Monday, June 30, 2008

Blinded soldier joins special forces...

I caught this story on Hot Air today. This Army Ranger was blinded by an explosion in Iraq. But he came back to the states, and finished training to be in the Army Special Forces. Only a tiny minority of soldiers get into that unit.

It's an awesome story. He should be an inspiration for all of us, reminding me of how much we can accomplish, no matter what obstacles we face.

As for me, I'm going to go lay down. I have a hangnail...

Saturday, June 28, 2008

I'm (sorta) back!

I know the nation has been waiting with baited breath for me to begin posting regularly. (Although the nation has been remarkably silent on the issue. I guess the nation has been suffering quietly.) I've been working on a huge project that has taken up a lot of my time. I hope to return to blogging with a white-hot intensity in the near future.

When I do, of course, I will delight and amaze you with heavy doses of kid pics, along with liberal sprinklings of half-truth, innuendo, and outright slander.

I'm sure you can hardly wait...

Friday, June 27, 2008

Apparently, babies CAN be thrown away...

It's been a pretty outrageous couple of weeks for the American legal system. I'm going to hold off on my opinions over the recent Supreme Court decisions. But this story really gets to me, and it happened not too far from me.

It's the story from 2005 of a USC student who gave birth, then threw her baby into a trash dumpster. A homeless man found the baby's body later on. The coroner concluded that the baby had been born alive. The county DA tried twice to charge her with murder, but the judge wouldn't allow it. (The woman claims that the baby was stillborn, contradicting the coroner.) The DA wasn't left with a lot of options, so they worked out a plea deal.

She pled no contest to a child endangerment charge. (Does that make sense? If the baby was stillborn, how did she endanger it? The whole thing is screwy.) Her sentence? The 30 days she's already served. That's it. 30 days and a stern lecture from the judge, and you can throw your baby away.

Here's the kicker: it isn't the first time this has happened with this woman. The year before, in 2004, she went to an LA hospital because she was bleeding. She told the doctors then that she had given birth to a stillborn baby. But she didn't know where the baby's body was, and it was never found. She wasn't arrested that time.

So that's 2 dead babies, and she gets a total of 1 month in jail. It just shows how little we really value children in this society. Despite the fact that every law and regulation that's passed seems to be about protecting the children. We really don't care. This case just illustrates the point...

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Quote that got me thinking...

"Abba is one of the first human cries. Christ took it from the cradle of babes, and made it an offering of tenderness and confidence to God, a source of consolation and reassurance to man, a light among the obscurities of life."

Charles Wagner, By the Fireside

Thursday, June 12, 2008

China "welcomes" the world (just don't get out of line...)

CNN published this story on its website today. China has released a document detailing what foreigners can and can't do when they visit during the summer Olympics. (Olympic slogan: "One world, One dream.") Some of the highlights:

  • no protests without government approval (they don't even let their own people protest, let alone foreigners),
  • Tibet is completely closed to visitors (I thought the Tibetan people were very happy to be part of China),
  • people with "mental diseases" cannot enter the country (sorry Michelle!),
  • all foreigners must register at the local police station within 24 hours of arriving,
  • no banners or displays at the venues that "disrupt the public order (so much for free speech),
  • visitors can't bring in any materials "that are harmful to China's politics, economics, culture and morals". Does that include Bibles?
Basically, they don't want anyone to embarrass them in any way. So, if you go, please don't mention their religious persecution, their support of the murderers who run Sudan, or their occupation of Tibet. And also keep in mind that war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength.

p.s.--There's actually no proof that Michelle has "mental disease." Although some of us have wondered...

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

More on China and human rights....

I forgot to add this to the last post. This article talks about the Chinese government has arrested several Chinese Christians who were trying to send aid to help the people who are suffering because of the earthquake. Their crime? They don't go to the official church.

I'm so happy that the summer Olympics are coming soon. We should all join in the celebration of how modern and progressive China has become...

China has an amazing human rights record...

I'm so happy that we can give so much of our money to the Chinese government. As this article demonstrates, they care very deeply about their people...