These are our top ten most shared or re-blogged posts from 2013. While the top three also got the most number of hits for 2013, the rest of the list contains some surprises.
These are photos from the 2013 March for Life in Washington D.C., which had over 650,000 participants:
Today, the White House, in an attempt to prove that Barack Obama is a bitter clinger or something, produced this photo of Obama supposedly skeet shooting:
The photo was released with this note:
This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.
However, unless they have found some way to make an end run around US copyright law, images produced by the US government normally cannot be copyrighted, which means that the White House has absolutely no control over the photo.
Which means that the White House is full of bat guano.
But we already knew that.
Anyways, I was going to collect a bunch of the Photoshops and post them here, but Doug Ross had already done a lot of this heavy lifting, so I’ll just replicate his work here.
When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God‘s word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.
We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.
Many Christians assume–incorrectly–that there is not a biblical right to self-defense or to the defense of one’s family or property. They justify this on the basis of a misreading of Jesus’s statements on turning the other check and an eye-for-an-eye. I will look at these two Scriptures in detail at the end of this post. However, in a recent article David French does such a wonderful job of explaining the general Scriptural teachings on self-defense that I have excerpted his words here:
First, it has always been clear that human life is precious — so precious, in fact, that throughout time God has mandated the ultimate penalty for unlawful killing …
In Mosaic law, God … specifically carved out an exception for the defense of one’s home: “If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him . . .” (Exodus 22:2). There was bloodguilt if the thief was killed during the day, however. Note the grace that God gives the citizen in the midst of the fear and ambiguity of a nighttime invasion — even a “thief” … can be killed at night …
Second, the morality of self-defense is not only presumed, the act of self-defense is permitted and even mandated by key biblical figures … Nehemiah, when he was rebuilding Jerusalem in the face of hatred (not in wartime, but when tribal neighbors were seeking to carry out vigilante attacks on Jews) instructed his people: “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.” (Nehemiah 4:14).
#8 Report: A&E Put Duck Dynasty On The Air Because They Wanted Us To Laugh At The Robertsons, But Was Surprised When They Became Loved (Updated)
(The family pretty much agrees with what was reported here–make sure you read the update at the end of the post.)
This story by the National Catholic Register appears to shed some light on why A&E would dump their most popular star:
After A&E fired Phil Robertson for saying what every good Christian should believe, social media has been abuzz. One of the recurring themes has been puzzlement about why A&E would cut off its nose to spite its face. Duck Dynasty is the franchise right now. Why would they risk destroying their own cash cow?
To understand the why, we have to go back to the beginning. Duck Dynasty is not the show that they wanted, it is the show that got away from them.
It seems what the producers intended and what A&E envisioned with the show is much different than the show that they ended up with, but they didn’t do anything about it because it was so wildly popular and so wildly profitable. But even with all the money, they have never really been comfortable with what happened.
This is what happened. The whole idea of the show was to parade these nouveau riche Christian hillbillies around so that we could laugh at them. “Look at them,” we were supposed to say. “Look how backward they are! Look what they believe! Can you believe they really live this way and believe this stuff? See how they don’t fit in? HAHAHA”
President Bush, that is. Obama gets a free pass, of course.
Biden’s comments on impeachment begin at the 5:50 mark.