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New York Mosque

We don't talk too much about current events around here other than gaming, but I know most of us care about what's going on in the United States and around the world. In case you haven't heard much about the issue, in basic terms:

New York's Landmark Preservation Commission votes unanimously not to extend landmark status to an old building on Park Place where the mosque and Community Center are planned.
Supporters say if you prevent it from being built at the site, that the government may do the same to something you support.
Those upset with the decision seem to agree the Muslim community has a right to build it, but don't like the location due to the close proximity in respect to the World Trade Center and what occurred on Sep 11, 2001. I'm obviously one of those that fall in line with those who disagree with the location. Sure, I think it's completely insensitive to those who lost loved ones on that fateful day because of the Islamic terrorists. Their 5-times-a-day praying (Takbir) and reciting Allahu Akbar will be heard to those near the center. THe fact that Islamic terrorists say the same thing is just a bit unnerving. However.....that's not my beef with the location. My problem with allowing the mosque and community center to be built there is because of their excuse.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated: “This morning, the City’s Landmark Preservation Commission unanimously voted not to extend landmark status to the building on Park Place where the mosque and community center are planned. The decision was based solely on the fact that there was little architectural significance to the building. But with or without landmark designation, there is nothing in the law that would prevent the owners from opening a mosque within the existing building. The simple fact is this building is private property, and the owners have a right to use the building as a house of worship.
“The government has no right whatsoever to deny that right – and if it were tried, the courts would almost certainly strike it down as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Whatever you may think of the proposed mosque and community center, lost in the heat of the debate has been a basic question – should government attempt to deny private citizens the right to build a house of worship on private property based on their particular religion? That may happen in other countries, but we should never allow it to happen here. This nation was founded on the principle that the government must never choose between religions, or favor one over another."
I agree to an extent. Government shouldn't choose or favor religions. But the simple fact is they do. By removing God from our society (because other religions don't believe or believe in something else), you've established favoritism for/against a religion.
In addition, the government already make certain restrictions as to what can be built in certain locations. Here's a couple of examples:

Porn/Sex shops close to school property. Of course, no one wants those things close to schools and in many locations, it is restricted by a certain amount of distance.
City planners zone parts of the city for certain development. Try building a home in a location set aside for commercial development. It's extremely difficult to do, if at all.
So why are we allowing this mosque to be built there?

To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before!

In Star Trek Online, the Star Trek universe appears for the first time on a truly massive scale.
In this massively multiplayer online game from Cryptic Studios, players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship. Or they can become a Klingon Warlord and expand the Empire to the far reaches of the galaxy.
Players will have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek fiction, reach out to unexplored star systems and make contact with new alien species. With Episode Missions, every moment spent playing Star Trek Online will feel like a new Star Trek episode in which you are the star.
Immerse yourself in the future of the Trek universe as it moves into the 25th century: a time of shifting alliances and new discoveries.
Explore strange new worlds and seek out new life and new civilizations in a vast, expanding universe.
Establish contact with new races, discover resources and uncover mysteries that will influence Star Trek's future. Set in 2409, Star Trek Online exists in a timeframe beyond even the latest movies, so everything you experience will be brand new, but still based on all the fiction you love.

Bird and Baby

Gotta love this image from Lord of the Rings Online. The Bird and Baby Inn.
Over the weekend, a baby bird fell out of it's nest from one of our trees. It somehow managed to find it's way under our house overhang right at our front door. For three days, the mother/father bird hung around squawking all day protecting it's young. Attempts to get to the front door were met with angry parent birds swooping and landing in front of the doorway. We had to use our garage for entry/exit in fear of being attacked by birds.
Lucky we didn't have anyone come over during this time. I'd feel sorry for the person receiving the wrath of those birds.

MoB Beginnings

For years, members of the Mormon Battalion Community have been trying to get a history put together about the original Mormon Battalion Guild in Guild Wars. To my knowledge, that has never occured. So in hopes of spurring that history, I'll be presenting a brief history based on my own facts, whether they're accurate or not. Hopefully this spurs a desire by someone with a better memory than mine (and who doesn't have that?!) to write up that history for all to see.
A long time ago (May 2005), two lonely Canadians, sick of another long cold winter had finally gotten their hands on the greatest game of all-time, Guild Wars. These two Canadians were Crom the Red and Drake Striker. Tired of wandering the land of Tyria alone with nothing more than a tuque, they decided to start a guild and named it Mormon Battalion. Wandering from city to city (or outpost to outpost), they announced their presence with the ever familiar, "Do you know the Brother of Jared?". The guild quickly grew to maximum capacity. It had sister guilds as well as several other guilds joining the Alliance.
Today, many of the original veteran members are still around. Some have branched out into playing other games. Some have found their way back to Guild Wars. While others are performing a balancing act between games.
At this time, members of the community eagerly await the arrival of Guild Wars 2--the game that will bring many back together for many long hours of gaming fun.
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