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SKIP THE FICTION - EMPHASIZE THE FACTS!

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SOMEWHERE BETWEEN FACT AND FICTION
is the spot
called RUMOR . . . a subject to we do not give much, if any, space.
We read many such items, some created by Liberals, and others (or
perhaps even more of them) created by Conservatives, but we do
not report on or react to rumors, but do research to determine
whether they are probably going to move into FACT, or are
destined to die as FICTION. So if you do not find us hitting on
what some Internet sources present as "Hot Buttons," it is because
we have done extensive research on the subject. We do everything
possible to merit our reputation as being a reliable source for
discussions of issues we consider important to American Christians.
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IN DISCUSSING TODAY'S CURRENT
EVENTS, WE SKIP THE FICTION,
EMPHASIZE THE FACTS, AND
TOUCH JUST VERY BRIEFLY
ON THE RUMORS


"Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions
of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day."

-- Thomas Jefferson, 1816


We used the words FACT and FICTION . . . we could have used
the words used by Snopes, one of the Internet verification sites:
TRUE and FALSE. But whatever words are used, there is a tremendous
effort under way by the opposing philosophies of government to sway
public opinion, one way or the other. It all makes for a very confused
impression for most Americans as to what is really happening. And the
main line media -- almost all of the press and TV -- are of absolutely no
help in providing a fair and balanced understanding of current events.


A classic example: everyone knows that the disastrous oil spill in the
Gulf has been badly handled, from day one or before. The fault
appears to lie mainly with BP, the giant British oil firm, and more
specifically with Tony Hayward, the BP CEO who was in charge of
the BP venture. After being unmercifully grilled (and possibly justly so)
in a hearing before Members of Congress, Hayward (who by then had
been relieved of his responsibilities in the Gulf) took a day off, and in
his native England watched a boat race. American politicians and
media launched scathing attacks on him for this day of relaxing. Yet
none of the media saw fit to offer even a word of criticism of Mr.
Obama -- who keeps saying that he is in charge of the oil spill disaster --
and who attended a baseball game with some key leaders in his
administration, and was pictured looking quite ridiculous in a baseball
cap, enjoying a beer as he sang along "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
. . . and the next day found time for a round of golf. Nor did the Obama
controlled media point out that during the first 38 days of the oil spill
disaster, Obama spent a week on vacation, had two golf outings, and
played host to three sports teams at the White House -- yet visited the
Gulf only twice, for about 2 hours on each visit. That is just one
example of the tremendous imbalance we face in trying to find an
understanding of today's current events.


And the disastrous Gulf oil spill remains a major news story,
fulfilling the operative slogan of Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm
Emanuel:
"Never let a serious crisis go to waste." And Mr.
Obama has followed his chief's instructions to the letter, even
scheduling his first Oval Office speech to address the subject. In
case you watched that speech, and were disappointed -- you are
not alone.
Politico reported, "President Barack Obama's Oval
Office address on the Gulf Coast catastrophe is being greeted
with a barrage of criticism ... the most intense negative reaction
to any major public appearance he has given as President."
You will find further evaluations of his speech under the heading:
"What Others are Saying."


But on the overall Gulf oil disaster, the American people -- whose
opinions have proved to be meaningless to the Obama administration
-- do not show approval of the president's handling of this disaster.
A new CNN poll reports that 58% of Americans lack confidence in
Obama's ability to handle another oil spill, and 68% doubt his ability to
restore the Gulf Coast after this one. And in a new USA Today/Gallup
poll asking who should be in charge, BP or the federal government,
49% said BP, with 45% favoring the government. And the overall
approval of his performance as president has fallen to a range between
41% and 46% (depending on the poll), while his daily approval rating
remains stuck in double digit negative numbers.


Maybe one reason for Obama's poor poll reports is found here:
Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality,
spoke very frankly about Mr. Obama's pro-homosexual view of Father's
Day in these words:
"Obama is the most pro-homosexual-agenda
president in American history, and is currently working to subvert
both the legal ban on open homosexuals serving in the military, and
the Defense of Marriage Act, which
affirms traditional marriage in
federal law."



Mr. LaBarbera's views are right in line with concerns expressed by Tony
Perkins, head of Family Research Council, who listed the following among
Mr. Obama's "accomplishments" -- the impending destruction of the world's
most advanced healthcare system ... the normalization of deviant life styles ...
the establishment of taxpayer funded abortions ... the promotion of crippling
policies to destroy the world's greatest economy, and the demoralization of
the American military.


In that regard, it is obvious that in just the 18 months of his term of office,
Mr. Obama has ordered into effect many changes which have been of
special benefit to the homosexual community. Among those changes: gay
partners of federal workers now receive long term health insurance and
access to day care and other benefits . . . sexual orientation of the
applicants are no longer being considered by the Federal Housing
Authority . . . hospitals must now allow homosexuals to visit their partners
. . .federal child-care subsidies are available to children of same-sex
domestic partners . . . and the Labor Department plans to announce today
that federal employees may take leave time to care for a child with a
homosexual partner. Taken together, these changes represent extensive
benefits for homosexuals under new Obama enacted rules.


Those are a few of the facts involved in current events today; here
are two "facts" which have not yet played out to their ultimate effect. First,
there is the story appearing in the magazine "Israel Today" of the interview
by Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit on the "Roundtable"
program on Nile TV in mid January, where the Foreign Minister said that
during a one-on-one meeting with President Obama, the president told him
that he was still a Muslim ... was the son of a Muslim father ... the step-son
of a Muslim stepfather ... that his family members in Kenya are Muslims,
and that he is sympathetic to the Muslim agenda. Further, Gheit said Obama
asked the Arabs to show patience, and promised that when he had overcome
some domestic issues -- presumably the health care reform bill -- he would
show the Muslim world how to deal with Israel. It is known that just prior to
that TV interview, Foreign Minister Gheit was in Washington for mideast
peace talks with Obama and State Department officials, including Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton. How this "fact" will play out in the current events
scene is not yet obvious.


Second, Tim Adams, a graduate assistant teacher at Western Kentucky
University, says that he worked as a senior elections clerk for the City and
County of Honolulu in 2008, and that a long-form, hospital-generated birth
certificate for Barack Obama does not exist in Hawaii.
"There is no birth
certificate,"
said Adams, "It's like an open secret. There isn't one.
Everyone in the government there knows this."
Claims have been
made that Obama was born in Queens Medical Center, and also that
he was born in Kapi'olani Medical Center, but Adams said his office
checked with both centers, and neither one had any record of the birth.
Adams' view of the matter is that Obama's eligibility to be president
rests on the Democrat National Committee saying he is eligible, so he
must be eligible. Like the other "fact" outlined above -- how this fact
will play out in the current events scene is also not yet obvious.


Last week we spoke of needing an Evangelical Christian leader,
and regretted the fact that none was in sight. One of our readers sent
in an essay by former British traveling evangelist, Leonard Ravenhill,
who spoke to this subject some time before his death here in America
in 1994:
"Millions have been spent on evangelism in the last twenty-
five years Hundreds of gospel messages streak through
the air
over the nation every day. Crusades have been held; healing
messages have made a vital
contribution ... Organizers we have.
Skilled preachers abound. Multi-million dollar Christian organizations
straddle the nation. But where, oh where, is the prophet? ... God's men
are in hiding until the day of their showing forth. They will come."

That is as encouraging a statement we as Evangelicals, looking for a leader,
could hope for.


Yes, all of the above is important -- but here is the most important!
President Obama presents many serious problems for all Americans, and
the traditional American way of life . . . but particularly so for Christians
who daily are aware of the Obama administration's anti-Christian agenda.
We can't do much about that -- he is scheduled to be president until
election day 2012. But Obama can only accomplish his agenda with the
help of the Democrat controlled Congress -- and every member of the
House, and about 1/3 of the Senate will be up for election this year --

November 2,
2010 . . . and that is just 132 days away! We should be
able to accomplish a real change for the better on that day -- the latest polls
show that only 12% of likely voters give Congress an "excellent" or "good"
rating, while 56% give the present Congress a "poor" rating. But to be able
to vote, you must be registered. So register . . . and vote. This is our great
opportunity to reclaim America for the principles which made it the leading
nation it has always been.


We're not the only ones who feel this way! Here are some quotes from
the newspaper "Prager Zeitung," published in Prague, in the Czech Republic:
"The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable
of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency... The problem is much
deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom
of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind
anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.
.."


And what about the "rumors?"
When we began working on this issue, one of the rumors we were aware
of concerned some possible defections from the Obama administration's
key positions, including Peter Orzag, Obama's Budget Director -- but by
the time we had completed the issue, that announcement had been made
public, and his departure was no longer a rumor. Another rumor which
seems to be gaining strength, is that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanel will also
be leaving, and the most likely date is still a good 3 months away, or right
after the mid-term election. And another Cabinet post position is also in the
rumor mill: that Hillary Clinton will challenge Obama in the 2012 election.
In preliminary polls she tops potential Republican candidates as well as --
or occasionally better than -- Obama. And that is the extent of our brush-
off of today's rumors.


We get much appreciation for citing "What Others Are Saying."

That is probably because the elite media -- press and TV -- simply does
not offer these comments from knowledgeable individuals.


Lawrence Kudlow: "It was an indecisive Obama, a rather meek and
defensive Obama, in terms of reducing carbon dependence. Of course,
Obama knows that cap-and-trade politics will drive up Republican
numbers even more in the fall... But Obama's weak speech really
missed the point."


Chris Matthews and Keith Olberman (MSNBC Obama sycophants);
Matthews: "I didn't sense executive command." Olberman: "It was a
great speech if you were on another planet for the last 57 days. I don't
think he aimed low; I don't think he aimed at all."


Susan Estrich: "Managing disaster is all about taking responsibility
and taking charge -- sooner not later. It's about being perceived as
facing it, not downplaying it."


Robert J. Samuelson (Newsweek): "Just once it would be nice if a
president would level with Americans on energy. Barack Obama is
not that president. His speech was about political damage control --
his own."

Michael Barone: "Thuggery is unattractive. Ineffective thuggery
even moreso. Which may be one reason so many Americans have
been reacting negatively to the response of Barack Obama and his
administration to BP's Gulf oil spill."


Gail Collins (NY Times): "All we got from Obama was a vague
call for some sort of new energy policy ... Plus a reminder that the
secretary of energy won a Nobel Prize in physics ... Still it was a
disappointment. I was hoping for a call to arms, a national mission
as great as the environments disaster that inspired it."


Mike Pence: "It is morally wrong to end an unborn human life by
abortion. But it is also morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars
of millions of pro-life Americans and use those funds to promote
abortion."


Ed Morrissey (Columnist and Talk Show host):
"During the 2008
campaign, we repeatedly criticized Obama's lack of executive
experience, but perhaps even Obama's critics might be surprised to
see how badly Obama has performed in this crisis. He has nothing
left to offer; Obama is running on empty."



Donald Hanks (Renew America Columnist): "The Left's only
mission is to destroy all existing systems, traditions, science,
technology, business, religion, all things needed for life, because
these things run counter to its ideology of perpetual 'change,' its
designs on total control in general and on mind control over every
human being in particular."


Rabbi Yechiel Ickstein (President, Stand for Israel): "One of the
dangers of tumultuous times, whether that tumult is taking place
on the world stage or in our personal lives, is that we become so
preoccupied with worldly things that we succumb to despair,
forgetting that we have the greatest book of all to turn to for
guidance - the Bible."



And now a few Random Afterthoughts . . .


Sounds like the right man for the job!
This is the exact news
release which ran on the Internet last week to announce Obama's new
choice for a major administration responsibility:
"President Obama
has selected Michael Bromwich to head the Minerals Management
Service, the troubled agency that overseas offshore oil drilling,
according to senior administration officials. Bromwich served as
inspector general for the Justice Department under President
Clinton, and has a reputation for cleaning up embattled
organizations such as the Houston Police Department's crime lab.
He has no experience with oil and gas issues."
(Emphasis ours.).



An interesting comment from a California psychotherapist -- she
uses the name "Robin of Berkley, and is located in Berkley, CA:
"Obama will not change. He will not learn from his mistakes. He
will not grow and mature from on-the-job experience. In fact, over
time, Obama will likely become a more ferocious version of who
he is today. Why? Because this is a damaged person.... Obama will
not evolve; he will not become the man he was meant to be.... He is
not capable of it."


Our Constitution's anniversary was observed this week: 222 years
ago, on June 21, 1788, the Constitution was finally ratified. The 55
writers of the Constitution consisted of 26 Episcopalians, 11 Presbyterians,
7 Congregationalists, 2 Lutherans, 2 Dutch Reformed, 2 Methodists,
2 Roman Catholics, 2 Quakers, and 1 Deist (Benjamin Franklin).
Question: where were the Muslims (Islamists) whom Obama claims
played such a major role in the founding of America?


Some thoughts on Mr. Obama's sorry Oval Office speech: The
Obama speech writer (official title "Director of Speechwriting") is 29 year
old Jonathan Favreau. His previous experience after graduating from college
was to work for failed presidential candidate, John Kerry. So he has
worked for a loser -- but there is more: he was recommended to Obama
by Robert Gibbs, the current Obama press agent -- who also worked for
Kerry. So you have two losers handling the public perception of Obaama.
Gibbs' shortcomings have already been obvious . . . Favreau's failures hit
the fan with the Oval Office speech. One is inclined to wonder how long
they will both be around?,


We never tire of quoting from our Founding Fathers.


"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among
the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to
knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has
given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this,
they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine
right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge: I mean, of
the characters and conduct of their rulers."
-- John Adams, 1765

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