Headlines, Breaking News, End of July Open Thread

I’ll kick this one off with a disturbing story.

UPDATE: USCIS Memo Details Obama Administration Plan for Executive Action Amnesty

Updated Friday, July 30, 2010, 3:21 AM EDT – posted

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  1. LindaNY says:

    Grim jobs reports undercuts talk of a recovery

    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 20, 2010 | Julie Mason

    Posted on Friday, August 20, 2010 12:21:16 PM by BradtotheBone

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2574391/posts

    “Grim new jobs report dealt a serious blow to efforts by the White House to convince voters ahead of the November elections that the president’s economic recovery plans were working.

    The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 12,000 to 500,000 last week, taking economists and the White House by surprise.

    President Obama, on his way to a 10-day vacation with his family on Martha’s Vineyard, said the report underscores the need for Congress to act on a bill helping small business.

    “There will be plenty of time between now and November to play politics, but the small-business owners I met with this week, the ones that I’ve met with across the country this year, they don’t have time for political games.” Obama said. “They’re not interested in what’s best for a political party, they’re interested in what’s best for the country.”

    Procedural tussles and bickering have held up the bill in the Senate, where the measure is expected to come back for a vote when Congress returns from recess next month.

    Obama has touted the bill as a jobs package, noting that small businesses account for a significant percentage of jobs in America and need the tax breaks and other incentives to start hiring again.

    But Republicans seized on the jobless claims, calling the latest report further proof that Obama’s economic policies aren’t working.

    (Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com …”

  2. LindaNY says:

    Return of the apostate president

    Get Religion (see comment about URL) ^ | 8/20/2010 | Terry Mattingly

    Posted on Friday, August 20, 2010 12:20:19 PM by markomalley

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2574390/posts

    “Gentle readers, it’s time to set the wayback machine to May 12th in the year 2008, where we read the following in a New York Times op-ed page piece written by historian Edward N. Luttwak, of the Center for Strategic and
    International Studies.

    In Islam, however, there is no such thing as a half-Muslim. Like all monotheistic religions, Islam is an exclusive faith. As the son of the Muslim father, Senator Obama was born a Muslim under Muslim law as it is universally understood. It makes no difference that, as Senator Obama has written, his father said he renounced his religion. Likewise, under Muslim law based on the Koran his mother’s Christian background is irrelevant.

    Of course, as most Americans understand it, Senator Obama is not a Muslim. He chose to become a Christian, and indeed has written convincingly to explain how he arrived at his choice and how important his Christian faith is to him. His conversion, however, was a crime in Muslim eyes; it is “irtidad” or “ridda,” usually translated from the Arabic as “apostasy,” but with connotations of rebellion and treason. Indeed, it is the worst of all crimes that a Muslim can commit, worse than murder (which the victim’s family may choose to forgive).

    This drew a fierce response from Clark Hoyt, the Times public editor. He said this information was totally, totally, totally wrong and the newspaper should not have printed it.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  3. LindaNY says:

    BP’s Deepwater Oil Spill – Flushing and Fishing – and Open Thread

    The Oil Drum ^ | August 20, 2010 – 10:43am | Heading Out

    Posted on Friday, August 20, 2010 12:18:49 PM by Ernest_at_the_Beach

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2574386/posts

    “BP has now responded to Admiral Allen’s request for more information, and has obtained permission to replace the BOP and stack on the top of the Deepwater well, before completing the drilling of the relief well. They are also preparing to recover (fish for) the drill pipe that was left in the original well.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  4. LindaNY says:

    The Dangers of the Prosperity Gospel

    The Integrated Catholic Life ^ | 8/20/2010 | Fr. Robert Barron

    Posted on Friday, August 20, 2010 12:10:30 PM by markomalley

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2574381/posts

    “A few weeks ago, I came across an article in the Atlantic Monthly magazine, which bore the extraordinary title “Did Christianity Cause the Crash?”

    I realize that much of the mainstream media is ready to blame Christianity for almost every societal ill, but this seemed a bit much. As I read through the article, it became plain that the culprit, in the author’s mind, is the so-called “prosperity Gospel,” the view propagated by quite a few extremely popular evangelists that material prosperity flows from the depth and quality of one’s faith in God. His argument was that the willingness on the part of many Christians to risk their savings on questionable investments conduced toward the bursting of the housing bubble and the subsequent economic meltdown. Well, I’m not sure that that particular argument carries much weight, but I’ll confess that the article piqued my interest in this influential theology.”

    (Excerpt) Read more at the link…

  5. LindaNY says:

    Hannity, Obama’s Muslim Friendly Behavior

    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | August 20, 2010 | annem040359

    Posted on Friday, August 20, 2010 12:03:40 PM by Biggirl

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2574379/posts

    “Is President Barak Obama a practicing Muslim in secret or is he a Christian that he says he is?

    From what I am seeing, I even have that question myself. If President Barak Obama says he is a Christian, why does he not look for a local Christian church community for fellow purposes? Also so both he and First Lady Michelle Obama can set a GOOD EXAMPLE to both their two daughters. Plus also why is he bending over backwards for the Muslim community? There is just simply too many questions to ask here in this brief blog article.

    It would though be nice if President Obama reaches out to Christians, say those who are members of a Greek Orthodox church that still has not be rebuilt as of yet and had a major setback this week with talks having broken down this week with NYC Port Authority people.

    (Excerpt) Read more at annem040359.wordpress.com …”

  6. gregnh says:

    **************************New Open Thread****************************

  7. gumply says:

    Memories,

    I hope you don’t mind this posting?

    In the ‘Olden Days”

    I sure do remember how much I loved getting into bed when the sheets were just washed & dried
    on the line. I loved the cool crispness & clean smell. I really miss that. They sure can’t make a
    fabric softener that even comes close to that smell.
    Karen

    THE BASIC RULES FOR CLOTHESLINES:

    You have to be a certain age to appreciate this. I can hear my mother now….
    (if you don’ t know what clotheslines are, better skip this)

    1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes-
    walk the entire lengths of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.

    2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang “whites”
    with “whites,” and hang them first.

    3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders – always by the tail!
    What would the neighbors think?

    4. Wash day on a Monday! . . . Never hang clothes on the weekend, or
    Sunday, for Heaven’ s sake!

    5. Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your
    “unmentionables” in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y’ know!)

    6. It didn’ t matter if it was sub zero weather . . . Clothes would
    “freeze-dry.”

    7. Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left
    on the lines were “tacky!”

    8. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did
    not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next
    washed item.

    9. Clothes off the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes
    basket, and ready to be ironed.

    10. IRONED?! Well, that ‘ s a whole other subject!

    A POEM

    A clothesline was a news forecast
    To neighbors passing by.
    There were no secrets you could keep
    When clothes were hung to dry.
    It also was a friendly link
    For neighbors always knew
    If company had stopped on by
    To spend a night or two.
    For then you’ d see the “fancy sheets”
    And towels upon the line;
    You’ d see the “company table cloths”
    With intricate designs.
    The line announced a baby’ s birth
    From folks who lived inside -
    As brand new infant clothes were hung,
    So carefully with pride!
    The ages of the children could
    So readily be known
    By watching how the sizes changed,
    You’ d know how much they’ d grown!
    It also told when illness struck,
    As extra sheets were hung;
    Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
    Haphazardly were strung.
    It also said, “Gone on vacation now”
    When lines hung limp and bare.
    It told, “We ‘ re back!” when full lines sagged
    With not an inch to spare!

    New folks in town were scorned upon
    If wash was dingy and gray,
    As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
    And looked the other way . . …

    But clotheslines now are of the past,
    For dryers make work much less.
    Now what goes on inside a home
    Is anybody’ s guess!

    I really miss that way of life.
    It was a friendly sign
    When neighbors knew each other best
    By what hung on the line!

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