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Monday, December 6. 2010
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Well, let's see.
Traditionally, Presbyterians have always struck this poor old Papist as thrifty, resourceful, hard-working, innovative and successful in every venture they put their minds to.
Interestingly, Israelis have also impressed me as thrifty, resourceful, hard-working, innovative and successful in every venture they put their minds to.
Somebody has had a change for the worse here.
And it's obviously not the Israelis.
"Somebody has had a change for the worse here. "
It's not us Presbyterians in the pews either. It's the ultra-liberal professional church leadership. They throw out nonsense anti-Israeli, pro-Palestine proposals - and all get shot down in the General Assembly meetings. They seem to hell-bent on embarrassing and undermining an otherwise fine denomination. And they are next to impossible to remove.
The UCC is worse and let's not even talk about the Episcopalians.
I've been a Lutheran and would throw them in that same mix. United Methodists seem to be doing the same. Even my own current less political denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Church, shows increasingly the same split.
"Embassy dispatches show America used spying, threats and promises of aid to get support for Copenhagen accord..."
Once again, Wikileaks proves the accuracy of the age-old Law of Unintended Circumstances.
"Once again, Wikileaks proves the accuracy of the age-old Law of Unintended Circumstances."
I guess that should have been "Law of Unintended CONSEQUENCES".
Time for coffee!
JJM, you were just a victim of circumcision.
(Comforting to see that someone besides myself here can screw uo the king's English!)
As I just did AGAIN, above. "Up" is the word I meant to type.
The women's leadership group of Washington state are at it again
Please note that this gal started life out doing the bidding of the local teacher's union at the PTSA--now amazingly she is a tenured (lifetime employment) professor.
Please God, let it not be Romney.
The guy couldn't win before; what makes him electable now?
To use a bible phrase, he is neither cold nor hot. He is lukewarm, and if you know the bible you know what should be done with a lukewarm beverage: spew it out of your mouth.
Plus, he's got the Mormon noose around his neck, a major problem in conservative Christian circles...
I heard Medved cite all the precedents that favor Romney. But I hope that the GOP has learned a few lessons from the Tea Party. Romneycare is an albatross around Mitt's neck that cannot be explained away. I'm not in favor of any of the contenders from 2008. Fresh. Blood. Please.
Given the economy-heavy problems of the last years, Romney would have been a good choice for 2008 (unless he wanted to go mucking around in health care reform). Not for changing the attitude of overall government, but for limiting the damage. But I think the time for that is past. We've dug ourselves a deeper hole, and artful sailing on the economy won't cut it anymore.
Romney..., well, at least he has executive experience. I wonder if there are any other candidates who were governors? And since Romney has a record he can run on, he can impress me with how he lowered taxes, abolished income taxes, and abolished say, 10 useless government departments. Otherwise he can run on the Democrat-Socialist ticket.
Thanks for the Armed Forces Journal link. General Scales wrote a very eye-opening article.
The massacre and de construction of the Episcopal Church in the US was an important event for the liberal/union agenda. They must tear down the Christian faith--it poses 10 obstacles that they no longer wish to deal with in their quest for absolute control. There no longer is an Episcopal Church--there is some fine real estate out there.
NJ Soldier is right, it's not the Presbyterians in the pews driving this, and unfortunately most of us have no interest in church politics because it serves no useful purpose. A look at the numbers show that Presbyterians, more than any other denomination are voting with their feet to leave a church that chooses to cherry pick and misinterpret the Bible. They are moving to churches that, while they seem quite different from the churches we grew up in understand what the primary purpose of the original Christian churches were - serving and caring for the local populace. The traditional mainline churches have lost their way and as a result are losing their body. In a couple of generations they will barely exist.
Golly gosh Medved, i was talkin' with History at cafe and she didn't mention Mormitt as viable GOP candidate.
She teased he might run better as Democrats candidate, though.
I think he could represent cars and his diety, daddy George.
But cars don't vote, do they?
Y'all can do what you want to.
But if the Republicans run Mitt, I'm going to be voting Third Party for the rest of my life.
If Mitt is the best they can do, he'll go down with Bob Dole and John McCain as someone who deserved his turn, no matter how crappy his candidacy actually was.
I'll quote one of the favorites from this site here...."I'm going back to New York City, I do believe I've I've had enough."
And I've never lived in New York, but at that point, it becomes mostly moot. Because "..she takes away your voice and leaves you howling at the Moon."
No. I ain't going to play that.
I like Mitt --but Mitt is yesterday. I agree --if it's to be Mitt, then we'll have Obama again, and he'll finish us off.
Mormitt will be crushed but voting third for the rest of one's life seems rather extreme, jefferson.
He just ain't much different than present el presidente.
Meself has lived in the City but i ain't goin' back till the yanks figure out the problem and deport Muhammadans and then maybe not then, either.
My last conversation as a Presbyterian involved asking if say the other 49 states were trying to murder the people of Delaware, if it would be a good thing for the Presbyterians to join up with those 49 states.