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May 23, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National  • Preacher who predicted end of world "flabbergasted. " (SF Chronicle)  • Cain and Pawlenty re-announce their candidacy for president, but Daniels is out.  • Herman Cain blunders on Palestinian right of return . (ABC)  • Did Bin Laden's wife sell him out to the U.S. ?
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May 25, 2011
I found the recent "end of the world" coverage a complete mockery of Christianity. First of all, the "predictors" have not fully read their scriptures as "no one knows the day or hour. " It shall come as a "thief in the night. " If no one knows the day or hour, how can a mere arrogant human being predict the end of the world? On the flip side, I was quite annoyed at the way people made fun of these predictions by placing clothing on the sidewalk and laughing and making snide comments about the rapture.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | May 24, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National  • Radio host says Rapture actually coming in October. (AP)  • Obama embraces Irish roots in Ireland . (National Journal)  • Supreme Court: California must release 46,000 inmates. (Los Angeles Times)  • Obama digging up dirt on Christie.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | May 24, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National  • Radio host says Rapture actually coming in October. (AP)  • Obama embraces Irish roots in Ireland . (National Journal)  • Supreme Court: California must release 46,000 inmates. (Los Angeles Times)  • Obama digging up dirt on Christie.
NEWS
May 25, 2011
I found the recent "end of the world" coverage a complete mockery of Christianity. First of all, the "predictors" have not fully read their scriptures as "no one knows the day or hour. " It shall come as a "thief in the night. " If no one knows the day or hour, how can a mere arrogant human being predict the end of the world? On the flip side, I was quite annoyed at the way people made fun of these predictions by placing clothing on the sidewalk and laughing and making snide comments about the rapture.
NEWS
May 20, 2011
Handicapping a horse race like Saturday's Preakness is an iffy proposition for amateurs like me. Over the years, horse players of my acquaintance have picked favorites based on the names of the colts; any horse with a name resembling that of a relative was an automatic choice. The color of the jockey's silks also figured in the equation; ladies do love pink. Then there were picks based on the size of the horse's rump, with bigger being better. Sham's magnificent hindquarters caught my eye back in 1973.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | November 26, 1991
Michael Tolkin, who wrote and directed ''The Rapture,'' was inspired to do the film when he read a news story about a woman who threw her children off a bridge.That's nice. It's nice to know the source of this film. It would also be nice to know what Tolkin's intentions were when he did it.At start, it plays like an earnest attempt to proselytize. As it moves on, however, its goal seems uncertain. Does the film mean to say that born-again religious fervor can be misdirected?Who knows? According to the author, he uses prophetic texts from the Book of Revelations and includes a few ''signs and wonders that are his own creation.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2011
Spotted outside the gates was a man carrying a cross and professing that the rapture is near. Actually, the beginning of the end is supposed to be close to post time. No word on whether this believer plans to place a bet.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | November 22, 1991
"The Rapture" gives you that old-time religion.It is, in mind-blowingly literal degrees, an account of the apocalypse and how it impacts Southern California. (For one thing, all the TCBY franchises close!) There appears not to be a trace of irony in its lugubrious recitation of sin, salvation and the true path to God.Sharon (Mimi Rogers), when first we see her, is the Queen Hussy of the Southern California group-sex scene. This part of her life is as luridly imagined as any evocation of sin in Gustave Dore's haunting Old Testament illustrations.
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By ANDREI CODRESCU | July 12, 1993
New Orleans. -- It seems to me that the older I get the more I see public events as occurring between quotation marks. Especially televised ones. I always knew that official pageantry was fake but I had no idea -- until Romania in 1989 and the Persian Gulf War -- that revolutions and wars can be too.I remember watching May Day parades in Romania when I was a child and thinking that everything I saw, the marching bands, the enbalmed officials on the rostrum,...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National  • Preacher who predicted end of world "flabbergasted. " (SF Chronicle)  • Cain and Pawlenty re-announce their candidacy for president, but Daniels is out.  • Herman Cain blunders on Palestinian right of return . (ABC)  • Did Bin Laden's wife sell him out to the U.S. ?
SPORTS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2011
Spotted outside the gates was a man carrying a cross and professing that the rapture is near. Actually, the beginning of the end is supposed to be close to post time. No word on whether this believer plans to place a bet.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | May 21, 2011
Great news, everyone. I tracked down Kegasus in his “man stall,” and after he made all the reporters on hand close their eyes and throw darts at a dartboard, he finally answered all the softball questions they had to throw at him. But here at Baltimore Sports Blitz, I ask the hard questions -- even to hairy, sweaty, husky men who get paid by the Maryland Jockey Club to wear half of a horse costume in public. You might have heard that the world will start to come to an end sometime before the Preakness tonight.
NEWS
May 20, 2011
Handicapping a horse race like Saturday's Preakness is an iffy proposition for amateurs like me. Over the years, horse players of my acquaintance have picked favorites based on the names of the colts; any horse with a name resembling that of a relative was an automatic choice. The color of the jockey's silks also figured in the equation; ladies do love pink. Then there were picks based on the size of the horse's rump, with bigger being better. Sham's magnificent hindquarters caught my eye back in 1973.
NEWS
By ALEXANDRA ALTER and ALEXANDRA ALTER,THE MIAMI HERALD | August 13, 2006
The Rapture Index - a popular evangelical Christian Web posting that calculates a global rise in natural disasters, war and inflation - bills itself as "a Dow Jones industrial average of end-time activity." An index below 85 signifies a week of "slow prophetic activity." Anything above 145 signals the apocalypse is near. The Rapture Index last week: 158. The spike reflects many U.S. evangelicals' view that growing conflict in the Middle East signals the start of a global struggle leading to Christ's return.
NEWS
By CAL THOMAS | August 2, 2006
"At this time of great crisis in the world, we should be looking for nuclear disarmament, nuclear abolition - saving the world, not ramping up for Armageddon by nuclear proliferation." - Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Democrat of Ohio. "There's always an alien battle cruiser, or a Korlian death ray, or an intergalactic plague that's trying to wipe out life on this miserable little planet." - Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black. Armageddon is hot again, and why not? We crave explanations for wars in the Middle East and madness at home, such as the shooting of six people at a Jewish center in Seattle last week by a man claiming to be a Muslim and wanting revenge against Israel.
NEWS
By Johnathon E. Briggs and Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF | September 19, 2001
United Black Clergy of Anne Arundel County Inc. has met its goal of raising $10,000 to help refurbish Rapture Church in Lothian, which was desecrated with racial slurs and had its food pantry and equipment looted last month. At a rally scheduled for Saturday in Glen Burnie, United Black Clergy officials will present the donated money to church leaders to help pay expenses not covered by insurance. Church officials estimated the vandals did more than $20,000 worth of damage. "We are stronger than any attack that can come against a church," said Bishop Larry Lee Thomas, president of United Black Clergy, which represents about 75 African-American churches.
NEWS
August 17, 2001
THE RESPONSE of Anne Arundel County officials and others to the vandalism of a Lothian church was the correct one: outrage - and the offer of help. Racial epithets were scrawled on a wall, furnishings, a computer and other office equipment were destroyed, and a pantry the church maintains for the needy was raided in the attack last week on the non-denominational Rapture Church. Its senior pastor, the Rev. Craig Coates, estimated the cost of repairing the damage at $20,000. In a show of support, Arundel County Executive Janet Owens plans to attend services Sunday in a tent that will be used until repairs are made.
NEWS
By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Sun Staff | February 11, 2004
True love and roses: It is an arrangement that has survived wars, natural calamities and the advent of speed dating. But the rose, a symbol of passion since antiquity, is more than a rose. It's a versatile ingredient and decorative element that allows a Valentine's Day meal to speak your heart's desire. In February, when fresh, edible roses are scarce, a loving chef's fancy turns to rose water, an intensely perfumed distillation of petals from the damask rose and other heirloom varieties known for their potent fragrance.
TRAVEL
By Joshua S. Howes and Joshua S. Howes,Chicago Tribune | July 20, 2003
There are things that awe us to rapture -- grand canyons, wild cascades, the immense rolling ocean. And there are other things -- cool-rooted flowers, sunrise in a meadow -- that awe us to silence, that "seal the hushed casket of the soul," as John Keats said. The Sahara at night awes to silence. Yet the ordinary has a way of impinging on the sublime. While I was stretching my limbs atop the world's tallest sand dunes, my traveling companion, Mark, who had come to the Sahara hoping the great dunes might be the elixir for his broken heart, was shut away in a concrete toilet, victim of a bad bowl of tagine stew.
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