Our Daily Thread 5-31-13

Good Morning!

It’s finally Friday! ūüôā

On this day in 1859 the Philadelphia Athletics were formally organized to play the game of Town Ball.

In 1884 Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented “flaked cereal.”

In 1889 devastation struck Johnstown, PA. More than 2,200 people died after the South Fork Dam collapsed.

In 1913 the 17th Amendment went into effect.  It provided for popular election of Senators.

In 1929 in Beverly, MA, the first U.S. born reindeer were born.

In 1962 Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel for his actions in the Nazi Holocaust.

In 1970 an earthquake in Peru killed tens of thousands of people.

And in 1974 Israel and Syria signed an agreement on the Golan Heights.

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Quote of the Day

“Keep¬†your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind¬† you.

Walt Whitman

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Sometimes the music choice is really easy, like today. ūüôā

It’s Mr. Bach’s birthday, so here’s the Cello Song, with 7 more cellos. ūüôā¬† From ThePianoGuys

It’s also Johnny Paycheck’s.¬†

And also, Peter Yarrow, from this trio.

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Anyone have a QoD for us?

Prayer Requests 5-31-13

Who has a request or praise to share today?

Psalm 84

1 How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!

2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.

4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

News/Politics 5-31-13

What’s interesting in the news today?

There’s plenty to choose from today.

First up, the continuing, and growing, IRS scandal.

“While the developing scandal over the targeting of conservatives by the tax agency has largely focused to date on its scrutiny of groups with words such as ‚Äútea party‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúpatriot‚ÄĚ in their names, these examples suggest the government was looking at a broader array of conservative groups and perhaps individuals. Their collective experiences at a minimum could spread skepticism about the fairness of a powerful agency that should be above reproach and at worst could point to a secret political vendetta within the government against conservatives.” From McClatchy.com

Is anyone really surprised?

Next up, who wants a Special Prosecutor? Pretty much everyone.

A Quinnipiac¬† University poll released on Thursday shows 76 percent want a special¬† counsel to 17 percent opposing. The idea has strong support across all parties, with 88 percent of¬† Republicans, 63 percent of Democrats and 78 percent of independents calling for¬† a special prosecutor.”¬†From TheHill

We’re supposed to believe the President when he says those responsible will be held accountable. And yet….

“Through 2012, then-Exempt Organization Specialist Stephen Seok¬†signed many of the intimidating letters sent to conservative nonprofits. For example, this January 2012 letter sent to the Richmond Tea Party demanded the date, time and location of all group events, as well as copies of all handouts provided at the events, and the names and credentials of all organizers. Seok¬†also demanded the names of all speakers and the contents of the speeches they made. According to WXIX-TV/Fox 19 in Cincinnati, Seok¬†is no longer an exempt organization specialist. He has since been promoted to¬† ‚Äúsupervisor IRS agent.‚ÄĚ From TheWashingtonExaminer

Now to Lois Lerner. We know¬†a lot of what¬†she’s done in this scandal. We also know she did the same type of political hit jobs while at the FEC. It’s obvious intimidation is her preferred tactic, and the reason she’s the administration preferred tool for just such dirty business.

We also know Durbin was one of the Senators writing and asking the IRS and Lerner to investigate and harass conservatives. And now we find out that Lerner has done similar dirty work at Durbin’s request before. And where else but Chicago? Here’s more.

“The IRS scandal may have its roots in Illinois politics. Specifically, the 1996 U.S. Senate race between Democrat Congressman Dick Durbin and conservative Republican State Rep. Al Salvi.

More than a decade before his 2010 letter to IRS officials urging the agency to target conservative organizations, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s political career crossed paths with Ms. Lerner when she was head of the Enforcement Division of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), and directly involved in the 1996 Illinois U.S. Senate race.

Soon after the IRS story broke, Al Salvi told¬†Illinois Review¬†that it was IRS official Lois Lerner who represented the FEC in the 1996 Democrat complaint against him. According to Salvi, Lerner was, without question, politically motivated, and went so far as to make him an offer:¬†“Promise me you will never run for office again, and we’ll drop this case.” From TheIllinoisReview

It’s a good read.

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It looks like California has taken a page from Chicago and Lois Lerner. Intimidation and¬†threatening/revoking tax exempt status. It’s obviously directed at the Boy Scouts. They’re saying this is for all “youth groups” though, and that troubles me. How long before Christian groups have their tax exempt status threatened for daring to hold to biblical standards too?

And this should disabuse some of the idea that you can compromise with these people and stop their constant attacks against anyone who disagrees with their ideology and agenda.

“Even as the Boy Scouts of America moves to allow gay youths to join its troops, the California Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would revoke the organization’s nonprofit status because it does not permit the participation of openly gay adults.

“They are out of line with the values of California and should be ineligible for a tax benefit paid for by all Californians,” Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said as he introduced his bill. “SB 323 brings our laws into line with our values.”

The measure calls for revoking the tax-exempt status of youth groups that discriminate against participants on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identification.”

“The bill passed the state Senate 27-9, receiving the bare minimum of votes required. It needed two-thirds support because it changes California’s tax code. Three senators did not vote: Democrat Rod Wright and Republicans Anthony Cannella¬†and Bill Emmerson. The bill now advances to the Assembly.” From TheSacramentoBee

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In other news from Cali…..

“The Los Angeles Unified School District is taking part in a program to educate middle and high school students about how to share their HIV and STD statuses with their cell phones.”

“Described by district officials as a sex education prevention resource accessed by secondary health teachers, Qpid.me allows users to obtain, store and privately share their health records and HIV/STD statuses.”

“State law allows for children 12 or older to consent to medical care involving the prevention of sexually transmitted disease without parental consent.” From LosAngelesCBSLocal

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We’ve all been shocked by the British terror attack against a British soldier by 2 muslim extremists. More details are coming, little of it good. Like the Boston bombers, authorities in the UK missed/ignored the obvious.

“Woolwich terror suspect Michael Adebolajo was¬† filmed encouraging 1,500 followers to turn against Britain in a hate-filled rant¬† on the anniversary of 9/11.

Video footage unearthed by the Daily Mail¬† shows the alleged killer addressing a crowd of young Muslims outside a mosque in¬† north London.”

“Film of the extremist rant follows the¬† revelation ‚Äď the day after the slaughter of Drummer Lee Rigby last week ‚Äď of¬† photos of Adebolajo¬†standing behind hate preacher Anjem¬†Choudary outside¬† Paddington Green police station six years ago.”

“It prompted MPs¬†to call for an inquiry into what¬† MI5¬†knew about Adebolajo¬†and the other terror suspect Michael Adebowale.” From TheDailyMail

This guy should have set alarms off all over the place. And yet just like the Boston bombers, he was aided by the govt. after another govt. had pointed out his radical ties.

“British diplomats recommended that a British man detained in Kenya 2 1/2¬† years ago on suspicion of attempting to join Islamic fighters in Somalia be¬† freed, the lawyer who represented him said Thursday. The man was let go and last¬† week allegedly helped butcher a British soldier on the streets of London.

Michael Adebolajo’s¬†lawyer, Wycliffe Makasembo, said a letter from the¬† British High Commission in Nairobi recommended that the man be released because¬† there was no tangible evidence to link him to the crime.” From TheCalgaryHerald

Sound familiar?

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This one isn’t really shocking.

“Gallup: 77% say influence of religion declining in US”

“Over three-quarters of Americans (77%) say religion is losing its influence on American life, while 20% say religion‚Äôs influence is increasing. These represent Americans‚Äô most negative evaluations of the impact of religion since 1970, although similar to the views measured in recent years.” From HotAir

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It looks like prosecutors in the Martin/Zimmerman case have some explaining to do.

“A court employee who retrieved photos and deleted text messages from Trayvon Martin’s cellphone has been placed on administrative leave after an attorney testified that prosecutors didn’t properly turn over the evidence to the defense, an attorney said Wednesday.

Former prosecutor Wesley White said he was ethically obligated to reveal that Fourth Judicial Circuit Information Technology Director Ben Kruidbos retrieved the data that weren’t turned over.

Kruidbos¬†was placed on leave shortly after White testified during a hearing in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder case on Tuesday. White said Kruidbos was interviewed by state attorney investigators twice before the action was taken.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

White said he wasn’t surprised of possible evidence violations by Zimmerman prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda. From TheMiamiHerald

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And if you like your plan……..

“Many people who buy their own health insurance could get surprises in the mail this fall: cancellation notices because their current policies aren’t up to the basic standards of President Barack Obama’s health care law.”

“But supporters of the overhaul are betting that consumers won’t object once they realize the coverage they will get under the new law is superior to current bare-bones insurance. For example, insurers will no longer be able to turn people down because of medical problems.” From TheAP

Uh-huh. I’m sure they will love it. Or not.

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Our Daily Thread 5-30-13

Good Morning!

On this day 1416 Jerome of Prague was burned as a heretic by the Church.¬† ūüė¶

In 1431 Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen, France. ūüėĮ

I don’t think I much care for the 1400’s.

In 1783 the first daily newspaper in the U.S. was published¬†by¬†Benjamin Towner. It was¬†called “The Pennsylvania Evening Post”

In 1854 the U.S. territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.

In 1896 the first automobile accident occurred in New York City.

In 1911 Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis Sweepstakes, the 500-mile race that would later be known as the Indianapolis 500.

In 1922 The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated.

In 1958 unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean conflicts were buried at Arlington National Cemetery. 

 And in 1967 Evel Knievel jumped 16 cars in a row in a motorcycle stunt at Ascot Speedway in Gardena, CA.

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Quote of the Day

“That’s all folks!”

Mel Blanc

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Everyone in America, and most of the world,¬†has heard Mel’s voice at one time or another.¬†Almost 500¬†voices in over 5000 cartoons. Here’s a clip¬†with a bunch, from way back when Letterman was actually funny.¬† ūüôā

And here’s some music.

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QoD

Which Mel Blanc character was your favorite?

Here’s a list of Looney Tunes characters to refresh your memory, from Wikipedia

And more here, also from Wikipedia

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Prayer Requests 5-30-13

Who can we pray for today?

Or share a praise if you prefer. ūüôā

Psalm 71:14-17

14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.

15 My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.

16 I will go in the strength of the Lord God: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.

17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

News/Politics 5-30-13

What’s interesting in the news today?

First up, another lawsuit against the IRS. And another lie exposed. Stopped a long time ago? No.

“Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American¬† Center for Law and Justice, told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday night¬† that he would soon be ‘taking a lot of depositions in a very big lawsuit’¬† against the IRS on behalf of 25 right-wing groups.

He revealed on the Hannity¬†show that despite¬† assurances from the Treasury Department and the White House that the IRS had¬† stopped subjecting tea party groups to special scrutiny in 2012, his office¬† received a letter addressed to one of his clients ‘on May 6 of this year from¬† the IRS, asking for responses to intrusive questions.'”¬† From TheDailyMail

Meanwhile similar groups from the left like OfA continue to do the same unhindered. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that Obama is helping them fundraise. There doesn’t seem to be any problem with them using their tax exempt status for political purposes.

Obama Sends Fundraising Email On Behalf Of ‚ÄúNon-Partisan‚ÄĚ OFA‚Ķ

Fun fact: OFA operates as a 504(c)(4) non-profit, the same status the IRS targeted conservatives over.

Non-partisan, just like the President. ūüôĄ

This is¬†a new piece to the story… Did this tweet disappear to help hide the fact that the White House leaked Koch Brothers tax info in violation of federal law?

In August 2010,¬†Austan¬†Goolsbee, serving at the time as economic adviser to President Obama, told reporters during an anonymous background briefing that Koch Industries¬†doesn’t pay corporate income taxes. That statement was made at the same time that top Democrats, including¬†President Obama¬†himself, were¬†demonizing¬†Charles and David Koch, the owners of Koch Industries, for giving money to Tea Party groups. Goolsbee’s remark led to a federal investigation, the results of which have never been released.

In a September 2010 WEEKLY STANDARD interview, Mark Holden, a lawyer for Koch Industries, disputed Goolsbee’s¬†claim and asked how Goolsbee came up with the idea that Koch Industries doesn’t pay corporate taxes. Holden raised the question of whether someone in the Obama administration might have looked at Koch Industries’ tax returns–which would be a violation of a federal law that was enacted in 1976 in response to Watergate.” From TheWeeklyStandard

Hmmmmm…..

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¬†Next up, Eric Holder’s really bad day.

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday expressing “great concern” about the possibility that Holder lied under oath during his testimony earlier this month on the Justice Department’s seizing of journalists’ records, CBS News has learned. From CBSNews

More here.

Two Republican lawmakers asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday to clarify testimony he gave Congress this month about his role in the targeting of journalists in a leak probe.House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte¬†of Virginia and colleague James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin sent a letter to Holder saying recent media reports “appear to be at odds with your sworn testimony.” From Reuters

And he’s not the only one. The same can be said of the IRS director.

So Holder called an off the record meeting with the press. Thankfully, some declined.

“We believe the meeting should be on the record and we have said that to the Attorney General‚Äôs office. If it is on the record, AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll will attend. If it is not on the record, AP will not attend and instead will offer our views on how the regulations should be updated in an open letter,” AP spokesperson Erin Madigan said in a statement sent to POLITICO. “We would expect AP attorneys to be included in any planned meetings between the Attorney General‚Äôs office and media lawyers on the legal specifics.” From Politico

Even the NY Times refused.

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This one…. This is how Sharia Law came to be in Europe. We don’t need police and feds, we’ll let our Imams police us instead.

From TheDailyCaller

“Politically influential Muslim activists are pushing to reduce the FBI‚Äôs role in¬† countering Islamic terrorism and are seeking greater federal reliance on¬† hard-line orthodox Imams.”

“The CVE program has been slammed by critics for giving too large an¬† intermediary role to small Islamic political groups such as MPAC, which portray¬† themselves as representatives of American Muslims. The groups try to foster the¬† growth of distinct Islamic communities.”

“Elibiary‚Äôs new call for reduced policing of Islamic communities, such as¬† Boston‚Äôs immigrant Muslims, was echoed by other speakers at the panel, which was¬† hosted by the progressive New American Foundation in Washington D.C.‚Äú

“Imams and counselors need to be given some leeway‚ÄĚ by police, ¬†said¬† Suhaib Webb, Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center.”

And yes, that’s the Imam of the¬†center affiliated with¬†the mosque Tamerlan¬†Tsarnaev attended,¬†one of the Boston bombers. Seems to me they already had a shot to do what they’re asking. And¬†they failed miserably.

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Meanwhile, while the feds bow to PC pressure and ignore where the radicals really come from, resources are instead wasted on political intimidation of perceived enemies. Gee, there seems to be a pattern of this with the Obama admin.

From LifeSiteNews

“The FBI office charged with investigating terrorism has said it intends to question the national director of a chain of crisis pregnancy centers. The development is the latest in what pro-life activists have charged is a pattern of intimidation on the part of the Obama administration against pro-life activists.Agents of the Joint Domestic Terrorism Task Force told Chris Slattery, national director of Expectant Mother Care (EMC) FrontLine Pregnancy Centers, only that they wanted to meet him ‚Äúfor a mutually beneficial relationship.‚ÄĚ

“The rate of federal questions, and allegations of surveillance, of pro-life activists have led many leaders to conclude the Obama administration is gathering intelligence on the pro-life movement.”

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Another alternative to ObamaCare?

But the decision to do away with insurance allows Ciampi to practice medicine the way he sees fit, he said. Insurance companies no longer dictate how much he charges. He can offer discounts to patients struggling with their medical bills. He can make house calls.‚ÄúI‚Äôm freed up to do what I think is right for the patients,‚ÄĚ Ciampi¬†said. ‚ÄúIf I‚Äôm providing them a service that they value, they can pay me, and we cut the insurance out as the middleman and cut out a lot of the expense.‚ÄĚ” From BangorDailyNews

He even posts his prices. This is similar to what some are doing in Oklahoma.

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Our Daily Thread 5-29-13

Good Morning!

And on this day in 1453 Constantinople fell to Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, ending the Byzantine Empire.

In 1721 South Carolina was formally incorporated as a royal colony.

In 1790 Rhode Island became the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution.

In 1910 an airplane raced a train from Albany, NY, to NYC. The airplane pilot Glenn Curtiss won the $10,000 prize.

In 1912 fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philly, for dancing the Turkey Trot on the job. Now if you’re like me, you asked yourself, “what’s the Turkey Trot, and why would it get you fired?” ūüôā¬† See the first video. ūüôā

In 1916 the official flag of the president of the United States was adopted.

And in 1974 President Nixon agreed to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts.

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Quote of the Day

“A¬†nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open¬†market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

John F. Kennedy

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The Turkey Trot. Then, it got you fired. Now, it’s called team building and corporate America encourages it. Along with bowling for some reason. ūüôā

Today is the birthday of Mark Lee of Third Day. So here’s Third Day, with help from Brandon Heath, doing Rich Mullins’ “Creed.”

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Anyone have a QoD for us today?