A look at current events from the point of a view of a Conservative Evangelical Christian who stands firmly on the Word of God (that's the Bible for those of you at Berkley) and stands behind the Constitution of the United States of America. So grab yourself a big cup of java, kick back in your chair and enjoy another member of the "vast right wing conspiracy" making his voice heard.
Friday, March 30, 2007
So, here are those facts that you need to know about Israel and the Middle East:
ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM FACTS
1. Israel became a state in 1312 B.C., two millennia before Islam;
2. Arab refugees from Israel began calling themselves "Palestinians" in 1967, two decades after (modern) Israeli statehood;
3. After conquering the land in 1272 B.C., Jews rules it for a thousand years and maintained a continuous presence there for 3,300 years;
4. The only Arab rule following conquest in 633 A.D. lasted just 22 years;
5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem was the Jewish capital. It was never the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even under Jordanian rule, (east) Jerusalem was not made the capital, and no Arab leader came to visit it;
6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in the bible, but not once is it mentioned in the Koran.
7. King David founded Jerusalem; Mohammad never set foot in it;
8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem; Muslims face Mecca. if they are between the two cities, Muslims pray facing Mecca, with their backs to Jerusalem.
9. In 1948 Arab leaders urged their people to leave, promising to cleanse the land of Jewish presence. 68% of them fled without ever setting eyes on an Israeli soldier.
10. Virtually the entire Jewish population of Muslim countries had to flee as the result of violence and pogroms;
11. Some 630,000 Arabs left Israel in 1948, while close to a million Jews were forced to leave the Muslim countries;
12. In spite of the vast territories at their disposal, Arab refugees were deliberately prevented from assimilating into their host countries. Of 100 million refugees following World War 2, they are the only group to have never integrated with their coreligionists. Most of the Jewish refugees from Europe and Arab lands were settled in Israel, a country no larger than New Jersey;
13. There are 22 Muslim countries, not counting so-called Palestine. There is only one Jewish state. Arabs started all five wars against Israel and lost every single one of them;
14. Fatah and Hamas constitutions still call for the destruction of Israel. Israel ceded most of the West Bank and all of Gaza t the Palestinian Authority, and even provided it with arms;
15. During the Jordanian occupation, Jewish holy sites were vandalized and were off limits to Jews. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian holy sites are accessible to all faiths;
16. Out of 175 United Nations Security Council resolutions up to 1990, 97 were against Israel; Out of 690 general Assembly resolutions, 429 were against Israel;
17. The U.N. was silent when the Jordanians destroyed 58 synagogues in the old city of Jerusalem. It remained silent while Jordan systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, and it remained silent when Jordan enforced apartheid laws preventing Jews from accessing the Temple Mount and Western Wall.
Friday, March 23, 2007
When the facts are presented, even the youth of our country who are allowed to think on their own can see the truth.
Global warming on trialSixth-graders decide that humans aren’t to blame
By Ben Ready The Daily Times-Call
LONGMONT — Humans don’t cause global warming, a jury of sixth graders at Trail Ridge Middle School concluded Thursday after hearing opposing arguments from their peers.
“They’re pretty young for this kind of thinking. They did great,” paleontology teacher Ken Poppe said after the 40-minute “trial” in his classroom.
With Earth’s warming accepted as a tenet, pre-teen “lawyers” and “scientists” debated whether humans have caused it.
Eleven jurors listened intently as prosecutors and defendants flashed contradictory graphs tracking global temperatures, carbon dioxide levels, polar ice cap statistics, volcanic activity and sea surface temperatures — all of which were found Wednesday in the school’s computer lab.
“The earth has warmed and cooled over many years. If it’s caused by CO2, why haven’t the charts shot up?” Poppe’s son and lead prosecutor Caleb argued during a rebuttal.
In a climax that sent half the class to its feet and forced the judge to call for order, opponent Monique Nem slapped a contradictory graph onto the prosecution’s table.
“We’ve proven you wrong! The CO2 levels have shot up,” she said.
The jury responded more warmly, however, to Caleb Poppe’s response: The graphic cited a Hawaiian source; Hawaii has volcanoes; volcanoes emit CO2.
In closing arguments, Alexia Hegy said global temperatures actually decreased in the 1960’s, while the global population rose. Humans cannot be at fault, she concluded.
With the final word, defense attorney Sarah Steed countered: “It all comes back to us, the people — not the sun, not the weather. We need to turn off lights when we don’t need them. Bikes can work. The environment can be richer.”
Seven of 11 jurors decided humans are not to blame, but everyone agreed classroom debates make for fun learning.
“It was a hard decision, because both sides made good points,” said student Samantha Roberts.
Ken Poppe said he let students choose which side of the debate to argue. Poppe personally believes global warming is cyclical and not affected by humans, while his Colorado State University student aide David Richards believes the opposite. Both, however, said they presented both sides equally to the students leading up to Thursday’s debate.
“What I think is not the issue. It’s what the students dig up and how they present the case,” Poppe said.
Only one parent questioned Poppe’s decision to hold a global warming debate. That mother expected him to present Al Gore’s global warming movie “An Inconvenient Truth” as indisputable facts, Poppe said. After he explained his neutrality in the classroom, the mom allowed her child to participate in the debate, he said.
“You don’t understand someone’s position until you can argue it to their satisfaction,” Poppe said, quoting a famous physicist. “I don’t believe in Darwinism either, but I can argue it as well as any Darwinist.”
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Growing up in South Louisiana in the 80's meant one constant...Kathleen "Call Me Babineaux Only at Election Time" Blanco was holding some political office. She is a career politician who made an mediocre legislator at best and a horrible chief executive. Her 2003 election to the Governor's mansion in Louisiana was probably a fluke and the result of bad planning by the Bobby Jindal team, but her handling of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is what ultimately did her in.
Today i finally heard Madame Governor say something that made me smile, "After much thought and prayer i have decided that i will not seek re-election as your Governor." I guess she does have some common sense after all!
I really can't say i'm going to miss her, nor with the vast majority of residents in the state of Louisiana. Especially since Louisiana is the only state in the last 3 years to face a major hurricane...and still not be anywhere near recovery in a lot of areas. South Texas is back to normal after Rita, and the MS Gulf coast is rebuilding after Katrina. Heck, even Alabama and Florida are in pretty decent shape after a plethora of hits over the last few years. But as for Louisiana...Kathleen's leadership has gotten us no where.
BTW...what is one thing that TX, MS, AL and FL have in common? Republican governors! And what is Blanco? Oh yeah, a Democrat!
She even went as for as saying, "I believe that it is best for my state." Once again, she actually was right. The best thing would have been for her to step down after Hurricane Katrina though.
The good news is Bobby Jindal apparently has thrown his hat back into the ring after doing a tremendous job of representing Louisiana's 1st district and was the one state leader who was more interested in getting dirty and cleaning up after Katrina, rather than doing press conferences. And my recommendation for the 2007 Governor's election in the great state of Louisiana is Rep. Bobby Jindal.
As for Kathleen Blanco...good riddance, and don't let the door hit you on the way out!