Sunday, July 31, 2011

Multiculturalism and Iranian acid attacks

In my experience those who advocate multiculturalism generally tend to focus on superficial elements of culture like food and clothes while they seem to assume that all cultures are basically good.

Here is a story from Iran that really helps put some deep cultural differences in perspective. The fact that the acid attacks described in this story are said to be common in Iran is shocking from a Western cultural perspective.

But then there is also the "eye for an eye" punishment which permits the woman to pour acid in the eye of her attacker as a legal punishment!

While westerners are shocked by what they consider to be a  barbaric punishment, westerners somehow fail to come to grips with the monumental injustice that would be done by western-style punishment. In the west the perpetrator would serve a few years in prison and then be free to live the rest of his life as if nothing had ever happened.

Meanwhile his victim, a once beautiful woman, will live the rest of her life blind and disfigured by horrible acid scars. Somehow in the west, we think this is justice! We care more for the perpetrator than for the victim!

But finally, there is the beautiful end to the story as the victim finally comes to grips with her need for revenge and instead shows amazing grace, forgives her attacker and allows him to keep his eyes.

I can almost picture this woman--like the Good Samaritan--as the hero of one of Jesus' stories as he concludes, "go thou and do likewise."

Friday, July 29, 2011

U.N. standing up for sexual rights of children!

CNSNews has an excellent article entitled, "U.N. Group Stands up for Children's Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Including Abortion." Cutting to the chase, the bottom line is:
“Offering confidentiality to minors not only violates parents’ rights, it protects sex offenders, rapists, molesters, and child sex traffickers. It also exposes the child to additional exploitation. This is well documented in the United States where Planned Parenthood has been caught on video ignoring mandatory reporting laws on suspected rape or child abuse and coaching young girls to lie on admission forms. All this is done under the guise of serving and protecting youth.
I've got an idea to help trim the budget. Cut off the United Nations and turn their New York building into a high rise apartment or office complex.

Please take time to read the article.

Censorship in public libraries

This just came in an e-mail from the ADF:
Author Ilene Vick submitted an application to reserve a public meeting room at the Putnam County Library in Tennessee to hold a group discussion about a Christian book she wrote. The library director informed her that the room was available, and then asked what her book was about. That’s when Ilene was told that library policy forbids the use of its public rooms for religious purposes – and her request was denied.
What happened to the "Library Bill of Rights" and library opposition to censorship? Apparently those "core" library principles only applied to the protection of sexual deviancy in magazines, books and on the internet.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

NASA debunks global warming myth

According to an article in Forbes,
NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth's atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxidetrap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.
On the other hand some (myself included) suspect that global warming was never about science. It was really about increasing socialism and government control.

Monday, July 25, 2011

"A speech every high school principal should give"

If you read only one article this week, please take time to read this short but outstanding article entitled, "A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give." 

Then pass it on.

(Hat tip: Professor ed)

"Is Obama a pathological liar?"

CURL: Is Obama a pathological liar? - Washington Times

Honestly, I'm at a complete loss to understand why anyone takes anything this President says at face value anymore.

Porn and Sex Abuse In Our Public Libraries

SafeLibraries: Porn and Sex Abuse In Our Public Libraries: Public Library Porn Harms Children, Patrons, Librarians, and Porn Industry Actors

Excellent article!  Please take a little time to be informed. Your kids depend on it!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A cure for Sickle cell anemia

According to NIH News,
A modified blood adult stem-cell transplant regimen has effectively reversed sickle cell disease in 9 of 10 adults who had been severely affected by the disease, according to results of a National Institutes of Health study in the Dec. 10 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
A cure for Sickle cell anemia?!  This is huge and exciting! But the news is a year and a half old. Why am I just hearing about it today? I would have thought that this would be on every news outlet in the country.

California requirement to teach gay history

According to the Huffington Post,
California lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor a bill that would make the state the first requiring public schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in social studies curriculum.
The bill, passed on a party-line vote, adds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as well as people with disabilities to the list of groups that schools must include in the lessons. It also would prohibit material that reflects adversely on gays.
"Prohibit material that reflects adversely on gays?" Maybe we should include a clause the prohibits material that reflects adversely on Americans? Maybe we should stop teaching history regarding the taking of Indian lands or the horrors of slavery since such teaching may cause someone's feelings to be hurt? What nonsense!

What kind of "history" is it when only positive contributions can be selected? That's not history. It is propaganda. Worse than propaganda, this bill is a postmodern, manipulative, oppressive power play designed to legitimize perverted behaviors and to de-legitimize and villainize people of traditional faith.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Attorneys' freedom under attack in Arizona

According to the ADF,
Dozens of individual Arizona attorneys, including some affiliated with the Alliance Defense Fund, filed a letter Friday that asks the Arizona Supreme Court to reject a proposed amendment to attorney ethical rules that would create significant threats to the constitutionally protected rights of many Arizona attorneys....
The proposed amendment would prohibit attorneys, in many instances, from expressing views that others might perceive as “biased” based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression.” The rule could be used to discipline lawyers who advocate for certain legal positions, including the view that the law should protect and preserve marriage as the unique union of a man and a woman.
Just the fact that such an assault on freedom would be proposed in America is frightening! This is yet another example of a gay activist version of "tolerance."

The heat wave, electric cars and the power grid

According to the Associated Press,
A lengthy, blistering heat wave that is blanketing the eastern half of the United States is putting significant stress on the nation's power grid as homeowners and businesses crank up their air conditioners.
Just out of curiosity, what will happen to the power grid if a significant number of Americans ever start buying electric cars that need to be plugged in every day?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Think you know what poverty is? Think again.

One on seven Americans live in poverty--that's what our government tells the rest of the world. That's what the Left uses to justify more and more entitlement programs and higher and higher taxes.

So you think you know what poverty is?  Over 95% of American living in "poverty" have a stove, oven, refrigerator, and Television. About 80% have a microwave and air conditioning.

People who live in real poverty in other countries would think such people are rich!

Please take time to read, "Modern Poverty includes A.C. and an Xbox."

Ten Ways Progressive Policies Harm Society's Moral Character - Page 1 - Dennis Prager - Townhall Conservative

Ten Ways Progressive Policies Harm Society's Moral Character - - Dennis Prager -

The Rape of Caleb Warner

The Rape of Caleb Warner - Mike Adams - Townhall Conservative

Friday, July 15, 2011

"Marriage" Fabricators Never Promised Anyone a Rose Garden

"Marriage" Fabricators Never Promised Anyone a Rose Garden - Alan Sears -

Obamacare deceptions

In her latest article, "The Expanding Catalogue of Obamacare fables," Ann Coulter lists a half dozen examples that have been cited to prove how terrible the existing medical care situation in America was before Obamacare.

The problem: the stories are all deceptions if not outright lies--including the one President Obama told about his mother. Please take time to read the article.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ingratitude (and stupidity?) in South Korea

Dennis Prager has a short, but excellent article on South Korea in Townhall. I agree completely with his conclusions about pulling out.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Hizballah in Mexico!

"Tuscon Police confirm: Yes, Hizballah is operating in Mexico."

No worries. I'm sure they'll respect our border.

Government indoctrination in America

Why is it unconstitutional for Christian teachers, for example, to share their testimony in a public school, or for Christian chaplains to say a prayer in Jesus' name, but it is not unconstitutional for the U.S. government to force people to attend indoctrination sessions in which people of faith are vilified as racist bigots?

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Racism in Milwaukee

According to JSOnline (Milwaukee Journal Sentinal):
Shaina Perry remembers the punch to her face, blood streaming from a cut over her eye, her backpack with her asthma inhaler, debit card and cellphone stolen, and then the laughter.
"They just said 'Oh, white girl bleeds a lot,' " said Perry, 22, who was attacked at Kilbourn Reservoir Park over the Fourth of July weekend....
Perry was among several who were injured by a mob they said beat and robbed them and threw full beer bottles while making racial taunts. The injured people were white; the attackers were African-American, witnesses said.
Unfortunately for Shaina Perry and the other victims, no celebrities like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton will stand up for them. No major news media outlets will endlessly promote their story, lamenting the sorry state of racism in Milwaukee and condemning the hate crimes. In fact, her attackers probably won't even be charged with hate crimes! All because the victims don't happen to have the right skin color.

Failure to recognize that racism comes in all skin colors is itself racist.

John Stossel and "The College Scam"

John Stossel just posted an article called, "The College Scam." It is an abbreviated version of something he recently did on Fox. I usually like Stossel's work but in this case I think he dropped the ball (My readers can judge whether my objections are valid, or based merely on personal bias due to my faculty position in a college).

Stossel quotes Hillary Clinton as saying "Graduates from four-year colleges earn nearly twice as much as high school graduates, an estimated $1 million more."  Stossel concedes that this is true but quotes author Richard Vedder as saying that the comparison is ridiculous because those who go to college are more disciplined and smarter than those who can't get in, and would have made more money anyway.

Stossel and Vedder are probably right that those who where not smart enough or disciplined enough to get in to college will generally earn less than those who go to college, but Stossel and Vedder have not shown that those who are smart and disciplined but do not choose the college route will make as much as their peers who go to college. It is the comparison offered by Stossel and Vedder which is invalid, not the comparison offered by Hillary Clinton.

According to Stossel, "Riley says some college students don't get what they pay for because their professors have little incentive to teach. The incentives are all for more research."

That may be true of large research  universities but it is much less true of many smaller colleges where students are actually taught by professors with Ph.D.'s and not by teaching assistants who teach while the professors do the research! The answer is not to label all colleges as a "scam." The answer may be to send your kids to smaller teaching colleges rather than major research universities.

Stossel then points out that many people are just not cut out for college. He asks why colleges accept these people in the first place? His answer is "money."

There is some truth to that. Colleges are businesses. They need money to survive. But that is a superficial answer. If all colleges had strict admissions policies I never would have got into college and may have been stuck milking cows! But I worked hard in college and succeeded--just like many others who did not do well in High School (for a variety of reasons) but did well in college.

If all colleges had strict admissions policies and kept people out who did not do well in high school, Stossel could have written an article condemning colleges for not giving students a second chance and trying to help them.

Stossel should know that education is not just about getting into college. To a significant degree, education is what you make it. It takes effort, study and hard work. Rather than asking colleges why they admit such students (in other words, why do some colleges give them a second chance and try to help them), maybe it would be better to ask students why they throw their money away on an education for which they never intend to invest any effort.

Stossel then complains that "Tuitions have risen four times faster than inflation." This is a very superficial attack. As a good libertarian I would think Stossel would want to know why this is. For example, it would be fascinating to discover how much excessive accreditation requirements and government regulations add to the cost of colleges.

Such regulations require colleges to hire more and more people to deal with the mountains of paperwork required. Accreditation requirements--which sometimes have more to do with political correctness than with the quality of education--take literally hundreds, if not thousands of faculty and administration man-hours (depending on the size of the institution)--this is time and money that could have been devoted to students and teaching.

In my own area which is library, some brilliant minds changed the standards from an objective, fixed target, to a relative, constantly moving target. What this means is that instead of having a set standard of how many books a library needs for a certain number of students, we now have to compare our holdings with other libraries in a "peer group"!

So I have to add more and more volumes not just to keep the collection current, but to keep up with other colleges in my peer group. But they have to add more and more volumes to keep up with me and the others in their peer group! It is a never ending viscous spiral of spending! In other words, I could have an outstanding collection that meets our student's needs quite well, but heaven help me if the accrediting team shows up and I'm at the bottom of the list in my peer group!

My objection to Stossel's article is not that he attacked higher education--there is certainly plenty to attack. My objection is that his attacks were so superficial and sensationalist ("College scam") as to be little more than a smear job.

I expected better from Stossel.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Politics Versus Reality - Thomas Sowell - Townhall Conservative

Another excellent article by economist Thomas Sowell:

Politics Versus Reality - Thomas Sowell - Townhall Conservative

Sunday, July 03, 2011

"The stimulus has cost $278,000 per job"

The Weekly Standard is reporting that according to Obama's own economists, "the stimulus has cost $278,000 per job."

Just imagine what they will do with health care!


Friday, July 01, 2011

Introducing: A new blog by a Christian philosopher

Check out this new blog by a Christian philosopher friend of mine:  http://stertin.wordpress.com/

What Obama did is "a criminal offense"

President Obama recently made a fund raising video in the White House in violation of federal election law. Cleta
Mitchel who is "a member of the American Bar Association's election law committee" said what the President did was "a criminal offense."

I'm sure Attorney General Eric Holder will be all over it...........when pigs fly!