Archive for May 23rd, 2007

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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