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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Will you marry me? NO!

It's 11.30 at night and I was just on my way to bed when I stopped to look at the news and heard this:

It is the one moment every man wants to get right -- and which London floor-fitter Lefkos Hajji could hardly have got more wrong.

A luckless 28 year-old's dreams of giving his sweetheart, Leanne, 26, the ultimate proposal have literally vanished into thin air.

Hajji, of Hackney, east London, had concealed a $12,000 engagement ring inside a helium balloon. The idea was that she would pop the balloon as he popped the question.

But as he left the shop, a gust of wind pulled the balloon from his hand and he watched the ring -- and quite possibly the affections of his girlfriend -- sailing away over the rooftops.

"I couldn't believe it," he told The Sun newspaper. "I just watched as it went further and further into the air. I felt like such a plonker. It cost a fortune and I knew my girlfriend would kill me."

Hajji spent two hours in his car trying to chase and find the balloon, without success. "I thought I would give Leanne a pin so I could literally pop the question," he said.

"But I had to tell her the story -- she went absolutely mad. Now she is refusing to speak to me until I get her a new ring."
Now we get down to the reason I am writing this!!!!

First of all, unless "floor fitter's" make a couple of hundred grand a year, why on earth would he spend twelve thousand dollars on an engagement ring?

Does he really buy into that shit that a ring should cost about 3 months salary?

If he and his "former fiancee'" had any brains they would have put that money away towards a down payment on a house or a flat or something, but NOOOOoooo!

And secondly, I say FORMER FIANCEE because the Bitch won't marry him now unless he buys her ANOTHER ring? She needs a good swift kick in the ass.

That's what she needs!

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Letters, we get letters!!!

Hi, Allan.

Nice to hear the word of common sense.

In my recent studies in Humanities, I've become more aware of how people 'argue' in a Philosophical sense, that is, wholey impartial and objective, not the 'blood and guts' type of argument; there are Valid Arguments and Sound Arguments; they are different.

The trouble is, you cannot have, I find, a meaningful argument, a Sound Argument, when the discussion is linked with faith. Faith seems to be all things to all people, no matter how passionately they each fight their corners.

Much of the discussion and disagreement involving religion gets linked with territory, land or country; all the same thing really. Then, people who hold the same beliefs and follow the same doctrines begin to feel threatened.

That's when they start to forget the principles of their religion; peace, love and tolerance.

I should like to know some of the sources of your wisdom, so I can refer to them when I'm getting into the Religion part of my Humanities. We never know enough, but we never know it all! I look forward to more of your articles, my friend.

Peace.
jerome k.,

Jerome go H E R E and get the paperback of "The Plain Truth About God!"

It will tell you everything you need to know about religion.

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Islam strikes back!

There is an article here from "Religion News" blog that struck home with me and I would like to reprint it along with some comments the blog made about the political side of Islam.

The Muslim world has created a battle plan to defend its religion from political cartoonists and bigots.

Concerned about what they see as a rise in the defamation of Islam, leaders of the world’s Muslim nations are considering taking legal action against those that slight their religion or its sacred symbols.

It was a key issue during a two-day summit that ended Friday in Dakar, Senegal’s capital.

“I don’t think freedom of expression should mean freedom from blasphemy,” said Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade, the chairman of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference.

“There can be no freedom without limits.”

Delegates were given a voluminous report by the OIC that recorded anti-Islamic speech and actions from around the world. The report concludes that Islam is under attack and that a defense must be mounted.

“Muslims are being targeted by a campaign of defamation, denigration, stereotyping, intolerance and discrimination,” charged Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary general of the group.

The report urges the creation of a “legal instrument” to crack down on defamation of Islam.

Some delegates point to laws in Europe criminalizing the denial of the Holocaust and other anti-Semitic rhetoric.

They also point to articles within various U.N. charters that condemn discrimination based on religion and argue that these should be ramped up.

“In our relation with the Western world, we are going through a difficult time,” Ihsanoglu told the summit’s general assembly.

“Islamophobia cannot be dealt with only through cultural activities but (through) a robust political engagement.”
Then the Religious News blog said; "We’ll use our right to Free Speech to say this:"

In the name of Islam countless Muslims use any and every opportunity to stage violent protests, issue death threats, destroy property, murder, and commit other acts of terrorism.

They go nuts (yes, nuts) over cartoons and teddy bears, while they generally keep quiet over acts of terrorism and other human rights violations committed by fellow members of their so-called ‘religion of peace.’

If Muslims want to curtail or deny free speech, they must be prepared to be held accountable for the hate speech produced by Muslims — including its hateful cartoons — targeted against non-Muslims.

The Muslim leaders are attempting to demand redress from nations such as Denmark, which allowed the publication of cartoons portraying the Prophet Muhammad in 2006 and again last month, to the fury of the Muslim world.

Although the legal measures being considered have not been spelled out, the idea pits many Muslims against principles of freedom of speech enshrined in the constitutions of numerous Western governments.


On a personal note here....... This seems to be another attempt by Muslim societies to impose their values on other groups and only further displays the intolerance we can expect from them until they decide to enter the twenty first century. One statement from the Muslims pretty will sums it up: "There can be no freedom without limits!" And there lies the crux of the whole problem.

We in the West have separated religion and state while the Islamic countries still have everything under their religious jurisdiction and will fight like hell to keep it that way.

Don't expect the Religious Hierarchy to give up without one Mother of a fight!

AND FINALLY THIS WORD FROM ANOTHER BLOG! (He sums it up pretty good!)

An open letter to Muslim extremist zealots the world over, from the folks at Irregular Times...

"Since we placed up our several articles of new, original cartoons of the Islamic prophet Mohammed, we have received many messages of praise and condemnation for our act. We thank those who have expressed their support, and for those who have condemned us as satanic infidels in accord with the devil.

To any fundamentalist, we will send the same message. We will not kow-tow to anyone who tries to make us follow the rules of their religion, whether that religion is Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, or Buddhism.

Hell, if the Wiccans told us we had to bend low in respect of their religious practices, we’d tell them to go stick their heads in the mud, too.

It is bad enough that the Islamic world thinks it has the right to tell the rest of us what we can say and what we cannot say. Even worse, the Bush White House is going along with the radical Imams, and is telling everyone to apologize for a few European cartoons.

Cartoons don’t cause problems - death threats do.

So, we’re doing the only thing it makes sense to do when violent radicals try to silence us with threats of violence. We are getting louder. No one will deter us from speaking our minds.

We will say what we want to say about any religion, and we won’t apologize for the freedom to do so. We will draw anything that we want to draw, and if people want to try to come into our homes to slaughter us as a result, let them come.

I refuse to raise my children in a way that teaches them to be afraid of bullies.

I’m not going to have my children live in a world where they feel that they do not have the right to speak their minds. Nothing is above criticism and satire. Not me. Not you. Not the prophet Mohammed.

So, follow your own religious laws, if you must, but when you demand that I follow them, I will exercise my constitutional right to make fun of you as much as I want.

Fundamentalist Muslims: Got a problem with it? Tough. Your religion is not my religion, and you’d better get used to it, because I will have my head cut off before I submit to you.

So, kill me now, or stop threatening me, and leave me alone so that I can live in freedom without hearing your shrill whining...........!"
Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Saturday Morning Confusion. #147

Life getting you down? Are you confused about the meaning of it all bunky, Well you're not alone.

Now that I'm older (but refuse to grow up) here's what I've discovered....

ONE - I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
TWO - My wild oats have turned into prunes and All Bran.
THREE - I finally got my head together now my body is falling apart.
FOUR - Funny, I don't remember being absent minded.
FIVE - All reports are in, life is now officially unfair.
SIX - If all is not lost, where is it?
SEVEN - It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.
EIGHT - Some days you are the dog, some days you're the hydrant.
NINE - I wish the buck stopped here, I sure could use a few.
TEN - Kids in the back seat cause accidents.
ELEVEN - Accidents in the back seat cause kids.
TWELVE - It's hard to make a come back when you haven't been anywhere.
THIRTEEN - The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you're in the bathroom.
FOURTEEN - If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
FIFTEEN - When I'm finally holding all the cards, why does everyone decide to play chess?
SIXTEEN - It's not hard to meet expenses...they're everywhere.
SEVENTEEN - The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
EIGHTEEN - These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter...I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I'm here after.
NINETEEN - I AM UNABLE TO REMEMBER IF I HAVE POSTED THIS BEFORE OR NOT!!!
TWENTY – Posted what?

If you think I'm bad, here's a triple play of some people a lot more confused than I will ever be!

1. Police in Wichita, Kansas, arrested a 22-year-old man at an airport hotel after he tried to pass two (counterfeit) $16 bills.
2. A man in Johannesberg, South Africa, shot his 49-year-old friend in the face, seriously wounding him, while the two practiced shooting beer cans off each other's head.
3. Mike Stewart, 31, of Dallas was filming a movie in 1983 on the dangers of low-level bridges when the truck he was standing on passed under a low-level bridge -- killing him.

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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The Chuch of Allan - The Plain Truth About God

A serialization of the book, The Plain Truth About God.

Chapter 11. Jihad Inc.


After the Prophets death however, the growing population of his followers found that a great many problems of religious and community life were arising. Problems to which there was no specific guidance in the Koran!

Guidance was therefore sought in the “Traditions” as to what the Prophet had said and done. (Or, was reported to have said and done.)

This vast accumulation of genuine, partly genuine, and often quite spurious traditions was digested into the collections of Hadith, six of which are considered the canonical collections.

It is well known to Muslims that much of the Hadith material was spurious. But, for the study of Islam even those traditions, which the community invented and attributed to Muhammad, have their value!

Often as much value as those that may actually have come down from him.

One such rule is provided in the Shariah, which is in the first instance the Koran.

In the second instance comes the Hadith, or “The Traditions,” and the third is “Ijma,” which is the consensus of the community.

The fourth instance relies on Giyas, which is the application of analogical reasoning to the other three sources for the deduction of new rules.

This combination of rules starting with the Shariah combines to form a religion that is supposed to be open to revision. Yet it is structured in such a way as to give adherents a set of guidelines on the method of proper conduct.

Unfortunately, due to the very nature of Islam with the traditions and consensus of the community playing such a vital part, the stagnation of the creed is all but assured.

There is great comfort amongst the faithful in the structured environment of Islam.
It places importance in the observance of daily routine and ritual.

This, combined with the strong family and social ties (tribal) that are encouraged, makes for a religion that is both vital and dynamic in its zealousness, while at the same time fostering a strong inertia and resistance to change from outside sources.

The main obstacle to growth and development in Islam is the overwhelming sense that there is absolutely no need for change. In fact, by its very nature, Islam preaches that it is complete and fully developed as the personal word of God.

This has also been the case in the Christian church and as such we have religions that are stuck in the nineteenth century in the case of Christianity, (both Protestant and Catholic) and the twelfth century in the case of Islam.

Where we have the conflict with most Christian and Muslim fundamentalists is that the answer to these criticisms will always be met with the question; “Well what’s the matter with that?”

In answer to that question we have to remember that in religious terms the path to good living is directed and regulated by the Koran.

On the other hand, when we talk about Shariah law there is no uniform opinion among Muslims on how this law is to be understood or applied.

Traditional authorities, beginning in the time shortly after Muhammad, viewed holy law as the revealed will of God and subordinated politics to holy decree.

Historically however, it was politics (tribal or otherwise) that invariable shaped Islamic law and led to complex discourse on a subject that was contentious on the surface but at its base rather simple.

The religious precepts are pretty straightforward, but the task of explaining them and choosing a method for their application is left in human hands.

This means they are automatically constrained by human limitations.

(Perhaps what Islam needs is a “Reformation” along the same lines as the upheaval of the Catholic Church by Martin Luther.)

On top of this, Muslims became politically divided early in their history with the division into the Shiite and Sunni sects (see below) and that oriented their respective understandings of the law and its applications.

After Muhammad’s death, Islam also got off to a rocky start when warfare was used to spread the faith and three of the first four Caliphs died by violence.

The fourth Caliph, Ali, was a cousin of Muhammad and his followers then tore the community in two by claiming that Ali should have been the first caliph by virtue of his blood ties to Muhammad.

These people came to be known as the Shi’a or Shiite sect while the great majority of the followers of Muhammad, who claim that succession does not rely on blood ties, are known today as the Sunni.

A great many differences exist to this day between these two main sects of Islam, and the distinctions go far deeper than just who should have succeeded Muhammad.

In fact, in the interpretation of the Koran itself, there were already differences between the sects.

There were passages that briefly summarized the things a Muslim should believe. These were too brief however, to be sufficient. And they were also too bare to be satisfying.

Because of this, we find different “creedal statements” circulating amongst the communities of both the Shiite and Sunni’s, as well as amongst the Sufi. (Who are mystical branches of Islam.)

These became the subject of discussion and commentary until in time they grew into different Islamic theologies and a Muslim science of dogmatism.

One result of this was that Islam developed its heretical sects, and so part of the task was to distinguish orthodox belief and practice as opposed to various schools of heretical teaching.

This led to a condition within the faith where almost anyone could at one time or another consider a person of another sect to be a non-believer and heretic.

The similarity between this and the situation between the Catholics and Protestants is not mere coincidence but the result of the schisms that can develop between different groups of even similar beliefs!

As we said, Islam became highly divisive right from its inception when it split into the Sunni, Shiite, and Sufi sects. Add to this the fact that Islam was spread through war and conflict as opposed to the philosophy of “love thy neighbor” that was the foundation of Christianity, and we have a religion that is ripe for dissention and conflict.

On top of the divisiveness amongst the practitioners of Islam, we can see how the faith slides still further with the triumph of fundamentalist interpretations of the Koran in the 11th century.

This resulted in the triggering of major conflicts amongst the population of the region and the gradual decline of Islamic, and then by default, Arab civilization.

Now the word “fundamentalist” was originally used in a broad sense to describe the American Protestant movement of the late nineteenth century in opposition to modernist tendencies in American religious and secular life.

The term itself is derived from a series of works, “The Fundamentals,” which was published in the U.S.A. in 1909.

However, this return to the fundamentals of a religion and a rejection of secularism was soon discovered to be a worldwide phenomenon.

There are today many groups that have organized themselves in such a way as to find alternatives to secularism! There are fundamentalist Jews, fundamentalist Buddhists, fundamentalist Hindus and so on.

However, it’s the Muslim fundamentalists who are most in the Western news.

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Friday, March 14, 2008

How men screw up a romance!



Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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ETHICAL DILEMAS

What is the morally right thing to do in the following cases? What would YOU do?

(Now if this test were taken by "The Missus Herself" she would answer and mean everything with the compassion and integrity of a "Saint," [which she is] but I am going to answer these questions myself to get things started. I offer no appologies, explanations nor reasons. That's just the way things are!)

1. The sheriff in a southern town is guarding the courthouse against a mob that is about to storm it by force, in order to capture a black prisoner and lynch him even before his trial. If the mob is frustrated, many people may be killed in the ensuing riot. Should the sheriff deliver the prisoner to the mob? (NO)

2. Should the wealthier members of society be forced to pay through taxation, for the poorer members? If so, how much? (Yes, proportianal to their wealth.)

3. A man has been sentenced to prison for armed robbery, and admits guilt for the deed. "But", he argues,"I'll never do anything of the kind again. I'm not insane or a danger to society. I would be happier out of jail than in. My wife depends on me for support and she and the children would be far happier if I were able to be the family breadwinner again. As to the influence on others, almost no one would ever know about it; you can keep the matter out of the newspapers and no one except you will ever know that the crime was committed. Therefore, you should release me" Assuming he is correct, what would you do? (Still impose a minimal sentence.)

4. A rich man and a poor man commit the same type of crime. The rich man is fined $10,000 while the poor man is sent to jail for one year. Is this fair? (No, jail and lose of freedom is a lot hasher than a monetary fine.)

5. You are on a country road and see two neighbouring farm houses on fire. One is yours and the other belongs to a new couple who just moved in. Your wife and child are at home as are your neighbours. You can only save one house. Which one do you save? (MY house, what sort of a nuts question is this!)

6. You run an orphanage and have had a hard time making ends meet. A car dealership offers you a new van worth $15,000 for free if you will falsely report to the government that the dealership donated a van worth $30,000. You really need the van and it will give you an opportunity to make the children happy. Do you agree to take the van? (YES)

7. You are shopping and notice a woman stuffing a pair of stockings into her purse. Do you report her? (NO)

8. You are waiting with a few other people to board a bus. The bus pulls up and before you can board the driver gets out and goes into the convenience store to get a coffee. You are the last to get on the bus. Do you pay your fare? (Depends on my mood and availabilty of change for the fare. In other words if I'm short of cash anyways......... then NO)

9. You discover Bill Gate's wallet lying on the street. It contains $1000.00 Do you send it back to him? (Maybe the wallet, not the cash)

10. It is 3 a.m. and you are late getting home. As you approach the intersection you notice that no one is around. Do you drive through the red light? (YES)

11. In Dostoyevsky's novel Crime and Punishment the main character plots and carries out the murder of an old woman who has a considerable amount of money in her apartment. After killing her, he steals the money. He argues that 1) she is a malicious old woman, petty, cantankerous and scheming, useless to herself and to society (which happens to be true), and her life causes no happiness to herself or to others; and 2) her money if found after her death would only fall into the hands of chisellers anyway. Whereas he would use it for his education. Is this action justified? (NO)

12. As a nurse, you are the last person to see Mr. Doe before he dies in hospital. You believe that he has become mentally incompetent in the last few hours and in that time he has rewritten his will. In the new will he viciously attacks each member of his adopted family and reveals that he actually was born a woman. He then cuts every family member out of the will leaving his fortune to a Psychic Chatline . Mr. Jones asks you to make sure that the new will gets to his lawyer. Knowing that the document will most likely be thrown out of court but not before the damage to Mr. Doe's family is done, do you carry out Mr. Doe's last request? (NO WAY)

13. Would it be justifiable to whip pigs to death if more succulent pork resulted from this process, giving the consumers of pork more pleasure? (NO WAY! That's disgusting!)

14. Why punish the theft of $1000 more than the theft of $100? (Don't think so, it's like the story of a guys asking a girl if she would sleep with him for a million and she says yes. He then says, "How about a hundred?" to which she replies, "NO, what do you take me for?" and he answeres, "We have already established what you are, now we are just negotiating price!")

15. Why punish attempted murder less than murder? (Because the perpetator is lucky, the victim is still alive, although I would factor in "Intent!")

16. You are on a boat and nearby are two large rocks filled with persons waiting to be rescued; there are five people on one rock and four on the other. Assume that you cannot rescue both groups and that you are the only one able to rescue either group. Which group do you rescue? (The most... five)

17. You can only rescue one of each of the following, which do you save?
a) A child or an adult. (Child)
b) A stranger or your dog (Stranger)
c) Hitler or lassie (Lassie)
d) Your spouse or a Nobel Laureate (my spouse)
e) A dog or a weasel (Dog, otherwise I would be the weasel!))
f) Your entire family or the entire canine species (Family)
g) A bottle with the cure for cancer or your brother (Cure for cancer. Maybe this is because my wife has cancer)
h) A bottle with the cure for cancer or your brother who just gave you one of his kidneys. (The bottle)
18. Are the following acceptable grounds for a person to end the life of a non-human animal?
a) Its noise bothers you at night. (No)
b) The wolf is killing your sheep. (Yes)
c) Its meat makes a tasty dish. (Yes)
]d) You enjoy seeing it squirm. (NO NO NO)
e) The gophers are destroying your vegetable garden. (Yes)
f) You just don't like snakes (NO)
g) The condor (an endangered species) keeps killing your prized carrier pigeons. (Yes)
h)I enjoy hunting. (No)
19. Are any of the following situations objectionable?
a) Raising and killing rabbits for food. (No)
b) Raising and killing rabbits for fur. (No)
c) Clubbing baby seals over the head for fur. (No)
d) Raising chickens under crowded conditions on wire netting. (Yes)
e) Slitting open the bodies of cattle in slaughterhouses before they are unconscious. (NO NO NO)
f) Using spontaneously aborted fetal tissue for treating Parkinson's disease victims. (YES)
g) Using intentionally aborted fetal tissue for purposes of art. (NO)
h) A highly rated television show which depicts the actual torture of a convicted criminal. (NO NO NO)
i) A highly rated television show which depicts the actual torture of a poor homeless orphan. (NO NO NO)
j) Torturing a person (who will die from the injuries) as the only means to find out where they have hidden a nuclear bomb. (YES YES)
20. Pick any one of the above 19 questions and try to consider why someone might answer it differently than you. Can you offer reasons for their views? Are any of these reasons persuasive?

ANSWER ONE OR MORE OF THESE IN THE COMMENTS SECTION AND LET'S SEE WHAT SORT OF READERS WE HAVE! Be sure to discuss your reasons and possible alternative solutions to the one that you propose. Is what you would 'actually' do different from what you 'should' do? If so, why?

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Bush will leave his legacy.

Bend over everyone, Georgie W wants to give us a parting gift.

From its inception the Bush administration has been driven by one goal -- to secure U.S. access to foreign oil. That was laid out plainly in 2001, in a document called Strategic Energy Policy: Challenges for the 21st Century.

U.S. conservatives believe the United States not only has a right but a duty to use its military might to secure its conventional energy supply.

Also, there's a line of thinking in Washington that says you can't pacify Iraq or Afghanistan without tackling Iran, because Iran covertly supports insurgencies in both countries.

Neither Bush nor Vice-President Dick Cheney is running again. They may feel they have little to lose in launching a conflict that fulfils their ideological mission and, once begun, will be very difficult for the next president to stop.

This dangerous situation should come as no surprise to anyone since Georgie has made his intentions clear right from the get-go. As a matter of fact, that's one of the few positive things that can be said about this administration, they have been outright honest in what they want.

To put a little "Perspective" on the situation I would like to quote from an editorial in the local paper by Michael Den Tandt:

Then there was the bombshell dropped last November by the U.S. intelligence community.

In a paper entitled Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities (you can find it with Google), the agency that oversees all U.S. intelligence gathering said: "We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program."

You might have assumed that would be the end of that. Given the unfolding disaster in Iraq, not even Bush could excuse or rationalize war with Iran. The Iraq war has already cost $500 billion US.

The U.S. economy is in recession. And the price of crude oil has shot to a staggering $110 a barrel. Iran produces an estimated 3.8 million barrels of oil a day, accounting for 5% of global supply.

No one denies that a military attack on Iran would push crude far higher, with disastrous impact on global growth. And the economic consequences are the least of it. A U.S. attack on Iran easily could lead to a corresponding attack by Iran on Israel, which then could ignite the wider Middle Eastern war that so many have feared since 9/11.

Here's what makes this a real concern. Bush and many of the people around him believe that Iran must be prevented from acquiring nuclear capacity at all costs.

Their stated reason is that the Shia mullahs who control Iran are insane Islamofascists, and therefore cannot be trusted to withhold use of the bomb out of a desire for self-preservation, as the Soviet Union did during the Cold War.

Subjected to even a little scrutiny, this rationale doesn't hold up.

Saddam Hussein truly was insane, and even he didn't dare use chemical weapons of mass destruction against the Americans, when he had them, back in 1991.

The deeper motivation likely is far colder. Iran is acknowledged as the rising power in the Middle East and it sits on one of the world's last remaining large pools of cheaply accessible crude.
And that's the name of that tune Bunky!

(On a side note here, Canada has nearly as much oil in the Alberta Tar Sands as Saudi Arabia has so maybe that fence they wanted to put up between Canada and the States isn't such a bad idea after all!")

Your "News from the Front" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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The Chuch of Allan - The Plain Truth About God

A serialization of the book, The Plain Truth About God.

Chapter 11. Jihad Inc.


According to the National Intelligence Council, a C.I.A backed agency in the United States; “Religious differences (often fueled by ethnic grievances) mean few, if any, Muslim states will grant full political and cultural rights to any religious minorities.

At the same time they will certainly not remain indifferent to the treatment of Muslim minorities elsewhere in the world.”

This section on Islam is written from a Western Judeo-Christian perspective for a like-minded audience, so there are two main areas that need to be addressed right at the beginning. (Both of these subjects are areas that plagued Christianity throughout its early history.)

Since Islam is a relatively young religion, and is practiced in a part of the world not as developed as the West and we still find old human habits that are hard to break.

The first of these bad habits is of course the way that Islam treats its women.

Throughout history the women have been mostly subservient to the males of their tribe or group and have been downtrodden much the same as they are now in Islamic culture.

While Christianity does not historically have an enviable record in its treatment of women, we have slowly matured over the years and developed a more equitable way of relating to “the fairer sex.” (This written from a male point of view.)

Throughout most of the third world, Islam still regards women with the same contempt that was prevalent in the seventh century when Mohammed had his revelations from God. (These were naturally male-oriented revelations!)

Now, whether this is a religious or cultural habit is hard to tell, but the misogynists among the tribes of the Middle East hold sway, and in order to maintain their “honor” and “manliness” they have kept women in a subservient position ever since.

In other words, women were, and are, treated as nothing more than chattel.

This is a situation that has to change and can only be brought about by the education of these populations.

The second area that needs careful scrutiny is the issue of fundamentalism.

Just like the fundamentalist in the Christian faith, these groups are painting a distorted picture of the basic tenets and practices of their religion.

Part of this, of course, can be attributed to the general ignorance of the fundamentalist adherents concerning the world at large.

It does not matter whether it is a Christian fundamentalist proclaiming his or her belief in the sanctity of their faith, or a Muslim fundamentalist claiming to be on a mission from God. What does matter is the fact that these people are living in this world with blinders on, and refuse to see anything else than what they have been told to see and believe.

Science and Religion have been at odds for all of their existence, (But not science and spirituality!) and it is only through the gradual education of humanity, with the help of the information age, that these old prejudices will gradually disappear.

When looking at Islam, we have a community that has at its heart and core, a most precious and distinct possession: A Book.

This is a scripture that sets forth the dogma and legislation for the community. The essential themes for the faith.

This material that the followers of Muhammad could gather from various sources after his death has come down to us as the Koran. It is the fundamental document for the religion of Islam and is regarded by the faithful as the holy, revealed, eternal Word of God.

Muhammad called his new religion “Islam;” a word that means submission to the will of Allah.

One who accepts Islam and makes such submission is a Muslim and termed a mu’min (believer).

One who does not accept Islam is a kafir (unbeliever).

To live in submission to Allah and in obedience to the teachings of the Prophet, a Muslim must follow rules formulated for him.

Islam is a very structured religion!

Islam is not only the religion of Muhammad. Islam means devotion to God, and is instead regarded as a newer version of the religion of Abraham.

This original religion declined and was then renewed by Moses.

After Moses things were renewed once more by Jesus and then again by Muhammad.

They were all “People of the Book.”

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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CONNECTIONS!

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

The two year dump.

I have heard of being constipated......... but this is ridiculous!

You have probably heard the story by now, but for the few people who haven't I am going to present it here.

She also gets our "Asshole of the day" award. (No pun intended!)

Guest post by By Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. - Deputies say a woman in western Kansas became stuck on her boyfriend's toilet after sitting on it for two years.

Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple said it appeared the 35-year-old Ness City woman's skin had grown around the seat. She initially refused emergency medical services but was finally convinced by responders and her boyfriend that she needed to be checked out at a hospital.

"We pried the toilet seat off with a pry bar and the seat went with her to the hospital," Whipple said. "The hospital removed it."

Whipple said investigators planned to present their report Wednesday to the county attorney, who will determine whether any charges should be filed against the woman's 36-year-old boyfriend.

"She was not glued. She was not tied. She was just physically stuck by her body," Whipple said. "It is hard to imagine. I still have a hard time imagining it myself."

He told investigators he brought his girlfriend food and water, and asked her every day to come out of the bathroom.

"And her reply would be, 'Maybe tomorrow,"' Whipple said. "According to him, she did not want to leave the bathroom."

The boyfriend called police on Feb. 27 to report that "there was something wrong with his girlfriend," Whipple said, adding that he never explained why it took him two years to call.

Police found the clothed woman sitting on the toilet, her sweat pants down to her mid-thigh. She was "somewhat disoriented," and her legs looked like they had atrophied, Whipple said.

"She said that she didn't need any help, that she was OK and did not want to leave," he said.

She was taken to a hospital.

Whipple said she has refused to co-operate with medical providers or law enforcement investigators.

Authorities said they didn't know if she was mentally or physically disabled.

Police have declined to release the couple's names, but the house where authorities say the incident happened is listed in public records as the residence of Kory McFarren.

No-one answered his home phone number.

The case has been the buzz Ness City, said James Ellis, a neighbour.

"I don't think anybody can make any sense out of it," he said.
This story is weird enough that I can't for the life of me think of anything to add. Make of it what you will!!

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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WHERE'S WALDO!

(Actually this picture was taken long before Waldo was even born.)

Right now he's on spring break in Florida! A million bucks cash to the first person to find him!



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The Truth Shall Set You Free, but won't get you elected President.


Hillary Clitoris will probably keep her head low on this one, but Obama Rama Ding Dong has got a problem with The Rev. Jeremiah Wright who is the Pastor at the church he goes to.

The problem does not lie in the fact that Rev. Wright is wrong, or that anything he says is misleading or has an ulterior motive. No, what he says is right on the money, but where we get into difficulties is that a lot of Americans will not only disagree, but will even go so far as to call him a rabble rouser or even (God forbid) a traitor! Especially the Republicans!

A "Perspective" review of dozens of Rev. Wright’s sermons found repeated denunciations of the U.S. based on what he described as his reading of the Gospels and the treatment of black Americans.

“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people,” he said in a 2003 sermon. “God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

In addition to damning America, he told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda’s attacks because of its own terrorism.

“We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,” Rev. Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001.

“We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” he told his congregation.

Sen. Obama told the New York Times he was not at the church on the day of Rev. Wright’s 9/11 sermon. “The violence of 9/11 was inexcusable and without justification,” Obama said in a recent interview. “It sounds like he was trying to be provocative,” Obama told the paper.

Rev. Wright, who announced his retirement last month, has built a large and loyal following at his church with his mesmerizing sermons, mixing traditional spiritual content and his views on contemporary issues.

As for Obama, the Truth might set you free, but it sure won't do much for your presidential aspirations, AND the Rev. has to remember that as far as his detractors go.............. two wrongs don't make Wright, right! ........Right?

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Chuch of Allan - The Plain Truth About God

A serialization of the book, The Plain Truth About God.

Chapter 11. “THE JESUS TAPES”


The Council of Nicea – What Christianity is really about!

As we have seen, there are many gods with similar stories to those that are found in the Christian Bible. By far the most significant event in the early history of European Christianity was the conversion of Emperor Constantine.

The Emperor was a follower of Mithra until he declared December 25th the official birthday of Jesus in 313 C.E and adapted the cult of Christianity as the state religion.

Constantine found he had several problems with his new faith.

First among these was that Jesus had proclaimed his faith as being staunchly anti-political. Jesus has insisted that his way was a non-worldly, individualistic and non-political way of life.

As a result the Christian texts were not only Anti-Roman (Judea was part of the Roman Empire during the life of Jesus), but since Jesus was also part-Rabbi and part Cynic he was also dismissive of human worldly authority.

If Christianity were going to work as a religion in a state ruled by a monarch who demanded worship and absolute authority, it would have to be changed.

The early Christians had tolerated the emperors and regarded them as a kind of necessary evil.

However, Constantine demanded their obedience both temporally and in terms of faith.

To this end, he merged the office of Emperor with the Christian faith and assumed authority over doctrinal matters.

Constantine’s belief that he was Divine presented a new and unsolvable problem for Christianity.

As long as the Emperor was a pagan, there was no question of the relationship between the church and the state.

The old rule was that the church and the state essentially each did their own thing.

However, the presence of Christian imperial authority led to severe conflicts and disruption.

(In fact, the question of the relationship between the church and a Christian government has yet to be resolved in the West.)

Constantine had other problems as well.

In his view, the Christian church was a powerful tool for unifying the Empire socially and politically.

If the church could become unified, that would provide a balance against the forces pulling the empire apart. The only problem was that there was no established or unifying doctrine.

In fact, there were as many forms of Christianity as there were communities of Christians. (Just like today)

The Vatican itself is built on the papacy of Mithra, who shared many qualities with Jesus and who existed as a Deity long before the character of Jesus was formalized.

(The Christian hierarchy is nearly identical to the Mithraic version it replaced.)

The church was also severely divided over some fundamental questions.

In particular, the speculations by the Eastern Churches on the nature of divinity were considered grossly heretical by the Latin churches.

This is what would finally call Constantine into action to unify the church. It was the schism between the Arians and the Athanasia’s.

Perhaps the most important task that Constantine undertook was the Council of Nicea.

That was convened to arbitrate a conflict between the Western Church and the Arians to decide the question of the relationship between imperial power and the church.

This council made major doctrinal statements that applied to the whole Christian world, and was the first to centralize doctrinal authority among Christians.

This was known as the Nicene Creed and began the long struggle, lasting to this day, between the anti-political views of Jesus of Nazareth and the views of human authority, which manifests itself as the “Christian Church.

Faced with the task of determining what was to go into the bible out of the thousands of manuscripts available by this time was a daunting task that was taken on with great trepidation.

By compiling a book of sacred writings that they could all agree on, Constantine thought this would give authority to the new church.

Composed of about 300 religious leaders, this council was given the task of separating the Divinely inspired writings from those of questionable origin.

The actual compilation of the Bible was an incredibly complicated project since it came three hundred years after the death of Jesus and involved churchmen of varying beliefs, in an atmosphere of dissension, jealousy, intolerance, and bigotry.

To add to the dissention, they were split into two groups that questioned the divinity of Jesus.

The purpose of the Council was to settle the dispute over the teachings of Arius - that Christ was not equal in divinity to God.

The council (in their wisdom) declared that Jesus WAS equal in divinity to God by a majority vote and declared Arianism a heresy.

Here is another example of human arrogance – they decided….Who was actually Divine? And who was not! What belonged in the bible- and was the actual word of God. And what was not!

A typical headline in the local newspaper would have looked like this!

Dateline - Middle East Times: “Jesus declared equal by majority vote!”
“Jesus relieved, would like to thank all his supporters!”


Sects and Cults;

While we can use the mainstream church as an example of religion that has gone wrong, let us be kind and just look at cults and sects for a minute!

At any given time there are between 500-600 cults and sects operating in North America.

Worldwide that number grows to the thousands, and their basic philosophy and code of conduct is as varied and diverse as their numbers.

It is at first, important to recognize the meaning of the words cult and sect.

We shall discuss cults presently but a sect is primarily an offshoot of an established religion or denomination. It holds most beliefs common with it’s religion of origin plus a number of novel concepts that differentiate and set it apart.

The most obvious North American example of a sect that evolved into a denomination is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons.

Their founder, Joseph Smith, had a revelation from God that the ministry of Jesus Christ continued after his crucifixion and is told in the book of Mormon.

The Mormon sect has since evolved into the Mormon Denomination due to the passage of time and increased number of members.

Within the next few decades, it is even expected to develop into the dominant faith group in the American North-West.

Even though the Mormons have been somewhat integrated into mainstream religious movements of North America, it has not been without a few impediments to their beliefs and practices.

The state of Utah had a lot of trouble achieving statehood due to the large Mormon population and their practice of polygamy.

In due course there was suddenly a new revelation from God that banned the practice of polygamy and so “lo and behold” Utah became a state and everybody was happy.
[Except a few male members who wanted to keep their multiple wives!]

(Of course, there was an answer to this dilemma. The males who were in favor of polygamy broke away from the church to form their own sects of the Mormon faith, and, although excommunicated, continue to this day in the United States and Canada.)

There is a belief amongst these Mormons that men must accumulate “plural wives” in order to achieve salvation! (As opposed to the Muslims who get their “virgins” after salvation!)

Sects can then be considered a process by which a new religious movement is generated.

Most die out quickly, a few linger, and one or two grow into an established denomination of a major religion.

Cults on the other hand, automatically have a negative connotation with most of society, and must be looked at in the context of how the word is used.

In the sociological use of the term, a cult is also thought of as a small religious group that is in a state of tension with the predominant religion.

Therefore, Hinduism could be considered a cult in North America while Christianity would be a cult in India.

A cult is also, in the general religious usage, termed a “small, recently created, religious organization which is often headed by a single charismatic leader and is looked upon as a spiritually innovative group.”

This means that early Christianity and Islam were definitely cults.

In fact, it took the early followers of Jesus nearly 200 years before they had progressed to the point of having an established hierarchy and doctrine that became known as the Holy Roman Church.

Tomorrow: Jihad Inc.

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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CONNECTIONS!

Another in the riveting series about how and why things work the way they do!



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Losers and Assholes

We normaly don't do this article till the weekend to give the Perspective research department some time to come up with some juicy tidbits............but THIS week?

It seems there are just TOO many of them and we are going to have to run a mid-week update just to stay on top of things.

Ready, O.K. First the "Asshole of the week!"

FROM NEW YORK — (No kids, it's not the David Letterman show!) Gov. Eliot Spitzer, the nationally known do-gooder who suffered a jaw-dropping fall from grace this week after being accused of frequenting a high-price call girl ring, announced his resignation today.

In a short appearance before reporters, Spitzer said he had always demanded others take responsibility for their actions.

"I cannot and will not ask no less of myself," he said. "For this reason, I am resigning from the office of governor."

"For the past few days I have begun to atone for my private failings with my wife Silda, my children and my entire family. The remorse I feel will always be with me,"


Spitzer said. "I cannot allow for my private failings to disrupt the people's work."
Spitzer, 48, said he was "deeply sorry I did not live up to what was expected of me," and apologized to "every New Yorker."

And then we have your plain ordinary everyday losers who seems to breed faster in the spring for some reason.

1. A company trying to continue its five-year perfect safety record showed its workers a film aimed at encouraging the use of safety goggles on the job. According to Industrial Machinery News, the film's depiction of gory industrial accidents was so graphic that twenty-five workers suffered minor injuries in their rush to leave the screening room. Thirteen others fainted, and one man required seven stitches after he cut his head falling off a chair while watching the film.

2. The Chico, California, City Council enacted a ban on nuclear weapons, setting a $500 fine for anyone detonating one within city limits.

3. A bus carrying five passengers was hit by a car in St. Louis, but by the time police arrived on the scene, fourteen pedestrians had boarded the bus and had begun to complain of whiplash injuries and back pain.

4. Swedish business consultant Ulf af Trolle labored 13 years on a book about Swedish economic solutions. He took the 250-page manuscript to be copied, only to have it reduced to 50,000 strips of paper in seconds when a worker confused the copier with the shredder.

5. A convict broke out of jail in Washington D.C., then a few days later accompanied his girlfriend to her trial for robbery. At lunch, he went out for a sandwich. She needed to see him, and thus had him paged. Police officers recognized his name and arrested him as he returned to the courthouse in a car he had stolen over the lunch hour.

6. Police in Radnor, Pennsylvania, interrogated a suspect by placing a metal colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy machine. The message "He's lying" was placed in the copier, and police pressed the copy button each time they thought the suspect wasn't telling the truth. Believing the "lie detector" was working, the suspect confessed.

7. When two service station attendants in Ionia, Michigan, refused to hand over the cash to an intoxicated robber, the man threatened to call the police. They still refused, so the robber called the police and was arrested.

8. A Los Angeles man who later said he was "tired of walking," stole a steamroller and led police on a 5 mph chase until an officer stepped aboard and brought the vehicle to a stop.

9. A fierce gust of wind blew 45-year-old Vittorio Luise's car into a river near Naples, Italy, in 1983. He managed to break a window, climb out and swim to shore -- where a tree blew over and killed him.

AND PERHAPS THE BEST ONE OF ALL!!!!

10. Two West German motorists had an all-too-literal head-on collision in heavy fog near the small town of Guetersloh.

Each was guiding his car at a snail's pace near the center of the road. At the moment of impact their heads were both out of the windows when they smacked together.

Both men were hospitalized with severe head injuries. Their cars weren't scratched.

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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The Chuch of Allan - The Plain Truth About God

A serialization of the book, The Plain Truth About God.

Chapter 11. “THE JESUS TAPES”


From all the evidence we have about the spread of early Christianity it might be fair to say that without Paul, the fledgling movement might not have ever got off the ground.

Above everything else, Paul was a masterful compromiser.

He knew when to hold them, and he knew when to fold them.

He knew when issues mattered and when something should be let go in favor of expansion of the Church.

Although this gave his writings a sense of indecisiveness, contradiction and opportunism, Paul’s ultimate goal was the expansion of the central teachings of Jesus of Nazareth throughout the Roman world.

As long as Paul felt the “spirit of the teachings” was being adhered to, he was willing to compromise on other things, or even tolerate one situation while he wouldn’t another.

So much for the infallible and literate word of God!

** “Never let a sense of morals prevents you from doing what is right!” - Asimov

About the same time that Jesus and Paul where spreading the message of what was to become known as Christianity, there was a whole host of different religions and beliefs that had been traveling around not only the Middle East, but also most of the known world for hundreds and even thousands of years.

This proliferation of ideas and beliefs took many forms and names but they all seemed to fit a general mold that was repeated time after time!

Religions and religious sects are a lot like a family business. Most come and go within three generations! This has been true throughout most of history, but never more so than at the time of Jesus in the Middle and Far East.

There seems to have been numerous contenders for the throne.

We do not know with certainty how much of the lore from these competing religions was borrowed from, and incorporated into Christianity, but there is a remarkable similarity between them and I will leave it up to you to draw any conclusions from them.

Gnosticism;

Gnosticism (Greek for knowledge) was popular throughout most of the Greek world at the time of Christ. Although we do not know much about the origins of this sect, the first recorded Gnostic was Simon Magus who lived at the time shortly before the first Jewish uprising against the Romans about 30-40 years after the death of Jesus.

Gnosticism was based on an old Canaanite religion that goes back to at least the seventh or eighth century B.C.E.

One of the remarkable features about Gnosticism is that it was like almost every other belief system prevalent in the area at that time. The Gnostic religion centered on the figure of Sophia (or Wisdom), who was believed to have been disgraced, but raised up again by God.

The worship of Sophia easily found itself at home with Zoroastrianism and its battle between good and evil, Judaism with its concept of a supreme God, Mithraism, with its story of the descent and resurrection of the sun-god, and above all else with Christianity and its story of the descent and resurrection of Christ.

At one time there were Zoroastrian Gnostics, Jewish Gnostics, Mithra Gnostics and of course Christian Gnostics.

Christian Gnosticism was a major competing religion for early Christianity.
One of its most popular manifestations was the assertion that the Divine spirit of Christ dwelled in the body of the man Jesus.

In this respect, then, the spirit of Christ did not die on the cross with Jesus.

There is now a belief that Jesus himself was a Gnostic.

Some of the other competing beliefs at the time of Jesus:

MITHRA, Sun God of Persia.


Official recognition of sun worship in the Roman Empire began when they instituted the cult of “Sol Invictus.” (The cult of Sol Invictus and that of Mithra are virtually the same.)

The story of Mithra precedes the Christian Jesus by over a thousand years.
It first appeared as an Aryan sun god in Sanskrit and Persian literature, circa 1400.
Mithra was introduced into the Roman Empire in the 4th century BCE.

The cult was, shortly before the Christian era began, the most popular and widely spread “Pagan” religion of the times.

Mithra has the following in common with the Christ character:
**Mithra was born of a virgin in a stable on the winter solstice, frequently December 25 in the Julian calendar.
**Attended by shepherds who brought gifts.
**Shown with a nimbus, or halo, around his head.
**Believed not to have died, but to have ascended to heaven, whence it was believed he would return at the end of time to raise the dead for a final judgment.
**Granted his followers immortal life following baptism.
**He had 12 companions or disciples.
**He performed miracles.
**He was killed for his views.
**After three days, he rose again. His resurrection is celebrated every year.
**Mithra was called, “The Good Shepherd.”
**He was “the Way, the Light, the Redeemer, the Savior, and The Messiah.”
**His sacred day was Sunday, “The Lord’s Day,” hundreds of years before the appearance of Christ.
**Mithra had his principal festival on what was later to become Easter, the time he was resurrected.
**His religion had a Eucharist or “Lord’s Supper.”
**Followed a leader called a ‘papa’ (pope), who ruled from the Vatican hill in Rome; celebrated sacramenta (a consecrated meal of bread and wine).
**Had a Myazda -corresponding exactly to the Catholic Missa {mass}.
**Used chanting, bells, candles, incense, and holy water in remembrance of the last supper of Mithra.

HORUS of Egypt

The legends of Horus go back thousands of years, and he shares the following in common with Jesus:
**Horus was born of a virgin on December 25th in a cave/manger.
**His birth was announced by a star in the east and attended by three wise men.
**He was a child teacher in the Temple and was baptized when he was 30 years old.
**Horus was also baptized by “Anup the Baptizer,” who becomes “John the Baptist.” –
**He had 12 disciples. **He walked on water.
**He performed miracles and raised one man from the dead.
**Horus was transfigured on the Mount.
**He was crucified, buried in a tomb and resurrected. **He was “Way, the Truth, the Light, the Messiah, God’s Son, the Son of Man.”
**He was the Good Shepherd, the Lamb of God, and the Word, etc.
**He was “The Fisher,” and was associated with the Lamb, Lion and Fish. **Horus was called “The KRST,” or “Anointed One,” long before the Christians duplicated the story.
**In the catacombs at Rome are pictures of the baby Horus being held by the virgin mother Isis - the original “Madonna and Child.”

KRISHNA of India


The similarities between the Christian Jesus and the Indian messiah are many.
**It should be noted that a common earlier English spelling of Krishna was “Christna,” which reveals its relation to ‘”Christ.” –
**Krishna was born of a Virgin -His father was a carpenter. –
**His birth was attended by angels, wise men and shepherds, and he was presented with gold, frankincense and myrrh. –
**He was persecuted by a tyrant who ordered the slaughter of thousands of infants.
**He was baptized in the River Ganges.
**He worked miracles and wonders.
**He raised the dead and healed lepers, the deaf and the blind.
**Krishna used parables to teach the people about charity and love.
**He was transfigured in front of his disciples.
**In some traditions he was crucified between two thieves.
**He rose from the dead and ascended to heaven.
**Krishna is called the “Shepherd, God” and “Lord of lords,” was considered “the Redeemer,” and “The Word.”
**He is the second person of the Trinity, and proclaimed himself the “Resurrection” and the “Way to the Father.”
**His disciples called him “Jezeus,” meaning “pure essence.”
**Krishna is to return to do battle with the “Prince of Evil,” who will desolate the earth.

Tomorrow; The Council of Nicea – What Christianity is really about!

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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CONNECTIONS!

Another in the riveting series about how and why things work the way they do!



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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

If Celebrities Came From Iowa!

Tom Cruise
Sarah Jessica Parker
Paris Hilton
The Olsen Twins
John Tavolta
Johnny Depp
J-Lo and Marc
Jennifer Aniston
Hillary Duff
Gwen Steffani
The Beckhams
Cameron Diaz
Britney Spears after Re-Hab











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Any Friend of Thor is a Friend of Mine!

I got this letter today from my wife's cousin Paul after he read my book "The Plain Truth About God!"

Paul is really heavy into Celtic and Norse mythology as any good Scotsman should be.

As a matter of fact he even changed his name to Thormod after the Norse God Thor.

He wrote this note with his thoughts on the book....... and then the sneaky little bugger slipped in his passion about Norse mythology just like everything he talks about eventually does.! ;-)

Paul, excuse me, Thormod, is well read as can be seen from his letter, and I thought you might find a bit of it interesting.

Hi Allan.

A good work on what would have been described as heresy in the old days. I like the fact that you are prepared to challenge what the general masses have been forced to swallow over the years. There are those that follow unquestioningly. Others that tow the line without much conviction because it's what's expected. And the few who are sincerely drawn to a Way, whatever it might be.

I'm glad you have the courage to slaughter a few sacred cows and point out what to a lot of people must be unthinkable: for example, that Mary was Christ's wife, or that she herself wrote an important gospel.

I'm not homophobic, but the thoroughly patriarchal societies of Israel and Rome and Islam are a little too male-oriented.

The cult of Mithras was, if I can recall, male dominated. I don't believe women figured in it at all, and I think there was a suggestion of homosexuality in the cult. Nothing unusual here, as quite a few Roman emperors were gay.

Not that homosexuals in general hate women, but at the time when the Roman church was founded, I'm sure there were a lot of women haters around, especially those that were interested in promoting the Mithras cult under a new name.

The obsessive abuse directed against women by organised religion over the years is both astounding and bizarre. But then most organised religion stems from overly male oriented societies.

The Gauls, Germani and Scythian / Sarmatian tribes were also heavily male oriented, but they differed in a major way from the Roman and Semitic societies in that women were viewed in many northern tribes as equals with the men.

They could own land, lay down laws, conduct ceremonies, even don armour at times.

This must have been pretty disturbing to your average Roman or Arab.

Pair this with the fact that the northern tribes were for hundreds of years the implacable enemies of Rome and it doesn't make for your average Roman Senator being kindly disposed toward 'barbarians' or anything they stood for.
Quite an interesting guy and I think I might have a few more conversations with him in the future.

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll

I spent the 60's as a teenager. As a matter of fact I turned into a teenager when they started and became an adult when they ended. (I didn't say I ever grew up!)

This decade had a great influence on me, but one of the biggest has got to be the "sexual revolution" that occurred during this time.

The "Pill" was new and girls didn't have to worry about pregnancy any more, while the worst disease anyone had to worry about was maybe a case of crabs or at the worst, Gonorrhea

Fortunately, both of these were easily treatable. We didn't have to worry about Herpes or AIDS or Syphilis or any other affliction that is so prevalent today.

It was all about "free love" and "sex and drugs and rock and roll!'

In keeping with the spirit of the times I did my best to keep the faith and all in all, I did a pretty good job. Today, however, things are a little different.

If the Fifties really were a simpler time then we started to lose our innocence in the Sixties and it's been on a downward spiral ever since. In part because of the way the "Pill" freed women from the burden of an unwanted pregnancy and allowed them to become more sexually promiscuous.

I have a son who is now in his late teens and if what I have been reading in the papers is true then he is going to have a hard time of it!

At least one in four teenage girls nationwide has a sexually transmitted disease, or more than 3 million teens, according to the first study of its kind in this age group.

This an article from CNN News.

About 3 million teen girls have an STD and 18 percent of them have HPV which can cause cervical cancer.

A virus that causes cervical cancer is by far the most common sexually transmitted infection in teen girls aged 14 to 19, while the highest overall prevalence is among black girls -- nearly half the blacks studied had at least one STD.

That rate compared with 20 percent among both whites and Mexican-American teens, the study from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

About half of the girls acknowledged having sex; among them, the rate was 40 percent. While some teens define sex as only intercourse, other types of intimate behavior including oral sex can spread some infections.

For many, the numbers most likely seem "overwhelming because you're talking about nearly half of the sexually experienced teens at any one time having evidence of an STD," said Dr. Margaret Blythe, an adolescent medicine specialist at Indiana University School of Medicine and head of the American Academy of Pediatrics' committee on adolescence.

But the study highlights what many doctors who treat teens see every day, Blythe said.

Dr. John Douglas, director of the CDC's division of STD prevention, said the results are the first to examine the combined national prevalence of common sexually transmitted diseases among adolescent girls. He said the data, from 2003-04, probably reflect current rates of infection.

"High STD rates among young women, particularly African-American young women, are clear signs that we must continue developing ways to reach those most at risk," Douglas said.

The CDC's Dr. Kevin Fenton said given that STDs can cause infertility and cervical cancer in women, "screening, vaccination and other prevention strategies for sexually active women are among our highest public health priorities."

The study by CDC researcher Dr. Sara Forhan is an analysis of nationally representative data on 838 girls who participated in a 2003-04 government health survey. Teens were tested for four infections: human papillomavirus, or HPV, which can cause cervical cancer and affected 18 percent of girls studied; chlamydia, which affected 4 percent; trichomoniasis, 2.5 percent; and herpes simplex virus, 2 percent.

Blythe said the results are similar to previous studies examining rates of those diseases individually.

The results were prepared for release Tuesday at a CDC conference in Chicago on preventing sexually transmitted diseases.

HPV can cause genital warts but often has no symptoms. A vaccine targeting several HPV strains recently became available, but Douglas said it likely has not yet had much impact on HPV prevalence rates in teen girls.

Chlamydia and trichomoniasis can be treated with antibiotics. The CDC recommends annual chlamydia screening for all sexually active women under age 25. It also recommends the three-dose HPV vaccine for girls aged 11-12 years, and catch-up shots for females aged 13 to 26.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has similar recommendations.

Douglas said screening tests are underused in part because many teens don't think they're at risk, but also, some doctors mistakenly think, '"Sexually transmitted diseases don't happen to the kinds of patients I see."'

Blythe said some doctors also are reluctant to discuss STDs with teen patients or offer screening because of confidentiality concerns, knowing parents would have to be told of the results.

The American Academy of Pediatrics supports confidential teen screening, she said.
(P.S. OUR MUSIC WAS A HELL OF A LOT BETTER THEN TOO!)

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

As you might have heard if you don't live here, the Eastern half of Canada and the United States received some of the heaviest snowfalls in recent memory this year.

Where the hell is global warming when you need it!!!

A Friend of mine kept a dairy about the whole snow thing, which his wife donated to the Perspective research department, since he is in no shape to do anything for a while!

DIARY OF A DEMENTED SNOW SHOVELER

December 8 6:00 P.M.
It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a Grandma Moses print. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow!

December 9
We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a more lovely place in the whole world? Moving here was the best idea I've ever had!
Shovelled for the first time in years and felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and the sidewalks.
This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a perfect life!

December 12
The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment! My neighbor tells me not to worry- we'll definitely have a white Christmas. No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob says we'll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I'll never want to see snow again. I don't think that's possible. Bob is such a nice man, I'm glad he's our neighbor.

December 14
Snow, lovely snow! 8 inches last night. Th temperature dropped to -20. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shovelling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn't realize I would have to do quite this much shovelling, but I'll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish I wouldn't huff and puff so.

December 15
20 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4x4 Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife's car and 2 extra shovels. Stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that's silly. We aren't in Alaska , after all.

December 16
Ice storm this morning. Fell on my ass on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like hell. The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel.

December 17
Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere. Electricity was off for 5 hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her. Guess I should've bought a wood stove, but won't admit it to her. God I hate it when she's right. I can't believe I'm freezing to death in my own living room.

December 20
Electricity is back on, but had another 14 inches of the damn stuff last night. More shovelling! Took all day. The damn snowplow came by twice.
Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they're too busy playing hockey. I think they're lying.
Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they're out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they're lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he's lying.

December 22
Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white shit fell today, and it's so cold, it probably won't melt till August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to piss. By the time I got undressed, pissed and dressed again. I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter, but he says he's too busy. I think the asshole is lying.

December 23
Only 2 inches of snow today. And it warmed up to 0. The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. What is she, nuts?!!
Why didn't she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did but I think she's lying.

December 24
6 inches - Snow packed so hard by snowplow, I broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the son of a bitch who drives that snow plow, I'll drag him through the snow by his balls and beat him to death with my broken shovel. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shovelling and then he comes down the street at a 100 miles an hour and throws snow all over where I've just been! Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was too busy watching for the damn snowplow.

December 25
Merry Christmas! 20 more inches of the darn slop tonight - Snowed in The idea of shovelling makes my blood boil. God, I hate the snow!
Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she's a fricking idiot. If I have to watch 'It's A Wonderful Life' one more time, I'm going to stuff her into the microwave.

December 26
Still snowed in. Why the hell did I ever move here? It was all HER idea.
She's really getting on my nerves.

December 27
Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze; plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him, he only charged me $1,400 to replace all my pipes.

December 28
Warmed up to above -20. Still snowed in. The BITCH is driving me crazy!!!

December 29
10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That's the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?

December 30
Roof caved in. I beat up the snow plow driver, and now he is suing me for a million dollars, not only for the beating I gave him, but also for trying to shove the broken snow shovel up his ass. The wife went home to her mother.
Nine more inches predicted.

December 31
I set fire to what's left of the house. No more shovelling.

January 8
Feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep giving me.

Why am I tied to the bed?
P.S. I was talking to a guy from Microsoft tech support yesterday and he is in India! He tells me he has NEVER seen snow, but if you want to see a lot of rain, go there in the Monsoon season!

Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com

Visit the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com

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