Monday, May 24, 2010

Thanks to everyone who came out for the book signing on Saturday at the Del Amo Barnes & Noble, and we've got another one planned next Friday night, June 4th at 7pm, at the Barnes and Noble Americana in Glendale.  I'd love to see you there!

Last night's Calvary Celebration honoring Pastor Chuck Smith was awesome!  I'm so humbled that they asked me to close in prayer.  We'll be having Chip Lusko and Skip Heitzig on the show later on to talk about the documentary coming out later this year entitled "Riptide."  Stay tuned.

Jack's final hours tonight on 24!

400-408 Barry Corey, president of Biola University (, talks about some of the challenges and opportunities of Christian higher education. 

413-423Engineer Annie shares about the raccoons in her attic.

428-437Bill Hunt is running for Orange County Sheriff.

443-452 Jorge Gomez, one of my closest friends in high school, and featured in a group picture in Shattered, is today the VP Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer for First Coast Service Options, a Blue Cross of Florida Subsidiary that is the Administrator of the Medicare Program for Florida and the Caribbean.  Before that, Jorge was the Insurance Commissioner for the state of Wisconsin.  He's been an attorney since 1986.  Today we talk a little about Shattered, and his take on health care reform.

458-508 • APNews (5/23/2010) Fiscal crises threaten Europe's generous benefits. 

My Summary:  In Europe, 6 weeks of paid vacation a year, retirement at 60, $3000 for having a baby, and a university education for $4,000 a year.  But now, they're going broke.

Germany:  wants to cut current unemployment benefits that are so generous they give someone under 50 years old, 60% of their last annual salary, and do so for a full year.  College had been free up until 2005, when some of Germany's 16 states began charging students $1,250 a year in tuition.

Britain: wants to raise the retirement age for women from 60 to 65, and for men from 65 to 66.  They want to require the unemployed to try and find jobs in order to collect benefits.  They want to eliminate the child tax credit.  They want to eliminate paying mothers $360 for every newborn.  Tuition at Cambridge remains at $4,700 a year, as opposed to Harvard's $35,000.

France:  wants to raise the retirement age because right now, you can retire at 60 with 50% of your last salary.  Unions in France are organizing protests.

Spain:  are cutting government salaries, and freezing pensions at current rates with no inflation adjustment.  They are cutting benefits to the disabled.  They are eliminating the $3,145 for a newborn.  They want to raise the retirement age for men from 65 to 67.

Greece:  will no longer be giving workers who make more than $3,750 a month the two months of paid vacation per year they have been getting (Christmas and Easter).

Portugal:  will be raising income, corporate, and sales taxes.  The unemployed will have to accept any job paying more than 110% of their unemployment benefits.

• Michael Barone (5/24/2010) The Gathering Revolt against Government Spending:  In the past, rebellions against fiscal policy have concentrated on taxes rather than spending. This time is different.

512-523 – • CNS News (5/24/2010) Obama's Nominee to Run Medicare: 'The Decision is Not Whether or Not We Will Ration Care--The Decision is Whether We Will Ration Care With Our Eyes Open'.

• Deroy Murdock (5/24/2010) The Era of Unlimited Government Is Here:  Democrats are minding their own business . . . and everyone else's.

528-538 "God, I want to thank you for..."

544-554 "God, I want to thank you for..."

558-608Dan Nelson, President of Trinity Financial Services "Real financial solutions. Real results" ( 800-466-2055), and one of his satisfied customers, Regina Christensen.

612-623 Jack Hibbs, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills (, launches his radio program tonight on KKLA, entitled Real Radio, which – starting tonight – will be heard weeknights at 9pm right here on KKLA.

628-638The Trinity

644-652The Trinity

• Breitbart (5/24/2010) Oil tax increase would help pay to clean up spills.

• Fox News (5/23/2010) Jamaica declares emergency as gunfire erupts in barricaded stronghold of alleged drug lord.

• Andrew McCarthy (5/24/2010) The House Divided:  How long can a people remain a People when its leaders side with its foes?

• Robert Costa (5/24/2010) Meg at Bay: In California's GOP gubernatorial primary, money don't buy you love.

• LA Times (5/23/2010) 'American Idol's' Christian connection.

• USA Today (5/21/2010) FEMA: Sorry photographer asked faith shirts be removed.