L.A. TIMES: U.S., Iran, edging toward direct talks
In the shadows of the Syria crisis, the Obama Administration and the new leadership in Iran are moving toward direct negotiations.
No matter that Iranian state-run media marked the 9/11 anniversary by spinning conspiracy theories that accused the U.S. government of somehow orchestrating the attacks.
(Yet, lest we forget, just after 9/11, everyday Iranians AND their government condemned the attacks and expressed sympathy for the United States, including a moment of silence and a candlelight vigil for the people of the United States.)
But in recent days, Iran had threatened retaliation for any U.S. attack on its staunch ally, Syria.
Since Iran’s new foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif took office, Iran has scaled back its anti-Western rants and has stopped their denials of the Holocaust that their previous president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had said during his time as their Prez. A really interesting thing the new Prez did was that apparently he sent a tweet wishing the Jews a happy Rosh Hashana. Now that is an interesting thing.
A snipet from the article said:
"White House officials said Wednesday that they wouldn't confirm or comment on Obama's private correspondence. But Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said the administration was ready to talk if Iran was serious....."
".....Should this new government choose to engage substantially and seriously to meet its international obligations and find a peaceful solution to this issue, it will find a willing partner in the United States."
This wreaks of the SALT talks between Nixon and Brezhnev. The U.S. was the only one in the end keeping its part of the bargain.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 1:01pm
Congratulations to WDEL for another stellar job of raising money for A.I. Dupont. This is truly a testament to the fact that America is still a great and generous country and also shows that we don't need government involved in the practice of medicine.
Mike from Delaware
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 1:22pm
Mrpizza: WDEL's radiothon raised $200 Thousand, not $200 Million. Do you have any idea what it must cost to operate a hospital like A.I. DuPont? I've been inside the place; it's a beautiful state-of-the-art facility. They've got top doctors, nurses, etc. This place is the cream-of-the-crop, the pick-of-the-pack.
What WDEL did was a great thing and I'm sure A.I. will put the $200K to good use, but IF that's it, then the hospital is in serious financial trouble. My guess is, they do benefit by government programs, those "evil things" that such "evil men like FDR" started back in the 1930's to help the lesser than thee a.k.a. the New Deal.
No, I cannot agree with your statement. We do need government assistance to insure that ALL Americans can have decent health-care, so that it's not just the wealthiest 2% and those who are government Union employees who have decent health-care, but too bad for everyone else. I've got mine, too bad for you.
Hat's off to Delmarva Broadcasting stations, though, for their effort to help A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital, good job.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 2:48pm
MFD: Again, believe what you want. Obamacare is a scam and its agenda is to expand the welfare state. Once this thing is in full swing, it'll look good for awhile, just like the economy. Down the road, however, only the 47% of freeloaders that Romney warned us about will receive care and those of us who actually paid for it will be turned down. In addition, hospitals will no longer be non-profit but they'll be government hospitals just like in Eastern Europe, and that's the ultimate agenda. Once the government controls the hospitals, they control everything and everybody. Back in the old days, they used to call that communism.
Quite frankly, Mike, you really need to start studying the prosperity message now because there could be a day coming even in our lifetimes when God will be the only thing left.
We may well have to learn the kind of faith that Abraham had just to survive.
Once again, I warned you, just like Churchill warned the world about Stalin.
Mike from Delaware
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 3:34pm
Mrpizza: Romney was wrong when he said 47%; it should be a far lower percentage, because in that number he included those of us who've worked our entire lives, but are retired and collecting Social Security and Medicare [the rich boy who's worth millions doesn't need his, but I sure will].
When I retire in 3 1/2 years, I'll be 66, and I'll have worked fulltime paying my premiums for both Social Security and Medicare for 47 years. Folks like me are NOT takers; we've faithfully paid into that insurance plan, just like a life insurance plan, except I don't have to die to collect; I just have to reach age 66. Just because elStupido a.k.a. elRushbo thinks folks like us don't deserve to get Social Security doesn't make it correct or right. You've worked for yours too. So are you not going to collect yours???
I do believe that God provides all. He uses all sorts of avenues to accomplish his plan, even unsaved folks, God isn't limited to using just his people, because he created all people, which can include people in government.
So the poor folks in Third World nations who are on-fire-for-Christ Christians... where's their check in the mail? In your Prosperity Gospel, where is the part about taking up your cross? St. Paul must have been a lousy Christian, as well as the Apostles, as none of them ended up being wealthy and most died for their faith. Where was their check in the mail?
I rest in Christ every day, who's provided me my job, my wife, my family, etc., etc. His Grace and Love are enough for me. I don't need a check in the mail. He's already blessed me with what really matters, eternal life with him, and his love and grace.
We'll just have to agree to disagree on this.
Allan doesn't really want any of us to get into some big religious doctrine discussion, so I'll give you the last say, and won't offer a further comment on the Prosperity Gospel, to honor Allan's request.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 3:48pm
MFD: Yes, I plan to collect my postal pension and whatever Social Security I may have coming, as I have paid into it. However, I'm also trying to learn everything possible about trusting God in the area of provision just in case those things do go belly-up. We Americans really don't know what faith is, and most of us, myself included, wouldn't know what to do if suddenly the cash-flow stopped. I believe the purpose of the blessing is for in case that happens. I think giving into the Gospel is a lot better insurance against a crash than buying gold or silver, in fact, Jesus said to buy gold from him. For me, it's sow seed and believe God. Anyway, if, at anytime you would like to further study the subject, here's a website for you to keep in your back pocket:
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 3:20pm
True.. it has come time to decide if living a healthy life is a right, or a privilege to those of high incomes. De facto it has been a right ever since it became illegal to turn away a sick patient. One could walk into any emergency room and get treated free, courtesy of all those who paid their bills.
Since good health is now deemed a right, we have to understand there must be changes. One is to spread the cost of living healthy over everyone, according to what they can pay. As with insurance, one gripes at the cost when one never needs it, but is sure thankful when one has to use it to pay ones medical bills. Without which one would die.
Obamacare is what the entire nation wants, with the exception of one Senator paying for radio ads, who is at the beck and call, doing the bidding of the all insurance companies, and someone delivering Pizza in Chester. The rest of the 315 million of us Americans are quite thankful, that "affordable" health care is here to stay.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 9:05pm
Hey Kavips, here's some statistics that show the exact opposite of your above posting:
Mike from Delaware: To answer your question about the check in the mail to third-world countries, American missionaries are the check. As for the prosperity ministers that you speak so evil of, let me tell you as a fact that Kenneth Copeland Ministries gives more millions of dollars every year to missionary causes world wide than all the denominational churches combined, and as a matter of fact, KCM showed up at Hurricane Katrina about a week before FEMA did.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 9:31pm
Oh by the way Mike, Operation Blessing, which is run by that "evil" Pat Robertson, also beat FEMA to the punch at Katrina. But you didn't hear about it on CNN or any of the other tabloid networks, but only if you were watching CBN or TBN were you informed.
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