The latest in Church music live from Florida – Bono and the U2charist!

Lots of fans revere their favorite artists like attending a religious experience. To add to the confusion already out there one church in northern Florida – Pensacola has added a new twist to the Sunday morning service. Come and join the “U2charist” Twenty Four Bit reported on the First United Church of Pensacola playing the music and lyrics of Bono and U2. The pinnacle of the Holy Roller club.

U2 - Credit: kurisu on Flickr (CC BY)

U2 - Credit: kurisu on Flickr (CC BY)

Pensacola News Journal’s Rebecca Ross reports the U2charist will include “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “With or Without You,” “One,” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Also, “Beautiful Day” is slated to be the opening number for each worship service.

U2’s music is so deeply spiritual that I think the corporate worship setting is the perfect place for it,” Rev. Geoffrey Lentz told the PNJ, adding later, “It’s exciting for the oldest Protestant church in Pensacola to have a cutting edge worship service.”

Obviously this new ultra modern service is aimed at a younger audience although there are a number of older rockers I know who wouldn’t mind a bit of U2 in their service now and then!

Churches who hold the U2charist do not have to pay licensing fees for using U2’s music on the condition that the church donates any money raised by the service to charities benefiting the Millennium Development Goals, to which Bono is an ambassador.

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RT Did Obama edit History?

Even four weeks later, President Barak Obama’s Cairo speech is still reverberating in Washington, D.C. To his credit, the president used the speech to shatter an ugly myth when he confronted Holocaust denial.

But unfortunately, President Obama’s speech actually reinforced other dangerous myths about Israel’s history and the true obstacles to peace in the Middle East.

Last Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu stepped up to set the record straight. And last week, two Democratic senators—Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada and Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey—added their voices to the chorus of correction. Taking on a popular president from your own party is never easy. It is therefore of great significance that these two Democrats felt the need to clarify that when it comes to the specifics of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the president does not speak for the party.

Nearly two weeks ago, Democratic Majority Leader Sen. Reid, sent a letter to President Obama. Reid politely reminded the president of the real threats to peace in the Middle East. In Cairo, President Obama glossed over the long history of Palestinian rejection of Israel’s right to exist. Sen. Reid wrote, “I believe that negotiations will be successful only with a renewed commitment from the Palestinians to be a true partner for peace.”

In Cairo, President Obama largely ignored the leading role of Iran in fueling the conflict with Israel. Sen. Reid wrote that the peace process must not “take away from your commitment to deal with the ongoing threat from Iran. Iran has continued to call for Israel’s destruction while repeatedly defying the international community with its nuclear program.”

The following day, Sen. Menendez went to the floor of the Senate to deliver a 13-minute speech on Israel. While not mentioning President Obama by name, he issued a powerful rebuttal of the myths that the president seemed to embrace. In Cairo, the president suggested that Israel’s right to exist is based upon Jewish suffering in the Holocaust.

In response, Sen. Menendez walked through the over 3,500-year-old connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. “Let’s be very clear,” Menendez stated, “the Holocaust is not the main justification for Israel’s existence.”

While in Cairo, President Obama stated that Palestinian “dislocation” was a result of “Israel’s founding.” Sen. Menendez noted that, “the more than 700,000 Palestinians who left Israel were refugees of a war instigated by Arab governments bent on seizing more land for themselves. ” Sen. Menendez also mentioned that 750,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries were absorbed by Israel, a fact absent from the president’s speech.

While the president downplayed the threat from Iran, Menendez highlighted it. Iran, he stressed, is not a just a “potential threat” to Israel’s existence—it is a present threat to Israel’s existence though its arming and funding of Hamas and Hezbollah. Sen. Menendez was clear that “under no circumstances whatsoever can we allow that conventional threat to become a nuclear one.”

We live in a time when Israel’s enemies are aggressively seeking to delegitimize her by rewriting both the history of the Jewish people and the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. In such a climate, even people sympathetic to Israel are sometimes swayed. It is thus good indeed to see Israel’s friends on both sides of the aisle step up and correct the record. Thank you, Sen. Reid and Sen. Menendez, for your leadership and your friendship on this issue. Your services to the truth and to Israel are deeply appreciated.

To watch the video of Sen. Menendez’s compelling speech on Capitol Hill, click below.

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Obama administration to seek ratification of the United Nations CRC.

Monday June 22nd in a Harlem middle school, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told a group of 120 students that administration officials are actively discussing “when and how it might be possible to join” (that is, ratify) the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). As before, she also communicated what a disgrace it is that the U.S. would stand with only Somalia against such a widely-accepted treaty.

This is the first direct public statement by the Obama administration that it will seek ratification of the UN CRC.

If the United States Senate were to ratify the UN CRC, then under Article VI of our Constitution, that treaty would become “the supreme law of the land,” essentially self-executing. In a nation of laws such as ours, we would be obligated to implement every part of it in very short order. But the world doesn’t understand why we would “stand with Somalia” in refusing to pass all those restrictive laws in one broad stroke.

Standing with Somalia, incidentally, is not at all what we are doing. Somalia has no formal government, else they would probably have ratified the treaty themselves before now. Somalia is not taking any stand, and they are not with us. As has happened so often in history, and usually to our credit rather than shame, the United States is standing alone.

But are the 192 nations of the “choir” doing what they would ask us to commit ourselves to? Certainly not. In every case, they have chosen to exempt themselves from some aspect or other of this exhaustive “agreement.” Ironically, it seems to be an agreement to which no one can quite agree.

Like in World War I trench warfare, our opponents have “sent up a balloon” to see if it will draw fire. If things remain quiet, they will proceed with their plans to push for ratification of the CRC in the U.S. Senate.

To discourage them from doing so, we need to make sure that our voices are heard with unmistakable clarity. We must let the Obama administration know that we oppose this anti-family, anti-American treaty.

Here’s what we need you all to do:

1. Call the White House comments line at 202-456-1111. Tell them you heard the administration wants to ratify the CRC, and you strongly oppose this giving away of U.S. sovereignty to the UN. Also keep in mind that this treaty gives the government jurisdiction to override any decision made by any parent if the government thinks that a better decision can be made—even if there is no proof of any harm.

2. Call Ambassador Susan Rice’s office at the United Nations. Tell her that you want her to represent the United States to the world rather than trying to get the United States to go along with international law initiated by the UN. The US Mission at the United Nations can be reached at 212-415-4000 (press 6 to leave your message). This number has been disconnected through our efforts. You can also contact the Public Diplomacy Office at 212-415-4050. We are no longer urging calls to the U.S. office at the United Nations.

3. Contact your Senators and urge them to oppose ratification of this treaty. (Find your Senators’ contact information by typing your zip code into the box here.) Ask them also to defeat it once and for all by cosponsoring SJRes 16 – the Parental Rights Amendment.

Take action friends and lets see the bill get amended before we lose the right altogether.

Obama: U.S. Not A Christian Nation Or A Jewish Nation Or A Muslim Nation


Reposted from
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/06/obama-us-not-a-christian_n_183772.html

At a press conference in Turkey, President Obama casually rebuked the old chestnut that the United States is a Judeo-Christian nation.

“One of the great strengths of the United States,” the President said, “is … we have a very large Christian population — we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”

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New anti theft program for the Mac


With desktops becoming smaller and more portable, and laptops easily targeted – computer theft has become a huge problem worldwide. in 2004 alone over 600,000 laptops were stolen in the USA, however the FBI report that almost 97% of stolen computers are not recovered.

A unique theft recovery application by Undercover designed for the Mac aims to reduce the number of stolen laptops.

Using advanced technology by Skyhook Wireless locates your Mac based on WIFI positioning. Then Undercover transmits the network information allowing the Underground recovery center to track the stolen Mac to within a range of 30-50ft.

At regular intervals Undercover will send screenshots of the stolen Mac. These screenshots will eventually reveal the thief’s identity, i.e email, im, etc. This also makes it easier to work with law enforcement for Mac OSX

Another world’s first is using the Mac’s inbuilt iSight to transmit pictures of the thief and his surrounding every 6 minutes, making it easier to identify the thief.

More info from http://www.orbicule.com/undercover/

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Toyota Prius or a Honda Insight?

 

“Honda has always done things our own way, and this applies to every aspect of each Honda creation, including styling, engineering and performance.”

So pictured above is the new greatest and latest hybrid from Honda, is it just me, or does this look like a Toyota Prius?

With a very similar shape to the Prius  –  does this indicate that all the mid size hybrids are going to all look extremely similar?  I hope not.  It is a five-door hatchback with a smooth front and a high, abrupt tail. You can add the 2010 Insight to a list of similarly shaped cars that begins with the Toyota Prius and includes the Chevrolet Volt.

At a rumored $18,500 starting price there will be many people interested in Honda’s car, especially if the mpg is better than Prius. = lower cost + better  MPG, more sales.

 

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Chevy Camaro at Daytona Speedway

Automobile Manufacturers display new models at Daytona 2009.

This week was the Budweiser Shoot out at Daytona International Speedway, and as well as all the usual race cars the “manufacturers” were there displaying the latest and greatest autos to come out. 

One of the cars on display that immediately grabbed my attention was the new Chevrolet Camaro.

From the looks alone it looks like a Dodge Charger on steroids (although I don’t think Chevy will like the inference)  It has the total muscle car look that you either hate or love. For me I love it.
With 20 inch wheels, a v8 engine producing 400+hp, the usual leather interior, 9 speaker sound system , great dash with easy look down instruments, plus a choice of great colors and for the RS and SS models, twin stripes – what a great looking car.

Can’t wait to get behind the wheel and actually road test one. Maybe not my first car of choice as its not big enough for my company needs – but its definitely going to be on my list of cars to drive.  Hopefully, the car rental agencies will get them in soon and I can get one for the weekend on a show. Right now I always try and get a RT Charger for that fun drive!