Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
This is all an excuse for why I am posting this clip...I think it will still be funny in the morning but I'm not sure.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Story by 49 News staff and wire report
5:38 p.m. Monday, January 26, 2009
"Folks who are pro-life and even folks who are pro-choice can agree on something, and that is that no one should have an abortion without having full and accurate information about the status of their pregnancy," said Representative Lance Kinzer, who introduced the bill.
“Basically, it would ensure that before an abortion occurred, a woman would have access to the most up-to-date information to make sure she was truly and voluntarily informed,” Kinzer told Kansas Liberty.
Kinzer said the Freedom of Choice Act would require congressional approval, unlike the executive order signed by Obama Friday that lifted a policy imposed in 1984 by former President Ronald Reagan that prohibited U.S. dollars from funding family-planning clinics in other countries that promote abortion or provide referrals to abortion providers.
Kinzer’s bill attracted 38 co-sponsors, including four Democrats.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
"The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."
Apparently, according to Obama, all are equal, free, and deserve a chance to "pursue their full measure of happiness" if they make it out of the womb...before then it's OK to kill them.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
On the one hand I was very encouraged by the dignified transfer of power that occurred today with the inauguration of Barack Obama. On the other hand I was struck by how many times the word "democracy" was used. I think we all need to be refreshed with a helpful video that reminds us that we were not intended to be a democracy at all. Further, democracy is a transition to something else.
We are most certainly in such a transition.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I was just thinking:
- My father's family comes from Sicily (above), and Italian island.
- My mother's family (at least a good portion of them, her maiden name is O'Keefe) comes from the island nation of Ireland (above).
- Our family grew up on Grand Island, New York (above), a large freshwater island in the middle of the Niagara river.
See, to you lilly-livered land lovers, I was a man of the high sea- a Davy Jones of sorts- now I am in landlocked Kansas. Go figure.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Barack Obama’s pick for “regulatory czar,” Harvard Law School Professor Cass Sunstein, may be the incoming president’s most popular appointment so far. Judging from his resume -- best-selling author, “pre-eminent legal scholar of our time,” and an endorsement from The Wall Street Journal -- we can almost understand why. Almost. Because as we’re telling the media today, there’s one troubling portion of the new Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Administrator’s C.V. that has seems to have flown under everyone’s radar: Cass Sunstein is a radical animal rights activist.Don’t believe us? Sunstein has made no secret of his devotion to the cause of establishing legal “rights” for livestock, wildlife, and pets. “[T]here should be extensive regulation of the use of animals in entertainment, scientific experiments, and agriculture,” Sunstein wrote in a 2002 working paper while at the University of Chicago Law school. “Extensive regulation of the use of animals.” That's PETA-speak for using government to get everything PETA and the Humane Society of the United States can't get through gentle pressure or not-so-gentle coercion. Not exactly the kind of thing American ranchers, restaurateurs, hunters, and biomedical researchers (to say nothing of ordinary consumers) would like to hear from their next “regulatory czar.”A version of the same paper also appeared as the introduction to Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions, a 2004 book that Sunstein co-edited with then-girlfriend Martha Nussbaum. In that book, Sunstein set out an ambitious plan to give animals the legal “right” to file lawsuits. We're not joking:
“[A]nimals should be permitted to bring suit, with human beings as their representatives, to prevent violations of current law … Any animals that are entitled to bring suit would be represented by (human) counsel, who would owe guardian like obligations and make decisions, subject to those obligations, on their clients’ behalf.”
It doesn't end there. Sunstein delivered a keynote speech at Harvard University’s 2007 “Facing Animals” conference. (Click here to watch the video; his speech starts around 39:00.) Keep in mind that as OIRA Administrator, Sunstein will have the political authority to implement a massive federal government overhaul. Consider this tidbit:
“We ought to ban hunting, I suggest, if there isn’t a purpose other than sport and fun. That should be against the law. It’s time now.”
Sunstein also argued in favor of “eliminating current practices such as greyhound racing, cosmetic testing, and meat eating, most controversially.” He concluded his Harvard speech by expressing his “more ambitious animating concern” that the current treatment of livestock and other animals should be considered “a form of unconscionable barbarity not the same as, but in many ways morally akin to, slavery and mass extermination of human beings.” Sound familiar?As the individual about to assume “the most important position that Americans know nothing about,” Sunstein owes the public an honest appraisal of his animal rights goals before taking office. Will the next four years be a dream-come-true for anti-meat, anti-hunting, and anti-everything-else radicals? Time will tell. For now, meat lovers might want to stock their freezers.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
C. Everrett Koop was the most stylin' Surgeon General in U.S. History because of his commitment to the chin beard.
James Hetfield, lead singer and guitarist of Metallica, has legitimized the chin beard in the world of heavy metal.
Friday, January 9, 2009
I am reasonably sure that every person reading this has experienced the effects of gossip and/or slander in family, work or church. Most of us can recall an example where unchecked speech lead to a nasty breach in a relationship. As it relates to a community of Christians (a church), I can think of no greater enemy to it's peace and witness than unchecked, sinful speech practices. There are several effects such speech practices will have on a church-
1. There will be breaches between friends (brothers and sisters) and fellowship.
2. People will be wounded, sometimes in irreparable ways
3. Strife and disunity will rip through the body at large (which is directly opposed to God's command for unity among believers).
On a very practical level, a church that allows for the practice of sinful, critical speaking against each other fails at the most basic level of living out their professed faith in Christ. A fragmented, strife-laden church is a terrible witness before the watching world. If they (the world) will know we are Christians by our love (John 13), what will they know about us by our hateful speech toward one another?
I wasn’t in ministry very long as an intern before a member of the church took me to lunch and began to air their grievances against the current pastor. I was young, but not completely dumb. I stopped the conversation pretty soon after I could see where it was going. Several years later I became the pastor and my good friend Nathan came to be the associate pastor. He wasn't here very long before that same member of the church found time with him and aired their grievances against me. Being the good brother in Christ that Nathan is, he stopped the conversation short and actually challenged the person to have a meeting with me to discuss their concerns face to face. I can't help wondering how many people were poisoned by the evil speech of that person. Who knows how many others they gossiped about? In neither case did that person talk to the person they had a problem with, but instead talked to several people not in a real position to address their concerns. Clearly such a practice was not meant to honor Jesus or build up His church. Very bluntly, such gossip and slander is what James calls “speaking evil”.
Judging others with slanderous words takes us from being humble followers of the Lord Jesus and His Word and places us in to the role of THE Lawgiver Himself- God.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard
I love this spoof. Ironically I received the link from the latest gullible friend of mine to jump on the "cool people use Apple's" bandwagon- Brian.
I do like my IPod.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I watch almost no TV. I am starting to make one exception- MAN VS WILD. This guy, Bear Grylls, is awesome! He's actually a professing Christian. It's obvious various scenes are staged, but so what? He does some pretty cool stuff. He recently got hurt filming an episode (big surprise), but he'll be back at it soon.
I think you will like this little clip, it may provide information that could some day save your life.