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"A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished."   Proverbs 22:3 and Proverbs 27:12  KJV   Word study on this verse

   July2006 ARCHIVE


 Photos that damn Hezbollah 7/31/6 ["show Hezbollah using high-density residential areas as launch pads for rockets and heavy-calibre weapons.  Dressed in civilian clothing so they can quickly disappear, the militants carrying automatic assault rifles and ride in on trucks mounted with cannon. "]
 Lebanese PM thanks Hizbullah for 'sacrifices' 7/31/6 ["The Lebanese prime minister added that he esteems those who fell in "the defense of Lebanon,"' and said that his government is doing everything to strengthen its stance. He even expressed his "full admiration for Nasrallah and all those who sacrifice their lives for Lebanon.""]
 History without books gets a test in schools 7/31/6 ["What began as a long-shot attempt last year by Pearson Plc to sell California educators digital materials to teach history and politics, collectively known in U.S. schools as social studies, has become reality in what could be the first large-scale step to eliminate books from classrooms.  Pearson, the world's biggest publisher of educational materials, disclosed on Monday with its half-year results that about half the state's elementary school students will learn about the American Revolutionary War and Thomas Jefferson using an interactive computer program."]
 Weaker U.N. Resolution Sets Iran Deadline 7/31/6 ["Because of Russian and Chinese demands, the text was watered down from earlier drafts, which would have made the threat of sanctions immediate. The draft now essentially requires the council to hold more discussions before it considers sanctions."]
 Canada MPs Want Parliament to Debate Bill Legalizing Assisted Suicide 7/31/6 ["Lalonde proposed the bill before the Canadian elections earlier this year, but it became lost in the shuffle surrounding Canada's choosing the Conservative Party to lead its government.  But now MPs who back legalizing the grisly practice are ready to get the measure back in the public limelight.  "Having seen what's happening in other countries, it's important to have the debate, a large debate among the population," Lalonde told the Winnipeg Sun newspaper. She recently returned from a trip to Belgium, where assisted suicide is legal."]
 FDA weighs over-the-counter Plan B sale 7/31/6 ["The Food and Drug Administration notified manufacturer Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. early Monday that it wanted to meet within seven days to iron out new steps the company must take in its three-year battle to sell the pill, called Plan B, without a prescription to at least some women.  ...If a woman already is pregnant, the pills have no effect. They prevent ovulation or fertilization of an egg. They also may prevent the egg from implanting into the uterus, considered the medical definition of pregnancy, although recent research suggests that's not likely."]
 Argentina Mother With Cancer Refused Abortion to Save Her Life, Gets Prayer 7/31/6 ["Several months ago she told the Catholic newspaper she decided against an abortion to show her love “to this child that is coming in the same way that I have shown it to the other children I have."  "I want my child to know that I love him and that I will always love him, that I will give my life for him if necessary," she said."]
 Custom-Built Pathogens Raise Bioterror Fears 7/31/6 ["The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declined so far to police the booming gene-synthesis industry, which churns out made-to-order DNA to sell to scientists. Oversight of controversial experiments remains voluntary and sporadic in many universities and private labs in the United States, and occurs even more rarely overseas.  ...One of the world's foremost experts on poliovirus, Wimmer has made de novo poliovirus six times since his groundbreaking experiment four years ago. Each time, the work is a little easier and faster.  New techniques developed by other scientists allow the creation of synthetic viruses in mere days, not weeks or months."]
 A New Ad Adage: Same Sex Sells 7/31/6 ["European advertisers are coming out of the closet with campaigns that appeal to gay consumers  ...Commercial Closet Association, a New York City-based group that counsels firms on smarter representation of gays in advertising, logged 436 gay-themed ads in global gay and mainstream media last year — around a fifth of which appeared in Europe — versus around 350 in 2003.  ...advertising spend in the U.S. gay and lesbian press to $212 million last year, up more than a quarter since 2003"]
 Syria to supply Lebanon with gasoline 7/31/6 ["He declined to say how the gasoline will be transported across the border, with Israeli air raids already cutting off one main road between the two countries.  Lebanon, which has had no functioning oil refineries for decades, relies on gasoline and other fuel imports by sea."]
 Alberta group wants anti-gay websites shut down 7/31/6 ["That's exactly our perspective on it. The gay and lesbian community, homosexual activists, they don't want anything but complete silence to any disagreement to their views on the issue. They are intolerant. They are now the new bigots."]
 No Border, No Order, No Nation 7/31/6 [By Frosty Wooldridge  "Population growth creates wealth for a few at the top.  ...The United States of America, after 230 successful years is being methodically dismantled by men creating a New World Order. The Middle Class of America must be brought down to the level of the poor classes around the world to make it possible. This plan downgrades every American’s standard of living and ability to work a job with a living wage.  ..You’re watching a dramatic human social experiment, and for the most part, the majority of Americans sit on their couches watching the destruction of their own country by their own leaders. They flip channels while their leaders flippantly disregard the U.S. Constitution. They whine like a dog chained in the backyard, but lick their frustrations without taking action."]
 Vaccine guidelines growing more complex 7/31/6 ["Twenty years ago, it cost $75 to $100 to immunize a child with the four available vaccines. Today, 12 are generally recommended for kids and adolescents, at a private-sector cost of about $1,250."]

 Rockets in Northern Israel and Southern Lebanon 7/30/6 ["Close to 100 Katyusha rockets were fired at northern Israel through mid-afternoon on Sunday, wounding several people seriously and moderately"]
 Blair Forges Links With California to Spur Stem-Cell Companies 7/30/6 ["British Prime Minister Tony Blair will meet executives from Californian biotechnology companies including Genentech Inc., StemCells Inc. and Gilead Sciences Inc., seeking to bolster stem-cell research back home.  The Prime Minister is on a four-day trip to California aimed at increasing cooperation ``between the increasingly high-tech'' economies of the U.S. state and Britain. The government has doubled the amount it is spending on stem-cell research to 100 million pounds ($186 million) over the next two years.  ...Kelly said the prime minister plans to attract more Californian stem-cell research companies to the U.K. because it has an ``enabling'' regulatory environment."]
 Judge rules against Bucs; league defends pat-downs 7/30/6 ["Security "pat-downs" of fans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers games are unconstitutional and unreasonable, a federal judge ruled Friday, throwing into question the practice at NFL games nationwide.  ...Whittemore said the Tampa Sports Authority failed to establish that the risks outweigh the need to protect the public from unreasonable searches."]
IDF prepared for attack by Syria 7/30/6 ["Defense officials told the Post last week that they were receiving indications from the United States that the US would be interested in seeing Israel attack Syria."]
 Baghdad calms as US troops go back on patrol 7/30/6 ["US soldiers in tanks and armoured vehicles have moved back into many parts of the capital handed over to the Iraqi police last March after the opening of the country’s new parliament.  Yesterday proved to be one of the most peaceful days in months with no deaths reported in the capital by late afternoon, although two Sunni mosques were raked by gunfire which injured a guard. In contrast, an average of 100 people have been dying in sectarian attacks every day in Baghdad. "]
 More than 60 percent of U.S. in drought 7/30/6 ["Farm ponds and other small bodies of water have dried out from the heat, leaving the residual alkali dust to be whipped up by the wind. The blowing, dirt-and-salt mixture is a phenomenon that hasn't been seen in south central North Dakota since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, Johnson said.'s too early to tell what effect this year's drought will have on commodity prices. Flour prices already have gone up and may rise more because of the effect of drought on wheat.  ...Agriculture is not only the biggest industry in the state, it's just about the only industry"]
 Lebanese Stage Mass Protest of Israeli Bombing of Civilians 7/30/6 ["Thousands of Lebanese demonstrators have joined angry protesters who broke into a U.N. compound in Beirut following a deadly Israeli attack in the town of Qana."]
 Russia says its building new sub fleet 7/30/6 [" He said Wednesday sea trials of a new nuclear missile submarine were scheduled for 2007.  The Yury Dolgoruky, a Borey-class nuclear missile submarine, is being built at the Sevmash plant in the northern Arkhangelsk Region, Novosti said. It will be equipped with the Bulava ballistic missile, which is adapted from the Topol-M (SS-27). "]

 Annan Seeks Mideast Troop Contributions 7/29/6 ["Annan told reporters Friday that he has decided to hold a potential troop contributors meeting on Monday.  ``Obviously it will be preliminary discussions because we do not have the mandate of the Security Council yet,'' Annan said.  The invitation list is expected to include contributors to the current 2,000-member U.N. force in southern Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, and the 25 members of the European Union, which has publicly offered to help.  France, Italy, Germany, Ireland and Turkey have said they are considering joining a U.N.-run multinational force."]
 EU health chief seeking sweeter rules on additives 7/29/6 ["Under the new proposal, food and drink companies will be bound by one single set of EU rules instead of the current complicated system of combining 25 national laws with limited EU legislation."]
 FAO appeals for more than 1.6 billion dollars for bird flu fight 7/29/6 ["UN Food and Agriculture Organization  ..."1.9 billion US dollars has been pledged so far but the real money to assist developing countries in the control and prevention is not there."  So far nearly 300 dollars million had been amassed, he said."]
 Chechnya parliament moves to give Putin third term 7/29/6 ["The parliament of Chechnya has asked the upper house of the Russian parliament to amend the country's Constitution to enable President Vladimir Putin to remain in office for a third term"]
 NORAD leaving Cheyenne Mountain 7/29/6 ["...Peterson, which is more vulnerable to attack than Cheyenne Mountain ...NorthCom is less than five years old. It was created in 2003 to protect the nation and give military support to civil authorities in disasters.  Those roles have developed and blended, said Air Force Col. Mark Fitzgerald, a deputy NORAD operations director who helped produce the study.  “The full relationship between those missions takes time to develop,” he said. “We found they’re all very related and can be done more efficiently and effectively . . . when they’re in the same facility.”"]
 Putin Signs Law Against Slander Of Public Officials 7/29/6 ["a move opposition and watchdog groups described as yet another blow in the Kremlin's unrelenting assault on beleaguered democratic institutions."]
 Bush Submits New Terror Detainee Bill 7/29/6 ["According to the draft, the military would be allowed to detain all "enemy combatants" until hostilities cease. The bill defines enemy combatants as anyone "engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners who has committed an act that violates the law of war and this statute."  Legal experts said Friday that such language is dangerously broad and could authorize the military to detain indefinitely U.S. citizens who had only tenuous ties to terror networks like al Qaeda. "]

Israel nixes major U.N. role in Lebanon 7/28/6 ["Israel's U.N. ambassador on Thursday ruled out major U.N. involvement in any potential international force in Lebanon, saying more professional and better-trained troops were needed for such a volatile situation."]
U.S. extends Iraq tour for 3,500 soldiers 7/28/6 ["Military commanders in
Iraq are developing a plan to move as many as 5,000 U.S. troops with armored vehicles and tanks into Baghdad in an effort to quell escalating violence, defense officials said Thursday.  As part of the plan, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Thursday extended the tours of some 3,500 members of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The unit, which has been serving in northern Iraq, was scheduled to be leaving now, but instead, most of its 3,900 troops will serve for up to four more months."]
 Hamas, Hizbullah not on Russia's terror list 7/28/6 ["The Russian Federal Security Service's top official in charge of fighting international terrorism, Yuri Sapunov, said that Hamas and Hizbullah were not a major threat to Russia and were not regarded as terrorist groups worldwide. But he said that Russian security agencies took account of international lists of terrorist groups when exchanging intelligence with foreign counterparts.  ...President Vladimir Putin earlier this year provoked US and Israeli anger by inviting leaders of Hamas to Moscow."]
 6 Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Made 7/28/6 ["A Singapore biotech company said Friday it made and stored six new human embryonic stem cell lines suitable for use in clinical trials and expects to store another two in the next five weeks."]
 UN rights body tells US to shut "secret" jails 7/28/6 ["saying they were banned by international law.  Declaring it had "credible and uncontested" reports of such jails, the U.N. Human Rights Committee said the United States appeared to have been detaining people "secretly and in secret places for months and years".  ...It called for reform of the Patriot Act"]
 Hezbollah leader said to be hiding in Iranian Embassy 7/28/6 ["If confirmed, the reports could lead to an Israeli air strike on the embassy, possibly leading to a widening of the conflict, said officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Foreign embassies are sovereign territory and an attack on an embassy could be considered an act of war.  But other reports from the region indicate Sheik Nasrallah may be in Damascus."]
 Egypt: Muslims protest in support of Hizbullah 7/28/6 ["Thousands of demonstrators chanted anti-Israel slogans and vowed support for Hizbullah outside a Cairo mosque Friday, part of protests across the Muslim world on the Islamic day of prayer."]

Annan's Claims On Casualties May Unravel 7/27/6 ["A Canadian U.N. observer, one of four killed at a UNIFIL position near the southern Lebanese town of Khiyam on Tuesday, sent an e-mail to his former commander, a Canadian retired major-general, Lewis MacKenzie, in which he wrote that Hezbollah fighters were "all over" the U.N. position, Mr. MacKenzie said. Hezbollah troops, not the United Nations, were Israel's target, the deceased observer wrote."]
Lawmakers doubt border plan will work 7/27/6 [""The round 'em up and detain 'em method is astronomically expensive," Chertoff said. Comparatively, the worker program, "while not cheap and absolutely requires some time to build and plan and deploy, is ultimately successful if we make sure we continue to enforce the law.""]
Gay rights group hoping to win consultative status at UN 7/27/6 ["Montreal's gay community is watching for a decision from the United Nations that could give gays and lesbians a stronger voice internationally.  The UN Economic Social Council is expected to decide on whether to grant consultative status to three gay and lesbian groups. Consultative status allows groups to address the international body."]
Marching Toward Global Solidarity 7/27/6 [ By Berit Kjos  "This "new way of thinking" has already permeated every segment of society: education, business, government, and the church growth movement, including Purpose-Driven churches. Pushing transformation in all these sectors are the leadership training programs that pursue the vision of management gurus such as Peter Drucker, Peter Senge, and Ken Blanchard. The core of their teaching is "general systems theory" or "systems thinking." In short, everything is interconnected, therefore all is One and all divisions and boundaries must be eliminated in order to establish the "Global Neighborhood," i.e. New World Order. Emerging Church leaders like Brian McLaren call it "The Kingdom of God.""]
Latest Lebanon-Israel Developments 7/27/6 ["
Israel's government decided against expanding its offensive against Hezbollah but called up at least 30,000 troops to begin training for duty in Lebanon."]
UK: Vote urged over decisions on war 7/27/6 ["Tony Blair has been urged to scrap the government's right to go to war without first seeking a parliamentary vote."]
Glut of unsold new homes across US hits record high 7/27/6 ["The drop in new home sales was steeper that most market-watchers had expected. Wall Street economists had only predicted sales to decline to 1.164 million units.  Analysts also zeroed in on the inventory of unsold new homes which leapt to a record high last month.  The government said the inventory of unsold new homes on the market rose 0.7 percent in June to a record 566,000, representing a 6.1-month supply of brand new homes at the June sales pace."]
Dominican Republic Refuses to Legalize Abortion for Rape Victims 7/27/6 ["although it originally looked as though the proposed change to the country’s Penal Code would pass, a concerted effort by pro-life lobbyists persuaded House members to reject the clause in the final draft."]
Vegan diet reverses diabetes symptoms, study finds 7/27/6 ["People who ate a low-fat vegan diet, cutting out all meat and dairy, lowered their blood sugar more and lost more weight than people on a standard American Diabetes Association diet, researchers said on Thursday.  They lowered their cholesterol more and ended up with better kidney function"]

Endowed By Our Creator? 7/26/6 [by Coach Dave Daubenmire  "If God gave us the rights, then only God can take the rights. The purpose of government is to make sure your rights are protected. God is the restrainer of tyrannical government.  ...What happens if God is removed from the picture? What happens if America and American law becomes secularized?"]
White House Crafts Terror Prosecution Bill 7/26/6 ["Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Wednesday the administration is pursuing legislation that would authorize the same military tribunals the Supreme Court last month called illegal.  ...Gonzales also confirmed the administration was considering a system that would allow reliable hearsay evidence when prosecuting terror suspects. Defendants also would be barred from their own trials if it necessary to protect national security. ...Gonzales said such restrictions are common in international tribunals used to prosecute war crimes.  "We are looking at what has occurred around the world,""]
Young Cancer Patient Ordered to Undergo Chemotherapy Against Wishes Has Court Order Withdrawn 7/26/6 [""]
Bush's many 'vetos' 7/26/6 [" Until recently, the signing statements, while perturbing to constitutional scholars and some members of Congress, were seen to have little legal status. But then, in his dissent this month to the Supreme Court's ruling on the rights of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to constitutional treatment, Justice Antonin Scalia gave them hitherto absent weight. Scalia held that Bush's statement laying out his contrary interpretation of the Detainee Treatment Act should be given equal footing with congressional intent in determining just what the law means."]
Saudi king offers Lebanon $1.5bn 7/26/6 [" The king has coupled his aid promises with unusually forthright comments about the crisis.  "Saudi Arabia warns everybody that if the peace option fails because of Israeli arrogance, there will be no other option but war,""]
Bush Continues To Sell America To Foreign Interests 7/26/6 ["Now we learn that the Bush administration's attempts to outsource America's vital assets to foreign interests is expanding rapidly. It seems clear that Bush intends to sacrifice everything from America's roads and bridges to the ownership of U.S. airlines upon the altar of globalism!"]
Russia’s First Pro-Life Maternity Ward A Stunning Success: Three More in the Works 7/26/6 ["Russia’s low birthrate (1.28), staggeringly high abortion to birth rate of 2-1, and a life-expectancy rate hovering just beneath 60, have caused an alarming annual population decline of 700,000 persons per year.  Murray, a Catholic who has worked in Russia in the past 20 years, approached the Russian government with the possibility of American collaboration in encouraging an increase in the birthrate. His solution was a test-pilot pro-life maternity hospital that would provide Russian mothers with modern health facilities that would promote birth and discourage abortion, and offer a pro-life model for the nation in maternal health care."]
Visa card replaces Monopoly money 7/26/6 ["latest release of the popular board game, which replaces cash with Visa-branded debit cards.  The revamped version incorporates an electronic card reader that records the earnings and payments for players and transfers money between them."  Editor: Getting children used to debt, and a cashless society]
Almost 3,000 believed dead, missing in NKorea floods 7/26/6 ["North Korea was lashed by a typhoon on July 10, followed by three days of heavy monsoon rains.  The North's official Korean Central News Agency said last week the rains had left hundreds of people dead or missing, with agricultural and other sectors of the country's economy badly damaged."]
Ohio court blocks eminent domain project 7/26/6 ["The Ohio Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday that a Cincinnati suburb cannot take private property by eminent domain for a $125 million project of offices, shops and restaurants.  The case was the first challenge of property rights laws to reach a state high court since the U.S. Supreme Court last summer allowed municipalities to seize homes for use by a private developer."]
Medieval book of psalms unearthed 7/26/6 ["The book was found open to a page describing, in Latin script, Psalm 83, in which God hears complaints of other nations' attempts to wipe out the name of Israel."]
India May Scrap Gay Sex Law Over HIV Fears 7/26/6 ["Health authorities are calling for a repeal of a 145-year-old law that makes gay sex a crime, fearing it is causing HIV and AIDS to spread quickly in India's homosexual community, officials said Wednesday."]
First openly gay candidate elected in Oklahoma 7/26/6 ["For the first time in state history, an openly gay candidate is poised to become a member of the Oklahoma Legislature."]

Iran threatens response if Syria attacked 7/25/6 ["Iranian media outlets published sections of interviews given by Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad-Reza Sheybani, who said that Hizbullah's military capability has greatly increased in the last decade, and threatened that if Israel harmed Syria, the Iranians would respond with force.  Sheybani stressed that Iran would support Syria if it is attacked by Israel. "There should be no doubt on this issue: If Syria is harmed, even in the slightest way, we will respond with force. This, on the basis of the joint defense agreement in effect between the two countries and already signed by the two ministers of defense," he said."]
Lubbock, Texas, plans to pray for rain 7/25/6 ["Officials have tried prayers before and say they were answered. In January 2004, after a year of drought, the city and county set aside a Sunday to pray for rain and got the second-wettest year since records have been kept."]
Executive Order 13397 - Church As A Governmental Agency 7/25/6 [by Nancy Levant  "I would feel sorry for the pastors, ministers, priests, and rabbis except for the fact that I just can’t and won’t. How stupid and positively corrupt can you possibly be to take money in exchange for manipulating your flocks of idiot sheep to the national slaughter? And will you also spy on your flocks and provide reports to your new master?  In exchange for money, have you agreed to pacify and organize your flocks in the event of a national emergency? You certainly have, for you have been ordered to do so. And have you been ordered to offer your buildings, your resources, and your labor forces called congregations to serve your newly declared administrator? "]
Bush spokesman Snow apologizes for stem cell remark 7/25/6 ["Bush himself said, in casting the veto, the legislation "crosses a moral boundary."  Asked if Bush considered it murder, Snow said: "He would not use that term." "]
End of the Spear: The Gospel Without Christ? 7/25/6 ["All this without even so much as a mention of the name of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. While Christians who know the missionary story fill in the blanks left by the movie, unbelievers who need to hear the name of Jesus and the Gospel, won't.  Compare this kind of modern day approach to evangelism with the bold, powerful witness of the Apostles in Acts Chapter 4.. Read and weep at what has become of the "Christian" witness in this land. "]
Dollar Falls Against Euro; China Says Should Diversify Reserves 7/25/6 ["China's foreign reserves this year overtook those of Japan as the world's largest, increasing last month by 32 percent from a year earlier. A slide in the dollar would increase ``the risks of foreign-exchange losses in our currency reserves,'' China's National Bureau of Statistics said on its Web site today."]
Chad Allen, AKA Nate Saint, Marches Against "Homophobia" 7/25/6 ["Fresh from his role as Nate Saint in the movie End of the Spear, actor/homosexual activist Chad Allen is on the march against the "hate-filled" rhetoric of James Dobson at Focus on the Family. Slice readers will remember that James Dobson promoted End of the Spear and criticized those who had a problem with a homosexual political activist being given the role of one of evangelicalism's most beloved missionary martyrs."]
UK: Nurseries urged to teach about same-sex relationships 7/25/6 ["The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said the introduction of civil partnerships last year created an ideal climate for nursery schools to tackle the issue of same-sex relationships and homophobia.  Many gay parents of nursery school children are reluctant to "come out" for fear that their children might become the target of homophobic bullying, said the union."]
Tropical Storm Kaemi Nears China; 435,000 Evacuated 7/25/6 ["The storm will be the fifth this year to hit China, which is still counting its dead from Tropical Storm Bilis. At least 612 people were killed when that storm swept through five Chinese provinces including Fujian less than two weeks ago. Another 208 are still missing and more than 3 million had to be evacuated, according to Xinhua. Damage in Guangdong province alone, near Hong Kong, totaled 13.2 billion yuan ($1.65 billion), the state-run news agency said."]
UK: Durex Markets Condoms Designed for 13-16 Year Olds 7/25/6 ["A condom manufacturer has set its sights on British youth, intending to market condoms designed for young teenagers in the United Kingdom as soon as 2007, provoking outrage from parents and pro-family organizations, according to the Sun, a British newspaper.  ...the UK has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe, and British teens on average engage in sexual intercourse for the first time when they are 15."]
Rejuvenile: A Book that Defines the Modern Church 7/25/6 ["Unfortunately, this is not a scathing critique of our declining state of adulthood. Mr. Noxon thinks that the latest trends of adults wearing underoos with superheroes on them, adult kick-ball leagues and 34-year-olds living at home is a positive trend.Editor: great comment section, too.]
Hopes For Steady Rise In Ruble 7/25/6 ["Last month, Medvedev used a keynote speech at an economic forum in St. Petersburg to express his concern over the stability of the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency.  The country’s gold and foreign exchange reserves have surged to a record $250 billion thanks to oil exports and it has joined the ranks of China and Japan as a major funder of the U.S. current account deficit. "]

Economic "Perfect Storm" Brewing 7/24/6 [By Frosty Wooldridge  "Since 2000, the U.S. economy lost 2.9 million manufacturing jobs which is 17 percent of the workforce in that arena. Not a single manufacturing payroll created a new job. More than 40,000 manufacturing establishments closed with declines at 48 percent in textiles, 30 percent in electronics and 23 percent in machinery."]
EU to continue stem-cell research funding 7/24/6 ["The funding — to come from the EU's $65 billion research budget for 2007-2013 — will be available only in those EU countries that allow embryonic stem cell research, and under strict conditions including a ban on research aimed at human cloning for reproductive purposes or intended to modify the genetic heritage of human beings.  In a concession to the eight opposing countries, EU money will not be used to finance research activities directly intended to destroy human embryos."]
“Authorized” Abortions Underway After Columbia Court De-penalized Abortion 7/24/6 ["“There is reason to believe their intent is to ‘legalize’ abortion or even recognize it as a ‘right’. Also, the lack of preciseness in terminology in words such as ‘health’ may leave the door open for wide-open abortion,” says Zeidler.  “A major rationale given for their decision seems to be their contention that the interests of the mother to be free of undue burdens is superior to the child’s very life.”"]
Israeli bid a surprise to NATO 7/24/6 ["With NATO straining to fulfill its commitment in Afghanistan and facing new demands from the United Nations to send troops to Sudan, Israel's proposal that NATO provide a buffer zone along the Israeli-Lebanese border surprised members of the alliance Sunday.  Amir Peretz, the Israeli defense minister, told the German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, that Israel would welcome a NATO force, saying that the Lebanese Army was too weak to do the job."]
4-H vs. Big Brother 7/24/6 ["There is a strong feeling among small producers and hobby farmers that if the National Animal ID is forced upon them, George Orwells’ quote will become reality when he said, “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever."  The small producer will be getting kicked hard and will be forced to abandon the livestock he loves to raise. This will leave food production in the hands of the big producers or third world countries whose care and quality will not match that of the small producer. "]
Polish Parliament Adopts Resolution against Human Embryonic Research 7/24/6 ["The Polish parliament has issued a resolution against research using human embryos, in response to the European Union’s recent vote to provide funding for embryonic stem cell research.  Sejm, the lower chamber of the Polish parliament, issued the resolution, which passed with a strong majority of 341 votes in favour and only 47 against. 20 votes were withheld.  ...goes on to state that human embryo experimentation would violate article 157 of Poland’s Penal Code, which enacts protection of human life from the moment of conception."]
Rosa Brooks: Did Bush commit war crimes? 7/24/6 ["THE SUPREME Court on Thursday dealt the Bush administration a stinging rebuke, declaring in Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld that military commissions for trying terrorist suspects violate both U.S. military law and the Geneva Convention.  But the real blockbuster in the Hamdan decision is the court's holding that Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention applies to the conflict with Al Qaeda — a holding that makes high-ranking Bush administration officials potentially subject to prosecution under the federal War Crimes Act."]
Iraqi Shi'ite militia ready to join fight 7/24/6 ["A senior member of Muqtada al-Sadr's Iraqi Shi'ite militia, the Mahdi Army, says the group is forming a squadron of up to 1,500 elite fighters to go to Lebanon.  The plan reflects the potential of the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah to strengthen radical elements in Iraq and neighboring countries and to draw other regional players into the Lebanon conflict. "]
Lawyers decry Bush's legal interpretations 7/24/6 ["The ABA group, which includes a one-time
FBI director and former federal appeals court judge, said the president has overstepped his authority in attaching challenges to hundreds of new laws.  The attachments, known as bill-signing statements, say Bush reserves a right to revise, interpret or disregard measures on national security and constitutional grounds.  ...President Reagan was the first to use the statements as a strategic weapon, and that it was encouraged by then-administration lawyer Samuel Alito — now the newest Supreme Court justice."]

Methodists, Catholics mend historic rift 7/23/6 ["Methodist churches have joined a landmark agreement that has brought Catholics and Lutherans closer together, taking Pope Benedict's key goal of greater harmony among Christians a step forward.  The World Methodist Council, which represents about 70 million believers, has signed on to the 1999 agreement resolving the main theological dispute that led to the 16th-century Protestant Reformation and the splitting of western Christianity.  ...The 1999 statement satisfied both Lutherans and Catholics, saying that salvation is achieved through God's grace and this is reflected in the good works a person does."]
Judge orders teen to cancer treatment 7/23/6 ["A judge ruled Friday that a 16-year-old boy fighting to use alternative treatment for his cancer must report to a hospital by Tuesday and accept treatment that doctors deem necessary  ...The judge also found Starchild Abraham Cherrix's parents were neglectful for allowing him to pursue alternative treatment of a sugar-free, organic diet and herbal supplements supervised by a clinic in Mexico  ...must continue to share custody of their son with the Accomack County Department of Social Services  ..."I want to caution all parents of Virginia: Look out, because Social Services may be pounding on your door next when they disagree with the decision you've made about the health care of your child," Stepanovich said."]
Putin plan to shut out US oil giants 7/23/6 ["The Russian leader is expected to favour Norwegian companies and reject bids by America's Chevron and ConocoPhillips after failing to secure backing from the United States for his country's attempt to join the World Trade Organisation."]
Ethiopian troops enter 2nd Somali town 7/23/6 ["About 200 Ethiopian troops, driving pickup trucks mounted with machine-guns, moved into Wajid, a UN base about 80 kilometres southeast of the Somali-Ethiopian border.  Ethiopian troops entered Somalia on Thursday to protect the UN-backed government, which is fighting a civil war with Islamic militants.  About 400 Ethiopian soldiers in armoured cars entered Baidoa, 240 kilometres northwest of the capital of Mogadishu, while another 200 soldiers went to Wajid."]
RFID Changing Buying Behavior 7/23/6 ["In its efforts to promote an increasingly cashless society, MasterCard is finding RFID a helpful tool. The credit card organization says that adding RFID tags to credit and debit MasterCard cards has led to increased usage of its cards over cash. It has also resulted in an increase in the amount of MasterCard transactions at some of the 32,000 retail locations now equipped to read the cards' RFID tags."]
Pa. town went too far with immigration law-report 7/23/6 ["A Pennsylvania town may have overstepped its authority in passing a tough law designed to curb illegal immigration, a Congressional agency said in a report made public on Thursday.  The non-partisan Congressional Research Service, which gathers facts for Congress, said Hazleton in northeast Pennsylvania appears to have intruded into an area covered by federal law with its Illegal Immigration Relief Act Ordinance, passed by the city council last week."]
’96 law allows police to be dubbed agents 7/23/6 ["Mayor Lou Barletta plans to have city police certified as immigration enforcement agents, despite claims from opponents to his Illegal Immigration Relief Act that immigration enforcement is strictly a federal task.  Barletta said he learned about a 1996 amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act and an immigration enforcement training and certification program offered by the bureau during a trip to Washington, D.C., in December.  The 1996 amendment allows state, county and municipal law enforcement and corrections officers to enforce immigration law under certain circumstances."]
Gay Rights Group Protests Focus On The Family 7/23/6 ["Soulforce, which advocates parental rights for gays and lesbians, held a concert Saturday outside Focus on the Family headquarters, one day after the end of a five-day march from Denver to Focus headquarters in Colorado Springs. Soulforce said the rally was to protest the Christian ministry group's stand on homosexuality."]
Philadelphia may evict Boy Scouts council 7/23/6 ["The city said it will evict a Boy Scout council from its publicly owned headquarters or make the group pay a fair rent price unless it changes its policy on gays.  The Boy Scouts' Cradle of Liberty Council, the country's third-largest, has been battling with the city for more than three years over the policy, which like the national Scouts organization forbids gays from being leaders.  ...With an epidemic of gun violence taking the lives of Philadelphia's children every day, it is ironic the administration chose this time to destroy programming that services 40,000 children in the city"]

Rice Aims to Achieve Lasting Peaceful Conditions on Mideast Trip 7/22/6 [""We do seek an end to the current violence, we seek it urgently. We also seek to address the root causes of that violence," she said. "A cease-fire would be a false promise if it simply returns us to the status quo."  Rice said that it was important to deal with the "root cause" of the violence, echoing what has been the U.S. position since last week."]
J’lem gay parade called off due to war 7/22/6 ["Open House announces cancellation of parade, which was scheduled for August 10, but says other gay pride events will take place as planned."]
Report: US to deliver 'smart bombs' to Israel 7/22/6 ["Smart bombs on the way: The Bush administration has complied with Israel's request for an expedited delivery of satellite and laser-guided bombs, the New York Times reported Saturday.  ...The delivery is part of a multimillion-dollar arms sale deal signed between Washington and Jerusalem last year, which Israel can draw on as needed.  ...agreement included 100 precision-guided bombs weighing two and a half tons each. "]
Death Toll From Indonesia Tsunami Hits 659 7/22/6 ["with 330 others missing"]
Refineries: The Achilles heel of US oil industry 7/22/6 ["Despite record profits, US oil majors have built no new refineries on American soil for 30 years, raising the country's dependence on foreign supplies and making it vulnerable to even small accidents and bad weather.  ...refiners are starting to build elsewhere -- in China, India, or the oil-producing countries where construction is easier logistically and cheaper, while the United States becomes more dependant on foreign suppliers.  Since the early 1980s, US gasoline imports have grown six-fold.  This leaves the country in a strategically delicate situation and susceptible to foreign tensions"]
Fresh Israeli raids into Lebanon 7/22/6 ["Israeli jets knocked out TV and phone masts in the east and north of Lebanon, while ground troops carried out operations in two southern villages.  Israel has warned residents in 10 southern villages to leave by 1800 local time (1500 GMT), and thousands of civilians have been fleeing north. "]

Disaster drill tests military response 7/21/6 ["About 150 Marines created a mock ruckus on the Joint Forces Training Base today to test their peers' ability to deal with the aftermath of a Hurricane Katrina-type national disaster.  ...The drill, which lasted about two hours, offered an opportunity for Marine detachments from across the country – including Texas, Arizona and Massachusetts – to practice working with local law enforcement officials and emergency aid workers.  ...The drill was the first of its kind since the U.S. Marine Corps commander, Gen. Mike Hagee, issued a directive in December authorizing local Marines to respond immediately after national disasters. "]
Israel: Reserves face call-up for huge ground assault 7/21/6 ["Mr Annan laid out a plan to the Security Council encompassing an expanded UN peacekeeping force on Lebanon's side of the border, along with the release of the captured Israeli soldiers.  Agreement on the creation of an international force would take weeks or even months.  The UN is having increasing difficulty finding countries willing to contribute troops to peacekeeping operations, partly because of a five-fold rise in such operations in the past eight years.  Meanwhile, a humanitarian crisis is engulfing Lebanon, and the UN says the number of people affected by the conflict was likely to double to 1 million."]
Lebanese minister: Army may join fight if Israel invades 7/21/6 ["Defense Minister Elias Murr tells Al-Jazeera TV, ‘army will join battle against Israel if IDF forces invade country, army will prove that it is an army that deserves respect’ "]
Guard to St. Louis, heat deaths rise 7/21/6 ["The governor sent in the National Guard to evacuate people from their sweltering homes Thursday after storms knocked out power to more than half a million St. Louis-area households and businesses in the middle of a deadly heat wave.  ...300 troops to take people to air-conditioned public buildings and to clear debris."]
Bush nominates gay man to lead global AIDS office 7/21/6 ["President Bush nominated gay physician Mark R. Dybul July 17 to be United States Global AIDS Coordinator, a post at the State Department that has the rank of ambassador.  ...In his first term in office, Bush appointed gay career Foreign Service Officer Michael Guest as ambassador to Romania."]
Taiwan Stages Largest War Games as Military Seeks More Weapons 7/21/6 ["As more than 13,000 soldiers fired missiles and parachuted from planes in Taiwan's largest war games in two decades, the island's military renewed calls for extra weapons spending to keep an edge over China.  ...Soldiers today conducted live-fire exercises in the so- called Hanguang war games, the biggest held on the island in 22 years"]
Schwarzenegger gives $150M stem cell loan 7/21/6 ["Schwarzenegger, a Republican who has been trying to put distance between himself and the unpopular president as he seeks re-election this year, said the state cannot afford to wait to fund the critical science associated with stem cells.   ...Elsewhere, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, announced Thursday that he is diverting $5 million from the state budget for stem cell research, despite repeated objections from state legislators.  ...Some oppose such research because it entails the destruction of human embryos."]
US, South Korea to conduct joint war games in August 7/21/6 ["The exercise known as Ulji Focus Lens 2006 will take place here from August 21 until September 1, with 8,000 US troops and an undisclosed number of South Korean soldiers taking part.  The exercise features computer-simulated war games conducted at command posts and will not include field maneuvers"]
After 2 years, same-sex marriage icons split up 7/21/6 ["Supporters of gay marriage had cast them as the face of their cause: happily together for two decades, financially stable, loving parents, and in 2004, able to legally wed."]
Ethical Issues Related To Vaccination Of Children 7/21/6 ["His presentation, “The Origins of Immunization Hesitancy,” asserted that the primary reason for refusal is that “parents simply do not understand the importance of vaccination.” He argued that the media and the internet distort science and the scientific process in a way that is unbalanced, diminishing the authority of researchers and physicians.  ...With this assessment, he dismissed a parent’s ability to read medical studies and have the intelligence and skills to decipher the information correctly. He went so far as to say, “Most parents have no clear idea how to evaluate the credibility of their source of immunization information.”"]
Rain leaves 'hundreds' dead or missing in North Korea 7/21/6 ["The report also said tens of thousands of houses and public buildings were destroyed or partially damaged, along with hundreds of roads, bridges and railroads.  ...The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said earlier this week that the rains had wiped out much of the country's anticipated harvest, crucial in the country where as many as two million people are believed to have died of famine in the 1990s caused by natural disasters and outdated farming methods."]
Illinois Gov Blagojevich Directs $5M to Embryonic Stem Cell Research 7/21/6 ["used an executive order on Thursday to direct $5 million in state taxpayer funds to pay for embryonic stem cell research. This is the second time the governor has bypassed objections from the state legislature to fund the unproven research.  Blagojevich said he issued the order because he's upset the legislature has voted against funding the destructive research and that President Bush vetoed a Congressional bill Wednesday that would have spent federal funds on it."]

U.S. Says Attacks in Iraq Up 40 Percent 7/20/6 ["there has been an average of 34 attacks a day against U.S. and Iraqi forces in the capital over the past five days. The daily average for the period June 14 until July 13 was 24 a day, he said.  "We have not witnessed the reduction in violence one would have hoped for in a perfect world," U.S. spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said at a news briefing Thursday. "The only way we're going to be successful in Baghdad is to get the weapons off the streets.""]
U.N. chief calls for immediate end to fighting 7/20/6 ["The secretary-general blamed Hezbollah for triggering the crisis and accused it of holding Lebanon hostage with its campaign against Israel.  "While Hezbollah's actions are deplorable and, as I've said, Israel has a right to defend itself, the excessive use of force is to be condemned," Annan told the U.N. Security Council."]
The Writing On The Wall 7/20/6 [By Betty Freauf  "The Bohemian Grove north of Santa Rosa is open for business the last two weeks in July  ...God puts on the thrones of this world the basest of men. In other words, God gives us the kind of rulers we deserve and the kind we want.  ...We read in the Book of Revelations about the seven churches of Asia Minor that were judged. God is also judging the churches today. He is saying “Repent. You haven’t measured up!”"]
Studies Support Research Showing Adult Stem Cells Can Mimic Embryonic 7/20/6 ["Just one day after President Bush vetoed a bill funding embryonic stem cell research, saying adult stem cells were showing strong success, the University of Louisville reports that studies have confirmed its research showing adult stem cells can mimic the properties of embryonic ones."]
Israel hints at a full-scale invasion 7/20/6 ["Russia sharply criticized Israel over its onslaught against Lebanon, now in its ninth day, sparked when Hezbollah militants captured two Israeli soldiers. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Israel's actions have gone "far beyond the boundaries of an anti-terrorist operation" and repeating calls for an immediate cease-fire. of the largest evacuation operations since World War II. An estimated 13,000 foreign nationals have been evacuated from Lebanon.  ...Israel also broadcast warnings into south Lebanon on Wednesday telling civilians to leave the region, a possible prelude to a larger Israeli ground operation."]
Ethiopian troops enter Somalia to block militants 7/20/6 ["Hundreds of Ethiopian troops in armored vehicles rolled into Somalia Thursday to protect their allies in this country's virtually powerless government against possible attack by Islamic militants, witnesses said."]
Bush's Stem Cell Propaganda 7/20/6 ["What is the real reason President Bush is opposed to stem cell research? Right now, billions of dollars are being invested in a model of healthcare based on powerful new medicines that operate at the genetic level. The vision is to manage illness with these expensive medications, keeping Americans alive yet in a sick condition. This is the vision for cancer care, diabetes care, cardiovascular care, brain illnesses, etc. It is not a vision based on curing anything. It is a vision based on profits for Big Pharma for the next fifty years. The agenda is a massive high-tech sickness industry."]
Missouri lifts restrictions on gay foster parents 7/20/6 ["Following a court mandate, Missouri officials said Tuesday that they have lifted regulations that automatically prevented homosexuals from becoming foster parents.  But while the decision clears the way for gays to get licensed to care for foster children, officials with the Department of Social Services said it might still be difficult for a gay person to become a foster parent."]

President Bush Vetoes Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding Measure 7/19/6 ["President Bush vetoed a Congressional bill that would have required taxpayers to pay for embryonic stem cell research. Bush announced the first veto of his presidency in a White House speech in a room filled children who had been adopted by their parents as frozen embryos."]
Middle East Hostilities May Cancel Homosexual ‘WorldPride’ in Jerusalem 7/19/6 ["The gay pride event was originally scheduled to be held last year in Jerusalem, which led to concerted efforts by religious leaders in the country to block the homosexual celebration from taking place. Organizers eventually decided to postpone the event, citing upheaval due to the Israeli pullout from the Gaza.  ...Why does this war break out this week, all of a sudden with little warning? Because this is the exact week the Jewish people are trying to decide whether the gay pride parade should take place in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv"]
Feds stonewalling on 'super-state' plan? 7/19/6 ["The U.S. Department of Commerce appears to be stonewalling a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain complete disclosure of a congressionally unauthorized plan to implement a trilateral agreement with Mexico and Canada that apparently could lead to a North American union."]
Price tag to rebuild Iraq rises by $50b 7/19/6 ["The new Iraqi government will need about $50 billion in additional aid to rebuild the country's oil facilities and electrical grids to prewar levels, the US government's top auditor told Congress yesterday. And he warned that the United States is likely to have to pay the vast majority of it.  ...The estimate is also in addition to the steadily rising cost of the American military deployment in Iraq, which has topped $300 billion, according to the latest government figures."]
Ethiopia Prepared to Invade Somalia 7/19/6 ["Ethiopia is prepared to invade neighboring Somalia to defend its U.N.-backed government against what appeared to be an imminent attack by Islamic militiamen, a government spokesman said Wednesday.  The militiamen, who hold most of southern Somalia, deployed hundreds of fighters outside the town where the largely powerless government is based and said they planned to seize it."]
Vegetables to get Olympic identity codes 7/19/6 ["In an attempt to ensure food safety during the 2008 Olympics, Beijing is to give every cabbage, carrot and pea pod its own identity number and file, the Beijing News reported on Wednesday."]


Olmert hopes for "eternal covenant" with Arabs 7/18/6 ["said Monday that he hoped an "eternal covenant" could soon be signed between Israel and its neighbors."]
Security Council should discuss possible stabilization force for Middle East – Annan 7/18/6 ["The aim would be to “move very quickly and appeal to governments once that package is approved to make sure that we have the troops, well-trained, well-equipped troops that can go in quite quickly,”"]
Federal Marriage Amendment: A Trojan Horse 7/18/6 ["With the arbitrary application of “separation of church and state,” which is not found in the Constitution, the government will soon completely separate all marriages from God, for they will be state sanctioned procedures rather than sacred religious ceremonies.  ...If they refuse to protect life, liberty and property how can we even think they are going to protect marriage? It isn’t about protection – it is about control! Whatever the federal government regulates, whatever the government funds – the federal government CONTROLS."]
World leaders revive trade talks 7/18/6 [" Ministers will meet in Geneva later this month with renewed optimism that a global trade compromise can be reached."]
Lord of the Rings Profits Used to Support Embryonic Stem Cell Research 7/18/6 ["Filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, who brought the J.R.R. Tolkien epic to the screen, together donated US $310,000 last Saturday to fund research using the stem cells of human embryos.  “Stem cell therapy has the potential to treat a multitude of diseases and illnesses which up until now have been labelled ‘incurable,’” the pair said in a statement released by the University of California.  ...British actor Ian McKellen, who portrayed the wizard Gandalf in the film, has used the international recognition generated by the film to further his promotion of homosexuality, campaigning for homosexual “marriage” in Britain."]
More than 50 killed in Iraq shrine attack 7/18/6 ["across the street from a major Shia shrine in southern Iraq today, killing 53 people and wounding 105."]
Drugged Civil Obedience 7/18/6 ["Bloodless nation conquering is a good way to put it – when people sit back and drool while their nation falls to very smart tactical maneuvers, such as mass drugging.  ...The out-in-the-open conquering of the United States of America has become a ridiculously easy task. Smile away in your comfort zones. Incapable of thinking, you act according to pre-plans. You probably won’t notice the complete lack of freedom and rights or your indentured enslavement. Global missions accomplished. Never underestimate the enemy of freedom, which is the enemy of all mankind."]
Nearly 6,000 civilians killed in Iraq in May, June: UN 7/18/6 ["Most of the victims were killed in Baghdad.  It said professionals from the judiciary, health and education facalties were particularly targeted in the violence."]
US attorney general asks Congress to keep terrorism tribunals 7/18/6 ["Late last month, the Supreme Court disallowed the ad hoc tribunals at the US Navy base in Cuba, saying US President George W. Bush overstepped his authority by empaneling them.  That authority, the court said, belongs to Congress, and the Senate committee is now hearing testimony on how the Guantanamo prisoners should be dealt with.  Gonzales said that the tribunals, in their current form, take into account the difficulties presented by the Bush administration's war on terror and "provide a useful basis for Congress' consideration of modified procedures"."]
Indonesia tsunami toll crosses 350 7/18/6 ["killed 368 people and more than 200 others are missing, officials said on Tuesday."]

At least 86 killed by tsunami 7/17/6 ["A two-metre-high tsunami crashed into beach resorts and fishing villages on Indonesia’s Java island today, killing at least 86 people, leaving scores more missing and sending thousands fleeing to higher ground, witnesses, officials, and media reports said.  Regional agencies issued bulletins saying a magnitude 7.7 earthquake that had struck beneath the Indian Ocean"]
Spain to Teach Children From Age 10 to Accept Homosexuality 7/17/6 ["The socialist government revealed plans last week to include teaching about the homosexual lifestyle in the schools, emphasizing the normalcy of homosexual relationships. The general secretary for education, Alejandro Tiana, said the move was necessary because “children need to learn there are various types of families.”"]
Israel may consent to int'l force 7/17/6 ["On Sunday, senior diplomatic officials said Israel will not rule out an international presence in southern Lebanon to prevent Hizbullah from returning there after the completion of the current military operation."]
US 'could be going bankrupt' 7/17/6 ["A ballooning budget deficit and a pensions and welfare timebomb could send the economic superpower into insolvency, according to research by Professor Laurence Kotlikoff for the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis, a leading constituent of the US Federal Reserve.  ...Experts have calculated that the country's long-term "fiscal gap" between all future government spending and all future receipts will widen immensely as the Baby Boomer generation retires, and as the amount the state will have to spend on healthcare and pensions soars. The total fiscal gap could be an almost incomprehensible $65.9 trillion, according to a study by Professors Gokhale and Smetters."]
Bush Curses Hezbollah During G8 Luncheon 7/17/6 ["Bush also spoke to other leaders, and his unscripted comments ranged from the serious topic of escalating violence in the Mideast to light banter about his preference for Diet Coke and a gift he received from another leader."]
Dutch court rejects ban of pedophile party 7/17/6 ["A Dutch court said on Monday a political party formed by pedophiles could not be banned as it had the same right to exist as any other party and was protected by democratic freedoms."]
Lebanon-Israel developments 7/17/6 ["...a gas storage tank in the northern Beirut neighborhood of Dawra, a fuel storage tank at Beirut airport and, according to Israel, at least one long-range Iranian missile capable of hitting Tel Aviv. Israeli ground troops entered southern Lebanon to attack Hezbollah bases on the border but quickly returned to Israel after the operation, Israeli military officials said."]

 Fatal attack on Israel 'crosses red line' 7/16/6 ["Israel has said its assault on Lebanon could continue for weeks or months until Hezbollah's ability to fire rockets into Israel is destroyed.  Hezbollah has fired more than 400 rockets into Israel since the crisis began last Wednesday  ...Hezbollah is believed to have about 10,000 to 12,000 rockets in its arsenal, with a range of between 30 kilometres and 70 kilometres."]
 Israel: Martial law declared in the North 7/16/6 ["Martial law, defense officials explained, grants the IDF the authority to issue instructions to civilians and essentially close down offices, schools, camps and factories in cities considered under threat of attack. The IDF also has the authority to impose curfews on cities in the North.  Under such a situation, the instructions given by the Home Front Command, previously considered recommendations, become obligatory. ...The order signed by Peretz will be in effect for as long as 48 hours. To extend it beyond that period would require governmental approval."]
 Gay Games kick off in Chicago 7/16/6 ["about 70 per cent of the competing athletes are American"]
 Israel to Lebanon: No to ceasefire 7/16/6 ["Senior state official says, 'only if two goals Israel has set for itself – removing and disarming Hizbullah and returning kidnapped soldiers – are realized, there will be point to discuss Lebanese offer.'"]
 US National Guard says not militarizing border 7/16/6 ["The Guard will build patrol roads and fences and install lighting, sensors and towers with cameras, he said. It will provide aerial reconnaissance as well as communications, medical and intelligence analysis capabilities, Blum said."]
 Rights groups sue Pennylvania town on immigrant law 7/16/6 ["It also imposes a $1,000 fine on any landlord who rents to illegal immigrants, and establishes English as the town's official language.  The ordinance states that illegal immigration leads to higher crime rates, overcrowded classrooms and failing schools, imposes a financial burden on hospitals and reduces the quality of other public services in the town.  ...the suit will argue that the ordinance erodes the federal government's power to regulate immigration.  "The immigration issue can't be solved on a town-by-town basis," she told Reuters."]
 Medically retired soldier concludes: "We are pawns" in Iraq 7/16/6 [""If you don't think about being security for these massive corporations making big bucks being there, you're OK, but if you do, then you realize the entire military is being used and abused,""]
Middle East conflict drives oil prices to record high 7/16/6 ["as oil traders feared that violence would spread and drag in other countries and ultimately disrupt supplies from the region."]

 Israel: Iran aided Hezbollah ship attack 7/15/6 ["A missile fired by Hezbollah, not an unmanned drone laden with explosives, damaged an Israeli warship off Lebanon, the army said Saturday. Elite Iranian troops helped fire the missile, a senior Israeli intelligence official said.  The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information, said the missile detection and deflection system was not operating, apparently because the sailors did not anticipate such an attack.  The Israeli intelligence official said Hezbollah also has Iranian-made drones, and warned that they are more accurate than missiles."]
 Hizbollah, Israel head for showdown 7/15/6 ["after Hizbollah's chief declared open war on Israel following its bombardment of his Beirut home and stronghold.  "You wanted open war. We are going to open war," Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a call to Hizbollah's television."]
 Syria says fully backs Hizbullah against Israel 7/15/6 [""The Syrian people are ready to extend full support to the Lebanese people and their heroic resistance to remain steadfast and confront the barbaric Israeli aggression and its crimes," said a communique from the party's national command issued after a meeting."]
 Beirutis brace for battle - begin stockpiling food, fuel 7/15/6 ["Most residents of the capital have already fled the city for safer mountain areas to the north- and south-east.  Those who have decided to stay put began preparing for what could be a lengthy siege as Israel tightens its air, road and sea blockade on the country."]
 U.S. Senate approves border security bill 7/15/6 ["The U.S. Senate voted unanimously to spend nearly $33 billion to bolster security along the border with Mexico.  The money does not cover 370 miles of new fencing along the Mexican border.  ..The bill adds border-patrol agents and more beds in detention centers to facilitate deportation of illegal immigrants "]

 Iran warns Israel not to attack Syria 7/14/6 ["Ahmadinejad says strike on Syria would be considered attack on the whole Islamic world that would bring ‘fierce response’"]
 US Senate votes to bar emergency gun confiscation 7/14/6 ["The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to prohibit the confiscation of legally owned guns during an emergency like last year's Hurricane Katrina, marking another victory for the gun lobby.  ...Citing the constitutional right to bear arms..."  Editor: Our Constitution already guarantees the right.  When rights are are reaffirmed in this manner, it can weaken those rights by making it appear that the government can take them away but has decided not to.]
 Senate Approves $32.8 Bln in 2007 Homeland Security Funding 7/14/6 [" An amendment to the legislation that passed earlier this week creates a new U.S. emergency preparedness agency that would have more personnel, greater authority over disaster related programs and a direct line to the president during a crisis.  Senators said the new agency, to be called the U.S. Emergency Management Authority, would be better equipped than the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deal with massive disasters...  The measure also delays new rules for travel between the U.S., and Canada and Mexico. Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, all travelers entering the U.S. will have to show a passport or similar document by 2008. This legislation pushes that deadline back to June 1, 2009."]
 Israel claims Beirut 'secretly backs' its actions 7/14/6 ["Israel has claimed its bombardment of Lebanon is part of a plan to free its neighbour from terrorist occupation, and that Beirut secretly backs the operation."]
 City Vents Anger at Illegal Immigrants 7/14/6 ["By a vote of 4 to 1, Hazleton's City Council on Thursday approved the Illegal Immigration Relief Act, which imposes severe penalties on landlords who rent space to illegal immigrants, suspends the licenses of businesses that employ them, and declares English the city's official language."]
 Bush poised to accept 2 curbs on his authority 7/14/6 [""I think the White House is yielding some of the power that it does have under the Constitution during time of war, apparently because they are confident with these agreements," he said. "We are in a unique time in our history, and the balance of power on issues raised during a war on terror is being struck for the first time.""]
 Don't Fall For The Bunkum Of "Emergency Powers" 7/14/6 ["The modern doctrine of “emergency powers” is striking because—unlike the authority of the ancient Roman Senate to appoint a dictator—“emergency powers” lack both a specific source in the Constitution and a definition. Obviously, if the Constitution contained a clause explicitly delegating to Congress “emergency powers,” delineating the content of such powers, and setting out specific conditions under which they could be exercised, by whom, and for what purposes, no one could complain. No such provision exists in the Constitution, however. Today, officeholders simply announce that an “emergency” exists and that they are assuming “emergency powers” to deal with it—with both the erstwhile “emergency” and the “powers” unilaterally defined by them without reference to anything in the Constitution. "]
 Residential building in Safed sustains direct hit 7/14/6 ["Over 700 Katyusha rockets and mortar shells have been fired on northern Israel in the current offensive in Lebanon, a senior IDF official reported on Friday.  This continuous barrage of rockets included several Katyushas that landed in Nahariya and the surrounding area and one that hit a house in Kiryat Shmona early Friday afternoon. No one was wounded in the attacks, which followed close on the heels of four rockets that landed near Rosh Pina and Safed earlier in the day and caused power failures in the area, but no injuries."]
 Year's first half warmest on record for U.S. 7/14/6 ["the average temperature for the 48 contiguous United States from January through June was 11 degrees Celsius, or 1.8 degrees above average for the 20th century.  That made it the warmest such period since recordkeeping began in 1895  ...Worldwide, it was the sixth warmest year-to-date since record keeping began in 1880."]

 Evangelist arrested on tax evasion 7/13/6 ["indicted in federal court on 58 charges that include income tax evasion, making threats against investigators and filing false complaints against Internal Revenue Service agents.  ...Kent Hovind, who operated a creationist theme park Dinosaur Adventure Land  ...couple was released pending their trial but are not allowed to travel outside the Northern District of Florida."  Editor: Please pray for Dr. Kent Hovind, that the Lord will give him wisdom, and that He will work out the situation to His glory.  Dr. Kent Hovind is a good friend of mine, a needs our prayers.]
 Terri Schiavo Family Says Terry Wallis Case Shows Errors Diagnosing PVS 7/13/6 ["Doctors said Terry Wallis was PVS, but he was actually in a minimally conscious state similar to Terri.  Like Terri Schiavo, doctors predicted that Terry Wallis would last indefinitely in this condition and not improve.  However, Wallis now speaks and interacts and can count to 25 on his own. His brain has rewired itself by growing new connections from those that were severed in an automobile accident."]
 Israel attacks Beirut airport; Israeli town hit 7/13/6 ["Before the attack on Nahariya, Hizbollah said it fired shells and rockets at an airforce command center in northern Israel and attacked six army border posts early on Thursday.  Dozens of Israeli air strikes hit at least 12 bridges and many suspected Hizbollah posts on Wednesday, killing two Lebanese civilians and a Hizbollah fighter as well as disrupting landline telephone links between Beirut and the south."]
 Survey Finds Men Seek to Leave Homosexual Lifestyle to Heal Emotional Pain 7/13/6 ["Out of 18 possible motivations listed in the survey, outside pressure was the least frequently cited motivating factor reported by the 189 survey respondents.  The most frequently cited motivation was a desire to heal emotional hurts that respondents believe contributed to their same-sex attractions (SSA) to begin with.  The desire to heal emotional pain was cited as a major motivator by 77% of respondents, compared to 22% who identified "outside pressure" as a major motivator. In fact, just 3% identified outside pressure as one of the three main reasons they were seeking change. "]
 General Sees Need for More U.S. Forces in Baghdad 7/13/6 ["Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the senior American commander in Iraq, said today that “terrorists and death squads” were responsible for the surge in sectarian killings here in recent weeks, and that more American forces may need to move into the capital to prevent the deadly cycle from escalating even further."]
 Frustrated World Powers Send Iran to U.N. 7/13/6 ["saying the Iranians had given no sign they would bargain in earnest over their disputed nuclear program.  The move amounted to calling Iran's bluff. Diplomats said recent meetings with Iran's nuclear negotiator have gone nowhere and it was clear Tehran hoped to play for time or exploit potential divisions among the six powers that have offered new talks. "]
 Guns galore as anarchy stalks Baghdad 7/13/6 ["While there are tens of thousands of newly U.S.-trained troops and police on the streets, there are certainly hundreds of thousands of automatic weapons in the hands of Baghdad's 7 million people, like Seif, so the potentially bloody consequences of anarchy are clear to all."  Editor:  It will be interesting to see if the provoked/religious chaos in Iraq is used to justify a gun confiscation in another counter. ]
 Finches on Galapagos Islands Evolving 7/13/6 ["A medium sized species of Darwin's finch has evolved a smaller beak to take advantage of different seeds just two decades after the arrival of a larger rival for its original food source.  ...a form of evolution known as character displacement"  Editor:  Baloney.  The 'scientists' are ignorant of variation within a kind.  Having a different beak is still a beak, and it is still a finch.  The complex DNA in all creatures allows variations - but it will still be that kind.  There a hundreds of types of dogs; yet they are all dogs.  Specialization and adaptation within the DNA variation constructs is nothing surprising.  Eskimos may have a different build than equatorial people, but they are still humans.  Plus, in this case, an existing creature did not change, a bird that already that that type of beak flourished in that area when the other birds could not complete for the different seed types because of a drought.]
 Chicago, Montreal host gay tournaments 7/13/6 ["Four years after the last Gay Games, there will be not one but two international gay athletic competitions this summer. In Chicago, the Gay Games VII will be held July 15-22. Then, from July 29-Aug. 5, Montreal will host the first Outgames 2006."]

 Senate Will Vote Tuesday on Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding 7/12/6 ["The Senate will vote on Tuesday on a measure that will overturn President Bush's limits on using taxpayer funds to pay for embryonic stem cell research. The chamber also plans to vote on two other bills, including measures to prohibit "fetal farming" and another urging the federal government to find more ethical alternatives."]
 ANALYSIS: Israel prepares for widespread military escalation 7/12/6 ["terror groups are holding three soldiers captive: Gilad Shalit in the Gaza Strip, and two other soldiers who were captured Wednesday morning on the northern border.  The attack on Israel's northern border was an impressive military achievement for Hezbollah and a ringing failure for the IDF.  ... According to the officers, if the kidnapped soldiers are not returned alive and well, the Lebanese civilian infrastructures will regress 20, or even 50 years."]
 National Council of Churches Pres.: Jesus Never said Anything About Homosexuality or Abortion 7/12/6 ["Forget about traditional morality—Christianity should focus on eradicating poverty, protecting the environment and ending the war in Iraq, according to the general secretary of the National Council of Churches, Dr. Bob Edgar."]
 Would God The Son Contradict The Father? 6/24/6 ["Most people, including some Christians, don’t have a clue what Jesus did or did not say on any given subject, let alone what he thought about same-sex practices, so they fall for the “Jesus never mentioned homosexuality” lie, hook, line and sinker."] 7/12/6 [""]

 Congress Ignoring Looming Financial Catastrophe 7/11/6 ["In the first quarter of 2006, home foreclosures skyrocketed up a whopping 72% from last year  ...Those homeowners who are now losing their home and must find someplace else to live, are not going to contribute much to the economy as they're already sunk so deep into debt, they'll never dig their way out and the new bankruptcy laws are no longer a quick escape. It also is contributing to a glut of houses sitting on the market which can't be sold because even with two paychecks per household, between the cost of the real estate, rising interest rates and, as those in the know are predicting, $5.00 per gallon gas coming, the wallets of a huge percentage of Americans will continue to shrink and that means less spending.  ..."The measure of the wealth of a nation is indicated by the measure of its protection of its industry; the measure of the poverty of a nation is marked by the degree in which it neglects and abandons the care of its own industry, leaving it exposed to the action of foreign powers." Congressman Henry Clay, 1824."]
 Death toll at 147 in India train bombings 7/11/6 ["and wounding more than 400 in what authorities called a well-coordinated terrorist attack."]
 Paulson: U.S. Won't Retreat From Economy 7/11/6 ["Pledges U.S. Won't Retreat From Global Economy"]
 Colo. OKs toughest U.S. immigration bills 7/11/6 ["The legislation sent late Monday to Republican Gov. Bill Owens would force a million people receiving state or federal aid in Colorado to verify their citizenship.  It would deny most non-emergency state benefits to illegal immigrants 18 years old and older — forcing people to prove legal residency when applying for benefits or renewing their eligibility."]
 Missouri Embryonic Stem Cell Research Foes Organize to Beat Cloning Measure 7/11/6 ["Opponents of embryonic stem cell research in Missouri are organizing to counter the multimillion dollar effort there in favor of a ballot proposal that would have the state endorsing the destructive research. One component of their campaign is educating voters that the measure supports human cloning."]
 Global Government And It's American Leadership 7/11/6 [by Nancy Levant  "America is the sacrificial lamb of the globalists. Once America goes, freedom goes. Once freedom goes, slavery ensues in absolute full force. And again, total disarmament is the first badge of slavery...."]
 Gay Games set to open this weekend 7/11/6 ["Chicago is preparing to play host to a major sporting event. The Gay Games VII get underway this weekend with events in the city and the suburbs. More than 12,000 athletes from more than 70 countries will take part."]
 Online Petition Against International Gay Pride Parade 7/11/6 ["As efforts to stop the event, scheduled to take place in Jerusalem in August, continue, leading religious leaders of a number of faiths have expressed their adamant opposition to the event in the Holy City."]
 Europe, Africans search for ways to stem migration 7/11/6 ["The ministers, meeting in Rabat to reach a plan on migration, were from 50 nations -- grouping for the first time countries where migrants start out from, transit countries and the destinations.  They said legal migration should be encouraged in order to channel money and skills back to Africa, the world's poorest continent."]

 Adult Stem Cell Research Breakthrough Produces Insulin for Diabetics 7/10/6 ["by producing insulin needed by diabetic patients from the stem cells from the umbilical cords of living babies. The result provides real hope for diabetics because the insulin from embryonic stem cells doesn't work as effectively and involves the destruction of human life."]
 Shiite-Sunni Violence Kills Dozens in Iraq 7/10/6 ["Masked Shiite gunmen roamed through west Baghdad's Jihad neighborhood Sunday, dragging Sunnis from their cars, picking them out on the street and killing them in a rampage that police said killed 41 people in a dramatic escalation of sectarian violence."]
 Blind Chinese Activist to be Prosecuted for Opposition to Forced Abortion 7/10/6 ["Weijing told the Post that in May, two US diplomats who had come to investigate the case were forcibly removed from the village by local officials. Several Chinese lawyers have attempted to visit the village and report having been threatened, detained or beaten.  Chen attracted international attention for his public advocacy for local victims of the one-child policy in the eastern China city of Linyi. Forcing or coercing abortion is officially illegal in China under recent legal reforms, but human rights watch organizations have said that due to quotas placed on local officials it still goes on unchecked, especially in rural areas."]
 Pick A Crisis - Any Crisis: How About Bird Flu? 7/10/6 ["It’s strange how this pandemic coincides with the globalists’ desire for massive global depopulation.  And then there is gas and oil. They want to limit our mobility, herd us into planned communities that provide instant local labor forces for local corporations, and at the same time gas prices rise to completely unaffordable levels. Interesting timing… "]
 Kansas Abortion Facility With Shoddy Conditions Open for Public View 7/10/6 ["A pro-life group that recently purchased a local abortion business in Wichita and closed it down has announced that the facility is open for public inspection. The group hopes the public will take the time to see what shoddy conditions existed at the abortion center that women were subjected to during abortions there."]
 Ahmadinejad warns of 'Islamic explosion' 7/10/6 ["President Ahmadinejad denied again Israel's right to exit and called it "A fake regime that will not survive" and added a practical proposal how to get rid of Israel: "I believe that the best way is that those who created it, will worry about removing it from the map themselves," said Ahmadinejad."]

 A Former Occultist Looks At The Da Vinci Code 7/1/6 ["I am writing this tract in response to this book and movie known as The Da Vinci Code. As a former occultist, astrologer, and witch, who was saved by the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ, I am well acquainted with occult legends and symbology. I will unmask and reveal the contents and satanic purpose of this antichrist story, which is designed to destroy the faith of many by casting doubts about the deity and saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ."]
 Roots of human family tree are shallow 7/1/6 ["With the help of a statistician, a computer scientist and a supercomputer, Olson has calculated just how interconnected the human family tree is. You would have to go back in time only 2,000 to 5,000 years — and probably on the low side of that range — to find somebody who could count every person alive today as a descendant.  Furthermore, Olson and his colleagues have found that if you go back a little farther — about 5,000 to 7,000 years ago — everybody living today has exactly the same set of ancestors."  Mal. 2:10 "Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?"]
 Israel warns: free soldier or PM dies 7/1/6 ["It came as Israeli military officials readied a second invasion force for a huge offensive into Gaza.  ...But last night's direct threat to kill Mr Haniyeh, a democratically elected head of state, sharply raised the stakes. "]
 America Needs A Declaration Of Dependence 7/1/6 ["What America needs today is a Declaration of Dependence on God not the government for what Big Brother giveth, Big Brother can also take away.  ...Does it appear to you as it appears to me that Satan is laboring mightily now in all quarters to condition mankind so that when his false “christ” gives the order, the whole world will willingly and enthusiastically volunteer to receive the mark? ...Society has become increasingly comfortable with cosmetic surgery, tattoos and body piercing and now the RFIDs.  ...Of course, they don’t have to “repent” these days to be “saved” because repent is gradually being removed from all these New Age bibles that most churches are using. To have these folks admit they are sinners and change their lifestyles would harm their psychic.  ...In Deut. 1-3 Moses restated the law because there was a new generation."]