Archive for November, 2007
On an episode of South Park taking aim at the airline industry, Mr. Garrison (still a man at that point) invented a mode of transportation where riders had to have a metal prod inserted into their backsides in order to avoid falling off the vehicle. The response of those enduring such discomfort and humiliation was that it was still less than what passengers had to endure at the airport. While the bit might have been a bit over the top in terms of propriety, it was pretty much on target in terms of how most Americans feel regarding the bureaucratic procedures implemented in the name of “transportation security” since September 11th.
I was quite surprised (yet obviously pleased) that homeschooling developed in the United States with minimal resistance from government agencies. I am even more pleased with the statistics that have emerged on the subject of home-schooled children excelling in extraordinary measure compared to their public school-attending counterparts. In truth, I rather expected a few average American families to have to endure Waco-style sieges, imprisonment and decades-long legal battles over the issue.
The libraries of the world are filled with books devoted to history and new ones are published on any almost daily basis, but if their lessons are ignored, it condemns nations and the peoples of the world to horrors that increase with the evolving technology of death.
Circulating on the Internet and in virally forwarded emails today, there is a series of pithy quips and comments attributed to George Carlin (and less commonly, to Ted Nugent), under the heading “I Am A Bad American”. While neither wrote it, and both have denied its authorship publically, it continues to circulate because the statements themselves resonate so well with so many people!
Thanksgiving Day is over and happy shoppers are out in droves. Millions are in our malls looking for holiday bargains while enjoying the beautiful Christmas decorations. However, they are seemingly oblivious to the potential danger they are putting themselves in while merely shopping.
Circulating on the internet these days, there are a couple emails outlining what you must believe to be a “good democrat” or a “good republican”. Recently I was sent a copy of the “Things you must believe to be a good Republican”.
I was struck with the inaccuracies and outright falacies that the author circulates as representative of Republican thinking. So I wrote a brief response, point for point. I hope you find both the author’s statements and my responses enlightening
The FBI and police recently warned us that Al Qaeda may attack shopping malls during the Christmas holidays. However, the “Drive by Media” has been rather silent about this very disturbing news. Los Angeles and other major cities face the dangers of terrorist attacks every day, not just during the holidays. However, radical Islam chooses this time of the year to explode, figuratively. We must all comprehend the reality that there are terrorist cells in America.
On October 19, a Washington Post article was headlined “Power Plant Rejected Over Carbon Dioxide for First Time.” Let’s hope it is the last time or those of us around the nation who depend on coal to produce over 50% of the electricity we use are in big trouble.
With the cost of a barrel of crude oil edging toward $100 (remember the good old days when it was only $70?), it’s time to look at the gas tax. In August, the Cato Institute published a “Policy Analysis” that was titled, “Don’t Increase Federal Gasoline Taxes—Abolish Them.”
A youngster’s mind is not mature enough to make decisions about sex. They do not understand the horrors of venereal diseases, or the ramifications of becoming pregnant. The emotional downsides of abortions are never mentioned by those who propose it. However, even for an adult woman it is an unforgettable act. Abortion can lead to long lasting depression, low self esteem, emotional problems, drug abuse, and alcoholism.