Originally posted on Thunder on the Right:
“Fifteen percent of Americans still live in poverty, according to the official census poverty report for 2012, unchanged since the mid-1960s. Liberals argue that we aren’t spending enough money on poverty-fighting programs but that’s not the problem. In reality, we’re losing the war on poverty because we have forgotten the original goal, as LBJ stated it half a century ago: ‘to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities.’ Ed Morrissey
“The federal government currently runs more than 80 means-tested welfare programs that provide cash, food, housing, medical care and targeted social service to poor and low income Americans. Government spent $916 billion on these programs in 2 012 alone, and roughly 100 million Americans received aid from at least one of them, at an average cost of $9,000 per recipient. (That figure doesn’t include Social Security or Medicare benefits.)” Ibid
Originally posted on agovernmentofwolves:
“No power on earth has a right to take our property from us without our consent.”—John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States
“How ‘secure’ do our homes remain if police, armed with no warrant, can pound on doors at will and … forcibly enter?”—Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the lone dissenter in Kentucky v. King
If the government can tell you what you can and cannot do within the privacy of your home, whether it relates to what you eat, what you smoke or whom you love, you no longer have any rights whatsoever within your home.
Originally posted on CrashCourse:
December 8th’s Sacred Sunday was completely on Twitter and illustrated early Christian churches and murals in various cities in Turkey.
On December 29th, Sacred Sunday returns to Crash Course with 11th Century Italian murals. Here’s a quick peek ahead:
Tags: Byzantine, Byzantium, Christian, Constantinople, Europe
Christmas comes to the ghost church: Carol concert held in village which has been empty since WWII and is now an MoD training zonePosted: December 22, 2013 in Uncategorized
Originally posted on Armor of God:
Christmas Reformation Long Overdue
In these latter years of the twentieth century no other season of the year reveals so much religion and so little godliness as the Christmas season.
Since Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, scarcely anyone dares to come right out and say what he thinks of Christmas. To do so, we fear, would be to identify ourselves with a nasty old grouch who hated everybody; so we go along with the tinseled festivities, doing our best to preserve a misty smile on our faces and a happy, vibrant ring in our voices, no matter how we feel.
Now, Dickens to the contrary notwithstanding, I do not believe that we are compelled to choose between old Scrooge and Tiny Tim. Surely there is a middle ground where mature, love-inspired, Spirit-illuminated adults can locate themselves and make up their own minds about that most beautiful but most abused and abased holiday we call Christmas. I for one want to do just that and love everybody in the process.
Originally posted on Tim Chester:
One of the things I stress in my book on busyness is the importance of sleep. We are finite creatures and we need to accept our finitude. One key aspect of this is our need for sleep. It’s very easy for Christians to spin rhetoric about the merits of getting up early to pray or staying up late to study. But to resist our God-given need for sleep is to reject our finitude and think we can be gods. God gave us 24 hours each day and the need for sleep. If you feel the need to cut back on sleep so you can do more then you’re trying to do more than God expects of you. The question is Why?
Here is my favourite kind of article – one that confirms my prejudices! It highlights research that shows that cutting back on sleep is bad for us.