'Any person' has right to gun, state says

Montana claims 2nd Amendment questions already resolved
Montana officials are saying that the United States already has
resolved any questions about the 2nd Amendment's application, defining
that “any person” has the right to bears arms.
That's the issue at hand in a pending U.S. Supreme Court case
originating in the District of Columbia, where authorities have banned
handguns under the claim that such a limit is “reasonable” and
therefore enforceable even given the rights granted by the 2nd
U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Va., has asked President Bush to order the
U.S. Justice Department to submit a brief to the high court supporting
the rights of individuals under the 2nd Amendment. A similar request
already has been submitted by officials for the Gun Owners of America,
whose executive director, Larry Pratt, warned: 
“If the Supreme Court were to accept the Solicitor General's line of
argument, D.C.'s categorical gun ban of virtually all self-defense
firearms could well be found to be constitutional. …”
He warned such a precedent to affirm any and all gun restrictions if
they are considered by a judge to be “reasonable” would place those
rights on the lowest rung of the constitutional ladder.
“In contrast to other …

Meditate On This: A Christian Response To New Age Spirituality

By Jeffrey K. Radt
So this is what happens when the flock is left unguarded?
It hasn’t happened overnight, but slowly and surely this nation has
succumbed to the perils of false religions gaining a foothold in
mainstream society.
Due to their widespread acceptance, I’d venture to guess that many of
us are oblivious to what’s been happening right under our noses.
I for one have had enough! This is especially true now that I’ve
learned about some “well-meaning” types who have preyed on the emotions
of a family member following the death of her husband.
If we Christians can’t stand for truth even if it runs the risk of
public ridicule and humiliation then should we really call ourselves
So much for following the command to be “watchmen” or the “salt and
light of the earth.”Give the devil and inch and he’ll become your ruler.
There seems to be a growing trend these days involving unbiblical
practices such as mysticism and eastern practices being introduced into
local churches under the guise of Christian self-awareness and
spiritual healing.
Worse is the fact that many so-called Christians are beginning to fall
for these blasphemous and dangerous teachings with open arms …

How Many Isaiahs?

My early zeal for studying the Scripture was dampened many years ago as
I encountered what is often called “textual criticism.” I was surprised
to learn that it was naive and unlearned to regard the Book of Isaiah
as actually written by the prophet Isaiah, as was commonly thought.
With its 66 chapters, Isaiah is the longest prophetic book of the Old
Testament. Most scholars agree that the book falls naturally into two
major sections, Chapters 1-39 and Chapters 40-66.
The first section has a distinctive style which changes noticeably in
the final section. It is easy to remember since it parallels the Bible
itself, with 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.
(But don't make too much of this; the chapter divisions, as we know
them, were added in the 13th century.)
The Deutero-Isaiah Theory
The “textual critics” have insisted that the Book of Isaiah is a
compilation of two different writers, each calling himself Isaiah but
writing at different times. This “Deutero-Isaiah” theory is
surprisingly prevalent in many modern (“liberal”) commentaries. (There
are some that even advocate a three-Isaiah theory.)
The first section of the book deals with God's approaching judgment on
the …

The Asian Century

Take a moment and make a mental list of all the items in your home
which require electricity. That list could include a television, cell
phone, computer, microwave, stereo, laundry machine, hairdryer, as well
as various kitchen appliances and probably at least a dozen light
bulbs. Think about how much energy you use in a single day. Now with
that in mind, consider the following: according to some estimates the
average Chinese household uses the equivalent of just one 100-watt
light bulb per person per year. That statistic is staggering,
especially when you consider the potential demand. The energy needs of
China's 1.3 billion citizens are growing at tremendous rate. China's
economy is booming, and it is estimated that China will triple its
energy consumption between now and 2020.
More and more people are moving to the cities and China's middle-class
is growing fast. By the year 2020, the “consumer class” in China will
have grown from less than 100 million people, to more than 700 million.
As the middle-class grows, so will the amount of disposable income and
the demand for consumer electronic goods. In fact, if current trends
continue, China's per capita income could match that of the …

Super-speed Internet satellite blasts off in Japan

Japan's space agency says it has launched a high speed Internet
Satellite will enable data transmission of 1.2 gigabytes per second
Launch carried off without hitch
(CNN) — Japan launched a rocket Saturday carrying a satellite that
will test new technology that promises to deliver “super high-speed
Internet” service to homes and businesses around the world.
The rocket carrying the WINDS satellite — a joint project of the Japan
Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries —
lifted off its pad at 5:55 p.m. (0855 GMT).
If the technology proves successful, subscribers with small dishes will
connect to the Internet at speeds many times faster than what is now
available over residential cable or DSL services.
The Associated Press said the satellite would offer speeds of up to 1.2
gigabytes per second.
The service initially would focus on the Asia-Pacific region close to
Japan, a JAXA news release said.
“Among other uses, this will make possible great advances in
telemedicine, which will bring high-quality medical treatment to remote
areas, and in distance education, connecting students and teachers
separated by great distances,” JAXA said.
The rocket was launched from Japan's Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the
Tanegashima Space Center.

Obama worked with terrorist

Senator helped fund organization that rejects 'racist' Israel's
By Aaron Klein
Sen. Barack Obama
JERUSALEM – The board of a nonprofit organization on which Sen. Barack
Obama served as a paid director alongside a confessed domestic
terrorist granted funding to a controversial Arab group that mourns the
establishment of Israel as a “catastrophe” and supports intense
immigration reform, including providing drivers licenses and education
to illegal aliens.  
The co-founder of the Arab group in question, Columbia University
professor Rashid Khalidi, also has held a fundraiser for Obama. Khalidi
is a harsh critic of Israel, has made statements supportive of
Palestinian terror and reportedly has worked on behalf of the Palestine
Liberation Organization while it was involved in anti-Western terrorism
and was labeled by the State Department as a terror group. 
In 2001, the Woods Fund, a Chicago-based nonprofit that describes
itself as a group helping the disadvantaged, provided a $40,000 grant
to the Arab American Action Network, or AAAN, for which Khalidi's wife,
Mona, serves as president. The Fund provided a second grant to the AAAN
for $35,000 in 2002. 
Obama was a director of the Woods Fund board from 1999 to Dec. 11,
2002, according to the …