Wednesday, March 25, 2009

400-408Bill Salus, (, host of "Prophecy Update" a radio program affiliated with Calvary Chapel, author of Israelstine: The Ancient Blueprints of the Future Middle East.  Bill believes there will be a Psalm 83 conflict in which Israel will defeat her neighbors and grow in power, security, and wealth prior to the great conflict of Ezekiel 38 & 39 between Israel and the Soviet-Iranian alliance that culminates in Armageddon.  Some verses don't reconcile easily with just the Ezekiel prophecy.  For example, when will Damascus be destroyed (Isa 17:1)?  When will Israel live "securely" "without walls" and in peace" (Ez 38:8,11)?  How can Iran be so vital in the Ez 38-39 battle, yet not mentioned in the Psalm 83 conflict?  Could it be that Iran will be temporarily neutralized, perhaps by Israel?
413-423Bill Salus
428-437Tom Krannawitter, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hillsdale College (, and author of Vindicating Lincoln: Defending the Politics of Our Greatest President.  Tom earned his Ph.D. in political science at Claremont Graduate University, is a Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute (, and he's taught at both Claremont McKenna College and Azusa Pacific University.
443-452Tom Krannawitter.  How are the names Wilson, Roosevelt, Johnson, and Obama linked in the Progressive story of how we got here from there, the "there" being the American Founding.
458-508A little teaching on the American Founding.
512-523Rex Hudler, is the color-guy for Angels baseball, with over 30 years in the game, 21 as a player for 18 different teams (1978-1998), who rightfully earned the nickname "Wonder Dog."  In 774 career major league games, he hit for a .261 average with 56 home runs and 169 RBI.  His new book is Splinters – an inside look at the adversity and triumphs that took place in his life both on and off the field (  All proceeds go to his organization, "Team Up For Down Syndrome."
528-538 Rex Hudler,
544-554Laura Castillo shares her story how Matt was able to help her.  Matt McCormick, CEO of the Christian Lawyers of America (, 888-702-0111).  The next Christian Financial Restoration Workshop is this Friday at 7pm and all day Saturday (March 27-28) at the Queen Mary in Long Beach.  Everything is free including parking!
558-608 – • Dan Gilgoff (3/25/09) Reading the Code on Obama's Stem Cell Research Answer.
(3:09) PO10-1a Stem Cell.  Jon Ward from the Washington Times asks Obama if he has wrestled with the ethics of embryonic stem cell research.  Obama answers.
(:49) PO10-1b Stem Cell.  In a follow up question, Jon Ward asks if scientific consensus is enough to guide our actions in this area.
OBAMA: Jon Ward, Washington Times.  Where's Jon?
QUESTION: Right here, sir.
OBAMA: There you go.
QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. President.
OBAMA: Sure.
QUESTION: In your remarks on stem cell research earlier this month, you talked about a majority consensus in determining whether or not this is the right thing to do, to federally fund embryonic stem cell research.  I'm just wondering, though, how much you personally wrestled with the morality or ethics of federally funding this kind of research, especially given the fact that science so far has shown a lot of progress with adult stem cells, but not a lot with embryonic?
OBAMA: OK. No, I think it's -- I think it's a legitimate question. I -- I wrestle with these issues every day.  As I mentioned to -- I think in an interview a couple of days ago, by the time an issue reaches my desk, it's a hard issue. If it was an easy issue, somebody else would have solved it and it wouldn't have reached me.  Look, I believe that it is very important for us to have strong moral guidelines, ethical guidelines, when it comes to stem cell research or anything that touches on, you know, the issues of possible cloning or issues related to, you know, the human life sciences.  I think those issues are all critical, and I've said so before. I wrestle with it on stem cell; I wrestle with it on issues like abortion.  I think that the guidelines that we provided meet that ethical test. What we have said is that, for embryos that are typically -- about to be discarded, for us to be able to use those in order to find cures for Parkinson's or for Alzheimer's or, you know, all sorts of other debilitating diseases, juvenile diabetes, that -- that it is the right thing to do.  And that's not just my opinion. That is the opinion of a number of people who are also against abortion.
OBAMA: Now, I am glad to see progress is being made in adult stem cells. And if the science determines that we can completely avoid a set of ethical questions or political disputes, then that's great.  I have -- I have no investment in causing controversy. I'm happy to avoid it if that's where the science leads us. But what I don't want to do is predetermine this based on a very rigid ideological approach, and that's what I think is reflected in the executive order that I signed.
QUESTION: I meant to ask -- just to follow up -- do you think that scientific consensus is enough to tell us what we can and cannot do?
OBAMA: No. I think there's -- there's always an ethical and a moral element that has to be -- be a part of this. And so, as I said, I -- I don't take decisions like this lightly. They're ones that I take seriously, and -- and I respect people who have different opinions on this issue.  But I think that this was the right thing to do and the ethical thing to do. And as I said before, my hope is, is that we can find a mechanism, ultimately, to cure these diseases in a way that gains 100 percent consensus. And we certainly haven't achieved that yet, but I think on balance this was the right step to take.
612-623• (3:17) YouTube (3/24/09) Daniel Hannan MEP: The devalued Prime Minister of a devalued Government.  Daniel Hannan MEP (Member of European Parliament) for South East England speaks Tuesday March 24th during British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's visit to the European Parliament.
628-638 – • Newsweek (3/17/09) Extreme Motherhood: Understanding Quiverfull, the antifeminist, conservative Christian movement that motivates popular reality-TV families like the Duggars.  Kathryn Joyce is the author of Quiverfull: Inside The Christian Patriarchy Movement.
644-652Should Christian families have as many children as physically possible?
• Jake DeSantis (3/25/09) Dear A.I.G., I Quit!  The following is a letter sent on Tuesday by Jake DeSantis, an executive vice president of the American International Group's financial products unit, to Edward M. Liddy, the chief executive of A.I.G.
• NRO Editors (3/25/09) In the Market for a Better Banking Plan.
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