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ME : So, I did some weightlifting for the first time in ~18months and now I can barely lift my arms. Damn it.. Thursday : Which means it is Stop the ACLU day; today we talk about Stop the ACLU Radio!
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Wilma : Slowing down just a bit ... now a Cat4, will (probably) not hit Florida until Monday
... Florida declares State of Emergency
... Tourists evac'ed from Keys
... 3" of rain in 45 minutes? ... damn!
... She set another record - 3 Cat5s in 1 year ... only 24 previously recorded; 12.5% increase in 1yr (wish my salary do that!)
Avian Flu : Another death in Thailand ... H5N1 strikes again, and stupidity gets an assist ... condolences & prayers! Cali : Mother throws kids off pier ... schizophrenia? ... developing Lottery : Someone in Oregon = RICH ... "7, 21, 43, 44, 49, 29" worth $340M, second largest (largest single-winner) EVER Spain : Warrants issued for US GIs ... riiiight Afghanistan : US GIs accused of burning bodies ... still under investigation.
... also - not to be too blunt, but perhaps if these people weren't trying to kill our guys they wouldn't be in that situation ...
... Tattler has a similar thought
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Islamofascism : 'United and Incandescent' ... war of ideology Iraq : Left just won't listen ... "there is no evidence to support ... that insurgent violence is tied to the political process"
... Michael Yon saw the elections, and talks about Rhma ... more good deeds for US!
... Saddam pleads innocent, trial delayed until (damned close to) my birthday
... Let's define "Fair Trial"
... Curraheel's en route
... Saddam's trial coverage, compare & contrast w/ Hitler ... (hypothetical)
... The Anbar Campaign, in flash ... comments here ... found via Barbette
SCOTUS / Miers : Overreaction, on both sides, to her opposition to abortion 10+ years ago
... Lots of thoughts on Proportions
... Fence-sitters unite ... even when it hurts the rump
Crawfordstock : Finally over!
... here is someone who apparently agrees with Sheehan : US " deserves to be militarily defeated in Iraq"
Computing : Now THIS is a monitor! ... for $20,594.95 ... found via RIALS Internet : AOL axing 700 ... Florida primarily, plus Arizona & some here in VA
... Google earnings UP
... A (cough) gentle reminder to pay your hosting bills!
Gaming : Wal Mart to have playable XBOX360's, today??
... Introducing XBOX360, the Omega Bundle ... (cough) how can you go wrong paying $2K for a console?
Left : Patty Murray (D) threatens wannabe pork busters
... Illegal Immigration is just a piece of paper away from being legal, so it is ok?
Right : Powell says "US Is Not Doing Bad at All"
... Know your pork before you cut it, and the source of the funds in question ... unlike those on The List
Guns : Myths about Gun Control ... found via BMEWS
... 'House OKs protection for gun makers from lawsuits' ... again, just need Senate to follow suit!
... UK - take away guns, crime goes up ... WOW, (cough) who could have seen that coming??
Religious Freedom : 5year old (rightly) wins appeal vs school ... Antonio Peck's drawing from 5yrs ago still in court Physics : Wanna make a black hole? Language : Translate EnglishLimey to American Nature : Zombie worms? ... and check out the reproductive practices of "Osedax mucofloris"
... Environazis suing Navy ... grrrr, sonar bad
Health : Sperm at risk ... steroids, lubricants are bad Education : Some thoughts on Sex Ed
... 'Trial over pro-'gay' book begins'
... Reading / Comprehension flat over last 13 years ... so sad
Unintended Consequences : 'Church pays £1,300 to change 4 light bulbs' Modern Culture : 'Temples Of Our Times' ... sadly, not the right kind of temples. In fact, not even religious. Automotive Industry : Delphi's bankruptcy, garbage cars ... unions a contributing factor
... In defense of Unions, or atleast (some of) the workers ... FTR - I am not saying all the people don't work, just that the Union itself fails its members!
Utah : Interesting peak into Salt Lake City politics ... by Ken, from OA Crime : Hot coffee prevents car jacking Celebrity(ies) : Bill Cosby tell the truth, but "Black Community too def to hear?" A Story, bit by bit : ... "SuperEgo" : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20,
21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30,
31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40,
41, 42, 43, 44, 45!
... OR, you could go here and read all at once (after you register, that is)
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DeLay : Earle indicts all of Texas Air Travel : W wants guns on planes AntiCivilLibertiesUnion : ACLU, Communists officially join forces SCOTUS / Miers : A look at her "Inadequate and Insulting Answers" Iran : Um, I mean Mars ... going nuclear Caption This : Total skank TV : Fox shows are the worst! ... (true'ish) Blooper : Free Ora ... what?? Bloggers : Introducing Bloggonetrix™ ... blog good, and then go read part 2
... The Therapist gusts blogs at WD ... appalling!
... speaking of guest blogging, I failed to mention I am standing it for Basil : here and here and here
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Iraq :Do not let the cowards win. Do not let her die in vain. I ask all our leadership to get this word out to our forces--thanks Black5! Religion :*EIGHT WAYS TO ENCOURAGE OUR PASTOR -- SIMPLE ACTS THAT FEED A SHEPHERD--thanks Victor Parachin, via email from JP Thorstad
Paul's admonition to "serve one another in love" (Gal. 5:13 ) should encourage us to remember our shepherds. Here are eight ways to make their lives better! (By Victor Parachin)
1. CUT THE CRITICISM : Presbyterian minister Fred Rogers, creator and host of television's "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood," once gave an address describing the time he was a student at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and attended a different church each Sunday in order to hear a variety of preachers. One Sunday he was treated to "the most poorly crafted sermon (he) had ever heard." But when he turned to the friend who had accompanied him, he found her in tears. "It was exactly what I needed to hear," she told Rogers. "That's when I realized," he told his audience, "that the space between someone doing the best he or she can and someone in need is holy ground. The Holy Spirit had transformed that feeble sermon for her--and as it turned out, for me too."Unlike most workers who are evaluated once or twice a year, clergy are often critiqued weekly after each worship service. It's not unusual to hear people say "the music was poor," "the hymn selection was awful," or "the sermon was boring." We would do well to remember that most spiritual leaders work hard to make worship a unique celebration each week.
2. PRAY REGULARLY : Ask God to shower your pastor with an abundance of love, hope, joy, faith, peace, power, wisdom, and courage. Pray for your spiritual leader's maturity and growth in the faith. As you pray keep in mind this wisdom from German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: "If you treat a person as he is, he will stay as he is; but if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be, he will become what he ought to be and could be."
3. EXPRESS APPRECIATION IN WRITING : A spoken compliment is always welcome, but a written one can be read over and over again for years. So, when you hear or see something you like from your minister, write an appreciative note.
4. USE YOUR SKILLS TO BLESS : Are you proficient with computers? Help your pastor master the church's new computer. Are you a mechanic? Offer to service the car free of charge or at a reduced fee. As one pastor recalled: "I was pastoring my first church--a small congregation with limited resources. While there, I developed a series of dental problems and could not afford treatment. What a joy it was when a dentist in the church offered to treat me for free. Correcting my dental problem involved nearly a dozen visits. He treated me carefully and cheerfully each time. I have thought of that dentist many times since then and the memories of his kindness continue to bless my life."
5. SQUELCH GOSSIP : If you hear a negative comment, respond with a positive one. If misinformation is being spread, correct it with the accurate information. Or, if people are gossiping, just walk away. Remember the Bible soundly condemns gossip and careless speech. James 1:26 says, "If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless." And Psalm 34:13 reads, "Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies."
6. OFFER TO MEET A NEED : Some people make their spiritual leaders defensive and angry by saying, "You need to ... " That approach is seldom welcome and almost always counterproductive. If you see a need, approach your spiritual leader by saying, "I'd like to help by ... " If you see an area that can be improved, take responsibility for working on it. Be an active participant in YOUR church. Get involved by teaching a class, leading a workshop, singing in the choir, feeding the hungry. Ask your spiritual leader where and how you can employ your gifts.
7. BE OPENLY RESPONSIVE : Nothing so animates and excites a spiritual leader as seeing people respond to the preaching and teaching. Imagine the surprise and delight of a pastor in Virginia Beach, Virginia, who, when greeting a visitor to his church, found she came because of the kindness of a church member who was her neighbor. "I'm recently divorced, a single parent and new to this community," she told the pastor. "To keep up with rent and provide for my three children, I must work two jobs. That leaves me very little time for yard work. I was relieved when the weeds didn't overrun my yard as I had feared they might. However, when I made an unscheduled trip home in the middle of my workday, I discovered the reason why the weeds had not taken over my yard. "My 86-year-old neighbor--a member of your church--was on his hands and knees pulling my weeds. I barely knew this man and he was embarrassed to be caught in this anonymous act of kindness. He explained that he heard you preach a sermon on the importance of living a life of compassion and kindness and decided to put that sermon into practice by weeding my lawn." One pastor's heart filled with joy when a group of women in Washington, D.C., responded to a sermon preached from the words of Jesus--"Do not judge, or you too will be judged" (Matt. 7:1). After hearing the sermon, the women decided to give a baby shower for the young woman who provided childcare while they met for Bible study. She was unmarried, close to going on welfare, and without support from her family or the father-to-be. The young woman was moved to tears by the surprise baby shower. Later, the women explained to the pastor, "Your sermon taught us that it's possible to reach out to someone in need--in this case, an unwed mother--without judging or condoning the situation."
8. THROW AWAY THE MEASURING STICK : Don't expect that your present spiritual leaders will do things the same way their predecessors did. Lay aside personal agendas and preferences. Instead, focus on how your leader is being used by God to do effective ministry now. By serving your shepherds, you will ensure that they will not only be encouraged but will feel appreciated and continue to minister with enthusiasm and energy.
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