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Lucas Oil Products: Company probably isn't what you think it is

image from cmsimg.indystar.comLucas Oil produces and markets 350 oil and lubrication products in 26 countries. It has headquarters in California and a plant in Corydon, Ind.

As for racing, Lucas Oil sponsors more than 700 race teams, drivers and events. It owns television network MAVTV.

The company started humbly, founded in 1989 by Lucas, who grew up in Southern Indiana and was a long-haul trucker at the time.

He started alone, selling items out of the back of one of those trucks.

Today, he has more than 400 employees. While the private company doesn't reveal its sales or profit, it has been reported Lucas Oil revenues are $150 million annually.

The company uses its involvement in motor racing to research, market and develop its products while generating sales through major retail automotive chains, truck stops and independent speed shops throughout the country.

Lucas hosted a luncheon Friday to let more than 300 visitors to the international motorsports show know he is committed to the industry.

Before that luncheon he talked about his empire.

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Has biblical Sela been found?

(Biblical Archaeology Review) In one of the Old Testament’s colder and more brutal episodes, King Amaziah of Judah (c. 801–783 B.C.), after having slain nearly 10,000 Edomites in battle near the southern end of the Dead Sea, is said to have thrown another 10,000 captives from the top of nearby Sela, where they were “dashed to pieces” (2 Chronicles 25:12; 2 Kings 14:7).

While the Biblical account provides only vague clues as to where this horrible event took place (Sela simply means “rock” in Hebrew), the archaeology of a little-known mountaintop stronghold in southern Jordan may hold the answer.

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94-Year-Old Woman Takes Car In For Oil Change, Leaves With $800 Bill

Helen Turner, a self-sufficient 94-year-old from Farmington, brought her 2004 Subaru Impreza and $100 to the local Midas for a quick oil change in early October.

She left with a bill for $800 and a warning that she should return to have the Impreza's fluids changed for an additional $400. The cost, and additional repairs, were so unexpected that Turner says another customer gave her a ride home to retrieve her checkbook to pay for them.

"I only had $100 because I only wanted an oil change," she says.

Aside from the $26.99 oil change, Midas charged $297.24 to replace four spark plugs ($63.13 each in labor costs) and $398.02 ($263.03 for labor) to replace the valve cover gasket. The extra repairs, minus a $50 discount coupon for the repairs, cost $725.25.


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What was the Star of Bethlehem?

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Three wisemen.Matthew 2:1-9: Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him." When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'" Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also." When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. (New King James Version)

There have been many attempts to explain the Christmas Star scientifically, and three ideas will be mentioned here.

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Ramses III had throat slashed, researchers discover

English: Head of mummy of pharaoh Ramesses III...English: Head of mummy of pharaoh Ramesses III. Русский: Голова мумии фараона Рамсеса III. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(International Business Times) Researchers have discovered that the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses III died after his throat was slit.

The pharaoh’s death has been shrouded in mystery and speculation for centuries; however, a report published Monday in the British medical journal BMJ suggests that he may, in fact, have been assassinated by family members, as has often been thought.

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Nothing Artificial Ever: Whole Foods caught in GMO marketing deception – proof

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A bombshell investigative video just released by has exposed what can only be called false and misleading advertising by Whole Foods. It all began when InfoWars reporters Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton visited Whole Foods last week to try to find out what customers thought about Whole Foods stores selling so many unlabeled genetically modified foods. That fact was recently admitted by Whole Foods in its own blog post.

As you can see in the video, some customers were shocked to discover that Whole Foods sells GMOs in their store. The majority of Whole Foods customers, it turned out, had no idea the company was selling GMO.

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Dead Sea Scrolls now viewable online

English: Dead Sea scrolls shown in Amman Archo...English: Dead Sea scrolls shown in Amman Archoelogy Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century is now available for all to see online after the Israel Antiquities Authority and Google digitised the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Anyone with an internet connection will now be able to take a new look into the Biblical past through an online archive of high-resolution images of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls completed by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and Google.

The scrolls, most of them on parchment, are the oldest copies of the Hebrew Bible and include secular text dating from the third century BC to the first century AD.

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The horror of Connecticut shows us that gruesome human behavior is also a sign of the time, that it is equal to a storm, that it rattles us like a quake, that it scorches like a volcano and often seems to come from nowhere (like asteroids). We are in an era whereby there are series of serial killers, so many that often they do not make national news. And then there are the massive killings as in Newtown where twenty little grammar school kids and six courageous adults were mowed down by a twenty-year-old man the details of whom are sketchy but who is part of another aspect of the violent trend that we have seen in other schools, on college campuses, in shopping malls, in churches, in cults, and in movie theatres the darkness purveyed in movies now materializes in full form. Also Friday, in China, twenty-two children were slashed (though not fatally) by a "psycho." Last summer, there was the "zombie" outbreak. Immediately after the Friday shooting a trauma psychologist came on TV to explain that this type of mental "illness" commonly "presents" itself in men when they reach their twenties but she had it wrong as psychology too often does because while we can tag names on it like psychosis and schizophrenia or multiple personality or "autism" or blame it on loneliness and dejection the real cause hides behind and below the modern labels and is called the devil or Satan -- yes, playing on those who are misguided, playing on the lonely, playing on mental disturbances, on "personality disorders," finding access through drugs, through alcohol, through the occult, arriving where there is anger -- where there is family dysfunction and break-up (there is mental illness) -- but the devil, Satan, nonetheless. He is what Pope Paul VI said: "perverted and perverting." It was the governor who diagnosed it properly when he told reporters that "evil has visited our town" and later spoke at Saint Rose of Lima Church, which could not accommodate all who flocked there, as churches will not be able to accommodate all who flock there in years to come. The patina of evil, the darkness that shines, is clearly seen in too many mug shots, in the glazed eyes of perpetrators, in the dark clothes they wear, the skull tattoos, the cutting music in their ears, the body mutilation, the nihilistic approach to life because they are disoriented by the evil of society as a whole. In mowing down the young, perhaps this twisted mentality thought he wasn't doing much more than an abortion doctor.  Reportedly, the young shooter was a loner in the "goth" subculture  (as were the shooters at Columbine), which has all appearances of witchery (dark clothes, darker music, vampiric makeup on women). Examples of "goth" magazines: "Morbid Outlook," "Deathrock," "Asleep By Dawn." He needs our prayers also. They all do. It is not until we uncover the true reason for mayhem that we will begin to solve it, to purge it, to cast it out; it also will not be solved until we call evil what it is (once more, the word "live" spelled backwards) and stop it from infiltrating to begin with.

--Michael H. Brown


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2012: The Year in Volcanic Activity

Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala. Erupcion 8 aug07Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala. Erupcion 8 aug07 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

"For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be famines, plagues, and earthquakes in various places." (Jesus- In Matthew 24)

Out of an estimated 1,500 active volcanoes around the world, 50 or so erupt every year, spewing steam, ash, toxic gases, and lava. In 2012, active volcanoes included Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego, New Zealand's Tongariro, Russia's Plosky Tolbachik, Chile's Puyehue, Italy's Etna, and a new island appearing in the Red Sea. In Hawaii, Kilauea continues to send lava flowing toward the sea, and locals living near Mexico's Popocatepetl continued to deal with ashfalls. Collected below are scenes from the wide variety of volcanic activity on Earth over the past year. [39 photos]

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Where was God when 20 children were slaughtered?

By Bob Barney

Oh God!I have run the Garner Ted Article article (below) before, and do so after many tragedies. Many often wonder how these things could happen in a modern world. People ask, “how could a loving God allow such tragedies?” People blame God, guns, conservatives, the media, and everybody else – other than themselves. Where is God when tragedies like these occur? Where is God when a million abortions a year are slaughtering the innocence in the womb? The Plain Truth is that God is where THEY (YES 'THEY' – as GOD is the English word that means Jesus and the Father) have been for most of the last 6,000 years. God id in heaven, allowing us to run our own lives, follow our own ways, worship our own false gods and follow pagan holidays that God has nothing to do with. Most people do not want God in their lives. It's a hard simple fact. Most do not want to follow the Law of God, when it does not suit their needs. We want to be free to do what we want to do, since the time we first walked up until the time we draw our last breath of life. We want a God of convenience, and not a God who orders us to obey physical and spiritual laws. We want to follow Christmas, not because it is found in the Bible, but because it makes US feel good. We really don't care what God thinks about the holiday – we really don't care, because if we did, very little research would make us draw a conclusion on our lives, that we do not want to face.

We are also in a form a denial. We deny God and God's way. We deny that such tragedies will actually happen to us. Jesus was asked this question 2,000 years ago. It is in Luke chapter 13! 1-5 “Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.  Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?  I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

Repent of what? SIN! And what is the Bible definition of sin? There is one place in all of your Bible that says “Sin is” - and it is found in 1 John 3:4: Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. Did you read that? SIN IS BREAKING GOD'S LAW! Then the next question, “what law?” The TEN COMMANDMENTS! (John 14:15), one of which is the Sabbath Command. However, for most of the Christian world, “loving Jesus, and believing ON Jesus,” is all we really have to do.... Yet Jesus said, “Why do you call me LORD LORD and not do the things I say to do!” You find here:

Matthew 7 13-28: (NIV version)

The Narrow and Wide Gates

 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

True and False Prophets

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.  By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

True and False Disciples

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. (like all of those today who love to build their houses on the sand like in Florida, The Outer banks and New York and New Jersey)  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

It's not hard figuring out why God allows tragedies. The majority refuse to obey God, and therefore all of us suffer because of this fact. We want “democracy” and God has allowed us to get what we ask for. Until God returns and establishes THEIR Kingdom, we will continue to experience that fate of those who are in rebellion against God.

Oh God, Where
Were You When
I Needed You?

 By Garner Ted Armstrong

       The family was shocked beyond comprehension! Caught in a snowstorm in Alaska, they had kept their heater running. The snow had piled high around the car and, without their knowledge, deadly carbon monoxide had seeped into the automobile. The gas—heavier than air—had first reached their twin boys, asleep on the floor Groggy, wondering what was causing their sleepiness, the parents gradually became aware something was wrong. The father struggled to open the windows to change the air! They grasped their twin baby boys-shook them, rubbed their little arms and tried frantically to awaken them. But it was too late! Their cries of anguish were lost in the blackness of that Alaskan night with its billions of softly falling flakes. But WHY? WHY, if there is a loving God in heaven, do such tragedies strike? WHY DID GOD LET THOSE BABY BOYS DIE?

By Garner Ted Armstrong    [printer-friendly]     [pdf format{LINK to article ONLINE}

The preceding story was related to me by the father of the boys, an executive in the radio business from Alaska, when he attended the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Chicago, Illinois.

I had been invited to give the invocation at a dinner for about 2,000 radio-station owners and managers from all over the country; the main speaker that day was Paul Harvey.

During the recess after lunch, one of the radio executives asked if he might ask me a personal question. He then related the tragic story of his two baby sons' death. He had already asked his own pastor, or perhaps two or more ministers. He and his wife were searching for some understanding; they needed to know WHY—WHY would a loving God allow this to happen?


If there IS a God, and if GOD IS LOVE, then WHY?
Now, if someone asks some other person that question, he has a perfect out. All most people have to do is to cluck away sympathetically, or, if genuine emotion is really felt, show some sincere empathy with such a tragically bewildered parent. However, it only requires a polite disclaimer: "I've always wondered about that too," or, "Well, I don't know. I lost a son in Vietnam, and I have never understood why he had to die when all these others..."

        But this was different.

        I am a minister.


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The History of Hanukkah

Forward by Bob Barney: It should be noted here that Hanukkah is not a biblically mandated holiday. It is a holiday that Jews observe today following what seems to be a miracle at the Temple during the time of Maccabees. Although not biblical, Jesus himself observed the day as a Jew. I like to compare this day with the Fourth of July for America, or our Thanksgiving Day. These days also are not biblically, but they are not pagan in origin and acceptable holidays to God. That is why the book of John we see Jesus in a feast of dedication ceremony, known today as Hanukkah. The Jews are only a few tribes of the biblical Israel, 10 other tribes being "lost" to history. Jews today are mostly comprised of the tribe of Judah, with some Levites, and Benjamin-ites. All of the other tribes, 10 in all, were taken into captivity and out of the holy land 2500 years ago. Those tribes, led by the tribe of Joseph, have the biblical right to be called "Israel." The Jewish nation in your Bible was called Judah. The northern 10 now "lost" tribes under the leadership of the tribe of Joseph is called, again in the Bible, Israel. Today these lost 10 Tribes can be identified as Dan being and Denmark ( Mark of Dan), Ruben  is France, Naphtali is Holland, and the United States of America and England are the tribes of Joseph! Joseph's two sons Ephraim and Manasseh beginning our nations. Ephraim being America, and Manasseh being Great Britain. So the celebration of Hanukkah is Jewish and not Christian. Just like the celebration of Thanksgiving is to the tribe of Ephraim and not Jewish or necessarily Christian. It is a national holiday and that is what Hanukkah is to the Jews.

Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days and nights, starting on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar (which is November-December on the Gregorian calendar). In Hebrew, the word "Hanukkah" means "dedication."

The holiday commemorates the rededication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Jews' 165 B.C.E. victory over the Hellenist Syrians. Antiochus, the Greek King of Syria, outlawed Jewish rituals and ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods.

In 168 B.C.E. the Jews' holy Temple was seized and dedicated to the worship of Zeus.

Some Jews were afraid of the Greek soldiers and obeyed them, but most were angry and decided to fight back.

The fighting began in Modiin, a village not far from Jerusalem. A Greek officer and soldiers assembled the villagers, asking them to bow to an idol and eat the flesh of a pig, activities forbidden to Jews. The officer asked Mattathias, a Jewish High Priest, to take part in the ceremony. He refused, and another villager stepped forward and offered to do it instead. Mattathias became outraged, took out his sword and killed the man, then killed the officer. His five sons and the other villagers then attacked and killed the soldiers. Mattathias' family went into hiding in the nearby mountains, where many other Jews who wanted to fight the Greeks joined them. They attacked the Greek soldiers whenever possible.

Judah Maccabee and his soldiers went to the holy Temple, and were saddened that many things were missing or broken, including the golden menorah. They cleaned and repaired the Temple, and when they were finished, they decided to have a big dedication ceremony. For the celebration, the Maccabees wanted to light the menorah. They looked everywhere for oil, and found a small flask that contained only enough oil to light the menorah for one day. Miraculously, the oil lasted for eight days. This gave them enough time to obtain new oil to keep the menorah lit. Today Jews celebrate Hanukkah for eight days by lighting candles in a menorah every night, thus commemorating the eight-day miracle.





Pieces of Hanukkah brought together
Archaeologists reconstruct Syrian tax edict issued 11 years before Maccabean revolt
--Jerusalem Post

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30 Years of Secret Transcripts Show Experts Cover Up Vaccine Hazards

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An extraordinary new paper published by a courageous doctor and investigative medical researcher has dug the dirt on 30 years of secret official transcripts of meetings of UK government vaccine committees and the supposedly independent medical “experts” sitting on them with their drug industry connections.

If you want to get an idea of who is responsible for your child’s condition resulting from a vaccine adverse reaction then this is the paper to read. What you have to ask yourself is if the people on these committees are honest and honourable and acting in the best interests of British children, how is it this has been going on for at least 30 years?

This is what everyone has always known but could never prove before now. Pass this information on to others so they can see what goes on in Government health committees behind locked doors.

We quote here from the author’s summary and the paper:

Deliberately concealing information from parents for the sole purpose of getting them to comply with an “official” vaccination schedule could be considered as a form of ethical violation or misconduct. Official documents obtained from the UK Department of Health (DH) and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) reveal that the British health authorities have been engaging in such practice for the last 30 years, apparently for the sole purpose of protecting the national vaccination program.

The 45 page paper with detailed evidence can be downloaded here: The vaccination policy and the Code of Practice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI): are they at odds? Lucija Tomljenovic, Neural Dynamics Research Group, Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.  It was presented at and forms part of the proceedings of The 2011 BSEM Scientific Conference now published online here: The Health Hazards of Disease Prevention BSEM Scientific Conference, March 2011.

There are other papers also found at that link which you will find an excellent read.



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Ancient copy of Ten Commandments goes digital

image from msnbcmedia1.msn.comThe Cambridge Digital Library has just made available thousands of pages from fragile religious manuscripts for Internet users' perusal, including a 2,000-year-old copy of the Ten Commandments, known as the "Nash Papyrus."

Before the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a Bedouin shepherd in 1947, the "Nash Papyrus," also called "The Ten Commandments," was the oldest known manuscript containing a text from the Hebrew Bible. It gets its name from the Egyptologist Walter Llewellyn Nash who purchased the manuscript from an antiquities dealer in 1902.

The text is among several important religious documents that were made public in a series of high-quality zoom-friendly images by the Cambridge Digital Library, which draws on the British university's vast collection of manuscripts. [ See Images of the Religious Texts ]

"Because of their age and delicacy these manuscripts are seldom able to be viewed — and when they are displayed, we can only show one or two pages," university librarian Anne Jarvis said in a statement. "Now, through the generosity of the Polonsky Foundation, anyone with a connection to the Internet can select a work of interest, turn to any page of the manuscript, and explore it in extraordinary detail."

Leonard Polonsky, whose foundation has funded the project, added that he was "delighted to see such important materials being made freely available to the world."

Other texts posted include an ancient copy of the New Testament, called the "Codex Bezae," which contains all four Gospels (though the only complete one is the Gospel of Luke) and the Acts of the Apostles in both Greek and Latin. The Codex Bezae, thought to date from the late fourth or early fifth century, includes the oldest copy of the story of the adulterous woman (John 7.53-8.11). The phrase "let him who is without sin, cast the first stone" comes from that story.

The "Book of Deer" was also made available online. This pocket gospel book is about 6.2 inches tall and 4.3 inches wide and is generally dated to the first half of the 10th century. Its name comes from additions that were made to the text in Gaelic or Middle Irish, likely by someone in Deer in Aberdeenshire.

The digital collection also contains several thousand items from the world's largest set of medieval Jewish manuscripts.

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Obama Gives OK For Black Box Data Recorders to Be Installed in All Cars

Susanne Posel, Contributor
Activist Post

With complete disregard for driver privacy, the Obama administration gave their consent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) to mandate black box event data recorders (EDR) be installed in all new cars in the US.

The NHTSA says that by September 2014 all car and light trucks will be equipped with EDRs that will silently “record the actions of drivers and the responses of their vehicles in a continuous information loop.”

The information recorded by EDRs includes:

• vehicle speed
• whether the brake was activated in the moments before a crash
• crash forces at the moment of impact
• information about the state of the engine throttle
• air bag deployment timing and air bag readiness prior to the crash
• whether the vehicle occupant’s seat belt was buckled

The NHTSA claims that “EDRs do not collect any personal identifying information or record conversations and do not run continuously.”

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Capitalism: The Cure, Not The Problem

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James McKibbin
Activist Post

The political climate of this country is full of tension and anger. Whether one considers themselves to be on the left, right, or something else altogether, they are undoubtedly fed up with this current system. There is no better display of these emotions than the current Occupy movement, now spreading across the country and the whole world. This Saturday was the kickoff of Occupy Pittsburgh.

Being that I count myself among the fed up, I wanted to attend. The political ideologies represented at the Pittsburgh rallies and marches on Saturday were varied. Most people participating no longer trust either political party to represent them anymore. There was popular sentiment that corporations have now bought the vast majority of politicians and that corporate money needs to be barred from flowing into the campaign coffers of these politicians.

Tea Party vs. Progressive Republicans — Battle for the Soul of the GOP

Since Nov. 6, there has been no shortage of opinions as to why challenger Mitt Romney and the Republican Party failed to ouster President Barack Obama.  Pre-election divisions in the Republican Party between moderates and conservatives have only widened since Romney’s defeat and the party’s strategy for the future remains unclear, a source of contention and heated internal & external debate.

Series on Republican Party

Specifically, many now wonder what the sobering 2012 election results means for the right-leaning Tea Party, the champions of personal freedom and smaller government who exploded on the political scene in the 2010 midterm elections.  The re-election of a progressive like Barack Obama would seem to signal the end of the conservative Tea Party, but the movement’s conservative leaders insist that last month’s election results only vindicate the group’s message.

“The Tea Party is not a political party; it’s an informal community of Americans who support a set of fiscally conservative issues,” says FreedomWorks’ Matt Kibbe.  “And when you take a look at the roster of new fiscal conservatives being sent to Congress next year, it’s clear our issues are winning.”

Indeed, although the Tea Party may be focusing the vast majority of its ongoing efforts on local issues, the conservative movement has left an undeniable mark on the national GOP establishment.  The group’s mantra of uncompromising fiscal conservatism and limited government has remained a driving force in shaping Republican platform.

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Jesus' apostles walked here

(Popular Archaeology) Sitting and kneeling among a scattering of stones large and small, a small group of archaeologists, students and volunteers gradually dug and scraped their way down to reveal the remains of what was likely a paved road that was used by some of the earliest Christian apostles. They were digging at a site just 2 km from the northeast shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Leading the group was Dr. Nicolae Roddy of Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. They were focusing on features recently revealed in an area labeled “Area C” of the excavation site plan. He and his excavation colleagues were assigned to carefully uncover and explore an area that contained finds of the Roman period of ancient Bethsaida, the fishing town that was, according to the Biblical account, the home of the New Testament Christian apostles Peter, Andrew and Phillip, and likely James and John as well.

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Grand Canyon: How Do You Get a River Over a Mountain?

English: The Colorado River near Nankoweap Cre...English: The Colorado River near Nankoweap Creek and the granaries, Grand Canyon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By David Coppedge

One would think that the Grand Canyon, one of earth’s most prominent geological features, studied by geologists for 140 years, would be well understood.  Wrong.  “The Colorado River’s integration off the Colorado Plateau remains a classic mystery in geology, despite its pivotal role in the cutting of Grand Canyon and the region’s landscape evolution.”  That’s how Joel Pederson (Utah State) began the cover article in GSA Today this month,1 a bimonthly journal of the Geological Society of America.  The mystery he investigated is how the Colorado River ran over a mountain: the Kaibab uplift.

The Kaibab uplift is the broad southern end of the Colorado Plateau through which the Grand Canyon has been carved.  Rivers do not normally flow uphill.  The upper Colorado River, roaring from Rocky Mountain snow melt, faces this obstacle; yet here the Grand Canyon cuts right into the plateau at a steep monocline that extends north-south through Utah, and manages to run westward through the high province till emerging from the Grand Wash Cliffs at the west edge of the plateau.  There, at modern Lake Mead, the river suddenly enters the Basin and Range province of Nevada.  It flows onward to the southwest, emerging at the Gulf of California (a nice tour to take in Google Earth).

Of the many theories to explain this phenomenon since John Wesley Powell ran the river for the first time in the 1870s, three have survived.  (Powell’s own idea that the river cut downward as the plateau raised upward did not last long, because of dating discrepancies: the plateau was thought to rise much earlier than the river.)  If there had been an antecedent river, where is the huge delta that should have formed at its terminus?  His own study showed that the Muddy Creek Formation (Google Earth, 36°42’45″ N, 114°19’40″ W) looks more like drainage from the ancestral Virgin River, not the Colorado.  If the early river had exited through the Little Colorado, why is there no evidence at that location?  The least-likely explanation had been the “precocious gully” theory of Charlie Hunt.  Beginning in 1956, Hunt imagined a southwestern river cutting headward into the plateau and joining up with the ancestral Colorado river.  “Hunt’s hypothesis (b), that the river arrived in the central-western Grand Canyon area and simply infiltrated and terminated, never gained traction—and was not well loved even by Hunt himself,” Pederson said….

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