Tuesday, May 31
If you've every heard a parent goo goo gaa gaa to their little two-year-old you know what I'm talking about. I call it the subhuman treatment. It's appears to happen naturally when parents see their partial reflection in a cute innocent face. Instead of talking normally and engaging their young children in a personal, and equal conversation, most people put on this show and talk nonsense, second person or sweet talk to their young children. Guess what? When those same kids start to talk and act they talk nonsense, talk back to their parents like they aren't a person and talk sweet sugar just to act cute. It's disgusting.
I know of a handful of parents who avoid the "Oh isn't she cute!" (must be said in that sugary voice that ask little princes to do it again) type attitude. They have very fascinating and intelligent children. Their children don't know that they are not suppose to be able to express themselves to any person on an intellectual way. They also don't know all the theatrics that solicit applause for adorable behavior (that doesn't mean they don't make you chuckle.) What they do know is that if they are motivated they can learn many kindergarten education before they are four and interact with Mom and Dad and anyone else because they are thinking people just like themselves. It doesn't mean they can't play with cars and dolls or think on a more basic level then adults They do. It just means that they are talked to in a normal tone of voice that treats them like the thinking, hearing, reacting humans that they are.
Unfortunately some people NEVER get out of this people petting type of attitude toward those who are younger then them or are just not their peers. For example, when our family is introduced to someone and they say, "Oh don't those kids look just like their Daddy" to my face they are once often again giving me the subhuman treatment. I'm proud to look like my parents, but don't act like I'm a spectacle at the zoo!
Don't give people (and especially your kids) the subhuman treatment. People deserve better. Plus you don't really want your kids or anyone to start acting like the house pet your are treating them like.
By Lucas at 10:44 PM
...Italy has passed a embryonic stem cell research law that is really progressive.
The naive will call it draconian or government intrusive; the enlightened will realize it is only treating embryos for what they are--humans.
Clarification: Italy actually passed the law in 2003 and are being asked to repeal it now. Let's hope they are not that backward. Link also fixed.
Update Another link from lifenews.
HT: World Mag Blog
By Lucas at 9:52 PM
Monday, May 30
Arlington National Cemetary Here is the hisory of "Taps" that I found interesting too.
The earliest official reference to the mandatory use of "Taps" at military funeral ceremonies, is found in The U.S. Army Infantry Drill Regulations for 1891, although it was used unofficially prior to that time under the name "To Extinguish Lights."You can just about hear it.
The history of "Taps" dates back to the British Army's "Last Post," a similar bugle call which was sounded over soldiers' graves beginning in 1885. The music for "Taps" was composed by Gen. Daniel Butterfield in July 1862 for his unit, the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac. Maj. O.W. Norton, a member of Buttterfield's brigade, wrote in 1898:
One day, soon after the seven days' battles on the Peninsular...Butterfield sent for me and showing me some notes on a staff written in pencil on the back of an envelope, asked me to sound them on my bugle. I did this several times, playing the music as written. He changed it somewhat, lengthening some notes and shortening others, but retaining the melody as he first gave it to me...he directed me to sound that call for "Taps" thereafter, in place of the regulation call. The music was beautiful on that still summer night...
By Lucas at 2:49 PM
As Congress debates competing legislation on stem cell research, President Bush met with families who have adopted frozen embryos to implant and carry to term in a pregnancy. He said such adoptions show human embryos are human life that deserves protecting.
"The families here today have either adopted or given up for adoption frozen embryos that remained after fertility treatments," the president said. "Rather than discard these embryos created during in vitro fertilization, or turn them over for research that destroys them, these families have chosen a life-affirming alternative."
"Twenty-one children here today found a chance for life with loving parents," Bush said.
There has been substantial comment on this issue over at BBA as well. Two things can really be critiqued about this legislation: use of big gov't in medical research, and the destruction of human life. Check out the picture of Zara Johnson below and see if she looks human. I know that this embryonic stem cell research has been a debate in WI as well. I wish some legislator would demonstrate the humanity of the issue like Bush has done and find a child to visit the capital and demonstrate that this research is being done on live humans....like Zara Johnson.
By Lucas at 2:32 PM
Here is a picture of Zara Johnson. Her father comments:
I could be a beneficiary of stem-cell research. I am a paraplegic, as a result of a bicycle wreck 13 years ago, and have no sensation or voluntary movement below my chest. I use a wheelchair for mobility. I struggle with pain, fatigue, high medical expenses, and limited accessibility, and I know far more about urinary and bowel function than any layman should want to know. I ache for a cure for paralysis.
But not if it requires the destruction of human embryos to harvest stem-cells...
I have a two year old daughter. She was a frozen embryo, along with four sibling embryos, stored in a lab, waiting to be destroyed. But their genetic parents knew they deserved a chance at life, and allowed my wife and me to adopt them. One of those five embryos survived; Kate and I named her Zara....
How many human embryos should be destroyed for research that I might be cured? I think that President Reagan, Kate, Zara and I would all agree on the answer. Zero. And the next time you hear or read that frozen embryos are useless blobs of tissue with no purpose other than "research", think again. Think about Zara.
By Lucas at 2:30 PM
Saturday, May 28
Sen. Clinton on CNN:
JW: "08? When do you have to make a decision on that?"
HRC: "I am not even remotely thinking about that."
She must be the only political observer unaware that she is already running for Prez.
Via Hugh Hewitt
By Lucas at 10:15 PM
I have to laugh every time I see the left whine about the a Republican grab for power or how undemocratic we are becoming when the Republicans follow thru on their campaign promises (see here for example) Come on you guys! Where were you on election night! Let me remind you if you forgot: Bush won fair and square, Republicans have (elected by the people in their repective states) a 55 majority in the senate and also a majority in the house. That's what the American people wanted, voted for, and it was all done the way that the Founders intended. Telling all those people that voted for these representatives that they aren't being represented is...(I guess I might as well try and redeem the polluted term).....undemocratic.
By Lucas at 9:38 PM
Bush probably would not want to trade places with any other head of state.
Nearly all his fellow leaders of the world's big industrial democracies have stumbled. It has left them vulnerable at home and weakener on the world stage.
The president, through it all, is riding what he sees as a strong re-election mandate to trumpet his goal of spreading democracy.
By Lucas at 8:40 PM
Just as FDR's New Deal prolonged the Great Depression for years, so the latest "New Deal" over the filibuster only real impact is to prolong the Great Repression of President Bush's judicial nominees for many more months to come. Sure you can say some got thru. Chalk up a win there. But I really see little change, or at least positive change in the position of debate. Now the whole Senate wonders what the famous "extraordinary circumstances" necessary for the Dems to filibuster in the New Deal means, and when Republicans are free to change the rules again.
Those 14 Senators are nothing but hopelessly scared. Cowards. All 14 procrastinated making a decision that just wouldn't go away. Wouldn't go away with Priscilla Owens, the next Supreme Court nominee or even President Bush. The conflict will only go away when judges quite being legislators and begin to apply the Constitution instead of mold it to their own views.
There is one possible bright spot in the this Deal. Confirmthem.com pointed out that since the judges passed in the deal would not be considered an "extraordinary circumstance" President Bush should just choose one of them for the Supreme Court. I say pick Pryor.
By Lucas at 8:35 PM
So the NYT says that left and right came together to try and help out medical insurance thru the government.
At a time when Congress has been torn by partisan battles, 24 ideologically disparate leaders representing the health care industry, corporations and unions, and conservative and liberal groups have been meeting secretly for months to seek a consensus on proposals to provide coverage for the growing number of people with no health insurance.
The participants, ranging from the liberal Families USA to the conservative Heritage Foundation and the United States Chamber of Commerce, said they had made progress in trying to overcome the ideological impasse that has stymied action on the problem for eight years.
The group, which first came together last October, has not endorsed any specific plan, but has discussed a range of options, including tax incentives for the purchase of insurance, changes in Medicaid to cover more low-income adults and the creation of insurance purchasing pools at the state level.
They missed it. I mean at least the reporter missed it. Instead of looking at local assistance and tort reform, they believe once again that expanding gov't control will solve it all. It wouldn't. Gov't health care has only two options: continued sky high premiums in the form of massive taxes; or decreased quality. To those who are skeptical just tell me when was the last time gov't did something more efficient then the free market.
By Lucas at 8:11 PM
Politicians from Hillary Clinton and John Kerry to Howard Dean have recently contended that abortions have increased since George W. Bush took office in 2001.
This claim is false. It's based on an an opinion piece that used data from only 16 states. A study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute of 43 states found that abortions have actually decreased. Update, May 26: The author of the original claim now concedes that the Guttmacher study is "significantly better" than his own.
As others have said, even if abortions did rise during Bush's term that really doesn't prove much. First, becuase the courts have kept any real abortion reform from happening, and also because there are many other reasons why abortion go up or down beyond who's Prez.
HT: World Mag Blog
By Lucas at 7:55 PM
Thursday, May 26
I thought it was just me. Stuck on a computer too much and not knowing enough about recipe books to try and find it in them. I learn from my sister and her friends that I'm wrong. Even they agree that recipe books are going to be a thing of the past. Just search for it on the web instead. AP thinks so too:
I had six pounds of rhubarb, 40-plus cookbooks and a computer. Where to look for a recipe? Despite the cookbooks, I find the Web is often the best place to satisfy a food craving or help me figure out what's for dinner.
I've overheard my sister say she likes allrecipies.com and the article agrees. I just use google. Now all you need is an inet connection in your kitchen.
By Lucas at 7:50 PM
Instead of catching the newest scoop on the filibuster I was out enjoying the best type of fun on the Brule river. It had just the right combination of safe excitement. Enjoy the pics.
Click to enlarge
By Lucas at 9:21 AM
Wednesday, May 25
Conservative bias in the American news media is "not simply a matter of taste, but of life and death," a panel of liberal radio talk show hosts and representatives of leftist organizations told a group of Democrats on Tuesday.
It's about time to get over antiquated thoughts about the media. Old Media organizations are established liberals with only a few who refuse to toe the line, but the real heroes are those who believe their readers to be intelligent enough to frankly be given persuasions from either side and let everyone pick what they believe themselves.
By Lucas at 3:26 PM
Saturday, May 21
Much less exciting I will admit then those new babies that seem quite prolific around the Wisconsin blogosphere as of late, but important none the less to a blogger with a blog named Chesapeak Cove. Picture included. Yes we have a new attraction in the home.
Oh yes, and we also have kittens again. Again, if you are interested, Wild Wisconsin adoption agency will help you out in the complicated adoption process. We assure you we will keep our cost under any four digit number. Just send me an email and we'll get you the cutest in the batch today!
(HT about the kittens has been deleted due to cut-throat competition in the market)
By Lucas at 7:21 PM
The lead AP political article on my way paints an untrue picture.
About four in five Americans want the Senate to thoroughly examine the president's nominees to be federal judges it says--an attitude shared by a majority of Democrats, Republicans and independents questioned in a new poll.
This is more push polling if it is taken to mean the the democrats should obstruct the justices from getting thru. Of course I too think that the Senators should carefully look at the justices, see if they are qualified and properly understand their role to interpret and not fabricate the Constitution and then vote on the justices. The Democrats aren't even giving them a vote. This poll has little to do with the present controversy in the Senate.
By Lucas at 6:52 PM
Friday, May 20
He is to nominate, and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint, ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States. THE CONCURRENCE OF A BARE MAJORITY OF THOSE WHO MAY BE PRESENT WILL ENABLE HIM TO DO THESE IMPORTANT ACTS.
He should know. Monroe of course signed the Constitution and these words were apart of his Constitution Ratifying Convention in Virginia. Historically the ratifying documents are important in understanding the Constitution.
HT: Confirm them
By Lucas at 10:37 PM
The Wheeler Report (under education) has more of the back and forth between the educated trio of senators and Chancellor Sorenson and the UW system. Also see more info here. The UW system is getting involved probably because they don't want any bump in the midst of their grab for state funds in the budget. I continue to shake my head, the way that the left is useing undemocratic means to futher their ends. It makes you wonder if we live in a democracy anymore.
Also, you can view the federal law here. The gist:
Institutions of higher education that prevent ROTC access or military recruiting on campus: denial of grants and contracts from Department of Defense, Department of Education, and certain other departments and agencies
I don't know the exact numbers, but if this law could be enforsed, Stout stands to lose a bunch. How good is that for the school?
Advocates for ROTC follows the issue across the nation
Madison UW Chancellor John Wiley on ROTC:
I find it frankly condescending and insulting to assert that the military is so deceptive you can figure out what deception they're engaged in and the other students can't; they need your help to protect them from themselves.
How supportive of diversity!
Final link: Protestors and ROTC clash
By Lucas at 8:26 PM
World's blog editor Joanna Veith is engaged. Even more engaging is the way in which technology got them on the path to be hitched.
They would have virtual dinner dates. Each would fix exactly the same meal, setting up the china and the atmosphere. Then they would each set up their laptop computers on the other side of the table. Then they would talk as they ate, enjoying dinner together
:/ I don't know what to think.
By Lucas at 12:15 PM
Thursday, May 19
You might have noticed a few updates on the blog. I had some time to work to do some much needed blog matinence. Any comments welcome.
I also found Enkoder A site that encodes your email address on your site so that spambots don't eat it and spit you back spam. Looks like it should work.
By Lucas at 11:20 AM
University of Wisconsin - Stout Chancellor Charles Sorensen has decided to reject initiatives undertaken by the UW - Stout Student Senate and UW - Stout Faculty Senate to permit a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Program on campus for a four-year period. Area Senators Sheila Harsdorf (River Falls), Ron Brown (Eau Claire), and Dave Zien (Wheaton) have joined together to call upon Chancellor Sorensen to reverse his decision. In a May 6, 2005 email to all UW - Stout faculty, Chancellor Sorensen explained: Ido not think, in good conscience, we can invite an organization to campus that discriminates against anyone because of sexual orientation. At a time when we are promoting diversity and tolerance, ROTC would send quite a different message, stating in effect that we say one thing but practice another.
What's next, they throw out student organizations, like Epsilon Tau Sigma National Veteran's Fraternity because of their open support for the military? I wonder why the ROTC has been targeted, and what role anti-war politics play in this decision.
These young men and women have volunteered to be on the frontlines of protecting our nation," said Senator Brown. It is thoroughly disappointing that the Chancellor's political objections to policy as determined by federal lawmakers are the barrier for supporting our military men and women prepared to fight for our freedoms.
If the administration has personal political objections to the Armed Forces’ policy prohibiting gay people that volunteer their orientation to serve, they should continue to lobby the federal government to change their policy, just as the UW Board of Regents has recommended since 1989. Shutting out our soldiers from a public campus is not appropriate.
Just goes to prove once agian how supportive some Americans are of those who serve our country. Do these people really value the freedoms that have been won on our behalf by those in uniform?
HT: Lakeshore Laments
By Lucas at 10:53 AM
Wednesday, May 18
Brain Blogs at Anno Domini on "Reflections on culture, politics, law, philosophy, and theology from a decidedly Christian perspective."
And to add to all the excitement, his wife is due to have a baby. What more do you want to make you want to check back?
By Lucas at 9:24 PM
I'm looking forward to an internship this summer with Sen. Reynolds's office for about a month.
I have long admired Sentor Reynolds for his active work on behalf of the helpless and on behalf of conservative values. More recently have appreciated his approachable and calm manner when I met him in person, and have also enjoyed getting to know some of those who work in his office.
So you can look forward to some "live from the captial" blogging soon as well.
As always, will keep you posted.
By Lucas at 7:09 PM
Wisconsin has a pharmacy conscience clause protection bill on the table authored by Senator Tom Reynolds.
The distortions are rampant on this bill. Get the facts:
First, the reason that pharmacists conscientiously will not dispense birth control is not because they want to dictate how many children a women should have. The reason they do is that science has proven that preborn life is often destroyed by birth control in a chemical abortion. No person should be forced to participate in such an act.
Second, doctors already can opt not to participate in acts that they considered to be against their religious beliefs like abortion, and euthanasia. Pharmacist also can object to certain drugs if they feel they would be harmful to the patient . This law just brings these two aspects of professional medical standards up to the norm.
Third this is not denying patients birth control. If they need it they will find it, and this law is meant only to protect those who have religious objections to the bill.
Journal Sentinel surprisingly informative piece on the issue. Sample:
Some people argue that birth control pills are a form of chemical abortion. What's more, bill supporters said, as technology changes and the capability of prescription drugs grows, those who dispense medication must be able to make the same moral choices as doctors and other health care providers
Prolifeblogs has the full details from Prolife Wisconsin (click Full Post).
The Senate Committee on Labor and Election Process Reform will hold a public hearing Tuesday, May 17 at the State Capitol highlighting legislation to provide much needed job security for pharmacists who conscientiously object to dispensing drugs that they believe would be used to cause death through abortion, euthanasia, or physician-assisted suicide.
"No pharmacist should be forced to check his or her conscience at the workplace door," said Matt Sande, legislative affairs director for Pro-Life Wisconsin. "Like doctors and nurses, pharmacists are valued members of the professional health care team. This bill simply recognizes that employers must not force pharmacists to participate in what they know to be the killing of another person. One person’s convenience should not trump another’s conscience."
Current Wisconsin law already protects health care employees, including physicians, nurses, and hospital employees, from being fired or otherwise discriminated against based on a conscientious refusal to participate in surgical abortion and sterilization. Senate Bill (SB) 155, authored by State Senator Tom Reynolds (R-West Allis), would extend that conscience protection to pharmacists who refuse to participate in chemical abortion and euthanasia.
"Assaults on human life are increasingly chemical in nature, not surgical," said Sande. "Abortion techniques focusing on chemical means to end the life of pre-born babies, such as the morning-after-pill, have received FDA approval. While abortion was formerly relegated to a clinical setting, it is now possible to receive life-ending drugs in a pharmacy, thus compelling pharmacists to be party to abortion. Just as a woman’s legal right to a surgical abortion should not compel a hospital to provide one, a woman's legal right to abortifacient drugs and devices should not compel a pharmacist to dispense them."
Under SB 155, a licensed pharmacist cannot be required to dispense a prescribed drug or device if the pharmacist believes the drug or device will be used for causing an abortion or causing the death of any person, such as through assisted suicide or euthanasia. Specifically, pharmacists would be exempt from professional liability or disciplinary action and would be shielded from employment discrimination based on creed – including refusal to hire a pharmacist or termination of the pharmacist’s employment.
The pharmacists conscience clause bill is the ONLY bill that protects pharmacists who conscientiously refuse to dispense the morning-after pill and other abortion-causing “hormonal contraceptives.”
Opponents of Senate Bill 155 claim that it would ban birth control in Wisconsin. "This is not true," said Sande. "Senate Bill 155 does not ban birth control. It will not make drugs such as the morning-after pill and other abortifacient birth control drugs illegal or unavailable. It is a labor protection bill, and thus reaches a middle ground where the pharmacist can be protected and the woman can access her prescription."
The issue of pharmacists being fired for conscientiously refusing to dispense abortion-causing birth control has received national and international attention. The BBC News, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, CBS Evening News, and CNN, to name just a few media sources, have all reported on documented “real-life” cases in which pharmacists have been put in the position of either leaving their jobs or compromising their beliefs.
"These attacks on pharmacists are an infringement on their free exercise of religion, and in the long run will serve only to aggravate the already acute shortage of qualified pharmacists by discouraging people of faith from entering the field," said Peggy Hamill, state director of Pro-Life Wisconsin. "People who call themselves 'pro-choice' should especially appreciate the intent of this bill. Pharmacists should have the right to choose not to be complicit in the taking of innocent human life."
The pharmacists conscience clause bill is modeled after a South Dakota law enacted in 1998. Other states with specific and comprehensive pharmacist conscience clause laws include Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Many other states are actively considering this legislation including North Carolina, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, Texas, New York, Arizona and Washington.
The public hearing on SB 155 will be held in Room 201 Southeast of the State Capitol Building in Madison at 11:00 a.m.
By Lucas at 6:56 PM
"The goal of the Republican leadership and their allies in the White House is to pave the way for a Supreme Court nominee who would only need 50 votes for confirmation rather than 60," the number of senators needed to maintain a filibuster, Reid said.
Well thanks for actually saying it the way it is. Exactly right! Its been a long time since I have heard such frank open truthfulness form the democratic minority leader. "Advise and consent" sounds like 50 senators. Just like Clarence Thomas who was confirmed with less then 50 votes, before the senate broke tradition and started filibustering nominees. Reid's idea is perfect (may I so again). Who ever invented the idea that nominees need 60 votes anyways? They should be recalled or overruled or somthin' for pushing something that does not follow the spirit of the Constitution.
By Lucas at 6:01 PM
Monday, May 16
Drudge is reporting that David Obey is jumping on the wagon to make sure that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is not biased...not one bit left or right, Crest or Colgate toothpaste or in favor or against murder. OK I made up the last part but do you get the idea?
As Likelyhood of Confusion (HT) sez:
[T] the idea of taxpayer-subsidized public broadcasting, inevitably doomed to become a political tug of war -- albeit only decades after the right should have realized what was going on -- is...silly. You can understand why the goofy Europeans, given their statist leanings and relatively weak speech protections, would tolerate such nonsense. But why do we?
By Lucas at 7:56 PM
They miss it again. Show me a verse where Jesus told the Roman government to care for the poor, and I will buy the ad. This is just like John Kerry's Good Samaritan ploy which I have commented upon before.
The pointed and substantive dismissal of this ad is tops. Bill Rice:
The best line of attack Democrats have regarding identifying with religion is caring for the poor. However, evangelical, socially conservative Republicans care for the poor as well. Both groups go about it differently. While Democrats often see Republican efforts to promote individual responsibility is cruel or uncompassionate, Republicans see mass social welfare as creating an entitlement of victim class.
Again from Cheat Seeking Missiles (HT too):
It is interesting to try alternative headlines and see how they work:
* Jesus Cares for the Unborn, so do We. [Edit]
* Jesus Healed the Sick without Government Money, so do We.
* Jesus Told the Woman at the Well to Stop Sleeping Around, so do We.
* Jesus Believed He was the Living Son of God, Sent to Die and Rise from the Dead to Sit at the Right Hand of God, so do We.
None of these headlines is an honest one for Democrats, and they illustrate the problem the Dems have with the morality vote. That is, they only have one option for dealing with Christian morals: To pick and choose what they want to be moral, immoral or amoral about.
Christianity was not designed to be a particularly popular or easy religion, and the continuing evangelical explosion that began in the 1980s has created millions of new American Christian men and women who are willing to accept the difficulty of their faith and be uncompromising in their belief. The Democrat's efforts to marginalize and compromise the tenants we hold dear will not attract Christians to the party.
I don't think the billboards will hurt the Dem base much, though. Religious Dems will relate to the "Help the poor" line as both Christians and Dems. Unbelieving Dems will forgive the party its sins, knowing this billboard is more about politics than beliefs.
And South Dakota Politics: The Party that Claims to Have God on its Side is . . . Perfect.
By Lucas at 11:14 AM
Kristof becomes theologian over the weekend that the result is quite laughable if he weren't serious and some people might believe him. Don't like the Bible? Don't try and understand it, just show it's not PC.
As Cheat Seeking Missiles says:
Nicholas Kristof thinks he has the answer to the whole morality vote thing: slamming the Bible. After all, if Conservatives of faith support their position by quoting scripture, why not slam the book from which the scripture comes?
Quoting from "The Sins of Scripture," a new book by former bishop and Harvard theologian John Shelby Spong, Kristof writes that the Left can throw a hand grenade into the morality vote with provocations like this:
"Can we really worship the God found in the Bible who sent the angel of death across the land of Egypt to murder the firstborn males in every Egyptian household?" Bishop Spong asks. Or what about 1 Samuel 15, in which God is quoted as issuing orders to wipe out all the Amalekites: "Kill both man and woman, child and infant." Hmmm. Tough love, or war crimes? As for the New Testament, Revelation 19:17 has an angel handing out invitations to a divine dinner of "the flesh of all people."
Deepening his misunderstanding, Kristof plunges on:In modern times, this same discomfort with sex has led some conservative Christians to a hatred of gays and a hostility toward condoms, even to fight AIDS.His advise for countering the morality vote is simple: Question morality.
Liberals can and should confront Bible-thumping preachers on their own terms, for the scriptural emphasis on justice and compassion gives the left plenty of ammunition. After all, the Bible depicts Jesus as healing lepers, not slashing Medicaid.
HT: To a Reader
By Lucas at 9:58 AM
Bolton nomination foot dragging Senator Voinovich had this jaw-dropping definition of freedom:
Where once America's love of freedom was a source of inspiration to the world, it now is reviled, he said, making if more difficult to pursue the war on terrorism, promote peace and stability, and help build democracy "without help from our friends to share the responsibilities, leadership, and costs."
First off, you have to imagine that Voinovich is looking over at Old Europe to find a place in the world where freedom in reviled. Just look at places like Lebanon, Iraq, and Georgia and see how they love freedom. (More likely Old Europe envies our freedom rather then reviles it.)
Second, although the thought pattern throughout the sentence is slightly confusing, the reason he seems to give for the demise of appreciation of American freedom is our international independence in decisions. Since when did this destroy freedom? When did the pursuit of freedom do a U-turn from Washington's warning about foreign entanglements to a new global test for our own security, peace and stability?
From what I have seen, John Bolton will bring increased emphasis on American interest (hence freedom) into the UN that for too long has had only liberal pluralism as its goal.
(BTW, I am experiencing my own bout of freedom with finals now out of the way! Blogging, work and gardening straight ahead!)
By Lucas at 9:35 AM
Saturday, May 14
One option for the undecided senators could mean joining with Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. He is trying to convince 12 Republicans and Democrats that they should block Frist from banning judicial filibusters and also stop Reid from filibustering all of Bush's contentious nominees.
I can go along with that. Why so little ink devoted to this topic, when there has been tons said about the wishy-washy Republicans on the issue? Answer: the MSM hates moderate Dems and loves RINOs.
The emphasis with the Republicans has always been to preserve tradition regardless of what the Dems say. Judges have never been stalled like this by the minority. Whether the Senate is restored to tradition thru taking away the right to filibuster or like they have done in the past, (the minority) not use it, I don't think it matters.
By Lucas at 7:47 PM
Friday, May 13
A federal judge has just declared certian aspects of Nebraska's constitutional amendment to protect marriage unconsitutional but as shown below, the logic itself requires Nebraska to recongnize same sex couples the same way in the same way it does married couples. If this logic is upheld on a federal level, marriage will be destroyed in every state. No exception for those who have passed a constitutional amendment in their state.
When I asked my Congressman (w)Ron(g) Kind why he did not support a federal amendment to the federal constitution to protect marriage he responded that it was not the responsibility of the federal government but the states. If only it were true. It's time for my Congressman to wake up to reality.
The Volokh conspiracy has extensive analysis. The gist:
1. The judge doesn't hold that there's a constitutional right to same-sex marriage as such. Rather, he holds that the recently enacted Nebraska constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage — "Only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Nebraska. The uniting of two persons of the same sex in a civil union, domestic partnership, or other similar same-sex relationship shall not be valid or recognized in Nebraska." — is unconstitutional. (See footnote 1 of the decision.) But as I'll discuss below, the logic of the opinion suggests otherwise; if the judge is right, then states would indeed be required to recognize same-sex marriage.
2. First Amendment: The judge reasons that the amendment is unconstitutional because it interferes with people's First Amendment rights to advocate, and to association in order to advocate, for legislation protecting same-sex relationships: "The knowledge that any such proposed legislation violates the Nebraska Constitution chills or inhibits advocacy of that legislation, as well as impinging on freedom to join together in pursuit of those ends."
That, I think, can't be right. Most state constitutional provisions make it harder for people to enact certain laws — a state constitutional right to privacy, for instance, makes "chills or inhibits advocacy of [privacy-restricting] legislation" in precisely the same way as the Nebraska same-sex amendment does: People become less willing to advocate the legislation since they know it will be futile, so long as the amendment remains on the book. Likewise, federal laws "chill or inhibit advocacy of [state] legislation" that would be preempted by those laws. State laws "chill or inhibit advocacy of [local] legislation" that would be preempted by those laws. (For instance, state marriage laws, which to my knowledge always set forth rules that apply throughout the state and leave no room for contrary local decisions, equally chill or inhibit advocacy of city- or county-level marriage laws.)
I wonder if (w)Ron(g) Kind would do anything to protect the state of Wisconsin from this of federal infringement on marriage.
By Lucas at 1:48 PM
Wednesday, May 11
What a cause for rejoicing!
Wisconsin abortions performed in 2002 and 2003, at 10,489 and 10,557,respectively, were the lowest ever recorded since 1974. The 2004 number of 9,943 abortions represents another substantial and fantastic decline.
In addition, the number of abortions performed for each 100 live births declined from 16 to 14! Abortions went down in every age group in 2004 from the previous year. It is clear that mothers are choosing lifefor their babies in Wisconsin, and saving themselves from a lifetime of emotional pain.
Via Wisconsin Right to Life
By Lucas at 10:21 PM
Some nice work done on this bill by Western legislators:
Wisconsin lawmakers voted Tuesday to restrict access to allergy and cold medicines most commonly used in the production of methamphetamine.
The legislation was approved 33-0 by the Senate and 92-6 by the Assembly. It now goes to Gov. Jim Doyle.
Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, who co-sponsored the bill in the Senate, said she had spoken with Doyle and was confident he would sign the legislation.
"I'm just really pleased with the strong, strong support," said Harsdorf, R-River Falls. "The biggest challenge was building support from those who have not experienced the severity of the problem. This is an important piece of the puzzle."
The bill would prohibit retailers from selling medicines containing pseudoephedrine over the counter except for those in liquid form or gel caps. Pseudoephedrine is a main ingredient in a number of over-the-counter drugs, including Sudafed, Nyquil and Sinutab, and is needed to make meth.
Doyle would be dumb to not sign this bill...but it wouldn't be the first time he's done a dumb thing.
It appears by this Google that many other states (Indiana, Nebraska, and Arizona)are also working on similar bills. I'm not all that excited about a new regulation like this but the result of turning a blind eye to the whole situation seems even worse. Recent shootings of drug officers in Menomonie, and an increasing escalation of Meth labs and associated violence makes it difficult not to support this bill. Like the airport security: it may be a pain but we don't want another 9/11.
By Lucas at 5:19 PM
Boots and Sabers informs the liberal blogosphere how voter ID would help things out.
Patrick at Badger Blog sarcams Dyole about requiring ID for cold medicine and not for voting. Wendy at BBA does the same.
Jiblog takes apart Ed Garvey's newest yell.
And of course you go to the Triumvirate for all the news on the Marquette nickname.
By Lucas at 5:08 PM
Its subscription business in decline, America Online Inc. is launching yet another product on the open Web: a free, ad-supported e-mail service tied to its instant-messaging platform.
With two gigs of space they at least make an offering, but I don't think I'm going to change. AOL (except for the basic AIM service which I do like) is just too fat to work well.
By Lucas at 1:30 PM
Saturday, May 7
I realized today that Wild Wisconsin officially turned one on May 5th. When I first started this site I said: "First day! With no time to do some of the extensive blogging that so many others do, I hope to post something here about once a week. If I'm feeling keyboard happy it might even be more, but don't get your hopes up."
As it turns out, once a week is about the least I have posted, since I got bit by the blogger bug. Blogger records my total posts an 359 or almost one a day. I was quite thrilled to have 100 hits in the first month. Now I have almost topped 7,000 hits in total and average around 1,500 each month and growing.
I want to first of all thank the Lord for the strength he gives in this part of my "all" that I do for Him.
I would also like to thank my family members for their encouragement, support, and editing that they do for me.
I would have been blogging a lot later if my Prof. had not introduced me to it. Thanks.
There are all those members of the BBA that give strength in numbers that must not be forgotten.
And of course to all of you who take the time to stop by, and twice as much to those of you who comment or send me a note, it is you who form the other half of this blog. A big thanks.
By Lucas at 11:13 PM
Boots and Sabers, Lakeshore Laments and GOP3 were all at the Republican convention, blogging it and interviewing the candidates.
Of special interest to me was another rumor that Sheila Harsdorf will be running for Lt. Guv.
By Lucas at 8:40 PM
If you want to assist some of those people who are less fortunate in far away lands, Village Handcrafts is a great way to do it. The general idea is that a guy starts up a Christian based biz in the Philippines to create handcrafted items like soaps, and cards and journals made out of special papers and stuff in very poor areas to help the people out with work and share the Lord at the same time.
My sis just got back from a missions trip and saw the place.
For all of you craft bug infected people this place's creative ideas will probably strike home. Of course I claim to be no expert in the matter (the last time I made a card or photograph album was....too long ago to remember) nor do lavender soaps entice me much but the concept is top notch.
By Lucas at 6:54 PM
Thursday, May 5
That's who I believe should be making healthcare decision, not some scheming politician or expert in Washington. I have enough exposure to Medicare to know that as soon as you let the government foot the medical bill, they will dictate your every medical decision.
It was no idle warning I gave that "Cover the Uninsured Week" was cover for "Let Government Control Your Healthcare Week" in many ways. Rep. Baldwin uses it to tout her government over sighted healthcare. Her most astonishing regulation was on personal healthcare expenditures. Not only does she want the government to pay/regulate your healthcare, she want to limit how much you want to pay for your own healthcare.
Yes, every American deserves to have Rep. Tammy Baldwin deciding their life and death decisions. Do you like the idea?
Feingold thinks government is the solution to heathcare woes too.
By Lucas at 9:11 PM
Wednesday, May 4
What a great opportunity it is to have a time each year set aside to remember our nation and its leaders in prayer. If you are able please attend a National Day of Prayer event (find places at the link) or just remember to "pray for those who are in authority over you" wherever you find yourself.
Both Wisconsin's governor and the President proclaimed this day as the National Day of Prayer.
From the Prez:
Since our Nation's earliest days, prayer has given strength and comfort to Americans of all faiths. Our Founding Fathers relied on their faith to guide them as they built our democracy. Today, we continue to be inspired by God's blessings, mercy, and boundless love. As we observe this National Day of Prayer, we humbly acknowledge our reliance on the Almighty, express our gratitude for His blessings, and seek His guidance in our daily lives.
Throughout our history, our Nation has turned to prayer for strength and guidance in times of challenge and uncertainty. The Continental Congress, meeting in 1775, asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a new Nation. Throughout the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued exhortations to prayer, calling upon the American people to humble themselves before their Maker and to serve all those in need. At the height of World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt led our citizens in prayer over the radio, asking for God to protect our sons in battle. Today, our Nation prays for those who serve bravely in the United States Armed Forces in difficult missions around the world, and we pray for their families.
By Lucas at 9:47 PM
Tuesday, May 3
Impressive, no reason why not to go bold and public on this issue:
Among all Americans 67% favor the traditional definition of marriage. Twenty-five percent (25%) disagree.
By Lucas at 7:41 PM
By Lucas at 7:36 PM
Disclaimer: Half of this initiative appears to be focused at pushing for universal government healthcare. Any links to such views are not endorsed by this site.
That said I believe the general focus of
Cover Help the Uninsured Week is good. There are many people who will have healthcare costs this year and not be able to pay for them. How can we help?
First, most business help out their employees with healthcare costs. Good start. Encouraging others who don't to do the same.
Second, we should applaud those businesses like Pfizer drug company (normally the brunt of all bid drug company jokes) for having "the first comprehensive savings program for people with out prescription drug coverage." Many doctors and hospitals bend over backward to help their patience out as well. Thank them.
Third, we should step up to the plate and help out. After all, those people who are suffering when they don't have adequate resources for medical care are our fellow church members, friends and neighbors. Are we going to pass by on the other side of the road? You don't have to. Volunteers in healthcare can be a good starting point. Remember when those who were sick got meals? Another good idea. Problems like healthcare are taken care of best when each of us lend out our own personal touch.
By Lucas at 7:16 PM
By Lucas at 5:50 PM
Monday, May 2
Entitlements are devouring the federal budget and, if they are not checked, will inevitably dictate higher taxes and a downward spiral of slow growth and unemployment. That's the way it looks to me, anyway...Any truthful discussion of entitlement spending seems to be impossible. So the escalator just keeps on rising. It's automatic.
Looks that way to me too. Its an automatic government liability that must be covered by taxes or cutting elsewhere. It is almost possible to classify it as an automatic tax increase, but to Nancy Pelosi even looking at runaway entitlement programs is "an assault on our values." Since when?
By Lucas at 8:00 PM
Instead of commenting myself I decided to round-up the Wisconsin blogosphere thoughts on Doyle's Voter ID veto:
Boots and Sabers explores Doyle's four lame excuses.
Lance Burri asks the Five Whys of Voter I.D.
My View tells us Why it was Friday Night and that 80% or so of people in WI support voter ID.
If I am missing someone please let me know.
By Lucas at 7:52 PM
"In our coverage you would have a first day story and then a second story,'' Anderson said during Saturday's discussion. "Because of the blogs, because everything is happening so fast, we are moving to the second day story first."
Yeah they probably feel they have to be faster, and that does not even mention the big white elephant in the room--the times that blogs catch the Washington post on some poor reporting (e.g. the Terri Schiavo political "talking points.")
They had a web developer on as an example of blogging. Nick Olejniczak is a veteran four year blogger, but from what I gathered from his site, his subject matter was not the kinda stuff that scares the exempt media. They would have done better to have The American Mind or Boots and Sabers there.
Nick's take on the event:
On a selfish note, I was particularlly happy I got to get in my two biggest points about blogging and journalism. The first is that blogging is an intersection between the “geek community” and journalism — two fields where credibility is of absolute importance. The second is that I believe blogging to be a manefestation of a bigger movement, one of “user-centered” media — and in that vein blogs are little different from TiVo and iPods except for the type of media they help us filter.
But at least the old media and their old "J" school feeders are not so far behind to miss what is hitting them.
By Lucas at 6:55 PM
Green Announced his bid for the governor yesterday in Southeastern Wisconsin and today in La Crosse, Wausau, and Eau Claire. I was invited to attend the Eau Claire event, but work kept me away.
This quote is the best from his speach in Eau Claire:
“There is a Wisconsin way of life, and while government didn’t create it, misguided government can do it great damage,” Green said. “I believe that family is the central unit of a healthy society, and marriage should be clearly defined in our law. I believe that human life is a gift from God, and deserves protection.”
By Lucas at 6:30 PM