Archive for May, 2008

Trail of Tall Tales: Hillary Clinton

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton presents the image of a seasoned, ever-disciplined politician whose experience as first lady and a New York senator makes her ready to be commander-in-chief. But a series of misstatements — exaggerations, half-truths and lies — made by Clinton over the last 15 years have at times undermined her image and called her credibility into question.

1. Travelgate, June 23, 2000

2. Iraq War Vote, Jan. 13, 2008

3. Sniper Fire, March 17, 2008

4. Vince Foster Documents, April 22, 1994

5. Iraq War Criticism, April 5, 2008

6. Brokering Irish Peace, Jan. 6, 2008

7. Chelsea Jogging, Sept. 17, 2001

8. Death of a Mother, March 2008

9. Refugee Borders, March 12, 2008

10. Origins of the Name, April 2, 1995

11. National Guard Health Insurance, Dec. 20, 2007

12. Bill Kennedy Endorsement, April 15, 2008

Read the full accounts of each lie here.

Global Terrorism in Sharp Decline

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

This is something you will not hear very much about in the mainstream media.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A study released on Wednesday reports a decline in fatal attacks of terrorism worldwide and says U.S. think-tank data showing sharp increases were distorted due to the inclusion of killings in Iraq.

“Even if the Iraq ‘terrorism’ data are included, there has still been a substantial decline in the global terrorism toll,” said the 2007 Human Security Brief, an annual report funded by the governments of Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden and Britain.

For example, global terrorism fatalities declined by 40 percent between July and September 2007, driven by a 55 percent decline in the “terrorism” death toll in Iraq after the so-called surge of new U.S. troops and a cease-fire by the Shi’ite militant Mehdi Army, the brief said.

“We have concluded that the expert consensus (on terrorism) is probably misleading,” Andrew Mack, director of the Human Security Report Project, told a news conference.

Despite apparent declines in terrorism deaths, many U.S. think-tanks continue to report sharp increases.

Data of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT), funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, points to more than a fourfold increase in worldwide deaths due to terrorism from 1998 to 2006. The sharpest increase came after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Other institutes have reached similar conclusions, including the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).

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Alaska to Sue to Block Polar Bear Listing [as ‘Threatened’]

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

This statement is very important to this issue:
“We believe that the listing was unwarranted and that it’s unprecedented to list a currently healthy population based on uncertain climate models.”
Polar Bear populations have increased significantly over the last 30 years and the true aim of the environmentalist was not really to protect the bears, but to get the government to buy into the global warming scam more then they already are.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – The state of Alaska will sue the U.S. government to stop the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species, arguing the designation will slow development in the state, Gov. Sarah Palin said on Wednesday.

Palin said the state will file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington challenging U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne’s decision to grant Endangered Species Act protections to the polar bear.

The Republican governor has argued that the ice-dependent polar bear, the first mammal granted Endangered Species Act listing because of global warming, does not need additional protections.

“We believe that the listing was unwarranted and that it’s unprecedented to list a currently healthy population based on uncertain climate models,” said Alaska Assistant Attorney General Steven Daugherty.

Even though Kempthorne enacted a rule aimed at precluding any new restrictions on oil and gas operations as a result of the listing, the Palin administration believes a wide variety of other development activities in Alaska would be hampered if the listing goes through, Daugherty said.

Any development or activity requiring federal permits or using federal funds would have to engage in a “consultation” process to ensure that polar bears are not harmed, he said.

That consultation, mandated by the Endangered Species Act, “is a long and time-consuming process,” he said. “It’s just, basically, a big time-and-money-waster.”

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Daughter of Gospel Star Steven Curtis Chapman Hit, Killed by Car

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Please join me in praying for Steven Curtis Chapman and his family during this tragic time.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The 5-year-old daughter of contemporary Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother, authorities said.

The girl, Maria, was hit in a driveway on the family residence Wednesday afternoon by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by her teenage brother, said Laura McPherson, a spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

McPherson said no charges are expected.

“It looks like a tragic accident,” she said.

She said several members of the Chapman family witnessed the accident, which happened in Williamson County just south of Nashville.

The brother apparently did not see the little girl, McPherson said. She did not have the name or exact age of the brother, only that he is an older teenager.

The girl died later at Vanderbilt Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Laurie Holloway said.

Chapman, originally from Paducah, Ky., and his wife have promoted international adoption and have three daughters from China, including Maria.

Chapman has won five Grammy awards and 51 Dove awards from the Gospel Music Association.

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Verbal Assaults Directed at Uniformed [Military] Personnel

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

This is so incredibly low down and despicable that it defies description.
If one has problems with what the government is doing, then go to the polls and change the leadership. Don’t take it on people who are just obeying orders. They are just like you and me; normal people who are trying to earn a living. They chose to be in the military, a very honorable place to be.
Don’t take out your anger on them!!

Washington D.C.

Dept of Transportation Federal Transit Administration sends:

Recently, there have been local incidents in which military personnel have been verbally assaulted while commuting on the Metro. Uniformed members have been approached by individuals expressing themselves as anti-government, shouting anti-war sentiments, and using racial slurs against minorities.

In one instance, a member was followed onto the platform by an individual who continued to berate her as she exited the
metro station. Thus far, these incidents have occurred in the vicinity of the Reagan National Airport and Eisenhower Ave metro stations on the yellow line, however, military members should be vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times while in mass transit.

Should you be approached by any individuals expressing anti-government/anti-war sentiments, or any other types of direct verbal assault, immediately notify your local police jurisdiction. If riding metro, exit the train at the next stop, distance yourself from the individual, and notify the Metro Transit Police Department.

For this and any other suspicious activity, NGB personnel are also asked to notify the Pentagon Command Center at (703)697-1001, and the NGB Antiterrorism/Force Protection Officer, MSgt Cyril Charity, at (703)607-2396 or (571)239-1109 (after duty hours).

Here are a few friendly reminders of personal protective measures that can help you to stay safe:

-If possible, do not commute in uniform (military members) -Do not display DoD building passes, “hot cards”, or personal identification in open view outside of the workplace -Do not discuss specifics about your occupation to outside solicitors

-Always try to remain in well lit, well populated train cars if traveling via metro -Be vigilant at all times!

V/R,

National Operations Center

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Abortionists to Surrender Records of Child Rape?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Amid fierce accusations that Planned Parenthood has systematically concealed cases of statutory rape and sexual abuse from authorities, the organization may be required hand over revealing patient records in a precedent-setting case.

Ohio clinic staff are said to have deliberately concealed the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl abused by her school’s soccer coach. The trainer, age 21, drove the pregnant girl to the Cincinnati abortion clinic after he discovered she was carrying his child.

According to the Alliance Defense Fund, the ADF filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Ohio Supreme Court Monday. The organization claim the abortion provider frequently fails to notify authorities when underage children have been sexually abused.

“The health and safety of young girls trumps Planned Parenthood’s desire for secrecy,” ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeff Shafer said. “Ohio law mandates that Planned Parenthood report the sexual abuse of minors, and evidence that may reveal the organization’s violation of that legal obligation may not be hidden.”

ADF is asking the Ohio court to reverse an earlier appellate court decision preventing the girl and her parents from having access to clinic records that may indicate routine cover-up of statutory rape and other sexual abuse.

The child’s parents sued Planned Parenthood when they learned staff performed an abortion on their daughter at the request of her soccer coach without contacting authorities, a requirement in cases of statutory rape. Neither the clinic nor the coach informed the girl’s parents of her abortion or sexual activity.

ADF filed the lawsuit to collect clinic documents that could reveal a history of illegal statutory rape cover-up. A judge ordered Planned Parenthood to release specific records; however, the abortion provider appealed the original decision, and an Ohio appellate court ruled in favor of the clinic. The case is now being heard by the Ohio Supreme Court.

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“How Same-Sex Marriage Points to End of the World” by Janet Folger

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

What do May 17, 2004, and May 15, 2008, have in common? One judge and a redefinition of marriage against the will of the people.

Both the Massachusetts Superior Court and the California Supreme Court by a one-judge margin redefined what marriage has always been in every culture and every religion for more than 5,000 years of recorded history.

Why does this matter?

As I wrote about in my book, “The Criminalization of Christianity,” Jeffrey Satinover, who holds an M.D. from Princeton and doctorates from Yale, MIT and Harvard, was on my radio program one day and I asked him about where we are in history. He explained that according to the “Babylonian Talmud” – the book of rabbis’ interpretation of the scriptures 1,000 years before Christ, there was only one time in history that reflects where we are right now. There was only one time in history, according to these writings, where men were given in marriage to men, and women given in marriage to women.

Want to venture a guess as to when? No, it wasn’t in Sodom and Gomorrah, although that was my guess. Homosexuality was rampant there, of course, but according to the Talmud, not homosexual “marriage.” What about ancient Greece? Rome? No. Babylon? No again. The one time in history when homosexual “marriage” was practiced was … during the days of Noah. And according to Satinover, that’s what the “Babylonian Talmud” attributes as the final straw that led to the Flood.

Read the Rest of the Article Here.

U.S. Commitment to Protect Israel Questioned

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Leaders of a pro-Jewish movement within Israel’s Likud Party do not believe President Bush’s recent comment to the Israeli Knesset that the U.S. has an unbreakable bond with Israel.

Manhigut Yehudit — the Jewish Leadership Movement of Likud — listened to the president as he told the Israeli government that Americans believe in Israel’s right to defend itself from extremists and “killers pledged to its destruction.” U.S. director Rob Muchnick says the president cannot make statements like that, and at the same time insist that Israel give up more of its covenant land to create a supposed Palestinian “state.”

“By George Bush pushing this state, he can only be saying one thing: that he wants Israel destroyed,” states Muchnick.

“The land [of Israel] belongs to the Jews — period! We’re not asking America to give Texas back to Mexico. We’re not asking America to give all of America back to the Native American Indians,” he continues. “In Israel, we are the Indians — the Jews are the Indians. So if the American Indians [claimed U.S. land], they raised an army and they took back Arizona, I don’t think anybody would say … it doesn’t really belong to them in the first place.”

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Senate Debating Amnesty … Again

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) has attached a measure to the Iraq spending bill that would award a five-year work visa to an estimated 1.3 million illegal immigrant farm workers and their families. It would also triple the maximum number of H-2B visas for lower skill, non-agricultural seasonal workers. The measure being pushed by Feinstein and her Senate colleague Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and will be voted on by the full Senate Wednesday.

Phil Kent with the Immigration Control Foundation says the country does not need more foreign workers coming into the U.S. until its guest worker programs have been reformed.

“The bottom line, especially in the era of 9/11, is we need to know who is here in this country. We currently don’t have that. We need to do border security first,” he argues. “The American people spoke very loudly last summer when we were debating more foreign workers [and] illegal amnesty, and now we’re back to this debate again. Feinstein, of course, [is] a long-time open borders advocate. I think the American people are going to say, again, to both parties: ‘No. Border Security first,'” Kent contends.

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Rescue of Girls in Nigeria Ignites Islamic Rampage

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

NINGI, Nigeria, May 19 (Compass Direct News) – Islamists under the auspices of a paramilitary force last week destroyed six churches to protest a police rescue of two teenage Christian girls kidnapped by Muslims in this Bauchi state town.

Police recovered the two Christian girls, Mary Chikwodi Okoye, 15, and Uche Edward, 14, on May 12 after Muslims in Ningi kidnapped them three weeks ago in an attempt to expand Islam by marrying them to Muslim men. Police took the two girls, who had been under foster care, to safety in southeastern Nigeria where their biological parents live.

The kidnappers had taken the girls to Wudil town in Kano state. Following the rescue of the girls, Muslims under the auspices of the Hisbah Command, a paramilitary arm of Kano state’s Sharia Commission, responsible for enforcing Islamic law, went on a rampage on Tuesday (May 13), attacking Christians and setting fire to the churches.

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Scientists, Theologians Debate Whether God Exists

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

WASHINGTON — Scientists hate God. Or find God very disturbing. In fact, modern science has found no evidence of God, and so it’s stupid to think God exists.

The above statements are often presented as conventional wisdom, but are they true?

A new collection of short essays, discussed here Thursday at an event at the American Enterprise Institute, responds to that question with a more diverse set of voices than is usually offered.

Edited by Skeptic magazine publisher Michael Shermer and backed by the John Templeton Foundation, the booklet features replies by 13 scholars and thinkers to the question “Does science make belief in God obsolete?”

The practical answer is, “Of course not.” Many people worldwide believe.

In the United States, the percentage of the population without a religious affiliation is increasing, but the majority still have one, according to American Religious Identification Survey 2001.

The faithful aren’t going away despite a golden age of scientific descriptions of the mysteries of life and the secularizing, culture-draining force of consumerism.

The answers offered by the booklet’s two theologians, eight scientists, two cultural commentators and one philosopher are more creative and sophisticated than the mind-numbing “culture wars” portrayed on television.

Some of the thinkers even found ways to synthesize or reconcile God and science without throwing up their hands.

The standard line

The standard scientific line on God is well-represented in the booklet by several of the writers:

— Science has failed to find natural evidence of God. Natural evidence is all there is. No God. Case closed.

— Slightly softer is this line of reasoning: Science erases the “need” for God as an explanation of our experiences, and God either doesn’t exist or is at best a hypothesis (to the agnostic).

— And then there’s the view expressed in the title of University of Hawaii physicist and astronomer Victor Stenger’s new book, “God: The Failed Hypothesis — How Science Shows that God Does Not Exist.” Stenger also contributed to the new booklet.

These arguments are old news.

Shermer, who describes himself as spiritual and agnostic, adds a cosmic twist, casting doubt on our ability to recognize God.

He claims that any encounter with extraterrestrial intelligence, should we go looking, is statistically likely to turn up civilizations that are far more medically advanced than ours and would have the ability to create life, so they will be indistinguishable from God.

“Science does not make belief in God obsolete, but it may make obsolete the reality of God, depending on how far we are able to push the science,” Shermer writes in the booklet.

Yet many scientists — 40 percent according to a 1997 poll cited by Shermer — believe in God. This isn’t big news to scientists, but might surprise people who rely on mainstream views of science.

A handful of those folks — including Jerome Groopman, a professor of medicine at Harvard, and William D. Phillips, Nobel laureate in physics and a fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute of the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology — are also represented in the booklet, arguing that the natural world and the world of faith are relatively separate, yet personally reconcilable domains.

“I think that we are all comfortable with the idea there are plenty of things in our lives that we will deal with outside of the scientific paradigm,” Phillips told about 70 members of the public who attended the discussion of these issues between himself, Shermer and AEI theologian Michael Novak. “And while I think faith is a particularly important part of our lives that we should deal with outside of the scientific paradigm, it is certainly not the only one.”

Read the Rest of the Article Here.

“Still Dead in Dallas. An Update on the Double Honor Murders” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Old News: The sisters, Sarah and Amina Said, are still dead; their father-murderer, Yasir Abdul Said, has not yet been found; the mainstream media continues its uncanny silence.

Said Sisters

Said Sisters

(images added by me. -ed.)

What’s New: The reward for Said’s capture has been doubled and Tissy Said, his wife and the mother of the two murdered girls, has been ejected from the home of her extended Muslim family. Her beloved son, Islam, (from whom she would not willingly part), has been sent away from her. The Said family presumably want him to be “around a man” (his paternal uncle in New York City) and not around his mother. According to Tissy’s great-aunt, the brave, outspoken, Gail Gartrell:

“I feel Tissy is in grave danger from her own son. This is what I think his uncle is working through with Islam in New York. I fear his return. All the nieces and nephews in the Said family are accusing Tissy of this being her fault. They have turned on her. They blame her for allowing her daughters to see American boys. She has become the enemy. When I spoke to Tissy, she seemed more upset about this betrayal than about anything else. She told me she did not care if he (Islam? or Yaser?) killed her or not. Now, her spirit is broken since her Muslim family has walked away from her. Tissy told me that she wants to be buried next to her daughters.”

Tissy is an American citizen who is about 36-37 years old. She was married to Yaser at fifteen.

Gartrell described being recently preyed upon by a local Texas reporter who said she was a private investigator–in an effort to gain access to Tissy. The ruse did not work but it sowed discord among family members. Gartrell and other great-aunts have, reportedly, been threatened online and warned not to write about this case. (One great-aunt was writing a book–she may no longer be doing so).

Gartrell tells me that no one can save Tissy but Tissy herself. She has to “contact the police for help. A detective said the only way to protect her was if she would be willing to leave Islam and go into hiding! ”

Why is the media so disinterested? Their disinterest makes it harder for the police to find Yaser and encourages the next honor murderer to strike. Chances are, he will not be successfully pursued. Chances are, the world will not much care. What about the young boys who tried to save Sarah and Amina and who remain in hiding? The media silence endangers them more each day.

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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.

Original Link to the Chesler Chronicles at Pajamas Media.

Not All Muslims are Terrorist, But Almost All Terrorist are Muslims

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

“Not all Muslims are terrorist, but almost all terrorist are Muslims”.
I thought about this statement as it floated across my mind the other day. Exactly who are the terrorist in the world today?
When I was a child, Arafat had just started his attacks on the innocent. The Cuban crisis seemed like it was introducing an airplane hijacking almost weekly. When one said terrorist, one’s mind jumped more to the Irish Republican Army more so than Islam. How that has changed.
“Islam” and “terrorist” are now almost completely synonymous.
Airplane hijacking has almost died away completely, let alone by Cubans attempting to return home. The IRA is pretty much non-existent these days. When one says “terrorist” today, one almost immediately thinks of Arab Muslims. Is this fair?
If one examines the current conflicts in the world today, regrettably, almost 95% of them are instigated or include Muslims. Aside from some eco-terrorist acts, almost all the others involve Muslims.
I’ve often said that stereotypes, although often unfair because they are generalizations, happen because a certain group is characterized in a certain way. They are characterized in this way because either a majority of their people meet this generalization or because a highly visible portion meet this generalization.
“Not all Muslims are terrorist, but almost all terrorist are Muslims”.
Terrorist meet the generalization.

New Bible Story Mural Coming Soon

Monday, May 19th, 2008

We have had so many request for the Noah’s Ark Bible Story Mural. I’m happy to say, when I talked to artist Doug Westbrook yesterday, he told me he is planning on having the first mural done by the end of June at the latest. The second one will follow shortly thereafter.
This is by far the most popular mural in the collection and if you have not considered this as an option for your Sunday school, preschool or child’s room, you should do so.
I’ll be sure to let everyone know when Mr. Westbrook is ready to accept orders for this wonderful mural.

Noah's Ark Part 1

Noah's Ark Part 1

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 created 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.

Parents to Sue Maker of Metal Baseball Bats Over Son’s Injury

Monday, May 19th, 2008

As a Little League umpire, I take a special interest any time I see an article concerning a youth baseball issue.
In any game I call, whether in Little League or one of the other area leagues/sports associations, player safety is paramount. I have stopped games on numerous occasions to correct perceived safety concerns. In most of those cases, the coaches look at me like I’m crazy. I even had to eject a coach who, after I asked him to address a safety concern, loudly criticized me about everything I did for the next two innings.
With that said, I want to chime in with my two cents worth about this issue; metal or wood.
Little League has spent a significant amount of money evaluating the safety concerns of wooden bats versus metal bats. Little League says it best with this statement:

“A common misconception is that lighter bats always translate into a baseball being hit harder. This is not the case, because there is a point at which a lighter bat (even though it is swung at a higher speed) does not exert the same force on the pitched ball as a heavier bat does. A simpler way to understand this is to consider a small hammer used to pound a nail: Although the small hammer may be swung with much greater speed, a heavier hammer (swung at a lower speed) will drive the nail with fewer blows because it has more inertia at the point of impact. This is why the non-wood bat manufacturers have agreed to the current standard – so that the non-wood bats perform at a level close to wooden bats, even though a Little Leaguer may be able to swing them faster. … Imposing a wood bat mandate could result in fewer players in the game. A more forgiving bat means more players have a chance for some success and therefore will want to play and enjoy the game.”

According to their records, in 2006, there were 78 reported injuries to pitchers from batted balls. When one takes into account that in a typical year, there are literally hundreds of millions of pitches being made, the number of injuries are negligible.
“Wait a minute”, you say. “That’s my kid out there and he is hardly ‘negligible'”.
I agree. It is hard to see our children get hurt. But there is a certain amount of risk associated with anything our children do. Such simple acts such as riding a bike, playing kickball, soccer or basketball have risk. Basically any physical activity can harm them.
This is where parents come in. If we, as parents, are not comfortable with a situation our children are involved in, then it is up to us to make them stop doing it. It’s called “parental responsibility. It will not make us popular with our children, but sometimes we have to be parents instead of “buddies” and “friends” to our children. Welcome to parenthood.

Now in this case, a Little League ball player, was injured by a batted ball that hit him in the chest and stopping his heart. Although he survived, he has suffered irreversible brain damage.
His parents have been talked into suing the maker of the bat, the sporting goods store that sold it and Little League itself.
Whereas this incident is tragic and horrible, why do the other players in the league and in fact all players associated with Little League have to be punished for it? It was a freak accident, a one in literately a million chance.
There is safety equipment currently on the market to assist in this situation. Here is just one example of one. I don’t have much experience with this item, so don’t think I’m endorsing it, but it is an example of device that could help prevent this type of situation from occurring.
I have seen something like this used before, but it was on a player who had heart surgery at a younger age and his parents felt that he might be less resistant to a hit from a ball.
I know the parents of this young man feel lost and trapped. They never asked for this happen. How tragic. They most certainly have my sympathy.
But is it right to pad the pockets of the lawyers at the expense of other children paying ball? I don’t believe it is.
Since I call games across four different leagues/sports associations, I hear many comments about the likes and dislikes of the “other” leagues. I can say this with complete confidence though:
Little League is more concerned with player safety than any other league I have called for.
Many people cite the principle reason why they leave Little League is because of the “excessive” rules that Little League imposes. But most of these rules are in place to protect the players.
Maybe local churches could step forward and offer to help with the care of this young man. Wouldn’t that be preferable to suing and lining the pockets of the lawyers?
At any rate, let’s continue to pray for this young man and his family.

WAYNE, N.J. — A New Jersey couple, whose son was struck in the chest with a line drive, is planning to sue the maker of a metal baseball bat used in the game.

Two years ago, Steven Domalewski was pitching when the ball slammed into his chest and stopped his heart. He was resuscitated but now has brain damage and is severely disabled.

The family contends metal baseball bats are inherently unsafe for youth games because the ball comes off them much faster than from wooden bats. The lawsuit will also be filed against Little League Baseball and a sporting goods chain that sold the bat.

An attorney says Domalewski will need millions of dollars worth of medical care for the rest of his life.

The bat maker says while it sympathizes with Steven and his family, the bat is not to blame for the injury.

Original Link.
Link to Little League’s “Facts Regarding Non-Wood Bats”.

Cartoons Lead to Arrest of Dutch Artist

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Another European cartoonist in trouble for criticizing Islam. Good free speech, hello dhimmitude.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, May 16 (UPI) — A Dutch cartoonist has been arrested following a lengthy investigation into allegations his work was discriminatory to other races, authorities say.

Radio Netherlands said Friday that the artist, who works under the pseudonym Gregorius Nekschot, was arrested and had a number of his materials seized as part of the ongoing investigation.

The investigation into Nekschot, who has kept his identity hidden since 2005, was initially brought about after an imam complained about the artist’s works.

The imam alleged the works were insulting and discriminatory against both Muslims and individuals of other races, Radio Netherlands said.

The radio report said while Nekschot was released one day after Tuesday’s arrest, Parliamentary Member Boris van der Ham has questioned why the cartoonist was arrested for his “extremely controversial” works.

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President Actually Criticizes Islamic Countries for Human Rights Violations

Monday, May 19th, 2008

President Bush actually took a firm tone with Islamic countries over their dismal human rights records during his speech to the World Economic Forum.
Of course we see the usual headlines from the mainstream media like this:
“Bush Lectures Arab World on Political Reform, Women’s Rights”.
We also see comments like this:
“Bush took a strikingly tougher tone with Arab nations than he did with Israel in a speech Thursday to the Knesset. Israel received effusive praise from the president while Arab nations heard a litany of U.S. criticisms mixed with some compliments.”
No media bias here…yeah right!!

There are people who claim that democracy is incompatible with Islam. But the truth is that democracies, by definition, make a place for people of religious belief. America is one of the most — is one of the world’s leading democracies, and we’re also one of the most religious nations in the world. More than three-quarters of our citizens believe in a higher power. Millions worship every week and pray every day. And they do so without fear of reprisal from the state. In our democracy, we would never punish a person for owning a Koran. We would never issue a death sentence to someone for converting to Islam. Democracy does not threaten Islam or any religion. Democracy is the only system of government that guarantees their protection.

Some say any state that holds an election is a democracy. But true democracy requires vigorous political parties allowed to engage in free and lively debate. True democracy requires the establishment of civic institutions that ensure an election’s legitimacy and hold leaders accountable. And true democracy requires competitive elections in which opposition candidates are allowed to campaign without fear or intimidation.

Too often in the Middle East, politics has consisted of one leader in power and the opposition in jail. America is deeply concerned about the plight of political prisoners in this region, as well as democratic activists who are intimidated or repressed, newspapers and civil society organizations that are shut down, and dissidents whose voices are stifled. The time has come for nations across the Middle East to abandon these practices, and treat their people with dignity and the respect they deserve. I call on all nations to release their prisoners of conscience, open up their political debate, and trust their people to chart their future. (Applause.)

Original Link to “President Bush Attends World Economic Forum”.
Original Link to “Bush Lectures Arab World on Political Reform, Women’s Rights”.

Al Gore Compares Global Warming Fight to World War II Fascism

Monday, May 19th, 2008

The Commander-in-Chief of the Global Warming Alarmist, Al Gore himself, has decided to equate the flight to con everyone into believing in man made global warming to World War 2. How anyone can “walk” on graves of our veterans in order to score political points in favor of a half-baked theory is beyond me. The mere fact that he has to use this type of rhetoric in order to push his agenda should call the whole “man made global warming” theory into serious question.

PITTSBURGH — Former Vice President Al Gore on Sunday told graduates of Carnegie Mellon University they could become part of the next “hero generation” in American history by solving environmental problems.

In a commencement address before a record crowd of about 10,000 people, the Nobel laureate said there had already been two “special generations” of Americans: the one that founded the country and the one that defeated fascism during World War II.

“You, I hope and expect, will be called upon to be part of the third hero generation in American history,” by countering the threat of global warming, he said.

“We face a planetary emergency,” Gore said. “The concentrations of global warming pollution have been rising at an unprecedented pace and have now given the planet a fever.”

Carnegie Mellon had provided “great leadership in confronting what I regard as the most serious crisis our civilization has ever confronted,” partly by becoming a major buyer of retail wind power, he said.

Alternative energy sources such as the sun and wind can replace fossil fuels, Gore said, but “we need one ingredient that you represent. We need political will; we need your dedication; we need your hearts.”

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Study Refutes Link Between Global Warming and Hurricanes

Monday, May 19th, 2008

There you have it. It’s really easy to “just say no” to global warming alarmist.

WASHINGTON — Global warming isn’t to blame for the recent jump in hurricanes in the Atlantic, concludes a study by a prominent federal scientist whose position has shifted on the subject.

Not only that, warmer temperatures will actually reduce the number of hurricanes in the Atlantic and those making landfall, research meteorologist Tom Knutson reported in a study released Sunday.

In the past, Knutson has raised concerns about the effects of climate change on storms. His new paper has the potential to heat up a simmering debate among meteorologists about current and future effects of global warming in the Atlantic.

Ever since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, hurricanes have often been seen as a symbol of global warming’s wrath. Many climate change experts have tied the rise of hurricanes in recent years to global warming and hotter waters that fuel them.

Another group of experts, those who study hurricanes and who are more often skeptical about global warming, say there is no link. They attribute the recent increase to a natural multi-decade cycle.

What makes this study different is Knutson, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fluid dynamics lab in Princeton, N.J.

He has warned about the harmful effects of climate change and has even complained in the past about being censored by the Bush administration on past studies on the dangers of global warming.

He said his new study, based on a computer model, argues “against the notion that we’ve already seen a really dramatic increase in Atlantic hurricane activity resulting from greenhouse warming.”

The study, published online Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience, predicts that by the end of the century the number of hurricanes in the Atlantic will fall by 18 percent.

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“LET ALL THOSE WHO ARE HUNGRY, COME AND EAT” by Fern Sidman

Friday, May 16th, 2008

The holiday of Passover has traditionally been one associated with a time in which families come together from near and far to fulfill the mitzvah of Seder night and recall our exodus from Egypt. While we sit at our Seder tables, we know that we join with all of Klall Yisroel in praising the miracles that Hashem did for us as we teach our children the timeless lessons of our heritage. For many Jews without families and community support, Passover can be a very lonely and disheartening experience. Moreover, due to the high cost of kosher for Passover food, many poverty stricken Jews find that procuring alimentation can be a tremendous financial stress as well.

For over four decades, Rabbi Chaim Prussman of Brooklyn’s Beth Shifra organization has been answering the call of the Haggadah, “let all those who are hungry come and eat”. Rabbi Prussman, along with a host of magnanimous volunteers have organized free Passover seders in several locations in the New York City area for Jews who are bereft of family to share the holiday with or lack the financial resources to buy kosher for Passover food. In addition to the free Sedorim, Rabbi Prussman provides free meals throughout the eight days of Passover, along with plenteous nourishment for the soul; as evidenced in the daily shiurim given by many prominent rabbis. This past year was no exception, as thousands of Jews flocked to the site of Georgie’s Wig Company on 16th Avenue and 45th Street in Boro Park to partake of the spiritually uplifting Sedorim.

“Several days before Pesach, close to 1000 people lined up to receive free Passover food,” said Rabbi Chaim Prussman. “It would appear that the economic downturn has affected many more people than we originally thought”, Prussman ruefully observed. He added that, “Singles and families were in desperate need of food and went home with a complete supply of shmurah matzos, wine, grape juice, gefilte fish, chicken, potatoes, carrots, onions, cooking oil and assorted Passover cookies and cakes”.

The first Seder night drew a record number of people as over 200 Jews sat together at the ornately decorated tables, chanting the words of the Haggadah under the leadership of Rabbi Shmuel Eliezer (Steven) Gershbein. Along with Rabbi Gershbein, the assemblage enjoyed the Divrei Torah of Rabbi Alexander Guth, a Lelover Chassid who is the educational coordinator of the Beth Shifra programs. Rabbi Guth is also the assistant to the vice president of J&R Music World. Said Rabbi Gershbein, “Our sages of blessed memory tell us that it is a great mitzvah to stay up all night speaking of our liberation from Mitzrayim. I must say that was indeed the case at the Beth Shifra sedorim. The first night we stayed up until 5:00 a.m. discussing the salient points of the Haggadah and the second night we stayed up until 7:00 a.m. The ruach was incredible as we had a Pesach sing-a-long at the end of the Sedorim. The olam enjoyed it so much they really didn’t want to leave.”

The second seder night drew a large crowd as well and as Rabbi Gershbein recalls, “We thank Hashem that we had very special rabbanim with us. I am honored to have conducted the seder along with Rabbi Ben Shmuel Yosef who also played a major role in the coordination of our educational programs.”

Subsequent to the Passover sedorim, many old and new faces returned for meals served three times a day during Chol HaMoed and the festive meals of the last days of Yom Tov. With great pleasure, Rabbi Prussman said, “Throughout the eight days of Passover we served over 2500 meals and those attending our meals reached new heights in ruchnius through our different Torah classes conducted on all levels. I cannot begin to thank Hashem Yisborach enough for allowing me to organize this program once again and I must thank all of our volunteers and rabbis. Their assistance was invaluable and I especially wish to thank Frank Vasile of Brooklyn’s Best Inspections Home Inspections, Inc for his tireless devotion and non-stop work for eight full days.”

Beth Shifra also sponsored Passover sedorim in Flatbush, Brighton Beach and Canarsie that saw a packed house at each location. During the year, Beth Shifra sponsors a variety of programs including the distribution of Shabbos meals to those in need as well as organizing free Chanukah and Purim parties. Rabbi Prussman also spends his time assisting Russian Jewish immigrants and ensuring that their children receive a quality yeshiva education.

One woman who chose not to identify herself said, “I really don’t know what I would do on Passover without the help of Rabbi Prussman of Beth Shifra. I am a widow, getting on in years and my only real family meets here every year on Passover. I truly believe that in every generation there are great tzaddikim whose acts of kindness penetrate the Heavens and Rabbi Chaim Prussman is one of them. In the zechus of his good deeds, may all of Klall Yisroel merit to see the coming of Moshiach speedily in our days.”

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.