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Arthur C. Clarke 1918-2008

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 18, 2008

One of my favorite Science Fiction authors has died. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was his idea to place satellites 22,300 miles in orbit so they would appear to be “stationary” in the sky, and make communications easier beyond the horizon. Some call it the “Clarke Belt” in his honor.

Here is his 90th Birthday message from his home in Sri Lanka:

And here is an odd animated short:

And I’ll end my tribute to this man by sharing the greatest seven minutes of cinematic history, inspired by his book, 2001 A Space Odyssey. A little known fact about the original story…the Bigger Monolith was originally orbiting Saturn, and was later changed to Jupiter in later editions of the book.

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Rush Limbaugh–"Dealing With Adversity"

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 18, 2008

Join us at The Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies as the Doctor of Democracy provides instruction on dealing with adversity:

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Latest Treatment Fails Paxten Mitchell

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 18, 2008

ASHEVILLE – The treatment that held so much hope for leukemia patient Paxten Mitchell and his family has failed. The 3-year-old’s white cell counts rose again Sunday.

According to the family’s CaringBridge site this morning, the family has taken the boy home. Plans have been made for a Make a Wish trip to Disney World and the family will be leaving today for Florida.

Doctors stopped the chemotherapy Paxten had been receiving, athough he was still receiving drugs to lower his white blood cell count.

Source: Asheville Citizen-Times

Paxten’s Journal

Pray for Paxten. Donate to his fund to help his parents with the cost of cancer treatments the insurance company won’t pay.

Robert Mitchell
c/o Paxten Mitchell Fund
Premier Federal Credit Union
148 Charlotte Street
Asheville, NC 28801
or inquire further at 828-252-2346

Previously

Paxten Mitchell and the City of Asheville

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Watch Obama Speech on Race Relations Live

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 18, 2008

Democrat Barack Obama is seeking to distance himself from statements by his longtime pastor that have aggravated racial divisions in the contentious Democratic primary battle. He is calling for both sides to tone down their rhetoric.

The Illinois senator is using a speech at a site near the nation’s birthplace to present what his campaign said would be a comprehensive take on “race, politics, and unifying our country.” Among other things, the Illinois Democrat was seeking to calm the uproar over racially tinged sermons by his former pastor at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, remarks that have threatened to undercut Obama’s campaign theme of easing the racial divide.

Click here to watch live.

**update** noon
It’s over, the speech, that is.

The entire text can be found at Real Clear Politics.

I’ll have the audio available soon. Check back.

Okay, the player isn’t working for me, so click here to download the entire speech, with introduction. It is a 42 MB MP3 audio file.

And, here is the youtube version of the speech below:

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WNC Citizens Blog Today

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 18, 2008

I have managed to get back into the groove of blogging at WNC Citizens Blog, and would like to point out two of my posts over there today.

The Definition of Socialism: Asheville City Council

Fred Smith in Madison County

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The Problem With Obama’s Church: Ethnocentric Christian Marxism

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 18, 2008

Beyond the incendiary nature of Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s comments, there is another serious concern about Obama’s church. It is the black liberation theology taught by the church, and it dovetails nicely with his first vocational choice as a community organizer in poor black communities in Chicago.

The church website even points to a 1969 book by Dr. James Cone, “Black Power and Black Theology” as being the basis for their vision statement, which reads:

We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian… Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain “true to our native land,” the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.

The Pastor as well as the membership of Trinity United Church of Christ is committed to a 10-point Vision:

  1. A congregation committed to ADORATION.
  2. A congregation preaching SALVATION.
  3. A congregation actively seeking RECONCILIATION.
  4. A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.
  5. A congregation committed to BIBLICAL EDUCATION.
  6. A congregation committed to CULTURAL EDUCATION.
  7. A congregation committed to the HISTORICAL EDUCATION OF AFRICAN PEOPLE IN DIASPORA.
  8. A congregation committed to LIBERATION.
  9. A congregation committed to RESTORATION.
  10. A congregation working towards ECONOMIC PARITY.

There are also you tube videos you may watch that explains their view.

Anyone can see the leftist and race-centric (that is PC for racist) philosophy embodied in the statement. Don’t believe me? Re-read their vision and where ever you encounter the word black, replace it with white (or Aryan), and where ever you see Africa, replace it with Europe (or Germany).

We do not tolerate racism from whites, and should not tolerate it from blacks.

Outside the focus on race, the church follows a “liberation theology” that is Marxism masquerading as Christianity. Read more about lefty theology at Sillie Lizzie’s Rock:

“…. liberation theology has been the gateway constructed by leftwing theologians … to bring Christians straight into the Marxist socialist revolution, as if Marx or Marxists really cared about the poor and oppressed, or ever succeeded in elevating them from poverty.

In point of fact, of course, the Marxists, their leftwing theologians, their apologists, and their socialist hangers-on created more poor and more oppressed than the world has ever witnessed throughout its entire existence.

Now, back to Dr. James Cone. He wrote on page 3 of “God of the Oppressed” that my theological reflections are inseparable from the Bearden experience. What I write is urged out of my blood.”[link]

This goes counter to the most basic precept of Christianity, that of forgiveness. That should be no surprise, for the theology of Dr. Cone holds a most un-Biblical view of what sin and salvation is [link]:

In Cone’s view, sin is “a condition of human existence in which man denies the essence of God’s liberating activity as revealed in Jesus Christ.” In this view, sin is anything that is contrary to the oppressed community or its liberation.

Salvation for Cone primarily has to do with earthly reality, not heavenly hopes. “To see the salvation of God is to see this people [i.e., the blacks] rise up against their oppressors, demanding that justice become a reality now and not tomorrow.” Hence, though Cone often speaks of Jesus as the Liberator, in practical terms he emphasizes the human work of self-liberation among blacks and downplays divine help.

So, we can see that Obama’s church is not a “Christian” church in the sense we can recognize. It follows an offshoot of Christianity based on ethnocentrist, and Marxist beliefs wrapped in a covering of Christianity.

Those of us who were shocked by the hatred and profanity spewed out of Reverend Jeremiah’s mouth, recognize that the philosophy that spawns such language is not based in Christ’s love, but in something else entirely. I am currently editing some videos of his speeches to focus on the reaction of others in the audience to his hate…joy and approval.

American Thinker has tackled the same problem I have, and taken a slightly different tack on the problem of Barack Obama’s theological beliefs, and has called it Neoliberal Theocracy.

Previously:

Obama’s Church and Radicalized Palestinian Christians
Listen to Obama’s Pastor Preach
Obama and Chicago Mores
Auchi, Rezko, Obama: “Who Are They?”
Rashid Khalidi and Barack Obama
Rezco Watch: Obama’s Republican Party problem
Obama’s Global Tax

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