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Bookmarks for August 24th through August 27th

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These are my links for August 24th through August 27th:

  • My Way News – Bikini-clad strippers protest church in rural Ohio – Which church is right– the one that protests or the one that tries to get along with the strip joint in this small town?
  • Glenn Beck rewrites civil rights history – CNN.com – It’s always good to read what the other guys are saying, and this is definitely one of these times. The author of this article believes what he believes, and anyone that says otherwise is inventing and twisting history. Of course, it’s a whole lot easier just to say that the other guy is wrong rather than produce facts. And, granted, it’s difficult to rebut things in the space that he’s probably limited to, but the question is– who is right? How does the author know that he is?
  • Cutbacks force police to curtail calls for some crimes – USATODAY.com – Does this mean it’s time to take self and property defense into our own hands? Does stating publicly that you are not going to answer calls for theft increase the incidents of theft? “Cutbacks in such places as Oakland, Tulsa and Norton, Mass. have forced police to tell residents to file their own reports — online or in writing — for break-ins and other lesser crimes. ‘If you come home to find your house burglarized and you call, we’re not coming,’ said Oakland Police spokeswoman Holly Joshi. The city laid off 80 officers from its force of 687 last month and the department can’t respond to burglary, vandalism, and identity theft. ‘It’s amazing. It’s a big change for us.'”
  • Yes Folks, Hindenburg Omen Tripped Again – MarketBeat – WSJ – Is it time to get out of the market?
  • Althouse: “But tolerance is one of the first and most awkward questions raised by any examination of Islamism.” – Tolerance for each other’s beliefs part of the Christian heritage of this nation– the idea that a soul is a free moral agent that must choose to except Christ freely. It cannot just be assumed of other religions, like many are doing with Islam. As even Christopher Hitchens points out in the quote of this blog post, Muslim leaders have a way of utilizing religious freedom as a way to get in, and then making demands under the guise of persecution. Sounds much the same as the homosexual lobby, come to think of it.

Bookmarks for August 19th through August 24th

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These are my links for August 19th through August 24th:

  • Say Anything » Missouri Pizzeria Offers Obama, Pelosi Specials – I hope they don’t go out of business with the deals they are offering. I mean, if you start giving a small for the price of an X Large…
  • Althouse: “It’s a sad commentary that it even has to be stated what faith the president observes, as if it should matter whether he follows Christianity, or any religion at all.” – Interesting comment on Obama and Christianity: “He describes how moved he was by the service, but what moves him is the others around him as they respond to a sermon about black culture and history. He never says he felt the presence of God or accepted Jesus as his savior or anything that suggests he let go of his skepticism. Obama’s own book makes him look like an agnostic (or an atheist). He respects religion because he responds to the people who believe, and he seems oriented toward leveraging the religious beliefs of the people for worldly, political ends.”
  • Does Barack Obama want to be re-elected in 2012? – Telegraph – This article makes a compelling argument for why President Obama may not even run for a second term… Interesting…
  • Pajamas Media » Top Muslims Condemn Ground Zero Mosque as a ‘Zionist Conspiracy’ – I’m not sure what I think about this mosque (aside from the fact that it promotes a false religion), but from a Constitutional perspective I can’t see a problem with it. From a practical perspective, I agree with this article: “Al Azhar has it right: from negative media attention to subliminal associations with the 9/11 strikes, the “9/11 mosque” has great potential to backfire on Islam. Many other Muslims agree. That Al Azhar has labeled it a “Zionist conspiracy”— an appellation usually reserved for especially heinous charges attributed to fellow Muslims, such as the strikes of 9/11 — is indicative of how absurd the mosque project must appear to them.” — It’s a bad idea because of what it has done and will do to the Islamic people.
  • Vox Popoli: Ending the gay defect – Here’s the funny thing on the supposed “gay gene”. If you could prove that there was a gene that impacted whether you were gay or not, then what would you think about if they could have therapy to “fix” the problem?

Bookmarks for August 16th through August 18th

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These are my links for August 16th through August 18th:

  • CNSNews.com – Fix the Constitutional Falsehoods Congress Carved Into the Capitol’s Marble – “To interpret the general welfare clause ‘as giving a distinct and independent power (to Congress) to do any act they please, which might be for the good of the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless,’ Jefferson said.” This is exactly what has happened in our country today. Congress does whatever it pleases and finds the right to do it in the General Welfare clause.
  • Vox Popoli: You might want to check that – There’s definitely reasons to be skeptical about global warming: “In one example swiftly taken down by NOAA after my first article, readings for June and July 2010 for Lake Michigan showed crazy temperatures off the scale ranging in the low to mid hundreds – with some parts of the Wisconsin area apparently reaching 612 F. With an increasing number of further errors now coming to light the discredited NOAA removed the entire set from public view.”
  • Althouse: “This list isn’t about the mindset of the class of 2014. It’s about the mindset of the people who write it.” – What interests me in this post is the quote from Jefferson. The first section is what’s quoted by just about everyone in a defense of pure libertarianism, “what do I care what a neighbor says about how many gods there are or that there are no gods,” but it’s the second, longer passage that’s interesting. When he gets into the point that the multitude of ideas would be present to prove and refine Christianity, it points to the fact that Christianity was the preferred and best religion at the founding and that it was not expected that it would not continue to be. Far from being a statement about religious equality or pluralism, it’s a statement about the supremacy of Christianity and it’s place in American life. Fascinating.
  • Court halts Calif. gay marriages pending appeal – Yahoo! News – Looks as though the discussion on whether or not to have gay marriage in California, and eventually all the U.S.– or whether states can ban gay marriage– has yet to be decided. For now, no gay marriage in California.
  • Obama uses daughter to promote tourism with swim in Gulf of Mexico | Mail Online – I don’t know… Is it wrong for the President of the United States to have pictures taken of him with his kids for public use? I guess the problem here is that it was a controlled photo-shoot instead of an impromptu one. What do you think?

Bookmarks for August 13th through August 16th

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These are my links for August 13th through August 16th:

  • Court halts Calif. gay marriages pending appeal – Yahoo! News – Looks as though the discussion on whether or not to have gay marriage in California, and eventually all the U.S.– or whether states can ban gay marriage– has yet to be decided. For now, no gay marriage in California.
  • Obama uses daughter to promote tourism with swim in Gulf of Mexico | Mail Online – I don’t know… Is it wrong for the President of the United States to have pictures taken of him with his kids for public use? I guess the problem here is that it was a controlled photo-shoot instead of an impromptu one. What do you think?
  • Teachers union threatens ‘massive boycott’ of Los Angeles Times for reporting on teacher performance | Washington Examiner – Unions are a big problem with public education. If you could remove them from the mix you’d be doing everyone a favor: “In the past decade, LAUSD officials spent $3.5 million trying to fire just seven of the district’s 33,000 teachers for poor classroom performance — and only four were fired, during legal struggles that wore on, on average, for five years each. Two of the three others were paid large settlements, and one was reinstated. The average cost of each battle is $500,000.”
  • The Perils of Hipster Christianity and Why Young Evangelicals Reject Churches That Try To Be Cool – WSJ.com – “But are these gimmicks really going to bring young people back to church? Is this what people really come to church for? Maybe sex sermons and indie- rock worship music do help in getting people in the door, and maybe even in winning new converts. But what sort of Christianity are they being converted to? In his book, “The Courage to Be Protestant,” David Wells writes:”The born-again, marketing church has calculated that unless it makes deep, serious cultural adaptations, it will go out of business, especially with the younger generations. What it has not considered carefully enough is that it may well be putting itself out of business with God.” — This part hits the nail on the head. Is God not big enough to get young people in the churches if He so pleases?
  • Vox Popoli: WND column – It does seem pretty ludicrous that we count debt as economic growth, since we’re simply spending tomorrow’s money, hurting tomorrow’s change for growth.
  • Sen. Schumer: ‘Sour’ electorate reluctant to give Democrats credit for efforts – TheHill.com – “Asked why the Democrats are still expected to lose seats in November after passing major bills like healthcare reform, credit card reform, a fair-pay act and Wall Street reform, Schumer said voters are frustrated and don’t feel the effects of the legislation. “It’s the world we’re in. It’s a much more negative, critical world, and people are sour now,” he said. “The thing they’re most sour about is the future, not the present. In other words, if people were sure that things would be better five years from now, they’d be less sour.” — Or maybe it’s because they don’t want the big government solutions that you are pushing? Na– that would violate the view of the people that you have in your head. They can’t be against you, can they?
  • CNSNews.com – ‘Three Sides’ to the Sestak Story: Clinton Denies White House Claim That He Intervened in U.S. Senate Race – So, if former President Clinton says that he didn’t try to get U.S. Rep Joe Sestak out of the race in PA, who did?

Bookmarks for August 10th from 02:19 to 07:21

August 10th, 2010 Viewed 927 times

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These are my links for August 10th from 02:19 to 07:21:

  • Cal Thomas Official Web Site – Vigilante Law – It’s about more than homosexuals wanting to get married, this is only the latest: “We have been spiraling downward for some time, beginning in the ’50s with the Playboy philosophy that gave men permission to avoid the bonds of marriage if they wanted to have sex. In rapid succession came the birth control pill (sex without biological consequences), “no-fault divorce” (nullifying “until death us do part”), cohabitation, easily available pornography, and a tolerance for just about anything except those who deem something intolerable. Such persons are now labeled “bigots” when once they were thought to be pillars of society. A nation that loses its moral sense is a nation without any sense at all.”
  • CNSNews.com – Obama Overtures to Business Fall Flat – “The truth is that not even the Franklin Roosevelt administration was as hostile to and ignorant about free enterprise as this administration is,” declared magazine publisher and one-time GOP presidential contender Steve Forbes. — So much for Obama’s pro-business charm offensive.
  • Cal Thomas Official Web Site – Vigilante Law – It’s about more than homosexuals wanting to get married, this is only the latest: “We have been spiraling downward for some time, beginning in the ’50s with the Playboy philosophy that gave men permission to avoid the bonds of marriage if they wanted to have sex. In rapid succession came the birth control pill (sex without biological consequences), “no-fault divorce” (nullifying “until death us do part”), cohabitation, easily available pornography, and a tolerance for just about anything except those who deem something intolerable. Such persons are now labeled “bigots” when once they were thought to be pillars of society. A nation that loses its moral sense is a nation without any sense at all.”
  • CNSNews.com – Obama Overtures to Business Fall Flat – “The truth is that not even the Franklin Roosevelt administration was as hostile to and ignorant about free enterprise as this administration is,” declared magazine publisher and one-time GOP presidential contender Steve Forbes. — So much for Obama’s pro-business charm offensive.
  • Vox Popoli: Homogamy and civilizational decline – One of the arguments that homosexuals use– and was used by the judge in California– is that heterosexuals have been involved in discrimination for thousands of years: assuming that there have never been places where homosexuals could marry. They don’t know their history, nor the grave warnings that go along with it: “But that doesn’t change the easily observable fact that the forces pushing homogamy and open homosexuality are actively engaged in attempting to destroy one of the more successful civilizations in human history. As I showed in yesterday’s WND column, there is no genuine “progress” being made here, social or moral, this is simply a return to the pagan decadence of a society that was in decline 18 centuries ago. The observations of one of the first historians of women, Alfred Brittain, made at the turn of the 20th century about Roman women, was an insightful harbinger of the subsequent success of the suffrage movement.”

Bookmarks for August 9th from 07:14 to 10:04

August 9th, 2010 Viewed 966 times

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These are my links for August 9th from 07:14 to 10:04:

  • Churchgoers, strippers protest one another in Coshocton County | The Columbus Dispatch – So now strippers protest a church– an interesting situation. What would you do?
  • Craigslist is hub for child prostitution, allege trafficked women | Technology | The Guardian – The dirty secret of the internet is that everything that goes on in real life is magnified there. Take prostitution and craigslist: “All day, me and other girls sat with our laptops, pasting pictures and answering ads on Craigslist, he made $1,500 a night selling my body, dragging me to Los Angeles, Houston, Little Rock – and on one trip to Las Vegas in the trunk of a car,” the ad said. “Craig we write this letter so you will know from our personal experiences how Craigslist makes horrific acts like this so easy to carry out … and the men who arrange them very rich.”
  • Social conservatives on steroids – “And if the Republican strategists are even halfway competent, Republican congressional and senatorial candidates should be able to ride the twin horses of the Soebarkah administration’s economic incompetence and the Defense of Marriage Amendment to a landslide victory in the fall. But then, as John McCain demonstrated so ineptly in 2008 when he rushed back to Washington to support TARP and sink his presidential campaign, one should never assume that the Republicans will play to win.” — So far, the Republicans have stayed away from this issue, though one wonders why. If people can come out in great numbers to pass gay marriage bans, you would think this would help to get more people to the polls, if there was something they could do. Not sure that there is until the Supreme Court rules, and maybe that’s what they’re waiting for.
  • Marcela Hoeven Bikini Scandal? : The Other McCain – (Warning: North Dakota’s Governor’s daughter, Marcela, in a bikini at this link) Should the fact that there are photos of a Republican candidate’s daughter in a bikini be a family values question for an elected official?
  • The Obama presidency increasingly resembles a modern-day Ancien Régime: extravagant and out of touch with the American people – Telegraph Blogs – We can only hope that this is true, and that President Obama will be reigned in by the coming tidal wave of libertarian/constitutionalist principles: “There is however a political revolution fast approaching Washington that is driven not by mob rule but by the power of ideas and principles, based upon the ideals of the Founding Fathers and the US Constitution. It is a distinctly conservative revolution that is sweeping America and is reflected in almost every poll ahead of this November’s mid-terms. It is based on a belief in individual liberty, limited government, and above all, political accountability from the ruling elites. The Obama administration’s mantra may well be “let them eat cake”, as it continues to gorge itself on taxpayers’ money, but it will be looking nervously over its shoulder as public unease mounts.”

Bookmarks for August 6th through August 9th

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These are my links for August 6th through August 9th:

  • Social conservatives on steroids – “And if the Republican strategists are even halfway competent, Republican congressional and senatorial candidates should be able to ride the twin horses of the Soebarkah administration’s economic incompetence and the Defense of Marriage Amendment to a landslide victory in the fall. But then, as John McCain demonstrated so ineptly in 2008 when he rushed back to Washington to support TARP and sink his presidential campaign, one should never assume that the Republicans will play to win.” — So far, the Republicans have stayed away from this issue, though one wonders why. If people can come out in great numbers to pass gay marriage bans, you would think this would help to get more people to the polls, if there was something they could do. Not sure that there is until the Supreme Court rules, and maybe that’s what they’re waiting for.
  • Marcela Hoeven Bikini Scandal? : The Other McCain – (Warning: North Dakota’s Governor’s daughter, Marcela, in a bikini at this link) Should the fact that there are photos of a Republican candidate’s daughter in a bikini be a family values question for an elected official?
  • The Obama presidency increasingly resembles a modern-day Ancien Régime: extravagant and out of touch with the American people – Telegraph Blogs – We can only hope that this is true, and that President Obama will be reigned in by the coming tidal wave of libertarian/constitutionalist principles: “There is however a political revolution fast approaching Washington that is driven not by mob rule but by the power of ideas and principles, based upon the ideals of the Founding Fathers and the US Constitution. It is a distinctly conservative revolution that is sweeping America and is reflected in almost every poll ahead of this November’s mid-terms. It is based on a belief in individual liberty, limited government, and above all, political accountability from the ruling elites. The Obama administration’s mantra may well be “let them eat cake”, as it continues to gorge itself on taxpayers’ money, but it will be looking nervously over its shoulder as public unease mounts.”
  • Time to admit Obamanomics has failed | Washington Examiner – Everything that Obama has tried has proven that he’s doing the exact opposite of what needs to be done: “The economy is stalling, unemployment seems stuck at European levels of idleness, the federal deficit and the national debt are at historic highs, public confidence in Congress is at its lowest-ever level and big majorities of Mainstream Americans say Obama has the country on the wrong path. Obamanomics has failed miserably and it’s time for everybody in this town to admit it so we can move on.”
  • Converting Pi to binary: Don’t do it!@Everything2.com – Here’s a funny one for you: “WARNING: Do NOT calculate Pi in binary. It is conjectured that this number is normal, meaning that it contains ALL finite bit strings.”
  • Lemonade stands get reprieve: Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen apologizes for health inspection shutdown | OregonLive.com – Cogen said the inspectors were “following the rule book,” but should consider that food-safety laws are aimed at adults engaged in a professional food business, not kids running lemonade stands. “A lemonade stand is a classic, iconic American kid thing to do,” he said. “I don’t want to be in the business of shutting that down.”
  • Why Working Mothers Fall Behind – Business – The Atlantic – “For example, let’s redefine the disparity that the studies point out. Imagine there was no classification of men or women, just primary caregivers and primary professionals. Each family with children has one of each. Would anyone really care if primary caregivers didn’t climb the corporate ladder as quickly as primary professionals if gender weren’t involved? Wouldn’t that just make logical sense? If men more often take on the primary professional role, consequently working more intensely and taking fewer vacations than women, then they should be promoted more aggressively.” I never got why people complain about women being paid less than men. I believe that if a lot more women would be concerned with where their biggest impact will be felt (through their children) we could eliminate unemployment entirely…

Bookmarks for August 5th through August 6th

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These are my links for August 5th through August 6th:

  • Why Working Mothers Fall Behind – Business – The Atlantic – “For example, let’s redefine the disparity that the studies point out. Imagine there was no classification of men or women, just primary caregivers and primary professionals. Each family with children has one of each. Would anyone really care if primary caregivers didn’t climb the corporate ladder as quickly as primary professionals if gender weren’t involved? Wouldn’t that just make logical sense? If men more often take on the primary professional role, consequently working more intensely and taking fewer vacations than women, then they should be promoted more aggressively.” I never got why people complain about women being paid less than men. I believe that if a lot more women would be concerned with where their biggest impact will be felt (through their children) we could eliminate unemployment entirely…
  • CNSNews.com – Sen. DeMint: Ratifying U.N. Children’s Rights Treaty Would Turn Parental Rights ‘Over to International Community’ – “Sen. Jim DeMint (R- S.C.) said that if President Barack Obama gets his way and the Senate ratifies the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the precedent would be set to place parental rights under the jurisdiction of the international community.” I’ve written about this before– this would give rights to kids not to attend the school that the parent chooses, to disregard parental law, outlaw spanking, and generally cause lots of havoc. It’s the exact opposite of the child belonging or being a blessing given to parents and confuses “small people” with being “small adults”. It’s wrong.
  • Peggy Noonan: America Is at Risk of Boiling Over – WSJ.com – More people are saying we’re headed to Civil War II– that’s scary to think about.
  • Show Me ObamaCare – WSJ.com – “The political revolt against ObamaCare came to Missouri Tuesday, with voters casting ballots three to one against the plan in its first direct referendum. This is another resounding health-care rebuke to the White House and Democrats, not that overwhelming public opposition to this expansion of government power ever deterred them before.” – The funny thing is, our President doesn’t care.
  • People Who Work From Home Are Targets for Favors – WSJ.com – Do you work from home? Do you find that people are expecting more of you because you “aren’t working”?

Bookmarks for July 31st through August 5th

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These are my links for July 31st through August 5th:

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.