June 18 - June 20, 2002
Thursday 20th June, 2002
A US report has
concluded that the F-16 pilot who dropped a bomb on Canadian troops in
April did not take time to assess the threat. Four Canadians were killed and
eight wounded. The American report recommends both pilots involved face an
Article 32 hearing. A Canadian report is due out Friday.
18 people were killed at the University of Nigeria after
a secret society
opened fire. Since secret societies on Nigerian campuses started in the
1980ís, hundreds have been killed.
Put in Storage
A 28-year-old Dutch biologist
kidnapped eight months ago by Columbian rebels speaks out. In 2001 over
three thousand people were kidnapped in Columbia.
The Archbishop of Canterbury says a Canadian
decision to bless same sex unions will split the church.
Iíll Eat a Hat
politicians make a liberal colleague do just that.
Dead Yet Living is looking for people that would be willing to blog.
They need people willing to post twice a week. If you arenít ready to try
your own blog, this might be a great way to get started.
Joyful Christian thinks through the Palestinian mindset.
N.Z. Bear is giving up on a Palestinian state.
Random Trout continues fire updates.
He Lives has very personal posts on his son Luke and special needs
Iíve been having major email problems since last night.
Think/link on your own. Eight calls to my ISP and Iím still in trouble.
Grrrrr. Time to walk away and tackle this later.
-posted 10:15am, by Bene Diction
Wednesday 19th June, 2002
Bene Diction posts:
He Lives and
Mark Byron give
Scott Galupo of the National Review Online a good fisking. * I havenít
seen any outrage or comments from Catholic bloggers on Galupoís ĎHellbentí
article on the US Southern Baptists.
News for Christians chimes in on the evangelical unfriendliness of the
Midwest Conservative Journal inserts himself into a State Department
a la Tim Blair.
Thinking Out Loud asks if the Bible is really true.
Sand in the Gears on airline travel and airline food.
Did the earthquakes in the American Midwest jolt any
Blithering Idiot in Virginia mentions the 5.0 quake in Indiana.
*The word used to describe an on-line writer, usually a
blogger, picking apart a particularly poor column. Named after Robert Fisk,
a left-wing writer, who provides plenty of fodder for war-bloggers.
-posted 9:10am, by Bene Diction
Martin, Youíve Got Mail!
Here is an email Martin received yesterday.
Thanks Martin. What's the
relationship between "Bene Diction" and MartinRothOnline.com? I thought
"Bene Diction" was just the name of your blog...?? C. USA.
MartinRothOnline.com is attracting new readers daily.
Permit me to explain. Martin lives in Australia. I, Bene
Diction, am not a figment of his imagination, the name of his blog section
or his alter ego. I am in Canada and I am real.
Martin and I blogging together from two hemispheres is
not a completely unique concept, but it is a bit unusual.
Martin runs the website from Melbourne. I live
approximately 17,000 kilometers away. You can calculate your distance from
here. If you look at the date on the top of the blog, youíll see Martin
lives a Ďday aheadí of North America. Here is a
I read and collect material now (Tuesday afternoon) and
email Blog and Blog Watch to Martin by early evening each day. It arrives at
8:00 a.m. (Wednesday morning) Australian time. What I send is posted by
Martin under my name. Martin has the luxury of adding posts at his leisure
Since the majority of readers at MartinRothOnline.com
live in North America, new posts seem late to you because they appear in
your afternoon or evening. Confused yet?
There is more about this Aussie-Canuck relationship in the web log archives
May 25th and 23rd, 2002.
Youíll also notice our blog roll is multi-national, with
links to Christian bloggers in Australia, Bosnia Canada, Germany, Italy,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, South America, the UK, and the USA.
You can contact Martin the real Australian, or Bene
Diction the real Canadian, by emailing MartinRothOnline.com linked at the
Thank you C. I am quite flattered that my writing style
is so similar to Martinís you thought I was the name of his blog. We aim for
consistency, quality and good content!
After a few weeks of quiet, and success by the IDF to
stop terrorists, a suicide bomber hit
Jerusalem today killing 19 and wounding over 40. The security incident
Tal G. posts from Jerusalem. He now has a comment section. WSJís
Opinion Journal picks up with Ted Turners comments in the Guardian.
An Almost Forgotten Hero
Christianity Today has
article on Filipino nurse, Ediborah Yap.
Mere Madness posted this update on the Yap family.
Incidentally, the government
has granted Debbie's children scholarships, and promised at least one of
them stable employment. Furthermore, they might rename the hospital in
Mindanao where she worked, after her, in her honor. At least they're making
an effort to provide for the family of this incredible woman.
Colorado residents are on high alert again as things take a turn for the
Random Trout has been keeping an eye on the fires.
protest the WTC steel cross. Link via
World Net Daily
Shawn Michaels has had a
change of heart.
Even Disneyís world isnít
Diet Coke Sponsored This?
article in the Sydney Morning Herald says half the single women in
Australia havenít had a date in six months.
An Australian telephone company is
blaming gum trees for bad reception.
Sex, Violence and Commercials
A research study says programs with sex and violence
overwhelm TV commercials. Advertising agencies and companies have a
choice, donít they? This is a no-brainer.
-posted 8:20am, by Bene Diction
Tuesday 18th June, 2002
Bene Diction posts:
Tall Skinny Kiwi has written A Bloggerís Prayer.
Heal Your Church Website has a great set of links of Christian
resources. Thanks to
Country Keepers for the heads up.
Minute Particulars. Sgt. Strykerís
Stupid Sims did wind up in a future theological, uh, not tome, but an
Interim Report on the Commission of Canonicity to the Church-in-Exile.
Toongabbie Anglican is looking for links to good Christian resources.
Joyful Christian on what blogging means to him.
Tim Blair has a post on what blogs
are in another hysterical romp through Margo land.
Tal G is busy blogging in Jerusalem under a high terror alert.
James Lilieks on Jasper, and why he is not an atheist.
Andrew Sullivan is back, and going after Tappedís numberís claim again.
Instapundit picks up the thread.
If you havenít been over to
theConnexion, go take a look. A UK minister is participating in a summer
exchange programme with an American minister.
Welcome the newest link on the MartinRothOnline.com blog
This Christian Life. He has just been appointed a deacon in his church.
Urban Onramps is gripped by soccer fever. (A lot of Americans are
suddenly showing symptoms) There is also a link to what Australian Muslims
think of World Vision.
Itís a mystery has been very busy blogging lately.
Several months ago I read this
article on Playboyís influence on society and promptly forgot where Iíd
read it. Thanks to
Sunny Days in Heaven for the link.
Archbishop Michael Peers, Head of the Canadian Anglican
Church says the House of Bishops is
not prepared to endorse the blessing of same sex unions.
"What I supported was the way
the bishop proposed to deal with people who would be unhappy with the
decision," said Peers.
Specifically, the blessing proposal included a 'conscience clause' for
priests unwilling to perform the blessing and a provision allowing
individual parishes the opportunity to vote on whether they would endorse
It will be two years before this issue goes to a national
Christianity Today has the coverage on the weekend decision and some
Aid or Church Planting?
article in The Tennessean continues the debate started on NBCís
Dateline over the motives of Mercer and Curry in Afghanistan.
Here is the EslerFried post on why church opinion is split on this
issue. A Catholic blogger wants to know what
New Tribes Mission means by Ďunreached people groups.í Anyone? Link via
Little Pink Churches
American churches have
lost their nerve. Link via
Computer users in Beijing are speaking out against
the closure of over 2,200 internet cafes, accusing the government of
stopping free expression.
Iranís Blogging Revolution
blogs give women an opportunity at self-expression. Link via
You Say Tomato I Say Tomato
You donít like tomatoes you say? Apparently
neither do mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, cockroaches ants, aphids and
Paid not to steal?
A Norwegian energy company has decided to
pay thieves to leave them alone.
Of Mice and Men
As mice multiply in the British House of Commons,
cat-calls unite parties.
-posted 10:20am, by Bene Diction