Google Finance: BREAKING: Dow soars 485 points
Voice of America: Freed European, Egyptian Hostages Contradict Government Tale of Rescue
Fox Sports: State of emergency for Ohio NFL teams
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
The $700 billion bailout proposal is dead. The US House rejected the monster legislation 228-205. It is clear that the people have spoken: We do not want to pay for the sins of fat cat CEOs by nationalizing our financial system.
UPDATE at 3:17pm ET: Here is how Kentucky's Congressmen voted (h/t Michelle Malkin):
Ed Whitfield (1st District): Nay
Ron Lewis (2nd): Yea
John Yarmuth (3rd): Nay
Geoff Davis (4th): Nay
Hal Rogers (5th): Yea
Ben Chandler (6th): Nay
The Economist: Hog wild: When pig jokes go badly (A reporter recently visited my hometown of Whitesburg to look at how rural voters reacted to Obama's recent "pig" comment.)
USA Today: Kentucky doesn't just fall left or right on political scale
Wall Street Journal: Citigroup to Acquire Wachovia Assets
The Economist: The mortgage-rescue plan: Unpleasant but essential (My take: While I don't like bailouts, looks like we'll have to live with this.)
Courier-Journal: Kentucky colleges, universities issue most degrees, credentials
Kingsport Times-News: PBS documentary chronicles ‘Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People’
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Times of London: Developing: Killer car bomb hits Damascus
Fox News: Candidates Accuse Each Other of Recklessness on Economy, Military
Bloomberg: WaMu Files for Bankruptcy Following FDIC Seizure
Friday, September 26, 2008
Couple of notes: My sister Ellen make it through the surgery successfully and is recovering at home. Thank you for your prayers.
The other big news: The McCain-Obama debate WILL be on tonight. I will have an open thread during the debate.
I welcome your comments and suggestions.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I hope all is well with all of you tonight. I have two prayer requests:
- PRAY for my sister Ellen, who will undergo surgery tomorrow morning in Whitesburg to remove a growth on her foot. I will post an update about the surgery later that day.
- PRAY for this nation and its leaders. Never in my 29 years have I seen so much bickering in Washington. The future of America depends not only on what happens in Washington in the coming days, but depends on each of us PRAYING to God for national unity and healing. Read 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. See ya and God Bless.
AP via Fox News: Congress Nears Deal on Bailout
Jerusalem Post: Study says US textbooks misrepresent Jews and Israel
The Economist: Hindu-Christian tensions in India: Marching as to war
CBN: Schools Eye Four Day School Week Editor's Note: This article focuses on the Jenkins Independent Schools in Letcher County.
Wall Street Journal: Bailout Pact Gains Momentum Amid Push for Tough Controls
AP: MySpace tries to strike new chord in digital music
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
David Letterman is obviously in the tank for Obama. Drudge has the scoop:
In fact, McCain did put his country first today by asking debate organizers to postpone the first debate, which was to be about foreign policy. Despite the fact that there is a global economy, the ailing US economy--and what we do about it--comes first at this time. Letterman needs to realize that our future depends on what happens the next few weeks.
Fox News: Bush Will Address Nation Wednesday Night on Financial Bailout
Wall Street Journal: McCain to 'Suspend' Campaign Amid Crisis, Return to D.C.
Boston Herald: Kirk Cameron talks about faith, marriage and his new movie ‘Fireproof’
Voice of America: UN Says N. Korea Ejects Inspectors From Nuclear Reprocessing Plant
Wall Street Journal: Buffett to Invest $5 Billion in Goldman
Canadian Press: French Olympic Committee says it will bid for 2018 Winter Olympics
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
AP: UPDATE: Gunman kills 10 at school in Finland, then self
WYMT: VDOT, Coal Company Sign Agreement For Coalfields Expressway
Lexington Herald-Leader: Letcher County environmentalist John Cleveland, 55, dies
The Springfield (MO) Business Journal is reporting that former Alice Lloyd College president Fred Mullinax has become the new executive vice president at the College of the Ozarks in Missouri. From the online article:
"Mullinax, a former dean at the Point Lookout school, started Aug. 1. In his new role, he acts on behalf of President Jerry C. Davis while Davis is traveling for the school, according to a news release. He also assists with special projects such as fund-raising and oversees some campus industries. He previously was a higher education consultant in Lexington, Ky., specializing in institutional advancement and international education programs, the release said. Prior to that, he was dean of public affairs at College of the Ozarks 1997–2001."
Jerry C. Davis, like Mullinax, is also a former president of Alice Lloyd College. Davis was president of ALC from 1977-1988. On a personal note, Mullinax, who served as Davis' successor at ALC from 1988-1995, was the speaker at my commencement ceremony at ALC in 2002. He had a great speech that day on service. I am sure he will do a great job at the College of the Ozarks. God bless him and his family.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Even though I am a big-time Kentucky Wildcat fan, I am asking my fellow Wildcat fans to pray for the legendary Larry Munson.
ESPN: Munson leaves Georgia's radio booth after 43 years
Kevin Hassett: How the Democrats Created the Financial Crisis
AP via Fox News: Missouri Police Issue Amber Alert for 4 Children
New York Times: Facing NFL Competition, The Emmys May See a Record Low Rating
Carrie Grosvenor at about.com has the lowdown on the big changes for The Price is Right, which begins its 37th year on CBS today:
About.com: The Price is Right Returns Monday in HD, with New Game and Other Changes
Sunday, September 21, 2008
AP: With Olmert gone, clock starts on Israel coalition
WYMT: Eastern Kentuckians Look To Set Longest ATV Parade Record
Natonal Hurricane Center: Tropical disturbance in Puerto Rico may become a depression
I am a little late with this Morning Trio because of problems with my Internet connection. Here we go:
AP: Olmert to officially resign Sunday evening
Lexington Herald-Leader: Waiting years for clean water
MLB.com: Yanks hoping to close Stadium with 'W'
Saturday, September 20, 2008
At least 17 are reported dead when terrorists bombed a Marriott hotel in Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad. Rescue and recovery operations continue there. The BBC has more here.
PRAY for the victims and the families.
Jerusalem Post: Knesset member claims that Kadima primaries were riddled with irregular activities
BBC: 'All-out effort' for China babies
Courier-Journal: Ryder Cup: Pumped-up jump start: Energized Yanks take surprising lead
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tragedy struck a Perry County mine early this morning. From a news release issued by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet:
"A miner was killed today in an accident near the Ary community in Perry County. Harold Lee Graham, 55, of Campton, was operating a bulldozer at the ICG Hazard mine when the accident occurred. Initial reports indicate he was moving debris over a 180-foot tall highwall when the dozer traveled over the wall. The accident occurred at 1:15 a.m.
"Officials with the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing (OMSL) are investigating the accident. Following routine procedure, the mine will remain closed pending completion of the on-site investigation, said Johnny Greene, OMSL executive director. It is the fourth fatal mine accident reported in Kentucky in 2008."
PRAY for the family of Harold Lee Graham.
Bloomberg: Paulson, Bernanke Expand U.S. Power to Rescue Markets
Wall Street Journal: Israel's Prime Minister-Elect Seeks to Rebuild Coalition
L.A. Times: Metro train, bus collide in downtown L.A.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Drafts Sweeping Plan to Fight Crisis As Turmoil Worsens in Credit Markets
Lexington Herald-Leader: Kentucky combo won't raise curtain for Americans in Ryder Cup
WYMT: Accidental price drop: 40 cents for premium gas in Hazard
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Hey folks, thank you for your continued loyalty to this blog. Each one of you is very special to me. Another special group of people I would like to salute is my fellow graduates of the Whitesburg High School Class of 1998. I really enjoyed the Kids Day portion of the reunion, especially the fellowship. Even though I did not attend the dinner portion of the reunion, I understand it was a great time. Thank you, my classmates. Each one of you has a very special place in my heart.
Today, I received a partial schedule of events for the Appalachia Day Homecoming at a place that is also special to me---my alma mater, Alice Lloyd College. It will be held on Saturday October 11. Here it is (all times Eastern):
Beginning at 10am: Appalachian crafts, traditional mountain music
1pm: ALC Alumni Association Meeting and Reception
All day: Alumni athletic activities
5pm: Traditional Soup Bean Supper
7pm: June Buchanan School/ALC Theatre Performance
There will be other events scheduled as well. For more info, call Teresa Grender, the Alumni Director at (606) 368-6044. I hope to attend this year---the last time I attended was in 2003.
Speaking of events, there is also the Mountain Heritage Festival next week in Whitesburg. Of course, the big event I attend (weather permitting) is the parade, which is scheduled for Saturday, September 27. The area's attention this week, though, is on the Black Gold Festival in Hazard. The headliner concert there will be country duo Halfway to Hazard.
As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome. See ya and God Bless.
Voice of America: Livni Wins Israeli Election by Narrow Margin
Fox News: Palin’s E-Mail Account Hacked, Published on Web Site
Wall Street Journal: Microsoft's Coming Vista Ads Will Feature Other Celebrities
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Catholic News Agency: Behind the anti-Christian violence in India
Times of London (UK): 3 babies dead, 6,000 sick as milk poisoning spreads in China
Bristol Herald-Courier: Bond Issue Approved For Landfill To Serve Controversial Coal-Fired Power Plant
Big Media is continuing its decline. The Lexington Herald-Leader, owned by McClatchy, announced today that it will cut its workforce by 11 percent. This is part of McClatchy's company-wide plan to reduce its workforce by 10 percent, or about 1150 jobs.
This shows that Americans are continuing to turn from the liberal Old Media and are flocking to new and more balanced media such as Fox News and the blogosphere. Your thoughts???
Jerusalem Post: Islamic Jihad in Yemen claims responsibility for US Embassy bomb
MarketWatch: AIG gets Fed rescue in form of $85 billion loan
L.A. Times: Google Phone to be unveiled next week
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Wall Street Journal: Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged
Drudge Report: Obama to hold $28,500 per plate fundraising dinner tonight
L.A. Times: Ryder Cup to go on amid wind devastation in Kentucky
Monday, September 15, 2008
MarketWatch: U.S. stock indexes plummet as Lehman goes under
OneNewsNow: School case involves 'knee-jerk hostility' towards Christianity
Courier-Journal: Deadly wind storm slams region; boy, 10, killed
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008 will be remembered as one of the key days in recent American financial history. Lehman Brothers is on the brink of bankruptcy tonight as Barclays pulled out of the running to buy the troubled firm. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Bank of America is buying Merrill Lynch for about $44 billion. Stock index futures are down anywhere from two to three percent. At least ten oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico were hit by Hurricane Ike.
What will happen tomorrow when the opening bell rings? Post your thoughts...keep it civil and clean.
UPDATE at 10:33pm ET: The New York Times is reporting that insurance AIG is seeking a $40 billion loan from the Fed in order to survive.
The remnants of Hurricane Ike have caused a huge windstorm in Central and Western Kentucky. About 300,000 people are reportedly without power in Louisville, where the Jefferson County public schools and Louisville's Catholic schools have decided to call off classes for tomorrow. Jefferson and several other Kentucky counties, especially in the western part of the state, have declared states of emergency due to the wind damage.
Here in Eastern Kentucky, 861 customers of Kentucky Power were without power as of 6:16pm ET. Click here to see the Kentucky Power outage map.
If you have any wind damage reports, post it in the comments section. PRAY for those affected by Ike here and along the Gulf Coast.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Post your thoughts about tonight's game. My prediction: UK by 10. GO BIG BLUE!!
7:54pm: End of First Quarter: UK and MTSU are tied at 7-7.
8:36pm: Halftime: UK leads 10-7.
9:42pm: End of 3rd Quarter: MTSU leads 14-10.
10:31pm: FINAL: UK survives 20-14
AP: Rescue crews comb coastal Texas for Ike victims (PRAY for those affected by Hurricane Ike.)
Appalachian News-Express: Price $pIKE: Hurricane Ike's landfall fuels panic at the pumps
L.A. Times: George Putnam, longtime L.A. newsman, dies at 94
AP: Devastating Ike slams Texas as a Category 2 storm
L.A. Times: 'Total destruction': At least 15 die in head-on Metrolink crash
Sports Network: Kentucky native Webb shines in 20th win as D'Backs snap six-game slide
Friday, September 12, 2008
AP: Nearly $1 trillion of insured property in Ike's path
Lexington Herald-Leader: Girlfriend gets one year in Lexington slaying
Bristol Herald-Courier: Norton, VA Festival Salutes Legacy of Musician Dock Boggs
From The Courier-Journal:
"Gov. Steve Beshear today declared a state of emergency for the state aimed at preventing gasoline price gouging. The order was issued as prices rose overnight in parts of the state ahead of Hurricane Ike hitting the Texas coast. The order empowers the state attorney general to investigate and prosecute those who sell gasoline and other goods for a predatory price during a time of disaster. The order prohibits [the sale of] gasoline and other goods or services at "a price grossly in excess of the price prior" [to] the emergency declaration."
This marks the first time since Hurricane Katrina that such an emergency was declared. Here in Letcher County, a gallon of regular self-serve unleaded gas sold yesterday morning at $3.69, then rose later that day to $3.79, then rose to $3.99 by mid-morning today. Hopefully this declaration will bring prices down, but we'll see.
AP via ABC News: Texas Prepares for a Gigantic Hurricane Ike
Wall Street Journal: McCain, Obama Debate National Service
Lexington Herald-Leader: Residents contest strip mining near Cumberland stream
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I am less than 48 hours (at the time of this post) away from my 10-year high school reunion. Here is a look back at 1998:
Gas prices: $1.03 per gallon (national average)
Top grossing film: Armageddon featuring Bruce Willis
Top TV show: Seinfeld
Top music single: My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
Top album: Soundtrack from Titanic
Super Bowl Champion: Denver Broncos
World Series Champion: New York Yankees
NBA Champion: Chicago Bulls
Stanley Cup (NHL) Champion: Detroit Red Wings
Men's College Basketball: Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky Derby: Real Quiet
A lot has happened in the past ten years--war, school consolidation in Letcher County, advancements in technology--but there is one thing that has never changed: God's love. My prayer is that all of you realize the fact the God NEVER changes and that His love is eternal. God loves you and so do I.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
PRAY for our Christian brothers and sisters in India.
Times of London: Christians in India face prospect of more attacks by extremists
From the AP via Fox News:
"Indonesia's geological agency says a powerful earthquake hit the northeast part of the country, while Japan's Meteorological Agency says a magnitude 7 earthquake hit the northern part of that country. It triggered a tsunami alert for both areas. It was not clear if the two earthquakes were related.
"The Indonesia agency says Thursday's quake has a preliminary magnitude of 7.6. But the U.S. Geological Survey puts the preliminary magnitude at 6.6. It struck six miles beneath the Molucca Sea and was centered 75 miles from the Maluku capital of Ternate. The Japan quake hit off the eastern coast of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island. Authorities say there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey gives the quake a preliminary magnitude of 7.2."
PRAY for those affected by the quakes.
AP: Largest particle collider conducts successful test
Wall Street Journal: Lehman Faces Mounting Pressures
Information Week: Google Offers Web Searchers, Chrome Users More Privacy
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The smears on John McCain's running mate Sarah Palin continue...this time, Barack Obama calls Gov. Palin a pig:
And you thought the Democrats are against sexism...think again. Keep your comments civil and clean.
From the AP via Fox News:
U.S. officials think North Korea's unpredictable dictator may have suffered a stroke. A U.S. intelligence official says there is reason to believe Kim Jong Il is sick after he failed to show up at a North Korean national celebration on Tuesday. That official and another U.S. source spoke on condition of anonymity to describe sensitive intelligence gathering. Kim has not been seen in public for a month and U.S. officials were closely watching Tuesday's military parade for signs to the leader's health.
North Koreans call Kim the "Dear Leader" and he holds absolute power in the Stalinist regime. The centerpiece of the celebration had been expected to be a massive military parade through Pyongyang's central Kim Il Sung Square — named after the communist country's founding figure — as normally happens in key anniversary years.
Click here to read the full story. Could this be the beginning of the end for the Communist regime in North Korea? Post your thoughts.
Voice of America: Pakistan Swears in Zardari as President
AP: Hurricane Ike kills 4 in Cuba, takes aim at Havana
Wall Street Journal: Digital-TV Switch Is Tested
Monday, September 8, 2008
AP via Google: Former Abramoff lobbyist, Hill aide indicted
Fox News: Study: Aspirin, Ibuprofen May Interfere With Prostate Exams
AP via Sporting News: Hartline, Cobb will continue to split time at QB
BBC: Scientology 'faces French trial'
PC World: Critical Vulnerability Patched in Google's Chrome
AP: Pats' quarterback to get MRI on injured knee today (UPDATE at 3:23pm ET: Brady is out for the season.)
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I wish MSNBC would have done this sooner. From the NY Times:
MSNBC tried a bold experiment this year by putting two politically incendiary hosts, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, in the anchor chair to lead the cable news channel’s coverage of the election. That experiment appears to be over.
After months of accusations of political bias and simmering animosity between MSNBC and its parent network NBC, the channel decided over the weekend that the NBC News correspondent and MSNBC host David Gregory would anchor news coverage of the coming debates and election night. Mr. Olbermann and Mr. Matthews will remain as analysts during the coverage.
The change — which comes in the home stretch of the long election cycle — is a direct result of tensions associated with the channel’s perceived shift to the political left. “The most disappointing shift is to see the partisan attitude move from prime time into what’s supposed to be straight news programming,” said Davidson Goldin, formerly the editorial director of MSNBC and a co-founder of the reputation management firm DolceGoldin.
Click here for the full story. Your thoughts???
The Feds announced a bailout of mortgage firms Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, averting a possible financial disaster. The CEOs of the firms have been ousted and the mortgages will be managed by the government. Fox News has more here.
What effect, if any, will this bailout have on the stock market come tomorrow morning? How will taxpayers be affected? Post your thoughts...keep it civil and clean.
Bloomberg: Ike Moves Toward Bahamas, Cuba After Crossing Turks and Caicos
Washington Post: Obama and McCain to Make Joint Sept. 11 Visit to Ground Zero
Lexington Herald-Leader: Far too early for snap judgments on UK season
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Post your thoughts about today's game. My prediction: UK 42, Norfolk State 7.
By the way, keep those who are in the path of Hanna--including the Norfolk State campus--in your thoughts and prayers. Also, today is Military Appreciation Day at Commonwealth Stadium. Thank God for those who are serving this nation in active duty military service as well as our veterans.
GO BIG BLUE!!!!
6:46pm: End of 1st Quarter: UK 7, Norfolk State 0
7:34pm: Halftime: UK 21, Norfolk State 3
8:32pm: End of 3rd Quarter: UK 24, Norfolk State 3
9:15pm: FINAL: UK 38, Norfolk State 3
AP: Hanna rakes Carolinas with wind, rain, heads north
Christian Post: McCain's Patriotism Gains Points with Conservatives
Lexington Herald-Leader: Lunsford ad on McConnell votes might not work
"Police are investigating a bank robbery at the Community Trust Bank on Main Street in Jenkins. Police say a man came into the bank just before four Friday afternoon with a knife and demanded money. He only got away with some money he grabbed out of a customer's hands.
Police say the suspect is a white man in his 20's. He was wearing a white cap and dark blue jeans. Nobody was injured."
UPDATE at 7:26am ET on Saturday: The suspect is still on the loose. WYMT has an update here.
Friday, September 5, 2008
From CBN News:
Evangelical Christians are in the headlines a lot this election year. But today, we learned that most Americans do not know what an "evangelical Christian" is. Although the mainstream media and politicians regularly refer to evangelicals -- most Americans do not understand the term. Ellison Research found that 36 percent of Americans say they have no idea what the word means.
Fifty-six percent were able to give some kind of definition -- but their answers varied greatly.
"We only had 56 percent of all Americans who could even give any kind of a substantive answer as to what an evangelical was," said Ron Sellers with Ellison Research.
Click here to read the full story. Your thoughts???
National Hurricane Center: Latest on Tropical Storm Hanna
Wall Street Journal: Unemployment Rate Hits 5-Year High As Economy Continues to Shed Jobs
Lexington Herald-Leader: UK's Garry Williams out 2-3 weeks with knee injury
Fox News: McCain, Obama battle for mantle of change
Bloomberg: Tropical Storm Hanna Heads for U.S.; Ike Brews at Sea
Sports Network: Giants begin title defense with thumping of Redskins
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Washington Post: NFL Opener Has McCain Campaign Leery of Delay-of-Game Penalty
Canadian Press: Olympic hammer throw medallists from Belarus investigated for doping
AP: 'Peanuts' animator Bill Melendez dies at 91
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
From The Courier-Journal:
"A federal grand jury today indicted road contractor Leonard Lawson, former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert and Brian Russell Billings, an employee of a Lawson company. Details of the federal investigation into possible bid tampering were laid out in an affidavit by an FBI agent filed in federal court in London last month. Special Agent T. Clay Mason said in the affidavit that James Rummage, a former Department of Highways engineer, leaked cost estimates of about eight projects to Lawson. The affidavit said Rummage did so at the direction of Nighbert. The affidavit also said that about the same time Rummage was paid $20,000 in cash by Lawson. Rummage has declined to comment on the investigation. But his attorney has said he is cooperating with investigators."
Click here to read the full story. No matter what happens in this case , this investigation will change the way Kentucky awards contracts to road builders. Your thoughts???
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
My cousin, Joe Bates, was taken into the emergency room at the Whitesburg ARH Hospital with a heart problem. He is undergoing tests at this time. PRAY for his speedy recovery.
UPDATE at 7:17pm: Joe later went back to work, but will go to Hazard for stress tests soon to determine if there was a blockage.
Albert Mohler: An Unexpected New Motherhood Debate
Appalachian News-Express: The Dr. is Out: Pike County icon and DJ retires after 30 years of entertaining
WKYT: Former Wildcat J.B. Holmes named to Ryder Cup team
Tropical Depression Gustav has weakened further with winds of 25 mph. The National Hurricane Center issued its final advisory this morning at 11am ET. The eyewall made landfall near the town of Cocodrie, Louisiana at 10:30am ET yesterday. Eight people have been killed in the US as a result of the storm. The biggest threat now is flash flooding and tornadoes. People are asked not to return to many affected parishes until damage is assessed. The hardest-hit parish, Terrebonne, asked residents to stay away until Friday.
President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney skipped the Republican National Convention yesterday due to Gustav. However, Bush will reportedly speak via satellite tonight to the delegates in the first nighttime session of the convention. There are also reports that presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain may give his acceptance speech via satellite from the Gulf Coast. The RNC had a shortened session yesterday including the roll call and the approval of the party platform. First Lady Laura Bush and Cindy McCain asked delegates and those watching the convention at home to give to the Gustav relief effort.
PRAY for those affected by Gustav.
Bloomberg: Gustav Spares New Orleans; Hanna Heads for Carolinas
Kingsport Times-News: Home repair ministry in need of $100,000 to complete projects
MarketWatch: Google unveils Chrome, a rival Web browser
Monday, September 1, 2008
History was made tonight on Deal or No Deal. Jessica Robinson from Utah became the show's first millionaire. She and her husband are expecting a baby. What an amazing performance by an amazing contestant. Congrats to the Robinsons.
Before we get to the Evening Trio, I want to mention that I will continue to post the latest info and storm track on Gustav. See the thread "Hurricane Gustav Update" for the latest. Now to the Trio:
AP: Hurricane Gustav fades moving into Louisiana
Fox News: Palin's 17-Year-Old Daughter Is Pregnant
UPI: Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda resigns