A House resolution (H. Res. 267) to condemn the Iranian seizure of British sailors in Iraqi waters has been submitted but Speaker Nancy Pelosi is keeping it from coming to the floor for a vote. Power Line has the story.
Pelosi is so wrapped up in opposition to anything she thinks the Bush administration might want that she’s perfectly willing to ignore the plight of one of our closest allies. She and her caucus want to walk on eggshells to not tick off the likes of Iran and North Korea – who won’t lift a finger to help us so much as figure out the time of day – and she snubs people who have stuck with us for longer than she’s been alive.
Her hubris will impact us all, folks. But hey – America voted. Elections have consequences, folks.
The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury bears a strong resemblance to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and there’s an obvious reason for that: it deals with the same events and the same subject. Sadly, that subject can be boiled down to the simple idea that nothing of what the world has been told of Jesus Christ is actually real and that the Catholic Church is little more than a cabal of power-hungry, deceitful, murderous nutballs. But where Brown’s work deals with the safeguarding of the “truth” by a series of Illuminati – that “truth” being that Jesus sired a bloodline that exists today – Templar concerns itself with Jesus himself. Specifically, Jesus the man. Meaning: man, not Son of God.
The starting point for the book is in 2 time periods. One is the fall of the city of Acre in 1291 to the Saracens where a scene is depicted of 2 of the remaining Templar defenders being given a mission and a cargo of such importance that the dying Templar Master at Acre sends them off to leave the rest of the defenders at Acre to be slain by the advancing Moslems. The second is in present-day New York where an exhibition of “the treasures of the Vatican” is being held at the Met. The exhibition is raided by 4 horsemen in medieval armor and the only significant treasure taken is a machine that turns out to be a Templar encoding device literally 400 years ahead of its time. The story follows the efforts and conflicting goals of law enforcement agents to track down criminals (enter FBI agent Reilly), archeologists to uncover ancient knowledge and score a place in the history books (leading lady Tess and initial bad guy Vance), and – of course – Church officials in keeping secrets buried to maintain their iron grip on their power.
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I’ve been making a strong effort at reading books, lately, rather than spending every free moment here on-line. More specifically, I’m trying to set aside time to read books that don’t have something to do with network engineering. Here’s some quick blurbs on books in my reading queue:
- The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury.
- Stong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker.
- Somebody’s Gotta Say It by Neal Boortz.
I’ll post on each as I complete them and let you know what I thought.