Archive for November, 2008

Will U.S. Push Israel to Concede Biblical Heartland?

Monday, November 24th, 2008

JAFFA, Israel – The Palestinian Authority has asked the U.S. to impose sanctions on Israel if the Jewish state continues building any new housing structures in the strategic and historic West Bank, a top PA source told WND.

The source, who works from PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ office, said the threat of sanctions would be part a series of Israeli-Palestinian understandings to be guaranteed by the U.S. that both sides are trying to reach before January.

The understandings, the source said, would result in an eventual Israeli withdrawal from the vast majority of the West Bank, an area rich in biblical history and significance.

Last week, informed Israeli and Palestinian sources told WND that despite media reports painting a dismal picture of negotiation prospects, Israel and the PA are still quietly working to conclude a major agreement before President Bush leaves office at the end of the year.

Aside from a major West Bank withdrawal, the agreement would also grant the PA permission to open official institutions in Jerusalem but would postpone talks on the future status of the capital city until new Israeli and U.S. governments are installed next year.

A top source said the PA requested that as part of the understandings, the U.S. would threaten sanctions for any new Jewish construction in the West Bank.

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America’s Ignorance of Obama ‘Disturbing’

Monday, November 24th, 2008

The trend, by the majority of Americans, to accept Obama at face value without any attempt to actually learn what he is all about, is incomprehensible to me. Without introducing some kind of Satanic influence into the equation, I am completely at a loss to explain people’s willingness to follow this man without any hesitation.

Two months before the presidential election, Investors Business Daily (IBD) published an editorial entitled “Michelle’s Boot Camps for Radicals.” It revealed that Barack Obama was a founding member of the board of a publicly funded non-profit organization known as Public Allies, but he resigned when his wife Michelle became executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies in 1993.

The IBD editorial said the organization’s mission is to radicalize American youth and use them to bring about “social change” through threats, pressure, tension, and confrontation. On its website, Public Allies said the IBD piece painted an inaccurate, distorted view of their work. But the editorial points out that during the presidential campaign, Obama said, “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the military.

Gary Bauer, chairman of American Values, does not believe American voters did enough research on Obama before the election. “One of the things he has talked about is this universal voluntary public service corps. But there are some disturbing signs that this might be another one of these left-wing ideas that have motives behind it that are not entirely reassuring,” he contends.

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“How The End Looks” by Michael G. Mickey

Monday, November 24th, 2008

I continue to catch a lot of heat from those skeptical of the position of this small ministry for Christ, which is that Jesus Christ is coming soon, but, whenever I’m feeling beaten down or wearied, all I have to do is look at the news of our world today and compare it with Bible prophecy. That does the trick for me each and every time.

Rarely does a 24-hour period go by that I can’t find something in the news that I can point to and say to anyone, “THIS is how the end looks, according to Bible prophecy!”

Let’s review a few examples of recent findings I’ve come across that point to this being the case.

The United States on its way out as a superpower

Anyone who has examined Bible prophecy extensively or tried to answer the question of where the USA is located in prophecy has ultimately come to a very limited number of conclusions. Me? I’ve come to the conclusion that the USA isn’t going to remain the all-powerful nation it is today OR the USA, whether willfully or by necessity, is going to become part of the revived Roman empire of Bible prophecy we today refer to as the European Union, the embryo of the new world order to come. Looking at the news of late, I can see potential for either to occur.

Fox News is reporting the following, in part:

The next two decades will see a world living with the daily threat of nuclear war, environmental catastrophe and the decline of America as the dominant global power, according to a frighteningly bleak assessment by the U.S. intelligence community.

“The world of the near future will be subject to an increased likelihood of conflict over resources, including food and water, and will be haunted by the persistence of rogue states and terrorist groups with greater access to nuclear weapons,” said the report by the National Intelligence Council.

The analysts said that the report had been prepared in time for Barack Obama’s entry into the Oval office on January 20, where he will be faced with some of the greatest challenges of any newly-elected president.

“The likelihood that nuclear weapons will be used will increase with expanded access to technology and a widening range of options for limited strikes,” the 121-page assessment said.

Living under a daily threat of nuclear war? Environmental catastrophes occurring regularly? A world in persistent threat of armed conflict because of supply being unable to match demand for the earth’s ever-dwindling resources? All of this is inevitable. Because of an ever-growing human populace, the spread of weapons of mass destruction and evil world leaders coming to power periodically as they have throughout human history, these things are bound to happen! Not only that, it’s how the end looks according to God’s prophetic Word, isn’t it?

Not only can students of Bible prophecy see we’re reaching a critical point in human history, voices from the secular world are expressing concerns, predicting calamities galore even!

Christians, we have a lot of work to do – and not a lot of time left to do it, in all likelihood, this side of the Rapture of the Church, but let’s continue on the topic at hand for now.

I remember that it wasn’t too long ago that I was receiving quite a bit of criticism for suggesting that the United States might be overcome by the rising new world order being born in Europe. I’m not being laughed at so much anymore, particularly with, for example, chillingly reporting the following, in part (emphasis added mine):

The results of the G-20 economic summit amount to nothing less than the seamless integration of the United States into the European economy.

In one month of legislation and one diplomatic meeting, the United States has unilaterally abdicated all the gains for the concept of free markets won by the Reagan administration and surrendered, in total, to the Western European model of socialism, stagnation, and excessive government regulation.

Sovereignty is out the window. Without a vote, we are suddenly members of the European Union.

My theories? They’re not quite so outlandish anymore. They never were to me because I’ve read my Bible and folks? This is how the end looks!

Read the rest of the article here.

“Is Obama Embarking On Bill Clinton’s Third Term?” by Austin Hill

Monday, November 24th, 2008

“John McCain has decided to run for George Bush’s third term, and we can’t afford it.”

If Barack Obama stated that once during his campaign, he stated it hundreds of times.

And the fact that Senator McCain had alienated his own party by being a thorn in Bush’s side for much of the past eight years didn’t matter. It was a clever way for Obama to label McCain during the campaign, and by all indications, it worked.

So now, what are we to make of the return of the Clinton gang to Washington? As one liberal blogger noted, “Barack Obama acted all hopey and changey to get elected,” but now that he’s actually going to be President, he needs to staff-up with people “who actually know what they’re doing.”

That’s one way to look at it. But what are the implications of having the “Clintonistas,” and maybe even the Clintons themselves, in and around the Obama White House? It would be horribly naïve to assume that these “Washington insiders” will only bring their utilitarian value and “professional expertise” to the table, and will leave behind the policies, instincts, and sensibilities of 1990’s Washington.

So let’s not be so naïve. The passionate Obama partisans aren’t. The polling data on these voters released last week by John Zogby may have confirmed what many of us had suspected for months – – that millions of Americans who supported the Obama candidacy knew essentially nothing about him – – but that doesn’t dismiss the fact that Obama sold people on the idea of “change.” And based on the left-wing reaction to the Clinton re-emergence, “change” was taken to mean not merely a reversal of the past eight years, but an un-doing of the past couple of decades.

This has left-wingers outraged. Obama spent much of the past two years vowing to end the “senseless war in Iraq.” As he stood on stage with Hillary Clinton and John Edwards for those seemingly never-ending Democratic debates, he took every opportunity imaginable to remind us that he was the only candidate who had always opposed the war in Iraq. Yet, now he may be about to appoint a “war supporter” to head up the Department of State. That’s not “change,” and it’s not hopeful – – at least not to those who have been caught-up in the Obama trance.

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“When Science Points To God” by Dinesh D’Souza

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Contemporary atheism marches behind the banner of science. It is perhaps no surprise that several leading atheists—from biologist Richard Dawkins to cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker to physicist Victor Stenger—are also leading scientists. The central argument of these scientific atheists is that modern science has refuted traditional religious conceptions of a divine creator.

But of late atheism seems to be losing its scientific confidence. One sign of this is the public advertisements that are appearing in billboards from London to Washington DC. Dawkins helped pay for a London campaign to put signs on city buses saying, “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” Humanist groups in America have launched a similar campaign in the nation’s capital. “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness sake.” And in Colorado atheists are sporting billboards apparently inspired by John Lennon: “Imagine…no religion.”

What is striking about these slogans is the philosophy behind them. There is no claim here that God fails to satisfy some criterion of scientific validation. We hear nothing about how evolution has undermined the traditional “argument from design.” There’s not even a whisper about how science is based on reason while Christianity is based on faith.

Instead, we are given the simple assertion that there is probably no God, followed by the counsel to go ahead and enjoy life. In other words, let’s not let God and his commandments spoil all the fun. “Be good for goodness sake” is true as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go very far. The question remains: what is the source of these standards of goodness that seem to be shared by religious and non-religious people alike? Finally John Lennon knew how to compose a tune but he could hardly be considered a reliable authority on fundamental questions. His “imagine there’s no heaven” sounds visionary but is, from an intellectual point of view, a complete nullity.

If you want to know why atheists seem to have given up the scientific card, the current issue of Discover magazine provides part of the answer. The magazine has an interesting story by Tim Folger which is titled “Science’s Alternative to an Intelligent Creator.” The article begins by noting “an extraordinary fact about the universe: its basic properties are uncannily suited for life.” As physicist Andrei Linde puts it, “We have a lot of really, really strange coincidences, and all of these coincidences are such that they make life possible.”

Too many “coincidences,” however, imply a plot. Folger’s article shows that if the numerical values of the universe, from the speed of light to the strength of gravity, were even slightly different, there would be no universe and no life. Recently scientists have discovered that most of the matter and energy in the universe is made up of so-called “dark” matter and “dark” energy. It turns out that the quantity of dark energy seems precisely calibrated to make possible not only our universe but observers like us who can comprehend that universe.

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‘Faith’ Groups Oxymoronic in Exalting Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Supporters of California’s Proposition 8, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, are waiting for that state’s Supreme Court to act on several legal cases designed to overturn the vote.

Briefs in support of and against overturning the people’s vote on Prop. 8 are being filed with the court, including ones from some faith groups who are supporting homosexual “marriage.” Jim Garlow is senior pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego and notes an apparent oxymoron.

“To call themselves faith groups, assuming that means some tie with historicity of the scriptures, and then turn around and trash traditional marriage and exalt so-called same-sex marriage, is an incongruity,” he contends.

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Hamas Declares: “Factions Committed to Truce”, As They Launch Rockets Into Israel

Friday, November 21st, 2008

As usual, the Pali terrorist say one thing and then do exactly the opposite.
Why does the world even give these people the time of day, let alone trying to give them their own country?

Armed Palestinians factions are committed to the Gaza truce, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh declared Friday afternoon, hours after terrorists fired a Kassam rocket and two mortar shells at southern Israel.

“I have met with armed factions over the past two days and they stated their position clearly: they are committed to calm as long as (Israel) abides by it,” Haniyeh said at the end of Friday prayers in Gaza.

Haniyeh also denied there was tension with Egypt following the collapse of Egyptian-mediated talks between his group and Fatah.

“In day-to-day relations there may be differences, this is true, but it does not mean that there is a strategic tension with our brothers in Egypt,” Haniyeh said.

The Kassam rocket fired Friday morning hit an industrial zone south of Ashkelon, while the mortar shells landed near an IDF patrol north of the Kissufim crossing. No one was wounded in either attack.

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Prop. 8 Opponents Rejecting Democracy

Friday, November 21st, 2008

The outcry from the homosexual community against these acts of violence is next to nonexistent. They have the same thoughts as the Muslims; deep down they agree with the methods being used.

Brian Fitzpatrick, senior editor at the Culture and Media Institute, recently wrote a column called “Crouching Fascism, Hidden Media.” He says on November 4, a majority of voters in liberal California approved Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment declaring that only marriages between a man and a woman are valid in the state. But he points out that militant homosexuals have not respected that decision and have vandalized property, threatened people, and mailed white powder to Mormon churches. Fitzpatrick calls that “fascism.”

“Fascism rejects democratic values. We see outright rejection of democracy in California. We see people trying to turn to the courts,” he explains. “We see people trying to victimize or punish people who voted against them — and this is not the American way. It’s a very frightening cultural development.”

The national media, Fitzpatrick adds, has been AWOL concerning these incidents. “All we’ve seen is continued coverage of this issue as a civil rights battle or this issue as a blow against homosexuals and homosexual couples. We see emotional pitches,” he says. “We see no serious analysis of the significance of homosexual or same-sex marriage, whether it’s good or bad for society.”

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“Obama, the Bishops, and FOCA” by Dr. Paul Kengor

Friday, November 21st, 2008

A potential big battle has begun, one of special interest to all Christians and guaranteed to generate a lot of attention from all Americans.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a stern warning to president-elect Obama and his incoming administration, highlighting grave concerns over what will happen to unwanted, unborn human life. The statement was delivered at the end of the annual assembly that represents all American bishops—i.e., the full American Catholic Church. It was issued by Francis Cardinal George of Chicago, president of the USCCB.

The subject is the once unthinkable Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which Barack Obama promised will be the “first thing” he signs as president. As the bishops forcefully noted, FOCA would eliminate countless reasonable restrictions on abortion enacted by bipartisan legislatures—Democrats and Republicans working together—over the past 35 years, including parental-consent laws and protection for babies who accidentally survive an abortion. FOCA, wrote the bishops, “would coerce all Americans into subsidizing and promoting abortion with their tax dollars.” Every American would be complicit in paying for abortions—you would have no choice.

This would not only be unprecedented in American history but light years removed from Obama’s claim that he “respects” those with different points of view in the pro-life camp.

Most shocking, and of special concern to the bishops, is the fear that FOCA would eliminate the freedom of conscience of doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers—Catholic, non-Catholic, you name it—to not participate in abortion procedures at their hospitals. The bishops noted that this would be an attack on Americans’ free exercise of religion. FOCA “would have lethal consequences” not only for prenatal human life but for the most basic freedoms that living, working Americans have long held dear.

Further, the bishops dread that FOCA would require all hospitals with obstetrics programs to do abortions, a natural expectation given that Obama has spoken of abortion as a “fundamental right,” a basic government service, and a vital component of America’s “safety net.” He calls groups like Planned Parenthood a “safety-net provider.” The bishops fear that this aspect of FOCA would mandate Catholic hospitals to provide abortions, which would force the hospitals to shut down rather than compromise their beliefs.

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America’s Most Wanted to Air Segment on Said Sisters “Honor Killing”

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Dr. Phyllis Chesler has advised that the Fox Network show, “America’s Most Wanted”, is going to air a segment about Sarah and Amina Said, the two Dallas girls who were “honor killed” by their father.
We have extensive coverage of this murder, including statements from Gail Gartrell, the girl’s Great-Aunt.
The episode of America’s Most Wanted will air this coming Saturday, November 22, 2008, at 9pm est. The segment about the Said sisters will run for 13 minutes and will probably air as the second story of the hour.

Said Sisters

See the previous posts about Sarah and Amina Said:

  • Honor Killing in Dallas
  • “The Story is Bigger Than an Honor Murder in Dallas or What Happens in Dallas Stays in Dallas; Who Knew?” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Human Sacrifice in Dallas: No One Saved These Girls” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Raging Muslim Taxi Drivers in North American Cities” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Murderous Mothers. The Hidden Female Face of Honor Killing” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Still Dead in Dallas. An Update on the Double Honor Murders” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • FBI Calls Dallas Murder Case an ‘Honor Killing,’ Upsetting Muslim Group
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 1.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 2.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 3.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 4.
  • This coming Saturday, November 22, 2008, at 9pm est, America’s Most Wanted, which is Fox-TV’s longest running program, will fictionalize the heinous double murder of Texas-American teenagers, Amina and Sarah Said, by their father, Yaser Abdul Said, and, in my opinion, by their mother Patricia (”Tissy,”) as well.

    The producer told me that this created-for-TV drama will run for 13 minutes and will probably air as the second story of the hour.

    Gail Gartrell, who is the heroically determined great-aunt of the two doomed girls, insisted that the producer call me herself to verify that the show was, finally, going to run. (Thank you Gail!) The drama was “in the can” long ago but producers wisely delayed airing it until after the Great Election Madness had died down.

    Read the rest of Dr. Chesler’s post here.

    Pray For James

    Friday, November 21st, 2008

    Our friend, James, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The good news is that it is still in it’s beginning stages. We need to pray for James that God will heal him, that the doctors will know what to do to help and he will be given peace as he deals with this horrible situation.

    Obama on Board With China’s Forced Abortion Policy

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    Obama is an advocate of China’s forced abortion policy and plans to give our tax dollars to help fund the killing of innocent babies in China. What would keep him from enacting such policies here in America? People who claim to be pro-choice may wish they actually had a choice someday.

    Taxpayer-funded abortion will likely increase through president-elect Barack Obama’s pledged support of the United Nations Population Fund.

    President-elect Obama is expected to issue a stack of executive orders on his first day in office. Steven Mosher of the Population Research Institute (PRI) defines, in his own words, what that means. “If character is what you do when no one is looking, executive orders are what a president does without the consent of the public or even needing the consent of the Congress,” he says. “He can do these things on his own authority.”

    Mosher believes one of the first orders will most certainly designate American tax dollars for the United Nations Population Fund, which PRI investigated and proved was being misused in China seven years ago. PRI’s 2001 report called “UNFPA, China, and Coercive Family Planning” discusses research conducted in Sihui County.

    “We sent investigators to China to look into the U.N. Population Fund’s continuing involvement with forced abortions in China,” he explains. “We gathered the evidence that showed that they were complicit, they were absolutely involved in forced abortions and forced sterilizations.”

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    The End Game: Stages to Socialism

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    This is really scary…

    If you wanted to turn the United States of America into a socialist country, what strategy would you adopt? Joseph Stalin, the world’s top communist from 1924 to 1953, is reputed to have advocated the following strategy to William Z. Foster, leader of the Communist Party U.S.A.: “Work for more government intervention and control of the business activities of the people. In this way the American people will accept Communism without knowing it.”

    Stalin would be pleased with the trend in America since he dispensed that advice. He would be positively delighted with the recent partial nationalizations of the housing, mortgage, financial, and insurance industries during the Crash of 2008. He would be even more thrilled by the future prospects for socialism in America.

    The Democrats seem to have found the perfect strategy to replace free markets with government control. Their game plan is now clear: to move incrementally but inexorably from capitalism (free markets) to socialism (government control of economic activity).

    The first stage in that transition, the proverbial nose of the camel under the tent, was accomplished by earlier generations of politicians, primarily Democratic. It was to condition Americans to view government as a player, rather than a referee, in all sorts of previously private markets. That is, sell the voters on a government program for some worthy cause—nothing as radical as total government control, but simply as a supplementary aid in some important area of life, such as retirement, health care, housing, energy. Thus, Social Security was created to put a modest floor under Americans’ retirement income; Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to help poorer Americans afford homes; Medicare and Medicaid to help seniors and the poor afford medical care; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to insure bank deposits; the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp. to insure pensions, etc., etc., etc.

    The second stage in creeping socialism is to keep expanding government programs. This is easy in a democracy. Understanding the political dynamic so pithily summarized by the great playwright (and socialist) George Bernard Shaw—“The government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul”—the politicians who want greater government control carry the day. The party of Bigger Government—the Democrats—has skillfully employed demagoguery against all who dare question the wisdom or long-term financial viability of such programs, shamelessly and unfairly denouncing them as heartless and uncaring. This Democratic and democratic pressure intimidates some Republicans to become “pragmatists” who acquiesce in fiscally unsustainable policies. The result has been that Congress has repeatedly increased the vote-buying benefits, while avoiding the prudent, but politically unpopular, steps of maintaining programs on a solid financial footing.

    That brings us to the present. Today’s Democrats—some crypto-socialists, others not bashful about showing their socialist stripes—actually desire the fiscal mismanagement that bankrupts federal programs, because it precipitates stage three of their strategy: the crisis stage. During a crisis, the choice becomes whether to shut down the insolvent program, or to rescue the program since so many Americans have become dependent upon it. Few Republicans are willing to tell scared Americans that government can’t help them during an emergency (e.g., President Bush during the current crisis), and that gives rise to stage four.

    The fourth stage of socialism on the installment plan has dawned in 2008. It is rescuing programs in the crisis stage by nationalizing them. You can choose to believe that Congress was taken by surprise by the looming bankruptcy of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but it wasn’t. I wouldn’t be surprised if Barney Frank and other leading Democrats, who successfully blocked earlier Republican attempts to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, uncorked champagne bottles when Uncle Sam became the largest mortgage holder and de facto landlord in the country by nationalizing the bankrupt mortgage giants. They will celebrate again when the federal Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation goes broke and Uncle Sam nationalizes private pensions. Ditto for when the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation some day runs out of funds and banks have to be nationalized.

    Read the rest of the article here.

    Supreme Court to Review Obama’s Citizenship

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    This should put this issue to bed once and for all, one way or another.

    A case that challenges President-elect Barack Obama’s name on the 2008 election ballot citing questions over his citizenship has been scheduled for a “conference” at the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Conferences are private meetings of the justices at which they review cases and decide which ones to accept for formal review. This case is set for a conference Dec. 5, just 10 days before the Electoral College is scheduled to meet to make formal the election of Obama as the nation’s next president.

    The Supreme Court’s website listed the date for the case brought by Leo C. Donofrio against Nina Wells, the secretary of state in New Jersey, over not only Obama’s name on the 2008 election ballot but those of two others, Sen. John McCain and Roger Calero.

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    Homosexual Activists Engage in ‘Hate Crimes’ Against Christians

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    You can bet if the shoe was on the other foot, Christians would already be tried, convicted and serving jail time.

    Dr. Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (CADC) is calling on law enforcement to provide protection in light of recent assaults on the Christian community. A Michigan church called Mount Hope was recently attacked by a self-titled homosexual anarchist group called Bash Back.

    Homosexual activists, according to Cass, have made it a regular practice to protest outside of California’s churches, and he contends something should be done about it. “We’re calling for the police to protect people of faith for standing for traditional values,” he says.

    In a CADC article, Cass points out the blatant media bias by liberal news outlets. He believes, if the tables were turned and Christians were vandalizing the property of and physically assaulting homosexuals, “we would never hear the end of it in the media.” He notes because the victims are Christians and not homosexuals, the pro-homosexual media covers it up.

    Cass admits he wonders why the incidents have not been called hate crimes. “Had the same level of violence and rhetoric been directed toward homosexuals or their groups, there would be accusations of hate crimes,” he suggests.

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    Atheist Military — A Sign of the End Times?

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    The Secular Coalition for America recently held a news conference urging president-elect Barack Obama to, among other things, enact new rules against proselytizing and develop a new directive for all chaplains and commanders to eliminate public prayers from any mandatory attendance events for military troops.

    Gordon James Klingenschmitt is a former naval chaplain who says, unfortunately, the Secular Coalition for America will eventually get its way. “There is a day coming in the end Gordon James Klingenschmitttimes when the military will be forced to be atheistic because, in order for the eventual man who is the man of sin — the Anti-Christ — as it is describe in the Bible, for him to come to power and to stamp out Christianity around the globe, he’s going to need a good strong atheist military,” he contends. “That is the first step toward Armageddon, and I’m concerned about that. And I pray that President (elect) Obama is not foolish enough to lead us down that road.”

    Klingenschmitt notes he intends to watch the Obama administration very closely for the first sign of anti-Christian persecution, and when that time comes, he says he will blow the trumpet and sound the alarm.

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    Joy Behar of ABC’s “The View” Calls Home Schooled Children “Demented”

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    No one, including children, are safe from the so-called “liberal elite’s” scorn.

    “The View” co-host Joy Behar is well on her way to unhinged, if not already there.

    Earlier today, NB’s Justin McCarthy noted that Behar, in mentioning GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, said that “we all know that the woman is an airhead.”

    Michelle Malkin noted this evening that Behar also took an uncalled-for cheap shot at those who are involved in an important and growing alternative not only to the public schools, but also to traditional brick-and-mortar classroom education (video is at link):

    Behar show(ed) …. her contempt for both homeschooled students and parents: “A lot of them are demented when they’re homeschooled.”

    If this is “dementia” by Behar’s twisted standards, perhaps we need more of it.

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    Iran Produces Enough Uranium to Build Nuclear Weapon

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    Well, despite all warnings, the world has let Iran enrich enough uranium to build a nuclear weapon. This despite his unveiled threats to use them against Israel.

    Iran has now produced roughly enough uranium to make a single nuclear bomb, according to atomic experts analyzing the latest report from the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

    To date, Iran had enriched about 1,400 pounds of low-enriched uranium suitable for nuclear fuel, according to two confidential reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency that were obtained by The Associated Press.

    Several experts told The Times the milestone was enough for a bomb, but Iran would have to further purify the uranium fuel and put it into a warhead design — a technical advance that experts in the West are unsure Iran has been able to achieve.

    “They clearly have enough material for a bomb,” Richard L. Garwin, a top nuclear physicist who helped invent the hydrogen bomb and has advised Washington for decades, told the newspaper. “They know how to do the enrichment. Whether they know how to design a bomb, well, that’s another matter.”

    The report found the Islamic Republic was installing, or preparing to install, thousands more of the machines that spin uranium gas to enrich it — with the target of 9,000 centrifuges by next year.

    The report on Iran — which also went to the U.N. Security Council — cautioned that Tehran’s stonewalling meant the IAEA could not “provide credible assurances about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities.” And it noted that the Islamic Republic continued to expand uranium enrichment, an activity that can make both nuclear fuel or fissile warhead material.

    While that conclusion was expected, it was a formal confirmation of Iran’s refusal to heed Security Council demands to freeze such activities, despite three sets of sanctions meant to force an enrichment stop.

    Iran denies weapons ambitions, and Syria asserts the site hit more than a year ago by Israeli warplanes had no nuclear functions. But the two reports did little to dispel suspicions about either country.

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency also said Wednesday that a Syrian site bombed by Israel in 2007 had the characteristics of a nuclear reactor.

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    IAEA: Syria Site Hit by Israel Resembled Atomic Plant; Inspectors Find “Significant” Traces of Uranium

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    The farce that is the U.N. run International Atomic Energy Agency, believes that the Syrian plant that Israel destroyed last spring, “may” have been an atomic plant. Of course the fact that it looked exactly like an atomic plant and had “significant” traces of uranium in it, isn’t enough evidence for this corrupt and inept bureaucracy to make a determination.
    Of course if the roles had been reversed and this facility had been in Israel, the IAEA wouldn’t have even bothered to send inspectors before condemning the Israelis.
    IAEA Director Mohamed ElBaradei is about as non-biased as former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, was and current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is; in other words, he is very biased against Israel.
    Remember, Muslim first, everything else second.

    VIENNA (Reuters) – A Syrian complex bombed by Israel bore multiple features resembling those of a nuclear reactor and U.N. inspectors found “significant” traces of uranium at the site, a watchdog report said on Wednesday.

    But the International Atomic Energy Agency report said the findings from an inspectors trip to the site in June were not enough to conclude a covert reactor was there. It said further investigation and greater Syrian transparency were needed.

    Obtained by Reuters, the nuclear safeguards report said Syria would be asked to show to inspectors debris and equipment whisked away from the site at Al-Kibar in the country’s eastern desert after the September 2007 Israeli air raid.

    The United States gave intelligence to the IAEA last April that Washington said indicated the site was a reactor that was close to being built with North Korean assistance and designed to produce plutonium for atomic bombs.

    Syria, an ally of Iran whose disputed uranium enrichment program has been under IAEA investigation for years, says the site destroyed was a conventional military building and the uranium traces must have come from munitions used to bomb it.

    Damascus has dismissed as fabricated the satellite imagery, ground pictures of the site taken before Israel’s attack and other intelligence underpinning the investigation.

    “While it cannot be excluded that the building in question was intended for non-nuclear use, the features of the building, along with the connectivity of the site to adequate pumping capacity of cooling water, are similar to what may be found in connection with a reactor site,” said the IAEA report, sent to its 35-nation board of governors ahead of a November 27-28 meeting.

    It said photographs also revealed a containment shield similar in dimension and layout to those of atomic reactors.

    It said Syria had not provided requested documentation to back its declarations about the nature of the building nor granted repeated IAEA requests for visits to three other sites seen as harboring possible evidence linked to Israel’s target.

    Satellite pictures show Syria carried out landscaping of these sites to change their look and took away large containers after the IAEA asked for access to those areas, the report said.

    Other aerial imagery revealed Syria swept the Al-Kibar site clean after the attack and erected a new building on the spot. The IAEA will ask Syria to let inspectors take swipe samples from rubble, shrapnel and any equipment removed from Al-Kibar.

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    Supercomputers Break Petaflop Barrier, Transforming Science

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    Having worked with the micro-computer almost since their conception, I want to make one observation:
    GIGO – Garbage In-Garbage Out.
    A computer, no matter how fast, is only as good as the people who programmed it.

    A new crop of supercomputers is breaking down the petaflop (1015 -ed.) speed barrier, pushing high-performance computing into a new realm that could change science more profoundly than at any time since Galileo, leading researchers say.

    When the Top 500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers was announced at the international supercomputing conference in Austin, Texas, on Monday, IBM had barely managed to cling to the top spot, fending off a challenge from Cray. But both competitors broke petaflop speeds, performing 1.105 and 1.059 quadrillion floating-point calculations per second, the first two computers to do so.

    These computers aren’t just faster than those they pushed further down the list, they will enable a new class of science that wasn’t possible before. As recently described in Wired magazine, these massive number crunchers will push simulation to the forefront of science.

    Scientists will be able to run new and vastly more accurate models of complex phenomena: Climate models will have dramatically higher resolution and accuracy, new materials for efficient energy transmission will be developed and simulations of scramjet engines will reach a new level of complexity.

    “The scientific method has changed for the first time since Galileo invented the telescope (in 1609),” said computer scientist Mark Seager of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

    Supercomputing has made huge advances over the last decade or so, gradually packing on the ability to handle more and more data points in increasingly complex ways. It has enabled scientists to test theories, design experiments and predict outcomes as never before. But now, the new class of petaflop-scale machines is poised to bring about major qualitative changes in the way science is done.

    “The new capability allows you to do fundamentally new physics and tackle new problems,” said Thomas Zacharia, who heads up computer science at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, home of the second place Cray XT5 Jaguar supercomputer. “And it will accelerate the transition from basic research to applied technology.”

    Breaking the petaflop barrier, a feat that seemed astronomical just two years ago, won’t just allow faster computations. These computers will enable entirely new types of science that couldn’t have been done before. This new generation of petascale machines will move scientific simulation beyond just supporting the two main branches of science, theory and experimentation, and into the foreground. Instead of just hypotheses being tested with experiments and observations, large-scale extrapolation and prediction of things we can’t observe or that would be impractical for an experiment, will become central to many scientific endeavors.

    “It’s getting to the point where simulation is actually the third branch of science,” Seager said. “We say that nature is always the arbiter of truth, but it turns out our ability to observe nature is fundamentally limited.”

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