MInTheGap

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

Liberty University vs. Geithner–Another Change To Overrule Obamacare?

November 21st, 2012 Viewed 1554 times

HospitalLikely to come after Thanksgiving is the Supreme Court’s decision about whether to consider another case, Liberty University vs. Geithner.  This case, brought by Liberty University, differs in that it focuses both on the Individual mandate, and on the Employer mandate—the former was the only focus of the first case they considered.  The DOJ stated that they were fine with the court considering the case back in early November,  which probably indicates that they are fairly confident they will win.

Could Chief Justice Roberts change his mind and vote to strike it down this time?  Will they even take it up?  Makes things interesting, doesn’t it?

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Who Modified the Talking Points? The Director of National Intelligence

November 21st, 2012 Viewed 1018 times

American flag flies in the autum sunSo, it turns out that we know who changed the talking points, but why this has been a secret for so long, that’s still up in the air:

CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to “al Qaeda” and “terrorism” from the unclassified talking points given to Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack – with the agreement of the CIA and FBI. The White House or State Department did not make those changes.

The excuse for not coming forward earlier?  We didn’t know that it would be that big a deal, we do this all the time:

Another source, a senior U.S. official familiar with the drafting of the talking points, tells CBS News the “controversy this word choice has caused came as a surprise.”

“The points were not, as has been insinuated by some, edited to minimize the role of extremists, diminish terrorist affiliations, or play down that this was an attack,” the official tells CBS News, adding that there were “legitimate intelligence and legal issues to consider, as is almost always the case when explaining classified assessments publicly.”

The longer it drags out, the less it sounds like the truth.

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Is It Time To Stop Giving Gifts

November 21st, 2012 Viewed 1055 times

Since when did a time that’s supposed to be full of joy become one of dread and obligation?  You know what I’m referring to—the fact that every year everyone wonders whom they must find a gift for, and whether they’ll get one in return.

I’m firmly in the camp where I do not believe that I have the right to tell someone that they should or should not get something for me—that I should give out of how I have been blessed and to be a blessing rather than what I will receive—but how does that balance with the fact that many people will take the fact that I gave them a gift as an obligation to give something back.

What It’s Like When You Lose the Election

November 20th, 2012 Viewed 1289 times, 2 so far today

0ElxUser mkb95 on Reddit posted this photo of Gov. Mitt Romney at his local gas station claiming that it’s recent and that Romney was moving to La Jolla and was out getting gas.  It’s amazing how much different a person can be in a few weeks!

Reading this account of how the Secret Service left him the night after the election, it really must be surreal:

Of all the indignities involved in losing a presidential race, none is more stark than the sudden emptiness of your entourage. The Secret Service detail guarding Governor Romney since Feb 1. stood down quickly. He had ridden in a 15-car motorcade to the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston for his concession speech. He rode in a single-car motorcade back across the Charles River to Belmont. His son, Tagg, did the driving.

It must feel really strange.

Allen West concedes to Patrick Murphy

November 20th, 2012 Viewed 1256 times, 1 so far today

In one of the last contested races of the 2012 Election, Allen West of Florida, a vocal, tea-party backed Republican Congressman, has conceded the race to Patrick Murphy after a recount of early votes showed that he would not be able to beat Murphy in a total recount.

“For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly. We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process,” West said in a statement to POLITICO. “While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.”

Save Second Base?

November 20th, 2012 Viewed 1164 times

mother daughterEvery November, men around the blogosphere go without shaving to see how much money they can raise for prostate cancer.  Every October, women try to see how uncomfortable they can make men while raising money for breast cancer.

This year was no different than before—with slogans like “save the ta-ta’s” to “Save Second Base”, we are shown that people believe that sexy can sell breast cancer.

Is Rush The Reason Romney Lost?

November 20th, 2012 Viewed 830 times

Rush LimbaughAs Sean Hannity pointed out recently, the first couple of weeks after an election is the time that the losing team stands around pointing fingers at who is to blame.  It finally has gotten around to Rush Limbaugh:

GOP strategist Mike Murphy said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the primaries were “driving the Republican brand right now to disaster” and that Republicans needed to acquire a view of the country “that’s not right out of Rush Limbaugh’s dream journal.”

Next up was GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, who last week at a University of Delaware panel discussion said that Limbaugh’s “white, 65 plus and rural” audience is “not what the country looks like anymore” and that Limbaugh was driving a message of “total ludicrous nonsense.”

Rush had a response for both—Murphy got whom he wanted and Schmidt never won a race.  But this goes far deeper.  The GOP is blaming the conservatives, and the conservatives are blaming the moderates.  Perhaps it’s time for a conservative candidate to have a chance, since the last two moderates have lost?

Why Wasn’t There a President Samuel J. Tilden?

November 17th, 2012 Viewed 1530 times

American FlagCheck this out:

The Presidential Election of 1876 was won by Samuel J. Tilden, a Southern Democrat sympathetic to Southern States who were imposed with puppet governments after the Civil War. The Republicans, in charge of the post Civil War reconstruction and biased against the Southern States were not willing to allow a Southern Democrat into the office of President and thus ordered Federal military troops to change the results of the election in favor of Republican Rutherford B. Hayes by using voter fraud, bribery, forgery and perjury.

If A Child’s Door is Closed, Do You Knock or Just Go On In?

November 16th, 2012 Viewed 1116 times

Father and children on a walkFor the most part, I admit that I usually go right on in—surprising them.  So, why should I find it annoying that they do the same to me?

In the article Establishing Guidelines for Privacy with your Children, Maria Doll suggests that we should always knock:

Always knock – model this polite behavior to your child.  Knock and ask to come in before entering your child’s room.  Insist that this be done to your room, also.  Explain that a closed door means someone wants privacy.  Knocking is the correct way to interrupt.

I would say that you have to make sure that they understand that, because it’s your house, you have the right to access to their rooms, whereas they don’t have the right to access yours, but what’s your take?

Is a room personal space that a child has the right to say it is off limits?  What about the other suggestions from her site?


Image from Stock Exchange used under the Standard Restrictions explained at the link.

What Did You Do For Your Birthday?

November 16th, 2012 Viewed 1302 times, 1 so far today

raok20For my 35th birthday, I celebrated the fact that I could run for President.  For my 36th, I don’t even recall it being a big deal.  But after reading how Robyn celebrated hers with 38 random acts of kindness, I know how I want to spend my next one!

She did everything from buying doughnuts for policemen to leaving money at vending machines.  From bringing clothes to the needy to a note for her mailman.

I’ve always wanted to make a difference in someone else’s life at Christmastime, but I never thought of doing it for my birthday.

What about you?  Go over and visit the post by clicking the image or the link above and tell me that you are not challenged to make “your day” more about others than yourself!


Image from Mix Mingled Glow in the linked post.

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