Saturday, July 16, 2005

New discovery of ancient Jewish scroll fragments

Detroit news: Bedouin leads archaeologist to fragments of biblical scroll.

The two thousand year old fragments were found by a bedouin in
Nachal Arugot, a canyon near the Dead Sea where Jews hid from the Romans in the second century

The find is interesting not for its content but for the fact that it indicates that more material may yet be found in the area:
"No scrolls have been found in the Judean Desert" in decades, Eshel said. "The common belief has been that there is nothing left to find there."

Now, he said, scholars may be spurred on to further excavations.

Archaeologist and Bible scholar Steven Pfann said he had not seen the fragments. If authenticated, they would "in general not be doing more than confirming the character of the material that we have from the southern part of the Judean wilderness up until today."

But "what's interesting and exciting is that this is a new discovery," Pfann added. "This is the first time we've seen anything from the south since the 1960s."
It is truly amazing how much has in fact survived, and how much has remained still hidden and awaiting discovery.

Talk about the Fox guarding the Chicken Coop

As reported at , a baggage security screener of arabic descent (sub gens palestinianus) was terminated from his position at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Now, before you jumpt to a conclusdion that he was fired due to racial profiling, look at what he was doing in his spare time:

When Bassam Khalaf raps, he's the Arabic Assassin. His unreleased CD, "Terror Alert," includes rhymes about flying a plane into a building and descriptions of himself as a "crazy, suicidal Arabic ... equipped with bombs". . . .An Internet search of Khalaf's name brings up Web sites that feature his obscene, violent and misogynistic raps that threaten to fly a plane into a building on Sept. 11, 2005."

Hat Tip: Clayton Cramer

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Israeli Doctor Aided Victims of London Blast

The Jerusalem Post Reports that an Emergency Surgeon from the Tel Aviv Medical Center was vacationing in London at the time of the blasts.

Dr. Benny Meilik immediately entered the subway station to help and treated multiple victims from the Piccadilly Line eastbound train.

Nice juxtaposition: Visiting Israeli immediately moves in to save lives and treat the injured, while visiting or resident Islamists cause the deaths and injuries.

Terrorist attacks in Israel

In Israel today there were two seperate terrorist attacks.

1. A Suicide Bomber attacked a group of teenagers outside the Netanya Mall, killing at least two.

2. An attempted car bombing of a town near Netanya, Shavei Shomron, that apparently exploded near the gates of the town.

The IDF suspects that Islamic Jihad is responsible for the attacks.

Hat tip Little Green Footballs

Monday, July 11, 2005

67 animals test negative for mad cow... but the 68th

67 animals test negative for mad cow

WASHINGTON -- Sixty-seven cows culled from the herd of an animal infected with mad cow disease have tested negative for the disease, the Agriculture Department said Sunday. Testing was conducted on two groups removed from the herd at an undisclosed ranch in Texas; 29 cows were tested Wednesday, 38 Friday. Results released Sunday on the second group were negative, the same finding the department had announced Saturday for the initial test group.
From The Detroit News

However, it is unconfirmed and wholly unreported that when the 68th cow was tested it said "I'm not a cow, I'm a Duck!"

London and Dearborn

As reported in The Detorit News Story London's inability to halt terrorists worries allies

Radical members of London's large Muslim population have been linked to a series of plots, including the Sept. 11 attacks, the attempted shoe-bombing of a transatlantic flight to Miami in December 2001 and last year's deadly train bombings in Madrid, Spain.

The article also reports on the folly of paying the danegeld:
Abu Hamza al Masri, who openly celebrated the destruction of the World Trade Center and preached hatred of the West from the Finsbury Park mosque -- all while living on social welfare payments.
Interestingly, this tolerance seems to have been official British policy:
Before last week, Britain's accommodation of radical Muslims had been seen by some as a source of protection -- a belief that radical imams would not encourage violence against a country that allowed them to live in peace.
This tolerance of the islamists in their midst, and even the generous dole payments given to them certainly did not provide the British with any security from this threat.
Britain's approximately 2 million Muslims represent 4 percent of the country's population. The vast majority live in its capital city, earning it the derisive nickname Londonistan. Only a small fraction of the nation's Muslims are considered radical, but even so, British counter-terrorism officials say the number of al-Qaida sympathizers exceeds 10,000.
This does not bode well for Britain, and the similarly large concentration of Islamists in the Detroit area should certainly raise an alarm as we contend with our very own "Dearbornistan", especially with Detroit hosting both the All-Star game and the Superbowl.

Detroit Hosts Baseball's All-Star game

The City of Detroit is hosting the 2005 All Star Game.

As the Detroit news reports in Spotlight now shines on Detroit: All-Star Game gives city a chance to impress visitors, pave a smooth road to the Super Bowl.

So far events have gone smoothly, and the residents of Detroit have benefittted as the game has been a prod on the City to get street lighting repaired and to get the immediate area around the game cleaned up to make it look good for the tourists.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

A good resource on the London Attacks

Check out the blog: London news and things of muse for excellent coverage and links to further coverage on the attack.

London Blasts - The work of the ROP

As suspected,Islamic Terorrists have claimed responsibility for the blast.
A group calling itself "The Secret Organization of Al Qaeda in Europe" has posted a claim of responsibility for the series of blasts in London,
Current reports have the death toll at 33 dead, 350 injured.

Canada as a terrorist haven

An interesting report that at least 50 terror groups have a presence established in Canada...including Al Qaeda, The PLO's Force 17, Hamas and Hizballah.

This shouldn't be too much of a surprise, because after being a haven for the Nazis, for so long and as Canada has continued to be one for the Nazis, becoming a haven for Islamists can't be too much of a reach.

Terrorist attack on London Transportation System

Reports of a simultaneous attack on London Subway stations and buses have been reported by various sources.

AP Story here

So far at least two are reported dead and hundreds wounded, according to a London Times reporter I overheard on the news today driving in to work. Interestingly, NPR was actually saying the "T word" as in terrorist to describe the perpetrators behind these attacks rather than using "militant" as the typical way to describe the attackers.

My guess is we'll find its a jihad-related group that is responsible.