Archive for September, 2007

‘Meathead’ Endorses Hillary

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Okay, I couldn’t resist this one. Rob Reiner, the original meathead, and many other Hollywood meatheads will be plugging for Billary.

Hillary Clinton is picking up the key endorsement of director Rob Reiner, giving her campaign a further boost in the race for key Hollywood politicos as she solidifies a commanding lead in many polls.
Reiner, one of the entertainment industry’s most politically active figures, says that he waited until now to endorse Clinton after meeting with all of the candidates except Mike Gravel.

“Based on the experience I have had in politics, and I have been on the front lines in a lot of these fights, I came around to realizing that we do need the most experienced and most qualified person to run the country,” Reiner said on Wednesday

His nod sends a further signal that Clinton is locking up her entertainment industry support after an unexpectedly strong challenge earlier this year from Barack Obama.

Along with celebrities such and George Clooney and Matt Damon, Obama does have the endorsement of Oprah Winfrey, who helped raise more than $3 million for him at a recent fund-raiser, but it’s not yet clear how or whether that will translate into votes. Although it has been rumored, the campaign has not as yet announced any plans for Winfrey to go out on the campaign trail for Obama.

Because of Reiner’s political involvement, his endorsement may have resonance within the industry, particularly among those who are undecided or who have yet to contribute to a campaign.

In addition to his advocacy of early childhood health care and education, Reiner has stumped in the past for John Kerry, Howard Dean and Al Gore. He said that he has no plans as yet to go out on the trail for Clinton, but “I am going to do whatever the campaign asks me to do.”

First up will be a Clinton fund-raiser that he and his wife, Michele, will have at their home on Oct. 21. That event will double as a 60th birthday celebration for the New York senator (she celebrates the milestone on Oct. 26).

While Reiner has longtime ties to the Clintons, he is close friends with Gore, and the director admitted that he had at one point held out hope that Gore would get into the race.

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Bush Takes Up for Israel to U.N.

Friday, September 28th, 2007

I am glad that someone has the guts to stand up for Israel.

United States President George W. Bush urged the United Nations to reform its Human Rights Council Tuesday, criticizing the body for ignoring abuses in places like Iran “while focusing its criticism excessively on Israel.”

“The American people are disappointed by the failures of the Human Rights Council,” Bush said. “The United Nations must reform its own Human Rights Council.”

In the course of his speech, Bush pointed out several regimes which he termed “brutal” and “cruel.” He announced new sanctions against the military dictatorship in Myanmar (Burma), accusing it of imposing “a 19-year reign of fear” that denies the basic freedoms of speech, assembly and worship.

“Americans are outraged by the situation in Burma,” the president said in an address to the U.N. General Assembly. He purposely used the country’s old name, Burma: the military junta renamed the Asian country Myanmar but the U.S. refuses to recognize the change.

“Basic freedoms of speech, assembly and worship are severely restricted,” he said. “Ethnic minorities are persecuted. Forced child labor, human trafficking and rape are common. The regime is holding more than a thousand political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party was elected overwhelmingly by the Burmese people in 1990.

“The ruling junta remains unyielding, yet the people’s desire for freedom is unmistakable,” Bush said.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sat in the chamber and checked his watch during Bush’s remarks. First Lady Laura Bush, also present for the president’s speech, walked by the seated Iranian president without making contact, and Israeli Ambassador Danny Gillerman, too, made a point of avoiding Ahmadinejad.

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Dozens in Mexican City Sick With Avian Flu

Friday, September 28th, 2007

I have to wonder how long it will be before this avian flu becomes an epidemic here in America.

Dozens of people in a Mexican city are gravely ill with what is being treated as a possible outbreak of avian flu, according to a new report from a Spanish-language website.

According to El Universal, authorities in a neighborhood in Guanajuato say 45 patients have been given medical attention at the area’s hospital after they reported symptoms including extreme headaches, stomachaches, vomiting and diarrhea.

The cases have developed over the last two weeks and “feel [like] death,” according to Silvia Villalobos, one of the victims who spoke to El Universal correspondent Xochitl Alvarez in Spanish

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Ben Stein to Battle Darwin in Major Film

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Ben Stein, the lovable, monotone teacher from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “The Wonder Years” is back in the classroom in a major motion picture release slated for February 2008.

But this time, the actor will be on the big screen asking one of life’s biggest questions: “Were we designed, or are we simply the end result of an ancient mud puddle struck by lightning?”

That’s right. Evolution – and the explosive debate over its virtual monopoly on America’s public school classrooms – is the focus of the film “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.”

Intelligence Expelled

In the movie, Stein, who is also a lawyer, economist, former presidential speechwriter, author and social commentator, is stunned by what he discovers – an elitist scientific establishment that has traded in its skepticism for dogma. Even worse, say publicists for the feature film, “along the way, Stein uncovers a long line of biologists, astronomers, chemists and philosophers who have had their reputations destroyed and their careers ruined by a scientific establishment that allows absolutely no dissent from Charles Darwin’s theory of random mutation and natural selection.”

“Big Science in this area of biology has lost its way,” says Stein. “Scientists are supposed to be allowed to follow the evidence wherever it may lead, no matter what the implications are. Freedom of inquiry has been greatly compromised, and this is not only anti-American, it’s anti-science. It’s anti-the whole concept of learning.”

As “Expelled’s” official website asks: “What freedom-loving student wouldn’t be outraged to discover that his high school science teacher is teaching a theory as indisputable fact, and that university professors unmercifully crush any fellow scientists who dare question the prevailing system of belief? This isn’t the latest Hollywood comedy; it’s a disturbing new documentary that will shock anyone who thinks all scientists are free to follow the evidence wherever it may lead.”

“Expelled” is produced by Premise Media, and being marketed by Motive Entertainment, which has spearheaded major previous Hollywood blockbusters, including “The Passion of the Christ,” “Polar Express” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.” It will be distributed by Rocky Mountain Pictures, with numerous box-office successes to its credit.

“Expelled” documents how teachers and scientists alike are being ridiculed daily, denied tenure and even fired believing there is evidence of “design” in nature and challenging the current orthodoxy that life is entirely a result of random chance.

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‘DREAM Act’ Unfair to Legal U.S. Citizens, Says Immigration Reform Group

Friday, September 28th, 2007

I’ve taken a lot of criticism about this issue lately.
I still have to stand by what I’ve been saying. The main question to ask is “what part of illegal do people not understand?”
I’ve said many times that the immigration system is broken. There is no reason why it should take up to ten years for an immigrate to be granted legal entry into our country. This system needs to fixed.
But with that said, there still is no justification for breaking the law. There are many “bad” laws in this country. Knee-Jerk reactions by politicians in order to bring home “pork” or trick people in to believing they deserve to be re-elected. But these laws are still laws, and we should obey all laws. If enough of us don’t like them, we use our voices to tell our elected representatives to change them. If our elected officials refuse, then we vote them out of office; replace them with someone we feel will do what we ask. This is how democracy works.
The latest liberal Democrat “feel-good” ploy is to allow illegal aliens reduced college tuition, a service not offered to citizens.
Did you all get that?
People coming to our nation illegally will be granted reduced college tuition, while our citizens and legal nationals are not. The illegal immigrant are being treated better than the citizens of this country.

An immigration reform organization says a bill that would give in-state college tuition benefits to illegal aliens anywhere in the U.S., without affording the same rights to legal immigrants and citizens, is completely unfair.

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) has reintroduced the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, which is referred to as the “DREAM Act.” Senate Bill 2075 would provide illegal aliens who crossed the border, when they were 15 years or younger, a fast track to citizenship as well as the in-state tuition rates. Durbin and his bipartisan contingent of co-sponsors refer to such individuals as “undocumented students” who cannot attend college without legal immigration status. Many of those people, they point out, “had no choice in the matter, coming to the United States with their parents at a young age.”

“A legal immigrant or an American citizen, say in Nebraska coming into Los Angeles, California, today, has to pay out-of-state tuition,” [Mark Cromer, a senior writing fellow for Californians for Population Stabilization] explains. “Yet an illegal immigrant coming illegally into the United States from a foreign country gets in-state tuition. The American citizen is actually penalized for essentially being a citizen,” states Cromer.

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Kennedy, Smith Succeed in Tying ‘Hate Crimes’ Measure to DoD Bill

Friday, September 28th, 2007

The liberal dems are still trying to create a “two tiered” legal system where people of certain sexual preferences (homosexuals) are given a special protected status. Two tiers of laws: a harsh set of penalties for offenders of homosexuals and a lesser set of penalties for those who harm the rest of us. How fair is that?
Of course, the only way to even stand a chance of getting it pushed through is to attach it to a defense spending bill.

A pro-family activist in Washington, DC, is decrying the Senate’s passage earlier today of a bill that would federalize the prosecution of so-called “hate crimes.”

By a 60-39 vote, the Senate passed a controversial amendment to the Defense Authorization bill sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts). The Kennedy amendment expands hate crime law to include crimes motivated by gender, “sexual orientation,” or disability of victims.

It angers Barber (Matt Barber, policy director for cultural issues at Concerned Women for America) that the Massachusetts lawmaker “would hold our soldiers hostage” with the defense spending bill by attaching what he describes as a “totally unrelated, dangerous” hate crimes amendment. “[He’s trying] to force President Bush’s hand,” says the CWA spokesman, “and the president has signaled that he will veto this bill because they are trying to attach this very dangerous amendment.”

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Christians Boycott Beer Giant as Company Sponsors SF Fetish Fair

Friday, September 28th, 2007

More news concerning San Francisco’s Folsom Street “Fair”.

A Catholic group is calling for a boycott of the Miller Brewing Co. after the beer giant failed to have its logo removed from a “gay”-festival promo mocking the iconic Last Supper scene of Jesus Christ and his disciples.

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, wants Miller to go much further and rescind its sponsorship of San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair, which has featured blatant displays of public nudity and performances by the anti-Catholic group Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

“Never have we experienced greater corporate arrogance than in this dispute with the Miller Brewing Company,” Donohue said on this morning’s “Fox and Friends” show on the Fox News Channel.

Calling it an “incredibly outrageous and palpably anti-Christian event,” Donohue posted photographs of past Folsom Street Fairs, warning that the images are graphic.

This year’s fair is scheduled for Sunday.

As WND reported, the Last Supper poster promoting the fair replaces the bread and wine with sex toys and depicts Jesus Christ and his disciples as “half-naked homosexual sadomasochists.”

Donohue said Miller “leaves us with no options.”

“We are calling on more than 200 Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu organizations to join with us in a nationwide boycott of Miller beer,” he said.

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San Francisco … ‘No’ to Marines, ‘Yes’ to debauchery

Friday, September 28th, 2007

I am at the point where I actually fear for Christians living in San Francisco. Pray for them.

The Silent Drill Platoon of the U.S. Marine Corps has been touring the country shooting a commercial called “America’s Marines,” with stops in October planned for Kentucky, Tennessee, Colorado, and Arizona. Recently, the unit was filmed marching in the heart of Times Square in New York City during the morning rush hour. But when a request was made to film a segment along California Street in San Francisco, the city’s Film Commission told the Marines no, saying “traffic control was the issue.”

The city’s denial of the Marines’ Silent Drill Platoon has angered local conservatives and military veterans, as well as several pro-family leaders, among them Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality. LaBarbera says traffic control does not appear to be a problem for an event known as the “Folsom Street Fair,” taking place in the City by the Bay this weekend.

“It’s a street festival blocked off by the police, and it’s just incredible. You wouldn’t believe it unless you actually saw it,” he explains. “There are people whipping each other on the streets. It’s a celebration of sadomasochistic perversion.” And it is like any other street fair with city blocks blocked off, he says — except for one major difference. “This one is dedicated to perversion,” he shares. “You see men walking around barely clad or semi-nude; we have documented evidence of sex acts on the street.”

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Study: Ethanol Emissions Understated

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Another lie in the big “green friendly” ethanol scam.

A new report disputes the purportedly eco-friendly benefits of biofuels like ethanol.

The report out of England shows that biofuels from corn and rapeseed create 50 to 70 percent more greenhouse gases than oil. Corn is the prime crop for biofuel in the U.S. and is used in the production of ethanol.

Scientists from Britain, the U.S., and Germany found that the use of biofuels released twice as much nitrous-oxide as previously realized. And they found that three to five percent of the nitrogen in fertilizer was converted and emitted, compared to the two percent figure used by the U.N.’s International Panel on Climate Change.

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Border Security Activist ‘Dis-Invited’ to Reappear at Columbia Univ.

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

The duplicity of the liberal left in our educational system is beyond belief.

The founder of the Minuteman Project says although he supported the decision by Columbia University to allow the president of Iran to speak at the school on Monday, he’s disappointed that the same university will not allow him to speak early next month.

In October 2006, Jim Gilchrist was just beginning his address at Columbia when an unruly group of protestors stormed the stage, forcing the school to abruptly cancel his speech. Gilchrist has hoped to return to Columbia, and says he was tentatively invited back for an October 4 appearance — until some radical groups protested. “Two very, very radical anti-American groups decided to force the Columbia Political Union to hold an ad hoc meeting, I guess an emergency meeting, to revoke their university’s invitation for my presence to speak at the campus,” he states.

He says while those radical groups had a problem with what he had to say about securing the borders, they did not appear to have the same problem with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “[Here is] someone who promotes weapons of mass destruction, who promotes the literal annihilation and death to every Jew on the face of earth. So if you are comparing points of view, I am just a goody two-shoes compared to this other guy,” explains Gilchrist.

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Jihadists Love Rosie O’Donnell

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

These jihadists say they agree with Rosie and welcome her to come and live among them. Well, guess what, I think most of America wishes she would take them up on their offer. As a matter of fact I would say many Americans would even finance her one-way ticket.

Muslim jihadist leaders interviewed for a new book were ecstatic about statements from television talk host Rosie O’Donnell about the war in Iraq and the global war on terror, agreeing with her outspoken views.

Some even invited her on a “fact finding mission” to the Middle East.

“I agree with what this O’Donnell says. …We welcome Rosie O’Donnell to stay among us and to get to know the truth from being here, like many American peace activists are doing,” said Ala Senakreh, West Bank chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist organization.

Senakreh and other terror leaders were quoted sounding off about O’Donnell in the new book “Schmoozing with Terrorists: From Hollywood to the Holy Land Jihadists Reveal their Global Plans – to a Jew!,” by author and WND Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein.

For one of the chapters of the book, Klein assembles a panoply of senior terrorist leaders and asks them to sound off about the views of high-profile liberals and conservatives.

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“A Theology of Suffering for a Self-Obsessed Culture” by Paul Edwards

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Contemporary culture is, in the words of the late author and social critic Christopher Lasch, a “culture of narcissism.” Tragically, the American church is not immune to this virus. For today the lifestyles and longings of many modern day followers of Christ often bear no appreciable difference from that of our non-Christian neighbors and co-workers.

At some point during the last quarter century it became all-too-common to stop proclaiming a gospel directed at people’s real spiritual needs and instead focus on the wants and desires of potential church goers. More than mirroring the first century church, this conduct reflects the way Starbucks markets overpriced coffee to potential consumers.

For example, conventional wisdom in evangelicalism today is that suffering is the exception, not the norm for the believer. Moreover, if a Christian does suffer it is quite possibly because of sin in his or her life. Many segments of the American church—immersed in a culture of happy, prosperous consumers—have failed their constituency by not faithfully proclaiming what the Bible says about the reality of suffering.

But suffering in the Christian life is the rule, not the exception. From the day Christ called us to follow Him he fully disclosed two prerequisites: denying ourselves and taking up our cross. When Saul of Tarsus was converted on the road to Damascus, he didn’t experience a Benny Hinn-esque healing. On the contrary, God blinded him, left him in that condition for days and sent a reluctant evangelist by the name of Ananias to inform him of how much he would suffer for the name of Christ (Acts 9:15-16).

And suffer he did. Consider what Paul endured: five times beaten with 39 stripes, three times beaten with rods, stoned, shipwrecked three times, a night and a day floating in the sea, danger of all kinds, weary and in pain, hungry and thirsty, naked and cold. And to add insult to injury God refused to answer his prayer for healing from whatever was ailing him—a thorn in his flesh. Paul was told to be content with grace in the midst of his sufferings (2 Cor. 11-12).

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Remember Shiri Negari

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Michelle Malkin noticed a sign at the protest against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Columbia University. This sign puts a face to the terror attacks, waged by Muslim terrorist, against innocent women and children in Israel. It reminds us of who is involved in helping to finance and advance these atrocious acts of barbarism…the Muslim nations, especially Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Iran.

Shiri Sign

“Keeping the memory of Shiri Negari alive” from Michelle Malkin’s blog

The poster of Shiri Negari, murdered by a Palestinian suicide bomber in a Gilo, Jerusalem bus attack on June 18, 2002, resonated deeply with many readers and bloggers. The protester who made the sign is David Zucker. He e-mailed me:

“I did not know Shiri, just happened to come across her memorial site on Sunday when I was trying to figure out what type of sign to make when I got the idea to put a human face on the current debate. I emailed her family to get their permission and they emailed me the picture. I’m sure her family will get great solace from the fact that their daughter’s memory is still alive.”

Shiri’s cousin, Dvir, e-mailed me from Jerusalem:

“I am a family member of Shiri Negari – the 22 year old woman who was murdered, 5 years ago in a suicide bombing in Israel by a Palestinian terror organization. As you know, Shiri’s picture was presented by a demonstrator during Iran’s president to the US,outside Columbia university which you have covered in your blog. Thanks to your blog, many people have visited Shiri’s memorial web site, got to know her special character and sent us kind e-mails saying that they care. I wish to thank you for giving a stage to the memory of our Shiri, and let you know that even if you did it unknowingly, you contributed to making her memory alive which is something very important for us – making sure she is not just another statistic in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

“Shiri Negari” from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Jun 18, 2002 – Shiri Negari, 21, of Jerusalem, was one of 19 people killed in a suicide bombing at the Patt junction in Egged bus no. 32A traveling from Gilo to the center of Jerusalem.

The terrorist boarded the bus at 7:50 A.M. at the stop in Beit Safafa, an Arab neighborhood opposite Gilo, and almost immediately detonated the large bomb which he carried in a bag stuffed with ball bearings. The blast destroyed the front half of the bus, packed with people on their way to work and schoolchildren. Of the 19 victims, 17 were residents of the Gilo neighborhood; 74 people were injured.

Shiri Negari was to have celebrated her 22nd birthday in 10 days and her family had planned a surprise birthday party for her. Her brother Shahar, 15, said Shiri had missed her regular bus to work and he and their mother had taken her on a short cut so she would not have to wait for the next one. Shiri boarded the bus and was mortally injured in the explosion. The paramedics who treated her in the ambulance reported that she was calm despite her severe injuries. She was well aware of what had happened, and cooperated in the attempts to keep her conscious. She gave her personal details accurately, told the paramedics where she felt pain and stretched out her arm so as she could be given an intravenous infusion. She died on the operating table.

Remembering Shiri Negari, her memorial website

Shiri was a very special person. Gifted with beauty, joy, talent and goodness of the heart.

Shiri was a proud Jewish Israeli young woman. She was murdered on Tuesday, June 18th 2002 by a Palestinian suicide bomber on her way to work.

We will never forget her.

“See You at the Pole”

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Today is the annual “See You at the Pole”, an event, taking place at schools all over the nation. Students meet at the flag pole before school to offer prayers.

Please join me in praying for the safety and security of our children in this ever increasingly unfriendly world they will inherit.

See You at the Pole From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Convicted, Disbarred Jihad Lawyer To Teach Ethics Class

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

You might think that I made this title up as a joke. Nope. It’s true. Very sad, but very true.

HEMPSTEAD,NY–A disbarred lawyer convicted of aiding terrorists will be teaching at an upcoming law school ethics conference.

Lynne Stewart, who was found guilty of conspiring with terrorist Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, will be speaking October 16 at Hofstra Law School’s Legal Ethics: “Lawyering on the Edge”, in Hempstead, New York.

The speaking engagement comes only a year after Stewart was sentenced to twenty-eight months in prison on charges of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists.

Prosecutors alleged that Stewart had passed on messages to Abdel Rahman’s radical Muslim followers, authorizing a resumption of terrorist operations against the Egyptian government.

As a result of the convictions, Stewart was automatically disbarred from practicing law.

Her client, Abdel Rahman, was convicted in 1996 of plots to bomb landmarks around New York City.

Stewart will be speaking at Hofstra Law School’s 2007 Legal Ethics Conference, “Lawyering at the Edge: Unpopular Clients, Difficult Cases, Zealous Advocates.” The conference is scheduled for October 14 to 16, 2007 in the Sidney R. Siben and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom (room 308) of Hofstra Law School.

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Michelle Malkin has more here.

Terrorists Say Columbia Invite ‘Big Boost’ for Iran Power

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

When will the liberals learn that you cannot reason with or give public platform to a terrorist? The fact that Columbia gave Ahmadinejad a forum to air his anti-Israel statements and general lies is absurd. I think the proper word for the whole fiasco is ‘idiotic’.

The decision by Columbia University officials to allow Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to address students yesterday demonstrates some Americans accept Iran is a “great power” and are beginning to question whether the Holocaust actually occurred, according to the spokesman of an Iranian-backed terrorist organization speaking to WND.

“This invitation proves that when Muslims and Arabs come from a position of power to the West they receive more respect and consideration to their causes and to their conditions and to their insisting on their sovereignty,” stated Abu Mosaab, an Islamic Jihad spokesperson and leader in the Gaza Strip.

“The fact that one of the American universities invited the Iranian president to raise whether the Holocaust happened proves that in the American people and leadership there is a hidden will to raise a serious discussion about these Zionists lies and propaganda,” Abu Mosaab stated.

The terror leader told WND Ahmadinejad’s address to Columbia “put on the American faces the question of what is your historical proof that this Holocaust happened?

“Doesn’t the Zionist version of what happened deserve to be challenged and questioned and doubted?” exclaimed Abu Mosaab.

Abu Mosaab’s Islamic Jihad terror group took responsibility together with the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror organization for every suicide bombing in Israel the past three years. The group is heavily backed and financed by Iran, according to Israel. Its overall leader, Ramadan Shallah, lived in Damascus and travels often to Tehran.

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King Herrod’s Temple Quarry Unearthed

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Archaeologists have discovered the quarry King Herod is believed to have used during a renovation of the biblical Second Temple, offering a rare insight into the construction of one of Judaism’s holiest sites.

Israeli archaeologists unearthed the “sensational” pit while inspecting a construction site for a proposed school in an orthodox Jewish Jerusalem suburb.

“This is the first time stones which were used to build the Temple Mount walls were found,” said Yuval Baruch, an archaeologist with the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA), involved in the dig.

Mr Baruch said coins and pottery found in the quarry confirm the stone was used during the period of King Herod’s expansion of the temple in Jerusalem’s Old City in 19 B.C.

Researchers found an iron stake wedged in one of the massive stones and apparently forgotten.

“It stayed here for 2,000 years for us to find because a worker didn’t know what to do with it,” said archaeologist Ehud Nesher, also of the IAA.

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“Normalizing Evil” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Columbia University’s President Bollinger accomplished three things by allowing Iran’s President Amadinejad a platform. Bollinger modeled the normalization of “dialogue” with our era’s Hitler; he gained for himself a world platform in which he indulged his ego (and tried to appease his donor base) by saying many of the “right” things; and he exposed the West’s weakest spot, namely our willingness to engage in fruitless and endless debate with evil instead of defeating it on the battlefield.

Last night, on the O’Reilly Factor, Medea Benjamin, of Code Pink, kept urging America to talk to Iran and Hezbollah, rather than “fight” with them militarily. (I am not sure if she includes al-Qaeda here as well).

Two days ago, eleven Israeli intellectuals signed and delivered a petition to Israeli Prime Minister Olmert demanding that he start “talking” to Hamas, which, like Iran, is devoted to the extermination of the Jewish state.

Yet, I agree with William Buckley who, forty five years ago, when he opposed Communist leader Gus Hall’s appearance on campus, asked: What would the doomed Anne Frank have to talk with Hitler about?

Like Hitler, Amadinejad must be totally defeated and eliminated. We are only talking to ourselves, making ourselves feel “better,” superior perhaps, when we “talk” to tyrants using fine words only.

We are essentially delaying taking necessary action against Iran whether that action includes arresting and trying Amadinejad as a war criminal; vigorously supporting the millions of Iranians who wish to vote him and the other mullahs out of office; sending black ops into Iran over and over again to do the equivalent of what Israel did on September 6th in Syria; launching an all-out war against Iran, which, together with Saudi Arabia, comprise the largest state sponsors of terrorism in the world.

What Bollinger accomplished is this: Iran (and every other terrorist nation-state) now knows that the Americans will keep talking–even after their heads have been cut off. Although I “agree” with many of Bollinger’s points in which he challenged and exposed Amadinejad, Bollinger has exposed and endangered America and the West even further.

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Dr. Phyllis Chesler is the well known author of classic works, including the bestseller Women and Madness (1972) and The New Anti-Semitism (2003). She has just published The Death of Feminism: What’s Next in the Struggle for Women’s Freedom (Palgrave Macmillan), as well as an updated and revised edition of Women and Madness. She is an Emerita Professor of psychology and women’s studies, the co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology (1969) and the National Women’s Health Network (1974). She is currently on the Board of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and lives in New York City. Her website is www.phyllis-chesler.com.
We are delighted to have Dr. Chesler as a contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

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‘Gays’ Mock Jesus AGAIN

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

If the roles were reversed, and it was Christians mocking gays, we Christians would be convicted of a hate crime.

A taxpayer-supported “gay” celebration in San Francisco, featuring a poster portraying Jesus Christ and his disciples as “half-naked homosexual sadomasochists,” has come under heavy fire from major Christian groups demanding that California lawmakers condemn it.

The poster by organizers of the Folsom Street Fair, sponsored in part by Miller Brewing, replaces the bread and wine representing Christ’s blood and body with sadomasochistic sex toys.

“A picture’s worth a thousand words,” said Matt Barber, policy director for cultural issues with Concerned Women for America.

Barber said his group wants California’s elected officials – including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer – to “publicly condemn this unprovoked attack against Christ and His followers.”

The annual street event, which includes displays of nudity and sexual activity – is scheduled for Sept. 30.

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“Israel, Syria and the Glaring Secret” By George Friedman

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Stratfor: Geopolitical Intelligence Report – September 25, 2007Israel, Syria and the Glaring Secret

By George Friedman

What happened in the Middle East on Sept. 6?

The first reports came from the Syrians, who said their air defenses fired at an Israeli warplane that had penetrated Syrian airspace and dropped some ordnance on the country’s North. The plane then fled toward the Mediterranean at supersonic speeds, the Syrians said, noting that sonic booms had been heard.

A Syrian delegation was meeting Turkish officials about the same time, and the Turks announced that two Israeli fuel tanks had been dropped inside of Turkish territory, one in Gaziantep province and the other in Hatay province. That would mean the aircraft did come under some sort of fire and dropped fuel tanks to increase speed and maneuverability. It also would mean the plane was flying close to Turkish territory or over Turkish territory, at the northwestern tip of Syria.

The Israelis said nothing. It appeared at first glance that an Israeli reconnaissance flight had attracted Syrian attention and got out of there fast, though even that was puzzling. The Israelis monitor Syria carefully, but they have close relations with theTurkish military, which also watches Syria carefully. We would assume they have intelligence-sharing programs and that reconnaissance in this area could have been done by the Turks or, more likely, by Israeli reconnaissance satellites. Yet, an Israeli reconnaissance flight seemed like the only coherent explanation.

What was most striking from the beginning was the relative silence on all sides. The Israelis remained mum, not even bothering to leak a misleading but plausible story. The Syrians, after threatening to take the issue to the U.N. Security Council, have been less vociferous than one would expect. The United States had nothing official to say, but U.S. sources leaked a series of incompatibleexplanations. The Turks, after requesting an explanation for the fuel tanks, dropped the matter.

The leaks, which seemed to be coming from the Americans, raised the scope of the operation from a reconnaissance to something more. It was U.S. sources who said up to eight aircraft were involved in the operation. Early on, a leak originating in the United States implied that there might have been Israeli commandos involved as well. U.S. leaks also mentioned that a shipment of cement had been delivered to Syria from North Korea a few days before the incident and implied that this shipment might have contained nuclear equipment of some sort that was the real target of the attack. All three countries were silent officially on the intent of the attack, but the Americans were filling in some blanks with unofficial hints.

The media also were filled with a range of contradictory speculation. One story said this was a dry run for an Israeli air attack against Iran. Another said the Israelis were demonstrating their ability — and hence the U.S. ability — to neutralize Syrian air defenses as a signal to Iran that it, too, is vulnerable. Some stories also claimed that new missiles, not nuclear materials, were being shipped to Syria. There were many other explanations, but these were either pure speculation or were deliberately being fed to the media in order to confuse the issue.

Officials finally started to go public last week. Israeli opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was consulted in advance and supported Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s action in Syria. U.S. President George W. Bush went out of his way — commenting directly and through his press secretary — to make it understood that he also knew a raid had been carried out, but had absolutely nothing to say about it. That drew attention to two things. First, the United States knew what was going on. Second, the United States was going to keep the secret — and the secret was an important one. Between Netanyahu and Bush, the reconnaissance theory was dead. An important operation occurred Sept. 6. It remains absolutely unclear what it was about.

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At a time when the United States is signaling hostile intentions toward Iran, the events in Syria need to be understood, and the fact that they remain opaque is revealing. The secrecy is designed to make a lot of people nervous. Interestingly, the Israelis threw a change-up pitch the week after the attack, signaling once again that they wanted to open talks with the Syrians — a move the Syrians quickly rebuffed.

When events get so strange that interpretation is a challenge, it usually indicates it was intended that way, that the events are significant and that they could point to further instability. We do not know whether that is true, but Israel and the United States have certainly worked hard to create a riddle wrapped in a mystery.

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