First Presidential Debate Highlights Philosophies of
The first presidential debate is in the books now, as the 2
candidates sparred in Denver
last night over the economy. Republican
challenger Mitt Romney also used the night to define the role of government. He
pointed out that our founding documents set up a system of protecting the
rights of individuals, and not have the government substitute itself for the
rights of free individuals.
President Obama spoke of a federal governmental role that
creates “ladders of opportunity” for its people.
President Obama reiterated his position that Romney wants to
to failed policies. Challenger Romney
argued for the sanctity of life, and said the status quo is not going to cut
The next debate is October 16, but before that the
vice-presidential candidates will square off a week from tonight.
Faith And Politics
It was not a big issue in last night’s debate, but the faith
of the two candidates has been talked about quite a bit throughout the
campaign. Author Melody Gardner says
that’s fine, but there is a line that shouldn’t be crossed. She warns against
politicians who “wear their faith on their sleeve” because the implication
could be made that what they say or the party they represent could mislead a
person into thinking that it is in full compliance with that faith, and vice
versa. She encourages us to find out more about leaders and politicians than
simply what they say on the speech stump. Gardner’s
new book is called “Christianity and Politics.”
You can hear the full interview via the link on the right side of this
Syrian Violence Continues
More fighting in Syria,
returned fire yesterday after 5 civilians were killed earlier in the week in a
border village. The escalation moved
NATO to convene an emergency meeting.
More than 30 people were killed in the lastest artillery fire.
Tax Plan In the Works?
Analysts and pundits have been having a field day with the
predictions of what will happen at the end of the year if a compromise isn’t
reached on tax and spending cuts. We
have not heard a lot from the only people who can make that happen - and it may
be because they’re working on it. Senate
Republicans and Democrats have been quietly working behind closed doors to
either extend the Bush-era tax cuts, or make enough other changes to offset their
expiration. Word on Capitol Hill is that
they are close to a multi-step plan.
Attend College Online for Free?
Going back to school is getting more affordable, like free,
as more colleges are now offering free online courses. The latest is Biola
University, a Christian college in Southern California, which launched “Open Biola” last
month, an online collection of lectures.
These “Massive Online Open Courses” really started gaining traction last
year when a professor at Stanford opened up his classes, and 160,000 people in
190 countries signed up.
Baseball Triple Crowns a King. Playoffs Begin Tomorrow
Baseball’s regular season ended with a flourish yesterday
and an historic milestone for Tigers’ slugger Miguel Cabrera, who became the
first hitter in my lifetime – since 1967 – to win the Triple Crown. Cabrera finished on top in batting average,
home runs, and runs batted in. Playoffs
are all set. In the American League the
Tigers take on the A’s, while the Yankees get the winner of Wild Cards Baltimore
and Texas. In the National League, Atlanta
and St. Louis
get the play in the wild Card game. The
winner faces Washington. Cincinnati and
play in the other matchup.
Airline Promotion offers “Election Protection”
Maybe you’re tired of the campaign already, especially
hearing from the guy that says “If so and so is elected, I’m leaving the
country.” Now you can get them a plane
ticket when it happens. JetBlue is
promoting what it calls “Election Protection” – offering more than 1,000 free
tickets to international destinations to people who register online and pick
the candidate that ends up losing in November.
JetBlue says it’s a chance to recover from the political noise. They are round-trip tickets.
Meningitis Scare in 5 States
4 people have died and more than 20 others in 5 states are
now trying to recover from an outbreak of a rare and sometimes deadly form of
meningitis, each of whom had received steroid injections for back pain. 18 of those cases are in Tennessee,
where a Nashville
clinic got the largest shipment of that steroid. Also cases in Virginia,
and North Carolina.
Church Around the World
Iranian Pastor’s Attorney Jailed
The lawyer who helped get Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani
out of prison is now jailed himself.
Mohammad Ali Dadkah is a Muslim human rights attorney. He had been previously convicted of
representing people of other faiths and political prisoners and was sentenced
to 9 years in one of Iran’s
most dangerous prisons. However, he had
worked out a plea deal that allowed him to continue to practice and not serve
any time. Some sources say they believe Iran has
reneged on that deal now that Pastor Youcef is no longer getting international
Getting Out the Christian Vote
With just over a month to go before the election, there’s a
new major push being made to register millions of Christians to get out the
vote. A group called Champion The Vote
says only half of the 60 million Christians in America will vote in any given
election, and if we would only make our voices heard we could help bring about
Family & Relationships
Kids Backpacks On the Way Out?
Those big backpacks your kids are carrying may not be needed
soon. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is
hoping to move schools toward getting rid of printed textbooks in favor of
digital ones. That would allow schools
to put all the necessary books onto one device, making it a lot easier to
carry. And it could even have study
helps right on it, like how to solve for x in Algebra. Boy could I have used that.
Chrome Dome Economics
Wanna get the upper-hand on that promotion, guys? Get out the razor. A new study out of the Wharton School
at Penn says men who shave their heads are perceived to be more masculine,
dominant, and better leaders.
A Challenge to Clean Out Your Medicine Chest
What’s your medicine chest look like? A new effort is underway to help you clean it
out. The American Medicine Chest
Challenge is a 5-step effort to try to stop prescription drug abuse and provide
safe disposal options. Those 5-steps
include: Taking it as prescribed; Taking inventory; Making sure the medicine
chest is secure – especially if there are young kids in the house; Talking to
kids about it; And disposing of it correctly when you’re done using it.