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Some Good Some Bad

I have a late start to my day today. I’m sitting at my desk, drinking my cup of coffee, going through my emails and doing miscellaneous schoolwork/real work stuff. If I have time for all of that, I certainly have time for a post!

Did ya hear? Rick Santorum came out on top in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado. WOW! Props to him. I really think he will come out of this race on top. (Fingers crossed and lips praying!)

And kind of interestingly, Mitt Romney is accusing Santorum of not being a conservative. (Look who’s talking!) But Santorum doesn’t let Romney get away with that… “That’s almost laughable for a moderate Massachusetts governor who has been for big-government programs” (Fox and Friends).

Here is the article on Santorum’s wins this week.

Up until now, Santorum hasn’t had to take A LOT of heat. Romney and Gingrich have  been too preoccupied with each other to pay much attention to Santorum (or Paul for that matter). But now that Rick Santorum is proving that he is an eligible candidate for the presidency, Romney (and probably Gingrich) will give it all their might and fight to discredit him.

 

Proposition 8 (the California law banning gay “marriage”) has been thrown out by a panel of 3 judges on the federal appeals court. Proposition 8 passed by a vote of 52%-48% by California citizens…

It was overturned because the proposition violated he equal protection rights of same-sex couples and violated the due process clause. It violated the Constitution.

My question is this: Where in the federal constitution does it say that anyone has a right to marriage? Where in the constitution does it say that same-sex couples have a right to marry? How does it violate the due process clause of the 14th amendment?!

The Due Process clause states that the government (state and local) may not take away its citizens life, liberty, or property without ensuring fairness. It essentially made the Bill of Rights applicable to state governments.

Is marriage states in the Due Process clause? Nope. Is the California government denying people the right to life with Proposition 8? I don’t think so… Is the CA government denying people the right to liberty? Not particularly. Is the CA government denying people the right to property? Noooo.

So what is the problem with Proposition 8 then? We’ve pretty much just disproved the excuse of it violating the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment. Marriage is a privilege, not a right, so Proposition 8 can’t take away a right where none existed in the first place.

As with the equal protection clause, gay people aren’t being denied rights nor are they being mistreated. Just because the government wants to uphold marriage between one man and one woman doesn’t mean they are taking away the rights of people. They are still being protected under the US Constitution and the CA constitution. They still have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (property).

But because our country’s morals are kind of going down the drain, a panel of 3 judges were able to overturn a law that the PEOPLE, the CITIZENS, of California voted to enact. That seems a little bit backwards to me. If you want to read up on the decision, here is the article.

 

Big stuff in the news today. I wonder what will happen tomorrow!

Have a great Wednesday everyone! Take some YOU time 🙂

~Lucy

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Woman Enters DFW Airport with a Gun

Wow.

TSA: Woman slips through DFW Airport checkpoint with gun.

This is completely unacceptable. If the government gets anything from this scary event, I hope it’s that we need reform.

We need productive, effective reform of our transportation security. Not whatever these body scanners are because apparently they don’t work.

I guess the bag scanners don’t work either because the gun was found in her carry on bag! A few years ago, my bag got searched because I forgot I had a little pair of scissors in my pencil case.

But they can’t even stop a woman with a GUN?! What in the world….

I don’t even know what else to say to this. It’s just too disturbing.

~Lucy

 

What’s Actually Going On?

Is she alive?

Yes, folks. I, Lucy, am still living. I realize that I haven’t blogged in FOREVER. My deepest apologies. I don’t know where the time went…

One minute I’m driving home for Christmas break, baking Christmas cookies and opening Christmas presents with my family…

The next I’m sitting in my research methods class falling asleep. What in the world…?

But no, really. That’s exactly how it happened.

So I guess it’s back to reality. Back to life. Back to work. Back to school. Back to schoolwork. Back to politics. Can I get a whoop whoop?

Apparently I’ve missed some things while I’ve been out in LaLa land. Bachmann dropped out of the race. Romney won New Hampshire (apparently by a landslide). Ron Paul still thinks he has a chance. (Let’s hope not. What a disaster.) My hopes are still on Santorum. I refuse to give up hope. 🙂 POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING.

Man, I’m telling you, there is no good news. I sitting here skimming the front page of the Washington Post… Here are some of the headlines.

Voters unswayed by attacks on work at Bain — This has to do with Romney, if you were interested. I’m not.

Two Army brigades to leave Europe — Eh. A little bit more interesting… Not particularly.

Billion-dollar candidate? Not likely. — Of course Obama’s on here. And of course it’s a trivial subject… We all know he’s going to save his money and waste the taxpayers on lavish parties and campaign funds. We all know he’s doing it.

He’s 5’7”. And the next big thing? — Some basketball thing. Not sure why it’s important. Maybe because the dude teeny?

More older Americans are working — And… It’s because the retirement age is like 70 now. Of course older Americans are working; they don’t have a choice!

Colbert transfers super PAC to Stewart — I just don’t even know…

I have no interest in any of these articles. Shall we move onto the New York Times? Things look a little bit better here. At least some of them have a dash of relevance.

U.S. Sends Top Iranian Leader a Warning on Strait Threat — I would at least READ this article.

Danish Squatters Want to Buy but Not Own — Hmm. Sounds like people wanting others to give them stuff… Typical.

PACs’ Aid Allows Romney’s Rivals to Extend Race — Good to know, especially since I don’t really prefer good ole Romney at this point in time.

Colbert for President: A Run or a Comedy Riff? — Seriously? Of course it’s a comedy riff. Get real. This is as bad at the Post’s about Colbert and Stewart. Ding dongs.

No Snow, but a Wintry Mix of Opinion — Buurrrrr… Who’s opinion? Political opinion? Economic opinion? Student’s or adult’s opinions? Is it interesting enough to consider reading?

Video Multiplies U.S. Difficulties in Afghanistan — We do not need any more difficulties anywhere. We’re up to our ears in difficulties.

Synthetic Windpipe Replaces a Cancerous One — Whoa. That’s cool.

Ok, so, not only does the New York Times have more article options on their front page, but they’re better articles (I can’t really believe I’m saying that… Oh well.) This is going to be the moral of this story… Since I don’t feel like blogging about a particular article at this point.

There is not a single news source that a person can look at for all their information. There are days where NY Times has zero on their home page and Washington Post has something relevant. Sometimes neither of them have anything and I look on CNN and Fox News.  Don’t look at one news source and call it a day. It takes a lot of research and digging to really become informed and education. Plus, when people say stupid crap such as… “You’re a conservative! You only watch Fox News. You watch biased news sources and only look at the one conservative view-point on issues…” YOU can say… “I read Fox News, I read CNN, I read the Times, I read the Post…” Educate yourself! Be better than everyone else! Know the opposing viewpoints and their arguments. That’s the only way you can formulate your arguments effectively.

Can you imagine how silly liberals would sound in they only watched CNN all day? Oh, wait….

~Lucy

You’re Finding What?

Merry Christmas, everybody!

I find it so hard to believe that yet another Christmas is here! Oh, how the time flies by. I hope everyone has a blessed, and joyous holiday!

As many people do nowadays (I can only suppose), I receive the newspaper through email. My current subscription is to the Washington Post (but I switch it up when I get bored).

I was looking through the articles under the “National” tab and came across this peculiar one about Christmas. Not so surprisingly, it wasn’t about the joys of Christmas or the wonderful birth of our Savior. That would be just too easy! No, it was about the awkwardness of the holiday season and the drag of convention. It’s one of those articles that I read and then criticize. Yay for me!

I think I will bullet my criticisms.

  1. The title is misleading. When someone says they are searching for the “meaning beyond the Christmas bows” they are searching for Christ, and the wonderful graces that our Savior gives to us. This woman is not searching for religion or Christ. She has no idea what she is searching for. The only thing I think the author is sure of is that she isn’t sure of anything and nothing can make her happy.
  2. “Single people now represent more than a quarter of American households.” Hmmm, I wonder why that is? Maybe it’s because marriage is not seen as a sacred institute any more. Maybe it’s because being single is the new “in” thing with the feminist movement. Psh, who needs a husband? Who needs a wife? I’m a free soul! And then these people go and complain about it. Give me a break. Humans are wired for social interaction. We all yearn for some sort of companionship. It’s human nature.
  3. This woman is so hard set on defining Christmas as nothing by cookies and presents. She has only seen Christmas is the commercial world, not in the hearts of true Christians. Similar to the point I made in bullet no. 1: She needs to stop bashing the culture of Christmas and maybe go look into the heart of Christians, try to find what Christmas actually means to a majority of the people in America. It’s like the movie The Grinch. It’s easy to say that we only care about the presents and the cookies and the boxes, packages, and bags, but at the end of the day, those things mean nothing. The true meaning of Christmas lies in the birth of Jesus Christ.
  4. As if she doesn’t make a mockery of herself enough, at the end of the article she writes “Merry Christmas, everybody!” Well thanks, Merry Christmas to you too. But do you actually mean that? I mean, you kinda just bashed the whole Christmas season…

Oh, well. It is the Washington Post after all. Full of liberals and perhaps agnostics.

Be safe this Christmas!

~Lucy

“But the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favor. Look! You are to conceive in your owmb and bear a son, and you much name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; He will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.'” (Luke 1:30-33)

Baby Found in Dumpster

Exam week is upon me (and probably most of you college people out there) and it is Stressful! (Yes, with a capital “s”.)

And like any normal college aged kid, to de-stress I listen to Christmas music and read the news online.

Came across this article. Just a slight warning… it tells it like it is, and is a bit disturbing. Prepare yourself.

Dead Baby Found in a Dumpster in New York: Mother is Charged with Self-Abortion

I know right? I can almost picture your face just reading the title of the article. I gasped a little bit. I was studying statistics with my friends who are also taking the same class, and they both are Catholic. (The article is from Catholic.org). But I guess they don’t like to read articles about aborted babies right before a huge exam… for the life of me I can’t figure out why. 😛 But I digress…

The article in its entirety is extremely disturbing. There are a few gasping moments where your hands will run to your face to clasp your mouth is complete and utter shock and disgust.

A 20-year-old woman (a woman my age; that really puts things into perspective) self-aborts her baby by drinking herbal tea known as the “abortion-causing tea.” How lovely! So this chick gets knocked up, realizes she made a mistake, drinks this baby-killing tea, and then throws the baby into a dumpster. All like it’s nothing to her. What I would understand is how she could live with herself after seeing her dead baby… How messed up in the head does someone have to be to see a DEAD HELPLESS BABY and not care? How could someone live with themselves if they knew they had just murdered it? I hope it haunts her for a looooong time because that is disgusting.

She is being charged with murder, with self-abortion. And I’m not going to lie, I thought the exact same thing as the NARAL president. It’s a double standard in our society to not make illegal abortion but to charge a woman with self-abortion. Now, having said that, they have it right in this instance. Let’s take it a bit further, though, and realize that this is the right action! Let’s realize that abortion is horrible! Let’s realize that self-abortion is just as gross, and disturbing, and brutal as abortion performed by the doctor.

I think the difference is this: the justice system won’t see anything wrong with abortions performed by doctors because they don’t personally see the babies in the dumpsters. But because a baby was actually seen, and someone cared about that innocent child enough to call in the authorities, abortion suddenly became a horrible atrocity. The police officers, and the judge who sits in on this woman’s trial, will see pictures of the child who was selfishly killed by its mother, the one person who was supposed to protect it from harm, the person it loved unconditionally from that moment of conception. I  hope this causes a step in the right direction, the direction of outlawing abortion… I will pray hard that this is the wake up call the government needs.

I will let you read the rest of the article.  But think about this… Texas has a “Fetal Protection Law” but still allows abortions. Oxymoronic much?

Good luck on exams, all you collegians! Hope they prove to be easy 🙂

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you came to birth I consecrated you; I appointed you as prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1: 5)

 

Help is Not on the Way

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Church/Default.aspx?id=1472222&fb_comment_id=fbc_10150390555149785_19456400_10150390859344785#f35be8b48

Why is it that Catholics (and other Pro-Life, Christian churches) are seen as horrid and damnifying simply because they do not condone abortion?

Jesus taught us all to help those less fortunate than us, to help the poor and needy, the sick and hungry. He calls us to help the hurt and the suffering.

That is exactly what the Catholic church was attempting to do when it requested the money to help victims of human trafficking. BUT. Because they would not provide abortion services or birth control, the Catholic church was denied the money and it was redistributed to various other organizations who would probably inflict more hurt and pain upon those victims through abortions.

I would be interested to see what these other institutions are that received the money. They might think that they are looking out for the best interests of trafficking victims, but they are not.

Those individuals (mostly women I’m going to assume) have already been beaten, humiliated, raped, and worse. They have been exposed to psychological damaging circumstances. And the government feels that the best way to deal with these issues is to provide them with abortions? Which are also physically and emotionally scarring?

It’s like they’re saying, “You’ve probably been through heck and back. But hey! What’s one more traumatizing event? We’ll abort your baby for you and now not only will you have to deal with the memories of your trafficking experience but also of your baby who will never experience life.”

That’s great.

Sorry to be so blunt and crude, but this is reality. No point in trying to hide it or make it into something it’s not. The issue of abortion is not about sunshine and rainbows. It’s about murder, taking the life of an innocent being without any regard. It’s so incredibly disturbing.

~Lucy

“And the King will answer, ‘In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.'”
“Then he will answer, ‘In truth I tell you, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.'” (Matthew 25: 40 & 45)

Giving Aid to North Korea

Happy Saturday, y’all and happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a great, relaxing day.

I was reading the newspaper this morning (I’m home for the break and have access to a newspaper), and came across an interesting article.

“North Korea’s Needs Food Aid, Agencies Say.”

So, North Korea is looking for international aid, eh?

The communist nation needs to import 739,000 tons of food in order to feed their people, but “because of high global food prices” are only able to import 325,000 tons of food. Of course high prices are to blame for the government starving its people. Naturally.

America and South Korea fear that this shortage in food is due to North Korea diverting food aid to the military.

And I ask myself that critical question,”Then why are we going to send them food aid?”

I understand why the USA and South Korea would separate humanitarian aid and political issues and I would normally be behind it 100%. BUT. It’s North Korea. It’s a communist nation. They bomb South Korea for the heck of it. They don’t care about anything besides their military and political strength. They torture their citizens and run every aspect of their lives.

If we are going to send them food aid for their people despite fears of the North Korean government diverting the food to their military, what good is that? The people aren’t getting the food anyways and we are just helping their military.

The USA government acts like the world police, and they need to stop that. Our government, at this point in time, can’t even help all Americans. How can they expect to help the citizens of North Korea? We need to be focusing on our own efforts here at home, not those of a communist nation (who hates our guts).

I am all for helping out those less fortunate that ourselves. I am all for humanitarian aid. However, aid should only be given to people/nations who are going to appreciate it, and not take advantage of it.

You can read the article here. Let me know your viewpoints.

~Lucy

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