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Has Noah’s Ark Been Found on Turkish Mountaintop?

Has Noah’s Ark Been Found on Turkish Mountaintop?
April 27, 2010 by Fox News

A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers say wooden remains they have discovered on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey are the remains of Noah’s Ark.

The group claims that carbon dating proves the relics are 4,800 years old, meaning they date to around the same time the ark was said to be afloat. Mt. Ararat has long been suspected as the final resting place of the craft by evangelicals and literalists hoping to validate biblical stories.

Yeung Wing-Cheung, from the Noah’s Ark Ministries International research team that made the discovery, said: “It’s not 100 percent that it is Noah’s Ark, but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it.”

There have been several reported discoveries of the remains of Noah’s Ark over the years, most notably a find by archaeologist Ron Wyatt in 1987. At the time, the Turkish government officially declared a national park around his find, a boat-shaped object stretched across the mountains of Ararat.

Nevertheless, the evangelical ministry remains convinced that the current find is in fact more likely to be the actual artifact, calling upon Dutch Ark researcher Gerrit Aalten to verify its legitimacy.

“The significance of this find is that for the first time in history the discovery of Noah’s Ark is well documented and revealed to the worldwide community,” Aalten said at a press conference announcing the find. Citing the many details that match historical accounts of the Ark, he believes it to be a legitimate archaeological discovery.

“There’s a tremendous amount of solid evidence that the structure found on Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey is the legendary Ark of Noah,” said Aalten.

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Supreme Court says cross can stay

High court says Mojave cross in Calif. can remain
April 28, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court said Wednesday that a federal court went too far in ordering the removal of a congressionally endorsed war memorial cross from its longtime home in California.

In ruling that the cross could stay, the justices said federal judges in California did not take sufficient notice of the government’s decision to transfer the land in a remote area of California to private ownership. The move was designed to eliminate any constitutional concern about a religious symbol on public land.

The ruling was 5-4, with the court’s conservatives in the majority.

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Still think big government knows best? Check history first.

Economists: The stimulus didn’t help
April 26, 2010 by Hibah Yousuf

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The recovery is picking up steam as employers boost payrolls, but economists think the government’s stimulus package and jobs bill had little to do with the rebound, according to a survey released Monday.

In latest quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics, the index that measures employment showed job growth for the first time in two years — but a majority of respondents felt the fiscal stimulus had no impact.

NABE conducted the study by polling 68 of its members who work in economic roles at private-sector firms. About 73% of those surveyed said employment at their company is neither higher nor lower as a result of the $787 billion Recovery Act, which the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers says is on track to create or save 3.5 million jobs by the end of the year.

Wall Street didn’t cause crash of ’08
April 26, 2010 by David Frum

Washington (CNN) — Financial reform? Not exactly. The bill before Congress does nothing to address the fundamental background causes of the crash of 2008.

Wall Street may have been the instrument of the crash. But the crash was made elsewhere: in Washington’s failed policies for middle-class families — and in China’s distorted rush for economic growth.

The story is not a simple one. But I hope you will pay attention to the details. If you don’t, you may find that the pocket that has been picked is your own.

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The Left can use Nazi card any time

Furor grows over Arizona’s illegal immigration law
April 26, 2010 by JONATHAN J. COOPER

PHOENIX (AP) – The furor over Arizona’s new law cracking down on illegal immigrants grew Monday as opponents used refried beans to smear swastikas on the state Capitol, civil rights leaders demanded a boycott of the state, and the Obama administration weighed a possible legal challenge.

Activists are planning a challenge of their own, hoping to block the law from taking effect by arguing that it encroaches on the federal government’s authority to regulate immigration and violates people’s constitutional rights by giving police too much power.

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You Lefties Used the Regime Word 6,500 Times Against Bush

Glenn Beck Answers Joe Klein: You Lefties Used the Regime Word 6,500 Times Against Bush (Video)
April 19, 2010 by Gateway Pundit

Glenn Beck Answers Joe Klein: You Lefties Used the Regime Word 6,500 Times During the Bush Years
Although it wasn’t the first time he’s accused conservatives of sedition, Joe Klein felt the need to write it on a napkin before he went on with Chris Matthews yesterday… for effect. He then accused Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin of sedition for speaking out against Barack Obama’s disastrous agenda for America.

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So much for dissent being patriotic huh Joe?

Joe Klein Calls Beck and Palin Seditious
April 19, 2010 by The Western Center for Journalism

On NBC’s April 18 “The Chris Matthews Show,” Time columnist Joe Klein all but accused former GOP vice-presidential nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, along with Fox News host Glenn Beck of sedition.
“I did a little bit of research just before this show – it’s on this little napkin here. I looked up the definition of sedition which is conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of the state. And a lot of these statements, especially the ones coming from people like Glenn Beck and to a certain extent Sarah Palin, rub right up close to being seditious.”

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Astroturf infiltrating the grassroots Tea Parties

Daily Gut: Infiltrating the Tea Party
April 13, 2010 by Greg Gutfeld

So a hater of the Tea Party movement claims he plans to destroy the group, by infiltrating it and then having his cohorts act racist and homophobic. He thinks manufacturing this behavior can devastate the party’s reputation.

Well, I guess that beats honest debate.

Oregon man seeks to “infiltrate” Tea Party tax protests
April 13, 2010 by Jeff Mapes, The Oregonian

Source: State Dems scrambling to deploy tea party ‘crashers’ UPDATE: Sullivan denies
April 14, 2010 by Shawn Millerick

New Hampshire Democrats are engaged in a statewide search for liberal activists willing to attend so-called tea parties on Thursday and carry signs expressing racist or fringe sentiments, a Democratic source with knowledge of the effort tells NowHampshire.com.

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Universal health care isn’t so universal

Low-cost coverage in Obama health plan not for all
April 16, 2010 by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR

WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s an eagerly awaited early benefit of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul: affordable coverage for Americans with medical problems who can’t get a private insurer to even take a look.

Starting in July, a special high-risk pool will offer coverage to uninsured people with pre-existing health conditions at a cost similar to what everyone else pays. It’s the first test of whether the administration can deliver on Obama’s vision within the budget Congress set.

But some vulnerable patients are probably going to feel a little cheated. Consider this coverage wrinkle:

Suppose your cancer is in remission. You had to quit your job while you were having chemotherapy, and your employer coverage ran out. You can’t find a private insurer who’ll take you, but you’re lucky to live in a state that has its own high-risk pool. Still, you have to struggle to pay the premiums, well above standard insurance because sicker people are in the group. Yet as the federal program is designed, you wouldn’t be able to switch over and take advantage of significant savings.

The reason: You have to be uninsured to qualify for the new plan.

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V bumper stickers

For those of you who watch the “V” remade TV series, and who recognize the parallels between miracles and promises the V’s offer the world and those offered by Democrats, here are two bumper stickers for your amusement.

V for Democrat, we are of peace

V for Democrat, universal health care

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How Congress intends to cut health care costs

NYT: ObamaCare’s Success Based On Denying Medical Procedures
April 7, 2010 by Noel Sheppard

In today’s “Now They Tell Us” segment, the New York Times on Wednesday reported that ObamaCare’s ability to bring down costs will be a function of denying some people medical services and procedures.

“From an economic perspective, health reform will fail if we can’t sometimes push back against the try-anything instinct,” wrote David Leonhardt.

“So figuring out how we can say no may be the single toughest and most important task facing the people who will be in charge of carrying out reform.”

As you continue to read Leonhardt’s shocking words, consider that the paper he writes for has published over 100 articles about Sarah Palin’s “death panels”:

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