Wednesday, February 27, 2008

An awesome update on Haleigh Poutre

Recap: Haleigh Poutre was an 11-year-old girl from Massachusetts who had been severely beaten by her stepfather. Doctors diagnosed her as being in an irreversible persistent vegetative state (like Terri Schiavo) and the Massachusetts Department of Social Services fought for and won a court order to remove Haleigh from life support - i.e. to kill her. Just before the order was carried out, Haleigh started breathing on her own. She eventually came out of her coma and has been receiving recovery therapy.

Now Michelle brings us another inspiring update about now 14-year-old Haleigh - she's speaking again:
Defying all odds, the brain-damaged Westfield girl who was days away from a state order to remove her from life support in 2006 is now communicating information about the horrific abuse that nearly killed her, according to new court documents.

Although once thought to be brain-dead, Haleigh Poutre, who turned 14 on Sunday, is now ‘making statements alleging abuse” by her stepfather Jason Strickland, according to a motion filed in Hampden Superior Court last month by Strickland’s attorney, Alan Black of Springfield.

Haleigh is recovering at a Brighton rehabilitation hospital, where her condition has reportedly vastly improved since the legal battle over her life captured national headlines in 2006.

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Eight days after Haleigh’s near-fatal beating, DSS sought a court order allowing Haleigh to be removed from life support. Jason Strickland objected, but in January 2006, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that DSS could remove Haleigh from life support. The next day, DSS announced that Haleigh was breathing on her own, and it had halted plans to remove her feeding tube.

News reports last year indicated that Haleigh could eat, write her name and flex muscles - all activities that doctors once said would never be possible.

From a diagnosis of no hope to a court order authorizing the state to kill her to breathing, eating, moving, writing and talking within 3 years. Pretty amazing!


Previous posts:

Haleigh Poutre proves miracles DO happen
Haleigh Poutre continues to recover
Haleigh Poutre turns 12; receiving physical therapy
Haleigh Poutre continues to improve; Michelle asks where Tookie's supporters are
The sanctity of Haleigh's life


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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Great video about Iraq

Thursday, February 21, 2008

LB:EF - Mission 21

Mission 21 was a lot easier than the last one in as much as the GCP forces don't actively seek you out unless you get too close. In this mission, you're charged with seeking out four evangelists who have just concluded a secret meeting. The areas where the evangelists are located are heavily populated by GCP musicians, recruiters and soldiers and, before you can reach the evangelists, you will need to counter them. (If you've followed my posts about the game, you can easily guess how, although there's a slight trick to it.) As I said, the GCP forces won't attack you unless you get too close, so you've got plenty of time to recruit and build. You also need to keep your newly acquired vehicles safe, which is not the least bit difficult.


Mission 21

Find evangelists, protect vehicles, recruit, train, build, and survive.

VE: 0
CK: 0
PS: 34 (another wash since nothing is encouraged either way, but at this point it should be obvious what the most effective solution to countering the GCP forces is)


Previous posts:

LB:EF - Mission 20 (incomplete)
LB:EF - Winning a few battles in my modest fight for the truth
LB:EF - Giveaway of LB:EF for a limited time
LB:EF - Free upgrade to Tribulation Forces
LB:EF - *snicker* EF's ratings vs. Golden Compass game's ratings
LB:EF - Eternal Forces on HSN
LB:EF - Some screenshots
LB:EF - What neutral reviewers have to say about the game
LB:EF - The latest brouhaha and the left's continued lies
LB:EF - Revisiting my earlier concerns (by request)
LB:EF - Mission 19
LB:EF - Mission 18
LB:EF - More falsehoods spread in the media
LB:EF - More response to criticisms
LB:EF - Mission 17
LB:EF - Mission 16
LB:EF - Missions 13, 14, and 15
LB:EF - Mission 12
LB:EF - Missions 9, 10 and 11
LB:EF - Addressing an opening animation criticism
LB:EF - Easter egg?
LB:EF - Email from the game's senior producer!
LB:EF - Missions 6, 7 and 8
LB:EF - The first few missions
LB:EF - Tutorial
LB:EF - the manual
New S&B series: "Left Behind: Eternal Forces" in detail
The left's lies about "Left Behind: Eternal Forces"


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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

LB:EF - Mission 20 (incomplete)

Alright, I decided to skip ahead to level 21 (which I can do due to the "Tribulation Forces" upgrade). Level 20 was proving to be difficult for me to get through. Enemy units were just coming to attack my meager group too quickly and my units were getting slaughtered physically and spiritually. I kept losing the game either to a major character getting killed or turned neutral.

So anyway, this mission was about acquiring 3 GCP vehicles for the Tribulation Forces to better get around the city in. You start out with Rayford Steele, a builder, a spy (who honestly sounds like William Shatner to me) and a few soldiers. Despite having the soldiers, one of the goals of the mission is for it to be peaceful - i.e. no deaths on either side. Indeed, as with every other level, it is far, far easier to survive using musicians to turn enemies neutral than it is using soldiers to blow them away.


Mission 20

Build, recruit, train, acquire vehicles, and survive.

VE: 0
CK: 0
PS: 33


Previous posts:

LB:EF - Winning a few battles in my modest fight for the truth
LB:EF - Giveaway of LB:EF for a limited time
LB:EF - Free upgrade to Tribulation Forces
LB:EF - *snicker* EF's ratings vs. Golden Compass game's ratings
LB:EF - Eternal Forces on HSN
LB:EF - Some screenshots
LB:EF - What neutral reviewers have to say about the game
LB:EF - The latest brouhaha and the left's continued lies
LB:EF - Revisiting my earlier concerns (by request)
LB:EF - Mission 19
LB:EF - Mission 18
LB:EF - More falsehoods spread in the media
LB:EF - More response to criticisms
LB:EF - Mission 17
LB:EF - Mission 16
LB:EF - Missions 13, 14, and 15
LB:EF - Mission 12
LB:EF - Missions 9, 10 and 11
LB:EF - Addressing an opening animation criticism
LB:EF - Easter egg?
LB:EF - Email from the game's senior producer!
LB:EF - Missions 6, 7 and 8
LB:EF - The first few missions
LB:EF - Tutorial
LB:EF - the manual
New S&B series: "Left Behind: Eternal Forces" in detail
The left's lies about "Left Behind: Eternal Forces"


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Sunday, February 17, 2008

For my family, in remembrance of Dad

It's been 10 years, but I still remember it like it was yesterday.

I remember Dad getting sick again and going to the hospital.

I remember going into the waiting room at the hospital and finding out the diagnosis and his decision that it was his time to go home to be with the Lord.

I remember comforting Mom and each other and going in to go cry on Dad's shoulder like we were all little children again.

I remember his strength, both of spirit and of his physical embrace.

I remember him being at home where he wanted to be.

I remember Mom's strength, devotion and love in taking care of Dad.

I remember Dad's faith in the Lord shining brighter than it had ever shone before.

I remember God never leaving or forsaking Dad.

I remember Mom literally being right at Dad's side when he died. (That was no coincidence.)

I remember Mom coming to wake us to tell us Dad was gone.

I remember us crying and comforting Mom and each other.

I remember Mom asking the Hospice nurse to wash Dad's body just as Jesus' body was washed.

I remember saying goodbye one last time when the Cremation Society took Dad's body away.

I remember crying with and comforting friends as they came by to grieve with us.

I remember planning Dad's memorial and how "the Anchor Holds" couldn't have been a more perfect song choice.

I remember putting out all the pictures and mementos of Dad (especially that "Uff da" shirt and the suspenders).

I remember how the church was filled beyond capacity at Dad's memorial by people who had come from far and wide to remember and honor him.

I remember how I was first to speak at the memorial and how I just looked around at all the people and said, "Wow!"

I remember how we kids each took turns speaking, sharing poems and memories.

I remember choking up when Mom was presented an American flag in honor of Dad's Army service.

I remember family and friends coming together afterwards and doing what we Scandinavians always do at times like this: have a potluck.

All these memories bring tears to my eyes, but I wouldn't ever not want to have them. They make me sad, but it's the good kind of sadness that you don't mind having. I don't know if that makes sense, but that's how I think of it.


See more at my big brother's blog.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

LB:EF - Winning a few battles in my modest fight for the truth

So for a few months, I've been following what bloggers and journalists have been saying about Eternal Forces. Unsurprisingly, much of it is still based upon the falsehoods originally concocted by Jonathan Hutson of the Talk2Action website (which I will not link to on principle) and mindlessly repeated in the media and by left-wing, anti-evangelical groups. Virtually none of the people who have and are criticizing this game have ever seen it, much less actually played it. As I previously highlighted, neutral reviewers (and even one hostile one) utterly disagreed with the false portrayals of this game being spread around. I've been attempting to correct the record as much as I am capable.

For example, I recently found this article on Ars Technica - one of the neutral websites I cited. Originally, the article included this wrongfully altered screenshot originally created by the Talk2Action nitwits:



The religious symbols have been photoshopped in and absolutely do not represent what is actually going on in the scene. The armed and armored figures under the crosses are actually the Antichrist's forces who are targeting and killing Christians (i.e. the characters under the Jewish and Islamic symbols). Talk2Action couldn't even find a real, unaltered screenshot to fit their lies so they had to fabricate one. Utterly, sickeningly pathetic.

I brought this information up in the comments for the Ars Technica post and lo and behold they changed the screenshot! Of course, they didn't bother to note the change or issue any sort of apology to Left Behind Games for using the altered screenshot. Ah, well. The fact that they changed it is satisfaction enough for me. My thanks to Ars Technica for the correction and the restoration of my opinion about your website.

Sadly, not everyone has been so open to correction. Most of the people have chosen to continue to believe the lies because their hatred of evangelical Christians trumps their acceptance of facts. That doesn't surprise me in the least, however. Neither does it dissuade me. I will continue to spread the truth about this game as long as people continue to lie about it.


Previous posts:

LB:EF - Giveaway of LB:EF for a limited time
LB:EF - Free upgrade to Tribulation Forces
LB:EF - *snicker* EF's ratings vs. Golden Compass game's ratings
LB:EF - Eternal Forces on HSN
LB:EF - Some screenshots
LB:EF - What neutral reviewers have to say about the game
LB:EF - The latest brouhaha and the left's continued lies
LB:EF - Revisiting my earlier concerns (by request)
LB:EF - Mission 19
LB:EF - Mission 18
LB:EF - More falsehoods spread in the media
LB:EF - More response to criticisms
LB:EF - Mission 17
LB:EF - Mission 16
LB:EF - Missions 13, 14, and 15
LB:EF - Mission 12
LB:EF - Missions 9, 10 and 11
LB:EF - Addressing an opening animation criticism
LB:EF - Easter egg?
LB:EF - Email from the game's senior producer!
LB:EF - Missions 6, 7 and 8
LB:EF - The first few missions
LB:EF - Tutorial
LB:EF - the manual
New S&B series: "Left Behind: Eternal Forces" in detail
The left's lies about "Left Behind: Eternal Forces"


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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

LB:EF - Giveaway of LB:EF for a limited time

On the heels of the free upgrade to "Tribulation Forces" comes a giveaway of copies of "Eternal Forces." All you have to pay is $6 for shipping or $5 for a download (which some people think is a dastardly, nefarious scheme for the company to make money - whatever).

Meanwhile, as far as my coverage of the game goes, I actually haven't been doing much gaming lately. I think it's the mid-winter blahs or something.


Previous posts:

LB:EF - Free upgrade to Tribulation Forces
LB:EF - *snicker* EF's ratings vs. Golden Compass game's ratings
LB:EF - Eternal Forces on HSN
LB:EF - Some screenshots
LB:EF - What neutral reviewers have to say about the game
LB:EF - The latest brouhaha and the left's continued lies
LB:EF - Revisiting my earlier concerns (by request)
LB:EF - Mission 19
LB:EF - Mission 18
LB:EF - More falsehoods spread in the media
LB:EF - More response to criticisms
LB:EF - Mission 17
LB:EF - Mission 16
LB:EF - Missions 13, 14, and 15
LB:EF - Mission 12
LB:EF - Missions 9, 10 and 11
LB:EF - Addressing an opening animation criticism
LB:EF - Easter egg?
LB:EF - Email from the game's senior producer!
LB:EF - Missions 6, 7 and 8
LB:EF - The first few missions
LB:EF - Tutorial
LB:EF - the manual
New S&B series: "Left Behind: Eternal Forces" in detail
The left's lies about "Left Behind: Eternal Forces"


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