Interesting Bits

12/24/2012 11:58

Something We Can Celebrate

   The Free for Life International agency rescued 150 girls from sexual slavery this year, along with aiding the capture of 17 traffickers. (When you read of the dedication of the Free for Life members, you are even less impressed with out empty-headed, mindless, egotistic class of pundits.)

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12/24/2012 11:39

What Bad Economic Policies Can Do

    The French are popping fewer champagne corks and spending less on toys as higher taxes, a deteriorating economy and an exodus of national icons sap the country's joie de vivre. (Well, we aren't exactly popping a lot of champagne corks over here either.)

"There is a moroseness, a sadness among the French population at the moment which has led to our compatriots drinking a little less champagne this year," says Paul-Franois Vranken, chairman and chief executive of Vranken Pommery Monopole, one of the country's best-known Reims-based houses.  (You cannot high tax your way to success. You have to have fiscal discipline. The French government doesn't realize that.)

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12/24/2012 11:06

A Little Liberal Hypocrisy

    In a recent column, Carl Hiassen described Iowa as having freakishly homogenous demographics (91 percent white). Ignoring the latent racism and extremism of that statement, Hiassen moved from the diversity rich Dade County to the much less diverse Indian River County (my place of birth) and to an affluent but freakishly homogenous section of Indian River County. (I don't mind Hiassen, who has written some excellent novels, moving to Indian River County. It's a great place to live but you shouldn't criticize other areas that are also mostly white. Nor should you refer to them as freakish.)

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12/24/2012 8:12

The Minister Who Understood the Book of Revelation

   Charisma Magazine is running a tribute to the Rev. Hilton Sutton, who went home to be with the Lord this year. He taught about the Book of Revelation without doom or gloom but with joy and peace. If you want to understand what many consider the most puzzling book of Scripture, pick up one of his books such as "Revelation - God's Grand Finale."

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12/23/2012 8:50

Faith and Football

   Often, the two go together.  

The Tampa Bay Buc Bucs said they hope to make Christian "faith and football" concerts regular Christmas season events. One was held after Sunday's loss to the Rams.

Other teams have embraced the concept, too. The Kansas City Chiefs held their fifth annual Faith and Family Day on Aug. 10 after their game against Arizona. The Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Orlando Magic basketball team have staged Christian concerts as well.

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12/23/2012 6:04

Depressing News...especially at Christmas

  New report says Christianity is "close to extinction" in the Middle East. 

   The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”.   (Yes, our politically correct news media will not criticize Islam.)

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12/23/2012 3:24

Culture and Christ

 In this busy time, take a few minutes to reflect on this profound and wise column by Andrew Klaven.

The history of western culture from Hamlet to The Sopranos is the history of minds in the toils of that Christ-Pilate dynamic. Whether it’s Nietzsche standing in for Pilate or it’s Woody Allen, whether it’s Dostoevsky batting for Christ or it’s Tolkien, the question is the same. Is there an ultimate moral reality that guides human life or is it as Hamlet said, and “there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so?”

This underlying knowledge — this inescapable sense of Christ’s reality, toward which we move even through our constant questioning and doubt —  is what makes the stories and music and paintings of the west so uniquely great and beautiful and profound.

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12/23/2012 12:55

Job Numbers Look Glum for Future Years

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12/23/2012 12:28

An Odd Headline

  From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Feds scrap state immigration enforcement program(The nation has an immigration enforcement program? Who knew?)

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12/23/2012 7:45

A Good Question

  Jonah Goldberg: When will liberals stop living in the past? Specifically, when will they accept that they aren’t all that stands between a wonderful, tolerant America and Jim Crow?  (Never. To liberals, it's always 1965.)

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12/22/2012 1:54

Well, This Is A Switch

   Wealthy Mexicans are buying up homes and real estate in Vail, Colorado. Safety is a huge issues for the families moving to the U.S.

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12/22/2012 12:05

Our Egotist In Chief

   President Barack Obama used the funeral for Hawaii senator Daniel Inouye to talk about himself. In the short 1,600 word speech, Obama used the word "my" 21 times, "me" 12 times, and "I" 30 times.  (Columnist Charles Krauthammer, a former psychiatrist, has referred to the president as narcissist in chief. Very accurate description.)

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12/22/2012 11:23

Devoted to Evil

  Some people in Russia are actually putting flowers on Stalin's grave on the anniversary of his birth.  (Well, some American college professors praise Che, Ho and Castro. If you walk in darkness, you will serve darkness, praise darkness and put flowers on its' grave.)

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12/22/2012 11:18

Christmas Does Bring Miracles

  I actually agree with a New York Times editorial. It attacks Russian legislators for a law blocking American adoptions of Russian orphans.

The Russian government says some 956 children were adopted in 2011 by families in the United States, the most of any country; more than 45,000 such adoptions have taken place since 1999. It would be a terrible wrong to prevent children from being placed into loving homes as an act of political retaliation.

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