Archive for July 19th, 2006

War in the Middle East Update

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

United States to Israel: you have one more week to blast Hizbullah
The US is giving Israel a window of a week to inflict maximum damage on Hizbullah before weighing in behind international calls for a ceasefire in Lebanon, according to British, European and Israeli sources.
The Bush administration, backed by Britain, has blocked efforts for an immediate halt to the fighting initiated at the UN security council, the G8 summit in St Petersburg and the European foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels.

IAF foils rocket transports from Syria
While army continues to strike Hizbullah, limit its weapons resources, outside groups trying to rearm group. IAF manages to bomb trucks transporting missiles from Syria. IDF Maj.-Gen. Eisenkot: These rockets belong to Syrian army.

Bush accuses Syria of trying to get back into Lebanon
WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President George W. Bush accused Syria of trying to “get back” into Lebanon by supporting Hezbollah and accused Damascas and Iran of inspiring “terror attacks” against Israel.
Bush told reporters that the “root” cause of the conflict must be addressed.
“It can be addressed internationally by making it clear to Syria they’ve got to stop their support to Hezbollah,” he said, during a meeting with lawmakers at the White House.
“Syria is trying to get back into Lebanon it looks like to me.”

Iran Official: No Part of Israel Safe
The speaker of Iran’s parliament warned Israelis on Tuesday that no part of their country is safe from Hezbollah attack.
The comments by Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel called into question Tehran’s official position that it is not involved in the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
“The towns you have built in northern Palestine (Israel) are within the range of the brave Lebanese children. No part of Israel will be safe,” Haddad Adel told thousands of anti-Israel demonstrators in Palestine Square.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki indicated that Iran may be playing a covert role in the fighting when he said Monday that a cease-fire was feasible. He spoke after talks with the Syrian government in Damascus.
Iran and its ally Syria are the principal backers of Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group that provoked the current fighting when its guerrillas seized two Israeli soldiers last week. On Monday, Israeli military officials said their planes had destroyed a long-range missile in Lebanon, named “Zelzal,” that Hezbollah had received from Iran.

Iranian President Ahmadinejad: Day of happiness for region near
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday, “The day of happiness for the region is near… The world is on the verge of great changes,” according to the Iranian news agency.
Ahmadinejad added that he considered Israel’s operation in Lebanon “a type of playing with fire.” (Dudi Cohen)

Olmert hopes for “eternal covenant” with Arabs
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday that he hoped an “eternal covenant” could soon be signed between Israel and its neighbors.
“Israel didn’t want these confrontations, on the contrary, we did our utmost to avoid them by withdrawing to borders recognized by the international community,” said the prime minister.
Olmert added that Israel had no business in involving itself with the internal struggles within Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority adding, “our problem is with the terrorists attacking us from those territories.”

Violence in Israel caused by ‘gay’ event?

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Hard to “prove” something like this to non-Jews and probably most Christians, but it is possible. Only God really knows.

BEIT EL, Israel – Are Israel’s troubles in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon and the Hezbollah rockets slamming daily into major Israeli population centers here a result of the Jewish state’s tacit support for a homosexual parade slated for next month in Jerusalem?
Some rabbis seem to think so, and they are attempting to block the event from taking place in Judaism’s holiest city.
“Why does this war break out this week, all of sudden with little warning? Because this is the exact week the Jewish people are trying to decide whether the gay pride parade should take place in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv,” Pinchas Winston, a noted author, rabbi and lecturer based in Jerusalem told WND.
Winston is one of many rabbinic leaders here to blast the World Pride Parade, a mass international gathering of homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people scheduled Aug. 6-12.
The week-long homosexual celebration will feature a parade down the streets of central Jerusalem, a beach party, health conference and a “Youth Day” to take place in the Knesset, Israel’s main legislative government building.
The festival is being run by an organization called World Pride, which seeks to promote an atmosphere of “love without borders,” according to group’s website.
Yet many religious leaders believe the Israeli government’s decision to allow a world homosexual parade in Jerusalem is having real-life consequences.
“This [parade] is an attack against God himself,” Winston said. “God has told the Jewish people, ‘If you are not going to fight for my honor, you will be forced to fight for your own honor.'”
Winston points to the clashes that broke out after Hezbollah staged a raid last week in which two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped and eight more soldiers were killed. Israel has been retaliating inside Lebanon while the Lebanese terror group has fired hundreds of deadly Katyusha rockets at northern Israeli population centers, killing 18 civilians and wounding hundreds, some seriously.
On a second battlefront, Israel also recently sent ground troops into Gaza following the kidnapping by Hamas of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Hamas and other Gaza-based Palestinian Arab terror groups have launched hundreds of rockets into Jewish communities near Gaza, including Ashkelon, home to Israel’s major power stations and strategic oil and gas pipelines.
Lazer Brody, an author and dean of the Breslov Rabbinical College in Ashdod, Israel, concurred with Winston.
“When God’s presence is in the camp, nothing can happen to the Jewish people,” Brody stated. “But If the Jewish people bring impurity into the camp of Israel, this chases away God’s presence.”
Brody contends the “removal of God’s presence” led to the recent violence here, but he said he still feels the Jewish state is being protected.

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“The Torah is the ultimate book of human rights, giving each individual the right to free choice,” said Brody. “What a person does behind closed doors is at one’s own risk; but to partake of that behavior in public spreads the impurity to the entire camp.”
The Rabbinical Congress for Peace, a worldwide coalition of over 1200 rabbinic leaders and pulpit rabbis released a statement this week asking Israelis to “increase the holiness” of the country while it was at war by praying and among other thing cancelling the World Pride event.
The World Pride event previously was held in 2000 in Rome, where it attracted about a quarter of a million participants. Images of the Rome festivities, featured on various homosexual websites, show throngs of shirtless men in shorts and bikini briefs congregated on the streets, some of them holding hands.

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Despite Judicial support, a recent poll shows that nearly 70 percent of all Jerusalemites oppose the march. Mayor Uri Lupolianski, an orthodox Jew, has filed a petition to prevent the event from taking place. About half of the Knesset’s 120 legislatures signed a petition against holding a homosexual parade in Jerusalem.

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Meanwhile, Yehuda Levin, a member of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, has come to Israel specifically to prevent the homosexual celebration from taking place. He said a homosexual parade is akin to a parade of “prostitutes promoting prostitution, or adulterers encouraging others to try adultery at least once in their life.”
“Israel is the Holy Land, not the homo-land,” Levin told WND.
Levin has been posting signs across Jerusalem urging citizens, politicians and Israel’s chief rabbinate to use all legal means to prevent the festival.
“We’ll use our bodies if we have to,” Levin says.

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Like some other rabbis here, Levin believes that there is a direct correlation between the homosexual parade scheduled to take place in Jerusalem and the recent onslaught of rockets raining from Lebanon and Gaza.
Citing Leviticus [18:22-28], Levin said the Torah relates to Israel’ current conflict.
Leviticus states, “You shall not lie down with a male, as with a woman: this is an abomination. For the nations, whom I am sending away from before you, have defiled themselves with all these things. And the land became defiled, and I visited its sin upon it, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. … For the people of the land who preceded you, did all of these abominations, and the land became defiled. And let the land not vomit you out for having defiled it, as it vomited out the nation that preceded you.'”
Said Levin, “The terrorists, the leaders of Israel’s enemies are working for the destruction of Israel, to wipe the Jewish people off the map.”
Levin believes their efforts are succeeding due to what he calls sexual promiscuity in the land of Israel.
“Lebanon is a part of biblical Israel, and we were forced to evacuate there,” he said. “Gaza is a part of biblical Israel, and last summer the land spit out over 8,000 Jewish residents.”

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Levin said the part of the event he finds most despicable is the “Youth Day,” which he charges is intended to present homosexuality as a viable life option to kids and young adults.
“Last time I checked, sexual contact of any nature with a minor under the age of 18 is illegal,” Levin stated.
“Homosexuality is wrong,” Levin said. “This is something every school kid knows.”

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Hezbollah threat to U.S. ‘serious’

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Agents seized at border, while Iranians ID targets to ‘end Anglo-Saxon civilization’

This is only one of the reasons we need closed and secure borders. Wake up America, these threats are not going to get any better.

WASHINGTON – The Iranian-sponsored terrorist organization Hezbollah’ threats to attack U.S. interests around the world are being taken seriously by U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials who say the group’s agents have attempted illegal entry into the country through the southern border and have staked out 20 potential sensitive targets that Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted could “end Anglo-Saxon civilization,” Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin reports.
“We have 2,000 volunteers who have registered since last year,” Hezbollah spokesman Mojtaba Bigdeli told Reuters yesterday. “They have been trained and they can become fully armed. We are ready to dispatch them to every corner of the world to jeopardize Israel and America’s interests. We are only waiting for the supreme leader’s green light to take action. If America wants to ignite World War III … we welcome it.”
The “supreme leader” is Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei.
Hezbollah and Iranian officials are known for their hyperbolic rhetoric, but U.S. officials say it would be a mistake to dismiss them categorically.
FBI Director Robert Mueller confirmed earlier this spring that Hezbollah agents were caught trying to enter the country illegally through the Mexican border.
Likewise, James Woolsey, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in February that “Ahmadinejad who is close to Hezbollah, says that he knows of the 29 sensitive sites in the U.S. and the West, which he has spied out and is ready to attack in order to, quote: ‘End Anglo-Saxon civilization.”
In May – long before the recent escalation of conflict with Israel – more than 100 “martyrdom-seeking volunteers” affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps gathered to warn the U.S. they would blow up American interests around the world if their country’s nuclear installations came under attack.
Mohammad-Ali Samadi, spokesman for a government-orchestrated campaign to recruit suicide bombers, said more than 55,000 volunteers had been registered, according to Iran Focus.
The group – called the Headquarters to Commemorate the Martyrs of the Global Islamic Movement – was established in 2004 to carry out suicide attacks against three targets: “The infidels occupying Iraq,” Israel and author Salman Rushdie.
In February, it launched a new recruitment drive to fight “global blasphemy.”
Iran estimated then that Israel would strike Tehran’s nuclear facilities within a year and has been planning retaliatory attacks against Israeli, American and British interests, according to senior Lebanese political sources who spoke to WorldNetDaily on condition of anonymity.
The sources said while Iran is expecting lone Israeli military action, Iranian intelligence estimates the Jewish state is coordinating a planned attack with the U.S.

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Evolution Debate Rekindled in Ohio

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

The statistical probability, that the correct formation of amino acids necessary to make one cell, could happen by random chance, is akin to setting off a bomb in a type setter’s shop and having all the type land in the correct order to form the unabridged dictionary. Now amplify this statistical probability by the thousands if not millions of cells found in the simplest multi-celled organism and this probability becomes as highly improbable as to be impossible.
As little as two hundred years ago, we were unable to measure electricity or see bacteria. This did not mean they did not exist. We just had no ability to measure them. I am thankful that scientist of that day realized that they do exist and developed a way to measure them and therefor understanding them better.
These are the counter arguments to the positions held so venerably by the biologist and evolutionist in regards to evolution.

(CNSNews.com) – Conservatives on Ohio’s Board of Education are battling to reopen the debate over the teaching of the theory of evolution in the state’s public schools. Their goal is to force curriculum changes that would also allow discussion of the intelligent design theory.
The Ohio Board of Education has already reversed itself on the issue once.
Intelligent design advances the theory that certain aspects of life and the universe originate from an “intelligent cause” and are not related to “natural selection” or survival of the fittest. Critics of the theory include the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, which reported in 1999 that Creationism, intelligent design, and other claims of supernatural intervention in the origin of life or of species are not science because they are not testable by the methods of science.”
However, during the Ohio Board of Education’s Achievement Committee meeting on July 10, conservative board member Colleen Grady proposed that the state’s science standards be applied to teaching issues such as evolution, global warming and cloning.
“We would provide a template so schools would be comfortable discussing controversial issues,” Grady said, according to the Columbus Dispatch. She said the idea is meant to be “a tool that teaches how to have conversations on topics with widely divergent opinions … in a positive manner.”
According to Ohio’s current academic standards for the 10th grade, students should be able to “describe that scientists may disagree about explanations of phenomena, about interpretation of data or about the value of rival theories, but they do agree that questioning, response to criticism and open communication are integral to the process of science.”
Grady’s proposal would also allow students to “discuss and be able to apply this in the following areas: global warming; evolutionary theory; emerging technologies and how they may impact society, e.g. cloning or stem-cell research.”
In 2004 the Ohio Board of Education adopted a lesson plan on the “Critical Analysis of Evolution,” which intended for students to “describe how scientists continue to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory.” The lesson plan noted, however, that its intent was not to “mandate the teaching or testing of intelligent design.”

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Saudis Blame Israel

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

And this somehow surprises people? NOT!! The Saudis are just such wonderful allies. NOT!! Now don’t get me wrong, they are nice to let us stay there and from time to time use their land for military operations, but it’s the knife in the back, constantly being twisted that I object to.

(CNSNews.com) – Amid a campaign for Arabs’ hearts and minds over the fighting in Lebanon and Israel, the government of Saudi Arabia has made it clear that it holds Israel responsible for the conflict.
Earlier Saudi criticism of Hizballah’s “adventurism” — a position viewed by U.S. officials as highly significant — appears to have given way to the customary Arab stance of blaming Israel and accusing the international community of abandoning the Arabs.
At a weekly meeting chaired by King Abdullah in Jeddah, the kingdom’s cabinet declared that the war was an extension of Israel’s “occupation policies and hegemony in the region.”
“The cabinet affirmed that the international reactions to the all-out war launched by Israel demonstrate the extent of the world community’s laxity and disregard for crimes committed by Israel,” it said in a statement released afterwards.
The Saudi government censured unnamed countries for giving “absolute support” to Israel, saying this was obstructing efforts by the U.N. Security Council to act.
The statement made no direct reference to the incident that triggered the conflict – the abduction of two Israeli soldiers – or to the hundreds of missiles Hizballah has fired into Israel since then.
In an indirect reference to Hizballah, the cabinet said the international community’s shortsighted policies in supporting Israel had resulted in “some elements and movements” taking “their own decisions.”
Israel had “exploited [those decisions] in the most horrendous manner to launch a terrible war against Lebanon and imprison the entire Palestinian people.”
The apparent shift in the Saudi stance followed criticism of the position taken earlier by the kingdom.
Late last week a Saudi official said Hizballah’s “irresponsible adventurism” risked endangering Arab states, while Jordan’s King Abdullah and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned in a joint statement against “dragging the region into ‘adventures’ that don’t serve the Arab issues and interests.”
U.S. officials welcomed the position taken by the three U.S. allies against Hizballah and its sponsors in Syria and Iran.
In Saudi Arabia, opposition papers wrote contemptuous editorials about the Saudi, Egyptian and Jordanian governments’ criticism, while Kuwait’s al-Rai al-Aaam published a column praising Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah and saying the “cowards” who did not approve of Hizballah should “stay silent.”
“Isn’t it a disgrace that some [Arabs] speak as though they are on the side hostile to the Lebanese people, to its resistance, and to its national symbols?” the Syrian government daily Al-Baath said in an editorial.
“The Lebanese and Palestinian national and Islamic resistance are not being ‘adventurous.’ They are defending the land, people, and honor of Lebanon and Palestine.”

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Media Report of Raids on Tulsa Illegals Draws Outrage

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

This story has two main points:
1) The continuing efforts by the government to address the illegal immigration problem.
2) More irresponsibility by the press.
I admire and applaud any effort to reduce the number of illegal aliens in this country, but until the borders are sealed, it’s an effort in futility. As to the irresponsibility of the press, well, that goes without saying these days. All too normal.

(CNSNews.com) – A series of raids in Oklahoma last week led to the arrests of 127 criminal aliens, fugitives and other immigration violators despite a TV station’s news report that not only exposed the operation to the public, but also described the people and the vehicles being used in the effort.
The raids in Tulsa on Wednesday, July 12, led to the apprehension of 46 illegal aliens from Mexico and marked the beginning of a four-day statewide operation conducted by federal immigration agents and local law enforcement officers.
That afternoon, KTUL — also known locally as NewsChannel 8 — posted a news article on its website entitled “Dozens of Illegals Targeted in ‘Operation Return to Sender.'”
The article began by acknowledging that “officially, this story wasn’t supposed to be released until Friday.”
“But, early this morning, NewsChannel 8 learned that federal authorities were scattered throughout Tulsa conducting numerous raids against illegals with federal warrants,” the article by reporter Burt Mummolo continued.
“‘We’re conducting a federal operation here,'” an operative is quoted as saying.
“That’s the only sound bite you will hear in this story, as federal officials tried to keep the wraps on the Oklahoma chapter of ‘Operation Return to Sender,’ a nationwide crackdown by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to apprehend illegal aliens with federal warrants,” the story noted.
“Today’s target was Tulsa,” Mummolo stated. “Three passengers were off-loaded from a white van entering the sheriff’s barbed-wire yard when we were there. Roughly 40 are expected to be taken into custody by day’s end.
“Sources say the operation is set to conclude Friday in Oklahoma, by which time more details regarding the fugitives will be released,” the story concluded.

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Pro-Family Leaders Blast House for Failing to Protect Marriage

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Be sure to look at the roll call to see how your representative voted, then in November, vote for them accordingly.

(AgapePress) – Today, in a 236-187 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives has rejected a constitutional amendment to ban homosexual marriage, thereby ending congressional debate on the issue for this year. The vote over a proposal to amend the Constitution of the United States to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman fell 47 votes shy of the two-thirds majority required to advance the amendment.
The vote on H.J.Res 88 comes only six weeks after the Senate likewise defeated the amendment in a decisive vote. Conservative and pro-family leaders are expressing bitter disappointment over the outcome of this bid to protect traditional marriage, and many are predicting that the majority of Americans will be expressing similar feelings at the polls in November.
Dr. Don Wildmon, founder and chairman of the American Family Association, says most members of the U.S. House of Representatives believe that homosexual marriage should be outlawed. Those who believe otherwise, he insists, need to be held to account
“We want to identify these 187 members of Congress who believe that homosexual marriage should be legal,” Wildmon says. “Every one of them will be running for re-election this fall,” he explains, “and we want to let their constituencies know how they voted.”

See the roll call vote on H.J.Res. 88

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council described today’s vote as a failure on the part of a House minority to do its duty by representing the American people. And just as happened in the Senate, he laments, just because the two-thirds majority needed for the amendment to go forward was not there, the House chose to “turn a deaf ear” to the wishes of the vast majority of those they are sworn to represent.
In state after state, when the issue of protecting traditional marriage is put before the people, “the average popular vote exceeds 71 percent,” Perkins points out. It is therefore time for America’s elected officials at every level “to stand on this issue and listen to the voice of their constituents,” he asserts, “and not allow radical judges and homosexual activists to redefine this fundamental institution.”
The Family Research Council spokesman says the fight for a federal Marriage Protection Amendment must continue, as the measure “is still needed to ensure that all 50 states employ a common and consistent definition of marriage.”
Marriage protection is an issue that must not be taken lightly, Perkins contends, because one way or another, the U.S. Constitution will be amended. The only question, he says, is whether it will be amended by the American people through the ratification process or by the fiat of activist judges.

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