“Satan is angry at what has been done here tonight, and the devil will seek to attack you, personally and corporately, to sow seeds of doubt and sin.” [in an exhortation to newly-illumined faithful at St. John the Forerunner, Indianapolis]
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Clark Carlton on Presidential Candidate Ron Paul

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An Open Letter to Orthodox Christians, on Behalf of Ron Paul

by Clark Carlton

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

The 2008 US presidential election is almost a year and a half away, and yet the various campaigns are in full swing. With states vying to move the primary season up into late 2007, it is time that we as citizens of the United States start to think about who we would like to see elected to the White House next year.

Before I express my own thoughts about the upcoming election, let me begin with a couple of obvious, but nonetheless vital, observations. First of all, reasonable people – and certainly the reason-endowed sheep of Christ’s flock – can disagree about political philosophies and the relative virtues and vices of particular candidates. I do not believe that there is one “Orthodox” answer to some of the questions that I will raise below. In other words, I will question neither the purity of your faith nor the sincerity of your commitment to Christ if you disagree with my thoughts.

Read the rest: An Open Letter to Orthodox Christians, on Behalf of Ron Paul by Clark Carlton

Congressman Paul probably will have my vote this year, even if he does not receive the Republican nomination.

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Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. This is your friendly, neighborhood cranky grammarian here with a usage note. Rule One: KNOW THE MEANINGS OF WORDS YOU USE, ESPECIALLY HOMOPHONES.

Take the following sentence, for example: “We are called father, and that is the roll of the father in a family to teach and correct his children.” Let’s ignore the punctuation issues for the moment. The “roll of the father.” I wonder, does he mean his dinner roll? Perhaps his roll of tape? Maybe he has a parchment roll from which he teaches and corrects his children.

Frankly, I think he means “role,” as in, “a part or character to be played” or “a function or position in society.”

Having twatted your nose with a roll of newspaper, I now lay aside my role as cranky grammarian.
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It’s great to be home. I just want to say that. I have approximately one year left in the Navy, and I can’t wait to come back here for a much longer period.

I just signed up with Twitter, which is a micro-blogging site. I can also sync it up with Facebook status updates. My twitter username thingie is kevinbasil.

I CAN HAZ LIFE NOW?

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Artificially Created Stem Cells Used to Cure Sickle Cell in Mice

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DailyTech – Artificially Created Stem Cells Cure Sickle Cell in Mice

Recently, scientists induced ordinary skin tissue cells to be pluripotent stem cells — a huge step that may allow all the advantages claimed for pluripotent stem cells without using any embryos. This research strongly indicates that it is indeed possible. Although the lead researcher states, “All the progress in this field was only possible because we had embryonic stem cells to work with first” (Washington Post), one wonders whether this research would have been pursued so vigorously had people of conscience not taken a stand, specifically by withholding tax dollars from embryonic stem cell research.

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