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From the Mouths of Babes

I realize this is coming from Utah County, Utah, one of the most conservative places on Earth, but I’m impressed with many of the views these teenagers are expressing about guns. It gives me some hope for our future.

A recent shooting in Connecticut, children bringing guns to school, murders and bullies; violence is all around us and is increasing every day. Something must be done to decrease the amount of violence in our country today. Before there was a separation of church and state in schools, students were taught the commandments. The sixth commandment in the Bible is “Thou shalt not kill.” Because we have taken religion out of our schools, children are not being taught the principles and ethics that are in the scriptures. I recommend that we start teaching that God wants us to love our neighbors, not to kill them. When religion and school were combined schools had a lot less violence and children were much nicer to each other. I don’t remember the last time I had a lesson about ethics or even being kind to other people. Those lessons stopped after third grade. We need to bring God back into our school systems, start teaching respect and ethical behavior.

— Brooke C.

The media tells me that I should be afraid of guns. I’m not. In fact, I feel safer knowing that my dad is carrying a weapon when we go to the theater, or that my teacher is capable and prepared to protect me and my fellow students. I strongly believe that we are already taking the right steps for a safer society by having strong gun rights in Utah.

When tragedy struck in Colorado, the city of Aurora had recently outlawed guns in movie theaters. The man who opened fire in that theater knew his victims could not resist. They died because they were unable to defend themselves, and the shooter knew that. Unlike a similar situation in Utah, when a man opened fire in Trolley Square, an off-duty police officer returned fire that stopped a potential massacre. A gunman is going to think twice about shooting up a place that could potentially be filled with weapon wielding civilians.

Utah should not weaken its right to bear arms like many states already have. Many people want to abolish the Second Amendment. Let’s not even consider a Utah without guns. They are tools that can keep us safe.

— Jacob C

More of these points of view from the younger generation can be found here.

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Apparently there is a “dumbest comment” competition

From HotAir:

“You win by giving people a choice. You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there. If you’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future,” Santorum told a crowd at USAA.

Really? It’s better to keep Obama than have Romney? That is really the stance he’s going to take?

Romney did respond by stating he’s “disappointed to hear that Rick Santorum would rather have Barack Obama as president than a Republican.”

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Wrongful Birth Lawsuit

That title sounds ridiculous. However, there are ridiculous people in this world who view their child as a wrongful birth.

On the June 2007 day their daughter was born, Ariel and Deborah Levy were overcome with excitement, then shock when hospital staff told them their daughter looked like she had Down syndrome.

The Levys filed suit against Legacy Health, claiming that Deborah Levy would have aborted her pregnancy had she known her daughter had the chromosomal abnormality. The lawsuit blames Legacy’s Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in North Portland and a Legacy lab for allegedly botching the test. The Levys — who dearly love their daughter, now 4 — want Legacy to pay for the extra life-time costs of caring for her. That is estimated at about $3 million.

How can anyone state that they “clearly love their daughter” when they are openly saying they would’ve killed her had they known about the challenges that would come with raising her?

My youngest daughter was born when I was 36 years old. I understood the risks and I had the tests done to determine if my baby had Down syndrome. Not because I would have ever killed my child, but so I could mentally and emotionally prepare as best as I could for the challenge. All children are a gift from God. I know people who have children with Down Syndrome who have said that while there are challenges, there are blessings and experiences that are wonderful and that these children are closer to Heaven than anyone else on Earth. While I understand that it must be difficult to have a child with special needs I cannot understand any parent having the mentality that they would kill their child because it wasn’t what they wanted.

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Have we become our own enemy?

I really like John Ziegler. While I don’t agree with everything he says I do find that he’s usually fairly accurate in his predictions. Yesterday on American Thinker he posted an article stating he believes Obama will win re-election and this will mainly be due to conservatives creating circumstances that will make it difficult, if not impossible, for the Republican candidate to win. His prediction:

In short, it shouldn’t be this way, but, as of today, the only way Romney becomes president is for him to win a bloody primary war and then have the economy be perceived as being in complete collapse.  Even then, the general election would probably still be very close.

A more likely scenario is that Santorum continues to zoom past Romney, Gingrich finally (in the ultimate act of revenge on Romney) drops out, and Romney, stripped of his cloak of inevitability and electability, is toast.  As impossible as it may be to believe (and much to the chagrin of Tim Pawlenty, who easily could have been in this position) Rick Santorum, who has spent years being largely shunned by the conservative movement, will likely be the Republican nominee for president.

Santorum, of course barring a catastrophe for Obama, would not win in November.  He would be easily portrayed as too green, too extreme on social issues, and too prone to saying “wacky” things, to defeat Obama unless the president was all but a mortally wounded. 

His list of those to blame:

Newt Gingrich, who out of ego and a selfish desire for revenge, legitimized the dishonest attacks on Romney’s financial career and character.

Sarah Palin, who in a selfish desire to maintain her own long-term relevance, convinced some conservatives that there was no harm in a long a bruising primary campaign (the reality is that this works only for Democrats who can then say to their friends in the media that in the general election any attacks are “old news,” while for Republicans they become “legitimized”).

Rush Limbaugh, who wrongly persuaded millions of conservatives that beating Obama will be relatively easy, that conservatism is all that is needed to do so, and that Mitt Romney could not be trusted to govern as a conservative.

Tim Pawlenty’s financial backers, who stupidly allowed everything to be bet on a meaningless Ames straw poll and then lacked the foresight to see that all the old rules had changed and that Pawlenty was still extremely well-positioned to inevitably become the only electable “Not Romney” in the race. 

The conservative media, which, out of either Limbaugh’s delusions or a cynical economic desire to keep the primaries going and to have Obama re-elected to preserve their job security, have largely stifled the obvious reality that Mitt Romney (prior to the developments of the past few weeks) was the only declared candidate with a legitimate chance to beat Obama.

Have we become our own worst enemy? I really hope he is wrong.

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Let My People Go

A California federal court is to decide for the first time in US history whether amusement park animals are protected by the same constitutional rights as humans.

The suit, filed in October 2011, asked that the court declare that the orcas are “held in slavery and/or involuntary servitude by defendants in violation of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

How is it that human babies have no right to life but these people think whales should be protected under the U.S Constitution?

Next up – PETA will seek reparation for all of the horses who have been cruelly used to transport people and their possessions for thousands of years.

 

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Lesson #1: Anyone under the age of 10 is a suspect

Thousands of stadium workers set to serve at Super  Bowl XLVI have been trained by the Transportation  Security Administration (TSA) to spot terror threats at Sunday’s big game,  The New York Post reports.

Lesson #2: Anyone that looks like a grandma and can hardly walk is a suspect.

Lesson #3: Nobody of Middle Eastern descent is ever a suspect.

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Heaven help us!

 The Green Party welcomed comedian Roseanne Barr as a presidential candidate Friday, following her Twitter announcement.

She’s showing that she really is understanding what the Green Party is about and support our positions and our values,” McLarty said of Barr. “It’s great that someone who is so well known is campaigning not just in the party but for the party.

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A good story for the new year

It’s a good thing this former officer had a handgun with him.

Former police officer Chris Willden didn’t hesitate when he realized children were trapped in an upside down car in an icy Utah river. He pulled his handgun, pushed it up against the submerged windows and shot out the glass.

It is always nice to see that there are good people who will help others in a crisis.

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Poor people deserve plastic surgery too

From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website:

Good health is important to everyone. If you can’t afford to pay for medical care right now, Medicaid can make it possible for you to get the care that you need so that you can get healthy – and stay healthy. Medicaid does not provide medical assistance for all poor persons. Even under the broadest provisions of the Federal statute (except for emergency services for certain persons), the Medicaid program does not provide health care services, even for very poor persons, unless they are in one of the designated eligibility groups.

New York wants to make sure that poor people stay healthy by having their gender reassignment surgery paid for by taxpayers.

A state panel advising New York Governor Andrew  Cuomo wants taxpayers to foot the bill for transgender residents to get  “sexual reassignment surgery,” allowing them to change their physical  characteristics from a man to a woman or woman to man, The New York Post  reported Thursday.

You just aren’t healthy unless you get your childhood immunizations, your annual physicals, your cholesterol screening, and your gender reassignment surgery. These are all basic and necessary services.

(sigh!)

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We’ll fix it long enough to then break it

I know I shouldn’t expect any logic from DC, but I continue to be surprised.

U.S. To Reportedly Sue Big Banks Over Mortgage Securities

The Federal Housing Agency, which oversees U.S. mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is preparing to file suit against “more than a dozen” big banks, the New York Times reported..

The suits — which seek billions in compensation — allege that lenders including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank inaccurately represented the mortgage securities they put together and sold during the housing bubble.

So first we bail them out to keep them in business then we sue them. Wait…….what?

 

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Mommy Dearest

Of course, this would happen in Chicago.

Raised in a $1.5 million Barrington Hills, Ill., home by their attorney father, two grown children have spent the last two years pursuing a unique lawsuit against their mom for “bad mothering” that alleges damages caused when she failed to buy toys for one and sent another a birthday card he didn’t like……. The alleged offenses include failing to take her daughter to a car show, telling her then 7-year-old son to buckle his seat belt or she would contact police, “haggling” over the amount to spend on party dresses and calling her daughter at midnight to ask that she return home from celebrating homecoming.

I read these things and just shake my head. How did our court system ever allow this to get as far as it did? I am glad to see it dismissed and I hope these “grown-up” children end up feeling humiliated over this. We are in serious trouble if children think they can sue their parents for being responsible.

Next week, children sue mother for making them eat their vegetables.

 

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Apparently I hate myself

At least, Janeane Garofalo thinks that is the only reason why I could possibly be a female Republican. To her there just isn’t another explanation.

I have no idea if they’re nuts or they are opportunists or if they enjoy the attention or the money. Whatever it is. I would say the same thing for any female involved in conservative politics or the conservative movement or any kind of fundamentalist movement. If you’re supportive of it and involved in it or enthusiastic about it — is it Stockholm syndrome? Is it a self-loathing issue?” Ms. Garofalo wondered. “And believe me, I know what I’m talking about with self-loathing, but not to that degree.”

She has also figured out that Herman Cain probably has Stockholm syndrome or he wouldn’t possibly be a Republican.

He’s a businessman,” she said sarcastically. “Who ever pays him. And there may be a touch of Stockholm syndrome. There may be a touch of Stockholm syndrome in there because anytime I see a person of color or a female in the Republican party or the conservative movement or the Tea Party, I wonder how they could be trying to curry with the oppressors. Is it Stockholm syndrome or does somebody pay them?”

Here I thought I was a conservative because of the values that I support and for my ideas on fiscal responsibility. I guess the reality is that I am suffering from self-loathing. I should be grateful that she pointed this out to me so I can get some much needed help.

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Free For All!

Why can’t people figure out that there is no such thing as free medical care?  Someone has to pay for it, and that someone will be us.  HHS has announced that all women’s preventive services and all FDA approved birth control will have to be covered 100% by insurance companies.  Of course, when asked how this would be covered the response was:

As for who is picking up the extra cost, White House advisors say they don’t believe the changes will impact premiums — but ultimately, that decision will be made by insurance companies.

There is no way insurance companies (or any smart businesses) are going to take a loss on this.  They will increase premiums on everyone to cover these “free” services.

 

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Take It Or Leave It

Ogden is about 45 minutes north of Salt Lake City.  I think this school district may be paving the way for the rest of the state.

On June 30, the Board of Education sent a letter to teachers saying it would not negotiate the 2011-12 contract and teachers must sign and return the board’s “common contract” before 4 p.m. on July 20 — or their jobs would be advertised as open for hire. The board also has announced that, over the next six years, it plans to phase out raises based on experience, known as “steps,” and replace them with raises based on performance.

All but one of the teachers signed the agreement.  The rest of the article can be viewed here.  It is encouraging to see the district take a stand on this issue.  I hope more will do the same and look for ways to reward and incentivize good performance.

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Our Tax Dollars At Work

You may not want to watch this after eating as it may make you sick.

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McDonalds is bad, but violence is OK

Let me start by saying that I think the Supreme Court made the right decision in this case.  Parents should be monitoring what their children watch and play, not the government.  However, I do find their reason for the decision a little strange:

“Video games qualify for First Amendment protection,” the opinion, written by Justice Antonin Scalia, said. “Like protected books, plays and movies, they communicate ideas through familiar literary devices and features distinctive to the medium.”

The decision continued, “[T]he State wishes to create a wholly new category of content-based regulation that is permissible only for speech directed at children. That is unprecedented and mistaken.”

How is it that video game companies have First Amendment protection to advertise to children, yet fast food companies and cereal companies do not? 

Full article here.

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The Failure of Multiculturalism

I found this article on another blog and found it very interesting. 

The Dutch government says it will abandon the long-standing model of multiculturalism that has encouraged Muslim immigrants to create a parallel society within the Netherlands. 

A new integration bill, which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament on June 16, reads: “The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people. In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role. With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society.” 

The letter continues: “A more obligatory integration is justified because the government also demands that from its own citizens. It is necessary because otherwise the society gradually grows apart and eventually no one feels at home anymore in the Netherlands. The integration will not be tailored to different groups.” 

The new integration policy will place more demands on immigrants. For example, immigrants will be required to learn the Dutch language, and the government will take a tougher approach to immigrants to ignore Dutch values or disobey Dutch law. The government will also stop offering special subsidies for Muslim immigrants because, according to Donner, “it is not the government’s job to integrate immigrants.” 

It’s about time!  How long will it take before the U.S. comes to the same conclusion?  As long as we are unable to use terms like “Easter Eggs” and “Merry Christmas” because it might cause offense then we are on the wrong track and will see multiculturalism destroy our nation.

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The Right To Choose

I hate to hear people say that I’m not “pro-choice”.  It gives the impression that I don’t believe a woman has the right to choose what to do with her body.  I am pro-choice.  I believe a woman does have a right to choose whether or not she has sex.  However, as with all choices, a woman must be accountable for any consequences that come from that choice.  If you choose to have sex you know that pregnancy might be an outcome, even if you use contraception.  If you still choose to engage in a physical relationship then you must be willing to deal with a potential pregnancy.  Unfortunately, laws have been passed that allow a woman to terminate an unwanted pregnancy and choose her wants over the life that belongs to that child. 

Some people have different thoughts on how to handle rape cases.  While it would be an extremely difficult decision and one I pray to never have to encounter, I do believe that any woman who becomes pregnant due to rape should have the choice to terminate her pregnancy.  The emotional scars that come with rape are difficult enough to handle and that woman knows better than anyone else if she is capable of handling a pregnancy resulting from such a violent act.  However, according to a fact sheet provided by the Guttmacher Institute in May 2011, 1% of the women who had an abortion had one due to forced sex.  If only 1% of abortion cases are due to rape, then 99% of women who chose to have an abortion willingly engaged in sex, knew the consequences, and chose not to deal with them appropriately. 

Some of the reasons given for choosing to have an abortion are simply shocking and show that many in our society feel they should not have to be accountable for their poor choices. 

  • The reasons women give for having an abortion underscore their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life. Three-fourths of women cite concern for or responsibility to other individuals; three-fourths say they cannot afford a child; three-fourths say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents; and half say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner.
  • Fifty-four percent of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method (usually the condom or the pill) during the month they became pregnant. Among those women, 76% of pill users and 49% of condom users report having used their method inconsistently, while 13% of pill users and 14% of condom users report correct use.
  • Forty-six percent of women who have abortions had not used a contraceptive method during the month they became pregnant. Of these women, 33% had perceived themselves to be at low risk for pregnancy, 32% had had concerns about contraceptive methods, 26% had had unexpected sex and 1% had been forced to have sex.  More below the fold…
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An Epiphany

It’s always nice to see someone finally open their eyes and face reality.  This blogger recently attended an education rally and figured out that these teachers who supposedly are in it “for the children” are really just in it for political purposes.  He makes some excellent points as to why this rally turned him against teachers and their requests for more funding for public education:

• As you can see in the many photos illustrating this essay, their demands for more money were accompanied by many ancillary leftist slogans like “Tax the Rich!” and “Workers’ Power!” and “Cutting Education Is Class War” and so on. So this wasn’t just about requesting more funding for education: The content of the rally itself revealed that increasing school funding is just a component of a larger leftist agenda — school funding is being used as a lever to penalize the rich, increase power for unions, and so forth.

• The demand that unwilling taxpayers fund more government services is in and of itself a cornerstone of liberal ideology.

• The very act of having a street protest demanding handouts is essentially a leftist tactic, so the simple existence of teachers at the rally means that they embrace leftist ideology.

• As at other union rallies documented in earlier essays, socialist and communist groups mingled freely on May 13 with the teachers’ unions, their messages blending into a unified ethos.

• And the clincher: At both rallies, teachers brought entire classes of their students (this was held on a Friday, a school day, remember) to join in this overtly leftist behavior.

The pictures he took are priceless and support his points.  I continue to be so glad that my kids are in a charter school and out of the public school system.  I think this blogger may have an excellent point – the system needs to be destroyed in order to save it.

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Just Quit Working So Hard

This is the goal of the left.  They want more people to rely more on the government and stop trying to do anything on their own.  After all, the government knows what is best for us.
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The Education Dilemma

There is a lot of talk on whether or not a college degree is worth the financial cost.  Tuition continues to rise making it impossible for most to go through school without obtaining student loans, many of who then struggle to repay them after graduation.  It doesn’t make a lot of sense to take out $100,000 in student loans if your salary after leaving college is $40,000.  Now we hear more and more that many who attend college aren’t even getting a quality education for those thousands of dollars.

In a typical semester, 50% of students did not take a single course requiring more than 20 pages of writing, 32% did not have any classes that required reading more than 40 pages per week, and 36% reported studying alone five or fewer hours per week.  Not surprisingly, given such a widespread lack of academic rigor, about a third of students failed to demonstrate significant gains in critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing ability (as measured by the Collegiate Learning Assessment) during their four years of college.

In my working days we saw this problem quite frequently.  Many college graduates might have the book smarts but lacked ability with regards to critical thinking and problem solving.  Unfortunately, universities are more concerned with bringing in money through tuition, research grants, and sporting events and becoming less concerned with the academic progress of the students.  For someone with a teenager only a few years away from entering college it is hard for me to know what to encourage.  I’d like my son to go to school, but I hate to see him get into debt for an education that is worthless in the real world.

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Thank You

Tomorrow is Memorial Day.  I know that there are authors of this blog as well as visitors who have served our country and I wanted to take a moment to say thank you.  Thank you for the sacrifices you made to keep us safe.  Saying thank you doesn’t seem like enough and there is no way to ever repay you for your service.  There are so many who appreciate all you have done and continue to do.  I have a younger brother who served in the Army for 12 years with 1 tour in Bosnia and 2 in Iraq and came home after receiving a purple heart.  I know the worry and the pride that comes with having a loved one serve in the military and I am honored to be his sister, and am honored to have come to know all of you on this blog who have served.  You are always in my thoughts and prayers.  Thank you.

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Justice Has Been Served

Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper gets a life sentence.

Not many abused children get the justice they deserve so I’m happy to see that the judge made the right call in this case.  It’s disgusting that Brian David Mitchell’s attorneys actually argued that he shouldn’t serve a life sentence as Elizabeth Smart “didn’t suffer permanent psychological damage”.  What a joke!

She is an amazing young lady and I admire her strength through all of this.

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Please Take A Number

This is our future under Obamacare:

New NHS performance data reveal that the number of people in England who are being forced to wait more than 18 weeks has risen by 26% in the last year, while the number who had to wait longer than six months has shot up by 43%.

The capacity of hospitals has been limited by staffing freezes, and commissioners of care are under pressure to ration surgical procedures considered to be of low value. As well as the personal impact on individual patients, there is a potential long-term consequence for NHS hospitals, which are at risk of being financially destabilised as they lose income.

Most of us are able to get in and see our doctor within a day if we are sick and can schedule surgeries or other procedures within a few weeks.  When I needed my gallbladder taken out I was able to schedule it for 6 days after my consultation.  If Obamacare becomes our reality then we should be prepared for wait times seen in England.  Medical costs will skyrocket as people will wait in hospitals for treatment they need.  Physician shortages will be noticeable all over the country.  We will be told whether or not our condition is considered a priority for surgery.  By the time the majority of people realize how horrible it is, it will be too late.

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Choice & Accountability

Part 2 of my parenting thoughts is on teaching our children that we have the freedom to make our own choices and that we must be accountable for the consequences that come from those choices, whether good or bad.  It seems that this concept is a hard one for many to comprehend, which is why we hear things such as:

And the list goes on and on.  When did Americans lose their sense of personal responsibility and accountability, and why?  Why do people feel like they have no control over their personal choices and are instead pawns of big companies and marketing schemes?  Why do so many insist on passing this legacy of irresponsibility to their children? 

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