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Sadness in France…and elsewhere

I think most of the world or those who watch TV have been transfixed by the utter cruelty that happened several days ago in Paris.   I can’t even imagine what the families are going through after 13 French people were shot.  The two gunmen are still at large but the law and the rest of the country have them isolated to a certain area.  Their time on this earth is fixed.  However, once caught, the justice that will be served to them, because that is what a civil and decent society does, is not deserved.  They do not deserve justice at all.  However, in their minds, they have gone about using violence to make their puny voices heard.  I don’t think their radical “religion” is something to follow…violence only begets violence.

Seventy years ago, France had to stomach the WWII. They have been grateful to American servicemen who came to fight for the Allied cause against Nazi aggression. The sad thing is that we don’t have leaders in our high places who speak the truth as it stands anymore.  They instead would be the first to comment that it was NOT terrorism but simple violence.  It doesn’t matter how you want to phrase what happened in Paris, the truth is known by the whole nation, this was radical terrorism in its cruelest form.  Their goal is to make French people afraid and to NOT say things that are true.  That is what terrorism does to win, they put fear into people so they NOT follow through with the logical form of punishment, they instead tolerate it.

Sadly, our universities are a breeding ground for wanting everyone to get along and not to bring out the opposing views to what is EVIL.  The smart and intelligent people with Ph.D.s  have thrown God out and replaced it with mushy thinking.  We are expected to follow those who are NOT leaders, who care nothing about the standards of truth. Thus, we have the blind leading the blind.

Indeed, the terrorists will win by people feeling cowed to not speak up against their tyranny of horror. Recently I was told by someone who regularly watches the Hallmark channel on TV that they are bleeping out the word “God” from phrases like “God bless you,” or  “I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth, so help me God.”  That latter phrase is used at the swearing in of an office with a hand over the Bible, but for some people, the word “God” is considered offensive.  Yet, they will have elsewhere on the network or in movies words like the “firetruck” word and not even care how offensive people like me find that!

What have we become?  Are we to agree with the direction that the pagans want to go?  Are we to be intimidated by those who don’t believe in God or by others who believe in Allah?  Neither is a religion, it is a dogma.  The first want us to be tolerant of ALL other religions and faiths, the other is intolerant of anything else but their own belief in what Mohammed started one thousand years ago.  As Christians, where do we stand?  We believe that Jesus died on the cross for ALL of our sins and that He rose again, two thousand years ago.  He is coming back soon, I pray He does. Maranatha!

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Kazakhstan’s Shame in the Tour de France Victory

Apparently there seems, for some Kazakhs, to be shamed embarrassment over Kazakhstan’s involvement in Tour de France. I had to use Google translator to get the gist of this article that showed up this past week. The writer of the article is Olzhas Suleimenov, a well known public figure in Kazakhstan. He explained that the “Spaniard” he didn’t even use his name, Alberto Contador, won this major cycling event by a mere 6 seconds.

Yes, Contador’s biking apparel “Astana” was emblazoned in Kazahstan’s two colors of yellow and blue. Perhaps it should be thought of as wearing “Radio Shack” or some other sponsor. The sad humiliation that is suffered by this Kazakh author is that the Tour de France hosts did not play the Kazakh national anthem in Paris where the celebration honored the “Spaniard” instead.

Also, the mayor of Astana supposedly should have been in attendance, but he was not. I am curious why Kazakhstan has pursued this sporting event by paying the top cyclist to wear their colors and Astana shirt. I might add that Astana is merely the capital of Kazakhstan so technically it doesn’t have its own anthem either. However, a LOT of money has been sunk into the northern capital and much money was spent on the Tour de France team.

To show what kind of translation happens from Russian to English, I’ll quote what was written by Suleimenov:

“The band played the national anthem in honor of the winning team. We expected the anthem of Kazakhstan, our country still has a team, formally a team of Kazakhstan. However, sang a hymn of Spain. Last year, the Spaniard also won a t-shirt “Astana”, and then also Spanish national anthem sounded on the Champs Elysees. Next year is a good chance Luxembourger, and perhaps it will be in our shirt “Astana”. And then clap anthem of Luxembourg.

To hear our national anthem, to feel pride for their country, we will have to wait for win kazahstanets. Long wait. We still invest in the development of cycling in Europe…
Everybody congratulates the Spaniards, and we are again as in a strange feast. Humiliated by his own generosity? “

I don’t quite understand what the last sentence means: “Humiliated by his own generosity.”  But could it mean that the Kazakhs were generous to allow the Spaniard to wear their colors and name but then when he won, the rest of the celebration recognized him as a cyclist from Spain leaving Kazakhstan out?

There’s another article that popped up in English about Alberto Contador from a Madrid AP newspaper. Apparently Contador rejected the Astana team’s offer to extend his contract. Contador was exploring other options or perhaps it was too close for his comfort to win only 6 seconds ahead of his competitor. Maybe his teammates had let him down somewhere along the way?

From what I understand, Contador had been with Team Astana for three years but the first year his team was denied a place in the Tour de France because of doping violations. Also, more bad news for Team Astana, according to this article, Team Astana had trouble paying those cyclists from Kazakhstan who were on the team, maybe Contador was not paid in a timely manner as well. Who knows the true story and from which side is it coming from?

Why didn’t Contador ride for Spain is my question?

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My KZ Students – Photo Contest Prize Winners

Last Sunday I displayed at the AIWC Charity Bazaar the 22 entries that qualified as the finalists for the Photo Contest that I sponsored amongst my 100 students of this semester.  I got some really good entries and was glad to have two judges who had the tough job of deciding on the winners.  The following photos were chosen of three top photographers: Roza Sviridenko, a law student from my masters class, (Stained Glass Window and “Secret Treasurer” in Paris). Daniyar Belkhojayev, from my academic writing class (Zerenda Lake and Almaty Mtns).  Finally Yuliya An, from my academic listening classes (Daydreaming and Trailer Going Nowhere, Greece).  My students travel!!!

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