Twenty Items of Interest (v.35)


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1.  John Mark Reynolds – “On the Election: Four Things” some excellent thoughts on the upcoming election with is only three weeks away (hard to believe).

2. The truth about the the Troopergate investigation.  This was nothing but a partisan hatchet job.  The report is out and it shows absolutely nothing.  Considering it was commissioned by an Obama supporter I am not surprised.  Sarah Palin was within her rights as Governor to fire anyone in her administration.

HT: Brutally Honest

3.  Voter fraud, voter fraud…. Say Anything shares that in Indianapolis, IN has 105% of all eligible voters registered, and Lincoln County in West Virginia has 112% of eligible voters registered.  Now my math isn’t that good, but that seems somewhat fishy to me.

ACORN who has been accused of voter fraud is being investigated in Minnesota (HT: Michael Brodkorb).  Also, a judge just rules against the Ohio Secretary of State saying that voter eligibility must be verified.

4.  Teachers in New York suing so they can campaign for Obama in the classroom.

5.  Ok is it just me or does this look absolutely silly?  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell hams it up on stage with Nigerian Hip-Hop group Olu Maintain in London.  I’m sure he had fun though.

Source: Fox News

6.  ACORN, Obama, and the Subprime Disaster

7.  Battle of the Church Signs – this is hilarious.  HT: A.S. Tatum

8.  Regarding our national debt, Chuck Colson writes that the party is over.

In his two-page ad in the Times, (Pete) Peterson outlines the problem facing the American economy: “As disruptive and damaging as today’s mortgage sub-prime crisis is,” he warns, “We’re looking at a “super sub-prime” crisis, which, if left unaddressed, will hurt many more Americans—and hurt much worse.”

Among many inconvenient truths: “Each household’s share of the nation’s $53 trillion debt is $455,000—almost 10 times the median household income. This is unfinanceable!” he clearly warns.

Vital research and development, infrastructure, and children’s programs are already getting squeezed, Peterson writes; “We cannot grow our way out of the problems or solve them simply by cutting earmarks and pork-barrel spending.” We could do these things, plus cancel the Bush tax cuts, end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—and we would still be only 15 percent of the way to solvency.

Peterson has a few hard questions to ask our presidential candidates. How, for example, do they plan to slow the rate of growth in health care costs that threaten to bankrupt America? How will they encourage the country to save more and reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign lenders? And he wants to know if they support a bi-partisan commission to review everything on the table and make recommendations with a guaranteed up-or-down vote by the next Congress.

Iowa Judical Building in Des Moines9.  Iowa could be the next battleground in the battle over same-sex marriage:

The Iowa Supreme Court will hear arguments in the legal challenge to the  state’s same-sex marriage law on Dec. 9. Last year an Iowa district court held that Iowa’s ban on marriage for gay couples was unconstitutional. If the ruling is upheld it will provide gays and lesbians couples and their families the same recognition, benefits and responsibilities as heterosexual couples.

Opponents of same-sex marriage have pushed for the legislature to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman in order to preempt a ruling by the court. However, an amendment to the state’s constitution must be passed in two separate legislative sessions before it can be placed on the ballot. A ruling from the Court is expected long before an amendment could be passed.

10.  Robert P. George (J.D. Harvard Law School; MTS Harvard Divinity School and DPhil Oxford University) wrote “Obama’s Abortion Extremism“.  Dr. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and the Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.  He also serves on The President’s Council on Bioethics.  He explains why Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate to ever seek to become the President of the United States, and the most extreme pro-abortion legislator to ever serve in either House of Congress.

HT: Justin Taylor via Noah Braymen

11.  Sam Rainer shares that the Leadership Network is reporting that larger churches are optimistic regarding their financial future.  What yet has to be seen is how midsize to smaller churches fare.

12.  C.S. Lewis says… read old books!

Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books. All contemporary writers share to some extent the contemporary outlook – even those, like myself, who seem most opposed to it. Nothing strikes me more when I read the controversies of past ages than the fact that both sides were usually assuming without question a good deal which we should now absolutely deny. They thought that they were as completely opposed as two sides could be, but in fact they were all the time secretly united – united with each other and against earlier and later ages – by a great mass of common assumptions. We may be sure that the characteristic blindness of the twentieth century – the blindness about which posterity will ask, “But how could they have thought that?” – lies where we have never suspected it, and concerns something about which there is untroubled agreement between Hitler and President Roosevelt or between Mr. H. G. Wells and Karl Barth. None of us can fully escape this blindness, but we shall certainly increase it, and weaken our guard against it, if we read only modern books. Where they are true they will give us truths which we half knew already. Where they are false they will aggravate the error with which we are already dangerously ill. The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books. Not, of course, that there is any magic about the past. People were no cleverer then than they are now; they made as many mistakes as we. But not the same mistakes. They will not flatter us in the errors we are already committing; and their own errors, being now open and palpable, will not endanger us. Two heads are better than one, not because either is infallible, but because they are unlikely to go wrong in the same direction. To be sure, the books of the future would be just as good a corrective as the books of the past, but unfortunately we cannot get at them.

HT: 9 Marks

13.  Tax payer dollars at work – first grade field trip to teacher’s wedding.  One would wonder what is so educational about a wedding (at least from a public school perspective).  The catch is their teacher was marrying her lesbian partner.  So it wasn’t education, it was indoctrination, unless they take them to a traditional wedding as well.  This happened in San Francisco so I guess it should be a huge surprise.

HT: Kevin Bussey

14.  From Perry Noble – “Pastors, keep your penis in your pants.”  I don’t think that needs any commentary, do you?

HT: Mike Foster

15.  G-Man’s review of Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola & George Barna

16.  Engaging the public schools – why aren’t more churches doing this?  There is a concerted effort in New York City.  A guy I’m connected with on Facebook – Jeremy Del Rio is in the video below.

HT: Chris Brooks

17.  A CASA study shows that the more teenagers and their families have dinner together the less likely they become involved with drugs, alcohol and risky sexual behavior.

HT: Kara Powell

18.  The now famous “Joe the Plummer” video:

19.  Tall Skinny Kiwi on coerced immunizations.

20.   Now the environmentalists can have a Bible too.

HT: From the Straight and Narrow