Thursday, April 24, 2014

Asking For Prayers

My hematologist found an abnormality in my chromosomes so I am having a bone marrow biopsy done today at 1:00.  He is checking to see if I have a blood disorder.  I'm nervous about the procedure and the results.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

The Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a consideration for college admissions.

From NY Post:
The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. 
The justices said in a 6-2 ruling that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution in 2006 to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory.
Justice Anthony Kennedy said voters chose to eliminate racial preferences, presumably because such a system could give rise to race-based resentment.
Kennedy said nothing in the Constitution or the court’s prior cases gives judges the authority to undermine the election results.
“This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it,” Kennedy said.

I believe this ruling and Michigan's ban is in line with Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to be judged by content of character, not by the color of skin.  This way the colleges reach decisions of acceptance based on grades, SAT/ACT scores, activities, as well as other considerations but skin color plays no part in whether a student is accepted or not.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In the news -- Wed April 16

I know for a while that I have been sparse with blog posts and visiting blogs.  I hope this is the beginning of the easing of my pain.  I finally was able to see the rheumatologist after waiting five months and so far I know I have fibromyalgia.  Soon I will find out whether the blood tests showed anything else.  Now I am on an anti-inflammatory, a strong one, which seems to be helping out a bit.  Between that and nerve damage from endo my pain has been so extreme over the past year that I am praying I will be able to get the fibro under control.

Onto the news...

In an article in The Daily Mail Edward Lucas makes the case why he believes the Ukraine crisis could be the starting point for WWIII.  That historians will look back and mark this as the starting point for WWIII.  It could be.  I wonder if the turmoil in the Ukraine is being blown out of proportion.  Is Putin really so power hungry to continue on taking over more lands to reestablish a new U.S.S.R.  A priest said that Putin is the most dangerous man right now.  That could be debatable IMO.  Do you think that Putin is the most dangerous leader at the present time?

His target is our inability to work with allies in defence against common threats. The profoundly depressing fact is that the events of the past few months, as Russia has annexed the Crimea and ­suppressed opposition in Ukraine, have shown the West to be divided, humiliated and powerless in the face of these land grabs.We are soon to face a bleak choice. We can chose to surrender any responsibility we have to protect Ukraine and the Baltic states — almost certainly Putin’s next target — from further Russian incursion. Or we can mount a last-ditch attempt to deter Russia from furthering its imperial ambitions.

According to this article FBI counterterrorism agents are making special visits to gun shops in South Carolina  to look for "suspicious purchases" and anyone mentioning big government.  You know because according to the federal government anyone who doesn't sing the praises of big government is considered "dangerous."  People for limited common sense government just might be so "dangerous" to want to stop all the money Congress spends on frills, useless programs, and bribes used to pass bills.  Of all the gall we conservatives want to make sure taxpayer money is allocated responsibly.  How dare!  Ya know why would we want to reduce the budget deficit? Or reduce the debt?  This isn't surprising since conservatives, pro-lifers, and Veterans have been targets since being labeled "right-wing extremists" by the Dept. of Homeland Security in 09'.  The FBI agents in South Carolina have classified "paying with cash" and "purchasing long guns" as "suspicious purchases."  As you can see the federal government just likes to make our lives as much of a living hell as possible.  The Obama government trying to make something out of nothing, bothering average citizens who enjoy taking advantage of rights accorded to them by the second amendment.

Here is an ad from Matt Rosendale, a congressional candidate in Montana.

Bravo! Totally love the ad!!

During his general audience today in St. Peter's Square Pope Francis stopped in his open-air car to greet a group of fifth graders from Perugia.  The students gave the Pope a t-shirt.  Then Pope Francis asked if anyone wanted to take a ride with him and the students shouted "Me! Me! Me!"  Pope Francis picked two students to ride with him and they hopped aboard.  Cool!!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Help Save Eliza's Life - Donate and Be Part of a Miracle

"Eliza O'Neill has a curable disease. The question is, will that cure come during her lifetime. See the amazing efforts to turn their hope into a reality!"

Eliza O’Neill Story

"Last July, our 4-year-old daughter Eliza was diagnosed with a rare terminal genetic disease called Sanfilippo Syndrome-Type A. In one terrifying instant, we were told that we would have to watch her fade away before our eyes.

"Eliza and other children with this disease are missing an essential enzyme for normal cellular function. Over time, a toxic material called heparan sulfate builds up in their brain and body leading to severe disability and death before they even reach their teens.   This disease affects both genders, all races, all countries and continents.  It is everywhere and the world needs to know."

There is a gene therapy trial scheduled for late 2014 but unfortunately it is lacking funding which means the trial will be delayed.  Eliza will start to experience symptoms soon so time is of the essence for the trial to happen asap.  Please go here to donate and help fund a cure for Eliza and other children who have this horrible disease. 

I can't even imagine what this family is going through right now.  Eliza, this precious little girl is happy, care free, and playful now but the future will be stark for this cute, precious little one if the funding needed for the cure doesn't come in time for Eliza.  I will be remembering Eliza and her family in my prayers.  Praying for a miracle - that a cure is found in time to save Eliza. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Quotes by Presidents Part 2

Quotes From: 

                    John Quincy AdamsThe highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.

John Quincy AdamsNip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.

John Quincy AdamsAmerica does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.

                    James BuchananThe test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.

James BuchananThe ballot box is the surest arbiter of disputes among free men.

                     Martin Van BurenNo evil can result from its inhibition more pernicious than its toleration.

 Martin Van BurenThe less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity.

 Martin Van BurenThere is a power in public opinion in this country - and I thank God for it: for it is the most honest and best of all powers - which will not tolerate an incompetent or unworthy man to hold in his weak or wicked hands the lives and fortunes of his fellow-citizens.

Martin Van BurenFor myself, therefore, I desire to declare that the principle that will govern me in the high duty to which my country calls me is a strict adherence to the letter and spirit of the Constitution as it was designed by those who framed it.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Intolerance by the Tolerant

Lawrence Torcello, a professor of philosophy from Rochester Institute of Technology, has called for 'deniers' of anthropomorphic climate change to be imprisoned.  He said 'science misinformation' should be considered a crime.  Professor Torcello is spouting intolerant, opinionated declarations as if man-made climate change has been proven scientifically.  It hasn't.  Man-made climate change (global warming) is a theory which has been politically propagandized to the point of putting undue pressure on the scientific community.  Torcello admits that his proposal would violate the first amendment. Well what a reasonable guy he is. Wait!! Wait!! Just when I thought there was a glimmer of sensibility the professor said “We must make the critical distinction between the protected voicing of one’s unpopular beliefs, and the funding of a strategically organised campaign to undermine the public’s ability to develop and voice informed opinions.”  He believes governments need to update their free speech laws.  No man has the authority to take away free speech! 

It looks like a good many Americans disagree with the professor. 

The atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding that Gov. Scott Walker delete a tweet.  On Sunday Scott Walker tweeted "Philippians 4:13."  In a letter the co-presidents wrote: "This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing,"wrote Gaylor and Barker to Walker.  You know what is disturbing?  Atheists with hutzpah who are clueless about free speech. Atheists who try to stifle free speech. These intolerant atheists need to take a course on the first amendment.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation strikes again.  The radical atheist Gestapo-like organization sent a letter demanding the removal of The Ten Commandments monument on public property in Idaho.  Around 500 people gathered in Sandpoint, Idaho to protest the monument's pending removal, to support the Ten Commandments display staying right where it is. 

"I don't like this at all," said Gladys Larson to the Bonner County Daily Bee, "There's no way someone can come into our town and dictate what goes on here."
"The Ten Commandments monument was donated to Sandpoint in 1972 by a local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and was placed in Farmin Park."
I am sick of spineless city officials giving into the offended while not giving a damn about local citizens constitutional rights. I am highly offended by this atheist supremacy that is happening all across our country.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Rick Santorum: Republicans Should Take a Lesson from Pope Francis

In his CPAC speech Rick Santorum said that Republicans should learn to better communicate their message.  Republicans need to look at Pope Francis as an example of a person who communicates his message very well.  Santorum said that Republicans should reach out to those who are suffering, talk about their positive policy agenda and spend less time courting business owners.

From Christian Post:
"I think we need to take a lesson from someone who is maybe the most popular person in the world right now — Pope Francis," he said. 
Francis is "going out there and not talking about what the Christian faith is against. He's going out there and talking about what we're for. He hasn't changed a single policy. He won't change a single policy. But what he'll do is he'll go out there and talk about the good news to a hurting world because he believes that is what the world needs. It needs the Lord," he said. 
"Well, we're not a religion," he continued, "and we're not going to go out there and talk about the good news. But what we need to do is go out and talk about the news of a good America and what that good America can be. We need to paint a picture for people. We need to use a brush where they see themselves in the painting. They see a part of their life, where they hear someone or see a policy and say, 'that's me.' We need to be the 'that's me' party.

Below is Rick Santorum's entire CPAC speech.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Leviathan Run Amok

The IRS is a prime example of leviathan run amok. IRS employees abused their power when they targeted conservative groups. The IRS is a gigantic government agency with way too much power which enables and covers up criminal behavior. There needs to be substantial change and a reduction of power in the IRS. Rep. Dave Camp's legislation is a start. One of the proposed reforms in Camp's bill is a change to Internal Revenue Code 6103 which "would require the government to disclose to victims both the status of an investigation as well as its result, including the identity of the perpetrator." Currently, the same law that makes it illegal to leak confidential tax records also covers the butts of offenders who violate that same law.  That is friggin nonsensical. Corrupt to the core. And we're supposed to trust the IRS with the fair collection of Obamacare taxes?