Hurricane Update 2:30 PM

2:30 p.m. update:If you’re well north and west you might still be waiting on Irene. However, south and east of D.C. rain is beginning to add up. Very little has fallen in parts of northern Loudoun County to .3-.6 (light gray) in a belt from near D.C. to Baltimore and then up to 1” plus over far southeast areas. Yellows and oranges well southeast are in the 2-4” range already. This pattern of rainfall was expected during the day, and more consistently heavier rains will continue to advance north and northwest into the evening.

Even before the brunt, local EMS offices are reporting increased calls with power lines already coming down and water leaking into structures.

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Linkedin Stock Rises to over $74 Per Share

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In its first quarterly update since its sizzling IPO, online professional networking service LinkedIn Corp. reassured investors who have been buying into the hype surrounding a promising crop of Internet companies.

The second-quarter results announced Thursday injected some hope into a grim stock market and could feed the mounting excitement for upcoming initial public offering of stocks from other rising Internet stars such as online coupon Groupon Inc. and Web game maker Zynga Inc.

The reason: LinkedIn reported the accelerating revenue and membership growth that it needed to support its lofty stock price and delivered higher earnings when analysts were bracing for a loss.

It marked the first update since LinkedIn’s headline-grabbing initial public offering of stock in May. The company’s shares immediately doubled from their IPO price of $45 and remained in that range, stirring debate about whether investors are overvaluing Internet companies that build large audiences with mostly free services.

The fervor has raised fears that the Internet may be in the early stages of an investment bubble akin to the late 1990s hysteria that culminated in a devastating collapse.

LinkedIn’s performance served as a reminder that there is at least one significant difference in the latest Internet frenzy: Some of today’s online companies are making money, unlike the ones hatched in the Web’s early days.

LinkedIn earned $4.5 million, or 4 cents per share, in the April-June period. That contrasted with earnings of $938,000, or 2 cents per share, at the same time last year.

Revenue more than doubled from last year to $121 million while membership climbed 61 percent to 116 million at the end of June.

Analysts, on average, had projected a loss of 4 cents per share on revenue of $104.5 million, according to FactSet.

LinkedIn shares rose $3.50, or almost 4 percent, to $99.02 in extended trading to recover part of a steep decline that occurred during the regular trading session amid a sweeping market sell-off.

“The IPO and attention certainly helped raise the company’s profile and compounded the momentum we had already been seeing,” LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner said in a Thursday interview.

The earnings in LinkedIn’s most recent quarter represented the most money the company has made in any three-period so far in its eight-year history. It’s still a puny profit for a company whose market value is sitting around $10 billion.

Losses could loom ahead too. LinkedIn has indicated it’s willing to sacrifice short-term earnings to increase spending on technology and new product development.

Growth is also expected to slow, partly because of economic uncertainty and partly because of the temporary lift provided by the IPO publicity

LinkedIn expects its third-quarter revenue to climb as high as $125 million, which would be slightly below the second-quarter growth rate of 120 percent. For the full year, LinkedIn sees its revenue rising to as high as $485 million, roughly doubling from $243 million in 2010.

The company, which is based in Mountain View, Calif., thinks it is better positioned to weather another recession than most businesses because its network has been designed to help people find better jobs.

“We connect talent with opportunity on a massive scale,” Weiner said in the interview. “When times get tough like this, I think our platform can make a real difference in the lives of people.”

If LinkedIn loses money for a couple quarters, it may not bother investors too much, as long the company is still persuading millions more people to post their resumes and other information about their careers on its website. As its audience grows, LinkedIn’s website will become a more attractive place for advertisers to promote their wares and for employers to recruit talent.

LinkedIn gets more than two-thirds of revenues from fees that it charges companies, corporate recruiting services and other people who want broader access to the profiles and other data on the company’s website. The remainder comes from advertising.

In a conference call with analysts, Weiner said LinkedIn is adding about two members every second. That works out to about 173,000 new members, a pace that would give LinkedIn about 132 registered accounts by the end of September. Weiner told analysts the company had more than 120 million members as of Thursday.

The Bible A Book Celebrating God’s Grace to You Through Jesus Christ

If anyone believes the Holy Bible is open to many different interpretations you are wrong. God’s word literally ‘is what it is”.  You can fool yourself  by thinking you have it all figured out. But guess what? If you have never in your life read every book of the bible to truly understand  the message, then quite frankly you are not qualified to comment on anything.

I will say this the Bible is a book about good vs evil.  There is no in between.  In effect you must choose which side you’re own.  Almighty God, gave his only Son, Jesus Christ, who gave his life for all of us so that we would have safe refuge from our sins, inequities,  and transgressions. All we need to do is accept Jesus Christ  through confession to him of our sins, transgressions, and inequities. Confess that we are sinners and that you want him to come into your life.

When you do this you will have eternal life even when your physical body is no longer here.   Jesus Christ died to overcome this sinful world.  There is sin all around us. Decadence, moral decay, and everything that is an abomination to God.

The best thing you can do is study the bible, know its message and be careful to ask the Lord to send the Holy Spirit to give you the discernment you will need to understand  the powerful verses and stories in the bible.  The more time you give to God, the more understanding he gives to you.

You don’t have to work to be save and receive the gift of eternal life, all you have to do is ask Jesus to come into your life. No matter what you have done, where you been, the shame that has permeated your life, means nothing to Him.  You can become a new person by simply asking Jesus Christ to come into your life and you accept Jesus as  the Lord of your life.  It is His gift of Grace to you.

He made the supreme sacrifice for you on  a hill called  Calvary a long time ago, so that you would have the opportunity to ask Him to come into your life at anytime.  If you have not done so, you can do it right now.  Time is running out.  Don’t die and leave this earth without doing so. The Lord’s tent is big, it does not matter what you have done, the Lord will accept you, anyone, right here, right now.

A good movie to watch to understand God love for you through His Son, Jesus Christ,  is ‘The Passion of the Christ“,buy it or rent it today and then start reading the bible from Genesis to Revelations.  Understanding will come to you through God’s grace.

If you are ready right now to be saved, say this prayer.

“Heavenly Father, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe in you and that your word is true. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that he died on the cross so that I may now have forgiveness for my sins and eternal life. I know that without you in my heart my life is meaningless.

I believe in my heart that you, Lord God, raised Him from the dead. Please Jesus forgive me, for every sin I have ever committed or done in my heart, please Lord Jesus forgive me and come into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior today. I need you to be my Father and my friend.

I give you my life and ask you to take full control from this moment on; I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ.”

Amen.