Both NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning on Thursday saw the beginning of the end of an investigation into the Obama administration’s IRS scandal following tirade by Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings at the conclusion of a Wednesday hearing on the topic. On Today, news reader Natalie Morales proclaimed: “Well, after a shouting match on Capitol Hill, California Republican Darrell Issa says his probe of alleged IRS abuses may have hit a dead end.” The headline on screen read: “IRS Hearing Showdown; Probe In Danger After Chaotic Hearing.” CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose similarly declared: “A congressional investigation into the IRS may be stalled this morning because of partisan bickering.”
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews compared the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to the cantina from Star Wars in a bizarre rant on Thursday’s Hardball. Matthews trashed the gathering and took aim at “the Joe McCarthy imitator” Sen. Ted Cruz. Matthews couldn’t get the event name right, though: “Do you remember the bar scene in Star Wars with all those wild-eyed creatures from every part of the solar system? Well today here in Washington the whole tapestry of weirdness was reenacted at the annual convention of something called CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Committee [sic].” The disparaging on-screen identifier for his subsequent first guest segment: “Clown Car Conference.”
On Thursday’s OutFront, CNN’s Erin Burnett teed up Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings to call for Rep. Darryl Issa’s ouster as chairman of the House Oversight Committee. After a hearing where former IRS chief Lois Lerner dodged questions on the scandal she is at the center of, CNN joined NBC in focusing its outrage instead on Issa, who cut Cummings’ microphone when the latter began railing against the proceeding. “Calls tonight for the removal of a powerful congressman from his leadership post. So Democrats are demanding House Speaker John Boehner remove Republican congressman Darrell Issa. He’s the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee.” Burnett played right into the Democratic playbook. Here was her first question to Cummings: “Should Congressman Issa lose his chairmanship because of that?”
The journalists at Good Morning America were sufficiently provoked by a new pro-American Cadillac commercial that they devoted a whole segment to wondering if the spot was “arrogant” and “xenophobic.” GMA’s reporters, who couldn’t find any time to cover former IRS head Lois Lerner pleading the Fifth on Capitol Hill, devoted almost three minutes to the “backlash” against the car commercial. The ad features a man strolling around his large house, praising the free enterprise system and the work ethic of Americans: “Other countries, they work. They stroll home. They stop by the café. They take August off. Off!” Co-host George Stephanopoulos worried, “Is it selling a confident take on America with a sense of humor or showing off an arrogant caricature that is just plain obnoxious?”
Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts has repeatedly been awarded interviews with Michelle and Barack Obama. There’s a good reason for this: She doesn’t ask tough questions. On Thursday, the co-host promised a “revealing, one-on-one conversation” with Mrs. Obama. Roberts did bring up ObamaCare, but offered no tough questions about the repeated delays. Talking to the First Lady at a Black Entertainment Television conference, Roberts vaguely began: “[The health care law] has not been without its critics who question whether or not this will work.” The journalist continued, “How do you see that and being able to close the gap for those people who have not been given that opportunity to have quality health care?”
Talking to MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough on Thursday’s NBC Today about the Ukranian crisis, co-host Matt Lauer saw the Republican Party, not Russia, as President Obama’s fiercest adversary: “We’re six days into this crisis now, the rhetoric seems to be heating up. Not between Russia and the United States, but between Republicans in Congress and the administration.” Lauer pressed Scarborough: “You heard John McCain say it was a massive intelligence failure and a misreading of Vladimir Putin’s intentions. Lindsay Graham weighed in, saying, ‘What we’re seeing in the Ukraine right now is a result of failed policies in Syria and Benghazi.’ Do you agree with those assessments?” Scarborough immediately dismissed the GOP criticism: “No, absolutely not….Barack Obama didn’t lose Ukraine any more than George W. Bush lost Georgia in 2008, anymore than Ike lost Hungary in 1956.”
Oh that damned ‘income inequality’!
Is those damn rich conservatives!
However, a new study by the Brookings Institute shows that the highest levels of income inequality in the U.S. are found in Democratic strongholds: the nation’s largest cities.
SOB will never quit trying will he?
And it is not a good one, for Americans…
And denies an Obama appointee for once…
As they should have..
But then he should not have referenced what he is clueless about..
Best head to Cabela’s….
Never enough ammo or reloading components on hand..
There can be no doubt that the Bible presents the death of the ungodly as being terrible. How differently, however, does it portray the death of the righteous. Even a hireling prophet like Balaam, bad as he was, recognised that there was something different about the death of the godly. Listen to his words in Numbers 23:10: "Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my end be like his" (NKJ). The book of Proverbs puts the same thought in this way: "The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day" (4:18). I heard one preacher say that the happiest woman he had ever seen was a dying woman. She lay on her bed and clapped her hands at the approach of death. Very many people came to look at her bright countenance. "They tell me this is death," she said. "It’s not death at all – it’s life." People were converted by her bedside, including her son. A theologian by the name of W. Cosley Bell, when he sensed that he was about to leave this world, sent these words to the staff of the college where he was employed: "Tell the young men that I’ve grown surer of God every year of my life, and I’ve never been so sure as I am right now. Why it’s all so! It’s a fact – a dead certainty. Im so glad I haven’t the least shadow of shrinking or uncertainty. I’ve been preaching and teaching these things all my life and Im so interested to find that all we’ve been believing and hoping is so." That is the way to die. One of John Wesley’s proudest claims for the early Methodists was this: "Our people die well.".
Father, the empty tomb of Jesus makes all our fears lies, and all our hopes truths. That empty tomb is the birthplace of eternal certainty. Because He lives I shall live also. I am eternally grateful. Amen.
For further study:
1.What was Paul’s testimony?
2. Why is there no fear in death for the believer?
"After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it" (Luke 2:43).
Bob and Janice had five kids. When they go on any trip, Benjamin, the youngest, always sleeps under the seat in their mini van. In the rush of preparing for their visit to the grocery store and getting the other kids situated, they failed to pick up Benjamin, who was standing outside at the other end of the store. As they proceeded down the road, they assumed that Benjamin was quietly sleeping in his normal place under the seat in the back of the van.
Meanwhile, about an hour later, young Benjamin was wondering why his parents had not picked him up. He went back into the store and told the manager his plight. The manager called the police. The young boy was eventually picked up by a policeman.
Mary and Joseph traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. Jesus was 12-years old. They were evidently very distracted by the excitement and business of the Feast. In fact, Mary and Joseph began their return trip to Nazareth only to realize well into the trip that Jesus was not with them. It would be three days before they would be reunited with their 12-year-old son. It caused quite a scare for Mary and Joseph, and they reprimanded Jesus for "wandering" off.
As a parent, I find this story truly amazing. How can parents of the Son of God not know their son is not in their presence? Yet, this story illustrates how each of us can become so busy that we continue to operate not realizing Jesus is no longer with us.
We can walk away from fellowship with Jesus. Do not let this happen to you. He longs to have daily fellowship with you because He loves you. Today, ask yourself if Jesus is accompanying you in your daily activities. He desires to walk with you each and every day.