Tuesday, July 29, 2008
If ignorance and poverty are responsible for the growth of extremist views in the Islamic world, someone needs ask to Muslim students, privileged enough and bright enough to attend some of the
- 40 per cent support introduction of sharia into British law for Muslims
- One-third back the idea of a worldwide Islamic caliphate based on sharia law
- 40 per believe it is unacceptable for Muslim men and women to associate freely
- 24 per cent do not think men and women are equal in the eyes of Allah
- 53 per cent believe killing in the name of religion is never justified (compared with 94 per cent of non-Muslims)
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian and Pakistani soldiers traded fire across the heavily armed Kashmir frontier for more than 12 hours overnight and into Tuesday in what the Indian army called the worst violation of a 2003 cease-fire agreement between the nuclear-armed neighbors. The night-long gunbattle came after one Indian soldier and four Pakistanis were killed Monday along the heavily armed frontier that divides Indian- and Pakistani-controlled
- JJ Commentary: Muslims continue to be the leading cause of war and terrorism across the globe.
- JJ Commentary: Unfortunately, there is some validity to these claims, as exhibited by our materialistic/greedy tendencies and an increasingly degenerate society. However, the true threat to world peace comes from Muslim militants whose only goal is to subject the entire world to Islam.
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- The AIDS epidemic among African-Americans in some parts of the
JJ Commentary: Pestilence is one of the key end-time signs in many Biblical prophecies (e.g. Matthew 24:7).
WORLDNETDAILY: A Christian organization is pressuring the community of
Is it a remedy for the worst housing slump the nation has suffered in decades? Or merely a taxpayer-funded bailout that will fail to reverse the plunge in home prices, the surge in foreclosures and the grave threat that overhangs the economy? The housing act, which won final approval in Congress on Saturday and which President Bush has said he will sign, is historic in its sweep and ambition. It aims to provide relief to homeowners, incentives to buyers, guidance to lenders and oversight to vital government-sponsored entities, such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Who, really, will benefit? And for how long? Will the legislation make a real difference for those who most desperately need help? It depends on whom you ask. The act has plenty of fans. But skepticism abounds, too.
On paper, the act holds out help for thousands in need:
•Up to 400,000 homeowners at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure.
•First-time buyers who can't afford full down payments.
•States and cities that will receive money to redevelop abandoned and foreclosed homes.
•People in need of mortgage counseling.
•Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which own or guarantee nearly half of the nation's mortgages and which now have a rescue plan.
But is it enough? Even if 400,000 homeowners can avoid foreclosure — a figure that a few critics dispute — some estimates put the number of potential foreclosures from 2007 through 2012 at up to 6 million.
JJ Commentary: It is somewhat irksome to incur more taxpayer debt to bail out greedy developers and stupid consumers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The number of miles driven on U.S. highways in May fell a record 3.7%, or 9.6 billion, from last year because of soaring fuel costs, the U.S. Transportation Department said Monday. It was the biggest drop ever for any May, which usually sees increased traffic due to Memorial Day vacations and the beginning of summer. "This continues a seven-month trend that amounts to 40.5 billion fewer miles traveled between November 2007 and May 2008 than the same period a year before," the department said.
• 15% of districts are eliminating bus routes and either eliminating or modifying extracurricular offerings or sports.
• 15% are considering moving to a four-day school week.
• 44% are cutting back on field trips.
• 29% are eliminating or modifying teaching positions.
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe's bank chief plans new currency reforms -- removing "more zeros" from the plummeting Zimbabwe dollar and raising the limit on cash withdrawals -- to tackle the country's runaway inflation and cash shortages, state media reported Sunday. Previous currency reforms have failed to tame
- JJ Commentary: And we worry about inflation rates over 5%!!
The hotline receives up to 250 calls per day. Kemp said callers are divided evenly between veterans from the
WORLDNETDAILY: The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America is dead, says Robert A. Pastor, the
"The April summit meeting was probably the last hurrah for the SPP," Pastor wrote, referring to the fourth annual SPP meeting held in April in
JJ Commentary: This is a setback for the New World Order globalists, but be assured, they will continue to work toward the one-world government prophesied in Revelation 13
TOKYO (AP) — Four people died Monday in central
- JJ Commentary: The frequency of earthquakes has been increasing, a sign of the times that Jesus told us to watch for in Matthew 24:7
MARIPOSA, Calif. — Visitors to Yosemite National Park weighed whether to cut their vacations short Tuesday as a destructive wildfire raging miles from the famed wilderness threatened thousands of homes and left evacuees stranded. Authorities said late Monday the blaze tearing through a steep, dry river canyon had destroyed 25 homes, more than double the number reported earlier in the day. The fire has forced the evacuation of about 300 homes in the nearby towns of Midpines and Coulterville and is endangering as many as 4,000 others. More than 46 square miles of mostly wilderness terrain have burned since a target shooter sparked the wildfire on Friday. The fire was 10% contained Monday night as it burned about 12 miles from
- JJ Commentary: This year continues the trend of increasing wildfire damage, with the average acreage burned for the last five years (4,464,408 acres) almost double the preceding five years (2,592,000 acres), another end-times sign.
Friday, July 11, 2008
The Times said the government is considering a plan that would place the companies into conservatorship, citing people briefed about the plan. This would mean the shares would be worth little or nothing, and the losses on home loans they own or guarantee — half of all U.S. mortgages — would be paid by taxpayers.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Iran's missile test on Wednesday proves "there is a real threat," but he downplayed the possibility of war in connection with that nation's nuclear ambitions.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Employers cut payrolls by 62,000 in June, the sixth month of nationwide job losses, underscoring the economy's fragile state. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.5%. The Labor Department's report Thursday showed continued caution on the part of employers who are chafing under zooming energy prices and are uncertain about how long the economy will be stuck in a sluggish mode, reflecting fallout from housing, credit and financial troubles. So far this year, the economy has lost a total of 438,00 jobs, an average of 73,000 a month.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Soaring gas prices are a double-whammy for many rural residents: They often pay more than people who live in cities and suburbs because of the expense of hauling fuel to their communities, and they must drive greater distances for life's necessities: work, groceries, medical care and, of course, gas. Meanwhile, incomes typically are lower in rural areas, making increasingly high gas prices an especially urgent concern. Rural households also are more likely to have older, less fuel-efficient vehicles such as pickups, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) says. The average age of a vehicle in a rural household: 8.7 years, compared with 7.9 years for an urban vehicle.
Rural residents do more driving, too — an average of 3,100 miles a year more than urban dwellers, the FHWA says. A May survey by the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS), a fuel analysis company, and Wright Express, a company that collects data on credit card transactions, found that people in rural areas spend as much as 16.02% of their monthly family income on gas, while people in urban areas of New York and New Jersey spend as little as 2.05%.
Rich and poor nations have more in common this year -- a growing sense of economic insecurity, the U.N. says in an annual survey of world economic and social trends released Tuesday. Their shared anxiety is largely due to "trade shocks" from rising oil and food prices, rattled financial markets, natural disasters and armed conflicts, the report said. As usual, though, it is the impoverished who fare worse. "The food riots that broke out in a number of countries in early 2008 have laid bare the fragility of economic livelihoods for those at the bottom of the development ladder," the report says. It lists 35 nations that need help because of a food crisis, led by Iraq, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Somalia and Lesotho, where food insecurity is greatest because of drought and windstorms or floods and, in some areas, fighting.
Nearly all Americans have felt the sting of inflation in recent months. But when you're retired and your sole means of support is a fixed amount that arrives each month — from Social Security and, for the lucky ones, a pension — the pain is especially severe. Until recently, many retirees had assumed they had enough income to retire on. That was before gas and food prices began racing out of control. "By any measure, people who are retired are bearing the worst brunt of the economic slump," says Jim Dau, a spokesman for AARP. "Because they're living on fixed incomes, they're just getting crushed on food and medicine that they can't do without."
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Hutchens, president of The Jerusalem Connection International (TJCI), says the Bible warns of a worldwide moral decline that affects the Holy Land as well. "There is a judgment that God brings worldwide and on Israel, as a matter of fact. And I think those are the events that lead up to what we refer to as Armageddon, the apocalyptic besieging of Jerusalem," Hutchens contends.
In her first veto letter, the Governor stated two concerns with the bill and that she "stand[s] ready to work on these issues in a bipartisan manner." Senator Linda Gray took the Governor at her word and introduced a bill that addressed the Governor's two concerns - giving doctors a chance to have the state medical board determine whether the partial-birth abortion was necessary to save the life of the mother and limiting the penalty to not more than two years in prison. Yet despite these changes and continuing bipartisan support in both Legislative chambers, the Governor vetoed the bill, thereby preventing Arizona from having a clear law preventing this horrific practice that literally takes the life of a preborn child.
In this second veto letter, the Governor falsely claimed the new ban would introduce "more criminal penalties...into the relationship between a woman and her physician." The state ban tracked identically the federal criminal penalties. A state ban on partial-birth is needed because the federal law only applies in limited scenarios with limited enforcement options.
Banning partial-birth abortion is widely supported beyond traditional pro-life groups, and the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that bans on this horrific procedure are constitutional. Governor Napolitano remains unwilling to consider the view held by the overwhelming majority of Arizonans that the partial-birth abortion procedure is appalling.
We congratulate the Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) for persevering even when the outcome looked bleak. As recently as last week, the Senate narrowly voted down an attempt to put the marriage protection amendment on the ballot. Thanks to the work of CAP, pro-marriage leaders in Arizona pulled the provision back from the brink and revived it on Friday before the session concluded. By a 16-4 vote, the Senate entrusted the definition of marriage to the people. If you'd like to learn more about what's at stake in November, log on to www.frc.org today and order your free marriage protection kit. Help empower your friends, church, and community to defend the union of a man and woman!
A federal court ruled against Planned Parenthood and rejected an injunction against a state law requiring doctors to tell women seeking abortions that they may face serious medical conditions and will "terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being." The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit issued a 7-4 ruling Friday to lift an injunction against the South Dakota informed consent abortion law. Attorneys representing the Alliance Defense Fund filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the Family Research Council in defense of the law.
The court said U.S. Supreme Court rulings allow a state to "use its regulatory authority to require a physician to provide truthful, non-misleading information relevant to a patient's decision to have an abortion, even if that information might also encourage the patient to choose childbirth over abortion." The South Dakota act defines a human being as "an individual living member of the species Homo sapiens, including the unborn human being during the entire embryonic and fetal ages from fertilization to full gestation."
The president said he wants to level the playing field so religious charities and secular charities compete for government money on an equal footing. His White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives survived a legal challenge from a group of atheists and agnostics last year when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that ordinary taxpayers cannot sue to stop conferences that help religious charities apply for federal grants.
- JJ Commentary: Charity is supposed to be the responsibility of the Church, not the government.
What is extraordinary this year is the number of fires burning at the same time, Kirchner said. The weekend of June 21 saw some 1,200 fires burning -- a figure Forest Service officials said appeared to be an all-time record in California.
- JJ Commentary: Wildfires are another sign of the end-times and increasing tribulation.