Solar Flares Disrupt Communications On Earth, Could Send Shockwave On Friday The 13th

While I concentrate on my Christian articles for a while I am reposting articles from others that I find to be interesting and informative. I have a keen interest in science. Solar flares are behind a number of major problems we have encountered over the past few years. It will be interesting to see what happens on Friday . Jim D.

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A solar flare erupts on the surface of the sun, June 10, 2014. (Goddard/SDO/NASA) A solar flare erupts on the surface of the sun, June 10, 2014. (Goddard/SDO/NASA)

By Colleen Curry, ABC News – “The sun has had three major solar flares on its surface in the past two days that have affected communications on Earth and could send a shockwave through Earth this Friday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The ‘solar events’ caused brief blackouts in high frequency communications when they struck, twice on Tuesday morning and once this morning, all between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. EDT.

Solar flares are bursts of radiation on the sun’s surface. The disturbance to Earth’s atmosphere can disrupt GPS and communications signals, according to NASA.

One of the flares created a ‘coronal mass ejection’ that actually could come into contact with Earth on Friday, according to NOAA. The ejection is essentially a huge cloud of plasma that could hit the Earth and…

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Obama Details Plan for Forces in Afghanistan – WSJ

Promise of Robust Presence Through 2016 Comes Before Major Foreign Policy Address

 

Summary:

by Gerard Baker
Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal
May 28, 2014

In response to growing criticism that the U.S. has stepped back from its responsibilities as a superpower, it appears that President Barack Obama is trying to signal a new course in his foreign policy. We report that Mr. Obama announced plans to keep a robust U.S. force in Afghanistan next year but then withdraw it by the end of 2016. In the best-case scenario, the decision is meant to achieve three things: give the U.S. more flexibility to respond to growing terrorism threats; promise a war-weary public that the conflict will end; and show allies that America isn’t abandoning them. In addition, he is close to approving, for the first time, a military training program for the armed Syrian opposition. And the U.S. is also weighing a plan to deploy an advanced missile-defense system in South Korea, as the Pentagon begins a new push this week to expand cooperation in Asia to counter the threat of North Korean missiles. Meanwhile, we note that Mr. Obama’s new plans come before a major address on Wednesday aimed at recalibrating American foreign policy.

 

Read Full Article at this link.

Belgium: Four Murdered At Jewish Museum In Brussels, Authorities Suspect Muslims Behind Killings

I usually reserve this portion of my blog for my own original opinions. Since I am going to concentrate on my Christian Articles for the near future I may occasionally post an interesting article written by others. Here is one that hits close to home. Belgium is not a Muslim nation but like America it is an easy target for radical Islam!

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Hadith, Tabari 7:97, “The morning after the murder of Ashraf, the Prophet declared, ‘Kill any Jew who falls under your power.’”

By Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch – “No surprise here. ‘You will surely find the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers to be the Jews and those who associate others with Allah,’ says the Qur’an (5:82), and in practice this all too often means that Islamic jihadists are the most intense of the people in animosity toward Jews.

‘Shocking moment suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum shootings guns down tourists as death toll in attack rises to four,’ by Peter Allen and Damien Gayle, Daily Mail, May 25, 2014 (thanks to Marc):

CCTV caught the moment suspected anti-semitic gunmen shot dead three visitors to a holocaust museum.

Frames from the surveillance cameras at the Jewish Museum, Brussels, show the scene as one suspect raises an…

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Not a Smidgen … but a Glob

An Editorial Comment by Jim Davenport on the Abuse of Power by President Obama and His Administration

I know this is old news, but I cannot get it off of my mind.  As published on Fox News on February 3, 2014:

“President Obama, in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, tried to put behind him the scandals that have hung over his second term, suggesting his administration did not mislead the public on the Benghazi attack and going so far as to say the IRS targeting scandal had “not even a smidgen of corruption.”

Smidgen: a small amount of something; as in add a smidgen of cayenne

I wonder how Obama defines smidgen?  He most certainly has his own definition.  His callous attitude and abuse of power reminds me of another former democratic President, Bill Clinton,  when he so conveniently redefined the word “sex” to meet his own definition  and defend his actions with Monica Lewinsky by saying not just once, but at least two times publicly, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.

Well, anybody in their right mind knows he had sex “with that woman.”  And anybody in their right mind knows that not only is the IRS lying, but Obama himself is lying about the abuses of power constantly evoked by his administration.

Senator Ted Cruz from Texas has published a report on 76 abuses by Obama and his administration.  Here are those just dealing with Obamacare:

Obamacare

  1. Granted a “hardship” exemption from the individual mandate for people whose health plans were canceled because their plans weren’t Obamacare compliant.
  2. Delayed the individual mandate for two years.
  3. Allowed individuals to buy health insurance plans in 2014 that did not comply with Obamacare. Extended this delay until 2016 — past the mid-term elections.
  4. Extended the deadline to enroll in Obamacare.
  5. Illegally granted businesses a waiver from Obamacare’s employer mandate. Twice.
  6. Illegally continued the Obamacare employer contribution for congressional staffs.
  7. Illegally delayed the Obamacare caps on out-of-pocket health care payments.
  8. Illegally delayed Obamacare verification of eligibility for healthcare subsidies.
  9. Illegally required people to violate their faith via the Obamacare contraception mandate.
  10. As of May 2011, over 50% of Obamacare waiver beneficiaries were union members (who account for less than 12% of the American work force).

The other 66 are equally as abusive, especially those that can be attributed to the IRS scandal.

So, to President Obama, 76 documented abuses, must not even be a smidgen of abuse.  You know, in this case I agree with him.  It is certainly not a smidgen of abuse.  It’s more like a “glob of corruption.”

With such corruption at the seat of government, how are Americans to believe anything coming out from the Obama Administration (Benghazi, IRS, Obamacare for starters) whether it be a smidgen or a glob?

Man Cites His ‘Islamic Belief’ as Right to Kill Wife

An Editorial Comment by Jim Davenport on Twisted Beliefs

I was sickened by a news story posted by CBS5 in Avondale, AZ on April 28, 2014.  I don’t need to make much of a comment about the news story … just read the article below for yourself.  You will be just as disgusted as I am.

Ansar Muhammad (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

Ansar Muhammad

“Posted: Apr 28, 2014 7:50 PM EST Updated: Apr 29, 2014 9:23 AM EST By Phil Benson

Ansar Muhammad, 43, was arrested at the couple’s home in Avondale Saturday morning on charges of unlawful imprisonment as well as aggravated and sexual assault, among others.

His wife told police the incidents were sparked after Muhammad had accused her of having an affair, court paperwork said. 

At one point, Muhammad picked her up and put her in their vehicle, police said. He then drove to and parked behind an Avondale Walgreens store, where the he punched her multiple times in the face, neck, back, chest and legs, officers said.

A court document stated Muhammad “used his hands during the assault to strangulate and impede the breathing of the victim.”

His wife said she continued to try to get away. Muhammad told her he was going to kill her because he had the right due to his “Islamic belief,” according to the probable cause statement.

Muhammad then drove his wife back to their home and threatened to throw her in a surrounding lake because she could not swim, court paperwork stated.  

He told her to be quiet and not wake their three children before taking her phone and telling her to go to the master bedroom, where he sexually assaulted her, the court document said.

Muhammad soon fell asleep and his wife was able to escape and call police.

Muhammad was booked into the Avondale City Jail and was later transported to the Maricopa County Jail.

The woman was examined and treated for her injuries.”

You might say that this kind of brutality and twisted beliefs would not be allowed to go unpunished in the U.S. under our Constitutional law.  However, there are already pockets of Muslim populations established in the U.S. that are pushing to be governed by Sharia law rather than Constitutional law and some judges are sympathetic with that point of view.  Many argue that Sharia law would allow for such an “honor killing.”

For additional reading on the subject of Sharia law, you might want to click this link. to read my article on The Danger of Sharia Law.

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The Danger of Sharia Law

An Editorial Comment by Jim Davenport on the danger of allowing Sharia law to overrule U.S. Constitutional Law

Most Americans know little to nothing about Sharia law.  In fact, if you asked the average citizen the question “What is Sharia law?” the response would most likely be “I have no idea“, or “I don’t know, what IS Sharia law?

Stated in simple English at Wikipedia,

Sharia law is the body of Islamic law. The term means “way” or “path”; it is the legal framework within which the public and some private aspects of life are regulated for those living in a legal system based on Islam.

Sharia deals with all aspects of day-to-day life, including politics, economics, banking, business law, contract law, sexuality, and social issues.

There is not a strictly codified uniform set of laws that can be called Sharia. It is more like a system of several laws, based on the Qur’an, Hadith and centuries of debate, interpretation and precedent.”

Well that definition seems innocent enough.  After all, America is not an Islamic country!  Neither is America regulated by Islamic law.  America operates under a rule of law, governed by written federal and state constitutions independent of religion.

States passing legislation regarding Sharia (foreigh) LawSo how can there be any danger in tolerating Sharia law in America?  If that be true, then why have “more than two dozen U.S. states … considered measures intended to restrict judges from consulting sharia law.

Let me tell you why.  There is a strong movement around the world in non-Islamic countries, especially in Europe and the United States of America where Muslim populations have grown rapidly, to allow Sharia law to overshadow constitutional law for those practicing Islam.

Let me give you a couple of significant examples.

Women have almost no rights under Sharia.  A woman can be raped and be considered guilty while the perpetrator goes free because she cannot produce four male witnesses to corroborate her testimony.  For that reason, most rapes go unreported to authorities as the victim most often becomes the guilty party to an adulterous action.  Under Sharia law, conviction of adultery (defined as sleeping with someone to whom you are not married) would result in 100 lashes and could even result in a stoning to death.

Honor killings (homicide of a member of a family or social group by other members, due to the perpetrators’ belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonor upon the family or community) are a common Sharia practice.  Such killings are on the increase around the world, though almost universally condemned by human rights advocates.

Muslims that practice Sharia do not want to abide by the laws of the land if the law is not Sharia.  Most of the news stories about Sharia in the Western world are suppressed by the news media because they don’t want to be viewed as intolerant, insensitive or racist.

In practice, Sharia law goes against just about everything that the Western world stands for, not just women’s rights.

If you are serious about learning more about how Sharia law is applied I encourage you to click on this link to view a couple of videos on how women expats are treated in Dubai under Muslim Sharia law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ObamaCare’s Sebelius Resigns

An Editorial Comment by Jim Davenport on the “Resignation” of Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary

Kathleen SebeliusAccording to Fox News on April 10, 2014, “Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who was the face of the president’s health care law, is resigning from the Obama administration — a decision that closes one of the rockiest tenures in Obama’s Cabinet.

Sebelius leaves the administration after the tumultuous launch of the Affordable Care Act exchanges last fall. Despite calls for her ouster from Republicans at the time, she stayed on until the enrollment period ended at the end of March.”

Sylvia Matthews BurwellSebelius will resign (another way to say she is being fired) and be replaced by another Obama confederate, Sylvia Matthews Burwell, currently serving as the White House Budget Office Director.  Huh?  Budget Office Director?  I am certain that both former Governor Sebelius and Harvard grad and former Wal-Mart exec Burwell are very talented people.  But each face(d) a daunting task … implement a flawed and lacking healthcare program that is far too ambitious both in coverage and economics.

What a disaster … Congress hasn’t passed a budget in the last five years … even when the Democrats controlled both the House and Senate. That is not on Ms. Burwell’s shoulders. Under President Obama the national budget is a joke … and so is ObamaCare!

Maybe there is some logic to this appointment … replace one fallen ally with another so the White House can buy more time to get past the fall elections  You know the drill … the new Director will need time to survey, evaluate, think about, listen to alternatives, interview leaders, etc., etc.  That should give the Obama Administration plenty of excuses and plenty of time to keep the waters muddy so the real truth will not be told!

I have another suggestion about who should take the blame …  how about President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid?  They are the ones that rammed this debacle down our throats.  They are the ones that will not allow meaningful discussion to take place.  They are the ones that are ignoring the fact that the roll-out is a disaster and that fewer people have insurance in force today than before ObamaCare was implemented, due in part to the number of people who have lost their existing coverage because they are not ObamaCare compliant.  You remember the promise don’t you … “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.”  How is that working out for you?

There is no doubt that Burwell will be approved as only the Democratically controlled Senate is required to confirm the appointment.  But Burwell will face the same difficulties that Sebelius faced … a flawed law full of loopholes and subject to the whims of a President determined to cram his defining legislation down the throat of every American … like it or not!

That is what defines progressives ..  the government knows best.  We are in control.  Trust us, we know what is good for you.  My opinion, of course.

Obama’s Executive Orders – Why Does It Matter?

An Editorial Comment by Jim Davenport on Obama’s Assault on Constitutional Law

Fearing the oppressive and out of touch governments of the European homelands from which they had migrated, our founding fathers crafted a unique form of republic government for the United States of America which became formal law with the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1787.  Along with the thirty-three Amendments passed since its adoption, the Constitution has withstood the test of time and America has become an enviable world power.

The wise men who developed the Constitution carefully set up a new and balanced form of government where power would be shared between the States and the Federal government. In addition, Federal power would be further balanced between three distinct branches of government: a legislative branch, a judicial branch and an executive branch.

  • The legislative branch would consist of a House of Representatives elected by popular vote, and a Senate with two appointed senators from each state … a bicameral system.
  • The judicial branch would consist of a centralized Supreme Court and subordinate federal district courts.
  • The executive branch would be led by a chief executive, the President, who would be elected … not by popular vote … but by an Electoral College.

I need not bore you with more details here.  The point is that our fore-fathers intended that checks and balances would be well established, guaranteed by law and understood by the general populace.  Unfortunately, over time the Federal government has become the behemoth ruling over states’ rights as more and more power has migrated to Washington through law and presidential “executive orders.”

When the founding fathers first penned the Constitution they wisely did not provide the President, as the chief executive of the newborn government, the ability to issue “executive orders.”  Obviously, they feared that too much power would be embodied in one man as had been the case in their European homelands.  However, the Constitution did (and does) very specifically refer to the President (Article II, Section 1, Clause 1) as the “executive” and as such the President is required (Article II, Section 3, Clause 5)  to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

Most presidents have issued executive orders,”justified as part of the President’s sworn duties,[*] “the intent being to help direct officers of the U.S. Executive Branch to carry out their delegated duties as well as the normal operations of the federal government: the consequence of failing to comply possibly being the removal from office”[**] through the impeachment process.  An “executive order” of the President must find support in the Constitution, either in a clause granting the President specific power, or by a delegation of power by Congress to the President. [***]

So how is President Obama different from those that preceded him?  The answer in part is that he is among the few that have chosen to selectively enforce laws such as those related to immigration and in particular “The Affordable Care Act” (his own ObamaCare). You may recall that ObamaCare was passed by the Democratically controlled House and Senate and signed into law by the Democratic president without even one supporting vote from Republican representatives.  So, Obama’s political allies passed the law all by themselves and Obama is changing the law on the fly to suit himself.

As pointed out by Jonathan S. Tobin in this article published in the April 2014 issue of Commentary Magazine, for President Obama …

“The question now is no longer about the use of clear constitutional authority as commander-in-chief to conduct wars without much congressional or judicial oversight, but about the way this president seems to prefer to govern at home without respect for the rule of law. This is creating a new kind of constitutional crisis that should trouble Americans even more than their past concerns about Mr. Obama’s predecessors.”

Mr. Tobin goes on to say that President Obama indeed has shown that he will govern on his own without regard to the rule of law.  Obama spoke directly to this in his January 2014 State of the Union Message when he stated that “So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.

To prove the point even further, President Obama has issued more than twenty-five “executive orders” delaying or waving portions of ObamaCare until after the 2012 and 2014 elections.  I can see straight through this and so can you.

Regardless of your party preference, conservative or liberal, you should be worried about the future of the rule of law in the Unites States as our President moves more and more toward the monarchy that our founding fathers tried to protect us against in our Constitution.

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P.S. As one of my friends pointed out to me, a Convention of States as outlined in  Article V of the Constitution could potentially solve many of the problems I have mentioned herein.  There is a move underway to call for such a Convention specific to requiring a national balanced budget. I refer you to Barry Poulson’s February 27, 2014 article in Forbes. So far twenty-one state legislatures have passed some form of a resolution in favor of such a Convention. However, that is not likely to take place any time soon, if at all, since 2/3 of the State Legislatures would have to call for such a Convention.

Is Obama’s Muslim Heritage to Blame?

An Editorial Comment by Jim Davenport on Obama’s War on Christians

What is it that President Obama has against Christians?  Ever since Barack Hussein Obama took office in 2009 it seems as if he and his administration have been waging a “War on Christians.”  While Obama claims to be a practicing Christian, he continues to support direct opposition to the teaching of almost every mainline Christian organization in the U.S.

Editorial writing about the “War on Christians” peaked in 2012 when the Obama administration Health and Human Services organization required that “sterilization, contraception and abortifacients” MUST be included in almost every healthcare plan available to Americans.  When strongly opposed by the Catholic Church, the supposed resolution of this issue was in and of itself a disgrace as the government proposed that the insurance companies would have to pay for such coverage and not the church. BUT, the requirement for inclusion of “sterilization, contraception and abortifacients” remains.  The conflict continues to this day while Obama continues to use Obamacare as a weapon against Christians.  Consider the current case before the Supreme Court involving Hobby Lobby as an example.  The owners of Hobby Lobby are fighting the government over the same issue.

Obama caved in to the liberal mindset by first opposing same-sex marriage and then switching his stance when it was politically convenient to help with his re-election.  Attorney General Eric Holder just today has said that “gay marriages performed in Michigan will be recognized by the Federal Government” in spite of a state court ruling issuing a “stay” until the case could be further reviewed and a ruling issued.

Shamelessly, in 2012 Obama’s government officials moved to stifle opposition to their “War on Christians” by having the military instruct their chaplains on what they can and cannot say about the Obama Administration.  At the same time, Chaplains were informed that they could not preach sermons about the sin of sodomy.  How long might it be until the same kind of thinking is applied to the pulpit of America’s churches?

More recently in the news, you may recall hearing about the Christian photographer in New Mexico who was fined for declining to photograph a gay commitment  ceremony.  This case has been presented to the U.S. Supreme Court for possible review without comment or support from the Obama administration.  In addition, you may be aware of the Christian baker in Colorado who has been ordered to provide wedding cakes for homosexual marriages or potentially face jail if he refuses. Again, no support from the Obama administration.

Yet somehow with all of these and numerous other counter-Christian moves by Obama and his administration President Obama stood before the National Prayer Breakfast on February 6, 2014 and told thousands of Christian leaders that “”the right of every person to practice their faith how they choose” is central to “human dignity,” and so “promoting religious freedom is a key objective of  U.S. foreign policy.”  Huh?  What about the U.S. domestic policy?

Obama Bows to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah

Obama Bows to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah

I am suspicious that there is something more to Obama’s actions against Christians and other religions in the U.S. than meets the average American’s eye.  Could Obama’s Muslim upbringing be at play here?  I think so.  Consider the fact that President Obama bowed to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah when greeting him at the 2009 G20 summit.

Why would an American President ever bow to an official of a Muslim country?  And why, in particular, would President Obama bow to the King of the most Muslim country in all of the world where no faith other than the Muslim faith is allowed?

Can you connect the dots?  I can.  Obama’s Muslim heritage is to blame!!

 

Obama on Obamacare … “A Monumental Achievement?”

An Editorial Comment by Jim Davenport on Obama’s Program to Move the U.S. to Progressive Socialism

So much has been written by both liberals and conservatives about ObamaCare that it seems almost senseless to pen another article on the subject.  The administration is trying to refocus the general population on something else other than the ObamaCare mess … i.e. raising the minimum wage … but that ploy is not working.   President Obama believes he has time on his side and that the public will eventually forget about all of the bad things and buy into government-run healthcare for the U.S.  Democrats up for re-election are not so sure and many are distancing themselves from the president and ObamaCare.

Here’s a recent quote from President Obama at the recent House Democratic retreat: “Ten years from now, five years from now” people will look back on the Affordable Care Act as “a monumental achievement.” Really??  Perhaps Mr. Obama has regressed to his former college days when he was constantly being fed the “progressive” political garbage. Or, might he be smoking something other than those long cherished cigarettes that Mrs. Obama now says he has recently given up?

Jonathan Tobin writing online for Commentary magazine on February 10, 2014, spoke of the early failure of the ObamaCare law to draw in the masses when he wrote:

Democrats assumed that once the law [the Affordable Care Act] began to be implemented the benefits it distributed would quickly make it as beloved as Social Security or Medicare. But it is now abundantly clear that the numbers of ObamaCare losers may well equal or exceed the total of those who will benefit from it. No amount of lawlessness on the part of a president who lacks the constitutional power to enforce only the laws or the parts of laws that he likes can conceal the enormity of the ObamaCare fiasco.

The president continues to ignore the truth and pretend that Republican interference is the main problem with implementation of ObamaCare.  Now that the website is half-way working, Mr. Obama has taken the lawful legislative process into his own hands by issuing a number of presidential orders that plug gaping holes in the existing legislation.  He has purposefully delayed key requirements and penalties until after the fall election trying to placate his Democratic support base.  This is just another self-serving political trick similar to his successful “Hope and Change” campaign strategy that vaulted him into the presidency in 2009 promising everything and delivering nothing.

Those “healthy” young people who so blindly and vehemently supported Mr. Obama’s election in 2008 have abandoned him on ObamaCare.   They are not signing up in the droves that will be required to make the healthcare program financially viable.  They are not that stupid … or are they?  Conservatives argued that this would be the case well before the law was rammed down the throat of the American public with the full assistance of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed.  The law was put into place through use of legislative tricks and deception when Democrats controlled both the Senate and the House.

People, we need a change in Washington like we have not experienced in modern times.  Our lifetime, career politicians must be replaced in the fall election.  This is true of both parties.

Our unique and republican form of government is in serious jeopardy. Our forefathers who drafted and implemented our U.S. Constitution never envisioned the kind of central governmental control that we now experience.  Citizens have constitutional rights.  States have constitutional rights.  The power of the central government is supposed to be limited.

In order to turn the tide, political offices must again be filled by true, freedom-loving Americans who are elected to serve their constituency and not themselves.  My hope is that this precious process will be started in our fall elections and continue well into the future.  This is the kind of “Monumental Achievement” that our country needs!

Otherwise, our stars and stripes may as well be replaced by the hammer and sickle of the former and failed Soviet Union.