Archive for July 17, 2012

The Religious Society of Friends, also known as the Quakers, of which the Salisbury Friends Worship Group is a part, is a denomination or movement within the larger Christian community with a rich and interesting history. Originally a movement of the Holy Spirit in England, Quakers came to America and settled in Maryland, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Delaware, and other areas of the Northeast. They soon spread across the country and the world.
Today, Quakers continue to meet together for worship in meetinghouses, homes and other locations. While we honor our past, we seek to be a lively and vital Spirit-led community that reaches out to all with a living faith and hope in Christ Jesus, our Teacher and Lord who has come to teach His people Himself.
A Quaker meeting for worship involves the congregation gathering at a pre-set time in order to wait silently, remembering the promise of our Lord that where two or three are gathered together in His name, there He is in the midst of us. As led by the Holy Spirit, Friends may rise to sing, pray, read scripture, or minister in word to fellow believers, if they sense the Lord has truly given them something to share at that moment. All are welcome to worship with us.

Holding Christ-centered, unprogrammed meetings for worship the second and fourth Sundays of every month at 1 p.m. at Community of Joy church, located at 302 South Blvd., Salisbury, MD 21801. Telephone: (443) 735-6217, Email: salisburyquakers@aol.com.

Here are the stories about ObamaCare that you will not see Obama or Axelrod or much of the ObamaMedia hawking on a daily basis … these are the stories of small business owners who are working on ways to keep their companies under 50 employees so as to avoid the taxes imposed by ObamaCare.

CNN Money did a story on Kari DePhillips, who co-owns the Content Factory, a public relations firm in Pittsburgh. Her company is on pace to hit the 50 person mark in just a few years. Instead of actively working to grow that company, Kari DePhillips is expending her energy trying to figure out how to get around the ObamaMandateTax. She thought about breaking up her company; that won’t work. She thought about creating a brand new company; that won’t work either. ObamaCare is set up to pretty much screw anyone who wants to grow a business.

As for larger companies who are already well above the 50 person limit, they are looking for ways to get employees and reduce workers down to part-time status, all to avoid the hassles associated with ObamaCare. Wow, that will do wonders for our economy! CNN’s story focuses on David Barr, who owns a bunch of fast-food restaurants in Alabama and Georgia. He has 425 workers. Extending healthcare coverage to every full-time worker (as required by ObamaCare) would cost him $545,782 a year. That’s quite a hit. As he points out, “This business model isn’t meant to support those costs.” But the Democrat architects of ObamaCare weren’t too concerned about business models when creating ObamaCare … Obama, especially. What does this guy know about business? Bupkis. But people like David Barr know a thing or two about business, and his plan is to fire people or reduce full-time workers to part-timers. He’ll pay the tax instead of providing care, because it is a cheaper option for his business.

Any doubt Americans may have had that Barack Obama is a Marxist should be alleviated now after hearing his rhetoric in a speech in Virginia over the weekend, top-radio host Michael Savage told his listeners last night.

Asserting that it is governments and not individuals who create jobs, Obama told entrepreneurs Saturday: “If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

“You didn’t get there on your own,” the president said. “I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.”

After playing the audio of Obama’s remarks, Savage offered a blunt assessment.

“So there’s communism,” he said. “That’s Karl Marx Obama. That’s Hugo Chavez Obama. That’s Joseph Stalin Obama. This is a very dangerous man.”

Savage, noting he has studied dictatorships, recalled that tyrannical regimes “begin with innocent remarks like this.”

“This man is the most dangerous, most divisive, most evil – I’ll use the word evil – president in the history of America.”

Savage acknowledged he was “stepping up” his own rhetoric, because the situation requires it, and no one else will.

“Things don’t start the way they end,” he warned, drawing lessons from history. “They start with the most innocent remarks like this.”

The elected Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler, whose rhetoric originated with 19th century French anti-Semites, did not start with death camps but with relatively benign racial purity laws, and no one stopped him, Savage pointed out.

Read more here.

Allison Kaplan Sommer, who wrote the blog post on Haaretz ,said she is fascinated by the stir the photo has caused on the Internet, but acknowledges in a way it actually makes practical sense. Here’s some of what she wrote:

I’ve been quite fascinated by the fascination. Bikini pictures aren’t uncommon, and neither are pictures of gun. But put them together and you’ve got everyone’s attention. The combination of exposed female body and deadly weaponry must tap into some deep-seated male fantasy world. Even when fully clad, there seems to be a major Internet fetish for Israeli female soldiers. A quick Google search will prove me right. There may be other countries with women in the military – including the United States, but the consequences of Israel’s universal military service is that, when the entire female population goes to the army at age 18, each cohort is going to include a certain percentage of really hot women.

But still, a bikini and a gun?

To an Israeli, the photo makes perfectly practical sense. When soldiers take their weapon off military premises, they must guard it closely and keep it on their person, at all times. Having one’s weapon stolen is harshly punished with time in military prison a given. I’ve heard male soldiers on leave refer to their gun as their ‘wife,’ so constant is the companionship. We’re used to seeing guns in all kinds of places – propped up next to the guy sitting next to us in a coffeeshop, or in a university classroom, and of course, slung over the shoulders of women soldiers, including women soldiers.

Of course, they usually tend to be wearing their uniforms at the time.

A word to the wise: if you accuse President Obama of smoking marijuana and trying cocaine in his past — which he openly admits in his book “Dreams From My Father” — you are a racist.

During Monday‘s edition of MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” host Lawrence O’Donnell accused conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh of using “racist stereotypes” for advising presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to point out that while Obama was experimenting with drugs, he was contributing to the economy.

O‘Donnell started by playing a clip from Limbaugh’s radio show:

“Romney knows how to do this. He did it to Newt and he did it to Santorum. He knows full well how he has to do this. But I know what they think they’re up against. They got the first black president, independents… It’s easy to go after Newt or Romney, because they’re conservatives and everybody hates conservatives anyway… But we can’t go after poor old Barack that way, because he’s a minority.”

“And so Rush decided to teach Mitt how to go after a minority,“ said ”O’Donnell. “Rush thinks Mitt should be hitting Barack Obama as a lazy, drug-taking beneficiary of affirmative action. Rush didn‘t use the word ’shiftless,’ but Rush threw in every racist stereotype he could in his advice to Mitt.”

The host then played yet another clip from Limbaugh’s talk show. “Affirmative action” does not appear to get mentioned, but what does that matter to a mainstream media that is rarely fact checked. Limbaugh went on to give Romney advice as to what he should be saying about the president:

“’Okay so Mr. Limbaugh, since you have the answer to everything, then what would you suggest that Romney do, if he do?’ Okay, fine!

‘Look, pal, when I was out creating jobs, investing in businesses and growing this economy, you were at Columbia smoking weed and snorting coke. You write about it in your book, you talk about how you got into Columbia, the Harvard Law Review, and you didn’t have to do anything. That was what’s great about it. You loved getting into Columbia because all you had to do was go to class, get your grades, and smoke a little weed while I was out building the country when you were doing that.’”

Read more here.