Archive for March 24th, 2010

Terrorists Could Use Explosives in Breast Implants to Crash Planes, Experts Warn

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Still think we can make peace with this people?
Try to understand…Islamic terrorist want to kill you…Period!!

Female homicide bombers are being fitted with exploding breast implants which are almost impossible to detect, British spies have reportedly discovered.

The shocking new Al Qaeda tactic involves radical doctors inserting the explosives in women’s breasts during plastic surgery — making them “virtually impossible to detect by the usual airport scanning machines.”

It is believed the doctors have been trained at some of Britain’s leading teaching hospitals before returning to their own countries to perform the surgical procedures.

MI5 has also discovered that extremists are inserting the explosives into the buttocks of some male bombers.

“Women suicide bombers recruited by Al Qaeda are known to have had the explosives inserted in their breasts under techniques similar to breast enhancing surgery,” Terrorist expert Joseph Farah claims.

The lethal explosives called PETN are inserted inside plastic shapes during the operation, before the breast is then sewn up.

The discovery of these methods was made after London-educated Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab came close to blowing up an airliner in the U.S. on Christmas Day.

He had stuffed explosives inside his underpants.

Hours after he had failed, Britain’s intelligence services began to pick up “chatter” emanating from Pakistan and Yemen that alerted MI5 to the creation of the lethal implants.

A hand-picked team investigated the threat which was described as “one that can circumvent our defense.”

Top surgeons have confirmed the feasibility of the explosive implants.

Explosive experts allegedly told MI5 that a sachet containing as little as five ounces of PETN could blow “a considerable hole” in an airline’s skin, causing it to crash.

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“The Lasting Images of Healthcare Reform?” by Michael G. Mickey

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

In my last commentary entitled “Seeing the Spin? ” I highlighted the mainstream media’s efforts to paint a portrait of everyone opposed to healthcare reform as radicals, racists, homophobes and the like. I believed then, and do to this day, it was nothing less than pro-liberal propaganda, the intent of which was and is to silence disagreement with the agenda of the current leadership in Washington – the leadership that acted in arrogant defiance of the will of the American people on 3-21-10 when it voted in favor of making what many have dubbed Obamacare the law of the land, which President Obama will make official today by signing the legislation into law.

By now I’m sure everyone has read at least one story of how violent, raucous, disruptive and menacing protesters against healthcare reform behaved in Washington leading up to the House’s late night vote, but does anyone other than me wonder where all the video footage of this outrageous behavior is?

Where is the footage of police officers decked out in riot gear having to beat the angry mobs back? Where is the footage of tear gas being deployed to bring those rowdy, hate-filled Tea Partiers under control? Hmmmm.

The focus of every news network in the western hemisphere was on Capitol Hill where we’re told this outrageous behavior occurred. The news media was on-scene in droves precisely when all of this purported madness was going on and yet, in spite of it, catching the Tea Party crowd’s media-hyped madness was apparently impossible to do, akin to catching good footage of Sasquatch rummaging through your trash can. Think about it.

Are we to believe that all we’ve heard went on, which has conveniently cast an “ugly shadow” over the GOP, the Tea Party Movement and conservatives in general, wasn’t captured on film by even one of probably hundreds, if not thousands, of network news cameras in the area? Apparently so.

Are we to believe that the protesting crowds gathered around Capitol Hill were comprised almost exclusively of violent, sordid and repugnant characters, hatemongers, racists, and homophobes? Absolutely and some quality video footage, particularly if the audio portion captured all of the hate-filled rhetoric we’ve heard was flying around in Washington, would’ve lended a great deal of credibility to the Left’s media coverage suggestive of same. But alas, gosh darn it, no one thought to dispatch a camera to capture the evidence! Imagine if you will a pile of liberal journalists all dying to get their hands on something to beat up on conservatives about and none of them – not even one – had the good sense to grab some evidence to show the American people what the ‘ugly face’ of the Right looks like? PLEASE!

Wake up and smell the coffee this fine morning, America! The fact you’re not seeing video footage of scenes like that isn’t because the Left didn’t bother to film everything taking place in and around Capitol Hill the night the Democratic Party betrayed the American people in furtherance of their own interests. The only reason you’re not seeing all that bad behavior you’ve heard so much about on a near constant loop on liberal news outlets is simple to figure out. Much like getting video footage of the elusive Loch Ness Monster sunbathing, it’s hard to capture clear footage of a needle lying in a haystack – even when you’re standing in the middle of it! Are you with me thus far, people? Don’t buy the hype because that’s all it is – background noise designed to interrupt the American people’s focus on an issue that is going to impact us all, potentially very negatively in the future.

The reality on the ground, here in the real world? Higher taxes are coming. Bigger government is coming along with a larger budget deficit. Meanwhile, the absolute right of the American people to determine the course of our nation’s future is being torched by the Left! These are issues we are, and rightly should be, concerned by. We can’t afford to lose sight of that. If we do because the Left is making much ado about nothing, trying to silence us by making us believe we don’t want to be associated with those mean ole’ hate-filled Tea Party people, they are going to defeat us time and time again. And who are we? Who is “us”?

When I refer to “us”, I’m not talking about us as members of the GOP, Tea Party Movement, Christians, or any other group. I’m talking about us as in the vast majority of voting Americans, most of whom are conservative people, something which gets blurred at times due to political party alliances, some of which have been handed down to us like family heirlooms. Am I right or am I right?

I know people right now who vote exclusively based on a candidate’s party affiliation. Why? Because they are registered to vote as a Democrat or Republican, of course. And why is that true? Sometimes for no better reason than their parents held allegiance to that party forty years ago! We all know people like that, don’t we? They head to the polling booths like worker bees every time they’re opened but have no idea what the person they’re voting for actually stands for! They’re simply there to punch the ticket in accordance with family tradition. That has to stop, people! Believe it or not, what is right or wrong for our nation isn’t exclusive to any political party and, largely thanks to liberal mainstream media bias, we can’t afford to make our decisions based solely on what we see on television and read in the newspapers.

I posted video to my site yesterday of Democrat and activist Al Sharpton saying, in a television interview filmed during coverage of the ‘historic’ events of 3-21-10, that America overwhelmingly voted in favor of socialism when it voted for Barack Obama in 2008. As Al put it in so many words, Barack Obama has never been vague about what his plans were for America! He promised change, we voted for change and now we’re getting change! President Obama acknowledged this in his healthcare reform victory speech when he said, “This is what change looks like.”

I hate to admit it, but Sharpton is right. Like many other conservatives, some Christian and some not, I questioned President Obama’s self-confessed affinity for Marxist professors from back in his college years, his many ties to racist, radical and anti-semitic individuals, not to mention his former membership in Chicago’s socialist New Party leading up to his election. Sadly, however, the Leftist media machine provided more than enough cover for President Obama to duck behind, drowning out the warning cries and here we are! Hopefully, having already come at a heavy price, our lesson is learned, that lesson being we, as in all of us, need to take advantage of the resources available to us here in the information age and do everything within our power to know something about the people we vote to be influential leaders in our nation.

What images will you carry away from this experience?

As President Obama has acknowledged, we have traveled down a long road to get to where we are today, the day that the best healthcare system in the entire world will be signed away to an uncertain future.

What does the future of healthcare look like for us? I don’t know but as someone who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder struggling and, thus far, winning a battle not to become a diabetic, a father who has a 22-year-old daughter struggling to win an ongoing fight against melanoma, I’m more than a little apprehensive concerning the impact Obamacare is going to have on my future, as well as the impact it is going to have on people I know and love. This is especially true in light of the fact that virtually no one outside the Obama administration seems capable of forecasting a bright future for medicine in the United States or our wallets as a result of what the Democrats have done against our will – an act so despised that President Obama is going to go on a campaign-style tour of America in an effort to sell us on it, which the mainstream media is going to stream into our ears until they start to bleed, which will be bad as we can no longer afford to be ill or injured in the United States.

What I hope those who were and remain opposed to healthcare reform will refuse to carry away from the events of recent days is the ugly image the mainstream media is striving to project upon us, both because it isn’t a truthful assessment of our character and due to the content of a Fox News story investigating all the claims of unruly and indecent behavior.

According to the Fox News story, rumors of protesters hurling “anti-gay and racist epithets” at lawmakers are being challenged by Tea Party supporters. A black Tea Party activist from Nevada named William Owens, for example, is quoted in the story as saying, “Never did I hear any type of racial slur.” Owens wasn’t alone. The story reports that “Kay Fischer, a protester from North Carolina, said she was watching the black lawmakers walk by and, like Owens, heard nothing of the sort.” YouTube videos of the black congressmen in question walking by have audio of people yelling for them to “kill the bill” and nothing more according to the story.

And then there was the much-ballyhooed insult hurled at gay Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank. According to the aforementioned Kay Fischer, it was Barney Frank who first used colorful language in that incident. The following is an excerpt from the story describing that encounter:

She [Kay Fishcher] said she and a half-dozen other protesters were waiting outside a committee room in the Longworth House Office Building on Saturday for about 45 minutes when Frank finally emerged. He was mobbed by reporters, she said, and the protesters started shouting things like, “Kill the bill.” Then she said Frank snapped at them.

“He looked at me and said, ‘F— you,'” she said.

Shortly after that, she said, a tall man with brown hair, who hadn’t been chanting with the other protesters at all, walked up and said “fag” to Frank.

This has started to sprout some conspiracy theories.

Fischer said the protesters immediately admonished him and told him not to say things like that.

“I have gay friends. … There were a bunch of people moaning like, ‘Oh God,'” she said.

But she said the guy “disappeared” quickly and that was the end of it.

Fischer said she has no idea where he came from, and alleged he was a plant, though she couldn’t prove it.

“I think it was staged,” she said.

Talk about an overhyped incident! One guy – literally ONE – insulted a congressman who had first cursed at someone else, a woman no less, and subsequently walked away and this is what the liberal news media is using to paint all healthcare reform opponents in a negative light? Ladies and gentlemen, as a retired police officer I can tell you that I have been called far worse for far less and, unlike Barney Frank and the Democrats, I promise you I was acting in the best interests of those I had sworn an oath to protect each and every time.

Stay strong, American people! Stand up for the things you believe in regardless of how much baloney the mainstream media feeds you suggestive that you’re something akin to insane for having deep reservations about healthcare reform if not outright contempt for it!

None of us are under any obligation to agree 100% with one another on any topic of concern or discussion. Isn’t that a large part of what has set us apart from nations all over the world for over 200 years now? Our ability to exchange ideas freely? To debate our positions held, even if we occasionally scream over top of one another in the process?

At the end of the day, isn’t everything we debate and disagree on, from healthcare to religion to all things political in nature, about our values and beliefs, all of us hoping to do what is best for our nation? I certainly hope and pray so.

The moment we, as a nation, stop standing up for the things we believe in, demanding that the Constitution be held in the highest of esteem with our elected government officials acting in a manner representative of our collective will, our beloved Republic with its rich history of success and prosperity will be no more.

“The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men.” -Samuel Adams-

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Gay Jesus Play Called Blasphemous

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

The liberal left, from the “hollowed” halls of “higher” education, have chosen to take yet another stab at Christians; this time by portraying Jesus as a homosexual. (Hat tip to Hal).

STEPHENVILLE, Texas – Security will be increased at Tarleton State University when a play in which Jesus is portrayed as gay will be presented on Saturday.

The production called “Corpus Christi” is being directed by student John Jordan Otte, who says he wants to offer a play that portrays tolerance and unconditional love.

Critics say the play is blasphemous.

School police Chief Justin Williams says university officers will be assisted with security by police in Stephenville, a city of 17,000 located 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio has said the play will be allowed because the school is committed to protecting and preserving freedom of thought, speech and expression. [unless it’s Christian, then, of course, it would be banned. -ed]

A scheduled student production that is part of an undergraduate theatre class at Tarleton State University will consist of four different one-act plays. All material is chosen, acted, produced and directed by students. It is a class assignment and not a university production.

One of the plays, “Corpus Christi,” is set in modern times in Texas and depicts a gay man whose life the playwright parallels to that of Christ in an attempt to seek higher awareness of Christ’s difficulties and torments. According to theater critics and the playwright, the overall theme is about tolerance and acceptance.

The university understands that the student’s selection of this particular material is offensive to some members of the Tarleton community. We value civility and always regret the use of words or actions that offend others.

“Having lived in Stephenville for more than 20 years, I am very committed to this community and I take care when selecting productions,” said Mark Holtorf, associate professor of theatre at Tarleton.

According to Holtorf, “The performance of “Corpus Christi” is being done in an advanced directing class. It is a class assignment, not a play intended for the general public. It is not part of our theatre season. The play was selected by a student, paid for by a student and will be performed by students as a part of that class.

“As a faculty member, it is my role to help students consider the implications of their choices, and I have done that in this case. However, it is not my role to censor the students’ selections of material for an advanced class. I must hold that freedom of artistic expression as a cornerstone of education. The First Amendment of the Constitution grants that freedom to all. If we censor one, we censor all.”

Public universities are expected to provide for students, faculty and staff the same constitutional freedoms afforded the general public, particularly in such areas as freedom of thought, speech and expression. Perhaps nowhere in our society are these freedoms more debated than in the fine arts. It is the case from time to time that a public university will be the site of a particular play, a specific speech, an art exhibit or reading of a piece of literature, poetry or prose that is viewed both within and without the university as offensive to some, as art by others.

Tarleton has reviewed this matter with legal counsel and confirmed that free speech is protected on the campuses of Texas public universities.

“The law clearly supports the students in the exercise of their rights granted under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” according to The Texas A&M University System Office of General Counsel. In addition to the students’ rights, there are important academic freedom rights of the faculty involved.

Tarleton State University understands that some persons may be offended by a performance, speech or other form of expression on campus. At the same time, the university as a public institution of higher learning is committed to protecting and preserving the freedoms of thought, speech and expression.

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Pray for PFC Bowe Bergdahl Who is a Captive in Afghanistan

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Julia emailed us to ask us to pray for Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.

We need to pray for PFC Bergdahl. Julia specifically asked that we pray:
1) That God would give him strength, that He would guard Bowe’s heart, mind, body and soul.
2) That Bowe would stand strong in Jesus.
3) That Bowe would come home safely, SOON.
4) That to God will be the glory.

Please join me in praying for PFC Bergdahl, his family & friends and for all the brave people of our armed services who keep us protected.

Honor our Military.

“A NEVER ENDING SIMCHA – THE TWO BAR MITZVAHS FOR BARUCH SHLOMO” by Fern Sidman

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

As reported in the last issue of The Jewish Connection, a special Bar Mitzvah celebration was held on Rosh Chodesh Adar, Sunday February 14th, for a very special boy named Baruch Shlomo HaLevi Gershbein, but is appears that yet another Bar Mitzvah was held for this much loved boy on Sunday, March 7th and was organized in conjunction with the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and Mishkan. As previously reported, Baruch Shlomo was diagnosed with autism and PDD-NOS as a toddler and while his severely limited verbal and comprehensive skills may militate against his pronunciations of the appropriate blessings, his family was determined to afford him the same opportunity as other Jewish boys of his age.

On Sunday morning, February 14th, 50 plus guests including family and friends gathered at Congregation Khal Bnei Yisroel located in the Midwood section of Brooklyn to partake in the glorious celebration. As Baruch Shlomo completed his stalwart attempt to recite the blessings, a palpable joy filled the synagogue as the congregation burst forth with strains of “Siman Tov u’Mazel Tov” the traditional words sung at a simcha (joyous occasion). “I have known Baruch Shlomo since the day he was born and I can sincerely say that he is a simply adorable boy who radiates a certain “Chein” (charm and love) and his infectious smile lights up the world” said Frimet Tzirel Rosenblatt, a close family friend. Among those thanking the assemblage for their unwavering support and encouragement were Baruch Shlomo’s parents, Rabbi Steven Gershbein, Baruch’s mother Chaviva Gershbein, his paternal grandparents, Stanley and Carol Gershbein of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and his great Aunt Lila of Oceanside, New York.

During his speech, the boy’s father, Rabbi Steven (Shmuel) Gershbein (a noted Brooklyn attorney specializing in representing the civil rights of the handicapped community as well as a rabbi dedicated to opening up the riches of Judaism to special needs individuals) spoke of the joys and challenges of raising a special needs child. “Baruch Shlomo have never given me a moment of sorrow. He gives me no pain. He has only given me joy. Raising a special needs child is hard. It is challenging and anyone who tells you that it is not an arduous, back breaking and soul crushing task is not telling the truth. While the challenges are indeed far greater than in raising a non-special needs child, so too are those moments of intensified sweetness when your autistic child permits you to make eye contact and your heart swells with love”, he said.

The synagogue event was made even more lively by the musical stylings of Rabbi Hazan and Yankel Glazerson.

On Sunday, March 7th, those sentiments were repeated as Baruch Shlomo was treated to yet another joyous Bar Mitzvah celebration organized in conjunction with The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and Mishkan. Nearly 100 people including more than three dozen profoundly handicapped and special needs individuals assembled to declare a hearty “Mazel Tov” to Baruch Shlomo and his family. Special dignitaries were also present including Vic and Paula Zorros, Rabbi Chaim Prussman of Beth Shifra, Rabbi Alexander Guth (luthier to the Gedolim) and Professor Morris Wurm. Performing during the gourmet meal served on that day was the incomparable group, Ta Shma. Their presence made that occasion even more memorable for all involved.

During his speech entitled, “The Handicapped and The Strong”, Rabbi Gershbein described the truly handicapped as “those who do not understand how to relate to the special needs community”. He said that “the strong are the autistic and the retarded who try so hard despite their perceived limitations”. He also heaped praise and accolades on the parents, siblings and caregivers of special needs individuals.

Rabbi Chaim Prussman of Beth Shifra, who is renowned for organizing free sedorim and meals for the poor on Passover and throughout the year, is also a Cohen and as such delivered a special benediction and invoked Hashem’s compassion for Baruch Shlomo, his family and all of the guests.

One of the representatives of the JBFCS and Mishkan said, “This was a very interesting experience for us. By working with Rabbis Gershbein and Prussman, we were able to put together an event which was actually inclusive of the families of these (individuals with special needs) young men and women as well as sensitive to the traditions of Judaism. We hope to take what we learned today and be able to hold future gatherings which comply with Orthodox law and lore.”

In honor of this most auspicious Bar Mitzvah, Rabbi Prussman of Beth Shifra along with The Law Offices of Steven L. Gershbein, Esq. and Ohel Chaya (an organization founded to promote autism awareness) donated more than one hundred stuffed animals and puppets based on the themes of the upcoming Passover holiday. Every attendee was able to take several for himself and/or family members and each person present received a cupcake with a “B” for Baruch written in icing after partaking in an exquisite gourmet meal.

Members of the clergy representing various denominations were also in attendance and expressed just how impressed they were by the “love in the room” and each committed himself to be of service to the handicapped communities of Borough Park and Flatbush in the months and years to come. “This is the first traditional Jewish event that I’ve ever attended and I am so incredibly inspired by this holy community of wonderful people”, said a well known minister of the Crown Heights community. “Because of what I’ve witnessed here today, I will be involving my congregation in volunteer efforts to aid people in wheelchairs starting this Sunday”, he continued.

Spearheaded by Rabbi Gershbein, a new group is in formation that will encourage the clergy at large to be more inclusive of the blind, deaf and otherwise special needs community in religious life. Several prominent clergy members have already volunteered to sit on the organizing and steering committees “The group will not address religious issues directly”, declared Rabbi Gershbein, “but will advise men of the cloth, so it will not violate the edict of Rav Soloveitchik ZT’L”, he continued. “We are thrilled at the fact that my son’s bar mitzvah could inspire so many people of so many different backgrounds and faiths to become active in our very special community. May Hashem continue to give us all the strength and courage to do His will and may we spread genuine compassion and kindness to all humanity, and, by doing so, bring The True and Complete Redemption”.

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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.