Sunday, June 22, 2008
President Bush and Congress have settled their differences on terrorist surveillance and
Concerns over security, sabotage and smuggling are fading as the government in
The decisive battle of the
Israel carried out a major military exercise earlier this month that American officials say appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Several American officials said the Israeli exercise appeared to be an effort to develop the military’s capacity to carry out long-range strikes and to demonstrate the seriousness with which
A scientist whose reservations about "global warming" have been officially endorsed by tens of thousands of other scientists is accusing the U.N. of using "mob rule" to generate fear-mongering climate change reports intended to scare national leaders into submitting to its worldwide taxation schemes. the Petition Project, a compilation of more than 31,000 scientists – with more names arriving daily – who have voluntarily signed their names to the following statement: "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."
"Always, scientific progress is a result of a large number of individual decisions that trend in a specific direction," said Art Robinson, a research professor of chemistry and co-founder of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine. Not so, however, at the United Nations. Especially with the organization's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has generated many of the claims of catastrophic results of man's use of hydrocarbon fuels, including submerged coastlines and a deadly, massive expansion of African deserts.
The nation's weak economy has landed some big states in a desperate struggle to balance their budgets before July 1 when their new fiscal years begin.
Stocks capped a difficult week with steep losses Friday amid escalating worries about the financial and automotive sectors and a rebound in oil prices. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up more than 200 points to end at its lowest level in three months. While investors have seen other triple-digit days in the past year since concerns about the economy began emerging, the Dow's first finish under 12,000 since mid-March could deal Wall Street a psychological blow.
- .JJ Commentary: The Midwest has had two “hundred-year floods” in just 15 years.
A typhoon, which has submerged entire communities and set off landslides, has left at least 155 dead in the Philippines, said Sen. Richard Gordon, head of the national Red Cross, based on field reports from his staff. But there were concerns the death toll would jump dramatically. The 72 people listed as missing does not include the more than 740 passengers and crew aboard the MV Princess of Stars, a passenger ferry that capsized during Typhoon Fengshen.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A fast-moving fire erupted Friday along the
Thursday, June 19, 2008
TORONTO — After four months of controversy over the roles of religion and the state, the government of Ontario has compromised by keeping the Lord's Prayer in the provincial legislature — and adding invocations from other faiths. Members of the legislature voted unanimously to retain the daily opening recitation of the Lord's Prayer, but starting Monday the prayer was joined in rotation with eight new prayers from other faiths, and a moment of silence to appease non-believers. Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Baha'i, Sikh, First Nations (indigenous) and non-denominational prayers will alternate, along with a moment of silent reflection. More than 25,000 Ontarians wrote the premier with letters, e-mails and petitions; about 90% were opposed to the change. Many cited a need to keep the province's Christian heritage intact.
- JJ Commentary: Amazing, isn’t it, how government thwarts Christianity despite the people’s preferences. A clear sign of the end-times.
JERUSALEM (AP) —
- JJ Commentary: It is only a matter of time before the Islamists fully take over
and its nuclear arsenal. This will make it problematic for holding on in Afghanistan Pakistan
WASHINGTON (AP) — For a quarter-century, drilling for oil and gas off nearly all the American coastline has been banned in part to protect tourism and to lessen the chances of beach-blackening spills. Then gasoline prices topped $4 a gallon this summer. Drivers and others began clamoring for federal lawmakers to do something about the record price of oil, much of it produced in foreign countries. In response, President Bush is renewing his call to open
Americans drove 30 billion fewer miles from November through April than during the same period in 2006-07, the biggest such drop since the Iranian revolution led to gasoline supply shortages in 1979-80. The decline in total miles traveled, though only 1%, means that many drivers are cutting back far more because the number of drivers and vehicles grows by 1% to 2% a year. Americans are driving about the same number of miles as in 2005, when the
Steadily and alarmingly, shoplifting seems to be rising at many retail chains, and experts are pointing at a prime cause: the sputtering economy. Retail and law enforcement experts agree that they've seen an increase in store theft during the current slowdown — and not only from customers. "It's clear that both employee theft and shoplifting are up," says Richard Hollinger, professor of criminology at the
More than 400 real estate industry players have been indicted since March -- including dozens over the last two days -- in a Justice Department crackdown on incidents of mortgage fraud nationwide that have contributed to the country's housing crisis. The FBI put the losses to homeowners and other borrowers who were victims in the schemes at over $1 billion. Since March 1, 406 people have been arrested in the sting dubbed "Operation Malicious Mortgage" that saw 144 cases across the country. Sixty people were arrested on Wednesday alone, including in Chicago,
Under pressure from falling home values, high oil prices and rising unemployment, the economy in
The Royal Bank of
BRUSSELS (AP) — Hundreds of farmers, truckers and taxi drivers blocked roads in and around
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
CENTER FOR ARIZONA POLICY: The Arizona Senate passed the final version of SB 1048 Monday by a vote of 18-6, with six members absent. The Senate vote demonstrates the significant bi-partisan support for banning the brutal and horrific practice of partial-birth abortion in our state. SB 1048 addresses the two concerns the Governor brought up when she vetoed the previous partial-birth abortion bill in April. SB 1048 must receive final approval from the House before it goes back to the Governor. Please continue to pray for all of the CAP-supported bills to move successfully through the Legislature.
A call has been issued for a Day of Prayer and Fasting tomorrow (Wednesday) as California begins allowing same-sex "marriages," a law firm is warning that county clerks who do issue such "licenses" will be breaking state rules, and an alarm has been raised that the state will not, under its own new precedents, now be able to prevent polygamy. The deadline for any sort of judicial restraint that would "stay" the ruling for various issues to be addressed passed today without court action, allowing the licenses to be issued at the whim of county clerks. The call for prayer comes from Concerned Women for America, which said
U.S. Roman Catholic bishops issued a document Friday warning against what they consider the moral dangers of embryonic stem cell research, saying it treats human beings as commodities and reduces procreation to a manufacturing process. With general elections looming in November, the bishops said they are not asking Catholics or the public to choose between science and religion. Instead, they are urging people to examine how society should conduct medical research. Research advocates say that banning scientific use of embryos would halt promising efforts to find treatments for diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. Human embryonic stem cells are created in the first days after conception and give rise to all organs and specialized tissues in the body. But the bishops said that "no commitment to a hoped-for 'greater good' can erase or diminish the wrong of directly taking innocent human lives here and now." "As believers who recognize each human life as the gift of an infinitely loving God, we insist that every human being, however small or seemingly insignificant, matters to God," the bishops said.
European and Asian companies are beating their American rivals into
Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatened Sunday to send Afghan troops across the border to fight militants in
The European Union on Saturday presented
Housing starts slid 3.3% in May to their lowest level in more than 17 years, while permits for future construction also fell, signaling more weakness ahead for the battered housing sector. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that housing starts fell to an annual pace of 975,000 units in May, lowest since March 1991. Building permits fell to an annual rate of 969,000.
Oil futures are hit a new milestone near $140 a barrel Monday morning, a dramatic surge analysts attributed to the weakening dollar. Many investors buy commodities such as oil as a hedge against inflation when the dollar loses buying power. A weaker dollar makes oil less expensive to investors dealing in other currencies because oil is traded in dollars. Nationwide average for regular gasoline was $4.082, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Monday. That's up 4.3 cents in a week, but up $1.029 this year. The average is going up in relatively small increments, signaling either a normal summer plateau or a breather before the run-up resumes.
Electricity bills are heading up. Way up. Utilities across the
Corn prices surged to a record Monday, with some contracts briefly topping $8 a bushel for the first time as traders bet that a major swath of this year's corn crop will be lost to
Wholesale prices bolted ahead in May at the fastest pace in six months as energy and food costs marched higher. The Labor Department reported Tuesday that its Producer Price Index, which measures the costs of goods before they reach store shelves, shot up 1.4% in May. That was up from a modest 0.2% rise in April and marked the biggest increase since November. However, stripping out energy and food prices, which can swing widely from month to month, the "core" rate of inflation rose 0.2% in May, an improvement from the prior month's 0.4% increase. That suggested that other prices were fairly well behaved.
Swamped by debt and rising medical bills, elderly Americans have been seeking bankruptcy-court protection at sharply faster rates than other adults, a study to be released Tuesday indicates. From 1991 to 2007, the rate of personal bankruptcy filings among those ages 65 or older jumped by 150%, according to AARP, which will release the new research from the Consumer Bankruptcy Project. The most startling rise occurred among those ages 75 to 84, whose rate soared 433%. "Health care is a big issue for the elderly," says George Gaberlavage, director of consumer and state affairs at the AARP Public Policy Institute. "And out-of-pocket expenses have been going up."
A magnitude-7.2 earthquake ripped across mountains and rice fields in northern
At a nuclear power plant in
BEIJING (AP) — At least 112 people have died and seven are missing in flooding across a broad stretch of southern
Friday, June 13, 2008
The consumer price index, the government's main gauge of inflation, soared 0.6% after seasonal adjustments, its biggest jump in six months, as gasoline costs surged 5.7%, the Labor Department reported Friday. Overall consumer prices rose a larger-than-expected 4.2% over the past 12 months. The combination of rising inflation and weak wage gains contributed to another drop in weekly earnings. After adjusting for inflation, weekly earnings for non.-supervisory workers were down 1.2% in May. Some economists now expect the Fed to start raising interest rates to slow the economy and put a lid on inflation.
- JJ Commentary: Slowing an already slow economy is a risky move.
Rising water from the
Deaths blamed on the East Coast's recent heat wave climbed past 30 Thursday with various coroner's reports, and 15 of the deaths were in
A series of up to seven earth tremors centered in
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Though the Chinese government has always persecuted house churches, a new reports indicates that the approaching Bejing Olympics have unleashed the first systematic crackdown, the Christian Post reports. The report, called "China: Persecution of Protestant Christians in the Approach to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games" by U.K.-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide and U.S.-based China Aid Association, documents governmental funding to the Ministry of Public Security for a campaign to eradicate house churches throughout China. Tactics used to crack down on unregistered Christians include: targeting well-established unregistered churches; sending landlords directives ordering them to not rent space to those engaging in religious activities; charging Christians in the Xinjiang region of separatism; expelling foreign Christians; targeting repression at the Chinese House Church Alliance; and carrying out the largest mass sentencing of house church leaders in 25 years.
- JJ Commentary:
will not cease its nuclear ambitions over “new penalties and incentives.” Ultimately, Iran Israeland/or the U.S.will destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities and touch off another Middle Eastconflagration that will lead to the peace pact “with many” prophesied by Daniel and the emergence of the anti-Christ
Menacing storms crippled central
Military crews joined desperate sandbagging operations Monday as
For nearly a year, the tiny southwestern Wisconsin
ATHENS (AP) — Authorities say a very strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 has struck southwestern
JIANGYOU, China (AP) -- A "relatively strong" aftershock shook a massive quake-formed
Saturday, June 7, 2008
- JJ Commentary: The Bible couldn’t be clearer about homosexuality being a sin – even in the New Testament (see Romans 1:26-27, 1Corinthians 6:9). Too many Christians don’t know their Bible and are too easily swayed by public opinion
Millions of the dollars support lobbying firms that help companies, universities, local governments and others secure what critics like Republican presidential candidate John McCain call pork-barrel spending. The law forbids using federal grants to lobby, but lobbyists do charge clients fees that often equal 10% of the largesse. Earmark winners and their lobbyists often reward their benefactors with campaign contributions. For many members of Congress, especially those on the Appropriations committees, such as Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., campaign donations from earmark-seeking lobbyists and corporate executives are the core of their fundraising. Rules forbid lawmakers from raising campaign funds from congressional offices, but members and their aides sometimes find ways to skirt them. "I know a bunch of members that if you go in to see them, somewhere in the conversation they somehow say, 'Well, we were looking through our list of campaign contributors and didn't happen to see you there,"' said Frank Cushing, a lobbyist with the National Group, which lobbies on appropriations bills. "Is there a quid pro quo? No, not directly, but you'd have to be pretty dense not to figure it out."
The report released Thursday follows, by years, an earlier committee effort that assessed the quality of pre-war intelligence on
The report released Thursday follows, by years, an earlier committee effort that assessed the quality of pre-war intelligence on