Prayer Requests 4-27-13

Who has a prayer request today?

Psalm 8

1 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

News/Politics 4-27-13

What’s interesting out there today?

Open Thread.

First some good news, but only for your taste buds, not your diet. ūüė¶

From GMA/Yahoo

“The bankrupt assets of Hostess Brands, Inc., the company responsible for Twinkies, Ho Ho’s, Sno¬†Balls and Ding Dongs, are being put back to work by a buyout firm. What’s not being put back to work are the former Hostess unionized employees.”

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The idea of the US military being used to aid Al-Qaeda in Syria really bothers me.¬†But that’s the idea being pushed. From RT.com

“The White House says that United States President Barack Obama may approve of using military force against the Syrian government.

Early afternoon on Friday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said that the administration has a number of options in regards to handling reports that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons, and those routes include but are not exclusive to using military force.”

Pelosi is pushing it too. From TheHill

“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that it was time¬† for the United States to ‚Äútake it to the next step‚ÄĚ in Syria in response to¬† possible chemical weapons use, although she said that did not include putting ‚Äútroops on the ground.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúI myself think that we have tolerated for too long all of the assaults on¬† the Syrian people made by its own government,‚ÄĚ Pelosi told reporters. ‚ÄúI think¬† we have to take it to the next step. That does not mean troops on the¬† ground.””

Syria has become the go to place for jihadists looking to fight. From RT.com

“War-torn Syria is now “number one” destination for jihadists who could then return to Europe experienced ‚Äúin weapons and explosives‚ÄĚ to carry out terror attacks, Britain‚Äôs Foreign Secretary William Hague warns.

As the violent military conflict rages on, the threat to Western countries from Syria-grown extremists is rising; and the risk that it may breed a new generation of battle-hardened militants is ‚Äúgrowing the longer the fighting in Syria continues,‚ÄĚ Hague said in his speech Thursday at the Royal United Services Institute.”

Here’s 4 of the bad arguments being used to argue the case for arming them. From RealClearWorld

“Slowly but steadily, the United States (scratch that, Washington, DC) is talking itself into a deeper involvement in Syria’s civil war. There are already reports indicating that the U.S. is taking an active hand in determining which Syrian rebel groups will receive shipments of weapons purchased by Gulf allies.¬† The CIA has reportedly been training “secular” fighters in Jordan to send into the fray.

All the while, the Obama administration has been goaded ever-deeper by a series of dubious arguments about U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil war. Four, in particular, have surfaced frequently.”

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Meanwhile, Obama’s speech to Planned Parenthood was a first. It was also quite disgusting to watch. He’d like Planned Parenthood to help him push ObamaCare. From Politico

“President Obama asked Planned Parenthood and its supporters to play a key role in informing Americans of the details of the Affordable Care Act as he addressed the group Friday.

“I’m here to … ask for your help, because we need to get the word out,” he said in Washington during a speech rescheduled from Thursday night, when he chose to spend extra time with victims of the West, Texas, explosion. “We need you to tell your patients, your friends, your neighbors, your family members what the health care law means for them.”

It was about as controversial as Obama got in the speech — the first to the group by a sitting U.S. president — as he avoided talking about the Kermit Gosnell trial or a recent ruling on the morning-after pill.”

Gee, I wonder why? ūüôĄ

From TheDailyCaller

“President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to deliver a speech¬† to Planned Parenthood on Friday.

The organization is America’s leading abortion provider.

During a speech at the Planned Parenthood National Conference in Washington,¬† Obama told the room of about 1,000 attendees that the organization is here to¬† stay, despite efforts by Republicans to strip the group of federal funding.”

He ended the speech with “God Bless Planned Parenthood.” He also told the adoring crowd at the start that they were “making him blush.” Classless and clueless. He should be embarrassed. If he’s gonna blush, it should be from shame.

And yes, there’s video, from WeaselZippers

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The NY Times has done something I’d never thought I would see. They said Andrew Breitbart¬†was right about the Pigford Settlement to minority farmers all along. From¬†HotAir

“It‚Äôs rare to get this kind of vindication, so let‚Äôs enjoy it in memory of Andrew Breitbart for as long as possible.¬† For more than two years, Andrew and Lee Stranahan¬†have investigated the Pigford settlement and the fraudulent claims that not only have cost taxpayers billions, but have left the original black farmers who sued the USDA over discrimination in the lurch.¬† Today the New York Times¬†reports what Andrew and Lee have been saying all along ‚ÄĒ that the Pigford settlement was a political hack job by Tom Vilsack‚Äôs Department of Agriculture, and that it‚Äôs a magnet for fraud (via Twitchy):”

“Career litigators, who had successfully defended the Agriculture Department all the way to the Supreme Court, were aghast:

The payouts pitted Mr. Vilsack and other political appointees against career lawyers and agency officials, who argued that the legal risks did not justify the costs.

Beyond that, they said it was legally questionable to sidestep Congress and compensate the Hispanic and female farmers out of a special Treasury Department account, known as the Judgment Fund. The fund is restricted to payments of court-approved judgments and settlements, as well as to out-of-court settlements in cases where the government faces imminent litigation that it could lose. Some officials argued that tapping the fund for the farmers set a bad precedent, since most had arguably never contemplated suing and might not have won if they had.”

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And lastly, an interesting read from Pat Buchanan over at CNS News called “The Dark Side of Diversity”

“”I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people,” said Edmund Burke of the rebellious Americans.

The  same holds true of Islam, the majority faith of 49 nations from Morocco  to Indonesia, a religion that 1.6 billion people profess.

Yet, some assertions appear true.

Islam¬† is growing in militancy and intolerance, evolving again into a fighting¬† faith, and spreading not only through proselytizing, but violence.”

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Our Daily Thread 4-26-13

Good Morning!

It’s Finally Friday! ūüôā

And on this day in 1607 the British established an American colony at Cape Henry, Virginia.

In 1865 John Wilkes Booth was killed by the U.S. Federal Cavalry.

In 1931 New York Yankee Lou Gehrig hit a home run but was called out for passing a runner.

In 1964 the Boston Celtics won their sixth consecutive NBA title. They would win 2 more before the streak would end.

And in 1986 the Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred.

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Quote of the Day

“How¬†far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty¬†world.”

William Shakespeare

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I don’t know why, but the older I get, the more I like country music.

Even this guy. Weird.

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Anyone have a QoD for us?

Prayer Requests 4-26-13

Who has a request or praise to share today?

Psalm 5:1-3

1 Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.

2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

News/Politics 4-26-13

What’s of interest in the news today?

Open Thread.

Boston Bombing suspect #1 was on 2 watch lists. From TheWallStJournal

“U.S. authorities put alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan¬†Tsarnaev on two separate watch lists in 2011 after Russian security agencies twice reached out to their American counterparts, raising new questions about missed opportunities to prevent the attack.

U.S. officials said Wednesday that at the request of the CIA, Mr. Tsarnaev¬†was added to a broad database called Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, which holds hundreds of thousands of names flagged by multiple U.S. security agencies.”

“The FBI’s earlier contact with Mr. Tsarnaev¬†already had caused his name to be put in another database, called TECS, which is used by U.S. police and national-security agencies, two law-enforcement officials said.”

Here’s more on suspect #2 being read Miranda rights and the effect it had on questioning. And who sent the judge and public defender? The DoJ.¬†From WLTX

“Sixteen hours after investigators began interrogating him, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar¬†Tsarnaev stopped talking after being read his constitutional rights.

Officials briefed on the interrogation say the 19-year-old suspect went silent after a magistrate judge and a representative from the U.S. Attorney’s office gave him his Miranda warning. The officials insisted on anonymity because the briefing was private.”

The FBI was not pleased. They were under the impression that the exemption gave them 48 hours to interrogate. That ended after 16 hours. Megyn Kelly has that and more from Fox News.

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All 5 living President’s¬†attended the dedicating of¬†the George W. Bush Presidential Center. From USAToday

“Bush opened his remarks with wry humor. He joked that there was a time in his life that he wouldn’t be found in a library, much less found one, and noted that Obama, unlike the other ex-presidents, has a job.

Noting Alexander Hamilton’s concern that ex-presidents would wander the nation like “discontented ghosts,” Bush said, “Actually, I think we seem pretty happy.” Bush, a stickler for punctuality, began his remarks a few minutes early.

He thanked his wife, parents, former aides, world leaders and his vice president, Dick Cheney, adding, “I’m proud to call you friend.””

Liberals hate that too. They acted as you’d expect, so no link to them. Why encourage them?

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Democrat leaders have changed their mind on that ObamaCare exemption for Congress. They claim it wasn’t their intent to do so. From TheHill

“Republicans hammered Democrats for allegedly seeking to¬† carve themselves out¬† of a requirement in the healthcare law.

Democratic leaders said Thursday they‚Äôre not seeking an exemption from a¬† central requirement of ObamaCare ‚ÄĒ that members of Congress and their staff¬† purchase healthcare coverage through insurance exchanges.”

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Frank Lautenberg has introduced legislation which will have the public paying for Peace Corps rape victims to have abortions. From Lautenberg.Senate.gov

“Today, U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg¬†(D-NJ) introduced legislation to ensure that basic health care benefits are offered to women in the Peace Corps and provide them with the same standard of health care that most women with federal health care coverage already receive. Lautenberg’s bill corrects the current inequity in law that prevents the Peace Corps from offering any abortion coverage for volunteers, even for volunteers who have been sexually assaulted or when the life of the woman is endangered.

‚ÄúWe must not stand idly by while Peace Corps volunteers continue to be subjected to this gross inequity in their health care coverage,‚ÄĚ Lautenberg said.¬† ‚ÄúPeace Corps volunteers choose to provide a valuable public service despite inherent risks to their safety, including sexual assault, and it is unacceptable that their own country restricts their access to care.¬† My legislation would ensure that Peace Corps volunteers don‚Äôt have to forfeit their rights or jeopardize their health when they volunteer to help underserved populations throughout the world.‚ÄĚ

“The ‚ÄúPeace Corps Equity Act of 2013‚ÄĚ would allow the Peace Corps to provide its volunteers with health insurance coverage for abortion in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman is endangered.¬† Almost all other women covered under federal health plans receive this same coverage.¬† With more than 1,000 Peace Corps volunteers having experienced sexual assault over the past decade, this technical fix is needed to protect the reproductive rights of women in the Peace Corps.¬† The bill is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen¬†(D-NH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).”

I find it strange that the Senator mentions sexual assaults¬†as justification. But he doesn’t address¬†what they are going to make the Peace Corps do in order¬†to address this threat that female workers face in many foreign countries. These assaults are¬†all too¬†common. There are even websites advising women not to join, and they claim the Peace Corps covers it up. The Senator should be more concerned with preventing the assaults, and calling the Peace Corps to task for their failures, rather than just aborting the sometime result.

The following links come with a CONTENT WARNING!!! because it’s adult subject matter, and it’s difficult to¬†read some of these stories. The Senator is treating a symptom, not the problem.

From TheHuffingtonPost

“Jessica Smochek¬†told members of Congress on Wednesday that, after being brutally gang-raped in Bangladesh in 2004, a Peace Corps medical officer refused to give her a proper physical examination. Instead, the medic confiscated the former English teacher’s cellphone so that she could not alert her fellow volunteers and instructed her to tell anyone who asked about her sudden departure from the program that she was returning to the U.S. to get her wisdom teeth out. When Smochek arrived in Washington, D.C., a Peace Corps official asked her to write down everything she had done to provoke the attack.

“Shortly after I left, the country director — who never attempted to contact me after I was raped — called a meeting of several women in my former volunteer group and told them, without my permission, what had happened to me,” she said. “Then, he told them that rape was a woman‚Äôs fault and that I had caused what happened to me by being out alone after 5:00 PM. As for the other women in the group, who had been very vocal about being constantly stalked and afraid, he threatened them with administrative separation.”

Smochek was one of a growing number of former Peace Corps volunteers who are speaking out about the sexual assaults they endured while serving abroad. Their stories have sparked Congressional hearings, as well as pledges for institutional reform.”

More From About.com

“Is the Peace Corps safe for women? The news that over a thousand female Peace Corp¬†Volunteers (PCVs) have been raped or sexually assaulted in the past decade has prompted Congress to hold hearings on the matter. These findings, reported by ABC News on their investigative news show 20/20 in mid-January 2011, are the most recent in a long line of stories that suggest the Peace Corps is more interested in protecting its reputation than its female volunteers throughout their two-year volunteer overseas assignments.”

Some victims have even submitted affidavits to Congress. From TheWashingtonPost

The Senator has a misguided approach to the problem,¬†and it¬†isn’t a solution at all.

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Our Daily Thread 4-25-13

Good Morning!

On this day in 1831 the New York and Harlem Railway was incorporated in New York City.

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 1901 New York became the first state to require license plates for cars. The fee was $1.

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

In 1953 U.S. Senator Wayne Morse ended the longest speech in U.S. Senate history after 22 hours and 26 minutes.

In 1967 Colorado Governor John Love signed the first law legalizing abortion in the U.S.

And on this day in 1980 in Iran, a commando mission to rescue hostages was aborted after mechanical problems. While evacuating, a helicopter and a transport plan collided and exploded, killing 8 U.S. servicemen. The mission was to free American hostages that had been taken at the U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979. The event took place April 24th Washington, DC, time.

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Quote of the Day

“Anti-Americanism¬†from abroad would not be such a problem if Americans were united in standing up for their own country.”

Dinesh¬†D’Souza

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Today’s music is from Jerry Leiber. I know, who’s he right? Well he’s a songwriter, not a singer. But you’ve heard his work…

But he and his writing partner were not fans of Presley’s version of their song. Despite this, they wrote several more songs for him, including this one…

His other work included this classic….

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Who has a QoD for us today?

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