Saturday, February 28, 2015

Huasband and Wife ellebrate 82 Years of Marriage...

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Talk about family values! Mr. and Mrs. Veillard of Spring Valley New York will be celebrating both their 82nd wedding anniversary and their birthdays this weekend. The groom will be 108 and the bride 105 years old. I'm thinking the republican party ought to be speaking with these remarkable folks to get some pointers on how family values really work. And work well. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Veillard.
SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. — A husband and wife thought to be Rockland County's oldest married couple will celebrate their birthdays this weekend — with a combined age of 212.

Duranord Veillard will turn 108 on Saturday while his wife of 82 years, Jeanne, turns 105 in May.

The couple plan to celebrate a milestone few others will see with family, friends and well-wishers at their home, where they live with a daughter, Marie Eveillard.

The son of a fisherman, Duranord Veillard was born Feb. 28, 1907, in St. Louis du Sud and grew up in Les Cayes in southern Haiti.

He studied law and lived in Port-au-Prince. The couple tied the knot in November 1932 — the same month Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in landslide victory over Herbert Hoover and Groucho Marx performed on radio for the first time.

Duranord and Jeanne Veillard raised five children. They moved to the United States in 1968 after Duranord lost his job as a judge and was awarded a visa to visit the U.S. He settled in Spring Valley. One by one, family members joined him.

Complete story BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thoughts From a Catholic Pagan...

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Following are remarks made by Camille Paglia, University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies during an interview with America. Her remarks are honest, spot on, and perhaps a bit controversial. The three comments below are but a third of her interview responses, ones this writer found most interesting.

Identifying yourself as a “dissident feminist,” you often seem more at home with classical Greek and Roman paganism than with postmodern academia. How has this reality affected your public and professional relationships?

I feel lucky to have taught primarily at art schools, where the faculty are active practitioners of the arts and crafts. I have very little contact with American academics, who are pitifully trapped in a sterile career system that has become paralyzed by political correctness. University faculties nationwide have lost power to an ever-expanding bureaucracy of administrators, whose primary concern is the institution's contractual relationship with tuition-paying parents. You can cut the demoralized faculty atmosphere with a knife when you step foot on any elite campus. With a few stellar exceptions, the only substantive discourse that I ever have these days is with academics, intellectuals, and journalists abroad.

In your view, what’s wrong with American feminism today, and what can it do to improve?

After the great victory won by my insurgent, pro-sex, pro-fashion wing of feminism in the 1990s, American and British feminism has amazingly collapsed backward again into whining, narcissistic victimology. As in the hoary old days of Gloria Steinem and her Stalinist cohorts, we are endlessly subjected to the hackneyed scenario of history as a toxic wasteland of vicious male oppression and gruesome female suffering. College campuses are hysterically portrayed as rape extravaganzas where women are helpless fluffs with no control over their own choices and behavior. I am an equal opportunity feminist: that is, I call for the removal of all barriers to women's advance in the professional and political realms. However, I oppose special protections for women, which I reject as demeaning and infantilizing. My principal demand (as I have been repeating for nearly 25 years) is for colleges to confine themselves to education and to cease their tyrannical surveillance of students' social lives. If a real crime is committed, it must be reported to the police. College officials and committees have neither the expertise nor the legal right to be conducting investigations into he said/she said campus dating fiascos. Too many of today's young feminists seem to want hovering, paternalistic authority figures to protect and soothe them, an attitude I regard as servile, reactionary and glaringly bourgeois. The world can never be made totally safe for anyone, male or female: there will always be sociopaths and psychotics impervious to social controls. I call my system "street-smart feminism": there is no substitute for wary vigilance and personal responsibility.

In your view as a classicist, what can the ancient Romans and Greeks teach us as human beings?

Following my culture-hero, Oscar Wilde, I do not subscribe to the implicitly moralistic assumption that literature or art "teaches" us anything. It simply opens up our vision to a larger world—or allows us to see that world through a different lens. Greco-Roman culture, which is fast receding in American higher education, is one of the two foundational traditions of Western civilization, the other being the Judeo-Christian. These traditions twined about and influenced each other for centuries and produced the titanic complexity of the West, for good and ill. To ignore or minimize the Greco-Roman past is to put intellectual blinders on—but that is exactly what has been happening as colleges are gradually abandoning the big, chronological, two-semester freshman survey courses that once heavily emphasized classical antiquity. The trajectory is toward "presentism," a myopic concentration on society since the Renaissance—a noble, humanistic term, by the way, that is being ruthlessly discarded for the blobby new Marxist entity, "Early Modern."

Full interview can be found BELOW THE FOLD'

Via: Memeorandum

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Does Conservatism Need to Evolve to Remain Relevant in the 21st Century?...

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Every so often it is good to take a few moments and review things one once thought etched in stone. As time moves forward and people gain additional experience, additional knowledge, and their wisdom increases it stands to reason that occasionally viewpoints will change.

There are really only fourthings that one can be absolutely sure of; Taxes, death, the hands of time will not stop, and the only real constant is change. We have absolutely no control over time or death and almost zero control over taxes, other than electing folks who may or may not raise our taxes after they are elected.

Change, or how as an individual one views change (positive versus negative), reacts to change (positive versus negative), or fosters change (proactively seeking or encouraging change)is completely within our control and therefore offers us the opportunity to grow, modify our views, or completely change direction if believed appropriate based on either additional experience and or additional knowledge. Wisdom is IMV a combination of the two and therefore grows over ones entire lifespan.

With those thoughts in mind the proprietor of this humble weblog decided to take a look at the sites Conservative Manifesto, one which was penned almost six years ago and based heavily on 19th and 20th century thought. In doing so it became apparent that a few things needed modification if it was to represent current thought of the weblog proprietor.

                   A Conservative Manifesto

I consider the principles of true, independent, modern day conservatism to be the belief in:

1) Limited government with authority granted to it as enumerated in our Constitution

2) A true free market economy, that is to say, laissez-faire capitalism

3) A judiciary (Supreme Court) that interprets law from a strict constructionist view rather than legislating from the bench.

4) A legislative branch that recognizes their responsibility is to the people and not their own corrupt political interests

5) A government that recognizes the rights of the individual always, and by necessity exceeds the rights of any collective

6) A government that views its mandate to tax the citizenry as limited to funding the proper role of government, not every flavor of social program that happens to come along

7) A government that recognizes the value of borders, language, and culture and insures we do not lose ours through overzealous multiculturalism.

8) A government that recognizes the only appropriate use of deadly force is in the defense of our borders and our people

9) A government that protects the rights of everyone to free thought and speech.

10) A government that insures it's citizens are protected from crimes against their person or property, and when necessary administers proper and effective punishment

Items number 2, 5, 6, and 10 stood out as needing some tweaking. While the core belief driving the statements remain unchanged the realities of the 21st century and our global economy make it necessary to view the statements as they relate to present realities. Following is the rephrasing and end resuilt of what I believe modern day conservatives ought to respresent.

2) A truly competitive market, one in which the influences of government is limited to insuring that all competitors have a level playing field on which to play and that special interest receive no favorable treatment.

5) A government that places the rights of the individual superior to the rights of the collective; in doing so greater individual and personal responsibility must out of necessity fall to the individual.

6) A government that views its mandate to tax as limited to funding the proper role of government. That is to say; funding the government so as to insure the integrity of the nation's defenses, infrastructure, and supporting the common welfare of its people.

10) A government that insures it's citizens are protected from crimes against their person or property, and when necessary administers proper and effective corrective action(s).

Contrary to what many on the hard right would have you believe liberalizing conservative thought as society continues to evolve is not evil, nor is it shameful. If circumstances indicate it makes sense to consider new avenues of thought and move forward when evidence suggests the benefit of doing so smart folks move ahead. To do otherwise is reactionary and if humankind had taken the reactionary path through its development we'd still be living in caves and carrying clubs.

Being flexible when it makes sense is always the best path to take. Perhaps manifestos and unyielding beliefs in first principles sometimes get in the way of good judgment and common sense. Today's political environment highlights this quite well.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dangerous Fight Game...

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These guys are amazing...

A Bump In the Road for Conservatives and Their Plan to Send an ObamaCare Repeal Bill to the President's Desk...

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Conservatives may suffer a setback in their plan to send a bill repealing the ACA to the President's desk y the end of this year.

Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has sent up red flags as to whether the senate can use the procedural process known as budgetary reconciliation as vehicle to attempt a repeal of ObamaCare.

THE HILL - GOP sources say Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has raised red flags in response to queries about whether it’s possible to use a special budgetary procedure to repeal the controversial law “root and branch,” as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said.

Senate Republican officials have pushed for an interpretation of the rules that would allow for repealing the law with a one-sentence provision on a simple-majority vote.

The special process is known as budgetary reconciliation. It can be used to circumvent the Senate’s customary 60-vote threshold to produce changes in spending and revenue.

But it’s a matter of debate about how broadly it can be interpreted.

Some conservatives argue that because ObamaCare impacts spending and revenue, 51 Senate Republicans and a majority of the House can pass a one-sentence provision. While President Obama would surely veto a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, many Republicans want to get such a measure on his desk.

And there is growing pressure on GOP leaders to make that happen. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Tea Party groups, including FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund, have called on the Republican-led Congress to use reconciliation on ObamaCare

“We think from what we’ve heard there’s a really credible case to be made that the one-sentence repeal instruction for reconciliation passes all the tests,” said Dan Holler, spokesman for Heritage Action for America.

“From our vantage point, we think there are credible arguments that you can get all of ObamaCare [repealed] through reconciliation and that’s where the focus of lawmakers should be as the budget comes up and as instructions are written,” he added.

I note that links to Freedom Works, Senate Conservatives Fund, and Heritage Action, all conservative organizations, were added by this site and are not in the article. It seems only sensible however to provide ths information.


Via: Memeorandum

Monday, February 23, 2015

Daughter of Infamous Reverend Jeremiah Wright Headed to Jail...

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Jen Wright

The daughter of "God Damn America" preacher Jeramiah Wright headed for jail today after a judge revoked a deal that would have allowed her to remain free until her sentencing on a money laundering conviction.

U.S. District Court Judge Sue E. Myerscough determined there was probable cause that Jen L. Wright committed another theft while out on bail, in doing so Wright violated the terms of her supervised release.

It seems Wright was allegedly involved in a "payroll ghosting scheme during her trial for money laundering.

CHICAGO SUN TIMES - Jeri L. Wright, the daughter of President Barack Obama’s controversial former pastor, was headed to jail Monday after a judge revoked a deal that allowed her to remain free as she awaits sentencing on a money-laundering conviction.

U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough ruled there was probable cause to believe Wright committed a separate theft while on bail, thereby violating terms of her supervised release, according to Sharon Paul, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in the Central District of Illinois.

The judge ordered Wright, who appeared in court in Springfield, to be taken into custody by U.S. marshals.

Wright, 49, of Hazel Crest, is the daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the Chicago minister known nationwide for the controversy his sermons created for Obama in the 2008 presidential election. Last March, Jeri Wright was found guilty of money-laundering, lying to federal investigators and lying to a grand jury over her role in a state grant-fraud scheme orchestrated by one of her childhood friends, former Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans.


Via: Memeorandum

Senator McConnell Working to Prevent Shutdown of DHS...

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Senator Mitch McConnell and where the rubber meets the road.

THE HILLSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took steps Monday to prevent a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security by splitting off legislation attacking President Obama’s immigration actions from the funding fight.

The Kentucky Republican is seeking to fast-track legislation to eliminate two new immigration programs launched by Obama late last year, while allowing a 2012 initiative targeting younger immigrants to continue as designed.

McConnell’s move sets the stage for separate votes on a measure to fund the Homeland Security Department (DHS) past Friday and to dismantle Obama’s unilateral efforts to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.
A House-passed proposal combining those two efforts had hit a wall in the Senate, where Democrats on Monday united for a fourth time this month to block the measure over their opposition to the provisions undoing Obama’s executive actions.

The DHS will suffer a partial shutdown if Congress doesn’t act before Saturday.

McConnell said he wanted to take away Democrats’ excuse for not voting against Obama’s 2014 actions, which several centrist Democrats had previously criticized.

“Some Democrats give the impression they want Congress to address the overreach. But when they vote, they always seem to have an excuse for supporting actions they once criticized,” he said on the floor. “So I’m going to begin proceedings on targeted legislation that would only address the most recent overreach from November.

“It isn’t tied to DHS funding. It removes their excuse,” he added.

McConnell’s decision could mark a step forward from the stalemate over the funding debate, which had left GOP leaders of both chambers struggling for a way to prevent an agency shutdown while appeasing conservatives insisting the immigration riders be a part of the package.

It remains unclear how the strategy will be received by House conservatives, but the office of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was quick to indicate its support.

Your Congress hard at work...

Continue reading BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Modern Day Gunslingers...

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Who knew?

Senator Lindsey Graham at Odds With Rudy G. ...

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At approximately the 2 minute mark potential republican presidential candidate states clearly and without equivocation that he believes President Obama loves his country.

What is puzzling is why he doesn't call out Rudy G. for the charlatan and idiot that he really is.

Read the full story BELOW THE FOLD.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Getting the Wind Kicked Out Of You... But Feeling No Pain!...

Nope. Not going to train for that one!

Getting the Wind Kicked Out Of You...

Ain't no way. Period!

90 Foot Shot...

No defenders but still an absolute WOW

Truth From a Politician...

"Americans understand that the game is rigged, and they've had enough of it. They're ready to fight back. They want a Washington that works for them.

"People are getting more engaged, politically, and they're seeing through a lot of the rhetoric that politicians have been throwing out there for a long time. They want to see some real change, and I think that's what we need to work on

Few, at least those who have been paying attention, would disagree with the above remarks. Washington has indeed become a place of special interests, politicians detached from reality, gridlock and obstruction, halls of smoke and mirrors, a symphony of distractions, in short dysfunctional; and the American people are paying the price.

If people are indeed getting engaged we can only hope it will be reflected in increasing voter registration of eligible voters and greater turnouts at the polls.

Oh, BTW, the above quote? Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Via: Memeorandum

Ex NYC Mayor Not Racist...

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Rudy Giuliani has a way of making matters worse. First he said President Obama doesn't love his country:
“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn't love you. And he doesn't love me. He wasn't brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country.”

As was to be expected Mr. Giuliani drew fire from critics who believe his remark was racist:
Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York on Thursday defended his assertion that President Obama did not love America, and said that his criticism of Mr. Obama’s upbringing should not be considered racist because the president was raised by “a white mother.”

Mr. Giuliani's full comment defending his alleged racism:
“Some people thought it was racist — I thought that was a joke, since he was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people,” Mr. Giuliani said in the interview. “This isn’t racism. This is socialism or possibly anti-colonialism.”

Of course Mr. Giuliani, being the ex politician (thankfully) had more:
“I’m happy for him to give a speech where he talks about what’s good about America and doesn't include all the criticism,”

“I want an American president to raise our spirits again, like a Ronald Reagan.”

Yeah, I think we know where Mr. Giuliani stands on things.

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Via: Memeorandum

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Obama Under Fire from Republicans...

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Extreme radicalized Islamists/jihadists are without doubt at war with western civilization. Terrorist attacks throughout the west have convinced people of reason that Muslim extremists and terrorists, followers of the faith known as Islam, wish to destroy western culture, philosophy, and religion. This is not to deny there is a majority of peaceful Muslims who simply wish to live their lives peacefully and in coexistence with the west and those who follow other faiths.

President Obama, trying to walk a tightrope elevated above events on the ground has said repeatedly, as did his predecessor, that America is not at war with Islam. I buy this statement. I bought it when GWB said it and I buy it now when President Obama says it. Our country is founded on religious freedom and the right to choose ones faith free of government involvement or interference. This very concept precludes going to war with any religious faith, and there are American Muslim as well.

Conservatives are in an uproar because Obama will not say we are at war with Islam. Yet he has said we must remain "unwavering" in the fight against terror and groups like ISIS and that we must eradicate such groups from society. Maybe it is just semantics some folks are getting hung up on; but, eradicating terrorist groups that just happen to be followers of the Prophet Mohammad sound to me a lot like war lingo.

Perhaps the President should say something along these lines; The United States of America is fighting a war against terror and the misguided and evil organizations and individuals who use the faith of Islam as justification for their terror will face the fate they have brought to many, Muslim, Christian, and Jews alike. That fate will be certain death. No, the West is not at war with Islam, or the millions of peaceful Muslims worldwide. We are however at war with terrorists and jihadists.

THE HILL - President Obama sought Thursday to rally world leaders behind his push to stop extremist groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), while doubling down on terminology that has sparked fierce criticism from conservatives.

"The notion that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie. And all of us, regardless of faith, have a responsibility to reject it,” Obama said during a speech at the State Department to representatives from more than 60 countries.

The speech largely echoed a keynote address the president gave on Wednesday to the White House’s Summit on Countering Violent Extremism where he defended his administration’s refusal to say the U.S. is at war with Islam.

And for the second straight day, his remarks drew swift fire from the Republicans.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) responded to Obama’s “lie” comment in a tweet.

“The notion that radical Islam isn't at war with the West is an ugly lie,” he said.

Obama looked to move beyond the fight over how to define the enemy, charging that the world must remain “unwavering” in the fight against terrorist groups like ISIS and promising that the U.S. “will not relent” in its campaign to eradicate the organization that still controls large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria.

Continue reading BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Now THAT Is Fast!...

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And that folks, is how it's done.

Muslims Standing for Peace and Decency...

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It is not likely much press will be given to the positive actions taken by Norwegian Muslims as they plan to form a peace ring around an Oslo synagogue. This on the heels of the recent attack on a synagogue in Copenhagen.

It seems clear the Muslims planning this event are saying that those who plan harm to Jews will fist have to go through them. Indeed this is positive. While a small scale event it surely represents the views of peaceful and tolerant Muslims everywhere.

TPM - A group of Muslims plan on forming a "peace ring" around a synagogue in Oslo, Norway, following the recent attack on a synagogue in Copenhagen.

Hajrad Arshad, the 17-year-old organizing the event, told Norway broadcaster NRK that the group wants to "extinguish the prejudices people have against Jews and against Muslims."

"We think that after the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen, it is the perfect time for us Muslims to distance ourselves from the harassment of Jews that is happening," she said.

According to Norwegian website The Local, the group has already recruited 450 people on Facebook to participate in the "peace ring."

Ervin Kohn, the leader of Oslo’s Jewish community, said he would allow the event if 30 people or more attended. He said it might "seem counter-productive" otherwise.

"What they are communicating is that if anyone wants to do anything against Jews in Norway, they have to go through us first, and I think that is very positive," Kohn said about the event.

I find myself wondering is any conservative weblogs (other than this one) will carry this story.

Via: Memeorandum

Monday, February 16, 2015

Science of Fighting...

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There ya have it...

The Science of the American Snipers...

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Now you know...

Friday, February 13, 2015

Nuts Celebrating the Assassination of Lincoln...

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League of the South President Michael Hill had the following to say about John Wiles Booth's assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

The League of the South looks to the present and future. However, from time to time we do look back at our past.

This 14th of April will mark the 150th anniversary of John Wilkes Booth’s execution of the tyrant Abraham Lincoln. The League will, in some form or fashion, celebrate this event. We remember Booth’s diary entry: “Our country owed all her troubles to him, and God simply made me the instrument of his punishment.” A century and a half after the fact, The League of the South thanks Mr. Booth for his service to the South and to humanity.

Stay tuned . . .
Michael Hill

Many of us believe Lincoln overstepped his constitutional authority and that the argument for southern state succession, based on the rationale of the Declaration of Independence carried validity. Countering this argument is the position taken by many that the issue of human bondage (slavery) justified the action(s) of President Lincoln that lead to the War Between the States. It is likely the question as to whether Lincoln's action to preserve the union was philosophically, ethically, and morally justified will continue to be debated by folks of different views well into the future.

Having said the above; nutters like Mr. Hill who find it appropriate to celebrate an act of assassination of a duly elected President, presumably based on feelings similar to Booth's, is incredulous.

Find the full story BELOW THE FOLD.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Facts About Islam...

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I am not a believer. I also freely admit I just do not have enough verifiable information (neither the Holy Bible or the Koran constitutes verifiable information) to say with scientific certainty that there is indeed no Supreme Being that controls and guides our vast universe.

Given this lack of verifiable information it certainly makes no sense, at least in my limited scope, to state which major worldwide religion is the one that represents "God" mast accurately. However, there is no shortage of folks, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian that somehow, even given the lack of verifiable information, believe they have the inside scoop on all things spiritual.

This has, to say the least caused a bit of consternation for yours truly. So much so it was almost an academic requirement even at 62 years of age to do some research on the religion of Islam. Having read some of the Koran (as well as the complete Jewish Old Testament and Christian New Testament)I had an inkling about the faith of the Muslims; however by no stretch could I be considered knowledgably beyond a cursory or fundamental knowledge base.

There are a great deal of misconceptions about Islam and the following is provided to help clear up those misconception. Encountering The World Of Islam is Christian organization that originated with the U.S. Center for World Mission in 1992 with the mission to help Christians understand the Islamic faith and foster positive relations with Muslims.

Please take the time to peruse the site and visit the many links it provides. Understanding begins with acquiring knowledge and letting go of age old paradigms and fears. It is never too late to start the process. Whether one is religious or not.

Discover God’s Heart for Muslims

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Are Muslims open to the gospel? God is at work redeeming those we have often wrongly feared. He wants to call them by his name!
  • Islam is not the world’s fastest growing religion. Evangelical Christianity is!
  • More Muslims have become followers of Jesus Christ in the last 25 years than in the previous 1250 years.
  • Many Muslims suffer under repressive regimes and lack human rights and educational and economic opportunities. How should we respond to the needs of Muslims in the name of Christ?
Where do Muslims live? Most Muslims are not Arabs, and most don’t even live in the Middle East.
  • Only 20% of Muslims today speak Arabic.
  • The four largest Muslim populations are in Indonesia, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, each home to more than 100 million Muslims.
  • About two million Muslims live in the U.S. Many are immigrants who grew up in Muslim families, but about one-third are American converts to Islam.
How do Muslims see Jesus Christ? Most Muslims are not radicals. In fact, they are deeply offended by the actions of radicals in the name of Islam.
  • Muslims respect Jesus as a prophet of God, born of a virgin, who performed many miracles and will come again.
  • The Qur’an mentions Jesus 93 times, calling him the Messiah, the Word of God, the Spirit of God, and the All Righteous One.
Surely God is at work in the Muslim world! While one out of every three non-Christians is a Muslim, only one out of every ten missionaries works among Muslims. The opportunities are great. Join us for Encountering the World of Islam and find out how to have a part in God’s work of reaching Muslims with the gospel.
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Another Shooting at USC, Two Dead in Possible Murder/Suicide...

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An increasingly all too familiar occurrence. Yet life goes on and the NRA continues to fight against reasonable uniform firearm regulations apparently believes we have too few weapons on the streets and far too many regs already.

COLUMBIA, SC — Authorities are investigating a murder-suicide Thursday inside a University of South Carolina research building on Assembly Street in the first multiple shooting death at USC in more than three decades.

The State Law Enforcement Division would not identify the shooter, the victim nor say whether they were part of the university’s on-campus community.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry would only say at 2:30 p.m., “There was no active shooter other than the two deceased.”

The university at 1:16 p.m. sent a schoolwide text alert that stated: “SHORS (sic) FIRED AT NEW SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH. Seek safe shelter.”

The urban college went into lockdown, though some students were walking casually as close as a block from the Arnold School of Public Health as city, county and state police were closing off streets around the building.

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Via: Memeorandum

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

9 Year Old Girl Shot When Selling Girl Scout Cookies...

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When will it stop? Is the government of a civil society responsible for putting in place regulations that help prevent this kind of violence?

Is the government of a civil society responsible for helping to provide protection against such violence and for insuring the safety of its children and adult citizenry? Or are we to leave it in the hands of the NRA who some view as an American terrorist organization?

Whatever your views this sh*t simply must stop.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A 9-year-old was injured in a shooting early Tuesday evening on the northwest side of Indianapolis, officials with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.

The incident happened in a neighborhood near North Michigan and Westlane roads.

Neighbors say they saw two suspects — one wearing a hooded sweatshirt and the second with dreadlocks — pull up to the side of the Retreat Cooperative apartment complex in a green or blue Expedition. Neighbors described a hand with a glove reach out of the vehicle.

After the Expedition pulled up, neighbors say shots were heard. Police say the 9-year-old girl started running and was hit in the calf. She was transported to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in stable condition.

According to the child’s family, she was selling Girl Scout cookies when she was shot.

Investigators went door to door asking people if they heard or saw anything. Around 6:30 p.m., no one was in custody.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS

Monday, February 2, 2015

Shep Takes the Science Deniers to Task...

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Give em hell Shep!

Fox News host Shep Smith slammed parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids as "science deniers" on Monday during his show.

He made the remark during a segment about President Obama's call for parents to vaccinate their children in light of a growing national measles outbreak.

Addressing vaccine skeptics directly, Smith said, "Hello, science? A lot of you want to talk about science deniers. That's what you are, people, you non-vaxxers: You're science deniers! That's it!"

"A small minority of parents refuse vaccines for their children, citing all kinds of weirdness, including a possible link to autism which science says does not exist," he said witheringly.

"Anti-vaxxers are hurting all the other little children by not letting little Johnny and little Janie get their shots," Smith concluded. "Get your shots. C'mon now."

Always enjoy Shepard Smith on Fox News. He is one of the relatively few on Fox who tells it like it is rather than how the fringe anti science preachers would have you believe.

Via: Memeorandum