Archive for December 19th, 2007

Nearly 7 in 10 Mexican Migrants Enters U.S. Illegally, Says Mexico

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

This continues to be an ever growing problem that our government, to this day, chooses to overlook.

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government reported the results of recent studies on Tuesday showing that 68 percent of Mexicans who migrate or try to migrate to the United States do so without documents and 55 percent of them hire immigrant smugglers.

The report, timed to coincide with the U.N. International Migrants Day, also noted that the Mexican-born population living in the United States increased from about 800,000 in 1970 to more than 11 million in 2006.

The majority of Mexicans now living in the United States — 6.2 million — are undocumented, according to the report, which was based on surveys of migrants and information from the government’s National Population Council.

Almost 30 million people in the United are direct descendants of Mexico migrants, the report stated.

In contrast, the report said the immigrant population in Mexico is quite small and has not experienced rapid growth.

The number of foreign residents in Mexico grew from 340,000 people en 1990, or about 0.42 percent of the population at the time, to about 493,000 in 2000, or about 0.5 percent, the last year for which data is available.

More than two-thirds of the foreign residents are from the United States, and many of those are of Mexican extraction.

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Gun Free Zones vs. The Right to be Protected

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

I am going to ask you to join me in starting a grass roots effort.
I believe that it is the right of every citizen to carry a firearm if they have passed the approved classes and gotten the correct certifications from law enforcement officials.
In light of the recent shootings at schools, malls and churches, I would like to propose the following.
If malls, schools, churches and public buildings are going to be declared “Gun Free Zones”, then I believe that the law should require that the people in charge of these places be required to provide adequate armed security, since the average gun carrying citizen will be required to leave his/her firearm behind.
We have a right to be protected or to protect ourselves. The only people who will respect a “Gun Free Zone” will be the law abiding people. All a “Gun Free Zone” does is tell a criminal that he has free reign to enter this area and begin a killing spree with impunity.
Doug Giles at Townhall makes some excellent points in this article, but I don’t totally agree with the “tone” of the article, so I will not post it here. If you want to read it, you can see it here.
Please post comments and let me know what you think about this idea.
Thank you,
-Steve

Markell Sees Strong World Delusion in Funding Enemies

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

It amazes me as well that the world continues to fund people, who are at best, corrupt and at worse, terrorist.

At a donor’s conference in Paris, the world rallied to support the Palestinian government as it sought $5.6 billion for a plan to ease a serious budgetary crisis. But thanks largely to the efforts of Mideast envoy Tony Blair, they exceeded expectations with nearly $7.5 billion in pledges over the next three years, with nearly $3 billion earmarked for 2008. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pledged $555 million for 2008, however that figure includes about $400 million that the White House announced but has not approved by Congress.

Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, believes the world is delusional. “My bottom-line question to all of this is, how many chances do such renegade outfits get to continually be funded by the entire world?” questions Markell. “And I think that’s the key … that Blair has asked the entire world to make this their cause.”

The ministry leader says such aid never goes to the people who really need the help. “They just pocket it and put it in Swiss banks and leave their people in poverty,” she continues. “Why is this not a no-brainer that the leadership of these so-called Palestinian people [are] corrupt to the core? I don’t understand why that is so difficult to grasp.”

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Eyebrows Raised Over $10 Million Saudi Gift to Clinton Library

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

More sleaziness from the Clintons.

Terrorism analyst Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, who left the Islamic faith to become a Christian, is raising concerns about the large sum of money former President Bill Clinton has received from the royal family of Saudi Arabia. He suggests that the multi-million-dollar donation has the potential to influence Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s Mideast policy if she were to win the White House.

“Saudi Arabia has been donating a great amount of money to a number of different U.S. institutions. In particular, they’ve been endowing a number of university chairs in Islamic studies. That’s of concern because in general they get what they pay for in these Islamic study programs; that is, one of the most pernicious ideologies when it comes to contemporary Islamic extremism is wahabism — the ultra-conservative brand of religion that is predominant in Saudi Arabia.”

The terrorism analyst says when the Saudis endow chairs of Islamic studies at universities, those study programs will be “more amenable” to Saudi Arabia’s role in the world, as well as “much more willing to serve as apologists for the wahabi brand of Islam.”

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Spending Bill ‘Guts’ Border Fence, Critics Say

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

It looks like the government never intended to build the border fence.

(CNSNews.com) – The House passed a large omnibus spending bill late Monday that included a provision which some conservatives say would “gut” plans to build a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The provision would eliminate requirements for a double fence and would give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) more discretion on where and how the fence can be built.

“By eliminating the double-fence requirement, the Democratic Congress is going to make it easier for drug and human smugglers to cross our Southern land border,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) in a statement. “This goes against the interests of any family that has been touched by illegal drugs or any American who has seen their job taken by an illegal alien.

“The success of the San Diego Border Fence demonstrates the overall effectiveness of the double-layered approach and the importance of extending this infrastructure across our Southern land border,” said Hunter, who is running for the GOP presidential nomination. “Vehicle barriers that are five feet high will do little, if anything, to stop illegal entry.”

The double-layer fence in San Diego runs 14 miles along the border with Tijuana, Mexico. The primary layer is a high steel fence, and the secondary layer is a high anti-climb fence.

The double-fence has produced some improvement in the area, according to a 2005 Congressional Research Service report that said illegal alien apprehensions along the fence region dropped from 202,000 in 1992 to 9,000 in 2004.

Concerning the proposed 700-mile fence, Hunter also noted that “pulling back from the double-fence mandate is a prescription for failure that will only allow more smugglers, criminals and illegal aliens to enter the United States through our land border with Mexico. If enacted, this legislation would represent a significant step backwards in the effort to secure our borders.”

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“The Logic of the Spirit” by Jack Kinsella

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Some time back, the Salvation Army refused to hire an atheist on the grounds that a person couldn’t work for a Christian organization if he didn’t believe in Christ.

The New York Civil Liberties Union launched an immediate lawsuit charging the organization with religious discrimination.

The case arose after The Salvation Army began to require all employees in its Social Services for Children division to fill out a form on which they:

a) identify their church affiliation and all other churches attended for the past decade,

b) authorize their religious leaders to reveal private communications to the Salvation Army; and

c) pledge to adhere to the religious mission of The Salvation Army which, according to The Salvation Army, is to “preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The mainstream media went ballistic. Headlines like “Non-Christians Need Not Apply” gave way to “the Salvation Army’s War on the Poor” and “A Tale of a Greedy Charity.”

When the ACLU isn’t going after the Salvation Army for religious discrimination, it is going after the Boy Scouts for sexual discrimination.

It sounds like the punch line for a joke: “What are you gonna do? Sue the Salvation Army for being religious?”

Or maybe a challenge . . . “Sure. I’ll believe that when the Boy Scouts get sued for not having gay scoutmasters.”

I mean, it sounds crazy. The Salvation Army being sued for expecting its employees to concur with the organization’s mission statement.

The employee who filed the lawsuit said she worked for the Salvation Army for 25 years and was ‘blindsided’ by the organization’s ‘new’ rules.

(Gasp! The Salvation Army is Christian??? So THAT’S what that ‘Salvation’ part stands for. . . who knew?)

It is difficult to imagine a more ridiculous lawsuit.

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 by William and Catherine Booth and was dedicated from its inception to the mission of “bringing Christian salvation to the poor, destitute and hungry by meeting both their physical and spiritual needs.”

But the plaintiff in the suit worked for the Sally Ann for a quarter century, starting on that job more than a hundred years after that organization wrote its mission statement, and complained in her suit that she was ‘blindsided’ to learn it was dedicated to the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

On the other side of the spectrum, a Christian biologist has filed a lawsuit against the federally-funded Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

Nathaniel Abraham was fired in 2004 because he did not believe in evolution. Abraham is a ‘zebrafish specialist’ (whatever that means) and he claims his civil rights were violated by his firing.

He claims that shortly after he told his supervisor that he believed the Bible presented an accurate account of creation, he was dismissed for his beliefs.

Abraham, who was dismissed eight months after he was hired, said he was willing to do research using evolutionary concepts but drew the line at the choice between accepting Darwin’s theory of evolution as scientific fact or losing his job.

The Woods Hole group said in a statement it firmly believed its actions and those of its employees in the case were “entirely lawful” and that it does not discriminate.

The reason that Abraham was forced to file a lawsuit was because the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination dismissed his complaint, ruling in favor of Woods Hole.

It argued (perfectly logically) that it would be difficult for Woods Hole to employ someone to advance a theory that the employee disagrees with — and upheld his firing.

I say it was ‘perfectly logical’ to dismiss Abraham under these circumstances because it IS perfectly logical.

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination concluded that Abraham knew, or should have known, that Woods Hole’s biology was rooted in the theory of evolution.

Once again, that is completely logical. If I was planning to hire an editorial assistant, I wouldn’t hire a Buddhist, or a Muslim, or even just any old Christian.

Since the Omega Letter approaches Scripture from a premillennial, Dispensational perspective, I wouldn’t hire a preterist, for example.

That isn’t discrimination — I don’t care WHAT they believe. I just care what they teach in my name.

Abraham’s argument makes as much sense logically as a high-school French teacher complaining about being dismissed for opposing French classes.

So why is it so hard for the courts to apply the same logic when it comes to Christian ministries or issues of Christian faith? If Woods Hole can require a belief in evolution, why is it discriminatory for the Salvation Army to require a belief in God?

Or for the Boy Scouts to refuse to hire adult supervisors who may view young boys as sex objects? There is no corresponding effort to legitimize men as Girl Scout leaders for the same good and logical reasons.

Why does this same logic reverse itself when the target is a Christian organization?

Things that are natural are natural, that is to say, they follow a natural, logical progression. So logically, a creationist would make a lousy researcher on evolution, and, if one continues to follow the logic, dismissing him makes as much sense as would the Salvation Army dismissing an atheist.

But while the courts can see the logic in the Wood’s Hole case, they cannot grasp it when it comes to the Boy Scouts or the Salvation Army. This is evidence of both the existence of God and the Divine truth of the Scriptures.

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1st Corinthians 2:14)

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Children in U.K. Targeted by Terror Teaching Sing-Along DVD For Would-Be Suicide Bombers

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

In my opinion, the people doing this truly deserve the deepest pits of hell. Be sure to follow the original link and look at the photos in the article.

A shocking sing-along children’s DVD which glorifies suicide bombing is being investigated by anti-terrorist police after being found on sale in one of Britain’s terrorist hotbeds.

The disc – part of an Egyptian-made series – is on sale in West Yorkshire, where three of the July 7 bombers lived, and is aimed at youngsters from the local Muslim community.

Introduced by a cute cartoon chicken, it contains three songs in Arabic which are illustrated with a video story. But any impression of its being an innocent music DVD is immediately dispelled by a song with English subtitles about two children who lose their mother when she blows herself up in a suicide bomb attack.

The song, sung as if told by the bomber’s daughter, ends with the young Arabic girl vowing to follow in her mother’s footsteps.

It is believed to have been inspired by Palestinian Reem-al-Reyashi, a 22-year-old mother of two who killed four Israelis when she blew herself up at a Gaza Strip checkpoint on January 14, 2004.

In the DVD an Arab woman is seen playing with her two children. She then makes a bomb out of sticks of dynamite in the bedroom as her young daughter enters. The woman leaves home with dynamite tucked into her dress and blows herself up after being challenged by soldiers leaving her children and husband to learn of her death on TV.

To the sounds of haunting music there are graveyard scenes, along with pictures of the dead bomber looking serene and dressed in white.

Her daughter finds a stick of dynamite in her mother’s wardrobe. The girl, aged about five or six, turns to the camera with the subtitles: “My love will not be by words. I will follow my mother’s steps.”

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Detractors Searching for Faults with Huckabee, See Bookshelf as Cross in Ad

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

It’s really sad when detractors are so desperate to disparage someone that they have to invent controversy. So is the case with the latest ad from presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee.
In his latest Ad, he wishes everyone a Merry Christmas. That’s it.
But his detractors have to find something wrong. What’s that? No, that…the thing behind his right shoulder. Is it a cross? Did the Christian politician dare to put the image of a cross in his ad? It must be!! It has to be blatant attempt to ram his faith down our throats!! How dare a Christian show us a cross!!!
Um…hello? Actually, it’s just a shelf. Do you see the bowl of Christmas balls sitting on it? One does not typically put a bowl of Christmas balls on one arm of the cross. We have shelves to do that with. Not crosses, but shelves. One more time…We put bowls of Christmas balls on shelves, not crosses. Got it?
I doubt it, but one may hope.

Mike Huckabee Ad

In a new television ad debuting Tuesday in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee does the unthinkable – he wishes early voters “Merry Christmas.”

Wearing a red sweater and standing before a glowing Christmas tree as “Silent Night” plays in the background, the former Arkansas governor asks viewers if they’re “about worn out of all the television commercials you’ve been seeing, mostly about politics.”

Behind Huckabee appears to be a white cross, which may be intersecting shelf lines or a window pane and slowly moves to the right on the screen until it’s behind his head.

But the ordained Baptist minister, who has been riding a wave of evangelical support with his open religious appeals, said Tuesday that it’s just a bookshelf and defended the ad.

“If we are so politically correct in this country that a person can’t say ‘enough of the nonsense with the political attack ads could we pause for a few days and say Merry Christmas to each other,’ then we’re really, really in trouble as a country,” Huckabee said, speaking in Houston, Texas.

In the ad, Huckabee says, “At this time of year, sometimes it’s nice to pull aside from all of that and remember that what really matters is the celebration of the birth of Christ.”

“I hope you and your family have a magnificent Christmas season. God bless you and Merry Christmas.”

Catholic League president Bill Donahue said Huckabee went beyond wishing people a joyous holiday. Donahue said he was especially disturbed by the cross-like image created in the background of the ad, saying he believed it was a subliminal message.

“What he’s trying to say to the evangelicals in western Iowa (is): I’m the real thing,” Donahue said Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends. “You know what, sell yourself on your issues, not on what your religion is.”

Huckabee said the bookshelf is “nothing more than a bookshelf” and shrugged off the controversy: “I will confess this: If you play the spot backwards it says, ‘Paul is dead. Paul is dead.”‘

He was joking about the Beatles’ recording of “The White Album” and the urban legend that if a portion of the album is played backwards, the words “Paul is dead” is heard, a reference to the very much alive Paul McCartney.

Meanwhile, rival Mitt Romney launched a new TV ad yesterday slamming Huckabee, the ex-Arkansas governor, for commuting the sentences of 1,033 criminals – including 12 convicted murderers. “Huckabee granted more clemencies than the previous three governors combined,” says the 30-second Romney attack ad.

“The difference between us is that I did something he never had to do. I carried out the death penalty 16 times, more than any other governor in my state’s history,” Huckabee told reporters in Los Angeles before attending a Beverly Hills fundraiser. “That’s hardly soft on crime when you make that tough decision and actually carry it out.”

Romney’s state of Massachusetts does not have capital punishment.

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