What I will talk about is nothing new under the sun and has been true ever since Jesus was put to death on the cross 2000 years ago. That His followers will be persecuted for one reason or another and killed for Jesus' name sake is part of our life and expectation, even if we live in the 'once great United States.' People look at me as if I were from a different planet when I say that we are fast approaching Socialism, and that the Bible says nothing about America-- and many say that it's entirely possible that America may not even EXIST in a year or two! China already owns us. I rely on the absolute truth of the Bible, and some History and Logic to formulate my ideas and predictions. I also think that we may have a new/ different currency in a year or two, and what do you think we can use our old paper money for then ...lol??
Let me talk about my main topic for a minute. The Bible and God's Will have not and will never change. He is the same God as when Adam and Eve were walking the earth. The scriptures record many times and individuals where the love of God, and His Son was the reason that true servants of the Lord were put to death. For the wicked, greedy, violent world to understand this is probably not possible. Satan continues to blind their eyes. Soon, very soon, the only thing left on this corrupt earth will be love of money and carnal enjoyment. The world will think that they have wiped Christianity out, or there will be a major compromise of so-called religion to worship a 'new god.' [See Rev.] And we ought to know how the real God in Heaven feels about that. It's His ball game, His rules and He will have things His way! I was a more sinful, selfish, prideful man 40 years ago, and was wise in my own eyes-- and that is why it took along time for me to find God. He hates Pride. After He humbles and cleans up a man, woman or child-- then He can and will use that person, but not before. As much as I love education and learning, I must admit that usually the most higher education a person has the more difficult it will be to find the Lord [or some people say, 'the Lord finds THEM]. And a majority of college professors are atheists now days -- so go figure. Many times it takes more than a few attention- getting whippings for God to drive the pride out of us. But the more I read/ study the Bible, the more humble I get.
So when we speak about the blessings and total reliance of God and His promises to protect and take care of us-- the more unbelievers balk and ridicule us, but that's what Peter said would happen! Just remember that Noah had the last laugh. Do you really think the Republicans or Independents can do anything about obama's hell bent destruction of the USA?? For we Christians it's a matter how things will come about to suit God's purpose, not IF it will come about. Latter on we will have all eternity to sort out how things fell into place. BTW, the devil is having a field day right now, creating such pain and misery with people running around like blind rats caught in on a sinking ship. It's tough sometimes to have the real faith in our Lord if something is lacking in our faith, but just like Daniel in the Lions' Den we can be sure that one way or another our God will do the right thing. Think about his 3 other Hebrew friends in the fiery furnace. Remember their names?? "My shack, your shack and a bungalow." Ha!
Other fellow believers help us a lot, but I found out the hard way that we really can't depend on ANY human being, as we are all imperfect and fall... but we have to have that singular, personal strength and wisdom that can only come from one source... the Bible and daily prayer. That's the way I see it, tonight, April 5th, 2009, Palm Sunday.
Tomorrow will be another day with it's own stresses and headaches.
LIFE WITH BIG BROTHER
Will bill give Obama control of Internet?
Proposed new powers called 'drastic federal intervention'
Posted: April 04, 2009
10:35 pm Eastern
By Drew Zahn
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
Sen. John "Jay" Rockefeller, D-W.V.
A pair of bills introduced in the U.S. Senate would grant the White House sweeping new powers to access private online data, regulate the cybersecurity industry and even shut down Internet traffic during a declared "cyber emergency."
Senate bills No. 773 and 778, introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., are both part of what's being called the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, which would create a new Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor, reportable directly to the president and charged with defending the country from cyber attack.
A working draft of the legislation obtained by an Internet privacy group also spells out plans to grant the Secretary of Commerce access to all privately owned information networks deemed to be critical to the nation's infrastructure "without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule or policy restricting such access."
Privacy advocates and Internet experts have been quick to sound the alarm over the act's broadly drawn government powers.
"The cybersecurity threat is real," says Leslie Harris, president of the Center for Democracy and Technology, which obtained the draft of S.773, "but such a drastic federal intervention in private communications technology and networks could harm both security and privacy."
"The whole thing smells bad to me," writes Larry Seltzer in eWeek, an Internet and print news source on technology issues. "I don't like the chances of the government improving this situation by taking it over generally, and I definitely don't like the idea of politicizing this authority by putting it in the direct control of the president."
According to a Senate document explaining the bill, the legislation "addresses our country's unacceptable vulnerability to massive cyber crime, global cyber espionage and cyber attacks that could cripple our critical infrastructure."
In a statement explaining the bill's introduction, Sen. Rockefeller said, "We must protect our critical infrastructure at all costs – from our water to our electricity, to banking, traffic lights and electronic health records – the list goes on."
Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, who is co-sponsoring the bill, added, "If we fail to take swift action, we, regrettably, risk a cyber-Katrina."
Critics, however, have pointed to three actions Rockefeller and Snowe propose that may violate both privacy concerns and even constitutional bounds:
First, the White House, through the national cybersecurity advisor, shall have the authority to disconnect "critical infrastructure" networks from the Internet – including private citizens' banks and health records, if Rockefeller's examples are accurate – if they are found to be at risk of cyber attack. The working copy of the bill, however, does not define what constitutes a cybersecurity emergency, and apparently leaves the question to the discretion of the president.
Second, the bill establishes the Department of Commerce as "the clearinghouse of cybersecurity threat and vulnerability information," including the monitoring of private information networks deemed a part of the "critical infrastructure."
Third, the legislation proposes implementation of a professional licensing program for certifying who can serve as a cybersecurity professional.
And while the critics concede the need for increased security, they object to what is perceived as a dangerous and intrusive expansion of government power.
"There are some problems that we face which need the weight of government behind them," writes Seltzer in eWeek. "This is not the same as creating a new federal bureaucracy setting rules over what computer security has to be and who can do it."
"It's an incredibly broad authority," CDT senior counsel Greg Nojeim told the Mother Jones news website, troubled that existing privacy laws "could fall to this authority."
Jennifer Granick, civil liberties director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Mother Jones the bill is "contrary to what the Constitution promises us."
According to Granick, granting the Department of Commerce oversight of the "critical" networks, such as banking records, would grant the government access to potentially incriminating information obtained without cause or warrant, a violation of the Constitution's prohibition against unlawful search and seizure.
"What are the critical infrastructure networks? The examples provided are 'banking, utilities, air/rail/auto traffic control, telecommunications.' Let's think about this," writes Seltzer. "I'm especially curious as to how you take the telecommunications networks off of the Internet when they are, in large part, what the Internet is comprised of. And if my bank were taken offline, I would think about going into my branch and asking for all of my deposits in cash."
S. 778, which would establish the Office of the National Security Advisor, and S. 773, which provides for developing a cadre of governmental cybersecurity specialists and procedures, have both been read twice and referred to committee in the Senate.
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.” (Philippians 1:21-23)
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