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President Tom Wants To Meet The Pope

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Ahmadinejad has requested a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI. To what end?

Vatican sources said earlier this week that it was not yet clear if the pope would meet individual heads of state attending the U.N. event or hold a collective audience for them in order to save time.

The Vatican has criticized Ahmadinejad for calling for Israel to be wiped off the map.

The Holy See has diplomatic ties with Iran and Pope Benedict has met Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki. The pontiff has repeatedly encouraged dialogue to resolve differences over Iran’s disputed nuclear program, which the West says is aimed at making nuclear bombs.

Who Is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? There is a full internal consistency in Ahmadinejad. Below are a few examples of his sayings, beliefs and actions. Whether one agrees or disagrees with them,
they all fit perfectly into a consistent pattern.

  • He literally believes in the imminent emergence of the Mahdi – the Shiites promised one who is expected to appear to set aright a decadent and wretched world.
  • He views himself as the vassal of Mahdi, working for him and being accountable to him.
    His main task is to prepare the world so to hasten the Mahdi’s coming. If this preparation requires much destruction and bloodshed, so be it.
  • As a former mayor of Tehran, he developed elaborate detailed plans preparing the city
    for the arrival of the Mahdi.
  • He allocated generous sums for extensive road improvement to a mosque at Jamkaaraan near the city of Qum where it is believed the promised Mahdi is hiding in a well since the age of nine, over 1100 years ago.
  • He reportedly visits the well frequently and drops his written supplications into the well for the hidden Mahdi to act upon them.
  • He has said in private that it was he who asked the Mahdi to inflict the massive stroke
    on Ariel Sharon.
  • He sees the Jews as the sworn enemies of Islam. The hostility dates back to the time of Muhammad’s own treatment of the Jews in Medina. At first, expediently, Muhammad called the Jews “people of the book,” and accorded them a measure of tolerance until he gained enough power to unleash his devastating wrath on them.
  • He says that the Holocaust is a myth. He is, in this respect, in good company with a number of other revisionist claimants.
  • He wants Israel to be wiped out of the map or transferred to Europe.
  • In his speech at the UN general assembly, he implored the Mahdi to come and save
    the world. He claimed that during his speech of some twenty odd minutes, a
    powerful light enveloped him and all participants were held transfixed unable to
    move their eyes.
  • He believes that the earth is Allah’s and all people must either become believers of his brand of Islam or must perish as infidels najis (unclean) who by their very presence defile Allah’s earth.
  • He believes that this earthly life is passing and worthless in comparison to the afterlife
    awaiting a devoted and faithful believer. Hence, he holds to the old belief that if a faithful kills an infidel, he goes to Allah’s paradise; and, if the faithful gets killed in the process of serving the faith, again he goes to Allah’s paradise. Hence, it is a win-win proposition for the faithful.
  • Ahmadinejad is a true devoted Muslim. Being unpredictable, self-contradictory and inconsistent are major symptoms of the mentally unhinged.

By these standards of insanity, Ahmadinejad emerges as completely sane. He is fully predictable, consistent and has shown no self-contradiction. He does not even pretend that he misspoke or apologizes for his outrageous statements. He is not a typical politician who practices the devious art of doublespeak, deception and change of position to suit him.

He knows who he is, what hebelieves, what he holds as veritable truth and what his own mission in life is – serving as the instrument for the revered Mahdi whom Allah shall make him emerge from the well as soon as the world’s conditions hit the absolute hopeless bottom. Ahmadinejad sees himself as a driver who can play a critical role in doing just that – driving the world to the very bottom.

Iran’s Anti-Catholicism coalition

Islam Will Conquer All The Mountain Tops In The World.

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May 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Talking Bubblehead

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UPDATE: China doesn’t respond to Stone’s comments except behind the scenes where an official was overheard to say “What happens in China politically can’t be any worse than Sharon Stone’s acting in ‘Streets of Blood’ even with her panties on.” Now that’s really mean.

How embarrassing is it for Hollywood that Sharon Stone is out without someone monitoring her. What is she doing making comments in public? She can’t utter a coherent sentence, a complete sentence, and golly gee, the Dalai Lama (although, I’m guessing Sharon spells it Dolly) is her good friend.

Painful just to watch her.

Oops, she doesn’t like people to be unkind. Oh, well.

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May 27, 2008 at 9:15 pm

More Evidence Carter Is Dangerous To US Security

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Former President Carter blurted out in a Welsh conference over the weekend how many nuclear weapons in the United States, Russia, Great Britain, France, and Israel’s arsenal. Classified information that has never been confirmed.

Asked how a future US president should deal with the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran, the 83-year-old said: “The US has more than 12,000 nuclear weapons, the Soviet Union (sic) has about the same; Great Britain and France have several hundred, and Israel has 150 or more.”

“We have a phalanx of enormous weaponry, not only of enormous weaponry, but of rockets to deliver those missiles on a pinpoint accuracy target,” he said at a press conference in Hay-on-Wye, in Wales, on Sunday, according to a spokesman for the Guardian Hay Festival.

Israel is widely believed to be the only nuclear power in the Middle East but has a policy of neither confirming nor denying its arsenal.

Who does Carter think he is and why is our government allowing this 83 year old man to traipse around the world dive-bombing our security and our allies?

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May 27, 2008 at 7:55 am

On This Day: Jesuits Banned In Massachusetts

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May 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Psychiatrists Volunteer To Help Soldiers Come Home

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It’s so reassuring that when help is needed, Americans step up to the plate. In a media cycle of condemning the US government for not helping our soldiers when they come home to re-enter civilian society, private psychiatrists are offering free services to military with emotional problems.

On this Memorial Day, America’s armed forces and its veterans are coping with depression, suicide, family, marital and job problems on a scale not seen since Vietnam. The government has been in beg-borrow-and-steal mode, trying to hire psychiatrists and other professionals, recruit them with incentives or borrow them from other agencies.

Among those volunteering an hour a week to help is Brenna Chirby, a psychologist with a private practice in McLean, Va.

“It’s only an hour of your time,” said Chirby, who counsels a family member of a man deployed multiple times. “How can you not give that to these men and women that … are going oversees and fighting for us?”

There are only 1,431 mental health professionals among the nation’s 1.4 million active-duty military personnel, said Terry Jones, a Pentagon spokesman on health issues.

About 20,000 more full- and part-time professionals provide health care services for the Veterans Administration and the Pentagon. They include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers and substance abuse counselors.

According to veterans groups and health care experts, that is not enough for a mental health crisis emerging among troops and their families.

“Honestly, much is being done by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs,” said retired Army Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis, a psychiatrist. “But the need to help these men and women goes far beyond whatever any government agency can do.”

The VA says it has seen 120,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have symptoms of mental health problems, half with post-traumatic stress disorder. Although rates are high from those two wars, most of the 400,000 patients seen in VA last year for PTSD were Vietnam-era veterans, officials said.

Civilian groups are trying to step in for troops from the current conflicts.

“There are over 400,000 mental health professionals in our great country,” said Barbara V. Romberg, a clinical psychologist who practices in Washington. “Clearly, we have the resources to meet this challenge.”

Romberg founded Give An Hour, a group of 1,200 mental health professionals donating one hour of free care a week to troops, veterans or family members. They have to commit to doing it for a year.

Romberg, in cooperation with the American Psychiatric Foundation, hopes to find 40,000 volunteers over the next three years, or about 10 percent of available civilian professionals. The effort to get the word out to those who need the help and to recruit and train volunteers is being backed by a $1 million grant from the Lilly Foundation.

Romberg’s group is the largest of a number across the nation.

Nearly 200 also have volunteered for the Soldiers Project, started by psychiatrists at the Ernest S. Lawrence Trauma Center of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies – and now operating in Chicago, Seattle and New York.

The Coming Home Project in the San Francisco area has dozens of volunteers. A group of veterans, psychotherapists and interfaith leaders, it offers everything from retreats and workshops to yoga and other stress management programs as well as the counseling.

Thank you to all of the volunteers.

Smile: You’re On Google Maps

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Live viewing of an automobile crash, a bikini car wash, a child possibly being shot by a pistol? What online sleuths have been able to find is more than directions on Google Maps.

Google collects the images for its Street View feature using cameras strapped to the top of vehicles, and some of the pictures uncovered by Street View sleuths even show the drivers of the Google vehicles paying tolls at interstate exits.

But other images uncovered in Street View are more notable for what is going on around the car. One sequence of images detailed by the Web site Gawker purports to show the many angles of a drug deal going down.

More Street Views.

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May 26, 2008 at 2:29 pm

Memorial Day

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Click to Mix and Solve

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May 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm