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“I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. This is the chief meaning of freedom. Until we can reestablish a condition under which the earnings of the people can be kept by the people, we are bound to suffer a very severe and distinct curtailment of our liberty.”
— Calvin Coolidge (1873-1933), 30th US President
Are evangelicals dangerous? – CNN
With every election cycle, public voices sound the alarm that the evangelicals are back. R. Albert Mohler Jr. says evangelicals are only a threat to those who want secular voices to have a virtual monopoly.
Duke Chapel in a PC Age – American Spectator
What would Robert E. Lee think of its defense of same-sex marriage?
Duke University Chapel is one of the great places in U.S. campus religious life. It is more cathedral than chapel, its gothic spires soaring high into the clear North Carolina air….Redefining marriage as an essential human right rooted in the Declaration of Independence neatly summarizes Mainline Protestantism’s accommodation of America’s liberal secular culture, with its prioritization of rights and atomized individualism.
ECONOMY | FINANCIAL | BUSINESS
Crises of confidence in marketplace?
Cantor: Encouraging Businesses to Spend Will Improve ‘Income Mobility’ – FOX News
Changing the talk from “wealth redistribution” to “income mobility,” Republicans are trying to move the conversation away from the “class warfare” that President Obama and Democrats have pursued in recent weeks to legislation that will get businesses to spend money.
Amorphous, no organization, no significant supporters?
Occupy Wall Street shows muscle, raises $300K – MSNBC
NEW YORK — The Occupy Wall Street movement has close to $300,000, as well as storage space loaded with donated supplies in lower Manhattan. It stared down city officials to hang on to its makeshift headquarters, showed its muscle Saturday with a big Times Square demonstration and found legions of activists demonstrating in solidarity across the country and around the world.
Could this be the peak for loosely organized protesters, united less by a common cause than by revulsion to what they consider unbridled corporate greed? Or are they just getting started?
The Steve Jobs Model for Education Reform – Wall Street Journal
These days everyone is for education reform. The question is which approach is best. I favor the Steve Jobs model. In 1984 Steve introduced the Mac with a Super Bowl ad. It ran only once. It ran for only one minute. And it shows a female athlete being chased by the helmeted police of some totalitarian regime….Put simply, we must approach education the way Steve Jobs approached every industry he touched.
Johnny Depp’s Lone Ranger film to ride again – BBC Entertainment Britain
A big-screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp that was put on hold in August is set to go ahead, Disney has confirmed.
The show – about a ranger battling injustice in the American West – first aired on US radio in the 1930s before becaming a popular 1950s TV series.
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Religious Liberty and the Ministerial Exception – Public Discourse
An upcoming Supreme Court decision might give government, rather than religious organizations, the final say on who counts as a religious minister.
…Religious organizations will become increasingly subject to anti-discrimination laws having to do with a host of categories hitherto unimagined, and the underlying religious motivations for staffing decisions will be subject to judicial interpretation and review.
Religious Freedom & Culture
A letter’s journey, from founding father to religious question – CNN Belief
Standing over the letter, one would never know its unique story. Worth millions at auction, reading it unveils that it stands as a testament to religious freedom in America. But as it stares up, idly sitting there, the stories of “erotic” behavior, twisted ownership and historic encounters are lost on those lucky enough to see it.
The primary spirit of the letter is clear – the United States government will assure religious freedom, giving “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”
George Washington wrote those words in a 1790 letter to the the congregation of a synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island. He was hoping to reassure the congregation that the budding government of the United States would allow free expression to all religions. Since then, Jews in America have flourished.
Ancient History 539 BC – Cyrus the Great marches into the city of Babylon
Releasing the Jews from almost 70 years of exile. Cyrus allows the Jews to return toYehud Medinata and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.
Revolution 1777 – Americans win more than a battle at Saratoga
British general and playwright John Burgoyne surrenders 5,000 British and Hessian troops to American General Horatio Gates at Saratoga, New York, on this day in 1777.
Civil War 1864 – The Confederate’s James Longstreet returns to command
On this day in 1864, Confederate General James Longstreet assumes command of his corps in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness in Virginia in May of that year, Longstreet missed the campaign for Richmond, Virginia, and spent five months recovering before retuning to his command.
Old West 1835 – The first resolution formally creating the Texas Rangers is approved
On this day in 1835, Texans approve a resolution to create the Texas Rangers, a corps of armed and mounted lawmen designed to “range and guard the frontier between the Brazos and Trinity Rivers.”
General Interest 1905 – The October Manifesto issued by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
The October Manifesto (Russian: Октябрьский манифест, Манифест 17 октября) was issued on 17 October, 1905 (30 October in the Gregorian calendar) by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia under the influence of Count Sergei Witte as a response to the Russian Revolution of 1905.
Occupy Wall Street: What can the protesters achieve? – BBC Britain
The singer keeping the Occupy Wall Street protesters entertained in Liberty Plaza in New York sounds uncannily like the young Bob Dylan. “In unrestricted greed we trust, bail out the banks and not the single mum, borrow from China to pay for the bombs…”
POLITICS | -ISIMS
US lawmaker Ron Paul to meet Marine Le Pen – The Local France
Republican Representative and presidential hopeful Ron Paul aims to meet with the head of France’s far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, during her upcoming US visit, his office said on Wednesday.
SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS
U.S. House Committee Advances National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act – NRA-ILA
This week, the House Judiciary considered amendments to H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Bill, and defeated all anti-gun amendments offered in an effort to weaken or gut the legislation.
U.S. Senate Stands with NRA in Strongly Opposing U.N Gun Control Efforts – NRA-ILA
For nearly 20 years, the NRA has worked tirelessly to oppose any United Nations effort to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners. The latest attempt by the U.N. and global gun banners to eliminate our Second Amendment freedoms is to include civilian arms in the current Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which will be finalized next year.
SCIENCE | ENVIRONMENT | TECH
Cats – BBC Nature
Cats are more purely carnivorous than any other meat-eating family and they like their meat fresh, relying on prey they have caught and killed themselves
Sweden’s Vasa: the world’s ‘oldest test lab’ – The Local Sweden
It’s no secret that Stockholm’s Vasa Museum is among the most popular tourist attractions in Sweden.
But, thanks to a recent restoration project undertaken by Swedish industrial giant Sandvik, the 17th century wooden warship is also serving as “the oldest test lab in the world”.
‘Criminal’ penguin caught on film – BBC Nature
A “criminal” stone-stealing Adelie penguin has been captured on camera by a BBC film crew.
The team, filming for the documentary Frozen Planet, spent four months with the penguin colony on Ross Island, Antarctica.
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