Our Daily Thread 4-24-14

Good Morning!

Today’s header photo is from Janice.

On this day in 1805 the U.S. Marines attacked and captured the town of Derna in Tripoli.  

In 1889 the Edison General Electric Company was organized. 

In 1961 Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 18 batters becoming the first major-league pitcher to do so on two different occasions. 

And in 1962 MIT sent a TV signal by satellite for the first time. 

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Quote of the Day

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

I plan on doing both. :)

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Today is Richard Sterban’s birthday.

And it’s Doug Clifford’s. From CCRVEVO

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Anyone have a QoD?

Prayer Requests 4-24-14

Who would like to share a request or praise today?

And it’s Thursday, so don’t forget the folks in PNG.

Psalm 84

¹How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

News/Politics 4-24-14

What’s interesting in the news today?

Open Thread. Here’s a few to start off with.

1. Just keep telling yourself vote fraud is a myth. First we had thousands of voters registered in 2 states that involved South Carolina, now we have thousands more. And there are more.

From WatchDog.org  “A crosscheck of voter rolls in Virginia and Maryland turned up 44,000 people registered in both states, a vote-integrity group reported Wednesday. And that’s just the beginning.

“The Virginia Voters Alliance is investigating how to identify voters who are registered and vote in Virginia but live in the states that surround us,” Alliance President Reagan George told the State Board of Elections.

George acknowledged that the number of voters who actually cast multiple ballots is relatively small. In the case of Maryland and Virginia, he revealed that 164 people voted in both states during the 2012 election.

But George said his group will expand their search for duplicate voters in the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Georgia.”

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2. And yet another example.

From AL.com  “Less than three months before the June primary, four Alabama counties had more voters on their rolls than what the Census Bureau says is their voting age population.

Officials give a number of reasons for that, including under-counting by the census.

Secretary of State Jim Bennett said the discrepancies create opportunity for voting fraud.”

““Every duplicate name and every bad address is just an opportunity for crooks to attempt to manipulate our elections,” Bennett said.”

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3. Time for a special prosecutor. This relationship between the Obama admin and the MB was never in the country’s best interest. They’re a terrorist supporting group, and should be treated as one, not given the special access they’ve gotten.

From TheClarionProject  “Newly declassified documents obtained by the Clarion Project show that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) misled members of Congress in 2012 about its involvement with Muslim Brotherhood-linked entities.”

“The story of the deception began when the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified to Congress on February 10, 2011 saying that the Muslim Brotherhood is “a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has described Al-Qaeda as a perversion of Islam.”

“The Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s denial of any government engagement with U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities is even more shocking considering the history of internal emails sent around the ODNI.”

“The members of Congress – and the American people – have a right to know the truth: The Office of the Director of National Intelligence does have a relationship with domestic organizations linked to the Muslim Brotherhood – and, it is a truth that needs a formal evaluation and investigation.”

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Our Daily Thread 4-23-14

Good Morning!

Today’s header photo is from Cheryl.

On this day in 1635 the Boston Public Latin School was established. It was the first public school building in the United States.

In 1861 Arkansas troops seized Fort Smith.  

In 1908 U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt signed an act creating the U.S. Army Reserve. 

In 1954 Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit his first major-league home run on this day. 

And in 1968 the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form the United Methodist Church. 

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Quote of the Day

“A pitcher needs two pitches, one they’re looking for and one to cross them up.”

Warren Spahn

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Today is Roy Orbison’s birthday.

From RoyOrbison

Here’s another with some help.

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Anyone have a QoD?

Prayer Requests 4-23-14

Anyone have a request or praise to share with us?

It’s Wednesday, so please remember The Gambia.

Psalm 83

¹Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:

The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;

Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;

Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.

Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:

10 Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.

11 Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:

12 Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.

13 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.

14 As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;

15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.

16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord.

17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:

18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.

News/Politics 4-23-14

What’s interesting in the news today?

1. I can’t help but wonder if it’s intentional.

From TheNYPost  “A computer meltdown is crippling the nation’s immigration courts — creating an overwhelming backlog of deportation cases, The Post has learned.

The problem began April 12, when five servers that help power a nationwide computer network failed and shut down the entire system, an insider at the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed.

Without access to the electronic records, court proceedings have slowed to a crawl and officials are resorting to old-fashioned methods — including paper, pens and cassette recorders — to keep track of cases.”

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2. Of course she did.

From TheDailyCaller  “When the embattled Kathleen Sebelius announced her intention to resign as secretary of Health and Human Services, she pledged to stay in President Barack Obama’s cabinet until her replacement was confirmed by the Senate.

Turns out, there may be a financial incentive for the former Kansas governor to take her time getting out of Washington.

Next week, Sebelius becomes eligible to receive a government pension and continue certain taxpayer-funded health-care benefits when she hits her five-year employment mark with the federal government, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) policy indicates.

Under OPM rules, Sebelius, who was sworn into office on April 28, 2009, would be eligible to receive these benefits after completing five years of continuous service in the federal government.”

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3. This is why even Democrats won’t vote for this joke of a budget.

From CNSNews  “In the budget proposal he presented to Congress last month, President Barack Obama called for what would be the highest level of sustained taxation ever imposed on the American people, according to the analysis published last week by the Congressional Budget Office.

Under Obama’s proposal, taxes would rise from 17.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2014 to 19.2 percent in 2024. During the ten years from 2015 to 2024, federal taxation would average 18.7 percent GDP.

America has never been subjected to a ten-year stretch of taxation at that level.”

Just put it on the taxpayers’ tab, right Barry?

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4. Meanwhile these same people can audit you and threaten your tax exemptions, just for who you support politically.

From TheAP  “The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.

More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes, said a report by J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The bonuses were awarded from October 2010 through December 2012.

George’s report said the bonus program doesn’t violate federal regulations, but it’s inconsistent with the IRS mission to enforce tax laws.

“These awards are designed to recognize and reward IRS employees for a job well done, and that is appropriate, because the IRS should encourage good performance,” George said. “However, while not prohibited, providing awards to employees who have been disciplined for failing to pay federal taxes appears to create a conflict with the IRS’s charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration.”

Gee, ya think? :roll:

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5. The Supreme Court dealt a blow to Affirmative Action fans yesterday. Justice Sotomayor, being a liberal and an AA beneficiary, used it as an opportunity to play the race card. How original. :roll:

Thankfully, Scalia called her on it.

From TheWashingtonExaminer  “Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia faulted Justice Sonia Sotomayor for making what he regards as a “shameful” suggestion that the Michigan voters who decided to ban affirmative action in college admissions were motivated by racism.

Scalia wrote a concurring opinion upholding a 2006 ballot initiative that amended Michigan’s constitution to ban affirmative action.

“As Justice Harlan observed over a century ago, ‘[o]ur Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens,’” Scalia concluded, quoting the dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson. “The people of Michigan wish the same for their governing charter. It would be shameful for us to stand in their way.”

“And then, the Parthian shot: “And doubly shameful to equate ‘the majority’ behind [the constitutional amendment] with ‘the majority’ responsible for Jim Crow,” he added in a final footnote, citing the first two pages of Sotomayor’s dissent.”

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Our Daily Thread 4-22-14

Good Morning!

Today’s header photo is from Janice.

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On this day in 1861 Robert E. Lee was named commander of Virginia forces.  

In 1864 the U.S. Congress passed legislation that allowed the inscription “In God We Trust” to be included on one-cent and two-cent coins. 

In 1914 Babe Ruth made his pitching debut with the Baltimore Orioles. 

In 1915 the New York Yankees wore pinstripes and the hat-in-the-ring logo for the first time.

yankee balls

And in 1970 the first “Earth Day” was observed by millions of Americans. Tree-hugging Hippies. Fixed it for ya’. :)

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Quotes of the Day, but only because actions in our current political climate bear a striking resemblance to what he had in mind. Many today employ his methods. I believe it helps to know what your adversaries think, and what motivates them.

“The press should be not only a collective propagandist and collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.”

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seeds I have sown will never be uprooted.”

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

Vladimir Lenin

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It’s Glen Campbell’s birthday.

And it’s Danny Stephens’ birthday.

From ArdentMusic

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Anyone have a QoD?