Our Daily Thread 2-28-13

Good Morning!

21 Days until Spring! 🙂

Quote of the Day, from a famous person I’ve actually met on two occasions.

“Everything  comes to those who wait… except a cat.”

Mario  Andretti


Have you ever met a “famous person”?


For todays music, I found a whole VW mini-bus full of Hippies. 🙂


Prayer Requests 2-28-13

Who has a request or praise today?

Psalm 150

1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.

4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Life Matters 2-28-13

OperationRescue has filed a formal complaint against abortionist LeRoy Carhart.

“Operation Rescue has sent a formal letter to Maryland Attorney General’s office and Montgomery County State Attorney’s office requesting that Second Degree Murder charges be brought against late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart for his part in the death of a patient on February 7, 2013.

Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, asked in his February 24 letter that the charges be brought under the state’s “depraved heart murder” doctrine that allows for second degree murder charges when a person engages in conduct that shows a reckless disregard for human life, even if resulting harm is unintentional.

Legal precedence for such a charge is abundant.”

More on the whole story from LifeNews


This one is a very sad and troubling story about a man named Robert Saylor, a 26-year-old man who had Down Syndrome. It appears he was killed by 3 off-duty police deputies working security after staying in his seat when the movie ended. He wanted to stay for another showing.

From LifeNews

“Robert Saylor was a 26-year-old man who had Down syndrome. He went to see a movie in Frederick, Maryland with a health aide. After the movie was over, he wanted to see it again, so he remained in the movie theater. When employees were unable to get him to leave, three police deputies were called, who were working off-duty as security guards that night.

What happened next is horrifying. Saylor was asphyxiated during the arrest, after being placed face-down on the ground, and died.”

“This was a man who clearly had a disability. But no one in this case – not the theater employees or the police deputies – showed even an ounce of understanding, empathy, or compassion towards him. No one apparently thought of getting his health aide or his parents to help. They completely failed to recognize that this was someone who had special needs, and that this wasn’t their typical situation which might require an arrest or use of force.”

More here.


And this last one is encouraging, but they’ll get a fight from those taking the abortion dollars. But it’s way past time to expose the ties between these groups, how they get their money, and who the elected officials steering it to them are. Maybe digging into this will help do that.

From LifeSiteNews

“Dozens of legislators in the House and Senate have called on a federal government watchdog agency to investigate how much taxpayer money Planned Parenthood receives each year and how those funds are being used.

The letter asks for information on all affiliates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Population Council, the Guttmacher Institute, Advocates for Youth, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).”

“The effort is being led by Reps. Diane Black of Tennessee and Pete Olson of Texas, as well as U.S. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana. But scores of Congressmen and five U.S. Senators signed the letter asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for a comprehensive list of grants being made to the abortion giant, the programs that authorize those monies, the kinds of programs offered, and the number of people served in each category.”


News/Politics 2-28-13

What’s interesting in the news today?

As always, Open Thread.


First, a feel good story. Well, at least for me and fellow Yankee fans. The rest of ya’s, probably not. 😯

Say Hello! to the next generation. 🙂

From FoxSportsSouthwest

“Andy Pettitte is just like any other baseball dad who happens to have played 17 MLB seasons for the New York Yankees and Houston Astros and won five World Series titles.

“He sends me a text before every game that says, ‘Good luck buddy, to God be the glory.’ ” Josh Pettitte said. “He’s just a bystander now.”

Well, sort of. The younger Pettitte, who plays for Deer Park High School near Houston, threw a no-hitter on Friday against the Boerne (Texas) Champion Greyhounds. He struck out 10 and walked one, and then admitted it is pretty helpful to have one of the best pitchers of a generation as your father.”

Cue my maniacal laugh. 🙂


Next, an Update.

Key provisions of the Voting Rights Act appear to be in jeopardy. Maybe it’s just me, but the lawyer for the DoJ sounded unprepared for the obvious questions from the Justices.

From NBCNews

“Central parts of an election law dating back to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the Voting Rights Act, appeared to be in jeopardy Wednesday after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a challenge to them.”

“When Verrilli defended the section 5 of the law, Chief Justice John Roberts asked him, “Do you know which state has the worst ratio of white voter turnout to African American voter turnout?”

Verrilli said he did not, to which Roberts replied: “Massachusetts. Do you know what has the best, where African American turnout actually exceeds white turnout? Mississippi.”

Roberts then asked Verrilli which state has the greatest disparity in registration between whites and African Americans, and again Verrilli did not know.”

Pete Williams is pretty upset. 🙂

And if you feel like checking out the comments be warned. This is NBC after all, so cries of voter suppression and racism are the norm.


Meanwhile, President Obama has Verrelli calling on the Supreme Court to overturn DOMA.

From CNSNews

“On Friday, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli formally filed a legal brief with the Supreme Court, calling the  law unconstitutional and “discriminatory against gays and lesbians.”

“It is abundantly clear that this discrimination does not  substantially advance (the government’s) interest in protecting  marriage, or any other important interest,” Verrilli wrote in the  67-page document.

“The Statute simply cannot be reconciled with the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection,” he said.

Conservative legal experts like Mathew Staver, president of Liberty Counsel, say the government’s position is “outrageous.”


Mr. Woodward should have seen this coming. It is after all, the Chicago way.


Lawmakers are attempting to override the Obama admins decision to declare the Ft. Hood shootings “workplace violence”. They are correct. Call it what it was. Terrorism, motivated by Islam.

From PJMedia

“Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), whose district includes Fort Hood, told PJM the base is soldiering on, but a recent ABC News interview in which the officer who shot Hasan during the rampage says President Obama has “betrayed” the victims came as no surprise to him.”

“Carter just introduced yet again legislation to ensure that the victims and victims’ families in the Fort Hood attack are eligible for the same treatment, benefits, and honors as Americans killed or wounded in an overseas combat zone.”

“Major Hasan was connected, influenced by Alwaki,” Wolf said. “The administration thought Awlaki was dangerous enough that they killed him with a drone missile… It’s got to be fairly significant, the fact that they did this to an American citizen.”

“The people at Fort Hood, the wounded have been getting a very, very bad deal with Panetta,” the congressman continued. “It clearly is a terrorist attack. It is not workplace violence and by not calling it that, it’s a failure.””


And once again, or still, Texas shows how it’s done. Don’t panic, it’s not another future Yankee player. 🙂

From Forbes

“Earlier this month, Texas Gov. Rick Perry made a quick tour of California to remind business owners that life’s a whole lot easier in the Lone Star State. Perry’s California critics called him “Governor Oops” for his miscues during the presidential debates, and Gov. Jerry Brown dismissed the Texan’s recruiting drive as “not a burp,” and barely even a certain bodily release of gas.

Laugh away, Californians. But Perry is playing the stronger hand here. Texas trounced the rest of the country our latest survey of the Best Cities for Good Jobs, with five metropolitan areas in the Top Ten, including the four best cities to find jobs in the next few years.”

And it’s not just low paying service industry jobs as liberals allege.

“One explanation that is definitely false: Texas isn’t growing on the backs of underpaid, non-union workers. While Texas is a right-to-work state, many of the highest paying jobs in the Dallas area are with unionized defense manufacturers like Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin, which produces the F-35 Lightning II fighter at a mile-long plant in Fort Worth.”

““People say it’s all low-pay jobs, so I looked at employment growth by wage quartile,” she said. And guess what? Not only is the Dallas-area per-capita income of $39,548 comfortably above the national average of $37,000, but it’s growing fastest in the top half of wages above $16 an hour.”


Our Daily Thread 2-27-13

Good Morning!

What’s on your mind today?

Quote of the Day

“Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning – an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies.”

Henry Wadsworth  Longfellow

I’ve become a big fan of these guys.

Michael Meets Mozart – 1 Piano, 2 Guys, 100 Cello Tracks – ThePianoGuys


Who has a QoD for us?

Prayer Requests 2-27-13

Who can we pray for today?

And it’s Wednesday, so don’t forget Gambia and our friends ministering there. 🙂

Psalm 148:1-5

1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.

4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

5 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.

News/Politics 2-27-13

What’s interesting out there today?

Open Thread, what have you got?

Here’s a few to start with.


Not one dime…….

He was right, not one dime. Try 62,000,000,000,000 dimes.

From NationalReview

“Obamacare will increase the long-term federal deficit by $6.2 trillion, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), who requested the report, revealed the findings this morning at a Senate Budget Committee hearing. The report, he said, “confirms everything critics and Republicans were saying about the faults of this bill,” and “dramatically proves that the promises made assuring the nation that the largest new entitlement program in history would not add one dime to the deficit were false.”

President Obama and other Democrats attempted to win support for the health-care bill by touting it as a fiscally responsible enterprise. “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits — either now or in the future,” Obama told a joint-session of Congress in September 2009. “I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period.”


And don’t forget, Nancy Pelosi called it “the greatest deficit reduction effort in 2 decades”.

Here’s more from Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), who points out all the lies, and how Republicans were correct about it.

Good thing we had to pass it to find all this out huh?


All this explains why Dems would whine about this.

From TheDailyCaller

“Some members of Congress apparently don’t like to be reminded about how much  debt the country continues to rack up.

During a House Financial Services Committee hearing Tuesday on the budget, two Democrats complained after  House Financial Services Committee chairman Jeb Hensarling instructed that two  monitors in the hearing room display a real-time running national debt  clock.

California Rep. Maxine Waters and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison both issued complaints about the  displays, according to video of the hearing.

Can’t have anyone pointing out the facts now can we?


This one I can’t help feeling was a set-up. They were wanting to do this anyway, this just gave them a convenient excuse.

From TheLATimes

“Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have released “several hundred” immigrants from deportation centers across the country, saying the move is an effort to cut costs ahead of budget cuts due to hit later this week.

Announcing the news Tuesday, ICE officials said that the immigrants were released under supervision and continue to face deportation. After reviewing hundreds of cases, those released were considered low-risk and “noncriminal,” officials said.

The releases took place over the last week and were an effort “to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget,” said ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christiansen, citing uncertainty caused by a budget standoff in Washington.”


Our Daily Thread 2-26-13

Good Morning!

This month is just flyin’ by. Come on Spring! 🙂

Quote of the Day

“Of emotions, of love, of breakup, of love and hate and death and dying, mama, apple pie, and the whole thing. It covers a lot of territory, country music does.”

Johnny  Cash

And try as I might, I couldn’t narrow it down to one for his birth date today. So here’s a mix with clips of a bunch. 🙂



You have $25 dollars, a full tank of gas, your family, and a free day.

What do you do?

News/Politics 2-26-13

What’s interesting in the news today?

Open Thread, you decide.

Here’s a few I found interesting.


Let’s start with a video, and some honesty for a change in the gun control debate.


Here’s more from CNSNews

“CNSNews.com asked: From what was said today, it seems in fact that gun control hurts the African American community.

“It absolutely does, there’s no doubt about it,” Hutcherson said. “It began that way with history. You see why there was so much gun control earlier in life–in American life–because it controlled African Americans.

“Gun control is about controlling people,” he said. “We need to understand that those who need to be trained, who need to be armed is the African American community, and I don’t understand why any African American that is there in Congress right now would have the slightest thought about taking guns away from African Americans. We need them.””

While I agree with what the Rev. has to say, some have other variations of this theme that don’t sound as appealing. The idea of people being able to arm themselves for protection is fine. Taking gang members and training them to become military grade gang members isn’t as appealing. These are after all the type of people that folks are arming themselves to protect against.

From TheBlaze

“The Minister Louis Farrakhan, 79, delivered his annual Saviors’ Day sermon on Sunday. As is usually the case, the three-hour address covered a variety of topics ranging from current events to the faith leader’s contentious views on race relations. Of particular note was an economic plan he posited — one in which African Americans would come together to invest in land — and a pledge to reach out to gang leaders to ask them for assistance in protecting the Nation of Islam’s interests.”

“But the more intriguing portion of the speech focused upon gangs and efforts to seek leaders and members of these groups out for the sole purposes of protecting the Nation of Islam. Here’s how DNAInfo.com describes Farrakhan’s framing of the proposal:

Instead, Farrakhan had a different idea for how to address gun violence. In addition to sending letters to black military leaders, Farrakhan said he planned to contact the city’s gang leaders to recruit gang members to “protect” any land the Nation of Islam may buy in the future.

“All you gang bangers, we know you love to shoot, but you’re killing yourselves,” Farrakhan said.

Rather than killing one another, Farrakhan spoke directly to gang leaders, telling them, “We want to make you a defender of the territories that your nickels, dimes and dollars and hours will buy.” He continued, explaining that gang bangers have much to teach the National of Islam about self-defense, while simultaneously condemning them for needless violence.”


The end of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act? That’s the one Holder and Obama use to justify their attempts to block Voter ID laws in the South.

From HotAir

“The Voting Rights Act gave the federal government greater powers to prevent racial discrimination. For the past 48 years, the Justice Department has routinely monitored elections and reviewed changes to any voting rules, ranging from poll locations and hours, to registration and identification requirements and the redrawing of legislative district lines.

The issue before the Supreme Court in next Wednesday’s oral arguments in “Shelby County v. Holder” is just one part of the Voting Rights Act – Section 5 – which requires 9 states and parts of 7 others to obtain Justice Department approval, known as “preclearance,” before changing voting laws or maps.

Some of the states covered in full by the Act, like Alabama, where the plaintiff’s case originated, contend that Section 5 is an outdated burden, because racial discrimination is “scattered and limited.”


And yes Your Honor, we can force your wife to violate her religious beliefs, if you’ll let us.

From CNSNews

“While presenting an oral argument in the U.S. District Court for the  District of Columbia last fall, a lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department  told a federal judge that the Obama administration believed it could  force the judge’s own wife—a physician—to act against her religious  faith in the conduct of her medical practice.

The assertion came in the case of Tyndale House Publishers v.  Sebelius, a challenge to the Obama administration’s regulation requiring  health-care plans to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and  abortion-inducing drugs.”

“In the face of this argument, Judge Walton asked an interesting  question. His wife, a graduate of Georgetown Medical  School, is a  physician. She has incorporated her medical practice. Does that mean,  according to the Obama administration’s argument, that the federal  government can force her to act against her religious faith in the  conduct of her medical practice?

Berwick effectively answered: Yes.”

No wonder the judge granted Tyndales request for an injunction.