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Mar. 15th, 2007

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Is there something you're interested in?

I have ideas for other opinion posts, but I'd kind of like to get to know those of you who are watching so far. Is there anything you'd be interested in talking about -- an issue... something you want to know my opinion about... something you have an opinion about?

Mar. 9th, 2007

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Egyptian Young Man Charged With Sedition

During the five-minute court session the judge said Soliman was guilty and would serve three years for insulting Islam and inciting sedition, and one year for insulting Mr Mubarak.

"An Egyptian court has sentenced a blogger to four years' prison for insulting Islam and the president."

As Americans, we don't know how blessed we really are.  I'm writing a blog entry and I can say almost anything I want about President Bush, good or bad.  I could insult Christianity.  I could even insult Islam and I might take some flak for it, but nobody will be sending me to prison for even five minutes, nevermind four years.  And all of that is because I live in a free country.  And I live in a free country because I had leaders and brave men who were willing to fight for it.

Bloggers all over the world get away with insulting President Bush.  It's shameful.  I don't think it's worthy of prison, but it's shameful.  In fact, the place I swiped this icon from is downright repulsive.  Don't click on this link unless you can stomach it.  It's vulgar.  It's disgraceful.  It's even sleezy.  It reminds me of the negative list of things right before the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians. 

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality,  impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,  envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit  the kingdom of God.

I've often felt like some of the things that are going on in our country online, in the news, in the newspapers are borderline treason, or at the very least, unpatriotic.  And President Bush bites his tongue and forges on hoping for the best.  It seems to me sometimes, like we've turned into this bunch of childish, wimpering, whining snivelers, instead of the way it should be -- tall-standing, unified, republic.  Perhaps I've been naive.  I was raised differently than this.  It makes me nauseous and teary. 

Yet a 22-year-old man in Egypt gets four years in PRISON for using the language "dictator" when speaking of the president there and "university of terrorism" when referring to his school. 

And some Americans actually fear a Christian theocracy. 
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A Season to Kill, Or a Time to Die?

To Kill or Not to Kill

One Sunday after Saddam Hussein was hung, I said to a teacher at my church that I was glad that Hussein wasn’t around anymore. He gently, but firmly, chided me. “Why should we ever kill? We should never kill.” I have a lot of respect for him, but his question/statement caused me to ask myself, Is it ever okay to kill?

Three scriptures came to mind immediately. Genesis 9:6, Exodus 20:7-17, and Ecclesiastes 3:1-10. In these three scriptures are three contexts of killing. They are murder, capitol punishment, and war. I will make the case that the first of these is never an option, but the latter two are not only permissible, but at times, necessary.

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In the first scripture (Gen. 9), it shows both sides of the coin. Those who kill will be killed, and not by God, but by man who was made in God’s image. Hussein was a tyrant who killed his own people by the hundreds and thousands for no good reason. He had his day in court. He was tried, convicted and eventually killed by men for the men he had killed. I praise God for that. That was a provision made by God clear back in the days of Noah. Hussein was defiant and never showed any kind of remorse. His heart was hard. But nevertheless, our Creator said, “Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed.” I am for capitol punishment. If we adhered to the provision made by the Lord in the days of Noah, there would be no question of what to do about the likes of Joseph Edward Duncan III and John Couey, but that’s another post for another day.

The only times I can recall Lord Jesus the Christ ever addressing whether or not to kill was in the context of the ten commandments when the rich ruler wanted to know what he must do to inherit eternal life. And then when He questioned those who wanted His own life, again referring back to the law. There were crosses along the roadside by the thousands that Jesus witnessed, death and killing everywhere, yet He said little about it. The two who died beside Him were thieves, not murderers, yet they hung on crosses, guilty. The Lord implored us to be obedient to the law of the land when He said to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s.

Ecclesiastes 3, says there is “a time to kill” and “a time of war.” As much as I hate the idea of American soldiers getting killed and even the thought of my son having to die in a war, someday, I realize there is a time for war. I believe that the Iraqi war was necessary and timely. I’d hoped it would have gone smoother and quicker. Still, the Iraqi government was not compliant with several of the UN resolutions and they were not accountable for the weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Regardless of whether there were WMDs found in Iraq, and we can debate that all day, it doesn’t matter. They had them and they were not accountable for them. Perhaps they sold them to the Iranians or the Syrians, nevertheless, they were to be accountable. We cannot allow Iraq to continue to be a breeding ground for terrorists. If we leave now, it will be prematurely, the government will not stand, and terror will abound. We need to secure Bagdad. It is such a helpless feeling hearing that voice quieted. How can America stand in America if we haven’t the guts to stand in Iraq?

Thou shalt not kill, or he will be killed by man. There is a time to kill and a time of war. It is unreasonable to say we should never kill.

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Mar. 8th, 2007

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American Idol All Around

American Idol addiction is rampant across the country and my house is no exception. All four of us get into it. Everyone in our family is musical. I sing, play the flute and am learning to play the piano. Tristen, my 10-year-old daughter, sings and plays the piano. My 13-year-old son, Bradley, plays saxophone and is in jazz band. My husband is a very talented pianist/keyboard player. With all the scary things going on in the world, having music in our home is one of the biggest blessings we have, and American Idol affords us a few hours a week where we can relax and enjoy ourselves as a family.

We usually have different ideas about who should win, but we all agree the women this season are outshining the men.

My opinion is that with the exception of one woman, Antonella Barba, all of the women are better singers than the men are. Sex scandal aside, she needs to pack it up and go back to New Jersey. America needs to stop voting for her, and start voting for the real talent that is overflowing. There are a few men, as bad as the men are, who are all better than Antonella. I can’t even pick a favorite woman, because they’re all so good. But if I had to pick one at this stage of the game, it would be Melinda Doolittle. She’s got a big voice, a happy smile and a good attitude.

One of my favorite men, Nicolas Pedro, got voted off March 1. It’s a lot easier to pick favorites with the men, because there are obvious choices. I think the most obvious choice is Chris Sligh, who is not only a great singer, but he’s smart, has a unique look, and a lot of confidence. Next in line is Blake Lewis, who is from my home, Washington state. Rock on, Blake. Blake is daring enough that he did music last night that none of the judges even knew. The man I would vote off is Sanjaya Malakar, also from Washington. I appreciate that whole “he’s young and inexperienced” thing Paula’s got going, but he’s either a star or he’s not, and I say he’s not.

Speaking of the judges, I think Simon gets a bad rap. Yes, I know he can be harsh, and I suppose he needs the rest of them to level him out some, but I think Ryan is getting out of hand to the point of boredom. He’s borderline childish at this point, berating everything Simon says. Simon says, “Shut up, Ryan.” Aside from how harsh Simon can be, he usually has good reason for his opinions, and I admit that more times than not, I agree with him. I wish he could be a little more like Paula, who at least gives constructive criticism when she actually gives criticism. I’d like to see her give constructive criticism more often and stop sugarcoating everything. Randy needs to use the word “pitchy” more sparingly. I think he hears things that only “dawgs” can hear.

I’m looking forward to the results, tonight. Be well.

http://www.americanidol.com/
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2008

One of my friends guessed that I might be voting for Rudy Giuliani in 2008, but I told him my first choice would be Newt Gingrich. As of yet, Newt hasn't announced, so if I were to vote today, I would have to vote for the candidate that has the best chance of beating any of the running democrats. That would be, in my opinion, Rudy Giuliani.

I don't like his stance on abortion, which is the woman's right to choose. However, he says he wouldn't ever recommend that choice for anyone. He says that adoption is the way to go. No, I don't see him overturning Roe vs Wade, but Bush didn't do it, either.

I'm also nervous about his stance on gun control. He claims that he was only for that in New York, where violence was rampant. He claims he turned New York around. I can't argue that.

This is what I like about him: He's for terror control. He's for finishing what we started. He's for staying the course. If my choice ends up being between Rudy Giuliani and Clinton, Obama, or Edwards, I'm voting Giuliani.
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Reopening Journal -- As a Blog

Attention!
With the upcoming elections in 2008, I've decided to re-open this journal.  I will use it to post all my opinions on any topic, really.  If you think my opinions may offend you, I'd suggest unfriending the journal.

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