A version of this article originally appeared in Politico Magazine Wednesday evening.
While many races remain close, it's just getting harder and harder to envision a plausible path for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate. Ultimately, with just a few days to go before the election, the safe bet would be on Republicans eventually taking control of the upper chamber.
We say eventually because there's a decent chance we won't know who wins the Senate on Election Night. Louisiana is guaranteed to go to a runoff, and Georgia seems likelier than not to do the same. The Georgia runoff would be Jan. 6, 2015, three days after the 114th Congress is scheduled to open. Vote counting in some states, like Alaska, will take days, and other races are close enough to trigger a recount. more >>
It's that time of year again when not only are nights getting colder and darker, but so too the atmosphere in many churches and Christian homes. The debate begins at the first sign of the autumn leaves and abruptly comes to a halt on November 1st – after all, Halloween comes to its demise for another year.
By now, you've heard the many origins of this ambiguous holiday from The Catholic Church's claim of it being derived from All Hollow's Eve (the day to commemorate those martyred for their faith), to the many Evangelicals and some pagans who believe it a version of Samhain that was created to allow pagans to continue practicing paganism under the guise of a Christian cover. Most Neo-pagans celebrate Samhain, which falls near the date of Halloween and is considered an in-between time when the veil between worlds is thinnest and the Celtic New Year is celebrated.
Research reveals a lot of speculation when it comes to the actual practices of Halloween. Some say it's rooted in the immigration of the Irish who brought much of their folklore back to the states such as Jack-o-Lanterns, which may have originated in the form of a turnip. They believed by carving frightening faces on them, it would ward off the evil spirits that passed between worlds on Samhain night. more >>
"God the Father" tells the story of ex-mob boss and Colombo crime family captain Michael Franzese in a new and innovative format that includes animation, re-enactment, actual news footage and commentary from Michael, his wife, Camille, and several Christian pastors.
The film starts by introducing the concept of Italian-based organized crime, better know as La Cosanostra, and leads into Franzese's accent to the top of the mob ranks. Michael's father, Sonny Franzese, had been involved in organized crime for most of his life and his son ended up following in his footsteps.
"God the Father" shows various news clips that feature interviews with Franzese when he was a promising young earner for the mob stealing millions of dollars through a gasoline tax scam and various other business. He narrates the film telling his own story with the help of these clips and re-enactments of actual events in his life. In order to avoid having gratuitous violence in the movie, all shootings and stabbings are animated. The most compelling format used in the movie are the actual news clips that show just how entrenched Franzese was in what they call "the life." more >>
Matt Hires does a collaboration music video for his song "Hold You Up" with Rock the Cause and Ronald McDonald House. This is a thank you song to the charity that saved his daughter's life and also a song for all the kids who are still sick and fighting diseases every day.
This song is very inspirational and something kids would enjoy listening too. An uplifting beat and the words can make you feel better instantly. Even if you are not sick or fighting for your life, you can appreciate this heartfelt song written by Matt Hires. We all need something to hold us up when we are feeling down.
Check out the music video below: more >>
For some people, finding any kind of money with no one staking a claim on it would be a personal gain. One veteran California Highway Patrol sergeant, however, found $120,000 in cash lying in a roadway in Concord last month and turned over every dollar to local law enforcement who returned the money to a man who said it was his life savings.
"It was the right thing to do. I'm paid to uphold the law, and it's my job to set the example whether I'm working or not. I'm happy to hear the rightful owner was identified and that the money has been returned," said the female officer, a 20-year veteran law enforcement official, according to a statement highlighted by the San Francisco Chronicle.
That report said the sergeant discovered the cash during a trip in her personal vehicle along Concord Boulevard. She was forced to swerve around two bags which on investigation she realized were two bank deposit bags. more >>
Since gay marriage was legalized in North Carolina on Oct. 10, at least six North Carolina judges have resigned from their benches because they do not want to go against their Christian faith and conduct wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.
While it was reported last week that Rockingham County magistrate John Kallam Jr. and Swain County magistrate Gilbert Breedlove resigned from their positions because of the legalization of gay marriage, media reports have surfaced indicating that at least four other magistrates have done the same.
All six magistrates, Kallam, Breedlove, Bill Stevenson (Gaston County), Tommy Holland (Graham County), Gayle Myrick (Union County) and Jeff Powell (Jackson County) say they are waiting on God to give them direction in starting the next phases of their lives. more >>