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August 08, 2018, 02:38:10 am suzytr says: Hello, any good churches in the Sacto, CA area, also looking in Reno NV, thanks in advance and God Bless you Smiley
January 29, 2018, 01:21:57 am Christian40 says: It will be interesting to see what happens this year Israel being 70 years as a modern nation may 14 2018
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October 16, 2017, 03:28:18 am Christian40 says: anyone else thinking that time is accelerating now? it seems im doing days in shorter time now is time being affected in some way?
September 24, 2017, 10:45:16 pm Psalm 51:17 says: The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states: “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
September 20, 2017, 04:32:32 am Christian40 says: "The most popular Hepatitis B vaccine is nothing short of a witch’s brew including aluminum, formaldehyde, yeast, amino acids, and soy. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that destroys cellular metabolism and function. Hundreds of studies link to the ravaging effects of aluminum. The other proteins and formaldehyde serve to activate the immune system and open up the blood-brain barrier. This is NOT a good thing."
http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-08-11-new-fda-approved-hepatitis-b-vaccine-found-to-increase-heart-attack-risk-by-700.html
September 19, 2017, 03:59:21 am Christian40 says: bbc international did a video about there street preaching they are good witnesses
September 14, 2017, 08:06:04 am Psalm 51:17 says: bro Mark Hunter on YT has some good, edifying stuff too.
September 14, 2017, 04:31:26 am Christian40 says: i have thought that i'm reaping from past sins then my life has been impacted in ways from having non believers in my ancestry.
September 11, 2017, 06:59:33 am Psalm 51:17 says: The law of reaping and sowing. It's amazing how God's mercy and longsuffering has hovered over America so long. (ie, the infrastructure is very bad here b/c for many years, they were grossly underspent on. 1st Tim 6:10, the god of materialism has its roots firmly in the West) And remember once upon a time ago when shacking up b/w straight couples drew shock awe?

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
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« Reply #60 on: March 05, 2013, 12:37:30 pm »

http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post.aspx?post=0ef29336-7f06-4d11-909f-054ec777a092

3/5/13
Dow surges to new highs

The blue chips move above their October 2007 peaks, with the entire market participating. The Dow has more than doubled since its 2009 bottom
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Almost three years after its 2009 bottom, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU +1.10%) pushed past both its 2007 closing high and its all-time intraday high on Tuesday.

The blue chips topped the old closing high of 14,164.53 right after Tuesday's open and then blasted through its all-time intraday high of 14,198.10. By 12:17 p.m. ET, the Dow was at 14,265, a gain of 137 points.

The rally's catalysts were strength in Asian and European markets after decent economic news from China. In addition, a report on the growth in the U.S. non-manufacturing economy was better than expected.

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« Reply #61 on: March 11, 2013, 04:03:22 pm »

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stocks-creep-dow-rises-seventh-day-running-203317278--finance.html
3/11/13
Stocks creep up; Dow rises for seventh day running

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market crept higher Monday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average to its seventh straight day of gains.
 
Boeing was the Dow's top stock, surging 2 percent. A Boeing executive reportedly said he's confident the aircraft maker has figured out a fix for the battery problems that have grounded the 787 Dreamliner.
 
The last time the Dow rose for seven consecutive days was March 2012. The latest streak began last Tuesday, when the blue-chip index blew past its all-time high, then kept climbing to end the week up 2 percent.
 
On Monday, the Dow rose 50.22 points to end the day at 14,447.29, an increase of 0.3 percent.

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« Reply #62 on: March 11, 2013, 09:10:56 pm »

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-12/nikkei-225-advances-ninth-day-on-weaker-yen-boj-minutes.html?cmpid=yhoo
3/11/13
Nikkei 225 Advances Ninth Day on Weaker Yen, BOJ Minutes

Japanese shares rose, with the Nikkei 225 (NKY) Stock Average poised for its longest winning streak since July 2009, as the yen fell and a nominee for Bank of Japan (8301) deputy governor said decisive monetary easing is needed.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-12/australia-n-z-dollars-touch-4-year-high-against-yen.html?cmpid=yhoo
3/11/13
Australia, N.Z. Dollars Touch 4-Year High Against Yen

The Australian and New Zealand dollars reached the highest levels in more than four years versus the yen amid speculation the Bank of Japan (8301) will expand monetary easing, boosting the allure of higher-yielding assets. The so-called Aussie was supported as investors pared bets the Reserve Bank of Australia will cut interest rates next month. The nation’s bonds dropped, sending the 10-year yield to a 10-month high after shares in New York advanced. The New Zealand dollar declined against the greenback before U.S. data forecast to show an increase in retail sales. Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda said yesterday the BOJ will consider buying derivatives if he’s confirmed as governor.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/asia-stocks-brighten-as-japan-climbs-again-2013-03-11?siteid=yhoof2
3/11/13
Asia stocks brighten, as Japan climbs again
SYDNEY (MarketWatch) — Japanese stocks once led gains for the region Tuesday amid a mildly positive session overall for Asia. Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average /quotes/zigman/5986735 JP:100000018 +0.62%  climbed 0.8%, adding to a 9.7% advance over the previous eight sessions. Should Tokyo seal a ninth straight session of gains, it would match the market’s last nine-session run made in July 2009.

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« Reply #63 on: March 12, 2013, 08:28:40 pm »

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/03/12/can-anything-hold-down-the-dow.aspx
3/12/13
Can Anything Hold Down the Dow?

Though the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) remained in the red for the majority of the trading session, it still managed to fight its way into the black just prior to the closing bell. The Dow closed at 14,450, marking another record-breaking close, after it gained 2.77 points. After just barely closing up, this index of blue-chip stocks managed to continue its now eight-day winning streak.
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http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/03/13/dow-notches-longest-win-streak-since.aspx
3/13/13
Dow Notches Longest Win Streak Since 1996

For the second day in a row, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) finished essentially unchanged, moving up 5 points, or 0.04%. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq also scored minor gains in trading today.
 
Today's major economic news was a seemingly strong February retail sales report, which showed that sales at the consumer level increased 1.1% last month. Economists had expected an increase of just 0.5%, but much of those additional gains came because of higher gas prices, and since that spending ultimately leaves the domestic economy, it doesn't have the same boost as discretionary spending. Still, analysts considered it a relatively strong report, confirming that the recovery is still on track.

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Dow tops 14,500 for 1st time; S&P also nears record
3/14/13

Wall Street rose again Thursday and the Dow extended its recent winning streak to 10 days in early trading, topping the key 14,500 mark for the first time ever, after data showed the labor market recovery is gaining traction.

The broader S&P 500 was also closing in on its all-time high in the wake of new record levels for the Dow. The S&P is roughly 5 points from its closing peak of 1,565.15, set in October 2007.

A 10-day run of advances for the Dow would match a string of gains last seen in late 1996. U.S. equities have accelerated since the start of the year, boosted by improvement in the economy and continued easy monetary policy from the Federal Reserve.

"You don't string together more than eight or nine days very often," said Jack De Gan, chief investment officer at Harbor Advisory Corp in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post.aspx?post=f190c19c-4858-4a5c-827a-c07f4aa12d74
3/26/13
Dow sets a new high; S&P 500 just misses

A late-day surge pushes stocks solidly higher, but the S&P 500 again stalls before its all-time high of 1,615. Health care and energy shares lead the rally.


For the second time in two days, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX +0.78%) just missed setting a new high. But not to worry. The Dow Jones industrials ($INDU +0.77%) did march to a new high.

The market overall rallied into Tuesday's close, with the Dow moving up 112 points to 14,560, breaking a record set March 14.

The S&P 500 closed up 12 points to 1,563.77. That was about 1.4 points below the index's Oct. 9, 2007, closing peak of 1,565.15. The index came within a quarter-point of that level on Monday but fell back on worries about Europe.
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« Reply #67 on: March 27, 2013, 08:01:24 pm »

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/why-gay-marriage-good-economy-132309024.html#more-id
3/27/13
How Gay Marriage Impacts the Economy

The United States Supreme Court is set to conclude its hearings on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage today. On Tuesday the court heard arguments in favor of and against Proposition 8, the California same-sex marriage ban. Today the justices will consider the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed by President Clinton in 1996 and defines marriage as between one man and one woman, denying same-sex couples federal benefits.

From an economic perspective, many favor the idea of marriage equality. If same-sex marriage was legalized, both the wedding and divorce industry could receive a $9.5 billion boost from the nearly 800,000 same-sex couples currently living together. Municipalities would increase revenue because of wedding licensing fees; New York City received a reported $250 million in revenue after lifting their ban on gay marriage. Companies like Tiffany’s (TIF), Marriot (MAR), and Williams-Sonoma (WSM) are just some that would feel the impact of this boom.

But business in general benefits from same-sex marriage, argues John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management-U.S.

Companies who create an environment where employees are free to be authentically and completely who they are have more engaged employees and that translates into client and customer satisfaction,” says Taft. “I can tell you that if you do not extend benefits to same-sex partnerships, you are not competitive in the business world right now. The bottom line for excluding that population set from your benefit policy is going to be compromised not helped.”

Many business leaders have come out in support of same-sex marriage.

Starbucks (SBUX) CEO Howard Schultz made headlines just this week when a shareholder questioned whether the company’s support of marriage equality was hurting its bottom line. “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country,” Shultz replied. “You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”

Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs (GS), recorded a commercial supporting marriage equality last year stating. “America's corporations learned long ago that equality is just good business and is the right thing to do,” he said in the ad.

“The economic benefits of same-sex marriage have been recognized by businesses around the country for years,” Taft says. “In many ways the corporate community is ahead of where we are socially because the largest corporations in the United States already recognize partnerships and same-sex marriages in their humans rights and benefits policies.”

The Supreme Court is expected to release its rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 this summer.
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« Reply #68 on: March 28, 2013, 09:40:42 pm »

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Restaurant Chains Cut Estimates for Health-Law Costs
3/27/13

Restaurant owners have been fierce critics of the health-care overhaul law, fearing that its mandate for employers to offer insurance more broadly will drive up costs and deter hiring.

Now, some operators say the law may not be that costly after all. They say many employees won't qualify for coverage, and many of those who do qualify will decline company-offered insurance.

Wendy's Co. (WEN) initially estimated the health-care law would increase the cost of operating each of its 5,800 U.S. restaurants by $25,000 a year. But Chief Financial Officer Steve Hare told an investment conference on March 14 that executives have cut the estimate by 80%, to $5,000 a year, primarily because they expect many employees to decline the insurance offering.

"It is still going to be an additional cost that both the company and our franchisees will have to absorb, but we think it is going to be manageable," Mr. Hare said. A Wendy's spokesman said the company continues to refine its cost estimates and it would be "premature" to discuss them further.

Executives of other restaurant chains, including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG), Jack in the Box Inc. (JACK) and Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen, have offered similar cost estimates in recent months.

They say many employees will decline company-offered insurance, either because they can get insurance through Medicaid or a family member, or because they prefer to pay the penalty for not having health insurance. The penalty next year will be as low as $95 next year, much less than most employees will be asked to pay through company-sponsored insurance plans.

The comments suggest that some people may fall through the cracks in the law and remain uninsured, at least for a time.

AFC Enterprises Inc. (AFCE), operator of the Popeye's chain, is among the employers that has few takers for its current plan. Ralph Bower, Popeye's president-U.S., said in an interview that fewer than 5% of employees have signed up for a plan that carries high deductibles and costs $2.50 a week. So he doesn't expect many more employees to enroll next year, when employees likely will have to pay about $25 a week for a plan offering more coverage.

"It's just not affordable for employees," Mr. Bower said.

Instead of buying insurance, Mr. Bower expects many employees will choose to pay the $95-a-year fine for being uninsured. "Do you want to pay $100 a month for health care, or are you going to pay a $95 fine that comes out of your income-tax return at the end of the year?" he said.

"We believe most people do want the security provided by quality, affordable health insurance," said Erin Shields, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. When Massachusetts adopted a similar health-care law, she said, the percentage of people enrolled in employer-sponsored insurance increased.

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« Reply #69 on: March 29, 2013, 03:08:28 am »

They can afford it because like they say, no employee will even be able to afford the insurance, as planned. So guess what? The government gets the penalty money for no insurance instead of the insurers getting a premium payment.

So, effectively, the feds have managed to get a new tax passed that isn't a tax!
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« Reply #70 on: March 29, 2013, 06:33:43 pm »

Someone brought this to my attention just now...

Not sure how long it's been on there, but look what's on the front of this link of the United Nations website!
http://www.un.org/en/peace/

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« Reply #71 on: March 30, 2013, 04:56:14 am »

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« Reply #72 on: March 30, 2013, 10:02:55 am »

The banner at the top of the link on that part of the UN site says "Peace and Security". Like said, maybe it means nothing, but nonetheless it was over on another message forum where someone brought this to everyone's attention, so I assumed the UN put it on there recently.

Speaking of "Peace and Safety", I've been hearing this buzzphrase quite a bit in recent years.
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« Reply #73 on: March 30, 2013, 02:42:45 pm »

10  To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear [is] uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.
11  Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding in: I will pour it out upon the children abroad, and upon the assembly of young men together: for even the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged with [him that is] full of days.
12  And their houses shall be turned unto others, [with their] fields and wives together: for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD.
13  For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one [is] given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
14  They have healed also the hurt [of the daughter] of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when [there is] no peace.
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Stocks surge in early trading after hiring climbs
5/3/13
http://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=AP&date=20130503&id=16435605

NEW YORK (AP) - A big gain in the job market is lifting the stock market to a record high.

The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 15,000 for the first time, and the Standard and Poor's 500 index, a broader market measure, rose above 1,600.

In the first hour of trading Friday, the Dow Jones industrial average jumped 173 points to 15,004, a gain of 1.2 percent.

The S&P 500 index surged 20 points, or 1.3 percent, to 1,618. It has been thirteen years since the broad stock-market index broke through 1,500.

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« Reply #75 on: May 07, 2013, 06:19:37 pm »

http://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=OBR&date=20130507&id=16298362&
5/7/13
Dow marks first close above 15,000, S&P ends at record

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow closed above 15,000 for the first time on Tuesday and the S&P 500 ended at another record high, extending the market's rally as more investors rushed to join the party and German industrial data beat expectations.

It was the fourth straight record close for the S&P 500. Both the Dow and the S&P 500 hit intraday record highs as well.

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« Reply #76 on: May 14, 2013, 10:28:50 pm »

NIKKEI 15,000! First Time Since January 2008
5/14/13

Markets just opened in Asia, and they're following the U.S. markets way higher.

Of note is Japan's Nikkei 225, which just burst through 15,000.

Dow Jones reports this is the first time the Nikkei has been above 15,000 since January 4, 2008.

Leading the way is electronics maker Sony, which is up by around 12%.  Hedge fund heavy hitter Dan Loeb made a proposal to management to split up the company.  Loeb said he was willing to commit a significant amount of capital to support the IPO of Sony's entertainment division.

On Tuesday morning, markets were in the red.  But they quickly turned around at just before 8:00 AM ET.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/nikkei-15000-first-time-since-january-2008-2013-5#ixzz2TKQInAga
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« Reply #77 on: May 14, 2013, 10:39:53 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/rising-revenues-shrink-deficit-rapidly-2015-cbo-010337702.html
5/14/13
Rising revenues to shrink deficit rapidly through 2015: CBO

By David Lawder and Labib Nasir

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The deficit is shrinking considerably more quickly than previously thought, the Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday in a report that could sap Congress' sense of urgency to find further budget savings.

In one fell swoop, the non-partisan budget referee slashed its deficit forecast for the current fiscal year by $203 billion from estimates made in February to $642 billion - making it the smallest budget shortfall since 2008.

The CBO said the deficit will fall to $378 billion by 2015 with no congressional action - a sharp contrast to the $1 trillion recession-driven deficits in each of President Barack Obama's first four years in office.

The revisions are driven largely by rising tax revenue from individuals and corporations as the economy sputters back to life. They also reflect stronger contributions to U.S. Treasury coffers from government-run mortgage finance groups Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

"Because revenues, under current law, are projected to rise more rapidly than spending in the next two years, deficits in CBO's baseline projections continue to shrink, falling to 2.1 percent of GDP by 2015," the CBO said in its report.

That level is considered easily sustainable by budget analysts, who said the report will blunt Republican arguments that rising federal debt levels will soon crush the economy.

"I would say that removes any sense of crisis, and the risk is that Washington starts to get complacent," said Greg Valliere, chief political strategist at Potomac Research Group, an investment advisory firm in Washington. "It does change the psychology in this town."

Representative Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, took the opportunity to argue against further deep spending cuts.

"We must avoid austerity measures that would slow job growth in the short term as we also work to reduce the long-term deficit in a balanced way," he said in a statement.

The deficit debate has already faded in Washington's consciousness in recent weeks amid brighter economic news and rising government receipts. An anticipated summer fiscal showdown between Democrats and Republicans over raising the debt limit continues to slip, and the CBO said in the report that the Treasury now may be able to go without an increase until November.

On Wednesday, the majority House Republicans are expected to meet to plot strategy on how best to approach the debt limit in light of the improving deficit picture.

'UNSUSTAINABLE PATH'

Senator Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, called the improvement temporary, saying deficits would start a "relentless rise" after 2015 due to the rising costs of programs to care for an aging population.

"This is the definition of an unsustainable path. We remain on a course that will lead to fiscal crisis, as expert after expert has warned us," Sessions said.

But even as the data was released, Capitol Hill was more consumed with a widening scandal surrounding the Internal Revenue Service focusing its scrutiny on conservative non-profit groups.

The revised CBO estimates, like those issued in February, are based on current tax and spending laws and assume that $1.2 trillion in automatic "sequester" spending cuts that began on March 1 remain in place for the next decade.

The CBO estimated a $95 billion increase in payments to the Treasury this year from the two mortgage funding companies, which were seized by the government in 2008 to save them from collapse. It also reduced its 10-year estimates for Medicare and Medicaid healthcare spending by a net $162 billion, which largely reflect the continuation of a trend of slower healthcare cost growth.

But CBO acknowledged that some of the deficit gains are due to temporary factors, such as high-income individuals taking more capital gains in 2012 to beat a tax increase this year, which added to tax collections this spring.

Indeed, the deficit reductions do not continue at the same pace over the full decade. Deficits still rise later in the decade, reaching $895 billion by 2023. And the government still racks up a cumulative deficit of $6.34 trillion over the next decade, although this is $618 billion lower than the CBO's previous forecast.

Debt held by the public is expected to stay above 70 percent of GDP, the CBO said, far higher than in previous decades. As recently as 2007, federal debt equaled 36 percent of GDP.

(Reporting by David Lawder and Labib Nasir; Editing by G Crosse, Dan Grebler, Jan Paschal and Eric Beech)
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http://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=OBR&date=20130528&id=16526350
5/28/13
Dow ends at record as central banks reassure Wall Street

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks rose on Tuesday, with the Dow closing at yet another record high, in the wake of Wall Street's first three-day losing streak of the year, after central banks reassured investors that they will keep policies designed to foster global growth.

Consumer confidence was the strongest in May in over five years, while home prices accelerated in March by the most in nearly seven years. The reports showed the U.S. economy's resilience despite the pinch of belt-tightening from automatic cuts in federal spending.

Equity investors have been very attuned to monetary policy, with the major U.S. stock indexes last week posting their first negative week since mid-April on lingering concerns that the Federal Reserve may scale back its stimulus measures sooner than expected.

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http://news.yahoo.com/senate-immigration-bill-aid-economy-budget-office-says-001349224.html
6/18/13
Senate immigration bill to aid economy, budget office says

By Thomas Ferraro and Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House-backed bill to overhaul the U.S. immigration system got a boost on Tuesday when the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office concluded that the measure would cut federal budget deficits and boost the U.S. economy.

The CBO analysis came as the Senate fended off amendments by the bill's opponents that would have delayed for an unspecified amount of time provisions to legalize up to 11 million undocumented immigrants and allow them to gain citizenship within 13 years.

But House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner raised new doubts about the bill's prospect in his chamber, where many Republicans oppose the "pathway to citizenship" for illegal immigrants that President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats have made a central feature of the sweeping measure.

The bill could pass the Democratic-led Senate by the end of this month.

According to the CBO, which assesses the cost and economic impact of legislation pending in Congress, the Senate bill would "boost economic output" and significantly reduce federal budget deficits over the next 20 years.

The White House embraced the CBO analysis, which was a rare bit of upbeat news after recent scandals over Internal Revenue Service handling of conservative groups' requests for tax-exempt status and disclosures of widespread government surveillance of telephone and Internet records.

"The Congressional Budget Office ... made clear that passage of the immigration bill would not only reduce the deficit, it would increase economic growth for years to come," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

One outspoken critic of the Senate immigration bill, Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, attacked the CBO findings, however, saying they failed to take into account longer-term costs related to the 11 million becoming legal residents and eventually qualifying for "Medicaid, food stamps and cash welfare."

BOEHNER SURPRISE

Boehner made a surprise announcement on Tuesday when he told reporters he would only allow consideration of immigration bills backed by most of the 234 Republicans in the 435-member chamber.

"I don't see any way of bringing an immigration bill to the floor that doesn't have a majority support of Republicans," Boehner said after a closed-door meeting with his caucus.

Previously, Boehner had only said he would await Senate passage of a bill before deciding what course the House would take on an issue at the top of Obama's legislative agenda this year.

Many Democrats had hoped Boehner would advance a bill like the Senate's - one containing the pathway to citizenship - and that it could pass the House with the combined backing of most of the 201 House Democrats and some Republicans.

But the House Judiciary Committee worked on Tuesday not on pathways to citizenship for illegal immigrants but on a Republican proposal to clamp down on them.

It would do so by allowing state and local law enforcement officers to get involved in immigration enforcement, an activity now conducted by federal agents. It would also let states and localities enact and enforce their own immigration laws, as long as they were consistent with federal laws.

"We can't just be fixated on securing the (Southwestern) border," Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said. He added that the Republican-backed bill would strengthen federal enforcement of immigration laws while ensuring "that where the federal government fails to act, states can pick up the slack."

Representative John Conyers, the senior Democrat on the committee, called the bill "extreme and heinous." He likened it to an Arizona state law he said had resulted in "widespread racial profiling and unconstitutional arrests."

Some Democrats said they were hopeful Boehner would back off his new requirement that any immigration bill be supported by a majority of House Republicans, just as he did in the past year on such issues as tax hikes on the wealthy, the U.S. debt limit, disaster relief and renewal of a landmark bill to curb domestic violence against women.

"Boehner is trying to maximize his leverage so he can get a bill that is as conservative as possible," one Democratic aide said.

SPLIT ON BORDER SECURITY

In the Senate, a split over how to strengthen border security has slowed action on the measure sponsored by a bipartisan "Gang of Eight."

Many Senate Republicans do not believe the bill's provisions to tighten security along the border with Mexico go far enough.

Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota said he and some fellow Republicans were making progress on a compromise amendment that could be unveiled as early as Wednesday to deal with border security.

Boehner echoed complaints by many Republicans about the Senate bill, saying he believed the measure "is weak on border security."

Once the Senate passes its bipartisan bill, there may be pressure on Boehner to bring it or a similar measure up for a vote in his chamber, even if most House Republicans oppose it.

"The political winds will be much different after the Senate passes its bill," the Democratic aide said, especially if there is an overwhelming bipartisan tally.

The Republican Party urged its members to embrace comprehensive immigration reform after last year's election, which saw 71 percent of Hispanics, members of the fast-growing voting bloc, support Obama's re-election.

(Additional reporting by David Lawder and Rachelle Younglai; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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when the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office concluded that the measure would cut federal budget deficits and boost the U.S. economy.

They really think the American public is stupid, don't they? Actually, I'm thinking they really don't care what the public thinks, and more and more they are being more and more indifferent to what the public will think. These people just toss out sound bites and move on, as though nobody is paying attention.
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« Reply #81 on: June 23, 2013, 10:07:20 pm »

Jesus Christ says about the end times...

Luke 17:28  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Luk 17:29  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.


1The 5:3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Ezekiel 16:49  Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

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Gay marriage boosts IA economy
Posted: Jun 23, 2013 5:49 PM CDT

Gay marriage has been a boon to Iowa's economy however some in the states tourism industry worry that money could soon dwindle, thanks to new competition.

Same sex marriage will be legal in Minnesota come August 1st.
And they are already rolling out the red carpet for gay couples in other states to visit and get hitched.

During four years as the only Midwestern state to offer same-sex marriage, Iowa has seen thousands of couples travel to the heartland for wedding celebrations that pumped millions of dollars into the state economy.
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do you ever wonder why sodomy states come from bible belt states?
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« Reply #83 on: June 23, 2013, 10:19:23 pm »

do you ever wonder why sodomy states come from bible belt states?

Is it b/c the divorce rate is the highest in these "bible belt" states? IOW, this is where this passage comes to play...

Mat 7:1  Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Mat 7:2  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Mat 7:3  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Mat 7:4  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Mat 7:5  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.


Ultimately, how can these "bible belt" states/evangelicals defend marriage when they themselves have trouble following it themselves?

Mat_5:31  It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
Mat_5:32  But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
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do you ever wonder why sodomy states come from bible belt states?

Do you mean, ever wonder why states that oppose sodomy happen to be bible belt states?

If so, that's kind of obvious I would think.
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Don't be surprised to see these propaganda stories over the economy increasing before the rapture...

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/us-economic-growth-pace-faster-expected-second-quarter-6C10803303?ocid=msnhp&pos=5
Economy expands at brisk pace in 2nd quarter, defying gloom
7/31/13

The U.S. economy isn't as feeble as economists thought it was.

Gross domestic product expanded at a 1.7 percent annualized rate in the second quarter, the government reported Wednesday. That's up from the 1.1 percent rate in the first quarter (revised downward from 1.8 percent) and much higher than forecasts of a 1.0 percent rise.

A rebound in business spending, export growth and a sharp moderation in the pace of decline in government outlays boosted economic growth in the April-June period, offsetting a slowdown in consumer spending and a steady rate of inventory accumulation.

Still, the report marked a third straight quarter of GDP growth below 2 percent, a pace that normally would be too soft to bring down unemployment. But growth was poised to gain even more momentum in the second half of the year as the fiscal burden brought on by belt-tightening in Washington eases.
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http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post--sandp-500-dow-close-at-new-highs
S&P 500, Dow close at new highs
But the market is beginning to look overbought as oil prices and interest rates are on the move again. Google, Apple and Facebook boost the Nasdaq.


8/1/13

Arrow Up (© Image Source/Photolibrary)Let's all cheer for the stock market's performance Thursday -- because, as good as the rally was, the market is starting to look toppy.

Yes, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX) topped 1,700 for the first time ever. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU +0.83%) finished at a new high, with its best daily performance in more than three weeks. Facebook (FB +1.87%)  traded above its $38 IPO price for much of the day, but faded in late trading. Yelp (YELP +23.21%) jumped 23%.

Fueling the rally were the Federal Reserve's signal on Wednesday, that it's not planning to push interest rates higher any time soon, and decent news Thursday on jobless claims and auto sales. In addition, the Institute for Supply Management's U.S. manufacturing index expanded at the fastest pace in two years in July, and China’s Purchasing Managers’ Index beat expectations.

But a number of technical and fundamental indicators are suggesting a short-term break is coming, including rising interest rates, oil prices and retail gasoline prices. Moreover, Thursday's good vibrations could dissipate if Friday's jobs report disappoints.

If a pullback materializes -- August can sometimes start one -- it's not clear if a slippage will turn into something worse. That probably will depend on two things: the economy and how the Federal Reserve reacts to it. 

The Dow closed up 128 points to 15,628 -- a new closing high. Its high of 15,650.69 was an intraday high.  The S&P 500 was up 21 points to 1,707, near its high for the day (and all-time intraday high) or 1,707.85. It's been flirting with the 1,700 level for nearly two weeks. Wednesday's high was 1,698.43.

The Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX +1.36%) had jumped 49 points to 3,676, after hitting an intraday high of 3,674.13. Thursday's close was the best for the index since Sept. 28, 2000.

Thank Google (GOOG +1.86%), which topped $900 for the first time since July 24; Apple (AAPL +0.92%), up $2.78 to $455.31 and up 9% since its July 23 earnings report; and Facebook.

The rally was in fact quite broad: 24 of the 30 Dow stocks were higher, along with about 440 S&P 500 stocks and 86 stocks in the Nasdaq-100 Index ($NDX +1.17%). The index was up 36 points to 3,126.

The consensus for Friday's job report is an unemployment rate of 7.6% in July, unchanged from June, and possibly 200,000 job gains.

Here are the headwinds that are building up:

Oil prices are rising.
Crude oil (-CL) in New York was up $2.64 to $107.67, its biggest percentage gain since July 10. Brent crude had gained $1.78 to $109.48. The 1.7% gain was the biggest since May 2.

Interest rates are higher.
The 10-year Treasury yield was at 2.695%, up from 2.593% on Wednesday and 1.6% in May. The Fed has said it plans to keep its key federal funds rate at ultra-low levels, but the bond market controls longer-term rates. When the Fed starts to taper -- or trim -- its monthly bond purchases, it's not clear how the bond market will react. A quick run-up in interest rates could stall a lot of economic activity.

Momentum indexes suggest stocks are nearing overbought levels.
The most important on Thursday was the MACD divergence line for the S&P 500. It dropped below zero on Thursday, typically a sell signal.
 
The headwinds are building, suggesting -- but not guaranteeing -- that a pullback is coming. 

The market rally overall was fueled by industrial, financial and consumer discretionary stocks. Natural gas producer Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD +12.53%) has been the big winner among S&P 500 stocks, up $20.29 to $175.15. It's as big player in natural gas production in shale regions. Chesapeake Energy (CHK +7.08%) was the third best performer.

American Express (AXP +2.52%) and Bank of America (BAC +2.40%) are the best performers among the 30 Dow stocks. Caterpillar (CAT +1.85%) and Boeing (BA +1.52%) were also higher. Exxon Mobil (XOM -1.09%) was the laggard, after reporting the worst quarterly profits since 2010.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/30/business/economy/second-quarter-gdp-revised-sharply-higher.html?partner=yahoofinance&_r=0
8/29/13
Second-Quarter G.D.P. Revised Sharply Higher

Government statisticians gave the American economy a lift Thursday when they sharply revised their calculation of the nation’s second-quarter growth to an annual rate of 2.5 percent, up from an initial estimate of 1.7 percent.

The new figure from the Commerce Department — more than double the 1.1 percent growth rate of the first quarter — is based on more complete data than was available last month.

An increase in exports of goods and services was larger than first measured, the department said, and the increase in imports was smaller. The new ratealso reflected a smaller decrease in federal government spending.

While a stronger economic recovery would be welcomed in many quarters, stock investors kept the market only modestly higher early Thursday after the figures were announced. A healthier economy, traders calculated, would lead the Federal Reserve to speed up its plan to tamp down its monetary stimulus program. Analysts had expected the rate to be revised to 2.2 percent.

Such large revisions in gross domestic product are not rare. The growth rate that the government announces about a month after the end of each quarter is based on incomplete figures and is followed by a second and third estimate at subsequent one-month intervals.

The first estimate has been off the mark by an average of 1.3 percentage points, compared with more fully analyzed figures released years later, over the period from 1983 to 2009, according to federal data.
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8 years after Katrina, New Orleans on the rebound

8 years after Katrina, a resurgent New Orleans bids to shake off reminders of the destruction

8/29/13

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, the Ferris wheel at the former Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans sits idle. "Closed for Storm" signs are still posted and the abandoned, weed-choked site remains a thorn in the side of officials leading one of the most extensive city-rebuilding projects in U.S. history.

Proposals to revitalize the 150-acre site in New Orleans have ranged from restoring it to a working amusement park to turning it into a retail mall. The land has been controlled by the city since 2009, when an agreement was struck with Six Flags Inc., for the tract. So far, the city hasn't been able to seal a development deal.

For New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, such eyesores are a lingering distraction from the enormous rebuilding effort that has followed since the day the levees broke under Katrina's fury on Aug. 29, 2005. Now optimism is rising as a rebounding city approaches the 300th anniversary of its 1718 founding.

"The city is a much better place than it was eight years ago. The biggest challenge we have is blight," Landrieu said, adding that 10,000 blighted properties have been removed from the cityscape.


A thriving downtown and newly vibrant neighborhoods contrast starkly with the city's appearance eight years ago. When Katrina hit, thousands of people who couldn't escape New Orleans in time were trapped in homes as levees broke and floodwaters rose. Helicopters plucked the desperate from rooftops as chaos spread. The damaged Superdome became a refuge of misery for thousands as temperatures and tempers soared.

Days afterward then-President George W. Bush promised the nation's full attention. But federal authorities were sharply criticized for their early response and local and state authorities as well. And though billions of federal dollars have helped to rebuild a strengthened levee system, many locals remain bitter with the Army Corps of Engineers for the failure of the levees.

Landrieu said he's intent on moving forward.

"I think that we have successfully done the most important thing, which was to think about building the city back the way she should have always been and not the way she was," he said.

Landrieu said rebuilding has even meant re-organizing government operations, streamlining finances, curbing waste and fraud and reorganizing the city's education system — even adding new fire and police stations, parks and libraries.

Gov. Bobby Jindal praised the progress, calling New Orleans "America's Comeback City," in a statement Wednesday night.

"Hurricane Katrina was a terrible and devastating storm that brought us to our knees, but it didn't shake our resolve," he said.

Landrieu said he planned to attend a ceremony Thursday at a cemetery for those who died. The hurricane was blamed for more than 1,800 deaths, mostly in the New Orleans area and along neighboring Mississippi's Gulf coast.

"We're going to commemorate the anniversary of Katrina by doing the thing that really is important, just remembering those that lost their lives," Landrieu said.

Despite somber memories, the city leaders are buoyed by new figures.

Information compiled by the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center shows about 80 percent of the pre-storm population has returned, retail outlets are reopening and new ones emerging. Investment in a major medical corridor and an influx of technology companies offer new hope for a city long dependent on tourism.

Direct damages have been estimated at about $108 billion, but the overall cost of rebuilding raises estimates as high as $150 billion. Katrina greatly topped the estimated $50 billion in damages caused by superstorm Sandy during its East Coast rampage in 2012, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Billions of dollars in federal aid has built a new and stronger flood protection system, adding pumps and more concrete storm surge walls.

Many neighborhoods have been restored, though there are vacant lots where houses once stood. A way of life is showing changes, though the city's annual Mardi Gras celebration and zest for good food, music and the NFL's New Orleans Saints had remained intact.

Bike lanes have been added, linking outlying neighborhoods with the French Quarter and downtown while a post-Katrina expansion of a streetcar service is another sign of progress.

Some lifelong residents talk of relishing renewed normalcy.

Stephen Assaf, a musician whose raised cottage was pushed off its foundation when a levee gave way, took payouts for the property and invested in repairing another house blocks away. He didn't want to leave his neighborhood.

Sipping coffee at his parents' home, he recalled the scene there after Katrina: several feet of muck all over with a car in the backyard pool and a tree running through the front doors. Eight years later, the home has been renovated, re-landscaped and many neighbors are also back in their renovated houses.

"It's looking nice here," he said.

The city is not without its trouble-spots. A crime problem predating Katrina remains. And there are questions whether post-storm reforms have really improved schools.

Many scattered far and wide when the city was abandoned. Those who came back talk of weighty decisions.

In 2008 at her rebuilt home in the city's Lower 9th Ward, Valeria Schexnayder drew praise from U.S. Rep Nancy Pelosi as an inspiration for others to start anew in a neighborhood that had been all but wiped out. Now years later, Schexnayder said, she couldn't have imagined how slow recovery would be.

"We're still living in a jungle," she said, seated on a porch with friends. She took in a view that included rebuilt homes but also vacant lots overgrown with weeds.

Linda Rhodes, who lives nearby, said she doesn't regret returning.

"This is home," she said. "This is home."
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Posting this here b/c sometimes I wonder if before the rapture, there could be a temporary period of a booming economy(even more so than the 1990's "prosperity" decade - which of course ended at the turn of the century when dot.com businesses went bust) - something like this would deceive the country, and the whole world into thinking everything has turned the corner, and Obama's approval ratings would go through the roof(after being the most unpopular President this country ever had).

And this could very well get everyone to embrace the whole sodomy agenda(including our lukewarm 501c3 churches)...

http://news.yahoo.com/gay-marriage-tourism-big-economic-boom-states-175611709.html
9/23/13
Gay marriage 'tourism': How big an economic boom for states?

The summer's Supreme Court decisions unleashed pent-up demand for gay marriages, and a handful of states reaped an economic benefit. The effect is not huge, but neither is it insignificant.


When Minnesota enacted a same-sex marriage law this summer, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak saw an economic opportunity.

Earlier this month, he flew to Illinois – where legislators had recently failed to pass a same-sex marriage bill – to launch “Marry Me In Minneapolis.” Mayor Rybak invited same-sex couples from Chicago to wed (and spend a few dollars) in his city.

The ad campaign might not promise sweeping changes for the city's finances, but it could help. Demand for same-sex marriage ceremonies has grown since the United States Supreme Court in June struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied federal benefits to same-sex couples, according to experts and businesses.

Now, some states and cities are moving in to take advantage.

“You’re going to see an exponential increase [in same-sex marriages] as people understand” the impact of the DOMA decision, says Charlie Rounds, managing partner of Brand g Vacations, a Minneapolis gay tour operator
.

Currently, the District of Columbia and 13 states permit same sex marriages, and with few other states likely to shift position in the immediate future, the gay-marriage map appears set for the moment. That clarifies the options for gay couples wanting to marry.

California and New York are huge draws for gay weddings, says LoAnn Halden, spokeswoman for the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. For California, that is the direct result of a second Supreme Court decision in June, which struck down Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that banned gay marriage.

During the next three years, gay weddings in California will generate $492 million, according to an analysis by the Williams Institute, a think tank on gay issues at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.

Even tiny Vermont stands to benefit. It’s seen as a leader in marriage equality, which helps explain why a couple from Minnesota preferred to wed there in late July rather than wait a week for the Minnesota law to take effect, says Willie Docto, co-owner of Moose Meadow Lodge in Duxbury, Vt.

Mr. Docto and his partner, Greg Trulson, typically host 20 to 24 weddings a year for same sex couples at their bed and breakfast. But the Supreme Court's historic DOMA decision on June 26 changed that.

“The first 11 days of July we hosted 11 weddings. [DOMA] just opened up the floodgates,” says Docto.

Records from the Vermont Department of Health show that between 2010 and Aug. 31, 2012, 2,375 same sex wedding licenses were issued. Two-thirds of licensees came from out of state.

Some of these wedding travel dollars will go offshore. A number of foreign countries are touting themselves as gay wedding destinations, and Cruise Planners American Express Travel Inc. just announced a “Sea of Love” cruise from Florida to the US Virgin Islands where couples – both same sex and heterosexual – can participate in a mass commitment ceremony.

“We have seen an impressive increase in demand from same-sex couples looking to declare their love for one another, so we decided to kick it up a notch by doing this once-in-a-lifetime event,” says Michelle Fee, CEO of Cruise Planners. “This is … a turning point in history.”

Be it Vermont or the high seas, gay wedding providers may have to contend with smaller individual paydays. The average gay wedding costs $9,039, compared with $21,404 for a heterosexual couple, according to a 2012 study conducted for NYC & Co., the tourism arm of New York City. Gay couples weren’t tighter with money; they just typically invited fewer guests.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rounds, the Minneapolis tour operator, urged those wanting to tie the knot to, ahem, not forget Minnesota or Iowa, the only other Midwest state to allow gay marriage.

“Not everybody can afford to fly to New York or Boston,” he says.

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Matthew 24:6  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Mat 24:7  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Mat 24:8  All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Mat 24:9  Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
Mat 24:10  And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.


1Tim 6:17  Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
1Ti 6:18  That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
1Ti 6:19  Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

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