Archive for April 7th, 2010

No Response From West Virginia Miners to Rescuers Banging on Pipes

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Please pray for these people; that the missing miners will be found alive and for the families and friends of the miners killed in this horrible disaster.

MONTCOAL, West Virginia — Rescuers have gotten no response from possible survivors to sound signals sent deep into a West Virginia coal mine where a blast killed 25 people and left four miners missing in the worst U.S. mining accident in over two decades.

Gov. Joe Manchin told an early morning news briefing Wednesday that rescue workers have banged on a drill pipe that reaches into the Upper Big Branch Mine.

“We did not get any response back,” Manchin said. Officials said they also plan to set off a small explosion on the surface to send a seismic signal down to the mine.

Manchin also said that rescue workers have finished drilling a first vent hole in an attempt to remove toxic gas from the mine. They are trying to make a section of the mine safe enough for rescuers to search for the miners as hope for their survival grew dim.

Gov. Joe Manchin noted that the first completed hole entered the section about a football field’s length away from the rescue chamber where officials hope the miners sought refuge from toxic gas.

Crews continue to drill three additional holes, all of which are meant to monitor the section’s air and ventilate it with high pressure fans.

Two days after the blast that also left two hospitalized, the buildup of methane gas and carbon monoxide was too dangerous for anyone to enter and look for the last of the missing or to recover the bodies of 18 known dead.

Seven bodies were brought out after Monday afternoon’s blast rocked the mine.

Once the mine is ventilated, teams would need four or five hours to reach the area where officials believe the miners are about 1,000 feet beneath the surface, said Chris Adkins, chief operating officer for Massey Energy Co., which owns the mine. The long section is about 20 feet wide with barely enough room to stand, a safety official said.

Searchers would have to navigate in the darkness around debris from structures shattered by the explosion and around sections of track that were “wrapped like a pretzel,” said Kevin Stricklin, an administrator from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.

“There’s so much dirt and dust and everything is so dark that it’s very easy, as hard as it may seem to any of us outside in this room, to walk by a body,” Stricklin said.

The missing miners might have been able to reach airtight chambers stocked with food, water and enough oxygen for four days. But rescue teams checked one of two chambers nearby and found it empty. Unsafe conditions prevented them from reaching the second.

Manchin said he continues to meet with the families, but had no updates regarding the two injured miners pulled to the surface after the explosion.

“The families are very resilient,” said the governor, flanked by state and federal safety officials. “They know the odds are against us.”

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National Geographic Contorts to Prove Biblical Plagues of Egypt “Natural Events”

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

The amount of contorting National Geographic is having to go to in order to “prove” the Bible wrong would keep a chiropractor in business for years.
We posted earlier about a show they ran on Easter Sunday, of all times, trying to prove the Biblical plagues of Egypt were mostly caused by a volcano.
I had a chance to view part of the program last night. Also, let me quote part of their blog on the topic.
From the blog (emphasis mine):

For me, the most heart-rending scene in the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille epic The Ten Commandments is the scene in which the Pharaoh, portrayed by Yul Brynner, pleads with a statue of Sokar, the falcon-headed Egyptian god of the underworld, to resurrect his firstborn son. The Pharaoh’s child, of course, has died in the last of the 10 plagues inflicted upon Egypt by the God of Moses, intended to force the Pharaoh to release the Israelites from bondage.

“I who have denied the gods of Egypt bow before you now. Show that you have power above the God of Moses. Restore the life He has taken from my son. Guide back his soul across the Lake of Death into the place of living men, and I will raise a temple to you mightier than the pyramids. Hear me, dread Lord of Darkness!”

That moving soliloquy occurred only in the imagination of a screenwriter; Exodus 12:29-32, which recounts the final plague, only notes tersely that the Pharaoh stayed up the night of the plague and in the morning allowed Moses and his people to leave Egypt. The expression of grief that the Pharaoh actually uttered that night has long been forgotten. That’s presuming, that is, that the Israelites actually were enslaved by the Egyptians in antiquity, and that the horrific punishments suffered by the latter actually happened as described by Exodus’ unknown author or authors. The archaeological and historical evidence is scanty — we’re not even certain when the plagues occurred, though various scholarly guesses have put the date at somewhere, vaguely, between 2200 and 1200 BCE.

OK, let’s pause here a moment. We have a document that says the Biblical plagues happened. Archaeological evidence doesn’t prove or disprove the events. So what is the most credible evidence in existence concerning these events? The Biblical account.

In recent years, however, scientists increasingly have looked at the plagues from a different angle. Instead of looking for conclusive evidence that they occurred, they’ve chosen to ask: Could they have occurred? Are there possible scientific explanations for the ghastly catastrophes supposedly suffered by the Egyptians, and if so, would they fit together coherently in plausible metanarrative?

OK, so their attempts to disprove the Bible have failed, AGAIN, so they’ve decided to change the tactics and attempt to prove the plagues were “natural disasters”. News flash here; the Bible never says God can’t use natural disasters to make his displeasure with us known.

One theory proposed by scientists, for example, is the possibility that the plagues actually were triggered by a massive volcanic eruption on Santorini, a Greek island 500 miles away from the Nile delta, whose plume would have resembled the plague of darkness described in Exodus. Others have theorized that the plague of blood was the ancient’s interpretation of an outbreak of a highly toxic bacterium, Oscillatoria rubescens, that would have given the Nile a reddish tint. A British biologist has proposed the plagues of frogs and locusts actually were examples of overpopulation caused by sudden environmental changes, and the fiery hail may actually have been ball lightning. And the most horrible plague of all, the tenth, which in Exodus killed all the firstborn children of Israel, may actually have been caused by Stachybotris atra, a black mold that may have contaminated Egyptian granaries and exposed the population to a lethal toxin.

Wow, they are really reaching on some of this.

Let me address part of the episode I viewed last night.

Exodus 10:21-23 (New International Version)

The Plague of Darkness
21 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness will spread over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.” 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. 23 No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.

Now if you viewed the same program I saw, and you know your Bible, you might have picked up on the fact that the narrator left out the last half of verse 23. I highlighted it above; “No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.”

Did you catch that? “Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.”

Now if volcanic ash had covered ALL of Egypt, how did the Israelites have light when everyone else didn’t?

This is the type of omission of information that National Geographic is famous (or infamous) for when presenting programs about the Bible.

Bible detractors want to take Christians and Jews to task for our beliefs, but when it’s all laid out on the table, who is actually the group being asked to swallow the bigger fantasy? Belief in a document of actual observers or half baked theories masquerading as “science”?

Think about it.

Olive Wood – Myrrh & Frankincense Anointing Oil – from the Jerusalem Gift Shop

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Weekly I highlight items being offered by the Jerusalem Gift Shop. Today it’s the Olive Wood – Myrrh & Frankincense Anointing Oil.

Olive Wood – Myrrh & Frankincense Anointing Oil

Pure olive oil made from freshly crushed olives from Galilee. The anointing oil is presented in a genuine olive wood vial from Bethlehem.

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. (James 5:14)

* Oil Size: 9ml – 0.27 fl oz
* Flask Size: 4.5 inches
* Made in Israel

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord anointed me… (Isaiah 61:1)

Take a moment to see all of the other interesting items they stock.

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Christian Gifts from Israel – The Jerusalem Gift Shop

Obama Bans Terms Jihad, Islam

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Once again Obama has instructed the government to stop using certain words to describe our war on Islamic terrorist. He has now removed the terms “Jihad” and “Islam” from the choices, despite the FACT that those who want to kill us are Islamic and advocate violent “jihad” against us.
Obama, if it looks like a duck and acts like a duck, it is a duck. If they wage violent jihad against us they are Muslims.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s advisers will remove religious terms such as “Islamic extremism” from the central document outlining the US national security strategy and will use the rewritten document to emphasize that the United States does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terror, counterterrorism officials said.

The change is a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventative war and currently states: “The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century.”

The officials described the changes on condition of anonymity because the document was still being written, and the White House would not discuss it. But rewriting the strategy document will be the latest example of Obama putting his stamp on US foreign policy, like his promises to dismantle nuclear weapons and limit the situations in which they can be used.

The revisions are part of a larger effort about which the White House talks openly, one that seeks to change not just how the United States talks to Muslim nations, but also what it talks to them about, from health care and science to business startups and education.

That shift away from terrorism has been building for a year, since Obama went to Cairo, Egypt, and promised a “new beginning” in the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world.The White House believes the previous administration based that relationship entirely on fighting terror and winning the war of ideas.

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Census Used as ‘Gay Gimmick’

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

As most of us have come to realize, homosexual activist, as with most liberal activist, will use any method necessary to advance their agenda, including outright lies. Their latest target is the U.S. Census.

The Associated Press reports that the Census Bureau plans to count same-sex couples who say they are married, regardless of whether they have a marriage license. Even though only five states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex “marriages,” the Census Bureau says same-sex couples should feel free to check the “husband” or “wife” boxes on the census form, rather than “unmarried partner.”

“What they’re obviously trying to do is magnify the numbers of homosexuals in the society,” [Peter LaBarbera, executive director of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality] suspects. “This dates way back in the gay movement. There was a time when homosexual activists just lied and said that ten percent of the public was gay — that was a bald-faced lie. It took decades to finally disprove that lie, but here again we see them calling themselves married because they want to be called married. Well, that’s not what the law [the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which does not recognize same-sex marriages] says.”

[Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs at Liberty Counsel] notes that just because a homosexual couple might call their relationship a marriage, that does not make it so. “It is directly contrary to probably the letter, at least the spirit, of the Defense of Marriage Act.”

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