Sunday, April 30, 2006

Important new link in the sidebar

I've added a link to Operation Lifesaver, a rail safety education site. A girl from the church I attended in Texas was killed at a railroad crossing, less than a quarter mile from her home, on her way to school. She was in a hurry and running late and evidently never saw the train coming.
In 1972, when Operation Lifesaver began, there were approximately 12,000 collisions between trains and motor vehicles annually. By 2005, the most recent year for which final statistics are available, the number of train/motor vehicle collisions had been reduced by approximately 75% to 3,010. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) within the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) is responsible for collecting information about highway-rail grade crossing and pedestrian/trespasser incidents.

Fatalities have falled from 728 to 355.

Operation Lifesaver has a great set of PSAs available here.

Don't race trains to the crossing. Stop, look, listen. Don't drive around gates. Abandon a stalled car. Always check for a second train before proceeding.

And if your car does stall and you have to abandon it, move away from it toward the oncoming train, at an angle away from the tracks. This will prevent flying debris from hitting you.

What happened in the Sago mine

From Snopes.com:
At least four of the miners' air packs did not function, so McCloy shared his own rescuer with another miner, and the miners trapped with him shared theirs with the other three men whose own devices did not work.

1. God bless these men for behaving so selflessly in a life-or-death situation.

2. Shame on the Sago mine owners/operators for sending men in with not just insufficient but broken lifesaving equipment! These guys deserve not just to get their butts sued off, but to be charged with negligent homicide in the deaths of those miners.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Clear thinking on physician-assisted suicide

Crisis Magazine has a great article, Five Strategies for Talking to Democrats About Euthanasia. This works you through ways to address the underlying problems that lead people to support PAS, like lack of understanding of pain management or clinical depression in the chronically or terminally ill.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Take your fingers out of your ears, people!

Harvey Robinson, adolescent serial killer - the Crime Library - The Crime library
Joan May Burghardt, 29, ... had reported that someone had entered her apartment by cutting through a screen door. She assured her parents that she would be more careful about locking her doors and windows, but two days later, on August 9, 1992, she was unaware that a man watched her through a window as she began to undress. She entered the living room with some milk and cookies, and suddenly the man tore through the front window screen and came at her, smacking her so hard in the head he knocked her glasses off and spattered the wall with her blood. Although trapped, she managed to run past this intruder and get to a room where she pounded on the wall and screamed for help. In fact, a neighbor on the floor above her heard her but declined to do anything.

The intruder turned on the television, increasing the volume over her screams. Other neighbors reportedly heard this, but no one intervened or asked her to turn it down. The intruder bludgeoned Burghardt with a blunt weapon until she fell to the floor and kept hitting her in a rage, delivering some thirty-seven blows to her head. The impact was so hard that he drove strands of her hair into the skull fractures. Once he was certain she was dead, he looked for a pair of her panties in a drawer and then used them to masturbate over her prostrate body.

My friend's sister, likewise, was brutally murdered in her apartment. Not one neighbor was moved by her screams to call 911 or to do anything to investigate.

If you hear a woman screaming, screaming, screaming, do something! Wouldn't you rather call 911 about a loud fight, or even over a movie being played too loud, than be one of the indifferent neighbors who fail to call the police while a woman is murdered virtually under their noses?

These cases never fail to outrage me. That ordinary people can put their fingers in their ears while a woman is murdered -- loudly, brutally, horribly murdered -- because they can't be bothered. They think surely somebody else will call. Whatever excuse they make up.

Consider a donation to Downi Creations and Band of Angels

Downi Creations: These beautiful dolls can be used to educate people about Down Syndrome. Downi Creations is asking for donations so that these dolls can be donated to families with a child with Down Syndrome, or so that the dolls can be provided to medical professionals or schools.

Personally, I'd like to have one of these dolls in the arms of somebody outside every abortion clinic in America, so that women considering abortion of a child with Down Syndrome can be given a preview. Not to mention every CPC in America should have one.

Band of Angels also sells products celebrating the special beauty of children with Down Syndrome. I'd like for there to be a selection of products in every CPC and in the hands of sidewalk counselors. Band of Angels requests donations to give a packet to parents who've just learned that their child has Down Syndrome.

Band of Angels also sells beautiful developmental milestones books specific to children with Down Syndrome, with a boy version and girl version. And though they're out of stock right now, they also carry a line of baby announcement cards specific to a boy or a girl with Down Syndrome.

Please consider supporting one of these fine organizations. When I get back to Korea, I'll start a challenge to see if we can get these products into CPCs and outside the abortion mills.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Let 'em eat sand

From Jewish World Review
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced a goal of putting an American on the moon by the end of the decade. That goal was achieved eight years later. What drove America was the "space race" with the Soviet Union. ....

It is going to take an enemy to break our oil addiction. The perfect enemy is the oil-producing states with a track record for funding terrorism and whose brand of religion produces young fanatics determined to destroy the West.

If we can get to the moon, virtually from scratch and in just eight years, we can become independent of the mullahs, ayatollahs, sheiks, imams and whackos like the president of Iran and assorted other world criminals who hate us and want to destroy us.

I once told my daughter that the US wouldn't put up with sky-high gas prices for long because of our "f-you" attitude. "If they jack the prices up too high for too long, we'll find alternatives and tell OPEC to go eat sand."

Maybe it's time that became policy.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

If abortion reduces crime...

Independent Conservative - ABCNews' 20/20 Gives Freakonomics Pro-Baby Killing Analysis Much Time. Opposing Economist Gets 8 Seconds.
Here's a thought:

30 years ago Blacks had a much lower high school drop out rate, a higher rate of 2 parent households and a lower percentage being locked up. Today, Blacks get a disproportionally high number of abortions, while there is a stunningly higher drop out rate, over 70% of Black babies are born out of wedlock and in the last 30 years we've seen Blacks (men in particular) ending up in prison at an alarming rate. Estimates for the future of many young Black men is bleak. If abortions reduce crime, then why is a group that gets a dispassionately high rate of abortions seeing the opposite result?


Yeah! And observant Jews have the lowest abortion rate, so why hasn't there been an explosion of criminal behavior among them?

At any rate, go read the whole thing. It's really well done and says a lot that needs to be said.

Cat saves baby's life

Cat saves baby's life - Yahoo! News
A cat saved the life of a newborn baby
abandoned on the doorstep of a Cologne house in the middle of
the night by meowing loudly until someone woke up...

Temperatures fell to below freezing that night. The homeowner opened the door to see what ailed the cat and found the infant, already beginning to show signs of mild hypothermia.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Immigration laws that hurt families

Jeff Jacoby

When Sumathi Athluri met the man she was destined to marry, it was love at first sight. She sensed at once that Jeevan Kumar, a young physician working on a World Health Organization project to eradicate polio in India, was someone special. ....

Jeevan was equally taken with Sumathi, a software engineer from Hyderabad who had moved to the United States on an H-1B work visa in 1999 and had become a legal permanent resident ... in February 2002. The couple was married in India in August 2002, and for the first three months of their marriage they were virtually inseparable.

But green-card holders are not permitted to remain abroad indefinitely, and when the time came for Sumathi to return to the United States, she was a wreck. "It was so painful to leave him," she says. "I was crying in the plane all the way to the US."

Hoping to be quickly reunited with her husband, Sumathi filed a Form I-130, an application for an immigrant visa that would allow Jeevan to enter the United States. That was when she ran headlong into what has been called the most anti-family, anti-marriage, anti-immigrant aspect of American law: the prolonged and pointless separation of legal permanent residents from their spouses and children.

Read the rest. It's outrageous.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

I'm late on the uptake, but this is a goodie....



Race Baiting

Dateline sent "Muslim-looking men" to a NASCAR race to try to catch some footage of redneck rage.

The NASCAR fans were -- big surprised -- pretty much indifferent to the NBC Stunt Muslims. They were too absorbed in the race.

NBC assumes that Muslim men all look alike, but NASCAR fans are the narrow-minded bigots. Yup.

HT: Michelle Malkin.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Help Antoine Rolle, a little boy with an aggressive eye cancer


Antoine Rolle needs medical help

One can not imagine Antoine Rolle’s shock when his child, Antoine Rolle, Jr., was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, an aggressive cancer of the eye. A check-up for what he believed to be a simple infection, turned into a painful diagnose of cancer. The recommended treatment involves not only the removal of the left eye but also pre-surgical chemotherapy to prevent the spread of the life-threatening disease. Antoine needs your help. If treated immediately, there is an excellent probability that this little three year olds life and the sight in his right eye can be saved but his parents don’t have the funds to pay for his life-saving treatment. Please send your donation today!

Did Pedophilia Hysteria Cause Child's Death?

Did Pedophilia Hysteria Cause Child's Death?
Consider what happened to Abby. The toddler wandered from her nursery school ... through a door left open. A bricklayer named Clive Peachey drove past her in his truck. At the inquest, he stated, "I kept thinking I should go back. The reason I didn't was because I thought people might think I was trying to abduct her."

.... A few minutes thereafter, Abby fatally fell into an algae-covered pond. ....

Last summer, an Illinois man lost an appeal on his conviction as a sex offender for grabbing the arm of a 14-year-old girl. She had stepped directly in front of his car, causing him to swerve in order to avoid hitting her.

The 28-year-old Fitzroy Barnaby jumped out his car, grabbed her arm and lectured her on how not to get killed. Nothing more occurred. Nevertheless, that one action made him guilty of "the unlawful restraint of a minor," which is a sexual offense in Illinois. Both the jury and judge believed him. Nevertheless, Barnaby went through years of legal proceedings that ended with his name on a sex offender registry, where his photograph and address are publicly available. He must report to authorities. His employment options are severely limited; he cannot live near schools or parks.

Arguably, the law would have punished Barnaby less had he hit the girl or not cared enough to lecture her. ....

Again, Barnaby is an extreme case. But ordinary people make decisions on how to interact with children based on such high profile stories.

Did Pedophilia Hysteria Cause Child's Death?

Did Pedophilia Hysteria Cause Child's Death?
Consider what happened to Abby. The toddler wandered from her nursery school ... through a door left open. A bricklayer named Clive Peachey drove past her in his truck. At the inquest, he stated, "I kept thinking I should go back. The reason I didn't was because I thought people might think I was trying to abduct her."

.... A few minutes thereafter, Abby fatally fell into an algae-covered pond. ....

Last summer, an Illinois man lost an appeal on his conviction as a sex offender for grabbing the arm of a 14-year-old girl. She had stepped directly in front of his car, causing him to swerve in order to avoid hitting her.

The 28-year-old Fitzroy Barnaby jumped out his car, grabbed her arm and lectured her on how not to get killed. Nothing more occurred. Nevertheless, that one action made him guilty of "the unlawful restraint of a minor," which is a sexual offense in Illinois. Both the jury and judge believed him. Nevertheless, Barnaby went through years of legal proceedings that ended with his name on a sex offender registry, where his photograph and address are publicly available. He must report to authorities. His employment options are severely limited; he cannot live near schools or parks.

Arguably, the law would have punished Barnaby less had he hit the girl or not cared enough to lecture her. ....

Again, Barnaby is an extreme case. But ordinary people make decisions on how to interact with children based on such high profile stories.