British banks rebel at Obama plan

British banks revolt against Obama tax plan

British banks and stockbrokers may refuse to take on American clients if new international tax proposals outlined by President Obama are passed.

By Louise Armitstead
Last Updated: 12:02AM BST 24 May 2009

The decision, which would make it hard for Americans in London to open bank accounts and trade shares, is being discussed by executives at Britain’s banks and brokers who say it could become too expensive to service American clients. The proposals, which were unveiled as part of the president’s first budget, are designed to clamp-down on American tax evaders abroad. However bank bosses say they

are being asked to take on the task of collecting American taxes at a cost and legal liability that are inexpedient.

 

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Andy Thompson of Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers (APCIMS) said: “The cost and administration of the US tax regime is causing UK investment firms to consider disinvesting in US shares on behalf of their clients. This is not right and emphasises that the administration of a tax regime on a global scale without any flexibility damages the very economy it is trying to protect.”

One executive at a top UK bank who didn’t want to be named for fear of angering the IRS said: “It’s just about manageable under the current system – and that’s because we’re big. The danger to us is suddenly being hauled over the coals by the IRS for a client that hasn’t paid proper taxes. The audit costs will soar. We’ll have to pay it but I know plenty of smaller players won’t.”

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Can you trust your family doctor?

Do you trust your family doctor?

 

By Donald Hank

 

I just got back from the doc with my daughter. It was immunization time. At first Luisa was told she was getting 3 shots.

But then, mysteriously, another immunization was slipped in, bringing it to 4.

When the doc was reading over the names of these, he mentioned a shot for cervical cancer prevention.

I said “is that mandatory?”

He said no.

I said “why are you giving it to her without asking me, the father?”

He said it was so common nowadays that almost everyone gets it, so he just forgot about it not being mandatory.

I said “as far as I know that shot is for girls who are sexually active.”

He tried to duck that question, but I said “how do girls contract the disease?”

He went on a bit about how the Center for Disease Control had found that “abstinence doesn’t work.” But he finally said “boys are almost always the culprits.”

I said “oh, so a girl does have to have sex to get the disease.”

I had read something about the government using phony stats to push their agenda and I asked him if he believed everything his government told him.

I said what bothers me about the immunization is that it is the government sending a message to my children that they expect them to have sex. I don’t want that message for my kids.

Finally we got back to the point as to why he just automatically assigned the shot and he said it was the fault of “so many people” in his profession who just “routinely schedule the immunization.”

I said, “yeah, people like you.”

He was out of steam and just looked at me with a jaundiced complexion.

I told him I wasn’t singling him out for blame, that people in professions have been told that ordinary parents like me are just stupid and their opinions have to be overriden by government and professionals and they have started treating us like they’re a bunch of morons. But I said we don’t like that.

 

One issue that is embedded in this centers around what the doc said to me, namely, that the Center for Disease Control has said it has found that abstinence doesn’t work.

Here is a professional who doesn’t even know how to read.

What that CDC memo actually said was that abstinence-only PROGRAMS don’t work.

In other words, they are stating the obvious: government programs don’t work.

The doc then extrapolated this to my case and was trying to make the case that a parent (a Christian one in my case) could not do any better in raising a child than the government. I would, of course, agree that government programs are a waste of taxpayer money.

But the conclusion from that that a government program to control STDs is the answer is hardly tenable either. STDs have been getting worse despite government interventions of the kind the Planned Parenthood is promoting, where kids are encouraged to have sex but CAREFULLY. That message not only doesn’t work, as evidenced that STDs are on the rise, but it overrides parental authority and in my view, is criminal.

The weather no longer a safe topic?

The weather a taboo topic

By way of introduction to the next column, the weather, once the only safe topic amongst strangers, is no longer safe and comfortable to talk about for many people in the Unites States of America.

The Catholic church in the middle ages, an arm of government, wouldn’t discuss indulgences either. You weren’t supposed to ask why the church — a powerful arm of government — would sell indulgences for sin when the Bible didn’t mention this practice, and in fact, when the Bible said the shed blood of Jesus was the only indulgence you needed.

It was all about filthy lucre. The Bible was written in Latin only and no vernacular Bible was allowed to be published. People reading the Bible would’ve been bad for business.

Today, nothing has changed in human nature. Knowing the truth about the weather is bad for one of the most lucrative of the government’s now numerous businesses.

 

Taboo topics: religion, politics and — weather?

Donald Hank

At 6:45 a.m. on May 19, 2009, I looked out the window to see frost on all the surrounding rooftops — not just the ones in the valley where cold air collects but even on my own rooftop. As I jogged uphill toward Main Street, I saw that each still-shaded rooftop was covered with frost. A man from 6 miles away said they’d had heavy frost there too so it was not just a localized phenomenon. Now the instructions on seed packets sold around here say to plant on April 1 after danger of frost is past, and the latest frost I had ever seen in my 60 odd years in the area was on April 29, 2006. I was so impressed by that frost that I wrote that date in the frost on my windshield and took pictures. But this year frost came almost 3 weeks later. Such a phenomenon was always splashed all over the papers when I was a kid. But I knew that wasn’t going to happen this time.

At the gas station on Main Street, I told the two clerks to look out and see something they’d never seen before — frost on May 19. One of them, a gentleman in his 60s, admitted he’d never seen this. I predicted it would not be reported in the papers. Indeed, the next day it was conspicuously absent.

I later asked everyone I met along my route if they’d ever seen frost this late. None had. One couple in their 70s said they’d lived in the mountains 100 miles north of here and had never seen frost this late even there.

Now, when I was growing up, older folks used to warn against talking politics and religion. They always said the safest topic was the weather.

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The Notre Dame shame

The Notre Dame shame

 

By Donald Hank

 

Yesterday, rabidly pro-abortion Barack Obama presented the inaugural address at Notre Dame, to the protests of mostly pro-life Catholics. Thanks to Notre Dame President John Jenkins’ compromising position and refusal to be a Catholic, or at least a Christian of some sort, Catholics were arrested by Catholics in a bizarre twist.

The Commander-in-Chief was true to form, ignoring the plight of the detainees, including prominent activist candidate Alan Keyes, who had run against Obama for both senator and president, and blithely commanding “both sides” to be open-minded.

Now, I have a higher-ranking Commander-in-Chief who commands me to take the narrow way, not to be open-minded toward evil, and that is the One I need to listen to in this debate. I think that would be the same One Keyes is obeying right now.

This is exactly the same “run along and get along” that the Vatican tried in the 30s with Adolf Hitler (Mr. Death #1). It didn’t work then and won’t now.

The Vatican drafted a Concordat and signed it along with Hitler. The terms: Hitler would not interfere with the Church in Germany and the Vatican would not protest Hitler’s actions.

Result: Hitler broke these terms on numerous occasions, imposing strict rules on Catholic behavior in Germany. Priests were harassed, some incarcerated, some even killed, in Germany, while in Poland, there was a veritable slaughter of Catholic church leaders. The Vatican, perhaps trying desperately to hold to the shameful terms of its Concordat, and certainly intimidated by Hitler’s tactics, did not whimper in protest. Nor did it protest the slaughter of the Jews (although to be fair, the Vatican took in several hundred “non-Aryan” refugees). Pius later issued an encyclical protesting something more minor in Germany, but that was about it and did absolutely no good because the Church had sold out from the start and by now Hitler was too powerful to care.

Now, it is just amazing that the Vatican is likewise making nice with Mr. Death #2.

Have they learned nothing? Or do they even care?

A new book analyzes for the first time the question of whether Hitler was Christian and whether Christianity was partly responsible for his rise to power, and shows that true biblical Christianity, if applied, probably could have stopped Hitler:

http://sntjohnny.com/front/review-of-keysors-hitler-holocaust-and-bible/460.html

In all fairness, author Keysor does not lay the blame anywhere, just reports the facts.

However, the facts are an indictment in their own right.

Likewise, today’s news indicts Notre Dame. For shame!

The winning strategy

The winning tea party strategy

 

By Donald Hank

 

A friend of mine warned that the April 15th tea parties may be infiltrated by the Left.

Indeed it would be easy to subvert the tea parties by either using them as Trojan horses to promote conservative-sounding candidates whose intent is to infiltrate or at least by compromising with the left or New World Order.

How to defend ourselves?

First we must identify the enemy, which is not necessarily a person or group.

It is just as likely to be an idea or trend.

Currently there is an insidious trend for even “conservative” media and politicians to avoid mention of vital issues. By ignoring these issues, they give the left and the globalists a paved highway for implementing their agenda.

What are these issues?

US sovereignty and illegal immigration must head the priority list.

No matter how far left we go, with loss of states’ rights, socialist healthcare, gun control, same-sex marriage, abortion, euthanasia, etc., bad policies can still be reversed.

However, amnesty for millions of outlaws and the absorption of the US in a multinational government would be almost impossible to reverse.

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Tea party posters

If I had known that little girl was a mole, I don’t think I would have bought her that soda!

Despite the steady rain, 400+ showed up at Musser Park on April 15, 2009.

Here’s a poster idea for the July 4 tea party:

SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT. HE CAN’T DESTROY THE UNITED STATES ALONE

Dear Reader, if you have any ideas for posters, we’d like to hear them. Just post them below under comments. Thanks!

Donald Hank

Best pro-life presentation I’ve seen

Hello Friends,

Here is the best pro-life presentation I have probably ever seen.

Anthony Horvath has a precious little baby with spina bifida. When the little girl was still in the womb, a doctor asked them if they wanted to abort her.

What happened then is a testimony to God’s love and His faithfulness to those who love and obey Him.

Watch Anthony’s presentation here:

http://www.apologeticsvideos.net/videos/4/life-presentation-lutheran-high-school-st-louis

Anyone interested in booking Anthony Horvath for a presentation to your school, church or other group, you can look to the right of the video as it appears on your screen. You will see a heading in blue: “Connect with Sntjohnny,” and under that “Email me.”

Go ahead and click there.

Or you may also contact Donald Hank at:

zoilandon@msn.com

May God richly bless you and keep you!

Donald Hank

One nation under material

One nation under material

By Donald Hank

Whenever I meet someone who identifies himself as a “liberal” or left-winger, I immediately ask them, “What caused the banks to crash?” The invariable answer: “lack of regulation.” When I ask them to elaborate, they say, parroting Tim Geithner, that the problem is “very complex,” implying “you aren’t smart enough to understand.”

The ultimate implication is that free market principles killed the banks.

But the free market has an alibi. It left the country years ago.

Some say free market capitalism started to decline with the creation of the Fed and income tax in 1913. Others trace the decline to the 30s and FDR’s Keynesian policies.

At any rate, the Western economy has long been an unsavory mixture of government and business, which some call corporatism and others call fascism. Indeed, it is essentially the economic system introduced by Mussolini, with the difference that Mussolini did not use it to harm banks or businesses.

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Iran, hatred of Jews and the schizophrenic Lula administration. Part 2

Iran, hatred of Jews and the schizophrenic Lula administration. Part 2

Brazilian representatives at the UN condemn evangelicals, but not Hitler’s successor

By Julio Severo

Witchcraft protected, evangelicals unprotected

The ideology “fighting racism”, which has been used to strengthen and promote the Afro-Brazilian “culture” and persecute Christians who warn about witchcraft, has now hit the UN, where pai-de-santo Ivanir dos Santos accused Brazilian evangelicals opposed to witchcraft practices of “racism.”

While the Lula administration advances furiously the protection of the Afro-Brazilian “culture,” the sold-out Brazilian press points exaggeratedly to the supposed violations to that “culture” and covers up real crimes committed by it.

Today, it no longer reports of pai-de-santos sacrificing children. And it is unwilling to talk about other related crimes.

On 20 December 2008 Rev. Francisco de Paula Cunha de Miranda, 47, was murdered in Rio Grande do Sul. The minister, who was black (and cannot, even after his death, be accused of “racism”), was on his 33rd day of fasting and prayer when pai-de-santo Júlio César Bonato, under the possession of the “cultural” exu caveira (demon of death), left his temple during a ritual to go to the minister.

Pai-de-santo returned to his ritual with his ritualistic knife bloody.

The minister, who was very weak because of the long fasting, was stabbed to death.

If it had been the murder of a pai-de-santo by an evangelical minister, the Brazilian media and the Lula administration would have harped on it incessantly. And pai-de-santo Ivanir dos Santos would be screaming bloody murder at the “anti-racism” UN conference, using and abusing the “example” of evangelical hatred against the Afro-Brazilian “culture.”

Yet such was not the case, so the Lula administration and the liberal media dismissed the option of shouting it to the rooftops. In fact, they chose to cover it up. So far, the case of the black minister has not reached the Brazilian mainstream media. And if it does someday, they will manage to blame the victim, who is dead and cannot defend himself.

Meanwhile, state and media attack and silence every Christian attempt to warn against the serious threat of witchcraft.

Between friends

Is the behavior of the Brazilian representatives at the UN any wonder then? They were so busy spewing their anti-Christian hate that they had no time to avoid the speech of Hitler’s successor, and he is delighted that Lula’s Brazilians did not isolate him.

Other nations have isolated Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his attempts to produce nuclear weapons to make good his wish to destroy Israel. But this is no problem for Brazilian socialist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who publicly announced his support for Iran’s nuclear energy program in September 2007. And Lula did more: He invited Ahmadinejad to visit Brazil.

Israel has protested this visit, but Lula – who has since the beginning of his administration in 2003 visited several Muslim countries, including nations all around Israel, but not Israel – does not care.

The 6 May 2009 visit to Brazil by Ahmadinejad, the outspoken enemy of the Jew State’s survival, is most significant. It proves, beyond the shadow of a doubt, what Lula and his ideology represent to Brazil.

Will hypocrites inherit the Kingdom of Heaven?

It proves also Lula’s hypocrisy. Lula, whose socialist administration has since 2003 been advancing the homosexual agenda in pioneering resolutions in the UN and OAS, now welcomes in Brazil Ahmadinejad, whose administration allows systematic killings of homosexuals.

This is a perverse political and ideological game, where values and lives are sacrificed for convenience. He who wants to criminalize in Brazil even simple words against homosexuality, attacking free speech head on and directly threatening Christians, sees no problem in his alliance with one who grants no free speech or safety to Christians or homosexuals in Iran.

When it comes to hate, State policies against some social and religious groups and their values – do you remember the federal program “Brazil without Homophobia”? -, Lula is not alone: He has Ahmadinejad. Even though the target is different, their hate is similar.

Ahmadinejad is a sponsor of terrorist groups against Israel. In turn, Lula, at the end of a comfortable second term in his presidency supported by opportunistic Christian leaders, is now very unconcernedly sponsoring the presidential candidacy of Dilma Rousseff, who has a history of communistic terrorism.

Ahmadinejad and Lula represent the marriage between socialism and Islamism.

When the it comes to hypocrisy, Lula is not alone either.

Many Brazilian Christians and their leaders are also hypocritical, and suicidal: out of strictly economical interests, they join forces with Lula, who is establishing in Brazil a schizophrenic secular State that is essentially an anti-Christian socialist dictatorship.

In turn, Lula makes schizophrenic alliances with these leaders, with homosexual activists (who want to destroy traditional marriage and Christian values), with Ahmadinejad (who hates homosexuals, Jews and Christian values), with witches (whoops! I mean priests of Afro-Brazilian “culture”, who also hate Christian values), etc.

So how will many Christian leaders in Brazil have the moral courage to condemn the wicked policies and alliances of Lula when their relationship with him is marked by the same insincerity and opportunism? They use Lula – and he uses them.

After all, Lula wants brazenly to establish a National Day Against Hypocrisy, not for himself and his Christian allies, but for those opposing his immoral agenda.

Will cowards inherit the Kingdom of Heaven?

History suggests that while Rome was in flames, Emperor Nero played his harp. Brazil is different: while Christians play their harps, Lula plays with Ahmadinejad and incinerates their freedom by imposing state protection for the Afro-Brazilian “culture.”

Yet it seems that many of them do not understand these dangers and do not care about the threats against Israel or the threats against themselves.

They did not deny the schizophrenic Brazilian Nero their votes or public support and now refuse to confront their president over his immoral anti-Christian agenda. While Brazil is in flames under that agenda, they keep playing their harps, waiting to go to Heaven.

Does Heaven reward cowardice?

Source: www.lastdayswatchman.blogspot.com

In search of the ancient altars: Rejecting the Israel roots and welcoming the Afro roots

Message to President Lula on Israel

The Great Gaffe of Lula Against Israel

Iran, hatred of Jews and the schizophrenic Lula administration. Part 1

Iran, hatred of Jews and the schizophrenic Lula administration. Part 1

Brazilian representatives at the UN condemn evangelicals, but not Hitler’s successor

By Julio Severo

On 20 April 2009, dozens of Western representatives walked out during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s address at the UN-sponsored Durban II conference against racism in Geneva. Even to Westerners, used to tolerating all kinds of prejudice against Israel, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s address of the, at the conference was too much. As usual, he accused Israel of racism and other attributes.

In addition to denying the Holocaust – with about six-million Jews murdered by Nazism -, Ahmadinejad has already said publicly that he desires the destruction of Israel.

Hitler also had similar intentions. Therefore, nations were correct when they isolated the Nazi dictator, who would have never had the opportunity to address a UN conference. Why Ahmadinejad was given such an opportunity is a mystery.

Brazil did not reject Hitler’s successor at the UN

Nor would Hitler ever have had the opportunity to visit the UN or Brazil. The reason Hitler’s ideological successor has received such an opportunity is hard to understand.

Ahmadinejad should be publicly rejected, isolated and condemned for his hate ideas and speeches against the Jews. Otherwise, the UN and the nations – not to mention Brazil – should ask Hitler posthumously to forgive them.

Yet, the withdrawal of the Western representatives from the UN conference was a small, though significant, gesture. Brazilian representatives were also present, but they could not walk out – because they were very busy.

What is behind the state war against “racism” in Brazil

The Brazilian delegation was headed by Racial Equality Minister Edson Santos, successor of Minister Matilde Ribeiro. Even though the Racial Equality Department was supposedly established to fight racial inequality, Ribeiro, the first black to occupy this exotic federal department, revealed its essence, “I think that it is normal for a black not to want to live with Whites.” Later, she was dismissed from her post for abusing taxpayer money.

For Matilde, blacks have the right not to live with Whites, if they so desire, and such a choice brings to blacks no criminal condemnation for discrimination. For her, the racial offense or separation is a crime only when committed by whites, but strangely it turns into rights when committed by blacks. If, for example, apartheid in South Africa were a system in which blacks lived separately from whites by the will of blacks themselves, Matilde would see no problem. In fact, she would see such segregation as a right for blacks, because as she said, “I think that it is normal for a black not to want to live with whites”.

Matilde has never been condemned for her racist statements or her corruption. Doesn’t the Left know how to reward and favor its supporters?

Be that as it may, the Matilde’s successor was there at the UN conference to continue Matilde’s work.

At the UN, Brazilian pai-de-santo condemns Brazil’s evangelicals

Brazilian representatives, who know how to defend reverse discrimination and homosexuality, complained at the UN “anti-racism” conference about racial and cultural “crimes” supposedly happening in Brazil.

This issue was directly addressed by Ivanir dos Santos, a pai-de-santo from Rio de Janeiro. According to the Michaelis Dictionary, a “pai-de-santo” is “a priest of an Afro-Brazilian voodoo cult,” including macumba and candomble. According to the Brazilian press, this pai-de-santo denounced at UN “a new kind of religious persecution in Brazil, which has aimed at temples of candomble and the followers of African religions, in acts provoked by modern Pentecostals.” Brazil, he said, “is the only country preserving religions brought by slaves and these religions should be defended.”

Actually, not only modern Pentecostal churches, but also all sound Christian churches seek to help deliver people from witchcraft practices. Yet, increasingly, these practices have been placed under state protection, and are now considered “culture.” Even the Catholic Church, which is predominant in Brazil, is not spared the attacks sponsored by the Brazilian State. Recently, a book by the Catholic priest Fr. Jonas Abib warning against witchcraft was banned by the Brazilian state of Bahia and now this priest is being prosecuted. The charge? Racism and prejudice.

The truth behind the Afro-Brazilian “culture”

As a son of a former umbanda leader who has accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I see no problem in speaking the truth about witchcraft derived from Africa. In fact, Brazilians remember, when there was still no veil of racial censorship, the periodical scandals reported by media of pai-de-santos involved in a number of child sacrifices.

In his book Porque Deus Condena o Espiritismo (Why God Condemns Spiritualism, CPAD: Rio de Janeiro, 1987, pages 66-68), journalist Jefferson Magno Costa tells of a case:

It was noon when he found little Fernando, a 9-year-old boy, walking along the railroad track near the city of São Roque, in the county of São Paulo. He took the boy home, asked his lover (with whom he had been living for some weeks), Dalva Braga Medeiros, to give the boy food and change his clothes.

Dalva was slow to comply and he took the clothes of one of the woman’s children and put it on Fernando. After drinking blue rum, he took the boy by the hand and went out, saying he was going to buy more rum. Upon his return, Dalva saw blood stains on little Fernando’s clothes. Immediately she understood that the boy had been raped.

Some minutes later, he invited Fernando to go out again, but because the boy refused and showed fear, he decided to call 12 year old Rogério, Dalva’s son, to keep company with the scared and defenseless child, and to “see how a little pig is killed”.

Leading the two boys up to a hilltop, he drew a trident on the floor. Next, as Rogério reportd, he grabbed little Fernando by his neck and jabbed a knife deep into his chest. But, unsatisfied because the boy was slow to die, pai-de-santo Josué Rodrigues de Souza made a four-inch cut on the neck of the small victim, and began to lick his blood.

After committing this abominable, horrendous and devilish act, the pai-de-santo murderer called Dalva, “because she had never seen a sacrifice.” He showed her the dead child covered in blood. He confessed to her that he’d committed the murder under possession of the demon Zé Capoeira, and that he had raped the child before killing him, “because Satan does not accept the soul of pure people” (O Globo newspaper, 13/03/1986). “I had to kill a person and give his blood to Satan. He was demanding it”, were his words when he was seized after the crime. (Veja magazine 19/03/1986, p. 111).

Journalist Jefferson Magno notes,

The atrocious crime committed by pai-de-santo Josué is only one of hundreds of cases involving people that, thinking that they are serving God, are serving Satan… Given the numerous cases of that kind reported by press, it is sad that the outrage of the general populace has no memory. Society forgets things easily. Some years ago, pai-de-santo Waldir Souza Lima was taken into custody in Rio, because he killed, in black magic rituals, six children abducted in different locations in the State of Rio. (Page 73)

You can find out more about Julio Severo at his blog Last Days Watchman:

http://www.lastdayswatchman.blogspot.com/

(To be continued)