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Posted on 12/23/2004 10:30:10 PM PST by nwctwx
And to you too Mama Dearest.
It's been a rather busy news day and I was
slacking off looking for a lamp.
"This underground explosion in PA is right at the *JFK* Plaza."
There is a police headquarters or something right there on the corner and City Hall is around the corner.
Since the subject of stolen trucks and/or plates has come up:
Article published Wednesday, January 5, 2005
OHIO STATE PATROL
License-plate scanners lead to recovery of stolen vehicles
By DAVID PATCH
BLADE STAFF WRITER
An experimental license-plate scanning system allowed state troopers to capture 23 criminal suspects and recover 24 stolen vehicles during a recent four-month test on the Ohio Turnpike, the Ohio Highway Patrol announced yesterday.
But whether the system has a future on the turnpike and other state highways remains to be decided, a patrol spokesman said.
For the test, Automatic Plate Recognition scanners were mounted at the turnpike's entrance plazas near the Pennsylvania and Indiana borders and in two state patrol cruisers. The devices scanned all license plates and compared the results with lists of vehicles "wanted" because they were reported stolen, the license plates were reported stolen, or authorities had arrest warrants for the registered owners.
Positive matches were followed up by troopers confirming the plate on the vehicle before pulling it over.
According to the announcement, the 24 stolen vehicles were worth a combined $221,000 and represented a 50 percent increase in stolen-vehicle recoveries compared with the same dates in 2003.
The patrol's announcement noted that the recovered vehicles included two stolen truck trailers, which it said indicated a potential homeland-security benefit from the system.
Lt. Rick Zwayer, a spokesman at highway patrol headquarters in Columbus, said he was not aware of those particular trailers containing any sensitive cargo.
Lieutenant Zwayer could not provide information yesterday about the charges brought against those who were arrested, nor explain why the number of arrests was lower than the stolen car recovery count.
The scanning system was paid for with a $61,000 federal grant.
At its start, the experiment was denounced by civil liberties interests, on the grounds that it could be used to compile surveillance records of all vehicular activity.
Jeff Gamso, the Ohio legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union, said he is "still skeptical" that the technology's application won't eventually be extended beyond identifying stolen cars or wanted drivers.
"Good for them for having recovered stolen cars," Mr. Gamso said. "But I remain concerned about the incremental invasion of people's privacy."
While the highway patrol promises that any data about vehicles that doesn't generate a "wanted" match is not retained, Mr. Gamso said, "What I'd like to know is that they're continuing to 'lose' that information three years from now."
While the test results indicate that the system has potential for effective use, Lieutenant Zwayer said, further assessment is necessary to determine if the benefit is appropriate to the cost of expanding it.
Col. Paul McClellan, superintendent of the highway patrol, will meet with technical experts and the Ohio Controlling Board to discuss the results and evaluate the system's potential for long-term - and potentially wider - use, the lieutenant said.
Mr. Gamso said the ACLU might press for consideration of the civil liberties angle when such a decision is made.
LOL!!! I lost faith when George said "Islam is a Religion of Peace." It's gone downhill from there. ;) Then open borders pushed HARDER even aftger the election, he's done nothing to stop the homo agenda or abortion, he bends over for mexico....I mean would you call this possession or just outright stupid? Security and rights taken away out of one side of his mouth [for US] then he does nothing to protect our borders.
The globalist/amoral agenda pushed by a professing "christian" will destroy this nation state. Looks like "New World Order" Dad [didn't Hitler say that?] may be having some influence on son.
I mean how many times does someone have to be slapped in the face with facts before they realize they are being slapped? Are the sheeple that brainwashed...even here?? Sadly, many are [the bots].
CDC.gov: "General Information on Tsunami-Related Diseases and Health Concerns"
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Thursday, January 13, 2005
ERITREA: SEVERE PERSECUTION CONTINUES
By Elizabeth Kendal
World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission (WEA RLC)
Special to ASSIST News Service
AUSTRALIA (ANS) -- Over recent years, Eritrea has become one of the world's most serious abusers of religious liberty and persecutors of Christians. When President Issayas Afewerki cracked down on all political dissent in September 2001, he also closed all private media, leaving the oppressed without a voice. In May 2002 he banned all Christian groups apart from the Eritrean Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Evangelical Lutheran denominations. This instantly made numerous independent, Full Gospel, Pentecostal, AoG, Presbyterian, and mission churches illegal, affecting thousands of believers. All religious activities Bible reading, home fellowships, prayer groups are illegal if not linked with one of the three officially approved denominations. Information is leaked out at great personal risk. Pastors of banned groups report they are under intense police surveillance at all times.
On the night of 31 December 2004, police arrested Pastor Habteab Oqbamichel and his wife Letensae, along with another 23 men and 35 women (all members of the Rema Charismatic Church in the Eritrean capital of Asmara) celebrating the New Year in Oqbamichel's home. Compass Direct reports that though Letensae was later released, the other believers are now detained in the Mai-Serwa military camp just north of Asmara.
More than 400 believers of all ages are presently incarcerated under the most appalling conditions: in solitary cells, in secret prisons for the 'disappeared', and in overcrowded metal shipping containers that are plagued by infectious diseases such as diarrhea. The authorities also use torture, trying to make them renounce their evangelical faith.
Haile Naizgi and Dr Kifle Gebremeski (chairman of the Eritrean Evangelical Alliance), who are senior leaders in the Full Gospel Church, and Pastor Tesfatsion Hagos of the Rema Evangelical Church remain 'disappeared', presumably in one of Eritrea's secret prisons. Popular Christian singer Helen Berhane has been jailed alone in a metal shipping container at Mai-Serwa military camp since last May for refusing to renounce her faith.
Christian news services (particularly Compass Direct), Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the BBC have reported Eritrea's persecution of Christians. Significantly, the US Department of State now lists Eritrea as a 'Country of Particular Concern' for severely violating religious liberty. Obtusely, the Eritrean government keeps denying that any religious minorities are persecuted.
PLEASE PRAY SPECIFICALLY FOR:
those engaged in the cruel treatment and torture of believers to be deeply affected by the faith they witness, to the point of repentance and transformation.
the Holy Spirit to bless the politically powerful Eritrean Orthodox Church (which is complicit in this persecution) with a spirit of mourning repentance that leads to renewal, Christ-honouring reconciliation, and effective solidarity. '...in wrath remember mercy.' (Habakkuk 3:2 NIV)
the Holy Spirit to sustain those who have 'disappeared' or are in solitary confinement, counselling and guiding them into all truth (John 16): they are never alone HE is with them. 'And this is my covenant with them [the Redeemed],' says the Lord. 'My Spirit will not leave them...' (Isaiah 59:20-21 NLT)
all those believers incarcerated in appalling unsanitary conditions in metal shipping containers and suffering torture simply for their faith in and obedience to Jesus Christ; may they be strengthened and sustained to spiritual victory, for the defeat of the evil one, and the glory of God.
Elizabeth Kendal is the Principal Researcher and Writer for the World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission (WEA RLC) www.worldevangelical.org/rlc.html. This article was initially written for the WEA RLP(Religious Liberty Prayer) mailing list
Elizabeth can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jan. 13, 2005 23:01 | Updated Jan. 14, 2005 13:02
"Three Gaza Strip crossings closed 'until further notice'"
By MARGOT DUDKEVITCH AND JPOST STAFF
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "According to initial reports, three terrorists placed a powerful bomb next to a metal door between the Israeli and Palestinian side of the crossing, creating a hole in the wall through which they entered. The Palestinians were killed in the gun battle that ensued with the Israeli security guards.
As evacuation efforts began, a mortar shell was fired at the crossing.
Magen David Adom officials said they evacuated five wounded civilian guards to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, three of them in critical condition. Owing to the fierce gun battles at the site of the explosion, paramedics reported they had extreme difficulty in reaching the wounded in order to treat them.
The Aksa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack, as did Hamas and the umbrella Popular Resistance Committee. Fatah hailed "a martyrdom operation" at Karni, which is the main crossing point for goods transported to and from Gaza.
The Aksa Brigades claimed that they succeeded in sneaking a 100-kilogram bomb to the crossing. The attack was in response to the assassination of a member of the Aksa Brigades, the group said.
Severe damage was caused to the Karni terminal. It is the main crossing that daily transports truckloads of goods and merchandise between Israel and the Gaza Strip. It was open lately as a gesture to new Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. This is the first major terror attack since his election a week ago."
MEMRI.org - "Jihad and Terrorism Studies Project"
"Daily Terrorist Round-up Stories - January 14, 2005"
Posted on 01/14/2005 3:24:58 AM PST by Straight Vermonter
Note: The following text is an exact quote:
January 13, 2005
"Majority of suicide bombers are educated"
We have seen evidence of this several times before. And there is nothing really surprising about it. Suicide bombers are laying hold of the Qur'an's guarantee of Paradise to those who "slay and are slain" for Allah (9:111). They take that promise seriously; to the shallow sophisticates of modern Western society, that in itself probably constitutes evidence that they are uneducated. However, that analysis in itself is evidence of Western secularists' general inability to understand religious motivations.
From Pakistan's Dawn, with thanks to LA Hutton:
ISLAMABAD, Jan 12: Suicide bombers are not necessarily uneducated, poor and psychopaths but are as much economically well-off as their surrounding population.
These views were expressed by a leading Australia-based Pakistani sociologist, Dr Riaz Hassan, who was delivering a lecture on suicide bombers here on Wednesday.
He said the suicide bombers opted to use their lives as a weapon against a powerful enemy to bring honour and power to their suppressed nation and compel the occupying foreign forces to leave their land.
Dr Hassan described some novel facts and figures he had gathered while conducting his ongoing research on suicide bombers. About 66 per cent of the Palestinian suicide bombers were high school or university graduates.
Posted at January 13, 2005 05:58 PM
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January 14, 2005
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
201ST IRAQI ARMY DISCOVERS ROCKET AIMED AT TIKRIT
TIKRIT, Iraq -- Soldiers from the 201st Iraqi Army on patrol north of the city of Tikrit located a rocket-launching position in Kadasia on Jan. 11 containing three S-5K 57 mm Soviet-made rockets.
The rockets were loaded into a homemade rocket launcher aimed at the city of Tikrit.
Upon discovering the rockets, the 201st Iraqi Army Battalion called the Joint Coordination Center, which coordinated for an explosive ordnance demolition team to destroy the rockets in place.
The EOD team successfully destroyed the rockets without incident.
The tenacity and offensive mindset displayed by the IA in making this find demonstrates both the benefits of the intense training they have received and the motivation of the Iraqi Security Forces.
"Russia to offer TU-95 & TU-22M bombers to China"
TheMoscowTimes ^ | 13-1-05
Posted on 01/14/2005 3:38:11 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
Friday, January 14, 2005. Page 3.
Air Force to Offer Strategic Bombers to China
By Lyuba Pronina Staff Writer
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The Air Force intends to show its Tu-22M3, above, and Tu-95 to the Chinese military.
Russia could sell China strategic bombers and plans to tout them during a joint exercise later this year, Air Force commander General Vladimir Mikhailov said Thursday.
"We could sell some Tu-22M3 and Tu-95 bombers [to China]. We will show them to our neighbor. ... If they have the money, let them buy," Mikhailov told reporters at a briefing, referring to the first-ever joint Russian-Chinese military maneuvers announced by Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov last month.
Able to carry long-range nuclear cruise missiles, these strategic bombers would significantly boost Chinese nuclear capability, said Konstantin Makiyenko, a defense analyst with the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies.
Over the past decade, China has been the top customer for Russian arms, stocking up on Sukhoi fighters, destroyers and advanced air-defense systems."
Things are returning to normal in Graniteville for the majority of people. Lots of odd stuff going on, that's for sure.
ONGOING PRAYER REQUEST...
Its a blistering -8° with a 10 mph breeze in Waukesha.
Certainly something to keep in mind.
Brrrrr! We're at a whopping +2 degrees.