Friday, April 24, 2015

New York City Establishes Gay High School

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New York City Establishes Gay High School

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Controversy exploded in the United States when New York City public education officials announced the opening of a new high school for “gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered youth,” which they designate by the acronym GLBT.
Named Harvey Milk High School, after an openly gay San Francisco city supervisor who was assassinated in 1978, the school actually began in 1984. Now, however, officials, using taxpayer dollars, are renovating a building for the exclusive use of the GLBT school, which will open with 100 students this fall.
The school's first official principal, William Salzman, says, “The school will be a model for the country and possibly for the world.”
The city's rationale for creating the school is that children with these sexual orientations are not safe in regular public schools, where they suffer violent harassment from other students. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the Associated Press, “I think everybody feels that it's a good idea because some of the kids who are gay and lesbian have been constantly harassed and beaten in other schools.”
However, not “everybody” feels it's a good idea.
Joseph Farah comments: “I don't believe this would be happening now without the U.S. Supreme Court decision invalidating the anti-sodomy law in Texas. Now the homosexual activists are working at a fever pitch to transform Western civilization. Indoctrinating the next generation is an important step in that process…
“Do you see where our culture is headed? Do you now understand what Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was warning about in his dissent in the Texas sodomy case?”
—Sources: Mark Goebel, “New York Expands GLBT Public School,” July 28, 2003, PlanetOut Corporation; Joseph Farah, “The 1st Homosexual School,” July 29, 2003, WorldNetDaily.com.

Five Flakes: The Treasonous GOP Senators Voting For Lynch—And Amnesty

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Five Flakes: The Treasonous GOP Senators Voting For Lynch—And Amnesty

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AG Nominee Lynch is not the real problem. The problem is the collection of Flakes in the GOP leadership.
It appears the GOP Congressional Leadership has finally caved on Loretta Lynch. The party bosses have resolved a dispute over abortion holding up a human trafficking bill that was being used to delay a vote on Lynch. After being accused of being opposed to “women” for the last few weeks, Senate Majority Mitch McConnell has reportedly cracked (again) and will now allow a confirmation vote [Senate reaches deal to vote on AG nominee Loretta Lynch, by Alexander Bolton, The Hill, April 21, 2015].
But the responsibility doesn’t lie solely with McConnell. Even though Lynch’s record on race is exactly what one would expect from Eric Holder’s hand-picked successor and she will continue Obama’s unlawful Amnesty, several Republican Senators have already declared they will vote for Loretta Lynch. And as you might expect, the same Senators who won’t vote against Lynch are the same Senators who won’t do anything about Amnesty.
The five openly declared Lynch supporters in the Republican Party include:
  • Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Graham may be running for President but despite that, he is still openly defending Amnesty [Lindsey Graham on 2016, Immigration and Israel, by Beth Reinhard, Wall Street Journal, April 20, 2015]. A Gang of Eight co-sponsor, it’s not surprising he is eager to support Lynch. Graham’s strategy to confront Obama’s unilateral Amnesty was to fully fund it and leave it to the courts figure it out [Sen. Lindsey Graham is the White House’s favorite Republican for funding Amnesty, by Conn Carroll, Townhall, February 23, 2015].
Graham made his priorities quite clear during Lynch’s confirmation hearings. While America’s Senator, Jeff Sessions grilled Lynch on her willingness to back Obama’s executive Amnesty orders, Graham led a line of questioning about… online gambling, which his megabillionaire backer and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson strongly opposes. (Adelson, needless to say, also supports Amnesty.)
  • Illinois Senator Mark Kirk
Kirk is a member of the liberal “Main Street Republicans” group and has a poor record on immigration, with a lifetime C rating from NumbersUSA. Kirk claimed to oppose Obama’s executive Amnesty—but only because it robbed Republicans of a chance to pass a “bipartisan” bill doing more or less the same thing. He then voted to fund it anyway [Sen. Mark Kirk: Opposed Obama’s Amnesty before voting for it, Numbers USA, January 22, 2015]
  • Utah Senator Orrin Hatch
Incredibly, Hatch says that he is supporting Lynch because the Justice Department “needs new leadership” [Hatch Moves to Support Lynch, Hatch Senate Website, Accessed April 21, 2015]. This is par for the course for Hatch, who has a record of announcing support for far-Left Democrats and then acting surprised when they predictably attack Republicans. “I start with the premise that the president deserves the benefit of the doubt. I don’t think politics should be played with the attorney general,” he told The Hill in 2009. Just as Hatch is now supporting Lynch, he supported Eric Holder in the interest of “comity,” even though Holder’s future anti-White activities as Attorney General were easy to predict.
Not surprisingly, Hatch, who has a C lifetime rating from Numbers USA, also claimed to oppose Obama’s unilateral Amnesty before voting to support it [Sen. Orrin Hatch: Opposed Obama’s Amnesty Before Voting for it, Numbers USA, January 19, 2015].
  • Arizona Senator Jeff Flake
The appropriately-named Jeff Flake is a long-standing immigration enthusiast back to when he was co-sponsoring legislation alongside Luis Gutierrez in order to bring in more immigrants. Not long ago, there were even suspicions that he was preparing to switch parties. A member of the Gang of Eight, Flake muttered some dissent about the legality of Obama’s unilateral Amnesty, before voting in support of it [Sen: Jeff Flake: Opposed Obama’s Amnesty before voting for it, Numbers USA, January 12, 2015]
  • Maine Senator Susan Collins
Susan Collins said she found Lynch to be “very impressive and I think she deserves to be confirmed.” Of course, Collins also tried to frame this as a way to get rid of Holder more quickly [Lynch nomination to replace Holder coming up in Senate next week, by Kathleen Hunter, Bloomberg, March 10, 2015].
But Collins also voted to end debate on the Gang of Eight’s Amnesty bill in 2013, which helped push the bill toward passage. She did rhetorically condemn Obama’s unilateral Amnesty because it “is undermining our constitutional separation of powers.” However, when the time came to vote in support of Ted Cruz’s point of order which would have opposed Obama’s action on constitutional grounds, Collins voted against Cruz and in support of Obama. Senator Collins has a lifetime C- record according to Numbers USA, and she’s getting worse with each passing year.
What’s particularly disgusting about all of this is that even “respectable” conservatives have plenty of cover. The Heritage Foundation says that the Senate must vote “No” especially “when a nominee supports actions that go beyond the executive’s constitutional authority,” as Lynch does. [“No” on the Confirmation of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General, Heritage Action for America, March 2, 2015]. Even National Review has editorialized against the Lynch nomination [Resist the Lynch nomination, National Review, January 29, 2015].
And the Main Stream Media has highlighted other important reasons to oppose Lynch becoming the Attorney General. U.S. News & World Report noted: “There are serious allegations that prosecutors in her office – the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York – made use of secret dockets, denied the victims of crime the opportunity to pursue restitution as required by federal law, and committed other abuses.” [Block Loretta Lynch’s Confirmation, by Peter Roff, February 5, 2015].
Lynch was also heavily implicated in the massive money -laundering scandal involving banking giant HSBC. As U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Lynch agreed to drop charges against HSBC officials in return for its paying a fine [HSBC Whistleblower spills Lynch Evidence To Senate, by Jerome Corsi, WND, February 18, 2015]. Testimony on all of this was presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Politically, it’s hard to see the downside of opposing an Obama nominee because she allegedly protected corrupt bankers.
But Lynch would be the country’s first black female Attorney General. Not many Republicans want to vote against that. Lynch also comes from a humble family background, which gives her a narrative that can be eagerly promoted if this battle is drawn out any further [After forging her path from N.C. to Brooklyn, Lynch is poised to become attorney general, by Sari Horwitz, Washington Post, January 26, 2015].
And while the MSM is largely shying away from her role in banking scandals, it celebrates how she helped prosecute the Lufthansa heist immortalized in the movie “Goodfellas” [Loretta Lynch Versus the Goodfellas, by James Oliphant, National Journal, December 12, 2014].
What all of this shows is how talk of a Republican “majority” is deeply misleading when it comes to immigration. While the Democrats remain utterly united and fanatically dedicated to the goal of importing more Third World immigrants, the GOP cannot keep its caucus on the same side even when it comes to voting against Eric Holder’s chosen heir in the very office that will be used to administer Obama’s unilateral Amnesty.
Instead of a two-party system, we really have a “one and a half” party system, where monolithic Democrats and a rump of the Republicans can always be counted on to go along with more immigration.
And Republicans are so intimidated of being regarded as “racist” or “sexist” that they insist on acting like gentlemen even as Democrats ceaselessly campaign against them as vile bigots.
The solution: either purge the Republican party of immigration supporters—or starting a new party altogether. But both of these ambitious goals share the same prerequisite—stopping immigration must be at the center of any reconstituted American Right. Anything less is just preparation for more failure.
After all, as the Lynch vote clearly shows, a “majority” composed of Flakes isn’t worth much of anything at all.
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Patriot Day: The Road to Infamy

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The Road to Infamy


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He was a successful businessman and a war hero. But then something went terribly wrong.

Things looked bleak for the fledgling American Revolution. After Bunker Hill the Continental Army seemed to lose every encounter with the British. The revolution was in need of a hero.
Ben, a Connecticut lad, was a leading merchant in the colony. He not only ran a successful mercantile, but owned a fleet of ships and was an accomplished sea captain. His sense of honor and business acumen gave him an aura of confidence. Acquaintances said he appeared arrogant, and he occasionally sought solutions through dueling.
As his business fortunes rose so did his resentment of British taxation. Smuggling was an acceptable means to evade taxation. Ben became an outspoken leader of the liberty movement. His articulate and passionate letters appeared in local newspapers.
When war broke out Ben was elected captain of the local militia. He promptly organized them into an effective fighting force and presented a bold plan for seizing the British forts at Crown Point and Ticonderoga. The plan was accepted and the expedition successful, although Ben was in constant conflict with fellow officers.
Because of the nation's lack of hard currency, Ben spent a large sum of personal money financing the campaign. Added to his financial hardships was the tragedy of his wife's sudden death. Ben contained his sorrow by dedicating himself to the revolution.
About this time Ben caught the attention of George Washington. The General saw through Ben's bluster and tactlessness and recognized him as a leader and good tactician. Ben had come up with a plan to invade Canada and make it a fourteenth colony. Washington gave him the pick of the army.
The hardships of the Canadian expedition were overwhelming. Upon reaching Quebec Ben's troops united with another column under General Richard Montgomery. In the ensuing battle Montgomery was killed and Ben wounded. During the harsh winter retreat, Ben's leadership held the army together.
Returning home, Ben found himself faced with charges because he had forced Canadian merchants to give food to his starving army. To his wounded pride this was a bitter pill. He demanded an inquiry, and, after an investigation, the charges were dropped.
Without a command, and on his own initiative, Ben constructed a small fleet of ships on Lake Champlain. In October 1776 he attacked and defeated a larger British fleet. A few days later Ben and a small group of men held off the British fleet from a scuttled ship while the Americans retreated.
By now Ben had been promoted to brigadier general. He was sure that he was next in line for promotion to major general. The Continental Congress, being politicians, felt that generals should be more evenly distributed from among all the colonies. New England, they felt, had more than its share. So the next major generals would have to come from the southern colonies.
Ben was livid and resigned in response to this decision. However, Washington convinced him to stay. Because Ben was instrumental in defeating a British force in battle, Congress was obliged to give him the promotion. But there was no army for him to command. Ben got into an argument with his commanding officer and was fired. He enlisted as a common soldier and was seriously wounded in the Second Battle of Saratoga.
As he recovered Ben was given command of the garrison in Philadelphia. Tired after having spent much of his personal fortune on the war effort, as well as having been wounded twice, Ben decided to enjoy the fruits of his labors. Ben lived extravagantly. It wasn't long until British sympathizers used his lifestyle to bring charges against him. He was commanded to appear before a court martial.
Ben was exonerated on all charges, given a mild reprimand to please the politicians, and given back his command. But this was the last straw. The young patriot, ablest of generals and loved by his men, became bitter, disillusioned, and it was at this point that Ben...Benedict Arnold...betrayed his country.
Mention the name of Benedict Arnold today and nobody remembers his victories and bravery, only the crime of treason.

The seeds of disillusionment

What causes a person to betray his own ideals? For a person to betray everything he loves and believes he must first feel betrayed.
Benedict Arnold felt stabbed in the back by jealous fellow officers. He had charges brought against him by British sympathizers. Congress refused to refund money he had spent out of his pocket for war expenses. Eventually, he convinced himself that the leaders of the revolution were incompetent and he lost faith in the cause of liberty.
Once we allow bitterness over another person's actions or words to set in we become consumed with self-justice. Arnold's disillusionment in the revolution was rooted in his concern with personal injustices both real and perceived. Always a prideful man, Arnold's pride became more important than his values.
Pride is a great deceiver. It makes us forget our goal and centers our attention on what we feel we deserve because of our own effort and sacrifice. It changes the focus from how we treat others to how others treat us. Issues are replaced with personalities. Character, the internal force to do right, becomes easily manipulated by a drive to be vindicated no matter what the price.
A wise man once wrote, "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom" (Proverbs:11:2 NIV).

When you feel betrayed

All of us have been misused or betrayed by a family member, friend, employer, organization, even a church. We can internalize the hurt caused by others until the memory of betrayal controls our thoughts and emotions. At times we allow the faults or abuse of others to weaken our commitment to our own values or even our faith in God.
A Canaanite woman came to Jesus asking for her daughter to be healed. Imagine her surprise when Jesus ignored her. His disciples asked Jesus to send her away. Jesus finally addressed her by saying, "It is not good to take the children's bread and give it to the little dogs."
If anyone ever seemed to have the "right" to feel betrayed it was this woman. Jesus, the one many claimed was the Messiah, had ignored her. His disciples were rude and seemed prejudiced against Canaanites. She could have become disillusioned, claiming Jesus to be a fraud.
Instead, she answered, "True, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." Jesus commended her faith and healed her daughter (Matthew:15:21-28). The Canaanite woman's faith couldn't be swayed by the actions of others. She was too aware of her total dependency upon God.
If beliefs and values are based in spiritual reality, they can't be changed by the imperfections of people. Benedict Arnold felt betrayed by human beings. He responded by betraying his own values and ideals. He serves as a warning on the road to infamy.

EARTH DAY:Prominent Conservationists Call for Immigration Reductions in New Book

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Prominent Conservationists Call for Immigration Reductions in New Book

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Some of the most prominent immigration-reduction voices in the country are featured in a new book titled Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation. The new book, a collection of essays about the environmental consequences of overpopulation, includes some significant voices for reducing immigration in order to stabilize U.S. population.

Many of Life on the Brink’s contributors have also been advisors to the series of sprawl studies published by NumbersUSA. These authors confront challenges posed by mass immigration and overpopulation that others in politics, the media, and many environmental organizations refuse to acknowledge.

This book is particularly important as the U.S. environmental community has abandoned U.S. population stabilization as goal. The fact that immigration is a large contributor to unsustainable population growth has driven many environmental organizations to completely drop U.S. population from their agendas -- a far cry from the first Earth Day when population stabilization was central to the national environmental agenda.

Life on the Brink editor Phillip Cafaro is the president of Progressives for Immigration Reform’s Board of Directors, one of the few progressive organizations that calls for an end to mass immigration in an effort to stabilize population and preserve a sustainable quality of life for future generations. Cafaro is a professor of philosophy at Colorado State University and co-editor Eileen Crist is a professor of environmental studies at Virginia Tech. Both hope to re-ignite the overpopulation discussion in this country, including addressing immigration’s contributions to the problem.

When speaking about immigration policies, Cafaro notes the lack of thought U.S. lawmakers give to the population component, questioning whether Congress is listening to the voices of its constituents. He says Washington is considering new immigration laws that could add tens of millions more people to the U.S. in the coming decades without any discussion of whether more population growth is smart, or fits into the wishes of Americans.

One of the book’s contributors, Leon Kolankiewicz, has co-authored many studies published by NumbersUSA that quantify the role of immigration-driven population growth in the urban sprawl in the U.S. that causes major loss of open spaces and deforestation along with overcrowding of cities and highways.

Kolankiewicz provided this excerpt from the book description:
"Life on the Brink aspires to reignite a robust discussion of population issues among environmentalists, environmental studies scholars, policymakers, and the general public. Some of the leading voices in the American environmental movement restate the case that population growth is a major force behind many of our most serious ecological problems, including global climate change, habitat loss and species extinctions, air and water pollution, and food and water scarcity. As we surpass seven billion world inhabitants, contributors argue that ending population growth worldwide and in the United States is a moral imperative that deserves renewed commitment."

Contributors include Paul Ehrlich, Captain Paul Watson (of “Whale Wars”), former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm, environmental activists Dave Foreman, Stephanie Mills, Tim Palmer, former and current Worldwatch Institute presidents Lester Brown and Robert Engelman, and thirteen others. They explore the whole range of difficult moral and political issues surrounding population policy sparingly addressed in today’s mainstream dialogue.

If mass immigration policies are not changed, the U.S. population is expected to reach 618 million people by 2100, almost doubling our current population.

“Pursuing environmentalism without addressing our ever-increasing population is an exercise in politically-correct futility,” states Cafaro. “If environmentalists refuse to engage with population issues, we are going to have to say goodbye to most of what we have worked to protect.”

You can read more about the book or oder a copy for yourself from University of Georgia's Press website.

You can also order a copy of Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation from Amazon.
MELANIE OUBRE is the Local Activism Coordinator for NumbersUSA
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

This Is The Way... "God Hasn't Told Me to Leave"

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This Is The Way... "God Hasn't Told Me to Leave"


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If you only have men who will come only if there is a good road, I do not want them. I want those who will come if there is no road at all.

Right now, the little country of Haiti is on the world's radar screen for at least a couple of weeks. Once again, this one-time financial jewel of the long-ago French Empire has had another change of government, which is about as common as the annual hurricane season.
The most impoverished nation in the western hemisphere is once again experiencing a frightening cycle of violence and destruction.
By the time you read this column, the nation of Haiti and its inhabitants may already be fading into the recesses of our minds as the bigger headlines of the American political season, a potential trade war between the European Union and America, issues over Iraq and the same-sex marriage phenomenon claim the bold type on our news pages. Awareness of Haiti's plight will again dim for perhaps a few more years until the next volcanic eruption of spoil, greed and corruption spews from a would-be dictator.
Values that guide beyond the bullets
But I've got a story to tell you that can't wait. It is a story of courage—of men and women with a calling that moves beyond common sense. This is a sense of duty based on faith toward God and devotion to those less fortunate. As I was thumbing through the front section of my Saturday newspaper, skimming over the headlines, I came upon an article that grabbed my attention. It made me ask, "What would I do?"
The article, which appeared in the Los Angeles Times of Feb. 28, is titled "Standing on Faith, Some U.S. Citizens Stay in Haiti." Times staff writer John-Thor Dahlburg guides us beyond the bullets, fires and throngs of angry people into the rock-solid value system that allows some to stand and not run.
Before I picked up the paper that morning, I was thinking of the fate of the Haitian people. I had heard that the rebel guerrillas were slowly but surely approaching the capital of this nation of 7.5 million people. As is often the case, a state of anarchy was created. A decade ago, in my own city of Los Angeles, when much of the city exploded in riot and anarchy ruled the darkness, violence spilled over into areas thought to be previously untouchable. I remember the next day as the freeways were clogged with cars trying to make it home to safety before darkness would once again unleash lawlessness. No cars were headed into the city—only out! Mr. Dahlburg's article speaks of people who never left the storm, and it spoke volumes to me.
Knowing why you risk loving
Dahlburg describes a political climate in which the embassies of nations have been shuttered for a week and all foreigners have been encouraged to evacuate. The U.S. embassy at the time of his report had sent all nonessential personnel away. Marines guard the premises in machine-gun nests. He then focuses our attention on what may be the largest professional base of U.S. citizens left in the country, missionaries. These are individuals emotionally tied to the people they serve and philosophically attuned to the risk they are undertaking.
Susan Hill, a Buffalo, New York, native and office manager of the largest nondenominational church in the country, put it this way: "If we leave, we are saying that our trust no longer is in our God, and the needs of the people are not important." Linda Counts, another church aid worker, who along with her husband, Tom, runs a free English-language school in the carport of their Port-au-Prince home, puts it bluntly: "What's keeping us here is knowing that if we walked out, things would just completely fall apart."
She knows firsthand what can occur when she and her husband go home for just two months' leave. One boy almost died during their absence because he was reduced to eating dirt.
Reporter Dahlburg quotes U.S. embassy spokeswoman Judith Trunzo: "First we asked people to consider leaving, then we asked them to make plans for leaving, then we told them to leave!"
Susan Hill told Mr. Dahlburg, "Not a single person wanted to leave. They were crying as they left." But the facts are that most of the larger religious organizations withdrew their missionaries and educators as the news grew worse and worse. Unlike the many missionaries who are supported by major organizations, Tom and Linda Counts remained. They support their English-language school through their own retirement account, which is monitored by a board of trustees composed of other family members. The board simply trusts their judgment. Reporter Dahlburg captures the Counts' determination: "When we said we are going to stay, the board said, 'Go for it!'"
"If you faint in the day of adversity"
Long ago a mission board wrote to David Livingston: "Have you found a good road to where you are in Africa? If so, we want to know how to send other men to join you."
Livingston responded: "If you only have men who will come only if there is a good road, I do not want them. I want those who will come if there is no road at all."
If you will allow me, let's take Livingston's thought a step further. What if once you get there, having blazed the road, you now know the way out as well as the way in? In other words, you know right where the emergency exit is when the fires of life break out. Some people in Haiti recently had to decide if they would head for the exit to save themselves. God asks us to figure out what we are really made of.
In Proverbs:24:10-12, we are challenged to consider: "If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, 'Surely we did not know this,' does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?"
Long ago in Persia, a certain Jewess named Esther had to make a determination whether to hide behind her role as the queen of Persia, or stand up for what she was and make a difference for others about to be overrun by their enemies. Humanly, it had to be tempting to shrink away and slip out of sight into the confines of her palace.
But her cousin Mordecai reminded her: "Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king's palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther:4:13-14).
"The good Shepherd vs. the hireling"
The Bible is plain about the fact that the people of God have never been promised reserved seating in the soft-cushion section of life. On the contrary, they have been challenged to rise to the challenges of life and follow the example of Jesus Christ as found in His own words in John:10:11-14:
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own."
It's been said that dedication is signing your name on the bottom of a blank check and handing it over to God to fill in as it pleases Him. That's what each of us do when we commit ourselves to follow Jesus Christ. We not only accept His death for us, but also say we will strive to live His life in us—the life of one who cares for others, in spite of what it might entail for us. That life is exactly opposite of the life of the hireling who is looking for the closest escape route available. I think the people in Haiti that are acquainted with Susan Hill and Tom and Linda Counts know that they aren't "hirelings," because they are still there in the thick of the troubles.
Haiti can be a state of mind
Perhaps the bigger question is the headlines, or rather the "heart-lines" that you are making in your own life. For you see, "Haiti" can actually be a state of mind. Life can seem out of control and just as turbulent as any Port-au-Prince street scene you have viewed. Just like Haiti, it may seem as if the swirling state of affairs threatens to overwhelm you. And, right now, all you know is that you want a "one-way ticket" out of despair.
But what will you leave behind? All Linda Counts could remember is the little boy eating dirt. What will you remember? Or are you even thinking of that person—be it your mate, child, parent or good friend? Do those who need you know you are sticking with them for the long haul? And that nothing, absolutely nothing, is going to separate you from your care and concern for them?
Before you answer, allow me to acquaint you, courtesy of Dahlburg's article, with one more person with a story. Her name is Dorothy Diehl. She is a 59-year-old former supermarket manager from Bethel, Ohio, who now distributes Creole-language Bibles and operates a mobile health clinic in the Haitian countryside. She, too, has not had any seats reserved for her in the soft-cushion seating row of life. Dahlburg reports how Diehl had to run gauntlets of armed thugs to escort a departing couple to Port-au-Prince and how her Chevrolet's windshield was almost smashed in by youths as she left the airport.
Nothing is holding her there. She's free to decide whether to depart. But you see, she is waiting for notification from just one more source. In her statement we can hear the echo of the millennial refrain of Isaiah:30:21, "This is the way, walk in it." Dorothy Diehl says it this way, because her faith is bigger than her eyes: "God sent me to Haiti, and God hasn't told me to leave."
For her, it was for such a time as this that she came to Haiti. We, too, need to be sure we're waiting on God's voice. WNP

We join unions, environmentalists and more in broad coalition against threat of anti-worker trade bill

An interesting article from www.numbersusa.com about the TPP. This follows this post about the GOP candidates. This follows this post on HOW amnesty is funded in ways other than the DHS. Remember, “Amnesty” means ANY non-enforcement of existing immigration laws! This follows this comment and this post about how to Report Illegal Immigrants! Also, you can read two very interesting books HERE.
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We join unions, environmentalists and more in broad coalition against threat of anti-worker trade bill

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by Roy Beck
We are opposing the corporate lobbies, Pres. Obama and Republican congressional leaders who together are trying to pass a Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill that would likely lead to cutting the American people out of future decisions about certain flows of foreign workers.
We have a chance for victory primarily because most Democrats in Congress appear ready to side against Pres. Obama and for American workers. We need to work to hold as many Democrats as possible while creating a majority against the bill by persuading enough Republicans to side against the corporate lobbies and for American workers.
We have sent notices to every Member of Congress that read:
NumbersUSA will score a vote for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) as a vote against American workers.
President Obama has made it abundantly clear that he believes he has virtually unfettered authority to change U.S. immigration law. It should not be surprising, therefore, that his administration is attempting to use the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement to commit America to immigration increases that Congress has neither debated nor approved. Despite a U.S. labor force participation rate that is at its lowest level since 1978, President Obama wants to use the TPP to further reduce the jobs available to U.S. workers and instead reserve certain jobs for foreign workers under the agreement. It is indefensible that Congress would now consider surrendering even more of its authority over immigration to this President in order to fast track a trade agreement that will harm American workers, and the text of which Congress has not even seen. Therefore, NumbersUSA will score a vote for TPA as a vote for continued executive overreach and a vote against American workers.
Vote NO on TPA
Committees in both chambers are set to vote on this any day. A bill could arrive on the floor of the Senate and House soon after.
Why is NumbersUSA, an organization that deals only with immigration issues, involved in a complicated battle over trade policy?
Hundreds of organizations of all kinds of ideologies and interests (unions, environmental, national sovereignty, civil liberties, populist and more) are opposing the trade bill for many different reasons.
OUR REASON: The consequence of passing fast-track trade authority is that any President can much more easily ram through international trade agreements that expand guest worker programs without any public debate. [/b]
That's what happened under Pres. Bush during the five years he was given fast-track trade authority. His Administration secretly negotiated trade agreements that guaranteed the opportunity for other countries to send certain numbers of their workers to take U.S. jobs. Congress was not allowed to amend the agreements in any way. It either had to approve the whole thing or to reject it entirely and throw international trade concerns into a tizzy.
Once a flow of foreign workers is included in a trade treaty, that takes away the ability of future White Houses and Congresses to change those numbers. Instead of the officials elected by the American people having control over immigration and foreign-worker policies, international courts basically are given control over the work visas written into trade agreements.
  • Our Constitution gives Congress authority over how many immigrants and work authorizations to approve each year.
  • Our Constitution doesn't give that authority to the President, but fast-track trade legislation essentially does.
  • Our Constitution doesn't give foreign powers and entities the authority over U.S. work permits to foreign workers, but fast-track trade authority essentially does.
In 2007, Congress declined to renew the fast-track trade authority for Presidents, allowing it to expire.
In 2003 in reaction to the Bush Administration including immigration in trade agreements, Congress objected with a strongly worded resolution that was approved UNANIMOUSLY. The resolution began:


Resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that (1) trade agreements are not the appropriate vehicle for enacting immigration-related laws or modifying current immigration policy; and
(2) future trade agreements to which the United States is a party and the legislation implementing the agreements should not contain immigration-related provisions.


The U.S. Trade Representative and the Executive Branch have been on notice since 2003 that they do not have the authority to negotiate immigration provisions in free trade agreements.
Nonetheless, the Obama Administration has been doing just that with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement that is expected to come up soon.
Here is what was reported this week in The Hill newspaper:


TPP's provisions are largely secret but, according to Curtis Ellis of the American Jobs Alliance, the U.S. Trade Representative revealed that "temporary entry" guest worker visas are a "key feature" of the pact. Ellis said that Obama Administration previously used the U.S.-South Korea trade pact to expand the length of time a L-1 visa holder can work in the U.S. That pact is viewed as a model for negotiating the TPP.


NumbersUSA and its national network of citizen activists were often part of coalitions opposing the Bush abuses of trade agreements. And we were in the middle of pressures that led to the congressional pushback in 2003.
Remaining consistent, our network today is mobilized to stop Obama abuses of trade agreements that would guarantee that certain numbers of U.S. jobs may not be held by American workers.
ROY BECK is President & Founder of NumbersUSA
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dealing With Money Problems, including Taxes

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Dealing With Money Problems

Bible Study - Dealing With Money ProblemsMoney in one form or another has been around and valued highly by most for thousands of years. But money, debt and finances have also been the source of many personal and family problems over those years. What does the practical wisdom of the Bible teach us about how to deal with money problems?
Skip, a Christian from California, relates this story:
"We were not making enough money to cover our needs. My wife had quit her job because I thought that I was the one who should be the principal income maker. Our income went from $14,000 per year in 1971 to $6,000 a year in 1972. We needed help.
"The first thing we did was to seek counsel. After that we both sat down and admitted that this would have to be a mutual effort. Together we would succeed or fail. Then we prayed, together.
"At this point we wrote down everything that we really needed to live. Since I had a job, I needed to get to work. I had a car and it needed gas, but I didn't need to stop before work for coffee. We wrote down exactly what we needed and did not need and discussed this with each other.
"Many things then became wants and not needs.
"We had no children yet, so we could evaluate a bit more ruthlessly on items like food. All expensive items were eliminated; basics became normal. Shopping is not a pastime if you are in survival mode! Soups and casseroles were standard, and nothing was wasted. Lunch was often leftover dinner from the night before.
"If you have a job, thank God and tithe on your increase! We did. I had trained and studied to become a teacher, but there were few, if any, openings in 1976 and 1977.
"It became disheartening, but with my God-given, vigorous good health and working at all the labor jobs that I could find, we managed to almost scrape by—actually going into the hole a little each month. Things got worse before they got better.
"And then that recession was over, and school districts started hiring again. I had gotten my credentials in 1975 but hadn't even looked for a teaching job that year. But as soon as I interviewed for a teaching job in 1978, I was told that one awaited me at the beginning of the spring semester 1979.
"Were there lessons I needed to learn before God answered yes to our prayers for a good job? They are too numerous to recite! But in retrospect, not having much money was a valuable training program for when we were blessed with more money. You can't really remember what you never went through."
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What Does the Bible Say About Money?

How long has money been around? Probably ever since there were more people than one extended family. The Bible tells about various financial transactions Abraham made about 4,000 years ago (Genesis 13:2; 14:20; 20:16; 23:9). It is obvious Abraham was a rich man, but he was also a generous, good man.
Does God object to riches?
Proverbs 10:22
The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.
If God gives riches, obviously money isn't bad in itself, and He does not object to wealth.
What isn't good in God's sight?
Matthew 6:24, 33
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon...
"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
1 Timothy 6:9-10
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Trusting in riches or wealth is wrong. Serving mammon (the New International Version translates this "Money") and not God is wrong. Greediness is absolutely wrong. But can we enjoy both God and the correct bounty of this world? We can if we do things God's way. Matthew 6:33 indicates that God can and will bless us abundantly if we get the right perspective in our mind.
Why aren't many of God's people rich or wealthy?
1 Corinthians 1:26, 29
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called...
that no flesh should glory in His presence.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
God has not chosen to call many of the "important" or famous people of the world now, but to use the weak and the poor to demonstrate that it is God who makes a difference in our lives. "He who glories, let him glory in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 1:31).
Paul's instructions to Timothy tell us that some Christians were rich. But his warnings give some hints about the spiritual problems being wealthy can cause. Unfortunately when and if we strike it rich, we tend to take credit ourselves and not give credit to God. On the other hand, if we have had to struggle a bit, we have a much better chance of learning that the race is not always to the swift. As a result, we just might more easily and readily thank God.
Can there be real problems with having more than enough money?
Mark 10:21-27
Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me."
But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!"
And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, "Who then can be saved?"
But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible."
What if God asks us to give up the good life? This parable shows a real challenge that a wealthy Christian could face.
The world around us bases financial decisions on self-interest—and even blatant greed. But what underlying attitude does the Bible teach?
Acts 20:35
"I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
The apostle Paul showed by his own example and by a quote from Jesus Christ that we should live a way of give, rather than basing all our decisions on what we can get. We can give to others in need and give gifts to show our love. We are also instructed to give tithes and offerings to God, since everything we have comes from Him in the first place (Malachi 3:8-9; Matthew 23:23). Offerings state to God that we know where our blessings really come from.

Using Money Wisely

Is there a correct sequence for living life?
Proverbs 24:27
Prepare your outside work, make it fit for yourself in the field; and afterward build your house.
The New Living Bible translates this: "Develop your business first before building your house."
God anticipated that people could become infatuated before they had established a trade or profession. Worrying about having a good, solid job might seem somewhat mundane when you're in love, but you still need to earn a living! Get a good education, the best that you can, but don't end up being a perennial student with lots of smarts and no real wisdom.
Having good skills and good work habits will help in finding and keeping a good job. And work is a vital aspect of the training program God has for us in this life. See also our lessons on "Job Satisfaction and the Value of Work" and "Dealing With Unemployment."
What should we do to avoid money problems? How can we make sure we spend our money correctly?
Proverbs 22:3
A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.
James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
A major part of financial wisdom involves planning. Have a budget and follow it. We publish a practical and helpful booklet titled Managing Your Finances that will help you begin to formulate your own personal plan or budget. Seeking wisdom from God, His Bible and wise counselors can help us avoid problems or map out a way through those problems.
Does God encourage saving?
Proverbs 13:22
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
Saving for a rainy day (Proverbs 6:6-11) and providing an inheritance are two things for which God encourages us to save money.
What do we need to do to improve our financial situation and prepare for the future?
Proverbs 27:23-27
Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and attend to your herds; for riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to all generations.
When the hay is removed, and the tender grass shows itself, and the herbs of the mountains are gathered in, the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field; you shall have enough goats' milk for your food, for the food of your household, and the nourishment of your maidservants.
God encourages us to be diligent in our work and in attending to our personal property and financial situation. When we do, our fleeting life will not become a mad scramble to meet our needs in the retirement years.
What are some specific financial steps to take to avoid problems?
Romans 13:1-2, 6
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves...
For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God's ministers attending continually to this very thing.
Exodus 21:33-34
"And if a man opens a pit, or if a man digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls in it, the owner of the pit shall make it good; he shall give money to their owner, but the dead animal shall be his."
God expects us to pay taxes and obey the laws of the land we live in. We should also work hard to avoid accidents (usually involving cars, not oxen, today). But it is also wise, and often required, to have insurance in case of accidents. Insurance is also a cost that proves its value should you somehow run afoul of a litigious person who intends to sue you for everything you've got.

Avoiding Pitfalls

What does the Bible say about debt and credit?
Proverbs 22:7
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
Why does God state that "the borrower is servant to the lender"? Because it is simply true! Become frugal and ignore the pleas on TV that state, "You owe it to yourself!" You will end up owing everybody who talks you into believing that lie. If you don't need it, don't buy it. If you do need it, look for a sale. Sometimes, like waiting 15 minutes after a meal to have dessert, you find you don't really want it at all.
What is a credit card? A device that unlocks your personal wealth and gives it to others. Okay, most people in the Western world need at least one credit card to rent a car or establish a solid financial history. Credit cards can also be helpful to cover short-term costs for a legitimate emergency. But do not ever think that the company who gave you the credit card has your best interest at heart. Unless it is the interest you will pay!
If you are in debt, make a plan for getting out of debt as quickly as possible. Managing Your Finances has practical information on paying off credit-card debt, avoiding debt, a "buying self-test" and a sidebar on "credit counseling services."
Can money can be a test?
Luke 12:16-21
Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.
"And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?'
"So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.
"'And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry."'
"But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?'
"So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
In this parable the person obviously was successful, but instead of thanking God for such a blessing and sharing it appropriately with others, he chose to really protect his investment like Fort Knox. God saw his plan and changed it by simply requiring that man's life that night.
All we have said about planning and even saving is true, but if it is all only for self, as this man's plan was, it can be all for naught. "One's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses" (Luke 12:15).
What is it that people really want that money can't buy?
Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Our consumer culture emphasizes what we don't have, but God wants us to recognize and be content with what we do have (Philippians 4:11-13). Being content, thankful and reliant on God will help us to have peace of mind. And isn't peace what people really want? You can have peace of mind and satisfaction that you have lived your life as God intended.
If we seek God's Kingdom first and foremost and if we diligently search God's Word daily, asking God to help us understand His truth, then we will be given resources now, brimful and overflowing, and eternal life later.
That is certainly more than money can buy.

Apply Now

There is much more to this subject than we could cover in this lesson. Our free booklet Managing Your Finances gives even more practical information that can really help. Click on the link to read, download or order a printed copy now.
Please especially read the practical and helpful chapter "Keys to Successful Money Management" and use the accompanying charts, "Determining Your Net Worth" and "Monthly Income and Expense Worksheet," to help you plan and manage your budget. Even if you have never planned a budget before, these tools can help make it simple and effective.
Also, if you are having money problems, then let our heavenly Father know about it now. Yes, He already knows, but He appreciates hearing your sincere prayer. And don't reject His response! Humbly work at what you can until your plans for financial success begin to pay off.
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