Saturday, September 16, 2006

Notes from the week,

Recently I purchased a book, The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren. Understanding that in order to grow more in faith, a visit to church was in order, I made plans to attend this weekend. This is something I had been avoiding for quite some time due to the fact that I was raised Catholic and, not unlike many Catholics, had found much lacking in the church structure as of late. That said, it is time to forgive any grievances with the men who run the church, and get back to the basics of worship and service to that higher authority, God.

Immediately following this most personal decision, Pope Benedict, speaking in Germany, made statements regarding Islam, which are undeniably relevant. These quotes were taken from a medieval ruler who identified the institution of Mohammad's creed's as evil and inhuman. Apparently someone living in the 15th or 16th century understood that beheading Christian's and Jews, murdering women and children, and enslaving one's own populace, was a less than peaceful religion. As a result of this pope's speech, Muslim religious leaders are in an uproar and demanding apologies

Understanding what happens within this community when a cartoon is found offensive, (murder, mayhem, rioting, burning in effigys), who knows what will take place even if the Pontiff bows to political pressure and apologizes for reading an historical text.

If one studies the Malachy prophecy's (a 12th century Irish Bishop), it is clear to some that Benedict may very well be that last pope.

Those that adhere to an "end of time", revelation's based Christianity are certain that we are now living in those days.

What can be considered factual is that Muslim leaders can call for the deaths of innocents from pulpits far and near; the followers of these leaders commit suicide and murder of innocents in order to gain entry to heaven and the areas where this religion is practiced as jihad, are undeniably medieval in nature. The pope, therefore, was speaking not only about practices centuries before, but practices in the name of religion today.

This pope understands, and his understanding has aided the return to the church of this lapsed Catholic.

Monday, September 11, 2006

A Most Inconvenient Truth

Immediately following the airing of ABC's "Path to 9/11", both the New York Times and the LA Times ran stories regarding the danger to both incumbents and Challengers in Democratic House races this fall.

First, the mini-series, which depicts the events leading to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, was noted as fictionally in the beginning, however, events involving Sandy Berger and Madeline Albright are both well-documented, as well as the Clinton Administration's fixation on hemming and hawing legalize in regards to terrorists and terrorism in general.

The film leaves one with the impression that had the administration acted; the events of 9/11 would not have taken place. Aired in both English and Spanish, this piece bolsters the current administrations take on a "war on terrorism" as well as makes it extremely clear that profiling would be preferable to the random check system currently in place and complete border control must be implemented.

Check one for any party that supports an aggressive campaign on both terrorism and border control.

The New York Times is reporting that Democrats face a stiff challenge and may even loose seats in a predominantly Democratic controlled state due to redistricting implemented by those pesty Republicans. Also noted is the fact that the DNC leadership is not supporting New York Races.

Elsewhere, the LA Times is reporting that incumbent Georgia Democrats may even loose seats due to this redistricting. Of interest in the allegation that Republican's are out-spending for the election, running advertisements stating that Nancy Palosi would become the House Leader (a fact she herself has stated on numerous occasions) and the result is that the Republican's are "stealing" the seats. Stealing. When endangered count on the DNC to revive the vote re-count and allegations of theft.

Although the LA Times did not, as the New York Times did, assure all that was aiding Democrats in these races, both did not report the fact that all internal DNC polling is being kept rather quiet. The RNC is not releasing their polls either. A stunningly wise move on the part of the RNC. When all print and mainstream media is touting a Democratic win in November, the polls tell a different story. The RNC is using this information effectively. Will change occur, certainly, but to which side of the aisle will the victory fall? Frankly, it is a bit early to tell, however, with the help of such organizations as, the LA Times, the New York Times and ABC; it doesn't take a rocket scientist to do the math.

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