Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March 2, 2011

"The New SB5 *
Colleen Grady breaks down the new and improved SB5 on her State of Ohio Education blog.

"Today the Ohio Senate committee hearing the bill accepted an omnibus amendment to the beleaguered bill that substantially alters the provisions of the original legislation."  After sorting it all out for us, Colleen asks: "Is the bill moving in the right direction?" Stop by her blog and share your comments.  

*Update:  SB5 was voted out of committee today and is headed to the senate for a vote scheduled for this afternoon.  

*Update to the update:  The Ohio senate passed SB5 today by a vote of 17-16.

The Blaze
"The Tennessee state legislature is considering making it a felony to follow some versions of the Islamic code known as Shariah, the most stringent measure yet aimed at limiting the expansion of the religious code in superseding civic law. The bill faces steep constitutional hurdles, but the measure’s proponents are confident it will become law."

Unborn babies to 'testify' in hearing on Ohio Heartbeat Bill
LifeSite News
"Two unborn babies will ‘testify’ to their humanity in a live ultrasound before an Ohio House committee that is considering a bill that would ban abortion as soon as an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detected.... An unborn child’s heartbeat is generally accepted as beating by 18-24 days after conception. The earliest first trimester abortions generally begin at 4 weeks into pregnancy (dated from the last menstrual period). Pro-life supporters of the measure say the two unborn babies, including one at nine weeks gestation, would become the youngest human beings ever to testify before the Health Committee.

National Review
"I have always believed that marriage is between one man and one woman. Like the majority of Americans, I support the Defense of Marriage Act and find it appalling that the Obama administration decided not to defend this federal law which was enacted with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by a Democrat president. It’s appalling, but not surprising that the President has flip-flopped on yet another issue from his stated position as a candidate to a seemingly opposite position once he was elected."

The Hill
"Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that House Republicans want to strip government funding of PBS because they have a "vendetta against Elmo."

Sherri Clark for iVoters
"Attorney, legal consultant, author, orator, spokesman, US senator, movie star, and now lobbyist, Fred Thompson has accepted the Tennessee Association for Justice’s offer to enlist him in the fight against a tort reform initiative led by newly elected Governor Bill Haslam.  TAJ, formerly known as Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, is hoping that Mr. Thompson’s otherwise conservative positions and uncanny ability to debate/influence will be the secret weapon they need to battle against growing concerns among many Tennesseeans regarding abusive litigation."

Our conservative hero, Fred Thompson, going over to the dark side?

Denny Burk reprints a letter from this Christian brother and says, "I hope and pray that it will help to focus attention on Shoaib’s case. Intense international scrutiny led to the release of Said Musa last week. Let’s pray that the same might happen for brother Shoaib."

"My name is Shoaib Said Assadullah. I am 23 years old. For the last four months I have been imprisoned in Qasre Shahi prison, Mazar-e Sharif for the crime of apostasy, which means I’ve changed my beliefs. Not only has my freedom been taken from me, but I [am] undergoing severe psychological pressure. Several times I have been attacked physically and threatened to death by fellow prisoners, especially Taliban and anti government prisoners who are in jail.

My case is supposed to be sent to the court shortly, because the prosecutor has the right to hold a case only for 30 days. The court’s decision is most definitely going to be the death penalty for me, because the prosecutor has accused me under the Clause 139 of the [Afghan] criminal code which says, ‘If the crime is not cited in the criminal code, then the case has to be referred to the Islamic Shariah law.’

They're still enforcing Shariah law in Afghanistan????

Town Hall - Elizabeth Meinecke
"Both Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Poe have made several past overtures to the White House and administration on the issue. Poe sent letters to the president and, following the deployment of only 1200 troops, introduced legislation, yet still feels the issue hasn't been fully addressed. Perry also made requests asking for 1,000 National Guard troops along the border. One request came in 2009, and another came after the National Guard troops deployed to Texas last summer as part of the 1200 totaled only 286.

Both said in separate interviews that they had no idea what else needs to happen to get the president to respond adequately to the issue. Meanwhile, terrorists are being smuggled across the southern border. Recently, a U.S. ICE agent was shot and killed by the drug cartels. Juarez, on the Mexican border, has had more civilians killed than Afghanistan had last year."

"In the wake of the high-profile suicide of a gay Rutgers University student last fall, the New Jersey college will implement gender-neutral housing in an attempt to make the university more inclusive...In the aftermath of the Clementi tragedy, members of the university's LGBTQ community told the administration that gender-neutral housing would help create an even more inclusive environment. "

John Piper tweeted: "Responding to Tyler's tragic suicide with gender neutral dorms is like pushing others in after him."

19 Action News in Cleveland is conducting their Food Wars.  Up this week: CORNED BEEF!  Corky & Lenny's vs. Slyman's.  I've never had Corky and Lenny's but I am certain there is nothing better in the world than a Slyman's corned beef sandwich.  Vote here.   I found this short  video on Slyman's website that shows their American Dream. This is what happens when the free market and capitalism collide with hard-working immigrants....100 briskets a day!  When asked why he makes the sandwiches so big, the owner said, "To thank America for my freedom." Another reason to love the U.S.A.!


...and now a little encouragement...I stumbled upon this blog when Ryan was looking for a church near Hillsdale College and have been blessed by it many times.  The following is a letter the blogger wrote to himself on his 58th birthday:

Be That Guy
Wally Metts
"And slow down so you can make time for others, especially young men who are trying to figure things out. Remember when your Dad died and you had no one to call? Now you are that guy....Learn to be more generous and more grateful. When you get to the end, people shouldn't be tired of you, mad at you, burdened by you or embarrassed by you. Go back to Psalm 112 again and again.
Be that guy too, the gracious, merciful, righteous, fearless, steady guy who fears the Lord and delights in his commands. You are not too old to learn."


Yahooguntu said...

I think Barbara Boxer took one too many blows to the head (pun intended).

Paula said...

Ha! That would explain a lot!