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  • Firearm Sales Jump 39% In December, 19% In 2012

    01/04/2013 8:37:39 AM PST · by RC one · 9 replies
    CNS news ^ | January 2, 2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    Background checks for individuals purchasing firearms increased in every state in December - and in 48 of the 50 states and in Washington, D.C. for full-year 2012 - according to data compiled by the FBI.Compared to the total number of background checks completed from January through December of 2011 all but two states saw net increases in gun sales in 2012.Utah reported a decline of 77.4%, and Iowa a decline of 17.9%.Each of the 50 States and Washington, D.C. saw an increase in background checks in the month of December 2012, with every state posting an increase of at least...
  • What happened in the House; the best course now...

    01/04/2013 8:33:42 AM PST · by txrangerette · 22 replies
    self | January 4, 2013 | self
    Being able to describe something accurately is the first step to understanding it, then fashioning a course of action. What happened in the House Speaker vote is that, although some opposition to Boehner began to surface, no candidate ran for the position against him. For days Mark Levin has been urging an opponent to run, but nobody did. Therefore, the options were Boehner, Pelosi, or continued votes without a winner. You can't beat somebody with nobody. Many thought Cantor was going to challenge Boehner when Cantor and the other leadership voted against the "cliff deal". They were mistaken. It's possible...
  • Obama Hugged Hurricane Sandy Victim and Then Sent Her a Form Letter (another sucka born)

    01/04/2013 8:33:06 AM PST · by Perdogg · 13 replies
    President Obama comforted you and offered you “immediate” assistance. Since your encounter with him months ago, what has been your interaction with the White House? After his visit, I sent an email to President Obama. Many days later, I got a response back. It was disturbing. How so? It had nothing to do with what I was asking him. It was a form letter. It thanked me for supporting the troops. He made a promise to rebuild on national television, and I can’t even get this money. It’s heartbreaking, really. I did reach out to Senator Whelan, and I got...
  • Morsi in 2010: No peace with descendants of apes and pigs

    01/04/2013 8:27:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/04/2013 16:34 | (jpost.com staff)
    Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are “a waste of time and opportunities” as Arabs and Muslims get nothing out of engagement with “the descendants of apes and pigs,” current Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi asserted in September 2010, according to newly translated interviews published this week by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). In the first interview, aired on Lebanon’s Al-Quds TV on September 23, 2010, Morsi denounced the Palestinian Authority as a creation of “the Zionist and American enemies for the sole purpose of opposing the will of the Palestinian people.” Therefore, he stressed, “No reasonable person can expect any progress on...
  • Record number of Ohioans seeking guns

    01/04/2013 8:26:07 AM PST · by RC one
    Columbus dispatch ^ | Jan 4, 2013 | David Ingram
    In Ohio, gun dealers conducted 629,215 pre-sale background checks in 2012, including 102,531 in December, according to the FBI data. The yearly figure, which topped the record of 468,974 checks set in 2011, ranked seventh in the United States. That was a 34 percent increase from 2011. The number of FBI background checks requested for Americans buying guns set a record in December, indicating that more people might ultimately buy a weapon after the Connecticut school massacre stirred interest in self-defense and prompted renewed talk of limits on firearms. The FBI said it recorded 2.78 million background checks during the...
  • The New Year’s First Heist

    01/04/2013 8:26:06 AM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 1-4-2013 | Douglas French
    The New Year’s First Heist By Douglas French 01/03/13The high priests of the civic religion are very worried that people no longer seem to trust government. The law stands discredited. Once-hallowed institutions are under fire and losing status. People are openly loathing public officials. Movies, television, and best-selling books urge revolt. Most people don’t bother to vote. And these priests wonder why. Here’s an example of why. As the year opened, the House, Senate, and president all collaborated to enact the largest tax increase in human history — under the cover of night on the first day of the year,...
  • Catherine Zeta Jones donates cash to buy 'lost palace of the ancient Welsh princes'

    Catherine Zeta Jones donates cash to buy 'lost palace of the ancient Welsh princes' Star donates undisclosed sum to buy land for monument to Llywelyn princes Site is believed to have been location of family's royal palace Former Monty Python star Terry Jones is also backing efforts to buy land Catherine, 43, made a 'substantial' donation to a trust bidding to buy up farmland thought to be the site where the last independent rulers of Wales had their royal residence. The 700-year-old lost palace of Llywelyn the Great and his grandson Llywelyn the Last is believed to have stood in...
  • Only In NY: Spurs’ Jackson Trips Over Bloomberg’s Waitress, Leaves Game

    01/04/2013 8:23:33 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    AP ^ | January 4, 2013
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Spurs forward Stephen Jackson left San Antonio’s 100-83 loss to the Knicks after spraining his right ankle when he crashed into a waitress working the sideline in front of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “Guess who just contributed to the crime rate in NYC,” tweeted New York Daily News reporter Frank Isola.
  • Barney Frank: I want to be named interim senator

    01/04/2013 8:19:41 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/4/13 | Matt Stout
    Just one day removed from the House, Barney Frank says he wants to get back to Washington. Frank, speaking today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” said he told Gov. Deval Patrick he wants to be interim senator when Sen. John Kerry is named secretary of state. “A month ago, or a few weeks ago, I said I wasn’t interested,” Frank said. “It was kind of like you’re about to graduate, and they said: ‘You gotta go to summer school.’ But (the fiscal cliff) deal now means that February, March and April are going to be among the most important months in...
  • Tea Party announces Congressional Advocacy Team!

    01/04/2013 8:18:47 AM PST · by Baynative · 72 replies
    Tea Party News Network ^ | 1/4/12 | Press release
    Washington D.C. - The nation’s largest Tea Party group announced today the creation of its new advocacy arm — the first of its kind. With over 600,000 members and over 1.3 million supporters on Facebook, TheTeaParty.Net has been a leading opponent of any legislation that increases taxes or raises the debt, including this week’s deal on the fiscal cliff.
  • Virginia gun sales rose to record highs in 2012

    01/04/2013 8:16:50 AM PST · by RC one · 3 replies
    WJLA ^ | January 4, 2013 - 09:10 am
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia gun sales surged to an apparent record high in 2012. State police statistics on gun buyers' mandatory criminal-background checks showed that there were 432,387 gun transactions last year, a 35 percent jump from 2011. Records show that it was the largest year-to-year increase in 20 years and the third-largest increase overall since Virginia's background check program was implemented in 1989.
  • Floridians Buying Guns At Record Pace

    01/04/2013 8:12:42 AM PST · by RC one · 6 replies
    CBSMiami ^ | January 4, 2013 8:38 AM
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As gun control becomes a central focus of Washington in the first few months of the 113th Congress, Floridians are buying guns at a frenetic pace. In 2012, 797,970 Floridians requested background checks so they could purchase weapons. That total represented nearly 200,000 more than in 2011 and almost double the number from 2004, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.The numbers spiked after President Barack Obama won re-election, even though Obama had not even addressed gun control in either campaign. There was a similar spike after the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting when gun control began...
  • Help Request – White House 9-11-12 Photo During Benghazi 7 Hour Seige…. ?

    01/04/2013 8:12:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 81 replies
    Conservative Tree House ^ | 1/4/13 | sundance
    The White House has refused repeated attempts by journalists to produce pictures of President Obama and his team in the White House Situation Room during the 9-11 Benghazi terrorist attacks [3:30pm to 11:00pm Eastern Time]. Personally, after researching the offical reports minute by minute, and comparing them to the media released statements, I believe the Situation Room was empty. Today the White House released this picture taken on 9-11-12. It was included in a White House FLICKR Album “The Year In Pictures“. You Decide:
  • Al-Jazeera seen as using Al Gore to bolster network’s legitimacy in United States

    01/04/2013 8:04:36 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1-4-2013 | Jamie Weinstein
    January 4, 2013 Al-Jazeera seen as using Al Gore to bolster networkÂ’s legitimacy in United States Jamie Weinstein Is Al-Jazeera trying to use former Vice President Al Gore to gain acceptance in America? Yes, say some experts.On Wednesday it was announced that the Qatari-funded news station had purchased Current TV, the liberal cable channel co-founded by Gore, for a reported $500 million. Gore and fellow co-founder Joel Hyatt will join the advisory board of Al-Jazeera America, the network set to replace Current TV.Al-Jazeera, which currently has both English and Arabic language stations, is seen by many as having an anti-Israel...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (1/4/2013)[Prayer]

    01/04/2013 8:02:54 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 18 replies
    1/4/2013 | smithsk
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalm 127:1 (KJV) ----
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PREFACE, 01-04-13

    01/04/2013 8:00:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-04-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PREFACE The act of thanksgiving, which begins the Eucharistic liturgy. By it the priest, in the name of all the people of God, offers praise and gratitude to God the Father for the whole work of redemption or for some special benefits commemorated in the liturgy. (Etym. Latin praefatio, preface, prologue; literally, a saying beforehand.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission
  • THE SCARIEST JOBS CHART EVER

    01/04/2013 8:00:39 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-4-2013 | Sam Ro
    CHART OF THE DAY: THE SCARIEST JOBS CHART EVER Sam RoJanuary 4, 2013It's jobs day in America. This morning we learned that the U.S. economy added 155k jobs December and the unemployment rate ticked up in 7.8 percent. Although the numbers were in line with economists' expectations, they still reflect a job market that remains incredibly weak almost four years into the economic recovery. Calculated Risk runs a chart every month putting the current jobs recovery into perspective. "This shows the depth of the recent employment recession - worse than any other post-war recession - and the relatively slow recovery...
  • Facing Backward, Facing Forward

    01/04/2013 7:56:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    The pagan god Janus has two faces, and that's a good thing. He can look to the future and reflect on the past, all at the same time. As ancient gods go, Janus is good at transitions. January, named for Janus, is not only a dreary month to get past as quickly as possible, but it's a time for useful reflection and resolve. Now that we're no longer teetering on the fiscal cliff, President Obama and his administration are busy with anticipation of parades, balls and searches for dance partners at the inauguration of Obama II, and the Republicans can...
  • Congress Avoids The Fiscal Cliff By Selling Us Down The River (Peter Schiff)

    01/04/2013 7:52:31 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-4-2013 | Peter Schiff
    Congress Avoids The Fiscal Cliff By Selling Us Down The River Politics / US PoliticsJan 04, 2013 - 07:22 AM By: Peter Schiff With the possible exception of the New York Times' editorial board (and the cast of The Jersey Shore), everyone on the planet understood that the United States Government needs to cut spending, increase taxes, or both. Instead, after months of political posturing and hand wringing, the Federal Government has just delivered the exact opposite, a deal that increases spending and decreases taxes. The move lays bare the emptiness of budget legislation, which can be dismantled far easier...
  • TxDOT signs to keep giving directions to gun shows

    01/04/2013 7:52:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    click2houston.com ^ | 3 January, 2013 | na
    HOUSTON - The Texas Department of Transportation will continue to use freeway message signs in Houston to provide directions to firearms-related events, state officials said Thursday evening. On Thursday afternoon, local TxDOT officials told KPRC Local 2 that gun show directions would no longer be displayed on the signs. A short time later, state officials said that an error had been made. "The decision 2 suspend use of these signs for similar future events in Houston was made in error by the district office," a tweet from TxDOT read. The electronic signs are routinely used to direct traffic or tell...
  • Can Trillion Dollar Coins Save the Economy?

    01/04/2013 7:50:49 AM PST · by shove_it · 41 replies
    Yahoo via ABC ^ | 4 Jan 2013 | Gregory J. Krieg
    With President Obama having kicked off debt ceiling negotiations by vowing not to negotiate over the debt ceiling, a new option for paying off the nation's considerable tab is gaining momentum with cheeky fiscal and monetary wonks. It goes like this: Should Congress fail to extend the U.S. debt limit - reached again on Dec. 31 - the president could ask the Treasury to begin printing trillion dollar coins (in a process explained mostly seriously by Jim Pethokoukis on his American Enterprise Institute blog), a number of which could then be put toward fulfilling debt obligations in the event...
  • 71 Dazzling Obama Photos From White House Photographer Pete Souza

    01/04/2013 7:45:43 AM PST · by haffast · 73 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jan. 3, 2013, 11:03 AM | Brett LoGiurato
    Official White House photographer Pete Souza posted the White House's best photos of 2012 this morning. It includes some fantastic shots from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, as well as new photos of the president's response to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and of the fiscal cliff negotiations in the White House. We've grabbed 71 of the White House's 2012 selections. Souza's captions are in italics below the photos. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-photos-2012-white-house-flickr-pete-souza-2013-1?op=1#ixzz2H1IX5Fo2
  • MT:Columbia Falls lawmaker proposes constitutional amendments on gun rights

    01/04/2013 7:44:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    missoulian.com ^ | 4 January, 2013 | TRISTAN SCOTT
    COLUMBIA FALLS – A state lawmaker in the Flathead Valley is proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution to offset the effects of new firearms restrictions, which if passed, he says will erode civil liberties and infringe on state’s rights. Rep. Jerry O’Neil, R-Columbia Falls, says he will work with the Montana Legislature in an effort to adopt two new constitutional amendments to the U.S. Constitution to protect firearm ownership and national sovereignty. He said the issue is pressing due to the call for gun restrictions in the wake of last month’s school shootings in Newtown, Conn. He is most concerned...
  • The Republicans -- After Dunkirk

    01/04/2013 7:44:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    At the Potsdam conference with Harry Truman and Josef Stalin, Winston Churchill learned that the voters of the nation he had led for five years through World War II had just voted to throw him out of office. "It may well be a blessing in disguise," said his wife Clementine. "At the moment, it seems quite effectively disguised," replied Churchill. Republicans must feel that way today. For they have survived their own Dunkirk. They may have left their helmets, canteens and rifles behind, but they did finally get off the beach. That Republicans suffered a rout, as the British did...
  • Where The Jobs Are: "55 And Older"

    01/04/2013 7:42:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/04/2013 | Tyler Durden
    A good jobs report? Sure, if one is 55 and over. In December the American jobs gerontocracy continued its relentless course, and as the two charts below summarize since Obama's first term, some 2.7 million jobs in the 16-55 year old category have been lost. The "offset": 4 million jobs for Americans between 55 and 69. For all those young people graduating from college (with $150,000 in student loans) who are unable to get a job, here is our advice: tell your parents, and grandparents, to retire already. Oh wait, they can't because Bernanke destroyed their savings. Oops -...
  • When They Take Our Guns, They Take Everything

    01/04/2013 7:40:46 AM PST · by arthurus · 92 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 04 January 2013 | J. D. Longstreet
    The democrats are going hell bent for leather to pass a gun control bill in the next three weeks. If you are counting on the republicans to stop it, you are going to be extremely disappointed. The GOP is going to split -- and a larger than expected portion of them WILL support the Assault Weapons Ban pushed by the democrats. It is my sense, at this writing, that THE ASSAULT WEAPON BAN WILL PASS CONGRESS and be signed into law by Obama later this month or early in February. I can only ask that you forgive my frustration. You...
  • FDR's Second Bill of Rights: a do-gooder scheme for centralized planning

    01/04/2013 7:40:13 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 4 replies
    "The plans differ; the planners are all alike"Frederic Bastiat - Economic Harmonies - 1.83 How do you know what's an actual right? A god given, inalienable right; and what's a right conferred by the state, fostered by a demagogue? For some of us, those who read history, the answer to the question is easy. Knowing the difference is almost even instinctual. By comparing documents and known quantities, we can make a reasonable argument in favor of one and against the other. On January 11, 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his eleventh State of the Union Address, which contains the so...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 4, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/04/2013 7:38:14 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/4/13 | Joel Osteen
    Wise Men Continually Seek Him Today's Scripture “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria After Jesus was born, the Bible tells us that Wise Men came from the East to bow before Him and worship Him. They went to great lengths just to get a glimpse of the child and traveled a long distance for many months, following the star. When they saw Him, they were so overwhelmed. The scripture says they fell on their faces to honor and...
  • Crime Down in L.A., Local Newspaper Baffled

    01/04/2013 7:35:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/04/2013 | Jack Dunphy
    When the crime experts are baffled, I’m here to help. The Los Angeles Times reported last week that crime in the city of Los Angeles has dropped for the tenth straight year. As is often the case, criminologists are at pains to explain why. Note that there are always ready explanations when crime goes up. You simply point to whatever socioeconomic malady that happens to be occurring and blame it for any concurrent rise in the crime rate. Recession? Crime goes up. Housing slump? Ditto. Rise in unemployment? Uh huh. You get the idea. It all fits in nicely with...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 4, 2013]

    01/04/2013 7:35:52 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Why Can I Not Follow You Now? "Peter said to Him, ’Lord, why can I not follow You now?’" —John 13:37 There are times when you can’t understand why you cannot do what you want to do. When God brings a time of waiting, and appears to be unresponsive, don’t fill it with busyness, just wait. The time of waiting may come to teach you the meaning of sanctification— to be set apart from sin and made holy— or it may come after the process of sanctification has begun to teach you what service means. Never run before God...
  • TX:Dallas Church Hosts Gun Buyback Program

    01/04/2013 7:33:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    nbcdfw.com ^ | 3 January, 2013 | Randy McIlwain
    The First Presbyterian Church of Dallas will host a gun buyback program later this month in hopes of taking a few weapons off the streets and lending its voice to the national debate about gun control. "I think today there is rarely a family or individual who has not been touched by some incident of a violent gun accident or death," said Reverend Bruce Buchanan who will run the program. The gun buyback is actually a return to the church's roots. In 2000, First Presbyterian Church of Dallas held the first of six annual gun buybacks, collecting more than 500...
  • Right-to-Work Poll Numbers Fit the Pattern

    01/04/2013 7:28:40 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/30/2012 | Jack Spencer
    A week after Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation making Michigan the nation's 24th right-to-work state, some polls show Gov. Snyder's popularity down and the law suddenly unpopular. However, John Truscott, who was press secretary for former Gov. John Engler 20 years ago, said that pattern has become familiar. "I wouldn't worry about it," Truscott, also of Lansing-based Truscott Rossman Group, said. "In October of John Engler's first year the polls showed his re-elect number at just 17 percent. If anybody is using these poll results to plan what to do in the next election; I'd say they're making a big...
  • Oconee County sheriff opposes gun store's stance on sale of rifles(Good Sheriff,GA)

    01/04/2013 7:27:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    myfoxatlanta.com ^ | 3 January, 2013 | George Franco
    OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. - A north Georgia sheriff is taking a stand against a Buford gun store that refuses to sell certain types of rifles to the public. Dana Safety Supply has opted to only sell a semi-automatic, self-loading rifle to law enforcement and not to the general public. Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said that decision has led him to stop buying from the store. "If they chose not to sell to civilians, law-abiding civilians, then I can choose not to buy from them -- that's all I was trying to say," Berry said. DSS, which has stores in...
  • One Cheer for the Cliff Deal

    01/04/2013 7:27:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Larry Kudlow
    One cheer out of a potential three is all anyone can logically give the fiscal-cliff deal. On the day after the bargain was clinched, the stock market gave a 300-point cheer. So be it. In the short run, extending tax cuts up to $450,000 probably saved us from a recession. If all the tax cuts had expired, we’d have a $500 billion tax hike, plus marginal rate increases, and that would have sunk the economy. So I’m going to bet that the big stock rally was a sign of relief that the final deal wasn’t worse. The final product was...
  • Top Conservative Group Urges House To Vote Against Hurricane Sandy Relief (Club for Growth)

    01/04/2013 7:25:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/04/2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    Two days after Republican infighting swirled around House Speaker John Boehner's unexpected decision to pull a Hurricane Sandy relief bill from a potential floor vote, a top conservative group is urging the House of Representatives to vote against the bill. The House is expected to vote today on the first part of the bill, a $9.7 billion flood insurance bill. Andy Roth, the Club for Growth's vice president of government affairs, said in a statement that the federal government should not be involved in providing flood insurance. Here's the group's full statement: _____________________________ The Club for Growth urges all members...
  • Why not open the floodgates on marriage?

    01/04/2013 7:22:21 AM PST · by SonnyBubba · 51 replies
    Chicago tribune ^ | January 03, 2013 | Dennis Byrne
    Why not open the floodgates on marriage? January 03, 2013|Dennis Byrne Just where the balance is between the rights of individuals and the good of society often is difficult to determine. The argument that same sex couples should have an equal right to marry is not to be taken lightly. It appeals to Americans' ingrained sense that everyone should be treated fairly. It is memorialized in the Constitution's 14th Amendment, which guarantees to each person equality under the law. The equality argument has been so persuasive that the Illinois Legislature may well approve same sex marriage in this lame-duck session....
  • Michael Medved: Obama’s Fiscal Cliff Sanity Proves He’s No Secret Agent of Destruction

    01/04/2013 7:19:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 01/04/2013 | Michael Medved
    The president may be a big-spending liberal, but his willingness to give ground on taxes should prove that he’s not out to ruin the country. The fiscal-cliff deal settled nothing in terms of the desperate, ongoing struggle to bring Washington’s devastating deficits under control, but it should put an end, once and for all, to a bitter debate that’s damaged the conservative movement for the last four years. With the president participating in successful last-minute efforts to prevent crushing, automatic, across-the-board tax hikes that would have done disastrous damage to the U.S. economy, it’s time for Barack Obama’s angriest critics...
  • 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #1 - Do you enjoy Fellowship with God and Christ?

    01/04/2013 7:15:20 AM PST · by xzins · 117 replies
    SO4J ^ | John MacArthur
    11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation - In 1746, about six years after the Great Awakening, in which Jonathan Edwards was the primary instrument of God to preach the gospel and bring about the greatest revival in American history thus far, Edwards wrote A Treatise Concerning the Religious Affections. He wrote it to deal with a problem not unlike one we face today: the matter of evidence for true conversion. Many people want the blessings of salvation, especially eternal security, but no more. In the explosive drama of the Great Awakening, it seemed as though conversions were occurring in great...
  • Should Your Children Pay for My Rollercoaster? (On the outrage over delayed Sandy Relief)

    01/04/2013 7:14:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/04/2013 | Jack Cashill
    On Wednesday I joined a Facebook conversation among my New Jersey relatives and friends voicing their outrage over the delay in the $60 billion Sandy relief package. Hoping to make people think, I wrote, "I want our roller coaster up and running by this summer, and I don't care if we have to borrow from the Chinese to do it." I was referring here to the Seaside Heights roller coaster that somehow managed to slide off its crumbling pier and land standing upright in the ocean. In the process, it became something of a symbol of Sandy's wrath. My irony,...
  • Slouching From Gomorrah: Remembering Robert Bork

    01/04/2013 7:13:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/3/13 | Paul Kengor
    It has been a couple of weeks since the death of Robert Bork, which occurred shortly before Christmas and didn’t really get the news coverage that Bork merited. Bork died at age 85. In 1987, he became a national headline when President Ronald Reagan nominated him to the Supreme Court. He was a judicial conservative, a “strict constructionist.” He warned about the road America was embarking upon in neglecting its Constitutional principles, and saw doom and gloom ahead. He was grimly pessimistic about America generally, dreading modern liberalism’s grip on the nation. Liberalism, Bork insisted, was pushing America toward decline....
  • Lincolnton Furniture Company, praised (by obama) for bringing jobs back to US, closes

    01/04/2013 7:12:10 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 13 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | January 4, 2013 | Cameron Steele
    Lincolnton Furniture Company closed abruptly Thursday just one year after it was hailed by President Barack Obama as an example of the recovering U.S. economy. Furniture-making operations stopped indefinitely and only a few people will remain employed moving forward, company financial officer Ben Causey said. “I don’t know where it’s going to go exactly; we’re still evaluating our situation,” Causey said. “We just didn’t have any choice at this point.” The company was not receiving the orders it needed to sustain its operations, Causey said. “We needed more orders is really what it boiled down to,” he said. “We thought...
  • More Than Three Million Human Embryos Destroyed in UK IVF

    01/04/2013 7:11:16 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jill Stanek
    Official statistics show that almost half of embryos used to help women conceive through in vitro fertilization (IVF) were thrown away during or after the process….Since August 1991 more than 3.5 million human embryos have been created, producing only 235,480 “gestational sacs” or evidence of successful implantation. Of the embryos created, almost 840,000 were put into storage for future use and more than 2000 were stored for donation. Almost 5,900 were set aside for scientific research.Almost 1.4 million embryos were implanted in the hope of beginning pregnancies, with fewer than one in six resulting in a pregnancy.Nearly 1.7 million were...
  • An Appeal for Dictatorship Comes Out of the Closet at the New York Times

    01/04/2013 7:11:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/04/2013 | Daniel Downes
    True to form, the New York Times saw out 2012 by publishing another apology for dictatorship. In his op-ed, Louis Michael Seidman -- Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University - argues that the Constitution should be abandoned.  The suggestion is so preposterous that it is tempting to dismiss the article altogether, but to do so would be to miss some very revealing implications.  The article is not so much a suggestion of constitutional reform as an open call for dictatorship. Seidman begins by blaming the current governmental crisis, incredibly, on "obedience to the Constitution," which he describes as containing...
  • Doctor with permit charged over gun at Pa. school

    01/04/2013 7:09:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    timesonline.com ^ | 3 January, 2013 | AP
    A doctor with a permit to carry a concealed weapon was charged with having a gun on school property when he picked up his child from a southwestern Pennsylvania high school about three hours after the school shootings last month in Newtown, Conn.
  • The Right's Unwitting Obama Apologists

    01/04/2013 7:06:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    I hate to break it to those deniers who believe that President Obama's tax-guzzling capacity has somehow been diminished by the fiscal cliff provision to fix "permanent" tax rates. You're dreaming. Several smart columnists and respected conservative editorial pieces tell us that a major silver lining in the crisis deal just concluded is that by agreeing not to reinstitute the Clinton tax rates (and leave the Bush rates in place) for all but the "wealthy" (income of $400,000 for single filers and $450,000 for marrieds), Obama and the Democrats made a major concession. They argue that if Democrats couldn't do...
  • Are We All Europeans Now?

    01/04/2013 7:05:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/04/2013 | Mona Charen
    Following the fiscal-cliff melodrama, Senator Richard Shelby appeared on television to declare that we are becoming European. “We’re always wanting to spend and promise and spend and borrow, but not cut. We’ve got to get real about this. We’re headed down the road that Europe’s already on.” There’s no “heading” about it. We’re there. John J. DiIulio, writing in National Affairs, outlined the true size of American government. When state and local government expenditures are added to federal outlays, government spending as a share of GDP easily competes with European nations. In fact, per capita government spending in the U.S....
  • Nat'l. organization complains about Upstate prayer (SC)

    01/04/2013 7:04:12 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 11 replies
    wyff4.com ^ | January 3, 2013
    An Upstate school district has gotten a complaint from a national organization that's upset about the way the district opens their meetings. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint to the School District of Pickens County after someone complained to the organization. For as long as anyone with the School District of Pickens County can remember, an invocation has been a part of each meeting, led by students from different schools. SDPC spokesman John Eby said, "If we felt like it was violating the constitution, we wouldn't be doing it." He said there haven't been any...
  • College Is the Key to Financial Success . . . if you’re a college president, that is

    01/04/2013 7:03:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/04/2013 | Katrina Trinko
    If the Occupy movement had been smart, the 1 percent they targeted would have been in the ivory tower, not on Wall Street.According to an analysis by the Chronicle of Higher Education, in the 2011 fiscal year, 132 presidents of public colleges and universities made $344,000 or more — the income level that marks the divide between the bottom 99 percent and the top 1 percent. Private-college presidents raked in even more: 208 made $344,000 or more in 2010, with 36 of those making $1 million or more.It’s no surprise that college presidents are receiving top dollar: More and...
  • Cardinal Mauro Piacenza Writes to Mothers of Priests, Seminarians

    01/04/2013 7:02:44 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 1/3/13 | Ann Schneible
    Prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy Notes Role of Family in Forming VocationsWriting on the occasion of the solemnity of Mary Mother of God (January 1), Prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, addressed a letter to mothers of priests and seminarians. "In welcoming the Eternal Word into her immaculate womb," he wrote, "Mary Most Holy gave birth to the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, the only Savior of the world… By adhering to God's Will, Mary participated in a unique and unrepeatable way in the mystery of our redemption, thereby becoming the Mother of God,...
  • The 1870-1914 Gold Standard: The Most Perfect One Ever Created

    01/04/2013 6:59:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/04/2013 | Nathan Lewis
    The most perfect monetary system humans have yet created was the world gold standard system of the late 19th century, roughly 1870-1914. We don’t have to hypothesize too much about what a new world gold standard system could look like. We can just look at what has already been done. Contrary to popular belief, people generally did not conduct commerce with gold coins. Yes, gold coins existed, but people mostly used paper banknotes and bank transfers, just as they do today. In 1910, gold coins comprised $591 million out of total currency (base money) of $3,149 million in the United...