Our Daily Thread 4-25-15

Good Morning!

Welcome to the weekend! :)

Today’s header photo and the one below are from Kare and her husband. 

2 chicks - 2nd family of  Barn Swallows Kare

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On this day in 1859 work began on the Suez Canal in Egypt.

In 1898 the U.S. declared war on Spain. Spain had declared war on the U.S. the day before.

In 1928 a seeing eye dog was used for the first time.

And in 1967 Colorado Governor John Love signed the first law legalizing abortion in the U.S. :(

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Quote of the Day

“The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.

Edward R. Murrow

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Today is Bjorn Ulvaeus’ birthday. Both videos are from AbbaVEVO

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Prayer Requests 4-25-15

Anyone have a request or a praise to share?

Psalm 122

¹I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:

Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.

For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.

Our Daily Thread 4-24-15

Good Morning!

It’s Friday!!!

The header and photos below are the flickers I mentioned yesterday. 

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On this day in 1800 The Library of Congress was established with a $5,000 allocation.

In 1877 federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans. This was the end to the North’s post-Civil War rule in the South.

In 1953 Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

And in 1990 the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.

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Quote of the Day

In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.”

Mark Twain

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 Random selection day. From sixstepsrecords

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Prayer Requests 4-24-15

Today is Friday, so please remember to pray for everyone at The Nest.

Anyone else?

Psalm 121

¹I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

News/Politics 4-24-15

What’s interesting in the news today?

Open Thread

1. Hillary had a rough day yesterday. The dirt on her is everywhere now. It appears our State Dept. was for sale under her leadership. 

From TheNYTimes  “But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one.

At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family. Members of that group built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One.

Beyond mines in Kazakhstan that are among the most lucrative in the world, the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies. Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.

And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.”

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2. Give Hillary and Bill some money, and they’ll steer some money your way too. 

From TheWashingtonExaminer  “Twenty-two of the 37 corporations nominated for a prestigious State Department award — and six of the eight ultimate winners — while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State were also donors to the Clinton family foundation.

The published donor records of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation don’t give exact dates or amounts of its contributors, but it is possible to create a general timeline for when many of the corporations donated and when they were either nominated or selected for the award.

Silicon Valley giant Cisco was the biggest foundation contributor nominated in 2009, giving the Clinton charity between $1 million and $5 million. The company then won the award in 2010 when eight of the 12 finalists and two of the three winners had donated to the foundation.

The other Clinton contributor to win that year, candy-maker Mars, Inc., had given between $25,000 and $50,000. Coca-Cola was the most generous foundation donor to be honored as a finalist in 2010, giving a $5-10 million donation.

TOM’s Shoes, a 2009 winner for its work in Argentina, donated between $100,000 and $250,000. The other 2009 winner, Trilogy International Partners, gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Overall,seven of the 10 finalists in 2009 were foundation donors.”

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3. GE is refusing to assist in retrieving Hillary’s “lost” emails. Most likely because they might expose that his company was benefiting as well. 

From TheDailyCaller  “General Electric (GE) CEO Jeffrey Immelt said Wednesday that he will not release the emails that GE exchanged with Hillary Clinton’s State Department during the period in which GE was donating to the Clinton Foundation.

“Again, I think that’s not something we would do. Right?” Immelt said at GE’s shareholder meeting in Oklahoma City, OK in response to a question from Justin Danhof of the National Center For Public Policy Research, who pressed the CEO to release written communications with the State Department.

Secretary of State Clinton lobbied the Algerian president in 2012 to pick GE as a contractor for Algerian power plants. GE got the Algeria deal and quickly thereafter donated to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton also lobbied on behalf of Clinton Foundation donors including Boeing and Chevron.”

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4. And tax issues too. Looks like they found a creative way to hide the donations while she was Sec. of State. 

From Reuters  “Hillary Clinton’s family’s charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors.

The foundation and its list of donors have been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. Republican critics say the foundation makes Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, vulnerable to undue influence. Her campaign team calls these claims “absurd conspiracy theories.””

“For three years in a row beginning in 2010, the Clinton Foundation reported to the IRS that it received zero in funds from foreign and U.S. governments, a dramatic fall-off from the tens of millions of dollars in foreign government contributions reported in preceding years.

Those entries were errors, according to the foundation: several foreign governments continued to give tens of millions of dollars toward the foundation’s work on climate change and economic development through this three-year period. Those governments were identified on the foundation’s annually updated donor list, along with broad indications of how much each had cumulatively given since they began donating.”

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