Senator Specter demonstrates the “fissure” within the GOP probably more than any other Republican. As a Republican liberal, Specter is popular in the Philadelphia suburbs, but has been practically booed off of the stage when appearing at Republican campaign events in western PA.
By a vote of 309-115, lawmakers amended the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill to bar the FCC from requiring broadcasters to balance conservative content with liberal programming such as Air America. Read more...
A surprising number of House Democrats joined Republicans in taking a shot against the Fairness Doctrine, despite some heavy support by Nancy Pelosi and Democrat Senators. Perhaps their phones are still melted over calls against the Immigration Bill, and they needed a break.
I was just talking about this last night. People today have confused "pleasure" with true "happiness". Pleasure requires you to continue an act to remain happy. That means you must continually "feed the monster" to maintain a feeling of pleasure that can not be maintained indefinitely. Happiness remains and comes from the one true source.
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A) The Holy Spirit is the "Spirit of Grace" (see Hebrews 10:29).
B) The Holy Spirit is the "Spirit of Truth" (see John 16:13).
C) The Holy Spirit is the "Spirit of Grace & Truth." Which tends to make sense given that the "Holy Spirit" is God, and Jesus is God, and Jesus is "full of grace and truth" (see John 1:14), and "grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ" (see John 1:17).
Do you see it? Grace AND truth. The grace of God makes it possible for us to receive the truth of God. Grace without truth is half the gospel, which is NO GOSPEL. The preacher who teaches grace without truth proclaims a FALSE GOSPEL. "There are some who...want to distort the gospel of Christ" (Galatians 1:7).
Again, the "Satanic spirit of grace" that the devil and his servants promote (see 2 Corinthians 11:13-14) is a "grace" without truth. The "grace" of Satan is a literal "insult to the Spirit of Grace" (see Hebrews 10:29).
"But even if we, or an angel from heaven,
should preach to you a gospel contrary to what
we have preached to you, he is to be accursed."
We best understand the difference.
The state budget negotiations are already bogged down over the governor’s request for a half dozen new tax increases. The Democrat House Majority Leader lives in a rural district and barely survived last year’s election - he most likely will not touch any gun control legislation. This issue throws another wrench into an already contentious budget debate.
If the left wants equal time to express its views on the radio or television, they have the liberty to do so by starting their own programs and shows. In fact, in the larger media world including broadcast TV, public broadcasting, and print, the left predominates. The challenge for them is getting people to listen. To seek parity in talk radio by restraining the freedom of others is neither free, nor equal, nor fair.
for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you;
but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes,
will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement."
This "Helper," the Holy Spirit, is the "Spirit of Grace" (see Hebrews 10:29). And Jesus informs us of the "first-works" of this Spirit of Grace. From this direct teaching of Jesus we learn that:
-Grace without the conviction of sin is nothing more than a demonic doctrine (see John 5:14; 8:11).
-Grace without righteousness is...UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. "We have received grace...to bring about the obedience of faith" (Romans 1:5; see also, Romans 16:26).
-Grace without the awareness of judgement is the epitomy of delusion.
Indeed, the Spirit of Grace is one and the same Holy Spirit that Jesus sent to "convict the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgement" (see above). Ironically, the "Satanic spirit of grace" that the devil and his servants promote (see 2 Corinthians 11:13-14) is a "grace" devoid of all three; conviction, righteousness and judgement. The "grace" of Satan is a literal "insult to the Spirit of Grace" (see Hebrews 10:29).
We best understand the difference.
From the story: Jesse Ramirez Jr.'s awakening, which friends called "a miracle," occurred after his sister, parents and other relatives went to court and obtained an emergency order for feeding and hydration tubes to be reinserted, reversing a directive given by his wife, Rebecca Ramirez.
Sounds strangely familiar.
From the story: Giuliani argued that Clinton treated the World Trade Center bombing as a criminal act instead of a terrorist attack, calling it "a big mistake" that emboldened other strikes on the Khobar Towers housing complex in Saudi Arabia, in Kenya and Tanzania and later on the USS Cole while docked in Yemen in 2000. "The United States government, then President Clinton, did not respond," Giuliani said. "(Osama) bin Laden declared war on us. We didn't hear it."
Call me cynical, but what would the reaction of these senators who support the smoking ban be if Philip Morris decided to stop selling its tobacco products in PA? In theory, they should be relieved, as there would be one less "health risk".
But most likey, the tax revenue drop off would send these same senators into panic mode. Not understanding the free market and the fact that it is the seller’s prerogative to sell or not to sell its product in certain markets, odds are that these same senators would draft legislation to “force” Philip Morris to sell its products in PA.
I never really thought about it that way but it's true. If there is a stage, then who is the star? The quiet contemplation and space necessary for worship has been jetissoned in most modern evangelical ceremonies.
I believe many people are confused when it comes to what what worship is, was and should be. The charismatic delusion has almost completely taken over the churches. "Christian" rock music might appeal to some young people but it does nothing for them spiritually. When we confuse entertainment with true worship we are lost. The church choir, organ, and piano have been replaced by praise teams, bands, and drum set.
Some churches imitate pop music concerts in the name of “praise and worship”. Lights flash, videos fill the screen, singers engage in “liturgical dancing”. The music is loud and its beat is strongly similar to that of secular music. Worshippers wave their arms in the air and applaud.
When the emphasis is on audio-video stimulation, then God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit become “excuses” to indulge the senses in “worship” that does not lead to a higher plan of godliness, spirituality, and Christian maturity. In this environment people become totally enamored by the phenomenon of “worship” rather than being enthusiastic about serving God. The worship “experience” is their focus rather than the work of God which is by faith.
There is a fixation on worship experience. The result is persistent immaturity and carnality among Christians. Something dysfunctional is happening. Yet it is impossible to see it from within the Christian bubble. I have had people tell me they were not able to participate in works of service because their schedule is filled up with praise concerts.
Don't get me wrong. People should enjoy going to church. Praise, joy, and thanksgiving should be a delight. Sermons should be motivational and life-changing. We should enjoy God’s Word. We should be uplifted. We should be inspired to grow, develop, and become more productive in God’s kingdom.
Still the assembly should not substitute audio visual-stimulation and sensational excitement for genuine worship. Bright lights and hyper-emotions should not replace the delight we have in the Word of the Lord. If we need fast, loud music, stimulating videos and liturgical dancing to get people to church, then we are abusing the assembly. If this is “entertainment”, then the church should not be entertaining. After all, who are you going to worship?
The church needs to strike the middle-ground between sleepy boredom and excessive sensual stimulation. We need to create encouraging churches that do not run to excess to achieve that goal.
Some people are (by nature) more emotionally expressive than others. Some are more rational-intellectual than others. 1 Corinthians 14:40 does not outlaw emotional expressiveness, neither does it mandate a highly subdued and sleepy assembly. We can have decency and order in the middle-ground where people can be expressive and/or quiet. 1 Corinthians 14:40 does not eliminate the possibility of finding a moderate solution to the problems we face in today’s world.
Who knows, perhaps the Montgomery County Board of Education can also settle other raging scientific debates!
To pass the Senate, the (Immigration) bill must earn 60 votes today, survive a series of amendments, earn 60 votes in a follow-up vote likely to come Thursday, and then pass with majority support — all difficult tests on an issue that deeply divides both parties, and American voters. Read more…
Meanwhile…Immigration Dispute Roils Conservative Radio
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush's immigration bill has created a rift between right-wing talk radio and Republican politicians that threatens to rupture the conservative coalition, according to a nationally syndicated radio host.Talk radio criticism of Republicans escalated after Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss) criticized the medium's role in opposing the legislation."Talk radio is running America," Lott said. "We have to deal with that problem." Read more…
Some Senators from the left and right want to “fix” talk radio, especially since losing the first round of votes on the immigration bill. Sorry Trent and Barbara, the market place of ideas and free speech won this debate, you both know that adding additional NPR affiliates won’t solve your perceived “problem”.
My thanks to Jim Powers for the new posts and I hope to get back at it in 24 hours.
….the lifelong Catholic and opponent of abortion on demand had always declined membership in the Ohio Education Association, a state chapter of the National Education Association, because she is unhappy with the NEA's stance on abortion. Read more…
In round numbers – 1.3 million abortions per year means that with an average class size of 25 students, 52,000 teachers are NOT needed this year alone. Can anyone imagine any other union advocating a policy that works against their own union membership in this way?
At least it is in Oakland, Calif. That city's government says those words italicized here constitute something akin to hate speech, and can be proscribed from the government's open e-mail system and employee bulletin board. “….it was predictable that speech suppression would become an instrument of cultural combat, used to settle ideological scores and advance political agendas by silencing adversaries.” Read more…
As the article states, there was no problem for those advocating gay rights in advertising their political views and activities on the city's e-mail system and bulletin board. No surprises here, as "progressives" openly embrace “Selective” free speech codes .
The study, conducted by medical professionals, looked closely at some of the most common CSE curricula currently in use in an attempt to see if the content was truthful and truly comprehensive.
A cursory review of the study shows that the materials distributed by the "comprehensive" programs mention abstinence only 321 times. In contrast the materials mention usage of condoms 2,763 times - and only mention condom failure rates a total of 23 times!
The study showed these programs have very little impact on increasing condom use among children, and even less impact in delaying sexual activities - the latter being no surprise considering the focus on condoms instead of abstaining.
Today Dr. John Agwunobi, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, and Dan Schneider, HHS Assistant Secretary for ACF, are announcing a campaign which is designed to encourage parents to talk to their kids about sex, their values, and how delaying sexual activity until marriage can contribute to their future happiness and success. This campaign should be applauded for recognizing that any true education for children must come from their parents and promote the family.
Watch for this argument to curtail 1st Amendment freedoms to be promoted in terms of “reform”.
Under the so-called Mexico City Policy, introduced in 1984 by the Reagan administration, nongovernmental organizations could receive U.S. funds only if they agreed not to perform or promote abortion as a family-planning method in foreign countries.The 1984 policy was rescinded by the Clinton administration -- and reinstated by President George W. Bush in 2001. Read more...
Locally, Congressmen English and Altmire voted "no" on the Lowey Amendment rescinding the Mexico City Policy and both voted "yes" on the failed Smith Amendment to preserve the Mexico City Policy.
Why? Nothing elese he does is valid in the eyes of the Church.
So I guess you have to say something like: "The poor person in handcuffs experienced a communication breakdown when the women he was attempting to befriend cruely refused his sexual gift offer and in the midst of undue stress caused him to momentarily forget the definition of the words 'No you scumbag get off of me'"
The Center for American Progress’ new report, "The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio,” questions whether the "companies licensed to broadcast over the public radio airwaves are serving the listening needs of all Americans,” the Center’s Web site states. "Right-wing talk reigns supreme on America’s airwaves.” Read more...
Air America has basically failed competing in the open market. Evidently, taxpayer subsidized NPR and Radio Pacifica are not enough.
What really happened to the bird?
A list of recent Hamas terror attacks. (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Of the terrorist mess, the Jerusalem Post said “The truth is the entire nightmare can be traced back to the liberal democratic policies of the leftist Jimmy Carter, who created a firestorm that destabilized our greatest ally in the Muslim world, the shah of Iran, in favor of a religious fanatic, the ayatollah Khomeini.” (Jerusalem Post)
Some believe Iran is behind the Hamas takeover. (UPI)
From Hewitt: Pragmatic Republicans have to realize that Bloomberg's entry makes the financial dimension of the campaign much more important, and that favors Romney. So too will the reactions of down ticket Republicans across the country worried about getting swept away in a sea of Clinton-Bloomberg left-wing ads and internet activism. (Townhall)
PA HB 288 requires hospitals and other emergency facilities to ‘promptly’ provide victims of sexual assault with information about “emergency contraceptives” including Plan B. Hospitals are also to readily supply the regimen of emergency contraceptives. One thing this bill does not require is for the hospital to report the sexual assault.
The bill also says a non-profit chosen by the Department of Health will develop and provide the ‘medically and factually accurate” information. It also says that the non-profit shall be “the prime grantee that arranges for the provision of services to sexual violence and rape victims.” Hmmm, just who would this so called, unnamed non-profit organization be?
The meadows reportedly took in $5 million in revenue its first week.
Almost 4,000 of the 201,173 procedures carried out in England and Wales were on girls under 16, the legal age of consent for sex.
Lambeth had the highest rate of abortions among under-18s - 44 for every 1,000 women having a termination. Across London, 24 in every 1,000 under-18s had an abortion last year.
This is reminiscent of the Beach Boy’s Mike Love firing staff members whom did not practice Transcendental Meditation.
"Despite a decade ... of domination by the far right agenda in Congress and the media and the political arena, they have been unable to bring the American people along," Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said during a panel discussion on conservative politics. Read more…
This must be why Air America needs the federal government to pass the “Fairness Doctrine” in order to compete with conservative ideas.
Combing through Thompson's archive, Newsweek found several files on his campaign strategy on abortion that could roil his 2008 bid. On a 1994 Eagle Forum survey, Thompson said he opposed criminalizing abortion. Two years later, on a Christian Coalition questionnaire, he checked "opposed" to a proposed constitutional amendment protecting the sanctity of human life. Read more...
Being the undeclared candidate can hold an irresistible allure - voters can project their values onto the candidate, becoming all things to all people. If Thompson is successful, this may become the campaign model of the future.
Update - Thompson video covering positions abortion, stem cells - click here....
Since when has Planned parenthood committed any abortions? Get your facts straight. Planned parenthood is an organization involved in educating people and getting help for people of low income in the treatment of sexual diseases, etc. This group, as the story states, is already at risk (again, probably low income, high dropout rates, etc.)So, they are not to get knowledge that will help them make better life choices? PP are also promoters of abstinence so don't keep telling people the sky is green. This is very un-Godlike. I'm sorry, but you are going to hell!
Well, putting my predicted eternal damnation for a blog post aside, this person could not be more wrong. First according to Planned Parenthood's own records, they are the nation's largest abortion provider. Why? Because there is big money in it. Planned Parenthood made a hugh profit last year, thanks to YOU, the American taxpayer.
During its 2005-2006 fiscal year, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America performed a record 264,943 abortions, attained a high profit of $55.8 million and received record taxpayer funding of $305.3 million.
Now before I'm accused of making all this up, you might want to read the Planned Parenthood Federation of America own annual report.
For the year July 1, 2005, through June 30, 2006, Planned Parenthood received $345.1 million in clinic income, $305.3 million in taxpayer funding and $212.2 million in donations. Total income reached $902.8 million while total expenses came to $847.0 million, leaving a profit of $55.8 million.
In this age of "rights" don't those who oppose abortion have the right to refuse to fund this activity through their tax dollars?
With 506 clergy and lay delegates voting at Thiel College in Greenville, Mercer County, the Rev. Martha Clementson had a commanding lead after the second ballot, with 181 votes. The balloting is scheduled to continue through today.
She would be the first woman in any major denomination chosen to be a resident bishop in the Pittsburgh area.
I'll bite my tounge on this one......
In a statement, the mayor said he was "not satisfied with the condition of city government" and will conduct a nationwide search for the best candidates to run departments.
He asked for resignation letters from the directors and asked that they continue to serve the city in an acting capacity. He encouraged them to reapply for the position "in order to prove they are the best person for the job."
Might I suggest they Mayor do the same thing....
The colors crowned a contentious battle for marriage, which suffered a vicious blow at the hands of the Massachusetts legislature. Spurning their own constituents, state lawmakers voted 45 to 151 to take the decision of protecting marriage out of voters' hands. In the end, all three branches of government conspired to frustrate the desire of the voters, ignoring over 170,000 residents who signed petitions, wrongly believing that the principle of representative government would prevail. News outlets like the Boston Globe hinted that Gov. Deval Patrick (D) was buying off votes with political favors as late as yesterday. National politicians also weighed in, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Ted Kennedy, and Chairman of the DNC Howard Dean, fearing the issue would become a rallying cry for the 2008 elections.
Their actions may prove to be the very motivator they feared. After Massachusetts, pro-family forces across the nation will be even more motivated to pursue a federal amendment protecting marriage. Despite the shameless games and political maneuvers, we must not give up on the fight.
The original resolution passed by a 9-8 vote, surprising sponsor Blondell Reynolds Brown who had not expected the declaration to be controversial. Cardinal Justin Rigali swiftly condemned the resolution. Read more...
Where are these people living when they assume that declaring Philadelphia a “pro-choice” city would not be controversial?!?
Now if only the NEA would vote to rescind their so called “reproductive freedom” stand, maybe it would help create more teaching jobs.
Stations will need to prove age demos to get Kellogg ads. Some stations could see their ads go snap, crackle and pop as Kellogg bows to child obesity criticism and adjusts which products it promotes and which stations get its commercials. Similar to what stations face proving their audience is old enough to get alcohol advertising - they'll now need to prove their audience is old enough to get cereal ads. CEO David Mackay says they may also shift ad spending for less-nutritious products to older demos - something that could actually be good for radio. Kellogg spent $883,000 in radio last year.
Air America Dumps News. The New York Daily News reports that the Air America Talk Radio Network is eliminating its news service at the end of June. According to a staff memo from Air America COO Scott Elberg, "We spent the last three months looking at all the options. In the end, it didn't work." Air America was bought out of bankruptcy earlier this year by real estate mogul Stephen L. Green who pledged to run the network economically.
Limbaugh outpost WIOD, Miami keeps its "emergency" deal. Broward County Commissioners quickly responded to protests - some triggered by Rush Limbaugh's own sarcastic commentary - and agreed to renew the county's deal for WIOD to carry full-length weather emergency broadcasts. Here's the Sun-Sentinel coverage.
Come out this Saturday to Relay For Life at Brady's Run Park. I, Shaun "Powerball" Pierce, will be broadcasting live from 1-3 PM. I'll be playing music, giving away some cool stuff and I'd love to meet you.
Relay For Life is a fun-filled event designed to bring together those who have been touched by cancer. We celebrate survivorship and raise money to help the American Cancer Society in its mission to save lives, help those who have been touched by cancer, and empower individuals to fight back.
Look for me and the WORD FM Van right before you cross the bridge into the park. That's this Saturday June 16th from 1-3 at Brady's Run Park in Beaver County.
In other Hollywood news, Former Paramount head focused on 'spiritainment'.
David Kirkpatrick wants to make Massachusetts, the bluest of the blue states, into a hotbed of faith-based entertainment production. The former president of Paramount Pictures is cofounder of Good News Holdings, whose mission is to produce "spiritainment."...more
"According to the best scholarly estimate, communism took the lives of tens of millions of people in China and the Soviet Union, and millions more in North Korea, Cambodia, Africa, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Eastern Europe, and other parts of the globe," [the president] said. Read more…
It’s interesting that China’s response sounds like it was written by the New York Times.
One would think that NARL would at least oppose abortion for this type of one-sided gender selection, their silence on this issue is deafening.
Back in November of 2004, I wrote a piece on the myth of birth control, It a myth that millions of Christians have accepted. We did a show on it and had two doctors live on the air that both had different ideas as to when life begins. Is it when the egg is fertilized or when it attaches to the wall?
What the two doctors did agree on is the fact that there is a lot we just don't know. We can't say for certain that the use of birth control does not and never will cause an abortion. That is the one fact in this whole debate we need to put in neon lights.
All of you Christians out there reading this and using birth control need to understand.... It is possible by using birth control pills you are causing (albeit unknowingly) an abortion. Let that sink in a moment.
Millions of Christians could be having abortions every year without even knowing it! Just that fact must cause us to review our decisions and answer the question: Are we doing things because it's God's will or because it's convenient for us?
Back then I was slammed for even suggesting such a thing. Many chalked it up to "Catholic teaching" and dismissed my ideas. But now more Protestants are questioning are contraception
Pro-life principles inconsistent with ‘birth control’?
Fact is Protestants and Catholics were united in opposing contraception until the mid–twentieth century. Since then, the Catholic Church has stood virtually alone on the issue. But some pro-life Protestants are rediscovering that marriage and procreation are intertwined blessings.
Family experts DR. ALLAN CARLSON and PAUL MERO—neither of whom is Catholic—explain why many believers of various denominations are deciding that birth control is incompatible with a biblical world view.
In The Natural Family: A Manifesto, Carlson and Mero describe what our public policy would look like if we were serious about restoring the American family. They show why the family is in crisis and what we can do to preserve the most fundamental and wholesome relationship on earth. None of it is new. But finally people are being to understand what the Catholic church has been teaching and the reasoning behind it. Muslims are not using birth control and simple math should sound an alarm for all Christians.
I intend to try and get Dr. Carlson on the show. In the meantime to read the essay by Dr. Allan Carlson on Protestants and contraception, go here
A restaurant employee called Port Clinton police reporting two Arabic men wrote a note on a napkin while at McCarthy's Restaurant & Pub in downtown Port Clinton, Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton said.
Complete article - Sandusky Register
Radio station WIOD, AM 610, [in Broward County, Florida] has been the official channel for emergency information from Broward County government for the past year. The County Commission, all Democrats, balked at renewing the deal Tuesday, unable to stomach the station also being home to Limbaugh's talk show. Read more...
Given Rush’s market share, not giving hurricane information on AM 610 would be self-defeating. Maybe they can aim for the much lower market share on the local NPR affiliate.
MANILA, Philippines – Gunmen abducted an Italian Roman Catholic priest who was on his way to a remote village to celebrate Sunday Mass in the southern Philippines, police said.
Giancarlo Bossi, 57, was riding his motorcycle in Zamboanga Sibugay province's Payao township, about 500 miles south of Manila, when about 10 armed men blocked his path then seized him, said Senior Superintendent Francisco Cristobal, the provincial police chief.
Cristobal said he suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels who operate in Zamboanga Sibugay, despite a cease-fire agreement with the government.
Hours after the kidnapping, Pope Benedict XVI condemned the abductions of priests and others around the world and said he was praying for all those who were being held hostage. “I direct my appeal to the authors of these abominable acts, so that they realize the wrong they have done and quickly return their prisoners to their loved ones,” Benedict said.
Bossi was assigned as parish priest of Payao in April and is a member of the Pontificio Instituto Missioni Estere, Cristobal said. Sundalo Jianni, an official from the mission, appealed to Bossi's abductors to free him.
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Students in the STAY program, a program for at-risk middle school students that is operated by the YMCA, (yes Young Men's CHRISTIAN Association) visited the Planned Parenthood offices as part of a field trip to social service agencies throughout the city. They were confronted by pro-life groups who normally picket the agency.
I wonder what they learned vs. what was being taught?
New Hampshire Union Leader
This line of the speech was opposed and deleted multiple times by Reagan’s staff, including Colin Powell, before Reagan re-inserted it on June 12, 1987. It is a fascinating story of doing what is right when everyone opposes you. The background information....
A memo issued on Friday by House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese said he concluded that eliminating bonuses outweighs the benefits of awarding them. Read more...
I hope that Attorney General Corbett’s office fully investigates the House bonuses awarded by both parties. Some full time staffers have no doubt earned their bonuses. But the appearance of impropriety is high for those House staffers who have taken several months off to help certain campaigns, and then return to 5-figure, taxpayer-funded bonuses.
Last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southeastern District of Ohio filed an exhibit list with the court of 102 individual items that connects three-(3) Muslim men in a Columbus, Ohio Islamic terrorist cell. The evidence connects the three terror defendants Nuradin ABDI, Christopher PAUL (a/k/a Abdul MALEK), and Iyman FARIS (a/k/a Mohammad RAUF) to each other and to separate acts of planned terrorism inside the U.S. According to one federal law enforcement source speaking to this investigator on the condition of anonymity, the unsealed indictments, previous testimony in the case against Iyman FARIS, and the planned acts of terror is “paints a disturbing picture of what is taking place in the U.S. today among radical Muslims in American mosques.”
All three men are Muslims or Muslim converts. All three were active in activities at Columbus mosques, including Christopher PAUL, who taught martial arts training at a Columbus mosque to fellow members and conducted paramilitary training in rural areas of Ohio. All three have alleged connections to Islamic terrorism and al Qaeda that date back to the early 1990s. Now, the U.S. Department of Justice has introduced exhibits that connect all three men in a web of plots that range from the destruction of the Brooklyn Bridge to blowing up a Columbus area shopping mall with the intent on killing as many men, women and children as possible.
According to one federal source speaking on condition of anonymity, the case is not unique. “There are active al Qaeda members or facilitators inside the U.S. who are doing exactly what PAUL is accused of doing – training others inside the U.S. for future terrorist attacks. These plans are being made at local mosques under the protection of religious freedom that is offered by our country.”
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Some love it, some hate it and the world goes round and round. I tend to learn more from people who disagree with me.
When I started this 3 years ago, I promised myself that if I ever found myself preaching to the choir and every response was total agreement, I would unplug this site. That has not happened. The challenges have caused me to search, think and go deeper then just some catchy headline. For that I thank all of you. Yet, I wonder if any of this has had the same effect on any of you?
I remember a story about Mother Teresa asking permission to minister to people on the streets in Calcutta. She was told it was too dangerous beyond the convent walls. That struck me. Often times we build our own walls of comfort. We wring our hands over the suffering that goes on just outside those walls, but we never open the gate and dare to venture out into that other world.
I'm going to get on my soapbox here so be warned. Why are we so afraid? I have been exposed to more types of "Christianity" then one can count. Some is wonderful, others make me cringe. But we all seem to be guilty (self included) of building the Christian bubble. We freak out if anyone different comes into our space. We like the people in our building on Sunday but heaven forbid we have to talk to someone who does not accept our own personalized version of Jesus.
You know, if you have any faith you won't implode if you talk to a mormon or a rabbi or anyone else for that matter. You might actually learn something and be able to present your own faith in manner besides yelling "because the Bible says so" I challenge you to examine your environment. How big is your world?
A man tried to jump into Pope Benedict XVI's uncovered popemobile as the pontiff began his general audience Wednesday in St. Peter's Square and was wrestled to the ground by security officers.
The pope was not hurt and didn't even appear to notice that the man had jumped over the protective barricade in the square and toward the white popemobile as it drove by with the pope waving to the audience.
At least eight security officers who were trailing the popemobile grabbed the man and wrestled him to the ground. The pope didn't even look back.
A Vatican official, who was not authorized to speak on the record, said the man was being held for questioning by Vatican police.
Huh? It's not hard to see who is working against progress here.
Robert was baptized through the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod, and has been an active member of the church body ever since. He writes:
"Although I believed that only the Scriptures were infallible, I nonetheless assigned great weight to the ‘rule of faith’ established by the continuous tradition of teaching by the Church, and as reflected in the writings of the Fathers and the decrees of Councils. Insofar as I accepted a form of ‘sola scriptura’, it took the form of insisting that all doctrines must have their source in the Scriptures as interpreted by the Church, or in the universal practices and teaching of the early church."
If you grew up in Pitsburgh (and had a TV) you'll love this blast from the past. For instance, this intro clip of WTAE-TV's Action News from Christmas Day 1983. Note the familiar face once the newscast begins.
Or how about this clip from a WPXI newscast in 1986 with Mike Hambrick and Roxanne Stein?
Or this one from 1989 with Hambrick and Edye Tarbox... (Now E.D. Hill on Fox News Channel)
And what would an old newscast in Pittsburgh be without a ride through the Ft. Pitt Tunnels to KDKA-TV's Eyewitness News?
Congress and gas prices - Washington Times
A Federal Appellate Court Panel in New York stunned the Bush Administration and the FCC by ruling that it’s OK for broadcasters to allow “fleeting expletives” to air with impunity. The decision could possibly gut the ability of the FCC to regulate any speech on radio or TV.
The decision was a victory for Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC, who filed suit against the high FCC fines against them for broadcasting expletives.
THE NEW YORK TIMES reports if President Bush and Vice President Cheney can blurt out vulgar language, then the government cannot punish broadcast television stations for broadcasting the same words in similarly fleeting contexts. So says the court.
Kevin J. Martin, the chairman of the F.C.C., said that the agency was now considering whether to seek an appeal before all the judges of the appeals court or to take the matter directly to the Supreme Court.
Under President Bush, the F.C.C. has expanded its indecency rules, taking a much harder line on obscenities uttered on broadcast television and radio. While the judges sent the case back to the commission to rewrite its indecency policy, it said that it was “doubtful” that the agency would be able to “adequately respond to the constitutional and statutory challenges raised by the networks.”
Mr. Martin, the chairman of the commission, attacked the panel’s reasoning.
“I completely disagree with the court’s ruling and am disappointed for American families,” he said. “The court says the commission is ‘divorced from reality.’ It is the New York court, not the commission, that is divorced from reality.”
He said that if the agency was unable to prohibit some vulgarities during prime time, “Hollywood will be able to say anything they want, whenever they want.”
Beginning with the F.C.C.’s indecency finding in a case against NBC for a vulgarity uttered by the U2 singer Bono during the Golden Globes awards ceremony in 2003, President Bush’s Republican and Democratic appointees to the commission have imposed a tougher policy by punishing any station that broadcast a fleeting expletive. That includes vulgar language blurted out on live shows like the Golden Globes or scripted shows like “NYPD Blue,” which was cited in the case.
But the judges said vulgar words are just as often used out of frustration or excitement, and not to convey any broader obscene meaning. “In recent times even the top leaders of our government have used variants of these expletives in a manner that no reasonable person would believe referenced sexual or excretory organs or activities.”
Two years ago, Congress increased the potential maximum penalty for each indecency infraction to $325,000, from $32,500. Producers and writers have complained that the prospect of stiff fines had begun to chill their creative efforts.
Nothing is more creative than a line about excretory organs.
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