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Middle East Mayhem Could Push Oil Over $150 per Barrel

July 20, 2009 by  

Middle East Mayhem Could Push Oil Over $150 per Barrel

The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

I’ve been thinking about what Rousseau said because I have passed an anniversary of sorts. Thirty-years ago this past spring I was trying desperately to keep my grades up as a junior at the University of Calgary.

One afternoon the sun was beating into our classroom. It was a petroleum-economics class taught by a Frenchman, Dr. Mitra. But that day was unusual because the professor was agitated. This was most strange. The only agitation I had ever seen in that class came from the students who regularly received Cs and Ds from the white smocked, pipe carrying Dr. Mitra.

As the bell rang, Mitra exclaimed: “This thing in Iran… this Khomeini; it changes everything!”

I don’t remember what I thought of this. I was young and selfish, so I probably wondered if it would affect the final I was already cramming for. It turned out that Dr. Mitra was talking about a lot more than a final exam for one of his classes.

It was the late 1970s, the stock market was in crisis, there was a young inexperienced Democrat sitting in the Oval Office and, oh yes, a pop star that some called “The King”, had died prematurely—of a drug overdose in his home, they said.

Sound familiar?

Back to the Future
Years later I think Dr. Mitra was saying the revolution in Iran would permanently change the markets. That nothing in international oil would be as it was before; that the removal of the Shah and a new clerical regime with its Supreme Leader would transform the Middle East.

He was right.

In 1979 the Iranian Revolution sent oil prices soaring. The country’s oil production plummeted drastically to 2.5 million barrels a day. The 1980 Iraqi invasion worsened the situation. In fact, combined production of both countries fell to just 1 million barrels per day compared to 6.5 million barrels in 1978! This lowered the global production by 10 percent, and oil prices rocketed to $36 per barrel.

Today Iran is on the brink of another revolt. America is getting ready to pull out of Iraq, a move that could throw that country into chaos. With violence escalating in both nations—countries that produce 12 million barrels of oil per day, an amount almost equal to what America imports—the ordinances are set for another price explosion.

In fact, there is a growing potential for a new terror to boil-over in the Middle East… a nuclear kind of terror.

Just how close Iran is to having operational nuclear weapons is unclear. But one thing is certain; Israel is taking the threat seriously. Last month former Israeli defence minister Shaul Mofaz told Israeli radio that Iran is a ballistic power close to becoming a nuclear power.

“Iran has undoubtedly passed beyond the point of no return, moving closer to the ultimate nuclear capacity everyday," said Mofaz.

We are talking nuclear missiles in a region that holds two-thirds of the world’s conventional petroleum reserves. It’s enough to give American strategic planners nightmares. It also sets up the biggest potential for oil and gas profits ever. A scenario that I believe will push crude oil past $150 per barrel and natural gas above $8 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Then, on July 10th, Israel issued a direct warning to Iran. It spelled out the catastrophic consequences if it attacks the Jewish state with weapons of mass destruction.

In an interview published last Friday in the Hebrew daily Ha’aretz, Israel’s national security advisor Uzi Arad said Israel must have "tremendously powerful" weapons to deter or retaliate for a nuclear strike.

In other words, touch us and we will wipe you off the map.

To read more of Israel’s sword-first diplomacy, go to: http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-07-10-voa10.cfm.

In 2009 Iran’s Crisis is an Even Bigger Threat

My office sits 20 minutes from Calgary’s core and I try to get downtown as often as I can. Last week I was at the Canadian Unconventional Oil Forum held at one of the city’s fancier hotels. It’s not so much what you hear from the speakers as what you hear at the bar—coffee, juice or otherwise.

I ran into an old university buddy during a break. He heads up a mid-sized oil and gas company that has more than 100 million barrels of proven reserves.

“If there’s trouble with Iran, it’s going to be a real mess,” he said. “Look at Bush and that Iraqi thing. That was about oil. And if this thing in Iran gets out of hand, the U.S. will be in there too. They’ve got no choice.”

I asked him if I could quote him.

“Sure,” he said as he walked back towards the lecture theatre, “just don’t use my name.”

Annual U.S. Field Production of Crude Oil

The fact is America’s fortunes are tied to Iran and the Middle East. Consider this:

  • The United States accounts for less than 4 percent of the world’s oil production but consumes more than 30 percent of world oil supplies.
  • The average oil well in the continental United States pumps less than 300 barrels per day. The average well in Iran produces 10,000 barrels per day.
  • The last elephant oil field (more than a billion barrels) discovered in the United States was in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in 1968.

In fact, 2009 marks a milestone for the United States. For the first time since World War II, we pumped less than 5 million barrels of oil per day. We pumped almost twice as much oil 30 years ago during the first Iranian crisis.

As Thomas Wolfe said, we can’t go home again

Meanwhile, Iran remains an oil kingpin. It is the de facto leader of OPEC, has the second largest conventional oil reserves in the world and is the world’s fourth largest producer of crude.

Yet in the end maybe Rousseau was wrong, at least in this instance. Things haven’t so much stayed the same, they have gotten worse. And that is bad news for America which lately has only shown talent for one thing—pumping money.

It is however good news for petroleum investors. The first Iranian revolution doubled the price of crude oil. Today, with America so much more dependent on the Middle East and with the stakes so high, the upcoming price spike could be huge, perhaps putting oil above $150 per barrel. Any way you look at it, that’s an A+ for energy investors.

Yours for real wealth,

—John Myers

John Myers

is editor of Myers’ Energy and Gold Report. The son of C.V. Myers, the original publisher of Oilweek Magazine, John has worked with two of the world’s largest investment publishers, Phillips and Agora. He was the original editor for Outstanding Investments and has more than 20 years experience as an investment writer. John is a graduate of the University of Calgary. He has worked for Prudential Securities in Spokane, Wash., as a registered investment advisor. His office location in Calgary, Alberta, is just minutes away from the headquarters of some of the biggest players in today’s energy markets. This gives him personal access to everyone from oil CEOs to roughnecks, where he learns secrets from oil insiders he passes on to his subscribers. Plus, during his years in Spokane he cultivated a network of relationships with mining insiders in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

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  • http://Hotmail Mark

    Red (AKA..Liberal, Democrats, The Left)=Catholic Socialist supporters ………….MEDIA and FASHION Funding

    Blue (Conservative, Republicans, The Right)=Christian Capitalist supporters …………OIL and resource Funding

    The red Roman Catholic Socialists across Europe (Germany, Italy, Spain and now France) have always had their sights set on conqueoring North America eventually, and with many English Protestant baby boomers now dying off, they are in full RED mode of attack using their red media and red church to generate mistrust to anyone Not European Catholic. They want to continue where Hitler and Stalin failed. Decades ago this very same red church used force and killed people who didnt pay their red church money weekly (Inquisitions and Salem Witch Hunt), and now they continue their red assault using an old roman tactic of ‘wine and circus’ by controlling North Americas media to portray the Non Catholic English as a the aggressors, hicks and hilbillies when in fact it is historicall proven to be quite the opposite. These so-called Hicks and Hillbillies ahve protected us from Socialist dictators for over 200 years. I guarantee you that anyone now pushing their red socialism is either European, Gay and angry at their brothers, or greedy willing to sell America by pushing europes agenda for wealth. I believe Obama is the latter. Our ancestors died in two World Wars protecting us from European Socialist Dictators bent on using their deceptive red church for global domination, and we should be taking arms against this very same and real threat.

    Lest we forget!

    • Brian Rawls

      Im with you Mark. Lets just make sure we can get a huge following first. I want it to be sporting if you please.

  • http://kipling.org ELMER MANZO

    I have been closely following up what is going on in US politics, the rise of socialism, the hatred generated by the leftist media against the conservatives, etc. If America will not wake up or should I say the silent majority will not be involved in active politics to counter act what the leftists are doing, they will find themselves too late to reverse what is now taking place. Will Canada be affected? It sure will since we are part of the North American hemisphere. Canada will need to be assertive politically and not be subservient to the wishes of our Southern neighbor. But if the Liberals will take over the reign of our government, it will expedite the demise of our conservative ideals and criminalize the Protestant church for their message that runs contrary to the goals of liberalism.

  • Tony

    John, I have heard that we get most of our oil from Canada and Mexico so why is the middle east such a big issue now?

    • John Myers

      Tony,

      Here is the truth on that matter. Canada and Mexico simply don’t produce enough oil between them to sustain the United States. Between them they produce 7 million barrels per day (mb/d). After domestic consumption they export less than 5 million b/d. The U.S. produces less than 5 mb/d and consumes about 20 mb/d. The numbers don’t add up for the United States to get all their oil from Canada and Mexico.

      Best,

      John

      • Patrick McDonald

        strong text Tamm Oil i remember you reporting it. it was a good tip and it might be good in the future when all hell ever breaks loose. yes, anything can happen to trigger another boost in natural oil gas almost anything essential…it can be the enemy. it can be anything that can rig the oil game and suddenly oil is back in the lime light again…and maybe some of us will finally be in the high life. sounds like a song. i don’t know if i am a subscriber anymore…but when i get my act together… i hope to act on your research. Thanks John Meyers for not charging for us to write you. Patrick

        • John Myers

          Patrick,
          Thanks for reading along. Natural gas prices are incredibly low. Nobody in the petroleum business, around here, thinks it can stay under $4.00 per Mcf. What has really killed the junior oils however has been the liquidity crisis. I know, it is hard to believe with Washington’s giant cash give-aways, but that money isn’t helping America with the next energy crisis, it’s earmarked for Detroit and NY banks.

      • http://donthaveone Mark

        How much of our oil comes from Venezuela, as we are not on good terms with this madman down there, and he could jack us around anytime.

        • John Myers

          Mark,
          Venezuela sends us about 1 million b/d. Our top six sources for oil are:
          1.Canada
          2. Mexico
          3. Saudi Arabia
          4. Venezuela
          5. Nigeria
          6. Venezuela

          The top two are politically safe suppliers. But both have troubles. Canada because of the Greens and that most of the oil is oil sands and Mexico because their fields are drying up.

        • http://donthaveone Mark

          I dont see Iraq or Iran on here, so where do they sell their oil to. And Nigeria, all Ive ever seen is how impoverished it is over there. Where does all their oil money go to, one rich family or something? Is there no oil in India and Pakistan, or Syria?

    • walter agard

      That’s right tony,they get rich off of us, they act like a bigshot,we’ve help them developed their country,and they are coming in our own country to kill us.

  • Gerald Marquardt

    The Conservatives ran to the New World.There is nowhere left to go so we are going to have to learn how to fight.I could never understand why we wait until its almost to late to do anything–Where is our next Ronald Reagon

  • http://gdiusa.ws GDI

    Very interesting article. I wonder what impact, if any, the recent discovery of oil in the American north-mid-west will have on the price of oil?

  • http://none Dale

    Follow the money. Every issue has another side one the liberals don’t mention and certainly don’t want you to hear.
    The current administration wants to ban coal and gas fired generation and they want to raise the cost of energy equivalent to $10 per gallon.
    At the same time the threat of middle-east oil cost increases are in the news, the threat of raising fuel costs to an all time historic high.

    In a socialistic environment those in charge benefit while everyone else suffers the consequences.
    How much stock do members of the current administration have in energy?
    Who stands to benefit from increasing energy cost?

    It is very obvious that those in charge have nothing to lose or they would not support increased energy cost.

    Find the truth, follow the money because every issue be it environmental, energy, green issues, etc., have another side and someone is financially benefiting from them at your expense often to the extent that the issues are totally false.

  • paul Heinila

    That is a pipe dream which keeps the hope alive at Alberta tar sands.

    If Ahmadinejad backers shout Death to America and Death to China and former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani backers, the elites, shout Death to Russia, that does not mean much. Ahmadinejad is still controlling every day affairs. If he runs in trouble he will run to Moscow for help.

    Obama is taken hands off approach.

    $150 per barrel will not happen.The socialist Obama will interfere and will put the cap on at $70.00/barrel.

  • Average Joe

    Dale,
    You are absolutely correct sir. To take it a step farther, how many people actually realize that the United States Government is a corporation?How many people realize that thier State, County and Cities are members of that same corporation? Don’t believe me?

    Historical Outline

    1st: Martial Law is declared by President Lincoln on April 24th, 1863, with General Orders No. 100; under martial law authority, Congress and President Lincoln institute continuous martial law by ordering the states (people) either conscribe troops and or provide money in support of the North or be recognized as enemies of the nation; this martial law Act of Congress is still in effect today. This martial law authority gives the President (with or without Congress) the dictatorial authority to do anything that can be done by government in accord with the Constitution of the United States of America. This conscription act remains in effect to this very day and is the foundation of Presidential Executive Orders authority; it was magnified in 1917 with The Trading with the Enemy Act (Public Law 65-91, 65th Congress, Session I, Chapters 105, 106, October 6, 1917). and again in 1933 with the Emergency War Powers Act, which is ratified and enhanced almost every year to this date by Congress. Today these Acts address the people of the United States themselves as their enemy.

    2nd: The District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871 created a “municipal corporation” to govern the District of Columbia. Considering the fact that the municipal government itself was incorporated in 1808, an “Organic Act” (first Act) using the term “municipal corporation” in 1871 can only mean a private corporation owned by the municipality. Hereinafter we will call that private corporation, “Corp. U.S.” By consistent usage, Corp. U.S. trademarked the name, “United States Government” referring to themselves. The District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871 places Congress in control (like a corporate board) and gives the purpose of the act to form a governing body over the municipality; this allowed Congress to direct the business needs of the government under the existent martial law and provided them with corporate abilities they would not otherwise have. This was done under the constitutional authority for Congress to pass any law within the ten mile square of the District of Columbia. Follow this link to see the effect of the District of Columbia Act of 1871.

    3rd: In said Act, Corp. U.S. adopted their own constitution (United States Constitution), which was identical to the national Constitution (Constitution of the United States of America) except that it was missing the national constitution’s 13th Amendment and the national constitution’s 14th, 15th and 16th amendments are respectively numbered 13th, 14th and 15th amendments in the Corp. U.S. Constitution. At this point take special notice and remember this Corp. U.S. method of adopting their own Constitution, they will add to it in the same manner in 1913.

    4th: Corp. U.S. began to generate debts via bonds etc., which came due in 1912, but they could not pay their debts so the 7 families that bought up the bonds demanded payment and Corp. U.S. could not pay. Said families settled the debt for the payments of all of Corp. U.S.’ assets and for all of the assets of the Treasury of the United States of America.

    5th: As 1913 began, Corp. U.S. had no funds to carry out the necessary business needs of the government so they went to said families and asked if they could borrow some money. The families said no (Corp. U.S. had already demonstrated that they would not repay their debts in full). The families had foreseen this situation and had the year before finalized the creation of a private corporation of the name “Federal Reserve Bank”. Corp. U.S. formed a relationship with the Federal Reserve Bank whereby they could transact their business via note rather than with money. Notice that this relationship was one made between two private corporations and did not involve government; that is where most people error in understanding the Federal Reserve Bank system—again it has no government relation at all. The private contracts that set the whole system up even recognize that if anything therein proposed is found illegal or impossible to perform it is excluded from the agreements and the remaining elements remain in full force and effect.

    6th: Almost simultaneously with the last fact (also in 1913), Corp. U.S. adopts (as if ratified) their own 16th amendment. Tax protesters challenge the IRS tax collection system based on this fact, however when we remember that Corp. U.S. originally created their constitution by simply drafting it and adopting it; there is no difference between that adoption and this—such is the nature of corporate enactments—when the corporate board (Congress) tells the secretary to enter the amendment as ratified (even thought the States had not ratified it) the Se3cretary was instructed that the Representatives word alone was sufficient for ratification. You must also note, this amendment has nothing to do with our nation, with our people or with our national Constitution, which already had its own 16th amendment. The Supreme Court (in BRUSHABER v. UNION PACIFIC R. CO., 240 U.S. 1 (1916)) ruled the 16th amendment did nothing that was not already done other than to make plain and clear the right of the United States (Corp. U.S.) to tax corporations and government employees. We agree, considering that they were created under the authority of Corp. U.S.

    7th: Next (also 1913) Corp. U.S., through Congress, adopts (as if ratified) its 17th amendment. This amendment is not only not ratified, it is not constitutional; the nation’s Constitution forbids Congress from even discussing the matter of where Senators are elected, which is the subject matter of this amendment; therefore they cannot pass such and Act and then of their own volition, order it entered as ratified. According to the United States Supreme Court, for Congress to propose such an amendment they would first have to pass an amendment that gave them the authority to discuss the matter.

    8th: Accordingly, in 1914, the Freshman class and all Senators that successfully ran for reelection in 1913 by popular vote were seated in Corp. U.S. Senate capacity only; their respective seats from their States remained vacant because neither the State Senates nor the State Governors appointed new Senators to replace them as is still required by the national Constitution for placement of a national Senator.

    9th: In 1916, President Wilson is reelected by the Electoral College but their election is required to be confirmed by the constitutionally set Senate; where the new Corp. U.S. only Senators were allowed to participate in the Electoral College vote confirmation the only authority that could possibly have been used for electoral confirmation was corporate only. Therefore, President Wilson was not confirmed into office for his second term as President of the United States of America and was only seated in the Corp. U.S. Presidential capacity. Therefore the original jurisdiction government’s seats were vacated because the people didn’t seat any original jurisdiction government officers. It is important to note here that President Wilson retained his capacity as Commander in Chief of the military. Many people wonder about this fact imagining that such a capacity is bound to the President of the nation; however, When John Adams was President he assigned George Washington to the capacity of Commander in Chief of the military in preparation for an impending war with France. During this period, Mr. Adams became quite concerned because Mr. Washington became quite ill and passed on his acting military authority through his lead General Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Adams was concerned that if war did break out Mr. Hamilton would use that authority to create a military dictatorship of the nation. Mr. Adams averted the war through diplomacy and the title of Commander in Chief was returned to him.
    (See: John Adams, by David McCullough, this book covers Mr. Adams concerns over this matter quite well. Mr. Adams was a fascinating man.)

    10th: In 1917, Corp. U.S. enters W.W. I and passes their Trading with the Enemies Act.

    11th: In 1933, Corp. U.S. is bankrupt, they force a banking holiday to exchange money backed Federal Reserve Notes with “legal tender” Federal Reserve Notes the Trading with the Enemies Act is adjusted to recognize the people of the United States as enemies of Corp. U.S.

    12th: Some time after 1935, you ask Social Security Administration for a relationship with their program. With the express purpose of generating Beneficiary funds to United States General Trust Fund (GTF) the Social Security Administration creates an entity with a name (that sounds like your name but is spelled with all capital letters) and an account number (Social Security number). They give you the Social Security card and let you know that the card does not belong to you but you are to hold it for them until they want it back. If you are willing to accept that responsibility over the card you activate the card by signing it, which gives you the ability to act as the fiduciary for the cards actual owner Corp. U.S. and you can use the card’s name and number to thus transact business relations for the card’s actual owner. You are also to note that though the card verifies its agency (you as the single person with authority to control the entity so created) it is not for use as identification. On review: notice the Social Security Administration was the creator of the entity, they offered you the opportunity to serve its Trustee capacity (by lending it actual consciousness and physical capacity), they gave you something (the card) that does not belong to you to hold in trust and they reserved the actual owner of the thing (Corp. U.S.) as the beneficiary of the entity—by definition, this only describes the creation and existence of a Trust. More importantly: the name they gave this Trust is not your name, the number they gave the Trust is not your number and your lending actual consciousness and physical capacity to this Trust’s Trustee capacity does not limit you or your capacity to separately act in your natural sovereign capacity in any way—what you do, when you do it and how you do it is still totally up to you.

    13th: In 1944, under the Bretton Woods Agreement, Corp. U.S. is quit claimed to the International Monetary Fund, and becomes a foreign controlled private corporation.14th: In 1968, at the National Governor’s Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, the IMF leaders of the event proposed the dilemma the State governors were in for carrying out their business dealings in Federal Reserve Notes (foreign notes), which is forbidden in the national and State constitutions, alleging that if they did not do something to protect themselves the people would discover what had been done with their money and would likely to kill them all and start over. They suggested the States form corporations like Corp. U.S. and showed the advantages of the resultant uniform codes that could be created, which would allow better and more powerful control over the people, which thing the original jurisdiction governments of this nation had no capacity to do. Our Constitutions secure that the governments do not govern the people rather they govern themselves in accord with the limits of Law. The people govern themselves. Such is the foundational nature of our Constitutional Republic.

    15th: By 1971, every State government in the union of States had formed such private corporations (Corp. State), in accord with the IMF admonition, and the people ceased to seat original jurisdiction government officials in their State government seats.

    Now, having stated these historical facts, I ask you not to believe me, but rather prove these facts for yourself.
    Next, consider this. What is the purpose of a corporation? To make money for thier shareholders.Who are the shareholders for the United States Government?…the people that we supposedly “elect” to office. So who are they passing legislation to help?…is it the people or is it for the “shareholders”? The same holds true for State, County and City Governments.

    • Lena

      Hey Average Joe, I had a question about these. So if there is a card with our names in all capital letters doesn’t this mean that we are sort of a corporation ourselves? Does this also mean that we can in a way ‘beat the system’ by claiming that we are not in fact that name in all capitals but will represent it in court? I have sort of looked into some of this I was just wondering your opinion on it. I heard that our capital names on these cards are each worth 1 million, but it is not our money, it is owned by someone else.

      Also, do you think that the monetary system will change soon? That people will realize all those facts you stated about our past and how the FR snuck in and is creating all these problems or are they just too powerful and wealthy to be stopped?

      Lastly… a funny little bit of information… did you know the Constitution was written on hemp paper?

      • Average Joe

        Lena,
        You are correct that they(the gov. courts etc.) attempts to make us coporate entities. However, why would anyone want to take responsibility for someone that they are not (the strawman, ie.the capitalized corporate name). That strawmans name is a “person”. A person is a fictional entity. What we fail to remember is that “words” have different meanings under law than we might think they mean. I would suggest getting a copy of Black’s Law dictionary available for a relatively low price through places such as ebay, amazon etc. $50-100.
        I would also suggest looking into Plea in Abatement, The U.C.C. sections 1-103 and 1-207, Team Law, Mark Stevens dot net )AKA Adventures in Legal Land) for some good starts on your education and enlightenment. Please continue asking questions and spreading the truth to the people. Freedom is not free, it is a long , hard fought battle that never ends. As for the the Constitution being written on hemp, I did know that and am suprised that they haven’t already burned it since Hemp is “supposedly” illegal in this nation. Good luck in all of your endeavors and may God Bless you for taking a stand.

        • Average Joe

          Sorry Lena,
          My fingers were moving faster than my brain, It should have been… Marc Stevens dot net.

  • Average Joe

    When you find there is no error in this historical outline, then remember these simple facts and let no one dissuade you from the truth.

    The Bottom Line: when you speak about these private foreign corporations remember that is what they are and stop calling them government.

    Further, it is very important that we cease to attempt to fix them. It is far more important that we learn how to reseat our original jurisdiction government and spread the word about the truth. By reseating our State and national governments in their original jurisdiction nature, we gain the capacity to hold these private foreign corporations accountable. They owe us a lot of money, in fact they owe us more money than there is available in the world. In fact it is impossible for them to pay and that gives us the leverage we need to take back our nation and put things right. The process is a simple one. The difficulty is in getting our people to wake up to the truth. That’s why we ask you to prove the truth for yourself and contact us with your discovery.

    That means that you must stop acting and communicating like you are anything other than the sovereign that God created you to be. And, stop referring to Corp. U.S. or the STATE OF ‘X’ as anything other than the private foreign corporations that they are. And, finally, stop listening to the Bigfoot Patriot Mythology that is espoused by those that only give these facts lip service.

    It’s time to wake up and follow the truth, time to repent and become a moral and honorable society instead of lauding our Piety while we stand guilty of:
    a) not knowing the truth;
    b) not living the truth;
    c) believing God will save us even though we have the tools to know the truth the ability to use the tools but we refuse to live by the truth and use the tools we have to save ourselves and thereby become free.

    The biggest problem with that get all excited about uniting against the tyranny of Corp. U.S. is that they are blind to the truth having no remedy so they bail out of “the system” hell bent for a rebellion even the scripture says cannot be won with conventional weapons of war. Would that we could instead follow the admonition of the King of Kings and unite with truth to legally, lawfully and peacefully reseat our original jurisdiction government thereby taking back the control our nation in accord with law.

  • Lena

    I agree with Average Joe. People need to start learning the facts for themselves instead of believing that everything the government does for them is for their benefit. The government… or as we should now call them the “corporation” which controls our lives is not thinking about our well being but using us and taking advantage of us so that they can collect more wealth and more power. If everyone understood the system and how the Federal Reserve basically creates money out of thin air in order to increase societies debts in a never ending downward spin or how The District of Columbia to give the government all these ‘corporate abilities’ that I can rarely see benefitting us the people. If people got together and asked these questions in vast number perhaps we would see answers. The fact of the matter is Coprorations own the world. That 40% of the worlds wealth lies in the hands of 1% of the worlds population is a sad thing to learn. Do they think they can take it all with them when they die? Why can’t this wealth be spread around and give everyone a better quality of life rather than these greedy few hoarding it all to themselves.

    To tie this into the article I think harsh times are ahead of us. The silent will stay silent while the battle to destroy the world is fought by those with the money. Since those with the money are those with power it is a hard battle for the common people to win. If we could work together and educate our children of the world we live in we stand a better chance. The monetary system needs to be re-evaluated. But in the past all those who challenged it were brought down by those with the money/ power. Are we really surprised?

    • Vernon Tou

      Lena,
      You sound like an independent thinker. You and others that think like you are doing the right thing questioning the Fed Reserve which itself was set-up in 1913 to be “independent”. After this last go-around and interest rates at zero, leaving zero protection of the purchasing power of our dollar, does anyone, anymore still think the Fed is independent?

      • Average Joe

        I agree whole heartedly the the Federal Reserve is not independent as it tries to claim. How can it be independent? It’s employees keep going from the Fed to Goldman/Sachs to the presidents inner circle and then start the same cycle all over again? Please people look at where all of these people come from and where they go. Usually when they leave G/S, they go to the whitehouse or the Federal Reserve, where they then make policies to help G/S. Next they leave the whitehouse and go where?…back to G/S….start following the people /money trail…END THE FED and allow no one into government that works for these large financial institutions. It has become all to obvious to some of us how their scheme works. While you are at it, take a look at where the past CIA directors have come from…most of them have directly from Wall Street with very few exceptions since it’s inception….what better way to cover up their crimes that to put their best people into the CIA at the top levels?

  • Sam

    With all the inflammatory press, the Iran “crisis” combined with the speculators looking for a quick buck hust might push it that high again. Then again, thingsd could stabilize and they could lose theri shirts. But that would not be “news”.

  • Rich

    John, I am a geologist working the Williston Basin, I am on a well right now, and the potential of the Bakken/Three Forks plus horizontal Ratcliffe et al.. is enormous. This region could provided all the oil we currently use in this country. However, it seems that this potential is not being fully realized.

    • John Myers

      Rich,
      There is a lot of buzz around regarding the Bakken formation. The U.S. Geological Survey suggests vast recoverable reserves, as much as 4 billion barrels. But oil men and women that I talk to in Calgary point out that on-going production so far yielded only 111 million barrels. As one hardened veteran said to me: “The oil is plenty, the rock ain’t willing.” Simply put, the geologic formation on not conducive to vast production and that is the key reason the Bakken formation and all the talk of it has virtually had no impact on the markets; except that is for penny stock promoters who use USGS numbers to hype their stock.

    • http://donthaveone Mark

      Does it have anything to do with the left being in bed with the zealot environmentalist, who are afraid we might disturb some wooly worm in the soil 6 feet down?

  • gvitis

    Wow,
    I’m total floored buy average joe. How did you put all that together? How long have you known this? I wonder if you just rattled that off or took a while to put it together you are a machine and a great patriot!

    gvitis

    • Average Joe

      I started my quest for knowlege about 20 years ago when a friend handed me a copy of a book titled “The Miracle on Mainstreet”.It talked about our monetary system and referred back to the constitutuion. I have never been one to take things at face value and started doing research to find flaws in the book’s theories. Although I did find a few minor flaws, the majority was completely correct. That made me wonder about what else that I had been “taught” was true and how much was untrue.Along the way I have encountered many internet sites with varying views concerning our nation and it’s history. Again I don’t just go to a site and believe everything they say…I reference, cross reference and then cross reference some more, until I have a complete understanding of the issues.Most of what I wrote above was taken from a site called “Team Law” (a wonderful site with a wealth of information I might add), after I of course did the actual research and confirmed everything they had to say.I could find no flaws at all in the timeline of events.
      I believe the problem in America was stated by a member of the Warren Commission on the death of JFK. When the Warren Commission findings were releleased, a reporter for the Washington Post asked on of the members “what are the american people going to say when they read the report and find out that Oswald probably did not kill JFK?”To which the gentleman replied “simple, the american people DO NOT READ”
      I would wager that of all of the people that have visited this site and read these comments, only one in 20 actually read the intire statement that I provided above (that’s 20%) The american people have (thnx to the lamestream media) become accustomed to sound bites for thier information (short blurbs with very little to say on any issue) If the information takes longer thatn 1-3 minutes, the people lose interest and move on to something else. We the people cannot be bothered with things like verifying that what we are told is the truth….. that would take too much time away from our entertainment time and our consumerism. 8 years ago I turned off my TV because of the BS about 911, the political mudslinging and the outright stupidty of the lamestream media. Now, I devote my time to learning the truth about the world around me through my innitiative. I pray that others will learn to do the same and eventually rise up to take back our once great nation.

      “The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded”.
      Montesquieu (1689–1755)

      “Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters”.
      Noah Webster (1758–1843)

      • Average Joe

        I would wager that of all of the people that have visited this site and read these comments, only one in 20 actually read the intire statement that I provided above (that’s 20%)
        Actually it is only 5%…sometimes the fingers type faster than the mind mind proccesses….My appology for the error.

      • http://donthaveone Mark

        Oswald was a patsy, and the government covered this up, as they have many many other things. Though the left and right fight, whoever gets in there seems to have their own covert style of enriching themselves, and a lot of the problem is us voters continually put these “career” guys in there year after year, and allow them to set up this crap. Wholesale changes need made, with incumbants out. The only way we can change things, is the people to vote. This current change though, wow, its not working.

        • Average Joe

          I believe that Kennedy was killed because he pissed off the bankers and the CIA. In May of 1963, congress pased an act to remove the silver certificates from the market to be replaced by FRN’s unredeemable in anything other than more FRN’s. Also during the same time Kennedy wanted to disband the CIA because they felt that they did not have to answer to anyone, up to and including the president.
          On June 4, 1963, a little known attempt was made to strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the government at interest. On that day President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order No. 11110 that returned to the U.S. government the power to issue currency, without going through the Federal Reserve. Mr. Kennedy’s order gave the Treasury the power “to issue silver certificates against any silver bullion, silver, or standard silver dollars in the Treasury.” This meant that for every ounce of silver in the U.S. Treasury’s vault, the government could introduce new money into circulation. In all, Kennedy brought nearly $4.3 billion in U.S. notes into circulation. The ramifications of this bill are enormous.

          With the stroke of a pen, Mr. Kennedy was on his way to putting the Federal Reserve Bank of New York out of business. If enough of these silver certificates were to come into circulation they would have eliminated the demand for Federal Reserve notes. This is because the silver certificates are backed by silver and the Federal Reserve notes are not backed by anything. Executive Order 11110 could have prevented the national debt from reaching its current level, because it would have given the gevernment the ability to repay its debt without going to the Federal Reserve and being charged interest in order to create the new money. Executive Order 11110 gave the U.S. the ability to create its own money backed by silver.

          After Mr. Kennedy was assassinated just five months later, no more silver certificates were issued. The Executive Order was never repealed by any U.S. President through an Executive Order and is still valid. Why then has no president utilized it? Virtually all of the nearly $7 trillion in debt has been created since 1963, and if a U.S. president had utilized Executive Order 11110 the debt would be nowhere near the current level. Perhaps the assassination of JFK was a warning to future presidents who would think to eliminate the U.S. debt by eliminating the Federal Reserve’s control over the creation of money. Amazingly on the very day day that JFK was being buried, the Federal Rserve flooded the US market with 50 billion dollars worth of those new FRN’s …while the whole world was mourning the death of our beloved president. With only one small article on about page 9 of a small newspaper, this “new” money was placed in cirrculation. Who do you think killed Kennedy?…..

  • steve jones

    you are all waiting for man to solve the problems when they are the problem. but a change is coming not from man but from god. you remember him , the guy they threw out of school, out of the public buildings etc. what you don’t know is who is behind all of this mess. believe it or not Satan and he will not be destroyed . not by man any way. some of you do excellent research . research the bible for a change. you’ll be surpised at what you can learn. take a long look at revelation. a long look. religion is going down for the count. will be destroyed by the governments thru the U.N. thenGOD steps in and will destroy not only the governments but anyone who is part of them. so keep on thinking man has the solutions and watch what happens. the signs are there .

    • Average Joe

      Actually God has provided man with the tools to free himself (knowledge, truth, law). He does not expect us to sit on our duffs and await his comming to fix things for us. It is entirely up to us what we choose to do with those tools. We have the tools…use them.

      strong text“The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded”.
      Montesquieu (1689–1755)

      “Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters”.
      Noah Webster (1758–1843)strong text

      • http://donthaveone Mark

        I agree with you Average Joe. While God is in control, and will have the final say, he doesnt want us to sit on our butts and say “come on God, fix things”. He wants us to mobilize and be His hands and feet, and do for others, and perform good works and have good faith. He wants us to seek him, but he also wants us to be active and do things. Sitting around waiting will do nothing but let the enemy gain further strongholds, both in human terms, and in evil versus good terms. Good point Average Joe.

    • Prodigal Son

      I have to agree with Steve Jones 100% but I also want to aknowledge the knowledge of Average Joe , since he took interest in searching for the “truth” …and the truth shall set yee free ! …”seek he first the Kingdom Of Heaven and all those things shall be added unto you !”…
      But one thing is very true and that is – knowledge is power- but we are a nation of complecent people and just can’t be bothered with the truth as long as “the truth” gets fed to us through our new flat screen TVs by a biased liberal media.
      In “The End” we all will discover that’s NOT about us , it’s all about HIM and Kingdom Of Heaven will be established on this Earth !
      …My people perish from the lack of knowledge….

    • Lena

      I wouldn’t exactly say God is going to come and solve all our problems. I believe religion was set up to control people and make them afraid, not free them. If you look back you can pretty much relate all religions to each other, which in turn all relate to astrology. I recommend people watch movies like Zeitgeist. Some of the things said may be a little far fetched but I believe them to be closer to the truth than what the media tells us. It is also a way for all those who don’t read to actually be able to have things spelled out for them. You can watch it online right now for free. The one great freedom we have is freedom of speech.

      However, back to what you were saying about God coming, it could be that you are right and a spiritual awakening is on it’s way. I would prefer that over the alternative that things stay the way they are, but I am not going to wait for that all my life to watch it never happen.

      • http://donthaveone Mark

        While you are partially right that religion was set up to control peoples lives, that is wrong. Christianity wasnt set up, it was a happening. Christ came and died for our sins, to be a bridge to God for us. There is no controlling of us. You either acccept or you dont. There is no force to join, and there is nothing you can do to earn it. It is a gift of Grace from God. There is nothing to do, as it was all done for you when Jesus spread his arms and said I love you this much, and took the nails for us. You cant work your way in, you cant pray your way in, you just say yes, I want you in my life, and thats it. There is no controlling you like many sects and many religions have, thats why I dont call Christianity a religion. It is apart from all others, in which its God is alive, where as all others have gone into the ground to rot. But dont wait for the return and do nothing, be active, help others, do the right thing, and dont be selfish.

    • http://donthaveone Mark

      Though these signs will happen as you say, Satan will not win. In fact, his fate has been sealed. He is defeated and will be thrown into the lake of fire. However, he still is the Prince of the World for now, and he will take down as many as he can before he has to go. What with all this kicking God out of school, and out of government, and trying to take Him off the money, Satan is laughing with delight, as the ACLU does his legal work for him, and the old boy is raking in souls at a quicker pace than even he imagined. Just like other regimes or dynasties or whatever you want to call them before us, there will reach a point when God has had enough and will remove His hand from us. Man will bring this about soon.

      • steve jones

        you are right on target. hopefully you read and understand the book of revelation because we are very close to that time. sorry to say most people don’t believe satan exists so when it hits the fan most will die.

        • http://donthaveone Mark

          Have read many help books on it, and done in depth studies, and all the prophecies for the end are fulfillied, except for the revealing of the lawless one. Some say it is Obama, but I dont think so. He does not appear to be a great peace maker. Besides, the good book says I will recognize him when he comes, I dont recognize this guy as such. But people need to read this, and see about more and more hurricanes, floods, tornado’s, earthquakes, and all the “warming” signs, the birth signs, are all here and now. God’s time is diffferent than ours, could be tomorrow, 1 year, 10 years or 100 years, but your right, many wont be ready and it will be too late for them. Many laugh at me for saying what Im saying, but the Gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is the lifeblood for us who know Him. Have a good day brother.

    • FarRightAndProud

      I hope Steve it WILL happen the way you explained. I pray everyday to God to punish these demons who made our country and government to an Evil Empire!

  • steve jones

    i’m not saying don’t do any thing and to just sit around. just look at the world since 1914. utter destroying of mankind all around us. this country is very fortunate to never have a major war on its land. as for politicians, they are all liars and cheaters of mankind. they might go to washington with the right intentions but once there they realize that the only way to get things do is to go with the flow. pretty said. and buy the way, you can think and say what you want in this country, but i find it very hard to go against a book ,written by GOD thru man ,that has over 700 prophicies come to pass. what do you have ? i’d be happy to take a look.

    • Lena

      So if this world ending thing comes about does it mean if you aren’t Christian you are going to burn in hell? That’s why I don’t understand religion. They are all practically the same principals, the same history, but if you aren’t one specific religion you aren’t worthy of God’s love. Why can’t people just treat other people, animals and the environment with the proper respect it deserves and hope that we reap what we sow. What goes around comes around. If you are good then good things will happen to you. Not if you are Christian. Who cares? I understand religion has benefits to belonging in a group and it brings about good things but many times it brings about war and hate and comes with all these rules.

      Actually if you look into astrology it explains the origins of the bible along with the origins of other religions dating back to Ancient Egypt. The Mayans said that the world will end in 2012. Do you believe that is when God is coming? If there is a God- and I do hope there is- he isn’t just going to stop by and say “Hey everyone! Miss me!” God isn’t a he either. It is some entity I would imagine. But I don’t think “it” would interfere with our demise. People have brought their fate upon themselves and slowly destroyed the beautiful world we were given. If anything, God is dissappointed and all people can do is live their lives and respect other earthlings and the earth itself in hopes that when the time comes, they get what they deserve.

      • Average Joe

        My theory is that all religions have a piece of the truth, but that no one religion has or paractices the whole truth.Each only teaches what the want their own congregation to know. As for organized religion, Most churches are not in fact churches at all, they are tax exempt corporate entities and as such are subject to corporate by-laws…ie…the corporate US Government. As a example…when the US went after Manuel Noriega under Bush 1, where did Noriega hide?…IN a Church which was Cannonized. The US could not go in and get him without reprecussions from the Catholic church. In the US however any church that is a tax exempt corporation can and is often invaded to get a “criminal” because they are not recognized as being “Cannonized”…they are quite simply…a corporation under the eyes of the law…nothing more…nothing less.

        • Lena

          I once again agree with you Joe. I always found it strange how everytime I went to church all God seemed to want from me was money… makes sense that it was a corporation talking.

      • Average Joe

        Actually Lena,
        Many of the christian ideals and beliefs ie. new testament, can be traced back almost verbatum to the Bhuddists beliefs which had been around for about 500 yrs. before Christ.The difference being that Bhuddism really isn’t considered to be a religion, but rather a way of life. A few years ago I saw a british documentary called “Did Jesus Die?” It was rather well done and made me open my mind up to different possibilities than what organized religion had been drumming into my brain since chilhood. That is not to say that I don’t believe anymore…It simply means that I look at it from a different perspective than I did before.If you can manage to find the film (either downloadable or buy it outright) you might find yourself pleasantly suprised at such alternate thinking without ruining your basic beliefs
        If you want to see the big picture, you must look out of different windows…otherwise you will always have the same view of the world.

        “Minds are like parachutes, they work best if they are open.”

        • Average Joe

          As George Carlin (may he rest in peace) once said, “it seems awfully funny to me that God who is all seeing, all knowing and can do anything… for some reason can’t seem to manage his money…he always seems to need more …. don’t believe me?…Just walk into any church”…..just a bit of humor there….don’t anyone get upset.

        • Lena

          “Did Jesus Die?” I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the tip!

        • http://donthaveone Mark

          I agree Joe, thats why when I was young, I drummed up anger at God for things that were going on in my life, which by the way later turned out to be mostly of my own doing, but I was angry at Him, so I ran from the church, and I sought out and studied many things, from Buddism, to sorcery and witchcraft, to Hinduism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness, Wicken, and many many things, only to years later come full circle, and get down on my knee’s and ask Jesus into my life. Things happened when I did that, and things were revealed to me, as it is written, “my eyes and ears were opened”. As a youngster I didnt buy into what I was being taught in the church, I was raised Presbyterian. As a young adult, I went to Catholic church. Once my life changed, Ive been in the Missionary church, and what a difference. We practice out of the bible, not out of tradition, which is what a lot of denominations do. There is no fire or passion for saving souls and bringing them a better life in Jesus. Just go to church on sunday because Im good and Ill go to heaven. Well, Ive come to know there is a lot more to it than that. Ive found you dont have to do nothing, Jesus did it all when he took the nails. All we have to do is accept Him as our Saviour, and I tell you what, life is now good. Many trials still, many temptations, many setbacks, but I know where to turn now, and Ive got hope, the hope in Jesus Christ. If Im wrong, so what, Ill spend my life being good to people and helping others all my days, as Jesus taught us to do. And if Im right, those that laugh and chastize will be in for some gloomy days ahead, and that is sad for them. But my eyes and ears have been opened, and the truth has been revealed to me, as it has to all who have actually, truthfully in their heart, called out to Him for help. So, no, I havent been brainwashed or taught things, I searched and found out for myself, and I study this stuff. Other religions may put you through different meditations and relaxation therapies that make you feel good for awhile, but an inside change is a whole different story. Truth is truth, and Ive found it, and no one will talk me out of it. What can I say, what is, is. Jesus is real and alive, and is the only God that is. I wish everyone finds Him. Its cool.

      • steve jones

        so i will tryto explain this the best that i can.in the begining satan made a challange to god. that if god did not help his worshippers like jobe they would not recognize him as the supreme leader of the world. all GOD wants is his sovernty but since satan challanged this GOD allowed satan to control man so satan could try to prove that he is equal to GOD. GOD has allowed this since adam and eve until now. you won’t learn that in most religious organizations . satan has deceived mankind to the point where most people don’t believe he exists. i have been going door to door for 10 years now and people do not know what is going on but they are afraid something is going to happen. funny thing is when you tell the truth about something they don’t believe it because they have been lied to for so long. by the way GOD’S name is JEHOVAH and that sounds male to me. the churches of the world have lied to their congregations for decades. they won’t tell you the truth about the bible because they have twisted it for so long they fear the people would turn on them so they continue the lies. being christian does not mean you are going to be saved. GOD reads your heart and he knows where you stand. that will get you into his new kingdom here on earth. i know you’ve been told you will go to heaven . well you were lied to . read the bible . it will tell you the truth. have some faith. give it a try.

        • Lena

          Oh wow, I totally didn’t realize I was dealing with a Jehovah’s witness here. Next thing you are going to tell me you think the world is four thousnd years old… no wait you won’t tell me you think that, you will say it is a fact. How do you know what will happen to you when you die? It could just be darkness. You could be reincarnated. It could be like falling asleep. Why don’t you live your life for the now instead of the hereafter but with love in your heart? I think you would enjoy it a lot more instead of being greatly disappointed that you spent your whole life waiting for a let down. Not to say there is no heaven and hell. I think there is a God. It is obviously not the same God that you worship from your discription but it is the same idea. Life your life to the fullest, love the world and everything in it with all your heart and be open to different things and perhaps at the end you can at least say you were happy. But I am pretty sure you don’t care what I have to say since I am not the same “superior” sex as your God so I am giving up. Have a good life!

      • http://donthaveone Mark

        Because Jesus Christ came in human flesh, taught us the way to go and to be, was beaten beyond the recognition of a man as it is written, took our shame and our guilt, and took the nails for us. You see, in the beginning, their was no death and no sin. It was all good and beautiful. Adam and Eve were given one little thing not to do, and that was not to eat of the tree of knowledge. God gave them everything they ever needed, and in multitude. One thing was withheld from them, one little thing they were told not to do, and when the tempter came, they listened to his lie, and went against the word of God, and ate the fruit. Did you catch the part where they were naked, but werent ashamed and didnt even realize it, until they ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge, and realized they were naked and they were embarrassed and hid. Why? The fall of man. Before this sin, there was no guilt or shame or wrong. Now there is, because man was disobediant to his maker. Sin is now in the world. It runs rampant so much that God has had it and decides to destroy it with water, save for Noah and his family. All through the old testament, there were all kinds of sacrifices made to atone for sin, and these people really had to jump through the hoops to do all these sacrifices, which really were a sign God was showing them of how much sin they have. Then comes Jesus, the sacrifice to end all sacrifice. He came here for one reason, and one reason only, to serve man. He served us with his life, and gave it up for us. In the end when He comes again, this time to judge the world, those that reject Him and chose not to accept Him, yes, they will be thrown into hell for eternity. You and some might choose to say, “thats not a loving god”. I beg to differ. At that point, He will say, you never wanted Me in your life, and you never wanted me to bother you, so I will send you to a place void of Me and I will never bother you again. What we ask for here on Earth will be granted. If we ask Him in our life, He will come in. He will not come in uninvited. He is not a forceful God. But if one spends their days on Earth telling Him he is not wanted, that they have no time for Him, or that they wish He would go away and leave them alone, in the end, that is exactly what they will get. I see no wrong or hatefulness or mean in that. He will give what you ask for. And being a Christian does mean you are going to Heaven, as that means you have asked Jesus Christ into your heart. However, there are some who will tell you they are Christians, when they have never truly done this. They may get a surprise. You cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven by good works, let no man boast, as it is written. It is a gift of the Grace of God. Some think going to church every Sunday makes them saved, or a Christian. Not so. A lot of people will miss Heaven by 18″. That is the distance between their head and heart. They think it in their head, but they dont live it or have it in their heart. Big difference. And there is one difference between Christianity and all other religiions, and I mean all of them. In Christianity, my God, Jesus Christ lives. He beat death, and owns the keys to it. He never went into the ground to rot where worms and bugs would eat his flesh. All other religions founders, leaders, holy men, gods or whatever you want to call them, all went to the grave and stayed there and rotted, and if you opened them up today, there they still are. My God lives. One big difference.

        • Lena

          I think the one thing all people have in common is we all die. No one gets a get out of jail free card. At least it is an experience many have had before you and many will have after. If Jesus became an immortal then good on him… but he had to go through a lot to get there.

      • http://donthaveone Mark

        Lena, I believe in Jesus, and He lives in me. I read where you said you believe there may be a God, and I would encourage you to fully seek and see if there is or if there isnt. Dont take my word for it, or Steve’s, or Average Joes, or a Pastors for that matter. Seek with your heart. Read. Do what I did maybe, but be careful. I studied Hinduism and Buddism, Mormom, Christian Science, Jehova’s Witness, and many many more, and in the end, I came to realize the Christianity I was trying to run from was calling me to it, and when I studied all this stuff, well, nothing compared. It kept coming back to all these religions gods were all guys that are dead, except one, Jesus Christ. When I hit my knee’s and asked Him to forgive my sins and come into my life, wow, what a burden it was having all that dirt lifted off my shoulders. Its something only one who has done this would understand, but being relieved of that burded of sin, and having my eyes and ears opened, were the best thing that has ever happened to me in my life. I fully recommend it, but thats up to you, whenever and however you may form a relationship with Jesus. I fully support your views on being nice to people and trying to be a good person. But sad to say, there are a lot of people, who will purport to be saved because they are a nice person and do good things. Not so. We cannot work our way into heaven, it cant be done. There is only one name on which men (and women) can be saved, and that is the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. But please, dont take my word for it, research this stuff, because I am convinced, that if you or anyone wants to find the truth, and you look here, oh yeah, you will find it. There are half truths everywhere, but there is one truth, and if you ask, all anyone has to do is ask, the door will be opened and it will be revealed to you. I promise this, but please, search and see what you find. Seeking always finds good or bad, but one needs to find it, so please, seek it out.

      • steve jones

        so lena, i guess i struck a nerve. if your offended that i think GOD is a man ,i’m sorry but thats what the bible says ( 1corinthians 11: 2-4) jesus also refers to GOD as his father . common sense would tell the word father refers to male . next; the bible does not say how old the world is , what it does say is how long it took GOD to put everything on earth including day an nite. that was 6 days . now they are not literal days. read 2 peter 3;8 ” however, let this one fact not be escaping your notice , beloved ones, that one dayis with Jehovah as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day”. GOD does not use time ,only we do. so each day could be 1000yrs . or maybe its 1500yrs . next; read gen3:19 “in the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground for out of it you were taken. for dust you are and to dust you will return”. as for the condition of the dead read eccl. 9:5 ” the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead , they are concious of nothing at all”. next; i didn’t say ther ie no heaven . there is and that is where GOD and Jesus reside. revelation 14:3. says 144000 will reside with GOD and act as kings with Jesus. thats it .the other billions of people will reside on earth with jesus as their king for 1000 years in a perfect world . then GOD will let satan out of the lake of fire ( the bible does not use the word hell , it says hades which translated means firey lake) for a short time to see who is loyaly to him and then they will be destroyed not put back into the lake of fire. GOD is a loving GOD so why would he let them burn for eternaty. he will destroy satan and his followers forever. and by the way , i am having a better life now since i have learned the TRUTH WHICH IS WHAT WE CALL THE BIBLE. now i have given you some things to read . lets see if you are willing to do some research.

  • Annie

    Israel is a ballistic power with a fully operational nuclear arsonal.
    Iran is at least 10 years away from being reactor ready.
    You’re part of the problem: jounalistic terrorism without looking
    at basic facts. It’s a form of brain washing and it ia deadly!

    • John Myers

      In June 2009 former Israeli defence minister Shaul Mofaz told Israeli radio that Iran is a ballistic power close to becoming a nuclear power.

      “Iran has undoubtedly passed beyond the point of no return, moving closer to the ultimate nuclear capacity everyday,” said Mofaz.

      Sorry Annie, but I take his opinion more seriously than yours.

      • FarRightAndProud

        Shalom!

      • Annie

        Israel Defence Minister…are you freaking kidding me (maybe you are, i can’t tell). Your believing the Israel Defence Minister, ARE YOU NUTS?
        I am a much better source of information and you have been warned NOT TO BELIEVE everything they tell you. Besides this is how to interpret what he said.”We want Iran taken out, US ground forces will do the job for us, we will do a lot of bombing though, because we have a lot of US bombs we’d like to use up to keep our inventory up to date, and we’d like to give our guys the practice. You can replace the bombs we use with new models”..

    • FarRightAndProud

      Unfortunately the US gov’t is a whore of israel, it supports it without condition; right, or wrong and made America the most hatred nation on Earth – for nothing. Israel gets $10 MILLION A DAY financial – and military – help to destroy Palestinian homes, murder, torture, rape Palestinian (CHRISTIAN) children.

      • Annie

        The Whore was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries…drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. Jechua.

  • NObama is a liar; he wants invade Iran!

    Barak to Gates: Military option on table
    July 27, 2009

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel intends to keep a military option on the table in response to Iran’s nuclear program, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told his U.S. counterpart.

    “We clearly believe that no option should be removed from the table,” Barak told reporters following a meeting Monday in Jerusalem with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. “This is our policy. We mean it. We recommend to others to take the same position, but we cannot dictate it to anyone.”

    Barak made similar statements two more times.

    Gates said the U.S. offer of dialogue with Iran was not open-ended, adding that President Obama hoped to hear a response from Iran by the fall. The American defense chief added that he was aware that Iran could try to “run out the clock” while continuing to produce a nuclear weapon.

    Gates also reassured Barak that the United States will help Israel protect itself, invoking a new plan to provide an as-yet-undefined defense umbrella for the region.

    “We will continue to ensure that Israel has the most advanced weapons for its national defense, on the American taxpayers money” he said.

    Gates met later Monday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Most of their discussion was related to Iran, according to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office.

    Gates was scheduled to leave Israel Monday for meetings in Jordan.

  • Annie

    They have already decided to take Iran out, Biden let the cat out of the bag.
    People may not be aware that Iran, an ancient civilization, is very rich in natural resources, including water, resources Israel desparately needs. America has
    already trashed Iraq with DU, chemical and biological weapons (which the US Gov. sold to Saddam and then blew up in situ), birth defects are the norm now.
    Please do not support additional US aggression to the people of the Middle East.

  • Christian Patriot

    Good, then they will open my coal mine and make me a millionaire, if cap and trade doesn’t stop that too.

  • http://Microsoft Eugene

    We snickered when Iran and Iraq were at war with each other. So why would anyone really care if we destroy the land of the Christian Bible, a book, I believe, that is used as a blue print for world demonination. Maybe if we attack Iran as some of the radio hosts have wanted us to do during the summer, maybe we can cut down the unemployment rate.Someday, maybe the Protestants will realize that you Conservatives hate and criticize our government because when this so called anti-Christ comes, it will a religious ruler. Who really cares of us destroying the Middle East. Just one less competitor for the Christian ant-Christ to deal with.

  • JJK

    Price of oil?
    Many rabbit trails on this comment section….
    Ha Ha
    LOL!
    What was the price of oil in Adam and Eves Day?
    Smiles!
    I think I have been to Church!
    ….and law school too!
    I jest….
    But it is interesting!
    Come quickly….
    Lord Jesus!
    Revelation 22:20
    He is the “ONLY” way to the Father!
    According to Him!!!!
    It is your choice and your “free will” to believe that or not!
    That sucks…
    I have to make a decision!
    Yes!
    …..and it is my fault if I choose wrong!
    Yes!
    Seems to be a fact Jack!
    So therefore… choose life!
    God set that before us!
    As for I….
    I choose to believe it is the TRUTH!
    Saved by grace…. God’s grace… That is unmerited favor!
    It means:
    Getting something you don’t deserve!
    Receiving mercy…
    It means:
    Not getting what you do deserve!
    It says you can’t please God without faith and believing…That He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him!
    Do you want to please God?
    Saved by the “Blood of Jesus”
    Blood has to be shed for the remission of sins!
    Who made that rule?
    The Boss!
    Don’t like it?
    Talk to Him about it!
    It is His project!
    Show a little respect!
    I believe that….
    I don’t understand it!
    …..and I don’t have to!
    Be like a kid…
    Jesus said it!
    I think He knows!
    Only those with a “child like heart of faith” will enter into God’s Kingdom!
    Believe in Jesus being who He says He is with your heart and declare it with your mouth!
    That He died and that He arose!
    Call on His name!
    Repent…
    That means turn about and change!
    Ahhhhhhh!
    That one we don’t like to hear about!
    It is a process!
    It is a fight!
    We all have sinned and fell short the Glory of God!
    That is why Jesus had to die on the cross!
    Remember this….
    The devil does not care how he takes you out…
    You say you don’t believe in the devil!
    You will…
    If you go to hell!
    He is a jerk and a serial killer!
    Read John 10:10
    Jesus said:
    The theif comes to steal, kill and destroy!
    Satan is the jerk He is talking about!
    Then Jesus said:
    I come that you might have life and life more abundantly!
    So now….
    If you are thinking I am a Jesus freak!
    Yes I am!
    He is my hero by choice and my redeemer!
    I take His words seriously…
    If you deny me before man..
    I will deny you before my Father!
    That is NOT GOOD!
    I want no part of that!
    Back to oil!
    I seriously want to know the price of oil in the garden!
    Ha Ha
    Just kidding!
    Good article John Myers!
    I agree with you also on the seriousness of war in the middle east, Iran, and their nuclear capibilitiesm, now and in the future!
    It is a serious matter!
    I would guess the groundwork for Armegeddon is in process!

  • Billy

    Let’s address an issue of not what if they can develop a nuclear bomb within 5 years, to “They already have Thermo Nuclear Bombs and missiles. Yes, I am still talking about Iran, but not what they can bring to the table with their deadly level 4 virus weapons, but also about China, who has a very big dog in this fight. They have a huge army and they are so heavily involved in Iran that they have warned, and they are serious, that should we attack Iran, they will consider that an attack against them.
    Russia has also warned us about attacking Iran with a similar statement about attacking Iran.
    Is your bomb shelter well stocked? Might want to put a little extra food for the visiting Chinese troops when they come knocking.

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