Thursday, March 31, 2005
The End of the Beginning
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
And on the 13th Day the Court Said...
It's still not too late. Don't let people tell you she's gone too long now without water and cannot be brought back, she can be.
Now, the court will consider the request for a new hearing, rather than whether previous Florida court rulings have met legal standards under state law, which is what federal courts have done in the case until now.
While they're finally willing to decide whether she deserves a new hearing Terri should be given food and water. Their review would be fruitless if she dies before they can get their thumbs out of their a...I mean, before they come to a final decision.
It appears the court's thumbs will remain firmly embedded.
My brother is autistic. For the first seven years of his life he did not speak a word. He wouldn't eat or drink if not for the prompting of my parents. He was locked in a world of his own unable to communicate with anyone. Over the years he improved and can remember what it was like for him as a child. Are ones like him next?
Monday, March 28, 2005
The Fall of Numenor
The elf friends were rewarded by the gods for their bravery in the war against Morgoth (an evil god). After the chaining of Morgoth the gods gave the elf friends thier own island seperate from middle earth and valinor (the home of the gods), but closer to valinor. The people called themselves the Numenor. The Numenarians grew wise and strong and had many years of peace until they began to want the deathless life that the gods and the elves enjoyed in Valinor.
This envy drove the Numenarians to fear death and cling to life until bereft of all their faculties. Eventually the Numenarians went to war with the gods over this and most were destroyed.
Some would argue that this story reinforces the arguement for euthinasia, but it really doesn't. The pride of the Numenarians were their downfall. The sense of entitlement over thier existance was the source of their pride. The Numenarians were jealous and angry with their gods over the issue of their mortality, but their gods were unable to change the fact that men die.
We have set ourselves up as gods, deciding who lives and who dies. We will all die, but the one who gave us life should choose when that end is to come.
Luke 12: Consider the ravens, for they sow not, neither do they reap, neither have they storehouse nor barn, and God feedeth them. How much are you more valuable than they? And which of you, by taking thought, can add to his stature one cubit? If then ye be not able to do so much as the least thing, why are you solicitous for the rest?
Sunday, March 27, 2005
A Good Death?
Let's be frank here, the idea of a good death is nothing but PC talk by people who don't want to be bothered with all that god stuff or with the suffering of others. It's easier to say "Death will end their suffering" than to raise one finger to help bear another's burden. It's easier to say "death is a normal part of life" than to face abject evil of it and its cause. If this were done, we would have to face our inadequacies, our own depths of sin, and our desperate need for redemption.
Friday, March 25, 2005
Governor Bush swore an oath to uphold and enforce the law, even those with which he disagrees, and he has done his best to create law to allow him to act in this circumstance. He was not successful.
The "law" has failed us in this matter. Should a bad law, that harms it's citizens, be followed simply because its law? Instead of worrying over an overreaching executive branch we should be worried by a country that follows a law that is inherently evil.
Yes, Jeb would end his political career by stepping in and may even get impeached, but abiding a court order mandating an innocent person to die seems like a fate much worse to me. Bush knew what was happening was wrong or he wouldn't have taken the measures he did. Is he now going to wash his hands of the affair because it may injure his career? This is not a stand against a tax hike or corporate greed, there is human life at stake. The government and its citizens should stand up for those who cannot defend themselves. If they cannot protect the most basic tenets of our constitution, life, then the whole affair is worthless.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Can this marriage be saved? Only if one of the partners -- and it's not the libertarian side -- realizes that its behavior is hurting the marriage, and decides to restrain itself.
Umm, I'm not in a marriage. My vote follows my beliefs. What worth is a party if they WON'T make exceptions to general rules to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all of us? I vote republican because thier platform is more consistent to my beliefs. If this changes, I will no longer vote republican. I have no party identity, I could care less what the name of the party is as long as they conform (mostly) to my beliefs.
What good is small government, free trade, low taxes and strong property rights when individual life and liberty are not protected?
So I say the libertarians need to quit missing the forest (innocent human life) for the trees (state's rights) .
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
It's been 96 Hours...
"Where is the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing? They have passed like rain on the mountains, like wind in the meadow. The days have gone down in the west, behind the hills, into shadow. How did it come to this?"--Theoden
Monday, March 21, 2005
-22% of the world's oil is controlled by states that sponsor terrorism or that are under economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report).
And drilling in ANWR still barely passed by a vote of 51-49.
-More people disappear in Alaska than any other state. About five out of every 1,000 Alaskans go missing every year-double the national rate. (LA Times)
I have a theory as to what is happening. I once had to work in Ratone New Mexico. The bears were so bad there that they would walk by our bedroom window in the morning to eat from this fruit tree beside our apartment. I ran to my truck every morning for fear of attack.
-Thieves stole 240,000 manhole covers in Beijing last year, selling them off as scrap metal (Reuters).
What i'd like to know is how many people were injured last year in Beijing from falling down open manholes.
THE WEEK unfortunately reproduced that bogus quote attributed to Britney Spears.
It's Been 72 Hours...
Sometimes I wish, more so as of late, that I'd had chosen a different career. Golf course maintenance keeps popping into my head. Why? I don't know because I don't play golf and have little interest in landscaping. I think the allure comes from the fact that there are no sick people at golf courses, and if there are, it isn't my responsibility to make them well. And I could go to work with a smile on my face knowing I would see scenes like this, or this.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
So how does Will think this ought to be handled?
The Senate's institutional paralysis over judicial confirmations is a political problem for which there is a political solution: 60 Republican senators. The president believes that Democrat obstruction of judicial nominees contributed to Republican gains in 2002 and 2004. In 2006, 17 of the Democrats' seats and that of Sen. James Jeffords of Vermont, their collaborator, are up, five of them in states the president carried in 2004.
Fine, but what if senate Republicans only reach 59, or even lose some seats but remain in the majority, what then? Well I guess we'd just grin a bear it huh. At least until the Democrats take the presidency and the majority in the senate partly due to disgust by conservatives over the inaction of their party. At that point the Democrats will, without hesitation, move to do what many Republicans are now too sanctimonious to do, end filibustering of a president's judicial nominees.
Friday, March 18, 2005
After initially suffering withdrawals from sugar, pasta, rice, potatoes etc. I found that I felt a lot better. I also lost about ten (needed) pounds.
Today I had my cholesterol checked for the first time since I changed my diet:
Total Cholesterol: 209 up from 200
HDL: 54 up from 32
LDL: 146 up from 141
Triglycerides: Less than 50 down from 132
VLDL: Too low to read, down from 26
The HDL makes me very happy because it was running so low before. I have no risk factors (other than being male) so the LDL level doesn't really bother me.
Click here for recommended cholesterol levels.
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
And before anyone says "but religion, unlike atheism, drives people to kill one another" don't forget these guys or these guys.
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
-One in five 16 year-olds crashes his of her car within a year of obtaining a driver's license. (USA Today)
I actually got my first ride, a 1981 thunderbird, stuck while attempting to mud bog. Not really a "crash" but it shows the mentality of the driver none the less.
-The average dog costs its owner about $48,000 over the course of its lifetime, according to a study by a British insurer. (Reuters)
-This sounds a little high, but only a little.
-77% of Americans think it should be legal to display the Ten commandments on public property. 14% say it violates the Constitution's separation of church and state and should be illegal. 9% aren't sure. (FOX News/Opinion Dynamics)
If we only had a representative government then the wishes of the majority might matter, oh well.
Monday, March 14, 2005
A Mulligan Society
Accountability is the issue here. While I do agree that the credit card companies are far too free about who they issue cards to, the consumer is the one that went out and ran-up a bill they couldn't pay. We are not children, are we?
This is the same mentality that permits over a million abortions a year and a 50% divorce rate. No one wants to take responsibility for their actions, everyone wants to be able to take a mulligan (or two) when they screw-up.
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Friday, March 11, 2005
Just As I Thought
the party ID breakdown is 36-29 in favor of the Democrats Umm perhaps the NYT didn't get the memo that in the 2004 elections, party ID was evenly split at 37% each.
That kind of dishonesty really ticks me off because these erroneous numbers are out there affecting public perception (and policy). Few will ever know to look at the internals to see if the breakdowns are accurate.
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
This weeks examples are:
-28% of all Medicare costs go toward the care of patients in the last year of life.
-Wal-Mart generated a profit of 10.3 billion in the last fiscal year. That breaks down to almost $20,000 a minute.
I figure that all I spend in Wally world each year would make-up only 20 seconds worth of their profit.
-The average life expectancy in the U.S. continues to climb. Women, on average, lived to 80.1 years in 2003, according to the CDC. Men averaged 74.5 years
How can that be, we don't have national healthcare?
Americans spend $11 billion a year on lingerie and women's underwear.
Monday, March 07, 2005
A Filibuster Rant
Once again, it seems like most of us are more concerned about the political advantage than the morality of our moves. We must avoid this McClellanism; always waiting for better odds at the expense of action.
We have won the election. It is time to make good policy. The American people have said that we are right and Robert Byrd, Ted Kennedy, and John Kerry are wrong. They are not wrong for the tactics they use but for the immorality they advocate. We should defeat them.
Their tactics are wrong, because they are the tactics of bad people. The tactics of a man who said African Americans are inferior, a man who let his girlfriend drown in a drunk driving accident, and a man who lied about his military record so he could claim before Congress that his colleagues in the military were murdering civilians.
We do not celebrate the tactics of Saladin, because we do not celebrate the victory of Islam over the crusaders. We do not celebrate the genius of the blitzkrieg, because we despise fascism.
Though the crime of social democracy is tiny in comparison (unless you are a fetus, a working person who income is confiscated to support policies that you despise, or an Arab woman long enslaved by western inaction), the tactics of social democracy–of Kennedyism in short–is what allows the evil it allows to continue.
The filibuster is wrong because we want to live in a democratic republic in a moral society. There is no reason to think that the policy interests of the American people are better served by a tyranny of 41 Democrats than a majority of 51 Republicans. We can only hope that we always have 51 good people in the Senate. If we do not, it is our sin. If those 51 are weak in the face of pressure, it is theirs.
If 55 Republican Senators, 232 Republican Representatives, and a Republican administration cannot change the leftist policies of the last 50 years, it will never happen. If we fail now, in the next two years, there will be no next time. Abortion will always be legal. Homosexuals will marry in every state (or only in a few but have their false marriages recognized everywhere). If we cannot defend our country from 80 year old men holding gavels and wearing black dresses, then we will be too timid to defend our God and country from Islamist fanatics or North Korean missiles. We will be Gomorrahans waiting for the Santa Ana winds to kick up.
It is time for Democrats to pay the piper, and we should pass our agenda by whatever means prove most effective. The Democrats have threatened to obstruct the entire agenda, if we follow the Constitution and approve our judges. There should be a price for that. If Senator Byrd decides to filibuster the highway bill, then we should eliminate highway bill filibusters (if only to prove we can). What would be our justification? Power and resolve. If we have that, then the liberals can never stop us.
Comment by Carl Snook
Marxism of the Right
I have run across a lot of Libertarian thought on the net, and have found myself agreeing with some of their points. However, running a government based on the principle of ultimate individual freedom is as unworkable as communism turned out to be.
Thursday, March 03, 2005
The Death of Unbelief?
I trust no poll that doesn't publish it's internals. What are they hiding?
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
The man apparently had sex with dozens of men over the preceding two years, but is unable to remember their names because he was high on methamphetamines, the latest scourge of the gay community, much of the time.