January 31, 2006

Coretta Scott King Dies at 78

Coretta Scott King, who turned a life shattered by her husband's assassination into one devoted to enshrining his legacy of human rights and equality, has died at the age of 78.

Flags at the King Center were lowered to half-staff Tuesday morning.

"We appreciate the prayers and condolences from people across the country," the King family said in a statement. The family said she died during the night. The widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. suffered a serious stroke and heart attack last August.

"It's a bleak morning for me and for many people and yet it's a great morning because we have a chance to look at her and see what she did and who she was," poet Maya Angelou said on ABC's "Good Morning America."

"It's bleak because I can't — many of us can't hear her sweet voice — but it's great because she did live, and she was ours. I mean African-Americans and white Americans and Asians, Spanish-speaking — she belonged to us and that's a great thing."

Gov. Sonny Perdue ordered flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff and offered to allow King to lie in state at the Capitol. There was no immediate response to the offer, the governor's office said.

King died at Santa Monica Health Institute, a holistic health center in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, south of San Diego, said her sister, Edythe Scott Bagley of Cheyney, Pa.

She had gone to California to rest and be with family, according to Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, who broke the news on NBC's "Today" show.

At a news conference, Young said Coretta King's fortitude rivaled that of her husband.

"She was strong if not stronger than he was," Young said. "She lived a graceful and beautiful life, and in spite of all of the difficulties, she managed a graceful and beautiful passing."

She was a supportive lieutenant to her husband during the most tumultuous days of the American civil rights movement, and after his assassination in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, she kept his dream alive while also raising their four children.

"I'm more determined than ever that my husband's dream will become a reality," King said soon after his slaying.

She goaded and pulled for more than a decade to have her husband's birthday observed as a national holiday, first celebrated in 1986.

King became a symbol, in her own right, of her husband's struggle for peace and brotherhood, presiding with a quiet, steady, stoic presence over seminars and conferences on global issues.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was with her husband when he was assassinated, said Tuesday that she understood that every time he left home, there was the chance he might not come back. "Like all great champions, she learned to function with pain and keep serving," he said. "So her legacy is secure as a freedom fighter, but her work remains unfinished."

King wrote a book, "My Life With Martin Luther King Jr.," and, in 1969 founded the multimillion-dollar Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. She saw to it that the center became deeply involved with the issues she said breed violence — hunger, unemployment, voting rights and racism.

"The center enables us to go out and struggle against the evils in our society," she often said.

She became increasingly outspoken against businesses such as film and television companies, video arcades, gun manufacturers and toy makers she accused of promoting violence. She called for regulation of their advertising.

After her stroke, King missed the annual King holiday celebration in Atlanta two weeks ago, but she did appear with her children at an awards dinner a couple of days earlier, smiling from her wheelchair but not speaking. The crowd gave her a standing ovation.

At the same time, the King Center's board of directors was considering selling the site to the National Park Service to let the family focus less on grounds maintenance and more on King's message. Two of the four children were strongly against such a move.

Also in the news recently was a new book, "At Canaan's Edge" by Taylor Branch, that put allegations of her husband's infidelity back in the spotlight. It said her husband confessed a long-standing affair to her not long before he was assassinated.

Coretta Scott was studying voice at the New England Conservatory of Music and planning on a singing career when a friend introduced her to Martin Luther King, a young Baptist minister studying at Boston University.

"She said she wanted me to meet a very promising young minister from Atlanta," King once said, adding with a laugh: "I wasn't interested in meeting a young minister at that time."

She recalled that on their first date he told her: "You know, you have everything I ever wanted in a woman. We ought to get married someday." Eighteen months later — June 18, 1953 — they did, at her parents' home in Marion, Ala.

The couple moved to Montgomery, Ala., where he became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and organized the famed Montgomery bus boycott in 1955. With that campaign, King began enacting his philosophy of direct social action.

Over the years, King was with her husband in his finest hours. She was at his side as he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. She marched beside him from Selma, Ala., into Montgomery in 1965 for the triumphal climax to his drive for a voting rights law.

Only days after his death, she flew to Memphis with three of her children to lead thousands marching in honor of her slain husband and to plead for his cause.

"I think you rise to the occasion in a crisis," she once said. "I think the Lord gives you strength when you need it. God was using us — and now he's using me, too."

The King family, especially King and her father-in-law, Martin Luther King Sr., were highly visible in 1976 when former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter ran for president. When an integration dispute at Carter's Plains church created a furor, King campaigned at Carter's side the next day.

She later was named by Carter to serve as part of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, where Young was the ambassador.

In 1997, she spoke out in favor of a push to grant a trial for James Earl Ray, who pleaded guilty to killing her husband and then recanted.

"Even if no new light is shed on the facts concerning my husband's assassination, at least we and the nation can have the satisfaction of knowing that justice has run its course in this tragedy," she told a judge.

The trial never took place; Ray died in 1998.

King was born April 27, 1927, in Perry County, Ala. Her father ran a country store. To help her family during the Depression, young Coretta picked cotton; later, she worked as a waitress to earn her way through Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

In 1994, King stepped down as head of the King Center, passing the job to son Dexter, who in turn passed the job on to her other son, Martin III, in 2004. Dexter continued to serve as the center's chief operating officer. Martin III also has served on the Fulton County (Ga.) commission and as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, co-founded by his father in 1957. Daughter Yolanda became an actress and the youngest child, Bernice, became a Baptist minister.

On the 25th anniversary of her husband's death, April 5, 1993, King said the war in Vietnam which her husband opposed "has been replaced by an undeclared war on our central cities, a war being fought by gangs with guns for drugs."

"The value of life in our cities has become as cheap as the price of a gun," she said.

King received numerous honors for herself and traveled around the world in the process.

In London, she stood in 1969 in the same carved pulpit in St. Paul's Cathedral where her husband preached five years earlier.

"Many despair at all the evil and unrest and disorder in the world today," she preached, "but I see a new social order and I see the dawn of a new day."

My condolenses go out to Ms. Haines for having to write this article. Writing about the death of anyone is difficult. Especially someone as affluental as the King family. First Dr. Luther was assissinated, and he was survived by his wife. Now she died. Ashame. My prayers and thoughts go to the King family as they grieve this loss...

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Why Do You Write?


Since apparently the powers that be feel the best thing to do to me on the nmj weblog is to ignore my comments that I post, when others will go through just fine, I thought it to be best to post it here (not that anyone will read it, and watch within the hour my blog will be deleted.)

Anyways, Why do you write? Sure, you might say "for class" or because "i want to be read" If so, for you, that's fine and dandy. For me; however, I write for the entertainment of myself.

That's right, for myself. I read my own writing and am entertained by it. I also read others writing and see what I can do to model it or have it come close to other's style.

I also want to write for the entertainment of others, that way people can be both entertained and in awe of my style.

(make a buck or two wouldn't be bad either. lol!)

Well...if I don't see you..before this gets deleted, email me at louiegagliardi@gmail.com and i'll give you the URL of my livejournal.

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January 27, 2006

Judge to Rule on Merit of Christ Case

Judge to Rule on Merit of Christ Case
By MARTA FALCONI, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 22 minutes ago

VITERBO, Italy - An Italian judge heard arguments Friday on whether a small-town parish priest should stand trial for asserting that Jesus Christ existed.

The priest's atheist accuser, Luigi Cascioli, says the Roman Catholic Church has been deceiving people for 2,000 years with a fable that Christ existed, and that the Rev. Enrico Righi violated two Italian laws by reasserting the claim.

Lawyers for Righi and Cascioli, old schoolmates, made their arguments in a brief, closed-door hearing before Judge Gaetano Mautone in Viterbo, north of Rome. They said they expected the judge to decide quickly.

Cascioli filed a criminal complaint in 2002 after Righi wrote in a parish bulletin that Jesus did indeed exist, and that he was born of a couple named Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and lived in Nazareth.

Cascioli claims that Righi's assertion constituted two crimes under Italian law: so-called "abuse of popular belief," in which someone fraudulently deceives people; and "impersonation," in which someone gains by attributing a false name to a person.

"The point is not to establish whether Jesus existed or not, but if there is a question of possible fraud," Cascioli's attorney, Mauro Fonzo, told reporters before the hearing.

Cascioli says the church has been gaining financially by "impersonating" as Christ someone by the name of John of Gamala, the son of Judas from Gamala.

He has said he has little hope of the case succeeding in overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Italy, but that he is merely going through the necessary legal steps to reach the European Court of Human Rights, where he intends to accuse the church of what he calls "religious racism."

Righi, 76, has stressed substantial historical evidence — both Christian and non-Christian — of Jesus' existence.

"Don Righi is innocent because he said and wrote what he has the duty to say and write," Righi's attorney, Severo Bruno, told reporters.

He said he told Mautone during the hearing that Righi was not asserting a historical fact when he wrote of Jesus' existence, but rather "an expression of theological principles."

"When Don Righi spoke about Christ's humanity ... he was affirming that he needs to be considered as a man. What his name is, where he comes from or who his parents are is secondary," he said.

Fonza said he countered that there have long been questions of Christ's existence and that the matter warranted discussion in the court.

"When somebody states a wrong fact, abusing the ignorance of people, and gains from that, that is one of the gravest crimes," Cascioli told reporters.

Righi's brother, Luigi Righi, attended the hearing and said his brother was "serene but bitter."

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January 26, 2006


Ok..I get a call this morning, right before I leave for class that I missed because I slept in cause I'm still not used to my schedule--i did have a class at 9:30--now I only have one, and it's at 11--and im not used to that yet...anyways, from the Democratic National Convention (which I was kind of shocked about--considering that I am registered a Republican.) and they were asking for donations. Well: 1) I couldn't understand the guy on the phone, he was talking so fast. 2) He was asking for donations, and i'm a poor college student. (Luckily I have $10 to buy this book I need).

So..after today, im no longer voting democrat. I mean at least the Republicans don't need my money! Their fucking rich! So..it's time for a quick installment of...


The first tip of my hat goes to the Republican Party. The reason? Their rich, their smart, and their in power. Enough reasons, I think. Sure, the "war" in Iraq isn't going well. Sure the economy is on the verge of collaspe, but then when wasn't it? Their only doing what ther forefath..no wait, the only bad thing he did was have sex with an intern in the oval office.

The second tip of my hat goes to Steelers Nation. Apparently, right after the Pittsburgh Steelers "stamped their ticket" (quote courtesy of the Trib) to the SuperBowl, petitions went around trying to get Myron Cope back into the booth by fans. YOI and Double YOI! That would be a nice nostalgic feeling for this boy who was 12 years old when Neil O'Donnell threw the game..I mean two intercepts to the same guy..I mean..no let's go with the first one, he through the game.

The first wag of my finger goes to the Democratic party. The reason? Their poor and their last great hero was Bill "I did not have sex with that woman" Clinton. Ok, so he wasn't bad. BUT, he was the very reason I registered Republican. If you need money, Mr. Democrat, do what Mr. Republican did--get a JOB!

My second wag of the finger goes to Steelers Nation. I know...I know, I gave them a tip of the hat as well..but what fans of the Steelers don't realize is that Mr. Cope is sick. He won't come back because of that, even for one night. Please stop the petitions now.

In closing, someone please tell me when the next College Republicans meeting is..I'd like to become involved.

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January 21, 2006

How pathetic is the Bush Administration?

The Bush administration is letting Cuba play ball.

The Cubans will be allowed to participate in the inaugural World Baseball Classic after the U.S. government reversed course Friday and issued the special license necessary for the communist nation to play in the 16-team tournament.

Baseball's first application was denied in mid-December by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, but the commissioner's office and the players' association reapplied Dec. 22 after Cuba said it would donate any profits it receives to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"The president wanted to see it resolved in a positive way," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "Our concerns were centered on making sure that no money was going to the Castro regime and that the World Baseball Classic would not be misused by the regime for spying. We believe the concerns have been addressed."

The license was required by 45-year-old American sanctions against Cuba designed to prevent Fidel Castro's government from receiving U.S. currency. At the State Department, spokesman Sean McCormack said the initial rejection was based on concerns Cuban spies might accompany the team.

That's pathetic. Ok, I can understand that the sanctions were in place since the JFK Administration...but still, it's baseball! Let me clarify something, yes, I hate the Bush Administration....but when it comes to a pasttime that has slowly become international, I would dog any administration that didn't let every nation compete. You can claim that I am idiosyncratic, but I just tell things how I see them. If people don't like it, instead of trying to come up with insults, why not debate things with me...I always enjoy a good debate.

Are we still in the Cold War? No. That died around the time I and my fellow classmates were alive. So then there shouldn't be a problem with Cuba being communist. I say lift the sanctions, the embargo, whatever you want to call and let them play. To say that you're not letting a team of Cubans, who may not be Communist, play baseball because of their leader, who may not share their idealistic goals is ridiculous! That's like telling an American they can not open their eyes because they don't look through the same kind of rose-coloured classes as you.

SO..I'm going to steal something from Stephen Colbert (who even though he's conservative, he's still a funny guy). It's called:



-Love: I met this girl. Her name's Anna. She's as cynical, morbid, and just plain nasty as I am. She hates the current administration, not anyone member but all of them, she hates organized religion because it focuses too much on conformity instead of individuals, and best of all, she's cute. So, love..you get the first tip of my hat...

-Ben Rothlesberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers: You guys did it! Big Ben, you won the AFC Championship. But..now you face a test...the superbowl. I beg you, Mr. Cowher, and Mr. Rooney, do NOT let Big Ben become Neil O'Donnell! I still get nightmares of that fateful January day Here's why Big Ben won't turn into the problem: Ben has all the right moves. He's tall, last i checked the Steelers website he was listed at 6'5, atheletic and smart, I mean just look at how they beat the Broncos on Sunday--the did it because of Ben being able to see the field and make good plays. He also maintained his cool this season, having suffered injuries and bounced right back .

He has Willy Parker, the Bus, Hines "I said one season I'd play for free, then demand more money the next" Ward, and Antwan Randle El. Oh yeah, and my cousin through marriage, Left Tackle Alan Faneca. My Prediction: STEELERS: 49 Seahawks: 42

-The "Blitzburgh" Defense: These guys are so big they deserve their own zip code. They get my third tip of the hat for just being the personification of what Pittsburgh is. Blue collar workers, unafraid to get dirty, and playing till the games over...


George W. Bush and other "conservatives": Enough said.

Mario Lemeiux: For selling the Penguins. Lemeiux, your job ain't done yet. (Pour vendre les pingouins. Lemeiux, votre travail n'est pas fait encore. Just in case he reads that.)

Peace ya'll. Cya tomorrow!

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January 20, 2006

Review: Underworld Evolution

First for those of you who don't remember the first Underworld:

For centuries, two races have evolved hidden deeply within human culture,the aristocratic, sophisticated Vampires, and the brutal, feral Lycans (werewolves). To humanity, their existence is no more than a whisper of a myth. But to each other, they are lifelong mortal rivals, sworn to wage a secret war until only one race is left standing. In the midst of this ongoing struggle, a Vampire warrior, Selene, discovers a Lycan plot to kidnap a young human doctor. After shadowing Michael through the city, she forms an unprecedented bond with him, and when the Lycans make their next move, Selene is there to fend off their vicious assault. As she races to save Michael and unravel the Lycan intrigue surrounding him, Selene discovers a secret that has terrifying repercussions for both tribes--a nefarious plan to awaken a new invincible species of predator that combines the strengths of both creatures and the weaknesses of neither, which threatens to tip the balance of power in favor of the werewolves, who have been on the losing end of the struggle for centuries.

Now..in 2006 comes the sequel...Here's the story for that one..

Underworld: Evolution continues the saga of war between the aristocratic Death Dealers and the barbaric Lycans (werewolves). The film traces the beginnings of the ancient feud between the two tribes as Selene (Kate Beckinsale), the vampire heroine, and Michael (Scott Speedman), the lycan hybrid, try to unlock the secrets of their bloodlines. The tale of action, intrigue and forbidden love takes them into the battle to end all wars as the immortals must finally face their retribution.

Ok..first thank you to Yahoo Movies for the summaries of the movies.

Basically this Castlevania, except that ALL the characters are either vampires or werewolves. But the newest movie is interesting, to say the least.

One problem, that the movie doesn't explain is why Michael (played by Scott Speedman) regenerates towards the end of the movie. My friend was confused one that. "I thought once he was impaled--that was it. Goodbye Michael."

Well of course not silly Anna. See..and they don't just come out and say it..well they do, but not in this way.

"Michael..you're a hybrid..you're half vampire, *yawn* half werewolf..and can regenerate..."

Instead, whule they show his werewolf half regenerating and rejuventating his (apparently) vampiric heart, you can hear Selene say "Michael..you're different. You're a hybrid, one of a kind." Then suddenly, he's up, and ready to jump into action.

Will I give away the ending? Hell yeah! So there are spoilers abound!

Michael and Selene face the brothers, and Michael's ancestors, Markus and William Cornivus (Corvinus?), one of which is a hybrid and the other is a full blown werewolf--the first--and one of the few that can never return to human form. Anyways, Selene ends up having to drink from a really, really old, vampire that happens to be the "forefather" of both species in order to help Michael, who was dead at this point in the movie, defeat the bad guys. Apparently Selene, at the end of the movie, takes on human qualities--as she can get around during the day now.

I give this movie a 8.5/10. There could have been a few things that weren't so "loose" and other storylines from the previous that could have been tied up. I liked though, how the music wasn't your typical "Bela Lugosi's Dead" Ramones wanna be bullshit. Or the "purely classic, then purely grunge, because we go back and forth between species" either. Instead throughout the movie, there is a constant new aged classical going on.

Oh, and if no one likes how I ruined the movie, tough crap quite frankly.

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January 19, 2006

Review: Castlevania: Circle of Darkness

The newest installment in the legendary Castlevania® series delivers an
entirely new storyline and main character – Hector, a Devil Forgemaster
who had once refined his skills under Dracula.

Disillusioned with the ideals of his mentor, Hector fled Vallachia to pursue a more normal life, leaving Dracula vulnerable to the Belmonts. Now, three years after Dracula was defeated in battle, the magic power of the curse released upon his death has infected all of Europe. As the continent succumbs to pestilence, heresy and mob violence, Isaac – a former friend and fellow Devil Forgemaster – suddenly appears. Believing their master’s death was a result of Hector’s betrayal, Isaac implicates his friend’s beloved in a deadly witch trial. Fueled by revenge, Hector sets off on a journey to his former home, which is now completely morphed in dark magic, to confront Isaac.

Not only do you fight the classic enemes like skeletons, medusa's heads, Death, and Dracula...but in a bit of coolness, you face the man who defeated Dracula in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (for NES or SNES, I forget which), Trevor C. Belmont. (You also get a lot of revenge in this story--then again, what Castlevania, doesn't? ) It seems Trevor doesn't believe a word you say when you say you are fighting for good. He believes you are still the Devil Forgemaster--or may simply mistake you for Issac.

Some cool new features to this game:

-Devil Forging: It combines the gameplay of Symphony of the Night with Chaos Legion, allowing you to have an ally that will either replinish your health bar, be able to smash rocks, or help you in magic--among other things.

-Once you beat the game, you can play as Trevor Belmont. Sure, he doesn't have the classic cutscenes or plot devices or whatever, but whatever he doesn't have--he has two things--His classic Vampire Killer and the classic subweapons.

All in all, this is a pretty damn good game. The first boss is a knight, that once defeated, he transforms into something else, the second boss is called a wyvern but is modeled after the western version of the dragon. Then you met a man named Comet St. Germain, and he can time travel, before making your way through a temple and fighting Trevor.

The game plays like Symphony of the Night, as in you don't just beat a boss then move on, you can explore and find alternate routes and even hidden items.

This game is definitely worth the 49.95 I paid for it. I was going to buy Smackdown vs Raw 2006, or some Final Fantasy, or even Madden 06, but I decided on this because im a vampire and Castlevania nut.

I give this game a 9.5/10.

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Castlevania Madness

Ok..So I bought Castlevania: Circle of Darkness for Christmas instead of Smackdown vs Raw 2006. Any church going, Bible thumper will look at me weird because I like vampires. What's not to like? Immortality...blood sucking..girl getting..guy get..oh wait..won't go there, I'm already a heretic as far as many are concerned. Anyways, I got to thinking,and here's what I wrote to Konami:

I would just like to say that your timeline for Castlevania is flawed. Here is the story from Castlevania IV:

In the small country of Transylvania there is a legend which says that every 100 years the forces of Good mysteriously become weak and the forces of Evil gain a foothold into our world. The evil manifests itself in the form of one of the most feared characters to roam the earth - the vampire Dracula!

Every 100 years Dracula is revived and grows stronger and stronger. His goal is to turn all humanity into creatures of darkness, to be ruled under his iron fist. He has appeared in this world many times, and there are many people who fear that in his next appearance, he may be unstoppable.

There is one group that has always been around to see that Dracula is defeated, the Belmont family. For generations the Belmonts have passed along the secrets and skills of vampire-hunting to the eldest child of the family. While many of the Belmonts have lived peaceful lives without encountering Dracula, they remain prepared. There are occasional skirmishes with lesser monsters, but the Belmont clan has always emerged victorious.

Now, 100 years have passed since the last battle between Dracula and the Belmonts. Transylvanians are reporting mysterious sightings of odd creatures appearing under the cover of darkness. As Spring approaches, the citizens prepare for a traditional celebration.

Unbeknownst to them, an evil group of people is holding a ceremony in the old destroyed abbey outside of town, attempting to revive the Prince of Darkness. As they carry out their ritual a dark cloud descends over the countryside. The sinister group stirs itself into a frenzy of mysterious chanting and pagan dancing, then lightning strikes the abbey. The ground bucks under their feet, and the abbey walls shudder. Once again, Dracula is revived!

It is time once again for Simon Belmont to call forth the powers of good to aid him in his battle. Armed with his mystical whip, his courage and the centuries-old knowledge of Belmont family training, he sets forth on his mission . . .

Now, it says that every 100 years, Dracula rises. That is simply not the case. If you take into consideration the modern games, it isn't always 100 years, a bit that you make in some games, and others you choose not too.

From 1094 to 1476 is 382 years.(that's one,as according to the games, Mathias is Dracula)
From 1476 to 1479 is 003 years.
FROM 1479 to 1576 is 097 years.
From 1576 is 1591 is 015 years.
From 1591 to 1691 is 100 years. (that's two)
From 1691 to 1698 is 008 years.
From 1698 to 1748 is 050 years.
From 1748 to 1792 is 044 years.
From 1792 to 1897 is 105 years. (that's three--Konami says BSD's Quincy is a Belmont)
From 1897 to 1914 is 017 years. (not 20 like the manual says)
From 1914 to 2035 is 121 years. (That's also ignoring the Great Demon War mentioned in AoS
From 2035 to 2038 is 003 years.

As you can see, according to Simon's tale, you'd have to put Hector, and Juste into retconland along with Sonia, Nathan Graves, and Cornell, as well as Reinhart and the Great Demon War in order for your outline to work, because then that would leave, well actually there wouldn't be much of a story, because it would go from Leon to Trevor to Christopher, skip the second Christopher adventure, go to Simon, skip his second adventure, and jump straight to BSD, then skip all the way to Soma's first adventure. That's alot of storyline space.

That would leave out: Simon's second journey, Juste, Richter , John Morris and Julius Belmont and Soma's second adventure.. Or are all of those "Another Story" too?

I am a fan of Castlevania, do not get me wrong. I love the games. But I am disgruntled. I am left wondering, "Why can't anyone that works with Konami get the storyline right?" That's what I want to know. I made the storylines simple. you start with Leon,then to trevor, and so on and so forth.

I know..I know..it's a video game and I shouldn't get to worked up about it. But it's bloody annoying! I mean I am sitting here playing Circle of the Moon, wondering why anyone would leave it out of the main storyline. It has Carmilla, Dracula, a van Helsing before there was van Helsing (takes place roughly in the same time as the movie Van Helsing too). It has all the things necessary to be a good game, it even goes back to the eerieness and the suspensefulness of the first GB games.


To err is human, to forgive Divine.


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January 02, 2006

Excommunicating myself..or why I don't follow "the church of the Lord"

I promised myself after 1/1/06 that I wouldn't blog again, period. That I wouldn't touch this blog, even for class. and now here I am...

Why do I "excommunicate" myself from the Roman Catholic church?
Have I been offically excommunicated?

Those are questions that I hear constantly.

The answer to the second question is no, not yet. I hope to be soon though. Hell, I might even contact the Roman Catholic church myself and demand it.

The first question is tougher to answer because it deals with more personal opinions and the like than actual fact that can be proven. I'll try my best to answer the first question without saying anything "bad" about other people's faith.

First, let me say this. Since I do not go to Catholic mass, but I still consider myself a Christian. I go to the Salvation Army, which is Weslyan and therefore Protestant in it's views. I have disagreements with them as well as the Catholic church in many of my beliefs (such as gay marriage).

Second, I am hoping to take soldier classes and eventually become an officer within the Army and hopefully become a youth minister--which is what I wanted to do with my life orginially, but didn't because I came to a Catholic University and didn't want to learn the Catholic way of salvation.

But ok..now to the real reason I am posting this. On Dr. Jerz's blog, there is an entry about how churches are taking their sermon to a wrestling mat instead of the synagogues and pulpits like the norm. There is this person on his blog, that calls itself AC II or anynomous coward II. I personally call that person just a plain coward, and allow them the opportunity to show themselves to me via email or this blog.

Anyways, I posted the following on Dr. Jerz's blog:

As for being a heathen, no sir/ma'am. I am a practicing member of the Salvation Army after self-excommunicating myself from the Catholic church.

To which this thing replied:

Because my views hold true to the old views and the morals that many lack today, you think I am some fringe extremist, have you ever thought about examining why you are execommunicating yourself from the church of the lord?

Have I thought about it, dear thing? All the time, but with the pity and self-loathing that you might think I do it with. But instead with a deep fascination and wonder.

I'll start with your last part of that statement. The Catholic church is NOT the "the church of the lord". Jesus assigned to Peter the responsibility of establishing the Christian church. Now I know that for many Catholics, this equates to:

Peter+establishing a church=the Catholic church. Not the case. Yes, up until that fateful Halloween day in the 1500s when Martin Luther posted his 95 thesis, the Catholic church was THE church that everyone associated with Christianity. That's all fine and well.

But see the thing is, catholic means universial. As in not applying to one thing or another. Yet throughout history, we associate that word with the church in rome. But the Protestant/Catholic split, which I believe is called the Great Schism (though I will admit to being wrong beforehand, if that is not the case) wasn't the first split. Since in 1000s-1300s (?) there was a split even amongst the romans and the greeks/russians/eastern european church. Which is why now there is the Roman Catholic, the Greek Orthodox, and the Eastern Orthodox church.

Anyways, Christ said to Peter, " You are Peter. On this rock I will build my church." (Matthew 16:18). He doesn't saying "Yo, my main simon! You will be called petey from here on in dawg. You will be my main man..my pope! Cause dude, The Catholic church is the official church of God! Peace my nigga!"

All he says is that you will be my rock, and on you I will build my church. What church? No one exactly knows, though of course a certain church says that that can be interpretted as being the Catholic church.

"Saint" Paul (you know..the dude who went blind then could see and found new faith in the Lord.) is the one most often credited with the founding of the Catholic church.

So that's the first reason that I have a problem with the church, is because they lay claim to something that can't be proven.

My second problem, is the whole gay marriage thing. But it's not a problem that I have JUST with the one church. The Salvation Army believes gay marriage is wrong also. I don't. That plain and simple.

The third problem is women priests. The Catholic church says no. The Salvation Army says yes. On a regular basis I will hear Captain Jenny Shurtlift (not sure if that's EXACTLY how to spell her name.) give a good sermon--not about Hell, Fire, and Brimstone--but on the salvation God gave the human race through is only begotten son, Jesus Christ of Nazerith. Good stuff.

The fourth problem, is that it took the church nearly 50 years before it apologized for it's role in WWII and the prosecution of the Jews. Also it denies the Inquistion (at least I checked many friends that are Catholics, and many priests that I have talked to did anyways.)

Now..don't get me wrong, I don't have problems with ALL Catholics, as most are fun to be around with and don't make religion a problem. But when the fantical and zealous nutjobs come along, that's when I have problem.

That is why I self-excommunicate myself from the Church. Quick, someone ask Father Honeygosky if he has the authority to excommunicate this "heathen". Please?

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January 01, 2006


Ok..last time..I'm changing my blog name, Here's the names that it went by in 2005:

-Thoughts, Writings, and Ramblings of a Writer
-Thoughts of a Cynical Bastard
-Vampire's Lair
-The Dead Apostle Society

Now..for the real blog entry.

Tis 2 1/2 hours into 2006..and I don't normally do this..I don't make resolutions (mainly because NO ONE can follow them..)

But I promise to:

-try not to make fun of or degrade Republicans too much.
-erase the "not", replace "too much" with "more" and "Republicans" with "Catholics".

There we go. Perfect-o!


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