MInTheGap

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

Bookmarks for July 28th through July 31st

July 31st, 2010

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These are my links for July 28th through July 31st:

Bookmarks for July 20th through July 22nd

July 22nd, 2010

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These are my links for July 20th through July 22nd:

  • A fifth of girls pregnant by 18, survey reveals – Education News, Education – The Independent – Almost one in five girls say they have been pregnant at least once by the age of 18, according to a Government survey published today.
  • The Tax Tsunami On The Horizon – IBD – Investors.com – “Many voters are looking forward to 2011, hoping a new Congress will put the country back on the right track. But unless something’s done soon, the new year will also come with a raft of tax hikes — including a return of the death tax — that will be real killers.” — When you read this and you see just how much taxes will go up, do you believe Obama when he said those making under $250,000 will not pay any more tax? I certainly don’t.
  • Vox Popoli: Mailvox: catching up on history – Was Lincoln really one of the best U.S. Presidents, or one of the worst? There’s big discussion both ways, with those that are behind him being the worst the ones that say that he violated a central tenant of the United States– that the states joined voluntarily and should be able to leave. Check out the end of this post to see what I’m talking about.
  • Vox Popoli: More atheist ignorance – It’s interesting to be reminded that the god of this world is not the Almighty– it’s Satan. Many make this mistake to wonder why bad things happen in this world, or why there is evil, and they blame God, not understanding this simple truth.
  • Vox Popoli: Why scientific evidence is less valid in law – There’s a big discussion in atheist circles about whether or not science has more weight than religion– specifically on the topics of beginning of the world and reliability of the Scriptures. What’s interesting is Vox Day presents 3 great reasons why scientific evidence is less valid than law: 1. Science is dynamic in nature (what is believed today may not be believed tomorrow.) 2. Science is not scientific evidence (Scientific evidence can be tampered with.) 3. Science is not in the business of providing proof.

Bookmarks for July 16th through July 20th

July 20th, 2010

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These are my links for July 16th through July 20th:

  • Vox Popoli: Mailvox: catching up on history – Was Lincoln really one of the best U.S. Presidents, or one of the worst? There’s big discussion both ways, with those that are behind him being the worst the ones that say that he violated a central tenant of the United States– that the states joined voluntarily and should be able to leave. Check out the end of this post to see what I’m talking about.
  • Vox Popoli: More atheist ignorance – It’s interesting to be reminded that the god of this world is not the Almighty– it’s Satan. Many make this mistake to wonder why bad things happen in this world, or why there is evil, and they blame God, not understanding this simple truth.
  • Vox Popoli: Why scientific evidence is less valid in law – There’s a big discussion in atheist circles about whether or not science has more weight than religion– specifically on the topics of beginning of the world and reliability of the Scriptures. What’s interesting is Vox Day presents 3 great reasons why scientific evidence is less valid than law: 1. Science is dynamic in nature (what is believed today may not be believed tomorrow.) 2. Science is not scientific evidence (Scientific evidence can be tampered with.) 3. Science is not in the business of providing proof.
  • Vox Popoli: Science vs religion: a bet – Here’s the bet: Religion (specifically Christianity) proclaims that “the poor will always be with you.” Jeffrey Sachs in his book The End of Poverty believes that by 2025 there will be an end to extreme poverty on the planet. Who do you think will win?
  • Vox Popoli: The ending of America – These articles are scary, because they reach back to the principles of the government being imposed on us. What do we think of this– is anyone thinking about this? From the article:”The ruling class knows that Americans must learn to live more densely and close to work, that they must drive smaller cars and change their lives to use less energy, that their dietary habits must improve, that they must accept limits in how much medical care they get, that they must divert more of their money to support people, cultural enterprises, and plans for the planet that the ruling class deems worthier. So, ever-greater taxes and intrusive regulations are the main wrenches by which the American people can be improved (and, yes, by which the ruling class feeds and grows).”
  • House Republicans: Bible doesn’t mean we need to care about foreigners | Raw Story – Can we rightfully apply Biblical mandates for the Jewish people to do good to those traveling in their land to the current immigration debate? If so, how far should we go in the application?
  • House Republicans: Bible doesn’t mean we need to care about foreigners | Raw Story – Can we rightfully apply Biblical mandates for the Jewish people to do good to those traveling in their land to the current immigration debate? If so, how far should we go in the application?
  • The Old Spice Social Media Campaign by the Numbers – Don’t know if you caught the original commercial, but Old Spice really had a great ad campaign that just ended– it was pretty good!

Bookmarks for July 12th through July 14th

July 14th, 2010

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These are my links for July 12th through July 14th:

  • Obama Panel Warns Governors: Debt Will Destroy US Like a Cancer – What does this say about the “New Deal” programs: “Simpson said the entirety of the nation’s current discretionary spending is consumed by the Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs.” The problem is that these programs are going to keep growing larger on our current track.
  • How Microbes Defend and Define Us – NYTimes.com – God’s creation is truly amazing. I mean, the way that microbes and our bodies react together, each using each other, is an amazing design.
  • Vox Popoli: Why church women don’t like church men – From the article: “Men and women are meant to complement each other. Women need men to help them improve themselves every bit as badly as men need women, if not more so. And yet, are the men of the church ever called upon to help their wives develop intellectually, to broaden their interests outside their personal relations, to maintain themselves physically, and to refrain from being caught up in the destructive spiderweb of gossip? Not that I’ve ever heard.” Have men ceased to be men? Has the church chosen to neuter men and exalt women to a place where one sex is considered more saintly– and is this right?
  • Pat Michaels: The Climategate Whitewash Continues: Don’t Believe the ‘Independent Reviews’ About Goings on at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia – WSJ.com – Something smelled fishy when the scientists behind climategate came off scott free. This article asks some good questions– were the investigators unbiased? Did they actually want to find something?
  • Republicans should embrace Paul Ryan’s Road Map | Washington Examiner – From the article: “The plan would give everyone a refundable tax credit to buy health insurance, allow individual investment accounts to be carved out of Social Security, reduce the six income tax rates to two (10 and 25 percent), and replace the corporate tax (35 percent) with a business consumption tax (8.5 percent). And that’s not the half of it. As ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, Ryan was able to get the Congressional Budget Office to run the numbers in his plan. CBO concluded the plan would “make the Social Security and Medicare programs permanently solvent [and] lift the growing debt burden on future generations, and hold federal taxes to no higher than 19 percent of GDP.” Pretty impressive results, I’d say.”

Bookmarks for July 9th through July 12th

July 12th, 2010

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These are my links for July 9th through July 12th:

  • Balkinization – Definitely worth the read because it brings up a lot of interesting thoughts surrounding the DOMA ruling that recently came down. The ruling is all over the place, and should not be able to stand up due to its contradictory nature, but what’s most fascinating is that this liberal is against it because one of the arguments would mean that much of the New Deal (including ObamaCare) could be considered UnConstitutional. As one that believes in limited government and that government often oversteps it’s bounds, this article is very interesting indeed.
  • Conservatives vs The Constitution, Make Up Your Minds | Progressive Nation – Some people just don’t get it. Like this comment on this post: “If these people took an oath to protect the constitution, then any comments refering to changing it should be considered impeachment worthy.” I mean, basic civics– the Constitution is made so that it can be amended and amendments can be repealed. All of the current Amendments were added to the Constitution, and various ones have been repealed. I wonder if this commenter wishes there were still a prohibition on alcohol, and whether or not he would seek impeachment on those that repealed it.
  • Vox Popoli: Attempting to redefine reality – “Now, I tend to think that America is doomed because of its addiction to debt, but the social engineers are certainly building an impressive argument on behalf of the various religious eschatologists. It takes a pretty sizable set of historical blinders not to see the signs of a diseased and decadent society approaching its final days.”
  • Arthur B. Laffer: Unemployment Benefits Aren’t Stimulus – WSJ.com – My thoughts exactly: “My suggestion would have been to take all $3.6 trillion and declare a federal tax holiday for 18 months. No income tax, no corporate profits tax, no capital gains tax, no estate tax, no payroll tax (FICA) either employee or employer, no Medicare or Medicaid taxes, no federal excise taxes, no tariffs, no federal taxes at all, which would have reduced federal revenues by $2.4 trillion annually. Can you imagine where employment would be today? How does a 2.5% unemployment rate sound?”
  • Are Overdue Reports Concealing ObamaCare Impact On Medicare? – IBD – Investors.com – This it the truly scary story that no one wants you to hear. The longer we’re in the recession, the bigger the chance of Social Security going insolvent sooner. Once that happens, don’t expect them to get rid of SS– they’ll instead raises taxes to pay for it. Government rarely knows how to end programs, only knowing how to spend more of our money: “Every year, the federal government has been raiding the Social Security trust funds to take that annual surplus and spend it on the rest of the federal government’s runaway spending, leaving the trust funds only with IOUs backed by nothing but politicians’ promise to pay it back when it’s needed. Now even that annual surplus is gone. How soon will the trust funds run out completely now?”

Bookmarks for July 8th through July 9th

July 9th, 2010

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These are my links for July 8th through July 9th:

  • Ann Coulter vs. Bill Kristol: Beginnings of a Conservative Schism? – Ann Coulter backs Steele’s argument that Obama has taken control of the war in Afghanistan and suggests that Republicans shouldn’t always be pro-war. Bill Kristol believes that Republicans should still support the war in Afghanistan. I think I tend to agree more with Coulter– how about you?
  • CNSNews.com – Dems Re-Introduce Bill to Regulate Pregnancy Resource Centers’ Allegedly Deceptive Advertising – Planned Parenthood is pushing for a bill that would make it harder for alternatives to advertise stating things like: “Family planning clinics, like your local Planned Parenthood health center, have specially trained staff who can talk with you about all of your options,” the Web site says on its abortion portion of its Web site. “But beware of so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers.’ These are fake clinics run by people who are anti-abortion. They often don’t give women all their options. They have a history of scaring women into not having abortions. Absolutely no one should pressure you or trick you into making a decision you’re not comfortable with.” The sick part is that it’s PP that’s coercive. Since they make more money on abortions what’s their incentive to advise women to take any other option?
  • Federal Judge Rules Part Of DOMA Unconstitutional | TPM LiveWire – Seems to me this is more a moral judgment rather than going simply by the rule of law: “And where, as here, ‘there is no reason to believe that the disadvantaged class is different, in relevant respects’ from a similarly situated class, this court may conclude that it is only irrational prejudice that motivates the challenged classification.” What makes this judge the rightful arbiter on what is relevant or rational? The fact that the federal government wants to reward heterosexual coupling is extremely relevant to the discussion.
  • The U.S. pledge of allegiance was written by a … – Is “the socialist trajectory of the U.S. is not due to Barack Obama but to Francis Bellamy”? The original author of the pledge of allegiance in the US was a Christian Socialist. He was also once the pastor of the church I attended growing up (not at the time I was there.

Bookmarks for July 7th through July 8th

July 8th, 2010

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These are my links for July 7th through July 8th:

  • The Progressives’ Legacy of Bankruptcy – Tiffany Jones Miller on National Review Online – Here’s a great discussion on how we are in the debt that we are in via a look through history. It starts with this: “[T]he Congressional Budget Office (CBO) explains, “the federal budget is on an unsustainable path. . . . Almost all of the projected growth in federal spending other than interest payments on the debt comes from growth in spending on the three largest entitlement programs — Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.” Our debt crisis is thus essentially an entitlement crisis. When the unfunded liabilities of these programs are added to the gross debt, the figure rises from $13 trillion to a mind-blowing $60 trillion. So grossly underfunded are these programs that the CBO estimates Congress would have to raise the lowest marginal-income-tax rate from 10 percent to 26 percent, the 25 percent rate to 66 percent, and the 35 percent rate to 92 percent, to close the gap.”
  • Free Chick-fil-A: Cow Appreciation Day July 9 — Kingdom First Mom – It’s back! Chick-fil-A’s annual Cow Appreciation Day is coming up this Friday, July 9, 2010. Simply visit any of the 1200+ restaurants dressed like a cow to score a completely free combo meal.
  • CNSNews.com – Hawaii Governor Vetoes Same-Sex Civil Unions Bill – Hawaii’s governor ended months of speculation by vetoing contentious civil unions legislation that would have granted gay, lesbian and opposite-sex couples the same rights and benefits that the state provides to married couples.
  • Althouse: “[T]he Arizona law would place a undue burden on their ability to enforce immigration laws nationwide, because Arizona police are expected to refer so many illegal immigrants to federal authorities.” – Is this the crux of the Federal Government’s position against Arizona? If it is, it’s convoluted: “The federal government has responsibility for immigration, and it has expressed, through written law and real-world efforts, an extremely lax policy toward illegal immigration. Given that federal policy and the supremacy of federal law, one could argue that it is not within the state’s proper power to dictate a different policy and impose it on the federal government (by referring a lot of new cases of individuals violating federal law).”

Bookmarks for July 6th from 08:04 to 13:58

July 6th, 2010

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These are my links for July 6th from 08:04 to 13:58:

  • Althouse: William Saletan slams Elena Kagan. – Althouse nails why even pro-aborts should be afraid of Kagan: “I’m not to pleased with the idea of relying on someone who distorted science to detect, for our benefit, the distortions of others. What we have is someone who put a political agenda ahead of science. We all need to heighten our skepticism about the way politicians and lawyers use our embrace of the authority of science to scam us.”
  • Why Were Eve’s Eyes Not Opened Until Adam Ate? – Answers in Genesis – Note that nakedness was not a sin, but a fallen perception of nakedness and the associated shame was included in the sorrows and mental anguish they now felt. Even today, nakedness is bonded with shame, as people the world over wear clothes. In fact, this doctrine of clothing that comes out of a literal rendering of Genesis reveals that, by wearing clothes, cultures and religions all over the world are confirming the Bible’s account is true.
  • Self-esteem: Teens feel great about themselves — but are they headed for a fall? – chicagotribune.com – Kids today expect that they can get by with doing as little as possible– they don’t know how to handle criticism or getting something wrong.From the article: “By their estimation, today’s young people have been praised so much that some flail at their first taste of criticism or failure. Others develop a keen sense of privilege, believing they’ll coast into a golden future regardless of their actual talents, accomplishments or willingness to work.”
  • 6 Things From History Everyone Pictures Incorrectly | Cracked.com – The second one here is interesting– Jesus was not white, but we picture him that way. Very interesting. (Warning: site contains language and not all articles are suitable for every reader.)
  • Op-Ed Columnist – Punishing the Unemployed – NYTimes.com – Are Republicans really punishing the unemployed, or are they trying to provide motivation? Krugman makes the argument that cutting benefits in boom times is good because there are jobs out there, and they are not as much there now. Having been unemployed last year, and not able to claim unemployment, it was frustrating that I couldn’t bootstrap into freelancing and collect. But I do think the absence of unemployment made my desire to take any job that much more acute.

Bookmarks for July 5th through July 6th

July 6th, 2010

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

  • Vox Popoli: The myth of Deist America – For crying out loud, there were nearly as many MINISTERS signing the Declaration of Independence as there were deists. The lesson is to always treat atheists spouting “facts” like Jehovah’s Witnesses “quoting” the Bible. Always, always, always, ask them for their source. Most of the time, when you force them to trace it back, it will turn out to be pure fiction.
  • There is no ‘free’ lemonade :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Terry Savage – Kids have lemonade stand where they give away the lemonade for free– good idea or does it teach socialism?
  • Human rights activist tries to stop death by stoning for Iranian woman – CNN.com – It’s sad that this woman confessed to adultery (she now states that she didn’t do it) and now will be stoned. I pray that they are able to save her. But it certainly says something about the severity of breaking the marital vow and is something that shows how flippant we are about people that cheat on their spouse. New York is considering “no-fault” at the same time that this woman is going to be stoned.
  • Golf and Motherhood on Conflicting Courses – NYTimes.com – Which comes first: Golf or Motherhood? It’s a tough call for individuals– especially if you’re good at your game. Children are a blessing, should you put it off? But what about the financial incentives and providing for your family if you’re really good? What choice would you make?
  • Althouse: Which face is more attractive to you? Each is a composite of 8 female faces. – Each generation’s wise men are always the same. In the time of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and called his wise men to say what it meant– but he added “tell me the dream and it’s interpretation.” They protested, saying, “tell us the dream, and we’ll tell you what it means– for they would make up something after the fact. Same with the evolutionists today. It seems that they love to do a study and then start to guess at why evolution must have favored that trait, even if it doesn’t make sense.As Althouse says, “the morphs done on male faces found that women were especially attracted to the faces morphed from men with small wrists. Explain that, oh, evolutionary psychologist bull[poo] artist. Of course, they can explain it, because they are up for explaining everything that happens to be. “

MInTheGap

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