Rice defends treatment of terror suspects - Dec 5, 2005

Submitted by frlarry on Tue, 12/06/2005 - 02:18
CNN's report on the Secretary of State's diplomatic tour of Europe, reported in "Rice defends treatment of terror suspects", has some of the typical "renditions" of the Administration's policies and personnel. Rice herself, for example, is shown in a photo taken when her jaw was plainly set. Secretary Rice's use of the term "rendition", of course, is the real story.

Rice 'to talk tough on CIA claim'

Submitted by frlarry on Sun, 12/04/2005 - 17:01
In essence, Secretary Rice is telling the heads of state in Europe, "Don't look for the smoking gun" of U.S. gulags in Eastern Europe. I'm not sure what the implied threat means, but according to the BBC article, "Rice 'to talk tough on CIA claim'", Rice will say
"The key point will be 'We're all in this together and you need to look at yourselves as much as us,' " one official said to the Washington Post, on condition of anonymity. "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."

Baptism in the Spirit [Mark 1:108]

Submitted by frlarry on Sun, 12/04/2005 - 16:37
Mark's Gospel has a remarkably simple introduction.
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Imagine introducing a guest speaker at a dinner party with words like that! He goes on to quote Isaiah, chapter 40, in connection with the mission of John the Baptist.
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”