April 29, 2010

Big Brother's looking out for ya

Proposal: All New Yorkers Become Organ Donors
Organ donation has become a vital way to save lives around the world, but a vast shortage of donors continues to mean people are losing their lives while on waiting lists. But there is a unique proposal that could change all that. New York State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky nearly lost his daughter, Willie, at 4 years old when she needed a kidney transplant, and again 10 years later when her second kidney failed. "We have 10,000 New Yorkers on the list today waiting for organs. We import half the organs we transplant. It is an unacceptable failed system," Brodsky said.
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The REALLY scary thing is that Obama will likely jump all over this idea to get it added into his health care system!!!

Dumb and Dumberer

Abortionist Claims "Life Begins When His Mother Wants Him"
In a Portland, Oregon article from the Willamette Week, abortionist Jim Newhall gives his view on human value: "Not everybody is meant to be born. I believe, for a baby, life begins when his mother wants him."
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Today's dose of Eco-education

Five Myths About Green Energy
Americans are being inundated with claims about renewable and alternative energy. Advocates for these technologies say that if we jettison fossil fuels, we'll breathe easier, stop global warming and revolutionize our economy. Yes, "green" energy has great emotional and political appeal. But before we wrap all our hopes -- and subsidies -- in it, let's take a hard look at some common misconceptions about what "green" means.
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Harrison Ford to Green Critics: 'I’ll Walk Everywhere When They Walk Everywhere,' 'I Only Fly One' of My 7 Planes 'At A Time'
Actor, environmental activist and pilot Harrison Ford, who owns seven airplanes, told his environmental critics that he will "start walking everywhere when they start walking everywhere.” Ford spoke on Capitol Hill on Tuesday about general aviation at an event sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. In reference to his environmental detractors who criticize his ownership of seven airplanes, CNSNews.com asked Ford if his green activism coupled with his flying was a “contradiction.” Ford said, "They’re quite right. I’ll start walking everywhere when they start walking everywhere."
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These Are Evil People
In "Greedy, Evil, and Green," economist Walter Williams offers sensible suggestions regarding the reality of the warming of the earth. The Global Warming Crisis is a religion, he says. Further, some of the people who are forcing their greedy green policies on the rest of us are evil.
You might also like to see what the late Michael Crichton had to say about the environmental movement being a religion, complete with requirements for "salvation." Note that during his talk with students, one of them asks, "What caused you to be so prejudiced toward this religion?"
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If you give a Muslim a cookie...

Muslims Want Franklin Graham Removed From Capitol Prayer
Less than a week after Franklin Graham was disinvited from the Pentagon prayer event, the evangelist faces another attempt to remove him from a National Day of Prayer observation. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group that is widely accused of having ties to terrorists, has called on congressional sponsors of the National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill to rescind Graham's invitation to speak at the May 6 gathering. CAIR denounced Graham as an "anti-Islam preacher" who sends a message of "religious intolerance."
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April 28, 2010

This is what Uncle Sam calls healthcare

Senate Panel Previews Electronic Health Technology
The Senate Committee on Aging last week offered a preview of the government’s future role in health care, showing how Americans will interact with doctors and other health care providers. The demonstration offers a glimpse at an overlooked effect of health care reform. The effort, loosely called e-Health or e-Care, combines health-care technology with 21st-century Internet connectivity. It will allow doctors to interact with their patients through innovations such as video chats, telephone health checkups, and home-health monitoring devices that relay data over wireless Internet connections. "The development of the broadband network and health information technologies has the potential to truly transform health care and simultaneously enable better outcomes and lowering costs," said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).
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Parents without a spine

Even though our children are dying, there are still some who find it easier to give up and give in rather than protect and fight for them.

Let Teens Drink? Parents Wrestle With The Question
With matters of health, safety, morality and legality to consider, what goes through parents' minds when they determine what stance to take with their children on alcohol? Debbie Taylor says she told her son, Casey, that she didn't want him to drink while underage, but if he ever did, he was not to drive. She wishes her message had been different. Casey Taylor, of Casper, Wyoming, was 18 when he died of alcohol poisoning in July 2002.
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Somone still has a backbone!

Talk about dumb and dumber. This began when a "diversity group", presided over by a Muslim, at a Christian-founded college (which has the word "Trinity" in its name!!!) were outraged that their diplomas would have "In the Year of our Lord" on them.

University Will Retain 'In The Year Of Our Lord' On Diplomas
Trustees at Trinity University in Texas have voted to keep the words "In the Year of our Lord" on its diplomas. A campus diversity group had asked the school to drop the phrase to reflect an "inclusive campus spirit." Walter R. Huntley, vice chairman of the Trinity board of trustees, said the board thought the language was appropriate. "The board's decision reflects its desire to continue a Trinity tradition," he said, "and the words 'in the year of our Lord' are appropriate for the diploma, given Trinity's history and heritage." The school was founded in 1869 by the Presbyterian church.
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America's Decline

Another reason for the decline of morality in America as well as its standing in the world. Each passing generation sees more turning away from God and turning toward idolatry of self.

Survey: 72% Of Millennials 'More Spiritual Than Religious'
Most young adults today don't pray, don't worship and don't read the Bible, a major survey by a Christian research firm shows. If the trends continue, "the Millennial generation will see churches closing as quickly as GM dealerships," says Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources. In the group's survey of 1,200 18- to 29-year-olds, 72% say they're "really more spiritual than religious." Among the 65% who call themselves Christian, "many are either mushy Christians or Christians in name only," Rainer says. "Most are just indifferent. The more precisely you try to measure their Christianity, the fewer you find committed to the faith."
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Anti-Abortion Legislation Keeps Coming!

Praise God!

Oklahoma House Overrides Veto Of Law Mandating Ultrasounds Before Abortions
The Oklahoma House voted overwhelmingly Monday to override vetoes of two restrictive abortion measures Gov. Brad Henry has called unconstitutional intrusions into citizens' private lives and decisions. The Senate was expected to follow suit Tuesday, after which the bills would become law. One of the measures requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion. The other prohibits pregnant women from seeking damages if physicians withhold information or provide inaccurate information about their pregnancy. Supporters said the second measure was aimed at preventing women from discriminating against fetuses with disabilities.
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Obama's Muslim Love-a-thon continues

Obama Hosts Muslim-focused Entrepreneurship Summit
Delivering on a promise he made nearly a year ago, President Obama will host a two-day entrepreneurship summit beginning Monday designed to improve relations with the Muslim world. "It represents an opportunity to highlight and support business and social entrepreneurship in Muslim-majority countries, including their minority populations, and Muslim communities around the world," a statement from the summit's website said.
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April 22, 2010

Turning a blind eye

Funny I didn't see a thing about this in the US press (I wonder why?). I had to run across it in a UK release and even then I wondered if this was some form of delayed April Fool's joke. I'm going to guess that half of these crowds were composed of media personnel so they didn't want a lot of cameras around ;-)

High Times For American Marijuana Smokers As Police Allow Thousands Of '4/20' Pot Protesters To Light Up Across The Country
Marijuana smokers across the America lit up in public parks, outside statehouses and in the posh confines of a Hummer parked outside a pot gardening superstore to observe the movement's annual 'high holiday' yesterday. Those who weren't within whiffing distance of a college campus or a reggae concert may not have realised that Tuesday was '4/20', the celebration-cum-mass civil disobedience derived from '420' - insider shorthand for cannabis consumption. Advocates from New Hampshire to California trumpeted marijuana's rising commercial and political acceptance while producing collective clouds of pungent smoke - often under the watchful eyes of law enforcement officers who for the most part let the parties proceed.
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Pity party time

Great analysis from the folks over at the Famil Research Council.

Hospital Visit Horrors? Here's The Rest Of The Story

In a series of interviews the next day, I emphasized that the Family Research Council does not have any objection to such visitation in principle, as long as it is premised on the patient’s personal choice rather than on a redefinition of family or marriage. However, I also pointed out that the main reason this is even a topic of discussion is because it is used as a political talking point by the advocates of same-sex “marriage,” who see it as a golden opportunity to tug at people’s heartstrings and generate emotional sympathy for their cause. I further asserted my belief that the frequency with which homosexuals are barred from visiting their partners in the hospital is grossly exaggerated.
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America bereft of compassion

This is what happens when a culture abandons God and then the children are left to their own devices by parents, teachers and government. Just a bit more rage and someone would have killed another and ruined their life. Then parents and guidance counselors would have been weeping and moaning, asking how this could possible have happened to such nice kids. On top of it all, the one doing the shooting probably thinks the text apology will set everything right and will be outraged when the police show up at her door to haul her away to press charges.

Shot Girl Gets Text Message Apology
What's lovely about the new methods of communication so beloved by today's youth is that they haven't caused people to lose their sense of propriety, their sense that there's a way to do things. Yes, kids might prefer to text rather than talk these days, but that doesn't mean their texts don't convey true, heartfelt sensitivity toward that fellow human.
In any case, the twin sister of one of the the combatants--or should that be combatantes?--was shot. Did I mention she was 15? Perhaps not. But it seems her injuries were not life-threatening, as she was only punctured in the ankle and the shin. But why is this a tale of modern technology's tentacles of politeness? Well, because, shortly after the shooting, the twin sister who was still whole reportedly handed the police her shot sister's cell phone. And on that cell phone was a message of apology, freshly sent, from a person unknown. It was a message of apology for the shooting.
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Not this time!

Some bad news followed by the good!

Lawsuit Follows Removal Of Bus Ads
Two individuals who monitor the activities of Muslim groups in the U.S. are suing Miami-Dade County Transit for removing ads they had placed on buses because of a complaint from a radical Islamic group that is linked to terrorism.
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'Leaving Islam' Ads Return To Miami Buses
Bus ads offering support to Muslims wanting to leave Islam that were censored just days ago by the Miami-Dade Transit agency because of complaints from Muslims are being returned to the streets, this time in even greater numbers.
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Abortion opt-out

Kudos to some state representatives who still have a backbone!

States Opt Out Of Paying For Abortion In Health Care
Concern over federal funding of abortion in the health care reform law has prompted several states to move toward "opting out." Tennessee is the first state to get a bill to its governor that prohibits taxpayers from funding abortion. Lawmakers in Georgia, Oklahoma, Virginia and Louisiana are all considering similar measures. Mary Harned, staff counsel with Americans United for Life, said AUL has model legislation ready for states to use, and many are taking advantage.
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WT gets mean

"President Obama is determined to promote the alleged climate crisis as a lever for pushing through his big-government agenda. The O Force doesn't believe in wasting a crisis, even if it's a mirage."
Obama's Climate Of Fear
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April 14, 2010

Reason #1,825,169 to homeschool

N.J. Elementary School Cancels 'Cross-Dressing' Fashion Show After Complaints

The Day's Bad News

5 Reasons We're Not As Safe With Obama In The White House

Aborting The "Wrong" Baby?

Chinese Fisherman Discovers Gruesome Sight

Gay Couples Sue Calif. Pension Fund Over Insurance

Christian Music Star Jennifer Knapp Says She Is A Lesbian

The Evolution Of Porn And Erotica

Primark Withdraws Padded Bikini Tops For Seven Year-old Girls [UK]

The Day's Good News

Prop. 8 Repeal Fails To Qualify For November Ballot

Nebraska Governor Signs Landmark Abortion Bills

Suit Against Pro-Marriage Counselor Is Dropped

Arizona Clears Strict Immigration Bill

N.J. Elementary School Cancels 'Cross-Dressing' Fashion Show After Complaints

Tiger Woods Gets Ripped By Jim Nantz

Connected Kingdom Podcast, Episode 1

Missed It By THAT Much

I love reading Chuck Colson's daily commentary on his Breakpoint web site. So many times he challenges me in just the right way. He is an amazing man whom God saved and that is readily apparent if you look at any of the millions of things he has done to advance God's kingdom here on earth. If you've never read any of his books or biography, I'd strongly advise it. The only place I'd part company with Chuch is on his overt ecumenism. But that's a drop in the sea compared to the rest of his life.

It was with great relish that I read his commentary today but as happens occasionally, I think he came up just a bit short of the goal line. Bummer when that happens! His commentary was about a NYT article talking about what maximizes happiness in our lives. And he was right that the author gave examples of things that make us happy but he never defines what happiness is. Perhaps that's because our nearly entire hedonistic society is built around maximizing "happiness" so that everyone knows that"happiness" is whatever makes you feel good (which ties in nicely with our postmodern cultural mentality).

Chuck went on to state that our founding fathers understood what happiness really is and that's why they wrote it into our Declaration of Independence. And while Chuck did a good job of explaining that happiness comes from living a "virtuous" life (and even mentioned the words "truth" and "righteousness"), I was sad that he never tied all of this up into God and His word.

We have scientific truth but that's not where we get happiness. Truth comes from the very Creator and He's given us that in His word, the Bible. That's where truth (with a capital "T") comes from. So we need to understand that the truth is that God created us to glorify Him. Anything short of that is a sell-out, a facsimile, an earthly pleasure which will have limited appeal. If you take God out of the equation you get the American society as a whole; life degenerates into a life wasted on the pursuit of self-pleasure.

To glorify Him means that you first have to be saved through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ's atoning death on the cross, His death, burial and resurrection. Once done we become an adopted child of God, we then use His word, His Spirit and the graces He has provided for us (Bible reading, prayer, worship, fellowship, etc.) to grow to be like Christ, to renew our minds and learn to love Him with all of our heart, soul, strength and mind.

As John Piper said, "He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him." To be truly happy and want for nothing except Him (to be "content" as the Apostle Paul put it) is to live a life which is pleasing to Him and offer ourselves up as a daily sacrifice. That is happiness. That is a precursor to what believers will be doing for the rest of eternity.

Happiness and Virtue by Chuck Colson

April 13, 2010

The Nanny State Never Rests

Incentives Not To Work

"The second way government assistance programs contribute to long-term unemployment is by providing an incentive, and the means, not to work. Each unemployed person has a 'reservation wage'—the minimum wage he or she insists on getting before accepting a job. Unemployment insurance and other social assistance programs increase [the] reservation wage, causing an unemployed person to remain unemployed longer." Any guess who wrote that? Milton Friedman, perhaps. Simon Legree? Sorry. Full credit goes to Lawrence H. Summers, the current White House economic adviser, who wrote those sensible words in his chapter on "Unemployment" in the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, first published in 1999. Mr. Summers should give a tutorial to the U.S. Senate, which is debating whether to extend unemployment benefits for the fourth time since the recession began in early 2008. The bill pushed by Democrats would extend jobless payments to 99 weeks, or nearly two full years, at a cost of between $7 billion and $10 billion. As Mr. Summers suggests, rarely has there been a clearer case of false policy compassion.

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Colleges Could Care Less About Education

The College Tuition Squeeze

Praise needs to go out to the Wall Street Journal for its highly informative article, “Why Top Colleges Squeeze You Dry,” in its April 9th edition. The author, Andrew Manshel, was a top-ranking college official in charge of finance and administration “at a prominent college in the early 2000s.” Manshel notes that “[t]op private institutions charge what they do because a substantial number of people will pay it.” Prestige schools have convinced parents that they hold the key to success for their children.

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Technology To The Rescue Again

Ain't mankind's "savior" just grand?

Facebook To Blame For Divorce Boom

The dangers of social networking sites for the young are well documented, but increasing numbers of middle-aged users are also having their private lives thrown into turmoil by online activity.

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You Can Never Have Too Much Porn!

Pornographic Magazine For The Blind Is Launched

A pornographic magazine for the blind has been launched -- complete with saucy text and raised pictures of naked men and women. The book called "Tactile Minds" is the brainchild of Canadian Lisa Murphy and is designed to be “enjoyed” by the blind and visually impaired. It’s on sale for just over $200.
Murphy said she made the book after realizing that the "blind have been left out in a culture saturated with sexual images. There are no books of tactile pictures of nudes for adults,” she said. "We're breaking new ground.”

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The Press Just LOVES These Findings

Listen to the "experts" speak:

Corporal Punishment For 3-Year-Olds May Be Linked To Aggressive Behavior When Kids Get Older

Spanking Your Kid Could Hatch A Bully

Another Reason Not To Spank: Raising A Bully

Mothers Who Spank More Likely to Have Aggressive Tots, Study Finds

Study: Spanking Kids Leads to More Aggressive Behavior

And on and on it goes (the press coverage of the foolishness of the world, that is)...

Environmental Whackos Going Global

Environmentalists’ New UN Proposal -- Put 'Ecocide' And 'Deniers' On Par With 'Genocide' and 'Crimes Against Humanity'

Britain's left-of-center daily - "The Guardian" - has reported that former international environmental lawyer Polly Higgins has launched a new campaign urging the United Nations and the International Criminal Court to deem environmental damage on par with genocide and crimes against humanity in international courts. "Supporters of a new ecocide law also believe it could be used to prosecute ‘climate deniers' who distort science and facts to discourage voters and politicians from taking action to tackle global warming and climate change," Juliette Jowit, "Guardian's" environmental editor wrote April 9.

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Reasons #1,651,947 & 8 to homeschool

Nashville School Holds Graphic Sex Class

Gay Day Of Silence A Waste Of Tax Dollars, Critics Say

April 5, 2010

Evolutionary Heresy

John MacArthur has been running a series on articles on the fallacy that is evolution on the Grace To You blog. This latest is a must-read for the theological underpinnings of this defective worldview and it's really quite simple. It's summed up quite nicely by the Apostle Paul in Romans 1: we are full of pride and don't want anyone to tell us what to do. Even our own Creator:

Dethroning the Judge
The Face of the Battle
Evolution: Today's Battleground
Evolution: Getting Rid of God

Chuck Colson's commentary for today reflects just how stupid evolution is and where it ultimately leads (taken to its extreme its goal is to remove all moral shackles and slaughter millions which dictators in Germany, Russian, China and many others have done gladly):

More Than Monkeys