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  • Maryland needs a gas-tax hike to fund transportation needs (taxes for choo-choos)

    02/01/2012 3:26:57 AM PST · 9 of 26
    bobjam to BobL

    “While it’s easy to beat up on the gas, Maryland can always take the Texas approach and basically hand over control of its highways to private companies for the purpose of monopoly-protected tolling.”

    Until the age of FDR, that’s how civil infrastructure was built. It’s the major reason why we are the only industrial country in the world whose railroads are privately owned.

  • Pythons wiping out Everglades mammals, study finds

    01/30/2012 6:45:40 PM PST · 20 of 47
    bobjam to proxy_user

    It’s not that hard to catch them. Just dangle a cat from the end of a pole and hold it out over the water - kinda like fly fishing.

  • The long Anglican road to Rome {Catholic and traditional Anglican caucus}

    01/14/2012 7:15:31 AM PST · 6 of 6
    bobjam to Cronos

    “Traditional Anglican” vs “Anglo-Catholic”

    I asked our new bishop on his first visit to my church after we left ECUSA where his “pointy hat” is (I know it’s a mitre). He didn’t have one. He also didn’t have a crozier. He explained to me that such objects and symbols of his office date back to the Anglo-Catholic movement in the 19th century. He said that traditional Anglican worship is rather simple and austere.

    This brings us to my point. There is a difference between “Anglo-Catholic” and “Traditional Anglican”. Anglo-Catholics insist on importing many elements of the Roman Church, particularly those pertaining to worship, into Anglicanism. This does not always include doctrine or morality. Many Anglo-Catholic parishes in ECUSA are quite liberal. Traditional Anglicans insist on holding on to historic Anglican doctrine and discipline. They are accepting of Roman customs and ideas only as far as the 39 Articles will allow (no Purgatory, relics, monstrance, etc.)


    12/28/2011 4:45:27 PM PST · 59 of 82
    bobjam to Syncro

    In the modern era, no one has vaulted from the House of Representatives staight to the White House. Sorry Michele. Sorry Ron. Sorry Newt.

    Only three Senators have been elected President (Harding 1920, Kennedy 1960, Obama 2008). All three of the were in office at the time of election. Neither had been tunred out by their own constituency. Sorry Rick S.

    That leaves Rick P (Governor of Texas), John (Governor of Utah) and Mitt (Governor of Massachusetts). Pick one becaue the others are not viable.

    For the Newt fans who bring up Reagan in 1980, don’t forget Reagan was Governor of California. Newt has a ousted as Speaker by his own party.

  • Perry Campaign Sues to Get on Virginia Ballot

    12/28/2011 3:41:45 AM PST · 8 of 21
    bobjam to Cincinatus' Wife

    Coudl this be the “Establishment” trying to rig the thing for Romney?

  • Canon of the New Testament (Ecumenical)

    12/26/2011 2:37:33 PM PST · 11 of 54
    bobjam to rzman21

    The people who question the canon of the New Testament are generally those who do not like what the New Testament has to say and want to add more books in order to 1) water down the parts they don’t like or 2) add parts they can interpret and twist to their own way of thinking.

    The reality is that the books considered for inclusion in the canon but ultimately left out (namely I and II Clement, Shepherd of Hermas and Ignatius’s Epistles) are solid and worthy reads but do not say anything that the other books don’t already say. In other words, they’re redundant.

    The so-called “Sayings Gospel of Thomas” (a favorite of revisionists), the Gospel of Mary, and others were never considered authoritative by the early church. The Thomas Gospel, for example, is a collection of quotes without any background or context. revisionsist love it because they are able to imagine a context of their liking and then cite the Gospel as authoritative.

  • Rare Cuneiform Script Found on Island of Malta

    12/24/2011 10:09:59 AM PST · 20 of 48
    bobjam to SunkenCiv

    Wait until the History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens” writers get a hold of this story.

  • Occupy Group Faults {Anglican, Trinity} Church, a Onetime Ally

    12/17/2011 6:44:16 AM PST · 7 of 9
    bobjam to Safetgiver

    This is what we in Florida call “Feeding Alligators”. Trinity Church kept feeding the Occutards, who in turn demand more and more. Now they are making demands that the church cannot meet, so they are turning on the church.

    In a sense, this is a microcosm of socialism in general. The political class buys the support of the masses by giving them more and more at the expense of the few. When the political class can no longer meet the insatiable appetite of the moocher masses, the masses turn on the political class. We see this happening in Greece.

    Feeding the Alligators...never a good idea

  • Portuguese Socialists Threaten Economic Atomic Bomb

    12/17/2011 6:34:30 AM PST · 6 of 46
    bobjam to Kaslin

    The socialists have run out of other people’s money

  • Portuguese Socialists Threaten Economic Atomic Bomb

    12/17/2011 6:34:21 AM PST · 5 of 46
    bobjam to Kaslin

    The socialists have run out of other people’s money

  • The King James Bible: 1611 - 2011

    12/15/2011 6:00:01 PM PST · 31 of 34
    bobjam to NEWwoman

    I personally prefer the NKJV, though I have several other translations.

  • The King James Bible: 1611 - 2011

    12/11/2011 4:06:06 PM PST · 18 of 34
    bobjam to NEWwoman

    The purpose of the King James Bible, which is based on the Wycliff Bible, was to present the Scriptures to the people in a language they understand. That is why it is written in 16th Century English.

    This isn’t the 16th Century and we do not speak Middle English in everyday discourse. To insist on the sole use of the KJV in public worship runs against the very ideal that lead to the KJV in the first place. As Article XXIV says “It is a thing plainly repugnant to the Word of God, and the custom of the Primitive Church to have public Prayer in the Church, or to minister the Sacraments, in a tongue not understanded of the people.”

  • Euro crisis: Britain stands alone after PM David Cameron’s historic veto

    12/11/2011 3:46:50 PM PST · 17 of 17
    bobjam to Jim Noble

    “It’s only fair for the Germans to have the French. We had them the last two times.”

    “I would rather have the Germans in front of me than the French behind me” - General George Patton

  • Euro crisis: Britain stands alone after PM David Cameron’s historic veto

    12/10/2011 7:22:57 AM PST · 13 of 17
    bobjam to iowamark

    We have seen France and Britain vs Germany: WW2, WW1

    We have seen Britain and Germany vs France: Napoleonic Wars, 7 Years’ War, and the War of the Spanish Succesion

    We haven’t had France and Germany vs Britain yet

  • Draw Sets Stage for Euro 2012

    12/03/2011 6:07:50 AM PST · 4 of 5
    bobjam to Berlin_Freeper

    “Tougher than the World Cup,” England Coach Fabio Capello told The Associated Press before the draw.

    Well then England has no chance. After all, if they couldn’t win their group in the World Cup (we Americans won it), then they might as well save the money and not even show up at this tournament.


    11/26/2011 7:15:50 AM PST · 5 of 67
    bobjam to NYer

    The problem is that churches try to establish a “young adult” ministry that is basically high school youth group part 2. High schoolers in a suburban parish are fairly uniform in terms of their life situations: high school, homework, dating, curfews, learning to drive, applying for college, etc. Churches of all denominations have successful youth programs that can reach these people.

    The problem arises when a church applies a high school mentality to 20-somethings by establishing a young adult group that is supposed to somehow blanket cover all 20-somethings. 22-year-olds are far more diverse in their life situations than 17-year-olds. Some are finishing college and trying to find a job. Some are working full time. Some are married with small children. Some are not married, yet have a small child. Some are still living at home. The fears, anxieties, lifestyles and needs of these people are far too diverse to be covered by programatic ministries similar to youth group.

    What needs to happen is that these people need to be incorporated into the life of the parish, not relegated to their own little side area as though they’re still in high school.

  • Coins from 17AD found under Jerusalem's Western Wall hints sacred site NOT built by Herod

    11/26/2011 6:28:24 AM PST · 11 of 18
    bobjam to Renfield

    One of the most common misconceptions is that the Western Wall was part of Herod’s Temple. It was not. The Western Wall is part of the Temple Mount. Herod and his successors built the wall as a retaining wall in order to expand the level platform at the top of the Mount.

    The Temple, which stood on top of the Mount was destroyed by Vespasian’s army in 70AD, but the Western Wall of the Mount was not.

  • Happy Sweet Sequester’d Days ... Mark Steyn

    11/22/2011 3:21:11 AM PST · 6 of 12
    bobjam to Rummyfan

    The following Departments must be eliminated: Agriculture, Labor, HUD, Energy, Education, Veterans Affairs (goes back to Defense), Homeland Security.

    The Commerce Department will be reduced to the Post Office, wieghts and measures, patents and copyrights, and interstate commerce (all per the Constitution).

    Health and Human Performance will be just Health and will consist of the Food & Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control.

    All federal land not used for military purposes will either be sold to the private sector (cash to pay debts) or turned over to the states. National Parks will become state property.

  • The New Roman Missal: There Will Be Blood (Catholic Caucus)

    11/18/2011 4:08:34 PM PST · 24 of 63
    bobjam to AnAmericanMother

    The 1928 BCP is the finest English language liturgy ever written.

  • The New Roman Missal: There Will Be Blood (Catholic Caucus)

    11/18/2011 4:06:02 PM PST · 23 of 63
    bobjam to NYer

    The Anglican Liturgy uses “For Many” in both the 1928 and 1979 Books of Common Prayer.