So which stories grab your attention this weekend?
The mysterious loud "boom" in Newark Thursday afternoon?
Do we have a new phenomenon of teen girl gangs terrorizing other girls? The NEWS JOURNAL reports a disturbing trend involving groups of teens - led by girls -- marching through neighborhoods armed with baseball bats, mace, cups of bleach, and shovels. Even more disturbingly, some parents cheerlead their marauding daughters.
And from a seemingly higher socioeconomic bracket, the tragic results of girls' cyberbulling: A 12-year-old girl apparently leaped to her death from the cement silo of an abandoned factory a mile from her home in Lakeland, Florida, after a torrent of cyberbullying. The girl's mother yanked her from school and closed her daughter's Facebook account, but the bullying continued via other means. Police vow to press charges if they can find sufficient evidence.
New state-by-state stats from the reproductive think-tank, The (Alan) GUTTMACHER INSTITUTE: Delaware tops all the states in the Union for unplanned pregnancies. As chronicled in The DAILY MAIL on line...
Vice President Biden characterizes House Republicans as "this sort of Neanderthal crowd". Speaking at the Naval Observatory at an event marking the 19th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, the Vice President referenced Republicans who slowed the passage of the reauthorization of that act: "I'm going to say something outrageous. I think I understand the Senate better than any man or woman who's ever served in there, and I think I understand the House... I was surprised this last time... the idea we still had to fight? We had to fight to reauthorize? Did you ever think we'd be fighting over, you know, 17, 18 years later, to reauthorize this?"
From POLITICO: LEFT REVOKES PRESIDENT OBAMA's LIBERAL CARD
"Now many liberals feel sure: Barack Obama was not the one they'd been waiting for.
The man who won the Presidency in part due to his opposition to the Iraq War was suddenly leading a charge to use military force agains the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Republican refusal to go along was expected. The liberal backlash, though, was particularly intense.
That came on top of the fears that the President will, for all the current tough rhetoric, again go into the fall political fights about the budget and debt ceiling starting from a position of over-concession..."
From The NEW REPUBLIC: The HOUSE G.O.P. IS ABOUT TO CRACK UP: THREE THEORIES WHY"
"Lots of people think John Boehner has lost control of the House Republican caucus. Apparently John Boehner does, too.
On Wednesday, the speaker and his lieutenants had to stage yet another embarassing retreat -- this time, by postponing a vote on a 'continuing resolution' that would fund government operations past September 30, when the current CR expires. Figuring out a way to pass such a bill has been one of Boehner's biggest challenges for the last few weeks..."
Too early to tell whether the United States and Russia will agree to a framework by which the Syrian government turns over its chemical weapons. Kerry bluntly rejected a Syrian pledge to begin a "standard process" by turning over information rather than weapons, and even that would take several weeks. Kerry and his Russian counterpart said they would attempt to set a date for another international peace conference on Syria.
Kerry continues to insist the prospect of U.S. military intervention remains on the table. But could you imagine this issue going back to Congress in a few weeks, or the Obama Administration launching airstrikes unilaterally?
Posted at 8:14am on September 13, 2013 by Allan Loudell
It's not surprising to hear about teen girls being more like boys in violence. Our society has pushed the scenario that we are a free nation, which is true, but what THEY mean by this is each of us is free to do anything we want. I was always taught I'm free to do whatever I want AS LONG as it doesn't infringe on someone else's rights.
As our culture/society has decided it knows more than the Creator God, they've also walked away from his ways. The results we see more and more will only continue to increase, until our nation turns back to God.
Here is a clip of a broadcast of Paul Harvey's ABC Radio show, actually from the 1990's, not 1965 as it says there[I did some checking up via Snopes]. But be it in the 1990's or 1965 the message is spot on. Enjoy.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 12:01pm
Remarks by Mr. Biden demonstrate how this administration repeatedly breaks one of its more attractive campaign promises. Vowing to create a new political climate, they have instead given us an uglier climate with viscous rhetoric. Denouncements by both Misters Obama and Biden help us better appreciate a constitutional monarchy where the head of state (king/queen) is above politics and serves as a unifying factor.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 1:14pm
Like the song says: Girls just want to have fun.
And they are not just "marauding."
Revealed: How DELAWARE is the unplanned pregnancy capital of America where two thirds of births are unexpected
* In 2008, more than half of all pregnancies were unintended in 31 states
* The state with the highest rate of unexpected pregnancies was Delaware
* New Hampshire had the lowest rate of unexpected pregnancies
* Researchers believe it could be a lot higher without publicly-funded resource centers
I see that once again MikeFromDelaware can't help forcing religion into any topic. MikeFromDelaware is to message boards as Tim Tebow is to football.
Mike from Delaware
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 1:23pm
Billsmith: You may not like or agree with what Paul Harvey said, [he did say something very similar in 1965], but the recording was him saying pretty much the same thoughts with some variations in the 1990's recording [the snopes site shows the transcripts for both broadcasts, not that much difference]. Consider that being said originally in 1965. How much things have gone the way he said since then. Think how many probably just blew off what he said as that isn't going to happen here in America. Well surprise folks, it did.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 1:32pm
Jim H.. I'm confused by your statement. Are you implying beating up women is a good thing? That men should be dominant in their house through physical force?
Please explain yourself. There is no other conclusion any rational person could take from your remark about Biden defending the right of women not to be abused.
Totally confused how you could even be tricked into implying that beating up women is a wonderful thing! Unless of course, that is how you feel towards them.
Mike from Delaware
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 3:19pm
Kavips: you apparently are reading something very different from what I read when I read JimH's comment above.
I obviously can't speak for JimH, but how I interpreted his comment is that he's talking about a general tone used in the comments made by Obama and Biden and not some specific comment, or he'd have mentioned that in his comment.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 6:53pm
MikeFromDelaware: I was not referring to Paul Harvey. I was talking about you: "As our culture/society has decided it knows more than the Creator God, they've also walked away from his ways. The results we see more and more will only continue to increase, until our nation turns back to God." Always shoving your religion at people. Take Jesus advice and keep your religion "in the closet."
What this is country needs is what Quebec is in the process of doing...
Charter Of Quebec Values Will Ban Overt Religious Symbols; Promote Secularism And Separation From Canada
(RNS) Quebec’s government this week introduced its much-discussed Charter of Quebec Values, which would ban “overt and conspicuous” religious symbols worn by government employees.
Pushing the twin ideals of secularism and separation from Canada, the Parti Quebecois’ plan would prohibit public employees from wearing large crosses and crucifixes, Islamic headscarves, Sikh turbans and Jewish yarmulkes as a way to establish “religious neutrality” in public.
The prohibitions would apply to civil servants, teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses and public day care employees.
Elected officials would be exempt. Universities and municipalities could seek a renewable, five-year exemption.
Note: France already has this.
I did not listen to the Paul Harvey clip. I guess I should not be surprised that you took Paul Harvey seriously. The man made millions pandering to people like you and reinforcing prejudices likes yours - while shilling for his sponsors. Of course, he did hit a high point with the Poodle Nightie story.
Mike from Delaware
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 1:19am
Billsmith: What I expressed are my views, just as what you posted are your views. Funny how one of us (me) is willing to hear opposing points of view & yet is called the intolerant person by folks like you; yet the person who acts like he's so tolerant (you) foam at the mouth when I express my views & then want those views banned.
How unAmerican of you. You appear to be saying that first Amendment rights of free speech apply only to folks who think like you??? You want any religious thought, ideas, or expression made no longer allowed to be expressed as it was in Communist countries & now today in Muslim nations. Yep, you fit what Paul Harvey said about what's happening to the US. Your comments verify what Paul Harvey said. As Paul Harvey used to say, that's the rest of the story .
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 5:06am
MikeFromDelaware: Funny how you like to twist things. (1) You have made it clear that you are not open to "opposing views" on religion because you think you have THE TRUTH. (2) This is not a Christian message board (neither are others in which you participate), yet you keep finding ways to shove your religious views (aka THE TRUTH) into people's faces and flaunt religion. (3) And you keep doing this despite the fact that Jesus said not to. It is hypocrisy for you to insist that other people - who are not part of your religion - should follow your god's rules when you ignore those that don't suit you.
If you can't come up with an argument for your opinions other than religion, it must mean you don't have much of a case. And if the best you can do is quote Paul Harvey (remember when the FDA cracked down on those false claims in his supplement ads?) then you are really desperate.
You also seem to think you are a missionary in some part of the world where they never heard of Christianity. I know what Christianity has taught. I know its history. I probably know them better than you. Your "good news" is not news to most people in this country; it's an old story. I've heard it. I considered it. I don't buy it. So go into your closet, pray in secret, and stop practicing your piety before the rest of us.
And if people like you ever get your way, you want "any religious though, ideas, or expressions made no longer to be expressed" OTHER THAN YOUR OWN.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 8:54am
To further explore the phenomenon of girls bullying and even murdering other girls, check out the Investigation Discovery program "Pretty Bad Girls". That is, if you can get through the first five minutes of it, which I have trouble doing much of.
Mike from Delaware
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 9:30am
Billsmith: I've never said people should be forced to follow my beliefs. I've rallied for 30 years against churches trying to "Legislate" their beliefs into law.
However, you totally go against what our Founding Fathers wanted for America. As you'll be quick to tell me, many of them were not Christians, but did believe in God. They didn't want no religion in America, they wanted a free market place of ideas where one faith was the state religion [Anglican Church from England in Virginia, Congressional Church in New England, etc]. They wanted any faith to be able to be practiced and discussed. They also didn't want those who were NOT interested in religious belief, like yourself, to be forced to have to attend a church service against their will [back then in Virginia, if you missed more than, I believe it was two church services in a month, you'd be put in the stockade].
I didn't direct my original comment to you, as I realize you aren't interested, but you aren't the only person who reads Allan's blog, and as you are free to offer YOUR view of life, America, and the world, I too have that same right.
YOU made this into a far larger discussion about the topic you loathe. Why reply? I made my comment. No one else commented on my reply. The answer is, because you enjoy bashing the Christian faith anytime you find the opportunity. You are as much of an evangelist for YOUR views and lack of beliefs as I am for my views and my Christian beliefs.
I tried to direct you to Paul Harvey's comment in my reply to your reply [so we'd not get into an argument about faith], with no success, because the real issue for you is that you want someone like me totally silenced, and that sir is NOT what the Founding Fathers wanted for America, so my statement stands that you are acting in an UN-American way.
In an effort to respect Allan's desire that we not get into some long "watering contest" on religion and faith. I'll give you the last word, if you choose to reply on this specific topic. I've expressed my thoughts.
Mike from Delaware
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 10:41am
Moving on to another topic, some positive news in the Syria situation:
From CBS News: "U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday they have reached an agreement on a framework for Syria to destroy all of its chemical weapons, and raised the specter of a potential U.N. Security Council resolution that could authorize sanctions — even military action — if President Bashar Assad's government fails to comply."
Sounds like good news. If they can pull this off successfully, both Putin and Obama will look good. This could be historic. One time where the powers to be, both in the US and in this case Russia, came together and found a way to keep the peace, yet stop the bad thing, in this case the use of chemical weapons on folks, from continuing.
I'll bet the President is breathing a sigh of relief. He'll come out of this smelling like a rose, if this works out as planned. Kavips might be correct. Maybe Obama and Putin did talk about such a plan while in St. Petersberg Russia together. If they did plan all this, it was quite creative to say the least.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 10:48am
MikeFromDelaware: You need to study US history before you comment on what the founders wanted. Notice the first amendment is an amendment, it was not included in the original body of the constitution. Several states agreed to ratify the constitution only on the condition that it and several other amendments were added. What those states did not want was the central government establishing a religion or limiting other religions - because that's what states were doing already and this was seen as an issue of state's rights.
Too bad states didn't keep their established churches in this country. In countries with established churches, churches have little influence, few people attend and churches are pretty much irrelevant in politics. Maybe if the US gave preachers tax money (like public broadcasting) they'd quit trying to "legislate their beliefs." Getting involved in politics could put their establishment money at risk.
I only counter your "beliefs" when you try to impose them. The first amendment also protects people who don't want to hear it. Christians try to legislate against porn because they don't want to be exposed to it. They protest against certainly TV shows and protested against Howard Stern because they didn't want to be exposed to them either. Christians try to silence people all the time. I see that preacher in Florida got caught with a truckload of gas-soaked Quran last week. By the same logic, I shouldn't have to hear you rant about Jesus, the Bible or the "ways" of "the Creator God." So, I say again, any time you draw god like a gun from a holster, it just shows you really don't have much of an argument to make. And I will not by silence suggest I consent to having you shove your religion in my face. Christianity is responsible for more evil in the world than any other force in history.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 1:35pm
Kavips, Mike read my statements properly. You misread them. Completely.
Mike from Delaware
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 7:19pm
JimH: I believe you're saying Obama & Biden think they are royalty & as such are above the law?
Mike from Delaware
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 7:30pm
Billsmith: I can't impose anything on anybody as I've got no authority to do so. All I'm doing is sharing my views, just as you do with your views. The difference is I respect your right to express your views & you won't give me the same respect. Which is why I generally don't read your posts anymore. Every time I do, I'm sorry that I did, because your out right hatred for all things Christian sickens me. In spite of this,I've treated you & your views with far more respect than you give me & my views. Be at peace.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 9:49pm
I read Mike's reply to Jim H after I wrote what I did. I cannot see any harm in Biden's calling Republicans Neanderthals because that is what they are. They hit women on the heads and drag them into their caves to rape them.
Republicans should feel complimented, because that is what they really feel. Give them a microphone, and a room full of people, and they fight each other to be crowned the top Neanderthal. They viciously hate all women, and secretly search the INTERNET for films of them tortured in every way possible. Listening to Republicans wage war on women during the entire 2012 campaign, one can easily see that their fighting against an act that protects women from violence is solidly supporting their classification into that category associated with Neanderthals.
It is not Biden who should be shamed at all. but every uncouth American who ever voted for any Republican in any election.
If one decides to propagate the Republican call of insult from Biden's remarks, then one should likewise take offense at being called black, despite that being the color of your skin, or be called Russian because you came from a territory enclosed by the borders of Russia, or being called a red head, because of your natural hair coloring....
They were called Neanderthals because their philosophy against all women, makes them so... Perhaps their focus should be on changing their attitude, instead of pointing fingers at those using very apt description in calling them exactly what they are..
I'm appalled, appalled, that ridiculous and denatured Republican think that they can do very nasty evil things and not be called out on it. What kind of unreality do they live in?
So Jim, when you say Biden is ridiculous, you in turn, are registering yourself as supporting the brutal beating of women by default. Even if you were aware of it, or not.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 3:08am
Kavips: Just one little fact about Biden. He continues to dishonor the memory of his first wife Neilia by telling a tall tale about her having been killed by a drunk driver. It was proven early on that the trucker that slammed into her was clean and unfortunately the accident was caused by Mrs. Biden's error. She pulled out onto Limestone Road from Valley Road right in front of the guy. Now in fairness to Mrs. Biden, this happened over 40 years ago before Lantana Square was built so there was no traffic light there at the time and visibility may have been limited to curves in the road, etc. But in my mind, Joe Biden has no moral authority to champion abused women when he continues to smear an innocent truck driver (who, by the way, is also deceased) and lie about how his wife died. If he wants credibility, then why doesn't he just tell the truth? The accident wasn't his fault, so he has nothing to be ashamed of. Seems to me he just enjoys smearing people for no reason.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 7:57am
Yet another example of Christian hypocrisy:
The most shoplifted book in the US is....
- 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off
" I can't impose anything on anybody as I've got no authority to do so."
MikeFromDelaware: Is that all that's stopping you. If you could, you would. And in a way you do by "sharing your views" with anyone not interested in hearing them. Christians don't have a problem with making kids hear Christian prayers before school or everyone hear Christian prayers before public meetings and events. Roger Williams, an ordained minister, victim of religious persecution and founder of Rhode Island called it "spiritual rape" but otherwise Christians complain that taking god out of schools and meetings is causing their god to curse this country.
You don't introduce religion into discussions of current events, you self-righteously offer your "testimony" and occasionally offer moral judgements on those who don't live the way you think (according to your god) people are supposed to live.
The only reason Christians are not burning the theologically incorrect at the stake these days is there are too many sects and too many theologies and we have the religious equivalent of a Mexican stand-off. Christians pray for their "unity to be restored." Watch out if it is.
I wonder how you'd feel if a Scientologist started "sharing his views" here like you do.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 8:41am
I hate cops. Two more reasons why.
Two bystanders shot and wounded by NYPD officers who opened fire on mentally disturbed suspect in crowded Times Square
* Women rushed to hospital after being shot in leg
* Sound of gunfire heard in popular tourist spot
* Man charged at cops and threw one into side of car
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2420991/Times-Square-shooting-wounds-person-Saturday-night.html#ixzz2exrPVaSG
Police officer who 'shot dead unarmed man who was seeking help after car wreck' is charged with manslaughter
* Jonathan Ferrell appears to have crashed his car down an embankment about 2:30 a.m. and then knocked on the door of a nearby residence looking for help shortly after
* The homeowner opened the door thinking it was her husband. When she realized it was 24-year-old Ferrell - a stranger - she closed the door and called 911
* When police arrived, authorities claim Ferrell charged officers before one of them shot him several times
Hey Bill, did you find any outhouses for Occupy Wall Street yet? I'm sure Westboro would gladly loan them a few!
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 7:15pm
MikeFromDelaware: Pizza, your brother in Christ, once again shows the power of the holy spirit to transform people's lives.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 11:30pm
Pizza, lose your spouse and be told a drunk driver killed her, and see how long it takes you to stop thinking it?
How do you know he was sober anyway?
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 11:46pm
Kavips: Because the police report said so. Smokin' Joe made up the whole drunk driver thing. How many ways do I have to explain it to you? Joe Biden is and has always been a pathological liar.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 2:30am
Pizza: For once I agree with you. Besides, Biden moved on and got himself another wife. In the meantime, there were all those hotties in his Senate office.
Biden has been on the take from the banks and chemical companies for years and only out-of-state media ever mention it.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 1:32pm
Thanks Pizza. Wondered from where you were getting that idea.
And BillS thinks it is news that someone in Delaware was on the take from banks and chemical companies... Little does he know that if you don't take their money, in this state one winds up with the lesser total out of all votes cast.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 8:17pm
Yep. I think I agree with both of you on these points.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 4:23am
Since Pizza agrees, it's time for some celebratory music...
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 9:08am
And we still have no explanation - let alone an apology - from the resident right-wing talk show host as to why the media keep looking the other way and say nothing about Biden and his "deals."
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 11:14pm
I'll speak for Allan. It is because it is not even remotely interesting. Too much other stuff is happening, and besides, we like Joe Biden. He's a great guy. Far better than Hillary.
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