From the monthly archives:

October 2004

Thanks!

by Richard on October 31, 2004

I’m baa–ack!
And I’m saying a heartfelt thanks to Bene Diction, Joel and Mike for coming up with some great content over the last few days. Don’t let my return put you off guys!
I did a bit more than just turn off the computer. I went with my wife and kids to stay with the [...]

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The Reformation and Middle America

by Bene Diction on October 31, 2004

This is by no means the only reason that the United States has become such a staunch ally of a state which many others see as pursuing a self-destructive course - but it is a factor which simply could not operate in the politics of a European country. Talking religion is a vote-loser in Europe, [...]

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Joke of the Day

by Mike on October 29, 2004

One day, an average American - let’s call him Joe - found himself at the Gates of Heaven. After chatting a little while with Peter, he couldn’t ignore a row of clocks that seemed to be displayed on a wall above Peter’s desk. “What’re those?”, asked Joe. “Ah, those are the Presidential [...]

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A Question for the Lawyers

by Joel on October 29, 2004

This is also a question for American Constitutional law experts, law students or anyone else with an opinion. The Tulsa (Oklahoma) World is reporting that the Whirlpool Corporation is suing the state of Oklahoma over a law that allows private employees to keep firearms in locked cars on company premises. Whirlpool insists it [...]

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Liberty Bible

by Bene Diction on October 28, 2004

If this cover was the Union Jack, the Canadian Flag, or the Russian flag…what thoughts or feelings would it evoke?
What thoughts or feelings does it evoke seeing a US cover?

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We’re not good Christians

by Bene Diction on October 28, 2004

The Internet Monk
It’s remarkable, considering the tone of so many Christian sermons and messages, that any church has honest people show up at all. I can’t imagine that any religion in the history of humanity has made as many clearly false claims and promises as evangelical Christians in their quest to say that Jesus makes [...]

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See ya!

by Richard on October 28, 2004

I’m switching my computer off now in anticipation of a few days rest. I’m going to try very hard to be disciplined and not turn it on again until Monday. Sometimes these things have to be done for the sake of sanity.
In the meantime, I’m sure my friends who post here will be giving of [...]

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Yasser Arafat

by Richard on October 27, 2004

The BBC is reporting that Yasser Arafat is very ill.
Unidentified Palestinian officials told reporters that Mahmoud Abbas, the deputy leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), and Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei were at his bedside.
Reports say the entire Palestinian leadership has been summoned to the compound.
A report on Israeli radio that Mr Arafat had [...]

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Wishing You a Kerry Christmas!

by Joel on October 27, 2004

Last night I attended our Ministerial Fellowship of local pastors as we plan for our community ecumenical Thanksgiving service. Not only am I the only Kerry supporter among the pastors, but the other preachers once again brought up the idea that one cannot be both a Democrat and a Christian.
Two years ago, [...]

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Ask right questions - and pray

by Richard on October 27, 2004

Advice for those approaching a polling booth
Above all else, do make the effort to go out and vote. Having a voice in our government is a sacred responsibility enjoyed by few people to the extent we do in America. Democracy is a trust that was given by God and ensured by the founders of our [...]

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Put the kettle on!

by Richard on October 27, 2004

Researchers at Newcastle University have demonstrated that drinking regular cups of tea could help improve your memory. It might even prove effective in slowing the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease.
They found that both green and black tea inhibited the activity of enzymes associated with the development of Alzheimer’s Disease, but coffee had no significant effect.
Both teas [...]

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Radio DJs to be ordained as priests

by Richard on October 27, 2004

I hate to be a curmudgeon. I really do. But after reading this I’m wondering if there is anything that can’t be demeaned and trivialised in the name of “entertainment”.

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Blogger grounded by her airline

by Richard on October 27, 2004

The BBC reports that Delta Airlines have objected to the blog of a flight attendant, and now she is an ex-flight attendant. Shame.
How can I persuade the the Methodist Church to object to my blog — BBC coverage would do wonders for my hit count!
I’m thinking pictures of my well-turned ankles emerging demurely from [...]

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Down at the Sally Gardens

by Richard on October 27, 2004

Camassia reflects on her brief encounter with the Salvation Army.

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Riches in heaven?

by Richard on October 27, 2004

From John Wesley’s Sermon Upon our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount (VIII)
Therefore, “lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.” If you do, it is plain your eye is evil; it is not singly fixed on God.
With regard to most of the [...]

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New Florida vote scandal feared

by Richard on October 26, 2004

From BBC NEWS:
A secret document obtained from inside Bush campaign headquarters in Florida suggests a plan - possibly in violation of US law - to disrupt voting in the state’s African-American voting districts, a BBC Newsnight investigation reveals.
Strangely, the piece doesn’t say whether any noise is being made about this in America — where it [...]

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Legendary radio DJ John Peel dies

by Richard on October 26, 2004

I can hardly believe this. One of the most influential music broadcasters on British radio, John Peel, has died while on a working holiday in Peru. His laconic style, his passion for new music and his compassionate humanity made every show he presented worth listening to. There are lots of others who’ll pay their [...]

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Things you have to believe

by Richard on October 26, 2004

The Gutless Pacifist gives usThings you have to believe to be a Republican today. My favourite was
Global warming and tobacco’s link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.
closely followed by
Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush’s daddy made war on him, a [...]

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Christian and/or/xor Liberal?

by Richard on October 26, 2004

La Shawn Barber links with approval to this this article by Doug Giles
For the “Christian” to lean politically to the left means that he must blow off huge chunks of the Bible and replace the scripture with the make-believe notions of postmodernism’s malleable “Christ.” Only after torturing the scripture can the Christian then fit liberalism [...]

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Death to Animals

by Joel on October 26, 2004

Arkansas Republican U.S. Senate nominee Jim Holt was asked if he supports execution for murderers younger than the age of 18. His reply was that when a farm animal hurts someone the animal is put down and that murderers are similarly animals to be put down.
This is the same man who claims that homosexuals [...]

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