Tuesday’s Links To Go

The Truth About Immigrant Detention Facilities

GEO and the other four private companies with ICE contracts spent more than $20 million on lobbying federal agencies and elected officials between 1999 and 2009. They also expend money to influence state government policy: according to the Sun-Sentinel article, “GEO and its subsidiaries and employees gave more than $3 million to state elections nationwide.” They also make significant campaign contributions, which seems to have been a lucrative strategy: for example, of the thirty-six original cosponsors of Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 immigration bill in 2010—which would have the effect of many more undocumented immigrants being apprehended and detained—thirty accepted donations from GEO, other private detention companies, or the lobbyists they employed.


Jehovah Jireh?

Jehovah Jireh? God will provide? That’s not where I am right now.

But I want to believe and hope and trust. But right now, that is all I can say. That is all I can give. That’s my everything.

I have a long way to go.

I hope it will be enough until faith is completely restored again.


Poll shows a double standard on religious liberty

The findings of a poll published Wednesday (Jan. 23), reveal a “double standard” among a significant portion of evangelicals on the question of religious liberty, said David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, a California think tank that studies American religion and culture.
While these Christians are particularly concerned that religious freedoms are being eroded in this country, “they also want Judeo-Christians to dominate the culture,” said Kinnamon.


The Church as a Community of Discernment

They met regularly with a diverse group of people to share a meal and ask two questions from their experiences in the community: to whom is God calling me to serve? Who has God brought into my life that is serving me? So much wisdom here. Such a generative practice.


Does Your Job ‘Matter’ Enough?

This means that as you work, you display the image of God, who worked and is still working (John 5:17). You demonstrate God’s desire to bring order out of chaos when you balance a company’s budget or when you organize a kitchen. You demonstrate the Incarnation by moving to an unfamiliar location as a pastor or missionary. You demonstrate God’s desire to create where there is nothing when you fill an empty canvas (even if it’s not with a picture of a cross!).


Library solves digital age puppy potty problem

San Francisco’s animal control agency is relying on donations to solve an unforeseen problem in the digital age — a shortage of newspapers needed for potty training puppies.
It seems digital newspaper subscriptions and smartphones have cut the once abundant supplies of old newsprint.


Pa. man gets drive-thru send-off after funeral

To give him a whopper of a send-off Saturday, the funeral procession stopped at a Burger King where each mourner got a sandwich for the road.
Kime got one last burger too, the York Daily Record reported. It was placed atop his flag-draped coffin at the cemetery.


Texting newsreader walks into canal

A newsreader has been caught on CCTV walking straight into a freezing canal as she texted her boyfriend.

Laura Safe, 27, plunged into the icy water of the canal outside the Mailbox shopping and leisure complex in Birmingham.


LeBron Tackles Fan After Epic Half-Court Shot Worth $75K

Watch the 50-year-old computer technician make the one-in-a-million shot (and then get a bear hug from a million-dollar player) in the video, above.


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