We have moved Do The Right Thing to a new location and have changed from being the blog of Pastor Ed and the Cyber Crew to being the blog of the Cyber Crew with Pastor Ed being a member of "da Crew".
The new site is about a group of Christian Conservatives who talk about Christianity, politics, and the troops.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
We have moved Do The Right Thing to a new location and have changed from being the blog of Pastor Ed and the Cyber Crew to being the blog of the Cyber Crew with Pastor Ed being a member of "da Crew".
Friday, May 22, 2009
I am a veteran. There are many like me. We are not the government's veterans, we are your veterans. Some of us gave all, but all gave some and we have known hardship, service, fear, and brotherhood in ways that most people can't even imagine. We have seen our brothers killed and maimed, and sometimes become disfigured along the way. We have taken lives for our country, and returned to our lives as your neighbors, fathers, and native sons. Our courage is undeniable, yet it remains a trait we keep in silent humility, sharing only with a fellow veteran, if at all.
We don't ask for much but there are two things we will ask if you love this country as much as those of us who have sacrificed so much, many who have given their last full measure.
Pray for those of us who remain and never, ever forget those who rest now in cemeteries all over this beautiful land and on foreign soil, and those who remain in battlefields known but to God.
We are the thousands who fought for you, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, loved ones who answered the call to protect and defend this greatest nation on God's green earth.
For all those currently serving in harms way;
Soldiers Prayer Psalm 91
O Lord Most High, help me to dwell in your secret place and abide under Your shadow.
Help me to believe and say out loud for everyone to hear that You are my refuge and my fortress; that You are my God; and that in You I put my trust.
O Lord God Almighty, please deliver me from hidden traps and diseases.
Father God, cover me with Your camouflage; hide me under Your wings; and let Your truth be my shield and buckler against the fiery darts—the lies—of the enemy.
Lord Jesus, help me not to be afraid of terrorists' attacks in the night; or weapons that fly by day; or sicknesses that walk in darkness; or destruction that wastes at noonday.
O Holy God, though a thousand fall at my side, and ten thousand fall at my right hand; please let it not come close to me and my companions.
O Lord Most High, let me live to see the reward of the wicked, because You are my refuge and my home. Let no evil conquer me and let no plague come into my house or near my family.
O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer, please set angels over me to keep me in all Your ways, to bear me up in their hands and to keep my feet from stumbling.
Father God, help me to tread upon the lion and adder and trample the young lion and the dragon under my feet.
Lord Jesus, I love you with all my heart and I know Your name. Deliver me and lift me on high to soar with the eagles. I call upon you to be with me in times of trouble to deliver and honor me because I know Your name.
Please show me Your salvation and satisfy me with a long life.
I ask this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ
Vigilia Pretium Libertatis
Fortis cadere, cedere non potest
Sleep well my son....
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Submitted by Trevor:
Update on Thursday at 3:58 pm:
'Idol' Upset: Did The Evangelical Christian Vote Push Kris Allen Over The Edge?
Thursday, May 21, 2009
By Hollie McKay
Kris Allen was indeed the underdog going into the "American Idol" finale on Wednesday evening, and the vibe inside the Nokia Theater was definitely in favor of the more controversial, theatrical and incredibly "out there" California native Adam Lambert.
"Adam has the potential to be a star so overall you could say he deserves to win," Simon Cowell told Tarts on Wednesday afternoon. "But this is 'American Idol,' anything could happen and we could have an upset."
And an upset for Cowell it clearly was -- the outspoken judge was the only one not to give Allen a standing ovation when he was announced the 2009 winner as determined by a record-breaking 100 million votes.
So was it the Christian vote that prevailed in Allen's favor?
Read the rest of the story here:
Original post below:
The 2009 season of FOX broadcasting's "American Idol" had it's share of open and honest Christians who shared their faith as much as possible. Not known to many viewers is the fact that two contestants held joint-bible studies and even converted people to Christ.
Kris Allen and Danny Gokey both have strong connection to their faith but it was Kris who overcame the odds set by media-hype that fellow contestant Adam Lambert would be the winner. However the millions of Christians who prayed and organized online prayer groups asking for God to intervene would have the final say.
"It wasn't about asking God to make sure he won" says a Kris Allen fan. "It's about showing America conservative principals are still very much alive"
Even with the increasing liberal tide the country seams to be taking through the media has not taken over "American Idol". Over the past eight seasons 7 out of the 8 winners have in some form openly shared their faith and held bible study.
Kris Allen shows that someone in their 20's can be traditional and conservative in today's every increasing liberal world. At the age of 23 he has been married for a few years and is active with his church community.
This year turned out to be one of the closest years where even Simon Cowell considered the "head-judge" couldn't predict the turn out. Kris Allen's debut single hits radio airwaves tomorrow (May 21) titled "No Boundaries" which has also been arranged to be pick up by many contemporary Christian radio stations.
Here is the video:
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This came in as a comment from Cyber Crew member Bert. I thought it was too good not to make a post out of. It's great that Bert is once again able to give his unique perspective on the issues.
Bert's Take On Waterboarding
What amazes me is that "waterboarding" continues to be classified as torture. I watch as the MSM continues to show a clip of a guy tied up being dunked in a swimming pool and this is portrayed as waterboarding.
I have been personally waterboarded twice.
The reason one is restrained is so that the towel that is put over one's face doesn't fall off when one tries to sit up. When the towel is put on one's face, the interrogator merely pours a bit of water on the towel. If you try to suck a bunch of air then, you will think you can't breathe.
In truth, there isn't enough water to drown you nor do you suffer enough lack of oxygen for you to pass out or have any bodily functions shut down. But compared to what others do to get information, this is relatively harmless.
But the thing that I am constantly amazed at is when folks, including John McCain, say we don't torture so that our guys won't be tortured. El Toro Poo Poo.
We have not fought anyone since the Germans in WWI who adhered to international standards for treatment of prisoners. So this reason is a fallacy. If people want to say that we don't use harsh interrogation techniques because the world will think less of us if we do, that doesn't guarantee that they will support us if we are chivalrous anyway.
My own feeling is that folks like Lanny Davis, Pelosi, Harman, and the like are nothing but sorry parasites that get to suck oxygen because better people than them stopped sucking oxygen in places like Tarawa, the Ardennes, Inchon, Khe Sahn, Takrit, and Helmand Province.
My wife's uncle made it through a bad night at Guadacanal with an entrenching tool he had sharpened on a rock. Davis and his ilk believe a bad night is when their toilet paper is hung backwards on its holder. And so given their sensitivities, none of them are qualified to comment or judge what is torture or not.
Welcome to the daily prayer service offered by the members of Pray for the Hostages. Our mission is to pray for the hundreds of men and women held captive in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Colombia, and other parts of the world.
These hostages include journalists, aid workers, civilian contractors, crewmen on ships, and some military personnel. Some of these have been recently kidnapped, others have been held for years. What they all have in common is the urgent need for prayers of protection while they await rescue from the hands of their captors.
We need to pray that God will give them the strength to endure their ordeal, and that He will save them from despair. We need to pray for their families and loved ones who must endure anxiety and uncertainty and the pain of separation. We need to pray for the leaders of nations to make wise decisions that will save the lives of these hostages without encouraging future attacks against other innocent people. And we need to pray that the hearts of those engaging in these brutal crimes will be turned away from the evil that threatens to destroy them and their victims.
Since the inception of this group earlier this summer, there have been several dramatic rescues of hostages, as well as others being released through negotiations or ransom payments. Some of these were people who had been given up for dead after months or years of no contact. This should encourage us to keep praying and never give up hope.
We have a big job ahead of us, but with God anything is possible. Let's keep praying until all the hostages are home.
There is also a blog where you can stay up-to-date on these issues. The Pray for the Hostage blog is HERE.
Some people you might recognize are the folks who are responsible for this effort, Vicki Claudio, Wyatt McIntyre, Matt Cochran, Annieb and I are all a part of both the BTR show and the blog.
Why don't you join us, and Pray for the Hostages!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Ed, your letters are on the way to Congress!
Did you know?
You are the 20th person from Indiana to sign this petition!
You have taken action on the petition "IMPEACH Nancy Pelosi NOW!"
H/T to Fox News:
RNC Chairman Michael Steele says the GOP has owned up to the mistakes that caused its fall from power and is embarking on a new chapter.
Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele on Tuesday hailed the beginning of a Republican "renaissance," calling on the GOP to stop apologizing for itself and focus on winning.
Steele delivered a speech on the future of the party to state GOP chairmen gathering outside Washington for a special meeting Wednesday of the Republican National Committee. But Steele steered away from addressing the lingering internal conflicts that could hinder his call for party unity.
A small, but vocal, minority of Republican National Committee members is trying to undermine Steele's authority over party funding, and Steele told FOX News ahead of his speech that if they, do he'll step aside.
"They can contemplate all they want to, but the reality is, if they want a figurehead chairman you can have a figurehead chairman, but it won't be Michael Steele," he said.
Steele aides insist the chairman was not threatening to quit, but merely to fight to retain his authority.
The issue comes up for a vote Wednesday. For now, RNC members are expected to re-establish standards that already had been in place before they lapsed last year. Among them is a requirement that Steele have a co-signer for all expenditures above $100,000 and that a comptroller-treasurer administer funding.
Steele already had agreed to those standards. What he objected to was the possibility of increasing the powers of the comptroller-treasurer, in turn minimizing his own authority. That issue will probably be pushed off until July, but it's not going away yet.
The Republican National Committee chief is seeking to re-establish himself as the head of the beleaguered party and set its course. His speech comes after a rocky start to his two-year term that drew criticism from some longtime RNC members as well as a sustained Democratic campaign tagging conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh as the GOP's titular head.
In Tuesday's speech, Steele likened President Obama's popularity to that of a celebrity and said Republicans can't be afraid of criticizing him head-on if they want to regain their relevance.
"He's young. He's cool. He's hip ... he's got all the qualities America likes in a celebrity, so of course he's going to be popular," Steele told state party chairmen Tuesday. But "this is not American Idol. This is serious ... and we are going to take them on."
Steele said the GOP has owned up to the mistakes that caused its fall from power and is embarking on a "renaissance."
"The era of apologizing for Republican mistakes of the past is now officially over," he said. "We have turned the corner. No more looking in the rearview mirror. From this point forward, we will focus all of our energies on winning the future."
He also was opposing a resolution -- whose final wording hadn't yet been set but was expected for a vote Wednesday -- in which Republicans would rename the Democratic Party as a "Nationalist Socialist Democrat" party.
Steele and others said the party should focus its efforts elsewhere.
"I think it's stupid," Florida GOP Chairman James Greer said of the name resolution. "These are trying times. We need to be serious."
Greer and other state chairmen said Steele, who drew a loud standing ovation at Tuesday's speech, continues to enjoy strong support among most party leaders.
"Obviously there was going to be a learning curve but I certainly support Chairman Steele. I like the fact that he's going on offense," said Alabama Chairman Mike Hubbard. "I think everybody's willing to give (him) some time."
Steele is trying to steer a GOP that's out of power in the White House, Congress and a slew of statehouses across the country. The party also has no natural successor to former President George W. Bush. And the GOP is in the midst of an intense debate over its identity while facing an emboldened Democratic Party that's grown larger under Obama's leadership -- at the Republicans' expense.
Steele played down the obstacles and claimed the GOP's comeback is "well under way" in the states. But he said people in Washington don't recognize it yet.
"Republicans may be the minority party at the moment, but we represent the ideas and concerns of the majority of Americans," Steele said. "Candidate Obama was very moderate in his views, but President Obama could not possibly be further to the far left."
Steele said the GOP will take on Obama with class and dignity, unlike the "shabby and classless way" Democrats took on Bush.
FOX News' Carl Cameron and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
House Minority Leader John Boehner told FOX News that lying to Congress is a crime, so if Speaker Nancy Pelosi thinks agency officials did so, she needs to present evidence and have the Justice Department prosecute it or apologize for casting aspersions.
It's week two and Republicans aren't about to let House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's accusation that the CIA lied to Congress slip between the cracks.
House Minority Leader John Boehner told FOX News on Monday that "the ball is in the speaker's court." If she is accusing the CIA of lying, she "needs to come forward, either present evidence or do an apology, and let's get this behind us."
"Lying to Congress is a crime. Purposely misleading Congress is a crime. And if the speaker is accusing the intelligence community of lying to her or purposefully misleading her, then she ought to present that evidence, turn it over to the Justice Department, have them prosecute it," Boehner said.
But Boehner did not call for Pelosi's ouster.
"Let's not get too far down the road here. I'm not going to take anything off the table, but I do believe that -- that the ball is in her court. And she has to either put up or have an apology and move on," he said.
Pelosi caused a stir last week when she accused the CIA of misleading Congress about its use of enhanced interrogation techniques on terror detainees, particularly on Abu Zubaydah.
"Yes I am saying the CIA was misleading the Congress, and at the same time the (Bush) administration was misleading the Congress on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, to which I said that this intelligence doesn't support the imminent threat," Pelosi said at her weekly news conference on Thursday.
"Every step of the way the administration was misleading the Congress and that is the issue and that's why we need a truth commission," she said.
On Friday, CIA Director Leon Panetta issued a letter to CIA staff repeating his statement of a day earlier that the agency's response to congressional inquiries shows that "our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing 'the enhanced techniques that had been employed.' Ultimately, it is up to Congress to evaluate all the evidence and reach its own conclusions about what happened."
"I think that it's pretty clear that Mr. Panetta and the CIA believe that they were truthful in their briefings to Ms. Pelosi. There's been no reason to lie," Boehner said Monday.
According to a Rasmussen poll out on Monday, 43 percent of voters nationwide say they believe the CIA could have misled Pelosi about the use of waterboarding while 41 percent said that's unlikely. The belief and disbelief tracked closely with political party affiliation.
The poll of 1,000 likely voters taken over the weekend has a 3 percent margin of error. In it, 58 percent said they don't want any probes of how the Bush administration treated terrorism suspects.
Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., said that Pelosi either needs to prove her case or apologize.
"If indeed Nancy Pelosi has lied, which it seems to me that she has, then she either needs to resign or at the very least have a public and open apology to the CIA," Franks said.
Franks then accused Democrats, including Pelosi, of constantly undermining the Bush administration for political points.
"They held themselves completely unconstrained to the truth in all of those debates and it was I think damaging to our country and damaging to our national security, and it seems like now that they are in the supermajority, they've completely disinvited the truth from the entire discussion," Franks said.
"We could be facing nuclear jihad in the coming years, and being able to rely on what people say is of more and more importance to the American people," he added.
Franks acknowledged that for now it's more advantageous to Republicans for Pelosi to stay in office."Politically it might be better for us if she stays in because I think she's lost credibility with the American people, and it's easier for us to point out some of the foibles of the Democrat leadership with her in the leadership," he said
H/T to Yahoo Sports
After giving the commencement speech at Notre Dame, Obama spoke at an Indianapolis fundraiser Sunday night for the Democratic National Committee. He began his remarks by joking that he told The Rev. John Jenkins, the university president, that the controversy surrounding his campus appearance “paled in comparison to what to do about the football team.”
The Fighting Irish had records of 3-9 and 7-6 the past two seasons—the most losses at the school in a two-year period—and haven’t won a national championship since 1988.
“That’s an issue we may not resolve within my four years,” Obama said.
“Eight,” shouted someone from the audience.
“All right, well, maybe in eight we might get it done,” Obama said.
Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame capped weeks of protests by some Roman Catholics upset that he was invited to speak at commencement despite his support of abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research.
The remarks were first reported Tuesday by The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne.
By James Simpson
Sunday May 17, 2009 Norma McCorvey, the notorious "Roe" in the landmark Supreme Court case "Roe v Wade" has been arrested. The plaintiff in the case that made abortion legal in the United States later became adamantly pro-life and in 1995 began a crusade to overturn the law she helped create. This fact has largely gone unreported by the mass media for reasons known only to them. McCorvey was taken into custody today without a struggle after trespassing on the grounds of Notre Dame University to protest the pending visit of radical pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
"Hours of conversation, study, and prayer with my peers in ministry taught me that we want the Catholic community to lead the work of creating a just society," says Claire Noonan (M.Div. '00). The Program Organizer for Social Justice and Next Generation at Call to Action in Chicago, she creates educational programs and sustained action campaigns focusing on sweatshop labor.
organise the intellectuals and use them to make Western civilisation stink. Only then, after they have corrupted all its values and made life impossible, can we impose the dictatorship of the proletariat.
In general, the leaders of the Church have never understood the historical significance of the abortion-rights movement (and this can be said of the gay-marriage movement as well). What the abortion-rights movement wants is not simply the right to kill millions of unborn babies; what it also wants is the utter destruction of Christianity. (Emphasis mine.)
Monday, May 18, 2009
For Immediate Release
May 18th, 2009
"By voting to sweep the Murtha scandal under the rug,
the House has committed a grave disservice to
constituents and taxpayers. Congress needs to decide which
comes first: party politics or personal integrity."—ALG President Bill Wilson.
ALG Condemns the House for Voting to
Sweep Murtha Ethics Scandal under the Rug
May 18th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today strongly condemned the House of Representatives for voting to kill a resolution that would have launched an ethics investigation into Congressman John Murtha and several of his fellow Congressmen for their role in earmarking billions of dollars for the clients of a lobbying group that is now under an FBI investigation.
"The House under Nancy Pelosi's leadership clearly believes that it will suffer politically not if it fails to root out corruption, but if it fails to adequately cover it up," said Wilson. "Congress has brought disgrace upon itself and shame upon the people it is supposed to represent."
According to the Representative Jeff Flake's resolution, the PMA Group, headed by Paul Magliocchetti, "has given $3.4 million in political donations to no less than 284 Members of Congress." Additionally, defense appropriations committee lawmakers and staff were routinely showered with food, drink, and gifts. Lawmakers and staff were annually invited to a posh Alpine Christmas affair. They were often treated to expensive restaurant outings.
According to the New York times, PMA Group clients gathered billions in earmarks over the years. Wilson believes that each and every earmark ever lobbied for by the PMA Groups must now be scrutinized. "No stone should be left unturned," Wilson said.
In an email preceding the vote, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn warned House Democrats in an email that "If the Flake resolution is referred to the Ethics Committee, members can expect attack ads to be run against them alleging members to be 'under investigation by the House Ethics Committee.'"
Wilson promised to remind the American people often of its "outright betrayal of ethical and representative government in favor politics as usual in Washington."
The Flake Resolution failed when it was tabled by a 215-182 vote in Roll Call 243.
"The House needs to drop the pretense. If Murtha is innocent, then the committee will show it. But, if the mountain of evidence—that which is already on the public record—proves otherwise, then action needs to be taken," Wilson declared.
"Anyone who voted to table this resolution voted to conceal a strong appearance of corruption, and one has to wonder: do 215 members who voted to kill the investigation have something herself to hide? Would an investigation into this pay to play morass, earmarks and sole source contracts reveal their names?" Wilson added.
In a recent editorial, the New York Times calls for a full-blown investigation. "Mr. Murtha and two subcommittee colleagues, Peter Visclosky of Indiana and James Moran of Virginia, received more than $4 million in campaign contributions from contract hungry PMA Group clients, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In two recent budgets alone, the three earmarked $137 million for PMA Group clients. It is time to follow the money — all of it."
"By voting to sweep the Murtha scandal under the rug, the House has committed a grave disservice to constituents and taxpayers. Congress needs to decide which comes first: party politics or personal integrity," Wilson concluded.
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Obama Legitimizes Killing of Unborn Babies in Speech at Notre Dame's Graduation
Monday, May 18, 2009
By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief
(CNSNews.com) - After receiving an honorary doctorate in law at the University of Notre Dame’s graduation ceremony yesterday, President Barack Obama delivered a speech to the school's graduating seniors that sought to legitimize his position in favor of the legal killing of unborn children.
Obama told the graduates of the nation’s most well-known Catholic university that abortion “has both moral and spiritual dimensions”--although he did not explain why he had made this conclusion—and made it quite clear that, even so, he has no intention of moving from his position that it ought to be legal for a pregnant mother to have a doctor kill her unborn child for literally any reason at any stage of pregnancy.
The president also did not take back his declaration made in 2007 to Planned Parenthood that he would sign the Freedom of Choice Act, a bill that would eliminate all the state and federal limitations on abortion that have been achieved by the pro-life movement in the 26 years since the Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
Nor did Obama rescind his vow to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act that currently protects states that do not recognize same-sex marriages from being compelled by the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the Constitution to recognize same-sex marriages contracted in other states.
Nor did he reverse his executive order allowing federal tax dollars to be used for research that kills human embryos in order to extract their stem cells.
Nor did he reverse his order to allow U.S. foreign aid dollars to be used to perform and promote abortion in foreign countries.
But he did lecture the Notre Dame graduates that the “two camps are irreconcilable” on the question of whether unborn life ought to be protected in law or left vulnerable to abortion, making it clear that he falls on the pro-abortion side of this unbridgeable divide.
Much of his speech exalted the idea that for pro-lifers to work together with people who favor the legal killing of unborn children is a more civilized and noble cause than the cause of protecting innocent life itself.
“The gay activist and the evangelical pastor may both deplore the ravages of HIV/AIDS, but find themselves unable to bridge the cultural divide that might unite their efforts,” Obama said. “Those who speak out against stem cell research may be rooted in an admirable conviction about the sacredness of life, but so are the parents of a child with juvenile diabetes who are convinced that their son's or daughter's hardships can be relieved.”
“The question then,” said Obama, “is how do we work through these conflicts? Is it possible for us to join hands in common effort? As citizens of a vibrant and varied democracy, how do we engage in vigorous debate? How does each of us remain firm in our principles, and fight for what we consider right, without, as [Notre Dame President] Father John [Jenkins] said, demonizing those with just as strongly held convictions on the other side? And of course, nowhere do these questions come up more powerfully than on the issue of abortion.”
“That's when we begin to say, ‘Maybe we won't agree on abortion, but we can still agree that this heart-wrenching decision for any woman is not made casually, it has both moral and spiritual dimensions,” said Obama.
“So let us work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions, let's reduce unintended pregnancies,” said Obama. “Let's make adoption more available. Let's provide care and support for women who do carry their children to term. Let's honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded not only in sound science, but also in clear ethics, as well as respect for the equality of women. Those are things we can do.”
“Now, understand, Class of 2009, I do not suggest that the debate surrounding abortion can or should go away. Because no matter how much we may want to fudge it--indeed, while we know that the views of most Americans on the subject are complex and even contradictory--the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable,” said Obama. “Each side will continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction. But surely we can do so without reducing those with differing views to caricature. Open hearts. Open minds. Fair-minded words. It's a way of life that has always been the Notre Dame tradition.”
Other related posts from CNSNews.com:
"Governments derive... their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, (absolute power or influence of any kind) it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
-- US Declaration of Independence
“The worth and value of a man is in his heart and his will; there lies his real honour. Valour is the strength, not of legs and arms, but of heart and soul; it consists not in the worth of our horse or our weapons, but in our own. He who falls obstinate in his courage, if he has fallen, he fights on his knees. He who relaxes none of his assurance, no matter how great the danger of imminent death; who, giving up his soul, still looks firmly and scornfully at his enemy - he is beaten not by us, but by fortune; he is killed, not conquered.” ~Montaigne, on the Battle of Thermopylae~
“If you know the enemy, and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every battle won you will suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” ~Sun Tzu~
"Never forget. These so-called leaders have done nothing more than create a new enemy for themselves. You and me. May God have mercy on their wretched souls." ~Pat Dollard~
Save America. Get ACTIVE.
H/T to Snooper, The Real REVO, Pat Dollard.
Obama's Faith-Based Adviser Urges Challenge to ‘Heteronormative' Fatherhood
Monday, May 18, 2009
By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer
A controversial member of President Barack Obama’s faith-based council said that part of the administration’s role in promoting responsible fatherhood should include moving beyond America’s “heteronormative view of fatherhood.”
Harry Knox, appointed last month to the 25-member President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, has drawn fire for inflammatory comments about the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict XVI.
Knox talked about fatherhood and other issues the council would work on in a May 11 PBS interview, which aired two days before a May 13 letter – signed by nearly two dozen prominent Catholics, including House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) – was sent to the White House asking Obama to remove Knox from the council.
The letter was also signed by L. Brent Bozell III, president of the Media Research Center, the parent organization of CNSNews.com.
“Responsible fatherhood offers us an immense opportunity to speak to a real need in the country,” said Knox, director of the faith and religion program at the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual rights group, during the PBS interview broadcast on its Religion & Ethics Newsweekly show.
“It’ll be challenging to do that for instance in ways that are not dismissive of the tremendous gifts of single mothers; not to sort of hold a heteronormative view of fatherhood up as the only model,” said Knox.
The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is responsible for distributing federal money to religious non-profit and charitable organizations.
“For instance, 25 percent of gay male couples in the country are raising children – their own and other people’s,” Knox, a member of the United Church of Christ and the Interdenominational Conference of Liberation Congregations and Ministries, told PBS.
“So the challenge will be for all of us getting to know what fatherhood means for us, and how to talk about it in a way that is as inclusive as possible and empowering as possible,” he said.
He added that mentoring programs for homosexual fathers should be reviewed by the council.
“One of the things I am suggesting on the council is that they look at mentoring processes that gay dads have developed to help each other be good fathers around the country,” Knox said.
On March 17, two weeks before his appointment to the advisory council, Knox published a statement on the Human Rights Campaign Web site in reaction to the pope’s statement on condoms and AIDS in Africa, saying, “The Pope’s statement that condoms don’t help control the spread of HIV, but rather condoms increase infection rates, is hurting people in the name of Jesus.”
In response to a bishop’s instruction that a lesbian couple in Wyoming could not receive communion at the Catholic Mass, Knox, in an April 6, 2007 statement on the HRC’s Web site wrote: “In this holy Lenten season, it is immoral and insulting to Jesus to use the body and blood of Christ the reconciler as a weapon to silence free speech and demean the love of a committed, legally married couple.”
On April 6, 2009, in an interview with CNSNews.com, Knox stood by his comments from the previous month in the San Francisco-based Bay Area Reporter when he said the pope is a discredited leader.
“The Pope needs to start telling the truth about condom use,” Knox said. “We are eager to help him do that. Until he is willing to do that and able, he’s doing a great deal more harm than good – not just in Africa but around the world. It is endangering people’s lives.”
The day the letter from the 22 Catholics was released, Knox told Newsmax he was not anti-Catholic.
"I love the Catholic Church and love my Catholic sisters and brothers very much,” he said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for the Roman Catholic Church and for all the good that it does. I do think that we have a real disagreement about the role of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, both in the role of the church and in the role of public service."
“If Harry Knox truly loved the Catholic Church, the first thing he’d do is formally and publicly apologize to the Holy Father for his anti-Catholic bigotry,” Bozell said.
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Posted by CyberPastor at 12:55 PM
Sunday, May 17, 2009
H/T Pat Dollard.
Taking on the Taliban in pink boxer shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops is not regarded as conventional military uniform.
Especially when the shorts declare ‘I love New York’.
However when Zachary Boyd, 19, was woken up by a Taliban assault on his platoon he only had time to grab his weapon, helmet and body armour before springing into action.
Most of the time his appearance on the Afghanistan’s frontline would have gone unnoticed by the eyes of the world.
However, Boyd managed to pick the day when a photographer was on hand to capture him going into battle in the pink boxers, red t-shirt and flimsy footwear.
The image of the fight at Firebase Restrepo in the Korengal Valley of Kunar Province later ended up on the front page of The New York Times.
‘I knew he was a boxer guy. I knew that for sure. I did not know they were pink, and I didn’t know they said, ‘I love New York,’ father Tommy Boyd told his local Texas radio station WBAP.
‘After I saw the picture I just laughed for about five minutes.’
Boyd phoned his mother Sheree Boyd to warn her that he might be in the paper.
‘He said: “I hear the Times is what they put on the President’s desk”,’ she said.
‘Then he told us, “I may not have a job any more after the President has seen me out of uniform”.
‘It was typical. He has always been an interesting little character.’
Boyd, who graduated from Keller Central High School in 2007, decided to join the army because of the September 11 attacks.
He was promoted to the rank of Army Specialist last week.
HOOYAH Soldier! Get some!
H/T Pat Dollard.
With the nation’s top Democrat less than 12 hours away from delivering a controversial address to Notre Dame’s graduates, some protesters outside the Catholic university were wondering Saturday why President Obama’s Republican opposition hadn’t shown up from Washington.
Anti-abortion demonstrators are making their way to South Bend, Ind., by the busload this weekend to protest Obama’s support for abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research. They argue Notre Dame shouldn’t have invited Obama to speak or offered him an honorary degree.
Judy Zabick said she was “very upset because there’s not one politician here.”
Related: 19 Arrested At Notre Dame Protests
“And what an opportunity missed for the Republicans to take advantage of the passion and the devotion that these people have,” Zabick said. “Where are our leaders, not only in our church, but in our nation?”
One Republican exception was 2008 presidential candidate Alan Keyes, who remained jailed Saturday following his second arrest the day before for trespassing on Notre Dame’s campus.
As a member of the Independent Party, Zabick, along with her husband, Bob, and son, Michael, were among roughly 50 protesters who congregated on four corners at Angela Boulevard and Notre Dame Avenue, just outside the university’s gates.
Bob Zabick said he was more concerned with the lack of Catholic bishops publicly condemning the university’s decision to host President Obama. As of Friday, at least 74 Catholic bishops nationwide have voiced their disapproval.
“It’s words. We need their physical presence to do something,” he said. “Where are our bishops? Where are our shepherds? They’re supposed to be leading the flock, and where are they? You don’t see anyone out here.”
Pastor Joseph Larson, of the Doers of the Word Baptist Church of Missouri, stood just feet away with an enlarged, graphic image of an aborted fetus next to a quarter for size comparison. He was angered that he risked arrest if he ventured onto campus with the tabletop-sized sign.
“They didn’t want that inside,” Larson said. “So we’re bringing it out to the streets because the truth has to be told. A nation that destroys its own children has no future. That’s got to be the most common sense in the world.”
Andrew Beachum, of Elkhart, Ind., learned the hard way last Friday when he joined anti-abortion activist Randall Terry, who runs stopobamanotredame.com, and carried plastic dolls covered in fake blood on the campus.
“The constitution of Notre Dame says they’re willing to dialogue and be a school of free speech, but instead they arrested us,” Beachum said. “We were just praying, we weren’t being violent or anything.”
Meanwhile, Ashley Baldridge, a graduate student of biology at Notre Dame, said she was appalled by the “gory images” held by protesters like Larson.
“The attention here should be on the graduates and I don’t really like the spectacle created here,” she said. “All of the protesters are not from the Notre Dame community and I don’t like that people are putting gory images all over town and right at the gateway of our campus. It makes me sick.”
News flash Ashley. The "gory images" depict the un-Godly, heinous act of slaughtering the unborn. Don't like the pictures? DO something to stop the murder besides whining about people who are against abortion and trying to stop it.
Friday, May 15, 2009
H/T to Real Clear Politics.
Submitted by Trevor:
Rush: Pelosi Should "Break The Glass Ceiling" And Resign
Rush Limbaugh on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: "But we are going to learn soon, folks, if women are the equal of men. We are going to learn very soon if women can finally break the glass ceiling. And you know what the test is? Let me tell you what the test is. Will Nancy Pelosi resign as Speaker of the House? That's the test. Come on now, we've had two men resign as Speaker ... So if women really want equal treatment, if they really want to crash through that glass ceiling, there is no better benchmark than Nancy Pelosi taking herself and her place right alongside two men who resigned."
given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN , not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN , not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN , not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN , not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN , not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.
ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.
I'd be EXTREMELY proud if this email reached as many as possible. We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.
Cross posted from the Snooper Report.
Dear Democrats in Drag in the GOP/RNC Leadership positions,
Please stop sending me letters begging me for money. I am no longer a member of the Republican Party.
For years I was a member of the GOP because it was the closest political machine that represented my views as a Conservative Libertarian but that was too hard to explain to the idiots the federally run public indoctrination camps spits out these days, aka the Public School System. By the way, the American Public School System is unconstitutional. Try to locate the constitutionality of the Department of Education and what they are doing within the Constitution and I’ll go along with it. I won’t hold my breath.
I grow weary, no, I am past that stage. I am ultimately sick and tired of getting letters with the opening lines asking me if I have given up on the GOP. That’s a dumb question and tugging on my heart strings doesn’t work. I have more integrity than that and I do not live by emotion - emotion does not drive me, my intellect does and these kinds of form letters insult me. I am not an emotionally driven Democrat. So, please stop.
However, I do have emotions and it breaks my heart when I see this Nation slip into that abyss of obscurity because cowards will not stand for what they believe in and go along to get along.
I came home from a war and for the first time I realized what the Vietnam Veterans experienced - a country lost and wallowing in the primordial ooze of a lost identity and a lost mission. The United States Constitution that I fought and bled for means nothing to you, apparently. If it did mean something to you, and it should because all of you swore the same Oath I did, you would be addressing each and every Bill in the confines, edicts and restrictions set forth in our Founding Document. Yet and alas, you do not. Why is that?
I hear all of you debate and argue and not one of you - NOT ONE - even dare to mention the United States Constitution. Well, perhaps one of you does and, oddly enough, that is Senator Byrd that mentions it and waves it around before the CSPAN cameras and then promptly votes against it. Lip service disgusts me.
Well, perhaps Ron Paul does also but he is the wrong guy for the right message. He just so happens to be wrong about some key Constitutional issues but that’s for another day. And, you don’t care anyway.
And about that ill-founded statement about me abandoning the Republican Party. What Republican Party? The one going by the wayside of the Whigg Party, the Know Nothing Party? When I hear alleged Republicans say we have to move into the bigger tent and move further to the left, I have to ask myself, who is the idiot that is saying all of this? Move further to the left when others are saying that the GOP has moved to the far right? When did the GOP move into the Anarchist’s Camp? Did you do that while we were fighting the Jihadi? Is that why I hear we have to move left because we are all Anarchists now? What did I miss while I was fighting to keep you all warm and fuzzy at night?
Perhaps you are all referring to those neocons. You know, those Democrats that moved into the GOP because they knew that running as a Conservative would guarantee a win and the Democrats, to this day, run “conservatives” against the “liberal” Republicans…and WIN. And you guys put a liberal Republican, ie John
McCain up against another seasoned liberal? To what end? How did that work out for you and the Nation?
Does it make you proud that now, at this moment, a known Jihadi sympathizer, a known Communist is now in the position of acting President of the United States? An unknown? A nobody? A liberal so far to the left that Stalin would be proud? And you want to move FURTHER to the left? Have you lost your minds? And you ask me if I have abandoned you? You ask me if I have given up? You ask me for donations so that you can win elections by moving further to the left? I was, in fact, born in the early morning hours but, it wasn’t yesterday morning.
I have watched time and time again as the RNC/GOP machine embrace, coddle, promote and support known liberal Republicans and have watched each one fail and lose elections or re-elections. I witnessed my Senator, John Cornyn, throw all of his weight behind that democrat in drag Arlen Specter. When I heard that, I fired off a letter telling Senator Cornyn that the last election was my last vote for him and now he is doing the same with yet another democrat in drag that is all of a sudden, like McCain, Graham and Cantor, talking about “conservatism” like they believe in it and live it. Please. I can spot a liar from 10 clicks. Cornyn is now supporting and throwing his weight behind Crist. Who has abandoned whom? You have got to be kidding me. Is Crist now going to defect to the Democrat Party like Arlen Specter did? He should.
What the RNC/GOP leadership ought to do but doesn’t have the moral fortitude to do, is purge the GOP of the democrats in drag and have their Party membership revoked, their membership cards sent through the shredder and have them take their neocon (old democrat) selves back to their first love, the Democrat Party.
At least the enemy can be identified once more. It is nearly impossible to win a battle when the enemy cannot be clearly defined.
I watch and behold grown men and women make fools of themselves in both parties acting like spoiled brats caring for one thing and one thing only - winning an election at all costs. With a complete disregard for the United States Constitution, both parties go after each other in a power struggle because one Party says they can do a better job than the other and neither is worth the powder to blow them all to hell. Neither Party argues or debates their policies with the Constitution in mind.
When I witness people like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid say in the public domain, "The will of the Congress will be done" or, "The will of the Congress has been heard" and no one challenges them on that, something is seriously wrong and I have to question the mental capacity of those that have sworn to protect and defend the United States Constitution. Last I knew, it was the will of We The People that WILL be done and WILL be heard.
Annieb and I are away from home at a 2-day seminar, and I don't have the time needed to totally address this situation, but I wanted to take a couple of minutes to discuss this topic and then send you over to Snooper's "The Snooper Report" to get more details on the specifics for the reason behind the headline. Here are the links:
As the founder of "Do The Right Thing", I call on Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi to immediately tend her resignation not only as SOH, but also as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, for the repeated lying about and now attempting to throw the C.I.A under the bus to cover up what she knew about interrogation techniques used in the government war on terror.
Ironic, that I fully support the C.I.A. which Pelosi obviously did when she was informed of what was going on and the need to keep America safe was at a premium. All she had to do was tell the truth or just not lie about what she knew and when she knew it.
Nancy, you can't have it both ways. Either you were for it or you were against it, and either way -- you lied!!!!
Resign immediately --- this one won't just go away!!
Pastor Ed Boston
Founder: Do The Right Thing
PS. I speak only for myself on this matter and not for the Cyber Crew as I've not had the opportunity to poll our members - but I'm pretty sure that I would have 100% support on this call for Pelosi to step aside.
Cyber Crew, comments are welcome -- others too!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The pictures above give one answer. Please visit; http://www.jpfo.org/filegen-a-m/2a-today-download.htm
There are no simple or easy answers. Speculation abounds on both sides of the argument.
The U.S. military provides an oath sworn at the time of induction that all who join take. It states;
I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.The essential element of the oath is that it is an oath to protect the Constitution. It is not an oath to protect the federal government or follow orders of the president or anyone else in authority if their actions violate the Constitution.
What is interesting here are the implications. The oath taker swears to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. Unsaid, though implied, is that if the federal government and/or the president become enemies of the Constitution through their actions, the oath taker is compelled to defend against them.
If the federal government becomes your enemy, you can count on being classified as an enemy to them. Reference the recent DHS document making anybody that disagrees with the government or the president, an extremist, especially you pesky right wingers. The DHS document can be read here at Snooper Report.
For instance if, some speculate when, martial law is declared, there will likely be a very thin line that both citizen and soldier alike will have to decide whether or not they will cross. The citizen will have to decide if he wants to subject himself to the will of the military...or not.
The soldier will have to make the same choice...
So it bears the question, if the country collapses into anarchy and chaos, what are you as a citizen or a soldier or a police officer prepared to do?
I believe some would turn their weapons on citizens. They will just follow orders without thinking. It has been done in the past. Citizens will likely turn their own weapons on the miltary if that happens. There are 80 million gun owners in America by conservative estimates. That number is probably much higher. The bloodshed would be appalling.
The military is only as strong as the chain of command that is based upon clear moral authority. An un-Constitutional act would likely result in that moral clarity dissolving and the authority of leadership being put in question.
Some will state, correctly so, that many un-Constitutional acts have already taken place by our government. One has merely to read headlines. Of course it helps to know exactly what is actually written in the Constitution. Too many of our fellow countrymen don't have a clue, including elected officials who, one would assume, supposedly know the Constitution.
Don't count on it.
Educate yourself about the Constitution. Read it and comprehend what is written there. It could mean the difference between making an informed decision and one that is merely reactionary.
With the dissolving of moral clarity and authority, many in the military will question orders and missions. They may be faced with life or death decisions. These men and women are possessed with an above average dedication and loyalty to this nation. That alone will make some pause to consider orders to shoot American citizens, if it ever comes to that.
The oath they swore was to defend the Constitution and it's people. NOT to defend the government or elected officials if they make themselves an enemy of the Constitution and we the people.
The military will certainly take two actions if a worst case scenario ensues:
1. Protect strategic weapons and delivery systems from all incursions. There will be no questions asked, and no allegiances will be tolerated except to the Constitution.
2. The world and the enemies outside our borders will be put on notice that any attempt by them to interfere with our internal fight will be met with severe consequences, up to and including the use of nuclear weapons.On the one hand it is encouraging to know that U.S. soldiers take their oath of service very seriously and that they would likely question orders to suppress or fire upon U.S. citizens.
On the other hand, the fact that an organization like Oath Keepers was seen as necessary is frightening to many.
Visit Oath Keepers
"This is a Constitutional Republic, with the whole point being to secure and protect the pre-existing, unalienable rights of people. Those rights can be abused and violated by the one, the few, or the many and so a Constitutional Republic strives to shield those rights against all arbitrary power, including the power of the majority.We know that several thousand U.S troops have been actively training for urban warfare within our borders. Many see that as a sign of what may be in our future. Is it?
This is not rule by the majority, but rule by law, with the supreme law being a Constitution that intentionally divides and limits power, with a Bill of Rights added as an additional shield to protect you against the will of the majority or the will of powerful politicians." ~Stewart Rhodes--Oath Keepers~
Whose version of the Constitution of the United States will you abide by?
Statist will tell you that the Constituion must be constantly re-interpreted to comply with ever evolving societal changes. Bravo Sierra.
The Constituion was written in plain english for the common man and does not need interpretation. Argue about it all you like, I could give a damn.
The oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, was valid when it was given to me so many years ago. It is still. Count on it.
What will you do?