"I dream ...of a world where we can commit our social resources to the development of human life and not to its destruction," she told the United Nations panel at the time. Bhutto was one of only two women to address the conference. Bhutto warned conference participants that "this conference must not be viewed by the teeming masses of the world as a universal social charter seeking to impose adultery, abortion...and other such matters on individuals, societies and religions which have their own social ethos."From Lifenews.com
Friday, December 28
By Lucas at 9:57 AM
Thursday, December 27
Last Video of Bhutto:
Ht: Michelle Malkin
By Lucas at 10:42 AM
A spokesperson for the al-Qaeda terrorist network has claimed
responsibility for the death on Thursday of former Pakistani prime
minister Benazir Bhutto.
“We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to
defeat [the] mujahadeen,” Al-Qaeda’s commander and main spokesperson
Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid told Adnkronos International (AKI) in a phone call
from an unknown location, speaking in faltering English. Al-Yazid is
the main al-Qaeda commander in Afghanistan.
It is believed that the decision to kill Bhutto, who is the leader
of the opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP), was made by al-Qaeda
No. 2, the Egyptian doctor, Ayman al-Zawahiri in October.
Death squads were allegedly constituted for the mission and
ultimately one cell comprising a defunct Lashkar-i-Jhangvi’s Punjabi
volunteer succeeded in killing Bhutto.
Bhutto had just addressed a pre-election rally on Thursday in the garrison town of Rawalpindi when the bomb went off.
Ht: Jihad Watch
Go to counterterrorismblog for further updates.
By Lucas at 10:11 AM
Monday, December 24
1950s, the CIA installed the Shah in Iran. It was not until the hostage
crisis of the late 1970s that the unintended consequences of this
became apparent. This generated Iranian hatred of America and led
to the takeover by the reactionary Khoumini and the Islamic fundamentalists.
It caused greater regional instability than we anticipated. Our meddling
in the internal affairs of Iran was of no benefit to us and set the
stage for our failed policy in dealing with Iraq.....Although
our puppet dictatorship in Saudi Arabia has lasted for many decades,
it's becoming shakier every day. The Saudi people are not exactly
friendly toward us, and our military presence on their holy soil is
greatly resented. This contributes to the radical fundamentalist hatred
directed toward us.
Radical Muslims will hate us if we are there or not. Period.
By Lucas at 11:40 AM
Friday, December 21
Then, after chow, we went to the combat course. It was a course in which a team of 4 ran through with a rifle and flack jacket and helmet. Then you had to crawl under barb wire and use your bayonet. It was a lot of fun. Then, we competed in the thunder dome and did pugle sticks. I won all three matches and our plt. got first in it also. Anyway that was my day.
By Lucas at 10:00 PM
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It isWilliam Pitt Speech to
the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
By Lucas at 9:52 PM
See what John Edwards says:
"I support public funding of abortion services for low-income women. While in the Senate, I voted against restrictions on funding for abortions for federal employees and District of Columbia residents."
"I oppose any effort to restrict abortion as an option for women who depend on the government for their health care needs."
"I also oppose the Child Custody Protection Act and other measures that unduly burden a young woman's right to choose..."
(The Child Custody Protection Act kept young children from being taken over state lines to avoid parental consent. E.g. the widely publicized 1995 case in which a 12-year-old Pennsylvania girl became pregnant after sexual involvement with an 18-year-old man and the man's mother took the girl for an abortion in New York.)
Crisis Pregnancy Centers: "No, federal tax dollars should not endorse or support programs that
knowingly include medically or scientifically inaccurate information
and that mislead and intimidate women."
Q:Does Sen. Obama support adolescents' access to... reproductive health services, without having to seek permission from their parents?
A: "Yes. As the father of two daughters, Senator Obama understands that parents do not want to imagine their teenage child might need to seek counsel on reproductive health."
"Senator Obama believes that reproductive health care is basic health care. His health care plan will create a new public plan, which will provide coverage of all essential medical services. Reproductive health care is an essential service...."
Safe, legal and rare? Not this time. More like tween, no option, universal abortion health care.
By Lucas at 7:46 PM
Thursday, December 20
Unfortunately most of the criticism has come from cherry-picking out of context quotes with little comprehensive analysis. Sure, a governor doesn't have as much experience as a President, but which President is running for election this year? After reading the criticism I went to Huckabee's own words. Yes, he uses illustrations which can be misunderstood but just as likely to be illuminating. (Ever heard of the "Domino theory" or "garden hoses" being used for foreign policy debates?)
Take a look yourself and see if the man does not only understand but is able to communicate (something I will admit our current administration has failed at) the threats to America.
And my favorites:
Unintentionally, some of our closest allies are producing some of our clearest threats. Because of our special relationship with Britain, and all of our similarities with them, most Americans don’t realize that it’s very different to be a Muslim citizen of Britain than a Muslim citizen of the United States. Therefore, we have sometimes real difficulty in accepting that doctors in Britain could be terrorists, and drive car bombs into an airport terminal.....
We can’t export democracy as if it were Coca-Cola or KFC, but we can nurture moderate forces in all over these countries where al Qaeda seeks to replace modern evilwith medieval evil. This moderation may not look like, and it may not function exactly like our system; it may be more like a benevolent oligarchy; it may be more tribal than individualistic. But both for us and the people of those countries, it’ll be far better than the dictatorships than they now have or the theocracy that they would have under the radical Islamists.
By Lucas at 11:43 PM
Wednesday, December 19
By Lucas at 5:17 PM
Ok, so Ron Paul for President supporters have a blimp. Yawn. Next. But wait! It is not the campaign or a 527 or PAC that is supporting this venture. Since it is a private company, there are no limits on the amount that people can give to keep the blimp in the air. If the FEC takes the bait and tries to regulate this sort of campaign contribution things could get interesting in a legal muddle. If they don't take the bait, then we might see a small slice of our political freedom of speech being returned.
By Lucas at 10:57 AM
So here are the raw facts on the invention: One hankie. Onion juice. Tightly sealed bag.
Here is how it works: You have this bag that contains this onion juice soaked hankie. Then comes the funeral or very sad situation that is extremely sad but just can't bring the tears on naturally. Now you have have the solution! Quietly take out your onion hankie and apply to the nose. Enough syn-propanethial-S-oxide normally escapes so that your tears of sympathy will start to show. Your deep concern, no longer is only superficial but expressed with the most genuine (until now) display of actually heart-felt sorrow.
It seems that even the politicians these days might be in need of this new invention.
By Lucas at 10:33 AM
Tuesday, December 11
Noooo. You think they support HIM?
And do you really think I have entertained ANY thoughts about going down to help out in Iowa? *wink*
Oh, yes, and let me know if you want to come too.
Actually, here at PHC there is no unified support for Huckabee. Ron Paul and Fred Thompson also have a vocal if not a large base of support.
By Lucas at 12:09 AM
Monday, December 10
Romney got dumped because he was only a conservative convert. No enthusiasm there. Fred Thompson got a hard look. He took great conservative stands, but failed when it came to the communication front. Enter Huckabee, and the patient voters are liking what they see and for good reason.
By Lucas at 11:56 PM
By Lucas at 10:47 PM
Wednesday, December 5
People drawn to Huckabee may not have in-depth knowledge of
his positions. Huckabee is the top choice of Republicans who say
immigration is their most important issue, yet his positions are
at odds with the opinions expressed by respondents. For instance,
just 8 percent of Republicans say children of illegal immigrants
should be able to qualify for in-state college tuition discounts.
As governor, Huckabee supported allowing those children to apply
for academic scholarships. (emphasis mine)
You think. Not everyone knows everything about any candidate. Do you think that the average voter would have "in-depth knowledge" of Hillary's trade policy? This was an underhanded way of ridiculing the conservatives who support Huckabee.
By Lucas at 8:13 AM
Friday, November 30
breaks the ice.
Of course the whole picture was sacrilege to the human induced CO2 limiting enviro-nuts but a laugh to the polar bears who actually have been doing better in a little bit warmer earth (according to environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg in his book Cool it) and for Wisconsinites who will welcome the longer growing season and shorter winters. Unfortunately at the rate we are warming it will be years before we see much change, and even driving SUV's won't do much to change the climate.
Doing a little math I figured that if I could assume that the enviro-nuts were correct that driving the beast is warming the earth, I would need to drive it 1.04E14 or 1 with 14 zeros after it miles to double the rate of global warming. (This is about this about 4,000 million times around the earth) I'm afraid that is just a bit too far.
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By Lucas at 12:19 AM
Thursday, November 29
I can remember listening to the historic impeachment hearings with a consistent change between the wonder of clarity and the frustration of denial depending on who spoke. Hyde always shone clear. The most memorable was his "catch the falling flag" reminder. In honor of this great man who served as a representative from Illinois for many years passed away today at the age of 84 read the eloquence and persuasion of a man who knew his convictions, knew of the importance of an office and and was willing to speak up for them in the face of opposition.
Mr. Speaker, my colleagues of the people's House, I wish to talk to you
about the rule of law. After months of argument, hours of debate, there
is no need for further complexity. The question before this House is rather
simple. It's not a question of sex. Sexual misconduct and adultery are
private acts and are none of Congress' business.
It's not even a question of lying about sex. The matter before the House
is a question of lying under oath. This is a public act, not a private
act. This is called perjury.
The matter before the House is a question
of the willful, premeditated, deliberate corruption of the nation's system
of justice. Perjury and obstruction of justice cannot be reconciled with
the office of the president of the United States.
The personal fate of the president is not the issue. The political fate
of his party is not the issue. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is not
the issue. The issue is perjury -- lying under oath.
The issue is obstruction
of justice, which the president has sworn the most solemn oath to uphold.
That oath constituted a compact between the president and the American
people. That compact has been broken. The people's trust has been betrayed.
The nation's chief executive has shown himself unwilling or incapable of
enforcing its laws for he has corrupted the rule of law - - the rule of
law -- by his perjury and his obstruction of justice.
Listen, it's your country. The president is our flag bearer.
He stands out in front our people when the flag is flowing. Catch the
falling flag as we keep our appointment with history.
I yield back.
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By Lucas at 11:18 PM
Saturday, September 22
By Lucas at 1:29 PM
Monday, September 10
Clinton criticized the immigration bill proposed in the last Congress, dominated by Republicans. That legislation would have penalized those who help illegal immigrants. "I said it would have criminalized the good Samaritan. It would have criminalized Jesus Christ," she said.
First, it is already against the law to "help" immigrants by hiring them. This seems to be the part of the law that Hillary is referring to. So to begin with, according to Hillary the good Samaritan and Jesus are already breaking the law and we are only going to punish them more. Second, I don't think that the good Samaritan or Jesus would want us to tempt and abet people to break the law. Indeed, because of the strong link of employment to illegal immigration it is very hard not to implicate the employer as an accomplice to the crime. It is just wrong to say that Jesus and the Good Samaritan would help illegal immigrants in this way. Would they give them a cup of cold water? Would they assist them to come in legally? Would they offer work to those who were in need, and immigrants from another country? Absolutely. And I hope I would too. But not if Ceasar says it is against the law.
On a side note:
Why is it ok for Hillary to say in essence: "Jesus hates this bill, and I therefore oppose it" and evangelicals cannot say "Jesus hates abortion, and therefore I oppose it" without the left screaming "Separation of church and state!" and "imposing your religious beliefs on the rest of us!"?
Whitewashed tombs come to mind.
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By Lucas at 7:42 PM
But that is just what they do today to try and find out the success of the war in Iraq.
An AP-Ipsos survey found that only 36 percent of those questioned believe the troop increase has helped stabilize Iraq. That was up only marginally from 32 percent in February, as the buildup was beginning.
Looking at what General Petraeus has to say about the matter might have been more insightful. Just like it would have been better to try asking one of the generals during WWII. And Petraeus even according to the AP report listed gains such as disrupting Shia militia, capturing leaders, and even troop reductions. I think every American can welcome that, and trust his timing more than a poll of the American people.
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By Lucas at 6:58 PM
Tuesday, September 4
After typing "luxury" into a Google search along with "camping" and
"Montana," the couple settled on The Resort at Paws Up, a 37,000-acre
getaway in the heart of Big Sky country. It's a place for affluent
travelers who want to enjoy the outdoors but can't fathom using a
smelly outhouse, a place where paying someone to light the campfire is
a badge of honor, not the mark of a Boy Scout flunky.
The Bondicks, who live in a sprawling home on the edge of a state park
outside Boston and hire a personal chef at home, shelled out $595 a
night -- plus an additional $110 per person per day for food.
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By Lucas at 6:30 PM
Friday, August 31
The need is all too obvious. High heels must be closely related to Chinese foot binding. Invented to be sure at the high water mark of the Spanish Inquisition, until now they fulfilled the role of the thumbscrew of the feet.
The solution is elegant yet simple. A decorative strap slipped over the shoulder that attaches to your high fashion heels. By all means wear those heels while you are sitting. But when you need to make tracks, make tracks and not pock marks. No more pinched toes, no more broken arches. At the same time your exquisite sense of fashion and coordination is there for all to admire—slung over your should mind you. By this means, whenever you have to walk, you carry your stilettos instead of torturing your feet to transport them. I have even thought possible (although this still needs development) tote matching slippers that can be worn inside of the heels or stored in the purse to be used whenever you need to take a hike from Town Hall to Founders.
I have no patent. My concern is for you. My email address is lpillman at gmail.com for your high heel totes.
(Pictures perhaps soon)
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By Lucas at 9:44 PM
Thursday, August 30
A county judge struck down Iowa's decade-old gay marriage ban as unconstitutional Thursday and ordered local officials to process marriage licenses for six gay couples. Gay couples from anywhere in Iowa could apply for a marriage license from Polk County under Judge Robert Hanson's ruling. Less than two hours after word of the ruling was publicized, two Des Moines men applied for a license, the first time the county had accepted a same-sex application. The approval process takes three days.
And I'm sure this was just another instance of judge shopping. Ahggg!
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By Lucas at 10:45 PM
Under the proposed plan, abortion essentially on demand for a reason as simple as the women's age would constitute reason for an abortion.
Democrats promoting the 'Healthy Wisconsin' plan are trying to 'sell'
it to the public by proclaiming that the plan's coverage would be
the same as the coverage state employees currently receive. However,
Wisconsin taxpayers need to know that state employee health insurance
includes virtually unrestricted abortion coverage.
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By Lucas at 7:48 AM
Tuesday, August 28
Remember what Franklin said when he came out of the Constitutional convention when asked what type of government had been created: "A republic, if you can keep it!"
We are about to loose it, and we will get the full force of mob, democratic rule.
The author presents three reasons why the Electoral college is not good:
1. It betrays the principle of majority rule.
Response:This is also what is called mob rule. The Founders specifically were appalled by this type of rule as much as they were by monarchy. They hated king George, Revolutionary France even more.
2. It reduces the general election contest to a matter of what happens in Ohio, Florida, and a handful of other swing states. Response: While taking away the electoral college might make a candidate visit more states, it would NOT make him visit more Americans or a larger cross-section of the American people. Candidates always have limited time and resources. They will try and spend those resources where they have the greatest chance of making a difference. This will mean spending in the urban areas were people are easier and cheaper to reach. Rural areas loose. My town of Menomonie would never have seen Bush and Bloomer (another small town) would never have seen Kerry.
3. The "proven pliability" of the Electoral College invites partisan operatives etc. to engage in state level manipulation.
Response: I've got a surprise for you! The Electoral College gives states more rights. That is the whole point. While the Framers did not fully understand the way that the system would develop (they didn't even think in terms of parties or that the electors would be required to vote for someone) the added control that the Electoral College affords the states would be the least of their concerns.
And now for the biggest irony: the quote by Jefferson. "We are all republicans, we are all federalist." While talking about parties do you think there was a reason that no one wanted to be called a "democrat"? Democracy? Eeew!
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By Lucas at 8:16 PM
Employees of a Wal-Mart Supercenter used shopping carts to corral a
wayward emu outside the store Monday about 6 a.m., West Bend police
A manager fed the emu grapes and apples in an attempt to calm the bird inside the makeshift enclosure.
Richard Takacs, the owner of 3-year-old Myron, speculated the bird had been chased from his nearby farm by a coyote.
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By Lucas at 7:14 PM
Wednesday, August 22
George Brown (1835-1917) first met Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife on board the SS Lubeck, sailing from Sydney to Tonga, in September 1890. At that point, Brown was the Special Commissioner to Tonga and bound on a tour of inspection. Stevenson was returning to Samoa where he had settled in 1889. It was a time when the Pacific Islands were becoming more familiar to European travellers – Gauguin moved to the French colony of Tahiti in 1891 – but Brown had lived amongst the islanders since 1860 and was an unrivalled source of stories and information about the people and their culture. He was also a regular correspondent of the Zoological Society of London, and knowledgeable about local flora and fauna.
By Lucas at 8:47 PM
By Lucas at 8:02 PM
"This world will at last come into a time of peace," the Premier of Alberta said last week. "The earth will be as full of the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea."As he does every Sunday, Premier Ernest Charles Manning had stepped out of his role as boss of oil-booming Alberta, and assumed his other position as head of the Prophetic Bible Institute in downtown Calgary. To some 250 people, who had braved 12°-below-zero weather to hear him, the pale, slender politician preached in a twangy, compelling voice. Calgary's radio station CFCN carried his weekly Back to the Bible Hour to the rest of Alberta.Pupil & Master. Ernest Manning's blending of religion and politics had its beginning one Sunday afternoon 23 years ago. He was a Saskatchewan farm boy when he first heard a broadcast from Calgary by William ("Bible Bill") Aberhart, radio evangelist. Two years later, after listening to Aberhart every Sunday, he set out for Calgary to enroll as a student at Aberhart's Prophetic Bible Institute.
By Lucas at 7:07 PM
lower prices and better quality (think MP3s at $.88 instead of apples
$.99) it keeps its morality too. Wal-Mart has decided to retain its in
store policy of only selling censored music. Well Wal-mart guarantees
nothing one wonders just what qualifies as offensive, the simple effort
and pursuit of good is worth being thankful for.
a bit hard to believe that all the customers who shop at the world's
largest retailer want censored versions of music, though, but that's
what they get. Only edited versions of albums with parental advisories
are available, just as they are in Wal-Mart's offline stores. This
isn't a new policy; Wal-Mart's online music store has carried only
edited versions for years, but it's worth pointing out to potential new
users tempted by the lower prices and lack of DRM.
By Lucas at 7:03 PM
Saturday, August 18
A German woman working with a Christian aid
organisation was kidnapped by four gunmen in Kabul on Saturdaywhile the
radical Islamist Taliban group denied any involvement.
May God help her.
By Lucas at 8:30 PM
Friday, August 17
By Lucas at 10:23 PM
Saturday, August 4
"We've spent $500 billion in Iraq and we have bridges falling down in this country," Klobuchar told MSNBC. "I see a connection between messed-up priorities."
By Lucas at 12:21 AM
Wednesday, August 1
Mathmatica one that should not really be used.
Abstinence opponents cite the narrow Mathmatica report as evidence against abstinence education. But a principal researcher of the study states results shouldn't be used to draw sweeping conclusions, in part because the study evaluated only four of 700 abstinence programs. The relatively new programs targeted young adolescents and provided no follow-up. The real "take away" from this research is targeting youth at only young ages is not enough, and as is true of any health message, abstinence must be reinforced throughout the teen years.
Studies show "comprehensive" programs do little more than promote contraceptive use, spending less than 5% of their course time promoting abstinence. A recent Health and Human Services study found that "comprehensive" programs exaggerate the effectiveness of condoms and encourage a false sense of protection.
And that is why it is time to take action to make sure that sex education teaches about the only way to 100% to deal with STIs unwed mothers etc--Abstinence.
By Lucas at 10:56 PM
Tuesday, July 31
So the New York Times (no less) is saying that the surge is working.
Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration’s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily “victory” but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with.The big lesson if the surge works or not is that we shouldn't try and run a war by the opinion polls back home. Not that this has been Bush's war troubles (he has had others in conducting the war) but too often public opinion becomes our only guide.
So let's suppose that the surge does work. Where does that leave the American politics? First, Democrats suffer a big defeat along with all their full fledged alliances with the peace at all costs contingent. All the major Democratic pres. candidates suffer major humiliation at finding a war is being won that they hoped would be lost. Lieberman becomes the only viable candidate. And Gen. David Petraues becomes the Republican candidate for President. If he is anything like our last general as president I couldn't wait to vote for him.
By Lucas at 9:48 PM
And don't check your Wal-Mart for fresh local sweet corn. This is the second year that I/we have tried and they tell you that you need at least 50 acres and get authorized with Tomah.
By Lucas at 9:23 PM
By Lucas at 9:00 PM
Monday, July 23
The impeachment sillies that is. San Fransisco has already passed the measure as have a few other cities. These votes of course carry no weight and those opposed to the measures in San Fransisco have accused those sponsoring the measures as political grandstanding. Worse. It is Constitution abuse. But you just wait. The city that gave the Dixie Chicks keys to the city will start to feel scooped it hasn't started the scream for impeachment. God save our capital!
By Lucas at 10:03 PM
So let's say that the Congress doesn't like the immigration bill. The Senate has mismanaged the problem in Congresses' eyes. Do members of the Senate get censured. Or impeached? Just because Bush is low in the polls is no reason to try an impeachment. That's for high crimes and misdemeanors. Censure is political impeachment and should not be used as a political tool. It's Feinmud not Feingold I'm seeing here.
By Lucas at 9:00 PM
Monday, July 9
It is so old to have to counter the old 51% makes right idea. We live under the rule of the Constitution not the mob. Something to help democrats out: there is nothing that you can impeach the president over. Zip. But that might not stop an impeachment of simply an unpopular president. It didn't help Andrew Johnson.
By Lucas at 4:21 PM
By Lucas at 2:04 PM
Friday, July 6
The money quote: On stem cell research, I’m for adult stem cell research not stem cell research where embryos of unborn children are destroyed. It looks to me like there is a lot of promising developments as far as adult stem cell research is concerned anyway and we don’t need to go down that other road.
Ok this guy looks better and better each day...
By Lucas at 12:09 AM
Wednesday, July 4
The Senate action recently to add domestic partner benefits is not only confusing as a law, but everyone talking about it seems confused and misleading about what they are trying to advocate.
“We believe strongly that domestic partner health benefits are a critical competitive issue for attracting and retaining campus talent, and we appreciate the Senate’s efforts to add it to the budget,” says University of Wisconsin–Madison Chancellor John Wiley.
Yeah, why in the world would adding these domestic partner health benefits keep any more talent than adding any other perk to some special group of individuals? Why not just add pet health? Like adding any perk to a compensation package for campus employees pet health has just as likely a chance of "retaining campus talent" as domestic partner benefits. Or else for some reason those who have domestic partners are better workers, better talent by virtue of their unmarried status. Scary. But not beyond UW thought.
For that matter opening health care benefits to any "partner" opens up a pandora's box of scam possibilities with people claiming some roommate is now a "domestic partner."
The Assembly would show leadership by throwing out this poor policy, in support of a perverse lifestyle.
By Lucas at 9:29 AM
Wednesday, June 6
Silent Spring and launched much of the present environmentalist movement. Today's environmentalist celebrates what Rachel Carlson did yet at the same time silently moans over one more nasty human how now inhabits the world to pollute and destroy its pristine natural beauty. Humans are the problem and nature left to itself is the solution so the classic environmental theme goes. Humans must make as small footprint as possible. (Note my footprint is 14 acres so they say.)
But from a Christian perspective, the environment is looked upon in a decidedly different manner. Humans are not the parasite but the purpose for the world. Every square inch of the planet is to serve us and if an area has not been brought under dominion we've got work to do. Don't start thinking of slash and burn. That's hardly dominion if there is nothing left to rule over. It's more like a garden. We tend and nourish every last bit so that it can benefit us. Every inch is monitored and nurtured not deserted and neglected in untouched wilderness. For as much as many would deny it, nature left to itself works toward destruction. Think of something like red root pigweed. There are many regulating futures installed by the grace of God into this slow destruction but left to itself, nature would be worse off not better. A Christian's goal should never be to leave as little evidence of our existence but to cultivate, and nurture every last part of nature in protection from itself and humans equally.
Humans must save the earth and the first thing they must do is not go extinct themselves. We are the gardeners, the garden made for us.
By Lucas at 11:41 PM
Stem cells capable of making any tissue in the body have been created from ordinary skin cells, a world first that paves the way for revolutionary new treatments tailored to individual patients.
The pioneering research overcomes one of the most pressing ethical issues faced by stem cell scientists today - that the most promising variety of stem cells known can be obtained only from embryos, which are cannibalised when the cells are collected.
By Lucas at 11:40 PM
Saturday, June 2
Sam Brownback really does a good look at faith and reason; science and evolution.
While no stone should be left unturned in seeking to discover the nature of man’s origins, we can say with conviction that we know with certainty at least part of the outcome. Man was not an accident and reflects an image and likeness unique in the created order. Those aspects of evolutionary theory compatible with this truth are a welcome addition to human knowledge. Aspects of these theories that undermine this truth, however, should be firmly rejected as an atheistic theology posing as science. Without hesitation, I am happy to raise my hand to that.
Well worth reading the whole thing.
By Lucas at 9:14 PM
Wednesday, May 30
By Lucas at 10:51 PM
Tuesday, May 22
"is an act of justice by which the supreme power in a state restores those who may have been guilty of any offence against it to the position of innocent persons. It includes more than pardon in as much as it obliterates all legal remembrance of the offence."
The bill proposed in the Senate requires that those who wish to proceed toward citizenship in the United States must first pay a $5,000 fine first. For all those who complain about the crime of illegal immigrants coming over the boarder this actually is a punishment that fits the crime. To come across the boarder illegally is not a felony. It is only a misdemeanor under current law. The maximum penalty for a misdemeanor is only twelve months in jail. Most are punished with a fine. This law punishes the crime with a fine and then lets them apply for citizenship again just like anyone else.
This is the fair and right response. Immigrants have done wrong and should be punished. Just like the shoplifter is also allowed to shop again after he has paid the penalty for his crime the illegals should be able to become citizens after they have paid for their wrong actions.
By Lucas at 12:41 PM
We have come to selecting the best and killing off the rest without any twinge of conscience. It makes one want to throw up there hands and wonder what the world is coming to.
HT World Mag Blog
By Lucas at 10:13 AM
Tuesday, May 15
I needed a laugh. If you need one to read the following examples of poor English from around the world.
Choose twin bed or marriage size; we regret no King Kong size.
In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox monastery
You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists and writers are buried daily except Thursdays.
In an Italian hotel, signs by the bell
If service is required, give two strokes to the maid and three to the waiter
It is kindly requested from our guests that they avoid dirting and doing rumours in the rooms.
Hot and cold water running up and down the stairs.
Las Palmas, Canary Islands
If you telephone for room service you will get the answer you deserve.
Please dial 7 to retrieve your auto from the garbage.
Ethanol demand boosts corn planting - Yahoo! News
By Lucas at 6:07 PM
Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam War veteran who has been openly critical of the administration's strategy in Iraq, will announce on Monday whether he plans to run for president in 2008.
Hagel, a two-term Nebraska senator, said he will hold a news conference in Omaha "regarding his future plans." Nine other Republicans are seeking the party's nomination to succeed President George W. Bush in 2008.
By Lucas at 6:07 PM
Spot the alien:
$1,500,000 added by the House for the Allen Telescope Array at the University of California, Berkley. This telescope is part of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI). SETI’s website boasts about the telescope’s potential to help uncover extraterrestrial life and its strength as a radio telescope. The website fails to mention any defense-related mission, unless the telescope will alert us to an alien attack. It is no wonder that we have to look for intelligent life elsewhere after seeing how Congress spends our money.
By Lucas at 4:06 PM
Wednesday, May 9
George Will has the formula: boots on Iowa ground. Tommy sure did it in Wisconsin that way. I wonder how he will do in Iowa. He should have a better shot than most of the pundits and media attention give him.
By Lucas at 10:51 PM
Monday, May 7
Etiquette Advice Abounds Amid Queen's Visit
Like the Following:
Should you have the opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to the U.S., don't panic. Here are some etiquette tips that will see you through the encounter in fine form.
HOW DO I REFER TO THE QUEEN?
As "Your Majesty" on first being introduced and subsequently as "Ma'am."
HOW SHOULD I EAT IN THE PRESENCE OF THE QUEEN?
Gracefully. Don't eat too quickly....When the queen stops eating, so should you.
MAY I SHAKE THE QUEEN'S HAND?
"Try to refrain from vigorously pumping the royal arm; a brief touch is preferred."
Hump. If she or the Brits think she is so stuck to not accept a vigorous handshake, I don't care for her. Not that I cared much for the royal family before, but I think they should just fade away. Let me just warn the queen right now: if I ever met her I would call her Lizzy and give her a hearty pumping handshake. I would respect her but no person, especially a person with no authority needs no formalities.
By Lucas at 6:20 PM
Thursday, May 3
By Lucas at 11:47 AM
our help is needed to help stop a Hate Crimes bill in Congress being voted on May 3rd.
The "Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Act of 2007" or H.R. 1592 is being voted on TODAY not only destroys the equal protection of those who are not homosexuals but as recent testimony has clarified, seriously threatens our freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
This bill provides special penalties for those who commit crimes against those who engage in homosexual activities or some undefined state of "sexual orientation" or "gender identity".
Additionally it threatens freedom of speech and religious freedom.
This was all clearly identified during committee hearings during which Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asked, “If a minister was giving a sermon, a Bible study or any kind of written or spoken message saying that homosexuality was a serious sin and a person in the congregation went out and committed a crime against a homosexual would the minister be charged with the crime of incitement?”
Democrat Congressman Artur Davis from Alabama eventually said “Yes.”
This exchange erupted after Rep. Mike Pence proposed an amendment that would have added: “Nothing in this section limits the religious freedom of any person or group under the constitution.” This amendment was voted down by the Democratic majority on the committee.
If Congressman are admitting that a Pastor could be charged with incitement for teaching about homosexuality and amendments to protect religious freedom are voted down there is little doubt how seriously this bill threatens many of the fundamental freedoms we wish to defend.
Please call or email your Congressman. (It only takes a few minutes and please use your home Representative.)
Call Capital Switchboard: 1-800-839-5276
Ask them to vote NO on H.R. 1592.
By Lucas at 11:22 AM
On May 3rd, the House of Representatives will consider H.R. 1592, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. This legislation is harmful to all Americans because it perpetuates the very hatred and strife that it seeks to prevent. This legislation would federalize every state and local crime, so long as there exists the possibility that the crime was potentially motivated by hate - but only the specific "hate" directed to the special groups included in this bill and other hate crime legislation across the country.
The First Amendment establishes that Congress "shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech....". The nature of "hate crime" legislation is to require that law enforcement officials try to ascertain the specific thoughts and motivations that a perpetrator may have had while committing a violent crime, in order to stiffen the penalty for the underlying offense. Sadly, this hate crime legislation further segregates people into different groups - based on sex, gender identity, minority status, and other often nebulous terms - then seeks to either reward or punish these different groups using different standards. Thus, under this legislation, a violent crime against an individual that is targeted because he or she falls within one of the bill's protected classes will be investigated, prosecuted, and sentenced more harshly than an identical but "random" violent crime against a pregnant woman or a child, for example.
Further, religious leaders promoting traditional morality could be made subject to compulsory legal processes - and forced into court - simply because their religious teachings may have been misconstrued by a deranged criminal, particularly as prosecutors blur the line between what constitutes a "hate crime" and what they deem as hate speech.
"Equal justice under law" is one of America's most firmly embedded legal principles. Our Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal, and the Fourteenth Amendment provides that "no state shall... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." This bill undermines these bedrock principles of liberty and justice, and takes the blindfold off of lady justice, so she can pick winners and losers.
The Republican Study Committee respectfully urges you to veto any legislation which threatens to undermine our most cherished constitutional rights - the freedom of speech and religious expression and equal protection under the law - and ask you to issue a strongly worded veto threat against H.R. 1592 or any bill that contains the vestiges of this legislation.
Jeb Hensarling, RSC Chairman, 110th Congress
Mike Pence, RSC Chairman, 109th Congress
Sue Myrick, RSC Chairman, 108th Congress
John Shadegg, RSC Chairman, 107th Congress
By Lucas at 10:46 AM
Wednesday, May 2
"Around the country, ultrasound bills are all the rage. Most of them
require clinics to offer each woman an ultrasound view of her fetus.
Mississippi enacted a law on March 22. Idaho followed April 3. Georgia's legislature passed a bill a week ago; South Carolina's is about to do the same."
Monday, April 23
If you have the guts, be informed.
By Lucas at 6:39 PM
Wednesday, April 18
Another reason to celebrate.
TRACS’ recognition of PHC as a fully accredited Christian academic
institution culminates the school’s four-year “candidacy status” with
the accrediting agency, and positions the College for future growth and
success, said PHC President Graham Walker.
Testifying before the commission for approximately 45 minutes on
Tuesday were President Walker, Provost Gene Edward Veith, Dean of
Institutional Assessment Laura McCollum, and Chancellor Michael Farris.
Each fielded a series of questions related to recent leadership changes
at PHC, new governance protocols and policies and issues related to
self-assessment and faculty empowerment. After answering questions, the
PHC contingent, which included Assessment Coordinator Naomi Harralson
and PHC Director of Communications David Halbrook, was asked to leave
the board room. After a five minute break, the commission called them
back in and, with a smile and hearty congratulations, TRACS Commission
Chairman Boyd C. Rist announced, “We are pleased to grant Patrick Henry
College full accreditation with the Transnational Association of
Christian Colleges and Schools.”
By Lucas at 1:55 PM
Tuesday, April 17
"John and Jennifer Shourds of Lovettsville, Va. demanded the immediate firings of University President Charles Steger and Virginia Tech Campus Police Chief W.R. Flinchum who he said "screwed up" the handling of separate shooting incidents that left 33 students dead, including the shooter."
I don't know anyone at the campus but there are many families that I know in the area that have kids there. You can feel the shock even in this area.
By Lucas at 9:03 PM
Friday, April 13
"Paul Simon, Manitowoc, has been running his 1982 diesel powered Mercedes-Benz 240D sedan with filtered, used vegetable oil for two years.
Simon, 50, purchased a conversion kit from greasecar.com and spent between 8 to 10 hours installing the kit in his car.
Simon, who picks up his cooking oil from area restaurants and then strains it before running it in his vehicle, said his car normally gets about 25 mpg and has about 2 percent to 5 percent less gas mileage when burning the oil. "
By Lucas at 9:41 PM
Thursday, April 12
So, they came and left today. On campus except for the extra demonstration of security to keep anything violent from happening, all proceeded as normal. I ate, I had classes, I studied.
Soulforce is not at all about having a conversation. If they were only about that there are plenty of legitimate ways to make contact without having news conferences and staging everything to look good on the nightly news. That is not the way to have a conversation. It was a political publicity stunt pure and simple.
Anyone who visits this blog knows that I am more than willing to discuss the issue of homosexual behavior and will continue to do so. However, it defeats your purpose of any sort of conversation if you only do it to get covered.
Below is another students experience from another Soulforce visit:
I'm graduating from a private, conservative religious university this month, and I've had personal contact with SoulForce.
I have only pity for them, and absolutely no tolerance for their ridiculous antics.
They've come twice to my campus. Last year, the campus welcomed them to debate and "dialogue" with students, but insisted they comply with campus rules. They weren't allowed to badger anybody, or to pass out fliers in any of the buildings on campus.
They cared nothing for "dialogue". They yelled and screamed at people passing by, they showed no regard for university policy (established long ago) and cared for one thing: arrest. They wanted to be escorted off campus, and preferably arrested, to get media play.
This year, the university simply said no. They came anyway, and trespassed, and yelled and hollered, and were escorted off campus
By Lucas at 6:41 PM
Friday, April 6
"Blu-ray backer Sony Corp.(6758.T) blocked manufacturers from producing porn DVDs in that format -- a move that some say has pushed adult film studios into the camp of HD-DVD camp led by Toshiba Corp. (6502.T)"
By Lucas at 5:36 PM
Friday, March 30
"An ethanol-fueled boom in prices will prompt American farmers to plant the most corn since the year the Allies invaded Normandy, but surging demand could mean consumers still may pay more for everything from chicken to cough syrup."
By Lucas at 3:34 PM
Friday, March 23
By Lucas at 10:59 PM
"This is a landmark paper," said Leslie Iversen, professor of pharmacology at Oxford University. "It is the first real step toward an evidence-based classification of drugs." Based on the paper's results, he added, alcohol and tobacco could not be excluded.
"The rankings also suggest the need for better regulation of the more harmful drugs that are currently legal, liketobacco and alcohol," wrote Wayne Hall, of the University of Queensland in an accompanying Lancet article.
Nutt also called for more education on drugs. "All drugs are dangerous," he said. "Even the ones people know and love and use every day."
By Lucas at 4:15 PM
'Mugabe has pushed us to stand up and fight'-News-World-Africa-TimesOnline
Two fifths of the population are already suffering from malnutrition, and John Robertson, a respected economic consultant, predicts worse to come. Maize is Zimbabwe’s staple. This year’s harvest will be poor, South Africa will produce too little to export any to its neighbour and America’s drive to convert maize into ethanol is driving up the worldwide price at a time when Zimbabwe is almost out of foreign currency.
By Lucas at 4:00 PM
Wednesday, March 21
By Lucas at 8:47 PM
Monday, March 19
...medical groups, politicians and parents began rebelling after disclosure of a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign by Gardasil's maker, Merck Co., to get state legislatures to require 11- and 12-year-old girls to get the three-dose vaccine as a requirement for school attendance.
Some parents' groups and doctors particularly objected because the vaccine protects against a sexually transmitted disease, human papilloma virus, which causes cervical cancer. Vaccines mandated for school attendance usually are for diseases easily spread through casual contact, such as measles and mumps.
Bowing to pressure, Merck said Tuesday that it is immediately suspending its controversial campaign, which it had funded through a third party.
Read it all.
By Lucas at 7:01 PM
Sunday, March 18
Friday, March 16
(C) Ben Lansing
By Lucas at 8:21 PM
Thursday, March 15
Then there is the article above that lists all the people who have been expelled for their actions. Crocodile tears. I can tell you of a bunch of people I know that would leave or NOT enter the military too if they changed the policy. I would never enter if the military allows that sort of thing to be going on in tents in Iraq.
Let's just set this strait. No one is being kept out for who they ARE. They are being kept out for what they DO. Stop practicing homosexuality and you would be welcome.
By Lucas at 5:30 PM
Monday, March 12
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) postponed a final decision on a presidential bid today and again declined to rule out the possibility that he would run as an independent.
"In making this announcement, I believe there will still be political options open to me at a later date," Hagel said at a news conference this morning in Omaha. "I cannot control that, and I do not worry about it."
By Lucas at 5:01 PM
By Lucas at 2:26 PM
Friday, March 9
...even in China
Tourists visiting Beijing for next year's Summer Olympics may find Bibles in their hotel rooms.
China's state-run news agency quotes the vice president of the China Patriotic Catholic Association as saying his group is willing to gather Bibles to place in hotel rooms.
The Beijing games are expected to attract more than a-half million people.
Beijing has about 700 star-rated hotels and should have about 800 by the time the Olympics open August Eighth, 2008.
China's communist government strictly monitors religious practices and allows worship only in churches, mosques and temples run by state-monitored religious groups.
By Lucas at 10:25 AM
But we must be consistent and we must stand up for the truth even if it hurts.
Update: How could I guess about the lack of charity.
From a anon. comment below:
You think you're entitled to charity when you are openly advocating imprisoning a group of people based completely on who they are, rather than on any harm they caused? You are a sick and disgusting person. You are what's wrong with America.
And, yes, I believe everyone deserves charity in open dialog even over the issues that other might find the most offensive. Isn't that part of the concept of freedom of speech?
By Lucas at 10:21 AM
Madison, Wis., named 'most walkable' -
Madison has a remarkable bike trail system, with more than 30 miles of trails and 110 miles of bike lanes even on the busiest of streets. Not to mention the 6,000 acres of parkland.
But if this is the best city...it still wasn't that great. Says something about American cities. I couldn't get around very well without a car. And I tried.
By Lucas at 9:26 AM
Wednesday, March 7
John McCain announced for president on David Letterman’s show Wednesday. However, his formal announcement isn’t until April. These days if you want to run for president you have to clear it with the comedians before you run it by the public.
HT: Patriot Post
By Lucas at 9:33 PM
Tuesday, March 6
See the light here. And type in your zip code.
By Lucas at 7:32 AM
According to Lifenews.com ultrasounds are going to be offered right at the doorstep of New York Abortion Clinics. While still using the older version perhaps a mother might be able to see her child similar to the one above and save a life.
In what is billed as a first of its kind in the nation, a New York City crisis
pregnancy center has sent a mobile pregnancy clinic to set up shop outside of an
abortion business. The converted motorhome features a portable ultrasound unit
and will have staff members who can assist women with unplanned
pregnancies. The Expectant Mother Care center plans to park the motorhome at major
abortion facilities six days a week to give women other options apart from
abortion. "Today marks a dramatic new chapter in the pro-life movement's efforts
to reach out in compassion to women about to obtain an abortion," EMC founder
and president Chris Slattery told LifeNews.com in a statement.
By Lucas at 7:29 AM
The House bill would amend No Child Left
Behind to provide a national guideline for minimum standards for health
and fitness in schools. It also would require physical education
assessments for students starting in the 2009-10 school year.
enacted the measure would cost $30
million in 2009, $70 million in 2010 and $100 million a year from 2011
through 2013, according to estimates.
bill also would
create a best-practices model for schools in the Department of
Education and set up a competitive grant program for state agencies
seeking to revise their physical education programs.
By Lucas at 7:22 AM
Monday, March 5
See the light here. And type in your zip code.
By Lucas at 3:07 PM
At a speech this last Friday at a homosexual endorsing HRC event Hillary Clinton said that she would give the homosexual community the same open reception IF she is elected president that she has given them as Senator from New York. By her own words she cajoled other Senators to vote against any protection of marriage.
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Saturday, March 3
who I said hi to. I had to get started on my spring break so I couldn't stay around too long. Rough I know.
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Below is an article I wrote for my school paper. Thought you all might like to read it.
Lets again say that you own a stadium. It seats 100,000 and millions want to get in for the game yet you exclude all except for 40,000 seats for VIP members. You have a problem with people entering illegally to the game but dont even offer to sell tickets to those who want to enter legally. That is the American immigration policy.
We have a need for new workers, we depend on immigrants to run our economy, counting on them to drive growth and support our aging population, yet set up a system that blocks them from entering legally and begs them to steal across our back door deserts. Our answer to the illegal immigration problem should begin with extending a hand of welcome to an increased number of people who want to come into the United States legally instead of only complaining about the number of illegal immigrants while silently benefiting from their contribution. Do build a fence, but build it with a door and a welcome sign.
America has become hypocritical. Emma Lazaruss The New Colossus should be sandblasted and put the following put in its place:
The New Statute of Liberty
Just like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With blocking walls from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset, gates shall stand.
A mighty bureaucracy with a torch whose flame,
Is burnt hopes of imprisoned exiles, and its name.
Big brother INS. From its beacon-hand, emails world-wide visa waits, its superior eyes command.
Keep ancient poor, your storied refuse of your teeming shore cries it
With sneering lips. Give me you rich, your doctors,
Only your educated who blow out wit,
Limited quotas from your teeming shores
I shoot those who swim the Rio Grand ditch
Ive slammed shut the golden door!
Many of my ancestors still saw and felt the original inscription when they first saw the beacon-hand in the 1800s. It should strike most as ironic that a nation made up almost completely of immigrants should be so opposed to immigration. It seems difficult to see these immigrants as anything but an asset to the United States. Many have argued that the immigration during the late 1800s and early 1900s provided the manpower that won WWI and WWII.
It is not about defending the lawless. They should be punished as the law demands: fined, sent home, and allowed to enter legally. The legal should be screened for security threats. However, consider for a moment the effect that strict quotas and porous boarders create. First, many law-abiding citizens in other countries are excluded from coming to our country. It is the lawless that come and cause only more crime. Secondly, by increasing the pressure to come here illegally we make it increasingly easy for terrorists to come slip in instead of systematically checking each new applicant through legal channels now almost non-existent.
Please meet Adriana Sari, a friend, and exceptional example of American immigration arrogance. A Christian college girl with a round face, dark hair, and an infectious smile, she paid $400 and traveled hundreds of miles to apply twice to come to our country from Ecuador and study at a Bible school. Twice rejected. Twice no reason given. Twice heart-broken. And she knows English.
Matt Wolking argued in the last dear Source that the American melting pot is disappearing. If by melting pot we mean our English language, I have yet to meet an immigrant who does not want to learn English; almost all their children prefer to speak English. Some immigrants in PHCs own kitchen spend their work breaks learning English. If by melting potwe mean those values essential for democracy, I have yet to meet an immigrant who agrees with homosexual marriage, or anarchy. If by melting pot we mean religious background, the vast majority of immigrants have very similar religious beliefs to the thousands of immigrants who poured in from Europe.
According to the Heritage Foundation roughly 900,000 people receive permanent residence visas under current law each year. This constitutes only a fraction of the actual number of people who wish to enter the United States. There are at least 500,000 who right now enter the United States illegally, while thousands more wait patiently for their visa to be approved, and many more don't even try. As Christians our outlook must be bigger than America. We are commanded to care for the foreigner. There is no better way to do this than lifting the lamp beside the golden door.
By Lucas at 3:11 PM
Saturday, February 10
Throwing acid fishermen you don't like is criminal. Throwing acid on them after they just helped save your hide makes you wonder if these people are humans or just animals themselves.
After some activists who were protesting a whale hunt got lost, the fishermen went back and helped save them only to have the activists turn around and throw acid on them.
The real question is if Sea Shepherd animals I mean Conservationists should be saved.
By Lucas at 5:00 PM
Friday, February 9
ND of all places. They wanted to replace the Electoral College with a contract ordering the electors of every state to vote for the winner of the national popular vote for president. I want to know who the rep. who proposed this bill thinks he is representing: New York or his own home district. One of the last, best, products of federalism is out to be destroyed.
Grab gun, stick to head, and shot your small state into national irrelevancy.
SD already has their Senator in the hospital. Is this their northern neighbor just trying to keep up in being under represented?
Wednesday, February 7
Not with a gun but a needle. Starting with Texas, up to 23 states around the country along with the district of Colombia have started a campaignto require all girls around the age of 11-12 to get a STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) vaccination. Here in Virginia both the state house and senate have already passed similar measures. Texas governor Rich Perry passed an executive order to mandate young school girls to have the shot.
I think everyone needs to be reminded that this is a disease that is not contagious, said Michelle Newman of Concerned Women.
Of course the push for this comes from the maker of the vaccine Merck, who stands to make billions if these laws are passed and has poured large amounts of money into many political races.
The main concern continues to be the parents, however. While most states have made some sort of opt out provision, the burden continues to lie with the parents to determine if this is what they want for their children.
Imagine how a Mom would explain this vaccine to their daughter, especially if they were wanting to teach the best form of protection: abstinence until marriage.
"Mommy, why do I need to get this shot?"
"Well honey, it is just in case you ever break your commitment to wait until you are married."
That is sure to inspire trust. It is like trying to vaccinate for lung cancer when the best option is just not to smoke.
Interestingly enough, it wasn't until recently (late 2005) that the Centers for Disease control actually acknowledged that the STI HPV even caused cancer.
Now they want to force even school girls with no chance at all of getting the disease to take the shot while taxpayers line Merck's pocket. Slow down. Think thru your choice.
By Lucas at 10:25 PM