How can we sing King Alpha’s song in a strange land?



The Tower of Babel is an oil painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Its subject is the construction of the Tower of Babel, which according to the Bible was a tower built by humanity to reach heaven.

By the rivers of Babylon where he sat down
And there he wept when he remembered Zion

Cos the wicked carried us away, captivity
Required from us a song
How can we sing King Alpha's song in a strange land

Cos the wicked carried us away, captivity
Required from us a song
How can we sing King Alpha's song in a strange land

Sing it out loug
Sing the song of freedom, brothers
Sing the song of freedom, sisters
We gonna walk and shout it
We gonna sing and shout it, yeah, yeah
Shout the song of freedom, now, whoa, whoa, whoa

So, let the words of our mouth
And the meditation of our heart
Be acceptable in Thy sight, oh, verai

So, let the words of our mouth
And the meditation of our heart
Be acceptable in Thy sight, oh, verai

Sing it, sing it, sing it, yeah
We got to sing it together
Everyone aboard
Now, now, now, now, whoa, whoa, whoa

By the rivers of Babylon where he sat down
And there he wept when he remembered Zion

Cos the wicked carried us away, captivity
Required from us a song
How can we sing King Alpha's song in a strange land

Cos the wicked carried us away, captivity
Required from us a song
How can we sing King Alpha's song in a strange land

Sing it out loud
Sing the song of freedom, brothers
Sing the song of freedom, sisters

From mrrk

The Melodians classic recording of
“Rivers Of Babylon”.

Summit/ Trojan label SUM-6508. 1970.

Eat your heart out Boney M.


From teamim

Suzanne Haïk-Vantoura, LA MUSIQUE DE LA BIBLE RÉVÉLÉE – VOLUME 2 (Alienor 1050 CD), Track 8.

This slideshow of Psalms 19 includes the consonantal Hebrew Masoretic Text and modified versions of the transliteration and translation provided by Lev Software.

78 Responses to “How can we sing King Alpha’s song in a strange land?”

  1. rosettasister Says:

    Don’t forget!

    Global Meditation/Prayer

    WhenSaturday, May 9, 2009

    WhereAround The World

    DescriptionEarth Begins To Heal As We Unite In Oneness @ 3 PM GMT

    My daughter assures me these are the correct times:

    Pacific 8 AM

    Mountain 9 AM

    Central 10 AM

    Eastern 11 AM

    Good night, good people!

  2. rosettasister Says:

    This song always soothes me:

    “But the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him.”

    Habakkuk 2:20

    See also:

  3. Tenacity Says:

    Say Rose’s Gang,
    Thanks for the couple responses to my request about topics for discussion. I need to confirm with the producer but it looks like I may be on Thursday evening. I will give all details once confirmed.

    RE: JAC…her internet has been down for a while. Suffice it to say that she has been experiencing some stress and could use your prayers. I can testify that she misses communicating with the Gang. I’m sure she will report as soon as she has access.

    BTW: I disappeared for a couple days due to being slammed at work, some computer issues and my underground electric service line between my meter and my house broke. I had to pull the line under 10 feet of concrete patio and there was no conduit under there. We ended up having to bust out an 18 inch square of conrete to keep the line from stripping as it entered the PVC riser to the service panel. I am a bit sore today as I discovered how out of shape I am.

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  5. Troy Says:


  6. Troy Says:

    A “must see”
    Note the date that this interveiw took place and note the subject matter….Also note the names of the agencies, committes or commisssions mentioned and see if anything rings a bell….In the 2nd video, see if you can spot the disingenuine cartoon character.

  7. Troy Says:

    Beck with ACORN whistle blowers

  8. rosettasister Says:

    My prayer is always the same.

    May we more closely align our will with the Will of our Creator.

    And may those who have separated themselves from their Creator turn and face Him.

    A special prayer for the people of Pakistan in their hour of need.

  9. rosettasister Says:

    Thanks, Troy!

    ACORN’s new partnership with the Census Bureau?

    But ACORN’s past problems and its new partnership with the Census Bureau has given Republicans more than enough reason to pounce. During the debate over the government stimulus package, GOP lawmakers complained bitterly that federal funds for “neighborhood stabilization activities” and other programs could flow to ACORN. At the time, ACORN’s CEO, Bertha Lewis, denied that her group would be eligible to receive such funds.

    In an interview with POLITICO, McHenry said that after this week’s law enforcement action in Nevada and Pennsylvania, he would continue to press the Census Bureau to end its partnership with ACORN.

    “Not only are we talking about an organization that is a nonprofit and engaged in political activity of a partisan nature, not only are we talking about a group that gets government funds, we’re talking about an organization that has an imprint and stamp of a partnership with the Census,” McHenry said. “I think reasonable folks on both sides of the aisle should be concerned about ACORN’s involvement.”

  10. rosettasister Says:

    Tenacity Says:
    May 9, 2009 at 5:30 am

    “I am a bit sore today as I discovered how out of shape I am.”


    Bummer, Tenacity!

    I hear ya! Just bought a used rowing machine found on CraigsList. A “Tunturi”

    And I’m swimming everyday now, too.

    I’m a bit sore myself!

  11. rosettasister Says:

    And now for something completely different …

    Michio Kaku on Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, & Time Travel

  12. rosettasister Says:

    Pope Tells Muslims Religion Is Force For Unity

    On the second day of his visit to the Middle East, Pope Benedict XVI visited Jordan’s largest mosque, where he told local Muslim leaders that it was not religion that sowed division between the world’s communities, but its “ideological manipulation.”

    The pope prayed at the King Hussein Mosque in the capital, Amman, and told an audience who also included Christian prelates that all human beings were God’s creatures and that all places of worship were like jewels on the earth.

    The 82-year-old pontiff also rejected the assertion that religions are necessarily a cause of division in the world.

    “Certainly, the contradiction of tensions and divisions between the followers of different religious traditions, sadly, cannot be denied,” Benedict said.

    “However, is it not also the case that often it is the ideological manipulation of religion, sometimes for political ends, that is the real catalyst for tension and division, and at times even violence in society?”

    Speaking earlier in the day at a Catholic university in the town of Madaba, Benedict insisted on the importance of education.

    “Religion is disfigured when pressed into the service of ignorance or prejudice, contempt, violence, and abuse,” he said. “In this case we see not only a perversion of religion but also a corruption of human freedom, a narrowing and blindness of the mind. Clearly, such an outcome is not inevitable. Indeed, when we promote education, we proclaim our confidence in the gift of freedom.”

  13. rosettasister Says:

    Cabinet endorses military action in Swat–05

    ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet on Saturday endorsed military action in Swat observing that there was no option left after failure of the peace accord.

    Gilani also made an impassioned appeal to the nation to support the armed forces as they were doing a job for the country’s future. He also asked the locals to ask the ‘the black sheep’ to leave their area.

    He said the government will also strengthen the capabilities of its law enforcement agencies and would build bomb proof police stations. Besides the government will also be sending delegation of parliamentarians and the ministers to different parts of the world to apprise them about the real situation.

    The Prime Minister denied rollback or capping of nuclear programme and said, ‘there is no such thing.’

    Regarding the memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on transit trade with Afghanistan he said all stakeholders were taken on board in vetting the deal. ‘There is no need for any concern. We have taken care of everything,’ he said.

    Answering a question he said the provincial government had been asked to be vigilant in view of a possible backlash in reaction to the operation.

    Answering another question, he said the salaries of law enforcing agencies in the troubled areas would be increased and bomb-proof police stations would be built.

  14. rosettasister Says:

    U.S. drone attack kills at least five in Pakistan

    09 May 2009 11:06:40 GMT

    Missiles fired by suspected pilotless U.S. drone aircraft struck a compound in a Pakistani region on the Afghan border on Saturday, killing at least five militants, intelligence and Taliban officials said.

    Four missiles fired by two drones hit a compound in Sarorogha village in the South Waziristan tribal region, a stronghold of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud and a known al Qaeda and Taliban hotbed, one of the intelligence officials said.

    “We have reports of at least five militants killed in the missile attack,” said the official.

    The same figure was given by a Taliban official in the region.

    Another intelligence official put the death toll at as high as 20, and said one of the missiles also hit a vehicle carrying militants.

    The United States began increasing the frequency of drone attacks in Pakistan a year ago.

    There has been no let-up since President Barack Obama’s administration took office in January, despite complaints from the Pakistani government.

    The United States carried out about 40 drone air strikes since the begining of last year, most since September, killing more than 300 people, according to a tally of reports from Pakistani intelligence agents, district government officials and residents.

    Including Saturday’s strike, there have been 15 attacks this year, with five in April.

  15. rosettasister Says:

    Pak troops launch fierce attack on Taliban

    Pakistani troops backed by helicopter gunships killed at least 55 Taliban in the troubled Swat valley today as the government said the military offensive, crucial for the “survival of the country”, will continue till terrorists are eliminated.

    The “full-scale operation” against the Taliban targeted militant hideouts in in Mingora, the main town of Swat as also bases in Matta, Qambar, Ziarat, Mushkomai and Chamtalai areas, the military said in a statement adding that 55 militants have reportedly been killed.

    With this, the total of number of Taliban militants killed in three days of operations climbed near 200.

    However, the operations in Buner, Dir and Swat has sparked the exodus of almost half a million people displaced by the intense fighting. Officials in Swabi district said around 150,000 people had fled Buner during the last few days.

    People who fled from Swat to the nearby Mardan district have also said that several civilians were killed by the army’s artillery barrages. Gilani said the security forces are trying to prevent civilian casualties and will try to complete the operations as soon as possible.

    The NWFP government and agencies like the UNHCR and Red Cross have set up relief camps. International agencies have warned that Pakistan could be facing its worst humanitarian and refugee crisis since partition of 1947.

  16. rosettasister Says:

  17. Troy Says:

    Does corruption emit an odor?….Can you smell it?…..This video stinks!!!

  18. CJ Says:

    Got this post from another newsletter(, poster named SunSet) as a response to an article about the IMF and central banks. Thought it was a good one to pass along.

    “Posted On May 07, 2009
    When Benjamin Franklin was called before the British Parliament in 1757 and asked to account for the prosperity in the American colonies. He replied, “That is simple. In the colonies we issue our own money. It is called Colonial Scrip. We issue it in proper proportion to the demands of trade and industry to make the products pass easily from the producers to the consumers. In this manner, creating for ourselves our own paper money, we control its purchasing power, and we have no interest to pay to no one.”

    Franklin also said, that the actual reason for starting the Revolutionary War, was to break away from European control of Rothschild’s banking cartel.

    An excellent article by Nikki Alexander explains the history of the (Rothschild) Central Banks, and how they consume banks, not only here in the US, but all over the world.…/restoring-our-financial-sovereignty-a-new-monetary-system

    Ron Paul ran his campaign on dissolving the Federal Reserve and having the US government print our own money. If you ever want to know why we experience so much misery in the world through wars, genocide, imperialism, nation building, terrorism and so on….the paper trail will always lead to the Federal Reserve/Central Banks/IMF. Documents prove that the NY Chase Manhattan Bank, help finance Hilter’s reign of terror. As did the Bank of England. Lending money to both sides of a conflict, they helped orchestrate, is a great way to increase profits. Especially when the rebuilding process takes place. All you have to do is follow the money.

    Only when the American people wake up to this fraud, will we experience peace and prosperity.



  19. calli Says:

    Hi Rosetta,
    Just wanted to say hello and wish you and all the moms who post here a happy mothers day!!!

  20. cynkading Says:

    Hey all, received this in an email yesterday. Thought I would share. Maybe some small hope. Just confirms what we all have known for months.

    Obama Faces More Questions on Citizenship
    > April 26, 2009
    > In a move certain to fuel the debate
    > over Obama’s qualifications for the presidency, the group
    > “Americans for Freedom of Information” has released
    > copies of President
    > Obama’s college transcripts from Occidental
    > College.Released today, the
    > transcript indicates that Obama, under the name Barry
    > Soetoro,received
    > financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia as an
    > undergraduate at the
    > school.
    > The transcript was released by Occidental College in
    > compliance with a court
    > order in a suit broughtby the group in the Superior Court
    > of California.
    > The transcript shows that Obama (Soetoro) applied for
    > financial aid and was
    > awarded a fellowship for foreign students from the
    > Fulbright Foundation
    > Scholarship program. To qualify, for the scholarship, a
    > student must claim
    > foreign citizenship.
    > In a related matter, under growing pressure from several
    > groups, Justice
    > Antonin Scalia announced that the Supreme Court agreed on
    > Tuesday to hear
    > arguments concerning Obama’s legal eligibility to serve
    > as President in a
    > case brought by Leo Donofrio of New Jersey.
    > This lawsuit claims Obama’s dual citizenship
    > disqualified him from serving
    > as president. Donofrio’s case is just one of 18 suits
    > brought by citizens
    > demanding proof of Obama’s citizenship of qualification
    > to serve as
    > president.
    > Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation has
    > released the results
    > of their investigation of Obama’s campaign spending.
    > This study estimates
    > that Obama has spent upwards of $950,000 in campaign funds
    > in the past year
    > with eleven law firms in 12 states for legal resources to
    > block disclosure
    > of any of his personal
    > records.
    > Mr.Kreep indicated that the investigation is still ongoing
    > but that the
    > final report will be provided to the U.S. attorney general,
    > Eric Holder.
    > Mr. Holder has refused to comment on the matter.
    > ________________________*

  21. Troy Says:

    The report that was emailed to ypu was originally released on April (fools day) 1st…..I have been waiting for updated info from Gary Kreep, via his web site, to see if there is any validity to the report….Initial indications are that it is a hoax…..Maybe Free Republic has more info on this by now.

  22. Tenacity Says:

    Here’s a challenge for you: Can anyone name a single “Statesmen” elected to a fed office as a Democrat after Larry McDonald was shot down, abducted and murdered?

  23. Tenacity Says:

    Just in case you need clarification on what I mean by a “Statesman”, here is a 10 point litmus test that was published by Red Beckman back in 1992 in his little book called “Walls In Our Minds.”
    1. A Statesman loves the Constitution.
    A Politician hates the Constitution.
    2. A Statesman enforces the Constitution.
    A Politician violates the Constitution.
    3. A Statesman uses truth to keep power in the hands of the people.
    A Politician uses lies to gain power over the people.
    4. A Statesman’s primary concern is to secure freedom for future generations.
    A Politician’s primary concern is to get elected or re-elected.
    5. A Statesman will not play politics with the people’s money.
    A Politician will buy votes with tax money.
    6. A Statesman knows the people must control government.
    A Politician believes that government should control people.
    7. A Statesman knows the people must limit government’s power to tax.
    A Politician believes government should have unlimited power to tax.
    8. A Statesman gives his allegiance to the people and country.
    A Politician gives his allegiance to government.
    9. A Statesman will demand a balanced budget.
    A Politician will spend money stolen from future generations (deficit spending).
    10. A Statesman will cause peace.
    A Politician will cause wars.
    Red said this is only a partial list of contrasts but it should give the reader a better comprehension of how dangerous politicians are.

  24. rosettasister Says:

    CJ Says:
    May 9, 2009 at 8:23 pm


    This was stuck in moderation.

    Sorry, CJ!

    But right now I`m miles away

    You know how that goes.


    My friends will ask me how I`m doin`
    But I just can`t lie to `em
    Not feeling fine today

    See also:

    Perfect Love for a Mother’s Day

  25. rosettasister Says:

    NC Says:
    May 9, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I believe you meant…”say your piece”, not peace. It is a homophone many people mix up and therefore a malopropism.


    Thanks, NC! I did not know that.

    If you’d like to see most recent post, please go here:

  26. rosettasister Says:

    “We can’t fight with one hand tied behind our back.”

    Transcript: National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

    Exclusive First Interview with President Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser

    May 10, 2009

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Does President Karzai understand that you’re not going to comply with that demand? And what do you expect his reaction to be?

    JONES: Well, I think he understands that we have to have the full complement of our offensive military power when we need it. We have to — we can’t fight with one hand tied behind tied behind our back.

    But on the other hand, we have to be careful to make sure that we don’t unnecessarily wound or kill innocent civilians. But the other side of the coin is that it — what makes it difficult is the Taliban, of course, not playing by the same rules.

    They’re using civilians as shields. So we have to take a look at this, make sure that our commanders understand the — you know, the subtleties of the situation, the complexity of it, and do the right thing.

    So it’s a difficult problem, but it’s not unsolvable.

  27. rosettasister Says:

    You know, they don’t call our president the leader of the free world for nothing.

    Countless times our leaders have been approached by the leaders of foreign lands seeking our assistance.

    Just as Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan seeks our assistance now.

    This is what truly worries me about the wisdom of , or lack thereof, the Obama and Dem budget which will plunge our economy into ever-increasing indebtedness.

    If they get their way, and that is in no way a foregone conclusion, then we simply will not be able to afford to help, even if helping is in our own best interest.

    Some other nation-state will come forward to fill the resulting vacuum, but I hope and pray it never comes to that.


    Pakistan ‘galvanized’ to fight Taliban: Petraeus

    The growing Taliban insurgency in Pakistan has galvanized the nuclear-armed country to fight an ‘existential threat,’ the top US commander for the Afghan-Pakistan war said on Sunday, Reuters reports.


    Zardari said Pakistan was fighting a ‘war of our existence’ against a movement that grew from the 1980s anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan that was ‘a kind of a cancer,
    created by both of us, Pakistan and America.’

    But he disputed assertions his country faced collapse. ‘Is the state of Pakistan going to collapse? No,’ he told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ program.

    ‘We need to find a strategy where the world gets together against this threat, because it’s not Pakistan-specific. It’s not Afghanistan-specific,’ said Zardari, the widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who also was in Washington, told NBC that talks with Zardari made him ‘a lot more confident and a lot more hopeful’ Pakistan was on the same page as Afghanistan and the United States in fighting the Taliban.

    Zardari did not address the latest fighting but called for greater aid for his beleaguered democratically elected government, including more funds beyond US plans to give $1.5 billion annually for five years to support development.

    ‘Democracy needs help,’ he said, repeating a remark he made before his White House summit on Wednesday with US President Barack Obama, who has committed to winding down the war in Iraq and shifting the US focus to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    ‘Altogether this aid package is not even one-tenth of what you give (troubled US insurance firm) AIG. So, let’s face it — we need, in fact, much more help,’ said Zardari.

    The Pakistani leader also repeated Islamabad’s request for unmanned drones that fire missiles at Taliban and Al-Qaeda figures within Pakistan — weapons the US military has used to target militants in the border regions.

    ‘I’ve been asking for them, but I haven’t got a positive answer as yet,’ Zardari said. ‘But I’m not giving up.’

  28. rosettasister Says:

  29. rosettasister Says:

  30. rosettasister Says:

    Found at Hugh Hewitt

    Senate moderates like Olympia Snowe, Ben Nelson, and Arlen Specter expressing concerns about the public plan.

    Repubs love to hate Snowe. Dems love to hate Ben Nelson. And Repubs and Dems alike love to hate Specter.

    But make no mistake about it, their votes will be crucial, and we need them on our side.


    Stop ObamaCare

    The Democrats’ plan would displace tens of millions of happily insured Americans and exacerbate the worst elements of the current system.


    First, the public insurance option, which is a central feature of the plan, seriously threatens the fragile alliance between Democrats and health insurance providers.

    Insurers worry that the public option is designed to price them out of business.

    If it is not subject to the same state and federal regulatory limits that constrain their practices and if it can strong-arm providers with artificial price controls–which would only shift costs to private insurers and patients as they now do in Medicare–the playing field will be uneven.

    The public plan has so far been the most prominent vulnerability of the Democrats’ proposal, with Senate moderates like Olympia Snowe, Ben Nelson, and Arlen Specter expressing concerns about it.

    But it is crucial to the logic of the Democrats’ approach and will be difficult for Obama and congressional leaders to give up.

  31. rosettasister Says:

    A Yeamon’s Job

    Hugh Hewitt has been doing a yeoman’s job in covering this issue. I keep waiting for the rest of the country to catch up.

    one that performs great and loyal service — did a yeoman’s job in seeing the program through

    The Rush To Rationing. Cont.

  32. rosettasister Says:

    Republicans have two-prong strategy on healthcare

    In a memo that has been circulated around Washington in recent days, GOP pollster Frank Luntz – who addressed congressional Republicans in person this week – provides a kind of roadmap for how the minority may elect to scuttle health reform.

    The Luntz memo urges Republicans to concede that Americans are not happy with the current healthcare system, especially about the rising costs they face.

    Luntz also says that the GOP can win the political argument by raising the specters of European-style rationing of medical services and bureaucratic interference with the practice of medicine.

    Conservatives in Congress are thinking along the same lines.

    “We know that a government takeover of health care will raise taxes, ration care, let government bureaucrats make decisions that should be made by families and doctors, and eliminate the health coverage that more than 100 million Americans currently rely on,”

    Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), head of the House GOP’s healthcare working group, wrote in a letter to his colleagues that was signed by the other 20 members of the task force.

  33. rosettasister Says:

    I love these websites where you can read and listen at same time:

    Tackle entitlement programs

    More lawmakers are concerned about the looming threat for Social Security and Medicare.


    More and more individual Democrats and Republicans are expressing a readiness for such an effort.

    In response to Hoyer’s speech, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, who traveled the country last year with John McCain, told my Washington Post colleague, Lori Montgomery,

    “I think we can get double-digit Republican support for a reasonable compromise.”

    As if to confirm his words, Republican Sen. George Voinovich, of Ohio, and independent Democrat Joe Lieberman, of Connecticut, introduced an entitlement commission bill of their own last week.

    Voinovich told me that he thinks “the prospects for action on the issue are very, very good, because the feeling is growing that we can’t sustain the path we’re on.”

  34. rosettasister Says:

    If Think Progress is slamming Frank Luntz, he’s probably on right track.

  35. rosettasister Says:

    Audio: Amerikan Citizens: “Your Papers Please…”

    Dr. Jerome Corsi author of the book, The Obama Nations, joins Tamar and talks about some of the latest developments in the quest for the truth about the new U.S. president’s past and his administration’s deteriorating relationship with Israel.

    Freeper Thread:

  36. rosettasister Says:

    WND has a partial listing and status update for some of the cases over Obama’s eligibility.

  37. rosettasister Says:

    Latest from Andy Martin:

    Task Force Aloha Obama II is now operational in Honolulu


  38. rosettasister Says:

    Ron Polarik on Orly Taitz

    California attorney Orly Taitz says she’ll be returning to the high court, this time seeking a petition for the extraordinary writ of mandamus.

    To: Man50D; LucyT

    Of course she will. She’s hoping that if she keeps shooting her mouth off in all directions, that she might just hit something.

    45 posted on Sunday, May 10, 2009 8:14:22 AM by Polarik

  39. rosettasister Says:

    Here we go again! I can’t make heads or tails out of it.

    Images here:

    More commentary:

  40. rosettasister Says:

    ’Julia’, the sweet and moving lament to John Lennon’s lost mother.

  41. Tenacity Says:

    Okay Rose,
    It’s official, this Thursday evening, 9 to 11 EDT, 7 to 9 MDT yours truly will be hosting the “Let’s Talk Liberty” show at Patriot’s Heart Network.

    I will post the direct link in a few days. You can get to the show page via

    The call in number will be 347-215-6929.

  42. ryansgrammy Says:

    How low with they go???? These people are disgusting.

  43. rosettasister Says:

    Tenacity Says:
    May 11, 2009 at 5:52 am

    I’m really looking forward to hearing your voice, Tenacity!

    I remember the first time I heard Citizen Wells on the radio.

    I thought to myself, that’s exactly how I expected his voice to sound.

    So, that’s Thursday 6PM Pacific Time.

  44. rosettasister Says:

    Thanks, grammy!

  45. rosettasister Says:

    Benedict XVI blesses cornerstone at Madaba, emphasizes that God is necessary in search for Truth

    Benedict XVI concluded by addressing some words to the young Christian students of Jordan:

    “You are called to be builders of a just and peaceful society composed of peoples of various religious and ethnic backgrounds.

    These realities – I wish to stress once more – must lead, not to division, but to mutual enrichment.”

  46. sliderblaze Says:

    I hope wonda sykes career fails…..oh wait, already there

  47. rosettasister Says:

    sliderblaze Says:
    May 11, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    LOL, slider!

  48. rosettasister Says:



    The pontiff did not wait to reach Jerusalem, the crucial stage for today’s part of his trip, to talk about the conflict and his hopes for peace:

    at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, in front of Israeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu and various government representatives, the Pope observed that

    ”even though the name Jerusalem means ‘city of peace’, it is more than clear that for decades peace has tragically eluded the inhabitants of the Holy Land.

    The eyes of the world”, added pope Ratzinger, ”are on the people of this region, while they struggle to reach a fair and lasting solution to the conflicts that have caused so much suffering.

    The hopes of countless men, women and children for a safer and more stable future depend on the outcome of the peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians”.

    This is why the Pope, ”together with all men of good will, is pleading with those responsible to explore every possible way to reach a fair solution to the enormous difficulties, so that both populations will be able to live in peace in a Country they can call theirs, within safe, internationally recognised boundaries”.

    Benedict XVI also remarked that ”regarding this struggle I hope and pray that it will soon be possible to create an increased climate of trust, which will allow all parties to make some real progress towards peace and stability”.

  49. rosettasister Says:

    A German Pope visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

    Pope: The cry of Holocaust victims still echoes in our hearts

  50. rosettasister Says:

    Pope Benedict XVI has arrived in Israel as he begins a trip that will include a visit to the Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem.

    He was greeted by Israeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior officials as he arrived at Israel’s international airport in Tel Aviv.

    During an address, the Pope spoke of the need to fight anti-Semitism, as it continues to ‘rear its ugly head’ around the world.

  51. rosettasister Says:

    Holy Land 2009 Links

  52. rosettasister Says:

    Obama to Unveil Health Coverage and Cost Plan Today

    So why are health insurers, for instance, who ran those Harry and Louise ads back in the ’90’s that helped derail the Clinton health care reform plan willing to voluntarily work with this administration?

    Because they fear that a Democratic Congress is willing to move toward a government-run system, and they are now willing to make concessions — but some fear that is where the country is headed.

    A conservative health care reform group is running its own campaign against government health care.

    “They always run out of money so they end up having to ration,” claims Rick Scott of the group Conservatives for Patients’ Rights.

    The health care industry, though, thinks that working with the president now could prevent that sort of scenario down the road.

    Even the proposed savings announced today will be just a small portion of what the government will have to spend to move toward the president’s goal of universal coverage.’

  53. rosettasister Says:

    Health care cost cuts could kick start reform

    But costs could still turn out to be the greatest obstacle to Obama’s health care plan.

    Outside experts estimate the taxpayers’ tab could total between $1.2 trillion and $1.5 trillion over 10 years.

    Obama’s budget proposal includes a down payment that may cover less than half the bill.

    No matter how great this might sound, the reality is the administration still does not know how to pay for its massive health care plan, said Antonia Ferrier, press secretary for House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio.


    Insurers, for example, want to avoid the creation of a government health plan that would directly compete with them to enroll middle-class workers and their families.


    Drug makers worry that in the future, new medications might have to pass a cost-benefit test before they can win approval.

    And hospitals and doctors are concerned the government could dictate what they get paid to care for any patient, not only the elderly and the poor under existing government health care programs.

  54. rosettasister Says:

    I am somewhat optimistic this morning.

    Key phrase “for now”

    Analysis: Will health care savings add up?**

    Still, a new coalition for a health care overhaul seems to have formed, with the White House and most of the health care industry and consumer interest groups holding the political center.

    Left out, for now, are conservative Republicans, who oppose Obama’s direction but have yet to articulate their own vision, and Democratic liberals who have been hoping to move toward a nationalized system of Medicare for all.

  55. rosettasister Says:

    Public Plan Contention

    The administration and supporters are “scrambling to contain a full-throated ideological debate” over a public insurance option, fearing that such an argument could derail health reform, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    Conservatives, who believe the proposal to be a “potential Achilles heel in Obama’s health care plan,” are saying a public plan would lead to government intervention in personal medical decisions, the Tribune reports.

    On the other hand, advocates of a single-payer system are pressing Obama and Democratic leaders to “stand firm” behind the public option, according to the Tribune.

    Baucus said, “Everybody needs to keep their powder dry. We have a huge opportunity to accomplish very significant health reform. … Let’s not have any sparks that could light a fire.”

    Snowe said, “This has become a lightning rod,” adding, “There is a lot of suspicion out there. … I’m afraid this could easily be used as an excuse for not moving any further”

    (Levey, Chicago Tribune, 5/10).

  56. rosettasister Says:

    The Reform Parade

    Health Care Reform “Game-Changer”?

    The White House, which is calling today’s meeting a breakthrough and game-changer, said the willingness of health care providers to implement cost-cutting measures means health care reform will happen this year.

    The health care industry is trying to join the reform parade so as to shape the policy away from measures they do not want to see.

    For example, the insurance industry does not want a government health plan that will directly compete with their for-profit ventures.

  57. Rosebud Says:

    I just spoke with a friend of mine today who is from GB. She was telling me about her sister’s need for a hip replacement. They told her it would take at least 2 years to get the surgery scheduled (this woman is up there in years). They told her she could have it scheduled right away if she had the money to pay for the surgery herself. Luckily she could afford to pay for it herself. Can you imagine someone telling us we’d have to wait years to get needed surgery scheduled. People better wake up before its too late!!!!! Its sad we can’t rely on most of our elected officials to do the right thing anymore. By the time their terms are up and we can do something about them, we will be in deep stuff! Hope everyone is planning on attending the next tea parties on July 4 — whereever you may be there should be one nearby. Rose — just noticed I’m Rosebud again instead of Ryansgrammy????

  58. rosettasister Says:

    Rosebud Says:
    May 11, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Rose — just noticed I’m Rosebud again instead of Ryansgrammy????


    I think you can just logout of WordPress, and then login as “ryansgrammy”

  59. rosettasister Says:

    God knows I was extremely critical of Snowe’s “stimulus” vote. I felt that if only she and Collins and Specter had held the line, we would have ended up with a much less costly, much more stimulative stimulus.

    Having said that, it appears Snowe is on the right side of this debate, at least “for now.”

    And so I applaud her for that.


    Olympia Snowe’s Committee Tackles Health Care Reform – 5/11/09 12:39 PM EST

    As President Obama moves health care reform onto his administration’s front burner, Sen. Olympia Snowe acknowledges that passing a reform plan will be tough.

    But the Maine Republican says failure is not an option.

    “The Institute of Medicine has estimated that 18,000 Americans die every year because of lack of timely healthcare,” she told Capitol News Service.

    “So when you consider that, and the percentage of people incurring greater and greater debt, I don’t think we have a choice in the matter.”

    Snowe says health care costs are forcing some into bankruptcy.

    In a recessionary economy, she says, Americans can’t afford the escalating cost of health care.

    Snowe is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which is working on a reform plan.

    She says the Committee hopes to have a bill before Congress this summer.

  60. rosettasister Says:

    Moderate Dems become decisive factor

    In a 60-40 Democratic Senate, the influence of the DLC’s heirs is going to be profound.

    Specter, the newest Democratic moderate, opposes the union-backed Employee Free Choice Act, while Ben Nelson has expressed disapproval of Obama’s cap-and-trade energy plan.

    They are reluctant to buck the wishes of business and raise taxes on the middle class.

    These centrists also tend to be more hawkish than most of their liberal congressional counterparts.

    Like Al Gore’s and Clinton’s support for the 1991 Gulf War, Democratic centrists, more recently, backed George W. Bush’s 2003 Iraq war and praised Obama’s decision to send thousands of troops to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan.

    While eyeing Obama’s overtures to Iran and Cuba with some trepidation, the presence of Robert Gates (a Republican), hawkish Hillary Clinton and four-star Gen. James Jones in the Cabinet is reassuring.

    Obama, they know, isn’t another Democratic dove in the mold of Eugene McCarthy.

    (Let’s hope not!)

  61. rosettasister Says:

    US embassy said that it would provide 4.9 million dollars in emergency aid

    The UN refugee agency said more than 360,000 displaced had registered after escaping the worst-affected districts of Buner, Lower Dir and Swat, although OCHA feared the numbers could be much higher.

    “We have to be prepared to assist up to 800,000 in addition to the already pre-existing 500,000,” Bessler said.

    That figure was a rough prediction from now until December, he stressed, to allow the United Nations to plan humanitarian relief.

    Another half a million fled previous bouts of fighting.

    In Islamabad, the US embassy said that it would provide 4.9 million dollars in emergency aid for families displaced by the anti-Taliban offensive.

    The United States would continue to monitor the situation and provide additional aid as needed, the embassy said.

  62. rosettasister Says:

    Pakistan says 700 Taliban dead; refugee camps grow

    MARDAN, Pakistan

    Interior Minister Rehman Malik said 700 militants had been killed around Swat in the last four days.

    Addressing parliament, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said the army had cleared mines planted by insurgents in the region’s main town, Mingora.

    “The operation will continue until the last Talib,” Malik said in the capital, Islamabad. “We haven’t given them a chance. They are on the run. They were not expecting such an offensive.”

  63. rosettasister Says:

    Pakistani Sikhs among displaced from Swat battle

    HASANABDAL, Pakistan

    Up to 2,500 members of predominantly Muslim Pakistan’s small Sikh community have taken refuge at a Sikh shrine in the town of Hasanabdal, 33 km (20 miles) northwest of Islamabad.

  64. rosettasister Says:

    Life is especially difficult for people in Pakistans North West Frontier Province. Ongoing fighting between the government and Taliban insurgents has taken a toll on many peoples livelihoods

  65. rosettasister Says:

    US replaces top general in Afghanistan

    Replacing McKiernan will be Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

  66. rosettasister Says:

    Phil Berg on Orly Taitz

    And I regretfully advise you that I had to file a lawsuit against Orly Taitz, Esquire as she has gone too far. Months ago, I advised Orly that I would not work with her because our legal styles were so different.

    However, I decided not to bad mouth her.

    Well, Orly decided to take me down and she states through my very able paralegal, Lisa. I cannot understand why she would want to take me down unless she’s working for Obama.

    Orly went too far by publishing, spreading over the internet, the name, address, DATE OF BIRTH and, believe it, the SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER of Lisa, all in violation of State [California] and Federal laws.

    I will be putting out a Press Release regarding Orly shortly.

  67. rosettasister Says:

    “I cannot understand why she would want to take me down unless she’s working for Obama.”

    That seems a bit “out there.”

  68. rosettasister Says:

    Geez Louise!

    Update on Obama investigation and Liberi investigation

    I can understand, why she is coming up with all those slanderous charges against me and everybody around, she wants people quiet, but it is sad that Berg, an attorney, fell into a trap of a common criminal.

    I don’t get harassed, I don’t get intimidated, she cannot pull this garbage with me and I will get to the bottom of it.

    It seems to me that this woman was somehow planted to discredit Berg and the whole Obama’s illegibility for presidency litigation.

    We don’t need tainted evidence coming from her, we will win without any evidence prepared by her. There is sufficient evidence against Obama without her.

    I believe she is a diversion and was put in place to discredit the effort.

    I believe Phil Berg needs to distance himself from her, and cooperate in getting to the bottom of this matter before this issue becomes irreversible for him.

    (This is getting more and more absurd!)

  69. rosettasister Says:

    Anyone know what this is about?!

    • 5/11/2009 10:13 AM Anonymous wrote:

    Phil Berg filed that case to protect his Assistant and the criminal activities that others are committing by putting out information that is both against Federal and State Laws.

    It would seem that the only way they figured they could get rid of him, was to put out something that would question his ability as an Attorney and attack the integrity of his Law Firm.

    I am sure when this is all over they will wish they had of checked a lot more closely what was given to them by a disgruntled supposed friend of Berg’s before they posted and sent it all over the World!

    Maybe someone should ask this disgruntled friend about their background, and she how much they have had with Berg in the so called 10 friendship they claim to have had.

  70. rosettasister Says:

    Anyone know what this is about?!

    • 5/11/2009 10:13 AM Anonymous wrote:

    Phil Berg filed that case to protect his Assistant and the criminal activities that others are committing by putting out information that is both against Federal and State Laws.

    It would seem that the only way they figured they could get rid of him, was to put out something that would question his ability as an Attorney and attack the integrity of his Law Firm.

    I am sure when this is all over they will wish they had of checked a lot more closely what was given to them by a disgruntled supposed friend of Berg’s before they posted and sent it all over the World!

    Maybe someone should ask this disgruntled friend about their background, and she how much they have had with Berg in the so called 10 friendship they claim to have had.

  71. rosettasister Says:

    Civil or Criminal?

    To: mirkwood

    Look, guys. This case/noncase, while it is probably true Obama is not natural born citizen, has been presented wrongly from the gitgo. It can never go forward as a Civil Suit.
    It is unique in that the Fifth Amendment protects him from incriminating himself. HE cannot be forced to produce a document that proves he committed fraud and/or any other crime.
    This is a criminal act, and as such should have been investigated by DOJ or any State AG.
    A warrant could then have been issued to the STATE he claims to have been born in, forcing the state of Hawaii to comply.

    The DOJ has NO INTEREST in removing Obama. It is never going to happen. However, a state AG MIGHT be able to press this, although that doesn’t seem probable either.

    In the meantime, a lot of people are collecting a lot of donations knowing full well there can be no CIVIL resolution to this.

    9 posted on Saturday, May 09, 2009 4:43:49 AM by MestaMachine

    To: MestaMachine

    “HE cannot be forced to produce a document that proves he committed fraud and/or any other crime. This is a criminal act”
    You would be correct, if this was a criminal action ………. but it’s a civil action.
    Anyhow, If he was going to assert that type of defense, he should have claimed his 5th amendment rights in his first response to the action.
    Soooooo, produce the documents Zero!

    19 posted on Saturday, May 09, 2009 5:59:34 AM by Old Badger

    To: Old Badger

    “HE cannot be forced to produce a document that proves he committed fraud and/or any other crime.”
    Sorry…did anyone hear ZERO take the Fifth?

    46 posted on Sunday, May 10, 2009 2:30:57 PM by Polarik

    To: MestaMachine; LucyT

    There IS ample cause to suspect a fraud has been perpetrated precisely BECAUSE he has steadfastly refused to produce valid documents…
    Actually, there is unquestionable evidence that he HAS commited document fraud by producing a fraudulent document.
    Yet, that’s the one thing Orly has NOT pursued.

    47 posted on Sunday, May 10, 2009 2:34:16 PM by Polarik

    To: Polarik
    “Sorry…did anyone hear ZERO take the Fifth?”
    He doesn’t have to take the Fifth for a civil suit. There have been no criminal charges for him to plead to…even though he is surely a criminal.

    48 posted on Sunday, May 10, 2009 5:25:27 PM by MestaMachine

    To: MestaMachine
    You’re right. However, he’s taken the First, Second, Tenth, Fourteenth, and Twentieth away. It’s only a matter of time before the rest are gone.

    49 posted on Monday, May 11, 2009 10:11:12 AM by Polarik

  72. rosettasister Says:

    Atlantis should reach the orbiting telescope Wednesday.

    Get tweeted by NASA:

    Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission 4 is the last time humans will visit Hubble. NASAs scientists, engineers and astronauts are working together to make Hubble better than it has been before. See what NASA has planned for this last mission to Hubble; from new science instruments, to two challenging and never-done-before instrument repairs, and numerous upgrades.

    For more info:

  73. rosettasister Says:

    We would also like everyone to “think about, pray for, meditate on, whatever be your positive path philosophy” the safety of the coming U.S. Space Shuttle Mission for the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope.

    These repairs are important and risky.

  74. Rosebud Says:

    Rose — I heard about their mission this morning to repair the telescope and its amazing what they are planning to do. You’re right — very risky business.
    Found this on American Thinker about Hawaii’s new Islam Day.

  75. rosettasister Says:

    Hey, Rosebud!

    I’ll have you know I’ve been called that a few times!

  76. Rosebud Says:
    I always enjoy Zonation!

  77. Rosebud Says:

    Just in case you didn’t see the Hollywood & celebrity types at the White House Correspondents dinner this weekend, here they are (in case you want to boycott their movies, etc). I was suprised that Oprah wasn’t in attendance — maybe the stories in the tabloids about her and MO being at odds are right on. From the Washington Post:

    The correspondents’ dinner always seems to convene a galaxy of stars, but last night’s festivities were particularly incandescent, bringing back many of the celebrities who lit up Washington during Obama’s inaugural events and parties.

    The evening’s guest list featured (in no particular order): Glenn Close; Robert De Niro; Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck; Natalie Portman; Stevie Wonder; Sting; Taye Diggs; John Cusack; Demi Moore; Alicia Keys; Brad Paisley; Eva Longoria Parker; Forest Whitaker; Jon Hamm; Chris “Ludacris” Bridges; young actors Miranda Cosgrove and Chace Crawford; and, for good measure, directors George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.

    In the ballroom, Tom Cruise and his wife, Katie Holmes, obliged photo requests — even an unusual one from Bloomberg reporter Bill McQuillen, who wanted a picture of himself with Cruise’s wife. “You want me to take the picture?” asked Cruise, who then complied.

  78. rosettasister Says:

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