Wednesday, March 31, 2010
What's cool about this? Well, the statements are required by Sarbanes-Oxley disclosure laws and regulations. So what we have is the chief executive and his office--required by the Constitution to uphold the laws of the country--deliberately working to intimidate companies to NOT disclose information which SOX requires to be disclosed.
In other words, the White House is aiding and abetting felony failure to disclose financial statements. That would in itself be a felony punishable by impeachment and removal from office.
What's in it? According to the Washington Times article, encouragement to ignore social norms and laws regarding sexual expression, including tacit encouragement to explore having sex while intoxicated. I've taken a quick look at Planned Infanticide's "Teenwire" site, and suffice it to say that it gives a tacit endorsement to some things that I'd guess drug addled hookers just won't do.
So if you want your little girl to have a few STDs, several broken hearts, and perhaps a pregnancy or two by age 15, I can heartily recommend the Girl Scouts to you. On the other hand, if you'd rather not have your child on retroviral drugs and antidepressants to deal with the fallout of fornication, I'd suggest that she could do better things than sell Thin Mints this time of year.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
In God we trust. All others must bring data.
Update: apparently, the "inquiry" into the leaked emails that scandalized the University of East Anglia's climatology centre has lasted all of one day and has produced the "definitive" result that there was no manipulation of data. And if we believe that, they've got a bridge they'll sell us, too. More and more, it seems as if climatologists desire to discredit themselves for a generation.
Now why again was it that I'm not dropping much weight?
Monday, March 29, 2010
....and somehow I'm not able to lose weight. Now why is that? I'm thinking it's because my bike is too old.
Friday, March 26, 2010
In other words, that "pout" and hardened face isn't a woman trying to be "sexy." It's a hurt heart inside.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Why does this demonstrate Americans can't--or at least don't--think anymore? Simple; in a nation full of people who have cleaned reeking dead hamburgers and dead stale fries out of the back seats of minivans, this woman was taken seriously with her absurd claim. Nobody appears to have bothered to ask her if she actually ate a stale year old Happy Meal, or have asked if what she really demonstrated is that food can be dried and look much the same a long time later if you keep it away from mice.
Put in historical terms, Louis Pasteur dealt with this woman's claim with his famous demonstration of the impossibility of abiogenesis. (thanks to Pentamom for correction)
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I also got to thinking about the old wisdom given to women in "less than happy" marriages: more or less to have a baby to bring a couple together. My wife and I were actually counseled to reject this in our marriage counseling.
However, consider what it meant for a theoretically fertile couple prior to the mass availability of affordable, effective, contraception; it meant that, most likely, the couple was not "one flesh" routinely. In other words, when a women decided to open herself up to children, that....meant most likely that she was finally taking 1 Corinthians 7 seriously and giving her husband something he most earnestly desired.
Hence, I would guess this also meant that a lot of marriages were saved by the advice "have a baby." Who knew? It's like God was serious when he told our forefathers to "be fruitful and multiply."
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Exodus 20:16, folks.
Addendum: it might be objected that due to a proposed executive order by Dear Leader, there is no public funding of prenatal infanticide....to those who believe that, remember that Article 1 of the United States Constitution does not allow the President to overrule law. So what we have here is either a Constitutionally illiterate Congress and President (very likely), or the assertion that th executive claims the power to make law, or both.
We are in very dangerous times, as Dear Leader seems to be trying his best to override the Constitution and the limits self-imposed by President Washington.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Which is, of course, why he was pushing a 2300 page health insurance deform bill that authorizes the government to tax and spend trillions of dollars. If you want evidence that Ivy League degrees don't give you a lick of sense, President Obama is Exhibit A.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Mary Ann is a good girl. She was a virgin, so casting now is going to be difficult.
In short, the level of lewdness in Hollyweird has risen to the level that Wells can't think of someone who can even act like she's innocent. So when we have an entertainment culture that values scandals, special effects and "plastic surgeon effects" over little niceties like plot and character, we not surprisingly find that it's hard to find actors and actresses who can't even portray youthful innocence.
It's a lesson we ought to remember when we consider whether we ought to go to the movies.
Friday, March 12, 2010
In the same way, I suppose, that my pickup could be converted into an M1A1 Abrams tank simply by replacing the entire powertrain, suspension, body, and frame. You could keep.....oh, maybe the steering wheel, gas pedal, and driver's seat, if you were lucky.
If you support greater government involvement in health insurance, this is the kind of thinking you're supporting. Personally, I'd like to keep these guys as far away as possible from my health insurance.....
....and, for that matter, my guns as well.
But on the off chance that it won't be ended by this weekend, don't forget to set your clocks ahead this Saturday.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Except, of course, for the "little" fact that around one in six homosexual men have AIDS, and furthermore this subsection of our population is known for donating blood to get a free AIDS test. Even if testing blood for HIV was 100% effective--and it is not--adding a group that will have blood rejected one out of six times is not exactly going to help the business of blood donation, never mind the reality that people will be understandably more nervous about receiving blood.
It is truly impressive how Senator Kerry is blind to this reality.
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
.....planning more dirty tricks against climate change theory skeptics, making the fray even more of a political battle. Now normally, "science" includes sharing methods, data, and results so that others can reproduce or refute them, not political dirty tricks. I would hence assume that their very threat of making it a bigger political battle is....
....a confession that there's not much scientific about climate change theory. Hopefully cooler heads prevail in the halls of academia before an entire branch of science lies discredited for a generation.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Addendum: GM is demonstrating, by changing managers to "boost profitability," that they're not getting the message from Toyota's troubles. Emphasis on turnover without addressing the root causes (the system any manager must work with) is simply rearranging deck chairs on you-know-what ship.
And though I disagree with portions of the original writer's application, having seen a few of the books in which this lifestyle is presented to women, I can't blame her. Many of them do fall into the "I don't drink and I don't chew, and I don't go with girls that do" category. There is also the curious exhibit of women writing books encouraging--in the name of Biblical femininity--women to disregard their husbands' tastes and convictions in various areas.
Unfortunately, far too much "Biblical" advice falls into this category, especially that in areas like relationships, parenting, and stewardship. There are a lot of good ideas, and some of them are even Biblical. However, in failing to connect behavior and motivations with the Gospel and the character of God, the church may too often be generating that most terrifying of infidels; the one inside the church, whose external behavior may be good enough to convince others that he should be a deacon or elder.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
You end it gracefully, of course. There is no way to "fix" a system that is already actuarially bankrupt, presumes upon the future, and will destroy its own actuarial assumptions by its very existence. The choice is between ending it gracefully and bankrupting the country, really. Even AARP members might be able to process the possibility of bankrupting their grandchildren.
Step 1; reduce cost of living adjustments to the actual inflation rate, which is about 1% less than is actually granted each year.
Step 2; reduce benefits for incoming recipients by 5% per year. Give people a chance to adjust savings (generating capital for new jobs), but definitely phase out the current structure of payments.
Step 3; reduce payroll taxes as expenditures drop.
Step 4; reform Social Security disability rules to allow more part time work for recipients. A lot of people, including my sister in law, are capable of doing part time work, but don't even try because they might lose their benefits. It's time to allow people to start taking care of themselves.
Step 5; increase the dependent deduction to 1950s levels so people can better afford to take care of aging parents.
Very simple; in the article, extensive attention is paid to the psychological roots of the movement attempting to apply Proverbs 22:6 to deterministic childrearing--more or less B.F. Skinner--but does not even mention the theological name for this belief; Pelagianism. Nor does the author even make a serious attempt at a Biblical theology of parenting.
Given that God describes Himself in many places as "Father," one would think that this would not be too difficult for someone on staff at Christianity Today. However, in today's rush to "theology lite", apparently that would be incorrect.
Then again, maybe I don't want to know.
Another way to cure subordinates' lust for advancement; make clear in your address to employees that the CEO that you've got blood in your caffeine instead of vice versa.
Monday, March 01, 2010
It's something to think about when people ask for money for athletic events or venues, or for that matter when our children desire to take their sport to the next level. What risks are we willing to take in a world gone mad for sport?
Not to mention, ahem, that if the article is representative of Mrs. Boxer's writing skills, something else besides literary genius was, as for Dr. Pachauri, at work in getting her published. Not that the Senate Ethics Committee will be getting around to it, of course--Senatress Boxer heads it, and apparently didn't think that big pay for bad writing violated any ethical standard.
And if you wonder why a truly "liberal", literary education is important, well, take a look at Senatress Boxer and the head of the IPCC. A little bit more time with Aristotle and logic class could have been enormously helpful to them.