Archive for March 14th, 2011

Continue to Pray of the Victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami that Struck Japan on March 11

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Please continue to pray for the victims of the terrible disasters in Japan. They need our support now more than ever. Here is the latest as of this morning.

SOMA, Japan — The second hydrogen explosion in three days rocked a stricken Japanese nuclear plant Monday, sending a massive cloud of smoke into the air and injuring 11 workers. Hours later, the U.S. said it had shifted its offshore forces away from the plant after detecting low levels of radiation.

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was about 100 miles offshore when it detected the radiation, which U.S. officials said was about the same as one month’s normal exposure to natural background radiation in the environment.

It was not clear if the leak happened during Monday’s explosion. That blast was felt 25 miles away, but the plant’s operator said radiation levels at the reactor were still within legal limits.

The explosion at the plant’s Unit 3, which authorities have been trying to cool with sea water after a system failure in the wake of Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami, triggered an order for hundreds of people to stay indoors, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. The two disasters left at least 10,000 people dead.

Operators knew the sea water flooding would cause a pressure buildup in the reactor containment vessel — and potentially lead to an explosion — but felt they had no choice if they wanted to avoid a complete meltdown. In the end, the hydrogen in the released steam mixed with oxygen in the atmosphere and set off the blast.

The inner containment shell surrounding the Unit 3 reactor was intact, Edano said, allaying some fears of the risk to the environment and public. But the outer building around the reactor appeared to have been devastated, with only a skeletal frame remaining.

More than 180,000 people have evacuated the area in recent days, and up to 160 may have been exposed to radiation — pouring misery onto those already devastated by the twin disasters.

While Japan has aggressively prepared for years for major earthquakes, reinforcing buildings and running drills, the impact of the tsunami — which came so quickly that not many people managed to flee to higher ground — was immense.

By Monday, officials were clearly overwhelmed by the scale of the crisis, with millions of people having spent three nights without electricity, water, food or heat in near-freezing temperatures.

Officials in one devastated town said they were running out of body bags.

Officials have declared states of emergency at six Fukushima reactors, where Friday’s twin disasters knocked out the main cooling systems and backup generators. Three are at Dai-ichi and three at the nearby Fukushima Daini complex.

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“DAVID HOROWITZ TAKES ON MUSLIM STUDENTS AT BROOKLYN COLLEGE” by Fern Sidman

Monday, March 14th, 2011

David Horowitz

Over 150 people gathered at the college library auditorium to listen to Mr. Horowitz’s speech entitled the “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Myths and Facts” and was sponsored and organized by Brooklyn College student Yosef Sobel and Mitchell Langbert, an associate professor in the department of business and economics. “Because the Hillel organization on campus was too afraid to sponsor me, I must thank those who had the courage to do so.” said Mr. Horowitz. Despite numerous warnings prohibiting verbal disruptions, bellicose Muslim student hecklers abounded and Mr. Horowitz’s remarks were often punctuated by the sounds of acrimonious, ad hominem attacks.

A native New Yorker and a graduate of Columbia University, David Horowitz has led a polemical existence as a one-time self proclaimed Marxist and a former left-wing academic whose political beliefs have now shifted to the right. As one of the founders of the New Left in the 1960s, he was also the editor of its most influential magazine, Ramparts. Along with Peter Collier, he is the author of a number of best-selling dynastic biographies on the Rockefellers, the Kennedys, the Fords, and the Roosevelts. With Collier he also wrote “Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts About the 60s” (1989), a chronicle of their break with the 1960s Left, that has been compared to Whittaker Chambers’ “Witness” and other classic works documenting a break from totalitarianism.

Through the work of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, he champions an array of causes including the defense of the principles of individual freedom as well as the preservation of free societies in the war against the values inherent to Western civilization and the reestablishment of academic freedom in American schools. His recent books include, “Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left” (2004), “Indoctrination U: The Left’s War Against Academic Freedom” (2007) and “Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party” (2007).

Making oblique references to the security of Israel, Mr. Horowitz began by ruefully observing, “When I went to college you didn’t need all of this security on campus, but things have changed and that’s the reason we now need checkpoints on campuses. Checkpoints are essential to defend against terrorists and Jew haters.”

Adding that he has been verbally and physically assaulted on campuses around the country for his forthright views, he said, “Our campuses are controlled by liberal fascists and it is a movement to suppress the free speech rights of conservatives. He said that the International Socialist Organization, a Marxist organization, is culpable for creating an academic climate of intimidation and hate. “It is they who spread lies about me and work with their Muslim allies towards the mobilization of radical jihad against the West. The Muslim community needs to stand up and defend democracy in this country and that’s what we’re all waiting for.”

Providing a historical backdrop to the Middle East conflict, Mr. Horowitz said, “There was no Palestine since the days of the Roman conquest of the land of Israel and there certainly was no Palestine in 1946. The war against the Jews started in the form of Pan Arab nationalism and the PLO was created by the KBG. They advised Arafat that the best way to succeed is to play the victim role and say that all they want is their own state and that Israel is occupying Palestine.” Saying that the entire region around the Jordan River was created by imperialist powers such as the Ottoman Empire, he intoned that, “Israel was not built on Arab land.”

Declaring that he is a “political Zionist”, Mr. Horowitz said he believes that the Jewish people have a right to exist and have a right to their own state. Equating such terrorist organizations as Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Islamic Republic of Iran as “Nazis in the Middle East”, he said that their objective is “not to create a Palestinian state but rather, to push the Jews into the sea” because they can’t live alongside a people of another faith. “In 1922, 80 percent of the land of Israel was ceded to become the state of Transjordan that is now ruled by the Hashemite kingdom and there are more Palestinians in Jordan than in Israel”, he said, adding that their calls for a Palestinian homeland are eclipsed by their desire to eradicate Israel.

“Democracy is a threat to political Islam and they believe that everyone who is not a Muslim is an infidel and is deserving of death. The Christian population of Bethlehem once stood at 80 percent and is now 12 percent because of Islamic influence,” he said.

Addressing the subject of Israeli Apartheid Week on over 55 campuses across North America, Mr. Horowitz said, “Muslims have more rights in Israel than they have in any Arab country in the world” and called the notion of Israel as a state that practices apartheid as “disgusting”. Pointing to the sheer hypocrisy of such egregious and fraudulent accusations, Mr. Horowitz said, “If you want to know what real religious and gender apartheid is just look at the entire Muslim Middle East, and not Israel.”

Speaking of the political realities in the aftermath of World War II, he said, “12 million ethnic Germans were purged from Poland, but after the state of Israel was established, no one expelled the Arabs, hoping that one day rationality would take hold, but it never did.” He said that such organizations as the Muslim Students Association and the Islamic Society of North America who are the chief sponsors of Israeli Apartheid Week are “fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood” and are “hate organizations” that make campuses unwelcome for Jewish students. On campuses around the country, he said, the organizers of Israeli Apartheid Week erect an “apartheid wall” and proffered the idea that “a wall of lies” be built to counter their pervasive myths and distortions of the truth. Speaking of the well known Saudi Arabian funding of Middle East Studies departments at Western universities, Mr. Horowitz suggested that this is the impetus for the inextricable links between Muslim organizations and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Calling the expulsion of close to 10,000 Jews from Gaza in the summer of 2005 as part of the disengagement a “mistake”, Mr. Horowitz said, “a normal people in a normal state would never have done so, but would have driven out the 1.2 million Arabs because they are possessed by hate as manifested in their violent destruction of the thriving horticultural industry that the Jewish population had created there and their incessant rocket assaults on such towns as Sderot.”

Taking aim at the ubiquitous political zeitgeist that views the Palestinians as a nation of oppressed refugees, Mr. Horowitz intoned, “No people have shown themselves as so morally sick as the Palestinians”, adding that, “In the history of all mankind, there was never a people who strapped bombs on their bodies and killed innocent people. No other people have sunk so low as the Palestinians and everyone is afraid to say it.” Describing Islam as a religion possessed by “hate, violence and racism”, he said that a resolution to the protracted Israeli-Palestinian imbroglio could is not beyond reach. “If you disarm the Palestinians in the Middle East there will be peace, but if you disarm the Jews there will be further death and destruction.”

“How is it that Jews do not get the narrative?” he queried. “The Palestinians are suffering, but it is not by the hand of the Jew, but rather their true oppressors are Hamas and Hezbollah” he said. Calling the Palestinian Authority a “terrorist government”, Mr. Horowitz said, “when we see hate we must call it so, we must label the enemy as who they are”. “The Palestinians don’t want peace. How can you negotiate with those who won’t recognize Israel’s right to exist? Look what happened to those Arab leaders that have tried to establish peace with Israel. They were assassinated by radical Islamist elements.”

Extolling the idea that “jihadist murderers” are tantamount to “Nazis and blatant Jew haters”, he said although they may appear to be perfectly decent, nice people, a great many of them support Osama Bin Ladin and like minded genocidal murderers. “Hitler did not publicly announce his ‘final solution’ in the fear that the German people were too civilized to accept it, but Ahmadinejad proudly and publicly announces his version of the ‘final solution’ and no Islamists condemn him. To the contrary, they cheer him on and embrace his vision.”

Challenging the belief that America is an Islamophobic country, Mr. Horowitz said, “Muslims are treated with kid gloves in America and are a protected species.” He said that 8 to 10 times more hate crimes are committed against Jews than there are against Muslim in America. Pointing to the case of the Holyland Foundation, a purported Islamic charity that was found guilty of funding terrorism on the West Bank by their direct contributions to Hamas, Mr. Horowitz said that the unindicted co-conspirators in this case were the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and that there has been “no significant condemnation of this group or others of this ilk”. He unabashedly condemned Hamas as a “fanatically religious, Jew hating, America hating, Nazi organization.”

During the question and answer period, a male Muslim student implied that a witch-hunt cabal was taking place and drew a parallel between Mr. Horowitz and the late Senator Joseph McCarthy, adding that Horowitz was a racist. When asked by Mr. Horowitz if the student would condemn Hamas, the student refused to do so, but proceeded to engage in further equivocation. Referring to Mr. Horowitz as an “ignorant racist” a female Muslim student who identified herself only as Magdalene said, “he has no proof of anything that he’s said here tonight”, adding that women in Muslim countries are “not persecuted by the rules of Sharia law but by draconian dictators who serve American political puppets.”

According to Lauren Kunis, a pro-Israel supporter who sought entry into the auditorium but was denied, “I had wanted to bring my Israeli flag in with me and was told by the Brooklyn College security that I couldn’t. I told them that I’d wear the flag around my neck as the Arab members of the audience were wearing keffiyahs around their necks. I was then strong armed out by an African American security guard, who I’ve learned is the Brooklyn College deputy director of security. She accused me of making a ruckus and then called other police officers to escort me to the gate and out of the college. Seems like anyone who takes a proud pro-Israel position is considered a troublemaker and an enemy on campuses today.”

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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.

Government Exploits Disasters to Chip Away at Liberties

Monday, March 14th, 2011

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste — and what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you didn’t think you could do before.”
-Former Obama White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel

Two headlines caught my eyes this morning, showing once again, the intention of this liberal administration and those liberal members of congress and the senate, to chip away at our liberties and to control every facet of our lives.

Senator calls for moratorium on US nuclear plants

The United States should “put the brakes” on the development of nuclear power plants as the disaster in Japan unfolds, key US senator Joe Lieberman said Sunday.

“I’ve been a big supporter of nuclear power because it’s domestic — it’s ours and it’s clean,” Lieberman told the CBS News television program “Face The Nation.”

“We’ve had a good safety (record) with nuclear power plants here in the United States,” he said.

Still, “I think we’ve got to kind of quietly and quickly put the brakes on until we can absorb what has happened in Japan as a result of the earthquake and the tsunami and then see what more, if anything, we can demand of the new power plants that are coming online,” said Lieberman, who is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Friday’s devastating 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami sparked an emergency at two of Japan’s nuclear power plants, leading to the risk of catastrophic meltdowns.

In the first incident, part of a reactor at Japan’s aging Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant blew up Saturday, a day after the biggest quake ever recorded in Japan unleashed a 10-meter (33-foot) tsunami.

On Sunday, excessive levels of radiation were recorded at a second Japanese nuclear facility, Onagawa, although authorities insisted the facility’s three reactor units were “under control.”

Obama calls for stricter enforcement of gun laws

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two months after the shooting of a U.S. congresswoman, President Barack Obama called Sunday for more stringent enforcement of existing gun laws, citing the “awful consequences” of gun violence in American society.

In an op-ed essay in The Arizona Daily Star, Obama says legislation to bolster criminal background checks for gun buyers hasn’t been properly implemented, with too many states providing “incomplete and inadequate” information.

He suggested rewarding states that provide the most comprehensive information to the criminal background database.

“We should make the system faster and nimbler,” the president added. “We should provide an instant, accurate, comprehensive and consistent system for background checks to sellers who want to do the right thing, and make sure that criminals can’t escape it.”

The Arizona Daily Star is based in Tucson, where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot during a January rampage in which six were killed and 12 others wounded. The accused assailant, Jared Loughner, was considered mentally unstable, yet because he was never deemed mentally ill by a judge or committed to an institution, he was able to legally buy the gun police said he used.

Obama acknowledged that it isn’t easy to find common ground between gun owners and gun-control advocates.

However, he said, “none of us should be willing to remain passive in the face of violence or resigned to watching helplessly as another rampage unfolds on television.”