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  • War Clouds on the Horizon?

    12/06/2014 7:07:08 AM PST · by nuconvert · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | December 4, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A large war is looming absent preventive American vigilance The world is changing and becoming even more dangerous — in a way we’ve seen before. In the decade before World War I, the near-hundred-year European peace that had followed the fall of Napoleon was taken for granted. Yet it abruptly imploded in 1914. Prior little wars in the Balkans had seemed to predict a much larger one on the horizon — and were ignored. The exhausted Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires were spent forces unable to control nationalist movements in their provinces. The British Empire was fading. Imperial Germany was rising....
  • The War on Human Nature - pretending self-interest doesn’t exist is perilous

    11/26/2013 2:05:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | November 26, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    At some critical point, everyone makes choices based on incentives and his own perception of self-interest. Somehow the Obama administration has forgotten that natural law. A therapeutic sense of self-sacrifice is fine in the abstract, but in the concrete such magnanimity causes far more harm to the innocent than does a realistic appraisal of self-interest and a tragic acceptance of the flawed nature of man. The theme of the present administration is that it possesses the wisdom and resources to know better what people should do than they do themselves. From that premise arose most of catastrophes that have befallen...
  • Is Obama Still President?

    10/30/2013 1:29:12 PM PDT · by Signalman · 20 replies
    NRO, hanson ^ | 10/29/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>We are currently learning whether the United States really needs a president. Barack Obama has become a mere figurehead, who gives speeches few listen to any more, issues threats that scare fewer, and makes promises that almost no one believes he will keep. Yet America continues on, despite the fact that the foreign and domestic policies of Barack Obama are unraveling, in a manner unusual even for star-crossed presidential second terms.</p>
  • Our Truest Lies

    09/24/2013 7:03:58 AM PDT · by libstripper · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Sept. 24, 2013 | Victor Davi Hanson
    At the end of John Ford’s classic Western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, the editor of the local paper decides not to print the truth about who really killed the murderous Valance. “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” Legends now become facts in America at almost lightning speed. Often when lies are asserted as truth, they become frozen in time. Even the most damning later exposure of their falsity never quite erases their currency. As Jonathan Swift sighed, “Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it.”
  • Press Conference [with newly elected ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton]

    08/14/2013 7:05:18 PM PDT · by lightman · 27 replies
    ALPB Forum ^ | 14 August AD 2013 | Richard Johnson, STS
    My notes from the press conference: Bishop Hanson was first introduced, but it was announced he would not be taking questions: Hanson: Great honor to sit with bp elect Eaton. “Always being made new” theme of this assembly, and this call process was a call process for new leadership. In 25 years we’ve never looked back, always looked ahead. “A young church is a very mature church”—we have confidence we can engage in decisions that will not lead to divisions. It is wonderful to pass on mantle of leadership with confidence. We have a staff that will receive her as...
  • Obama: “Chance” Of A Lifetime!

    06/11/2013 7:13:42 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-11-2013 | MOTUS
    I’m sure you’ll understand: I have a little internet (ahem) “housekeeping” I must attend to today. So while I’m busy scrubbing, wiping and cleaning up my inner-tubes, I have a reading assignment for you - Victor Davis Hanson’s latest dissertation: Obama Being Obama. It’s sort of like Being Biden; only funnier. Professor Hanson makes the case that we shouldn’t be upset over the recent Scandalanche® surrounding his presidency, as it was we, not he, who changed the rules. Once Barack Obama was elected to the Illinois legislature, his career as a statesman was mostly an afterthought — either voting “present”...
  • Coroner: Lion killed woman after escaping cage

    03/08/2013 5:43:42 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 80 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 8, 2013 | TRACIE CONE and GOSIA WOZNIACKA | Associated Press
    DUNLAP, Calif. (AP) — The investigation into a lion attack that killed a 24-year-old woman who loved big cats is focusing on a cage door that the 550-pound animal managed to escape through to reach the volunteer intern, officials say. Authorities said Thursday they believe the 5-year-old male lion broke the neck of the woman at a Central California animal park after it got out of its feeding cage and attacked as she cleaned its bigger area. The investigation is continuing into how the powerful beast and Dianna Hanson came tragically to be in the same place at the same...
  • The Flim Flam Man [the ELCA's presiding bishop]

    11/19/2012 2:59:52 PM PST · by rhema · 6 replies
    Common Sense for a Senseless World ^ | 11/17/11 | Don Kriefall
    In the old west Snake oil salesman peddled elixirs that allegedly cured everything from acne to gout, but in fact these “miracle cures” were simply watered down whiskey or worse. Con men used elaborate ruses, such as the scheme used in the movie, The Sting, to swindle their marks and steal their money. There are many e-mail and internet scams that attempt to wrest money and information from those who are greedy or simply unsuspecting and naďve. There are many ways to deceive, mislead, dupe and betray in order to pilfer another’s assets. But, some of those assets are far...
  • Oh, We Forgot to Tell You . . .

    11/15/2012 12:22:57 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | Victor David Hanson
    The second-term curse goes like this: A president (e.g., Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and so on) wins reelection, but then his presidency implodes over the next four years — mired in scandals or disasters such as Watergate, Iran-Contra, Monica Lewinsky, the Iraqi insurgency, and Hurricane Katrina. Apparently, like tragic Greek heroes, administrations grow arrogant after their reelection wins. They believe that they are invincible and that their public approval is permanent rather than fickle. The result is that Nemesis zeroes in on their fatal conceit and with a boom corrects their hubris. Or is the...
  • ELCA presiding bishop shares a post-election message

    11/08/2012 2:05:16 PM PST · by lightman · 10 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 7 November AD 2012 | Melissa Ramirez-Cooper
    ELCA presiding bishop shares a post-election message 12-69-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) - With the 2012 elections coming to a close in the United States, the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), offers a post-election pastoral message on video at http://bit.ly/WwGcVT. “Whether you are rejoicing or lamenting the outcome of the elections, or maybe you are just relieved that campaigning is over, we need to ask, 'now what?'” said Hanson. Hanson has served as ELCA presiding bishop since 2001. He was elected to a second six-year term in 2007. From 2003 to 2010, he...
  • ELCA presiding bishop says church is 'always being made new'

    10/18/2012 8:30:52 PM PDT · by lightman · 17 replies
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ^ | 18 October AD 2012 | Melissa Ramirez Cooper
    ELCA presiding bishop says church is 'always being made new' 12-66-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) -- As the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2013 under the theme "Always being made new," ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson said the theme embodies far more than the anniversary in his report to the ELCA Conference of Bishops, which met here Oct. 4-9. The ELCA Conference of Bishops is an advisory body of this church that includes 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and secretary. The Rev. Jessica R. Crist, bishop of the ELCA Montana Synod, chairs...
  • ELCA Trying to Stop U.S. Military Aid to Israel

    10/10/2012 5:12:26 AM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 10/9/12 | Dan Skogen
    It comes as a surprise to many when anti-Semitism is propagated by people and denominations operating under the banner of Christianity. The latest incident comes from a letter sent to the United States Congress by the head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Mark S. Hanson, and his liberal church cohorts telling the Congress to investigate Israel and consider halting military aid to them. That letter was broadcast far and wide by the ELCA News Service, with the subtitle “ELCA, other churches call for investigation of military aid to Israel.” So make no mistake, this is a call...
  • The Fantasy House of Barack Obama

    09/24/2012 6:10:09 AM PDT · by radioone · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 9-23-12 | Victor Davis Hanson
    By Fantasy House I do not mean — or rather only mean — Barack Obama’s La-La land in which Austrians speak Austrian, Hawaii is in Asia, Afghans speak Arabic, the Maldives lie off Argentina, there are seven additional states, servicemen are zombie corpse-men, and Kansas twisters kill 10,000 at a time. Rather I refer to the fantasies that Obama employs to deal with a very real world he inhabits. The president just told Univision that you “cannot change Washington from the inside.” In other words, the president just shattered his own four-year fantasy that he, like Lincoln, would take the...
  • Top ELCA Leader Confirms Homosexual Marriages Allowed in Denomination

    09/22/2012 2:58:56 AM PDT · by rhema · 22 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 9/21/12 | Dan Skogen
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America officially allows homosexual marriages, so says the “number two man” in the denomination, David Swartling. At the 2012 Southwestern Washington Synod Assembly it has been reported that, “(I)n response to a query from the floor of the assembly, Secretary of the ELCA David Swartling, at the assembly as the representative of the national church, said that the marriage of same-gender couples in states where that was legal was neither endorsed nor precluded by ELCA policy. Marriage in those circumstances was at the discretion of pastors and congregations.” (read here) One of the duties of...
  • The [ELCA] Presiding Bishop's "Core" Convictions

    07/16/2012 4:26:09 PM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Lutheran Forum ^ | 7/14/12 | Paul R. Hinlicky
    I promised that I would review Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson’s Reconciling Works Keynote Address that he gave on July 7. The text was made available by the Bishop’s Office to Pastor Daniel Ostercamp of Webster, SD, who made it available to me. You can read it for yourself here. I will leave to others the critical analysis of Hanson’s remarkably rosy picture of the ELCA. I will also ignore the several self-justifications of his own partisan (or insufficiently partisan!) leadership that pepper the address. The theological question I posed in my previous post was whether the bishop would nurture God’s...
  • The [ELCA] Presiding Bishop Steps Out

    07/09/2012 6:14:24 AM PDT · by rhema · 14 replies
    Lutheran Forum ^ | July 07, 2012 | Paul R. Hinlicky
    Some years ago the Luther scholar Scott Hendrix published Luther and the Papacy: Stages in a Reformation Conflict, an important study which demonstrated how Luther’s quarrel was never with the catholic faith as such but with “the papists,” modern innovators who had betrayed that faith universally held. Nevertheless, Luther respected the papacy as a pastoral office, according to Hendrix. Indeed, the primary source of his anger was the betrayal of the pope’s universal pastoral duty by Leo X and his successors. Hendrix showed that Luther’s underlying and consistent criterion in judging the papacy is that by divine right the papacy...
  • Absentee voting carries double-vote concerns in WI

    12/18/2011 2:02:25 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 12-16-11 | Kirsten Adshead
    MADISON — Members of the Government Accountability Board seemed impressed. Armed with language from a Wisconsin statute and GAB regulations, Mary Ann Hanson earlier this week spoke out against the policy of allowing voters who have submitted an absentee ballot to vote at a polling place on election day. It's a long-held practice, according to the GAB, predating the board itself, which was created in 2007 to replace the State Elections Board and the State Ethics Board. If the absentee ballot hasn’t been “cast” — processed and tabulated — the person who filed the absentee ballot can vote in person,...
  • Christmas Message 2011: A message from Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson

    12/17/2011 5:54:55 PM PST · by lightman · 11 replies
    Evangelical Luitheran Church in America ^ | 13 December AD 2011 | Mark S. Hanson
    For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. Titus 2:11 Yes In this world where God creates with deep beauty and profound mystery. In this world where so many yearn for God’s healing and peace. In this world where some have thought God has forsaken us: Yes Here, in this world, the grace of God has appeared. Not just in this world but for you. Yes For you, weary from trying to meet the expectations of others. For you, worrying about an uncertain future. For you, wondering if you are worthy. Yes For you, the grace of...
  • The President Who Never Was

    12/09/2011 9:05:24 AM PST · by IbJensen · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 9 December 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A Teen-age President in Search of an Adult Identity Barack Obama keeps looking for a presidential identity not his own. In 2008, he wished to be JFK — whom he often referenced as a youthful and charismatic figure supposedly similar to himself. So we heard references to Obama’s father’s arrival to the U.S. during the golden Kennedy Camelot years. Caroline Kennedy herself came out of seclusion to assure us that Obama had the same Kennedy zest, and she flirted with a Senate run to help restore the lost age of grandeur. And at the Brandenburg Gate, Obama would have liked...
  • Useful Idiot

    11/22/2011 3:20:38 PM PST · by rhema · 3 replies
    Common Sense for a Senseless World ^ | 11/19/11 | Don Kriefall
    Useful idiot is a derogatory adage, describing a person either too naďve or ignorant to understand that their advocacy of malevolent organizations only allows those organizations to conduct their business with impunity. Confused and misguided, the “occupy” movement is used by the labor unions and left wing radicals to conduct their bidding, disrupting the very business activity they need to support them. Gay rights advocates lobby to legitimize behavior that is contrary to God’s will, rather than loving their neighbor enough to lead them back to the Lord. Prior to the fall of the Soviet Union, soviet sympathizers used their...
  • The Imaginarium of Barack Obama [Victor Davis Hanson]

    11/17/2011 8:21:24 AM PST · by Strategerist · 14 replies
    PJMedia ^ | November, 16, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The presidency of Barack Obama is full of funny things that need not follow any sort of logic. Images and ideas just pop in and out, without worry of inconsistency, contradiction, or hypocrisy. It’s a fascinating mish-mash of strange heroes and bogeymen, this imaginarium of our president. In the imaginarium there are no revolving doors, earmarks, or lobbyists. So Peter Orszag did not go from being OMB director to a Citigroup fat-cat. Once chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel did not make $16 million for his well-known banking expertise. The more you damn the pernicious role of lobbyists and the polluting role of...
  • Zero Jobs 101 — the Psychology of Alienating Employers

    09/04/2011 6:18:50 AM PDT · by MontaniSemperLiberi · 19 replies
    pajamasmedia ^ | September 2, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There Is No There There Zero jobs last month — a net change of zero job growth? It was just announced that last month’s unemployment is still above 9% — despite the nearly five trillion dollars in Keynesian pump-priming, the near zero interest rates, the expanded unemployment and food stamp support, and the government takeovers and subsidies of businesses. There is a scary sort of deer-in-the-headlights look about Obama and Biden that is quite disturbing, as if they are thinking, “This was not supposed to happened to us. Geithner, Goolsbee, Orszag, Romer, Summers assured us that all this borrowing would...
  • Acceptance or Denial? Commentary on the 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly

    09/03/2011 11:49:39 AM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Lutheran CORE ^ | Aug.-Sept. | Mark Chavez
    Compared to the last several ELCA churchwide assemblies, the Orlando 2011 assembly was in some respects uneventful. There were very few con- troversial and heated discussions. The assembly overwhelmingly approved all recommendations from the churchwide organization, including all of the amendments to the constitution that make it more difficult for congregations to disaffiliate with the ELCA. The lack of controversy may account for far fewer visitors or con- gregational observers this year. There appeared to be at most about two dozen people seated in the congregational observers section, propably at least less than half the number at the last several...
  • ELCA Churchwide Assembly: A Report

    09/03/2011 11:44:10 AM PDT · by rhema · 4 replies
    Lutheran CORE ^ | Aug.-Sept. | Mark Chavez
    With very little controversy, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly met August 15-19 in Orlando. The assembly overwhelmingly approved all rec- ommendations from the churchwide organization, including all of the amendments to the constitution that would make it more difficult for con- gregations to disaffiliate from the ELCA. Also approved were the anti- bullying legislation proposed by Lutherans Concerned/North America, the proposed genetics social statement, and the LIFT (Living into the Future Together) ELCA reorganization plan. Memorials from South Carolina, South Dakota, and Western Iowa re- questing the ELCA rescind the 2009 sexuality decisions were not brought to the floor for discussion....
  • Obama Versus Obama

    08/11/2011 4:31:38 PM PDT · by radioone · 6 replies
    Hoover.org ^ | August 11, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    President Barack Obama is more exasperated than ever as polls dip, critics multiply, and none of his massive borrowing seems to jump start a stalled economy. He seems bewildered that House Republicans did not immediately agree to his tax increases proposals, and confused over why his serial calls for civility are noted—but quickly forgotten. Obama is also perplexed that businesses—in theory flush with cash after massive layoffs and budget trimming—do not listen when he presses them to start hiring. He cannot quite fathom why his conservative critics do not fully appreciate his achievement of eliminating Osama bin Laden. And the...
  • Obama in unprecedented meeting with ELCA presiding bishop, faith leaders

    07/22/2011 5:48:12 PM PDT · by lightman · 20 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 20 July AD 2011 | Marianne Griebler
    Obama in unprecedented meeting with ELCA presiding bishop, faith leaders 11-102-MG CHICAGO (ELCA) - Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), along with other faith leaders, asked President Barack Obama to protect funding for programs that benefit people living with hunger and poverty in the ongoing budget debate and in any deal concerning the debt crisis. Hanson was part of a gathering of national Christian leaders who attended a meeting with Obama and senior White House staff on July 20. The select but diverse group represented evangelical, mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic churches and...
  • Chris Hanson Of “To Catch A Predator” Caught Cheating On His Wife [Rumor]

    06/30/2011 7:21:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 6/30/11 | James Johnson
    Chris Hanson Of “To Catch A Predator” Caught Cheating On His Wife [Rumor]James Johnson Posted: June 30, 2011 NBC’s To Catch A Predator may have a cheater in their midst. Rumors are circulating that show host Chris Hanson, 51, has been caught cheating on his wife during a four-month affair with Kristyn Caddell. The National Enquirer broke the story and PEOPLE is reporting that Caddell, a 30-year-old news anchor at NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla., have been “hooking up for months.” According to Caddell’s station bio she started working at the network six years ago, then left...
  • To Catch a Predator host . . . 'caught cheating on his wife'... by hidden cameras

    06/29/2011 1:41:11 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 140 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 29, 2011 | Fiona Roberts
    He's made his name with a controversial show that catches would-be internet sex perverts in televised stings. But now Chris Hansen has found himself on the receiving end of his own hidden camera tactics, after the married NBC anchor was secretly filmed on an illicit date with a blonde television reporter 20 years his junior. Hansen, 51, has allegedly been having an affair with Kristyn Caddell, a 30-year-old Florida journalist, for the last four months. Last weekend he was recorded taking Miss Caddell on a romantic dinner at the exclusive Ritz-Carlton hotel in Manalapan, before spending the night at her...
  • NASA extinguishes global-warming fire

    02/03/2002 8:09:01 AM PST · by Ranger · 64 replies · 1,633+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/3/02 | Patrick Michaels
    <p>It really happened. The NASA scientist who lit the bonfire of the global warming vanities with his flamboyant congressional testimony 14 years ago, has turned the hose on its dying embers.</p> <p>There is now no reason for the Bush administration to give an inch on climate change. Sure, energy efficient technologies (like my Honda hybrid) are worth exploring. But there is absolutely no scientific reason for any expensive policy like the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. Mr. Bush led the world by being the first to walk away from Kyoto, and science has proven him correct.</p>
  • Obama Announces Intention to Appoint ELCA Presiding Bishop to Council

    02/05/2011 1:42:51 PM PST · by lightman · 22 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 4 February AD 2011 | John Brooks
    Obama Announces Intention to Appoint ELCA Presiding Bishop to Council 11-016-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- President Barack Obama announced Feb. 4 his intention to appoint the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The advisory council brings together religious and secular leaders, as well as scholars and experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations, to make recommendations to the government on how to improve partnerships, according to a White House news release. "I am pleased to announce that these...
  • The Third World in California

    01/05/2011 9:56:39 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 31 replies
    Frontpage ^ | Jan 5th, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    Dr. Victor Davis Hanson’s quietly chilling article, “Two Californias,” in National Review Online, ought to be read by every American who is concerned about where this country is headed. California is leading the way, but what is happening in California is happening elsewhere— and is a slow poison that is being largely ignored. Professor Hanson grew up on a farm in California’s predominantly agricultural Central Valley. Now, as he tours that area, many years later, he finds a world as foreign to the world he knew as it is from the rest of California today— and very different from the...
  • Freedom Radio Rocks with Perlson & Hanson

    12/19/2010 12:18:01 PM PST · by HonestConservative · 11 replies
    Freedom Radio Rocks ^ | Decmeber 19, 2010 | HonestConservative
    Rock around the Christmas tree with us TONIGHT for Sunday evenings Freedom Radio at 8 pm est with two of the most unashamedly fearless activist American patriots on earth, Bev Perlson, founder of Band of Mothers and Jim Hanson,aka "Uncle Jimbo" of Blackfive and Big Peace. And always tune in to hear the National Security Update with Tim Sumner, co-founder of 911 Families for a Safe and Strong America. Mix your cocktails and pop the corn in advance because you will NOT want to miss a moment!
  • 2010 Christmas Message from ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson

    12/02/2010 6:55:20 PM PST · by lightman · 9 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 2 December AD 2010 | John Brooks
    2010 Christmas Message from ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson 10-296-JB "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation!" Isaiah 52:7 When Jesus was born, angelic messengers broke the still calm of a Galilean night to sing joyously and proclaim, "This very day in David's city a Savior is born for you -- God's Promised One, your Lord." Glad tidings of great joy! Common shepherds were the first and heartiest heralds of the promised Savior's arrival then, and today the joy in Jesus' birth fills every corner of...
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Members in Third 'Town Hall' of 2010

    11/22/2010 3:29:31 PM PST · by lightman · 9 replies · 1+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 22 November AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Members in Third 'Town Hall' of 2010 10-292-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- In his third online "Town Hall Forum" with members this year, the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) addressed a variety of ELCA topics and concerns, such as outdoor and campus ministry, immigration reform, contemporary worship, the place of people who are gay and lesbian in the church and interfaith relationships. The Rev. Mark S. Hanson answered 21 questions in the hour-long forum Nov. 21, which was broadcast live on the ELCA website. Questions were posed by online viewers, many...
  • What Question Do You Have for the ELCA Presiding Bishop?

    11/10/2010 6:32:14 PM PST · by lightman · 16 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 8 November AD 2010 | Melissa Ramirez Cooper
    What Question Do You Have for the ELCA Presiding Bishop? 10-282-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) -- If you could ask the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) a question, what would it be? The Rev. Mark S. Hanson is ready to receive questions live during the online ELCA Town Hall Forum Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. EST. The forum is an hour-long event designed to inform ELCA members about the life-changing mission and ministries of the ELCA. According to Eric Peterson, congregations should not think of the forum as "a show to be watched. Congregations should prepare and...
  • The Inexplicables

    10/30/2010 12:56:55 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 30, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Inexplicables October 30, 2010 - by Victor Davis Hanson More debt, please? 1. Please explain this: Barack Obama entered office; nationalized health care; ran up record $1 trillion deficits; promised to hike taxes on the rich; pushed cap and trade through the House; took over large chunks of banks, insurance companies, and auto corporations; made hard-left appointments from Van Jones to Sonia Sotomayor — and in 21 months saw his positives crash from near 70% in January 2009 to little above 40%, with the specter of near record Democratic losses in the Congress just two years after the anti-Bush/anti-Iraq...
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop Tells ELCA Leaders it's Time to Move Forward

    10/05/2010 12:12:06 PM PDT · by lightman · 18 replies · 1+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 5 October AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA Presiding Bishop Tells ELCA Leaders it's Time to Move Forward 10-261-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- In a report to leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop, said it is time for the church to move forward and get over being "timid" about mission and ministry. "In the name of Jesus Christ our days of timidity are over," Hanson told the ELCA Conference of Bishops, ELCA synod vice presidents and ELCA seminary presidents Oct. 2. "I just think we have to say it. And we have to say it with the...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Barack Obama’s World of Them vs. Us

    10/01/2010 9:33:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | October 01, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    On his latest speaking tour, the president has continued to talk about a traditional midterm election — in which the country assesses the sitting administration’s agenda — as if it were some epic Manichean struggle, something akin to race relations: Jim Crow, civil rights, and now, most recently, the abolition of slavery. At best, Obama is implying that a referendum on his policies is of similar magnitude to an existential battle like the Civil War; at worst, he implies by analogy that he is the crusading abolitionist and his opponents the forces of slaveholding evil. And all of this from...
  • ELCA bishop answers questions in churchwide webcast session ["The cutting isn't over"]

    09/20/2010 10:14:38 AM PDT · by rhema · 17 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | 9/19/10 | Stephen J. Lee
    < snip > Financial issues Two retired pastors, across the country from each other, each asked about the same question, one of several queries about the declining finances of the ELCA: What about the recent announcement that pensions of pastors and other ELCA employees will be reduced 9 percent a year for three consecutive years? “That’s a difficult question,” Hanson said. The downturn in the economy in recent years means pension investments haven’t done well, and adjustments were needed, he said. Hanson reminded the retired pastors that “many people sitting in pews are struggling,” with loss of jobs and income,...
  • ELCA Head Responds to Rival Lutheran Body

    08/25/2010 12:26:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 8/25/10 | Lillian Kwon
    The head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America responded to plans for a rival church body, urging fellow Lutherans to avoid slander. "We are to fear and love God, so that we do not tell lies about our neighbors, betray or slander them, or destroy their reputations. Instead we are to come to their defense, speak well of them, and interpret everything they do in the best possible light," said the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the ELCA, as he recited words from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Hanson made the statement in a pastoral letter Tuesday, days...
  • A Rather Angry America ... Victor Davis Hanson

    08/09/2010 1:28:13 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 9 Aug 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Unemployment is still high, growth low, deficits huge. States are cutting out everything from streetlights to paving. Public pensions are exploding everywhere. A class war looms between retirees who want their sweet-heart obligations honored, and strapped, poorer taxpayers who feel about those bloated payouts as they do their underwater mortgages. What Did You Expect? In a progressive culture, where ads blare hourly about skipping out on credit card debt, shorting the IRS, and walking away from mortgages, did the public employee unions really think they were exempt from a Chrysler-like renegotiation? In the age of Obama, there is no real...
  • The New Racial Mess

    07/22/2010 5:16:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Click here to find out more! Weren't we supposed to enter a new age of tolerance with the election of President Barack Obama? His half-black, half-white ancestry and broad support across racial lines suggested that at last Americans judged each other on the content of our characters -- not the color of our skin or our tribal affiliations. Instead, in just 18 months of the Obama administration, racial discord is growing and relations seem to have been set back a generation. Black voters are galvanizing behind Obama at a time of rapidly falling support. White independents, in contrast, are leaving...
  • Excerpts from an Email to ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson from Jaynan Clark

    06/23/2010 9:18:53 AM PDT · by rhema · 14 replies · 1+ views
    WordAlone Network ^ | June 2010 | Jaynan Clark
    (To the reader)I admit that something just said “Enough already!” as I read Mark Hanson’s (Presiding Bishop of the ELCA) release regarding the Gaza strip. This came only days after news that the Tanzanian, Ethiopian and Chinese church leaders would be engaging in ongoing, private conversation with him regarding their concerns with the ELCA’s actions last August at the churchwide assembly. Bold public witness based on the Word of God and the historical, confessional Christian teachings were met with an invitation to continue to engage in deep conversation in private behind closed doors. Even if money on or under the...
  • History Down the Danube (VDH Alert)

    05/28/2010 7:30:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies · 275+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 28, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A German remarked today to some of us that he found it odd that, given all the graffiti one sees, there is never any defacement on the great stone stage at Nuremberg (patterned by Albert Speer after the Pergamon altar) that is immortalized in so many film clips of Hitler screaming to the masses in the 1930s. The German government has done a wonderful job in creating a museum inside the uncompleted Speer-design coliseum not far away from the parade ground. One leaves Nuremberg with the reminder that the fantastic and impossible are just a blink away when the planets...
  • Dissecting Obama

    05/07/2010 9:45:41 AM PDT · by newheart · 10 replies · 360+ views
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | May 7, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Anyway, what is the general philosophy that guides this President abroad? I think there are four or five elements, and I’d like to just go briefly through them and then apply them to specific policies and countries—and see if we can spot their presence. One, of course, is that he’s a post-modern President. That’s a fancy word for saying a culture that arose after the modern period, the so-called the post- modern period. And within it is a belief system that incorporates things like utopian pacifism. He seems to believe that as a child of the Enlightenment that if very...
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop Attends Easter Prayer Breakfast at White House

    04/07/2010 12:58:22 PM PDT · by lightman · 13 replies · 347+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 6 April AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA NEWS SERVICE April 6, 2010 ELCA Presiding Bishop Attends Easter Prayer Breakfast at White House 10-107-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), said he "very much appreciated" comments by U.S. President Barack Obama April 6, in which the president spoke of "the significance of Christ's death and Resurrection for his life and faith, and for our witness." Hanson was among some 50 Christian religious leaders who attended an Easter Prayer breakfast hosted by Obama at the White House. Also attending were the Rev. David H. Beckmann, ELCA...
  • HANSON: Proud to help - and to fly our flag

    03/21/2010 8:57:59 AM PDT · by Emile · 1 replies · 418+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/21/10 | Jim Hanson
    The United States has brought millions of dollars and many tons of aid to Haiti, but one thing we brought is not welcome: the American flag. For awhile, it flew over the compound where the Joint Task Force Haiti was operating, but no more. Apparently, Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive thought...
  • Police say teacher was killed by former mother-in-law

    01/30/2010 2:43:43 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies · 1,004+ views
    Deseret News ^ | January 30, 2010 | Pat Reavy and Abigail Shaha
    MILLCREEK — An assistant preschool teacher was shot and killed Friday by her 70-year-old former mother-in-law, police said. Tetyana Nikitina, 34, was shot by Mary Nance Hanson about 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Hal J. Schultz facility of the Salt Lake CAP Head Start school at 336 E. 3900 South, said Unified Police Lt. Don Hutson. Hanson then reloaded and allegedly fired several more rounds as Nikitina was driving away. According to Utah State Court records, Nikitina filed for divorce from Dale Jankowski in February 2005. Police say they believe Jankowski is Hanson's son.
  • Obama aims to ax moon mission (Killing Cent. Florida economy and American dreams at the same time.)

    01/28/2010 9:59:38 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 38 replies · 882+ views
    NASA's plans to return astronauts to the moon are dead. So are the rockets being designed to take them there — that is, if President Barack Obama gets his way. When the White House releases his budget proposal Monday, there will be no money for the Constellation program that was supposed to return humans to the moon by 2020. The troubled and expensive Ares I rocket that was to replace the space shuttle to ferry humans to space will be gone, along with money for its bigger brother, the Ares V cargo rocket that was to launch the fuel and...
  • Charges filed in NAACP embezzlement case

    01/21/2010 8:44:20 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 6 replies · 417+ views
    upi ^ | Jan 20, 2010 | unattributed
    A former NAACP executive was charged in Fulton County, Ga., with embezzling $275,000 from the U.S. civil rights organization, NAACP officials say. The Rev. Amos Brown, administrator for the NAACP's Atlanta chapter, said former NAACP official Judith W. Hanson and Hanson's former assistant, Saundra Douglass, are accused of embezzling funds during their time with the Baltimore-based organization, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Tuesday. Authorities allege Hanson, who served as the executive director of the NAACP's Atlanta chapter, and Douglass used NAACP funds for personal expenses during a six-year period. The alleged embezzlement was uncovered by an internal investigation of the chapter's...