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A Founding Quote

Posted by Godefroi on April 15, 2010

Inspired by a post at Doctor Bulldog and Ronin, highlighting the idiocy of today’s Liberal (in the worst sense of the word) judiciary; and by my observations of Americans’ general and unfortunate ignorance of history, I bring you a Presidential Proclamation:

Whereas the Congress of the United States, by a joint resolution of the two Houses, have signified a request, that a day may be recommended, to be observed by the People of the United States, with religious solemnity, as a day of public Humiliation, and Prayer; and whereas such a recommendation will enable the several religious denominations and societies so disposed, to offer, at one and the same time, their common vows and adorations to Almighty God, on the solemn occasion produced by the war, in which he has been pleased to permit the injustice of a foreign power to involve these United States;

I do therefore recommend the third Thursday in August next, as a convenient day to be set apart for the devout purposes of rendering to the Sovereign of the Universe and the Benefactor of mankind, the public homage due to his holy attributes; of acknowledging the transgressions which might justly provoke the manifestations of His divine displeasures; of seeking His merciful forgiveness, His assistance in the great duties of repentance and amendment; and especially of offering fervent supplications, that in the present season of calamity and war, He would take the American People under his peculiar care and protection; that he would guide their public councils, animate their patriotism, and bestow His blessing on their arms; that He would inspire all nations with a love of justice and of concord, and with a reverence for the unerring precept of our holy religion [which religion do you think he had in mind…Secularism perhaps?], to do to others as they would require others to do to them [oh wait…which religion teaches that?]; and finally, that , turning the hearts of our enemies from the violence and injustice which sway their councils against us, He would hasten a restoration of the blessings of Peace.

Given at Washington the 9th day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve.

James Madison.

Not only was it written by the Architect of the Constitution and the man who proposed the Bill of Rights (First Amendment anyone?), but was nearly coincident with the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Food for thought.

Big Thank-You to Wallbuilders for source material!

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What If?

Posted by Godefroi on April 6, 2010

Hypothetically speaking, what if those crazy “Christianists” took over the government of the Unites States. 

And again hypothetically, what if the new So-Far-Right-They’re-Behind-the-Sunrise Congress appropriated government money (that’s taxes, for any uninformed) and granted – say, $38 Million* – to build a new church somewhere? 

And what if, based on that success, they proceeded to grant a $30-Million-per-year-for-seven-years* boon to a Catholic Priest, SPECIFICALLY  to assist him in evangelizing, and threw in another $89 Million* to build a church?

And then what if, getting even crazier, the Congress started GRANTING LAND to religious institutions, again specifically for evangelism or church-building?

Yeah…what if Congress did all those things?  Those would all be violations of the First Amendment ‘Establishment Clause’ (wall of separation, and all that) right?

Just wondering.

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The most anti-Israel president ever

Posted by Godefroi on September 24, 2009

Shamelessly stolen from Meryl Yourish at Hot Air’s Green Room.

Here’s the intro:

President Barack Obama didn’t just apologize for the Bush years in his speech to the UN yesterday. He delivered what is probably the most anti-Israel speech ever given by a sitting president.

Once again, he used the argument that there is some kind of moral equivalency between Israeli settlements and Palestinian incitement. If you dig just a little, you find that “incitement” includes the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to have a single map of Israel in its textbooks, its constant Jew-hatred in its official media, statements, and even sermons, its referrals to “Palestine from the river to the sea” (that would be where Israel is currently), and the utter refusal by the Obama administration to note that the PA reinforced its anti-Israel charter and also added more anti-Israel conspiracy theories, such as the one that Israel poisoned Yasser Arafat.

And an additional excerpt on which I MUST comment.

The time has come — the time has come to re-launch negotiations without preconditions that address the permanent status issues: security for Israelis and Palestinians, borders, refugees, and Jerusalem. And the goal is clear: Two states living side by side in peace and security — a Jewish state of Israel, with true security for all Israelis; and a viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967, and realizes the potential of the Palestinian people. (Applause.)

Comment: Hey Ob-Asshole, learn a little history.  Here’s the property description of the territory for the Jewish National Home that the entire League of Nations approved (after, of course, the creation of Arab Palestine – you know, that state for those stateless Palestinians that supposedly does not exist):

Briefly stated, the boundaries are as follows:
North. – From Ras en Naqura on the Mediterranean eastwards to a point west of Qadas, thence in a northerly direction to Metulla, thence east to a point west of Banias.
East. – From Banias in a southerly direction east of Lake Hula to Jisr Banat Ya’pub, thence along a line east of the Jordan and the Lake of Tiberias and on to El Hamme station on the Samakh-Deraa railway line, thence along the centre of the river Yarmuq to its confluence with the Jordan, thence along the centres of the Jordan, the Dead Sea and the Wadi Araba to a point on the Gulf of Aqaba two miles west of the town of Aqaba, thence along the shore of the Gulf of Aqaba to Ras Jaba.
South. – From Ras Jaba in a generally north-westerly direction to the junction of the Neki-Aqaba and Gaza Aqaba Roads, thence to a point west-north-west of Ain Maghara and thence to a point on the Mediterranean coast north-west of Rafa.
West. – The Mediterranean Sea.

Which means: it’s ALL ISRAEL…GAZE, JUDEA, SAMARIA, ALL OF IT…THEREFORE THERE IS NO OCCUPATION

Jackass

I’ll leave it to you to read the rest at Hot Air.

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September 11, 2001

Posted by Godefroi on September 11, 2009

Never Forget.

Never Again.

never

never

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Point to Ponder

Posted by Godefroi on July 22, 2009

This is a short excerpt from David Barton’s little book America:  To Pray or Not To Pray (pp 15-19 in the version I had).  Emphases are mine.

…eight of the nine Justices on the 1962-63 Supreme Court [that is, the Warren Court that Teh One said didn’t go far enough – GdB] had been appointed to the Court following an extended history of political rather than judicial experience. Chief Justice Earl Warren had been the Governor of California for ten years prior to his appointment; Justice Hugo Black had been a U. S. Senator for ten years; Justice Felix Frankfurter had been an assistant to the Secretary of Labor and a founding member of the ACLU; Justice Arthur Goldberg had been the Secretary of Labor; Justice William Douglas was chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission prior to his appointment. All of the Justices except one had similar political backgrounds. Justice Potter Stewart, a federal judge for four years prior to his appointment, was the only member of the Court with extended federal Constitutional experience prior to his appointment. Interestingly, he was also the only Justice who objected to the removal of prayer and Bible reading.  June 25, 1962, in Engel v. Vitale,  the Supreme Court [Warren court] forbade the inclusion of religious activities in major activities of daily student life by striking down school prayer and Bible reading. Never before in the history of our nation had any branch of our government taken such a stand.

Eight out of the nine “justices” on the Warren Court were UNQUALIFIED for the job.  They were not Constitutional scholars – not even JUDGES – but rather politicians.

Today’s courts frequently state that they are compelled by previous decisions to rule in a certain manner, the so-called “Wall of Separation” doctrine being one of them.  Interestingly,

…in Engel v. Vitale, only last year, these principles [the separation of prayer from the classroom] were so universally recognized that the Court, without citation of single case … reaffirmed them. (School Dist. of Abington Township v. Schempp; 374 U.S. 203, 220-221, 1963)

Did you catch that?  The Engel case which banned school prayer did not cite even ONE precedent to back up the ruling.  Stare decisis has become a handy excuse to keep Constitutionally-questionable policies and practices in place.

Let me suggest to any visitors here to read Mr. Barton’s book cited above, or even better one called “Original Intent”.  You will see that the reason the Warren court did not cite any precedents is that the precedents were all against them.

Just something to think about.

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A Bit of Truth

Posted by Godefroi on July 9, 2009

I’ve been trying to convince people of this for years, mostly without success.

Perhaps folks are more likely to believe someone who’s “been there”?

(IsraelNN.com) Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas says the Arabs of the Galilee city of Tzfat left in 1948 not because they were driven out, but on their own volition.

Many biographies of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas imply that his family became “refugees” because of the War of Independence in 1948. For instance, a BBC profile on Abbas when he succeeded Yasser Arafat as PLO chairman in 2005 writes, “In the light of his origins in Safed in Galilee – in what is now northern Israel – he is said to hold strong views about the right of return of Palestinian refugees.” Answers.com states, “As a result of the Arab-Israel War of 1948, he became a refugee.” Wikipedia articles on the topic say the same – all giving the impression that the Abbas family was driven out and became homeless.

However, Abbas himself – co-founder of Fatah with Arafat, and known as Abu Mazen – now tells a different story. Speaking with Al-Palestinia TV on Monday, Abbas admitted that his family was not expelled or driven out, but rather left for fear that the Jews might take revenge for the slaughter of 20 Jews in the city during the Arab pogroms of 19 years earlier.

[…]

The memory of the slaughter, Abbas said, “brought [our families] to understand that the military balance had changed, and that [we] no longer had military forces in their real meaning. There were only young people who fought, and there was an initial action. They felt that the balance of power had collapsed and they therefore decided to leave. The entire city was abandoned based on this thought – the thought of their property and saving themselves.”

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Question

Posted by Godefroi on June 26, 2009

It’s time to test your knowledge of history.  🙂

Who said the following (emphasis is mine):

The First Amendment, however, does not say that in every and all respects there shall be a separation of Church and State …. Otherwise the state and religion would be aliens to each other-hostile, suspicious, and even unfriendly.

I’ll be taking guesses thru the weekend.

UPDATE: No takers eh?  Bummer.

Anyway, the answer is THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT, in Zorach v. Clauson, 343 U.S. 306.

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A Little History

Posted by Godefroi on March 30, 2009

Some not-common knowledge is being disseminated today at American Thinker.

Hopefully it will be become more common.

In 1920, Great Britain was given the responsibility by the League of Nations to oversee the Mandate over the geographical territory known as Palestine with the express intention of reconstituting within its territory a Jewish National Home.

The territory in question stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the eastern boundary of Mandatory Palestine, which was a border that would separate it from what was to become the future state of Iraq [Hey, did you know that Iraq was “created by the UN” just like Israel supposedly was?  Does that make Iraq’s existence illegitimate too?  Just wondering.].

The League of Nations created a number of articles, which were in line with the original intent of the Balfour Declaration of November 29th, 1917. At the last minute, however, a new article was introduced by the British Colonial Office: article number 25.

At first the sudden addition of this article was not a cause for alarm but gradually it became apparent that its inclusion directly enabled Great Britain in 1921 to tear away all the territory of geographical Palestine, east of the River Jordan, and give it to the Arab Hashemite family; the territory to become Trans-Jordan and led by the emir Abdullah. [Here’s another one!  Jordan was also “created by the UN” – ANOTHER illegitimate state?]

Britain presented this gift to Abdullah, the son of the Sherif of Mecca, as a consolation prize for its awarding of the Hedjaz territory and Arabia, which included Mecca, to the rival Saud family: That vast territory is now Saudi Arabia. [Wait, another?]

This was the first partition of Palestine and created a brand new entity 87 years ago covering some 35,000 square miles or nearly four-fifths of the geographical territory of Palestine [If one looks at old maps of the area, one can see the disparity between Arab Palestine (Jordan) and Jewish Palestine]. Immediately Jewish residence in the territory [Arab Palestine] was forbidden and it became in effect judenrein – the German term for the ethnic cleansing of Jews from a territory [Note that there still were – and ARE – Arabs legally living AS CITIZENS in Jewish Palestine…that is, Israel] 

As I’ve mentioned before, THE TWO STATE SOLUTION HAS ALREADY BEEN TRIED.  It was, and will always be, a failure.

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Obama and my Gun

Posted by Godefroi on December 9, 2008

Mr. Obama has already told us, over and over, that he is NOT anti-gun ownership by private citizens (he is against concealed carry however – you can have one as long as whomever is going to attack you knows you’re carrying…and he supports banning handguns), he is NOT anti-2nd Amendment (though he does support restrictions infringements on ownership), and that he is NOT going to come after our guns…or more accurately, that he’d LIKE to, but lacks the votes.

So, in order to quell the ensuing enthusiasm for guns that his “win” has engendered, now he’s asking us not to stock up on those guns that he (sort of) favors.

As gun sales shoot up around the country, President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday that gun-owning Americans do not need to rush out and stock up before he is sworn in next month.

“I believe in common-sense gun safety laws, and I believe in the second amendment,” Obama said at a news conference. “Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear. I said that throughout the campaign. I haven’t indicated anything different during the transition. I think people can take me at my word.”

All the better to round them up later, you see.

The NRA responds thusly:

“Prior to his campaign for president, his record as a state legislator and as a U.S. Senator shows he voted for the most stringent forms of gun control, the most Draconian legislation, gun bans, ammunition bans and even an increase in federal excise taxes up to 500 percent for every gun and firearm sold,”

Is anyone really fooled by Obama’s doubletalk?

As an aside, an interesting observation in the comments at the Sun Times site.

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Be Thankful

Posted by Godefroi on November 26, 2008

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I won’t be posting tomorrow…most likely not again until next week.  Technically, this isn’t even my post – I’m excerpting and linking Always On Watch.  (H/T!)

Abraham Lincoln was our first President to make Thanksgiving Day a national holiday. He probably set the observance in late November so as to correlate the holiday with the date of the Mayflower‘s anchoring (November 21, 1620, by the modern Gregorian calendar but November 11, 1620, by the Julian calendar used by the Pilgrims).

Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation reads as follows:

OK – you’ll have to go to AOW to read the rest (please do!).

 

Colossians 3:15

 

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

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On Poverty

Posted by Godefroi on October 20, 2008

Once upon a time, not so long ago, I was living in poverty…or so the U.S. government would have us believe.

When I was first married, and had one child…when both of us worked part-time for minimum wage…we were supposedly poor.  We had food assistance and WIC.  We also had two cars (albeit old ones), a home (we rented a mobile home), food to eat, clothes to wear, a TV, a microwave, dishwasher, cable TV, and central air.  Most of this was propped up by creative use of student loans (living expenses, you see).

Since then, I’ve traveled some, both within the U.S, and Mexico, Cuba, a few other countries.

I’ve now seen what true poverty is – and I’ve never seen the like inside the United States of America.

The current hot topic is the crash of the financial system, and the accompanying enormous loss of wealth that has recently occurred.  Many people have seen most of their savings lost, the value of their home plummet, their job disappear, perhaps even the loss of their home.

But is that poverty?

Influenced by a fellow blogger whom I admire (H/T Solomon), I’ve been reading a book called “Cairo to Damascus”.  In it is a description of true poverty.  Have a look (my emphasis).

Yusef said after a while, “I would like to show you a bit of the real Egypt – something that most journalists never see.  Will you come with me?  The place is not far from here.”

I agreed.  Walking, we say many sights common to Cairo.  In the first instance it was a barefooted girl perhaps ten years old, dressed in rags.  Her individual toes were invisible because of grime that had caked all over her – it had even worked its way into her matted hair.  Her face haunted me.  There were black blotches on it – and only as she came nearer did I realize that these were masses of flies feeding on festering open sores.  She was holding aloft what seemed to be a doll.  Then we saw that the doll was actually an infant – perhaps one or two years old, probably alive, although we could not see it breathing, or hear it cry as babies do when roughly handled.  The tiny infant was in tatters, one mass of filth from head to toe.  Its closed lids were slits of raw, inflamed skin, the usual result of trachoma.  The girl was now squealing in a shrill voice, hopping from one pedestrian to another, begging.

“Is the baby dead or alive?” I asked Yusef.

He shrugged his shoulders.  “Only Allah knows.  If it is not dead, it will die before long.  The garbage wagons pick up many of them every morning

At Aishash el Tourgoman thousands of agonized men, women, and children stared at me in living death.  Their hovels were built of earth, or of rotted wood creaking on tottering foundations.  They were dark caves, and the earthen floor was lined with dried dung.  People slept here, with no blanked under or over them.  The odor of death and disease was everywhere…There were no windowpanes, no curtains, no doors, and no electricity.  Children huddled about their mothers, too sick of too feeble to play.  Scrawny chickens, dogs, cats moved in and out of hovels, feeding and dropping around the family.  On a dungheap with a donkey standing as immobile as death itself, dwarfed and diseased children moved about.

One would be very hard-pressed to find any one person living like this (if you can call it living) in the United States, let alone thousands of them.  Yet there is one candidate for POTUS, along with many of the hacks in his party, who would have you believe that you are poor, and that he and the government are your salvation from your situation.

America, you are not poor.  You are wealthy beyond the wildest imaginings of the millions of truly poor in the world.

So rather than complain that you won’t be able to flip your house for a fast profit; that you’ll have to shut off the cable and maybe the cell phone to make your house payment; that you might have to live in rental for a while…give thanks for what you DO have.  There are MANY who have NOTHING.

One further point on the promise of government saving you from poverty…

Once upon a time, quite long ago, there was a war widow who was suffering deprivation due to the loss of her husband.  There was a petition in the U.S. Congress to set aside some money to help her and those like her.

This was back when people still knew, and cared, what the Constitution contained.

One congressman stood before the assembly, and reminded them thusly (my epmhasis):

“We have rights, as individuals, to give as much of our own money as we please to charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of public money.” (David S. Crockett, U.S. House of Representatives, 1828…yes, THE Davy Crockett)

Being so reminded, the appropriation request was denied.  The poor widow was turned away.  Mr. Crockett then supported this widow with his own money.

Ladies and gentlemen, there has not been a relevant change in the Constitution since 1828.  Congress still has no right to appropriate your money to give it away to the needy.  But you, individually, still have the right, obligation, and privilege of doing it yourself.

Be blessed, and grateful, and generous.

To take them [the words ‘general welfare” – GdB] in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators. — James Madison

“On every question of construction, carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” — Thomas Jefferson

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What if…

Posted by Godefroi on September 3, 2008

What if one could produce hard evidence that the Arabs in Palestine really DO believe that the Temple Mount (what they call their “Noble Sanctuary”, al-haram al-sharif) was actually stolen from the Jews?  The vocal propagandists loudly proclaim that the Jews have no ties to Jerusalem, let alone the whole of Israel, and that their temple never existed.

But what if we can prove that the current shrill really is just false propaganda?

Maybe we can find out, now that Israel National News has published this.

Supreme Moslem Council: Temple Mount is Jewish

(IsraelNN.com) The widely-disseminated Arab Moslem position that the Temple Mount is not Jewish has been debunked – by the Supreme Moslem Council (Waqf) of Jerusalem, in a Temple Mount guide published in 1925.

[snip]

In fact, back in 1925, the Supreme Moslem Council – also known as the Waqf, which has overseen Temple Mount activities on behalf of the Moslem religion for hundreds of years – boasted proudly that the site was none other than that of Solomon’s Temple.

The Jerusalem-based Temple Institute (http://www.templeinstitute.org) reports that it has acquired a copy of the official 1925 Supreme Moslem Council Guide Book to Al-Haram Al-Sharif (the Moslem name for the Temple Mount).  On page 4, the Waqf states, “Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according to universal belief, on which ‘David built there an altar unto the L-rd…’, citing the source in 2 Samuel XXIV,25.

In addition, on page 16, the pamphlet makes reference to the underground area in the south-east corner of the Mount, which is refers to as Solomon’s Stables.  “Little is known for certain of the history of the chamber itself,” the guide reads. “It dates probably as far back as the construction of Solomon’s Temple. According to Josephus, it was in existence and was used as a place of refuge by the Jews at the time of the conquest of Jerusalem by Titus in the year 70 A.D.”

Yes, perhaps we can now stop hearing the history-revising shills coming from the “Palestinians”.  Perhaps, but I doubt it.  They’ve a long history of ignoring the truth when it conflicts with their agenda.

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