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Jan 21 08 9:44 PM
Quote:Though I am not so new at computer tech, I was self taught, and I am sure jaitchison will quickly get the hang of things.
Quote:It is never to late to learn, I enjoy the challenge , especially since I have started violin lessons. which I enjoy immensely.
Quote:I'm a Proddy, I'm afraid ;-(x x xReading the Forum, it seems clear to me that you are interested in many things, some of which I know a bit about too, and I would love to discuss them with you.And I'd like to ask questions when some of your discussions go way over the top of my head.But I must ask you to think of me as your resident heretic sitting a bit like a stray cat at the bottom of the garden. I'm a lovely old moggy but i will probably say things that may shock or annoy even when I'm trying my hardest not to scratch anyone.
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Quote:Thank you for your encourgement Unicorn, I adore the violin too especially pieces by Bach , Vivaldi and Brahms.But I am not up to that level yet by a long way.I do value my lessons and hope one day I will be good enough for the local amatuer orchestra. Got to have a goal eh !
Quote:Unicorn, I'm not Lutheran
Quote:But when the current Pope entered my life everything changed drastically for the better. That's why this "prod" hangs out here. At the moment I can perhaps call myself a "mere Christian", with a Catholic heart and some remaining questions around one or two doctrines of the RCC.
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The Obama administration has issued a chilling warning to US police
forces about the threat of a rise in violent extremist groups fuelled by recession, the return of disgruntled army veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, and
hostility over the election of the first black president.
The internal report, which was not meant for publication, was drawn up by the department of homeland security, set up after the 9/11 attacks to co-ordinate
A leaked copy says: "The economic downturn and the election of the first African-American president present unique drivers for radicalisation and
It adds that the threat posed by "lone wolves" and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years.
The report generated criticism from Republicans and military veterans' groups, who resented the implication that returning troops presented a danger.
The American Legion called it "unfair", "incomplete" and "politically motivated".
Marked "for official use only", the nine-page report was drawn up by the extremism and radicalisation branch of homeland security. A leaked copy
initially appeared on conservative websites and was then picked up by the US media.
The assessment contends: "Extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalise returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived
from military training and combat. These skills ... have the potential to boost the capabilities of extremists, including 'lone wolves or small terrorist
cells', to carry out violence. The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were
disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today."
David Rehbein, national commander of the American Legion, which has 2.6 million members, today protested in a letter to the homeland security secretary,
Janet Napolitano, at the implication that troops presented a danger, saying: "I think it is important for all of us to remember that Americans are not the
enemy. The terrorists are. The American Legion is well aware and horrified at the pain inflicted during the Oklahoma City bombing, but Timothy McVeigh was only
one of more than 42 million veterans who have worn this nation's uniform during wartime. To continue to use McVeigh as an example of the stereotypical
'disgruntled military veteran' is as unfair as using Osama bin Laden as the sole example of Islam."
The report says that threats from white supremacist and violent anti-government groups have been largely rhetorical so far, but a prolonged economic
downturn "could create a fertile recruiting environment for extremists".
It adds: " Extremists have capitalised on the election of the first African-American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members,
mobilise existing supporters, and broaden their scope and appeal through propaganda." In particular it highlights antagonism at Obama's perceived
stance on issues ranging from immigration to social programmes for minorities and proposed firearms limits. Since the election, rightwing extremists have been
using propaganda to reach potential recruits.
It cites as an example of potential violence that could have been related to Neo-Natzi extremism the shooting of three police officers in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, this month. The alleged gunman was reportedly influenced by racist ideology and anti-government and anti-Jewish conspiracy theories.
I really do not need the above nonsence at my age....and the Kingston Police department is even trying to expedite me back....!for what "crime"
How beautiful Port Ewen was, Balagna is "mon Pays"! America is not the same country I once loved....Abortion is over-rampant and illicit sex is
promoted. R-Catholicism there is laughed upon. Not so, here in Corsica...the one ("Corsican Nazione") holy nation where God is revered....
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And feeling a little daunted by the scale of wisdom and expertise being displayed by the long-term members of this excellent forum....however, being
unused to message forums in general, I will seek to persevere. As a newly converted catholic from the Anglicans (not so new as the recent exodus of priests)! I
hasten to add....I am still learning and finding my way around the catholic church as well as my reading material so bear with me if I appear a little slow to
contribute a great deal much of the time.
I do however, find the forum awesome! and the photography in
particular has captured my heart and imagination.
I love the Holy Father Joseph Ratzinger now Pope Benedict XVI (it is who made such an impression on me that I have come over to Rome) and all his
faithful aides at the Vatican and I read your comments and threads with much interest.
Blessings to you all,
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