In The News
Appeasement Foreign Policy Still Doesn’t Work – October 06, 2010 (National Review Online)
Appeasement — failing to support the Iranian freedom protestors, ignoring the abuses of the Cuban and Syrian totalitarian regimes, and keeping silent about the destruction of democracy in Venezuela — has resulted in even more animus, just as appeasement of the unhinged and dictatorial always does. One might almost conclude that dictatorships hate American freedom, the global stature and power of the United States, and our propensity to oppose aggrandizement, and that they do not much care who happens in any given year to be in the White House.
Taliban Demoralized By Surge – October 12, 2010 (The Washington Times)
“There are already some early signs of a beginning of a momentum shift in our favor,” retired Army Gen. Jack Keane told The Washington Times. Gen. Keane offered two observations as evidence. First, most commanders with whom he spoke said they are encountering Taliban who want to stop fighting and reintegrate into Afghan society. “That’s a big deal,” he said. Second, “There’s evidence of erosion of some of the will of the Taliban. We pick it up in interrogations, and we also pick it up listening to their radio traffic and telephone calls in terms of the morale problems they’re starting to have,” Gen. Keane said.
International Financiers Call For One-World Currency – October 12, 2010 (Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert)
In advance of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meeting in Washington last weekend, the Institute of International Finance, a group that represents 420 of the world’s largest banks and finance houses, issued yet another call for a one-world global currency. “A core group of the world’s leading economies need to come together and hammer out an understanding,” Charles Dallara, the Institute of International Finance’s managing director told the Financial Times in London.
UC Does Not Have To Accept Christian School Classes For Credit – October 13, 2010 (SanFrancisco Chronicle)
The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal Tuesday from Christian schools that want the University of California to grant college-prep credit for courses with religious viewpoints – using textbooks, UC says, that replace science with the Bible. UC requires certain high school courses for admission and says it reviews their content to make sure they cover subjects that incoming students need. University officials said some of the Christian schools’ classes in biology, history, English and religion didn’t pass the test – a conclusion that the schools blamed on discrimination.
Did Canaanite Miners Develop The First Alphabet? – November 30, 1999 (Biblical Archeology Review)
In the March-April 2010 issue of Biblical Archeology Review, Orly Goldwasser, professor of Egyptology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, argued that the very first alphabet was invented by illiterate Canaanite miners in the turquoise mines of Serabit el-Khadem in the Sinai peninsula. Inspired by Egyptian pictorial hieroglyphs and a desire to articulate their own thoughts in writing, these Canaanites created 22 alphabetic acrophonetic signs scratched into the rock that could express their entire language. Goldwasser did not convince everybody. Read the debate.
Senior Palestine Liberation Organization official Yasser Abed Rabbo said on Wednesday that the Palestinians will be willing to recognize the State of Israel in any way that it desires, if the Americans would only present a map of the future Palestinian state that includes all of the territories captured in 1967, including East Jerusalem. “Any formulation the Americans present – even asking us to call Israel the ‘Chinese State’ – we will agree to it, as long as we receive the 1967 borders.”
Stephen Hawking is No Metaphysical Genius – October 01, 2010 (The Washington Times)
Mr. Hawking asserts that “as recent advances in cosmology suggest, the laws of gravity and quantum theory allow universes to appear spontaneously from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.” But “spontaneous creation” minus any cause illustrates the lack of an explanation rather than scientific comprehension. It also runs counter to a question Mr. Hawking voiced years ago: “What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?”
Israel and the United States are holding behind-the-scenes talks geared at resolving a recent deadlock in Mideast peace talks with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, adding that peace was Israel’s vital interest. While calling “baseless” an Asharq al-Awsat article that he had extended the settlement freeze 60 days, Netanyahu did make clear that Israel is serious about peace negotiations. “We will quietly consider the situation and the complex reality away from the spotlights,” he said.
After five years of negotiations and battles, some of them environmental, two large solar power projects on Tuesday got the first-ever green lights to set up shop on federal lands. One includes a square mile of solar panels near Victorville in inland Southern California, and the other covers about 10 square miles in the remote Imperial Valley, east of San Diego. Expected to cost around $2 billion, the largest of the two projects will use 28,360 solar collectors known as SunCatchers to produce enough electricity to power more than 200,000 homes.
Kagan To Be A Rare Sight First Supreme Court Term – October 04, 2010 (The Washington Post)
Elena Kagan begins hearing cases as the Supreme Court’s 112th justice Monday morning. But anyone who wants to see her in action needs to be sharp. Kagan’s old job as solicitor general – the “10th justice” – is initially making it hard to do her new job as the ninth justice. Kagan, 50, has recused herself from 25 of the 51 cases the court has accepted so far this term, all as a result of her 14-month tenure as solicitor general, the government’s chief legal representative in the Supreme Court and the nation’s lower appellate courts.
The Education Ministry’s chief scientist, Dr. Gavriel Avital, was dismissed on Monday following a scandal-filled trial period of less than a year. Sources familiar with the affair said Avital was fired over past statements he had made, in which he questioned evolution and the global warming theory. Avital, who was named chief scientist in December 2009, said Darwinism should be analyzed critically along with biblical creationism. “If textbooks state explicitly that human beings’ origins are to be found with monkeys, I would want students to pursue and grapple with other opinions. There are many people who don’t believe the evolutionary account is correct,” he said.
Clothing Company Puts John 3:16 On Their Bags – September 27, 2010 (The Valley Vanguard)
Forever 21 is forever a legacy and trend in today’s society. Women in ages from preteen to young adults are into the sleek, stylish clothing the popular urban wear store has to offer. With its high success rates, it is hard to believe that so many of their consumers are unaware of their actual background history. The owners, Don and Jin Chang, are Korean Christians who wanted to do something positive and profitable that would also impact and reflect their culture and religion…