Archive for March 6th, 2006

Gov. Rounds Signs Bill Banning Most S.D. Abortions

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Fox News just reported that Gov. Mike Rounds signed legislation on Monday banning nearly all abortions in South Dakota.

Supreme Court Upholds College Military Recruiting Law

Monday, March 6th, 2006

The Supreme Court has just ruled that colleges, who accept Federal funds, cannot prevent military recruiters from coming on campus to recruit.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that colleges that accept federal money must allow military recruiters on campus, despite university objections to the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays.
Justices rejected a free-speech challenge from law school professors who claimed they should not be forced to associate with military recruiters or promote their campus appearances.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the decision, which was unanimous.
Law schools had become the latest battleground over the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy allowing gay men and women to serve in the military only if they keep their sexual orientation to themselves.
Many universities forbid the participation of recruiters from public agencies and private companies that have discriminatory policies.
Roberts, writing his third decision since joining the court, said there are other less drastic options to protest the policy.
“A military recruiter’s mere presence on campus does not violate a law school’s right to associate, regardless of how repugnant the law school considers the recruiter’s message,” he wrote.
The federal law, known as the Solomon Amendment after its first congressional sponsor, mandates that universities give the military the same access as other recruiters or forfeit federal money.
College leaders have said they could not afford to lose federal help, some $35 billion a year.
The court heard arguments in the case in December, and justices signaled then that they had little problem with the law.
Roberts filed the only opinion, which was joined by every justice but Samuel Alito. Alito did not participate because he was not on the bench when the case was argued.
“The Solomon Amendment neither limits what law schools may say nor requires them to say anything,” Roberts wrote.
The case is Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, 04-1152.

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me

Monday, March 6th, 2006

And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
And He was stating the matter plainly.
And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.
But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.”

Mark 8:31-35 (New American Standard Bible)

Iran negotiator announces: “We duped West on nukes”

Monday, March 6th, 2006

And if anyone still doesn’t believe that Iran is trying to develop nukes…

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, in a speech to the nation’s leading Islamic clerics and academics, has admitted what many in U.S. intelligence have been saying all along – namely, Tehran duped the West on its nuclear program by continuing its development while using diplomatic talks to lull the Europeans into inaction.
Hassan Rowhani led talks with the EU3 – Germany, France and the UK – until last year and part of his job, reports the London Telegraph, was to play for time after Iran’s nuclear program was exposed by dissidents in 2002.
At the closed meeting of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution, Rowhani boasted that during talks to forestall Iran’s nuclear program, which intelligence sources in the U.S. saw as part of an effort to build nuclear weapons, Tehran completed the installation of equipment needed to convert yellowcake at its Isfahan plant. The Europeans, he said, were convinced nothing was occurring at the plant.
“From the outset, the Americans kept telling the Europeans, ‘The Iranians are lying and deceiving you and they have not told you everything.’ The Europeans used to respond, ‘We trust them’,” he said.
Rowhani’s frankness, it appears, was motivated by internal criticisms from hardliners that he had negotiated away too much in recent talks with the Europeans. His comments, published in a journal available to the regime’s elite, seem designed to defend his performance.
“When we were negotiating with the Europeans in Teheran we were still installing some of the equipment at the Isfahan site,” he said. “There was plenty of work to be done to complete the site and finish the work there. In reality, by creating a tame situation, we could finish Isfahan.”
Rowhani’s diplomatic skills were severely tested in September 2003 when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) demanded a “complete picture” of Iran’s program.
“The dilemma was if we offered a complete picture, the picture itself could lead us to the U.N. Security Council,” he said. “And not providing a complete picture would also be a violation of the resolution and we could have been referred to the Security Council for not implementing the resolution.”
He also revealed two occasions where the IAEA learned of secret experiments from academic papers published by Iranian scientists.
Libya’s decision to negotiate with the U.S. and Britain to end its own nuclear program brought to light the proliferation network run by Pakistan atomic scientist A.Q. Khan. Khan’s role in supplying nuclear-related equipment to Libya, revealed in surrendered documents, also exposed the fact he had supplied advanced centrifuges to Iran.
Revelations of Rowhani’s candor come on the eve of tomorrow’s IAEA meeting to reassess Iran’s banned nuclear operations. According to U.N. protocol, the IAEA review is the final step before Tehran’s case is forwarded to the Security Council, where, if the facts dictate, sanctions may be imposed.
Iran has just completed failed talks with Russia, which opposes U.N. sanctions, to find a way around the impasse.
On another matter, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an opposition group responsible for many of the revelations about Iran’s secret program, has obtained a confidential parliamentary report revealing that Iran’s legislators were unaware of the nuclear project and that it was funded off the books.
“Rowhani’s remarks show that the mullahs wanted to deceive the international community from the onset of negotiations with EU3,” said Mohammad Mohaddessin, the NCRI’s foreign affairs chief, “and that the mullahs were fully aware that if they were transparent, the regime’s nuclear file would be referred to the U.N. immediately.”

Iran issues new nuclear warning

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Does anyone actually believe that Iran is not going to try to develop nuclear weapons no matter what the U.S., U.N. or E.U. decide to do?

Iran has threatened to press ahead with industrial-scale uranium enrichment if its nuclear work is referred to the UN Security Council.
Nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said Iran would “pursue its own path” if the US and its allies “want to use force”.
He was speaking a day before the UN nuclear watchdog meets in Vienna.
Western powers believe Iran wants to develop nuclear weapons, for which enrichment is a key process, but Tehran says its plans are for civilian energy.
Mr Larijani told a news conference in Tehran: “If Iran’s nuclear dossier is referred to the UN Security Council, [large-scale] uranium enrichment will be resumed.
“If [the US and its allies] want to use force, we will pursue our own path.”

Read the rest here.

Best Film Oscar Nominees Suggest Radical Hollywood’s Political Agenda

Monday, March 6th, 2006

I don’t think there are many people around who would argue that hollywood is very liberal and doesn’t have a problem with using it’s resources to advance it’s agenda. What better place to do this then on a sefl absorbed, “pat yourself on the back” awards show.

(AgapePress) – According to a pro-family activist, Hollywood’s agenda will be on display like never before at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. Campaign for Working Families director Gary Bauer says this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture are controversial message movies that reveal the entertainment industry’s true objectives.
Among this year’s nominees, Bauer observes, are two pro-homosexual movies (Brokeback Mountain and Capote), one that glorifies the watchdog media (Good Night, and Good Luck), another that deals with racism (Crash), and another about religious extremism (Munich). While these films have frequently been touted as “critically acclaimed,” he points out that no group of five movies since 1986 has earned less revenue than these.
“I often run into people who say, ‘Look Gary, you can’t criticize Hollywood; they just go where the money is. They want to make money and they’ll put out the pictures that draw the crowds,'” the pro-family advocate remarks. “But that’s not true,” he insists.
“Many in Hollywood would much rather put out a movie like Brokeback Mountain, which promotes a particular cultural lifestyle that Hollywood is sympathetic to than they would to put out a movie like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Bauer contends. He notes that when Brokeback Mountain was nominated for Best Picture, its distributors added 435 theaters, but revenues fell 13 percent from the previous week.
Some analysts are saying the movies vying for top honors at the Oscars this year could be the least-viewed movies in Academy history. Bauer agrees; however, he believes money is not what matters most to many Hollywood executives. In fact, he adds, “I think the Academy Award nominations were determined long before some of these movies ever made it to the big screen.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), is also calling attention to the fact that the movies selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as the year’s best five were more popular with cinema critics than with cinema crowds. Comparing box office receipts, he notes that recent estimates of U.S. ticket sales put Brokeback Mountain at about $76 million, Crash at $53 million, Munich at $46 million, Good Night and Good Luck at $31 million, and Capote at $23 million.
“All these films stand high in the critics’ estimation,” Perkins points out. Meanwhile, he notes that The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which has earned some $288 million at the box office so far, received an Oscar nomination only for the less prestigious award for makeup.
“The critics choices combined accounted for little more box office appeal than Narnia alone,” the FRC spokesman asserts. “This year’s anticipated Oscar-winning movies, reviewed in light of their box office appeal, reveal Hollywood’s true motives,” he says.
Obviously, Perkins contends, film industry officials are “far less concerned about entertaining people than they are with trying to shape the culture and advance a political agenda.”

Baehr: Oscars Snub Pro-Family Productions With Popular Appeal
Christian film reviewer Ted Baehr, publisher of the pro-family resource, agrees that much of Hollywood’s focus has shifted from providing entertainment to pushing ideologies. He recently told Associated Press that the films nominated for this year’s Best Picture Oscar have almost turned this Sunday’s Academy Awards into “the irrelevant awards.”
Baehr says these movies, besides having the lowest combined box office of any set of top film nominees in 20 years, are “a very obscure group” of films that promote extreme or anti-family ideologies. “Most of them are pushing the envelope – they’re anti-Israel, anti-Christian, pro-homosexual,” he adds.
According to Baehr, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has, with less advertising and less marketing than Brokeback Mountain, “done ten times the box office of Brokeback Mountain.” Also, he contends, the Christian-themed and family-friendly Narnia film has drawn ten times the percentage of the population that went to see the much touted pro-homosexual “love story.”
Baehr, whose Christian Film & Television Commission hands out its own annual awards for the year’s best in faith- and family-affirming film and TV entertainment, says studies have shown that family-friendly films consistently earn more money than the kind of movies that are in contention for the Best Picture Oscar this Sunday.

Little League Umpire Clinic

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Hello all. Sorry for not posting anything over the weekend, but I was in a Little League Umpire clinic all weekend long.
After many hours in a classroom and on a ball field, I have a new and great respect for what these folks do. The comment was made that “the public is willing to accept 60 to 80 percent accuracy in all things, expect in little league baseball umpires. Then and only then, does the public demand one hundred percent accuracy on every call”. Whew!
What have I gotten myself into?
May the Lord give me wisdom (to remember all the rules), a sharp eye (to clearly see the play), a deaf ear (to ignore the less then kind comments from the parents and fans) and bold determination (because I need all the help I can get), to ump these young players to the best of my abilities.