A handful of Democratic state senators in Hawaii have quietly defied a decision by their legislative body to abandon opening prayers. On January 26, a week after the 25-member senate caved in to threats by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to force a halt to the prayers, the nine Democrats "held hands, bowed their heads, and sought God's blessing, signaling that they'll still pray despite last week's vote abandoning official invocations," reported onenewsnow.com.

The State of Virginia -- home of George Washington, Patrick Henry, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe -- was once an indispensable part of the American Republic.  Although the nation might have grown and flourished if Rhode Island or Georgia had not ratified the Constitution, there is little doubt that if Virginia had stayed separate from these United States -- recalling that Virginia then was also West Virginia, Kentucky and much of the frontier -- America might well have dissolved into several smaller nations.

oil wellMany conservatives holding their breath during the 2010 lame duck session were relieved that the progressives didn't pass as much damaging legislation as feared. Unfortunately, they celebrated too quickly. Just as everyone was settling down for Christmas, all those unaccountable Obama Czars were finally able to do what they were hired to do; implement regulations that Congress could never pass as legislation. These regulations are no longer just strangling our economy. They are destroying it.

gavelAn Akron, Ohio, woman was released from jail on Wednesday after serving 9 days of a 10-day sentence for enrolling her children in a neighboring school district. Kelley Williams-Bolar, 40, was convicted of two felony counts of tampering with records by providing false information on sworn registration forms, applications for free or reduced-price school lunches, and other forms she submitted to the Copley-Fairlawn School District, where she enrolled her two daughters. She was found guilty after a four-day jury trail and was sentenced to five years on each count, with all but 10 days suspended. Common Pleas Court Judge Patricia Cosgrove credited the defendant with one-day served for the day she was arrested and jailed on the felony charges in November of 2009. The judge also sentenced Williams-Bolar to two years probation and 80 days of community service.

On Wednesday morning, January 26, around 11:30, 59-year-old Nancy Davis, an American missionary, was shot by armed gunmen firing from a pick-up truck in a cutthroat region of northern Mexico near the Texas border. Borderland Beat, Jan. 26 is asking that anyone having information about this murder to contact the Pharr (Texas) Crimestoppers. Pharr police have been in contact with Mexican authorities.