For Republicans, the Solyndra scandal is ready-made to feature five of the main arguments they will use against President Obama in the 2012 election.
1. Wasteful Spending
The federal government loaned solar power company Solyndra $535 million before watching the company go bankrupt in 2011. The loan guarantee was part of the 2009 “stimulus bill,” which was supposed to, according to Obama, save the economy and keep unemployment below eight percent. more >>
The Gulf of Mexico’s diverse ecosystem has been invaded by an alien threat: the Asia tiger prawn.
The giant prawn, which usually grows up to one foot in length and weighs nearly one pound, poses a formidable threat to the area’s ecosystem.
A highly aggressive creature, the prawn’s ravenous appetite could deplete the population of brown and white shrimp. The prawn also has a proclivity for disease, and is known to carry up to 16 viruses at one time. more >>
While multiple polls have shown American's trust in government at record lows, a Vanderbilt University poll shows American's trust in government to be higher when asked about specific government agencies.
Fourty-nine percent said they trust the Department of Defense to do what is right “just about always” or “most of the time.” Even the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency, which have come under fire from Republican presidential candidates for high levels of regulation on businesses, showed levels of trust over twice as high as trust in government as a whole. Thirty-eight percent said they trusted HHS and the EPA to do what is right “just about always” or “most of the time.”
But when asked, “how much of the time do you feel that you can trust government in Washington to do what is right?” only 2 percent of respondents answered “just about always,” and only 13 percent answered “most of the time.” Fifty-six percent answered “only some of the time,” and 28 percent answered “never.” more >>
Sears Holdings Corporation announced on Tuesday that it has plans to close between 100 and 120 Kmart and Sears locations following a rough holiday sales season for their stores.
"Given our performance and the difficult economic environment, especially for big-ticket items, we intend to implement a series of actions to reduce on-going expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model,” Sears Holdings CEO Lou D'Ambrosio said in a statement.
“These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers and members through integrated retail – at the store, online and in the home.” more >>
The Christmas rush is here. There are plans to make, gifts to buy, and parties to attend. Sometimes these activities leave us exhausted and cranky-instead of peace and joy, we may feel inner churning because there’s too much to do. Or perhaps this time of the year brings nothing but sad memories and loneliness. Unrealistic expectations and conflicts with loved ones often leave us depressed and discouraged.
How can Jesus be our Prince of Peace when our expectations and traditions fight against the tranquility we desire? To understand why Jesus was given this title, we must first understand what it means. First of all, God’s Son did not come to do away with all conflicts-not yet, anyway. One day He will return to earth and rule as King in an environment of external harmony, but that was not the purpose of His first coming. So while we’re on earth, we’ll have trouble (John 16:33). more >>
GOP candidate Newt Gingrich again made it clear this week that a gay’s right to marry a same-sex partner is not his issue, but it is still unclear whether the former House Speaker is defending marriage on the grounds of religious freedom.
When Scott Arnold, an associate professor of writing at William Penn University and a homosexual, approached Gingrich Dec. 20 and asked the former Speaker how gay Americans could support him in his bid for the presidency, he got a rather blunt answer: perhaps they shouldn’t.
Gingrich followed up by saying: “I think those for whom the only issue that really matters is the definition of marriage, I won't get their support. I accept that as reality.” more >>