This and That

DHS Fusion Centers, Spend Much, Learn a Little, Mislead A Lot  By Jack Kenney

A network of 77 “fusion” intelligence centers, set up around the country under the auspices of the federal Department of Homeland Security, has over the past decade uncovered little information that could be useful in defending the nation against terrorism. It also created numerous reports on the legal, everyday of activities of ordinary Americans, according to a Senate report released Tuesday. […]

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ACLU of Michigan Exposes Police Surveillance Cameras Being Used In Residential Neighborhoods

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Then There Was No One Left To Speak Up For ME. . . Jack Kinsella  The Omega Letter 

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By: Bill Wilson
The occupant of the Oval Office and his challenger debated domestic issues. The current officeholder’s ears were literally red after the first salvo and remained so throughout the debate, he often looked down, rarely looked into the camera and seemed to be wanting coaching cues from the debate moderator, which were liberally given. The challenger spoke directly to the president or to the television audience, gave clear and concise answers and arguments. There was back and forth on many issues and some differences between the two on mandated healthcare, medicare, states rights, education, job formation and the deficit. But there was one distinct difference between the two on the role of government.
The president said the first role of government is to “keep people safe.” He then said, “But I also believe that government has the capacity, the federal government has the capacity to help open up opportunity and create ladders of opportunity and to create frameworks where the American people can succeed. Look, the genius of America is the free enterprise system and freedom and the fact that people can go out there and start a business, work on an idea, make their own decisions…there are also some things we do better together.” He named the government involvement in the transcontinental railroad, National Academy of Sciences and land grant colleges as examples of government’s role.
The challenger responded: “The role of government: Look behind us. The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. The role of government is to promote and protect the principles of those documents. First, life and liberty. We have a responsibility to protect the lives and liberties of our people, and that means a military second to none.” He said government should maintain the individual’s “right to pursue their dreams and not to have the government substitute itself for the rights of free individuals. And what we’re seeing right now is, in my view, a trickle-down government approach, which has government thinking it can do a better job than free people pursuing their dreams. And its not working.”
The president seemed to be running against his own record, not wanting to admit that four years have gone by and the things he was criticizing were his own shortcomings. He didn’t want to take responsibility for the deficit, for unemployment, for a diminishing middle class. He suggested, however, that his policies would work better than his challenger’s ideas. The challenger said that these policies are not working: “And the proof of that is 23 million people out of work. The proof of that is 1 out of 6 people in poverty. The proof of that is we’ve gone from 32 million on food stamps to 47 million on food stamps. The proof of that is that 50 percent of college graduates this year can’t find work.”
Now for the real analysis. Neither candidate is ideal from a Judeo-Christian perspective. Their religious beliefs are well known. But one thing for certain, one of these men will be president of the United States barring that they are still alive. A write-in vote for another candidate, not voting for whatever reason, or over spiritualizing the election will not change that reality. From Saul to Zedekiah, from Washington to Bush, YHVH has used leaders for His purposes. In America, we get to choose our leaders. And choose we must. The Biblical criteria: “able men, such as fear YHVH, men of truth, hating covetousness (Exodus 18:21).” Which man most embodies those requirements? You will choose irrespective of whether you vote for one of them or not. The Lord will work through you one way or another.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!