Archive for July 9th, 2008

Obama’s ‘Radical’ Plan Would Force Evangelicals to Pay for Abortions

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

The Christian Defense Coalition today launched a campaign to publicize Sen. Barack Obama’s position on abortion, a stance a commentary in the Washington Post described as “extreme.”

“He opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion – a practice a fellow Democrat, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, once called ‘too close to infanticide.’ Obama strongly criticized the Supreme Court decision upholding the partial-birth ban. In the Illinois state Senate, he opposed a bill similar to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which prevents the killing of infants mistakenly left alive by abortion. And now Obama has oddly claimed that he would not want his daughters to be ‘punished with a baby’ because of a crisis pregnancy — hardly a welcoming attitude toward new life,” Michael Gerson wrote in the Post.

Yet, Obama has been heard discussing his faith, a faith he calls Christian, and appealing to young evangelicals to support him.

That combination was too much for Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the CDC organization.

“Senator Obama talks about bringing hope, faith and change to American politics. We now see this is all just political ‘doublespeak.’ One of his top priorities as president would be protecting abortion rights and even expanding them. If elected, Senator Obama would become ‘The Abortion President,’ with the most extremist policies on abortion of any president in history,” Mahoney said. “Senator Obama’s views on abortion are so radical that he even wants American citizens to pay for them. This would include Catholics, evangelicals and all people of faith. He would also expand abortion rights through his passionate support of The Freedom of Choice Act.”

The coalition is publicizing Obama’s abortion support through advertising that uses the image of Uncle Sam, portrayed as a black, with the words: “I want YOU to pay for abortions.”

Kaitlin Clare, a spokeswoman with the coalition, told WND in addition to the various advertising that will be done with the image, it also will be used on handouts the organization is preparing to distribute to those attending the Democratic National Convention in August in Denver.

“It’s not meant to attack, but just to get the word out he is very liberal on abortion, probably one of the most pro-abortion senators in the U.S. Senate. We’re trying to inform people of that,” she told WND.

“He’s reaching out to young evangelicals, and wants change. He claims to be for social justice. You can’t do all those things and be for killing innocent children,” she said.

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Congress’ Approval Rating Plunges to 9 Percent

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

You think the presidents approval rating is bad, it looks stellar next to congress’.

This month’s release of Rasmussen Reports’ survey of congressional approval ratings serves a scathing reproach of politicians on Capitol Hill. For the first time since Rasmussen has been tracking congressional approval ratings, less than 10 percent of Americans say Congress is doing a good or excellent job.

Against President Bush’s much-publicized poor approval ratings, today’s poll shows Congress’ numbers have plunged to less than a third of the president’s.

The most recent report calculates a mere 9 percent approve of congressional performance, while a majority of Americans, 52 percent, say Congress is doing a poor job, which also ties a record high.

The Democrat-controlled Congress enjoys its highest rating among Democrat respondents, 13 percent of whom rated the Congress favorably. Only 8 percent of Republicans were willing to say Congress is doing a good job, while an almost non-existent 3 percent of unaffiliated voters gave Congress a positive rating.

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California Glaciers Keep Growing Despite Warming

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

But wait…the world is warming up. How is it possible that glaciers could be growing? In California of all places?
I understand how it is happening, but I had to grin at the irony of the location.

MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. — Global warming is shrinking glaciers all over the world, but the seven tongues of ice creeping down Mount Shasta’s flanks are a rare exception: They are the only known glaciers in the continental U.S. that are growing.

Reaching more than 14,000 feet above sea level, Mount Shasta is one of the state’s tallest peaks, dominating the landscape of high plains and conifer forests in far Northern California.

Nearby Indian tribes referred to its glaciers as the footsteps made by the creator when he descended to Earth. Hikers flock to Shasta’s peak every summer to scale them.

With glaciers retreating in the Sierra Nevada, the Rocky Mountains and elsewhere in the Cascades, Mount Shasta — the southernmost volcano in the Cascade range — is actually benefiting from changing weather patterns over the Pacific Ocean.

“When people look at glaciers around the world, the majority of them are shrinking,” said Slawek Tulaczyk, an assistant professor of earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who led a team studying Shasta’s glaciers. “These glaciers seem to be benefiting from the warming ocean.

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Iran Test-Fires Missile Capable of Hitting Israel, U.S. Bases

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Not a good thing for stability in the Middle East.
What is still amazing to me, is the fact that the Iranian president has not tried to hide his intent, but has done quite the opposite by broadcasting it to anyone who will listen.
In case you missed it, he intends to attack Israel with weapons of mass destruction.

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran test-fired nine long- and medium-range missiles Wednesday during war games that officials said aimed to show the country can retaliate against any U.S. and Israeli attack, state television reported.

Gen. Hossein Salami, the air force commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, said the exercise would “demonstrate our resolve and might against enemies who in recent weeks have threatened Iran with harsh language,” the TV report said.

Wednesday’s war games were being conducted at the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway through which about 40 percent of the world’s oil passes. Iran has threatened to shut down traffic in the strait if attacked.

The report showed footage of at least three missiles firing simultaneously, and said the barrage included a new version of the Shahab-3 missile, which officials have said has a range of 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) and is armed with a 1-ton conventional warhead.

That would put Israel, Turkey, the Arabian peninsula, Afghanistan and Pakistan within striking distance.

“Our hands are always on the trigger and our missiles are ready for launch,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Salami as saying Wednesday.

The report comes less than a day after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed fears that Israel and the United States could be preparing to attack his country, calling the possibility a “funny joke.”

“I assure you that there won’t be any war in the future,” Ahmadinejad told a news conference Tuesday during a visit to Malaysia for a summit of developing Muslim nations.

But even as Ahmadinejad and other Iranian officials have dismissed the possibility of attack, Tehran has stepped up its warnings of retaliation if the Americans — or Israelis — do launch military action, including threats to hit Israel and U.S. Gulf bases with missiles and stop oil traffic through the vital Gulf region.

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‘Inventive’ Argument Offered Against California Marriage Petition

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Pro-family law firms are accustomed to, shall we say, “inventive” arguments from lawyers representing homosexual activists. But Glen Lavy, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, says the latest challenge to the California marriage protection amendment defies logic. “This is such a frivolous lawsuit that we initially sent the court a letter and said, ‘This is not worth responding to unless you ask for a response,” says Lavy. But the court did ask for a preliminary response, to help judges decide whether to even consider the case.

The lawsuit makes two arguments: First, that the amendment is really a “revision” or re-write of the California Constitution so radical that it cannot be done through the amendment process. “To say that restoring the definition of marriage is a revision is an absurdity,” chides Lavy. “…[I]t really is taking the position that what the California Supreme Court did on May 15 was to revise the constitution and the voters can’t revise it back. That’s nonsense,” he argues.

The second argument is that the petition is misleading because it says the amendment would not change California law, which was true at the time that the signatures were gathered. “They are saying that should have seen into the future about what the court was going to do and put language on the petition as though the court had already done it,” Lavy continues

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