Wednesday, January 15, 2014

…and widening

New Mexico judge: Euthanasia is constitutional

Dustin Siggins
Life Site News
15 January 2014

""This court cannot envision a right more fundamental, more private or more integral to the liberty, safety and happiness of a New Mexican than the right of a competent, terminally ill patient to choose aid in dying," the judge wrote."


the death culture widening

Ex-New York Times Editor Tells Cancer Patient to “Go Gently” Like in Britain

Tim Graham
Life News
14 January 2014

"Welcome to the spirit of Obamacare. Show some “dignity” and die, already."


the guy who wrote "The Miracle of St. Anna"

Christ and the inner city black

Steve Weatherbe
The Christians
15 January 2014

"There is already talk of a movie, and with good reason: McBride has co-written and co-produced two movies with famously irascible black filmmaker Spike Lee. The first was based on McBride's Second World War novel The Miracle of St. Anna, about black soldiers in the U.S. Army. The second, Red Hook Summer in 2012, contrasted the destructive lives of black youth gangs with the hope that flows from the church his father founded in Brooklyn."


Upon occasion, I like a breath of fresh air…

where the music takes you

Demon Possession: The New Confession of Modern Youth

Jennifer Leclair | News Editor
15 January 2014

"You might say to me, “Jennifer, this is nothing new.” Maybe not. But the beats and lyrics of modern secular music are growing darker. We’ve moved from “amazing grace, how sweet the sound” to Electric Hellfire Club with songs like “Kiss the Goat.” I know there’s plenty of Satanic underground heavy metal music that never makes it onto the radio, but clearly Satan, who once led worship in heaven, or his demons are dropping lyrics in the minds of pop stars who have a mainstream radio platform. The key word is mainstream. This isn’t some dark underground music I’m talking about. These are top hits."


plain-spoken and dangerous

Obama Announces Plan to Rule by Executive Order

Kurt Nimmo
15 January 2014

"“And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating.”

Article I Section I of the Constitution clearly states all legislative powers reside with Congress. The founders were inspired by the writings of Montesquieu and insisted on three separate branches of government and instituted a system of checks and balances to prevent tyranny."


the word well-spoken

More racial protectionism from Holder, and a message to white Americans

Allen West
Allen B. West
14 January 2014

"Yes, this violence on campus was perpetrated 8 out of 10 times by black students, male and female, but it had nothing to do with racial disparity. It had everything to do with a lack of discipline and control."


Hat tip: Steve Quayle

because they can

N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers

David A. Sanger and Thom Shanker
The New York Times
14 January 2014

"While most of the software is inserted by gaining access to computer networks, the N.S.A. has increasingly made use of a secret technology that enables it to enter and alter data in computers even if they are not connected to the Internet, according to N.S.A. documents, computer experts and American officials."


Hat tip: Extinction Protocol

nefarious is as nefarious does

Life in the Electronic Concentration Camp: The Many Ways That You're Being Tracked, Catalogued and Controlled

John Whitehead
Op Ed News
7 January 2014

"As noted by the Brookings Institution, "For the first time ever, it will become technologically and financially feasible for authoritarian governments to record nearly everything that is said or done within their borders -- every phone conversation, electronic message, social media interaction, the movements of nearly every person and vehicle, and video from every street corner.""


I am less than comfortable with handing on articles that over-emphasize a totalitarian state: oddly, not so much for what they report, as how.

Learning to weed out agenda, and merely read for the facts—necessary; priceless.

because one day in 1973…

Roe v. Wade's Days Are Numbered

Timothy C. Morgan
Christianity Today
13 January 2014

"Pragmatically, the Court assumed the role of "national abortion control board" in 1973 in Roe v. Wade, and they have assumed that role for 40 years. They control every aspect of abortion policy either directly or through the lower federal courts.

Think of any other public health issue in America. It's decided by the people through their representatives—even Obamacare. Whatever you think of the Affordable Care Act in the last year when the Court ruled, it left the issue to Congress and to the democratic process.
But the Court completely took the issue of abortion away from the American people. The justices control it, every aspect of it."


50 Million Names Project
22 January 2014 March for Life

this little piggie went to market

China is cloning pigs on 'an industrial scale'

Heather Saul
The Independent
14 January

"Wang Jun, the BGI’s chief executive, said they choose what species to sequence on the basis of whether it “tastes good”, or if it “looks cute” – “anything that looks cute: panda, polar bear, penguin, you should really sequence it - it's like digitalising all the wonderful species," he told the BBC

Many of the animals being held there have been genetically modified in some way, the BBC reports, and some of the pigs are clones of clones."


Hat tip: NPR

Don't know that I will be as eager to eat pork now…

The pork virus (from US to Canada) (14 January 2014)
Safety issues inherent in the sale of Smithfield to China (CBS News: 10 July 2013)
Issues with food safety in China also affect chicken (20 December 2013)