Christianity to be restored in U.S. Capitol
WorldNetDaily — Documentation of the Christian heritage of the United States will be restored, at least partly, to a new $600 million Capitol Visitors Center in Washington which earlier had been scrubbed of references to the religious faith and influences of the Founding Fathers. The plans drew objections from members of Congress. The new 580,000-square-foot center, mostly built underneath the grounds just east of the U.S. Capitol to protect the scenic views of the historic building, is about three-quarters the size of the Capitol itself, has exhibition galleries, theaters, a 550-seat cafeteria, gift shops and myriad other features. But according to members of Congress, the project run by the office of the architect of the Capitol was on course to lack a full picture of the
Wow! It's still OK to Pray in Jesus' Name
WorldNetDaily — The judges on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals have used a case from
Archaeologist Finds 3000-Year Old Hebrew Text
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- An Israeli archaeologist has discovered what he says is the earliest-known Hebrew text, found on a shard of pottery that dates to the time of King David from the Old Testament, about 3,000 years ago. Professor Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem says the inscribed pottery shard -- known as an ostracon -- was found during excavations of a fortress from the 10th century BC. Carbon dating of the ostracon, along with pottery analysis, dates the inscription to time of King David, about a millennium earlier than the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the university said. The shard contains five lines of text divided by black lines and measures 15 by 15 centimeters, or about 6 inches square. The site of Khirbet Qeiyafa is located near the place where the Bible describes the battle between David and Goliath -- the
20% of Homeowners Owe More to Lenders than their Homes are Worth
- JJ Commentary: Why weren’t such mortgages based on “a homeowner’s ability to pay” in the first place? And why do we taxpayers have to bail out banks and borrowers for their stupidity?
TOKYO (AP) —
- JJ Commentary: That “quicksand” Jesus warned about is comprised of greed, speculation and debt.
Meltdown Hits Small Towns, Retirees and the Rich as Well
As the nation's economy worsens, workers are being laid off by thousands
Older Americans are watching their retirement savings evaporate as the economy slumps and the stock market falters. Some have lost 35%-40% of their 401(k) savings due to the stock market crash. "We're seeing that those funds were never guaranteed, that the stock market can go down and stay down and that the fees can erode earnings and contributions so that people end up with less than they put in," says Teresa Ghilarducci, professor of economics at the
Car Sales Going from Bad to Worse
Charting the rise and fall of car and truck sales is a simple way to gauge the health of the economy. When we feel good about our prospects, we buy. When fearful, we hold back. Vehicle sales have dropped so sharply that one analyst wonders how many people are just going to hold on to their vehicles until they fall apart. In September, taxable sales of new and used motor vehicles were down 29.8 percent from a year earlier, the Arizona Department of Revenue reported Thursday. The skid in sales puts pressure not only on automakers, auto dealers and their employees, but on state and local governments, which count on the sales-tax revenues. This decade, vehicle sales have run about 16 million to 17 million units a year. J.D. Power and Associates, a marketing-information services firm, predicts sales will fall to about 13.6 million units this year and 13.2 million units in 2009.
Company Layoffs Increase
Medicare Drug Plan Spending Drops $6B in 2008
In a rare bit of good news for taxpayers, the cost of the Medicare prescription drug program fell $6 billion this year — savings driven by the widespread use of low-cost generic drugs. The prescription drug program for seniors has cost about one-third less — about $50 billion — than originally estimated since it started in January 2006. When the program started, the Congressional Budget Office had predicted it would cost $74 billion a year by 2008. Medicare actuaries predicted even higher costs. Seniors have seen savings, too. The monthly premium for basic drug coverage was $26.70 in 2008 — a third less than forecast. The drug plan was the most expensive new federal program since the 1960s, until the current financial bailout. About 32 million seniors are now enrolled.
FDA Ignored Evidence when Calling BPA Safe
The Food and Drug Administration ignored evidence when concluding that a chemical in plastic baby bottles is safe, according to an expert panel asked to review the agency's handling of the controversial substance. The excluded studies suggest bisphenol A, or BPA, could pose harm to children at levels at least 10 times lower than the amount the agency says is safe, according to the report written by outside scientists. The scientists took the FDA to task for basing its safety decision in August on three industry-funded studies. The expert panel also found the FDA underestimated how much BPA babies ingest on several counts. For one, the agency failed to consider the cumulative effect of being exposed to BPA from dozens of products, a fundamental error that "severely limits the usefulness" of the FDA's safety estimate.
As of Thursday, the Pentagon had reported 13
At Least 77 Dead Following
GAUHATI, India (AP) — A series of coordinated blasts tore through India's volatile northeast on Thursday, killing at least 61 people, wounding more than 300 and setting police on a frantic search for any unexploded bombs. The largest blast was near the office of the
BEIJING (AP) — Animal feed producers in China commonly add the industrial chemical melamine to their products to make them appear higher in protein, state media reported Thursday, an indication that the scope of the country's latest food safety scandal could extend beyond milk and eggs. The practice of mixing melamine into animal feed is an "open secret" in the industry, the Nanfang Daily newspaper reported in an article that was republished on the websites of the official Xinhua News Agency and the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily. Publicizing such a problem is rare for the Chinese media and appears to be a tacit admission by
Turkish Ship Hijacked off Somalia
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pirates have hijacked a Turkish freighter carrying 20 crewmembers and a load of iron ore in the waters off Somalia, Turkey's maritime authorities said Thursday, the latest of dozens of piracy incidents in those troubled waters. The waters off
WAM, Pakistan (AP) — Authorities scrambled to help earthquake survivors in the frigid mountains of southwestern
Mission News Network reports that more than 270,000 people in Honduras have been forced to flee their homes again due widespread flooding and mudslides caused by unusually heaving rains. The flooding has devasted vulnerable areas and destroyed bean and maize crops. The country was just finishing rebuilding from Hurricane Mitch in 1998. "We've got people on the ground there now who are helping us become more specific in what the needs are," said Myles Fish with International Aid. The organization also responded to Mitch. "Our first attempts will be with healthcare supplies, some food, and we're sending our water filters down because we've heard that many of the water systems have been broken." Many in
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DALLAS (AP) — Two minor earthquakes have shaken the