When it happened in America, The response was one of outcry, and a huge political and moral scandal.
When he reported it, the officer said “she got what she had coming to her”. You don’t see a difference there?
May 16, 2013 at 12:54am
Americans already pump and produce crude. All throughout the gulf region (I live within 50 miles of 12 separate gasoline refineries), the price of retrieving it locally and not having to transport it offsets the lower staffing costs elsewhere, followed by the huge cost to transport it back.
In other words, staffing costs are not an issue when it comes to US production.
May 16, 2013 at 12:50am
Eh, there are concerted efforts in place by Car manufacturers to improve fuel efficiency. My little pickup 20 years ago got 15 MPG, today the same make and model gets 28 MPG. If there was a viable alternative, I would jump at it. But the current electrical alternative is a joke, generating more pollution than the fuel it seeks to replace.
As for the killing of inventors, I am not sure there. I doubt its that simple. Its more likely the oil companys funded the reseach, and then patented the results, making it impossible to use or develop further.
As for oil investments, I think America is intentionally avoiding tapping its own resources, knowing most of the remainder of the world has neither the technology nor the ability to create an alternative to gasoline. When we finally get low in 20-30 years, America will again control the world via technology and gasoline.
May 16, 2013 at 12:44am
Not the correct solution.
Cant punish an entire region because some of the people there don’t respect women.
Would be better to raise the issues politically on a global scale, and embarrass the nations into taking action, like the people of India are doing with their government. The other thing would be to have the UN sign off on some kind of basic human rights and laws system that guarantees that no woman should be punished for violence against her. That, when incidents like this happen, the UN can step in and take action to retrieve the woman immediately, with international support.
May 16, 2013 at 12:38am
And, to answer your last point.
A man after God’s own heart.
David followed faithfully the laws and commandments of God. In his entire life, there are only 3 incidents in which he failed to be perfect. When given an instruction, he followed it perfectly, and showed complete faith in God in regards his future and what actions he should take.
1. Adultery – For which he was punished by God by loss of his Son.
2. Taking a census – against the wishes of God
3. Failing to be a be an even and fair father – Was too lax, and failed to punish his children when they needed it. As evidenced by the above bible verses.
David was not perfect, but he tried to be faithful and spiritual, and for that he was a man after God’s own heart. He also became a valid example and lesson for all Jews and Christians that followed.
May 16, 2013 at 12:27am
Correct, colleges do not allow papers based solely on Wikipedia sources. But there are thousands of other sites with teh same information on the dead sea scrolls.
It is your personal assertion that the DSS does not match up with current OT and NT texts. That is your assertion, that disagrees with the educated chaps who have taken the time to translate it. Lets not forget, photographs of the scrolls are online if you wish you can translate for yourself. But don’t doubt their work because its not your own.
This bible was a translated text, yes, it was edited, as people came to realize translation mistakes. This is why I went back to the Jewish texts and to the newest translation, that’s as close to original as you can get in English. Yes, everyone accepts that some of the power and meaning was lost in translation, but we are at least trying to correct that. It wasn’t until I went back to Jewish texts that the word formed used for animals is different to the word used for humans. That humans have a Godly element in their forming, even at a scriptural spelling level.
He slept with the concubines after the murder. In the UK we have an old saying that I think is of Arab descent, regarding the final straw that broke the camels back. The final issue was the sleeping with the concubines, he didn’t act right away to the murder of the brother.
May 16, 2013 at 12:15am
Same thing happens in the nation of Islam too.
You have people who read and understand the Quran differently. This is why you have extremists and progressives, each quoting different portions of the Quran to enforce their message.
May 16, 2013 at 12:12am
Peoples understanding of the bible, and its teachings change with life lessons and perspectives. I used to be a bench warming Atheist Catholic. Then I was an agnostic pretending to be Church of England. As I grew, so did my understanding of the bible and my faith. I was non-denominational Christian for a few years, and now I am Hebrew roots.
Yes, the Scriptures bible is old and new testament, with new translations written by Jewish and Greek scholars to give a much more strict translation.
Every person is able to read a passage and understand it for himself. The same verse can mean many different things depending on what you are experiencing at that moment in life. You take what you need from it. As you grow in your relationship with God (which is a life long process), your understanding of the verse grows until you reach a full understanding of the bible that feels correct to you.
Its hard to explain, its like the difference between sunnis, sufis, and Shias. Each of them vary just small amount, and to each, their understanding of the Quran is the correct one.
I have my understanding of the bible, which changes weekly. Others have theirs. Unfortunately most rely on their pastor to give them a meaning, hardly ever cracking the bible open for themselves. And, most pastors tend to teach only tithing and the promise of rewards.
May 15, 2013 at 11:55pm
1. The bible regulates slavery and puts a limit on the time a slave can be kept. This however, is not relevant today. It applied historically because it was a culturally accepted norm. Today, from New Testament teachings, we understand all men to be equal.
2. The US is not my country of citizenship, it is my country of residence. If I had my way, abortion would be illegal except when the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother. However, as this country is democratic, people vote for who they want.
3. While census data states the US is 76% Christian, I can tell you from a personal perspective, a large portion of them are weekend warriors and bench warmers. Christians only on Sunday mornings. They do not follow Christian morals, believes, and teachings. I quit my last church because the leader of that church was nothing more than a life coach using scriptures as positive reinforcement.
4. Universal health care is a nice dream to have, coming from a socialist driven nation, I can see its benefits. But, I have also seen its limitations. The idea is not a GOP idea, its a socialist idea. Many socialists in the US join both the democratic and republican party, as there is no viable socialist party to run with.
It was however a democratic government here that pushed it through and made it policy, even with a huge public outcry against it.
May 15, 2013 at 11:38pm
But you again overlook the obvious, “Sexual Assaults” is a blanket term.
It could be as minor as “he said I had a nice ass”.
Yes, there’s a lot of that kind of harassment. Especially now openly gay military members are permitted. How would you feel, sharing a shower with a gay man when you turn around and notice him eyeing you like a piece of meat? Id lodge a complain too.
Not stating there’s no rape in the 26,000 incidents reported, but from another article I read, most of the reports were of hazing between regular rank and file going to far, and of inappropriate touching / groping. Its a shame its happening, and it needs to be corrected, but its far from the 26k rapes you are portraying it as. That, and of the 26k assaults reported, less than 4% was by civilians (920).
May 15, 2013 at 11:22pm
Presidential candidates whose citizenship was questioned:
Charles Evans Hughes
Presidents whose citizenship was questioned:
Martin Van Buren
Chester A Arthur
The term, natural born citizen is defined and understood. Its definition is a part of US law.
Your assertion that Obama’s citizenship was the first questioned because he is black is incorrect.
His is questioned because he was raised in multiple countries and his own grandmother said he was born in Kenya. His mother was also not old enough to pass on citizenship at the time of his reported DOB.
Your assertion that all white voters have voted by race is also a fallacy. Id vote for a black woman tomorrow, if she held the same views and believes as I do. I do not consider skin color as a deciding factor in an election, but yes, I was annoyed it was the only factor for the extra votes. Those extra votes won him the election. I can also state that the RACE and the SEX of the candidate, before 2008 was never a deciding factor, or even something considered. How could it be if no woman or person of ethnicity ran before then.
An extra 10% of the African american community voted for the first time in 2008, the percentage of white voters remained almost completely static.
May 15, 2013 at 11:05pm
Thats my national flags. Morons needs to put that thing back up in its rightful place.
Not remove it because the descendants of an enemy from a thousand year old war may find it offensive.
This logic is beyond stupid, if they are offended by the sight of the flag, dont look, or failing that, go back to Islamisbad and enjoy their own national flag instead.
Note that the Muslims quoted had no problem with the flag. It was only the busybody Ms. Jackson who thought " it might offend the town’s 16 Muslim residents".
I hope the thousands of young British men buried in flanders appreciate that the English flag will be flown in their honor on Armistice Day each year.
Meanwhile, what's a "Bloom Flag"? How many English men and women died fighting for it?
May 15, 2013 at 1:39am
“The map was reportedly a gift from the “Palestinian Women’s Union.””
Take note, its a hand made crafted map out of Palestine. its what they believe is the real map, as they still consider Israel an invading force with no legal claim to the land itself.
Its just sad that the UN failed to be sensitive to both sides of the matter by posting a real world map in the background or something similar.
May 14, 2013 at 1:13pm
No, what I said is that the bible phohibits such acts.
And, that anyone who understands his religion and faith should not take part in such acts.
As a result, in taking part in such acts, they are proving they are not Christian.
You also seem to forget, the democrats, a largely aethist political movement, fought against the civil rights movement, while the republicans, a large christian political movement supported it.
May 14, 2013 at 1:09pm
In no way is any nation responsible for the depravity in the Muslim world aside from the Muslims themselves.
Before the US entered Iraq and Afghanistan, the Muslim leadership in both countries were routinely raping, murdering, and torturing their own citizens. The US and its allies went there and tried to fix that issue.
of the 19,000 assaults, I can guarantee you most of them were against other military members, and of them, more than 80% were regular complaints of sexual harassment, ie, sexual horseplay. Slapping ass, making comments of a sexual nature, etc. While I do not support such acts, I do not think you should maintain the idea that all 19,000 incidents were rapes, and your new assertion that a lot percentage of those rapes were against Muslim women.
Show me evidence of a Muslim woman reporting a rape against an american soldier. Please. Find me more than 10 such stories over the last 10 years and ill support your assertion.
Heres the one thing you overlook. Here it is against the law for a soldier to rape a civilian. In Syria it is religiously endorsed and actively encouraged. Thats a muslim cleric telling muslim soldiers its ok to rape any female who isnt a sunni Muslim.
May 14, 2013 at 12:52pm
I see, you’re an elitist too? (SMH) – No, I stated most intelligent people on the right side of the political spectrum. Did not state there was noone intelligent on the other side of the spectrum.
It is standard procedure to release tax returns, etc, and to respond to requests for specific information. If legitimate questions arise regarding citizenship, it is also the norm to respond with evidence. The issue is the definition of “legitimate question”. His campaign responded stating questions regarding his citizenship were nothing more than a diversionary tactic against his running.
Yes, women can take up that office. But, our choices are current Rice, Clinton, and Palin. None of which really suit the position.
I am not stating they shouldn’t vote, but should only vote when they educate themselves on their choices. As evidenced by those two vids I linked, a large portion of his voters did not bother to educate themselves on his policies. They voted for him because they followed party lines or figured it was time to vote for a black man.
Its all too telling that in 2008 and 2012, there were record numbers of black voters, well beyond any level seen before. Id have no issue with it if they voted AFTER doing research, but most didn’t, and to me, color of skin should not be a deciding factor in a political election.
May 14, 2013 at 1:47am
Lol thats a little off again.
First, put it in Context. David was Father to the victim, to the perp, and to the avenger. He had no option but to never officially acknowledge the sins of his son as it was HIS SON, a prince. Doesn’t excuse the crime though.
Now, seeing as the guy who hurt my sister was neither a relation nor a friend, I have no such worries regarding punishment. Same with the other statement, whether he was sick in the head or not, he hurt my sister and at that moment in time I would have done him some serious damage for what he did to her.
David mourned his dead son, and sought to punish the living one. Doesn’t mean he didn’t foresee the violence or failed to prevent it unintentionally.
As per other parts of Davids life, its known to all that he was human, prone to lapses in judgement. You yourself mentioned him taking a married woman and having the husband killed so he could legitimize the marriage. You expect him to be a shining example of one who takes only the best course of action, but he was through and through human.
Cant comment 100% one way or the other whether David allowed one son to take revenge against the other, or whether he punished either of them in any fashion, but its my guess he chastised his son for the rape, and likely would have done the same to the son who committed murder.
May 14, 2013 at 1:35am
I give you an explanation from what I believe.
As nearly every sect of Christianity has a different teaching of the meaning of most verses, you will find it hard to get a universal response to any given verse. The only verse you quoted that all Christians should agree on is the sword verse. At least, any Christian who’s at least attempted to read the New Testament (and believe me, there’s plenty of “Christians” who don’t study at all but get their information purely from a pastor, sometimes with an agenda).
I am currently a Hebrew roots Christian, born atheist, and raised in a catholic church. I believe, unlike most Christians, that Jesus did not come to replace the Torah, but to fulfill it. That he lived by Torah and died in a way pre-told in the book itself. I do not believe we live outside of the laws set forth in the Torah. But, I also understand that I am a seriously flawed human being, who will never be able to earn salvation through following the law and my deeds alone.
The Torah teaches us the laws of God. The new Testament teaches us that through Jesus, God forgives us for failing to follow his laws perfectly. That through the sacrifice of his son, we are saved.
I study the bible for approximately 4-5 hrs a week, I read Torah portions in time what Jews read, and also read Haftarah and Gospel. This week I am studying:
Torah: Numbers 4:21-7:89
Prophets: Judges 13:2-5
Gospel: John 11:1-54
Old testament portions dating over 2500 years old, as the Torah was mainly an oral tradition for the first few hundred years, and the nation was wiped out multiple times in its history, having something this old is a testament to the faith and surviving spirit of its people.
Copies of the individual texts have been found to date even older.
But, seeing as Allah himself stated that the scripts in use by the Christians and Jews was the work of God, in the year 620ish AD, and aside from minor translation mistakes the modern Torah portions match the dead sea scroll portions pretty much exactly, not sure why you would question its authenticity. Considering the Vatican bible, and the other one above also closely match what we have today, I feel Allah supports what we read and use.
May 14, 2013 at 1:01am
1. you call it a lie then state the verse proving it true. He made himself sick out of lust for her. Ie, he went mad.
2. 21 When King David heard all this, he was furious. – David was angry when he heard of the rape. David knew of the rape, he knew of Absoloms hatred to his brother, but still allowed thee two of them to be alone. Any may with half a brain would not allow the borther of a rape victim to be left alone with the rapist.
3. All fathers mourn the loss of their children, no matter what they do in life to shame or dishonor them. Also, the verse did not state the murder was a state sanctioned punishment, just that he was killed for the act of raping his sister.
Yes its a harsh punishment, but having had a sister raped by an ex about 7 years back, I can tell you if I had found him the first month or two I was looking, id likely be serving jail time right now.
I think what you are running into is an issue of literal and implied meanings. ie when I said David hated his son. I don’t mean he disowned him and sought his death, only that he was angered by his actions and likely would have taken action against him if he wasn’t his own flesh and blood.