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  • Thompson Will Challenge For Iowa

    09/09/2007 1:29:20 PM PDT · 82 of 84
    starfish923 to Lead Moderator
    Thank you for the warning.

    I will refrain from answering my pings if they are too numerous.
    I wasn't aware that it was spamming to answer pings.

  • Thompson Will Challenge For Iowa

    09/09/2007 12:57:34 PM PDT · 76 of 84
    starfish923 to Extremely Extreme Extremist
    Are you really criticizing Fred’s wife?

    Criticizing? Nah, jealous as hell. :o)

  • Thompson Will Challenge For Iowa

    09/09/2007 12:56:42 PM PDT · 74 of 84
    starfish923 to luckystarmom
    But they will put the adulterous wife of a philanderer in as first lady? Or how about making the wife of an adulterer president? I’ll take Jeri Thompson any day over Rudy’s wife or Hillary’s Husband.

    I don't know Rudy's wife, but the other....no question about that. I would also include Kerry's wife in your selection.

  • Thompson Will Challenge For Iowa

    09/09/2007 12:54:31 PM PDT · 73 of 84
    starfish923 to Squidpup
    See the photo the rest of the page.
    Here she DOES look MUCH younger.
    So, before you have SUCH fun ... consider that errors are based on photos like this one, where she DOES look MUCH younger than Fred.

    Twenty-four years, merely ONE generation younger, not TWO.

    Speaking of "taking one to know one..." if the foo shits er, whatever.

  • Pope encourages Austrian priests, religious to help the hopeless

    09/09/2007 12:42:23 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    starfish923 to arielguard
    Today’s LA Times had a really good article today about his visit to Austria. They quoted the teaching that Christianity is more than a set of morals, it’s a life lived. Yes, I read the LA Times. haha

    Nice to hear of a GOOD read about the Pope from that rag.

  • Pope encourages Austrian priests, religious to help the hopeless

    09/09/2007 12:39:16 PM PDT · 7 of 9
    starfish923 to NYer
    -- Pope Benedict XVI gave a spiritual pep talk to Austrian priests and religious, telling them that a fundamental part of their ministry is to give hope to people crushed by misfortune, injustice and despair.

    In Germany and Austria, misfortune, injustice and despair often come from the ravages and devastation of divorce, drugs, fornication, shacking up, drugs, materialism, promiscuity, drugs, alcoholism, legal prostitution, pornography, absence of God-in-family/community, secularism...and, oh yes, drugs, wrought upon their youth.

    Given the climate in which their youth are reared, it would be surprising if there were no misfortune, injustice and despair. Their youth seem DOOMED with the sins of their elders.

  • Pope encourages Austrian priests, religious to help the hopeless

    09/09/2007 12:31:30 PM PDT · 5 of 9
    starfish923 to arielguard
    My grandparents were German immigrants prior to WWII, and I must admit that this Pope of Rome makes me proud. It’s a tragedy how he takes a verbal flogging every time he goes anywhere, or says anything.

    You might take heart at that because it shows that SO MANY OTHERS really, really, REALLY care about every single solitary syllable that comes out of his mouth.

    The very WORST would be indifference. :o)
    It would be a tragedy if people stopped listening. It would mean that they stopped caring and that what His Holiness said was irrelevant.

    Truly, the LOUDER the gainsayers scream, complain, bellyache, equivocate, make excuses and EXCORIATE what our Pope says, the MORE his words smite (in the m-o-s-t Biblical sense) their hearts, minds and souls.

    My Sunday 2 cents

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-09-07, Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/09/2007 12:24:42 PM PDT · 22 of 36
    starfish923 to Salvation
    Oh-NESS-ih-mus

    I missed your pronunciation and got it from Mass. I was the lector this morning and asked our priest. You were correct anyway.
    Thanks, teach/mom.

  • Police: Israeli neo-Nazi ring busted

    09/09/2007 12:22:16 PM PDT · 11 of 11
    starfish923 to SolidWood
    Yes, you are all right of course. I never said anything contradictional... at least I’m not aware of.
    I just wanted to stress that those idiots aren’t jewish and that the title “Israeli Neo-Nazis”, wile technically correct is misleading.

    Understood.

    I also think that neo-nazis, by definition, are sick puppies and do NOT represent a nation, culture or religion, even if they are German, Austrian, Catholic, Christian or whatever.

    I wasn't contradicting you either, or correcting you, and if it seemed that way, my apologies. I was merely adding on to the conversation.

  • North American Union driver's license created

    09/09/2007 6:21:03 AM PDT · 17 of 18
    starfish923 to martin_fierro

    GREAT picture.

  • The Bionic Woman's Toughest Mission (Attracting Lesbians?)

    09/09/2007 6:14:53 AM PDT · 43 of 55
    starfish923 to The Ghost of Rudy McRomney
    I'm going to see 3:10 to Yuma today, another remake. I wonder if it will suck.
    It DOES have Russell Crowe and I DO like westerns.

    Has anyone seen it yet?

  • Astronomy Picture of the Day

    09/09/2007 6:12:34 AM PDT · 4 of 9
    starfish923 to sig226
    Melanthius was a noted Greek painter of the 4th century BC. He belonged to the school of Sicyon, which was noted for fine drawing.

    Melanthius was also one of the minor characters who plays an important role in the context of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. He is a disloyal goatherd, treating Odysseus with contempt when Odysseus meets him by the fountain dedicated to the nymphs with Eumaeus, disguised as a beggar. Melanthius also mocks him at the palace in Ithaca and he meets his end at the hands of Odysseus. Melanthius helps the suitors and betrays Odysseus. When Odysseus wins, Odysseus seizes Melanthius, takes him to a court, chops Melanthius' nose and ears off with a sword, pulls off Melanthius' genitals to feed to the dogs, and chops Melanthius' hands and feet off.

    Ouch.
    I wonder why this basin was named after him, whether the painter or the betrayer of Odysseus.

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-09-07, Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/09/2007 6:07:39 AM PDT · 13 of 36
    starfish923 to Salvation
    Onesimus

    How is his name pronounced?

  • Police: Israeli neo-Nazi ring busted

    09/09/2007 6:01:27 AM PDT · 5 of 11
    starfish923 to SolidWood
    Those are most often non-Jews or pseudo-jewish (had some jewish grandfathers) Russians or Ukranians who were brought to Israel after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Israel (and also Germany) favor and let in a huge number of ex-Soviets who are Jews (often fake) on paper only.

    There are a****les like this all over the planet. No one country, religion or culture is exempt from them. There IS no "filter" for people like these. It doesn't matter how "fake" or "on paper" people SAY they are, MOST of them are young, angry, disenfranchised (whatever that is) a****les.
    It's my GUESS (and it's only a guess) that they learned their reactions to the vissitudes of life from people in their family.
    I also wouldn't be surprised if drugs had their place with these men.

    There is NO excuse for these men. Blaming their Soviet background, religion (fake, pseudo, whatever) or upbringing is no excuse. They knew it was a crime to be neo-nazis in Israel and they still did it.

    Crime=time.

    If they broke the law in CHINA, they COULD be put to death. (As in the executive who was executed for fraud.)

  • Dutch Dominicans (issue radical recommendations)

    09/08/2007 7:13:49 AM PDT · 4 of 5
    starfish923 to NYer
    The ranks of Dutch Dominicans have thinned along with those of other clergy, and now number only 90 men. Since 2000 around 200 parishes in the Netherlands have been closed due to the lack of priests and the fall in church attendance

    Not surprising.
    Euthenasia, abortion, legalized prostitution, legalalized drugs (yeah, I know, very constricted, but still legal), a military which EMBRACES homosexuality (Their last war was 400 years ago.) and a government which takes care of its people, LITERALLY, from cradle to grave (Mommy culture to the nth degree).

    Lay ministers, chosen by the congregation to celebrate the Mass?
    WOW, that's sick even for the Dutch.

    They are doomed.

  • 'We Are Church' unhappy

    09/08/2007 7:09:54 AM PDT · 3 of 6
    starfish923 to NYer
    The problem is that We Are Church is a liberal group that embraces marriage for priests and ordination of women — two positions that earned the group condemnation from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in a letter he wrote in 1998, seven years before he was elected Pope Benedict XVI. The group, he wrote, has “an understanding of morality which directly contradicts Catholic teaching.”

    Hear whiny, high-pitched female voice: "But, he HAAAS to listen to us. We're impooorrrrtant."

    His Holiness nailed it back then: “an understanding of morality which directly contradicts Catholic teaching.”

  • Thompson Will Challenge For Iowa

    09/07/2007 9:02:06 AM PDT · 34 of 84
    starfish923 to Ancesthntr
    1. If the vote was based on who's going to be the First Lady, Bill wouldn't have been elected.
    2. Anyhow, maybe this non-issue can be solved if Jerrie Thompson takes a few cues about make-up from Hillary, and has a reverse liposuction job done on her calves.

    1. You think so? Dem voters KNEW Kerry's wife, yet they were still put up for the candidacy.
    Besides, it DOES matter who the first lady is. All pols will tell you that running for office is a JOINT project for married folks. Children have to be included in the decision as well. The wives and husbands are WELL scripted and have their own handlers. Relunctant spouses and children can screw things up royally.
    I think it matters VERY much, not only to me but to most of the voters in this country.

    2. Meow. :o)
    Accordingly, none of this should matter. :o)

  • Thompson Will Challenge For Iowa

    09/07/2007 8:56:29 AM PDT · 28 of 84
    starfish923 to Politicalmom

    Oops, forgot this part. I didn't know it was a two-parter.

  • Thompson Will Challenge For Iowa

    09/07/2007 8:55:20 AM PDT · 24 of 84
    starfish923 to Politicalmom

    GREAT shot.

    To all, public apology for my error!

    Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa.

  • British soldier killed in Iraq

    09/07/2007 8:52:20 AM PDT · 2 of 7
    starfish923 to Rikstir
    FWIW:

    You know, I once heard a British officer (NOT a general) say that the Brits HAD to engage in this war, if for no other reason than to keep up the readiness of their troops.

    I think he recited the Dutch, whose attitude towards their troops, readiness, etc., reflect the fact that the Dutch haven't been at war in over 400 years.

  • Thrown off plane for outfit deemed too skimpy

    09/07/2007 8:46:59 AM PDT · 4 of 299
    starfish923 to Drew68

    There is MORE to this than we are getting....guaranteed.

  • Thompson Will Challenge For Iowa

    09/07/2007 8:45:47 AM PDT · 7 of 84
    starfish923 to Sturm Ruger
    I really like Fred Thompson but there is NO WAY in God's green earth that American voters will put a 22-year-old blondie twit as First Lady...no matter how nice, sweet and smart she is. She would look like his GRANDDAUGHTER, instead of his wife.

    It would be like having one of Bush's daughters as the first lady.

  • Mel Gibson builds a $37m church in the Malibu hills

    09/07/2007 5:36:30 AM PDT · 34 of 42
    starfish923 to Dajjal
    Christiane Amanpour said that on CNN where she was trying to equate an evangelical Christian outfit called "Teen Mania Ministries" with the murderous Taliban. See here (in the first set of block quotes). For a few days Laura Ingraham used it amongst the soundbytes she plays over her opening theme music. LOL!!!

    Amanpour is a load of garbage.
    Thank goodness for Ingraham.

  • Mel Gibson builds a $37m church in the Malibu hills

    09/07/2007 5:33:57 AM PDT · 33 of 42
    starfish923 to Bosco
    Gibson's secretive sect is not recognised by the Roman Catholic Church because it does not acknowledge the authority of the Pope or the Vatican and rejects the universally accepted teachings of the Second Vatican Council.

    Baloney.

  • Mel Gibson builds a $37m church in the Malibu hills

    09/07/2007 5:33:05 AM PDT · 32 of 42
    starfish923 to Antoninus
    Hmmm, interesting prose. Were Mel a homosexual liberal, it would have read this way:
    "Mel Gibson has bestowed a gift of $10 million on his progressive church in the lovely Malibu hills...."
    Funny what a difference a few well-placed words can make.

    So true. The bias is blatant.

    Note that this Aussie newsrag also writes: :A federal tax filing reveals that the troubled actor-director....
    He isn't troubled; he's doing great. The "troubled" ones are the Sleazywoodians and media who detest Gibson. All for the making of his marvelous movie about Jesus. If he had made a mockery of Jesus, he would be a hero to those same people.

  • Progressive Baptist women wary of Hillary Clinton's candidacy

    09/06/2007 7:55:40 PM PDT · 4 of 44
    starfish923 to darkangel82
    They don’t sound very Christian at all. As for Hillary, her “faith” is as phony as her southern accent. She doesn’t believe in any higher power other than herself.

    That's a fac, Jack.

  • Scottish Archbishop Urges Faithful to Resist Threat of Secularism

    09/05/2007 5:25:04 AM PDT · 11 of 11
    starfish923 to wagglebee

    Ditto Amen!

  • The World's Toughest Catholic Quiz

    09/04/2007 3:40:05 PM PDT · 15 of 37
    starfish923 to maryz
    I have a quibble here. When I was in school, "mortal sin" had a clear and precise and specific meaning: grave matter, full knowledge, and full consent of the will. I don't think "serious sin" is that precise. Surely no one ever argued that venial sins aren't serious. Anyway, we were taught that all sin is serious. Unless now they're teaching it different.

    You are correct. The correct word used instead of "serious sin" is egregous. It's an extremely appropriate word. Venial sins weren't/aren't egregous and all sin is "serious." Moral sins are egregous.

  • Teresa's agony: A meditation on walking by faith

    09/04/2007 5:21:47 AM PDT · 10 of 16
    starfish923 to swmobuffalo
    What Mother Teresa did was a good thing but she failed in one thing. She didn’t try to “convert” those folks as “there are many paths to God”.

    India had (and still has) a hard time dealing with her. Her very presence shamed the government. She did what no one else would do...took care of the unwanted dying, left in their streets alone, neglected, abandoned and in despair.

    She shamed the entire population, culture, history and tradition. If she hadn't been so humble, simple living, non-condemning and effective, she could have been forgotten. But she tore at their conscience.

    If she had TRIED to convert, she could have been condemned for SOMETHING but, she just did what she did. Her living example was a thorn in the heart of all India.

    The entire country was greatly relieved when she died. Now, they can go back to status quo. The sisters who stay there and carry out her work aren't so extraordinary as they weren't "the first." She did exactly the right thing for living in India, she LIVED her faith by example -- no moralizing, no attempts at conversion, no judging. Her impact was/in tremendous.

  • Clergy in New Orleans Need Counseling (except Catholic priests)

    09/04/2007 5:12:12 AM PDT · 10 of 41
    starfish923 to NYer
    Precisely what our Lord suggested - a celibate lifestyle removes the worries and concerns that come with marriage.

    Amen.

  • Gregory the Great, a Model for Civil and Religious Leaders

    09/04/2007 5:10:51 AM PDT · 7 of 19
    starfish923 to Salvation
    I laughed when I first read that Pope Gregory the Great was first a politician. Then, reading further I realized what a truly remarkable man he was. We need Pope Gregroy the Great today in the liturgy and in the music.

    Isn't THAT the truth.

  • Christian Scholarship and the Defense of the Faith

    09/04/2007 5:07:54 AM PDT · 4 of 5
    starfish923 to Ottofire
    Looking at our church history, there have always been defenders of the faith.
    There are no fewer heretics today than there were today. It's still as necessary.

    I'm not sure that there is enough FIRE in today's Christians to be like the defenders of old.

  • Catholic Leader Says Islam Danger to Europe

    09/04/2007 5:02:26 AM PDT · 13 of 15
    starfish923 to Bainbridge
    I lived in Saudi Arabia for five years. It's from my own eye-witness of the culture. It was REAL, not on paper.

    Have YOU ever lived in a Muslim country? Until you do, you might not know as much as I do about it. Nothing like experience.

  • Catholic Leader Says Islam Danger to Europe

    09/03/2007 3:56:20 PM PDT · 11 of 15
    starfish923 to wmfights
    I hope you don't mind my jumping in. Do you believe Islam itself is a religion of peace? I'm not trying to play "gotcha". I believe Islam was founded by Mohamed as he was guided by Satan.

    Don't mind it at all.

    I have four points you might consider.
    1. Most of Islam is a knockoff of Judaism and Christianity. Muslims greatly respect both of those religions and the "People of the Book."

    2. No, Islam isn't the religion of peace. Mohammad never said it was. "Islam" means "submission to God." It doesn't mean "peace" and never did.

    3. People make war; religions don't. If you believe Satan guided Mohammad, then he guided him using the Old and New Testaments. I don't believe Satan guided Mohammad at all. I don't even speculate.
    I do know that many wars and much evil are started in the name of religion, as we see in those insane imams who advocate suicide bombers, but that's all hypocrisy and I truly believe that hypocrisy, especially religious hypocrisy, is guided by Satan.
    There have been holy people since the beginning of time who have talked gullible people into dying for their particular purposes. THEY were guided by Satan.

    4. I don't listen to and observe those evil imams and then believe that THEY represent the billion+ Muslims in the world. That would be like condemning the religion of Catholicism and ALL its priests for the sins of a relatively few evil pederast priests.

    No "gotcha" intended here either.

  • Bring in traditionalists to save dying (UK) parishes, urges bishop

    09/03/2007 3:39:59 PM PDT · 14 of 18
    starfish923 to maryz
    I don't know where you're located, but in Boston, we had 40 parishes closed under Cardinal Law (in Boston 1984-2002), more than 60 closed under O'Malley (installed 2003), and now there's talk of closing another 40 or so. Boston -- as of 2005 -- had 303 parishes, so we've alreadylost about a quarter. They can't all be in bad neighborhoods!

    True enough, they can't all be in bad neighborhoods.

    As I JUST said to you in the previous post, I'm from San Francisco. I guess you didn't really read my post. :o)

  • Catholic Leader Says Islam Danger to Europe

    09/03/2007 2:01:13 PM PDT · 9 of 15
    starfish923 to Gumdrop
    I do agree with you. I think that the danger isn't with Islam itself, but with those whose fervor shakes our own inadequacies and fecklessness to the core.

    I think the solution must come strengthening our own faith, uniting Christians, NOT "against" anyone or any religion, but uniting with each other.

    If we had the faith, fervor and practice of Islam in our own Christianity, we wouldn't be so afraid. We fear because we see their success in uniting their people.
    I'm not disagreeing with you, Gumdrop, not at all. THAT strength of religion is exactly what the ROMANS feared in our early Christians: THEY WERE ON FIRE with the Holy Spirit! Would that we had that fire again. Come, Holy Ghost.

  • Bring in traditionalists to save dying (UK) parishes, urges bishop

    09/03/2007 1:53:10 PM PDT · 11 of 18
    starfish923 to maryz
    I’m not sure what you mean. I was picturing more a priest or priests from FSSP or Christ the King taking over a parish designated for closing (one near me, for example) and celebrating the TLM. The parishioners could continue to attend there with the TLM or go to whatever neighboring parish the Archdiocese had in mind in closing the parish.

    Well, then, pardon me for misunderstanding.

    We have a parish here in San Francisco, in the Haight-Ashbury, that has been on the brink of extinction.
    [The school closed after the debacle and disaster of the Kevin Collins kidnapping in 1980, or so. After the school closed the parish ALMOST folded.]
    If it were anywhere else in the city, it would already be closed.
    However, the church decided to "save" it and Jesuits run it now. I used to go there for 30 years but left because of the total and absolute impossibility of traffic and parking.

    The church holds maybe 1000 people but, on a GOOD Sunday or on Christmas, there may be 75 souls attending Mass. About a dozen or so of them come from the mental halfway house that USED to be the convent.

    My point is that, sometimes neighborhoods change IRREVOCABLY and it's often best for the church to cut and run and put their resources where the population of Catholics need them.

  • 36 church members disappear (in Iraq), 1 returns Minister warns increased persecution Christians

    09/03/2007 1:45:11 PM PDT · 19 of 26
    starfish923 to Barnacle
    Either you are Muslim, or you’ve got some serious waking up to do. Better make that a double espresso.

    Well, if you call yourself a Christian, then you had better re-read some passages about loving your brother. Jesus didn't mention the race, religion, gender or occupation of said brother either.

    And, if you call yourself an American, then you had better re-read some passages in our laws about freedom of religion.

    I always think that when a poster decides to attack me personally, then he has simply run out of logic, argument and discussion and therefore has NOTHING left but ad hominum, an admission of failure.

  • 36 church members disappear (in Iraq), 1 returns Minister warns increased persecution Christians

    09/03/2007 1:39:54 PM PDT · 18 of 26
    starfish923 to Barnacle
    The Crusades failed.
    Not entirely. They saved Europe. But, 800 years later, Europe is preparing to fall to Islamic rule after all.

    The goal of the Crusades was to recapture Jerusalem and the rest of the Holy Land.
    That failed.

    The Muslims weren't invading the west; they were holding on to their captured lands in the near east. They succeeded; the Crusaders, after all, were driven from Jerusalem, for good.

    In the 1600's the Turks WERE driven out of Europe. Perhaps your time line was a few centuries off.
    1621-1631: Poles defeat Turks in battle, but Turkish attacks continue for ten more years.
    1633-34: Poles attack Turks, Russians, and Swedes.
    1648, 1651: Rebellion of Cossacks against Polish nobles. With armed aid from Tatars and Turks, hundreds of thousands of people are massacred.
    1654-1655: Russia attacks Poland and conquers eastern part
    1672-1673: Turks attack Poland; Poland loses two-thirds of Ukraine.
    1673: Turks defeated.
    The Turkish defeat at Vienna is considered one of THE MOST crucial successes of Europe.

    THIS time in history the "invasion" is from INVITATION. First world countries INVITED foreign labor. They MIGHT have invited other Christians as foreign labor, but they didn't. They invited the Turks this time...not soldiers but workers, both genders. It's no surprise that they stayed, became citizens and had oodles of children. It's no surprise that they practice their religion.
    What is so surprising is the affronted reaction by Christians DECADES after the fact. Too late now to kick them out. They are second generation citizens now.
    Or, are you in favor of ethnic cleansing?

  • Bring in traditionalists to save dying (UK) parishes, urges bishop

    09/03/2007 7:05:23 AM PDT · 9 of 18
    starfish923 to maryz
    I don't think that "bringing in" traditionalists is viable. He makes it sound like there's a store somewhere that has shelves and shelves of "traditional" Catholics.

    It WOULD mean uprooting families and communities, thereby upsetting THEIR traditional Catholic community.

    The problem is societal, don't you think? Perhaps there should be some heavy duty missionary work WITHIN THEIR OWN failing parishes.

  • 36 church members disappear (in Iraq), 1 returns Minister warns increased persecution Christians

    09/03/2007 6:56:11 AM PDT · 11 of 26
    starfish923 to livius
    What will it take to stop Islam from totally taking over the world (now that their oil money has enabled them to buy modern weaponry)?

    It's an interesting development in that IRAN has had enough money, thanks to their huge oil fields, to BUY nuclear weapons for YEARS and years. They could have bought those weapons from the USSR, China or North Korea. Yet, the West forbids their developing their own nuclear capabilities.

    It's because they are Muslims and are close to Israel. Israel can have nukes, as can the madman in North Korea; so can Pakistan, India, Russia and all of Europe but....not Iran.

    Hard to fathom the logic. Israel is one country that can defend itself (and has many times, thanks to the trillions of U.S. dollars given to arming Israel).

    Iran WILL develop its nuclear capabilities, NOT make nuclear weapons JUST BECAUSE the U.S. and the West have had the gall to tell them how they are and are not to use their oil money. The Iranians aren't the only ones to see how the rest of the world can have nukes....and it's only the middle east Muslims who "aren't allowed" to do so, just because WE say so.
    It doesn't suprise ME to see Iran thumb its arrogant Persian nose at the U.S.

  • 36 church members disappear (in Iraq), 1 returns Minister warns increased persecution Christians

    09/03/2007 6:46:50 AM PDT · 10 of 26
    starfish923 to NYer
    What will it take to stop Islam from totally taking over the Middle East?

    Too late.
    The Crusades failed. We aren't going to have another Crusades. The middle east is already 99% Muslim.

    The middle east isn't the only place where Christians are persecuted. India persecutes Christians....but not Muslims. They don't persecute Muslims because THEY fight back. Thus, India has been experiencing religous warfare since the establishment of the Muslim Sultanate in 1209. It won't stop until India expels its Muslims, executes them all or ... whatever.

    Fearing Islam is a problem. Having living in a Muslim country, I don't fear Islam.

    - I fear communism (like China), athiests and secularists more. The communists have no morals other than what the State decrees.
    - I fear athiests because God doesn't exist so moral absolutes are made up by themselves.
    - I fear secularists because God doesn't belong in the public sector, that is, laws, culture...our lives.
    EITHER one of those is frightening.

    Satan thrives in those three cases, not in Islam.

    However, Islam makes a wonderful boogeyman, whipping boy and place to blame all that's wrong in our world.
    I also UNDERSTAND completely the fear people have of Islam. The Romans really feared Christians because of their willingness to DIE a horrible martyr's death for Jesus, the Lamb who gave up HIS life in a horrible martyr's death....for our sins. It's scary to see Islam's fanaticism, fervor and passion, even if it's only with a relatively few young fanatics.

    China also persecutes their ever-growing Christian population. I read once that there are NOW more Protestants in China than there are in Europe. I don't know if that's true but Christianity's only "enemy" is itself. With 400 denomiations of Christians, it's hard to see any enemy outside of our own community.

  • Catholic Leader Says Islam Danger to Europe

    09/03/2007 6:28:29 AM PDT · 5 of 15
    starfish923 to jtal
    It’s about time the Vatican woke up to this reality. As much as I admired JPII - he was too conciliatory toward Islam (how long before someone posts the infamous Koran kiss? :-)) This pope seems to be slowly addressing the reality we face in Christendom.

    The Vatican "woke up" to this a l-o-n-g time ago, like in the Crusades! This isn't NEW for Catholics either.

    Maybe YOU should wake up and read your history. :-))

    Besides, it's not the JOB of the Vatican alone to deal with Islam. The countries of Europe and the West have WELCOMED Muslims and allowed them entry, free and clear. How does a FREE country STOP Muslims from entering their countries ... when said countries boast of "freedom of religion"?

    The pope is "slowly" doing everything because he is the head of a 2,000 year old church, as the successor to the ROCK on which Jesus built His church. To react fast or knee-jerk is the ballywick of foolish politicians and people who don't THINK things through.

  • Beijing Launches Massive Checkup for Product Quality, Food Safety

    09/02/2007 7:34:56 PM PDT · 7 of 13
    starfish923 to Abcdefg
    Cats used to be plentiful around here before they built that Chinese restaurant . . .

    Now their menu is:
    Furball egg foo yung
    Sweet n' sour tomcat
    Peking duck kittycat
    Fuzzball wonton
    Fried rice n' catnip

  • California City May Ban Oleanders (Kills Horses)

    09/02/2007 7:31:09 PM PDT · 2 of 48
    starfish923 to blam
    Oleander IS poisonous. Even the hordes of locust that descend on the world avoid them.

    Question: why are horses around oleander? It shouldn't be where the horses graze. Wouldn't it be easier to corral the horses rather than trying to eradicate a plant that is ALL OVER CALIFORNIA?

    Is this a joke?

  • Islamist reportedly denied residency in Germany (Bosnian citizen)

    09/02/2007 7:28:28 PM PDT · 4 of 6
    starfish923 to joan

    Good for Germany.

  • Beijing Launches Massive Checkup for Product Quality, Food Safety

    09/02/2007 7:25:58 PM PDT · 4 of 13
    starfish923 to JACKRUSSELL
    Much ado about nothing.

    OR, all for show. Things will improve for a few months then the poor quality will return.

    Quality control costs money. The Chinese would rather squeeze a few more dollah from the profits. That can only be done by cutting corners. Quality control is the easiest way...and they only get caught with the nit pickers like us.

    Many, many of the Chinese do the same thing with their restaurants here in the U.S. Pest control costs, so they do either the BARE minimum or less. THEY don't mind a few cochroaches.
    Money is far more important to them, more important even than health or safety. Always has been; probably always will be.

  • Are Women "Priests" Leaving the American Episcopal Church [TEC]

    09/02/2007 12:11:10 PM PDT · 9 of 19
    starfish923 to AnalogReigns
    The article was very well written, clear, logical and irrefutable.

    I doubt that most women libbers, especially the die-hards who really, really dislike themselves (and show it by disliking men), would read through this. They are far too damaged with holes in their souls that only God can fill.

    This morning's Gospel was about humility. Priestesses lack that by their very act of defying the Scriptures. The phrase I remember from this morning is:
    Humility isn't about thinking LESS of yourself but about thinking of YOURSELF less.

  • World's Most Dangerous Leaders

    09/02/2007 7:35:47 AM PDT · 13 of 20
    starfish923 to rlmorel
    That is a pretty broad statement you make, and I disagree with it. It should be "to SOME FReepers and MANY Americans..." There seems to me to be a reasonable level of understanding of Iranians as Persians and not Arabs on FR...
    Yes it is. Perhaps you are right. I stand corrected.
    Though, sometimes, on the subject of Arabs many ... well, never mind.

    That notwithstanding, I submit that there is more in common from an emotional standpoint between Persians and Arabs than there is difference, at least governmentally speaking.
    True, though I'm glad you added "governmentally speaking." On the cultural and human level, the Persians have SUCH disdain for Arabs and they aren't subtle about it.
    Their respective oil industries, I think, make them have more in common than ever before in their respective histories.

    Arab and Iranian governements are misogynistic, sexually repressive, poltically repressive adherents to Islam who view America as the root of all evil who won't shed a tear if bad things happen to us, and will even assist if they think they can get away with it without being caught.
    Lol.
    True and THAT statement sounds EXACTLY like all of the Asian (Include India here.), African and Hispanic governments, to a TEE, though one must substitute communism, Buddhism, Hinduism, animism and Christianity, respectively, for Islam. Africa, of course, has the mixture of Islam, Christianity and animism, so they get all three.
    The Saudis are different (in my opinion) in that we Americans (millions of them over the past six decades) have been living and working there since 1932. It's worked well so far and will continue to work in spite of the antipathy Americans have for Arabs and Muslims.
    I know THAT by personal experience. I lived and worked there for five l-o-n-g years. Made a TON of money. Thank you, o Fat Fahad.

  • World's Most Dangerous Leaders

    09/02/2007 7:11:21 AM PDT · 11 of 20
    starfish923 to Jack Hammer
    There have always been international nutjobs; thank goodness for the United States Marines!

    True enough.

    Semper fi.