Ohio voters have been given the opportunity to vote on whether or not the state will participate in ObamaCare, i.e., the Affordable Care Act. A coalition of tea party, small government, and religious groups gathered enough valid signatures to put the constitutional amendment on the November 8 ballot to opt out of the federal health care program.
The measure would change Ohio’s Constitution to prohibit any federal, state or local law from forcing Ohio residents, employers or health care providers to participate in a health care system. It also would prevent the state from enacting a Massachusetts-style health care program, where the state requires a minimum level of insurance coverage.
For more on the story, see Ohio health care question cleared for fall ballot.
A new report released by The House of Representatives Oversight Committee finds that at least 122 firearms linked to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “Operation Fast and Furious,” operation have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico or were intercepted going to the Mexican drug cartels.
Mexican authorities found AK-47 assault rifles, powerful .50 caliber rifles and other weapons … linked to the U.S. sting operation to trace weapons going across the border to Mexico.
For more on the story, see Guns from U.S. sting at Mexican crime scenes: report.
It’s now being reported that Yoko Ono, wife of John Lennon, has been covering up that the former Beatle had undergone a political and religious change of heart a few years before he was murdered/assassinated December 10, 1980.
“[H]e baffled those close to him by constantly praising ‘the Lord,’ writing Christian songs with titles like ‘Talking with Jesus’ and ‘Amen’ (the Lord’s Prayer set to music), and trying to convert nonbelievers. He also called the prayer line of ‘The 700 Club,’ Pat Robertson’s program.”
Lennon also said that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan, having soured on Jimmy Carter.
“He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me….I also saw John embark in some really brutal arguments with my uncle, who’s an old-time communist… He enjoyed really provoking my uncle… Maybe he was being provocative… but it was pretty obvious to me he had moved away from his earlier radicalism…He was a very different person back in 1979 and ’80 than he’d been when he wrote ‘Imagine.’ By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy’s naivete.”
For more on the story, see Jesus, Reagan and John Lennon — What Secrets Has Yoko Ono Been Keeping From Us?
A Bossier City, Louisiana, family is being sued by the Gardens of Southgate homeowners association for displaying a multicolored banner supporting their son’s Marine Corps service in Afghanistan. Timothy and Jodi Burr’s sign has a picture of their 20-year-old son along with the words “Our son defends our freedom.”
Although signs supporting schools or teams can be seen throughout the neighborhood, the Bossier City HOA determined the Burr’s sign violated subdivision covenants.
The Burrs filed an official response to the suit, arguing that the HOA has abandoned the covenant restrictions on signs by not fully enforcing them, and that the forced removal of their sign violates their freedom of expression guaranteed by both state and U.S. constitutions.
The Burr’s have vowed to fight the suit and do not intend to remove the sign.
For more on the story, see Marine’s parents sued over sign of support in their Bossier City front yard and Bossier HOA sues family over patriotic sign.
Campus Crusade for Christ, a prominent Christian ministry, will remove Christ from its name, having found that 9 percent of Christians and 20 percent of non-Christians felt alienated by the name.
“Our name was becoming more and more of a hindrance. … We felt like our name was getting in the way of accomplishing our mission … [which is committed to] proclaiming Christ around the world.”
Early next year, Campus Crusade for Christ International will change the name of its U.S. Operations to “Cru.”
For more on the story, see Campus Ministry Drops ‘Christ’ From Name.