Saturday, June 21, 2008

Very special frases



Collected by João Cruzué

"Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase." Martin Luther King Jr.

"The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society." Martin Luther King Jr.

"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it." Martin Luther King Jr.

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King Jr.

"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important." Martin Luther King Jr.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Martin Luther King Jr.

"Segregation is the adultery of an illicit intercourse between injustice and immorality." Martin Luther King Jr.

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." Martin Luther King Jr.

"When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative." Martin Luther King Jr.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King Jr.

"I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law." Martin Luther King Jr.

"I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live." Martin Luther King Jr.

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." Helen Keller.

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it." Helen Keller.

"Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye." Helen Keller.

"People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant." Helen Keller.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart." Helen Keller.

"We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world." Helen Keller.

"The highest result of education is tolerance." Helen Keller.

"When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another." Helen Keller.

"Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish." Albert Einstein.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge..." Albert Einstein.

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." Albert Einstein.

"Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population." Albert Einstein.

"Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity." Albert Einstein.

"A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt

"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people." Eleanor Roosevelt

"Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art." Eleanor Roosevelt

"I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on." Eleanor Roosevelt

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt

"One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else." Eleanor Roosevelt

"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself." Eleanor Roosevelt

"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward." Franklin D. Rosevelt.

"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." Franklin D. Rosevelt.

"Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth." Franklin D. Rosevelt.

"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." Franklin D. Rosevelt.

"We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization." Franklin D. Rosevelt.

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something." Franklin D. Rosevelt.

"A friend is one before whom I may think aloud." Ralph Aldo Emerson.

"A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer." Ralph Aldo Emerson.

"All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen." Ralph Aldo Emerson.

"Character is higher than intellect..."Ralph Aldo Emerson.

"A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think." Ralph Aldo Emerson.

"If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me." Ralph Aldo Emerson.

"God enters by a private door into every individual." Ralph Aldo Emerson.

"Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good." Ralph Aldo Emerson.

"If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend." Abraham Lincoln.

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." Abraham Lincoln.

"Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves." Abraham Lincoln.

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
Abraham Lincoln.

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." Abraham Lincoln.


Sunday, June 15, 2008

Barack Obama under a muslin view

Obama's appeal in the Muslim world
An Arab Muslim foresees a possible new era of positive US leadership.

A photo to peace

Yasser Khalil

The Christian Science Monitor

Cairo - U.S. Senator Barack Obama represents a phenomenon that has drawn global attention and captivated the minds of Muslims around the world as he wages a spirited campaign to become the next president of the United States.

In spite of the campaign's heated debate and some controversial rhetoric regarding Islam, large segments of the Muslim population here remain fascinated with the election and have become big fans of Senator Obama.

This level of support for an American presidential candidate is unprecedented in the Muslim world. That it comes amid an almost unanimous feeling of indignation and rage toward US foreign policy – particularly in Iraq and the Palestinian territories – makes it even more noteworthy.

The simple explanation is that many Muslims see new reason for hope in the political approach of Obama and his advisers. His apparent eagerness to rally more international support for US policy, and even talk to America's "enemies," is cause for optimism. Imagine what global politics might look like in Iraq, or Sudan, or Afghanistan, if Obama-like vision had influenced US leadership earlier.

As an Arab Muslim in Egypt who is affected by US foreign policy, I believe an Obama approach may help solve the accumulated problems between Muslims and the US that have become more aggravated since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. New and more creative techniques for dealing with extremists instead of the controversial methods used by the current US administration could also stop giving Al Qaeda and other such groups the pretext for recruiting new members. Then, perhaps, extremists would lose the arguments that fuel their criminal machine and lead them to destroy innocent people.

There are, of course, those in the Muslim world who oppose Barack Obama. They argue that US policy will not change with a new president. To them I say that Obama has already proved there's room to rock the boat; he opposed the decision to invade Iraq and is making concrete, logical recommendations for withdrawing US troops there.

Muslim cynics argue that all American politicians, including Obama, are biased toward Israel at the expense of Arabs. But we must differentiate between a candidate's support for a Jewish state and an inherent bias toward it. The US friendship with Israel doesn't have to be a threat, especially if he takes a more active stance on creating just and fair policies for the rest of the Arab world.

And then there was the apostate debate. When Obama was described as a potential Muslim apostate, many Muslims reacted with bewilderment and curiosity. Obama has said he was never a Muslim in the first place, yet some people considered him to be one through his father. To me, it's clear that Islam is a free choice, not hereditary.

Other Internet campaigns exploited Obama's alleged Muslim links by portraying America as a "racist country" whose citizens and politicians would never permit Obama to win because he is black and has Muslim roots. The effort was misleading, but nonetheless garnered the candidate even more sympathy in the Muslim world.

Obama's denial of being a Muslim does not mean that he sees it as an accusation, instead, he could be distancing himself from charges of deceit and hypocrisy. It's time to move on from these unnecessary debates and judge this promising presidential candidate on his political visions and ability to balance global Muslim interests with those of his constituencies and friends.

By embracing dialogue with Muslim populated countries such as Syria and Iran, and jump-starting US diplomatic efforts, Obama will open doors that have been shut – and bolted – in recent years. It is in the interest of all Muslim countries that the US president have such a constructive approach, even while maintaining a high degree of friendship with Israel and powers supporting it in the US and abroad.

In pursuing rational, inclusive, and creative politics, Obama can remain effective while still overcoming obstacles that impede the path of global peace and coexistence.

Yasser Khalil is an Egyptian researcher and journalist.


Thursday, June 05, 2008

How Obama won and Hillary Clinton lost


Hillary and Barack Obama
Matthew Dowd

A year ago, Hillary Clinton was 30-points ahead over any rival in the Democratic primary. She had outraised everyone at that point by more than a two to one margin. She had the backing of the majority of the Democratic establishment. She had the backing of a popular former president who happened to be her husband. And she lost.

So what happened?

Like any story, the reasons and causes aren't easily reduced to a one paragraph explanation and there were multiple causes for why Clinton lost. I will reflect on just on a few from my perspective.

This is a race that Clinton could have won and should have won, and came very close. And her gender ultimately didn't have much to do with the loss.

The following is my attempt at explaining what happened:

1. She ran for months and months as the candidate of experience and the electorate overwhelmingly wanted change. She wasted many resources and much time arguing and building a case based on experience, and two-thirds of Democratic voters wanted change. She tried turning this around late in the game and Obama owned it at that point.

2. The political environment of this race was much different than 2004 or 2000. In those elections, strength was the key attribute the country was looking for. The country desired more of a father figure. Today, the country is looking for more a a healing presence, someone more nurturing and demonstrating an ability to bring the American family together -- more of a mothering persona. The country wanted a Mom, and Hillary gave them a Dad. She tried to hard to demonstrate her toughness and strength and voters wanted more caretaking and sensitivity.

3. Presidential campaigns are always about understanding voters fears, but then asking them to vote their hopes. Clinton did an unbelievable job speaking to voters fears but she never crossed the bridge to speak to voters hopes. She got stuck in the fear equation and voters needed her to move to hope at some point. All article at: Huffington Post Blog


Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Myanmar - news and prayer request

Cyclone Nargis
Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar May 1st, 2008

Hi brother Joao Cruzue

Nice to meet you. Sorry for my delayded reply. I've already heard that there are so many christian people at Brazil. As you know, our people at Ayeyarwaddy Divison suffered from cyclone and please pray for them.

Ayeyarwaddy is one of the States of Myanmar and it was attacked by a cyclone. Many churches were destroyed and need to be repaired. Firstly, Myanmar our Baptist Convention gave them shelters and other aids like food, clothes and medicines. Now, people from villages need to come back their old places. When I arrived at one of the camp, I felt very sorry for them because each one lost family members, home and properties. That's why I request you to pray for them. Only Our Lord can relieve their sorrows.

When I have time, I'll tell you about our church worship.

Bye for now. Take care.

With regards,

T. Su