Saturday, December 31, 2005
I would like to wish all of you out there in Blogland a wonderful, and blessed new year! I pray that this year will be even more prosperous for all of you.
I found a website with some tidbits about the history of our New Years celebrations...pretty interesting.
Monday, December 12, 2005
WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS?
"Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001? Were people from all over the world, mostly Americans, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from our nation's capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania? Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they? And I'm supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was"desecrated" when an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet? Well, I don't. I don't care at all. I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11.
I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle Eaststart caring about the Holy Bible, the mere possession of which is a crime in Saudi Arabia.
I'll care when Abu Musab al-Zarqawi tells the world he is sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling, slashed throat. I'll care when the cowardly so-called "insurgents" in Iraq come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques. I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs. I'll care when the American media stops pretending that their First Amendment liberties are somehow derived from international law instead of the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights.
In the meantime, when I hear a story about a brave marine roughing up an Iraqi terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don't care. When I see a fuzzy photo of a pile of naked Iraqi prisoners who have been humiliated in what amounts to a college hazing incident, rest assured that I don't care. When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank that I don't care.
When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and fed "special"food that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being "mishandled," you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts that I don't care. And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled "Koran" and other times "Quran." Well, Jimmy Crack Corn and -- you guessed it, I could not have said this any better myself! If you agree with this view point, pass this on to all your e-mail friends. Sooner or later, it'll get to the people responsible for this
ridiculous behavior! If you don't agree, then by all means hit the delete button. Should you choose the latter, then please don't complain when more atrocities committed by radical Muslims happen here in our great country."
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Is it me or is this the ridiculous comment ever made regarding evolution? And what is "Nature's Solution" anyway? How did 'nature' decide that this would be the best way for babies to develop? Why didn't nature simply make the birth canal larger? I mean, wouldn't it make more sense to allow for larger more developed brains earlier on rather than settle for smaller brains that have to develop over a long period of time? Amazing!
Quote of the Week
Human evolution, of course, is responsible for our very long period of childhood, during much of which we are almost completely dependent on our parents. As Ashley Montagu first pointed out decades ago, evolution encouraged the development of larger and larger human brains, but our origins in the primate family placed a limit on the ability of the birth canal to accommodate babies with ever-larger heads. NatureÂs solution was to encourage an extremely long period of dependence on the nurturing parent during infancy and childhood, allowing both mind and body to continue developing in an almost gestational way long after birth.
Al Gore, Earth in the Balance, p. 229.
And to think this man used to be our vice-president, not only that but ran for president of the United States as well! Whew!! Boy did we dodge a big one there.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
I for one am grateful for such an endeavor. I think the first place this needs to start is in the church, especially the Black church where many have come to accept Kwanzaa as part of their normal worship services. Amazing! You know it is amazing when on one hand you have a holiday started by a crazed, radical socialist who was sent to prison for torchering two women and on the other hand a holiday inspired by the single most prolific person in history, who gave His own life that we may all live. Yet, many Blacks still choose to worship at the alter of ignorance and give credence to the former more so than the latter.
It boggles the mind!
As Mr. Peterson points out on the BOND website, Blacks have been scammed all throughout history by blacks and whites alike, but within the last 30 years many of these scams have come from the Black leadership and Kwanzaa is one of the biggest. Black people are falling for it hook, line sinker!
So what does Mr. Peterson suggest people do to combat this false indoctrination of Kwanzaa and help to encourage the celebration of Christmas more? Three things...
- Write letters and e-mails to the corporations and stores asking them to say "Merry Christmas!" Not "Happy Kwanzaa!" Click here for a sample letter.
- Stop wishing Black people "Happy Kwanzaa!" Instead wish them "Merry Christmas!"
- Help Support BOND. Help them(BOND) counter the attack on Christmas and get the truth out about Kwanzaa! Click here to donate.
Saturday, October 29, 2005
My question here is , will the 10% of the population that still pays taxes still be subject to this VAT? If so, then they would be double taxed, paying yearly and throughout the year through normal activities of commerce as the rest of the 90%. As I mentioned in a previous post regarding the presidential tax advisery panel, this nonsense needs to stop. It is apparent that this panel is useless and is not looking out for the American people at all, only trying to see how much more can be siphoned from our hard earned incomes. Out of all of the myriad ideas presented to this committee, the one idea that involves adding more taxes, and complicating the system even more is the one they seriously consider! Either these people are incredibly dishonest and greedy or just plain stupid! Maybe both.
What say you?
More info on tax reform research:
Tax Reform Briefing Room
Fixing America’s Tax Code
In this series Mr. Christian points out a quite compelling point about the current reluctance to reform our tax system stating:
"...the stakes riding on successful tax reform are enormous. Because if the Congress and the President cannot (or will not) reform something so fundamental or readily fixable as the tax code, what hope is there for ever doing anything about the rest of the federal edifice, where the faults are much grander and reform is far more difficult to achieve?"Something to think about.
Friday, October 28, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
I did one once for a local candidate for the Los Angeles city council, who was a friend of the owner (my boss) of the print shop I worked in. He (the candidate) gave me a picture of himself and his opponent. Of course his picture was a nice 8x10 glossy 4 color headshot, but seeing how crappy the photo was of his opponent (a small almost wallet sized b/w image) I naively asked his staff for a better photo, adding that it will not reproduce properly during the press run. To my surprise I was pulled aside and clued in to what was happening by my boss. So I went ahead and finished the layout for the mailer and called it a day. Oh, in case you were wondering, this candidate was a Democrat to boot.
That was my first and last venture into political advertising. The entire process was utterly rediculous, I mean misleading and sometimes down right false information being printed in some of these flyers and mailers. I couldn't stand it. So hearing about USA Today pulling such tactics doesn't surprise me at all. Believe it or not it happens far more often then many realize. Just take a look through some political oriented mags or mailers that you receive sometime and you will begin to notice it more and more. Sort of the darkside of technology I guess.
More in-depth info on the manipulation of the Condi photo:
Michelle Malkin: USA TODAY REMOVES DOCTORED PHOTO
Monday, October 24, 2005
Its kind of funny, I just got off of a another thread with an individual where we debated and conversed about civil rights and particularly Brown vs. Board of Ed. As soon as I was done posting, I click over to Fox news to read that Rosa Parks has died. Wow. Her actions on that day back in 1955 is a perfect example of demanding ones just rights, resisting unjust laws while still accepting the consequences of that resistance. I always believed that it was staged by the NAACP as a means of protest(not that it was a bad thing if it were), similar to the lunch counter sit-ins, but according to Mrs. Parks,
"...the real reason of my not standing up was I felt that I had a right to be treated as any other passenger. We had endured that kind of treatment for too long."Amen to that.
We need to all be like Rosa Parks, not in the sense of demanding civil rights but in demanding a fair, just and accountable government. Right now our freedoms are at stake, not from Jihadists, radical Muslims, or even communists-socialists but from our very own government, which continues to get bigger and bigger, and bigger. Taking away our hard earned resources in order to fund their own pet projects, initiatives, and feed their coffers. We all have to get tired of it and demand justice! I think Paul Jacob sums it up nicely in a recent op-ed on Townhall.com.
Our government, whether Republican or Democrat is not looking out for us. Most of our publicly elected officials are not in it for the best interest of the people but for their own individual interests. Mr. Jacobs article is a perfect example of this.
More Blogs on Rosa Parks:
Lashawn Barber's Corner
Sunday, October 16, 2005
I was just watching the C-Span feed of their last meeting on this past Tuesday, I was quite hopeful at the onset when I first flipped to the channel. I thought, its about time something was actually done about this ridiculous tax system. Then, as I listened, and listened, and listened to more and more and more of the same old excuses and rhetoric regarding government growth, preserving government programs, etc. I began to lose that zeal for this committee. Then what really got my goad was the discussion regarding adding another tax structure to the existing two that we already have, making our system of taxation even more cumbersome! The fact that it was even an option on the table is appalling in itself! Then they had the audacity to discuss tax policies of other foreign nations like Canada and the U.K.! What the heck are these people smokin? I wonder if this panel has even seriously researched alternative tax policies that may run counter to what we already have in place?
I think Mr. Boortz hones in on the real motives of this panel when he cites:
"The ability to manipulate tax laws so as to buy votes and reward large campaign contributors is not something we should not expect politicians to abandon without a fight."So, probably a bad idea appointing politicos to a panel that is charged to seek out ways of eliminating one of the very things that continue to give them unfair and misused power.
This is the crux of the matter, there has to be people appointed that truly want change and not business as usual politics. They must be men and women who understand that true wealth is generated not by over taxation of individuals but by encouraging and allowing individuals to accumulate wealth without being punished for doing so. This new panel should include more citizens, business owners, policy experts and maybe, maybe a politician or two.
I agree with Mr. Boortz, dissolve this committee and put real, independent minded, honest Americans on it next time.
Resources on Tax Reformation:
From The Heritage Foundation: Fixing America's Tax Code
Americans For Fair Taxation: http://www.fairtax.org/
Townhall.com's Point/Counterpoint: Fiar Tax vs. Flat Tax
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Here it goes.
I believe that Black people can become the new moral compass for America. Meaning, in contrast, back in the day (50's & 60's, and earlier) it was considered that the "white" or "Eurocentric" culture was the dominant culture in America. Sort of a trickle down theory, whites established our societal norms if you will of what was moral and accepted and what wasn't. Then maybe midway through the Civil Rights movement there was a paradigm shift and you had the minority (i.e., Blacks) having a stronger influence on the over-arching American culture, especially in the areas of mainstream popular culture, i.e. Motown, Athletics, and even in the arts and literature, but especially in Music and Sports. America went from the Beattles to the Jackson 5, Ludacris and Kanye West, from Babe Ruth to Bo Jackson and Michael Jordan, all of a sudden the mainstream began to look more and more Black. Many of our heroes are not white any more, no more is it just the Lone Ranger or John Wayne, now it's all about the Rock, Will Smith, or P-Diddy! Yet, with this shift there is a down turn, especially with the infiltration of the negative aspects of the hip-hop culture, and gangs coupled with the growth of multi-culturalism, and moral relativism, into the white middle class, there is a decline in the strength of the family unit in both Black and White communities. There are many other factors for this to consider as well from the feminist movement, legalizing abortion and the introduction of the welfare state, to sexual promiscuity becoming more widely accepted, I could go on and on. Yet, this decline in the family structure in both Black and White communities, seems to have been spawned from first a top-bottom influence, i.e. radical feminism and multiculturalism first infiltrating middle class/upper class whites as specified before, and as a result, morality being defined downward, a relaxing of social norms takes place. It would then seem as if much of the negative aspects of "Black" or "urban" culture became more and more accepted as a result of this defining deviance down, infiltrated middle class and uppper middle class America. So, with the breakdown of the more afluent elements of society we have a natural breakdown of the less afluent, in inner-city, urban areas. Sort of the sh*t rolls down hill theory if you will.
Right now in this country I believe to a large extent the next shift needs to come from the Black community again and what has to happen is a shift back to the foundations that made Blacks strong, stable and even prosperous in spite of turbulent times. Times where the very laws of the land were designed to keep us subjugated under the feet of a ruling class. Now, here we are at a time where the very laws of the land are stacked, heavily (affirmative action anyone?) in favor of Blacks and yet Blacks have a deplorable record of performance within it's urban areas and even among the more afluent! 60 to 70% out of wedlock births, high divorce rates, within the church at that, high incarceration rate among Black men, and the most tragic of all, killing our own black babies at an alarming rate! What happened in New Orleans should have demonstrated several very important points to Black people; that racism is not the issue for Black folks anymore, poverty is not perpetuated by external forces, most Black leaders(you know who they are) are not looking out for the best interest of the Black community, and most importantly, relying on government aid to survive is detrimental to individuals and the greater community because it strips us of dignity and God-given freedoms.
Racism is not an issue, it never really was. The events that took place in New Orleans had nothing to do with race or class, it had to do with moral character. The leaders failed, from the white house, the governor, to the mayor, and down to the citizens trapped on roof tops or in the Superdome, all failed due to a lack of moral character which generates basic common sense(which is not so common anymore). The inability to plan for something ahead of time when you know it is coming. The inability to respond to crisis with organized thought and fortitude, the lack of patience, grace, and emotional strength in a time of great adversity, all demonstrate this point. Our own moral character is what's at stake here. Our ability to sustain our own families and as a result our communities based on the rudimentary understandings of right and wrong. This is all our fore-fathers had and yet they managed to prosper, achieving amazing successes in their lifetimes, from Garrett Morgan and Madam C.J. Walker to George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington, Blacks were able to achieve amazing things during probably the worst time in American history. Today, we still witness great success among Blacks but at the same time great despair and tragedy, why? What is different now versus then? I believe the answer lies in adversity and moral character. My personal philosophy is that Blacks of moral standing tend to strive and excel in the mist of adversity and strife. When someone says you can't, a Black man stands up and says "yes I can!" Plain old, stubborn, will to not only overcome but resist being controlled, put down and kept down is what seems to be innate to the Black person of moral fortitude. Maybe this just isn't happening enough today, where our youth are not being challenged to strive, exceed, and excel. We keep reminding them of the "struggle" but they go out and see that there is no struggle, at least not overtly, watching rap videos about 'hos and bling' bling'. You see, the struggle, to me, was never against the "white man" but against evil, the evil within ourselves. I think Blacks back in the day some how understood that basic principle, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" Ephesians 6:12(KJV)
They understood that racism wasn't a product of the white man but the product of the devil as a means of keeping Black men and women from experiencing the blessings of God. There was an intellectual assent to God's will as well as a spiritual, but where is that same volition today? I speak not of the emotionalism many witness in so many churches, this only serves to weaken people even more so. Allowing them to be controlled and manipulated by corrupt preachers.
Do Black preachers and other leaders carry the same qualities that their forefathers had?
I think there needs to be a shift back to the basic foundations of good and evil, right and wrong, God vs. Satan. Blacks on a whole and individually need to get back to the foundations of God's word, stop questioning the scripture rather than embracing it, understanding it, loving the truth. I truly believe that if Blacks get back to these basic precepts of faith, holiness, love, and truth coupled with down-home common sense, which is not so common anymore, there would be a dramatic change in the dominant culture in America. Getting back to the basics and abandoning the liberalism that got Blacks into such a mess to begin with would begin to not only change popular culture but ultimately profoundly affect governmental policies as well.
The Black community is an untapped power that is being exploited by race hustlers, political pimps, and media whores ( You know who they are). Blacks are being used and abused with no gain whatsoever. This has been happening for many years now and has gotten Blacks no where fast. This must stop, but it won't until they stand up on their own, stop the group think and begin getting back to basics. The very foundations that their forefathers stood on to get them through slavery and Jim Crow, are the very same foundations the founding fathers stood on in birthing this great nation.
Only then will Blacks become a key for change.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
What was Yahoo's response as to why they cooperated? Their stance is that they must obey local laws and customs of a host country. No matter what those laws and customs are, regardless of the consequences.
Since Multiculturalism dictates that all cultures are equal in value, this type of reasoning makes perfect sense. Not to mention this is a clear example of corporate greed run amok, using Multiculturalism as the framework to justify such actions, moral relativism. Microsoft has been accused of such treachery as well. Listen to what one of their reps was quoted by the BBC News saying in defense of their policy of cooperation with a communist government:
"Microsoft works to bring our technology to people around the world to help them realise their full potential," said a Microsoft spokesperson."How backwards, this guy completely contradicts himself, how can Microsoft be for developing a people's "full potential" and at the same time assist in squelching the very freedoms that would allow said potential to develop? I guess greed makes you confused.
(hat tip: Paul Jacob)
Other related links:
Bear To the right: Pagan priests in prison, say that about five times.
IHT, International Herald Tribune
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Now read the following and see just how screwed up our court system really is, Mark Tapscott over at Townhall.com writes about a recent decision by the courts to NOT release certain information regarding illegal (undocumented for you PC folks) convicted criminals. Apparently some journalists began to see a pattern with some of these criminals in that they were both illegal and many were guilty of violent crimes yet were released into society after time served rather than being deported as Federal law requires. In addition, it begs the question of whether any of these illegals are potential terrorists in waiting. So under the freedom of information act these journalists decided to investigate and have the files of these illegals released to the public citing that the American people have a right to know if the Federal government is doing its job of enforcing our laws. Well, guess what? The judge presiding over this case ruled that the right to privacy of the illegal convicts outweighed the need of the public to know whether or not our government is doing its job! Amazing!
The irony here is hard to miss and it becomes apparent that our government is screwed up beyond belief given that the judge in the illegal alien case was appointed by the current administration! Utter and complete chaos indeed. The decisions made in both scenarios defies logic and common sense! One can only hope that both of these decisions will be overturned upon appeal. It is almost as if these people want to put our national sovereignty in jeopardy, as if they want innocent Americans to suffer at the hands of terrorists. One can only wonder.
RELATED: Michael the ArchAngel blogs about another court ruling in Oregon regarding strip clubs, prostitution and "free expression", he poses some intriguing questions.
I live in Chatsworth California and over time I've come to find out that this city is considered the porn capital of the U.S., maybe even the world. Yet, driving down the street you wouldn't know it right off. Took me a couple of years through freelancing as a Graphic Designer to realize an unusual amount of video/dvd transfer companies, design companies who "specialize" in dvd menus for porn movies and print shops who print quite a bit of adult dvd wraps. For a couple of shops I 've found out that adult entertainment is about 90% of their business! Sad indeed.
As an aside, As a freelance Graphic Designer I always refuse to work on porn related material, period. I've lost out on quite a few job offers where after coming in for an interview I see that particular company does a great deal of porn. I always ask if I will be expected to work on porn related material and it is always yes. So I turn the project/job down. Some job leads don't always specify if you will be working on porn material, I've come to find that the ones who need dvd authoring, menu creation/design, or a great deal of photo retouching are the porn oriented graphic firms. I have come to simply ignore those.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
With the recent events in Louisiana and Texas and now with the fires going on right here practically in my back yard, I've been looking into developing a better survival plan for myself and kids. Right now we have your basic safety plan for fire or earthquake, all of the emergency numbers and where to go and who to call in case of....But after hearing about what happened in New Orleans with the lawlessness that broke out among the people, I am convinced now more than ever that I need to prepare myself to protect my children from those that would seek to harm me or them for whatever reason. I've thought about what I would do if...You fill in the blank and for the most part it never ends with me shaking hands with the other guy.
So as a result of this "new found" concern for the safety and well being of my children I am shopping around for a gun to use for protection. Nothing fancy just something that I can learn quickly, relatively light and easy to use without sacrificing safety. In addition as of this week I have begun stock piling on foods and basic supplies, i.e. first aid stuff, matches, extra water and the like.
I guess what I've realized is that in spite of all of the multi-culti mumbo jumbo that is constantly spewed out via the MSM and all, people are still people, sinful and capable of great atrocities. Especially now, for the most part, many people are only constrained by the threat of retaliation from law enforcement. As New Orleans demonstrated to the world a very ominous question, what happens when law enforcement has deteriorated? What happens when said law enforcement completely abandons the rule of law for themselves and join in the chaos? Or worse yet, completely abandon their posts and therefore the people? How are we as citizens to protect ourselves if we rely solely on government instituted law enforcement officers to do it for us?
I for one do not want to find out the hard way, and as I was looking on the internet for information regarding gun laws I decided to drop in on the new Townhall.com website and lo and behold Professor Mike Adams has written an article, responding to a readers inquiry, recommending several guns for beginners who wish to "expand their horizons" so to speak. into the world of firearms. Now I have a place to begin!
I'll keep you posted as to my progress in finding a firearm.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
If a significant number of women begin choosing to abort their babies because doctors discovered a “gay gene,” would your stance on the “right to choose” change or shift in any way? Would the number of women killing these “defective” babies make a difference? Is one potentially gay dead baby one too many?
Interesting questions. I feel though that the answers would be even more fascinating.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
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Not a bad idea. Tired of the negativity of the MSM? Too many reports about drive-bys and stabbings? Have you heard just one too many stories about how many soldiers have been killed in Iraq by "insurgents"? Then happynews.com is for you!
I had a similar idea not too long ago, should of acted on it, dogonit! they beat me to it. Still, I'll check in often to get a dose of good news for a change.
Update: It seems that there are some among the MSM who are finally getting a conscience about their reporting on the Iraq war. As reported on Unmasking The New World Order radio program aired on IRN by host, Chuck Bates....
"Today, this editorial board resolves to sacrifice another word --Amen to that! I'll give them credit for having the gonads to correct themselves. Quite refreshing actually. Using the word "insurgents" has been a pet peeve of mine as I stated a post earlier this year addressing Ted Kennedy's poorly misguided speech to the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies about the timeline for military forces to pull out of Iraq. I stated
'insurgent' -- on the altar of precise language. No longer will we
refer to suicide bombers or anyone else in Iraq who targets and
kills children and other innocent civilians as 'insurgents.' The
notion that these murderers in any way are nobly rising up against a
sitting government in a principled fight for freedom has become, on
its face, absurd. They drove that point home with chilling clarity
Wednesday in a poor Shiite neighborhood. As children crowded around
U.S. soldiers handing out candy and toys in a gesture of good will,
a bomb-laden SUV rolled up and exploded. These children were not
collateral damage. They were targets. The SUV driver was no
insurgent. He was a terrorist. People who set off bombs on London
trains are not insurgents. We would never think of calling them
anything other than what they are -- terrorists. Words have
meanings. Whether too timid, sensitive or 'open-minded,' we've
resisted drawing a direct line between homicidal bombers everywhere
else in the world and the ones who blow up Iraqi civilians or behead
aid workers. No more. To call them 'insurgents' insults every
legitimate insurgency in modern history. They are terrorists."
--The Dallas Morning News
"Does anyone else see the blatant idiocy of such actions? I mean, whose side is this man on? Who is he rooting for? Referring to the terrorist as "insurgents", pointing out that most of them are home grown... so what if they are Iraqi or foreign? They are still terrorists!"You can read the rest of the post here.
It is nice to see that there are others out there who have an ounce of commons sense.
Friday, July 22, 2005
JULY 21--A New York woman claims that she was forced from her teaching post by an elementary school principal who objected to her Republican activism and last year ordered the removal of a portrait of President George W. Bush from the educator's Long Island classroom. In a federal discrimination lawsuit, Jillian Caruso, 26, claims that she was improperly forced to resign her job by Birch Lane Elementary School principal Joyce Becker-Seddio, the wife of state Assemblyman Frank Seddio, a Brooklyn Democrat.Amazing! You know, I wouldn't be surprised if that was exactly why this teacher was fired. You'd be surprised at the reactions one gets when expressing any views other than liberal in a public education classroom. I've had many a strange stares and glances when I've "slipped" and actually told the truth some some of the teachers at my kid's school. It is nice to know that there are SOME conservative teachers out there.
(hat tip: Dick McDonald)
Monday, July 18, 2005
I could say more but I would just be ranting, I don't feel like ranting today.
Monday, July 11, 2005
In reality the same sex marriage debate is more like a last ditch effort for this country and the Christian church in particular to finally get it right or else.
Check it out.
Saturday, July 02, 2005
There is a lot of misinformation in this article he linked to regarding stem-cell research. It paints the stem cell debate with a broad brush and depicts ESC (embryonic stem cell) research as being more promising than any research has shown. Nor does it really explain the fact that ASC (adult stem cell) research has shown far more progress and results in many areas of affliction, including paralysis. ASC research hasn't shown the same promise or testing results, if anything there is more theory behind ESC and more fact to support ASC.
While I agree with T-Steel that in times of war, certain sacrifices are made for the "greater good", yet equating war between nations with a "war" against disease comes off as disingenuous. It is similar to the so called "war on drugs" or "war on poverty" or the "war on terrorism". You cannot wage a war against an ambiguous "enemy" or concept. You will come to find that you are actually fighting yourself. So a war against disease in general isn't possible. Yet, performing research with a specific goal of eradicating or at least curbing the affects of a given disease or physical ailment is possible and praise-worthy. What I find fascinating is that many diseases can be prevented simply by healthy living, good diet and exercise as well as a healthy moral lifestyle. In so far as other genetically acquired diseases, much of the same can be true when it comes to combating them or at least curbing the effects. You don't hear about that though from the U.S. Health department, the MSM, or from many drug companies, research organizations or your own doctor for that matter. Gee, I wonder why?
But I digress, the core of T-Steel's argument seems to be that fighting disease makes the sacrifice of these embryonic lives worth it, the needs of the many out weighing the few and all, yet one key difference is ignored. In times of war between countries, men are able to make the choice of whether or not to fight and sacrifice their own lives, in this instance, it is quite apparent that these innocent lives are not given the ability to choose. They don't have the ability. We are choosing for them. Not only is such a thing unethical but it is quite strange that many people, especially blacks, tend to support such a notion in spite of our own history with such a practice of having others choose our destinies for us. Can anyone say Tuskegee experiment? The African slave trade? Jim Crow? As far as anyone else, you have the holocaust as a reference as well. So what is the deal? Why is it that it appears that so many people support Embryonic Stem Cell research? My guess is a lack of knowledge. It seems that most people do not take the time to educate themselves with the facts. They take their cues from the MSM and your friendly neighborhood politician.
In addition to the above moral and ethical reasons for not supporting Embryonic Stem Cell research there are practical reasons as well. Number one being that ESC hasn't shown any major or significant progress in any of the areas that it's proponents claim promises of healing in. An excerpt from Wikipedia to drive home this point...
Success of adult stem cellsAll of the above cases are documented and no similarly documented progress from ESC research, yet we have countless efforts and demands by different groups for funding from the federal government. Why is that? What business does the government have funding such research anyway? Why not seek other areas for money, such as the private sector? I'll answer my own question, because there is no return on investment for ESC. Let me put it this way, I am a business man, when someone approaches me with a business opportunity I first evaluate it to see if it will bring me a reasonable ROI (return on investment). There are several ways to determine this, one of the simplest is to see if others have tried it and find out what their results were. If good, then its a go, if bad, then it is see yah later! The same is true for any investment whether it be real estate, purchasing a car, or even buying groceries. ESC research has failed in the private sector for that reason, as a result very little funding is available and due to the lack of progress made with it as well as the moral implications of cloning, many investors don't want to touch it, so the future for ESC is bleak, hence the efforts by many bio companies to push for federal funding. There simply isn't any immediate or short term ROI. Plain and simple. Now, let me ask this, if the private sector doesn't want to touch it then why should our tax dollars flip the bill?
Adult stem cells have successfully treated over 100 medical conditions including blindness , Krabbe's disease , diabetes , Parkinson's disease , acute renal failure , and sickle cell anemia . Opponents of embryonic stem cell research have thus argued that embryonic stem cell funding restrictions in the U.S. are not significantly impeding the overall advancement of stem cell research, and that even without the ethical concerns regarding embryonic stem cells, public health funds should focus on extending adult stem cell research successes. Also, proponents of adult stem cell research argue that the proponents of embryonic stem cell research over-promise the benefits of embryonic stem cell research because embryonic stem cell research has never produced a successful treatment.  . Proponents of adult stem cell research point to a well-known exaggeration by supporters of embryonic stem cell research.
During the U.S. presidential election, 2004, Senator John Edwards claimed that if candidate John Kerry was elected and embryonic stem cell research was expanded, movie actor Christopher Reeve would get out of his wheelchair and walk. 
It is up to the average citizen to educate themselves about this issue before it is too late. Personally, I believe at the core of this whole issue is the desire to clone human beings for whatever purpose. I believe this is the truth of the matter. It is not about finding cures for diseases, there are already countless remedies for many of the ailments that people suffer from, including cancer and even AIDS. You don't hear about it due to the medical establishment being overly regulated by the government and many health practitioners not wanting the general public to know at the risk of losing business, as well as drug companies for the same reason. At the risk of sounding too much like a conspiracy theorist, it is about advancing a small group of individual's personal agenda, what that agenda is, I don't know.
"Do we believe that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few anymore? Have we ever? Cause if we don't feel that way, how are we ever going to rid or limit ourselves of various afflictions?"
To answer your question T-Steel, I don't think it has ever been accepted that this phrase means the needs of the many are to be at the expense of the few, especially if it involves the loss of life of those precious few. We will never get rid of disease or sickness, the reason being...that is for another day and another conversation.
Resources on Stem Cell Research:
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
As reported by Newsmax.com and Yahoonews, apparently Billy Graham and the Clintons are good 'ol buddies and friends. After Bill Clinton gushed over Billy Graham, citing his stand against segregation back in the day, Billy Graham commented that Bubba Clinton should become an evangelist and allow "his wife to run the country."! What!!???Huh??? Is this man for real? Either Mr. Graham's true colors have come through or he is a lot sicker than he lets on. It is one thing to be cordial, even complementary, as he told them they were a nice couple and all, but to suggest that a man such as Bill Clinton become an evangelist for Christ, without first admonishing him to repent, simply defies all reason. Then to go further by suggesting, even half-jokingly, that Hillary Clinton (probably the angriest woman on the planet) should run this country....! Words just can't describe...Amazing!
UPDATE: Rev. Peterson: The Clintons' Political Futures Received The Greatest Benefit From Billy Graham's Revival!
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Sunday, June 26, 2005
I am posting the following here because I can concurr with it and believe it to be true, no matter who said it.
I don't think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except numbers. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America. Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, White Entertainment Television, or Miss White America; and see what happens...
Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door.
Guns do not make you a k iller. I think killing makes you a killer. You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game.
I believe they are called the Boy Scouts for a reason, that is why there are no girls allowed. Girls belong in the Girl Scouts! ARE YOU LISTENING MARTHA BURKE?
I have the right "NOT" to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off.
When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities where 70% of the population is black, that is not racial profiling, it is the Law of Probability.
I believe that if you are selling me a milkshake, a pack of cigarettes, a newspaper or a hotel room, you must do it in English! As a matter of fact, if you want to be an American citizen, you should have to speak English!
My father and grandfather didn't die in vain so you can leave the countries you were born in to come over and disrespect ours. I think the police should have every right to shoot your sorry ass if you threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can't understand the word "freeze" or "stop" in English, see the above lines.
I don't think just because you were not born in this country, you are qualified for any special loan programs, government sponsored bank loans or tax breaks, etc., so you can open a hotel, coffee shop, trinket store, or any other business.
We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in wars to defend their freedoms, so that decades later they could come over here and tell us our constitution is a living document; and open to their interpretations.
I don't hate the rich. I don't pity the poor.
I know pro wrestling is fake, but so are movies and television. That doesn't stop you from watching them.
I think Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue to make more. If it ticks you off, go and invent the next operating system that's better, and put your name on the building.
It doesn't take a whole village to raise a child right, but it does take a parent to stand up to the kid; and smack their little behinds when necessary, and say "NO!"
I think tattoos and piercing are fine if you want them, but please don't pretend they are a political statement.And, please, stay home until that new lip ring heals. I don't want to look at your ugly infected mouth as you serve me French fries!
I am sick of "Political Correctness." I know a lot of black people, and not a single one of them was born in Africa;so how can they be "African-Americans"? Besides, Africa is a continent. I don't go around saying I am a European-American because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was from Europe. I am proud to be from America and nowhere else.
And if you don't like my point of view, tough...
THEN DON'T PASS IT ON!!
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Needless to say, Sen. Durbin is either seriously misguided or completely dishonest. I choose the latter, although he did finally apologize. As far as Amnesty Int'l, these guys are idiots, plain and simple.
If you want the real scoop about what is taking place at GITMO and want to know first hand what the brave men and women in the U.S. military are doing to protect our rights and freedoms check out this interview by Right Thinking Girl, with a GITMO interrogator.
When will people get a clue about what is really going on in the world. We are at a strange crossroads in this country where if we continue down one path the results will surely be a complete disintegration of America as we once knew it to be. Getting back to the foundations of our country is where many of the solutions to today's issues are.
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Sir Richard of Durbin: A Dr. Seuss From Beyond The Grave Tale
In the whole of the world there is none more speech frantic
Than Sir Richard of Durbin, Crown Prince of Bad Antics.....
click to read the rest, curtousy of The Nose On Your Face
Monday, June 20, 2005
I have to admit, when I heard the plug I was interested, foolishly thinking that I would hear some type of reinforcement of the fact that this man is going to be tried for his atrocities against his own people, that while being treated humanely, these soldiers are eager to see justice meted out towards this man. Nope. The talk about their experience with this brutal man was as if they were guarding the Pope or something. It seemed that the interview consisted of Matt Lauer asking about what he was fed and that Saddam Hussein expressed some dissapointment in the fact that the guards didn't say goodbye before they were reassigned. Amazing!
What is going on with the MSM? Have they completely lost their minds? Are they that stupid or are they really against America winning this war? It baffles the mind sometimes to realize some of the foolishness being uttered by high profile figures in the press and among politicos, from GITMO being compared to gulags to embarrasing photos of Saddam being considered cruel, and now we have the Today show running a PR campaign for Saddam Hussein.
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
Sunday, June 19, 2005
QUOTES ABOUT DAD
"A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again." -- Enid Bagnold
"None of you can ever be proud enough of being the child of SUCH a Father who has not his equal in this world-so great, so good, so faultless. Try, all of you, to follow in his footsteps and don't be discouraged, for to be really in everything like him none of you, I am sure, will ever be. Try, therefore, to be like him in some points, and you will have acquired a great deal." -- Victoria, Queen of England
"I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example." -- Mario Cuomo
"If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right." -- Bill Cosby
Monday, June 13, 2005
Any "real" parents out there who are as concerned and outraged at such foolishness as I am, please click here and take the online poll asking whether or not you agree with the school's choice to not allow parents to view the sex survey material at the American Family Association website. Needless to say , my answer to that is a resounding NO! I do not agree with such nonsense. What could these people possibly gain by giving 10 and 11 year old kids a survey about whether or not they are having sex? And what is the true reason why the administrators aren't allowing parents to review this material for appropriateness? If they really believe that anyone is going to accept the explanation of having a fear that the parents will misinterpret the questions, then they obiously have a very low opinion of the parents of these students. Sad indeed. My guess is that they know that if they would allow the parents to review the survey prior to passing it out to the kids, that there would be an overwhelming objection to such an excorcise.
Just another example of the good ol' guv'ment steppin in to do what parents seemingly do not want to do anymore, take care of your children! Teach them! Guide them! Discipline them for pete's sake! This is what we've come to, the state has the gall to step in and teach our children things that we, for various reasons, would not teach in the same manner and at stages in their development that is just all too inappropriate. If anything, giving thes kids such a survey will only serve to encourage rather than discourage sexual activity.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Question one: You are walking down the street and happen to pass by a home, looks decent enough, simi-clean and nice yard. All of a sudden you hear horrible screaming from inside, what do you do!
Question two: You are at a friends home, this friend has a small child (maybe 2 or 3yrs). You are chatting it up, laughing, having a good ol'time. You settle down a bit in the living room with your friend and notice the little one wandering into the kitchen where there is a hot stove on, what do you do?
Question three: Once again you are out and about in your neighborhood, maybe on a job or just a brisk walk around the block and you happen to pass some neighbors walking together, a woman, and a man and another woman in a wheelchair. The man is pushing the woman in the wheelchair, while the first woman walks behind. The wheel-chair-bound woman appears to be paralyzed, at least from the waist down and looks to have down syndrome. She comes off as non responsive. As they are passing by you, you witness the man pushing the wheel-chair firmly slap the paralyzed woman in the head, once, then twice, then a third time, laughing afterwards....what do you do if anything at all?
Last Question: You somehow find yourself standing in an abortion clinic, not just in the lobby or one of the waiting rooms but right in the operating room and lo and behold, a young pregnant woman is escorted in, she is maybe 7 or 8 months, placed on the operating table and is prepped for "surgery". The expecting, reluctant mother asks the nurse if the "it" will feel any pain, the nurse responds with confident "no" answer. Then the nurse assures her that the procedure won't take long and she will be up and about in no time at all, then walks out. A few minutes later the doctor walks in, scrubbed up...? and gets ready to start the procedure...the question to you is...well of course, what do you do if anything at all?
For all of you BDP or Public Enemy fans out there, remember the phrase "stop the violence" back in the '80's? Well, think about that when you read this link. Just something to think about.
If would you like to answer feel free to post.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
“I approached the registration table and was greeted by a very friendly fellow who looked me in the eye and said, ‘Are you black?’” said Parnell. “I told him that I'm not and he told me that the conference was only for people who were black and so I wasn't able to register to attend the conference.”Such is the report by Brian Parnell a social worker from Bakersfield California, as reported by KGET.com, he attempted to attend a conference held by the National Association of Black Social Workers but was rejected due to his color. Amazing! So much for progress. Black people are trifling! Imagine if this were in the reverse and a black man, or better yet, a black woman tried to get into an all white conference and was told she couldn't because she was black or because she was a female? All hell would break loose and you know it. It would be front page news and she would be on Oprah in a heart beat!
Personally, I could care less if this man was excluded due to his skin color. I really don't believe any private entity should be forced to include anyone, they have the right to exclude whomever for whatever reasons. What makes this a big deal is that the National Association of Black Social Workers is a non-profit organization and therefore they could lose their tax-exempt status.
Ultimately, it doesn't matter, I doubt if he would have learned anything productive that would actually assist him in his job. Most likely this conference was filled with a lot of pandering and ego stroking of the so called accomplishments of black social workers in the "community". If he really wants to learn about how to deal with blacks read up on Tomos Sowell, Walter Williams, and definately check out Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson at bondinfo.org. I gaurantee he will be far more effective as a social worker having garnered info from these individuals than from this black social workers conference.
Needles to say I found Mr. Qwelane's column is extremely misguided and totally disregards reality. While he mentions Abu Graib and GITMO, detainees who are prisoners of war, enemy combatants captured doing acts of war, he fails to acknowledge that Al Queda and other Muslim extremists groups have beheaded numerous individuals who for the most part were civilians and not part of any military group, remember Nick Berg? Not to mention the scores of Iraqis murdered in cold blood by terrorists bombers. Yet, no outrage is shared by the likes of this person, just blatant, misguided, and ignorant diatribes about how evil America is, even having the audacity to refer to Abu Graib as "barbaric torture"! Amazing! But beheading innocent civilians is fighting for justice right? I don't see anyone here in America packing their bags to move anywhere else? But I do see scores of individuals from all countries and walks of life trampling their way into this country. Why? So that they can become victims of a racist, evil Conservative regime? I think not.
At the beginning of the column Mr. Qwelane asks what does America have against Muslims, but this is the wrong question. For truly it should be what do Muslims extremists have against the West? Mr. Qwelane, I strongly advise you to get a clue.
As Miss Barber points out, Osama has lots of "friends".
On a similar note, Evan Sayet writes about why Democrats supported Clinton when he went to war in Bosnia but not President Bush when going into Iraq. As usual he makes a very strong case for why Democrats come off as hypocritical idiots more often than not. He writes:
All of these efforts were, of course, disingenuous. Clearly if the Democrats truly believed it was "wrong" to remove the leader of a sovereign nation they would have been marching in the streets screaming "No Blood For Sex" when the previous president launched wars against Bosnia and Kosovo removing from power the sovereign leader Slobodan Milosevic.Excellent point here. I wonder if other so called "average" Americans see the inconsistency here? It seems that every liberal "friend" or family member I know believes President Bush to be wrong but have amnesia when it comes to Clinton and his escapades in the oval office. Speaking to them, you would have to believe that all of societies ills are due to the evil Bush administration and his non-stop pandering to corporate interest, mostly oil of course. Amazing!
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Friday, May 20, 2005
ERIC BRAVERMAN: Teenagers have an adult body and a child's brain. They just don't develop working memory and logic and planning and reasoning until they're about 17 years old.Is this true? Do kids not develop basic reasoning, planning and the like until they are 17? I find this very difficult to agree with. I mean, if a kid can learn to play Super Mario Sunshine and not only advance throughout the intricate levels within the game but master it and then beat the game altogether, then I think they can figure out how to do homework, wash a dish, or mow the lawn, or take out the garbage and be able to do it daily without being told to do it several times. Am I wrong here?
My son at 3 years old knows not to touch the oven because it can burn him, "too hot daddy, don't touch" he says. I might ad that he has never touched the stove, nor has he set foot into the kitchen without my supervision, yet from my clear and sturn instructions he knows not to touch it. I've personally witnessed him figure out how to stand on a stool to reach the light switch, or a favorite toy off of the shelf as well as stop right at the edge of a jungle gym platform apparently knowing that he may fall...planning? reasoning?
One point made that I do agree with is when Braverman referred to all of the distractions of today affecting the memory or "brain power" of these kids. I agree with that sentiment, video games, t.v., etc. seem to only sap the brain power out of our youth and causes a great deal of distraction and attention problems. I've seen this first hand with my own kids. This is where the parents need to step in and regulate such activity. Balance it out with reading, writing excorcises and family games. For me, I eliminated video game playing during the week and Saturday. Every Saturday me and my two boys spend the day first reading a good book, either together or separately, I may even have my older son do a book report on whatever he reads. We then spend the remainder of the day at the park. We close out the evening with either more reading or a game or we may watch a movie together as well. During the week its homework for him and for the younger one, learning time (i.e. alphabets, numbers, reading, maybe some games). As for television watching, one hour devoted to Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune during the week, out here in Ca. they come on back to back, Jeopardy is the favorite in my house! Then its bed time. A typical week, doesn't always work out that perfect but I believe it makes a difference. I've noticed a greater level of concentration and apprehension when they read.
Like I said, I agree with the points about distractions but Braverman sounds like he is making excuses for the lack of good parenting and slothful behavior from teens, rather than actually giving any real solutions to these problems by addressing the actual causes.
More about kids, this time bullies and bills: Michael the Archangel blogs about a new school code against bullying that seems to really spell out something that should be obvious to every other clear thinking human being on this planet. Yet, for some reason school officials feel they have to include "All" of these discriptions to be fair I suppose.
Paul Jacob of limitedgov.org comments here about the lower house of Texas's legislature passing a bill banning "sexually suggestive" routines by pep squads at high school events, can we say going a bit too far with the legistlating morality bit!? What will be next, passing a bill banning chewing gum in school classrooms? This is why schools need to be privatized, let the people govern themselves while the government do its real job, like protect our borders from terrorists, gangs and drug-runners. Sounds like somebody needs something to do up in Texas.
05/24/05 Even More About Kids: Lashawn Barber links to a Foxnews.com article about Lionel Tate who around 6 years ago killed a 6-year-old Tiffany Eunick by jumping on top of her from a stair case. He was tried and convicted and plead guilty to murder but only served 3 years and was put on house arrest for a year and a 10 year probation period followed. Apparently he has struck again, pulling a gun on a pizza delivery guy when he arrived at the door of a friends apartment. Amazing!
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
In the oddest political pairing in memory, the Senate's lone African-American member, Barack Obama, has become the No. 1 campaigner for the Senate's only ex-Ku Klux Klansman, Sen. Robert Byrd.Yes, Sen. Robert Byrd. Amazing! I guess a Byrd in the hand....
Monday, May 16, 2005
From the article:
The group's co-founders, Chad Lassiter and Darin Toliver, who both grew up
in Philadelphia, and received their master's degrees from Penn, say that as
black men they feel constant pressure to prove themselves at the West
Philadelphia campus and beyond as something other than uneducated thugs.
Personally, I fail to see the dilemma here. What is so bad about having pressure to prove ones' self? Isn't this what many others, especially high achievers, whether black, white or otherwise, go through? Isn't the pressure to prove yourself to your peers and superiors one of the things that drives great men to do great things? I mean , come on now, it is apparent that this racism they speak of isn't very affective given that they are where they are now. Hubes Cube points out that maybe this pressure is due to affirmative action preferences given to blacks which cuases a sense of insecurity for those receiving it, doubt and suspicion of one's abilities on from peers and others who didn't receive these preferences. I tend to agree with this as well.
Something tells me that they will get their $10 million with relative ease given the current PC, Multi-Culti climate that exists today. Sad indeed. When will blacks wake up and grow up? The rest of the article talks of there intended efforts in mentoring kids (heaven help them) and focusing on American White racism because it is contstantly "glossed" over and never really studied. I guess all of those Pan-African, African-American, and Afro-American studies classes in colleges across the nation are still missing the mark. Amazing!