NEWS AND OPINIONS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 09, 2008


Tornados in Siberia


Fannie and Freddie nationalised - let's take over the rest
By Mick Brooks
Monday, 08 September 2008
Socialist Appeal
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What's missing from this analysis is the fact that the whole bubble and bailout was planned in advance. The idea that the superrich don't play chess out more than one move is asinine. The bailout is the bleeding of the lower and middle classes for the sakes of the superrich in the world banks.


Ban on Political Endorsements by Pastors Targeted
By Peter Slevin
Monday, September 8, 2008; A03
The Washington Post

A group of so-called conservative pastors are going to endorse John McCain from their pulpits to test the 1954 amendment to the Internal Revenue Code forbidding such activity by tax-exempt religious organizations.

Where does the RLCC come down on this? The RLCC has no part in the secular nor it in us. The pastors for and against this plan are acting within the system to control that system. That's not consistent with the teaching of Jesus Christ.

The RLCC is not in favor of any separation of Church and state. In fact, the Church is the proper state. The secular is false-hearted and will fall. The real state will displace it with every member voluntarily choosing that real state ever after.


The Fannie/Freddie Bailout: The End of the Beginning of the End
By Michael E. Lewitt
John Mauldin's Outside the Box

I'm glad to read that some mainstream capitalists get it that the current economic crisis was caused by evil minds.


Sarah Palin's Demon Haunted Churches - The Complete Edition
By Bruce Wilson
Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 11:43:32 AM EST
Talk to Action

McCain has picked a Reconstructionist/Dominionist as his running mate. From the outset in creating this website, I said clearly that the Reconstructionists/Dominionists are the most dangerous people in the world. I wrote about it at length in "There is No Such Thing as a Conservative, Republican Christian: Jesus is a small-c communist."

The last thing the world needs is a Reconstructionist/Dominionist President of the United States. There is a real danger here that Sarah Palin as Vice President could become President. It is bad enough that John McCain may become President. Palin has a religious zeal for a Christian Holy Crusade against the Muslims.

Things are just getting worse. Obama is a wind-testing false Zionist as well. What a mess this world is in.


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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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