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  • It’s Time To Get Intolerant

    12/30/2014 10:04:30 AM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 14 replies
    Barbwire ^ | December 30, 2014 | Bill Muehlenberg
    We expect secular humanists and others like them to celebrate the idea of tolerance as the greatest good, but sadly many believers have also hopped on to this foolish bandwagon. It is as if the greatest virtue is now tolerance and the greatest vice is intolerance. Well, it is time for some straight thinking here. In fact, it’s time to get biblical as well. Just today I read the words of Jesus in which he praised intolerance. Yep, you heard me right. In his words to the Church in Thyatira he praised their ‘faith, service and perseverance,’ but he went...
  • How You Can Change the World in 2015

    12/29/2014 3:25:56 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 14 replies
    Barbwire ^ | December 29, 2014 | Linda Harvey
    Was 2014 a year of darkness in America? Or was it a year of hidden promise? I think it’s the latter, because there are many hopeful harbingers for 2015. Despite some disturbing, jaw-dropping events of the past year, we really aren’t at the mercy of cowardly Republicans, demonic Democrats, vicious feminists and homosexual bullies. These fools present great challenges to American culture, to freedom and to the rule of law, but in many ways, they are in self-destruction mode. While we pray for any individuals who can be pulled out of the coming fire, let’s assist their causes toward a...
  • Postal Service confirms security breach, Chinese government hackers reportedly suspected

    11/10/2014 9:48:27 AM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 10, 2014 | Staff
    Chinese government operatives reportedly are suspected of hacking the U.S. Postal Service, in a security breach that may have compromised personal information for more than 800,000 workers. The breach was announced Monday, as President Obama arrived in Beijing. The Postal Service confirmed the incident in a written statement, saying personal information that may have been obtained in the attack includes employees' names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, emergency contacts and other information. The agency said customers at local post offices or those using its website, usps.com, were not affected. However, people who used its call center may have...
  • Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt

    08/11/2014 2:21:55 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 1 replies
    Momastery ^ | August 11, 2014 | Glennon Doyle Melton
    “Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.” ― Thoreau So why not just laugh now? – G “If we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think we’d be happy with more?” — Unknown Recently I posted a picture of myself in my kitchen, and I immediately started receiving generous messages from people wanting to help me “update” it. Along with their messages came pictures of how my kitchen could look, if I’d just put some effort and money into it. I’ve always loved my kitchen, but after seeing those...
  • Tracking Christian Sexual Morality in a Same-Sex Marriage Future

    08/11/2014 11:35:37 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 11 replies
    The Witherspoon Institute ^ | August 11, 2014 | Mark Regnerus
    Churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to think pornography, cohabitation, hook-ups, adultery, polyamory, and abortion are acceptable. And it’s reasonable to expect continued change in more permissive directions. As mainline Protestant denominations increasingly accept the ordination of gay clergy and publicly affirm same-sex unions, the sociologist in me wishes to understand what this development means for people in those denominations. I’m not talking about subtle linguistic shifts. While the difference between speaking of marriage as a “civil contract between a woman and a man” and as “a unique commitment between two people” is obvious to those who...
  • Why missionaries put their lives on the line

    08/10/2014 11:36:44 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | August 9, 2014 | Daniel Burke and Ashley Fantz
    It wasn’t as if God's voice boomed through sun-parted clouds, telling Kent Brantly to move his family to Liberia. Still, the young doctor said, the call was clear. It echoed through the congregation where he was raised, Southeastern Church of Christ in Indianapolis. Standing before the church community in July 2013, months before he left for Africa, Brantly said he heard the call in the teachers who urged him to memorize Scripture and the neighbors who funded his first mission trip years ago. He saw it in the aunts and uncles who spent their vacations running Bible camps, organizing youth...
  • Laura Ingraham Records Robocall Supporting Joe Carr

    07/29/2014 5:48:36 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 7 replies
    Brietbart ^ | July 29, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Radio show host Laura Ingraham has recorded a robocall in support of Joe Carr in his primary challenge against Republican incumbent Senator Lamar Alexander. “Hey, it’s Laura Ingraham. How's it going?" the call begins. “Now, I know you’ve seen me on TV, might hear me on the radio, but I want to talk to you about my friend state Rep. Joe Carr.” Ingraham explains that Carr “needs to be your next Republican senator,” citing the push for amnesty as a key reason to vote against Alexander. “You currently have hundreds of illegal aliens being dumped into Tennessee, and Lamar Alexander,...
  • Is Lamar in Trouble?

    07/28/2014 6:11:01 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 28, 2014 | Michael Warren
    Lamar Alexander, the two-term Republican senator from Tennessee, is in a strong position to win reelection this November. But only if he can get through his August 7 primary. Polling has been scarce in the race between Alexander and his GOP primary challenger, state representative Joe Carr, though the incumbent enjoys advantages in fundraising and name recognition (Alexander twice served as governor in the 1980s). An independent poll in January found Carr down by 40 points. But with Carr getting somewhat of a boost from endorsements by radio host Laura Ingraham and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, an independent outside...
  • The next Dave Brat

    06/12/2014 5:59:00 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 12, 2014 | Judson Phillips
    Washington remains in shock today, two days after an unknown college professor upset House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. The political earthquake is still reverberating around D.C. And many people are now asking, “Who is the next Dave Brat?” His name is Joe Carr, and he’s taking on Lamar Alexander, the liberal Republican senator from Tennessee.
  • 'Tennessee is the next Mississippi'

    06/09/2014 2:11:31 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 10 replies
    The Nashville Post ^ | June 9, 2014 | J.R. Lind
    Joe Carr has picked up more endorsements from fellow state legislators, announcing it in an email that brags that Tennessee is the next Mississippi: The Joe Carr for Senate Campaign today announced the endorsements of East Tennessee Representatives Tony Shipley (R-Kingsport), Timothy Hill (R- Blountville), and Micah Van Huss (R- Jonesborough).... "During our time in the House, I got to know Joe Carr as my widely respected colleague," Rep. Timothy Hill said. "He is a true fighter for our conservative values and will do just what he did in the State House when he gets to the US Senate, stand...
  • The Senate battle no one is talking about

    05/26/2014 7:14:30 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2014 | Judson Phillips
    Primary battles in Tennessee tend to be very heated affairs. This is not entirely due to the fact that Tennessee holds its primaries in the first week of August as the temperature and humidity sail north of 90 degrees in many parts of the state. While Tennessee’s primary is late compared to many others, what is really surprising is that no one is talking about the Senate primary.... Alexander has amazing, if not almost universal, name recognition throughout Tennessee. Yet he could be the senator the tea party knocks off this year.
  • Poll: Lamar Alexander Ahead of Primary Challenger, Under 50 Percent

    05/22/2014 12:10:43 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 65 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | May 22, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is well ahead of his Republican primary challenger but polling under 50 percent a few months ahead of his August primary, a new poll provided exclusively to Breitbart News shows. Alexander leads Tea Party-backed state Rep. Joe Carr 44-20, the Triton Polling poll of approximately 1037 likely GOP primary voters and conducted Wednesday this week found. The poll was commissioned by Tea Party Nation.
  • Replace Lamar With Carr - And Response

    05/19/2014 4:53:45 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 3 replies
    The Chattanoogan ^ | May 19, 2014 | Jo Peckinpaugh
    I enjoy reading Roy Exum's columns. We're often on opposite sides of the fence, but we can all learn from listening to those with opposing views.. and occasionally I find we’re in agreement. For example, in response to: Lamar Alexander's Joke … I agree with his assessment of Alexander's 'pandering bill, which is as lukewarm as fresh spit…' Ha. I love horses too, but gotta say, Alexander's performance on the treatment of horses pales in comparison to the anguish he continues to create for Tennesseans. Alexander supported Obamacare by opposing Ted Cruz's plan to defund it. He voted yes to...
  • Legendary Basketball Coach Don Meyer Passes Away

    05/18/2014 7:09:01 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 5 replies
    Vavel ^ | May 18, 2014 | Staff
    A man who could have coached at the Division I level, but chose not to, Don Meyer had as much influence on the game of basketball as any other coach in college history. Meyer, who died of cancer Sunday at the age of 69, leaves behind an unequaled legacy.... Meyer returned to coaching, in a wheelchair, and surpassed Bob Knight as the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history in 2009. Meyer retired in 2010 second only to Duke's Mike Krzyzewski in wins. Overall, Meyer won a combined 923 games over 38 years at Hamline, Lipscomb University, and Northern State. Even...
  • Rick Santorum: Establishment GOP don't have a clue on how to fix key problem

    05/15/2014 5:13:48 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | May 15, 2014 | Jake Tapper, Sherisse Pham
    Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the GOP has a problem, and they know it. "Areas where we should be winning, like in Ohio, and in Michigan, places where the economy is not strong, where the Obama administration policies have hurt there ... they're not voting for us," says Santorum, author of the new book "Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America That Works." Establishment Republicans "realize we have a problem there. I don't think they have any clue how to fix it," says Santorum. "The tea party realizes, that's who they are, these are conservatives who don't think...
  • Chattanooga Tea Party To Host U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Carr

    05/12/2014 7:06:38 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 1 replies
    The Chattanoogan ^ | May 12, 2014 | Staff
    US Senate Candidate Representative Joe Carr will be the featured speaker Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Tea Party monthly meeting. The meeting will take place at The Century Club Banquet Hall, 3221 Harrison Pike (off Access Road, just south of the Highway 153-Amnicola Highway intersection, next to The Lighting Gallery). Rep. Carr is a conservative state representative from Lascassas in Middle Tennessee who has served three terms in the Tennessee state legislature. "Rep. Carr is a strong advocate for limited government, the Constitution and states’ rights and has established a steady reputation for life and the 2nd Amendment,"...
  • Carr Beats Lamar – Wins Middle Tennessee GOP Straw Poll

    04/28/2014 4:28:21 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 27 replies
    Nashville, TN – This past Saturday Representative Joe Carr overwhelmingly won the Southern Middle Tennessee Republican Leadership Group straw poll in Manchester, receiving 52 votes to just 9 votes for Senator Alexander. The Southern Middle Tennessee Republican Leadership Group held the straw poll following their Red State Debate event for all Republican candidates running in Southern Middle Tennessee. “Tennesseans are looking for a Senator that will stand up to DC special interests and fight for Conservative values. These results show that our message is resonating with grassroots Republican voters who will no longer tolerate Senator Alexander’s special interest focused agenda,”...
  • Sen. Alexander touts bipartisanship in Sevierville visit

    04/20/2014 2:08:58 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 18 replies
    The Mountain Press (Sevier County, Tennessee) ^ | April 19, 2014 | Kenneth Burns
    Sevierville — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said Thursday that even if Republicans retake the Senate this year, it “is going to be very divided. It’ll take a bipartisan coalition to pass anything.” Last year, Tennessee tea party and conservative groups criticized Alexander in an open letter, telling him that the country “can no longer afford bipartisanship and compromise.” “I learned to count in the Maryville city schools,” the Tennessee Republican said. “We have 45 Republicans, and it takes 60 senators to pass anything that’s important. So you have to work with people on the other side to get a result....
  • George Flinn announces plan to run against Lamar Alexander

    04/01/2014 4:50:04 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 16 replies
    Memphis Business Journal ^ | April 1, 2014 | Ed Arnold
    Local physician and owner of Flinn Broadcasting, George Flinn, has pulled a petition to challenge U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in the coming Republican primary. Flinn joins 11 other candidates who have pulled petitions for the Republican primary, the most known among them is state Rep. Joe Carr. In February, a poll conducted on behalf of Alexander showed the Tennessee senator with a commanding lead over Carr. Flinn, who has served on the Shelby County Commission, lost a previous bid for the 8th District U.S. House seat in 2010. Flinn tried again in 2012, running against incumbent Rep. Steve Cohen, who...
  • Joe Carr Opens Campaign Headquarters Today

    03/29/2014 3:40:23 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 9 replies
    vanity | March 29, 2014 | Engraved-on-His-hands
    Today in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Joe Carr, candidate for U.S. Senate against incumbent moderate Republican Lamar Alexander, opened his campaign headquarters. I am from east Tennessee, not central Tennessee, and having some other things going on, I missed the first hour; but I arrived just in time to hear the introduction for Congressman Carr and to hear him speak. He did an excellent job, and the crowd was excited and energized. One thing that I found interesting was Mr. Carr’s report about polling that a firm had done. (I think that it is an internal polling firm.) I am not vouching...
  • Is the GOP Suicidal?

    03/23/2014 6:02:06 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 12 replies
    WND ^ | March 23, 2014 | Matt Barber
    Leave it to the Republican Party to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. While nearly every poll definitively affirms that Democrats are in deep doo-doo come November, and as leftist talking heads like Chris Matthews have already conceded a likelihood that Republicans will take the Senate in the 2014 mid-term elections, many of the GOP’s highest profile personalities obtusely refuse to take yes for an answer. They’re evidently hell-bent on disenfranchising the party’s pejoratively tagged “social issues” majority. Stupid, stupid and stupid. From mealy mouthed moderate establishment-types like Chris Christie, to dovish libertine libertarians like Rand Paul, it seems...
  • Reflections on America's fall, from CPAC 2014

    03/08/2014 2:23:40 AM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 10 replies
    WND ^ | March 7, 2014 | Matt Barber
    The question is not, “Is America falling?” but, rather, “Why is America falling?” I’m currently writing from CPAC 2014, the nation’s largest gathering of conservative political junkies. The event is being held at the beautiful Gaylord National hotel, adjacent the scenic shoreline of the historic Potomac River. We’re just a few short miles from Washington, D.C., which, at least for now, remains the modern-day equivalent of the Roman Empire. I say “at least for now” because America finds itself skipping along the primrose path to Rome’s ill-fated finale. I needn’t trouble you with evidence to that effect as this tragic...
  • Eye on GOP Senate mid-term challenges: Matt Bevin, Kentucky – Joe Carr, Tennessee

    02/22/2014 4:47:46 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 12 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | February 22, 2014 | Judson Phillips
    Washington – The battle for control of the United States Senate is heating up. Two primary challengers to watch are Matt Bevin fighting Mitch McConnell for the nomination in Kentucky, and Joe Carr fighting Lamar Alexander in Tennessee. The mid-terms don’t get as much national press as they should considering how important their outcome is to the future of America. America should pay attention to who is running across the country and ask serious questions about who the GOP is supporting those races. There are a number of groups that rate Senators and Congressmen overall and on different issues, helping...
  • The GOP and Social Issues: Another Perspective

    01/30/2014 6:43:12 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 29, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    On the question whether the Republican Party ought to de-emphasize social issues, I find myself more in the Bryan Preston camp than in Roger Simon’s. That’s ironic because, though I’m drawn to the logic of Bryan’s “Where do the surrenders end?” argument, the brute fact is: the political divide in the country has almost nothing to do with logic. It is, instead, about “us versus them.” Roger thus gets closer to the heart of the matter when he contends that “fairly or not,” opposition to gay marriage – today’s hotly contested social issue – is used “to paint the right...
  • Joe Carr: Lamar Alexander Negotiated Surrender and Ended the Fight to Defund Obamacare

    01/26/2014 1:47:12 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 14 replies
    TCOT Report ^ | January 24, 2014 | Christina Botteri
    The Tennessean today published a hard-hitting op-ed by Tea Party backed US Senate candidate Joe Carr that questioned incumbent Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) actual opposition to Obamacare, calling it little more than ‘lip service.’
  • GOP mulls 32 candidates for president in 2016--so far

    01/15/2014 6:48:56 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 15, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    If you thought the 13-candidate clogged 2012 Republican presidential primaries were too crowded and confusing, then you might want to skip the 2016 process -- because the Republican Party is suggesting that 32 might be interested in running. The Republican National Committee is operating a 2016 Presidential straw poll that lists all 32, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. It's all part of a fundraiser.
  • The silence of our friends – the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East

    09/23/2013 10:00:22 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 4 replies
    The Spectator ^ | September 23, 2013 | Ed West
    The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens of churches torched. Yet the western media has mainly focussed on army assaults on the Muslim Brotherhood, and no major political figure has said anything about the sectarian attacks. Last week at the National Liberal Club there was a discussion asking why the American and British press have ignored or under-reported this persecution, and (in some people’s minds) given a distorted narrative of what is happening.
  • Bulgarian Archaeologists Find Unique Gold Thracian Treasure

    11/08/2012 5:26:22 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 12 replies
    Novinite [Sofia News Agency; Bulgaria] ^ | November 8, 2012 | Staff
    Bulgarian archaeologists have found a unique gold Thracian treasure in the famous Sveshtari tomb. The team, led by one of the most prominent Bulgarian experts on Thracian archaeology, Prof. Diana Gergova, from the National Archaeology Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BAS, made the discovery during excavations at the so-called Omurtag mount. The researchers found fragments of a wooden box, containing charred bones and ashes, along with a number of extremely well-preserved golden objects, dated from the end of the 4th and the beginning of the 3rd century B. C.. They include four spiral gold bracelets, and a number...
  • I Just Received My Rick Santorum Sweater Vest! (a teensy bit late)

    10/30/2012 11:21:43 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 16 replies
    self | October 30, 2012 | self
    I was an early supporter of Rick Santorum. I made my first contributions in June of 2011, starting on June 8th of that month. There were so few of us back then that my meager contributions probably made a difference. I claim personal responsibility for his very narrow victory in Iowa :-). On January 26th of this year, I fulfilled the requirement (a $100 contribution) to get a Rick Santorum sweater vest. I later heard of others getting theirs, but I never received mine. I simply assumed that, in the tumult of a political campaign and campaign debts, that I...
  • Evidence of Viking Outpost Found in Canada

    10/19/2012 6:11:45 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 82 replies
    National Geographic News ^ | October 19, 2012 | Heather Pringle
    For the past 50 years—since the discovery of a thousand-year-old Viking way station in Newfoundland—archaeologists and amateur historians have combed North America's east coast searching for traces of Viking visitors. It has been a long, fruitless quest, littered with bizarre claims and embarrassing failures. But at a conference in Canada earlier this month, archaeologist Patricia Sutherland announced new evidence that points strongly to the discovery of the second Viking outpost ever discovered in the Americas.
  • Campaign says Romney misspoke, does not support abortion for ‘health’ of the mother: pro-life leader

    09/03/2012 8:07:13 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 112 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | August 31, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    Tampa – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney misspoke this week when he said he believed abortion should be permitted if a doctor says the “health” of the mother might be compromised, according to the leader of one of the nation’s leading pro-life organizations. Mitt Romney “My position has been clear throughout this campaign,” Romney told CBS News. “I’m in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest, and the health and life of the mother.” Romney had not previously included maternal “health,” an exception pro-abortion activists have interpreted so broadly that it essentially justifies abortion under...
  • Hughes pushes conservative credentials in race against GOP foe Overbey

    07/26/2012 9:29:04 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 1 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | July 25, 2012 | Greg Johnson
    State Sen. Doug Overbey, a Maryville lawyer, has pocketed a passel of endorsements in the 2nd District Republican primary. Newspapers, the National Federation of Independent Business and the Tennessee Education Association endorsed Overbey, along with Republican heavyweights Gov. Bill Haslam and, a bit surprisingly, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, a tea party favorite. Given his opponent, Overbey needs all the help he can get. Scott Hughes, chief financial officer for a Knoxville church and former pro-life executive, is challenging Overbey at every turn, in every way. Though Overbey maintains an enormous financial advantage, Hughes has loquaciously roughed up Overbey in debates.
  • Christian B&B owners ordered to pay gay couple $4,500 in damages

    07/24/2012 8:13:50 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 27 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | July 19, 2012 | Patrick B. Craine
    GRAND FORKS, British Columbia - Christian owners of a bed and breakfast in British Columbia have been ordered to pay around $4,500 in damages after they refused to rent a room to a homosexual couple. Brian Thomas and Shaun Eadie had reserved a room at the Riverbend B&B in Grand Forks in June 2009, but owners Les and Susan Molnar cancelled the reservation after realizing they were homosexual. “To allow a gay couple to share a bed in my Christian home would violate my Christian beliefs and would cause me and my wife great distress,” Lee explained in tribunal documents....
  • Gorillas filmed performing amazing feat of intellectual ability

    07/24/2012 7:44:59 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 28 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | July 23, 2012 | Bob Yirka
    Researchers working in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda have filmed gorillas dismantling snares set by poachers to catch smaller game. Previously, anecdotal evidence had suggested that silverback gorillas had been seen dismantling snares. In this instance it was two young blackback, mountain gorillas that were involved. The team, part of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund's Karisoke Research Center, filmed first a silverback motioning towards the snare. Next, two young male blackbacks arrived on the scene, surveyed the situation, then proceeded to take apart the snare, avoiding being caught in it in the process.
  • De Soto discovery could change history books

    07/09/2012 7:05:53 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 38 replies
    Ocala [FL] Star Banner ^ | July 8, 2012 | Fred Hiers
    Hernando De Soto's route through Florida is as elusive to modern archaeologists as the gold the famed Spanish explorer sought throughout the southeastern United States. Ever since De Soto's 600 men set foot on the shores of Tampa Bay, arriving from Cuba almost 500 years ago, historians have debated the exact direction of his failed treasure-hunting expeditions as far north as Tennessee and North Carolina. But in north Marion County, an archaeologist has found what his contemporaries deem rarer than the gold De Soto was seeking — physical evidence of the explorer's precise journey through Marion County and enough information...
  • White House asks top court to review marriage case

    07/04/2012 1:34:56 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 3, 2012 | Bob Egelko
    The Obama administration pressed the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to take up the rights of same-sex couples, asking the justices to bypass an appellate panel and review the case of a San Francisco court employee seeking federal insurance for her wife - a request the administration now supports. In simultaneous filings, the Justice Department sought Supreme Court review of cases in California and Massachusetts challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law denying federal benefits to same-sex couples legally married under their state laws. "A timely and definitive ruling on the constitutionality of ... DOMA...
  • Atheist files complaint over Lancaster County restaurant's church-bulletin discount

    07/04/2012 10:19:55 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 56 replies
    The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA) ^ | July 2, 2012 | Sue Gleiter
    For more than a year, Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia, Lancaster County has offered a Sunday special: Diners who bring in a current church bulletin receive 10 percent off the purchase of their dinners. But, the promotion has rubbed some people the wrong way, including John Wolff of Manheim Twp., Lancaster County, an atheist and member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Wolff, who said he's never been to Prudhomme’s, recently filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission claiming the 22-year-old restaurant should not give discounts based on religion. “I bear them no ill will but they...
  • ‘Truth about homosexuality’ pamphleteer sues CBC over ‘kill the homosexual’ flyer

    07/04/2012 9:25:12 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 2 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | July 3, 2012 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    Weyburn, Saskatchewan – A pamphleteer who is seeking to expose what he says is the truth about homosexuality has launched a libel suit against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Bill Whatcott claims the national broadcaster misrepresented him in an October news report about the Supreme Court hearings into his battle with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. The statement of claim filed on June 22 by Mr. Whatcott’s lawyer, Tom Schuck, states that in the news segment the CBC showed a pamphlet that had nothing to do with the case which was before the Supreme Court, but contained the words “Kill...
  • Legendary Viking town unearthed

    07/03/2012 7:16:38 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 38 replies
    ScienceNordic ^ | July 2, 2012 | Niels Ebdrup
    Danish archaeologists believe they have found the remains of the fabled Viking town Sliasthorp by the Schlei bay in northern Germany, near the Danish border. According to texts from the 8th century, the town served as the centre of power for the first Scandinavian kings. But historians have doubted whether Sliasthorp even existed. This doubt is now starting to falter, as archaeologists from Aarhus University are making one amazing discovery after the other in the German soil. "This is huge. Wherever we dig, we find houses – we reckon there are around 200 of them,” says Andres Dobat, a lecturer...
  • Endorsements of Mitt Romney remain tepid

    05/05/2012 9:19:41 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 41 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | May 6, 2012 | Seema Mehta and Maeve Reston
    PITTSBURGH — Rick Santorum dropped his presidential bid nearly a month ago, so his meeting here Friday with presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney would have seemed like the perfect opportunity to offer Romney his endorsement. But even before the 90-minute meeting took place, everyone knew that no such nod would be coming anytime soon. Santorum, like pretty much everyone else who has run in the Republican presidential contest, has embraced the party's standard-bearer with a stiff arm. Of course they will work to defeat President Obama, they say. Yet few have been willing to get behind their party's winner with...
  • None dare call it apostasy

    04/27/2012 7:45:36 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Aprill 26, 2012 | Michael Hichborn
    On the cross at Calvary, there were two men crucified next to Our Blessed Lord. To His right was St. Dismas, a good thief, who repented of his sins and begged forgiveness. To His left was Gestas, a rebel who mocked Our Lord, challenging Him to reject His cross and save the three of them from their physical sufferings and death. The example of these two men calls to mind the divisions Jesus spoke of when He said that He would separate the wheat from the chaff and the lambs from the goats. On one side is salvation; on the...
  • Balanced Budget, Curbing Immigration Top Priorities for Constitution Party’s Nominee

    04/23/2012 9:59:24 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 2 replies
    Uncovered Politics ^ | April 21, 2012 | Darcy G. Richardson
    He knows he’s tilting at windmills, but the Constitution Party’s newly-minted presidential nominee relishes the opportunity to present his party’s case to the American electorate. While focusing on adherence to the U.S. Constitution, former U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode said that balancing the budget and cracking down on illegal immigration will be the top priorities of his administration if he succeeds in his long-shot quest for the White House. In an exclusive interview with Uncovered Politics shortly after delivering his acceptance speech in Nashville earlier today, the 65-year-old Goode criticized both major parties for failing to adequately address the ever-increasing federal...
  • Rick Santorum Smart to Bash Romney on the Way Out

    04/19/2012 7:48:17 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 19, 2012 | Calvin Wolf
    Former Republican candidate for president Rick Santorum blasted presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the final days of his campaign, sending a sharply worded fundraising letter to Iowa voters. The letter reiterated many of the most popular criticisms of Romney, labeling him a "Massachusetts moderate" and claiming that Santorum was frightened to think of what would happen if Romney became the GOP nominee. Once again, the former senator from Pennsylvania portrayed his rival, the former governor of Massachusetts, as having little or no contrast from the Democratic incumbent. Now that Santorum is headed home, was his last-minute bash of a...
  • Swedish Stonehenge? Ancient stone structure spurs debate

    04/19/2012 1:53:22 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 19, 2012 | Crystal Gammon
    Ancient Scandinavians dragged 59 boulders to a seaside cliff near what is now the Swedish fishing village of Kaseberga. They carefully arranged the massive stones — each weighing up to 4,000 pounds (1,800 kilograms) — in the outline of a 220-foot-long (67-meter) ship overlooking the Baltic Sea. Archaeologists generally agree this megalithic structure, known as Ales Stenar ("Ale's Stones"), was assembled about 1,000 years ago, near the end of the Iron Age, as a burial monument. But a team of researchers now argues it's really 2,500 years old, dating from the Scandinavian Bronze Age, and was built as an astronomical...
  • Pat Summitt to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

    04/19/2012 1:11:24 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 16 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 19, 2012 | Kathleen Hennessey
    WASHINGTON – Pat Summitt, the former head coach of the University of Tennessee’s women’s basketball team, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Thursday. Summitt, the winningest coach in basketball history, announced her retirement Wednesday after coaching the Lady Volunteers for 38 years. Summitt was diagnosed less than a year ago with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.(Snip) The Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor. It is presented annually to people who have made exceptional contributions “to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public...
  • Conference call with Rick Santorum

    04/16/2012 5:55:29 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 31 replies
    Vanity | Aprill 16, 2012 | Engraved-on-His-hands
    I (plus about 4000 others) just got off of a conference call with Rick Santorum. Perhaps a more detailed report will be forthcoming, but here are some quick notes that I took: "I had a chance to talk to Newt. I haven't had a chance to talk with Governor Romney." He spoke about working hard to make sure that the Republican Party had a "conservative platform" and a "conservative message" and that they "follow through with that conservative message after the election". "I haven't supported any candidate at this point." He said that they are working with states to "make...
  • Third Party Options

    04/14/2012 7:08:22 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 180 replies
    Vanity | April 14, 2012 | Engraved-on-His-hands
    Sorry for the vanity, but, due to the unpleasant situation in which Mitt Romney is the favorite for the Republican Party nomination for President, I thought that exploring other options might be an appropriate topic. While Newt Gingrich is still in the running for the Republican nod, his chances do not appear to be good. Although not giving up entirely on him at this point, I thought that exploring third party options might be helpful as a fallback plan. (Caveat: I am not an expert on the parties discussed.) There are at least 53 political parties in the United States....
  • Viking-era 'piggy bank' yields silver treasure

    04/12/2012 6:07:47 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 7 replies
    The Local [Sweden] ^ | April 11, 2012 | David Landes
    A bronze, Viking-era "piggy-bank" containing thousands silver coins dating from the 11th century has been unearthed on the Baltic island of Gotland in what Swedish archaeologists have described as a "fantastic" treasure find. The silver treasure was found last Thursday during an archaeological examination of a field in Rone, on southern Gotland. "We had an expert out there with a metal detector who got a signal that he's found something pretty big," Per Widerström, an archaeologist with the Gotland Museum, told The Local. The same field has yielded previous treasure finds, including a well-known discovery from the 1880s, when a...
  • If Obama wins in November, he should thank Rick Santorum

    04/12/2012 5:47:42 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 91 replies
    MLive.com ^ | April 12, 2012 | Tim Skubick
    If and when Barack Obama wins another four years in the White House, one of the first people he should invite over is Rick Santorum. That's because when the scholars chronicle the history of his 2012 race, it will be Mr. Santorum who will get credit for handing the victory to the Democrats. And if you don't believe it, just ask Mitt Romney. Without his buddy Santorum in the contest, Mr. Romney could have taken a more moderate path to the nomination and would not have been dragged so far to the right in order to compete for the ultra-conservatives...
  • Santorum Backers Look to Change Texas Primary Rules

    04/05/2012 6:40:06 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 40 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | April 5, 2012 | Jay Root
    Rick Santorum, trying to keep his presidential hopes alive despite increasingly long odds, is looking for the political equivalent of a Hail Mary pass from Texas Republicans. Santorum has noted in recent days that some Texas party activists are waging an uphill battle to change the rules of the May 29 primary so that whoever wins would get all 152 delegates up for grabs in the contest. The activists, led by Santorum supporters, say they have enough support to force an emergency meeting of the State Republican Executive Committee, though major hurdles loom beyond that. The Republican National Committee would...