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  • SBC takes no action against gay-tolerant California church

    06/13/2014 8:46:38 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 34 replies
    The Baptist Standard ^ | June 12, 2014 | Bob Allen
    Disciplining a church Former SBC vice president Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., stepped forward at the first opportunity to make a motion requesting convention officers to represent convention messengers in visiting discipline on the church for violating a constitutional ban on congregations “which act to affirm, approve, or endorse homosexual behavior.” An order of business committee determined Drake’s motion was not in order, and the matter wasn’t reintroduced in subsequent business sessions. Toward the end of the convention, Drake approached a microphone during a report by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary seeking advice about...
  • 16 of 31 Bighorn sheep moved to Tucson are now dead

    03/17/2014 3:57:20 PM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 36 replies
    KVOA.com ^ | 17 March 2014 | Anonymous
    From 3 months ago: "TUCSON - Thirty one Bighorn sheep that were relocated to the Catalina mountains Monday are thriving, according to Arizona Game and Fish officials. Their movements are being tracked using GPS collars. News 4 Tucson was given insight into their first few hours on their new turf. If you live in, or visit Pusch Ridge grab your binoculars, you're in for a sight...The cost of the project is around $600,000. It's funded by private donations and fees from hunting and fishing licenses." From a week ago: "Officials said a mountain lion killed the ewe they found in...
  • Rick Perry 2007 - Bill would overturn his [HPV Vaccine] mandate

    07/24/2011 10:56:30 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 68 replies
    AMERICAN-STATESMAN ^ | May 09, 2007 | Corrie MacLaggan
    Three months after Gov. Rick Perry ignited a firestorm by issuing an executive order to require schoolgirls to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, he is letting a bill go into law that will undo his mandate. In an emotional speech to reporters Tuesday, during which the governor surrounded himself with women whose lives have been affected by the cancer-causing infection, Perry laid blame for future cervical cancer deaths at the feet of lawmakers who supported the bill. Perry thanked the minority of legislators who voted against the bill and said, "No lost lives will occupy the confines of their...
  • Officer in Costco shooting says man raised gun, didn’t know it was in holster

    09/24/2010 9:34:59 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 481 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 23 Sept 2010 | Cara McCoy, Dave Toplikar
    This comes from a Vegas paper, so I'll summarize: Day 1 of the inquest into the police shooting of Eric Scott at a Las Vegas Costco emphasized the large amount of prescription painkillers found in his body. The assistant DA suggested Scott was suicidal. Day 2 apparently spent a bunch of time explaining why there will be no video...basically, the machines weren't working, sorry. Then the cop who was closest to Scott testified. In his testimony, he says the gun found by investigators was in its holster, and that he didn't realize the gun was in its holster when he...
  • Birthers and Perkins V Elg

    04/24/2010 9:18:10 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 406 replies · 3,578+ views
    US Supreme Court Records ^ | 24 April 2010 | Self
    I'm not a lawyer, nor do I play one, so what follows is just IMHO on how the case of Perkins v Elg affects the definition of natural born citizen. I offer it, not as definitive, but as evidence that the Supreme Court has ruled in the past in a way that might well lead to its ruling in favor of Obama, if the case is based on the citizenship of Obama's presumptive father. The facts as stated in the decisions: "The question is whether the plaintiff, Marie Elizabeth Elg. who was born in the United States of Swedish parents...
  • Great Moments in Birthism: Orly's First Hearing

    04/23/2010 4:32:00 PM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 31 replies · 1,109+ views
    You Tube, court transcript ^ | 18 April 2010 | Antibirther & Orly Taitz
    The following YouTube animation is from the transcript of Orly Taitz's presentation in Brockhausen v. Andrade. http://www.youtube.com/user/AntiBirther#p/u/1/ppk7lgUD3-Q The transcript can be found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/18284002/BROCKHAUSEN-v-ANDRADE-Transcript-of-Proceedings-Pleas-to-Jurisdiction-Hearing-12209 You can find the case discussed on FreeRepublic here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2170430/posts
  • Calvinism's Exhaustive Determinism and Old Testament Scriptures

    02/11/2010 7:29:41 AM PST · by Mr Rogers · 1,137 replies · 5,776+ views
    Society of Evangelical Arminians ^ | 01/28/2010 | "WilliamBirch"
    Calvinism's Exhaustive Determinism and Old Testament Scriptures Submitted by WilliamBirch on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 9:16am "I don't see how anyone could read the Old Testament and not conclude that Calvinism is right," was the assessment of one Calvinist professor recently. By "Calvinism" he meant the notion of God's exhaustive predeterminism of all things by decree. This professor was merely being consistent and honest about his own beliefs. He has done nothing immorally or ethically wrong with making such a statement to his students. My only hope is that his students do not take their professor's word on the matter but...
  • Election - In Christ, or In us?

    02/10/2010 11:56:33 AM PST · by Mr Rogers · 15 replies · 282+ views
    CLEARING UP MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT CORPORATE ELECTION Brian Abasciano I. INTRODUCTION The nature of election has long been one of the most hotly debated topics in evangelical theology. The question lies at the heart of the debate between Arminianism and Calvinism, a debate which commands so much interest and attention because it ultimately has to do with the character of God. But beyond the inherent appeal the disagreement between Arminianism and Calvinism holds for those with a high view of Scripture, the debate has been raging with a heightened intensity in recent years with no sign of abating due to factors...
  • Pope John Paul II 'whipped himself in remorse for sins': Open discussion / Not caucus

    11/23/2009 10:49:30 AM PST · by Mr Rogers · 210 replies · 2,638+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 23 Nov 2009 | Nick Pisa
    Sister Sobodka said: "Several times he (Pope John Paul) would put himself through bodily penance. "We would hear it – we were in the next room at Castel Gandolfo. You could hear the sound of the blows when he flagellate himself. He did it when he was still capable of moving on his own." The flagellation is also confirmed by another bishop who has given testimony. Emery Kabongo was a secretary for Pope John Paul. "He would punish himself and in particular just before he ordained bishops and priests," he said. "I never actually saw it myself but several people...
  • Philip Schaff's History of the Church - Passages on the Eucharist

    11/05/2009 8:59:31 AM PST · by Mr Rogers · 63 replies · 933+ views
    Before starting the text of a long article, I want to explain what it is. In discussing the meaning of the Eucharist with Catholics on FreeRepublic, I've frequently been told that the Church Fathers, from the very beginning, have taught it was a 're-presentation' of Calvary. I've read little of the Church Fathers - as have many who have lectured me, I suspect. The norm on both sides of the argument is to pull quotes from those who help your case, and ignore what does not. In excerpts below, taken from his 7,000 page history, Philip Schaff discusses the nuance...
  • The Attitude Behind the Act

    09/16/2009 1:59:12 PM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 34 replies · 669+ views
    Grace to you ^ | Not given | John MacArthur
    The following sermon by John MacArthur is available free either in text or as audio at: http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/2213 Since it runs 11 pages, I've heavily edited it to conserve space. If you have any questions about what he says, I recommend reading or listening to the full sermon! The Attitude Behind the Act Matthew 5:21 Tonight, I want I you to look with me at Mathew chapter five and we come to the section beginning in verse 21. This very important, very misunderstood often misrepresented and misinterpreted section of Scripture will be our occupation for many weeks to come. Because from...
  • Brown Dog Democrat - Gabby Giffords

    08/21/2009 6:58:07 PM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 29 replies · 1,065+ views
    Giffords official email ^ | 21 Aug 2009 | Gabby Giffords
    From an email from Gabby Giffords, Representative of AZ-8...who was, of course, a no show at the protest held today at her Tucson AZ office... "Over the last few months, I have heard from thousands of my constituents who are very frustrated with our nation’s health insurance system. It is unfair that insurance companies can deny people coverage based on pre-existing conditions or impose arbitrary life time limits on care. Our premiums have doubled in the last nine years, and the cost of doing nothing is worse. Without reform, health care spending will rise to $4.4 trillion, more than one...
  • How We Got the New Testament - 2 1/2 Views (LONG!)

    08/20/2009 9:14:42 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 139 replies · 1,890+ views
    Orthodox Christian Information Center, bible.org, Catholic Encyclopedia ^ | 20 Aug 2009 | Daniel F. Lieuwen, M. James Sawyer, GEORGE J. REID
    How We Got the New Testament - 2 1/2 Views (Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic) The following excerpts are pulled from the Internet. Their full articles are worth reading, if you want to understand their thought. In hopes of keeping this at a digestible meal, I've quoted the sections I found most interesting - and deleted a great deal of good reading! First, the Orthodox: taken from the Orthodox Christian Information Center. The Emergence of the New Testament Canon by Daniel F. Lieuwen Link: http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/inquirers/ntcanon_emergence.aspx ...When the church began, there were no New Testament books. Old Testament texts alone were used...
  • The New Testament Documents - Are They Reliable?

    08/15/2009 10:48:49 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 70 replies · 2,015+ views
    Christian Corps International Libraries ^ | not mentioned | F.F. Bruce
    2. What are the dates of these documents? The crucifixion of Christ took place, it is generally agreed, about AD 30. According to Luke iii. I, the activity of John the Baptist, which immediately preceded the commencement of our Lord's public ministry, is dated in 'the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar'. Now, Tiberius became emperor in August, AD 14, and according to the method of computation current in Syria, which Luke would have followed, his fifteenth year commenced in September or October, AD a7.1 The fourth Gospel mentions three Passovers after this time; the third Passover from that date would...
  • President Obama on the 65th Anniversary of D-Day

    06/06/2009 8:47:12 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 17 replies · 740+ views
    REalClearPolitics ^ | 6 June, 2009 | Obama
    Why is this? Of all the battles in all the wars across the span of human history, why does this day hold such a revered place in our memory? What is it about the struggle that took place on these sands behind me that brings us back here to remember year after year after year?
  • Over and Out - Steyn (short note)

    05/20/2009 7:53:47 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 37 replies · 1,486+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 20 May 2009 | Mark Steyn
    Over and Out [Mark Steyn] Following California's "tax revolt" and the usual editorials from a dying media sneering at the electorate as tantrum-throwing kindergartners, we now move on to the swimsuit round, in which the Golden State's woes are federalized and redistributed to the nation at large. In the states' version of the Obama model for everything from mortgages to credit cards, the feckless will have their pathologies rewarded and the prudent will get stuck with the tab. The Atlantic's Megan McArdle cuts to the chase: California is completely, totally, irreparably hosed. Up next: New York. As Miss McArdle notes,...
  • Vanity...but stocks rise on these headlines?

    04/21/2009 9:11:12 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 15 replies · 391+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 21 April 2009 | Vanity
    Yahoo finance has these 'headlines': Geithner defends bank rescue program amid warnings- AP GM, Chrysler to get $5.5B more in government loans- AP Treasury says about $110B left in bailout fund- AP IMF: US institutions could suffer $2.7 trillion in losses- AP Texas Instruments' profit tumbles, but beats expectations- AP CAT reports first loss since '92, slashes forecast- Reuters Merck sees 57 percent drop in first-quarter profit- AP
  • Tough Workouts - Yahoo Finance and CNNMoney

    01/24/2009 8:36:36 AM PST · by Mr Rogers · 14 replies · 228+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | January 23, 2009 | Les Christie
    Case 1: "They want to stay in the house; they've lived there for 15 years and, well, it's home. They're way underwater, owing about $510,000 on a property not worth much more than $350,000 right now..." Case 2: "She has been in the home for 23 years, but family health problems, divorce and economic factors have conspired against her and she's never been able to substantially pay down the loan."
  • Michelle Obama’s Job Eliminated

    01/15/2009 3:37:00 PM PST · by Mr Rogers · 29 replies · 1,498+ views
    Chicago Daily Observer ^ | 14 Jan 2009 | None listed
    She hasn’t shown up for work very regularly over the last year or so, so when Michelle Obama’s $300,000 job was cut at the University of Chicago Hospitals, it may have been hard to notice the difference.
  • Bush Looks Back

    12/08/2008 6:31:05 AM PST · by Mr Rogers · 33 replies · 851+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 8 Dec 2008 | Byron York & Rich Lowry
    Elsewhere during the interview — which the president compared to doing “jumping jacks for my own book that I’m going to be writing” — Bush strongly defended his decision to go to war in Iraq; argued that the U.S. has better relations with many foreign nations than ever before; said he is certain that Harriet Miers would have been a great Supreme Court justice; defended his failed effort to reform Social Security; and, finally, expressed concern over Barack Obama’s reported intention to undo Bush policies on, among other things, stem-cell research and missile defense.
  • Grace will lead me home

    11/03/2008 9:26:19 AM PST · by Mr Rogers · 21 replies · 1,102+ views
    NRO ^ | 3 Nov 2008 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Lopez: Sarah Palin is a mom with spunk and executive experience. Does she not demonstrate some patriotic grace? Noonan: Well Kathryn, we have disagreed on the meaning and implications of Mr. McCain’s choice of Mrs. Palin. Here are some cool words from a cool head, George Will, who saw early on what a number of us came to see, and who said better what I would try to say later. “The man who would be the oldest to embark on a first presidential term has chosen as his possible successor a person of negligible experience. Any cook can run the...
  • AZ8 - Giffords on the Bailout - email from her office (partial vanity)

    10/01/2008 9:09:27 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 1 replies · 369+ views
    September 30, 2008 Dear "Mr Rogers" - no, not my real name... Thank you for contacting me about the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (H.R. 3997) that was voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday. I joined a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives - and my seven House colleagues from Arizona - in opposing the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. I voted against the bill because it failed to provide sufficient protections for American taxpayers. Our nation is confronting serious instability in our financial markets that threatens the strength of the entire U.S. economy. Predatory lending, irresponsible trading...
  • Debate Prep

    10/01/2008 7:30:29 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 10 replies · 611+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 1 Oct 2008 | Jay Nordlinger
    Debate Prep [Jay Nordlinger] A reader is thinking ahead to the second and third presidential debates. In the first debate, he says, “how many times did Obama try to tie McCain to President Bush? About a million? McCain needs to answer that.” And he suggests that McCain answer as follows: “Say what you will about President Bush, senator, but he is the twice-elected president of the United States and a good and honorable man. I would rather be associated with him than with Billy Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, and Tony Rezko, to begin with.” My reader says this would be a...
  • Report: Gonzales mishandled classified data

    09/02/2008 8:39:40 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 27 replies · 108+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 2 Sep 2008 | LARA JAKES JORDAN
    A Justice Department report scolds former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for mishandling highly classified...Gonzales failed to store the documents in proper secure facilities and at one point took them home.
  • Palin's Pregnancy Problem

    09/01/2008 4:38:24 PM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 244 replies · 1,045+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1 Sep 2008 | Sally Quinn
    My first reaction was shock. Then anger. John McCain chose a running mate simply because she is a woman and one who appealed to the Republican's conservative evangelical base. Now, with news that Palin's 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant, McCain's pick may not even find support among "family values" voters...This may be a hard one for the Republican conservative family-values crowd to swallow. Of course, this can happen in any family. But it must certainly raise the question among the evangelical base about whether Sarah Palin has been enough of a hands-on mother.
  • Obama outlines plans for race against McCain (Keating Five)

    05/11/2008 6:40:55 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 81 replies · 256+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11 May 08 | CHARLES BABINGTON and SARA KUGLER
    Barely mentioning Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama said he was open to campaigning with McCain in "town hall" events. But he also warned that controversial issues such as McCain's ties to the Keating Five savings and loan scandal are fair game, and he called McCain's proposal for a temporary halt in the federal gasoline tax a pander and a gimmick... Obama was asked Saturday if the fall campaign might touch on the 1987 Keating Five scandal, in which the Senate Ethics Committee said McCain used "poor judgment" for allegedly pressing regulators to go easy on the owner of a...
  • Vanity - Some facts I didn't know about slavery

    03/22/2008 3:58:29 PM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 70 replies · 2,493+ views
    Vanity ^ | 22 Mar 2008 | Mr Rogers
    Due to the recent hullabaloo involving Wright's sermons and liberation theology, I did some reading about slavery in the US, and discovered a number of things I hadn't heard before. 1 - Jefferson's original draft of the Declaration of Independence criticized King George for permitting the slave trade: "He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it's most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. this piratical warfare, the opprobrium...
  • The Air Force Reaches for the Sky

    02/22/2008 5:50:57 PM PST · by Mr Rogers · 6 replies · 95+ views
    Yahoo - and Time ^ | 22 Feb 2008 | MARK THOMPSON
    The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have worn down the nation's ground forces, stretching those serving in the Army and Marines and wearing out their gear at an unprecedented rate. So, it's no surprise that the nation's ground-pounders would be seeking the most from the ever-cooperative members of the House Armed Services Committee. For years, that Pentagon-pleasing panel has asked the services to send it a wish list - lawmakers prefer to call it an "unfunded requirements list" - of budget items they desire but which have not been approved by their penny-pinching civilian overseers, i.e. the Defense Secretary and...
  • Vox Huckabee - The Republican as class warrior. (AKA: Huckabee as GOP Class Warrior)

    12/23/2007 8:54:10 AM PST · by Mr Rogers · 19 replies · 260+ views
    Weekly Standard, also published on RCP ^ | 12/31/2007 | Terry Eastland
    As he has throughout the year, Huckabee grounds his pro-life position in the Declaration's recognition of the inalienable right to life. But now, in the heat of the campaign, with the Iowa caucuses just days away, he also uses the Declaration to argue that, in light of its recognition that all men are created equal, any man (or woman) can become president. Even someone like him, the son of working class parents in Hope, Arkansas, the first in his "entire male lineage" to graduate from high school, much less go to college. He put himself through college in just "two...
  • America's Priorities in the War on Terror ("Bush admin...arrogant bunker mentality")

    12/15/2007 2:54:07 PM PST · by Mr Rogers · 46 replies · 111+ views
    Foreign Affairs ^ | 15 Dec 2007 | Michael D. Huckabee
    The United States, as the world's only superpower, is less vulnerable to military defeat. But it is more vulnerable to the animosity of other countries. Much like a top high school student, if it is modest about its abilities and achievements, if it is generous in helping others, it is loved. But if it attempts to dominate others, it is despised.... We must first destroy existing terrorist groups and then attack the underlying conditions that breed them: the lack of basic sanitation, health care, education, jobs, a free press, fair courts -- which all translates into a lack of opportunity...
  • Hillary & the Pope

    12/14/2007 6:25:59 PM PST · by Mr Rogers · 20 replies · 38+ views
    email | 14 Dec 2007 | Anonymous
    The Pope and Hillary Rodham Clinton are on the same stage in front of a huge crowd. The senator and His Holiness, however, have seen it all before. To make it a little more interesting, the senator says to the Pope, "Did You know that with just one little wave of my hand I can make every Democrat in the crowd go wild?" He doubts it, so she shows him. Sure enough, the wave elicits rapture and cheering from every democrat in the crowd. Gradually, the cheering subsides. The Pope, not wanting to be out done by such a level...
  • Huckabee on Energy Independence

    12/02/2007 3:08:35 PM PST · by Mr Rogers · 36 replies · 964+ views
    Mike Huckabee Web Site ^ | not stated | Mike Huckabee
    Huckabee on Energy Independence - The first thing I will do as President is send Congress my comprehensive plan for energy independence. We will achieve energy independence by the end of my second term. - Achieving energy independence is vital to achieving success both in the war on terror and in globalization... - We have to explore, we have to conserve, and we have to pursue all avenues of alternative energy: nuclear, wind, solar, hydrogen, clean coal, biodiesel, and biomass. Energy independence has been on our "to do" list for over thirty years, my whole adult life. In 1973, in...
  • The most likable candidates?

    11/20/2007 5:25:36 AM PST · by Mr Rogers · 16 replies · 38+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 20 Nov 2007 | NANCY BENAC and TREVOR TOMPSON
    The most likable candidates? Obama and Giuliani are tops By NANCY BENAC and TREVOR TOMPSON, Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and Republicans alike have strong opinions about who has the best chance of capturing the presidency in 2008—Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, that is—but that's not necessarily the candidate they'd rather go bowling with, take along on a family vacation or even vote for. Which candidate is the most likable? On the Republican side, Giuliani gets the nod, both from GOP voters and among voters overall. None of the Democratic candidates has a clear advantage among Democratic voters,...
  • What the Constitution says about Iraq

    09/03/2007 7:34:08 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 49 replies · 966+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3 Sep 2007 | Mario M. Cuomo
    Most Americans want the war in Iraq ended, but it continues and Americans are killed, mutilated or wounded every day, as the Democratic majorities in Congress struggle to produce legislation that will take our forces out of harm's way.
  • Americans believe in God, with conditions (Unchristian America?)

    11/12/2006 1:18:30 AM PST · by Mr Rogers · 36 replies · 1,002+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 12, 2006 | Jennifer Harper
    The vast majority of Americans believe in God. But in the land of the free, ideas about the more personal nature of God can be subject to some interpretation. Only 1 percent of Americans overall, for example, think God is female, according to a wide-ranging Harris poll of 2,010 adults. -snip- Beliefs about God's involvement in events on Earth also varies...Forty-four percent said God "observes but does not control" what happens here. That figure rises to 58 percent among Catholics, but falls to 37 percent among Born-Agains. A slim majority of Americans -- 51 percent -- believe Christians, Jews and...
  • Graf campaign says he has no ties to 'white nationalist'

    09/22/2006 5:49:35 PM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 85 replies · 1,161+ views
    arizona daily star ^ | Sep 21, 2006 | Daniel Scarpinato
    The Democratic party is upset that former Ku Klux Klan leader and Louisiana State Rep. David Duke put a link on his Web site to District 8 GOP congressional candidate Randy Graf's site. Graf's campaign swiftly denounced Duke after the Arizona Democratic Party sent out a press release Wednesday afternoon suggesting Graf is associated with the controversial figure. The link on Duke's Web site is the only evidence offered to support the allegation. "We have no ties nor have we ever had ties with David Duke or any of his racist crazies," said Graf campaign manager R.T. Gregg. The link...
  • Cousteau: Irwin's Tactics 'Misleading' (very short)

    09/19/2006 6:47:53 PM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 134 replies · 3,374+ views
    -- Marine explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau said Tuesday that while he...had "a lot of respect" for Irwin...Irwin would "interfere with nature, jump on animals, grab them, hold them, and have this very, very spectacular, dramatic way of presenting things...You don't touch nature, you just look at it. And that's why I'm still alive...I don't mess with nature."
  • Pope said to be upset Muslims offended (Pope retreats)

    09/16/2006 7:37:01 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 128 replies · 2,282+ views
    Associated Press (via Yahoo) ^ | 16 Sep 2006 | FRANCES D'EMILIO
    Pope Benedict XVI "sincerely regrets" that Muslims have been offended by some of his words in a recent speech in Germany, the Vatican said Saturday — stopping short of issuing an apology the Islamic world has demanded. The new Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said the pope's position on Islam is unmistakably in line with Vatican teaching that the church regards Muslims with "esteem." Thus, the pope "sincerely regrets that certain passages of his address could have sounded offensive to the sensitivities of the Muslim faithful and should have been interpreted in a manner that in no way...
  • Missing American found in Kyrgyzstan

    09/09/2006 7:55:49 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 68 replies · 1,849+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9 Sep 2006 | LEILA SARALAYEVA
    A U.S. Air Force officer found alive three days after she went missing near the Kyrgyz capital was abducted by someone who put a purported bomb object in her pocket, a top government official said Saturday. Maj. Jill Metzger, 33, disappeared Tuesday from a department store in Bishkek while on temporary duty there from her base in Georgia. Shortly before midnight Friday she knocked on the door of a house in Kant, a town about 22 miles from the capital, and told its residents she had been abducted, Kyrgyz Deputy Interior Minister Omurbek Suvanaliyev said. Metzger told Kyrgyz law enforcement...
  • Stop the Band-Aid Treatment

    08/01/2006 6:32:20 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 18 replies · 449+ views
    the Washington Post ^ | August 1, 2006 | Jimmy Carter
    Just two paragraphs to wet your interest... Leaders on both sides ignore strong majorities that crave peace, allowing extremist-led violence to preempt all opportunities for building a political consensus. Traumatized Israelis cling to the false hope that their lives will be made safer by incremental unilateral withdrawals from occupied areas, while Palestinians see their remnant territories reduced to little more than human dumping grounds surrounded by a provocative "security barrier" that embarrasses Israel's friends and that fails to bring safety or stability. The general parameters of a long-term, two-state agreement are well known. There will be no substantive and permanent...
  • Mr Roger's non-Opus (and 1st Vanity)

    04/01/2005 6:32:12 PM PST · by Mr Rogers · 66 replies · 1,457+ views
    Vanity | 2 April 05 | Mr Rogers
    Well folks, this is it. I've been called a baby-murderer because I've posted that Laser Guided Bombs work better when dropped from above 15,000 feet. I've been accused of not caring about 'grunts' for advocating air power, in spite of having a daughter & son-in-law in the Marines and a son in Iraq with the Army. I've been accused (and this HURT!) of being an Army officer because I've advocated increasing the size of the Army. I've been accused of being a clintoon-pansy because I don't like how Rumsfeld works acquisition and disagree with him on the size of the...
  • The Aggressor - Humor (mild profanity)

    02/21/2005 6:37:40 PM PST · by Mr Rogers · 7 replies · 1,097+ views
    email | various | Unknown
    Anchors Dan Rather and Peter Jennings, NPR Reporter Cokie Roberts, along with a U.S. Marine assigned to protect them were hiking through the Iraq desert one day when they were captured by Muslim Insurgents. They were tied up, led to a village, and brought before the leader. The leader said, "I am familiar with your western custom of granting the condemned a last wish; so, before we kill and dismember you, do you have any last requests?" Dan Rather said, "Well, I'm a Texan; so I'd like one last bowlful of hot spicy chili." The leader nodded to an underling...
  • The military’s 'unmentionable topic'

    02/18/2005 6:08:28 PM PST · by Mr Rogers · 1 replies · 516+ views
    townhall ^ | February 18, 2005 | Chuck Colson
    Nicholas Kristof’s recent New York Times columns on sex trafficking in Cambodia drew a lot of reader mail. Many asked, “What about the johns?”—the men who buy the services. “Why aren’t the men written about?” one reader asked Kristof, “Embarrass them, expose them, not the women.” Kristof responded, “[F]oreign countries just are not going to arrest a lot of the johns, while they could be persuaded to arrest traffickers of young girls.” Okay, of course, we want traffickers arrested. That was the goal of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act that Bill Bennett, Michael Horowitz, and I along with many others...
  • An Army's Morale On The Downswing (hurling chunks alert)

    12/29/2004 10:52:27 PM PST · by Mr Rogers · 15 replies · 454+ views
    International Herald Tribune | December 29, 2004 | William Pfaff
    PARIS - When George W. Bush was first elected president, civil-military relations in the United States were worse than they had ever been before. They are no better today, for more serious reasons. The decline had begun with the Vietnam War. The less perspicacious part of the officer corps chose to blame civilian interference for the loss in that war. What the military would have done in Vietnam without civilian interference remains unclear; they never offered the government a coherent alternative plan to the one provided by Robert McNamara, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. This was undoubtedly because there wasn't...
  • Rassman throws doubt on 3rd PH award - kinda

    08/06/2004 2:31:27 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 84 replies · 3,792+ views
    Rassmann, reached by telephone yesterday, said he has never had any question that Kerry deserved the Purple Heart. He said there were two separate events: One was earlier in the day, when he and Kerry blew up a rice cache, and the explosion caused some of the rice to hit Kerry, and perhaps some weapon fragments as well. The second involved a mine explosion as Kerry and Rassmann were on patrol. The explosion, Rassmann said, knocked him overboard and threw Kerry against the pilot house, injuring his arm. Rassmann said that he has always believed that Kerry got the third...
  • McSally Takes Command Of Air Combat Squadron

    07/27/2004 2:47:35 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 4 replies · 399+ views
    Arizona Daily Star | July 20, 2004 | Lynn Freehill
    McSally Takes Command Of Air Combat Squadron By Lynn Freehill, Arizona Daily Star The pilot who was the Air Force's first female to fly in combat in 1994 launched into new territory again Monday by becoming the first female commander of an air combat unit. Lt. Col. Martha McSally, 38, was installed as head of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base's 354th Fighter Squadron in a 9 a.m. ceremony closed to the public but attended by more than 125 military personnel and families. Her new position fulfills a longtime dream after 20 years in uniform, McSally said. "Commanding a fighter squadron is...
  • Former Pentagon official hired by Boeing pleads to conspiracy charge

    04/20/2004 8:02:38 PM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 15 replies · 156+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | 20 Apr 2004 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - A former Pentagon (news - web sites) official hired by Boeing after working on a controversial deal to lease tanker planes to the Air Force pleaded guilty to a criminal conspiracy charge, officials said. Darleen Druyun, 56, could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison under the charge of "conspiracy to commit acts affecting a personal financial interest by negotiating employment," according to a Justice Department statement. The deal to plead guilty to a single criminal information came amid an investigation that could have led to an indictment on additional charges. Druyun, who was...
  • I'm Ready To Go To War For America

    11/27/2002 7:40:07 PM PST · by Mr Rogers · 1 replies · 17+ views
    London Daily Telegraph | 26 Nov 02
    What makes a boarding school-educated single mother from Ipswich want to join the US Air Force? David Rennie finds out When Michelle Johnson left England to marry an American airman, her neighbours in Ipswich had her future all worked out. Everyone, from her father to near-strangers, told her that she would be back within a few years - with children and no husband, just like all the others. To local gossips, her tale was especially gripping. She met her husband while she was still at boarding school. He was 10 years older and he was black. For a while, her...
  • Clues to Hatred

    10/01/2001 7:19:45 PM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 3 replies · 161+ views
    Long Island Newsday | September 27, 2001 | John Riley
    Transcript of trial hints at terror motive Khalfan K. Mohamed trained in Afghanistan with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida. When he went home to Tanzania and received orders to help grind TNT to bomb the U.S. Embassy there, he did his duty. And when he was caught in Cape Town, he talked freely to the FBI about the plot. He hated the United States because it backed Israel, he told FBI agent Abigail Perkins, and because it had troops in the Islamic holy land of Saudi Arabia. He felt it was his Islamic duty to kill Americans. Although the bomb at ...
  • Chavez Harbored Illegal Alien

    01/07/2001 7:15:49 AM PST · by Mr Rogers · 13+ views
    ABC News | 7 Jan 01 - 10:52 EST
    ABCNEWS has learned that Linda Chavez, George W. Bush' choice as labor secretary, harbored an illegal alien for a year in the 1990s. The nomination of Linda Chavez as labor secretary faces a new obstacle today after Chavez acknowledged an illegal alien lived in her household. ABCNEWS has learned that a woman from Guatemala who was in the United States illegally resided in the Chavez household for a year in the 1990s. Through Bush spokesman Tucker Eskew, Chavez has acknowledged that the woman occasionally did odd jobs in the house - and that she occasionally gave her spending money. ...