Pedophile Protection Act Stalls in Senate

Could more than 560,000 letters sent to the U.S. Senate by WorldNetDaily readers to protest “The Pedophile Protection Act” have resulted in second thoughts among Democrats? Sources working with senators opposing the legislation say the campaign has shaken up the dynamics of the debate.  “This bill was supposed to sail through the Senate, but it suddenly has become much more controversial as a result of all these letters,” one source said. Even activists favoring approval of the bill are puzzled over why the Senate has taken so long dealing with the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, which easily passed the House last month by a vote of 249-175. For several weeks, the Senate companion bill, S. 909, has been sitting in committee without action.

  • Keep up the pressure folks, and the prayers

What the Mainstream Media Didn’t Report from Obama’s Cairo Speech

While the media focused on President Obama’s outreach for reconciliation with Muslim nations, here are two items they didn’t report. One of the Koranic references Obama used was a verse dedicated to Islamic Jihad, in which Muslims are required to kill infidels–meaning those who are not Muslims. Secondly, Obama said, “Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail.”

  • Either Obama is a fool, or he is the chosen Messiah of the New World Order. He appears quite intelligent, so…..

Vatican Meets ‘Big Bang’ Machine

A senior Vatican delegation visited the world’s biggest nuclear physics laboratory, proclaiming that true faith has no problems with science. The Roman Catholic Church was represented by Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, Vatican City’s governor, as it toured the CERN facility and its 17-mile proton accelerator this week. It welcomed any breakthroughs physicists could provide on understanding the basis of the universe, and said they would also advance religion. “The Church never fears the truth of science, because we are convinced that all truth comes from God,” Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, Vatican City’s governor, said Thursday in Geneva.

  • Science is merely uncovering how God created the universe – and how Satan corrupted it.

Appeals Court says Ten Commandments Monument Endorses Religion

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Ten Commandments monument outside Oklahoma’s Haskell County Courthouse “has the primary effect of endorsing religion.” A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to federal Judge Ronald White so he could issue a new ruling consistent with theirs. White previously rejected arguments that the monument promotes Christianity at the expense of other religions.

  • Of course the Ten Commandments promotes the Judeo/Christian religions, because that’s what this country, its constitution and its laws are based on.

Megachurch Crowds Tend to be Younger

Despite their reputation as symbols of baby-boomer America, Protestant megachurches attract a younger crowd and more singles than the average Protestant church, according to large-scale study released Tuesday. The survey also found distressing news for a movement that took off in the 1980s and remains influential in evangelical Christianity: megachurch-goers volunteer less and give less money than other churchgoers. Conducted by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research at Hartford Seminary and Leadership Network, the survey of nearly 25,000 people who attend 12 U.S. megachurches was conducted from January through August 2008. It is billed as the largest representative national study of that religious demographic to date.

An estimated 5 million Americans a week attend roughly 1,300 U.S. megachurches, defined in the study as Protestant churches with attendance of 2,000 or more. To compare the megachurch data to Protestant churches of all sizes, the study relied on the U.S. Congregational Life Study of 2001. Among the megachurch report’s highlights: The average age of megachurch attenders is 40, compared to nearly 53 at a typical Protestant church. Nearly two-thirds of megachurch attenders are under 45, double the numbers in Protestant congregations of all sizes. Nearly a third of megachurch attenders are single, compared to 10% in a typical Protestant church. They also tend to be wealthier and better educated. Nearly a quarter hadn’t been in any church for a long time before coming to the megachurch. Nearly 45% of megachurch attenders never volunteer at the church and 32% give little or no money to the congregation.

  • Many nominal Christians attend megachurches precisely because they don’t want to be active members, preferring to slip in and out unseen in order to assuage their guilt about not attending church. However, “faith without works is dead.”

Kids in Gay Families 7 Times More Likely to be Homosexual

A licensed psychologist with both clinical and forensic practice outreaches is warning that it appears children of homosexual couples are seven times more likely to develop “non-heterosexual preferences” than other children, but lawmakers establishing policy often don’t know that because the researchers have concealed their discoveries. “Research … although not definitive, suggests that children reared by openly homosexual parents are far more likely to engage in homosexual behavior than children raised by others,” said the online report by Trayce L. Hansen. Studies she reviewed suggest children raised by homosexual or bisexual parents “are approximately seven times more likely than the general population to develop a non-heterosexual sexual preference.” The “studies thus far find that between 8 percent and 21 percent of homosexually parented children ultimately identify as non-heterosexual,” the psychologist wrote. “For comparison purposes, approximately 2 percent of the general population are non-heterosexual.”

Alternative Medicine becoming Mainstream

Alternative medicine has become mainstream. It is finding wider acceptance by doctors, insurers and hospitals. Consumer spending on it in some cases rivals that of traditional health care. An Associated Press review of dozens of studies and interviews with more than 100 sources found an underground medical system operating in plain sight, with a different standard than the rest of medical care. People turn to unconventional therapies and herbal remedies for everything from hot flashes and trouble sleeping to cancer and heart disease. They crave more “care” in their health care. They distrust drug companies and the government. They want natural, safer remedies. But often, that is not what they get. Government actions and powerful interest groups have left consumers vulnerable to flawed products and misleading marketing. Contrary to their little-guy image, many of these products are made by big businesses. Ingredients and their countries of origin are a mystery to consumers. They are marketed in ways that manipulate emotions.

U.S. World’s Greatest Garbage Producer

Just how much garbage does the USA produce? About 4.6 pounds per person per day, according to a USA Today analysis of 2007 data. That’s about the weight of the Empire State Building. Every day.

  • Such is the consequence of worshiping the god of materialism and making idols out of stuff. Our throw-away society is polluting our ground and water, and running out of places to dump the waste products of over-indulgent excess.

Swine H1N1 Flu

The World Health Organization said Tuesday a spike in swine flu cases in Australia may push it to finally announce the first flu pandemic in 41 years. It also expressed concern about an unusual rise in severe illness from the disease in Canada. Some flu experts think the world already is in a pandemic and that WHO has caved in to country requests that a declaration be postponed. WHO said the virus has infected 26,563 people in 73 countries and caused 140 deaths.

Another four students and a faculty member at the American University in Cairo have contracted swine flu, said Egypt’s health minister, bringing the total number of those infected at the school to seven. The dorm, which the ministry said houses 234 people including 110 students from 10 different countries, is under quarantine for seven days. Egypt’s government has come under criticism from international animal rights groups for its decision to slaughter the nation’s 300,000 pigs in response to the swine flu problem.

First Gitmo Detainee Arrives in U.S.

U.S. authorities have brought the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to the United States, flying him into New York to face trial for bombing U.S. embassies, the Justice Department said Tuesday. Ghailani’s trial will be an important test case for the Obama administration’s plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo in seven months and bring some of the suspects to trial. Ghailani was indicted in 1998 for the al-Qaeda bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, attacks which killed more than 224 people, including 12 Americans.

The tropical Pacific island nation of Palau announced Wednesday it will accept up to 17 Chinese Muslims who have languished in legal limbo at Guantanamo Bay despite a Pentagon determination that they are not “enemy combatants.” China’s Foreign Ministry had no immediate reaction to the decision by Palau to grant Washington’s request to resettle the detainees from China’s Uighur minority who had been incarcerated at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba. Palau is one of a handful of countries that does not recognize China and maintains diplomatic relations with Taiwan. A federal judge last year ordered the Uighur detainees released into the United States after the Pentagon determined they were not “enemy combatants.” But an appeals court halted the order, and they have been in legal limbo ever since.

Local Bailouts

Following the federal government’s lead, cities and states increasingly are handing out financial support to struggling businesses. The federal government has committed $2 trillion in financial help to Citibank, AIG, General Motors, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other large corporations and financial institutions. Now, the same thing is happening locally. Prominent businesses are seeking — and in some cases getting — cash, tax forgiveness, loans, loan guarantees and other types of aid to help survive the recession. Supporters call the deals crucial economic development programs that will create jobs and generate taxes. Critics call the deals bailouts and “developer welfare.” Developers of luxury real estate projects started during the real estate boom are the most aggressive at seeking help, which puts governments in the uncomfortable position of directing taxes to businesses that cater to the wealthy.

  • The line between the public and private sectors is rapidly disappearing, and taxpayer indebtedness continues to rise inexorably.

Foreclosure Crisis Spreads to Prime Mortgages

The pace of prime borrowers going into foreclosure is accelerating, especially in states with mounting unemployment or property values that saw a big run-up during the housing boom. It’s a marked shift from earlier this year, when foreclosures were driven by defaults on subprime loans. And it has major implications — ravaging the credit scores of borrowers who once had unblemished records and dragging down property values in more affluent neighborhoods. It also threatens to undermine the housing recovery. In the first quarter, almost half of the overall increase in the start of foreclosures was due to the increase in prime, fixed-rate loans, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).

Economic News

Treasury officials Tuesday gave 10 of the nation’s biggest banks approval to repay a combined $68 billion of taxpayer money they received to avert a financial meltdown. The Treasury Department didn’t name the banks, but many of them are likely to announce they are making repayments. Many banks have chafed at the restrictions on executive pay that accompanied the injections of taxpayer money.

The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for Chrysler to sell itself to Fiat, the Associated Press is reporting early Wednesday. The Supreme Court on Monday slowed down the sale of Chrysler to Fiat when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a one-line order that temporarily blocked the move and could put Chrysler’s future in question. Italian automaker Fiat says it has closed a deal to take over Chrysler’s good assets, forming a new company, Chrysler Group, and clearing the way for the struggling Chrysler to emerge from bankruptcy protection. The deal means Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne will take control of Chrysler.

Gasoline prices shot past $2.60 a gallon for the first time in almost eight months after rising another 10 cents over the last week, the Energy Department said Monday. The national price for regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.62 gallon, the most expensive since Oct. 27, but still down $1.42 from a year ago. The pump price has jumped 55 cents in the last five weeks as oil traders speculate that the economy is beginning to recover.

The House has approved the “cash for clunkers” bill to boost lagging auto sales. The bill would allow consumers to turn in their gas-guzzling cars and trucks for a $4,500 voucher for more fuel-efficient vehicles. President Obama has encouraged Congress to approve consumer incentives for new car purchases as part of the government’s work to restructure General Motors and Chrysler.

The U.S. trade deficit edged up in April as exports weakened again in a reflection of waning global demand. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that total exports fell 2.3% to $121.1 billion, the lowest level for foreign sales since mid-2006. Exports have dropped in eight of the past nine months. The monthly deficit on goods trade with China climbed to $16.8 billion from $15.6 billion in March and was the largest with any single country. Exports to Japan plummeted to a 15 year low of $3.9 billion, while exports to the European Union dropped 9.9% to $17.8 billion.

Israel Thwarts Major Terrorist Attack

Israeli troops thwarted a major terrorist attack along the Gaza border early Monday morning when they intercepted a group of 10 Palestinian gunman, believed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda, as they approached the Karni crossing on several trucks and at least five horses loaded with explosive devices and mines. The gunman approached the border and fired at the soldiers who returned fire, killing four of Palestinian militiaman. The skirmish quickly escalated with both sides calling in reinforcements before the Palestinians retreated. Both Jerusalem and Cairo accuse Iran of using Hizbullah to train and fund rival militias in Gaza and paying them to launch rocket and terror attacks against Israel. The presumed purpose of these actions is to divert attention away from tehran’s renegade nuclear program.

North Korea

North Korea said Tuesday it would use nuclear weapons in a “merciless offensive” if provoked — its latest rhetoric apparently aimed at deterring any international punishment for its recent atomic test blast. It appeared to be the first time that North Korea referred to its nuclear arsenal as “offensive” in nature. Pyongyang has long claimed that its nuclear weapons program is a deterrent and only for self-defense against what it calls U.S. attempts to invade it.

Pakistan

Hundreds of Pakistani villagers, who have formed an anti-Taliban militia, battled for the fourth day Tuesday to remove the Islamic militants from a region of northwest Pakistan. Outraged over a suicide attack on a local mosque during Friday prayers, about 400 residents formed the militia early Saturday and began battling Taliban militants. The attack on the anti-Taliban mosque killed at least 40 people and wounded 80 others.

Investigators searched a wrecked luxury hotel in northwestern Pakistan for evidence Wednesday after a bold suicide bombing killed 11 people, including aid workers, in what the U.N. condemned as a “heinous terrorist attack.” Elsewhere in the volatile region, security forces killed 70 suspected militants in an area close to two major Taliban tribal strongholds.

Iraq

Iraqi officials have raised the casualty toll in a car bombing in a mainly Shiite area in southern Iraq to as many as 35 killed and 45 wounded. Wednesday’s blast ripped through a market district in the town of Bathaa, near Nasiriyah. It’s the latest in a series of high-profile explosions that have raised concerns about a resurgence of violence as the U.S. military faces a June 30 deadline to withdraw from urban areas in Iraq.

Afghanistan

An explosion in a crowded bazaar near a convoy of U.S. troops in northeastern Afghanistan killed one Afghan child Tuesday and wounded about 50 people, many of them children, officials said. Three U.S. troops were wounded in the blast. Initial reports indicated that an insurgent threw a grenade into the crowd.

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