MInTheGap

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

Bookmarks for September 22nd through September 23rd

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These are my links for September 22nd through September 23rd:

Bookmarks for September 18th through September 22nd

September 22nd, 2010 Viewed 984 times

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These are my links for September 18th through September 22nd:

Bookmarks for September 17th through September 18th

September 18th, 2010 Viewed 952 times

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These are my links for September 17th through September 18th:

  • Althouse: Christine O’Donnell: " I dabbled into witchcraft — I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. … I dabbled into witchcraft." – "Even if she had participated in some witchcraft, she'd only be like thousands of other young people who dabble in such nonsense. Do you want to string them all up? It's typical pop culture junk these days." — Would finding out that your GOP Senate candidate once "dabbled in witchcraft" make you want to consider not voting for her? For me, I wonder what her current status is– people do change.
  • Say Anything » Montana Republicans Want To Make Homosexuality Illegal – "I don’t see how a political party can claim to be pro-freedom while simultaneously saying that consenting adults can’t be free to love who they want to love. How can you be pro-freedom while simultaneously supporting government bans on marriage contracts in same-sex relationships?" The reason is that the Conservative and Republican parties are not the Libertarian party. Conservatives don't want a "freedom for everybody" as much as they want freedom within a moral boundary– the boundary created by the Founders. This would be one that looks on homosexuality like our Founding Fathers would: as a deviant behavior.
  • Congressmen Weiner and Waxman Set Gold Hearing — Seeking Alpha – "Just as the government is trying to prevent people from investing in anything other than T-Bills by raising taxes on taxable interest and dividends to confiscatory levels, it's also trying to prevent you from parking your wealth in assets, like gold, that compete with the paper dollars issued by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury." Of course the government doesn't want you investing in anything other than it's paper– otherwise, how can it go on and create more in order to finance it's free-spending ways?
  • Pelosi hedges on tax cuts – Jake Sherman – POLITICO.com – "The California Democrat, speaking in the same room House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) appeared in earlier in the day, said that the “only thing I can tell you is the tax cuts for the middle class will be extended this Congress,” leaving open the possibility that cuts for people making more than $250,000 could be extended at some point, too." — The trend is with the GOP right now, and if I were in their leadership I'd be pushing to have this done before the election to get it done. The only way I'd let it wait is if it could be made a campaign theme to the point that they could say "elect us and we'll get you the tax breaks– the other side won't."
  • After Delaware, G.O.P. Senate Takeover Appears Much Less Likely – NYTimes.com – While it's still possible that the GOP could take the Senate and the House, polling at the moment seems to suggest that it's less likely after primary day: "Republicans remain strongly positioned to make large gains in the Senate: the model, after 100,000 simulations, has them finishing with an average of 47.1 seats, only slightly down from 47.5 last week. But their winning the relatively specific set of races that they would need to win in order to control the Senate now seems less likely, and the Democrats’ position is as secure as it has been in several months." However, there are still 47 days or so in the election, and the first time that the actual candidates are put head to head. Top that off with the fact that this is going to be a tough year for Democrats and it'll be about turnout… you never know.

Bookmarks for September 15th through September 17th

September 17th, 2010 Viewed 1182 times

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These are my links for September 15th through September 17th:

  • Congressmen Weiner and Waxman Set Gold Hearing — Seeking Alpha – “Just as the government is trying to prevent people from investing in anything other than T-Bills by raising taxes on taxable interest and dividends to confiscatory levels, it’s also trying to prevent you from parking your wealth in assets, like gold, that compete with the paper dollars issued by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury.” Of course the government doesn’t want you investing in anything other than it’s paper– otherwise, how can it go on and create more in order to finance it’s free-spending ways?
  • Pelosi hedges on tax cuts – Jake Sherman – POLITICO.com – “The California Democrat, speaking in the same room House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) appeared in earlier in the day, said that the “only thing I can tell you is the tax cuts for the middle class will be extended this Congress,” leaving open the possibility that cuts for people making more than $250,000 could be extended at some point, too.” — The trend is with the GOP right now, and if I were in their leadership I’d be pushing to have this done before the election to get it done. The only way I’d let it wait is if it could be made a campaign theme to the point that they could say “elect us and we’ll get you the tax breaks– the other side won’t.”
  • After Delaware, G.O.P. Senate Takeover Appears Much Less Likely – NYTimes.com – While it’s still possible that the GOP could take the Senate and the House, polling at the moment seems to suggest that it’s less likely after primary day: “Republicans remain strongly positioned to make large gains in the Senate: the model, after 100,000 simulations, has them finishing with an average of 47.1 seats, only slightly down from 47.5 last week. But their winning the relatively specific set of races that they would need to win in order to control the Senate now seems less likely, and the Democrats’ position is as secure as it has been in several months.” However, there are still 47 days or so in the election, and the first time that the actual candidates are put head to head. Top that off with the fact that this is going to be a tough year for Democrats and it’ll be about turnout… you never know.
  • U.S. Steps Up Criticism of China’s Practices – NYTimes.com – “Dismay over China’s currency interventions — it buys about $1 billion a day to maintain the renminbi’s peg to the dollar — has been a recurring theme for years. The election-season rhetoric, the carefully calibrated strengthening of the Chinese currency on the eve of Mr. Geithner’s appearance, and the administration’s struggle to negotiate a diplomatic line set the stage for predictable political theater. ” — Did you know that this is how China keeps its currency low, and thereby continues its role as producer? Wonder what will happen when the dollar isn’t the reserve currency any more.
  • MamaArcher’s Blog » Blog Archive » The Last Acceptable Prejudice – Is the last acceptable Prejudice that against large families?
  • Birth control makes me mad | Life In a Shoe – “Our friends and family may not agree with us on whether to use birth control, but they need to know that certain methods do far more than simply prevent pregnancy. If our friends and family believe that life begins at conception, then they need to know that nearly all of the most popular, most effective methods have a Plan B: murder any unborn child that gets past Plan A. It’s right there in the fine print that they’ll find in the package.”
  • SoapboxFive: Biology, not theology – In order to refute the science of the issue, many choose to create the strawman of a religious argument even if it hasn’t been used. This article illustrates.
  • My Daily Trek: Conservatives vs Leftists on Liberty – Pretty funny post.

Bookmarks for September 15th from 07:30 to 09:56

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These are my links for September 15th from 07:30 to 09:56:

  • My Daily Trek: Muslim students prove this is a Christian nation – “I’ve had some secular fundamentalists tell me that this doesn’t make the document or the nation Christian in any sense since the dating formula was simply customary. I respond by saying this makes the case worse for them, since my friends are admitting that it was so common for the Founders to think of Jesus as Lord that they had not a moment’s hesitation in putting his name in our foundational document and expressing their personal allegiance to him.” – Do the dating phrases mean we’re a Christian nation?
  • Constitutionality of the Health Care Bill – “However, as scary as all of that is, it just scratches the surface. In fact, I have concluded that this legislation really has no intention of providing affordable health care choices. Instead it is a convenient cover for the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that has ever occurred, or even been contemplated. If this law or a similar one is adopted, major portions of the Constitution of the United States will effectively have been destroyed.”
  • Because an ultrasound (not an abortion) is “cruel and unusual punishment” – ElizabethEsther.com – “Pro-choice advocates are relieved because ‘forcing’ a woman to see her ‘fetus’ before she kills it ‘can only be viewed as unconstitutional in that it violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against ‘cruel and unusual punishment.'” — Exactly. Why is it a problem to kill the baby, but to see the baby is wrong?
  • Abstinence Just Makes Sense – “What if I told you I know how to prevent cervical cancer? What about Sexually Transmitted Disease? I might even tell you that I know how to prevent, unwanted children, divorce and even heartbreak. Of course, you would want to know the secret; who wouldn’t? What if I told you that nearly everyone knows how to prevent many of societies biggest problems, but they simply don’t want to sacrifice their desire of immediate gratification to do so? This is exactly what is happening.”
  • Vox Popoli: 2010 is gone – “I chortled a bit. You may recall that I have predicted three things here a while back. House lost. Senate lost. Obama doesn’t even make it to the general election in 2012. Suddenly, all three are looking a little less crazy then they were back then.” — What do you think of this prediction?

Bookmarks for September 14th from 10:10 to 13:53

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These are my links for September 14th from 10:10 to 13:53:

  • I’m Sorry, Glenn….It’s Over. at Christian Research Net – “And okay, sure, I knew you were a Mormon. But maybe, I said to myself, he’s really a Christian. Maybe he’s one of those ‘cultural Mormons,’ a Mormon in name only, who doesn’t even know about all that kooky Mormon theology. After all, he talks about God and Jesus and salvation and atonement…. Looking back, I’m so ashamed of myself: I should have known better! After all, a large part of what I do is write about cults, and how they use the same terminology that Christians do, only with redefined meanings. Oh, how I wanted to believe.” — Should Christians be getting behind Beck? I don’t think so.
  • A homosexual newspaper says conservatives have taken the leadership role in achieving marriage equality at Christian Research Net – “The revolution consisted of forcing the sexual genie into the marital bottle. It ensured that sex no longer dominated society, heightened male-female love and sexuality (and thereby almost alone created the possibility of love and eroticism within marriage), and began the arduous task of elevating the status of women.” – A great historical look at what Marriage has done in the west, why homosexual marriage is going to destroy marriage, and what to think of the deviancy we see today.
  • Obama’s Insults Mask Fear of Boehner: Kevin Hassett – Bloomberg – “Democrats unleashed a barrage against House Minority Leader John Boehner in recent weeks, which raises the question — what are they afraid of?”
  • Joni Eareckson Tada Not Shaken by Breast Cancer at Christian Research Net – “After 43 years of living paralyzed from the neck down and recently learning that she now has breast cancer, Joni Eareckson Tada remains all smiles. ‘I want to assure you that I am genuinely content to receive from God whatever He deems fit for me even if it is from His left hand because better something from His left hand than no hand at all, right?’ the beloved disability advocate and quadriplegic said in a video message to supporters.” — This is absolutely amazing. I don’t know that I’d have her strength.
  • The Museum of Idolatry: Supermodel Sermon Series? – Some churches stay on topic for holidays– which seems weird. Some make every holiday a special day. This is going too far: “This is what Aviator Church will be preaching about on Mother’s day?!?! We wonder if they will also be starting the Hooters Bible Study in their small groups during the month of May?”

Bookmarks for September 13th through September 14th

September 14th, 2010 Viewed 898 times

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These are my links for September 13th through September 14th:

  • Moore to the Point by Russell D. Moore – An unChristian movie makes a Christian point: “Get Low portrays where we all are, apart from Christ. Our conscience shows us who we really are, cut off from our only source of life and unable to get back to it past the watching angel’s fiery sword. That kind of guilt is enslaving. Like the protagonist in the film, we want somehow to explain our actions, or to assemble a cloud of witnesses who can explain it for us, without admitting our culpability. We want to live through judgment (which is, after all, what a living funeral is) so that we can reassure ourselves that the end result of our choices isn’t quite the horror we fear it to be.”
  • Ad: Do parents want home alone abortions for their daughters? – Jill Stanek – Abortion at home?!
  • Duggar kids, free indeed – Jill Stanek – “As we spoke to the 3 of them, one word kept jumping out at me: Freedom. These girls were experiencing freedom teenagers rarely taste. Completely free to be themselves. The exact opposite of the words so often used by media folk to describe the 19 kids.” – A rare inside look at the Duggar kids. Worth reading the full article.
  • “Please help: I convinced my wife to get an abortion, now she is <s>crying</s> screaming” by Jill Stanek – “However, now after the abortion all she has being doing is crying upstairs for the past three days. She has not even eaten, the door is lock and I can hear her scream. When I come up to the door and try to talk to her all she does is call me a pig, and how could I? Which I think is pretty stupid because I did not force her to get and abortion, she did it voluntarily. I never held a gun up to her head and forced her. How is it my fault please help me understand my wife. What should I do now?”
  • Leftist support of sex trafficking, rape, exploitation of women (illegal immigration) by Jill Stanek – “Human trafficking and the exploitation of women is a direct result of condoning and allowing wide open borders and massive illegal immigration. And the left doesn’t care. What’s a little enslavement and forced prostitution if it gets us some cheap labor and more bodies at the ballot box?” – The little discussed angle to the illegal immigration debate. Human trafficking does occur in the United States. There are slaves that are abused here, and a majority of them come from 3rd world countries. But it’s more important to get a solid Hispanic voting bloc for Democrats than it is to worry about the liberty of these people.

Bookmarks for September 13th from 07:58 to 13:09

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These are my links for September 13th from 07:58 to 13:09:

  • Say Anything » Study: Cash For Clunkers Didn’t Generate Any New Car Sales – “Cash for clunkers, put simply, didn’t induce people to buy cars. It just changed the timing of car purchases they were going to make anyway.” – This is exactly how all the stimulus was packaged, and part of the reason that this kind of thing doesn’t work. It takes tomorrow’s money and spends it today and then puts us in debt. The only people that make out here are the banks that get more money in interest, and the government, which gets to be in control of when you made your purchase.
  • Say Anything » If Barack Obama Thinks Education Is The Responsibility Of All Americans, Why Does He Oppose School Choice? – “If education is the responsibility of “all Americans,” and not just the government, then why not empower all Americans (especially those with children to educate) with the ability to choose what kind of an education those kids get? Because right now we have a government-dominated education monopoly where parents (except those rich enough to opt-out) are forced to send their children to the nearest public school often with little recourse when those schools prove to be somewhat less than satisfactory.” – The answer, of course, is that Pres. Obama is beholden to the unions, and though what he says is “education” what he’s really saying is that he supports public schools. True school choice would spell the end to these anachronistic institutions and empower the individual, which is not what the government wants.
  • Vox Popoli: Calling the bankers’ bluff – “A growing number of the people whose homes are in foreclosure are refusing to slink away in shame. They are fashioning a sort of homemade mortgage modification, one that brings their payments all the way down to zero. They use the money they save to get back on their feet or just get by. This type of modification does not beg for a lender’s permission but is delivered as an ultimatum: Force me out if you can. Any moral qualms are overshadowed by a conviction that the banks created the crisis by snookering homeowners with loans that got them in over their heads.” — I actually heard a similar statement on the radio just the other day. Many banks are allowing squatters to stay in their homes because the value of the houses which they haven’t been paying can still be said to be the price of the mortgage as long as the people still are there. If they foreclose, it could go to 0– not good for them.
  • Vox Popoli: Contra the bricklayers – Mankind will do whatever it can to promote self, even while they’re saying that they’re promoting others. That’s why government cannot and should not be trusted, and that’s at the core of Vox’s libertarianism: “We libertarians most certainly do NOT believe that people will do the right thing if left to their own devices, rather, we believe that since most people will do the wrong thing if given power over others, it is in the interests of everyone to make sure that the force multiplier offered by government to those people is as small as possible.”
  • Vox Popoli: Mailvox: economics and immigration – “Because people primarily use banks as a place to store their money. They aren’t going to take the risk of stuffing their cash under a mattress and only one in a thousand Americans utilizes precious metals as a store of value, so the Fed has realized that it can crush depositors with impunity without having to worry about mass withdrawals. In other words, what you’re describing is theoretically possible but realistically implausible. If people aren’t withdrawing their money because two percent of the banks are failing every year, they’re not going to withdraw it over zero interest either.” — Interesting. If everyone took their money out in cash and forced banks to compete for holding on to our money, what would happen?

Bookmarks for September 10th through September 13th

September 13th, 2010 Viewed 837 times

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These are my links for September 10th through September 13th:

  • Vox Popoli: There is no equality – The problem with “equality” is what people do to get there. Just like what this article states, in order to get “equality”, women are given preferential treatment. People with certain skin color and now deviant sexual choices are given preference, rights, or privileges over the “normal” people. It’s anything but equality.
  • Vox Popoli: Mailvox: economics and immigration – “Because people primarily use banks as a place to store their money. They aren’t going to take the risk of stuffing their cash under a mattress and only one in a thousand Americans utilizes precious metals as a store of value, so the Fed has realized that it can crush depositors with impunity without having to worry about mass withdrawals. In other words, what you’re describing is theoretically possible but realistically implausible. If people aren’t withdrawing their money because two percent of the banks are failing every year, they’re not going to withdraw it over zero interest either.” — Interesting. If everyone took their money out in cash and forced banks to compete for holding on to our money, what would happen?
  • Vox Popoli: There is no equality – The problem with “equality” is what people do to get there. Just like what this article states, in order to get “equality”, women are given preferential treatment. People with certain skin color and now deviant sexual choices are given preference, rights, or privileges over the “normal” people. It’s anything but equality.
  • America is done and dusted – “The American transition from the only global superpower to a regional power began in 2008. America is now a regional power of medium standing. So who is running the shop? The local donut shop is losing customers, but now it’s bringing in a new manager. Does it matter? No, because the shop is in a bad location. It doesn’t matter who the manager is. Whether it’s the Democrats or Republicans running Congress, America is still being relegated to the dustbin of history.” — As a believer, I know that America is not God’s only country, nor does it have to survive. Is it possible that we’re headed for ruin just like the great empires before? One would be a fool to say it could not happen.
  • Althouse: “We are, of course, now against any other group burning Qurans. We would right now ask no one to burn Qurans. We are absolutely strong on that. It is not the time to do it.” – “You know, a key religious freedom value is that government must not treat different religions differently. But Obama takes one attitude toward the NYC Muslims and another toward the Florida Christian. With respect to the former, he highlighted the right and wouldn’t express an opinion about how that right should be exercised. With the later, he begrudgingly acknowledged the right after stressing the importance of the individual’s restraint and sensitivity toward others.” — This is a good point from Ann Althouse. Why the difference? She suggests it’s because Pres. Obama and Rev. Jones agree– Islam promotes radical and violent behavior. The Pres. doesn’t want to provoke them.

Bookmarks for September 9th through September 10th

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These are my links for September 9th through September 10th:

  • Althouse: “We are, of course, now against any other group burning Qurans. We would right now ask no one to burn Qurans. We are absolutely strong on that. It is not the time to do it.” – “You know, a key religious freedom value is that government must not treat different religions differently. But Obama takes one attitude toward the NYC Muslims and another toward the Florida Christian. With respect to the former, he highlighted the right and wouldn’t express an opinion about how that right should be exercised. With the later, he begrudgingly acknowledged the right after stressing the importance of the individual’s restraint and sensitivity toward others.” — This is a good point from Ann Althouse. Why the difference? She suggests it’s because Pres. Obama and Rev. Jones agree– Islam promotes radical and violent behavior. The Pres. doesn’t want to provoke them.
  • Vox Popoli: The anti-book burners – “Needless to say, the anti-book burners won’t decry the Afghans burning American flags and chanting “Death to Christians” in response to the mere suggestion that someone intends to burn a Koran. They are no defenders of freedom or respect for religion, they are already subservient dhimmis.” — Exactly. The group that you choose to favor shows whom you fear.
  • Texting is ruining real conversation – Life – The Orange County Register – “I know it sounds outdated, but I’m still profoundly annoyed by people who interrupt their real-life interactions for a text message or even a phone call. I’m of the opinion that real-life should always trump digital-life — except in moments of emergency. No matter what my daughter might think, a text that says ‘hey’ is not an emergency.” — Exactly.
  • Open letter to conservatives who back same-sex marriage – “It’s no accident that this nation has flowered more than any other in world history. But that didn’t happen, my dear “libertarian-leaning conservative” friends, because the founding generation resented government, wanted lower taxes and wanted to be left alone. No, America flowered because it was steeped in a faith-based morality and a love of freedom that were wedded together into a rare and priceless alloy the world had never seen.” — I’ve thought of myself more like libertarian thought, but this actually makes sense. As well as being a great defense of standard marriage…
  • Even America’s liberal elites concede that Obama’s Presidency is crumbling – Telegraph Blogs – “The fact The Post is reporting that not only could Republicans sweep the House of Representatives this November, but may even take the Senate as well, is a reflection of just how far the mainstream, overwhelmingly left-of-centre US media has moved in the last month towards acknowledging the scale of the crisis facing the White House.” I have this feeling that both houses might change hands, though it’s also possible that the House will just change. Definitely not as surprising as 1994, and Republicans need a consistent message other than “We’re not Democrats.” I know that they have some plans– but they need to make sure others know!
  • Sinking with Obama, Democrats plan political triage | Washington Examiner – “Is all this just a response to a sputtering economy? Political scientist Alan Abramowitz, on a panel with Sabato and me at the American Political Science Association conference last weekend, said he thought so. I disagreed. I think what we’re seeing is a rejection of the Obama Democrats’ big-government policies. The president and his party thought that in times of economic distress most voters would be supportive of or at least amenable to a vast expansion of the size and scope of government.” — What do you think? Sputtering economy or rejection of big government? I want it to be the latter, but I’m sure it’s partly the former.

MInTheGap

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