Would you like to know the current time and weather conditions in Baghdad, without actually being there? Go HERE.
Now this is a love story: North Texas Couple married 75 years, dies hours apart.
A girl in Baytown, Texas (which is just minutes from us) had a baby at school and killed it by trying to flush it down the toilet. Read about it HERE.
And here’s one that might embarrass some, so read at your own risk. It’s a sex study.
I thought this was an interesting article: Store Security and Your Rights. Some people have a problem stopping to let the guy at the door check a receipt, such as at Best Buy, Walmart, Sam’s, Costco, Circuit City, Fry’s, etc. Lots of stores do it. And if you are really nice, and they saw you checking out, they might not even check your receipt. They did not check my receipt yesterday when I bought printer ink.
These are stories of people that decided to get their noses out of joint because the guy at the door wanted to check their receipt: Arrested at Circuit City; Receipt Check; and Sir, Present Your Receipt.
Just save yourself a fight. They aren’t accusing you…it’s just store policy. And they aren’t invading your privacy – plenty of people just saw you get those items and check them out. There’s nothing private about shopping in public. The same people who complain about the inconvenience of standing in the line would probably not give a second thought to standing in line to buy something at that same store, if it were in short supply (like the latest electronic toy they just have to have before Christmas).
These are basically just people who want to say, “You can’t tell me what to do.” They probably had that attitude from childhood. It just takes a minute. You have to pick your fights, but these are fights that just are not worth picking.
That’s my opinion, and I’m sticking with it. You are welcome to it also.
One of the common myths about marriage in America is that “50% of all marriages end in divorce.” But that figure is derived not from long-term analysis but from the fact that the raw number of new divorces each year is roughly 50% of the raw number of new marriages. These numbers are distorted by the fact that people with successful marriages usually marry only once, while people with failed marriages have often married and divorced multiple times. Fortunately, new data from pollster George Barna included a more meaningful statistic. Of all Americans who have ever married, only one-third have ever been divorced. This two-to-one ratio of marital success should encourage young people who may actually fear the “50-50” marriage myth. Another misconception is that a person’s religion and values have nothing to do with marital success. Barna found that the percentage of people who have been divorced after marrying is lower among Catholics, evangelicals, and conservatives than it is among non-Christians and liberals. That’s not to mention the fact that more born-again Christians (84%) have been married in the first place than atheists and agnostics (65%). For those just embarking on the adventure of marriage, be encouraged–your chances of making it “until death do you part” may be better than you’ve been told.
Evangelicals less likely to divorce, Barna survey says
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Evangelicals are less likely than the overall population to divorce, although one out of every four evangelicals who are or have been married nevertheless have gone through at least one divorce, according to a new study by The Barna Group.
The telephone survey found that, among all U.S. adults who have been married, 33 percent have been divorced at least once. By comparison, 26 percent of evangelicals who have been married have been divorced. The poll did not ask evangelicals whether the divorce occurred before or after their salvation experience.
The survey was based on a sample of 5,017 adults conducted over a year, from January 2007 through January 2008. Of this sample, 3,792 adults were or had been married.
Christian researcher George Barna said Americans have grown accustomed to divorce.
“There no longer seems to be much of a stigma attached to divorce; it is now seen as an unavoidable rite of passage,” he said in a news release. “Interviews with young adults suggest that they want their initial marriage to last, but are not particularly optimistic about that possibility. There is also evidence that many young people are moving toward embracing the idea of serial marriage, in which a person gets married two or three times, seeking a different partner for each phase of their adult life.”
Among adults who have been married the poll also found that:
— 28 percent of self-identified conservatives who have been married have experienced a divorce, compared to 33 percent of moderates and 37 percent of liberals.
— 38 percent of those associated with a non-Christian faith who have been married have been divorced.
— 32 percent of whites who have been married have been divorced, 36 percent of blacks, 31 percent of Hispanics and 20 percent of Asians.
— 28 percent of self-identified Catholics who have been married have been divorced.
Nearly four out of every five U.S. adults (78 percent) have been married at least once.
“Government statistics and a wealth of other research data have shown that co-habitation increases the likelihood of divorce, yet cohabiting is growing in popularity,” Barna said. “Studies showing the importance and value of preparing for marriage seem to fall on deaf ears. America has become an experimental, experience-driven culture. Rather than learn from objective information and teaching based on that information, people prefer to follow their instincts and let the chips fall where they may. Given that tendency, we can expect America to retain the highest divorce rate among all developed nations of the world.”
For a person to be considered an evangelical by Barna researchers, a respondent must say: he has made a personal commitment to Christ that is still important to his life today; when he dies he will go to heaven because he has confessed his sins and accepted Christ as his savior; he has a personal responsibility to share his beliefs about Christ with non-Christians; he believes that Satan exists; eternal salvation is possible only through grace, and not works; Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; that the Bible is accurate in all that it teaches; and that God is the all-knowing, all-powerful, perfect deity who created the universe and still rules it today.
Among the 3,792 participants included in the survey there were 339 evangelicals, 1,373 non-evangelical born again Christians, 1,488 notional Christians, 197 associated with a non Christian faith and 269 agnostics or atheists. Of these, 875 identified themselves as Catholic and 1,997 as Protestant. Participants described their ethnic identities as white (2,641), African American (464), Hispanic (458) and Asian (128), and they called themselves conservative (1,343), moderate (1,720) and liberal (474) on social and political matters.
Michael Foust is an assistant editor for Baptist Press.
Do you still want to eat at McDonalds, and support this with your hard-earned dollars?
McDonald’s Embraces Homosexual Agenda
McDonald’s vice president of communications has been appointed to the board of directors for the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The move is part of the fast-food restaurant’s efforts to support the agenda of homosexual activists.
Last month, McDonald’s endorsed the chamber and made a contribution to the group, WorldNetDaily.com reported. Richard Ellis, formerly the vice president of communications and public affairs for McDonald’s in Canada, said he shares the group’s passion for growth and development within the homosexual community.
In 2005 and 2006, the chamber lobbied against the federal marriage-protection amendment. In addition, the group continues to lobby in favor of awarding special rights based on sexual orientation.
Caleb H. Price, research analyst for Focus on the Family, said: “It’s disconcerting to see major corporate players like McDonald’s fumble away fast-food transactions from family-minded consumers by elevating organizations that seek to normalize homosexuality and dismantle the institution of marriage.”
Obama Blocked Born Alive Infant Protection Act
He often stood alone as an Illinois lawmaker in opposition to protections for babies who survived abortion.
On Jan. 10, 2005, newly elected U.S. Sen. Barack Obama visited former colleagues and staffers at the Illinois state Capitol, where he had served seven years as state senator. I happened to be at the Capitol that day, too, and a friend and I took the opportunity to speak to Obama, who had not yet achieved rock-star status and was still approachable. (Since this article is extremely long, I will post THIS LINK if you want to read the rest.)
Pelosi: House Rules Are Made to Be Broken
The military follows congressional orders. Unfortunately for Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the House leadership does not. Earlier this year, the Pentagon refused a request by Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) to bring her lesbian partner on a military flight to Europe. Under House rules, only a legal spouse (or, in some instances, an adult child) is eligible to travel with members of Congress when space permits. Baldwin, who claims to have “married” Lauren Azar in 1998, insists on registering her girlfriend as a “spouse” on government forms even though her own home state doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage. Secretary Gates insisted that he was following Congress’s own protocol in blocking Azar from the transport, but that didn’t prevent Pelosi from contacting his office and demanding that he make an exception. According to Pelosi, former Speaker Dennis Hastert authorized similar trips. His former aides, however, disagree, saying that in at least one instance Hastert wasn’t informed that Azar was on a trip “until it had already begun.” Gates too was unaware of any prior exceptions but said that he would honor Pelosi’s request if she issued an official letter approving it. Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell points to the irony of the Speaker wanting to waive her own rules to create gay-friendly exceptions. “This is not an issue of DOD regulations,” Morrell says. “Secretary Gates honored a request from Speaker Pelosi& but that’s really as far as it goes. This should not be viewed as a precedent.” Tell that to the Speaker of the House. Although the matter was temporarily resolved, the dispute is ongoing. There is more behind this than a seat on a military plane, this is about hijacking the meaning of marriage. It is clear that the Speaker’s actions are in direct conflict with the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)–a law that Congress passed and former President Bill Clinton signed. Call the Speaker’s office at 225-0100 and ask her to respect the government’s policy on marriage.
Dallas Club Hires 12-Year-Old Girl to Strip
A loophole in the city ordinance allows business to keep its license.
She may look 19, but she’s really 12 — and a runaway. Two employees at Dallas’ Diamonds Cabaret offered her shelter if she would strip at the club. She said she couldn’t remember her birthday. The employees are being charged, but the club will keep its license, thanks to a loophole in the city ordinance.
Nancy McBride, national safety director for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, said the case “points up what happens to runaways, and none of it’s any good.”
Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Legal Institute, said he has no idea why the business wasn’t shut down. He is investigating.
“If they don’t shut this down, it says that there’s no need for the crazies and weirdoes to go to some foreign country to exploit 12-year-old girls,” he said. “They can just do it Dallas, Texas.”
Phil Burress, president of Ohio’s Citizens for Community Values, said this is a classic example of what goes on at sexually oriented businesses around the country.
“I’ve never heard of or seen a sexually oriented business that operates within the law,” he said.
Dallas city officials are working quickly to change the law.