Thursday, December 29, 2011

Fiat Promises With a Gold Standard

An interesting article from about the Gold Standard and buying gold. This follows this post analyzing prophecies about the end of the world. For a free magazine subscription or to get this book for free click HERE! or call 1-888-886-8632.

Fiat Promises With a Gold Standard

 by Amanda Boyer

Source: photos.comIn an economics class I took in high school, my teacher said something that surprised me. He said, “Money has value only because we believe it does.” He went on to further explain that the current monetary system that we use in the United States refers to our currency as “fiat money.”

Fiat money is a medium of exchange that gives currency value only because the government says so by its authority. The word “fiat” is a Latin word that means, “Let it be done.” The type of currency the U.S. was under previous to this was called the gold standard, which was replaced in 1971 under president Richard Nixon. The gold standard meant that the printed dollars people used day to day had a fixed value compared to gold, which the government kept in reserves to back up that money.

Often in times of economic uncertainty, people turn to gold as a sort of insurance against a financial collapse of our fiat monetary system. Have you noticed lately all the places advertising “WE BUY GOLD”?

We know that ultimately, we can’t put our faith in the value of gold or fiat money (Ezekiel:7:19They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.). However, there is an important lesson we can learn from these two monetary systems.

In a prayer to God after building the temple in Jerusalem, Solomon said, “You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand” (1 Kings:8:24Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day., NKJV).He realized that God had the power to say, “Let it be done,” and the perfect character to back and fulfill those promises with action.

I believe this is the true value of a promise.

God’s promises are “unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us” (Hebrews:6:18That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:, NLT).

We can put our faith in our loving God of truth, because He makes fiat promises with a gold standard to back them up.

While America Sleeps - Book Review

A very interesting book which describes the dangers from an unchecked reponse to immigration from what the author calls Reconquistadores and Jihadists along with the dumbing down of America's culture so that there will be no response to all of this.

You can get this from your library's Interlibrary loan department here and Amazon here

While America Sleeps

The authors table of contents says it all, and I have never seen a better more organized laydown of content than this one, so good that I am spelling it out here because for many, the table of contents alone is sufficient (but I urge buying the book, it is very readable and thought-provoking).

An Economy in Hock

La Reconquista (the Reconquering, Mexico has gotten all the way back to the Guadalupe-Hidalgo line)

Absolishing Self-Defense

Subordinating Ourselves

Subordinating Our Culture

Subordinating Our Country

An Ideology of Submission

Enforcing the Ideology

Disabling Americans

Spreading the Ideology

Can America Be Saved?

Reclaiming the Individual

Reclaiming the Economy

Reclaiming the Government

If All Else Fails

This is an enormously important book that speaks to the heart and mind of every person of any race or faith who believes in America the Beautiful, in dignity, justice, and liberty for all. That's not what we stand for today, and that is a travesty of epic proportions.

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The emphasis in this book is on HOW:

How militant Islamists get into the U. S., how they spread to cities and towns throughout the U.S., how they persuade us they are moderates, how they operate inside the U. S., how they manipulate our laws to protect their activities, how they exploit "political correctness" to escape detection.

Also, how the illegal immigration industry operates, how illegals are bussed to cities and towns throughout the U. S., how they are financed, how they have teams of free lawyers standing by to manipulate the laws of the U. S. to avoid deportation.

The INDOCTRINATION chapters include a detailed analysis of "political correctness" (which this book calls "Dhimmism" but might more properly be called "postliberalism"). We all use the term "political correctness" and think we know what it means, but most people have only a vague idea what it is, and we need to know. This book tells you in detail what it is and what it is not, how and why it developed, how it is enforced, and how it is spread.

The book tells you how colleges, schools, news media, law schools, courts and Hollywood came to be dominated by "political correctness", how more and more people are being indoctrinated into this new ideology, and how the minds of people so indoctrinated actually work, including why it is impossible to reason with them.

Your own children and grandchildren are being indoctrinated every day, not only in school, but from TV, pop/rock/rap music, and other sources.

Most urgently, the book tells you how "political correctness" protects the militant Islamists and illegal immigrants and guarantees that nothing will be done to stop them.

If you think somebody or other is taking care of these problems or will take care of them, then you need to read this book to find out you're living in a dream. If you think the government is so strong that you don't need to worry, then you're part of the sleeping America. People are already being hurt in many ways, but the worst is yet to come. The situation is not hopeless--not yet, but it will be in the near future if most people continue to be misinformed. Give a copy to everyone you love.

ACTION ALERT!!! Contact Conservative Media about Unfair Redistricting!!!

A very interesting post from   about the new congressional districts in Texas being redrawn so that the new seats favor the Democratic party in a Republican state. This follows this post about the strategy that various states will use to enforce immigration laws during this time of high unemployment.  This follows this post about the Presidential Candidate strongest on immigration.  This follows this post  about Louisiana suing about the appropriations of House Seats and the Electoral College(think about redistricting in your state)!   This follows this post about how to Report Illegal Immigrants such as the 30,000 openly illegal immigrants in the border town of El Paso, where President Barack Obama recently bashed immigration enforcement! For more that you can do to get involved click HERE and you can read a very interesting book HERE!

And Remember when contacting public officials to please be firm but respectful. Any over the top messages could result in law enforcement action against you. Just let these politicians know that you are aware of what they have done and that you intend to remove them from office in the 2012 elections.

Judicial gerrymandering‏

Amnesty opponents and Constitution lovers, please take the following steps below to inspire these media sources to properly warn Americans of the impending unfair redistricting in Texas. While the Spanish media and liberal newspapers are leading the charge for this anti-American redistricting, we need a better response from the media that may still be loyal to the AMERICAN public!

Make sure all your favorite talk radio shows get a call and email from you along with these below...

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Dear ______, Please warn your viewers of the impending unconstitutional redistricting in Texas!

A few months ago, as the US Senate voted for cloture on the Dream Act Amnesty which would have set the stage for millions of illegal aliens to become voters and thus displacing the voting power of Fox News viewers. Fox News had no coverage of the impending vote. Fox News did not adequately cover this issue or warn viewers of the vote.

Please do not allow Fox News viewers to be in the dark this time. The unconstitutional gerrymandering of districts in Texas is happening now! Please start reporting on this approaching vote that would damage our nation and please put as many sources as possible on the air who oppose this unconstitutional gerrymandering. I will be watching in the hopes that Fox News will cover this and warn viewers this time. We need Fox to deliver "Fair and Balanced" coverage on this issue unlike many of the other networks.

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Dear Drudge Report,

Please consider immediately adding articles to that warn your readers about the impending unconstitutional redistricting in Texas. Passage of the unconstitutional redistricting in Texan would lead to voting rights for millions of illegal aliens who would then displace most of your readers in American politics.

Most of the articles coming out of the major newspapers in America are heavily biased in favor of this radical agenda.

Please locate the many articles online that point out both sides of the debate and the many negative consequences for Americans if the unconstitutional redistricting in Texas occurs and then place them on Drudge Report.

A few months back, the Drudge Report failed to place any significant coverage of this news on the site while the Spanish language media and liberal newspapers inspired their readers to call Congress. Please do not leave conservative Americans and our many American talk radio programs in the dark this time. Please post numerous reports about the unconstitutional redistricting plan in Texas on DrudgeReport as soon and as often as possible!


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Mr. Limbaugh, Thank you for leading the way in the fight against Liberalism and Comprehensive Amnesty legislation. I'm glad that you have the wisdom to understand that these bills would decimate the conservative base and relegate most Limbaugh fans to the scrap heap of history in American politics.

Please work hard this week to warn your listeners of the impending votes on the unconstitutional gerrymandering in Texas which would set the stage for millions of American students, workers, and voters to be displaced and replaced by illegal aliens granted legal status.

It is clear that over 90% of your supporters oppose unconstitutional redistricting and I hope you will properly inform, motivate, and lead them in opposition to this push! We need you Rush Limbaugh, please lead the charge!


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Dear Mr. Hannity, I listened to your show yesterday and while you addressed many of the bills Democrats are pushing in Washington DC right now that you oppose, I did not hear any mention of the unconstitutional redistricting in Texas.

Please take the time to warn your listeners about both the approaching unconstitutional redistricting in Texas and the numerous negative consequences that the passing of the unconstitutional redistricting in Texas would have on your listeners. Can you just imagine what that new block of 3-20 million illegal aliens becoming new voters who vote 70+% Democrat in every election, will do to the political influence of your listeners?

Why would you encourage your listeners to take political action, yet not warn them of their own political destruction via the unconstitutional redistricting in Texas? Please do not let coverage of the impending unconstitutional redistricting in Texas be conspicuously absent from your remaining broadcasts.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Will the World End in 2012?

An interesting article from analyzing prophecies about the end of the world. This follows this post explaining the Messiah's birth from an Old Testament (Tanakh) prophecy. For a free magazine subscription or to get this book for free click HERE! or call 1-888-886-8632.

Will the World End in 2012?

article by Noel Hornor

Much has been said about the world ending in the year 2012 - a fact supposedly revealed in the ancient Mayan calendar. Is there any basis or truth to this or in others who predict the end of the world next year? What does the Bible say about the end of the world? Does it tell us whether the world could or will end in the year 2012

Source: iStockphotoMany people would give almost anything to know what the future holds. This has been true as long as human beings have walked the earth.

The apostles of Jesus Christ were no exception. He spoke often to them about His return when He will dwell again on the earth—in the future Kingdom of God, reigning over everything.

Shortly before He died, Jesus was with His 12 disciples in Jerusalem in the area of the splendid Temple Mount. Jesus told them that the temple, in which the Jews of that day took exceptional pride, would one day be razed to the ground (Matthew:24:1-2[1]And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.[2]And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.).

The disciples were likely shocked and surprised at that statement by their Master, and it prompted them to ask the question about which Christians from the first century to this day have earnestly desired to know: "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" (Matthew:24:3And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?, emphasis added throughout).

This conversation occurred nearly 2,000 years ago. Jesus would not return in the lifetime of those to whom He spoke, although it seems they expected Him to for many years. They all died, still waiting for the return of the King of Kings (Revelation:19:16).

While they were alive, they repeatedly preached the promise of His coming and earnestly longed for His return. One of the 12, Peter, recorded a warning for those of his day that has echoed through time and still speaks today to all who read it. He wrote that some skeptics—"scoffers," he called them—would say, "Where is the promise of His coming?" (2 Peter:3:4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.). And he responded in advance, "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise" (verse 9).

When Jesus returns, it will be the end of "this present evil age" (Galatians:1:4Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:), the end of the world in which human beings rule.

Human-generated prophecies of the coming apocalypse

When Jesus' disciples asked Him when the end would come, He told them of signs and events that would occur during the intervening period. Yet He also told them, "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only" (Matthew:24:36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.).

Jesus' statement has not dissuaded men from making brazen prophecies. People of every stripe and type have been stricken with prediction addiction. Raymond Hundley's 2010 book Will the World End in 2012? noted one website that "cited 149 different predictions of the apocalypse between AD 44 and 2008" (p. ix).

The predictions of the end of the world did not cease in 2008. If anything, the avalanche has gained momentum. Many of the prophecies even center on a specific day—Dec. 21, 2012.

This has been called the most intriguing date in history. The orientation of those who pinpoint this date is widely varied—some are religious and some are secular. The events they say will trigger the ultimate cataclysm comprise descriptions of a human-contrived cauldron of horror.

But will they come to pass? It's vital for your spiritual safety and peace of mind that you are well-grounded in the truth of the Bible. There are many deceivers in the world; indeed Scripture tells us that Satan "deceives the whole world" (Revelation:12:9). For this reason, Jesus warns His disciples, "Don't let anyone mislead you" (Matthew:24:4And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you., New Living Translation).

Many people are putting forth their own interpretations regarding the future, but the Bible must be our sole guide. It brims with prophecy about the end of the world. We must also be careful about the spin that people put on biblical prophecies about the end.

While we can have a better idea of the general time frame of Christ's return as time goes on and we see prophecy being fulfilled around us, the pages of history are strewn with erroneous dates on which some predicted or expected the end to come.

As Mark Hitchcock notes in his book 2012: The Bible and the End of the World: "The oldest surviving prediction of the world's imminent demise was found inscribed upon an Assyrian clay tablet which stated, 'Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end. Bribery and corruption are common'" (2009, p. 102).

We will be wise if we stick to what the Bible says rather than pay heed to self-proclaimed prophets. What do some gloom-and-doom prophets do? "The Bible is consulted and considered reliable when they believe it supports their 2012 theory, but when it contradicts and challenges their beliefs it is rejected and in some cases even ridiculed" (p. 92).

The anticipated day: Dec. 21, 2012

Why has Dec. 21, 2012, been selected by many as the day of catastrophe? It is due in large part to calculations on the calendars of the ancient Mayans.

The Mayan people were centered in Central America, the apex of their civilization lasting from around A.D. 250 to 900. The Mayan priests devised a calendrical system connected to astronomical observation that some believe to be more accurate than the calendar we use today. This despite the fact that they had no telescopes, using only the naked eye to study the sky.

What was their calendar like?

"Based on their studies in astronomy, the Maya created a calendar system that plotted the history of time starting with the beginning of the current world on August 11, 3114 BC. Using a lunar calendar system, the Maya measured time in units of twenty. Twenty kin (days) made a winal (month); 18 winals made a tun (year); 20 tuns made a katun (20 years); and 20 katuns made a baktun (400 years).

"To designate a specific date, they recorded it in terms of how far away from the start of creation it was . . . The significance of the Mayan calendar is that it appears to predict 13 baktuns as the end time of the present world age. After dating every year from the beginning of time, the calendar abruptly ends at the close of the thirteenth baktun.

"Translating the Mayan calendar date into the Gregorian calendar system used today produces a date of December 21, 2012, as the end-date for the present age" (Hundley, pp. 7-8). This date coincides with the time of the winter solstice.

"The Mayan obsession with time can be seen in the fact that they developed 20 different calendars . . . the Maya relied upon three main time-tracking calendars—three calendars that are most relevant to the 2012 date . . . The third Mayan measure of time is known as the Long Count calendar. It was used to document the 'world age cycles' that repeat over and over.

"This calendar was divided into five units that extend forward and backward from the mythical creation of the Maya, which they believed was August 11, 3114 B.C. . . . The year 2012 is the year that the fifth great cycle is supposed to end. This is the genesis of the belief that the end of days is 2012" (Hitchcock, p. 32-33).

Beliefs not of godly origin

Where did the Mayan people receive the religious and cosmological conceptions related to their calendar? They certainly didn't come from the God of the Bible. In fact, the Mayans practiced abominable religious rites that are strongly condemned in the Bible, such as human sacrifice.

"The Maya practiced human sacrifice as part of their religion, often using children for the ritual in which the Mayan priest cut open the still-alive child's chest and pulled out the heart as a sacrifice to the gods. In fact, to celebrate the beginning of a new year, the Maya 'ripped out the heart of a sacrificial victim . . . and started a flame with a fire drill in his open chest cavity'" (Hundley, p. 5).

As Mark Hitchcock notes, "Much of the barbaric, bloodthirsty 'worship' of the Mayans, including human sacrifices, can be accounted for if we recognize that it was demonically motivated by the real power behind their gods of stone" (p. 41).

The gods of pagan worship are not real, but the devil and his demons are behind much of false religion—sometimes posing as these false gods. The apostle Paul wrote that "the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons" (1 Corinthians:10:20But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.; compare Leviticus:17:7And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.; Deuteronomy:32:17They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.; Psalm:106:35-38[35]But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.[36]And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.[37]Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,[38]And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.).

What do modern Mayans believe?

While many Westerners seize on Dec. 21, 2012, as a date of unparalleled disaster, modern Mayans generally do not see it that way. Don Alejandro, one present-day Mayan leader, has given his opinion on what the time will mean. He presents in poetic terms a time of positive change:

"According to the Maya Long Count Calendar, we are finalizing the 13 Baktun and . . . thus approaching the Year Zero . . . The world is transformed and we enter a period of understanding and harmonious coexistence where there is social justice and equality for all.

"It is a new way of life. With a new social order there comes a time of freedom where we can move like the clouds, without limitations, without borders. We will travel like the birds, without the need for passports. We will travel like the rivers, all heading towards the same point . . . the same objective" (quoted by John Major Jenkins, The 2012 Story, 2009, p. 369).

Another leader, Benito Ramirez Mendota, offered this perspective: "As the elders said, everything is going to change. The world will be changed by that memorable date. Our children will have a different world view. The time will have passed and other beings will inhabit the universe" (p. 371).

World peace and harmony will not come in 2012, but it will come eventually—as we shall see. Both of these "prophecies" contain some elements of truth. But it's worth noting that these Mayans do not share the catastrophic views many people have of next year.

Why accept Mayan prophecy anyway?

Hundley points out regarding the Mayan legend: "It does seem that if December 21, 2012 was an earth shattering prediction for the Maya of the end of the world, it would have been preserved as an important part of the cultural and religious heritage of that civilization, even today. But apparently, such is not the case. Many modern Maya do not affirm that interpretation of their calendar and belief system but complain that Westerners have forced this interpretation on them from their own perspectives and for their own purposes.

"Having said that, even if it could be proven that the Maya predicted the end of the world in 2012, what would qualify them as prophets? Although the Maya were gifted astronomers, that ability does not necessarily mean they were gifted prophets.

"According to the same logic, do we expect present-day astronomers, who have made incredible discoveries through the use of advanced telescopes and space-traveling satellites, to be qualified to provide us with trustworthy, detailed predictions of the future of our planet? Of course not! The idea that those who make remarkable astronomical observations are therefore qualified to be seers, predictors and prophets of future events is unfounded" (p. 17).

We see, then, that the idea that the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world in 2012 simply lacks credibility. It means nothing, and it's only because our world is in such sad shape that some pay attention to such things.

Other predictions of doom

Pretentious prognosticators prattle about other fearful tales of destruction they say will occur in 2012. They have assembled a catch-all container chock-full of imagined tragedies lurking around the corner!

"Worldwide droughts, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions caused by solar storms, cracks forming in the earth's magnetic field, and mass extinctions brought on by nuclear winter, famine, human disease, wars, economic cataclysm, massive solar flares, polar reversals . . . These have all been predicted to occur in the year 2012" (John Claeys, Apocalypse 2012, 2010, p. 1).

Yes, some of these things are occurring now in various parts of the earth. And the Bible prophesies that some catastrophes will become global in scope before the very end of the age! But the year 2012 is not the time for the worst of the horrors to come.

And yes, some of these threats are very real. One scenario that seems likely to happen eventually is the eruption of a supervolcano. The Geological Society of London has stated that the eruption of a supervolcano "sooner or later" will chill the planet and threaten human civilization.

The gigantic caldera underlying Yellowstone National Park is a distinct possibility. "The magnitude 5 eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 blew out the side of the mountain, destroyed forests for miles around, caused $3 billion worth of damage, and killed fifty-seven people. The U.S. Geological Survey described it as the 'worst volcanic disaster in the recorded history of the United States.' A super eruption at Yellowstone would be a thousand times more powerful" (Greg Breining, Super Volcano, 2007, p. 229).

"But Yellowstone is not the only magma caldera, even in the United States. There is at least one more at Long Valley in California, near Yosemite National Park and the popular ski resort of Mammoth Lakes. Other possible sites are Japan, New Zealand, the Andes, and Indonesia. Yellowstone is the most frequently studied of these caldera . . . It has been noted that the area is continually undergoing seismic activity, and it certainly will erupt again at some point" (Sharan Newman, The Real History of the End of the World, 2010, p. 288).

The scope of such a disaster defies the imagination. Will this happen in 2012? We don't know. But there's nothing that points to 2012 as the time for it to happen. It could just as well happen this year or in 2013—or years after that. Or it may never happen, at least on the anticipated scale, if Christ takes care of the problem when He returns.

Yet Scripture does indicate there will be volcanic eruptions accompanying the return of Christ: "The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth" (Psalm:97:5The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.). "Bow down your heavens, O Lord, and come down; touch the mountains, and they shall smoke" (Psalm:144:5Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.).

What about "Planet X"?

The most cataclysmic of prophesied end-time "natural" disasters is the scenario of a collision or near-miss of another planet with the earth. The mysterious orb that supposedly threatens us has been called "Planet X" or "Planet Nibiru," and some expect it to arrive on Dec. 12, 2012.

But what is the evidence that this will occur? There is no scientific evidence that supports this idea. The idea came "not by radio signals from the cosmos, but [instead has supposedly been] channeled through medium and Zeto envoy Nancy Lieder, who was in contact with . . . altruistic aliens" (Govert Schilling, The Hunt for Planet X, 2009, p. 115).

Who are the Zeto and Nancy Lieder? Here is the story: "Nancy was only nine years old when it happened. What looked like a bright light came from the sky and crashed into the field next to her home. Her parents were out shopping, so Nancy was left alone to investigate the strange event. As she crept near the site of the crash, she was terrified to see what appeared to be a spaceship hovering above the ground. When a door in the ship opened, Nancy fainted.

"When she came to, she was inside the ship, and there were strange beings hovering around her. As she tried to speak, one of the Zetas told her to lie still. A large mechanical arm with a small device at the end of it began to move closer and closer to her head. As the device touched her scalp, she lapsed into unconsciousness again.

"When she awoke, she was inside her home. One of the extraterrestrials was placing her gently into her bed. And then he spoke: 'Nancy, do not be afraid. You have been chosen from all the people on your planet to be our voice on Earth. We are very concerned about what is happening on your planet. The device we placed in your head will enable us to communicate messages to you for all earthlings'" (Hundley, p. 63). This is either a made-up story or an encounter with demons.

Govert Schilling is an internationally acclaimed astronomical writer. He and prominent scientists have debunked the Planet X/Nibiru scheme. Schilling presented this compelling comment about Planet X: "So that means there is plenty to do for the debunkers—the archaeologists and astronomers who take a long and skeptical look at the tidal wave of Nibiru nonsense and explain with scientific precision what is wrong with the cosmic fairy-tale. They will have their work cut out in the next few years.

"And on December 22, 2012 there will be a new pseudoscientific cock-and-bull story doing the rounds and the whole circus will start all over again. Because no matter how many new celestial bodies are found in our solar system, there will always be a need for a mysterious Planet X" (Schilling, p. 117).

What should we expect?

Yes, Dec. 21, 2012, will come and go, Dec. 22 will arrive, and the earth will go on. And so will new theories regarding new exact dates for the end of the world. The cry has been shouted by strident voices for millennia, and you can be sure it will continue.

Sadly, many will take this non-event and other failed predictions as an excuse to dismiss what the Bible foretells is yet ahead. We will no doubt see an even greater increase in scoffers concerning Christ's return, as Peter mentioned. But rest assured: The Bible's actual prophecies are not false predictions like the 2012 hype. What God has revealed in His Word certainly will come to pass. We just don't know exactly when. So what should we do?

Jesus Christ is quite plain: "Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect" (verse 44).

His point? We need to be ready at all times for the end of the age. Jesus will return—six times in the book of Revelation He states that He is "coming quickly."

The life of any of us could end today or tomorrow. "For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away" (James:4:14Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.). At whatever time we die, Jesus' return will occur for us in our next second of consciousness. If we have lived a life of serving God, we will then be given eternal life and rewarded according to our works (Matthew:16:27For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.).

This is the good news of the Bible! It is priceless truth that can add immeasurable meaning to your life.

For too many, life is vacant and lacking in transcendent purpose. Barton Payne in the Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy sums it up well when he writes: "We live in an uncertain world. Men of today are casting about eagerly, and almost pathetically, in search of meaningfulness. For while we have amassed knowledge, we seem to have missed truth. Indeed, apart from God and from His revealed words that constitute the Bible, mankind and life and time do seem to be essentially purposeless.

"Yet the Lord of grace, who once sent His Son Jesus Christ to redeem the world (John:3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.), will some day send Him again to lead this world into its intended goal of glorifying God (Romans:11:36For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.). This is the hope which pervades the whole of Scripture" (1973, p. v).

Jesus Christ's second coming is the most certain prophecy in the Bible that is yet to be fulfilled. More than 500 verses in the Bible comment specifically on various facts and aspects of this monumental, earthshaking event.

While we do not know exactly when Jesus will return, signs around us indicate we are in the end time. Paul's statement in 1 Corinthians:7:31And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. looms larger each day: "For this world as we know it will soon pass away" (New Living Translation). As we look around us, many of the foundational pillars that provide order to society are in jeopardy. "And the world is passing away and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever" (1 John:2:17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.).

People have longed for a better world and a better life since the beginning of human history. And it is coming! The time rapidly approaches when God will shake all nations and "the Desire of All Nations" will come (Haggai:2:7And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.).

You must seek the knowledge of God and not allow it to slip from your grasp! You can know what the future holds. More than one quarter of the Bible is prophecy, and most of it is yet to be fulfilled.

The Bible tells us that the millennial reign of Jesus Christ is coming (Revelation:20:4)—not in the year 2012, but perhaps not much beyond that! All who repent and receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and then live a life of obedience to God's commandments will reign with Him during that time in a world of peace. The invitation is extended to you. Now is the time to act!


States Looking for New Ways to Combat Illegal Immigration in 2012

An urgent post from about the strategy that various states will use to enforce immigration laws during this time of high unemployment. This follows this post about success on immigation law enforcement in the various states.  This follows this post about the Presidential Candidate strongest on immigration.  This follows this post  about Louisiana suing about the appropriations of House Seats and the Electoral College(think about redistricting in your state)!   This follows this post about how to Report Illegal Immigrants such as the 30,000 openly illegal immigrants in the border town of El Paso, where President Barack Obama recently bashed immigration enforcement! For more that you can do to get involved click HERE and you can read a very interesting book HERE!

And Remember when contacting public officials to please be firm but respectful. Any over the top messages could result in law enforcement action against you. Just let these politicians know that you are aware of what they have done and that you intend to remove them from office in the 2012 elections.

States Looking for New Ways to Combat Illegal Immigration in 2012

- posted on NumbersUSA

2011 is coming to an end and many state lawmakers have their eyes on curbing illegal immigration in 2012. With several states -- Arizona, Mississippi, Indiana, Utah, South Carolina and Alabama -- already paving the way, lawmakers in other states are looking for similar legislation to remove "magnets" drawing illegal aliens to their states.

While lawmakers in Arizona, Mississippi, Indiana, Utah, South Carolina and Alabama have successfully passed strong enforcement legislation against illegal immigration, they still face tough challenges from the federal government. The U.S Department of Justice has moved forward with lawsuits against four of those states, and Arizona's well-known bill, S.B. 1070, will be reviewed by the United States Supreme Court some time next spring.

The main focus of the DOJ lawsuits are laws that give local police authority to check the immigration status for individuals during traffic stops and other minor violations. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told USA Today that legislators will look at ways to restrict illegal immigrants from receiving public benefits, as well as expand the use of tools such as E-Verify.

Kobach highlighted that Alabama was the first state to legitimately prevent illegal aliens from conducting business transactions, and invalidated all their contracts. This is in addition to the withholding of public benefits to illegal aliens, and preventing them from acquiring a job.

North Carolina, which is estimated to have over 325,000 illegal aliens living in the state, is expected to be the next state to mobilize tougher enforcement legislation. North Carolina state Rep. Harry Warren said he is looking at Alabama's laws as he puts together a package for his state's 2012 legislative session.

"The only thing you can do in your state is make it less attractive [for illegal immigrants] to come to, a little harder to live here legally," Warren said.

NIGERIA – Call for prayer and increased security after Christmas bombs target Christians

A very interesting post from about a bombing of Christians in Nigeria. This follows this post about Islamic terrorists advancing in 2011.  This follows this article about American energy independence and preventing money from going to hostile countries such as Iran and Venezuela. For more that you can do to get involved click HERE and read this very interesting book HERE!

NIGERIA – Call for prayer and increased security after Christmas bombs target Christians

Militants launched Christmas Day bomb attacks on Christian worshippers in three Nigerian states. The blasts killed around 40 who had gathered to celebrate Christmas and injured scores more.

The largest of several attacks took place in Madalla, Niger state, near the capital Abuja, where militants detonated a car bomb outside a Christmas service. They set off other blasts in Jos, central Plateau state, and Gadaka, Yobe state, in the north-east. Christian-owned shops and a home were set alight in Potsikum, also in Yobe.

Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility, calling for an end to democracy and the imposition of Sharia (Islamic law) across Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation.

In the run-up to Christmas, Boko Haram set off nail bombs in TV-viewing centres in Christian areas. It's the second year running they have targeted Christians at Christmas.

The Christian Association of Nigeria is demanding government protection for churches, warning that Boko Haram may be trying to instigate a religious war. They have called on Christians to be law-abiding but say that, if the government does not defend them, they will have to defend themselves.

Release partners believe the Islamists' aim may be to stir up violent unrest that will tear the country in two, creating a separate north ruled by strict Sharia law.

For more news and a country profile about Nigeria, click here

(Sources: BBC, Agence France-Presse, Associated Press, Al Jazeera, Daily Telegraph)

• Please pray for those whose family members have been killed and injured as they celebrate Christmas. Pray that in their grief they will know the presence of Jesus, who is both Emmanuel – God with us – and the Prince of Peace.

• Pray that Christians will not allow themselves to be provoked into retaliation. Pray too that the Government will protect Christians where they are in a minority and deal effectively with the terrorist threat to their nation.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Spencer: 2011: The Islamic Supremacists Advance

A very interesting post from about Islamic terrorists advancing in 2011. This follows this post about the dangers that the United States left behind in Iraq, the war which began with Saddam Hussein's non-compliance with the U.N. and his threats across the region and was authorized by Congress. This follows this article about American energy independence and preventing money from going to hostile countries such as Iran and Venezuela. For more that you can do to get involved click HERE and read this very interesting book HERE!

Spencer: 2011: The Islamic Supremacists Advance

In Human Events this morning I recap three ways in which the jihad advanced non-violently in 2011:

The cause of freedom is by no means dead, but 2011 was a banner year for Islamic jihadists and supremacists the world over. Their advance was swiftest and most significant in three areas:

1. The “Arab Spring”: Widely hailed in the mainstream media as a flowering of Western-style democracy and freedom, in reality the revolutions across North Africa and the Middle East were from the beginning actually Islamic supremacist in nature. Fueled by the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups of like mind, the “Arab Spring” ushered in governments all across North Africa that are dedicated to the imposition of Islamic law and the eradication of all remaining vestiges of Western notions such as free speech and equality of rights for women and non-Muslims. The governments that are coming to power are certain to be even more virulent anti-American, authoritarian, and violent than the ones they supplanted.

Unsurprisingly, Barack Obama enthusiastically applauded these developments, actively aided them with U.S. military might in Libya, and abetted the false media narrative with some spin of his own. Speaking about the Libyan revolution in March, Barack Obama hailed “the rights of peaceful assembly, free speech, and the ability of the Libyan people to determine their own destiny,” and also praised “the peaceful transition to democracy in both Tunisia and in Egypt.”

Now, as Egypt rushes headlong toward becoming a Sharia state and going to war with Israel, Obama is scrambling to hold at bay the forces he is largely responsible for unleashing.

2. The new domestic anti-terror policy: Meanwhile, at home the Obama Administration brought to its logical culmination a policy of ignoring and downplaying the beliefs, motives and goals of America’s jihadist enemies that began during the Bush Administration. After a series of “exposes” in Leftist media journals about alleged “Islamophobia” (i.e. truthful and accurate analysis of how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism) in terror training materials used in the FBI and other agencies, aghast Obama Administration officials promised to scrub training materials of anything that connected Islam with Islamic jihad terrorism, and to reeducate agents who had been exposed to such materials.

The suicidal idiocy of this was immediately apparent when several officials were pressed on how they proposed to identify potential terror threats, and they started talking about behaviors associated with Islamic piety. But the mainstream media didn’t press these officials on the obvious contradiction. Nor did anyone ask how Administration terror analysts proposed to deal with the fact that Islamic jihadists often give their groups Islamic names (such as Hamas, which is an acronym for the Islamic Resistance Movement, and Hizballah, the Party of Allah) and explain their actions in Islamic theological terms – other than to stick their fingers in their ears and yell, “La la la, I can’t hear you.”...

There is more.

Posted by Robert

State Successes Highlight 2011 Member Activism

An urgent post from about success on immigation law enforcement in the various states. This follows this post explaining how E-Verify works and that it doesn't need a mass round-up and deportation. This follows this post about the Presidential Candidate strongest on immigration.  This follows this post  about Louisiana suing about the appropriations of House Seats and the Electoral College(think about redistricting in your state)!   This follows this post about how to Report Illegal Immigrants such as the 30,000 openly illegal immigrants in the border town of El Paso, where President Barack Obama recently bashed immigration enforcement! For more that you can do to get involved click HERE and you can read a very interesting book HERE!

And Remember when contacting public officials to please be firm but respectful. Any over the top messages could result in law enforcement action against you. Just let these politicians know that you are aware of what they have done and that you intend to remove them from office in the 2012 elections.

State Successes Highlight 2011 Member Activism

By Van Esser - posted on NumbersUSA

NumbersUSA members were busy in 2011 pursuing state enforcement legislation and fighting pro-illegal alien bills. Thanks to their efforts, important enforcement bills passed in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina and Virginia. Members also stopped pro-illegal alien bills in Colorado, Nebraska and Oregon. We thought you’d appreciate learning about some of their hard-fought battles.

In addition to the activism described below, NumbersUSA members in all states without a private-sector E-Verify law faxed their state legislators in January to ask for legislation. Plus after Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order requiring state agencies and contractors to use E-Verify, members in states without a related requirement faxed their governor asking for a similar executive order. This month, members also began faxing state legislators to promote enforcement legislation in 2012.

State Activism in 2011

Alabama: Members convinced legislators to pass, and the governor to sign, a bill (HB 56) that: requires businesses and state and local governments to use E-Verify; requires state and local governments to use the SAVE system to verify public-benefits eligibility; requires police, after a lawful stop and when practicable, to check a person’s immigration status if the officer has a reasonable suspicion that the person is illegally present; bans illegal aliens from state universities and colleges; and prohibits sanctuary policies.

Arizona: Members called and faxed state legislators to urge passage of legislation (SB 1611) that would have: established penalties for non-compliance with E-Verify requirements; increased penalties for sanctuary policies; created a crime for operating a vehicle while unlawfully present; and required parents enrolling their kids in school to show a birth certificate or other documents. The legislation failed in the Senate.

California: Members opposed efforts to enact AB 131, which allows illegal aliens to apply for financial aid – including grants and scholarships – at local community colleges and the University of California and California State University systems. When the measure cleared the legislature, members called and faxed Gov. Jerry Brown asking for a veto. After Brown signed AB 131 into law, members helped gather signatures for a referendum which, if successful, would allow voters to decide whether it should remain law. Members also fought efforts to enact AB 1236, which invalidates local California ordinances that require certain employers to use E-Verify. Unfortunately, the legislature cleared that measure as well and Brown endorsed it.

Colorado: Members convinced the House to vote down a Senate-passed bill (SB11-126) that would have given illegal aliens access to in-state college tuition rates. Members called and faxed legislators in support of a resolution (SCR 4) that would have allowed voters to decide whether all employers should be required to use E-Verify. Finally, members called and faxed in support of bills that would have required all private employers to use E-Verify (SB11-129) and established an illegal-presence law patterned after Arizona’s (SB11-054). The three enforcement measures were not successful.

Connecticut: Members called, faxed and testified in opposition to legislation (HB 6390) to give illegal aliens access to in-state tuition rates. The legislation passed and was signed into law.

Florida: After Gov. Rick Scott adopted an executive order requiring state agencies and contractors to use E-Verify, members called and faxed legislators in favor of extending E-Verify to all employers. A weak Senate bill (SB 2040), which Senators passed on the last day of session, was not taken up in the House. Representatives decided the bill could not be reconciled with their strong E-Verify bill (HB 7089) at that late date.

Georgia: Members convinced legislators to pass, and the governor to sign, HB 87 which: phases in a requirement for all businesses with 11+ employees to use E-Verify; penalizes government agencies that fail to use E-Verify or check for public-benefits eligibility; imposes a stiff penalty for using fake identification to get a job; and allows police, during any investigation of a criminal suspect and when an officer has probable cause to believe that a suspect has committed a criminal offense, to verify a suspect's immigration status.

Illinois: Members called and faxed legislators in opposition to SB 2185, which creates a state-based, privately-funded scholarship fund for illegal aliens. The legislation passed and was signed into law.

Indiana: Members convinced legislators to pass, and the governor to sign, SB 590 which requires state and local government contractors to use E-Verify, creates a tax penalty for businesses that don't use E-Verify, and requires use of the SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) program when distributing state welfare benefits.

Kentucky: Members called and faxed in support of HB 3, a mandatory E-Verify bill for state and local governments and their contractors, and SB 6, an Arizona-style illegal-presence bill. The bills passed their respective chambers but were blocked thereafter thanks to gubernatorial politics. David Williams, the Senate Republican Leader and a candidate for governor, passed legislation that a Democratically-controlled House refused to take up. The House bill was supported by Williams’ opponent, incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear.

Louisiana: At the beginning of year, members faxed legislators in support of E-Verify legislation for all employers. HB 342, which requires E-Verify for state/local contractors and subcontractors, was signed into law. Also enacted this year was HB 646, which requires employers to either use E-Verify or ask for certain ID documents. It is expected to spur E-Verify usage by giving users immunity from sanctions under the law. Maine: Members thanked Governor Paul LePage for signing an executive order directing state agencies to cooperate with the federal government in immigration matters, and urged him to require E-Verify use in state agencies and use of the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) system for public-benefit applications.

Maryland: Members called and faxed in support of E-Verify bills (SB 390 and HB 760) and a resolution (HJ 10) calling on the state to enforce immigration laws. Members also called and faxed in opposition to SB 167, a bill to give illegal aliens access to in-state college tuition rates. When SB 167 was signed into law, members helped place a referendum on the 2012 ballot that will allow Maryland voters to decide whether it should remain law.

Michigan: Members called and faxed in support of bills that would require all state contractors and sub-contractors to use E-Verify (HB 4024) and require Temporary Worker Agencies to use E-Verify before they temps to a business (HB 4026). The measures did not succeed.

Mississippi: Members convinced the Senate to pass SB 2179, a bill to strengthen the state’s current E-Verify law and allow police to run immigration status checks on persons suspected to be in the U.S. illegally. The House, however, amended the bill with “poison-pill” language designed to kill it. The conference committee on the bill could not reconcile differences despite member activism.

Montana: Members persuaded the legislature to pass, and Gov. Brian Schweitzer to sign, HB 178, a bill that requires verification of lawful presence before issuance of a driver's license. Members also were instrumental in passing HB 492, a bill to prohibit local-government sanctuary policies, but were unable to stop the governor from vetoing the bill.

Nebraska: Members successfully opposed an open-borders resolution (LR 39) that would have put the state legislature on record as opposing state immigration enforcement and police immigration-status checks.

New Jersey: Members urged legislators to pass S 2722 and A 189, which would have encouraged employers to use E-Verify by creating a rebuttable presumption that users did not knowingly employ illegal aliens. The bills never received a hearing.

New Mexico: Members persuaded Representatives to pass HB 78, which would have stopped illegal aliens from obtaining driver's licenses. The Senate, however, gutted the bill and allowed it to die during regular session. The measure had the backing of Gov. Susana Martinez, who called up HB 78 during a subsequent special session. Legislators refused to take up the bill, however.

North Carolina: Members pressured legislators to improve a weak E-Verify bill (HB 36) by extending its mandate to all employers. Legislators extended the mandate to local governments but limited the bill’s private-sector requirements to businesses with 25+ employees and excluded most farmers. Gov. Bev Perdue signed the final measure. Members were unsuccessful in urging passage of benefits-eligibility legislation (SB 205) and a bill (SB 179) to create state penalties for failing to carry federal alien registration documents.

Oklahoma: Members persuaded the House to pass legislation (HB 1446) that would have banned state and local government “sanctuary” policies, prohibited illegal aliens from seeking work (including as an independent contractor), and made it a crime to pick up illegal-alien day laborers. The Senate, however, removed most of the bill’s enforcement provisions. Rather than give Senators a toothless victory, members urged defeat of the measure and won. Oregon: Members convinced the House to reject a Senate-passed bill (SB 742) that would have given illegal aliens access to in-state college tuition rates. Members also succeeded in persuading the House to kill SB 845, a bill to give illegal aliens driving-privilege cards.

Rhode Island: While campaigning for governor, Lincoln Chafee pledged to rescind an executive order requiring state agencies and their vendors to use E-Verify. After his election, members tried to persuade him to break that promise but were unsuccessful. A bill to re-instate the executive order (HB 5043) and another to mandate all-employer E-Verify (SB 345) did not succeed despite member activism.

South Carolina: Early on, members called and faxed in support of S. 20, which: requires police, after a lawful stop, to check a person’s immigration status if an officer has reasonable suspicion that the person is illegal present and bans sanctuary policies. Before legislators could finalize the bill, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s E-Verify law. Members then convinced legislators to add provisions that conformed the state’s existing E-Verify law to the court’s ruling. S. 20 cleared both chambers and received the governor’s endorsement.

Tennessee: Members called and faxed in support of HB1378 (requires universal E-Verify), HB1379 (requires benefits-eligibility checks using the SAVE system), and HB1380 (illegal-presence measure). Concerns about the cost of implementing the latter two bills forced their withdrawal. Despite constant pressure from our members, the sponsor ended up weakening HB 1378 to accommodate concerns from the business community. The bill signed into law simply requires businesses to make a choice - use E-Verify or check the documents of new hires. This is no different than current law, so the legislation does little for Tennesseans.

Texas: Members were heartened by the introduction of over 20 enforcement bills this year but disappointed when House and Senate committee chairmen blocked most of them. Texas Gov. Rick Perry designated anti-sanctuary legislation a priority but even that encountered trouble. Members called and faxed to promote three anti-sanctuary bills (HB 12, HB 9 and SB 9), eight E-Verify bills (HB 178, HB 202, HB 1275, HB 2450, HB 3129, HB 3252, SB 84, and SB 1254), and several other enforcement measures. Member also contacted legislators in opposition to three guest worker amnesty measures – HB 2757, HB 2886 and HCR 88. When the regular session ended, Gov. Perry allowed legislators to take up anti-sanctuary legislation in special session but committee chairmen again used their power to stave off passage.

Utah: Members contacted Representatives in support of HB70 and HB 497 (illegal-presence bills), HB 253 (a weak E-Verify sanctions bill) and SB138 (abolishes driving privilege cards for illegal aliens). Members also repeatedly contacted the House in opposition to HB 116 (unconstitutional amnesty bill creating a guest worker program for illegal aliens) and HB 469 (another guest worker bill for foreign nationals in Mexico). HB 70, HB 116, HB 253, and HB 497 all passed the House. In the end, an enforcement bill (HB 497) and two guest worker bills (HB 116 and HB 469) cleared the legislature. Members asked Gov. Gary Herbert to sign the the enforcement bill and veto the guest worker bills but he chose to sign all three bills. Undeterred, Utahns started a grassroots effort seeking the repeal of HB 116. That effort resulted in passage of a state Republican Party resolution calling for its repeal.

Virginia: Members urged Representatives to pass HB 1732 (E-Verify for state/local contractors and businesses with 15+ employees), HB 1421 (anti-sanctuary legislation) and HB 1430 (post-arrest immigration status checks). This legislation, plus seven additional enforcement bills, passed the House. However, a Senate committee killed all but two of the bills. One measure was incorporated into SB 1049, which requires state contractors with 50+ employees to use E-Verify. Members pressed Senators to extend the bill’s E-Verify requirements to all employers but were unsuccessful. In the end, the governor signed SB 1049 and HB 1651, which allows the DMV to cancel driver’s licenses of persons found to be illegal aliens.


NumbersUSA members should be proud of their accomplishments this year. Important enforcement bills became law despite opposition from business groups, anti-enforcement organizations, religious groups and a biased media. And a number of the pro-illegal alien bills were defeated notwithstanding efforts by many of the same entities.

I am encouraged about our prospects for 2012. I’ll give you more details in a blog I plan to post after Jan. 1 but, for now, suffice it to say that key legislative battles that began in 2011 may well continue in 2012.

VAN ESSER is the Chief of Membership Services for NumbersUSA

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Wknd Box Office: The Artist, War Horse, We Bought a Zoo

Here is an interesting article from  reviewing some of the movies that came out over the past weekend. This follows this post some of the movies from last week and  THIS POST about some movies that have been released over the past few years that you might have missed!  This all  follows this post about guidelines to chosing good movies to watch yourself!

Wknd Box Office: The Artist, War Horse, We Bought a Zoo

By Debbie Schlussel

It’s a FOUR REAGAN movie two-fer at the box office, this weekend.

* “The Artist“: This is among my top picks for best movie of the year (a list I’ll be posting next week, G-d-willing). It’s absolutely terrific. It’s got glamor. It’s got style. And it harkens back to the olden days of movies when movies were great and class exuded from every frame. It’s a mostly silent movie with music as its dialogue. The only talking is at the very end, in the last scene. Instead, in addition to the music, there are a few frames with subtitles of what the characters are saying. Given that, I thought I’d hate it or fall asleep. But, just the opposite, I was charmed and enjoyed every minute of it. It moves quickly and has a tight, well-told story. Although it’s rated PG-13 (I’m not sure why), you can take even your youngest kids to see it, though younger kids might not understand what is going on (you can explain it to them).

Set in 1927 Hollywood, Jean Dujardin plays silent film star George Valentin. While he is rich and famous and at the height of his career, he bumps into Peppy Miller (played by Berenice Bejo), a pretty young woman who desperately wants to become an actress. She mugs for the cameras and gets on the front page of the newspapers. The next day, she goes to a movie studio (run by John Goodman) for an audition and eventually charms her way to getting hired. Talking films are not just on the horizon, they are the latest technological advancement, and silent film is about to die. Dujardin tells Goodman he refuses to talk and will remain a silent film actor. As his career and fortunes fall, Bejo has signed a multi-picture talking film deal. Her star has risen. She harbors feelings and nostalgia for the fallen silent film star. And the movie shows us their interactions as his career ends and he loses everything, while she becomes rich and famous.

This is a love story, but a not a chick flick. In fact, it’s mostly told from the male actor’s point of view. While it may sound sad, it has a happy ending and is a charming, fun, cute movie, with a cute dog who gets a lot of screentime to boot. Like I said, it’s an absolutely terrific movie and something you really should see on the big screen as opposed to home video. As a member of the Detroit Film Critics Society, I voted for Dujardin and Bejo as my respective Best Actor and Best Actress picks. (I plan to tell you more about those picks and how I voted, next week.) Many of you, my smart readers, predicted this was one of my FOUR REAGAN movies, and you know me well.


* “War Horse“: This opens on Sunday, Christmas Day.  Despite my anger at Steven Spielberg for his “Munich” BS (read my review), I gotta give credit where it is due.  And in this, he directed a fantastic movie. And in this, he directed a fantastic movie. Although it takes place during World War I and there is some killing on the battlefield, it’s not graphic, and I think it’s fine to take kids to see, if you explain to them what is going on. It’s just such a great and touching movie. And it promotes the values of commitment, hard work, and doing what’s right in the face of evil.

I generally hate horse movies. But this is an exception. Spielberg managed to tell you a story using many different people and how they all interact with a spirited horse during the war.  It’s got charm, and it also has heart, even if some of the World War I scenes of the British interacting with the Germans across the battlefield seem kind of ripped off from the terrific “Joyeux Noel” (read my review).

The movie begins with the Narracott Family of England. They are poor farmers and behind on their rent. Yet, Mr. Narracott spends the rent money on a horse, whom their son, Albert, names “Joey.” Albert teaches the horse how to plow their field, and soon enough crops grow to pay the rent, but tragedy strikes and Joey must be sold, against Albert’s wishes. Joey is bought by a young British soldier going off to fight in World War I, and it follows Joey’s journey from an English soldier’s horse to a German Army horse, to the treasure of a French orphan girl and her grandfather. We also see Albert eventually join World War I, fighting for England and how everything comes full circle.

Well told, touching, and enjoyable. I recommend this film highly. It’s the kind of movies we need more of from Hollywood.


* “We Bought a Zoo“: I absolutely loathed this cheesy movie for kids. It stars Noam Chomsky/Howard Zinn superfan, Matt Damon, as a widower father trying to raise his melodramatic, troubled young son and his way-too-saccharine-sweet-cute daughter on his inheritance. He blows it on a zoo in the country, where they work to get it ready to open to visitors, all while Damon uses up his remaining funds. On the staff of the zoo is a very de-glammed Scarlett Johansson. The predictable, inevitable “romance” between Damon and Johansson is lackluster, boring, and not believable. There’s no chemistry between them.

While this is very distantly-based on a true story (the zoo is in England, I believe), that’s irrelevant. The story was long, boring, and tiresome. I didn’t care about any of these people. The father, Damon, was dull. The son was not believable as a drama queen. While it shows a father who cares about his kids (something rare in Hollywood fare), that’s not enough to make me like this amateurish movie. The daughter was way too cute and precocious to the point of vomit-inducement. She said things a kid that young would never say . . . or shouldn’t. I mean, do you really take your kids to a Christmas weekend movie in which the young girl calls a state zoo inspector, “a dick.” Great if you want your young kids talking like that, too.

The inspector, by the way, is an extreme stickler for regulations who tries to keep the zoo closed, and that was the only other good part of the movie–showing how a statist government worker can ruin your business and your life. But I didn’t need this movie to show me that, nor to you. Aside from the inspector, there are several characters that are ridiculous, but not funny. Just silly and stupid, like a lot of this movie.

The actual zoo in the movie is dull, unimaginative, dated, and not something I or a parent would drive miles and miles and pay a ton of money to see. And yet, in this movie, people line up by the carful, eventually, to see this schlocky place. I didn’t believe it, nor did I believe all the product plugs that this movie seemed to be about. Target, Home Depot, Mayflower (moving company), Coca-Cola, Apple. Those were just a few of the companies constantly in-your-face in this uninteresting movie. Oh, and by the way, in case you forget the title of the movie, the sentence, “We bought a zoo!” is uttered at least three times during this movie. Yaaaawn.

Save your ten bucks and two hours from this waste of time and take your kids to see “The Artist,” “War Horse,” “Hugo” (read my review), or any of the other far superior movies I’ve reviewed on this site in the last month. You’ll thank me. This movie’s a dud.


Friday, December 23, 2011

The Bible Prophesied the Exact Year the Messiah Would Appear

An interesting article from explaining the Messiah's birth from an Old Testament (Tanakh) prophecy. This follows this post explaining who and what Jesus Christ was. For a free magazine subscription or to get this book for free click HERE! or call 1-888-886-8632.

The Bible Prophesied the Exact Year the Messiah Would Appear

An amazing prophecy in Daniel:9:25Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. gives the specific year the Messiah would appear.

An amazing prophecy in Daniel:9:25Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. gives the specific year the Messiah would appear. The angel Gabriel revealed this information to Daniel approximately 580 years before its fulfillment. Let's examine this remarkable prophecy and how it was fulfilled.

"Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks ..."

The word translated "weeks" here literally means "sevens." While it could mean seven-day weeks, that is evidently not the case here. Daniel had been specifically praying earlier in the chapter about a prophetic period of 70 years. In this answer to his prayer, he is told of a period of 70 sevens—clearly meaning 70 sevens of years in this context, i.e. 70 seven-year periods.

Adding 7 plus 62 (69) of these seven-year periods—that is, a total of 483 years—from a decree to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem gives the year the Messiah would appear on the scene.

After Jerusalem's destruction by the Babylonians in 586 B.C., the Babylonian Empire was succeeded by the Medo-Persian Empire. This empire's kings issued several such decrees that were recorded in the Bible (by Cyrus in 538 B.C., found in Ezra:1:1-2[1]Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,[2]Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah., and by Darius in 520 B.C., described in Ezra:6:8Moreover I make a decree what ye shall do to the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the king's goods, even of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expenses be given unto these men, that they be not hindered.).

But the one that was issued by Artaxerxes Longimanus in 457 B.C. (Ezra:7:11-26[11]Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes to Israel.[12]Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time.[13]I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.[14]Forasmuch as thou art sent of the king, and of his seven counsellors, to enquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law of thy God which is in thine hand;[15]And to carry the silver and gold, which the king and his counsellors have freely offered unto the God of Israel, whose habitation is in Jerusalem,[16]And all the silver and gold that thou canst find in all the province of Babylon, with the freewill offering of the people, and of the priests, offering willingly for the house of their God which is in Jerusalem:[17]That thou mayest buy speedily with this money bullocks, rams, lambs, with their meat offerings and their drink offerings, and offer them upon the altar of the house of your God which is in Jerusalem.[18]And whatsoever shall seem good to thee, and to thy brethren, to do with the rest of the silver and the gold, that do after the will of your God.[19]The vessels also that are given thee for the service of the house of thy God, those deliver thou before the God of Jerusalem.[20]And whatsoever more shall be needful for the house of thy God, which thou shalt have occasion to bestow, bestow it out of the king's treasure house.[21]And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily,[22]Unto an hundred talents of silver, and to an hundred measures of wheat, and to an hundred baths of wine, and to an hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much.[23]Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons?[24]Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them.[25]And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not.[26]And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.) points us specifically to Christ's ministry. Counting 483 years from the 457 B.C. date of this decree brings us to A.D. 27 (keep in mind that because there is no year "0" we have to add one year to the calculation).

A.D. 27 was a significant year. Jesus was baptized this year and began His public ministry.

The Jews of Christ's day were certainly familiar with Daniel's prophecy. And regardless of which decree one might choose as the starting point of the 483 years, the time for the Messiah to appear had elapsed during Jesus' day. Messianic fervor was rampant with the realization that the fulfillment of this prophecy was near at hand (compare John:1:41He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.; 4:25).

If the Messiah was to come, He would have to arrive on the scene just when Jesus did—in the exact year!