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January 27, 2011 Posted by | Pending Classification | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Virginia State Senator Proposes Castrating Sex Offenders


What an idiot. Give the government the power to do permanent damage AFTER they have served their time! What are we MUSLIMS?! Should we start chopping off hands of thieves? How about beheadings too?! Save a few dollars on incarcerat­ion. Heck, why even buy a sword, they can use an old rusty sickle. How have we offended you, off with their Heads says the Queen of Hearts in the Alice in Wonderland world of VA Republican Sen. Emmett Hanger!
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

POSTED COMMENTS ON FACEBOOK:

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Paula Bishop Mcgee: sex offenders can never be cured so I say castrate them! If they have the hots for kids let them reap what they sow!

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Paula Bishop Mcgee: I say do it instead of a trial, if it is a child they messed with just hang them on the town square.

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Lisa ImpeachtheKenyansquatter Rockwell: Agree Paula. There is NO proof whatsoever incarceration, nor “therapy” cures these sick, vile people. They are turned on by the violence of the act…same as child molesters are turned on by children. There is no room in society for demonic people like these. A few public hangings or the firing squad would be appropriate. In jail…they have all the perks of home. What punishment is that? In prison, they just learn to hone their skills.

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Paul Marcel: Most sex offenders are not pedophiles. That is a myth. Also, sex offenders have a less than 10% the recidivism rate of all other crimes and more than half those who commit another crime are committing economic crimes of survival rather than sex offenses.

The point of my post is that the government can not be granted this type of power. Once the genie is out, like all the abuses of power, it get MUCH worse. Of course, the proposed law is Sharia Compliant which is enough that it should strike terror in even the law abiding population.

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Lisa ImpeachtheKenyansquatter Rockwell: If I have to choose between protecting my children from rapists or feeling sorry for the criminal…..I’ll protect my child. Now, I do agree it is a slippery slope granting the gov that kind of power, however Paul….the liberals “feel good…” mentality towards the criminal has only made these crimes worse. I believe if you are an adult, and CHOOSE to commit these types of crimes, a mere slap on the wrist is not sufficient. These are violent acts committed against innocent people. I have ZERO sympathy for anyone who preys on another human, and inflicts harm on purpose, for sick, evil, vile self gratifying reasons.

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Paula Bishop Mcgee: thats why we keep loaded guns, anyone comes around our house looking to do harm is going to find themselves on the wrong side of the grass! Us Texas girs don’t miss when we aim our gun!

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Paul Marcel: I agree. These vile crimes need to be addressed. What ever did happen to “chain gangs” of severe work and punishment? A rape etc is about as vile as can be done. But legal castration in the hands of the government isn’t the answer. Maybe a “Lost” island of these people away from society. I don’t really know the answer, but I know the government can only make it worse with that kind of power. I understand the feeling though. The reality is even castration won’t address the vile tendencies of these criminals as “drive” is located in a part that can be removed.

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Paul Marcel: Same here Paula. One shot and the menace to society trying to hurt mine will be on the way to hell in the express lane.
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Rachel Marcel-Rene: Paul means it too. He is very protective of not just family but all innocent people. My husband always stands up for what is right no matter how unpopular that is sometimes.

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Christians Under Siege in the Muslim World

Christians Under Siege: The Challenge of Religious Pluralism in the Muslim World

Conflicts and killings from Africa to Southeast Asia have brought into sharp relief the significant threat to religious minorities in some Muslim societies. While constitutionally entitled in many countries to equality of citizenship and religious freedom, religious minorities in the Muslim world increasingly fear the erosion of their rights — and with good reason. Interreligious and inter-communal tensions have flared up not only in Egypt and Malaysia but also in Sudan, Nigeria, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan. Conflicts have varied from acts of discrimination, to forms of violence escalating to murder, to the destruction of villages and mosques.

Majorities of Muslims and Christians embrace religious diversity. However, a significant minority of hard-line conservative, fundamentalist, and militant Muslims — like their counterparts in Christianity and Judaism — are not pluralistic, but rather strongly exclusivist in their attitudes toward other faiths and even fellow believers with whom they disagree. As recent events in Egypt and Pakistan illustrated, these myopic religious worldviews can turn ugly.

The Coptic Christian community in Egypt is an ancient faith group whose presence in Egypt predates the coming of Islam. Relations between Copts and Muslims in society had generally been good. However, in recent decades, extremists have targeted Copts and the government. While the government has addressed their status as a security issue, it has failed to respond to the desire of Egypt’s Christian Copts for full equality of citizenship: equal treatment with regard to building their churches; appointment into top positions, and non-discriminatory policies.

In the past year, extremists have again targeted Coptic Christians. In the town of Nag Hamadi in southern Egypt, seven people were killed when gunmen sprayed automatic fire into a crowd of churchgoers after a Coptic New Year’s eve midnight mass on Jan. 7, 2010. Officials believed the attack was in retaliation for the November rape of a Muslim girl by a Christian man. But in December 2010, Egyptians were shocked when Muslim militants slaughtered 25 and injured another 100 Coptic Christian worshipers in Alexandria on New Year’s Eve.

The magnitude of the atrocity triggered an unprecedented public outcry. Egyptian government officials, Muslim religious leaders, the media, and civil society moved quickly to condemn the attacks. Islamic leaders and groups from the Muslim Brotherhood to Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheik of al-Azhar (Egypt’s highest religious authority) and the Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, along with the Coptic Pope Shenouda III, all came out with strong condemnatory statements and calls for Egyptian unity. Across the country Egyptians rallied to the defense of the Coptic community, its freedoms and its security. Thousands of Muslims turned out at Coptic Christmas eve mass services on Jan 6, 2011 around the country for candle light vigils and to serve as human shields and protect Coptic churches as they celebrated their Christmas. In Pakistan the assassination of a major politician who opposed its blasphemy law and its aftermath signaled any even more critical and worrisome threat.

A Christian woman, Asia Bibi, a 45-year-old mother of four was sentenced to death on charges of insulting Islam, in a case stemming from a village dispute. This case is not an isolated incident; allegations of blasphemy against the Prophet or desecration of the Quran have often been used against Christians in local disputes.

Asia Bibi, believed to be the first woman sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy law, strongly denied the charges and requested a presidential pardon. In November 2010 the Lahore High Court in Pakistan barred President Asif Ali Zardari from issuing a pardon. The issue resurrected calls in Pakistan and internationally for the recall of the blasphemy law. The violent reactions of militant religious leaders and mosque preachers triggered the assassination of Salmaan Taseer — the governor of Punjab and an outspoken critic of the blasphemy law — by one of his bodyguards who shot him 27 times on 4 January 2011. The assassin, Mumtaz Qadri, admitted that he was influenced by the fiery sermons of militant preachers who had denounced Taseer. According to Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, an internationally recognized expert on Sout Asian politics:

Taseer’s death has unleashed the mad dogs of hell, inspiring the minority of fanatics to go to any lengths to destroy the democratic, secular and moderate Islamic Republic of Pakistan. We Pakistanis are at the edge of a precipice and as a consequence the stability of the entire region is at risk. Not a single registered mullah in the city of Lahore with its 13 million people was willing to read Taseer’s funeral prayers, because they were too scared to do so. Five hundred lawyers have signed up to defend Taseer’s killer Mumtaz Qadri, but Taseer’s wife cannot find a single criminal lawyer to prosecute him. It is hard to see which judge is even likely to pursue the case to its obvious conclusion.

Shockingly, the assassin has been greeted as a celebrity and hero. The extent of extremist influence, its power to turn out large street demonstrations and to intimidate liberal reformers could be seen in mass street rallies like that in Karachi where more than 40,000 people took to the streets in his support. At the same time, a notable number of more mainstream as well as militant religious leaders were quick to come out against repeal of the blasphemy law and the government has been quick to retreat, declaring it would never amend the law. The deafening silence of marginalized liberals and reformers, who fear to speak out, and political parties has been testimony of the extent to which extremists have been able to threaten and intimidate, target, issue death threats and kill. This is nothing new. Two of Pakistan’s prominent reformist Islamic scholars and popular television preachers, Dr. Tahir al-Qadri and Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, have been forced in recent years to flee the country and live in exile in Canada and Malaysia.

Muhammad Tahir al-Qadri authored a 600 page fatwa, an exhaustive study of what the Quran and Islamic sources have to say about the use of violence, terrorism, suicide bombing. Qadri categorically and unequivocally rejects all acts of illegitimate violence, terrorism and every act of suicide bombing against all human beings, whether Muslim or non-Muslim. He also distances himself from all, whether fellow prominent religious leaders or Muslim youth, who have the potential to be radicalized, who would seek to justify and excuse suicide bombing and terrorism for any reason.

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, who fled to Malaysia last year after police foiled a plot to bomb his Lahore home has publicly opposed the blasphemy laws since the assassination of Salmaan Taseer. Like al-Qadri’s condemnation of terrorism and suicide bombings, Ghamidi attacks the blasphemy law on religious grounds, maintaining it has no foundation in either the Qur’an or the Hadith — the sayings of the prophet Muhammad.

Religious tolerance and equality of citizenship remain fragile both in secular Muslim countries and in self-styled Islamic states. Mainstream Muslim religious and political leaders and the media need to not only condemn religious extremism and terrorism, as many have done nationally and internationally, but also speak out against those mainstream religious leaders and others who continue to advocate religious exclusivist theologies or doctrines and their implementation in law and society.

Critical is the implementation of reforms in religious thought, in law, and in society to ensure equality of citizenship. Both Muslim and Christian religious leaders will need to work more closely on religious and curricula reforms for madrasas, seminaries, schools, and universities and utilize mass media, the internet, and other avenues of popular culture. Failure to do so will not only feeds the growth of religious extremism but also contributes to the mentality of sectors of mainstream society, the estimated 500 to 800 lawyers, who offered to represent the self-confessed killer, and the physicians, teachers, police and others who have also publicly supported him.

The plight of Christians and other minorities in some Muslim countries in the face of a significant and dangerous minority of religious extremists and the failures of political and religious leaders threatens both the safety and security of religious minorities and the very fabric of Muslim societies.

Note: This post was co-authored by Sheila B. Lalwani.

Prof. John L. Esposito, author of The Future of Islam, is University Professor of Religion & International Affairs at Georgetown University and founding director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Sheila B. Lalwani is a Research Fellow at the Center.

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Starbucks Secrets

SECRETS OF STARBUCKS!

English : Starbucks Coffee
Japanese : スターバックス コーヒー ( Suta- bakkusu ko-hi-)
Korean : 스타벅스커피 (Su ta bok su ko pi)
Chinese : 星巴克咖啡 (Xin ba ke ka fei)

Starbucks Coffee Company

I recently received a message from someone who used to work at Starbucks. Since I’m not much of a coffee drinker, I don’t know the validity of this message, but it couldn’t hurt to try some of them if you frequent Starbucks.

Contents:
1. Drinks to try that are not on the menu
2. Drinks for those on a budget
3. Refills Anyone?
4. Eating there…
5. A special ESPRESSO experience that’s really unique
6. Legendary Service and what that means in the real world
7. Things to look out for that make your Starbucks life easier

1. DRINKS NOT ON THE MENU, BUT CAN BE ORDERED:

* Penguin/Zebra/Tuxedo: This is a mocha (with caffeine) or hot chocolate (no caffeine) that is half white chocolate and half regular chocolate. It’s tastier than the regular hot chocolate and less sweet than a white mocha.

* Hot Chocolate with an EXTRA shot of vanilla: Once you try it this way, you’ll never drink regular hot chocolates again.

* Strawberry Lemonades: A lemonade concentrate is mixed with a strawberry puree. Can be blended!

* Gummi Bear: Only SGV-based Starbucks know how to makes this sweet fruit punch that tastes exactly like a gummi bear. I forgot the recipe.

* Steamer also known as Coffee Misto: Half regular coffee with half steamed milk. For those who like lots of milk in their coffee but don’t like it cooling when they add creamer.

* Red Eye: Regular coffee with an add shot.

2. DRINKS ON A BUDGET (Don’t be fooled by the word “kids). – [Not recommended if alone as they are not required to serve if no child is present and they’ll know you are just trying to save a few cents AND bigger IS better!]

* Kid’s Hot Chocolate: It’s a regular hot chocolate put into a short cup. It’s only $1.

* Kid’s Milk: Just as it sounds like. Milk for $1.

* Kid’s Cider: Want to warm up without caffeine? It’s yours for $1.

3. Refills, anyone?

Very few people know the very lax refill policy. If you purchased a Starbucks drink earlier that day and saved your cup, you can have refills of the following:

* Regular Drip Coffee
* Regular Ice Teas (including black, green, and passion)

Doesn’t matter what size cup you have either and it’s 50 cents! Technically, you could bring in a cup that’s a day old but it sounds kinda gross. If you’re going with the hot coffee, ask them to swish some hot water in it to clean it out.

4. EATING THERE

Let’s say you’re on a casual date or plan to be there for awhile. Let’s just also say you don’t like eating food out of a paper bag.

Ask for your food to be served on a “for here” plate. That way you get some real china and some stores have real silverware. Also, it’s always nice to have a cappuccino with extra foam served in a “for here” cup.

5. A UNIQUE ESPRESSO EXPERIENCE – Recommended for people who truly love dark coffee AND a regular. Trust me, they wont do it for everyone. Once you’ve made friends with one of the baristas (or a supervisor), you can ask for this and it’s truly memorable. Plus, it really impresses a date who is into coffee.

* Ask the supervisor to make you a batch of coffee that is in a FRENCH PRESS. Yes, they have these.

* Ask for a stronger coffee that has real flavors like the Sumatra.

* Ask for at least two grandes (come on, be fair) to be made and to be served in “for here” cups. They will charge you for two grande coffees (hella cheap).

What you’ll get is a large glass FRENCH PRESS of wonderfully made coffee in nice mugs. What might have tasted like “sludge” before, now tastes better. The french press brings out additional flavors and aromas that get lost when it’s processed in the electronic machine.

This is a great experience for a true coffee lover and if you go when they are slower (i.e. Sunday mid-mornings, late afternoon weekdays). My dad and I used to do this. Drink fast though, the coffee in a glass french press only stays hot for 20 minutes.

6. LEGENDARY SERVICE IN THE REAL WORLD – I used to be a barista and I’m always surprised that people don’t know what they are entitled to.

* If your drink sucks or you tried something new and didn’t like it, you can return it at any time. They should immediately throw away the drink and then make you a new one. They are also supposed to not make any faces or comments when doing this. Plus, you don’t wait in line again. You just go up to the bar and tell them.

* They will offer a suggestion or make you another drink in the same price range.

* If it’s really really really terrible and your barista is rude to you or spills on you, a supervisor might give you a free drink coupon. This is in cases of extreme neglect.

* Every time your drink is handed to you over the bar, the barista is supposed to look up and acknowledge your existence.

Obviously, this legendary service varies at different places. For instances, I find beach Starbucks more accommodating than the business Starbucks.

7. MAKE YOUR STARBUCKS LIFE EASIER

* Ever wonder why your hot drinks drip on you sometimes when you drink from it? It’s because you lined up the drink hole with the cup seam. It creates a small leak. For those with hot drinks, always position the drink hole away from the seam (preferably 180 degrees).

January 27, 2011 Posted by | Pending Classification | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Works of the Flesh

Galatians 5:19-21

(19) Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, (20) idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, (21) envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Consider this passage in light of the laws and beliefs that we frequently point to as setting us apart from the world. A person can keep the Sabbath, at least in the letter, and still display drunkenness, hatred, contentions, outbursts of wrath, and dissensions. One can reject the Trinity doctrine, the doctrine of eternal security, and the immortality of the soul yet promote and practice heresies, since a heresy is simply any deviation from truth. An individual can tithe yet exhibit selfish ambitions, envy, and jealousy. Someone can observe the laws of clean and unclean meats and still be unclean in his heart and in the decency of his life. A man can be physically pure in his relationships while living vicariously through revelries, which Adam Clarke’s commentary defines as wild parties and obscene music.

The warning at the end of verse 21 is explicit: Those who practice such evils or make them a part of their lives will not be in God’s Kingdom—they simply would not fit in. Their lifestyle is contrary to the quality of the life God lives and expects His children to live.

To put this another way, what kind of witness does a person make who keeps the Ten Commandments (including the Sabbath and holy days), eats only clean meats, tithes faithfully, and rejects false doctrines, yet has a temper, curses, tells dirty jokes, has a perpetual chip on his shoulder, always has a complaint against another, always looks out for “number one,” drinks too much, and revels in perverse entertainment? Such a witness of nominal lawkeeping is useless to God, just as ancient Israel’s witness to the nations gave the enemies of God an occasion to blaspheme (Ezekiel 36:20-23).

When Jesus Christ introduces Himself in the letter to the Laodicean church (Revelation 3:14), He highlights the fact that He is “the Faithful and True Witness.” He points to this title to show where the Laodiceans fall short. They are so enamored of the world and so much a part of it that it is difficult for an observer to tell them apart from the rest of Babylon! Their lives do not glorify God because they do not demonstrate a separation from the world. They do not demonstrate holiness or sanctification.

In contrast, the result of the Holy Spirit being active in a person’s life will be love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness (meekness), and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). These attitudes are not manifested all at once, which is why Paul calls them “fruit.” Fruit takes time to develop and mature. Nevertheless, one whose life God dominates, who is led by His Spirit, will be exhibiting these things in addition to obeying God’s law. He will be not merely obeying but also imitating God. He will be exhibiting these characteristics because he is a regenerated son of God who expresses the traits of his Father.

January 27, 2011 Posted by | Christianity / God, Daily Gospel | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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