1. Cap, trade, and common sense by Amy Scott

I hereby apologize for saying anything about Michael Jackson.

The largest tax increase in American history passed the House last night, and America was eating popcorn at the movies. I gave up from my phone calling, emailing, and letter writing from TARP days. I am a mother of six with only so many nerves left. Besides, I need to save my time and money for buying gold (that Obama will confiscate like FDR), treasuries from somewhere like Antarctica, and rolled oats that won’t get pantry moths. (read the rest)

HT: Matt Reisetter

2.  From Washington Post: Court rules for white firefighters.

I’m only sharing this because it has to be awkward for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, wonder how it will change the tone of the hearings.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.

New Haven was wrong to scrap a promotion exam because no African-Americans and only two Hispanic firefighters were likely to be made lieutenants or captains based on the results, the court said Monday in a 5-4 decision. The city said that it had acted to avoid a lawsuit from minorities.  (read the rest)

3.  Clapham Community: so you want to enter the political arena by Mike Hall

I have never held public office, but I have always been fascinated by those who do. I marvel at the wisdom of some politicians and the sheer stupidity of others but they all must be credited for having the courage to serve. No matter what your persuasion, life in the political arena is not for the faint of heart.  (read the rest)

4.  Principled Discovery: Do we need a parental rights amendment? by Dana Hanley

Last week, Michael Farris tweeted that Senator Jim DeMint had introduced the parental rights amendment into the Senate, followed by a Friday tweet announcing that the parental rights amendment had garnered 100 supporters in the House.  After Michael Farris predicted that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) would come before the senate in the fall or spring, I figured the debate would begin heating up again.  Recent government actions in England and Sweden seem to have added a little fuel to the fire. (read the rest)

5.  Reformed Women: Man’s Happiness is God Himself by Jacy Joypals

“Because your loving-kindness is better than life, My lips will praise You.”  Psalm 63:3

The truth of God’s Word teaches us that Christ and Christ alone, is “better than life.”  For believers, the thought of life without Christ is unbearable and impossible to conceive.  He is our life, our hope, our salvation and we desire Him more than even life itself.   His love, His grace, His loving-kindness to us poor, wretched, miserable creatures is beyond comprehension and we rejoice in His mercy and love for us in giving us the abundant life.  He is our joy and happiness and in Him we “live and move and have our being.” (read the rest)

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