Friday, August 16, 2002

Another good reason for subscribing to a conservative portal*: Do you know what your kid is seeing on the internet? Maybe it's your (child molestor) neighbor's homepage.

*In case you didn't know, AOL is not a conservative portal.
From FRC's daily briefing:
Gay Foster Care: California Assembly Required

After a string of bad bills, California should be an example for states of what not to do. Pro-family groups were profoundly disappointed by the passage of a radical foster care bill in the Golden State. The effect of the bill, soon to sit on Gov. Davis's desk, would be to place children at risk. It also significantly reduces the number of good, stable homes that take in foster kids. AB 2651 specifically recruits gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendereds as foster parents, and it also forces foster couples to undergo "sensitivity training," which would teach parents to affirm children's sexual choices. If the kids feel that their sexual orientation or behaviors are not condoned, they can call a statewide hotline and report the family. This bill threatens the well-being of children who are already in crisis situations. Now California will deprive some children from having a male and female role model in the home. Call Governor Gray Davis's office at 916-445-2841 and urge him to veto AB 2651. California shouldn't be working against what we know is in the best interest of kids.
The abortion risks abortion proponents don't want you to hear: depression and breast cancer.
Another reason to get (and stay) married: Married men, not wealthy men, live longer.
Reparations: Read Michelle Malkin's column to calculate what you are owed.
A Revealing Correction: "Who was the guilty hack behind the highly embarrassing correction in the [New York Times yesterday]?" Mickey Kaus asks in his Kausfiles column at www.slate.msn.com.
"The correction says: 'An article on Aug. 8 about speeches by President Bush and Vice President Cheney defending the administration's stewardship of the economy referred incorrectly to the 2001 recession and to the direction of the stock market on Aug. 7. Economists agree that the recession has ended, not continued. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose the day of the speeches, by 182 points; it did not decline.'
"Envelope please! The nominally guilty hack is either Evelyn Nieves or Elisabeth Bumiller, whose names are on the Aug. 8 story. It turns out that the entire, impressively substantial correction was necessitated by just one of those short snarky asides, now familiar to NYT readers, that are designed to put the Bushies in their place: '[Cheney] credited the administration's tax cuts with helping the country to "climb out of the recession and to weather the terrible financial effects of Sept. 11," although the recession has not abated and the stock market today continued its decline. [Italics added.]
"Why does this read like the type of interstitial zinger ('Take that, Cheney!') that would actually not have been written by either Nieves or Bumiller, but would have been stuck in by an otherwise-frustrated editor (who was then very proud of himself for doing it)? That sort of thing would never happen at kausfiles! If a NYT editor, or reporter, is so blinded by animosity toward the Administration that they automatically believe these false things are true, what else do they automatically believe is true?"
Ann Coulter has a great column about leftist rhetoric today.
Domestic violence in the Middle East: Contrary to what my lefy college friends would have you believe, we should not accept this as multiculturalism.

Thursday, August 15, 2002

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

I'm not convinced that this country isn't communist. I went to the Alexandria department of social security this morning to get a new card with my name change. I drove to the social security office park and parked in their lot, which had a one hour maximum parking limit. After walking through the door, I stood in line in order to be told in which line I should stand. The 25 x 25 room was very plain: linoleum flooring, fluorescent lights, a few room dividers, some chairs, and water fountain. The walls were bare except for a sign written translated in about 20 lanuages and a picture of the President and Vice President. The only other aspect of note was that there were about 50 or 60 people in the tiny room.

The large, butch woman (?) at the end of the first line instructed me to stand in the line to the far right of the room (one of three lines after the first line). In my line, however, one could not sit in the chairs. So, I stood. I stood in my heels for nearly an hour. One heavy set old man tried to relieve the pressure on his feet by turning a chair around to sit in while keeping his place in line, but the large, butch woman (?) barked orders to return the seat to its proper position. Another man tried to make a phone call to pass the time, but was told to turn it off or get out because it is apparently forbidden for customers to talk on their own phones while they are waiting (nevermind the fact that the large, butch woman (?) only took her attention away from her personal phone conversation to tell people in which line they should stand). The room became more crowded as buses dropped off more elderly and people who could not speak English. The line grew tighter as people stepped closer to the person in front of them in order to prevent someone else from slipping in front of them.

I left the office about an hour and a half after I entered. My social security card will be mailed in about two weeks.

Today is the 67th anniversary of social security.

Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Another reason to pull your children out of government sponsored education: Big Brother, Big Sister. This program matches young children and minors with adult mentors and will not inform parents if the mentor is openly homosexual. Numerous studies have reported that male homosexuals are more likely to molest children, specifically boys, than any other demographic. Hello, NAMBLA? (Do a Google search on this one. I cannot stomach posting any links!)

Monday, August 12, 2002

Another crazy Berkelian proposal: a law that would "make it a crime punishable by up to six months in jail and a $100 fine to sell brewed coffee that isn't certified as Fair Trade, organic or shade-grown." The lefty headline in the Mercury News? Berkeley to vote on mandating coffee with a conscience. Get a life, Mr. Young.
Sex in the City of God: A couple make the case for contraception-free marriage. And, no, they're not Catholic.
I have read much on the topic of contraception, and this is the first piece I have come across promoting natural family planning from a Protestant perspective. The concept of eliminating barriers between a husband and his wife is very important to marital success.
Interview with the author.
Teaching sign language to babies might help them to communicate better and cry less.