Many people in this country were shocked when the U.S. Navy recently announced the removal of all Bibles from military hotels under their control. This was in response to pressure from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a well-known atheist group.
The surprise is not the hypocritical stance of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, but rather the fact that an established bulwark of American strength and patriotism caved to a self-serving group of religious fanatics. This last sentence may seem out of place if you don’t realize that atheism is actually a religion. Like traditional religions, atheism requires strong conviction. In the case of atheists, it’s the belief that there is no God and that all things can be proven by science. It is extremely hypocritical of the foundation to request the removal of Bibles from hotel rooms on the basis of their contention that the presence of Bibles indicates that the government is choosing one religion over another. If they really thought about it, they would realize that removal of religious materials imposes their religion on everyone else.
Some atheists argue that there should be a library or cachet of religious material at the check-in desk of a hotel from which any guest could order a Bible, Torah or Koran for their reading pleasure. No favoritism would be shown through such a system, and those who reject the idea of God would not have to be offended. This is like saying there shouldn’t be certain brands of bottled water in hotel rooms because there may be guests who prefer a different type of water or who are offended by bottled water and think that everybody should be drinking tap water. The logical answer to such absurdity would, of course, be that the offended individual could bring his own water or simply ignore the brand of water that he does not care for.
Lots of folks are wondering (hoping?) Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016. Frankly, I don’t believe she will, as her missteps continue to get worse – oh, have you heard about her diva-ish speaking contract riders?
But don’t worry too much about Hillary, because if does ditch the presidential race, she has a great future in the construction industry — and in particular cement.
According to Algemeiner, “Much has been said and written about the terror tunnels that Hamas built in Gaza. But too little has been said about who it was that put the cement into Hamas’ hands, thus making the construction of the tunnels possible in the first place. Until now. In a bombshell revelation, Dennis Ross, the senior Mideast policy adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2009 to 2011, has admitted that it was he who was assigned the task of pressuring Israel to ease up on its military blockade of Gaza.”
And who assigned him that task? Why the chief cement-pourer herself.
“I argued with Israeli leaders and security officials, telling them they needed to allow more construction materials, including cement, into Gaza so that housing, schools and basic infrastructure could be built,” Ross revealed in the Washington Post on August 10. “They countered that Hamas would misuse it, and they were right.”
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t heard much about this revelation and of course I can attest as to why not. I wonder if the Chairman of the Democrat Party, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who just happens to be Jewish, will be upset about this? Or how about Sen. Chuck Schumer? Matter of fact, will any of the Jewish Members of the House or Senate come out and denounce Hillary Clinton over this information? After all, it was IDF Sergeant Gilad Shalit who was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists using one of the tunnels — and of course countless Palestinian terrorists were released in exchange for Shalit.
Read more at http://allenbwest.com/2014/08/hillarys-hamas-terror-tunnel-connection/#1rPF7v57VPX0llLW.99
Little Boy, the nuclear bomb that U.S. forces dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, leveled a two-mile radius of the city, killing an estimated 80,000 people. It was an enormous amount of destruction—and it was caused by less than two percent of the uranium carried by the bomb.
In a recent interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, author Eric Schlosser explains just how inefficient this early nuclear bomb was (skip to 11:13 in the recording).
In the case of Hiroshima, the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima was an incredibly crude and inefficient weapon. When it exploded, about 99 percent of the uranium that was supposed to undergo this chain reaction, didn’t. It just blew apart in the air, and a very small percentage, maybe two percent of the fissile material, actually detonated. And most of it just became other radioactive elements. [. . .] Now to imagine how small an amount that is, seven-tenths of a gram of uranium is about the size of a peppercorn. Seven-tenths of a gram weighs less than a dollar bill. So even though this weapon was unbelievably inefficient, and almost 99 percent of the uranium had nothing to do with the destruction of Hiroshima, it was a catastrophic explosion.
As Schlosser puts it, “nuclear weapons since then have become remarkably efficient and small and capable of destruction that makes Hiroshima seem trivial.” Given the stories of false alarms, nuclear accidents, and harrowing near-disasters contained in Schlosser’s book, and the reports of shaky security in the U.S.’s nuclear arsenal, it’s enough to make you wish humanity had never figured out how to make these weapons in the first place.
It’s not often that science confirms ideas straight out of vampire lore, but here you have one: a spate of studies in mice have found that infusions of young blood seem to reverse aging. So now we’re moving to the next logical step: giving the blood of young humans to Alzheimer’s patients.
The first very human trials testing the effect of young blood will start in October at the Stanford School of Medicine. Patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s will receive blood plasma donated by volunteers 30 or younger. Despite vampiric-sounding premise, approval for human trials were quite easy to get, the study’s head Tony Wyss-Coray tells New Scientist. After all, we’ve been giving blood transfusions for long time—just without studying all the health effects.
If the blood transfusion works as well in humans as it does in mice, brain function could improve immediately—but perhaps temporarily. In mice, infusions of young blood also made their muscles heal faster and reverse the aging of their organs. The opposite happened when young mice were given old blood.
While blood plasma transfusions are common already, even more handy would be identifying exactly what in young blood heals. Scientists have one idea: a protein called growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11) that declines with age. Mice injected with GDF11 had brains with more blood new vessels and stem cells, both signs of a better functioning brain.
A federal judge ordered President Obama’s team to hand over some documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious and to provide a list of withheld documents.
Once House Republicans see the list of withheld documents, they will have a chance to challenge the withholding of particular documents.
“This Administration has been so intent on hiding the contents of these documents that it allowed Attorney General Holder to be held in contempt instead of just turning them over to Congress,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said of the ruling. “The privilege log will bring us closer to finding out why the Justice Department hid behind false denials in the wake of reckless conduct that contributed to the violent deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and countless Mexican citizens.”
Holder was held in contempt in 2012 after he refused to produce 1,300 pages of documents subpoenaed by Issa’s committee. Obama said that the documents were shielded from congressional review by executive privilege.
“How can the president assert executive privilege if there was no White House involvement?” Senator Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) said at the time. “How can the president exert executive privilege over documents he’s supposedly never seen? Is something very big being hidden to go to this extreme?”
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson “signaled that under the ruling she would devise, DOJ would have to persuade her on each document as to why she should allow Holder to withhold it from Congress” when she heard the case in May, according to Breitbart’s Ken Klukowski.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut his summer vacation short on Wednesday, returning to London after the release of a shocking ISIS video showing the apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley.
In a statement on Wednesday, Cameron’s office described the video of Foley’s execution as “shocking and depraved.”
The United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond addressed the possibility that the ISIS terrorist featured in the beheading video could be a British national.
“We’re absolutely aware that there are significant numbers of British nationals involved in terrible crimes, probably in the commission of atrocities, making jihad with IS and other extremists organizations,” Hammond told the BBC.
Sie werden sagen “Gesundheit” oder hinausgeworfen werden, Schweinehund!!
A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.
When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner said bless you to her classmate, she says her teacher told her that was for church…
Students sent WMC Action News 5′s Michael Clark a photo of the teacher’s white board that lists ‘bless you’ and other expressions that are banned as part of class rules.
If this young lady wants to express her religious beliefs in an American public school, she should convert to Islam, don a hijab, and say “Al-hamdu Lillah” when someone sneezes. Then she will be safe from any reprisals.
I wonder what would happen if somebody brought a copy of Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret into this classroom? Would it burst into flames? Would the teacher run screaming like a vampire from sunlight? That would be awesome.
A New York man who claimed police arrested and strip-searched him after he photographed a stop-and-frisk of three African-American youths has settled his civil rights suit with the New York Police Department for $125,000.
The settlement, first reported Monday by the Daily News, comes weeks after the NYPD reminded its officers that it was legal to peacefully record police activity. That department-wide memo followed the videotaped NYPD arrest of a man who died after being subdued by a chokehold last month.
The NYPD settled with a man named Dick George, who alleged that while he was sitting in his parked car in Flatbush in 2012, he saw two NYPD officers get out of an unmarked car and perform what is known as a stop-and-frisk of three youths. George said he captured the search on his mobile phone. He claimed he went up to the youths and told them next time that happens to make sure they get the officers’ badge numbers.
He said the two officers overheard his comments, followed him briefly in his vehicle and then arrested him for disorderly conduct—and strip-searched him at the station.
After being held for about an hour, he was released. He said he injured a knee during his arrest, and the cops erased his photographs from his mobile phone.
“Then, prior to releasing Plaintiff from the defendant’s custody, the defendant officers purposely deleted all photographic, audio and video recordings from Plaintiff’s cellular telephone in order to destroy and cover up evidence of their unlawful activities depicted therein,” according to his federal lawsuit.