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Republican Betrayal--Again!

13 December 2014 - 09:33 AM

Anyone take note of the Republicans push through congress, against many Democrats, of the spending bill which hands Obama virtually everything he wanted, including funding for Obamacare and his unconstitutional (illegal) executive order giving what amounts to amnesty to about 5 million illegals in this country?

 

Only a tiny few Republicans opposed this, one of the most vocal being Michele Bachmann at the end of her time in office. She has been hammered and totally misrepresented in the MSM and even worse in the cyber "news" world.

 

One talking head called this a tactical move and claimed the Republicans will do something about the bad things some time next year. Yet as those on the actual Right have pointed out, by that time the funding will already be in place and the programs in action and that can't be stopped or reversed.

 

As was also pointed out, with the Republicans pushing through the funding for Obama's immigration executive order they will now be hard pressed to fight against that as being unconstitutional when they are now on record as funding the program.

 

More of the same from congressional Republicans and the liberal leaning leadership. Talk tough, govern and vote like a wimp. Promise voters a shiny apple and hand them a rotten lemon.

A Russophobic Rant From Congress

09 December 2014 - 07:54 AM

A Russophobic Rant From Congress
By Patrick J. Buchanan
Tuesday - December 9, 2014
 
Hopefully, Russians realize that our House of Representatives often passes thunderous resolutions to pander to special interests, which have no bearing on the thinking or actions of the U.S. government.
 
Last week, the House passed such a resolution 411-10.
 
As ex-Rep. Ron Paul writes, House Resolution 758 is so "full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from the chilliest era of the Cold War."
 
H. R. 758 is a Russophobic rant full of falsehoods and steeped in superpower hypocrisy.
 
Among the 43 particulars in the House indictment is this gem:
 
"The Russian Federation invaded the Republic of Georgia in August 2008."
 
Bullhockey. On Aug. 7-8, 2008, Georgia invaded South Ossetia, a tiny province that had won its independence in the 1990s. Georgian artillery killed Russian peacekeepers, and the Georgian army poured in.
 
Only then did the Russian army enter South Ossetia and chase the Georgians back into their own country.
 
The aggressor of the Russo-Georgia war was not Vladimir Putin but President Mikheil Saakashvili, brought to power in 2004 in one of those color-coded revolutions we engineered in the Bush II decade.
 
H.R. 758 condemns the presence of Russian troops in Abkhazia, which also broke from Georgia in the early 1990s, and in Transnistria, which broke from Moldova. But where is the evidence that the peoples of Transnistria, Abkhazia or South Ossetia want to return to Moldova or Georgia?
 
We seem to support every ethnic group that secedes from Russia, but no ethnic group that secedes from a successor state.
 
This is rank Russophobia masquerading as democratic principle.
 
What do the people of Crimea, Transnistria, Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Luhansk or Donetsk want? Do we really know? Do we care?
 
And what have the Russians done to support secessionist movements to compare with our 78-day bombing of Serbia to rip away her cradle province of Kosovo, which had been Serbian land before we were a nation?
 
H.R. 758 charges Russia with an "invasion" of Crimea.
 
But there was no air, land or sea invasion. The Russians were already there by treaty and the reannexation of Crimea, which had belonged to Russia since Catherine the Great, was effected with no loss of life.
 
Compare how Putin retrieved Crimea, with the way Lincoln retrieved the seceded states of the Confederacy -- a four-year war in which 620,000 Americans perished.
 
Russia is charged with using "trade barriers to apply economic and political pressure" and interfering in Ukraine's "internal affairs."
 
This is almost comical.
 
The U.S. has imposed trade barriers and sanctions on Russia, Belarus, Iran, Cuba, Burma, Congo, Sudan, and a host of other nations.
 
Economic sanctions are the first recourse of the American Empire.
 
And agencies like the National Endowment for Democracy and its subsidiaries, our NGOs and Cold War radios, RFE and Radio Liberty, exist to interfere in the internal affairs of countries whose regimes we dislike, with the end goal of "regime change."
 
Was that not the State Department's Victoria Nuland, along with John McCain, prancing around Kiev, urging insurgents to overthrow the democratically elected government of Viktor Yanukovych?
 
Was Nuland not caught boasting about how the U.S. had invested $5 billion in the political reorientation of Ukraine, and identifying whom we wanted as prime minister when Yanukovych was overthrown?
 
H.R. 758 charges Russia with backing Syria's Assad regime and providing it with weapons to use against "the Syrian people."
 
But Assad's principal enemies are the al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaida affiliate, and ISIS. They are not only his enemies, and Russia's enemies, but our enemies. And we ourselves have become de facto allies of Assad with our air strikes against ISIS in Syria.
 
And what is Russia doing for its ally in Damascus, by arming it to resist ISIS secessionists, that we are not doing for our ally in Baghdad, also under attack by the Islamic State?
 
Have we not supported Kurdistan in its drive for autonomy? Have U.S. leaders not talked of a Kurdistan independent of Iraq?
 
H.R. 758 calls the President of Russia an "authoritarian" ruler of a corrupt regime that came to power through election fraud and rules by way of repression.
 
Is this fair, just or wise? After all, Putin has twice the approval rating in Russia as President Obama does here, not to mention the approval rating our Congress.
 
Damning Russian "aggression," the House demands that Russia get out of Crimea, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Transnistria, calls on Obama to end all military cooperation with Russia, impose "visa bans, targeted asset freezes, sectoral sanctions," and send "lethal ... defense articles" to Ukraine.
 
This is the sort of ultimatum that led to Pearl Harbor.
 
Why would a moral nation arm Ukraine to fight a longer and larger war with Russia that Kiev could not win, but that could end up costing the lives of ten of thousands more Ukrainians?
 
Those who produced this provocative resolution do not belong in charge of U.S. foreign policy, nor of America's nuclear arsenal.
 
 

Tablets

07 December 2014 - 08:57 PM

I'm considering buying a couple of electronic tablets as gifts but I really know very little about them.

 

Anyone who could provide some help?

 

I'm looking for something inexpensive. One will be used primarily for playing free internet games. The other will probably be used for a more broad range of things, listening to music on Pandora (or something similar), reading books, I think they follow Twitter or some thing, maybe internet games, and whatever folks generally do on those things.

 

I'm also wondering about sizes. I see they run from about 7, 8, 9, or 10 inch models. Is one that much better than the other? Might a larger one be better for reading? Would a smaller one be fine for free internet games? Any would be about the same for music, right?

 

I've looked at some online and the ones I thought about most were between about 60 and 130 dollars.

 

Is it safe to buy these from a place like Amazon.com?

 

Most of this new tech stuff I'm not familiar with so any help would be appreciated.

 

If these work out okay I may decide to get one myself and advance a step into the 21st century!

Family Lived With Corpse For 6 Months While Praying For Resurrection

02 December 2014 - 09:16 PM

Family Lived With Corpse for 6 Months While Praying for Resurrection 4:00PM EST 12/2/2014

Andrea Hopkins/Reuters

 

A Canadian family lived with a corpse in their upstairs bedroom for six months because they believed the deceased man would be resurrected if they prayed, but the body was discovered when the family was evicted for not paying the mortgage.

 

Kaling Wald, 50, pleaded guilty to failing to notify police that her husband had died, an offense under the provincial Coroner's Act, and was sentenced on Monday to probation and counseling, her lawyer told Reuters on Tuesday.

 

Peter Wald, 52, died in March 2013 of what authorities believe were natural causes following a foot infection linked to his diabetes, defense lawyer Peter Boushy said.

 

His wife, Kaling Wald, left him in bed and sealed up the bedroom in their Hamilton, Ontario, home to prevent the odor of decomposition from disturbing the busy household, which included five of the couple's six children, as well as other adults living in the home.

 

"Just as Jesus raised Lazarus after the fourth day, so too did she believe God would resurrect her husband in due time," said Boushy. The family was active in Christian street ministry and outreach in Hamilton, an industrial city about 70 kms southwest of Toronto.

 

"There clearly was an over-exuberance of one's faith," he added.

 

The corpse was discovered in September 2013 when the local sheriff arrived to evict the family after they defaulted on the mortgage. It had attracted rodents and was badly decomposed, but the family had packed his things in preparation for the eviction and did not attempt to conceal the corpse.

 

The Children's Aid Society investigated the family after the discovery of the corpse, but found no concerns and the case was closed, documents showed.

Boushy said his client now understands what the law required and would not do the same thing again.

 

"She certainly was remorseful, and definitely was teary-eyed," he said. "Indeed, she noted that she was never actually able to cry over the passing of her husband, but this seemed to have been an emotional breakthrough after the court proceedings yesterday. I think counseling is certainly going to be beneficial for her."

 

http://www.charisman...or-resurrection

Mcdonald’S In A Church

28 November 2014 - 08:40 PM

Religious group wants to build McDonald’s in a church

 

As church attendance falls, one group believes that the lure of a burger and fries might make church more appealing. 

 

McMass Project, which is the brainchild of Paul Di Lucca -- a creative director at the church branding agency Lux Dei Design -- is raising funds to put a McDonald's franchise inside a place of worship.

 

"Christianity is unable to capture modern audiences," Di Lucca told NBC News.  "There's a lack of innovation and lack of design thinking in Church communities." 

 

The multi-denominational group has launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site IndieGoGo and hopes to raise $1 million to build the first McDonald's church.  As of Friday, only $104 has been raised.

 

The groups says that the money will go toward purchasing a franchise and construction. The group is currently looking for a church to partner with.  

 

"It's time for churches to engage with entrepreneurship," writes the group on its IndieGoGo site. "By combining a church and a McDonald's we can create a self-sustaining, community-engaged, popular church, and an unparalleled McDonald's restaurant."

 

The site states that three million people leave the faith every year and that 10,000 churches closed down in 2013, while 70 million people eat McDonald’s every day. To attract potential donors, the group is offering T-shirts, hats and vinyl stickers “to adorn your laptop, hymn book and more!”

Di Lucca believes that fast food is one way to build faith in the modern era, but concedes that not everyone will be wild about the idea.

 

"We are aware a lot of people will think this is an insane idea," Di Lucca says.

 

http://www.foxnews.c...alds-in-church/

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