Archive for the ‘Mutterings on All Things Cultural’ Category

Words of the Year

December 30, 2007

End-of-the-year lists are a staple this time of the year. Top news events from 2007. Celebrity breakups. Poignant sports moments. The year in pictures, ad infinitum. But I found a better list. Dictionary.com features the top words of 2007 here. There is a word or phrase for each month of the year that was prominent or new. I particularly liked the prominence of the word “nappy” in April 2007 . . . like a stroll back to my youth (where I was around people who used the word “nappy” a lot. I do not now nor have I ever had a nappy head.)

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Hitting the links 12-20-2007

December 20, 2007

I do a bunch of (too much?)  cultural stuff on this here backwater of the blog-o-sphere.  Why stop now…

Here are two items that are related in how disturbing they are:

First, Mary Garber on Townhall.com points us to a website I will not link to… it is simply too ungodly.  The site is a government funded sex education podcast geared to teens and tweens:

But a series of videos for teens promoted through a teen pregnancy prevention program, G-CAPP (Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention), mocks the idea of abstinence.  The web page’s resources link (deleted by al)  encourages “youth” to “check out the Midwest Teen Sex Show—video podcasts about teen sexuality” that are intended to “provide sex information in a clear and entertaining way.”  The segment on “Abstinence” shows an actress playing the part of a girl beaten to the point of brain damage and slurring, “But I respect my body.” 

I did go online and check it out to see if what she said was true.  The  porno-like intro to the podcast is jarring when you consider the audience.  What will the next generation of children look like?  I’m skeered.  Read Mary’s article here.

Our second candidate for really disturbing link of the day comes with the UNICEF Photo of the Year for 2007…

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From the story in the UK Metro

It shows Mohammed, 40, with his new 11-year-old wife, Ghulam. Taken by US photographer Stephanie Sinclair, it was named Unicef Photo of the Year yesterday.

I only hope the 11 year old had the opportunity to view the “entertaining” sex-ed video before here wedding night. 

The other thing I do a lot of is point you to Romans chapter 1.  Go read that again for a little perspective. 

al sends

The Good – The Bad – The Skanky

November 26, 2007

If one did not posses the sure promises of God the reader of these stories could easily be tossed to and fro (not that anyone uses the word fro anymore):

The Good.  This machine can take a complete picture of your heart in two beats.  Watch the video embeded into the article.  Remarkable.

The Bad.  Patrick J. Buchanan is predicting the end of America.  He does so in a new book:  Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart.  This may or may not be bad, depending on your country of origin…  For the average American though… 

My goodness I don’t know what we will do if Starbucks has to shut down because the Chinese decide to cash in their I.O.U.s.

The Skanky.   I have been talking about this for some time now, but  Celia Rivenbark has written a book that appears to speak for me.  I do not think her foundation is Christian, let alone Trinitarian, but she puts her finger on the problem no doubt. (click the text below for the whole shebang.)  HT: Mark Horne

… We headed for our favorite department store, ready to take that leap into the world of 7–16. Bye-bye, 4–6X, I thought to myself with a tug of sadness. My baby was growing up.And apparently into a prostitute.“Where are the sevens?” I asked the sixty-something clerk who wore her glasses on a chain just like me.“You’re standing in ’em,” she said.Oh no, I thought, looking around. Oh no, no, no, no, no, no.“There must be some mistake,” I said. “These are, well, slutty-looking. I’m talking about clothes for a little girl in first grade.”

“That’s all we’ve got.”

“But these look like things a hooker would wear!”

She smiled sadly. “You have no idea how many times I hear that every day.

Okay, breathe. This is just some weird marketing experiment. Right?

I went into my second-favorite department store and was invited to peruse the awfulness that is Tweenland! A better name would be Lil Skanks!

Sequins, fringe, neon glitter tank tops with big red lips on them, fishnet sleeves, scary dragon faces lunging from off-the-shoulder T-shirts. Whither the adorable seersucker? The pastel floral short sets? The soft cotton dresses in little-girl colors like lavender, pale pink, periwinkle blue? This stuff practically screamed SYRINGE SOLD SEPARATELY.

al sends

Did You Know…

November 26, 2007

This slide show is making the rounds in the upper echelons of the US Navy…

You can click through it very quickly since it is just text.

I was interested in the demographic information in particular

Let me ask you…  If we keep killing our unborn children and exporting the work that they would have done… where will we be in a generation or two?

al sends

Even More Babies Not Dying

November 20, 2007

OK… This is good news.   The folks at HotAir asked if this would end the life debate.  I doubt it…  The scientists that perform embryonic stem-cell research or human/animal genetic blending (CYBRIDS) will continue, not because they must but because they can.

Here is a quote from the WaPo article:

The unencumbered ability to turn adult cells into embryonic ones capable of morphing into virtually every kind of cell or tissue, described in two scientific journal articles to be released today, has been the ultimate goal of researchers for years. In theory, it would allow people to grow personalized replacement parts for their bodies from a few of their own skin cells, while giving researchers a uniquely powerful means of understanding and treating diseases.

 Here is a question or two for you:

 If we can grow new hearts, livers and nerve cells can you see a day when our lives are extended 110+ years?  What will that society look like?

A couple more:  

Which animal genes would work best in humans?  Would you like to hear like a dog?  See like and eagle?  Hold your breath like a sea lion?

Is there a voice for ethics in the medical community?

UPDATE:  I missed this in my first reading of the article:

Despite the excitement over the new work, experts predicted that the fight over embryonic stem cells will linger, since they remain the gold standard against which all alternatives will be compared.

The “gold standard” has never produced anything close to a treatment… Why would this be the mark everyone is shooting for?  Oh, yeah… death sells.

 al sends

Would God be Just to Destroy Us?

November 4, 2007

A mother-to-be gets devastating news…  One of her twin boys is going to die.  I cannot imagine the horror this poor woman felt.  When that boy dies, she is told by the doctors, he could take his twin brother with him…

“Mrs Jones decided to let doctors operate to terminate Gabriel’s life.

Firstly they tried to sever his umbilical cord to cut off his blood supply, but the cord was too strong.

They then cut Mrs Jones’s placenta in half so that when Gabriel died, it would not affect his twin brother.

But after the operation which was meant to end his life, tiny Gabriel had other ideas.

Although he weighed less than a pound, he put up such a fight for survival that doctors called him Rocky.

Astonishingly, he managed to carry on living in his mother’s womb for another five weeks – until the babies were delivered by caesarean section.”

A couple of things here…  They “decided to let doctors operate to terminate Gabriel’s life?”  How many operations are geared to terminate a life?  At least they don’t deceive themselves that they are trying to save a life.  The honesty is breathtaking.

The second thing here… Notice the way they describe Gabriel.  He has a life; He had his own ideas; he fought; he had a name before he was born and he carried on in proper British fashion.  This is an amazing bit of unviable tissue.

Look at the pressure the doctors put on this poor woman:

They said it would be impossible to keep him alive afterwards as he was so poorly.

It would be kinder to let him die in the womb with his brother by his side than to die alone after being born.

“That made my mind up for me. I wanted the best thing for him.”

The best thing for him is starvation… They are calling iniquity righteousness.  Go read the Minor Prophets and see how God responds to this particular sin in a society.  (Amos 2 and 5; Habakkuk 2) 

Here is the real tragedy:  in the USA we kill a million babies a year who are healthier than Gabriel in the name of empowering women.  Our tax dollars support it and the Church is, by and large, castrated in its response. 

We have bigger fish to fry, keeping Hillary Clinton out of office is taking up all our free time.  May He grant us repentance and may He remember mercy in judgement.

We need to pray that prayer, for God cannot be pleased with America:

Ps 94:20-21

20 Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law,
Have fellowship with You?
21 They gather together against the life of the righteous,
And condemn innocent blood.

al sends

Gee – Ya Think?

October 30, 2007

One of my daughters recently asked me why I never let them go trick-or-treating.  I told her that I was trying to raise her up with an outward focus, to prefer others before herself, as the Lord commands us.  Going door-to-door demanding candy from strangers did not fit with that vision.  I now have another reason…

The Washington Post reports that the “hottest trend in costumes, retailers say, is sexy” and that the trend is targetting 11 year olds or younger.

The Halloween costume trend is not only leading to tense mother-daughter standoffs, but it is also part of a far larger worry that young girls are becoming sexualized.

I must admit I saw this happening when I was in high school (early 80’s) but never in 8 and 9 year olds.  The story is disturbing in general but this made me sad:

Megan Smith, 16, perused the costumes at Party City with her father, Dan. She first tried on the Prisoner, a slinky spandex number with a little button at the throat and open chest like a ’70s disco halter dress. She settled on Raggedy Ann, a blue mini dress so mini that the lacy underskirt barely dusts the bottom of the fanny.No one does scary costumes anymore, Megan said.

Blame that on the teen movie “Mean Girls,” she said, quoting a line verbatim: “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” 

Her father laughed nervously. “They’re all a little risque, and I don’t like that,” he said. “She’ll be wearing shorts underneath.”

Megan rolled her eyes

The poor girl despises her dad and herself:

Prov 15:32 Whoever ignores instruction despises himself,
but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.

If Dan ever reads Proverbs 5 to his son, will he be cutting his eyes at his daughter?

 5:20Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
   and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
21For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD,
   and he ponders all his paths.
22The  iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,
   and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
23 He dies for lack of discipline,
   and because of his great folly he is led astray.

Very sad,

al sends

Consequences

October 17, 2007

Fury at DNA pioneer’s theory: Africans are less intelligent than Westerners

If evolution is fact then why the ‘fury?’  Would you not expect to find intelligence differences in differing species?  We do in dogs, right?  Man is just a dog that has a worse sense of smell and a bigger brain…  right?

Psalm 139:13-16

13 For You formed my inward parts;
         You covered me in my mother’s womb.
 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
         Marvelous are Your works,
         And that my soul knows very well.
 15 My frame was not hidden from You,
         When I was made in secret,
         And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
         And in Your book they all were written,
         The days fashioned for me,
         When as yet there were none of them.

al sends

Why We Need Grace… Total Depravity Lived Out

October 3, 2007

Are they worse sinners than we?

MESA, Ariz., Oct. 3 (UPI) — The sight of an old man being hit by a truck in Arizona touched off a feeding frenzy among witnesses who allegedly stole the dying victim’s groceries.

Not only were the man’s groceries taken, but the only person who tried to help him also had his own bags taken.

Could you preach the Gospel to those who stole this man’s food?  Did I tell you the man later died?  Tough – I know.  Grace needed all around.

 al sends

Britney Spears is Presbyterian

September 12, 2007

I showed my daughters the video of Britney Spears’ MTV appearance as an object lesson in my personal war for their souls.  It is tragic what has happened to this young lady.  I pray that someone near her would posses the gospel and deliver it in a winsome way.  May God see fit to redeem her both from her private hell and the final one, prepared for the Devil and his angels. 

But, that is not the reason for this post…

Am I the only person in the world that did not know that her name is an anagram for Presbyterian?  Have I been under a rock?  Does this have deeper mystical meaning, particularly for the Federal Vision?

al sends