Philadelphia’s Forfeiture Machine

Who needs the mafia when you’ve got the shakedown charlatans of Philadelphia?!




Under civil forfeiture, property owners do not have to be convicted of a crime, or even charged with one, to permanently lose their property. Instead, the government can forfeit a property if it’s found to “facilitate” a crime, no matter how tenuous the connection. So rather than sue the owner, in civil forfeiture proceedings, the government sues the property itself…. (?!)

See complete story at Forbes: Philadelphia Earns Millions By Seizing Cash And Homes From People Never Charged With A Crime

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Divine Intervention?

For the Lord your God is He who goes with you,
to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
~ Deuteronomy 20:4 ~

Just another day in Israel; more that 140 rockets were fired into that country in the last 24 hours. That’s roughly one every 10 minutes. Rocket sirens and bomb shelters have become part of everyday life for many Israelis. But today at least, no lives were lost. And the Iron Dome managed to shoot down a good percentage of the incoming rockets, keeping injuries/damages to a minimum.

Despite the ongoing attacks by her enemies, Israel has not yet sustained heavy losses in this latest Hamas aggression. Incredibly, fatalities have been minimal (young Daniel was a tragic exception). It’s almost as if something supernatural were happening…
As John Riley at Charisma News asks – Is God’s Hand Still Protecting Israel?

It definitely appears so. And many of those on the front lines – like this IDF officer that Riley spoke with – are convinced of it ~

I interviewed an Israeli Defense Forces soldier who was wounded recently in the war with Hamas. Sgt. Major Jeremy Gimpel told me that he is seeing manifest miracles and God’s providence once again over Israel. He said the protective shield over Israel right now is not so much the one that intercepts incoming rockets; rather, it is the protective shield from the prayers of people around the world.


From a John Riley interview with a wounded IDF soldier. Via Charisma News


In his article, Riley goes on to describe a couple other recent occurrences that were nothing short of miraculous.
Long, long ago, God made a covenant with Israel; He keeps it still.


NASA’s astronomy picture of the day – May 1, 2010
About 17,000 light-years away in the southern constellation Circinus, this nebula resembles a hand (of God?).


After 777 Intercession Call, Graham Urges New Prayer Mandate ~ Pray for the peace of Jerusalem ~ Psalm 122:6

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Founding Wisdom [Flouted by the Foolish]

founders-quote-BFranklin“History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy…

These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

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Soulless Education

Here’s another good FIREWALL episode wherein Bill Whittle laments the sadly impoverished education being foisted on the majority of today’s public school children ~


Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes
from one generation to another.
~ G.K. Chesterton

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Saturday Shorts – 8-23-14


Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

BrightSource solar plant sets birds on fire as they fly overhead ~ Death estimates range from 1,000 to 28,000 per year. First it was windmills chopping up our feathered friends, now solar installations are frying them to a crisp. Sheesh! What do these enviro-wackos have against wildlife?
[Seriously, solar power actually does look promising as a form of alternative energy - on a much smaller, individual scale. Not in the form of ginormous bird frying pans. And not on a government-subsidized basis.]

Why do you think they call it “dope?”
First there was this report in June ~Smoking marijuana as a teenager lowers IQ for LIFE, scientists warn. Here’s another warning ~ Teens risk brain damage, low IQ from weekly pot smoking ~ But incredibly, more and more states are legalizing pot and enterprising suppliers are aiming new offerings directly at teens ~ Dangerous new marijuana product looks like lip balm, packs big kick.

Actor Who Played Jesus in the ‘Passion’ Explains Why His New Football Film Is So Much More Than a Sports Movie ~ (with trailer) Looks like a great new film; true story about a legendary high school football team.

Bible and Prayer in Schools ~ An article at Accuracy in Media makes the case for bringing the Bible back to school. After all, how can you learn anything if you ignore the most widely published book in all of human history?

Imagine an ancient record—by far the most published book in humanity—quoted by Shakespeare (1,200 times) and Abraham Lincoln—a book that has inspired political movements and religious reformations and has literally changed the world time and again; imagine that book being rejected and banished from schools across America. That book is the Bible.

Beaten to Death at McDonald’s ~ Tragic deaths of two young people in College Station, TX, Feb., 2012. Wondering why Obama, Holder, and the Dept. of INjustice didn’t insert themselves into this situation? Oh, never mind. Wrong color combination.

OKLAHOMA CITY: Lawsuit filed against those attempting Satanic event with consecrated Host ~ A follow-up on my Aug. 18th post; interesting approach to prevent the black mass from taking place in September.

James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head ~ As horrifying as this murder was, Daniel Greenfield reminds readers that Foley was in the Middle East as an activist-journalist, fully supporting – not America’s War on Terror, but the Islamists. Ironically, the very jihadists who killed him ~

Any human life lost is tragic, but a moral individual would have much more empathy for the Syrian Christians who suffered at the hands of Foley’s favorite Jihadists than one of their pet propagandists. For the most Foley (mentioned Syrian Christians was) when he was promoting the myth that the Sunni Jihadists were actually a secular democracy-loving force that incorporated Christians and Kurds on equal terms.

The Evil that Men Do: How Bad Governments Create Poverty – Listing several examples, this article at Creation-Evolution Headlines illustrates how skewed worldviews hurt the very populations they purport to help.

The Hell That Is The Obama White House ~ Excellent piece from David Horowitz recaps the evil emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ~

… the deepest level of Obama’s hell, (is his anti-American foreign policy.) When Obama was re-elected in 2012, the very first thought I had was this: A lot of people are going to be dead because of this election. How disastrously right I was. Since their assault on George Bush and their sabotage of the war in Iraq, Obama and the Democrats have forged a power vacuum in Europe and even more dramatically in the Middle East, which nasty characters have predictably entered with ominous implications for the future security of all Americans.

OK – this no longer qualifies as “short” – but his next two paragraphs are too profound to leave out ~

Take one aspect of this epic default: Obama’s lack of response to the slaughter of Christians in Palestine, Egypt and Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have been slaughtered and driven from their homes in Iraq – over half a million by some counts. This is the oldest Christian community in the world dating back to the time of Christ. What was Obama’s response to this atrocity until a group of Yazvidi along with the Christians were trapped on a mountain side, and politics dictated he had to make some gesture(?) His response was to do and say nothing. Silence. Even his statement announcing minimal action to save the Yazvidi and the Christians mentioned the Christians once in passing while devoting a paragraph to the obscure Yazvidi.
What this unfeeling and cold response to the slaughter of Christians tells us is that Obama is a pretend Christian just the way he is a pretend American. What he is instead is a world class liar. That is because his real agendas are anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-Jewish, and obviously and consistently pro America’s third world adversaries to whom he is always apologizing and whom he is always appeasing. Obama lies about his intentions and policies because he couldn’t survive politically if he told the truth.

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Keep the porn out of the classroom!

Apparently our kids aren’t sexualized enough by just turning on the TV for an hour or two every day; at least not in California. We know this because 9th grade textbooks in that state will soon feature information on bondage, sex toys, and various fantasies. 9th grade!
Teaching the biology of human procreation in a public school setting is one thing. Endorsing and promoting sexual experimentation among schoolchildren is completely irresponsible – and frankly – immoral.
Instead of pushing promiscuity why not adopt a responsible approach, and teach kids about its consequences? Here’s some useful information that should be in those textbooks ~

FEBRUARY 2013: CDC (Center for Disease Control) STI stats ~
CDC’s new estimates show that there are about 20 million new sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States each year, costing the American healthcare system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs alone.


And 50% of new infections are among those ages 15 to 24 ~

CDC estimates that there are more than 19.7 million new STIs in the United States each year. While most of these STIs will
not cause harm 8O (They must mean physical harm. How could they possibly measure the emotional and psychological damage?), some have the potential to cause serious health problems, especially if not diagnosed and treated early.
Young people (ages 15-24) are particularly affected, accounting for half (50 percent) of all new STIs, although they represent
just 25 percent of the sexually experienced population.

Approximately 110,000 Americans currently have an STI. That’s roughly one third of our entire population! These numbers would plummet if public schools would actually start promoting monogamy (gasp!) and abstinence (double gasp!).

As a new study from Britain shows, the kids themselves know something’s amiss with the pornification of western culture ~

A poll of 18-year-old UK teens conducted by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) found that a large majority of both boys and girls believe that easy access to online porn puts pressure on them to look and act in imitation of what porn portrays [...]

Eighty percent of the 18 year olds said that it was “too easy for young people to accidentally see pornography online.”
Seven out of 10 said that “accessing pornography was seen as typical” while they were at school, while almost half (46 percent) said “sending sexual or naked photos or videos is part of everyday life for teenagers.”

Sixty percent said the pervasiveness of porn had complicated the process of growing up.
Seventy-two percent said internet porn “leads to unrealistic attitudes to sex,” while 67 percent agreed that porn “can become addictive,” and 70 percent said pornography encourages society to view women as sex objects.

Many of these teen are obviously wiser about human sexuality, and its important tie to emotional maturity, than their “educators” seem to be ~

They also complained that sex education often presents promiscuity as normal, putting additional pressure on them to become sexually active before they might otherwise [...]
One 18-year-old girl responded to the poll question about her sex-ed experience: “I always felt pressured by teachers, like, ‘sex is normal, just be safe OK’ when actually I wasn’t interested in having sex at the time and was happy to wait for the right person.


Hear that California public schools? Let’s get the porn out of the classroom and start educating again.

Stolen childhood
Can we defund Planned Parenthood yet? ~ includes the video “Hooking Kids on Sex” which explains how Planned Parenthood recruits future clients
Planned Parenthood Endorses S&M for Teens

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Who created evil?

Simple truth: the existence of evil doesn’t disprove the existence of God ~


The problem of evil has ultimately one source. It is the
resistance to God’s holiness that blankets all of creation.
It is a mystery because we are engulfed in it – spiritual blindness [...]
… blindness to the sacred is the cause of all evil.

~ Ravi Zacharias

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Samaritan’s Purse Doctor Recovered from Ebola!

Praise God!

Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive, to be
well and to be reunited with my family. As a medical missionary,
I never imagined myself in this position. When my family and I
moved to Liberia last October to begin a two-year term working
with Samaritan’s Purse, Ebola was not on the radar. We moved to
Liberia because God called us to serve the people of Liberia.

~ Dr. Kent Brantly


August 21, 2014 ~

Dr. Kent Brantly, the Samaritan’s Purse doctor who contracted Ebola while caring for patients in Liberia, will be released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta today after completing his recovery from the deadly virus.


“Today I join all of our Samaritan’s Purse team around the world in giving thanks to God as we celebrate Dr. Kent Brantly’s recovery from Ebola and release from the hospital,” Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham said in a statement. “Over the past few weeks I have marveled at Dr. Brantly’s courageous spirit as he has fought this horrible virus with the help of the highly competent and caring staff at Emory University Hospital. His faithfulness to God and compassion for the people of Africa have been an example to us all.”

[Source: Samaritan's Purse]

Dr. Brantly survived the virus that typically causes massive internal bleeding and has a mortality rate of 60 to 90 percent in most situations. The current outbreak of Ebola has claimed more than 1,350 lives in the west African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone [...]
drBrantlyDr. Brantly was serving with Samaritan’s Purse when he contracted Ebola while treating patients in Liberia. Earlier this month, he was transported to Atlanta in a medical evacuation plane equipped with a special containment unit. He was taken to Emory University Hospital, where he was treated at a special unit set up in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to care for patients exposed to certain serious infectious diseases. [Source: Samaritan's Purse]


As I lay in my bed in Liberia for the following nine days,
getting sicker and weaker each day, I prayed that God would
help me to be faithful even in my illness, and I prayed that
in my life or in my death, He would be glorified.

~ Dr. Kent Brantly

Read Dr. Brantly’s full statement HERE
Nancy Writebol, the other Ebola victim transported back the U.S., has also made a successful recovery. So now that the experimental drug treatment worked – let’s get it over to Africa ASAP!

Please continue to pray for Liberia and the people of West Africa,
and encourage those in positions of leadership and influence to do
everything possible to bring this Ebola outbreak to an end.

~ Dr. Kent Brantly

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Redistribution 101

Don’t like the whole concept of “income redistribution?” Maybe it’s just because you haven’t heard Andrew Klavan explain it yet :D

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Holder heads to Ferguson to make things worse

Or – as Matthew Vadum at FrontPage Mag puts it – The Ferguson Fix Is In.
After all, how can any good come from this latest development in the Michael Brown drama when the most divisive president in American history sends the most divisive, corrupt race-baiter in his cabinet to the riot-torn St. Louis suburb to “oversee” the investigation?

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has single-mindedly focused on converting the Department of Justice into a racial grievance incubator, is scheduled to visit Ferguson, Mo., today in an appearance billed as an attempt to restore calm to a community that has erupted in almost daily violence since Brown, a young black man, was shot Aug. 9 by a police officer. Left-wingers who believe as an article of faith that America is racist insist, despite the growing body of exculpatory evidence, that Brown was murdered by a white policeman. They will not be dissuaded no matter how much proof accumulates that the officer fired on Brown because he believed his life was in danger.


Over the last week, the gentle giant: evil cop fictional narrative has been rapidly eroding as the actual facts of the case have come to light. So in rides Holder to muddy the waters, obfuscate whatever truth has been revealed, and exacerbate racial tensions, further destroying the civil society.

How do we know that with the Ferguson whistle stop Holder is, as usual, up to no good?
First, because Eric Holder is constitutionally incapable of calming things down, and second, because the signs of a well-crafted con job are there.

BeerSummitOpticsThey’ve been setting the stage for this Missouri melodrama for years. Obama’s been peddling the myth of an indelibly racist America since he first took up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Remember how the cops in Cambridge, MA “acted stupidly” and our feckless leader held the “Beer Summit” to purportedly reconcile bigoted law enforcement agencies with innocent, persecuted black folk? That contrived episode was merely laying the groundwork for the subsequent racial animosity the administration was secretly hoping to provoke.
Along the way the Trayvon travesty presented another opportunity for more shameless agit-prop to further the agenda.
And now, in Ferguson,

The (current) goal is to polarize and enrage and foment even more racial tension and violence to distract from Obama’s seemingly endless political problems, as well as to energize the Democratic Party’s base so they vote in droves in November.[...]
This week Holder and Obama’s Chicagoland enforcer Valerie Jarrett reportedly talked to representatives of what one news article termed “civic groups.” They bragged about the hundreds of interviews they have forced scores of FBI agents to conduct in Ferguson in a desperate attempt to bolster the bad-white-cop-murdered-good-black-kid theory.
Among the left-wing activist organizations included on the conference call were the odious National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). This fact tells you more or less all you need to know about Holder’s intentions.
Undoubtedly the usual crew of bad people who hate America, the very worst of the radical left-wing community organizing outfits, also participated in the call. This is the clandestine way the Obama White House has operated since the very beginning. It is more an exercise in conspiracy coordination than in allied group relations.
Apart from the FBI whose agents have been forced to scour Ferguson in search of evidence of imagined civil rights law violations, these groups are connected, if not already actively collaborating, with the criminals doing their best to burn Ferguson to the ground for its supposed sins.

But the real-life consequences of their agitating don’t matter at all to Progressives. Obama and Holder don’t care a whit for the people they claim to be championing.
And the real tragedy of this Ferguson fiasco is that if the O’Ministration doesn’t remove themselves the equation, true justice won’t have a chance of prevailing.

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Real life coaching

Inspiring! This little league coach has some wonderful real life advice for his team – and everyone else ~


After his Rhode Island team, Cumberland American, was eliminated from the Little League World Series Monday night (8-18-14), Dave Belisle delivered a welcome dose of perspective and encouragement to his teary-eyed troops in an impassioned postgame speech.

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Missouri’s March of the Malcontents

The ongoing Ferguson demonstration has long ceased to be about “justice” for the death of one young black man. It’s now been officially hijacked by the grievance-mongers.
The latest miscreants to join the parade?

Communists and the New Black Panthers Gin Up Violence and Racial Conflict in Ferguson ~

New Black Panther radicals have been joined in Missouri by Revolution Club Chicago, a Communist group that calls for a global revolution in order to bring down capitalism.


Even worse ~

The DOJ is in the thick of all this. Within the group chanting for death to the aforementioned officer, is none other than the Civil Rights Division group known as the Community Relations Service. Think about that long and hard. They are calling for the death of an officer and inciting riots and violence. They are from our government and are here to help. I’ve actually seen pictures of Chief Jackson working with the New Black Panthers during all of this. I mean, what is he thinking? [...]
So, you’ve got white Chicago Communists and the uber racist New Black Panthers fomenting chaos, violence and rioting. You’ve got the DOJ on the ground and in the mix and praying for an excuse to declare martial law.

Not wanting to miss out on the anarchy, the Islamists have inserted themselves in the mix ~
Hamas – note the “Palestinian” flag ~
and ISIS sign ~

I bet the residents of Ferguson wish these ill-intentioned thugs would stop peddling their hate, find another municipality to converge on and give the town a chance to heal before any more damage is done.
From the Blaze ~ See Who’s Been Spotted in Ferguson Trying to ‘Incite’ Riots and Mingling Among Group Armed With Molotov Cocktails
The Real Villain of Ferguson (?) = The Great Society ~ Roger L. Smith explains why at PJMedia

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