Tuesday, June 30, 2009
ROME, June 27 (Xinhua) --
On the sidelines of the Group of Eight foreign ministers' summit, the Middle East Quartet on Saturday asked Israel to freeze all its settlement activity and expressed hope for the early resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
The Quartet, which comprises the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations, urged the government of Israel to stop expanding all settlements, including those so-called "natural growth."
The Quartet also called on Israel to dismantle outposts erected since...
Read more: Quartet asks Israel to stop settlement activity
Related item: Israel to build more homes despite appeal by Barack Obama - Israel has approved the construction of 50 new homes in a West Bank settlement defying Barack Obama.
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Monday, June 29, 2009
Published: 11:36PM BST 27 Jun 2009
If recent trends are any guide, many Church of England parishes will have been cheered by higher attendances at Easter services. The last published statistics for 2006/7 show rises of 7 and 5 per cent in church going at Christmas and Easter.
But these figures are just about the only signs of hope for the church and certainly not the first green shoots of a revival. Other statistics make for gloomy reading.
Annual decline in Sunday attendance is running at around 1 per cent. At this rate it is hard to see the church surviving for more than 30 years though few of its leaders are prepared to face that possibility....
At present church leaders show little signs of understanding the situation. They don't understand the culture we now live in.
Many bishops prefer to turn their heads, to carry on as if nothing has changed, rather than face the reality that Britain is no longer a Christian nation.
Many of them think that we are still living in the 1950s – a period described by historians as representing a hey day for the established church.
The coronation brought church and nation together in a way which will never be repeated. School assemblies had a definite Christian tone and children still sang familiar hymns.
The church could function as chaplain to a nation that was nominally Christian and Anglican, even if many actually only attended for baptisms, weddings and funerals.
That world has gone for good...
Read more: Britain is no longer a Christian nation
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Saturday, June 27, 2009
Deeply loved by his fans, Michael Jackson was nevertheless a polarizing figure. Will he be remembered for the wide-eyed exuberance he showed as a pre-teen sensation in The Jackson 5? Will he be lauded for “We Are the World” and its charitable outreach to starving Africa? Or will he simply be “Wacko Jacko”—a confused narcissist and alleged pedophile who literally seemed uncomfortable in his own skin, who by the end of his life had become a walking advertisement for the dangers of too much plastic surgery? Read More »
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Which of these murders is the lesser evil? Which murderer is less guilty of the crime?
Thankfully there are still some decent people in Va.
Court upholds Va. abortion ban
The decision reversed a 2-1 panel ruling striking down the law, which is similar to a federal statute prohibiting a procedure in which the fetus is partially delivered, then its skull pierced and its brain destroyed.
"A partially born child is among the weakest, most helpless beings in our midst and on that account exerts a special claim on our protection," Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III wrote in concurring with the majority opinion
On Tuesday, President Obama called the images of Miss Agha-Soltan's death "heartbreaking."
"We have experienced the searing image of a woman bleeding to death on the streets. While this loss is raw and painful, we also know this: Those who stand up for justice are always on the right side of history," he said at a press conference.
by Sultan Knish
In 1977, Zuheir Mohsen, head of the second largest militia within the PLO and once considered a potential successor to Arafat, stated the premise of the proxy war quite frankly;
The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct "Palestinian people" to oppose Zionism.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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The Obama administration seems to have fallen into a pattern: the more outrageous the behavior of the Iranian regime, the more Obama lashes out at... Israel.
Yesterday, a State Department official confirmed that for the Obama administration, any part of Jerusalem beyond the pre Six Day War boundary is occupied territory. Hence Jews living there are in settlements, which Obama considers illegal. Of course that means, there can be no natural growth -- babies, marriages in these areas, and Israel will need to remove its setters to get a peace deal.
Think about this for a minute; with the exception of 19 years when Jordan illegally occupied and annexed the West Bank and East Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967, Jews have lived continually in the old city and in and around Jerusalem for 3,000 years. But because of those 19 years, the Obama administration considers the Jews to be interlopers, illegally in the city.
This is not Obama promoting a way to have a Palestinian capital in Jerusalem as part of a final settlement between the two sides. This is about making large sections of Jerusalem Judenrein. That is now the policy of the Obama administration.
If you can not get the message about Obama and his hostility to Israel, you are really trying hard not to see it. Those who shilled for Obama and his pro-Israel bona fides during the campaign should be ashamed. This is not the GOP versus Democrats. This is about one Democrat -- the most powerful one, Barack Obama -- and his hostility to Israel.
Here is a test proposed by someone I know: on every policy issue concerning Israel, the Palestinians, the Muslim world, and Iran, try to think how an American President who was Muslim and trying to advance Muslim interests would behave. Then consider what Obama has done so far. Tell me if you can see any difference between the two.
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Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
By Wyatt Ciesielka Saturday, June 20, 2009
Tehran is boiling and world opinion is hardening over Iran’s recent presidential election. What is happening inside Iran today? How are the great powers reacting? Do recent events align with Bible prophecy? Could these events accelerate the emergence of the prophesied end-time king of the South? What are the implications for Europe, America and the world?
Claims are that more than a million Iranian demonstrators have taken to the streets with at least eight dead and many wounded. The government is attempting to block international press coverage and its citizens’ Internet access. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is claiming victory, Hossein Mousavi is crying foul – and the world’s great powers are taking sides.
When analyzing the Mideast, it is dangerous to oversimplify. Let’s consider these recent Iranian events through a religious, political, and Biblical lens.
Religiously: Iran is a powerful Shiite nation, and contrary to what many assume, Iran is far from a natural friend to its Arab neighbors. Those who assume that Iran will naturally lead the Mideast powers fail to understand many facts; including the historic division, suspicion, and hatred between the rival Shiite and Sunni branches of Islam.
The Sunnis see Shia Iran as full of “apostates.” Sunni strongholds such as the West Bank, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are not only strongly suspicious of their Shiite Iranian neighbor, but are often even more violently opposed to Iran than they are toward the U.S. or even toward Israel (The Atlantic, July/August, 2009). This is profound when one considers that it was radical Sunnis (not Shia) who were behind the 9/11 attacks.
Politically: Like many of their Muslim brothers, neither Ahmadinejad nor Mousavi (or their spiritual and political master, the Ayatollah) are friends of Europe or the United States. Ahmadinejad is infamous for threatening Israel and the U.S. with destruction. But Mousavi is himself a “hardliner” who was “active in the Islamic revolution that overthrew the Shah.” Mousavi then “defended the taking and holding of American hostages by Iranian militants in 1979.” Mousavi also strongly opposed accepting U.S. aid during Iranian reconstruction (BBCNews, June 16, 2009).
It makes a lot of geo-political sense that Russia and China are strongly backing the Iranian government – whoever the presidential victor may be! This strengthens China’s and Russia’s influence (biblically: eastern powers) in the region at European (biblically: a northern power) and American expense.
Meanwhile, France and other European nations have claimed electoral “fraud.” And, the U.S. is encouraging Internet firms such as Twitter to ensure continued Iranian population access (Financial Times, June 17, 2009). Internet communication of alleged election fraud and civil unrest helps foment continued instability within a country whose government is anti-European and anti-American.
Biblically: Iran is a major Mideast player with nuclear capabilities. Iran will also continue to be a chess-piece that Russia and China use to counter European and U.S. regional influence. And, while Iran may become part of a coming southern, Arab alliance, Iran is not the prophesied end-time “king of the South” (Daniel 11:40).
Iran is not historically, politically or religiously aligned with the Arabic Mideast powers. Further, Iran is a Persian, not Arabic, nation – these are two very different and historically competitive civilizations. Finally, Iran is due east of Jerusalem (not “south” of Jerusalem; from which biblical directions are given). Thus, while Iran is not the king of the South, it is nonetheless a powerful participant in helping move many end-time prophecies forward.
God’s faithful Church has long and accurately warned of this coming conflict. But those who do not watch or who misinterpret these developments will fail to understand many crucial end-time prophecies that will shake our world!
For more on how Mideast violence will escalate before the Great Tribulation and Christ’s return, and how a mighty king of the South, a king of the North and the great eastern powers will soon collide (Daniel 11:40-44), please read “An Islamic Europe?,” and The Middle East in Prophecy.
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Friday, June 19, 2009
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Sunday, June 14, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009 Israel Today Staff
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Carter: I love the Palestinians so much
Former US President Jimmy Carter on Saturday was awarded the Palestinian International Award for Excellence and Creativity by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.
During his acceptance speech, Carter gushed about how he has “been in love with the Palestinian people for many years.” He urged rival Palestinian factions to put aside their differences and focus on seizing control of Israel’s biblical heartland.
Addressing Israel and the international community, Carter insisted that there could never be peace in the Middle East until everyone opened their arms for blood-soaked terrorist groups like Hamas.
The former president concluded by noting that he is eagerly teaching his great-grandsons about the “anguish and suffering and deprivation of human rights” that he suggested Israel has subjected the Arabs of the region to since 1948.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
By Bruno Waterfield in Brussels
Published: 4:32PM BST 10 Jun 2009
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The European Union is stepping up efforts to build an enhanced pan-European system of security and surveillance which critics have described as “dangerously authoritarian”.
Civil liberties groups say the proposals would create an EU ID card register, internet surveillance systems, satellite surveillance, automated exit-entry border systems operated by machines reading biometrics and risk profiling systems.
Europe's justice ministers will hold talks on the "domestic security policy" and surveillance network proposals, known in Brussels circles as the "Stockholm programme", on July 15 with the aim of finishing work on the EU's first ever internal security policy by the end of 2009.
Barrot, the European justice and security commissioner, yesterday publicly declared that the aim was to "develop a domestic security strategy for the EU", once regarded as a strictly national "home affairs" area of policy.
"National frontiers should no longer restrict our activities," he said.
Mark Francois, Conservative spokesman on Europe, has demanded "immediate clarity on where the government stands on this".
"These are potentially dangerous proposals which could interfere in Britain's internal security," he said.
"The chaos and division in Gordon Brown's government is crippling Britain's ability to make its voice heard in Europe."
Critics of the plans have claimed that moves to create a new "information system architecture" of Europe-wide police and security databases will create a "surveillance state".
Tony Bunyan, of the European Civil Liberties Network (ECLN), has warned that EU security officials are seeking to harness a "digital tsunami" of new information technology without asking "political and moral questions first".
"An increasingly sophisticated internal and external security apparatus is developing under the auspices of the EU," he said.
Mr Bunyan has suggested that existing and new proposals will create an EU ID card register, internet surveillance systems, satellite surveillance, automated exit-entry border systems operated by machines reading biometrics and risk profiling systems.
"In five or 10 years time when we have the surveillance and database state people will look back and ask, 'what were you doing in 2009 to stop this happening?'," he said.
Civil liberties groups are particularly concerned over "convergence" proposals to herald standardise European police surveillance techniques and to create "tool-pools" of common data gathering systems to be operated at the EU level.
Under the plans the scope of information available to law enforcement agencies and "public security organisations" would be extended from the sharing of existing DNA and fingerprint databases, kept and stored for new digital generation ID cards, to include CCTV video footage and material gathered from internet surveillance.
The Lisbon Treaty, currently stalled after Ireland's referendum rejection last year, creates a secretive new Standing Committee for Internal Security, known as COSI, to co-ordinate policy between national forces and EU organisations such as Europol, the Frontex borders agency, the European Gendarmerie Force and the Brussels intelligence sharing Joint Situation Centre or Sitcen.
EU officials have told The Daily Telegraph that the radical plans will be controversial and will need powers contained within the Lisbon Treaty, currently awaiting a second Irish vote this autumn.
"The British and some others will not like it as it moves policy to the EU," said an official. "Some of things we want to do will only be realistic with the Lisbon Treaty in place, so we need that too."
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
GOP Rep. Kirk Warns: China's Investing Away From Dollar... Buying Enough Gold to Fill Ft. Knox Twice (Video)
IPosted by Gateway Pundit at 6/09/2009 09:17:00 PM
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CHINA INVESTS IN GOLD & OIL!
Representative Mark Kirk (R-IL) had this to say tonight On the Record with Greta Van Susteren:
"China has lent about $300 billion to the US for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They're very worried about that; another $700 billion in treasury bills.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
by John Romano
In a first-ever for me, I’m hitting you all with a “you have to see it to believe it.”
“In a way Obama is standing above the country, above the world. He’s sort of GOD. He’s going to bring all different sides together.”
- Newsweek editor Evan Thomas
How on earth can Newsweek still call itself a hard news magazine? It is really just Obama news and worship with a few interesting political cartoons thrown in?
I’d write some analysis on this one, but Mr. Thomas does a fine job all by himself.
Obama: “God” or “False Prophet”
Blasphemous quote of the day
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 04, 2009 Ryan Jones
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In his much anticipated address to the Muslim world in Cairo on Thursday, US President Barack Obama said he does not recognize the legitimacy of any Israeli presence on the biblical lands of Judea and Samaria, and scolded the Jewish state for security measures he said are unnecessary and counterproductive.
In a speech in which he repeatedly referred to the “Holy Koran” and the many lessons of peace it holds for us, Obama appeared to paint Israel’s reluctance to surrender land for the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state as the sole remaining obstacle to ending the Israeli-Arab conflict.
The audience at Cairo University was silent as Obama began by recalling the Jews’ painful history, deriding anyone who would deny that history and reaffirming the Jewish people’s righteous quest for a homeland. They erupted in applause as he continued by equating that history and that quest to the suffering of the Palestinian Arabs and their own efforts to forge an independent state.
His listeners were left to believe that Obama views the Palestinian plight in the same light as the Nazi Holocaust, and sees little difference between the Nazi death camps and the Palestinian “refugee” camps. That the Palestinians’ situation has been brought on largely by their own violence, while the Jews did nothing to provoke the Nazis but be Jews, was conveniently glossed over.
Obama insisted that for peace to reign over the region, Israel must halt all “settlement activity” in the areas it has greatest historical claim to. He said America and the rest of the world will never recognize the legitimacy of those settlements.
The president scoffed at Israeli security measures imposed on those areas that have been surrendered to the Palestinians, saying they were only producing the opposite result. He was adamant that imposing a blockade on Gaza and manning checkpoints in Judea and Samaria cannot bring security to Israelis. He failed to address the rampant Palestinian terrorism that plagued Israeli cities before those measures were put in place.
Obama did take issue with Palestinian violence in general, but attempted to downplay it by saying very few participate in it or support those groups that do. His remarks ignored years of public opinion polls showing that the vast majority of Palestinians support violence against Israel and the most recent Palestinian legislative election in which Hamas won a landslide victory. A recent survey revealed Hamas will score an even bigger victory when Palestinians again go to the polls later this year.
Israelis were anxious prior to the speech, fearful that Obama was going to sacrifice Israel to bring reconciliation between America and the Muslim world. After watching the speech live on television, many were left feeling that is precisely what happened.
Palestinians like what they see from Obama
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Thursday, June 4, 2009
Reuters June 4, 2009, 12:50 pm
BOSTON (Reuters) -
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Harvard University is creating an endowed professorship in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual studies, the first of its kind in the United States and reflecting a rise in sex-related academia nationwide.
The Ivy League school will invite visiting scholars to teach on sexuality and issues related to sexual minorities for one semester each, a Harvard official said Wednesday.
While other universities have course offerings and degree programs in sexuality studies, Harvard's healthy endowment allows the professorship on the subject to be funded in perpetuity, the first university in the country to do so.
The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus raised $1.5 million (920,000 pounds) to fund the role, to be known as the "F.O. Matthiessen Visiting Professorship of Gender and Sexuality," named after American studies scholar and literary critic, F.O. Matthiessen.
Matthiessen, who died in 1950, chaired an undergraduate program in history and literature at Harvard, where he kept his homosexuality largely secret.
Harvard gave undergraduates the option in 2003 of concentrating on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as an academic field, according to the university.
Academic programs related to sex, sexuality and sexual orientation are sprouting on American campuses -- from Yale University to the University of California Berkeley and the University of Minnesota.
"It's not so much that we've been able to raise this money, it's that Harvard and the faculty at Harvard have accepted this perpetual endowment for gay and lesbian studies," said Mitchell Adams of the Harvard Board of Overseers, one of two governing boards at the Cambridge, Massachusetts, school.
The position indicates growing acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Adams added.
Candace Gingrich, a youth outreach manager at gay-rights advocates the Human Rights Campaign, said the new role gives students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community something to aspire to.
"Any time a university as renowned as Harvard feels it is important and sees it is important to have an endowed professorship in LGBT studies is recognition that it is an important issue," said Gingrich, sister of former Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich.
(Editing by Jason Szep and Philip Barbara)
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009
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It is time for President Obama to recognise that his strategy is weakening his country and making the United States more vulnerable to attack, says Nile Gardiner.
No leader in American history has gone to greater lengths than Barack Obama to make amends for his own country. From condemnation of American “arrogance” in a speech in Strasbourg to acknowledging U.S. “mistakes” before millions of Muslims on Arab television, Obama has rarely missed an opportunity to apologise for the actions of the American people.
President Obama has elevated the art of national self-loathing to new heights, and seems to delight in prostrating the most powerful nation on the face of the earth before its critics and rivals, especially on foreign soil. The Obama worldview revolves around the central premise that the United States must be humble and “engage” and work with its enemies through the application of “smart power”. There is nothing smart, however, in appeasing rogue states such as North Korea or Iran.
The Obama doctrine is now lying in tatters after North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-Il and Iranian demagogue Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met Obama’s recent overtures with missile tests and even a nuclear blast from Pyongyang. The president’s video message in March offering “a new beginning” to “the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” was followed by the launch of a surface-to-surface missile with a range of 1,200 miles capable of reaching southern Europe. Incredibly, the U.S. response has been to slash defense spending, with a dramatic scaling down of plans for a global missile defence shield.
The world today is considerably more dangerous than it was in the days of the Bush Administration, and the Obama White House has nothing to show for its weak-kneed efforts. The brutal truth is that the United States is increasingly viewed as a soft touch by its enemies, increasingly jeered rather than feared.
When he travels to the Middle East and Europe this week, the president will have ample opportunity to do what he does best – atone for America’s past. After a brief visit to Saudi Arabia he will deliver a major address to the Muslim world in Cairo, before travelling to Germany to visit the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp and meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Dresden. His world tour ends with his participation in ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.
It will be hugely tempting for the rock star president to play to his Arab and European audiences by scoring points against his hugely unpopular predecessor. He could easily rail against the Bush Administration’s enhanced interrogation techniques, boast of the impending closure of the Guantanamo detention facility, or revive the ghosts of Abu Ghraib. The president’s advisers are no doubt furiously trying to outdo one another with the most original mea culpas.
Obama’s supine approach has become a humiliating spectacle for a country that, together with Great Britain, has done more to advance the cause of liberty and freedom across the world than any nation in the world. Every groveling apology by the president undermines America’s confidence, standing and power, and strengthens the hand of those who seek her destruction.
It is time for President Obama to recognise that his new strategy is weakening his country and making the United States more vulnerable to attack. The dream of America haters who revel in the vision of the humbling of a superpower, is being realised by an administration that has so far fundamentally rejected the idea of American exceptionalism.
The world needs a president who aggressively projects American power on the world stage, rather than seeks the adoration of traditionally hostile foreign audiences. In Egypt, Obama should not be afraid to offend the sensibilities of Muslim leaders, by calling for religious tolerance, freedom of speech, worship and association, and a rejection of Islamist extremism.
In Germany, the president should call on Europe to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and stand and fight against totalitarianism, whether in the form of the Taliban in Afghanistan or the Mullahs of Tehran in their drive for nuclear domination of the Middle East. He must urge the Germans to end their massive investments in Iran, which shamefully help sustain a regime that threatens to wipe the descendents of the survivors of the Final Solution from the face of the earth.
In Normandy, President Obama should take great pride in America’s role in the liberation of Europe and remind his French hosts that Europe is free today because of the huge sacrifice of American, British and Commonwealth forces. This is a moment for the president to recognise American global power and the role it has played as a great force for good, as well as the broader importance of the transatlantic alliance and the Anglo-American Special Relationship.
No one expects Barack Obama to adopt the swagger of a John Wayne or Clint Eastwood when he travels to the Middle East and Western Europe. But he should adopt a more forceful and confident approach to international affairs that marks him as a force to be reckoned with rather than a Jimmy Carter-like pushover. It is not too late for the president to acknowledge that the time for apologies is over, that the world needs robust American leadership that projects strength and power rather than timidity and weakness.
Nile Gardiner is the Director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.
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George Jonas, National Post
Published: Wednesday, June 03, 2009
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George Tiller, the 67-year-old physician shot last week in Wichita, Kan., was an abortionist. His suspected killer, identified by the press as Scott Roeder, 51, also felt entitled to decide whose life to terminate and when. To this extent at least, killers of abortionists resemble their victims.
Some people might object that there is a fundamental difference. Abortion is legal, while killing abortionists isn't. This is true -- at least, it's true today, although not long ago a medically unnecessary abortion was every bit as illegal as a medically unnecessary assassination. Killers of fetuses stayed behind bars for shorter periods than killers of physicians, but the law viewed both as felons.
The law continues viewing the killing of abortionists as a felony, and rightly so, but has come to regard the abortion of fetuses as a private matter between unborn children and their mothers. Will our grandchildren say we were enlightened or barbaric? Societies are entitled to determine their laws and institutions, but have no say in what their descendants will think of their choices.
We consider the ancient Spartan model barbaric, for instance, although in some ways it was much like ours. Spartans, too, regarded letting children live or die a private choice, although they did involve father in the decision, not only mother, and extended it to born children, not just fetuses. Another difference was that Spartans, instead of relying on vacuum suction, threw unwanted children off a mountain called Taigetos.
For Spartans, "unwanted" meant "substandard." For us, it means "inconvenient." We don't want standard or even super-standard children if they cramp our style.
Living in an epoch that is selfish as well as matriarchal, our lifeboats are no longer marked "women and children first," only "women first." We invent euphemisms, such as "choice" for killing, and sophomoric dilemmas, such as pretending not to know when life begins, to ensure that nothing hinders Virginia's quest for Santa Claus. No obstacle must interfere with her goal of self-fulfillment -- least of all an issue (as it were) of her healthy sexual appetite.
As I've written before, I'm not necessarily opposed to abortion, but then I'm not necessarily opposed to killing. I could even be persuaded that we should let mother be the arbiter of when to kill a child. King Solomon thought so, no doubt because he laboured under the illusion that an authentic mother would rather give up her child than kill it. As we now know, the good king might have been a trifle too optimistic.
In any case, giving parents life-and-death discretion rests on venerable historic precedents. Though tossing babies off a cliff is good sport, it's likely that many parents would have preferred prenatal vacuum suction even in Sparta, had the technology been available to them.
"Substandard" probably meant physically deformed to Spartans, but it's not a huge leap to extend it to a fetus that's simply inconvenient. After all, a deformed child is a great inconvenience, so an inconvenient child might as well be deemed deformed.
The Spartan model has had a mixed press. Some people have used the word "brutal" to describe it. I'm not pushing it myself, but then I push nothing except an abstinence from fuzzy thinking. I don't particularly mind abortion on demand; I mind only the arguments used to support it.
My quarrel is with those who would oppose abortion if they thought it amounted to killing. I've no problem with abortion, but they do. They've a whacking big problem. First (as I repeated ad nauseam over the years) they must pretend not to know when life begins. They must pretend not to realize that life is an autonomous process, a continuum from zygote to old-age pension, a self-elaborating force that begins when it begins and keeps growing unless it's vacuumed out first. They must pretend not to recognize something that a cat recognizes: the difference between things alive or dead, animate or inanimate. They must pretend not to see that if a fetus were not alive, it wouldn't have to be killed.
They must cling to the illusion that a court can actually choose for life to "begin" at some arbitrary point: first trimester, second trimester, whatever. I think legal fiction should adopt the notion that life begins at 40 for the comfort of those who cherish their convenience but have no stomach for killing.
Some put the question in terms of a woman's right to control her own body. That would be valid enough in the realm of smoking, diet, liposuction or sex -- but abortion? Abortion means controlling someone else's body. Incidentally, I realize that as a man I have no authority to speak on the matter, but I'm not speaking as a man. I wouldn't dare. I'm speaking strictly as an ex-fetus.
And in my capacity as an ex-fetus, I say controlling someone else's body is where abortionists and their assassins meet. Please note that I say "meet." I don't say justify. Nothing justifies the assassin. Does anything justify the abortionist? Gee, Mom, I don't know. You tell me.
American Daily Review
Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 11:11PM
By Douglas V. Gibbs
The leftist Democrats constantly try to overcompensate their claimed beliefs in heartland American values, portraying themselves as a party of the people, proclaiming their humble origins, blue-collar beginnings, and religious convictions. Such hypocrisy.
Their positions continuously oppose American values, despite how much they try to convince us otherwise...
America’s greatness is a direct result of America’s strong moral compass. Our moral values as a people demands high standards of right and good conduct. The direction of societal behavior is in direct relation to our moral belief system. Our moral beliefs, in turn, directly affects our overall culture, and political system...
The liberals support the genocidal murder of innocent, unborn lives, calling it “choice” to justify the horrific murderous practice. They support the destruction of the traditional family and the silencing of those of faith that would speak out against the radical homosexual agenda - and they call it a civil rights movement, rather than call it what it is: an attempt to justify a behavior that has long been considered an abnormality. The liberals have used the courts to override the moral compass of the American people. They have used the schools to indoctrinate our children to teach them to reject America’s moral compass. They have assaulted us with a pop-culture of sex that is plagued with promiscuity, disease, and is pushed by the biased media and entertainment industry. And they do this in the name of change and hope… but what they are really doing is destroying morality in America...
This nation was founded on strong moral values, and America prospered because we always used our moral compass as our guide. And now we are at a crossroads. Our ...
The trueness of the direction of our moral compass must be apparent. Our morals must cry out in the actions of our heroes, those soldiers and sailors that serve to protect us, and in our decisions as individuals in this great nation under God...
The moral compass of America is crucial to defend, for if it falls, so does America.
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North Korea is launching missiles, Iran is building nukes, Saudi Arabia is sponsoring hate that translates into worldwide terrorism, Sudan is still massacring and raping, China is busy ethnic cleansing Tibet into a Chinese province... but the Obama Administration is furious, yes "furious" at only one country, Israel.
What did Israel do? Well it's building a hotel in Jerusalem.
Washington is furious over the Interior Ministry's anticipated approval of a plan to build a new hotel in East Jerusalem, just 100 meters from the Old City's walls. In conversations with Israeli officials, senior American officials have made it clear that they want Israel to freeze all plans for expanding the Jewish presence in East Jerusalem, and especially in the Holy Basin - the area adjacent to the Old City.
What right does Israel have building a hotel in its own capital anyway? So far we've had Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demand an end to Jewish babies being born, as if she were Pharaoh dressed up in a power suit. The administration has demanded an absolute freeze on settlements, with Jerusalem to be viewed as a "settlement" too, in exchange for Abbas and Hamas, maybe sorta stepping up their security cooperation. The double standard here isn't exactly hard to find.
The Muslim world can build nukes (Iran), commit genocide (Sudan), occupy anyplace they want including the territory of a NATO ally (Turkey), and Obama will come hat in hand to them, bearing apologies and huge aid packages.
Israel however had better not even think of building a hotel in its capital city. Or having babies. Or the Obama Administration will be furious and leak supposed plans to "punish" Israel for having the temerity to keep on living, building and growing.
In only six months, the Obama Administration has already become the most Anti-Israel administration since the reign of "Apartheid" Jimmy Carter. In an NPR interview Obama described his administration's Anti-Israel trajectory as "Being Honest", which apparently makes Israel-Bashing, the New Honesty.
Obama expects Netanyahu to rush forward and begin the ethnic cleansing of 475,000 Jews from the West Bank and East Jerusalem, all to create a Palestinian state out of the Fatah and Hamas terrorist gangs. Now why exactly wouldn't Israel want to do that? Especially when Hamas and Fatah's main goals remain the destruction of Israel, and that most of their budgets go to training terrorists and trying to kill Israelis with bombs, shelling and rocket attacks.
Sure let's create a Palestinian state out of two mini-states that have no economy of their own, are entirely funded by foreign money, and over 17 years have shown no sign that they can A.) Run their own affairs B.) Stop the terrorism.
While the proposed Palestinian State has no economy, no plans for the future that don't involve blowing up Israel, and already plays host to a branch of Al Queda... it does have its own anthem. With lines like "With my determination, my fire and the volcano of my revenge", or "Palestine is my revenge and the land of endurance", the theme here is none too subtle. Revenge. Death. Killing. Not peace.
"Palestine" is nothing more than an instrument for destroying Israel. It's what the PLO was created for. It's what Iran keeps funding Hamas for. The mythical Palestinian nationalism has as much to do with it, as Afghani nationalism has to do with the Taliban. They are both projections of a much larger Islamist agenda.
And Netanyahu agreeing to a Palestinian state based out of Israel's own capital, would be as lunatic as an American President agreeing to a Taliban state in Mexico, and parts of Texas, Arizona and Washington D.C.
Nevertheless the Obama Administration which has already stated that it has no intention of honoring the Bush Administration's guarantees to Israel, expects Israel to rush off and create a terrorist state so Obama's Cairo speech will win a better Muslim reception. That too is part of the pattern. Every one of Obama's attempts to appease Muslims have been stupid, misguided and dangerous. And usually have come at someone else's expense. Obama muscled Turkey into a leading role in NATO over European objections, despite Turkey's slide into Islamic radicalism. Obama risked the lives of US soldiers with a proposed release of detainee photos that was only halted when Iraq's Prime Minister Maliki forcefully pointed out to him that the release would stir up terrible violence and sabotage Obama's own plans for a timely pullout.
Now Obama is going three for nothing, trying to muscle Israel into putting its survival on the line so he can get some applause when he does his Islamic Apology Tour. And to his furious consternation, the democratically elected Prime Minister of Israel told him, "No".
No, isn't a word that egotists like Obama are used to hearing. But Obama didn't win any elections in Israel, and his administration can't come to terms with the man who did. That of course is diplomacy, which Barry Hussein isn't very good at. The Obama Administration has two diplomatic modes, the naif and the thug.
Russia, the Muslim world and America's enemies are getting the naif who's willing to give away the whole store for a kind word and a handshake. America's allies are getting the cheap trashy thug who brings the Queen of England an iPod with his own speeches on it, tells the head of the Greek Orthodox Church that he had better come to terms with Islam, shakes down an apology for his country's freedom of speech from the Danish Prime Minister and berates the Prime Minister of Israel for not agreeing to destroy his country, so Obama can get another round of applause in Cairo.
But while Obama is busy picking his fight with Israel, Israelis from the Prime Minister, down to ordinary citizens are telling Obama, "No you can't."
Israelis understand that the issue really isn't about settlements, as Hugh Fitzgerald puts it,
Opposition to what are so tendentiously called "the settlements" is not about the "settlements" at all. It is about whether Israel is going to be allowed to decide for itself the minimum conditions of its own survival, or whether others -- apparently to include an Administration so deeply unlearned in the history of the area, and in the claims, and rights, of the Jews to build these "settlements" (simply Jewish villages and towns) on land that was always intended for Jewish settlement by the League of Nations in its Mandate for Palestine.
After 17 years of terror, Israelis went to the polls and voted for security. They did not vote for a two state solution. They did not vote to be Obama's pinata, or to be thrown under the bus whenever Obama tries to play up to the Muslim world.Brick by brick, Obama has built up an administration that is hostile to Israel. He is sabotaging Israel at a military and political level. By voting for security, Israelis chose their own security, over Obama's foreign policy ambitions in the Muslim world.
Now Obama is punishing them for it. Fueled by a longstanding bias toward Israel, with a worldview fed to him by a racist church where Israel was accused of creating genetic bombs and genocide, the last thing Obama cares about is Israel's survival. And in response, Israel has told Obama, "No you can't."
Israel to Obama: "No You Can't!"
Obama: "US Could Be Considered One of the Largest Muslim Countries In the World"
US may stop supporting Israel at UN
ABCNews: Obama’s Muslim Roots Beginning to Show
Monday, June 1, 2009
Tiller "the Baby Killer" Shot in Church - Obama "Shocked and Outraged"
American Daily Review
Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 9:48PM
By John Lillpop
Vigilante justice is never acceptable, even when the target is an immoral and unethical physician doctor who, for a fee, will crush open the skull of a soon to be born fetus and claw the innocent being’s brains out until death ensues.
As reported at Yahoo.news in part:“Dr. George Tiller, one of the nation’s few providers of late-term abortions despite decades of protests and attacks, was shot and killed Sunday in a church where he was serving as an usher.
The gunman fled, but a 51-year-old suspect was detained some 170 miles away in suburban Kansas City three hours after the shooting, Wichita Deputy Police Chief Tom Stolz said.”
People on both sides of the debate can agree that the man who murdered Dr. Tiller must be punished to the full extent of the law, including use of the death penalty if warranted by the facts and law in Kansas.
President Obama made his feelings known when he said, as reported in the same reference, that he was “shocked and outraged” by the murder. “However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence,” he said.
No one can fault the president for those sentiments; however, why is their no “shock and outrage” from people like Barack Obama about the 50 million innocent lives that have been willfully terminated since the Supreme Court sanctioned abortion with the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973?
Why are liberals more concerned with promoting death than receiving and celebrating God’s greatest gift of all time, Human life?
Israel says the US is demanding it "take steps that are a real sacrifice" regarding settlements.
Jun 01, 2009
Israel has refused to bow to US calls for a freeze on all settlement in the occupied West Bank, as it fumes over "unfair" demands that have raised tensions between the key allies.
"I want to say in a crystal clear manner that the current Israeli government will not accept in any fashion that legal settlement activity be frozen," Transport Minister Yisrael Katz, a close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said on Sunday.
Netanyahu also held firm on Israel's controversial blockade of Hamas-run Gaza Strip, warning that Islamists are re-arming and that the ceasefire that ended a 22-day war on January 18 remains very fragile...
A senior Israeli official complained that Washington under President Barack Obama - who has vowed to pursue Middle East peace talks as part of a changed approach to the region - is placing unfair demands on the Jewish state.
"The Americans have demanded almost nothing from the Palestinians but are asking Israel to take steps that are a real sacrifice. These demands are unfair," he told AFP on condition of anonymity.
"The Palestinians are taking a passive approach. They're not even ready to meet the Israeli side, and Abu Mazen (Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas) wants the Americans to do all the work," he said.
Abbas, who met Obama last week 10 days after the US president met Netanyahu, has vowed that he will not resume talks unless Israel freezes settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The Obama administration has demanded that Israel stop all its activity in the settlements, including so-called natural growth construction that allows for building to accommodate a rising population.
The unusually blunt talk over one of the top stumbling points in the stalled Middle East peace process has raised alarm bells that the new US president could put pressure on Israel as part of his new approach to the Muslim world.
"This is an unjustifiable demand that the government and the public do not accept," said Interior Minister Eli Yishai of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party...
Israeli officials have also complained that Obama's administration has yet to say it will honour commitments in a letter that then US president George W Bush sent to then Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon in 2004.
Bush said that given the existence of major settlement blocs in the West Bank it was "unrealistic" to expect Israel to fully withdraw from the territory as part of a final peace deal.
Aside from the settlements, there is stark disagreement between Washington and Israel over creating a Palestinian state, with Obama repeatedly saying he's committed to the principle and Netanyahu so far refusing to endorse it in public.
Obama is due in Saudi Arabia and Egypt this week in a bid to reach out to Muslims and end the deep mistrust of the United States felt across much of the Islamic world.
Netanyahu on Sunday also held firm on maintaining the blockade of Gaza, saying "we do not want to strengthen Hamas" by allowing the Islamist group to rebuild its defences.
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Angry Israel confronts US over West Bank
Obama Puts The World On Fast Track To Armageddon
Barack Obama is setting the table for Armageddon in the Middle East and perhaps worldwide and for Holocaust II for the state of Israel. His reckless and clueless decision-making indicates he is willing to let Iran go nuclear. That means Iran will have the capability to carry out its almost daily-stated objective of wiping Israel off the face of the map. That also means there will be nuclear proliferation and a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
For Zion's Sake Ministries
President said Palestinian state with holy city capital 'in American interest' President Obama and his administration told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting last week the U.S. foresees the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, according to a top PA official speaking to WND.
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Obama to try to bury Israel in Cairo speech
On Thursday, June 4, the day before the 42nd anniversary of the Six Day War's outbreak, American President Barack Hussein Obama will attempt to set in motion a process that will push Israel back to the armistice lines of 1949, if not to those of June 4, 1967.
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