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Mystery Surrounds Cyber Missile That Crippled Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Ambitions – Best. Computer virus.  Ever.

In the 20th century, this would have been a job for James Bond.

The mission: Infiltrate the highly advanced, securely guarded enemy headquarters where scientists in the clutches of an evil master are secretly building a weapon that can destroy the world. Then render that weapon harmless and escape undetected.

But in the 21st century, Bond doesn’t get the call. Instead, the job is handled by a suave and very sophisticated secret computer worm, a jumble of code called Stuxnet, which in the last year has not only crippled Iran’s nuclear program but has caused a major rethinking of computer security around the globe.

Adult Stell Cell Technology Leaves Embryonic Treatments For Dead – This has been played out over and over, with about 1% of the media coverage of the original embryonic stem cell debate.

After continuous monitoring of the child for five years now, with no sign of leukemia cells in her blood, doctors say that they have confirmed that the treatment worked.
The new treatment is the latest in a long string of hundreds of successes in the science of stem cell treatments that use mature cells rather than embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cell treatments, which destroy a human life, have never been proven effective in any medical treatment to date. Treatments with mature stem cells do not cause harm to the donor of the cells.

NY Times Hypocrisy Watch: We’ll Publish Wikileaks Info, But Not ClimateGate

So, the NY Times would not publish the ClimateGate documents which would damage their pet pseudo religion/cult, but, will stand up and publish material acquired illegally that contains all manners of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, material that can do serious damage to American interests around the world. Even though some of the material can hurt Obama, I suppose in Liberal World, damaging the United States’ standing is more important.

Pathetic: Apple pull Manhattan Declaration iPhone app due to complaints by pro-gay and pro-abortion groups.

My Big Fat Homoerotic Christmas – your tax dollars at work supporting this “art.”

How many millions of Chinese Yuan did we borrow to pay for this?

But don’t worry, because:

Islamic sensibilities were NOT harmed in the making of this exhibit.

Quote of the Day: “Many government pension and health care systems are now little more than Ponzi schemes” – Yep.  50+ million abortions don’t help these ratios, either.

Rome’s Meaningless Claim to “Unbroken Chain” Of Succession – good analysis of many of the problems with the Papal succession claim

Why do Liberal politicians think it is right and effective to show gross – but real — pictures to discourage smoking but not abortion?

Eight ways that feminists are ruining America’s women

 

 

Ethanol has been a huge failure. Will we learn from it?

A bipartisan group of Senators signed a letter today calling for an end to subsidies and tariffs designed to protect and enhance domestic production of ethanol, which has been until recently the darling of the alternative-energy movement.  In a sign of how far ethanol subsidies have fallen from favor, the letter addressed to both Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell has the signatures of such liberal luminaries as Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, and the newly-elected Chris Coons . . . End of the line for ethanol? « Hot Air.

Ethanol subsidies have been very counterproductive.  Al Gore admitted that he supported them for personal gain.

I hope a lot of analysis is done on why such easily anticipated consequences were ignored and why billions of dollars were wasted.

Better yet, take a hard look right now at the other job-killing legislation like Cap and Trade.  “Global warming” is a farce.

The letter makes clear just how much the government has intervened to coddle ethanol production:

Historically, our government has helped a product compete in one of three ways: subsidize it, protect it from competition, or require its use.  We understand that ethanol may be the only product receiving all three forms of support from the US government at this time.

It’s long past time for those efforts to cease.  Converting food to fuel not only doesn’t work as a replacement for gasoline, it expands starvation by artificially inflating corn prices and making it more difficult to purchase.  This letter might be the first step in dismantling an expensive and ongoing failure.

 

Media bias manifests itself in many ways

Here’s an example where the media can get a story largely right but still exert their bias with a misleading headline.  See More Palin Bashing: How CNN Misleads With Headlines : Stop The ACLU.

CNN indulged a classic left media tactic by misleading with a headline in a recent piece on former Governor Sarah Palin. The headline, if read by itself, seems to be saying that Sarah Palin delivered a “gaffe-filled message,” when the truth is that her message talked about gaffes, but wasn’t “filled” with them per se. The effect was that the headline made Palin look worse than the story itself did. If all one read was the headline, one would get a far different opinion of what was going on than if one read the story that went with it.

On Nov. 26, CNN delivered this headline on its Political Ticker blog: Palin delivers a gaffe-filled message.

Think about that headline. Doesn’t it say to you that Palin delivered a bunch of gaffes in her message? If all you did was read that headline, you’d think she made a fool of herself with all sorts of incorrect statements in it. One suspects that CNN fully realized this fact.

 

Promises!

From The Simpsons
Lisa: You promised to take us to the lake.
Homer: I promise you kids lots of things, and that’s what makes me such a good father.
Lisa: Actually, keeping promises would make you a good father.
Homer: No, that would make me a great father.

God is a great Father. God makes lots of promises, and He keeps them all – 100.00% of the time. Try flipping open your Bible and seeing how many you find.

I did a test once to show how this and other Bible study techniques work. I had someone pick numbers at random without telling them the purpose. I used the first number to pick a book of the Bible and the second to pick the chapter. The first choice was 1 John 5. I had people search for what stood out to them, what commands they saw, and if there were any promises to claim. And there just happened to be some big time promises. Check these out:

  • 1 John 5:11-12 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
  • 1 John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
  • 1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

Try looking for promises when you study your Bible — but be sure to read them in context.  For example, the promise of Jeremiah 29:11 is not for any reader or even for Christians today.  It was part of a very particular promise made to the exiled Jews.  God kept that promise, of course, but it wasn’t aimed at us.

God is the most trustworthy being in the universe. He always keeps his promises. No one has ever regretted putting their trust in Jesus.

Church fathers and more on the pro-life issue

baby1.jpgStan had a good post (actually, all his posts are excellent . . . be sure to subscribe to his feed if you don’t already) in Winging It: Early Christianity on Abortion.

The early church leaders were very strongly pro-life.  Here are some other quotes by church fathers on abortion. They are part of a delightful post where I show how a pro-choice theological liberal tried to use a quote from a church father to support pure pacifism. Not only did he have to take it out of context to do so, he didn’t realize that his reference included a clear anti-abortion message. Turns out he didn’t really care what that church father said after all.

Also consider how these Christians knew when life began, even without the aid of ultrasounds and advanced science.  Even the pagans knew that abortion was wrong for thousands of years, as noted in the Hippocratic Oath.  Here’s a great link to use on the “where life begins” debate — it is a series of quotes from mainstream embryology textbooks and even some pro-aborts, all conceding the obvious: a new human being is created at conception.

Hey, even Planned Parenthood used to be pro-life. Seriously, in a 1964 ad for birth control they said:

Is it [birth control] an abortion? Definitely not. An abortion kills the life of a baby after it has begun. It is dangerous to your life and health. It may make you sterile so that when you want a child you cannot have it. Birth control merely postpones the meaning of life.

I wonder what scientific discovery made them change their mind? Or was it a financial discovery (abortions make some people very wealthy) or just philosophical (abortions are required to perpetuate the myth of consequence-free sexual freedom)?

Beware of billionaires claiming they want to pay more in taxes

This is a must read for anyone following the super-rich who portray themselves as selfless do-gooders who want to be taxed more: Hey, Warren, put all your money where your mouth is « Hot Air.

First, let’s state the obvious: These folks have been free to send in extra money to the government.  No one is stopping them.  Did they take advantage of that?  Apparently not.

Did you notice how they didn’t propose this novel idea when they were “just” millionaires?

Did you notice how they use all sorts of ways to avoid taxes?  I don’t object to that, of course, as long as they play by the rules.  What I do object to is them pleading for someone to please, please tax them now!

Did you notice how this might just hurt their competition more than it hurts them?

Do you think they might find ways to avoid these increased taxes?

Don’t let these guys fool you into believing they are being altruistic.

Also see When “I can” Becomes “You Must.” These “altrustic” types who want to take other people’s money to solve a problem have the ability to solve it themselves.  Just write those checks, guys!

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New study shows that children of divorce twice as likely to have a stroke – excellent commentary on where Christians went wrong in not opposing “no fault” divorce and why we should oppose it now.

Here is the second unpleasant truth: homosexuals did not destroy marriage, heterosexuals did. The demand for same-sex marriage is a symptom, not a cause, of the deterioration of marriage. By far the most direct threat to the family is heterosexual divorce. “Commentators miss the point when they oppose homosexual marriage on the grounds that it would undermine traditional understandings of marriage,” writes family scholar Bryce Christensen. “It is only because traditional understandings of marriage have already been severely undermined that homosexuals are now laying claim to it.”

Planned Parenthood files suit against Alaska parental notification law

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, November 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGW) is filing suit against a law approved by Alaska voters in August that would require parents to be notified of their minor daughter’s abortion.

The abortion giant, along with two pro-abortion medical doctors, is arguing that the law violates abortion-bound girls’ right to equal protection, because girls who choose to keep their babies are not required to tell their parents.

Yeah, it is easy to hide full-term pregnancies and babies from parents.

The plaintiffs also claim the law, set to take effect December 14 of this year, violates abortionists’ due process rights.

The ACLU teamed up with Planned Parenthood for the suit.  Shocking.

It is amazing that we even have this discussion or that the votes are so close.  Once again, folks, you can’t give a teenager an Advil for their orthodontia in school without taking a note and an original bottle, but these moral freaks want your kids to be able to have a very serious medical procedure and have your grandchildren destroyed without your knowledge.

It’s Time: The Tea Party vs. Obama’s Corporate Cronies

Taking on “the man” isn’t just for hippies anymore:

“Starting next year, the huge Tea Party organizer FreedomWorks will urge supporters to punish huge corporations like General Electric and Johnson & Johnson for backing President Obama’s progressive agenda.”

Glasgow Humanists Unable To Mount Successful Argument Against Behe – just more recycled bad arguments.  When will they learn?

Michael Behe is currently on a speaking tour around the UK (tour websitehere), organised by the newly founded Centre for ID UK. Last night, I attended Behe’s Glasgow lecture. The evening was entitled “Darwin or Design – What Does the Science Really Say?” As is to be expected, Behe spoke both articulately and persuasively, developing a powerful cumulative positive case for design based on the nanotechnology which pervades life at the level of the cellular world. Behe is a very gifted speaker, especially when it comes to conveying his scientific ideas and concepts to an audience without a scientific background.

Representatives from the Scottish Humanist Society were also in attendance, and took the liberty to hand out anti-ID literature outside the venue. Nothing wrong with that, of course. ID has nothing to fear from people listening to both sides and critically evaluating the strength of the respective cases. Unfortunately, however, the literature was disappointing – it recycled, in large measure, material from the NCSE and from Wikipedia: hardly your most reliable sources of information when it comes to ID. Many of the objections presented therein were, in fact, addressed during the course of the presentation. Tellingly, when it came to the Q&A, the humanists were seemingly unable to articulate a reason why we ought to reject Behe’s arguments, and it was somewhat of an anticlimax.

From Sarah Palin’s response to the media’s double standards on whose verbal gaffes they highlight:

My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate – from the FBI’s 100 days to the reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system. We know that countries like Europe are willing to stand with us in our fight to halt the rise of privacy, and Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. And let’s face it, everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma and they end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early, and they got some treatment, and ah, a breathalyzer, or an inhalator. I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for that…

Barack Obama said all those things (click the links for proof).  How many times did you see those highlighted on the news and on Saturday Night Live and such?

More Palin Derangement Syndrome noted at Hot Air, reminiscent of her critics jumping on her for correctly noting the date of the Boston Tea Party:

The Twittersphere lit up after the publication of Ms Palin’s message, with critics jumping on her mention of 57 states – clearly not realising it was her joke aimed at Mr Obama.

Charlotte PD chaplains resign over gay clergy

These men are to be applauded for standing on their convictions. The “silence equals consent” trick is one of the main tactics used by the gcm. As we reported to you, everywhere gcm clerics show up, division is inevitable. Gay christian clerics shouldn’t be accepted as legitimate Christian representatives anywhere, because their fundamental belief system is antithetical –even hostile in some cases— to the Bible. For examples look here,here and here.

I’m not sure what to say about the police chief who’s best excuse for putting these false teachers in positions of influence is “tolerance and gay-versity”.

How many ACORN employees have been convicted of voter fraud this year? – Uh, all of them?  Well, not quite.  Only 15.

From my other blog:  Jim Wallis of Sojourners: Hypocrite. Race Baiter. False teacher – Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistributionWallis is busy telling the world why Tea Partiers are racist and more . . .

Jim Wallis of Sojourners: Hypocrite. Race Baiter. False teacher.

1. Hypocrite: Wallis accuses others of lacking civility at the same time he says others want to “religiously assassinate” Barack Obama.  Can’t you just feel the love and tenderness?

An evangelical pastor described as Barack Obama’s spiritual adviser has accused Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News network of launching a calculated attempt to “religiously assassinate” the president.

Rev Jim Wallis, who has known the president for a decade, said some of the views expressed on the network made no attempt to stick to “truth and civility”. He also warned the opinions expressed on the channel were the reason nearly one in five Americans believed President Obama was a Muslim.

via Murdoch vs the President – Fox accused of faith slur campaign – Americas, World – The Independent.

Also, Wallis claims to be pro-life but takes donations from pro-abortion atheist George Soros and supports the most pro-abortion President ever.

2. Race baiter: As if we’d have all gone along with these ridiculous policies even if Hillary had been elected . . . race baiters like Wallis remind me of the Saturday Night Live skit where Eddie Murphy plays a white man who goes to a bank and “discovers” that white people give each money for free, but only charge interest to blacks.

He added that the right-wing Tea Party movement, whose support has snowballed since Obama entered the White House, only existed because the president was black.

Hey Jim, a couple questions:

- What is the rate of abortions in the black community with respect to the white community?  (Hint: It is three times as high)

- Will taxpayer-funded abortions, which Obama and you supported via the Stupak-less health care bill, increase or decrease that ratio?  (Hint: Increase)

- Couldn’t policies that result in many extra dead black human beings be considered . . . I don’t know . . . kinda racist?

3. False teacher: Wallis is on record for saying the Gospel is “all about” wealth redistribution.  That may be his “gospel” but it isn’t the Gospel of the Bible.

Black Friday shopping (and Internet shopping in general)

No stores for me.  I heart Amazon and eBates, which has a $5 sign-up bonus plus double rebates on Friday.  The key to eBates is to only buy things you would have purchased anyway.  We buy gifts from Omaha Steaks, shirts from Lands End, ink from HP, Snapfish, Target, etc. anyway so using eBates has saved us real, live $$.  The stores typically give a cash back % and other coupons.

Update 1: Just noticed another one — The Vitamin Shoppe, where I get my whey protein.  That’s another 6% off.  I was buying Barnes & Noble gift cards and got 8% off those as well.

Update 2: Ack!  They have Discount Dance Supply on here and we haven’t been using it!  With two ballerinas who order from there at least once a month I should have bought their stock long ago.

All you do is start at the eBates site then click on the store you want.  The rest is like normal web shopping.

If you already have accounts or discounts with vendors you can use those as well.  I have an employee discount with HP because I used to work there, and I get the eBates rebate on top of that.

From the eBates site:

I wanted to tell you about Ebates, a shopping site that gives you up to 26% Cash Back every time you shop online. You can shop at over 1000 stores including eBay, JCPenney, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Overstock.com, Walmart, Kohl’s and Home Depot. Plus you get additional savings with exclusive coupons, free shipping offers, and limited-time sales!

Sign up with Ebates today and we’ll each get a $5 bonus when you make your first purchase!

If I can’t go through eBates, I use Amazon.  Great prices and easy to make returns.

Actions have consequences: Al Gore got rich doing the opposite of what he claimed to want

Al’s promotion of ethanol wasn’t just horribly counterproductive because it is so inefficient and it increased the price of food.  It was evil because he did it for personal gain.

“One of the reasons I made that mistake is that I paid particular attention to the farmers in my home state of Tennessee, and I had a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president.”

via Gore: On second thought, I was just pandering to the farm vote on ethanol « Hot Air.

Follow the money, people.

An 86 second example of Intelligent Design

 

The video that proves Intelligent Design – Just one example of many showing not just the staggering complexity but the logic behind the movement.

You couldn’t have life unless you had this motor to produce the energy currency, so it looks like this motor must have been there right from the beginning, and I’d say that because this motor is so much better, so much tinier and more efficient than anything we can design, … the Designer of the motor is far more intelligent than any motor designer we have today too.

For the Bible tells me so . . .

For the Bible tells me so is a pro-gay theology movie shown in liberal churches and elsewhere.  I watched the trailers and saw many typically bad arguments, starting with comparisons of their opponents to Hitler.  How subtle and tolerant of them.  Ironically, while this movie is part of the movement that knows that if you tell a lie often enough that many people will believe it they have the nerve to level that claim at Christians.

Despite the title, it doesn’t appear to attempt any serious analysis of what the Bible says about human sexuality.  We get a lot of quotes like this:

For a long time the Bible has been misused to support prejudice, apartheid, segregation, slavery, the 2nd class citizenship of women.  Now it is being misused to condemn gay people.  It’s an old trick.  Fundamentalist Christians have been using it throughout the ages and now they are doing it again.

Sure.  Of course, one could have made the opposite claim that the Bible was properly used to reject prejudice, apartheid, segregation, slavery, and the second class treatment of women.  This is a transparent ad hominem argument (attacking the person, not the message).  Since we appear to agree that the Bible, properly interpreted, is accurate, then why not just do that?  Oh yeah, because they lose the argument every time then.

  • 100% of the verses addressing homosexual behavior denounce it as sin in the strongest possible terms.
  • 100% of the verses referencing God’s ideal for marriage involve one man and one woman.
  • 100% of the verses referencing parenting involve moms and dads with unique roles (or at least a set of male and female parents guiding the children).
  • 0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to homosexual behavior in a positive or even benign way or even hint at the acceptability of homosexual unions.

More quotes:

There’s nothing wrong with a 5th grade understanding of God as long as you’re in the 5th grade.

Fear does terrible things to a society.

I’m really getting a feel for what this movie is about: Fact-free personal attacks and emotional appeals that prove nothing.

Moses teaches in Leviticus that it is an abomination to eat shrimp.

The funny thing was that in a film allegedly appealing to what the Bible really says, the only mention in the trailers about the Bible was the item about shrimp.  It is a reference to the shellfish argument, which is full of holes but is appealing to many because so few bother to read the passages in context.  I address the many errors of that argument in Favorite dish of liberal theologians & skeptics: Shellfish.

When any liberal theologian uses an argument like that I consider it to be a concession speech, because you can’t use it without revealing your ignorance of the Bible and/or your deceptiveness.  They really tip their hands when they insist that there is something wrong with the Bible.  If they are really Christians they should hold the same view of the Old Testament that Jesus did.

That’s going to leave a mark — unless . . .

tomb.jpgOne of the unique things about Christianity is that it is falsifiable.  It makes a specific claim about a historical event: The physical resurrection of Jesus.  This is no small thing, as the Bible explicitly says that if there was no resurrection then we are not only wrong in our faith, we are offending God and are to be pitied above all men.

1 Corinthians 15:12–19 (ESV) Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

But here’s the thing: The evidence points to the resurrection being real.

Here’s a short overview, often called the “minimal facts” approach: Nearly 100% of historical scholars from 1975 – present agree with the following statements:

  • Jesus really lived and was killed on a Roman cross.
  • Jesus’ disciples believed He appeared to them.
  • Jesus’ brother, James, went from being a pre-crucifixion skeptic to a post-crucifixion church leader.
  • The Apostle Paul believed Jesus appeared to him and he wrote most of the books attributed to him, including Romans, I & II Corinthians, Philemon and others. He converted from persecuting Christians to being the greatest evangelist ever, despite nearly constant challenges, persecution and ultimately dying for his faith.

75% of the same scholars agree that the tomb was empty.

I submit that the physical resurrection of Jesus best accounts for these facts.

Here are a couple very thorough sources:

The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas and Michael Licona

The Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T. Wright

Ultrasounds save lives

Praenatal

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Last week a woman came to Care Net Pregnancy Center.  She was planning to have an abortion but came to the center for some reason.  The counselor encouraged her to come back to have an ultrasound before she had the abortion.  She did.  She saw her unborn child, then changed her mind and chose life.

This happens a lot.

(That happened with a 30 yr. old ultrasound machine.  We just approved the purchase of a new 3-D machine which will be even more effective.  We have $10,000 left to pay, so if you want to be part of something big and make a donation towards it just click here!)

Care Net Pregnancy Center: Savings lives today and for eternity.

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A Pakistani Christian needs your help

Her crime? The court claims she committed blasphemy against her fellow farm workers while defending her belief in Christ. She spoke firmly of how Jesus had died on the cross for the sins of mankind and asked the Muslim women what Muhammad had done for them.

She was pressured but refused to renounce her Christian faith and accept Islam. So they locked her in a room and violently abused her. Next, they announced from the mosque that her face would be blackened an paraded through the village on a donkey.

For protection against this act of violence, she was taken into custody. Officials eventually caved to the demands of Muslim leaders and Asia was unjustly charged with blasphemy and ultimately sentenced to death.

Please sign this petition to have her freed

A Christ-centered Marriage Is Christ-centered Parenting

What is our marriage telling them about Christ and his bride? They see it all. They hear our fights. They absorb our attitudes. They know who or what really sits on the throne of our lives. They watch how we handle resentment. They hear the way we talk to each other. They know when we hear the Sunday sermon and apply it. They also know when we ignore it.

The message that our marriage preaches either repels or attracts our children. God wants your child to watch your marriage and think, “I want a marriage like that, and I want the God that produced it.” Or, “When I think of the beauty of the gospel, I think of my parents’ marriage. I want to be part of a church that is loved by God the way my dad loves my mother. I want to be part of a church that finds its joy in submitting to Christ as my mother joyfully submits to my father.”

The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask: by Mark Mittelberg – FREE Kindle Book

More Switches Than the Internet

“One synapse, by itself, is more like a microprocessor—with both memory-storage and information-processing elements—than a mere on/off switch. In fact, one synapse may contain on the order of 1,000 molecular-scale switches. A single human brain has more switches than all the computers and routers and Internet connections on Earth.”

Evolutionists are certain, however, that all of this—and all the rest of biology by the way—just happened to arise on its own. They can’t explain how, but they’re absolutely certain it is a fact. After all, any other explanation is not scientific and in any case chimpanzees and humans have way too much in common. Anyway the world is too evil and god never would have made all those beetles, so evolution must be true. With evolutionists, it’s all about philosophy and theology. Religion drives science and it matters.

Will the government allow the Westboro hate brigade and Fred Phelps to protest the misunderstood CAIR Bears of Islam? – Here’s hoping they both lose.  Phelps just parades as a religious type to bait people into lawsuits.  They could sell tickets to this one.

SCARY: Jay Rockefeller openly talks of government yanking FOX off the air…what would happen then?

I don’t know what to say here.  We are really in uncharted territory now.

Democrats keep OPENLY talking about doing all sorts of things that are so damn blatantly un-American.

Taking FOX News, a business, off the air?

How is that the purview of the government?

Here’s my gut feeling: the next five to ten years are going to be ROUGH. The Left is pushing so hard now for a reason…and that is because this seems to be their last chance ever.

The welfare states of Europe have failed. We’re broke. There is no money to keep paying entitlement programs and supporting the unions. The Democrat Party is on the verge of collapse. They know it. So they are going to push as much madness as possible while they still can.

A couple links from Jill Stanek

Ramesh Ponnuru responds to William Saletan’s advice for the pro-life movement:… Saletan says that if pro-lifers “were to embrace contraception and give it moral sanction,” it would reduce abortion more than any anti-abortion law. I’m highly skeptical. Are people really having sex without contraception because pro-lifers have refrained from proselytizing in favor of contraception?

Come on, Ramesh. Everybody knows that National Right to Life’s lack of a position paper on contraception must be the main cause of unmarried women using birth control sporadically and improperly.

And the latest on the pro-aborts attempts to use the government to eliminate their competition, crisis pregnancy centers (you know, the groups that offer free services to women in need but aren’t interested in killing their unborn children).

    Pro-lifers testified yesterday against a measure to regulate pro-life pregnancy centers at a NYC Council committee meeting:Council Member Daniel Halloran raised questions about the city government telling a group that it must disclose what it doesn’t provide, suggesting that Planned Parenthood should change its name to indicate that it also plans for nonparenthood.“I am very concerned that if the government can step in here it can step in other places and do exactly the same thing,” he said.

Go see this sweet, sweet 30 seconds of video where Ann Coulter puts Joy Behar in her place — Domestic Divapalooza: Behar VS. Coulter

The money quotes:

Behar: I want to know if you want to be water-boarded.

Coulter: Do you want to be aborted?  Cause I think you support abortion.

I dedicate that clip to false teachers like Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution” Wallis and Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie and other pro-abortionists like them.

They wring their hands about the water-boarding of a handful of terrorists (oh, the humanity!) while approving taxpayer funding of this.

By any means necessary — An important graph to remember when people claim how Sarah Palin brought down the 2008 ticket.  She was the reason an otherwise poor candidate even had a chance and temporarily went into the lead.  It was only when the Left realized how powerful she would be that they set out to destroy her, with a literal 18-to-1 bias on the big 3 and MSNBC.

First conviction unlikely to help Obama shut Gitmo – must be a typo, because he was going to do that first thing.  Unless he made an empty promise and had no idea what he was talking about at the time . . . naw, the American people wouldn’t stand for that.

 

 

This is how we should handle airport security

See The ‘Israelification’ of airports: High security, little bother.  This could save us lots of time and money while increasing security.  Who could claim that our risks are bigger than theirs?  Read it all.

While North America’s airports groan under the weight of another sea-change in security protocols, one word keeps popping out of the mouths of experts: Israelification.  That is, how can we make our airports more like Israel’s, which deal with far greater terror threat with far less inconvenience.

“It is mindboggling for us Israelis to look at what happens in North America, because we went through this 50 years ago,” said Rafi Sela, the president of AR Challenges, a global transportation security consultancy. He’s worked with the RCMP, the U.S. Navy Seals and airports around the world.

“Israelis, unlike Canadians and Americans, don’t take s— from anybody. When the security agency in Israel (the ISA) started to tighten security and we had to wait in line for — not for hours — but 30 or 40 minutes, all hell broke loose here. We said, ‘We’re not going to do this. You’re going to find a way that will take care of security without touching the efficiency of the airport.”

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Officers are looking for nervousness or other signs of “distress” — behavioural profiling. Sela rejects the argument that profiling is discriminatory.

“The word ‘profiling’ is a political invention by people who don’t want to do security,” he said. “To us, it doesn’t matter if he’s black, white, young or old. It’s just his behaviour. So what kind of privacy am I really stepping on when I’m doing this?”

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At the check-in desk, your luggage is scanned immediately in a purpose-built area. Sela plays devil’s advocate — what if you have escaped the attention of the first four layers of security, and now try to pass a bag with a bomb in it?

“I once put this question to Jacques Duchesneau (the former head of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority): say there is a bag with play-doh in it and two pens stuck in the play-doh. That is ‘Bombs 101′ to a screener. I asked Ducheneau, ‘What would you do?’ And he said, ‘Evacuate the terminal.’ And I said, ‘Oh. My. God.’

“Take Pearson. Do you know how many people are in the terminal at all times? Many thousands. Let’s say I’m (doing an evacuation) without panic — which will never happen. But let’s say this is the case. How long will it take? Nobody thought about it. I said, ‘Two days.’”

A screener at Ben-Gurion has a pair of better options.

First, the screening area is surrounded by contoured, blast-proof glass that can contain the detonation of up to 100 kilos of plastic explosive. Only the few dozen people within the screening area need be removed, and only to a point a few metres away.

Second, all the screening areas contain ‘bomb boxes’. If a screener spots a suspect bag, he/she is trained to pick it up and place it in the box, which is blast proof. A bomb squad arrives shortly and wheels the box away for further investigation.

“This is a very small simple example of how we can simply stop a problem that would cripple one of your airports,” Sela said.

Five security layers down: you now finally arrive at the only one which Ben-Gurion Airport shares with Pearson — the body and hand-luggage check.

“But here it is done completely, absolutely 180 degrees differently than it is done in North America,” Sela said.

“First, it’s fast — there’s almost no line. That’s because they’re not looking for liquids, they’re not looking at your shoes. They’re not looking for everything they look for in North America. They just look at you,” said Sela. “Even today with the heightened security in North America, they will check your items to death. But they will never look at you, at how you behave. They will never look into your eyes … and that’s how you figure out the bad guys from the good guys.”

“There is absolutely no intelligence and threat analysis done in Canada or the United States,” Sela said. “Absolutely none.”

So. Eight years after 9/11, why are we still so reactive, so un-Israelified?

Working hard to dampen his outrage, Sela first blames our leaders, and then ourselves.

“We have a saying in Hebrew that it’s much easier to look for a lost key under the light, than to look for the key where you actually lost it, because it’s dark over there. That’s exactly how (North American airport security officials) act,” Sela said. “You can easily do what we do. You don’t have to replace anything. You have to add just a little bit — technology, training. But you have to completely change the way you go about doing airport security. And that is something that the bureaucrats have a problem with. They are very well enclosed in their own concept.”

Hat tip: Glenn