Archive for February 17th, 2006

A Friend in Jesus

Friday, February 17th, 2006

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
You are My friends if you do what I command you.
No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

John 15:13-15 (New American Standard Bible)

Help defend WorldNetDaily from attack

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Anytime an organization presents views and articles contrary to the agenda of the left, they will typically come under attack. This is the case with the news organization WorldNetDaily. Please support them if you are able.

What do atheist-activist Michael Newdow, half a dozen radical Islamic groups, and Al Gore’s top home-state fundraiser have in common?
They’ve all sued or legally threatened WorldNetDaily.com.
“It’s an occupational hazard,” says WND founder and Editor Joseph Farah. “Just as coal miners risk cave-ins and police risk being shot, journalism organizations risk being sued. It goes with the territory. When people don’t like what you report about them – even if your reporting is totally true – they can and often will sue you, or threaten to, if they have the means.”
For example, as a result of WorldNetDaily’s aggressive reporting on Islamic terrorism, several Islamic groups – both in the U.S. and overseas – have threatened to sue WND. So far, each attack has been successfully defused out of court by WND’s dedicated attorneys. But radical Muslim groups are not the only legal threat.
Attacking from another direction, atheist Michael Newdow – who infamously sued to have the “Under God” phrase taken from the Pledge of Allegiance – turned his legal guns on WorldNetDaily, filing a $1 million libel lawsuit against the Internet news organization.
WND quickly beat back Newdow’s baseless attack.
Sometimes, it is WND that is put in the position of having to take the legal sword in hand. For instance, after its highly publicized year-and-a-half battle to obtain press credentials from the Senate Press Gallery in Washington, D.C.,
WND finally threatened to file a lawsuit against each member of the Senate’s “Standing Committee of Correspondents,” which was unjustifiably denying WND its rightful accreditation.
Within days, the “Standing Committee”
capitulated and did what it should have done 18 months before, which was to grant WND Senate Press Gallery credentials – a vital tool for journalists in the nation’s capital.
So important was this case that, a few months later,
the Senate Press Gallery weighed reforms in the accreditation process, pointing to the WorldNetDaily battle as proof change was needed.

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Iran Has ‘Bought’ Russian and Chinese Vetoes, Senator Says

Friday, February 17th, 2006

I’ve suspected this for some time. Talk about “Duplicity”.

(CNSNews.com) – With growing concern about Iran’s uranium enrichment program and its presumed plans to produce nuclear weapons, experts gathered in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to discuss Chinese and Russian interests in the program.
“This is a crisis which is global in its scope,” said Stephen Blank, research professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Army War College, referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad’s anti-American and anti-Israeli views.
Igor Zevelev of the Russian News Information Agency Novosti insisted that Russia is opposed to a nuclear-armed Iran, but both Russia and China have significant investments in the country, which may prompt them to veto any sanctions that may be proposed by the United Nations Security Both countries have permanent positions on the Security Council.
“The two countries that are sending the wrong signals today are Russia and China,” said Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.).
He added that Iran “has effectively bought U.N. Security Council vetoes from China and, very likely, Russia.” Council.

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Mofaz: Hamas consulting with Iran how to lead PA

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Oh sure, why not? Of all the nations to get support from, the pali’s are turning to Jew-hating, holocaust-denying, “wipe Israel off the map” Iran. Well, since they share the same goals, it should be a great match.

Hamas has asked for guidance, instructions and financial assistance from Iran as it prepares to take over the Palestinian Authority, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told the European Union’s foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Friday.
“Hamas is currently trying to obtain funding from Iran and has asked the Iranians for advice on how they think Hamas should lead the PA,” Mofaz told Solana during a meeting at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. “You can understand what type of PA the Hamas plans to establish here.”

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Many feared dead in Philippine mudslide

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Please join me in praying for the victims of this mudslide.

MANILA (Reuters) – Mudslides triggered by heavy rains buried two villages in the central Philippines on Friday, killing at least four people and raising fears of a far higher death toll, officials and witnesses said.
Congressman Roger Mercado told Reuters that as many as 2,000 people might have died, according to estimates by local officials.
The Office of Civil Defense said the 2,000 could refer to those feared missing around Saint Bernard town in Leyte province.
A radio operator at the Emergency and Rescue Foundation, a private group, said there were unconfirmed reports that one area of Saint Bernard was 90 percent under mud, including a school.
“You can’t find any standing structure,” Mercado told Reuters by telephone. “It’s very terrible.”
One survivor feared for her children.
“I felt the earth shake and a strong gust of wind, then I felt mud at my feet,” Didita Kamarenta, who lives on a mountain next to one of the villages, said on radio.
“All the children, including my two children, are lost. They might have been buried.”
The Philippines is lashed by about 20 typhoons each year, including a series of storms in late 2004 that left about 1,800 people dead or missing in provinces northeast of the capital.
In the worst disaster in recent years, more than 5,000 people died in southern Leyte in 1991 in floods triggered by a typhoon.
Sixteen people were killed earlier this week when heavy rains and flash floods hit southeastern provinces. Environmental groups blame illegal logging for making the flooding worse.
Farmers and government agencies have been warned to prepare for heavy rains and flash floods from a stormy La Nina weather pattern that might hit the country.
La Nina features unusually cool surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean resulting in storm surges and strong winds. The weather bureau said typhoons, floods and rains since November might be linked to the development of the pattern.
The damage to infrastructure and agriculture from recent heavy rains has already cost 114.6 million pesos ($2.2 million), the National Disaster Coordinating Council said.
The Philippines grows rice, corn, coconuts, mangoes and other tropical fruit.

APA Admits Mental Problems Resulting From Abortion Ignored by Official Position

Friday, February 17th, 2006

It has long been suspected that in many cases, abortions cause more harm to the human psyche than good. The American Psychological Association (APA) should at least start an unbiased study into this.

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, February 16, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The American Psychological Association (APA) has said that the effect of abortion on women’s mental health has no relevance in determining the association’s support for abortion.
In a special LifeSiteNews report from the Elliot Institute, a spokesperson for the APA openly stated that the Association supports abortion as a civil right, and therefore research contradicting claims that abortion improves women’s health would have no effect on the APA’s position, because “to pro-choice advocates, mental health effects are not relevant.”
The APA holds extensive scientific authority on mental health issues—the association’s support for abortion over the past thirty years has been based on claims that in many cases abortion is necessary for women’s mental health through freedom from “unwanted childbearing.”
“Thirty-five years ago, when the APA joined in the effort to legalize abortion, they were promising more than just ‘relief,'” said Dr. David Reardon of the Elliot Institute in the report. “They were insisting that abortion would fundamentally improve women’s mental and physical health by sparing them the burden of unwanted children. But 38 million abortions later, there is still not a single statistically-validated study that has shown that abortion has actually improved the lives of women who abort compared to those who carry to term.”
Researchers in Christchurch, New Zealand, whose extensive study found clear links between abortion and women’s mental health problems, accused the APA of selectively ignoring current research that shows the negative effects of abortion on women’s mental health.
They suggested that the APA defense of abortion is based on seriously flawed studies, long outdated, and refuted by research from the last seven years clearly showing negative effects from abortion. In an interesting twist, the Christchurch research team, which supports abortion, undertook their study in order to attempt to refute claims that abortion damaged women’s mental health.
View the full Elliot Institute report here:
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/feb/060216A.html

Christians counter homosexual ‘Day of Silence’

Friday, February 17th, 2006

I think this is a good idea and I urge you to support it.

High-school students nationwide will take part in a “Day of Truth” to counter homosexual activism and peacefully express a Christian perspective.
During school hours, students will wear “Day of Truth” T-shirts and pass out cards, said the Arizona-based public-interest group
Alliance Defense Fund, which is sponsoring the April 27 event.
Outside of class time, the students will present the following message:


“I am speaking the Truth to break the silence. Silence isn’t freedom. It’s a constraint. Truth tolerates open discussion, because the Truth emerges when healthy discourse is allowed. By proclaiming the Truth in love, hurts will be halted, hearts will be healed, and lives will be saved.”

Alan Sears, the ADF’s president, CEO and general counsel, said the event provides an opportunity to express a different perspective than the “Day of Silence,” a campus activity, he contended, that promotes a radical homosexual agenda.
The ADF offers assistance to students who initiate the “Day of Truth” at their schools.
“In the past, students who have attempted to speak against the homosexual agenda have been censored or in some cases punished for their beliefs,” Sears explained. “It is important for students to stand up for their First Amendments right to hear and speak the Truth.”
The “Day of Truth” will be held on the day after the “Day of Silence,” promoted by the
Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educational Network, which asks students to remain silent for an entire day to express their support for the homosexual agenda.
“The First Amendment allows for open discussion,” Sears argued. “Allowing students to have a ‘Day of Silence’ without allowing them to have a ‘Day of Truth’ limits free speech and the free exchange of ideas, which then limits their ability to make informed decisions. Placing limits on student free speech ultimately places limits on learning.”
The “Day of Truth” was launched last year, with more than 350 schools participating.

Probe finds terrorists in U.S. ‘training for war’

Friday, February 17th, 2006

I have mixed thoughts on this. Although neighbors feel that the federal government might not be watching these possible terrorist camps in the U.S., it is likely that they are. Now with that said, I also remember the Secretary of Homeland Security saying that people were their best information and to report everything suspicious.

The Pakistani terrorist group Jamaat ul Fuqra is using Islamic schools in the United States as training facilities, confirms a joint investigative report by an intelligence think tank and an independent reporter.
A covert visit to an encampment in the Catskill Mountains near Hancock, N.Y., called “Islamberg” found neighboring residents deeply concerned about military-style training taking place there but frustrated by the lack of attention from federal authorities, said the report by the
Northeast Intelligence Network, which worked with an Internet blogger, “CP,” to publish an interim report.
The neighbors interviewed said they feared retaliation if they were to make a report to law enforcement officials.
“We see children – small children run around over there when they should be in school,” one neighbor said. “We hear bursts of gunfire all of the time, and we know that there is military-like training going on there. Those people are armed and dangerous.”
The resident said his household gets “nothing but menacing looks from the people who go in and out of the camp, and sometimes they yell at us to mind our own business when we are just driving by.”
“We don’t even dare to slow down when we drive by,” the resident said. “They own this mountain and they know it, and there is nothing we can do about it but move, and we can’t even do that. Who wants to buy property next to that?”
Jamaat ul-Fuqra, or “community of the impoverished,” was formed by Pakistani cleric Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani in New York in 1980. Gilani, who refers to himself as “the sixth Sultan Ul Faqr,” has stated his objective is to “purify” Islam through violence.
Gilani also is the founder of a village in South Carolina called “
Holy Islamville.”
The encampment in Hancock, N.Y., is run by a front for Jamaat ul-Fuqra called Muslims of the Americas Inc., which operates a school known as the International Quranic Open University Inc.
The facility is on 70 acres of remote land on the western edge of the Catskill Mountains, about 40 miles southeast of Binghamton, N.Y. A sign at the entrance identifies the place as “Islamberg.” The other side of the sign says “International Quranic Open University” and “Muslims of the Americas Inc.”
Every one of the neighboring residents interviewed expressed disappointment and additional concern that federal law enforcement is not investigating the activities, the report said.
“These people need to be investigated,” a resident said. “They are training for war, either for war here in this country or against our troops. Who in the h— is allowing this stuff to happen right here in our own backyard, and why?”

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