Friday, June 29, 2012

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Judicial process is Not a Legislative mechanism.

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Democrats intimidated Chief Justice John Roberts and he cringed, bottom line, he cannot do for Americans what Americans have to do for themselves.

Supreme Court's job is to merely interpret law and exercise judicial restraint. It is absolutely critical that 
the Supreme Court keep within Constitutional bounds by NOT engaging in judicial activism. Americans cannot count on Roberts or Justices to do for them what they can do for themselves. That is, exercise their individual right to vote for or against their representatives, their policies and their presidents. Elections have consequences, when majority of the Americans vote for Obama, this is the consequence of  their vote. "The Change" Obama promised. Whether you love John Roberts or are totally disgusted by his cowardice ( as seen by 2 differing views on his decision), thank God this is America, because there is still hope for those who disagree with this ruling. Act to repeal or live with it. 

John Roberts's vote : Understandable

via Red
Having gone through the opinion, I am not going to beat up on John Roberts. I am disappointed, but I want to make a few points. 

First, I get the strong sense from a few anecdotal stories about Roberts over the past few months and the way he has written this opinion that he very, very much was concerned about keeping the Supreme Court above the partisan fray and damaging the reputation of the Court long term. It seems to me the left was smart to make a full frontal assault on the Court as it persuaded Roberts.
Second, in writing his case, Roberts forces everyone to deal with the issue as a political, not a legal issue. In the past twenty years, Republicans have punted a number of issues to the Supreme Court asking the Court to save us from ourselves. They can’t do that with Roberts. They tried with McCain-Feingold, which was originally upheld. This case is a timely reminder to the GOP that five votes are not a sure thing.
Third, while Roberts has expanded the taxation power, which I don’t really think is a massive expansion from what it was, Roberts has curtailed the commerce clause as an avenue for Congressional overreach. In so doing, he has affirmed the Democrats are massive taxers. In fact, I would argue that this may prevent future mandates in that no one is going to go around campaigning on new massive tax increases. On the upside, I guess we can tax the hell out of abortion now. Likewise, in a 7 to 2 decision, the Court shows a strong majority still recognize the concept of federalism and the restrains of Congress in forcing states to adhere to the whims of the federal government.
Fourth, in forcing us to deal with this politically read the entire Article here. 
John Roberts's vote : Disgusted
Via Thomas Crown: 

We do not choose justices, on our side, because of policy results; we choose them for process, which we believe will usually, but not always, produce better results. Process matters in the law, because process is the law. When the law upon which the majority of our citizens through their representatives have agreed is followed, the result is axiomatically better either substantively or educationally, that is, because it shows us where our process is wrong. 
This is even more important where the Constitution is involved, because the certainty of those processes is the bedrock on which our legal order is predicated. No certainty, no order; no order, no inferior laws.
While we should care about the Court’s result today, what should frighten us is the process used to achieve it. What Roberts did today is to deflect mounting criticism of the court - including revived court packing schemes!  - from the left. Robert knows, from decades around conservatives, that we are no threat to the judiciary; not put too fine a point on it, we're like black voters with the Democrat Party. We'll keep taking the abuse and coming back for more.
To preserve the Court’s institutional legacy, and to avoid an expansion of the Commerce Clause — a bete noire to the conservative movement for decades untold — he instead expanded the Taxation power. There is now literally no national policy that cannot be effected by placing in opposition to that policy a monstrously large tax, with the threat of fines, bankruptcy, and jail on the other side. None.
The idea that the mandate is a tax, and one allowed by the Taxation power, is facially ridiculous: You face a tax for existence, and can only escape it by paying for private insurance.
Taxation, as the Founders recognized, is an arrogation of power to the government. The power to tax is the power to control.
This is not to say we would have been better with Harriet Miers, or indeed, with anyone else. It’s to say that the Chief, who made the protection of the Court’s institutional image and entirely persuasive power his foremost goal, has gutted the limitation on enumerated powers to achieve that goal.
The result is awful. The process is worse.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Homeland Security suspends immigration agreements with Arizona police - Washington Times

It's Obama's way or the High way. Is anyone surprised?

Homeland Security suspends immigration agreements with Arizona police - Washington Times

Albert Einstein's Error

Most of us have seen this on facebook which was used to prove God does not exist. So what was his view on God?
"I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings.
However, Einstein was not an atheist  either, since he also complained about being associated with them:
"In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views."
"I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangements of the books, but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God."

On Jesus, he said this:
"To what extent are you influenced by Christianity?"
"As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene."
"Have you read Emil Ludwig’s book on Jesus?"
"Emil Ludwig’s Jesus is shallow. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrasemongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot!"
"You accept the historical existence of Jesus?"
"Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life."
So, although Einstein was not a Christian, he had great respect for Jesus, and recognized that He was an amazing figure in history.

So, what was the reason Einstein rejected the existence of a personal God? Einstein recognized the remarkable design and order of the cosmos, but could not reconcile those characteristics with the evil and suffering he found in human existence. How could an all-powerful God allow the suffering that exists on earth? How can a child lose a parent? Or vice versa?

(Via God and Science)

Einstein's error

Einstein's failure to understand the motives of God are the result of his incorrect assumption that God intended this universe as His ultimate perfect creation. Einstein could not get past the moral problems that are present in our universe. He assumed, as most atheists do, that a personal God would only create a universe which is both good morally and perfect physically. Where Einstein erred was in that thinking that there was a god who designed the universe, but designed it in such as way as to allow evil without a purpose. If the universe were designed and it included evil, then there must have been a purpose for that evil. However, according to Christianity, the purpose of the universe is not to be morally or physically perfect, but to provide a place where spiritual creatures can choose to love or reject God - to live with Him forever in a new, perfect universe, or reject Him and live apart from Him for eternity. It would not be possible to make this choice in a universe in which all moral choices are restricted to only good ones. Einstein didn't seem to understand that one could not choose between good and bad if bad did not exist.

In a Nutshell

No, Albert Einstein was not a Christian or even a theist (one who believes in a personal God), probably because he failed to understand why evil existed. These days, those who fail to understand the purpose of evil not only reject the concept of a personal God, but also reject the concept of God's existence altogether.  Albert Einstein understood about the universe - that its amazing design demands the existence of a creator God. Go beyond Einstein's faulty understanding of the purpose of the universe and consider the Christian explanation for the purpose of human life and why evil must exist in this world.

C S Lewis says it Better : 

“My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? If the whole show was bad and senseless from A to Z, so to speak, why did I, who was supposed to be part of the show, find myself in such a violent reaction against it?... Of course I could have given up my idea of justice by saying it was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if i did that, then my argument against God collapsed too--for the argument depended on saying the world was really unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my fancies. Thus, in the very act of trying to prove that God did not exist - in other words, that the whole of reality was senseless - I found I was forced to assume that one part of reality - namely my idea of justice - was full of sense. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never have known it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.' ~C.S. Lewis”

Saturday, June 23, 2012

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Obama Registry - ROTFL!

The Obama campaign has been having trouble settling on a slogan for a quite a while, but all this time “Obama 2012: In Lieu of Flowers” was staring them right in the face.
This election could be close — a couple of reception Cuisinarts, a baby shower Diaper Genie and somebody’s $20 birthday check from grandma could make all the difference — and Team Obama is mobilizing to win on that front:

Bobby Jindal: Obama is running against Bush, and it’s only about eight years too late for that

read the entire article here.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Missile Defense: Why It Matters for America’s Future Security

Ambassador Robert Joseph, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, recently published an important article in The Washington Times entitled “Obama Chooses Vulnerability.”
As the U.S.commemorated the 10th anniversary since its withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, Ambassador Joseph shares unique insight into lessons learned regarding arms control. A ballistic missile launched from anywhere in the world can reach the U.S. in 33 minutes, as this Heritage documentary shows.
The experience of the U.S. over the past 30 years demonstrates that it is extremely difficult for a country to withdraw from a treaty agreement once it has been ratified. To do so, one must win the intellectual battle of ideas and bust mythology surrounding arms control processes.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Video Games can help us find a better way to help our Children Learn

Practicing 18th Century Education in the 21st Century Classroom

I suspect that genius needs one thing more in order to accumulate outstanding qualities, one needs unusually effective ways to learn. It’s not enough to learn a lot, one also has to manage what one learns. Those masters have, beneath the surface of their mastery, some special knacks of “higher-order” expertise, which help them organize and apply the things they learn. It is those hidden tricks of mental management that produce the systems that create those works of genius. Why do certain people learn so many more and better skills? These all-important differences could begin with early accidents. One child works out clever ways to arrange some blocks in rows and stacks; a second child plays at rearranging how it thinks. Everyone can praise the first child’s castles and towers, but no one can see what the second child has done, and one may even get the false impression of a lack of industry. But if the second child persists in seeking better ways to learn, this can lead to silent growth in which some better ways to learn may lead to better ways to learn to learn. Then, later, we’ll observe an awesome, qualitative change, with no apparent cause–and give to it some empty names like talent, aptitude, or gift.

Video Games, Addiction, and the Potential for Addictive Education

Dr. Paul Howard-Jones has been creating somewhat of a stir for the better part of the past year in a series of interviews and conference presentations regarding the addictive nature of video games, and the possibility for leveraging that addiction in the process of education. There has been a series of articles published in the recent weeks covering Dr. Howard-Jones’ ideas, research, and findings, and the education and the game communities have been enjoying a fair amount of discussion and debate on the topic. As the Senior Lecturer at Graduate School of Education at University of Bristol, specializing in Neuroscience and Education, he does have a natural interest in the field, and his research is currently focused on finding better ways to help students learn. Video games as a compulsion actually has some positive promise, according to Dr. Howard-Jones. As he states:

A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool | Edutopia

A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool | Edutopia

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Night Prayers for Kids

The Day is Done
The day is done;
O God the Son,
Look down upon
Thy little one!
O Light of Light,
Keep me this night,
And shed round me
Thy presence bright.
I need not fear
If Thou art near;
Thou art my Savior
Kind and dear.
Jesus, Tender Shepherd
Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me:
Bless Thy little child to-night;
Through the darkness be Thou near me,
Keep me safe till morning light.
All this day Thy hand has led me,
And I thank Thee for Thy care;
Thou hast warmed me, clothed me, fed me;
Listen to my evening prayer.
May my sins be all forgiven;
Bless the friends I love so well;
Take me, Lord, at last to heaven.
Happy there with Thee to dwell.
Father, We Thank Thee
Father, we thank thee for the night,
And for the pleasant morning light;
For rest and food and loving care,
And all that makes the day so fair.
Help us to do the things we should,
To be to others kind and good;
In all we do, in work or play,
To grow more loving every day.
Rebecca Weston – 1890
Forgive, O Lord
Forgive, O Lord, for Thy dear Son
The ill that I this day have done.
That with the world, myself, and Thee
I, ere I sleep, at peace may be

Because you try - to my husband on Father's Day

By Joan Greathouse 

Because you try
The word Father has meaning
of an understanding heart
of strength, bravery and giving
weave together as a piece of art 

Because you try 
We will never have to learn
how insane abandonment can really be
at those life changing turns 
because you steer, you fight and with God you plea

Because you try
at every single dawn
we will always have your shoulder 
to cry on 

Because you try 
You lead us to see
what really matters 
is God first, then family

Because you try
we will never have to worry
about who our little girl will date
for we all know
you will not make it a piece of cake 

Because you try 
our children will always reach for the stars
as you have lifted them there 
and assure them 
they can be whatever they want, if enough they care 

Because you try 
we can shine like fireflies 
and swoon in the summer night delight 
Even an imperfect life
alas, can feel so perfect and right

Because you try
Generations of pain and separation 
can be ended for all
because you teach us 
Love is a decision, a commitment to God when called

Because you try 
There is hope
Even when today isn't right
we dust off, let down and recuperate
knowing in our hearts 
a better tomorrow awaits

How can we tell you 
how much you are endeared? 
How can we repay you 
all your unconditional love?

Except to tell you
we love you
with our hearts and our souls 
always and forever
Thank you for trying everyday
to be a loving father