Archive for April 9th, 2007

MIT Meteorology Professor Says No Need For Alarm Over Global Warming

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Very interesting. Someone call Al Gore and tell him that there is no need to continue on with his little “Global Warming is Killing Us And It’s All Our Faultl” act. Who are we going to believe on this issue– A washed up politician or the experts?

Judging from the media in recent months, the debate over global warming is now over. There has been a net warming of the earth over the last century and a half, and our greenhouse gas emissions are contributing at some level. Both of these statements are almost certainly true. What of it? Recently many people have said that the earth is facing a crisis requiring urgent action. This statement has nothing to do with science. There is no compelling evidence that the warming trend we’ve seen will amount to anything close to catastrophe. What most commentators—and many scientists—seem to miss is that the only thing we can say with certainly about climate is that it changes. The earth is always warming or cooling by as much as a few tenths of a degree a year; periods of constant average temperatures are rare. Looking back on the earth’s climate history, it’s apparent that there’s no such thing as an optimal temperature—a climate at which everything is just right. The current alarm rests on the false assumption not only that we live in a perfect world, temperaturewise, but also that our warming forecasts for the year 2040 are somehow more reliable than the weatherman’s forecast for next week.

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Psalm 119 – Sin and Shin

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Psalm 119:161-168 (New International Version)

ש Sin and Shin

161 Rulers persecute me without cause,
but my heart trembles at your word.

162 I rejoice in your promise
like one who finds great spoil.

163 I hate and abhor falsehood
but I love your law.

164 Seven times a day I praise you
for your righteous laws.

165 Great peace have they who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble.

166 I wait for your salvation, O LORD,
and I follow your commands.

167 I obey your statutes,
for I love them greatly.

168 I obey your precepts and your statutes,
for all my ways are known to you.

Hoyer Meets With Hamas Supporters

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Hoyer and Pelosi are two peas in a pod. Their courting of the Muslim world (and terrorists) can only bring disaster to the US.

It was revealed yesterday a top U.S. Democratic congressman last week met a leader of Egypt’s main opposition group, which has strong ties to Hamas and seeks to impose an Islamic theocracy throughout the Middle East and eventually around the world.

The meeting took place just one day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Syria last Wednesday against the recommendations of the White House drew widespread domestic criticism and also sharp praise from some Palestinian terror groups.

Visiting House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer met twice on Thursday with the head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc, Mohammed Saad el-Katatni. One meeting took place at the Egyptian parliament and the second at the home of the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Brotherhood spokesman Hamdi Hassan said.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo confirmed the meeting, but would not disclose what was discussed.

The Brotherhood’s Hassan said Hoyer discussed with the group developments in the Middle East, the “Brotherhood’s vision” and the status of opposition movements in Egypt.

The Brotherhood seeks the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s regime and the creation of a region-wide Islamic caliph that would eventually spread around the world. The Hamas terror group, responsible for dozens of suicide bombings in Israel, was founded in 1987 as a military offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

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Shalom, Chaverim

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Shalom, chaverim,
Shalom, chaverim,
Shalom, shalom;

L’hitra’ot,
L’hitra’ot,
Shalom, shalom.

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Shalom, o my friends,
Shalom, o my friends,
Shalom, shalom;

Till we meet again,
Till we meet again,
Shalom, shalom.

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Israel to Release Murdering Terrorist in Exchange for Shalit

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Israel, I would have thought that you knew better. Sure, go right ahead and reward the terrorist for kidnapping Shalit. Maybe they’ll wait a month or two before kidnapping the next soldier.

Hamas has recently presented a list with the names of prisoners it wishes to see released in exchange for freeing Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit. An Israeli source, who is involved with the negotiations, says the list has reached Israel. However, the problem is that Israel finds some of the names on the list unacceptable. Israel will agree to the release of some prisoners “with bloodied hands” (those who have participated in attacks in which Israelis were killed), but not necessarily to the senior figures Hamas is demanding.

It appears that an agreement has been reached on the number of Palestinian prisoners Israel will release in three stages, in exchange for Shalit’s freedom.

Israeli security sources confirmed last night that a “certain progress” was made in efforts to bring about the release of Shalit. The same sources noted that there are many complex obstacles in the way to completing the deal with Shalit’s kidnappers and warned that the process may take time.

“Indeed, a certain progress has been made, but there is still a long way [to Shalit’s release],” sources in Jerusalem said.

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Hero’s Tale is ‘too positive’ For the BBC

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Incredible!!

Amid the deaths and the grim daily struggle bravely borne by Britain’s forces in southern Iraq, one tale of heroism stands out.

Private Johnson Beharry’s courage in rescuing an ambushed foot patrol then, in a second act, saving his vehicle’s crew despite his own terrible injuries earned him a Victoria Cross.

For the BBC, however, his story is “too positive” about the conflict.

The corporation has cancelled the commission for a 90-minute drama about Britain’s youngest surviving Victoria Cross hero because it feared it would alienate members of the audience opposed to the war in Iraq.

The BBC’s retreat from the project, which had the working title Victoria Cross, has sparked accusations of cowardice and will reignite the debate about the broadcaster’s alleged lack of patriotism.

“The BBC has behaved in a cowardly fashion by pulling the plug on the project altogether,” said a source close to the project. “It began to have second thoughts last year as the war in Iraq deteriorated. It felt it couldn’t show anything with a degree of positivity about the conflict.

“It needed to tell stories about Iraq which reflected the fact that some members of the audience didn’t approve of what was going on. Obviously a story about Johnson Beharry could never do that. You couldn’t have a scene where he suddenly turned around and denounced the war because he just wouldn’t do that.

“The film is now on hold and it will only make it to the screen if another broadcaster picks it up.”

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Rep. Joe Sestak to CAIR: “Condemn Terrorist” – Audience Silent

Monday, April 9th, 2007

This pretty much says it all.

CAIR, which promotes civil rights for Muslims, has consistently denounced acts of terrorism. But it has refused to condemn the Palestinian group Hamas and the Lebanese group Hezbollah, which the United States does recognize as terrorist organizations. That, more than anything else, has raised its critics’ ire.

“We try to avoid condemning individuals, organizations or countries, because that prevents the ability for us to create opportunity for bridge-building,” said Iftekhar Hussain, chairman of CAIR’s Philadelphia chapter, in an interview Friday.

Parvez Ahmed, the group’s national chairman, told the dinner crowd that Sestak was being “demonized and vilified by the right-wing media and pro-Israel extremists” for agreeing to speak. He said Sestak should be applauded for “standing up to these folks.”

Sestak, who has said his Seventh District includes at least 20,000 Jewish voters, delivered a 20-minute speech in which he started with praise for peaceful tenets of Islam and the advances of American Muslims.

Near the end of the speech, amid clanking silverware and the burble of table conversations, the former Navy admiral said it was not sufficient for any group just to condemn terrorist acts.

He said it was CAIR’s duty to condemn individuals or groups that commit terrorism, and he specifically mentioned Hamas and Hezbollah.

“It’s the same as those who did not speak out against the perpetrators of Jim Crow laws . . . or the Holocaust,” he said.

The remark drew no reaction from the audience. At the end of his speech, he was applauded.

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Buoyant Teheran Warns of Further Kidnappings

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Go ahead, West, and appease, appease, appease.
This is what you get when you do. This is what happens when you don’t deal with rouge dictators. This is what happens when your own people destroy you from within, in the name of “political correctness”.
Go ahead, West…commit suicide. You’ve been warned.

Hardliners in the Iranian regime have warned that the seizure of British naval personnel demonstrates that they can make trouble for the West whenever they want to and do so with impunity.

The bullish reaction from Teheran will reinforce the fears of western diplomats and military officials that more kidnap attempts may be planned.

The British handling of the crisis has been regarded with some concern in Washington, and a Pentagon defence official told The Sunday Telegraph: “The fear now is that this could be the first of many. If the Brits don’t change their rules of engagement, the Iranians could take more hostages almost at will.

“Iran has come out of this looking reasonable. If I were the Iranians, I would keep playing the same game. They have very successfully muddied the waters and bought themselves some more time. And in parts of the Middle East they will be seen as the good guys. They could do it time and again if they wanted to.”

Americans also expressed dismay that the British had suspended boarding operations in the Gulf while its tactics are reassessed.

“Iran has got what it wants. They have secured free passage for smuggling weapons into Iraq without a fight,” one US defence department official said.

It is also clear that the Iranian government believes that the outcome has strengthened its position over such contentious issues as its nuclear programme. Hardliners within the regime have been lining up to crow about Britain’s humiliation, and indicated that the operation was planned.

Conservative parliamentarian Amir Hassankhani, a former member of the country’s Revolutionary Guard and supporter of the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told the country’s semi-official Fars news agency: “The arrest and release of the British sailors proved that if Iran’s issues and demands are overlooked at the international level, the Islamic republic can create different challenges for the other side.”

However, a British Government official familiar with the negotiations said that while the abductions had provided Ahmadinejad with a platform from which to humiliate the West, such behaviour would have undermined Iran’s ambitions for its nuclear programme. Countries which might otherwise have supported Iran would now be questioning whether a regime that took hostages could be trusted with sensitive nuclear technology.

“Ahmadinejad may have got some short-term PR bounce out of this, but the more cerebral members of the regime may be quite alarmed that they have squandered their perceived right to be treated as a country that should be trusted with a nuclear enrichment programme,” he said. “In the long term, they may have lost out.”

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More Falling Away of the Church

Monday, April 9th, 2007

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.”
-1 Timothy 4:1-2 (New International Version)

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
-2 Timothy 4:1-4 (New International Version)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — No hymnals. No pews. No steeple. No stained glass windows. And no women.

This ain’t your grandma’s church.

Organizers of the Church For Men say that guys are “bored stiff” in many churches today.

The Church For Men meets one Saturday evening a month, drawing about 70 guys dressed in everything but straight-laced shirts and neckties. The service features a rock band, a shot clock to time the preacher’s message and a one-hour in-and-out guarantee.

The church is part of a national movement to reverse what many Christian pastors and ministers are calling a troubling trend.

Studies show that men are less likely than women to show up on Sunday mornings, and the reaction has been an emerging testosterone theology of sorts. Churches nationwide are now reaching out to men.

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See my article “‘Falling Away’ of the Church”.