Archive for December 16th, 2005

Millions Vote in Peace

Friday, December 16th, 2005 reports:
Millions of Iraqis, from tribal sheiks to entire families with children in tow, turned out Thursday to choose a parliament in a mostly peaceful election – among the freest ever in the Arab world.

So liberals and doom-sayers…I told ya so!!

(AP) Iraq Voter Turnout Estimated at 70 Percent

Iraqi authorities tallied millions of ballots Friday and received some complaints about the conduct of the parliamentary election, including allegations of “violent interference” with voters. The election commission said none of the complaints involved fraud.
Officials said it could take at least two weeks until final results are announced for the new, four-year parliament because all the complaints have to be investigated. Preliminary results might be available in less than a week, they said.
Although violence was low on election day, the U.S. Marines said a mortar attack Friday killed an Iraqi soldier and four children playing soccer in a schoolyard that was a polling station in the western Eurphrates River valley town of Parwana. Two children were injured.

Notice how once the AP got past the title, their media bias showed back up and they immediately launched into the “complaints of conduct” and the election day violence (although there wasn’t much to report on that topic) while almost ignoring the fact that 70% of the country’s voters showed up, were allowed to vote and were even being protected by former terrorist.

Read the rest of the AP article here.

Why are liberals so filled with hate for President Bush that they advocate and wish evil and destruction on a whole country of people who are fighting to get the same rights we enjoy every day? Think about it. No one likes war, but today, people in Iraq are free for the first time in their lives.

Study: 11 Million in U.S. Illiterate in English

Friday, December 16th, 2005

WASHINGTON — About one in 20 adults in the U.S. is not literate in English, meaning 11 million people lack the skills to handle many everyday tasks, a federal study shows.
From 1992 to 2003, adults made no progress in their ability to read sentences and paragraphs or understand other printed material such as bus schedules or prescription labels.
The adult population did make gains in handling tasks that involve math, such as calculating numbers on tax forms or bank statements. But even in that area, the typical adult showed only enough skills to perform simple, daily activities.
Perhaps most sobering was that
adult literacy dropped or was flat across every level of education, from people with graduate degrees to those who dropped out of high school.
So even as more people get a formal education, the literacy rate is not rising. Federal officials say this trend is puzzling and worthy of research.

Oh, lets see…
Maybe if the schools would move away from the “dumbing down” we see, in all subjects, in order to make sure no one looses or feels left out, and all the “touchy-feely” nonsense, we might actually get something taught. Maybe fewer in-service days would be good…you know, if the kids are actually in school, they might tend to learn more.
What are these one in twenty adults going to do to earn a living in an increasingly technical world?
Read the rest here.

Interesting Quotes

Friday, December 16th, 2005

“The educational bureaucracy expects the state to accommodate every possible bizarre cultural mutation and lifestyle, but finds prayer at graduation an intolerable and fatal compromise of state neutrality toward religion.” (Lapin. Ibid. p. 160)

“What is clear to me is that by removing religious references from the classroom, an anti-Judeo-Christian religion has taken its place.” (Rabbi Daniel Lapin. America’s Real War . p. 34)

“(Concerning the ACLU), they see the separation of church and state as so absolute that not a single religious word must be allowed to pass a schoolhouse door.” (Nat Hentoff, former ACLU board member and atheist)

“In 1983, the President’s Commission on Education reported that education in America ‘began to disintegrate 20 years ago.’ But no reference was made to the 1963 Supreme Court ruling.” (Bill Bright. Kingdoms at War. p. 14)

“The expenses of the paperwork and court fees involved in pursuing the appeal through the courts were not too high. In fact, as I recall, removing prayer from U.S. public schools cost less than $20,000…no Christian organization filed a brief in support of our opponents (Baltimore Board of Education).” (Bill Murray. Son of Madalyn Murray O’Hair. My Life Without God . 1982.)

And we wonder why Christians are ignored while our children are taught all kinds of un-Biblical beliefs at school.

See my previous post.

Zechariah’s Song

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Luke 1:67-79 New International Version (NIV)

Zechariah’s Song

67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come and has redeemed his people.
69 He has raised up a horn[a] of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us—
72 to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

Luke 1:69 Horn here symbolizes strength.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Friday, December 16th, 2005

On the Fourth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
Four Calling Birds,
Three French Hens,
Two Turtle Doves,
and A Partridge in a Pear Tree