Monday, March 7, 2011

March 7, 2011

Ohio GOP State Senator faces nasty threats from unions on Facebook, in restaurant - The Daily Caller

"...LaRose faced even more nasty behavior from union organizers when he was at dinner after voting for the bill. The Columbus Dispatch reported he and a few other Republicans were at dinner that night at a restaurant near the Capitol when union supporters spotted them and came into the restaurant causing a stir. LaRose said “it could have [gotten physical.]” Police were called in, who dispersed the situation without making any arrests."

You can't make this stuff up!  Jackson thinks the answer to our unemployment crisis is a Constitutional amendment to guarantee the right of every American to housing, healthcare, and laptops and iPods for the kiddos in schools.  Jobs for everyone!  

Answer:  Journey to the Center of the Earth
Question:  What happens when the Founding Father simultaneously hear this speech and roll over in their graves?

 Babies who are born at 23 weeks should be left to die, says NHS chief - UK Daily Mail

"Babies born after just 23 weeks of pregnancy or earlier should be left to die, a leading NHS official has said
Dr Daphne Austin said that despite millions being spent on specialised treatments, very few of these children survive as their tiny bodies are too underdeveloped ‘If it was my child, from all the evidence and information that I know, I would not resuscitate,’ she said.  
‘For me the big issue is that we’re spending an awful lot of money on treatments that have very marginal benefit.‘We are doing more harm than good by resuscitating 23-weekers. I can’t think of very many interventions that have such poor outcomes. ‘I would prefer to free up that money to spend on providing support to people who have much more lifelong chronic conditions.’ 
She added: ‘There’s a lot of emphasis on the parents’ views and what they want. But somewhere in there, there needs to be an advocate for the baby."
That last sentence is especially chilling. That Dr. Austin would even suggest that the parents should not have the final authority over their children's health care decisions is very disturbing.   The term "death panels" comes to mind.  All the more reason to consider the Parental Rights Amendment.

Speaking of the Parental Rights Amendment, the group promoting it is premiering the video "The Child" tonight at 8:00 EST on a limited number of stations (see link above for channels).  It will also be streaming live here.  Preview:

Bill Gates weighs in on state budgets - Gates Foundation

"There are long-term problems with state budgets that a return to economic growth won’t solve. Health-care costs and pension obligations are projected to grow at rates that look to be completely unsustainable, unless something is done. But so far, many states aren’t doing much to deal with their fundamental problems. Instead they’re building budgets on tricks – selling off assets, creative accounting – and fictions, like assuming that pension fund investments will produce much higher gains than anyone should reasonably expect. 
Eventually they’ll have to make some hard decisions about priorities, and I’m worried that education will suffer, even more than it is suffering already because of budget cuts. The issues are complicated and obscured by the complexities of accounting, so most people don’t fully understand what’s going on. More people need to investigate their state’s budget and get involved in helping to make the right choices. "
Red State reports that Gates has put up a website that shows the healthcare and pension liabilities for each state.  It looks like a very useful site.  I wouldn't know.  Bill Gates won't let me look at it without installing M$ $ilverlight.  My quirky (but free) Google Chrome OS CR-48 notebook computer won't let me view it through the Google Silverlight app.  

Mardi Gras Culture in Bible Belt America - Russell Moore
Dr. Moore has an interesting blog post comparing the Mardi Gras excesses to the "typical" Christian life in the Bible belt:"
"The cycle went something like this. You were born, then reared up in Sunday school until you were old enough to raise your hand when the teacher asked who believes in Jesus and wants to go to heaven. At this point you were baptized, usually long before the first pimple of puberty, and shortly thereafter you had your first spaghetti dinner fund-raise to go to summer youth camp. And then sometime between fifteen and twenty you’d go completely wild.
 In many Baptist churches, the “College and Career” Sunday school class was somewhat like our view of purgatory. It might be there, technically, but there was no one in it. After a few years of carnality, you’d settle down, get married, start having kids, and you’d be back in church, just in time to get those kids into Sunday school and start that cycle all over again. If you didn’t get divorced or indicted, you’d be chairman of deacons or head of the Woman’s Missionary Union by the time your own kids were going completely wild.
It was just kind of expected. You were going to get things out of your system before you settled down. You know, I never could find that in the Book of Acts either."
Ouch!  Moore concludes:
"The end result of this kind of “Christianity” is as bleak as the morning after Mardi Gras. Settling down isn’t the same as repentance. Giving up one appetite for another isn’t the same as grace."

Have you seen this?  Just like in the movie, Up, scientists managed to make a house float using balloons!

"A lightweight 16 x 16ft 'house' was built and then attached to 300 coloured weather balloons making the experimental aircraft more than the equivilant of a 10 story building. 
Filmed for the National Geographic Channel the ballon house was then taken to an altitude of over 10,000 feet and flew for approximately one hour. Carl Frederickson would be proud. The stunt - a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted - was part of a new National Geographic Channel series called 'How Hard Can It Be?' which will air later this year."

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