The latest is his statement that he believes Mormons are genuine Christians. This incredible statement from an alleged evangelical pastor came during Osteen’s December 23rd appearance on FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace.
Wallace asks Joel Osteen:
WALLACE: And what about Mitt Romney? And I’ve got to ask you the question, because it is a question whether it should be or not in this campaign, is a Mormon a true Christian?
OSTEEN: Well, in my mind they are. Mitt Romney has said that he believes in Christ as his savior, and that's what I believe, so, you know, I'm not the one to judge the little details of it. So I believe they are. And so, you know, Mitt Romney seems like a man of character and integrity to me, and I don't think he would — anything would stop me from voting for him if that's what I felt like.
WALLACE: So, for instance, when people start talking about Joseph Smith, the founder of the church, and the golden tablets in upstate New York, and God assumes the shape of a man, do you not get hung up in those theological issues?
OSTEEN: I probably don’t get hung up in them because I haven’t really studied them or thought about them. And you know, I just try to let God be the judge of that. I mean, I don’t know. I certainly can’t say that I agree with everything that I’ve heard about it, but from what I’ve heard from Mitt, when he says that Christ is his savior, to me that’s a common bond. (Online source)
Joel, please study a bit before you choke on your foot again.
From the Metcalfe Memo: On November 8, 2007 a panel discussion was held in Philadelphia by The National Association of Women Judges entitled, "Separation of Powers: What Does It Mean?” Governor Rendell’s wife, a federal judge and member of the panel, made a shocking statement that should have made headlines the following morning.
Following her comments lamenting that there are issues that are not going to be resolved legislatively because they are so difficult, issues such as health care, immigration reform, social security and a national gun law, Judge Rendell stated, “Gee, a benevolent dictator would really be good right about now to, to put in health care and to put in some of these policies that we all want, but somehow the gridlock within the legislature makes it impossible.”
....Mrs. Rendell should know that a “benevolent dictator” is an oxymoron. Dictators, tyrants, and despots use force to impose their will upon the people, a force that has murdered millions of human beings throughout history.
Some of them fund worthy causes, no doubt. But it seems many of them also fund lavish lifestyles and prey on the weak, desperate and vulnerable.
Eric Gorski is a religion writer for the Associated Press. He spoke with Cindy Fleenor, a 53-year-old accountant from the Tampa, Fla. Be faithful in how you live and how you give, the television preachers said, and God will shower you with material riches Cindy believed every word. So much so she pledged $500 a year to Joyce Meyer.
She wrote checks to Benny Hinn and Paula White. She didn't really have the money but if the preachers were right God would bless her and provide her all the money she needed.
It did not happen. Fleenor ended up borrowing money from friends and payday loan companies just to buy groceries. At first she believed the explanation given on television: Her faith wasn't strong enough.
"I wanted to believe God wanted to do something great with me like he was doing with them," she said. "I'm angry and bitter about it. Right now, I don't watch anyone on TV hardly."
This is the point where my blood pressure rises. These people are not preachers at all. They are predators who use God as a disguise. I can't help but wonder what will happen to these folks when they take their final breath. When all the material things that have collected are left behind and they stand in judgment.
The really sad thing is most of these victims never get around to discovering who the real culprit here is. Like Fleenor, they blame themselves or God. God does not sell blessings. We are to give with a cheerful heart. Nowhere in Scripture are we to be guilted or pressured into giving. In fact that's not giving, it's taking on behalf of these false preachers.
I can't tell you how many well intentioned people get sucked into this scam thinking they are doing the will of God. A story of a women who stopped cancer treatment after Benny Hinn told her she was cured still haunts me. She pushed aside all treatment after attending the Benny Hinn circus and died 3 months later after her cancer grew out of control.
I talked to two brothers who wanted to be guests on our show. After discovering they were part of the "Word of Faith" movement out of Tulsa, OK we talked for awhile. Their mother had recently died and the boys were told she died because of "unconfessed sin in her life." I'm sorry, but that's a lie. It's also heartless and cruel to tell someone who just lost their mother.
Where are the church leaders on this? We need some strong moral voices to stand up, warn people, call these people to repent and defend the gospel. The only response I've heard is one telling the government and IRS to stay out of the church. Well if taxes are owed or a person abuses the tax exempt status of a church then it is the responsibility of the government to respond.
I believe there is a wonderful opportunity to spread the gospel through the electronic medium. However, we need to make sure it is the gospel that is being preached and not another false faith franchise. Jesus address this with the money changes in the temple. Well the money changes are now buying airtime.
Professor Robert P. George responds to author Anne Rice’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton.
He does so in defense of the unborn. An excerpt: I will not try to answer all of your points, though all are, I believe, answerable, and if you ask I will be happy to say what I think the answers are. For now, what I hope you will consider is simply this: The child in the womb either is or is not a human being–a member of the human family. If he or she is, then he or she is entitled as a matter of basic justice to the protection of laws and, indeed, to the equal protection of the laws. For a voter or public official to seek to deny to the unborn elementary legal protections against killing that we favor for ourselves and others we regard as worthy is a gross and appalling injustice. There is no way around this. Once one concedes the humanity of the child–as one must in view of the plain facts of human embryogenesis and early-intrauterine development–the principle of the profound, inherent, and equal dignity of every member of the human family requires the legal protection of the unborn (First Things).
From the story: Benazir Bhutto, the Pakistani opposition leader and twice-serving prime minister, was assassinated Thursday evening as she left a political rally here, a scene of fiery carnage that plunged Pakistan deeper into political turmoil and ignited widespread violence by her enraged supporters (New York Times).
The Washington Post leads with the story of how the U.S. brokered Bhutto’s return to Pakistan: For Benazir Bhutto, the decision to return to Pakistan was sealed during a telephone call from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice just a week before Bhutto flew home in October. The call culminated more than a year of secret diplomacy -- and came only when it became clear that the heir to Pakistan's most powerful political dynasty was the only one who could bail out Washington's key ally in the battle against terrorism. Meanwhile, President Bush condemned the assassination and the presidential contenders scrambled to weigh in on the crisis (Washington Post; see also a summary of candidate quotes by Mary Katherine Ham at Townhall.com).
From the Wall Street Journal editorial: We will learn more in coming days about the circumstances of Bhutto's death, apparently a combined shooting and suicide bombing at a political rally in Rawalpindi in which more than 20 others were also murdered. But there's little question the attack, which had every hallmark of an al Qaeda or Taliban operation, is an event with ramifications for the broader war on terror. With the jihadists losing in Iraq and having a hard time hitting the West, their strategy seems to be to make vulnerable Pakistan their principal target, and its nuclear arsenal their principal prize.
Town Hall – Ann Coulter: In a widely quoted remark, Huckabee denounced a Republican bill that would merely require proof of citizenship to vote and receive government benefits as "un-Christian, un-American, irresponsible and anti-life," according to the Arkansas News Bureau. Now, where have I heard this sort of thing before? Hmmm ... wait, now I remember: It was during the Democratic debates!
Huckabee opposes school choice, earning him the coveted endorsement of the National Education Association of New Hampshire.
He is, however, in favor of school choice for kids in Mexico: They have the choice of going to school there or here. Huckabee promoted giving in-state tuition in Arkansas to illegal immigrants from Mexico -- but not to U.S. citizens from Ohio. "I don't believe you punish the children," he said, "for the crime and sins of the parents."
He supports a nationwide smoking ban anyplace where people work, constitutional protection for sodomy, big government, higher taxes and government benefits for illegal aliens. According to my calculations, that puts him about three earmarks away from being Nancy Pelosi.
Here is what happened, After the Christmas celebrations. You know the one to welcome the Prince of PEACE. Anyway, after the party it was time to clean up.
The Church of the Nativity is built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was born in a stable more than 2,000 years ago after Mary and Joseph were turned away by an inn.
You will be able to read them here first, but I'm excited to think that we may be able to welcome others into the ongoing conversation found here.
A few are already posted. So welcome to any new readers who have found us via crosswalk.com.
I can't help but contrast our system of government (as flawed as it seem sometimes) to that of other countries. We are on the verge of electing a new leader and while people voice their opinion in many ways we don't see the types of violence and disregard for human life that are now be played out in news reports.
Analysts believe Islamist militants are behind all this. Thet can't stand freedom and will do anything to destroy it because it changes their twisted vision of life and removes their power. They rule by fear and violence. Benazir Bhutto knew this all too well and she still risked and gave her life to fight against it all.
Radical Muslims calling for Islamic law, and fiercely opposed to the US, have become increasingly active in Pakistani politics in recent years. This is not some far off event for Americans. This is the next crossroads in the fight for freedom. The future of the region and our own country are at stake. Let us not forget that Pakistan has nuclear weapons. If those fell into the wrong hands the consequences would be disastrous.
As we go forth into 2008 and elect our our leaders, let us be sure that the people we choose will understand the importance of continuing to fight an unpopular battle. May God grant us a president that will not turn a blind eye in pursuit of a false peace or a temporary solution. The stakes have never been higher and no one knew that better than Ms. Bhutto.
From the story: Biodegradable coffins are part of a larger trend toward "natural" burials, which require no formaldehyde embalming, cement vaults, chemical lawn treatments or laminated caskets. Advocates say such burials are less damaging to the environment.
So if global warming kills me, stuff me in a paper bag and recylce me.
In related news: If public opinion proves favourable, Sweden may soon have a more environmentally friendly way of disposing of dead bodies - freezing and composting them. A scientist has come up with a method for turning corpses into humus in a matter of weeks. "We have to face that there are problems related to conventional burial and cremation," says Susanne Wiigh-Masak, a biologist educated at Gothenburg University and a freelance environmental consultant in Lyrö. Cemeteries sometimes pose a threat to metropolitan water supplies, she notes, and cremation emits toxic gasses.
While the article lists some positive benefits, the track record in Pennsylvania should raise alarms. Ten years ago, the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare “sold” confidential Medicare records to a third party, which forwarded this information onto school districts. This third party was paid a commission for every child under Medicare that the school district could claim was “at risk”. Their flyer to school districts boldly proclaimed “In tough times, administrators find ACCESS to new dollars, just ask!"
This led to invasive surveys given to students which violated privacy rights, not to mention that the motivation was financial. As it is always with these types of surveys, the surveys were administered without parental knowledge or consent.
I hear many pastors reject the fact that Mary remained a Virgin after the birth of Jesus. The Catholic Church has always taught that Mary remained a virgin her entire life, but most Protestants contend that she had more children after Jesus. The arguments employed to debunk Mary’s perpetual virginity are based upon misunderstanding of Bible verses and terms.
One of the most commonly used arguments is based on (Matt 1:25),"and he did not know her until she brought forth her firstborn son." Protestants argue that the word "until" indicates that Mary and Joseph engaged in conjugal love after the birth of Jesus. The problem is they use the modern meaning of "until," instead of its Biblical meaning. In the Bible, “until” means only that some action did not happen up to a certain point; it does not imply that a action happened later. A perfect example is (2 Sam 6:23), "Michal the daughter of Saul had no children until the day of her death" Does this verse mean Michal had children after her death? Of course not, no one would believe that.
Protestants also use (Matt 1:25) to claim Jesus could not be Mary's "first-born" unless there were other children, but this is ignorance of the way the ancient Jews used this term. The first male child of a marriage was termed the "first-born" even if he turned out to be a only child. Jewish parents did not have to wait until a second son was born before they could call their first the "first-born".
One last area of confusion is in which the terms "brothers," and "sisters " of the Lord are used in the Bible. One must first understand the reason for the confusion. In the Hebrew and Aramaic languages spoken by Christ and His disciples did not have special words to denote cousin or kinsman. In the Bible "brother" and "sister" are not restricted to their modern meaning. When reading the Bible, one must look at the context of each verse in order to understand it. Furthermore, in every passage that refers to Jesus' brothers or sisters, the sacred authors were very careful to only call Jesus the son of Mary, no one else. This is evidence that the early Christians understood Mary’s perpetual virginity, and that the brothers and sisters of the Lord were relatives nothing more.
The Biblical evidence that supports the belief in Mary's perpetual virginity is overwhelming. First, the account of Jesus being found in the temple at age twelve (Lk 2:41-51). There is no mention or even a hint of other children. The probability of Mary and Joseph having more children if they were sexually active would have been a forgone conclusion, because the ancient Jews didn’t practice any form of birth control. Second, Jesus' action at the foot of the cross, when He entrusted his mother to John, makes no sense if Mary had other sons (Jn 19:25-28). If Jesus actually had brothers, it would have been customary by Jewish law that he bequeath her care to them. Instead he chose St. John the apostle, who was not related to Him by blood. The reality is that there is no biblical basis for rejecting Mary's perpetual virginity, but there is compelling evidence to support it.
In one interview we did with a local pastor he stressed the "sinful nature" of Mary. In his words, "only a professing sinner would call Christ their savior." Well, he had it partially correct.
Many say God could not have saved Mary from the stain of Original Sin because the Bible says, "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom 3:23). The Bible proclaims in Mary's own words that she had a savior. "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior " (Lk 1:46-47). But Mary was saved in a very special way by our Lord. She was showered with all the blessings and gifts of Christ’s Redemption at the very moment of her existence. The Catholic Church has always understood that God transcends time and space and can do anything. In a dialogue between Jesus and His disciples about salvation this is made perfectly clear, “ It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, "Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."(Mark 10:25-27) We must be very careful not to put limits on what God can and cannot do.
But I'm sure you will want Scripture in place of my own belief. Well, Biblical support for Mary's Immaculate Conception is found in the gospel of Luke. "And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!" (Luke 1:28) Gabriel addressed Mary in a most extraordinary manner using the title "full of grace" which means without sin rather than her proper name. Elizabeth filled with the Holy Spirit reaffirms God's gift to Mary by saying, "Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb."(Luke 1:41). This parallel blessing makes it clear that Mary, just like Christ in His humanity, was from free from the stain of Original Sin.
Benedict delivered his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" speech - Latin for "to the city and to the world" - from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, blessing thousands of people gathered in the square below under a brilliant winter sun.
Beyond those conflicts, Benedict said he was turning his thoughts this Christmas to victims of other injustices, citing women, children and the elderly, as well as refugees and victims of environmental disasters and religious and ethnic tensions.
He said he hoped Christmas would bring consolation to "those who are still denied their legitimate aspirations for a more secure existence, for health, education, stable employment, for fuller participation in civil and political responsibilities, free from oppression and protected from conditions that offend human dignity."
Chicago Sun Times
As we pause to celebrate Christmas, I want to thank all of you for your support and wish you a very Merry Christmas and continued blessings in 2008. I'm looking forward to a brand new year with all of you and hope you find yourself surrounded by family and friends to celebrate the birth of Christ.
Shaun "Powerball" Pierce
All share in the joy of Christmas
by St Leo the Great
Truly foreign to this nativity is that which we read of all others: "no one is clean from stain, not even the infant who has lived but one day upon earth." Nothing therefore of the lust of the flesh has passed into that peerless nativity, nothing of the law of sin has entered. A royal Virgin of the stem of David is chosen, to be impregnated with the sacred seed and to conceive the Divinely-human offspring in mind first and then in body: she learns from the angel that what is to be wrought in her is of the Holy Ghost. Nor does she believe it loss of honour that she is soon to be the Mother of God. Her implicit faith is confirmed also by the attesting of a miracle, and Elizabeth receives unexpected fertility: in order that there might be no doubt that He who had given conception to the barren, would give it even to a virgin.
Therefore the Word of God, Himself God, the Son of God who "in the beginning with God," through whom "all things were made" and "without" whom "was nothing made," with the purpose of delivering man from eternal death, became man: The true God and true man were combined to form one Lord, so that, as suited the needs of our case, one and the same Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, could both die with the one and rise again with the other.
Christians then must live worthily of Christ their Head.
He said the only reference to the wise men from the East was in Matthew's gospel and the details were very vague. Dr Williams said: "Matthew's gospel says they are astrologers, wise men, priests from somewhere outside the Roman Empire, that's all we're really told. It works quite well as legend."
The Archbishop went on to dispel other details of the Christmas story, adding that there were probably no asses or oxen in the stable.
They may have lacked asses back then but we sure make up for it now. Did I say that???
He argued that Christmas cards which showed the Virgin Mary cradling the baby Jesus, flanked by shepherds and wise men, were misleading. As for the scenes that depicted snow falling in Bethlehem, the Archbishop said the chance of this was "very unlikely".
Yeah with that whole global warming thing.
In a final blow to the traditional nativity story, Dr Williams concluded that Jesus was probably not born in December at all. He said: "Christmas was when it was because it fitted well with the winter festival."
Well Merry Christmas Archbishop Scrooge. The nativity is much more real then that phony church you lead.
As the younger sister of Britney, 16 year old Jamie Lynn announced she’s pregnant. She’s the star of Zoey 101. Among the responses, one parent chooses to lie: “I’m telling the kids "Zoey101" has been canceled. I hope Nickelodeon does the right thing and cancels the show. She is a role model for young girls. Looks like she's following in the footsteps of her sister.” (CNN)
Christian publisher Thomas Nelson put Lynne Spears’ parenting book on hold. She’s the mother of Brittney and Zoey. Ahh yeah, ya think? That like a Jeffery Dahmer cookbook!
I all seriousness, this is really very sad. There are real people behind the fame and tabloid stories. In fact one is not even born yet. I applaud 1 year old Jamie for deciding to have this baby but her influence on other young girls is cause for alarm.
In an article published on TV Guide website an 18 year old Carly Schmand writes, "I am not judging her for her choices; I think that it is perfectly acceptable to have premarital sex."
Well Carly your attitude is exactly the reason why children end up having children. She continues, "society needs to realize that all kids make mistakes. Some just happen to be a little more life changing than others." Well that's an understatement.
"The only thing I have to say to Jamie Lynn is that she needs to take responsibility for her actions, because if she wants to continue to be a role model, she needs to prove that she can learn and grow from her mistakes. If not, I suggest, Jamie Lynn, that the next time you plan on having sex, you should invest in some birth control, [like making] sure your boyfriend buys a condom." opines Carly.
We now have multiple generations who have bought that lie that Carly just passed on. Not to mention she has just said it's "perfectly acceptable"to commit a crime. I'll get to that in a minute.
There is so much more then just a resulting baby to worry about. You have given away what belongs to your spouse, even if you have met that person yet. I can run through a thousand medical problems, emotional trauma and a loss of self worth in exchange for temporary pleasure. Not to mention children living in broken homes and having no clue as to what marriage or a real relationship is supposed to be.
Spears should have know better. One report says the father to be (like it or not) Casey Aldridge first meet Spears at Church. Well that teaching didn't stick!
Back to the criminal part. Casey Aldridge is 19 and Jamie is 16. If the baby was conceived in Spears' home state of Louisiana, the act could technically be considered "felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile" - defined as "sexual intercourse with consent between someone age 19 or older and someone between age 12 and 17".
But it's probable that this all took place in California. In that case I still have bad news for daddy. It states clearly in the Californian Penal Code that any person who engages in an act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor (under 18) who is not more than three years older or three years younger than the perpetrator, is guilty of a misdemeanour and faces up to one year in a county jail. If Aldridge is actually more than three years older he could be up for a felony, which carries a maximum three years in prison.
Chances are unless a complaint is filed by Jamie's parents nothing will happen. Casey, you might want to be very nice to the Spears family.
Who's to blame in all this? It's not for me to decide. All I know is something is tragically wrong and Jamie Lynn has given us a small peak at the problem.
POLLING AT A HISTORIC LOW, DEMOCRATS LOOK BACK AT BAD YEAR FOR CONGRESS
Story notes “Handed control of Congress last year after making promises to end the war in Iraq, restore fiscal discipline in Washington and check President Bush's powers, Democrats instead closed the first session of the 110th Congress yesterday with House votes that sent Bush $70 billion in war funding, with no strings attached, and a $50 billion alternative-minimum-tax measure that shattered their pledge not to add to the federal budget deficit.” (Washington Post)
And the far left base is not happy. Washington Times :(
But they got their load of pork. (NY Times)
POLL: ROMNEY CATCHES GIULIANI NATIONWIDE, HILLARY FADING
Followed closely by Huckabee, then McCain. (FOX News)
Huckabee leads in South Carolina. (CBS News)
From Victor Davis Hansen on Hillary: Hillary’s campaign is so stalled that her advisers have tried dredging up Obama’s kindergarten essays and his admitted drug use. And now they’re resorting to flying in Bill Clinton to save the day. Some polls and conventional wisdom suggest he may yet restore his wife’s fortunes. But Bill’s not exactly a fireman. He may instead throw gasoline on the fire. (NRO)
From Hugh Hewitt on Huckabee: A year ago the MSM story was John McCain --frontrunner, even though he wasn't. Six months ago the MSM story was Fred's groundswell --except, it wasn't. Three month's ago, the MSM swooned over Newt --for a weekend. In the past month, the MSM has been booming the Huckaboom, even though it is already a Huckabust. Never have so many pundits been so wrong about so much. (Townhall)
From Novak on Huckabee: More than personality explains why not all his Baptist brethren have signed on the dotted line for Huckabee. He did not join the "Conservative Resurgence" that successfully rebelled against liberals in the Southern Baptist Convention a generation ago. (Townhall)
Dr. Brian Clowes, HLI researcher, has examined the data from the 2007 Statistical Abstract of the United States (most recent census data) and extrapolated the numbers of the various professions and categories of Americans who have been eliminated in the wake of nearly 49 million legalized abortions, one third of all Americans conceived since 1973. The following numbers are based on the actual government estimates of the professions represented in America. So then, who have we lost to abortion?
* 2 US Presidents
* 7 Supreme Court Justices
* 102 US Senators and 589 Congressmen
* 8,123 Federal, district and local court judges
* 31 Nobel Prize laureates
* 328 Olympic medalists including 123 Gold medalists
* 6,092 professional athletes
* 134,841 physicians and surgeons
* 392,500 registered nurses
* 1,102,443 teachers (K-12)
* 24,450,000... women (the gender of roughly half of all children aborted).
These numbers of course are only the tip of the iceberg. Keep in mind that we get our statistics about abortion from the abortion industry itself which has a vested interest in under-reporting the numbers.
Washington Changes Stations
The radio industry had its toughest day in years Tuesday as the FCC advanced a plan to create sweeping new regulations, while blocks away on Capitol Hill legislation was introduced that could take away radio's royalty exemptions. Bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to abolish what backers refer to as a "corporate radio loophole" in the royalty statute. If passed, it could cost radio several billion dollars in royalties.
FCC orders diversity initiatives.
The list of new rules is long. It includes giving "eligible entities" more time to build construction permits; adjusts its attribution rules; and allows some grandfathered clusters to remain intact. It also requires an "Equal Transactional Opportunity Rule" in sales contracts to bar race or gender as factors in a deal. Plus a ban "no urban dictates" and "no Hispanic dictates" in advertising contracts.
FCC Modifies Broadcast/Newspaper Cross-Ownership Rules
In a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the FCC revised its 32-year-old broadcast/newspaper cross-ownership rules, while concluding its quadrennial review of the broadcast ownership rules. If the changes to the rule ultimately stands, a broadcast outlet in the top 20 markets will be able to share common ownership with a radio station and/or a TV outlet outside the top four in Nielsen rankings.
KDKA-AM has hired Bill Rehkopf as its morning news anchor to replace Bob Kopler, who is retiring at the end of the year. Rehkopf comes to Pittsburgh from country station WPOC-FM in Baltimore, where he has been news director and morning news anchor since 1999. Before that, he worked at stations in Scranton, Harrisburg, Williamsport, Clarion, Punxsutawney and Brookville.
Meanwhile, Brett Lieberman reports that State House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese could become the Tom DeLay of Pennsylvania politics, distracting and dividing the Democratic Caucus, overshadowing any good legislation that might be passed, and proving lethal to their fragile 102-101 majority heading into an election year. Read more…
Nothing like having the ethically-challenged leading the ethically-challenged…
[On Monday], a federal judge ruled in the group’s favor, evidently accepting the argument that it is in the best interests of the nation to know whether Christians – gasp! -- are being let into the White House. Would they care if the president met with Reverend Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson?
If this applies to White House visits, should it not also apply to those who visit U.S. House and Senate offices?
From the story: … the five networks collectively have 48.5 possible hours of reality fare in their mid-season pipeline. If the strike drags on, count on that number to shoot up.
Just what we need. I can survive, lose weight, be locked in house, run a race, get married, ballroom dance, be a pop star, or front a band, open a restaurant and have a British nanny tell me how to raise my kid.
Awwww, how cute. It's always nice when lives can be dismantled in a loving manor. Are these people nuts???? First, they are both lie. They vowed "till death do us part" and as far as I can tell, they are both still breathing. They put there own selfish wants in ahead of their kids who now will live between two homes. But as long as they are happy for the moment and can fool themselves into thinking that a marriage can be dissolved, let the good times roll. I hope their kids are smarter.
His three reasons: 1. Huckabee’s competitive status proves that money alone can’t buy a presidential nomination. 2, The huck-a-surge gives the lie to the claim that the GOP is controlled by out-of-touch elites. 3, Huck’s campaign demonstrates that the so-called “Christian right” is more complex and diverse than commonly assumed.
I'm not sure I agree with him on this one. While his campagin is quite entertaining, I'm not sure he has what it takes to win the election. Time will tell...
Thumbs up for the great ad Mike!
Another Poll has Edwards leading in Iowa. (MSNBC)
From Gallup: New York Sen. Hillary Clinton continues to have a substantial lead over the group of Democrats vying to win the party's nomination for president in 2008. Obama remains a solid second, as he has been all year, with former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards continuing to hold down third place. (Gallup)
This campaign season, presidential candidates seem intent on battling each other with a war of words over universal healthcare, tax reform, immigration, the war in Iraq, the economy and Biblical literalism. Yet, they have spent few words on and have literally ignored the greatest threat to America and Western civilization since the Cold War: the global jihad.
Instead, conservative pundits debate whether we are in the midst of World War III or IV and non-candidate Newt Gingrich voices his concerns in monumental orations, such as his now famous, "Deeply Worried" speech at the National Press Club. Meanwhile, candidates on both sides of the aisle tiptoe around the proverbial elephant in the room as the critical issue of our nation and civilization's very survival takes a back seat. Aiming for front-row placement, they busy themselves with demonstrations of religiopolitical piety or make strident commitments on either side of popular social issues, such as same-sex marriage or abortion. More discussion has been devoted to the U.S. treatment of enemy combatants and the prison at Guantanamo Bay than the jihadist threat itself.
Yet, viewing Islamic fundamentalism as just another faith is to play into the hands of those who would destroy us.
Read more: Americanthinker
Il Giornale reported that Benedict has decided to set up a committee in his Secretariat of State, the Vatican's diplomatic section, to review old documents from the World War Two period and study new ones that have come to light.
Some Jews have accused Pius, who reigned from 1939 to 1958, of being indifferent to the Holocaust and not speaking out against Hitler. His supporters consider him a holy man who worked behind the scenes to help Jews throughout Europe.
Last May, the Vatican voted in favor of a decree recognizing Pius's "heroic virtues", a major hurdle in a long process toward sainthood that began in 1967.
But Benedict has so far not approved the decree, meaning that the process is effectively stalled and that Pius cannot move on to beatification, or the last step before sainthood.
Al Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, referred to Benedict as a Pontiff who had "insulted Islam and Muslims" and criticized King Abdullah's meeting with him last month.
These guys are offended by a cartoon. I can only imagine how the leader of a billion Christians must tie a knot in thier panties.
Zawahri has previously denounced the Pope for a speech he made last year at a university in his native Germany, when the Pontiff used a quote that associated Islam with violence.
Quote aside, do you think maybe beheading people on TV, flying airplanes into buildings and convincing people to blow themself in the name of some false God might result in Islam being associated with violence?
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Zawahri's video-taped comments, posted on the Internet on Sunday, showed al Qaeda's was worried about the implications of the meeting - the first between a Pope and a Saudi monarch.
The Republican National Committee issued this statement in response to Clinton's comments:
"In 2009, a Republican president will be working with our friends and allies abroad to continue to keep our nation safe," said RNC spokesman Danny Diaz. "The American people expect our leaders — both current and former — to present serious solutions to the very real challenges confronting our nation."
From the story: In the coming year, they hope to transplant it into a cell, where it is expected to "boot itself up," like software downloaded from the Internet, and cajole the waiting cell to do its bidding. And while the first synthetic chromosome is a plagiarized version of a natural one, others that code for life forms that have never existed before are already under construction. The cobbling together of life from synthetic DNA, scientists and philosophers agree, will be a watershed event, blurring the line between biological and artificial -- and forcing a rethinking of what it means for a thing to be alive.
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should......
Remember Hillary’s accent? (YouTube)
The Family Research Council applauded Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) "for successfully blocking attempts by pro-abortion forces within Congress to overturn the President's Mexico City policy and pour U.S. taxpayer dollars into the coffers of abortion groups."
"Despite this pro-life victory, the overall appropriations bill is a glut of wasteful spending with thousands of unnecessary earmarks. The bill also increases funding for the abortion provider Planned Parenthood to $300 million and for the first time allows fungible funds to pay for dangerous needle exchange programs in Washington, D.C.," [Tony] Perkins [of the American Family Association] said. Read more…
Now if I could just get my denomination to stop lobying against the Mexico City policy….
I'm no fan of "The View". Mainly because any opposing "view" is not very welcome. But back to Barb.
The White House Christmas card has a seven-line scripture from the Bible. The card, signed by the President and Mrs. Bush, was among a small stack of Christmas cards showcased by Walters on last Thursday’s episode of ABC’s “The View.”
Barbara said: “Usually in the past when I have received a Christmas card, it's been 'Happy Holidays' and so on"
But she could not believe President Bush and the First Lady would send out a “religious Christmas card” with a direct Bible verse from the Old Testament printed inside:
“You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.”
Walters asked, "Does this also go to agnostics, and atheists, and Muslims?"
"Don't you think it's a little interesting,” continued Walters in her questioning, “that the president of all the people is sending out a religious Christmas card?"
The President has done this for the past 7 years! If by "interesting" she means wrong. Then no, it's not interesting. The card, was paid for by the Republican National Committee and closes: “May the joy of all creation fill your heart this blessed season 2007.”
Walters clarified her intention later in the show: "By the way, I don't want to put down the President of the United States and his wife. I think it's very nice that they sent me a Christmas card."
Merry Christmas Barbara!
At this time of year when people buy stuff they can't afford and end up with a truckload of debt for Christmas, it's nice to hear a counter message.
Pope Benedict XVI warned Sunday against seeking happiness in drugs or other "artificial paradises" and the self-centered quest for "pleasure at all costs."Instead, the pope held up Mother Teresa — the Roman Catholic nun who devoted her life to serving the poor in India and elsewhere — as an example.
"Every day, she lived next to misery, human degradation and death," the pope told thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. "Yet, she offered the smile of God to everybody."
The pope, speaking during the traditional Sunday noon Angelus prayer, said real happiness cannot be found in cultures "that put individual happiness in the place of God, a mentality that has its emblematic effect in the quest for pleasure at all costs, in the spread of the use of drugs as an escape, a shelter in artificial paradises, which turn out to be completely illusory."
Well let's look at the facts:
Romney's health care legislation provides taxpayer-funded abortions for a co-pay of just $50.
Romney vetoed EIGHT provisions in his health care bill that he deemed objectionable, but he did not veto Planned Parenthoods' guaranteed position on the Advisory Board or ensure that abortions were covered only in medically necessary situations (as required by MA court ruling). All abortions are covered in the Commonwealth Care program with no medically necessary limitation.
Romney included in his health care legislation a guarantee that Planned Parenthood would have a representative on his MassHealth Payment Policy Advisory Board. No such provision was included for a pro-life representative.
Romney's health care legislation provides taxpayer- funded abortions for a co-pay of just $50. Romney vetoed EIGHT provisions in his health care bill that he deemed objectionable, including the expansion of dental benefits to Medicaid recipients. He did not veto Planned Parenthoods' guaranteed position on the Advisory Board or ensure that abortions were covered only in medically necessary situations (as required by MA court ruling). All abortions are covered in the Commonwealth Care program with no medically necessary limitation. Under the program, abortions are available for a copay of $50. ( Menu of Health Care Services; "Romney's Health Care Vetoes," Associated Press, 4/12/06)
Romney included in his health care legislation a guarantee that Planned Parenthood would have a representative on his MassHealth Payment Policy Advisory Board. No such provision was included for a pro-life representative. (RepealRomneyCare.com, "Pro-Life Leaders Denounce Romney's Planned Parenthood Connections," Press Release, 5/10/07)
Romney forced private Catholic hospitals to provide the morning-after-pill, a position applauded by Democrats and pro-abortions groups. (Scott Helman, "Romney Says No Hospitals Are Exempt From Pill Law," Boston Globe, 12/9/05)
Catholic leaders urged hospitals to reject Romney's mandate or risk "compromising their religious integrity and Catholic identity." (Steve LeBlanc, "Confusion Over New Emergency Contraception Law Deepens," Associated Press, 12/9/05)
I can understand his confusion. You dip anyone in Catholic and Baptist theology and then ship them off to Hollywood you are bound to come out a bit twisted.
While I'm not sure about the exact percentages, Will Smith may actually be right.
I would say Baptists have it 98% correct. It's that other 2% I'm worried about.
If you got on a plane you were told “98 percent” of it works, isn’t it the other 2 percent you’d worry about?
From E Online: New Line, meanwhile, was the woozy-feeling patient after its would-be franchise starter The Golden Compass (third place, $9 million) fell off a cliff, down 65 percent from a disappointing debut weekend. So far, the $180 million fantasy film is the unwanted fruitcake of the holiday season, having taken in just $41 million overall. (It has performed stronger overseas; so, perhaps any sequels could be made expressly for Slovakia.) (E Online)
Meanwhile, Hillary is now working to seem likable. (USA Today)
From the story: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused Mike Huckabee of insulting President Bush and called on him to apologize for criticizing Bush's foreign policy as "arrogant." Huckabee refused, saying he was not attacking the president personally but laying out a different vision for the US role in the world. (Boston Globe)
Meanwhile, Patrick Ruffini wrote it’s “Romney’s Race to Lose.” Topping the list of reasons: 1. The surging candidates (Huckabee and McCain) are flaky and/or can’t win. This empowers the institutional frontrunners, Rudy and Romney. And Rudy is in trouble. Huckabee has solved Romney’s expectations game in Iowa. A win for Romney out of the Hawkeye State translates to a big win and momentum. A narrow loss is within expectations. Only a double digit loss or third would significantly damage Romney. (Townhall)
From the story: E-mail messages exchanged by top aides in the Democratic caucus starting in 2004 make clear that taxpayer-funded bonuses were given to legislative employees for their work on election campaigns.
In startlingly blunt language, a group of aides, at points working under the direction of then-House Minority Whip Michael Veon, D-Beaver, rated the political work of state employees, sometimes adjusting the amounts of the bonuses based on time they spent in the field or, in one instance, in getting presidential candidate Ralph Nader off the Pennsylvania ballot. Read more…
Bonus Pay Spread Over Party Lines In State Legislature
New evidence is emerging that House Democrats used taxpayer-funded bonuses to pay employees for campaign work, but they aren't the only ones who made questionable use of bonuses last year.
Campaign filings and state payroll records show that other legislative caucuses also gave large bonuses to employees who did extensive campaign work, including one who was on state payroll for only half the year.
Among House Republicans, Brian Preski, former chief of staff to the former speaker, John Perzel, was reimbursed more than $160,000 for expenses related to his boss's campaign, including $40,000 in salary. He received a $16,474 bonus at taxpayer expense. Read more...
Watch for more scheduled legislative sessions to be cancelled as party leaders grapple to handle the latest fallout. I would anticipate Senate Republican staffers to receive subpoenas next.
It's all over the news. The dreaded "list" of names. Let me first say that I categorically deny that I have ever used any performance enhancing drugs in the publication of this blog.
There are a couple of odd statements from the former Democrat George Mitchell, including this one: "The players' union was largely uncooperative for reasons that I thought were largely understandable.” (FOX News) Huh? It's understandable that the union would want to obstruct an investigation into cheating in professional sports?
He also said punishment was inappropriate in all but the most egregious cases. Then why spend 20 months on this. Is justice not part of the solution. Thankfully Commissioner Bud Selig said decisions on any action would come "swiftly" on a case-by-case basis.
The odd potential conflict here is Mitchell is employed by the Boston Red Sox. There are no Red Sox on his list. Things that make you go humm.....
And now, the naughty list: (AP)
Later, she said "I shouldn't say they like the war. They support the war, the course of action that the president is on. And that was a revelation to me because I thought the American people's voices were so—and still are—so strong in this regard." (AP)
Meanwhile, USA Today complained too many Democrats “seem unable or unwilling to admit that President Bush's surge of 30,000 more troops has succeeded beyond their initial predictions. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who in the spring declared the war lost, said last week that "the surge hasn't accomplished its goals." Yeah, it was supposed to fail miserably!
Anti-war Democrats remain fixated on tying war funding to a rapid troop withdrawal. Yet pulling the troops out precipitously threatens to squander the progress of recent months toward salvaging a decent outcome to the Iraq debacle. What's needed is acknowledgment that the surge is achieving what was intended: not complete military victory but enough stability to make political compromise possible. What's missing is Iraqi will to take advantage of the success.” (USA Today)
Meanwhile, from Rich Lowry on Huckabee: After many false prophecies, Dean circa 2008 has finally arrived. He is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Not because he will inevitably blow himself up in Iowa. But because, like Dean, his nomination would represent an act of suicide by his party. (Townhall)
Hodari also spoke about how little he washed between abortions because it chafed his hands, even though his doing so puts women's health at risk.
Several women have died while getting abortions with Hodari, and yet the Michigan board of health has never investigated him," [SFLA director Kristan Hawkins] said. "How many women have to die before the bureaucrats start telling Hodari to wash his hands and tell patients the truth." Read more...
How is it that restaurants can be fined for employees not washing their hands, and abortion providers get a pass for this and other unsanitary conditions?
Sharpton's former chief of staff said he was roused at his Harlem home about 6:30 a.m. by two FBI agents who handed him a subpoena to bring the records to a federal grand jury the day after Christmas. (Merry Christmas Al. Maybe you and Benny Hinn can share some egg nog.)
This is a racist thing. If he were white this would not happen. The IRS is the Internal Racist Service. Anytime a black man gets more then a few bucks in his pocket it's time to launch an investigation. Let's march! Who's with me??? Hello........anyone.........
One of the principal reasons Port Authority drivers have the highest cost-of-living adjusted wage rates in the country and one of the most generous retiree packages to be found is their right to strike. They have been given the right to hold riders hostage in exchange for whatever they want.
The right to strike creates an enormous imbalance of power in contract negotiations that in turn enables the unions to extract well above market pay and benefits. Because many residents and businesses depend heavily on mass transit to get people to their jobs and many residents depend on transit for basic transportation needs, a strike-caused shut down of service results in substantial economic hardships. Thus, transit agencies are very reluctant to force bargaining issues to the point of a strike. Continue
Nine members voted against the resolution, ten refused to support it by voting "present" (which means I'm here but not voting) and 40 others members did not vote. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) voted "present". That's 49 representatives that refused to stand up and defend the rights of Christians. I find it hard to believe that none of those 49 have Christian constituents whom they are to represent.
While it's comforting to know 372 elected officials understand that Christianity has a vital role in the fabric of America, the disturbing thing is some representatives who said "Bah, Humbug" to Christmas favored a Ramadan Resolution!
Yes, all but two of the representatives voting "present" or against the Christmas Resolution voted in favor of a resolution recognizing Ramadan. The Ramadan Resolution stated the House "recognizes the Islamic faith as one of the great religions of the world...expresses friendship and support for Muslims...acknowledges the onset of Ramadan...and conveys its respect to Muslims...rejects hatred, bigotry, and violence directed against Muslims...commends Muslims... who have privately and publicly rejected interpretations and movements of Islam that justify and encourage hatred, violence, and terror". This passed by a 376-0 vote in October. Not one single vote against it.
Maybe voting in favor of the Ramadan Resolution seemed like the politically correct thing to do. After all American Muslims are also to be represented by elected officials. However, the Christmas Resolution used similar language, stating that the House recognizes "the Christian faith as one of the great religions of the world...expresses continued support for Christians...acknowledges the international religious and historical importance of Christmas and the Christian faith...acknowledges and supports the role played by Christians and Christianity in the founding of the United States and in the formation of the western civilization...rejects bigotry and persecution directed against Christians...and expresses its deepest respect to American Christians and Christians throughout the world".
The real story here is not the passing of a Christmas resolution, rather how those elected to office can praise Islam and attack the Christian faith that is the foundation of this nation. I would encourage all to demand an answer to this question from all who voted "no".
The following voted "no" on H.R. 847 and "yes" on H.R. 635: Reps. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Diana DeGette (D-Co.), Alcee Hastings (D-Fl.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Fortney Stark (D-Calif.) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.).
Those who voted "present" on H.R. 847 and "yes" on H.R. 635 include: Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Rush Holt (D-N.J.), Donald Payne (D-N.J.), Janice Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and John Yarmuth (D-Ky.).