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Hard Times? How to Hear God’s Song Louder Than Any Hard Times

Grief, spiritual doubt, chronic pain, suffering; when we are hurting it can be hard to say, “God’s got this, God’s got me.” Aubrey Sampson knows this better than anyone. She walks the path of lament, finding God’s presence in the middle of what may feel like His absence. It’s a grace to welcome Aubrey to the farm’s front porch today… guest post by Aubrey Sampson A fter a few appointments, my grief-counselor said this: “I’d like you to think of suffering as an invitation. You have two choices:...
Tags: Books, Hope, Bono, Religion, Guest Posts, Chicago, Faith, Jesus, Mary Poppins, Aubrey, Immanuel, Tyndale, Restoring Wonder, Seeing God, Redbud Writers Guild, Aubrey Sampson


We Need a Strong, Focused, & Reformed National Rifle Association ~ VIDEO

Editors Note: NRA-BOD Allen West has been one of the NRA Leaderships' harshest critics in the last few months and has the back of America's oldest civil rights organization, the NRA. Opinion We Need a Strong, Focused, & Reformed National Rifle Association USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Okay, there has been quite a bit of reaction to my statement earlier this week about the National Rifle Association. I took my public stance because we need to have an NRA that is laser-focused and ready to do battle ...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Guns, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Cbs News, Iraq, America, Atlanta, Chicago, New Hampshire, Dallas, Venezuela, Las Vegas, Girls Inc


U.S. Supreme Court Must Strike Down New York City Gun Control Rule

U.S. Supreme Court Must Strike Down New York City Gun Control Rule and Tell Lower Courts to Enforce the Actual Text of Our Constitution’s Second Amendment, Argue Three Second Amendment Groups WASHINGTON, D.C. –-(Ammoland.com)- Today, counsel for Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF), and The Calguns Foundation (CGF) have submitted an important brief with the United States Supreme Court calling for the City of New York’s unconstitutional firearm law to be struck dow...
Tags: New York, Guns, Supreme Court, Washington, New York City, Court, Chicago, United States, U S Supreme Court, McDonald, United States Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas, Gene Hoffman, Heller, FPC, Jaffe


Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC Headphones Review: Great Sound On-The-Go or in the Office

Plantronics When you think of Plantronics—a company best known for call center and aviation headsets—music may not be the first thing that comes to mind. These ultra comfy and great sounding headphones will have you rethinking that, though. Recently the company has branched out with some excellent sounding headphones and earphones. The BackBeat line of earphones and BackBeat Pro 2 over-the-ear headphones offer great sound, albeit at a premium price. The vendor’s latest over-the-ear headpho...
Tags: Crafts, Chicago, Plantronics, Texas Blues


More Guns Get Sold Because Democrats Scare People, and We Love It!

Opinion: How the anti-gun left drove AR patterned rifle sales through the roof and saved the American Gun Industry. More Guns Get Sold Because Democrats Scare People, and We Love It! USA – -(AmmoLand.com)-  According to data from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System; gun sales soared 60 percent under Obama's eight year in office. Of the roughly 190 million firearms-related background checks during Obama’s presidency, more than 50.6 million of these checks were processe...
Tags: New York, Guns, Obama, California, La, US, America, San Francisco, CA, Fbi, Chicago, Nra, National Instant Criminal Background Check System, Mercury News, New York LA, Los Padres


NRA Continues Backing Supreme Court Challenge to NYC’s Travel Ban

Opinion NRA Continues Backing Supreme Court Challenge to NYC’s Travel Ban Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) filed its main brief in the United States Supreme Court case NYSRPA, et al v. the City of New York and the New York City Police Department-License Division. The NRA supported case challenges a New York City ordinance that violates the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding New York City residents by restricting lawful travel with fire...
Tags: New York, Guns, NYC, New York City, Court, City, Chicago, Lawsuits, District Of Columbia, New York City Police Department, Nra, McDonald, Tom King, United States Supreme Court, Heller, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association


May Free Classical Album from Naxos Music Group

Cedille Records is having special 30th-anniversary giveaways! Get a free album download plus select tracks from “remarkable releases”. Links are in the Naxos Music Group newsletter titled “New Releases from Classical Independent Labels this April with Bonus Download”, scroll to near the bottom of the text and click on the large box that says GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD for both the main album and again for the bonus releases. Once on the download pages, you can choose from MP3 or FLAC**; I recommend ...
Tags: Books, Music, Featured, US, Chicago, Vivaldi, Free Music, Bohemia, Viola, Thomas Hampson, DRM-Free, Naxos Music Group, Cedille Records, Franz Krommer, Jan Vaclav Hugo Vorísek


May 1 roundup

U.K.: Whole Earth 3 Nut Butter recalled for not displaying a “contains nuts” warning on the jar [Katie Morley, Telegraph] “Community College Reportedly Bans Pro-Second-Amendment Banner with Picture of Rifles” [Eugene Volokh] More on the dubious “hate crimes have surged” narrative, from Will Reilly of Kentucky State, who has a new book out [Nolan Finley, Detroit News, earlier] In Lamps Plus v. Varela, Supreme Court rules courts should not read class arbitration mechanisms into arbitration a...
Tags: Guns, Law, Uncategorized, Divorce, Chicago, Judges, Tyler Cowen, ABA Journal, Hate Crimes, Arbitration, Charlotte Garden, Morrison Foerster, Kentucky State, Detroit News, Eugene Volokh, Nolan Finley


The Best Jam Bar Cookie

Bar cookies area easy to make and perfect for picnics or treats. The original crust recipe comes from my 50th anniversary Womens Advisory Committee Cookbook of the Sears Roebuck YMCA of Chicago in 1952. [Author: Joy winter]
Tags: Crafts, Chicago, Joy winter, Sears Roebuck YMCA, Best Jam Bar Cookie


4 Thoughts on the NRA Controversy

Opinion NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits In Indianapolis, Indiana 2019 Indianapolis, IN/United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- The controversial exit of Oliver North as NRA president and the accusations flying around could not have come at a worse time. At the time of this writing, the NRA’s Board of Directors will be meeting on April 29, 2019, so part of this may be overtaken by events. As you all know, the Cuomo regime in New York has been targeting the NRA illegally via pressure on banks and insu...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Guns, Supreme Court, White House, Reagan, Bloomberg, Indianapolis, Chicago, United States, Dc, Andrew Cuomo, Nicolás Maduro, Breitbart News, Michael Bloomberg, Cuomo


Auto-Ordnance Models to Appear at Kahr Firearms Group NRAAM Booth

Samantha Bonilla Greeley, PA – (Ammoland.com) – Kahr Firearms Group, a leader in innovative firearms design and manufacturing, is proud to announce that three Auto-Ordnance promotional models will make special appearances at the Kahr Firearms Group booth #6063 during the 2019 NRAAM in Indianapolis, IN. USMC veteran and brand ambassador Samantha Bonilla is the promotional model for the Auto-Ordnance Squadron 1911. She will be signing posters and handing out limited edition Squadron morale patc...
Tags: Facebook, National Weather Service, Usa, Cook, Guns, Virginia, Indianapolis, Chicago, Marine Corps, San Diego, US Navy, Usmc, Tommy, Orem, Bonilla, United States Marine Corps


Two Dead, a Loving Father, a Career Criminal – Gunfights are Dangerous

Mark Miller Sr. Chicago, Illinois -(Ammoland.com)- -A devoted family man, recently retired Mark Miller Sr., 64, had a concealed carry permit. He was accosted by a career criminal in a bad neighborhood. His family reports this was not the first time Miller had to defend himself.  From wgntv.com: Miller Sr. was in the gangway on the phone with his son when according to police, Joseph Lewis, 33, attempted to rob him. Lewis shot Miller three times, police said. But Miller, a concealed carry owner...
Tags: Guns, Australia, Department Of Defense, Chicago, Canada, Arizona, Brazil, University Of Chicago, Gunfight, Miller, Lewis, Chicago Tribune, Tribune, Michelle Tannehill, Mark Miller, Joseph Lewis


The Chaturvedis Transform Their Chicago Home from Drab to Fab

Treat yourself today to an Indian home in Chicago replete with before-after pictures.  Home to Nitin and Shilpi Chaturvedi, the house has gone through an ingenious transformation over the past few months. I waited patiently for months for Shilpi to weave her magic as she unveiled the amazing makeover layer by layer, one room at [...]
Tags: Books, Chicago, Interiors, House tours, Nitin, Shilpi Chaturvedi, Shilpi


The 10 Best Things That Happened at Star Wars Celebration Chicago

Star Wars Celebration 2019 is in the books and it marked probably the biggest, most action-packed Celebration yet. It was the first convention to reveal a title for a Star Wars saga movie, the first time anyone saw footage of a live-action Star Wars TV show, and oh so much more. Below, are our 10 favorite things that…Read more...
Tags: Books, Comics, Science, Marvel, Disney, Chicago, Streaming, Lucasfilm, Marvel Comics, Ahmed Best, Star Wars Celebration, Kelly Marie Tran, Star Wars Resistance, Star Wars Clone Wars, Vader Immortal, The Mandalorian


Check Out 3 Days of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Toys & Merch From Celebration!

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Check out 3 days of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge toys & merch from Celebration! Those attending Star Wars Celebration 2019 this weekend got a treat in the form of a special booth set up to promote the upcoming epic Disney theme park extensions known as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. One of the features of this booth allowed attendees to check out some of the toys, clothing and merchandise they will be able to purchase at the Star Wars-themed attraction once it opens at Disneyland o...
Tags: Star Wars, Toys, Movies, Disney, Chicago, Millennium Falcon, Disneyland, Lucasfilm, Collectibles, Extras, Disney World, McCormick Place, Star Wars Celebration, Movie News, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Harkos


Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Merchandise Revealed from First Order Cargo and Resistance Supply Stores

Just last week, new pieces of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge concept art showed off what a couple of the shops within the Disney theme park expansion will look like. One focused on gear for the First Order, and the other featured stuff for the Resistance. Now, straight from the floor of Star Wars Celebration 2019 in Chicago, we have our first look at some of the merchandise you’ll be able to buy at each of the shops. It includes apparel, toys, collectible pins and patches, stylized housewares, and mo...
Tags: Toys, Movies, Sci-fi, Disney, Chicago, Gear, Sequels, Theme Parks, Resistance, Lucasfilm, Collectibles, Cool Stuff, Rose, Star-Wars, Disney/Pixar, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge


The Best One-Volume History of Photography

A spread from Photography: The Definitive Visual History by Tom Ang A few reflections about histories— I used to be a pretty good resource for histories of photography and their relative value. I'm not any more. I used to hungrily absorb a lot of the histories I came across; nowadays it's been quite a while since I did more than skim through one. The histories I know mostly relate to the medium as it was practiced when I was younger, for the simple reason that I read them back then and the pe...
Tags: Books, Photography, Chicago, Visual Culture, Michael Johnston, Abraham Lincoln, Michael C Johnston, Mortensen, Eakins, Hockney, Frank Frazetta, Jonathan Green, Newhall, Tom Ang, Gilles Mora, Life Library of Photography Seventeen


Chicago Rapper Black Jezuss Reportedly Brain Dead After Getting Shot

Up and coming Chicago rapper Black Jezuss is reportedly on life support and has been declared brain dead after getting shot Monday (Apr. 8).Trippe Redd revealed the sad news in a post on Instagram.He wrote: “Tired of losing everyone &everything I love… pray for my brother he brain dead on life support @blackjezuss_”BlackJesuzz himself was last active on his Instagram account on Saturday (Apr. 6) when he posted to celebrate his latest music video with Trippie Redd for a song called “Stomp” gettin...
Tags: Instagram, Guns, Chicago, Austin, Hip Hop, Pop Culture, Jazz, Shot, Taylor, Gun Violence, Trending, Chicago Sun Times, Cook County, Keef, West Englewood, University of Chicago Medical Center


Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Blu-Ray Giveaway!

I grew up reading Nancy Drew. I was a HUGE Nancy Drew enthusiast as a matter of fact. When I was in second grade, I convinced my friends to "play Nancy Drew" with me. I always had to be Nancy, of course, they could be Bess and George.That's why I'm so excited to get a chance to watch the new Nancy Drew movie with Sophia Lillis. I loved her in IT and I think she's a great choice to play Nancy!I'm excited to offer YOU a chance to win this new Blu-Ray! To enter, simply play the game below and leave...
Tags: Books, Digital, Chicago, Ellen Degeneres, Nancy, Nancy Drew, George, Linda Lavin, Blu Ray, Bess, Warner Bros Home Entertainment, Sam Trammell, Sophia Lillis, Derek Barnes, Carson Drew, Hidden Staircase Blu Ray Giveaway


A salute to Susan!

From my visit to the DC area in 2017: you can barely see her but I love the backdrop. This week we celebrate the milestone birthday of longtime Ranter and Rant cofounder Susan Harris. Susan is the only original founder left of the three who started Rant in 2006. (Amy Stewart and Michele Owens have moved on to other endeavors; I came along in 2007.) When Rant started, Susan lived in Takoma Park, Maryland; she now lives in Greenbelt, Maryland, where she created and edits the Greenbelt Online we...
Tags: Gardening, Wtf, Chicago, Dc, Pbs, Susan, Jerry, Greenbelt Maryland, Who's Ranting About Us, Amy Stewart, Michele Owens, Takoma Park Maryland, Tallamy, Susan Long, Susan Harris Susan, Greenbelt Online


Perchance to dream? Ay, there’s the rub

Last week, I began discussing the puzzling history of the word dream. Today, a rude awakening awaits us. Here is the argument of the post for March 27, 2019 in a nutshell. The Old English form of dream was drēam (the same word, but pronounced differently). Its Germanic cognates were regular: Old Icelandic draumr and Old High German traum. However, the most important cognate, as regards our discussion, is Old Saxon drōm, and I devoted some space to the status of that language and to the poem Heli...
Tags: Books, Time, Chicago, Matthew, Saxon, Schroder, ENGL, Annie Spratt Public Domain, Old Saxon, Heliand, Franz Rolf Schröder, Shelley Queen Mab


Joe Biden has long been hostile to the Second Amendment

Joe Biden has long been hostile to the Second Amendment Delaware/United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- There are some questions you can easily answer. One of them is Joe Biden’s stance on the Second Amendment. Here’s the quick scoop: He’s been hostile to our rights for over four decades. Biden, though, stands out for his unwavering opposition to modern multi-purpose semi-automatic firearms. In November, 2017, he expressly stated that Stephen Willeford, the heroic armed citizen who stopped the mass...
Tags: Guns, Obama, Reagan, Joe Biden, Chicago, Washington Dc, Biden, Dianne Feinstein, Second Amendment, Trump, Nra, Feinstein, Harold, Protection of Lawful Commerce, NICS, Frank Lautenberg


Chicago Justice

Art by Michael Ramirez Chicago Justice USA –-(Ammoland.com)- Chicago Justice. Liar Jussie Smollett pays a $10,000 fine and then tells us to our face he is innocent? Meanwhile, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who's office dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett has the stink of the Obama's on her breath. Did you enjoy this cartoon? Sign up for Ammoland in your Inbox and get our daily cartoon and email news! You call yourself pro-gun? Prove it by joining any one or all of these f...
Tags: Guns, Obama, America, Chicago, Nra, Jussie Smollett, Kim Foxx, Michael Ramirez, National Rifle Association NRA, Ammoland, Gun Rights News, Gun Cartoons, Citizens Committee, Chicago Justice, Chicago Justice USA, Ammoland com Chicago Justice Liar Jussie Smollett


Thousands March in Illinois to Defend Second Amendment Rights ~ VIDEO

Opinion Thousands of Illinois gun owners turned out for the annual lobby day at the capitol in Springfield. (Screen snip, YouTube, Terribly Tactical) Illinois – -(AmmoLand.com)- Thousands of Second Amendment activists marched on the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, reminding lawmakers that gun owners are paying attention, and they’re not taking the rap for crimes they didn’t commit. According to an estimate from WICS/WRSP, the event drew some 8,000 gun owners, which eclipses ...
Tags: Guns, Oregon, Senate, Chicago, Lincoln, Republican, Illinois, Nra, Senate Judiciary Committee, Capitol, Springfield, Capitol Avenue, Illinois State Capitol, Effingham, Salem Oregon, Dave Workman


Wait, what?

"Over recent decades, the size of bullets fired by the typical handgun has increased."[citation needed]"Police seizures of guns in other cities, including Chicago, also show a growing share of large-caliber handguns."Even as the .40's share of the new gun market dwindles, the used gun market is awash in .40-caliber department trade-ins. When a poor person needs a cheap gun for home defense, a $299 ex-police Glock 22 is a compelling purchase. Improperly secured guns stolen from family members are...
Tags: Wtf, Guns, Chicago, Tam, Boomsticks


Don’t Give Your Critic Words

Emily P. Freeman has the gift of puttinginto words the thoughts you don’t have time to think and sharing the kind of wisdom your soul needs to help you breathe. If you’re in a time of confusion, doubt, and foggy transitions that lead to decision fatigue, Emily is the voice you need to help you follow what she’s found is the best time-tested advice: just do the next right thing. It’s a grace to welcome Emily to the farm today . . . guest post by Emily P. Freeman W e stand on the corner of Rand...
Tags: Books, Hope, Religion, Guest Posts, Chicago, Peace, Faith, Jesus, Baker, Emily, Randolph, Shannan, Emily P Freeman


Ill. Judge Strikes Gun Ban in Chicago Suburb; Gun Group Declares Victory

Opinion An Illinois circuit judge has blocked the Village of Deerfield from banning so-called “assault weapons.” (Dave Workman) ILLINOIS – -(AmmoLand.com)- An Illinois Circuit Judge has issued a permanent injunction against a ban on so-called “assault weapons” in the village of Deerfield, a Chicago suburb, in a case brought by the Second Amendment Foundation and the Illinois State Rifle Association. SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb declared it a victory against legislat...
Tags: Guns, Washington, Chicago, Washington State, Seattle, Illinois, Nra, U S Supreme Court, McDonald, Deerfield, Superior Court, Snohomish County, City of Chicago, Edmonds, King County, Glen Ellyn


Uncovering social work’s scientific rigor

Social Work as a profession was founded in the late 1900s and in the ensuing 120 years social workers have been at the forefront of movements for civil rights, worker’s rights, access to medical care for the poor, destigmatization of mental illness and substance abuse, improved treatment of incarcerated individuals, and many forms of work with children and families to keep them safe and healthy. Harry Hopkins, the architect of the Works Progress Administration, was a social worker. One of Hopkin...
Tags: Books, Chicago, United States, Social Security, Hopkins, U S Congress, John Dewey, Jane Addams, Pearce, Works Progress Administration, Frances Perkins, Jeanette Rankin, Diana Pearce, Addams, Harry Hopkins, Hull House


The Power of Nature to the People! City Gardens Now!

Maybe I’m a control freak. Maybe I’m just not very smart. Quite possibly, I’m just too far down the tracks to back up and switch to another set of tracks. Fact is, I’m finding myself more and more infatuated with gardens in the city. I halfheartedly tried to break out from gardener to naturalist, but found that isn’t where my strengths lie. A plant community on the scale of a mixed forest is stimulation overload for me. Cannot process. Can only just take it in and enjoy. Totally unable to crea...
Tags: Gardening, Chicago, Don, Michigan Avenue, Gerber, Lake Shore Drive, Prairies, Lincoln Park Zoo, Real Gardens, Lurie Garden, People City Gardens Now


Who Spawned the Christchurch Killer?

Opinion Who Spawned the Christchurch Killer? USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Last Friday, in Christchurch, New Zealand, one of the more civilized places on earth, a 28-year-old Australian, turned on his cellphone camera and set out to livestream his massacre of as many innocent Muslim worshippers as he could kill. Using a semi-automatic rifle, he murdered more than 40 men, women and children at one mosque, drove three miles to another, and there killed seven more. Dozens are still wounded, suffering ...
Tags: New York, Guns, America, Chicago, United States, Kansas City, Donald Trump, Charlottesville, Christchurch, Nz, Pittsburgh, Eastern Europe, Forbes, Trump, Charleston, San Bernardino



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