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Is God Punishing Us With The Gulf Oil Spill?

June 30th, 2010

Craig asked me to comment on a video he sent me (see it below) that a preacher made asking the question “Is The Disaster in the Gulf a Sign From God?”

While researching this video, I also found another video he did linking 9/11 to the Gulf oil spill and he seems to be suggesting that God is not happy with the US policy on how we are treating Israel and that these events could be His way of telling us so.

Oral Roberts made this same type of suggestion about 9/11 years ago.

While I in no way can debate the scriptures with either of these preachers, I do have some questions that I would have for them…

1-     If God is really punishing Nations based on their support of Israel, why would he pick the country that has been the biggest supporter of Israel in history?

2-     Does this mean the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is really a punishment of the Arab countries for their treatment of the Jews?

3-     Are the Jews still Gods favorite people even though they do not believe Jesus was the true Messiah and even played a part in his death?

4-     If even after that Israel is still the chosen people and have God’s favor are they right about Jesus?

This is what the Jewish faith teaches about the Messiah…

“One Jewish understanding of the messiah is based on the writings of Maimonides, (also known as Rambam). His views on the messiah are discussed in his Mishneh Torah, his 14 volume compendium of Jewish law, in the section Hilkhot Melakhim Umilchamoteihem, chapters 11 & 12. Maimonides writes:

“The anointed king is destined to stand up and restore the Davidic Kingdom to its antiquity, to the first sovereignty. He will build the Temple in Jerusalem and gather the strayed ones of Israel together. All laws will return in his days as they were before: Sacrificial offerings are offered and the Sabbatical years and Jubilees are kept, according to all its precepts that are mentioned in the Torah. Whoever does not believe in him, or whoever does not wait for his coming, not only does he defy the other prophets, but also the Torah and Moses our teacher. For the Torah testifies about him, thus: “And the Lord Your God will return your returned ones and will show you mercy and will return and gather you… If your strayed one shall be at the edge of Heaven… And He shall bring you” etc.(Deuteronomy 30:3-5).”

“These words that are explicitly stated in the Torah, encompass and include all the words spoken by all the prophets. In the section of Torah referring to Bala’am, too, it is stated, and there he prophesied about the two anointed ones: The first anointed one is David, who saved Israel from all their oppressors; and the last anointed one will stand up from among his descendants and saves Israel in the end. This is what he says (Numbers 24:17-18): “I see him but not now” – this is David; “I behold him but not near” – this is the anointed king. “A star has shot forth from Jacob” – this is David; “And a brand will rise up from Israel” – this is the anointed king. “And he will smash the edges of Moab” – This is David, as it states: “…And he struck Moab and measured them by rope” (II Samuel 8:2); “And he will uproot all Children of Seth” – this is the anointed king, of whom it is stated: “And his reign shall be from sea to sea” (Zechariah 9:10). “And Edom shall be possessed” – this is David, thus: “And Edom became David’s as slaves etc.” (II Samuel 8:6); “And Se’ir shall be possessed by its enemy” – this is the anointed king, thus: “And saviors shall go up Mount Zion to judge Mount Esau, and the Kingdom shall be the Lord‘s” (Obadiah 1:21).”

“And by the Towns of Refuge it states: “And if the Lord your God will widen up your territory… you shall add on for you another three towns” etc. (Deuteronomy 19:8-9). Now this thing never happened; and the Holy One does not command in vain. But as for the words of the prophets, this matter needs no proof, as all their books are full with this issue.”

“Do not imagine that the anointed king must perform miracles and signs and create new things in the world or resurrect the dead and so on. The matter is not so: For Rabbi Akiva was a great scholar of the sages of the Mishnah, and he was the assistant-warrior of the king Bar Kokhba, and claimed that he was the anointed king. He and all the Sages of his generation deemed him the anointed king, until he was killed by sins; only since he was killed, they knew that he was not. The Sages asked him neither a miracle nor a sign…”

“And if a king shall arise from among the House of David, studying Torah and indulging in commandments like his father David, according to the written and oral Torah, and he will impel all of Israel to follow it and to strengthen breaches in its observance, and will fight Hashem’s [God's] wars, this one is to be treated as if he were the anointed one. If he succeeded and built a Holy Temple in its proper place and gathered the disperesed ones of Israel together, this is indeed the anointed one for certain, and he will mend the entire world to worship the Lord together, as it is stated: “For then I shall turn for the nations a clear tongue, to call all in the Name of the Lord and to worship Him with one shoulder (Zephaniah 3:9).”

“But if he did not succeed to this degree, or if he was killed, it becomes known that he is not this one of whom the Torah had promised us, and he is indeed like all proper and wholesome kings of the House of David who died. The Holy One, Blessed Be He, only set him up to try the public by him, thus: “Some of the wise men will stumble in clarifying these words, and in elucidating and interpreting when the time of the end will be, for it is not yet the designated time.” (Daniel 11:35).”

Maimonides’ views of Jesus

Main article: Judaism’s view of Jesus

According to Maimonides Jesus of Nazareth is not the Messiah.

“As for Jesus of Nazareth, who claimed to be the anointed one and was condemned by the Sanhedrin. Daniel had already prophesied about him, thus: ‘And the children of your people’s rebels shall raise themselves to set up prophecy and will stumble.’ (Ibid. 14) Can there be a bigger stumbling block than this? All the Prophets said that the anointed one saves Israel and rescues them, gathers their strayed ones and strengthens their mitzvot whereas this one caused the loss of Israel by sword, and to scatter their remnant and humiliate them, and to change the Torah and to cause most of the world to erroneously worship a god besides the Lord. But the human mind has no power to reach the thoughts of the Creator, for his thoughts and ways are unlike ours. All these matters of Yeshu of Nazareth and of Muhammad who stood up after him are only intended to pave the way for the anointed king, and to mend the entire world to worship God together, thus: ‘For then I shall turn a clear tongue to the nations to call all in the Name of the Lord and to worship him with one shoulder.’”

“How is this? The entire world had become filled with the issues of the anointed one and of the Torah and the Laws, and these issues had spread out unto faraway islands and among many nations uncircumcised in the heart, and they discuss these issues and the Torah’s laws. These say: These Laws were true but are already defunct in these days, and do not rule for the following generations; whereas the other ones say: There are secret layers in them and they are not to be treated literally, and the Messiah had come and revealed their secret meanings. But when the anointed king will truly rise and succeed and will be raised and uplifted, they all immediately turn about and know that their fathers inherited falsehood, and their prophets and ancestors led them astray.”

Basically what they are saying is our Christian religion is based on falsehoods and if that is so how can these Christian preachers that feel God still favors the Jews over all other peoples of the world, not turn away from the Christian religion and turn to the Jewish faith?

All of the answers to these questions go beyond my comprehension and can only truly be answered by God Himself.

I do agree that we Americans as well as all the Nations of the world including Israel have become a Arrogant people at times… I would go on to point out that the History of this world in general has shown disrespect for the word of God. The question is what words of God, all told by the humans of this world over the ages, do we chose to believe?

In thinking about this I keep going back to the point that if the Jews are still His chosen people and we are commanded to respect that, then why would we all not want to convert to Judaism? Or did the Jews give up that right in Gods Eyes when they played a part in the crucifixion of Christ his only Son?

I am sure that the religious scholars of the world might have answers that they would give to all my questions, but then again these answers would be their interpretations of Gods thoughts. I am not certain God would be pleased with many of mans interpretation of his teachings.

Take a look at the videos below and leave me your comments on your thoughts.

Here is the one on 9/11

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Americans Speak but What is The Truth?

June 27th, 2010

This weekend sitting around the camp fire with a bunch of friends a few people I didn’t know that well, I learned a lot about how Americans think, and it’s not always that pretty.

I sat and listen to a guy explain his thoughts of why the oil spill in the Gulf has not been capped, and his theory was that our President (he referred to him as the “N” word} was bought off by BP and that is why the oil is still flowing. He said that the “N” word would not allow other countries that had the technology help us stop this leak because BP has paid him not to except the help.

Now besides the fact that his logic makes no sense, I thought I would do some research to try and find out how he could possible come to this conclusion.  I would not argue that despite the fact that the Republicans had the slogan of “Drill Baby Drill” and the Democrats were running their campaign against expanding deep water drilling, both parties probably accepted money from BP. After all companies like this always donate to both parties trying to hedge their bets, so I would not be surprised to see money flowing into both parties campaigns.

Now let’s look at two things we know has happened and see if we can see evidence of a pay off…

1-     The president met with the CEO of BP and negotiated for them to place 20 billion dollars into an escrow account to pay out damages.  This accomplished two things… BP will pay for this spill not the American tax payers, and people with claims will not have to wait over two decades to get paid, unlike what happened with Exxon and the Alaska spill. I see no evidence that this was a favor to BP so no pay off here.

2-     Obama issued a 6 month moratorium on deep water drilling to try and determine what caused this disaster and find out if there are any other problems with other deep water wells. He did this even though it is politically going to hurt him personally because of the jobs that it will wipe out in the Gulf.

He did this even while the politicians in these states that have oil coming onto their beaches are still screaming drill baby drill.   He did this even though every oil company has threatened they will cut jobs if he stops them from drilling, but says nothing of why they have lied to us about having the ability to handle a disaster like this.

Now I don’t know about you, but this does not sound like something that I would do to someone that was paying me off… how about you?

Further more why would BP pay off the government to NOT stop this leak… what would the up side be for BP?

Let’s take a look at another statement my camp fire friend said: “Did Obama turn down foreign offers of assistance in cleaning up the Gulf oil spill? Did he refuse to waive Jones Act restrictions on foreign-flag vessels?”

To look for answers to this question I go to FactCheck.org and here is what they say;

Some critics have charged — falsely — that Obama’s refusal to waive the Jones Act has kept foreign vessels from assisting in cleanup efforts. In a June 23 interview on “Fox & Friends,” Republican Rep. Charles Djou of Hawaii was asked by show host Gretchen Carlson about the Jones Act and why the administration was refusing foreign assistance. Djou answered: It’s important that we take help from whomever and wherever they’re willing to offer it. … So why are we not waiving the Jones Act to allow international help to come in? … Why we’re not waiving it here … is baffling.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, both Republicans, have also claimed that the Jones Act, which was temporarily lifted by President Bush after Hurricane Katrina, is now standing in the way of foreign vessels bringing assistance to the United States. They are both incorrect. Palin stated this in an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren: Palin, June 11: For one, there needs to be a waiving of the Jones Act so that we could have had many, many days ago, weeks ago, some help with skimmers from elsewhere, besides just U.S. flagships, come over and help in this tragedy. And that order needs to be given to [Coast Guard] Admiral [Thad] Allen right now. It’s amazing to me and to so many others that though President Bush had been able to waive Jones Act provisions for Katrina, President Obama hasn’t thought to do that yet? And yet surely, that has been suggested by those experts around him.

In reality, the Jones Act has yet to be an issue in the response efforts. The Deepwater Horizon response team reported in a June 15 press release that there are 15 foreign flagged ships currently participating in the oil spill cleanup. None of them needed a waiver because the Jones Act does not apply. The Jones Act is a trade and commerce law that was enacted in 1920 as part of a larger Marine Merchant Act. It requires all trade delivered between U.S. ports to be carried in U.S. flagged vessels constructed in the United States and owned by American citizens. The law states its purpose is to develop a merchant marine for national defense and commerce.

Why was the Jones Act waived as part of the Hurricane Katrina response, and why hasn’t it been waived now? Katrina inflicted massive infrastructure damage, which restricted the availability of key resources. According to the Deepwater Horizon response team: “A Jones Act waiver was granted during Hurricane Katrina due to the significant disruption in the production and transportation of petroleum and/or refined petroleum products in the region during that emergency and the impact this had on national defense.” The Deepwater Horizon spill has yet to affect infrastructure or oil and gas availability; the damage is environmental, and foreign vessels are approved for delivering resources and conducting offshore skimming. Although the Jones Act is currently not applicable, the federal government has taken steps to expedite the waiver process should the oil spill response require a Jones Act waiver for trade and commerce.

Also, contrary to reports such as the one on “Fox & Friends,” international assistance has been accepted. To date, 25 countries and four international organizations have offered support in the form of skimming vessels, containment and fire boom, technical assistance and response solutions, among others. A chart provided by the State Department shows that as of June 23 five offers had been accepted and 50 were under consideration — including multiple offers from a single country or entity. One offer had been declined: France offered a chemical dispersant that is not approved for use in the United States. President Barack Obama described this process in his May 27 press conference: “

You can read this here

So once again I would say the America people need to look somewhere else than Fox news for the truth.

He also said that the Swiss has the technology to cap the oil well and Obama has turned them down, when in reality there is a Swiss company that says they have a product that can be rolled out onto the beaches that would absorb the oil and help with clean-up, there is no one that I can find that says they have ever caped a deepwater well.

You can read more about this at this website:

The thing is I can understand this person’s frustration of why this well has not been caped yet… I have that same frustration, but I point the finger at the oil companies that have been lying to us about their capabilities of handling such a disaster. Lying about the fact that these deep wells are not a safe as they and the “Drill baby Drill” groups have been telling us.

I can even understand the frustration with the President, not seeming to put the recourses needed to clean up this mess as fast as I would like, but I can’t understand how anyone would come to the conclusion that he has been paid to allow it to keep leaking.

All I can think of is the fact that a segment of the American population are always looking for a reason to point a finger and say “The black man did it”

Come on America wake up and grow up!

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Are We Fighting The Right War?

June 22nd, 2010

I thought long and hard about writing today’s post, because I don’t want what I’m about to say to be miss-interpreted as disrespect towards the innocent people that died in the attack on 9-11.  I also do not attend to dishonor the brave men in women that are serving in Iraq or Afghanistan especially those that have given their lives serving their country.

That being said, according to WkiAnswers here is the break down which includes many heroes that were lost that day.

“At least 2,985 people died in the September 11, 2001, attacks, including:

  • 19 terrorists
  • 2,966 victims [2,998 as of Spring 2009]

All but 13 people died on that day. The remaining 13 later died of their wounds. One person has died since the attacks, of lung cancer. It is suspected to have been caused by all the debris from the Twin Towers.
There were 266 people on the four planes:

  • American Airlines Flight 11 (crashed into the WTC): 92 (including five terrorists)
  • United Airlines Flight 175 (crashed into the WTC): 65 (including five terrorists)
  • American Airlines Flight 77 (crashed into the Pentagon): 64 (including five terrorists)
  • United Flight 93 (downed in Shanksville, PA): 45 (including four terrorists)

There were 2,595 people in the World Trade Center and near it, including:

  • 343 NYFD firefighters and paramedics
  • 23 NYPD police officers
  • 37 Port Authority police officers
  • 1,402 people in Tower 1
  • 614 people in Tower 2
  • 658 people at one company, Cantor Fitzgerald
  • 1,762 New York residents
  • 674 New Jersey residents
  • 1 NYFD firefighter killed by a man jumping off the top floors of the Twin Towers

There were 125 civilians and military personnel at the Pentagon.

1,609 people lost a spouse or partner on 9/11. More than 3,051 children lost parents.”

My heart goes out to all the family members, and although I think the war on terrorism is a war we should be fighting much differently than we are, I do agree we needed to respond to the 9-11 attacks.

To date we have spent over $1,000,000,000,000 on the war on terror; it is time to see if this money is being spent in the best war. (You can see an updated ticker cost of the wars at http://costofwar.com/ )

My question is “Are We Fighting The Right War?

No matter how horrifying the close to 3,000 deaths contributed to the 9-11 attacks, how does that compare to an estimated 17,000 annual deaths in the US being contributed to drug use?  This 17,000 annual figure does not include tobacco and alcohol deaths, these numbers are obtained from http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q=node/30 drug war facts website.

Over the last nine years we have spent around $333,333,333 per person lost in 9-11 on these two wars… in contrast the USA has spent just $156,862 per person that died from drugs during the same nine year period. The sad thing is neither of these wars (terrorism or drugs) have an end in sight.

I know I’m not comparing apples to apples here, but the fact is, if we walk away from Afghanistan and Iraq tomorrow, the odds of another 9-11 style attach is the same as it is today.  Sadly it probably is not “if” it’s when it will happen.

I say we need to re-focus on fighting the drug war here in America. Some see these 17,000 deaths a year as a bunch of junkies that live on the streets and might think we are better off with out them.  I think the family members of some of the kids in our small town that lost their child to heroin overdoses might disagree.

It is no secret that I think any war on terrorism should be fought as a covert war, not by invading and rebuilding countries. If we are looking for an enemy that is invading our homeland, then clearly that enemy is illegal drugs.

This is yet another “Wake Up Call America”  How are we going to respond?

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Obama Accused of Shaking Down BP

June 17th, 2010

If there was ever any doubt that we need to pass a law that would out-law lobbying our elected officials listen to what Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas said at the Congressional hearings today.

AssociatedPress — June 17, 2010 — Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, accused the White House of conducting a “$20 billion shakedown” by requiring oil giant BP to establish a fund to compensate those hurt by the Gulf Coast oil spill. (June 17)

Would anyone want to bet on who Rep. Joe Barton plans on working for after he leaves public office?

When our system allows an elected official or their staff turn around and come back to Congress and lobby on behalf of a company or industry that will pay them many times what they earned in office, there is something wrong with the system.

I am not in favor of restricting anyone from working for whomever they want, but we the American people need to say enough is enough. It does not matter if your on the right or the left, we need to speak up and tell our Government that we the people are who you should be serving, not corporate America.

Take away the ability that Corporations and Organizations have to influence our Government officials with campaign donations and back room special interest deals, then and only then will America be  “By The People For The People”

Send this blog to everyone you know and get them to sign-up to receive updates… we need to join together and start a grass roots movement to take back our Government by demanding we pass a law that would out-law lobbying government officials.

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President Obama’s Speech in the Oval Office – How Did He Do?

June 16th, 2010

Obviously the Presidents speech last night didn’t impress the people that were looking for a “light switch moment” Those people were looking for the President who is a career Politician to tell them how he was going to hit a switch and turn off this oil leak.

They evidently figure this Politician should know how to do something that the oil industry evidently has no clue on how to get done.

I will admit that it is frustrating and hard for me to understand why the Gulf is not full of skimmer ships sucking this toxic waste, but I can only trust that there is some logistical reason this has not happened yet.

The President did deliver some of what I was looking for last night when he talked about alternative clean energy… seems this too angered some people that figured he should not use this oil spill as an opportunity to push his energy bill.

I would much rather see this President use an environmental disaster to talk about the need for clean energy, than a President that used the 9/11 disaster as an opportunity to invade a country and over throw it’s government and tie us up in an unnecessary war that has outlived his term and has no end in sight. Wonder if Iran would be where they are today if  Saddam Hussein was still President of Iraq?

These same people that are complaining about last nights opportunist moment had no problem supporting the Iraq war even after it was proven that it was based on lies.

I know Saddam Hussein was a bad man and needed to be taken out…  Yea right compared to whom?  Should we make it a policy that we take them all out?

Some people say I blame everything on the Bush term and I can’t move on… to them I say damn right, the crap that he has started and left for the rest of us to clean up.

The Republicans continue to complain about spending money on domestic issues that would actually give the American people something, because they claim that our children will need to pay these debts.  I have news for them; we would be able to do all these things without that fear if we were not fighting two wars that should never have been started.

We have a major war we should be fighting against an enemy that is killing more people than was lost in 9/11… This enemy is well known, but we have not put much effort into defeating it.

More on this latter.

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