Wednesday, October 7, 2009

So Much of Interest, So Little Time

There are quite a few things that I found interesting over the past few days, but I don't have time to really comment much on them. So here is a list of the links with sporadic comments.

Principled Discovery has an interesting post called "Why School?". The summary paragraph was especially good.
Education is not just about preparing our children for a future we cannot anticipate, but also about creating that future. We can generally agree on certain essentials needed to function in our society, but at the same time differ greatly on what we want that society to look like. We are a nation deeply divided along political, religious and even cultural lines. Education stands in the crossfire because it is the tangible expression of our core values and we all have at least a vague understanding that whoever shapes education shapes our society, our future and our place in it.

Debra Medina is running for Texas Governor. This is a quote from her issues page.

The Constitution of the United States is a contract between "We the People" to form a limited federal government composed of sovereign states. It creates a republican form of government. Any power not expressly granted to the federal government is reserved for the states and for the people.

Like any party to a contract, Texas must stand up and push back against any attempts to abuse the Constitution or abuse the inalienable rights granted by our Creator.

As individuals, as parents, as families, and as Texans we must be courageous enough to say NO when Washington oversteps its bounds.

We Texans have always believed that the individual and the family are the foundation of America's greatness. We Texans know what's best for our families. We know best how to manage our lives, we know best how to raise our children, and we know best how to spend our money.

I found this picture of a kingbird attacking a fleeing hawk to be rather interesting.

Little Macie Hope is being touted as a miracle baby born twice. The first time was so that doctors could remove a big tumor from her back. The second time was the actual birth. Yet as American Vision point out, few new writers seem to take the time to ask the hard questions. Here is a quote from American Vision.
These types of procedures, as more people learn about them, could send the abortion industry into economic freefall. Here’s a question for the doctors who operated on baby Macie: Was the “fetus” a baby when you operated on “it”? Throughout one article I read, Macie was continually described as "the fetus". Why bother with an expensive operation on a “fetus” who is not really a human being until “it” takes a breath? Why weren’t the parents told that at this stage in the pregnancy, the tumor was just as significant as the “the fetus” since they were nothing more than a mass of cells?

It is kind of a sad age we live in when there is a website for pre-teens that want to learn about modesty. Yet I think that Secret Keeper Girl, may be on to something. From their FAQ page:
The findings of two years of study by an APA (American Psychological Association) task force state that music lyrics, Internet content, video games and clothing are now being marketed to young and younger girls. The smutty content of the marketing is linked to eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression. Ironically, this early sexualization presented to young girls has “negative consequences on girls’ ability to develop healthy sexuality.”

Last but not least, is Thomas Sowell's latest article which is comprised of some random thoughts. Here are my two favorites:
When politicians propose some hugely expensive new program and are asked how the government is going to pay for it, a standard ploy over the years has been to claim that they will pay for it by eliminating "waste, fraud and abuse." At a recent town hall meeting, a citizen raised the obvious question: If you can do that, why haven't you done it already?

Upon learning that the Constitution requires a president to be a natural born citizen, a college student said: "What makes a natural born citizen any more qualified than one born by C-section?"

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