Archive for March, 2004

Somebody call Jack Van Impe

Somebody call Jack Van Impe


The end of the world has to be around the corner.  The Edmonton Oilers beat Dallas in Dallas.  The Calgary Flames are in the playoffs. 

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Hope for today's teens, they like Floyd

Hope for today’s teens, they like Floyd


Usa Today has a great article on kids and classic rock.  It seems many of them are sick of the manufactured crap on the airwaves today.  They turning on to their parents music.  It’s like music to my ears!

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I delete comments

I delete comments


In the last few weeks I’ve deleted a couple of comments.  One because it seemed a little inflammatory, and another because it was posted anonymously.  I have no use for anonymous comments.  I really don’t like ones with sweeping criticism in them.  It doesn’t take any effort to fire off something nasty and conveniently leave your name off it.  That isn’t conversation it is just sniping. 

Some think deleting comments is censorship.  I disagree. I think anyone who hosts any kind of discussion needs to moderate.  Too many people get hurt because bloggers don’t deal with people appropriately.  I’ve started deleting comments for my own sanity.  Sometimes blogging really sucks.  Most people are great but the whole experience can be ruined by the reckless few.   I’ve spent too much time responding to people who don’t have the decency to treat others with a basic level of respect. 

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Iraq on the Record

Iraq on the Record


The Bush Administration’s Public Statements on Iraq as prepared by a House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform.  The document gives what appears to be an accurate and objective analysis of literally hundreds of misleading statements made by Bush officials. 

Thank you TheLogo for bringing this to my attention.

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Trust Clarke: He's right about Bush

Trust Clarke: He’s right about Bush


A few more voices from the US National Security Council support Clarke.

“Mr. Clarke was our boss when we served on the Clinton administration’s National Security Council staff. We know him as a committed public servant, dedicated — almost to the point of obsession — to confronting terrorism. We don’t doubt his rendition of events. They come from a man who has warned of impending doom –and argued for forceful preventive action — for many years.”

“That sour-grapes argument leaves unmentioned the fact that on Sept. 11, Ms. Rice asked Mr. Clarke to direct emergency-response efforts from the White House. It also glosses over the fact that Mr. Clarke was an ally of Vice-President Dick Cheney and deputy defence secretary Paul Wolfowitz during the 1991 Persian Gulf war, and favoured their call to march on Baghdad. Also left unmentioned is that Mr. Beers is himself a veteran of many administrations, and resigned his post as the senior counterterrorism official on the NSC staff in 2003 to protest what he saw as Mr. Bush’s mishandling of the terrorist threat.

The vehemence with which administration officials have attacked Mr. Clarke’s motives brings to mind the old lawyer’s joke: When the facts are with you, pound the facts. When the facts are against you, pound the table.

Why are administration officials pounding the table so hard? Because confirmation of Mr. Clarke’s basic accusations comes from none other than George W. Bush himself.

Take the charge that the Mr. Bush did not make fighting al-Qaeda a priority before Sept. 11. In late 2001, Mr. Bush told the journalist Bob Woodward that “there was a significant difference in my attitude after Sept. 11. I was not on point.” Mr. Bush knew Osama bin Laden was a menace. ‘But I didn’t feel the sense of urgency, and my blood was not nearly as boiling.’”

“Or take Mr. Clarke’s charge that Mr. Bush immediately sought to link the attacks in New York and Washington to Iraq. According to the notes of national-security meetings that the White House gave Mr. Woodward so he could write his book, Bush at War, the President ended an early debate over how to respond to Sept. 11 by saying, “I believe Iraq was involved, but I’m not going to strike them now.” At a later meeting, he linked Saddam Hussein to the attacks: “He was probably behind this in the end.”

“That view of the terrorist threat is deeply flawed, quite apart from the dubious claims about ties between al-Qaeda and Iraq. Al-Qaeda is a transnational network of terrorists, less like a state than like a non-governmental organization or multinational corporation with multiple independent franchises. It thrives on an Islamist ideology, and extends its presence to the far reaches of the globe — not just in rogue and failed states, but within the West as well. Its terrorists can strike — whether in Bali, Casablanca, Riyadh, Istanbul, Madrid or New York and Washington — without the direct support of states. That is what makes it so frightening.

Mr. Clarke’s charges have stung the Bush administration not just because of the stature of the accuser, but because at their core, they say that more than two years after the worst terrorist attack in history, the President and his advisers still don’t get what happened.”

 

From the Globe and Mail

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Theology Pub: Tonight – 7pm – Saskatoon Inn

Theology Pub: Tonight – 7pm – Saskatoon Inn


The topic is evangelism.  I searched through some scriptures to find insights in to early church evangelism.  For an example of contemporary evangelism check out the 4 Spiritual Laws. All scriptures below are from the RSV.

Paul coming to Corinth 1Cor 2

1When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom. 2For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling; 4and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Paul comes to Thessalonica 1Thess 2

4For we know, brethren beloved by God, that he has chosen you; 5for our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit; 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedo’nia and in Acha’ia. 8For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedo’nia and Acha’ia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.

Peter in Jerusalmen Acts 2

 37Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” 38And Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40And he testified with many other words and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.”

Paul in Ephesus Acts 19

8And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, arguing and pleading about the kingdom of God; 9but when some were stubborn and disbelieved, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them, taking the disciples with him, and argued daily in the hall of Tyran’nus. 10This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.
 11And God did extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12so that handkerchiefs or aprons were carried away from his body to the sick, and diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.

Paul In Athens Acts 17

22So Paul, standing in the middle of the Are-op’agus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, `To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything. 26And he made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation, 27that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us, 28for `In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your poets have said, `For we are indeed his offspring.’
 29Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the Deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, a representation by the art and imagination of man. 30The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent, 31because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead.”
 32Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 33So Paul went out from among them. 34But some men joined him and believed, among them Dionys’ius the Are-op’agite and a woman named Dam’aris and others with them.

King Agrippa/Festus Acts 26

12“Thus I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining round me and those who journeyed with me. 14And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, `Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It hurts you to kick against the goads.’ 15And I said, `Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, `I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16But rise and stand upon your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you to serve and bear witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, 17delivering you from the people and from the Gentiles–to whom I send you 18to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
 19“Wherefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20but declared first to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout all the country of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God and perform deeds worthy of their repentance. 21For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. 22To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23that the Christ must suffer, and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to the people and to the Gentiles.”
 24And as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are mad; your great learning is turning you mad.” 25But Paul said, “I am not mad, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking the sober truth. 26For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak freely; for I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this was not done in a corner. 27King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.” 28And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time you think to make me a Christian!” 29And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am–except for these chains.”

 

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Budget Reflections

Budget Reflections


Now that Paul Martin is firmly in control of the ship we can see what his highest priorities are. Paul believes that innovation in the areas of science and technology are the key to growing Canada’s future. He recognizes the realities of globalization and is seeking to retrofit the Canadian economy to compete globally.

Jack Layton and the NDP have an interesting analogy for Paul’s fiscal policy.

“It’s like paying down the mortgage faster when you’ve got a leaky roof a sick grandmother and your child is trying to go to university. I don’t know a single family that would do what Paul Martin is doing with our economy.”

I disagree with Jack. If this is the situation, Paul isn’t trying to fix the roof, he’s trying get a better career so he can actually afford to fix the roof and put the kids through school. Right now there isn’t enough money coming in to fix all the problems. This problems are about to get worse because our neighbour down the street is in the same business. He has more skills and is taking away business we could have if we had those skills.

Canada lags behind several industrialized nations in productivity and R&D. If we spend our money wisely on the things that bring us the best return on investment we will be able to feed the hungry appetite of our social programs.

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I have joined the dark side

I have joined the Liberals


I was at my first nomination meeting.  I chatted it up with former NDP MP and MLA Chris Axworthy.  I asked him why he switched.  He said that he was always a centrist and now the NDP and the Tories are too extreme.  He seems to have no problem aligning himself with Paul Martin’s fiscal and social policy. 

I will be helping out with the campaign working on the Internet side of things.  I’m really looking forward to learning from the experience.  I’ve spent a lot of time listening and observing church and business leaders learning what I can.  It will be interesting to see political leadership in action. 

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Richard Clarke reveals startling insights on Bush Administration

Richard Clarke reveals startling insights on Bush Administration


Check the 60 minutes interview with Richard Clarke.  A top expert and long serving member of the US government contends:

  • The Bush Administration ignored warnings pre 9/11
  • George Bush was convinced Iraq was behind 9/11 despite the evidence
  • The FBI and CIA were convinced Iraq had nothing to do with terrorism

Perhaps it wasn’t oil, WMD or a secret neo-conservative agenda that fueled America’s invasion of Iraq.  Perhaps the invasion of Iraq was more about a few powerful politicians with one serious preocupation.

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Could it be spring?

Could it be spring?


Forcast for the next week:  +5 +7 +6 +5 +11 +11 +13
It’s about freaking time!

Hooray for spring!

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