Wednesday, June 22, 2011

There's just two days left to enter our Truth Matters Bible Conference Contest, in which we'll be giving away four pairs of registrations to the upcoming John MacArthur Bible conference at Grace Community coming up THU Sept 1st thru SUN the 4th.  Each registration is a $250 value!  Enter now at, by just clicking on the picture of John MacArthur on the left hand side of our home page, and the winners will be announced this Friday during my interview with John MacArthur at 400pm.

400-408 – Nick Steadman is a swimmer who just graduated from Oaks Christian High School, where he was just awarded their Weinberg Spiritual Leadership Award, and he's headed to Biola.  And Aaron Brown, son of Pastor Paul Brown of The Bridge Bible Fellowship in Receda, is a power-hitting pitcher out of Chatsworth High School who has just drawing with the Pittsburgh Pirates as their 17th pick in the draft, but who's committed to Pepperdine.  Aaron was awarded the FCA Leadership Award at Chatsworth.

413-423 – Nick Steadman and Aaron Brown.

428-438 – Nick Steadman and Aaron Brown.

443-452 – Nick Steadman and Aaron Brown.


Gamecock Nation owes some love to David Roth, father of University of South Carolina standout pitcher Michael Roth.  With no sick days left and extenuating circumstances not granted, David decided family comes first and hopped on an Omaha-bound plane to watch his son lead the Gamecocks over Texas A&M in the first game of the College World Series (CWS). But to do that, he had to quit his job in the process.

David regretted missing Michael's two CWS games last year, and decided he would not make the same mistake again.  Michael showed his gratitude by pitching seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits.

"That's really special. My dad has been a huge inspiration for baseball for me. It is definitely nice to have him out here," said Michael to the Greenville News.  Michael also tweeted:  "How's this for dedication?  My dad had to quit his job to make it out to Omaha.  Couldn't get here last year."

As for the senior Roth's former employer, Steve White Volkswagen Audi in Greenville, things have not been easy, as Gamecock fans have bashed the auto dealer's decision to not grant any extra vacation days for Roth to watch his son pitch in the CWS on Father's Day. The dealer has released this statement in regards to local complaints:

"'The decision to terminate employment with our organization was entirely David Roth's,' dealership owner Marc White said. 'Again I cannot make further comment about David Roth's employment with Steve White VW Audi. He is obviously a great dad, and we are proud to have worked with him. He will be missed. The staff at Steve White Volkswagen Audi is cheering for the South Carolina Gamecocks in their bid for the College World Series Championship. We are especially praying for the success of pitcher Michael Roth.'"

As for the Gamecocks, they pounded the University of Virginia last night 7-1, advancing to the semifinals, and are well on their way in defending last years national championship.

As for David Roth, South Carolina auto dealers, HIRE THIS MAN!

512-523 – Calls – What kind of sacrifices do you remember your parents making in order to watch you compete in sports or perform an art?  What's the most-special memory you remember?  Will you be doing the same for your kids?  What about the car dealership? Have you ever had a heartless employer that didn't give you time off for something important, or a heart-filled employer that was especially kind to you when you needed it?  It's your "Best Boss" "Worst Boss" story-telling time!

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628-639 – Calls: What the craziest thing you or your kids did when they were young?  Did you ever take the car on a joy ride?  Any of you ever run away from home?

(:14) 9-1-1 boy driving call.

• Fox News (6/22/2011) 7-Year-Old Driving 50 mph Just Wanted to See His Dad.

 • ABC (6/22/2011) Mother of 7-year-old driver may face charges.

June 22, 2011 (CASEVILLE, Mich.) (WLS) -- A Michigan boy wanted to see his father, so he took matters into his own hands.

The 7-year-old got behind the wheel of his mother's car and took off.

Video from a police dash cam in the town of Caseville shows the car speeding down the road.

A teenager, who just got a drivers license, saw the boy and called 9-1-1.

"He looked like he was standing up on the floor mat, barely touching the seat. He was hunched over the steering wheel," said Aaron Scott. "He was frequently driving on the shoulder. The two rear tires were fish tailing a bit and he just, it looked like he knew how to control the car but not to the point where to keep it on the road."

Police officers were able to pull the boy over safely.

Investigators say the boy's mother may face charges because the child was under her care when he took the car.

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• USA Today (6/22/2011) True tales of business trips from hell.  Calls – What's your travel-nightmare story?  What's the worst thing that happened to you or your family on a business trip or a vacation?

• CBNC (6/22/2011) Study: $1400 Tax Hike Needed to Fund US Pensions.

• AOL Weirdnews (6/18/2011) Homeless Man Max Melitzer Learns He's Rich.

• OC Register (6/21/2011) 51-year-old actor marries teen model.

Actor Doug Hutchison has been singing "You're 16, You Beautiful and You're Mine" for a few weeks now.

The 51-year-old "Green Mile" and "Lost" actor has gotten married to his 16-year-old girlfriend, model and singer Courtney Alexis Stodden, according to an announcement on his website.

Doug Hutchison, 51, married his 16-year-old girlfriend, Courtney Alexis Stodden, last month in Las Vegas, with her parents' blessing.

Stodden, who became a John Casablanca model at 12 and was a Miss Universe contestant at 15, wed Hutchison on May 20 in Las Vegas.

"Every father can only pray to have such a man behind their daughter," Courtney's father Alex Stoddard told He's four years younger than his son-in-law.

Courtney's mother Krista said her daughter was a "good Christian girl" who was a "virgin when she married Doug." Krista bristled at rumors that her daughter's looks had been altered by plastic surgery: "She is a beautiful girl. She has real breasts, real lips, she's not plastic."

"We're aware that our vast age difference is extremely controversial," Hutchison said. "But we're very much in love and want to get the message out there that true love can be ageless."

Just ask Hugh Hefner. No, wait, there must be a better example ...

• Fox News (6/22/2011) Texas Woman Chases Men Trying to Steal Beer From Walmart.

• Fox News (6/22/2011) NASA Scientist Accused of Using Celeb Status Among Environmental Groups to Enrich Himself.

The NASA scientist who once claimed the Bush administration tried to "silence" his global warming claims is now accused of receiving more than $1.2 million from the very environmental organizations whose agenda he advocated.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C., a group claims NASA is withholding documents that show James Hansen failed to comply with ethics rules and financial disclosures regarding substantial compensation he earned outside his $180,000 taxpayer-paid position as director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

• USA Today (6/22/2011) Obama, Congress warned: National debt growing faster.

The Congressional Budget Office reported Wednesday that the nation probably will owe outside creditors more than the size of the entire economy in 10 years.

The forecast -- a public debt equal to 101% of the economy in 2021, and rising to 187% by 2035 unless dramatic changes are made -- should be a warning to President Obama, Congress and Vice President Biden's band of bipartisan negotiators meeting daily to devise just a short-term fix.

By comparison, last year's long-term budget outlook from CBO forecast a public debt equal to 87% of the economy by 2020. The difference -- 14% -- would be about $2 trillion based on today's economy, even more as it grows.

"The explosive path of federal debt ... underscores the need for large and rapid policy changes to put the nation on a sustainable fiscal course," the report says.

It goes on: "Large budget deficits and growing debt would reduce national saving, leading to higher interest rates, more borrowing from abroad and less domestic investment, which in turn would lower income growth in the United States."

The problem outlined in the report: spending that far outpaces revenue as the years pass. Here's a simplified version:

Spending is projected to grow from 24% of the economy today to 26% in 2021 and 34% in 2035.

Revenue is projected to grow from 15% today to 19% in 2021, where it would remain in 2035.

Annual deficits would be 7.5% of the economy in 2021, less than today's 9.3%. But each year's deficit adds to the national debt. By 2035, the deficit would be 15.5% of the economy, and the accumulated debt would be 187%.

• LA Times (6/22/2011) California Legislature to forfeit pay, Chiang says.  The state controller's decision drives angry fellow Democrats back into budget talks with the governor.

• George W. Sarris (Christian Post, 6/22/2011) Evangelicals: Larger in Size, Smaller in Influence . . . Why?

• LA Times (6/21/2011) O.C. Grand Jury questions officials' salaries in 3 cities.  The panel singles out the pay of Laguna Hills City Manager Bruce Channing, who earned about $378,000 including benefits. The average was $281,699 with benefits.

• Bloomberg (6/22/2011) Obama Gets 30% of Americans Certain to Support Re-Election in Economy Poll.

Americans are growing more dissatisfied with President Barack Obama's handling of the economy and say it will be hard to vote to re-elect him without seeing significant progress over the next year and a half.

By a margin of 61 percent to 37 percent, a Bloomberg National Poll conducted June 17-20 shows Americans say they believe that Obama will have had his chance to make the economy "substantially better" by the end of 2012.

Only 30 percent of respondents said they are certain to vote for the president and 36 percent said they definitely won't. Among likely independent voters, only 23 percent said they will back his re-election, while 36 percent said they definitely will look for another candidate.

"As far as the economy goes, I don't see that he has delivered on the change that he promised," said Sharon Ortiz, a 38-year-old independent voter from Hampton, Virginia, who supported Obama in 2008. "The jobs that he promised -- I haven't seen it."

At the same time, Americans are skeptical that Republican control of the White House and Congress will be a better prescription for their economic wellbeing. Sixty percent said that any Republican candidate will need to move so far to the right on fiscal and social issues to win their party's nomination that it will be very hard to back the nominee.