Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Debates

I didn't watch the debates, but I thought I would post commentary from around the Internet.

Wickle at 1 True Believer has a good post including a link to the transcript. Both Wickle and Kevin Tracy thought that Jim Leher was the winner and did a great job as moderator.

Kevin points out that John McCain suggested a spending freeze (except on defence of course). I suppose that might be better than bailing out everybody and their dog, but somehow I think Sen. McCain hasn't really thought through that statement.

Matt at Search for Freedom has a video link and declares McCain the winner by a slim margin. (No surprise there as he is a McCain fan.)

Time on the other hand gave Obama an A- and McCain a B+. (Of course, they are big time liberals so I would have been shocked if they said McCain won.)

Friday, September 26, 2008

More McCain Flip-flopping

So much for suspending his campaign. (insert eye-roll here)

McCain will be participating in the debate after all. Click here for the OneNewsNow story.

Breastmilk Ice Cream?

OK. Even for PETA, this seems a little extreme. They have asked Ben and Jerry's to stop using cows milk and start using human milk in their ice cream. They seem to think that pumping moms is more humane than pumping cows. If you don't believe me, read the YahooNews article.

Ladies, if you would like to donate breast milk to a cause worthier than ice cream, I suggest you check out International Breast Milk Project. With them, your milk can save actual babies instead of just being used to save a cow a little discomfort.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

What Happened to the 1st Amendment?

I got this in an e-mail from FRC.

Yesterday I told you about the nationwide prayer vigil called "40 Days for Life" going on outside of abortuaries. This effort is not to block access to the facility and definitely not to cause any harm to anyone (as opposed to the violence that occurs inside such "facilities") but to partake in the most powerful tool that God gave to us - to pray to Him on behalf of the young women and the children they carry inside them. Yesterday in New York City the pro-abortion City Council joined hands with the NARAL, Planned Parenthood and ACLU chapters in the city to introduce legislation that would stop these prayer warriors from being able to pray anywhere near an abortion clinic. In its two years of existence the "40 Days for Life" campaign has seen over 150,000 people join together to fast and pray for an end to abortion. Many of these people hold 40-day prayer vigils outside of abortion clinics and have seen great success in changing hearts and minds. Obviously pro-abortion forces in New York City rightfully fear the power of prayer and are attempting to shut them down. Please contact the New York City Council at (212) 788-7116 and ask them to "shut down" this bill that attempts to "shut up" prayer.

Apparently Texas Can't Handle the Truth

Free Market alerted me to the fact that Texas may be changing the laws that requires textbooks to cover both the strengths and weaknesses of any theory. I think the only reason for changing this law is so that Darwin's theory can be bolstered despite weaknesses. The Dallas Morning News seems to agree. If you don't think that there is any weakness in the neo-Darwin theory, I encourage you to read this quote from an evolutionist.

We have no acceptable theory of evolution at the present time. There is none; and I cannot accept the theory that I teach to my students each year. Let me explain. I teach the synthetic theory known as the neo-Darwinian one, for one reason only; not because it’s good, we know it is bad, but because there isn’t any other. Whilst waiting to find something better you are taught something which is known to be inexact, which is a first approximation…’
Professor Jerome Lejeune (French geneticist in 1985)

There are more such quotes, but I didn't have time to find them all today.

If you don't think that that there is active censorship of teachers, professors, and researchers in the origins field of science, I encourage you to watch Expelled.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Politicians on the Bailouts

HuckPAC has posted an article by Mike Huckabee about the bailouts. I thought you all might find it interesting. Here are a couple of paragraphs from it.

The idea of a government bailout in which we’d entrust $700 billion to one man without Congressional oversight or accountability is absurd. My party or not, that is insanity and I believe unconstitutional.

Will there be far-reaching consequences without some intervention? Probably, but we honestly don’t know since we’ve really never seen this level of greed and stupidity all rolled into one massive move. But may I suggest that letting “Uncle Sugar” step in and bail out the billionaires who made the mess will be far worse and will start a long line of companies and individuals who will demand the same of the government---which last time I checked means that they will be demanding it out of YOU and ME. This is not money that Congress is risking from THEIR pockets or future, but ours. Many if not most of us have already experienced lost value on our homes, retirement accounts, and pensions. Now they’d like for us to assume some further risks so they won’t have to.

I like Mike Huckabee. There are a lot more good parts to his article, but you will have to zoom over there and read it yourself.

As far as John McCain goes. . .
According to Yahoo News, he wants to his campaign in order to zoom back to DC and "work for a bipartisan solution". McCain also said that he would stop all advertising, fundraising, and campaign events.

So is McCain sacrificing politics for the good of the country, or is he just being a smooth politician?

For more opinions on McCain's move to ditch his campaign, go to Kevin Tracy.

OneMom also has an interesting post about Ron Paul's opinion on the bailouts. And as an aside, Ron Paul recently endorsed Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin for President.

40 Days for Life Begins

The 40 Days for Life officially begins today. If you would like to join others in your area who are praying to end abortion, click here to see a map of all the locations. Almost every state is participating this time around. If you honestly can't get to the abortion clinic to pray, pray at home. Please join me in pleading with God to change the hearts of America.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Whatever Happened to Public

I have been reading through Acts and have noticed how often the church did things as a group in public. (And, for the sake of clarity, I mean open to the view of all.) Here are some of the things that the church did in the view of all.

1. Preached the Gospel. (Acts 5:42)
2. Held meetings. (Acts 5:12)
3. Confessed sins and burned sorcery scrolls (Acts 19:19)
4. Timothy is told to rebuke publicly and to read Scripture publicly. (I Tim. 5:20 and 4:13)

So my question is, what happened to this concept? I don't think that I have ever been a part of a church that did anything publicly. And often those that do are thought of as crazy zealots. We say that our services are public and they are in the sense that anyone can come. But what happened to church in full view of all?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Bailout Opinions from Around the Web

Walter Williams has a very good column about the bailouts. The ending paragraph sums it up pretty well.

The credit crunch and foreclosure problems are failures of government policy. In fact, what we see now is a market correction to foolhardy government policy. Congress' move to bailout lenders and borrowers who made poor decisions will simply create incentives for people to make unwise decisions in the future. English philosopher Herbert Spencer said, "The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools."

OneMom writes a great post about the ease with which the government can suck 700 billion from our pockets. Yet the average person has to jump through lots of hoops just to rent an apartment.

JR at A Keyboard and a .45 laments the insanity of it all.

Even the NY Times has a decent piece by Paul Kugman. These are the last two paragraphs.

And there’s no quid pro quo here — nothing that gives taxpayers a stake in the upside, nothing that ensures that the money is used to stabilize the system rather than reward the undeserving.

I hope I’m wrong about this. But let me say it again: Treasury needs to explain why this is supposed to work — not try to panic Congress into giving it a blank check. Otherwise, no deal.

And last, but not least, Matt at Search for Freedom has a post about how neither Obama or McCain is handling the situation well.

Truthfully, I’d like to hear the candidates promote personal financial responsibility. The American economy will only be truly successful when citizens collectively decide to stop living beyond their means.

These bailouts remind me of parents that coddle rebelious tweens. They end up with even more rebellious teens. Sometimes the best way to "help" is to let the person (or system) take the consequences. I don't see anything good coming from this.