Friday, August 13, 2010

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400-408 Does government exist to support business or does business exist to support government?  Is government the answer or the problem?

• Laurence Kotlikoff, Bloomberg (8/10/2010) U.S. Is Bankrupt and We Don't Even Know.

413-423 – • USA Today (8/11/2010) Federal workers earning double their private counterparts.

At a time when workers' pay and benefits have stagnated, federal employees' average compensation has grown to more than double what private sector workers earn, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

Federal workers have been awarded bigger average pay and benefit increases than private employees for nine years in a row. The compensation gap between federal and private workers has doubled in the past decade.

Federal civil servants earned average pay and benefits of $123,049 in 2009 while private workers made $61,051 in total compensation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The data are the latest available.

The federal compensation advantage has grown from $30,415 in 2000 to $61,998 last year.

• Kevin D. Williamson (8/12/2010) Subprime Nation: The High Price of Cheap Money.

• NYT (8/11/2010) Debts Rise, and Go Unpaid, as Bust Erodes Home Equity.

428-437 Philip Myles, Singles Ministry Leader at Christ Church of the Valley ( shares his story of meeting his future wife Mary at the Queen Mary Singles Dance in August 2000. 

• This Saturday is the 18th Annual Queen Mary Christian Singles Dance at the Queen Mary – the biggest Christian Singles event of the year on the west coast – where there'll be over 1,000 Christian Singles having a good time.  Here's how it will work.  When you check in, you get a number to wear all night.  Then, at the information booth, you'll be able to leave a message that you're interested in talking to a particular number, and of course, you'll be able to talk to the people who've left a message that they're interested in talking to you!  Conference starts at 1pm, dinner's at 6pm, and dancing starts at 8pm.  Dave Deno met his wife Angela there, and one of our sale's reps Terry Harris met his wife there too!  Literally, 100's of marriages have taken place as a result of this dance!  To register, call (714) 210-3337 or go online to

443-457 Randy Bishop, CEO of Verengo Solar Plus in Orange County (, 877-239-3946), talks about leasing – rather than buying – solar equipment.

458-508 Rob Bernabe, ran the residential mortgage divisions at both E*TRADE and H&R Block, and today he runs the Mortgage Workshop at Saddleback (  His brand new paperback is Mind Your Own Mortgage: The Wise Homeowner's Guide to Choosing, Managing, and Paying Off Your Mortgage (  Today, Rob explains why we've been in an unbiblical illusionary economy – and how Christians can un-slave themselves from the tyrannical mastery of the current economic system. 

• Rob Bernabe (8/11/2010) The Illusionary Economy.

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528-538 Mat Staver founder of Liberty Council (, and dean of the Liberty University School of Law (, whose latest book is Same Sex Marriage: Putting Every Household at Risk.  Today we talk about the strategy of how Prop 8 was argued, and now its uncertain path to the Ninth Circuit.  Mat says that the strategy to not engage the merits of traditional marriage over same-sex marriage in district court has proven to be a failed strategy.  Judge Walker put marriage itself on trial, but because we didn't engage those arguments, we can not now bring them up on appeal – since all evidence is entered at the district level, and appellate courts rule on whether the judge made an appropriate decision based upon the evidence.  The likelihood of new "pro-traditional marriage" evidence being admitted via amicus at the Ninth is slim.  There were a number of experts that could have been called in defense of marriage, but were not, because the strategy was not to argue the merits of marriage itself, but rather, the constitutionality of Prop 8.  That strategy clearly failed.  Now, the proponents of same-sex marriage are eager to see the case appealed to the Ninth, and ultimately to SCOTUS, because of the strength of Walker's decision – written with Justice Kennedy in mind.  Perhaps the wise course is to not appeal this case, since a loss at SCOTUS would overturn the laws in 30 states that prohibit same-sex marriage.

• Liberty Council (8/4/2010) California Judge Strikes Down Prop 8 Marriage Amendment.

• Liberty Council (8/12/2010) California Judge Refuses to Stay Prop 8 Marriage Ruling.

// Mathew Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: "It is outrageous that Judge Walker refused to stay his ruling. This is a classic example of radical individualism and judicial activism. Judge Walker obviously has not learned the lesson of 2008, when the California Supreme Court refused to stay its decision on marriage. That decision was reversed in short order, but it caused a huge disruption. Staying the effect of Judge Walker's ruling pending the appeal is the only logical thing to do in this case. This case has a high probability of being overturned on appeal. It makes no sense for one person to set aside a state constitutional amendment, radically change the longstanding status quo, and then later be reversed. The disruption will be enormous if this decision is not stayed. In the end, the commonsense and constitutional definition of marriage as one man and one woman will be upheld."

• AP (6/13/2010) Judge doubts gay marriage ban's backers can appeal.

• EWTN (8/13/2010) Court blocks Washington state from releasing traditional marriage supporters' names.

544-554Mat Staver

558-608 Daniel Fazzina, host of the Divine Intervention Radio Show ( and author of a book by the same name, Divine Intervention: Amazing True Stories of God's Miracles Today - Volume I, that shares 33 stories of people who have experienced the hand of God in amazing ways.  Today, we talk about some of those stories – and the accompanying skepticism many of us have.

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