Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Close To Home: Skinheads Plan To Kill Obama

Two white supremacists allegedly plotted to go on a national killing spree, shooting and decapitating black people and ultimately targeting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, federal authorities said Monday.
In all, the two men whom officials described as neo-Nazi skinheads planned to kill 88 people - 14 by beheading, according to documents unsealed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Tenn. The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist community.
The spree, which initially targeted an unidentified predominantly African-American school, was to end with the two men driving toward Obama, "shooting at him from the windows," the documents show.
"Both individuals stated they would dress in all-white tuxedos and wear top hats during the assassination attempt," the court complaint states. "Both individuals further stated they knew they would and were willing to die during this attempt."

You can read more here.

Some questions:
-If you had to guess is the stereotypical black culture what these men really hate or is it the person himself?
-What would bring a person to hate someone so much due to the color of their skin?
-Is it possible to separate color from culture?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Bush's Magic Wand

I laughed out loud when I heard this on tv (not that I watch c-span on a regular basis or anything).

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Joe Biden Drilled By Reporter

When tough questions are thrown at Biden, Obama's campaign pulls the plug on future interviews.

Are they going to do that if they make it to the White House?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Email Your Friends & Family Post Rapture

Christians who believe they might one day be physically swept up to heaven in the Rapture will be able to send e-mails to loved ones left behind on Earth nearly one week after the apocalyptic event takes place, thanks to a new website.

YouveBeenLeftBehind.com lets subscribers send an e-mail message to up to 62 people exactly six days after they've disappeared from the face of the Earth, Wired Magazine's Threat Level reports.

The website, run by Mark Heard along with four other Christians, dispatches the e-mails when at least three staff members fail to log in for six consecutive days. Its main purpose is to give Christians one final shot at evangelism.

You can read more here.

Some questions:
-What are your thoughts on the rapture? Is the "Left Behind" idea of the rapture biblical?
-You going to sign up?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Why I'm Voting For Obama

This was made by an acquaintance of mine. The color grading looks great and the natural feel of the camera movement and the microphone dropping in the shot give it a sense of "realness" that I think people can relate to.

What do you think about the reasons given for their vote going to Obama?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Facebook Entry Leads To Death

A husband who hacked his wife to death with a meat cleaver in fury over her Facebook entry was jailed for a minimum of 14 years at the Old Bailey today.
Wayne Forrester, 34, drank alcohol and took cocaine before driving 15 miles to the family home to attack wife Emma as she lay in bed.
The couple had separated four days before the murder in February and Forrester later told police he had been provoked by his wife changing her marital status to "single" on her Facebook entry, the court heard.

Priorities. This guy's priorities were not on working to keep his family together, but on what to find to make himself mad enough to kill his wife... who knew a facebook entry would be the straw that broke the camels back? Oh what a terrible sin pride is indeed.

You can read more here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Email Safeguards For The Careless

Sometimes I send messages I shouldn't send. Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together. Gmail can't always prevent you from sending messages you might later regret, but today we're launching a new Labs feature I wrote called Mail Goggles which may help.

When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you're in the right state of mind?

You can read more here.

Some questions:
-Do you find this as a benefit?
-As a people, we tend to put up safeguards. Do you find these type of things make us more careless (due to the safeguard) or are they really helpful?
-Will you use this new free optional feature?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Message For The Depressed & Downtrodden

John Piper has given some well thought out points on communicating truth to those dealing with anger, depression, skepticism, confusion and a myriad of other difficult issues. Read the snippet below.

If you care about people and risk talking to the depressed, the doubting, the skeptical, the confused, and the angry, you will soon run into a person who says to your counsel: I’ve tried that. Whatever you say, they will minimize it and say it doesn’t work. Do not be surprised at this response. This is what it means to be depressed, doubting, skeptical, confused, angry. It means that whatever they hear sounds useless.

So I want to offer some suggestions for what you say in a conversation that is about to be cut off like that...

You can read the rest here.

Some questions:
-Should believers always seek to point believers and unbelievers alike back to the Gospel? Is it always the answer?
-Does this give you a fresh perspective on ministering to others that are dealing with depression and the like?

Monday, October 6, 2008

Inerrancy: Is It True?

If you don't believe that the scriptures contained in the Bible are inerrant, read a couple of the books from the link below then come back and we'll talk.  

You can read more here.

Some questions:
-Do you hold scripture as being without error?
-Should inerrancy matter?
-Where are the errors?  Who decides them and on what basis?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

2008 Major League Baseball Playoff Predictions

National League

Cubs vs. Dodgers
Phillies vs. Brewers

American League

Red Sox vs. Angels
Rays vs. White Sox

I am going to say Phillies and Red Sox in the World Series. Red Sox will win in 6 games. Any predictions?