Archive for March 9th, 2007

Syria Deploys Thousands of Rockets on Israel Border

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Continue to pray for Israel and God’s protection for His chosen people.

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Syria has positioned on its border with Israel thousands of medium and long-range rockets capable of striking major towns across northern Israel, military and government sources told AFP.

This deployment, coupled with other recent reports of Syrian troop mobilisation, is seen in Israel as an indication that Damascus may be preparing for future “low intensity warfare,” they said.

The report comes only two weeks after Israel held war games on the occupied Golan Heights, captured from Syria in 1967, in a bid to learn the lessons of last summer’s conflict in neighbouring south Lebanon.

The Syrian army accelerated its deployment of medium and long-range rockets in the wake of the Lebanon war, during which the Hezbollah militia fired moe than 4,000 rockets against northern Israel.

“We have noticed that in recent months Syria has deployed hundreds, possibly thousands, of medium and long-range rockets along the border (with Israel),” one military source said.

“Many of the rockets are hidden in underground chambers and in camouflaged silos, which make them very difficult to locate,” the source said.

Three of the sources were from the military and two from the government, and they all spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity. They said Syria has built a system of fortified underground tunnels along its border with Israel.

Most of the rockets deployed are 220 millimetre, with a range of 70 kilometres (43 miles), and 302 millimetre rockets capable of striking targets at a distance of more than 100 kilometres (56 miles).

The latter would be well within range of the main population centres in northern Israel such as Tiberias and Kiryat Shmona.

These long-range rockets could also reach Israel’s third largest city of Haifa and its industrial zone, which is home to several essential industries, including oil refineries and a deep-water port.

It is also believed that Syria has deployed several FROG rocket launchers, with a a 550-kilogram (1,200-pound) warhead and 70-kilometre range, in areas between the border and the capital Damascus, 40 kilometres (25 miles) away.

According to the sources, such a massive deployment of well entrenched rockets poses “a real strategic threat” to Israel.

While Syria concentrates most of its long-range surface-to-surface missile arsenal in the north of the country, its decision to deploy rockets so close to the border may indicate that Syria is mulling an attack on Israel, experts say.

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William & Mary Cross is Back

Friday, March 9th, 2007

The controversy over the cross in the Wren Chapel at William & Mary is over. The cross has been replaced in the chapel, only this time it is encased in glass. Recently a donor backed out of a $12 million pledge because of the removal of the cross. Strangely enough, within a short time of losing the $12 million pledge, the cross is back and the school is calling the fact that it will now be enclosed by glass a compromise. What compromise? It is obvious that the school needs the money, so to save face they are calling the glass encasement a compromise. I think it would have been more classy to simply say “We were wrong”.

A compromise has been reached that will return to public view a cross that had previously been removed from display at historic Wren Chapel on the campus of The College of William & Mary, one of the oldest colleges in the United States. A leader in the organized protest over the cross’s removal is among those who are hailing the compromise as a big victory.

Late last year, Gene Nichol, president of The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, announced that an 18-inch brass cross was to be removed from Wren Chapel, where it had been on display since 1940. Nichol claimed the cross would be put in storage to make people of other faiths feel more comfortable using the chapel.

The announcement of the cross’s removal sparked an outcry from students and alumni, who said the cross represented the unique history of the college. Furor over the college’s decision resulted in a petition drive to keep the Christian emblem in place — as well as last week’s announcement that a longtime donor had backed out of a $12 million pledge in response to the controversy. Other alumni and donors threatened to withhold support as well.

Now, however, a compromise has been reached that will allow the cross to be displayed in the chapel once again, only now it will be enclosed in a glass case. Dennis DiMauro, an organizer of the campaign to save the cross, says public pressure along with numerous media inquiries helped bring about the compromise.

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Is FORD Pulling the Plug on Homosexual Support?

Friday, March 9th, 2007

We all know by now that last spring the American Family Association called on its members to boycott Ford Motor Company because of its relentless support of homosexuals. Now the AFA is reporting that Ford has dropped its sponsorship of an awards show held by Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Is this the first step toward Ford moving away from its support of the homosexual agenda? That remains to be seen.

The pro-family group that initiated a business boycott of Ford Motor Company last spring is calling a recent move by Ford — dropping sponsorship of an awards show held by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) — one of a series of steps by the automaker to “silently” move away from its support of the homosexual agenda.

American Family Association (AFA) founder and chairman Don Wildmon says he believes Ford’s cancellation of its sponsorship of the Annual GLAAD Media Awards is another direct result of the boycott by AFA, other pro-family groups, and many Americans in response to the automaker’s institutional support of homosexual causes and ideology. AFA also announced last week that Ford would no longer support homosexual publications with advertising.

The automaker’s financial bottom line has continued to drop since the start of the boycott last March; sales were down 13.5 percent in February compared to a year ago.

Wildmon says he is surprised that GLAAD did not publicly criticize Ford for dropping its support, but he thinks they see “the handwriting on the wall”– that the homosexual auto consumer market alone does not have enough buying power to match those who oppose same-sex “marriage.”

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A Question for Jehovah’s Witnesses

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Read the following passages:

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 1:8 (New International Version)

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.

Revelation 21:5-6 (New International Version)

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Revelation 22:13 (New International Version)

These passages clearly state that God is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Read on…

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
Revelation 1:17-18 (New International Version)

As stated, God is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and End, the First and the Last. Question: When did God die?
Answer: He didn’t.
Who do we know from the Bible who did die and then, three days later, came back to life? You already know the answer.
JESUS, the Son of God, God incarnate in bodily form, one part of the triune of God. JESUS, who holds death (the keys of death and hades) in His Hands! JESUS!!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
John 3:16-17 (New International Version)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6 (New International Version)

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Officers Outgunned On Border

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Our government has the power to take measures to stop the violence at the US border with Mexico. I cannot understand why actions are not being taken to stop illegal immigration and I definitely cannot understand why this violence is not being “properly addressed”.

Violence along the U.S.-Mexico border is undergoing what U.S. law-enforcement authorities call “an unprecedented surge,” some of it fueled by weapons and ammunition purchased or stolen in the United States.
Federal, state and local law-enforcement officials from Texas to California, concerned about the impact of illegally imported weapons into Mexico, say they already are outmanned and outgunned by ruthless gangs that collect millions of dollars in profits by smuggling aliens and drugs into this country.
“These gangs have the weapons and the will to protect their lucrative cargoes,” said Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr., the sheriff of Zapata County, Texas, who founded and served as the first president of the Texas Border Sheriff’s Coalition. “With automatic weapons, grenades and grenade launchers, they pose a significant danger.”
Last month, Mexican military officials in Matamoros, just south of Brownsville, Texas, stopped a tractor-trailer containing weapons and ammunition, along with a pickup truck fitted with armor and bulletproof glass.
The weapons included 18 M-16 assault rifles, one equipped with an M-203 40mm grenade launcher. Also seized were several M-4 carbines, 17 handguns of various calibers, 200 magazines for different weapons, 8,000 rounds of ammunition, assault vests and other military accessories.
While Mexican authorities have not determined the source of the weapons, the truck was registered in Texas and authorities think the weapons were being smuggled across the border from the United States. U.S. and Mexican law-enforcement authorities have long described Matamoros as a key shipping center for drugs, weapons and illegal aliens.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) also ended a 20-month investigation last month into a Mexican drug-trafficking organization and its U.S.-based distribution cells, which resulted in the arrest of 400 persons nationwide and the seizure of $45 million in cash and 100 weapons.

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“What Is CAIR Afraid Of?” from Investor’s Business Daily

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Politics And Islam: The first Secular Islam Summit was a success if for no other reason than it intimidated the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the PR machine of militant Islam.

The Washington-based group that boycotts airlines and bullies radio personalities and politicians into toeing the Islamist line is clearly worried about the message from Muslim reformers.

It dispatched its henchmen to Florida to shout the reformers down at their confab earlier this week. CAIR also posted on its Web site no fewer than four stories bashing the event and its courageous speakers, many of whom are women calling for an end to inequality and mistreatment under radical Islam.

CAIR declared the summit illegitimate because few of the participants are “practicing Muslims,” and those who are, it claims, are merely pawns playing into the hands of “Islamophobes.”

“In order to have legitimate reform, you need to have the right messengers,” asserted CAIR spokesman Ahmed Bedier.

And who might that be? The four CAIR executives who have been successfully prosecuted on terrorism-related charges? The CAIR co-founder who said the Quran should replace the U.S. Constitution as “the highest authority in America”?

True voices of moderation are the delegates to the Secular Islam Summit, who insisted in their declaration that mosque and state should always be separate. They also called for tolerance for non-Muslims, and an end to violent jihad. CAIR should take notes.

So what if many of them are ex-Muslims? They risked their lives to leave Islam and now dare to openly criticize an ideology that everyone else is afraid to criticize. What these brave souls have to say carries far more weight than anything said by CAIR, which couldn’t even bring itself to condemn Osama bin Laden in the wake of 9/11.

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“Bank of America Defies Public on Credit Cards for Illegal Aliens” by James L. Lambert

Friday, March 9th, 2007

After more than two weeks of public criticism from talk radio, CNN’s Lou Dobbs, and Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly, it appears that Bank of America’s Ken Lewis has chosen to defy public outcry against the bank offering credit cards to illegal immigrants. While the bank has admitted that the public response has been overwhelmingly negative, Lewis has still chosen to ignore the reaction. With more than 186,000 employees worldwide, it appears BOA believes it can weather this storm.

Lou Dobbs labels the bank’s extension of credit to those who have entered U.S. borders illegally as “outrageous.” But in a prepared statement, BOA’s Randy Matthew said the bank is “careful to comply with U.S. laws and regulations, including the USA Patriot Act, and use the same criteria to extend credit across our entire customer base.”

Continuing, Matthew said “customers who sign up for this particular credit card program must also have an existing deposit account” with the bank; and that the bank is offering the credit card pilot program to ” … pre-dominantly Hispanic communities in Southern California …” — even though the other representatives claim that the bank is not marketing their program to illegal immigrants.

According to Ken Lewis, Bank of America’s CEO, 84 percent of the applicants to this program have provided a Social Security number. But no indication was given if the bank suspected any cases of fraud. One would ask, why should a U.S. citizen have any different of a standard for obtaining credit than someone who is in our country illegally?

Executives from the large financial institution are showing that they would rather ignore the controversy and appease those in the business community who favor open borders. Escondido (California) City Councilwoman Marie Waldron said this week that “Bank of America is willing to sell out our country to make a buck off illegal immigrants ….” She said further that “as a city council member from a California city dealing directly with the impacts of illegal immigration, it is appalling that B of A would work to undermine our efforts by aiding and abetting illegal immigrants to remain in our communities …. This is not about serving their customers; this is about making money.”

For Bank of America, this controversy won’t die down anytime soon. The San Diego chapter of the Minutemen has chosen to selectively picket some Bank of America offices. Clear Channel radio talk-show host Roger Hedgecock, a regular fill-in for conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, dedicated a recent show to disgruntled B of A customers who planned on closing their accounts. Other radio talk-show hosts like Michael Savage, Jerry Doyle, and Rick Roberts have also chimed in on the Bank of America controversy.

San Diego Minutemen founder Jeff Schwilk said the bank’s “giving credit cards to people who are illegally in the United States is one of total outrage …. Americans have already started boycotting Bank of America and [are] closing accounts with them ….” Schwilk concluded by saying that “the American people are fed up with giving benefits to people who have come to this country illegally.”

Executives in the business community — and amnesty-supporting politicians such as Senator Ted Kennedy, President Bush, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi — need to understand that they can no longer afford to send mixed messages to the American public. Millions of Americans have immigrated here legally and went through the long process of gaining their U.S. citizenship — and it is immoral to turn around and grant special favors to people who have broken our laws, regardless whether it is done to either win their future votes or their future business.

Ignoring established laws of entry into the U.S. sends the wrong message not only to illegals, but to those who obey the rule of law in this country. What exactly is the value of our legal system if we, as a people, turn our back on the very laws that help bring order and stability to our nation?

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“‘Sudden Jihad Syndrome’ – A Reason to Carry Firearms for Self-Defense” by Larry Pratt

Friday, March 9th, 2007

I have compiled (quite easily, I might add) a list of murders and attempted murders carried out by Muslims acting on the basis of what the founder of Islam taught them.
Convinced that they will go to heaven if they die killing infidels who Mohammed taught his followers to hate, some Muslims don’t bother joining al Qaeda or some other organized band of thugs. They get so filled with hatred from hearing Islamic sermons and visiting jihadi web sites that they decide to become freelance Jihadis.

The condition is recognizable and has been labeled Sudden Jihad Syndrome (SJS) — although some people are unable, or unwilling, to recognize SJS. Politically correct spokesmen for the FBI and other agencies seem to be under orders to issue a denial that a SJS-related murder could possibly have anything to do with Islam.

The rest of the population should come to grips with the fact that many in America are susceptible to SJS. The best antidote for many SJS-related acts of terrorism is a bullet fired from the gun of a prospective victim.

The following list is offered to show that SJS is a reality, and that rational Americans should be prepared to deliver the most effective known antidote – a bullet administered at the first sign of an outbreak of SJS.

* March 1994 – Rashid Baz, a Muslim from Lebanon, opened fire on a van containing members of the Lubavitch Hassids in Brooklyn. One was killed.

* February 1997 – Palestinian-born Ali Abu Kamal opened fire on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, killing a tourist and injuring six other people before committing suicide. His daughter, Linda Kamal, said in 2007 that the family is tired of lying and admitted that a letter had been found on her father’s body explaining his Muslim hatred for Israel and America.

* July 2002 – Egyptian-born Hesham Mohammed Hadayet walked into the Israeli Airlines El Al terminal at the Los Angeles airport and began shooting Jews. He killed two and injured another four. He was known to sympathize with al Qaeda.

* September 2002 – Patrick Gott killed one and wounded another in the New Orleans airport. He had entered the terminal with a shotgun and his Koran.

* October 2002 – John Mohammed and Lee Malvo killed 13 people in the Washington, DC area. Both were converts to Islam and had attended a jihad training camp in southwestern Virginia.

* August 2003 – Mohammed Ali Alayed almost totally decapitated his erstwhile Jewish friend, Ariel Sellouk, following Alayed’s getting serious about his Islamic faith. He went to a mosque after killing Sellouk.

* October 2005 – Joel Henry Hinrichs III, a convert to Islam, was an engineering student at Oklahoma University. His student career ended when a bomb he had strapped on himself went off prematurely outside a crowed stadium, killing only himself. Police subsequently cleared explosives from the apartment that Hinrichs had shared with Muslim students from Pakistan.

* April 2006 – Muslim Ayhan Surucu was so angry when his sister started to wear make-up and date men in Berlin, Germany, that he put a gun to her head at a bus stop and killed her. Boys at a nearby school, attended mainly by the children of immigrant Muslim families, cheered and applauded when news of the murder reached them.

* May 2006 – Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student, rented an SUV and drove it through a crowded part of the campus– intentionally trying to hit people and wounding nine. In a series of letters to the student newspaper, he explained that he acted in obedience to Koranic dictates.

* June 2006 – Michael Ford, a Muslim convert, walked into work at a Safeway warehouse in Denver and opened fire on his coworkers, killing one and injuring five. Relatives explained that he was being teased at work because he’s a Muslim and he could not take it anymore.

* July 2006 – Naveed Alzal Haq, a Pakistani, walked into the Jewish Federation Center in downtown Seattle and shot six women– killing one, and wounding five( one of whom was pregnant). He stated matter-of-factly: “I am a Muslim American angry at Israel.”

* August 2006 – Omeed Aziz Popal, a Muslim Afghan refugee, used his SUV as a weapon and ran down at least 14 people and a bicyclist in the San Francisco Bay area. He was targeting Jewish neighborhoods to terrorize.

* January 2007 – A 22-year-old Muslim, Ismail Yassin Mohamed, stole a car in Minneapolis and rammed it into other cars before stealing a van and doing the same, injuring several drivers and pedestrians at crosswalks and on sidewalks before police caught up with him. Mohamed called himself a “terrorist.”

* February 2007 – Ibrihim Ahmed, a Memphis cab driver and Muslim, was enraged that two passengers did not agree with him about Islam. When they got out of the cab, he tried to run them down, striking one in a parking lot.

* February 2007 – Sulejman Talovic, a Bosnian Muslim immigrant, went to a Salt Lake City mosque on a Friday night. Then he went to one of only two malls in the state which prohibits civilian carrying of concealed weapons. He killed five before an off-duty cop (not subject to ban) used a concealed firearm stopped his murder spree.

Cornell University did a study estimating that there are seven million Muslims in the U.S. If even a single percent of that population is motivated to go kill a few infidels for Allah, the country would be facing 70,000 murderers on the loose.

The examples that I have found of Islam being the driving force for murder show that the prospect of Sudden Jihad Syndrome should be reason to loosen the country’s concealed carry laws. The Utah Jihadi did not have a concealed carry permit, but he carried his weapons to the scene of the crime concealed anyway. Why should the laws make it harder for the rest of us to counter what criminals are already doing?

Put another way, our current restrictions on concealed carry on the books in most states facilitate murder by tying the hands of victims.
The law should be on our side, not on the side of the bad guys.

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