“I am frightened for the country, for the environment,” David Kennedy, assistant chief of the National Ocean Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told The Associated Press. “This is a very, very big thing, and the efforts that are going to be required to do anything about it, especially if it continues on, are just mind-boggling.”
Friday, April 30, 2010
Dear DennisI saw the following posting on Facebook:"Today is the 35th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. US exits the Vietnam War. Welcome home to all Vietnam Veterans!"Yes, I totally agree with the above welcome home...And to all our liberal folk who burned their draft cards, sang anti-war songs, marched in our streets, and verbally (and occasionally physically) assaulted many of our returning veterans ("baby killers"), I ask the following question:Do you believe Ho Chi Min (Saigon) City is better off today than it was during the american presence?Sincerely,Ed
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Tax on Home Sales. Imposes a 3.8 percent tax on home sales and other real estate transactions. Middle-income people must pay the full tax even if they are “rich” for only one day – the day they sell their house and buy a new one.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
In an era when students talk back to teachers, skip class and wear ever-more-risque clothing to school, one central Texas city has hit upon a deceptively simple solution: Bring back the paddle.
Since paddling was brought back to the city's 14 schools by a unanimous board vote in May, behavior at Temple's single high school has changed dramatically, Wright said, even though only one student in the school system has been paddled.
Spirit Airlines Inc.'s plan to start charging for carry-on luggage beginning Aug. 1 is coming under fire in Washington, where seven Democratic senators introduced legislation Wednesday designed to discourage the fees.
The bill, proposed by Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.), would attach a 7.5% federal excise tax to fees charged for carry-on luggage. The tax already applies to ticket fares, and by extending it to carry-on bags, the senators said airlines would no longer have the incentive to charge separately for both.
Spirit Airlines gives cheaper fares to those who don't have so much luggage. What business is it of Congress to tell people who travel light that they have to pay a higher airfare? What business is it of Congress to tell a private airline what to do with luggage? The market will decide.
The Democrats seem to think they have the Constitutional authority to regulate any aspect of American life the choose.
The more we expect or allow Congress to regulate every real or perceived injustice, the less free we become. The Constitution is the only protection we have against tyranny. The more we allow Congress to discard the Constitution the farther down the road to tyranny we go. The problem is that, like the proverbial frog in the slowly heated water, the slide to tyranny has been slow enough that most don't see it.
This November the American people need to let Congress know in no uncertain terms, that if you disregard the Constitution, you will be out of a job! If we do not send that message loudly and clearly, it is not too melodramatic to say that America will be lost.
Friday, April 16, 2010
In a move hailed as a step toward fairness for same-sex couples, President Barack Obama is ordering that nearly all hospitals allow patients to say who has visitation rights and who can help make medical decisions, including gay and lesbian partners.
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After Obama dismissed Palin’s criticism earlier this week of his nuclear weapons policy saying, “Last I checked, Sarah Palin's not much of an expert on nuclear issues," Palin fired back at during the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Friday: “Obama, with all the vast nuclear experience that he acquired as a ‘community organizer…'”
Thursday, April 08, 2010
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Federal air marshals subdued a man who authorities say attempted to "light his shoes on fire" on a United flight from Washington Reagan to Denver Wednesday night, federal law enforcement officials told ABC News.
The FBI arrested a northern California man Wednesday for allegedly making threatening phone calls to over health care reform, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.
A general tax applied at each point of exchange of goods or services from primary production to final consumption. It is levied on the difference between the sale price of the goods or services (outputs) to which the tax is applied and the cost of goods and services (INPUTS) bought in for use in its production...At each point of exchange the tax is passed on in the form of higher prices. Being at the last point in the chain of exchange, the final consumer bears the whole tax.(Dictionary of Political Economy).
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Friday, April 02, 2010
Listed on the report in the category of "office supplies" are purchases from a New England winery and a Capitol Hill liquor store, as well as more than $3,800 from a Florida clothing store. The category of "meals" also seems to extend to the sartorial, with a $450 purchase from a high-end Manhattan boutique -- one that has no restaurant or take-out shop on the premises -- falling into that category, as listed on the RNC's reports to the FEC. That purchase, as well as one for more than $500 from the Florida clothing store, are attributed to RNC Deputy Finance Director Debbie LeHardy, who, according to the report, was reimbursed for them.
It is found not only in first century AD New Testament sources like Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Paul’s letters, Hebrews, and First Peter, but also in other ancient Christian sources not found in the Bible, like Ignatius, Polycarp, Epistle of Barnabas, Justin Martyr, Hegesippus, Mileto of Sardis, Tertullian, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Origin, and the Diatessaron.
The crucifixion of Jesus is an accepted fact in the scholarly world. In fact, just about the only ones who reject this fact are Muslims. According to the Qur'an, Jesus only appeared to be crucified. The Qur’an refers to Jews boasting about killing Christ:
“That they said (in boast), ‘We killed Christ Jesus The son of Mary, The Apostle of God’’—But they killed him not, Nor crucified him, But so it was made to appear to them (Sura 4:157).
So why does Muhammad deny something as historically solid as the crucifixion of Jesus?
Muhammad was hoodwinked by a group of people we often call "Gnostics", who believed that Jesus was divine but not truly human. As a result, they didn’t believe Jesus could really die. So about 200 to 300 years after Jesus’ death, they argued that Jesus was not really crucified and that he died only in appearance. For example, one of the Gnostic writings, says,
“I did not succumb to them as they had planned. But I was not afflicted at all. Those who were there punished me. And I did not die in reality but in appearance…They struck me with the reed; it was another, Simon, who bore the cross on his shoulder. It was another upon whom they placed the crown of thorns. But I was rejoicing in the height over all the wealth of the archons…and I was laughing at their ignorance…for I was altering my shapes…” (Second treatise of the Great Seth 55-56).
So supposedly, while “the living Jesus” was being crucified—one of the most brutal tortures imaginable—he was laughing because the nails had been driven into the hands of a substitute?! This is the pool of ideas from which Muhammad got his idea that Jesus was never crucified.
While Muhammad accepted the Gnostic idea that Jesus was not crucified, he rejected their idea that Jesus was a divine being. That is interesting because their reason for thinking Jesus was not crucified in the first place was because, in their view, Jesus was divine, but not not really human!
So if you think it is historically plausible that Jesus was not human at all, and that he was some kind of shape-shifter ("I was altering my shapes"), and was laughing on the cross because it was not really him on the cross but a substitute, then maybe Muhammad’s view of Jesus not being crucified might make sense to you.
But if, like virtually all scholars, you dismiss such nonsense as unhistorical, then you should also recognize that Muhammad was not a prophet of God at all, but was merely an ordinary man who was duped into believing this, and the numerous other historical errors he relates in the Qur’an.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Obama slammed his Republican rival John McCain (Ariz) for his support of opening the nation's coastline for oil exploration and drilling, calling it 'political posturing' and and ineffective way to gain energy independence.