Been a few weeks since I've rounded up the news. First, let me say congratulations to President Obama on the beginning of his second term. I disagree with him, but plan to be praying the Lord provides him the guidance he needs as he leads us. Second...let's get into the news items:
- On the waste front, I've done 3 "Waste of the Week" pieces so far - you should read them all. Here's my most recent.
- The O'Malley (D-MD) administration violated procurement laws in an attempt to strong arm things in Baltimore City. Red Maryland has more on it here.
- Solving all other problems, Governor Martin O'Malley (D) wants to curb second amendment rights in Maryland. Police say upwards of 400 marched on Annapolis to protest the potential infringement.
- Katy Perry performed at a children's inaugural event. Some found her attire inappropriate. I find the fact that a woman who's music is predominantly about sex would be selected to sing at a children's event to be inappropriate.
- In light of the President's reelection, Erick Erickson of Red State calls for conservatives to be the loyal opposition / happy warriors. I tend to agree with him.
- The Ravens are going to the Super Bowl, or as my wife likes to call it the Sup-Har-Bowl, as the two head coaches are the Harbaugh brothers. So, I'll be excited or super annoyed post-Super Bowl. Either way, let's rock this thing.
- What US Governor has 60% of his staff being female with 2/3 of higher level staffers who are making decisions being ladies? None other than Texas Governor Rick Perry (R). Which is interesting, considering President Obama pays women staffers less and does not have close to that percentage of high level female staffers.
- Breeanne Howe at Freedomworks wrote a piece on state income taxes. Bottom Lines: States without them are doing better than states which have them. Good to know.
- Associate Professor Denny Burk of Boyce College wrote a piece on homosexuality and sin, very brief, entitled, "Gay and Straight in the Image of God." I wrote a piece echoing a similar sentiment last week.
- In Wisconsin, a federal appeals court upheld the public sector union reforms of Governor Scott Walker (R). Walker continues to be my hero.
Thoughts? Comments on the news or items I missed? Feel free to comment.
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Here's a brief, news roundup of articles I've been reading lately. Not the be all end all of news, but stuff I've found interesting lately.
- There has been much to do about Calvinism / anti-Calvinism, etc on the internet lately among SBC bloggers. Doug Hibbard of SBC Voices posted an excellent piece on the bottom line: We're all in this together.
- For those who missed it (I was one of them yesterday), same-sex marriage is heading to the ballot here in MD. The only polling I've seen shows the attempts to overturn the legislation will fail - that said, polling regarding same-sex marriage has been wildly inaccurate in the past and it has failed every time it's been on the ballot.
- Speaking of Maryland, unelected Health Department officials are trying to ban the sale of crib bumper pads. That's right, the items meant to prevent your child from harming themselves on the edge of their cribs / getting their head / feet caught between the slots on a crib are being banned. From 1985 to 2005 - 27 children under 2 have died due to strangulation / suffocation from a bumper pad. That's about 1 a year. Is it worth banning the device for up to 1 death a year in the US most of which appear to be caused by misuse of the product? I say no.
- Here's a piece from a man who says he's homosexual, a devout Mormon, and happily married to a woman for 10 years. How so, you may ask? Read the piece. It's fascinating.
- Obama said the private sector is doing fine recently in one of the most ridiculous statements I've heard a sitting President make. Romney used Obama's own words to make this powerful ad.
- Want to be trapped in Carbonite? Well now you can...kind of. Check this thing out - looks sweet.
- I'm almost done reading Isaiah and wrote this piece on the topic. Check it out.
Any news I've missed? Probably. I'll end instead with this - a video of youth pastor Jonathan Morin making it to the finals in American Ninja Warrior:
I've read a bunch of random news articles recently - so decided to compile the ones I'm interested and hope that you are too. Here we go:
- Scott Walker has been successful in Wisconsin. How much so? Looking like a surplus in their upcoming budget. Walker's getting recalled - so if you're a Republican or a reasonable fellow who likes seeing serious budget cuts, join me in standing with Walker.
- Speaking of recalls - I oppose recall elections.
- In the most obvious headline ever, Maryland Reporter wrote that "Maryland is Too Reliant on Income Taxes, One Group Reports." Clearly, Maryland is. In fact, it's the #2 in the nation in regards to reliance on personal income taxes for state budgeting.
- Lifeway Research released some polling and Ed Stetzer released a fascinating infographic regarding people's opinions on whether homosexuality is a sin. 44% believe it to be a sin, 43% do not.
- Regarding homosexuality, Erick Erickson has a thoughtful piece entitled, "Where is the Balance?"
- Speaking of Maryland - a special session is on its way as requested by the Governor. Obviously, he's pushing for tax hikes. Here's what's currently on the docket.
- Obama forgot the magnitude of the recession. Yes, he really did say that. Why did Americans vote for this man again?
- President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission Richard Land has formally apologized for his racially insensitive comments regarding the Trayvon Martin case. You can read my comments on the topic here and here. African American leaders in the SBC have come out supportive of his repentance, which is wonderful. Ed Stetzer also responded to the apology here.
- A piece where Marie poses the question as to what if God had a Gmail account.
- Also - "It's a Von Trapp!"
Other interesting news I miss? Let me know in the comments section.