Archive for January 18th, 2008

Jewish Refugees Not Part of Bush Compensation Plan

Friday, January 18th, 2008

The Bush administration apparently hasn’t given consideration to the Jewish refugees who were displaced from Arab nations when Israel was launched as a nation six decades ago, according to a White House spokesman.

The question came up as a result of Bush’s trip to the Middle East, and a Washington Post report that the president was lobbying for compensation for the Palestinian refugees who lost homes or property.

Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House, raised the issue.

“The top of page one of The Washington Post reported from Jerusalem the president saying that Palestinian refugees in 1948 should receive compensation for loss of homes, when they fled or were forced to flee during the establishment of the state of the Israel. And my question: Is there any record of anyone asking the president about the 870,000 Jews who at that time were forcibly expelled from their homes in 10 Arab countries and have never been compensated for the lost property?”

“I’m not aware of the president having been asked that question,” answered spokesman Tony Fratto.

“And do you have an answer to it, since I’m raising it?” Kinsolving continued.

“I’m not aware of the – you asked if I knew if the president has been asked, and I told you I’m not aware that he has or hasn’t.”

“Nobody’s asked. All right,” Kinsolving said.

“Not that I’m aware of.”

The Post report quoted Bush as saying the Palestinians should get compensation, and that Israel’s “occupation” of lands it seized should be ended.

The comments came after Bush visited Ramallah, the West Bank city that is headquarters of the Palestinian Authority, as he worked to make progress toward a peace accord in the Middle East.

The Post reported Bush apparently was prodding the Israeli government, although he made it clear that nation cannot give up everything it captured during the 1967 war.

“There should be an end to the occupation that began in 1967,” Bush told reporters. That was when Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights.

Bush has said his goal is an Israel that has “secure, recognized and defensible borders” and a Palestine that is “viable, contiguous, sovereign and independent.”

The report said Bush’s language on compensation was a first for his administration.

“We need to look to the establishment of a Palestinian state and new international mechanisms, including compensation, to resolve the refugee issue,” Bush said.

Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestinian parliament, told the newspaper whether compensation is enought has to be left up to “every refugee to decide.”

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First Temple Seal Found in Jerusalem

Friday, January 18th, 2008

More proof that substantiates the Bible, Torah and history. Another item of embarrassment to the Israel denying Muslims occupying Temple Mount.

First Temple Seal

A stone seal bearing the name of one of the families who acted as servants in the First Temple and then returned to Jerusalem after being exiled to Babylonia has been uncovered in an archeological excavation in Jerusalem’s City of David, a prominent Israeli archeologist said Wednesday.

The 2,500-year-old black stone seal, which has the name “Temech” engraved on it, was found earlier this week amid stratified debris in the excavation under way just outside the Old City walls near the Dung Gate, said archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, who is leading the dig.

According to the Book of Nehemiah, the Temech family were servants of the First Temple and were sent into exile to Babylon following its destruction by the Babylonians in 586 BCE.

The family was among those who later returned to Jerusalem, the Bible recounts.

The seal, which was bought in Babylon and dates to 538-445 BCE, portrays a common and popular cultic scene, Mazar said.

The 2.1 x 1.8-cm. elliptical seal is engraved with two bearded priests standing on either side of an incense altar with their hands raised forward in a position of worship.

A crescent moon, the symbol of the chief Babylonian god Sin, appears on the top of the altar.

Under this scene are three Hebrew letters spelling Temech, Mazar said.

The Bible refers to the Temech family: “These are the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city.” [Nehemiah 7:6]… “The Nethinim [7:46]”… The children of Temech.” [7:55].

The fact that this cultic scene relates to the Babylonian chief god seemed not to have disturbed the Jews who used it on their own seal, she added.

The seal of one of the members of the Temech family was discovered just dozens of meters away from the Opel area, where the servants of the Temple, or “Nethinim,” lived in the time of Nehemiah, Mazar said.

“The seal of the Temech family gives us a direct connection between archeology and the biblical sources and serves as actual evidence of a family mentioned in the Bible,” she said. “One cannot help being astonished by the credibility of the biblical source as seen by the archaeological find.”

The find will be announced by Mazar at the 8th annual Herzliya Conference on Sunday.

The archeologist, who rose to international prominence for her recent excavation that may have uncovered King David’s palace, most recently uncovered the remnants of a wall from Nehemiah.

The dig is being sponsored by the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem research institute where Mazar serves as a senior fellow, and the City of David Foundation, which promotes Jewish settlement throughout east Jerusalem.

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Strange Parasite Turns Ants into Berries

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Check out this quote from the article:

‘It’s just crazy that something as dumb as a nematode can manipulate its host’s exterior morphology and behavior in ways sufficient to convince a clever bird to facilitate transmission of the nematode,’ said Robert Dudley, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley.”

Something that complex would have to be engineered, right? There’s no way it could occur naturally. Because it’s “just crazy” that a “dumb” old worm would be capable of manipulating the bugs body to emulate the look of the berries around it. Right?

Now who do we know that would have ability and intelligence to engineer something that complex into a “dumb” old worm?
You know what my answer is going to be. God. Only God. Not man, not mythical “Mother Nature”, but only God could have done something like that.

“But, but, but” our atheist friends stammer, “we are all one big cosmic accident.” “There is no God, there is NO GOD”, they scream to themselves. Poor delusional people.

They call us Christians “crazy” for believing in God. I call them “crazy” for not believing in God.

Researchers at University of California, Berkeley, have discovered the first example of fruit mimicry caused by a parasitic organism. The parasite, a type of roundworm called a nematode, causes its host, in this case an ant, to grow a bright red abdomen that resembles the ripe berries found throughout their tropical forest environment.

The researchers believe the parasite induces this dramatic effect on its hosts as a way to trick birds into eating the infected ants. This provides a mechanism for the parasite to propagate itself as the birds spread the parasite through their droppings.

“It’s just crazy that something as dumb as a nematode can manipulate its host’s exterior morphology and behavior in ways sufficient to convince a clever bird to facilitate transmission of the nematode,” said Robert Dudley, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, in a press release put out today by the University.

Dudley said the bizarre lifecycle of the nematode can be seen in tropical forests ranging from Central America to the lowland Amazon.

“It’s phenomenal that these nematodes actually turn the ants bright red, and that they look so much like the fruits in the forest canopy,” said co-author Stephen P. Yanoviak, an insect ecologist and assistant professor of biology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He noted that numerous tropical plants produce small red, orange and pink berries. “When you see them in the sunlight, it’s remarkable.”

Dudley, Yanoviak and Michael E. Kaspari, an ant ecologist at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, discovered the infected ants while studying the gliding ability of a species of ant, Cephalotes atratus, common to the tropical forest canopy.

In May of 2005, when searching for a colony of ants in a downed tree on Panama’s Barro Colorado Island, Dudley was puzzled to see some members of the colony with bright red abdomens, something none of the researchers had ever seen before. Once back at the lab, the team examined some of the ants and discovered the red abdomen was full of hundreds of nematode eggs.

Initially, the researchers suspected this was another species of Cephalote, Kaspari said. However, once they opened up the ants under the microscope they discovered that was not the case.

Since the abdomens on the ants so clearly mimicked in both size and color the many red berries that attract birds, the biologists suspected that the nematode had found a unique way to guarantee its transmission from ant host to bird host. The team spent the two years proving their hypothesis.

Yanoviak began by consulting George Poinar Jr., a former U.C. Berkeley researcher now at Oregon State University in Corvallis, and the world’s leading authority on nematodes that parasitize insects.

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Maryland Global Warming Protest Covered With Snow

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Is it just me or is the irony in this story completely laughable? Global warming protest – snow. What is wrong with this picture? It is so strange how people fall for lies, but overlook the Truth that is right in front of them.

It snowed, but they still came. A heavy snowfall blanketed a global warming protest outside the State House in Annapolis this morning, but it did not dampen the shouts of about 400 activists who urged lawmakers to pass the nation’s toughest greenhouse gas control law.

As supporters waved signs, chanted and banged drums, 18 legislators walked down a symbolic green carpet to sign up as co-sporsors to a bill that would mandate that all businesses in Maryland cut emissions of global warming pollution by 25 percent by 2020 and 90 percent by 2050.

“We are going to pass this bill this year,” said State Sen. Paul Pinsky, a Democrat from Prince
George’s County and chairman of the senate’s environmental matters subcommittee. “We are
not going to rest, we are not going to stop….We are going to keep going until we pass this
bill.”

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Israel Closes Gaza Border Crossings

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Israel has closed all border crossings into Gaza, cutting off food and humanitarian supplies to the coastal strip in a bid to pressure its Hamas rulers to stop a barrage of rocket attacks on Israeli towns, defense officials said Friday.
Ten rockets slammed into southern Israel on Friday, one damaging a day care center in the town of Sderot and another hitting Ashkelon, a town of 120,000 people. No injuries were reported.

Israeli aircraft fired on rocket launchers in northern Gaza in retaliation. Hamas security officials said two Palestinians were killed—a Hamas militant who had just fired rockets and a 17-year-old civilian who apparently was an onlooker.

The rocket attacks escalated following an Israeli anti-rocket raid in Gaza that left 19 Palestinians dead Tuesday, including the son of a prominent Hamas leader.

About 20 trucks of food scheduled to enter Gaza on Friday would not be allowed through, said Defense Ministry spokesman Shlomo Dror. The crossings are routinely closed Saturdays, and may not be reopened Sunday morning if the rocket fire continues, he said.

The territory, home to 1.4 million Palestinians, receives food and humanitarian supplies from Israel and aid organizations.

“It’s time that Hamas decide to either fight or take care of its population,” Dror said. “It’s unacceptable that people in Sderot are living in fear every day and people in the Gaza Strip are living life as usual.”

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