Saturday, April 20, 2013

Life, ten billiion years old?

Maybe someone with a stronger science background can help me out here. This article seems to support what advocates of Intelligent Design have been saying all along, i.e. that even the simplest forms of life are WAY to complex to have evolved in the 4.5 billion years of earth's supposed history. 
These geneticists, therefore, propose that life began 10 billion years ago somewhere else in the universe (where, conveniently, the origin of life can't be studied). 

Aside from the fact that this, IMHO, takes much more faith than belief in God, is it really plausible to believe that life began that soon after the big bang? As I understand it, according to standard Big Bang theory, stars were just beginning to form 10 billion years ago.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Morning after pills for little girls

A federal judge ruled today that the morning after pill must be made available to females of all ages without a prescription!

Adults have to show ID for some over the counter cold medications because some people might abuse the medication. Everyone needs prescriptions just for Tylenol 3 because adults apparently can't be trusted to follow instructions. But little girls can ride their bicycles to the store and buy the morning after pill?

The Obama administration is opposing this ruling and is looking into an appeal.

Wow! I agree with the Obama administration twice in one day! Someone pinch me. I must be dreaming.

The North Korean crisis

If you are interested in what is going on with North Korea, here is a crash course (for those who are not familiar with Hugh Hewitt, he is a practicing attorney and constitutional law professor who once served in the Reagan administration. He also works as a talk show host).

"The moment of explosion is near" MailOnline.  (The pictures in the right column are risque but the article is the best overall background coverage I've seen in print).

Hugh Hewitt interview with Max Boot, Council of Foreign Relations

Hugh Hewitt interview with Michael Rubin, American Enterprise Institute

Hugh Hewitt interview with Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings institute

Hugh Hewitt interview with columnist Mark Steyn

Frank Gaffney, Center for Security Policy, on CNBC

"Is the North Korean Threat Just Bluster?"  Podcast from the Center for Security Policy

Kudos to President Obama!

Those who have read Recliner Commentaries regularly know that I have often strongly criticized President Obama so I am happy to be able offer some support for a change.

I think it was Teddy Roosevelt who once said, "Walk softly but carry a big stick." It seems to me that this is exactly what President Obama has done so far with North Korea. The rhetoric from Washington seems particularly muted in light of North Korea's promise to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons, but the President has sent a missile defense shield to Guam, two destroyers and an aircraft carrier near North Korea, and a chemical/nuclear weapons response team to South Korea. He also sent some nuclear capable B2 stealth bombers to South Korea as a show of force.

This is what I know just off the top of my head from reading various news reports. The President may be doing even more. If the North Korean rhetoric continues, I think our military buildup should continue.

So far I think President Obama is following the right course. Kudos to the President!