Archive for March, 2007

Psalm 119 – Samekh

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Psalm 119:113-120 (New International Version)

ס Samekh

113 I hate double-minded men,
but I love your law.

114 You are my refuge and my shield;
I have put my hope in your word.

115 Away from me, you evildoers,
that I may keep the commands of my God!

116 Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live;
do not let my hopes be dashed.

117 Uphold me, and I will be delivered;
I will always have regard for your decrees.

118 You reject all who stray from your decrees,
for their deceitfulness is in vain.

119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross;
therefore I love your statutes.

120 My flesh trembles in fear of you;
I stand in awe of your laws.

The Third Temple

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Parashat Tzav specifiess the details of various sacrifices, and concludes (Leviticus 7:37-38):

“This is the law of the burnt offering, of the cereal offering, of the sin offering, of the guilt offering, of the consecration, and of the peace offerings, which the Lord commanded Moses on Mount Sinai, on the day that he commanded the people of Israel to bring their offerings to the Lord, in the wilderness of Sinai.”

One of the exciting intellectual challenges facing modern, traditional-minded Jews is our response to the substantial parts of Leviticus that are dedicated to the bringing of animal sacrifices to the Sanctuary as part of the sacral service and spiritual transcendence.

One of the interesting examples of the modern attempt to confront this issue is related to the founding of the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus, opposite the Temple Mount, and the spiritual ideas that accompanied the building of the campus on that particular site.

In 1913, the Zionist Congress discussed the establishing of the Hebrew University. On one hand, the creation of a university answered a functional academic need, particularly in light of the restrictions placed upon the admission of Jewish students to European universities. On the other hand, the desire to establish the university in Jerusalem expressed a symbolic national need.

The two central figures that addressed the issue spoke in similar terms.

Menachem Ussishkin, one of the leaders of Hovevei Zion and later the president of the Jewish National Fund, stated in his speech to the Congress in August 1913:

“…on the ninth of Av this year, we mark two thousand five hundred years since the foe and enemy came to the holy place and destroyed our Temple … Two thousand five hundred years ago, our national temple – God’s Sanctuary on Mount Moriah – was destroyed. Now we come full of faith and hope to build a new national temple, the sanctuary of wisdom and science on Mount Zion…”

Chaim Weizmann, president of the Zionist Organization, was of two minds in regard to the address he was to deliver on this subject. In a letter two his wife Vera, he confided some of his doubts:

“…I feel a sense of great responsibility in regard to the address that I must prepare for the Congress…While it is true that the Hebrew University and the Tomb of Jesus can hardly dwell under one roof, we cannot relinquish Jerusalem. We must take the risk! This is the only motto that, I believe, can resonate: “The Hebrew University – Die Zionsuniversität auf dem Berg Zion (The Univeristy of Zion on Mount Zion) – the Third Temple!”

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State Police Officer Rebukes Teen Missionaries

Friday, March 30th, 2007

This sounds like something that we hear of in India or China, not here in America. Sadly, this type of thing will only get worse before Jesus returns.

An officer with a state police force has confronted a team of college students on a spring break missions trip, telling them that handing out Christian literature is “shameful.”

In Pakistan? India? Perhaps Syria? Nope. In Utah. Not only that, but a second officer, this one with a local police force, confronted the same students just a day later, telling them that handing out such information was “looked down on here.”

Nelson Koon, of Hudsonville, Mich., and a junior at Frontier School of the Bible in LaGrange, Wyo., led the team of college students on their missions trip, and described for WND how these two incidents happened this week, starting in Payson, Utah.

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America Unprepared for ‘Likely’ Nuke Attack

Friday, March 30th, 2007

No surprise in this statement.
Of course the simple solution of closing our borders seems to have escaped our lawmakers and government agencies completely.
My opinion: It is only a matter of time before this happens.

WASHINGTON – The most extensive study of the effects of nuclear detonations in four major U.S. cities paints a grim picture of millions of deaths, overwhelmed hospitals and loss of command-and-control capability by government.

But the three-year study by researchers at the Center for Mass Destruction Defense at the University of Georgia says a concerted effort to teach civilians what to do in the event of a nuclear attack is the best – perhaps only – thing that could save an untold number of lives that will otherwise be needlessly lost.

“If a nuclear detonation were to occur in a downtown area, the picture would be bleak there,” said Cham Dallas, director of the program and professor in the college of pharmacy. “But in urban areas farther from the detonation, there actually is quite a bit that we can do. In certain areas, it may be possible to turn the death rate from 90 percent in some burn populations to probably 20 or 30 percent – and those are very big differences – simply by being prepared well in advance.”

While America was once prepared for nuclear war with civil defense shelters stocked with food and supplies and educational programs on how to react to a detonation, the report says the threat of a nuclear attack within the U.S. has grown significantly in recent years.

“The likelihood of a nuclear attack in an American city is steadily increasing, and the consequences will be overwhelming,” said Dallas. “So we need to substantially increase our preparation.”

The study looked at the impact of nuclear detonations of two sizes in New York, Washington, Chicago and Atlanta. Both 20-kiloton and 550-kiloton blasts were modeled in what the authors claim is the most advanced and detailed simulation published in open scientific literature.

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But rest assured, that should I fall to the terrorist, the blog will go on. The website is paid up for a year and Beth will carry on the blog for us. She will execute Contingency Plan 14753A-93412 Omega.
OK, we really don’t have a Contingency Plan 14753A-93412 Omega, but it sure looked cool when I typed it. What we do have is a promise between us, that if one us dies, the other will continue using the blog to spread the Word of God as long as possible.
Now if Jesus returns…well, for everyone left behind…sorry…neither one of us will be here.

Make Equal Rights Amendment ‘Abortion Neutral,’ Pro-Lifers Urge

Friday, March 30th, 2007

I remember growing up with all of the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) nonsense going on. And yes, I use the term “nonsense” here for a reason. Let me explain:

U.S. Constitution: Fourteenth Amendment:
Section. 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. (all emphasis mine. -ed)

So there you have it, in black and white, as clear as can be:
ALL citizens of the United States are equal. Period.

We already have an amendment to do what ERA wanted to do and what Women’s Equality Amendment wants to do. Except, carte blanc on publicly subsidized abortion on demand. Ah, now I understand the motive behind this movement.

(CNSNews.com) – The National Right to Life Committee is urging senators not to support the Women’s Equality Amendment — also known as the Equal Rights Amendment — unless it contains language preventing tax-funded abortion on demand.

S. J. Res. 10 would add to the Constitution the following amendment: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”

The National Right to Life Committee warns that leading pro-abortion groups, including NARAL, the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood, are pressing state courts to interpret state-passed Equal Rights Amendments as requiring tax-funded abortion on demand.

It happened in New Mexico. In November 1998, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled 5-0 that the state must pay for elective abortions under the state’s Medicaid program. The court found that New Mexico’s Equal Rights Amendment barred the state from restricting abortion differently than other “medically necessary procedures” sought by men.

“During the 1970s and 1980s, many pro-ERA advocates insisted that there was ‘no connection’ between ERAs and abortion, but NRLC warned otherwise,” NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson wrote in a March 29 letter to U.S. senators.

“As we predicted, pro-abortion advocacy groups have increasingly employed the ERA-abortion argument in state courts, and in New Mexico we saw the devastating result of enacting an ERA that does not include explicit abortion-neutral language.

“Once a court adopts the legal doctrine that a law targeting abortion is by definition a form of discrimination based on sex, and therefore impermissible under an ERA, the same doctrine would invalidate virtually any limitation on abortion,” Johnson said.

The NRLC noted that the ACLU’s “Reproductive Freedom Project” has published a booklet encouraging pro-abortion litigators to use state ERAs as legal weapons against state parental notification laws as well.

The NRLC is urging the Senate to adopt “abortion neutral” language originally proposed by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) in 1983. It says, “Nothing in this Article [the ERA] shall be construed to grant, secure, or deny any right relating to abortion or the funding thereof.”

“This proposed revision would not change the current legal status of abortion, nor would it permit the ERA itself to be employed for anti-abortion purposes,” NRLC’s Johnson said. “Rather, the revision would simply make the ERA itself neutral regarding abortion policy.”

The NRLC said it would withdraw its opposition to the proposed federal Equal Rights Amendment if the abortion-neutral amendment is added.

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“The Dehydration Death of a Nation” by Bobby Schindler

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Saturday, March 31, will mark the two-year anniversary of my sister Terri Schiavo’s death by dehydration. Not a day passes that my family does not think of my sister and relive the horrific images of her needless and brutal death at the hands of those who deliberately set out to kill her.

As hideous as it was, the truth is, long before Terri’s case made headlines, the removal of basic care – food and water – was becoming commonplace. It continues to happen every day across our country oftentimes in cases, like Terri’s, where the patient does not suffer from any life-threatening condition.

Much of the problem that exists stems from a blind acceptance of misinformation that has moved us from a firm belief in the sanctity of life to a “quality of life” mindset, which says that some lives are not worth living.

This shift, what I call lethal bigotry, began with the medical community, has infiltrated our judiciary and is taking over our nation. People are making decisions in place of God, while even many Catholic leaders remain silent despite the Church’s teaching and the pope’s constant reminders that God alone is the arbiter of life and death.

The sad fact is we have become a nation that spends billions trying to find the perfect body, while ignoring the condition of our collective soul; where altruism seems to be a thing of the past, and moral relativism has become a bona fide religion.

Combined with a popular media selling the notion that killing people in certain conditions is an act of compassion, one can understand why people with disabilities are in danger.

My sister’s case is a perfect example. Look how the popular media presented Terri’s story, abandoning any attempt at objective or ethical reporting in their rush to justify her death. In an effort to dehumanize Terri, they repeatedly reported she was in a coma, brain dead, a “vegetable” and that the autopsy proved she was in a persistent vegetative state, all of which are patently false.

All one has to do is watch the videos of Terri to see how alive she was. If that’s not enough, more than 40 medical affidavits stated Terri wasn’t in PVS and/or could have been helped with new medical technology.

The media chose to ignore all of this, instead reporting what Terri wasn’t able to do and referencing a doctor who took pride in the moniker, “Dr. Humane Death.”

They painted a story of a husband’s unconditional love as he carried out his wife’s “wish” to die, completely ignoring the fact that there was no evidence of this and that Michael essentially abandoned Terri as soon as he began living with his new wife-to-be.

They framed this as a strictly pro-life issue, ignoring the 30 disability groups publicly supporting Terri’s life.

They quoted Catholic priests who agreed with her “husband’s” position, despite the fact this was completely contrary to Catholic teaching.

Completely unaware of their own hypocrisy, they commended Christopher Reeve’s wife, Dana, and rightly so, for her dedication in caring for her husband, while vilifying my parents for wanting to do the same thing for their daughter.

In the same vein, they repeatedly questioned the intent of our legal team while glossing over the fact that Schiavo’s attorney, George Felos, admitted in his book to having violent images of bludgeoning his wife to death.

They chastised former Gov. Jeb Bush for doing his job by trying to stop the two-week dehydration death of an innocent disabled woman, but praised him when he placed a moratorium on death row executions after a lethal injection went 15 minutes too long.

They justify the destruction of embryos to produce stem cells (ignoring both the success of adult stem cells and that embryonic cells have produced no cures), reporting that their use will improve the lives of the disabled, and at the same time they work to convince the public that it is OK to kill the very same people they say this research could cure.

And, finally, they paid more respect to and had more compassion for a racehorse than they did my sister.

To this day, every story in which a person emerges from a condition similar to Terri’s, or an advance is found to help the severely brain-injured, is an opportunity for the media to remind us that, of course, “this is nothing like the case of Terri Schiavo.”

Should we be surprised with what is happening when we have so easily bought into what our popular media is promoting? Or that even people like Bill O’Reilly, who claim to be both conservative and Catholic, can be so ignorant on this issue as to raise the idea that if someone “costs” taxpayers too much money, it should be OK to kill them?

This is the same propaganda used by the medical community in Nazi Germany immediately prior to the Holocaust when hospitals were used to kill at least 200,000 handicapped, mentally ill and others who were deemed physically or mentally inferior.

Unfortunately, I don’t know if people realize how the mainstream media influences their everyday lives, or the scope of what is happening in our hospitals. Perhaps, more accurately, they just don’t care.

With tens of thousand in conditions similar to and even worse than Terri’s, we should be alarmed. While many would prefer not to educate themselves on this issue, the cold reality is that one day this “quality of life” approach could very well impact their families, as it did ours.

We will never forget Terri.

This is why, in the years since Terri’s death, we have worked, through the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation to protect the lives of the vulnerable. We are developing a nationwide network of attorneys and physicians to help families in desperate situations, whose loved ones are in danger of being killed … for the simple reason that they don’t meet some arbitrary and subjective “quality of life” standard. We will continue fighting against those that threaten the lives of the disabled, until all are protected.

Terri and others like her should be a constant reminder to all of us that caring for the disabled is never a burden, but is instead an act God’s unconditional love.

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Ethiopian Evangelist Beaten to Death by Militant Muslims

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Please continue to pray for missionaries, evangelist and all Christians living and working in Muslim run countries. These people are constantly under the threat of harm from Islam.

WASHINGTON, Mar. 29 /Christian Newswire/ — The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) has just learned that an Ethiopian evangelist named Tedase was beaten to death by militant Muslims on Monday, March 26th, as he and two young women were on a street evangelism assignment in Jimma, Ethiopia. This marks the second time in six months that Christians residing in Southeast Ethiopia have been attacked and killed by extremist (Wahabbi) Muslims.

On Monday afternoon Tedase and two female coworkers were conducting street evangelism on Merkato Street in Jimma, Southern Ethiopia. Merkato Street runs by a Wahabbi Mosque. As the team was walking by the Mosque, a group of Muslims exited the Mosque and began to run after them to confront them. Tedase’s female coworkers ran away from the mob but Tedase continued on. The Muslims caught up with Tedase, pulled him into the mosque, and savagely beat him to death. Sources from Jimma reported that Tedase was beaten with a calculated intention to kill him. This was no accident or case of mob frenzy getting out of control. His body was later taken to the hospital for an autopsy and he was buried Tuesday, March 27.

Our sources also reveal that Jimma Christians were conducting an evangelism campaign, and news of the outreach was spreading among Jimma residents as well as militant Muslim groups in the area. The Muslims that belonged to the Wahabbi sect purposefully beat Tedase to death as a message to Christians that they are ready to combat evangelism.

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Psalm 119 – Nun

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Psalm 119:105-112 (New International Version)

נ Nun

105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.

106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
that I will follow your righteous laws.

107 I have suffered much;
preserve my life, O LORD, according to your word.

108 Accept, O LORD, the willing praise of my mouth,
and teach me your laws.

109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
I will not forget your law.

110 The wicked have set a snare for me,
but I have not strayed from your precepts.

111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.

112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees
to the very end.

New York Bans Only ‘Religious’ Groups

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

And on Christian persecution here at home…

A lawsuit has been filed in Watertown, N.Y., because the Dulles State Office Building there – and other state buildings – have conference facilities that can be rented by anyone – except churches.

“The state of New York, over the last 20 years, has been the worst place for equal access,” said Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, which is working on the case on behalf of Relevant Church.

“Even though there have been five major Supreme Court decisions from 1981 that you cannot treat religious users with religious speech worse than everyone else, nonetheless these policies persist,” he told WND.

The lawsuit seeks an immediate injunction ordering the state to allow the church to rent a facility – otherwise available to anyone – for its Easter Sunday service.

Lorence called the policy “wildly out of step” with court affirmations of church rights.

In this specific case, the church, whose congregation has outgrown its own building, usually rents another nearby building for its Sunday services. However, there were scheduling conflicts on Easter and another approaching Sunday, so officials asked to rent the Dulles State Office Building.

Those facilities specifically are available to “nearly all groups in the community for any ‘educational, cultural, or civic’ purpose.” But the state policy specifically prohibits religious “activities” or “services,” a clear violation of Supreme Court precedent, the ADF said.

“Government officials do not have the right to discrimination against Christian groups,” Lorence said. “When the state opens up a building for community groups to rent, it must be fair and permit equal access. The courts have repeatedly ruled on this, but here we are again.”

He said courts recently have ruled in favor of two other New York churches represented by ADF attorneys regarding equal access, including a decision that resulted in a permanent injunction in a case involving the New York City Board of Education.

But in Watertown, state officials have allowed the rock band Tough Luck, a video game event, a meeting of Toastmasters, a presentation of “The Nutcracker,” a presentation by a “mural painter and social activist,” a meeting of Citizens Against Illegal Drugs, a performance of “Come Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog,” and “Bubble Mania.”

But they won’t rent to Relevant Church, whose pastor, Robert Miskowski, was told that the so-called “separation of church and state” prohibited the church from renting.

“It’s astonishing that state officials would not view faith as serving any ‘education, cultural, or civic’ purpose, but regardless, government officials are required to be fair,” Lorence said. “We hope that the state will obey the law and allow this church to rent public facilities just as other groups are permitted to do.”

Lorence said the church simply as asking to rent the facility on the same terms and conditions as other users. And he said court rulings have made clear simply allowing a religious group to rent a facility on those same conditions does not create a government “endorsement” of religious statements.

He said the emergency request was pending before a federal judge, but the ADF was preparing to appeal up to the U.S. Supreme Court if needed to ensure the church had a place to meeting on Easter Sunday, April 8.

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Pakistani Christians Assaulted at Muslim Festival

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

(Sarcasm) Yes, more wonderful examples of the peaceful and tolerant nature of those ever loving Muslims. Can’t you just feel the love pouring off of them? Shouldn’t there wonderful tolerance of all things non-Muslim be an example to us all? (sarcasm off).
Yup, there you have it, folks. Once again, another example of violence from Muslims.

Christians in Pakistan continue to face harassment by Muslims, who are upset over the boldness of many believers. A spokesman for Voice of the Martyrs says a team of Pakistani Christians was beaten recently as they handed out gospel tracts at a Muslim festival.

The four-member team of evangelists distributed more than 13,000 tracts before a mob of more than 100 Muslims attacked and beat them. VOM spokesman Todd Nettleton explains that the evangelists were in hostile territory. “The best way to describe it,” says Nettleton, “is sort of a revival meeting for radical Muslims.”

According to the VOM spokesman, speakers at the Muslim festival were “trying to incite people to be better Muslims, trying to incite people to jihad.” But Christians at the festival who were “telling people about Jesus and encouraging them to follow Christ” was “obviously was seen as a threat,” says Nettleton.

After being beaten, the evangelists were taken to a police station, where they were detained and questioned before being released. VOM provided medical care for the evangelists afterwards.

Despite the harassment and beating often faced by believers in many Muslim nations, Nettleton says Christianity continues to flourish. “It’s very difficult to be a Christian in some of these places, but the exciting thing is to see Christians who are being such a bold witness for Christ,” he shares.

The VOM spokesman cites the incident involving the evangelists at the festival as an example of that dedication. “Even knowing that they were taking a great risk, knowing even that their lives were in danger, still they chose to be at this Muslim festival — and they chose to be actively witnessing for Christ there,” he says.

Nettleton is hopeful the Pakistani Christians’ efforts at the festival were not in vain. “We don’t know what’s going to happen with those tracts,” he says. “We pray that the Lord will use those to reach some of these hearts and to change their hearts for Him.”

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Case of the ‘Flying Imams’ Prompts Congressional Action

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Well good. It’s time someone actually put political correctness away and sees CAIR for the terrorist supporting organization it is.

(CNSNews.com) – An Islamic advocacy group is taking flak — and prompting congressional action — over a decision to sue ordinary citizens who expressed concern about six Muslim imams who tried to catch a U.S. Airlines flight last November.

The airline removed the imams from the plane after other passengers reported seeing them engage in “suspicious” activity.

“The flying imams” lawsuit was announced on March 13 by Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The imams are suing US Airways and Minnesota’s Metropolitan Airports Commission, alleging that their civil rights were violated.

And while CAIR says the airline is the main focus of the lawsuit, the imams also are suing “John Does”– described in the lawsuit as “passengers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport who contacted U.S. Airways to report the alleged ‘suspicious’ behavior of Plaintiffs’ performing their prayer at the airport terminal.”

One of the unnamed “John Doe” defendants is described as an “older” man who “picked up his cellular phone and made a phone call while watching the Plaintiffs pray” at the U.S. Airways gate.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a conservative public interest law firm, has offered to defend for free any individual citizens named in CAIR’s lawsuit.

On Tuesday, U.S. lawmakers got into the act. House Republicans proposed a measure to protect public-transportation passengers from being sued if they report suspicious activity involving their fellow passengers, the Washington Times reported.

By a vote of 304-121, the House agreed to send the Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2007 back to committee so that language shielding passengers can be inserted into the bill.

Republican lawmakers mentioned CAIR’s lawsuit, warning it would have a “chilling effect” on passengers who might be less inclined to report suspicious behavior. But some Democrats argued that shielding people from such lawsuits would encourage racial profiling on the part of passengers.

In a March 23 letter to CAIR, Becket Fund President Kevin Hasson denounced the targeting of private citizens. “It has never been in the civil rights tradition to sue ordinary citizens,” Hasson told CAIR

“In fact, threatening to sue fearful senior citizens who make telephone calls is about as far removed from the ‘movement to advance civil rights in this nation’ as I can imagine. It is most certainly the right of individual citizens and, indeed, their duty — especially in wartime — to report their suspicions to the authorities.”

Hasson said actions taken by authorities in response to passengers’ complaints may be fair game for litigation, but the “ability of the citizenry to make such calls in the first place is not.”

Hasson is urging CAIR to “use whatever influence you may have” to convince the imams and their lawyer not to sue individual citizens.

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Most Americans Think Palestinian State Would Be Terror State, Poll Shows

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

If this poll is accurate, then why on earth is our government pushing for an independent nation for these people? It defies all logic and understanding.
The pali’s have show over and over that all they know and want is violence and terror, with the complete annihilation or Israel and genocide of the Jewish people.
Every time Israel gives a concession, there is never any concession back from the palis.

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – By a two-to-one margin, more Americans believe that an independent Palestinian state would be a terrorist state than a democracy, and a majority believes that Israel should not concede any more land to the Palestinians, according to a new poll.

The McLaughlin Associates poll, commissioned by the Zionist Organization of America, comes at time when the Bush administration is pushing ahead Israeli-Palestinian negotiations with the goal of establishing a Palestinian state.

Many critics of the Palestinians here note that the new push by the U.S. and Israeli governments is happening despite the fact that Palestinian Authority (P.A.) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction has joined a Hamas-led “unity” government and that Hamas is openly calling for continued violence against Israel.

In the survey of 1,000 Americans, 60 percent of respondents said Israel should not make any further land concessions to the P.A., compared to 11 percent who favor the ceding of more territory.

The survey also found that 45 percent of Americans foresee a Palestinian terror state rather than a peaceful democracy, while 22 percent disagreed. Forty-five percent of respondents said they support Israel over the Palestinians, compared to 4.6 percent who did not.

“This poll makes clear that the American public fully understands Israel’s difficult plight in dealing with the Arab war against it,” said ZOA National President Morton Klein in a statement.

“Americans understand that establishing a Palestinian state would simply result in but another terrorist state in the Middle East, which is the last thing America needs in its efforts to bring peace and security to the region,” he said.

According to Klein, the poll indicates that Americans are against appeasing the Palestinians by offering more concessions.

It also found that Americans are more realistic about the Arab campaign against Israel than other governments – including the Bush administration, and they believe the U.S. should stop talking about establishing a Palestinian state. American respondents also view chances for peace as virtually non-existent.

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“Desperate Search for ‘Peace-Loving’ Palestinians” by Hal Lindsey

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

The whole world seems to be trying to push the Israelis into the elusive “two-states-living-side-by-side-in-peace” solution. And all of this despite an avalanche of hard evidence that there is no such thing as a “peace-seeking Muslim Palestinian.” Just ask the Christian Palestinians who have been driven from their centuries-old homes in Bethlehem by them.

It is like 1938 when the world, led by England’s Neville Chamberlain, was trying to convince Poland and Czechoslovakia to accept the “peace-loving Nazis” of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich as “peace partners.” Ah yes, “Peace in our times” – it had such a nice ring to it. But the appeasers then found out what every non-realist does who lacks the courage to face the facts and act.

It is hard to imagine that the world can possibly be so willfully ignorant of the obvious as it is when it comes to the so-called Israeli “peace process.” The Palestinians don’t want peace. They clearly and outspokenly want the annihilation of the State of Israel. One doesn’t have to read between the lines to discover this shocking truth. It couldn’t be more obvious.

Note the way that PA Interior Minister Sa’id Siam spoke last week: “If any Hamas member ever recognized Israel, he would be ejected from the movement. … There isn’t a chance any Hamas leader will ever recognize Israel. We will not betray our values. … We will leave this world as martyrs without recognizing Israel.” Yeah! No diplomatic double-speak there.

The European monitors who leapt at the chance to take up positions along the border between Egypt and Gaza to ensure Israel wouldn’t close it off as a security threat are making contingency escape plans in the event the “peace-loving” Palestinians suddenly turn on them.

According to the Jerusalem Post, “They say their lives are being threatened by their Palestinian hosts, who are evidently ungrateful for their unwitting assistance in smuggling an estimated 30 tons of heavy weapons into Gaza from Egypt over the past two years.”

The Post reported that the head of the 80-European force met with the Israelis to plan their escape route. They worked out a plan where the Europeans would make a run for the security fence, where they would be rescued from raging hordes of “peaceful Palestinians” by the “warmongering” Israeli Defense Forces who would be waiting to protect them.

At least there are 80 Europeans who know the Palestinians don’t want peace with Israel. They don’t need any more convincing. And it can’t be said that they don’t have on-site knowledge.

Furthermore, this “Everlasting Hatred” is being perpetuated in the Palestinian school system. Israeli Parliament member Michael Melchoir just reported on his comprehensive review of the PA’s new 12th grade school textbook. Melchoir said, “The findings make it clear the ‘Palestinians’ do not view the conflict as merely being a land dispute that can ‘be resolved by partition,’ but rather as ‘an existential religious conflict that cannot be resolved.'” (Jerusalem Post, March 21)

When Melchoir presented this evidence to Hillary Clinton, even she was appalled. She blasted the Palestinians by saying that this is “the deliberate poisoning of the minds of Palestinian children” and suggested “perhaps Abbas and his Fatah-controlled PLO are not true peace partners after all.” Now there is a real grasping of the obvious.

But the world continues to insist that the Palestinians want peace, despite the evidence. And they insist that the obstacle to peace is Israel … but they leave the rest of the sentence unfinished out of politeness. Israel’s only obstacle to peace is its existence.

The world’s leadership knows this. How could they help but know this. It couldn’t be more obvious. Even a consummate politician couldn’t block out the evidence.

Hamas and Hezbollah have decided to bury their differences between their Shiite and Sunni sects and cooperate in their shared goal: the obliteration of Israel. It is the old Muslim doctrine of “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” at work. Shiite Iran is training Sunni members of Hamas to serve in a Hamas-led Palestinian Army. Now that is the “purpose driven life” in action, Muslim style.

It is a matter of settled Palestinian law that selling land in the Palestinian-controlled territories to Jews is a capital crime punishable by death. Every centimeter of Palestinian-controlled land becomes immediately “ethnically cleansed” of all Jews. But the world’s sympathy on this issue is reversed when it comes to the Palestinians. The Palestinians demand that any “peace deal” must include the “right of return” to millions of Palestinians to move into Israel proper. This is like Cleopatra embracing the Cobra to her breast on a national scale. New waves of suicide bombers would be living inside the heart of Israel.

The world cannot be ignorant of the inequity of that equation. Jews are not welcome in “Palestine” under any circumstances. Yet world leaders still argue that Israel’s refusal to allow itself to be outnumbered by Palestinians hostile to its existence is the primary “obstacle” to peace?

How can any civilized world leader claim ignorance of these facts? Especially our president, George Bush. It is impossible. That leaves me with only one alternative explanation. It’s the same explanation that made Hitler’s Holocaust possible 70 years ago.

The “civilized” world leadership knows the national goal of the Palestinian people is the destruction of Israel.

But it must be OK with them. Provided Israel doesn’t “inconvenience their consciences” with too much noise in the process. Can’t they just go quietly to the gas chambers as before? Only this time, their destruction won’t even be that humane. Maybe they can persuade the media not to show the butchery of Israeli citizens in the streets of Israel on the evening news. That might disturb their “civilized” constituents.

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Sewer Pipes Used for Pali Terrorist Kassam Rockets

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

How true this statement, from our post “Gaza: At Least Six Dead In Flooding From Sewage Breach”, turned out to be:
“I have to wonder though, maybe if the pali authorities were spending more money on maintaining the local infrastructure and less on arming terrorist and trying to kill innocent Israelis, maybe this never would have happened.”
Also, the cartoon from Cox and Forkum was right on the money.

A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip who worked as a metal merchant at the Karni crossing between Israel and the Strip was arrested by the Shin Bet last month for allegedly selling pipes he bought in Israel to terrorist groups that used them to manufacture Kassams, it was released for publication on Sunday.

On February 9, the Shin Bet arrested Amar Azk, 37. During his interrogation, he confessed selling the pipes to Hamas and other terrorist organizations that manufactured Kassam rockets, fired almost daily at Israel. The Shin Bet said Azk’s activities began with the start of the second intifada in 2000 and were only brought to a halt by his arrest. The agency could not say how much metal Azk traded, except that it was “significant.”

The pipes that were sold to Zak were intended for the construction of a sewage system in Gaza.
The Shin Bet has been unable to determine the amount of metal that actually made its way to the terror organizations, and how much went to the sewage project.

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Hat Tip: Cox and Forkum.

The John Doe Manifesto

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

As we posted here, Six Islamic Imams, with the backing of CAIR, will be suing not only US Airways, but several passengers, labeled in the suit as “John Doe”. The imams were removed from the flight because of suspicious behavior.
In a grass roots effort to show support for these unknown passengers, who all did the right thing by reporting the behavior, by the way, Michelle Malkin has written the John Doe Manifesto.
Here it is:

Dear Muslim Terrorist Plotter/Planner/Funder/Enabler/Apologist,

You do not know me. But I am on the lookout for you. You are my enemy. And I am yours.

I am John Doe.

I am traveling on your plane. I am riding on your train. I am at your bus stop. I am on your street. I am in your subway car. I am on your lift.

I am your neighbor. I am your customer. I am your classmate. I am your boss.

I am John Doe.

I will never forget the example of the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 who refused to sit back on 9/11 and let themselves be murdered in the name of Islam without a fight.

I will never forget the passengers and crew members who tackled al Qaeda shoe-bomber Richard Reid on American Airlines Flight 63 before he had a chance to blow up the plane over the Atlantic Ocean.

I will never forget the alertness of actor James Woods, who notified a stewardess that several Arab men sitting in his first-class cabin on an August 2001 flight were behaving strangely. The men turned out to be 9/11 hijackers on a test run.

I will act when homeland security officials ask me to “report suspicious activity.”

I will embrace my local police department’s admonition: “If you see something, say something.”

I am John Doe.

I will protest your Jew-hating, America-bashing “scholars.”

I will petition against your hate-mongering mosque leaders.

I will raise my voice against your subjugation of women and religious minorities.

I will challenge your attempts to indoctrinate my children in our schools.

I will combat your violent propaganda on the Internet.

I am John Doe.

I will support law enforcement initiatives to spy on your operatives, cut off your funding and disrupt your murderous conspiracies.

I will oppose all attempts to undermine our borders and immigration laws.

I will resist the imposition of sharia principles and sharia law in my taxi cab, my restaurant, my community pool, the halls of Congress, our national monuments, the radio and television airwaves, and all public spaces.

I will not be censored in the name of tolerance.

I will not be cowed by your Beltway lobbying groups in moderates’ clothing. I will not cringe when you shriek about “profiling” or “Islamophobia.”

I will put my family’s safety above sensitivity. I will put my country above multiculturalism.

I will not submit to your will. I will not be intimidated.

I am John Doe.

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The Real Target of the 6 Imams’ Discrimination Suit.

Psalm 119 – Mem

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Psalm 119:97-104 (New International Version)

מ Mem

97 Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.

98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies,
for they are ever with me.

99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on your statutes.

100 I have more understanding than the elders,
for I obey your precepts.

101 I have kept my feet from every evil path
so that I might obey your word.

102 I have not departed from your laws,
for you yourself have taught me.

103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!

104 I gain understanding from your precepts;
therefore I hate every wrong path.

Wild Weather Strikes Southern California

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

But wait a minute. I thought we had global warming. How can this happen?

LOS ANGELES – Volatile weather swept through Southern California on Tuesday, delivering downpours, hail, snow, and fierce winds that capsized boats and toppled power lines and trees. Nearly 185,000 customers lost power.
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The roof was torn off the Orange County Fire Authority’s aviation building, and harbor patrol officers made rescues in Newport Bay and offshore.

Gusts up to 40 mph capsized a small powerboat and three outriggers, sheriff’s Sgt. David Ginther said.

In Newport Bay, 24 members of a University of California, Irvine, rowing crew were thrown into the water when their boats flipped. Some swam ashore, and others were rescued, Ginther said.

A large section of roof laminate and asphalt tile landed on four cars and caused minor damage but no injuries, fire Capt. Stephen J. Miller said. Fire crews were responding to numerous reports of downed trees and power lines, he said.

“It was pretty crazy out there,” Miller said. “I was driving on the freeway and saw many dust storms.”

Snow also fell across a swath of mountains and desert.

The day dawned clear and breezy, but fast-moving clouds brought downpours that pelted parts of greater Los Angeles, then rapidly cleared again.

Strong winds accompanied by sporadic showers and hail were driven by a cold front that moved in from the north, National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Boldt said.

About 165,000 Southern California Edison customers lost power, but only about 11,700 remained blacked out by late Tuesday, the utility said. Another 20,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers lost power, spokeswoman Kim Hughes said.

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Accept Peace Plan or Face War, Israel Told

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Koran 47:36: “Therefore do not falter or sue for peace when you have gained the upper hand.”

Any peace treaty with Muslim nations is a farce, designed to throw Israel off balance. The need for war and the destruction of Israel is too ingrained in Muslims to ever allow them to accept the existence of Israel.
But with that said, most likely the suicidal government of Israel will buy into this peace treaty. They will put themselves into an indefensible position.
Many Biblical scholars feel that a peace treaty with Israel will signal a major tick in the prophetic clock. I agree. If you are not already looking up, I suggest you start doing so. Time is VERY short.

The “lords of war” will decide Israel’s future if it rejects a blueprint for peace crafted by the entire Arab world, Saudi Arabia’s veteran foreign minister warned yesterday.

As leaders began gathering in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, for today’s summit of the Arab League, Prince Saud al-Faisal told The Daily Telegraph that the Middle East risks perpetual conflict if the peace plan fails.

Under this Saudi-drafted proposal, every Arab country would formally recognise Israel in return for a withdrawal from all the land captured in the war of 1967.

This would entail a Palestinian state embracing the entire West Bank and Gaza with East Jerusalem as its capital. Every Arab country will almost certainly endorse this blueprint when the Riyadh summit concludes tomorrow. Prince Saud said Israel should accept or reject this final offer.

“What we have the power to do in the Arab world, we think we have done,” he said. “So now it is up to the other side because if you want peace, it is not enough for one side only to want it. Both sides must want it equally.”

Speaking inside his whitewashed palace, surrounded by luxuriant lawns and manicured flower beds resembling a green oasis in the drabness of Riyadh, Prince Saud delivered an unequivocal warning to Israel.

“If Israel refuses, that means it doesn’t want peace and it places everything back into the hands of fate. They will be putting their future not in the hands of the peacemakers but in the hands of the lords of war,” he said.

Prince Saud dismissed any further diplomatic overtures towards Israel. “It has never been proven that reaching out to Israel achieves anything,” he said.

“Other Arab countries have recognised Israel and what has that achieved?

“The largest Arab country, Egypt, recognised Israel and what was the result? Not one iota of change happened in the attitude of Israel towards peace.”

Israel has numerous reservations about the Arab peace plan – which was previously proposed at a summit in 2002. Israel fears any hint that Palestinian refugees would have the right to return to their homes in the event of a peace settlement.

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Border Patrol Agent Kills Man Who Crossed From Mexico

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

A border patrol agent shot and killed an illegal alien, in defense against an attack. The illegal alien threatened him with a softball sized rock. The Mexican consulate is claiming that the illegal alien was “unarmed”.
OK, now the prospect of being plunked on the head with a three and a half pound rock doesn’t sound very appealing to me. I can imagine the border agent felt much the same way. In most courts of the world, the illegal alien would be found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon. Here in the U.S…??
I wonder how much jail time this border agent will get for defending himself?

A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a man who threatened him with a softball-sized rock at the border, the agency said Tuesday.

The agent fired an M-4 assault rifle at the man, who had escaped from a scuffle with another agent as he tried to run back into Mexico, said Border Patrol spokesman David Kim.

The victim, whose name, nationality and immigration status were not released by U.S. authorities, was pronounced dead from one bullet wound at El Centro Regional Medical Center after the incident Monday. Kim said he did not know where the man was struck.

Pablo Arnaud Carreno, Mexico’s consul in Calexico, said the victim was a Mexican man who was apparently in the U.S. illegally. The Mexican government asked U.S. authorities for a thorough investigation.

“It seems unjust to shoot someone who is unarmed,” Arnaud Carreno said Tuesday.

The shooting, reported Tuesday in the Imperial Valley Press, occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. in Calexico, about 120 miles east of San Diego.

Border Patrol agents saw seven people climb a border fence, run to the All-American Canal and attempt to cross the waterway in rafts, Kim said. The victim was in a raft that turned around back toward Mexico.

Kim said the agent fired after seeing the man’s arm cocked back with a rock in his hand.

Other people continued to throw rocks at the agents, Kim said. A Molotov cocktail that had failed to explode was later found nearby.

The FBI is investigating and the Imperial County coroner’s office was performing an autopsy. The Border Patrol declined to identify the agent.

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Christian Fired For Sharing God

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

More Christian persecution at the hands of institutions of “higher learning”.

A Christian woman is battling a California university and state social agency for terminating her internship because she shared her faith with co-workers during off-hours.

Jacqueline Escobar was completing a master’s degree in social work at California State University Long Beach when she interned with the Department of Children and Family Services, or DCFS.

A straight-A student, Escobar was complimented regularly by the DCFS for her work. But she came under scrutiny for sharing her faith with co-workers during lunch breaks and after-hours, and for changing into a shirt with a religious message – “Found” – after signing out for the day, according to the Pacific Justice Institute, which is representing her.

A trial is scheduled to begin April 3.

“Through this case, we hope to send a powerful message to government employers: you cannot trounce upon the First Amendment rights of people of faith and expect to get away with it,” said Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute.

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Escobar was directed to stop speaking about her faith, even during breaks and after work hours.

Also, the university ordered her to sign a document admitting she had “an inability to separate her religious beliefs from her role” as an intern.

She refused to sign the document, arguing she couldn’t agree to such a sweeping prohibition that included her religious practice during non-working hours.

Consequently, Escobar was terminated from her internship and threatened with expulsion from the graduate program.

She then contacted Pacific Justice Institute and filed the federal suit.

What I completely fail to understand is why on earth did the university think it could dictate to Ms. Escobar what she could do during her own time. Think about this, folks.
The decision to do this probably did not reside with just one person. So we have a group of people who see absolutely nothing wrong with prohibiting a person from not only practicing her freedom to exercise her religion, but also prohibiting her from exercising her right to free speech.
Now I understand that an internship is not the same as actually being hired by an organization (if I’m wrong on this account, please let me know), but the person still has the same rights afforded all other citizens of this country.
The fact that the university even thought they could do this should be very alarming to all of us.

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