Prayer Requests 4-28-15

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Psalm 124

¹If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say;

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us:

Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:

Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:

Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.

Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.

Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

News/Politics 4-28-15

What’s interesting in the news today?

Open Thread

I’m posting this early due to breaking news. 

This news from Baltimore will be the obvious lead story tomorrow anyway. 

From MSN/Reuters  “Hundreds of rioters looted businesses and set buildings on fire in Baltimore on Monday in widespread violence that injured at least 15 police officers following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died after he was injured in police custody.

The disturbances broke out just a few blocks from the funeral of Freddie Gray and then spread through parts of Baltimore in the most violent U.S. demonstrations since looting in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard as firefighters battled blazes set by looters. Rioters with baseball bats smashed windows of cars in different areas of town.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the rioters “thugs” and instituted a citywide curfew for all adults and minors beginning Tuesday night. The only exceptions are work and medical emergencies.”

Schools are closed, trains and businesses are shut down. and the O’s were canceled too. 

More of the ugly details here, from TheDailyMail  

And here, from WeaselZippers

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Our Daily Thread 4-27-15

Good Morning!

4-23-15 070

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On this day in 1521 Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.

In 1805 a force led by U.S. Marines captured the city of Derna, on the shores of Tripoli.

In 1861 President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus.

And in 1965 “Pampers” were patented by R.C. Duncan.

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Quote of the Day

Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions.”

Ulysses S. Grant

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 Today is Sergei Prokofiev’s birthday.

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Prayer Requests 4-27-15

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Psalm 123:1-2

¹Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.

Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

News/Politics 4-27-15

What’s interesting in the news today?

Open Thread

Here’s a few to start things off.

1. It appears that Hillary’s payola scheme violates the constitution.

From TheFederalist  “The Washington Post reported last week that the tax-exempt foundation run by Bill and Hillary Clinton accepted money from seven foreign governments while Hillary served as U.S. Secretary of State (it’s unclear how much foreign money the organization accepted while Hillary was a U.S. Senator). Super shady, right? It’s worse than that, though, becauseArticle I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution actually bans foreign payola for U.S. officials.

The constitutional ban on foreign cash payments to U.S. officials is known as the Emoluments Clause and originated from Article VI of the Articles of Confederation. The purpose of the clause was to prevent foreign governments from buying influence in the U.S. by paying off U.S. government officials. Here’s the text of the clause:

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Various statutes and rules have been promulgated to effect the constitutional ban on foreign cash. The U.S. House of Representatives bans cash payments from foreign governments. The U.S. Senate, of which Hillary was a member from 2001 to 2009, bans cash payments from foreign governments. And the U.S. State Department bans cash payments from foreign governments. Let’s take a look at the specific language from the State Dept.:

Executive branch employees are subject to restrictions on the gifts that they may accept from sources outside the Government. Unless an exception applies, executive branch employees may not accept gifts that are given because of their official positions or that come from certain interested sources (“prohibited sources”).”

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2. Dissent will not be tolerated. 

From TheDailySignal  “An Oregon administrative law judge recommended today that the bakers who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding should be fined $135,000.

“[T]he forum concludes that $75,000 and $60,000, are appropriate awards to compensate [the same-sex couple] for the emotional suffering they experienced,” wrote Alan McCullough, administrative law judge for Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries in his proposed order.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa located in Gresham, Ore., say the fine is enough to potentially bankrupt their family of seven.

The dispute began in January 2013, when Aaron denied Rachel Cryer a wedding cake after learning there would be two brides in her wedding.

Aaron and his wife Melissa are both Christians and believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Rachel and her partner Laurel Bowman-Cryer, who are now married, filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries under the state’spublic accommodation law, which bans discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation.”

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3. The “safe space” movement is yet another attempt by liberals to attack the freedoms of those who dare disagree with them. 

From TheWeek  “One of the more contentious ideas to recently emerge from the culture war is that of “safe spaces.” We are said to be at risk of social dangers. Sometimes these dangers are labeled denialism (in which someone’s identity isn’t recognized) or triggering speech (speech that sets off traumatic responses in unwitting listeners). The way some students at elite colleges combat these social dangers is to create, or demand the creation of, safe spaces. And just as often, students demand that their entire campus become a safe space.

Hence the wrong kind of speech is re-labeled as violence. The space only becomes safe when certain ideas (and the people expositing them) are banished. We’re trying to build a supportive community, don’t you know?

Why worry about the exotic (and sometimes silly) life of a college campus? Well, it matters because future elites — who will set the norms and tone of our institutions of power — are coming of age in this intellectual stew. At top colleges we already see the nepotistic acceptance of incurious mediocrity, the shirking of citizenship’s duties, and a liberation from old constraints, all of which tell us about the future of our nation’s social and political life.

Here’s my prediction: Safe spaces will continue to spread across campuses. And from there, the colonization project will really begin in earnest. Public institutions, schools, and even the home. And colonization is the right word, because the logic of a “safe space” is entirely alien to traditional notions of liberty.

How can you even object? Are you pro-trauma? Pro-denialism? You think kids should have their identities denied and be traumatized in the home?”

Their stupidity is traumatizing me. I think their thin skin and cry baby whining is triggering it. 🙄

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Our Daily Thread 4-25-15

Good Morning!

Welcome to the weekend! 🙂

Today’s header photo and the one below are from Kare and her husband. 

2 chicks - 2nd family of  Barn Swallows Kare

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On this day 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 1928 a seeing eye dog was used for the first time.

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

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Quote of the Day

“The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.

Edward R. Murrow

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Today is Bjorn Ulvaeus’ birthday. Both videos are from AbbaVEVO

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Prayer Requests 4-25-15

Anyone have a request or a praise to share?

Psalm 122

¹I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:

Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.

For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.