Weekend Reading: August 21, 2015

Well it’s a beautiful day and looks like for a lot of the country it will be an equally beautiful weekend. So as you’re sipping on coffee, driving the kids around, or whatever you’re doing, pull up the weekend reading and catch up on the week’s most important and interesting stories (from my vantage point, of course!).

Let’s begin with the Presidential race. Charles Barkley is looking at supporting Gov. Kasich (is this a good thing for Kasich??), and Hillary Clinton ran into some more email secrecy issues. She tried to brush it off by acting stupid as if she didn’t know what “wiping a server” really meant, which prompted Republicans to start selling these handy items: Secret Server Wipes!  Then we learned that HRC didn’t even use a State Dept. issued Blackberry – she just used whatever she wanted, her own device, because hey, why not? And…it looks like the Blackberries of her two top aides have been destroyed (“wipe” that shocked look off your face!). Best line of the story:

“If the State Department was not providing secure email devices to Mrs. Clinton, who was? Best Buy? Target? Mrs. Clinton clearly did whatever she wanted, without regard to national security or federal records keeping laws,” Mr. Fitton said.

She must think we’re stupid, stupid, stupid…

In other super important Presidential news, Marco Rubio accidentally nailed some poor kid in the head with a football.  Best Tweet after: “WHY TRUMP COULD WIN: Rubio will apologize to the kid. The Donald would tell him he should develop better hands”.

And if you like Dr. Ben Carson, you might be interested in this in-depth article about his key advisors. 

Probably the biggest story of the week internationally was that the U.N., in all of their glorious wisdom and righteousness, has made a secret (well, now not so much) deal with Iran to allow them to inspect their own nuclear sites.………………..yes you read the correctly.

lando deal

One of the most interesting Wall Street Journal articles of the week was on ‘The Rise of Phone Reading’ – mostly explaining how kindles are in decline as more people are reading books on their cell phones. This was further confirmed for me yesterday during a conversation with friend Olivia who steals away moments to read books on her cell phone.

If you’re in the Columbus Ohio area then chances are you have eaten at a Cameron Mitchell restaurant (unless you’re living under a rock). This week there was a neat little write up on his entrepreneurial endeavors (h/t my Kate).

And this has to be the coolest video I’ve seen in a while: What happens to your checked luggage? (h/t Tim Challies)

Tomorrow a large nationwide protest has been organized against Planned Parenthood. Organizational website is here. Blog from Kuyperian folks on the day can be found here. 

Hilarious post from Foreign Policy Mag about Chinese misconceptions about Europe. They basically took all the silly Chinese stereotypes of European nations and mapped them! 

And I don’t even know what to think of this, but the New York Times has a story confirming that Warren Harding wasn’t America’s first black President…

I thought this was sort of interesting…Amazon now has a Siri-like product…for your home. I didn’t get a chance to finish reading about it, but there’s also an article in the WSJ about how the newest Corvette has integrated Apple apps for podcasting, maps, iTunes and more, check it out.

If you’re looking for encouragement this week, check out John Piper’s old sermon series ‘The Pleasures of God’ – I listened to this again a few weeks ago and it really gets your mind engaged and your heart reset.  Speaking of Piper, the latest on their upcoming national conference (now at Bethlehem Seminary) was announced this week. 

Another missive from the political world…Boehner goes on fishing trip. This was interesting because its more from the perspective of the local fishing guide, which I found intriguing.

Some of the best news saved for last: Jason Day won the PGA Championship last Sunday! I like Jason, although I was rooting for Jordan Spieth. Both are great golfers and great examples to onlooking kids.

Finally, there was a very powerful Op-Ed written by an Oregon Doctor about doctor assisted suicide, why its creating a climate of fear in Oregon, and why it needs to stop. It is made all the more powerful by the fact that this man’s own wife battled and eventually succumbed to cancer a few years ago. Don’t miss reading this one.

That’s it!  Enjoy your weekend, and happy reading!

PJW

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