Is Porn the New Tobacco?

Posted in Political, Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 17, 2009 by Justin

I just finished reading a long article from Stanford University’s Hoover Institution comparing the current societal view of pornography today to the societal view of tobacco in the 1950s. It was really quite an interesting read, and I recommend if you have the time to sit down a read it, do so. I have included the opening paragraphs of the article after the jump, but that is literally only a snippet.
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P.U.M.A.

Posted in Uncategorized on April 8, 2009 by Justin

So, I heard about this car called the P.U.M.A. that GM is working with the makers of the Segway to create. I then read this blogger’s opinion on the car and it prompted me to write about the car.

P.U.M.A. supposedly stands for “Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility” in my opinion it stands for Practically Useless Mechanical Abomination. One of the executives from Segway was on North Carolina’s Morning News (680 WPTF) this morning and admitted on the show that the car is only practical for around 50% of the country because it only gets up to 35 MPH. How daft is that, “Yeah we’re struggling and begging for a bailout, so we’re going to spend money on inventing a car that only half the country can use, instead of one that would be practical to everyone.”

Neild Cavuto v. Congressman Grayson

Posted in Uncategorized on April 2, 2009 by Justin

I think it’s bad enough we’ve already got an arbitrarily set minimum wage, we don’t need to allow the Secretary of the Treasury to arbitrarily set a maximum wage as well.

*side note- You people in Florida that elected this guy should be ashamed.

A Message of Hope

Posted in Church on March 30, 2009 by Justin

Please copy this post to your blog, retweet to your twitter friends, and invite all your facebook friends!!! It's going to make a real difference in the lives of those you know.

a message of HOPE multimedia Easter presentation/rock opera is about an average person searching through the struggles of everyday life for purpose and their place in the world. This production features the music of

  • Coldplay
  • Snow Patrol
  • Staind

This will be a unique event for everyone. Witness the life changing event on

Saturday April 11th at 6pm
&
Sunday April 12th at 9am, 11am, and 6pm
.

We’ll see you there! Share this and invite everyone you know!

More “Hope” and “Change”

Posted in Uncategorized on March 16, 2009 by Justin

I will just post here the story that ran on CNN.com last week, and let this speak for itself… pretty disgusting if you ask me.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance, but was told by lawmakers that it would be “dead on arrival” if sent to Congress.

Washington Sen. Patty Murray used that blunt terminology, telling Shinseki that the idea would not be acceptable and would be rejected if formally proposed. She made the remarks during a Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs hearing about the 2010 budget.

No official proposal to create such a program has been announced publicly, but veterans groups wrote a pre-emptive letter last week to President Obama opposing the idea after hearing the plan was under consideration. The groups also noticed an increase in “third-party collections” estimated in the 2010 budget proposal—something they said could only be achieved if the VA started billing for service-related injuries.

Asked about the proposal, Shinseki said it was under “consideration.”

“A final decision hasn’t been made yet,” he said.

A second senator, North Carolina Republican Richard Burr, said he agreed that the idea should not go forward.

“I think you will give that up” as a revenue stream, if it is included in this April’s budget, Burr said.

Sen. Murray said she’d already discussed her concerns with the secretary the previous week.

“I believe that veterans with service-connected injuries have already paid by putting their lives on the line,” Murray said in her remarks. “I don’t think we should nickel and dime them for their care.”

Eleven of the most prominent veterans organizations have been lobbying Congress to oppose the idea. In the letter sent last week to President Barack Obama, the veterans groups warned that the idea “is wholly unacceptable and a total abrogation of our government’s moral and legal responsbility to the men and women who have sacrificed so much.”

The groups included The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

At the time, a White House spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the option was being considered.

Is Obama a socialist?

Posted in Political with tags on March 15, 2009 by Justin

A New York Times reported recently did an interview with PresBO, and asked him point blank if he was a socialist. He gave an answer that was basically non-responsive to the question. Then later, actually called the reporter back, and tried to say that the Bush administration was more socialist than he is. While the entire transcript is available by clicking the link above, I’m going to include the two portions of the interview regarding Obama being a socialist after the jump.
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Stem Cells

Posted in general rant, Political with tags , on March 10, 2009 by Justin

First I want to clarify that Obama did *NOT* lift a ban on stem cell research. There never was any such ban of any kind. What he lifted was a ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. This is important to recognize because *adult* stem cell research has been receiving federal funding all along, and *embryonic* stem cell research was still going on, but only funded by private money, instead of with taxpayer money.

I oppose this move, for two very distinct reasons. The first is that I don’t believe that funding this research fits within the constitutional role of government in the first place. In fact, I don’t believe that there is a constitutional basis for federal funding of any research other than towards the end of protecting this country from foreign invasion. Nearly everything else should be funded by the private sector. (I say nearly because their may be one or two other things that fit within the constitutional role of government that I haven’t thought of off the top of my head.)

The second is that I do not support the creation of human life for the purpose of destroying, especially when there have been more scientific breakthroughs concerning adult stem cells, (which do not require taking life to acquire) than their have been with embryonic stem cells. I also don’t agree with the concept that it is okay to create and destroy thousands of human lives to do research to potentially save hundreds.

Finally I want to point out that the man that started stem cell research said “If the thought of destroying human embryos for research purposes doesn’t give you pause, then you haven’t thought about it long enough.” This issue is not an issue of “science v. ideology” as Obama stated in his speech, but rather an issue of ethics in science.