Sunday, November 11, 2012
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Saturday, July 28, 2012
The following are quotes from the comments following his prayer. The video is included at the end.
We know that these social issues of today are being under attack, but at their core is this Biblical understanding of marriage.
This is an issue between democracy and socialism.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Just to make sure we're clear, he said he had to "give up" his "healthcare benefits" to stand for election to the United States Senate, correct?
This is the same Tim Kaine that was chairman of the Democratic National Committee when that Democractic party passed the completely partisan Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, correct?
And that Affordable Care Act is the same law that considers "giving up" one's "health benefits" as a penalty/tax-worthy event, yes?
In other words, two years from now, under this law no one should be "giving up" their health benefits because if you don't have health benefits as prescribed by that law and the Administration from your employer, then you are still on the hook to provide yourself with your own health benefits.
And yet, while the technicality remains, Tim Kaine uses his few months of remaining freedom for "giving up" his health benefits as an excuse to draw sympathy for his run for Senate? Seriously?
Saturday, July 21, 2012
On seeing that her post was on my birthday this year, I decided to take a slow and long look back through her Twitter feed. Below are some that stood out from the last 65 days of her life.
Of course we're seeing Dark Knight.Redheaded Texan spitfire, people should never argue with me.Maybe I should get in on those NHL talks...— Jessica Redfield (@JessicaRedfield) July 20, 2012
Never thought I'd have to coerce a guy into seeing the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises with me.— Jessica Redfield (@JessicaRedfield) July 20, 2012
How do people know where they want to be in 14 years?! This is absurd to me! I don't even know where I want to be in the morning!!— Jessica Redfield (@JessicaRedfield) July 19, 2012
Apollo communications chief Ed Fendell:Rocket Men, p. 261
The first thing you have to remember, I don't know what you've heard from other people, but most of us didn't believe we would land on Apollo 11. Have people told you that, in their opinion, that they thought we would make it the first time? I didn't believe we would ever land the first time, but we did. Okay. And when it started getting down close, I don't think I was touching my chair. I actually believe I was levitating somewhere over that chair. That's the way I felt. I know I wasn't levitating, because I can't do that, but that's the way I felt. It was so intense that I don't think most people really fully realized what we did. I know I didn't.
I went home and slept for a couple hours, I got cleaned up, and I was going back to work and I stopped to eat some breakfast. And between Monroe and Edgebrook in those days there was a Dutch Kettle, you know, one of these little coffee shops with the round stools.
I walked in there, and I knew we had landed on the Moon, and I was proud and all that and everything, but because I wasn't out there with the public when it all happened, I really wasn't that jived as to what the real effect was going on in the world. You know what I'm saying? You know, there were people going crazy all over the world. You'll see these pictures on the movies and the newsreels, you'll see thousands of peopel standing in Times Square watching this stuff and so on, you know. So you weren't into all that, you were so intense in what was going on and what you were looking at and so on.
I'm sitting there reading the paper and so on, and two guys walk in and sit down on the two stools next to me. They are from the Exxon or Enco or whatever the gas station was down at the corner down there, and they're in their gas station clothes and they've got the grease under their fingernails and so on. They were a little bit older. They sit down and they get their coffee and they're waiting for their breakfast. They start talking.
One of them says to the other one, he said, "You know, I went all through World War II. I landed at Normandy on D-Day." And he said, "It was an incredible day, an incredible life, and I went all the way through Paris and on into Berlin," wherever the heck it was he was talking about. He said, "But yesterday was the day that I felt the proudest to be an American."
Well, when he said that, I lost it. It all of a sudden hit me as to what we had done, you know. And I just threw my money down, grabed my paper, and walked out and got in the car and started to cry.
Friday, July 20, 2012
So many science fiction writers have imagined the first human setting foot on another planet, but none imagined that, when it actually happened, the rest of the world would be watching it all, live on television . . . or that the first men on another planet would be like children, stumbling about in their inflated snowsuits, hopping with glee in the reduced gravity, to-do lists sewn into their sleeves.Rocket Men, p. 275
Because the space suits' tinted visors had the faces of the men inside, making them anonymous, anyone watching, no matter his gender, race or nationality, could imagine himself, a fellow astronaut, exploring the Moon.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
We have a Bible memorization program already in place. Given that we were ending the school year and are closing in on the transition to a new school year, most of the students had either finished the memory program or had not started it at all. A reset was in order.
The day before liftoff, a mule-and-wagon carrying the Reverend Ralph Abernathy (head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and successor to Martin Luther King) appeared with a group of protestors before the gates of KSC.Rocket Men, pp. 74-75
The decade had seen a small but voluble public protest against Project Apollo, and some of the SCLC's chiefs were its most visible opponents, its leaders arguing that federal monies would be better spent on Earth-based needs instead of starry dreams.
Medical operations director Charles Berry:
I went up to [Reverend Abernathy] and I said, "You know, I do not understand why you would come and try and demonstrate and say that we ought not to have this flight to the Moon. Do you have any concept at all about what this can mean to the world and to us as a nation, having the capability to do this?"
He said, "It's really not about the capability to do this, it's this money that's going to the Moon, this money's going to be on the Moon, and it should be being spent on these people down here on Earth."
And I said, "There isn't a single dollar going on the Moon. Not one dollar going to be on the Moon. Every one of those dollars that's gone to this program, and a lot of this nation is involved in that, and every one of those dollars is going to somebody down here on Earth. If some of your people wanted to be working on some of that, they could have done it. I'm sure that jobs are there. You could work on it, and you could be getting some of that so-called moon money, if you want to call it that."
"That's not what I'm saying," he said. "The thing is, that money ought to be spent on these people right down here."
I said, "Well, you obviously don't understand what is happening here, and it's being done for your good and for everyone's good. If a nation is great, it's my view that that nation ought to be able to do both things, and we ought to be able to do the things that are necessary here. We need the science and the technology on the cutting edge if we're going to be a nation that's going to progress. If you don't, you're going to die as a nation and you're not going to solve any of the problems here on Earth or anywhere else."
Later, NASA Administrator Tom Paine went out to meet the reverend and offered to let some of the group watch the launch from the Center.
Abernathy would later admit, "I succumbed to the awe-inspiring launch ... I was one of the proudest Americans as I stood on this soil; I think it's really holy ground."
Friday, July 13, 2012
If God's other creatures like a food, is that a sign those foods are healthy?
Conversely, if God's other creatures, insects, etc., avoid a food, is that a sign those foods are unhealthy?
With all the processed foods we eat, if the critters avoid them, should we be avoiding them also?
Thursday, July 12, 2012
- Mr. TOWNS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute and to honor Susannah Mushatt Jones on the occasion of her 113th birthday celebration. Lovingly called ``Miss Susie'', she is a symbol of longevity and commitment to family for all New Yorkers and our nation.
- Mr. SMITH of New Jersey. Mr. Speaker, earlier this week I held a hearing to examine U.S. policy and policy options for managing relations with Nigeria in light of concerns on terrorism and social and political unrest.
- The stability and commitment to justice and the rule of law of the Nigerian government is critical to regional, continental and global economic interests. Nigeria is hugely important on many fronts. Nigeria, Africa's largest producer of oil and its largest democracy, is one of the U.S. government's key strategic partners on the continent. It is Africa's most populous country, with more than 155 million people, roughly half Muslim and half Christian, and its second-largest economy. Nigeria supplies nearly three times the volume of imports to the United States as Angola, the second leading U.S. import supplier. The United States receives nearly 20% of our petroleum exports from Nigeria.
- Consequently, Nigeria's stability is of critical interest for the U.S. economy and American policy interests in Africa.
- Attacks by the Nigerian Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram on Christians, including attacks launched this past weekend, are unprovoked and unconscionable. People of all faiths--and all people of goodwill--must demand immediate action against this terrorist organization.
- Mr. SMITH of New Jersey. Mr. Speaker, China's one-child policy in effect since 1979 is state sponsored murder and constitutes massive crimes against humanity. The Nuremberg Nazi war crimes tribunal properly construed forced abortion as a crime against humanity--nothing in human history compares to the magnitude of China's 33 year assault on women and children.
- Abortion is a weapon of mass destruction. Millions have been exterminated.
- Today in China, rather than being given maternal care, pregnant women without birth allowed permits are hunted down and forcibly aborted. They are mocked, belittled, and humiliated.
Put another way, 46 million Americans are on food stamps. 46 million Americans depend on the federal government to eat. 46 million Americans depend on the government just to survive.
For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.
2 Thessalonians 3:10
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Source: GOP REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
That means the House Republicans have stood for freedom 31 times!
Why do we need a replacement? What's wrong with a free market? What's wrong with patients and doctors working to hold down costs?
Source: WALL STREET V. MAIN STREET
Is it possible we have this backwards?
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
- Mr. WOLF. Mr. Speaker, I submit a letter I sent to President Obama and Secretary Clinton calling for the firing of the U.S. ambassador to Vietnam.
- Ambassador David Shear should be removed because he has repeatedly failed to advocate for human rights and speak out for the voiceless in Vietnam. I recommend that he be replaced by a Vietnamese-American.
- I am particularly upset by Ambassador Shear's failure to invite more dissidents and human rights activists to the U.S. Embassy for a July 4 celebration after promising that he would.
- Further, I have been disappointed in Shear's handling of the case of Dr. Nguyen Quoc Quan, a Vietnamese-American democracy activist and U.S. citizen presently being held by the communist government of Vietnam.
- As I stated in the letter, ``America must be a voice for the voiceless. The U.S. Embassy in Vietnam must be an island of freedom, headed by a bold American ambassador. Ambassador Shear is not that man.''
- Mr. SMITH of Texas. Mr. Speaker, former CBS producer Greg Kandra recently highlighted the continued existence of the national liberal media's bias.
- As a result of the national media's use of selectively edited clips to push its liberal agenda, he stated that he has ``grown weary trying to defend'' the national media. Kandra declared that he cannot and will not defend his former colleagues against claims of liberal bias.
- He writes that the national media has ``successfully eroded any confidence'' the public has in the news. And that the national media has ``done a [great] job of diminishing what was once a great profession and undermining one of the underpinnings of democracy, a free press.''
- Ms. RICHARDSON. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to honor the memory of one of the most beloved television personalities of all time, Andy Griffith. For over five decades he entertained us with the wholesome and charismatic energy he was known for. Mr. Griffith's career is the very definition of legendary, and he will be sorely missed.
Monday, July 9, 2012
One thing is for sure; if the ACA remains in effect, in its present form, our members’ monthly premiums will continue to rise dramatically and health care will become more and more expensive for everyone.
“Free” or “subsidized” health insurance is never free; someone has to pay for it. Members’ medical premiums come out of their donors’ monthly support.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
JCPenney had a big sale last Friday, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Nothing out of the norm there. Except that back in January, Penney said was done with sales. The new strategy was going to be low prices all the time with sales "only on certain special occasions."
Note to retailers:
A sale does not really help me spend less and thereby you, the seller, earn less.
A sale helps me, the customer, think my purchase is worth more than I'm payingand now.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
By elucidating introversion's benefits, Cain is inspiring a reexamination of corporate structure and processes, spurring change through the classic public-intellectual approach: by encouraging us to think.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
One way to drive fear out of a relationship is to realize that your partner's values are the same as yours, that what you care about is exactly what they care about. In my opinion, that drives fear out and makes for a great partnership, whether it's a corporate partnership or a marriage.
Read more from Fast Company
Sunday, May 27, 2012
As they learn to communicate, they think they have learned how to say something correctly within the parameters of their native language. And then they hilariously bump up against the rules of grammar.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
One of the third graders nailed the question immediately. He basically said, "No, we won't have hope because we'll already have everything."
That's exactly right. Paul told the Romans, "Hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience."
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
A couple Sundays ago we made it to Peter's sermon in response to the crowd that was responding to the Holy Spirit arriving at Pentecost.
Peter begins by explaining the prophet Joel told us long ago that what was happening would happen.
I told the students that Peter was quoting Joel, and I had them look at both Acts 2:17-21 and Joel 2:28-32.
Upon reading the same thing in both places, one of the students exclaimed, "Wait, they're the same!"
Yes, they're the same. That's what I meant when I said Peter was quoting Joel!
The New Testament is built on the Old Testament.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Albany Medical Center, where I worked for over seven years, is a tertiary referral center that accepts patients with life-threatening conditions related to or caused by pregnancy. I personally treated hundreds of women with such conditions in my tenure there.
There are several conditions that can arise or worsen, typically during the late second or third trimester of pregnancy, that require immediate care. In many of those cases, ending or “terminating” the pregnancy, if you prefer, can be life saving, but "terminating a pregnancy" does not necessarily mean "abortion." I maintain that abortion is seldom if ever a useful intervention in these cases.
I must admit that I was reluctant to publicly share my perspective on President Obama’s recent statement regarding same sex marriage because too often his presidency has caused separation within the ranks of African American leadership. And yet, what does an African American pastor do when his Africa American president makes a decision that eventually will destroy the foundation of not only the African American community, but the nation as a whole? Does that pastor take a risk that he will be misunderstood and labeled as an “Uncle Tom”, a Republican Party pawn, or someone “the white man has bought out”?
Monday, May 21, 2012
The government’s signal reform involves freeing schools from local-authority control, letting them set their own budgets, alter their hours and change how they teach. Michael Gove, the education secretary, entered office privately hoping that half of all state secondary schools would shake off their local shackles by 2015. That target will probably be hit this year.
Most of the new schools are “academies”, which are existing schools that have secured these freedoms.
“Free schools”, which have identical powers but are created from scratch, might really take off if the government allows them to be run for profit, bringing a wider range of suppliers into the mix. Mr Gove’s priority, however, is to expand the academy revolution to primary schools.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
New homes sales figures are due on Wednesday at 10 a.m. April's new home sales are also expected to post an increase, gaining about 7,000 units over a 328,000-unit annual rate in March.
Initial jobless claims and durable goods orders will be published on Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
Consumer sentiment is due at 9:55 a.m. on Friday.
Read more from MSNBC
Saturday, May 12, 2012
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Sunday, April 8, 2012
Navy: 'Miracle' nobody died in Virginia jet crash
Genocide survivor has faith in future of Rwanda
"There is no paradise on Earth. What happened in Rwanda can happen anywhere"
U.S. sinks Japan tsunami-swept boat
Indian authorities propose prisoner swap with Maoist rebels
Austerity drives up suicide rate in debt-ridden Greece
Why Iran-Brazil friendship has gone cold
Cuba sets Good Friday as holiday after pope's request
Panama teen was adrift at sea for 26 days; mother calls return 'a miracle'
On Sunday, the third day after Jesus' death, Mary Magdalene went to visit His tomb.Inner State 80, pp. 372-373.
When Mary arrived, the heavy stone that covered the opening of the tomb—a stone that could be moved only with extraordinary strength—had been rolled aside making it possible for everyone to see for themselves that Jesus was no longer inside.
When Jesus came back to life, He certainly could have left His tomb without moving that rock.
But it's God's nature to remove barriers to our understanding and believing.
John 20 describes the miraculous setting in detail so everyone would know that the body had not been stolen.
No Jew or Greek would have unwrapped a dead body just to carry it out. The dead body would have contaminated them.
And the Roman soldiers would not have stolen the body since they were supposed to guard the tomb to prevent that from happening. In fact, Jesus' disappearance meant certain death for them.
And no one would have taken the time and effort to unwrap the linens from the corpse, yet the wrappings were found neatly folded, as if someone had tidied up before leaving the site.
The headcloth had been rolled up in a separate place.
Nothing in the passage indicates that there was anything rushed or chaotic about Jesus' leaving the tomb.
It was not by accident that Jesus rose on the third day.
When the disciples saw the empty tomb and the linens, they realized that Jesus had risen from the dead. They remembered the Scriptures said He would come to life again.
From there, they would eventually change the world!