A New Creed
We are not alone,
we live in God's world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus, the Word made Flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called by the Church
to celebrate God's presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil,
to Proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our Judge and our Hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.
We are not Alone.
Thanks be to God.
Lockheed Martin designed and builds the F-22... they're not exactly hurting for cash, but they were talking of shutting down the plant that manufactures the F-16. They also won the competition to build the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF / F-35). But corporations never do stop hungering for that next deal, do they? So, perhaps this is just about money... This deal is giving me a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach, and I'm not sure why.
Just looking at it... the Indian Air Force flies all Russian and European-built aircraft. Now, the Americans F-15s were recently beaten solidly by the Indian Air Force when the Americans didn't have AWACS to help them out... both countries have nuclear capability... maybe this is a way for them to start up something (bad) between the two countries. If India and Pakistan were to start warring again, I don't doubt that China would take more than a passing interest in it. That puts all three countries, which are the fastest growing economic segment of the world into a distracted position... especially if nuclear weapons become involved. F-16s are capable of dropping nuclear bombs. Pakistan wouldn't stand a chance against India's air force, I'll tell you that.... but a nuclear war is good for nobody. Though, it might make a US use of nuclear weapons a bit less taboo, wouldn't it?
India, however, insists that by selling F-16s to Pakistan, the United States was disturbing the current military balance in the Subcontinent.Washington has rejected the charge.Maybe this is enough provocation for India to make a pre-emptive strike on Pakistan? They are still working on a fragile peace in the Kashmir region... I don't like it.
Lots of questions here... gonna have to do some more research.
That's a start, but I think he should never be allowed parole. Frankly, I hope he screws up in jail and has his parole chances revoked altogether. Feh. I'm trying to think how I, or Jessica's family could ever forgive this monster, but I can't right now. This boy is dangerous, and by 2016, I might have children of my own. I don't want them to have to live in fear of any murderers who have been released from prison. Prison isn't really a punishment for the offender, in actuality it's there to keep the rest of us safe from them and releasing him (and someone like Karla Homolka) is probably the worst thing we can do. Our justice system needs a lot of work to make sure these kind of sentences don't happen anymore.
Molitor -- convicted in the vicious stabbing death of ex-girlfriend Jessica Nethery -- yesterday apologized to her relatives, his own family and all of Sarnia before being sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 14 years.
Deducted from that are the three years he's already spent in custody, meaning he will become eligible in 2016.
I tried it out on my network and had it up and running within 5 minutes... very impressive! So, later that night I tried slipping it through my router so that I might share what I'm listening to with whoever wants to hear it. Thus, GordNet Radio was born. It won't be a 24/7 stream (yet?), but whenever I'm on the computer (which is far too much of the time), I'll probably have it running (as long as it doesn't interfere with my other programs).
If you want to listen in, you can check the status here (if no page comes up the server isn't currently running) then you can play the stream in Winamp by going to Add -> Add URL and pasting
http://gord.is-a-geek.net:9000into the bar and hitting add. I hope some of you at least give 'er a try... there's quite a variety of music on my computer these days, so there's bound to be something for everyone. Enjoy! :)
*three days, actually... but it actually started the day before I went to Aviation World
This is a layout of the apartment I'll be moving to (it's definitely not to scale). Going clockwise from the top left, the rooms are to be: my office, bathroom, kitchen/dining area, living room, and bedroom.
I'm pretty set on the colours for the living room (the "I'd Rather Be Flying" print will be there) and kitchen (the kitchen is already painted), but I don't know where to go with the bedroom and office. Any suggestions would be welcomed! :)
So, the other day I was on my way home from Kingston, and stopped at Aviation World in Toronto to pick up a book, and maybe a couple of pictures for my new apartment (moving May 1, by the way!). This first one is called "I'd Rather Be Flying" by Tom Blackwell.
Here's an article that summarises what people over there are thinking. Things do not look good.
Every day it's more difficult for me to believe that good will come of this "liberation."
What the US campaign [in the Middle East] is clearly not about is the promotion of democracy in either Lebanon or Syria, where the most plausible alternative to the Assad regime are radical Islamists. In a pronouncement which defies satire, Bush insisted on Tuesday that Syria must withdraw from Lebanon before elections due in May "for those elections to be free and fair". Why the same point does not apply to elections held in occupied Iraq - where the US has 140,000 troops patrolling the streets, compared with 14,000 Syrian soldiers in the Lebanon mountains - or in occupied Palestine, for that matter, is unexplained. And why a UN resolution calling for Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon has to be complied with immediately, while those demanding an Israeli pullout from Palestinian and Syrian territory can be safely ignored for 38 years, is apparently unworthy of comment.Linkage
"The influential Wall Street Journal published an angry editorial this week, saying Canadians are freeloaders who count on U.S. defence protection without giving anything in return."
Now, I have to tell you that I'm confused. Canada, the country that doesn't go around pissing people off, is a country of freeloaders? Wow, I must have missed something. I'm not one to say that we're on everyone's A-list, but really, which country in the world is ticked off enough with Canada to actually launch an attack on us? Let's do some thinking, shall we? Forgive me, I'm not an expert in foreign affairs, but I'll do the best I can here.
North Korea doesn't like too many countries. Frankly, even their only real ally that they had left, China, is even starting to get a littile irritated with them because of the nuclear weapons flap that's going on right now. For the time being, I think their major target is our southerly neighbours, the USA, who have been absolutely unhelpful when it comes to the ongoing negotiations. North Korea is not going to be dragging their army across the Pacific Ocean anytime soon, nor are they going to be launching missiles at us.
Ok, so Iran. What exactly are they going to do militarily? Besides, Canada hasn't been flying drones over their country in preparations for not going to war with them. I think this is another case of "they've got bigger problems".
Well... we haven't been torturing any prisoners lately, and we haven't generally been poking our nose in other people's business either. Not that that really matters. We're not exactly the poster-boy of foreign policy, but I haven't seen bin Laden warning the "Canadian infidels". But, we're still at risk, nonetheless. The problem with terrorism, as Spain, Israel, or Ireland can tell you, is that there's not a whole lot you can do to stop it. You could take away everybody's rights and make them absolutely paranoid that the terrorists are out to get them, but that doesn't help. All you can do is try and address the problems that are making the "terrorists" want to kill you... trying to wipe them out just isn't going to work. People seem to have forgotten that Timothy McVeigh wasn't Islamic, he didn't have brown skin, and he didn't have a turban. Terrorists don't have any identifying characteristics, thus there is no way to find them all. And let's not forget it only takes one to do damage.
To conclude, if you can think of anyone who's threatening enough to Canada that we need protection by the US, I'd like to hear it, just so I can start writing to my politicians to increase the Canadian Forces' funding even more. (BTW - I'm glad to hear that the Canadian Forces are getting a budget increase... maybe they'll be able to repair and upgrade their equipment from its budget-starved state. Shame on our government for not doing this sooner.)
"Bush, so incompetent, he can't even do the wrong things right."
The article I was reading was about how the US Secretary of State is "snubbing" Canada by delaying a scheduled meeting in April with the Canadian government. The perceived snub is apparently because of Canada's refusal to participate in the ridiculous Ballistic Missile Defense program. "If you're not going to do what we tell you, we're just not going to talk to you! So there!" Childish much?
This is the program that has been completely unsuccessful, and has only managed to even get the countermeasures off the ground in 5 out of 9 tests. The administration doesn't even realise that the system isn't going to do any good... I'm sure they remember Sept. 11, 2001 (seeing as they bring it up at every opportunity)? I don't think nuclear missiles are the problem they should be worrying about... perhaps foreign diplomacy? Or would that be too easy?
For a change, I'm actually proud of our government for not bowing down to an increasingly frightening administration south of the border.