Archive for September 6th, 2007

Fred Thompson Throws Hat Into the Ring on Leno

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Fred Thompson announced on Jay Leno that he will be running for Presdient. He has used very unconventional tactics to ease himself into the running. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Fred Thompson officially entered a wide-open Republican presidential race Thursday, vowing to invigorate a dispirited GOP and promising to thwart another Clinton from capturing the presidency.

The former Tennessee senator harkened to the GOP glory days of 1994 when he and other Republicans seized control of Congress and established an equal counterpoint to Democrat Bill Clinton in the White House. Now an official candidate for the Republican nomination, Thompson promised to return the party to better times.

“In 1992, we were down after a Clinton victory,” Thompson said in a 15-minute Webcast that laid out the rationale for the candidacy he also declared on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.

“In 1994, our conservative principles led us to a comeback and majority control of the Congress. Now, you don’t want to have to come back from another Clinton victory. Our country needs us to win next year, and I am ready to lead that effort,” he said.

Thompson also swiped at his leading Republican rivals, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, without naming them, saying: “In 1994, when I first ran, I advocated the same commonsense conservative positions that I hold today.”

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Terrorist Arrests in German Debunk Argument That Islam Is “Religion of Peace”

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Most of us didn’t need to see any other attacks to prove that Islam is not a peaceful religion. But there are those that will defend Islam in spite of their teachings and terror attacks. I wonder how these defenders of Islam would feel if one of their family members was killed by an Islamic terrorist.

One of the nation’s leading experts on Islam says the recent arrest of three suspected Islamic terrorists in Germany illustrates the folly of those who insist that Islam is a religion of peace.

According to news reports, the three terrorist suspects were from an al-Qaeda influenced group that was motivated by a “profound hatred of U.S. citizens.” German prosecutors say they were arrested on suspicion of plotting imminent massive bomb attacks on U.S. facilities in Germany. Authorities are saying the three — two of whom are German converts to Islam — had trained at camps in Pakistan that were run by the Islamic Jihad Union, and had obtained some 1,500 pounds of hydrogen peroxide for making explosives.

Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, a project of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, says there is no doubt that the terrorist suspects were motivated by the “same ideology that brought down the Twin Towers on 9/11 and is responsible for all the other terror attacks we see.”

Spencer says this plot again debunks the argument that Islam is a peaceful religion that has somehow been hijacked by extremists. “That’s one thing that shows how false and hollow this analysis is. That this tiny minority of extremists seems to be distributed all around the world and not to be effectively opposed by the peaceful Muslims,” he points out.

He shares that he is not surprised that two of the suspects were actually converts to Islam. According to Spencer, the current “age of rampant moral relativism” in the West makes Islam attractive to many people because of its “moral certainty and its unwillingness to compromise with the spirit of the age.” He warns that unless Europe comes to grips with the demographic realities, Germany and other countries will become Islamic. Spencer’s latest book is called Religion of Peace? Why Christianity Is, and Islam Isn’t.

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Archaeologists Discover Ancient Beehives in Israel

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

What an interesting find in the Holy Land.

JERUSALEM — Archaeologists digging in northern Israel have discovered evidence of a 3,000-year-old beekeeping industry, including remnants of ancient honeycombs, beeswax and what they believe are the oldest intact beehives ever found.

The findings in the ruins of the city of Rehov this summer include 30 intact hives dating to around 900 B.C., archaeologist Amihai Mazar of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University told The Associated Press.

He said it offers unique evidence that an advanced honey industry existed in the Holy Land at the time of the Bible.

Beekeeping was widely practiced in the ancient world, where honey used for medicinal and religious purposes as well as for food, and beeswax was used to make molds for metal and to create surfaces to write on.

While bees and beekeeping are depicted in ancient artwork, nothing similar to the Rehov hives has ever been found before, Mazar said.

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Luciano Pavarotti Dies at Age 71

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

A true legend in Opera has died. Pray for his friends and family during this difficult time.

ROME — Luciano Pavarotti, whose vibrant high C’s and ebullient showmanship made him the most beloved and celebrated tenor since Caruso and one of the few opera singers to win crossover fame as a popular superstar, died Thursday. He was 71.

His manager, Terri Robson, told the AP in an e-mailed statement that Pavarotti died at his home in Modena, Italy, at 5 a.m. local time. Pavarotti had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and underwent further treatment in August.

“The Maestro fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer which eventually took his life. In fitting with the approach that characterised his life and work, he remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness,” the statement said.

Speaking from inside Pavarotti’s home, which was guarded by police, Pavarotti’s assistant Edwin Tinoco told Sky TG 24 television that Pavarotti’s final days had been calm and spent at home.

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