All in a Day

September 29. It’s just one day. But it is a day that will soon be gone. So make the most of today that you can. Today is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God.

A lot can happen in a day – this day. Let me illustrate.

September 29, 1399

King Richard II became the first English monarch to abdicate his throne.

September 29. 1829

The Metropolitan Police of London, later known simply as the Met, was founded.

September 29, 1951

The first live sporting event seen coast-to-coast in the United States was broadcast by NBC. The event was a college football game between Duke and the University of Pittsburgh.

September 29, 1954

The convention that established the European Organization for Nuclear Research was signed. It would be known as CERN.

September 29, 1984

The Chicago Tylenol murders began when the first of seven individuals died in metropolitan Chicago.

September 29, 2017

This is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it!

 

Hearing Problems

An elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the man to hear at 100 percent capacity.

The gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said, “Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.”

The man replied, “Oh, I haven’t told my family I can hear yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations and act like I can’t hear a thing. So far, I’ve changed my will three times!”

The real test of character is that we say to others the same thing we say about others. What you say when you don’t think anyone is hearing you says a lot about your integrity.

Listening is always a good idea. The book of James tells us to be quick to listen and slow to speak. It’s amazing how much we can learn when we simply quit talking and listen to what everyone else is saying. Just ask the elderly gentleman.

The Rushmore Report: Congressional Black Caucus Rejects Meeting with Trump; Blames Him for Not Meeting with Them

Since his election nearly one year ago, the Congressional Black Caucus has blamed President Trump for refusing to consider their concerns. In response, Trump invited all 49 members to dinner with him at the White House – just him and them. So they are demonstrating their frustration with Trump’s disinterest in meeting with them by rejecting his offer to meet with them. Does this not sound just a little bit disingenuous?

In a letter posted on Twitter, the caucus said it wouldn’t “be a part of Trump’s social gathering.”

Here’s the simple explanation. If the 49 liberal Congressmen agreed to meet with the president, it would hurt them in two ways.

1. They could no longer whine that Trump won’t listen to their concerns.

2. That would require all 49 members spending time working on actual issues – when they could better use their time bashing conservative policies and cry for a return to the glory days of President Obama – days of record black unemployment, record numbers of blacks on food stamps and record low home ownership among blacks.

Ah . . . the good ‘ol days. At no point in the Obama years was unemployment as low as it is right now. Still, the black caucus says it is Trump who wants to kill jobs for black Americans.

But I am digressing into the meaningless babble of actual policies and legislation.

The chair of the caucus, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), responded to Trump’s invitation: “It has become abundantly clear that a conversation with the entire CBC would not be productive. The CBC, and the millions of people we represent, have a lot to lose under your Administration. I fail to see how a social gathering would benefit the policies we advocate for.”

Amazingly, the same Congressional Black Caucus applauded Obama’s decision to meet with Iranian leaders and has called on American presidents to meet with the president of North Korea.

So let’s review, without commentary on my part. This is what we know.

1. The Congressional Black Caucus complains that President Trump doesn’t want to hear their concerns.

2. President Trump invited all 49 members of the Congressional Black Caucus to the White House so he could hear their concerns.

3. The Congressional Black Caucus refused the President’s invitation to meet with him in the White House.

4. The Congressional Black Caucus says it is Trump’s fault they don’t all get together.

5. The Congressional Black Caucus – seeing no need for them to meet with Trumpt – calls on Trump to meet with avowed terrorists (Iran, North Korea) who seek the destruction of America.

So – the CBC won’t sit down with President Trump, but they are critical of him for not sitting down with the leaders of Iran and North Korea.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

The Rushmore Report: Chick-fil-A Hosts Displaced Church in Virginia

Chick-fil-A is opening up a Virginia branch of their restaurant to host a church congregation that has been displaced. The White Oak Community Church recently arrived at their usual place of worship to be informed that the hotel could not host their weekly gatherings due to “building issues.” So, Chick-fil-A stepped in. The family friendly company has once again solidified its standing within the faith community.

A church member phoned her friend who managed the restaurant premises, when the need arose. “They are NOT open for business,” the church clarified in a subsequent Facebook post. “They have simply agreed to let us use their space for worship this week.”

Lead Pastor Dave Wilde, a veteran of the Marine Corp., also shared his appreciation for Chick-fil-A and its manager, sending a “huge thank you to Greg Williams and Chick-fil-A for graciously agreeing to host us next Sunday,” according to Fox News.

“If you’re a current or future attender, and you always wanted to worship in a restaurant setting, this is your lucky day.”

About the Author

Will Maule is a writer and editor of HelloChristian.com.

The Rushmore Report: Actors You Didn’t Know Were Religious

In the glitzy world of Hollywood, it’s easy to get caught up in all things worldly. From competing for the best dressed title on the red carpet to going for plastic surgery every other month, actors tend to be self-serving and self-aware. Many live compromised lives, filled with controversy. Few have time for faith. But there are some exceptions. Here are ten Hollywood actors whose faith is central to their lives.

1. Katherine Heigl

Fans of Grey’s Anatomy know Heigl as Dr. Izzie Stevens. She is an active Mormon who lives according to her faith. As such, Heigl did not live with her future husband, as most stars would. She considers marriage a sacred bond before God.

2. Steven Colbert

A Roman Catholic, despite his active schedule, the late-night comedian remains determined to continue practicing his faith and instilling it in his children. He is a regular church attender and sometimes even teaches Sunday School classes.

3. Steven Seagal

The action star and martial arts expert has always stood out in Hollywood because of his distinctive looks. While his parents are Jewish, he has Mongolian ancestry. Seagal is a practicing Buddhist.

4. Stephen Baldwin

The Baldwin brothers are an integral part of Hollywood, as the band of brothers are composed of four well-known actors. But unlike his brothers, Stephen is an active evangelical Christian.

5. Angela Bassett

Best known for her role as Tina Turner in the film What’s Love Got to Do with It, Bassett received critical acclaim for her performance. Avoiding the limelight, Bassett is a committed Christian.

6. Mario Lopez

A Roman Catholic, Lopez is fairly private about his faith. He attends church every week, often going by himself. He says church provides close communion with God.

7. Natalie Portman

A converted Jew, the famous actress is raising her son according to her faith. As she considers having more children, she is on record as saying they will all be raised Jewish.

8. Angus T. Jones

Playing many diverse roles, the young actor is one of the few actors who is a practicing Seventh Day Adventist. Not much more is known about Jones’ faith.

9. Alice Cooper

Yes, I said Alice Cooper. He is the ultimate example of why we must not judge a person by his looks. Cooper credits his born-again faith with helping him to overcome alcohol addiction.

10. Mark Wahlberg

As a rapper in his younger years, Wahlberg had multiple run-ins with the law. He has battled drug addiction, and once ended up in jail. It was then that he returned to the faith of his childhood. Now a devout Catholic, Wahlberg takes his wife and four kids to church with him every Sunday.

The Rushmore Report: Jimmy Fallon Defends Choice to not Join Anti-Trump Bandwagon

NBC’s Jimmy Fallon is defending his decision to keep his show from becoming an anti-Trump crusade like other late night hosts have, saying many of the president’s words and actions are just “too serious” for joke fodder. “With Trump, it’s just like every day’s a new thing. He gives a lot of material. A lot of stuff is hard to even make a joke about,” Fallon said on the Today Show. But he didn’t stop there.

To be sure, several late-night TV hosts have, since essentially the start of Trump’s winning his 2016 White House bid, made attacking and satirizing the president a big part of their monologues. Among them are Steven Colbert, host of CBS’s Late Show, and Jimmy Kimmel, of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!

But while Colbert has long been associated with political satire, including his days with Comedy Central’s Colbert Report, Kimmel appears to have only recently seized on the anti-Trump movement, which has coincided with a ratings spike.

However, the decision by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to not get on the anti-Trump bandwagon appears to have hurt the show’s ratings.

Fallon was number two to start the fall season, behind Colbert and ahead of Kimmel. Aside from losing the top spot, his viewership is down by 31 percent from a year ago, according to the most recent numbers published by Hollywood Reporter.

None of this is surprising. Late-night “comedians” have become an extension of the network they represent, and therefore the bias of that network. Fallon is to be commended for not piling on, for remaining a real comedian, and for a sense of fair play. But while this makes him more of a true journalist than many who sit in the nightly anchor chairs of evening news broadcasts, this balanced approach will not endear Fallon to his bosses – the same network who refused to even cover the Harvey Weinstein story for over a year.

As for me, I like Jimmy Fallon – not just because he is less biased then Colbert or Kimmel – but because he is actually funny. There was a time in late-night comedy when that counted for something.

The Rushmore Report: Al Michaels Made This Joke During NFL Game – No One Is Laughing

A number of NFL fans were outraged Sunday night, but not because the players were kneeling during the national anthem. This week, their displeasure was directed at NBC sportscaster Al Michaels, who made an off-color joke during a game between the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos. It happened in the third quarter. And what the iconic sportscaster said has brought widespread condemnation.

Michaels threw out this bit of commentary: “Let’s face it, the Giants are coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein, and they’re up by 14 points.”

Later in the game, Michaels  apologized for the joke. “Sorry I made a reference earlier before. I tried to be a little flip about somebody obviously very much in the news all over the country,” he said. “It was not meant in that manner. So, my apologies. And we’ll just leave it at that.”

But that didn’t stop viewers from tearing into the sportscaster on Twitter.

Commentator Mike Freeman wrote, “Did Al Michaels just really say that?” Doug Farrar added, “Al Michaels is probably the best play-by-play guy in history. But that was a big, big lapse in judgment.”

Was this really a “big lapse in judgment”? Or are people overreacting – as is so often the case these days? Time will tell. What is certain, however, is that we live in a time when people are judged more by the words they say than by the actions they take.

In the future, expect Al Michaels to stick with his script.

About the Author

Erika Haas is a new contributor for Townhall and a recent graduate of Syracuse University.

The Rushmore Report: Three Democrats Who May Run for President in 2020 – Who You’ve Never Heard Of

With the 2016 election just 11 months old, the 2020 election is already making news. President Trump filed re-election paperwork on Inauguration Day. And now several Democrats are making noise about running, as well. With Trump’s approval ratings mired in the 30s, there will be almost no limit to the number of Democrats who will jump into the race. There will be the usual suspects: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, and yes, Hillary Clinton. But let’s consider some others who may surprise. Here are three Democrats who may run for president – who you’ve probably never heard of.

1. John Delaney

At this point, Rep. John Delaney of Maryland is the only serious declared Democratic candidate for office. Elected to Congress in 2012, Delaney announced his intent to run for president in July. For most outside his district or immediate family, they had not heard of Mr. Delaney. His district stretches from the D.C. suburbs to western Maryland, which is a more conservative area of the state. In announcing his candidacy, Delaney said, “To do this work with the commitment it deserves, I will not be running for re-election to the House of Representatives. No games, no cat-and-mouse, no backup plan at the 11th hour if a focus group goes badly.”

2. Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is another contender whose name has been floated for both California governor and U.S. president. His term doesn’t end until 2022, but in an interview with the Los Angeles Times last week, he didn’t rule out the possibility of running for either. He said only that he is “committed to the people of Los Angeles.”

3. Seth Moulton

Just 38 years of age, Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts would be the youngest Democratic candidate. He would be 41 on Inauguration Day of 2021. A former Marine Corps officer and graduate of Harvard Business School, Moulton serves on the House Budget Committee and is a ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Moulton has said he wants to see new Democratic leadership before the 2018 elections. While some insiders have already approached him about running, he says he probably won’t run. Which means he probably will run.

The Rushmore Report: How Many Americans Can Name the Three Branches of Government?

I’ve long been convinced that an under-explored element of our deteriorating national discourse and paralyzing partisan tribalism is a creeping public ignorance about fundamental civics. How can we keep this republic if a rising percentage of its citizenry is unfamiliar with the core functions and structures of said republic? Yet, recent surveys confirm an amazing ignorance on the part of the American people.

A recent public opinion survey shows that 37 percent could not name a single component of the First Amendment. “Free speech” seems like it would be a layup, but only half knew it was a part of the First Amendment. Fewer than half knew the Amendment covered the freedom of religion and press.

Only 26 percent can name the three branches of government (executive, judicial, and legislative). For the record, conservatives are much more likely to know the branches of government than liberals.

Amazingly, there are more Americans who can name none of the three branches than those who can name all three.

America, we have a problem.

About the Author

Guy Benson writes for TownHall.

Direct Diagnosis

Judy rushed in to see her doctor, looking very much worried and all strung out. She rattled off, “Doctor, take a look at me. When I woke up this morning, I looked at myself in the mirror and saw my hair all wiry and frazzled up, my skin was all wrinkled and pasty, my eyes were bloodshot and bugging out, and I had this corpse-like look on my face! What’s wrong with me, Doctor?”

The physician looked her over for a couple of minutes, then calmly said, “Well, I can at least give you some good news. There’s nothing wrong with your eyesight.”

That reminds me of the man who saw his doctor one day and got bad news. “You are really sick,” said his doctor.

“I want a second opinion,” said the patient.

“Ok,” said the doctor, “you’re also fat.”

Here’s the point. First, sometimes the truth hurts. Second, don’t ask questions for which you don’t want answers. That is true in all aspects of life. Most of us don’t ask enough questions, and when we do, if we don’t like the answers, we ignore them.

The Bible tells the story of a man looking in a mirror, then walking away the same as he was in the first place. We are reminded of the foolishness of such a response.

To be successful in life we need to ask the right questions, listen to the diagnosis, and then act on what we learn. And it’s always good to get a second opinion.