Monday, November 14, 2011

400-408 – Fuz Rana, EVP of Research and Apologetics at Reasons to Believe (, has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Ohio University with an emphasis in Bio-Chemistry.  Today we talk about the latest "scientists create life in a lab" stories in the news, and his latest book entitled Creating Life in the Lab: How New Discoveries in Synthetic Biology Make a Case for the Creator (Amazon).

• We've got 6 copies to give away of RTB's 10 Breakthroughs of 2006-2010 (link).


413-423 – Fuz Rana

428-438 – Fuz Rana

443-452 – Fuz Rana

458-508 – Eric Metaxas, author of the bestseller Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (, winner of this year's "Book of the Year" Award from the Christian publishers.  Eric is also Editor of the brand new Socrates in the City: Conversations on Life, God, and Other Small Topics (Amazon), with eleven fab talks by Os Guinness, Sir John Polkinghorne, Peter Kreeft, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, Chuck Colson, Dr. Paul Vitz, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Francis Collins, N.T. Wright, and Eric Metaxas.

512-523 – Eric Metaxas

528-539 – Eric Metaxas

544-554 – Eric Metaxas

558-608 – • OCR (11/14/2011) Crystal Cathedral hearing: Diocese ups its offer to $57.5 million.

• LAT (11/14/2011) NBA players reject owners' latest contract offer.

During a meeting Monday in New York with representatives from all 30 teams and star players such as Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, the National Basketball Players Assn. rejected NBA owners' latest contract proposal, saying they felt the "collective bargaining process has completely broken down" and serving a "disclaimer of interest" to NBA Commissioner David Stern and the owners.

That means the players union has dissolved itself voluntarily, putting the 2011-12 season in jeopardy.

The union -- now a former union that will become a trade association -- has also hired famed attorney David Boies to help file an antitrust suit against the NBA. //

• Matthew Hay Brown (LAT from the Baltimore Sun, 11/14/2011) Atheists in U.S. military seek official recognition.  A small but growing movement complains of religious bias and seeks the same status as Christians, Jews and Muslims.  Capt. Ryan Jean, 28, says he and about a dozen other atheists want the same acceptance and support that they say Christians get in the military.  There are 1.4 million active-duty members of the armed forces, 20% indicate "no religious preference," and less than 10,000 identify as atheists (about 1:140).

612-623 – Calls – Should the military allow for "non-believing chaplains"?  So what if atheists and humanists want to have their own chaplaincy corps?  What would a session with an atheist chaplain be about, anyway?

628-639 – Calls – Should the military allow for "non-believing chaplains"?  So what if atheists and humanists want to have their own chaplaincy corps?  What would a session with an atheist chaplain be about, anyway?

644-654 – • Fox News (11/14/2011) Teen Charged With Raping 5-Year-Old at McDonald's.

• TSG (11/14/2011) Cops: Early Morning McDonald's Menu Changeover Prompted Wisconsin Woman's Meltdown.

• Yahoo (11/14/2011) Supreme Court will hear health care case this term.   Obamacare goes before SCOTUS.

• Alan Blinder (WSJ, 11/14/2011) The Folly of the Flat Tax.  Eliminating the biggest deductions and exclusions is extremely unlikely, and flatter rates alone won't make the tax system any simpler. It would, however, make it far less progressiveMr. Blinder, a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University, is a former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve.

• Jim Geraghty (NRO, 11/14/2011) War-Gaming the GOP Early Contests, Six Weeks Out.

2008: Iowa winner: Mike Huckabee. New Hampshire winner: John McCain.

2000: Iowa winner: George W. Bush. New Hampshire winner: John McCain.

1996: Iowa winner: Bob Dole. New Hampshire winner: Pat Buchanan.

1988: Iowa winner: Bob Dole. New Hampshire winner: George H.W. Bush.

1980: Iowa winner: George H. W. Bush. New Hampshire winner: Ronald Reagan.

This is a bipartisan phenomenon; look at the Democrats:

2008: Iowa winner: Barack Obama. New Hampshire winner: Hillary Clinton.

2004: Iowa winner: John Kerry. New Hampshire winner: John Kerry.

1992: Iowa winner: Tom Harkin. New Hampshire winner: Paul Tsongas.

1984: Iowa winner: Walter Mondale. New Hampshire winner: Gary Hart.