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Merry Christmas to one and all!
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quinirius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to the, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angle, praising God and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in he rheart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Luke 2:1-20 (NIV)

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As you all know the Lord of the Rings Return of the King opens today, and I can' t wait to see it. It's already got a buzz as being a front-runner for Best Picture. Today I came across this interesting interview with John Rhys-Davies, who plays Gimli the Dwarf. He talks about what the the Lord of the Rings means to him, how it is relevant to us today:

I think that Tolkien says that some generations will be challenged. And if they do not rise to meet that challenge, they will lose their civilization. That does have a real resonance with me.

He goes on to talk about how our generation is now being challenged, and how his father said back in the 1950's that the next war would be one between the western world and Islam. He talks about how we need to stand up to our generation's challenge now.. very interesting read.

Lord of the Rings Interviews
Review of the Movie

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Those on the left have been floating all kinds of crazy theories lately. Here's the latest one - that the U.S. could have captured Saddam Hussein "whenever they wanted", and they only captured him now because it was convenient and Bush needed a boost. This theory has been floated by Jim McDermott (D-Washington) in published interviews.

Also heard was Madeline Albright floating the theory to another guest of a Fox News show in the green room that perhaps the Bush administration has captured Osama Bin Laden and is holding him for an "October capture" before next year's election. (She came out the next day to say she was joking)

The left is getting more and more looney every day. What will they think of next? Read more here:

Shot in the Dark

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Roberto Tagorda talks about the Iraqi delegate and his dressing down of the UN:

Laying the SmackDown at the UN

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NEWS FLASH!!!

Saddam Hussein was captured today! Click the picture for the whole story:

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How did the media react to the anti terrorism demonstrations in Iraq? :

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Here is some encouraging news about anti-terrorism demonstrations in Iraq. Iraqi blogger Zayed at Healing Iraq has written about the event, and uploaded 3 albums of pictures. Check out his blog for news and commentary about Iraq that you won't read on any traditional media:

http://healingiraq.blogspot.com/

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Winter rainbow on my way to work this morning

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Positive news break from Iraq:

Iraq behind the cameras: a different reality

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A Religion of Peace?
One thing that has troubled me quite a bit is how President Bush has pandered to the Islamic special interest here in America calling Islam a religion of peace, saying he thinks we believe in the same God, etc etc. The reason I find this so troubling is because Islam is so obviously not a religion of peace. If you look at any country were Islam is prevalant, there is no democracy, only pain, suffering and oppression. Of course there are peaceful muslims, and those who don't believe in the same extreme brand of Islam, but it seems that Islam has increasingly become the territory of the extreme Islamofascists.

Over at Powerline today they touch on this idea of Islam as a religion of peace, talking about how the mass media will ignore the facts every chance they get, and try to gloss over how so many of the terrorist actions, and crimes are now motivated by this "religion of peace". They talk about how John Malvo and John Muhammad were both muslims motivated by their Islamic faith. Also, they touch on how some well meaning conservatives have been co-opted by Islamic factions in the U.S.

PowerLineBlog

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I read a very interesting article today by talking about an explosion of Christian house churches in China, and how quite possibly the islamic world may not need to worry so much about American Christians coming to convert them, but Chinese Christians.

In the article Jack Wheeler talks about David Aikman's book, "Jesus in Bejing" where Aikman estimates that there are

"currently over 80 million practicing Christian believers in China, and predicts that within three decades this number will quintuple to embrace fully one-third of China’s population. This in spite of incredible persecution by the Chinese Communist government."

Jack Wheeler goes on to state:

" The next Christian Crusades will be conducted by the Chinese. This even has a formal name: The Back to Jerusalem Movement. It is being organized by the leaders of the Protestant evangelical Chinese Christian churches with the stated intention of sending out a minimum of 100,000 Chinese Christian missionaries over the next 10-20 years to the “10/40” window: the latitudinal band around the world between 40º north and 10º south that encompasses the majority of Moslem populations."

I can only hope and pray that these brave Chinese Christians are successful in their mission. The profound effect that they could have on the world is very exciting.

To read more click here:
The Chinese Christian Crusade

Also, read more about the Back To Jerusalem Movement of Chinese Missionairies:

http://www.backtojerusalem.com/

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Turns out they were right about WMD all along:

Iraqi Colonel: WMD Could've Been Launched in 45 Minutes

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Here is a definitive argument against the left's "blood for oil" mantra.

Powerline

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Could it be true? What will our president do next!!

Bush Pays Surprise Visit to Space Station