Archive for May 7th, 2007

Kansas Gov: Iraq War Hampering Tornado Cleanup

Monday, May 7th, 2007

As usual, leave it to a democrat pol to lie when the truth would sound better. Read the clip below and then I’ll explain…

GREENSBURG, Kan. (AP) — The rebuilding effort in tornado-ravaged Greensburg, Kansas, likely will be hampered because some much-needed equipment is in Iraq, said that state’s governor.

Governor Kathleen Sebelius said much of the National Guard equipment usually positioned around the state to respond to emergencies is gone. She said not having immediate access to things like tents, trucks and semitrailers will really handicap the rebuilding effort.

The Greensburg administrator estimated that 95 percent of the town of 1500 was destroyed by Friday’s tornado.

The Kansas National Guard has about 40 percent of the equipment it is allotted because much of it has been sent to Iraq.

Greensburg residents will be allowed to return Monday morning to recover what they can. They will be bused in and must leave by 6 p-m.

Apparently the governor doesn’t understand how her own National Guard works. OK Madam Governor, take a seat in the front row of the class and I’ll explain how YOUR national guard works.

“The Federal government pays for the military equipment, training, and the salaries of the National Guard. However, if the governor calls up the Guard to deal with a state emergency, the state then assumes the O&M costs until the Guard is either federalized by the President, or the state is reimbursed by the Federal government through an act of Congress.”

“The tents and vehicles of which the Kansas Governor spoke, were bought and maintained by Federal monies for the reserve military readiness and capabilities of the Kansas National Guard, and not primarily as relief assistance. Shortfalls in emergency equipment is the state’s fault.” (Thanks to Galvanic at NewsBusters for the verbiage. -ed.)

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Hamas Uses Mickey Mouse Look-Alike to Teach Terror to Kids on TV

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Now if this doesn’t get the American public enraged, nothing will. You can call us “the great satan”, you can bash our president, our lifestyles, and our religion. But don’t you even think of exploiting Micky Mouse!!

He looks like Mickey Mouse and sounds like Mickey Mouse, but what he’s saying is hardly the fairytale stuff of Disney.

A Mickey Mouse look-alike named Farfur is teaching Palestinian children the ABCs of terror on Hamas’ official television station, Al-Aqsa TV.

On the weekly program “Tomorrow’s Pioneers,” Farfur and a young girl name Saraa’ tell children to pray five times each day and drink their milk, while urging the children to “resist” the “oppressive invading Zionist occupation.”

“Instead of being entertained, they’re being indoctrinated,” Itamar Marcus, the director of Palestinian Media Watch, told FOX News.

Marcus says that “resist” is a Palestinian euphemism for terror.

“Their message is of hatred toward Jews, hatred toward Israel, hatred to America as well,” Marcus said. “They make fun of Condoleezza Rice, they make fun of Bush.”

Excerpts from episodes that aired last month show the squeaky voiced mouse egging on children with nationalistic fervor.

“We, tomorrow’s pioneers, will restore to this nation its glory, and we will liberate Al-Aqsa, with Allah’s will, and we will liberate Iraq, with Allah’s will, and we will liberate the Muslim countries, invaded by murderers,” Farfur says in one episode that aired in April.

The message seems to be working. Poems and songs submitted by young viewers contain violent imagery. “Rafah sings ‘Oh, oh,’” one caller says as Farfur mimes carrying a rifle. “Its answer is an AK-47.”

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The New Atheism

Monday, May 7th, 2007

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
2 Corinthians 4:4

It’s an extraordinary publishing phenomenon – atheism sells. Any philosopher, professional polemicist or scientist with worries about their pension plan must now be feverishly working on a book proposal. Richard Dawkins has been in the bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic since The God Delusion came out last autumn following Daniel Dennett’s success with Breaking the Spell. Sam Harris, a previously unknown neuroscience graduate, has now clocked up two bestsellers, The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation. Last week, Christopher Hitchens’ God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything was published in the US. The science writer, Matt Ridley, recently commented that on one day at Princeton he met no fewer than three intellectual luminaries hard at work on their God books.

This rising stack of books has prompted screeds of debate, flushing out all manner of belief and unbelief in blogs, reviews, essays and internet exchanges in the US. The Catholic columnist Andrew Sullivan has just concluded his exchange with Sam Harris on the net, while the philosopher Michael Novak recently took on the whole genre of New Atheism, or neo-atheism. Surely not since Victorian times has there been such a passionate, sustained debate about religious belief.

And it’s a very ill-tempered debate. The books live up to their provocative titles: their purpose is to pour scorn on religious belief – they want it eradicated (although they differ as to the chances of achieving that). The newcomer on the block, Hitchens , sums up monotheism as “a plagiarism of a plagiarism of a hearsay of a hearsay, of an illusion of an illusion, extending all the way back to a fabrication of a few non-events”. He takes the verbal equivalent of an AK47 to shoot down hallowed religious figures, questioning whether Muhammad was an epileptic, declaring Mahatma Gandhi an “obscurantist” who distorted and retarded Indian independence, and Martin Luther King a “plagiarist and an orgiast” and in no real sense a Christian, while the Dalai Lama is a “medieval princeling” who is the continuation of a “parasitic monastic elite”.

This kind of vituperative polemic sounds a tad odd this side of the Atlantic. Apart from an ongoing anxiety about Islam, the British are pretty phlegmatic about religion. Church attendance continues its steady decline and the Christian evangelical boom has never taken off. The whole New Atheist publishing phenomenon is like eavesdropping on a blistering row in the flat next door: one’s response alternates between fascination and irritation, but is it really anything to do with us?

What’s clear is that this wave of New Atheism is deeply political – and against some of its targets even a devout churchgoer might cheer them on. What they all have in common is a loathing of an increasing religiosity in US politics, which has contributed to a disastrous presidency and undermined scientific understanding. Dennett excoriates the madness of a faith that looks forward to the end of the world and the return of the messiah. What Dawkins hates is that most Americans still haven’t accepted evolution and support the teaching of intelligent design; according to one poll, 50% of the US electorate believe the story of Noah. He argues that “there is nothing to choose between the Afghan Taliban and the American Christian equivalent … The genie of religious fanaticism is rampant in present-day America.”

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Muslim Extremists Attack Gaza Elementary School

Monday, May 7th, 2007

The pali terrorist, always known for their “bravery” (sarcasm), have attacked an elementary school. Now we all know the military importance of elementary schools, so in the deranged, pali terrorist’s mind, it is acceptable to do this.
What is sad, is that there are still people, as deranged and the pali terrorist (in my opinion) who still believe these thugs deserve a country of their own.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Muslim extremists in long white robes attacked a children’s festival at a U.N.-run elementary school with guns and homemade bombs Sunday, killing a politician’s bodyguard in plain view of terrified youngsters — just the latest incident of lawlessness engulfing the Gaza Strip.

The new Palestinian unity government, formed two months ago, appeared powerless to end growing clan fighting, kidnappings and attacks by shadowy extremist groups on foreigners, music shops and Internet cafes.

Hours after Sunday’s attack, which also left seven people wounded, moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas were meeting in another attempt to put together a security plan.

Interior Minister Hani Kawasmeh, the author of the plan, has threatened to resign because security commanders refuse to cooperate with him, mainly because of rivalries between coalition partners Hamas and Fatah.

In Palestinian-Israeli violence on Sunday, two Israelis were seriously wounded. A security guard for a tanker truck was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the West Bank, and the other was hurt by a rocket fired from Gaza. The rocket exploded near a gas station next to the town of Sderot, a frequent target of rockets from Gaza.

In other violence, a grenade was thrown in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya at sunset Sunday, police said, and one person was wounded. Police said it was apparently a criminal attack.

Nahariya, not far from the Lebanon border, was hit hard by rockets fired from Lebanon during last year’s war between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas.

New statistics, meanwhile, illustrated the sharp increase in internal violence in Gaza.

In the first three months of this year, 147 Gazans, including 10 children, were killed by fellow Palestinians, according to the Palestinian human rights group Al-Mezan. By comparison, 57 people died in factional fighting in all of 2004, followed by 101 in 2005 and 252 last year.

If the upward spiral isn’t stopped, Gaza could become ungovernable, warned Ibrahim Ibrach, a political scientist at Gaza’s al-Azhar University. “The collapse of the Palestinian Authority … is at stake,” he said.

Sunday’s attack on the U.N. school in the southern Gaza refugee camp of Rafah began with a protest by Muslim extremists in long robes, who said a sports festival the school was hosting was un-Islamic. The U.N. “is turning schools into nightclubs,” read one sign held up by the protesters.

At one point, the group tried to enter the school. Palestinian security fired in the air to keep them away. In the ensuing chaos, at least one bomb was thrown into the school, and a gun battle followed.

A senior Fatah official, Majed Abu Shamaleh, was leaving the school when his bodyguard was killed. Seven people were wounded, most by bomb fragments. Some children hid under their chairs during the fighting.

The top U.N. official in Gaza, John Ging, was in the school at the time of the attack. He was not hurt. The protesters accused him of leading a movement to weaken people’s Islamic faith.

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Environmental Group Says Children Bad for the Planet

Monday, May 7th, 2007

First, they want us to use one square of toilet paper per bathroom visit. Now, the Al Gore cult following wants to limit how many children Americans can have. Is it just me, or are these people certifiably nuts?

HAVING large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a big car and failing to reuse plastic bags, says a report to be published today by a green think tank.

The paper by the Optimum Population Trust will say that if couples had two children instead of three they could cut their family’s carbon dioxide output by the equivalent of 620 return flights a year between London and New York.

John Guillebaud, co-chairman of OPT and emeritus professor of family planning at University College London, said: “The effect on the planet of having one child less is an order of magnitude greater than all these other things we might do, such as switching off lights.

“The greatest thing anyone in Britain could do to help the future of the planet would be to have one less child.”

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“And There Shall Be Earthquakes…….”

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Matthew 24:7 says, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.”

Mark 13:8 says, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.”

Today’s headlines say that there have been earthquakes this past week in Columbia, Tonga, Philippines, and Yellowstone National Park. Many people think that Bible prophecy has nothing to do with all the earthquakes we are hearing about lately. I say those people better think again.

Earthquake rattles Colombian capital

(UPI) — An earthquake centered deep underground rattled parts of Colombia, including Bogota, El Tiempo newspaper reported Sunday.
Though the quake’s epicenter was more than 150 miles northwest of the capital, it shook buildings in central Colombia. The quake measured 5.5 on the Richter scale, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There were no reports of injuries or damages from the quake.

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Earthquake Strikes Tongan Region

A strong earthquake measuring magnitude 6.2 on the Richter Scale has hit the Tonga region this morning.

There were no immediate reports of damage.
The quake struck at 9.11am 473 kilometres north west of the capital Nuku’alofa.
It was 687 kilometres deep in an area known for strong earthquake activity. Quakes in the area do not normally generate tsunami.

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Earthquake Hits northern Philippines

MANILA, – An earthquake measuring 5.4 Richter scale rocked the northern Philippine city of Baguio and nearby areas on May 7, local TV reported.

The quake was felt at Baguio and Ilocos Norte province before dawn Monday, the GMA TV reported.

Quoting a report by the United States Geological Service (USGS), the TV said that the quake was recorded at about 2:27 a.m. Manila time.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to property in the quake, the TV reported.

Epicenter of the quake was traced by the USGS to 105 km north- northwest of Baguio City, and 105 km south-southwest of Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, it added.

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Earthquake swarm strikes Yellowstone

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – Sixteen small earthquakes with magnitudes up to 2.7 shook the park’s Pitchstone Plateau last week.

The quakes were detected by seismographs operated by the University of Utah and partners.

They began Monday, just before midnight. The largest occurred at 3:09 a.m. Tuesday and the quakes continued until Wednesday, according to Bob Smith, a University of Utah professor.

“I was up working and watching these, saying ‘Whoa, what does this all mean?'” he said. “It kept my interest quite high.”

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Quote of the Day

Monday, May 7th, 2007

“During the oil crisis days of the 70s, we imported 35 percent of the petroleum we consume. Today we import nearly 60 percent of our oil needs. To make matters worse, we now import large quantities of the gasoline we use to power our automobiles. Because no one in the U.S. wants a refinery in his or her backyard, the shortfall in domestic refinery capacity is the main reason gas is now above $3 per gallon.”

-Todd Strandberg, “Nearing Midnight” at Rapture Ready

Poll Indicates Strong US Sympathy for Plight of Israel

Monday, May 7th, 2007

It looks like maybe people are starting to catch on to the true situation in Israel as they attempt to appease the world in regards to the terrorist state, pali-land.

A national poll shows that U.S. support for Israel is at a five-year high, with 84% of America’s “opinion elite” considering Israel one of America’s strongest allies. The same poll shows that 92% of those surveyed consider Iran — more than any other country in the world — the most serious and immediate threat to the United States.

The “opinion elite” group comprises college graduates with a minimum household income of $75,000 who regularly get news from national newspapers, newsmagazines, and television or radio news. Commissioned by The Israel Project, the survey found that 73% of America’s opinion elite understand that Islamic extremism is responsible for instability in the Middle East. By contrast, just 12% of those polled said Israel and its policies were at fault for instability in the region.

Three-fourths of those surveyed said that the United States should not resume aid to the Palestinian Authority until it officially recognizes Israel’s right to exist and denounces and stops terrorism. Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, founder and president of the Israel Project, says 72% of those polled agreed that resuming aid to the Palestinians should also be contingent on putting an end to their “culture of hate.”

That, she says, is “a problem that has sadly been perpetuated and exacerbated in Palestinian public schools and textbooks.” By contrast, she points out, “Israel proudly teaches a peace curriculum in its curriculum and in its schools.”

And the percentage of those who consider Iran to be a serious threat to the U.S. is higher than for North Korea, Syria, Sudan, or Venezuela, notes the Israel Project spokeswoman.

“People are clearly concerned about Iran — and they should be,” says Mizrahi, “because it’s the world’s biggest state-sponsor of terror. In fact, almost three-quarters of U.S. opinion elite believe Iran should be stopped from developing nuclear weapons. At the same time, more than eight out of ten people surveyed say Americans should divest from companies doing business with Iran.”

Florida recently became the first state to pass a bill to divest from companies doing business in both Iran and Sudan.

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‘Gay’ Activist Says ‘We Will BURY You’

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Still more threatening rhetoric from the homosexual activist.

A board member for Equality California has come out swinging at the Bible-based Capitol Resource Institute, which works on behalf of family and biblical values in California, especially among its lawmakers.

“If you continue your efforts, we will BURY you,” said an e-mail from Ben Patrick Johnson, to his “colleagues” at the CRI, according to a statement from the Christian organization.

“For a group that purports to expand tolerance and civil rights, Equality California is not practicing what it preaches,” CRI said.

“This type of language evokes images of Communist leader Nikita Khrushchev pounding his shoe on the podium of the United Nations when he declared that Communism would bury America,” said CRI. “The irony is not lost on us – Communists squelch all opposing speech, just as the modern ‘intolerance’ movement seeks to silence all opposing viewpoints.

“Johnson then threatens ‘we have every intention of yours [group] going down, as have others who oppose decency and human rights.’ It is shameful that a group that represents itself as promoting tolerance and civil rights would stoop to the very tactics it accuses CRI of using. Not once has CRI personally attacked opponents in such a degrading and vicious manner,” said the organization.

“In a video diatribe against CRI posted on his website, Johnson declares that CRI and its supporters are ‘hate peddlers’ and ‘conservative, religious prejudice peddlers.’ He further declares that we are ‘smirky, self-righteous folks’ who have ‘launched an aggressive campaign against legislation to protect gay youth in California’s and ultimately America’s schools.’ This statement reveals not only the vitriolic language this supposed ‘tolerance’ group uses, but also the true agenda behind such legislation as SB 777. The radical homosexual agenda intends on sweeping the nation. California is merely the first step in the campaign to stifle free speech and stamp out opposition to ‘alternative lifestyles,'” CRI said.

As WND has reported, SB 777 is a plan that would require all public schools in California to eliminate anything that could reflect “adversely” on the homosexual lifestyle choice.

It could mean the words “mom” and “dad” would be banned. It’s a plan the California Assembly approved a year ago, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed it.

CRI said Johnson’s attack included the e-mail and his webcast.

“After showing graphic images of a young man being beaten in Jamaica, purportedly for being a homosexual, Johnson ends his invective by proclaiming that it ‘disgusts’ him that ‘the people behind CRI are so stuck in their fear and bigotry’ that they would allow homosexual youth to be assaulted in such a manner,” CRI said.

Officials at the organization attributed the invective to an appearance by CRI officials on Fox News Channel, when the biblical perspective on homosexuality was presented.

“As you can see, CRI is up against radical, aggressive individuals. To be spewing such hateful, inflammatory rhetoric indicates that they are fearful of the truth CRI communicates to the people of California and the rest of America. We should be crystal clear in response to the outrageous accusation that we want homosexual youth to be ‘abused and degraded.’ CRI believes that all children should be protected from violence in their schools. That is why it is essential to restore discipline and order in our classrooms. Pushing radical social experimentation will not stop intolerance or violence.”

The e-mail from Johnson, according to CRI, said:

“Dear colleagues at the Capitol Resource Institute,

“I am a firm supporter of freedom of speech, and therefore I support yours, even if it in direct contrast with my own. However, we all use the media and the internet to spread our message: and with no hubris intended, I advise you — if you continue your efforts, we will BURY you … with public opinion, with media, and ultimately with legislation. EQCA passed NINE bills last year to protect basic dignities and we have every intention of yours going down, as have others who oppose decency and human rights.

“Today, over 150,000 Californians will receive the following message via email blast, MySpace, YouTube, and iTunes — in other words, we’re everywhere. I invite you to subscribe to my daily webcast, not because you agree with what I/we have to say, but for your own information … so you can see what thousands of Californians are hearing and seeing about you.”

An earlier description of SB 777 from CRI noted that it “forcibly thrusts young school children into dealing with sexual issues, requiring that homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality be taught in a favorable light.”

“Pushing this radical homosexual agenda in California schools will stifle the truth in favor of political correctness and will inevitably conflict with the religious and moral convictions of both students and parents,” said CRI Executive Director Karen England. “The full ramifications of this sweeping legislation could affect the entire nation as most textbook companies tailor their material to their number one purchaser: California.”

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Bodyguards, Not Altar Boys, Flank Pro-Marriage Cleric

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Let’s see now, I would think that homosexual activist wouldn’t want their cause associated with the Italian Communist terrorist group, the Red Brigade. I guess defeating the Christians has become so important to the homosexuals that they are willing to garner support from just about anyone.

Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco no longer celebrates Mass in the cathedral of Genoa, Italy, with assistance from altar boys or deacons – not since the death threats began after he spoke out against government plans to legalize same-sex unions.

Bagnasco, recently appointed head of Italy’s Conference of Bishops, stirred controversy last month when the group issued a statement directed at Catholic lawmakers, reminding them of their moral obligation to oppose the move toward mainstreaming homosexuality.

In the statement, Bagnasco made a “slippery-slope” case for what could go wrong in Italian society if the Church’s moral position was not upheld.

“Why say ‘No’ to forms of legally recognized cohabitation which create alternatives to the family? Why say ‘No’ to incest? Why say ‘No’ to the pedophile party in Holland?” he asked.

Following the comments, threatening messages – “Shame on you, Bagnasco” and “Death to Bagnasco” – signed with the five-pointed star of the Red Brigades terror group were painted on the walls in the city, including those of the cathedral.

The Red Brigades, very active in the 1970s, have assassinated several senior Italian public figures in recent years. Fifteen alleged members of the communist organization’s members were arrested and jailed three months ago, reported the Glasgow Sunday Herald.

Recently, a mailing to the archbishop included a bullet and the cleric’s picture with a swastika scrawled on it.

While police do not presently believe the bullet’s sender is affiliated with any terrorist group, they’ve taken no chances.

Ironically, in the battle that is pitting religious and secular views of morality against each other, taxpayer-funded policeman are now standing in for altar boys during Catholicism’s most sacred ritual.

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