Thursday, December 02, 2004

Carnivals

--StoryBlogging Carnival submissions are due this Friday at midnight. If you have some fiction on your blog, and would like a wider audience, this is the carnival for you. This is the 7th installation of the SBC and it's growing and growing. It's a great way to find some new readers. Be a part of the action by clicking here.

--Also, the weekly Christian Carnival is up at David's blog. This is Christian Carnival XLVI. Ummm, that's 46?? Whatever number that is, you can check it out here.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Al-Qaida WMD attack on US likely soon

Unfortunately, I agree with this Jerusalem Post article:

An al-Qaida attack on the US with non-conventional weapons is virtually "inevitable," and the organization is likely "tying up the knots" for such an attack, Yossef Bodansky, former director of the US Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.

"All of the warnings we have today indicate that a major strike – something more horrible than anything we've seen before – is all but inevitable," he said.

Bodansky, here for the second annual Jerusalem Summit, an international gathering of conservative thinkers, added that "the primary option" for the next al-Qaida attack on US soil would be one that would use weapons of mass destruction.

"I do not have a crystal ball, but this is what all the available evidence tells us, we will have a bang," Bodansky said.

He said that al-Qaida has not carried out a second major attack on the US until now for internal psychological and ideological reasons, but after the reelection of President George W. Bush, it has gotten "the green light" to do so from leading Islamic religious luminaries, as well as from "the elites of the Arab world."

According to Bodansky's reading of Osama bin Laden's mind-set, after the elaborate attacks of 9/11 there was no need for the "bin Ladens of the world" to carry out a second major attack in the US, both because the target audience of the attacks – the Arab and Islamic world – had gotten the message that America could be penetrated, and because a second attack would necessarily have to be more grandiose.

Following the attacks and the US-led war on terror, a debate started within the operational arm of the organization over the potential use of weapons of mass destruction, Bodansky said.

If, in pre-9/11 days, the theme used by bin Laden was that perpetual confrontation and jihad against the US was the only way to protect Islam, the argument now used is the ability to punish American society, Bodansky said.

"Just as the West was challenging the quintessence of Islam by means of the globalization era, there was a parallel need by Islamic extremists to strike at – and hurt – the core of American society, this time with weapons of mass destruction," Bodansky said.

A subsequent theological debate emerged within the organization, and its supporters in the Arab world, he said, over whether the mass killing of innocents is permissible.

While bin Laden and his associates argued that by virtue of their participation in US democracy, US citizens were enabling their rulers to fight, other Islamic luminaries contended that this does not permit such massive attacks, Bodansky said. The reelection of Bush in November, he said, was viewed by bin Laden and his cohorts as a decisive answer to this deliberation, with Americans now "choosing" to be the enemies of Islam. In bin Laden's mind-set, he said, the stage was set for a non-conventional attack.

Bodansky said that while there may still be some vestiges of debate and doubt within Islamic circles, he believes that planing for such an attack is finished. "They got the kosher stamp from the Islamic world to use nuclear weapons," he said.

Moreover, Bodansky said that America is losing the war against terrorism, noting the number of recruits bin Laden is able to count on, as his call to arms gains widespread support throughout the Muslim world.

In the pre-9/11 world, Bodansky said, jihadists could count on 250,000 individuals trained and willing to die, and 2.5 million–5 million people willing to help them in one way or another. He cited intelligence estimates from this summer that suggest that as many as 500,000-750,000 people are willing and trained to die, 10 million are willing to actively support them, short of killing, while another 50 million are willing to support such a movement financially.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Typo Generator



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Go here to make your own. I found this site through somebody on Blog Explosion, which continues to grow: 5651 blogs have already joined. And as advertised, it brings traffic to your blog.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Queen Eleanor, King Michael--Miscellaneous Jesters

The folks at CrushKerry (keeping the name in case of the much anticipated 2008 run? *chuckle*) are running the Most Annoying Liberal Pundit Contest. Here's my top 5:

1. Eleanor Clift--I just. Cannot. Listen. To her.
2. Michael Moore--King Moonbat, leader of the flat-earthers: a close second.
3. Al Franken--Please run for elected office in Minnesota, please, please.
4. Keith Olbermann--All downhill since the days of "Dodgers 4, Padres 2."
5. Chris Matthews--fave CM quote: "Hey, hey, who's your favorite immigrants?"

The potato garden

An old Jewish man lived alone in the country. He wanted to dig his potato
garden but it was very hard work as the ground was hard.

His only son, Saul, who used to help him, was in prison for Insider Trading
and Stock Fraud. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his
predicament:

"Dear Solly: I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won't be able
to plant my potato garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging
up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know
you would dig the plot for me. Love, Papa"

A few days later the old man received a letter from his son:

"Dear Papa: For heaven's sake Dad, don't dig up that garden, that's where
I buried the money & stocks. Love, Solly."

At 4 am the next morning, a team of FBI agents and local police arrived at
the old man's house and dug up the entire garden area without finding any
money or stocks. They apologized to the old man and left.

That same day the old man received another letter from his son:

"Dear Papa: Go ahead and plant the potatoes now. That's the best I could do
under the circumstances. Love, Your son, Solly."

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***shamelessly plucked from the well-written blog, jerusalemgypsy.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

George Washington--Happy Thanksgiving

General Thanksgiving
By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America
A PROCLAMATION


WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;-- to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington


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Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789 (HT: Hugh)

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Christ-mass rant

Oh, how I hate dislike this time of the year. The Christ-mass season seemed to start this year earlier than ever. The funny thing is, before I became a Christian 7 years ago, I celebrated Christmass every year just like everyone else. And now, for the last 5 years, I have had nothing to do with it. Why?

You do know that Christmass has nothing to do with Jesus, right? That Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born in the fall of the year? That December 25th comes from papist Rome and was a celebration of the false god, Saturn, and the rebirth of the sun god? That this hollyday, is nowhere near a holy day, and is 100% pagan? Did you know our founding colonists outlawed Christmas in early America, not wanting to bring the pagan holiday over from apostate Europe?

Yada, yada, yada....Ok ok ok. Just google pagan and Christmas and see what shows up. It really has nothing to do with Jesus, and I really don't celebrate it at all, if I can help it. The Christmas spirit you hear so much about, surely isn't the Holy Spirit; if there is any kind of real spirit involved it would be a demonic religous spirit. I find it odd that fundamentalists who know the truth about Catholicism and have nothing to do with it, waste a whole month every year preparing and celebrating the "Mass for Christ."

Here are some fun facts on the symbols of the hollyday:

The wreath: pagan symbol for the vagina and the circle of life
Red holly on the wreath: menstrual blood of diana, queen of heaven.
Candle in the middle of the wreath: phallic. ie. penis!
White berrys on mistletoe: Sperm!

The Christmas Tree, this one's even in the bible--

Jeremiah 10:2-4, "Thus saith the Lord, learn not the way of the heathen; and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven. For the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain. For one cutteth a tree out of the forest. The work of the hands of the workman with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold. They fasten it with nails and with hammers that it move not."
Ok, ok...that's enough. I can't convince you of anything. I can only bring it to your attention. For 98% of you this is just funny and weird, so go about your business.

For the rest of you, do a little google research and see what you find. For those few, I believe the remnant of God already knows about this, have wrestled with this, and most have come to some kind of resolution about what to do with this pagan custom dressed up in Christian clothing.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Jots and Tittles 112304

--My favorite baseball blogger, Twinsgeek, will no longer be linked to the state newspaper of Minnesota. His farewell post is found here. Evidently, Rathergate even extended to baseball:

But the most serious criticism was from journalists who felt that the weblog was an end-around of their union, providing additional sports coverage without paying the dictated wage to a member of the writer's guild. In the bigger picture, a divisive presidential campaign increased tensions, when biased bloggers would take shots at mainstream media coverage.
--I took the 10 question world geography quiz at the Geography Olympics four times. I was personally responsible for lowering the cumulative American score by 0.04%.

--My reaction to the NBA basketbrawl suspensions: Artest and O'Neal's suspensions were each a little long, although I am not going to argue them. Stephen Jackson's was not long enough--I could see him being suspended for the whole season. When he went in the stands, he wasn't looking to help his teammate, he was looking to smack somebody, anybody. Big Ben's suspension was just right. The whole tuff guy, macho man, gangsta punk attitude is disturbing. Don't know what I am talking about. Here's the video.

--The Paul Crouch front has been quiet for over a month. I thought the TBN people had gotten smart and dropped everything and moved on. Turns out that's not the case--they still have a contempt-of-court case coming up against Enoch Lonnie Ford. They are saying he is in contempt for speaking about the homosexual affair he had with Paul Crouch. allegedly.

Friday, November 19, 2004

I read your blog

Todd: Hey.
Rocky: Hey.
Todd: I read your blog.
Rocky: Oh yeah?
Todd: Yeah, what is this? Poetry week?
Rocky: Umm.
Todd: I thought you were going to write about the whole gay, ex-gay thing.
Rocky: I have a little.
Todd: Not much.
Rocky: Well...
Todd: Well, you should cuz your poetry sucks.
Rocky: Thanks.
Todd: Yeah, it bores me to tears.
Rocky: Thanks again.
Todd: No problem.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

October

A few snowflakes fall down
like feathers from tiny birds
I catch one on my tongue
and remember the taste of winter

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

G life

In lust we plot a dance
heaping coals upon the others head
the weary wet steps marched within
our padded circles of what
others call life we call chains--
in our bondage we bond.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

The prosperity gospel of the Democrats

Star light, star bright, Star Parker skewers the Democrats tonight:

The "faith factor" problem of some Democrats is not that they do not have faith. It is that some have faith in the wrong things. The Democratic gospel preaches an all-encompassing faith that politics and government will solve our personal problems. Not earning enough money? Don't have a high-school diploma? Not happy with your insurance policy or retirement plan? Is your daughter pregnant? Feel in general that your life is out of control? Turn to President, Senator or Congressman Democrat and get it solved.

...The Democratic Party is now perceived, for good reason, like a late-night infomercial selling products that will make you instantaneously rich, thin and beautiful. All that you need is faith that the salesman is telling the truth and a credit card...Democrats refuse to let go of the secular religion that they have long been hawking, that Americans should place their faith in government to solve their personal problems...
Infomercial? Maybe. How 'bout like a TBN Praise-a-thon? Sow your dough into TBN, reap a huge return. Sow your vote into the Democratic party, reap government assistance. Are you sick, we'll heal you with health insurance for all. We'll weaken our national defense, but you get free chips and salsa.
Fewer and fewer Americans are being seduced by the line that their children are not being educated because not enough money is being pumped into the public school system or that health care costs too much because government is not spending enough. More and more Americans are appreciating that no one but they themselves can think about what will happen if they or their kids don't get a good education or about being prepared for life-interrupting occurrences like loss of a job.
You know, I don't place my trust in either political party to save me. But, when it comes to choosing a party that is closest to my moral values, and makes sense from a governing standpoint, I can't help but lean Republican. Most Americans seem to agree, as our nation's map is mostly red and we have had only two Democratic Presidents since Richard Nixon.
The "faith factor" that distinguishes Republicans from Democrats today is a faith in personal responsibility vs. a faith in dependence and government. The problem for Democrats is once they come clean about the truth here, they'll all have to become Republicans.
I remember in 2000 talking to a 45-yr old woman about that year's election. She had no idea what the difference was between a Democrat and a Republican. Our conversation drew the interest of some young co-workers, and not one of the 4-5 people who joined us, and were planning on voting Democrat in 2000, had any idea what the difference was between the two parties. Personal responsibility vs. a faith in dependence and government pretty much sums it up.

Pro-Palestinianism?

from Incitement to Genocide, Act Two by Steven Plaut:

The simple fact of the matter is that there is no such thing on the planet as sympathy for and identification with Palestinians. There is no such thing as pro-Palestinianism. Period. When Palestinians, or when Arabs in general, are mistreated, repressed, and tormented by any Arab regime, no one cares. When Palestinians were mass murdered by Syria and Jordan, no one cared. When more than 100,000 Arab civilians are massacred in Algeria, it does not even make the evening news. When Asad or Saddam Hussein carry out mass murders of Arabs, the “Human Rights” lobby never looks up from its cinnamon latté.

The pro-Palestinian movement is nothing more than the 21st century’s reincarnation of medieval anti-Semitism, complete with medieval anti-Jewish blood libels. People who claim to feel empathy for Palestinians are typically motivated by hatred of Jews. The reason the pro-Palestinian movement wants the Palestinians to have a state is because it understands that such a state will operate as an instrument to attack Israel, murder Jews, and seek the annihilation of the Jewish state.

Once one understands this fundamental fact of life about the Middle East and about world political motivations, everything else makes sense. The mind-numbing stupidity of the world media mourning Arafat in great cries of anguish, the fawning toadying of political leaders, the maudlin outpouring of love for the cause of the fallen terrorist nazi, are all understandable. There is nothing at all confusing about it. These people are not broadcasting their undying love of Palestinians, but rather their undying hatred of Jews.
Why our government wants to build a state of Palestine, within the borders of God's Israel, I don't know. May it never happen. (HT to Powerline for this article.)

Monday, November 15, 2004

Worship

To the left, the world and all it's sorrow.
To the right, the brethren and all their discord.
And I - me - in the middle.
And we spend our time lamenting over these three realms;
But lift up your left hand and shut out the world,
And lift up your right hand and stop judging the brethren.
Lift up your hands unto the Lord your God;
Take your eyes off yourself and lift them unto Jesus the King.
With holy hands raised and a lifted up head we will worship our God.