Just a friendly reminder. :hug2:
Here is a small quote.
During the last few decades, the Bilderbergers – along with powerful members of the globalist Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission – have consolidated their control of the military, the economy, and the political arena throughout the the government of America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. The globalist planners admit, ‘the public and leaders of most countries continue to live in a mental universe which no longer exists. A world of separate nations, and have great difficulties thinking in terms of global perspectives and interdependence.’
I found it ‘ironic’ that the headline above this story is: Obama says new data shows U.S. economy recovering. :dontknow: I find it odd that this Chicago based bank conglomerate is buying up these banks too, there was a big write up some mos back about them acquiring so many US banks. :confused:
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. authorities seized nine failed banks on Friday, the most in a single day since the financial crisis began and the latest stark sign that substantial parts of the nation’s banking industry are being crippled by bad loans.
The move brought the total number of failed banks in 2009 to 115 — their highest annual level since 1992 — with analysts expecting more to come. Among the lenders seized Friday was Los Angeles-based California National Bank, in what was the fourth-largest U.S. bank failure this year.
The largest institution to fail in the current financial crisis was Washington Mutual, which boasted $307 billion in assets when it was shuttered in September 2008.
U.S. Bancorp on Friday acquired the nine banks that had been held by FBOP Corp, picking up $18.4 billion in assets and $15.4 billion of deposits.
Visibly worried employees lined up to file into Cal National’s head offices in the heart of a deserted downtown Los Angeles on a chilly Friday evening, where they had their employers’ fate explained to them, regulators said.
“We’re getting ready to turn everything over to U.S. Bank,” said Roberta Valdez, a spokeswoman for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, which helped supervise the transfer of FBOP’s assets. “They will continue to operate as normal in the interim,” she added, referring to lenders acquired from FBOP.
U.S. Bancorp — which has been buying up distressed assets this year — is picking up the lenders once owned by FBOP, a private Illinois group with over $18 billion in assets that owned banks in Texas, Illinois, Arizona and California.
Cal National is FBOP’s largest bank by branches. Others that will now go under the U.S. Bancorp umbrella included BankUSA, Citizens National Bank, Madisonville State Bank, North Houston Bank, Pacific National Bank, Park National Bank, San Diego National Bank, and the Community Bank of Lemont.
Anyone south-west of Mecca, you are good, when facing Mecca you also face Mashhad. :pound:
Shift your prayer rugs: An Iranian cleric called over the weekend for a radical change in Muslim prayer practices, urging followers to no longer pray in the direction of the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The cleric, Ahmed Alam al-Hadi, told worshipers that Muslim states such as Saudi Arabia and Iraq have been taken over by infidels, urging them to turn instead to the holy city of Mashhad, located in Iran.
“The Hijaz lands (Saudi Arabia) had fallen victim to the Wahhabis, Iraq is occupied by the infidels, and the city of Mashhad is holy, so it alone can serve as the prayer direction for Muslims,” he said.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that countries opposed to Iran’s atomic program should give up their own nuclear weapons and attacked as ‘arrogant’ the sanctions imposed on Ankara’s neighbour.
He also said he wanted the Middle East, and then the whole world, to rid itself of nuclear weapons.
During a trip to Iran this week, Erdogan said he backed Tehran’s “right to peaceful nuclear energy” and called its approach in nuclear talks with Western powers “positive.”
The trip added to Western concern that NATO’s only Muslim member may be shifting its foreign-policy focus towards the Islamic world and turning its back on Western allies. (Ya think?!)
I don’t have time to get the links right now, but there are several stories about a new virus that was just detected a couple of weeks ago. They are saying that its definitely not Swine Flu, but it appears to be worse clinically
Apparently 40,000 have this new virus and its killed 30-40 people. One quick link:
This may be interesting…
How to Get in the Game
by John MacArthur
When I played college football, my coaches constantly drilled our team with the admonition: “Play your position!” They had to repeat it often because when we saw the play develop toward another place on the field, we were tempted to dash over and try to tackle the guy with the ball. About that time the play would reverse direction to the spot we had just left.
One of our best players was very aggressive and often strayed far from his position. He was all over the field tackling people, and invariably the wrong ones. Finally, he was benched. Though he was a good athlete, he proved worthless to the team because he wouldn’t stick to his position.
Since we all tended to make the same mistake, the coach would take us back to the locker room to draw the plays on a chalkboard. He would first make everyone’s position plain to see, and then he’d explain how the plays were supposed to run. There’s a parallel to that in Christian experience. God has put you on His team and given you both the resources and the obligation to “play” your position in the Body of Christ. He has given you spiritual gifts for carrying out your assignment.
Your first obligation as a Christian is to learn about your position in the Body of Christ. You’ve got to study the chalkboard, so to speak, and see where you stand; see who’s on either side of you, who’s behind you, who’s in front of you. Unfortunately, many Christians don’t know how to live, partly because they don’t know their position. I want to draw your position on the spiritual chalkboard so you can be an effective player in the game.
Basically, God’s gift of salvation in Christ brings a believer into a position of righteousness. God imputes the perfect righteousness of His Son to the believer, and thereby declares him righteous positionally. But as you know full well, believers still have sin in their lives–Christians are not practically righteous, 100 percent of the time. However, it is on the basis of our positional righteousness, that we are exhorted to strive for practical righteousness in our daily lives.
If you can set your personal struggle with sin aside for a moment, I want you to consider what the Bible says about your position in Christ. As a Christian you are: spiritually alive unto God, dead to sin, forgiven, declared righteous, a child of God, God’s possession, an heir of God, blessed with all spiritual blessings, a citizen of heaven, a servant of God, free from the Law, crucified to the world, a light in the world, victorious over Satan, cleansed from sin, declared holy and blameless, set free in Christ from the power of sin, secure in Christ, granted peace and rest, and led by the Holy Spirit.
You’re probably thinking, “The Bible may say all that, but I sure don’t always live up to those descriptions.” That’s why in the New Testament, for every one of those statements about your position, there is a corresponding practice you’re to follow. For example, the New Testament tells you:
– Since you are spiritually alive to God, live according to that new life.
– Since you are dead to sin, don’t give sin any place in your life.
– Since you’re forgiven, count on that and don’t go through life feeling guilty.
– Since you’ve been declared righteous, live righteously.
– Since you’re a child of God, act like one of God’s children.
– Since you are God’s possession, yield to Him in humble submission.
I’m convinced that if you will honestly study your position in Christ, your life will change. You’ll understand that failure in some aspect of Christian living doesn’t mean you lose your position. The position of a true Christian is settled forever–it’s unchanging and permanent. And on the other hand, just as stumbling won’t change your standing for the worse, growth won’t add to it for the better either. God’s favor doesn’t depend on your works. God “has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity” (2 Timothy 1:9).
Positionally, you cannot increase or decrease in the favor of God. As a genuine Christian, nothing you do, or fail to do, can change to the slightest degree your perfect standing before God–for “in Him you have been made complete” (Colossians 2:10).
Thankfully, that completeness does not mean that when you understand your position you will remain as you are–no, you will see changes in your life. The New Testament continually emphasizes your identity as a believer and urges you understand and apply your spiritual resources. As you continue to mature in Christ, you will not only come to a greater understanding of who you are, but you’ll also rely more consistently on your resources–those granted to you as a result of your position in Christ–to handle the practical aspects of Christian living. That’s the thrust of Paul’s appeal in Ephesians 4:1: “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.”
So what about you, Christian–do you know your position? If not, go back to the locker room and study the chalkboard–your Bible–and you’ll discover afresh the joy of who you are in Christ. If so, get in the game, play your position, and become in practice what you already are in position
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Obama’s Media Control Strategy
By: Cliff Kincaide
The idea of the federal government telling people how to “differentiate between authentic and inauthentic information” is frightening.
You may not have noticed that the Obama administration, in addition to trying to seize control of the health care and energy sectors, is implementing a national “broadband plan” to redefine the media and transform America’s system of government. It’s designed, they say, to provide “open government and civic engagement.” But it looks increasingly like an excuse for the federal government to control the Internet and access to information and even tell us what is truth.
Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute recently explained at a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “National Broadband Plan Workshop” that it is necessary to have “a common space with shared facts”. Armed with $7.2 billion of “stimuls” money, the federal government is going to provide this. It looks like various progressive groups are lining up at the public trough for their share of the loot. They have in mind what George Soros-funded Free Press calls “an alternative media infrastructure”.
If you think we already have that, with public TV and radio, think again. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which has received $8 billion in federal tax dollars since it was created in 1967, is not considered radical enough by these folks. The Free Press favors an additional $50 billion “Public Media Trust Fund” financed by a tax on home electronic devices. It also wants the federally-funded AmeriCorps to finance jobs for journalists.
A new national broadband plan, combined with the just-announced FCC plan for “net neutrality”, or regulating access to the internet, provides the opportunity for the federal government to define a “new public square” with a “common space with shared facts,” as Orstein put it at the August 6 FCC event. He explained, “It’s something that was easier when we had three broadcaster channels and virtually everybody in the society turned into them.”
Those were the days, you may remember, when Walter Cronkite claimed “That’s the way it is”, and many people believed him. We know better now. But Ornstein seems to be pining for the “good old days” when Cronkite and other liberals dominated the dissemination of news and information.
This is another arena in which Christians had best begin to make their displeasure known very loudly to those on Capitol Hill, lest we find the Internet a dangerous place to witness of Christ, speak our minds and – critical as well – locate accurate news……..
‘No signs Israel planning immediate war’
Oct. 31, 2009
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST
Despite recent accusations to the contrary, Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh said in an article published on Saturday that Israel is not preparing to launch another war against Lebanon in the near future, but he added that the same can not be said for the long-term.
“There are no serious signs that point to an Israeli intent to engage in a renewed war with Lebanon, despite its violations, attacks, and the fact that it hides secret spy rings in Lebanon,” Salloukh said during an interview with the London-based daily, Asharq Alawsat. But he added that the presence of such spy rings leads to a conclusion that “[Israel] is laying the grounds for justifying every future war it decides to launch in the future.”
On Tuesday, a Katyusha rocket was launched from Lebanon into Northern Israel. Israel responded by immediately shelling the area from which the rocket originated.
“Israel reacted in an disproportional way to the rocket fire,” Salloukh said, “this despite the fact that we condemned the rocket fire and immediately opened an investigation.”
“The Lebanese army and UNIFIL peacekeepers immediately opened an investigation into the attack in order to discover who was behind the rocket fire,” he continued. “[Lebanon] operates in cooperation with the UN troops in order to preserve the security in the southern part of the country.”
Following the rocket attack, a joint force of Lebanese Armed Forces and UNIFIL troops discovered four more Katyushas in southern Lebanon, and on Saturday Israel Radio reported that Lebanese troops had arrested the mastermind behind Tuesday’s attack. According to the report, the man had ties with an al-Qaida-linked terror group in the country……….