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ROUNDUP TIMEMy all-time favorite passage?  Maybe.  John 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

‘Oh My Gosh': Mom Looking at High School’s Sex Education Book Expressed Shock When Seeing Its ‘Pornographic’ Content —  Your tax dollars at work.  But don’t worry, the district says the teachers won’t talk about the section on sex toys — and you can totally trust them.

Use Facebook’s Mobile Site for a Faster, Battery-Friendly Facebook — And you don’t have to install their new Messenger app.

Facebook’s app isn’t as bad as it used to be, but it still has its fair share of problems: it’s a little slow, drains your battery even when you aren’t using it, and requires all sorts of permissions on your phone. Want something better? The Facebook mobile site is nearly identical…without all the crap.

Why Does My iPhone Battery Die So Fast? Here’s The iPhone Battery Fix! — This had some great tips.

Houston Rejects Petition to Send LGBT Anti-Bias Policy to Voters – That’s what you get for electing Leftists who admit it is all about them.

Conservative Christians in Houston filed suit against Mayor Annise Parker’s administration after city officials ruled invalid a petition to overturn a new LGBT anti-bias ordinance. City officials threw out thousands of signatures that would have forced the city to put the ordinance on the November ballot. But conservatives are not willing to declare defeat yet.

Parker in May rammed through her “Equal Rights Ordinance” in hearings some called a sham. Supporters say the ordinance is a generic rights rule that simply adds “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to a list of other protected classes. But Parker, who is open about her homosexual relationship, has publicly declared the ordinance “about me.”

Religious liberty experts say the ordinance clearly forces Christian organizations and businesses to act against their biblical beliefs about sexuality. Among other things, the ordinance bans Christian colleges from enforcing sexual conduct policies in housing. It also opens public restrooms to anyone, regardless of gender. Expecting a legal challenge, Parker delayed the ordinance’s implementation.

. . . The documents themselves back up at least some of Welch’s concerns. The city charter places the responsibility for verifying signatures on City Secretary Anna Russell. By her own admission, in a report sent to Parker, Russell said she verified more than enough signatures by July 27 to put the petition on the ballot. But before releasing her final decision, she allowed Feldman extraordinary power to review the petition.

. . .“What I witnessed was a mockery of the rule of law—again—by a mayor who blatantly interfered in the right of the citizens to petition our government,” Welch told the U.S. Pastor’s Council. Parker is a “radical” who is “willing to do anything in order to achieve a legacy,” he said.

Oops: In 2009, Obama Administration told Delphi to avoid U.S. taxes via corporate inversion.

 This is both delicious and maddening. Delicious because it so clearly shows what a complete fraud this whole narrative about corporate inversions is. The administration just recently started talking about inversions, but they’ve been happening for a long time, and the administration not only didn’t think it was a big deal, they were actually willing to encourage it when it was in their own best interests or in the interests of a company – like Delphi – that they couldn’t afford to see go under. Maddening, because today the Democrats need a new political narrative, so they’re yelping about corporate inversions and trying to pass new legislation to essentially ban the practice. And since that doesn’t square with their own recent history where Delphi is concerned, they have now sicced the IRS on Delphi and told them to surrender the tax advantages that the administration actually encouraged and helped them to obtain five years ago.

The Sugar Tax is Coming — Good idea on eliminating subsidies.  Bad idea on the sugar consumption tax.  It will also have the unintended consequence of steering people to artificial sweeteners, which are ultimately worse for most people.

Abortion Practitioner Refers to Killing “Ugly Black Babies” — Paging Al Sharpton et al.  Isn’t it odd how such an outrageously racist comment never made the mainstream news?

A Good Way to Wreck a Local Economy: Build Casinos – The Atlantic – Even The Simpsons knew casinos were bad for economies.

Outside of Las Vegas—now home to only 20 percent of the nation’s casino industry—casino gambling has evolved into a downscale business. Affluent and educated people visit casinos less often than poorer people do for the same reasons that they smoke less and drink less and weigh less. . . . No one should look to casinos to revive cities, “because that’s not what casinos do.” So explained the project manager for a new Wynn casino rising near Philadelphia. He’s right, but it has taken a surprisingly long time for city governments to acknowledge a fact that was well understood by the 19th-century Americans who suppressed gambling in the decades after the Civil War. The impact of casinos on neighboring property values is “unambiguously negative,” according to the economists at the National Association of Realtors. Casinos don’t encourage non-gaming businesses to open nearby, because the people who most often visit casinos do not wander out to visit other shops and businesses. A casino is not like a movie theater or a sports stadium, offering a time-limited amusement. It is designed to be an all-absorbing environment that does not release its customers until they have exhausted their money.

Acts 29 Network Removes Co-founder Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church From Membership – This is great news. We have been so blessed by the Acts 29 network. We attend an Acts 29 church and it is amazing. Both my daughters attended them when they went to college (actually, they were there before us) and were equally blessed.  So glad to see leaders doing the loving thing and exercising church discipline! I hope others are emboldened by this and do the same. No one should be above it, including “rock star” pastors. Hopefully it will lead Driscoll to repent, but either way it was the right thing to do.  I appreciate the discernment ministries that have brought attention to Driscoll’s issues, but it was disappointing that most seemed to take a “What took you so long?” grandstanding response rather than an encouraging one.

It is with deep sorrow that the Acts 29 Network announces its decision to remove Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church from membership in the network. Mark and the Elders of Mars Hill have been informed of the decision, along with the reasons for removal. It is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network. In taking this action, our prayer is that it will encourage the leadership of Mars Hill to respond in a distinctive and godly manner so that the name of Christ will not continue to be dishonored. The Board of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network

Some excellent points from Wretched:

Twelve Lessons from the Mark Driscoll Explosion

An explosion has occurred in Evangelical Christianity.  Mark Driscoll has been expelled from the movement that he himself founded: The Acts 29 Network. If you have not read the widely circulated letter that has been made public, you may read it below. There is much to be learned from this explosion.

  1. Mark Driscoll is in big trouble.  Reading this letter was like hearing an excommunication announcement in church.  While this letter does not state this, it is clear, Mark’s spiritual condition is perilous. When a thoughtful and prayerful group of Christian friends asks you to“step down from ministry for an extended time and seek help,” you are inspiritual danger.
  2. This is no time for piling on.  While we can be grateful to the leaders of the Acts 29 Network for their Biblical actions, a man who professes to be a follower of Jesus Christ is in trouble.  It is clear he is not fit for ministry at this time, or ever.  Worse, there are clearly some on-going  sins that need to be dealt with.  This is not the time for “I told you so.”
  3. Mark’s family has been rocked.  Nobody wishes that on a wife and children.
  4. Mark’s church has been rocked.  Souls have been damaged and some bruised reeds will be bent.
  5. The Board of Acts 29 has acted boldly, wisely, thoughtfully and courageously.  Would that more evangelical organizations did the same.
  6. Accountability is good.  Cowboy Christians typically end up like Wild Bill Hickok.
  7. Immaturity, the root of Mark’s problems, can be a disqualifying character flaw for a pastor.
  8. John MacArthur, Phil Johnson and others have been proven right in their critiques.  We would do well to listen to older, wiser, experienced men in the future.
  9. For Mark’s sake, those of us who are watching from a distance should stop: listening to his sermons, recommending him to others, attending his events, buying his books, reading his articles. Let the full weight of this land on him that he might genuinely repent.  Perhaps for the first time.
  10. Virtually everyone in leadership with Mark should be examined to determine their fitness for leadership also.
  11. Celebrity Christianity is a dangerous category.
  12. We will learn much about evangelical Christianity as the days pass and blogs are written.  Will they be written with the difficult but commanded blend of “truth and love,” or will they be snarky?  This is a test for us too.  May we not sin in response to Mark’s sins.

This is a day of mixed emotions.  Godly men acted courageously,but a man is in perilous danger.  We should be grateful and horrified at the same time.  Let us remember to “take heed, lest we too shall fall”. (I Cor.10:12).

9 Reasons We Can Be Confident Christians Won’t Be Raptured Before the Tribulation AND Taylor and Piper versus The Rapture – I’m on the post-trib side, but these articles offer some thoughtful arguments for both sides.

Did your science textbook teach that peppered moths prove evolution? – So much of what you were taught about evolution was not only false but knowingly false, but the taught it to you anyway.  Because evolution.

Former NFL Pro Explains Why He’s a Republican: Democrats Are Destroying Black Communities – Love it.  (That’s he’s a Republican, not that Democrats are destroying black communities.)

Garry Cobb played football for USC and then for 11 years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is now running for New Jersey’s 1st District seat as a Republican, and his explanation of why he is no longer a Democrat is very compelling. Explaining that he kind of discovered that he was Republican due to his upbringing, he said that the massively negative effects of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty had the most impact: This was an incentive for the man to leave the home and it’s destroyed African-American families throughout the country.   I didn’t realize it but as I started thinking about it and growing up, because as a kid going to college, you know I was all into the Democratic Party and everything; then I started realizing they helped destroy our communities and we’re supposed to be celebrating electing these people.   One of the towns in our areas, Camden, is still suffering. I want to put an end to this.

He Survived Brain Cancer and Leads a Church of 11,000 – but Have You Heard of Him? — Good story about Matt Chandler, pastor of the Village Church and leader of the Acts 29 Network.  Great guy.  I enjoyed a sermon series he did on Ecclesiastes.  Hope he stays the course.

Trying to Stop Global Warming Costs 50 Times More Than Adapting to It – If you love your neighbor you won’t subject them to the futile and outrageously expensive and counterproductive efforts to fight climate change.

There is going to be climate change. There always has been and there always will be. Nothing anyone can do will stop it. But let’s pretend just for argument that temperatures are still rising like they did last century, that warmer temperatures are bad, and that they are caused by CO2 emissions, which to a small degree humans can control. What would be the reasonable course of action? The answer is easy when you consider that attempting to stop climate change costs 50 times more than adapting to it if and as it happens . . .

 

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You get more of what you subsidize and encourage.

 

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Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Pregnancy Centers Transform the Lives of Young Women –Yep.

The Most Powerful Ways to Start a Presentation – Good tips.  Use these then have a

  • Walk to the front of the room, your body filled with purpose.
  • Arrange your materials with concentrated and silent grace.
  • Take up your position, stand still with your weight on both feet, and gaze intently at the audience.
  • Let the silence become the blank canvas on which you will paint your masterpiece.
  • Pick a listener in the back of the room, look that individual in the eye, and deliver your opening line with confidence to that individual.

How Close Are You to a Farmers Market?We found one fairly close by.  Great produce. 

Pyromaniacs: The Pastoral “Call,” and how there isn’t one.—Great reminder about a mistake made by people who should know better.

What verse in the Bible talks about a pastor’s “call”?
The answer, of course, is no verse. Not one.
“But what about Jeremiah, Moses, Samuel, Isaiah, Amos, and all the rest?” What about them? We must at least say this: they all have the same two things in common —

  1. They all are prophets.
  2. They all are not pastors of Christian churches.

. . . “Then how does a man know whether he’s ca… whether he’s supposed to be a pastor?”
Well, you tell me.
Do you believe in the sufficiency of Scripture? Really? Then it should have an in-context, sufficient answer, shouldn’t it?
What does it say? When you closely study and reflect on passages that expressly address the issue of pastoral qualification (1 Tim. 3:1ff.; Titus 1:6ff.), what do you see? Can you discern anything that is better expressed in terms of a “call”? Do they overwhelm you with internal, mystical, privately-revelatory elements? Or are they not rather almost shocking in their relative matter-of-factness?

Leaked CBP Report Shows Entire World Exploiting Open US Border—Ignoring this is not just incompetence, it is treason.

UK NHS creates taxpayer-funded sperm bank for lesbians and single mothers – Stunningly foolish and evil.

Women are persuading doctors to perform free cosmetic surgery on the NHS by exaggerating their unhappiness with their looks.

New research reveals that surgeons are being cajoled into offering patients thousands of pounds worth of treatment they do not need. It exposes the lengths to which some women go to persuade surgeons to operate on them for nothing – using ploys such as unflattering make-up and clothing.

Among the operations being offered free are tummy tucks, breast implants and nose jobs.

Today surgeons claim the soaring demand for cosmetic surgery on the NHS is putting a huge strain on resources. They say many patients are placing doctors in an impossible position by refusing to accept they cannot have free surgery.

[...]Top 10 operations

Most requested cosmetic surgery on the NHS:

1: Tummy tucks

2: Mole removal

3: Breast enhancement

4: Scar removal

5: Nose job

6: Breast reduction

7: Acne scar removal

8: Correcting breast asymmetry

9: Ear pinned back

10: Removal of bags under eyes

Why is this happening? Because when government takes over areas of the private economy, it becomes about buying votes from voters want free goodies paid for by their neighbors. It’s not just cosmetic surgery – abortions are taxpayer-funded in the NHS as well. And not just one abortion, but multiple abortions. It’s perfect and there are no losers. Except for the people being aborted, the people who pay into the system and die waiting for surgery, the men who have to pay taxes and force their wives to work to make ends meet and the fatherless children raised by lesbians and single mothers. Oh, and of course sex-change operations are free in the UK, as are sex-selection abortions. This is what socialized “medicine” really looks like. As you can tell, the social programs seem to be especially targeted to women voters. It especially rewards those who are irresponsible and reckless.

Do you favor government taking over health care in the United States? Then you better know what you are asking for.

Frigidity is ugly — It is sad that too many Christian leaders actually encourage women to try to control men with sex and/or encourage men to be controlled by it.  There is a better way.

Commenter Jen reminds us that miserliness isn’t the only option for a wife:

Honestly, if a woman loves her husband, even if she’s NOT in the mood, she’ll be more than happy to acquiesce simply out of her love for and desire to please him & make him happy (which ought to, by default, make her even happier she said yes). And this is not “duty sex” or “Oh, FINE” sex, but “All right, Sweetheart!” and happily off the couple goes. IMO there is no room for the “duty” or grudging sex in marriage, because the woman is only “giving” grudgingly, and that is not giving at all, and may be just as cruel as denying. I wouldn’t like it if my husband acted that way. (God loves a cheerful giver! Perhaps that ought to be embroidered onto bedsheets…)

Many have grown so accustomed to the miserly perspective of feminism, where even love for family is subject to a penny pinching curmudgeonly attitude, that they forget that it doesn’t have to be this way.  Feminism is ugly because it teaches women to be misers with love, and frigidity is all about being miserly with love.  This feminist obsession with miserliness has caused large numbers of women to scorn what is beautiful to God;  what could be uglier than that?

9 Things You Should Know About Hamas – Short version: They are the really bad guys.

The Link Between Birth-Control Pills and Breast Cancer – Hopefully the “comprehensive” sex-ed classes will mention this.

A new study finds that pills with a high level of estrogen increase breast-cancer risk significantly. But that still might not mean you should change your prescription.

How to keep the spark alive – Interesting analysis of sex and successful marriages. 

Why do married couples have sex? And how can they ensure that they keep enjoying the sexual relationship throughout their marriage? This weekend I read through a pair of recent studies from the University of Toronto that offer some intriguing, though not shocking answers.

A study called “Keeping the Spark Alive,” begins with the distinction between communal and exchange relationships. In communal relationships a spouse is motivated to meet the needs of the other partner, giving benefits of various kinds without demanding anything in return. In contrast, exchange relationships are built on the expectation that when benefits are given, other benefits will be returned. Not surprisingly, researchers have long found that communal relationships tend to be healthiest. They use “communal strength” as a measure of how much a person is willing to give for the sake of the other, so that the woman who is willing to uproot her life for the sake of her husband’s career is said to have a very high communal strength. Research shows that higher communal strength predicts greater satisfaction and longer-lasting relationships.

Keep that communal-exchange distinction in your mind. I suspect that your marriage is largely communal, at least when you are at your best. In fact, the Bible demands this kind of relationship when it describes a marriage in which a wife joyfully submits to her husband’s leadership while he joyfully imitates Christ through other-focused, self-sacrificing servant-leadership.

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What is the big takeaway? Not all motives are equal. Most married couples continue to have sex, but the most satisfied couples have sex for the most satisfying reason. Husbands or wives who pursue their spouse’s sexual satisfaction are the most sexually satisfied and bring an extra measure of stability to their relationship. Wife: Pursue your husband for his benefit. Husband: Pursue your wife for her benefit. If sex is integral to a marriage (which it is, according to 1 Corinthians 7) then we can best enjoy the gift and obey the command by pursuing one another for the best and highest of motives.

Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Murdered by Illegals Who Had Been Deported RepeatedlySad but preventable. 

Detroit Public Schools: A Case Study for School Choice – Good news.  Hopefully they will learn from this and do the right thing for the students.

IRS Agrees to Target and Monitor Churches, Because Angry Atheists Demanded It? – OK, of course this violates the Constitution and is just another example of how the Obama administration is indescribably corrupt, but don’t you like the idea of atheists and IRS employees having to hear the Gospel over and over?

One can only image how a Lois Lerner, the former senior IRS official at the center of the IRS targeting scandal who called conservatives “a**holes,” “TeRrorists” (capitalizing the “R” to emphasize the point), and “crazies,” would implement the targeting of churches and which churches she would choose to monitor.

NAACP Leader: Right to Abortion Same as Right to Eat at Lunch CounterAbortion kills blacks at a rate three times that of whites, and the Democrats’ platform calling for taxpayer-funded abortions will increase that. 

We believe the right to reproductive freedom is as basic as the right to eat at the lunch counter.

Friendly reminder: “Reproductive freedom/rights/health/etc.” are false, Orwellian terms.  They apply to birth control, not abortion, because abortion destroys a human being who has already been reproduced. That is a scientific fact confirmed by any mainstream embryology textbook and basic logic.  It is a deadly and evil phrase.  Yes, they have a right to reproduce, but no, they shouldn’t have the right to kill human beings who have already been reproduced.

Yes, the border crisis began after Obama started messing around with executive amnesties – Those pushing the DREAM Act and such are responsible for this.  They should have known it would encourage smugglers to bring more people over. 

Washington Post Getting Closer to Accusing the SBA of Fraud – I detest crony capitalism.  This is something that both Leftists and Tea Partiers should be able to agree on, but even the media is afraid to expose the Democrat and Republican leaders that make this happen.  The solution is smaller government.  More money to spend inevitably leads to more lobbying and corruption.  But the Left views government as god so they don’t want to shrink it.

J.D. has seen the federal investigations that found large businesses are committing felony federal contracting fraud by making “false certifications”, “improper certifications” and by engaging in “vendor deception”.

J.D. knows not only has the SBA refused to adopt any legislation or policies to stop the rampant fraud and abuse in federal small business contracting programs, they are actually taking public comment on a new policy to encourage and protect fraud by creating a “safe harbor from fraud penalties” for firms that commit felony federal contracting law. (Why don’t you do a story of that J.D.?)

Liberal Jonathan Alter: America needs to mandate corporate loyalty oaths – I think Leftist is a more accurate term than Liberal, but the points against Alter are valid.  The idea is creepy for starters, and it would be ineffective anyway (as if multi-billion $ corporations wouldn’t find a way around them!).  Sadly, the obvious solution never occurs to the Leftists: Maybe if you made it better to incorporate here than elsewhere then people would stay. 

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Sex Trouble: #DearFeministMen Illustrates a Fundamental Problem – A great read about foundational problems of feminism and especially of how no one – including feminist women – should trust feminist men. 

France offers Asylum to Iraqi Christians while Obama Turns his Back on Them – The title says it all.  Obama is too busy telling us that we didn’t built the country but that Muslims did. 

Nice: Three of four “View” panelists speak up for women owning guns for protection

The statistics about women and gun ownership tell a different story than the Michael Bloomberg-affiliated Moms Demand Action or its often obliging press corps would have you hear. Women are the fastest growing group of gun owners, with about one in four U.S. women now packing heat. CNN Money recently reported on the trends:

Almost 80 percent of gun retailers reported a rise in female customers in 2012, according to industry figures. In Florida, 22 percent of the concealed carry permits are held by women. In Texas, women hold 28 percent of concealed carry permits, up sharply over the past decade.

The Caner Event at FBC Woodstock Points to a Deeper Ecclesiological Problem in SBC Churches —  Ergun Caner is an embarrassment to the faith and it is sad that so many pastors have turned a blind eye to misdeeds.

No Joke: California Parents and Religious Leaders Fight to Make Skin Color Criteria for Teaching – It’s not racist, though, because . . . I don’t know how to finish this sentence . . .

Who really wants to impeach Obama? — This guy is so terrible that the Left is praying that he’ll be impeached.  How else can they motivate their base?

Something very strange is happening on Capitol Hill. Democrats can’t talk enough about impeaching a president of their own party. And Republicans keep saying that there isn’t a chance they’ll give it a try…

FBI: Sexual Exploitation of Children is ‘Increasing Exponentially’ – Tragic.  They should expose more of the buyers and restrict porn access, requiring it to be an opt-in service on cable and such.  My youngest daughter’s church has a great ministry helping these victims.  They have helped many escape and just paid for the removal of a tattoo of a pimp’s name.

Homosexual Re-Education Camps Set to Begin – Ridiculous.  But just keep chanting that “same-sex marriage” will have no impact on anyone else . . .

In a stunning blow to religious freedom, Colorado baker Jack Phillips has been sentenced to be “reeducated” along with his staff by a pro-homosexual court.

Phillips’ crime: he refused to make a cake celebrating counterfeit marriage.

In a politically correct culture, government decides whose beliefs have preference. In a politically correct culture hostile to freedom, government decides who can force some people to do what other people tell them to do, regardless of whether those actions violate the conscience and religious freedom of the person being forced.

Man Takes Pregnant 12-Year-Old He Raped to Three Abortion Clinics, None Report the Abuse – Planned Parenthood was one of the three.  But you knew that, right?  The war on girls – and humans in general — continues.

14 things that people need to immediately stop saying to people who choose not to drink

Please stop helping us – Read it all. 

Demonstrative of similar dedication, one member of Congress told Vanderbilt University political scientist Carol Swain that “one of the advantages and disadvantages of representing blacks is their shameless loyalty. … You can almost get away with raping babies and be forgiven. You don’t have any vigilance about your performance.” In my opinion, there appear to be no standards of performance low enough for blacks to lose their loyalty to their black political representatives.

Riley says that between 1970 and 2001, the number of black elected officials skyrocketed from fewer than 1,500 to more than 9,000, but black poverty has remained roughly the same. Between 1940 and 1960, when black political power was virtually nonexistent, the black poverty rate fell from 87 percent to 47 percent. Riley points out that there has been significant achievement among the black middle class but that wide black-white gaps remain with respect to income, educational achievement, unemployment, labor force participation, incarceration rates and other measures. Despite political gains, there have been dramatic reversals in teen unemployment, crime, out-of-wedlock births and family stability. Political power is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for socio-economic progress.

Riley lays out the devastating deal black political leaders and civil rights leaders have made with labor unions, in his aptly named chapter “Mandating Unemployment.” Black leaders of the past recognized that labor unions were hostile to the interests of ordinary blacks. Frederick Douglass, in his 1874 essay “The Folly, Tyranny, and Wickedness of Labor Unions,” argued that unions were not friends of blacks. W.E.B. Du Bois called unions “the greatest enemy of the black working man.” Booker T. Washington also opposed unions because of their adverse impact on blacks.

Today’s black leaders have little reservation about giving their support to union policies that harm their constituents. They support minimum wage increases, which have had a devastating impact on black employment, particularly that of teenagers. Recently, black teen unemployment reached 44 percent, but few people realize that during the late 1940s, before rapid minimum wage escalation, it was less than 10 percent and lower than white teen unemployment. Black leaders also give their support to a super-minimum wage law known as the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931. The legislative history of Davis-Bacon makes clear that its union and congressional supporters sought to eliminate black employment in the construction trades.

“Opposite of America” is full of lies – Glad to see someone carefully destroying the bogus memes about how great Cuba and other countries are because they allegedly do the opposite of what America does. 

Muhammad and Nikah al-Mut’ah (Temporary Marriage as a Form of Prostitution)What a convenient loophole, and how dramatically different than Christianity.  Just another thing the “most favored religion in the U.S.” has to offer that Leftists don’t tell you about. 

Does the free market work to reduce poverty? – Yes.  Yes, it does.  Thanks for asking. 

People who live in countries closer to the free market end of the economic spectrum have far greater income than people who live in countries toward the communist end — and enjoy far greater human rights protection.

According to the 2012 “Economic Freedom of the World” report by James Gwartney, Robert Lawson and Joshua Hall, nations ranking in the top quartile with regard to economic freedom had average per capita GDP of $37,691 in 2010 compared with $5,188 for those in the bottom quartile.

In the freest nations, the average income of the poorest 10% of their populations was $11,382. In the least free nations, it was $1,209.

Remarkably, the average income of the poorest 10% in the economically freer nations is more than twice the average of those in the least free nations.

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Research Shows that Seven Hours of Sleep Might Be the Sweet Spot

In California, 95% of professor’s donations goes to DemocratsNever let your guard down, especially in school.  Or consuming media.  Or entertainment.  Or . . .

Should you only have sex when you feel like it?  Wise words.

5 Obvious Principles of Human Nature That Baffle Liberals – These are foundational issues that caused Leftists to go off course and stay there.  This is why their solutions haven’t worked and will never work.

Why a lustful man doesn’t want a woman

In the following lines, Lewis explains why a lustful man ironically has no use for a real woman. He writes:

We use a most unfortunate idiom when we say, of a lustful man prowling the streets, that he “wants a woman.” Strictly speaking, a woman is just what he does not want. He wants a pleasure for which a woman happens to be the necessary piece of apparatus. How much he cares about the woman as such may be gauged by his attitude to her five minutes after fruition (one does not keep the carton after one has smoked the cigarettes).

Booker T. Washington vs NAACP

Booker T. Washington, an educator, reformer, and founder of Tuskegee University, preached a philosophy of self-reliance by elevating oneself through education, hard work and entrepreneurship as an agenda for black America’s advancement. According to former congressional representative Allen West, those three values completely align with conservative principles.

If Booker T. Washington’s agenda for black Americans had not been circumvented by radical progressives W.E.B. Du Bois and the NAACP, we would be experiencing a different America today.

Booker T. Washington’s prescription for advancement was specific, realistic, and measurable and results driven and useful for any individual (regardless of race). However, the NAACP mission statement is full of vague social justice terminology with no specifics and is unmeasurable and unattainable with no sufficient directions to how to achieve it other than through government intervention or force. In fact, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 already covers their entire mission and vision statements.

Molech Cult Demands Total Dominance  — Yep.  Leftists love abortion as much as Molech loved his version of child sacrifice.  They use the “safe, legal and rare” mantra in a morbidly cynical ploy to pretend they think it is less than ideal, but their actions betray them.  They want it legal and often, and they don’t really care if it is safe for mother or child.

Exposed: How the VA red-flags ‘disruptive’ vets – Make no mistake: They will do the same and more when Obamacare fulfills its objective of becoming single-payer.  They will control your healthcare, so they will control you and your speech.

New David Foster film tells the story of EXLGBT change – Sounds like a good movie about people the Left insists don’t exist.

The Reality and Roots of Gay-on-Gay Violence and ‘Gay Men’s Obsession with Sex,’ in One Homosexual Writer’s Words – Gross, but true, and all the more to encourage people to change – or better yet, to avoid the lifestyle to begin with.

HIV infections are exploding —  This is not surprising.  People conditioned to rebel against God’s created order are not the type to take nanny-state advice on using condoms.  And it is symptomatic of the pathology that you would even have to encourage them to use condoms, disease risks or not.  You’d think that they would be begging for condoms to keep the feces off their body.

HIV infections are rising among gay men in many parts of the world, the World Health Organization warned Friday, urging all men who have sex with men to take antiretroviral drugs to prevent infection.

“We are seeing exploding epidemics,” warned Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads WHO’s HIV department.

Infection rates are rising again among men who have sex with men — the group at the epicentre of AIDS pandemic when it first emerged 33 years ago, he told reporters in Geneva.

While images of skeletal men dying of AIDS in the 1980s pushed the world to act, a younger generation that has grown up among new treatments that make it possible to live with HIV are less focused on the disease, he suggested.

Today, this group is 19 times more likely than the general population to be infected by HIV, Hirnschall said.

How involved fathers improve the mental health of their daughters – This is intuitive and factual, unlike the cherry-picked Leftist studies insisting that deliberately single moms and/or Lesbians are better for raising boys.

In a series of studies beginning in 1999, he found that when girls had a warm relationship with their fathers and spent a lot of time with them in the first five to seven years of their lives, they had a reduced risk of early puberty, early initiation of sex and teen pregnancy.

Matthew Vines Michael Brown debate audio on Moody radio, with summary – Good resource to share with those taken in by Vines’ terrible and self-serving Bible-twisting.

7 Good Reasons To Stop Looking at Porn Right Now – All good reasons.

5. The Cost to Your Mission

The Lord’s commission is an urgent commission because it is a matter of eternal life and death. Time is short and hell is forever, which makes the Christian’s business an urgent business. And yet so many Christians are distracted by something as evil and as wasteful as pornography. Their attention is arrested, their energy depleted, their usefulness undermined. Don Whitney says it well: “If there are any regrets in Heaven, they will only be that we did not use our earthly time more for the glory of God and for growth in His grace. If this is so, this may be Heaven’s only similarity with hell, which will be filled with agonizing laments over time so foolishly squandered.” For the sake of your mission, stop looking at pornography.

Shamed Prophets Become Fearless – I’m no prophet, but I agree with these points.  We shouldn’t shed diplomacy, but you can become more bold as you learn and practice more, and as you develop an eternal perspective.

[W]hen was the last time you hedged on an opinion because of…those around you? When did you last choose your words based more on the politics of a situation than on truth?…

It’s no wonder that one of the first tasks of any prophet was to make himself shameful. John the Baptist wore camel hair and ate insects. Isaiah had to walk around naked for years. Ezekiel had to cook his food over dung. Elijah ate only food carried by ravens—nasty carrion birds. The first thing God told Hosea to do was to marry a whore.

Prophets must be fearless, immune to the pressures of kings and crowds, aligned only with the breath of God.

We are in need of prophets now….

Prophets must be immune to floggings on Facebook and Twitter. They must be fearless before friends and tenure committees and stadiums filled with the priests of Baal. The cool-shaming can have no sting. The world is busy applying pressure on “social issues,” and Christians are busy caving left and right, trying to accept fresh cultural dogma simply so that they might be accepted….

When “war on science” means “daring to fight corruption” – This is foundational to any intelligent discussions on Intelligent Design/Darwinism, global warming/”climate change,” etc.  People respond to incentives, and there are plenty of incentives for scientists to read from the script.

Obviously, academic freedom means nothing when one’s views differ from the liberal faculty majority – or when they contrast with views and “science” that garners the university millions of dollars a year from government, foundation, corporate and other sources, to advance the alarmist climate change agenda. All these institutions are intolerant of research by scientists like Legates, because they fear losing grant money if they permit contrarian views, discussions, debates or anything that questions the climate chaos “consensus.” At this point, academic freedom and free speech obviously apply only to advance selected political agendas, and campus “diversity” exists in everything but opinions.

Climate alarmists have been implicated in the ClimateGate scandal, for conspiring to prevent their adversaries from receiving grants, publishing scientific papers, and advancing their careers. Yet they are staunchly supported by their universities, professional organizations, union – and groups like Greenpeace.

Meanwhile, climate disaster skeptics are vilified and harassed by these same groups, who pretend they are fighting to “let scientists conduct research without the threat of politically motivated attacks.” Far worse, we taxpayers are paying the tab for the junk science – and then getting stuck with regulations, soaring energy bills, lost jobs and reduced living standards…based on that bogus science.

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Eat-the-Rich Socialist Michael Moore Owns Nine HousesSadly, the Leftists who cheer this hypocrite will never know these facts.  Their media of choice won’t tell them.

Far left propagandist and rabble-rouser Michael Moore righteously proclaims that he is of the proletariat and not part of the 1% (video). Yet hawking his anti-capitalist B.S. on the capitalist market has earned him enough to buy nine houses. The dumping of Kathy Glynn, his wife of 22 years, is bringing embarrassing details to light regarding his conspicuous consumption:

His hit movies and best-selling books have begat a lifestyle far from most ballcap-wearing, duck-waddling denizens of Flint [a rustbelt hellhole that he falsely claims as his hometown].

How to believe – Great points by Stan about challenging verses on how the Bible teaches that we come to believe in Jesus.

Planned Parenthood Counselor Caught Telling Teen to Let Her Boyfriend Beat Her – And the third video comes out.  The “rogue” counselors all follow the same script and couldn’t be more practiced at what they are saying.

If you want to prove you don’t hate gays, all you have to do is worship at their feet – Exactly.  Have you noticed how the iconically macho National Football League now reports to the gay lobby?  Same thing for the NBA, MLB, etc.  What a bunch of wimps.  They join loads of apostate Christian churches and weak-willed people who would rather bow to political correctness than speak the truth.  The truth sounds like hate to those that hate the truth.

The ’10 Percent Gay’ Myth Is Dead – Just 1.6 Percent of U.S. Adults Identify as Gay or Lesbian, and .7 Percent as Bisexual, Major Federal Survey Finds – They’ve been spreading the 10% lie for decades.

ISIS reportedly orders women and girls of Mosul to undergo ‘genital mutilation’ – And yet the Leftist “war on women” crowd will be silent.  Hillary, Elizabeth Warren, Planned Parenthood, NOW, etc. are too busy protesting Hobby Lobby for only paying for 16 forms of birth control.

Israel Supporters Attacked by Crowd Shouting ‘Kill Jews’ in Canada – Subtle.  This isn’t isolated, either.  They’ll be doing the same to other groups as soon as they get the chance. Or read here about an “honor killing” of a 10 yr. old rape victim.

Cohabitation: Still a terrible idea – a new study confirms what people should have known already.

Dollar Shave Club – Shameless plug.  Got some as a great Father’sI enjoy sticking it to the man (i.e., Gillette).  Funny commercials, too.

Study: Socialists Twice as Likely to CheatThis speaks volumes about why the President and other leading Democrats are so willing to lie, and why the media is so willing to overlook the lies.

Individuals exposed to socialism were twice as likely to cheat as those who had not been in a socialist system, says a new study from a collaboration between Duke University and the University of Munich.  “The longer individuals were exposed to socialism, the more likely they were to cheat on our task.”

Export-Import Bank crony capitalism kills American jobs – Crony capitalism is not real capitalism, and not something Conservatives support.  This is something that should unite Democrats and Republicans who aren’t feeding at the trough.

‘I Got Him in a Bloody Puddle for You’: Father Beats Gay Teen Molesting Son – Some fitting pre-justice before the guy goes to jail for a long time.

Intelligence Report: Invasion Caused by Expectation of Amnesty, Not Violence in Central America – If you are surprised, then I’m surprised that you are surprised.  This influx as as choreographed as a ballet.  It was designed to take your money to support people who will vote against you.  It is a Leftist dream.

Repaid Kindness – This is symptomatic of the Islamic mindset: No qualms about encouraging a family member to literally blow up herself and the people who healed her.  Hat tip: Glenn

On 20 June 2005, twenty-one-year-old Wafa Samir Ibrahim al-Biss was detained at a crossing into Israel when something about her gait struck the guards on duty at that post as somewhat amiss. This Palestinian woman was arrested after a search revealed she had been carrying 22 lbs. of explosives strapped to her body. While al-Biss had ostensibly been attempting to enter Israel to attend a follow-up appointment at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva, questioning revealed that it had been her intent to detonate the payload she’d been carrying at that institution. The would-be bomber had been treated there five months previous for severe burns received after a gas canister exploded on a fire while she was cooking at her refugee camp home in the Gaza Strip.

The Real Reason “50 Shades of Grey” is so Popular

I think women gravitate to 50 Shades of Grey (and other similar erotica) because they haven’t embraced the proper roles in sex and marriage. Feminism has taught them that they can never, ever, in any fashion submit to a man…unless it’s during sex, if that sort of thing is their cup of tea. Anything goes in the bedroom. Feminism told them that it’s degrading to be a stay-at-home mom or to submit to a husband or to want a lot of children. They should never have sex with their husbands unless they feel like it. They should never let a man make decisions for their family. But having a stranger use and abuse you sexually? Well, that’s empowering, don’t ya know.

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Apology to an Anti-Chicken Bigot – If you need a good laugh then read Mike Adams’ piece exposing Leftist hypocrisy.

Black Christians and the Myth of Prosperity PreachingGreat points by someone who caught on to the scam and broke free.  Tip offs: The pastor mainly talks about giving, all giving is directed to go to his church (i.e., him) and he pressures you to give to him rather than pay other obligations that you committed to.  Yes, we should give generously, but not to frauds.  See 2 Corinthians 9.

After I completed a couple of degrees and began associating with a group of financially intelligent individuals, I started to learn and apply sound financial principles.  I then realized that my financial situation had improved for two reasons: more education (resulted in a better job with higher pay and/or promotion on current job) and knowledge of how to manage and invest my income.  I also realized that my pastors never mentioned education or investments (other than investing in the kingdom of God) as a means to acquire wealth.

I then began to wonder why my wealthy pastors never encouraged their members to acquire as much education as possible as a means to a higher-paying job, or to seek out a professional financial planner to advise them on how to set up a budget and invest some of their income.  Is it because the wealthy pastors know that if their faithful followers become educated, it will more difficult to manipulate them?  In fact, on many occasions the pastors would mock the members who did have college degrees.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About CashewsSummary: Tastes good, and good for you!

An ounce of cashews is 150 calories, but will keep you satiated longer than a processed-carb snack of equal calories. Cashews are a good source of healthy fats and protein, with 5 grams of protein per one ounce serving and 9 grams of unsaturated fats.

Elizabeth Warren’s Eleven Tenets of Moonbattery – She is much more likely to be the Democratic nominee than Hillary.  This link is a keeper to help translate what she really means.

More Violent Gang Members Turn Up Among Illegal Alien Children – What morbid irony: They are bringing in these dangerous illegals to vote Democrat so they can take away our 2nd Amendment rights while simultaneously ensuring that we’ll need guns more than ever.

Australia Triumphantly Shakes Off Carbon Tax – Good for them!  I hope we wise up and stop letting the “climate change” lies harm so many people.

Concealed carrier saves stabbing victim – Good news!  Don’t expect to see this in the mainstream media.  It doesn’t fit the narrative.

Dem Governor: Let The Children Through Our Borders …Just Don’t Send Them To My State! – A perfect example of Leftist “compassion” and hypocrisy – thoroughly “generous” with other people’s money.

Child Porn Bust Provides Insight Into Gay Adoption

Police protect Jewish students from Pro-Palestinian mob . . . in Boston – from the “Leftists are all kinds of crazy” category.

The mere presence of a gay pro-Israel couple at the rally “set off a hailstorm” of venom from Hamas supporters that would no doubt be national news by now if the epithets had been hurled by, say, Tea Partiers.  (Incidentally, I’ve never been able to square the circle of grassroots Lefties’ anti-Israel attitudes.  The tiny nation is an oasis of pluralistic democracy in an autocratic and oppressive neighborhood, it boasts a robust nationalized healthcare system, and it proudly protects the rights of women and gays.  And yet many on the far Left aggressively side with Israel’s violent, intolerant — and in some cases, genocidal — adversaries.  Why?)  In any case, let’s forget about these Holocaust- and death-celebrating slurs, and ignore disgusting scenes like this.

Right-To-Work Study Destroys Obama’s Claim That Forcing Americans To Join Unions Helps The Economy

The verdict is in: if the President really wants increased personal-income growth, population growth, and job growth, he should encourage states to get rid of forced unionism and adopt right-to-work laws today.

Still one of the best music videos ever.  And a great song to dance the Tango to!  Seriously.

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“Recycled” hard drive at the FEC too? – And of course, the employee at the Federal Election Commission accused of partisan political activities is a former co-worker of former IRS chief Lois Lerner.  Getting rid of email trails isn’t something one person can do.  This has to be a wide-scale conspiracy that dwarfs anything Nixon did.  And they are doing it in such a ridiculous in-your-face way, because they know the media won’t call them on it.  That will only embolden them.

Tattoo removal surges 440% over the last decadeIf there was a mutual fund of tattoo-removal companies I would definitely invest in it.  Nothing says, “I can’t think 15 minutes into the future,” to potential employers like visible and often inappropriate tattoos. 

Bible Hub – This is a great site for quick searches or deep study.  It is easy to drill into the Greek or Hebrew for key words.  Best of all, it has 25 translations but does not include The Message! 

My Nobel Peace Prize Gaza Plan : The Other McCain.Clever way to call the bluff of the Left and their irrational Israel-hatred: Offer to relocate everyone in the Gaza strip to the U.S. 

Twenty billion dollars — by my calculations, that’s what it would cost to solve the problem of the Gaza Strip.

The population of Gaza is estimated at slightly more than 1.8 million people. So if we figure $10,000 for every man woman and child in Gaza, that’s $18,000,000,000, give or take a few hundred million dollars. Add $2 billion for administrative expenses.

How to Make Sure You Get Your Security Deposit BackGood tips.  Always take pictures and/or video.  Do this with rental cars as well in case they try to say you caused previously existing damage.

Illegal Aliens Allowed to Fly Without Verifiable ID – Stunning.  Apparently they are too busy patting down grandma, making little kids cry, pouring out baby formula, wasting your time, etc. than to check the people who are authentic risks.

Government Employee Union Yanks Black Education Money After Charity Accepts Funds from ConservativesGet back on the plantation!  No thinking for yourselves!  I hope more and more blacks are exposed to the truths of how the Democrats use and abuse them – starting with their radical pro-abortion extremism in the policies that help kill black babies at a rate three times that of whites – and which they want to grow via taxpayer-funded abortions.

One at a time, please. – A great take-down of the “serial monogamy isn’t being promiscuity” fallacy so prevalent in the world and much of the church. 

Serial monogamy is elevated to such lofty heights in our society that it would be easy to forget that all it really means is one at a time.   Women will always search for a societal definition of the boundary between good girls and sluts, and our current answer is:

Good girls don’t do more than one man at a time.

Many would assume that modern women no longer care about such trivialities as the difference between good girls and sluts, especially since we now have sluts literally marching down the streets of every major western city.  While this mistake is understandable, it misconstrues what the slutwalks are all about.  The slutwalkers claim to embrace the term slut, but if they didn’t feel a powerful stigma they wouldn’t be protesting.  If the slutwalkers really wanted to show how unconcerned they are with the stigma of the word, they would proudly display the number of penises they had personally sampled, each eager to one up the more prude and inexperienced in their ranks.  But this would be taking the whole slut thing a bit too far, so very few women would be willing to march with an honest number.

Rebecca Vipond Brink at The Frisky recently posted an excellent example of all of this in Girl Talk: It’s Not Wrong To Date While You’re Divorcing:

I started dating immediately after I told my now-ex that I wanted to get a divorce. This was because, as one of my friends very aptly put it, I wasn’t really “rebounding” so much as just “bounding” — rebounding assumes that you’re bouncing off of something, and I wanted a divorce because my marriage no longer qualified as a relationship.

The problem occurred when some of the men she was dating declined to have sex with her because she was still legally married:

I think I dated maybe eight men in a six-month period. Two of them (so we’re talking 25 percent) enjoyed my company, enjoyed the sex, and then all of a sudden decided to tell me that they “couldn’t” date me because it was morally wrong because I was “still married.”

Obviously she felt the burn of being slut shamed by these men, or she wouldn’t have bothered writing an article complaining about the terrible unfairness of it all. 

So she apparently slept with 8 guys in 6 months and was wounded that two of them decided to stop sleeping with her because of their consciences (or was that just a good excuse?). 

Raising Daughters Who Will Attract and Recognize the Right Kind of Men – Read it all.

Instead of intimidating all your daughter’s potential suitors, raise a daughter who intimidates them just fine on her own. Because, you know what’s intimidating? Strength and dignity. Deep faith. Self-assuredness. Wisdom. Kindness. Humility. Industriousness. Those are the bricks that build the wall that withstands the advances of old Slouchy-Pants, whether you ever show up with your Winchester locked and loaded or not. The unsuitable suitor finds nothing more terrifying than a woman who knows her worth to God and to her family.

Bowe Bergdahl: Possibly Obama’s Most Potent Weapon in His War Against the US Military – Make no mistake: Obama is an enemy of the U.S.

Obama has attacked the military in part by pulling the rug out from under it financially and redirecting the money to pernicious social programs that encourage indolence, dependence, and illegal immigration, but more effectively by eroding its morale.

Toward this end, Obama has gone out of his way to homosexualize the military. He has thrown away the gains that thousands sacrificed their lives for in Iraq. He has eschewed victory as an objective in Afghanistan, reducing troops to sitting ducks with absurd rules of engagement. He has purged the officer corps of patriots, replacing them with political flunkies. He has overseen a VA that lets vets die by the dozens on secret waiting lists, even as invaders across our undefended border receive excellent healthcare promptly and for free. He has let it be known that with more “flexibility” he will betray American interests for those of our adversaries in Russia.

But perhaps most damaging of all, his regime has treated Bowe Bergdahl as an honorable soldier.

Abortionist Leroy Carhart Botches Another Abortion, Sends Black Woman to Hospital – This is all over the mainstream media, right? 

An African-American patient of the notorious late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, 72, was transported to the hospital after suffering a medical emergency at Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

This represents the EIGHTH known medical emergency for which Carhart has been responsible since March, 2012. The recently injured women include Jennifer Morbelli, who died on Feb. 7, 2013.

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A friend asked, “If homosexuality is genetic, then why are there still gay people?”  (He’s on the correct side of the issue and just wanted to confirm his understanding).  My response: 1. It isn’t genetic (twin studies and the like). 2. Even if it was, it would still be a sin.  3. Darwnists tie themselves in knots trying to say why it and abortion fit with their “it’s all about getting your genes passed on” worldview.  They argue for both so strenuously that if the world had no gays or abortions they’d probably be wondering why they didn’t exist!  4. Yes, in theory, a gene would die out.  But of course they’ll claim that social pressures made gays reproduce.  5. I love to point out how the pro-gay/pro-abortion people wouldn’t vote for restrictions on hypothetical gays in the womb, whether genetic or even predispositions to be gay.  I’d be glad to vote for any restrictions on abortion, including that one, because it would save lives and prove the point that all abortions kill human beings.  And of course, it is consistent with my views that we should not be violent against gays — just that we should share the truth with them.

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