Archive for the ‘News of the Week’ Category
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…
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.
I just saw I Am Legend so I may be a bit hyper-sensitive to this whole, “doing it better than God” thing. You tell me… Can this end well?
From the Washington Post:
Synthetic DNA on the Brink of Yielding New Life Forms
It has been 50 years since scientists first created DNA in a test tube, stitching ordinary chemical ingredients together to make life’s most extraordinary molecule. Until recently, however, even the most sophisticated laboratories could make only small snippets of DNA — an extra gene or two to be inserted into corn plants, for example, to help the plants ward off insects or tolerate drought.
Now researchers are poised to cross a dramatic barrier: the creation of life forms driven by completely artificial DNA.
Scientists in Maryland have already built the world’s first entirely handcrafted chromosome — a large looping strand of DNA made from scratch in a laboratory, containing all the instructions a microbe needs to live and reproduce.
In the coming year, they hope to transplant it into a cell, where it is expected to “boot itself up,” like software downloaded from the Internet, and cajole the waiting cell to do its bidding. And while the first synthetic chromosome is a plagiarized version of a natural one, others that code for life forms that have never existed before are already under construction.
… here are some things you should know about yourself (if you believe Al to be full of non-offseted carbon):
You are the moral equivalent of Nazis enablers…
“However, despite a growing number of honorable exceptions, too many of the world’s leaders are still best described in the words Winston Churchill applied to those who ignored Adolf Hitler’s threat: “They go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all powerful to be impotent.”
Your consumption – no – your existence is an act of war against the planet…
“Indeed, without realizing it, we have begun to wage war on the earth itself. Now, we and the earth’s climate are locked in a relationship familiar to war planners: “Mutually assured destruction.””
Your taxes are too low…
“And most important of all, we need to put a price on carbon — with a CO2 tax that is then rebated back to the people, progressively, according to the laws of each nation, in ways that shift the burden of taxation from employment to pollution. This is by far the most effective and simplest way to accelerate solutions to this crisis.”
And finally, There is a 50/50 chance your grandkids will hate you forever…
“The great Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, wrote, ‘One of these days, the younger generation will come knocking at my door.’
The future is knocking at our door right now. Make no mistake, the next generation will ask us one of two questions.
Either they will ask: ‘What were you thinking; why didn’t you act?’
Or they will ask instead: ‘How did you find the moral courage to rise and successfully resolve a crisis that so many said was impossible to solve?’”
You may be if you are not a Republican.
PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or independents to rate their mental health as excellent, according to data from the last four November Gallup Health and Healthcare polls. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans report having excellent mental health, compared to 43% of independents and 38% of Democrats. This relationship between party identification and reports of excellent mental health persists even within categories of income, age, gender, church attendance, and education.
Of course this is self-reported data. If you are a deluded, war mongering, sociopath well, then I don’t know if your opinion can be trusted.
I was feeling a bit unstable after the last election and changed my party affiliation to Independent. I don’t know which came first… my instability or my party affiliation. Perhaps I should seek help?
I am just thankful the Mother Ship is staying in constant contact. She fills my minds with such thoughts of grandeur.
Here is some interesting news…
Prof Ian Wilmut’s decision to turn his back on “therapeutic cloning”, just days after US researchers announced a breakthrough in the cloning of primates, will send shockwaves through the scientific establishment.
He and his team made headlines around the world in 1997 when they unveiled Dolly, born July of the year before.
But now he has decided not to pursue a license to clone human embryos, which he was awarded just two years ago, as part of a drive to find new treatments for the devastating degenerative condition, Motor Neuron disease.
Prof Wilmut, who works at Edinburgh University, believes a rival method pioneered in Japan has better potential for making human embryonic cells which can be used to grow a patient’s own cells and tissues for a vast range of treatments, from treating strokes to heart attacks and Parkinson’s, and will be less controversial than the Dolly method, known as “nuclear transfer.”
Read the whole article… it’s fascinating.
Double negatives are acceptable when the word-of-faith folks are involved…
It looks like some folks in Congress are questioning the finances of a few of our more affluent pastors and their lady friends.
Okay, there are many ways to go with this but here is what popped into my head when I saw this…
The sexualization of our culture is a big fat lie. They change everything from her eyes, to the length of her arm. From the bulge at her back to the prominence of her clavicle.
The women pushed on men as sex objects (and I am not saying Faith Hill is such a woman) are not real. And this is what makes the marketing of such women so destructive. You will never meet this woman in public, your wife (or future wife) will never look like this woman. Heck, Tim McGraw doesn’t go home to this woman and he’s married to her.
Everywhere you look the lie is being preached John 8:44 speaks of the Devil this way …He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
A lie can sure look pretty, but in the end it is still a lie.
Someone sent me to THIS WEB SITE, from which I obtained this image. Kudos to them for their efforts but I must provide my readers with a content warning. While I did not view the whole site it does not appear to… ummm, promote Godly thought.
Frank Turk came out of Hiatus to tell us he did not have time to blog this…
Our Majority Leader is flexing his spiritual muscles. Read this and tell me what you think.
At its most basic level there is not much different when a Jewish rabbi comes to the well and offers his prayer. I guess since this is the first time it is jarring. Trust me, this shock will pass and we will get used to it. Our government has not been under the authority of Jesus Christ for a long, long time (if ever).
Apparently some folks were upset about it for all the wrong reasons: “For several days, the Mississippi-based American Family Association has urged its members to object to the prayer because Zed would be ‘seeking the invocation of a non-monotheistic god.'”
Sad. Really sad.