Monthly Archives: August 2008

Christian homes being torched in India

A popular Hindi leader was killed with a hand grenade and the radical Hindis are blaming the minority Christian population, even though it was probably done by Maoists. They are using the traditional 2 week mourning period as an excuse to have an open-season on burning Christian homes and killing as many Christians as possible. 500 homes have been torched so far. The Christians have fled to relief camps like this one:

This is happening in the state of Orissa in India, and deserves much more media (and prayer) attention than it is currently getting. Orissa is located on the eastern side of India.



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The First Annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Longwood Gardens

On October 11th at noon, the heaviest pumpkin will be crowned the Great Pumpkin and win $2000. Second place is $1000. Third place is $500. Tenth place is $100.

This event will be at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.

Check here for details:

Could the Great Pumpkin be growing in your pumpkin patch?

Yes, Linus, there is a Great Pumpkin!

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Sarah Heath Palin

McCain made an interesting VP choice in Sarah Heath Palin, governor of Alaska:

44 years old (born Feb 11, 1964) – the daughter of a science teacher and a school secretary

In 1984 – runner-up in Miss Alaska pageant

Grew up in Alaska hunting moose with her father at 3AM in the morning

Point Guard and captain for the Wasilla High School Warriors. She was nicknamed “Sara Baracuda” because of the intensity of her play.

She played the championship game with a broken ankle and won it on a critical freethrow.

Head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in HS, and lead the team in prayer.

She finished second in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant.

She married her high school sweetheart – a commercial fisherman.

She was elected to the Wasilla City Council and then became mayor. She reduced property taxes by 60% by reducing spending, including giving herself a paycut.

She has excellent anti-abortion credentials including being a member of feminists for life (Gretchen was involved with this group at one point too!)

She has been a major whistle-blower in the Republican party – which has gotten a lot of corrupt politicians pissed off at her at one time or another.

As governor of Alaska she pushed for an ethics bill, and has shelved pork-barrel projects insisting that Alaska be self-sufficient and not reliant on federal dollars.

She has approval ratings in Alaska in the 80s and 90s.

She supports the 26 billion dollar pipeline to send gas from the North Slope to the US, but apparently this is a very popular program in Alaska. (What about the moose?)

On social issues: creationism should be taught in schools, alongside evolution. Strongly opposes abortion. Supports capital punishment.

She inherited a jet from the previous Alaskan governor administration. She thought it was an extravagance, so she had Alaska sell it on ebay and got $2.1million dollars for it.

She has five children, the oldest one, Track is 18, and joined the army. He has been deployed and is now in Iraq. Her second son, Trig,  has Downs Syndrome, and then she has three daughters – Bristol, Willow and Piper.

She is a lifetime member of the NRA.

Her eats Moose Hamburger and Ice fishes and her husband is part Yup’ik. She tried marijuana when it was legal in Alaska but didn’t like it.


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Arctic weather news

Here is a good site on Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis. It is updated daily with an image of how much of the Arctic Ocean is melting.

Last year was a record melt for all years they have kept track (1979 onward) and the Northwest passage was opened up! This year we are on pace for beating that record. We will find out at the end of September, when the ice starts refreezing again as temperatures cool down for Fall. Scientists predict that the North Pole will be ice free as soon as the Summer of 2013. This has not happened for 150,000 years and it is happening because of the increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as a result of humans burning fossil fuels.  This may inconvenience a few polar bears, but the real problem for people is all the ice melting off of Greenland, which increases the ocean level. The ice melting in the arctic simply displaces itself from ice to water and then to ice again depending on the season.

The reason we know that we have a problem is that scientists have taken daily pictures and measured temperature and ice, and all of this is on the internet, where you can:

monitor it daily

compare the ice extent to averages

Check out photos

and it has an excellent faq that answers questions such as:

  • What is the difference between the “North Pole” and the “Arctic”? Will the ice at the North Pole melt?
  • Has the Arctic always had ice in summer?
  • Is Arctic sea ice really declining?
  • If Arctic sea ice is declining, why does your data show that this year has more ice than previous years?
  • Do scientists study Antarctic sea ice? Why don’t I hear much about Antarctic sea ice—including the recent record maximum—from scientists or the media?
  • What about wintertime Antarctic sea ice—is it increasing or decreasing?
  • How do we know that human activities have caused global climate change?
  • Are undersea volcanoes responsible for the decline in the Arctic sea ice?
  • Do sunspots cause climate change?
  • Do icebreakers contribute to climate change?
  • Do hurricanes in the Atlantic break up Arctic sea ice?
  • Once Arctic sea ice is broken up, does it melt faster?

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Malayasia’s Anwar Ibrahim Wins a parliament seat

This is a major victory for freedom and truth and minority rights in the world! Truth has triumphed over a very corrupt Malaysian regime who did everything they could to block this election.

“This vote means Malaysians want the truth,” Anwar, 61, said after voting. “It is Anwar versus the entire government.”

Ibrahim won overwhelmingly – 31,195 of 47,000 votes, even though the government has falsely accused him of sodomy. He is out on bail.

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Sudan police are killing civilians in IDP camps in South Darfur

Humanitarian international law says that people in an IDP zone (a camp for internally displaced persons) are protected. However, the Sudanese police raided such a camp on Monday. Kalma is the home of 90,000 people who have been forced from their homes in west Sudan.

On Monday, Sudan police raided this camp and killed 46 people and injured 118. They are also blocking food coming into the camp.

The UN is upset.

“Such actions severely threaten the safety and security of civilians, who have a right to protection under international humanitarian law,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters today in New York as she urged restraint.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan has called for the immediate establishment of a humanitarian corridor at the Kalma camp, which is home to about 80,000 IDPs, so that the injured may be evacuated.

So far, 200,000 people have been killed, and 2.5 million have been relocated in Darfur which the Bush administration has called a genocide.

The world is watching. Pray that this genocide would end.

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7 days of Grace


Give food to the hungry,

O Lord, and

hunger for you

to those who have food.


God to enfold me, God to surround me

God in my speaking, God in my thinking

God in my sleeping, God in my waking

God in my watching, God in my hoping

God in my life, God in my lips,

God in my soul, God in my heart

God in my sufficing, God in my slumber

God in mine ever-lasting soul, God in mine serenity.

– a Celtic Prayer


Everyone at the table join hands for a silent moment.


All who are at the table raise their plates for a quiet moment.

A Quaker Grace


The Lord bless you and keep you

The Lord make his face to shine upon you,

and be generous unto you.

The Lord lift his countenance upon you,

and give you peace

(Numbers 6:24-6)

A blessing given by the High Priest.


Lord make me an instrument of your peace,

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, fatih;

where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master; grant that I may not

so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love

For it in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

St Francis of Assisi ( 1182?-1226 )

Friday (TGIF)

Come, let us welcome the Sabbath.

May its radiance illuminate our hearts

as we kindle these tapers (candles)

May the Lord bless us with Sabbath joy,

May the Lord bless us with Sabbath holiness.

May the Lord bless us with Sabbath peace.

Traditional Jewish prayer said on Friday evening (the beginning of the Sabbath)


O Lord, bless this food and

protect Muslims from the doom of fire

In the name of God we begin our meal.

Islamic invocation by Mohammad (peace be upon him) – slightly modified


O Lord, bless this food and

end the genocide in Darfur

In the name of God we begin our meal.


Let there be peace on earth

and let it begin with me.

Let there be peace on earth

and let it begin with me.

Let there be peace on earth

and let it begin with me.

Peace in our – food.

Peace in our – bodies

Peace in our – home

Peace in our world,

Thanks, God. Amen.

Rev Barbara King

Atlanta Ga.

source: One Hundred Graces Selected by Macia and Jack Kelly 1992

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