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Prophecy Alert: Pestilence and Disease

10/22/2014
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So they asked Him, saying, “Messiah, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?”
And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them. But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.”
Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
Luke 21:7-11 NKJV

There Will Be Pestilences: Why Are So Many Deadly Diseases Breaking Out All Over The Globe Right Now?

Author: Michael Snyder
Source: the Economic Collapse blog – 10.06.2014

 

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Ebola, Marburg, Enterovirus and Chikungunya – these diseases were not even on the radar of most people coming into 2014, but now each one of them is making headline news. So why is this happening? Why are so many deadly diseases breaking out all over the world right now? Is there some kind of a connection, or is the fact that so many horrible diseases are arising all at once just a giant coincidence? And this could be just the beginning. For example, there are now more than a million cases of Chikungunya in Central and South America, and authorities are projecting that there will be millions more in 2015. The number of Ebola cases continues to grow at an exponential rate, and now an even deadlier virus (Marburg) has broken out in Uganda. We have gone decades without experiencing a major worldwide pandemic, and many people believed that it could never happen in our day and time. But now we could potentially see several absolutely devastating diseases all racing across the planet at the same time.

On Monday, we got news that the first confirmed case of Ebola transmission in Europe has happened. A nurse in Spain that had treated a couple of returning Ebola patients has contracted the disease herself

A nurse’s assistant in Spain is the first person known to have contracted Ebola outside of Africa in the current outbreak.

Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato announced Monday that a test confirmed the assistant has the virus.

The woman helped treat a Spanish missionary and a Spanish priest, both of whom had contracted Ebola in West Africa. Both died after returning to Spain.

Health officials said she developed symptoms on September 30. She was not hospitalized until this week. Her only symptom was a fever.

How many people did she spread the virus to before it was correctly diagnosed?

Meanwhile, Ebola continues to rage out of control in West Africa. It is being reported that Sierra Leone just added 121 new Ebola deaths to the overall death toll in a single day. If Ebola continues to spread at an exponential rate, it is inevitable that more people will leave West Africa with the virus and take it to other parts of the globe.

In fact, it was being reported on Monday that researchers have concluded that there is “a 50 percent chance” that Ebola could reach the UK by October 24th

Experts have analysed the pattern of the spread of the disease, along with airline traffic data, to make the startling prediction Ebola could reach Britain by October 24.

They claim there is a 50 percent chance the virus could hit Britain by that date and a 75 percent chance the it could be imported to France, as the deadliest outbreak in history spreads across the world.

Currently, there is no cure for the disease, which has claimed more than 3,400 lives since March and has a 90 percent fatality rate.

I have written extensively about Ebola, but it is certainly not the only virus making headlines right now.

Down in Uganda, a man has just died from a confirmed case of the Marburg Virus

A man has died in Uganda’s capital after an outbreak of Marburg, a highly infectious haemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola, authorities said on Sunday, adding that a total of 80 people who came into contact with him had been put under quarantine.

Marburg starts with a severe headache followed by haemorrhaging and leads to death in 80% or more of cases in about nine days. It is from the same family of viruses as Ebola, which has killed thousands in West Africa in recent months.

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the Marburg virus, which is transmitted through bodily fluids such as saliva and blood or by handling infected wild animals such as monkeys.

The Marburg Virus is an absolutely horrible disease, and many consider it to be even more deadly than Ebola. But the fact that it kills victims so quickly may keep it from spreading as widely as Ebola.

We shall see.

Meanwhile, a disease that sounds very similar to Ebola and Marburg has popped up in Venezuela and doctors down there do not know what it is…

“We do not know what it is,” admitted Duglas León Natera, president of the Venezuelan Medical Federation.

In its initial stages, the disease presents symptoms of fever and spots on the skin, and then produces large blisters and internal and external bleeding, according to data provided week stop by the College of Physicians of the state of Aragua, where the first cases were reported.

Then, very quickly, patients suffer from respiratory failure, liver failure and kidney failure. Venezuelan doctors have not been able to determine what the disease is, much less how to fight it.

Why aren’t we hearing more about this in the mainstream news?

Here in the United States, enterovirus D-68 has sickened hundreds of children all over the country. So far cases have been confirmed in 43 different states, several children have been paralyzed by it, and one New Jersey boy has died

Parents in New Jersey are concerned after a state medical examiner determined a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country is responsible for the death of a 4-year-old boy.

Hamilton Township health officer Jeff Plunkett said the Mercer County medical examiner’s office found the death of Eli Waller was the result of enterovirus D-68. Waller, the youngest of a set of triplets, died in his sleep at home on Sept. 25.

The virus has sickened more than 500 people in 43 states and Washington, D.C.— almost all of them children. Waller is the first death in New Jersey directly linked to the virus.

The CDC seems to have no idea how to contain the spread of enterovirus D-68.

So why should we be confident that they will be able to contain the spread of Ebola?

Last but not least, the Chikungunya virus is at pandemic levels all over Central and South America.

We aren’t hearing that much about this disease in the U.S., but at this point more than a million people have already been infected…

An excruciating mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americas is raging across the region, leaping from the Caribbean to the Central and South American mainland, and infecting more than 1 million people. Some cases already have emerged in the United States.

The good news is that very few people actually die from this disease.

The bad news is that almost everyone that gets it feels like they are dying.

In a previous article, I wrote about the intense suffering that victims go through. According to Slate, the name of this virus originally “comes from a Makonde word meaning ‘that which bends up,’ referring to the contortions sufferers put themselves through due to intense joint pain.”

Right now, the number of cases of Chikungunya is absolutely exploding. Just check out the following excerpt from a recent Fox News report

In El Salvador, health officials report nearly 30,000 suspected cases, up from 2,300 at the beginning of August, and hospitals are filled with people with the telltale signs of the illness, including joint pain so severe it can be hard to walk.

“The pain is unbelievable,” said Catalino Castillo, a 39-year-old seeking treatment at a San Salvador hospital. “It’s been 10 days and it won’t let up.”

Venezuelan officials reported at least 1,700 cases as of Friday, and the number is expected to rise. Neighboring Colombia has around 4,800 cases but the health ministry projects there will be nearly 700,000 by early 2015.

So why is this happening?

Why are so many absolutely horrible diseases emerging all at once?

America’s Tyranny Threshold

10/19/2014

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America’s Tyranny Threshold

 

Author: Eileen F. Toplansky
Source: American Thinker – 8.19.2013

 

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As he finishes up his Martha’s Vineyard vacation, Barack Obama would be well-served to recall the fiery words of Jonathan Mayhew, who is famous for his sermons “espousing American rights — the cause of liberty, and the right and duty to resist tyranny.”

Mayhew, born at Martha’s Vineyard on October 8, 1720, was “bitterly opposed to the Stamp Act and urged colonial liberties.” Though he did not live to see the American Revolution (he died on July 9, 1766), his “sermons and writing were a powerful influence in the development of the movement for liberty and independence.”

And they need to be revisited as the Obama presidency continues its legacy of lawlessness.
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First published in Boston in 1750, “A Discourse concerning the unlimited submission and non-resistance to the high powers” was a sermon delivered on the 100th anniversary of the execution of Charles I. It was so powerful that it was published in London in 1752 and again in 1767. In fact, this sermon was the “first volley of the American Revolution, setting forth the intellectual and scriptural justification for rebellion against the Crown.”

The following words from the Discourse fly off the page in light of the continuing unconstitutional acts of President Obama.

“Civil tyranny is usually small in its beginning, like ‘the drop in a bucket,’ till at length, like a mighty torrent of raging waves of the sea, it bears down all before it and deluges whole countries and empires.”

Although the president cannot write or rewrite laws, this president thinks he is above the law. The “entire system of separation of powers … is designed to limit governmental power,” but Mr. Obama continually makes it clear “that he won’t respect these basic constitutional limits on his power.”

“Tyranny brings ignorance and brutality along with it. It degrades men from their just rank into the class of brutes. It dampens their spirits. It suppresses arts. It extinguishes every spark of noble ardor and generosity in the breasts of those who are enslaved by it.”

And American young people are being dampened in their enthusiasm for their futures because of the actions emanating from this White House. A millennial caller on the Rush Limbaugh radio show recently made the astonishing comment that her generation is being told there is no hope for the future. Like the serfs of the feudal system, young people in Obama’s America “are predestined to misery and failure,” because they no longer have “any free will,” and only the government can provide and coddle this generation because upward mobility is no longer possible. The Horatio Alger belief in hard work bringing rewards is being destroyed by this administration as it deliberately burdens generations of Americans, some not even born.

Thank you, Mr. Obama, for $17 trillion in debt, increasing unemployment, prohibitions against genuine American energy-independence, and onerous regulations on critical aspects of life.

“[Civil tyranny] makes naturally strong and great minds feeble and little and triumphs over the ruins of virtue and humanity. This is true of tyranny in every shape. There can be nothing great and good where its influence reaches.”

Concerning ObamaCare alone, Obama’s tyranny has grown incrementally. Delaying provisions of the ACA law does not lie within the purview of the executive branch. This authority is with the Congress. But we have a president who has repeatedly stated that he “can do this without Congress.” In April Obama “delayed a provision…to cap out-of- pocket health care costs.” He also decided to delay the employer mandate for a year. This exceeds his authority. The president continues to ignore the court’s ruling that his National Labor Relations Board recess appointments were unconstitutional since they were not approved by Congress.

Further acts by the Obama administration that are inconsistent with the laws of America include:

- This administration was displeased with Congress’s failure to enact the DREAM Act. So in 2012 he “implemented portions of legislation he could not get through Congress … and acted in ways blatantly at odds with the existing immigration laws [.]“
– Concerning the “No Child Left Behind” law, Obama, “unable to convince Congress to revise key provisions of the law, simply authorized waivers from many requirements of the law — except that the ‘No Child Left Behind’ does not provide for such waivers.”
– Furthermore, Obama waived a “central tenet of the Clinton welfare-reform law” by eliminating the requirements that recipients of welfare either work or prepare to do so through approved education or training. This federal work requirement is not subject to waiver, but Obama ignored the law.
– More recently, Obama is working “to unilaterally impose a tax on cell phones,” maintaining that “where Congress is unwilling to act, I will take whatever administrative steps that I can in order to do right by the American people.” But “[c]onstitutionally, it’s Congress that decides how federal funds should be spent.” Yet this president uses his bully pulpit to circumvent the proper safeguards that the Founding Fathers built into our system.

In 1765, with the Stamp Act fresh in everyone’s mind, Mayhew stated that the “essence of slavery, consists in subjection to others — ‘whether many, few, or but one, it matters not.'”

Thus, he wrote:

“Those nations who are now groaning under the iron scepter of tyranny were once free. So they might probably have remained by a seasonable caution against despotic measures.”

Though “seasonable caution” is being heard in the country, there are still Americans who do not sense the looming danger that this president represents as he ignores the Constitution, appoints people who continue to break the law with impunity, and has overweening contempt for America and her ideas and ideals. He flouts the law as he sees fit.

Mayhew asserts:

“Since magistrates who execute their office well, are common benefactors to society; and may, in that respect, be properly stiled the ministers and ordinance of God; and since they are constantly employed in the service of the public; it becomes you to pay them tribute and custom; and to reverence, honor, and submit to, them in the execution of their respective offices.” This is apparently good reasoning. But does this argument conclude for the duty of paying tribute, custom, reverence, honor and obedience, to such persons as (although they bear the title of rulers) use all their power to hurt and injure the public?”

Yet:

“For what can be more absurd than an argument thus framed?. Common tyrants, and public oppressors, are not entitled to obedience from their subjects[.]“

Although he was writing with reference to the oppressiveness of the kingly or monarchical government, Mayhew reminds his readers that:

“The essence of government (I mean good government); ….consists in the making and executing of good laws — laws attempered to the common felicity of the governed. And if this be, in fact, done, it is evidently, in it self, a thing of no consequence at all, what the particular form of government is; — whether the legislative and executive power be lodged in one and the same person, or in different persons; — whether in one person, whom we call an absolute monarch; — whether in a few, so as to constitute an aristocracy; — whether in many, so as to constitute a republic; or whether in three co-ordinate branches, in such manner as to make the government partake something of each of these forms; and to be, at the same time, essentially different from them all. If the endYour text goes here be attained, it is enough.”

But he reminds his readers:

“…nothing can well be imagined more directly contrary to common sense, than to suppose that millions of people should be subjected to the arbitrary, precarious pleasure of one single man; (who has naturally no superiority over them in point of authority) so that their estates, and every thing that is valuable in life, and even their lives also, shall be absolutely at his disposal, if he happens to be wanton and capricious enough to demand them. What unprejudiced man can think, that God made ALL to be thus subservient to the lawless pleasure and frenzy of ONE, so that it shall always be a sin to resist him!”

 

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Continuing regulations emanate from this White House on a daily basis. We will soon have no control over our health decisions; businesses are being burdened in oppressive ways. IRS and NSA scandals are nonchalantly described as “phony scandals.”

A man who has no shame has no right to be a leader. Obama has abused the trust of the American people.

“But it is equally evident, upon the other hand, that those in authority may abuse their trust and power to such a degree, that neither the law of reason, nor of religion, requires, that any obedience or submission should be paid to them: but, on the contrary, that they should be totally discardedYour text goes here; and the authority which they were before vested with, transferred to others, who may exercise it more to those good purposes for which it is given[.]“

We already have the necessary means to resist the assault on our republic. But we must be unrelenting in demanding that the Congress meet its obligations and restore the checks and balances our Founding Fathers created. If legislators do not adhere to the Constitution, they have no right to be in Washington, D.C.

Certainly Obama has taken on the trappings of an emperor, despite his protestations, but are we not obliged to resist? He has broken the pledge to uphold the Constitution. He has been derelict in his duty. The National Black Republican Association (NBRA) has filed articles of impeachment against Barack Obama. And other calls for impeachment are increasing.

It was with “unfeigned love” for his country that Mayhew wrote. In his sermon entitled “The Snare Broken,” he wrote of the joy that Americans felt when Great Britain repealed the onerous Stamp Act in March 1766. However, on the same day, “Parliament passed the Declaratory Acts, asserting that the British government had free and total legislative power over the colonies.” Mayhew died less than two months after this event, and, though eminently prescient, he was not privy to the continuing intrusions of Great Britain into America’s well-being that ultimately led to the American Revolution.

Will we take to heart these words of Mayhew, or will we, too, “groan under the iron scepter of tyranny” in the not too distant future?

 

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O America, Where Art Thou?

10/18/2014

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O AMERICA, WHERE ART THOU?

 

Author: Rita Peck
Source: Rapture Ready

As each day passes, I sadly watch as this once great nation slides down that awful path to God’s judgment and ultimate destruction, and my soul weeps for her. A nation that was once the light to the world:

“Bring me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside their golden door!”
- Engraved on the Statue of Liberty

A nation where you are free to worship God without persecution, without fear, in a nation blessed by God Himself!

That is now a thing of the past.

Every day brings more and more unbelievable revelations of a nation turning its back on God, giving us our own version of “shock and awe” (and not in a good way). Homosexuality is now the preferred lifestyle condoned and promoted by our very own government; the level of greed amongst individuals and corporations is staggering; people are meaner to each other than ever before; and the words coming out of people’s mouths is more vile and disgusting than I ever remember.

Gone are wonderful, entertaining shows like “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Walton’s,” being replaced by disgusting and repulsive shows like: “2 Broke Girls” and “Two and a Half Men.”

Our country is the number one producer and distributor of pornography in the world but there is no outcry. There is no outrage. And the list just keeps on going.

But then I woke up this morning to a new revelation that gave me goose bumps and made me sick to my stomach. The headlines read: “Pentagon May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith” (breitbart.com article 1 May 2013).

Are you kidding me?

According to this report, the Pentagon has released a statement confirming this.

Not only could soldiers be prosecuted for sharing their faith, they could also be prosecuted for merely expressing their faith. This would also apply to military chaplains if they dare to share their faith with others. Isn’t that their job? What if someone sneezes? Would they get ten to twenty years hard labor in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas if they say “God bless you?” Forgive me, I’m not trying to trivialize this, but this is about as absurd as I have ever heard.
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I served in the United States Air Force for 24 years and I was honored to have served my country for that time. I sacrificed a lot for God and country, for our way of life, to do my part to help ensure freedom would always ring on these shores in a country created and blessed by none other than the Creator of the universe!

 

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But I don’t recognize our country or our military any longer. Things are changing and they are changing fast. A friend of mine has a daughter serving in the United States Army. They are indoctrinating them, if you will, to believe that Israel is the root cause of all the problems in the Middle East and that the Palestinians are a persecuted people due to the terrorist tactics perpetrated on them by the Israeli’s. It truly boggles the mind.
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It saddens me to see what is happening in this country, but then I also know one great thing. God is in control! It is called the “sovereignty” of God and there is nothing He does not have absolute control over. He does what He pleases when He pleases, all for His glory!

“… Surely, just as I have intended, so it has happened, and just as I have planned, so it will stand” (Isaiah 14:24).

“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all my good pleasure’” (Isaiah 46:10).

“It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings …” (Daniel 2:21).

I find great comfort in knowing God is in control and as immoral and sinful as this country is and knowing how immoral and sinful this country will become, it will all be done exactly as God planned for His glory! If this is the day that Jesus calls us all home, I say even so, come quickly!

I give warning to our government and to our citizens: beware!

God will not be mocked. We are without a doubt headed for destruction.
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“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness” (Isaiah 5:20).

“The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished” (Nahum 1:3).

But also…

“…And if My people who are called by My name shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

It may be too late for that but one thing is sure. God loves you and He died for your sins. Don’t miss the greatest event to happen in human history since Christ’s death and resurrection: it’s called The Rapture.

You think things are bad now, just wait.

This is nothing.

 

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Be saved and miss hell on earth!!

Read And Vote In November

10/17/2014
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This message was originally published on November 23, 2012 – after Barack Hussein Obama was elected for a second term. The message is still quite timely, especially in light of the ever hastening downward spiral of our nation’s spiritual condition. Please read this message and remember it when you vote this November.


A Thanksgiving Message for Richmond, VA

 

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As Obama and his 23 Marxist style czars (accountable to no one but him) and Executive Orders (which overrule acts of Congress) continue to drive America over the cliff to destruction in order that the true Marxist state can rise out of the ashes, we are told by God to “in everything give thanks.”

I looked for how I could do this. As I meditated on this, I understood that God has confirmed that His Word is true by the results of this election. He allowed the hearts of the voters to do the unthinkable and reelect the one who has brought so much destruction to America already.
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He sent the storm which changed 14% of the votes to Obama, as he looked “presidential.”

God waited 50 years for Christians to take a stand and stop the downward spiral as He was rejected, first through Roe vs Wade and then a systematic removal of Him from every area of public life; all without protest.

God has finally, after these 50 years of mercy and grace, said “enough is enough. My Name will be honored!” Some prayed earnestly for restoration in this election. But God said in the Old Testament that even though Moses and Daniel (Jeremiah 15:1) asked Him to spare Israel, He would not. He said His wrath was full because they had replaced the worship of Him with idolatry. I believe America is in that state. We “worship” everything but God.

He said “Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord.” We Americans have expunged Him from our Nation’s life. He is no longer Lord of Lords.

He said He will not tolerate “The shedding of innocent blood…” We have murdered 55,000,000 babies in the womb. (This election was decided by women whose one objective was to have the right to abort their babies.)

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We also redefined marriage from His standard. He said, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” We have blasphemed Him and His Name without fear of retribution. We have defined God as a patsy who just loved us no matter and was our “good buddy upstairs.” His Name is cursed millions of times a day.
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He said, “To whom much is given, much is required.” We have repaid the gift of His Word with a refusal to even read it. We have tolerated our churches as they preached a social gospel, instead of Christ and the Cross. We have removed prayer and the Bible from our public life and schools.

We have taught evolution that worships time and gives credit to so-called science, instead of our Omnipotent Creator who clearly related to us how this world and we began.
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We have removed the Ten Commandments from our schools, leaving our students with no direction as to right and wrong and who God is and how He would have them live.

He said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” We are about to experience “payday” for our rejection of His Word and Name, which He honors above all else. He said, “You shall reap what you sow.”

We have sown sin in every form, without repentance, and will reap the death of our Nation. “Sin when it is conceived brings forth death.”

He said, “If you bless Israel, I will bless you.” We have rejected Israel and our leader has preferred the pagan U.N. and Muslims who hate Israel.
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GOD has shown to us that He is not a wimp who will continue to be blasphemed. He will remove His blessing from us. May God have some measure of mercy as America reelected a leader who rejects the truths of God’s Word and even expunged God’s Name and Israel from his platform.

May the sufferings that America is about to endure lead us to trust Christ for our eternal life and a wonderful future in heaven, far removed from the trials down here. God is demonstrating to us that He is to be feared and His Word is true. God is not the God of “cheap-grace” and sentimental love that the current seeker-friendly churches would have you believe He is and I thank Him that He will be proving that to our pagan Nation, where so many “Christians” didn’t even bother to vote for His principles.
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We have also rejected God’s precious gift on the Cross where Jesus died that horrible death for our sins. “The payment for sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever would believe in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

“He who has the Son has life, and he who does not have the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God is on him.”
John 3:36


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Cowardice, Wendy Davis, and Late-Term Abortion

10/16/2014

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The Cowardice of Wendy Davis

 

Author: Jonah Goldberg
Source: National Review – 1.31.2014

Passionate advocates of unrestricted abortion aren’t willing to talk about, well, abortion.

 

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Wendy Davis, a Democratic state senator running to replace Rick Perry as governor of Texas, owes her political stardom to two things: a pair of pink sneakers and her unstinting support for a woman’s right to terminate a late-term pregnancy in a substandard clinic. Yay, feminism!
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Last year, Davis led an eleven-hour filibuster — that’s where the sneakers came in handy — to block legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks and require abortion clinics to meet the same standards that hospital-style surgical centers do.

This was all going on against the backdrop of the sensational Kermit Gosnell case in Pennsylvania. Gosnell ran a bloody, filthy “clinic” where he performed late-term abortions with a barbarity you’d expect to find in a Saw movie. Sometimes he’d “snip” the spines of fully-delivered babies with a pair of scissors. His instruments were so unsanitary that some women got STDs from them. Cat feces was a common sight on the procedure-room floors.
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In short, you didn’t need to be an abortion-rights activist to find the story of interest, but you’d certainly expect an activist to be up to speed on it.

Working on that theory, The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack caught up with Davis last August to ask her a few questions.

McCormack noted that once you got past the squalor and filth of the clinic, Gosnell’s illegal late-term abortions weren’t all that different from legal late-term abortions in other states. “What is the difference . . . ,” McCormack asked, “between legal abortion at 23 weeks and what Gosnell did? Do you see a distinction between those two [acts]?”

“I don’t know what happened in the Gosnell case,” Davis replied. “But I do know that it happened in an ambulatory surgical center. And in Texas changing our clinics to that standard obviously isn’t going to make a difference.”

She should have stopped with “I don’t know what happened in the Gosnell case” — because in the words of the grand-jury report, the “abhorrent conditions and practices inside Gosnell’s clinic [were] directly attributable to the Pennsylvania Health Department’s refusal to treat abortion clinics as ambulatory surgical facilities.”
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So the one thing she claimed to know wasn’t true. Also, what curious incuriosity. If you were suddenly a national leader on an issue you felt passionately about, wouldn’t you want to know what happened in a case that cuts to the heart of your cause?

Not Davis. Her time is better spent denouncing the ignorance of women who disagree with her. When McCormack asked what to make of the fact that a majority of American women support a ban on late-term abortions, Davis responded, “I again think that a lot of people don’t really understand the landscape of what’s happening in that arena today.”

Think about that. In the course of a short conversation, she revealed that she didn’t know what she was talking about while casually dismissing the majority of American women who disagreed with her as not knowing what they’re talking about.
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Let’s fast-forward to 2014. Davis was recently interviewed by Jorge Ramos of Fusion TV. He asked her, “When does life start? When does a human being become one?”

Davis answered with a non-answer: “You know, the Supreme Court of course has answered this decision, in terms of what our protections are.” Blah blah blah.

Tom Bevan of RealClearPolitics slammed Davis for being “too cowardly to give a straight answer, let alone a thoughtful one, to a straightforward question that goes to the heart of a matter she has made the signature issue of her political life.”

I agree. But Davis is merely at the forefront of the cowardice epidemic. On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade earlier this month, President Obama couldn’t bring himself to say the word “abortion,” preferring instead virtually every poll-tested buzzword. Indeed, in all of the “war on women” noise, abortion is almost always wrapped in the velvety euphemisms of “women’s health” and “reproductive choice.”
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It should tell you something when passionate advocates of unrestricted abortion are so uncomfortable talking about . . . abortion.

Perhaps all of the rage abortion extremists aim at their opponents is cover for a deep insecurity — maybe psychological, definitely political — about the reality of what they are defending. Senator Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) once said that life begins “when you bring your baby home” from the hospital. That is not very far from Wendy Davis’s position. But she doesn’t want to say that — certainly not in Texas! Better to change the subject to the evils of her opponents and — hey — have you seen my sneakers?
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The Palestinian Lie

10/15/2014

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The Lie That Broke Israel’s Back

 

Author: Steve Apfel
Source: AmericanThinker.com – 12.09.2012

Israel now has a quasi-state to contend with. “A victory for the values of truth,” exclaimed Sudan’s U.N. diplomat after the General Assembly voted to admit Palestine as a non-member observer.

It’s a victory for the Palestinian camp, perhaps, but in truth it was a defeat — of historic proportions. Recalling one thing and reaffirming another, the resolution the GA voted on was packed with lies. Most were blatant. One lie — you could say the catchphrase of the Palestinian perpetual show — enjoyed the sanctity of accepted wisdom.

“The Palestinian territory occupied since 1967″ appeared, in one form or another, some dozen times in the U.N. resolution. This whopper of an old lie, told so often and for so long as to merge fantasy with reality, made Israel’s defeat at the U.N. a long time coming. One might say that it made Israel’s defeat historically inevitable.

“Occupied Palestinian Territory” (OPT) is a thing of smoke and mirrors. Historically, it never happened; legally, there never was Palestinian territory for Israel to occupy. Israel took the territories from Egypt and Jordan in 1967, and there’s no getting away from that. So today Israel has more right than Jordan to be occupying the West Bank, and more right than Egypt to be occupying Gaza (if Israel’s blockade may be called occupation). “Palestine” never enters the equation. Turn Middle East wars and laws upside-down and any way you like, but if the territories belong to any U.N. member, or quasi-member, they belong to Israel.

Not even the famous U.N. Resolution 242 can help. It told Israel to withdraw from territories once held by Jordan, illegally, and Egypt, and it envisaged those territories’ return to those two countries. “Palestine” never got a mention in Resolution 242 — for a couple of good reasons.

Palestinians were not among the belligerents involved in the Six-Day War. Anyway, the people who were going to stake claim to a nation they would call Palestine were a year away from being born.

More than anyone, King Hussein of Jordan understood perfectly that a cart before the horse never gets off the blocks. So he told the 1988 Arab League summit in Amman: “The appearance of a distinct Palestinian national personality comes as an answer to Israel’s claim that Palestine is Jewish.”

The Hashemite monarch was explaining to fellow potentates why a Palestinian nation had to be conceived in 1968. If it were not, then the West Bank and Gaza would be Israel’s by dint of war and law. Arab armies had been vanquished in six days, the territories lost to Israel. That made it imperative for the PLO to revise its covenant, which it did on July 17, 1968. The PLO meddled with Article 24, erasing the old declaration that the West Bank and Gaza were not occupied and now insisting that they were. With that sleight-of-hand, a newborn nation came into the world — with a newborn bastard illegal occupier.

Armed with nothing but chutzpah, the PLO lost no time cementing the lie that the Jewish state had usurped the foundling’s heritage. From there to the accepted wisdom of “Occupied Palestinian Territories” took no more than a quick step.

For all that, “Palestinian territory occupied by Israel” is more than a risible lie of history. It has had the power to alter history. For one thing, the international community took to the idea. For another, a goodly proportion of American, and even Israeli, Jews nailed their colors to that mast. For a third, an economic bubble has OPT to thank. Monthly pay slips for untold hundreds of U.N. staffers depend on that fallacious real estate. Hundreds of NGOs and staffers would be the poorer without it. And remember, OPT is the article of faith on which anti-Zionists peg their zeal. Their god demands little: hate Zionism and revere OPT. Hence the daily invocations. Label products from “occupied territories.” Boycott Israel and divest because of OPT.

Then there is the U.N. and its dependency on OPT. Some U.N. organs were custom-made for it — embedded the fabled territory in their names. One of those organs has a bona fide legal expert at the helm, sporting a grand title but no salary, for he plays the part out of conviction. And what is that conviction but the creed of the anti-Zionist faithful, the “Israel may not be found innocent” creed? It’s right there in this U.N. lawman’s sonorous title: “Special Rapporteur to the UN Council on Human Rights on violation of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

So Israeli crimes are pre-supposed, and the U.N. lawman tours a land of the U.N.’s own making to look for them.

But for the OPT whopper, the world would be a quieter place. And Israel with its settlement enterprise would not now be under U.N.-complicit threat.

– Steve Apfel is director of the School of Management Accounting, Johannesburg. He is the author of Hadrian’s Echo: The whys and wherefores of Israel’s critics and a contributor to “War by other means” (Israel Affairs, Special Issue. July 2012).

 

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Islam Is Serving the Leftists’ Agenda

10/14/2014
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Liberal Islamophiles

 

Author: Daniel Greenfield
Source: the Sultan Knish blog – 10.12.2014

 

 

“We’re liberals! We’re liberals. We’re not crazy tea-baggers,” Bill Maher protested after his televised argument with Ben Affleck about Islam.

“We are not bigoted people. On the contrary, we’re trying to stand up for the principles of
liberalism!” Maher added. “I think we’re just saying we need to identify illiberalism wherever we find it in the world, and not forgive it because it comes from [a group] people perceive as a minority.”

 

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But despite Maher’s protests, the majority of liberals would agree with Affleck that criticizing Islam is racist. Liberals claim that the Islamic State is Un-Islamic. It would be more accurate to state that liberals are illiberal. Liberalism, even the form that was in common usage not too long ago, is as dead as Lenin.

Ben Affleck isn’t a liberal. He’s an enthusiast of revisionist Communist historian Howard Zinn. The modern liberal of today is uninterested in identifying “illiberalism” since he is an illiberal man of the left. The most significant difference between the two is not simply political, but psychological. Liberals used to think about issues. Leftists respond to ideological cues while operating on a purely tribal wavelength.

Affleck’s assertion that criticizing Islam is racist is impossible to argue with. It’s completely wrong on multiple levels, but it’s not an argument. It’s a denunciation. It doesn’t advance an argument; it rejects the argument and the arguer as illegitimate. And it’s an ideological cue telling everyone else to follow.

Leftists don’t debate issues. That would be a liberal thing to do. Instead they seek to affirm a consensus. The consensus is reinforced by in-group flattery which convinces members that they are empathetic and enlightened people, while those outside the consensus are subjected to constant contempt and abuse. The denunciation places the target outside the consensus. Calling Maher a “racist” makes him a Tea Party member no matter how much he clings to a liberal identification. It makes him an outsider.

The USSR was every bit as “illiberal” as ISIS, but critics of it were damned as “red-baiters” and McCarthyists. Now critics of Islam are denounced as racists even though Islam is not a race.

Why are Stalin and Mohammed part of the consensus, but their liberal critics weren’t? The answer tells us a good deal about what the consensus really is and what it isn’t.

The things that Maher and Harris criticize Islam for, a lack of freedom, sexism and homophobia are not part of the consensus. Not when the flagship party of liberalism was also the party of segregation, the leading members of the golden family of liberalism were serial abusers of women and Bill, Hillary and Obama were against gay marriage before they were for it. Islam is sexist, bigoted and totalitarian, but so was the Soviet Union. Their liberal defenders are utterly unconcerned, no matter how much they run their mouths about Republican racism and sexism.

Nearly every Muslim country locks up gay men, but so did nearly every Communist country.

 

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Do you think that Ben Affleck is bothered by the fact that Doha and Dubai, whose film industries he has become entangled with, are built and run by slave labor? Or that homosexuality is criminalized? The same Hollywood leftists who put on their indignant faces over Proposition 8 shut up when they’re partying in one of the pleasure cities of the Gulf Muslims who do a lot more than refuse to recognize gay marriage. They’re not just hypocrites; they were never committed to gay rights.

Gays, feminists and Muslims are a means to the left. They are not the reason why the left does things.

The left builds coalitions of disruption with interest groups. It doesn’t care about those groups. It’s just using them to get what it really wants which is a totalitarian state in which the consensus can implement all of its horrible ideas without any interference. Muslims are the newest coalition member and their disruption skills are impressive. Just look at how they managed to turn the Bush Administration around.

That doesn’t mean that the left cares about Muslims. It would toss them under the bus before they could shout “Allah Akhbar” if it suited the consensus. The liberal defenders of Islam have chosen not to read the Koran. They know next to nothing about Islam except that it’s a minority group. And that’s how they like it. That way they can shout down any criticism with cries of “Racism” because they’re too lazy to even bother stringing enough letters together to shout “Islamophobe”. That’s how little they care.

All of this has as much to do with liberalism as Obama has to do with Andrew Jackson. There’s nothing liberal about the honor killing and the hijab, but there’s also nothing liberal about trying to turn America into a totalitarian state. Maher, who has been known to identify as a libertarian, doesn’t seem to have grasped that the liberals who defend Islam do so because they share its totalitarian mindset.

Lenin wasn’t fighting so that the peasants would have land, bread and peace. Today’s liberals aren’t fighting for equality of income, gender, race or any other kind. They are fighting to suppress any and all opposition to their policies by disrupting and destroying the existing American system at every level.

That’s exactly what Islam is doing.

Leftists don’t value equality, they value disruption. If they can disrupt by promoting equality, they will do it. If they can disrupt by promoting inequality, they will do that. If they can disrupt by promoting gay marriage, promoting Islamists, promoting the environment, promoting unregulated industry, promoting freedom of speech or promoting hate speech laws, they will do those things in order of opportunism.

Their underlying goal is to replace existing ideas and systems with their own. Anything that serves that purpose is good. Anything that maintains the existing order is bad.

The very concept of universal standards that Maher is appealing to is foreign to the modern liberal. He doesn’t believe that there is a universal standard. He views the world as tribally as a Taliban. He can’t see behaviors as good or evil in isolation, but only in relation to ideological cues. He derives his heroes and villains from the tribal affinities of the left, not from the things that they actually do.

 

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That’s why he wears a Che t-shirt while calling Rush Limbaugh unpatriotic for opposing Obama. Or why he thinks that liberal billionaires underwriting political campaigns is a good thing, but conservative billionaires doing it is bad for democracy. He has no concept of standards. He only understands power.

This isn’t liberalism. It’s a leftist Jihad that has displaced and hijacked liberalism. The modern liberal has nothing to do with liberalism and it’s useless to expect him to be upset by Islamic illiberalism.

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