New CBS series Jericho; both heart-rending and eye-opening

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ON SEPTEMBER 20th, CBS television network added a new dramatic series to its fall line-up. Set in the fictional town of Jericho, Kansas, the pilot episode introduced viewers to a picturesque community in the heart of rural America.Jacob Green (Skeet Ulrich), prodigal son of Mayor Johnston Green, returns home after a five-years absense to mourn the death of his wealthy grandfather and claim an inheritance. Jacob’s father, masterfully portrayed by Gerald McRaney, refuses to release the sizeable funds to Jake, while Jacob’s mother (Pamela Reed) sneaks money to her son on the sly.

Predictably, the mysterious Jacob kisses his mother goodbye and heads in the direction of Colorado, toward an unknown future. Within minutes, his future becomes clear however, as communications in town suddenly stop and a mushroom cloud appears over Denver, some 65 miles or so to the west.

A school bus crash, gas station riots, and the arrival of terrifying news that Atlanta has also been bombed follow as the townspeople slowly realize they are now living the nuclear nightmare of a dying United States. |inline

Ricardo Montalban and the Globalist Agenda

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ON February 16, 1967, NBC aired episode #22 of the original Star Trek series. The title of that well-known, ground-breaking episode was “Space Seed”, and it introduced the world to a genetically enhanced super-human known as Khan Noonien Singh.Fifteen years later, Paramount Pictures would re-introduce Singh to a much wider audience in a film called “Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan”.

Both the original “Space Seed” episode and the subsequent film starred popular Latin-American actor, Ricardo Montalban, as the determined Khan, and while many comedians have lampooned Montalban’s portrayal of an aging superman, the film is considered classic Trek. But is there more to it?

Khan Noonien Singh’s name is interesting for a start. The character, we’re told, came from the Punjab region of northern India. Singh is a Hindi word based on an ancient Sanskrit word Simha which means ‘lion’, and it’s a surname associated with the Sikh religious sect, often given to a male child once he becomes a member. Khan of course reminds of of the infamous Ghengis Khan, who forged a Eurasian empire from blood. As for his middle name, it’s interesting to note that the scientist who invented (some may say ‘created’) Data from the Next Generation series and films, was named Dr. Noonien Soong. Are Trek fans to make a connection that moved from supermen to superandroids? Continue reading

Fox News advocates multiple partners in college

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WHAT SORT of message is Fox News Online sending to college kids? Is the so-called ‘conservative’ network recommending caution when it comes to casual sex? The answer might surprise you.Currently playing on the Fox News website is a suite of online videos called FNC iMag (you’ll find it near the bottom right of the homepage). This month’s issue features back-to-college advice on ‘The Freshman 15’, ‘Dorm Room makeovers’, ‘Campus Safety’, and ‘Hook-ups’.

Just in case you’re not the parent of a teenager, ‘hooking-up’ translates to having a sexual encounter. Referring to this very intimate and personal event as ‘hooking up’ trivializes the moment — why we just ‘hooked up’! The problem with such thinking is the hook part — because no sexual encounter is either emotionally or spiritually without consequence. Continue reading

This weekend: A Rare Nexus of Neo-Pagan, Jewish, Hindu, and Muslim Feasts

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NEARLY everyone in North America is aware that September 22-23 is the official beginning of the autumn season. Since childhood, I’ve loved fall — the earthy colors, crunchy leaves, crisp evening air, and clear skies provide textural thrills for any writer, and cooler temperatures offer a much-needed respite following a long summer of triple digit afternoons. Of course, the fact that I have a fall birthday doesn’t hurt!

This year, however, brings us far more than a change of seasons. This weekend, as the first faint gleam of a new moon is sighted over the Middle East and elsewhere, a very rare convergence of celebrations begins.
— In Israel, the fall feast of Rosh Hashana starts a ten day clock culminating in the holiest of days, Yom Kippur.
— For Muslims, the new moon sighting kicks off a one-month fast called Ramadan.
— In India, Hindus spy out the new moon to commence a semi-annual celebration called Navaratri.
— In the Northern Hemisphere, Neo-Pagans practice a new moon feast called ‘Harvest Home’ (aka ‘Mabon”).
— In the Southern Hemisphere, Neo-Pagans and Wiccans greet ‘Ostara’ (since they enter the spring season).

Now, to make this very rare convergence all the more spectacular, add an annular solar eclipse, taking place on September 22nd.

As a Christian, Rosh Hashana strikes a very personal chord in me, but we have to remember that there must be a reason why so many religions set aside this time of year for special celebration. As we approach this weekend, please be in prayer. According to Wiccan tradition, the veil between the worlds of substance and spirit thins during such times. Some Christians believe Christ’s rapture of the Church will occur during Rosh Hashana of some year.

We live in a physical realm, but you and I are also spiritual beings. Which feast will you be celebrating? Do you know Christ as your Savior? With all that’s happening this week, this might just be the perfect time for you to seek Him out.