October 13 – News, Views & Issues


Plow & Hearth



“No morn ever dawned more favorable than ours did; and no day was every more clouded than the present! Wisdom, and good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm.” –George Washington, letter to James Madison, 1786
The Patriot Post



Slowdown in the German economy is predicted – BBC
Eight leading European economic institutes have forecast a steep slowdown for Germany’s economy.

7 banks that are still awesome – CNNMoney
While other banks are busy hiking fees, these financial institutions are bucking the trend by offering free checking and other perks.



Going North – The American Spectator
In a parliamentary system, we would easily solve our debt crisis

That’s not a principled reason to prefer one system over another. Quite apart from the passions of the day, however, there is a reason to prefer parliamentary to presidential systems. What a parliamentary system offers is reversibility, a greater ability to change course and undo a bad law. What a presidential system offers is pre-enactment screening, the greater scrutiny given to legislation when passage is delayed by gridlock. And what I should like to argue is that reversibility trumps pre-enactment screening.



Cain’s Moment – Townhall.com
I have noted time and again that in a discussion of politics the first person to inject the topic of race into the discussion is often the racist. This time it was in a discussion of politics on MSNBC led by Lawrence O’Donnell, who interviewed Herman Cain, the surprising “non politician” who is fast becoming a powerful contender for the Republican presidential nomination.



American Moses – The American Spectator
James Madison in full, thanks to the excellent Richard Brookhiser. He was flawed, but great. The two qualities can reside in the same host. Brookhiser’s portrait presents both.



Albert Einstein’s letter on Nazis sold for $14,000 – BBC
A 1939 letter from Albert Einstein warning of the “calamitous peril” to Jews posed by the Nazis has been sold at auction for nearly $14,000 (£9,000).

This day in history

  • Early United States 1792 – White House cornerstone laid
    The cornerstone is laid for a presidential residence in the newly designated capital city of Washington. In 1800, President John Adams became the first president to reside in the executive mansion, which soon became known as the “White House” because its white-gray Virginia freestone contrasted strikingly with the red brick of nearby buildings
  • American Revolution 1775 – Continental Congress authorizes first naval force
  • Old West 1879 – Slocum’s Ranch, New Mexico Territory- 11 civilians are reported slain in an Apache raid.


    Young American Men Not Growing Up – CWA
    Concerned Women for America CEO Penny Nance appeared on Fox and Friends last weekend discussing why our nation has so many Peter Pan men.




    The District’s backdoor gun ban – Washington Times
    Washington is doing everything it can to prevent residents from exercising their right to keep and bear arms. On Oct. 4, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the city’s ban on high-capacity magazines and firearms that happen to have a scary appearance. The judges left open the possibility that some of the other absurd rules – including the testing of a purchaser’s knowledge of local gun laws, vision tests, ballistics tests and fingerprinting – might go too far.



    Black Death genetic code ‘built’ – BBC
    The genetic code of the germ that caused the Black Death has been reconstructed by scientists for the first time.

    The shifting face of a 200-million-year-old mystery – BBC
    Five times in the last half a billion years, tremendous, global-scale extinctions have wiped out a significant fraction of life on Earth – and each of them presents a grand puzzle.



    Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.

    While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.

    When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God … and to their children?
    Filled with action-packed police drama, COURAGEOUS is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. Riveted moviegoers will once again find themselves laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children.

    Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.
    Dove Foundation

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