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Which Democrat President condemned Islamic terror, defended marriage, vetoed welfare, and suspended secular work to thank God…? via American Minute

By Bill Federer
Democrat President Grover Cleveland condemned Islamic terrorism committed against Armenian Christians in Turkey, December 2, 1895:”Massacres of Christians in Armenia and the development there…of a spirit of fanatic hostility to Christian influences naturally excited apprehension…


European powers…have assumed a duty…asagents of the Christian worldto enforce such conduct of Turkish government as will refrainfanatical brutality…as have shocked civilization.


President Grover Cleveland wrote December 7, 1896:

Mad bigotry and cruel fanaticism…wanton destruction of homesand the bloody butchery of men, women, and children, made martyrs to their profession of Christian faith…

Our citizens in Turkey…in the midst of dreadful scenes of danger, their safety…is by no means assured…


The outbreaks of blind fury which lead to murder and pillage in Turkeyoccur suddenly and without notice…

I do not believe that the present somber prospect in Turkey will be long permitted to offend the sight of Christendom…

It seems hardly possible that the earnest demand of good people throughout the Christian world for its corrective treatment will remain unanswered.”


President Cleveland defended traditional marriage, December 8, 1885:

“The strength, the perpetuity, and the destiny of the nation rest upon our homes, established by the law of God, guarded by parental care, regulated by parental authority, and sanctified by parental love.


These are not the homes of polygamy.

The mothers of our land, who rule the nation as they mold the characters and guide the actions of their sons, live according to God’s holy ordinances,

and each, secure and happy in the exclusive love of the father of her children, sheds the warm light of true womanhood, unperverted and unpolluted, upon all within her pure and wholesome family circle.

These are not the cheerless, crushed, and unwomanly mothers of polygamy.”

Cleveland insisted on gold-backed currency and pushed tolower taxes.

In 1887, Cleveland vetoed the Texas Seed Bill, stating:

I do not believe that the power…of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering…

A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power…should…be steadfastly resisted…

Though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.


Charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow-citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly… demonstrated.

Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character,

while it prevents…among our people of that kindly sentiment…which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.”


On OCTOBER 25, 1887, Grover Cleveland proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer:

“The goodness and the mercy of God, which have followed the American people during all the days of the past year, claim their grateful recognition and humble acknowledgment…

by His omnipotent power He has protected us from war and pestilence and from every national calamity;

by His gracious favor the earth has yielded a generous return…

by His loving kindness the hearts of our people have been replenished…and

by His unerring guidance we have been directed in the way of national prosperity.


He continued:

“To the end that we may with one accord testify our gratitude for all these blessings,

I, Grover Cleveland, President of the United States, do hereby designate and set apart…a day of thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by all the people of the land.

On that day let all secular work and employment be suspended,

and let our people assemble in their accustomed places ofworship and with prayer and songs of praise give thanks to our Heavenly Father for all that He has done for us, while we humbly implore the forgiveness of our sins and a continuance of His mercy.”

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Biblical Tour to Tarsus, Antioch, Haran, Seven Churches of Revelation

If anyone is interested in taking this trip with Pastor Mauldin, contact me and I will email him your information and let him get in touch with you! God bless you!
We are going back to India Feb 18, and as I sent by email last week, on the return, we are going to return to Turkey and to the Seven Churches and Tarsus, Antioch and Haran….  So many sites to learn and grow in the Word!!!
Many have written that they are interested, but just now is the pricing available and we can have 10-19 people at these prices.  If we go over 30 people, it drops in price $100.
These are aproximate prices, but are an attempt to get a low price where Melody and I pay the same low price you do….
Attached is an itinerary to meet Melody and I in Istanbul on March 13 and fly to SE Turkey to see Tarsus, Antioch and Harran–where Jacob lived 20 years with Laban and herded goats and got his wives!!
We would come back to Istanbul and proceed to drive to Troy–Trojan Horse–and on to Troas (where  Eutychus fell from window as Paul preached, Assos, and on to Seven Churches!!
There is so much to see and learn!!
The total price of $2550 is from Chicago on Turkish Air–Which when combining International and Domestic Turkey flights are given a much cheaper flight price.  You can arrange own flights, but Domestic flights lose the bargain package price…  As you see, the $2550 is for double occupancy and a $390 addition is for single occupant.
The only additional is getting to Chicago, Los Angelos, or Washington for connecting to Turkish flights.
This is aproximate tour estimate till it is booked…sometimes changes occur…
At the bottom of Tour attachment, The flights are included in the $2550 price, but additional is the Turkish Visa of $20, and tips to tour guide.  (Turkish Govt requires Turkish guide) (We will have guide, but I will share and together we will learn and make the Word prayerfully come alive and have teaching materials in your hands from the years of walking this path in Turkey!!)
For this price on tour and cheaper air, it is with 10 person group tour.
We are prayerful that God will bring an awesome team together–as He always does–and we will make incredible memories together!!
Note from GTI Tours:
The estimated $2550.00 per person is using Turkish Airlines from Chicago and does not include U.S. domestic connecting flights from any other cities.  Turkish Airlines air fare is based on currently fares subject to availability.  Guide/driver tips, lunches and Turkish visas have not been included.
Let me know if you want us to proceed with securing air and ground!!
Turkish Air 006 12MAR  Chicago – Istanbul   11:00P  4:45P  +1
Turkish Air 2472 13MAR Istanbul – Adana  6:55P  8:25P
Turkish Air 2249 16MAR Sanli Urfa – Istanbul   7:25P  9:25P
Turkish Air 2317 21MAR Izmir – Istanbul 11:00A 12:05P
Turkish Air 005 21MAR Istanbul – Chicago  1:40P  6:50P
This is Turkish Air Itinerary from Chicago Ohare and back.
We just have to get to Chicago and back home in addition to the cost.  If you need help, We will connect to GTI Tours who schedule much for Focus On The Family and specialize in Christian Tours!!
If you feel led to go, get in touch soon.
We love and appreciate you and are so thankful for friends that love the Lord, pray and have an urgency for His soon return!!!
Kerry and Melody Mauldin
PO Box 140402
Broken Arrow, Ok 74014

Al Assad’s Last Stand

Syria

Syria (Photo credit: ewixx)

By Omar Lamrani

The battle for Damascus is raging with increasing intensity while rebels continue to make substantial advances in Syria’s north and east. Every new air base, city or town that falls to the rebels further underlines that Bashar al Assad‘s writ over the country is shrinking. It is no longer possible to accurately depict al Assad as the ruler of Syria. At this point, he is merely the head of a large and powerful armed force, albeit one that still controls a significant portion of the country.

The nature of the conflict has changed significantly since it began nearly two years ago. The rebels initially operated with meager resources and equipment, but bolstered by defections, some outside support and their demographic advantage, they have managed to gain ground on what was previously a far superior enemy. Even the regime’s qualitative superiority in equipment is fast eroding as the rebels start to frequently utilize main battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, rocket and tube artillery and even man-portable air-defense systems captured from the regime’s stockpiles.

Weary and stumbling, the regime is attempting to push back rebel forces in and near Damascus and to maintain a corridor to the Alawite coast while delaying rebel advances in the rest of the country. Al Assad and his allies will fight for every inch, fully aware that their power depends on the ability of the regime forces to hold ground.

The Battle for Damascus

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It is important to remember that, despite considerable setbacks, al Assad’s forces still control a sizable portion of Syria and its population centers. After failing to take Damascus in Operation Damascus Volcano in July, the rebels are again stepping up their efforts and operations in the Damascus area. However, unlike in their previous failed operation, this time the rebels are relying on an intensive guerrilla campaign to exhaust and degrade al Assad’s substantial forces in Damascus and its countryside.

After the last surge in fighting around Damascus in July and August, the regime kept large numbers of troops in the area. These forces continued search and destroy operations near the capital despite the considerable pressure facing its forces in the rest of the country, including in Aleppo. Once the rebels began to make gains in the north and east, the regime was forced to dispatch some of its forces around Damascus to reinforce other fronts. Unfortunately for the regime, its operations in the capital area had not significantly degraded local rebel forces. Rebels in the area began intensifying their operations once more, forcing the regime to recall many of its units to Damascus.

Aware of the magnitude of the threat, the regime has reportedly shifted its strategy in the battle for Damascus to isolating the city proper from the numerous suburbs. The rebels have made considerable headway in the Damascus suburbs. For example, on Nov. 25 rebels overran the Marj al-Sultan military air base in eastern Ghouta, east of the capital. Rebel operations in the outskirts of Damascus have also interrupted the flow of goods to and from the city, causing the prices of basic staples such as bread to skyrocket.

Rebel Gains in the East and North

Damascus is not the only area where the regime is finding itself under considerable pressure. The rebels have made some major advances in the last month in the energy-rich Deir el-Zour governorate to the east. Having seized a number of towns, airfields and military bases, the rebels have also taken the majority of the oil fields in the governorate. They captured the Al-Ward oil field Nov. 4, the Conoco natural gas reserve Nov. 27 and, after al Assad’s forces withdrew from it on Nov. 29, the Omar oil field north of the town of Mayadeen. Al Assad’s forces now control only five oil fields, all located west of the city of Deir el-Zour. With the battle for the city and its associated airfield intensifying, even those remaining fields are at risk of falling into rebel hands.

The rebel successes in Deir el-Zour have effectively cut the regime’s ground lines of communication and supply to Iraq. They have also starved the regime of the vast majority of its oil revenue and affected its ability to fuel its war machine. At the same time, the rebels are reportedly already seeking to capitalize on their seizure of the eastern oil fields. According to reports, the rebels are smuggling oil to Turkey and Iraq and using the revenue to purchase arms. They are also reportedly using the oil and natural gas locally for power generators and fuel.

While all of eastern Syria may soon fall into rebel hands, rebels in the north have continued to isolate al Assad forces in Idlib and Aleppo governorates, particularly in the capital cities of those two provinces. After overrunning the 46th regiment near Atarib on Nov. 19 following a two-month siege, the rebels are now looking to further squeeze remaining regime forces in Aleppo by taking the Sheikh Suleiman base north of the 46th regiment’s former base.

The Rebels’ Improved Air Defense Capability

Isolated and surrounded, regime forces in the north are increasingly relying on air support for both defense and supply. However, this advantage is deteriorating every day and is increasingly threatened by the rebels’ improved air defense arsenal and tactics.

The rebels first attempted to acquire air defense weaponry by seizing heavy machine guns and anti-aircraft artillery. They captured a number of air defense bases, taking 12.7 mm DShK heavy machine guns, 14.5 mm KPV heavy machine guns and even 23 mm ZU-23-2 autocannons. Over time, the rebels became more proficient with these weapons, and an increasing number of Syrian air force fixed-wing and rotary aircraft were shot down. The rebels also formed hunter-killer groups with air defense equipment mounted on flatbed trucks that provided them mobile platforms for targeting regime air and infantry units.

As more and more regime bases were taken, the rebels were able to bolster their air defense equipment through the capture of a number of man-portable air-defense systems. At the outset of the conflict, the Syrian military maintained a large inventory of shoulder-fired air-defense missiles, likely thousands of missiles ranging from early generation SA-7s to very advanced SA-24s. These missiles were stored in army bases across the country. There are also unconfirmed reports that Qatar and Saudi Arabia may have transferred some man-portable air-defense systems to the rebels through Turkey.

The rebels tallied their first confirmed kill with shoulder-fired air-defense missiles Nov. 27, when they shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force Mi-8/17 helicopter near Aleppo city. The weapon system used in the attack was likely an SA-7, SA-16 or SA-24 captured from the 46th regiment. The surface-to-air missiles are a serious upgrade in the rebels’ air defense capability.

The Fight Continues

Having isolated al Assad’s forces in the north and made substantial advances in the east, the rebels are poised to push farther into the Orontes River Valley to relieve the beleaguered rebel units in the Rastan, Homs and al-Qusayr areas of Homs governorate. For months, regime forces have sought to overwhelm the remaining rebel forces in Homs city, but the rebels have managed to hold out. The rebels are also set to begin pushing south along the main M5 thoroughfare to Khan Sheikhoun and the approaches to Hama. However, first they need to overwhelm the remaining regime forces in Wadi al-Dhaif near Maarrat al-Numan.

Alternatively, the regime is fighting hard to maintain its control over the Orontes River Valley around Homs in order to keep an open corridor linking Damascus to the mostly Alawite coast. Not only is this corridor at risk of eventually being cut off, but the regime is also facing a substantial push by rebel forces into northeastern Latakia governorate from Idlib. Rebels have advanced in the vicinity of the Turkman Mountain, have taken control of Bdama and are now fighting their way down in the direction of Latakia city.

While events in Damascus and Rif Damascus are increasingly worrisome for the regime, al Assad’s forces in the rest of Syria are also under considerable pressure from rebel advances. It is by no means certain that al Assad’s forces are under imminent threat of collapse because they still hold a great deal of territory and no major city has yet been completely taken by the rebels. The retreat and consolidation of al Assad’s forces also allows them to maintain shorter and less vulnerable lines of supply. However, it is clear that the regime is very much on the defensive and has been forced to gradually contract its lines toward a core that now encompasses Damascus, the Orontes River Valley and the mostly Alawite coast. With the regime’s situation rapidly deteriorating, even the attempt to stage a gradual withdrawal to the core is risky.

Read more: Al Assad’s Last Stand | Stratfor

Al Assad’s Last Stand is republished with permission of Stratfor.”
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A Christian Soldier Speaks Out (via Lorinov’s Blog)

This is an email I received this morning that I wish to share with you as I think there is some truth behind it.  We truly are looking through a glass darkly and not seeing the bigger picture I suspect. ~~RL

Dear Rob Lorinov:

I listened to Alex Jones last night on his daily news program. He spent the first hour of his three hour show talking about how he gets it. He’s figured out now that everything we are seeing in our country and in the world today has something unseen behind it. He even went on to admit that “demons” are behind it all. Now you may think this is foolish superstition or something but I assure you it is not. This is a world of illusion. What is is usually not and what is not usually is. Appearances are often deceiving in this world and what we see happening in our nation and all around the world today is not what it appears to be on the surface. There are greater forces at play in all this. Forces that cannot be seen or easily identified. Ephesians 6:12 says,

“Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.”

The spiritual world does exist I assure you and when we are looking for truth of what we see happening in this world today we must not ignore that spirit world. There is an old Jewish saying that says this,

“Behold! Believe! For even now there are still angels in the heavens who carry savage weapons!”

Here is a video of Alex Jones and what he said on air last night:

Read the rest at

Lorinov’s Blog


Send Lawyers, Guns, And Money… (via The Camp Of The Saints)

…The Sharia Has Hit The Fan. Operation Fast And Furious, aka: Project Gunwalker, appears to be going nuclear, with the result that Eric ‘Rule Of Man’ Holder may be in big, bunker-buster-sized trouble. And, if what appears to have happened did happen, he deserves to be thrown out of office and prosecuted. And so do a whole bunch of others. Over at Si Vis Pacem, Ran has compiled an impressive aggregation of reports, analysis, and commentary on th … Read More

via The Camp Of The Saints


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