Sunday, November 4, 2007

News from abroad and at home

This first story is from Michael Yon. He is correct that many people got upset with his on the ground reporting, because I was one of them. It wasn't because I didn't believe him, it was because I did. I was angry that no one else was paying attention.
The Perfect Evil: Coming to Roost.

Iraq is looking better month by month. But at the current rate, surely we shall fail in Afghanistan:
    Opium Funding Afghan Unrest.

    KABUL The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said yesterday he estimated that Afghanistan’s rampant opium poppy cultivation was funding up to 40 percent of the Taliban-led insurgency.

    Gen. Dan McNeill, head of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, added he had been told by an international specialist that his figure was likely low and could reach up to 60 percent.

    The cultivation of opium 93 percent of whose world supply comes from Afghanistan, according to the United Nations is undermining everything the government and its international allies were trying to do, he said. Afghanistan’s opium production grew by 34 percent this year, according to a U.N. survey.
[Continue reading.]
We also have an article from Michael that was printed in the New York Post on Sunday.
INSIDE THE SURGE.

HOW ORDINARY IRAQIS ARE TURNING THE TIDE OF WAR

By MICHAEL YON.

Statistics in reports about faraway places can blunt the reality of what those numbers mean. But when it is a bomb in a road you are about to drive on, it takes on a whole new cast, as I found yet again when I spent most of May in Anbar Province.

I visited a former labor camp nicknamed “Coolie Village," or what remained of it, after a truck bomb locals attributed to al Qaeda had flattened it. Not surprisingly, the anger and frustration in response to this mass murder helped the villagers overcome their fear of the thugs who had taken hold of their community. [Continue reading.]
This is a link to a video of Michael on CBN. It is encouraging!

Next is an article from a talented young writer, okay, maybe not that young, but he certainly is talented. He has written many 10 questions...mostly to the candidates. This time he has written about Christianity. Preciously, to the Evangalical community.
Is This the End of Evangelicalism in America?
by Gregg Jackson.

A disturbing sign of the state of American evangelicalism has appeared in the seventh year of the 21 st century in a Townhall.com article dated October 18,2007 entitled, "Why Evangelicals Should Support Mitt Romney" by Wayne Grudem. One of America's most popular evangelical theologians, Grudem is trying to persuade evangelicals to vote a Mormon for president. Wayne Grudem's "Systematic Theology" is the gold standard of evangelical doctrine and a sacred fixture in evangelical seminaries, pastor libraries and Bible studies.

In it, he defines Mormonism as "clearly a false church." He shows why Mormonism has never been included in the Christian Church: It contradicts major Christian doctrine regarding the person of God, Christ and His work and salvation plan. A cornerstone of the Mormon Church, Grudem writes, is the classic heresy of Saint Paul's day – angel worship. In his book, Grudem insists that an orthodox Christian must practice the theology he reads. So why would he step forward to become part of the Mitt Romney propaganda blitz trying to mislead evangelicals into doing what would shock most evangelicals in American history: elect a Mormon for president? [Continue reading.]
While some may find this contraversial, mainly those outside of the Church, there are many good questions in this article if you read it with an open mind.

On the political side of the news, we have Congressman Duncan Hunter calling for the defeat of the Law of the Sea treaty (LOST).
Hunter Calls on Congress: Kill the Law of the Sea Treaty.
at RealTimeNews.

Explaining the dangers of the treaty, Hunter detailed, "It is imperative that our nation does not surrender decision making power for military navigation or resource extraction, especially in this age of terrorism with technology and weapons proliferation. And adding a new set of UN bureaucrats with license to tax and adjudicate disputes is the last thing this country needs." [Continue reading.]
I also have a press release from the Nat'l Center for Public Policy Research, but I'd like to give you two other sources. One is from this organization, and she is a blogger (yeah!): Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog: Law of the Sea: A Sinkable Treaty. Also, there is another article against this treaty which offers much information: The UN Law of the Sea Treaty.

And last but not least, don't forget to vote in the blogger awards this week.

If you care to look around, I will have some more military articles for you in a while. Just not during Church time. ;)

Update: I just received this news of legislation introduced to the House by Rep. Keith Ellison (D).
Anti-Photo ID Legislation Would Promote Election Fraud, Says Group.

"Representative Ellison's proposal is fundamentally flawed and potentially harmful to the integrity of our democratic process," said Project 21 chairman Mychal Massie. "Why invite that which can only lead to unimaginable fraud and corruption?" [Continue reading.]
You will probably believe this, but I want the same treatment for airplane tickets, opening bank accounts, social security cards, work, etc. Then see what they have to say!

Here is some news from Radio Free Asia (RFA).
China Finds Tibetan Nomad Guilty Over Lithang Protest.

A court in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan has convicted of subversion a Tibetan nomad who called for the return of the Dalai Lama at a horseracing festival in August.

Ronggyal Adrak was tried at the Ganzi Autonomous Prefecture People’s Court in Dartsedo (in Chinese, Kangding) on Monday, Oct. 29, on charges of seeking to “split” the country and subvert state power during a public meeting Aug. 1 in Lithang county, sources in Lithang told RFA’s Tibetan service.

Ronggyal Adrak told the judge from the dock: “When I shouted ‘Long live the Dalai Lama’ and called for the release of Tibetan political prisoners, I was detained and then formally arrested.” [Continue reading.]
Another reason why we should cut all ties with the PRC Communist party, and invite Taiwan to join the UN in place of the unrecognized hoolagns!

Linkfest Haven, the Blogger's Oasis

I am going to try once more to have an open trackback. Why not? I am just hoping to Jesus that everything is fixed. I know you guys are not mean, and I apologize for my last entry. I just don't understand why you are not trackbacking to me while I continue to trackback to you...

Posts I've trackbacked to: Walls of the City, A Blog For All, The Yankee Sailor, Leaning Straight Up, The Amboy Times, Stageleft, and Shadowscope, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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