Archive for May 12th, 2009

A Call to Persevere

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.

Jude 1:17-23 (New International Version)

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Auto Bailouts Most Likely Won’t be Repaid

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Both were initially billed as temporary government loans, but the multi-billion-dollar bailouts of Chrysler and

General Motors are not likely to be paid back to American taxpayers.

General Motors, which could soon be majority-owned by the federal government, lost $6 billion in the first quarter and reports that it spent $10.2 billion more cash than it took in from January to March. The Obama administration has given GM until June 1 to make a deal with its creditors or enter bankruptcy.

“The administration is trying to win points with the public, I think, by looking like they’re taking a firm hand by negotiating hard, by forcing conditions on the firms, which they have to some extent. But it’s all been fueled by mammoth taxpayer infusions of cash,” [James Gattuso, senior regulatory policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation] points out. “It’s the elephant in the bankruptcy court. So it’s time that the taxpayers stood up and said, ‘Well, what about our interests?'”

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Kansas Lawmakers Want to Defund Abortion Chain

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

That works for me…

The Kansas legislature has voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

The decision was based, in part, because of investigations of Planned Parenthood by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline. State Senator Tim Huelskamp led the drive for defunding. “They were charged in the last year with 107 counts of violations of our late-term abortion laws,” he points out.

While both houses of the Kansas legislature voted to defund Planned Parenthood, getting the governor’s approval is not guaranteed.

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Double Standards – Steamy Photos of Miss Rhode Island Won’t Threaten Her Crown

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Double standards against Christians…no surprise there.
But on the flip side of this issue, if we, as Christians, strictly adhere to what the Bible teaches, these issues would never happen to being with.

While racy photos of Miss California Carrie Prejean could cost the outspoken first runner up in the Miss USA pageant her crown, pageant officials don’t seem to care about even steamier photos of Miss Rhode Island that appeared in a men’s magazine.

So is Prejean being targeted simply for her beliefs?

As Prejean has kept busy making appearances with groups opposed to same-sex marriage, officials at the Miss California USA organization have been investigating whether she violated her contract by failing to reveal that she had posed in her underwear as a teenager.

Meanwhile 2009 Miss Rhode Island Alysha Castonguay has also posed in revealing photo shoots, but is apparently not in danger of losing her crown.

Castonguay posed topless for a Maxim magazine shoot and a few swimsuit calendars before competing in the pageant, but reportedly revealed the pictures to Miss USA officials, who approved them.

Castonguay even told gossip site TMZ that she felt Prejean was being targeted simply because she answered her pageant question by saying she favored limiting marriage to a man and a woman.

“I personally believe this situation is stemming from the controversy over her opinion and not a photo,” Castonguay said.

Officials from the Miss Rhode Island USA organization were not immediately available for comment Monday.

The final decision over whether she will keep her crown will be reached Tuesday.

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Saudi Judge Says Slapping Your Wife Is OK

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

More government sanctioned spousal abuse from the heat of Islam.

A Saudi judge said it is okay for a man to slap his wife for lavish spending at a seminar on domestic violence, according to a report from Agence France-Presse.

Jeddah judge Hamad al-Razine told the group a husband was justified in smacking his wife, using overspending on a high-end abaya, the black shroud Saudi women must wear in public, as an example, according to AFP.

“If a person gives 1,200 riyals (320 dollars) to his wife and she spends 900 riyals (240 dollars) to purchase an abaya from a brand shop, and if her husband slaps her on the face as a reaction to her action, she deserves that punishment,” Razine said, AFP reported.

The seminar was on the role of authorities in preventing domestic violence that was attended by activists and officials, including members of the National Family Safety Program.

While the judge recognized the country’s domestic violence problem, he said some of the blame must lie with the wives.

“Nobody puts even a fraction of the blame on them,” Razine said, AFP reported.

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U.S. Government Funds $400,000 Study on Gay Sex in Argentina Bars

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009


Government researchers are spending more than $400,000 in taxpayer money to hit the bars in Argentina.

The National Institutes of Health are paying researchers to cruise six bars in Buenos Aires to find out why gay men engage in risky sexual behavior while drunk — and just what can be done about it.

Doctors and specialists from the New York Psychiatric Institute are using the generous grant from NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to help tailor HIV prevention programs to work at bars and clubs.

Though public health officials say that HIV/AIDS rates are higher in Washington, D.C., than in some parts of West Africa, U.S. government funds are going to help curb dangerous liaisons in Argentina’s capital.

The study began in September 2008, according to an online abstract, and has already cost taxpayers $198,776, NIH documents show.

“Targeting public venues in Buenos Aires where men meet, alcohol is consumed and sexual behavior occurs,” the project’s overview explains, “the goal of this 2-year exploratory study is to understand the various factors that contribute to the creation of a high risk sexual space.”

That means NIH researchers will have as many as 730 nights on the town for careful observation and interaction.

“To that end, the study seeks to describe the relative contribution of physical characteristics of the place” — social scientists call this the “vibe” — and other factors like “patron characteristics” and “social dynamics” that can lead to risky behavior when mixed with a few parts alcohol.

NIH officials say the study is doing valuable work to address high HIV infection rates among homosexual men in Argentina, and that plans developed there could be translated for use in the United States and elsewhere.

Researchers plan to interview dozens of bar patrons and proprietors to help develop the on-site intervention programs — and they mean to be exact.

“Venue patrons will also undergo a brief quantitative assessment to gather descriptive data on sexual behavior and substance use among this sample,” the study’s abstract reads.

In layman’s terms, that means they’re asking drinkers to keep tabs on their quaffs and their quarry; fortunately for their more modest subjects, it’s not a qualitative test too.

Because the study is promoting venue-based prevention programs, researchers will have to be exact about the bars they visit in the city of 13 million, taking special care to describe the them “in terms of their physical characteristics, alcohol availability, patron characteristics and sexual behavior that occurs in the venue.”

An NIH official said that funds approved for the project include $275,000 for direct costs and an additional $125,000 in indirect costs, but would not elaborate. Though could not confirm the median price of cervezas in Buenos Aires, that should leave a lot of money for tips.

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