Archive for January 25th, 2007

Ellison’s Support for Terrorist Is Apparently Of No Concern

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

I have said before in earlier posts that the new Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison cannot be loyal to both the United States and Islam. This article proves that point. America is generally a Christian country, founded on Christian principles (although there are times no one would ever suspect that). Muslims are taught from birth to hate and even kill Christians. He has only been in office a short time, but is already raising support to free a member of a terror group that was charged with placing a pipe bomb under a police car. By voting him into office, America has opened up a Pandora’s box that we will never be able to close. Scary.

WND’s report that new Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, once advocated the release of a woman charged with placing pipe bombs under police cars and who was a member of a terror group that allegedly attempted to assassinate Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has generated a string of “no comments” from the parties, as well as a key congressional leader.

“The information (question) was received and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can,” A. Tianna Scozzaro, a spokeswoman in Feinstein’s Washington, D.C., office told WND when asked about the situation. But no call was returned.

One day earlier, she had explained that no comment could be obtained because lawmakers were busy waiting for President Bush’s State of the Union address later that night.

At issue is Ellison’s support for and participation in a fund-raiser in 2000 for the then-recently arrested Kathleen Soliah, a.k.a. Sara Jane Olson. She was a member of the New World Liberation Army and associated with the Symbionese Liberation Army during the 1970s and had been on the run from law enforcement for over two decades when she was captured in St. Paul, Minn.

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What Carter Should Say About His New Book: “I’m not an anti-Semite. I only play one on T.V.”

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

I caught this statement over on Michael Mickey’s “Rapture Alert Blog” this morning and had to laugh. How right he is.

WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter defended his book about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Tuesday, saying he didn’t mean to offend anyone and was hurt by the negative reaction.

“I’ve been hurt and so has my family by some of the reaction,” Carter said during an appearance at Brandeis University, a nonsectarian Jewish-founded college in the Boston suburb of Waltham, Mass. “This is the first time that I’ve ever been called a liar and a bigot and an anti-Semite and a coward and a plagiarist. This has hurt me.”

Carter, author of “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid,” released in November, attracted criticism from Jewish groups and academics who allege inaccuracies and distorted history. The book also prompted the resignation of a longtime Carter aide and 14 members on the board of the Carter Center at Emory University in Georgia.

Critics point to the use of the word “apartheid,” which they say seeks to villanize Israel over its policy toward Palestinians.

“I am deeply concerned about the tensions that might have arisen. That was not my intention at all,” Carter said.

“With my use of ‘apartheid,’ I realize this has caused great concern in the Jewish community. … I can certainly see now it would provoke some harsh feelings. I chose that title knowing that it would be provocative, but in the long run it has precipitated discussion and there has been a lot of positive discussion,” he said.

OK Jimmy, so somehow you thought that comparing Israel to South Africa’s former apartheid wasn’t going to make Israel angry? (knocking on Carter’s head) Hello, is there anyone in there??

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Israel Raises Nuclear Stakes with Iran

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Things are continuing toward a confrontation with Iran. Keep watching this closely.

The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, dramatically raised the stakes in the international showdown with Iran last night, with a clear warning that his country was prepared to use military force to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

“The Jewish people, with the scars of the Holocaust fresh on its body, cannot afford to allow itself to face threats of annihilation once again,” Mr Olmert said in a speech to a high-level security conference in Herzliya. “No nation has the right even to consider its position. It is the obligation of every country to act against this will all its might.” “We can stand up against nuclear threats and even prevent them,” he said.

Israeli military officials warned this week that Israel – acting alone or in coordination with the US – could launch preemptive military strikes against Iran before the end of this year.

Israel describes Iran’s nuclear programme as an “existential threat” to the Jewish state which should be stopped before Iranian scientists manage to produce a nuclear bomb. There is particular concern because of statements by the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, threatening to wipe Israel from the map. But Israeli and western experts say that even without the firebrand Mr Ahmadinejad, who is currently in political difficulties, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, has made it clear that the Iranians will not back down from their confrontation with the West over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

The Israeli officials say that action should be taken to stop Iran before it reaches the “point of no return” in progressing towards the possible production of a nuclear bomb. They are referring to the moment when Iran, which announced last year that it is capable of enriching uranium to the 5% necessary for nuclear energy, is able to overcome technical problems with centrifuges used in the process so that they can run on a sustainable basis. Once that happens, Iran would be theoretically capable of enriching uranium to the 90% required for a nuclear weapon, depending on the number of centrifuges. Iran continues to insist, however, that its intentions are peaceful.

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Scientists Tighten Security Over Germ Terror Threat

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Have y’all figured out yet that the Islamic terrorist will use any method they can find to kill us? I think it’s about time you did figure that out if you haven’t already.

Britain’s laboratories have been ordered to strengthen security on stocks of more than 100 deadly viruses and bacteria after an MI5 warning that Islamic terrorists are training in germ warfare. The biological agents include polio, rabies, tuberculosis and avian flu. Food poisoning bacteria such as E. coli and the sources of a number of rare tropical and Middle Eastern illnesses are also included.

Scientists and laboratory staff in universities, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies who deal with agents will have to be vetted by police, and their laboratories will be checked by government safety inspectors. Stock will have to be regularly audited. The crackdown comes after MI5 privately warned the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that al-Qaeda was actively recruiting scientists. Extremist groups are known to have targeted students, offering to fund courses in return for using their newly acquired expertise.

Last November Dame Eliza Man-ningham-Buller, the Director-General of MI5, gave warning that terror attacks in Britain could involve weapons of mass destruction.

She said that terrorists were seeking the means to mount a range of attacks using chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear devices. “We know that the aspiration is there, we know attempts to gather materials are there, we know that attempts to gather technologies are there,” she said.

Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, warned the the West in an internet video last night of a reprisal “far worse than anything it has seen” if Washington did not change its policies towards Muslim states.

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America, security at laboratories was stepped up amid new intelligence on the ambitions of al-Qaeda and its allies, and restrictions were placed on 47 agents under the Antiterrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001. Yesterday the Government announced that the list was being increased to 103, including 45 viruses, 21 bacteria, 2 fungi, 13 toxins and 18 animal pathogens.

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Fabricated Evidence Lands Man 6 Years in Jail

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

More horror stories from the ever loving (sarcasm), ever embracing (sarcasm), and ever tolerant (sarcasm) faith of Islam.

The charges were made up, the evidence fabricated, the arrest without notice and the sentence was life in prison. But now after serving six years of that term, a Pakistani man is being released, according to Voice of the Martyrs, a U.S.-based Christian group helping members of the persecuted Christian church worldwide.

Shahbaz Kaka currently is being treated with medical care for a month following his recent release from his jail cell, according to a statement issued by Justice Ejah Ahmad Chaudry of the High Court in Lahore.

He then will be free to return home, officials said.

According to Voice of the Martyrs, Shahbaz was arrested in June 2001 after using the restroom at a mosque.

“Qari Rafique, the head of the mosque, asked him why he was using the toilet that was adjacent to the mosque. He quizzed Shahbaz on whether he was a Christian because he was wearing a cross around his neck,” a Pakistani information source told VOM.

Rafique subsequently made a series of false accusations against Shahbaz, including statements to authorities that he “disgraced” the Quran by tearing pages out, cutting them into pieces and trampling them under his feet, the source reported.

His arrest followed immediately, and he later was charged, tried, convicted and sentence to life in prison for his “crime,” according to VOM.

For the first 18 months of his term, his mother was not even told where her son was, or that he had been accused and arrested. She eventually learned that he still was alive from VOM workers, who started addressing his situation in 2003 when they discovered the injustice delivered in his case.

While they worked on the legal procedures, they also helped his family, encouraging them during a time of extreme hardship and grief, VOM reported.

“We rejoice with Shahbaz Kaka and his family at his release,” said Todd Nettleton, the director of media development for VOM. “Yet we wonder about the injustice of his arrest and the six years he spent in prison. We are concerned for other Christians who still face persecution in Pakistan, and encourage the Pakistani government to provide true religious freedom in their country.”

According to VOM records, Christians have faced severe opposition from militant Islamic groups since Pakistan was formed in 1947 as the Muslim section in the partition of British India.

Christians routinely are barred from jobs and Christian merchants are harassed, and since the war in Afghanistan started, problems have intensified since Pakistani Christians are seen as being a part of an attack on Islam, VOM reported.

Sharia law, Islamic religious law, was adopted in 1998, and that further limited the rights of Pakistani Christians.

While Article 20 of the Constitution of Pakistan assures every citizen the right to profess, practice and propagate their religion, Christian organizations working within Pakistan report reality is quite different.

Muslim extremists use blasphemy laws to attack churches and kill Christians across the nation, and in one incident in 2005, an estimated 3,000 militant Islamists attacked Christians and destroyed Roman Catholic, Salvation Army and United Presbyterian churches. In 2006, churches and Christian schools were targeted for destruction in Pakistan because of the publication of cartoons of Islam in Denmark.

“Unfortunately very little evidence is needed to make a charge under the blasphemy laws and it is very difficult for non-Muslims to successfully contest the accusations,” said one analyst. “Even the judicial system struggles to counter such acts with blasphemy cases attracting scores of agitators disrupting court proceedings, shouting slogans and demanding the death penalty.”

That law reads: “Whoever by words, either spoken, or written, or by visual representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly, or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) shall be punished with death.”

The nation’s Christian community of 2 million is relatively small in the overall population, making up only about three percent of the people.

VOM is a non-profit, interdenominational ministry working worldwide to help Christians who are persecuted for their faith, and to educate the world about that persecution. Its headquarters are in Bartlesville, Okla., and it has 30 affiliated international offices.

It was launched by the late Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, who started smuggling Russian Gospels into Russia in 1947, just months before Richard was abducted and imprisoned in Romania where he was tortured for his refusal to recant Christianity.

He eventually was released in 1964 and the next year he testified about the persecution of Christians before the U.S. Senate’s Internal Security Subcommittee, stripping to the waist to show the deep torture wound scars on his body.

The group that later was renamed The Voice of the Martyrs was organized in 1967, when his book, “Tortured for Christ,” was released.

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Lights ‘not of this world’ Mystery Finally Solved

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

It appears the strange lights in the sky over Arkansas were from the Air Force. This time…

Mysterious lights in the sky witnessed and photographed by an Air Force colonel who described them as “not of this world” apparently have an explanation of this Earth after all, WND can reveal.

The colorful illuminations seen Jan. 9 over western Arkansas came from special military flares that slowly parachuted to the ground as part of an Air Force training mission involving A-10 aircraft pilots at nearby Fort Chaffee, a base used by the military for testing weaponry.

“We were flying A-10s in that area and they were using flares,” Jessica D’Aurizio, chief of public affairs at the 917th Wing of the Air Force Reserve at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, told WND.

She says the flares, which stay lit for about five minutes, produce nearly 2 million candlepower.

“It brightens up the target area,” D’Aurizio said. “They go down in parachutes, so they’re very bright. That had to be what it was, I’m sure.”

As WND exclusively reported last week, F-16 fighter pilot Col. Brian Fields, now retired at 61, was at his Van Buren, Ark., home Jan. 9 when just before 7 p.m., he observed two intensely bright lights as he looked to the southeast close to the horizon.

“At first I thought they were landing lights from an aircraft,” he said. “As I continued to observe them they began to slowly disappear, then suddenly one reappeared, followed by two, then three. On at least one occasion four or five appeared. Each time they would slowly fade and eventually disappear. This occurred several times and when they would reappear they might do so in differing numbers and in different positions, sometimes in a triangular shape, sometimes stacked on top of each other, sometimes line abreast, etc. When the objects appeared they might stay illuminated 10 or more minutes.”

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‘Family Values’ Conservatives Unimpressed by State of the Union Address

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

I guess President Bush really has forgotten who put him in office. I would have thought that the last election would have been a wake up call, but I guess not.

(CNSNews.com) – Conservative groups that advocate “family values” issues such as bans on abortion and homosexual “marriage” were left unimpressed after President Bush’s seventh State of the Union address Tuesday evening.

“I applaud the president’s leadership as he refused to surrender his role of commander-in-chief to the new majority,” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement Tuesday. “However, I believe the president failed to challenge the new majority to advance core family and cultural issues.

“What will become of the culture of life, the defense of marriage and permanent family-friendly tax policies?” Perkins asked. He called on Bush to “fight for the American family, and American families will stand with you!”

Tuesday’s State of the Union speech marked the first such address in five years in which the president did not focus on family values issues like abortion, stem cell research and marriage.

In 2003, Bush called on Congress to ban the procedure opponents call “partial-birth abortion.” Later that year, he signed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban of 2003, which is now under review by the Supreme Court.

During his 2004 address, Bush pledged to double funding for federal abstinence education programs and urged Congress to rebut “activist judges” who had “begun redefining marriage by court order, without regard to the will of the people and their elected representatives.”

He continued pressing for action on marriage in 2005, when he called it “a sacred institution and the foundation of society” and again called for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

In 2005, Bush also said the government “must strive to build a culture of life” and promised to work with Congress “to ensure that human embryos are not created for experimentation or grown for body parts, and that human life is never bought and sold as a commodity.”

Again in 2006, Bush called for prohibitions on what he called “the most egregious abuses of medical research,” including human cloning and the creation or implantation of human embryos for research. He also criticized “activist judges” for trying to redefine marriage.

Yet in 2007, Bush steered clear of embryonic stem cell research, even as high-profile proponents such as actor Michael J. Fox sat in the House gallery. Bush last year vetoed a bill that would have allowed federal funding for the research, and the new Democratic Congress is again trying to pass the legislation.

Bush mentioned “family” only once in the most recent speech, when he proposed tax deductions for health insurance. He also avoided homosexual “marriage” after a year — 2006 — in which efforts to create a constitutional amendment to ban it failed.

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Bush’s Immigration Comments Rile Conservatives

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

After the war in Iraq, I believe that the immigration issue is the hot topic for America.

(CNSNews.com) – While liberal interest groups were quick to criticize President Bush’s State of the Union comments on issues ranging from the war in Iraq to the environment, conservatives were also upset as he continued to push for immigration reforms that they claim go easy on illegal aliens.

While Bush reported that he is doubling the size of the Border Patrol to monitor the U.S. border with Mexico and pledged to enforce immigration laws at the workplace, his temporary worker proposals are still a touchy subject for his conservative base.

“We should establish a legal and orderly path for foreign workers to enter our country to work on a temporary basis,” Bush said in his seventh State of the Union address Tuesday evening. “As a result, they won’t have to sneak in, and that will leave Border Agents free to chase down drug smugglers and criminals and terrorists.”

Bush added: “We need to resolve the status of the illegal immigrants who are already in our country without animosity and without amnesty.”

But some conservative immigration groups argue that Bush’s policy amounts to amnesty.

“With the change in congressional leadership, President Bush is hopeful that 2007 will be the year he finally succeeds in passing a guest worker amnesty plan that has been consistently rejected by the American public and the majority of his own party,” the Federal for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) said in a release.

FAIR President Dan Stein said Bush’s “radical immigration agenda …is designed to satisfy business’s demands for an endless supply of low wage labor” and argued that it will hurt “Americans who work for a living, who pay taxes, send their kids to public schools, care about the environment or who believe that a nation is more than just a random collection of people who happen to share a piece of geography.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), a longtime critic of Bush’s position on immigration, also slammed the president’s State of the Union remarks in a statement released Tuesday.

Suggesting that Bush tried to “guarantee a Congress sympathetic to his ‘amnesty for all’ plan” during the 2006 elections, Tancredo said the new Democrat-controlled Congress “seem[s] hell-bent on cramming this mass amnesty down the throats of the American people whether they want it or not.”

Tancredo also questioned Bush’s pledge for increased enforcement of immigration laws, saying that “one or two high-profile raids are not proof of a commitment.” He was referring to the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids on six meat-packing plants that resulted in more than 1,200 arrests and 148 charges related to identity theft.

“What we are looking for from the administration is the same degree of energy expended in the enforcement of our immigration laws as they used to seek out a drug dealer in Mexico, so he could be brought back to testify against border patrol agents who were trying to do their job,” Tancredo added, referring to two border patrol agents now in prison for shooting a Mexican drug smuggler.

While conservatives are angered with Bush’s stance on immigration, proponents of a guest worker program are cautiously optimistic that Bush and the Democratic Congress will work together to pass legislation enacting it.

“Immigrant communities have learned to appreciate the speeches,” the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) said in a statement, “but we have become sorely disappointed in the follow-through.”

“For immigrant communities, actions speak louder than words: Human and comprehensive immigration reform can begin to heal the breach,” FIRM said. “While President Bush and congressional leaders have expressed sincere intentions for this year, immigrant communities are taking nothing for granted. We are preparing to work harder than ever to ensure that President Bush lives up to his promise and that the new Congress performs differently from the old one.”

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