Thursday, April 17, 2014

IRS Prepares for Greater Role in Implementing Obamacare


Heritage Action - “We’re always worried about that,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said when asked whether he was concerned the agency could suffer similar tech problems suffered — or caused — by the Department of Health and Human Services as they worked to implement Obamacare.

The agency is gearing up for new responsibilities in implementing the health care law, which will expand during the next filing season.

Most notably, the agency will assume the new responsibility of penalizing those who “refuse to get insured,” with a fine of $95 or 1 percent on income, whichever is greater, in 2014.  They will also have to ensure those who received tax credits to purchase insurance actually take the correct amount of subsidy.  The IRS has reportedly been “working for years to update its computer systems to prepare” for its newfound responsibilities, which, according to a 2013 analysis by the Galen Institute, tally up to 46 new powers.

The IRS commissioner is keenly aware of the technological hurdles that accompany carrying out these new powers. Koskinen stated, “People don’t realize it takes almost the entire year to prepare for the next filing season, and this one is going to be a major lift because we have to implement the Affordable Care Act.”   Yet, he said he is “confident” the IRS will “make it work.”

This despite allegedly being underfunded to undergo the information technology upgrades needed to implement and enforce a law as complex as Obamacare.  The Fiscal Times reports that after IRS Commissioner testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee, Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)44% called the IRS out for doling out employee bonuses as they complain about being underfunded:
What I find unacceptable is that in this $11.3 billion appropriation that the IRS received this year, that you can’t find the money to answer more than half the phone calls and yet you can find the money to pay $63 million in bonuses.  It seems to be that might be a slap in the face to the taxpayers.  
From supposed financial woes to perhaps very real technological hurdles, IRS officials are not the only ones worried about their new role in implementing and enforcing Obamacare.

According to a recent poll, 65 percent of Americans say the IRS should not be responsible for enforcing Obamacare, and with the IRS under investigation for targeting conservative groups for their political beliefs, they have good reason for concern.  As Townhall’s Daniel Doherty asked, “If the IRS cannot be trusted to impartially review the applications of organizations applying for tax-exempt status, how can they be trusted to enforce the Affordable Care Act?”

With the agency’s new powers comes a whole host of privacy concerns for Americans.  The IRS will have access to the personal health information virtually all Americans.  ”Obamacare requires all insurance companies to report to the IRS the name, address, identification number, and type of policy purchased by every customer, along with a determination whether the insurance was “government-approved” for purposes of complying with Obamacare’s individual mandate,” Heritage has explained. They added:
Both the IRS scandal and Obamacare contain similar themes: government overreach, massive intrusions, and bureaucrats granted opportunities to abuse their power in arbitrary and harmful ways.
And both the IRS commissioner and Americans have reason to be concerned about the agency’s new powers.   

Allen West: More black conservatives come out of the closet

As I wrote in my book Guardian of the Republic in the chapter “Soul of our Souls,” slowly but surely a growing number of American blacks are reconnecting with conservative values and principles. 
 
This isn’t something new to the black community contrary to what the liberal progressive media would have you believe. The conservative black movement dates back to Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington as well as others such as Asa Phillip Randolph. Of course “coming out of the closet” and declaring yourself a black conservative is certainly not as welcomed as exiting the closet to say you’re gay. However, more and more folks are demonstrating the moral courage to swim against the current.

This week, a new organization “came out” — the Black Conservatives Fund. According to their press release as reported in Communities Digital News, the Black Conservative Fund will begin raising funds and reaching out to the black community promoting constitutional policies and limited government. It is fully committed to supporting black conservatives who are dedicated to spreading the message of limited government and traditional values. The organization will support candidates through direct contributions in addition to web, TV, and radio advertisements.   Read More

Why CIA Director Brennan Visited Kiev: In Ukraine The Covert War Has Begun

Forbes - Ukraine is on the brink of civil war, Vladimir Putin has said, and he should know because the country is already in the midst of a covert intelligence war. Over the weekend, CIA director John Brennan travelled to Kiev, nobody knows exactly why, but some speculate that he intends to open US intelligence resources to Ukrainian leaders about real-time Russian military maneuvers. The US has, thus far, refrained from sharing such knowledge because Moscow is believed to have penetrated much of Ukraine’s communications systems – and Washington isn’t about to hand over its surveillance secrets to the Russians.


If you have any doubts that the battle is raging on the ‘covert ops’ front just consider today’s events in Pcholkino where Ukrainian soldiers from the 25th Airborn Division handed over their weapons and APC’s to pro-Russian militiamen and pretty much surrendered. The Ukrainian commander was quoted as saying “they’ve captured us and are using dirty tricks”. This is the kind of morale-busting incident that can spread quickly. It doesn’t happen spontaneously and it often begins with mixed messages, literally – messages purporting to come from the chain of command but actually originate from the enemy’s dirty tricks department. 


So what kind of conversations did Brennan have during his visit? There’s no way of knowing for sure of course. But, according to my sources, and based on my experience of reporting on the Russian invasion of Georgia, the US-Ukraine information exchange would go a lot further than simply tracking numbers and motions of Russian tanks and soldiers. The operative term here is ‘non-lethal’ help – that remains Washington’s official position. But in today’s digital and virtual battlefield, the game can be over before the first shot gets fired. And if Moscow’s mastery over the digital domain can be countered, Putin might think twice about risking the expensive hardware that he has invested billions in upgrading since the Georgian war.   Read More

Fears That Gas Tax Hikes Loom - Due to Highway Fund Running Out Of Money Early


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Goldberg: New Census Healthcare Survey to Benefit White House


NYPD Dissolves Unit That Sought Out Jihadi Hotspots

Creeping Sharia - Will they dissolve units that spy on drug dealers next? End spying on Italian mobsters? Russian mobsters? Not likely, only the Muslim Mafia. 

Contrary to the Muslim-influenced media, a majority of city voters believe the New York Police Department has acted appropriately in anti-terrorism efforts that have focused on Muslims. The NJ Attorney General stated it was legal and a judge ruled the Associated Press, not the NYPD, harmed Muslims.

via NYPD Dissolves Unit That Spied On Muslim Communities « CBS New York.

The NYPD has disbanded a unit that drew widespread criticism for reports that it conducted broad surveillance on Muslim neighborhoods.
As CBS 2′s Tony Aiello reported, the NYPD announced Tuesday that police Commissioner Bill Bratton decided to disband the “Demographics Unit” after he took office – following a review determined that its intelligence could be gathered in other ways.   Read More

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Government Subsidies Run Amok - The private sector almost always outperforms bureaucrats investing with the public's money

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(Editor’s note: The following is an edited version of commentary that was originally posted at burtfolsom.com the website of Burton Folsom Jr., a history professor at Hillsdale College and a member of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's Board of Scholars. It was written by Anita Folsom.) 

Failed government subsidies have existed in U.S. history from George Washington to Barack Obama.

But what's especially remarkable about the stream of government aid — subsidies to the fur trade, steamships, railroads, airplanes, and even ethanol today — is that private citizens, with no federal funds, almost always outperform the men whom the government endows with large chunks of cash.

In the first years of the American Republic, John Jacob Astor owned a fur company that defeated a government-funded rival — supported by George Washington himself. Astor actively traded with Indians instead of trying to tell them what they wanted and how to live.

With steamships and transcontinental railroads, the government subsidized companies that either went broke or were so politically corrupt that the public demanded reform. On the other hand, the most successful companies in steamships and transcontinental railroads were both privately owned and made regular profits in spite of the vast amounts of federal aid given to their competitors.

Another example is the Wright Brothers. Wilbur and Orville Wright used $2,000 of their own money to design and build their airplane and successfully flew the first manned flight. At the same time the government threw money at a government bureaucrat, Samuel Langley, whose two failed attempts at flight both crashed in the Potomac River.

After the Wright brothers succeeded, Wilbur Wright said, "We have not thought of asking financial assistance from the government. We propose to sell the results of experiments finished at our own expense." Reporting on the Langley fiasco, the San Francisco Chronicle, said, "The destruction of Langley's machine should put an end to Congressional appropriations of any kind in every field of experiments which properly belongs to private enterprise."

But it didn't. In fact, government subsidies for corporations have increased dramatically in the last 100 years.

Currently, one corporate giant in the race for government money is General Electric. GE's chairman and CEO, Jeffrey Immelt, has led the charge to secure more federal funds for any project connected to green energy. As we reported in our new book, Uncle Sam Can't Count, "GE is the leading American producer of wind turbines, and Immelt has actively supported President Obama, serving in his administration as the jobs czar. GE has the biggest lobbying budget of any corporation in America, and the company gave more to Obama in 2008 than any presidential candidate in its history."

From 2000-2012, the U.S. spent $3,000 a second every second of that 12-year period on government subsidies — most of which, like Solyndra, were a huge waste.

Why does federal aid seem to have a reverse Midas touch? Simply put, federal officials don't have the same abilities or incentives as entrepreneurs. In addition, federal control always produces political control of some kind. What is best for politicians is not often what works in the marketplace. 

Politicians want to win votes, and they can do so by giving targeted CEOs benefits while dispersing costs to others.

The fact that government subsidies have failed from the start, and that they continue to fail, should alarm us when we consider the astonishing increases in federal aid given to most of the largest corporations in America today. 

The Constitution, in Article One, Section Eight, limits the power of government in economic development. If we want to preserve our nation's financial integrity for the 21st century, we need to end government subsidies and encourage the private sector to provide the goods and services that will keep our country prosperous.

Burton W. Folsom Jr. and Anita Folsom are the authors of, Uncle Sam Can't Count: A History of Failed Government Investments, from Beaver Pelts to Green Energy, (HarperCollins, 2014).

Race-Baiting and Our “Leaders”

Frank McHale - One of the biggest race-baiters in our country today is Al Sharpton, leader of the National Action Network. I purposefully do not use his title of “reverend” because he is one of the most Un-Christian people out there today.

The Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr would be appalled with the way Sharpton and Rev King’s protégé, Jesse Jackson carry themselves in today’s America. In the over fifty years since the March on Washington, Rev King would be proud the way our country has tried to resolve the sins of racist America. He would agree there was more to do, but that a great start had commenced.

Yet, these two ministers of Christ have decided to scream racism at every opportunity. At least in Jackson’s case, he has, from time to time, exercised some good judgment to keep his race-baiting to a minimum. But not Sharpton.

In fact, Comcast has continued to give him a forum with his show on MSNBC. Has anyone watched it? He spits his vitriol and venom each and every night for an hour, which when you think about it, results in five hours of hate every week. What would Rev King say? What would Jesus Christ say?
It is in this backdrop that our President and Attorney General both thought it would be a good idea to make appearances, meet and greet the attendees, and make speeches to a group of people, many who have good intentions, but some who believe as Al Sharpton thinks: white people are all racists.
I have listened to this man, having lived in New York City and on Long Island all my life, beat the race drum for over 35 years screaming about racist acts by people even when they weren’t true. Does the Tawana Brawly case ring a bell? This girl lied about being raped and beaten, and yet there was Sharpton, carrying on, demanding justice. Where is the justice for the man she lied about? Not even crickets.

There are many other cases, too many to list here. But our chief law enforcement officer and his boss thought this was the right thing to do, to come to the National Action Network assembly and give at least tacit support to Sharpton’s continual race-baiting. Even Eric Holder’s speech to the group dripped of race-baiting. He said it didn’t, but if you listen to it, to this listener it left no doubt.
That was a poor decision on the part of Barry and Eric to attend this meeting. They gave legitimacy to Sharpton and his cause. They owe the entire country an apology for this stupidity, but none will be forthcoming.

Al Sharpton has been invigorated by his meeting and the fact that he can claim that the President of the United States supports his cause and believes in his message. Even if he doesn’t, by attending this meeting, Barry’s actions speak much louder than his words.

Because of this, race-baiter Sharpton will continue with his divisiveness and hate. And Americans, black and white, will be worse for it.

Hamas Praises Deadly West Bank Shooting That Killed Israeli Man, Wounds Pregnant Wife and Son

Janna Brock - The Hamas controlled Gaza Strip is an Islamic terrorist hub. On Tuesday, the prime minister of the Hamas in Gaza praised the shooting death of an Israeli on the eve of Passover. The family of the slain Israeli was driving through the West Bank on the way to Sedar when the shooting happened. Instead of condemning the shooting, Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh hailed it as a strong stand against the enemy, Israel. This event comes precisely one week after John Kerry blamed Israel for the collapse of peace talks between the Islamic terrorists of Palestine and Israel. An innocent man was killed for merely driving through the West Bank, and there is no condemnation, except from Israelis. Where is the rest of the world to call out the Islamic terrorists in Gaza for their atrocities? Not surprisingly, they're not saying a word.
The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts the weeklong Jewish holiday.
Speaking in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh said the attack outside the city of Hebron "brought back life to the path of resistance" against Israel and warned of more attacks in the territory. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest incident to threaten peace talks with the Palestinians.
Hamas did not claim responsibility for the attack, but they are praising the attack as bringing "back life to the path of resistance." This leaves little doubt what "group" of Islamists is behind the shootings of the Israeli family. Where's John Kerry or President Obama to condemn the senseless and brutal attack that was committed at the hands of Israel's trusted "peace partner?" Their disastrous peace plan looks to be in tatters now. But there is little doubt the treacherous Obama Administration will ignore this incident and continue to blame Israel for any failings. Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu had this to say about the shooting:
Speaking on Tuesday evening, the prime minister said the attack was a result of Palestinian incitement against Israel, which continued in the form of the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to denounce the killing.
This reprehensible murder of a man who was traveling with his family to a meal for the Festival of Freedom is the result of the incitement for which the Palestinian Authority is responsible,” Netanyahu said.
Last night, this incitement was translated into the murder of a father who was traveling with his family to celebrate the first night of Passover,” he said. “The incitement of the Palestinian Authority continues in that it has yet to see fit to condemn this abominable and reprehensible act.”
There was no condemnation for the attack, as Hamas gleefully praised the success of the attack, and is using it to incite more violence. With Passover just beginning this week, there will surely be more Israelis targeted by the relentless Islamic thugs. Hamas prime minster Ismail Haniyeh further taunted Israel after the shooting.

"We tell the enemy and anyone who thinks he is able to tame the West Bank ... the West Bank will be the future point of our struggle with the enemy," Haniyeh said.
Meanwhile, the IDF’s initial investigation of the attack found that the shooter approached Route 35, near Idhna, on foot, and fired dozens of rounds from a Kalashnikov automatic weapon at passing cars from a distance of several meters.
The victim, a senior police officer and a father of four, was killed when the family’s car was struck by several bullets. The man’s pregnant wife was in stable condition after the attack, and was evacuated to the Sha’arei Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem with broken bones, but no life-threatening injuries. She was informed of her husband’s death and was being treated for shock.
One of the couple’s children, aged 9, was lightly injured. He was in another vehicle at the time of the attack.
The victim was a husband, father, and senior police officer. Just driving through the West Bank will get an innocent Israeli killed by Islamic jihadists. This is likely pay back for Israel's decision to not release any additional "Palestinian" prisoners. However, this sad and tragic incident further proves that when dealing with Islamists, there is no negotiation. Hamas will not play by the rules. The attacks will not stop, nor will the Islamists in "Palestine" ever recognize Israel as a legitimate Jewish state. Of course, if John Kerry is trying to negotiate a peace deal, the Palestinians won't have to recognize Israel. Will the world ever recognize Islam as the cause of the greatest atrocities of modern times? It's doubtful, because the blame always shifts back to Israel. 

Even with the death of an innocent husband and father, there will be no condemnation for Islamic terrorists in Gaza.

Tanks Flying Russian Flag Enter East Ukraine City

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Update: UKRAINE DEFENCE MINISTRY CONFIRMS THAT SIX ARMOURED PERSONEL CARRIERS SEIZED BY PRO-RUSSIAN FORCES ON WEDNESDAY... so, defected?

The latest development in the ongoing Ukraine escalation are reports that in the aftermath of yesterday's crackdown by Ukraine special forces against "separatists" in Krematorsk and other occupied eastern cities, in an operation which involved fighter jets and helicopters, that an armored column of military vehicles flying a Russian flag and carrying dozens of heavily armed fighters motored into the city of Slavyansk early Wednesday.    Read More

Will America be “Saved by the Bell?” The Devil is in the Details


Cynthia Quinn - The Easter Egg Roll is the longest held annual presidential tradition, dating back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes officially opened the White House grounds to local children for egg rolling on Easter Monday. The theme this year is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape.” The White House posted the following on their WEB for those who desired to enter the lottery to attend the Easter event; “For our next White House Social, we are giving our followers of @LetsMove and @FLOTUS on Twitter, @MichelleObama on Instagram, a chance to attend.”

To fully appreciate the Egg Roll “social” being held on Monday, April 21st, you must watch this short CLIP. It was designed to resemble the 90’s sitcom “Saved by the Bell” and features a narcissist Obama talking to himself while looking into a mirror plastered with photos of… who else, but himself. Also in the video is a jump roping Michelle and dogs Bo and Sunny who are shown spitting out tasteless wooden eggs the White House is selling as souvenirs to thousands of ignorant hoarders who have no clue why they are buying such worthless pieces of junk. That revealing video clip exposes an egocentric Obama completely enamored with himself as he stares at his reflection in the mirror. It affirms a self- worship so intense, that it is no wonder there is no seat at the table for God at the White House…. and the reason America is quickly descending into demonic darkness.

The Easter Egg Roll is now just another Obama campaign event, closed to all except for the first couple’s most faithful followers. Promotion of the event has been staged like a Hollywood movie set, with Obama as the leading man, using children and dogs as props to help promote his “image.” Using the nation’s children is nothing new for Obama and his team of “inglorious bureaucrats” who use taxpayer money to plot and advance our children’s moral demise. Is Obama another King Herod?

In 40 BC. King Herod was a demonized despot who ruled the Holy Land. Upon finding out that a King of the Jews had been born, Herod felt threatened. He knew his corrupt administration could not withstand an outbreak of “Messianic fever” among the Jewish people and did not want to risk a revolt, so he ordered the “Massacre of the Innocents” and the murder of every Jewish infant in Bethlehem. In a similar fashion, king Barack Herod Obama has, from the highest office in the land, condoned abortion and the “Slaughter of Innocents.” King Obama has also, with the help of his U.S. Secretary of Education, homosexual Arne Duncan, instituted a “Mental Massacre” of our children’s minds and souls with the implementation of Common Core in our schools. Arne once SAID, “I find it fascinating that some of the opposition to the Common core State Standards has come from white suburban moms who—all of a sudden-their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.” Arne is also the gay pride pimp who is pushing a LGBT ideology on our children. This astonishing video CLIP (that has had very few views) demonstrates the sick gay agenda that is being forced on our “innocents” and brainwashing them.

A new third grade LESSON PLAN based on the book, “Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope” by Nikki Grimes, casts Barack Herod Obama in a “Messianic Light” clearly illustrating the sinister side of Common Core. In one passage, a young Obama sees beggars and wonders, “Will I ever be able to help people like these?” and “Hope hung deep inside of him.”  The book goes on to describe Obama’s days as a community organizer. “The work was grueling, with stretches of failure, and puny patches of success, door-to-door Barack went, early mornings, late nights, pleading and preaching, coaxing strangers to march together, to make life better for everyone.”  “He worked as hard as a farmer, planting the words “Yes we can” like seeds in spring. “Impatient, Barack kept wondering if those seeds would ever sprout. He worried that the hope in him would fade away.”

Barack is right about the fact that the hope in him would fade away, it has not only faded away, it has disintegrated. Obama’s arrogant, putrid pride can be felt in every wide toothed grin he smiles, every rhetorical speech he reads off the teleprompter, every treasonous executive order he signs. His is a vainglorious pride of self- idolatry, a pride that pledges allegiance to the devil and has manifested itself as the fetid figurehead of America’s immorality, including; abortion, pornography, adultery, same sex marriage, drugs, the occult, and materialistic lifestyles.

“Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18) Barack Herod Obama’s godless haughty kingdom is doomed to fall, and he will be taking America with it if Americans do not get a serious case of “Messianic Fever.” Not only has Obama succeeded in purging the Lord from America’s traditional moral culture, his prideful blindness regarding the defense of Israel is naively “nuclear” and puts the United States of America in grave danger. Obama, who does not have a Christian background, is ignorantly ignoring the dire biblical consequences that have been prophesied to those who aid in the surrender of Jerusalem. In God’s pledge to Abraham, he asserts that Jerusalem is the center of the universe and promises “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.” (Genesis 12:3) According to biblical prophecy, Jerusalem is the past, present and the future of the world and is where Jesus will rule. “His kingdom there shall never end.” (Luke 1:33)

Obama’s Easter Egg Roll theme “Saved by the Bell,” is a phrase believed to have come from the 17th century notion that describes people being saved from being buried alive by using a coffin with a bell attached. The idea was that if they were buried but they later revived, they could ring the bell and be saved from an unpleasant death.

A bell ringing king Barack Herod Obama lacks the ability to save the United States of America from an untimely grave. Only Jesus Christ, as echoed in the words of (Ezekiel 37:13), can promise to “open your graves and bring you up from them…..that you may live.”

If  America loses God, it is not God who is lost.

This Easter, God reminds us that the only one who can truly save us is Jesus Christ and promises …“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:17)

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Slaughter in Nigeria — Where Is the State Department?


FrontPageMag.Com - An explosion devastated a busy bus station on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital of Abuja on Monday, April 14, 2014. It was the latest in a series of terrorist attacks on Africa’s most populous nation. No group had claimed credit for the attack as of Monday, but Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan laid the blame at the feet of Boko Haram, the Islamist terrorist group seeking the eradication of Christians and the Islamization of Nigeria.  
 
The blast took place at 6:55 a.m. according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Reuters reported at least 71 dead and 124 injured, but on Tuesday, Punch raised the number dead to 89, including three perpetrators, with 257 injured. And this was not the week’s only attack. 


Just days earlier, Boko Haram jihadists killed some 200 in Borno, a northeastern Nigerian state that has seen far more than its share of jihad terrorism. Punch reported that on April 9-10 attacks took place on communities in several towns, as well as on a teachers’ training college and a group of students traveling to their matriculation exams. Boko Haram seemed determined to show that “western education is forbidden.”    Read More

27-Year-Old Soldier To Receive Medal Of Honor For Heroics During Hellish 16-Hour Afghan Battle

Business Insider - A former Army sergeant will be awarded the Medal of Honor on May 13 for his heroics during a hellish 2007 battle in Afghanistan, The White House announced today.

Former Sgt. Kyle J. White, who was just 20 years old during the firefight on Nov. 8, 2007, repeatedly ran through intense enemy gunfire to get to wounded troops, called in steady reports and air support to beat back Taliban fighters, and directed medical evacuations for the dead and wounded, Army Times reports.

"An RPG [rocket-propelled grenade] hit right behind my head and knocked me unconscious ... it was just lights out ... when I woke up, I was face-down on a rock," White told Army News Service, recalling that as he came to, an enemy round fragmented near his head and sent a shower of broken rock chips and debris into the side of his face. "I didn't feel pain at all, just numb like when you go to the dentist."   Read More

What is Holy Week?

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What is Holy Week?
 
Holy Week is the week before Easter, a period which includes the religious holidays of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Holy week does not include Easter Sunday.

When did Holy Week get started?

The first recording of a Holy Week observance was made by Egeria, a Gallic woman who made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land about 381-384. In an account of her travels she wrote for a group of women back in Spain, Egeria describes the Palm Sunday she observed in Jerusalem:
. . . all the children who are [gathered at the top of the Mount of Olives], including those who are not yet able to walk because they are too young and therefore are carried on their parents’ shoulders, all of them bear branches, some carrying palms, others, olive branches. And the bishop is led in the same manner as the Lord once was led.
What is Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four canonical Gospels. In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday includes a procession of the assembled worshipers carrying palms, representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem. Because of the difficulty in some parts of the world of procuring palms for Palm Sunday, leaves from yew, willow, olive, or other native trees are frequently used. The Sunday was often designated by the names of these trees, as Yew Sunday, or by the general term Branch Sunday.

What is Spy Wednesday?

An archaic and infrequently used name for the Wednesday before Easter is “Spy Wednesday”, named for Judas’ becoming a spy for the Sanhedrin.    Read More

Brain Teaser: Commuter Science

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What is the link between the following countries?

 


Argentina
Australia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Liechtenstein
Madagascar
Slovenia

Czechoslovakia also shared this link, although neither the Czech Republic nor Slovakia do individually.


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