Which one of the two the U.S. Jewish novelist really was depends on whether you believe the man himself
Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman are perhaps one of the sexiest couples on the planet. And while a lot of celebrity couples have the good looks and the paparazzi potential like Nicole and Keith do, this Australian duo has something few celebrity couples share. They’re head-over-heels in love with each other. But recently, it has become clear that country singer Keith Urban found something else when he found Nicole.
He was in the throes of alcohol addiction until she helped pull him out of the depths of despair. If it weren’t for her, he would not be the success he is today.
Last year, Urban was stunned to received two American Music Awards. And since he had the opportunity to give his acceptance speech, it was no surprise that he thanked his wife Nicole while up on the stage. But he didn’t reveal all the things he was thankful for when it came to his wife. This past week he admitted it was Nicole, and nothing else, that saved him from his addiction to alcohol.
Urban and Kidman first met at an event that was honoring Australian entertainers. Kidman said she “literally stumbled into” Urban and they felt the undeniable connection.
Urban’s appearance gave Kidman a perfect chance to start again after her failed marriage with Tom Cruise. And just like that, Kidman and Urban began their whirlwind romance.
Not even a year after they met, the pair got engaged. And they started their life together.
“Meeting her and getting married wasn’t life-changing, it was life-beginning,” the singer said about their wedding. “It was literally, like, ‘OK, life starts.’”
But months after their wedding, Urban’s demons started to destroy their perfect relationship.
Urban was abusing alcohol while taking drugs like ecstasy and cocaine to make himself feel good.
“I’d go to sleep, wake up a couple of hours later, go at it again, drinking to take the edge off,” Urban said. “I knew I wasn’t at my full potential, and that’s what was starting to get to me. I was enslaved … I was living a very, very small life.”
It was Kidman who changed Urban’s life. She held an intervention just four months into their marriage. And since that day, Urban has been drug-free. 12 years sober and he is on top of the world. And he will readily admit it was all Nicole when it comes to his resurrection.
“I was spiritually awoken with her. I use the expression ‘I was born into her,’ and that’s how I feel. And for the first time in my life, I could shake off the shackles of addiction.”
Urban loved Nicole more than drugs and alcohol. As a result, he was able to leave that lifestyle behind and start over with his beautiful wife.
Now Urban and Kidman share two children, Sunday and Faith. Unfortunately, rumors are now circulating that Keith and Nicole are getting a divorce. It will be interesting to see how this affects Keith and if he falls back on his old addictions.
Americans for Prosperity Policy Director Akash Chougule | New York Post
Labor leaders are panicking ahead of a Supreme Court decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, which could drastically alter the relationship between government unions and employees forced to fund their activity.
Adding to their woes is a new study by the union-funded Illinois Economic Policy Institute that predicts disaster for organized labor if the court rules in favor of Mark Janus, an Illinois state employee who sued AFSCME, arguing he shouldn’t be forced to pay “agency fees” to the union since its collective bargaining with the government constitutes lobbying and political speech he may not agree with. A decision is due this summer.
The most eye-catching assertion by IEPI is that public-sector union membership could drop by 726,000 if the court sides with Janus. Unions want you to believe Janus and the hundreds of thousands of other public-union members who want to leave will get a “free ride,” enjoying the collective-bargaining benefits of union membership without paying dues.
But these would be, by definition, workers who do not want the union to represent them; they’re forced riders, not free riders, required to fund political speech against their will.
They’d gladly represent themselves, but unions consistently oppose bills that would let them do so, including ones recently in Michigan, Oklahoma and Missouri, largely because the bigger their numbers, the greater their bargaining leverage. In other words, unions choose to represent nonmembers because it’s in their interest.
IEPI claims that if Janus wins, public-sector workers could lose $1,810 in annual income, worsening the “pay penalty” that comes with working in state and local government. But union dues themselves can cost as much as $1,000 a year. And the “pay penalty” simply doesn’t exist, particularly in forced-union states that would be affected by the Janus case.
Having lost the private sector, unions are now circling the wagons around government employees. But, as the unions themselves admit, hundreds of thousands of those employees don’t want to be hemmed in.
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American families make hard choices about spending every day, carefully budgeting to make ends meet and plan for the future.
Shouldn’t the same rules apply to our federal government?
You would think! Yet the national debt has now hit $21 trillion and Congress keeps on spending.
Sen. James Lankford has documented some of the most ridiculous ways the government has spent YOUR hard-earned tax dollars over the years in his annual report, Federal Fumbles.
In this blog series, we’ll take a close look at some of the most egregious examples of government waste from Sen. Lankford’s reports over the years.
Check out five crazy examples of wasteful government spending from Sen. Lankford’s 2015 report below:
$374,087 Spent Watching Grandma’s Dating Behavior
In 2015, the federal government spent $374,087 in taxpayer dollars observing senior adults’ dating habits.
The National Science Foundation study’s stated objective of obtaining a “more comprehensive understanding of relationship maintenance efforts” was murky at best.
$67.9 Million Spent on Wild Horse Management
Tell the federal government to stop horsin’ around with your tax dollars!
In FY 2014 alone, the Bureau of Land Management spent $67.9 million to manage the growing population of thousands of wild horses that span across 26.9 million acres in the American West.
Instead of making taxpayers pay for the care and feeding of these horses, the government should transfer the management of wild horses and burros to humane, private organizations.
$43 Million Spent on a Gas Station…in Afghanistan
From 2011 to 2014, the Department of Defense’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, tasked with building up Afghanistan’s economy, spent nearly $43 million to build a Compressed Natural Gas filling station in Sheberghan, Afghanistan.
Sadly, someone didn’t do their research, or they would have discovered that there was no natural gas distribution ability in Afghanistan and the cost to convert a vehicle to CNG exceeded the average annual income in the country.
After a tremendous waste of taxpayer dollars – spending a total of $766 million during the organization’s lifetime, the DOD closed the failed TFBSO in March 2015.
Millions Spent Marketing U.S. Raisins in Foreign Countries
The Department of Agriculture spends HOW much marketing raisins?
The Foreign Service Market Access Program spends nearly $200 million of your money annually to pay companies and trade groups for advertising, market research and travel costs to promote American products overseas.
Since 1998, the Raisin Administrative Committee – a group of 46 California raisin growers and packers – has received more than $38 million in taxpayer funds from the Market Access Program to promote their raisins abroad.
The catch? The Raisin Administrative Committee already produces 99.5 percent of all American raisins and 45 percent of the world’s raisins.
$2.6 Million to Help Truckers Diet
Encouraging a healthy lifestyle is great – but it should not be done on the taxpayers’ dime. From 2011 to 2015, American taxpayers have spent a total of $2.6 million to fund a trucker weight-loss intervention program, sponsored by the National Institute of Health.
The federal government would do well to trim its annual budget in the future by cutting wasteful programs like this one.
As you can see, these programs are not a valuable use of anyone’s tax dollars. The American people have had enough!
Then, stay tuned to see the next round of wasteful government spending projects!
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Boy Scouts leadership has mandated a disturbing requirement for its World Jamboree event next year.
The 24th World Scout Jamboree will be held in West Virginia next summer and it seems the World Scout Committee is requiring that condoms be “readily and easily accessible” at the event, according to the Florida Family Policy Council.
The World Organization of the Scout Movement released its health and safety guidelines which require that host organizations, including Scouts BSA – formerly the Boy Scouts of America, “ensure that condoms are readily and easily accessible for all participants and [International Service Team] at a number of locations on the site.”
But that’s not all.
According to the Florida Family Policy Council:
Stunningly, the World Jamboree Guideline 7.3 also has “exceptions,” allowances and instructions for the consumption of alcohol in “confined areas” at the 12-day camping event. (It appears the Jamboree guidelines were drafted after the 2015 World Jamboree in Japan in preparation for the 2019 event and were just recently released in an email.)
Billed as “a celebration of cultural exchange, mutual understanding, peace, and friendship,” according to an announcement on the event’s page, the jamboree will be hosted by three national Scout organizations: Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México, and the Boy Scouts of America.
The “Unlock a New World” theme for the jamboree “speaks to the new adventures, cultures, and friendships that will be shared by Scouts from around the world during the event,” the statement added.
“More than 160 national scout organizations representing more than 200 nations and territories are expected to participate in this massive West Virginia 12-day camping event, which based on recent membership policy changes should include openly-gay boys, openly-gay adult scout leaders, transgendered boys and adults and now also girls,” the Florida Family Policy Council stated.
The organization has faced criticism, most recently over the name change from “Boy Scouts of America” to simply “Scouts BSA” in order to accommodate girls who are joining. And after more than century-long relationship, the Mormon Church severed ties with the organization as their values seemed to continue to diverge.
“In light of the mandatory condom policy, it is not clear how far down the rabbit hole the Boy Scouts will continue to fall,” John Stemberger, Florida Family Policy Council president, said in a statement.
“With the addition of condoms and alcohol, the World Jamboree is starting to sound more like a 1960s Woodstock festival rather than a campout that parents would want to send their children to!” he added.
“All of this should be deeply disturbing to the churches that are chartering Boy Scout Troops. These policies present a clear youth protection problem that the BSA absolutely refuses to recognize. The fact that they are requiring that condoms be ‘readily accessible’ and are communicating this to everyone– including youth participants–shows that the BSA is both anticipating and facilitating sexual conduct between minors at this event,” Stemberger said. “These policies are both outrageous and completely irresponsible.”