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Beyoncé: Sasha Fierce feminism

Beyonce leans against a wall wearing a black hat as she poses for a photo (Credit: Beyonce)Here's the deal: I am a huge Beyoncé fan.

From the first sounds of Destiny's Child, I was hooked. In high school, I memorized every run and ad-lib.  With windows rolled down in my A/C-less '84 BMW, I would scream all of the words to "Survivor," a song that described the core integrity and strength of a woman who refused to bow down to her offenders' ploys.

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Federal employee downloaded 7,000 porn files at work

A young man in a white shirt and glasses stares in shock at his computer screen while browsing the internet (Credit: Yeko Photo Studio via Fotolia)According to The Washington Post, there is no uniform federal government law that employees cannot look at pornography at work. As a result, a senior-level employee with the Environmental Protection Agency was recently caught spending as much as six hours of his workday looking at porn. He had downloaded and viewed more than 7,000 pornographic files. Four months later, the employee is on leave but still being paid.

Meanwhile, a staffer at the Federal Communications Commission spent up to eight hours a week browsing porn at work, while a Treasury Department employee downloaded more than 13,000 pornographic images in a six-week span. This news prompted Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) to introduce a bill making porn viewing illegal for all federal employees while at work. His bill would require the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidelines prohibiting porn watching on federal computers.

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Remembering Truett Cathy

S Truett Cathy, Founder and Chairman of Chick-fil-A, poses for a promotional photo in an empty Chick-fil-A store (Credit: co-worker, Evan, and I went to Chick-fil-A today for lunch in memory of Truett Cathy, the founder of the fast food chicken establishment.  We prayed that his family would feel the comfort of the Lord's presence as they morn the loss of their patriarch.  

Cathy said that he would like to be remembered as one who kept his “priorities in the right order.”  Let's examine his priorities.  Most people know that he kept his restaurants closed on Sundays so his employees could have a day of rest, honoring the biblical commandment to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.  But that's not the only way that Cathy demonstrated his desire to keep things in order.

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The pope's top 10 rules for happiness

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 4, 2014 (Credit: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi) Pope Francis recently spoke to a reporter in his native Argentina about the secret to happiness.  Here are his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to life, along with my comments on each.

Rule #1: "Live and let live."  The pope believes everyone should be guided by this principle, akin to an expression in Rome, "Move forward and let others do the same."  He is right, of course—none of us can make life's decisions for others.  It took me years to discover that human words cannot change human hearts.  Only the Holy Spirit can convict of sin, save souls, and transform lives.  We are each responsible for our own relationship with our Lord and with others.  We can pray for others, but we must then trust them to God.

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The business of abortion

Award was given to Aurora, CO Planned Parenthood clinic for exceeding abortion visits first half of fiscal year 2012 compared to first half of fiscal year 2013 (Credit: Undisclosed former Planned Parenthood employee) It seems apparent to me that all abortion clinics are daily dealing with an enormous conflict of interest.  In order for a clinic to keep its doors open and pay its employees, it must generate income.  How does it generate income?  By performing a profitable medical procedure ending the life of a not-yet-born child: abortions.  

This is even more complicated for Planned Parenthood because they accept millions of dollars of taxpayer money from the federal government.  If they perform and report more abortions, they will potentially receive more funding.  When a business that provides a profitable service meets with a new potential client, do you think they try to sell their service or convince the client that the service is not in their best interest and walk them out the door?

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