Archive for October 9th, 2006

Fiona Bruce (BBC) removes cross after PC debate

Monday, October 9th, 2006

More Muslim appeasment from across the pond. I agonize over the fact that the Union Jack has been struck and the flag of Islam has been run up over Britian. Pretty soon they will be playing “Allah Save the Prophet” instead of “God Save the Queen” at Buckingham.

She is more used to reading the headlines than making them.

So as the row over Fiona Bruce’s cross necklace continued, the offending article was conspicuously absent as she presented the 10 o’clock News.

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Here is the background article.

Millions of women across Britain wear this small and insignificant piece of jewellery. But yesterday, in yet another example of PC gone mad, a necklace worn by TV newsreader Fiona Bruce sparked a row among BBC bosses.

The piece of jewellery in question was a small cross on a necklace, which the presenter recently wore while presenting the Ten O’Clock News.

She has worn it for some years, in fact, but now some at the BBC want to ban her from wearing the accessory, with a former policy-maker at the organisation describing it as “a potential mistake” that might suggest some kind of religious affiliation.

The BBC was debating whether a female Muslim newsreader should be allowed to wear a headscarf while reading the news when the issue over Ms Bruce’s cross was brought up.

The matter was then brought to the attention to the director of BBC News, Helen Boaden who raised the matter in a meeting.

A source who attended the meeting said: “It was argued that BBC staff on screen should not wear anything which hints or directly points to a political or religious leaning and that the cross contravened this and should not be allowed.”

Stephen Whittle, a former controller of editorial policy at the BBC said that the fact that Fiona Bruce had worn a cross while reading the news was a mistake.

“A newsreader should not let themselves get in the way of a story by wearing things that make the audience wonder about the newsreader’s own position on a story,” said Whittle.

It is understood, however, that Ms Bruce has not been asked to remove the necklace, and that the BBC does not have any official guidelines on the wearing of religious symbols.

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Israeli Defense Forces Preparing for Syrian Attack

Monday, October 9th, 2006

Israel is readying herself for an attack by Syria. Isaiah 17:1 says “Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap”. It could be that this prophecy will come true before our very eyes AND soon. I guess we will just have to watch and see how God’s plan will unfold.

One thing is for sure: Israel’s response to a Syrian attack will be nothing like its reaction to the July 12 kidnapping of reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser in a cross-border Hizbullah attack. The retaliation, defense officials interviewed for this article warned, would be harsher, fiercer and far deadlier.

The first difference would be the bank of targets. On the night of July 12, hours after the kidnapping, the cabinet convened to approve a list of targets for the IAF to strike. None of them included government or Lebanese armed forces sites. The closest the IAF got to striking at the Lebanese government during the month-long war in Lebanon was the bombing of the runway at Beirut International Airport.

The Syrian bank of targets would be different. It would not only include military infrastructure, such as bases, rocket launchers and silos, but also government buildings, headquarters, power plants, electricity grids and water reservoirs.

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N. Korea Says It Conducted Nuke Test

Monday, October 9th, 2006

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea faced a barrage of global condemnation and calls for harsh sanctions Monday after it announced that it had set off an atomic weapon underground, a test that thrusts the secretive communist state into the elite club of nuclear-armed nations.

The U.N. Security Council scheduled a meeting for today, a U.S. official said. And Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Bush agreed during a telephone call today that the U.N. Security Council must take “decisive action” against North Korea.

The council had scheduled a meeting to vote on a successor to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, with South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon virtually certain to be the council’s candidate.

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Amish Attend Funeral of Man Who Killed Five of Their Own

Monday, October 9th, 2006

The Amish could give us all a lesson in forgiveness.

GEORGETOWN, PA. — Dozens of Amish neighbors came out Saturday to mourn the quiet milkman who killed five of their young girls and wounded five more in a brief, unfathomable rampage.
Charles Roberts, 32, was buried in his wife’s family plot behind a small Methodist church, a few miles from the one-room schoolhouse he stormed Monday.
His wife, Marie, and their three small children looked on as Roberts was buried beside the pink, heart-shaped gravestone of the infant daughter whose death nine years ago apparently haunted him.
About half of perhaps 75 mourners on hand were Amish.
“It’s the love, the forgiveness, the heartfelt forgiveness they have toward the family. I broke down and cried seeing it displayed,” said Bruce Porter, a fire department chaplain from Morrison, Colo., who had come to Pennsylvania to offer what help he could and attended the burial. He said Marie Roberts also was touched.
“She was absolutely deeply moved by just the love shown,” Porter said.
Leaders of the local Amish community were gathering Saturday afternoon at a firehouse to decide the future of the schoolhouse, and of the school year itself.
The prevailing wisdom suggested a new school would be built.
Roberts stormed the West Nickel Mines Amish School on Monday, shooting the 10 girls before killing himself.

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North Korea Conducts Nuclear Test

Monday, October 9th, 2006

For those who may have been away from the news this weekend, North Korea’s mad man leader decided to test a nuke, in defiance of the U.N. We can expect quick action from the U.N. Security Council as they pass more useless resolutions of condemnation.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea completed a successful test of a nuclear weapon late Sunday night, a senior Bush administration official confirmed to FOX News.

The official said, however, that initial readings from South Korea reported only a 3.58-magnitude seismic reaction, which is smaller than what would be expected from the 4-kiloton explosion the communist nation sought. To put the bomb’s capabilities in context, a 20-kiloton explosion could conceivably kill 200,000 people.

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Defying worldwide appeals and threats of sanctions, North Korea appears to have made good on a promise to conduct its first nuclear bomb test.

A South Korean government official first reported a test had been detected, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun later convened a meeting of top security officials, the news agency said.
In Washington, a senior Bush administration official confirmed for Fox News Channel just before midnight that the test had been detected by the U.S.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 4.2 tremor in North Korea coinciding with the time of the test.

North Korea gleefully announced its test was successful.

“The nuclear test is a historic event that brought happiness to our military and people,” the official news agency KCNA said.

The agency said the underground test was performed successfully “with indigenous wisdom and technology 100 percent,” and that no radioactive material leaked from the test site.

“The test is 100 percent safe,” said the KCNA.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said the test was conducted at 10:36 a.m. (9:36 p.m. EDT Sunday) in Hwaderi near Kilju city, citing defense officials.

China reportedly received a 20-minute warning that the test would take place.

North Korea had threatened to conduct its first nuclear test as early as the weekend. But Japan and China issued warnings to President Kim Jong-il not to go ahead with that plan.

“We saw eye to eye on the North Korean nuclear test, which is that it can’t be tolerated,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a press conference late yesterday after meeting Chinese President Hu Jintao. North Korea must return “unconditionally” to six-party talks aimed at dismantling the nation’s nuclear weapons program, Abe said.

Abe was on his way to South Korea to meet with officials there for a face-to-face discussion about the crisis in North Korea.

China is Japan’s second-biggest trading partner, and Japanese exports there rose 26 percent to 4.96 trillion yen ($42 billion) in the first six months of the year from the same period in 2005, according to Japanese finance ministry figures.

Japan feels particularly threatened by Kim’s nuclear ambitions as missile tests by North Korea have been conducted in and around the Sea of Japan. Japan, of course, is also the only nation in the world to have suffered a nuclear attack.

Many expected North Korea to wait three months to test its bomb in an effort to get the U.S. to lift financial sanctions imposed last year. North Korea’s bomb has an estimated yield of 20 kilotons, making it capable of killing as many as 200,000 people and destroying everything in a five-mile radius.

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