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"Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again..."

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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Pediarix or Pedi risk?

A new five-in-one vaccine-- Pediarix --was FDA-approved a few years ago and waiting in a pediatrician's office near you. With it the Hepatitis B, Diptheria-Pertussis-Tetanus and Polio vaccines are all combined into one shot. After you read what Dr. Sherri Tenpenny has to say about Pediarix it will give you a broader information base, enabling a more thought-out decision before consenting to having junior needlized.

One of the major reasons parents spend so little time investigating vaccines themselves is because they generally believe schools mandate these things, their parents had them vaccinated and they're still alive, and they see so many healthy kids walking the malls and ball fields.

I've started a brand new blog that will focus solely on vaccines. Thus far there are links to some of the vintage "anti-vaccine" websites. However, "anti-vaccine" should not carry a negative connotation unless the "pro-vaccine" message is more sound. Go to vaccines.blogspot.com and check out these sites, including the one on vaccine exemptions.

If Roe v. Wade Were Overturned?

With the confirmation hearings of John J. Roberts, Jr. looming the Roe v. Wade decision gets more press than usual. Even if Roberts is appointed that doesn't mean Roe v. Wade would be overturned. If it were, the United States would probably become more like China, in that more babies would be born then immediately abandoned.

Abortion advocates would decry the horror of abandoned babies across the land. The church would need to respond by opening more orphanages.

Babies are resilient in their weakness. They're not as cognizant of their degree of security as are children and adults. I know of a three-year-old Chinese orphan in America now receiving chemotherapy for cancer. Having visited him a few times it's clear he's happier than most Americans.

To be an abandoned baby is not a condition for which one would aspire. It certainly beats being a dead baby.

Have you sprayed yourself?

With a handful of West Nile Virus victims in the local area the media is beside themselves warning us to apply insect repellant. Naturally a chemical--DEET--is recommended over the more body-friendly "Skin-So-Soft."

The man-on-the-street interviews making inquiry into whether or not people are spraying themselves yields ultra poor compliance by the citizenry.

If you run the numbers one's odds of contracting West Nile Virus likely parallel that of getting hit by lightning or the Tampa Bay Devil Rays winning the World Series. Instead of public health officials and the media insisting we all spray liver-unfriendly DEET on ourselves it would be nice of them if they merely calculated the risks verse benefits and then run their stories as a suggestion instead of an admonition.

What are the odds that these media people are wearing DEET on the air or when going home, after verbally whipping us? (see Rays, Devil)

Gators Staying out of Trouble

University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer appointed a 16-member leadership council to deal with player behavior, team policy and academic affairs. Accountability is expected in the classroom, the weight room, on the field and while in Partyville. Thus far the council has had little work which speaks of the program's success.

The system is not too dissimilar from a biblical system. (I Corinthians 6:4 "If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.")

Whatever the issue biblical models always outperform man's models. The Gators are reaping the benefits of self-government at the "expense" of using the system provided by the bloated central government.

"Zero-Risk Public Education"

In order to prevent another Columbine or other assorted calamitites, Pride Elementary School (Tampa, FL) banned cars from parking in most nearby grassy spaces, forcing them into a single lane in order to pick up their children once the last bell sounds. If you want to be near the front of the line when the 2:15 p.m. bell goes off you need to be at the school by about 12:30 p.m. You can imagine being the 160th car in line to pick up your child 45 minutes after the final bell. If the parents were allowed to park their car and walk up and get their kid(s) everyone could get in and out without spending a sixth of their waking hours picking up their children. But once again we have the state dictating to parents what they should believe when it comes to the safety of their children. (And these children will be taught slavery was abolished here! Chuckle, chuckle).

In the United States there's probably a one in 2.527 million chance a student will be abducted, raped, pedophiled or murdered while at school or leaving school. Apparently the Pride Elementary leadership wants to reduce the odds to one in infinity. For the sake of the parents I hope the next PTA meeting will restore sensibility to the child pickup system. There's probably thousands of schools with a similiar problem. I suspect litigious issues wag the dog with this headache.

This is another fine example of the messianic spirit that permeates American society. The one true God is not good enough, we must become god ourselves.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Play Dead, Snuppy!

Man has apparently finally cloned a dog--Snuppy--ten years post-Dolly the cloned sheep. Instead of being a product of what what other dogs normally do to bear pups, this Afghan hound came forth from a skin cell of another Afghani. So much for family reunions and birthday parties. What does one buy for a petri dish anyways?

Cloning is an effort by man to do that which God has ordained by a better, proper and holy means. Ironically, the more man achieves in the realm of science the more man realizes the depth of the improbability that God doesn't exist. From one cell is coded a full being. That's detail, complication and intricacy that would drive a right-thinking Darwinian right to Genesis 1:1.

In his arrogance man will clone away even if it's outlawed. Fortunately God seems to have imposed a high failure rate for successful clonings, which speaks of the wonderment of the womb as opposed to the sterile laboratory. One almost has to laugh that a male and female of little reputation and intelligence can produce live offspring with more ease and success than the best and smartest of scientists.

Stop those blasphemous mascots

The NCAA just passed a ruling that college team "nicknames or mascots deemed `hostile or abusive' would not be allowed on their uniforms or other clothing beginning with any NCAA tournament after Feb. 1."

This is obvious pandering to a hyper-sensitive Native American community. In essence the NCAA is sucking up to a hostile and abusive constituency, while decrying that same alleged behavior in others. This doesn't mean NCAA student-athletes (emphasis on "athletes") are immune from breaking lots of laws as their their mug shots frequently grace the papers. But as a basketball, baseball or lacrosse team there's nary any evidence of wanton hostility towards Native Americans.

If the NCAA wants a fall guy for the Native American constituency it would be reasonable to file briefs against President Lincoln. Whereas he's deceased I expect this is far-fetched.

Pass the chicken wings, it's almost time for pigski..., er "animal hide skin" season.

And a bit of advice to the fighting Illini. If you make the Big Dance come next March Madness, plaster little smiley faces on your Mascot's cheeks for the big game before letting him take the hardwood.

Olde Men Need to Watch Their Wives' Tips

A local jeweler related that once a week he gets a customer request for a new diamond ring because the previous diamond was lost. Moreover he said once the new diamond is purchased the old one is found about a week or two later.

If you look at your wife's ring it probably has four or six prongs holding the diamond in place. Once a tip or two is worn then the diamond succumbs to gravitational pull. You're now in Gotta-Find-Diamond mode.

Every few years check your wife's tips and make sure they're not worn. It'll cost you less than a hundred bucks for a new head (replacing all the tips), which generally runs less than the cost of a new diamond. And you may get a clean job on the whole ring to boot. One can only imagine how many women are running around with large diamond rocks with a coast of grime that masks the gem's inherent beauty.

Watch your tips. Clean your gem. Sounds like something a high school basketball coach would say, eh?

John Roberts, Jr. - See my children?

Supreme Court Justice nominee John J. Roberts, Jr. was featured on the Drudge Report last week in an article exploring whether or not there were any shenanigans in the adoption of his children. Curiously the featured article soon disappeared. Typically on Drudge a featured article becomes a second-tier article it still hangs out there until bumped by other bigger stories. It's not uncommon to see links to news stories on Drudge for as long as three days. One wonders why Drudge pulled the article so fast. Then lo and behold, a like article reappeared a few days later/ It leads one to believe that the adoption was either not done legally, or at best, that political favors were granted from on "high" (not to be confused with "high." See Chong, Cheech and). Adoption is great. But one would think if there's nothing to hide that we could get past this blackout phase.

Here's a sample of the family photo of Roberts, his wife Jane, and the two children, Jack and Josie, in the White House taken on the night President Bush introduced him to the nation as his Supreme Court Justice nominee. It's interesting to note that Roberts' wife was wearing a pink dress that night that was similar to the one Jackie Kennedy Onassis was wearing when her husband and president, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. Roberts' son Jack was dressed in an outfit that reminded one of what John-John was wearing at the Kennedy funeral procession. Roberts' daughter Josie's outfit was reminescent of Caroline Kennedy leaving church after an Easter service. The children's outfits were certainly out of step with postmodernity dress.

It seems like Bush's handlers went out of their way to dress the Roberts family to appear sympathetic and likeable, at lease to the subconscious of the average American. Dressing them up to invoke memories of the Kennedy family at the time when sympathy peaked for them is not only Clintonesque, but appaently Bushenesque as well.