Good News: Bomber Caught

Palestinian caught with bomb in Jerusalem

A suicide bombing in downtown Jerusalem was thwarted Monday, after a 25-year-old Palestinian was caught carrying a bomb in a bag on a main city thoroughfare, police said.

He gets another chance to get life right.

And so do his intended victims.

In other good news (which probably has garnered more media coverage):

U.S. Space shuttle Discovery landed smoothly in Florida on Monday at the end of a 13-day mission meant to show the fleet is fit to fly safely, three years after the fatal Columbia accident.

And in the Good-News-for-Bad-Guys category:

Yet, not a single shot was returned by the deputies or the Border Patrol officers last Wednesday night because they were outmanned and outgunned – a condition increasingly common along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border, say law enforcement officials.

Then there’s the We-Truly-Have-Cleaned-Up-Our-Act department:

In the classroom and across Saudi society, Saudi officials insist their message has changed dramatically. The land that produced 15 of the 9/11 hijackers now officially preaches religious tolerance and moderation.

In numerous statements, senior Saudi officials have specifically claimed that the kingdom has cleaned up all school textbooks.

“We eliminated what might be perceived as intolerance from old textbooks that were in our system,” says Prince Turki al-Faisal, the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.

Alas, the above story continues with a reality check:

Nina Shea’s group — the Center for Religious Freedom — examined textbooks used during the past school year, and found the following teachings, which were verified by NBC News:

  • Jews and Christians are “enemies” of Muslims.

  • Every religion other than Islam is “false.”

  • “The hour [of Judgment] will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them.”

“It’s taught that Christians and Jews are the enemy of the Muslim,” says Shea. “And that the Muslim must wage jihad in order to spread the faith in battle against the infidel.”

What’s more, an eighth grade text equates Jews with “apes” and Christian infidels with “swine.” A tenth grade text teaches that the life of a Muslim is worth twice that of a non-Muslim.

Oh. Bummer.

And finally, on a more savory note, we have The Redemption of Rhubarb:

My wife got my Mom’s rhubarb pie recipe from her, and she’d been making it a lot!

She has worked and worked on it and gotten it down to perfection. It’s a wonderful pie, tastes great and looks great too.

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