Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Iran's New President In 1979 Posted by Hello
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, holding the arm of a blindfolded American hostage on the premises of the United States embassy in Tehran was taken by an Associated Press photographer in November 1979. Soon after the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Ahmadinejad, who was studying in Tehran’s University of Science and Technology, became a member of the central council of the Office for Strengthening of Unity Between Universities and Theological Seminaries, the main pro-Khomeini student body.The OSU played a central role in the seizure of the United States embassy in Tehran in November 1979. Members of the OSU central council, who included Ahmadinejad as well as Ibrahim Asgharzadeh, Mohsen Mirdamadi, Mohsen Kadivar, Hashem Aghajari, and Abbas Abdi, were regularly received by Khomeini himself.Former OSU officials involved in the takeover of the U.S. embassy said Ahmadinejad was in charge of security during the occupation, a key role that put him in direct contact with the nascent security organizations of the clerical regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, which he later joined. After the 444-day occupation of the U.S. embassy, Ahmadinejad joined the special forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office, based in Evin Prison. The “Revolutionary Prosecutor” was Assadollah Lajevardi, who earned the nickname the Butcher of Evin after the execution of thousands of political dissidents in the 1980s.Defectors from the clerical regime’s security forces have revealed that Ahmadinejad led the firing squads that carried out many of the executions. He personally fired coup de grace shots at the heads of prisoners after their execution and became known as “Tir Khalas Zan” (literally, the Terminator).
If my history recollection is correct...this is probably not good for foreign relations and I will leave it at that.

Monday, June 27, 2005

So, as many of you folks know there is this television preacher guy on a few times a week who went and brought a basketball arena to be his church in Houston. I recently caught the transcript of an interview this preacher gave on CNN's Larry King Live. Now, I'm no fan of CNN, but Larry strikes me as a good interviewer who isn't afraid to ask tough questions, though I mark his interview of Jeff Gordon and Dale Jr. last year as a man who didn't know his subjects at all. I digress though, back to the subject at hand and Mr. Osteen's interview. (Click the title to read the whole thing). I am just going to give some snapshots of it:
KING: What if you're Jewish or Muslim, you don't accept Christ at all?
OSTEEN: You know, I'm very careful about saying who would and wouldn't go to heaven. I don't know ...
KING: If you believe you have to believe in Christ? They're wrong, aren't they?
OSTEEN: Well, I don't know if I believe they're wrong. I believe here's what the Bible teaches and from the Christian faith this is what I believe. But I just think that only God with judge a person's heart. I spent a lot of time in India with my father. I don't know all about their religion. But I know they love God. And I don't know. I've seen their sincerity. So I don't know. I know for me, and what the Bible teaches, I want to have a relationship with Jesus.

OSTEEN: I have thoughts. I just, you know, I don't think that a same-sex marriage is the way God intended it to be. I don't think abortion is the best. I think there are other, you know, a better way to live your life. But I'm not going to condemn those people. I tell them all the time our church is open for everybody.
KING: You don't call them sinners?
OSTEEN: I don't.
KING: Is that a word you don't use?
OSTEEN: I don't use it. I never thought about it. But I probably don't. But most people already know what they're doing wrong. When I get them to church I want to tell them that you can change. There can be a difference in your life. So I don't go down the road of condemning.
KING: You believe in the Bible literally?
OSTEEN: I do, I do.

CALLER: Hello, Larry. You're the best, and thank you, Joe -- Joel -- for your positive messages and your book. I'm wondering, though, why you side-stepped Larry's earlier question about how we get to heaven? The bible clearly tells us that Jesus is the way, the truth and the light and the only way to the father is through him. That's not really a message of condemnation but of truth.
OSTEEN: Yes, I would agree with her. I believe that...
KING: So then a Jew is not going to heaven?
OSTEEN: No. Here's my thing, Larry, is I can't judge somebody's heart. You know? Only god can look at somebody's heart, and so -- I don't know. To me, it's not my business to say, you know, this one is or this one isn't. I just say, here's what the bible teaches and I'm going to put my faith in Christ. And I just I think it's wrong when you go around saying, you're saying you're not going, you're not going, you're not going, because it's not exactly my way. I'm just...
KING: But you believe your way.
OSTEEN: I believe my way. I believe my way with all my heart.
KING: But for someone who doesn't share it is wrong, isn't he?
OSTEEN: Well, yes. Well, I don't know if I look at it like that. I would present my way, but I'm just going to let god be the judge of that. I don't know. I don't know.

Just a few things that stood out to me, and I want to be saying that Mr. Osteen may have been trying to be very cautious on a national new network and I don't disagree with everything he said, but it's the stuff he slipped in around it. Look at the first area, and in context if you want. Maybe I'm misreading (not seeing the interview I must read and not see expressions), but it appears that Mr. Osteen is doubting if Christ is the only way. In the second excerpt he not only notes failure to confront sin, but also that he takes the Bible literally. Now if he is saying that Christ may not be the only way, how can he say he takes the Bible literally? Just something that stood out. The third section follows up on this, but notice "I believe my way." It's not God's way, it's Mr. Osteen's way. Well slap me silly and stick a hot poker up my rear if I'm wrong, but I think this a wee bit incorrect.

The lack of Biblical preaching of the whole Bible, not just the feel good motivational scriptures, strikes me as lacking on many fronts and it saddens me greatly. So many folks missing out on the totality of Scripture and not coming away with a full picture of God's redeeming grace and His plan for reconciling mankind to Himself through His Son. Anyway, read it over, found it interesting, hope you do to.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Knife Wounds and Other Stuff

So I've had this cough for about a week. It started out being tolerable, but by Saturday it was pretty much dry heaves and wretching (lovely image, ain't loyal reader?). Anyway, I started on the cough syrup and it's getting better, but I do think I have inflicted injury upon myself. Everytime I cough and my ab region contracts, it hurts like a son of a gun. I guess it's kind of like a stabbing feeling from a fire hot knife. I can't remember feeling pain that bad from coughing before in my life. Not to mention the muscle I went and pulled in my back from it all, that's kind of sore too! Anyway, I don't how long it will last, but it's not worth seeing a doctor about. Cause all they could do is give me cough medicine and I'm already taking that.

Anyway, rumor has it a a former RA of mine is coming to Texas in July for a wedding and will be stopping in College Station to visit for a few days. The only other person in my dorm at RPI who knew George Strait. It's actually how we met, George playing on my radio and wafting out into the hall in old North Hall. She's currently studying patent law at the 'Cuse. Should be fun times the weekend of the 22nd of July.

Speaking of July 22nd, it's a month away folks. A historic date, when the Lord chose to grace the world with my precense way back in the day. Large amounts of small, unmarked bills will be greatly appreciated, or if you really want to buy me that ranch feel free.

I must be getting old. I have no taste for beer anymore, or at least I don't care much for it. I am finding my pallet enjoying wine much more, though for the occasional really great dark beer, I still enjoy those. I have also begun falling in love. Yes, it's true, that fine southern charm has gotten to me. Amazing but true, but a fine glass of sweet tea in the evening is a mighty fine thing, mighty fine. Had some of you thinking something else didn't I? Do not fear, the King of the Bachelor's is not about to cede the throne anytime soon. I'm a stubborn like that.

Also, note that the Sox are surging in the east, going into tonight they had the same record as last season after 70 games (40-30) and the win tonight over Chief Wahoo's Tribe in Cleveland moved them to just 1 game behind the Orioles. By the way, Schilling should be back in a week or two to bolster the pitching staff and rumor has it Jason Schmidt of the Giants is in the cross-hairs of GM Mr. Theo.

By the way tomorrow night, is double header night for the Westminster softball team. Here's hoping for a sweep and our first 2 wins of the season.

And a note on Senator Durbin...too little to late bub.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

The Bat is Back

This evening I ventured out to see the latest installment in the Batman franchise, "Batman Begins". Starring Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, and Katie Holmes (someone get her off the drugs and away from Tommy Cruise!). I won't spoil the movie, except to say that the darkness is back in the franchise. Tim Burton's fake Gotham is gone, replaced by a realistic looking city and realistic storyline (or as realistic as a Batman movie can be). We see the birth of the Dark Knight and are left with the feelings of a sequel. Those who hold Spiderman and Spiderman 2 as the comic adaptations of the big screen, will be very pleased with this film. Easily one of the best super hero films of all time, teaching about the greater good, life, death, and revenge. After the debacle that was George Clooney behind the cowl, the Bat is Back and I for one am loving the new Caped Crusader and look forward to the dawning of a new night! Posted by Hello

Monday, June 13, 2005

The New Ring Posted by Hello

Sunday, June 12, 2005

It's The Simple Things

Summertime in Texas has arrived and is in full swing. The pace of life in the little, bustling town of College Station has slowed with all the Aggie leaving for the summer. Of course, some have stayed around for summer classes, but the numbers we see in the fall and spring are fading into a quaint memory. It is a time to relax and spend with friends. Whether over a cool glass of lemonade or a quite evening around the dinner table, it's just a time to catch up and have fun.
People watching is also a fun pastime in the summertime. For instance, last night I ventured out to Hurricane Harry's for the first time over 2 years. As the kids say in their vernacular slang, "I was pimpin" with three ladies in my company. I was able to watch some of what passes for dancing these days and let me tell you what, at least to the hip-hop, it's nothing short of simulated sex. It's sad really, just a testament to the fallen nature of human beings. I concur with what one of the ladies mentioned, kinda gives the image of what it was like for the Israelites when Moses went up to the top of Mt. Sinai. I can not respect a man or a woman who would prostitute their need for some sought of connection with another person in such fashion. I felt dirty and in need of a long shower just watching. It was interesting to see all the "hats" leave the dance floor when the latest from Usher, P-diddy, or 50 cent or who ever the heck it is came over the speakers.
With summer in full swing, it also means baseball season is picking up, the Sox baffle me, the pitching and hitting are yet to come together. They get a pass this year though based on their finally winning it all.
Till next time. Wait for your pitch and then hit it deep.

Monday, June 06, 2005

This would normally be placed on my blog devoted to history related items, but as I sat here an pondered the importance of the day being remembered, I decided to use the speech former President Ronald Reagan gave on the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day landings on that page. Today, on the 61st Anniversary of the D-Day landings, I have elected to post the national address by FDR, and in today's politically correct atmosphere it's tone should strike a sharp nerve with everyone. It serves as a shining example of how faith and government can be mixed and how this so called wall of separation does not exist and the purpose of the Constitution and Bill of Rights is to keep government out of the religions of its people, but does not serve to prevent those in the government from checking their faith at the door.

Click here to hear the broadcast

My Fellow Americans,

Last night when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far. And so in this poignant hour I ask you to join with me in prayer.

Almighty God, our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic our religion and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. They will need Thy blessings their road will be long and hard, for the enemy is strong he may hurl back our forces success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again. And we know that by Thy grace and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried by night and by day, without rest until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame, men's souls will be shaken with the violence's of war. For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest, they fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate, they fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home. Some will never return, embrace these, Father, and receive them Thy heroic servants into thy kingdom.

And for us at home, fathers, mothers, children, wives sisters and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them. Help us, almighty God, to rededicate ourselves with renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice. Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long, and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts. Give us strength too, strength in our daily task, redouble the contributions we make in the physical and material support of our armed forces. And let our harts be stout, to wait out the long travail, forbear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons where so ever they may be.

And, oh Lord, give us faith; give us faith in Thee, faith in our sons, faith in each other, faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impact of temporary events, of temporal matters, of fleeting moments, let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to a saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace. A peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men, and a peace which will let all men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.
Thy will be done, almighty God. Amen.