Before America intervened, Iraq didn’t allow much education to the nations women. Knowing how to swim was among many things on the list that a majority of Iraqi women knew. It would have been useful when the bridge collapsed, but no such luck for those who drowned. Those left on the bridge trampled the unfortunate numbers who fell. It’s a loose loose situation there. It maybe some time before officials can say for certain what caused the bridge failure.


Having been a former resident of a very windy state in the early spring it was hard for me to imagine the devastation brought by the combonation of wind and water. We’d always go underground when the alarms went off, but if it was flooded/ing then the alternate choice would be the roof where debris could knock about us. Luckily we would never be in the situation to test that particular theory out. As for those who were I offer continued prayers for comfort in these trying times.


And now a topic in which water is not involved. That very windy state also produced oil causing the prices to be fifty cents below the north and a dollar below the coasts usually. As of late I am not certain how the prices fare in that particular area. The whole thing with prices just encourages me to practice and spend much money on my atrocious driving skills. As far as other news is concerned, I have no other news.

Have you ever sat back and wondered what is this world coming to?


Just on earlier today just about three dozen Kurds were found bound and shot in the head they were left exposed to the elements of the desert. Weren’t they people? Yes. Who would do this to a person? Somebody who would not consider them equal. Even here we still have trouble from time to time, somewhere everyday there is a problem with racism behind it. Racism is inherited and very difficult to overcome but it can be done. Think of any inner-city area and there would racism be prevalent, but also many forms thereof would not be found. Anyway, think on it.


Pat Robertson apologized. So the whole thing is over for now unless the other guy wants to sue for damages, which he would most likely win. That would make things interesting.


6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.     Matthew 24:6

So opinions and off-hand comments can get you into really hot water. Pat Robertson’s wonderful opinion is stirring up trouble even in our own government. He was making the point that we should just bug spray the leader rather than pour out insecticide on the country to avoid the two billion dollar cost. In response, our government issued a statement “Hey look, he’s a private citizen, he’s got an opinion in which we will by no means follow through.” I doubt Pat Robertson would really want an assassination on his conscience, who would? Watch what you say on tv,  or don’t and see what happens. 

“In the Last Frontier, there are some boundries that shouldn’t be crossed, and we’re looking at one of them … I’m not going to destroy countless billions to satisfy some scientific curiosity, it’s arrogant and it’s wrong.” I was recently watching a show and heard that line and wondered how it would be different if more scientists had that point of view with research, but it all goes back to definitions. Are we going to agree with every definition that they throw across the table? There are days in which I make up my own definitions and change them whenever to I wish, so it must be the same with others in all of their flawed logic. I heard a story once about a teacher who didn’t believe the Holocaust occured and wouldn’t teach about it even though many of the camps are open these days so anybody can see them and remember the tragic stories of those who lived, worked, or died in a camp. I heard a story about a professor who didn’t believe in God and wouldn’t give a Christian a reccomendation letter or even the time of day. Are either of them exempt from explaining themselves? No. As far as scientific boundries are considered, we’ve already begun to cross the line and may surpass it by great leaps in the near future. When evolution was first taught in school the crime rate increased over a hundred percent (however possible that is). Today crime in all of its various forms is everyday in many public schools. God will never turn His back on us, but we can (so easily) turn our backs on Him. We can’t get away with a thing, so why fool ourselves into thinking we can? Sure, right now there may be a thing or two that you are pretty sure nobody knows about, but God is omniscient, he knows everything. Another show I saw not too long ago began with “I used to think God was some benevolent old guy who … ” Where to start? Where in the Old Testament does it say “God was benevolent to all peoples in the land of Canaan, and made them like Sodom and Gomorrah, a paradise where people lived in harmony. Jericho was built up in the shape of a cheese wedge …” Sodom, Gomorrah, Jericho, … all these nations and peoples were destroyed because they sinned greatly. Genesis 6:5 says: 5 The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. (NIV) and (MSG):5GOD saw that human evil was out of control. People thought evil, imagined evil–evil, evil, evil from morning to night. That is why God brought forth the Great Flood. Would a benevolent God do that? I think not! God is actively involved in the lives of those who believe in him.

The Rules of Murder


As odd as it sounds, this game is a tradition during lock-ins. It is best played with larger groups of people. Deal out a deck of cards, each player gets one card. If a person recieves the preselected card, say the knave of clubs, then that person is the murderer. For every fifteen or so players there would be one murderer, so if there were thirty people there would be two or three murderers. The game is played in utter darkness, or in a condition as close to it as possible (in the usual place to play the game those glowing “Exit” signs always provide a little light, due to the low height of the ceiling, but it adds a most eerie effect.) Murderers can not kill themselves or other murders. They could kill everybody else by a preselected method, usually dragging their forefinger around the neck of the victim. The deaths are quiet, nondramatic, and hopefully mysterious. The person lays where they are killed. Somebody eventually stumbles across ( or unfortunately on or over the dead person) and yells “Dead body!” sometimes it is bellowed in the multiple form thereof. The lights are turned on and everybody alive gathers where the dead body is. Three people are nominated in the hopes that one of them is the killer, they give their alibies and everybody else votes. The person who recieves the most votes is asked “Are you the killer/murderer?” This is the only time in the game where that person is allowed to say if they were or not by answering yes or no. If the answer is yes and the game had only one murderer, then the game is over and a new one begins. If the answer is yes and the game had multiple murderers and another murderer was out there, then the game continues to find the other murderer. If the answer is no, then that person joins all of the dead bodies in the morgue. The lights are turned off and the game continues until 1). The murderer(s) have all been caught, or 2). Everybody who is not a murderer has been killed. Those in the morgue are allowed to talk amongst themselves about who the murderer(s) is/are, they may have a lengthy wait, so the morgue should be an area that is quite comfortable or at least has some pillows.Usually we play three or so games before we get bored enough to do something else. If the murderers take awhile between kills then the game gets very boring, then the murderers must be encouraged to kill. Though traveling in groups is discouraged, it happens and makes it quite difficult to kill off an entire group of people, so the groups should stay about five or less. Expect high pitched screaming from people being scared, but it is allowed to scare people because it provides a most satisfactory laugh. Should a person die but another dead body is discovered, they must wait until they are discovered and cannot participate in the delegation process of the murderer. These are the rules of the game, it is possible to kill everybody, but it takes much time and talent. Good luck to all those who wish to play the game.  

Xanga

Fitting isn’t it? Life is like the Labyrinth, except the Minotaur is nothing compared to our enemy(ies). Having once visited a home for the elderly, I saw what would become of today’s youth, it wasn’t pretty. We don’t treat age with respect, we fear it and lock away those with a unique perspective of history. Welcome to the maze. Keep your tray tables in the upright and locked position. Do not feed the denizens, for they are anger, greed, jealousy, corruption, and all of the worst nightmares that plague a world that could be so much more.


So, the Israelites are being removed from the Gaza Strip. A step toward peace they call it, but it doesn’t look too peaceful right now. The price for peace is, more often then not, lives. I wonder how many will pay to keep it peaceful. That is just the way it is. It is hard to accept it, as all things are at first, and maybe second or third. The troops are over seas risking their lives to secure freedoms for a troubled nation, should we support their efforts or demean the deaths of those noble enough to pay the price? Could you do their job?


6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”     –     Deuteronomy 31:6