Mike Corthell

Mike Corthell
Editor & Publisher at Fryeburg Free Press MEDIA

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ron I Ran, I Lost

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It's Time to Destroy Iran


It's Time

'There are enough problems that confront us, and we must NOW take drastic measures to remove these vile and evil Islamic terrorists from the face of the earth, if for no other reason than to allow us to deal with other matters and get on with business.'' Lets be blunt. The Islamic Republic of Iran is and has always been the major problem and danger in the Middle East and internationally. President Barack Hussein Obama and his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, have pursued, at best, a policy of appeasement that has not worked – even assuming their intentions are genuine, which I doubt. Iran will within months acquire atomic weapons that can be delivered through missiles, as well as planes and ships, and has threatened – in the face of increased sanctions – not only to annihilate Israel and attack us too, but also to set ablaze the Strait of Hormuz, which is the gateway to oil shipments from Middle Eastern producers throughout the world. This would cripple the world's economy and send us into an irreparable depression. Iran's threat is a declaration of war, and we must now respond in kind with massive force!

The immediate need to destroy the Islamic regime once and for all is heightened by what is going on in neighboring Iraq. Predictably, after nine years of American intervention and occupation cleverly couched by former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney – after Saddam's weapons of mass destruction were not found – as the creation of a "free democracy" in this Arab country, with all of the blood, sweat and tears our brave servicemen and their families have borne, Iraq is now becoming "greater Iran." Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, even by the admission of the liberal New York Times, "is moving to consolidate authority, create a one-party Shiite dominated state" and in effect throw his lot in with his Shiite brothers in Tehran – the neo-Nazi mullahs who not only threaten and are thus far succeeding with world conquest in the name of Allah, but also torture, maim and murder their own people to hold on to total power. So now Iran and Iraq will essentially be one big terrorist state – with tremendous wealth, thanks to their huge oil resources and revenues – bent on successfully waging Islamic revolution not just in the Middle East, but worldwide. And, of course we know that the Islamic regime supports other terrorist states and groups and is the major financier and source of terrorism.

I, for one, am aghast not just at the prospect of a "greater Iran," but I am outraged that our so-called political leaders sacrificed a huge number of American lives for what was inevitable in the end. But despite the stupidity and negligence of George W. Bush and Barack Hussein Obama and their enablers, like Sen. John McCain, in not making the removal of the Islamic regime in Iran the major priority, now is the final time to act before it is too late. The radical mullahs in Tehran are a scourge that must be destroyed. To allow them to exist one minute more would be tantamount to reliving the mistakes that led to the rise of Adolf Hitler, World War II and the Holocaust.

Importantly, an increasing number of Iranian-Americans now understand that war with Iran will entail significant civilian casualties in their native country. And, while many Iranian-Americans still have loved ones there, they are increasingly willing to accept the consequences of all-out war with the Islamic regime. That is because they know, better than most of the rest of us, what this terrorist state means not only to the fight for freedom in their own country, but to world peace and hoped for economic prosperity. This is the most evil regime since the Third Reich, and it must be expunged now before it is too late.

Ironically, if there ever were a time to use nuclear weapons, like radiation-reduced neutron bombs, to excise a cancer such as this, now is the moment. While our armed forces are now clear of the quagmire in Iraq, to sacrifice many more American lives would be criminal. And, a quick strike is necessary – much like the Israeli pre-emptive air strikes that quickly put an end to what otherwise would have been a devastating war with neighboring Arab states in 1967 – to prevent a counterattack that would let the Islamic regime "get off the mat" and wreak devastation on the world economy by closing the Strait of Hormuz and attacking and seriously if not fatally harming Israel, and even other Western interests.

To kill this regime, strong and decisive measures are necessary. The threat is not one just toward Israel anymore, but the entire civilized world, and in particular the well-being of the United States. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=382685

Friday, December 30, 2011

The New World

Russian cover-ups


'Tis the season for media list-mania, and (true confession) I always am mildly surprised upon viewing Top-10 story lists to find that I've forgotten some humdingers. Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011?

OK, I didn't really forget the Associated Press' top story of the year, but somehow it receded rapidly into the past, possibly because bin Laden's death barely dents our future. A world without Osama bin Laden is a better place; the jihad, however, continues.

In fact, given a tally of my own columns, jihad is the top story of 2011, just as it has been since at least 2001. Not that the media see it that way, of course; they see the spread of Islam's law and call it "diversity" in the West or "Arab Spring" in the Middle East. They are blind to its implications, they apologize for its depredations, and, in general, they commit professional malfeasance by misrepresenting the facts. Then again, at least they cover it.

The same isn't true for the following story, which I submit is the great unsolved mystery of 2011. What really happened in the forest at Smolensk, Russia, when a Polish aircraft carrying Poland's national leadership crashed in April 2010, killing all 96 people on board, including Poland's president and first lady?

The answers Russia presented in its 2011 crash report are wholly unsatisfactory. Indeed, the Moscow-controlled crash investigation seems to have been designed to suppress or tamper with evidence to exonerate Russia of all responsibility for an accident, or any guilt for a crime. Like a tired rerun of an old horror movie, the Russian pattern of investigation into the 2010 Smolensk crash is the Russian pattern of investigation into the 1940 Katyn Forest massacre.

It's hard to overstate the significance of that fateful flight by those Polish leaders, now deceased. They lost their lives trying to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Katyn, the mass murder of 22,000 Polish officers and intelligentsia killed by Stalin in 1940 to make way for a pro-Soviet, communist Poland. After Nazi German troops discovered their graves in 1943, Stalin denied responsibility for this crime against humanity. Roosevelt and Churchill let him, thus joining in a Big Lie; Stalin's successors lied about it until Boris Yeltsin came along in 1995. The 2010 anniversary was to be a public, ceremonial Russian admission of guilt. That those who cared so much about Katyn were killed – and quite possibly assassinated – nearby is one of history's darkest ironies.

The Russians assert that Polish pilot error, supposedly induced by pressure to land from the Polish president himself, caused the crash. Poles, particularly those associated with the late president's conservative Law and Justice Party, see something far more sinister. In this worst-case scenario, Russian air controllers incorrectly informed Polish pilots they were on the proper glide path when that wasn't true. On purpose? If so, the world has witnessed mass assassination of a government. And done nothing.

I don't claim to judge the evidence. But it's clear an impartial investigation is warranted, due to a Moscow-run investigative process marked by irregularities. These include the red flag that Russia has refused to return the black boxes of the Polish plane to Poland. Other irregularities, as summarized in a November 2011 Polish document known as the Smolensk Status Report, include the fact that crash evidence was crudely destroyed (including by bulldozers), tampered with and lied about. (Russian investigators claimed no radar video recording existed, for example, but then cited it in the crash report.) The document notes that some Russian pathological reports on victims included descriptions of organs that had been surgically removed before the crash. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=382309

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Fingering U.S.



Liberals rule America...why?


''We were warned by our founders that the price of liberty would be eternal vigilance. The American mainstream is running out of time to learn that saying "whoa there" every now and then does not qualify as eternal vigilance. Unless the sleeping giant of the American mainstream wakes up now and learns to flex our political muscle, this will be the last generation of Americans to know liberty.''A fundamental principle in politics is that a small number of people willing to push their agenda will always dominate a large number of people who just want to live in peace and mind their own business. This principle helps to explain how America, with only 20 percent of voters describing themselves as liberal, lurches steadily toward a socialist state that the center-right majority does not want. This principle also helps to explain the success of cultural movements that are not supported by the mainstream, such as efforts to drive any mention of God from the public square or efforts to change the definition of marriage that has prevailed for millennia throughout Western civilization.

But self-described conservatives outnumber liberals two-to-one in America, and yet public policy somehow ratchets only to the left. Conservative victories are measured in terms of how much the growth of government power is slowed, never by how much liberty has advanced. Why doesn't the "demanding minority" principle work for the right, especially considering our decided numerical advantage?

The answer is that conservatives are not demanding. For conservatives, it is ironic that the explanation of our political weakness is found to some extent in our personal maturity and strength of character. The live-and-let-live independence and the respect for the rights of others that permeate conservative political positions are also characteristics of emotionally mature adults. For the most part, conservatives are content to live our own lives and willing to let others do the same. That's what grown-ups do. It is not in our nature to meddle.

Conservatives are not by nature political animals, but liberals seem to live and breathe for political power. There are no limits to their need to meddle. Every liberal itch must be scratched by a new law, every prejudice becomes a cause, every whim gives birth to a new right. And though they are vastly outnumbered, liberals have learned to use the mainstream's maturity against us. Left-wing community organizers know that businesses and governments will make concessions to radical demands to avoid a scene and get back to business, and the left's strategy has been to accumulate those concessions over time to increase their power over the rest of us.

There was no great public demand that the teachers' unions be given their own federal department, but the unions demanded one and Jimmy Carter delivered. Demands for Obamacare came from the liberal minority, not the majority. Mainstream America wants secure borders, but our borders are open because open borders serve the electoral interests of the left-wing minority. In case after case, the agenda in American politics is set by the left, and conservatives defend against that agenda. And when we compromise, the compromise always moves the country to the left. The only question is how much.

Conservatives cannot win a protracted political struggle from a defensive position. The tea-party movement has given a voice to the center-right mainstream, but so far that voice only says "whoa there" to the left's agenda. From the left's current efforts to weaken the Electoral College system to amnesty for illegal aliens, there is not a single political battlefield in which the left is on the defensive. All political initiatives come from the left. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=381901

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Let them eat crumb cakes





















Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate,
now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?



Driving Americans Crazy: No cell phone for you


'' "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." '' National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman has called for states to mandate a total ban on cell phone usage while driving. She has also encouraged electronics manufacturers – via recommendations to the CTIA-The Wireless Association and the Consumer Electronics Association – to develop features that "disable the functions of portable electronic devices within reach of the driver when a vehicle is in motion." That means she wants to be able to turn off your cell phone while you're driving. With very little evidence, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that there were some 3,092 roadway fatalities last year that involved distracted drivers. Americans ought to totally reject Hersman's agenda. It's the camel's nose into the tent. Down the road, we might expect mandates against talking to passengers while driving or putting on lipstick. They may even mandate the shutdown of drive-in restaurants as a contributory factor to driver distraction through eating while driving. You say, "Come on, Williams, you're paranoid. There are already laws against distracted driving, and it would never come to that!" Let's look at some other camels' noses into tents.

During the legislative debate before enactment of the 16th Amendment, Republican President William Taft and congressional supporters argued that only the rich would ever pay federal income taxes. In fact, in 1913, only one-half of 1 percent of income earners were affected. Those earning $250,000 a year in today's dollars paid 1 percent, and those earning $6 million in today's dollars paid 7 percent. The 16th Amendment never would have been enacted had Americans not been duped into believing that only the rich would pay income taxes. It was simply a lie to exploit American gullibility and envy.

The fact of the matter is that the founders of our nation so feared the imposition of direct taxes, such as an income tax, that Article 1, Section 9, of the Constitution says, "No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken." It was not until the Abraham Lincoln administration that an income tax was imposed on Americans. Its stated purpose was to finance the war, but it took until 1872 for it to be repealed. During the Grover Cleveland administration, Congress enacted the Income Tax Act of 1894. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional in 1895. It took the 16th Amendment (1913) to make permanent what the founders feared.

Another camel's nose in the tent lie that's threatening the economic collapse of our country is the Medicare lie. At its beginning, in 1966, Medicare cost $3 billion. The House Ways and Means Committee, along with President Lyndon Johnson, estimated that Medicare would cost an inflation-adjusted $12 billion by 1990. In 1990, Medicare topped $107 billion. That's nine times Congress' prediction. Today's Medicare tab comes to $523 billion and shows no signs of leveling off. The 2009 Medicare trustees report put the unfunded Medicare liability at $89 trillion. The 1966 Medicare cost estimate was simply a congressional and White House lie to get the American people to buy into their agenda. But not to worry: The real Medicare crisis won't hit the nation until today's beneficiaries and political supporters are dead. It's today's children who'll bear the burden of our profligacy. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=381729


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Great Mayan Hope

Thugs with degrees


''A self-loathing Jew with a megalomaniacal, self-image, this self-proclaimed, “economic scientist” was selling a vision which was as ominously destructive to Western Civilization as that of his contemporary, Sir Francis Galton, and that mathematician’s cold-bloodedly scientific nightmare, eugenics.'' "Thugs with degrees" is a recent phrase that seems to best describe the likes of the Obama White House. From Dr. Henry Kissinger of Harvard to the honorary degree which President Barack Obama, also of Harvard, received from, of all things, a Catholic university, Notre Dame, the fruit off of the tree of such enlightened despotism, the harvest from their lofty efforts has one common denominator: thuggery.

The Kissinger/Nixon Presidency bullied its way to eventual defeat in the eyes of the American people.

Soros/Obama is repeating the same formula but from another, much Redder and very Islamic corner of the very Bipartisan, Kissingerized and Progressive New World Order.

The key to any psychological understanding of Barack Obama is his admiration for the film Godfather and his identification with the Michael Corleone figure. He is the inheritor of the Godfather title. He is, however, not a first generation immigrant from Italy. Michael Corleone is the second generation, Dartmouth-graduating precursor to Harvard’s own President Barack Obama.

The Cosa Nostra, or Our Thing, is actually the Same Thing that unites the Progressive Movement: “making offers that no one can refuse.” In light of this metaphor from Hollywood, if Obama is Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone, then George Soros is Marlon Brando’s Godfather.

Therefore, The Highest Thug now ruling over most of The Progressive Czardom is George Soros. No, he doesn’t sport any impressive academic degrees but then again neither did Brando’s Don Vito Corleone. Soros does have the increasingly questionable honor of having “broken the Bank of England.” In that respect, he’s a record-breaking, imperial-sized Al Capone.

In addition to his billionaire wealth are the more important connections that helped him usurp the title which the major American magazines used to describe Bill Clinton as: “The Most Influential Man In The World.” The Most Influential Man In The World, therefore in the Universe, or MIMITU, is now George Soros.

His training, if you wish to explore his C.V., began as a child under that previously record-breaking gang of thugs, Hitler’s Nazis and its S.S.

From the Soros biographical portrait in Wikipedia:

Soros was thirteen years old in March 1944 when Nazi Germany took military control over Hungary. Soros worked for the Jewish Council. which had been established during the Nazi occupation of Hungary to forcibly carry out Nazi and Hungarian government anti-Jewish measures.

The Soros’ obvious and undeniable objective, after having “broken the Bank of England,” is to teach Barack Obama how to destroy the United States of America as we have known it. He’s off to a very good start with his disciple and philosophic doppelganger.

There is, of course, a bizarre psychological syndrome in a Jewish Godfather and his blatant exploitation of a decidedly pro-Islamic politician with the name of Barack Hussein Obama.

Karl Marx and his Communist philosophy explains it all. Marx was Jewish as well — and perversely anti-Semitic.

Hmmm — so, in many ways, George Soros is the billionaire Karl Maarx back for revenge on all those Western bourgeoisie who looked down their noses at him in the coffee houses of London where he was cooking up his Bibles of Revolution: Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto.

http://www.newswithviews.com/Moriarty/michael126.htm

Monday, December 26, 2011

Low What?

Christians Must Defend Christians


''Obama has been vigorous and eloquent in his defense of the religious rights of minority Muslims in the U.S. Will Obama be as vigorous and eloquent in defense of Christians persecuted in Muslim countries, or has he abandoned minority Christians in Muslim majority countries to the bloodbath now getting underway?'' President Barack Obama, in one of his first statements overseas, declared to a Turkish audience and to the whole Muslim world that the United States is not a Christian nation.

According to a Gallup poll released last week, the American people don't agree. Measuring religious preference among American adults, Gallup finds that 78 percent identify with some form of Christian religion. Less than 2 percent are Jewish, less than 1 percent Muslim and only 15 percent do not have a religious identity.

Based on the amount of media coverage of Muslims, Jews and atheists in America, you'd think these groups were the 78 percent. Not so.

Gallup concludes that the poll means "... that over 95 percent of all Americans who have a religious identity are Christians" and that "the United States remains a predominantly Christian nation."

But Obama may have meant something else. Here's the relevant quote from the May 2009 press conference in Turkey:

"One of the great strengths of the United States is … we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation, or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."

It is bedrock American tradition, as stated in the first amendment to the Constitution, that there is no government-established religion, that freedom of religion for each individual is guaranteed. The United States has no state religion, no government church. In that sense, the United States is, of course, not a "Christian nation."

But when Obama went on to describe our "set of values," it is bedrock American history that those values are rooted in the Christian heritage of the founders. The founders, who described "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" as among the freedoms given all of us by God and went on to establish a government to protect the God-given liberty of every citizen, were not speaking from an atheist or Muslim perspective.

Many columns have spoken to Obama's error, but very few have noticed the effect of Obama's statement on the Muslim world.

To the Muslim ear, Obama was saying that the United States would not protect Christian communities in predominantly Muslim countries because the U.S. was neutral on the issue of religion. An unfolding Christian bloodbath is the result.

From that day to this, with no end in sight, persecution of Christians in the 57 Muslim countries has increased with frightful results. The "Arab Spring" will be known to history as the beginning of a shameful period of triumphant radical Islam. In every Muslim state, all non-Muslims live in fear.

Just look at Egypt. The deposing of Mubarak and street mobs demanding democracy was met with cheers in Western capitals. When the mob was revealed as the Muslim Brotherhood (out of which al-Qaida was born) determined to exterminate Israel and impose a 21st century caliphate, the real price of Obama's words became clear.

Coptic Christians in Egypt are among the oldest Christian communities, dating back to the apostles. The Copts predate the Muslim era by 600 years. Today, Egyptian Muslims burn the Coptic churches and attack worshippers who appeal in vain for U.S. protection and have this week sought mass exodus to the U.S. to escape death for their faith.

With the establishment of the state of Israel, the "Religion of Peace" expelled Jewish communities who had lived in their midst since the Diaspora. Israel took these Jewish refugees. Now it is the Christians' turn for persecution by Muslims. And there is no "Christian" nation to protect them or take them in as they run for their lives. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=381309

Sunday, December 25, 2011

It's a Wonderful Life


It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

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I watched 'It's a Wonderful Life' for the 2000th time...


I wonder what Mr. Potter bought with that $8000.00 bucks he found in the news paper? I don't know what he bought, but I know what he 'got'.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

Christmas 2011









Christmas 2011

It’s our first Christmas-
We hope for many more

Our meeting was a blessing
There is so much more in store

I just really have to tell you -
How very precious you are to me

Every thought of you is as warm as it can be

My soul, my heart is filled with things-
That words just cannot say

This little song is only for you
With love on Christmas Day

Mike

12-25-2011

Kuklos, KooKoos and Deluminous flux

Why Atheists Weep at Christmas


''Thankfully, unbelievers are welcome to join the party anytime. They're welcome to help themselves to the gifts, anytime. They're welcome to meet the Honored Guest anytime. There are a lot of freebies out there, available for the taking. Anytime. So for anyone who hasn't yet come in out of the cold, for Pete's sake open the door and come inside! There are gifts aplenty. I think you'll find that party is a whole lot more fun when it has a purpose...'' And the Honored Guest is a pretty neat guy when you get to know Him.There is a passage from a book called Not Buying It by Judith Levine. Disgusted with what she sees as a consumer culture in New York City, this progressive author and her partner embarked on a year-long project to buy nothing but necessities. I find it an interesting (if cynical) read.

But one particular passage always leaps out at me. While taking a late-evening walk on Christmas Eve to visit some friends, the author (an atheist) and her partner spontaneously slip into the back of a small church during the candlelit service. To her surprise, Ms. Levine finds herself weeping. "[P]erhaps I weep in envy of faith," she writes. "The comfort of knowinganything without skepticism. An atheist never really comes in from the cold."

The aching pathos of those words haunted me from the first time I read them. They are a naked glimpse into an atheist's soul. She's right, of course. An atheist never really does come in from the cold. This realization seems especially poignant at Christmas when so many people are rejoicing.

Read Patrice Lewis' helpful new book, "The Simplicity Primer: 365 Ideas for Making Life more Livable"

The Bible references celebrations all the time. Jesus' first recorded miracle took place at a celebration (the wedding at Cana). But in all cases, Scripture makes it clear these celebrations have a point, a purpose. And the purpose in each case is the guest of honor, whether it's a king or a bridegroom or a foreign diplomat or a passing visitor or a Messiah in a manger.

A feast without a guest of honor is meaningless, like a wedding without a bridegroom. It's merely a celebration of gluttony and excess. Overindulgence is kind of fun, to be sure, but don't mistake "fun" with "meaningful," because they're not the same thing.

Christmas, of course, celebrates the ultimate Guest of Honor. Everything we do – sing carols, give gifts, smile at strangers, donate to charity, decorate our homes, build gingerbread houses, see the "Nutcracker," sing Handel's "Messiah" as a flash mob in a mall – all these things consciously or unconsciously celebrate the birth of a very special baby, the ultimate Honored Guest.

When unbelievers feel a keen ache from their lack of belief – as is written in the powerful passage above – it's because they've caught a glimpse of that Honored Guest but know they won't meet Him. Or more precisely, they refuse to meet Him. They deny He exists. They cannot or will not take the opportunity to say hello, and in doing so they miss out on unbelievable richness and joy.

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=380581

Why Atheists Weep at Christmas


''Thankfully, unbelievers are welcome to join the party anytime. They're welcome to help themselves to the gifts, anytime. They're welcome to meet the Honored Guest anytime. There are a lot of freebies out there, available for the taking. Anytime. So for anyone who hasn't yet come in out of the cold, for Pete's sake open the door and come inside! There are gifts aplenty. I think you'll find that party is a whole lot more fun when it has a purpose...'' And the Honored Guest is a pretty neat guy when you get to know Him.There is a passage from a book called Not Buying It by Judith Levine. Disgusted with what she sees as a consumer culture in New York City, this progressive author and her partner embarked on a year-long project to buy nothing but necessities. I find it an interesting (if cynical) read.

But one particular passage always leaps out at me. While taking a late-evening walk on Christmas Eve to visit some friends, the author (an atheist) and her partner spontaneously slip into the back of a small church during the candlelit service. To her surprise, Ms. Levine finds herself weeping. "[P]erhaps I weep in envy of faith," she writes. "The comfort of knowinganything without skepticism. An atheist never really comes in from the cold."

The aching pathos of those words haunted me from the first time I read them. They are a naked glimpse into an atheist's soul. She's right, of course. An atheist never really does come in from the cold. This realization seems especially poignant at Christmas when so many people are rejoicing.

Read Patrice Lewis' helpful new book, "The Simplicity Primer: 365 Ideas for Making Life more Livable"

The Bible references celebrations all the time. Jesus' first recorded miracle took place at a celebration (the wedding at Cana). But in all cases, Scripture makes it clear these celebrations have a point, a purpose. And the purpose in each case is the guest of honor, whether it's a king or a bridegroom or a foreign diplomat or a passing visitor or a Messiah in a manger.

A feast without a guest of honor is meaningless, like a wedding without a bridegroom. It's merely a celebration of gluttony and excess. Overindulgence is kind of fun, to be sure, but don't mistake "fun" with "meaningful," because they're not the same thing.

Christmas, of course, celebrates the ultimate Guest of Honor. Everything we do – sing carols, give gifts, smile at strangers, donate to charity, decorate our homes, build gingerbread houses, see the "Nutcracker," sing Handel's "Messiah" as a flash mob in a mall – all these things consciously or unconsciously celebrate the birth of a very special baby, the ultimate Honored Guest.

When unbelievers feel a keen ache from their lack of belief – as is written in the powerful passage above – it's because they've caught a glimpse of that Honored Guest but know they won't meet Him. Or more precisely, they refuse to meet Him. They deny He exists. They cannot or will not take the opportunity to say hello, and in doing so they miss out on unbelievable richness and joy.

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=380581

Three? Wise Men


''We know the gifts were gold, frankincense, and myrrh. All are symbolic of the King whose birth we celebrate each December 25th. Gold of course is the symbol of royalty. Frankincense was the symbol of deity because it was part of the incense burned on the Altar of Incense in the Holy Place penetrating into God's presence in the Holy of Holies itself.'' I've always thought there were three Wise men who came to see Jesus. After all, all the crèches or nativity scenes have three wise men, right? I have ornaments on my tree of the three wise men, two sets in fact, one is the wise men on camels. But in reality, we have no idea how many Wise men went to visit the young child Jesus. The story is best told in Matthew 2:1-12, and the clarification of this came only a week or so ago in Volume 1, Number 2 of Ariel Ministries' newsletter.

Yes, I immediately thought of the words of a favorite Christmas song, "We three kings of orient are." But as Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum points out in this teaching, nowhere in the Bible does it specify how many there were. Of course as he also points out, "wise men" is plural, so it had to be two or more, but the only reason legend alludes to three is simply because three gifts were brought to the King: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. There could have been three, or twenty, or thousands.
We simply do not know.

Also explained in the text of this teaching is the fact that these men were not "kings." The specific title in the Greek text is Magoi or "Magi," which means "wise men," or "astrologers." Some years ago in Sunday school when our pastor told us the wise men were astrologers, I was pretty astonished. I couldn't quite grasp how those of astrology which is verboten in the Bible could come to worship the King of Glory. Well, finally that too is explained.

But let's go back and ask even more questions--how did the Magi know? In verse 2, they ask, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews?"

Dr. Fruchtenbaum first takes us to the Star in the Sky and explains that the Greek word for 'star' simply means radiance or brilliance. The brilliant light that the astrologers were witnessing was no ordinary star as this star could move north to south, east to west and hover over one house in Bethlehem. What these Magi actually saw was the Shechinah Glory, and they deduced that it was a signal that the King of the Jews, the Messiah, had finally been born. So, if it was not a star and thus not by astrology that the Magi knew--how then did they know anything about the birth of a Jewish king?

The explanation is as follows and is found in the Old Testament. According to this teaching, the only place in the entire Old Testament that dates the Messiah's coming is the famous Seventy Sevens or weeks of Daniel found in Daniel 9:24-27. Also, the Book of Daniel was not written in Israel but in the city of Babylon and in Aramaic, the language of the Babylonian Empire. Daniel was closely associated with Babylonian astrologers according to Daniel 1:19-20;2:12-13, 47; 4:7-9; 5:11-12. Now, remember the Bible story of King Nebuchadnezzar who when his astrologers were unable to decipher his dreams, he would sentence them to execution. Daniel and his three friends were sentenced to die because these four Hebrew men were viewed as part of the Babylonian School of Astrology. Daniel requested and received an audience with the King, was able to decipher the King's dream, and saved the lives of all the other astrologers.

Dr. Fruchtenbaum goes on to explain that Nebuchadnezzar had little spiritual discernment and did not realize the source of Daniel's ability was the God who created the stars of the heavens, not the astrology of the stars themselves. Nebuchadnezzar made Daniel head of all the astrologers of Babylon. It was in this environment that Daniel wrote his book, revealing the time of the Messiah's coming. Since Daniel saved their lives as well as becoming their leader, he undoubtedly was able to lead many of them to the saving knowledge of Jehovah God, the one true God of Israel. A line of Babylonian astrologers from generation to generation worshipped the one true God and having Daniel's prophecy looked forward to the coming of the King of the Jews.

Next in this teaching is the question, "How did the astrologers know anything about a star that would somehow announce the birth of Messiah?" Once again, Dr. Fruchtenbaum takes us back to the Old Testament to the story of Balaam who was hired by the king of Moab to curse the Jews. He tried four times, but God spoke through him every time turning his intended curses into blessings. In the course of these blessings of the Jews he came up with four key Messianic prophecies. One is found in Numbers 24:17, I see him, but not now, I behold him, but not nigh; There shall come forth a star out of Jacob and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel, And shall smite through the corners of Moab and break down all the sons of tumult.

Balaam was forced by God to prophesy the coming of the Jewish Messiah that related to that star. Both the "star" and the "sceptre" are one and the same and the term "sceptre" is a symbol of royalty or kingship. The "star" that would rise out of Jacob is a king.

Balaam was also an astrologer! He came out of the city of Pethor, a city on the banks of the Euphrates River in Babylonia (Num. 22:5; Deut. 23:4). Daniel spelled out how many years would transpire before the birth of the King of the Jews, and the prophecy of Balaam, who was part of the Babylonian School of Astrology, brought forth the revelation of a star in relation to the Messiah's birth. He too undoubtedly passed this information down to his colleagues. And centuries later, Daniel was able to expound on the time that a "star" out of Jacob would come.

So, the wise men knew, not by astrology and star gazing, but by the revelation of God as contained in the Scriptures by means of Daniel and Balaam's prophecies. And as Dr. Fruchtenbaum states, "Hence, the story of the Magi gives no validity to astrology whatsoever."

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS! from The Corthell's

Harry, Mike, & Mitch Corthell
December 24, 2011

Christmas with Feeling









Memories of Christmas in South Hampton

December can be a mixed bag of feelings and emotions for anyone, but especially for those who celebrate Christmas. The holidays send your emotional self in several directions, some more pleasant than others. Being aware of all that tugs the heart-strings during the Christmas season can normalize the up, down, and sideways ricochet of happy and not-so-happy holiday moods.

Christmas is a time of nose-talgia. Memories are emotional and quickly triggered by familiar scents. Think of peppermint and pine, cookie dough, and cookies baking, hot apple cider or cocoa, bayberry candles, ham in the oven, an uncle’s pipe smoke, or wood smoke. Homes, restaurants, stores, and the office, offer the smells of Christmas past as we sniff our way through the present.

Another omnipresent emotional instigator is music. It bypasses our thinking mind and goes straight to the heart. Christmas music is played not only at home, but everywhere you do business. Though songs do not necessarily spark specific memories, they do re-create remembered feelings of holidays gone by. Even unfamiliar Christmas music will light up our emotions simply because humans respond to beautiful sound.

Traditions can be comforting, bittersweet, pleasurable, or a snore. Holiday traditions provide a sense of history and connection, and we never forget the traditions we observed through childhood. Maintaining tradition can set off warm feelings but also reminds us of those no longer around to celebrate. Unfortunately for some, traditions can provoke disturbing thoughts and feelings.

Looking at tradition naturally leads us to the family. We all play a particular role in our family, and families develop set ways of communicating amongst themselves. When we reunite during Christmas it is natural for individuals, and the family unit, to function as they always have. What is familiar can be comforting or aggravating or both. A family can stir up a cornucopia of feelings in the space of one hour.

The approach of Christmas fills many of us with expectations. There is one problem with expectations. They frequently fall short of what is expected. Getting ready for the holiday is like riding a roller coaster up the giant hill of anticipation. Then, the celebration begins and you fly down the other side. You can plan when to get in the coaster and who sits by who, but you cannot control how everyone will think and feel. When the ride is over, many children and adults grieve the loss of anticipation.

Expectations can be especially problematic if you are a perfectionist. Among all your other holiday feelings, you will also have to endure the tension and anxiety of wanting everything to be perfect and doing everything possible to make sure it is and doing last minute shopping to get the kind of olives your brother likes though you don’t have time and what if people are late and the dinner is ruined after all that work and oh, better check the bathrooms. Remind yourself that no one loves you because things are perfect. They love you.

When Christmas arrives, it is almost the end of the year. For you the New Year may be a time of fun, planning, partying, or curling up with a bowl of popcorn and watching It’s A Wonderful Life one more time. There are people who dislike facing the new year and once the packages are opened, and the pudding devoured; it has to be faced. Plus, many of us dread the “doldrums” of January.

Because we are surrounded by emotional triggers in December, it is natural to have shifting and conflicting emotions. The best thing to do is accept them and not expect them to be other than they are. All feelings are a normal, sometimes difficult, part of the human experience, even during the hap-happiest season of all.

Looks like Christmas

Joy doesn't come from Christmas


''Christmas cannot bring harmony to your home. Christmas cannot bring peace on earth. Christmas cannot bring happiness. But Christ can do all of this and more. And when you get down to it, that is what we are longing for deep inside. Not Christmas, but Christ. Not merriment, but the Messiah. Not goodwill, but God. Christmas is a promise of things to come.'' Many of us are going to spend a lot of time on Christmas Day putting things together. It was fun to buy those things in the toy store. But guess who gets to put them together now? One year I ordered a dollhouse for my granddaughters, and it was a fairly elaborate little thing that had to be put together. So I gave it to my son, Jonathan, to do. Here is what the directions said: "Tools you will need: screws (included), a Phillips screwdriver, tweezers …" And, finally, these words: "The ability to remain calm." You know that something is going to be hard to do when you read that. And it was.

On the first Christmas, the message the angels announced to the shepherds was, "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11). Why do we need a Savior? Because we are drowning, that's why.

We don't like to say, "I need God's help." We want to say, "I am a good person. I am a strong person." Really? I hate to break this to you, but you are a sinful person. And though you may be a good man or a good woman, every one of us have sinned, and one sin is enough to keep us out of heaven. That is why we need a Savior. That is God's gift to you: the gift of eternal life. No batteries required. No assembly required.

Thank God we don't have to assemble our lives alone. There is born to us this day in the city of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord.

Christ means the anointed one. He was the anointed one from God. Or, another way to put it, He was the Messiah.

The people of Israel were not so much looking for a Messiah as they were looking for a warrior. They didn't want a Messiah who would die for their sin. They wanted someone who would overthrow the tyranny of Rome. You see, they didn't always understand or appreciate God's gift to them. And sometimes we don't appreciate the gift God has given to us.

Nothing is more disappointing than getting a gift for someone that you think they will like, and, when they open it, they are not that excited. In fact, they fake their enthusiasm. We all know, because we all have faked it ourselves: "Oh, wow! I have never seen anything quite like this." We look for the diplomatic way to say it.

God has given us what we need, but maybe not necessarily what we want. I heard Pastor Chuck Swindoll tell a story about his boyhood Christmas. He had badgered his parents about getting a basketball. When Christmas was approaching, there was a box under the tree, and he thought, that is my basketball. He even went to the box, shook it and heard it rolling around. He thought, Yes! On Christmas morning, he opened the box, and it was a world globe. Not quite what he was hoping for.

God does not always give us what we want, but always what we need. The people wanted a warrior king, but God sent them a humble Savior because they needed his forgiveness, and we do as well.

What was the message to the shepherds? What is the message to us? We have a Savior. We have a Christ. And we have a Lord.

This means that we have a God who has a plan for our lives, a God who wants to lead us in life, a God who will protect us in life, and a God who will one day welcome us into heaven when we have completed our task.

This was a joyful day, and Christmas should be a joyful time. But not everyone feels that way. You might not be feeling a lot of joy today. Maybe your family has unraveled or you have had a spouse leave you. Maybe you have a lot of friction in the home, and it is not a happy place to be.

Maybe you are estranged from one of your children or your parents. Maybe you have just gotten really bad news from the doctor. (Why does it always seem that bad news comes in December?) Or maybe a loved one who was with you last year is no longer with you, and you feel deep sadness. When you watch other people having a good time, it actually makes it harder for you. The happiest time of the year has actually become the saddest time of the year for you.

Here is the thing that you and I need to know: We need to realize that the great hope and joy is not in Christmas; it is in Christ himself. That is where the joy comes. Christmas cannot deliver on its promises. We get it so built up in our mind as though it is going to be the Second Coming or something. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=380541

Friday, December 23, 2011

15 Trillion and Whaddya Get?

Inflation

Pagan Christmas, at Least?


''It is important to recognize that despite the pagan origins and overtones of what we call Christmas, Christmas time offers us a strategic opportunity to preserve Judeo Christian truths that have an enormous impact on our political and cultural systems. Those that want to destroy America are well aware of the power of symbolism in a psychological war.'' In Communist nations around the world they have systematically removed all references to the real meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, and even Hannukah. The scientific brainwashing technologies used by both Communist nations and so-called “free nations,” require that the individual perceives the State as God. Instead of individuals being what they truly are, which is the unique and independent children of God, their individuality is killed so they can serve the Collective. Thus in ancient Rome and in contemporary nations modeled after Rome, Caesar is worshipped as God.

When I was hosting a nationally syndicated radio talk show from Los Angeles, The Paul McGuire Show, which aired five days a week and three hours per day in afternoon drive time, I asked my listeners to specifically not shop in stores that would not use the words Christmas. In addition, I asked them to use the word “Merry Christmas,” whenever they were dealing with a retailer or waiting in line. I challenged my audience to remember that you have the power to choose which retailer to buy from and you should not spend your money in any store that wants you to spend money on Christmas, but then refuses to use the actual words Christmas. The words Happy Holidays just doesn’t cut it. What holiday or holy day? Christmas or Hannukah? But, if you want our money than you are going to have to use the words. The same goes for banks or any other institution you deal with.

Some people would call me and say, “Paul, why are you making such a big deal over the word Christmas? After all, Christmas is a pagan holiday and Christ was not even born on December 25th?” The questions were valid ones, but I explained to them that we are in a raging culture war and the enemies of Judeo Christian culture believe that it is imperative to remove all symbols and references to Christmas. The Communists have long ago understood the strategic importance of stripping a nation of all references to Christmas as part of their program of psychological warfare and mass brainwashing.

When the U.S. military went into Iraq, one of the first things it did was topple all statues of Saddam Hussein. This was covered globally on television and our military understood how vital this was in terms of the Psy Ops aspect of war. Why then are we as Christians or Jews so naïve as to the importance of symbolism? Symbolism is an essential part of psychological warfare. Hitler, Mao, Lenin and every other dictator in history understood this.

There is no question that Christmas is rooted in ancient pagan traditions and Jesus Christ was not born on December 25th. Historically, Christmas was not observed until the 5th century when the Western church ordered the feast to be celebrated on theday of the Mithraic rites of the birth of the sun and at the close of the Saturnalia. There was no actual definitive day known to the church, when Jesus Christ was born. The first time Christmas was designated to be marked on December 25th came in the second century. Unofficial Christmas celebrations began as a reaction to theRoman Saturnalia, which was a harvest festival that marked the winter solstice—the return of the sun, which honored Saturn, the Roman god of sowing. Saturnalia was a time of drunkenness and sexual revelry in 529 A.D. after Christianity was made the official state religion of the Roman Empire. Emperor Justinian made it an official holiday. By the medieval period it had become a time of drinking, sexual indulgence and partying of every kind and nothing to do with a celebration of the birth of Christ. In many ways, this is similar to the Christmas holidays of America where drinking and sexual promiscuity are indulged in at office parties and homes.

However, despite these pagan realities of Christmas which have carried over to our time, it is important to understand the strategic value of Christmas in our post-modern and post-Christian culture. For example, there are millions of school children who now have absolutely no idea about the real story of the birth of Jesus. When they stop and look at a manger scene, it is there first real introduction into the story of Christ’s birth. Again, militant secular humanists and Communists are hell-bent on making things like public manger scenes illegal. Why? Because, they, unlike many Christians understand that it is an effective means of communicating Christian truth. Their goal is to use the courts to erase even the memory of the birth of Christ from our culture.

http://www.newswithviews.com/McGuire/paul110.htm