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  • Jehovah's Witness prediction spurs evangelism

    04/16/2014 4:44:17 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | April 15, 2014 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The 100th anniversary of Jehovah's Witnesses' prediction that history would end in 1914 presents an opportunity for leading members of the group to faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, a Southern Baptist expert on Christian sects and cults said. Christians' "first task" in sharing the Gospel with Jehovah's Witnesses is helping them "put [their official publications] away and then deal with the Bible alone," Robert Stewart, professor of philosophy and theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, told Baptist Press. "What we need is evidence -- evidence that the Watchtower Society [Jehovah's Witnesses' central organization] has...
  • 4 Pakistani Christians now on death row

    04/09/2014 6:26:52 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Apr 8, 2014 | Staff
    LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- A couple from Pakistan's Christian minority was sentenced to death April 4 for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages, bringing the number of Christians on death row to four. The sentence for Shafqat Emmanuel and Shugufta Emmanuel in Pakistan's Punjab province came eight days after a court in Lahore sentenced Sawan Masih to death for allegedly insulting Islam's prophet Muhammad. The case against Masih, a street sweeper, stemmed from an alleged drunken conversation with a Muslim friend that sparked an outbreak of violence in Lahore's Joseph Colony. The March 2013 flare-up left 180 Christian-owned homes and shops...
  • Tax reform proposal threatens charities

    04/03/2014 1:35:08 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 2 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Apr 1, 2014 | J.C. Derrick & David Roach
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Charities could face dwindling donations if Congress adopts a new tax reform proposal introduced by Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Camp's long-awaited plan to overhaul the tax code, introduced last month, has received some positive reviews, but charitable organizations say it could cost them billions in donations. "I know Chairman Camp wants charitable giving to go up, [but] his discussion draft does not [promote] that," said David Wills, president of the National Christian Foundation (NCF). "It hurts charitable giving significantly." NCF is part of the Faith and Giving Coalition, which...
  • Education Inequalities! School Discipline Targeting Black Youth

    03/28/2014 6:22:24 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 14 replies ^ | March 24th, 2014 | Darwin Campbell
    An alarming report has been released by the government that shows Black students are more likely targets for school discipline, suspensions and arrests than any other students in our nation’s schools. The report should be a wake-up call to African-American parents and community leaders that it is time for them to get serious about being involved and demanding accountability from superintendents, school boards and principals when it comes to our children. The report, provided by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, is a compilation of Civil Rights Data Collection on school discipline that covers every school in...
  • Cremation gaining acceptance, study shows

    03/27/2014 11:44:44 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 56 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 26, 2014 | Bob Smietana
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Cremation may be the new American response to death, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. The study, which surveyed 1,036 Americans, shows that about 4 in 10 (41 percent) say they plan to be cremated. Six in ten (58 percent) say being cremated won't keep you from being resurrected to live in heaven. And few (14 percent) say cremation is wrong. The LifeWay online survey reflects the growing acceptance of cremation, which has become common in the United States. About 4 in 9 (43.5 percent) Americans who died in 2012 were cremated, according to the...
  • World Vision reverses gay hiring decision

    03/27/2014 11:25:02 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 44 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 26, 2014 | Staff
    FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (BP) -- World Vision U.S. is reverting to its longstanding conduct policy of requiring faithfulness within the biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, expressing regret with an earlier decision to hire legally married gay Christians. World Vision U.S. President Richard Stearns and board chairman Jim Bere announced in a letter the reversal today (March 26), just two days after drawing ire from the Christian community by saying World Vision would begin hiring legally married gays. "Today, the World Vision U.S. board publicly reversed its recent decision to change our employment conduct policy," they...
  • Children's pastor pleads guilty to sexual abuse

    03/12/2014 4:00:00 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 23 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 12, 2014 | Alabama Baptist Staff
    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (BP) -- A Baptist children's pastor in Alabama has pleaded guilty to 16 counts of sodomy, three counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and one count of child pornography. Jeffrey Dale Eddie, the children's pastor and administrator of Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, was arrested Feb. 4. Eddie, who was released from his duties upon arrest, had served on the Highland Park staff for 16 years. Eddie was charged with two counts of child pornography, 31 counts of second-degree sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse of a child...
  • BSA closer to gay leadership, Easley says

    03/08/2014 3:55:34 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 60 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 7, 2014 | Diana Chandler
    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- The Walt Disney Company is playing into the hands of Boy Scouts of America by cutting donations to BSA, giving the Scouts greater public leverage to accept gay leaders, Atlanta area pastor Ernest Easley said today (March 7). Disney in February joined a growing list of companies who have cut financial support to BSA because of the Scouts' ban on openly gay leaders. Such pressure will make it easier for BSA to open Scout leadership to gay men, said Easley, pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church and chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. "Walt...
  • American TV & Appliance closing all 11 stores; 989 will lose jobs

    02/17/2014 5:12:56 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 27 replies
    TMC News ^ | February 17, 2014 | Not Attributed
    Doug Reuhl, president and CEO of American since 1988, blamed an unforgiving economy, especially over the past five years, for the closure and said the company would begin a going-out-of-business sale Thursday to liquidate its entire inventory of furniture, electronics and appliances. "While this is a sad moment, it is also a proud moment," Reuhl said in a news release. "It's a moment to be proud of our efforts and to be proud of what we have delivered to the community." A switchboard operator at American TV refused to answer additional questions Monday or transfer a reporter to anyone else,...
  • Kansas City’s sky-high murder rate defies easy explanation

    02/15/2014 9:35:14 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 56 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | February 15 | Editorial
    Year after year, Kansas City has one of the highest murder rates in America. But why? As The Star’s Editorial Board embarks on a closer examination of the homicide issue in 2014, it’s crucial to first review figures regarding some of the usual suspects — such as racial demographics and poverty rates — often labeled as contributing factors behind violent crimes. The frustrating conclusion: There’s no clear demographic or economic explanation for why Kansas Citians too often kill each other. Here’s a deeper look at reported murder rates for the 50 largest U.S. cities in 2012, the last full year...
  • The Burden of the Lord

    02/05/2014 4:54:31 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 3 replies
    Commentary on Malachi ^ | Not given | Vincent Cheung
    Many people believe that the word "burden," when used in a prophetic context, does not refer only to prophecy in general, but also to the pronouncement of judgment. Calvin says, "Whenever this word is expressed, there is ever to be understood some judgment of God." Verhoef elaborates, "We may concede to the opinion that in prophecy the word…generally acquires an ominous sense linked up with the catastrophic nature of many prophecies. In this sense the word usually denotes a pronouncement of utmost importance, a prophecy of judgment." In Jeremiah 23, we read that the word had become a way for...
  • Matthew 11, verses 28-30 (K.J.V.)

    01/29/2014 12:53:06 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 15 replies
    K.J.V. ^ | 29 Jan, 2014 | God
    28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. To me, among the most beautiful verses ever written, full of promise, promise that we can believe, promise that I try to live, it freed me a long time ago of the burden of sin, a heavy load indeed and it is all truly free,...
  • Huckabee talks religious liberty, 2016 campaign

    01/16/2014 8:33:21 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 21 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jan 16, 2014 | Shawn Hendricks
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Mike Huckabee says he won't be seeking the title of "America's pastor" if he decides to run for president in 2016. Instead, he would seek to be a servant leader who is both "salt and light" in today's culture. Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who ran for president in 2008, said he won't make any political announcements until after the midterm elections. A busy speaker and the host of "Huckabee," the Fox News channel talk show, he said his concern for the nation's direction could be the deciding factor. "I just feel like our country is...
  • Pedophilia, Italy ... & us?

    01/11/2014 7:31:41 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 14 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jan 10, 2014 | Kelly Boggs
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -– The conviction of a 60-year-old man for having sex with a pre-teen girl was overturned by Italy's highest court last fall according to a report by Agence France-Presse. Social worker Pietro Lamberti was sent to prison for five years for his relationship with an 11-year-old girl. The original conviction in 2011 was upheld by an appellate court but now has been overturned by the Italian Supreme Court, which ruled the original court had failed to consider the consensual nature of the relationship, according to AFP. The court ordered a retrial. The high court said consideration should...
  • Governor sued for same-sex Mo. tax order

    01/11/2014 7:14:02 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 4 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jan 10, 2014 | by Staff
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Four Missouri taxpayers filed a lawsuit on Jan. 8 challenging Gov. Jay Nixon's executive order to permit some same-sex couples to file a Missouri combined income tax return as "husband" and "wife" for 2013 in spite of a 2004 state constitutional amendment which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The lawsuit challenges Executive Order 13-14 as being unconstitutional and alleges that the governor is trying to thwart the will of the people of Missouri, with 71 percent of the voters having adopted "Amendment 2" in 2004. The amendment, now codified as Article...
  • Pastor defends Obama comments

    01/11/2014 7:05:20 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 33 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jan 10, 2014 | Bonnie Pritchett
    DALLAS (BP)-- Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress defended statements he made in his forthcoming book charging President Barack Obama's policies have "paved the way" for the coming usurpation of religious liberties and moral law by the Antichrist. Critics balked at naming Obama and the Antichrist in the same sentence. But noted theologians said Jeffress' example, when read in context, properly frames end-time prophecies in light of current events. "I don't sit around in my office thinking up controversies. But I do use controversy to shine the light on Jesus Christ," Jeffress, the pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas,...
  • 3 wise men, fact & lore

    12/19/2013 5:53:03 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 14 replies
    Baptistr Press ^ | Dec 18, 2013 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- It wouldn't be Christmas without the wise men. They show up in nativity scenes, Christmas plays, carols, tree ornaments and paintings. Everyone knows about them: There were three wise men, they rode camels and they brought their gifts to the baby Jesus as He lay in a manger. The Bible, however, doesn't tell us any of these presumed facts about the wise men, other than they brought gifts to Jesus. The rest is holiday lore that accumulated over the centuries, which too many have assumed is in the Bible. The only biblical mention of the wise men...
  • Satanists, Hindus eye Okla. Commandments

    12/18/2013 4:01:54 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 8 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Dec 17, 2013 | Sarah Padbury
    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- A satanic group from New York wants to place a shrine to Satan next to a Ten Commandments monument on the state capitol grounds in Oklahoma City. The offer from the Satanic Temple in New York comes four years after Oklahoma's legislature approved a privately funded, biblically based monument, which was placed on the capitol lawn last summer. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union's Oklahoma chapter has filed a lawsuit to remove the Ten Commandments from the capitol grounds, claiming the monument is unconstitutional. And, on Dec. 12, the Universal Society of Hinduism, based in Reno,...
  • The erosion of trust

    12/08/2013 8:37:40 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 3 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Dec 6, 2013 | Kelly Boggs
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- Two-thirds of Americans do not trust their fellow citizens, according to a survey conducted by the Associated Press and GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. GfK, according to its website, is a research company "working to discover new insights into the way people live, think and shop...." A similar survey in 1972 found that half of Americans professed trust in their fellow man. I suppose the AP-GfK survey does raise one question: Did those participating in the project trust the person conducting the survey enough to provide trustworthy answers? With such a preponderance of participants exhibiting...
  • Question

    12/05/2013 3:35:19 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 22 replies
    vanity | Dec.5,2013 | self
    If congress can exempt their staffers and it appears that they can, what's to stop a conservative senator or congressman from making everyone in his district unpaid "staffers", thereby allowing but not forcing them to be exempt from the abomination called obamacare?
  • Religious liberty & ministers' tax exemption

    11/28/2013 9:41:01 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 17 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Nov 27, 2013 | Joe Carter
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A federal judge has ruled that an Internal Revenue Service exemption that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances is unconstitutional (see Baptist Press story posted Nov. 25). In her ruling U.S. District Court Judge Crabb claims, "Some might view a rule against preferential treatment as exhibiting hostility toward religion, but equality should never be mistaken for hostility." Despite the judge's claim, appealing to "equality" is not enough to make the action non-hostile toward religion nor is it in line with previous court decisions. Not only has the Supreme Court previously stated that the Establishment Clause prohibits hostility against...
  • A Tree Fell Today

    11/11/2013 4:02:34 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 64 replies
    self | 11/11/13 | Self
    Seriesly. I live across the street from a good size park that has lots of large oak trees, I'm guessing these trees are a hundred years old or more. The third one to fall in the past 5 years or so and this one was almost directly across the street from my house. From my house to the near side of the road is about 75 feet, from there to the tree that fell is another 30 or 40 feet. It fell in the opposite direction from my house, had it fallen towards my house, some of the highest limbs...
  • Substitutionary atonement debate sparked by editorial on 'In Christ Alone' lyrics

    08/12/2013 3:23:20 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 38 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Aug 12, 2013 | Erin Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The centrality of the doctrine of substitutionary atonement is being emphasized by Southern Baptist leaders after a state newspaper editor wrote that he does not sing certain words of a popular hymn due to its mention of God's wrath. Substitutionary atonement refers to the belief that Jesus died in the place of sinners, taking on Himself the wrath of God that they deserved. Bob Terry, editor of The Alabama Baptist, in an Aug. 8 editorial, paralleled the angst expressed by a Presbyterian Church USA hymnal committee in rejecting the song "In Christ Alone" because of the line...
  • Return to paganism increasing in England

    08/02/2013 7:57:19 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 31, 2013 | Charles Braddix
    NORWICH, England (BP) -- He is difficult to find and even then is barely visible, but he's there. Green Man, a symbol of ancient pagan religion, stares down from the nave of Norwich Cathedral. In a way, his presence is symbolic of how it has always been, and still is, in this medieval city. Norwich has the unique distinction of being officially classified as England's most ungodly city. That's not unusual considering it's the only English city to ever be excommunicated by a Roman Catholic pope. The excommunication came in 1274. Its "ungodly" status comes from the 2011 census. The...
  • God's wrath taboo subject for PCUSA hymnal

    08/02/2013 7:49:01 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 13 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 31, 2013 | Staff
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- One of Christianity's most popular worship songs has been deemed too controversial to be included in the latest edition of the hymnal for the Presbyterian Church (USA). "In Christ Alone," a modern hymn written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, consistently ranks in the top 20 songs sung in churches of all stripes, according to Christian Copyright Licensing International. Yet it contains one line that the PCUSA's Committee on Congregational Song did not wish to include in the denomination's hymnal. The line in question is from the song's second verse: "Till on that cross as Jesus died/The...
  • Is George Zimmerman a Marked Man?

    07/13/2013 8:49:30 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 43 replies
    Self ^ | July 13, 2013 | Self
    Where can he go now and live in peace? He will forever have a big target on his back for every racist hoodie wearing thug in the country. How will he be able to support himself now? He cannot just fade into obscurity/anonymity. I hope that his concealed carry rights are quickly restored. He will need it now, more than ever.
  • Halt religious coercion, Baptist & Catholic-led coalition says of abortion mandate

    07/06/2013 6:48:31 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 16 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 3, 2013 | Tom Strode
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A widely diverse coalition headed by Southern Baptist and Roman Catholic leaders has called on the Obama administration to reverse the religious coercion in its abortion/contraception mandate. In an open letter to Americans released Tuesday (July 2), the collection of about 100 religious, pro-family and religious freedom leaders urged the administration to extend the conscience protections to include individuals and organizations with objections to the mandate. The mandate, which is a part of regulations implementing the 2010 health care reform law, requires nearly all employers to carry insurance plans that cover drugs defined by the federal government...
  • Relay For Life

    06/10/2013 10:49:01 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 3 replies
    Vanity Post | 10 June 2013 | Self
    There is a Relay For Life event coming up in our community (Pekin, Illinois). I recently found out that our church is involved in it. My question is: Is this event, in any way affiliated with the Susan G. Komen foundation? I have "Binged" it and do not find mention of Susan G. Komen anywhere but knowing the deceptiveness of liberals, they might try to hide their participation. It seems to be solely an American Cancer Society event, in which case, I haven't ever heard a bad thing about them. Any insights out there?
  • Cal. Baptist Univ. fighting transgender case

    05/10/2013 8:26:02 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 7 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | May 10, 2013 | | Staff
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (BP) -- California Baptist University is engaged in a legal battle against a transgender former student who is charging expulsion because of discrimination based on gender identity. Former nursing student Domaine Javier, a male who identifies as female, charges he was kicked out of the Baptist school because he revealed on an episode of MTV'S "True Life" reality show, that he is biologically male, the Press-Enterprise reported. The school counters Javier was expelled for falsely claiming on his application that he is female. A lawsuit Javier filed after the August 2011 expulsion has survived the university's attempt to...
  • An unappetizing proposition

    04/19/2013 8:38:30 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 7 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | April 19, 2013 | Editorial
    Golfer Phil Mickelson made national headlines this year when he dared to grouse about his ever-growing tax burden. Faced with yet another tax increase in California, he threatened to relocate rather than lose 63 percent of his earnings to greedy governments. Naturally, he was set upon by the news-media horde, who without the benefit of even a peek at his books, declared his tax rate was only 50 percent. To journalists and other lefties, 50 percent doesn't rise to the level of "fair share" for a man of Mr. Mickelson's means. And though they didn't say so, down deep, you...
  • Looking for An Answer From Among The Learned

    04/14/2013 7:40:01 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies
    K.J.V. ^ | 4/14/13 | Graybeard58
    For a long time now, something has puzzled me, not a faith shaking puzzlement but puzzling nevertheless. The genealogy of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew shows Jesus, descended from King David, through his son Solomon thusly: 6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; 7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; 8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; 9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; 10 And...
  • Absurd claim of 'Apartheid'

    04/09/2013 2:52:48 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 11 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | April 8, 2013 | Editorial
    Apartheid, as practiced in South Africa from the late 1940s until the early 1990s, was a body of law that ensured the supremacy of the white minority and deprived generations of black Africans of the most fundamental rights and government protections. Using this term to describe current practices in the United States and other Western nations is tantamount to applying the "Nazi" label to anyone with whom one disagrees on matters of policy. Deploying such a loaded term discredits the speaker. Consider the NAACP's New Haven branch discredited. The branch got a bit of news-media buzz last week upon releasing...
  • A celebration of the individual

    04/09/2013 2:43:53 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | April 8, 2013 | Chris Powell
    Hollywood comes out this week with "42," its first feature movie on the life of Jackie Robinson since the hero himself starred in "The Jackie Robinson Story" in 1950. Despite the 63 years between the movies, Robinson's is an oft-told tale, always at risk of being too self-congratulatory and smug, of celebrating the country's getting over race. But the new movie looks like it may at least depict the great drama of a time when no one really knew what would become of the Robinson experiment — the fearless Robinson provocation, actually, engineered by baseball executive Branch Rickey. In any...
  • Grand designs, bitter harvest

    04/01/2013 5:03:54 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 5 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | April 1, 2013 | Editorial
    When America was liberalizing divorce in the 1960s, the conventional wisdom was it would produce myriad benefits, especially for women, children and the economy. The arguments survive to this day. Women are better off because they no longer are "trapped in bad marriages"; unshackled from their tormenters, they are free to pursue their careers and otherwise live the happy, productive lives that marriage once denied them. Children are happier and more relaxed when their parents aren't fighting, and get more one-on-one parenting through shared custody. And the economy benefits because divorce creates two households where there was one, while supporting...
  • New Computer

    03/28/2013 5:30:27 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 22 replies
    vanity | March 28, 2013 | Self
    I bought a new desk top today, Gateway and it has Windows 8 as the O.S. This is in addition to the desk top I already have, not to replace one. I ignorantly assumed that I'd be able to hook it up and pick up my wireless router signal, not so.. Can anyone tell me what I need to do so? I get a box from widows saying I need an Ethernet cord (not card) and to hook the computer to a modem that's connected to cable, which would make it not wireless at all. Years ago, when I first...
  • Power of purse still works

    03/27/2013 4:06:36 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 2 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | March 27, 2013 | Editorial
    Republican deep thinkers who have been agonizing lately about their party's future should take heart in recent developments in Michigan and Tennessee. The lesson: Money talks. Michigan famously banned mandatory collection of union dues last year, and the measure takes effect Thursday. But public-employee unions are fighting back. "(U)nions representing thousands of public-school and university employees are racing to reach long-term contracts that cement the dues-collection practice for at least the next several years," The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. At one university, a labor contract preserves mandatory dues collection for eight years. Legislative Republicans are engineering a counter-attack. Under...
  • Deplorable Labor choice

    03/25/2013 2:58:03 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 3 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | March 24, 2013 | Editorial
    In nominating Thomas Perez to be secretary of Labor, President Obama cited the personal story of Mr. Perez, a first-generation American, as "remind(ing) us of this country's promise." The president's decision is alarming. Throughout his career, Mr. Perez has been motivated by one goal: the advancement of the far left's agenda. It seems unlikely that he is flexible enough to run the Labor Department as the economy changes rapidly. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Perez was Labor secretary in Maryland. The Washington Post reports he was best known for pushing a minimum-wage increase. Mr. Perez staunchly backed unions, and several...
  • XFinity Constant Guard Spam (Comcast)

    03/22/2013 12:22:56 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 40 replies
    self | 03/22/13 | self
    Not a new problem but I'm looking for a solution, other than the obvious one. Comcast puts a pop up ad for their soft ware on every web page I open, "XFinity Constant Guard". It covers about 75% of the page. There is no way to simply exit out of it, all I can do is grab it in the upper left corner and drag it out of sight to the far right side of the page. I went to Comcast in person yesterday and the woman there said, "I should go into my programs and remove it". The rub...
  • Mr. Dodd's default position

    03/20/2013 2:48:32 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 8 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | March 19, 2013 | Editorial
    In his 36 years in Congress, corrupt Democrat Chris Dodd reveled in pawning himself off as an expert on everything, especially the housing and financial-services industries, foreign policy and campaign-finance laws. History tells a different story. Mr. Dodd's vanity presidential run in 2007-08 kept him away from his duties as Senate Banking Committee chairman while the economy was imploding; the collapse was rooted in his manipulation of federal housing policies and his blocking of lending reforms that might have forestalled the Great Recession. On foreign affairs, he is known in some circles as "Sen. Wrong" for his reflexive support of...
  • The Dodd Effect

    03/05/2013 6:15:07 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 3 replies
    Waterbury Republican_American ^ | March 5, 2013 | Unattributed
    People who lost their homes to foreclosure, homeowners whose mortgages are under water, and everyone else who suffered economic and employment miseries because of Chris Dodd's dirty dealings while a U.S. senator from Connecticut, will be interested to know Mr. Dodd is doing a whole lot better than they are. Trade publications report he made $2.4 million in his first year as chief lobbyist for the movie industry. That's almost 14 times what he grossed in his last year in the Senate and nearly twice what his predecessor made. But Mr. Dodd seems intent upon running the Motion Picture Association...
  • Sequestration: the horror!

    03/02/2013 3:45:02 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 69 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | March 1, 2013 | Editorial
    Good morning — despite all the doubts of late, we're confident the sun has risen — and welcome to Sequestered America. On your way to work, presuming the economy hasn't collapsed, don't be surprised to see mushroom clouds in the distance from America's exploding nuclear-weapons stockpiles. Which reminds us: If you work at a nuclear-power plant, you might as well stay home since your reactor by now has melted down and is on its way to China. If you are commuting, try not to run over all the old ladies, disabled children, unvaccinated preschoolers, emaciated mothers and infants, Section 8...
  • Car-tax plan: the pitfalls (Connecticut)

    02/27/2013 5:59:15 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 4 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | February 27, 2013 | Editorial
    Gearing up for the 2014 gubernatorial election, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is desperate to portray himself as a tax cutter. But even if he prevails in ending municipal taxes on vehicles worth less than $28,500, he can't really believe voters would forget he boosted state taxes by $3.8 billion in this biennium and wants to increase them a further $1.9 billion in the next. In reality, his car-tax plan is a small herd of Trojan horses for taxpayers because scant few people actually will see a net decrease in their tax burden, already the third highest in America. First, there's...
  • NIMBYs enter fray over safety

    02/26/2013 6:15:56 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 16 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | February 24, 2013 | Editorial
    The "national conversation" Americans demanded after the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is fast turning into a diatribe hinged — in some instances unhinged — on government "doing something," no matter how meaningless or expensive. Increasingly, proponents of stricter gun laws and "mental-health reform" claim their demands are rooted in "common sense," a strategy that attempts to pre-empt reasoned debate that surely would unmask them as counterproductive, unaffordable, unenforceable or useless. When the cost of their proposals is challenged, the do-something crowd quickly deploys its "if-it-saves-one-life" excuse and demonizes its critics as enablers of future mass shootings. Still,...
  • Stifling a scam

    02/02/2013 11:56:22 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 20 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | February 2, 2013 | Editorial
    Paul "Skip" Stam, a Republican state lawmaker from North Carolina, is taking some heat for his proposal to ban people on welfare from buying lottery tickets. His bill also proposes to drop "Education" from "N.C. Education Lottery" ads because profits fund many government expenses unrelated to education. Moreover, the state shouldn't use "education" to promote "something that is essentially a scam," he said. It's good to know Connecticut wasn't the only state duped into creating a lottery "for the children" only to see the proceeds diverted for a plethora of political, non-educational purposes. Enforcing Rep. Stam's ban would be problematic,...
  • Think before you legislate

    01/26/2013 1:59:56 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 23 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | January 26, 2013 | Editorial
    Lawmakers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and a number of other states are presenting bills that would require gun owners to buy liability insurance. For the responsible gun owner, it's sensible to have such coverage. Indeed, National Rifle Association members can buy coverage with a $100,000 limit for $47 a year, plus $118 for self-defense coverage. A $250,000 limit costs $67, plus $187 for self-defense coverage. O. Ricardo Pimental, a columnist for the San Antonio, Texas, Express-News, "reached out to a couple of insurance agents who drew a scenario under which gun owners could attach an excess liability or umbrella policy to...
  • Repelled by tax 'fairness'

    01/24/2013 2:04:50 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Waterbury Republic-American ^ | January 24, 2013 | Editorial
    The wealthiest Americans always have had targets on their backs, put there by politicians ginning up class envy to justify ever-more-progressive taxation and wealth distribution. But of late, "the rich" have been subjected to a relentless thrashing at the hands of leftist politicians and "journalists" for being guilty of the crime of first-degree success. The 2012 presidential campaign was all about the Top 1 Percent "not paying their fair share," even though for 100 years they've done the heavy lifting on income taxes. Today, while nearly half of U.S. households pay no income taxes, the Top 1 Percent account for...
  • The death of restraint

    01/15/2013 6:16:35 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 4 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | January 15, 2013 | Editorial
    An archaic term, too seldom heard or even contemplated nowadays, is "beyond the pale." Believed to date to the 14th century, it originally had to do with the physical boundaries of English authority in Ireland. Today, it means "beyond the limits of propriety, courtesy, protection, safety, etc.," according to Two notably sordid examples of beyond-the-pale behavior emerged in recent weeks, and those responsible for them seemingly will keep rolling along, free of consequences. On Dec. 25, 2012 (!), a petition was filed on the White House's "We the People" site, calling upon the federal government to declare the Roman...
  • Board eyes new security measures (Washington, Illinois)

    01/14/2013 12:31:25 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 1 replies
    Pekin Daily Times ^ | Jan. 13, 2013 | Steve Stein
    A proposal to train and arm Washington Community High School administrators will be discussed Monday by the District 308 School Board. Washington Police Chief Jim Kuchenbecker and Superintendent Jim Dunnan devised the plan in the wake of the tragedy last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Three administrators would become special part-time Washington police officers with authority to possess a firearm only inside the high school. The administrators would undergo the same firearms training as all police officers, including a 40-hour course and monthly qualification. “We feel this is a sound, logical plan because Illinois doesn’t allow...
  • Chronicles of Bias XXV

    01/01/2013 3:51:23 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 10 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | January 1, 2013 | Editorial
    Here are some of the Media Research Center's Notable Quotables for the worst reporting of 2012. DENYING THE OBVIOUS AWARD Host Stephen Dubner: "There is a kind of, I think, common analog, I hope I'm not overstating it by saying that it's common, that Fox News is to the right what The New York Times is to the left. I'm guessing you would see that as a false equivalency on a lot of levels ..." Editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal: "The word I want to use here ... begins with 'bull' and ends in 'it' and you can figure out...
  • Embrace proven job creator

    12/25/2012 5:52:37 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | December 23, 2012 | Editorial
    The right-to-work movement that has swallowed up Michigan, heretofore the state that seemed least likely to enact legislation that could be construed as anti-union, has evoked a see-no-evil, speak-no-evil, hear-no-evil reaction in staunchly pro-union Connecticut. But the facts don't lie. Right-to-work is the key to curing much of what ails the Nutmeg State's economy, and it belongs on lawmakers' radar screen. The strongest argument for right-to-work is that it is a job creator. The strongest argument against it is that those jobs don't pay as well as comparable jobs in the 26 states that have not passed such legislation. Experience...