Saturday, March 07, 2009
This is great audio! Mark Driscoll, who is pastor of Mars Hill church in Washington, as well as being one of the founders of the movement known as "Emerging, or Emergent, give some great biographical background to this movement, himself, and others. He lays out a case for the orthodox side of the movement, as well as critiquing the unorthodox movement embedded within the very liberal side of the movement.
I can recommend one book that will give both a theological and philosophical critique of this movement, as well as reading a bit of Christian history:
Friday, March 06, 2009
Obama is showing his extreme Leftist colors. One area he is showing his colors is his budget and commerce killing policies. This is 3-times larger than Bush's largest deficit, by the way. All we heard was how much Bush put us in debt every year... ... hello?!
Thursday, March 05, 2009
I hope by me cleaning up my front page a bit makes your experience here quicker, easier, and more enjoyable. Thanks,
If chance be the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky,
and when you hear…
It is but the sound of man worshiping his maker.
- State of Emergency!
- Sniper Kills Ten!
- Troops on Rampage!
- Whites Go Looting!
- Bomb Blasts School
And this one’s just strange. Without much explanation, CNN announced that their very own Obama administration nominee, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, would decline his appointment as Surgeon General. That makes … how many appointments to fail in the Greatest Transition Evah? And the countin’s not done yet:
CNN correspondent Sanjay Gupta has withdrawn his name from consideration as the nation’s next surgeon general, opting to continue to devote time to his reporting and his medical career.
The choice of Gupta raised eyebrows from the beginning. People wondered why Obama would have selected a media doctor rather than someone with more real experience in managing health systems or research. However, since the role of Surgeon General more or less parallels that of CNN Health Correspondent — look good on camera and deliver scripted lines — the criticism was mild. Most assumed that Obama wanted a little star power on his team.
Also, Obama lost Tim Geithner’s choice for Deputy Secretary of the Treasury tonight:
The person Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wanted as his chief deputy withdrew from consideration Thursday, dealing a setback to the agency as it struggles to address the worst financial crisis in decades.
Annette Nazareth, a former senior staffer and commissioner with the Securities and Exchange Commission, made “a personal decision” to withdraw from the process, according to a person familiar with her decision.
As Jazz Shaw noted, John Tyler held the record for Cabinet flops in a transition with four. Obama has three, but Gupta and Nazareth don’t quite qualify as Cabinet appointments, so Jazz’s count for Obama remains at three. With Nancy Killefer before and perhaps Chas Freeman on the way out now, this is looking more like the rule than the exception.
Still, maybe at some point, we’ll get the media to recognize that their obsequious hosannas to the Obama transition had no relation to the truth.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
I wrote on this subject quite in-depth as well, plus threw in a fact filed video in a blog entitled, "Water Bottle Myths -- Reusable?" It is a great blog to read along with this imported article.
Bottled Water Myths
by Angela Logomasini
Issue 127 - March 4, 2009
For the past couple decades, bottled water had been growing in popularity as an environmentally preferred choice and as a healthy beverage alternative. Yet in recent years, environmental activists have begun attacking its value and quality. The activists’ claims do not hold water, yet, based on those claims, they are promoting bans, taxes, and regulations on bottled water—taking the Nanny State to a whole new level. The following analysis counters this “new wisdom,” questioning the justifications for this new assault on consumer freedom.
Some key facts include:
- Bottled water regulation is at least as stringent as tap water regulation. Under federal law the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must pass bottled water regulations that are “no less stringent” than Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. The law does not allow the FDA to set standards that produce a lower quality product. As a result, FDA regulations mirror EPA regulations very closely and are more stringent in some respects because FDA applies additional food, packaging, and labeling regulations.
- Bottled water is substantially different from tap. About 75 percent of bottled water is from sources other than municipal systems such as springs or underground sources. Much of the bottled municipal water undergoes additional purification treatments to produce a higher quality product that must meet FDA bottled water quality standards, packaging, and labeling mandates. In terms of safety, tap water has more documented health-related case reports compared to bottled water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends bottled water for individuals with compromised immune systems to reduce the risks associated with tap water.
- Bottled water containers are a tiny fraction of the solid waste stream. Many people have turned to bottled water to replace other portable drinks containing sugar and calories, producing little increase in total waste. In any case, single-serving plastic water bottles amount to just 0.3 percent of the nation’s solid waste. Bottles used in water coolers are recycled at high rates and have even less impact on landfill waste. Taxing and banning either type of container will not matter much in terms of overall waste.
- Plastic bottles are safe for consumers. The chemicals which environmental activists suggest are a problem are not even used in the PET plastic used for single-serving water bottles. Bisphenol A, a chemical found in large five-gallon water cooler jugs and other food containers exists at such low trace levels that there have been no reported health problems and the FDA, along with several scientific organizations around the world, have not found any problem with this substance.
The public has freely turned to bottled water as an alternative to drinks with calories, for convenience, freshness, and whatever other reasons they themselves find worthy. Misinformation spread by activists should not determine who can access this product. People who do not like the product can make their own choices. They should not have any right to make them for the rest of us.