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Day May 23, 2007

Diary of a Christian Terrorist

A look at the student who was planning on bombing protesters at Falwell’s funeral:

Visitors to Mark David Uhl’s Myspace page will quickly learn that Uhl is a student at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, that he is a devoted Christian, that his name means “Mighty Warrior” — and that he likes Will Smith’s saccharine tear-up-the-club track, “Switch.” Uhl reveals his career ambitions on his page as well: “I will join the Army as an officer after college.” Already, Uhl was preparing in Liberty’s ROTC program.

Uhl waited until he was offline, however, to reveal his plot to kill the family of itinerant Calvinist provocateur Fred Phelps (famous for their “Fag Troops” rallies outside soldiers’ funerals). The Phelpses planned to protest Falwell’s funeral, a bizarre stunt designed to highlight Falwell’s somehow insufficiently draconian attitude towards homosexuals. Uhl made several bombs and allegedly told a family member he planned to use them to attack the Phelps family.

…Uhl was an a devout evangelical Christian who advocated religious violence in the name of American nationalism. Uhl’s blog, featured on his Myspace page, offers a window into the political underpinnings of his bomb plot. In one post, Uhl implores Christians to die on the battlefield for “Uncle Sam.” He justifies his call to arms by quoting several Biblical passages and reminding his readers that the “gift of God” is eternal life.

“Christians, we have been given life after death and we should help others receive it and not sit here in our big buildings and sing to ourselves so we can go home and feel good about ourselves,” Uhl writes. “Christians, fear of death, fear of death. The fear of death shows you don’t believe.”

Uhl concludes, “God needs soldiers to fight so his children may live free. Are you afraid??? I’m not. SEND ME!!! “

His myspace page can be found here.

Praying for Muslims

J-Walk found this gem on the Rapture Ready boards:

A Christian friend of mine who sells beauty products in homes via ‘home parties’ asked me to assist her last night as the house she was going to sell her stuff at was a MUSLIM home and all the invitees were Muslim women.

On our way over there we prayed strongly. We prayed over the products and when we got there as she was doing the presentation, little did the ladies who were in full muslim garb know I was praying in the NAME of the GOD of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. Neither did they know that I was ‘painting the house RED ‘ with the BLOOD of JESUS!… With the Blood of Yeshua Ha Meshia!!! Little did they know that as I went over to assist with the hand massage or the facials that I was speaking JESUS into them…that we were binding the power of the dark Islamic deception by the POWER of the NAME of Jesus, By the Power of His shed Blood, by the Power of the Holy Spirit, by the Power of the Most High GOD !!!

Man, I bet them demons were scattering all over the place bouncing off the walls for little did they know that GOD’S BEST were there wearing the FULL Armour of GOD, fighting the Battle…fighting for the release of these captive women, fighting for their salvation and deliverance.

To GOD be the GLORY !!!!! Halleluiah to the LAMB of GOD…Yeshua HaMeshia!!

I thought it was satire until I read some of the responses:

What you shared here, countmeworthy, sent (happy) chills all oer me. How beautiful it is how God uses us in so many different ways. You just never know who, what, when, where situation God’s going to use you.

Praying that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in the hearts and lives of these ladies. There’s no doubt in my mind they knew something was going on inside them, but just didn’t know what. I pray they all will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and their families as well!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s still America. We are Christians and have the power of the Almighty Lord! We CAN reach people. We CAN make a difference. Yes, this world is going down in a fiery blaze, but how wonderful to be able to pull some out of that fire with the love of Jesus Christ. Satan uses anger and bitterness to paralyze us. Don’t let him! Muslims will kill Christians, yes. We are the infidels to them.

Squirrel Cage for Jeeps

From a 1949 issue of Mechanix Illustrated

Squirrel Cage for jeeps is this new device for travel over swamps, bogs, soft beaches and heavy underbrush. It’s a continuous road matting on rollers which runs around the body and under the wheels. The Marine Corps is testing it at the Quantico, Virginia, base.

I guess testing didn’t go so well.

(via J-Walk)

Should I Invest in “Forever” Stamps?


Absolutely Not!
:

Since 1971, postal rates have increased more slowly than the actual inflation rate, as measured by the U.S. Consumer Price Index. So, despite the numerous rate hikes over the last 36 years, stamps have actually been getting cheaper. The 20-cent stamp from 1981, for instance, would be equivalent to 45 cents in today’s dollars—which makes today’s rate 10 percent cheaper than it was 26 years ago. Should this historical pattern hold, you’d be paying more for today’s forever stamps than you would for any stamp in the future, no matter how high the rate goes.

(via Kottke)

Cowboy Church

For those who would like to be baptized in a horse trough, on the back of a pickup truck, in a rodeo, by a man in a ten gallon hat…

(via Shakesville)

Death By Veganism

From the NY Times OpEd:

I was once a vegan. But well before I became pregnant, I concluded that a vegan pregnancy was irresponsible. You cannot create and nourish a robust baby merely on foods from plants.

Indigenous cuisines offer clues about what humans, naturally omnivorous, need to survive, reproduce and grow: traditional vegetarian diets, as in India, invariably include dairy and eggs for complete protein, essential fats and vitamins. There are no vegan societies for a simple reason: a vegan diet is not adequate in the long run.

Protein deficiency is one danger of a vegan diet for babies. Nutritionists used to speak of proteins as “first class” (from meat, fish, eggs and milk) and “second class” (from plants), but today this is considered denigrating to vegetarians.

The fact remains, though, that humans prefer animal proteins and fats to cereals and tubers, because they contain all the essential amino acids needed for life in the right ratio. This is not true of plant proteins, which are inferior in quantity and quality — even soy.

Two O’Clock Trailers – Airplane

Pride of Lions vs. Herd of Buffalo vs. 2 Crocodiles

A battle between a pride of lions, a herd of buffalo, and 2 crocodiles at a watering hole in South Africa’s Kruger National Park while on safari

(via Metafilter)

Royale with Cheese

From Will Work For Food:

Sure, you probably know in France that McDonald’s serves the Royale with cheese (thanks to the famous scene in Pulp Fiction) but did you know that McDonald’s all around the world offer a number of different items catering to their cultures?

Ok, you might’ve known. But you might not know exactly what they serve.

Here’s some of your McDonald’s options in countries all over the world.

(via Geekpress)

Passive-Aggressive Note Blog

The link of the week imo:

Passive-aggressive notes from roommates, neighbors, coworkers and strangers.

(via Boing Boing)


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