Archive for May, 2007

Iran Warns Israel Not To Attack Lebanon

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

“And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing: and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed”. Genesis 12:2-3

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s hard-line president warned Israel on Thursday that other nations in the region would “uproot” the Jewish state if it attacked Lebanon in the summer.
“If you think that by bombing and assassinating Palestinian leaders you are preparing ground for new attacks on Lebanon in the summer, I am telling you that you are seriously wrong,” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a rally in the city of Isfahan.

“If this year you repeat the same mistake of the last year, the ocean of nations of the region will get angry and will uproot the Zionist regime

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CBS: US Sabotaging Iran Nukes

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Who’s side is the American mainstream media on anyway? Do they want us to be killed? Not enough violence in the news already? They need for an American city to be blown away in order to have something to report? People, it’s your lives the elitist reporters and networks are putting jeopardy. Enough of this nonsense!! Media, show some responsibility and stop helping our enemies!!

Intelligence operatives in the US and its allied nations have sold Iran flawed technological components in an attempt to sabotage the country’s nuclear enrichment program, CBS News revealed Wednesday evening.

In January 2007, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency, Vice-President Gholamreza Aghazadeh, said after an explosion at the Natanz nuclear facility (the first Iranian plant to attempt enrichment) that some of the equipment had been “manipulated.”

The explosion destroyed 50 of the plant’s centrifuges.

Other evidence has indicated that sabotage was the reason for some of the technical problems Iran has encountered in its enrichment enterprise. Sources told CBS intelligence agencies have altered technical data, making it “useless.”

“Industrial sabotage is a way to stop the program, without military action, without fingerprints on the operation, and really, it is ideal, if it works,” says Mark Fitzpatrick, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Non-Proliferation and now Senior Fellow in Non-Proliferation at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

According to CBS, the fact that Iran purchases the requisite information and equipment on the black market, rather than legally, places it at risk for industrial sabotage. Some prohibited components, the report said, had been shipped to Iran in diplomatic bags by Iranian agents in Frankfurt.

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ABC News Accused of Treasonous Report

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

The mainstream media is so out of control and so willing to do ANYTHING to hurt President Bush, that now they stoop to airing stories about covert CIA operations. What part of “Covert” do they not understand?

ABC News is coming under heavy criticism for its exclusive report revealing a purported CIA covert operation designed to destabilize the government of Iran.

Brian Ross of ABC reported last night:

The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert “black” operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.

The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject, say President Bush has signed a “nonlethal presidential finding” that puts into motion a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran’s currency and international financial transactions.

“Isn’t this type of reporting TREASON?!” asks Robert Lipps in an ABC thread receiving hundreds of comments. “Where’s the responsibility for the good of the country? This is disgusting! What are you thinking?”

Dawn Mansfield wrote: “Why, if it is covert, are you airing it and telling the Iranians what we are doing? Do you want more war and more killings of Americans? Let them do their job’s and keep your mouths shut.”

ABC’s report has also caught the attention of at least two Republicans running for president.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said he was “shocked.”

“The reporting has the potential of jeopardizing our national security,” Romney said. “To put it quite plainly, it has the potential of affecting human life, we may never know.”

Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado called it “absolutely irresponsible for any media to publish a story like this.”

“When foreign governments and terrorist groups can simply watch the news to find out about potential U.S. intelligence operations, we have a problem on our hands.”

Tancredo will ask the attorney general to open a criminal probe into the source of the leak and the network’s decision to disclose the information, as well as call for congressional hearings.

“I just hope Democrats and the media show as much interest in this as they did over Valerie Plame,” he said.

ABC News has responded to the criticism, saying in a statement:

“In the six days since we first contacted the CIA and the White House, at no time did they indicate that broadcasting this report would jeopardize lives or operations on the ground. ABC News management gave them the repeated opportunity to make whatever objection they wanted to regarding our report. They chose not to.”

ABC did receive some supportive comments on its thread, including:

  • “I for one appreciate ABC’s courage in letting Americans know what the government is up to. It’s the present insane U.S. government, not the Iranian, that’s a threat to U.S. citizens.” (Janet)
  • “Thank you, ABC News for keeping the public informed on the idiotic plans the Bush administration has in place to further escalate the conflict in the Middle East. Cheney is trying is hardest to start a war with Iran. The people of the U.S. need to WAKE UP and put an end to this madness. We need more accountability in Washington to prevent another Iraq from destroying the region.” (Eric)
  • “Hurrah to ABC! Anybody with half a brain is going to know that this info was deliberately leaked by the ‘Bushies.’ More posturing. More cowboy diplomacy! Thanks ABC for doing the job the press is supposed to be doing and should have been doing in 2001.” (Rob Meyer)
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    Goal of Mississippi amendment? Overturn Roe v. Wade

    Thursday, May 24th, 2007

    The sooner the better.

    Many pro-life advocates believe that the only way to truly outlaw abortion in America is to avoid lengthy legislative battles and address the real issue — recognizing that every human life begins at the moment of conception. That is precisely the aim of an initiative that proposes an amendment to the Mississippi constitution.

    David Rogers heads the group “The Campaign for the Ultimate Human Life Amendment.” The goal of the campaign is simple: change the Mississippi state constitution to recognize that every human life begins at conception — and hopefully, ultimately overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion on demand in America. Rogers explains how that could happen.

    “The simplest way to explain it is, for example, if you are a citizen of Mississippi or citizen of a state, then you’re automatically a citizen of the United States,” he offers. There is a similar legal linkage concerning personhood, Rogers explains.

    “If we declare, or if any state declares an unborn child [to be] a person through their constitutional process, then they’re automatically a person of the United States,” he says. In effect, then, it “legally maneuvers the Supreme Court into protecting unborn children,” Rogers adds.

    Supporters of the Ultimate Human Life Amendment are circulating petitions calling for a statewide vote on Initiative 23 in April 2008. According to Initiative23.com, the signatures of 110,000 registered voters are needed for the item to appear on the ballot.

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    Pali Terrorist Become More Rabid

    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

    Just when you think Pali Terrorist can’t get any more rabid and crazy, they do something like this. Now a person in Gaza can be shot for the crime of…ready for this?? Wearing a beard.

    Once, Hamas members were afraid to wear beards for fear of being arrested by Israel’s security forces. Today, they are once again afraid of appearing in public with beards – this time for fear that they will be killed or kidnapped by Fatah militiamen in the Gaza Strip.

    Sources close to Hamas said over the weekend that at least 10 bearded men have been shot and killed in the past week after being stopped in the street by Fatah gunmen.

    One case was caught on camera and has since appeared on the Youtube Web site. The film shows several Fatah gunmen shooting a bearded man in the legs. As the man lies in a pool of blood in the street crying for help, a Fatah gunman approaches him and fires at his head from an automatic rifle, killing him instantly.

    “This man was just an ordinary citizen who happened to wear a beard,” said a Hamas official. “It’s become very dangerous to appear with a beard on the streets of the Gaza Strip.”

    According to the Hamas official, most of the victims were killed execution-style by Fatah militiamen and members of various Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority security forces.

    Keep in mind that Fatah was the group so readily labeled as “moderate Muslims”. Doesn’t sound all that moderate to me.

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    Poll: One in Four U.S. Muslims OK With Homicide Bombings Against Innocent Civilians

    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

    A response not the least bit surprising to hear from the so-called “religion of peace and tolerance”.

    WASHINGTON — One in four younger U.S. Muslims said in a poll that homicide bombings to defend their religion are acceptable at least in some circumstances, though most Muslim Americans overwhelmingly reject the tactic and are critical of Islamic extremism and Al Qaeda.

    The survey by the Pew Research Center, one of the most exhaustive ever of the country’s Muslims, revealed a community that in many ways blends comfortably into society. Its largely mainstream members express nearly as much happiness with their lives and communities as the general public does, show a broad willingness to adopt American customs, and have income and education levels similar to others in the United States.

    Even so, the survey revealed noteworthy pockets of discontent.

    While nearly 80 percent of U.S. Muslims say homicide bombings of civilians to defend Islam can not be justified, 13 percent say they can be, at least rarely.

    That sentiment is strongest among those younger than 30. Two percent of them say it can often be justified, 13 percent say sometimes and 11 percent say rarely.

    “It is a hair-raising number,” said Radwan Masmoudi, president of the Washington-based Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, which promotes the compatibility of Islam with democracy.

    He said most supporters of the attacks likely assumed the context was a fight against occupation — a term Muslims often use to describe the conflict with Israel.

    U.S. Muslims have growing Internet and television access to extreme ideologies, he said, adding: “People, especially younger people, are susceptible to these ideas.”

    Federal officials have warned the U.S. must guard against homegrown terrorism, as the British suffered with the London transit bombings of 2005.

    Even so, U.S. Muslims are far less accepting of suicide attacks than Muslims in many other nations. In Pew surveys last year, support in some Muslim countries exceeded 50 percent, while it was considered justifiable by about one in four Muslims in Britain and Spain, and one in three in France.

    “We have crazies just like other faiths have them,” said Eide Alawan, who directs interfaith outreach at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Mich., one of the nation’s largest mosques. He said killing innocent people contradicts Islam.

    Andrew Kohut, Pew director, said in an interview that support for the attacks represented “one of the few trouble spots” in the survey.

    The poll briefly describes the rationales for and against “suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilian targets” and then asks, “Do you personally feel that this kind of violence is often justified to defend Islam, sometimes justified, rarely justified, or never justified?”

    The question did not specify where a suicide attack might occur, who might carry it out or what was meant by using a bombing to “defend Islam.”

    Those of all ages backing at least some suicide attacks were about evenly divided between men and women, with support stronger from those who were U.S.-born and less educated, and those who attend mosques at least weekly.

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    Jonah and the Whale – A Bible Story Mural

    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

    “The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”
    But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.
    Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.

    Jonah 1:1-4 (New International Version)

    The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”
    “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”
    Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. Then they cried to the LORD, “O LORD, please do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, O LORD, have done as you pleased.” Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. At this the men greatly feared the LORD, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows to him.
    But the LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.

    Jonah 1:11-17 (New International Version)

    From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God.
    And the LORD commanded the fish, and it (spit) Jonah onto dry land.

    Jonah 2:1; Jonah 2:10 (New International Version)

    Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:  “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”
    Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city—a visit required three days. On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned.” The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
    When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. Then he issued a proclamation in Nineveh:
    “By the decree of the king and his nobles:
    Do not let any man or beast, herd or flock, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”
    When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.”

    Jonah 3 (New International Version)

    “This depiction of one of the children’s favorite Bible stories shows Jonah being “delivered” on dry land after a 3 day journey. I know, I know, the Bible describes it as a “Big Fish”-And it could have been-created by God just for Jonah’s sake. I chose to show a whale because most children associate the whale with this story. This mural isn’t seen in the video tour because a different version is in the Children’s Church area.”
    -Doug Westbrook, Artist of “Jonah and the Whale – A Bible Story Mural”

    See Mr. Westbrook’s Bible Story Murals here.
    Bible Story Murals
    If your church is looking for a unique way to bring the Word of God to it’s children and young people, take a look at Doug Westbrook’s Bible Story Murals. Each wall sized mural is based on the hand painted originals Mr. Westbrook painted at Central Baptist Church in Houston, Texas and represents a different well known Bible story.
    They are available on durable vinyl wallpaper for easy installation.

    John Edwards: Champion for the Poor or Hypocrite?

    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

    Answer: Hypocrite. This is another example of the Democratic double standard. The Dems claim they are champions for the less fortunate while paying $500 for haircuts and $5,000 for business suits. They preach about the effects of global warming (which is a lie) while flying around in their jets. It is really laughable that anyone falls for their story of championing the poor and helping the environment.

    Democrat John Edwards has eloquently established his credentials as an advocate for the poor with a presidential campaign focused on the devastating effects of poverty in America. But the former North Carolina senator’s populist drive has hit a series of troubling land mines: a pair of $400 haircuts, a $500,000 paycheck from a hedge fund, and now a $55,000 payday for a speech on poverty to students at UC Davis.

    The problem now facing the Democratic presidential candidate is whether the pileup of headlines, including the latest regarding hefty fees from university speeches reported Monday by The Chronicle, threatens to obliterate Edwards’ dominant campaign theme. The former senator, who has been portrayed as the champion of the poor and the son of a humble mill worker, now faces the possibility that voters will have a different image: that of a millionaire trial lawyer who talks one way and lives another.

    With months to go before the first primaries and caucuses, the growing perception about Edwards highlights a danger of modern presidential campaigns: In the 24/7 media environment, a few maelstroms of unconnected and unexpected headlines and images can quickly gather momentum and morph into a political storm that obliterates even a carefully crafted strategy and message.

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    Parents, Students, Church Leaders Press School Board for Free-Speech Rights After Suspensions, Furor Over ‘Anti-Gay’ Shirts

    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

    Christians have the right to express our views too, even if they are not popular with the homosexual activist and liberal school system administrators.

    Parents, students and church leaders packed out a school board meeting in California last night after more than 100 suspensions were issued to students wearing T-shirts with biblical quotations against sodomy and homosexuality.

    Students at San Juan High School in Citrus Heights, Calif., say they want to resolve the issue amid protests, suspensions and censorship of religious messages that have continued weeks after the school observed a national event promoted by homosexual activists, the “Day of Silence.”

    One shirt that caused an uproar was emblazoned with, “Don’t touch God’s rainbow.”

    The student said he wore the shirt to school because he was offended homosexual activists had stolen the biblical symbol of promise and turned it into an icon of perversion.

    As WND reported, the school district took the position that if the shirt is offensive to anyone, it cannot be worn. Because a particular message comes from the Bible, officials said, doesn’t mean it’s automatically acceptable in schools.

    Local Christian leaders, working with an attorney through the non-profit Pacific Justice Institute, created a resolution asking the board to protect students’ right to freedom of speech and religious expression on campus.

    Board member Larry Masuoka presented the resolution at the meeting. Parents and students demanded that their fundamental right to free speech and religious expression be upheld, and students told of being harassed by peers and teachers because of their message.

    The resolution reads:

    As Christian students enrolled at the San Juan Unified School District and members of student religious clubs, we seek to resolve an ongoing conflict regarding free expression on high school campuses. To this end, we respectfully submit this request as follows:

    Whereas, there is an ongoing disagreement between students and District administrators, teachers and staff, regarding the rights to free expression on high school campuses;

    Whereas, Christian students have worn clothing and distributed literature which the District asserts offends students who are homosexual or otherwise identify themselves as “gay” or “lesbian”;

    Whereas, students who have engaged in expressive conduct have been subject to discipline, including suspensions;

    Whereas, students who have been subject to discipline for peacefully engaging in expressive conduct have protested in front of school campuses;

    Whereas, Christian students who engage in peaceful expressive conduct on matters of contemporary moral, political and social topics are acting in accordance with a long tradition within the faith community;

    Whereas, proposed laws addressing issues directly related to homosexuality are currently being debated in California;

    Whereas, attempts to silence students by punishing or otherwise censoring them has served to aggravate the disagreement between Christian students and the District;

    Whereas, as people of faith it is our religious and civic duty to not be silent on important issues;

    Whereas, we will continue to exercise our rights of speech on District campuses, both as individuals and through student clubs;

    Whereas, as Christians we also seek to live at peace with all of our fellow students and District employees;

    Whereas, we believe that all peaceable students are entitled to educational opportunities regardless of their beliefs;

    Whereas, students should not be subjected to bullying by other students, discipline by administrators, or academic punishment by teachers merely for what they believe and for peacefully expressing those beliefs;

    Whereas, the students and religious clubs are desirous of obtaining an agreement with the District which both protects student speech and maintains an atmosphere which is civil;

    Therefore, we respectfully request that the Board of Trustees direct District administrators to draft general guidelines for expressive conduct to be presented for review to the Board at the next board meeting. In view of this, the Christian students have these requirements for the guidelines as follows:

  • permit students to speak to moral issues and conduct;
  • permit quotations from religious texts such as the Bible; and,
  • create a safe, educationally sound, environment for all students regardless of belief.
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    Nine US Warships Enter Gulf Off Coast of Iran in Show of Force

    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

    We need to pray for our military personnel as they are in dangerous territory. There is no doubt that action needs to be taken against Iran’s defiance. We must also keep our President in our prayers as he makes some key decisions on how to handle this situation.

    ABOARD USS JOHN C. STENNIS (Reuters) – Nine U.S. warships carrying 17,000 personnel entered the Gulf on Wednesday in a show of force off Iran’s coast that navy officials said was the largest daytime assembly of ships since the 2003 Iraq war.

    U.S. Navy officials said Iran had not been notified of plans to sail the ships, which include two aircraft carriers, through the Straits of Hormuz, a narrow channel in international waters off Iran’s coast and a major artery for global oil shipments.

    Rear Admiral Kevin Quinn, who is leading the group, said the ships would conduct exercises as part of a long-planned effort to reassure regional allies of U.S. commitment to Gulf security.

    “There’s always the threat of any state or non state actor that might decide to close one of the international straits, and the biggest one is the Straits of Hormuz,” he told reporters on board the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier.

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    IWF Expert Says Low Supply, High Demand Driving Gas Prices

    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

    As I’ve said numerous times on this blog, gas prices are no different than any other commodity. It’s price of oil is ruled by the same law of supply and demand as all other items that are sold.
    What is interesting to me is that most people, for some reason, believe that oil companies shouldn’t be allowed to make a profit.
    The average profit on a gallon of gasoline is 8 cents. So out of the $2.99 we are paying for a gallon of gas here in Texas right now, 8 cents is profit, 48 cents is taxes, and the rest is the core cost of production. I’ve oversimplified it some, but that is basically how it works out.
    So why are gasoline supplies so low, you might ask? It’s refinery capacity.
    All U.S. refineries have been operating at 100% to 110% of capacity for the last several years.
    Now keep in mind that because of our environmental laws, the U.S. has not built a new refinery in the last 30 years. Just like all things mechanical, refineries have to maintained. While they are being maintained, they cannot operate at 100% capacity.
    Now take into account things like the fire at the Valero refinery and the shut-ins on the coastal refineries due to the major hurricanes and now supply has become restricted.
    The bottom line is, I don’t like paying high gas prices either. It cuts into my bottom line just like it does yours. But gas prices are driven by our usage habits, plain and simple.
    Every time Congress has held hearing on oil company price gouging, the oil companies have proven without a doubt that they have not been manipulating prices.
    Our government, on the other hand, finds it easier to point the finger at them rather than allow the public to know that they are the problem. High gas taxes, environmental regulations that demand different “blends” of gas for different parts of the country and the refusal to oil companies to build new refineries is responsible.

    An economics expert says attempts by Democrats in Congress to resurrect the era of gas price controls will harm consumers in the long run. She contends that competition — not Congress — is the only effective way to keep gasoline prices down.

    Gas prices in the U.S. have soared to a record high. The average price of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline has risen to $3.18 a gallon, topping the previous inflation-adjusted record of $3.15 a gallon in March 1981. The average prices for a gallon of mid-grade and premium have also risen to $3.29 and $3.40 respectively. The American Automobile Association (AAA) is predicting that within the next 60 days, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is likely to reach $3.25.

    Carrie Lukas, vice president for policy and economics at the Independent Women’s Forum, says it may be tough to do so, but Americans have to sit tight and “let the market work and take its course.” She believes that in the short term, there is really nothing the government can do, short of reducing taxes on gasoline. “But unfortunately I don’t hear that being discussed too frequently,” Lukas offers.

    She says the policies that Washington lawmakers have suggested as solutions for rising prices will actually create more problems. “Really, what they have to do is think about long-term solutions that are going to be increasing our ability to produce gasoline,” she says, “not just trying to have a quick fix to curing prices today.” According to Lukas, price controls can lead to gas shortages, something the U.S. experienced in the 1970s.

    Lukas says competition, not Congress, is the only effective way to keep prices down. And consumers, she adds, have to understand that when prices go up, there is a reason. “It’s no coincidence that it’s right around Memorial Day, as we’re heading into the summer driving season,” says the economics expert. “The prices are going up because there’s a greater demand for gasoline [in the summer months].”

    And prices, she continues, send signals. “They send signals to suppliers that we need more of something — [and] signals [to] consumers that there’s less of it to go around. It becomes more valuable.”

    Skyrocketing gas prices, says Lukas, also send signals to consumers that they may want to reconsider taking a long summer road trip, or forego their gas-guzzling SUV for a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

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    Planned Parenthood Named as Defendant in Civil Lawsuit

    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

    More evidence of a continuing trend of Planned Parenthood covering up crimes in order to keep their infanticide factories turning a profit. When are we going to say that enough is enough?

    The world’s largest abortion provider is being sued in Ohio, accused of covering up criminal activity. The case involves a teenage girl and her father.

    A lawsuit has been filed in Warren County, Ohio, naming Planned Parenthood as a defendant for not reporting the sexual abuse of minors. The suit alleges that the father of a teenage girl entered the Planned Parenthood facility in Warren County in November 2004, seeking an abortion for the girl to cover up his sexual abuse of the teen and the resulting pregnancy.

    Attorney Dana Cody of Life Legal Defense Foundation, which filed the suit on behalf of the girl, Denise Fairbanks, says Planned Parenthood is accused of violating Ohio state law.

    “[Her father] took her to Planned Parenthood for an abortion and birth control,” the attorney explains, “and rather than report the abuse, Planned Parenthood went ahead and was complicit with the abortion. And because of the birth control, the sexual abuse continued and was covered up.”

    Cody says if the allegations are true, Planned Parenthood is complicit in the young girl’s abuse when it should have been protecting her. Another attorney notes in the complaint that the sexual abuse continued for an additional year-and-a-half until it was reported by a basketball coach. The father was eventually tried and convicted of sexual assault.

    The lawsuit offers another unreported abuse of a minor as proof of the abortion provider’s pattern and practice of not reporting the sexual abuse of minors. It also calls into question Planned Parenthood’s policies and procedures as well as the training and supervision of clinic employees.

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    State Legislators Call for End to ‘Illegal Alien Invasion’

    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

    Since the federal government refuses to enforce the law and secure our borders, then it stands to reason that the states will take up the slack.
    It almost makes me think that the Articles of Confederation have replaced the Constitution in this area. But not really. Even the Articles of Confederation gave the federal government the power to secure our borders and make war against any invaders.

    (CNSNews.com) – State lawmakers are banding together to fight the “dangers” of illegal immigration.

    The new nationwide coalition — called State Legislators for Legal Immigration — said it is launching an “unprecedented and historic effort to secure borders and cut off all economic attractions for illegal aliens.”

    Pennsylvania State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican, made the announcement in Harrisburg on Monday.

    Metcalfe is demanding “full cooperation” from federal, state and local governments to “secure America’s borders against unlawful invasion.” That includes eliminating all economic attractions and incentives – such as welfare and other taxpayer-funded public benefits, education and job opportunities — that may prompt foreigners to sneak across the border, Metcalfe said.

    “Since Washington, D.C., remains AWOL on fulfilling its Constitutional responsibilities to secure our nation’s borders against foreign invaders, it is not only incumbent, but the obligation for state lawmakers to step up and do the job that our federal government refuses to do,” Metcalfe said in a news release announcing the formation of the coalition.

    “State Legislators for Legal Immigration represents a 21st century Declaration of Independence from property theft, drug running, human trafficking, increased violent crime, increased gang activity, terrorism and the many other clear and present dangers directly associated with illegal immigration,” he added.

    Lawmakers from 25 state legislatures, including Pennsylvania, have signed on as pioneer members of State Legislators for Legal Immigration, Metcalfe announced.

    According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, as of April 13, 2007, state legislators in all 50 states had introduced at least 1,169 illegal immigration reform bills and resolutions — more than twice the 570 bills introduced 2006. About 57 of those reform measures have been enacted in nearly 20 states.

    “It is my hope that State Legislators for Legal Immigration will serve as a unifying force to bring all levels of government together to terminate America’s illegal alien invasion from every city, community, small town, main street, backyard; across our fruited plains and from sea to shining sea,” said Metcalfe.

    “Once the economic attractions of illegal jobs and taxpayer-funded public benefits are severed at the source, these illegal alien invaders will have no choice but to go home on their own.”

    Metcalfe has made immigration reform one of his signature issues.

    For the past two years, he has introduced comprehensive immigration reform legislation. And in 2006, he sponsored a resolution calling on President Bush and the Congress to “immediately secure our nation’s borders to protect American citizens from the dangers of unlawful invasion and illegal immigration.”

    The U.S. Senate on Monday agreed to debate a compromise immigration reform bill, but it decided not to vote on the measure until June.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said it would be better to wait until after the Memorial Day recess to complete the bill.

    He said the Senate probably might be able to finish by Memorial Day – “but I’m afraid the conclusion wouldn’t be anything that anyone wanted.”

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    ‘Have Sex, Do Drugs,’ Speaker Tells Students

    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

    This content is a completely inappropriate thing to tell students. I can’t believe the school would have no idea what this person was going to talk about before he came on. Public education is slightly better than nothing.

    A guest speaker at an assembly at Boulder High School in Colorado has told students as young as 14 to go have sex and use drugs, prompting school officials to say they will investigate.

    The instructions came from Joel Becker, an associate clinical professor of psychology at the University of California at Los Angeles.

    “I am going to encourage you to have sex and encourage you to use drugs appropriately,” Becker said during his appearance at the school as part of a recent panel sponsored by the University of Colorado’s Conference on World Affairs.

    “Why I am going to take that position is because you are going to do it anyway,” he continued. “I think as a psychologist and health educator, it is more important to educate you in a direction that you might actually stick to. So, I am going to stay mostly on with the sex side because that is the area I know more about. I want to encourage you to all have healthy, sexual behavior.”

    WND also has reported on similar assemblies that have been used by schools to promote homosexuality, including one where parents were banned from the event, and a second where WND reported school officials ordered their 14-year-old freshman class into a “gay” indoctrination seminar after having them sign a confidentiality agreement promising not to tell their parents.

    The Boulder school review promise came from board members who were confronted by Boulder High sophomore Daphne White and her mother, Priscilla White, with their complaint about the event.

    Priscilla White told board members it’s inappropriate for such a message to be delivered by a public school. She was reading excerpts of the presentation to the board when board President Helayne Jones told her to stop, because the language was inappropriate.

    “The panel discussion was a completely irresponsible and dangerous invitation to Boulder High students to have sex and take drugs,” her daughter, Daphne, told the board.

    No student should have been forced to be at that panel discussion, incoming Boulder Valley Supt. Chris King agreed.

    The panel included Becker; Andree Gerhardt, a community engagement leader with Ernst & Young; Antonio Sacre, an LA-based performing artist, and Sanho Tree, of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington.

    They were assembled for the discussion as part of the university’s Conference on World Affairs, which has been described as a forum for anything.

    Conference leaders issued a statement, signed by conference director Jim Palmer and others, saying the panel members talked “candidly and sensibly to the high school audience, providing cautionary information about alcohol consumption, drugs, sexual issues and teens.”

    The sophomore, Daphne, had been required to attend the panel called “STDs: Sex, Teens and Drugs,” and accused panel members of presenting one-sided views and discrediting abstinence.

    The White family said the conference statement wasn’t even accurate.

    “The panelists irresponsibly advised Boulder High students to have sex and use drugs,” the family responded. “Teenage abstinence was dismissed as an unwise choice and indicative of religious hang-ups.”

    “It may be true that the Conference on World Affairs generally ‘fosters awareness of local, national and global citizenship and celebrates intellectual discussion and excellence.’ It did not in this case,” the family continued. “As Daphne suggested at the [recent] school board meeting, Boulder High School, the school district and the CWA should host an assembly at Boulder High for the student body. Hopefully the principal, the deputy superintendent, the board president and the director of the CWA would use the opportunity to offer Boulder High students some sound advice that is more consistent with what teens should hear from adults. They need to do it quickly, graduation is June 2.”

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    Another State in India Set to Pass Anti-Conversion Legislation

    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

    Continue to pray for persecuted Christians everywhere.

    CWNews.com – India (MNN) — The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to enact an anti-conversion law in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand Chief Minister B.C. Khanduri announced his government would introduce a law to ban “conversions with allurement or fraudulent means” in the upcoming session of the Assembly.

    President of Open Doors USA Carl Moeller says this legislation is designed to do one thing. “These anti-conversion laws are strictly designed toward missionary activity. We’re monitoring this for the U.S. government, as well. We’re letting the State Department and the U.S. Commission on Religious Liberty know that our concerns for India’s religious freedoms are increasing.”

    Hindu nationalists want to make it illegal for Christians to help people in Jesus’ name. “In mission work,” says Moeller, “just about all the time you’re bringing something to people who are in desperate need. And as you bring those things, you bring the Gospel. You bring the Good News of Jesus Christ, but this is exactly the kind of targets that are being addressed by this legislation.”

    Moeller says Open Doors isn’t standing idly by. “What we’ve been doing most effectively in India is training the Christian church for the coming persecution and giving people the ability through our ‘Standing Strong Through the Storm’ seminars to be able to continue to be an effective witness despite the persecution.”

    He knows why Christians are facing so many challenges. “[It’s] because the church is growing in so many of these areas recently, in the last few decades. That’s bringing the increased pressure from these radicalized groups.”

    There are two ways to help believers in India, says Moeller. “People can help just by becoming aware, to pray and to become informed. The training programs that we have are projects that they can support.”

    It’s a great resource for all believers. “It takes the lessons from other places around the world where persecution has come to the Christian community,” says Moeller, “and gives them the basic principles of the Bible in how to stand strong.”

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    So How Did (Gore’s) An Inconvenient Truth Become Required Classroom Viewing?

    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

    Very good question. Could it be our liberal education system?

    First it was his world history class. Then he saw it in his economics class. And his world issues class. And his environment class. In total, 18-year-old McKenzie, a Northern Ontario high schooler, says he has had the film An Inconvenient Truth shown to him by four different teachers this year.

    “I really don’t understand why they keep showing it,” says McKenzie (his parents asked that his last name not be used). “I’ve spoken to the principal about it, and he said that teachers are instructed to present it as a debate. But every time we’ve seen it, well, one teacher said this is basically a two-sided debate, but this movie really gives you the best idea of what’s going on.”

    McKenzie says he has educated himself enough about both sides of the climate- change controversy to know that the Al Gore movie is too one-sided to be taught as fact. Even scientists who back Mr. Gore’s message admit they’re uncomfortable with liberties the politician takes with “science” in the film. But, McKenzie says most of his classmates are credulous. His teachers are not much more discerning. “They don’t know there’s another side to the argument,” he says. McKenzie’s mother was outraged to find out that Mr. Gore’s film was being presented as fact in her son’s classroom. “This is just being poured into kids’ brains instead of letting them know there’s a debate going on,” she says. “An educational system falls down when they start taking one side.”

    But Mr. Gore’s filmed climate-change lecture is showing up in classrooms across Canada, frequently unaccompanied by critical analysis or a discussion of competing theories. “One of the teachers at my kid’s school showed it and he even said ahead of time, ‘There is some propaganda in this,’ ” says Tim Patterson, a Carleton University earth sciences professor. “I said to him, ‘You even knew this was a propaganda film, and you still showed it in your classroom?’ ” The weirdest part: It was the gym teacher.

    If you have children in junior or high school, there is a good chance they have been shown An Inconvenient Truth in school–or they will be soon.

    Last month, Vancouver’s Tides Canada Foundation and a local eco-friendly courier firm teamed up to buy DVD copies for every public high school in B.C. Climate Learning, a non-profit Vancouver outfit, is a third of the way to raising the $68,000 it needs to buy copies of the film for every high school in the country, after just weeks of campaigning.

    “I think it’s important for high schools to have this film,” says Will Cole-Hamilton, the group’s director.

    “Our objective is to get them into schools by September.”

    Two weeks ago, 900 students from grade 7 to 12 in Ontario’s Halton Region were treated to a screening — sponsored by ethanol producer SunOpta Inc. — with a second showing scheduled at a Georgetown high school this Wednesday.

    SunOpta has donated 60 copies of the DVD and the book version of An Inconvenient Truth to public and Catholic schools as a resource.

    After showing the film to students, a London, Ont., board launched a contest for kids to win tickets to hear Mr. Gore address a fundraiser this month, by making their own environmental videos.

    Earthcare Canada, an energy consultant sponsored group, is working with the Ottawa-Carlton school board and one in Belleville, Ont., to raise awareness about energy conservation. The Gore movie is one of the materials it suggests as a teaching resource.

    “We would definitely recommend it and make them aware that it is there, and then how to use it,” says Earthcare’s executive director Rose-Marie Batley.

    “I get e-mail from parents all across the country about this, in Calgary, B.C., Ontario,” says Albert Jacobs, the founder of Friends of Science, a Calgarybased group that promotes alternative theories to climate change.

    “They say my kid has been exposed to this stuff which is totally one-sided and totally wrong and we want them to see the other side.”

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    Iranian Police Beat “Improperly” Clad Women

    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

    The Muslim Thugacrats in Iran continue to oppress their women, for the “hideous” crime of dressing “improperly”. Now ticketing them is no longer satisfactory. Taking them to the police station is no good. Now they have began to beat them in public.
    Nothing like the public forum to make an example of someone in order to keep the ignorant masses in line.

    The Iranian blogosphere is all over this…Will America ignore this brutality??????????

    What, with our 30 second attention span and the mainstream media refusing to show anything that could even give a hint of support to the president and any policy he’s ever touched? Not in a million years. You poor Iranians aren’t even on our radar scope. I am so sorry about that. You pro democracy Iranians deserve America’s support.

    See pictures at The Memri Blog, Gateway Pundit and Kamangir blog (warning, images are graphic).

    Syrian Pro-Democracy Activists to Nancy Pelosi: “Thanks a Bunch…NOT!!”

    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s attempt to discredit the president, by visiting Syria to engage in unauthorized back door diplomacy, has had a very serious side affect for the struggling pro-democracy activist working in that country.
    By not doing her homework about the situation in Syria and willing to do anything in order undercut the president, pro-democracy people in Syria have at best been set back years in their efforts and at worse could loose their lives.
    Thanks for Nothing, Nancy!!

    DAMASCUS, SYRIA—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Syria last month, and the related question of whether or not the U.S. should formally re-engage this Baathist republic, remains as controversial a topic on the streets of Damascus as it was in the days afterwards among Beltway bloggers. And, perverse as it may seem to some American liberals, it is the Syrians who are most sympathetic to their progressive values who have been most critical of Ms. Pelosi’s attempts to begin a dialogue with Syria’s government.

    Many Syrian dissidents and pro-democracy activists have privately expressed dismay at Ms. Pelosi’s message of friendship to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. They say that Ms. Pelosi’s visit, no matter how well-intentioned, has effectively pulled the rug out from under them, critically damaging their efforts to create momentum for reform from within.

    “Pelosi’s visit made the regime feel that Americans were divided on how to deal with Syria,” said a Damascus-based women’s-rights activist who, like five other activists interviewed for this article, asked that his name be withheld because he feared punishment. “This sends a message to the regime that the pressure is off, that it can do what it likes.”

    It has certainly seemed that way in the weeks since Ms. Pelosi’s departure, during which time the government has imprisoned Kurdish opposition figures while maintaining travel and work bans on political activists. …

    Even Syrians outside the inner circle of activists seem shaken by the conviction, shortly after Ms. Pelosi’s return to Washington, of Syria’s best-known human-rights lawyer, Anwar al-Bunni. Mr. al-Bunni was convicted of “spreading information that could weaken national morale” and “joining an international organization without proper authorization,” for which he was given a five-year prison sentence.

    Mr. al-Bunni is a slight, nervous-looking man, a tireless polymath who, aside from his work defending scores of political prisoners, has helped to found a center offering training in human rights, and has drafted a new constitution for Syria. Last year, he invited a handful of foreign reporters to his home to show them his proposed new constitution, and waved his hands excitedly as he outlined his ideas about what a democratic transition in Syria might look like, how potential power-sharing arguments among Syria’s many ethnic and religious groups could be anticipated and solved.

    But Syria’s would-be Thomas Jefferson is in the infamous Adra prison now, and he is known to have been tortured.

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    Letter from Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron Concerning Their Recent Debate

    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

    Thank you so much for the many encouraging emails regarding the New York atheist debate. Your kind words meant a lot to Kirk and me. The following is typical:

    “Thanks so much for your debate on ABC’s Nightline. I watched several portions on the website, and our radio station is promoting your “way of the master” website now too. Praise the Lord for the words that you shared which were VERY eye-opening and revealing and had a huge world-wide audience . . . I KNOW many lives are being reached through your commitment to Christ, and this opportunity which you knocked out of the ballpark.” D.P. (WA).

    While most have understood why we did this debate, there have been a number of Christian arm-chair quarterbacks who are publicly saying that we miserably failed–calling it “the way of the disaster,” and saying that we went into the debate totally unprepared. There have also been accusations from Christians and atheists saying that I didn’t keep my word. For those of you that have read what our critics are saying, I would like to address these issues.

    Our primary goal in doing the debate was to preach the gospel to the countless people who would be watching in their homes, because it is the gospel that is “the power of God unto salvation” (see Romans 1:16). I have noticed that often Christian apologists present wonderful arguments at debates that sweep the floor with their opponents, but they fail to preach “Christ and Him crucified.” So our strategy was that we would first present clear and solid evidence of God’s existence through creation (Romans 1:20 says that creation is what leaves the world without excuse), and then focus on preaching the moral Law and the gospel. Again, our primary goal was to preach the gospel and then (where possible) support our preaching with apologetics, reason, logic, with a loving demeanor. That is what we tried to do.

    We studied hard, but we had no idea what they would throw at us. So we prepared ourselves to give rational answers to questions such as why the Old Testament says to cut the hand off a woman who interferes in a fight between her husband and another man, why God told Joshua to kill every Canaanite man, woman, and child, why God condoned slavery and even the beating of slaves, why a rebellious youth was to be stoned to death, etc. We were also ready to answer questions about anthropomorphic statements in the Bible, Scripture’s use of hyperbole, geocentricity, who it was who imprisoned Galileo and was behind the crusades and the Spanish inquisition, and a lot more. We thought we had all the bases covered, but one or two came out of left field for which we hadn’t prepared–about “entropy” and whether or not the universe is eternal. Ironically, I have faced thousands of questions from heckler’s over the years, and it was the first time I had heard that question. (I have a book coming out in a couple of months called, The Atheist Delusion, which addresses each of these questions).

    ———-

    There seems to be some confusion about the structure of the debate. A press release headline was changed, stating this would be a “Bible-less debate.” That was never the case. In fact, I provided Brian (the atheist) with a copy of my outline some time before the debate. He knew that I would begin by demonstrating God’s existence without using the Bible or faith (ie. creation proves there is a Creator). He then knew that I would then open up the Ten Commandments (ie. conscience proves there is a moral law and thus a Law Giver). Finally, he also knew that I would end with the gospel. He knew I planned to move from a presentation of the general evidence of God to specific proof about Jesus Christ. So it greatly puzzled us that Brian feigned “shock” when he heard it.

    Despite these accusations, I am deeply thankful to God that the full gospel was preached on ABC’s Home Page (they get 19 million visitors each month), and it is still going out all over the Internet, and will do for years to come. What an incredible opportunity we were given. Only eternity will tell what took place.

    Thank you for your prayers.

    Until the nets are full,
    Ray Comfort

    As usual, there was a different set of rules and (higher) standards for the Christians to adhere than what was expected of the atheist. By not knowing what questions the atheist would ask, but providing them with an outline of their (Ray and Kirk) arguments well in advance.

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    Female Pakistani Minister Resigns Over Hug

    Monday, May 21st, 2007

    The ever tolerant Muslims show their tolerance by forcing the tourism minister (a female) to resign…because she hugged her sky diving coach.

    Pakistan’s woman tourism minister tendered her resignation today after hardline Islamic clerics accused her of obscenity for hugging her instructor after a charity parachute jump.

    Nilofar Bakhtiar, the Federal Minister for Tourism, was pictured wearing a brightly coloured jumpsuit and hugging her instructor after a tandem jump to raise money for child victims of the earthquake that struck Pakistan in October 2005.

    The images provoked the wrath of clerics in Islamabad, who accused Bakhtiar of posing in an obscene manner and violating the Islamic moral norms.

    A religious court set up by the clerics at a radical mosque in Islamabad issued a fatwa, or religious edict, against Bakhtiar when the photographs first appeared in local newspapers last month.

    They urged the government to punish her and fire her from the Cabinet. Bakhtiar failed to win the support of Cabinet colleagues and the government appeared to cave in to the demands of the militants.

    As she announced her intention to resign today, Bakhtiar complained of a campaign of intimidation against her.

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