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  1. About praying to the saints: as has already been said, it's not about worshipping but about honoring and asking for mediation before God. If we accept that the believer needs a mediation, like the priest (who if I'm not mistaken has a more important role in the Catholic church because Protestants don't believe in this mediation), then it only makes sense to ask the saints for that mediation too. So in that aspect the difference between Catholics and Protestants is a tiny detail, and everything is deduced from there.

  2. As Jeru says, you have to understand the inner logic, and that's only possible through practice.

    I guess I could comment on a few "regular irregularities" that are easily explained from an etymological point of view, but if you're not acquainted with that it wouldn't be helpful at all, and it may confuse you even more.

    OK, I'll just comment on one: the diphthong "ue", when it's not in the tonic syllable, often turns to "o"; "ie" often becomes "e". This is because of the way tonic short "o" and "e" evolved from Latin.

    As an example: bien vs. benéfico.

  3. Just a quick note for those of you saying human nature is not compatible with communism: a few centuries ago it could be argued that "human nature" is not compatible with democracy. In the end it's just a matter of culture.

  4. The fact that they reproduced should not be an obstacle for them to be Maiar: after all, Melian had a daughter.

    Maybe there were some sort of dragon-like monsters from the beginning of time (like the Kraken, for example - creatures that weren't created by Melkor but that served him), and Glaurung just was the first of these monsters to be inhabited by a Maia, growing in power, size, intelligence and malice (much like the relation between wolves and werewolves). Or maybe Morgoth just created a body for "Glaurung the Maia" to dwell. I don't really know.

  5. I don't know about other countries, but in Spain we say "baloncesto" as a direct translation of "basketball". It's kind of strange, since we use "fútbol" (<football), "béisbol" (<baseball), etc, simply adapting the spelling.

    "La escuela tiene 7 horas". That sounds a little strange in Spanish - you should use something like "Las clases duran 7 horas" ("The classes last for 7 hours"), but I don't know if that's a license you can take.

    "Siete por la mañana". It's grammatically correct, but the expression used the most (at least in Spain) is "siete de la mañana".

    "Las horas que son bueno para ellos". "Bueno" should agree in gender and number with "horas" - thus, "buenas". Besides, you should probably use the subjunctive instead of the indicative: "sean" instead of "son".

    "Escoger el numero de clases quieren hacer también". You forgot a "que" there: "escoger el número de clases que quieren hacer también". Also, you could use the subjunctive "quieran", but this time I don't think that's obligatory.

    "La oficina está enfrente del patio y empieza a las siete por la mañana y termina a las cuatro por la tarde". Aside from the "cuatro de la tarde" thing, "empezar" and "terminar", applied to an office, wouldn't really work. Use "abre" and "cierra" instead.

    "Deben llamar la oficina durante de horario de oficina". You should use the preposition "a" between "llamar" and its object "la oficina". Also, the first "de" isn't needed, but it needs the definite article "el".

    Here's the reconstructed text:

    Bienvenido a Thousand Oaks High School.  En TOHS hay muchas actividades para los estudiantes.  Algunos deportes en la escuela son fútbol, fútbol americano, tenis, baloncesto, y natación.  Las clases duran siete horas.  La primera hora empieza a las siete de la mañana y la séptima hora termina a las dos y cuarenta y cinco de la tarde.  Los estudiantes pueden escoger las horas que sean buenas para ellos.  Si quieren, los estudiantes pueden escoger el número de clases que quieren hacer también.  La oficina está enfrente del patio y abre a las siete por la mañana y cierra a las cuatro por la tarde.  Si los estudiantes tienen preguntas, deben llamar a la oficina durante el horario de oficina
  6. Also, one of the reasons I seperate Christianity and Catholism is that Christians get blamed for things during the Middle Ages, when it was really the Catholic church, not a protestant-type Christian that I talk about when I say "Christian"

    Come on, you were in the same boat back then! Their downfalls are your downfalls, just like American history is rooted in English history :beer: (semi j/k)

    Now, seriously. The Catholic church has changed a lot, not only since the Middle Ages, but in the last 40 years. It has little to do with the Catholic church that initiated the Crusades (by the way, we could say it was all Byzantium's fault... and they were Orthodox! :P)

  7. Yes, it's true. Political terrorism, even during their hardest times, usually has some sort of internal "morals" that dictates what they can and cannot do, in terms of objectives, strategy, etc. Even though they often killed civilians, that was hard to justify even from the point of view of their own moral code. Islamist terrorism, however, is different in that all that matters is the higher cause, and that seems to justify absolutely everything.

    However, I still think the military method will not help against this kind of terrorism. And even if it would, we must not lose the moral high ground, because if we came to that, well, the fight would be pointless and we might as well just give up and concede defeat.

  8. Spain, or at least I've heard that the "president" (apologies for my ignorance on what Spain's leader is called) has backed out of the coalition in order not to be attacked more (which, as history shows, doesn't work forever).

    I guess you haven't read my previous post. Give it a try.

    Also, Matteo is completely right.

  9. Fearing the terrorist is to elect a president that doesn’t have a spine to stick up to them, like what Spain did.

    Hey hey, hold on a second there :P

    Before the US had even a clear definition of 'terrorism', we had been fighting it for 30 years. I don't think we have much to learn from the US on that aspect (considering, of course, that we have less resources).

    Firstly, President Zapatero (disclaimer: I didn't vote for him, and I don't support his party because it's full of liberal wannabes who want to act 'cool' and 'progressive') withdrawed from Iraq because that was a key promise in his electoral program.

    Secondly, the Popular Party lost because of several factors:

    1. High participation, which statistically benefits the left parties

    Due to several disappointing events before the elections, the participation was expected to be low. However, after the March 11th bombings, many people (like me) felt it was important to vote in order to achieve a very high participation figure that sent a clear message to the whole world.

    The Popular Party obtained 300,000 less votes than in 2000, when they won the elections with aboslute majority. Considering that former policies like the war on Iraq and others had already weakened its position, I don't think it's surprising that the sudden increase in participation would kick them out the government, even keeping most of their voters.

    2. The way the PP managed the crisis

    The PP rushed to blame ETA for the bombings. They gave orders to their embassadors all around the world to appear in as many TVs, radio stations, etc to say ETA was to blame. They made the European Parliament condemn the bombings, explicitly mentioning ETA as the authors of the massacre. Later, when Islamist terrorism became the main suspects, after the PP still held at the ETA hypothesis for a while, all this was perceived as a shameless manipulation, because if a Muslim fanatical terrorist group had done it, people could associate it with Spain's support to the war on Iraq, which was opposed by 90% of the people. If it was ETA, the PP had good chances of winning the election.

    3. The bombings brough back the memories of the Iraq war

    Much was said about Iraq on those days, while the two hypothesis (ETA, or al-Qaeda-linked/inspired group) were being analyzed on the media. The PP position on the Iraq war was brought back, and people remembered how angry they got back then. As I said, 90% of the Spanish people opposed it, yet our former president Aznar (or Ansar, as Bush used to call him) got Spain directly involved on it despite the general perception that we had nothing to gain and much to loss from such a move. Generally, most people perceived it as Aznar's desire to be "important" - and he semi-confirmed this by saying that "Spain had to play a role again in world politics, and be where decisions were made".

    So, as you see, things are often way more complex than we would think merely by watching Fox :P

    By the way, I bet Bush will get the darnation memoriae after his death :beer:

    EDIT: I forgot, we sent more troops to Afghanistan, which is where the real battleground should be.

  10. I call a Christian to be someone who through believes grace alone with faith alone in Christ alone will get him to Heaven. Catholics don't, as far as I know (their system seems to be changing, or whatever).

    Well, if I were a Catholic, I'd be quite offended by the implication that, somehow, I'm not a 'true Christian', simply because, while you believe what some guy in Germany said in the Middle Ages, I would believe what some corrupt bishops said before that. It's just a matter of interpretation, and it doesn't change the fact that 'Christian' means, simply, 'follower of Christ'.

  11. Well, Catholicism is really the root of the tree of Christianity- it was the first Christian religion, if you will. Some protestants however believe that Christianity started with Luther posting his 95 theses. So I think that listing was just being PC for their sake.

    Well, I don't know what protestants say, but the only objective criteria to define 'Christian' is: one who believes in Jesus as son of God. So it (should) include the Catholic church, the Orthodox church, etc.

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