What Does the Lack of Noise Mean?
Jeremy Alford - BR Business Report | August 2018

It has been three months since the Louisiana Legislature concluded its regular session without addressing the war cry for a constitutional convention. Sure, it passed a set of resolutions honoring the 45th anniversary of the 1973 con-con, but supporters were hoping for more of a forward-looking response.

Now there’s just silence for what could become the most important undertaking of this generation’s political class. There’s no longer constitutional chatter spinning around Baton Rouge’s echo chamber. The same voters who lit up social media platforms with energetic calls for reform must have moved on. There’s just silence.

What does the lack of noise mean? If you don’t want politicians and attorneys tinkering with the Constitution, if you prefer the amendment method of altering our charter, then the silence is probably music to your ears. If you happen to think the Bayou State’s fundamental laws should be, well, more fundamental, or that certain articles need an overhaul, then the silence should be worrisome.

 

What Gambling Does to Your Brain!
IntellectualTakeOut.org - Mike Robinson | August 2018

To call gambling a “game of chance” evokes fun, random luck and a sense of collective engagement. These playful connotations may be part of why almost 80 percent of American adults gamble at some point in their lifetime. When I ask my psychology students why they think people gamble, the most frequent suggestions are for pleasure, money or the thrill.

While these might be reasons why people gamble initially, psychologists don’t definitely know why, for some, gambling stops being an enjoyable diversion and becomes compulsive. What keeps people playing even when it stops being fun? Why stick with games people know are designed for them to lose? Are some people just more unlucky than the rest of us, or simply worse at calculating the odds?

As an addiction researcher for the past 15 years, I look to the brain to understand the hooks that make gambling so compelling. I’ve found that many are intentionally hidden in how the games are designed. And these hooks work on casual casino-goers just as well as they do on problem gamblers.

LFF note: Online fantasy gambling will be on the ballot in November. With your help, we will continue to work to defeat this dangerous measure in Louisiana.

 

It's Legal to Pray in School!
Bill Federer - American Minute | August 2018

Mandatory versus voluntary.

Though students continue to have the right to "voluntarily" pray in school, WHERE and WHEN did the effort begin to remove "mandatory" prayer from schools?

In 1959, a few liberal atheists filed a lawsuit to stop New York's "mandatory" school prayer, which took place every morning after the Pledge of Allegiance. The A.C.L.U. represented the atheists in the case, Engel v. Vitale, which went up to the Supreme Court. In the Supreme Court decision of Engel v. Vitale, 1962, Justice Hugo Black sided with the atheists and ended the three-century-old traditions of state-sponsored "mandatory" prayer in public schools.

 

What Was the Cold War?
Prager U | August 2018

The decades-long “Cold War” (1947-1989) between the United States and the Soviet Union was so named because the two global powers never came to direct blows. Yet, the war was not without its victims. In fact, millions of Cubans, Koreans, and Vietnamese suffered under Communist tyranny. In this video, Renowned British historian Andrew Roberts explains why “The Cold War” could just as easily be called “The Third World War.”

Yes, the forces of liberty eventually won the Cold War. But this triumph offers little consolation to millions who died or suffered needlessly, through no fault of their own, for a never-viable and now badly discredited cause. Click the button below to get the whole story.

 
 
"Within the human heart, things have taken over… Men have now by nature no peace within their hearts, for God is crowned there no longer, but there in the moral dusk stubborn and aggressive usurpers fight among themselves for first place on the throne. This is not a mere metaphor, but an accurate analysis of our real spiritual trouble."
A.W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
 

Prayer in schools should be:

  • allowed among staff and administration too.
  • voluntary for students only.
  • Prayer doesn't belong in schools at all.
  • I don't really care either way.
 

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