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Musings and ramblings regarding daily life, news and things that come my way.

Stop and Think - Israel's Blockade

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On May 27, 2011 a group of 6 ships carrying 10,000 tons of alleged humanitarian aid was dispatched by Turkey to run Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. The blockade was put in place since the militant group Hamas seized control in June 2007. Israel wants to weaken Hamas, end rocket attacks from Gaza, and ensure national security for the innocent civilians living within its borders.

In response to this flotilla, and utilizing civilized diplomacy, the Israeli government contacted each of the ships captains and the non-governmental organizations supporting the flotilla as well as the Turkish Government which appears to be the primary organizer of the mission. Israel offered to allow the shipments to be offloaded in Ashdod, to be inspected for contraband weapons and equipment. The Legitimate aide supplies would then be transported into Gaza under the supervision of the sponsoring Aid Organizations.

The requests were ignored, and the flotilla continued steaming towards Gaza, despite the warnings that Israel would not permit it. When the flotilla was 80 miles off the coast, they were ordered to follow the Israeli navy escort into Ashdod, or be boarded.

When they refused, the Israeli navy boarded the first 5 ships without incident.

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Olympic Pride

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Many of our readers realize that I am in fact Canadian. I must say that these last Olympic Games were very exhilarating for a Canadian.

The irony of it all was that I was actually in Florida for 2 weeks vacation during the entire Winter Olympic Games, so I watched Canada’s best game showing ever from the warmth and comfort of a southern state, on American television. Luckily I was back in Canada to watch the men’s hockey final, and could therefore thoroughly enjoy Canada’s gold medal in a game dubbed, “Canada’s Game”. None of the medals meant as much to the most of us, as the hockey medals did. Hockey to the average Canadian is like a NASCAR and NFL fan all rolled into one American. We take it serious.

As I watched most of the games from Florida, I must say I was pleased to see how well the Canadian games were perceived, and how respectful the American commentators were toward the host country. I was also very pleased to see just how well Canada did in getting not only the most gold medasl Canada has ever received, but getting the most gold out of any country ever at an Olympic games.

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Chuck Smith & Rick Warren - my Musings on Harvest 2009

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There has been an interesting turn of events in this past month. It has created a buzz among evangelicals and has left many of us confused as to the stance and status of the Calvary Chapel.

On August 16, 2009, Calvary Chapel hosted their 20-year anniversary Harvest Crusade in Anaheim, CA. At that event Chuck Smith and Greg Laurie were not only sharing a stage with the "Purpose Driven" Pastor, but Chuck Smith went on to ask Rick to lead in prayer. In his own words, Chuck Smith announced him as " my good friend who pastors Saddleback Church".



Greg Laurie, Chuck Smith & Rick Warren at Harvest 2009

So what's the big deal?

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