his eyelids testing the sons of men” (v. 4). “In the Lord I take refuge” (v. 1).

I will say to my soul: No need to run…no need to hide. This is God’s righteous work. I will behold our Lord on his throne, with his eye of tender, loving kindness watching over every step I take—trusting that he will deliver his people even through floods, fires, calamities, tests, trials of all kinds.

Note: I do not know when these things will come to pass, but I know it is not far off. I have unburdened my soul to you. Do with the message as you choose.

God bless and keep you,

In Christ,

DAVID WILKERSON

Posted by David Wilkerson

Read this devotion online: http://davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com/2009/03/urgent-message.htm

Obama is considering bypassing Congress again… and through Executive Order grant amnesty to illegals?

You’re asking whatever happened to the idea about a Government of the People, by the People and for the People?

The Answer: Obama, that’s what!!!

This is the pattern today among our politician’s, that when the Constitution gets in the way, just ignore it…

and as George W. Bush did, so is Barack Obama, he gets whatever he wants through Executive Orders; and that way you get to bypass all due process, the Congress, and the American people.


In the absence of any sort of accountability, and with the American media on his side, rubber stamping his every move, this administration is driving our nation into a socialist doctorial government, not unlike that of Stalin, and the Nazi style rule, under Hitler.

I have no doubt that left to his devices, unrestrained by Congress and ignored by the media, this man Obama will be the death nail to our Constitutional Republic and our sovereignty as a nation… and he will eventually utterly bankrupt our economy!

Just give this man the excuse to declare Marshall Law and we can kiss our constitution goodbye all together!

Time is running out for us to turn our nation around… pray folks, and please do support the Restore America Plan; that will reinstate our Constitutional Republic, as it was originally intended and designed to operate by our founding fathers; and replace the corrupt politics and politicians of today, with honest men and women.

Let us also restore an honest and nonbiased Press, that will safeguard our Liberty by holding our politician’s feet to the fire, and make them accountable to answer to the American people, also as was intended by our founding fathers.

Pray that these efforts will be successful, and pray for our country to have that long overdue, and much needed grassroots revival!

Shalom,

Skip Barland



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Sent: Friday, June 25, 2010 3:17 PM
To: theskipper@cox.net
Subject: Obama May Give Illegals Amnesty Through Pardon Power

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President

Source: Administration Weighs Bypassing Congress to Let Illegal Immigrants Stay

By Judson Berger

Published June 24, 2010

| FOXNews.com

A Guatemalan illegal immigrant prepares to board a plane during his deportation process in Phoenix, Ariz., July 10, 2009. (Reuters Photo)

The Obama administration has been holding behind-the-scenes talks to determine whether the Department of Homeland Security can unilaterally grant legal status on a mass basis to illegal immigrants, a former Bush administration official who spoke with at least three people involved in those talks told FoxNews.com.

The issue was raised publicly by eight Republican senators who wrote to the White House on Monday to complain that they had heard the administration was readying a “Plan B” in case a comprehensive immigration reform bill cannot win enough support to clear Congress.

The White House would not confirm or deny the claim. It’s unclear what section of the illegal immigrant population such a move would target. But the former Bush official said the discussions are real.

“The administration at the very minimum is studying legal ways to legalize people without having to go through any congressional debate about it,” the source said, calling the senators’ claim credible. “Whether somebody pulls the trigger on that, that’s another issue.”

The senators — Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; David Vitter, R-La.; Jim Bunning, R-Ky.; Saxby Chambliss, Ga.; Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; James Inhofe, R-Okla.; and Thad Cochran, R-Miss. — claimed in their letter that the administration was looking at extending what is known as deferred action or parole to millions of illegal aliens in the United States.

The former official said it’s unclear what specific avenues the administration is considering, but that one potentially feasible option would be to use either deferred action or parole to legalize at once the millions of immigrants who have overstayed their visas — not necessarily those who crossed the border illegally. The Department of Homeland Security estimated last year that 10.8 million undocumented residents live in the United States — the Pew Hispanic Center, which has a similar count, estimated in 2006 that at least 4 million of them overstayed their visas.

Deferred action and parole would give illegal immigrants the ability to seek a work permit and temporary legal status.

Those two tools are usually used on a case-by-case basis. The former official said any move to broaden that authority and use it on a mass basis would be “woefully inappropriate,” though politically brilliant.

The Republican senators who wrote to President Obama expressed a similar view. They wrote that any unilateral action would “further erode the American public’s confidence in the federal government and its commitment to securing the borders and enforcing the laws already on the books.”

The discussions of blanket legalization come in the middle of several concurrent and heated debates over illegal immigration. The recently signed immigration law in Arizona has divided the country, with some states trying to replicate the state’s tough legislation and other jurisdictions boycotting the state in protest. The Obama administration plans to file a court challenge.

Democrats, meanwhile, have been trying to round up support for an overhaul bill in Congress.

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Just whose side is Obama on… here’s but another perspective on General McChrystal’s firing!

Yesterday on Friday, Obama gives his spin on why he let General McCyrstal go…

The Question is:

Just whose side is Obama on ours or our enemies?


Below is but another perspective that I was sent today as to the REAL reason behind why General McCrystal was let go.

Read it for yourself… we report and you decide!

Shalom,

Skip Barland


—–Original Message—–
From: On Behalf Of Shoebat.com
Sent: Saturday, June 26, 2010 8:47 AM
To: theskipper@cox.net
Subject: Is the President one of Us or someone else?

General McChrystal being fired for insubordination is no shock to people in our security and military…

A serious pattern, which the media is missing, has now been in process for several months.

It must be pointed out that while General McChrystal’s comments were improper behavior not becoming of a commander, however being based on the General’s record why would he have dared to state the things he said to anyone let alone a left wing reporter, this is a question most of the media is not asking?

General McChrystal was highly regarded and very “serious” in his duties as described by many in the center of the political spectrum.

He is also probably a moderate democrat or independent, based on the fact that he admitted voting for President Obama, but even he had great challenges in dealing with the amateur and inexperience or could it be possibly be an alternative agenda coming from this current White House administration?

While this story on its own might be construed as just some frustrations being aired and done improperly in public, we have discovered a very troubling pattern from people we have connections with in our security forces which span the FBI, CIA, NIA and the Military.

We received information a couple of weeks ago from a very reliable source in the Intelligence community, who advised us that the real reason that Dennis Blair resigned as head of the NIA last month, was not what was reported in the media but was because Admiral Blair was unable to get approval for any recommendation he had passed by the President.

Our source went on to say that the President either rejects or delays all-important proposals from his key security advisors.

It is interesting to see how quickly the President has acted in this particular case in firing General McChrystal, the opposite to how he acts normally.

It is no wonder why General McChrystal has spoken out in frustration especially when he once had a favorable view of the President, as it is obvious how difficult it must have been to get the proper support and decision making from his Commander in Chief.

The so-called insubordination and relief of a commander in the field has only happened once in the last 50 years with General McArthur and President Truman in the Korean War.

It is beyond doubt that McChrystal was extremely frustrated and it was very probable that the President knew and wanted the General removed.

The Rolling Stone magazine article was possibly a deliberate effort to use as a way of getting rid of the General or at a minimum the article came at a very convenient moment.

It is also ironic that General Patreus has been appointed to head the Afghanistan campaign on the ground.

This is the same General who was castigated by the hard left as “General Betrayus.”

I predict that a similar fate awaits General Patreus as it did General McChrystal.

General Patreus’s reputation is currently very high and if the left can squash him too, they will have the best excuse to withdraw from Afghanistan.

The story will go like this: since General Patreus, our best General cannot make progress in Afghanistan then we need to withdraw.

While the General is trying to do his job the administration will not give him what he needs to win and then blame him for the failure.

Some may scoff at this analysis but this is exactly the type of thing that happened with Vietnam.

The defense of any nation is the foremost of obligations of its government and based on the evidence that we have shown on our website with reports from Pajamas Media and the interviews with a former analyst at the Pentagon and FBI agent, as well as the apparent rebellion that now appears within the framework of our security apparatus, it is apparent that we as a nation are at great risk from our enemies; this, on top of the serious breaches of security at our airports and military installations.

Eighteen months into this Presidency we have seen a man who speaks moderately and appeals to the ear, however the actions of the President contradict everything that he utters in his speeches and press conferences.

It also needs to be asked what this President’s real agenda is?

Is it just folly of appeasement or is it that his agenda is to do our enemies bidding or is it something worse?

These are unfortunate questions that should not be normally even considered about an elected President of the United States, however, the evidence of mere incompetence is already valid but I would contend based on disturbing conversations with people in the security field that we need to ask the question, is the President one of us or somebody else?

Here’s an awesome testimony of God’s healing power today…

Listen as Rolland Baker shares his testimony about how he was healed!


Rolland and Heidi Baker Iris Ministries
Pemba, Mozambique 21 June 2009


I am surrounded by the rolling green hills of western Germany. Rich groves of shade trees line the winding country lane on which I am taking my daily prayer walk. The day is beautiful, filled with blue sky and brilliant clouds. Cows graze lazily behind fences. An occasional farm tractor rumbles by. Hay is stacked high in the fields. Rabbits scurry under bushes. Grass is growing tall along the path, and I brush it aside as I walk. I’m a mile outside the little village where I am staying, enjoying my private time with Jesus…

Through the love and power of God I am coming back to the world of missionary ministry, in answer to the prayers of many. I am writing this to thank all of you who love me and have been praying for me with all your hearts. I am excited to tell you that you have not poured yourselves out in vain! I have been in a battle that has lasted almost two years. In July of 2007 I experienced a nervous breakdown that resulted in a lot of mental and emotional stress. Doctors prescribed medications that only partially helped and had negative side effects. I had a nervous tension that was oppressive and extremely unpleasant. As time went on my memory slipped more and more until I had signs of serious dementia.

Heidi was patient and loving, promising to take care of me, but was extremely concerned and beginning to prepare for the worst. I had a choice between giving in to despair, or inheriting God’s promises through faith and patience. There is only up and down, and I chose up. You my friends did not give up on me, but prayers began to rise up to heaven all over the world on my behalf. I was invited here in Germany a little over a month ago by a beautiful couple we have known for years, Wayne and Irene Negrini. They heard about my condition, and were determined to help me through their long experience with medical and natural remedies.

They run a red-hot, fervent Christian ministry called “Community without Walls” in English. They have loved on me and extended themselves to me financially and time-wise in an amazingly unique way. They also run a small hotel, restaurant and “Wellness Center” with saunas, a weight room, massage rooms, alkali scrub tables, all in a beautifully, meticulously built center — mostly the result of voluntary labor. And so I accepted their invitation and have been staying with them in their guest house. I have gotten a tremendous amount of treatment — they’ve spared nothing to get my body and me healthy again.

This has involved a sophisticated series of injections designed to build up depleted organs, like the adrenal glands (mine were down and out). Then I’ve had a lot of IV infusions designed to do many things, clean out brain capillaries, wake up my nervous system that gives me sleep and rest, give massive doses of needed vitamins and other things my body was very low on. And then I also got medications of all kinds for various purposes, restoring needed chemicals in the body and brain. It has been an all-out effort on the part of my hosts to do everything possible for me.

Doctors donated their time. Materials such as IV needles, bandages, misc. things, were donated. Nurses spent hours with me for free. All this past month Wayne and Irene and the staff here have also been praying for me, counseling me and interceding for me intensely. And I’ve been receiving email from so many of you, telling me of your heart and your prayers for me. The bottom line is that now I am thinking clearly and normally, which is huge. I do not have dementia. The road has been long and difficult, but I am greatly blessed and encouraged.

Thank you for not giving up on me, and for persevering with me through everything. I cannot thank you enough! I have a ways to go to settle my nervous condition down, but I am confident in the Lord of victory. Bless you for continuing to pray! My expenses here have still been considerable, so I want to thank from my heart those of you who are contributing to the mercy fund that was opened on my behalf. The beauty of the body of Christ is great, and I am blessed and moved by you and your sensitivity. Jesus knows what I need, and how to deliver it.

The ministry in Mozambique continues to thrive and grow. The presence of God is strong. Visiting teams are going out to the villages, seeing the blind and deaf healed. Our mission school is in session, and students are in training for a life of mission ministry. The children in our care are worshiping Jesus and praying their hearts out for people and the needs of our work. Churches are being added to our Iris family all the time. Our staff is busy, full of good works and the love of God. We are expanding in many other countries as well. All this requires a large financial budget, and again we owe you a huge debt of love for supporting us so faithfully, even in a depressed economy.

You are making possible our life work, and your continued sensitivity is a sign and a wonder to us. Bless you for fleshing out your spiritual life with concrete financial support. Thank you, thank you! Jesus knows what we need, and you are listening. That’s my news. I look forward to writing you again soon with more encouraging reports on all that Jesus is doing in our lives, and especially in my own life and body. May Jesus be with you in return in every way. May faith and patience be yours in abundance! Your replies to this newsletter at news@irismin.org will reach me, or you can write me directly at rolland@irismin.org.

The Dark Night of the Soul… a time common to ALL Christians!

The Dark Night of the Soul…

a common place for all Christians in these days!



Below is something I think will bless you

This is the history behind the Devotional Classic,

Two Listeners:


The Story of the book – A. J. Russell

Here’s the story behind the book:

This devotional classic is the result of two anonymous authors, two ladies, who experienced and lived through the German Blitzkrieg, aerial bombing runs over England during World War II.

As the story goes it all started after one of the “Listeners” was first exposed to a copy of A.J. Russell’s book, For Sinners Only.

She was so impressed with it that she wrote down more than 100 names of people to whom she wanted to send it, and later went on to record the following:

“A few months later I read it again. It was then that there came a persistent desire to try to see whether I could get guidance such as A.J. Russell reported, through sharing a quiet time with the friend with whom I was then living.

She was a deeply spiritual woman with unwavering faith in the goodness of God and a devout believer in prayer…. We sat down, pencils and paper in hand and waited…. My results were entirely negative…. But with my friend a very wonderful thing happened. From the first, beautiful messages were given to her by our Lord Himself, and every day from then these messages have never failed us.”

This story of how the Two Listeners devotional classic was written I think is important because that same God in equally available to speak to each of us in our problems too, that is if we know how to listen.

Today’s message (below) I think certainly goes along with the times in which we are living in today!

I think for a lot of people today, they do feel as though they have been through a fiery furnace, and are being tested… and folks, from what the Bible says is going to happen in the last day, we can expect that things will get a lot worse!

Jesus called these times that we are in “The Time of Sorrows,” and that is exactly as it is; but from God’s perspective this is not at all about defeat and depression, rather this is a time which God has intended for the church to experience its greatest hour.

These trials and tribulation which are common to all mankind are allowed by God to train and to prepare His Children to fight spiritual battles; to teach us to live by faith in God’s Word; and to acquaint us with the strategies and battle plans of our enemy, who is the Devil.

And as I read the end of the Book… we win! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland



From: Two Listeners
Sent: Saturday, June 26, 2010 2:31 AM
To: theskipper@cox.net
Subject: GE – June 26 – Life’s Furnace



God At Eventide

Life’s Furnace

Life has its furnace for My children, into which they are plunged for the molding.

At their request I watch and watch until I can see them reflect My Glory. Then comes the further shaping into My Likeness. But the metal from which that Likeness is fashioned must be indeed pure.

So often My children are impatient for the molding, never thinking that the refining must come first.

To do My work there must be much refining.


blessings to you and yours this day and always …

www.twolisteners.org

contact us: servant@twolisteners.com

It was business as usual today in DC… may God deliver us from self-serving politicians!

Meet General Stanley McChrysal,

Commander of all troops in Afghanistan

(Here the General works on board a Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft)

The ever changing nature of the War on Terrorism:


Below you will find an article that I think probably paints a more accurate perspective regarding today’s decision.

But on the issue at hand, it certainly appears that it is business as usual in today’s News, Washington DC style, as it relates to politics anyway; and more particularly as it relates to the resignation/firing of General Stanley McChrystal, who has been the commander of all US troops in Afghanistan since June of 2009.

What is actually not news is that, as is usually the case, in that what we are being told, and what is the actual truth, never the twain shall meet! Which is a nice way of saying that Washington is spinning the story and lying to us again.

What actually did happen?

Well according to a Rolling Stone’s article that went on the newsstands today, Friday, June 25, there have been problems all long, and as one example here is a statement that was made back in April:

‘How’d I get screwed into going to this dinner?” demands Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It’s a Thursday night in mid-April, and the commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is sitting in a four-star suite at the Hotel Westminster in Paris.

He’s in France to sell his new war strategy to our NATO allies – to keep up the fiction, in essence, that we actually have allies.

Since McChrystal took over a year ago, the Afghan war has become the exclusive property of the United States.

Opposition to the war has already toppled the Dutch government, forced the resignation of Germany’s president and sparked both Canada and the Netherlands to announce the withdrawal of their 4,500 troops.

McChrystal is in Paris to keep the French, who have lost more than 40 soldiers in Afghanistan, from going all wobbly on him.

“The dinner comes with the position, sir,” says his chief of staff, Col. Charlie Flynn.

My problem is when there is a disconnect between the men who make strategy, among our Military leadership, and that of our politicians, who have an entirely different agenda; and the views and opinions of the experienced officers are over ruled for reason of political expediency, especially in time of war, it is always our men and women in uniform who lose out, and end up paying the price!

Now on the subject of our politicians lying to us, what else is new; especially in this administration under Obama, as he has done nothing but lie since he took office; and his lies go all the way back to when he first entered into politics back, in early 90’s.

But of course the mark of a successful politician today is that you can make your lies sound convincing and believable, and to that end both Obama and also Bill Clinton have elevated their particular form of guile to an art form. And of course lacking any scrutiny from the major News organizations, who only rubber stamp whatever they say anyway, the general public is none the wiser, and are always kept in the dark.

My problem about this story is that we apparently haven’t yet learned our lesson from the Vietnam War, in that we can ill afford to allow our unscrupulous politicians, who have no combat experience; and who have no skin in any of this at all, beyond their own selfish ambitions, hidden agendas, careers, public image, and public perception of same, to dictate strategy to our fighting men and women on the battle field… because it always ends up costing us more American lives, and unnecessarily loses when we do.

May God help us to wake up and keep us from making that mistake again!

On the subject of lying as it refers to the man Barack Hussein Obama, let’s take a look at the record thus far; and oh yeah, what about that small matter of him lying about his place of birth and his citizenship; and the fact he has yet to provide any evidence whatsoever to prove these allegations are untrue?

Folks this is a constitutional nightmare, and if these allegations are true, he doesn’t even have the legal right to be in the White House, let alone be Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces, especially at a time of war!

In any case here is a partial list that just includes a few of the lies he has told during his first 100 days in office; I don’t have the space nor the time to give you the whole list.

1. Promising to “publish all non-emergency legislation to the website for five days… before the President signs it,” then breaking that promise over and over again.

2. Despite promising to keep lobbyists out of his administration, Obama has broken his word again and again (making 17 exceptions to this promise in his first two weeks).

3. Obama promised to eliminate income taxation for seniors making less than $50,000 a year. He has broken this promise despite numerous opportunities to keep it, including the economic stimulus package and his administration’s first budget proposal.

4. The President also boasted during his campaign that “During 2009 and 2010, existing businesses will receive a $3,000 refundable tax credit for each additional full-time employee hired,” and has failed to keep his word.

5. Obama made it part of his agenda to “allow withdrawals of 15% up to $10,000 from retirement accounts without penalty (although subject to the normal taxes). This would apply to withdrawals in 2008 (including retroactively) and 2009,” but didn’t include this measure in the stimulus package or his budget proposal.

6. Obama broke his promise to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

7. Obama did a shameless 180 degree turn on earmarks by sharply criticizing them (and bragging that he would pass legislation without a single one) and then signing a spending bill with literally thousands of them.

8. Obama promised a $4000 tax credit for college tuition, but backpedaled when he signed a much smaller $2,500 college tax credit into law.

9. Obama called presidential “signing statements” (letters of interpretation and recommendations attached to Congressional legislation) unconstitutional… then attached a signing statement of his own to a $410 billion spending bill.

10. Obama promised a different tone in Washington D.C. and a move past bitter, partisan rhetoric. It took him less than a week as president to berate Republicans and sully the dignity of his office by picking a very public rhetorical fight with a private citizen, Rush Limbaugh.

11. In his first private meeting with Congressional Republicans, instead of “reaching across the aisle” and seeking earnest dialogue, he smugly told them that he should have his way because “I won.”

12. The White House violated the custom of keeping private meetings private by leaking this comment to the press.

13. Taking a page out of the Bush Administration‘s playbook, Obama applied shrill, frantic, fear-mongering rhetoric to assure passage of his stimulus package.

14. Obama revealed the duplicity of his rhetoric and the arrogance of his character when he took off on a ritzy Valentine’s Day vacation in Chicago for the weekend instead of signing the stimulus bill that he said needed to be passed as soon as possible to avert an irreversible economic meltdown.

15. Obama did not criticize Congress for its secrecy and closed-door committee meetings in crafting the stimulus package despite his calls for greater transparency in Washington.

16. Obama’s appointment of Hillary Clinton to the office of Secretary of State was unconstitutional.

17. His movement of the United States Census out of the Department of Commerce and under the direct control of the White House was unconstitutional, politically motivated, and a dangerous, undemocratic expansion of executive power.

18. Obama’s decision to continue Federal funding for religious organizations that discriminate on the basis of religion is unconstitutional and just plain unseemly for a “liberal” Democrat.

19. One promise Obama has kept is in his distribution of TARP II funds to non-financial institutions, which is contrary to the stated intention of those funds in the legislation passed by Congress, making his action illegal, unconstitutional, and an expansion of unlimited executive power.

20. Despite the buzz surrounding Obama’s closing of Gitmo, indefinite detainment and torture are alive and well under Obama’s administration with his chilling executive order to continue the practice of “CIA renditions” -secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to other countries where they are detained indefinitely and their interrogations are outsourced to other governments.

21. Backing “the continued imprisonment of enemy combatants in Afghanistan without trial.”

22. Asking “the Supreme Court to overrule long-standing law that stops police from initiating questions unless a defendant’s lawyer is present, another stark example of the White House seeking to limit rather than expand rights.”

23. Limiting “the rights of prisoners to test genetic evidence used to convict them.”

24. Despite claiming our environment is in a state of crisis, Obama‘s extravagant inauguration alone emitted over 500 million pounds of CO2.

25. His lavish inauguration also cost $170 million.

26. After saying “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times… and then just expect that every country is going to say okay,” journalists discovered that Obama cranks the thermostat in the Oval Office.

27. Obama‘s Earth Day flights burned more than 9,000 gallons of fuel.

28. The Obama Administration ended funding for Washington D.C.’s school voucher program, while suppressing a study that showed it delivered better results at a lower cost.

29. Obama’s daughters however, attend a private school in Washington D.C., enjoying the freedom of educational choice that the Obama administration has denied to poor children who live in Washington.

30. Out-of-control deficit spending.

31. Blaming Bush for America’s deficits, but then increasing spending.

32. This is after saying on the campaign trail: “There is no doubt that we’ve been living beyond our means and we’re going to have to make some adjustments.”

33. Made a big show of challenging his cabinet to cut a measly $100 million from the Federal budget (a .0027% cut in Federal spending).

34. Admitting that this doesn’t even represent a spending cut by saying that it will free up more money for Federal spending on other things like health and education.

35. Moving to convert U.S. Federal loans to banking institutions into common stock, effectively nationalizing major portions of the U.S. banking industry.

36. Forcing U.S. banks to accept TARP money, then attaching strings ex post facto.

37. Acting to oust corporate executives like the CEOs of GM and Citigroup.

38. Promising that the U.S. government (i.e. American taxpayers) will guarantee GM’s warranty.

39. Every time Obama talks about the economy or signs economic legislation, the stock market tanks.

40. “We can’t go back to a bubble and bust economy.” President Obama on April 14, while touting the kind of inflationary monetary policies that cause bubble and bust cycles.

41. “The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system. The proposal is politically problematic for President Obama, however, since it is similar to one he denounced in the presidential campaign as ‘the largest middle-class tax increase in history.”

42. Increasing the timetable for withdrawal from Iraq beyond his campaign promises and leaving 50,000 troops in Iraq after the “withdrawal.”

43. Deploying 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan, then several thousand more on top of that.

44. Obama calling on European leaders at G20 to provide more troops for the war in Afghanistan: “Europe should not simply expect the United States to shoulder that burden alone. This is a joint problem it requires a joint effort.”

45. Using Bush-era war rhetoric and tactics.

46. Officially changing the name of America’s vast, expensive, and endless overseas wars to “Overseas Contingency Operation.”

47. “President Barack Obama asked Congress on Thursday for $83.4 billion for U.S. military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, pressing for special troop funding that he opposed two years ago when he was senator and George W. Bush was president. This would push the costs of the two wars to almost $1 trillion since Sept. 11, 2001.”

48. “President Obama’s plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs for the treatment of troops injured in service has infuriated veterans groups who say the government is morally obligated to pay for service-related medical care.”

49. Appointing Tim Geithner to the office of Secretary of the Treasury, even though he was a part of the problem with the economic status quo and evaded his taxes for years.

50. Selected Annette Nazareth for the position of Deputy Treasury Secretary, who withdrew after a month long probe into her taxes.

51. Appointed Tom Daschle to the Department of Health and Human Services, who had to resign his nomination for the position because of tax evasion.

52. “Barack Obama has been embroiled in a cronyism row after reports that he intends to make Louis Susman, one of his biggest fundraisers, the new US ambassador in London. The selection of Mr. Susman, a lawyer and banker from the president’s hometown of Chicago, rather than an experienced diplomat, raises new questions about Mr Obama’s commitment to the special relationship with Britain.”

53. Appointed Nancy Killefer for Chief Performance Officer, but she had to step down because she didn’t pay her taxes either!

54. Samantha Power resigned from the Obama campaign f0r calling Hillary Clinton a “monster,” but was later hired by the Obama Administration for a position on the National Security Council.

55. Appointed Rahm Emmanuel as Chief of Staff, who failed to report five years of free rent at a US Congressman’s property in accordance with IRS policy and congressional ethics rules.

56. Adolfo Carrion, Director of White House Office of Urban Affairs, “pocketed thousands of dollars in campaign cash from city developers whose projects he approved or funded with taxpayers’ money.”

57. Appointed Janet Napolitano to the office of Secretary of Homeland Security, who was clueless enough to falsely claim that the 9-11 terrorists came into America through Canada.

58. “The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.” — Department of Homeland Security intelligence report

59. Transparency: “Administration Permits Only One Question, No Follow-Ups About Extremism Report”

60. Appointing Attorney General Eric Holder, who said “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”

61. AIG’s second biggest campaign donation beneficiary: Barack Obama, who acted angry about the results of a bailout he helped to craft as U.S. Senator.

62. “For months, the Obama administration and members of Congress have known that insurance giant AIG was getting ready to pay huge bonuses while living off government bailouts. It wasn’t until the money was flowing and news was trickling out to the public that official Washington rose up in anger and vowed to yank the money back.”

63. Giving Henrietta Hughes a house instead of downsizing the government to free up productive capital that could be used by businesses to employ her so that she can afford her own living arrangements while providing value to other Americans.

64. Warmly greeting, smiling at, and shaking hands with Venezuela’s brutal, autocratic dictator- Hugo Chávez.

65. Bowing to Saudi King Abdullah. U.S. Presidents do not bow before foreign monarchs.

66. Then a White House aide poorly and awkwardly lied about it: “It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah.”

67. At their first meeting, U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s gift to Obama: “an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet,” and “a framed commission for HMS Resolute and a first edition of the seven-volume biography of Churchill by Sir Martin Gilbert.” Obama’s gift to Brown: a box set of 25 classic American DVDs… that don’t work on European DVD players.

68. Used “England” to denote the U.K. -a gaffe that people from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales don’t appreciate and chalk up to American ignorance and parochialism.

69. Repeatedly reminding House Republicans that none of them voted for the stimulus package. He’s really going to regret that during the 2010 midterm elections when they’ll be the ones reminding America.

70. “The White House says the president is unaware of the tea parties-” either they’re lying or the President is clueless. Pick one.

71. “Mr Obama is an accomplished orator but is becoming known in America as the “teleprompt president” over his reliance on the machine when he gives a speech.”

72. This has lead to numerous gaffes such as Obama thanking himself for being invited to speak with the Irish Prime Minister, as well as…

73. The bizarre spectacle of the President “arguing with” a teleprompter during a recent speech.

74. “I’ve been practicing bowling. I bowled a 129. It was like the Special Olympics or something.” -Obama on The Tonight Show

75. Choosing purebred dog, “Bo” for the White House family’s “first dog” instead of adopting a dog from a shelter like Obama promised.

76. Gaffe: “I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances.” -President Obama

77. False: “More than 90% of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States.” -President Obama

78. What? “If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, if we stand up there and we really make the tough decisions, there’s still a 30% chance we’re going to get it wrong.” -Vice President Biden

79. Clueless: “You know, I’m embarrassed. Do you know the Web site number? I should have it in front of me and I don’t. I’m actually embarrassed.” -Vice President Biden, who should be.

80. Scary: Obama to Rep. Peter DeFazio, one of the Democratic congressman who voted against the stimulus package, “Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.”

81. Airforce 1 panics New York City residents with extremely low flight plan for photo op and no public announcement.

82. Obama’s perpetual campaign. The only thing our President has ever really led in his life was his campaign… instead of actually governing, he’s been sticking to what he knows for the past 100 days- campaigning.

83. Obama’s perpetual campaign failing.

84. Brushing off, laughing at, and dismissing a serious and valid question about the legalization of Marijuana and its impact on our economy.

85. SCHIP.

86. The regressive cigarette tax that falls mostly on lower income households to fund SCHIP.

87. Buying into and perpetuating the swine flu hysteria.

88. Allowing the Department of Homeland Security to take the lead in managing the swine flu. It should be the responsibility of the Department of Health and Human Services. Flu epidemics are not national security issues- they’re health issues. Conflating the two is a dangerous precedent that puts too much power into the hands of the DHS.

89. Making a big flashy deal out of releasing the President’s and Vice President’s income tax returns (Oooohh- transparency!), which every President has done for years now.

90. Being totally shown up by the Bushes– according to their respective tax returns, the Obamas gave 6.5% of their 2008 income to charity while the Bushes gave 23% of theirs to charity in 2007. Embarrassing.

91. Supporting and signing The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Stimulus Package)

92. The health provisions in the stimulus bill.

93. Actually believing and preaching to others that consumption, not production, drives economic growth.

94. Obama’s war on small business.

95. Bragging about his tax cut for 95% of Americans and not realizing (or conveniently not addressing) the fact that if it’s funded with deficits and debt, it isn’t really a tax cut because taxpayers will have to pay off the debt eventually (with interest) and the tax cut is offset by the rising prices of inflation.

96. Echoing Bernanke and Geithner’s line that the economy needs more credit, while running trillion dollar deficits that hog up the credit market.

97. Timothy Geithner getting owned by Congressman Michelle Bachmann during his testimony in Congress.

98. Blatantly and unambiguously supporting policies that take from poor and middle class Americans to give to wealthy businesses and corporate executives.

99. Justifying these policies by saying that these businesses support poor Americans by giving them jobs and that they are simply “too big to fail.”

100. Not realizing how suspiciously similar his argument sounds to “trickle-down,” supply-side, Reaganomics.

~by W. E. Messamore , posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

All of this points up one thing, and that is the absolute necessity that we have a complete housecleaning in our government from the top down; and that we restore again our Constitutional Republic, and replace these self-serving political opportunists, who lie to us constantly, with honest men and women, who sincerely have our best interest at heart, and who most importantly will put our nation back on track with God; and make laws and policy that do not offend Him, that are actually in the best interest of our nation, and for our nation’s future.

My prayer for America is for a grassroots Spiritual Awakening that grows like wild fire all across our land, that will ignite the sort of revival that our nation so desperately needs!

Truly, this is our ONLY hope for survival, as a free people; and if this doesn’t happen soon, I believe our days as a free people are numbered!

So with that, I will just leave you again with the same admonition, and that is let us continue to Watch and Pray… and let us truly pray for the sort of “Change” that brings our country back to God!

Shalom,

Skip Barland



A ‘do over’ in Afghanistan?
Posted By Stephen M. Walt
Thursday, June 24, 2010 – 11:08 AM

Contrary to what many (but not all) commentators seem to think, the firing of Stanley McChrystal and his replacement by General David Petraeus is not that significant. To be more precise, it will only be a significant event if Obama uses this shift as an opportunity to move towards withdrawal. Otherwise, we’ll just rearrange some deck chairs and watch the war effort continue to founder.

Until the Rolling Stone article surfaced, there was little sign that Obama was unhappy with McChrystal’s handling of the war. (Gareth Porter of IPS reports that there was in fact growing discontent within the administration over the lack of progress, but it hadn’t surfaced in any visible way.) More importantly, there was no sign that Petraeus
had serious problems with McChrystal’s performance or visible doubts about the need to continue the fight until “victory” was achieved. Don’t forget that Petraeus’s status and prestige is based on his knowledge of and commitment to counter-insurgency (COIN) warfare, and COIN is exactly what McChrystal was doing too. Unlike the “surge” in Iraq, which involved a fundamental shift in U.S. strategy and tactics, there is no reason to expect Petraeus to implement a fundamentally different approach in Afghanistan. The subhead in today’s New York Times says it all: “Obama Says Afghan Policy Won’t Change after Dismissal.” Uh-oh.

There is also no reason to believe Petraeus will achieve significantly different results because the problem in Afghanistan is not the quality of our generals. Bad leadership can hamper a war effort, of course, but it is a fallacy to think that all we need to do is get the right leader in place at the top and then all will be well. (Military history is often written in ways that glorifies the role of the “great captains,” but there’s a lot more to military success than just a smart and inspired commanders).

The real problem is that our campaign in Afghanistan is like trying to nail jelly to the wall. The Karzai government is a liability, not an asset, and we have no way of making it perform better. Similarly, we have no way of forcing the Taliban to sit still and fight us out in the open — where they would be easy to beat — when confronted by superior force, they simply melt away and wait us out. Although troop morale seems to be good, our forces have been fighting a long time and burnout is beginning to set in. Our NATO allies are leaving the field, and Americans are beginning to realize that the costs of continuing this fight exceed either the benefits of victory or the risks of withdrawal. “Victory” in Afghanistan — whatever that might mean — wouldn’t make al Qaeda a lot weaker; and “failure” wouldn’t make them much stronger either. Putting a new general in charge doesn’t change that calculus at all.

Third, some prominent commentators like Andrew Sullivan now worry that Obama is in effect hostage to Petraeus, because the latter’s stature and prestige will make it almost impossible for Obama to overrule him should he ask for more troops or seek to continue the war indefinitely. That is an obvious danger, but that same prestige and stature also makes Petraeus the best person to help Obama sell a prudent decision to cut our losses and get out.  Moreover, Petraeus’ stature is based primarily on the supposed success of the 2007 “surge” in Iraq, a campaign that achieved the tactical objective of lowering the level of violenace but did not achieve the strategic goal of political reconciliation. If Iraq goes south again as U.S. forces withdraw, some of Petraeus’s current luster is bound to diminish and Obama’s freedom of maneuver might increase.

In any case, the only important question here is what Obama is telling Petraeus to do. In essence, McChrystal’s gaffe has given Obama a chance for a “do-over.” He made the wrong choice in the fall of 2009, when he agreed to escalate the U.S. presence despite all the obvious pitfalls.  Has he learned from the results of the past nine months?  Does he now realize that he is not the master of events in Afghanistan, and that he cannot achieve success there simply by giving inspiring speeches and sending more troops? And has he begun to sense that this war might not be winnable at acceptable cost, and that continuing the fight is putting his entire presidency at risk?

If he has, he’ll tell Petraeus that his mission isn’t to pacify Afghanistan, build a stable central government there, or even “defeat, disrupt, and defeat al Qaeda” (which isn’t in Afghanistan anymore). Rather, his mission is to find a way for the United States to end this futile and unnecessary adventure in social engineering, so that we can turn our attention (and our finite resources) to more pressing problems.

If Obama hasn’t learned that lesson, then he will find himself stuck in the Afghan quagmire for the remainder of his time in office. As with Johnson in Vietnam and Bush in Iraq, the war will suck the life out of his presidency and make it impossible to achieve more urgent domestic and international priorities. And because he’s now had two opportunities to chart a different course, it will have been entirely his own doing.

http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/

Meet another American Hero… Petty Officer Second Class Michael Anthony Monsoor!

Meet Petty Officer Second Class…
Michael Anthony Monsoor

(U.S. Navy SEAL)


Specialty: Navy SEAL
BUD/S Class:  250
SEAL Service:  5 years
Rank: Petty Officer Second Class
Age: 25
Home: Garden Grove, CA
Assigned: SEAL Team THREE
Died: September 29, 2006
Operation: Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)

In honor of:

MICHAEL A. MONSOOR
UNITED STATES NAVY

For service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY AND INTREPIDITY AT THE RISK OF HIS LIFE ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AS AUTOMATIC WEAPONS GUNNER FOR NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE TASK GROUP ARABIAN PENINSULA, IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM ON 29 SEPTEMBER 2006.

AS A MEMBER OF A COMBINED SEAL AND IRAQI ARMY SNIPER OVERWATCH ELEMENT, TASKED WITH PROVIDING EARLY WARNING AND STAND-OFF PROTECTION FROM A ROOFTOP IN AN INSURGENT HELD SECTOR OF AR RAMADI, IRAQ, PETTY OFFICER MONSOOR DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF BY HIS EXCEPTIONAL BRAVERY IN THE FACE OF GRAVE DANGER.

IN THE EARLY MORNING, INSURGENTS PREPARED TO EXECUTE A COORDINATED ATTACK BY RECONNOITERING THE AREA AROUND THE ELEMENT’S POSITION. ELEMENT SNIPERS THWARTED THE ENEMY’S INITIAL ATTEMPT BY ELIMINATING TWO INSURGENTS.

THE ENEMY CONTINUED TO ASSAULT THE ELEMENT, ENGAGING THEM WITH A ROCKET-PROPELLED GRENADE AND SMALL ARMS FIRE.

AS ENEMY ACTIVITY INCREASED, PETTY OFFICER MONSOOR TOOK POSITION WITH HIS MACHINE GUN BETWEEN TWO TEAMMATES ON AN OUTCROPPING OF THE ROOF.

WHILE THE SEALS VIGILANTLY WATCHED FOR ENEMY ACTIVITY, AN INSURGENT THREW A HAND GRENADE FROM AN UNSEEN LOCATION, WHICH BOUNCED OFF PETTY OFFICER MONSOOR’S CHEST AND LANDED IN FRONT OF HIM.

ALTHOUGH ONLY HE COULD HAVE ESCAPED THE BLAST, PETTY OFFICER MONSOOR CHOSE INSTEAD TO PROTECT HIS TEAMMATES.  INSTANTLY AND WITHOUT REGARD FOR HIS OWN SAFETY, HE THREW HIMSELF ONTO THE GRENADE TO ABSORB THE FORCE OF THE EXPLOSION WITH HIS BODY, SAVING THE LIVES OF HIS TWO TEAMMATES.

BY HIS UNDAUNTED COURAGE, FIGHTING SPIRIT, AND UNWAVERING DEVOTION TO DUTY IN THE FACE OF CERTAIN DEATH, PETTY OFFICER MONSOOR GALLANTLY GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY, THEREBY REFLECTING GREAT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND UPHOLDING THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.

SIGNED GEORGE W. BUSH

Folks, this is what America is all about, and there are countless men and women, just like Michael, who have given their lives unselfishly, not so that the likes of our current day politicians can undermine our U.S. Constitution and our sovereignty as a nation… but rather these men and women have scarified their lives to preserve and defend our U.S. Constitution, our Liberty, and also our way of life!

Let us not insult nor belittle their memory, nor their sacrifice, by allowing this current move to succeed towards Socialism, all of which is an absolute anathema to everything our founding fathers and also these men and women have given their lives for!

Let us put our politicians on notice now, that though they have robbed us of our Constitutional Republic, which began back in 1871, We the People are taking it back!!!

Support The Restore American Plan!

And may God Bless America…

Shalom,

Skip Barland