Happy Birthday to Now-Free Alabama Boy
We’d like to wish a happy birthday to Ethan today, the
boy that was freed on Monday after being held hostage for about a week. After his release, Ethan was taken to a
hospital to make sure he’s physically okay.
Doctors will surely be following up to make sure he and his family will
have help with the mental and emotional issues from that experience. Today, though, the family is glad to have him
home for his sixth birthday.
Potential Federal Budget Cuts
If those big automatic cuts are allowed to happen to the
Defense Department, it could directly eliminate one million jobs and have a
ripple effect across the nation. That’s
according to a new analysis by USA Today.
Half of those cuts would be concentrated in about fifteen states. And smaller contractors will be the hardest
hit. President Obama yesterday called
for a handful of small cuts, but wants to put off larger cuts to allow Congress
more time to craft a new budget.
Feds Sue S&P
The federal government is suing Standard and Poor’s over
their 2007 ratings of sub-prime mortgages, which the Justice Department said
helped lead to the housing collapse and the recession that followed. S-and-P says the suit is “entirely without
factual or legal merit” and not even the government predicted the housing
Killer of Former Navy Seal Had Previous Mental Issues
The suspect in the death of retired Navy Seal Chris Kyle had
previously served time in a mental hospital.
Eddie Ray Routh is a 25 year old veteran from Lancaster, Texas. He’d twice been evaluated in a psychiatric
hospital for post traumatic stress disorder.
Kyle was, at one time, the nation’s most lethal sniper and author of the
book “American Sniper.” He and a friend
had taken Routh to a gun range to try to help him deal with some of his stress
Church Around the World
China Aid is out with annual report on the situation for
believers in China,
and for the seventh year in a row they say persecution has increased. In 2012, the Chinese government increased it
targeting of house churches, with the intention of eradicating as many as
possible. The number of people sentenced
for crimes relating to religious activities jumped 125-percent. Even so, the church is standing firm.
Hobby Lobby Honored
You’ve heard a lot about Hobby Lobby lately because of their
lawsuit over the HHS mandate in the president’s healthcare law. Now their president is being honored with an
award from the National Bible Association.
Steve Green is this year’s recipient of the John Templeton Biblical
Values Award, which is given out every year in recognition of a business leader
who exemplifies Biblical values in the marketplace.
Do you read a lot of Christian books? You
can vote for your favorite. They come from smaller publishing houses.
The books are evaluated by category.There are 12 categories. If you’d like to vote, click here.
Family & Relationships
Pro-Life Bill in Arkansas
The House of Representatives in Arkansas has taken steps to protect life,
passing a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. There would be exceptions for the life of the
mother. It’s now headed for the
Senate. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe is
said to be reviewing whether he would sign it.
Online Impact on Dating
The dating scene today is a whole lot different than it was
25 years ago. That’s true of how people
meet, but is it also true of what we look for in a potential date? Yes, according to a new survey from www.Match.com. 38-percent said they would
cancel a date based on something they found out doing research online. Sadly, 42-percent in the survey said they
would not consider dating someone who has kept themselves pure. Oddly enough, the top four things that we
judge others on are the same for men and women.
Teeth, grammar, clothes, and hair.
School Tax Credits
On the heels of School Choice week around the nation, folks
are blessed with a tax credit opportunity when they make that choice. Nancy Lubeski with Faith
in Tucson: “it’s
a program for anyone who pays state taxes to designate where they’d like a
portion of their taxes to go. It’s based off their tax liability and there are
limits on it.” It’s been pretty successful in Arizona, and now some other states are
looking to use it as a blueprint for their own programs.
Finances & Economy
The see-saw continued on Wall Street yesterday. After a big jump up Friday, and then down on
Monday, the DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE was up almost 100 points on Tuesday,
closing at 13,979. United Health and
Bank of America among the biggest gainers.
The S-and-P 500 was up 15 and the NASDAQ gained 40.
If Junior is heading to college this fall, there’s no doubt
that you’re all about finding the best value.
Princeton Review is out with their list of the 150 Best Value Undergrad
Colleges, and they say the key is screening.
The list is based on excellent academics of course, but also the total
cost of attendance and available financial aid.
For example, some places have tens of thousands of dollars in grants
that don’t have to be paid back. There
are even five schools on the list that show the average student, when they
graduate, have zero debt. Check out www.PrincetonReview.com for more.
I’m sure you’ve sat in traffic at least once and thought
what a waste. You’re right, not only of
time but of money too. A new study out
of Texas A&M shows the amount of gas wasted in 2011 would fill the
Superdome in New Orleans, where the Super Bowl was just played, four
times! That means each of us is burning
about 818-dollars per year just sitting in traffic.
Are You Healthy?
Baby boomers better get moving – and soon. New research from the Heart and Stroke
Foundation up in Canada
shows that almost 80-percent of boomers there think their doctor would rate
them as healthy – despite the fact they admit to not eating enough fruits &
veggies or getting enough exercise. More
than half of those surveyed said they want to travel and be active when they
retire, but had no idea that lifestyle changes now will make them healthier
when that time comes.
End of Life Care
One of the reasons our health care system is so busy these
days is that the baby boomers are getting older, and that has doctors looking
harder at end of life care. Dr. Howard
Bauchner says more people are dying at home instead of a hospital: “Hospice use
at the time of death in 2000 was 21.6%. That increased to 42.2 % in 2009.
Health Care Transitions in the last three days of life, 10.3% in 2000, 2005
-12.4% & 14.2% in 2009.” More on that study in this week’s Journal of the
American Medical Association.