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The Drinking Age Is Past Its Prime

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The National Minimum Drinking Age Act, passed by Congress 30 years ago this July, is a gross violation of civil liberties and must be repealed. It is absurd and unjust that young Americans can vote, marry, enter contracts and serve in the military at 18 but cannot buy an alcoholic drink in a bar or restaurant. The age-21 rule sets the U.S. apart from all advanced Western nations and lumps it with small or repressive countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

Congress was stampeded into this puritanical law by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who with all good intentions were wrongly intruding into an area of personal choice exactly as did the hymn-singing 19th century temperance crusaders, typified by Carrie Nation smashing beer barrels with her hatchet. Temperance fanaticism eventually triumphed and gave us 14 years of Prohibition. That in turn spawned the crime syndicates for booze smuggling, laying the groundwork for today’s global drug trade. Thanks a lot, Carrie!

Now that marijuana regulations have been liberalized in Colorado, it’s time to strike down this dictatorial national law. Government is not our nanny. The decrease in drunk-driving deaths in recent decades is at least partly attributable to more uniform seat-belt use and a strengthening of DWI penalties. Today, furthermore, there are many other causes of traffic accidents, such as the careless use of cell phones or prescription drugs like Ambien — implicated in the recent trial and acquittal of Kerry Kennedy for driving while impaired.

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Put Down The Phone, Parents; It Could Be Affecting Your Kids

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It’s not just our kids getting too much screen time these days. Parents are also guilty of spending too much time on their electronic devices.

Researchers at the Boston Medical Center observed 55 different groups of parents and young children eating at fast food restaurants. The study found the majority pulled out their mobile devices right away, and, in turn, their kids tended to act up more.

“It’s just normal childhood behavior,” said parenting coach Toni Schutta. “If I can’t get your attention in a positive way, I’m going seek it in a negative way.”

Suzanne Ferguson, of Minneapolis, said she and her husband used to be smartphone addicts, checking their emails around their kids.

“We were the couple that would go out to eat at dinner and both be on our own phones before we had kids,” she said. “We’re very much attached to our phones.”

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Fox News Poll: Independents more likely to back anti-ObamaCare candidates

Screenshot 2014-04-23 13.27.56Most voters say ObamaCare will play an important role in their vote in this year’s elections, and over half are more inclined to back the candidate who opposes the health care law.
That’s according to a Fox News poll released Monday. The new poll asks voters what they would do if the only difference between two congressional candidates is that one promises to fight for the health care law and the other promises to fight against it. CLICK HERE TO READ THE POLL RESULTS By a 53-39 percent margin, more voters say they would back the anti-ObamaCare candidate. Independents, always a key voting bloc, would back that candidate by a 25 percentage-point margin (54-29 percent, with another 14 percent saying it depends). Read full story on foxnews.com

VIDEO: O’Reilly: ‘Oppose Gay Marriage, You Could Get Hurt’

On Monday, FOX News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” ran a segment in which the host Bill O’Reilly stated that “one of the reasons why ‘gay marriage’ has come on so strong in the U.S.A. is intimidation — if you oppose, you may become a target.” He began by citing Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who was forced to resign for donating $1,000 to California’s Prop 8 traditional marriage effort back in 2008. But then O’Reilly pointed to Richard Kim, executive editor of the very liberal website TheNation.com, who recently stated on MSNBC that many of his homosexual activist friends actually want to target all of the approximately 6,500 people who gave the same amount, or more, as Eich did for Prop 8.

“You oppose ‘gay marriage,’ you could get hurt.” Bill observed, and then asked Juan Williams, “That’s one of the reasons that a lot of people don’t say a word, is it not?”

“That’s incontrovertible,” the left-leaning Williams admitted.

Read more at barbwire.com

US troops arrive in Poland for exercises across Eastern Europe amid Ukraine crisis

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U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland on Wednesday as part of a wave of U.S. troops heading to shore up America's Eastern European allies in the face of Russian meddling in Ukraine.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said an initial contingent of about 600 troops will head to four countries across Eastern Europe for military exercises over the next month.

First, about 150 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Vicenza, Italy, are arriving in Poland.

Additional Army companies will head to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and are expected to arrive by Monday for similar land-based exercises in those countries.

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Ga. Gov. to Sign Widest Sweeping Pro-Gun Reform

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign legislation Wednesday expanding gun rights in the state.
The bill, described by the  National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm as "the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history," expands the scope of public places where licensed owners are allowed to carry firearms. The bill makes several changes to state law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don't have certain security measures. It also allows religious leaders to decide whether it's OK for a person with a carry license to bring a gun into their place of worship. Even more details at FoxNews.

God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge — A Response to Matthew Vines

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Evangelical Christians in the United States now face an inevitable moment of decision. While Christians in other movements and in other nations face similar questions, the question of homosexuality now presents evangelicals in the United States with a decision that cannot be avoided. Within a very short time, we will know where everyone stands on this question. There will be no place to hide, and there will be no way to remain silent. To be silent will answer the question. The question is whether evangelicals will remain true to the teachings of Scripture and the unbroken teaching of the Christian church for over two thousand years on the morality of same-sex acts and the institution of marriage. Read full story on albertmohler.com

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OBAMA FUNDED BIOFUELS BACKFIRE:

WASHINGTON -- Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline.

OLD FOLKS MOVING IN WITH EVEN OLDER ONES:

At a time when the still sluggish economy has sent a flood of jobless young adults back home, older people are quietly moving in with their parents at twice the rate of their younger counterparts.

For seven years through 2012, the number of Californians aged 50 to 64 who live in their parents' homes swelled 67.6% to about 194,000, according to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development.

The jump is almost exclusively the result of financial hardship caused by the recession rather than for other reasons, such as the need to care for aging parents, said Steven P. Wallace, a UCLA professor of public health who crunched the data.

PLAYSTATION BUYER, SAVES LIVES:

A mother and her 6-year-old child were killed by a fire nearby, and the story had a real impact on Hector Montoya. So he took the $300 he had saved and spent the money on smoke detectors.

"Saving a life is more important," Montoya said.

With the help of the Grand Prarie Fire Department, he installed more than 100 smoke detectors, mostly in the homes of elderly residents and people who reminded him of the tragedy he saw on the news.

Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins

Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins

Homosexuality is not the only sin mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

It’s not the only sin mentioned, but it is different from all the rest, at least right now. At this moment in history, contrary to the other sins listed here, homosexuality is celebrated by our larger society with pioneering excitement. It’s seen as a good thing, as the new hallmark of progress.

To be sure, the masses increasingly make no bones about sin in general. Innumerable people are idolaters, not to mention those who are sexually immoral, or who commit adultery, or who steal and are greedy and get wasted and revile neighbors and swindle others. It happens all the time. And each of these unrepentant sins are the same in the sense of God’s judgment. They all deserve his wrath. And we’re constantly reminded that “such were some of you” (1 Corinthians 6:11).

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News That Makes You Think… 04.22.2014

WHITE HOUSE SOLICITED FINANCIAL BACKING FOR OBAMACARE

(Fox News) -- The White House allegedly was involved in seeking financial support for a pro-ObamaCare group, according to a new report issued in response to Republican concerns about the administration's fundraising efforts.

Until now, outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was the only official known to have solicited financial support for Enroll America, a nonprofit that promoted enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. But a Government Accountability Office report released Monday detailed not only the secretary's involvement but that of a White House adviser.

STOP DRESSING TACKY FOR CHURCH

(CNN) -- If the Rev. John DeBonville could preach a sermon to lift the souls of churchgoers across America, his message would be simple:

Stop dressing so tacky for church.

DeBonville has heard about the “come as you are” approach to dressing down for Sunday service, but he says the Sabbath is getting too sloppy.

When he scans the pews of churches, DeBonville sees rows of people dressed in their Sunday worst. They saunter into church in baggy shorts, flip-flop sandals, tennis shoes and grubby T-shirts. Some even slide into the pews carrying coffee in plastic foam containers as if they’re going to Starbucks.

VEGE ICE CREAM

Haagen-Dazs has announced the release of two new ice cream flavors in Japan. But instead of featuring candy bars, creamy caramel or even salty snacks, the U.S.-based brand wants you to eat your vegetables.

The new "Spoon Vege" flavors are tomato cherry and carrot orange. According to a news release, the tomato cherry flavor contains cherry juice and tomato paste. The carrot orange flavor has concentrated carrot juice, concentrated orange juice, orange pulp and orange peel.

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