Mankind - if they were salmon
This was great ... my favorite:
The natural order is blithely unconcerned with our happiness; our bodies are built with the family's -- and, hence, the species' -- best interest in mind. So, by nature, we barrel bedward with all the zest of salmon swimming upstream to spawn. With the same results. Have you ever seen the battered state of those fish at the end of their selfless, frantic fight against the current, over rocks, up hills, and over dams -- their tattered skin, broken fins, and glassy stares? They look like parents emerging, drained and dazed, from Chuck E. Cheese.
No wonder modern man, having figured out biological means to skip that whole, exhausting slog, prefers to live in a fish farm. We'd rather subsist like those shiny, bloated salmon that slurp around in corporate hatcheries, chowing down on niblets of corn, staying healthy with regular doses of hormones and antibiotics, and using red dye No. 2 to keep our flesh nice and pink. We may not build up all those healthy Omega nutrients that the authorities say would make us "better fish." Our offspring are fewer, but fatter. We might not turn out as complex, or courageous -- but our "effort to pleasure" ratio is a whole lot better.
Putting your faith in markets vs. posterity
highlighted an interesting observation from this post
In other words, if your whole political economy is based on putting a burden of debt on unborn generations, does not the existence of your political economy rest on the idea that the unborn generation shall and must come to be? If the Big Brother you worship and serve cannot remain solvent, indeed, cannot survive at all, unless the next generation outnumbers the current, is it not treason to Big Brother to remain infertile? ...
To which a commenter responded
Civilization will probably return to the historical norm of having a dozen children as a retirement plan.
I find it interesting that financial advisors have told me that a good mutual fund will grow at 10-12% over time. That said an index fund on a major market supposedly outperforms a mutual fund 90% of the time. If you take the DJIA from 1935-1985 and drag a trend line through it you have about 5.1% growth. If you drag it from 1905-1985 you get about 4%. Sounds like inflation to me. I used Jan 1 FWIW. I hear the arguments against me ... "I am including the depression or markets are more efficient these days". Maybe so but I am not putting my hope in it. Furthermore you have dividends to consider as well so lets consider a dividend reinvestment version ... tack on 2-4%. That still ain't 10-12% folks. It seems that historically markets trend up for 15-20 years and then flatten out for that long. I am getting into the meat of my career and any early retirement money I have is shrinking fast. I don't expect it to grow all that fast for the next 10 years so where does that put me if the markets struggle for that time frame? Still working ...
Of course, if I raise them right, at least I can depend on my children when they are older, or as the psalmist put it
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children born in one's youth. Blessed are they whose quivers are full. They will never be shamed contending with foes at the gate. (Psalm 127:4-5)
Watched Brazil a few nights ago ...
Brazil the movie (1985) ...
This movie hits a little too close to home every time I see it. I may have gotten the worst case of !!! from it that I ever have.
1) everyone is addicted to TV
2) the government protects us from "terrorists" although you suspect they are the cause as well
3) everything has a form, signatures and receipts of receipts
4) how you look and your status within the organization is very important
5) people cannot do anything without state intervention
5b) nor do they seem to want to
6) Information Retrieval is the "torture for information" arm of the system
7) Consumers for Christ
8) parents do not even know their kids names ...
9) Life and death seem to be an inconvenient diversion for most
10) Everything is bloated and expensive
The art decco mixed with the inefficient hit a little too close to home. Of course I am sure you are thinking of the Bush administration right?
Meanwhile I want to remind you of a few things regarding socialism defined as
A system of social and economic organization that would substitute state monopoly for private ownership of the sources of production and means of distribution, and would concentrate under the control of the secular governing authority the chief activities of human life.
and about which the Church has stated:
"The socialists, therefore, in setting aside the parent and setting up a State supervision, act against natural justice, and destroy the structure of the home." (source)
"Socialists...debase the natural union of man and woman...the [family] bond they...deliver up to lust. Lured...by the greed of present goods...they assail the right of property. While they seem desirous of caring for the needs and satisfying the desires of all men, they strive to seize and hold in common whatever has been acquired either by title, by labor, or by thrift." (source)
"...Socialism...cannot be reconciled with the teachings of the Catholic Church because its concept of society itself is utterly foreign to Christian truth." (source)
I'm just curious ... How is the an Obama presidency which wants to further remove the education of children from parents by creating mandatory preschool, debase the natural union of man and woman by promoting gay marriage and increasingly assign to the state that which is governed by the private sector an improvement on the bleak vision offered to us in Brazil?
I'm just sayin' ... McSame has a nice ring to it but "O the President" is going to prove to be a disappointment for those really looking for change. After all wasn't this bailout -- I'm sorry "rescue package" -- that was opposed by the ignorant masses a bipartisan effort? I mean we have Bush suspending constitutional rights in the time of military crisis. This is a WAR folks! We have bi-partisan work doing it with an unprecedented economic crisis .. Whats next? Seriously, what crisis will justify suspension of the Bill of Rights and what makes anyone think Obama is really going to be any different? Because his promises sound good and his party isn't the same as Bush?
Politicians want power and they are increasingly more and more obvious about their motives. Good guy (your party) vs bad guy (their party) only serves to keep the masses at each others throats and meanwhile we are all frustrated while supporting both sides of evil. Meanwhile nothing changes on the good side of the ledger -- issues of life, treatment of the poor etc. After all they cannot keep Americans focused on the real problems that face us if they actually do something about it.
OK ... I promise, I'll post something less cynical in the future :)
I'm normally not thrilled when I read movie reviews but when I found this review of Ghost Town
on Mecatornet, I thought I would go ahead and post it.
What particularly strikes me about Ghost Town is how easily it and films like it ... all get right at the meaning of life without being didactic and preachy.
My wife and I saw this move this past weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed it. It simply didn't suffer from the majority of the major flaws of most modern movies. It has some vulgar jokes but beyond that it was a hilarious movie with a good message and a romance that did not result in people sleeping together to get across the point that they were "in love".
Several days ago I got into a discussion about birth control. The main gist of what the discussion focused on was a "pro-life" politician in south Louisiana who suggested that it would be a good idea to give poor people $1000 to sterlize themselves. I won't go into the sheer stupidity of such a plan. From a Christian perspective I will put it succinctly - Matt 26:11a
The poor you will always have with you
Follow that to its natural conclusion.
The pro-life concern here was one of the "intrinsic evil" of sterilization (Humanae Vitae). Immediately upon mentioning the Catholic concern here cries of "seperation of Church and state", "I don't debate religion" and "we shouldn't impose our beliefs on others" rang from the crowd.
I made the point that a case can be made without recourse to Bible or Magisterium yet the overwhelming mindset seemed to be that "birth control is a religious doctrine" thus it can handily be dismissed without further reflection and left in the "its OK for you but not for me" bin. The problem is that this is logically incoherent. I suspect people deep down understand that but it is easier to rush it into a bin that everybody knows is off topic in polite discussion. Welcome to the "dictatorship of relativism". Moral relativism falls slap in its own face and will be the downfall of freedom in our western culture. A perfect example comes from the UK. Modern sensibilities have been favorable to the Muslim plight in recent years highlighting an enlightened sense of "tolerance" in the non-Muslim proponent. Modern sensibilities have also been favorable to free access to sex without consequence. What should so happen when these two worlds collide?Mother is denied pill by Muslim pharmacist
We get the same answer
"I appreciate we live in a multi-cultural society but what gives him the right to impose his beliefs onto me?"
Actually it is precisely the opposite that is occurring here. She is wanting to impose her beliefs on the phramacist. Not only that, there is NO appreciation of the values of Islam going on here. When multi-cultural tolerance meets the need to have sex free of consequence, sex wins. The right and simple solution is "conscience notification" at pharmacies. Its not hard in this day and age to find another pharmacy. In the US chances are there is one across the street. It retains the right of conscience for the pharmacist and does not deny the contracepting person access to contraceptives ... that is, for now. Naturally, in a perfect world I would hope all pharmacists would all of the sudden find Humanae Vitaes message compelling. It would restore a good deal of order to sexual relationships in the world.
Freedom of religion requires as much as is reasonably attainable the right of conscience. I am not against laws requiring a sign stating that the pharmacist will not provide contraceptives or abortaficient pills. I am against laws seeking to require pharmacists and doctors to perform actions that they consider gravely immoral. Now since any Protestant readers I know may encounter this and object on the basis of not believing that handing out contraceptives is a grossly immoral act, I will extend the idea to doctors and abortions. On this front, the pro-life movement is gaining some ground. Doctors are increasingly less likely to want to perfom abortions. This is, or will be soon causing a shortage of doctors willing to perform abortions. The "tolerant" solution? Force all doctors to be able to perfom abortions in order to even become a doctor. That eliminates any future shortage of doctors willing to perform them but at what cost? Denial of freedom of religion and the right of conscience. From a pro-life perspective we want the right of conscience retained. After all, if the law won't change, then a change in the hearts of doctors is a good way to reduce access to abortions and thus the number of them.
This matter of conscience on contraceptives is a key piece in the battle against abortion. To fight against Catholics and Muslims is to setup another blow against life in the future. Don't be caught on that side of the fence because you happen to disagree with Catholics and because the war on terror has you afraid of the advancement of Muslim values. The next logical step is forcing doctors to murder babies.
This is for my conservative readers
Based on the W "The President" stickers ...
It works on so many levels. I figure somebody has already done this. If not, enjoy! :)
Here is a post by a Canadian priest that explains why the bailout is necessary
My theory on why Americans were calling their reps demanding them NOT to pass the bailout
One more thing on the economy and then I will say no more ... it being above my pay grade and all.
The REASON people are calling their reps and demanding they NOT pass a bailout is because they see it like this:
I have been into debt and I had to work hard to get OUT. I suffered for my mistakes.
I have never been in debt. I played fair by the system. I suffered through delayed gratification while my neighbors bought nicer stuff.
I am in debt and I know I will have to work hard and suffer to get out.
Take that analogy and apply it to the banks. Most Americans want those who took the risk to suffer. Yes, I realize those risks will fall out in their 401k's. I suspect many of them know that. Still, the analogy they see is
I went into debt. I have bad credit, junk assets and I am asking the taxpayer to give me a sweet debt consolidation loan and then trust that I'll do better next time.
The market isn't so nice to the average Joe on the street and, quite frankly, they don't see why all of the sudden it should be nice to someone else. The see it as welfare for a class of people they don't exactly feel inclined to feel sorry for. After all, when average Joe goes into debt average Joe pays for it. They only see this as a larger scale average Joe going into debt and asking a poorer average Jane to pay for it.
I am not saying its right nor do I know the right answer. I am not prone to trust politicians who have a vested interest in the market doing well now ... the future be damned. That said, if Americans want to be at the mercy of capitalism at its coldest they may get that. Rock and hard place ... It'll be interesting to see unfold.
Market woes ... in perspective
When watching the market I want you to keep a little perspective
In the great depression the market lost 89% of its value ... we are down almost 25% in the past year. I am going to present here a couple of lists.
Worst market downturns in Wall Street history
Wall Street 1901-03: -46%
The market was spooked by the assassination of President McKinley in 1901, coupled with a severe drought later the same year.
Wall Street 1919-21: -46%
There were fears that the new automobile sector was becoming overheated and that car ownership had reached saturation point.
Wall Street 1906-07: -48%
Markets took fright after President Theodore Roosevelt had threatened to rein in the monopolies that flourished in various industrial sectors, notably railways.
Wall Street 1937-38: -49%
This share price fall was triggerd by an economic recession and doubts about the effectiveness of Franklin D Roosevelt's New Deal policy.
Wall Street 1929-32: -89%
The Wall Street Crash heads the list, with the US stock market falling by 89 per cent between 1929 and 1932. The bursting of the speculative bubble led to further selling as people who had borrowed money to buy shares had to cash them in in a hurry when their loans wre called in. (source)
Yesterdays 7% loss in comparison to other black days on Wall Street
|1||December 12, 1914||-24.39|
|2||October 19, 1987||-22.61|
|3||October 28, 1929||-12.82|
|4||October 29, 1929||-11.73|
|5||November 6, 1929||-9.92|
|6||December 18, 1899||-8.72|
|7||August 12, 1932||-8.40|
|8||March 14, 1907||-8.29|
|9||October 26, 1987||-8.04|
|10||July 21, 1933||-7.84|
|11||October 18, 1937||-7.75|
|12||February 1, 1917||-7.24|
|13||October 27, 1997||-7.18|
|14||October 5, 1932||-7.15|
|15||September 17, 2001||-7.13|
|16||September 24, 1931||-7.07|
|17||July 20, 1933||-7.07|
|18||September 29, 2008||-6.98|
|19||July 30, 1914||-6.91|
|20||October 13, 1989||-6.91|
If the pundits are right then we have a LONG way yet to fall.
Another cool severe weather capture
You can click on it to see a full sized image. I put the waterspout icon (
) in there thinking it would be unlikely that I ever saw it. Lucky me.
Hurricane Ike: nearly 400 still missing
Two weeks after Ike, more than 400 are still missing.
... According to Wikipedia, the US death total stands at 61.
Most in Houston have likely gotten their power back. The city may look different but life for most will be getting back to normal. Meanwhile Hurricane Ike will likely go down as the second deadliest hurricane to happen in 40 years in the United States behind only Hurricane Katrina. The two deadliest I mention before? Camille in 1969 killed 256. Audrey in 1957 killed 390. But most of you won't notice. Many will move on thinking that Ike was just another ho-hum storm. Certainly not an Andrew or an Ivan or anything even close to a Katrina. Sad thing is that Ike has more in common with Katrina than any other storm since I was born (1973). Except for Katrina, no storm in the US since 1973 has killed more than 50 people. Even the vaunted Andrew resulted in a "mere" 26 direct fatalities.Story
will go un-noticed by mainstream America. After all Ike was two weeks ago. Its old news. We have an economic collapse to worry about. The sad thing is that most people will still go on thinking that us moderns are prepared for these storms even when we aren't.
"There were people who had sat through Category 3 storms and this was only a 2. Nobody realized the water would be that bad."
Yet the NWS -- the advisories those on the coast are SUPPOSED to be paying attention to -- said that it would be that bad. I seem to recall the press running with the CERTAIN DEATH claim some 9 hours AFTER it was issued by the NWS.
ALL NEIGHBORHOODS...AND POSSIBLY ENTIRE COASTAL COMMUNITIES...
WILL BE INUNDATED DURING THE PERIOD OF PEAK STORM TIDE. PERSONS
NOT HEEDING EVACUATION ORDERS IN SINGLE FAMILY ONE OR TWO STORY
HOMES WILL FACE CERTAIN DEATH. MANY RESIDENCES OF AVERAGE
CONSTRUCTION DIRECTLY ON THE COAST WILL BE DESTROYED. (source)
I hope the NHC makes this storm the poster child the "its only a two" is a deadly mindset. I also hope they make a change and start reporting the IKE number along with -- maybe even in FRONT of -- the Saffir Simpson category. After all, Andrew's Cat 5 winds affected very few locations. Katrina and Ike's massive surges caused hundreds of deaths. Katrina was a Cat 3 ... Ike, "only a two".
If people who live on the coast aren't educated about this somebody will pay the price. I don't want it to be any of your loved ones.
Competitive sports and homeschooling
A while back I was hammered for
noting that a negative aspect of homeschooling was participation in sports. I said:
2. Some talented athletes require a school to achieve their potential (I am thinking football mostly). Uncommon problem for most homeschooling parents.
Seems my position has been more than vindicated when ESPN goes to bat for me with States having trouble passing "Tebow laws"
Only 24 states allow homeschoolers to participate in extracurricular activities at public schools.
Being banned from public school teams is reality for some. The Ketchum family has gone against its ideal of education and enrolled two of its children in high-powered Briarwood Christian Academy in Birmingham: daughter and future Auburn basketball player Ruth, who was searching for a basketball scholarship, and son Phillip, who wants to pursue football in college.
There is no getting around it. For homeschoolers in over half the states in the United States access to "scholarship visible" competition is limited. That is a reality homeschoolers will need to come to terms with as more and more people exit the school system in favor of the homeschooling life.
FYI, according to this
participation in public school sports by homeschoolers IS allowed in the state of Louisiana. That said, I am not sure it is part of public school teams ... I will try to find out.
HT to CMR
UPDATE: I posted this as a comment elsewhere:
The more I think about this the more I think homeschoolers need to take this lump with the choice. If your kid is that good, put him back in school.
The main reason is one of allowing the state a foot into the door. Once you have opened that can of worms you have voluntarily relinquished parental rights that are presumably some of the reason you chose to homeschool in the first place. Ultimately parental rights are more important ...
The correct solution is regional un-affliated homeschool umbrellas. Another problem with allowing homeschool students into a public school to compete is that the choice opens up a WIDE chasm for abuse. For example, your son is struggling in the 9th grade. He is 5-star recruit good. Why not homeschool him and lower your academic standards so he can focus all of his attention on athletics? I would be an easy and widespread choice. The schools have no way to police this type of abuse nor do I think the taxpayers should pay for it. Homeschool umbrellas have the same problem EXCEPT that it requires a fee (you pay for your own stuff) to get in. The parents would also have to pool to pay for a salary, obtaining access to a practice field etc. Its a system that could be required to be self policed like mandatory testing to ensure a minimum of academics is met. All of this could be required to be covered at the expense of homeschooling parents (i.e. no taxpayer dimes) ... That leaves the whole system and thus the whole choice of homeschooling untethered from the state. Ultimately that is what needs to be retained.
Church opposition to gay marriage
If you are curious why the Church opposes gay marriage ...
Its short, in terms of Vatican documents :)
My severe weather warnings page in action
This is a screen shot of my Severe Weather Warnings page (click to see a full size image) ....
If you happen onto this blog and see the upside down red triangle (
) on the right that means there is an active tornado warning going on in the United States. See the yellow box UNDER the blue box in the upper right corner.
If you see the little tornado (
) up under Storm Reports that means an ACTUAL tornado was reported within the last 3 hours. See the top yellow box in the upper right corner.
If you are a little
more curious, you can click on the Storms Overview link (light blue box on the right of the image above)
and get some detailed information. The icon (
) indicates that a tornado is on the ground. I put a big red arrow on screen shot to point it out. Weather enthusiasts will note that image is the supposed first photograph ever taken of a tornado. I wanted to differentiate between an actual tornado and the vast majority of radar indicated (
) warnings. The logic that places the icons is not perfect but its pretty good.
The radar image shows the storm that the tornado is part of. The circle with the crosshairs in the middle is the initial location for the warning. I drew another red arrow on the radar image to point that out. Sometimes the delay between the initial warning and the radar can be a good bit so the storm may already be way past the initial point.
The green box
in the lower right shows the warning text indicating the tornado on the ground. If you click on any of the warnings on the right of my blog you can get the text.
FYI the lower left of the image shows a severe thunderstorm warning with dangerous lightning and nickel sized hail. There is also a radar image with that and with every warning on the page. Its interesting that all of this lined up when it did. Now you can know what all that weather related stuff is that fills in the blank space on my blog.
Embryonic stem cell research soon to be irrelevant debate?
Well .. not in the short term.Stem Cell Advance
More than ever, it appears that the promise of such pluripotent cells can be explored—all the way from basic science to the clinic—without the need to use or destroy human embryos, and so without political or ethical controversy.
Excellent news. Now partisan Republicans can clear McCain's support for stem cell research from the record almost entirely because soon the debate regarding ESCR will end on the note that embryos aren't even necessary.
Just remember McCain doesn't become more ideal just because this issue looks like it will become functionally irrelevant. Fact is, he still supported it.
The power of the boxes ...
This is somewhat timely. Mercatornet has an interesting article on ideological boxes
... which reminds me of something Hurricane Gustav highlighted to me.
In the morning many of us get up off a sleeping box, to hop into a cleansing box. We then meander around the inner compartments of a home box getting ready. We then leave the home box and hop into a transport box. From transport box we go to the office box. In the office box we often stare at a glowing information box. From office box we use the transport box to go to a lunch box and back. We then use transport box to go back to home box where we often stare at information box or entertainment box until we finally find ourselves back on the sleeping box. The bulk of time many of us spend outside is tending the odd thing we call "nature" outside the box in order to make it look pleasant for our neighbors passing in their transport boxes. If we fail to tend the outer box we risk an angry message placed in a mail box and transported (by boxes) to our mail/home box.
Even when people leave their box and venture into the nature space, they tie themselves to a small music box thus effectively force-fielding themselves from contact with non-box attached neighbors.
Our actual contact with people is increasingly limited to boxes ...
The hurricane graciously forced us out of our boxes. People spent more time outside of their homes than I have ever seen. It was like the scene in Wall-E where the man and the woman touch hands and realize that something HUGE has been missing. The neighbors milling around outdoors was just another reminder to me that we need to spend more time outside after work.
Sadly when the power came back, the power of the boxes returned. In my not so humble opinion we need to back off the boxes .... ----- a short aside on the election -----
The election is really depressing me. Not the candidates, although that does cause heartburn, but what passes for debate these days.
Mercatornet has one of those classic comments in an article critical of Obama AND McCain that calls the writer racist because he had the nerve to be critical of Obama. Just remember it is IMPOSSIBLE to have legitimate political differences with Obama. To vote against him is clearly a measure on the widespread prevalence of racism in this country. The number of non-Obama votes will be used as evidence of just how prevalent racism is.
All I will say about it is that I am NOT voting for Obama. Beyond that my vote will remain a secret but I can guarantee you that my vote has nothing to do with race.
Are we a nation of ninnies?
OK I said I wasn't going to blog but I have a couple of rants to get off my chest .. maybe I am rethinking this blogging thing ... First
off Hurricane Ike is NOT the be all end all proof that Republicans run things better than Democrats. Nor is Gustav proof that Republicans run things better than Katrina. The whole series of storms is a lesson on human nature. I wrote this on a forum I visit frequently reading someone who SERVED on the ground during Katrina and Gustav and rightly gave thanks to Katrina for preparing everyone for Gustav
The pre-hurricane effort in Louisiana before Gustav was unheard of in our state history. This is the first time I recall evacuations, for the most part, running smoothly. Some people want to give all the credit to Jindal but you hit the nail on the head with where the bulk of the credit belongs -- experience. Jindal did what he was supposed to do and since I like Jindal it doesn't hurt my feelings that he will be praised for his efforts. This storm even made Ray Nagin look better. I like to point out to folks who are not familiar with the history of hurricanes in Louisiana that it had been decades (Besty in the 60's) since New Orleans suffered a direct hit from a significant hurricane. The lower Ninth Ward flooded then just as it did with Katrina. In 2004 Hurricane Ivan headed towards NO and turned at the last minute. The evacuation for Ivan was an utter and complete disaster. Drive times from NO to BR (normally 1 hour) were in the 12+ hour range. People died in the resulting gridlock. What people don't realize is that for all that died in Katrina in 2005, it would have been a LOT worse if Ivan had not provided a dry run for the evacuation for Katrina. Still, the bad experience in 2004 almost certainly resulted in SOME of those who stayed and died (don't want to discuss the able vs. the unable -- they had a good plan for that with Gustav). The aftermath of Katrina provided very serious efforts from the state level all the way down to the prepared citizen. The mistakes made in Katrina were learned from -- at least in the short term.
Fast forward to Ike. One can make the case that Texas had its analog of Betsy-Ivan-Katrina with Carla-Rita-Ike. It had been a while since Carla (and there is very strong evidence in post-storm analysis that Alicia was not a major hurricane). A bad evacuation experience with Rita in Houston setup the people who stayed in Ike. The evacuation rate for Galveston with Rita was near 100%. Thousands supposedly stayed with Ike. Still Texas had a MUCH better plan this time. I fully believe that if the Houston metro area gets hit with another major in the next few years there will be no state more prepared to deal with it than Texas. Like I said, experience helps.
Besides the absolute greatest failure of Hurricane Ike was the number of people who didn't leave the coastal areas. Ike and its lack of media coverage is not a win you want to claim. The death toll will undoubtedly rise.Second
, Ike is a conspiracy theorists dream. Thousands stayed behind. Few died. No media coverage. Where are the missing? --Hint: more will show up. They stopped counting the dead with Katrina after a year. Katrina was a unique media event. Most hurricanes are not covered unless something unusual occurs. Levies failing is a man-made disaster. That's why it was covered. Ike has a slowly rising death toll. Even if it reaches the hundreds it won't get covered. Remember Hurricane Stan killed nearly as many as Katrina in 2005. You likely didn't know that because of Rita and an earthquake elsewhere in the world that killed tens of thousands. Part of news media is good/bad timing.
Ask yourself this? Who was the first woman to fly across the English channel? Of course you don't know. The Titanic sank the day before. Third
, my experience with Gustav was eye-opening and the further shaky economy could take it to a new level. Americans are used to getting things when they want it. Credit is like water and everyone is in debt. We spend more than we make and we don't save. Worse is that Americans are increasingly expecting someone else to provide it for them. People may claim to be against socialism but when you are increasingly expecting state help when things go south, you are setting up a culture that wants socialism whether you claim to be opposed to it or not. When you take away electricity people do not see it as an opportunity to see the stars. They complain about it and expect the state to pick up the tab for their misfortune. "I didn't get anything out of Katrina" ... Good. I cannot tell you how many supposed conservatives were ranting on local radio about how it wasn't fair that FEMA wanted to LOAN them funds for a generator after the storm.
Since when was AC and electricity a necessity for life?
Before you jump on me for the "medical necessity" crowd, the state RIGHTLY helps those people. To every other extent its not the states fault you weren't prepared for the hurricane. For those who were missing college football, the NFL or your favorite show on Fox News/CNN, or who couldn't deal with a week or so without electricity shame on you for expecting the state to be your mom. Grow up.
I always hear that Americans are a resilient bunch. We had better hope so because when an entire society of adolescents masquerading as adults isn't able to get more credit and actually has to PAY off their debt and buy things with REAL money the nation has two choices: collapse into a tantrum for the ages demanding someone else provide their needs or grow up. I hope we choose to grow up.
Will continue blogging ....
I have decided to continue blogging but it will likely be at a slower and more deliberate pace ... I have to keep that life-blog balance in check.
Peace be with you all ...
Hurricane Gustav and DAWGS!
Looks like we are in for a rough ride.
The eye of this storm looks, officially, like it is going to miss us to the west although slight variations to the right of path (certainly possible) could put the eye close to our home. Still we are in for a mess. We can see the outflow eerily creeping over our house right now. Tropical storm force winds are all but expected with gusts to hurricane strength. Also, there have been numerous comparisons to Hurricane Betsy which left part of New Orleans under water and resulted in strong hurricane force winds in the Baton Rouge area (thats me). Anyway, we are not close to a surge prone area so water isn't a problem. Straight line winds and tornadoes are for us. Prayers would be greatly appreciated.
In news of lesser importance .... Yesterday my alma mater beat Mississippi State 22-14
. Its kind of been marred by the storm but I'll take it anyway. YAY!
Court doesn't invent non-existent parental rights ...
Federal Court Rejects Parents’ Rights
I want to make it very clear that I understand this concern, however, you relinquish the right of what is being taught to your children when you let them out the door. The courts have been very clear on this. This is THE number one reason why homeschooling is and should be legal in all states. It returns proper order to the natural right of parents to educate their children to where it should be.
First parents should have a clear path of input. Second to that should be initiatives that allow "school choice" (i.e. vouchers) to be used as the parent sees fit. Third should ultimately be the right of parents to educate their children at home.
See my parental rights entry
for more details on why the state cannot protect the wishes of each and every parent regarding what should and should not be taught at school.
Speaker Pelosi, meet the United States Catholic bishops
Can be found here through Google docs
I can still make edits to it and it will show up. I will look at how it is displayed for people who do not have a Google account. You should be able to save it in any format. I will add direct links to the Word and PDF versions when I figure that out :)
Contraception: A Prophecy FULFILLED
I want to thank OpinionatedCatholic
for linking, in a round about way, to this .. A Prophecy FULFILLED
. It expounds upon the article I linked in regarding the prophecies fulfilled by Humanae Vitae itself
. This list is incredible. Keep in mind it was written in 1962
• “We do not hesitate to say that the acceptance of contraception will produce profound changes in our civilization, these changes are already taking place in countries that have officially endorsed contraception for one or two generations.”
• “Voluntary numerous families will progressively disappear, and the large family will tend to appear as a monstrosity.”
• “Populations and families which have deliberately become less creative will experience spiritual ageing and premature sclerosis.”
• “The idea and the ideal of family happiness will be downgraded in terms of a so-called right to happiness and of what people think are the ‘techniques’ of achieving it.”
• Morality among the young will deteriorate. The unmarried will be more licentious. The sexuality of women will lose its connection with marriage.”
• “There will be a grave change in the bond of love, due to the reversal of sexual function. It will remain fixed at an ‘adolescent’ stage. Society as a whole will slip into this ‘transitory’ stage.”
• “The maternal instinct will become sterile, due to the repression of the desire for children which is innate in women. There will be a silent hostility toward life and its first manifestations: pregnancy, childbirth and even sometimes towards dolls and babies.”
• “A new concept of sex, now essentially defined as ‘the capacity for erotic play for the sake of the couple,’ all reference to procreation now being only accidental.”
• “A growing tolerance of homosexual behavior, as erotic play that succeeds in expressing personal intimacy between friends or lovers.”
• “Finally, contraception will raise hopes which it cannot fulfill, and will give rise to frustrations and deep dissatisfactions, which will contribute to:
- The crisis of divorce and instability of modern marriages.
- The deterioration of mental health, and lack of sexual desire in women.
- The abdication of parents confronted by their task as educators.
- The ennui secreted by a civilization that is entirely centered on a comfortable way of life and sexual satisfaction.”
• “We may be accused of drawing a rather somber picture. No one will reproach us for not being frank. It only remains to justify these predictions.”
I find it ironic that the medical impact and the environmental impact
are what is alarming people to this today. Face it folks, the Church was onto this decades ago.
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Mexico church assailed for maligning miniskirt
Mexico church assailed for maligning miniskirt
Women dressed in miniskirts and low-cut shirts have rallied at the doors of Mexico City's Cathedral during Sunday Mass, carrying signs that read: "Clothed and naked, I am the same."
Guadalupe Loaeza, a renowned Mexican social commentator, said she worries the priest's statements will be taken seriously and make it acceptable to blame the victim.
"It gives rapists permission to say, 'Well, she had on a miniskirt,'" Loaeza said. "What the church says has credibility — that's why this type of statement is so dangerous."
First off: "Clothed and naked, I am the same."
If by this you mean the inherent dignity of women is important - the Church agrees with you.
That said, the rebuke from the priest gives men no such permission to rape women. In fact, it is offensive gobbledygook that is insulting to the basic intelligence of men. It presupposes
that men are going to make the grossly illogical intuitive leaps. What is worse is that she undermines her own case by implying that she believes men are already making this intuitive leap and to have the Church say this somehow ratifies it. In the priests example men are only making ONE illogical intuitive leap - "miniskirt = free sex" (although in this day of Sex in the City I question whether its all that big of a leap -- but I'll grant it). In her example, they are making the same illogical leap AND THEN compounding it with the further twisted "I have permission because a priest told her wearing a skirt meant that" leap.
If you are going to suggest men are that dense and dangerously illogical then it only makes even more sense
to put more clothing on.
Let me break it down in layman's terms. Its like covering yourself in honey and walking into bear infested woods. Its your right, but don't say you weren't warned. Its not blaming women. Its acknowledging and reacting responsibly towards a weakness of men. You'd sensibly grant that honor to a bear now wouldn't you?
Guess what ... These men are not batting about this idea for their own benefit or to keep women down. They understand the fire you are playing with. They've been there.