September 2005 Archives
Women are such suckers. They have bought into the abortion scam by men who want sex without consequences. Why does abortion continue? It is an easy-out for a man to get rid of his mistake or indiscretion by paying a few hundred dollars for an abortion. Women, wake up and realize your uterus and attachments have been stolen by the abortionists and the men who support them. Abortion is very basically against the instincts of a mother.
If women had the power to eliminate pornography, it would be gone in a heartbeat. Women have no more power to make that happen, than they have the power to keep abortion 'alive' so to speak. Abortion continues unabated because of three reasons:
1. Men want it. Men need it. Men enjoy it.
2. Those that would destroy our family culture see an opportunity to â€˜pile onâ€™.
3. It is now a big and lucrative business.
Think about it. Abortionists are killing babies that are a few seconds from being born. The baby, at that point, is of no danger to the mother.
What is next in that progression of permissiveness and lack of respect for human life? I would be willing to bet there are also babies with deformations being killed minutes after being born. Soon we will see a lot happening on the other end of life. They will get old people out of the way since they are a drain on resources.
We need to get rid of abortion in all cases except where the life of the mother is in the balance. Not the 'health' of the mother, which is a code word for 'inconvenience'.
I'm not an economics guy, so I can't pin down the real impact of the fact that every item I touch in the course of my daily life is imported from China. Good? Bad? Who knows?
I remember when the whole 'Wal Mart' phenomenon started a couple decades ago, offering surprisingly low prices on a wide range of merchandise, good service and every single thing 'Made In America,' true to the vision of the late Sam Walton, the company's founder. It quickly became an American institution.
And today, hard as it may be to believe, the franchise STILL offers surprisingly low prices on a wide range of merchandise. The facts that the service is an order of magnitude worse than what you'd find at the local Division of Motor Vehicles, and every single item is 'Made in China,' and Sam Walton has been spinning so fiercely in the grave he is actually IN China by now, are surely mere signs of the progress of our modern age.
Even if your principles have you leaning in a different direction, however, you can't escape the allure of cheap Chinese merchandise.
And I don't mean, figuratively, 'you just can't avoid it, old chap.' I mean, literally, you have absolutely no other choice. If you want to buy something from a major U.S. retailer, and if that something can be produced in China, then, my friend, you are buying a Chinese import. Don't go to Home Depot looking for an American-made ceiling light fixture. There's no such thing at that store.
The downside of all these Chinese imports is, to be perfectly honest, totally incomprehensible to me. The Chinese steel industry allows me to buy items at 1/3 the price they might have cost 10 years ago. I can walk into the local Wal Mart and buy everything I need to furnish a house for a few thousand bucks.
Even though I have the vague idea that 'outsourcing' can be bad, and I have the impression the Chinese don't allow us to sell stuff to them in corresponding amounts, I don't really know for sure. Macroeconomics is pretty fuzzy to me. I might walk into Home Depot or Lowes all steeped in patriotism, but I usually walk out with a bag full of Chinese-produced merchandise congratulating myself on the bargain.
Regarding the quality of these goods, I tend to be bullish just because of the general rule that expectations are directly proportional to price. My expectations of a $37 computer desk are low, and if it actually fits together and lasts for a spell it seems like a pretty sweet deal. Quality? If I wanted quality I would not be shopping at Wal Mart. If a $37 piece of furniture goes south on you you toss it out back by the fence and buy another one.
But sometimes quality IS important: in the case of medicine, for instance, or food items.
I drink green tea, in an attempt to undo the damage already done. The best loose tea I have found I purchase at a local Indian food mart. It's a Chinese product called 'Gunpowder Tea'. It's good; it's strong..well, mainly it's strong. And I drink it by the potful.
So imagine my distress from today's news:
A sizeable portion of Chinese tea for sale in South Korea is contaminated with lead and insecticides, a report by the Korea Consumer Protection Board said Thursday.
The state-run consumer protection agency said that about one in 10 products on the market contains lead residue in excess of government permitted levels.
The findings came after food safety tests were conducted on 30 imported Chinese tea products and 29 local brands that are sold at supermarkets and over the Internet.
Man, I hate when that happens.
But it's a word to the wise. When you buy the $12 Chinese lamp there's little risk apart from some potential guilt trip about not supporting American companies, assuming any of them still make lamps. You sublimate the knowledge that the backbreaking work of a platoon of grey-clad Chinese women and children may have been what made your item so affordable. In fact, it makes no sense to even get hung up on how the product was made because you have no other choice unless you go to a specialty store.
FOOD, however, is another story. The business strategies that allow foreign firms to sell goods at low prices may not harmonize with one's rules for putting things in one's mouth. I tend not to eat fresh produce from Mexico, for instance, unless it's been dipped in bleach, cauterized or digitally scanned. (I will eat a laser print). In that case, I DO care how the product was made.
I have no idea whether Chinese-produced foodstuffs on the whole bear watching because of questionable hygiene or purity policies. But I know I will be watching from now on, and probably should have been before. In fact, now that I think of it, I don't know why I didn't put two and two together sooner while I was buying box after box of that tea.
Pretty dumb, I must say. Guess I'll blame it on the lead. At least now I don't feel so bad about not having a witty punchline for this post.
I really get exasperated reading the drivel in the Washington Post. Of course it is not the Washington Postâ€˜s fault, they are only the conduit for secularist liberal socialists.
Like the letters to the editor in the Washington Post - Loudoun Extra today [September 29, 2005]. One is anti-Dick Black, one is anti-Jerry Kilgore, one is pro-illegal immigration, and one is pro-gay. (Sorry, no online links).
They know half the population feels differently, yet they have 100% leftist coverage today.
I cannot believe they had no letters supporting conservative values and positions. If they had none, shame on us conservatives for not writing more letters. If they had some, shame on them. I know it is frustrating to write letters that do not get published. However, we need to step it up a notch. If we do nothing, evil wins.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the Earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the Earthâ€”(Genesis 1:27-28)Homosexuality (included in this term is man-man or â€˜gayâ€™ and woman-woman or â€˜lesbianâ€™ sexual relationships) is not just morally wrong in most world religions, and illegal in many countries, but it logically leads to a loss of genetic material for the human raceâ€™s â€˜gene pool.â€™ This limits the genetic diversity of the human species, as surely as abortion prevents the birth and development of many babies with new genetic combinations and the potential for genius.
Genetic diversity is a characteristic of of ecosystems and gene pools that describes an attribute which is commonly held to be advantageous for survival -- that there are many slightly different versions of otherwise similar organisms. For example, the Irish potato famine can be attributed in part to the fact that there were so few different genetic strains of potatoes in the country, making it easier for one virus to infect and kill much of the crop. There is a genetic variability among the populations and the individuals of the same species that can provide redundancy, flexibility, and resilience, as well as produce new and desirable traits.
The gene pool of a species or a population is the complete set of unique alleles that would be found by inspecting the genetic material of every living member of that species or population. A large gene pool indicates a large genetic diversity, which is associated with robust populations that can survive bouts of intense selection. Meanwhile, low genetic diversity (for example, in-breeding) can cause reduced fitness and an increased chance of extinction.
Abortion prevents the contribution of new genetic material into the gene pool, while homosexuals, not reproducing, avoid contributions altogether. Their genetic line ends with them, an ultimate selfish act among many they have chosen.
The man-woman family unit is biologically driven to produce offspring as an instinct for survival demands reproduction of the species. The combination of genetic materials from the father and the mother results in a new arrangement of genes in a unique individual. This heterosexual union produces new offspring valued and loved as individuals, but also for perpetuating the family lineage. Remember also, the Bible advises â€˜be fruitful and multiply,â€™ thus increasing contributions to the gene pool and expanding genetic diversity.
Numbers of gay and lesbians in the US, from the AVERT.ORG website: â€˜The 2000 census tells us that
- there are 105.5 million households in the USA.
- 5.5 million of these consist of unmarried partnerships,
- of these, 595,000 consist of same sex partners.
Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of children will remain unborn during the years that these same sex partnerships are maintained.
Number of abortions in the US: 49% of pregnancies among American women are unintended; 1/2 of these are terminated by abortion.  24% of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. In 2002, 1.29 million abortions took place, down from an estimated 1.36 million in 1996. From 1973 through 2002, more than 42 million legal abortions occurred. 
1. Henshaw SK, Unintended pregnancy in the United States, Family Planning Perspectives, 1998, 30(1):24-29&46.
2. Finer LB and Henshaw SK, Estimates of U.S. Abortion Incidence in 2001 and 2002, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2005, http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/2005/05/18/ab_incidence.pdf, accessed May 17, 2005.
What does the loss of this genetic material mean to the human race?
A commonly-accepted measure of intelligence is the Intelligence Quotient. The American Mensa Society defines â€˜geniusâ€™ as those having a measured IQ in the top 2 % of the population. If 42 million babies were not born because they were aborted, this calculates to 840,000 geniuses and their contributions that have been lost to all humanity, and all subsequent generations from the offspring they might have produced are also gone. In industrial societies, IQ has been shown to be highly heritable, meaning the genetic material that produces high intelligence is passed from parents to children at a statistically significant rate. Lost also are the contributions of artists, writers, scholars, scientists, musicians, craftsmen, and others who could have contributed their arts, sciences, letters, and discoveries to human society in ways not measured by IQ.
â€˜We survey the psychological literature on cross-cultural IQ tests and conclude that modern intelligence tests provide one useful measure of human capital. Using a new database of national average IQâ€¦we show that in growth regressions that include only robust control variables, IQ is statistically significant at the 95% level in 99.8% of these 1330 regressions, and the coefficient is always positive. A 1 point increase in a nationâ€™s average IQ is associated with a persistent 0.11% annual increase in GDP per capita.â€™ (from Jones, Garett and Schneider, W. Joel, â€˜Intelligence, Human Capital, and Economic Growth: A Bayesian Averaging of Classical Estimates (BACE) Approach â€˜ (June 2005)).
Ultimately, the nation and all of mankind is deprived of the contributions of those who remain unborn, through all of time.
This one will test the following:
BLOCKQUOTE, because it is always good to be able to set off something quoted.
As well as links, so let's try the obvious link: Massive throngs protest the war in Iraq.
This is the first post at the novatownhall blog. Also our first experimentation with Movable Type, so expect some visual craziness the first couple weeks.