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This Day in History/Quote of the Day

by Family Research Council

January 8, 2007

On this day in 1935 two twins were born, one of whom would become a king. In Tupelo, MS Elvis Aaron and Jesse Garon Presley are born. Jesse unfortunately died in childbirth. Elvis ultimately grew up to be the King of rock and roll, and some pretty significant things happened on his birthday both during and after his life. In 1954 Elvis paid $4 to a Memphis studio and recorded his 1st two songs, “Casual Love” and “I’ll Never Stand in Your Way.” A mere two years later his singles “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog” go to #1 and stays #1 for a record 11 weeks. Finally, years after his death in 1993 the Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp went on sale. Also in 1993 NBC offered the “Tonight Show” to David Letterman. Mr. Letterman apparently declined and signed on with CBS and ended up broadcasting out of the Ed Sullivan Theater, the same theater where Elvis first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956 (ironically without Ed there.)

The welfare of our country is the great object to which our cares and efforts ought to be directed, and I shall derive great satisfaction from a cooperation with you in the pleasing though arduous task of insuring to our fellow citizens the blessings which they have a right to expect from a free, efficient, and equal government. President George Washington delivering his first State of the union address on this day in 1790.

Maybe she needs to read her Bible?

by Family Research Council

January 8, 2007

Atheist leader admits misinformation

Council’s curriculum on Bible study was not deemed unconstitutional in 4 states, director says.

Valerie Olander / The Detroit News

HOWELL — The leader of an atheists’ group opposing a proposal to bring a Bible study curriculum into Howell schools acknowledged Friday that she spread misinformation about the legality of the plan.

The leader, whose legal name is Arlene-Marie, state director of the Michigan Atheists, said she erred when she claimed in a letter to Howell schools that the curriculum of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools had been found to be unconstitutional in four states. The council’s curriculum has never been found to be unconstitutional.

I misspoke. I should have been more careful,” Arlene-Marie said.

The admission comes as the Howell Board of Education is to discuss using a course designed by the council as an elective. It would focus on the Bible as literature and from an historical perspective. The board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Latson Elementary School. “We have never received one complaint from one school district in our 13 years,” said Elizabeth Ridenour, president and founder of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Greensboro, N.C.“We don’t pick the districts that want the curriculum, they come to us.” She said the Bible course curriculum has been voted into 373 school districts in 37 states, including Michigan.

I guess as an atheist she wasnt familiar with the 8th Commandment or Proverbs 25:18: A man that beareth false witness against his neighbor is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

News of the Duh

by Family Research Council

January 8, 2007

Do we really need taxpayer funding to find out if you dont eat you become hungry?

Study: Brain triggers hunger during fasts

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Jan. 4 (UPI) — A series of events in the human brain apparently stimulate hunger during periods of fasting, researchers at the Yale University School of Medicine said.

The study, published in the January issue of Cell Metabolism, found the events in the brain make sure a person stays hungry when food is scarce, HealthDay News said. Researchers said thyroid hormone in the brain is linked to increases in the protein UCP2, setting off a chain reaction that ultimately boosts the neurons that drive hunger.

The researchers studied mice on a 24-hour fast. Researchers found there was an increase in the enzyme that stimulates thyroid hormone production in concert with increased UCP2 protein activity.

The study examined the protein and its effects on the activity of neurons, lead researcher Sabrinia Diano said. “It’s how neurons ‘learn’ that food is missing and it keeps them ready to eat when food is introduced.”

Copyright 2007 by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

*Have I mentioned I really hate this new format?

This Day in History/Quote of the Day

by Family Research Council

January 4, 2007

On this day in 1896 Utah is admitted into the Union as the 45th state. In 1846 Joseph Smith’s successor as the head of the Mormon Church, Brigham Young, led an exodus of persecuted Mormons from Nauvoo, Illinois, along the western wagon trails in search of religious and political freedom. In July 1847, the 148 initial Mormon pioneers reached Utah’s Valley of the Great Salt Lake. The pioneers then began preparations for the tens of thousands of Mormon migrants who would follow. In 1850, President Millard Fillmore named Young the first governor of the territory of Utah, and the territory enjoyed relative autonomy for several years. Relations became strained, however, when reports reached Washington that Mormon leaders were disregarding federal law and had publicly sanctioned the practice of polygamy. In 1857, President James Buchanan removed Young, a polygamist with over 20 wives, from his position as governor, and sent U.S. army troops to Utah to establish federal authority. Tensions between the territory of Utah and the federal government continued until Wilford Woodruff, the president of the Mormon Church, issued his Manifesto in 1890, renouncing the traditional practice of polygamy, and reducing the domination of the church over Utah communities. Six years later, the territory of Utah was granted statehood.

QoD: I’m not a natural leader. I’m too intellectual; I’m too abstract; I think too much. The humble Newt Gingrich. On this day in 1995 The 104th Congress becomes the first held entirely under Republican control since the Eisenhower era. Thanks in large part to Newt Gingrich and the corruption that permeated Congress in the previous Congress. You getting a feeling of Deja vu gone horribly wrong?

This Day in History/Quote of the Day

by Family Research Council

December 29, 2006

On this day in 1908 Otto Zachow and William Besserdich of Clintonville, Wisconsin, received a patent for their four-wheel braking system, the prototype of all modern braking systems. You can read more from this link to a Fedruary 28, 1938 Time magazine.

QoD: I’d like to get away from earth awhile: And then come back to it and begin over.

May no fate willfully misunderstand me: And half grant what I wish and snatch me away:

Not to return. Earth’s the right place for love: I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.

I’d like to go by climbing a birch tree~And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk

Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more, But dipped its top and set me down again. That would be good both going and coming back. One could do worse than be a swinger of birches. Robert Frost, Birches.

Four links a-linking

by Jared Bridges

December 28, 2006

For those of you still reading the internet on this fourth day of Christmas, here are four links (plus a bonus):

This Day in History/Quote of the Day

by Family Research Council

December 28, 2006

Today could officially be called Geek Day, so many things happened of the nerd variety:

1980-2006For the pocket protector set there are a number of events surrounding today. For those whose nerdiness leans toward the math side (and those without a pocket protector there is no need to worry, because on this day in 1849 M Jolly-Bellin discovered dry-cleaning by accidentally upsetting a lamp containing turpentine and oil on his clothing and saw the cleaning effect.) The white coats born this day include Arthur Eddington (1882, astrophysicist/mathematician), John Von Neumann (1903, mathematician/astronomer), Clabon W. Allen (1904, astronomer), and Maarten Schmidt (1929, astronomer who discovered first quasar), Paul Horowitz (1942, physicist.) For the less bookish geeks, unless we are talking comic books, on this day in 1922 Stan Lee the creator of such comic icons as Spider-Man, X-Men and the Incredible Hulk was born. Two years later in 1924, host and the man behind the Twilight Zone and Night Gallery, Rod Serling was born. In either 1933 or 1936 Nichelle Nichols, Uhuru on the original Star Trek was born. And definitely in 1934 Dame Maggie Smith, Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter films and Thetis in Clash of the Titans, was born in Ilford, England. Other random but connected events on this day include the death of Dutch astronomer Albert Pigge in 1542, the patenting of chewing gum by William Finley Semple in 1869, the world’s first commercial screening of a film at the Grand Cafe in Paris in 1895, the announcement in 1948 of a U.S. study looking into launching an Earth satellite and the birth of the first American test tube baby in 1981.

QoD: “When a friend calls to me from the road, And slows his horse to a meaning walk,

I don’t stand still and look around, On all the hills I haven’t hoed, And shout from where I am, ‘What is it?’, No, not as there is a time talk. I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,

Blade-end up and five feet tall, And plod: I go up to the stone wall, For a friendly visit.” - Robert Frost, A Time to Talk