A View from the Nest 2-23-2015


 

 

 

Top of the Nest

New woes for HealthCare.gov: Wrong tax info sent out

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a new setback for the health care law and the people it’s supposed to help, the government said Friday it made a tax-reporting error that’s fouling up the filings of nearly a million Americans.


Atheist group threatens suit over ‘angels’ on memorial to beloved teacher

A West Virginia middle school took down the crosses from a memorial to a beloved teacher, but is standing firm on the angels etched into the stone, despite an atheist group’s threat to sue on constitutional grounds. Joann Christy’s 26-year career educating children at Ravenswood Middle School came to a tragic end in 2004, when she died in a car accident.


From the Cuckoo’s Nest

What where they thinking?

Sex Conference ‘Educates’ Students on Cyber Sex…And It’s Sponsored By Oregon Education Department

Sex-Ed has come a long way. Condoms on bananas have gone by the wayside – in favor of ‘educating’ students and teachers at a Oregon annual conference on how to engage in kinky cyber sex and using meth.


Tail Feathers

Other news and views from across the cyberscape

Remember What Coretta Scott King Thought About Amnesty, by Ian Smith, National Review

Black political leaders have abandoned their constituents on immigration. In another year of chronically high unemployment among America’s black communities, it’s important we remember the tireless work of the late civil-rights champion and former congresswoman Barbara Jordan. Ms. Jordan was picked by President Clinton to lead the bipartisan U.S.


WORLD | Weaning ourselves off mother’s milk | Andrée Seu Peterson | Feb. 20, 2015

At Saturday morning coffee with the girls I realized why our country is not going to defeat ISIS. There is something about much of American Christianity’s present form (not the Bible but Christianity) that is not forceful enough to take it on. After the topic of weather is exhausted, someone in the klatch timidly brought up current events.


Christian Florist Found Guilty of Discrimination for Declining ‘Gay Wedding’ Refuses Settlement

KENNEWICK, Wash. — A Christian florist from Washington who is in jeopardy of losing her business, home and life savings after a judge found her guilty of discrimination this week for declining to fulfill an order for a same-sex ceremony has rejected an offer to settle the matter if she promises to service homosexual “weddings” in…


The Looney Bin

Crazy but true stories

Homeschool Children Seized By Authorities to Remain in State Custody for at Least Another Month

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Seven homeschoolers in Arkansas who were seized by the Garland County Sheriff’s Department last month will remain in state custody for at least another month after a hearing over the matter was pushed back until March. As previously reported, the children of Hal Stanley and his wife Michelle were removed from their Hot Springs…


Court Rules ‘God Bless America’ Not Unconstitutional

The Florida high school that told a student not to say “God bless America” during morning announcements said this week that the student did not violate the U.S. Constitution.

Really who knew? Did you ever think the day would come when being AMERICAN would be considered unconstitutional?


The Last Word

Commentary on the news from a Conservative Christian viewpoint

Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims… What’s the Difference?

Sunni and Shiite Muslims, two main sects of Islam, have been in conflict for more than a millennium. Why does such an ancient division continue to influence politics, foreign policy and even wars today? Most recently, militants from the Sunni-led Islamic State group have waged a bloody war of conquest across parts of Iraq and Syria and have spread to parts of Jordan, Egypt and Libya.


Fifty Shades of Sickness

Here’s one obvious sign that we live in a profane world. “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the “mommy-porn” book turned into a movie, complete with its whips and chains and erotic punishment, debuted to far less controversy than “The Passion of the Christ” in 2004.


 

 

Views From the Nest 2-12-2015


 

 

 

Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln

Lincoln’s birthday is upon us. And with a reluctant but free-spending captain at the helm of the free world’s flagship, we are reminded how sorely we miss Lincoln’s genuine strength of character, bold sense of purpose, and lifelong passion for defending American values and ideals.


Top of the Nest

How America Lost its Soul – The Moral and Intellectual Collapse of the United States

What happened in the United States that got us to this point in history? There are lots of theories and avenues to the insanity. But if there is one institution that’s done it, it’s our educational system. Most schools in the United States – from kindergarten through the graduate level, including law schools – have jettisoned any remnant of a biblical moral order.


In Pursuit of Higher Education

Outrageous! Florida Public School Bans Students from Saying “God Bless America” over the Loudspeaker!

God Bless America! Sure. It may be the single most ubiquitous phrase in politics. Every politicians from Obama to Reagan has dropped the pithy little blessing at the end of every speech since the dawn of American politics – but none of that matters once the atheists get involved.


By contrast:

Bobby Jindal Lays Out His Plan for Reforming America’s Education System

Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) is doing his level best to lay the groundwork for his 2016 Presidential run. He started a couple of weeks ago by jumping right into the middle of Europe’s Islamic radicalism problems (rocking the European Political Correctness Boat in the process), and this week he’s come home to move on to domestic policy, namely one of the issues that most Americans usually list as one of their top concerns – Education.


Is This a Key to Fixing America’s Public Schools?

Roosevelt High School, formerly Oregon’s most under-resourced and at-risk school, was in danger of shuttering before a pastor and his caring congregation set out on an unprecedented journey to form a long-standing relationship that not only saved the school, but also profoundly transformed the lives of its students and…


Tail Feathers

Other news and views from across the cyberscape

Obama Makes Faces, Takes Selfies and Goofs Off in BuzzFeed Video

In case you thought you’d never see President Barack Obama use a selfie stick, are you ever in for a treat. He does that and more in a new BuzzFeed video, “Things Everybody Does But Doesn’t Talk About.” Among the gems from the commander in chief: sticking his tongue…


Feds Spend 14 Times More On Green Energy Per Year Than Embassy Security

Here’s a surprising figure, the federal government has spent more per year on solar power and other green energy programs in the last five years than it did on securing U.S. embassies.

Just thought you might want to know what the Obama administration prioritizes.

The only green in ‘green energy’ is your hard earned money being spent on one failed green energy project after another.


Kerry: US To Ease Sanctions on Russia If Minsk Accords Hold


GOP, Democratic Senators Introduce Bill to Lift Cuban Embargo

Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of granting relief to these dictatorships around the world our government would grant an embargo on all the regulations it places upon its own citizens.


Study: Kids of Gay Parents at Bigger Risk of ‘Emotional Problems’ Than Children of Opposite-Sex Parents


America’s Largest Christian Bookstore Chain Files for Bankruptcy

The Top 10 Government Programs Deemed ‘High Risk’ for Fraud, Abuse and Mismanagement


From the Back of the Nest

This ‘Tail’ of Loss and Unselfish Love May Be One of the Best Valentine’s Stories of All

For his entire tour of Afghanistan and before, ‘Spike’ the black lab was Marine Jared Heine’s brother, his bud and his savior. While deployed to Helmand Province, Spike sniffed out bombs and kept Jared and his buddies safe. Heine told CBS News the relationship was close: “He did a great job at it.


The Looney Bin

Citywide Nude Bike Ride Prompts Montana Lawmaker to Propose a Ban On These ‘Obscene’ Clothing Items

Pretty much anyone can tell you that yoga pants have grown in popularity for women in recent years. Sales of yoga apparel, including yoga pants, increased by 45% in 2013. But(t) one state representative in Montana wants to outlaw them. Why? Because he thinks they’re obscene. According to the Billings Gazette, State Rep.

With all the really important issues facing America this one Montana State Rep felt Yoga pants was a high priority item that needed to be addressed by legislation. It is important to note that the council tabled the motion.

I wonder who issued the permit for the NAKED BIKE RIDE?


College Students Refuse Meatless Monday Propaganda
Those promoting Meatless Monday campaign were championing the war on man-made climate change

The fundamental lie that is used to make Meatless Monday seem like a good idea is anthropogenic global warming. I don’t know if the college students who pushed back hard against the Meatless Monday campaign are outright skeptics about man-made climate change, or if they simply refuse to believe meatlessness is an essential part of dealing with that claim.


The Last Word

“I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! For I feel a divine jealousy for you. … I repeat, let no one think me foolish. But even if you do, accept me as a fool. … For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves! For you bear it if someone makes slaves of you, or devours you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face. To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that! …” (2 Corinthians 11:1–2, 16, 19–21, ESV).

Preferring those who hate us

There is a Ph.D. dissertation in it for whoever can figure out why we always prefer those who hate us. The spectacle of a few weeks ago of students at the University of California, Davis, heckling their Jewish peers and shouting “Allahu Akbar” would be merely funny if it were not tragic.


 

 

 

“This land is your land, this land is my land.” That’s right US Taxpayers Own It


What section of the Constitution permits the Federal Government to be LANDLORD? Could someone share that information with me please? Thank you.

Amplify’d from netrightdaily.com
America's 'Landed Bureaucracy'

Obama’s bureaucrats claim they want to protect prairie chickens and sand dune lizards, but this proposed land grab is really another salvo in the administration’s war on private property rights and domestic energy production. In fact, a secret Department of Interior memo leaked a year ago proposes seizing properties that are “currently under the threat of oil and gas development.”

In other words, the government wants to take land that the private sector wants to use to create jobs and lower energy costs — two goals that are clearly not on Obama’s agenda.

“Considering the size of the federal government’s existing real estate portfolio, there is no need to continue unilaterally acquiring new lands without any regard to state’s rights or economies,” U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx recently noted.

Foxx is absolutely correct. The federal government currently owns 1.2 million properties and 650 million acres of land — or 30 percent of the total land area of the United States. Another ten percent of the nation’s total land area — roughly 220 million acres — is owned by state or local governments. That’s almost three acres of government-owned land for every man, woman and child in America.

If American politicians wish to be taken seriously when they talk about creating jobs, reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and getting government out of the way of the private sector — then there is no better place to start than the 40 percent of our nation that’s directly owned by the government.

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Five Virtues that Make America Great


Philanthropy: Americans give more and in greater proportion than anyone else in the world: no other country comes even close in the private production of public goods.  Nothing is more indicative of a healthy civic mindset that recognizes that the duty to help others is not discharged by paying taxes.

Volunteerism: It’s not just money that Americans donate—it’s their precious time too. More than 60 million Americans volunteer each year to help their communities and sustain countless organizations that work to address every conceivable social ill under the sun.

Faith: Not only does America remain one of the last outposts of Western civilization where people believe in God and attend religious services, it also offers the amazing spectacle of people of all faiths harmoniously cooperating—not merely coexisting. Americans convert, intermarry, and vote for people of other faiths and no one seems to mind.  The Supreme Court is made up of six Catholics and three Jews—only in America!

Tolerance: While certain voices would have you believe that America is a hotbed of racism seething with intolerance, no other nation in the history of the world has allowed minorities to go as far as in life as the US. What other country has a comparable black middle class—to say nothing of the countless African-Americans, from Barack Obama to Clarence Thomas, who have reached the highest echelons of society?

“The Sky is the Limit” Mindset: Americans ignore the apocalyptic naysaying voices of the egalitarian left and continue to believe in their heart of hearts that if they work hard and apply themselves, the sky’s limit. With 272 self-made billionaires —that’s “b” as in billions—can you blame them? source

The Fall of the Roman Empire: Is America Following the Same Course?


The similarities are too many to ignore. Remember God is not a respecter of persons, if he punished one society for their lawlessness and debauchery He is most likely to do the same for all others who follow after the same course. If God destroyed both Sodom and Gomorrah, and the late Roman Empire, America is not immune to his wrath.

There are many in America who have cried out against this debasement of our society, most often they are ignored or worse ridiculed and lambasted. Those who espouse decency are declared extremist and radical while all those who promote the killing of children and immoral sexual debasement are called champions of civil-rights.

Be warned! God is not mocked! What he done before he will surely do again!

Amplify’d from conservativebyte.com

The culture of the Roman world was brutal and nasty. Ironically, we see its worst practices reviving with vigor. Please give us a moment as we recount a history seldom taught today’s students.

The Roman Empire had a twisted view about the value of human life. These views were banished by the ascendency of Christ’s teaching. Infanticide was both legal and encouraged in ancient Rome. Pagan societies, such as the Carthaginians, Romans and Greeks went so far as to kill their children outside the womb, sometimes as a religious sacrifice to their gods. According to Plutarch, the Carthaginians “offered up their own children, and those who had no children would buy little ones from poor people and cut their throats as if they were so many lambs of young birds; meanwhile the mothers stood by without a tear or moan.”

We see a modern American society which looks at children as a burden, and a generation of mothers who have decided by their own “choice” to sacrifice a generation. Population control is now an international objective.

Roman views on homosexuality were closer to today’s views than many realize. Pundit Nathaniel Blake characterizes it this way: “But, the Roman conception of same-sex relationships was very different than that of the modern West. The most important factors in the Roman view seem to have been the status and role of the partners. The Romans did not consider homosexual or heterosexual identities as exclusive from one another. While bisexuality was common, strict homosexuality was all but unknown. Unlike the modern view, social class mattered a great deal in the acceptability of homosexual relations. The upper classes were much more likely to indulge in homosexual acts, and masters had the sexual use of their slaves.” It was common to see an older man who held dominance over a younger male, using him for sexual pleasure.

Finally, we see the debasement of money and profligacy of the state. Today taxpayers fund stadiums for the “games.” Roman emperors don’t hold a candle to the US Congress and the Federal Reserve in the looting of the public coffers and destruction of money.

In this, Roman Emperor Caracalla comes to mind. In addition to murdering his brother, Caracalla is mostly remembered for granting Roman citizenship to every Freeman in the empire. Caracalla’s goal was to broaden the tax base to pay for his extravagant spending. He raised the inheritance tax so he could double public salaries and win the allegiance of the legions. His public works are still on display today. If you visit Rome, you can see the ruins of the gigantic “Baths of Caracalla.”

His final contribution rivals the Federal Reserve. The silver denarius was an innovation in sound money introduced by Emperor Augustus. It was 95 percent silver like America’s pre- 1964 coinage, and the denarius lead to greatly improved honest trade around the empire. Caracalla, in his drive to increase spending, changed it to a coin with only 50 percent silver.

It took later emperors to debase it as far as the Federal Reserve has debased America’s currency. By 268 AD the denarius was only 0.5 percent silver. The result was predictable, as prices rose throughout the empire by up to 1,000 percent. Soon the “barbarians” hired by the emperor as mercenaries would not accept the denarius as payment, and insisted on being paid in gold.

Such manipulations by Roman leaders are legendary, but Americans who fail to understand history are doomed to repeat it. The moral and financial collapse of Rome lead to a renaissance of morality and the “Christian Era.” We can only hope that the accelerating American collapse leads to a return of the time tested honest culture that celebrates life, prudently shuns sexual immorality, and with commerce flourishing after a return to honest money.

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