NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
How Could We Blow It on Gun Control?


Now we have the latest in the long and growing list of unpleasant "surprises" about the Affordable Care Act.

It turns out that expansion of coverage of Medicaid for low income Americans increases rather than decreases visits to hospital emergency rooms.
    
For Us Runners & Quitters of 2013
It's a new 365.

I'm sitting in my office on this quiet morning thinking of our community; our God-struggles, the deep places He is taking us through, and the hunger we have to understand Him more.
I cannot really remember when I did not love to read books. I do know that I was very eager to learn to read, and that I quickly found myself immersed in the world of books and literature. It may have been a seduction of sorts, and the Christian disciple must always be on guard to guide the eyes to books worthy of a disciple's attention--and there are so many.
    
Unplugging for Awhile
As 2014 begins, I'm going to take a little while away with my family, to plan out a game plan for the new year and to rest up after a non-stop blur of activity that whirred on from my election as president until now, not to mention navigating this new life of living in two cities at once. I'll be unplugging totally during that time, from email and from various social media.
by Michael Moore

Today marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act's new insurance exchanges, for which two million Americans have signed up. Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful.
    
The War on Poverty at 50
In his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared a "war on poverty." Today, with roughly the same number of people below the poverty level as in 1964 and with many addicted to government "benefits," robbing them of a work ethic, it is clear that the poor have mostly lost the war.
Boromir, in the movie The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), muses that "it is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing. Such a little thing."
    
America's Chief Export: Immorality
Why are Americans so peeved?

Is it Obamacare?

Well, partly - and in a big way. One wonders, in fact, if that sign language interpreter at the Mandela funeral moonlighted as the lead IT consultant for Healthcare.gov.
The duck-man has quickly become an eagle in the eyes of many, including even some homosexuals whose lifestyle Phil Robertson characterized as sin, citing the Bible he reveres as God's Word.
    
by Ben Shapiro

A&E's indefinite suspension of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson over his comments regarding homosexuality, and the subsequent backlash, is an important cultural moment in American life.
    

"Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety."
--Proverbs 11:14

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