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Archive for 7 March 2012
I’m not exactly a big fan of Pat Robertson, but CBN does report news that the lame stream, and that includes Fox, refuses to even investigate.
Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), the two-time presidential candidate and icon of the antiwar left, suffered a bruising primary defeat Tuesday as a new Republican-drawn congressional map threatened to end the career of one of the most colorful figures in Congress.
With most attention focused on the state’s GOP presidential primary battle, and no Democratic primary for president, Kucinich was left in a low-turnout race in a newly drawn district against his once-close ally, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio).
With about 90 percent of the vote in, Kaptur led 60 to 36 percent.
Uh….wow. That’s a pretty good trouncing. I don’t know diddly about Kaptur. Matter of fact, I don’t think I’ve ever heard her mentioned….anywhere. Well, if I have, evidently she didn’t make much of an impression. Hmmm… Not that I’m sorry to see Kucinich go, but ya know, he actually seems like a nice guy, although a bit off the rails…a few fries short….one beer short… Well, you know.
For many Christians the 40-day period of fasting and reflection before Easter known as Lent is a chance to get in mental and spiritual shape. People give up chocolate, quit drinking or smoking, avoid meat, start reading the Bible regularly, or even give up social media—small “fasts” intended to discipline and redirect one’s mind to the divine. For Catholics, liturgical Protestants, and increasingly, nondenominational Christians around the country, Lent fasts can often feel like another round of New Year’s resolutions—a second attempt at giving up small indulgences for personal betterment.
But this year thousands of Christians worldwide are making a bigger statement: giving up carbon to help save the planet.
I’m not sure what kind of ‘Christians’ think this is a good idea, but obviously, they aren’t very bright. CO2 is necessary. We, as humans expel it, plants thrive on it, it’s a symbiotic relationship. Hmmmm…… Perhaps, it’s not such a bad idea after all. I mean, that way, we have the clueless dropping dead from stupidity, which would leave more resources for those of us who actually have a brain, and didn’t flunk science. Just a thought.
Yesterday, President Barack Obama ended his months-long press conference drought and faced the White House press corps. Unfortunately for the American people, questions on some of the biggest issues facing the country remain unanswered.
The 100-ton elephant in the room that wasn’t discussed? The economy. Though the President would like to revel in the country’s recent spate of moderate economic growth, all is not well in America. More than 8 percent of Americans remain unemployed — nearly 13 million in total. What’s more, only 63.7 percent of adult Americans are active in the labor force — the lowest amount since 1983. New jobs are being created, but not nearly enough. The current economic recovery is the slowest recovery in the post-war era. And four years after the recession started, the economy still has not replaced the jobs lost in the downturn.
So given this economic backdrop, one might think the President would be asked what he plans to do to spur growth, or three years after his much-vaunted stimulus, why is the recovery so slow? Another key question: The President once stated that raising taxes is anathema to economic recovery, and yesterday credited lower taxes on the middle class for economic growth. But he is still proposing raising taxes by two trillion dollars. How will massive tax hikes on job creators spur job growth, if helping Americans get back to work is his goal? If you wanted to hear those questions on the economy answered, you were sorely disappointed.