WASHINGTON — The sunny, confident President Barack Obama who was the master of all that he surveyed at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last Saturday night was nowhere in sight at the podium in the White House press room Tuesday morning. In his place was a glum character, whose gloomy demeanor matched the lack of legislative motion he was discussing — and the many obstacles (from Republicans to Russians) he complained were in his way.
After listening to a recitation of his political predicament, the president said, “ It was a joke, of course, but no one laughed and, judging from his attitude, it almost seemed as though he wished he could.
Only when asked about Jason Collins did the president become animated and eager to respond. Obama praised the NBA center for his decision to come out of the closet about his sexual orientation and said that the American people should be proud of the growing acceptance of gays and lesbians.
In terms of energy and forward lean, Tuesday morning’s performance was about as static as the Obama presidency has ever been.
His administration is not the first to fall into a Slough of Despond early in the second term. It’s all but inevitable. Still, the session was notable primarily for the complexity and intractability of the issues Obama is now facing.
Syria is an unholy mess, a proud and ancient country being ground to pieces in a bloody conflict between a ruthless dictator and rebels whose ideas may well be no more tolerant or democratic.
On the Boston bombings, it is now clear that somebody dropped the ball on the Tsarnaevs, and the only question is who. It might well have been the Russians, which means that Obama has to get closer to Vladimir Putin than he wants. It also means that U.S. and Russian security officials must overcome decades of Cold War distrust.
As for Congress, it’s not the president’s job to make them behave and cooperate. “That’s their job,” he said. He objected (again) to the sequestration, but didn’t sound like he had much confidence that he could reach a “broader, larger deal” on taxes and spending with the GOP.
Just as Obama has long wanted to end the sequester, so too has he wanted to close the prison at Guantanamo, but he expressed frustration that politics were preventing that, too. And the American people’s short attention span has been no help. “Out of sight, out of mind,” he observed.
Health care reform has been substantially implemented, the president said. The remaining pieces — the exchanges to extend insurance to the uninsured, and new subsidies for the near poor — cover only a “narrow” slice of Americans. To finish those, Obama said, his administration would have to overcome trouble-making Republicans in Congress and recalcitrant GOP governors and state legislators in states such as Texas and Florida.
On health care and other issues, he said, the country needs to focus on the long term, not the minute-by-minute scuffling in the wheelhouse.
President Obama seemed more bored and resigned than frustrated and angry — and far from a happy warrior.
But, hey, it’s a rainy day in April and all the movie stars have gone home.
HELPFUL & HEALTHY HINTS
Eat out for a steal! I wanted to be sure and add this one, since I was telling you how I got so many free meals for my birthday this month. Not just for your b-day, but often you’ll realize savings when you join the email clubs of your favourite eateries to enjoy great perks! Consider: Sign up at Chili’s (ChilisEmail Club.com), and you’ll get a free order of chips and queso sauce, as well as free offers and steep discounts throughout the year. Steer clear of accidents: Before you get behind the wheel log on to www.SafeRoadMaps.org this interactive map alerts you to the curves, intersections and other nearby places where accidents have occurred, so that you can avoid them. Motion Sensors! Install outdoor motion-detecting light, and not only will they squash any suspicious activity around your home they can lower your Insurance premiums too! That’s because many companies offer a discount of 5% or more for having motion sensors. You can get a set of two Brinks outdoor motion-detector lights for $17.88 at Home Depot. Wireless alarms! The most important areas of your house to secure: Experts say they’re your front door and the first-floor windows. And luckily you can keep them safe without the hassle and expense of installing a home alarm system…. instead, go with an easy-to-install wireless door and window alarm kit ($19.97 in Home Depot) which emits a piercing 120-decibel alarm when beached. Nutty way to soothe your stomach: Eating almonds helps increase levels of beneficial stomach bacteria that aid in digestion, shows a recent Institute of Food Research study.
Miami debuted its first drive-in movie theatre in 1938. Just 10 years later, drive-in theatres were such a hit that Edward Brown, Jr. opened up a theatre for cars and…and planes! The drive and fly-in could house up to 500 cars and 25 small planes, which flew into a nearby airfield, then taxied to the last row of the theatre! For the first time in recorded history, the roaring Niagara Falls stood still in 1848. A rare ice jam blocked the flow of water for nearly 40 hours, drying up the riverbed. Residents scoured the bottom of the dry river, discovering bayonets, muskets and tomahawks! What is….? Jeopardy! Merve Griffin’s hit TV quiz show debuted in 1964. Since then, top contestants have taken home everything from $1 (the lowest winning prize in the show’s history) to more than $3.45 million, the highs cumulative prize!
HELP OUR MILITARY
Share your powdered drink mixes with a soldier! Single packets of powdered drink mixes used with water….such an iced tea, lemonade, cocoa and Tang…. helps soldiers mask the often unpleasant taste of local water supplies. Send your extras to Operation We Care, P. O. Box 8542, Mandeville, LA 70470. They’ll be included in care packages sent to overseas troops. Learn more at www.OperationWeCare.com. Help a veteran make a phone call! If you have an extra phone card you’re not using, consider sending it to Soldiers’ Angels 112 Greenhill Road, Ramseur, NC, 27316. This non-profit organization will include it in one of the thousands of “Vet Packs” they hand out to military veterans who are homeless or in crisis… so they can call loved ones, keep in touch with crisis counsellors and make appointments with service agencies that can assist them. Learn more at www.SoldiersAngels.org.
“A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy”
~ Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881)
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By now the world knows Irene van Niekerk, the 15-year-old, beautiful, charming, innocent Afrikaans runner without toes lives in a White squatter camp near Pretoria. Through the initial efforts of Wildhorse Entertainment, WHIS News 21, Irene’s story has gone viral. People all over the world are emailing me, asking how they can help. This is truly an answer to prayer and I am so grateful for this outpouring of compassion. Perhaps it is time to tell the rest of the story.
My name is Skip Moen. I am a professor of theology at Master’s International Divinity School in Evansville, Indiana in the United States. Unlike most professors, I decided some years ago to take the show on the road, and now I teach all over the world, traveling more than 100,000 miles a year. A few years ago, at the request of some very wonderful women in South Africa, I started coming to this country to teach. South Africa is now a regular three-times-a-year stop on my world travels and I have found the people of this country gracious, engaging and hungry to hear about the deeper things of the Bible. I maintain my own non-profit charity organization (it’s pretty small) called “At God’s Table” where I write a daily column about the Hebraic biblical worldview. If you’re interested, you can take a look at skipmoen.com.
While I was in South Africa two years ago, Martin de Jager introduced me to Lourens Groenewald, a man who once lived in the camps and has now dedicated his life to helping those still there. Lourens took me to see the camp where Irene lives and that’s how I meet Irene and her family. As soon as I met Irene, I knew that this young woman was a human-interest story that might shed light on the much bigger problem of the poor White in South Africa. Just to set the record straight, that does not mean that I do not recognize the terrible conditions of all the races in South Africa. Anyone who knows me would know that I have worked with impoverished people all over the world, from Honduras and Haiti to Ethiopia. Poverty knows no racial boundaries and neither should compassion. But Irene made it clear that the poor White of South Africa are generally a hidden problem. When I spoke to groups in cities all across South Africa, few people even realized that more than 600,000
White people live in these camps. I knew I had to do something.
Then I read Poor White by Edward John-Bottomly, a carefully researched expose on the enormous problem and its long history. The more I investigated, the more I discovered a world kept out of sight for political reasons. That’s when I wrote the first article about Irene and posted it to my own web site for my readers around the world to see.
As a result, I began a fund to help Irene. My readers gave to help Irene and we set up a sub-account in South Africa in order to provide for her running equipment, transportation and entry fees. We took care of some medical bills and told her parents that we would do what we could to directly pay for expenses associated with her athletic efforts.
I have worked among the poor for a long time and I know that giving cash to people in these situations often leads to further problems so we carefully established the means to cover expenses directly to the organizations, not to the parents. We were also very cautious not to make Irene a celebrity since that can also be dangerous for her. When people live in survival mode they sometimes harm those who seem to be lifting themselves above the rest.
Somehow this modest beginning reached Wildhorse Entertainment WHIS News 21 and they ran the news story about Irene. The rest of the story is the explosion of interest in this girl. I hope it will not be a “15 minutes of fame” episode because the real story is much, much bigger than Irene. In fact, I hope that all this interest in Irene will become the springboard for a worldwide recognition of the reverse racism that is happening in South Africa. I know this is not “politically correct,” but does that really matter when the lives of people like Irene are in jeopardy? There are hundreds of Irene’s, perhaps thousands, with this story of abuse, government neglect and official invisibility. Can South Africa be truly a rainbow nation with a hidden stain like this?
Michael Savage once said that there is a “statute of limitation on compassion.” I hope he is wrong. I hope that now that the world knows Irene, it will also get to know the other young men and women, Black and White, who suffer under government policies designed to keep them in poverty while keeping the politicians in power.
I am a biblical scholar who knows that God does not smile on this tragedy. I just did what I could, and if that’s all that everyone did, all of the Irene’s in South Africa would have a real chance to live their dreams too.
Luzette Wessels volunteers to help At God’s Table in South Africa. There is no paid staff at my small charity and without Luzette nothing would have ever happened in South Africa. If you want to help us help Irene, please contact Luzette at Luzette@gcs.co.za
But remember that she is only one person trying, like me, to change the world for good.
Skip Moen, Ph.D.
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Today’s National News Paper The Beeld, Afrikaans, The English Newspapers do not seem to be carrying the story
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Let Me teach you thankfulness. Begin by acknowledging that everything—all your possessions and all that you are—belongs to Me. The dawning of each new day is a gift from Me, not to be taken for granted. The earth is vibrantly alive with My blessings, giving vivid testimony to My Presence. If you slow down your pace of life, you can find Me anywhere.
Some of My most precious children have been laid aside in sick beds or shut away in prisons. Others have voluntarily learned the discipline of spending time alone with Me. The secret of being thankful is learning to see everything from My perspective. My world is your classroom. My Word is a lamp to your feet and a light for your path.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” —Hebrews 12:28–29
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. —Psalm 119:105
Smell your cup of coffee: A 16 year old boy recently decided to play a prank on his school teacher. He went into a storage room where he knew the teacher’s coffee pot was and urinated in the pot. The teacher and one other faculty member drank the tainted coffee.
It was one of the other teachers that said the coffee smelled like chemicals or cleaning solution. A surveillance camera in the storage room may have the necessary proof of who the boy is that pulled this horrible prank. I have had a few bad cups of coffee in my time but hopefully none of them contained human urine. Have you had your cup of coffee today?
.A Likileake by definition, is a word describing a story that was never intended to be published, yet found it’s way to the editorial columns of an Internet Online News Paper namely WHISNews21 run by Frans Maritz out of South Africa. A Likileake is not to be confused with the now already famous Wikileaks, which divulges secret government and sometimes harmful information. A Likileake on the other hand is a name coined by Frans Maritz of Wildhorse Entertainment and WHISNews21 to describe situations and open up about information that people think about everyday but never really feel comfortable to want to talk about. Likileaks have become so popular on WHISNews21 that they have in collaboration with Keith Bradford of the Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network, created short 10 minute radio programs divulging Likileaks to the public. This show is now in syndication to Internet Radio Stations, AM and FM terrestial radio stations, as well as College Radio stations. It is worldwide and is so popular that WHISNews21 and NBRN.FM have decided to produce hundreds of these 10 minute radio shows about the Likileaks and call it The Keith Bradford Likileaks Radio Show.
If you have a prayer or a thought that you want to mention here or send to someone who you believe is deserving please use my column to reach special people who would go out of their way to say a special prayer on your behalf for that someone you care about – Marty Martel
.WHISNews21 Prayer Line and thoughts for Monday April 29, By Marty Martel.
To all of my readers who wondered why I did not send out the sad news of George Jones passing, I was unable to do that because I was committed to a show that I had booked at the American Music Theatre on Saturday April 27. I left Nashville early Friday morning April 26 and returned home in late afternoon Apr. 28th. I will write my editorial and my thoughts about George in the next few days. I am sorry that I was unable to send out the sad news. Please keep Nancy and their family in your thoughts and prayers. Marty Martel
I have two friends who are having health issues that I am asking you to add to your thoughts, prayers, and our prayer lines. My friend, Richard Kennedy is needing our prayers so that the Blessed Lord will watch over him and give him a speedy and complete recovery.
Jerri Mott has been one of my dearest friends for many, many years. She will be having surgery tomorrow that I know will be successful and I ask you to keep her in your prayers. Also her husband Clarence as he gives her the support that he has always given. I love them both.
Please ask our Blessed Savior to guide the surgeon’s hands to a successful surgery with complete recovery for both Jerri and Richard.
Finally I ask you to keep me in your thoughts and prayers that the procedure I will have done tomorrow in the morning will show no signs of problems. I always dislike asking for your prayers, but I am not afraid to ask, I just know that there are others more in need. Thank you.
Almighty God, thank you for the work my hand may find this day. May I find gladness in all its toil and difficulty, Its pleasure and success, and even in its failure and sorrow. I would look always away from myself, and behold the glory And the need of the world, that I may have the will And the strength to bring the gift of gladness to others; That with them I stand to bear the burden and heat of the day And offer you my work, as well as I may accomplish it, as praise. AMEN
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in the interest of goodwill to all in need of a little help by the way of a prayer