Archive for July, 2006

U.S. Muslim leader blames Bush for war

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

OK, for those of you who might have forgotten already, it was Hezbollah who kidnapped the Israeli soldiers (using a U.N. vehicle while the U.N. soldiers video taped the theft of the vehicle and the kidnapping), and then started shooting rockets into Israeli civilian population centers, not Israel that attacked them.
Of course those ever tolerant (NOT) U.S. muslims leaders are so quick to blame the actual people responsible.
I must admit though, that I’ve been somewhat pleasantly surprised at the response from the islamic countries, since many of them have officially condemned Hezbollah for their actions.

The chief of the Muslim American Society’s Freedom Foundation blamed the United States and President Bush for the war between Hezbollah and Israel.
Mahdi Bray, executive director of the foundation, told WorldNetDaily that while there are “no clean hands” in the escalating violence, the United States has failed completely.
“We have the … capability of doing something,” he said. “Our position is not defensible that we have not used our leverage to obtain a cease-fire.”
The Israeli military’s attacks on terrorist locations in Lebanon in recent days were prompted by a Hezbollah attack on Israeli soldiers that left a number dead and two more apparently as hostages.
“Abduction is always a provocative act,” Bray said. “Basically our position has always been when it comes to civilian populations, we’ve always opposed any attack on civilians, whether it’s done by Israel or Hezbollah. Certainly the abduction of over 2,000 people who are in Israeli jails, who have been picked up, including members of the Palestinian parliament who were abducted without trial or any form of legal redress, it’s bad all the way around for the region.”
As WorldNetDaily reported, Bray’s group held a rally Friday during which a Jewish activist was physically assaulted and threatened.
The event at Boston’s City Hall Plaza was the group’s “Justice for Palestine and Lebanon Protest.” Signs brought by participants included some including some calling for “victory” for the terrorist group Hezbollah and the “Palestinian Resistance.”
Bray said even though he understands the Israelis were “provoked” by the attack that killed soldiers and left two of them as hostages, “I am still taxed for some understanding for the level of response that the Israelis have taken in reference to dealing with this issue,” he said. “I can understand any group wanting to get their soldiers back.”
But he said there’s no reason to destroy electric system infrastructures in Lebanon.
A spokesman for the American Jewish Committee in Boston, Lawrence Lowenthal, said Hezbollah has moved into homes and apartments in civilian areas in Lebanon in order to launch rockets at Israel and contends the nation really has no choice.
“I don’t understand what alternative Israel has,” he told a local newspaper. “Hezbollah is holding Israel hostage.”

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Threat: Cancer teen to be taken by force

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

This is just going too far. Sounds like the judge and social services are out of control again, or still, as the case my be.

The father of a Virginia teen seeking an alternative treatment for his cancer says a social worker has threatened to use force to take the boy away from the family for court-ordered chemotherapy.
Jay Cherrix of Chincoteague, Va., is concerned there could be an Elian Gonzalez-style showdown over his 16-year-old son, Abraham, who has already undergone chemotherapy for his Hodgkin’s disease to no avail.
Appearing on Sean Hannity’s national radio program yesterday, Jay Cherrix said, “When the social-service worker came and interviewed me, I told him how Abraham felt and about how we had met a person who had been cured by this [alternative treatment] and how we were supporting Abraham’s decision. I said, ‘What will you do with my little boy? Will you take him somewhere and strap him down and put duct tape on his mouth and pump full of this stuff if he doesn’t want it?’
“He said, ‘No, I will come to your house with a uniformed officer, and I will take your son by force if he resists. And I will take him to somebody who will do that.’
“And I said, ‘I don’t think I can let you do that.'”
He added there have also been other threats to take Abraham away from the family.
“They told Abraham that if he did not go and have an X-ray, they would put him in a juvenile detention center with drug dealers. They told him that if he did not do that they would put him in a foster home. … We never thought that people could actually say that to a young fellow like that. We’ve been surprised by lots of stuff but we have a strong faith and we believe that we’ll prevail. We think there will be a judge that will use common sense and compassion and grant a stay on that [mandated chemotherapy] order.”
“I can’t believe we’re gonna live in a society where the government now, through a court order, is gonna send some bureaucrat into your house, take you out in handcuffs, slap you on a gurney and stick some medicine in you because they deem that you’ve made the wrong decision in life. I can’t believe we’re actually on the verge of that happening here,” said an outraged Hannity. “It’s almost like Elian Gonzalez for crying out loud.”

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“I’m not going to receive chemotherapy no matter what,” Abraham said on “Hannity & Colmes” last night. “This is my body, the body that God gave to me, and in the Bible it says for me to take care of this body. It’s my temple. … If you are not able to do with your body what you want to, then you have no rights whatsoever.”
When asked to describe his previous chemotherapy treatment, the teen said, “It was worse than dying itself. It was more like torture.”

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Hizballah Targeting Civilians With Rockets Meant to Kill and Maim

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Could we expect anything less from slimy terrorist? I don’t think so.

Haifa, Israel (CNSNews.com ) – Hizballah rockets are not accurate but they are deadly – designed to inflict maximum damage on civilians. And had Israel not been so prepared, those rockets would be exacting a higher civilian death toll in Israel than they have so far, experts here are saying.
Warning sirens sounded in Haifa again on Tuesday as more rockets hit the city. Over the last two weeks, Hizballah has fired more than 1,200 rockets at Israel, killing 17 civilians and wounding hundreds of others.
Michael Cardash, deputy head of the Israeli Police bomb disposal unit, said Hizballah is launching a variety of rockets at Israel, including an enhanced 122-millimeter Grad rocket made in China and a 220-millimeter rocket made in Syria.
The rockets are packed with 30,000 to 40,000 ball bearings designed to inflict maximum casualties when they explode.
“Anti-personnel” rockets packed with ball bearings are the most lethal kind, experts said. And it is these rockets that have been landing in Haifa.
Even from a distance of 100 meters (300 feet), the balls can go through cars, said one bomb disposal expert. In fact, it happened on Sunday: an Israeli motorist in Haifa was killed when his car was struck by the ball bearings, police sources said.
Human Rights Watch, a group that usually criticizes Israel, earlier suggested that Hizballah’s firing of rockets packed with ball bearings into civilian populations was a “serious violation of international humanitarian law and can constitute war crimes.”
Sarah Leah Whitson, director of the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch, also said, “Hizballah’s use of warheads that have limited military use and cause grievous suffering to the victims only makes the crime worse.”

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The Blog Looked Funky and Nobody Told Me…

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Y’all need to tell me when the blog looks funky so that I can fix it. I use Netscape Navigator so I had no idea that the blog looked wrong in Internet Exploiter…I mean Internet Explorer.
Anyway, I’ve fixed it for now. The Google search box was causing the problem. I’ll work on it and try to get it to look better.
Thanks and sorry for the problem.
-Steve

Volunteers rescue pets wounded in Katyusha attacks

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Here’s something I hadn’t thought about before, but I bet there are a lot of needy pets as a result of the fighting.

While northerners pour into the southern part of the country or into neighborhood bomb shelters, dogs and cats, some wounded by shrapnel from Katyusha rockets, are being left to fend for themselves.
Consequently, volunteer organizations have come to the rescue, trying to gather the abandoned pets and bring them to safer surroundings. Two such associations are AHAVA, an organization created to better the lives of animals in Israel and the Middle East, and Tenu L’Haiot L’Hiot (Let Animals Live).
AHAVA has collected 168 dogs and cats and brought them into shelters, kennels and private homes. Its volunteers have found so many that the organization lacks the room to house more. Additionally, AHAVA volunteers are bringing food to the North to feed the hundreds of cats that roam the streets and are accustomed to being fed by local residents.

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3 Year Olds to be Taught About Same-Sex Relationships

Monday, July 24th, 2006

The National Teachers Union (appropriately called NUT) has come up with a plan to start teaching children as young as three years old about same-sex relationships. I know I have asked this before, but why do small children need to be introduced to topics relating to sex at all? Our world is giong to hell in a hand basket and the educators of this country are leading the way there.

Children as young as three should be taught about same-sex relationships in a bid to stamp out homophobia in schools, it was claimed yesterday.

The National Union of Teachers, the country’s largest teaching union, sparked outrage by demanding that nursery staff help to educate children about gay families.

It claims it is too late to wait until youngsters arrive at primary school to learn about the subject because some three-year-olds are already using homophobic language.

But critics branded the NUT as “achingly politically correct” and said the proposals were akin to “brain-washing” vulnerable youngsters.

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Peace Prize Winner Wants To Kill President Bush

Monday, July 24th, 2006

A Nobel Peace Prize winner told a group of school children in Brisbane that she would love to kill President Bush. Anyone else see the irony here? She is a really great example for those kids – of how to act like an idiot.

NOBEL peace laureate Betty Williams displayed a flash of her feisty Irish spirit yesterday, lashing out at US President George W.Bush during a speech to hundreds of schoolchildren.
Campaigning on the rights of young people at the Earth Dialogues forum, being held in Brisbane, Ms Williams spoke passionately about the deaths of innocent children during wartime, particularly in the Middle East, and lambasted Mr Bush.

“I have a very hard time with this word ‘non-violence’, because I don’t believe that I am non-violent,” said Ms Williams, 64.

“Right now, I would love to kill George Bush.” Her young audience at the Brisbane City Hall clapped and cheered.

“I don’t know how I ever got a Nobel Peace Prize, because when I see children die the anger in me is just beyond belief. It’s our duty as human beings, whatever age we are, to become the protectors of human life.”

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Kerry Criticizes Bush’s Handling of Middle East Conflict

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Some one needs to remind John Kerry that America voted and he lost the election. Kerry and Gore just cannot get over being beaten by Bush. If you will notice, they have made it their life’s mission to criticize him on everything from war to the weather. Kerry apparently believes that if he were president, the conflict in the Middle East would not have happened. Kerry is again downing President Bush over his handling of the Middle East. It is easy to speculate on “what could have been”, but thankfully Kerry will never get a chance to prove his “superior” skills as President, and as Martha Stewart would say, ” And that’s a good thing……”.

U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D- Mass., who was in town Sunday to help Gov. Jennifer Granholm campaign for her re-election bid, took time to take a jab at the Bush administration for its lack of leadership in the Israeli-Lebanon conflict.

“If I was president, this wouldn’t have happened,” said Kerry during a noon stop at Honest John’s bar and grill in Detroit’s Cass Corridor.

Bush has been so concentrated on the war in Iraq that other Middle East tension arose as a result, he said.

“The president has been so absent on diplomacy when it comes to issues affecting the Middle East,” Kerry said. “We’re going to have a lot of ground to make up (in 2008) because of it.”

Kerry lost by a narrow margin to Bush in 2004 and plans to seek the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2008.

Today marks the 12th day of fighting between Israel and Lebanon. Israel launched air strikes after Hezbollah militants, whom operate within Lebanon, kidnapped two Israeli soldiers in an attempt to swap them for prisoners.

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Re-Post: “UNCOVERED: RUSSIAN-SYRIAN-IRANIAN AXIS” by Hal Lindsey

Monday, July 24th, 2006

For students of Bible prophecy, even the title of this communiqué should set off alarm sirens. I just received some electrifying intelligence data. First, from the Debka-Net-Weekly’s briefing. And second, from some personal intelligence sources (I carefully guard) that confirm Debka’s report.
Russia, Iran and Syria have entered a defense pact that is in the process of altered the balance of power in the entire Middle East. Russia’s part in the pact has been kept relatively secret for a long time. But the facts reveal a long steady Russian commitment to the Iranian nuclear program and arms supply to Syria.
A Mossad General shared with me in confidence that he had personally traced the hiring and importation to Iran 283 of the defunct Soviet Union’s top nuclear and missile scientists. This was in took place in February of 1991.
I shared this information with no one until nine months later when it was first made public (although strangely not followed up by the mainstream media). All Russian leaders continued and expanded this agreement to this day, especially our supposed friend, Vladimir Putin.
Russia has helped the Iranian nuclear program from its inception. Hundreds of Russian scientists with their families live around the some twenty scattered nuclear related facilities. Russian ‘Spetznaz soldiers’ (special forces) guard all the key nuclear facilities.
Iran has had some help on missile development from the North Koreans. But even their missiles are based upon Russian designs. The unmistakable culprit in China, North Korea and Iran’s nuclear development has been the Soviet Union and continued by Russia.
The Soviet Union’s motivation for helping China and North Korea was primarily ideological. Russia’s primary reason is hard cash, although now, it is taking on a strategic importance as well.
So here are the disturbing hard facts about what is taking place in what can only be viewed as a dangerous anti-western strategy in the form of a Russian-Syrian-Iranian Axis.
The first part of this strategy was, as I said above, Russia enabling Iran to produce deliverable nuclear warheads.
The second part was the forming of the recent mutual defense pact between Iran and Syria. The foreign ministers of Iran and Syria, Mostafa Najjar and Hassan Turkmani, signed the pact in Tehran on June 15th, 2006.
Debka’s intelligence sources unveiled a disturbing clause in the agreement that was reported to President Bush by US Intelligence. This report disclosed:
“The clause speaks of more than one battery of upgraded SHEHAB-3 surface-to-surface missiles to be deployed on the 13,000-foot Jabal Ash Shanin ridges towering over central Syria.
“The latest Syrian-Iranian exchanges are reported by DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s intelligence sources as auguring the early dispatch from Tehran of a deputation of officers to take up position at al Qadnus, east of the Syrian port of Tartus, and along the road linking the port to Jabal Ash Shanin.
“This team will act as the vanguard of the Iranian missile force to operate the missiles station, will check out the ground and fix its precise location.
“Senior intelligence officials warned the US President that this deployment would not just throw the entire Middle East balance of strength out of kilter, but directly menace American bases as far as West and East Europe and the Central Asian republics, including those located on the shores of the oil-rich Caspian Sea.”
This puts virtually all of Europe within range of the soon-coming nuclear tipped Iranian missiles — and at the whim of Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Remember him? He is the one who believes Allah has chosen him to fulfill an “end time” Muslim prophecy by starting a world apocalypse in which the long-awaited ‘Mahdi’ (Muslim Messiah) will appear and subject all survivors to Allah.
As if this isn’t bad enough news, there is something even more alarming developing within this new axis of evil.
Russia is now making moves to protect Syria and its Shehab-3 missile base. This is what DEBKA-News-Weekly reported:
“Our sources have observed the Russians dredging the port of TARTUS, Syria’s second most important Mediterranean port, with a view to expanding their logistical supply point there to a fully-equipped naval base, possibly to serve the Black Sea Fleet warships when they are redeployed from the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol. It is designed to be built up into the permanent base for the fleet led by the RFS Moskva (TG Flag) missile cruiser and the RFS Azov landing ship within the next three years.
“February 27, 2006, DEBKAfile’s exclusive sources found the MOSKVA and AZOV heading into the Mediterranean on Feb. 5, escorted by a Russian military tug, to take part in the a NATO marine exercise Operation Active Endeavor, which was to practice counter-measures against nuclear and other WMD smugglers. NATO chiefs, and American generals in particular, attached great importance to Russia’s participation in the exercise. NATO secretary Jaap de Hoop Scheffer had intended to make the gesture of being the North Atlantic Organization chief to visit a Russian flagship.
“The visit was cancelled when it was discovered that the three Russian fleet vessels would be paying an official call at the Syrian port of Latakia.
“The arrival of the Russian task force in TARTUS in March marked the opening of the Russian base. Our military experts note that the Missile Cruiser MOSKVA is armed with the weapons, radar and electronic gear of an [aircraft] carrier hunter.
“The American intelligence briefing for the US President further disclosed that sophisticated Russian air defense systems are to be installed for the dual purpose of protecting the TARTUS NAVAL BASE and the SHEHAB-3 missile emplacements. DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s military sources identify the system as the S-300PMU-2. It will be operated by Russian military crews and not put in Syrian hands.
“This air defense system is comparable to the American Patriot, but is more effective.
“The version to be deployed in Syria is geared to intercept ballistic missiles. It has the great advantage of being ready to fire five minutes after receiving orders …”
This explains why Iran has blatantly defied the world and continued developing nuclear warheads, which are closer to becoming operational than we dare believe.
Second, it explains the reason why the Iranian and Syrian defense ministers signed a mutual defense pact last June 15th.
Third, it gives the reason for Hezbollah launching a war with Israel when they did. It was to divert the G-8 leaders from seriously debating action about the Iranian nuclear threat. And Vladimir Putin played a masterful game of concealing what his forces are doing.
Fourth, it explains why Syria and Iran are unafraid to openly support Hezbollah in their war with Israel and support terrorist who target US troops in Iraq. Russia is in the background guaranteeing their protection.
Debka reports that they found data indicating that Russia helped persuade Syrian President Bashir Assad to accept the placement of Iranian missiles on their soil by hinting that “it is part of their own deepening strategic plans Syria.
What is most important is that all this is setting up Ezekiel’s 2600-year-old prophecy in Ezekiel chapter 38. Persia, or modern Iran, is listed a chief among the Muslim nations Russia will lead into an all-out assault against Israel. This is predicted to be the first battle of the war of Armageddon.
The one nation that does not seem to be listed is Syria. I believe this is because as a result of actions it is now taking against Israel, Isaiah’s prophecy about Damascus in the last days is going to be soon fulfilled.
Seven hundred and fifty years ago, Isaiah warned, “An oracle concerning Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins … In that day the glory of Jacob will fade; the fat of his body will waste away.” (Isaiah 17:1, 4 NIV)
To establish the time of this event, look at these factors. First, Damascus is one of the oldest continuously populated cities on earth. It has never been totally destroyed – yet. Second, it is in a context of events that lead up to the catastrophes that precede the Lord Jesus’ Second Coming. Third, it is far enough away from that event that Jacob (Israel) is enduring terrible circumstances. Fourth, Syria and the tribal name of its forefathers are not mentioned in the Russian led Muslim Confederacy that launches Armageddon in the middle of the Tribulation.
All of this leads me to believe that Damascus will be destroyed before the Tribulation begins. I believe that Damascus is about to so threaten Israel’s existence by either launching or furnishing bio-chemical weapons or radioactive dirty bombs, that Israel will nuke them. Israel has sworn that it will implement the Samson-Option against any nation that attacks them with any form of weapons of mass destruction. That means a thermonuclear strike. This may soon happen to Syria.
This in turn will so terrify the world, that it will be ripe to embrace the antichrist when he is unveiled. And that could be very, very soon.
Thank God that you have received the gift of pardon that Jesus purchased by dying in your place under the judgment for your sins. You will be miraculously snatched up to heaven to meet Him before the antichrist is revealed.
But if you haven’t received this free gift of pardon and accepted Jesus into your life, now is the time. Don’t put it off. It is like playing Russian roulette with eternity. Pray right now and receive your forgiveness. Ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and make it what He wants it to be. He will give you new desires, new joy and purpose for living. Do it now.
If you haven’t.

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American Claims to be Descendant of Jesus

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Move over, Dan Brown, theres a new nut in town. (Hey that rhymes!) An American woman claims she is a descendant of Jesus. I could type for hours about this subject, but Steve has already posted a few articles on the website about the whole DaVinci Code nonsense. For those of you out there who havent yet firgured out the DaVinci Code, let me explain. The DaVinci Code is a fictional book authored by Dan Brown and satan in order to make Jesus Christ out to be a liar. Dont be misled. There are no direct descendants of Jesus Christ, only adopted ones — they are called Christians.

A California woman publishing a novel similar to “The Da Vinci Code” claims she is a direct descendant of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Kathleen McGowan of Los Angeles is making the statement as her work, “The Expected One,” becomes available this summer.

“I don’t want people to think I’m claiming to be some elitist figure in the [Jesus] bloodline,” McGowan told the Sunday Times of London. “But what I’m saying is that Mary and Jesus had children and after 2,000 years of procreation there are probably millions of descendants around the world. I believe I’m one.”

Despite the fact the Bible gives no hint that Jesus was ever married or had children, there have been numerous claims over the years that he did have children with Mary Magdalene, another New Testament figure.

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Ariel Sharon’s Medical Condition Deteriorating, Officials Say

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Continue to pray for Ariel Sharon and his family.

JERUSALEM — The condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in January, has deteriorated though there was no immediate danger to his life, hospital officials and former aides said Sunday.
Sharon, 78, was having a problem with his kidneys at Sheba Medical Center in the Tel Aviv suburb of Tel Hashomer. Hospital officials also said brain checks had shown changes in Sharon’s brain tissue, but gave no further details.
“Over the past two days, the condition of the former prime minister has deteriorated. His kidney function is worsening and he’s amassing liquids in his body,” the hospital said in a statement.

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War in the Middle East Update

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Here are some headlines concerning the war in the Middle East.

BBC Admits Many Lebanese Casualties are Terrorists
(IsraelNN.com) The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) has admitted that many of the victims of Israeli retaliation in Lebanon are terrorists and not innocent civilians. A BBC reporter said he saw Hizbullah terrorists using a private home and added, “It is difficult to quantify who is a terrorist and who is a civilian.”

Iran soldiers killed in Lebanon transferred to Tehran via Syria
JERUSALEM – The bodies of Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers who were killed by the Israeli army in Lebanon have been transported to Syria and flown to Tehran, senior Lebanese political sources told WorldNetDaily.
The information was confirmed by Israeli and Egyptian security officials. It follows scores of reports the past few days Iranian soldiers have been aiding Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon in their attacks against Israel, including help with the firing of rockets into Israeli population centers.
The Lebanese sources said between six and nine deceased Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers were brought in trucks last week into Syria for flight back to Iran. They said the bodies were transported along with the tens of thousands of Lebanese civilians fleeing the country into Syria.
Since Israel began its military campaign in Lebanon two weeks ago following a Hezbollah attack on the Jewish state in which two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped, Syrian authorities have reported more than 140,000 Lebanese have entered their country, mostly through open areas in the Syria-Lebanon border.
WND reported earlier this month Israeli security officials said they have “concrete information” hundreds of Iranian soldiers stationed at Hezbollah positions in Lebanon have aided in efforts to fire missiles into the Jewish state.
The Israeli officials said Iranian guards directed the firing two weeks ago of a radar-guided C–802 missile that hit an Israeli navy vessel off the coast of Lebanon, killing four soldiers. Israel says Iran acquired the missile from China.

Iran: Israel doomed to ‘destruction’
Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared Sunday that Israel had “pushed the button of its own destruction” by launching its military campaign against the Iranian-backed Hizbullah in Lebanon.
Ahmadinejad didn’t elaborate, but suggested Islamic nations and others could somehow isolate Israel and its main backers led by the United States. On Saturday, the chairman of Iran’s armed forced joint chiefs, Maj.-Gen. Sayyed Hassan Firuzabadi, said Iran would never join the current Middle East fighting.

Israeli Ground Troops Move Farther Into Lebanon
ON THE ISRAEL-LEBANON BORDER — Heavy fighting erupted Monday as Israeli ground forces pushed further into Lebanon, entering another Hezbollah stronghold, and 10 Israeli soldiers were wounded, the military said.

Syria: We’ll join conflict if Israeli troops approach
Syria will enter the Israeli-Hizbullah conflict if Israeli ground troops enter Lebanon and approach Syria, Syrian Information Minister Mohsen Bilal said in an interview published on Sunday.
“If Israel invades Lebanon over ground and comes near to us, Syria will not sit tight. She will join the conflict,” He told newspaper ABC.
“We have cooperation forces on alert,” He added. “If Israeli troops provoke us, Damascus will act to guarantee the national security of Syrian territory.”

Int’l Media Is Portraying Victim As Aggressor, Olmert Says

Monday, July 24th, 2006

The main stream media (MSM’s) has come down against Israel for years. Going out of their way to portray Israel as the aggressor while giving terrorist titles such as “insurgents” and “freedom fighters” while all the while these very same terrorist are targeting innocent civilians.
It is time to ask yourself, “how would I feel if I was attacked like the Israelis are?”

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – Ahead of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s arrival in the volatile Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and other senior Israeli officials met with the foreign ministers of France and Germany on Sunday.
Olmert asked both his German and French guests separately if their countries would tolerate rockets raining down on their cities.
About one million Israelis have been virtually living in bomb shelters and security rooms in northern Israel for almost two weeks now. That would be like 7 million French or 12 million Germans, Olmert said.
French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy had to duck into a residential building during a tour of Haifa on Sunday when an air raid siren sounded.
Ahead of his meeting with German Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Olmert said Hizballah was operating at the behest of Iran and Syria and said the situation was not being portrayed fairly in the international media.
“I regret that the wickedness, the malice and the murderous brutality of Hizbullah are not fully shown on television screens outside Israel. There is a distorted picture in which the victim is portrayed as the aggressor,” Olmert said.

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Israel Seizes Control of Southern Lebanon Town, Find Weapons Cache

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

Here’s a no brainer…mosque plus weapons equals target. It is no longer a religious site. It is a military target.

ON THE ISRAEL-LEBANON BORDER — The commander of Israeli ground forces said Saturday that the Israeli army has won control of a village in southern Lebanon that allows troops to overlook Hezbollah command posts in the area.
Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz also said the soldiers had found a mosque in Maroun al-Ras that contained stockpiles of weapons, including rockets.
“The forces have completed, more or less, their control of the area of the village Maroun al-Ras, and there have been lots of strikes against terrorists,” Gantz told a new conference in Tel Aviv on Saturday night. “It was a difficult fight that continued for not a short time.”

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Gays To March at Focus On The Family Headquarters

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

Okay, anyone who believes that there is no such thing as the “gay agenda”, here is why you are wrong. This story is proof positive that satan is at work and he is using the homosexual crowd to further his plans. There is apparently a group of gays who plan to march on the Focus On The Family Headquarters and “pray” (I use that term loosely) for Dr. James Dobson, who is one of the most Godly men in the entire world. Are you kidding me?? There are so many things wrong with this story, I believe it must be “opposite day” and no one told me.
First of all, this is just another ploy by the gay community to make people believe (1) that they are spiritual (2) that they are justified by God in their sexual orientation and (3) that Christians are wrong to denounce homosexuality. I could type for days about this, but just let me say this: There is no way you can justify homosexuality according to the Bible. I have much more respect for someone who is gay and does not profess to follow the Bible’s teachings than for these people who take the Bible and twist it to fit their own sinful lifestyle.
Chad Allen, a mostly D-list actor who, for an unknown reason, was picked to play a leading role in The End of the Spear, is leading this march. The makers of the movie opened up a can of worms when they chose a gay person to portray Jim Elliot.
I cannot think of anything more ironic and moronic than these people marching to “pray” for Dr. Dobson – it is truly laughable.

(AgapePress) – The homosexual activist group Soulforce plans to march on the headquarters of a prominent Colorado-based pro-family ministry this weekend. Organizers, who have dubbed the July 22 event “The 1000-Watt March,” expect at least a thousand homosexuals and lesbians to converge on the Focus on the Family campus and pray for its founder, Dr. James Dobson.

Soulforce members claim Focus on the Family, along with other Christian groups, engage in so-called “spiritual violence” against homosexuals and deny them justice. The homosexual group accuses Focus of being “one of the world’s primary sources of defamation against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people and same-gender families” and of disseminating misinformation that encourages bias, discrimination, and violence against homosexuals.

But Gary Schneeberger, a spokesman for the Colorado Springs-based pro-family ministry, says it has never condoned any type of violence against homosexuals and, on the contrary, has reached out to them in love. Despite what some people may say or think, he asserts, Focus is not the type of organization “that says, ‘Okay, if your son or daughter comes out of the closet and says that he or she is gay, disown them, throw them out of the house, don’t talk to them again.'”

The emphasis of Focus’ ministry to homosexuals, Schneeberger explains, “is on equipping parents, friends and loved ones to love the child, the friend, the co-worker [who is ‘gay’ or lesbian], the way that Jesus would; but also, at the same time, not compromising their own faith principles.”

Actor Chad Allen, an outspoken homosexual activist who recently starred in the Christian-themed movie The End of the Spear, will be leading the march to the Focus on the Family headquarters. The march will also feature Broadway celebrity Billy Porter and Judy Shepard, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Soulforce is describing the two-mile protest march to the Focus on the Family campus as a “justice march.” The group hopes the event will bring attention to what it calls the “anti-gay dishonesty” of that Christian organization. But Schneeberger contends that it is the homosexual group’s leaders, not the pro-family ministry, that has shunned honest and open dialogue.

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The Ground War in the Middle East Has Begun

Friday, July 21st, 2006

An intelligence report I receive has just stated that several Israeli brigades have crossed over into Lebanon in an attempt to destroy the terrorist bunkers at the rocket sites.
This is unconfirmed by the news organizations at this time.

War in the Middle East Update

Friday, July 21st, 2006

This is a headline from the Jerusalem Post. Fox News seems to feel a little more sure about this. No surprise really. All the experts have been saying that a ground invasion is the only way to destroy Hizbullah.

IDF forces gathering in North for possible ground incursion
The IDF was gearing up for a large-scale ground incursion into Lebanon on Friday. Thousands of reservists were being mobilized to the North throughout Friday to beef up forces stationed in the area in preparation for a possible operation.
In total, three to four ground divisions will be operating along the Lebanese front.
Defense Minister Amir Peretz said on Friday that the defense establishment was evaluating the size of the force needed to conduct a large-scale operation in Lebanon.
“We have no intention of being dragged into something that Hizbullah wants to drag us into,” Peretz said. “Nevertheless, we will operate in every place that we find it necessary.”

Jerusalem Post Link.

As Mideast Conflict Continues, Israeli Invasion Appears Likely
HAIFA, Israel — Hezbollah rockets rained down on northern Israel and Israeli warplanes bombed targets in Lebanon Friday as Israeli ground troops amassed along the border for a likely ground invasion.

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Hezbollah poised to fire warheads of spent nuclear rods

Friday, July 21st, 2006

This might be the “straw that breaks the camel’s back” so to speak.

LONDON – The British intelligence service MI6 has established that Hezbollah is poised to launch a new “rain of terror” on Israel with rockets equipped with “dirty bomb” nose cones, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
“The nose cones will contain spent nuclear rods from Iran’s nuclear programme. The rods are wrapped with conventional explosives. The dirty bombs are primarily intended to create increased panic across an already nervous population in northern Israel,” claimed a senior intelligence officer in London.
Meantime, Mossad undercover agents are desperately trying to locate where the “dirty bomb” arsenal is located. It is believed to be in the Bekaa Valley.
The Israeli intelligence service has also told MI6 that it believes Hezbollah now has “up to a thousand” other rockets poised for launch.

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War in the Middle East Update

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Hizballah Attacks Holy City of Nazareth
Jerusalem (CNSNews.com ) – Two children from Nazareth — the Biblical city where Jesus grew up — were killed when a Hizballah rocket slammed into their home on Wednesday.
Nazareth, about 20 miles south of the Lebanese border, is an Israeli Arab town. Roughly half of the Arabs are Christian.
Elsewhere, more than 70 rockets rained down on Israeli communities on Wednesday, some scoring direct hits and injuring a number of people.
Two Israeli soldiers and one Hizballah terrorist were killed and nine other Israeli soldiers wounded in fierce clashes along the Israeli-Lebanese border. Israeli ground forces crossed the border to rout a Hizballah cell entrenched in the area.
Meanwhile, diplomatic meetings were underway as the international community tries to push Israel toward a ceasefire.
But Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz said on Wednesday that Israel has “no intention of ending this crisis [to] go back to living under the same reality.”
“We intend to stand our ground and see that Hizballah does not return to the border and that its flag will not fly above the border. The Lebanese government is the sovereign and must take responsibility for what takes place in its territory,” Peretz said at the start of a meeting with European Union envoy Javier Solana.

UN envoys calls for quick decision on deploying international force
A United Nations envoy who visited Israel and Lebanon this week called on Wednesday for a quick decision on whether to deploy a new international force to stop the escalating Mideast conflict.
Earlier Wednesday, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana called on “those who may have influence” over Hezbollah to help end the conflict, indirectly referring to Syria and Iran.
“We’re in a hurry. It has to happen fast,” said Terje Roed-Larsen, advisor on Lebanon-Syria issues to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. “There is serious work to be done in order to reach conclusions, which will be presented to the parties. The parties then have to agree with the presence of the force, what kind of force before it can go in.”

Israeli Troops Push Into South Lebanon
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) – Israeli troops punched into south Lebanon on Wednesday as warplanes flattened buildings including one thought to hold Hezbollah’s top leaders, intensifying an offensive despite mounting international pressure and a Lebanese appeal to spare the country further death and devastation.
Hezbollah denied that any of its “leaders or members” died in the strike in the Bourj al-Barajneh district of south Beirut. The explosives did not blast a leadership bunker, but a mosque under construction, the group said in a statement faxed to The Associated Press.
The strike was the most dramatic action on a day that saw Israelis clash with the guerrillas and launch strikes that killed an estimated 40 people. Israel broadcast warnings into south Lebanon telling civilians to leave the region, a possible prelude to a larger Israeli ground operation.

Most US voters support Israel
The US public is supportive of Israel and condemns the actions of Hizbullah, according to a recent poll.
The poll, commissioned by The Israel Project among likely voters in the US, found that 68 percent of the respondents believed Hizbullah had not acted properly and only 7% saw the organization’s activity as proper. A similar margin was found in regards to the actions of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
“The American voters clearly believe that the Hizbullah has gone too far,” said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, who heads The Israel Project.
The poll was conducted by Greenberg-Quinlan-Rosner among 1,000 likely voters.

King Solomon-era fortifications revealed in Israel excavation

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

If the Bible isn’t true, then why do archeologists keep finding things exactly as they were described in the Bible? I’m waiting for an answer…
Hummm…lots of silence from the doubters out there.

JERUSALEM (BP)-—More than 30 years have passed since a major expedition has attempted to reveal the history of Tel Gezer, the ancient city of King Solomon fame located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. This summer the biblical site has been re-excavated by a joint expedition of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The expedition is led by co-directors Steven M. Ortiz of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Sam Wolff of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The project encompasses several consortium members: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Marian Eakins Archaeological Museum, Lycoming College, Lancaster Bible College and Grace Seminary. More than 60 students and staff members participated in the inaugural season this summer from June 4 through July 7. In addition, the excavations drew support from local residents of Kibbutz Gezer and Karmi Yosef.
Some secular archaeologists doubt the reality of many people and places named in the Bible, but the current work at the Tel Gezer location may prove useful in verifying various biblical accounts.
This year’s excavations have revealed more than 40 meters of a massive fortification system associated with the six-chambered gate common in the building projects of King Solomon. Solomon’s extensive building projects are recorded in the biblical account of his activities throughout his kingdom and at his capital city of Jerusalem (1 Kings 9:15-17).

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