Archive for February 9th, 2006

Dounreay ‘loses’ bomb-grade uranium

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Well this is nice. And just how does one loose hightly radioactive material in the first place? Read on and find out.

THE Dounreay nuclear plant has lost more than half a pound of highly enriched uranium (HEU), the material used to make nuclear weapons.
Official government figures show that during an internal audit of UK nuclear sites over the last year, technicians at the Caithness site could not account for some 283g of HEU.
Another nuclear plant, Winfrith in Dorset, has also mislaid some HEU, the audit found.
The material is at the heart of the crisis over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Intense diplomatic efforts by western nations and the United Nations are focused on stopping the Iranian government producing HEU in its nuclear power programme.
The discrepancies in stores of radioactive material were revealed in the Department of Trade and Industry’s annual Nuclear Materials Balance survey.
The audit has previously shown even larger gaps in the nuclear balance-sheet. Last year, the Sellafield plant in Cumbria could not account for more than 30kg of plutonium.
The government insists that the missing material is not a cause for concern, trying to depict it as “paper losses”.
“Whenever nuclear material is measured there is an uncertainty associated with the measurement,” the DTI said. The losses at Dounreay and other plans “conform to the pattern over previous years and give no rise to concern over either the safety or the security of the operation of the plants”.
However, as the DTI admits in a briefing document on the findings, the audit process leaves open the possibility that the “lost” material is physically missing. “Theft of small amounts of material cannot be detected by nuclear materials accountancy alone,” the document says.
Frank Barnaby, a former government nuclear scientist who now works at the Oxford Research Group, a think-tank, said that the uncertainty “should worry us very much”.
He said: “The fact is that they can’t tell whether the material within these ‘unaccounted for’ margins is missing or has been stolen – there is no certainty at all about where this material is.”
While the amount of missing uranium would not be enough for a conventional nuclear device, it could be used in a “dirty bomb”, in which a conventional explosive blast is used to scatter radioactive particles.

Read the rest here.

Oh OK. So maybe it’s lost but then again, maybe it’s not. Who knows? It’s comforting to know that it can “only” be made into a “diry bomb” and not a full fledged one. Real comforting.

Copies of Koran found lying in a drain in Pak

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

As if the muslims need any more excuses to riot, destroy things, and hurt and kill people. Actually, they don’t need any excuse at all. You know, for the religon of peace, they sure have been pretty un-peaceful lately. Makes one wonder if they are finally showing their true colors.

Lahore, February 8: At least 3,000 protesters enraged by the alleged desecration of the Koran clashed with police and torched two cinemas in Pakistan’s second largest city Lahore, police said on Wednesday.
The city, was tense after the mob rampaged through a poor neighbourhood overnight and also smashed up dozens of vehicles, local police officer Mohammad Abbas said.
The trouble erupted late on Tuesday when copies of the Muslim holy book were found lying in a drain in the Bhatta chowk area on the fringes of the sprawling city.
“The news of the desecration of the Koran spread quickly in the neighbourhood and within no time some three to four thousand people took
He said the crowd armed with bamboo sticks turned violent, setting fire to two cinema houses and attacking public and private properties.
“Police used a mild baton charge to restore order, but the situation is very tense,” he said.
Abbas said police have registered a case against unknown people under the country’s blasphemy laws.
The violent protest came amid ongoing outrage in Pakistan and other Muslim countries over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in European newspapers. to the streets shouting slogans against the desecration,” Abbas said.

The Sea Is Divided

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.
“The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.”
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward.
“As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land.
“As for Me, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen.
“Then the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD, when I am honored through Pharaoh, through his chariots and his horsemen.”
The angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them.
So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Thus the one did not come near the other all night.
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided.
The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
Then the Egyptians took up the pursuit, and all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots and his horsemen went in after them into the midst of the sea.
At the morning watch, the LORD looked down on the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and brought the army of the Egyptians into confusion.
He caused their chariot wheels to swerve, and He made them drive with difficulty; so the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from Israel, for the LORD is fighting for them against the Egyptians.”
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their horsemen.”
So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state at daybreak, while the Egyptians were fleeing right into it; then the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, even Pharaoh’s entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained.
But the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.
When Israel saw the great power which the LORD had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in His servant Moses.

Exodus 14:13-31 (New American Standard Bible)

U.N., EU to apologize to Islam for cartoons

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

And leave it to the U.N. and E.U. to roll over and play dead to the terrorist tactics of islam. Let’s send islam a message that killing, burning and destroying things gets them what they want. That way the next time they want something, they already know how to get it.

The United Nations and European Union have reached agreement to issue a joint statement condemning cartoon “insults to Islam” that were first published in a Danish newspaper and have been widely reprinted recently, resulting in a rash of violence throughout the Muslim world.
According to a report in WAM, the United Arab Emirates news agency, the agreement is the work of Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Conference.
The agreement, according to Ihsanoglu, will mean a formal rebuke by the U.N. and EU of the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten for publishing the offensive
The statement, he added, stresses that divine religions and religious symbols must be respected, and that freedom of speech must not be taken so far as to desecrate religions.
“The statement also calls for renouncing all forms of violence,” he said, according to WAM.
The controversy began just over a week ago, though the cartoons were first published by the Danish newspaper in September. More recently, other papers and news agencies picked up and published the cartoons, and the result has been unprecedented rioting throughout the Islamic world. cartoons.

Read the rest here.

Of course we would expect that their statement on “desecration of religions” will only apply to people who are supposedly “desecrating” islam. It wouldn’t apply to the almost daily desecration of the Jews and Chrisitans that we see from the islamic nations, I’m sure.

See the rest of the cartoons here.

Abortion foes gain on new front

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

I can hardly call this news because of the liberal slant that USAToday is famous for giving to it’s articles, but there is actually a lot of good information here. There’s a chance that a fetus might feel pain when it is aborted (No, really?? You mean that having one’s brain sucked out might hurt? Who would have guessed?). Some people feel that the mother (or is that a “tissue donor unit”?) might want to know that information before making the final decision to have the baby aborted.

A new front in the debate over abortion is emerging in legislatures across the nation. Abortion foes are gaining ground with proposals to require doctors to tell women seeking abortions that their fetuses might feel pain during the procedure.
State “fetal pain” bills began popping up last year in the wake of other statutes that have drawn attention to the interests of fetuses, including bans on a procedure that its critics call “partial birth” abortion. (Related story:
Abortion opponents seek new angle)
Fetal pain bills were introduced in 19 states in 2005, and were passed in Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Wisconsin bill was vetoed last month by Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, who said it failed “to reflect a consensus of medical opinion” and “intrudes on the doctor-patient relationship in a heavy-handed manner.” He cited a controversial report in the Journal of the American Medical Association that said there is no conclusive evidence of when a fetus first feels pain.
Despite such questions, more fetal pain bills are advancing this year. Such bills have been passed by House members in Utah and Indiana and are headed to their Senates.
Fetal pain bills also have been introduced this year in Arizona, Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma. Most would require doctors to tell a woman whose fetus is at 20 weeks or more gestational age that her fetus might feel pain during an abortion.
The bills are the latest attempt by abortion foes to put more restrictions on the procedure and potentially pave the way for the Supreme Court to reverse Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that made abortion legal nationwide. Such a historic reversal is unlikely soon: There are few proposals in state legislatures that would challenge Roe directly, and five of the nine Supreme Court justices have supported abortion rights.

Read the rest here.

OK USAToday…so what you’re saying is, telling woman there is a real chance that aborting her baby will cause it pain before it dies is somehow going to overturn Roe vs. Wade? What planet do you folks live on? Mine is called Earth. What’s your’s called? Talk about a liberal rant, and in a supposed reliable news source too.

Brit Hume’s Political Grapevine…Discouraging Cindy

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

And California Senator Barbara Boxer is urging anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan not to run for the Senate this year, saying Sheehan is “more valuable out there, not as a candidate.” Sheehan says she’s leaning toward challenging California’s other Democratic senator, Dianne Feinstein, in the June primary over Feinstein’s vote to authorize the use of force in Iraq.
But Boxer tells California reporters, “I don’t think having her in the Senate election helps her at all.”

Cindy, please run!! Oh please, please, please run!! You couldn’t help the Republicans, I mean, you couldn’t help the people of California any better then to run for Senate.

Note to Ms. Boxer:
What you really meant to say was “Cindy, we don’t want you in the Senate. You are too good of a puppet doing the “anti-Bush” thing. Why waste a good thing, huh? The Republicans would get another seat in the Senate if you actually did beat Dianne out of office, which you can’t. We wouldn’t let you win in any case.”

It’s official: Israel to withdraw from West Bank

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

I cannot understand what the government of Israel is thinking. They continue to give away the land God gave them so long ago. We now have them deciding to do this:

JERUSALEM – Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has announced Israel will unilaterally withdraw from most of the West Bank and make other moves aimed at changing the Jewish state’s borders.
In taking the widely anticipated actions, Olmert explained his policy by claiming Palestinians may soon outnumber Jews and threaten Israel’s Jewish character unless a separation is imposed.
Critics have said not only is the territory covered by Olmert’s plan strategic and vital to Israel’s defense, but state the acting prime minister is relying on false demographic information. They point to a recent studying indicating Jews likely will outnumber Arabs by more than double in 20 years.

Read the rest here.

Meanwhile the terrorist are doing this:

An IDF tank fired a shell at two Palestinians trying to lay explosives at the Erez crossing early Thursday afternoon, killing one and moderately wounding the other.
Palestinian sources claimed, however, that the men were not terrorists, but were innocent civilians selling candy on a donkey.
The incident follows an attempted
terror attack at the Karni crossing early Thursday morning in which IDf troops killed two terrorists. At approximately 4:30 a.m., two armed Palestinians attempted to infiltrate the Israeli side of the crossing.
Security officials believe that on the Palestinian side of the crossing, Palestinian security forces knew of the attack before it occurred.

See the link here.

Giving up territory sure has helped the security and welfare of Israel so far. NOT!!