Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Optimism fades, but but Ms. Badwriter just keeps on banging her drum like the enigizer bunny

Optimism fades, but war goes on / U.S. soldiers feel the tragic loss of comrades, yet they know the battle for Iraqi democracy won't end soon
You are a piece lady, your stories are the most negative backwards looking poop scraping – there is a word for the sort of journalist you are – a brown journalist. New meaning to the Muckracker – try shit stirrer. You get an award for that – one of those big carved spoons to hang on your wall. “I disheartened and depressed numerous family members of the 2-7” Anna Badkhen

Really like the last thing you wrote. “Optimism fades” That has to be the most crappy bit of journalistic budgie paper I have ever read. First of all your argument for a war gone bad is not based on reality. No soldier ever thought correctly that they were going to be accepted by the Iraqi people. Hell people here in the US do not like the US military tromping through there towns – I know this first hand.

Second of all any medic you talk to on the planet Earth will tell you that story – hell even here in Columbia South Carolina you could get paramedic to tell you that same story Why would that story be different in Iraq if he was happy and content and telling you about his nail salon he was opening back home with all the money he making on the side – that would be a story.

I have never been to war myself but I dream of being shot every so often I have also dreamed I was being chased by a block of cheese with a monkey head. – I know that is a bit personal Ms. Badwriter but why would I expect to hear this story about a man who is daily living under mortal fear having bad dreams? You know they have treatment for that and your soldier knows where to go.

How do they know that we are questioning the war I do not question the fact that we are in a war. Nobody does - What damn planet are you smoking Medical Marijuana from? How does that soldier know there is some "lack of support" unless you asked him about it and he started thinking "well if this manish Lesbian is talking to me she must know something - after all she can read and had been to college" and then he starts getting depressed.

Ms Badwriter You need to try to find a way to de-cynical yourself - Right now you write negative crap you bring people down and even if you may have some political end even then you still bring people down. I mean if you want to be all anti-war write about the suffering in new and improved ways be subtle now your writing just makes the people you want to influence pissed off.

You’re an idiot.

Sincerely,

Ted Sbardella

Anna tries to make a point

DISPATCH FROM IRAQ / Army unit works its mission on streets of Tikrit / Risky strolls in city seek to win allies in Hussein's old turf

Summery:
Anna tries to make a point about the pointless attempts to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi by men with guns.

last sentance:

"I don't know what kind of a game this is," he said, shaking his head as he walked back to his humvee in the dark Iraqi night.

She likes bad news. and we get it...

STEVEN SPIELBERG - SPIELBERG CONFUSED BY DECREASE IN UFO SIGHTINGS

STEVEN SPIELBERG - SPIELBERG CONFUSED BY DECREASE IN UFO SIGHTINGS
This is another reson that Medical Marijuana should not be prescribed for commen ailments like respiration of oxygen or ambulatory exploration of wooded areas for purpose of filming.

Monday, June 27, 2005

The Smiths - How soon is Now

Meat is Murder
I agree with this mans view:

Eating meat is truly murder - not just murder, but premeditated murder. This is not an exaggeration. It is an axiom. Anyone who eats meat consumes about 4,000 animals during the course of his or her lifetime.

Oh how true. How much delite in savoring the pain and suffering of an animal as the pan sizzils the sausage so mashed and mucked about in the pan. The thinly sliced bacon the juices popping in the pan. I am hungry already.

I am a serial killer - I have personally killed animals myself to satisfy my lust my desire for death is overwhelming. I see animals with little parsley stalk next to them and I am happy. I makes me happy in a way that is just.



Wait I need my medical marijuana....

There much better now

animals are people two you know. better to let a puppy live than to make puppy chow out of them.. I say

Friday, June 24, 2005

Socialist Evolution - the flightless bird meets the house cat.

The New Republic Online: Socialist Evolution

This article was like reading the meeting of two middle weight science fiction authors. John talks about ideas that sound like stuff that is bandied about by fellows with Star Trek uniforms on while watching belly dancers. I think that the afl-cio is closer to a group of a bunch of guys who do work for a living as opposed to the managers who turn that work into money or the idea factories of the entrepreneurs. There are things that people just do not want – really - and a socialist government is one of them. I really feel sorry for John as he sort of lays his ideals to rest and has to put on regular cloths again. But mostly this article has the feel of a man who feels sorry for himself - like he has some idea that should work only when he pulls the elephants trunk the light does not come on.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Welcome to the Republican party of South Carolina Barack Obama

The New Republic Online: Barack Star

He sounds like Speaker Wilkins. He represents what leaving the shrill anti-americanism can do for a politician.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Kickin Butt - GOP Chairman Walks Out of Meeting

GOP Chairman Walks Out of Meeting

I would have whiped out my red light saber and left some smoking limbs - if it was me...

This was so very cool - treating the Amnesty person like a cage dancer. Rep Pence should have tried to stick a dollar bill in Chip Pitts g-string Oooo baby shake that thing.

Oh and get this...

"Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., protested, raising his voice as his microphone went off, came back on, and went off again.

"We are not besmirching the honor of the United States, we are trying to uphold it," he said."

Baby I know what you want to be upholding.... Uhhuh - do you need a wet wipe Mr. Nadler - to clean that off...

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Amnesty threatens our way of life

Wired News

Amnesty is like the guys who say that women are raped because they wear revealing cloths and hang out in bars. Read the last sentance:

Biden added: "More Americans are in jeopardy as a consequence of the perception that exists worldwide with its existence than if there were no (Guantanamo)."

Woooooo I am so scared. What a jerk.

There is reason to worry about our military prison system - what if it falls into the hands of the Amnesty freaks and they start putting the de-humans away.

BROOKE SHIELDS - Real Woman

BROOKE SHIELDS - SHIELDS MOCKS CRUISE AND HOLMES ROMANCE

I think this is a truely funny story - Tom Cruise is an fool. So is George Lucas by the way but he does not figure into the story yet.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

t r u t h o u t - Bill Moyers | The Battle for BS

t r u t h o u t - Bill Moyers | The Battle for PBS

Bill has a credibility problem. He is actually explaining why Republican politicians do not like him and why Democrats love him. That sounds so political so very much like spin. Well one could say hipocracy but more like someone who is upset because they can not do what they want to with "the money" He has a good work to do - all that muck raking does the body politic good but it has to be, just has to be rounded out in order for him to reach his ideal or to even be traveling in it's direction. What about the fact that in spite of how much is against our troops we still are making progress. What about the fact that dehumanising embryos and the sick and disabled is more like what happened in the Gulags than what is going on in the military prison system. He wants his cake and wants the tax payer to pay for it.

He needs to look to Rush Limbaugh for a model - there is a man who owns the press. If Bill is so freaking greak he needs to have a profitable business. So to me he is just being a grumpy selfish old man.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Selective Inclusivity



Selective Inclusivity

By Fr. John Parker

Last month, I accepted an invitation to give the benediction at the graduation of the Medical University of South Carolina. To be fair, I must say that I am delighted that Colleges and Universities like MUSC are still willing to invoke the Name of God, asking His blessings on those who are to be sent out into the world to practice the work which they have been trained and blessed to do.

Having driven past the intersection of Ashley Avenue and Bee Street hundreds of times and gazed upon MUSC’s beautiful St. Luke’s Chapel (named after St. Luke, the Apostle and Physician, who penned the fourth Christian Gospel and the Book of the Acts of the Apostles), I began to consider what words might be fitting for these medical students. I sat at my desk, reviewing ancient books of Christian prayers, to pen the most appropriate one for those commencing the next step of their professional medical lives this month.

Two days later, I received by mail a most delightful cover letter, thanking me for agreeing to deliver the benediction and inviting me to a number of related festivities. Included with the letter, though, was a distressing memorandum from the Office of the President of the Medical University: “Guidelines for Invocation and Benediction at Public Functions,” guidelines to which I would be required to conform in order to bless the graduates.

The first is reasonable for any public speaker: “Appeal to the larger spiritual virtues that all faiths have in common: love, faith, hope…peace, goodness”. The second is also reasonable, although drips with certain political correctness, “Use inclusive language: forbears rather than fathers…” etc.

The third guideline uncovers the no-longer-hidden danger about which I presently write, what I will name “selective inclusivity”. In a sentence, the Medical University of South Carolina, in its effort to “set a tone of reverence at our public assemblies,” to “bear testimony to [our] richly diverse religious and cultural heritage,” and somehow to make generic and inoffensive any public benediction or invocation, has sanctioned officially, like so many public institutions, one religion over all others: American pop-religion—a tray full of cafeteria-style faith, taking nice sounding ‘religious’ words from this group and that, pleasing to the ear on the outside, but entirely devoid of content at the core. Unlike true ‘inclusivity’, one’s inclusion in the Medical University’s public religious expression is limited to those who will show no conviction at all. Here is the text as written:

“Steer clear of parochial, exclusively defining religious names, concepts, practices, and metaphors. A good rule of thumb to remember is that you come representing the entire faith community, not just your own group. The prayer should therefore not be offensive to anyone, whether Catholic, Baptist, Jewish, Muslim, etc. For example, when opening or closing, an inclusive choice would be ‘Holy God, Holy One, Creator, Sustainer,’ rather than ‘Al[l]ah, Jesus, Holy Trinity,’ etc” [bold in original text].

This is not the forum for a dissertation on “exclusively defin[ed] religious names” or even the nature of God’s revelation to humanity, but we must be clear: this inclusivity is actually exclusive. How so, we might inquire? Consider the events as they unfolded: out of concern for the school’s guidelines, I sent my prepared benediction to the Office of the President, wanting neither to embarrass myself or the staff of the Medical University at graduation. On Monday, May 2, I received a polite call from the same office, during which I was un-invited to bless the graduates. The truly Christian benediction (which is the only type of benediction I am authorized by my Archbishop and my ordination to give) is not permitted. Thus, in fact and practice, the Medical University, hoping to display its “religious heritage” and seeking to demonstrate its “pride in…diversity”, actually shows itself to be selectively exclusive.

In truth, the predominant religious heritage of Charleston is Christian. One cannot walk five blocks downtown in any direction without stumbling into the doors, steeples, and belfries of 17th century Christian Churches. Indeed, the heritage of the Medical University, to some degree, is also Christian. Its chapel is not ‘generic’ by any stretch—it is named for a Christian saint, adorned with his stained-glass image and topped with the Cross of Christ. For centuries, these have been the landmarks of a certain faith. Not a generic faith. This faith is now publicly disallowed in at least one of Charleston’s venerable institutions.

Shall we expect doctors to avoid the words “illness”, “sickness”, “disease” or “terminal” in their official and unofficial work? These are hard words, but words which nevertheless reflect a certain reality within the walls of the examining room, the ER, or the ICU. To require a Christian priest to say little more at a benediction than “the Sustainer bids you to peacefully love your neighbor” is effectively the same as asking a surgeon to say to one dying on the operating table, “Don’t worry, everything is nice and dandy.” Doctors, nurses, indeed all hospital personnel need, like all the rest of us who are struggling to live in this dying world, a true, good word—a real benediction in the fullest sense of the term. Who will give it to them?

Within the walls of a hospital, a sterile, antiseptic environment is critical for the care and recovery of patients. But a sterile, antiseptic “benediction” such as required by the guidelines actually requires no ordination to give, is a ‘good word’ to no one, blesses nothing, and ultimately attempts to pigeon-hole faith into a nice, tidy space. In the end, to ask a Christian priest today to bless a gathering in this way somehow is little more than having some person in religious clothing stand in front of a crowd to say a few generic words, hoping to give a tinge of religious legitimacy to our public gatherings. This in no way inspires anyone to live the lives we are all called to live.

I am thankful for the Medical University and its work. I have had the holy responsibility of pastoring, meeting, visiting, and praying with many faculty, students, and patients at MUSC over the years. Nevertheless, on May 20, I will offer my prayer for the 2005 graduates of the Medical University of South Carolina, though in the presence of none of them. In so doing, and with these words, I challenge all of us to consider the dangers of selective “inclusivity”. Slowly, like the proverbial frog in the kettle, we are being taught that it is the pinnacle of erudition and public good to believe anything, but it is indeed the nadir, not to mention simply dangerous and offensive, to believe something.

Fr. John Parker is the Priest-in-Charge of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church, a mission of the Orthodox Church in America. He earned his MDiv at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry (’01) and his MTh at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (’04). He can be reached at frjohn@ocacharleston.org

Benediction prepared for 2005 MUSC Graduation

O Lord Jesus Christ our God, Lover of Mankind, Physician of our souls and bodies, who painlessly bore our infirmities, and by whose wounds we are healed,

Who gave sight to the man born blind,

Who straightened the woman who was bent over for 18 years,

Who gave speech and sight to the mute demoniac,

Who not only forgave the paralytic his sins, but healed him to walk,

Who restored the withered hand of a troubled man,

Who stopped the flow of blood of her who bled for 12 years

Who raised Jairus’ daughter to life

And brought the 4-day-dead Lazarus to life

And who heals every infirmity under the sun,

Do now, O Lord, give your grace to all those here gathered who have labored and studied hour upon hour, to go into all the world, and also to heal by the talent You have given to each of them.

Strengthen them, by your strength, to fear no evil or disease,

Enlighten them to do no evil by the works of their hands,

And preserve them and those they serve in peace,

For You are our God, and we know no other,

And to you we send up glory together with your Father who is from everlasting, and your most Holy, Good, and Life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
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