Luk 2:1 NIV – In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
Luk 2:2 NIV – (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
Luk 2:3 NIV – And everyone went to his own town to register.
Luk 2:4 NIV – So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
Luk 2:5 NIV – He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
Luk 2:6 NIV – While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
Luk 2:7 NIV – and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luk 2:8 NIV – And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
Luk 2:9 NIV – An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
Luk 2:10 NIV – But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Luk 2:11 NIV – Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
Luk 2:12 NIV – This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Luk 2:13 NIV – Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
Luk 2:14 NIV – “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Luk 2:15 NIV – When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Luk 2:16 NIV – So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
Luk 2:17 NIV – When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
Luk 2:18 NIV – and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
Luk 2:19 NIV – But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Luk 2:20 NIV – The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Luk 2:21 NIV – On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.
Luk 2:22 NIV – When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
Luk 2:23 NIV – (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord” ),
Luk 2:24 NIV – and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”
Luk 2:25 NIV – Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
Luk 2:26 NIV – It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
Luk 2:27 NIV – Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,
Luk 2:28 NIV – Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
Luk 2:29 NIV – “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
Luk 2:30 NIV – For my eyes have seen your salvation,
Luk 2:31 NIV – which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
Luk 2:32 NIV – a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”
Luk 2:33 NIV – The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
Luk 2:34 NIV – Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,
Luk 2:35 NIV – so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Luk 2:36 NIV – There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
Luk 2:37 NIV – and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
Luk 2:38 NIV – Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
Luk 2:39 NIV – When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.
Eric Holder’s performance before Congress has been stomach turning. And the reaction of the Democrats – to try to use something like this to shove more gun control down our throats is abominable.
Take this gem from Hank Johnson
“There is a hole in our gun control laws that you could drive or fly a space shuttle through it,” Dem Rep. Hank Johnson said, adding that the National Rifle Association and Second Amendment supporters are “radicals.”
Of course, we all know that Hank Johnson is really worried that if you pile all the guns in one corner of America, the country could capsize. And we further know that there won’t be any space shuttles flying through anything anymore.
If you haven’t read it, be sure to read the whole write up on Townhall.com. What the Department of Justice has been doing under Obama and Holder is criminal. And the Congress as a whole needs to hold them accountable. Although if you look at the Democrats, they apparently care more about providing cover for their guys and pushing their agenda than about right and wrong.
It is my very sincere hope that the American people are paying attention. The Republic is in very sad shape – there is a good case to be made that the Republic is gone. If we let this pass we may as well give up any hope of restoring our once great Republic. (I guess that answers that… “A Republic, if you can keep it.“)
A portion of the state’s first modern toll road, the Triangle Parkway, will open to traffic after a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning.Starting Jan. 3, 2012, tolls will be collected electronically along the Triangle Parkway – a 3.4-mile stretch from Interstate 40 and N.C. Highway 147 in Durham County to Interstate 540 in Wake County – and the existing portion of N.C. Highway 540 between N.C. Highways 54 and 55.
We pay the highest gas taxes in the Southeast (and what is it, something like the 9th highest in the nation?) and we can’t even pave a road. The story isn’t that we’re getting North Carolina’s first toll road. The story is the utter fiscal mismanagement that has led to obscene taxes AND WE STILL CAN’T BUILD A ROAD WITHOUT A TOLL.
Why won’t the media ever bother to remind anybody where the money goes? Jim Hunt squandered a lot of money paving roads for his cronies. But at least Ol’ Jimbo actually paved some roads with the money the state collects for road construction and maintenance. It was Mike Easley (found to be corrupt and now facing discipline from the state bar) who ended the gas tax money being reserved for roads and instead used it to make sure his precious pet projects didn’t have to be defunded.
To deal with a state economy reeling from the combination of the dot-com bust and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Easley raided various funds in February 2002, seizing $1 billion to help cover a mounting deficit. Included in those funds was $80 million from the Highway Trust Fund.
Two men who helped create the Highway Trust Fund in the late 1980s, former Transportation Secretary Jim Harrington and former state Sen. W.D. Goldston, an Alamance County Democrat, sued over the move, saying money raised through gas taxes that goes into the trust fund is earmarked for specific highway projects.
And from the same article… less you think that Bev is any better…
Gov. Beverly Perdue twice took money from other funds last spring to help pay state bills amid a deficit, including the lottery reserve fund, the Clean Water Trust Fund and the public school building and textbook funds.
And the General Assembly:
All three appellate judges agreed that a legislative transfer of $125 million from the Highway Trust Fund in 2002 was constitutional.
And so now here we sit with a turnpike commission and toll roads. All because the politicians that run North Carolina impose heavy taxes on us for a legitimate purpose and then pull a bait and switch to fund their pet projects every time. Every. Single. Time.
I know that the NC GOP doesn’t read this blog. But if I was in charge, abolishment of the Turnpike Commission and toll roads would be at the top of my agenda. The GOP – if it wants to win (and I haven’t seen any evidence of that…) – needs to educate the people about how they’re being ripped off by these political funding bait and switch scams.
I hope everybody remembers:
- The state lottery was to fund education and wouldn’t just replace school funding in the general fund (which all pretense of that has now been dropped)
- The bonds for higher education would be paid for with projected surpluses (how is that working out? What? The UNC system schools keep hiking tuition at an obscene rate?? I sure would hate it if UNC had to cut back on their Women’s Studies and Social Justice programs…)
And while I’m ranting I would like to remind the world that it really isn’t that hard to see this kind of stuff coming from a mile away.