MInTheGap

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

Should NPR Continue to be Publically Funded?

March 22nd, 2011 Viewed 1761 times
Juan Williams on Fox News

Juan Williams on Fox News (Photo credit: Mark Sardella)

National Public Radio was created to get the news heard.  It helped get radio stations in small towns.  It provided programming with public dollars so that you could hear what was going on in the world.

And today, it’s no more than a liberal mouthpiece that continues to use public money to pay its executives large salaries.

And Juan Williams, formerly of NPR, has joined the chorus of those that want to take away that funding:

Who Is Esaias Anyway?

March 22nd, 2011 Viewed 2766 times, 2 so far today
(KJV) 1631 Holy Bible, Robert Barker/John Bill...

(KJV) 1631 Holy Bible, Robert Barker/John Bill, London. King James Version (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For a moment, let’s accept the KJV Only argument that the King James is the best translation from a manuscript standpoint as well as from tradition.  My question, that has yet to be answered, is “Why has it not been updated since the 1800?”

To give a reference, here’s something that always baffled me as a kid.  Who is Esaias?

Matthew 3:3 – For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Female Teachers Haven’t Stopped

March 22nd, 2011 Viewed 2102 times, 1 so far today

kent_teacherIn the many years that the female teacher-male student scandals were thrust into our view, you would think that these would have abated, and yet exactly the opposite has happened.

It doesn’t seem that a week goes by that another teacher is accused of having physical relations with a member of her class, with no sign of it slowing down.

The latest is Barbara Jeanne Andersen, 37, who is show in the picture above.  She was caught in relations with one of her 17 year old students who happened to tell his uncle—who turned her in.  She was texting and having relations with the boy.

Herbert Hoover Economics?

March 21st, 2011 Viewed 2144 times
Timeline of Government revenues versus governm...

Timeline of Government revenues versus government outlays (or spending) as a percentage of GDP. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is cutting spending what led us into the Great Depression?  Certain economists would like us to think so.  The problem is, that idea runs counter to reality:

From 1924 to 1928 Uncle Sam’s real per-capita spending fell by 4.3 percent. But this spending rose significantly during Hoover’s term in the White House. From 1928 to 1929 real per-capita spending rose by 4.7 percent; from 1929-30 by 8.0 percent; from 1930-31 by 17.2 percent; and from 1931-32 by 15.8 percent. (This spending rose by another 28.4 percent from 1932-33.) The overall increase in real per-capita spending from 1928 to 1932 was a whopping 53.5 percent. Real per-capita spending excluding outlays for defense and interest on government debt increased during Hoover’s years in office even more dramatically, skyrocketing by 130 percent. [Economist Don Broudreaux – HT Say Anything]

Gender-Neutral Bible–NIV 2011

March 21st, 2011 Viewed 3069 times
Bible Study 2

Bible Study 2 (Photo credit: DrGBB)

I didn’t like it when they did it to state and local Constitutions, and I don’t like it when they do it to the Bible.

What I’m talking about is the wholesale editing of an historical document to make it say something something that it hasn’t said and does not say for the purpose of political correctness.

In this case, I’m referring to the 2011 translation of the New International Version of the Bible.

The 2011 translation of the New International Version Bible, or NIV, does not change pronouns referring to God, who remains “He” and “the Father.” But it does aim to avoid using “he” or “him” as the default reference to an unspecified person. [New Bible Draws Critics of Gender-Neutral Language – CNS News]

How Engaged Should The President Be?

March 21st, 2011 Viewed 1033 times
Barack Obama

Barack Obama (Photo credit: jamesomalley)

Last week, while Japan was in the middle of a nuclear crisis and many were wondering whether fall out would reach the United States, the “Leader of the Free World” was on ESPN announcing his picks for March Madness.

The rest of the week he spent golfing, and then in Brazil.

Many have made the argument that this activity was/is frivolous, and that he was not living up to his job.

Should States Have Their Own Currency?

March 21st, 2011 Viewed 1958 times
Thomas Jefferson - Series of 1869 $2 bill

Thomas Jefferson – Series of 1869 $2 bill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This isn’t the first place that I’ve heard desiring of having something anchored to gold or silver rather than to the Fed, and somehow I doubt it’ll be the last:

Creation and Child Labor

March 18th, 2011 Viewed 1697 times
Second day of computer classes

Second day of computer classes (Photo credit: LShave)

In the article When Republicans win, Children Lose at Nuts and Dolts, the author gets it wrong on two key issues.

Child Labor

State Sen. Jane Cunningham (R-MO) proposed a piece of legislation that would have repealed child labor regulations, and according to the author, this is a reason to celebrate:

There are so many reasons that this is bad policy and so many much better ways to teach children a work ethic.  The reason child labor regulations came to be is because children were exploited.  Employment meant poor working conditions, minimal pay and insane work hours. The absence of regulation as proposed by Senator Cunningham, means that young children could be forced to work instead of going to school.

In terms of teaching children a good work ethic, again, there are much better ways then going back to the days of Oliver Twist. Young children can learn a good work ethic through developing good study habits.  For young children, school should be their job.  If the question is learning the value of a dollar, again, current labor laws make it possible for children to learn this lesson.

The List No One Wants To Be On

March 18th, 2011 Viewed 2330 times
Shame

Shame (Photo credit: Frederic Poirot)

Our culture is conflicted.  While it preaches “safe” and “random” sexual encounters, those that engage in this activity still wish to appear that they are not as active as they really are.

So, whereas the culture should look at what happened in Westchester County as a badge of pride, the “smut list” was instead a source of shame.

Seriously, You Think This is a Dress?

March 18th, 2011 Viewed 1044 times

aaaMiddleton dressSo it’s come out that Kate Middleton (the future wife of Prince William) caught his eye wearing the “outfit” that you see to the right—and this can all be yours at an upcoming London auction!

I wouldn’t call this a dress, nor would I call it a skirt:

The garment was initially intended to be worn as a skirt, but Middleton instead wore it as a short dress. She wore black lingerie underneath. [Kate Middleton’s See-Through Dress to Be Sold – CNS News]

Obviously, someone will bid for it and win it, but would anyone ever wear this in public?  Privacy of your own home, sure, but not in public.

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