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  • The Blame Game over Police Shootings In New York

    12/23/2014 1:48:20 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 12/23/2014 | Maureen Fiedler
    On Saturday, Dec. 20, two police officers in New York City, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, were shot dead by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a man who claimed (on social media) that his actions were a "revenge" for the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y. Brinsley had a long criminal record, 19 arrests to be exact. New reports say he shot a former girlfriend in a suburb of Baltimore, then took a bus to New York, shot the police officers as they sat in their car, and then killed himself. He has no connection...
  • Tucker Carlson: Al Sharpton Helped Kill NYPD Cops By 'Whipping Up Race Hatred'

    12/22/2014 12:46:19 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 66 replies
    Crooks and Liars ^ | 12/21/2014 | David
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson declared on Sunday that MSNBC activist host and US Attorney General Eric Holder were guilty of inciting the murder of two police officers in Brooklyn over the weekend. "The murders took place out of the blue in the context of a lot of political agitation," Carlson explained on Sunday. "You don't want to start speculating about why this happened or casting blame unfairly. Again, we know who pulled the trigger, he is ultimately responsible." "But it's such an emotional thing, it's so wrong, immoral, unfair, that it's almost hard not to point out at some...
  • NY Police Union Head Blames Mayor, Protesters For Officers' Deaths

    12/21/2014 12:06:48 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 80 replies
    CBS News via You Tube ^ | 12/20/2104 | Staff
    Hours after two NYPD officers were shot and killed, Patrick J. Lynch, President of the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said there was "blood on many hands," including Mayor Bill de Blasio and people who have recently protested against police violence.
  • How December 25 Became Christmas

    12/15/2014 9:22:24 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Society ^ | 8/12/2104 | Andrew McGowan
    On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus' birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods - these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How did December 25 become associated with Jesus' birthday? The Bible offers few clues: Celebrations of Jesus' nativity are not mentioned in the Gospels or Acts; the date is not given, not even the time of year. The biblical reference to shepherds tending their flocks at night when the hear the news of Jesus' birth (Luke 2:8)...
  • Abercrombie & Fitch: Job Seekers Must Explain Faith To Win Anti-Discrimination Protection

    12/13/2014 10:07:40 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 12/13/2014 | Michael Rudin
    In the closely watched Supreme Court case, EEOC v. Abercrombie, the Becket Fund a brief debunking Abercrombie's claim that a Muslim job applicant should have explained during her job interview that she was wearing a headscarf for religious reasons in order to be protected by anti-discrimination laws. "Abercrombie's claim is both an absurd and dangerous precedent for all people of faith seeking employment," said Eric Baxter, Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. "Justice may be blind, but that doesn't mean employers can cover their eyes. A job applicant does not have to bring a 'Look at me...
  • Should Ted Cruz Delay The Omnibus Bill 30 Hours By Forcing Reid To Hold A Cloture Vote?

    12/12/2014 9:21:59 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies
    12/12/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    If some (i.e. Harry Reid) in the Senate seek unanimous consent to go straight to a vote on Cronybus, but Cruz (and others who may wish to join him) delay this move by forcing Reid to hold a cloture vote - and thus stall the vote in the Senate on Cronybus by 30 hours - would you support this if it led to a short-term funding measure? While this move may upset Boehner, who has now bent his will to Obama's desire, would you support Cruz (or whomever may wish to do this - Warren?) doing this?
  • GOP senator joins foes of Wall Street provision in spending bill

    12/11/2014 10:42:21 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/2014 | Peter Schroeder
    A Republican has joined Democrats in criticizing the inclusion of a partial repeal of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law in legislation funding the government. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) signed on to a letter with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) that calls on congressional leaders to scrap portions of the $1.1 trillion "cromnibus" that relax restrictions on banks trading financial derivatives. The pair argued in the letter that there is "broad bipartisan support" for removing that particular language. Brown and Vitter, who have worked together in the past on bills to limit big banks, argued that the language was unfairly jammed into...
  • Defeat the Omnibus

    12/11/2014 7:28:30 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 12/11/2014 | The Editors
    The federal government's funding authorization expires tonight at midnight, and the Republican plan to renew it bodes poorly for the GOP's leadership of Congress next year. ... Congress shouldn't let the government shut down, but Republicans should neither acquiesce to president Obama's unprecedented executive power grab, nor give up control over the budget for well into the 114th Congress. ... Republicans take control of both chambers in January, so they have no good reason to make a deal with the Senate Democratic leadership that sets spending levels until next October. ... There are, as speaker Boehner has pointed out, some...
  • Boehner defends $1 trillion spending bill as 'bipartisan' as GOP, Dems attack it

    12/10/2014 4:15:55 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/10/2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday defended the $1 trillion spending bill as a bipartisan bill that's needed to keep the government open after Thursday, even as it came under attack from both Republican and Democrats. ...
  • The Jon Gruber controversy and what it means for Obamacare, explained

    12/09/2014 8:16:41 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 36 replies
    Vox Via Yahoo News ^ | 12/9/2014 | Sarah Kliff
    In mid-November, conservative news outlets posted multiple videos of Jonathan Gruber, an MIT health economist who worked on Romneycare and Obamacare, crediting the "stupidity" of American voters as one reason that the health law passed. The videos were not flattering for Gruber; Democrats have moved quickly to distance themselves. And, perhaps more consequentially, they have breathed new life into the Obamacare opposition effort. Today, the House Oversight Committee is holding a hearing with Gruber titled "Examining Obamacare Transparency Failures." ... Here'a a quick guide to who Jonathan Gruber is, why he's at the center of this controversy, and what it...
  • Staten Island DA Didn't Ask Garner Grand Jury To Consider Reckless Endangerment Charge: Source

    12/05/2014 10:11:22 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 26 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 12/5/2014 | Andrew Siff
    Staten Island's top prosecutor did not ask grand jurors to consider a reckless endangerment charge in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a source familiar with the case told NBC 4 New York. District Attorney Daniel Donovan only asked grand jurors to consider criminally negligent homicide charges against NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo...
  • Article claims 'proof' Ofc. Wilson had to shoot (MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell vs. Washington Post

    12/03/2014 8:44:52 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 21 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 12/2/2014 | Lawrence O'Donnell
    In the Rewrite Lawrence O'Donnell questions several claims made in a Washington Post story written by a law professor about the shooting death of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson. ...
  • Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects

    11/21/2014 1:43:24 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | 11/21/2014 | Jon Terbush
    On immigration, the GOP primary will have little room for nuance Obama's announcement could affect 2016's probable candidates President Obama on thursday announced his much-anticipated executive action on immigration, and in doing so he lobbed a grenade squarely into the 2016 Republican primary race. ... Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush upset the rank and file earlier this year by calling for a compassionate aspproach to immigration. In April, he said undocumented workers who enter the country illegally do so as "an act of love" because they "are actually coming to this country to provide for their families." Then there's New...
  • President Obama Changing The Rules On Illegal Immigration (O'Reilly's "Humane" comment bites back?

    11/20/2014 12:40:41 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 16 replies
    Bill O'Reilly (The O'Reilly Factor) ^ | 6/15/2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    In a very political move, the president has announced new rules for a specific group of illegal aliens. If your parents brought you to America when you were under 16, if you have completed high school, or served in the military, and if you are under the age of 30 now, then you are most likely going to stay in America. ... As for the policy, how can you blame kids when they are dragged to the US? It's not the child's fault that laws were broken. Thus the new policy is humane, and the President believes it will make...
  • WSJ/NBC Poll Finds Americans Want Parties To Work Together

    11/20/2014 6:25:11 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 68 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/19/2014 | Patrick O'Connor
    Some 63% Want Candidates Elected This Year to Broker Deals With Lawmakers From Across Aisle Americans are largely pleased with the outcome of this month's midterm elections but have little faith that Republican gains in the House and Senate will prompt the two parties to work more closely to solve the nation's problems, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. Weeks after Republicans recaptured the Senate and tightened their grip on the House, roughly three-fourths of poll participants said this month's midterm results woul produce "just some" or "not that much" change in a country that most believe has...
  • Where will the Keystone XL oil go to?

    11/18/2014 9:59:34 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 59 replies
    11/18/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    We most certainly need to "drill, baby, drill." But how much of this oil is going to be shipped elsewhere, and how much will stay in the US? While much of it will probably be refined, will it then be shipped to Latin America or other places? Why not keep it all (or at least the lion share of it) here in the United States?
  • GOP seeks creative ways to avert a shutdown (Even if Obama uses executive action on immigration

    11/18/2014 9:29:25 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/17/2014 (8:04 PM EST) | Jake Sherman and Manu Raju
    Republican leaders have intensified their planning to prevent a government funding shutdown, weighing legislative options that would redirect GOP anger at Barack Obama's expected action on immigration and stave off a political disaster, according to sources involved with the sessions. Obama plans to use his executive authority to change the enforcement of immigration laws by the end of the year, a move that top Republicans warn could derail efforts to pass a long-term spending bill by a Dec. 11 deadline. Increasingly, some top Republicans believe that it will be difficult to pass the year-long spending package that they originally envisioned,...
  • Latest Quinnipiac Poll has Braley, Ernst Tied (Des Moines Register poll (Ernst +7%) was an outlier

    11/03/2014 7:59:40 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 78 replies
    The Des Moines Register | 11/3/2014 (10 minutes ago) | MacKenzie Elmer
    ... Quinnipiac University released a poll today showing Ernst and Braley split 47-47 with 4 percent of voters undecided. ...
  • Democrat Bruce Braley Up A Whopping 15 Points With Early Voters In Iowa Senate Race

    10/30/2014 1:36:09 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 120 replies
    Politicus USA ^ | 10/29/2014 | Justin Baragona
    In a poll released Wednesday by the Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group [Link at URL], Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) holds a commanding lead with early voters in Iowa's open Senate race compraed to his Republican opponent Joni Ernst. While the poll shows the race to be a dead heat, which is consistent with recent polling [Link at URL], Braley holds an impressive 15-point lead with those who have already voted. The poll also shows that Braley has a 10-point lead with independent voters. ...
  • Pathologist says Brown autopsy quotes in Post-Dispatch were taken out of context

    10/30/2014 8:55:39 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/29/2014 | Kimberly Kindy
    A forensic pathologist quoted in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story about the shooting death of Michael Brown said some of her statements concerning the autopsy were taken out of context. ... Melinek said she did not assert that a gunshot wound on Brown's hand showed that he was reaching for Wilson's gun during a struggle while the officer was in a police SUV and Brown was standing at the driver's window, as the Post-Dispatch reported. Melinek told the Washington Post that the autopsy facts could be viewed differently. "Bullet trajectory analysis is complex, ad you cannot interpret autopsy reports in...
  • Whom Should Christians Support in the 2016 Presidential Election?

    10/29/2014 11:22:04 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 73 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 10/29/2014 | Bryan Fischer/AFA
    The left-wing National Journal ran a piece on Sunday making the argument that the Evangelical choice for 2016 has already been narrowed down to a choice between Sen. Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. The National Journal is right. Evangelical and pro-family leaders realize that if America is to be reclaimed, conservatives cannot wait to let the filed sort itself out as we did in 2008 and 2012. It is close to midnight in America, and we simply do not have time to think about waiting until 2020. there may be little left of our country to save...
  • Who should or shouldn't be quarantined? (i.e., concerning Chris Christie's NJ quarantine rules)

    10/29/2014 8:12:13 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 23 replies
    10/29/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Even though Amber Vinson has been declared Ebola-free, and has left Emory University Hospital, if this nation is to quarantine those (be they symptomatic or asymptomatic) who came into contact with someone like Thomas Duncan, then should those who have come into contact with Amber Vinson (be it on day 1 to the day she left the hospital) be quarantined? If Kaci Hickox is "obviously ill," per Chris Christie, then she would obviously be symptomatic according to Chris Christie. If she is symptomatic, then Chris Christie would not only have to quarantine her, but anyone who came into contact with...
  • Forensic expert: I never said Michael Brown's autopsy confirmed Darren Wilson's story

    10/25/2014 8:41:01 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 32 replies
    Vox ^ | 10/23/2014 | German Lopez
    The official St. Louis County autopsy report [link at URL] on Michael Brown who was killed by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, has been obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. According to the newspaper, two independent forensic experts who looked at the report indicated that results support Wilson's version of events. But one of the experts quoted in the story has since said that the newspaper presented her remarks without some very important context. ...
  • In Houston, Do Liberals Want Separation of State and Church?

    10/23/2014 3:11:59 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    10/23/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    The city of Houston, Texas (Mayor Annise Parker), has issued subpoenas for pastors' sermons... Not surprised at all. To get right to the point without taking up any unnecessary space, who do statists want Separation of A.) Church and B.) State, but not Separation of B.) State and A.) Church? They apparently want the forward of this, but not the reverse. And they want religious folk to butt out of politics, but they seize every opportunity to stick their noses into the affairs of religious folk. In your opinion, why do you think this is; what do the statists want?
  • What do you think will be the grand jury verdict concerning Officer Darren Wilson?

    10/21/2014 11:46:32 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 121 replies
    10/21/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    I believe a decision from the grand jury is just around the corner. With this in mind... Do you think that Officer Darren Wilson will face charges - or not? Do you think the grand jury should give equal weight to both sides (eyewitness Officer Darren Wilson and the 5 other eyewitnesses)? Are civilan eyewitness accounts (be it one person or more) ever equal to that of a police officer? If so, in which cases? If the 5 eyewitnesses don't agree on all things, should the grand jury take into account everything the 5 eyewitnesses do agree upon? Does the...
  • Supreme court to decide whether US government can 'strip' felons' gun rights

    10/20/2014 12:55:55 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 310 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/20/2014 | Staff
    Former border patrol agent, convicted on drug charges, appeals to high justices after lower courts bar him from selling weapons. The Supreme Court will decide whether the federal prohibition on firearms for felons terminates all ownership rights. The US Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether a Florida man convicted on drug charges and forced to give up his firearms under federal law could sell the guns or transfer ownership to his wife or a friend. The court agreed to hear an appeal filed by Tony Henderson, a former US border patrol agent who was convicted of distributing marijuana...
  • Pharmaceutical Co.'s Need To Produce A Vaccine(s) for Ebola, Even If No Profits Can Be Procured

    10/16/2014 10:03:45 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 100 replies
    10/16/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The Obama administration has failed us. With that in mind, potential treatments/vaccines for Ebola are being worked on and tested as we speak, and despite the lack of ability to pay for any potential vaccine on the part of almost all western Africans, pharmaceutical companies should develop said vaccine(s) (if at all possible) and distribute them free of cost to those who cannot afford them. While I do support huge profits to be made by pharmaceutical companies, I believe that there are exceptions to the rule, and I do believe that this is the time and instance for this very...
  • Not All Catholic Bishops Onboard With Positive Language Toward Same-Sex Couples in Synod Report

    10/15/2014 11:30:57 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/15/2014 (1:53 PM EDT) | Stoyan Zaimov
    Pope Francis leads the synod of bishops in Paul VI's hall at the Vatican October 6, 2014. Pope Francis opened a global Roman Catholic assembly on Sunday showing his apparent irritation with Church leaders who have waged a sometimes bitter public battle between progressives and conservatives on family issues. A recently released midterm report from the Synod of Bishops on the family, which defended the traditional definition of marriage but used positive language towards same-sex couples in some situations, has garnered controversy among some bishops who say it does not accurately reflect the assembly's views. "In regard to homosexuality, there...
  • Chuck Todd: Should Conservatives 'Surrender in the Culture Wars'?

    10/12/2014 1:10:33 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 71 replies
    News Busters ^ | 10/12/2014 (2:44 PM EDT) | Jeffrey Meyer
    Last week, the Supreme Court declined to hear several Appeals Court cases on gay marriages, which resulted in bans on gay marriage being struck down in numerous states across the country. Following the Supreme Court's decision to punt on the issue of gay marriage, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd saw this as a sign that social conservatism was declining and obnoxiously asked "it is time for conservatives to surrender in the culture wars?" After playing a pre-packaged segment on the evolution of social conservatism in the United States, the NBC host did his best to portray social conservatives as...
  • David Brooks 'Applauds' GOP for Doing 'Absolutely the Right Thing' By Letting Go Gay Marriage Issue

    10/11/2014 8:49:06 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 10/10/2014 | Staff
    Friday on PBS's "News Hour," syndicated columnist Mark Shields pointed out, "among young Republicans, 61 percent of Republicans -- young Republicans under the age of 30 are in favor of same sex marriage." New York Times columnist David Brooks "applauded," the GOP for "doing absolutely the right thing in withdrawing" and letting the country have its way. Brooks said "I sort of applaud the minimalism here. Sometimes you let the country have its way and you don't try to determine the shape of the country, you sort of modestly step back and let the country figure out what it believes....
  • Huckabee: "I'll Leave GOP, Become Independent"

    10/10/2014 10:18:47 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 103 replies
    Christian Broadcasting Network ^ | 10/10/2014 (10:00 am) | Staff
    Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee warns he'll leave the Republican Party if it stops opposing same-sex marriage and abortion. "I'm gone. I'll become independent. I'll start finding people that have guts to stand. I'm tired of this," he told the American Family Association's radio show. His comments follow the recent Supreme Court decision not to take up gay marriage. "I am utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue when, if they continue this direction they guarantee they're gonna lose every election in the future," Huckabee said. "Guarantee it." ...
  • Should Nationalizing Elections With Either The Koch Brothers Or Obama Be Eschewed?

    10/08/2014 7:13:33 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 31 replies
    10/8/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Should election campaigns and the candidates themselves - be it in Iowa with Bruce Braley (D) saying his rival Joni Ernst (R) is tied to the hip of the Koch Brothers or be it Tom Cotton in Arkansas (R) saying his rival Mark Pryor (D) is tied to the hip of Obama - eschew such tactics? In summation... Should both sides (be it the candidates and PACs on the Republican and Democrat side) eschew this political tactic, or should both sides continue to employ this tactic - and how is the MSM figuring into the dissemination of this political tactic?
  • Michelle Duggar on Teaching Her Daughters About Modest Dress

    10/05/2014 1:39:55 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 55 replies
    19 Kids and Counting ^ | Michelle Duggar
    Question from a "19 Kids and Counting" fan on Facebook: How have you taught your daughters about modesty My daughters are the second generation of modest dressing in this family. They've grown up being dressed modestly, and in clothes that are definitely more feminine apparel. ...
  • U.S. sending 1,000 more troops to fight Ebola

    10/03/2014 12:12:04 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 100 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/3/2014 | Kristina Wong
    The Pentagon is sending as many as 1,000 more troops to Africa to help fight the Ebola virus. The troops are being sent on top of the 3,000 President Obama has already ordered to help efforts in West Africa. ...
  • [Lindsey] Graham floats 2016 White House bid

    10/03/2014 10:41:34 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/3/2014 (10:29 am) | Ben Kamisar
    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) says he could be a presidential candidate in 2016. The outspoken two-term Senator, known as a foreign policy hawk, told the Weekly Standard that if the hawks aren't well-represented when the 2016 fields begin to solidify, he might throw his hat into the ring. ... When the Weekly Standard's Stephen F. Hayes asked Graham if he'd back a run by Sen. Marco Rubio, he took a shot at the Florida Republican whom he worked with on the Senate immigration bill. "He's a good guy, but after doing immigration with him - we don't need...
  • Ted Nugent blames 'plague of black violence' on 'Fedzilla welfare crack program'

    10/03/2014 7:50:33 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 32 replies
    Big News Network ^ | 10/3/2014 | Staff
    Washington -- Ted Nugent, known by now more for his outspoken political views than his career as a rock singer, is making waves with a new column wading into the debate around Ferguson Mo., and race. Nugent, riffing on the shooting of a Ferguson police officer who was investigating a break-in - an event unrelated to the death of Michael Brown - blamed "liberalism and their insane cult of denial" for a "plauge of black violence." "It is liberalism that engineered and created the very conditions that have decimated and destroyed black American families and their communities," he writes in...
  • Did Obama use a "No True Scotsman" fallacy when talking recently about Islam and Muslims?

    10/02/2014 7:54:42 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 99 replies
    10/2/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Some people - and quite a few atheists - have made hay over Obama's comments, primary among them being Obama's comment that "No religion condones the killing of innocents." Inherent within Obama's statement is that no TRUE Muslim would ever kill innocent people, be they men, women or children. As such, this would fall within the parameters of the "No True Scotsman" fallacy. The only problem with this is that it leaves Christians open to the charge that true Christians have (for example) bombed abortion clinics, takes away from Christians the ability to say that "No true Christian would ever...
  • What This Church Did With $160,000 Was So 'Crazy' It Left Congregants Crying...

    09/26/2014 7:35:23 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/26/2014 | Billy Hallowell
    ...and the Pastor Nervously Sweating What one church recently did with $160,000 during a Sunday morning service absolutely stunned parishioners: 320 members were each given a $500 check to spend as they wish. ... Traux, who aid that the money came from a decades-old real estate deal, first told her congregation that active members would be receiving the sizable checks. ... The move came after Traux and church elders decided to give back $10 percent of the $1.6 million LaSalle Street Church reportedly made from the real estate deal - a sum that adds up to the $160,000 figure members...
  • Did St. Jerome's Vulgate (containing the Masoretic Text) provide correct quotes for the NT?

    09/22/2014 8:25:59 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 75 replies
    9/22/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Jerome's Vulgate was the first translation of the Old Testament into Latin --- directly from the Masoretic Text. Given that, was Jerome's Version, the Vulgate, inspired by God if Jesus did not quote from the Masoretic Text? If Jesus Christ did not quote from the Masoretic Text, what authoritative power(s) could the original Vulgate have contained, and what authentic inspiration did Jerome possess at that time of his translation? At the time its translation the Vulgate was considered to be authoritative, but how correct were any at this time to declare the Vulgate to be authoritative and/or inspired? If it...
  • Did we have any surviving Original Manuscripts that prove Jesus Christ quoted from the Septuagint?

    09/21/2014 1:37:08 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 38 replies
    9/21/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A.) If no one alive today was there when He spoke, how then do we know which Jesus quoted from - the Masoretic Text or the Septuagint? B.) If he did quote from the Masoretic Text, and His quotes, parables, etcetera, were later translated into Greek in the middle of the first century AD - independently of the Septuagint - how would we know given that none of these Original Manuscripts have survived. And though this translation work would undoubtedly differ slightly from the Septuagint, none have survived. Since no Original Manuscripts - showing one way or the other -...
  • ISIS Strategy splits Rubio, Paul, Cruz

    09/16/2014 1:28:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 26 replies
    TheHill ^ | 9/16/2014 | Alexander Bolton
    The threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has created an opportunity for three White House hopefuls in the Senate to grab the spotlight from Republican governors. ... Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence panels has used the debate to distinguish himself as the inheritor of the muscular foreign policy worldview held by former President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) While he says it would be good for president Obama to seek congressional support for military action against ISIS, he argues the president doesn't need it. Rubio supports arming...
  • While World Watches ISIS, Boko Haram Declares Its Own Caliphate In Nigeria

    09/15/2014 9:22:24 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 57 replies
    NBC News ^ | 9/15/2014 | Robert Windrem
    the leader of the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has established the world's second Islamic "caliphate" this summer and is seeking to cement his bloody rule on a territory that is now roughly the size of west Virginia. While much of the world has been focused on the brutal reign of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the forces of Boko haram have been racking up victories in northern Nigeria and have been violently imposing an equally harsh version of Islamic law on approximately 3 million civilians - including beheadings, forced marriages and the forced induction of children into its military...
  • Boko Haram Militants Have Surrounded a Major Nigerian City

    09/13/2014 12:34:12 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 36 replies
    VICE News ^ | 9/13/2014 (10:40 AM) | Samuel Oakford
    A month after declaring an Islamic state-like caliphate in Northeastern Nigeria, Boko Haram militants have reportedly surrounded the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where residents expect an attack on what could be the group's largest and most symbolic seizure yet. ...
  • ESPN sources contradict Roger Goodell's 'ambiguous' statement

    09/12/2014 11:54:08 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 46 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 9/12/2014 | staff reports
    Four sources close to Ray Rice have told ESPN [link at URL] that the former Ravens running back acknowledged to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's investigation that he punched Janay Rice in an Atlantic city elevator, knocking her unconscious. If that is the case, it would seem to contradict Goodell's statement to CBS this week that Rice's account of the February assault in the Revel casino to investigators was 'ambiguous'. "Ray didn't lie to the commissioner," one of the sources said on ESPN's "outside the Lines." "He told the full truth to Goodell - he made it clear...
  • Congress may still vote on military force against ISIS

    09/11/2014 7:18:04 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/10/2014 | Greg Sargent
    Is Congress really going to allow the president to escalate military action against ISIS without voting on it? There almost certainly won't be any vote before the midterm elections. But there is still another way: members of Congress could try to force a vote on authorization of force after the elections - during the lame duck session. ...
  • Did the NFL indefinitely suspend Ray Rice because they saw the video or because we saw it?

    09/09/2014 8:39:13 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 107 replies
    9/9/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Did the NFL suspend Ray Rice indefinitely after he was given an initial 2 game suspension because A.) they saw the video inside the elevator, or B.) because we saw the inside-the-elevator video? If it is because of A, then why did they formulate a 6 game suspension to be followed by banning for a second offense and not apply the 6 game rule to Ray Rice? If this is because the inside-the-elevator video surfaced, then will the NFL have a system for those who are caught by video and those not caught by video? In the end, IMHO, Ray...
  • Are Christians required to pay tithes?

    09/08/2014 3:44:25 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 98 replies
    9/8/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    When pressed for an answer to "Paying tithes was under the Law", some retort that Christians are required to pay tithes because Abraham's paying of tithes to Melchizedek preceded to Law. In reply to that, do the scriptures say in Genesis chapter 14 that Abraham was compelled to pay tithes, or was it rather a free will tithe offering, unlike the compelled tithe that was enacted under the Law? In Deuteronomy 14:26 (NIV), it says that those who attended a particular feast day that they could "...Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented...
  • A photo showing John McCain with ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi (Video included

    08/30/2014 10:58:35 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    YouTube via Investment Watch ^ | August 25, 2014 | Staff
    Syrian Emergency Task Force... Voice of Mouaz Moustafa, Executive Director, Syrian Emergency Task Force
  • CNN source: Darren Wilson didn't suffer an eye socket fracture

    08/21/2014 3:21:50 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/21/2014 (1 hour ago) | Allahpundit
    I want to make sure after yesterdays post that everyone knows that it's still in dispute whether Wilson's eye socket was actually fractured in his altercation with Michael Brown. ...
  • Police release video of fatal Kajieme Powell shooting in St. Louis

    08/21/2014 8:25:04 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 160 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/21/2014 | Chris McGreal
    Authorities release recordings of death that came amid extreme tension in nearby Ferguson over Michael Brown killing Police is St. Louis Missouri have released video and audio recordings of the shooting on Tuesday of Kajieme Powell, a 25-year-old man described as "behaving erratically" and carrying a knife when officers arrived on the scene. One video, taken by a witness with a phone camera, shows officers opening fire repeatedly within 15 seconds of arriving at the scene. 12 shots are fired in rapid succession. ...