Thursday, September 29, 2011

Jobs (September-October 2011)

Need a job?  Check out these Current Job Openings:



Tazzy's picks (featured jobs):

Holland America Cruise Line is currently hiring for the following positions:
  • Personal Cruise Consultant:  Increase sales and market share on Holland America Line cruises and Alaska cruise tours.  This is a commissioned telesales position which requires numerous daily OUTBOUND calls to contacts from one's assigned database of guests/clients.  Calls are also made to new leads generated by marketing efforts and distributed through the company's customer data base. Answering inbound client calls.  Contact database via structured email initiatives.
To apply for this position, please click here...


  • E-Mail Marketing Specialist:  Coordinates the development and implementation of email marketing programs and communications. The Email Specialist takes a lead role on email communications for promotional, lifecycle and transactional emails and assists in program strategy through insights and interpretation of key metrics. Will collaborate with product teams and email marketing manager to identify and implement best practices in marketing communications and project management.
To apply for this position, please click here...


  • Administrative Assistant I:  Prepares, edits and distributes all outgoing correspondence (e.g., letters, FAX, emails, reports, etc.) to field operations, interoffice personnel and external agencies.   Answers, screens, and directs incoming communications such as phone calls, general mail, email traffic, faxes and messages in a timely manner.
To apply for this position, please click here...


For other Land Based Employment Opportunities (now hiring in Washington, Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida, Alaska) please click here...



Holland America also has Ship Based Employment Opportunities in the following areas:

  • Hotel Officers (conceirge, human resources, housekeeping, etc.)
  • Entertainment (cast, entertainment, musician, clergy, cruise director, youth staff, guest speaker, etc)
  • Gift Shop Department
  • Photography
  • Casino or Beauty Salon/Spa
For more information about working aboard one of Holland America's ships, please click here...


Other Job Openings:

Law Dawgs: Data Entry Clerk (Seattle, WA) 10 positions available for their PM Shift.  For more on this position, please click here.

CSC: Event Staff (Seattle, WA) is now hiring for event staff.  They are looking for people to work the 2011 NCAA football season and the 2011-2012 basketball season.  They are also looking for event staff to work at Tulalip Amphitheater, Taste of Edmonds, Bumpershoot and more.  To apply please visit office directly Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm at 10728 Lake City Way NE,Seattle, WA 98125 or email seattle@csc-usa.com for application.  For more information about this position, please click here.

NCIM: Product Demonstrators (worldwide) They are currently seeking energetic people to execute their in-store promotions.  NCIM works with some of the finest retail stores every weekend (primarily Friday, Saturday, Sunday).  For more on this position or to apply, please click here.

Traxx Racing: Birthday Party Host (Mukilteo, WA) Traxx Indoor Raceway is now hiring at their indoor go-kart track in Mukilteo.  Job includes greeting birthday parties at the door as well as directing them to the proper area, get birthday party going/running smoothly, cleaning/organizing party rooms/areas and working with children aged 3-11 (as well as parents).  Must be able to work weeknights and weekends on a regular basis.  Previous experience is a plus, but is not required.  For more on this position and/or info on how to apply, please click here.

Princess Cruises: Reservation Agents (Seattle, WA) Princess Cruises is now hiring entry level customer service reps for their Reservation Department.  Their Reservation Agents talk to people from all around the world as well as interact with travel professionals.  Are you looking to help create dream vacations?  Training starts November 28, 2011.  For more on this position, please click here.

Parks & Recreation: Customer Service Clerk (Mercer Island, WA) This position opened on September 30th and will remain open until position is filled.  The city of Mercer Island is no longer accepting faxed, walk-in, mailed or email applications.  For more info on this position and/or how to apply, please click here.

Dialogue Direct: Fundraisers (now hiring in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Boston) Dialogue Direct is seeking full time and part time employees for street team canvassing.  They not only offer medical/dental/vision but you can make $600-$1000 per week.  That's not all, they also offer paid vacations, a 401K plan and opportunity to represent leading non-profit organizations.  For more on this position, please click here.


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Quotes of the Week

Quotes can be inspirational or they can even make you happy or sad.  Whether you feel it applies to your life, someone elses life or you just simply like it for what it is...Quotes are a part of our everyday life. 

I love quotes from other people as well as making my own...I will update this section every week with various quotes!  Please feel free to post additional ones and/or leave feedback.


“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Maya Angelou












“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss










“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost


“It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.” André Gide


“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” Douglas Adams


“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, September 24, 2011

DealFun.com Online Auction Site: Bid to Win!

If you are looking for a variety of products (ex: iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Laptops, LED TV's, PS3, Watches, Jewelry, Toys, etc.) then you have to check out www.DealFun.comWith weekend promotions, free shipping & 100% cash back opportunities...Deal Fun is taking online Auctions to a whole new level!  

Let me tell you something else.  The customer service at Deal Fun is absolutely fantastic.  I have been working in the customer field myself for several years and trust me...as a customer and by also dealing with customers first hand, quality service is always of high importance!  Deal Fun understands that importance and in addition to awesome service, they are also prompt as well as courteous. 

Could you ask for more?  How about no weekly or monthly win caps?  What about a flexible Buy it Now option(ex: if you bid on an item and do not win, you can use the bids towards buying the product)?  New to Auctioning?  You don't have to be an expert to use the Online Auction Site at http://www.dealfun.com/With using a Beginners Auction, you have the opportunity to polish your skills.

Still not convinced?  How about a "Deal Wall"?  Deal Fun has a Wall that displays all the amazing deals sold on the site.  Everytime an auction ends it gets posted on the "Deal Wall". How does this benefit you?  You can use the wall to help develop a strategy and know when to start winning.  Not only that but Deal Fun has a win guarantee.  If you don't win within the first 24 hours, all bids are rest.  Sounds like a win...win situation right?  Check out www.DealFun.com today for your chance to Bid to Win!      

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Friday, September 23, 2011

RIP Vesta Williams

RIP Vesta Williams


Vesta Williams, best known for the hits "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", "Sweet Sweet Love", "Special" and "Congratulations" has recently passed away.  Vesta was found dead (September 22, 2011) in a hotel room in El Segundo, California.  Although the exact cause of death is unknown, speculations suggest that the singer may have died from a drug overdose.

For more on the life and career of Vesta Williams, please click here...




Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What Religion Does God Tell You to Follow?!



There are so many different religions out here, but how do we know which one God is calling us to follow? I would like to know your thoughts. What is your religion if any? Why did you choose that religion? What are your thoughts on other religions?

Before I get into what the people think, I googled different types of religions online so I could post more in-depth information.  I mean we have all heard of Christians, Baptists, Muslims, etc. but do we really know what they practice or about their beliefs?  What about Atheists...is that a religion?  And if it is and they don't believe in God, what do they believe in?  What about other religions that we don't hear or read about on the norm?  Those are the questions brewing at the moment, so let's check out what I found...

First let's start off with the basics...the definition of religion.  What does religion mean?

Per Wikipedia: 1. The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods. 2. Details of belief as taught or discussed. 3. A particular system of faith and worship. 4. A pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance. 

Merriam Webster: (1): The service and worship of God or the supernatural (2): Commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance. (3): A personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices.

Urban Dictionary: 1. The biggest lie in human history. It has been responsible for more deaths throughout human history than all other unnatural causes combined. For a thousand years the Church was a tyrannical dictatorship that used religion to control the uneducated masses. Free your minds and come into the 21st century.

Now as you can see for the definitions most are saying that religion is a belief or worship of God or some type of supernatural power.  The Urban Dictionary however defined religion as one of the biggest lies in human history.  They also said that religion was used to control people and has been the cause of more deaths than all unnatural disasters combined.  Is this true?  I googled "Deaths due to religion" and this is what I found...

Per Google Answers:
Religious Conflicts (selected)
Generally speaking, in most of the following cases, religion is both the stated cause of the killing and the only substantive difference between the two opposing groups. Obviously, there would be many additional conflicts where religion is just one of several divisions.


Albigensian Crusade, 1208-49
Algeria, 1992-
Baha'is, 1848-54
Bosnia, 1992-95
Boxer Rebellion, 1899-1901
Christian Romans, 30-313 CE
Croatia, 1991-92
Early Christian doctrinal disputes
English Civil War, 1642-46
Holocaust, 1938-45
Huguenot Wars, 1562-1598
India, 1992-2002
India: Suttee & Thugs
Indo-Pakistani Partition, 1947
Iran, Islamic Republic, 1979-
Iraq, Shiites, 1991-92
Jews, 1348
Jonestown, 1978
Lebanon
1860
1975-92
Martyrs, generally
Molucca Is., 1999-
Mongolia, 1937-39
Northern Ireland, 1974-98
Responsibility generally (Is religion responsible for more deaths than ...?)
Christian culpabiltiy
Russian pogroms:
1905-06
1917-22
St. Bartholemew Massacre, 1572
Shang China, ca. 1300-1050 BCE
Shimabara Revolt, Japan 1637-38
Sikh uprising, India, 1984-91
Spanish Inquisition, 1478-1834
Taiping Rebellion, 1850-64
Thirty Years War, 1618-48
Tudor England
Vietnam, 1800s
Witch Hunts, 1400-1800
Xhosa, 1857
In addition, here are a few noteworthy conflicts where dissimilar ethnic groups fought for primarily religious reasons:

Arab Outbreak, 7th Century CE
Arab-Israeli Wars, 1948-
Al Qaeda, 1993-
Crusades, 1095-1291
Dutch Revolt, 1566-1609
Nigeria, 1990s, 2000s



"In general -- although the conflicts themselves are fierce -- the overall numbers seems relatively small next to, e.g., the tens of millions killed in WWII, which is generally considered a non-religious conflict (even though the Jewish people were particular targets for much of the slaughter)."

So what about 9/11...was 9/11 a religious attack?  Here is a video I found which reflects "The Religious Reactions to the 9/11 Attacks".  Bush and religious leaders react to the attacks as well as Gods will...












There were many people that were affected by 9/11.  Some people were brought closer together...some people were torn apart.  Some people became targets...some were doing the targeting.  No matter how you look at it, innocent lives were lost and things will never be the same after 9/11. 

So if it was a religious act and the Muslims attacked the US for their beliefs, why would people in the US convert to Islam?  I will get to a few videos I found to answer that question, but before I do...another religious question..."What is the difference between Muslim and Islam?"  Per geography.about.com:

"A Muslim is a practitioner of the Islamic religion."

Okay, so now let's see some videos on people who were converted to Islam after 911.  Why would some turn to the same religion that others blamed?  Check out this story from a 9/11 victim that converts to Islam:











Here is a woman who converts after her relatives were killed...








 
 

And it doesn't stop there...here are a few more videos...
















Okay so as you can see religion is not only a broad subject but it is strong. People that have a faith or religion tend to have strong feelings about why they feel the way they do.  As seen in the above videos, after 9/11 people were converted to a religion that many blamed.  You can look at it two ways...you can look at them as traders per say or you can look at it from a religious point of view.  Everyone has their own relationship with God whether they want to believe it or not, so how do we know what religion God wants them to follow?  You can't measure someone else's faith...you can only measure your own.  And no matter how much you may disagree with someone else's beliefs...in the end it's their choice and the only person they have to answer to in the end is God!  You can't spend valuable time going against someone else's faith...if you don't agree with it then the lesson in that alone is now you know what is not right for you!  You need to focus on your own faith and make sure it's lined up correctly.  Now, don't get it twisted...there are rules and regulations when it comes to religion...whether wrong or right, every action causes some sort of reaction.

Now lets touch back a little and talk about the people who were converted.  Outside 9/11 people are converting from one religion to another everyday.  Does that mean their faith isn't strong or simply has their beliefs changed?  Is converting to another religion okay or is it looked upon as wrong?  And if it is looked upon as wrong...does it then make it okay to stay with a religion that you don't have faith in because of controversy?  Or because people around you think that it's right?  I think that staying in a faith you don't believe in 100% is relying on someone else's understanding instead of God'sBut what about changing beliefs?  Is that right?  And if it is, where in the bible does it say to do thatHas God ever changed his beliefs?  Let's take a look into these questions... 


Via Yahoo! Answers the question was asked (about 5 years ago) "Is changing religions bad?"  Here is how it went down...

TrickB writes..."Ight, i'm Catholic...and i been going through deep depression and a ''friend'' wanted to help me by going to church, but its a different religion..its Evangelist, and my mom dislikes the fact that I'm going to that church cause I'm Catholic. I don't like it that much because I feel uncomfortable with the pastor...since he knows my situation and he wants to call me to ''help me'' and come to my house and ''visit'' and hes annoying the shit outta me...should i stop going? i just need an answer no negativity."

The Best Answer to this question (chosen by voters) came from Jameela...who wrote: "If you don't feel comfortable then don't go. It's as simple as that. Why don't you go to a Catholic church, since you're Catholic?"

Do you agree?  Whether you belive in God or not you have to agree that there is some supernatural power.  I know that God exists so I know that he is giving me confirmation that he is real while I am writing this.  Why do I say that?  Lets look back at my brewing questions...Right before I googled "Is changing religions bad", I wrote down some questions I wanted to know the answers to.  Here were those questions...

  • Is converting to another religion okay or is it looked upon as wrong?  And if it is looked upon as wrong...does it then make it okay to stay with a religion that you don't have faith in because of controversy?  Or because people around you think that it's right?

TrickB basically was going through a majority of those issues 5 years ago.  She was going through a deep depression so her friend took her to a church of a different religion.  She was Catholic but her friend was Evangelist.  Trick B's mom disliked the fact that she was going to this church because she was Catholic.  She also didn't feel comfortable with the pastor because he knew her situation but he wants to call her and/or visit to try to help her.  TrickB mentions it's annoying her but she is asking the question should she keep going...

Now lets look deeper into the question as well as the response.  The best answer is telling her the obvious that if she doesn't want to go then don't go...but it also points out that she is Catholic so why doesn't she go to a Catholic church.  Makes sense right?  Well I think if you look at it a different way the situation may be deeper than what we can see.  No where in her question does TrickB say that she is against either religion itself...she is basically saying that the pastor at the church she is going to is annoying.  He knows her situation but he keeps calling and visiting her when he knows that her mom dislikes her going to his church.  So is that saying that basically if he tried to help her in secret or only at church then she would like it more?  And if that is the case, does that mean she would be more likely to change from Catholic to an Evangelist if her mom would be okay with it?

Lets keep reaching...if TrickB was totally against going to an Evangelist church do you think that she would have just stop going on her own off top?  She starts off by saying that her friend took her to this church, immediately followed by saying how much her mom disliked her going.  Her moms reason is the obvious...she is Catholic so she needs to go to a Catholic churchTrickB goes on by saying that the reason she doesn't like it as much herself(not sayin she doesn't like it all), is because the pastor is annoyingWhy is the pastor annoying?  He is contacting her outside of church...which I can guarantee is bringing drama and/or an uncomfortable situation into the household.  Could that situation be adding to her depression?  Is she making decisions based off what her mom and/or what other people thinkWhat do you think will make her happy?

Regardless of how you look at TrickB's situation, only one person could answer her question.  She is asking should she stop going, but I think that it is more based on the drama side of the situation instead of the religion.  Yes it can be annoying because of her mom disliking the situation and because the pastor is going to try to convince her why his religion is the one to follow...but in the end TrickB needs to do what is right for herThe only way that she can have her question truely answered is by praying and relying on God's understanding rather than her own or anybody elses.  For all we know she may just be young & rebellious...or she could actually be torn between religions.

So what about God...has he ever changed beliefs?  I think not!  He is and has always been the same.  I think when it comes to humanspeople change religions for different reasons.  Yes some may not know what they want and they are just changing religions like they do their underwear or they are relying on someone elses understanding.  But there also people who have been enlightened or possibly have experienced God for the first time or in a different situation that resulted in a change of faith.  Whether it is right or wrong in the end will be between that person and God.    

Before we get too off topic, lets take it back to the original brewing questions...How do we know which Religion God is calling us to follow?  What is your religion if any? Why did you choose that religion? What are your thoughts on other religions?

Also, we have heard of different religions but do we really know what they practice or about their beliefs?  What about Atheists...is that a religion?  And if it is and they don't believe in God, what do they believe in?  What about other religions that we don't hear or read about on the norm?

So lets start unraveling the answers to these questions.  I think the best way to start is to start talking about what types of religions are out there and what are their beliefs.  With a couple clicks (internet makes research so much easier), here is what I found.

Per www.typesofreligion.com here is a list of types of religions listed on their site:

Buddhism also teaches the principles of karma, according to which our current lives reflect our past dealings, as well as the belief in rebirth by which consciousness exists in future lives. Buddhism is a peaceful religion that is against war and killing."


Buddhism Customs: "Since there are different types of Buddhism, there are different types of Buddhist customs. The major traditions include meditation, Buddhist worship, honoring the Buddha and the sacred mandala."


Candomble: "Candomble is an African-Brazilian religion has around two million followers. It is a syncretic religion, meaning that it is a combination of various beliefs. At the core of the religion are the traditional African beliefs of Yoruba, Fon and Bantu. Candomble also has elements of Christianity, particularly of Catholicism. Candomble means “dance in honor of the gods.” Accordingly, dance and music play important roles in the religion. At the center of Candomble is God or Oludumare. Deities called orixas serve Oludumare. Candomble does not have any holy scriptures."


Candomble Beliefs: "The concept of good and bad does not exist for followers of Candomble; however doing bad has its consequences. The goal of each person is to carry out his or her destiny, which is controlled by the orixa. Each person’s orixa also acts as a protector. Worshippers perform special dances to allow the orixa to possess them. Orixas are deified ancestors from recent or ancient history. Also known as viduns and inkices, they are spirit gods that link humans to the spiritual world. Each orixa is connected to a force in nature including a certain food, animal, and more. A person's personality is a reflection of their orixa."


Candomble Customs: "During major rituals, priests and priestesses disguise as Baba Egum. The worship takes place in the form of dances and songs. Dances call the orixa to enter the body. When a dancer becomes possessed, they enter a trancelike condition and publicly act out scenes from the community life through dance. When the orixa leaves the body, the trance ends. Women play a significant role in Candomble. Women, called “mothers of the holy one” lead services and train future priestesses."


Christianity: "Christianity is the world's largest religion and is centered on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, Son of God. Around 2.1 billion followers around the world believe in Christianity. Subdivisions of Christianity include the Roman Catholic Church, Mormon Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Lutheran Church, Jehovah's Witnesses, Baptist Church, Methodist Church, and more. As in the case of Islam and Judaism, Christianity is an Abrahamic religion."


Christianity Beliefs: "The beliefs of Christianity focus on God and Jesus Christ, the son of God, but vary depending on the denomination. The customs and traditions of this religion are also dependant on the various sects."


Christianity Customs: "Christians practice their religion on a regular basis but also have specific days devoted to their traditions and customs. To practice Christianity, one must be baptised as a Christian, follow prayer, and show his devotion to God through worship. The customs of Christianity are important for Christians in all aspects of their lives."


Hinduism: "Hinduism is among the oldest religions of the world. It has more than 900 million followers, with around 80 percent of the Indian population claiming to be Hindu. Hinduism does not follow a single doctrine or teacher, but recognizes one God and eternal soul called Brahman. The different types of Hinduism recognize different deities."


Hinduism Beliefs: "Hindus believe that karma determines the cycle of life, or samsara, which is composed of birth, death, and rebirth that the soul goes through repetitively. The oldest religious texts of Hinduism are the Vedas, or Books of Knowledge. According to Hinduism, Brahman created everything. Different types of Hinduism worship other deities, believing that they contain attributes of Brahman. Hindus are usually divided into three groups according to the form of Brahman revered: worshippers of Vishnu the preserver, Shiva the destroyer, and the Mother Goddess. Vishnu, also called Narayana, protects the universe and saves humans from disasters and oppression. He makes appearances on Earth through his incarnations. Shiva is the destroyer, creator, and preserver, according to his avid followers. In the Hindu Trinity, he is the destroyer that possesses elements of good and evil. He is also connected to fertility. The Mother Goddess is associated with fertility and feminine energy in Hinduism."


Hinduism Customs: "The most popular holy day of Hinduism is Divali or the Festival of Lights. Worship, in Hinduism, is called puja and includes prayers or mantras, images or murtis, and diagrams of the universe or yantras. Worship is usually a personal act that can take place at the temple or at home before a set-up shrine, which can be a room, altar, or image. The focus of the worship is the image. Hindu worshippers repeat names of a god and offer water, flowers, incense, and fruit. According to Hinduism, worship should take place three times a day."


Islam: "Islam is the second largest monotheistic religion in the world after Christianity. With more than one billion followers worldwide, there are many different Islamic groups, all united by their faith. Muslims believe that there is one God, Allah. The Holy Qu'ran is the scripture of Islam. The two main groups of Islam are the Sunni and Shi'a."


Islam Beliefs: "The core of Islamic theology is the belief that there is only one God, also called Allah in Arabic. Visualizations of God are not expected but Muslims must worship God as the Protector, which is the purpose of life. Muslims do not believe that Jesus was the son of God and do not agree with other facets of Christianity. Muslims have six main beliefs with Allah as the most important one."


Islam Customs: "The Islamic religion includes specific customs and traditions that all devout Muslims follow. The customs are practiced in all aspects of Muslim life and include prayer, fashion, diet, war and so on. The Five Pillars of Islam lay out the fundamental customs for every Muslim."


Jainism: "Jainism is an ancient religion that believes that bliss can be achieved if one lives a harmless life. The religion does not depend on gods, but on the self. Therefore, Jainism is known as a self-help religion. There are two major divisions of Jains: the Digambara (sky clad) and the Svetambara (white clad). There are about 4.2 million followers of Jainism in the world, mostly in India."


Jainism Beliefs: "Jainism is interested in the well-being of the universe and mankind. According to Jainism humans, animals, and plants have souls that are equal and should be respected. Because of this, Jains are vegetarians and use natural resources as efficiently and cautiously as possible. They also support reincarnation. The aim of Jains is to attain liberation by erasing all bad karma from the soul in order to halt the repetitive cycle of birth and death and move the immortal soul into a state of eternal bliss. The three jewels or important beliefs of Jainism are: right belief, right conduct, and right knowledge. The five vows or mahavratas are: avoiding violence, detaching from possessions, speaking the truth, not stealing, and practicing sexual restraint. The modern-day version of Jainism is the work of Mahavira, whose teachings are collected in texts called the Agamas. The religious officials of Jainism are nuns and monks who lead disciplined lives."


Jainism Customs: "Pilgrimages and fasting are important in Jainism. Pilgrimages are not mandatory, but recommended. On pilgrimages, Jains often visit temples and locations connected to tirthankaras...Fasting is an integral part of Jainism. Many followers fast when they please; however most Jains fast only around the time of holy days and festivals, like during the monsoon period."

Jehovah's Witnesses: "Jehovah's Witnesses are a Christian-based religious denomination that believes that most churches of Christianity have strayed. They consider themselves a brotherhood joined by religious belief. Jehovah's Witnesses are known for visiting neighborhoods and knocking on doors in order to inform people about their religion and attract converts. There are around 6.5 million members worldwide."

Jehovah's Witnesses Beliefs: "Jehovah's Witnesses believe in the literal meaning of the Bible, and not on speculations. They regard the Bible as historically sound and accurate in every way. Jehovah's Witnesses deny the concept of the Trinity; therefore many Christian Churches do not consider this denomination as mainstream Christianity. They also believe that Jesus died on a stake, not on a cross. They believe that their purpose in life is to serve God...Jehovah's Witnesses denounce worldly sins. They think that the final struggle between good and evil is not far off. They do not celebrate holidays like Christmas and Easter, which they say have pagan influences. They also reason that Jesus did not expect people to commemorate his birthday."

Jehovah's Witnesses Customs: "Jehovah's Witnesses dress modestly. They have a patriarchal family structure, in which the husband has final say but often consults his wife and children. Blood transfusions are not allowed, often causing medical complications. Gambling is also banned. When it comes to university education, Jehovah's Witnesses are not very interested in it because they prefer to stay away from competition and the rat race and focus on spirituality instead. They also shun military duty and do not vote. Missionary work is required of all Jehovah's Witnesses, as long as they are capable. Most of the work includes going door-to-door in neighborhoods and discussing their religion with people and spread their texts...Although Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate major Christian holidays or birthdays, they do commemorate the Memorial of Christ's Death, which marks the anniversary of the Last Supper."

Judaism: "Judaism is among the world's oldest monotheistic religions and the first of the three Abrahamic religions, which also include Christianity and Islam. Around 12 million people in the world believe in Judaism. They are mostly in the United States and Israel. The Torah, or Hebrew Bible, is the most important holy book of Judaism."

Judaism Beliefs: "According to Judaism, the Jews are the chosen people of God and must act as a good example for the rest of the world. Judaism believes in only one God, the creator of the universe."

Judaism Customs: "In Judaism, a spiritual leader is a rabbi and the place of worship is a synagogue. Synagogues are also used as study and community centers. Judaism promotes community and family life."

Okay so I did about half of the religions listed and as you can see it is already a huge amount of information.  I won't go into in-depth detail here about the others listed, but if you would like to get more information about those religions just click on the name above or visit www.typesofreligion.com/

There are many religions out there, many that I didn't even know existed until I did this article.  There are also a few more that were not on the list (ex: Catholicism, Baptism, Scientology, etc.) that I am curious about but will cover at another time.  What I can say is that religion can be a bit confusing and with so many different ones...and so many beliefs...I again ask the question, how do we know which religion God wants us to follow?This is a question that I think can only be answered individually. 

I think that when you talk to God, he will tell you where he wants you to be.  It can be extremely confusing getting caught up with all the politics of religion because every one is claiming "to be the one to follow".  But when you start letting people alone influence your religious decisions, I think that is when you start breaking the code.  If you truely have no clue what religion you want to follow and you let man influence you instead of God, that is a violation.  Why do I say that?  Because God says, Proverbs 3:5 "Trust the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding."  That means trust the Lord in everything and with your all, but never rely on your own understanding or even mans understanding.  Coming from man...sometimes it sounds good, but if it doesn't come from God directly, it might be too good to be true!  

Don't believe me?  Check out these videos and tell me if you don't want to rely on God's understanding...would you rely on his?
















Lol.  Well I honestly hope that nobody takes this preacher seriously.  I posted this for entertainment purposes only :)!  I remember the first time I heard this preacher "Kerney Thomas" on BET and was awaken out of my sleep with all that screaming!  I mean, I am happy to wake up to a good word but not like this... and at 4am in the morning...really?!  This preacher and BET is doing way too much.  Safe to say that I don't leave my TV left on BET anymore when I go to sleep lol. 

One thing that the bible does talk about is false prophets.  Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets. They come to you disguised as sheep, but in their hearts they are vicious wolves."  I don't understand how anybody can use God's name in vein or better yet use him to control people and/or get money.  But it is written and with evidence from the videos I've just shown you, it is happening whether you believe it or not!  Just keep that in mind when you are deciding which religion you want to follow.

So we have only touched the surface of religion and have already talked a little bit about different types of it, beliefs & customs.  We have even explored religious attacks, people getting converted, false prophets and basically just relying on God for the things that we don't understand.

So what are your thoughts?  What is your religion if any? Why did you choose that religion? What are your thoughts on other religions?  I took this question to the streets (which in internet land is FB, Twitter and/or other social networking sites lol)...here are some responses I received:

Kenyatta: "Muslim of course.... I'm not at a computer. I chose Islam because I needed a change and I wanted answers that only Islam could answer. Islam is for anyone to join unlike other religions. Its not based on the people or country. Allah made it simple for us to follow. How one treats their mother father husband wife children and one another is beautiful!! Since Islam I feel pure like a brand new baby, I can think with a clean heart....."

Infamos: "I know there is only one saviour one supreme Lord of hosts. The word states place none before him so there must be lesser gods or angels blessed with abilities that are close such as Lucifer. But close isn't enough. God is defined as the beginning and end of all existance everywhere in every relm. And as such has many names and appearances to describe him as it would be difficult to comprehend him through our 5 or 6 senses alone. With a being that must be described via diversity it is possible that many varied forms of praise can exist in connection to him. What narrows it down us our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ , the new covenant. Specifically before Jesus came to us as a living example of what all good followers of the Lord should be and gave himself as sacrifice for all our sins past present and future to (those who believe in him), there were many different ways of communing with God directly and many different ways of following his words and tasks. But Jesus gave in his sacrifice besides an almost infinite amount of second chances, was the Word of God which is God, and the kingdom of heaven which is literally what Jesus is. The word explains specifically what is right and wrong, what we should do in any possible situation and the consequences (both positive & negative) of our actions until the end of time. But all that knowledge requires you read it for yourself to understand it. But to be even more exact and to answer your question, if what religion is right and why it was chosen. No where in the bible does Jesus give a name to his religion. It has no name, only faith & love, compassion and understanding. As to why I chose it you don't chose faith at all you find it. We are each called to do right and are lifted up from our suffering and sins individually. Followers if the truth the o e true God are tasked to share wisdom and blessings with everyone, but finding ones faith is something that can only be done of your own will when you are called by the Lord directly. And speaking from experience...you will know when he calls because it is a distinct specific experience that cannot be duplicated. As to my opinion of other religions...it is never the task of any human being to judge another. We are tacked with compassion, patience, wisdom and a always open helping hand. We know wrong from birth (except for those that are mentally dammaged) and we know right. They feel different. Nothing else in this life feels like Jesus Christ. And should we ever choose wrong he will save you whether you believe or not because we are all in his flock and he is our Shepard. Choosing to follow the Lord of lords , the king of kings, the Lord of hosts, Jehovah Jiyra , Elloheim Jesus Christ is the enevitable choice we all make regardless of our transgressions if we are so blessed to live long enough. God bless you and us all I hope my input helped Amen."

Sted D: "I love Jesus and God is my father!  I feel this way basically because of culture and upbringing.  Other religions are cool, but just not for me.  I just focus on what I do and my relationship with God."

Jennie: "Religion to me is bullshit its all about comfortability....people will follow religion because it makes them feel better about their everyday circumstances. you should watch zeitgeist, it breaks down the truth behind religion and you will look at it all in a new light...It also goes in depth about our goverment and the truths about 9/11. Money and the recession, more people need to be aware of the TRUTH. Religion is a compilation of stories that all come from astrology. The SON (Jesus) is actually the SUN and his 12 deciples are nothing more than the 12 constanants that revolve around the sun. Stories were told about the constellations and those stories were adapted into thousands of different religions, however they all share certain similarities. I believe the only ones who have any sense at all are those who worship Buddah. (I dont personally), however Buddah was a regular person...not a "God". I do believe in a higher power but RELIGION and JESUS...NOPE! Stories dont make me have faith, but i repect the truth. -much love"

That is what the people think.  I also posted this topic in a discussion forum on craigslist...I must say that I didn't get any real serious replies.  People didn't take this question seriously even though I posted it in the religion forum.  Instead of just answering the question (or ignoring it if not interested), I just got people who were clowning or talking mess.  And just like the devils plan, people chose to take the focus off God and put it back on themselves.  If you don't believe in God or religion, that is your choice!  But to mock God by answering this question with childish behavior or clowning on other posters is unacceptable.  I won't post any of their childish comments here, but if you want to see the devil at work click here...

To conclude (there will be more parts to religion coming soon), lets take another look back at the brewing questions...

1. How do we know which Religion God is calling us to follow?

2. What is your religion if any?

3. Why did you choose that religion?

4. What are your thoughts on other religions?


Here are my answers to those questions...

Well growing up I was always told that I was a Christian and everybody around me was mostly all Christians (or Baptists) so I just naturally started being a Christian.  Over the last few years I started to question that religion only because I don't remember seeing it mentioned in the bible.  So then I started thinking...where in the bible does it say that I should be a Christian?  It doesn't...so then I started thinking...how do I know that God wants me to be a Christian?  It doesn't matter what the people in the church say because they are all going to think that their religion is the one to follow.  It also doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, because in the end I want to do what is right for me and what God wants me to do. 

So then I just knew at the point that I don't know what religion God wants me to follow nor do I know that any of these religions out here is where I am suppose to be, so I just started building a relationship with God.  If I can talk to God personally...why do I need to go through religion to do that?  Not only that but as you can see...there are so many different religions out there and so many levels that it really gets confusing.  Not only that but with all the politics involved, false prophets and manipulation...I didn't want to be apart of something that I wasn't suppose to be. I believe in God...I believe in Jesus...I believe in the bible and I believe the devil is real.  I am focused on having a relationship with God and believe that Jesus did die on the cross for my sins.

As far as any other religions...I don't knock anyone elses belief.  However, I think that anyone who thinks God doesn't exist will be judge from him accordingly when it's judgement day.

Thank you for all the responses!  I would love to know what your thoughts are after reading this article.  Anything you wish to add?  What are your thoughts about religion?  What religion does God tell you to follow?

What's next?  Look out for part II of "What Religion Does God Tell You to Follow"...I will research to see if all religions use the holy bible or if they have some other bible/teaching they use.  I will also try to find some supporting stories and/or videos of people talking about specific religions as well as other topics including how religion got started.        





References:
http://www.typesofreligion.com/
http://www.google.com/
http://www.youtube.com/
http://www.ancient-symbols.com/

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wreckless in Seattle?!


Seattle has always been known for its rain, the Space Needle, Supersonics (when they where here), Sir Mix-Alot, the SeaHawks and of course grunge music.  It has also been known to have good greenery (puff..puff..pass), beautiful scenary and a great place to live.  Safe to say these are many reasons why many people love Seattle, thus being the reason alot of people have moved into the area.  But is Seattle all it's cracked up to be?  Continue reading...

So what has been going on in the Great Northwest as of late?  Well all I can say is that things have def gotten worse over the years.  Could it be because of economic difficulties, unruly people and/or being a product of our own enviroment? 

There are alot of things to factor in when parts of your communirty are off the hook and/or violence ends up being the outcome of a family event.  Even though some parts of Seattle are worser than others, I think what it all boils down to is the attitude of the person.  People like to show out...for whatever reasons I do not know...but it always seems that someone is hating or trying to out do the next person.  Not only that but we got some crazy people out here.  I mean literally some people are just out of their minds whether it's due to drugs or genetics.

But lets look back at the original point of this post..."Wreckless in Seattle"...That is the question...I know that crime is no stranger to many towns but it just seems that now I just avoid going to some places just because I know something is going to pop off.  And over these last few years it doesn't seem like it's getting any better, but it is actually becoming more frequent as well as crazier!  Here are some examples of some incidents that have happened in the town... 

Doctor kills partner and baby.  A co-worker of Dr. Chen went to his apartment after he did not show up for work.  She was allowed into the secure building and went to knock on Chen's door.  Chen opened the door naked and covered in blood.  When authorites arrived they found him slumped by the front door.  They also found another man dead with multiple stab wounds and a small child dead in the bathroom.  When the police asked Chen "Who did this to you?", Dr. Chen replied, "I did".  Why did Chen kill his partner and newly adopted baby?  Well Eric Cooper (Dr. Louis Chen's partner), according to prosecutors had been stabbed more than 100 times in all areas of his body including the face, chest, neck, back and hands.  Police say that up to 5 knives were used in the slaying.

An "impending break up" may have been the reason behind the murders, reports The Seattle Times.  They also report that even though news stories suggest that the two year old was adopted from Southest Asia, he may have actually been a surrogate child.  Chen and Cooper had been a couple for nearly 12 years.  

For more on this story, click here...



Maurice Clemmons, killed 4 Lakewood Police officers back in 2009.  

It was reported that during a Thanksgiving gathering, Clemmons told family & friends that he was angry about his Pierce County problems and that he was going to murder police officers as well as children.  He showed the people his gun and also informed them he had two more weapons inside his home as well as car.  

On the morning of November 29th, Clemmons went into a coffee shop in Lakewood and started busting!  He killed the police officers in an execution-style attack, stated investigators.  Check out the video here:   














Besides being frustrated with Pierce County for his legal troubles, what else could have prompted Clemmons to open fire at the coffee shop?  Following his parole in 2004, Clemmons had no arrests or problems with the law until 2009.  The Seattle Times reported that back in May of 2009, Clemmons behavior and mental state started to deteriorate.  Sherrif's deputy responded to a report of Clemmons throwing rocks at houses, people and cars.  Clemmons ended up punching the deputy in the face and assaulting a second deputy who arrived on the scene to help.  Clemmons of course was arrested and when he was taken to Pierce County he continued to struggle.  He also told jail workers "I'll Kill All You Bitches".

Again in May (a few days after the rock throwing incident), Clemmons appeared in his living room naked and ordered 2 female relatives (ages 11 & 12) to fondle him.  They complied out of fear, but afterwards the 11 year old fled the house.  The 12 year old was then taken into the bedroom along with Clemmons wife.

In July 2009, he was charged with second-degree rape of a child.  When Clemmons was arrested, he claimed that President Obama and Lebron James were his brothers as well as Oprah Winfrey was his sister.

Crazy right?  Well I guess during a court ordered evaluation, Clemmons told psychologists that he had experienced some hallucinations.  He said that back in May of 2009, he had experienced hallucinations of "people drinking blood and people eating babies, and lawless on the streets, like people were canniballs".


For more on Maurice Clemmons, click here...



Man shot in head on 2nd & Pike


Tomas Afeworki got a murder 1 charge for the shooting of Michael Yohannes.  Witnesses say that the shooter (Afeworki) walked up to Yohannes left side and shot him in the head.  He had the gun wrapped up in a towel so after he shot, he put the gun back into his pocket and walked away calmly.  It was then reported that Afeworki went into Zaini restaurant to order some fries.  He then left some change, a half smoked cigar and black ski mask on the table as he went into the restroom.  Police later found a 9-mm handgun hidden under the lining of a garbage can, three live 9-mm bullets in the bowl of the toilet and a white towel in the hallway that led to the bathroom. 

The shooting was noted as being a "cold blooded" murder and there was no disregard for the well being of innocent by-standers.  Police also say that video survellance reveals that there was no argument or confortation between the shooter & victim.  Afeworki just walked right up to him and shot him. 

2nd & Pike is one of Seattle's most public spaces and has a huge amount of traffic in that area.  That is just blocks from where I work as well as where other people work, hang out or just hustle.

For more on this story, please click here...



Man stabbed at 6th and Pike

On July 8th approx 3pm, the suspect (a man in his 30's) was near the corner of 7th & pike acting erratically and screaming at people passing by.  A guy in his 40's exited out the convention center and saw the suspect in some type of altercation with an elderly man.  The victim tried to walk around the incident, but somehow ended up being the supsects target.  Immediately the suspect approached the victim and started screaming.  He then grabbed the victim, put him in a choke hold and started to strangle him.  At that point it was reported that the victim believed he was losing conciousness.  A good samaritan off the street struck the suspect several times trying to get him off the victim.  

The suspect let go of the victim briefly, but then he put him in another choke hold and continued to strangle him.  The victim pulled out a pocket knife and with the suspect's arms around his neck, the victim stabbed upwards towards the suspect's torso.

Okay so I work right on the corner of 6th & pike right where this incident took place.  It happened at approx 3pm and that's crazy because I get off at 3pm!  Normally I would have walked right in the middle of this mess, but thank God it was my day off. 

Another incident that happened on 3rd & pike that I couldn't find online anywhere was also crazy.  I was coming from a show that night and right at the corner where we were waiting for the bus a bunch of girls started talking about beating up another girl.  Well I guess they seen the girl so they took off after her to beat her up.  One girl ended up getting stabbed another got hit in the head with a hammer.  The girls took off before authorities could catch up with them. 

Speaking of young people, this 17 year old girl gets punched in the face by Seattle P.D.  What was the cause behind it?  What happened?  Check out the video here... 











Wreckless in Seattle?  Well it doesn't stop there.  Speaking of police, what about when the Seattle Police tell a man "I'm going to beat the fuckin' Mexican piss out of you!"...this brutality was also caught on tape...








What about when a 15 year old girl was beaten by police...







But don't get it twisted...the cops do their dirt but so do the citizens.  As of late, it seems that more and more kids are in the news instead of in school.  Here is another incident where Seattle Transit Guards stand around while a group beat up a 15 year old girl in the bus tunnel... 






So you think the bus tunnels are off the hook?  Riding the bus period now adays in Seattle is suspect.  While some areas are safer than others, people are being attacked at bus stops as well as on the bus.

Last week, there was 1 person shot dead and 3 wounded at a Seattle bus stop (near Rainier & McClellan street).  Even though the incident took place at 3am in the morning, people should be free to be outside or even at the bus stop if that is their choice.


Back in May of this year, officers responded to shots being fired on a metro bus right off of 3rd & Seneca.  Witnesses say they heard a shot coming from the back of the bus and the bus stopped right on the corner of 3rd & Seneca.  The 24 year old suspect and his female companion fled through the back door, then made their way to the bus tunnel. 

The suspect was arrested.  A female victim who was sitting approx 5 feet in front of the suspect was treated for a superficial wound to her lower right calf.  For more on this shooting, please click here...

The bus drama doesn't stop there...Back on August 21 there was a fight on the bus that led to a stabbing.  Alphonse Hope (38), has been charged with an assualt. 

Police say that Alphonse (shown in the #11 jersey above) had been harassing the victim on the bus and even threw a can of beer on him.  He is also seen on the security camera kicking the victim when the bus made a stop.  The two argued and ended up in a brawl on the street right outside the bus.  Police say that is when Alphonse stabbed the victim multiple times.  The victim was out with his family and trying to enjoy the day.  Hope was arrested a few blocks away and authorities found a bloody knife in his possesion.  

The security camera has been recently released...Click here to see the video that shows the fight on the bus that led up to the stabbing.



So what about shows, parades and/or other events?  Honestly I stopped going to alot of those things or I try to go early because there is something that is always poppin' off!  It's been like that for along time now, but as I said before it just seems that things are happening more and more.  Not only that, but it's happening in everyday places people travel to, to go to work or to school. 

Speaking of public events, there was a massive shooting back in July at a car show in Kent (city outside of Seattle).  12 people were injured that day because of an argument that may have been started over a paint job on one of the low riders.  Police wouldn't confirm what the argument was about, but a fight broke out amongst some people at the show.  After the fight started, gun shots were fired.  One witness says that the fight started because one man talked shit about another car owner's paint job.  The witness also said that some people then came up together and started gang bangin'. 

8 out of the 12 people injured were rushed to Harboview Medical Center.  The ages of the victims ranged from 14-32.  Here is a video from Komo News in re: to the shooting...





Six men were arrested a few days ago in connection with the shooting.  For more on this story, please click here...



More Gang Related Shootings and/or other incidents...

2 Police + Hot Dog Vendor injured after night club

Teen Arrested in Gang Related Shooting

South Seattle Shooting

Man shoots 7 people on dancefloor at Casino


So is Seattle wreckless?  I can definitely say that things can be crazy at times.  I remember when I was young growing up that there was always gang violence, but now it seems that in addition to gangs there are more unstable people and/or situations happening.  Yeah we are used to clubs shutting down, events ending, etc. because of someone acting stupid...but now you can just be on the bus, going to work or out spending time with your family and get assaulted or even worse killed!

Seattle is my home and despite all the BS I guess I enjoy living here...I mean heck I'm still here right!  Be safe my Seattle peepz, watch your back and keep your heart close to God!    







References:

www.king5.com/
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki
www.komonews.com/
www.downtownseattlenews.com/
www.downtownseattle.komonews.com/
http://www.youtube.com/