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



Pretty cool, eh?



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.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Jots and Tittles 111204

--Reason #8,193 that ecumenism isn't godly and the World Council of Churches doesn't speak for me

WCC releases statement praising Yasser Arafat, the man who "had more Jewish blood on his hands than anybody since Hitler."[more]

--Charles Krauthammer deals with the myth that gay marriage amendments won the election for Bush:

George Bush increased his vote in 2004 over 2000 by an average of 3.1 percent nationwide. In Ohio the increase was 1 percent -- less than a third of the national average. In the 11 states in which the gay marriage referendums were held, Bush increased his vote by less than he did in the 39 states that did not have the referendum. The great anti-gay surge was pure fiction.
I agree, no anti-gay surge. I am sure that there were some people who did not vote for Bush in 2000, who came out specifically to vote for the amendments and ended up voting for Bush. BUT, I would speculate that there was an equal number of voters (or more) who did not vote for Democrats in 2000, who did so specifically this year because of the war in Iraq. There are a lot of reasons why people voted this year, and it's impossible to pigeonhole one or two reasons that Bush won.

--Bill Koenig agrees with my post of a week ago about Arafat's death possibly accelerating the dividing of Israel:
Wash - Nov. 11 - KIN - Mr. Arafat’s death has incredible prophetic significance. The Lord said in Zechariah 14:2, “For I shall gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem.” Then the Lord promises in the next verse, “Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations.” Mr. Arafat’s death gives the Palestinian people opportunity to install moderate leadership and to gain world sympathy to establish a Palestinian state at the expense of dividing the covenant land of Israel. President George W. Bush, the only U.S. president to advocate a Palestinian state, said of Mr. Arafat’s death, “The United States of America will be more than willing to help to build the institutions necessary for a free society to emerge so that the Palestinian’s can have their own state. The division is two states, a Palestinian state and Israel living side by side in peace.”

The President’s intentions could very well accelerate end time prophecy by coalescing all the nations against Israel, forcing her to divide her covenant land in the name of peace. God promises in Zechariah 12:3, “I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone to all the peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces.” God also promises in Joel that he will judge the nations who divide the land of Israel. America needs to stand with Israel, not divide her, for in division there is judgment.
Bill Koenig is the brother who has documented God's warnings upon America whenever we move to divide Israel. Note that Bush and Blair released a statement today reiterating their desire to divvy up Israel in a misguided vision of a peaceful two-state solution. If anything happens over the next few days, this will probably be why.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Arafat's demons

Yasser Arafat is dead and there is much rejoicing going on in the blogosphere. I will restrain myself from jumping on the jubilation bandwagon and try to give a perspective of this that you probably won't find elsewhere. There is a lot of speculation pertaining to the divvying up of Arafat's fortune. My interest has to do with the allocation of something else that the terrorist has accumulated over his lifetime. Namely, what happens to Arafat's demons?

I'm not talking about kharma, or general evil, or anything like that. I am talking about real demons, the kind that Jesus cast out of people everywhere he went, the kind that are still oppressing people today. What, you think Yasser Arafat rose to the height of evil without a little help? No, rest assured he had a legion of Satanic spirit guides pushing and prodding, leading and guiding, tormenting and indwelling him until his dying breath.

Now, demons are spirits. Without a body to dwell in, without a house to live in, they walk to and fro in dry places without rest until they attach themselves to a person. But when a person dies, their work is done, and they go off to seek a new home. So where did they go?

1. The Wife--This is the logical place for them to fly off to. The soul tie between a husband and wife is usually the strongest. The marital covenant with its sexual union of two becoming one is the natural place for demons to transfer after the death of a host. In this case however, on the face of it, it doesn't look like they had a strong marriage, with the wife living in Paris and not seeing her husband for the last 3 years. So there probably is a small transfer here amongst the smaller demons. The stronger demons probably won't go to the wife, as their vile desires of murder, political power pride, and religous oppression would find no release in the woman who is not in a position for them to lead her to act out as Arafat was able to, because of the position of leadership that he was in.

2. Their Child--The iniquity of the parent passes to the child, so there is an avenue here for demons to transfer. I imagine some of the small hanger-on demons may find a home here. But as their daughter isn't in a position of power like Arafat, there probably won't be much transfer.

3. The Lovers--It has been reported that Arafat had homosexual lovers, and died of AIDS. So if true, the sexual union, though not as strong as the husband/wife union, would provide a pathway for demonic transfer. Two become one when you are joined to a harlot, just as when you are joined to a wife, just as when you are joined sexually to anyone. It was said that some of his bodyguards were involved sexually with him in the past, so those former lovers may be in line for some new visitors. Any demons with a sexual specialty that skitter off to find a new home would probably go to the lovers.

4. The Blessed--Anyone who submitted themselves to Arafat, and let him bless them, or lay hands on them, would be prime candidates for some of the harsher, more powerful demons. The lovers and the family may not be adequate hosts for the evil these demons wish to compel, so his close aides and subordinates may be better homes for some of the powerful demons, if previous inroads were made by them at the time of submission.

Just like a curse without cause will not alight, demons are forced to be legalists, and cannot automatically transfer to someone without a cause. I think there is mercy involved in demonic transferrence after death, so outside of the family, the bonds between the lovers or the blessed would have to be strong for significant transferrence to take place. Meaning, the bond forged in a one-off sexual encounter, or a one-time hand on the head probably isn't strong enough for a future demonic transfer, although at the time of occurence there may have been transfer.

Some of Arafat's demons surely have found a new home in the above mentioned already. As for the rest, chances are that Satan's headquarters in the heavenlies had an influx of new soldiers reporting in, awaiting new orders. President Jacques Chirac of France, who seemed to stand at Arafat's deathbed in agreement with the terrorist wishing him godspeed, may, May, MAY be in line for a few visitors who will make him rue the day he ever met Yasser Arafat.

UPDATE: Just saw an interview on Fox News with Jacques Chirac outside of the hospital treating the terrorist. He said he came to pay his respects and "bow down" before Arafat. Yes, he actually said bow down. Maybe it's a French thing, I don't know, but that sounds like some pretty heavy duty agreement to me.

Christian Carnival 43

The weekly Christian Carnival is up at Digitus. Here are some of the thought provoking posts that caught my eye. (I only highlight 8, there are 25 other posts in CC43 for you to look over)

--Violet answers a newspaper columnist's question "What would Jesus do?" in regards to homosexual marriage. A nice post, with an excellent point in the comment section by Violet:

In the end, the Spirit of God, working on people's hearts, not arguments or logic, will win the day in the lives of individuals. Only a move of God working collectively in the lives of many individuals (birthed in prayer, fasting etc. etc.) will be powerful enough to correct the course of our nation.
--Patriot Paradox expounds on the new enemy of the left, Christians. As I surf the internet, the absolute hatred from some people on the left is disarming. They really, really hate George W. And they're not very fond of those who voted him into office. I am amused at the intolerance of the left's view of all things conservative (Granted, intolerance--like the similar hammers called hate, and homophobia--is a secular word of the left whose meaning is skewed in order to intimidate...Nevertheless, I am still amused). Viewpoint has more words on the same topic.

--Cindy Swanson writes about the death of Rockford Illinois's only abortion doctor.
But I must assert today that Dr. Richard Ragsdale was not a hero. Eternity will bear testimony to his real legacy; I believe he is already discovering what that real legacy was, indeed. I'm sorry. I can't shed a tear for Dr. Richard Ragsdale today...although I should be shedding tears for his mortal soul. I am crying for thousands of human lives who were cut off...no, who were killed...who were murdered...at the Northern Illinois Women's Center.
--Douglas Bass has a series on his blog about Watchman Nee's book The Spiritual Man. If I could only read 10 books for the rest of my life, the Bible would be #1 and this book would be amongst the other 9.

--Cosmo comments on Paul Cain's fall.

--Rebecca has an excellent post on what to do when someone you know dies.

--And finally, Donald Crankshaw has Storyblogging Carnival 5 up on his website. If you are a fiction writer, this carnival is for you.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Blog Explosion

I suppose it's about time I make the obligatory blog explosion post. Blog explosion is a tool to bring traffic to your blog, a traffic exchange. The concept is pretty simple. It is a community of about 4000 blogs (4000 so far, membership has increase by at least 1000 since I joined two weeks ago) , and every time you visit two blogs within the community, it assures you of having one visitor from the community to your own blog.

If you have a small to medium sized blog, and you like reading blogs, it is a pretty good thing. It seems half of my time on the internet is spent reading other blogs anyway, so for me to belong is a natural thing. And your own blog traffic increases proportionally to the time you spend surfing thru blog explosion.

It is free to join. So far I have received no spam as a result of joining. I have had about 500 extra visitors to this blog (WooHoo, mystery credits)(sometimes you get 5-10-50-100 mystery credits just for surfing on blog explosion. Each credit gives you one visitor back to your blog). And I have found a few interesting people in the blogosphere that I never would have found otherwise. (Also, speaking as a right wing, ex-gay Christian, I find that you have outside-the-box visitors that you would not normally get, and they can stretch you with the comments they leave)

You have the option to rate other blogs that you come across on a 1-10 scale. Personally, I have decided to only rate blogs I like with an 8, 9, or 10. Blogs I don't like or don't reach an 8 on my scale, I just don't rate. There is a comment section independent of the normal comment sections on blogs you surf. I don't see any merit in that, but we shall see.

So, welcome BE visitors. I think it was my turn today to make this kind of post, so you can leave your likes and dislikes about BE, of just say Hi here in the comments section, and then tomorrow it'll be someone elses turn. :-) And all you other folks with a blog, go join. It's quick and painless, and you can always unjoin if you like. At the least, your blog will be in a searchable directory where more people can find you. And who knows, maybe you'll find you like it.


Sunday, November 07, 2004

Fallujah

Excerpts from a Marine's letter from Fallujah:

Dear Dad -

As you have no doubt been watching, we have had our hands full around Fallujah. It would seem as if the final reckoning is coming. The city has been on a consistent down hill spiral since we were ordered out in April. It's siren call for extremists and criminals has only increased steadily and the instability and violence that radiates out of the town has expanded exponentially. If there is another city in the world that contains more terrorists, I would be surprised...

The enemy inside the town have come to fight and kill Americans. Nothing will sate their bloodlust and hatred other than to kill everyone of us or at least die trying...If we build a school or clinic, they destroy it. They would rather deny medical care or education for the children of the citizens who live nearby than to have any symbol of the West in general and America specifically among them. It is hard to comprehend. Frankly, we are done trying...

For eight months, we have been on our chain. The enemy has fooled itself misinterpreting our humanity and restraint for lack of will and courage. For eight months, we have watched Marines, Soldiers and Sailors maimed and killed by invisible cowards hiding behind some wall or in a canal as he detonates another IED. For eight months, we have been witness to suicidal sociopaths driving vehicles laden with explosives into crowds of Iraqis and into our own convoys...

Now, their own ignorance and arrogance will be their undoing. They believe that they can hold Fallujah. In fact, they have come from all over to be part of its glorious defense. I cannot describe the atmosphere that exists in the Regiment right now. Of course the men are nervous but I think they are more nervous that we will not be allowed to clean the rats nest out and instead will be forced to continue operating as is...
Go here to read the whole thing.

Sharpton to divorce

The reverend Al Sharpton announced his separation from his wife after 23 years of marriage. The only reason I mention this is because one line in the statement jumped out at me:

The pair "have extremely active careers and their separation allows them to continue pursuing their work interests," the statement said.
I know it's a press release for secular use; but, for a supposed Christian leader to give this reason for his pending divorce seems to trivialize the whole covenant of marriage.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Jots and Tittles 110604

--That Newsweek behind the scenes look at the campaigns during this election cycle is fascinating and is found here. Powerline, as always, has a good read on Kerry's loss found here.

--The word of the day is mandate. Bush won. He is the president. Let him govern. This mandate talk is all nonsense, an excuse for the losing party.

--Moral Values decided the election? Maybe. Surprised? Why? We are created by a Creator. For God, moral values are called righteousness and unrighteousness. Our individual consciences were created by God. They are programmed with what God declares to be right and wrong. Morality isn't flexible. What was immoral 1000 years ago, is immoral today. No matter what anyone says, the pro-abortion, pro-homosexuality folks are always going to lose to those who vote primarily on moral issues, because morality doesn't change.

--Locusts about to invade Israel? Maybe...Remembering Keith Green.

--Marriages Restored has a couple posts about keeping secrets, and how our victories are hindered when we keep our issues to ourselves...I know that for me, when I told my closest friend about my problem with homosexual sex that victory and deliverance and salvation seemed to come more readily.

Druids repent

As a follow-up to my two previous posts, I note that the husband/wife Epispcopal priests have repented of their involvment in druidism. Here is the husband's public letter, and evidently his wife has done something similar:

Recently it has been brought to light by several agencies and individuals that I have been involved in work with Druid organizations in the United States and England, exploring the relationships between Christian and pre-Christian Druid spirituality and theology. These individuals and agencies have presented you with pages of documentation of my activities from the internet. You and I have discussed this material, and you have pointed out to me that it is the opinion of the church that my involvement, writings, and activities go beyond the bounds expected of a Christian and a Christian priest.

I affirm to you with all my heart it was never my intention to engage in such error, but only to help others who had lost connection to the Church to find a way to reconnect. I also thought that there was much in our early British heritage that could help those of us in the Church to broaden our understanding of Anglican tradition.

I was wrong. I repent of and recant without qualification anything and everything I may have said or done which is found to be in conflict with the Baptismal Covenant, and the historical Creeds of the Church. With God as my witness, I reaffirm my belief in the historical creeds of the Church, and the Baptismal Covenant, and reaffirm to you my faith, as expressed in that covenant. I am resigning my membership in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, as a sign of my repentence.

I have been a follower of Jesus Christ since my Baptism in 1947, and a faithful deacon and priest of the Church, with the exception of the error admitted above, since 1981. It is my desire to continue as such, and I ask for the mercy of the Church, and of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Christian Carnival

The weekly Christian Carnival is up at King of Fools. A few of the posts that caught my eye:

--Donald Crankshaw points out that the 'religous right' isn't an extreme minority like liberals and the MSM repeats over and over. Looks like we're pretty mainstream from the statistics he cites.

--David Mobley has everything you ever wanted to know about Sola Scriptura.

--Diane points out that not all Christians mindlessly back Bush. As for me, I have my own reservations about him. Not nearly as many as I had for Kerry, but a few that cause concern nonetheless. (Although I am so glad that the election is over, politics are a huge distraction from things that matter)

--Elle takes on Bill Maher.

--And finally, DeoOmnisGloria has a post up on how Catholics worship the eucharist, and concludes with these thoughts..."Do you hunger for God? Do you want a closer relationship with Him? You cannot find a more personal relationship than the Eucharist"...maybe someone should say this...I hear they have a Catholic Carnival somewhere out there in the blogosphere, and that is where this nonsense belongs. Because this stuff is Not Christian, probably even anti-Christ(ian).

Well, that is all that caught my eye. Check out the whole thing for yourself. Next weeks Christian Carnival will be held at Christweb. Deadline for submissions is next Tuesday at midnight EST.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Israel and the second Bush term

Now that gay marriage is off the table for a season, we need to remember Israel. For whatever reason, God has chosen that little piece of land as something special in His eye. America's dealings with Israel are going to be front and center during the next few years. Tony Blair says that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the:

"single most pressing political challenge in our world today." Blair urged the president to seek peace "between Israel and Palestine" with the "same energy" that he has pursued his agenda in Iraq. Blair placed this quest in the context of "resolving the conditions and causes on which the terrorists prey."
President Bush responded in his first news conference since being reelected:
I'll start with Tony Blair's comments. I agree with him that the Middle East peace is a very important part of a peaceful world. I have been working on Middle Eastern peace ever since I've been the President. I've laid down some -- a very hopeful strategy on -- in June of 2002, and my hope is that we will make good progress. I think it's very important for our friends, the Israelis, to have a peaceful Palestinian state living on their border. And it's very important for the Palestinian people to have a peaceful, hopeful future. That's why I articulated a two-state vision in that Rose Garden speech. I meant it when I said it and I mean it now.
The death of Yasser Arafat, if he is indeed dead, is going to throw a monkey wrench into our dealings in the Middle East. As long as Arafat had an iron grip on the bank accounts, it was his vision that was carried out by the 'Palestinians'. And that meant much talk, but no action. As long as Arafat was in control, there would be no peace between Israel and his factions. Arafat's vision was the destruction of Israel, not peace.

Now, we await the next leader. And if this next leader is willing to accept land in order to call off the suicide bombers, to stop the conflict; well, that is not to be thought of as a good thing. Dividing the land of Israel is not part of God's plan for His nation. And if we, America, try to manipulate for the sake of peace, by dividing the land, we do so to our destruction. It is my understanding that if we divide Israel, we too shall be divided, physically, as a nation. If the new Palestinian leader is willing to deal, are we spiritually smart enough to stay out of it? I don't think we are.

I don't think there will be peace in Israel until the Lord Jesus Christ returns. And I know there will be a time that ALL nations will gather to battle against Jerusalem, including the USA (Zec 14). It would be very easy for America to draw back it's support of Israel, seeking a (temporary) respite from Islamofascism. And if that day happens, we will inevitably join the enemies of Israel. Just some things to keep in mind and in prayer. Nevertheless, Maranatha; we are Christians first, Americans second. Thy will be done, Lord God of Israel.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

11 for 11 on Marriage Amendments

Constitutional marriage amendments passed in all 11 states where they were on the ballot on Tuesday. Generally, the amendments define marriage as between a man and a woman, effectively banning gay marriage. The initiatives passed by wide margins in all states:

Arkansas 75-25
Georgia 77-23
Kentucky 75-25
No Dakota 73-27
Ohio 62-38
Oklahoma 76-24
Oregon 57-43
Utah 66-34
Mississippi 86-14
Montana 66-34
Michigan 59-41

A couple solid wins...a few 2-1 margins...and 6 states passed by 3-1 margins. I am happy.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Daschle sues Thune night before election in SD

I am glued to the monitor, hitting refresh...and the updates aren't coming fast enough. Tom Daschle is in court right now in South Dakota suing John Thune, with a blogger live-blogging it from the courtroom...Very interesting stuff. That is truly an excellent use of blogging.

Still awaiting results here at 1:31am CST

So while I am awaiting the judges decision on Daschle's desperate lawsuit, I'll make my prediction on the battleground states. The other day I said I thought it would be Bush over Kerry, 53-46 in the popular vote; and 310-228 in the electoral college. So here's the battleground breakdown to get to 310:

Bush Wins - FL, OH, IA, WI, MN, NM, NV, CO, WV, AR, HI
Kerry Wins - PA, MI, NH, OR, NJ

Although I am having doubts the last few days about MN going for Bush.