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The Penguins

A UNC student drives to a gas station in Chapel Hill
and has his tank filled up. While doing this the clerk
spots two penguins sitting on the back seat of the car.
He asks the driver, "What's up with the penguins in
the back seat?"

The student in the car says, "I found them. I asked
myself what to do with them but, I haven't a clue."

The clerk ponders a bit then says, "You should take them
to the N.C. Zoo."

"Yeah, that's a good idea," says the student and drives away.

The next day the student is back at the same gas station.
The clerk sees the penguins are still in the back seat of
the car.

"Hey, they're still here! I thought you were going to take
them to the zoo!"

"Oh, I did," says the student, "and we had a swell time.
Today I'm taking them to our pool."

Eat right. Stay fit. Die anyway.
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A few years ago, I addressed a gathering of sports executives from all
around the globe. Afterwards, I was able to interact informally with
several of them, and for some, it was the first time they had the freedom
to attend such a conference. I recall in particular what was shared by a
delegate from the former East Germany. Naturally I raised the subject of
that country's radical transformation with the dismantling of the Berlin
Wall, and asked him how the citizens were coping with this historic change.

He spoke of a deep sense of betrayal, saying "We have been lied to.
They lied to us about the past, the present, and the future. "

For those of us that live in another part of the world, we realize that
such terrible experiments have exacted an inestimable cost in human life
and suffering. Those of us with the great privilege of liberty can only
shake our heads in sorrow for those who have paid the awful price of such

But let us pause for a moment. What about us? To what lies have we been
subjected? On every side I see the neon glare of billboards, promising
that happiness lies in the next car or house. The glowing square box that
illumines our homes for hours each day promises a world of fantasy—from the
lascivious to the lewd—if we will just stay tuned. Politicians promise
that technology and communication will lead to better understanding and
ultimately, peace. Lawmakers promise that innovative legislation will
eradicate racial tensions and crime. Now we are promised that if we would
only get God out of education and remove the Creator from the scheme of
things we will all be better for it.

But the duplicity that has emerged from our leaders has left a generation
of young people apathetic, cynical, and even fearful. During a survey
conducted a few years ago, Canadian teenagers were asked the question,
"What do you wish for most in your life?" The number-one answer was
"Somebody we can trust. "

It seems that truth has become an endangered species with no guarantee of
protection. As the years of our lives pass and the wonder and fantasy of
youth wane, the ever-increasing demand of the mind is for the true.
Aristotle was right when he opined that all philosophy begins with wonder;
but the journey, may I suggest, can only progress through truth. Jesus
said it succinctly—“everything earthly will pass away”—but His truth will
abide forever. Do you know Him, the quintessential combination of wonder
and truth? Ravi Zacharias

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*1938: First Successful Xerox Copy Made

Chester Floyd Carlson, although trained as a physicist, was working
in the patent department of an electronics company during the
Depression. Frustrated by the difficulty of getting copies of patent
drawings, he spent his spare time developing an electronic dry-
copying process. On October 21, 1938 he made his first successful
copy using the process, which he called "xerography", meaning "dry
writing". It wasn't until 1959 that the Xerox Corporation introduced
a machine based on his invention. Now known simply as photocopying,
Carlson's process is a universal element of office life.
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So, Bob Woodward has become the latest journalist to try to influence the upcoming mid-term congressional elections with a new book, State of Denial — a harsh critique of the President and senior members of his administration whom he contends are in such a state with respect to Iraq. Woodward alleges as evidence a refusal by Mr. Bush to: recognize the magnitude of the problem there; adjust course; level with the American people; or fire Donald Rumsfeld for his supposed singlehanded responsibility for most of the difficulties we now face.

A more careful and rigorous examination of who is in denial and about what would establish that there is actually a pandemic of the phenomenon psychologists call "cognitive dissonance," whereby people don't see what they don't want to see. In fact, there are at least four States of Denial afflicting the national security debate and decision-making process at the moment:

1) President Bush's critics are by-and-large in denial about the true nature of the war we are in. They hector him about Iraq, but fail to address what Mr. Bush has been saying for some time: We are in a global conflict with a totalitarian ideology bent on our destruction.

As the President has correctly noted, the adherents to this ideology — "Islamic fascists" — did not start attacking us when we liberated Iraq. While our efforts to help deliver a powerful Arab nation like Iraq from their grasp has reportedly become a "cause celebre" for the Islamofascists, they are not interested only in defeating us there. Such totalitarians are convinced, as their Iranian front-man Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has put it, that "a world without America is not only desirable, it is achievable." Most of those who focus, as Woodward has done, on fault-finding about Iraq seem to deny that there are any connections between this War for the Free World's Iraqi front and the larger strategy of which our efforts to prevail there are a critical part.

2) The President's critics are usually stunningly silent on the implications of the "strategic redeployment" from Iraq that they recommend on varying timetables — apart, that is, from getting U.S. forces out of harm's way (at least for the moment). Indeed, they seem to be in a state of denial about the ineluctable reality that, as the recent National Intelligence Estimate they are so fond of selectively quoting observed: "Threats to the U.S. are intrinsically linked to U.S. success or failure in Iraq." In other words, those who advocate an admission of failure in Iraq may object to calling it "cutting and running," but they cannot escape the global consequences of doing just that.

3) Those who insisted that the George H.W. Bush administration cash-in the so-called "peace dividend," and then urged Bill Clinton to cut America's force structure and modernization programs even further, are in a particularly acute state of denial. They take no responsibility whatever for the contribution their past agitation has made to the U.S. military being sorely stretched by counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Their short-term answer seems to be that, by getting U.S. forces out of the former, there will be more to deploy to the latter for the purpose of "finding Osama bin Laden." Such a solution fails, however, to appreciate that bin Laden's al Qaeda is just one manifestation of the Islamofascist movement that has been cultivated worldwide for decades by Saudi Arabia and, to a lesser extent, by Iran (see State of Denial #1 above.) It also ignores the predictable compounding of the danger posed by such totalitarians far-and-wide once we concede defeat in Iraq (see #2).

4) Most Democrats and Republicans appear to be cohabiting in another, particularly worrisome state of denial: the failure to recognize and respond appropriately to a danger not present in previous Wars for the Free World — namely, the substantial presence in America of a Fifth Column of Islamofascist organizations and cells, front groups and fellow travelers.

Apart from a hearing here or there (notably, Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl's Terrorism Subcommittee has convened a few impressive ones) and the occasional comment from a legislator or two, neither party has been willing to date to come to grips with the strategic dangers of an enemy within.

As a result, American prisons, military units, college campuses and mosques continue to be used with impunity for Islamist recruitment and indoctrination. Organizations like the Council on American Islamic Relations that are — at the very least — sympathetic to our Islamofascist foes are charged with providing "sensitivity training" to FBI agents on how to "reach out" to Muslims. Senior State Department personnel are among the GOP and Democratic officials who regularly meet with and rely upon representatives of organizations that should be under surveillance, rather than treated as legitimate interlocutors with "moderate" Muslims. Unsurprisingly, neither party is even proposing, let alone waging, a competent program of anti-Islamist ideological warfare.

It turns out that there are plenty of States of Denial to choose from. On balance, the President and his party are less guilty of ignoring inconvenient facts and doing a better job of pursuing sensible and appropriate policies to deal with them than are their critics, whose denials of reality are transparently irresponsible and prone to costly failure.

American voters will have to choose their poison. We better all hope they vote as if their lives depend on the outcome, because indeed they do.

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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