The website Gawker on Tuesday featured a story with a grabby lead paragraph: “A new study that traces the effect of government programs on poverty all the way back to 1967 finds unequivocally that the money the government spends to help the poor does, in fact, reduce poverty. Suck it, Republicans.” The study from Columbia University only shows this, though, […]
The New York-based Satanic Temple wants to place a shrine to Satan next to a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol. The offer comes four years after Oklahoma’s Republican-controlled legislature approved the privately funded, biblically based monument, which was placed on the Capitol’s lawn last summer. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma […]
Syrian rebel group Ahrar Al-Qalamoun Brigade took responsibility for the recent abduction of 12 nuns and three civilians from the ancient Christian village of Maaloula, while conflicting reports cast uncertainty over whether the nuns were abducted or evacuated. The group, which has close ties to Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front, demanded the release of 1,0 […]
Insanity defense. The man accused of faking sign interpretation at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, has schizophrenia, and has been violent in the past. Thamsanqa Jantjie said in a 45-minute interview with The Associated Press that his hallucinations began while he was interpreting and tha […]
It’s cold in New York this week. We’re having, as my brother would say, the kind of weather that makes a sneeze dangerous. To guard against the aforementioned flying icicles, we’ve turned on the pellet stove and piled our blankets six deep. And in weather like this, I start to contemplate the difficulty of physical fitness. Nothing makes ones brain chemicals […]
In a Dec. 4 speech, President Obama declared income “inequality” to be “the defining challenge of our time.” It is time for me to come clean; to own up to a dark secret I have been hiding most of my life. It is embarrassing to admit it, but I suffer from income inequality. Yes, there are hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people who make more money t […]
Old Testament: Dan 8-9 Psalm: Ps 133 New Testament: Heb 11 Old Testament: Dan 8-9 Dan 8-9 Back to top Daniel 8-9 Daniel's Vision of the Ram and the Goat 8 In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at the first. And I saw in the vision; and when I saw, I was in Susa the citadel, whi […]
“The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.