Our Daily Thread 5-31-13

Good Morning!

It’s finally Friday! 🙂

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. 🙂

It’s Mr. Bach’s birthday, so here’s the Cello Song, with 7 more cellos. 🙂  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 “tea party” or “patriot” 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  “supervisor IRS agent.” 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 – the day after the slaughter of Drummer Lee Rigby last week – 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’s influence is increasing. These represent Americans’ 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.  😦

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

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.  🙂

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. 🙂

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 “Non-Partisan” OFA…

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. 🙄

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

“Imams and counselors need to be given some leeway” 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 “for a mutually beneficial relationship.”

“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.“I’m freed up to do what I think is right for the patients,” Ciampi said. “If I’m 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.”” 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?” 🙂  See the first video. 🙂

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. 🙂

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?

Prayer Requests 5-29-13

Who has a request or praise to share today?

And it’s Wednesday, so don’t forget to pray for Gambia. 🙂

Psalm 71:1-3

1 In You, O Lord, I put my trust;
Let me never be put to shame.
2 Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape;
Incline Your ear to me, and save me.
3 Be my strong refuge,
To which I may resort continually;
You have given the commandment to save me,
For You are my rock and my fortress.

News/Politics 5-29-13

What’s interesting out there today?

As always, Open Thread.

Under intense pressure from Britain and France, the European Union’s arms embargo against the Syrian rebels has been lifted. From TheBBC

Canada however, has broken ranks because of the jihadist connections. Any country that sends in weapons will arm extremists. There’s no way around it.

“Our strong concern has been, and continues to be, the number of radical jihadists that have entered parts of the opposition and, in our view, that’s not getting better. It is, in fact, getting worse,” Baird said.” From TheSunNewsNetwork

I wish they’d sit McCain down and explain this to him. He just doesn’t get it. I’ve said numerous times that we shouldn’t arm these people. Once again we have reports, that if true, demonstrate why. This is who and what you will be arming.

Members of the Free Syrian Army reportedly attacked the Christian-dominated al-Duvair village in Reef on the outskirts of Homs on Monday, where they massacred its citizens, including women and children, before the Syrian Army interfered. From Examiner.com

Here’s the original story as well.

Armed rebels attacked a village in Syria’s Western province of Homs and slaughtered all its Christian residents on Monday.From TheFarsNewsAgency

And to make matters worse, Russia is planning to send missiles to the Assad regime. And Israel has stated they will bomb the shipments if they try. Nice.

How about we just stay out of it?

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Who’s up for an ObamaCare update? Or as I like to call it, the slow motion train wreck. Anyway,

LET THE PROPAGANDA BEGIN! Again.

“The goals, Pelosi writes in a “dear colleague” letter that begins the document, are “to educate our constituents about the new law, help to implement it, and strengthen the hands of those who have worked for this historic reform.”

The document is also optimistic about the cost of these plans: “A significant majority of people in the new Marketplaces will pay the same or less than they do for their coverage right now,” it says, citing tax credits available for health-care premiums.” From BuzzFeed

Uh-huh. That sounds familiar. Kinda like “If you like your plan you can keep it.” If you can still afford it once the rates climb. And climb they have. That will continue as well. And once again, Democrats are optimistic about costs, even after the advertised cost has already doubled. 🙄

And like all good propaganda, it must be coordinated.

“Reforming our health care system is an historic opportunity to make health care more affordable and bring the kind of change we were all elected to achieve for the American people,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and committee co-chairmen Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Robert E. Andrews of New Jersey wrote in a May 22 introductory letter accompanying each toolkit, one of which was obtained by CQ Roll Call.

“Nothing could be more important,” the letter continues, “which is why we now want to educate our constituents about the new law, help to implement it, and strengthen the hands of those who have worked for this historic reform.”

In other words, the toolkits — the culmination of months of collaboration and coordination — are meant to help get Democrats “on message” about the law that’s consistently derided by the GOP as a government overreach that will kill jobs. It’s certainly not the first time Democrats have tried to retool their sales job on the health care law, as polls consistently show Democrats have yet to win over the public.”  From RollCall

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Here’s an IRS scandal update. Looks like that “low-level employees” lie has officially past it’s expiration date.

“Additional scrutiny of conservative organizations’ activities by the IRS did not solely originate in the agency’s Cincinnati office, with requests for information coming from other offices and often bearing the signatures of higher-ups at the agency, according to attorneys representing some of the targeted groups. At least one letter requesting information about one of the groups bears the signature of Lois Lerner, the suspended director of the IRS Exempt Organizations department in Washington.” From NBCNews

The investigation seems to be expanding to all IRS data on the matter, and thereby, anyone involved.

“The Internal Revenue Service is in the process of locking down all computer data across the agency, a sign that investigations into the scandal-plagued agency may be taking a broader sweep than initially anticipated.

Agency employees last Thursday received an e-mail alerting them, “This is a late breaking top priority and things could change in the future,” according to an IRS employee who asked not to be named. 

Employees were directed not to “wipe, re-image or otherwise destroy any hard drives” on any machine currently in use or in stock.” From NationalReview

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This last one is just sad. With people in charge who come up with ideas like this, is it any wonder they abort 41% of pregnancies in NYC?

“The New York City Health Department’s NYC teen website now includes an app that teens can download to their smart phones to  get information on “sexual health,” including where they can get birth  control and abortions.

 The app, under the heading “Important Links and Info,” has three main  links – Where to Go; sexual health services, What to Get; condoms and  birth control; and What to Expect; at the clinic. From CNSNews

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Our Daily Thread 5-28-13

Good Morning!

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend and Memorial Day. 🙂

On this day in 1774 The First Continental Congress convened in Virginia.

In 1863 the first black regiment left Boston to fight in the U.S. Civil War.

In 1937 President Franklin Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, DC, signaling that vehicular traffic could cross the newly opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.

In 1957 National League club owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers to move to Los Angeles and that the New York Giants could move to San Francisco.

In 1961 Amnesty International was founded.

And in 1996 U.S. President Clinton’s former business partners in the Whitewater land deal were convicted of fraud.

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Quote of the Day

“Then sails are back’d, we nearer come,
Kind words are said of friends and home;
And soon, too soon, we part with pain,
To sail o’er silent seas again.”

Thomas Moore

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First up, the birthday lady and the Pips.

And then John Fogerty is next. Since he was at his best with CCR in my opinion….

And here’s a little music trivia for you. Today in 1955 the song “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” was reported to be the most popular song on Billboard. It would also make the chart 2 additional times in 1955 when 2 other artists released their versions of the song. Here’s the original from Bill Hayes, which was the only one to hit #1. 5 bonus points if you can tell me without looking what soap opera he played on.

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Anyone have a QoD for us?