Our Daily Thread 8-31-13

Good Morning!

And Happy Saturday! ūüôā

On this day in 1852 the first pre-stamped envelopes were created with legislation of the U.S. Congress.

In 1881 the first tennis championships in the U.S. were played.

In 1950 Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers hit four home runs in a single game off of four different pitchers.

In 1959 Sandy Koufax set a National League record by striking out 18 batters.

And in 1964 California officially became the most populated state in America.

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Quote of the Day

“People¬†come out to see the players. When do you see a manager anyway? When he’s out on¬†the field arguing with the umpires, making a fool of himself and you know you can’t win, and when he brings out the line-up card.”

Frank  Robinson

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Jerry Allison’s birthday is today. He was one of the Crickets.

It’s also Jeff Russo’s.

And Rudolph Schenker’s, so this one is loud.

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QoD? Anyone?

Prayer Requests 8-31-13

Who has a request or praise to share?

Psalm 21

¬ĻThe king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord; And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

2 You have given him his heart’s desire, And have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah

3 For You meet him with the blessings of goodness; You set a crown of pure gold upon his head.

4¬†He asked life from You, and You gave it to him‚ÄĒ Length of days forever and ever.

5 His glory is great in Your salvation; Honor and majesty You have placed upon him.

6 For You have made him most blessed forever; You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence.

7 For the king trusts in the Lord, And through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved.

8 Your hand will find all Your enemies; Your right hand will find those who hate You.

9 You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger; The Lord shall swallow them up in His wrath, And the fire shall devour them.

10 Their offspring You shall destroy from the earth, And their descendants from among the sons of men.

11 For they intended evil against You; They devised a plot which they are not able to perform.

12 Therefore You will make them turn their back; You will make ready Your arrows on Your string toward their faces.

13 Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength! We will sing and praise Your power.

News/Politics 8-31-13

What’s interesting in the news today?

Open thread.

Here’s a few to start off.

First, something to keep in mind.

From APNews¬† “You simply can’t safely bomb a chemical weapon storehouse into oblivion, experts say. That’s why they say the United States is probably targeting something other than Syria’s nerve agents.

But now there is concern that bombing other sites could accidentally release dangerous chemical weapons that the U.S. military didn’t know were there because they’ve lost track of some of the suspected nerve agents.

Bombing stockpiles of chemical weapons – purposely or accidentally – would likely kill nearby civilians in an accidental nerve agent release, create a long-lasting environmental catastrophe or both, five experts told The Associated Press. That’s because under ideal conditions – and conditions wouldn’t be ideal in Syria – explosives would leave at least 20 to 30 percent of the poison in lethal form.”

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The President’s approval is dropping.

From BusinessInsider¬† “President Barack Obama’s approval rating has matched its lowest ever recorded in a new NBC News poll.

¬†And huge drops in his foreign policy approval combined with poor marks for handling the situation in Syria are to blame.”

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Yet another reason to not send kids to public school.

From Chicago/CBSLocal¬† “Some people may think a five-year old is too young for sex education.

Administrators with Chicago Public schools do not.

New to the curriculum this year, mandatory sexual and health education for kindergarten classes.”

“Students will also take a look at the different family structures that exist in today‚Äôs society.”

Of course they will. Can you guess which family type will get the most attention?

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Say it with me now….. Most transparent administration evah!

From WFB White House visitor logs are not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a federal judge ruled Friday, blocking the public from reviewing the records.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in a unanimous decision in Judicial Watch v. U.S. Secret Service that visitor logs for the office of the president are not agency records and therefore not subject to FOIA requests.

Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, originally sued the Secret Service in 2009 after the agency refused to turn over seven months of visitor logs from the White House.”

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And lastly, this one. She’s always been an activist judge, so this isn’t exactly shocking.

From MSNNews¬† “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is performing a same-sex wedding this weekend in what is believed to be a first for a member of the nation’s highest court.

Ginsburg is officiating at the marriage of Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser and John Roberts, a government economist, on Saturday. Kaiser says he asked Ginsburg to officiate because she is a longtime friend.”

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Our Daily Thread 8-30-13

Good Morning!

Yay, it’s Friday! ūüôā

On this day in 1682 William Penn sailed from England and later established the colony of Pennsylvania in America.

In 1780 General Benedict Arnold secretly promised to surrender the West Point fort to the British army.

In 1862 the Confederates defeated Union forces at the second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, VA.

In 1905 Ty Cobb made his major league batting debut with the Detroit Tigers.

In 1945 General Douglas MacArthur set up Allied occupation headquarters in Japan.

And in 1984 President Ronald Reagan, and several others, were inducted into the Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

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Quote of the Day

“Fashion is in a terrible state. An overdose of too much flesh.”

Samuel Albert Bozeman, Jr. (Geoffrey Beene)

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On this date in 1991 Dottie West was injured in a car accident while on her way to a performance at the Grand Ole Opry. She died during surgery 5 days later. ūüė¶

Today is John Phillips’ birthday. We sang this in middle school chorus because it was a favorite of my hippie music teacher. ūüôā

And it’s also Mick Moody’s birthday. Whitesnake is a bit loud, so solo it is.

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Anyone have a QoD for us?

Prayer Requests 8-30-13

Who has a request or praise to share today?

Psalm 20

1 May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.

2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.

3 May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.

4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

5 May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your requests.

6 Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand.

7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. 8 They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.

9 Lord, give victory to the king! Answer us when we call!

News/Politics 8-30-13

What’s interesting¬†in the news¬†today?

The President seems determined to push ahead with his plan for Syria, despite losing the UK and France.

From Politico President Barack Obama’s latest geopolitical problem: His closest ally won’t help him attack Syria.

But he is not letting that stop him.

Britain’s House of Commons on Thursday evening rejected a  motion from Prime Minister David Cameron to endorse British participation in  military action in Syria, potentially hurting Obama’s effort to punish the  Bashar Assad regime for its reported use of chemical weapons.

The White House made clear after the vote that it is willing to act alone on¬†Syria.”

More here, from TheNYTimes¬†¬†“The negative vote in Britain‚Äôs Parliament was a heavy blow to Prime Minister David Cameron, who had pledged his support to Mr. Obama and called on lawmakers to endorse Britain‚Äôs involvement in a brief operation to punish the government of President Bashar al-Assad for apparently launching a deadly chemical weapons attack last week that killed hundreds.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

The vote was also a setback for Mr. Obama, who, having given up hope of getting United Nations Security Council authorization for the strike, is struggling to assemble a coalition of allies against Syria.”

“But administration officials made clear that the eroding support would not deter Mr. Obama in deciding to go ahead with a strike. Pentagon officials said that the Navy had now moved a fifth destroyer into the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Each ship carries dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles that would probably be the centerpiece of any attack on Syria.”

Who’s the cowboy now?

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Don’t know if this will be useful to anyone, but I figured I’d throw it out there. There is help, but it isn’t easy to do.

From MSNNews¬† “More than 33 million workers qualify to have their student loans forgiven because they work in schools, hospitals or city halls, but too few take advantage of the options because the programs are overly complicated and often confusing, the government’s consumer advocate said Wednesday.

Roughly a quarter of the U.S. workforce could take advantage of federal rules that give favorable loan repayment options to those in public service fields, including the military, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The agency recommended Congress review the loan forgiveness programs and encouraged employers to make sure their workers know they are available.

“Teachers, soldiers, firefighters, policeman ‚ÄĒ public sector careers invariably involve some effort, some inconvenience or some sacrifice. People give up higher incomes to serve their city, their state or their country,” said Richard Cordray, director of the CFPB. “We believe that people who contribute part of their talents, part of the benefits of their education, to society as a whole should not be mired in debt because they stir themselves to the calling of public service.”

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The Affordable Care Act is not, unless you make under 20 grand a year.

From NationalJournal¬† “For the vast majority of Americans, premium prices will be higher in the individual exchange than what they’re currently paying for employer-sponsored benefits, according to a National Journal analysis of new coverage and cost data. Adding even more out-of-pocket expenses to consumers’ monthly insurance bills is a swell in deductibles under the Affordable Care Act.

Health law proponents have excused the rate hikes by saying the prices in the exchange won’t apply to the millions receiving coverage from their employers. But that’s only if employers continue to offer that coverage–something that’s looking increasingly uncertain. Already, UPS, for example, cited Obamacare as its reason for nixing spousal coverage. And while a Kaiser Family Foundation report found that 49 percent of the U.S. population now receives employer-sponsored coverage, more companies are debating whether they will continue to be in the business of providing such benefits at all.”

“The truth is, Obamacare is doing what it was intended to do: make health care affordable for the nation’s lowest earners by spreading out the costs among taxpayers.

The trap is that the exchanges also present a savings for some employers but a rate hike for their employees.”

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Fast food workers staged walkouts nationwide yesterday for higher wages.

From MyWayNews/AP¬† “Fast-food workers and their supporters beat drums, blew whistles and chanted slogans Thursday on picket lines in dozens of U.S. cities, marking the largest protests yet in their quest for higher wages.

The nationwide day of demonstrations came after similar actions organized by unions and community groups over the past several months. Workers are calling for the right to unionize without interference from employers and for pay of $15 an hour. That’s more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, or $15,000 a year for full-time employees.

Thursday’s walkouts and protests reached about 60 cities, including New York, Chicago and Detroit, organizers said. But the turnout varied significantly. Some targeted restaurants were temporarily unable to do business because they had too few employees, and others seemingly operated normally.”

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New federal tax laws will treat “married” gay couples in all 50 states as married now, regardless of their state laws.

From Bloomberg¬† “Gay Spouses in All States Now Married Under U.S. Tax Law”

Gay spouses in all U.S. states will be treated as married under federal tax law even if local authorities don’t recognize their marriages, in what gay-rights advocates are calling a victory.

The decision by the Treasury Department today implements the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June to overturn part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which had forbidden the Internal Revenue Service from letting married homosexual couples file joint tax returns.

More here from TheWashingtonTimes

And Medicare benefits as well. More on that from TheWeeklyStandard 

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