Seven American crew members of a
U.S.-run cargo plane, bound for Dubai, were killed yesterday when the
plane crashed shortly after take-off from Bagram air base near the
Afghan capital of Kabul. It was all captured on a dashboard mounted videocam. It was a 747, the appears to have stalled during its climb.
In a statement, the Taliban claimed
responsibility for the crash, but NATO's International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF) said there were no reports of insurgent activity
in or around the base, which is one of the largest in the country and
located about 25 miles north of Kabul.
did lose all seven crew members,' a spokeswoman for National Air Cargo
told Reuters by telephone from Florida, where the company is located.
Temple columns in Beit Shean (illustration image).
Photo Credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash 90 The Jewish Press,
By Yori Yanover
The initial discovery was made by Benjamin Troper, the training
coordinator of the Kfar Etzion field school, who suddenly, while aiding a
troubled tourist down a deep cave south of Jerusalem, turned to look at
the nearby wall and saw an ancient stone column.
“I had gone down that hole dozens of times,” Tropper told Makor
Rishon, “but this was the first time, because I was helping the tourist,
that I came down looking in that direction.”
What he saw was a bona fide ancient column with a capital, which he
recognized from his years as tour guide and from the time he spent
working in excavating ancient Jerusalem.
That’s the story of a remarkably rare archeological discovery, which
no one has heard about. For some reason, possibly political, the Israeli
authorities have been trying to silence this discovery which could
usher in a breakthrough in our understanding of the periods of King
David and his son, King Solomon.
The column capital Tropper ran, or rather climbed down into, is very
likely part of a complete temple or palace buried underground.
Tropper, who expected nothing short of a medal for his fortunate
discovery, called over the field school’s director, Yaron Rosenthal, who
in turn alerted a senior employee of Israel’s Antiquities Authority.
But no medals were to come any time soon.
The find is really big, according to Rosenthal. It may also be a
singular opportunity to unearth a whole structure that hadn’t undergone
“secondary use,” meaning that it hasn’t been altered by later dwellers
of the area. Often, later period folks utilize the components of older
structures as building blocks for their own structures. More>>>>>>>
Photo of a police officer, Boston, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There doesn’t seem to be a lack of explosive events generating tremendous controversy in the ‘Netsphere. Two weeks ago it was the Kermit Gosnell trial.
This past week it’s the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing and the
subsequent hunt for the alleged bombers. But that’s not all. The Texas
fertilizer plant also generated an explosion of comment, as did federal
legislative action taken by Congress intended to further corral the
Internet, all in the name of “security.” We begin this week’s column
with a look at a video gone viral, while we ask the question, “Is this
Police perform house-to-house raids in Watertown
Is this a violation of our Constitutional rights? YouTube poster “rambone5″ videotaped his Watertown neighbors as they were being raided
by law enforcement searching for the 19-year-old believed to be the
second bomber in the Boston Marathon attack. Published on Saturday,
April 20, rambone5′s video was accompanied with the following note,
which included a link to a corresponding FaceBook page titled: “Police State USA: Land of the Checkpoints”
WATERTOWN, MASS. – On Friday, April 19, 2013, during a
manhunt for a bombing suspect, police and federal agents spent the day
storming people’s homes and performing illegal searches. While it was
unclear initially if the home searches were voluntary, it is now crystal
clear that they were absolutely NOT voluntary. Police were filmed
ripping people from their homes at gunpoint, marching the residents out
with their hands raised in submission and then storming the homes to
perform their illegal searches.
This was part of a larger operation that involved total lockdown of
the suburban neighbor to Boston. Roads were barricaded and vehicle
traffic was prohibited. A No-Fly Zone was declared over the town. People
were “ordered” to stay indoors. Businesses were told not to open.
National Guard soldiers helped with the lockdown and were photographed
checking IDs of pedestrians on the streets. All the while, police were
performing these disgusting house-to-house searches.
The video went from 301 views on Sunday morning to over 11,000 within
an hour. Within six hours, the video’s related Facebook post had 5,221
shares and more than 1,200 comments:
Experiments conducted by scientists at the University of Padua in northern
Italy have dated the shroud to ancient times, a few centuries before and
after the life of Christ.
Many Catholics believe that the 14ft-long linen cloth, which bears the imprint
of the face and body of a bearded man, was used to bury Christ's body when
he was lifted down from the cross after being crucified 2,000 years ago.
The analysis is published in a new book, "Il Mistero della Sindone"
or The Mystery of the Shroud, by Giulio Fanti, a professor of mechanical and
thermal measurement at Padua University, and Saverio Gaeta, a journalist.read more
Some 2,000 years ago, the Sea of Galilee in Israel became famous as
the Bible says Jesus and His apostle Peter walked on top of the water in
a spectacular miracle.
Now, a mysterious find from beneath the surface is bringing new attention to the ancient body of water.
Scientists have discovered a massive, “monumental” structure on the
sea’s floor, leaving experts puzzled as to what it actually is and how
and when it became located there.
are probing a giant, cone-shaped pile of boulders on the floor of
Israel's Sea of Galilee. The arrow points to a 4-inch fish swimming
beside the boulders. (courtesy Shmuel Marco)
The structure is basically a cone-shaped pile of boulders with an
estimated weight of 60,000 tons, which is heavier than most of today’s
Its height is nearly 32 feet, with a diameter of approximately 230
feet. In comparison, the outer stone circle at the well-known Stonehenge
monument in Britain has a diameter just half of that. Additionally, the
tallest stones of Stonehenge don’t reach as high as the Sea of Galilee
mysterious structure is cone-shaped, about 230 feet (70 meters) in
diameter and nearly 32 feet (10 meters) tall. It weighs an estimated
60,000 tons. (courtesy Shmuel Marco)
“Close inspection by scuba diving revealed that the structure is made
of basalt boulders up to 1 meter long with no apparent construction
pattern,” the researchers explain in the latest edition of the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology.
“The boulders have natural faces with no signs of cutting or
chiseling. Similarly, we did not find any sign of arrangement or walls
that delineate this structure. The boulders are bare without any
overgrowth. In contrast with the sandy terrain surrounding it, Tilapia
fish teem around the structure and between its blocks, probably taking
advantage of the hiding places and shelter that it offers.”
A sonar mapping of the sea’s southwestern portion first detected the
structure in the summer of 2003, and divers have since investigated the
site in person.
“The shape and composition of the submerged structure does not
resemble any natural feature. We therefore conclude that it is man-made
and might be termed a cairn,” the researchers say.
The circular structure was first detected in a sonar survey in the summer of 2003. (courtesy Shmuel Marco)
They explain there are questions that remain to be answered with
certainty, including precisely when it was built, its purpose and use,
and if it had been built as an underwater installation or on land during
low lake levels and later submerged.
“The purpose and usage of the structure may be connected to how it
was built,” the researchers say. “A possible interpretation for the
structure is related to the fact that it attracts fish and thus may be
interpreted as a part of a marine-based economy. If so, the structure
must have been built as an underwater structure. Stone-built
installations that are thought to be ancient fish nurseries are well
known in the Sea of Galilee. They are found near the shores at regular
“An alternative scenario is that the structure was built onshore,
when the water level was lower than today. The submergence could have
occurred either because of tectonic movement or because of rising water
The New Testament says both Jesus and Peter walked atop Israel's Sea of Galilee. (courtesy Benjamin McPherson)
Because of the massive size of the structure, the scientists conclude
“the effort invested in such an enterprise is indicative of a complex,
well-organized society, with planning skills and economic ability.
“The possible relation of the submerged stone structure to the
ancient settlements along the shores of the Sea of Galilee is of great
importance. Flourishing settlement systems existed along the shores in
the Bronze and Iron Ages, between the 4th and the 1st millennia B.C.
Urban centers such as Bet Yerah, Tel Hadar and Bethsaida were the
prominent settlements in biblical periods.
“The only period in this region for which megalithic structures can
be connected to settlement sites is the Early Bronze Age, between the
late 4th and the late 3rd millennia B.C. The monumental site of Khirbet
Beteiha, located some 30 kilometers north-east of the submerged stone
structure, comprises three concentric stone circles, the largest of
which is 56 meters in diameter.”
Researcher Yitzhak Paz, of the Israel Antiquities Authority and Ben-Gurion University, told LiveScience
he hopes soon an underwater expedition will set out to excavate the
structure, searching for artifacts to try to determine its date with
He said the Israel Antiquities Authority has a research branch capable of excavating it.
“We will try to do it in the near future, I hope, but it depends on a lot of factors,” he said.
Even though deciding which TBTF is the worst is like a having an ugly
contest between Cinderella’s sisters, Wells Fargo may deserve pride of
place. Yes, the Vampire Squid sorta owns the government. JP Morgan has
too many people believing it didn’t need a bailout during the crisis.
Ahem, what about a $76 trillion derivatives clearing operation don’t you
understand? If AIG or Morgan Stanley had failed post Lehman, JPM would
have been next. And it is the most aggressive bank I have come across in the “gotcha” fees and bait and switch as far as retail customers are concerned.
Last week, multiple news articles reported 44% of American parents
refusing Gardasil or Cervarix for their children. Between 2008 and 2010,
the percentage of parents concerned about the safety of these two
vaccines nearly quadrupled. As of 2010, only 32% of eligible girls were
vaccinated against HPV. What is wrong with this picture?
Excerpts from national news sources, March 18-22, 2013:
The percentage of parents who say they won’t have their teen daughters
vaccinated against the human papillomavirus increases, even though
physicians increasingly recommend the vaccinations. Concerns about
safety and side effects for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine have
increased among parents: 16% cited these fears as the main reason they
did not have their daughters vaccinated in 2010, up from 5% in 2008…
Parents increasingly say they are worried about the safety of the human
papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and don’t intend to vaccinate their teen
daughters… But there is no similar pattern for two other vaccines aimed
Concerns of mothers and fathers about the safety of the HPV vaccine
grew each year, from 4.5% in 2008 to 16.4% in 2010… The number of
parents who said they would not vaccinate their children for HPV
increased from 38.9% in 2008 to 43.9% in 2010. The main concern was
CBS News One of the main reasons parents said they didn’t want their children vaccinated against HPV was because of safety concerns.
The number of girls who received either injection (Gardasil or
Cervarix) rose to about one-third in 2010 from 16 percent in 2008…
A growing share of U.S. parents say they won’t vaccinate their
daughters… And that leaves Merck’s Gardasil and GSK’s Cervarix with a
The New York Times …suggesting, the need for interventions beyond clinical recommendations like possibly ‘state and federally designed social marketing campaigns’…
Without brushing aside the need to address safety concerns, the
increasing rates of HPV vaccine refusal suggest that widespread
vaccination will require more than marketing campaigns. Medical professionals need to look for ways to tell a better story to parents and teens about HPV, vaccination and cancer. (emphasis added)
Taxpayer funded social marketing campaigns? Look for ways to ‘tell a
better story’ to parents? Who are these people kidding? What happened
to investigative journalism? What happened to fact-finding? What
happened to fair and balanced journalism?
Has no one considered the possibility that the 43.9% of parents refusing this particular vaccine might have some valid concerns?
Undersheriff Ron Trowbridge (Photo Credit: Powers County)
written by Ron Trowbridge, the undersheriff of Prowers County, Colorado, started sweeping some of the viral corners of the internet. It alleges that a Colorado State Police training encouraged law enforcement officials to look at Bible-believing Christians with intense skepticism." This weekend, an email written by Ron Trowbridge, the undersheriff of Prowers County, Colorado,
started sweeping some of the viral corners of the internet. It alleges
that a Colorado State Police training encouraged law enforcement
officials to look at Bible-believing Christians with intense skepticism.
posted on the conservative site Red Statements;were seemingly unbelievable. But TheBlaze reached out to Trowbridge to confirm that he wrote the note and to speak further about its contents." At first glance, the startling allegations in the letter, which was first posted on the conservative site Red
Statements, were seemingly unbelievable. But TheBlaze reached out to
Trowbridge to confirm that he wrote the note and to speak further about
the first two paragraphs of his note, which summarizes the problematic training in its entirety:" In
sum, the undersheriff said that he, indeed, wrote it and that the
version that has been published is entirely accurate to what he
experienced at the training session. Here are the first two paragraphs of his note, which summarizes the problematic training in its entirety: Read More>>>>>>>
Everywhere from FoxNews.com to CNBC.com, I suddenly see commentators warning of pending doom, economic collapse, and a new Great Depression. Welcome to my club.
Perhaps America's politicians and economists should have paid attention
to an entrepreneur and small businessman that has been warning of
economic collapse and a new Great Depression publicly for over two
More importantly, none of the current commentaries mention the
"why's" of this slow motion economic collapse...beyond the obvious --
mountains of deficit and debt. None of them mention the dysfunctional
structure of the current U.S. economy and the massive changes in the
work ethic and mindset of the average American.
I am a successful small businessman and a patriot who loves America
and always sees its greatness. I am also an optimistic, positive thinker
who always sees the glass half full.
I come home from work at 10:00pm, and I microwave some leftovers for
dinner. As soon as I turn to the table, the bowl falls out of my hand
and directly onto the floor where it shatters into four or five large
pieces. Fortunately, there were only two shards, so it was easy to clean
up. Thus, I write without my dinner.
Between commercials during
each episode, I have commented about the series on Facebook. Afterward, I
use my comments as notes or an outline for my blog post. Each blog post
is written after days of consideration. Originally, I wanted to make it
immediate, but life issues delayed it until Thursday. Then, I realized
it was much better to just wait.
The Pharisees claim to uphold a
strict and ridged adherence to the Law, but they tend to break the Law
when it serves their own self-interests. Even though the Pharisees have
convicted Jesus of blasphemy, Caiaphas remains troubled about what to do
with Him. The law is clear: stone him. However, he does not want to
stone Jesus for fear of His supporters rioting. Pilate has the authority
and power to kill Jesus; if the people protest and riot, they would be
massacred. If Pilate kills Him, it would absolve him of guilt in eyes of
the people. Furthermore, the people would be too terrified of a
massacre to protest, so there would still be peace.
to Pilate and informs him of a dangerous criminal threatening Rome and
Judaea. Pilate considers this the High Priest's problem and states
bluntly, "then kill Him."
As a general rule, if anything is covered en masse by the mainstream
media, then I tend to believe that which I am watching is actually one
long promotional spot.
The same could potentially be said for Bitcoin as over the past months
its popularity has grown so much that
“anarcho-capitalist...Libertarian...Freedom Fighter against mankind’s
two biggest enemies, the State and Central Banks,” Dollar Vigilante
Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick, has been on CNBC, CNN, Fox News, and BBC,
and other mainstream outlets.
What brought on this sudden attention? No, not our anarcho-capitalism, but our announcement of the world’s first BitcoinATM.
So, is Jeff just a patsy so that the New World Order can bring in a
digital currency? I began wondering this myself, and I came to what I
think is a reasonable conclusion.
BAGHDAD (TheBlaze/AP) — A British
archaeologist says he and his colleagues have unearthed a huge, rare
complex near the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq, home of the
biblical Abraham. The team first discovered the magnificent find using a
Stuart Campbell of Manchester
University’s Archaeology Department says the site goes back about 4,000
years, around the time Abraham would have lived there. It’s believed to
be an administrative center for Ur.
photo taken on March 31, 2013 photo provided by Manchester University
professor Stuart Campbell shows excavation in progress at Tell Khaiber,
Iraq. Credit: AP
“It has been off-limits to
international archaeologists for many decades so the opportunity of
re-engaging with the study of the earliest cities is a truly exciting
one,” Campbell said,
according to Phys.org. “The satellite photos suggested the presence of a
substantial building, and our survey has indeed confirmed that there is
a building about 80m square, probably connected to the administration
Campbell said Thursday it’s roughly the
size of a football pitch — about 80 meters on each side. He says
complexes of this size and age are rare. The archaeologist also says one
of the finds is a plaque of a worshipper wearing a flowing robe and
approaching a sacred site. Read More>>>>>>>>>>>
I want to go, to give you now, in summary, some things that
really will, in a nutshell, show you what to look for in the immediate future;
in the months, year or two, just ahead of us now.
1. Look for a charismatic Arab leader who will attempt to
bring Arab nations under the one green flag of Islam, who will become the king
of the south of prophecy.
2. Look for the creation of a multi-national, all-European
army or rapid-deployment force capable of immediately launching an occupation of
Palestine. That's already being formed.
3. Look for the intervention of a great false prophet who
will give his blessing to the creating of a united Europe and its advance into
4. Look for the building of a temple or the erection of a
temporary structure and the dedication of a corner stone, and the institution of
priests and sacrifices in Jerusalem.
5. Look for some major catastrophe to strike Israel, which
will cause either the government to approve the destruction of the Arab mosques,
or a coup by the Israeli military to accomplish the same thing.
6. Look for a combined attack of Arab armies against
7. Watch for skyrocketing energy prices and a global
economic meltdown with Japan as well as Europe and the United States plunging
into a global great depression.
8. Look for the emergence of dictators and kings to take
over chaotic governments mired in depression, civil unrest, race wars, and
9. Continue to watch for major attacks against the West
from terrorists, possibly using chemical, biological, and even nuclear dirty
bomb weapons, attacking water supplies, transportation, nuclear power plants,
and major centers of population.
10. Expect in the future major persecution of God's people
and attacks against God's work on Earth by a great false church and her
11. Look for this king of the south to push at the beast
power of Europe, such as an oil embargo, which would have to result in an
immediate military occupation of the Middle East including the sources of oil.
12. Look for the possibility that the invasion of Israel by
the beast power is this time in an attempt to save the remaining Jews alive as a
peacekeeping gesture rather that to occupy as if an enemy.
13. Watch for increasing earthquakes in diverse places,
disease epidemics, and regional wars around the world; China might invade
Taiwan, North Korea might invade South Korea, the Philippines or Vietnam or
North Korea might invade to each other to try to obtain the Spratley Islands.
Look for an increase in heavenly signs such as meteor showers, and comets that
14. Look for the eventual time when the work of God is
going to be put down and out and will be censored and will be unable, anymore,
to shout a witness and a warning. That is a scenario of prophecy that is
Biblically based, and you can watch for those things all around the world as you
have been, I'm sure. So don't cease, and always, when you watch your daily news
and see these things happening, see them in the context of what you know Bible
prophecy says is sure to happen.
April Fools' Day, sometimes called All Fools' Day, is one of the most light-hearted days of the year. Its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar.
New Year's Day Moves
Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year's Day on or around April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st.) In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on "fool's errands" or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.
Problems With This Explanation
There are at least two difficulties with this explanation. The first is that it doesn't fully account for the spread of April Fools' Day to other European countries. The Gregorian calendar was not adopted by England until 1752, for example, but April Fools' Day was already well established there by that point. The second is that we have no direct historical evidence for this explanation, only conjecture, and that conjecture appears to have been made more recently.
Constantine and Kugel
Another explanation of the origins of April Fools' Day was provided by Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University. He explained that the practice began during the reign of Constantine, when a group of court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor that they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine, amused, allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and the custom became an annual event.
"In a way," explained Prof. Boskin, "it was a very serious day. In those times fools were really wise men. It was the role of jesters to put things in perspective with humor."
This explanation was brought to the public's attention in an Associated Press article printed by many newspapers in 1983. There was only one catch: Boskin made the whole thing up. It took a couple of weeks for the AP to realize that they'd been victims of an April Fools' joke themselves.
It is worth noting that many different cultures have had days of foolishness around the start of April, give or take a couple of weeks. The Romans had a festival named Hilaria on March 25, rejoicing in the resurrection of Attis. The Hindu calendar has Holi, and the Jewish calendar has Purim. Perhaps there's something about the time of year, with its turn from winter to spring, that lends itself to lighthearted celebrations.
Observances Around the World
April Fools' Day is observed throughout the Western world. Practices include sending someone on a "fool's errand," looking for things that don't exist; playing pranks; and trying to get people to believe ridiculous things.
The French call April 1
Poisson d'Avril, or "April Fish." French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying "Poisson d'Avril" when the prank is discovered.
(The Complete Abridged Edition of Dr. Martin’s Temple Book Begins After the Two Reviews Presented Below)
" Two Academic
Reviews of my New Research in the Book "The Temples that Jerusalem Forgot."
The first is from:
Prof. James D. Tabor, Dept. of Religious Studies, The University of North
Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223. Given in May, 2000.
I first read of Ernest L. Martin's thesis that both the 1st and 2nd Jewish
Temples, those of Solomon and Herod, were located south of the presently
accepted Dome of the Rock location--down in the area of the ancient City of
David over the Ophel spring, my reaction was short and to the
point--impossible, preposterous!! Having now read his arguments I am
convinced this thesis, however revolutionary and outlandish it first
appears, deserves careful, academic and critical consideration and
evaluation. I am not yet convinced that Martin has ironed out all the
problems or handled all the potential objections, yet he has set forth a
case that should be heard. His arguments regarding the size of the Fortress
Antonia, based on Josephus and other evidence we have about Roman military
encampments, must be addressed. He also makes a most compelling argument
based on Luke, writing a decade or so after the 70 C.E. destruction, and
obviously wanting to report on the lips of Jesus an accurate prediction of
the state of things regarding "not one stone left upon another" in
the post-War city of Jerusalem. Historians of the Byzantine, Islamic, and
Crusader periods are more qualified to judge his arguments from subsequent
epochs, however, my initial reading of Martin's presentation has left me
with the same impression--all of this evidence needs to be reexamined in the
light of this radical proposal. Martin's thesis is so bold, so utterly
non-conventional, and so potentially upsetting, radically altering central
aspects of the theological, historical, cultural, and political
understanding of Jerusalem and its holy places, it should not be ignored. I
hope Martin's book will begin a most interesting debate and critical
discussion of all relevant issues."
The second is from:
Dr. Michael P. Germano, Editor, bibarch.com. Professor Emeritus Ambassador
University, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and
who holds earned doctorates from the University of Southern California and the
University of La Verne. He has completed post-graduate study in anthropology,
archaeology, and theology at Southern Methodist University and Texas A&M
University at College Station in Texas. You can contact him at PO Box 2494
Cullowhee, NC 28723-2494. It is my pleasure to recommend his excellent BibArch
Web Site that explores the world of biblical archaeology. It is fully scholarly
and is at http://www.bibarch.com ]. Given in May, 2000.
"This is an
unexpected, exceptional analysis of the historical and archaeological data of
the Temples of Jerusalem. This new explanation of the venue of the First and
Second Temples provides the solution to heretofore incongruous statements in
Josephus with the evidence of the biblical and archaeological records. Not
only a work of significant scholarly impact it may well serve as the awaited
stimulus for the building of Jerusalem's Third Temple by shifting our
collective focus from the Haram esh-Sharif to the area of the Gihon