Archive for May 14th, 2008

Pali Terrorist Attack Shopping Mall – Many Hurt

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

The Pali terrorist have hit yet another civilian target with their rocket attacks. This one hit a shopping mall and has injured a significant number of people.

JERUSALEM — Israeli TV stations are reporting that a rocket fired from Gaza has exploded in a shopping center in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. Channel 2 TV reported that an unknown number of people have been injured.

The rocket attack Wednesday afternoon came as U.S. President George W. Bush wrapped up talks in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Olmert told Reuters that the Islamist rulers of the Gaza Strip must halt attacks on Israel or risk military action on a hitherto unseen scale.

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Colorado Initiative Would Extend Protection to Pre-Borns

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Even in liberal Colorado, a majority of the people are in favor of curtailing abortion on demand.

More than 131,000 Coloradans have endorsed a plan to put an initiative on the fall 2008 election ballot that would allow voters to extend the U.S. Constitution’s protections to those who haven’t been born yet, something supporters say the U.S. founders intended all along.

In a campaign that opponents fret is a direct challenge to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision in which the Supreme Court discovered the right of a mother-to-be to abort her unborn child, the Colorado personhood amendment is a simple proposal.

“This proposed constitutional amendment will define a person in Colorado as a human being from the moment of fertilization, the moment when life begins,” according to a statement at the sponsoring group, Colorado for Equal Rights.

At a news conference today, Colorado for Equal Rights spokeswoman Kristi Burton was asked by a reporter about the “Christian” perspective of the campaign.

Not so fast, she said, because this campaign is based on “biology 101.”

“This amendment will establish a cornerstone for protecting human life in our society …. and we all know this is the right thing to do,” the organization’s statement said. “This campaign is not about the power of money – it is about the power of truth.

“We are giving Colorado voters an opportunity to vote their conscience and protect the most innocent and helpless ones among us. If life is protected from the very beginning, Colorado for Equal Rights believes that we can transform our nation from a culture of death into a culture of life,” the group said.

Abortion industry leaders such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado are opposed to the plan.

But such personhood arguments started gaining momentum after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the procedure known as partial-birth abortion can be restricted.

Groups including Focus on the Family noted it was the first court opinion in years that actually supported abortion restrictions and said it was a moral victory, while others, including the America Life League, countered that the court ruling actually would not prohibit a single abortion, just a way of doing them.

The Colorado plan targets a loophole U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun created when he wrote the original abortion opinion.

He concluded: “(If the) suggestion of personhood [of the preborn] is established, the [abortion rights] case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”

By defining the unborn as a person, supporters believe, voters can simply spread the covering of constitutional protection over them, too.

As WND reported, a recent Colorado case highlighted what supporters describe as the need for the change.

In that case, a Colorado judge dismissed some charges against a man who caused a fatal car crash, because the victim, at 8½ months of a pregnancy, had only been scheduled for a C-section to be born, and that had not yet happened at the time of the crash.

“‘Person’ is a defined term for purposes of the homicide statutes,” wrote Judge Richard Gurley in a March decision in the case involving the death of Lileigh Lehnen, the born-alive daughter of 26-year-old Shea Lehnen.

“The definition states that ‘person,’ when referring to the victim of a homicide, means a human being who had been born and was alive at the time of the homicidal act,” the judge said.

Lileigh Lehnen was born during an emergency C-Section after the November 2007 accident that was triggered when Logan Lage, 24, apparently drove on the wrong side of the road and crashed his vehicle headon into Lehnen’s car.

Lileigh Lehnen lived several hours and died of asphyxia, according to Mesa County Deputy Coroner Rob Kurtzman, who concluded the baby’s death was a homicide and said the collision damaged the mother’s placenta, limiting blood flow to the newborn.

Lage was facing a series of charges because of the baby’s death, but his public defender, Will McNulty, challenged them on the grounds that the state law excluded the baby from the possibility of being a homicide victim.

The judge’s order said Colorado law doesn’t allow Lileigh Lehnen to be considered either a “person” or a “child” at the time of the crash.

“This outrageous ruling is a clear example of they hypocrisy of Colorado law,” said Burton at the time. “If a child like Lileigh is not a person, what is she? There is no other answer. However, this case effectively illustrates the current state of our laws in Colorado and across the nation. Some states would recognize Lileigh’s rights as a person, yet Colorado does not. It’s high time we change this and clarify what a person actually is in Colorado. Our Human Life Amendment can lay the needed foundation to bring justice to people like Shea and Lileigh Lehnen.”

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Over 50,000 Dead, Missing or Buried in China Quake

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Please continue to pray for the victims of this horrible disaster.

More than 50,000 people are dead, missing or buried under rubble after China’s devastating earthquake, officials said Wednesday as the full horror of the disaster began to emerge.

Rescue teams who punched into the quake’s stricken epicentre reported whole towns all but wiped off the map, spurring frantic efforts to bring emergency relief to the survivors.

Planes and military helicopters air-dropped supplies, 100 troops parachuted into a county that had been cut off, and rescuers in cities and towns across Sichuan province fought to pull the living and the dead from the debris.

But the overwhelming message that came back from this southwestern province was that only now is a picture slowly beginning to form of the epic scale of Monday’s 7.9-magnitude quake.

State media quoted Sichuan vice governor Li Chengyun saying that based on “incomplete” figures, 14,463 people were confirmed dead in the province as of mid-afternoon Wednesday.

Nearly 26,000 were buried in rubble and nearly 15,000 missing, he added.

But far beyond the numbers is the human tragedy behind China’s worst quake in a generation as rescue teams claw through twisted metal and concrete.

They were looking for people like He Xinghao, 15, whose lifeless body was eventually pulled from the debris of a school close to the epicentre.

Like many other Chinese of his age, strict population policies had made him an only child, and he was showered with affection by his family.

“He was such a good and well-behaved boy. He always did his homework,” said his aunt, Ge Mi, as fresh tears flowed from her reddened eyes.

It was a scene repeated across Sichuan — a province often better known to foreigners for its endangered giant pandas.

The destruction around the epicentre in remote Wenchuan county is massive, with whole mountainsides sheared off, highways ripped apart and building after building levelled.

Cries for help were heard from a flattened school in Yingxiu, where people tried to dig out survivors with their bare hands, state media said.

“The losses have been severe,” Wang Yi, who heads an armed police unit sent into the epicentre zone, was quoted as saying by Sichuan Online news site.

“Some towns basically have no houses left. They have all been razed to the ground.”

At least 7,700 people died in Yingxiu alone, Xinhua quoted a local official as saying, with only 2,300 surviving.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said 100,000 military personnel and police had been mobilised.

“Time is life,” he urged rescuers.

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Minneapolis Kindergarten Students Target of Homosexual Group

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

The nation’s largest homosexual advocacy group is targeting kindergarten and elementary school students in Minneapolis with a program it claims is designed to reduce bullying. But a Christian law firm says the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) “Welcoming Schools” initiative is really about homosexual indoctrination.

According to HRC, the initiative is designed to create elementary schools that are “LBGT-inclusive” (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transsexual). It focuses on three areas: “family diversity,” “gender stereotyping,” and “name-calling.” But attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) have written Minneapolis school officials to warn them about the true intent of HRC’s purported anti-bullying program.

“The Human Rights Campaign can say what they want, but the program speaks for itself — and it’s designed to get kids to believe that their sex is not a biological fact, but an inconvenience that’s changeable based on how they feel,” [ADF attorney Austin Nimocks] explains.

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One in Five Democrats Set to Defect to McCain, Polls Show

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

(CNSNews.com) – A string of polls conducted by the Suffolk University Political Research Center over the past month–in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and, now, West Virginia–show that roughly 20 percent of Democratic primary voters are ready to vote for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in November if their choice candidate isn’t the nominee.

The latest survey, which questioned 600 likely voters in Tuesday’s West Virginia Democratic presidential primary, shows Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) trouncing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the national front-runner, by 36 points in West Virginia, 60 percent to 24 percent.

Obama may be his party’s presumptive nominee, but the Suffolk University poll indicates it is unlikely he can carry this battleground state that Democrats have won in eight of the last 12 presidential elections.

The poll shows that almost a quarter of Democratic voters in the state (23 percent) say they will vote for Republican nominee McCain in November if their candidate loses the nomination battle. (See Poll ). Only 40 percent now say they will vote for the Democratic Party’s eventual nominee no matter what happens in the primaries, while nearly a third said they would be undecided. Six percent say they will support independent candidate Ralph Nader.

That significant numbers of Democrats across a wide swath of northern states are saying they will shift their support to McCain in the general election if their first choice does not win the Democratic nomination could mean real trouble for the Democrats in November, said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.

“You want to know what the leakage is among Democratic voters,” Paleologos told Cybercast News Service . “It’s still around 20 percent. That is, in the four or five states we’ve asked this question, each time it’s about 20 percent or more, sometimes higher, where registered Democrat voters are saying they will vote for McCain in the general election. That’s a big problem.”

He said West Virginia is likely leaning Republican in the presidential race this year, but far from a certainty. He said Clinton would have been a long shot to pick up West Virginia, but “Obama would be a remote shot or a longer shot.”

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