Daily Archives: December 9, 2012

California Episcopal Church to Host, Support Islamist Convention

The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s choice of location for its 12th Annual Convention on December 15 is telling: The All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, California. The group, founded by Muslim Brotherhood followers, says this is the “next step in its mission by crossing the interfaith line.” Yet again, the Islamists are taking advantage of naïve Christians with a desire to show off their tolerance.

http://watcherslamp.blogspot.com/2012/12/california-episcopal-church-to-host.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WatchersLamp+%28Watcher%27s+Lamp%29

Debunking Greater By Steven Furtick—Burn The Plows

Apprising Ministries offers that it’s well past time to look more closely at exactly what guys like this, and their ilk, are infecting the evangelical community with.

http://apprising.org/2012/12/09/debunking-greater-by-steven-furtick-burn-the-plows/

You’ll get another glimpse here that purveyors of this new hybrid Seeker Driven/Word Faith mythology are growing to be more influential than you may realize.

DNA testing frees man who lived on death row for 15 years [chilling read]

He walked out as the 300th prisoner in the US to be freed as a result of DNA testing and one of 18 exonerated from death row. With the help of science he has been proved innocent of a crime for which the state of Louisiana spent 15 years trying to kill him.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/12/06/dna-testing-frees-man-who-lived-on-death-row-for-15-years/

Online sales tax to be added to defense authorization bill

This may be the last Christmas of online shopping without paying sales tax. A proposed online sales tax has been offered as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, much to the ire of opponents.

http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/04/online-sales-tax-to-be-added-to-defense-authorization-bill/

I Told You So! Of Course Washington will Steal Your Retirement Benefits

The press is filled with articles and editorials like one recently at CNBC entitled “Amid Tax Talks, a cry of ‘Save My 401(k)’.”

Many retirement, offshore and political experts including Jeff Berwick, Larry Grossman and others are now warning how government revenue needs and austerity measures by the Obama Administration today threaten the private retirement system and benefits of millions of successful Americans. Back on January 28, 2010 I wrote a report entitled “The Coming Obama Retirement Trap Has Started,” published at LewRockwell.com, republished in its entirety below, for your review.

http://www.thedailybell.com/28418/Ron-Holland-I-Told-You-So-Of-Course-Washington-will-Steal-Your-Retirement-Benefits

Fears Confirmed: Domestic Drones ‘Fly Regularly’ in US Airspace

Digital watchdog the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) published several thousand pages of new drone license records on Wednesday confirming innumerable theorists’ fears: that drones “regularly fly” in “national airspace all around the country.”

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/12/05-9

Beautiful ‘Black Marble’ Views Show Earth At Night Like Never Before

This image and the video down below are the highest-resolution, best-detailed pictures of Earth at night ever taken to date. The Suomi NPP satellite, designed to study weather phenomena, can look at the dark Earth like never before. It is not nearly as dark as you might think.

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-12/watch-beautiful-black-marble-views-show-earth-night-never

Who Pays For Sports Stadiums? [Infographic]

Getting that fancy new sports stadium isn’t always cheap, and sometimes the taxpayers are used to fill the gap. This .gif from Deadspin illustrates how that’s been happening, well, pretty much forever. The animation runs from 1909-2012 and charts 186 stadiums. Sports fan or not, it’s tough to watch.

The size of each icon illustrates the amount of money it took to build. The color illustrates where the money came from: red for private funds, blue for public, and hues of purple in between for a mix of both. The ghostly, faded-out icons are for stadiums that lost their team.

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The Cashless Society is Almost Here – And With Some Very Sinister Implications

The cashless revolution is no different. It should be abundantly clear by now that the global financial meltdown has been engineered at every juncture of its unfolding by the very private central banks who expand and contract the money supply. A dollar or euro collapse will trigger a global economic crisis, which is a prime opportunity to introduce the next phase.”

“It’s arguable that we approaching the cusp of that US Dollar collapse, and perhaps a Euro implosion on the back end of it. Risks of hyper inflation are very real here, but if you control the money supply might already have a ready-made solution waiting in the wings, you will not be worrying about the rift, only waiting for the chaos to ensue so as to maximise your own booty from the crisis.”

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2012 & Fantasy-Driven Faith

“The invasion of monsters began decades ago, and it quickly transformed the world of entertainment. With little resistance, an army of cute-ugly creatures swept into toy stores, television and movies. They now adorn children’s clothes, bedding, wallpaper, lunchboxes and books. And many have pushed their way into children’s hearts on the backs of seductive myths that mold their thoughts and manipulate their imagination.

Some of these monsters are crude and cool like Stitch, Shrek and the serpentine aliens of Men in Black. Others appear wise and honorable like Yoda in Star Wars. But the creatures that win the prize for thrills and chills are the dark and deadly ones like Darth Maul, Tolkien’s Orcs and the ominous aliens in Signs.

They all serve a set of strategic social and spiritual goals: They entertain. They shift a person’s attention from the real world to a more titillating realm created by those who write the myths and steer the imagination. They tempt Christian fans to re-imagine both God and themselves in the new context –  thus bending the old realities to fit the new myths. They desensitize their fans to mystical images and symbols of evil. And they stir a craving for more intense excitement of the same kind.

Eventually the real world of nature, families, work and Biblical truth becomes too boring to be enjoyed. Who cares about truth and facts when myths and fantasies seem far more exiting?

‘For the time will come,’ wrote the apostle Paul almost two millennia ago, ‘when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things….’ (2 Timothy 4:3-5)”[2] [bold in original]

The Emerging Fantasy-Driven Worldview
With the rise of interest in the Mayan calendar date of Dec. 21, 2012 among Evangelicals, there is a concurrent noticeable shift in perceptions of reality. What is reality? What is fantasy? Are church people mixing the two together in strange new ways?  Here are classic definitions:

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