Archive for May, 2005
To everyone who has served in our armed forces at anytime in our nation’s history, I say ‘thank you.’ To everyone who has lost a loved one, you have my deepest condolences.
Even though many of those who lobbied against it did so because they wanted even more socialism, and others lobbied against it due to their own racist and/or elitist tendencies (they don’t want to be in a league with Turkey), it is good news for the United States. And, even though Tony Blair wanted it, this development may be good news for him too. Now he’s off the hook on holding a ratification election (which may have resulted in defeat, which would have further impaired him).
Happily, Jacque Chirac now finds himself in a world of hurt. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
PONCHATOULA, La., May 24 – Two decades ago, Hosanna Church was one of the fastest growing congregations in the cypress flats of Tangipahoa Parish on Lake Pontchartrain’s northwest rim, and its pastor, Louis Lamonica, was a beloved figure.
“That man could really preach,” said Bill McCormack, a resident of Ponchatoula who attended the church as a boy. “He was an awesome local icon.”
But by two years ago, when the church finally closed after a ferocious falling-out between the pastor’s son and successor, Louis Lamonica Jr., and his family, the congregation that once neared 1,000 had dwindled to 10 or 15 troubled souls from a handful of families.
And now, many of them, including Louis Lamonica Jr. and a deputy sheriff who once lived on the church grounds, are behind bars, accused by the police of a litany of ungodly offenses, including sexual abuse of perhaps two dozen children and the mutilations of cats for satanic rituals.
Eddie Robinson, assistant pastor at the 5,000-member Harvest World Outreach Ministries in nearby Hammond – to which many Hosanna members migrated – says what happened is clear. He told congregants on Sunday that a prophecy of “witchcraft” problems had been revealed in recent weeks.
“When the leadership of that church kept the enemy out, everything was fine,” Mr. Robinson said. “But when the leadership of that church let the enemy in, things began to change.”
The authorities – who got the first whiff of trouble six weeks ago when a woman, Nicole Bernard, 36, called the Sheriff’s Office from Ohio to say she had fled the town to save her child from sexual abuse – are still trying to piece together what happened.
Nine people have been arrested in the past week. A dozen computers have been seized, at least some of which the police believe contain child pornography, as well as dozens of videotapes, hundreds of computer disks and eight large boxes of documents and photographs. Inside the shuttered church compound, in a “youth hall” behind the sanctuary, the police found the faint imprint of pentagrams on the floor that someone had apparently tried to scrub away. Some of those arrested, the police said, described rituals within those pentagrams involving cats’ blood and people dressed in black robes.
Read the whole article. Yes, Virginia, evil does exist.
A broken clock is right twice a day, goes the adage, and here we see proof. Suddenly, Democrats are pushing to remove people from the TennCare rolls. Republicans have betrayed their conservative principles and seemingly embraced socialized medicine. Some prominent conservatives in this state have also done the same. It’s a shame to see this happen for purely partisan reasons. If they want to criticize Bredesen for breaking his vow to scrap TennCare altogether, then I will support them 100%. However, they simply want to pour even more money of our money down the TennCare hole and expand the welfare state, just so they can look like heros. Despicable. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m going to have to cast my lot with the Democrats on this one.
I’m starting to wonder if it’s even worth running a Republican for governor in 2006…
Last week, Melvin Ford, a cousin of Representative Harold Ford Jr., went into a local chain restaurant. A disagreement ensued and he began to wave a boxcutter around and act “out of control.” The employees called the police, who responded. Police frisked Melvin, but were unable to find the boxcutter. Ford was mentioning his family name. A police report was filled out on the incident, but police refused to arrest Melvin Ford, saying that without a weapon it was a “he said, she said” situation. The most they could charge him with would have been “misdemeanour intimidation.” No charges were filed.
Mike Hollihan has more coverage on this at his blog:
A police report was filled out; [WREG reporter] Powell has a copy of it. But the police refused to arrest Ford, saying without the boxcutter it was “he said, she said.” All they could hold him for, according to Powell, as “misdemeanor intimidation.”
And there you have it. Another Ford waving a weapon and his family name around. Police involvement that leads nowhere. Had the restaurant employees not contacted WREG the whole thing would have disappeared.
Looks like the Ford family is out of control, and it appears the police have no intentions of bringing them back to Earth. This can’t bode well for Harold Ford, Jr.’s Senate aspirations.
As a sidenote, without the blogosphere, this story probably would never be heard except by the few in Memphis who saw it on the news. Kudus to Mike Hollihan for his efforts!
Tonight the 74 time champion returns to play in the finals of the Ultimate Tournament of Champions, facing Jerome Vered and Chris Rutter in a three day contest for $2 million.
Guess who I’ll be rooting for.