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  • GOLDMAN: Hide Your Kids, The Sequester Is Coming

    01/15/2013 6:54:35 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-15-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    GOLDMAN: Hide Your Kids, The Sequester Is Coming Joe WeisenthalJan. 15, 2013, 5:15 AM Goldman's Alec Phillips writes in a note that the automatic spending cuts required by the so-called "Sequester" (the spending caps imposed by the 2011 debt ceiling deal) are now a matter of "when" and not "if." He examines the sequester as part of the broader fiscal triple threat that we're seeing right now: Debt ceiling + ongoing budget resolution + sequester. While the debt ceiling has the potential to do the most damage, from a probabilistic standpoint (because the debt ceiling is unlikely to be breached)...
  • China's Smog Is So Bad No One Noticed A Factory Was On Fire

    01/15/2013 6:48:07 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-15-2013 | Adam Taylor
    China's Smog Is So Bad No One Noticed A Factory Was On Fire Adam TaylorJanuary 15, 2013China's smog problem is reaching historically high levels, with air quality in parts of the country now 40 times higher than standards set by the WHO. There's also serious visibility problems — and these can have real ramifications. State news agency Xinhua reported Monday that a fire in a 1,000 square foot factory in China’s Zhejiang province went unnoticed for 3 hours as locals couldn't tell the difference between the smoke and the smog blanketing the area. By the time anyone noticed, the fire...
  • House panel blocks most GOP attempts to trim Sandy disaster-relief bill

    01/15/2013 6:47:37 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/14/13 10:08 PM ET | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Republican-led House Rules Committee late Monday approved a rule for a massive Hurricane Sandy relief package that shuts out most GOP proposals to pare back the size of the bill. The main bill provides $17 billion in relief, and an amendment made in order would add another $33.7 billion, for a total of $50.7 billion. Late last week, Republicans offered amendments that would trim the bill significantly, but few of those were made "in order" by the Rules Committee on Monday. For example, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) proposed amendments that would have slashed $22 billion from the total package,...
  • Why All The Green Pork In A Deal Meant To Avoid The Fiscal Cliff?

    01/15/2013 6:39:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/15/2014 | Robert Bradley Jr.
    When President Obama’s autopen turned the fiscal cliff deal into law, Americans might have thought that the federal government had begun to walk down the road to a balanced budget. But the 157-page American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 is business-as-usual. The backroom deal, chiefly engineered by Vice President Biden, fed the special-interest well while leaving the federal budget in crisis. The final bill includes some $68 billion in favors over the next ten years. The fiscal irresponsibility continues unabated. A look at the energy provisions alone shows why. For starters, the cliff deal renewed the twenty-years-and-counting “temporary” tax credit...
  • Who needs guns? Just call 911

    01/15/2013 6:35:54 AM PST · by Perseverando · 18 replies
    WND ^ | January 14, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    Exclusive: Joseph Farah stresses absurdity of expecting police to protect you Maybe you’re one of those people who doesn’t think you’ll ever need a gun – or want one. After all, all one has to do in 21st century America is call 911 when you’re faced with danger, right? The first time I realized I needed a gun was as a young man living in a nice section of Los Angeles. It was not the kind of neighborhood in which one expected to experience a home invasion. Yet, one night, that’s what I was faced with. It started with a...
  • Alcatraz pays tribute to Indian occupation

    01/15/2013 6:29:53 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2013 | Carl Nolte
    The National Park Service does not usually approve of graffiti. "It's a federal offense," said Marcus Koenen, site supervisor for Alcatraz, the former prison that is now part of a national park. However, the government has made an exception for graffiti left behind during the Indian occupation of the island - and it helped restore signs painted by hand on a landmark water tower. "PEACE AND FREEDOM WELCOME HOME OF THE FREE INDIAN LAND," the writing says in red letters 4 and 5 feet high. "We restored it because it has a social significance," Koenen said recently. "It is part...
  • Liberal tax leaves bitter taste in some smoothie drinkers' mouths

    01/15/2013 6:28:24 AM PST · by jakerobins · 9 replies
    VERNAL — When George Burnett first set up shop in Vernal, he knew he had to find away to connect with his adopted community if his custom seat cover business was going to survive. So, armed with a sandwich board emblazoned with the phrase "Honk If You (Heart) Drilling!," Burnett took to the corner of 500 East and Main Street and began his one-man crusade to boost the spirit of a community that was getting its first glimpse of another oil and gas bust. Fast-forward nearly five years and Burnett — now a local celebrity for his tireless support of...
  • The Crescent and the Cross – A First Encounter

    01/15/2013 6:28:12 AM PST · by obsnob · 6 replies
    New York Daily Sun ^ | 15/01/13 | Sam Vaknin
    Within the space of 500 years, southeast Europe has undergone two paradigmatic shifts. First, from Christian independence to Islamic subjugation (a gradual process which consumed two centuries) and then, in the 19th century, from self-determination through religious affiliation to nationalism. The Christians of the Balkan were easy prey. They were dispirited peasantry, fragmented, prone to internecine backstabbing and oppressive regimes. The new Ottoman rulers treated both people and land as their property. They enslaved some of their prisoners of war (under the infamous “pencik” clause), exiled thousands and confiscated their lands and liquidated the secular political elites in Thrace, Bulgaria,...
  • Biden: W.H. eying 19 executive actions on guns

    01/15/2013 6:25:55 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/15/13 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    The White House has identified 19 executive actions for President Barack Obama to move unilaterally on gun control, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of House Democrats on Monday, the administration’s first definitive statements about its response to last month’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Later this week, Obama will formally announce his proposals to reduce gun violence, which are expected to include renewal of the assault weapons ban, universal background checks and prohibition of high-capacity magazine clips. But Biden, who has been leading Obama’s task force on the response, spent two hours briefing a small group...
  • Oprah Winfrey 'surprised and mesmerized' by Lance Armstrong's confession

    01/15/2013 6:24:50 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 15, 2013 | BETH STEBNER and RACHEL QUIGLEY
    Oprah Winfrey revealed today she was surprised and mesmerized by some of Lance Armstrong's answers in the wake of her grueling two-hour interview with the shamed cyclist, in which he finally admitted using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Speaking to CBS this morning about the 'intense and emotional' interview that took place in Austin yesterday, she said: 'He did not come clean in the manner I expected, I was surprised. Myself and the whole team were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers. 'I think he answered my questions satisfactorily. He was thoughtful and serious and had prepared himself for this...
  • When Babies Disappear (What to Expect When No One's Expecting)

    01/15/2013 6:23:44 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 73 replies
    RealClearBooks ^ | January 14, 2013 | Heather Wilhelm
    Do We Love Kids? Five years ago, on a quiet, leisurely Thursday night, my husband and I sat at the dining room table with a yellow notepad, discussing when we should start having kids. "See, here's how it works," he said, drawing a graph. "With a dog, you put in a medium amount of work, and you get a medium amount of reward. If you were to, say, purchase a lion, you'd put in a lot of work, but you'd get pretty much no reward - and you might even get eaten. Horrible deal." He paused, drawing a straight...
  • Obama's Disarm the Victim Movement

    01/15/2013 6:17:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Neal Boortz
    So now we’re learning that Barack Obama wants to make the sale of high capacity magazines illegal. How nice. Nice --- and easy to expose as completely absurd. Let’s just use one occurrence to address the dream shared by Dear Ruler and liberals of eliminating these high-capacity magazines in rifles and handguns. To show the absurdity of this idea, let’s just go back to Loganville, Georgia 11 days ago. Melinda Herman was at home with her two children in this suburban neighborhood. Her husband was at work. Suddenly someone was ringing her doorbell. She was expecting nobody. The doorbell ringing...
  • The death of restraint

    01/15/2013 6:16:35 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 4 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | January 15, 2013 | Editorial
    An archaic term, too seldom heard or even contemplated nowadays, is "beyond the pale." Believed to date to the 14th century, it originally had to do with the physical boundaries of English authority in Ireland. Today, it means "beyond the limits of propriety, courtesy, protection, safety, etc.," according to www.dictionary.com. Two notably sordid examples of beyond-the-pale behavior emerged in recent weeks, and those responsible for them seemingly will keep rolling along, free of consequences. On Dec. 25, 2012 (!), a petition was filed on the White House's "We the People" site, calling upon the federal government to declare the Roman...
  • What is Colin Powell's problem?

    01/15/2013 6:11:19 AM PST · by Former MSM Viewer · 41 replies
    He has accused the Republicans of lack of diversity and yet he was part of an Administration that picked the most talented people available.
  • Petition: Eliminate armed guards for the President, Vice-President, and their families...

    01/15/2013 6:09:37 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 3 replies
    3,691 more signatures needed. This petition implements RULES FOR RADICALS #5: "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon" against Obama. If gun-free zones make people safe, then why don’t we declare the immediate vicinity of the President and Vice-President to be gun-free zones and send the Secret Service home? Or are gun-free zones good enough for our kids, but not good enough for our overlords? It is the height of arrogance and hypocrisy for politicians to surround themselves with armed guards while insisting that our children be soft targets. There are 8 more days to get the required number of signatures...
  • Belfast's Flag Riots Are Setting It On Fire Again

    01/15/2013 6:04:25 AM PST · by Abiotic · 4 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | 15/1/2013 | Matthew Francey
    Being born and raised in Belfast, I’m used to hearing about terrorists, bombs and shootings on the local news, but I can honestly say that despite all that, I considered my hometown a pretty safe place to grow up. I moved to London a year ago, and while Northern Ireland is by no means front-page news here, I couldn’t help but notice that for the past month rioting in Belfast has been featured in almost every news bulletin. The rioting began when Belfast City Council voted to end the continuous flying of the Union Flag from City Hall and hasn’t...
  • You might start the fight…but we sure will finish it .. By a Soldier, LT.

    01/15/2013 6:03:42 AM PST · by iontheball · 42 replies
    Save America Foundation ^ | January 15, 2013 | Fred Brownbill
    I am a soldier. I know what war looks like, what it sounds like, smells like, what it feels like in my soul. I stand today in the twilight of my nation’s grace, looking into the darkness of impending war. My sleep is troubled, knowing what awaits, yet the ignorant and the ‘true believers’ sleep easily in their delusions, and I am saddened by it.
  • CUOMO v FREEDOM

    01/15/2013 6:01:07 AM PST · by shortstop · 69 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 01/15/13 | Bob Lonsberry
    It seems odd that the government of a free people would pass secret legislation in the dark of the night. But then, New Yorkers are not a free people. And Andrew Cuomo is not a democrat. He is a monarchist. And by noon today, a secret, un-debated effort to criminalize tens of thousands of law-abiding, tax-paying New Yorkers will be in place. In the interest of his presidential ambitions and in the name of public safety, Andrew Cuomo and the coven of servile evildoers that is the state legislature have castrated the Second Amendment and enslaved the people. Cuomo’s bid...
  • Campos wants Harvey Milk's name on SFO

    01/15/2013 5:59:26 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 25 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2013 | Marisa Lagos
    A San Francisco supervisor wants to rename the city's airport in honor of civil rights leader Harvey Milk, a change supporters said would send a global message about the importance and struggles of gays and lesbians for equality. Supervisor David Campos will introduce legislation Tuesday that would place the proposal to rename San Francisco International Airport as Harvey Milk San Francisco International Airport before voters in November. To send the name change to voters, Campos needs the support of five other supervisors, and Monday he already had four co-sponsors.
  • Gun trafficking could be regarded as a federal crime

    01/15/2013 5:50:03 AM PST · by RC one · 12 replies
    the voice of Russia ^ | Jan 15, 2013 11:57 Moscow Time
    US Vice President Joseph Biden has reportedly recommended a law that could define gun trafficking as a federal crime, several sources close to Biden’s gun policy task force have said.The details are not known yet, but the law has heartened anti-arms advocates who voiced their support of the legislation. Jim Kessler, a former official at Americans for Gun Safety, explained that “under the law, prosecutors have to prove that you knew the person was a prohibited buyer, and that is too high of a standard. Our feeling is, why have any standard at all? If you sell a gun to...
  • RUSSIANS ADVANCE 26 MILES IN DAY’S DRIVE IN CAUCASUS; BEAT BACK ATTACKS ON DON (1/15/43)

    01/15/2013 5:35:58 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 11 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 1/15/43 | Ralph Parker, Charles Hurd, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Digital Medical Hubris

    01/15/2013 5:34:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Now the other shoes begin to drop. Voters knew in November that many of the promises Obama made in 2008 had been broken. The economy had not revived as he had promised it would ("or we'll be talking about a one-term proposition"). He has not "changed the tone in Washington" -- except for the worse. He didn't prevent lobbyists from holding positions in his administration. He didn't cut the deficit in half; he increased it radically. But voters apparently decided that the president deserved credit for good intentions. How long will that indulgence last? The next four years, whatever else...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,January 15-18,2013

    01/15/2013 5:33:37 AM PST · by Biggirl
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | January 15-18,2013 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • Despite Popular Thinking, Michigan Economy Is Not Determined By Automotive Industry

    01/15/2013 5:30:33 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/11/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says his staff is marketing the city as an “automotive center.” MLive Political Columnist Rick Haglund wrote: “… Michigan still is a state that largely rises and falls on vagaries of the century-old auto industry, regardless of actions by Lansing policymakers.” Yet economic analysts say that thinking is outdated and, in some ways, inaccurate. Auto and auto parts manufacturing jobs account for 3 percent of the total jobs in Michigan and Michigan's jobs recovery has been built outside the automobile industry. "The auto industry gets more attention than it deserves in Michigan," said University of Michigan...
  • Bernanke: Get rid of the debt ceiling, it has no practical value

    01/15/2013 5:23:41 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 59 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 14, 2013 | January 14, 2013
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke criticized the debt ceiling as an unusual device that can be used to prevent the United States from paying it’s bills, as he suggested that the country would be better off if the debt limit did not exist. “I think it would be a good thing if we didn’t have [the debt ceiling],” Bernanke told students at the University of Michigan today. “I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think it’s going to be around.” Those remarks put Bernanke in agreement with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who has said that Congress should eliminate the...
  • Ceiling to Fall on Dead Nag

    01/15/2013 5:22:02 AM PST · by morethanright · 6 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-14 15:29:38 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:"America cannot afford another debate with this Congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they've already racked up," said President Obama ahead of the upcoming debt ceiling negotiations, "We are not a deadbeat nation." Obama made these remarks with a straight face.Of course, to "pay the bills" the President and Congress have "already racked up" requires borrowing many more trillions of dollars - moving America toward the deadly debt-to-GDP ratio of 80% (we are currently at 73%). America, in reality, is a deadbeat nation in the making.Speaking of deadbeats, House Speaker John Boehner assured Washington's...
  • And This is Revolution

    01/15/2013 5:20:36 AM PST · by expat1000 · 29 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 14 Jan 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    There are a few things worth knowing about revolutions. Most people don't participate in them, even if the history books often make it seem otherwise. Revolutions are thought up by small groups of people who then make it everyone's business. Or alternately they don't. And those are the revolutions that never happen. Most people, at any given time and place, are dissatisfied with the government and believe, rightly, that whoever is in charge is guilty of stealing from them, oppressing them and making it impossible for them to live their lives in peace. And they also believe that things are...
  • Study: Male Jurors More Likely To Find Overweight Women Guilty

    01/15/2013 5:19:01 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 48 replies
    CBS Local ^ | January 12, 2013
    Male members of a jury are more likely to find a defendant guilty if the accused person is an overweight female. According to a recent study by Yale University psychologists, male – and not female – jurors are also more inclined to believe that a fat woman is a repeat offender who had malicious intent. The researchers gathered a group of 471 pretend peers of varying body sizes and described to them a case of check fraud. They also presented them with one of four images—either a large man, a lean man, a large woman, or a lean woman—and identified...
  • Barack Obama: Weapon of Mass Distraction

    01/15/2013 5:18:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    President Obama's latest news conference was further confirmation that his voracious appetite for spending was not satisfied but whetted by the fiscal cliff deal, which he views as an appetizer. We were told that the GOP achieved a coup in the fiscal cliff negotiations because they lured Obama into an agreement to lock in the Bush tax rates except for the highest-income earners. Never mind that Obama agreed to no spending cuts or entitlement reform after demanding a "balanced approach" to deficit reduction; they told us he'd be forced to address those matters in a couple of months in the...
  • Sonia Sotomayor's Book Tells of Life's Struggles

    01/15/2013 5:08:21 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 1/14/13
    In a memoir to be published on Tuesday, Sonia Sotomayor writes of the chronic disease, troubled family relationships and failed marriage that accompanied her rise from a housing project in the Bronx to a seat on America's highest court.... she also called affirmative action a "double-edged sword." She said some people still attribute her position on the court to affirmative action, based on her identity as a Latina justice... Sotomayor's book is not the first literary window into a justice's personal life. Justice Clarence Thomas described his experience with poverty, racism and affirmative action in "My Grandfather's Son," and retired...
  • British Airways Christian Employee Nadia Eweida Wins Case in Discrimination Suit

    01/15/2013 5:07:27 AM PST · by lbryce · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | January 15, 2013 | Robert Pigott
    A British Airways employee suffered discrimination at work over her Christian beliefs, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. Judges ruled Nadia Eweida's rights had been violated under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights. She took her case to the European Court of Human Rights after BA made her stop wearing her white gold cross visibly. Judges ruled that the rights of three other Christians had not been violated by their employers. Continue reading the main story Analysis image of Robert Pigott Robert Pigott Religious affairs correspondent, BBC News Although Nadia Eweida's victory shows that Christians...
  • The 25th Annual No Pants Senate

    01/15/2013 4:56:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | John Ransom
    The news media was agog on Sunday because the sacred holyday, the 12th Annual “No Pants on the Subway” event, took place around the world. Yes, people on subways crossing metro areas everywhere dropped “trou” and showed the world what ought to be kept between a person’s significant other and their proctologist.The internet today is full of colorful and creative- and mostly chaste- pictures of public transportation riders in their skivvies, yucking it up for cameras.     And why?Probably because while 25 percent of Americans chose to spend Sunday worshipping God and football, in capitals around the world- especially in DC-...
  • Cleaning lady steals train and crashes into house

    01/15/2013 4:54:42 AM PST · by Doogle · 84 replies
    The Local ^ | 01/15/13
    A cleaning lady managed to commandeer a Stockholm-area train early Tuesday morning, eventually crashing it into a house in the upscale suburb of Saltsjöbaden. She has since been ordered detained on suspicion of allmänfarlig ödeläggelse
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/15/13)[Prayer]

    01/15/2013 4:52:29 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/15/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures PurifierMalachai 3:3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the LORD An offering in righteousness.
  • President Obama's Deceit About The Debt Ceiling

    01/15/2013 4:50:45 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 9 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/15/13 | LD Jackson
    At the very least, a sitting President always has one true advantage over his political opponents. Some people call it the bully pulpit, but it is the ability to use his office to make statements, even hold press conferences at the end of their first terms, to push for the policy initiatives they hold near and dear to their heart. Some presidents are better at this than others. Considering that, Barack Obama should be classified as a master of the bully pulpit. He is using it to its full potential and is attacking the Republicans for their stance on the...
  • Arianna Huffington & Scarborough Claim: W.F. Buckley, Jr. Would Have Supported Hagel

    01/15/2013 4:48:27 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Who would you trust more to reflect how William F. Buckley, Jr. would have felt on an important issue of the day: the editors of the National Review--the magazine that WFB founded--or the combined wisdom of Arianna Huffington and Joe Scarborough? In an editorial published before Hagel's nomination became official, the Editors at National Review wrote: "Chuck Hagel is a very poor choice for the next secretary of defense," concluding that he was "definitively not the man who should be the next secretary of defense." But on today's Morning Joe, when Huffington asked "don't you think William F. Buckley would...
  • BRAC the Budget

    01/15/2013 4:44:41 AM PST · by IbJensen · 24 replies
    Red State ^ | 1/15/2013 | Erick Erickson
    I am in favor of not raising the debt ceiling unless the President and Democrats come up with meaningful spending cuts and reforms. Contrary to a lot of the Democrats’ spin, the federal government will not default if the debt ceiling is not raised. Only if Little Timmy Geithner decides to not pay certain debts will the government default. It is his choice. But I do think Republicans should be proactive in their approach to the debt ceiling. I think they should have a plan. Specifically, I think the Republicans should propose a BRAC Commission for spending. The BRAC Commission,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 15, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/15/2013 4:41:50 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/15/13 | Joel Osteen
    True Comfort Today's Scripture “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you...” (Isaiah 66:13, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Oftentimes when people face challenges, their natural tendency is to seek comfort in things that are familiar. It may be work, an activity or relationships; and of course, we all know about “comfort food.” But, those things only bring temporary comfort. True comfort is only found in a relationship with Jesus. According to Webster’s dictionary, comfort means to give strength and hope; to ease grief or trouble. No matter what difficulty you may be facing...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 15, 2013]

    01/15/2013 4:40:57 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do You Walk In White? "We were buried with Him . . . that just as Christ was raised from the dead . . . even so we also should walk in newness of life" —Romans 6:4 No one experiences complete sanctification without going through a “white funeral”-the burial of the old life. If there has never been this crucial moment of change through death, sanctification will never be more than an elusive dream. There must be a “white funeral,” a death with only one resurrection-a resurrection into the life of Jesus Christ. Nothing can defeat a life like...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday January 15, 2013

    01/15/2013 4:35:28 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 63 replies
    Word For The Day, January 15, 2013 In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". fatuous [fach-oo-uh s] -adj 1. foolish or inane, especially in an unconscious, complacent manner; silly. 2. unreal; illusory. [ 1625–35; < Latin fatuus silly, foolish, idiotic; see -ous ]
  • Obama: “Executive Action” On Gun Control “Within My Authority As President”

    01/15/2013 4:29:08 AM PST · by yoe · 69 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 14, 2013 | Tim Brown
    Barack finished up the final press conference of his first term. During it he was questioned a number of times about his plans for gun control as Vice President Joe Biden prepares to deliver his recommendations tomorrow. What was most amazing was when he referenced his executive power and stated, “How we are gathering data on guns that fall into the hands of criminals, how we track that.” He also boldly declared that executive action could be taken and that “some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as president.” First, before...
  • Conservatives Should End the Debt Ceiling Debate

    01/15/2013 4:27:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Albert Mohler
    Watching the American scene in the 1960s, historian Daniel Boorstin, invented the idea of the “pseudo-event.” The rise of television and modern mass media had produced a transformation of the news business, so that what now mattered was not if an event was important, but only if it was “newsworthy.” As Boorstin explained, the pseudo-event was orchestrated and planned to receive maximum public attention, even if the event itself was really unimportant. Pseudo-events merely look important, because the media and the public agree to act as if they are. As Boorstin explained, the pseudo-event is not something that happens by...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Solar Ballet

    01/15/2013 4:05:56 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | January 15, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Sometimes, the Sun itself seems to dance. On just this past New Year's Eve, for example, NASA's Sun-orbiting Solar Dynamic Observatory spacecraft imaged an impressive prominence erupting from the Sun's surface. The dramatic explosion was captured in ultraviolet light in the above time lapse video covering four hours. Of particular interest is the tangled magnetic field that directs a type of solar ballet for the hot plasma as it falls back to the Sun. The scale of the disintegrating prominence is huge -- the entire Earth would easily fit under the flowing curtain of hot gas. A quiescent prominence...
  • Motivation To Prosper

    01/15/2013 3:57:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    On Nov. 29, 1766, Benjamin Franklin wrote for the London Chronicle: "I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. -- I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they...
  • Self-Control NOT Gun Control

    01/15/2013 3:51:40 AM PST · by hawkins · 3 replies
    Church of Christ Articles ^ | 1/15/2013 | Doug Dingley
    “Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control…” (1 Cor. 9:25-27; ESV). In a horrifically terrible and tragic event which transpired on Saturday, December 1st, 2012, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher allegedly shot and killed his (former?) girlfriend before eventually taking his own life with a handgun later that same day in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium. The following evening, on Sunday...
  • Howie Kurtz accused of interfering with story to protect Anderson Cooper's sexualit

    01/15/2013 3:36:55 AM PST · by autumnraine · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | DYLAN BYERS
    CNN media critic Howard Kurtz is being accused of pressuring an editor at the Daily Beast, where he is a columnist, to kill a story that would have outed CNN's Anderson Cooper as gay -- an accusation Kurtz strongly dismisses. "These suggestions are offensive and absurd," Kurtz told POLITICO Monday night. In an interview with Capital New York about Jodie Foster's acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, BuzzFeed reporter Kate Aurthur, a former Daily Beast editor, said that in 2011 Kurtz had "interfered with a story" about Cooper in order to protect him from being outed. "[This] was less than...
  • Taxpayers pay for Bill Clinton’s Cinemax, Jimmy Carter’s Dish Network

    01/15/2013 3:34:21 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 15, 2013
    Bill Clinton is a multimillionaire, but you’re paying for the Cinemax in his office. That’s just one eyebrow-raising expense a former occupant of the White House has been allowed to put on the taxpayer tab every year, even though every living ex-president is quite wealthy. In an attempt to shed light on this little-known perk of being a former commander in chief, The Daily Caller — through a Freedom of Information Act request filed last year — has obtained thousands of pages of emails and documents from the government detailing how taxpayer money is spent on former presidents each year....
  • First Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Cases Detected in North America

    01/15/2013 3:34:14 AM PST · by TArcher · 70 replies
    US News ^ | 08 Jan 2013 | Jason Koebler
    The fears of major health organizations have come true: Gonorrhea that is immune to the last remaining effective oral antibiotic has been detected in at least nine North American patients, meaning the era of "incurable" gonorrhea could be close.
  • Today's Toons 1/15/13

    01/15/2013 3:18:21 AM PST · by pookie18 · 15 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 1/15/13 | pookie18
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  • Gay Marriage – some theological considerations

    01/15/2013 2:55:10 AM PST · by obsnob · 9 replies
    New York Daily Sun ^ | 10/01/12 | Kurt Jones
    The ongoing debate about gay marriage is an ongoing one that places the church’s theology in an apparently direct confrontation with modern liberal society. In the US, gay marriage has been legalized in some states and the UK is currently going through political discussions in Westminster as old-hand Tories (and that’s how they largely seem in this situation) argue against the senior members of their parties (and most members of the other parties) who suggest that it should be legalized in an opt-in manner such that opposing churches aren’t obliged to hold the services.