Archive for March 27th, 2007

Psalm 119 – Lamedh

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Psalm 119:89-96 (New International Version)

ל Lamedh

89 Your word, O LORD, is eternal;
it stands firm in the heavens.

90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
you established the earth, and it endures.

91 Your laws endure to this day,
for all things serve you.

92 If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.

93 I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have preserved my life.

94 Save me, for I am yours;
I have sought out your precepts.

95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me,
but I will ponder your statutes.

96 To all perfection I see a limit;
but your commands are boundless.

Hirsi Ali Under Threat in US

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Former Dutch MP (Member of Parliament) and an outspoken critic of Islam, Hirsi Ali, moved here to the United States after life in the Netherlands became too dangerous.
Although things improved for her after her arrival here, once again the death threats, that drove her from her from the Netherlands have resumed.
So here we have it. Islamist, in the United States, are threatening to kill Ms. Ali because, by choosing to exercise her freedom of speech, she has insulted the thin skinned islamic terrorist who are already here.
Ms. Ali has as much right as anyone to live freely in this country, without having to fear for her life because she chooses to exercise her first amendment right. But Ms. Ali cannot do that. The the so-called peaceful, loving and tolerant islam has found her, and given a chance, will kill her.
America, when are you going to wake up?

AMSTERDAM – Former MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali is now in danger in the US as well. Her security has been stepped up for the past three weeks. Because of concrete threats, she is now receiving the same level of protection as she previously needed in the Netherlands, the Volkskrant reports.

Hirsi Ali had more freedom of movement when she first arrived in the US last September. Her lack of freedom in the Netherlands was one of the reasons for her move.

The forced isolation made it impossible for her to continue in her position as MP at the time, she said. The Liberal VVD politician had to travel by armoured car in the Netherlands, accompanied by six bodyguards. In the US just two security workers, who kept an eye on her from a distance, sufficed.

Hirsi Ali’s protection is carried out by American security personnel commissioned by the Dutch Justice department. Hirsi Ali works at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC, a think-tank that has close ties with the Republican party.

As in the Netherlands, the threats against her come from Muslim extremists. They are in connection with the lectures and media appearances Hirsi Ali has been making since the publication of the American version of her autobiography, “The Infidel,” in January.

The book has sold 148,000 copies over the past two months and led to heated debate in the US.

Besides glowing reviews in The New York Times and other media, Hirsi Ali is also coming up against opposition because of her uncompromising criticism of Islam.

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Gaza: At Least Six Dead In Flooding From Sewage Breach

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

This is a terrible disaster. I hope that not only can they help the people effected by it now, but that they can also help them keep from getting the potential diseases that will most certainly come along with this sewage.
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.

Palestinian medical officials said at least six people were killed when the wall of a large cesspool collapsed on Tuesday, flooding the northern Gaza village of Umm Naser with mud and raw sewage.

The officials said dozens were injured and missing, with some saying up to 10 people were killed. The rest of the village’s 3,000 residents fled or were evacuated by rescue crews.

A 70-year-old woman, two toddlers and a teenage girl died in the sudden flood, and 25 people were injured, said Dr. Muawiya Hassanin of the Palestinian Health Ministry. At least 25 houses were completely submerged.

Some 250 houses were damaged by the sewage, some of which were completely destroyed. Up to 4,000 people are being affected by the flooding, officials said.

Rescue crews and Hamas gunmen rushed to the area to search for people feared buried under the slide of sewage and mud.

An official in Gaza City said the raw sewage was presenting a particular danger to health and that the situation was not yet under control.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society and the International Red Cross are handing out some 250 tents to the displaced.

Officials say all local and international institutions are coordinating their relief efforts and are working at a high emergency status.

The cause of the collapse was not immediately clear.

A local Palestinian official blamed the disaster on shoddy infrastructure and UN officials said they had been warning of a catastrophe for more than two years.

A 2004 United Nations report warned that the sewage facility was at its maximum capacity and flooding was inevitable unless a new waste treatment plant was constructed. It said that even without overflowing, the effluent lake posed a serious health hazard, providing a breeding ground for mosquitoes and waterborne diseases.

Stuart Shepard, of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said the wave of waste released Tuesday sent the health risks even higher.

“It is an extremely serious situation,” he said.

Shepard said that since the report was published, international funding for a new plant had been secured but construction had not been able to go ahead because of the high security risks in the area.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum blamed international “sanctions against Palestinians, including Gaza and the West Bank” for the condition of Gaza’s infrastructure. Most foreign donors froze aid to the Palestinian government after Hamas swept to power in a 2006 general election, but Shepard said the Umm Naser project had not been affected by the boycott.

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Cesspool
“Cesspool” by Cox and Forkum.

‘Indoctrinate U’ Film Alleges Repressive Climate on Campuses

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

The liberal education system is anything but open to new ideas, especially if those ideas even hint at being “right” leaning.

(CNSNews.com) – Watch out, Michael Moore and Al Gore. A young filmmaker is preparing to release a full-length documentary that will “tell the story of how, in the name of education, schools from coast to coast ruthlessly compel conformity of thought.”

“When we think of college, we think of intellectual freedom. We imagine four years of exploring ideas through vigorous debate and critical thinking,” filmmaker Evan Coyne Maloney told Cybercast News Service Friday regarding his upcoming movie, “Indoctrinate U.”

“But the reality is very far from the ideal,” he said. “What most of us don’t know is that American college students surrender their rights to free thought and free speech the minute they set foot on campus.”

Maloney spent two and a half years investigating what he called “jaw-dropping incidents of political persecution” directed at students and professors at more than 20 schools across the country, ranging from elite Ivy League campuses to the largest state universities and the smallest community colleges.

The filmmaker’s interest in the subject began when he was an undergraduate student at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. “What I noticed was that basically, from the first day you set foot on campus, the notions of tolerance and diversity were drilled into your head,” he said. “But there wasn’t a lot of tolerance for diverse points of view.”

At the time, Maloney thought the political imbalance was unique to his campus. “But instead, this assault on free thought is taking place all over America — right now — on our nation’s campuses,” he noted.

“It occurred to me that the best way to illustrate the problem was to hear from the people who had been affected by it,” he said, but “I noticed this topic didn’t fit into the Al Gore-Michael Moore worldview,” so “I decided I had to do it on my own.”

One of the stories Maloney recounts in his film involves Steve Hinkle, a student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo on Nov. 12, 2002, when the College Republican posted flyers on campus promoting a speech by conservative African-American author Mason Weaver entitled “It’s OK to Leave the Plantation.”

As Cybercast News Service previously reported, Hinkle was accused of disrupting a campus event while posting the flyers in the school’s multicultural center and ordered to write letters of apology to any students who were offended by his actions. Hinkle refused to do so.

The impasse continued until September of 2003, when Hinkle sued the university over its refusal to clear his record of any charges related to the incident.

In the end, Maloney noted, “the university had to pay Hinkle’s $40,000 in legal fees, which by the way came from the taxpayers because that’s a public campus.” Still, he said that a school “harassing a student for 18 months is completely unacceptable.”

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Confident Turkey Looks East, Not West

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

And continuing to fulfill Biblical prophesy:

Disillusion with the EU has deepened since Brussels part-suspended talks in December after a row over Cyprus. The hostility, as seen from Ankara, of French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has poisoned the pot further.

But anger and frustration is slowly giving way to a new, more assertive idea: that perhaps Turkey does not really need Europe after all … – … and the EU will come to regret its insultingly complacent chauvinism as Turkey goes its own way.

“Europeans underestimate the importance and influence of Turkey,” said Fuat Keyman, professor of international relations at Istanbul’s Koc university. “If they are serious about the future of Europe as a power in global affairs, they need to change their thinking.”

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Turkey’s increasingly important regional leadership role is also changing the way it views the EU. As a vital transit hub, it provides much of Europe’s oil and gas from the Caspian basin, Russia and, prospectively, the Turkic republics of central Asia. This is leading to closer cooperation with Moscow and reviving ideas of a Turkic Commonwealth from Azerbaijan to Kazakhstan.

The “reformed Islamist” government in Ankara is also cultivating the Arab and Muslim world. It signalled a new strategic relationship with Egypt this week. It sent peacekeeping troops to Lebanon last year. It talks to Iran when many will not or cannot. Close links to Israel have not prevented the building of ties with Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. And despite tensions with the Kurds, Turkey is northern Iraq’s main economic partner. Istanbul is the likely venue of next month’s Iraq summit.

Rising ultra-nationalism and “neo-Ottoman” thinking, Islamist extremism and political instability are the acknowledged dangers of Turkey’s rise. But its strength is its 70 million people’s drive and energy, a dynamic resource that flabby, middle-aged western Europe lacks.

And then, there is fierce pride. “Ours is the only country to reconcile Islam with a fully functioning, multiparty democracy in a modern, secular republic,” said opposition MP Sukru Elekdag. “Our experience shatters the myth that Islam cannot accommodate democracy.”

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Group Says ‘Hate Crimes’ Bill An Impending Threat To Christians

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Here is additional information on the pending “hate crimes” bill that will make it illegal for Christians to teach that homosexuality is a sin. I wonder if you Christians who voted Democrat in order to “punish” the Republicans, had any idea that your party was going to do this type of thing? If you didn’t, you certainly haven’t been reading this blog.
Be sure to write to your congress person expressing your opposition to this bill. Write them today. You are running out of time.

The head of a Washington-based pro-family group is urging opposition to federal “hate crimes” legislation she fears will soon be approved by the Democrat-led Congress — and that bill, she believes, threatens the free-speech rights of those who strongly oppose homosexuality.

Representatives John Conyers (D – Michigan) and Mark Kirk (R – Illinois) have reintroduced the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The bill would include crimes against homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgenders in federal hate crimes statutes. Andrea Lafferty, executive director of the Traditional Values Coalition (TVC), contends the ultimate goal of the bill is to silence anyone who believes homosexuality is a sin.

“People need to understand that the hour is very, very late,” Lafferty urges. “We now have a bill that give special protections to people who are homosexual, bisexual, transgendered, cross-dressers.” She describes transgenders as individuals “who have had sex-change operations and are clearly very disturbed.”

According to Lafferty the bill would elevate homosexuals to a special protected status. “So if a pastor stands up in the pulpit and says homosexuality is a sin … it will be considered hate speech,” she says; “and if this law passes, the federal government will go after people who say those kinds of things.”

The TVC executive director contends there is not an epidemic of hate crimes in the U.S., as the bill’s sponsors claim, nor are large numbers of homosexuals fleeing across state lines to buy goods and services they cannot in their home states because of persecution.

The bill is likely to sail easily through the House, says Lafferty. That is why she is urging Christians to begin calling on President Bush to issue a veto threat.

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Immigration reform group blasts amnesty-friendly STRIVE Act

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

I still don’t understand what part of “illegal” congress doesn’t get. People in this country do not illegal aliens given amnesty. Period.
Be sure to contact your congress person about not supporting this bill.

An immigration reform organization says the latest immigration bill introduced in the House is nothing more than an amnesty for millions of illegal aliens already in the United States.

The STRIVE Act of 2007 (Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy), introduced by Congressmen Luis Gutierrez (D – Illinois) and Jeff Flake (R – Arizona), is similar to the Senate bill put forward last year by Senator Ted Kennedy and John McCain. Kennedy even praised the Gutierrez-Flake bill, and said he was optimistic a new Senate bill will follow.

An overview of the Act promises to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, strengthen interior enforcement of immigration laws, bolster employment verification of immigrants, and provide what it calls “earned legalization for qualified, hardworking individuals.” In Flake’s words, it also creates a “temporary worker program that’s enforceable and fair.”

But Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) takes issue with that assessment. Mehlman says despite promises of tougher enforcement, all the STRIVE Act does is give millions of illegal aliens what they want.

“Really what it does is it grants amnesty to just about everybody who’s been in the country illegally before June 1, 2006,” Mehlman explains; “so that encompasses just about everybody who’s in the country illegally right now.”

The FAIR spokesman says the legislation proposes what he describes as a “monumentally silly and pointless exercise” of requiring all illegal aliens to go the nearest border and “turn around and come right back — as though that is going to solve the problem and make it okay with the American public.” Mehlman says the sponsors must think the American people are completely stupid.

“So not only is it the same old amnesty bill that the American public rejected last year,” he says, “but on top of that they’re now going to try to insult the intelligence of the American people.”

Mehlman says he is content for lawmakers to haggle over this latest legislation as long as they wish because Gutierrez has admitted that if the Senate and House do not get their bills passed by July, the approaching election cycle will make it much more difficult to get it through.

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