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Monday, May 18, 2009

400-408Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (aifdemocracy.org), an organization "committed to demonstrating the synergy of American democracy and its founding principles with the religion of Islam," is a former Navy Lieutenant Commander in the Medical Corps now an Internist in private practice in Phoenix.  The documentary he narrates, The Third Jihad (thethirdjihad.com) is excellent!
• The Third Jihad (thethirdjihad.com), is the newest offering from the producers of the captivating documentary film, Obsession, explores the existence of radical Islam in America and the emerging risk that this "homegrown jihad" poses to national security, western liberties and the "American way of life."  The film, which is narrated by devout Muslim American Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, opens with the following statement: "This is not a film about Islam. It is about the threat of radical Islam. Only a small percentage of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims are radical. This film is about them."  In 72 minutes, the film reveals that radical Islamists driven by a religiously motivated rejection of western values cultures and religion are engaging in a multifaceted strategy to overcome the western world. In contrast to the use of "violent jihad" and terror to instill fear in "non-believers," The Third Jihad introduces the concept of "cultural jihad" as a means to infiltrate and undermine our society from within.

413-423Tom Doyle, is Director of International Ministries/Middle East Specialist for E3 Partners (e3partners.org, "Equip, Evangelize, Establish") and author of Breakthrough: The Return of Hope to the Middle East (goodnewsfromthemiddleeast.com).

428-437 – • Stratfor (5/18/09) An Israeli Prime Minister Comes to Washington Again.

443-452Paul Sheppard, pastor of the 6,000-member Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Mountain View, California (alcf.net), and host of Enduring Truth (enduringtruth.org), heard weekdays on KKLA at 12:30pm, will be the special guest speaker at our 11th Annual KKLA Pastor's Appreciation Luncheon this Thursday, May 21 at 11:30am at the Double Tree Hotel, 100 The City Drive, in Orange.  Both registration and parking are free, but we'd like you to pre-register at KKLA.com.

458-508David Barton, founder and president of Wallbuilders (wallbuilders.com), pro-life, hate-crimes.
1) With respect to the abortion issue, would you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life?  51% said pro life, and 42% said pro choice.
2) Do you think abortions should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?  23% said legal in any, 53% said legal in certain, and 22% said illegal in all.

(1:21) PO-NDC 4, "That's when we begin to say, "Maybe we won't agree on abortion, but we can still agree that this heart-wrenching decision for any woman is not made casually, it has both moral and spiritual dimensions.  So let us work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions, let's reduce unintended pregnancies. (Applause.) Let's make adoption more available. (Applause.) Let's provide care and support for women who do carry their children to term. (Applause.) Let's honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded not only in sound science, but also in clear ethics, as well as respect for the equality of women. Those are things we can do. (Applause.)" [But most abortions are performed on women who have had multiple abortions and are using it for birth control.  Should pregnant women be taken care of by the state via tax dollars, and if so, to what expense?  Isn't this an incentive to be an unwed mother? But, it is your Administration that is fighting to remove the conscience clause!]

512-523David Barton
(:58) PO-NDC 3, "The soldier and the lawyer may both love this country with equal passion, and yet reach very different conclusions on the specific steps needed to protect us from harm. The gay activist and the evangelical pastor may both deplore the ravages of HIV/AIDS, but find themselves unable to bridge the cultural divide that might unite their efforts. Those who speak out against stem cell research may be rooted in an admirable conviction about the sacredness of life, but so are the parents of a child with juvenile diabetes who are convinced that their son's or daughter's hardships can be relieved. (Applause.)"  [Are "soldiers and lawyers" opposites like "gay activists and evangelical pastors?"  Is the issue "the ravages of HIV/AIDS" or redefining marriage?  But all the advancements are in adult stem cells, not embryonic!  Quit intentionally blurring the lines to legitimize destroying embryos!]

528-538Tom Karako, director of the Golden State Center at the Claremont Institute (claremont.org), urges voters to vote "No" on all of the propositions we're voting on tomorrow, and he extends an invitation to attend a dinner with George Will, Monday evening, June 8, 2009, at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, where Mr. Will will receive the prestigious Salvatori Prize in the American Founding.  For more information go to claremont.org.

544-554 – • Barack Obama (5/17/09) Obama's Commencement Address at Notre Dame.
(:39) PO-NDC 1, "You, however, are not getting off that easy. You have a different deal. Your class has come of age at a moment of great consequence for our nation and for the world -- a rare inflection point in history where the size and scope of the challenges before us require that we remake our world to renew its promise; that we align our deepest values and commitments to the demands of a new age. It's a privilege and a responsibility afforded to few generations -- and a task that you're now called to fulfill."  ["Remake our world" into who's image?  What's the "promise"?  Where'd it come from?  Who gave it?  Does "align our values" mean change them?  Where do these new values come from?  Why do we believe changing them would be an improvement?]

(:54) PO-NDC 2, "We too often seek advantage over others. We cling to outworn prejudice and fear those who are unfamiliar. Too many of us view life only through the lens of immediate self-interest and crass materialism; in which the world is necessarily a zero-sum game. The strong too often dominate the weak, and too many of those with wealth and with power find all manner of justification for their own privilege in the face of poverty and injustice. And so, for all our technology and scientific advances, we see here in this country and around the globe violence and want and strife that would seem sadly familiar to those in ancient times."  [Is pursuing "immediate self-interest" "necessarily a zero-sum game"?  Is he talking about selfishness or self-interest here?  Is he contrasting capitalism with socialism?  Is private property a legitimate "justification for their own privilege"?  Shouldn't those who work hard enjoy the fruits of their labor? Isn't delegated theft, still theft?]

(:58) PO-NDC 3, "The soldier and the lawyer may both love this country with equal passion, and yet reach very different conclusions on the specific steps needed to protect us from harm. The gay activist and the evangelical pastor may both deplore the ravages of HIV/AIDS, but find themselves unable to bridge the cultural divide that might unite their efforts. Those who speak out against stem cell research may be rooted in an admirable conviction about the sacredness of life, but so are the parents of a child with juvenile diabetes who are convinced that their son's or daughter's hardships can be relieved. (Applause.)" [Are "soldiers and lawyers" opposites like "gay activists and evangelical pastors?"  Is the issue "the ravages of HIV/AIDS" or redefining marriage?  But all the advancements are in adult stem cells, not embryonic!  Quit intentionally blurring the lines to legitimize destroying embryos!]

(1:21) PO-NDC 4, "That's when we begin to say, "Maybe we won't agree on abortion, but we can still agree that this heart-wrenching decision for any woman is not made casually, it has both moral and spiritual dimensions.  So let us work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions, let's reduce unintended pregnancies. (Applause.) Let's make adoption more available. (Applause.) Let's provide care and support for women who do carry their children to term. (Applause.) Let's honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded not only in sound science, but also in clear ethics, as well as respect for the equality of women. Those are things we can do. (Applause.)" [But most abortions are performed on women who have had multiple abortions and are using it for birth control.  Should pregnant women be taken care of by the state via tax dollars, and if so, to what expense?  Isn't this an incentive to be an unwed mother? But, it is your Administration that is fighting to remove the conscience clause!]

(:13) PO-NDC 5, "Now, you, Class of 2009, are about to enter the next phase of your life at a time of great uncertainty. You'll be called to help restore a free market that's also fair to all who are willing to work." [What is "fair" for those who are "willing to work?"  Should you be able to raise a family of 4 on an entry level job?  Is our tax code "fair" enough for you?  If not, at what point does it become "fair?"  What is the highest tax rate you're comfortable with?]

(:59) PO-NDC 6, "And in this world of competing claims about what is right and what is true, have confidence in the values with which you've been raised and educated. Be unafraid to speak your mind when those values are at stake. Hold firm to your faith and allow it to guide you on your journey. In other words, stand as a lighthouse.  But remember, too, that you can be a crossroads. Remember, too, that the ultimate irony of faith is that it necessarily admits doubt. It's the belief in things not seen. It's beyond our capacity as human beings to know with certainty what God has planned for us or what He asks of us. And those of us who believe must trust that His wisdom is greater than our own."  [Do those "values" include the right to life?  Do we have "faith" in what the Bible clearly says, or can we know?  Can we have certainty about "thou shalt not kill?"  Is there such a thing as religious knowledge?  We have to "trust that His wisdom is greater than we know?"  Can't we know that if He is omniscient?]

(1:13) RNC Chairman Michael Steele talks about Obama and abortion on Meet the Press, Sunday 5/17/09.




558-608 – • Arthur Laffer & Stephen Moore (5/18/09) Soak the Rich, Lose the Rich.  Americans know how to use the moving van to escape high taxes. Mr. Laffer is president of Laffer Associates. Mr. Moore is senior economics writer for the Wall Street Journal. They are co-authors of Rich States, Poor States.

Updating some research from Richard Vedder of Ohio University, we found that from 1998 to 2007, more than 1,100 people every day including Sundays and holidays moved from the nine highest income-tax states such as California, New Jersey, New York and Ohio and relocated mostly to the nine tax-haven states with no income tax, including Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire and Texas. We also found that over these same years the no-income tax states created 89% more jobs and had 32% faster personal income growth than their high-tax counterparts.

Those who disapprove of tax competition complain that lower state taxes only create a zero-sum competition where states "race to the bottom" and cut services to the poor as taxes fall to zero. They say that tax cutting inevitably means lower quality schools and police protection as lower tax rates mean starvation of public services.

They're wrong, and New Hampshire is our favorite illustration. The Live Free or Die State has no income or sales tax, yet it has high-quality schools and excellent public services. Students in New Hampshire public schools achieve the fourth-highest test scores in the nation -- even though the state spends about $1,000 a year less per resident on state and local government than the average state and, incredibly, $5,000 less per person than New York. And on the other side of the ledger, California in 2007 had the highest-paid classroom teachers in the nation, and yet the Golden State had the second-lowest test scores.

One last point: States aren't simply competing with each other. As Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently told us, "Our state is competing with Germany, France, Japan and China for business. We'd better have a pro-growth tax system or those American jobs will be out-sourced." Gov. Perry and Texas have the jobs and prosperity model exactly right. Texas created more new jobs in 2008 than all other 49 states combined. And Texas is the only state other than Georgia and North Dakota that is cutting taxes this year.  The Texas economic model makes a whole lot more sense than the New Jersey model, and we hope the politicians in California, Delaware, Illinois, Minnesota and New York realize this before it's too late.

• Tax Administration, State Individual Income Taxes (For Tax Year 2008 -- As Of January 1, 2008). Seven states have no state income tax:  Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.  Two others, New Hampshire and Tennessee, tax only dividend and interest income.  The highest tax rates are:  Vermont (9.5%), California (9.3%), Oregon (9.0%), Iowa (8.98%), New Jersey (8.97%), and Hawaii (8.25%).

612-623 (3:36) Teen David Silver along with his mom, Rhonda get interviewed on TODAY 5/18/09 by Matt Lauer along with psychologist Michelle Callahan regarding the 10 day experiment to go without computer, cell phone and iPods and video games for 10 days.


628-638Ever read a book on your laptop, or use a Kindle (link)?  Any of you own a laptop and not a TV?

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• AFP (5/18/09) DNA shows 13-year-old boy did not father child.  Alfie Patten is not the daddy of Chantelle Steadman's daughter Masie, 15-year-old Tyler Barker is.



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