Thursday, May 29, 2008
So instead of calling for families to have more tolerance or allow freedom of choice with their relatives, they have actually made persecution even more accepted by comparing such activities equal to terrorism. What is even worse is that the Catholic and Orthodox church leaders have joined the declaration.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Obviously double digit is self explanatory meaning less than 100.
When someone is getting close to finishing their deployment the common saying is you are "getting short."
While not maybe the nicest way to imply being short, a midget definitely fits that description.
So...double digit midget means.....drum roll please....as of today, I have less than 100 days left in Iraq!!!! When I become a single digit midget I'll be very excited indeed =)
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
In 2004, after becoming a Christian, Siong broke from his addiction and his animistic past, taking down paraphernalia for ancestor worship and other spirit-related articles and burning them. His joy over his liberation soon spread to others, and eventually more than 200 families also decided to follow Christ."
The Compass report added, " Earlier this month, Siong told other Christian leaders that government harassment had reached a crisis point - in April, local and provincial officials had confiscated his land, citing ‘illegal religious activities.' In the first few days of this month, Siong said officials evicted him from his home and threatened to destroy it." Source: Voice of the Martyrs
Sunday, May 18, 2008
If and when Iraq is a stable and prosperous nation, Gen. Petraeus will have had a lot to do with it. I jumped at the chance to shake his hand and thank him for all he is doing and get a pic with him in the process last week (I had done it once before but my pic got lost in cyber space), especially since this was very likely his last photo op in Iraq with his impending promotion to CENTCOM commander. As you can tell by my slightly blurred face, it was a quick 1-2-3 shake and smile pic, but I did get to thank him and he thanked me as well along with about a couple of thousand troops, civilians, and contractors who waited in a VERY long line =)
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
One of the Iraq blogs in my sidebar, LT James Bernsen, blogged about this neat site he found awhile back near where he lives, Saddam's skeet shooting range. Of course I had to go investigate for myself being the good Louisiana boy I am having done my share of skeet shooting. It was actually kind of hard to find even though it is in plain site due to the trap house being mostly underground. As I've mentioned before the base we are on is one of Saddam's old hunting lodges, so it makes prefect sense that he would have a skeet shooting range on it and like Saddam, he spared no expense, well unless that expense was to actually feed his people but I'm getting off topic ; ) Below are pics from my adventure.
Lots of extra skeet for Saddam and the Baathist to enjoy their time away from the torture chambers...darn there I go again getting off topic!
Yes, there is one less stack if you were to go there now. Hope they survive the trip home =)
Friday, May 09, 2008
In March, it was reported that the past winter (Dec - Feb) was the coolest in the last 7 years and the 54th coolest since 1895.
Then in April, March was reported to be the 52nd coolest since 1895.
And now the report for April just came out...wait for it....waaaait for it...ok...I'll stop the pain...it was the 29th coolest since 1895! And let's not forget the many articles I could link of the record snowfall in many places that allowed some ski resorts to extend their season the longest in memory.
Seems to me that the CYCLE of warming is possibly coming to an end and now the CYCLE has started cooling again. Better rev up them engines to start releasing more CO2 or we might be headed to another ice age at this pace!
Meanwhile, local authorities have asked the New Life Church, also in Atyrau city, to re-register since their old registration did not indicate a legal address. Forum 18 reports, "Since the church does not currently have a building, re-registering will be difficult as Kazakhstan's amended Religion Law demands that a church indicate a legal address. Church members fear they will be subject to penalty because authorities will now consider their church activity 'illegal.'"
Source: Voice of the Martyrs
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Monday, May 05, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008
“I can’t win this case as long as I insist that I converted from Islam to Christianity,” Abbad wrote from the safety of a nearby country. “The court will annul my marriage, I will be deprived of my kids, I will be with no ID or passport, and my properties will be confiscated.”
Read rest of story here.
Friday, May 02, 2008
Don't mind the fact that there is a lot of research that shows it is the warming oceans that release the most CO2 into the atmosphere and not humans, so CO2 goes up after warming not causing the warming.
And why you wonder are the alarmist so scared of this new turn of events. Well the last statement in the article above says it all...they are worried that ExxonMobile (ie...evil big oil companies) will take this new cooling trend to stop all the work to end manmade global warming. Granted they ignore the billions of dollars they themselves get from governments. I'm sure that is no motivation whatsoever for them to keep sounding the alarm no matter the evidence...nah...they would never do something like that.