Archive for February 2nd, 2009

Virginia Man to Search for Noah’s Ark in Turkey

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

LYNCHBURG, Va. — It’s one of the most familiar Bible stories.

Saddened by the wickedness of man, God directs the righteous Noah to build an ark for his family and two of each species of animal.

Together, they ride the ark through 40 days and 40 nights of torrential rains that God unleashes upon the Earth. And when the waters subside, Noah and the animals return to land.

“That seems almost like a fairy story,” said archaeologist Randall Price, who is director of Liberty University’s new Center for Judaic Studies. “But we believe it was an actual event.”

This summer Price, 57, plans to continue on a journey to prove just that as he joins an expedition to Mount Ararat. His team believes that it is there, in Eastern Turkey, where Noah’s Ark remains preserved underneath layers of rubble and ice.

“There’s a whole trail of history pointing to it [Mt. Ararat],” Price said in a recent interview. “But in our age, people tend to think it is more of a story like Jack and the Bean Stalk.’ Our aim is to show that the Bible is good history.”

He pointed to Genesis 8:4, which states, “and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat,” in The New International Version of the Bible.

For centuries, expeditions have set out to find Noah’s Ark but have been unable to find any concrete evidence, beyond that of an unwavering faith, to support its existence.

Retired Continental Airlines Pilot Richard Bright, 64, has visited Turkey more than 30 times over the past 25 years in search of the vessel.

“We’ve received many leads over the years, dating back into antiquity,” he said. “We’ve had so many reports over the years, and they talk about the same mountain.”

Last fall, a new tip peaked both his and Price’s interest.

A Kurdish shepherd told them that he had seen the ark, and even climbed on top of it, when he was a boy.

The team hypothesizes that the ark is preserved in several pieces beneath a glacier on the mountain, and every so often the glacier recedes, exposing part of the vessel.

“That’s when he saw it as a boy,” Price said, adding that they had interviewed the shepherd and could find no reason to distrust him.

The shepherd asked for nothing in return, and agreed to lead Bright to the site where he said he had seen the ark.

Bright first climbed to the site in September. Then a team including Price, the shepherd, a mountaineer and several others made a follow-up ascent to 15,000 feet later the same month.

They found the spot, Price said, but it now is covered by an estimated 60-foot-deep pile of boulders. Price believes the landslide may have resulted from attacks against Kurdish rebels on the mountain, or perhaps from explosives that were set off to cover up the ark.

“It’s a very delicate and almost clandestine environment,” he said of the area, which is near the Turkish border to Iran and Armenia. “The danger level is high.”

But his team has negotiated with government and military authorities and gained access to work at the site starting this spring, Price said.

That’s when the team of archaeologists, geologists, explorers and other volunteers plan to start removing boulders.

By summertime, they hope to reach the glacier and use ice-melting equipment to access what they believe is preserved beneath. If a structure is found, they plan to take samples to have analyzed and dated.

But that may not be proof enough for some. Bright said people would have to make up their own minds.

“We intend to, God willing, find enough of it to at least show that we have an ancient structure,” he said. “If we find a great big structure up there that fits the dimensions, and if there are compartments in there, and it’s ancient What else could it be, way up there, thousands of feet in the air?”

Work also must be done leading up to the expedition.

Price estimated that the team needs to raise about $60,000 to pay for permission to use the site, to buy the necessary machinery and to fund about two months of work on location.

Bright said a discovery would “mean so much to so many, many people worldwide.”

“Keep your ear to the road, so to speak, this summer,” he said. “Because there will be discovery. The only thing that’s holding us back is to finance the machinery that we need.”

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This is what really happened to the ark…

Noah's Problem with the Beavers

OK, just kidding. I’m not sure where the ark is located or if it is still in existence, but I wish these folks luck in finding it.

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“Government Takes Over, Obama Apologizes” by Star Parker

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

The Obama administration, completing its first full week, wasted no time getting priorities in order. First, issue formal apologies to the world, and then begin advancing massive, intrusive government at home.

The president chose Arab television, Al Arabiya, to give his first sit down interview. He took the opportunity to confirm the long held Arab view that the real problem is America and President Obama apologized on our behalf.

“…America was not born as a colonial power,” he told the Arab viewing audience – implying we are now. And he regretfully confessed that “We sometimes make mistakes. We are not perfect.”

Sorry, but weren’t we the ones that were attacked? Do we not stand in long lines and disrobe in airports because of them? Does anyone recall anywhere, anytime hearing apologies from any Arab or Muslim leader?

At the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the president’s confidant and advisor Valery Jarrett continued with apologies. This time to the world’s business and political movers and shakers.

Ms. Jarrett told the crowd that this economic crisis did not occur by “happenstance” but is the result of our “profound irresponsibility.”

And the Europeans, Asians, and Russians couldn’t have agreed more.

“Chinese and Russian leaders blamed a free-wheeling U.S. financial system as the source of the global economic crisis,” according the Wall Street Journal.

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barraso proclaimed confidently that “President Obama is moving toward a European-style model.”

Our new president is a man of action as well as a man of words, so while he and his staff apologized to the world for who we have been, he began the task at home to make us a different country.

Under the pretense of economic stimulus, the president began in earnest his work to nationalize the American economy.

He lobbied all week for a pork-laden spending bill that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will add another trillion dollars to our national debt, which is rapidly becoming as large as our gross domestic product – the value of all goods and services that Americans produce in one year.

We should be thinking about King Solomon’s words in Ecclesiastes that there is “nothing new under the sun.”

Nowhere — anytime or anyplace — has economic growth and prosperity been created by government taking the money of its own citizens and spending it as it sees fit.

Now, we go beyond taking it from our own citizens and we’re taking it from the children and grandchildren of our own citizens.

Aside from the pure waste, government spending for “stimulus” and bailouts prevents and discourages the real adjustments that need to take place.

Read the rest of the article here.

Gazans Tell Israeli Investigators of Hamas Abuses

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Nuaf Atar spoke about the use of Gazan schools to shoot rockets at Israel. Zabhi Atar revealed that Hamas used food coupons to entice Palestinians to join its ranks and Hamad Zalah said Hamas took control of UNRWA food supplies transferred to Gaza and refused to distribute them to people affiliated with Fatah.

These are three examples of testimony from Hamas and Islamic Jihad men who were captured by the IDF during Operation Cast Lead. Details of their interrogations have been released for publication by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).

More than 100 Palestinians were captured during the three-week operation but most were released and only a few dozen – members of Hamas and other terrorist factions – are still being held by Israel, officials said. Some of them may be used as bargaining chips in negotiations for abducted soldier Gilad Schalit.

Nuaf Atar, 25, lives in Atatra, in the northwest Gaza Strip, and was captured by paratroopers on January 11. In his interrogation by the Shin Bet, Atar said Hamas government officials “took over” humanitarian aid Israel allowed in to the Strip and sold it, when it is supposed to be distributed for free.

Hamas set up rocket launchers and fired rockets into Israel from within school compounds since the operatives knew that the Israel Air Force would not bomb the schools, he said.

Palestinians who opposed Hamas’s use of their land and homes as launch pads were shot in the legs, Atar added.

“Atar’s testimony is evidence of Hamas’s cynical use of public institutions, such as schools, to attack Israel,” the Shin Bet said.

Another fascinating account was provided by Raji Abed Rabo, a 22-year-old member of Islamic Jihad and resident of the Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza. Abed Rabo told interrogators he was recruited into the organization at the age of 17 and began by distributing anti-Israel propaganda.

In 2006, he joined the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and underwent military training. In 2007 he returned to Islamic Jihad and was recruited to the Jabalya cell. His job was to conduct reconnaissance and gather intelligence on IDF movements along the Gaza border.

He stored weaponry in his house, including roadside bombs, and was knew of a number of tunnels that were to be used to kidnap and surprise IDF soldiers. He also told the Shin Bet about a large bunker that was built under Shifa Hospital in Gaza City and was used as a hideout for a number of senior Hamas operatives during the recent Israeli offensive.

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Bill Creates Detention Camps in U.S. for ‘Emergencies’

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Where is the outrage from the media and Democrats? They fell all over themselves to condemn Gitmo. Where are they now?
Oh wait, this plan was introduced by a Democrat. Well, that makes it OK then. It isn’t associated with Bush, so using typical Democrat duplicity, that makes it fine, when Gitmo wasn’t.
Who would go to these “camps”? What kind of “emergencies” would be used?

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., has introduced to the House of Representatives a new bill, H.R. 645, calling for the secretary of homeland security to establish no fewer than six national emergency centers for corralling civilians on military installations.

The proposed bill, which has received little mainstream media attention, appears designed to create the type of detention center that those concerned about use of the military in domestic affairs fear could be used as concentration camps for political dissidents, such as occurred in Nazi Germany.

Heed the warning of a former Hitler Youth who sees America on the same path as pre-Nazi Germany in “Defeating the Totalitarian Lie” from WND Books!

The bill also appears to expand the president’s emergency power, much as the executive order signed by President Bush on May 9, 2007, that – as WND reported – gave the president the authority to declare an emergency and take over the direction of all federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments without even consulting Congress.

As WND also reported, DHS has awarded a $385 million contract to Houston-based KBR, Halliburton’s former engineering and construction subsidiary, to build temporary detention centers on an “as-needed” basis in national emergency situations.

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