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Representatives David Obey and John Murtha talk about the current funding of the Military budget, mainly defending their supplemental 50 billion dollar “bridge fund” with the following conditions:

  1. Troops be fully trained and fully equipped before deploying
  2. All U.S. employees (especially the CIA) must abide by the Army Field Manual, specifically forbidding torture.
  3. Administration must provide a plan to end military involvement in Iraq in 14 months

They defend that they already sent 500 billion in the regular defense budget. And additionally provided 16 billion dollars in MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected).

Source: C-SPAN

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A 13 year-old hung herself, October 16, 2006, after being harassed online from a failed MySpace romance. Megan Meier, struggling with attention deficit disorder, depression, and a weight problem, fell in love with a fictional MySpace character, Josh Evans. After about six weeks, the fictional Josh Evans started a “campaign of vilification and online name-calling that ended when Megan took her own life.” “Megan’s parents said Megan received a message from him on Oct. 15 of last year, essentially saying he didn’t want to be her friend anymore, that he had heard she wasn’t nice to her friends.” Megan told her mother that “electronic bulletins were being posted about her, saying things like ‘Megan Meier is a slut. Megan Meier is fat.'”

Josh Evans was created by Megan’s friend’s neighborhood parents, after Megan and a friend had a “falling out.” The friend’s mother, created and used the fictional character to see if Megan was talking about her daughter behind their backs. A total of three people, Megan’s friend, the friend’s mother, and a friend of the friend, monitored and communicated using the fictitious account.

The Meiers blame the parents for their daughter’s death. They were interviewed on the Today Show a year after the suicide in order to “continue for justice for Megan because we knew what they did. Although the case is still open, investigators told the Meiers, “that while the hoax was cruel, it was not criminal.” The Meiers hope to press criminal charges under a federal law passed in January 2006 that prohibits online harassment.

Of importance is that the parents closely monitored their daughter’s online activities, and were still unable to prevent her death. The parents had the password to the account, preventing her from signing on without them. “[They] had to be in the room” when she was online. The parents were also aware of the relationship, and warned Megan to “not get too excited,” and her mom warned Megan daily about the online relationship. The parents have since, gotten a divorce.

What could have prevented this sad story? The parents had closely monitored and talked to their child about her internet activities and she still was not protected. Ultimately, I don’t think this could’ve been prevented without dealing with the issue of sin. One of the most dangerous aspects of any relationship, online or in real life is the potential for idolatry, worshiping creation rather than the creator. Love, can be twisted from it’s original origin in God and lead to depression and ultimately suicide. Josh Evan became the over-riding authority Megan desired to please rather than God or her parents. Although the article suggests that close monitoring and dialogue with a child will help prevent such a tragedy from happening again, a child must be taught by their parents how to seek God’s pleasure before all others. Sin is the true problem, and the solution is in Christ.

Source: MSNBC’s Today Show

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I’ve read one-liners like:

Even military.com’s newsletter, Military Insider jumped in titleling their video, “Iraqi Cadets Can’t do Jumping Jacks. ” 

Disconcerting as the video as it is, even more disconcerting is the fact that to some, it only verifies their conviction that we’ve lost the war. Though as you will see below there’s a parallel in principle of coordinating exercise and coordinating combat, I find the real humor is if someone actually used this video as premise of their argument (I doubt it but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was at least one- there’s alway one.)

But really the first thing I thought of though when I watched this video was boot camp. I flashbacked to the numerous times DI’s were yelling at us for not doing things in sync during PT. I thought to myself, “Now I know why they got so mad at us,” because we look stupid, and it’s good training.

Although some might think about the zombie-like robot-stupid killing-machine mentality of the military, I really think there’s two benfits to doing jumping jacks in sync.

First point is that coordinated exercises is another oppurtunity to become one.  In combat, being in sync and coordinated is key. If you can’t even do coordinated jumping jacks with ten people, what about a platoon? What about a company? If 10 people can’t do the same thing at the same time, why expect the same 10 to do different things, in a coordinated way, at the same time?

“My argument can only be taken so far though. Obviously a group of construction workers would be coordinated in making a parking lot, but would less coordinated doing surgery. It takes practice. But at the same time, the more a group of people become one, the more quickly the group learns to adapt and overcome different tasks. As my heavy-hat, former SSgt Hernandez said, “The platoon just clicks.” That’s the essence of boot camp. Learning that the key to succeeding and surviving involves everyone- you’re weak people, you’re slow people, you’re strong people, you’re fast people– the point is they’re all you’re people. It’s very much like how the Christian body succeeds and grows:

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,  from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
Ephesians 4:11-16

Success then is in the unity of the different parts, and in that unity the group will be able to overcome all.

My second point is of course survival. In a school of fish, in a herd of caribou, the one that decides to run in a different direction, or stick out in any way is the one that gets killed. Why make the job of a sniper easier? Don’t stick out by looking different.

Reiteraing what I said earlier, though it’s a useful tool for training, jumping jacks certainly is not a reliable measurement of how the war is going.

Laugh at the video, but don’t laugh too hard. Seriously.

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I haven’t had a chance to look or listen to them yet, but Reformed Theological Seminary providing a large number of mp3s and videos available through iTunes U to promote virtual RTS. Located in iTunes new section, “Itunes U” offers audio and video recordings from universities such as UC Berkeley, Yale, MIT, Duke, Cal Tech including lectures, commencement addresses (most popular being Steve Jobs at Stanford) .

I thought I’d include a preliminary survey of what RTS offers currently:

  • RTS Virtual Campus Resources (4 Movies)
    • Distance Education
    • Technology
    • Contemporary Churches
    • New Students in Seminary
  • RTS Virtual Courses
    • Old Testament
      • Genesis through Joshua by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr. (29 Tracks)
      • Judges through Poets by Dr. John Currid (37 Tracks)
      • Isiah through Malachi by Dr. Richard Belcher, Jr. (34 Tracks)
    • New Testament
      • Gospels and Acts by Dr. Knox Chamblin (48 Tracks)
      • Pauline Epistles by Dr. Knox Chamblin (47 Tracks)
      • Hebrews through Revelation by Dr. Simon J. Kistemaker (45 Tracks)
    • Church History
      • History of Christianity I by Dr. Frank A. James III (32 Tracks)
      • History of Christianity II by Dr. Frank A. James (30 Tracks)
      • The Church and the World by Dr. W. Andrew Hoffecker (27 Tracks)
      • History and Theology of the Puritans by Dr. J.I. Packer (16 Tracks)
      • History of Missions by Dr. Samuel H. Larsen (35 Tracks)
    • Practical Theology
      • Disabilities and the Church (29 Tracks)
    • Theology
      • Intro to Pastoral and Theological Studies by Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr. (23)
      • History of Philosophy and Christian Thought by Dr. John M. Frame (36)
      • Theological Foundations by Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas (24)
      • Systematic Theology I by Dr. Douglas F. Kelly (38)
      • Systematic Theology II by Dr. Douglas F. Kelly (20)
      • Systematic Theology III by Dr. Douglas F. Kelly (38)
      • Pastoral and Social Ethics by Dr. John M. Frame (43)
      • Christan Apologetics by Dr. John M. Frame (26)
      • C.S. Lewis by Dr. Knox Chamblin (26)
  • RTS Chapel Messages
    • RTS Charlotte Chapel Messages (18)
      • Fall 2007
      • Spring 2007
      • Fall 2006
    • RTS Jackson Chapel Messages (23)
      • Spring 2007 (12)
      • Fall 2006 (11)
    • RTS Orlando Chapel Messages
      • Fall 2007 (4)
      • Spring 2007 (10)
      • Fall 2006 (11)
  • RTS Events
    • Seminar Series
      • Crass Plagiarism? The Problem of the Relationship of the Old Testament to the Ancient Near Eastern Literature by Dr. John D. Currid(3)
      • New Perspective on Paul by Dr. D.A. Carson(3)
      • Roles & Relationships in Pastoral Ministry by Dr. John Sittema (3)
      • Worship Wars, Holy Kisses, and Names for God: An Evangelical Model for Contextual Theologizing by Dr. Steve Strauss (3)
      • The Calvin I Never Knew by Dr. Frank A. James III (4)
    • Westminister Confession for Today
      • 2007 Westminister Confession for Today (4)
      • 2006 Westminister Confession for Today (4)
    • Commencement Addresses
      • RTS Charlotte Commencement Addresses by Dr. Mark E. Ross (1)
    • Special Events
      • A Memorial Service for Dr. Harold O.J. Brown (1)
      • Open Theism Debate by James White and John Sanders (1 Movie)
      • Joni and Friends by Joni Eareckson Tada(2 Movies)
      • Bethesda Rehabilitiation Ministry (2 Movies)
  • RTS Online Resources
    • Promotional Videos (3 Movies)
      • RTS Institutional – Video Presentation (12 Min.) (1 Movie)
      • Short – Study, Pray
      • Short – Quiet Voice
    • RTS Brochures (4 Tracks in PDF)
      • Learning At Jesus’ Feet
      • Studying Theology as a Servant of Jesus
      • What is Reformed About Reformed Theological Seminary
      • Westminister Confession Today

Right now I’m trying to download all the Theology (except for C.S. Lewis which I’ll download later), NT, OT, and Church History lectures.

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I am always wary of the media in how they portray stories. I will provide some thought on points the investigation portrays.

The investigative report suggested the banning of Dragon Skin was because some of the procurement officers now work for the companies of the Interceptor vests. Although possible, another equally valid reason (albeit politically incorrect) is the recent 167 million dollar contract. That’s 167 million dollars of tax dollars lost, not including the funds required to purchase the new Dragon Skin armor. Although Congress or the taxpayers might be willing to make such a sacrifice in the military budget -allocating additional dollars to purchase Dragon Skin- the Army would never give up the 167 million dollars of armor without promise for more money replacing them with Dragon Skin.

The idea that the ban took place in March, before the Dragon Skin testing in May also is misleading. In the Marine Corp, a ban was placed on any synthetic shirts outside of camps with the same, “safety of use message.” Especially where body armor is concerned, forcing troops to use the tested Interceptor Vest is better than the allowing untested Dragon Skin. If the Army had any interest in my opinion, I would make such a ban provisional, until Dragon Skin was tested independently of any preconceived answers considering the financial or procurement bias. Desired objectivity might even justify why the Army reportedly didn’t allow the Mechanical Engineer -and Dragon Skin proponent- to the Dragon Skin testing. However, the news special said the Army didn’t give a reason.

I digress. The Army didn’t use such a reason, and according to the Brigadier General Mark Brown’s response to the interview with Lisa Myers, “13 of 48″ Dragon Skin tested suffered full penetration in a variety of testing conditions. Thus, they are not claiming it’s because of money, but because of legitimate testing (see Brigadier General’s press release).

I can’t answer if the US Army or Pentagon banned Dragon Skin due to corruption. A more realistic answer is perhaps the Army testing may have purposely produced negative test results (see Pinnacle Armor’s account of testing); the Army testers creating certain testing conditions to produce unfavorable results.

Such questionable testing occurred when the Army tested the AR-15 in Alaska without telling Stoner -with improperly assembled rifles!

Despite this, I’m still on the fence on who to believe, the US Army or Pinnacle Armor? Although I don’t doubt the testing by the media and numerous demonstrations by Pinnacle Armor, I believe Pinnacle Armor and the media have not addressed the accusation of failure at different temperatures (-60, 120, and 140 degrees Fahrenheit). Such a failure makes all the difference, I wouldn’t use the armor in combat knowing the adhesive might fail- regardless of how awesome it is at normal room temperature (however, see ballistic test with Dragon Skin in 170 degrees Fahrenheit). On the other hand, does the Army standards, specify testing armor at multiple temperatures? Or did the Army decide to do so because they wanted to produce instances of Dragon Skin failing like the M16 testing in Alaska? If indeed the Army was not using the test standards as an article from Defense Review states, it discredits many of the soldier’s trustworthiness (see Pinnacle Armor’s response to SOUM for particular instances of vagueness on the verge of lies).

More youtube videos:

PBS Newshour Debate (note the difference between what Col. Maginnis says about the lack of ballistic testing and Defense Review’s findings on ballistic testing)

For more details following this issue see:

Soldiers for the Truth Foundation

Defense Review

History Channel’s Test Lab feature on Dragon Skin

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Food for thought from http://www.americanvision.org/articlearchive2007/06-14-07.asp

We’re fooling ourselves if we think that passively watching a colorful box of lights for hours every night doesn’t have an effect. Advertisers are just one group that bets big money that it does. When over half of the nation is mindlessly staring at a lighted piece of glass for hours on end each night, how can we be surprised when they start believing what they are watching and hearing? 

Thought that was interesting…

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reFocus Conference this year featuring John Piper. Others include J.I Packer, Bruce Ware, Mark Driscoll, etc.

 

Video of,

 

John Piper – The Reason for Our Creation

John Piper – The Nature of Our Depravity

John Piper – The Nature Of Saving Faith

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