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July 31, 2005

The Failure of International Welfare to Africa

James Shikwati blames the current conditions in Africa to International Aid."When aid money keeps coming, all our policy-makers do is strategize on how to get more," said the Kenya-based director of the Inter Region Economic Network, an African think tank. "They forget about getting their own people working to solve...

Blogswarm Targets Air America

New York City's Department of Investigations has discontinued funding the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club after allegations of corruption. Part of the inquiry revealed that the organization’s founder "invested" city funds in the liberal radio network, Air America. [Source: FoxNews]...

July 30, 2005

Hussain Admits to Sowing Terror but Denies Being a Terrorist

Osman Hussain has admitted to playing a role in the failed July 21 London transit bombings. La Repubblica quoted Hussain as telling his interrogators. "We didn't want to kill, just sow terror." Hussain also said his cell was not linked to either al-Qaida or the cell that carried out deadly...

July 29, 2005

Frist 'Pulls a Kerry' by Supporting Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Despite being an ardent supporter of abortion and voting against a ban on partial-birth abortion, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) claimed to be pro-life during his 2004 presidential bid. On January 25, 2004 he told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, "I'm against partial-birth abortion, as are many people." And, Kerry...

Frist to Back Embryonic Stem Cell Research

JivinJ points out that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) is scheduled to announce his backing of a embryonic stem cell bill that would increase federal funding for ESC research. Remarkedly, Frist states, "I am pro-life... I believe human life begins at conception." Yet, he backs research that cannot be...

July 28, 2005

Hospital Dedicated To Umbilical Cord Stem-Cell Treatment

SEOUL, South Korea, July 28, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The self-professed purpose of South Korea’s Histostem Corporation is music to the ears of pro-life advocates waging a difficult war against deadly embryonic stem-cell research. According to its website, Histostem “is pioneering cell-based therapy with stem cells, free of ethical problems.” Hoon...

July 27, 2005

Scientists Grow New Brain Cells

As a first step toward the treatment of degenerative brain diseases such as MS, Alzheimers and Parkinson’s, a Swedish team has succeeded in growing brain cells from stem cells taken from adults. [more]....

July 26, 2005

Muslims Threaten Christian Missionaries

On Monday, 18 July, American missionary, Timothy Keller, was surrounded by a mob of Muslim students at the University of Pretoria threatening him and demanding that the his missions display be removed. Tim had been officially invited by the University Missions Committee to take part in their "Go Love the...

July 25, 2005

Aborting the Viable Beyond 23 Weeks

A new study by British researchers finds that almost half of the babies who are born at 23 weeks into the pregnancy survive the premature birth. The results may prompt British lawmakers to move back limits on late-term abortions and could be used to strengthen laws in other countries. -...

July 20, 2005

Roberts Nominated to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - President Bush chose federal appeals court judge John G. Roberts Jr. on Tuesday as his first nominee for the Supreme Court, selecting a rock solid conservative whose nomination could trigger a tumultuous battle over the direction of the nation's highest court, senior administration officials said. [snip] Abortion rights...

July 18, 2005

Muslims Extremists Threaten Christian Missionary

I received this urgent request for prayer from Charl van Wyk, the Director of the African based Christian Action organization. Charl joins Peter Hammond in missionary service through Frontline Fellowship and has been involved in Christian outreach and activism through-out Africa. Your prayers would be great appreciated.Dear Friends We urgently...

July 17, 2005

Stem Cell Hype and Michael J. Fox

Actor Michael J. Fox is pushing Congress hard to lift President Bush's restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. "Embryonic stem cell research holds enormous promise," said Fox, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, in remarks prepared for a Capitol Hill news conference on Wednesday. "More federal funding and more lines are...

BlogsforTerri Announces New Mission

The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, Blogsforterri, and TerrisFight.org have been busy preparing for the next phase in the fight to increase awareness about the intrinsic value of human life. The 'quality of life' has nothing to do with the 'value of life,' and loving care, nutrition, and hydration are the...

Iraqi Friend Details Suicide Blast, Claims News Inaccurate

Richard at Hyscience posts an email from a friend in Iraq who witnessed a suicide bombing. Sabah and his wife were teachers of English during Sadaam's regime, and were forced to go into hiding until the U.S. entered Iraq. During a recent visit to a public market where his son...

July 13, 2005

Zimbabwe Desperate for Prayer

This letter from Rev Arthur Lewis, Rhodesia Christian Group, provides a sobering look from the inside of Zimbabwe. Pray for the people of this crumbling nation.Zimbabwe is now in a desperate and chaotic condition' Apart from the tyranny and the torture which grow daily. hunger stalks millions in the country....

National Deficit Down but Intragovernmental Loan Scam Continues

WASHINGTON - Surging revenues and a steady economy have led the White House to project that this year's federal budget deficit will drop to $333 billion, nearly $100 billion below earlier estimates. "We're ahead of projections now," President Bush said Wednesday. Bush said the improving deficit picture vindicated his stewardship...

A Prayer for the Dying in Darfur

As Mark Leon Goldberg of the American Prospect reported back in April, the Bush administration was leaning heavily on congressional leaders and managed to stall, and probably killed, the Darfur Accountability Act. As Goldberg explained, the bill [E]stablishes targeted U.S. sanctions against the Sudanese regime, accelerates assistance to expand the...

Curry Spice Shuts Down Melanoma

One of the most interesting recent health related health related articles reports on the supression of cancer by curry (Indian cuisine is a favorate of mine - yes!):Turmeric (Curcuma longa), also known as curcumin), is one of the most studied chemopreventive agents. It is a natural compound extracted from Curcuma...

Islamic Nations Slaughter and Enslave Christians

THERE IS NOT ONE CHRISTIAN NATION ON EARTH WHERE MUSLIMS ARE PERSECUTED. Yet in 83% of nations where the majority of the population are Muslims, there is systematic government persecution of Christians. (See "Religious Freedom in the Majority Islamic Countries" in the Resources section below.) This persecution includes imposing the...

July 12, 2005

Cell Phone Use Quadruples Car Crash Risk

Another study has concluded that talking on cell phones while driving lead to increased safety risk:Drivers distracted by cell phone conversations quadruple their risk of a serious accident, according to new research out of Australia.In fact, the link between mobile phone use and increased crash risk held true irrespective of...

Ideas, Consequences and Worldviews

In his Town Hall column Chuck Colson writes about the "birth dearth", the plummeting birth rates in most of the industrialized world. Throughout Western Europe and East Asia, the birth rate is well below 2.1 births per woman—which is the minimum needed to maintain a stable population. Environmentalist dogma argues...

Adult, or post-natal, stem cells have the same ability as embryonic stem cells to multiply

In a ground-breaking study, scientists at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh have discovered that adult, or post-natal, stem cells have the same ability as embryonic stem cells to multiply, a previously unknown characteristic indicating that post-natal stem cells may play an important therapeutic role....

July 11, 2005

Specter Suggests O'Connor for Chief Justice

Those who opposed Senator Arlen Specter's appointment as chairman of the Judiciary Committee have yet another reason to say, "I told you so." Specter suggested that President Bush should name Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is retiring from the Supreme Court, to the position of chief justice if it opens...

Following the Herd off a Cliff

First one sheep jumped to its death. Then stunned Turkish shepherds, who had left the herd to graze while they had breakfast, watched as nearly 1,500 others followed, each leaping off the same cliff, Turkish media reported ... more There's a lesson to be learned somewhere in this story. [hint:...

Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Clash of Worldviews

According to the LTI Blog the fundamental dispute over embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) is a worldview issue:One group thinks human beings have value simply because they are human while the other group thinks humans have value only because of some acquired (and accidental) property like self-awarness or sentience. ......

Adult Bone Marrow Cells Transformed Into Muscle Cells

Japanese researchers have transformed an ordinary kind of bone marrow cells extracted from adults into muscle cells, a first step toward the treatment of degenerative conditions such as muscular dystrophy. more...

Embryonic Stem Cell Hope Based on Distortions

Jean Swenson, a quadriplegic from a 1980 spinal cord injury, has been following and supporting spinal cord injury research for over 20 years. In a recent TownHall column she wrote that the public report on embryonic stem cell research is distorted and based upon fairy tales:As a quadriplegic who could...

July 10, 2005

Islam and Civilization

Bush says London attacks targeted civilized world - "The attack in London was an attack on the civilized world, and the civilized world is united in its resolve: We will not yield, we will defend our freedom," Bush said. [more] I found the quote interesting given the analysis of Dr....

July 8, 2005

Rehnquist to Retire

The media is on standby after growing reports Supreme Court Chief Justice Rehnquist is handing in his resignation ... developing on the Drudge Report. The Washington Post states, "A week after Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement, the White House and its allies are preparing for the possibility that...

McCabe Closes Terri Schiavo Investigation

The NY Times reports that state attorney Bernie McCabe of Pinellas and Pasco Counties has chosen to close Florida's investigation into the circumstances surrounding the 1990 collapse of Terri Schiavo.In the new report, Mr. McCabe said that to open a full homicide investigation, there must be some fact or evidence...

July 7, 2005

Terrorists Strike London

A series of coordinated bomb blasts have hit central London today, at the height of the morning rush hour. Reports suggest at least 41 people have been killed, and there may be more than 1,000 injured. [Guardian Blog]. Michelle Malkin quotes news sources indicating that Al Qaeda is responsible. Tony...

Abortion Supporters use Urban Legends in Supreme Court Debate

Abortion rights extremists continue to propagate myths about the potential impact of a conservative replacement for Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Although five of the current justices support the core finding of Roe, abortion rights activists suggest a Bush appointee will overturn abortion and cause thousands of women to...

July 5, 2005

Working in the background

Late last week MovableType threw a fit after my host's version of DBI:SQL was automatically upgraded via Cpanel. Currently, I have an inconvenient work around and will post sparsely until the problem is fully rectified. In the meantime, I've taken the opportunity to redesign blogicus and will roll out the...



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