Mike Corthell

Mike Corthell
Editor & Publisher at Fryeburg Free Press MEDIA

Monday, August 31, 2009

Carrie Prejean Files Discrimination Suit Against Miss California Organization

Former Miss USA runnerup Carrie Prejean is firing back at California pageant officials with a lawsuit that claims the state organization discriminated against her religious beliefs, caused her emotional distress and engaged in slander, her lawyer confirmed to FOXNews.com Monday.
The 22-year-old beauty queen filed a complaint Monday morning in Los Angeles Superior Court against K2 Productions (the franchise that operates the Miss California Organization) as well as co-executive directors Keith Lewis and
Shanna Moakler and publicist Roger Neal.
Prejean lost her crown three months ago for what state pageant officials claimed was a “breach of contract” and failure to attend scheduled appearances.
"If Carrie had not answered the question in support of traditional marriage ... she would most certainly still be Miss California,” Prejean’s attorney Charles S Limandri told Foxnews.com. “Over the past two months we have worked hard to provide overwhelming evidence that
Carrie Prejean did not violate her contract with Miss California USA and did not deserve to have her title revoked by Keith Lewis. We will make the case that her title was taken from her solely because of her support of traditional marriage. She did not want to sue, but people need to know the truth.”

A Primer on "Martial Law"

''Unfortunately, “[a] well regulated Militia” of the constitutional pattern does not exist in a single State today. And none will exist until enough Americans who want this country to avoid having to relive the perilous circumstances that justified the Declaration of Independence come forward to correct this deficiency.''
It is difficult these days not to come upon some pessimistic patriotic commentator expressing the fear that something called “martial law” may soon be imposed on this country, as the General Government’s response to a new “terrorist attack”, or to the economic and social chaos arising out of a collapse of the monetary and banking systems, or to some other dire event that frightens hapless Americans into trading a sure and certain loss of their liberties for a dollop of conjectural safety.
An optimistic patriot might scoff at such fears. But both pessimists and optimists typically share the same implicit first premise: namely, that the form of “martial law” they have in mind is legitimate. Most of the time, this is a rather glaring and dangerous error.
In legal analysis, definitions of terms make all the difference. And “martial law” can be defined in at least four ways:

Sarah Palin gets 1,100 invitations

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin this week will begin accepting and rejecting the more than 1,070 invitations
she has received for paid speeches and political appearances since she resigned as Alaska governor, aides said.
Twenty speakers’ bureaus made offers to represent her. She has signed with Washington Speakers Bureau, which represents everyone from George and Laura Bush to Bob Woodward and Katie Couric to Alan Greenspan, Colin Powell and Rudy Giuliani.
More than 950 requests for speeches have poured in for
Palin, and over 120 candidates for office have asked her to appear, including folks running for Senate, House and state legislature, aides said.
Palin will be doing both paid speeches, which are expected to go for six figures apiece, and unpaid speeches for political and charitable causes, including Christian organizations, groups that support families with special-needs children, and military families. Read more:

The Real Teddy Kennedy: Deadly Legacy For America

''In other words, rather than serving America and our future, Senator Ted Kennedy destroyed our America just as quickly as he took Mary Jo Kopechne’s life on a drunken night somewhere back in the 60s. As she fought for her life in that car as the waters rose above her, he escaped.''

Teddy Kennedy died last week, but his history grows more deadly for future Americans.
Instead of a rich legacy bequeathed upon the United States by forever U.S. Senator Teddy Kennedy, the oft-intoxicated, blubbery fourth brother of the Kennedy clan—four decades ago--drunkenly drove over a bridge that caused the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, left the scene and lied about what happened.
The reality behind the façade of Edward Kennedy:
1. He was caught cheating at Harvard when he attended it. He was expelled twice, once for cheating on a test, and once for paying a classmate to cheat for him.
2. While attending law school at the University of Virginia, he was cited for reckless driving four times, including once when he was clocked driving 90 miles per hour in a residential neighborhood with his headlights off after dark. His Virginia driver's license was never revoked.
3. On July 19, 1969, Kennedy attended a party on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts. At about 11:00 PM, he borrowed his chauffeur's' keys to his Oldsmobile limousine and offered to give a ride home to Mary Jo Kopechne, a campaign worker. Leaving the island via an unlit bridge with no guard rail, Kennedy steered the car off the bridge, flipped, and dropped into Poucha Pond. He swam to shore and walked back to the party passing several Houses and a fire station. Two friends then returned with him to the scene of the accident. According to their later testimony, they told him what he already knew - that he was required by law to immediately report the accident to the authorities. Instead Kennedy made his way to his hotel, called his lawyer, and went to sleep. Kennedy called the police the next morning and by then the wreck had already been discovered. Before dying, Kopechne had scratched at the upholstered floor above her head in the upside-down car. The Kennedy family began "calling in favors", ensuring that any inquiry would be contained. Her corpse was whisked out-of- state to her family before an autopsy could be conducted. Further details are uncertain, but after the accident Kennedy says he repeatedly dove under the water trying to rescue Kopechne and he didn't call police because he was in a state of shock. Since the accident Kennedy's "political enemies" have referred to him as the distinguished Senator from Chappaquiddick. He pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, and was given a suspended two month sentence. Kopechne's family received a small payout from the Kennedy's insurance policy and never sued.
4. Only Kennedy’s first wife Joan knows of the purported sexual adventures of her husband. Colleagues referred to his exploits, “A blonde in every pond.”

Multi-state car dealer plans birth-certificate billboards

A top-rated talk radio host in Denver, Colo., has received some good news about his hopes to erect "Where's the Birth Certificate?" billboards in front of hundreds of thousands of drivers a day when a local businessman heard his radio show and agreed to donate the sign space.
Now, WND has learned, that businessman is planning on donating signage in multiple states to get the message out that Barack Obama has yet to prove his constitutional eligibility to serve as president.
As WND reported,
Peter Boyles, who hosts the top-rated morning program on Denver's KHOW-AM, has been fascinated with the president's refusal to release his long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate to verify his qualification to serve as commander in chief and has dedicated many hours of his program in recent weeks to discussion of all sides of the eligibility issue, much of which has been based on WorldNetDaily's extensive coverage.
Demand the truth by joining the petition campaign to make President Obama reveal his long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate!
Earlier this week,
Boyles announced he would seek approval to post billboards in the Denver area questioning Obama's proof of eligibility.
Friday morning, Boyles celebrated that one of the hurdles in his plan has been cleared: used
car lot owner Phil Wolf has agreed to donate the space on his business' two, massive signs fronting Interstate Highway 70, a location estimated to be seen by over 300,000 drivers per day.
"It's a very cool moment," Boyles said on the air. "It'll rock 'n' roll when this happens. ... Maybe other radio talk-show hosts will do the same and see what their audiences do."

'This is the face of Jewish vengeance'

The Nazi hordes, spurred on by their diabolical leader Adolf Hitler, committed horrid atrocities in the hunting and extermination of the Jews.
The National Socialists (yes, that's what "Nazi" means) reigned through terror and wickedness, and as our schoolbooks and popular culture reinforce over and over again, the Nazis were the real "bad guys" in history, likely the last enemies of the U.S. that today's politically correct gatekeepers allow to be treated as "the bad guys."
Perhaps that's why the college students around me laughed and clapped when Nazis were beaten, tortured and executed in gory, blood-bathing detail in "Inglourious Basterds."
Perhaps that's why they said, "Awesome," and, "Cool," when a Nazi's head, clubbed by a baseball bat, exploded onscreen like an overripe watermelon.
More stunning, however, than the celebration of violence and vengeance in the theater or the amazingly surreal gore of "Inglourious Basterds" – even more stunning than Quentin Tarantino's brilliant direction in the film (and I'm not a Tarantino fan, but, admittedly, this was an incredible piece of work) – was the reaction of an elderly woman who walked, silent, out of the theater.
She and her husband held hands as they left "Inglourious Basterds" with grim and stoic faces trying in vain to mask an undercurrent of emotion that swelled strong within them.
I thought perhaps they were offended by the brutality of the film or the constant mocking of others' suffering … but I was wrong.
When her husband slipped off to use the restroom, I stopped and asked what her reaction was to a film that showed Nazis being stabbed, shot, scalped and carved up before her eyes. Her answer has haunted me ever since:
"My eyes were riveted," she said with an intense gaze holding back tears. "We would have loved for it to have really been that way, being as I was born in 1941." http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=108463

Major Bills to Defeat After August Recess

''We the people must be unified in our actions. As I said, the Outlaws will be back in Washington, DC next week. There will be massive chaos to get several major pieces of unconstitutional legislation pushed through while creating "emergencies" on the side to keep everyone rattled. I believe at this time, instead of the normal break from 1 Oct until the following January, these buzzards are going to stay in session for longer than normal in an attempt to pass major pieces of legislation which will pick our bones clean.''

"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion." George Washington, Farewell Address, Sept. 17, 1796
The outlaws (Congress) will be back in session, August 8, 2009. Americans have been watching and participating in 'tea parties' throughout the states; see this short video of one in Sacramento. Some members of Congress have vocalized what many of these crooks, cowards and outright nitwits in Congress have been thinking: There is a revolution underway. It's about time. Those of us who have been in the lonely trenches for decades hope everyone can concentrate on the critical issues and tune out the distractions - political bickering. Time is of the essence. As I have written so many times: We are in the fight for our very survival, both as a nation and in our personal lives.
The Internet continues to scream at full steam about the possibility of forced vaccinations regarding the manufactured crisis over the swine flu. I covered this in my last column, but let me reinforce something before I move on to the next issue. At this time there is no federal or state edict, Executive Order or anything else stating you, me or our children must be shot up with that deadly cocktail. The possible exception might be state health care workers and some federal employees. All states have exemption clauses in their laws regarding vaccines. See link one below under Flu category. http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd464.htm

An "idiot's guide" to apostrophes

The move comes amid growing exasperation about the increasing numbers of grammatical errors appearing on documents and signboards throughout Britain.
Readers of The Sunday Telegraph have submitted dozens of examples of poor grammar following our report of one man's campaign to restore the correct use of the apostrophe in his home town.
Last Sunday we told how Stefan Gatward, who has become known as the Apostrophe Man of Royal Tunbridge Wells, has identified several examples of street signs which have either an apostrophe missing or one in the wrong place.
Local authorities around the country have now resorted to issuing GCSE-style crib sheets to their staff in a bid to raise standards of grammar in their organisations.
Guidance for staff at Salford council states: "Do not assume that if you don't know whether to use an apostrophe, then most of your readers won't either.
"Many of your readers will notice, and they will infer that you did not learn to write correctly. If a reader notices that you have used incorrect grammar, you will instantly lose credibility."

Liberal Terrors

How leftist fascists attempt to silence all opposition

''The issue was that the McCain-Feingold law bans corporate money being used for electioneering. … At the first Supreme Court argument in March, a government lawyer, answering a hypothetical question, said the government
could also make it a crime to distribute books advocating the election or defeat of political candidates so long as they were paid for by corporations
and not their political action committees. That position seemed to astound several of the more conservative justices, and there were gasps in the courtroom. ''
– New York Times, "Supreme Court to Revisit 'Hillary' Documentary," Aug. 29, 2009
Few political books have ever been published with more perfect timing than Jonah Goldberg's "Liberal Fascism." Although Goldberg may have gotten the identity of the victorious liberal incorrect, his work has nevertheless proven to be a reliable indicator of the increasingly materno-fascistic behavior of the Democratic House, Senate and White House. The present Washington regime is the political version of the so-called helicopter moms who hover over their children at all times in an attempt to exert constant control over their decisions and behavior.
Whether it is forcing the young and
healthy to buy unneeded health insurance, preventing the insured from seeing the doctors of their choice or dictating the unnecessary destruction of perfectly viable used cars, the collection of petty central planners in Washington are a direct and growing obstacle to the constitutional and natural liberties of Americans. To put it bluntly, they are a cancer on American freedom that has now grown to point that they dare to directly attack the Bill of Rights.
Intelligent observers have always known that the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law was an outrageous and blatantly unconstitutional assault on the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. But this went largely unrecognized by the American people for two reasons. First, the law was passed under the guise of protecting democracy from the undue influence of corporate wealth, which sounds reasonable to the average voter even if it is demonstrably false. Second, because the law was of great material benefit to the media by hampering the ability of non-media institutions and individuals to interfere with the political messages being pushed by the media, the greater part of the media wasn't terribly inclined to complain about it or draw attention to the probable ramifications.

Political correctness protected 'Creepy Phil'

''The media seem perplexed by this story. How could Creepy Phil hide Jaycee in plain sight all these years? Political correctness, backed up by the state legislature, enforced by law enforcement templates and probation biases explains a lot of what went on here. To date, no report or analysis has even mentioned this angle to the story.''

It's a nightmare that shoots fear through the heart of every parent. Your child is abducted, and you never hear from her or about her again.
In 1991, 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard was abducted from a school bus stop near her South Lake Tahoe home. Last week, 29-year-old "Allissa" admitted she was Jaycee and had been imprisoned for 18 years as a sex slave by "Creepy Phil" (neighbor's words) Garrido in sheds and tents concealed in his backyard in Antioch, Calif., some 170 miles away.
She bore him two daughters, the first when she was 14. According to the El Dorado County Sheriff's office, neither Jaycee nor either of the girls had ever been to a doctor, or to school.
Political correctness protected Creepy Phil, but ultimately did him in.
First, PC twisted the investigation of Jaycee's kidnapping.
For all these years, law enforcement has been fixated on their prime suspect in Jaycee's abduction: her stepfather, Carl Probyn. His life was made a living hell of investigation followed by more investigation by one agency and then another. His grief-stricken wife divorced him.
There was not in 1991 nor to this day any evidence that Carl had been involved in Jaycee's kidnapping. The police operated from the feminist template that pointed the finger of accusation at the father whenever anything happens to a young female child. PC pointed to the suspect, and no lack of evidence deterred "investigators." Carl told ABC news that he had been a suspect right up to the moment Creepy Phil confessed.
Jaycee's mother, Terry Probyn, was reunited last week with Jaycee. Carl Probyn was not invited to the reunion.
Next, PC shielded Creepy Phil during probation checks.
Garrido has a long rap sheet stretching back to 1971. He was convicted in 1976 of kidnapping a 25-year-old woman in South Lake Tahoe. He kept her in a mini warehouse in Reno, repeatedly raping her.
He was sentenced to 50 years to life in 1977, but was released in 1988, to federal parole, and then in 1999 transferred to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. As a convicted sex offender, the conditions of his probation included wearing a GPS locator on his ankle and submitting to supervised probation (including surprise visits to his home).

Get behind Obamacare – the sooner the better

''I want health care for everyone, if we can afford it. I want a cleaner environment if it doesn't put millions out of work and drive energy costs through the roof. I don't want to see kids go hungry. I want every elderly person in America to not have to worry about food or shelter. But if we believe government programs that provide services – without paying the bills – will somehow start working, we are as loony as the Left. Every entitlement program they have built has failed or is bankrupt. They have spent the money they promised to save.''

While it is a liberty traditionally reserved for the opposite gender, I am exercising the right to change my mind. I want to fully throw my full support behind Obamacare, cap and trade and any other ill-conceived liberal ideas Mr. Obama and Ms. Pelosi want foisted upon the American people.
But before you call for my immediate termination at WND, at least allow for a brief explanation.
Democrats, led by the ever-popular Nancy Pelosi, have never ceased to remind us "they won." They possess the Congress, White House and an acute sense of entitlement and mandate to pass whatever they think is best for the planet, their power base and future elections.
Damn the people. They are in charge.
Did I mention that they control the checkbook and the credit lines and, therefore, couldn't care less about what anything costs? The thought of burdening future generations with unsustainable amounts of debt is ignored in their quest to bring about an America that is totally dependent on the government.
So the faster they perform their do-gooder deeds implementing all the radical "fundamental changes" Mr. Obama promised two days before his election, the faster he can run America into a
financial ditch by spending money we do not have.
Democrats don't realize that no matter how good, how important or how necessary a certain program may be to them, if we can't pay for it and we spend the money anyway the ultimate outcome is
bankruptcy. And if we print the money, inflation will send us to banana republic status as Warren Buffet and others have warned. With that status, no one in their right mind will lend us the money we need to finance $20 trillion of debt.

Bye, bye, Teddy

''...But Ted Kennedy was more than politics. He was the cheater expelled from Harvard who, with Daddy's influence, served his military for two years in Europe, far from the real war in Korea. With age, he deteriorated into a fat drunk. There were allegations of drug use and clear evidence of womanizing more befitting a 20-year-old with a trust fund.''

It's over! And I'm glad.
I've been Kennedy'd to death and tired long ago of the dominance of the Kennedy family in politics, social issues, media and culture.
I'm smart enough to know the Kennedy mystique was smoke and mirrors, political spin and manipulation of
It was a great combination and the American public ate it up – a sad reflection on us. But it was also a reflection of raw political power used shrewdly to accomplish personal ends for selfish glory. It was a clever merger of family money, power, influence and politics.
The San Jose
Mercury News tribute was headlined "A Dynasty's End," accompanied with a 1930s photograph of the entire family – parents Joseph and Rose and their nine children, from the eldest Joe Jr. to the youngest, Edward.
Their smiles, and the clear parental pride, captured a fleeting moment in time. The story of the Kennedy family, their political history and their social and personal travails and demons is indelibly imprinted on U.S. history.
The effects elicit a broad range of emotions and opinions. We bought into their manufactured fairy tale family story, their ruthless personal ambitions, crass political manipulations, destructive progressive agendas and, as if a topping on this mélange of hypocrisy, their personal failings as human beings involving abuse – of substances and of people, ranging from their myriad sexual partners – wives, girlfriends and paramours to those who didn't survive the encounters: Marilyn Monroe and Mary Jo Kopechne.
The story of Joseph Kennedy's family is one of fiction and truth, and it ended with the death last week of Edward Moore Kennedy. He was the last of Joe and Rose Kennedy's kids to hold political office and a man who influenced, for better or worse, American politics and society for decades.
He wasn't the last surviving child. That would be Jean Kennedy Smith, 81. Within the last few weeks, she lost her last surviving siblings, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and the baby of the family, Edward, known as Ted and to the multitude of cousins and grandchildren as Teddy. One can only imagine her grief and loneliness.

Just how sick was Ted Kennedy?

''No, no, no – I'm sure Kennedy felt plenty of remorse about leaving a drowning young woman in a car, where, according to the coroner's report, she spent up to two hours gasping for air, while Kennedy went home, showered, shaved and rested up for 18 hours before even reporting the crime!''

I didn't think it was possible for me to be more disgusted by the sick and twisted life of Ted Kennedy than I was based on what I knew at the time of his death.
I was wrong.
I heard something Friday that gave me even more appreciation into the indecency, immorality and inhumanity of the late senator. Of course, none of the fawning news media bothered to pick it up. I guess it would have been considered bad taste during our national mourning period for the pervert.
Fortunately, it's on the record now, for future – perhaps wiser and nobler – generations to ponder and evaluate.
Ted Kennedy enjoyed sharing Chappaquiddick jokes with his close friends – including his biographer, Ed Klein.
Do you believe this?
Here's what Klein told National Public Radio last week in an interview with Katty Kay, filling in for host Diane Rehm: "He would ask people, 'Have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?'"
Klein said one of Kennedy's "favorite topics of humor was, indeed, Chappaquiddick."
I know. I know. You don't believe me. You think I'm making this up.
So, please, don't take my word for it, listen to it for yourself.
"I mean, that is just the most amazing thing," Klein said. "Not that he didn't feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne but that he still always saw the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too."

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bill would give president emergency control of Internet

''The president of the United States has always had the constitutional authority, and duty, to protect the American people and direct the national response to any emergency that threatens the security and safety of the United States. The Rockefeller-Snowe Cybersecurity bill makes it clear that the president's authority includes securing our national cyber infrastructure from attack. The section of the bill that addresses this issue, applies specifically to the national response to a severe attack or natural disaster.''

Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.
They're not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (
excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.
The new version would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "non-governmental" computer networks and do what's necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for "cybersecurity professionals," and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.
"I think the redraft, while improved, remains troubling due to its vagueness," said Larry Clinton, president of the
Internet Security Alliance, which counts representatives of Verizon, Verisign, Nortel, and Carnegie Mellon University on its board. "It is unclear what authority Sen. Rockefeller thinks is necessary over the private sector. Unless this is clarified, we cannot properly analyze, let alone support the bill."

The Global Body Parts Business

''The German company Tutogen's business in body parts is as secretive as it is lucrative. It extracts bones from corpses in Ukraine to manufacture medical products, as part of a global market worth billions that is centered in the United States.''

Anatoly Korzhak, a pensioner and former engineer, died in Kiev on August 5, 2004. His body was picked up at 2 a.m. and taken to the forensic medicine institute in the Ukrainian capital. That same night, Korzhak's daughter, Lena Krat, received a telephone call and was asked to come to the institute immediately in the morning, where she was told she would

receive further information.
It was the first time Krat was confronted with the death of a close relative. "I was so upset that I couldn't think clearly," she recalls. When she arrived at the institute in the morning, a man there said something to her about skin transplants. He was an employee of a Ukrainian company that works hand-in-hand with forensic medicine experts. She said to the man: "Leave me alone. I don't understand what you're talking about, and I don't want to listen to you."
But the employee was persistent and eventually gave her a form to sign. He told her that if she consented to skin removal, she would be helping pediatric burn victims who needed transplants. Krat signed the form. "It was as if I had been hypnotized," she says.

Teetotallers more likely to be depressed

''The authors conclude that in societies where some use of alcohol is the norm, abstinence may be associated with being socially marginalised or particular personality traits that may also be associated with mental illness.''

Abstaining from alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of depression according to a new study published in Addiction journal.
It has long been recognised that excessive alcohol consumption can lead to poor physical and mental health. However, there has been mounting evidence that low levels of alcohol consumption may also be associated with poor mental health possibly due to abstainers having other health problems or being reformed heavy drinkers.
The study utilised data from the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT Study) based in Norway. This provided information on the drinking habits and mental health of over 38,000 individuals. Using this data the authors were able to show that those individuals who reported drinking no alcohol over a two week period were more likely than moderate drinkers to report symptoms of depression. Those individuals who additionally labelled themselves as “abstainers” were at the highest risk of depression. Other factors, such as age, physical health problems and number of close friends could explain some, but not all of this increased risk. The authors also had access to reported levels of alcohol consumption 11 years prior to the main survey. This showed that fourteen percent of current abstainers had previously been heavy drinkers, but this did not explain all of the increased risk of depression amongst abstainers.

Jesus of Siberia

''Vissarion himself whiles away his days painting in his chalet where he lives with his wife and six children - one of whom he adopted from a single mother in the commune. But critics in Russia have accused him of fleecing his loyal community of followers for personal gain.''

The beard and long hair are both present and correct.
And with his flowing linen robes and beatific smile he certainly does a fine impression of a holy man.
But to his believers in this remote corner of Siberia, Sergei Torop, a former traffic policeman, is the literal reincarnation of none other than Jesus Christ.
Torop, 48, is the spiritual leader of at least 5,000 devoted followers, among them intellectuals, artists and professionals who flock to worship him in the small isolated village of Petropavlovka - more than 2000 miles from Moscow.
Torop was ‘reborn’ as ‘Vissarion’ in 1991 just as Russia was facing a crisis of confidence following the collapse of the iron curtain.
He is just the latest example of Russia’s predilection for 'personality cults' - a national obsession that leads back all the way to the days of Rasputin.
Both Lenin and Stalin tapped into the Russian people’s eagerness to embrace powerful figures and actively fostered the almost religious fervour with which they were worshipped.
After time spent in the Army, Torop had been working as a traffic policeman on the night shift in the small Siberia town of Minusinsk until he was made unemployed.
Suddenly something ‘awoke’ inside him, he says, and he instantly knew that he was the second coming of Christ - 2,000 years after he was first crucified. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1209858/Jesus-Siberia-Ex-traffic-policeman-says-son-God-leads-thousands-followers-Russia.html?ITO=1490#ixzz0PebVEnP0

Obama and the Thugs

"If you want the next four years lookin' like the last eight, then I'm not your candidate. But if you want real change...then I need you. I need you to go out and talk to your friends, talk to your neighbors...I want you to argue with them, get in their faces...you guys are the ones who can make the change."- Candidate Barack Obama to supporters September, 2008

Early last fall, an old friend of mine and long-time volunteer for Republican women's associations, called me from her home in Orlando, Florida. She was quite shaken. She had just returned from what was intended to be a small, quiet McCain support outing, just like the ones she had been dutifully attending for 30 years. The small group of middle-aged homemakers took their little signs to an approved street corner, carried their small American flags and assembled to do their hour's vote-for-our-guy walk before heading off to the nearest coffee shop to divvy up coming-week duties of stuffing envelopes and making phone calls.
But something had changed between the last election and 2008. My friend told of a morning from hell, in which the women were rudely accosted on the street by young male thugs (her word), who called them "c*nts," "whitey whores" and "stupid bitches." These young males got in their faces and jostled them with angry shoves. My friend said that in all the years she had been doing just this simple patriotic activity, she had never had such a frightening experience. It was to be the first of several, which have left her shaken to this day.
Later on into the fall campaign, I spoke with Dr. Lynette Long, a former Hillary supporter compiling data on what she deemed, "Caucus Fraud." She referred me to a set of
video testimonials, in which middle-aged women mostly, gave grizzly accounts of the same thuggery employed against them in caucus settings.

President Obama should fire Attorney General Eric Holder

''If Holder and his senior team won't do the right thing and resign their positions, Obama should do the right thing and fire them.''

Among the president's cabinet appointments, the Attorney General is unique.
Whereas the Secretary of Transportation is responsible for the nation's highways and airways, and the Secretary of Agriculture oversees the nation's farms, the Attorney General's charge is upholding the rule of law - the glue that holds together a self-governing people.
In the latest skirmish in the Democratic Party's war on the CIA, Attorney General Eric Holder has failed to uphold this fundamental public trust. And for that, there should be consequences.
Earlier this week, on the same day that the administration released a six-year-old report on terrorist interrogations, Holder announced he is appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the CIA officials who conducted the interrogations.
We know from long experience, of course, that special prosecutors in Washington quickly become self-justifying. To rationalize their existence, they must find people to prosecute, and find they do.
So Holder is tasking his lawyers to prosecute the men and women who worked - successfully - to keep America safe since September 11, 2001. Fair enough. It's not too politically palatable perhaps, but the law is the law.
Or is it?
Americans could be forgiven for believing, on the basis of shamefully twisted mainstream media coverage, that the recently revealed 2004 CIA Inspector-General report at the center of this controversy is merely a cataloging of CIA abuse.
But in fact, the report methodically described a carefully limited and, with a few exceptions, faithfully implemented program of enhanced interrogation techniques - techniques that yielded what the report itself deems valuable results.
The report also details the exceptions, cases in which interrogation techniques were used that were outside the carefully developed regime.

Is 'diversity' threatening Christianity?

''I am reminded of King Nebuchadnezzar erecting a mammoth golden statue in the plain of Dura (Daniel chapter 3) and requiring the people to worship it. However, three young Hebrew men – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – loved the God of the Bible and refused to bow, so they were thrust into the great fiery furnace. They would not allow the king to dictate how they worshiped the living God''

A Christian homeschooled girl was ordered by a New Hampshire court this week to attend a public school because her faith is a "bit too sincerely held and must be sifted, tested by, and mixed among other worldviews." No joke.
attorneys working with the Alliance Defense Fund have filed motions with the court, asking it to reconsider the order compelling the 10-year-old girl into public school. The attorney, John Anthony Simmons, said that parents have a "fundamental right to make educational choices for their children."
The problem arose when the girl, whose parents are divorced, was questioned in a custody
hearing and reflected her mother's so-called "rigidity" on questions of faith. One state official said the girl's "vigorous defense of her religious beliefs" indicated that she had not been exposed to other points of view.
As a father of four kids in Christian school, I find this ruling deeply alarming. My wife and I, as well as my kids' teachers, train them to be able to defend their faith. That is part of being a Christian and an apologist for Jesus Christ.
"Speechless: Silencing the Christians," by Don Wildmon, lays out determined strategy of coalition of liberal secularists, homosexual activists and Fortune 500 companies
However, the diversity craze in our nation is becoming very powerful, and it is certainly troubling when state officials make determinations that counter parental judgments

Kennedy buried near brothers at Arlington

''Inappropriately liberal; Ten of Kennedy’s grandchildren, nieces and nephews led the congregation in prayers, paraphrasing some of the late senator’s most familiar lines. These included Kennedy’s plea for universal health-care legislation, now pending in Congress.''

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the last lion of a storied U.S. political dynasty, was laid to rest yesterday beside the graves of his two slain brothers on a hilltop above the capital where he made his legislative legacy.
The burial at Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington followed a Roman Catholic funeral Mass earlier in the day in Kennedy’s hometown of Boston. At the two-hour service, President Barack Obama and the nation’s political elite bade farewell to the Massachusetts senator whose legislative career spanned almost a half century.
“The world will long remember” Kennedy as “heir to a weighty legacy, a champion for those who had none; the soul of the Democratic Party; the lion of the United States Senate,” Obama said in his eulogy for the youngest brother of President John F. Kennedy, slain in 1963, and New York Senator Robert Kennedy, who was murdered during a 1968 quest for the nation’s highest office.

Kennedy praised at funeral mass
'We can still hear his voice bellowing through the Senate chamber, face reddened'--Miami Herald
'The heir to a weighty legacy'
President Obama's eulogy of Ted Kennedy--Baltimore Republican Examiner

Kennedy grandson plays God card at funeralPrays for 'quality health care' for 'every American' as 'a fundamental right'--ABC News
JFK granddaughter flips off crowd?
Daughter of 'Sweet Caroline' not so sweet--WFXT-TV, Boston
Group questions Catholic funeral for Kennedy
'In diametric opposition to his church's very ... clearly articulated teaching'--OneNewsNow
'Headed Home': Orrin Hatch writes song for Kennedy
'You have to admire a lifetime dedicated to public service'--YouTube
AUDIONETDAILYWorldNetDaily ExclusiveBiographer: Kennedy often 'joked about Chappaquiddick'
Biographer reveals deadly incident was a 'favorite topic of humor'--WND

Saturday, August 29, 2009

At 70 'Wizard of Oz,' still shines

“I find it most interesting that even after 70 years ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is still an incredibly modern film in many ways. Especially in the sense that it speaks a very contemporary sci-fi/fantasy language. The skill with which the film guides the audience through the layers of an alternate reality and then delivers one of the best mind-bending endings ever is simply timeless. Not to mention, the film has flying monkeys and you can’t beat that.”

It was 70 years ago this week that “The Wizard of Oz” arrived in theaters and even in this CGI-jaded era those old red ruby slippers still sparkle brightly.
The anniversary has been celebrated over the past year with numerous events, including a national tour by a seven-story Oz-themed hot-air balloon. The festivities will wrap up with a Sept. 23 one-night theatrical re-release of a newly restored version of the film in 450 theaters and the release next month of an “ultimate collector’s edition” package on Blu-ray and DVD with that remastered version and 16 hours of bonus material.
That may sound like a lot of attention for an artifact from the FDR administration, but there’s a timeless quality to the cinematic adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s novel that still transports new generations over the rainbow. The movie remains an essential reference point -- this December in James Cameron’s much-ballyhooed sci-fi epic “Avatar,” for instance, when the main character arrives on a dazzling jungle planet, moviegoers will hear a familiar line: “You’re not in Kansas anymore.” Cameron chuckled when asked about the line. “Yeah, it’s my favorite movie; I had to get it in there somewhere,” he said. Cameron is not alone in his ongoing romance with “Oz.” To mark the anniversary, The Times interviewed creators in film, television, music and books who have never wearied of the cinematic trip down the yellow brick road.

"Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin"

''I once laughed at Christians. I thought Christianity was all a joke, and meanwhile, my life was empty and lame. I had tried partying, drinking and drugs, and I was searching. And one day, instead of mocking Christians, I actually listened to their message, and my life changed as a result.''
Nebuchadnezzar suffered from some type of mental illness for a time, but then he came to his senses and believed in God. Yet his grandson Belshazzar couldn't have cared less about Grandpa Neb – in spite of the fact that he had heard of the great miracles God had performed, like predicting the future and delivering Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fiery furnace. Not only did Belshazzar not believe in God, but he went out of his way to insult and mock God. And that, by the way, is a really bad idea.

As Jim Croce used to sing, "You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger, and you don't mess around with Jim." I would add that you don't mock God either, because the Bible says, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows" (Galatians 6:7 NIV).
I once laughed at Christians. I thought Christianity was all a joke, and meanwhile, my life was empty and lame. I had tried partying,
drinking and drugs, and I was searching. And one day, instead of mocking Christians, I actually listened to their message, and my life changed as a result.
Belshazzar, however, didn't listen to God's message. He ignored it, and he did so to his own peril. He had inherited everything he had from his grandfather, who had been humbled and later restored, but like many young people, Belshazzar didn't learn from his elders. Sitting in
security and splendor, young Belshazzar decided it was party time. He gave a great feast for 1,000 of his lords, no doubt in honor of some pagan god or gods. But while all this was happening, judgment was at the door. God, with his own finger, scrawled some heavenly graffiti on the wall: "Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin" (Daniel 5:25 NIV).
A terrified Belshazzar called in his astrologers, who could not help him. Then his grandmother told him about an old prophet named Daniel, who had helped his grandfather come to faith in God. The 90-year-old Daniel walked into the presence of the terrified young king, told him about his grandfather's conversion, and reminded him that he knew better. Then he interpreted God's handwriting for the young king: "Mene" meant "numbered"; "tekel" meant "weighed"; and "parsin" meant "divided."
To loosely paraphrase, God had numbered the days of Belshazzar's life, and the party was over.

A worldview battle in Alaska

''Are we a people that see the unborn, family and individuals as all part of the fundamental fabric of life? Or are we a materialistic, secular nation of individuals making political claims on each other?''

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin missed a great opportunity to personally kick off an issue of enormous importance to her state and to the nation.
She was scheduled to appear with me at an Alaska Family Council event in Anchorage to launch Alaska's Parental Involvement Initiative, which will require notification of
parents of teenage girls under age 18 before they can get an abortion. But, the schedules of we mortals cannot retard the imperatives of history, so, despite Mrs. Palin's absence, we've gone to war with the army we have.
Currently, 35 states have
laws that require either parental consent or notification in order for a teenage girl to receive an abortion. Alaska passed one in 1997.
However, after 10 years on the books, in 2007 the Alaska Supreme Court, arguing that sharing this information with parents violated the privacy of their
teenage daughters, found the law unconstitutional. So now a 13-year-old can get an abortion with no knowledge of her parents.
Open your eyes to the ugliness inside the abortion industry with "Lime 5: Exploited by Choice"
A large percentage of these abortions are paid for with state Medicaid funds, but no one seems to think that parents' privacy is being violated using their tax funds to pay for these.
Research shows the remedial benefits of parental involvement when a pregnant
teenager considers abortion.
And research shows the profound psychological damage caused by teenage abortion.
But, perhaps we should be wondering who we are today that we need to gather data to address an issue as intuitively obvious as whether a teenage girl may abort her child without her parents knowing.

The insanity of the right wing

''Let's quit complaining about how bad things are in America and do something about it. Let's pull our kids out. If we don't, then are we not the truly insane ones? You know: "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." ''

Most likely you've heard Einstein's definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Nowhere is this more obvious today than with political and religious conservatives, the so-called right. What do I mean? Next month the right will send millions of their own children to public schools that are literally controlled by the left – meaning that it is only the liberals' "values," "morals" and curriculum that are taught in our government schools.
Some may ask if this is true – can liberals actually be running the schools? Is it possible that there is a direct link between our country's precipitous slide into socialism and decades of indoctrination in leftist school ideologies? You be the judge. Read below what the founder of today's schools and other
public school advocates have said over the years:
"I believe that ... [public] education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform ... this conception has due regard for ... socialistic ideals." and "There is no God and there is no soul. ... There is no room for fixed ... or moral absolutes."
– John Dewey, father of modern public education and signer of Humanist Manifesto 1930
"Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American school is a school of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday school's meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of humanistic teaching?"
– C.F. Potter, signer of Humanist Manifesto 1930
"... [E]very child in American entering schools at the age of 5 is insane because he comes to schools with certain allegiances toward our Founding Fathers, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. ..."
– Chester Pierce,
of education at Harvard (1970)
"The old order is passing. … Social controls cannot be left to blind chance. ... Man must be the builder of new forms of social organizations. … Here [public] education must play a stellar role."
– Dan W. Dodson, professor of
educational sociology at N. Y. University (1970)
"We are the biggest potential political striking force [union] in this country, and we are determined to control the direction of [public] education."
– NEA President Catherine Barrett (1972)
"Public schools promote civic rather than individual pursuits. ... We must focus on creating citizens for the good of society. … Each child belongs to the state."
– William H. Seawell, professor of education (1981)
"... [T]he battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classrooms by teachers who correctly perceive their role as proselytizers of a new religion. … The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new – the rotting corpse of Christianity ... and the new faith of humanism. ..."
– John Dunphy, 1983 (Secular-Humanist)
"We do not need any more preaching about right or wrong. The old 'thou shall nots' simply are not relevant. Values clarification is a method for teachers to change the values of children without getting caught."
– Dr. Sidney Simon, creator of "Values Clarification"
Just this summer, the NEA's retiring general counsel publicly aired his true feelings by calling conservatives
"right-wing ba----ds".
Not yet convinced your kids should drop out of (government) school? Check out d'Escoto's book, "The Little Book of Big Reasons to Homeschool"
Is it really that hard to see that the left has already declared war on conservative America? To borrow Aragorn's words to King Theoden in the movie "Return of the King," "Open war is upon you whether you will risk it or not!"

Homosexuality and the apostate church

''There is bad news and Good News for gays. Bad news: Homosexuality remains an abomination to our Father. The Good News: He provides a way of escape. Through godly counsel coupled with divine intervention and healing, there is a path out for those who yearn to live in the truth.''

Many members of the clergy must be using the Bible like the old Sears catalogue – for toilet paper – because they obviously don't read it.
Last week, another once-great church succumbed to the relentless, media-savvy campaign of determined homosexuality. "Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America voted to lift the ban that prohibited sexually active gay and lesbian people from serving as ministers," reported the Associated Press.
In July, the Episcopal
House of Bishops and laity approved liturgies for same-sex couples and endorsed the right to elect gay bishops. Lutherans and Episcopalians join other denominational giants, Unitarians, Presbyterians and United Methodists, in their reckless moral compromise.
All failed to do their homework on homosexuality, a lifestyle that can only be described as sexual and spiritual quicksand.
This ecumenical green light, masquerading as enlightened sensitivity, is a hate crime of colossal proportions. It endangers those captured by a stubborn and perplexing sexual predilection and reinforces the lie that all is well with their souls.
Are you and your church being decieved? Take defensive action – read "Seduction of the Saints: Staying Pure in a World of Deception"
"When God is alleged to sanction the abominable, a religious travesty is being played out, and boldly. The travesty is twofold. Not only are believers falling into homosexual sin and legitimizing it, but uninformed heterosexual Christians are applauding them as they do!" writes ex-gay-rights activist Joe Dallas in his book, "The Gay Gospel?"

The defining issue of our time

''When people really begin to envision a single-payer system that has to decide on virtually every medical decision, and then either reject or approve and pay for every health-care service provided in the entire country, only the most rabid progressive can keep down their last meal. Most Americans recoil at the notion of more government intrusion into the most personal aspects of private life.''

Everyone agrees that the nation needs health-care reform. If this is true, why can't one side or the other actually win the battle for congressional votes and reform the health-care system?
The progressives in Congress, mostly Democrats, want a system in which the government provides
health care to everyone. Some go so far as to claim that health care is a basic human right. This side of the debate believes that it is immoral for people who need health care not to get it, and that government is the only entity with the money to provide it.
The conservatives in Congress, mostly Republicans, realize that before government can provide health care for anyone, the money to pay for it must first be taken from the people who earn it. This raises a question: If the money to pay for health care must first be taken from the people, why not let the people keep their money and pay for their own health care?
The answer is this: Some people earn enough money to pay for their own health care, and some don't. Therefore, government must take enough money from those who earn it to pay for the health care needed by those who cannot pay for their own care.
The progressives in Congress, mostly Democrats, consider this to be a perfectly legitimate function of a socialist government: Take from those who have, and redistribute to those who have not.
The conservatives in Congress, mostly Republicans, consider this to be theft, a penalty upon the successful, and absolutely abhorrent to the Constitution and to the notion of equal justice under the law.

Found: Cure for the liberal virus

''With utmost respect for liberal people I love dearly, I believe they've been infected with a virus. They honestly don't know it, and will deny it to my face, but I can see they don't trust the Constitution and the sparse but sinewy structure it created, the liberty for individuals and localities to address their own problems – without looking to the federal government for all solutions. They've become utterly convinced a centralized, hugely tax-funded government can, and should, solve all our human problems.''

It was at the Hutchinson Cancer Clinic in Seattle, several years ago I first saw live cancer cells under a microscope. It's forever seared into my memory.
Dr. Fred Hutchinson, founder of the renowned clinic and
research center, was showing me around. He asked me, "Have you ever actually seen cancer cells? Would you like to?"
Of course I said I would, and he took me into a laboratory and produced a number of slides. I looked through the high-powered microscope – and gazed at the embodiment of evil. Little black, iridescent globs, almost radiant from within, pulsing with menace, looking like miniaturized Darth Vaders from Star Wars.
"Doc, this is ghastly, frightening! What in the world can fight these things?" I asked.
"These," he said. And he stuck another slide under the scope. I was now looking at what looked like a bunch of Little Orphan Annie eyes, perfectly round clear circles. I asked, "These little circles, they can fight those evil
"They can absolutely lick cancer totally; I'll show you," he said. And he then showed me a progression of slides, and I'll never forget what I saw. In stages, those little circles – lymphocytes or white blood cells – moved up to and around the black blisters, completely covered them, and smothered them out of existence. They created an
environment in which the cancer cells couldn't function, and they just dissolved.
In my mind, I saw a subtitle tickertape moving under the slides, right out of the Bible: "Be not overcome with evil. Overcome evil with good."
Doctor Fred went on. "Every body contracts cancer cells from time to time, unknown to the person. Most of the time, a healthy blood stream will deliver those lymphocytes where they're needed, and in sufficient quantity, and the cancer cells are dissolved and expelled. We here, and around the world, are trying to find the way to send that army of white blood cells to the places where the cancer cells have established a foothold. When we accomplish that, we'll lick cancer."
I then asked the obvious question. "Do we know how cancer starts, where the black filthy cells come from?"
And, as I remember it, he said the medical research world feels there's some
virus that infects otherwise healthy cells, and chemically distorts or corrupts their DNA. Those cells go on living in the organ, and reproducing – but now controlled by a different blueprint
. They have become outlaws, renegades and as they grow they disrupt the functions of the organ, contaminate and ruin it; and they can eventually spread through the body, using the bloodstream, and cause death.
There's something fearfully like that going on in our body politic. A deadly virus has been loosed throughout our system, and wherever it takes root, it changes the functions and the structure that gave us the grandest, strongest, freest system of
government the world has ever known.
I call it liberalism.
The doctor is in and the diagnosis is clear. Don't miss Michael Savage's "Liberalism is a Mental Disorder"
Why? Because, unlike conservatism, which by definition seeks to conserve, to preserve the very structure our Founding Fathers provided in which individual liberty could flourish, liberalism seeks to take everybody under a controlling, supposedly benevolent government, and provide not individual liberty, but a society in which all needs are met somehow – at the cost of personal independence.