Archive for April 10th, 2007

Psalm 119 – Taw

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Psalm 119:169-176 (New International Version)

ת Taw

169 May my cry come before you, O LORD;
give me understanding according to your word.

170 May my supplication come before you;
deliver me according to your promise.

171 May my lips overflow with praise,
for you teach me your decrees.

172 May my tongue sing of your word,
for all your commands are righteous.

173 May your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen your precepts.

174 I long for your salvation, O LORD,
and your law is my delight.

175 Let me live that I may praise you,
and may your laws sustain me.

176 I have strayed like a lost sheep.
Seek your servant,
for I have not forgotten your commands.

Rosie O’Donnell 9/11 Conspiracy Comments: Popular Mechanics Responds

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

I’m not a mechanical or structural engineer, so all I can comment on is what I learned in the course work that I had in college that dealt with physics and some practical experience.
I can say with certainty that metal does distort and weaken when subjected to intense heat. Taking into account that building supports are carrying hundreds of tons of load, it is not unreasonable to believe that those structures would fail.
We (engineers) went to school, got our degrees and have years of practical applied knowledge. We do know more than Rosie O’Donnell about this particular topic.

Recently, Rosie O’Donnell, a co-host of ABC talk show The View, made comments on the show that renewed controversy over the collapse of World Trade Center 7.

While saying she didn’t know what to believe about the U.S. government’s involvement in the attacks of Sept. 11, she said, “I do believe that it’s the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel. I do believe that it defies physics that World Trade Center tower 7—building 7, which collapsed in on itself—it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved. World Trade Center 7. World Trade [Center] 1 and 2 got hit by planes—7, miraculously, the first time in history, steel was melted by fire. It is physically impossible.”

She continued: “To say that we don’t know that it imploded, that it was an implosion and a demolition, is beyond ignorant. Look at the films, get a physics expert here [on the show] from Yale, from Harvard, pick the school—[the collapse] defies reason.” (Watch the clip here)

For those interested in what physics and demolition experts have said regarding WTC 7’s collapse, as detailed in our book Debunking 9/11 Myths, Popular Mechanics offers these notes:

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Iran Says It Is Now a Nuclear Nation

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

So, yesterday was National Nuclear Day in Iran (which sounds like a very odd holiday to me, but each to his own). Now Iran is saying that they are part of the club of nuclear nations. If you haven’t heard about it, see Steve’s earlier post “Iran Nukes Closer Than Originally Thought”. Very scary. I believe it won’t be long before the US is forced to take action. Christians, now is the time to pray for our country, our servicemen and women, and especially our President.

An American author and national defense expert says he’s not surprised Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has declared that his county has officially joined the nuclear club of nations. Iran’s top nuclear negotiator says Iran has begun enriching uranium and is now capable of producing nuclear fuel on an “industrial scale” expanding its uranium enrichment program despite United Nations demands to end it.

Retired U.S. Army Colonel David Hunt, a military analyst, says he has been warning others about the Iranian nuclear threat for some time. “He’s been a member of that [nuclear] club for a while,” the colonel says in reference to the Iranian president. “I think that Ahmadinejad has been allowed to do this right in front of everybody — Europe and us,” he asserts. “I think that’s why everyone cared about him; nobody cared about Ahmadinejad, truthfully, unless he had the bomb.”

According to Hunt, however, the United States does not have the manpower to take out the Iranian nuclear program right now. “If the Air Force — which would be the first time in history — hits all their targets, the best estimate is that we’ve pushed the Iranians back only five years,” he says. “We do not have the soldiers to fight this fight in Iran; witness the fact that we’re going to the National Guard for 13,000 more soldiers for Iraq.”

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Pro-Family Group Blasts European Court for Creating Right To Abortion

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Many people are unaware that Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortions in this county, was based completely on “privacy”. That’s right. Using medical privacy as the crux of the argument, the Supreme Court ruled that abortions were legal. Quite a stretch in my opinion.
Now the European courts are following our Supreme Court’s example and using the same argument to instigate legal abortion in Europe. It’s still quite a stretch, in my opinion, but for liberal Europe, not much of one.

An international pro-family group is condemning a European court for ordering Poland to liberalize its abortion laws — saying the court is essentially creating the right to an abortion “out of thin air.”

The European Court of Human Rights recently gave an award of 25,000 euros (approximately $33,550 US) to a woman who was denied an abortion by Poland in 2000. The Polish woman had wanted her unborn child killed because she suffers from severe myopia and was told by an eye specialist that carrying her pregnancy to term could further damage her eyesight.

Don Feder, communications director for the World Congress of Families, says the decision is based on Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which says that member states need to “respect” the “private life” of citizens.

“What the European Court of Human Rights did was it read a right to abortion into Article 8, based on the fact that Article 8 says that member states should respect the privacy of their citizens,” Feder explains. That interpretation should sound familiar to Americans, he notes. “This is almost exactly what the Supreme Court did in 1973 in Roe v. Wade.”

Feder notes unlike the European Convention on Human Rights, the First Amendment to the Constitution does not even mention the word “privacy.” On top of that, he considers the court’s ruling a violation of Polish sovereignty.

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Brit Says Second UN Global Warming Report ‘Frantic Alarmism’

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Combating the junk science of the “Gore Global Warming Jihad”©, or “GGWJ”©, a British journalist takes the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to task for using language in their report that equated the so-called man made global warming to Adolf Hitler. Global Warming equals Adolf Hitler? That doesn’t even make sense.

A British journalist who has challenged former Vice President Al Gore to a debate on global warming says the latest United Nations report on the purported impacts of climate change is a “prodigious overstatement” that was not developed by a scientific process, but rather a political one.

The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the second of four reports it plans to issue this year on global warming. During negotiations on the report, a Belgian delegate likened global warming to Adolf Hitler.

Lord Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, a former advisor to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, says the comparison is characteristic of the political language in which the global warming debate is being conducted. “That is not the remark of the scientist,” he insists. “It is the remark of a politician.”

In fact, Monckton contends, “You will not find in any of the peer-reviewed papers — except perhaps those written by James Hansen, who started this scare in the first place — any reference to global warming being anything like Adolf Hitler. That kind of extremism is extremely rare in the scientific literature.”

The Belgian delegate’s comparison was “unnecessary and uncalled for,” the British journalist suggests, and it may have arisen out of political self-interest. “If you’re a bureaucrat and you’re not used to going out and earning your own living,” he says, “and you live on the taxation provided by other people, and somebody comes along and says, ‘Hey, there’s global warming; here’s a chance for a whole lot of new taxes that’ll pay for your larger and larger pensions while the pensions in the private sector disappear down the plug,’ then you’re going to be in favor of that.

“And so that bureaucrat who made that statement about Hitler, there’s a public sector bureaucrat,” Monckton asserts. “He’s looking to get more taxes out of this,” he says, “and that’s what this is really about.”

Such “frantic alarmism” about global warming, Monckton adds, is being peddled in the interest of extending what he calls “the atheistic, humanist, bureaucratic, centralist agenda, which bureaucracies worldwide tend to subscribe to.” He says the IPCC has deliberately overstated a table of figures on rises in sea level and erroneously claimed that 20 percent has been added to the global warming effect of carbon dioxide in the last decade.

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Iran’s Nukes Closer Than Originally Thought

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Here are several important stories dealing with Iran’s quest to destroy the world via nuclear weapons.

Iran possibly months from making bomb

With news yesterday that Iran has begun injecting uranium hexafluoride gas into 3,000 centrifuges at its Natanz nuclear facility, the Islamic nation could be less than one year away from being able to enrich weapons-grade uranium.

International reports persist that Iran has made improvements to the advanced P2 centrifuge designs it bought from the black market network created by rogue Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Kahn in 1987.

David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) told the subcommittees of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs March 15 Iran had mastered manufacturing all the centrifuge components of the P1 centrifuge.

Albright acknowledged much less is known about Iran’s mastery of manufacturing the P2 centrifuge since Tehran had denied the International Atomic Energy Agency access to the information.

Mohammad Saiedi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, told reporters yesterday that within the next 20 days, Iran will disclose the number of centrifuges to which uranium hexafluoride, or UF6, gas has been injected.

Larijani also warned that Tehran could withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty if the international community imposed any additional penalties on Iran.


Iran Says Nuclear Enrichment Reaches Industrial Scale (Update4)

April 9 (Bloomberg) — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran has begun enriching uranium on an industrial scale, stepping up the country’s defiance of the United Nations and risking an escalation of tensions over its nuclear program.

“I am proud to say that right from today our country has entered the group of countries that produce nuclear fuel industrially,” Ahmadinejad said today at the Natanz uranium- enrichment site. While the president didn’t specify the scale of enrichment, Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani confirmed to reporters that uranium gas was being fed into 3,000 centrifuges.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said Feb. 22 that Iran planned to have 3,000 centrifuges at Natanz by May, though a UN official with direct knowledge of the IAEA’s Iran inquiries at the time called that goal optimistic. About 1,500 centrifuges spinning non-stop for a year would be needed to produce the 28 kilograms (62 pounds) of 90 percent-enriched uranium needed for a bomb, said nuclear physicist David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington.

The announcement was a challenge to the UN Security Council, which gave Iran 60 days from March 24 to suspend enrichment after the country ignored three such deadlines. The Security Council demands were in response to allegations by the U.S. and some of its allies that Iran is using the development of nuclear power to disguise a weapons program in contravention of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.


Iran has shares in French nuclear facility

WESTERN GOVERNMENTS have been accused of “stunning hypocrisy” after it was revealed that Iran has a 10% stake in the world’s largest uranium enrichment plant in France.

All the time that Britain, France and the US have been pressing the Iranian government to cease enriching uranium, the Islamic republic has been reaping multimillion pound dividends from its shareholding in Eurodif, an international enrichment plant at Pierrelatte in southern France.

Because of its involvement, Iran has also been learning more about the latest enrichment technology. It claims that it only wants to enrich uranium to improve its performance as a fuel in nuclear power stations, but Western nations are worried that it will be used to make nuclear bombs.

Iran’s stake in Eurodif has been exposed in a report written by a French nuclear expert for the Greens and the European Free Alliance in the European parliament. Documents confirming the connection have also been seen by the Sunday Herald.

They show that in 2006, Reza Aghazadeh, Iran’s vice-president and the president of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation, was replacing the Iranian representatives on the board of Sofidif, a joint French-Iranian company with a major stake in Eurodif.

According to a meeting of Sofidif in June 2006, the purpose of the company was “to participate in the study, the realisation and the operation of uranium enrichment plants based on the French gaseous diffusion technique”.

Other papers show that in 2005 Sofidif’s investment in Eurodif yielded £12 million in dividends. Eurodif, formed by France, Belgium and Spain in the 1970s and run by French nuclear company Cogema, enriches uranium for 100 reactors in France and worldwide.

Bolton: “Iran Won Sailors Battle with Britain”

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

(sarcasm) No Way! The Brits won hands down. (sarcasm off) NOT!!
When is the world going to see terrorism for what it is and deal with it and all the rogue nations who support it?

Britain’s “weakness” in standing up to Iran in the detained sailors stand-off handed Tehran an improbable victory and left it dangerously emboldened, former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton said Monday.

Iran was deliberately probing for allied weaknesses and found them in abundance, Bolton wrote in a hard-hitting article in the Financial Times newspaper.

“Against all odds, Iran emerged with a win-win from the crisis: winning by its provocation in seizing the hostages in the first place and winning again by its unilateral decision to release them,” wrote the 2005-2006 US ambassador to the United Nations.

The Guardian newspaper reported last week that the Washington wanted to get involved militarily in cranking up the pressure on Iran, but was rebuffed by London, which preferred to pursue diplomatic channels.

Some commentators here have said the United States should learn a lesson from Britain’s handling of the detainees issue in respect to the standoff over Iran’s nuclear programme.

The 15 British sailors, seized in the northern Gulf on March 23, returned home on Thursday.

But if the outcome of the stand-off with Iran was a success for British diplomacy, “one hesistates to ask what would constitute failure,” Bolton wrote in the business daily.

He said Iran was testing allied resolve and found that Britain responded with “not much of a reaction at all.”

“This passive, hesitant, almost acquiescent approach barely concealed the Foreign Office’s real objective: keeping the faint hope alive that three years of failed negotiations on Iran’s nuclear weapons programme would not suffer another, this time possibly fatal, setback.”

The lesson for Iran was that “it probed and found weakness.” Ahmadinejad could now “undertake equal or greater provocations, confident he need not fear a strong response,” Bolton wrote.

“Emboldened as Iran now is, and ironically for engagement advocates, it is even less likely there will be a negotiated solution to the nuclear weapons issue, not that there was ever much chance of one.

“Iran, sensing weakness, has every incentive to ratchet up its nuclear weapons programme, increase its support to Hamas, Hezbollah and others and perpetrate even more serious terrorism in Iraq.

“The world will be a more dangerous place as a result.

“The only thing risen from this crisis is Iranian determination and resolve to confront us elsewhere, at their discretion, whether on Iraq, nuclear weapons and terrorism.”

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