Monday, February 27, 2012
Several articles within the past week are warning that America is headed toward another recession.
A Moneynews article today reported: “A jump in energy prices is jamming the slow-turning cogs of an economic recovery in the West, but that may be nothing compared to the economic shock an Israeli attack on Iran would cause.” With the threats by Iran to close the Straits of Hormuz, nations relying on Middle East oil are reacting in fear.
Harry Dent, author of the new book The Great Crash Ahead, says another stock market crash is coming due to a bad ending to the global debt bubble. He has pulled back on his earlier prediction of a crash in 2012, as central banks around the world have been flooding markets with money, giving stocks an artificial short-term boost. But a crash is coming in 2013 or 2014, he warns. "This will be a repeat of 2008-09, only bigger, when it finally hits," Dent told USA TODAY.
Robert Prechter, author of Conquer the Crash, is still bearish. He says today's economy has similarities to the Great Depression and warns that 1930s-style deflation is still poised to cause financial havoc.
Mary Bruce of ABC OTUS News warned after a White House statement that, “President Obama's 2013 budget, which will land with a thud on Congress' doorstep Monday, shows the price the country continues to pay for the recession, projecting a deficit of $1.3 trillion for 2012 . . . Under the administration's tax and spending proposals, the deficit would fall to $901 billion next year.”
See the following articles for more details on these warnings:
Obama'sBudget Forecasts $1.3 Trillion Deficit-ABC News/Yahoo News
So, what are we to do about this fine turn of events? Buy gold, get out of the market, and/or pray?
The last is probably our best choice although the others are also good choices. God told His people that, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV).
After all, it is the lack of prayer and obedience to God that has gotten us into this fix in the first place!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem has been in the news lately. Interest in events taking place before the Third Temple can be build is running high:
- Muslims are working to destroy any evidence of earlier Jewish possession of the Temple Mount.
- Jews are striving to access the Temple Mount to re-institute sacrifices.
- Some Israeli Jews are calling for purification of Temple Mount from the enemies of Israel.
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Saturday, February 18, 2012
In my new book, Spiritual Tsunami: Bible Prophecy and World Events are Converging; I close all but the last chapter with the words, “But God . . .!” The world events identified in the book are so dark and potentially negative that I wanted to remind my readers that, no matter what may happen, it doesn’t happen unless it is in God’s timing and plan for the end times.
The last chapter notes, “And God! To encourage readers that, if believers are faithful to Him, it all will turn out well in the end. At the last, believers win! Non-believers will need fire-proof bathing suits to equip them for a swim in the Lake of Fire. Sounds harsh, but scripture says that is what will take place as a direct consequence of man’s preoccupation with selfish desires instead of seeking to fulfill their destiny of living in the image of God.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
In his 2009 book, Shadow Government, author Grant R. Jeffrey reveals the results of his research into efforts by world governments, primarily the U.S. government, and the initiatives of the United Nations (UN) to collect data on every person on the planet. Recent articles in the media and on the Internet show a number of projects that are actually are performing the collection of the data as this is written:
- Signals intelligence through satellites, tapping of communications, Eschelon recording and analysis of communication content.
- Camera collection of live images, face recognition, video recording.
- Detection of personal information through Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) scanning.
- Data mining of computer databases and filtering for specific information using key words.
- Monitoring of Internet social networks.
- Tracking Internet communications
- Tracking cell phone locations
- Use of overhead drone aircraft within our borders
Interesting news articles illustrating surveillance include:
- FBI plans social network map alert mash-up application—BBC News-Technology
- FBI releases plans to monitor social networks—NewScientist
- Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites—NewScientist
- Social Media Application—Federal Business Opportunities website
- DOJ Wants to Know Who’s Rejecting Your Friend Requests—Electronic Frontier Foundation
If you are not scared yet, you haven't been paying attention. Privacy in America or the world is a foreign concept!
Now, on a positive note, such surveillance of terrorists, law-breakers, and such is necessary to keep us safe.
But who is to say when the government will label normal citizens, who may disagree with the policies set, as terrorists or worse? Remember when the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and Homeland Security labeled anyone who had served in the military, owned guns, or was religious as terrorists?
We must do what scripture encourages in 2 Chronicles 7:14 to pray and seek God for deliverance!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
To obnubilate means to darken or obscure. It derives from the latin, nubus, which means cloud.
We find this reflected in the Bible in 1 Corinthians 13:12, where Paul writes, “Now we see through a glass darkly,” indicating a bad picture or obscured picture.
Obama is a master at obnubilation! His latest pronouncement: that religious entities will not have to pay for contraception, abortions or the “morning after” pill is a masterful deception and fraud upon the citizens of this nation!
He says that the insurance companies will pick up the cost of such things. Where will they get the money to do this? From the same religious organizations that are resisting the requirement based upon their religious and moral determinations! There is no miracle pot of money that will pay for it outside of raising the insurance rates for the American public as a whole. Such amortization of these costs over the entire insured population of the nation is as unjust as imposing a mandate upon religious organizations to violate their religious beliefs.
Obama is grossly ignoring the provisions of the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, which states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The Free Exercise clause says, “Congress shall make no law . . . prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It has usually been interpreted to mean that religious organizations may set their own rules regarding matters of faith.
Contraception and abortion are matters of faith for religious organizations. For Obama to decide unilaterally that such things are exclusively subject to governmental rules is arrogance of the highest order and a violation of the 1st Amendment.
In the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart, the protagonist, George Bailey (played by Stewart), is confronted by the question of what would the world be like if he had never been born.
Old man Potter, the stingy, angry banker in competition in with the Bailey Building and Loan run by the Bailey family, has designs on shutting down the Building and Loan. George Bailey is led by an angel (Second Class) to see how the world would be if George had never been born: his brother would be dead; Gower the pharmacist would be a total drunk; George’s wife, Mary, would be a spinster; and the nice little town of Bedford Falls would be a depraved, morally bankrupt town called Potterville.
Our nation is no longer Bedford Falls—it has become Potterville. From being the place for hard-earned freedoms to reign, children to be raised with solid moral values, traditional family values to be celebrated, with politics based on “We the People,” we have instead become a place for corruption and low morals to have full sway.
With Potter-like leadership, consumed with personal interest and benefit, we have declined in global stature and value, no longer representing the sound Biblical ideals which we formerly represented.
To return America to something of the former, we must strive to replace existing leadership in the three branches of government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. This daunting task must become the supreme focus of the citizens of this once great nation. Failing in this task will simply affirm that God has other plans for us and might well signal the demise of America as a world power. Until that happens, all voting Americans must be active in the selection of elected officials and vocal in the choices for appointed judiciary. Staying silent and uninvolved is not going to cut it!
The ideal would be to replace all incumbent elected leadership with new leadership committed to restoration of the United States to a functioning, solidly constitutional government in line with the framers’ original intent. Most, if not all, of existing political positions are currently held by people who serve their own interests instead of the interests of their electorate. Political office should be to serve the public for a season and not as a life-work.
The same goes for the staffs of the incumbents who have made a career of maintaining the status quo.
This may only end up having the same effect as flatulence in a windstorm, but, if there is to be any substantive change, we must work diligently to accomplish it. Otherwise, we will continue to have more of the same ineffective leadership in government and end up with more Potterville.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The administration’s not-so-subtle attempts to control every aspect of American life: religion, free-speech, military intervention against citizens, and attempts at illegal search and seizure. Information is king and mirrors some of the techniques that will be used by the Antichrist during the Tribulation.
Sleight of Hand
Illusionists use tricks of distraction and deception to mask what they are really doing. So, the Obama administration, aided by sycophants in Congress, the media, and deceived followers, is taking advantage of a gullible, trusting public to mold our society into his vision. This vision has been shaped by such fine, upstanding citizens (he says with tongue firmly planted in his cheek) as Bill Ayres, Bernadette Dorn, Jeremiah Wright, George Soros, and their ilk.
The words he speaks; as long as they are first presented on a teleprompter and craftily word-smithed, are being accepted as true by the masses. Figures lie and liars figure is an accepted adage of modern times.
For example, the unemployment statistics produced and celebrated by the government as proof of the success of their policies look and sound good. That is, until one examines the assumptions undergirding them. The 8% the nation is crowing over is, in reality, closer to 21% unemployment when one considers the fake assumptions the published statistic is based upon. The low published number ignores that the following are not considered part of the workforce:
1. Persons Under 16
3. Non-Civilian Population (Armed Forces)
4. Persons who do not have jobs, and who have not been actively seeking work in the prior 4 weeks.
The average American cannot decipher the arcane comments in the February Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics report published February 3, 2012.
For instance, what does the Bureau mean when it reports on a household survey:
The unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point in January to 8.3 percent; the rate has fallen by 0.8 point since August. (See table A-1.) The number of unemployed persons declined to 12.8 million in January. (See the note and tables B and C for information about annual population adjustments to the household survey estimates.)
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.7 percent) and blacks (13.6 percent) declined in January. The unemployment rates for adult women (7.7 percent), teenagers (23.2 percent), whites (7.4 percent), and Hispanics (10.5 percent) were little changed. The jobless rate for Asians was 6.7 percent, not seasonally adjusted. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)
In January, the number of job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs fell to 7.3 million. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 5.5 million and accounted for 42.9 percent of the unemployed. (See tables A-11 and A-12.)
After accounting for the annual adjustments to the population controls, the employment-population ratio (58.5 percent) rose in January, while the civilian labor force participation rate held at 63.7 percent. (See table A-1. For additional information about the effects of the population adjustments, see table C.)
The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons, at 8.2 million, changed little in January. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job. (See table A-8.)
If you are a genuine masochist and want to set your head spinning, you may find the report at: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm
John Williams at Shadow Government Statistics shows an unemployment rate in the mid-20s percentile. See http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts for more information and an opportunity to subscribe to his newsletter.
Back to Sleight of Hand
In the last century and before, the rule called Caveat Emptor (let the buyer beware) was pretty much a universal rule for commerce.
The Obama posse has become adept at diverting attention from their real agenda to change America into a socialist nation with control firmly resting in the hands of the government. When Rahm Emanuel served as Obama’s chief of staff, he continually referred to the value of stirring up enough things that they could take advantage of in their efforts to remake the United States in the image of Marx, Lenin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, et al. Emanual thinks that in chaos there is victory.
We can look to Obama to be involved in so many efforts that the average American will be unable to keep up and he will be able to pull off the illusionary diversions masking his true purpose. He’s already got us so concerned with losing our jobs or income.
Is Someone Buying Protection for Obama?
With the obfuscation surrounding the birth documentation of the president and his subsequent life, can it be that there are wealthy individuals buying off ethically-challenged people and organizations which possess the data? It is interesting that, so far, no one has had the courage to come out with anything to counter the assertions of the president. To date, no substantive proof has been revealed to establish Obama’s fairy tales as being true.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
With Iran threatening to block the Straits of Hormuz and doing a second military exercise in as many weeks, fear of possible attacks on Israel and Jews throughout the world by Iran’s Hezbollah terrorist arm, tension remains high in the region.
Russia and China’s blocking of a UN resolution censoring Syria’s president Assad for his “disdain for human life and dignity" urged by President Obama effectively sidetracked a move by Obama to take a global leadership role in the Middle East tensions.
In a report by the Associated Press, Obama said, “The Syrian regime's policy of maintaining power by terrorizing its people only indicates its inherent weakness and inevitable collapse." He went on to say, "Assad has no right to lead Syria, and has lost all legitimacy with his people and the international community."
To the Syrian people, Obama pledged U.S. support and vowed to work with them to build a better future in their country.
Is there another motive in President Obama’s mind beyond reduction of tensions? This is an election year and he may be just seeking to appear “presidential and leaderly,” to win re-election. His global reputation, and the reputation of the United States, is not high. It may need enhancing.
Only time will reveal the real truth beyond the asserted truth.
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