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Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

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Dolphins get a lot of good publicity for the drowning swimmers they push back to shore, but what you don’t hear about is the many people they push farther out to sea! Dolphins aren’t smart. They just like pushing things.

Dwight Schrute, The Office

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This is a perfect “pick a lane” meme.  Conservatives and Libertarians have good reasons to want to monitor and reign in the police while always letting people exercise their 2nd Amendment rights (“shall not be infringed”).  It is a timeless response to those who offer the contradictory arguments of wanting to disarm citizens and not trusting police.  Uh, so the police are so untrustworthy and racist that they should be the only ones with guns?!  Indeed.

guns cops

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Seven Ways to Be a Good Employee and Make Your Boss Happy — Excellent tips.

Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist — A fantastic take down and exposure of Leftism.  Please read and share.  Also see PISCOPO: Confessions of a disillusioned Democrat.  It is encouraging when people see how Leftist politicians don’t really care about the poor and minorities.  Piscopo even saw the wisdom of Kennedy reducing tax rates!

We’re training the Taliban to kill us — and take back Afghanistan | New York Post – Insanity and treason.

Stand to Reason Quick Reference App — It’s free.  Get it.  Accurate, easy to follow points on key issues.

16 GIFs of a Drunk DA at the Heart of Indictment Charges Show Why Rick Perry Wanted Her to Resign — Remember, she was in charge of the public integrity unit.

Planned Parenthood sex ed: Whip it? Whip it good — Another expose’ video about Planned Parenthood that the media and the pro-aborts will ignore.

Welts across the back for an underage girl? “I wouldn’t call it abuse,” a Planned Parenthood sex-education counselor tells a Live Action undercover activist posing as a 15-year-old, “as long as it’s consensual.” This advice, given in a clinic in the tony Minneapolis suburb of Eden Prairie,  matches up closely to that given in other Planned Parenthood clinics investigated by Live Action — including the suggestion that underaged teens read 50 Shades of Grey and browse through sex shops, which would be illegal . . .

New Plan: Let’s let Libyans attend flight school, study nuclear science in US — Obama is not stupid, he’s evil.  This is an outrageous time to reduce any sanctions against Libya, and a reminder of why Reagan was so great.  He knew not to let our enemies into our flight and nuclear schools.  But while the world is crumbling, Obama does another in-your-face pro-Islam move.

New study: couples that delay sexual activity experience higher quality relationships — Just as you might expect if you knew that God designed us that way.  Oddly, the “experts” at Planned Parenthood and Leftist “churches” will tell you the opposite.

NY Farm Fined $13,000 for Declining Lesbian ‘Wedding,’ Ordered to Prove Staff Training — The Gaystapo at work.  What a shock that they reneged on the promise of religious freedom.

“Anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, can pick blueberries, ride the trolley, or participate in any of the other opportunities Liberty Ridge Farm provides, but the Giffords drew the line at what they felt was participating in a ‘wedding’ that violated their conscience. For that, they’re paying a price,” he said. “People should not have to violate their religious and moral convictions—especially in their own homes—as the price of doing business. People of faith should not be forced to participate in a same-sex ‘wedding’ when it violates their beliefs.”

McGuire noted that when same-sex “marriage” was legalized in New York in 2011, Christians and others were assured that they were protected under a religious freedom amendment, but now he finds that amendment useless.

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A fascinating display of a dishonest politician — in his own words.  It is pathological how he thinks that blaming others will make his countless prior words disappear.

Oh, and if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.

Then there’s this “previous administration” mash-up.  In the business world, there is a term for leaders who blame everything on those they replaced over 5 years ago: Unemployed.

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Planned Parenthood Abortion Doc Sexually Molested Patients for 20 Years — Part of the real — and ignored — war on women.  No behavior is too extreme for those who kill babies for a living.

The Call for Discernment Concerning the Christian Music World | The Domain for Truth — I’m starting to agree with Dan Phllips’ idea that we should only sing songs that were written by people who are now dead.

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ROUNDUP TIMERepublican party coming out in support for Uber’s cheaper cab rides — What’s not to like?  People save money and, for those that believe the “climate change” sound bites, you cut down on traffic and emissions.  The only people who lose are crony capitalists and the politicians taking their donations bribes.

Short version: it’s an app that matches people who need a taxi to somewhere with a local driver willing to sell them a ride.  The taxi companies hate it with the white-hot fury of a billion exploding suns, because it’s: cheaper; more reliable; more transparent (you can look up the drivers and leave feedback on rides); and threatens to make a taxi medallion pretty much worthless.  Which is why some urban areas – Democratic controlled, naturally – are starting toprotect the taxi companies by effectively banning cheaper cab rides. But that’s fine: that means that the GOP can weigh in on the side of free markets and cheaper cab rides.  I am so totally happy to encourage them to do that:

 

The RNC last week launched a pro-free market, anti-government regulations petition to show support for the Uber – building their own lists and raising money in the process. “Government has a role to play, but that role isn’t to protect the status quo. It should be consumers, not government bureaucrats or legislators, that decide what companies get our business,” Priebus said. Priebus echoed that sentiment with an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune, coordinated with the RNC’s annual summer meeting in that city, that lauded Uber-friendly Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner over Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. The Democrats whined something terrible about this new initiative of the GOP’s, which merely means that it’s working.  The basic issue here is the same as the one that you get with every industrial revolution*: a technological innovation has made a guild’s operating methodology essentially obsolete, and the guild doesn’t like it in the slightest. In this case, the guild are the taxi companies, who have had a nice, cozy arrangement with local governments to artificially limit the number of taxis on the road in many locations.  The governments make large amounts of money selling taxi medallions to companies; the companies jack up prices because they have a cartel going; and consumers grumble.  Until they can side-step the entire process by going online to find cheaper cab rides.

30 Great Gifts for $5 (or Less!) – The Simple Dollar — Good tips from a useful site.  Not only are they low cost, but you can stock up on a few to save trips to the store.

Politics: McDonald’s testing automated cashiers …that won’t demand $15 per hour — Once again, minimum wage increases are counterproductive.

Pro-Abortion Politicians Find Models of Unborn Babies “Repulsive” and “Shocking” — Captain Obvious says that what is really shocking is that the abortion leaders approve of the real babies being killed.

Poll: Plurality would support law requiring that all guns sold in state be “smart guns” — Think first, then answer poll questions.  Smart gun availability  is a great idea.  Smart gun mandates are a horrible idea.  If Eric Holder like something you know it is wrong.

“I looked right across a table at Eric Holder — yeah, the attorney general of the United States — and told him, ‘If you try to mandate my smart-gun technology, I’ll burn it down.’ The Intelligun is designed to save lives, not restrict freedom.”

Love it.

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I was sorry to hear that Robin Williams committed suicide.  A question for anyone who supports physician-assisted suicide: You didn’t see anything wrong with Robin Williams’ suicide, did you?  All he did was eliminate the middleman.  If you thought his suicide was a bad thing — and you should — then you should oppose physician-assisted suicide.

I also found it sadly interesting that he had a child aborted back in the 70’s.  No one knows for sure, but how much could that have impacted his depression and drug use?  As Crime & Punishment, Macbeth, the Telltale Heart, etc. so clearly exposed the human condition, we can try to rationalize away reality but it is still there.

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An interesting exchange about the bridal shop owner who wouldn’t make the dress for the lesbian, which of course prompted the loving, tolerant crowd to vent all their wrath on her.

An atheist wrote this:

I’d like to manage my own cake shop and then ~not~ give any signs of my militant atheism until Christians come to my business to order something, and then I’ll slip free sample CDs of Greydon Square’s music into their cake boxes, and also should they request any religious imagery be painted on the cake, they will instead get a portrait of Neil deGrasse Tyson. I want to do this so I can see how fast I am plastered all over Fox News as a “bigot.” I mean, I’m only doing what Hobby Lobby and other “religious freedom” rulings have laid the slippery slope groundwork for, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, no??? Or is it only when hateful opinions are backed up by religious reasons that they matter enough to be given special treatment? lol.

 
My reply:
That’s nonsense. If you want to make a valid analogy, then pretend that I ask you to make a cake with a cross on it. You say no, because you are a Romans 1 poster boy. I say, “Have a blessed day,” and go somewhere else while praying for your soul. The end.
If you put in an atheist CD no one will care. If you put the wrong image on the cake, then we’d ask for a refund, just as if you put the wrong name on a birthday cake. But thanks for admitting that you would do something dishonest. That’s telling.
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So if Hillary disagreed with Obama on his foreign policy, I’m sure she wrote all about those “hard choices” her book.  Maybe one of the 17 people who read it can clear that up for me.
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Is Oral Sex Okay? — John Piper offers some biblical perspectives.

Thomas Sowell explains how liberal pacifism causes wars – Great points, plus the Wintry Knight’s comments below.

Everybody wants peace. Everyone – on both sides of the issue. The problem is that one side – the leftists – call their opponents names like “imperialist” and talk “disarmament” and “dialog” as if they have have the answer to peace. That doesn’t work and it has never worked. Pacifism only “works” in the classroom, where naive children are forced to parrot the opinions of their secular leftist teachers who have no expertise in war or history. What has actually worked in history is peace through strength. Strength deters wars, strength deters violence. Strength – and the will to use that strength to restrain evil.

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Impressive.

 

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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. 

When your opponents’ arguments are this bad . . .

. . . it actually gives you hope.

One Troubling Chart Shows How Many Times Politicians Regulated Men and Women’s Bodies in 2014 tries the typical emotional “anti-women” pro-abortion arguments, but they are worse than usual.

We’re only halfway through 2014, and state legislators have already introduced a whopping 468 restrictions intended to limit, control or otherwise regulate women’s reproductive rights.

How many comparable bills have been introduced to regulate men’s reproductive health care during this period? Zero.

Something’s very wrong with this picture.

 

The main thing that is wrong is that the baby-killing industry conflates birth control with killing innocent human beings.  Those are two very different things.

“Reproductive 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.   Like most pro-abortion arguments, this post ignores the body killed during the procedure.

 The benefits of family planning are undeniably far-reaching

Abortion isn’t family planning, it is killing an existing member of the family.

Thousands of children are deprived of birth in this state every year because of the lack of state regulation over vasectomies.

I’m actually encouraged when pro-aborts use such horrible logic.  Vasectomies don’t kill human beings.

“Force men to see a sex therapist before getting a prescription for erectile dysfunction

That’s the best they’ve got?  As if mainstream people can’t see the difference between birth control vs. killing an existing human being.

Hat tip: Mike

It’s pretty bad when even Jezebel says you are awful

Not the Jezebel* of the Bible, the iconally evil wife of King Ahab, but the website of the same name that posted Awful: Couple Ditches Baby with Down Syndrome with Thai Surrogate.

Like many others, Jezebel suffers from moral schizophrenia.  The site is rabidly pro-abortion and therefore fully supportive of killing Down Syndrome children (or any other children) in the womb, as happens 90% of the time in our “tolerant, loving” culture.  Read the comment thread if you don’t believe me.  But they think it was “awful” that a couple paid for a child but wouldn’t accept him because of his Down Syndrome.  That’s rather preachy, judgmental and moralistic of them, but I do agree with them on that point.

Some of the details, if you aren’t familiar with the story:

An anonymous Australian couple has ignited a huge controversy after abandoning a baby they had using a surrogate because he had Down syndrome and taking his healthy twin sister back to Australia with them. Because humanity just wasn’t insufferable enough.

But they would have had no issues if they had killed the boy in the womb, or even outside the womb via “partial-birth abortion,” aka infanticide.

Because commercial surrogacy is outlawed in Australia (though they may use an altruistic surrogate who does not receive any payment outside medical expenses), many couples seek options overseas to make things easier. Fertility clinics in places like Thailand and India have become hotspots as they are a much easier options for overseas parents-to-be and poorer Indian women can make a considerable amount of money from surrogacy.

There are many problems with surrogacy and I think it should be illegal.  Sadly, many gays and lesbians use it to deliberately raise children without a mother and a father.

. . . When the agency informed the Australian couple, they said they were not going to take the boy and allegedly asked her to have an abortion—which she refused.

Good for the mother!

When she gave birth to the twins in December of last year, the agent took the healthy baby girl, and left her with the baby boy. Pattaramon claims that she has yet to be fully compensated by the agency. She has never met the Australian parents.

. . .

“Why does he have to be abandoned while the other baby has it easy? I feel sorry for him. I don’t know what to do. I chose to have him, not to hurt him. I love him. He was in my tummy for nine months, it’s like my child. I treat him like my other children, never think you are not my child and I don’t care for you, never.”

. . .

Thai officials have maintained that commercial surrogacy is illegal in the country despite the huge lack of regulation, and Australian groups are worried that Gammy’s story may lead to an intense crackdown or all-out ban on international surrogacy. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has commented, calling the situation an “incredibly sad story,” saying, “I guess it illustrates some of the pitfalls involved in this particular [surrogacy] business.”

 

“It’s a really sad story but not the first case we have seen in this area,” he said. “There have been recent tragic cases of foreign parents not accepting disabled children born through surrogacy.”

Pure moral schizophrenia.  Would they kill the children if they became disabled outside the womb?  Probably not.  Yet.

* Side note: Whenever I hear of her I think of my youngest daughter’s comment about how it would be considered a rather pretty name if not for Jezebel’s over-the-top evil nature.

Roundup

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.