Holocaust speaker in Peoria 4/26

This is from the Jewish Federation of Peoria:

Magda Brown

Yom HaShoah-Day of Remembrance

Date: Monday, April 26, 2010

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: 5614 N. University

The Peoria community will be observing Yom HaShoah-The Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust beginning with a March of the Living at 6:30 p.m. Magda Brown, an Auschwitz survivor, will be speaking during the program, which begins at 6:45. The program includes readings and prayers pertinent to the Holocaust. A display focusing on children and the Resistance will be available for viewing before and after the event.

Event is open to the public; no charge to attend.

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Assume everything you say will be made public–because it will be

The lesson of Lance Baxter’s dumb voice mail left on the Freedom Works system is this:

Whenever you send an e-mail, whenever you leave a voice mail, whenever you sit in a cubicle and speak loudly on the phone, whenever you have a conversation in a hallway at work, even when you and your spouse have a conversation in the car with the kids in the back seat, assume that everything you’re saying might end up on the front page of the newspaper or on drudgereport.com … because it might. Tailor your conversation according to that possibility.

That lesson was drilled into us when I worked at a daily newspaper. It helps avoid a lot of libel problems, to begin with. Plus, it keeps things civil and keeps you from saying something you’ll regret later.

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. (Proverbs 21:23, ESV)

So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! (James 3:5, ESV, my itals)

Even more important are the eternal implications. Saved or not, we’ll answer for everything we’ve done, which includes every word we’ve spoken. Everything, even done in secret, will be brought into the light.

And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. (Revelation 20:12, ESV)

For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. (Luke 8:17, ESV)

Pujols is a team player

El Hombre

An altercation occurred in the first inning of Tuesday’s Cardinals-D’backs game when Arizona pitcher Edwin Jackson hit StL starter Chris Carpenter on the forearm on an 0-2 pitch. On a double play, Carpenter, um, elected not to slide, instead bearing down on D’backs second baseman Kelly Johnson, who took exception to such a play.

When Carpenter snapped back at Johnson, the Diamondbacks infield began to circle around him, prompting first baseman Albert Pujols to lead a charge from the first-base dugout.

Pujols first confronted catcher Chris Snyder as Jackson and Carpenter resumed their shouting match. At one point Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo restrained Jackson.

So the reigning NL MVP isn’t content to sit around and let his teammates get beat up on. Instead of watching from the bench with his millions of dollars in salary securely tucked under his cap, Albert had Carp’s back.

Pujols didn’t get a hit in last night’s 9-4 Cardinals victory, but in essence, he hit a grand slam.

via Cardinals take down Arizona – STLtoday.com.

Legislator flunks with effort to tie school attendance to driver’s license

The South Carolina Legislature is looking to become the latest state linking the right to drive for a person 16-18 years old with whether they’ve stayed in school.   The Digitel reports that:

A new bill proposed by freshman lawmaker Rep. Tom Young and co-sponsored by 45 House members would punish teens who drop out of school or habitually skip their classes by taking their drivers license away until they’re 18.

Young is calling the bill “a short-term solution to the state’s long-term problem of too many students not graduating.”

At least 20 states have passed similar laws, but a House Education panel postponed voting on the bill last week stating that too many questions remain.

It’s good that they’re asking questions. Several points came to mind for me: 

In most states, by dropping out after age 16, they’d be doing something legal, although I’m not sure if the action requires a parent’s consent. Ultimately, it should be left up to the parent whether they want their child up to age 18 to continue in school or drop out. So if you’re wanting to insure that students all graduate, then make the compulsory age of attendance up to 18 and don’t link school attendance with getting a driver’s license. There’s no logical legal connection. If a parent wants to take away a child’s driving rights for disciplinary reasons, they’re free to do that at any time. The state shouldn’t have the same leeway just because the young person is doing something the state doesn’t approve of but that also is not related to their ability to drive safely on government streets.

This seems to be simply another way for the state to secure its monopoly on education and its control of individuals. Callers to the Don and Roma Show on WLS-AM, where I heard about the proposal Monday morning, emphasized that we have to do something to improve the education of our children and keep them attending school longer. The problem is most kids do graduate from high school, but that doesn’t seem to help matters at all. That’s because our public schools are failures. Keeping students in them a year or two longer isn’t going to help the U.S. public education system–or help the children. While I prefer that young people get a 12-year education through either home schooling or a private school, I have no problem with them dropping out and trying to learn on their own through working in the real world. This is how things in our society worked before the “teen-ager” was invented. People went from being children to being adults through the acceptance of responsibility for their lives.

Enough mandates, already.

Tepid tea party

Finally, a Tea Party held on a day–Thursday, April 15–other than a biblical feast day so I could attend. Unfortunately, I also left in disgust.

I’m good with Tea Partiers on most issues: less government, less taxes, balanced budgets, individual liberty. What I heard at the Peoria riverfront for an hour or so didn’t surprise me, but didn’t really enlighten me, either. It was pretty routine stuff. Just good, I thought, to be together and let the Powers know that some people do care about these things and are willing to take time out of their day to make that statement. Plus, I hadn’t been to a protest since I was in college, and it was a gorgeous day.

Things were OK, kind of boring, until one of the emcees spiced things up by announcing that some people shouldn’t have so many children. At that point, I left.

The discussion between the male emcee and whoever the woman was up there with him had devolved to our tax money going to support those in need. The woman said we did need to help women with children, and we do. There are ministries in Peoria that do that well, and there is need for more. Churches and other charities need to do a better job. But then the emcee jumped in with something along the lines that “some people” shouldn’t have children, or so many children. I can’t remember the exact quote.

And that’s the problem with movements like this. Even leaders at events like today’s buy into an anti-life line. “If you can’t afford kids, don’t have them.” Well, yeah, I guess. I do agree that couples need to be responsible: Have kids if you’re married and if you can afford them. If you can’t, then wait. Maybe. I believe God will provide no matter what, and that it’s the extended family’s job first and the church’s job second to help with that. Problem is, many of these women who would take the emcee’s advice would either be aborting them or using abortive contraception. For him to throw something like that out lends credence to the claims that the Tea Party movement is racist, since many racists complain about blacks having a lot of children. It certainly doesn’t paint a family-friendly picture. It’s reactionary garbage, is what it is, with no thought behind it. It was an ugly moment at an otherwise boring event.

How many uninsured? 47 million? 46 million? 30 million? 15 million?

Barack Obama was way off in the beginning when he bought the common wisdom and said that 47 million Americans were without health insurance. As Sally Pipes has shown, only about 8 million of those actually want health insurance and can’t get it. The others either aren’t American citizens, are eligible for government programs and haven’t used them, simply don’t want to buy health insurance or were counted as being without insurance because they changed jobs and may have gone a day without coverage.

But the Ø has revised his numbers downward over the past year, going from 47 million last July to “nearly” 46 million in August, to 30 million in September and, finally, to 15 million in his now-infamous 17-minute answer to a question asked by a Celgard employee in Charlotte, N.C.

At a July 22, 2009, press conference:

This is not just about the 47 million Americans who don’t have any health insurance at all.

In a New York Times op-ed that ran on Aug. 15, 2009:

I don’t have to explain to the nearly 46 million Americans who don’t have health insurance how important this is.

In a joint address to Congress on Sept. 9, 2009:

There are now more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage.

At the Celgard facility on April 2, 2010:

Here’s the bottom line. Number one is that we are the only — we have been, up until last week, the only advanced country that allows 15 million of its citizens to not have any health insurance.

That “last week” would refer to the passage and signing of the health care bill.

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