- JJ Commentary:
hopes to show the world its “new” softer face, but persecution and pollution speak otherwise China
Thursday, March 13, 2008
A Pentagon report finds that up to 90% of the foreign fighters in Iraq cross the border from Syria and that Iran's support for Shiite militants also is hurting efforts to improve security in Iraq. As those external pressures dog coalition and Iraqi forces, the government of
The top commander of
- JJ Commentary: We must re-think our strategy for the war on terror, using our massive fire-power instead of troops on the ground. The advantage we possess in smart bombs and missiles is of no use in guerrilla style warfare where the enemy has the advantage.
In light of news that the "virtual" fence along
- JJ Commentary: Yet another governmental boondoggle.
Gasoline and oil prices extended their record-setting streaks Wednesday, with gas at the pump reaching a new high of nearly $3.25 and crude surpassing $110 for the first time. The dollar weakened throughout the day Wednesday, setting a number of new lows against the euro. Many analysts believe the dollar's decline is the reason crude futures have surged to records in 12 of the past 13 sessions, despite the fact that crude supplies have risen 10.2% since early January.
- JJ Commentary: In typical short-term thinking, our government believes it can keep expanding our enormous debt load to solve long-term problems, making things worse for the future.
On a tour of the
IDF troops and elite police commandos operating in Bethlehem on Wednesday evening killed four top terrorists with the Islamic Jihad militia, including the planner of last week’s shooting massacre in a prominent Jerusalem yeshiva, Palestinian sources claim. While attempting to arrest the armed fugitives, who made up the Islamic Jihad's leadership in the city, the troops came under fire near
- JJ Commentary: There will be no peace for
until Jesus returns. Any sounds of peace are inherently false as Islam continues to seek its total annihilation. Israel
At least one in four teenage American girls has a sexually transmitted disease, suggests a first-of-its-kind federal study that startled some adolescent-health experts. Because some sexually transmitted infections can cause infertility and cancer,
- JJ Commentary: Our media-inspired, promiscuous generation is reaping the corruption of the flesh as Biblically expounded in Galatians 6:8
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Massive suicide bombs ripped through a seven-story police headquarters and a house in Lahore on Tuesday, killing at least 20 people and wounding more than 150, deepening Pakistan's security crisis as a wave of Islamic militancy sweeps the country. The blasts come amid a spate of violence that authorities are blaming on Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants, spreading beyond their strongholds along the Afghan border, and as the victors of last month's elections prepare to form a new government. The party of Nawaz Sharif, which is set to be the junior partner in the incoming coalition, blamed military operations ordered by U.S.-backed President Pervez Musharraf for destabilizing the country and called for him to resign.
- JJ Commentary: Osama and al-Qaeda have hidden and re-energized on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and are now re-asserting themselves in both countries.
Pakistanhas been the key “partner” in the region. Loss of this ally will make it nigh impossible to continue our efforts in U.S. . Afghanistan
Did the Israeli police allow the Muslim custodians of the
- JJ Commentary: Secular
consistently turns its back on its godly foundations resulting in curses dictated in Deuteronomy 27-28. Israel
The tough real estate market isn't just affecting home sales — it's also prompting consumers to buy fewer TVs, digital cameras and other electronics.
The mortgage foreclosure crisis has caused a drop in cities' revenues, a spike in crime, more homelessness and an increase in vacant properties, a survey of elected local officials out today shows. About two-thirds of 211 officials surveyed by the National League of Cities reported an increase in foreclosures in their cities in the past year, according to the online and e-mail questionnaire. A third of them reported a drop in revenues and an increase in abandoned and vacant properties and urban blight. "There's a reduction in revenues at the same time that more services are needed," says Cynthia McCollum, president of the National League of Cities. "Because of foreclosures, people are stealing, crime is on the rise and we don't have more money for cops on the street."
- JJ commentary: Inflated home prices and underfinanced mortgages were bound to cause problems. Why do we keep thinking we can consistently violate sound economic policies?
The average price of gasoline set a record Monday, joining the prices of oil and diesel fuel in high-price territory that threatens an already shaky
- JJ Commentary: Oil will prove to be the lynch pin that undermines the
economy given the falling dollar and our humongous debt. U.S.
A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows. To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe. But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health. In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas — from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from
How do the drugs get into the water? People take pills. Their bodies absorb some of the medication, but the rest of it passes through and is flushed down the toilet. The wastewater is treated before it is discharged into reservoirs, rivers or lakes. Then, some of the water is cleansed again at drinking water treatment plants and piped to consumers. But most treatments do not remove all drug residue. And while researchers do not yet understand the exact risks from decades of persistent exposure to random combinations of low levels of pharmaceuticals, recent studies — which have gone virtually unnoticed by the general public — have found alarming effects on human cells and wildlife.
- JJ Commentary: Americans are so over-medicated that not only does it cause pollution but it also has fostered new drug-resistant germs. Anti-biotics are ineffective against viruses, so why do so many doctors prescribe them? Because people want some kind of magic pill to make everything better.
Ford would not renew current promotions or create future incentives that give cash donations to homosexual organizations based on the purchase of a vehicle.
Ford would not make corporate donations to homosexual organizations that, as part of their activities, engage in political or social campaigns to promote civil unions or same-sex marriage.
Ford would stop giving cash and vehicle donations or endorsements to homosexual social activities such as 'gay'-pride parades.
Ford would cease all advertising on homosexual websites and through homosexual media outlets (magazines, television, radio) in the U.S. with the exception of $100,000 to be used by Volvo. The Volvo ads would be the same ads used in the general media and not aimed at the homosexual community specifically.
Ø JJ Commentary: Christians can and should make a difference in the world or else we allow ungodly values to afflict our country and our lives.
Friday, March 7, 2008
- JJ Commentary: With the dollar falling to record lows, oil prices at record highs, and continuing increases in
indebtedness, the current downturn has the potential to escalate into a serious recession. Whether it is this time or the next, at some point soon the economic devastation prophesied in Revelation 6:5-6 is coming when the third seal releases the black horse. U.S.
The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) www.persecution.org has just released our annual Hall of Shame report on our website. The Hall of Shame is our list of the world's 10 worst persecutors of Christians based on news reports from the previous year. We publish this annual report to bring attention to the plight of persecuted Christians around the globe. There are more than 200 million Christians worldwide who live in countries where there is overt social or governmental anti-Christian hostility. This hostility is expressed in various forms, from harassment, job discrimination, and imprisonment, to rape, torture, and assassination. It is troubling that a human rights issue of this magnitude is so often ignored. The countries on the list are:
- JJ Commentary: Even though Christians are one of the largest religious groups persecuted for their faith, their plight is almost entirely ignored by the mainstream media.
An article in the London Times states that Pope Benedict XVI is to rehabilitate Martin Luther, arguing that he did not intend to split Christianity but only to purge the Church of corrupt practices. The Pope will issue his findings on the reformer in September after discussing him at his annual seminar of 40 fellow theologians at the papal summer residence.
- JJ Commentary: Not that Luther or Protestants need exoneration and rehabilitation, but it is noteworthy that Catholicism continues to purge itself of historically unscriptural acts and positions.
Israeli security forces across the nation were placed on the highest level of alert Friday, following last night's terrorist shooting spree at a landmark
- JJ Commentary: Despite ongoing calls for peace negotiations, there will be no true peace for
. After increasing hostilities, a false peace will be ushered in by the Antichrist, which will allow Israel to rebuild their temple – without, however, the inner and outer courts which are overrun by the Genitles” as prophesied in Revelation 11:2 (i.e. the Dome of the Rock). But then, in the middle of the 7-year Tribulation period (Daniel 9:24-27), the Antichrist will commit the “abomination of desolation” and declare himself to be God and defile the temple with pagan sacrifices (Daniel 11:2, Matthew 24:15, 2Thessalonians 2:3-4). Israel
Eight people have been killed in separate attacks in western and central
Islamist insurgents killed five government soldiers while briefly seizing a strategic town in central
- JJ Commentary: What the media fails to report is that in each African country where violence runs rampant, it is Islam that is stirring up the unrest.
The controversial Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP, continues closed-door meetings with business leaders while the heads of state of the
The NACC is a largely secretive SPP advisory council of representatives of 30 North American corporations selected by the Chambers of Commerce in the three nations. The PR offensive is clearly discussed in the third paragraph of the internal memo, where the paragraph discusses comments made by the three heads of state in the closed door discussions, noting, "He also urged NACC members to assist in confronting and refuting critics of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP)." The "He" in the sentence is not identified. The fourth paragraph continues the PR theme: "In closing, all leaders expressed a desire for the NACC to play a role in articulating publicly the benefits of greater collaboration in
- JJ Commentary: The only question remaining about the formation of the North American Union is when, not if. Similarly, the Asian Union is also well underway. It will not be all that long before the one-world government prophesied in Revelation 13:8
For snow-weary residents of the Midwest and
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Illegal immigration is costing
The study was commissioned by the U.S./Mexico Border Counties Coalition, a non-profit group of border-county officials who want the federal government to reimburse their county jails and prosecutors offices for legal costs. The coalition, which began looking at the impact of illegal immigration on border counties in 1999, paid for the study using a Justice Department grant. Researchers estimate the costs of illegal immigration on county law enforcement borderwide at $1.2 billion in the past eight fiscal years.
- JJ Commentary: Keep in mind that these costs are only for law enforcement and criminal prosecutions. When you add emergency hospital care, education, welfare, etc. to the equation, the overall costs are humongous.
Global warming is a natural process, not likely the result of human activities, argued more than 100 internationally prominent environmental scientists in papers presented at the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, which concluded in
"Is global warming 'An Inconvenient Truth,' as Vice President Al Gore charges, or a 'Global Warming Swindle?' Harriet Johnson, spokeswoman for the Heartland Institute asked in a statement distributed at the start of the three-day conference. "The alarmists in the global warming debate have had their say – over and over again, in every newspaper in the country practically every day and in countless news reports and documentary films," a notice on the Heartland Institute website proclaims. "But they have lost the debate."
Environmental scientist S. Fred Singer kicked off the conference by releasing a report entitled, "Nature, Not Human Activity Rules the Climate," summarizing a three-year international scientific research project conducted by the Nongovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or NIPCC, that Singer headed. "There are many factors that affect the climate," Singer told WND. "What we can now exclude by scientific evidence is the argument that greenhouse gases are an important factor in causing global warming." Singer and the NIPCC agree that global warming occurred in the 20th century, but disagree human activity is responsible. He argues instead that natural causes are likely to be the dominant cause of the scientifically observed global warming under discussion.
The Weather Channel has lost its way, according to John Coleman, who founded the channel in 1982. Coleman told an audience at the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change on March 3 in
- JJ Commentary: Ice Ages and Global Warming have long been a cycle of nature before humanity had any impact at all. Greenhouse gases do contribute to the warming, but to a minor extent compared to natural factors.
Some recent remarks by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama linking same-sex relationships to Jesus' famous Sermon on the Mount are raising some eyebrows in the Christian community. During a Sunday campaign stop in
As part of a lengthy videotaped response, Obama referred to the speech by Jesus found in the Gospel of Matthew, as well as some anti-homosexuality statements made by the apostle Paul which he called "obscure": I will tell you that I don't believe in gay marriage, but I do think that people who are gay and lesbian should be treated with dignity and respect and that the state should not discriminate against them. So, I believe in civil unions that allow a same-sex couple to visit each other in a hospital or transfer property to each other. I don't think it should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state. If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans. That's my view. But we can have a respectful disagreement on that.
- JJ Commentary: Romans 1:26-27 is not “obscure” but rather direct and clear, showing that homosexuality is not just an Old Testament issue. Of course, the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus’ other teachings implore us to love everyone, including sinners and our enemies. But that does not mean that we condone the sin.
The court essentially concluded that the state provided no circumstance that allowed parents to school their own children at home. "We find no reason to strike down the Legislature's evaluation of what constitutes an adequate education scheme sufficient to promote the 'general diffusion of knowledge and intelligence.' We agree … 'the educational program of the State of California was designed to promote the general welfare of all the people and was not designed to accommodate the personal ideas of any individual in the field of education,'" the ruling said.
- JJ Commentary: Make no mistake. The recent trend toward banning homeschooling is a religious issue. Most homeschools are Christian-based, while public schools have become indoctrination centers for satan’s counterfeit religion, secular humanism.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
According to Mission Network News, the amount of persecution against Christians in India continues to increase, and there's no sign of things improving. A Gospel for Asia story states that nearly 40 Christians were kidnapped February 27 by anti-Christian radicals in Himachal Pradesh. The extremists reportedly took the Christians to a religious temple and are trying to force them to renounce Christ and return to the country's dominant faith. Gospel for Asia's Daniel Yohannan says, "They do this to try to scare people from following Christ. It's kind of like, 'If you follow Christ, this is what's going to happen to you.' But it always seems to backfire because more people get saved after the persecution."
- JJ Commentary: Persecution has always been the way the Gospel spreads best, from the scattering of the original Apostles till now. Unbelievers are more impressed by those who cling to their faith under fire than those who spout the words of faith from positions of comfort and prosperity.
The Christian Post reports that new survey has broken down America's church attendance to reflect the growing number of "church" options that have redefined how Christians worship on Sunday. American Christians are increasingly adopting house churches, marketplace ministries and cyberchurches as places of worship and ministry. The new Barna survey, released Monday, contends that popular measures about who is "unchurched" are out of date. "The fact that millions of people are now involved in multiple faith communities -- for instance, attending a conventional church one week, a house church the next, and interacting with an online faith community in-between -- has rendered the standard measures of "churched" and "unchurched" much less precise," The Barna Group noted.
- JJ Commentary: As government further muzzles the Church to restrict the preaching and teaching of the full gospel (e.g. homosexuality, political issues), it will be the larger, traditional churches that will suffer the most. The end-times Remnant will increasingly meet in smaller, non-traditional venues.