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World Magazine - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:49pm
When Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the House majority leader, unexpectedly lost his party’s nomination to seek reelection our sympathies soon abated when we realized that what faces him on the far side of his abruptly ended political career is an opportunity for amassing great wealth. Nonetheless, in his no doubt sumptuously supplied dotage, he will receive a pension from the public purse. According to the Congressional Research Service, members of Congress are eligible for a pension after five
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1 American, 192 Dutch, 44 Malaysian, 27 Australian; Read the Complete List of the 298 Killed on Flight MH17

The Christian Post - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:11pm
Malaysia Airlines released its complete passenger manifest from the doomed Flight MH17 Saturday identifying the 298 people from 11 countries who were on board when it exploded and crashed after it was shot down from the air in eastern Ukraine last Thursday.
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Even Muslims get fed up

World Magazine - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:06pm
Daniel Pipes, American historian and founder of the Middle East Forum, has kept an eye on Islam and its adherents for decades. It’s an occupation that puts him on the front lines for both praise and criticism, but whether or not his critics agree, Pipes usually has something interesting to say. Last year, he predicted that “Islamism” (radical as opposed to moderate Islam) had peaked as a world phenomenon and was soon to go into decline. In the last few months, with all hard-won
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Midday Roundup: Smoker’s widow gets billions in damages

World Magazine - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:04pm
Sending a message. A Pensacola, Fla., jury awarded $23.6 billion late Friday to the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer. The verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the nation’s second-biggest cigarette maker, is massive for an individual tobacco suit and includes punitive damages. R.J. Reynolds executive J. Jeffery Raborn called it a “runaway verdict” and vowed to appeal. An attorney for the plaintiff, Cynthia Robinson, said the verdict sends a message to Big
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Russia Faces Stricter Sanctions Over Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash; Fear Grips Russian Businesses

The Christian Post - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:00pm
Russian markets are plunging and its economic growth prospects are looking grim in the face of new sanctions by the United States and the European Union over the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 17 allegedly by Russia assisted separatists in eastern Ukraine.
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Rage against the darkness

World Magazine - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:15am
The downside of writing a daily online posting and a biweekly magazine column is that you get to know all my sins. This is partly because I’m not the sportswriter and partly because it is impossible to write so many words without getting around to it. Today’s shameful confession is that I have been a terrible aunt. My five nieces and nephews have grown up with nary a birthday or Christmas card from me. I didn’t mean for it to happen. I always dutifully transcribed their birth dates
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Fate of Presbyterian Church USA Effort to Redefine Marriage to Include Same-Sex Unions Uncertain

The Christian Post - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:14am
No certainty exists over the fate of an amendment brought before the regional bodies of Presbyterian Church (USA) that would redefine the denomination's marriage definition to include same-sex unions.
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Adoptive Parents Don't Need to Apologize for Saving an Orphan

The Christian Post - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:59am
I will repeat this as often as you or I need to hear it. There is no need to apologize for adopting an orphan child in need. In fact, this creation of a new family should be celebrated as a success. Every child deserves a family.
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Nothing left for Mosul Christians but the sword

World Magazine - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:53am
ISIS militants give Christians a final ultimatum, forcing them to flee or be killed
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Shadowy Political Organizations Making Money Off Conservative Candidates

The Christian Post - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:34am
You've seen the ads, luring you to a website if you support Col. Allen West or another conservative running for office. They're flashy and loud and all over the Internet. But where is the money going? Many political activists find themselves frustrated at putting in long hours working unpaid on campaigns, while a few consultants at the top of the food chain are raking in disproportionately big bucks.
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The Coming Christian Revolt

The Christian Post - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:22am
From behind a smoking sniper rifle high atop his ivory tower peers the secular-"progressive." He surveys his many victims, strewn across the American landscape below and mockingly sneers, "War on Christianity? What war on Christianity?
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Injured Colorado Theater Shooting Victim Gives Life to Monument

Christian Newswire - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:00am
Contact: Rhett Barbaree, 205-280-1073 ENTERPRISE, Ala., July 21, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- What does a monument erected to an insect in Alabama in 1919 have to do with a young lady from Louisiana who was injured in the Colorado theater shootings in 2012? As strange as it seems the two became entwined when a soon to be author, Rhett Barbaree had a providential encounter with Bonnie Kate Pourciau (photo) of Baton Rouge, La three months prior to the theater shooting. "We met at Panama Source: n/a
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Injured Colorado Theater Shooting Victim Gives Life to Monument

Christian Newswire - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:00am
Contact: Rhett Barbaree, 205-280-1073 ENTERPRISE, Ala., July 21, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- What does a monument erected to an insect in Alabama in 1919 have to do with a young lady from Louisiana who was injured in the Colorado theater shootings in 2012? As strange as it seems the two became entwined when a soon to be author, Rhett Barbaree had a providential encounter with Bonnie Kate Pourciau (photo) of Baton Rouge, La three months prior to the theater shooting. "We met at Panama Source: n/a
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Questions for Israel's Critics

The Christian Post - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:58am
In light of the murderous actions and intentions of Hamas, what would you like Israel to do? Would you prefer that Israel simply turned the other cheek and let its people be slaughtered?
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Beau Bergdahl's Duty; And Ours

The Christian Post - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:51am
Beau Bergdahl has been returned to "active duty." Apparently, that means a desk job while the Army considers what should be done with this young enlisted soldier. The Taliban held Bergdahl for five years since walking away from his post one night in 2009.
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Dollars and Sense: Is Wall Street showing signs of ‘irrational exuberance?’

World Magazine - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:28am
Wall Street rising. Stocks rose last week. In fact, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday continued a winning streak on the Dow that began the week before. The markets seemed to be responding to an upbeat earnings report from Citigroup. Citi is not one of the 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but financial stocks are weighted heavier in the Dow. Citi’s results pushed other financial stocks up, and that sent the Dow up significantly on Monday. Then on Tuesday, we got
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North Central Theological Seminary to Award $1.1 Million in Full Scholarships for the Accelerated Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral Degree Programs

Christian Newswire - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am
Contact: Dr. Philip Jay, North Central Theological Seminary, 612-293-3801 MINNEAPOLIS, July 21, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christians and pastors interested in pursuing seminary education at the bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level now have the opportunity to complete all of their courses online and free of charge with a full scholarship at North Central Theological Seminary, an accredited online religious vocational institution of higher learning based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Can Source: North Central Theological Seminary
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North Central Theological Seminary to Award $1.1 Million in Full Scholarships for the Accelerated Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral Degree Programs

Christian Newswire - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am
Contact: Dr. Philip Jay, North Central Theological Seminary, 612-293-3801 MINNEAPOLIS, July 21, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christians and pastors interested in pursuing seminary education at the bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level now have the opportunity to complete all of their courses online and free of charge with a full scholarship at North Central Theological Seminary, an accredited online religious vocational institution of higher learning based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Can Source: North Central Theological Seminary
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10 Signs of Porn Addiction: Do these describe your husband?

Covenant Eyes - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:55am

Porn “addiction” is a real phenomenon today. Many men, and an increasing percentage of women, are finding themselves helpless in the face of Internet temptations. After years of porn viewing, often starting at a young age, what started as a curiosity became a pattern, which became a habit, which became a compulsion.

For many wives, this can be traumatizing finding out that their husbands are entrenched in this habit. If you suspect something about your husband, here are some telltale signs of porn addiction.

1. Your husband has lost interest in sex.

While many addicts want a high frequency of sex (see #3), as the addiction escalates, they begin to lose interest in their partner. They become desensitized to other forms of pleasure—even sexual intercourse—preferring the buzz they get from porn. Not only is their sexual energy tapped, but they begin to prefer the “safe” realm of fantasy over the “risky” real world of intimacy.

2. Your otherwise healthy husband is unable maintain an erection during sex.

It isn’t uncommon for porn addicts to experience porn-induced erectile dysfunction. While there are several medical reasons for ED, for the porn addict the problem is not in the organ, but in the brain. They have conditioned their mind to be turned on only by self-sex and porn images. It is common for addicts to blame their partners for their inability to perform.

In the book The Porn Circuit, Sam Black writes,

When preparing for real sex, the pornified brain fails to get its dopamine surge and the signal to the penis is too weak to achieve erection. But turn on an Internet device with unlimited pages of novelty, and boom, the plumbing works.

3. Your husband’s sexual tastes have changed.

On the other end of the spectrum, some men entrenched in porn want to act out their fantasies in the real world. Porn films often pair physical and verbal aggression with sex. This might mean that your husband is surprisingly demanding during sex—even getting frustrated when you don’t perform to his exact specifications. Some men show a sudden interest in “rough” sex or sexual activities you haven’t discussed and agreed to. Others will begin to show an interest in bondage, fetishes, sadomasochism, group sex, or activities that make you feel belittled and used. These are huge red flags and one of the clear signs of porn addiction.

4. Your husband spends an excessive amount of time online.

A porn user almost always has dysfunctional relationship to technology—many hours spent online alone, often at odd hours or at times when they should be spending time with their families and friends. He may demand to be left alone with his computer or become irritable if he can’t get online.

5. Your devices’ Internet histories are empty.

Check your husband’s web browsers on his phone, laptop, home computer, or tablet. If the Internet histories are constantly empty, he may be clearing his history to cover his tracks. The late psychologist Al Cooper wrote that three factors often contribute to an Internet porn addiction: affordability (most porn is cheap or free), accessibility (it can be accessed nearly anywhere), and anonymity (no one has to know what you’re doing). He called this the “Triple-A Engine.” The last factor, anonymity, is key: a man’s belief that no one knows where he is going online gives a false sense of security: “What I’m doing online is my own business, and it isn’t hurting anyone else.”

6. Your husband seems emotionally “distant” or withdrawn.

The more a man becomes entrenched in porn, the more he begins to lose interest in real world relationships, especially with his wife and children. Many men describe it as feeling “numb.”

7. Your husband seems more antisocial.

Like any addict, a porn addict will begin to revolve his life around the next buzz. This means reordering his life so that he can spend time online and away from others. Other antisocial behaviors might include a lack of remorse for his actions, aggression, outbursts of anger, frequent lying, indifference to actions that harm others, or an easy use of flattery or charm to manipulate others.

8. Your husband’s financial patterns have changed.

Are there unexplained charges on your credit card statement or bank statement? Have you noticed new credit cards opened in your husband’s name? Since there is an abundance of free porn online, addicts can indulge without paying, but often, when the addiction escalates, they resort to paying for online material or even physical items (like DVDs). Charges to these accounts may not look obviously pornographic since these companies usually work hard to ensure the anonymity of their patrons. If you husband refuses to talk about unexplained charges, this is a sign he is hiding his behavior.

9. Your husband has become secretive, evasive, or defensive.

When you walk into the room where your husband sits at the computer, does your he suddenly get nervous or make knee-jerk reactions? When you ask what he has been doing online, does he become defensive or easily irritated? When your presence suddenly threatens to invade an addict’s secret world, this can be very jarring for him, and often his nervousness will be obvious.

10. Your husband has become critical of your appearance.

Has your husband started to criticize your looks, your weight, your bust size, or your sexual performance? The more a man spends time with porn, the more his mind becomes conditioned to the novelty, variety, and convenience that porn provides. Many studies have shown that the more a man watches porn, the more he devalues the attractiveness of “average people.”

In the book Porn and Your Husband, it states,

Pornography rewires the brain, training him to desire the hormonal rush from porn instead of sex with you. The chemical vasopressin, which is released during the sexual act, bonds the man to his sexual partner.8 With repeated pornography use, he is bonding himself to images on a screen. Given that many men were exposed to pornography during childhood, he may have chemically bonded with the women of pornography long before you entered the picture…

In simple terms, you’re “not enough” because his repeated porn use has vastly accelerated his tolerance for these chemical rushes, far beyond the levels of monogamous sex with you. In particular, pornography has trained him to be turned on by variety, which no single woman can provide. It also explains why he may have turned to harder porn or acted out through an affair—he’s looking for the rush that you, through no fault of your own, can never provide.

Getting Help

If you discover your husband has a problem, it is important that both you and him get the help you need. Read more about this in the following articles:

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