Friday, April 24, 2009

Random Links

Here are some links to things that I found interesting over the past few days. I don't remember how I came upon them all hence the lack of hat tips on some items. Sorry.

Judge Andrew Napolitano's comments on the somewhat notorious “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment”. Here is a summary quote:

My guess is that the sentiments revealed in the report I read are the tip of an iceberg that the DHS would prefer to keep submerged until it needs to reveal it. This iceberg is the heavy-hand of government; a government with large and awful eyes, in whose heart there is no love for freedom, and on whose face there is no smile.

HT: Family Journey
This is a long, boring scientific document about the midwifery model of care being better than the medical model. The plain language summary is worth a read. To quote, "Midwife-led care was associated with several benefits for mothers and babies, and had no identified adverse effects." According to this the main circumstance that would make medical care desirable is if you go into labor 16 weeks (or more) early. The study was produced by the Cochrane Library.

I am not really big on hiphop. But I did like the lyrics of this song. If you are a fast listener, give it a whirl. The song is called "Don't Waste Your Life".

Another artist from the same label, has an interesting post about offending without remorse.

Mona Lisa Project

The ladies at Live Action have made another undercover video of the Planned Parenthood cover up of statutory rape. This time in Memphis, TN.

And last but not least, a man in the Netherlands has built a 1/2 scale Noah's ark. I had heard of this before, but had never seen pictures.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Rick Warren and Miss California

If you don't read Caffeinated Thoughts, I highly recommend it. Here is a link to a recent post comparing Rick Warren to Miss California. I must say bravo to Miss California. I am sure you have all heard about her stand for traditional marriage (though it might have cost her an earthly crown), but I thought I would post it just in case there is someone like me who doesn't watch TV.

She seems to fumble it slightly, but (considering the circumstances and how long she must have worked to get to this point) I think it is awesome that she chose to make the stand.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Walter Williams on Leaving the Union

Walter Williams wrote a column, "Parting Company". In it he answers the question, "Is it treasonous to suggest leaving the union?" (I guess Gov. Perry has come under fire for alluding to such.) He gives several examples from ratification documents that clearly show that the original states saw it within their rights to take back the powers they had given the general government. He also discusses intermediate actions that come shore to secession with this quote from Thomas Jefferson: "Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force." He suggests that one response would be for a state to refuse to enforce a federal law that the state finds unconstitutional. He goes on to talk about the nature of compacts and how they give both sides the ability to interpret. So the states have as much right to interpret the Constitution as the federal government does. He ends the article with this quote:

Which is a more peaceful solution: one group of Americans seeking to impose their vision on others or simply parting company?

So is it ever preferrable for a state to dissolve the bonds between itself and the USA and go its own way? If so when?

And also, is it more our patriotic duty to follow the Constitution or follow the current laws? And what is the proper response when they confilct?

Thanks to OneMom's question (see comments) I did some research and found that she was right. Gov. Perry's comment that caused a stir was from one of his TEA Party speeches.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Texas Closes Four San Antonio Planned Parenthood Locations

According to OneNewsNow, Texas has shut down four PP facilities in San Antonio for distributing abortion pills without a license. Because of this, some state lawmakers are trying to block PP's state funding. Apparently, Texas doesn't allow any location that provides an abortions to receive state funds. So now that they are not so sure if PP is being on the up and up about where they do abortions, legislators do not want them to get any money. That would be just awesome to me. For the moment, the unlicensed PP facilities are abiding by the cease and desist order. Praise God for a respite from the killing.

P. S. In the last year's budget, $917,483 went to the Planned Parenthood Trust of San Antonio and South Central Texas. That makes me want to go to another TEA party.