Ellis Island verses the illegal immigration problem today… then verses now:

That was then…

Ellis Island in New York Harbor was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States, as the site of the nation’s busiest immigration station between 1892 to 1954.

How other countries treat you if you are there illegally:



  1. A JOB,

Now for those people of late who want to equate Ellis Island to the over 20 million people who we currently have in our country, who are here illegally; and who want to call anyone who objects to illegal immigration racist, they are either very ignorant of our history, or they are very dumb or both!!!

You want to know why our nation is going bankrupt today?


You have two families: “Joe Legal” and “Jose Illegal”.
Both families have two parents, two children, and live in California.

Joe Legal works in construction has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.

Jose Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash “under the table”.

Ready? Now pay attention…

  • Joe Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal taxes. Joe Legal now has $31,231.00.Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200.00 per year. Jose Illegal pays no taxes. Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00.
  • Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $24,031.00.Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.
  • Joe Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Joe Legal pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $18,031.00.Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps and welfare. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.
  • Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year.      Joe Legal now has $9,631.00.Jose Illegal receives a $500.00 per month federal rent subsidy. Jose Illegal pays out that $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.
  • Joe Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for insurance. Joe Legal now has $7,231.00.Jose Illegal says, “We don’t need no stinkin’ insurance!” and still has $31,200.00.
  • Joe Legal has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.Jose Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month.
  • Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.

Joe Legal’s and Jose Illegal’s children both attend the same school.

Joe Legal pays for his children’s lunches while Jose Illegal’s children get a government sponsored lunch.

Jose Illegal’s children have an after school ESL program.

Joe Legal’s children go home.

Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay.

Now what is wrong with this picture folks?

So the obvious question is, are our politicians really that dumb, or do they have a hidden agenda?

If your answered is yes to the latter of the two above questions, then you are correct. A good many of our politicians do have a globalist agenda, and they make no secret about it either, and they include both Democrats and Republicans too.

Among our more recent presidents who are on board with the international bankers, they include former presidents George Bush Sr.; Bill Clinton; George Bush Jr.; and not to forget the current guy who is sitting in the White House, who is himself an illegal alien, Barack Hussein Obama; and folks, let’s be clear, their agenda is to dissolve our sovereignty, undermine our U.S. Constitution, and join us first into the North American Union; and then into this coming One World government, which they call the New World Order!

I’m not at all in favor of this happening, and our giving up our sovereignty, and I’ll wager most of you feel the same way!

So with that said, why are we paying this people in Washington DC to ruin our country?

Let’s take back our government, and kick these bums and traitors out!!!

Ask me some day, and I’ll tell you how I really feel. 🙂

Therein ends my soapbox speech for today.


Skip Barland


This lady, in her letter to the editor (see below), which never made it to the paper, said it pretty good I think.

From: Ed
Skip Barland;

Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 12:08 AM
Subject: FW: Just well said,

—-Forwarded message—-


This is a very good letter to the editor. This woman made some good points…
For some reason, people have difficulty structuring their arguments when arguing against supporting the currently proposed immigration revisions. This lady
made the argument pretty simple. NOT printed in the Orange
County Paper…
Newspapers simply won’t publish letters to the editor which they either
deem politically incorrect (read below) or which does not agree with the philosophy they’re pushing on the public. This woman wrote a great letter to the editor that should have been published; but, with your help it will get published via cyberspace!

From: “David LaBonte”
My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to “print” it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County Register:

Dear Editor:
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were defending the United States of America as one people.

When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their
mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

Rosemary LaBonte

I sincerely hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across the nation!!!

Is Obama really a Christian?

Here are just a few of the problems I have with this Administration and this President: Though he claims to be a Christian, his actions and that of his administration shows increased hostility against both Christians, and the Christian faith.

Obama claims to be a Christian, if that is true, how then does he reconcile the following?

  • In 2006, Barack Obama mocked and ridiculed scriptures in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, and then laughingly mocked the Sermon on the Mound (click here).
  • In June of 2007, Presidential candidate Barack Obama declares the USA is no longer a Christian nation.
  • The White House announced in May of 2009 that whereas President Obama would sign a proclamation on the National Day of Prayer, he nevertheless would be cancelling the ceremony at the White House. The reason I supposed was because he didn’t want to offend the atheists and Muslims. However, his actions, most always, clearly show that he could care less about offending Christians.
  • Yet on September 25, 2009 a National Day of Prayer for Muslims was held on Capitol Hill, right beside the White House (Click here).
  • More and more the atmosphere in the United States, especially under this Obama administration, is becoming increasingly hostel against both Christians, and also the teachings of the Bible. Case in point, in April of 2010, Franklin Graham was uninvited to be the speaker at the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer service.

    Listen to Franklin Graham as he gives the reason why: Franklin Graham says Obama ‘Giving Islam a Pass,’ Warns of Persecution!

  • Judging by his fruit, his actions, and his words, where in the past he seems to have distanced himself from both Christians, and the Christian faith, and then especially after viewing this video (Click here), it appears to me that Barack Obama is himself a Muslim, and not a Christian at all.

Clearly in the last days the Bible warns us to be weary of wolves in sheep’s clothing; of men who smile a lot, and are dripping with practiced sincerity; but are as serpents, who will rip you off, and will strike at a moment’s notice. We are warned not to be impressed with charisma; but rather to look for character.

The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me…

Jesus Christ

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9:6

And Jesus said:

The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD!Luke 4:18-19

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The Bible says there is only one way to Heaven…

Jesus said:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”
(John 14:6)

Good works cannot save you.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
(Ephesians 2:8-9)

Trust Jesus Christ today! Here’s what you must do:

  1. Admit you are a sinner.

    “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
    (Romans 3:23)

    “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”
    (Romans 5:12)

    “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
    (1 John 1:10)

  2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent).

    Jesus said: “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
    (Luke 13:5)

    “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth

    all men every where to repent:”
    (Acts 17:30)

  3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
    (John 3:16)

    “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us.”
    (Romans 5:8)

    “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
    (Romans 10:9)

  4. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Saviour.

    “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
    (Romans 10:10)

    “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
    (Romans 10:13)

What to pray:

Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
(John 1:12)

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

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The Anointing of the Holy Spirit

The Anointing of the Holy Spirit

“You shall receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you!”

Acts 1:8

Jesus had to die so the Holy Spirit could be given to dwell INSIDE every believer!

The Importance of the Holy Spirit

So many of us grew up in churches that told us nothing about the importance of the Holy Spirit. Jesus had a lot to say about this important part of the Trinity. Please check out these topic links to find out more about the Holy Spirit :

  1. Holy Spirit : Born Again – We have died to our old self and been raised to a New Life in Christ – The HS is Our Guarantee – Seal of Redemption
  2. Holy Spirit : Comforter Teaches and Helps Us Understand
  3. Holy Spirit : Fruits of the Spirit
  4. Holy Spirit : Gifts of the Spirit
  5. Holy Spirit : Jesus had to die so the HS could be given to dwell INSIDE every believers
  6. Holy Spirit = Living Water
  7. Holy Spirit Lives in the Bodies of True Believers
  8. Baptism

The importance of the Holy Spirit, and the necessity of our learning to rely upon and trust Him, moment by moment, and also to be obedient to His leading in our life is paramount to our success.

Equally true, our ability to fulfill our destiny, and do the work for which He has called us to, in fulfilling the Great Commission is impossible without our reliance upon Him!

So our job is to get to know Him intimately; to rely upon and trust in Him; and then to obediently follow His leading on a daily 24/7 basis.

Let us be ever sensitive to His ever presence and anointing, and let us not inadvertently offend Him, and have His Anointing and His power lift from us, as happened to Sampson.

If you want to know what God desires of you today:

1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
19 Do not quench the Spirit.


Skip Barland

From: Worthy Ministries [mailto:worthynewsbrief@worthymailing.com]
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2010 4:30 AM
To: theskipper@cox.net
Subject: Worthy Brief – 5/3/2010

Seeking victory by the power of His Spirit!

Judges 14:5-6 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him. And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done.

Judges 16:20 And she (Delilah)said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.

Samson is a powerful example of a man of God who won his battles over and over again because the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. Yet when he was finally defeated by Delilah’s temptations he didn’t realize that the Lord had left him, so effective was the woman’s spell.

The enemy is subtle and the temptations of the flesh can so quickly quench the presence and power of God’s spirit that we may not even realize it has happened. But this anointing of the Holy Spirit is our Life.…and our victory. Opposition can be destroyed and burdens can be lifted when His wonderful Presence fills and rests upon us. Our greatest battle is maintaining that internal communion with Him by His Spirit.

Temptations, bad habits, our sinful nature, demonic attacks, all these collaborate to rob us of this holy anointing, our communion with God, and our only real power over every enemy!

Samson’s victories vividly demonstrate the tremendous power of the anointing. His power over the Philistines was legendary and truly heroic. But when he lost his anointing, they nearly destroyed him.

How critical it is in these days to keep our lamps burning with the holy “oil” of Yeshua’s (Jesus’) anointing. His goodness will defeat the evils around us…His light will banish darkness…His joy will annihilate our depression…His forgiveness will root out all bitterness…His love will overcome our natural hatred…and every subtle deception will be exposed by His excellent TRUTH! Seek HIS ANOINTING, the fullness of the Holy Spirit — He will equip you to break every yoke of bondage and defeat every internal and external enemy.

Please don’t find yourself in the condition of Samson, in the arms of his lust, not even realizing that the anointing had left him. The cost was enormous, even though he was restored. Instead, guard yourself against the subtle temptations of this world seeking more and more of His indwelling Presence. That anointing will produce one victory after another. Amen.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Negev Desert, Israel


The lesson of the “Two Horses”

The lesson of the “Two Horses”

Philippians 2:1-22
(The Message)

1-4If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

5-8Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!
Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

9-11Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.

The Bible always says it best; but this is also a good story, and a good lesson for us all to learn from; that we not be so all consumed with our problems, our cares, and our needs; but that we should always make ourselves available and reach out to those who are in need around us… and in watering others, we shall also be watering ourselves! Selah


Skip Barland

From: PAT
Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2010 7:32 PM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: Fw: Two Horses–I love this

Two Horses
There is a place in the countryside with a field that has two horses in it.

From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing….

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.

This alone is amazing.

If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell.
Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.

Attached to the horse’s halter is a small bell.

It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.

As you stand and watch these two friends, You’ll see that

the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse,
And that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk
To where the other horse is, Trusting that he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns To the shelter of

the barn each evening, It stops occasionally and looks back,
Making sure that the blind friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not

throw us away just because we are not perfect
Or because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us and even brings others into our lives
To help us when we are in need..

Sometimes we are the blind horse Being guided by the

little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.

Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way….

Good friends are like that…

You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell and I’ll listen for yours.

And remember…

Be kinder than necessary-

Everyone you meet is fighting
Some kind of battle.

Live simply,
Love generously,
Care deeply,
Speak kindly……

Leave the rest to God


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Obama & Vera Baker: Is It Another “Lewinsky” Stunt?

Posted on 01 May 2010

NEW YORK: Former President Obama campaign’s finance director and political fundraiser Vera Baker is back in the news. Thanks to a report in National Enquirer today, Vera Baker is said to be in the middle of an Obama cheating scandal.

Published reports are citing sources close to both Vera Baker and President Barack Obama as saying they have “indisputable evidence” into

(On a side note: I just think it is interesting that this is in an overseas newspaper, and that thus far our major news media, here in the states, have been quiet thus far on this story… that their media star should be in a sex scandal?)

What about this story? Is there any truth to it?

I don’t know, but I think it certainly bears watching.

Question, could this be the betrayal in the White House that Kim Clement prophesied about?

Could this also be the reason why possibly there may be a spiritual change in direction forthcoming for Obama? We can only hope and pray it be so.

I’m not saying one way or another, I don’t even know if the story is true; but I’m just thinking out loud here. I do think that certainly we need to pay attention and follow this story, to see if it has legs.

This story was also reported in the Globe and also in the National Inquirer. There have also been several other publicized reports, regarding Obama in the past, in the Enquirer. Now if you are like most people, myself included, the National Enquirer would not be anything I would buy, or look to for any kind of story; but based on some information I have just read, I think we might want to rethink that opinion.The National Enquires’ reputation apparently has been changing lately; and I understand that they have even been considered for a Pulitzer Prize; and as an example, here are 7 times in the past when they got their story right, and were very accurate in their investigative reporting.

7 Stories The National Enquirer Actually Got Right
by Ethan TrexSome in the media have argued that The National Enquirer deserves Pulitzer Prize consideration for its investigative work into politician John Edwards’ affair with Rielle Hunter. Although it’s easy to dismiss The Enquirer as a tabloid collection of fabricated stories that offer little more than a distraction in the grocery store line, the weekly rag has actually broken some pretty big stories. Sure, headlines like “Stars with Cellulite!” and “Kirstie Alley: Only 4 Years to Live!” might not make anyone forget Woodward and Bernstein, but take a look at these Enquirer scoops:

1. Finding Ennis Cosby’s Killer

When Bill Cosby’s son Ennis was senselessly murdered on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway in 1997, The Enquirer took an odd step to help solve the case: it offered a $100,000 reward for information that led to the arrest and conviction of Cosby’s killer. Papers usually just announce rewards that other groups are offering, and to some this bounty seemed a lot like The Enquirer’s practice of paying its sources—a major taboo in mainstream journalism.

The reward worked, though. Witness Chris So learned of the huge reward and led police to the revolver used in the slaying by killer Mikhail Markhasev. The Enquirer also obtained copies of jailhouse letters that pointed to Markhasev’s guilt. Thanks in part to this evidence, Markhasev received a sentence of life without parole, plus 10 years.

2. Walking in O.J. Simpson’s Shoes

If you remember the O.J. Simpson murder trial, you surely can recall the infamous bloody footprint that was found at the crime scene. The print came from a Bruno Magli shoe, and the football star adamantly denied owning such a pair of kicks.

The Enquirer did some digging, though, and unearthed a photo of the Juice walking on the field at a 1993 Buffalo Bills game wearing a pair of Bruno Maglis. The paper then turned up a second photo of O.J. wearing the shoes. By the time his civil trial rolled around in 1996, Simpson was forced to admit, “I know I’ve had similar shoes.”

3. Jesse Jackson’s Family Tree Grows

In 2001, The Enquirer broke a story about Jesse Jackson fathering an illegitimate daughter with staffer Karin Stanford in 1999. Once The Enquirer scheduled its story on Jackson’s dalliances, mainstream media outlets around the country started picking up on the paper’s scoop. By the time The Enquirer’s issue made it onto newsstands, Jackson had already issued a statement confirming the facts of the story.

4. Bob Dole Was Once Frisky

This story never really got any traction, but during the 1996 presidential campaign, The Enquirer unearthed a scoop about Republican candidate, illeist, and future Viagra spokesman Bob Dole having once had a mistress. According to Meredith Roberts, a Washington trade publication editor, she had been Dole’s mistress from 1968 to 1970 during the candidate’s first marriage.

Even though Dole was using a family values platform to oppose Bill Clinton, most papers chose not to run with this story. (There were allegations that Elizabeth Dole personally called the Washington Post and begged for the paper to kill the story.) The Enquirer, however, interviewed Roberts and eventually published the story. In those pre-Lewinsky days, though, most editors seemed to think a 30-year-old affair wasn’t all that relevant, and the story never took off.

5. Gary Hart’s Political Ship Sails

“Follow me around. I don’t care. I’m serious. If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead. They’d be very bored.” Colorado senator and presidential hopeful Gary Hart issued this bizarre challenge to the media in a 1987 New York Times Magazine profile, just before his career spectacularly imploded.

Murmurs of Hart having an affair had been circulating around Washington, and the Miami Herald ran a story linking the senator to a Miami woman. Nothing concrete emerged until The Enquirer published a photo of 29-year-old model Donna Rice sitting in Hart’s lap during a jaunt on Hart’s yacht, Monkey Business. (Look closely and you’ll see “Monkey Business Crew” written on Hart’s shirt.) A week after The Enquirer published the picture of Hart and Rice, Hart dropped out of the 1988 presidential race.

6. The Enquirer Catches O.J. Again

You probably remember the firestorm of controversy that surrounded O.J. Simpson’s “hypothetical confession” book If I Did It in 2007. The Enquirer actually broke the story of the book’s existence in October 2006, complete with the correct title. Simpson’s lawyers immediately denied that any such book project existed. Less than a year later, If I Did It hit bookstore shelves.

7. Rush Limbaugh Comes Clean

In 2003, The Enquirer ran a story in which conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh’s housekeeper provided Limbaugh with a steady stream of OxyContin to feed his painkiller addiction. Although some media outlets turned up their noses at the Enquirer’s scoop because the paper had paid housekeeper Wilma Cline for her story, law enforcement quickly confirmed that Limbaugh had purchased some 30,000 pills from Cline. Limbaugh then admitted on his show that he had a painkiller addiction and pledged to enter rehab.

They haven’t all been winners, though. Here are some stories The Enquirer got wrong:

• Carol Burnett was not drunk in public with Henry Kissinger in 1976, and she won a $1.6 million judgment against the paper.

• The male family members of kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart were in fact not part of a gay sex ring.

• Cameron Diaz was not caught cheating on Justin Timberlake in 2005.

• Representative Gary Condit’s wife did not attack missing intern Chandra Levy before Levy’s 2001 disappearance.

• Similarly, in 2004, Condit himself settled a $209 million libel suit against American Media, The Enquirer’s publisher, for an undisclosed amount.

• Clint Eastwood won $150,000 from The Enquirer in 1997 when the paper referred to a syndicated interview with the actor as “an exclusive.”

• Last June, actress Brooke Shields reached a settlement with The Enquirer after a reporter and a photographer from the paper checked her mother, who suffers from dementia, out of a New Jersey nursing home to gather information for a story.

So I wouldn’t out of hand just dismiss this story, based on the Enquirer’s past reputation; but let’s just wait and see what happens.

As Christians, we all know that the Bible says that we all will one day have to stand before the Judgment seat of Christ; and for everyone else, it will be the White Throne Judgment!

In the Bible, it also says that it is Only Christians who are justified by Faith, by the Faith of Abraham (see Galatians. 3:6-9); and the point is made that we, as Christians, are justified by faith in Christ, and not by works!

Paul over and over again tells us in Galatians that it is by faith, and that it is not of anything we do; that we are definitely NOT saved by works, or by any works of righteousness, that we do.

No, the Bible is very clear on this, that we ALL are saved, justified, reconciled and redeemed by faith in Jesus Christ alone, because of His shed Blood on Calvary’s cross; and there can be no religious works, good deeds, or any human effort that can compete with what He, Jesus, has already done, for us; which must be received by faith.

Now with that said and understood, how ridiculous is it for any Christian, or anyone calling himself a Christian, to even imply that all roads will lead to heaven, whether through Christ, or through any other religion, even among atheists; just as long as they were good and moral people. Now if you will recall, both Barak Obama and former President George W. Bush have both said that this is what they believe to be true about the Bible, according to their faith, and what they believe about their faith.

Well, the problem is, it contradicts what the Bible says, and more specifically it contradicts what Jesus, Himself, said, when He said “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one may come unto the  Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

As Christians I think we all pretty much know this; but my point for bringing this up here, has to do with the warning Jesus gave, that in the last days there would be many people who would use His name, and claim to be Christians, who are no more than wolves in sheep’s clothing, and we need to be weary and not accept every spirit as though they are from God.

We can know them, the Bible says, by their fruit; and I believe also we can know them by what we hear them say.

On that note, whatever Obama and Bush believes to be true, any Christian knows that the very basis of the Christian faith begins with faith in Jesus Christ, and in the Blood of Christ, being the ONLY way anyone qualifies for entrance into heaven!

The Bible also warns us in Galatians 6:7, “For us not to be deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap;” and also we are warned in Luke 12:2-3, by our Lord Himself that, “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.”

So God here is plainly saying that we won’t get away with our secret agendas for long; and that there is coming a day of reckoning, and for some it will happen sooner than others; and there is also come an ultimate reckoning as well, as I just discribed; and which one we each will appear before will depend on whether we knew Jesus as our personal Saviour and Lord.

So much for that, but my point is, even though we don’t know yet whether this story about Obama is accurate, not yet anyway; but on the chance that it is accurate, and that it did happen, perhaps, I think it would be in order that we, as Christians, instead of aligning with the world and condemning him, I think it would be more appropriate if we instead prayed that God would use this, to bring him to salvation; and I’d also like to see the same thing happen with Tiger Woods as well, with regard to his recent scandal, and that God would use these scandals to bring these men, including Barak Obama, into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and that they would be born-again.

The Bible talks about how judgment starts in the household of God (1 Peter 4:17); and I believe that one way God may bring revival to our land is to reveal the corrupt and evil practices that are going on, and expose it to the light of day, and along with that I believe will come the opportunity for repentance and turning to God; but I also want to point out that the Bible makes it very clear that this process, this judgment of God, begins in the household of God.

This is just something more, I think, for all of us to think about and to be praying about… and I pray that in the end, God’s will is done, and that He is glorified.

I’ll just leave it at that, and as the man said: “We report, and you decide!


Skip Barland

From: Ed

To: Skip Barland

Sent: Sunday, May 02, 2010 12:14 AM


UPDATED: Reports out of Washington, DC:  PRESIDENT OBAMA in a shocking cheating scandal after being caught in a Washington, D.C. Hotel with a former campaign aide.

A confidential investigation has learned that Obama first became close to gorgeous 35 year-old VERA BAKER in 2004 when she worked tirelessly to get him elected to the US Senate, raising millions in campaign contributions.

Now, the investigators are searching for a hotel surveillance videotape.

While Baker has insisted in the past that “nothing happened” between them, reports reveal that top anti-Obama operatives are offering more than $1 million to witnesses to reveal what they know about the alleged hush-hush affair.

Among those being offered money is a limo driver who says in 2004 that he took Vera to a secret hotel rendezvous in a Washington hotel where Obama was staying.

An ENQUIRER reporter has confirmed the limo driver’s account of the secret 2004 rendezvous and has also learned that on-site hotel surveillance video camera footage could provide indisputable evidence to the investigation.



Here is another example of a miscarriage of justice on the part of our government…

Pictured in the above photo: 1st Lt. Michael C. Behenna, left, and his

defense attorney Capt. Tom Clark, right, taken at Camp Speicher, a large U.S. base

near Tikrit, north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Vanessa Gera)

Here is another example of a miscarriage of justice on the part of our government, in order to promote another “politically incorrect” and very unfair politicized agenda; with the result being that another one of our military people is being offered up as a sacrificial lamb to this very unfair and politically motivated cause, which by the way only serves to undermine the morale of our fighting troops, at a time when our nation is at war.

As you listen and read about this case, you’ll learn that after the government prosecutor found out that his own expert witness agreed with Michael’s testimony, that the Iraqi, who was a known Alcida cell member, was in fact reaching for Michael’s gun at the time he was shot, he kept this evidence hidden, and did not reveal it.

This information was held back from Michael’s defense attorney, during the trial, and was only learned about afterwards, after an email to this effect was discovered after the trial had concluded.

The parents said in the interview that all Michael is asking for is a fair trial.

This reminds me of the two Border Patrol officers who were likewise also unjustly thrown into prison, under the Bush Administration, for similar reasons, in order to support an unjust and unfair politicized agenda

Not to mention all the other cases of late, that we have all heard about, where our government has prosecuted others of our military personal, on major felony charges, for what amounted to college style hazing pranks, among enemy prisoners. This may have called for disciplinary actions being taken, but certainly not major felony charges.

This is especially true in light of the fact that these same Islamic Terrorists are in fact beheading our people, and desecrating their dead bodies in public afterwards… and yet these clowns who are currently running our government, under this administration, are wanting to give these evil people our constitutional rights, as war combatants mind you (which goes against all the rules of war), and at the same time prosecute them under our civil law, in a civilian court no less; were if convicted they would be put into Federal Prison, where they would be in a position to freely recruit more people to their cause.

May God help us and deliver us from this sort of idiocy within our government today, regarding this crazy and unjust political agenda, as we continually are shooting ourselves in the foot; and let us also recognize who the real enemy is here, in this war we are fighting… which definitely are not our own brave men and women who are fighting for our freedom!

May God also deliver us from people like this, within our own government, and also in the media, who apparently from all available evidence of late, and judging from all that we can see happening today within our government, it would certainly appear that these people are presently permeating both our government and our media!

Let us all continue to watch and pray for our country, and for a miracle within our country; and let us also pray for that revival that we so desperately need; and that our Constitutional Republic is restored, and our liberties and freedoms, as American citizens, are preserved! Selah


Skip Barland

—–Original Message—–
From: Allen Christensen

To: Skip Barland

Sent: Sunday, May 02, 2010 7:16 AM


Michael Behenna

Interview on Michael Savage Show

Letter to Secretary Robert Gates

The Michael Behenna Story by Carrie Fatigante

Clemency Letter from Oklahoma Congressional Delegation

LA Times article on Michael – Part 1

LA Times article on Michael – Part 2


The Testimony The Prosecutors Didn’t Let The Jury Hear (From Their Own Expert Witness)


The Story

On March 20th, 2009, Army Ranger 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna was sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing Ali Mansur, a known Al Qaeda operative while serving in Iraq.  Mansur was known to be a member of an Al Qaeda cell operating in the lieutenant’s area of operation and was suspected to have organized an attack on Lt. Behenna’s platoon in April 2008 which killed two U.S. soldiers and injured two more. Army intelligence ordered the release of Mansur and Lt. Behenna was ordered to return the terrorist to his home.

During the return of Mansur, Lt. Behenna again questioned the Al Qaeda member for information about other members of the terrorist cell, and financial supporters. During this interrogation, Mansur attacked Lt. Behenna, who killed the terrorist in self-defense. The government subsequently prosecuted Lt. Behenna for premeditated murder.

Not only is this a miscarriage of justice on the behalf of Lt. Behenna, who was acting to prevent further loss of life in his platoon, it is demoralizing to the U.S. troops who continue to fight on behalf of the freedom and security of our nation. Whether it is U.S. border patrol agents, members of the armed forces, or FBI agents, no individual who is serving on the frontlines in the War on Terror should be so blatantly mistreated.

We urgently need your help to correct this terrible wrong against a loyal and faithful soldier. Please contact your congressman and ask them to intervene on behalf of 1LT Behenna. Below is a brief recap of the relevant aspects of Lt. Behenna’s case.

  • September 2007: 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna deployed to Iraq for his first combat experience
  • April 21, 2008: Lt. Behenna’s platoon was attacked by Al Qaeda operatives. The attack resulted in death of two of Lt. Behenna’s platoon members, two Iraqi citizens, and wounded two additional soldiers under Lt. Behenna’s command.
  • May 5, 2008: Known terrorist Ali Mansur was detained at his home for suspected involvement in the attack on Lt. Behenna’s platoon
  • May 16, 2008: Army Intelligence orders the release of Mansur
  • Lt. Behenna, who lost two members of his platoon just weeks earlier, was ordered to transport Mansur back to his home
  • Lt. Behenna attempts a final interrogation of Mansur prior to his release
  • During the interrogation, Behenna is attacked by Mansur and is forced to defend himself. During the altercation, the terrorist is killed.
  • Lt. Behenna failed to properly report the incident
  • July 2008: The U.S. Army charges Lt. Behenna with premeditated murder for the death of Al Qaeda operative and terrorist Ali Mansur.
  • February 23, 2009: Lt. Behenna’s trial begins
  • Government and defense experts agree on the trajectory of the bullets killing Mansur
  • Prosecution expert Dr. Herbert MacDonnell initiated contact with defense attorneys explaining his agreement with the testimony of Lt. Behenna and his presentation to prosecutors supporting Lt. Behenna’s version of events.
  • Dr. MacDonnell is not called to testify in the case and instead is sent home.  Just before leaving the courthouse he picks up his coat from the prosecution room and says to the three prosecutors (Megan Poirier, Jason Elbert, and Erwin Roberts), ‘The explanation that Lt Behenna just testified to was the exact same scenario I told you yesterday.  Lt Behenna is telling the truth.’
  • Jack Zimmermann, defense counsel, asks prosecutors if they have any exculpatory evidence that should be provided to the defense (referring to Dr. MacDonnell’s demonstration). Prosecutors deny having any such evidence despite having been told by their own expert witness that Lt Behenna’s explanation was the only logical explanation.
  • Prosecutors withholding of this evidence allowed them to argue that Lt. Behenna executed Ali Mansur while seated when the forensic experts, including Dr. MacDonnell, agree that Ali was standing with his arms outstretched when shot
  • Lt. Behenna is convicted of unpremeditated murder and assault by a military panel of seven officers, none of whom had combat experience.
  • Dr. MacDonnell contacts prosecution requesting that the information provided in his demonstration be given to the defense.
  • Prosecutors provide such information after a verdict was rendered, but prior to sentencing.
  • At the request of the presiding judge, Dr. MacDonnell provides his information to the court via telephone
  • The judge orders both sides in the case to file briefs relating to a possible mistrial
  • After reading the briefs the judge set an additional hearing and ordered additional briefs, including one from the defense requesting a new trial.
  • On March 20, the judge denied defense motions to declare a mistrial and to order a new trial
  • Lt. Behenna was paraded in handcuffs through the Nashville airport, the Milwaukee airport, and the Kansas City airport enroute to Fort Leavenworth Prison
  • Lt. Behenna’s attorneys are appealing the verdict
  • Lt. Behenna is currently serving a 15-year sentence  (the 25 year sentence was reduced five years by the commanding general of 101st Airborne and reduced another five years by the Army Clemency Board.  The earliest he would be eligible for parole is after serving a third of his sentence.  Without parole or a new trial Lt. Behenna will get out of prison for the shooting an Al Qaeda terrorist in self defense when he is 40 years old.

1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna was an excellent officer. He received his call to serve his country while attending the University of Central Oklahoma. He is from a family of public servants, his mother being an Assistant United States Attorney and his father a retired Special Agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. He has served the Army and the United States with honor and dignity. To sacrifice the life of this Oklahoma soldier over the death of a known terrorist, is a breech of faith with all who are serving our country.

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Support Michael

We need your support now more than ever.  The government has unlimited resources and has spent accordingly.  1LT Behenna and his family hired civilian counsel,  Houston lawyers Jack B. Zimmermann and Kyle R. Sampson, at their own expense.   This Legal Defense Fund has been established for the sole purpose of helping ensure that 1LT Behenna has meaningful access to experienced legal defense counsel in the military prosecution.  The value of having experience in a case like this became very obvious when the issue of evidence withheld by the prosecution was discovered.  All donations to this Fund will be used exclusively for attorney fees and expenses associated with this legal defense and will be maintained in an independently administered trust account.  Funds will not be distributed directly to 1LT Behenna.

If you are able to help defray these costs, please send contributions to the:

1LT Michael Behenna Legal Defense Fund
c/o Jack Dawson, co-trustee
100 Park Avenue, Second Floor
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102-8099

or Rachel Lawrence Mor, co-trustee
3037 N.W. 63rd Street, Suite 251
Oklahoma City Oklahoma 73116

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Here’s Michael’s email address, if you’d like to seen him a note: